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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

25 MEANINGFUL GIVING Tips to Simplify the Season

by Beth Davis

28 EXPLORING THE

LAST FRONTIER 30 with Astronaut Edgar Mitchell by Linda Sechrist

30 DO GOOD,

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FEEL GOOD The Helping – Health – Happiness Connection by Lisa Marshall

34 MEDIA MADNESS How Children Enrich Our Spiritual Life by Steve Taylor

40 Grieving During

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44 FUN PARTY FOODS Easy, Flavorful and Festive by Renée Loux

48 GOOD DOG

Positive Training Yields Fast Results by Sandra Murphy

50 THE UPSIDE OF

DOWNHILL SKIING

Make the Most of Peak Experiences by Randy Kambic

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26 community spotlight 28 wisewords 34 healthykids 36 healingways 44 consciouseating 52 calandar

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he following letter was written by Peggy Malecki and Jim Irwin, Co-Publishers of Natural Awakenings in Chicago Illinois. It was too perfect not to share with our local readers.

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ou probably don’t hear from magazine publishers very often, as we are usually juggling a zillion things while trying to be five places at the same time. But we wanted to give you our wish list and share some holiday tips as well. We must admit, an iPad would be a really cool “thing” gift this year, but that can wait. Instead, we share with you our heartfelt wishes and dreams for true and real gifts. They may be grandiose, but we believe they are part of the spirit that can be carried within us all as we move into 2012. •

That as human beings, we may begin to truly value all people on this Earth and honor everyone daily with simple dignity, respect and hope for the future–and teach our children these ways by example.

That as citizens of this country and of the world, we can put our political and ideological differences aside and work toward lasting economic, spiritual and social healing.

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That as keepers of the Earth, we may awaken to the realization that every action or inaction has an effect on seven generations ahead, and consciously work toward a healthier and sustainable environment for all creatures.

And that as part of the grand web of life, we may more fully honor and respect the beauty in all things and give thanks daily for this wonderful planet Earth that we call our home.

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LVpublisher@naturalawakeningsmag.com www.HealthyLehighValley.com © 2011 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call for a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available for $36 (for 12 issues). Please call 610-421-4443 with credit card information or mail a check made out to Natural Awakenings – Lehigh Valley, to the above address.

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It gives us chills to think of the possibilities if these wishes start to manifest, even in a tiny way. Imagine the snowball effect if everyone were to make a small daily effort in these areas! Santa, we’ve also left you a few copies of December’s issue of Natural Awakenings to enjoy with your almond milk and gluten-free cookies. Please give a copy to Mrs. Claus, as we know she’ll enjoy our Conscious Eating section, which includes lots of yummy recipes for healthy holiday party snacks. Pass your copy along to the elves in your North Pole workshop. We think they’ll want to read our main articles about how to simplify the holidays, as well as the connection between doing good for others and feeling good yourself. And please remember to reach out to those who have lost loved ones during holidays past. Oh, and Santa, just a thought after all those cookies—please check out the article in our Fit Body section about the benefits of downhill skiing. One final thought for you, Santa. If while making your rounds this year, you find you’re missing a few gifts for all the good girls and boys, please be sure to visit our Natural Awakenings advertisers and distributors. They’ll help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And if you want to save some money, please refer to the wonderful coupons and offers in our Holiday Gift Guide. We wish you a peaceful and magical holiday season, and a world of happiness in 2012!

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aving sick kids with earaches, cold, flu, fever or a cough that won’t go away can be challenging. Missed school, nights of coughing and worry, and trips to the doctor are layers of stress parents don’t need. David N. Harder, a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild will present a seminar at 6:30 p.m. on December 9 at Nature’s Way in Easton to help parents be prepared for cold and flu season—and keep their kids healthy through the winter. Harder will discuss how to prevent, treat and minimize the duration of symptoms thereby avoiding the worst scenarios of seasonal illness. He will also provide experience-based techniques and tips he has gained throughout his practice (and from raising his own children) to help families get through the season in better health. “Food, vitamins and herbs are great resources, and when used preventively and as a treatment, they are guaranteed to keep your kids healthier,” says Harder. Pre-register and receive a Nature’s Way shopping voucher. Nature’s Way is located at 143 Northampton Street in Easton. For more information, call 610-253-0940 or visit NaturesWayEaston. com. See ad, page 52.

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isa Baas Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine will be offering lectures and workshops throughout the year focused on how to survive and thrive in 2012 and beyond. The first, titled “Environmental Illness and Ecological Medicine,” will take place on January 28. Participants will learn how environmental factors can put their health at risk, and how ecological medicine can help in healing. Bass says that research shows environmental toxins such as heavy metals and microbes like Lyme contribute to chronic illnesses including diabetes and heart disease. She wants to make people aware of the impact the environment has on health. The workshops are designed to not only raise awareness, but to also show individuals how to navigate both detoxification and personal healing. Baas has spent the past two years studying ecological medicine and environmental illness with leaders in the field. She offers personal consultations and testing for environmental toxins in her daily practice. Lisa Baas Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is located at 860 Broad Street, Suite 100 in Emmaus. Call 610-967-0515 for more detailed information. See ad, page 57.


