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here is no doubt in my mind that Tecumseh got it right with his quote on page 11. The biggest part of my own Personal Growth was when I stopped focusing on the things that were not right in my life and shifted my attention to be grateful for what was. I have learned to make that shift more quickly than ever before and I’ve noticed a big difference in the quality of my life as a result. I’m grateful to be a part of this community of spiritual souls seeking to create a healthier Lehigh Valley. The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to remind ourselves that our happiness and joy resides within us. The external forces that challenge us are really no match for the power we all have to create our lives intentionally based on truths that honor our Creator. The November issue is focused on Personal Growth. It is about moving from the place we are to the place we want to be. It is not a passive process but we hope our content this month helps you on your own journey. Travel the Path to Inner Peace (page 36), Get on the Fast Track to Personal Growth (page 32) and Learn to Breathe (page 48) are especially inspiring. Most of all …
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don’t know something for it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times, you grow. Be thankful for your limitations because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you’re tired and weary because it means you’ve made a difference. It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings. ~ Author unknown
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Yoga Teacher Information Session at Moondog Studio
oondog Yoga in Quakertown, in conjunction with the Himalayan Institute of Honesdale, PA, is holding a free informational session to outline the 200-hour yoga teacher certification program on Sunday, November 24 at 4 p.m. The certification program begins in January 2014 and is designed to expand personal practice, discover true potential as a teacher and deepen students understanding of the yoga tradition. “We train teachers so that they can return to their communities and cultivate humility, simplicity, and selflessness through yoga practice”, states Moondog Yoga Studio owner June Hunt. “Drawing from yoga theory and knowledge of the body and mind, we cover postures, breath training, sense withdrawal, concentration, meditation, lifestyle and selfrealization. Classes taught include Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Power Hour Yoga, TRX Circuit and Community Yoga. Location: 44 Front St, Quakertown, PA. For more information, call 267-374-4046 or visit MoondogYoga.com. See ad, page 8.
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f the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice,” a maxim first voiced by mystic Meister Eckhart, has held true through the centuries. Why should this simple act mean so much? Expressing gratitude works wonders. Gratitude reminds us to recognize good people in our life. They range from loved ones to those that render a kindness to a stranger. Treasuring goodness in every form brings more of it into our experience. Gratitude turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful to be employed and serving others. Challenges keep life interest-
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ow would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations. For the first time in history, we can realistically view the first half of life as a kind of gestation period, preparing us for an even more productive second half. Midlife is like a second puberty, a point at which one persona falls away
and another comes to take its place. What happens then is up to us. Some begin a long, slow cruise toward death at that point, allowing memories to become more meaningful than the present. Others, remembering that the spirit within us never ages, see the moment of midlife as a rebirth—the time to put our engines into high gear. Whomever it is we were born to be, whatever our soul was coded to accomplish, whatever lessons we are here to learn; now is the time to seriously get going. We may regret that we’re no longer young, but we’re ecstatic that we’re no longer clueless. We must be disciplined, though. We want to become precision instruments now, focused on exactly what we want to do and being exactly who
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Our capacity for self-examination distinguishes us from other animals. We feel compelled to ask: “Who am I? What am I here for? How can I attain my full potential?” The quest for answers has engaged humans for millennia.
opular books that have helped circumstances.” The success of her 1984 people on this journey span book, You Can Heal Your Life, a New centuries, from Wallace Wattles’ York Times bestseller well into the 21st The Science of Getting Rich (1910), century, led to her publishing empire, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich which includes authors such as Dr. (1937), Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss and Joan Friends and Influence People (1937), Borysenko, Ph.D. One of its recent top Abraham Maslow’s Motivation and sellers is Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Personality (1954) and Dr. Thomas AnDo-It-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. thony Harris’ I’m OK, You’re OK (1967) Hay House has expanded its to Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret (2006). messages of hope and healing through The personal growth genre is a online courses, films, conferences, cornerstone of the publishing industry. special events and other opportunities Companies like Hay House, founded to meet leading thinkers and peers. by motivational author Louise Hay, Such expansion is essential as more of have flourished. Hay teaches, “No those pursuing the examined life seek matter where we live or how difficult personal interaction in community and our situation seems to be, we have the find that inward exploration frequently ability to overcome and transcend our 32 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com
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translates into outward action to improve the world. Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur, in California, the Esalen Institute, established in 1962, helped birth the modern human potential movement. It exists to help individuals grow through education, experience and research, with the conviction that positive personal and social transformation go hand-in-hand. Today, Esalen offers about 600 workshops a year, serving around 12,000 participants. Popular programs range from dance and yoga to couples workshops and psychology courses. Cheryl Fraenzl, director of programs, explains the appeal: “For most of us, life can be challenging and messy. Gaining the insight, skills and tools to move through the challenging times with more ease and grace while creating more love for yourself and those around you seems like a good investment of time and energy. Being consciously kind and relationally wise ripples out and changes the world. The effort has to start with the individual, like paying it forward; imagine if we all were doing it?” The largest holistic retreat center in North America, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, attracts 35,000 participants to 800 programs annually. According to Denise Barack, the nonprofit’s director of program development, current workshops in high demand include qigong, Buddhist meditation, mindfulness and yoga nidra. She also notes a growing interest in diverse dimensions of yoga, dance and “authentic movement” for healing, addiction recovery, releasing trauma and energy medicine. Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope, founder and director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordi-
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Successful growth requires taking personal responsibility for each choice we make in shaping and responding to circumstances and other people. Most of us are happier when we feel that we have some control over creating our own reality. Feeling empowered supports self-worth and increases our confidence to make even more of the changes we desire to comfort and nurture us and keep us safe.
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tary medicine and sustainability—into mainstream consciousness. Particularly innovative initiatives include helping military veterans heal from post-traumatic stress disorder; the women’s leadership center; the center for sustainable living; and pioneering programs on mindfulness in the workplace, education system and at-risk urban youth communities. “We recognize that because we live in an interconnected world; the behavior of one can contribute to creating changes that benefit the whole,” says Donahoe. “Doing both the inner and outer work can awaken the best in the human spirit, and so provide hope and healing to individuals and society.” For those unable to travel great distances for a holistic immersion experience in community with like-minded seekers, Wanderlust Festivals may offer an answer. Four-day regional summits, primarily held at ski resorts during the off-season, feature teachers like Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and Gurmukh; stimulating discussions; yoga; music and adventure, amidst stunning vistas. Wanderlust co-founders Sean Hoess and Jeff Krasno strive to create an expansive space for personal growth and mindful living. One common element at every gathering—now including urban and exotic locales—is Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling’s Off the Mat program, mobilizing yoga students toward activating social change. The Shift Network is dedicated to creating an online community that shares the tools of self-actualization, empowering a global movement of people creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that leads to a more enlightened society, built on principles of sustainability, peace, health and prosperity. This new model for the human potential movement has roots in the grandfather of retreat centers; The Shift Network’s founder, Stephen Dinan, both worked at Esalen and contributed to Esalen’s Center for Theory & Research. Dinan explains that at a meditation retreat, he received a detailed vision of “a large global transformation network that would be helping to usher in a shift to the new era.” The Shift Network now offers free teleseminars and online
summits on subjects ranging from meditation and parenting with presence to enlightened business practices and cultivating peace. “We started with The Sacred Awakening Series—40 days with 40 spiritual leaders—and 30,000 people signed up in 21 days,” says Dinan. The Inspiring Women Summit attracted 25,000 participants. Since 2010, more than 400,000 people from 160 countries have participated in free teleseminars; 18,000 have paid for online courses such as Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Agents of Conscious Evolution, Andrew Harvey’s Christ Path and Thomas Hüebl’s Authentic Awakening. The Shift Network has already reached profitability and donated more than $50,000 to nonprofits. Dinan’s vision includes providing education program certifications; building a multimedia platform of e-zines, mobile phone apps and web TV broadcasts; and eventually building facilities and intentional communities to model the possibilities of a more healthy, peaceful, sustainable way of life. From reading a book on meditation to attending a yoga intensive or tapping into a multifaceted community striving to change the world, we have myriad opportunities to lead an examined life. While the seeker may have a personal goal in mind, each mode of self-inquiry can expand outward toward making the world a better place. Hay encourages us all. “You’ve been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Bess Hochstein is a freelance writer enjoying bicoastal bliss in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Sonoma County, California. Connect at BessHochstein.com.