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ant to learn and experience how to maintain your optimal health and vibrancy even during the darkest and coldest time of the year? Kula Heart Yoga and Wellness Center is hosting a Winter Wellness Open House from 1-3 p.m. on December 18. Demonstrations will be given in a few specialty areas including Reiki therapy, Thai yoga therapy and yoga therapy. The whole team of therapists will be on hand to provide samples of their many talents and offerings. For those running out of shopping time, Kula is offering a very generous special on gift cards. During the event attendees can buy two gift cards and receive a third one free. Additionally, guests are entered to win some fun and useful raffle prizes as a “thank you” for stopping by. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center is located at 3864 Courtney Street, Suite 150 in Bethlehem. For more information, call 610-746-5852, the wellness coordinator at 610-597-5616 or visit KulaHeartYoga.com. See ad, page 31.


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elcome King Winter! River Valley Waldorf School is inviting the public to celebrate the magic of the season at its annual Winter Fair on Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The whole family can participate in this special day, engaging in games and crafts, and visiting King Winter in his palace. Revelers can relax in the café, which will offer a variety of delicious homemade meals and desserts accompanied by live music. Children can experience the secret garden—a special shopping area just for young children. Activities include outdoor apple baking, candle rolling, a gingerbread tea party and crafting colorful rose windows. River Valley Waldford School is an independent, non-profit, non-sectarian elementary school serving children from pre-K through 8th grade, as well as offering a parent/child program for children ages three and under. River Valley Waldorf School is located at 1395 Bridgeton Hill Road in Upper Black Eddy, five minutes from the Milford, N.J. bridge. For more information, call 610-982-5606 or visit RiverValleySchool.org. See ad, this page.

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DIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio, has begun airing a new segment called “Living Green in the Lehigh Valley” on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. during NPR’s On the Media. The four-minute segments also air on Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. during All Things Considered. The radio shorts feature advice, suggestions and tips on how to reduce one’s carbon footprint and live a greener, more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The segments are timely and seasonal and cover topics such as environmental education opportunities for kids; rebates and incentives for energy improvements and efficiency; as well as easy ways to reduce energy use and save money on heating and cooling bills. Annie Prince and Bruce Wilson, coowners of Bruce Wilson Contracting and co-founders of Lehigh Valley Green Builders are producing the programs. Prince is also an independent producer of music, film, radio, television and special events in the U.S. and UK. “The program is a way for WDIY to support living lightly here in the Lehigh Valley, and we hope the program will give easy-to-use tips on doing so,” says Prince. WDIY is a community public radio station, providing the Lehigh Valley with NPR news, a wide diversity of music and locally produced public affairs programs. The station is heard on WDIY 88.1 FM Allentown/Bethlehem, 93.7 FM Fogelsville/ Trexlertown, 93.9 FM Easton/Phillipsburg, and at WDIY.org. natural awakenings

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atients that experience medically unexplained symptoms might benefit from acupuncture, according to new research by the Institute of Health Services Research, Peninsula Medical School, at the University of Exeter. The study involved 80 adults that had consulted their general practitioner eight or more times in the previous year for problems such as headaches, muscle pain, extreme fatigue or joint and back pain. Half received up to 12 sessions of five-element acupuncture during a period of six months; the remainder received no extra treatment. The patients receiving acupuncture reported improved well-being and scored higher on an individualized health status questionnaire than the control group. They reported that their acupuncture consultations became increasingly valuable and that the interactive and holistic nature of the sessions gave them a sense that something positive was being done about their condition. Professor Andrew Gould, who led the study, says it is important to offer patients other options when conventional medicine isn’t working. “It’s soul-destroying for both the patient and doctor when there’s no clear reason for the symptoms patients are suffering from,” he explains. “We don’t know how acupuncture is making a difference, but it seems to be something to do with the treatment, rather than just a placebo or the one-toone care the patients are getting.” The study was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. The research results were published in The British Journal of General Practice.

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Cooperation is Key to Social Harmony Bullies seem to be made, not born. A study from the University of California, Berkeley, concludes that a cooperative school experience, versus a competitive one, can play a major positive role in the socialization of students. Researchers canvassed 217 students in grades three through five, measuring how much they liked to cooperate or compete with their peers, and how often they acted with aggression or kindness toward them. The youngsters also estimated how often their teachers put them in small groups to complete assignments together, a classroom strategy known as “cooperative learning,” because the students have to collaborate with one another to get their work done. Students that engaged in more frequent cooperative learning were more likely to say they enjoyed cooperating with others and reported exhibiting kind, helpful, pro-social behaviors. In contrast, students that said they preferred to compete were significantly more likely to act aggressively toward their peers and try to do them harm. The results suggest that cooperation begets cooperation. The researchers further concluded that cooperative experiences 2011 Issue promote the development of the personality trait of cooperation. Based on their results, the researchers advocate more cooperative learning in classrooms as a way to promote positive behaviors and combat bullying, or harm-intentioned aggression.