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The Path to Inner Peace
12 Steps to Spiritual Awakening by Michael A. Singer
pirituality is meant to bring about harmony and peace. But the diversity of our philosophies, beliefs, concepts and views about spiritual matters often leads to confusion or even conflict. The fact is that the very act of seeking spiritual freedom causes notions of success and failure, and these notions serve only to bind us to our own self-judgments: Am I growing? Have I done anything wrong? Am I meditating enough? Truth is only complicated because we pass it through our habitual thought patterns. When we step back from ourselves, truth becomes simple. There are not many paths to freedom; there is only one. In the end, no matter what particular patterns of thought we have managed to build in our minds, freedom always means transcending these personal thought patterns. So how does one go about transcending the personal self and awakening to spiritual freedom? What is needed for this journey are succinct steps that are so universal that they can echo through the halls of any religion as well as support intellectual understanding. The following is a universal road map to Self-Realization.
conscious and you are experiencing what it is like to be human.
Understand that you are not okay in there. Look to see what’s going on inside. If you want to understand why you’ve done everything you have ever done, if you want to see what’s really going on, just observe your mind and emotions—just experience your inner state. If you objectively look, you will see that you are never completely at peace. You will see that you are not okay in there.
Notice that you’re always trying to be okay. At any point when you look at the state of your inner being, you will see that something is bothering you. You will then notice that this causes urges, drives and impulses to do something about it. You will find yourself constantly trying to either get something or avoid something. All of this is done in an attempt to be okay.
Watch as your mind strives to figure out how everything needs to be for you to be okay. If you watch, you will see that your mind is always telling you what you should and should not do, what others should and should not do and how things should and should not be. All of this is the mind’s attempt to first create a conceptual model of what would make you okay, and then try to get the outside world to match it.
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Realize that the process of defining how the outside needs to be is not going to make you okay. You must seriously look at this process of trying to be okay. You’ve been at it your entire life—you’ve just tried different things at different times. While it’s true that sometimes you manage to make it better for short periods of time, you know that you’ve never even come close to reaching a state of permanent peace. Watch very closely how you react to the things your mind has preferences about. You will see that if your mind gets what it wants, you feel joy; if it doesn’t get what it wants, you feel disturbance. Likewise, when your mind experiences what it doesn’t want, you feel disturbance, and when it avoids what it doesn’t want, you feel relief. You will never be okay playing this game because the world will never match the conceptual model your mind has made up. Eventually, you will come to see that struggling to be okay does not work. At some point, you will try to find a different way to be okay in there.
Learn to not participate in the mind’s struggle to be okay. This step is about learning to sit in as the witness, the part of you that notices the inner urges to be okay. You must become comfortable with sitting in there and not participating in the inner energies. You learn to relax in the midst of them. You come to see that there is a habitual process in which the moment you feel inner disturbance, you are drawn into doing something about it. You must learn to sit inside and not participate in this process. If you truly understand that going outside to try to be okay inside doesn’t work, then you’ll be willing to sit inside and simply allow the disturbance to pass through. It is not difficult. If you can do this, all disturbance will cease by itself.
Go about your life just like everyone else, except that nothing you do is for the purpose of trying to be okay. If you aren’t so preoccupied with trying to be okay, you will be free to sit inside and quietly love, serve and honor whatever naturally unfolds in front of you. When you reach this point, you are no longer living for yourself. You are interacting with life, but not for the purpose of being okay.
As you sincerely let go of the inner energies you are watching, you begin to feel a deeper energy come in from behind. Up to this point, everything you were watching inside was in front of you. But now that you are no longer being drawn into those personal energies, you’ll realize that your inner universe is actually very expansive. You will begin to feel Spirit flow in from behind. It lifts you and brings you great love and joy.
you don’t need anything. Things just are what they are. At this point, you know yourself as Self. The world, mind and heart cannot disturb you. You’ve transcended them all. What is more, instead of feeling drawn into Spirit, you now actually experience yourself as Spirit. You have no boundaries in time or space. You have always existed and you will always exist. You have no form, shape, gender or body.
You simply are, have always been and will always be—Infinite Spirit. Michael A. Singer is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself. UntetheredSoul.com, which is the basis for this article. He is the founder of the Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center established in 1975 in Alachua, FL.
Your inner experience becomes so beautiful that you fall in love with the energy flow, and you develop a very deep and personal relationship with it. It will become completely clear to you that there is a direct trade-off between your personal energies and the amount of Spirit that you feel. The more you get drawn into your personal energies, the less Spirit you feel; the less you participate in your personal energies, the more Spirit you feel. You now have a direct relationship with the spiritual energy, and you will find yourself constantly longing to experience it.
You begin to feel the energy pulling you up into it, and your entire path becomes letting go of yourself in order to merge. Will is no longer needed. Now your path is strictly about releasing yourself into the pull of the higher energy. You must surrender deeply enough to be able to overcome the fear of losing your connection to the personal self. You must to be willing to die to be reborn.
Once you get far enough back into the energy, you realize that your personal life can go on without you, leaving you free to become immersed in Spirit. This is the greatest miracle: You’ve surrendered and your entire life is about Spirit, yet people, places and things continue to interact with you. The difference is that these interactions require none of your energy. They happen naturally, by themselves, leaving you at peace and absorbed in Spirit.
Now you are truly okay and nothing inside or outside of you can cause disturbance—you have come to be at peace with it all. Because you are now completely okay,
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hen someone in our life dies, we are faced with the critical, lifechanging task of grieving. Mourning the death of someone impacts every area of one’s life. Society has some ‘interesting’ customs, myths and wisdoms that can be comforting or frustrating to people with grief. Let’s address a few of these ideas to assist both the grieving and those who care about them.
with a loved one, they are aghast at such a waste. The gift of time becomes so much more precious when death is a reality. Those who are dying feel grief too, along with pain and loneliness in a life situation which culture does little to prepare us. MYTH: Grief should only last about three weeks. This is one of the most heinous falsehoods put upon those suffering grief, “This soon shall pass.” For many, grief is a lifelong companion, an emptiness that accompanies day and night. This is as normal for animals as humans. It is far more helpful to see grief as a life process rather than a phase or stage to be hurried through. Such an acceptance among the grieving and those who care for them would allow individuals to process at their own pace. There is no set time for removing a loved one’s belonging from view. There is no pre-determined schedule for moving-on, despite what we may have seen in films. Considering that one of the most common impediments to reconciling grief is a lack of social support, it behooves us to gain awareness at a societal level that relief from degrees of grief takes more time than anyone would like. Grief is not a concept of healing or cure, in fact, anyone who is “over it” in three
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MYTH: Dwelling on details is bad, keep very busy and don’t think about the grief. When it comes to personal loss, this can be damaging advice. It is designed more for the comfort of the supporter than the actual griever. Some people cry, tell repeated stories, want hugs and many others do not. It may be disturbing to see a once functional executive teary eyed and vulnerable, but no one can really control how any particular loss will impact them. Often it is the cultural rituals which comfort us in the time of death, however, keep in mind these rituals have wide variance and times are changing. Most important is acceptance of the griever’s need or disdain for ritual. MYTH: Children should always be shielded from death. How are we to learn to accept death and find comforting ritual if we are protected from it? Avoiding discussion of death with children only makes it mysterious and leaves them to fill in the blanks with their own developing imaginations. It is very important to use correct terminology with young people about death and dying. Euphemisms for death, such as “put-to-sleep,” “gone with his maker,” “on vacation” and such phrases have the potential to be harmful. Imagine the youngster who has “lost” someone dear and finds herself now “lost” in a department store; what fears will she imagine? When one takes a test at school or with a doctor and “passed;” is this like when Grandpa “passed?” Of course, children’s exposure to the reality of death can be filtered by measure by age. Even little ones grieve and if given words and time to express their experience, they can be resilient and enhance the process for the adults in their world. MYTH: If you are having trouble with grief, you need to see a psychiatrist for an antidepressant. This is not necessarily true. If one feels suicidal, they need to seek assistance via local hospital or crisis counseling/ 911 immediately. If one feels their struggle with grief feel-
ings are getting in the way with their life functions and basic life happiness, start with a family doctor and a basic check-up. It is true that many physical conditions add to depressive feelings and it is very important to make sure all bodily systems are in working order. Next, look at nutrition, exercise and alcohol/drug consumption. These are also natural repairs to a body, which has been coping with emotional stress. Next, try talk therapy, either selfhelp, group or individual. Please remember, this does not mean an individual has a mental problem. There are many life stressors that can cause folks to seek outside support. Health, addiction, unemployment, debt, aging, domestic violence and spiritual issues are examples. Unless one is in a very rural area, investigations into most phone books reveal listings of support groups for these most serious challenges in life. However, psychological studies rank death of a loved one as the number one life stressor among all those insidious stressors mentioned. Few communities have a self-help grief support group, let alone one sponsored by a community institution or facilitated by a qualified professional. Why is this? There is only one sure thing to say to the dying and the grieving, that phrase is, “I am sorry.” Only offer to help if you really, 100 percent, mean to follow through. Leave your grief, “I know exactly how you feel” and your sometimes-discomforting platitudes: “He had a good life,” “At least she’s out of pain and in a better place,” and “He’ll be in heaven to meet you,” outside of the conversation. Don’t bring food the first weeks unless it is needed. Remember the bereaved person months into the process with short notes, calls, visits or diversions if they are welcomed. The act of listening with an open mind and heart is one of the greatest gifts one can give another. Grief is not a disease. It is a natural, healthy process of coping with the death of someone we care about. Often it is helpful to talk with a friend, clergy or a counselor about the intense experience of grief. Gail-Elaine Tinker M.S. offers grief counseling in her private practice of clinical psychology for individuals, families or small groups in Bethlehem. She is a speaker, an advocate and writes articles on grief for the compassion section of efuneral.com. Tinker Psychotherapy hosts a free monthly grief support group. Call 610-216-4319 for a phone consultation.
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Maintaining one’s own fitness program can prove a challenge when the will to work out fizzles. Many people are getting help conquering roadblocks and staying on an effective path of regular exercise through an enduring relationship with a personal trainer.
When nine-year client Bebe Duke, pproximately 6.4 million Ameri58, faced a lengthy rehabilitation after cans now engage personal trainers, according to the International tripping and shattering a shoulder, McHealth, Racquet & Sportsclub AssociaGee helped lift her spirits, ease her back tion, including some in less traditional into full-body fitness and even slay some locations, like community centers and psychological dragons. “We worked corporate workplaces. When a client her lower half; we kept her strong and sticks with a personal trainer over the her moods steady with meditation and long haul, the relationship can evolve yoga,” McGee says. “The physical therapist knew how to work with her beyond a caring coach into a steadfast shoulder joint, but not with the rest of mentor, producing benefits that tranher body and the rest of her life.” scend basic fitness. Duke felt, as she puts it, “a signifi “I have individuals I’ve worked cant fear of falling” after the accident. with for 10 years, and have come to “So we spent an enormous amount know them and their bodies and habits of time on balance and making sure I well,” says Kristin McGee, a New York didn’t feel nervous.” City trainer who counts celebrities like McGee was able to help Duke Steve Martin and Tina Fey as clients. By understanding all aspects of each of her prevent fitness loss, which can happen to anyone that goes four weeks clients, she says she can better tailor without exercising, reports Medicine programs to meet their needs. 44 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com
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The Secret of the Breath by Christi A. Rutkowski
e experience a miracle every morning that we wake. As we sleep, without any conscious effort on our part, we continue to breathe. This is one of the beautiful mysteries of life and one of the scientifically proven connections between humanity and all other living things—everything breathes. Without the carbon dioxide we exhale, the plant world would not survive and without the oxygen created by plants, humanity would perish. This delicate balance is preserved daily. If we, as conscious humans, would only choose to pay more attention to our breath, its patterns and habits, we could increase our oxygen intake and carbon dioxide release, benefiting and improving ourselves and the world around us. Our respiratory system is labeled as an “involuntary organ system” by Western medicine, meaning: we don’t need to consciously control our breathing for it to continue. What we are not taught is that our breath is directly connected to our nervous system. By consciously controlling our breathing, we can control our nervous system, thereby directly affecting all other systems in our body. There are two parts to our nervous system: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. When we inhale, our sympathetic nervous system is activated, causing our body temperature and muscle tone to increase, our heart rates— and possible our stress levels—to rise. When we exhale, our parasympathetic nervous system is activated, decreasing our heart rate, muscle tone, blood pressure and body temperature, and our stress levels may go down. This is another example of nature’s perfect balance. These two systems should take turns controlling the body every one to three hours. If this happens, the body can maintain homeostasis, a state of equilibrium. All living organisms on our planet strive for homeostasis, where our systems work most efficiently with the least amount of effort. Unfortunately, because of man’s multi-tasking and high anxiety lifestyles, we are often unable to keep this balance. Our breath is affected by our emotions, thoughts and life experiences. Because we have not been taught how to control our breath, this has lead to deeply rooted habits of unhealthy breathing patterns. There are four main “unhealthy habits” we may find in our breathing including noisy, forced breathing; shallow breathing; jerky/hesitating breaths; and pausing between inhale and exhale. These habits can cause 48 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com