In a recent, nondenominational global survey of 18,000 people across 24 countries by UK research firm Ipsos Mori, 70 percent identified themselves with a chosen religion. Thirty percent said that their religion motivates them to give time or money to people in need and 73 percent of those under age 35 said their religion or faith was important in their life. At the same time, Rising Restrictions on Religion, a recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that more than 2.2 billion of the world’s total population of 6.9 billion people live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially between 2006 and 2009. Most of the countries that experienced substantial increases already had high levels of restrictions or hostilities. “This survey shows how much religion matters and that no analysis of the contemporary world, political or social, is complete without understanding the relationship between faith and globalization,” says former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, a patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. “There is much to encourage the Ad Proof #1 - May view that people can learn to respect those of another faith and live with them peacefully. Interfaith dialogue and action today is aken i ngs ® not just an interesting but peripheral minor subject; it is the essence, central to creating greater social cohesion and harmony.” lley Edition r, Publisher Sources: Christian Today (UK); PewForum.org Source: Greater Good Science Center maus, PA 18049 • F: (610) 421-4445 “Coach Ritz helped me wakeningsmag.com develop my strengths and akeningsMag.com

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Millions of children’s toys have been recalled in recent years to head off hazThe star of many families’ seasonal décor, the anards from lead content, possible choking nual Christmas tree does not need to become an and other personal safety issues, thanks environmental burden if selected with care. While to supervision by the Consumer Product some individuals have strong opinions about the Safety Commission. But none are monivirtues of a natural tree versus an artificial one, tored for their environmental impact, each can have pros and cons. which opens another can of worms. The National Christmas Tree Association Action figures and dolls are often points out that 85 percent of the plastic trees sold made from PVC, the worst polluting in the United States are imported from China and plastic, and their packaging often quamay contain toxic chemicals, while evergreen trees druples the size of a toy’s environmencan be grown in all 50 states. Even with a real tree, tal footprint, typically ending up in a however, there are factors to consider. landfill. Teddy bears are often stuffed How far did the tree travel? The distance with synthetic, petroleum-based fillers traveled from its source impacts the carbon footand pesticide-heavy cotton. Other print, due to the fuel expended to transport it. Most vendors can tell you the state toys, including stuffed animals, are of origin, but how about pesticides? Conventional Christmas tree farms are reputed sprayed with brominated fire retarto use abundant pesticides to keep their product looking picture-perfect. Ask if the dants; the kind that turn up in breast seller is the grower and/or knows the answer. Typically, a temporary sidewalk or milk. Even some wooden toys may street corner seller may not; a better bet can be a u-pick-it tree farm. be coated with varnishes and paints Put a cut tree in water within a few hours after trimming the base a flat onethat are high in air-polluting volatile half to one inch; some people add an aspirin to the water to enhance absorption. organic compounds (VOC). According to the 2009 National Geographic Green Guide, Americans anTo combat this troubling trend, nually discard 30 million cut trees after the holidays, with the wood wasted in look for all-natural stuffed animals landfills. Alternatively, a program in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, collects them to made with organic fibers, wool batting, combat coastal erosion. recycled sweaters or even tofu; search Locate tree growers by state and learn how to dispose of trees responsibly out toys that have shifted to PVC- and at PickYourOwnChristmasTree.org. GreenPromise.com a list of2011 organicIssue Ad Proofpublishes #1 - April phthalate-free plastics; and use beesChristmas tree farmers at Tinyurl.com/65oqh9. wax instead of synthetic clay and ® waken When i ngs choosing a live tree, keep it properly hydrated and just repot it in the colored play dough for craft projects. yard after the celebrations conclude. Find detailed steps for care and planting from It’s best to purchase toys from WikiHow.com at Tinyurl.com/6dyauj and Tinyurl.com/3rj582n. local manufacturers that can certify Valley Edition they follow U.S. environmental, health oyer, Publisher and safety regulations and use minimal mmaus, PA 18049 packaging. Favor wooden toys that are 43 • F: (610) 421-4445 fi nished with nontoxic, natural oil or lawakeningsmag.com beeswax or not fi nished at all. Sources AwakeningsMag.com include local guild shops, craft stores and galleries that carry handcrafted toys made by artisans in the commuadvertisements and nity, using proper safety criteria. anges to existing ads eived no later than Idea sources: ChasingGreen.org of each month. (Tinyurl.com/3hxd2ea);TofuBear.com Hemp • Bamboo • Alpaca • Organic Cotton

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is the season, and a U.S. poll by Harris Interactive reveals that a majority of the stress 90 percent of us feel about the holidays is related to gift-giving. So, solving this problem will set us well on our way to a joyeux noël. The same study found that given a choice, most of us prefer investing in good family relationships instead of more material things, anyway. Natural Awakenings has uncovered four ways that we can make the holidays less hectic and more relaxing and meaningful. First, says Barbara Kilikevich, author of A Mindful Christmas–How to Create a Meaningful, Peaceful Holiday, we have to stop buying into the notion that more is better and that extravagant, expensive gifts are equal to how much we care for one another. “We need to stop believing that doing it all is productive and having it all is meaningful.”

Get Crafty Homemade gifts are always special. They carry a message of thoughtfulness and love, which is the heart of gift-giving. Making a memorable gift can take less time than we’d spend earning the money for a manufactured gift, driving to the store and back and coping with checkout lines. Ideas are endless; these may stimulate your creative juices. n Gather favorite family recipes and copy them into a personalized binder. n Mix jars of tasty combinations of loose teas and/or bulk herbs that might include lavender, chamomile or mint. Add a mesh tea strainer to complete the package. n Edible items are always a hit.

n A childhood reminder—perhaps a favorite toy or comic book Consider making something yummy that can be given to everyone on the list. Herbed olive oil, spiced nuts and homemade jams are favorites. n Attractive, reusable shopping bags, made from repurposed or recycled fabric, make practical gifts that can be used again and again. Sew on monograms or paint on designs to personalize them. n Fashioning painted pottery, custom artwork and decorated picture frames can engage kids in anticipating fun holidays with friends and family.

Non-Material Gifts The Center for a New American Dream, a national nonprofit organization that challenges a “more is better” definition of the good life, suggests giving of oneself—providing gifts of time or experiences that will be long remembered. n Invite loved ones to an outing to the zoo, a sporting event or an indoor/outdoor picnic.

n Vintage jewelry n A silk scarf, unusual hat or fun bag n Classic books, movies and music n Unique housewares, from vases and candleholders to platters and teacups (Replacements.com can help find missing pieces for sets)

For the Family For large families or families with grown children, it can be expensive and time-consuming shopping for a gift for every relative. Try one of these ideas to take the pressure off. n Instead of giving gifts to each member of a family or a couple, think in terms of a single gift for the household. n Draw names. Have everyone in the family put his or her name into a hat and ask each family member to draw one name, so that each person needs to buy only one or two gifts.

n Give a friend her dream, based on an expressed interest and careful research. Sign her up for a class in cooking, sewing, photography or dancing— classes abound in most cities.

n Set a limit. In his book, Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas, author Bill McKibben suggests that families limit the amount they spend and instead, make the holidays as much fun as possible, filled with song and food, creativity and connection.

n Purchase a gift certificate for a local massage, acupuncture session or other soothing therapy as a way to unwind during or after the holiday season.

With a little planning and a lot of love and care, we can fill the whole holiday season with less stuff and more satisfying joy.

n Support the local art scene by giving tickets to a community theater or a museum membership.

Beth Davis is a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings magazines.

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recover from addiction, and experience rowing up on Long Island, New an in-the-moment sense of calm akin York, young Stephen Post often to that which people experience during received an unusual prescripand after exercise. Scientists have yet to tion from his mother when he was feeling grouchy or under the weather. fully understand what the physiological “She’d say, ‘Why don’t you go out and underpinnings are of such health benhelp someone?’” he recalls. “I’d go out efits, but early studies credit a cascade and help Mr. Muller rake leaves or help of neurobiological changes that occur old Bobby Lawrence fix his boat. Then, as we reach out to help a loved one, or (in some cases) even cut a check to a I’d come back feeling better, and feelstranger in need. ing better about life.” Could generosity be the missing, of Decades later, Post—a professor ten overlooked ingredient to a prescripof preventive medicine at New York’s tion for better health? Perhaps, says Post, Stony Brook University—is among a author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping: growing contingent of researchers exHow the Power of Giving, Compassion ploring just how such acts of generosity and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard and the feelings (empathy, compassion, Times. “This is a young science, but altruism) that prompt them may actually improve our mental and physical health. what we have begun to discover is that there is something going on, physiologi Recent studies have shown that cally, in this process of helping others people that volunteer live longer, suffer less chronic pain, have bolstered that seems to make people feel happier and report greater health.” immune systems, are more likely to 30 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com

We’ve all felt it: That blush of innerwarmth we get after we bring a plate of healthful, steaming food to a sick relative, volunteer to read to kids at a local preschool or help sort donations for a shelter. According to a 2010 survey of 4,500 Americans by United Healthcare, 68 percent of those that volunteered in the previous year reported that doing it made them feel physically healthier; 73 percent noted that it lowered their stress levels. Meanwhile, 29 percent of volunteers that suffered from a chronic illness claimed that giving of their time helped them to better manage the illness. Other studies, by researchers at Boston College, found that when chronic pain sufferers volunteered to help others with similar conditions, they saw their own pain and depression levels decrease. At least seven studies have shown that people that regularly volunteer or give of themselves live longer—especially if they do it for genuinely altruistic reasons. Cami Walker, 38, of Denver, has experienced firsthand the physical benefits of being generous. After one sleepless night, lying awake and, “feeling sorry for myself,” due to a flare-up of her multiple sclerosis, she decided to take the advice of a spiritual teacher that suggested she, “Give something away each day for 29 days.” On day one, she called a sick friend to offer her support. On day two, she dropped $5 in a hat for some street performers. Another day, she treated a friend to a foot massage. By day 14, she recalls, “My body was stronger and I was able to stop walking with my cane. After months of being too sick to work, I was able to go back part-time.” Walker subsequently wrote the bestselling 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. It has inspired a global giving movement, with participants blogging about their experiences at 29Gifts.org. As she recently explained to The New York Times, “It’s about stepping outside of your own story long enough to make a connection with someone else.”