us to be stressed if we breathe this way and/or we will begin breathing this way when stressed. We can’t get rid of many of our stressors, but we can improve the quality of our breathing on a daily basis. Unhealthy breathing habits are formed unconsciously through many years of not paying attention to our breathing. Noisy breathing causes us to force our breath through the throat and sinus cavities, which makes us work harder than necessary to breathe. Shallow breathing does not allow us to fill our lungs to capacity, decreasing our blood-oxygen levels, leaving us susceptible to many illnesses and disease. Jerkiness and hesitation in the breath puts stress on the nervous system, negatively affecting all other systems. Pausing between breaths stops all organ function momentarily, like many small deaths. This is why our nervous system cannot uphold the necessary balance the body needs to thrive. Imagine the effects of many years of this sort of stressful breathing. We are suffering as a community with so many stress-related illnesses and trauma, but we can heal! We can support ourselves and improve not only the state of our organ functioning, but also our entire beings by practicing what the ancient sages refer to as “ The Serene or Refined Breath.” 1. Silent Breathing - Relax the back of the tongue away from the roof of the mouth and breath along the bridge of the nose to eliminate noise. 2. Deep Breathing - Patiently wait until the lungs are full before exhaling. Finish the exhale before inhaling. You will be surprised how much deeper you can breathe. 3. Smooth Breathing - Eliminate jerkiness and hesitation in the breath, paying no attention to the distracting thoughts and emotions accompanying these disruptions. 4. Don’t Pause - Be mindful of the transition between breaths. With practice you will find a way to breath continuously. The breath will begin to move naturally like a wave in and out of the body. Only when our breathing is functioning at its highest potential will our minds follow suit. Only when our minds are clear, open and functioning at their highest potential will our lives become what we’ve dreamt them to be. Registered Yoga Teacher, Christi A. Rutkowski is a spiritual energy healer and has been teaching Raja yoga in the Himalayan tradition for 11 years. She is the founder of Quiet Heart Yoga, Fitness and Holistic Health, located at 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Unit 7 in Lower Macungie. Call 484-515-8356 or visit QuietHeartYoga.com for more information.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Childlight Yoga Teacher Workshop – Children’s yoga teacher training with Sally Delisle. This thorough children’s yoga teacher training program is designed to provide yogis with at least 1 yr. of study with the tools and knowledge needed to share gifts of yoga with children. 11/1-11/3. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging Seminar – Learn about this non-invasive and highly sensitive medical infrared imaging to assess risks of breast, vascular, thyroid, dental and neuromuscular disorders. 2pm. Lionville Natural Pharmacy, 309 Gordon Dr, Lionville. 610-363-7474.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Yoga 101: Introduction to Yoga for Beginners – with Kaite Mossburg –. Through cultivating inner awareness and identifying areas of the body that feel tight and restricted the student learns to release and open. Traditional beginner’s level postures to build your body awareness and mobility in a supportive and caring setting. 10am. Easton Yoga, 524 Pine St, Easton. 610-923-7522
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Free Intro to Bellydance – Experience the fitness and creative benefits of bellydance. 7:30-8:30pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642
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Waldorf Open House – River Valley Waldorf School invites you to 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! Birth to age 4 years. 10am. Please call to register 610-982-5606. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy. Yoga Class – Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. All levels including beginners welcome. Classes start at 5:30pm and 7:15pm, $12. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-8670116.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Pain Relief Clinic - Alleviate Back, Neck, Joint, Muscle Pain. Feldenkrais Method is gentle, easy movement that improves flexibility, decreases pain. 5:30-6:30 pm. Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th & Chew Streets, Allentown, 2nd fl aud. $10/class. Sliding scale available. RSVP 610-683-3406.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Yoga Class – Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. All levels including beginners welcome. Classes start at 9:15am and 5:30pm, $12. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-8670116.
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Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class, Research & Benefits – Greg Schweitzer. De-stress and revitalize to eliminate some of the most debilitating and chronic health conditions! This scientifically validated and physician recommended practice promotes healing by taking you to a level of rest deeper than sleep. 7:30-9 pm, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Fall Teachers Intensive – Join Jessie Thompson & Carrie Morgan for an in-depth weekend of practice and study. Emphasizes deepening your practice, refining your teaching skills, and discovering how the yogic concept of the Koshas can enhance your practice and teaching. 11/8-11/10. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Class Sampler – Introduction to School of Sacred Ministries. Morning session on Restorative Practices. Afternoon session on Finding Your Purpose. Past graduates of the School will be present to answer questions about the 2014-2016 program. Please RSVP and plan to arrive by 9:30am. Pebble Hill Interfaith Church, Doylestown. contact@ssminfo. org or 215-348-3428. Kirtan - One Voice, One Prayer – Raise your vibrations to a higher level through the ancient practice of chanting mantras. Sacred sound heals on all levels! Join us as we are guided on a musical journey of the soul! No experience necessary, $10 donation, potluck, kids free. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Carotid Artery Ultrasound Screening – Baseline Medical. Avoid heart attacks, strokes, disability or even death with this noninvasive, no risk screening that assesses blood flow & wall structure of the arteries in your neck. AND learn how these conditions may be corrected naturally! Results in 10 minutes. 8 am-4 pm, $60. Twin Ponds Center, West LV, call for appointment 610.395.3355 Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class, Research & Benefits – Greg Schweitzer. De-stress and revitalize to eliminate some of the most debilitating and chronic health conditions! This scientifically validated and physician recommended “effortless practice” takes you to a level of rest deeper than sleep. 7:30-9 pm, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Introduction to Kundalini Yoga – With Iris Kish. A style of yoga that directly stimulates the energy within the body through postures, meditation, and mantra. We explore the history, theories, and experience of Kundalini yoga. 2:30-4:30pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522 Change Your Body in 10 Minutes – Learn how to treat your chronic pain, heal injury, the signs of aging and negative effects of an active lifestyle. Rozanne Velebir will introduce the concepts of MELT so you can get started immediately. 1pm. Lionville Natural Pharmacy, 309 Gordon Dr, Lionville. 610363-7474.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 FREE: Pilates Intro – Char Brummundt. Yes, Pilates is fun! Great for back and shoulder problems. Improve, stabilize, and energize as you stretch and tone with balls, rollers, and towels. Give Pilates a try! 11 am- 12 noon. Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355. Meditation for Everyone – Curious about meditation and its benefits? This class is for you. Offer practical instruction in meditation, a practice session, and some time for discussion. Learn how to develop a personal practice outside the class. 4pm. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642 Journey Through the Koshas – Join Terry Coe as he offers his insight and understanding of yoga philosophy on the subject of the Koshas, gained from his many years of study in the Vedanta Yoga tradition. 1-4pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642
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Tues. Nov 12th and 26th & Dec 10th and 24th, 2013. 6-7:30pm. $175 includes Manual, CDs, & DVDs. For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley, L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250. Email email@example.com. Coopersburg Location. The Dynamic Duo – Learn how the conscious and subconscious minds can work in unison and harmony to enhance your health, happiness and productivity. 6-7:30pm. Cost $25 –For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley, L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Coopersburg location. Pain Relief Clinic - Alleviate Back, Neck, Joint, Muscle Pain. Feldenkrais Method is gentle, easy movement that improves flexibility, decreases pain. 5:30-6:30 pm. Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th & Chew Streets, Allentown, 2nd fl aud. $10/class. Sliding scale available. RSVP 610-683-3406
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 30 CEs 4 day Workshop: Intro to the Kestenberg Movement Profile, Meaning of Movement – Suzanne Hastie. Approved for therapists (NCC) & childcare providers (PQAS). The KMP is a tool that offers a refined language & psychological interpretation for what is seen in the body. $750, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355. Jin Shin Jyutsu Class – Learn Japanese healing art using finger pressure along pathways on the body restoring energy flow. Similar to acupuncture without needles for pain, stress, other health concerns. 5:30-7:30. Lehigh Valley Hospital, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 17th Street, Allentown, $5 Vera R. 610-398-1555
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Open Yoga Practice – A self-guided practice, supervised by experienced yoga teacher Sandra Kessel. Develop your own sequences with helpful tips to prepare the body for poses you want to achieve, or ways to develop an effective modified practice. $20. 4-6pm. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642
Belly Dance Series – With Hannah Nour at Easton Yoga. Both Level 1 and 2 are offered as a eight week session. Level 1 class is deeply discounted. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522
Breaking Bread, Building Bridges – An opportunity to feed your body as well as your soul. A spread of all organic food will be offered, and a host of interesting people will be on hand for hearty conversation.. Open to the public! Begins after Celebration 12:30pm. Pebble Hill Interfaith Church in Doylestown. Sponsored by the School of Sacred Ministries. email@example.com or 215348-3428.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Healthy Aging Seminar – A lively discussion of the problems of aging including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and lack of energy. The causes are not what you have been led to believe. Chelation therapy will be fully explained. Noon. RSVP 610-682-2104. Maulfair Medical,PA 2970 Corporate Box 421 Emmaus, 18049 • P: Court Orefield.