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helping lies in the field of addiction research. Recent studies by Maria Pagano, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, found that recovering addicts that volunteer to help other addicts stay sober are twice as likely to remain so themselves. That’s because narcissism and self-absorption are often at the root of addiction, and generosity is an antidote to narcissism, Pagano says. “The founders of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) figured it out,” Pagano continues, noting that a primary focus is on serving others. “They figured out that this selfish root is there before the illness develops, and is sustained unless you treat it. This is treatment; it is a way of continually weeding out the narcissism that made you sick.”

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prevents that is our stress response.” That is, stress often gets in the way: Maybe we pass a stranded motorist on the road, but drive on by because we’re on a timetable. Perhaps our instinct is to offer a helping hand to a homeless person, but we fear that more will be asked of us than we are prepared to give. We wish to bring a meal to a dying relative, but are apprehensive about what to say when we visit. Brown’s recent federally funded studies show that at least some of the calming hormones and quietness of heart often seen in habitual givers may

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actually precede and enable their acts of selflessness by interrupting their potential stress response before it stalls their helping hand. “I am suggesting that when you see helping going on, something beneficial has already happened to the giver’s body,” says Brown. When givers perceive a need, instead of fretting and fleeing, they calmly stop to help. In the end, everyone walks away feeling a little more generous. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.

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ocus on someone else for a change, whether it’s looking a store clerk in the eye or refraining from shouting at a referee at a sporting event. “People can become more empathetic if they just practice taking someone else’s perspective,” says University of Michigan researcher Sara Konrath. “When encountering a homeless person, for example, our inclination may be to not go there psychologically, because it is painful to imagine. Allow yourself to try.” n Do something for nothing. “This idea that everything has to be paid back hangs over our lives,” says Stephen Post, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping. “Just be generous and expect nothing in return. Pay it forward.”

Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., an associate pron Don’t reserve your generosity for people you know. Do something nice for fessor of preventive someone you don’t know or will never meet. medicine at Stony Brook, is the daughter of an evolutionn Be consistent. “Don’t think you can be kind in one domain and dastardly in ary psychologist and a pioneer in the another,” says Post. study of altruism’s neurobiological roots. In sharp contrast to what she n Do something that you feel called upon describes as the long-held “selfto do, or that you are good at. interested” assumption about human nature (that we help others only to help n Slow down, take a deep breath and ourselves), she suggests that humans look around. Need abounds. Stop to help a are biologically wired to be empathetic stranger in some small way, even if you are and generous. in a hurry. “It makes more sense from an evolutionary perspective for us to supn Don’t help just to get healthy, impress press self-interest,” for the benefit of your friends or get a tax deduction. “Mothe whole sometimes, she says. New tivation matters,” says Konrath. “If you are research from the University of Washvolunteering just for self-interested reasons, ington suggests that babies as young research shows you aren’t going to live any as 15 months old exhibit fairness and longer than someone who doesn’t volunteer empathy. at all.” So, why don’t we always stop to help? Our anxious, busy, modern-day n Volunteer for a cause you really believe lives get in the way, suggests Brown. “It in, or help a person you truly care about. could be that our natural, default state is to help when we see need, but what 32 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com


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Healing the root cause of Addiction with Ayurveda by linda sechrist

Ayurveda means the “Science of Life,” a holistic view of keeping our bodies in balance by combining applied principles of yoga, meditation and diet.

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working on subtle pranic levels of healing. Ayurvedic treatments are geared towards restoring energetic balance, according to an individual’s physical and psychological constitution, which are considered to be interrelated and interactive. Healthful herbs and recommended lifestyle changes are precisely tailored to an individual’s primary psycho-physiological constitutional type—vata, which controls movement; pitta, which rules metabolism; or kapha, which controls structure. This approach determines an effective program of diet, exercise and other regular measures vital for maintaining inner balance and reducing stress. Desai’s Amrit Yoga Institute combines ayurvedic treatments with the practice of Amrit yoga, yoga nidra (a form of meditation) and quantum breath meditation to create harmony, balance and union and to connect individuals with their inner source of integration. This works to restore a natural balance, preventing people from being the victim of stress. “Relaxing in a zero stress zone helps to dismantle the preprogrammed self-image, phobias, addictions and stress-creating conflicts that lie beyond any mental or intellectual approach,” Desai explains, “When you join yoga with Ayurveda, you have the combined power of body and soul, a powerful synergy for healing and recovery from addictions,” which he refers to as unwanted weeds. An analogy is that while Western medicine fights weeds with herbicides, ayurvedic treatments cleanse and rejuvenate the body, mind and consciousness, thus “keeping the soil inhospitable for weeds to grow in.” “Spirit, representing our core self, and the energy body, through which our spirit manifests, are eternal and inseparably one,” concludes Desai, who clarifies that the visible physical body is an extension of the invisible energy body. In the release of blockages and the purifying of the body, we are linked to our invisible presence, oneness. We enter the domain of divine presence and grace, which initiates spontaneous healing. In this domain the doer, the ego mind, disappears and “the presence performs the miracle.”

to be examined. Usually the diet of someone dealing with addictive disorders could use some improvement. Using the Chinese dietary approach to food and nutrition (postnatal qi) assessments are made on an individual basis keeping true to the core principle of Chinese medicine: treating what is in front of you. There is no “one-size-fits-all approach.” The five-phase system of correspondences and other diagnostic templates are used to examine the emotional state of the person and help to determine the best approach to nutrition and building back what has been compromised. As excess physical tension is released and nutritional support builds back the qi, the shen level is addressed via meditations and work with the 12 steps interwoven with the Chinese spiritual and philosophical perspective. One of the most powerful exercises taught is the 12 Step Qigong, which incorporates the 12 steps, breath, and movement as a daily practice. Naturally all aspects of this approach are implemented simultaneously with varying degrees of focus, as each individual must be treated as such. Not only is this approach valuable for anyone who is going through the rebalancing of addictive disorders, but it is important for counselors and therapists who do this work to understand the nature of toxic energy and how to protect one’s self. Mark R. Reinhart holds a master’s degree in medical qigong, as well as extensive and ongoing studies in Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Internal Martial arts and numerous styles and systems of Qigong. He is the President of the National Qigong Association (NQA) and has been teaching his Three Rivers/12 Steps: Qigong For Recovery program at Little Creek Lodge in Hamlin for the past two years, and has facilitated trainings for counselors and therapists. To contact Mark, call 570-455-2221 or visit www. tuneup-yoitm.com.

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to help you through the holidays and neither may you. It is very natural to feel like you may never enjoy the holidays again. It is true that they never will be the same as they were, but in time, most people are able to find meaning again in the traditions as a new form of the holiday spirit grows inside of them. Even without grief, our friends and relatives often have strong opinions about how our holidays should look and what we should and shouldn’t do.

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Grieving 101 DO be gentle with yourself and protect yourself. DON’T do more than you want to, or anything that does not serve your soul. DO allow time for feelings to express themselves. DON’T keep feelings bottled up. If you have 500 tears to cry, don’t stop at 250. DO allow others to help. We all need help at times in our lives. DON’T ask if you can help a friend in grief. Just help. DO pay extra attention to the children in grief. These holidays are clearly some of the roughest terrain we can navigate after a loss. The ways we deal with them are as individual as we are. These holidays are a normal part of the journey of life, to be felt fully and completely. Holidays can be sad, but we may catch ourselves doing alright, and even experience laughter. There are all kinds of sadness, but grief is a rite of passage. David Kessler is the author of Visions, Trips and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die and On Grief and Grieving with Elisabeth Kübler Ross. For more info visit Grif. com. natural awakenings

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sults with owners and baristas to reduce ating green isn’t limited to salads. the environmental impact of member It means that sustainable thinking shops. Efficient equipment, biodegradgoes into a meal at every stage, able cups and renewable products for from the use of local ingredients and flooring and tables make the coffee energy savings to recycling and comhouse experience more sustainable, posting waste. Delicious food, served thoughtfully, is the goal of today’s envi- especially when buyers select shadegrown, organic, free-trade beans. ronmentally conscious restaurant. Look Starbucks Corporation has taken it first to local mom-and-pop eateries that are doing it right, but there are some all a step further by designing a pre-cerchains worth considering, as well. tified Leadership in Energy and EnvironWith more than 25 million cups mental Design (LEED) prototype store. of wake-up java sold each day, coffee It features recycled floor tiles, reduced shops have a perfect opportunity to lighting and lower water usage and air start a good day by example. Califorconditioning set three degrees higher nia-based Green Café Network conthan usual. 42 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes offers fresh-tossed salads, made-fromscratch soups and hot or cold desserts in their 120 restaurants, where vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items are offered daily. Reclaimed recyclables come back as takeout containers, towels and napkins. Materials sent out for recycling include glass, paper, aluminum and cardboard. Even garbage is given a new role as part of a chainwide composting program. Tankless water heaters are in while traditional systems are out and cleaning products are all Green Seal certified. At Chipotle Mexican Grill, “It’s not just a burrito, it’s a foil-wrapped, handcrafted, local farm-supporting, food culture-changing cylinder of deliciousness,” states the company’s website. In 2010, Chipotle served about 5 million pounds of local farm produce through its 1,000 mostly North American stores. The company-wide 2011 goal is 10 million pounds. Inside those burritos, 40 percent of the beans are certified organic, resulting in 140,000 fewer pounds of pesticide added to the soil. The romaine lettuce, bell peppers, jalapeño, red onions, oregano and tomatoes come from family-owned farms. California patrons also enjoy locally grown lemons and avocados. Chipotle produce typically travels no more than 300 miles to its distribution centers. Short travel time means less fuel burned and fewer greenhouse gases plus fresher, more nutritious food on the plate than what less eco-conscious restaurants provide. “The environment is the basis of our business; we try to be green in everything,” explains Mike Vroman, a store manager in the St. Louis area. So, for example, “Most of the beef we serve in this area is either from Missouri or Kansas. Even our uniforms are 100 percent organic cotton.” Because restaurants draw their highest levels of electricity when community demand peaks, Chipotle installed solar panels on 75 of its Texas restaurants, while a wind turbine provides electricity at the Gurnee, Illinois site, reducing midday drain on the grid. The Gurnee site is the first restaurant