Minimizing the Risk of Cancer for You & Your Family Itsy Sweeney. Is there anything you can do to prevent cancer? Yes! Join us for a presentation, open discussion, and Q&A about what you can do to take control of your personal health to minimize your risk of cancer. 6:30-8:30 pm, $25, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355. FREE: Macrobiotic Way of Eating – Steve Hoog. Learn how to be healthier by eating in harmony with the seasons and from the energetic perspective of Ying and Yang, the dynamic interaction of opposing energies (expansive and contraction). 6:30-8:00 pm. Also offered Nov. 25, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355.
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savethedate PARTNER YOGA With Deanna Nagle & Brian Toseland Sunday, December 1 An afternoon of divine play with your partner. We will begin by connecting to each other through breathing and meditation, recognizing the divine in our partner and ourselves. We’ll progress to heart opening partner yoga to flow, stretch, breathe, release stress, and laugh! Let go of inhibitions and enjoy the divine dance of partner yoga. We’ll finish with partner relaxation poses - you’ll help each other relax deeply with assisted stretches and breathing techniques, leaving you both feeling refreshed, connected and supported. 2-4:30pm. $35. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 E. 4th St. Bethlehem. RSVP to 610-867-9642.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 School Tour – This is the best way to experience Waldorf education. We will view student work, experience a main lesson and speak with the faculty and staff. 9am. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. Please call to register 610-982-5606. Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class, Research & Benefits – Greg Schweitzer. De-stress and revitalize to eliminate some of the most debilitating and chronic health conditions! This scientifically validated and physician recommended “effortless practice” takes you to a level of rest deeper than sleep. 7:30-9 pm, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355. Free: Women & Money – Rima Hirsch. Women today continue to make financial progress. But, with this new-found status comes more responsibility. Learn how you can manage your situation and feel more secure about your financial future. 6:30-7:30 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355 FREE: Fall Into Health Day – Take charge of your health & wellness. Visit our beautiful Center, enjoy warm cider, snacks, & classes/talks: Women’s Health Talk & Tea, 11 am; Beginner Yoga, 6 pm; Women & Money, 6:30 pm; Coordination Pattern™ Training, 7 pm; Effortless Meditation™ Intro., 7:30 pm. Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Healthy Digestion Seminar – Dr. Maulfair will discuss digestion’s role in your health. Clinical ex-
perience highlight the right way to relieve digestive problems including very serious chronic conditions. Noon. Free. RSVP 610-682-2104. 2970 Corporate Ct, Orefield. 610-682-2104. Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class, Research & Benefits – Greg Schweitzer. De-stress and revitalize to eliminate some of the most debilitating and chronic health conditions! This scientifically validated and physician recommended “effortless practice” takes you to a level of rest deeper than sleep. 7:30-9 pm, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Sacred Rhythms – Joe Hough. Explore the power of sound, rhythm and music to heal: mind, body and spirit. Drums will be provided and you are welcome to bring your own noise maker! No experience necessary, all ages! Potluck after, $10 donation! 6-8pm, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 R & R Workshop – Restorative Yoga and Reiki with Alicia Wozniak. This workshop will give you time and space to access deep levels of active relaxation through mindful asana, restorative yoga, reiki and breathing. The combination of these practices lead to a state of receptivity in which all levels of the body can open to healing. 5-8pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522 Going Deeper Yoga – Monthly Asana Intensive with Florence Corcoran. Move your practice forward. Work deeply in fundamental postures as a gateway to more advanced postures and sequences. 3-5pm. $20. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642
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Beginner/Restorative Yoga – Class with Carol Milot, 11:30am. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St), Bethlehem. 610-746-5852
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.
Open/Restorative Yoga – Class with Kriste Matthew; 7:15 pm and Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-746-5852
Yoga for Health – A physical (hatha) 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.
Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No experience necessary. 10am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Sunday Services – Metaphysical and nondenominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211 Prenatal Yoga – A safe and supportive environment to practice through all stages of pregnancy. Develop strength, flexibility, and proper breathing, and explore meditation techniques creating inner peace for birth and motherhood. 11:45am. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642
monday Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 5:45pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356 Vinyasa Flow Yoga - An energetic & flowing class focusing on aligning body, mind and heart. Incorporating precise instruction, class creates clarity in your practice and encourages openness. 7:30pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, 484-515-8356. Feldenkrais® Method – Carol Siddiqi. This method of gentle movements helps you improve capabilities and overcome injuries by teaching your brain to reorganize and rebuild physical movements. 5:45pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Pilates: Towel & Foam Roller – Char Brummundt. Have fun and strengthen your back, shoulders, and improve core strength while stretching and toning with towels and foam roller. Ask about private and duet “reformer” sessions. 6pm, $75/6 cl.. Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Yoga, Restorative – Carol Siddiqi. 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 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355
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 for more information.
tuesday Wiggle & Giggle with Your Child – Suzanne Hastie. Move with your child for a deeper connection. Have fun with movement, dance, and colorful props in a creative way. Children ages 4-7, 9:30-10:15 am, $15 per parent/child, additional child $5, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training – Betsy Wetzig. Learn to improve the way you function, both physically & mentally, for success in life and the release of pain and stress with simple, easy exercises. 7-8 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Mat Pilates – With certified Pilates instructor Paola Montes. 5:30-6:25pm. $15. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included.. No exp nec. 12pm & 5pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356 Traditional Middle Eastern Bellydancing – Explore Egyptian and Near East movements, music, and culture .Improve strength, coordination, balance, and grace. 6:45pm. $77/ 7 weeks, starting 11/5/13. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. 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 MKP.org.