ever to receive the superior Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. Is it possible to operate a restaurant without a dishwasher, range, hood or oven? Yes, if bowls, straws, cutlery, chopsticks and cups are made from corn or potato starch. Freshii meals are created in biodegradable, all natural, food-safe bags. Custom made, the bags leave a carbon footprint five to seven times smaller than the most energyefficient dishwasher. Everything taken from the store will readily biodegrade or is easy to recycle. Even store size is a factor. Freshii founder Matthew Corrin notes, “As we grow, our stores are built smaller, to use less materials, to use greener materials, to consume less energy, to take less from this Earth.” Some Freshii stores are super-efficient, encompassing just 150 square feet. If a burger, fries and shake dinner evokes guilty pleasure, EVOS removes both the guilt and grease, leaving only pleasurable flavor. The restaurant’s trademark Airfries are better for more than just folks’ arteries. “Our potatoes are air-fried at a high temperature,” explains Jackie Macaluso, community ambassador for EVOS, “so we have no used and reused vats of grease to discard.” Less noticeable eco-bonuses include zero-VOC paint and flooring, made from sustainable, eco-friendly, raw materials like wood flour, linseed oil, rosin, jute fiber and limestone. The company’s Southeast U.S. locations work to raise awareness that even comfort foods can be greener, healthier and still taste good, and to teach children about healthier eating habits. Of course, there’s usually a Subway Restaurant around the corner. Long committed to serving fresh food fast, the company recently announced its new LEED-certified eco-edition. With 35,000 franchises in 98 countries, small changes add up to big blessings for the Earth. The most important thing we can do to go green is to eat green every day. It serves up the most bang for the buck in healthy sustainability. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring. com.

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Butternut Squash Spread with Baked Spelt Crisps A festive, flavorful spread perks up any table, and this one commands attention with its gorgeous golden color. Butternut squash is loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, carotenoid antioxidants, potassium and manganese. Plus, it is simple to make and serve. For an innovative use of leftovers, add 1 cup of vegetable broth or stock to 1 cup of the prepared recipe, mix well and warm up for a satisfying serving of smooth soup. Yields: about 4 cups (dairy-free)

Peel squash, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in a medium-large saucepan and cover with filtered water plus 2 inches. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer for 6-9 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Drain liquid and let cool until comfortable to handle. Reserve the liquid for other uses such as making a vegetable stock or watering houseplants.

fiber and nutrition. Yields: about 3 dozen crisps 4 spelt tortillas (9-inch), preferably made from whole wheat spelt Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place cooked squash in a food processor with olive oil, garlic, ginger, thyme, rosemary, a scant teaspoon of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Blend until very smooth. Season further to taste with sea salt and pepper as needed.

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Using a mister or pastry brush, mist or brush both sides of each tortilla with olive oil. Stack the tortillas and cut the stack into 8 wedges.

Bake for 6-7 minutes, or until crisp and turning golden. Watch carefully after 5 minutes to avoid burning. Let cool before serving; they get crispier as they cool.

Sweet Potato Rolls with Haricot Verts & Pecan Pesto This party favorite is sumptuous enough to be considered a small plate entrée when served on a bed of wild


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Assembly Lay 2 pieces of softened sweet potato skins on a cutting board (not touching, with short end facing you, and the length of the sweet potato placed away from you). It is best to lay a few pairs at once to create an assembly line for quicker rolling. Lay haricot verts or green beans across a piece of sweet potato, and top with a teaspoon or two of pesto. Fold the short end of the softened potato skin over the vegetables and roll closed. Note the tendency to overpack and the fact that less is more; it will be easier to eat and go further. Roll the second sweet potato slice around the bundle and secure with a toothpick. Follow suit until all ingredients are used. Eat the rolls as is, or bake at 350° F for 10-12 minutes to warm. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper.