MAREA Meeting – Monthly meetings of the MidAtlantic Renewable Energy Association held the last Tuesday of the month. Open to the public and free of charge. Held at TEK Park in Breinigsville at 7p.m. Get involved with promoting green energy. Visit www.themarea.org for more information. Community Reiki Clinic – Collaborating practitioners serve all who want to experience the healing 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 Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 10am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, Fitness & Holistic Health, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484515-8356. Tai Chi - A gentle martial art defined as meditation in motion, teaches postural alignment, balance, physical control and whole-body coordination, stimulates the brain and maintains over-all health. 5:30pm, $77/ 7 wks starting 11/6/13, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484515-8356. Vinyasa Flow Yoga - An energetic & flowing class, which focuses on aligning your body, mind and heart for an optimal flow. Class creates clarity and encourages openness in daily life. 6:45pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Self-Discovery thru Movement – Suzanne Hastie. A fun class to feel physical release, stress reduction, and greatly connected to “self.” Become familiar with basic rhythms and movement patterns we all use in our daily life. 10am, $115/6 wks or $20/cl. Twin Ponds, W LValley, Register 610-395-3355 Pilates Combo Class – Char Brummundt. Mat work with different apparatus - helps with chronic spine, joint, muscular, and neurological problems. 6pm, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Pilates/Yoga Fusion Class – Char Brummundt. Pilates mat along with yoga postures help with pelvic and spinal stability. 7pm, $75/6 both classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 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 (hatha) 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. Breathwork is coordinated with postures. 1:30pm. YMCA/YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. 610-434-9333. Sierra Club Meeting – Monthly meeting on the 4th Wednesday of each month except July. All welcome. Bring ideas and environmental concerns. 7pm. Room 640S, Fowler Center, NCCC, Third and Buchanan Streets, South Bethlehem. Email lvsierraclub@ gmail.com for more info.
Bellydancing – With Hannah Nour. Traditional dance for fitness and creative expression. 7:30pm. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610746-5852 Monthly Peace Vigil – 2nd Thursday of every month, 4pm at the south approach to the Hill-toHill Bridge, 3rd & Wyandotte Streets, Bethlehem. Contact Vince 610-216-8103, or Tom 610-882-1136 for info.
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.
Reiki & Aromatherapy Circle -Learn more about the healing arts of Japanese Reiki and Aromatherapy. Lecture, meditation, mini Reiki session with an essential oil sample. Meets the last Thursday of each month. 6:30pm guest & practitioners. $5. Must RSVP. Emmaus. Handicap accessible. 610393-2036.
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 PA. 610-791-2641
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
Vinyasa Flow Yoga – With Carmen, Mixed level, modifications provided for all poses. Kim’s Healing Center in Easton, 6:00-7:15pm, by donation. Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-5597280
Weekly 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.
Pilates, Morning Stretch - Char Brummundt. A great intro to Pilates. Have fun, strengthen your back, shoulders and improve core strength while stretching and toning with balls, rollers, and towels. Ask about private and duet “reformer” sessions. 9:30am, $75/6 cl. Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training – Betsy Wetzig. Learn to improve the way you function, both physically & mentally, for success in life and the release of pain and stress with simple, easy exercises. 7-8 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Iyengar Yoga, Levels 1–2 – Diana Erney. Builds upon 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. 7pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Raja (Classical) Yoga – Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 6pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356 Intermediate/Advanced Yoga – Classes with Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia. 5:30 pm. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-746-5852 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.
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. 5:30-6:25pm. $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
friday Beginner’s Yoga – Bonita Cassel. Attention to alignment and self love make this class a perfect one for those beginning or challenged with limitations. 10-11 am, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Kripalu Yoga Restorative – Carol Siddiqi. Greater self-awareness by learning the basics of yoga and the gentle movements of Feldenkrais will help you perform daily activities with greater ease, pleasure and without pain.11:30am. $88/8 classes. Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355
Matter of Balance – Emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, 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/Core Flow – With Laurel Attanasio. Learn how to use your core in every yoga pose, taking your practice to a higher level. 9:30am. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 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 Beginner/restorative Yoga – Class with Carol Milot, 11:30am. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St), Bethlehem. 610-746-5852
saturday Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 9am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Free to Be Me: Yoga for Adults with Cognitive Disabilities – Fun and simple yoga classes for adults with special needs. Improves coordination, flexibility and strength. Offers stress-relief and emotional management. 10:45pm, Free to one adult and 1 friend, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, 484-515-8356 Yoga/Level 1 & 2 with Restoratives – With Melanie Smith. This class picks up the pace from Level 1 and works on preparations for intermediate poses including inversions. Learn postures that relax the nervous system deeply. 10:30am. $15 Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Adult Autism Support Group – By & for those on the spectrum to discuss their concerns and strategies for success. Free. 1st Saturday monthly. Noon-2pm. 3005 Brodhead Rd #260, Bethlehem. Call Gailelaine 610-216-4319 for info and register. Gamblers Anonymous Meeting – If you have a gambling problem please join us every Saturday morning from 11am-1pm at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem in the Education Center. Rm 111. For more information call 215-872-5635.
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LEHIGH VALLEY ORIENTAL MEDICINE CENTRE Ming ming and David Molony 101 Bridge Street Catasauqua, PA 18032 610-264-2755
Acupuncture and herbal medicine with capable, experienced practitioners. Practicing acupuncture in the Lehigh Valley since 1988. Acupuncture, herbs, dietary consultation, and other aspects of Oriental Medicine provide a complete healing system for health and regeneration, enhancing the outcome of Conventional care
LISA BAAS ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE 2358 Sunshine Rd Allentown, PA 18103 610-841-9300 Lic. # OM 000054 livingartsmedicine.com
Board certified and licensed Acupuncturist, Dietary and Lifestyle counseling, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs, Laser Acupuncture, Magnetic therapy ( A . R . T. ) A u t o n o m i c R e sponseTesting for Detox and more. 20 years of holistic healing.
LIVEWELL INTEGRATED HEALTH LLC
Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509 LiveWellIntegratedHealth.com
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 17.
If you are all alone, it is usually a sign that you need to commit yourself to your beliefs or at least a good activity. You need to give yourself away. ~Doris Haddock
ACUPUNCTURE – COMMUNITY STYLE EASTMAN ACUPUNCTURE
Laura Eastman, MS, MAc, LAc 1617 Hamilton St. Allentown, PA 484-619-3882 eastman-acupuncture.com
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
AROMATHERAPY BASIC EARTH ESSENTIALS
Michael J Lausterer, CCA 795 Bentzel Rd, Lewisberry, PA 717-932-6899 www.basicearthessentials.com
Brighten your mood and cleanse your spirit. Providing exceptional Aromatherapy and Essential Oil products using only natural Earth inspired ingredients. Roll-ons, creams, Dead Sea body soaks, synergy blends and room essences. We can create customized blends that are personal and focused on your needs. Regular attendees of the Spring and Fall Allentown Spiritual Expo.
YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS
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BODYWORK ELEMENTS FOR HEALING Heather Terrible West Bethlehem PA 484-626-2920
Allow your body to heal itself and restore your vital life force with Shiatsu. Relieve stress, anxiety, back pain, digestive issues and headaches. Shiatsu also helps with fertility and reproductive problems. Move stagnant energy, remove blockages and create balance in the body’s major energy systems. Trained at International School of Shiatsu. Available by appointment. See ad, page 35.
MARIE RUXTON THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Marie Ruxton CMT, CN 628 Chestnut Street 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. Gift certificates available. See ad, page 35.
QUIET HEART YOGA, FITNESS & HOLISTIC HEALTH 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, PA 18106, Unit #7 www.quietheartyoga.com firstname.lastname@example.org, 484-515-8356
Offering a variety of modalities, including Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Pre-Natal Massage, Herbal Poultice, Reiki, Shiatsu, Pranic Healing, Shamanic Healing, Past Life Regression, Crystal Healing, and more; we are dedicated to improving and balancing mental, spiritual and physical health. Join us for classes in Yoga, Bellydancing, Drumming, Chanting, Reiki, Tai Chi and QiGong to create movement and freedom in your spirit!
CHIROPRACTOR LIVEWELL INTEGRATED HEALTH LLC
Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509 LiveWellIntegratedHealth.com
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 17,
COACHING - CAREER CAREER WELLNESS PARTNERS
Barbara Berger, CPC, CCC Allentown, PA 484-862-9523 Barbara@CareerWellnessPartners.com CareerWellnessPartners.com
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.
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RCG Counseling understands that families can be a source of great support and joy, and they can also have challenging dynamics and relationships. We are committed to providing quality counseling services to restore balance to families and individuals. Call or e-mail today to set-up your free consultation.
COUNSELING – HOLISTIC Meg Deak MCAT, LPC
Elizabeth Sanchez Certified Business & Lifestyle Coach 44 E. Broad St. Suite 120 Bethlehem PA 18018 610.417.0665 www.blazesuccess.com
Recalibrate for your life’s true potential, Restore balance, Reconnect with meaningful relationships, Rediscover and achieve your dreams, Revitalize with clarity and focus. Elizabeth has been working for over 18 years offering individual and group sessions to empower clients to live life in magnificence. Call to schedule a free “Magnificent Life Assessment”
COLON HYDROTHERAPY PATHWAYS HOLISTIC CENTER 4833 Chestnut St. Emmaus, PA 18049 610.966.7001 www.pathwaysholistic.com
Offering colon hydrotherapy (CHT) from compassionate practitioners skilled in total system healing. Cleansing and rebuilding colon health allows for your body to heal from the inside by providing total system hydration and detoxification. Good digestive health leads to weight loss, improved nutrient absorption and greater overall health.
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Vitality in Emmaus & Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 610-504-4830 www.eft4stress.com
Are you ready for change? Does tension, stress and anxiety get in your way? How would things be, if you could easily release anger, fear, guilt or sadness? Does trauma from your past interfere with enjoying your life, now? Call Meg today to schedule a free, 20 minute consultation.
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Smart Solutions and Creative Holistic Therapy 3037 S. Pike Ave. #105 Allentown, PA 18103 610-282-0709 www.creativeholistictherapy.com A holistic counselor and coach, using hypnotherapy, chakra energy clearing, Reiki, mindfulness & 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.
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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, professionally, confidentially, and respectfully. Talk Therapy, Relaxation, Reiki, Art, and natural modes empower YOU. Call for free consultation.
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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
HAIR RESTORATION – NATURAL Lehigh Valley Institute of Regenerative Medicine
Mikhail Artamonov, MD 1004 Van Buren Rd., Easton, PA 18045 610-438-4460 LehighValleyIntituteOfRegenerativeMedicine.com
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 19.
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Kathleen DeVaul, MSN, RN, CHC 420 Hamsher Ave., Topton, PA 19562 484-661-6786 www.hwnursenavigators.com
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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 ww.youngliving. com/abiba to purchase or for income opportunity info.
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LIFE’S PATH REGRESSION THERAPY Saucon Valley, PA 18015 610 972-0400 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. See ad, page 13.
MANTRA MEDITATION YOGA Paul Wilson, D.Ay 6730 Geissinger Rd. Zionsville, PA 484 695 6880 email@example.com
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.
561 Main Street, Suite 290 Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-893-0096 www.optionshypnosis.com
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 25.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE MJA Healthcare Network
Mikhail Artamonov, MD PhD 5195 Seven Bridges Road East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 570-872-9800 MJAHealthcare.com
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 19.
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.
MOVEMENT THERAPY – FELDENKRAIS METHOD®
Carol Siddiqi FGNA, RYT
Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355 www.twinpondscenter.com
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.
NATURAL DENTISTRY Cosmetic and Natural Dentistry
Carol Sherman DDS William Baron DDS 2600 Newburg Rd. Easton, PA 18045 610-252-1454 www.beatacarlson.com
Dr. Carlson begins 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 10.
Michael Taras, DMD, FAGD, FIND, CNC, IBDM, NMD 2900 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown, PA 18103
Dr. Taras is a mercury free, holistic dentist who performs safe mercury filling removal and is the developer of the mercury protection program. Mercury testing, pH, ozone, homeopathics, ionic minerals, & drainage remedies are used to heal patients naturally. See ad, page 64.
NATURAL FAMILY MEDICINE A NATURAL MEDICINE CLINIC
DR. MICHAEL JUDE LOQUASTO, ND, PHD, DC Lehigh Valley Professional Center 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27 Bethlehem, PA 18020 * 484-821-1460 www.drmichaelloquasto.com
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. The goal is to restore and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle.
PHILLIP GETSON, D.O.
Family Physician · Board Certified Thermologist Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville www.healththroughawareness.com www.tdinj.com (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 31.
MAULFAIR MEDICAL CENTER Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 2970 Corporate Court, Suite 1 Orefield, PA 18069 610-682-2104 www.drmaulfair.com www.purelyyoudetox.com
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 53.
WOODLANDS HEALING RESEARCH
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 bio-identical hormone therapy. See ad, page 9.
DALLAS WELLNESS CENTER, LLC Debra E Dallas, PhD, MIfHI, DCNT
4048 Freemansburg Ave., Easton, PA 18045
Dallas Wellness Center is an integrated therapy and diagnostic center. We offer Iridology, Thermographic Imaging, Nutrigenomics and Nutrition, Homeopathy, Herbology, Blood Typing, Hair Analysis, and Ion Cleansing. When people have been everywhere else and are still sick, they come visit us. See ad, page 25.
Lehigh Valley Integrated Health
163 S. Green St., Nazareth, PA 18064 610-759-0500 www.VitalityLV.com
LV Integrated Health is an al ternative medicine practice located in the heart of Nazareth, PA. Services offered include: Family Chiropractic, Nutrition Response Testing, Massage Therapy, and Reflexology. The staffs’ health philosophy is that your lifestyle (not just your genetics) determines the length and quality of your existence. They offer regular free educational classes in the practice on such topics as, How to Turn Stress and Fatigue into Vitality! See ad, page 14.
PATHWAYS HOLISTIC CENTER 4833 Chestnut St. Emmaus, PA 18049 610.966.7001 www.pathwaysholistic.com
Combining a variety of the finest holistic healing methods, we help shape your new path to reclaim life and become balanced & whole once again. Over 15 years of restoring health from within by cleansing, nourishing. Comprehensive physical, mental, spiritual and emotional healing services offered plus nutrition programs, prepared foods, retreats, catering services.
Robert E Hartzell RPH, CCN Shelley Surber RD, LDN 300 American Street Catasauqua, Pa 18032 610-264-5471 ext 237
Offering our successful (FLT) First Line Therapy, and Ultra Lite therapeutic Life style programs. Our programs will help with weight concerns; blood sugar concerns, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Let us help to implement healthy changes into your life. Change your life, Take back your health. Call for an appointment See ad, page 20,.
TWIN PONDS INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CENTER
628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355 www.twinpondscenter.com
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 ad, page 13 and 23..
NATUROPATH Mia Darling, N.D.
Maulfair Medical Center 2970 Corporate Court, Suite #1 Orefield, Pa 18069 484-272-2055 As a Naturopath, I am trained in both prescription drugs and natural supplements and herbs. I work with you, not just a lab value. I take the time to listen to you and to educate you on how your body works, including how foods, supplements, and exercise. Whether you are trying to reverse or prevent a health issue, there are solutions to address the root cause of disease. See ad, page 11.
NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION LLC Tina Stashko, N.D. PhD MIfHI Emmaus, Pa. 18049 610-965-8132 naturalhealthpromotion.net
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 38.
NUTRITIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Nicholas Theodorou ND 5 Stonecroft Dri.,Easton, PA 18045 610-258-1894 Nutritek.net
“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.
NUTRITION & EDUCATION WELLNESS SIMPLIFIED
Dian Freeman Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816 www.WellnessSimplified.com
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.
NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING ALICIA RAMBO-WOSNIAK
Center for Healthy Living @ Easton Yoga 524 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042 610.923.7522 www.eastonyoga.com
Gale Maleskey, MS, RD, LDN Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355 www.twinpondscenter.com
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.
THE JOYFUL ELEPHANT
Michelle M.L. Trent, NET, CPT Food Coach and Certified Personal Trainer Bethlehem, PA 484.515.6603 JoyfulElephant.com
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.
REGRESSION THERAPY LIFE’S PATH REGRESSION THERAPY
Saucon Valley, PA 18015 610 972-0400 firstname.lastname@example.org
Regression hypnotherapy helps you remember events from your past that may be the rootcause 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. See ad, page 13.
SEXUAL HEALTH THERAPY Alexandra T. Milspaw, M.Ed., M.Ed., LPC
Bethlehem, PA www.alexandramilspaw.com 484-894-1246
Are you in a food rut? Want to lose a few pounds? Feeling sluggish and unmotivated? Whole foods detoxing is what your body need. I offer customized detox plans and whole-body care. Over 10 years of wellness experience through yoga and now offering wellness coaching through lifestyle and nutritional counseling. Free Health Consultations, call now! See ad, page 17.
Sexual health counselor and educator 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.” Anything is possible!
SPIRITUAL HEALING IN THE HEART OF REIKI
Paula Michal-Johnson, Ph.D. Classical Reiki Pennyslvania 484-686-7388 IntheHeartofReikiLV@gmail.com www.classicalreikipa.wordpress.com
Consultations & Reiki sessions to promote health, wellness and recovery from physical, emotional and spiritual trauma. Cofounder 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.
LEHIGH VALLEY REIKI
Tara Gallus, Reiki Practitioner & Teacher Bethlehem, PA 610.739.4201 www.lehighvalleyreiki.com
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.
361 E. Main Street Kutztown, PA 19530 484-788-8328 email@example.com www.shumei.org
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 3pm-5pm; Sat 1pm-3pm
STUCTURAL INTEGRATION ANDREI KAZLOUSKI
188 Shiloh Court Whitehall 484.695.8265 www.si-rolfmethod.com
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 25
THERMOGRAPHIC IMAGING Liesha Getson, BCTT, HHC
Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville www.healththroughawareness.com 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. See ad, page 31.
VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE Diane Gabriel-Fraynert VMD, CVA
3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com
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. Gabriel-Fraynert feels an integrative approach allows for greater breadth of treatment options for many underlying and or/ preexisting medical conditions. See ad, page 47.
VETERINARY CHIROPRACTIC Kristen Fenstermacher VMD
3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com
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. See ad, page 47.
Open your eyes,
look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? ~Bob Marley
CANINE MASSAGE Vyolet Albano CMP, RM, CM
3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com
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. See ad, page 47.
VETERINARY CANINE REHABILITATION Pamela Mueller PhD DVM
3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com
Dr. Mueller is a veterinarian with advanced training in exercise physiology and canine rehabilitation. We welcome dogs with neurologic problems, sports injur i e s a n d p o s t s u rg i c a l p a tients. Aquatic exercise can rejuvenate geriatric pets and condition competition companions. See ad, page 47.
YOGA KULA HEART YOGA
3400 Bath Pike, Bethlehem 610-746-5852 www.kulaheartyoga.com Facebook: Yoga at Kulaheartyoga
Bringing community of the hearts together as we embrace diversity & celebrate life. Diverse yoga classes, certified/ registered yoga teachers, Yoga Teacher Training, Kid’s/Family yoga, Therapeutic, Restorative, Anusara Inspired, Kundalini, Prenatal, & Pilates. Workshops with internationally renowed teachers. Massage therapy services in our beautiful wellness center. New student special $30 for 30 days unlimited yoga.
THE YOGA LOFT
521 E 4th St., 3rd Floor (above Cantelmi’s Hardware) Bethlehem, PA 18015 610-867-YOGA (9642) www.theyogaloftofbethlehem.com
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 49.
VETERINARY PHYSICAL THERAPY YOGA THERAPY
Beth Kenny MPT, CCRP
3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com
Beth is a physical therapist with 20 years experience, including special education in canine anatomy and rehabilitaion. 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. See ad, page 47.
WEIGHT LOSS - HOLISTIC PATHWAYS HOLISTIC CENTER
4833 Chestnut St. Emmaus, PA 18049 610.966.7001 www.pathwaysholistic.com
Learn a new way to loose weight without starvation. Reduce the health risks to the bodies systems. We will teach you new ways of relating to food that allows for nourishing at a cellular level, cleansing your blood, reducing or eliminating gas and bloating. Learn the food combining way that also provides for anti-aging.
ELEVATIONS YOGA THERAPY
Cyndee Gischel Graham CSYT Svaroopa® Yoga Therapist 2230 Corriere Rd. Easton Pa 610-653-0904
Elevate your body, your mind and more. This therapeutic style of yoga reaches into and releases deep-seated layers of spinal tension by using precise angles, blankets and hands on personalized adjustments so that the body opens gently yet deeply from the inside out. Reduce stress. Relieve back pain. Restore energy and enjoy increased flexibility. This class is for everyone. No experience necessary. Classes Mon & Fri 10am. or Wed 1pm. Private sessions also available. Call for evening classes.
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