Almond Truffle & Herb Paté This simple paté bursts with flavor and good-for-us nutrients. Almonds are a champion source of calcium and a clean source of protein and healthy fats. Soaking the almonds plumps them, wakes up enzymes and makes them more

digestible, also supplying more alkaline reserves for the body. White truffle oil (olive oil infused with white truffles) is a secret weapon for injecting sumptuous, sophisticated flavor, although the recipe is excellent without it. Yields: about 3 cups (raw-living, dairyfree, gluten-free, low-glycemic) 1½ cups raw almonds, soaked for 8 hours and drained 6-7 Tbsp lemon juice, or as needed 3-4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, or as needed 2-3 tsp white truffle oil, as needed ½ to 1 small clove garlic, finely minced 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste Freshly ground black pepper to taste ¼ to 1/3 cup filtered water, or as needed to blend to desired consistency 1 /3 cup chopped parsley leaves ¼ cup chopped basil leaves 3 Tbsp chopped sorrel (optional) 2-3 Tbsp chopped chives Soak almonds in 3 cups of filtered water for 8 hours. Drain and rinse in a colander. Place almonds in a food processor. Add lemon juice, olive oil, truffle oil, garlic, a scant teaspoon of salt and some freshly ground pepper. Blend, dribbling in water to aid processing as needed until mixture is as smooth as possible. Add more olive oil, lemon juice and water to thin to a preferred consistency. Add herbs and blend in pulses until well incorporated, but bits of herbs are still visible. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with crudité vegetables and/or healthy crackers.

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Endive Cups with Pine Nut Crème Fraîche, Figs and Olives Little boats of enhanced endive are bites of pure delight. Creamy pine nuts are rich in healthy fats, including pinolenic, an essential fatty acid that curbs the appetite by triggering hunger-suppressing enzymes. Olives are loaded with iron, antioxidant vitamin E and a special phytonutrient, hydroxytyrosol, which helps keep bones strong. Fresh figs provide potassium and healthy fiber. Yields: 2 dozen or so (raw-living, dairyfree, gluten-free, low-glycemic)

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2 cups pine nuts ¼ cup lemon juice, plus a bit as needed 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Filtered water as needed Sea salt 3 heads endive 6 fresh figs 1 cup Kalamata olives 2 Tbsp torn cilantro leaves (optional) 1 Tbsp chopped tarragon leaves (optional) Flaked sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Place the pine nuts, lemon juice, olive oil and pinch of salt in a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend until ultra-smooth, adding a tablespoon or two of filtered water as necessary to achieve the correct consistency. It should be very smooth, like a thick sour cream, and will thicken more when chilled. (The crème fraîche mixture may be stored in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.) Separate the endive leaves. Trim the figs and cut into thin wedges. Pit the olives and chop roughly. Spoon a dollop of crème fraîche onto each endive leaf and spread. Top with fig wedges and chopped olives. Sprinkle with torn cilantro and tarragon leaves, if desired, and a sprinkle of flaked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.


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Indiemade Craft Market – Annual winter craft show and funky holiday extravaganza will feature over 40 juried crafters as well as music, a D.I.Y. demonstration area, cocktails and more. 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Starlight Ballroom, Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front Street in Allentown.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 Yoga - Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. For all levels. Beginners welcome. Weekly, 9:15-10:30am and 5:30-6:45pm. No classes Dec 28. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-8670116.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 Free Intro to Tai Chi – Come out and try Moving Meditation. All are welcome! 7:45-8:45pm. Please call to RSVP. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 E 4th St. Bethlehem. 610-867-9642.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 Cooking Class, Healthy Holiday Cookies – with Gale Maleskey. We’ll make Almond-Maple and Gingerbread cookies, plus bite-size no-cook DateWalnut and Apricot-Almond balls, all guaranteed tasty, healthy and pretty enough to serve to guests. 5:30-8:30 pm, $35, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville area, Pre-register by Dec. 6th, 610.395.3355


The Bhagavad Gita – Friday December 9th-11th with Terry Coe. The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important spiritual texts in the Vedic tradition, come and study it with one of the most knowledgeable teachers in our area. Fri. 6:-9:15pm, Sat. 11am3pm, Sun. 9am-12:30pm. Please call to RSVP. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 E 4th St. Bethlehem. 610-867-9642. Healthy Kids Through the Winter! – Be prepared! Food, Vitamins and Herbs are great resources and when used preventively and as a treatment they are guaranteed to keep your kids healthier. Avoid missed school, nights of coughing and worry over sick kids with ear aches, cold, flu, fever or cough that won’t go away. Learn to make natural medicines taste like chocolate! 6:30pm. Pre Registration to 610-2530940 allows you to receive a shopping voucher. Nature’s Way, 143 Northampton St. Easton.

sAturdAY, decemBer 10 Welcome King Winter - Celebrate the magic of the season. The whole family can participate in this special day, engaging in games and crafts, and visiting King Winter in his palace. Revelers can relax in the café, which will offer a variety of delicious homemade meals and desserts accompanied by live music. 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. River Valley Waldorf School. 1395 Bridgeton Hill Road in Upper Black Eddy. Call 610-982-5606 Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas Celebration – Train rides with Santa, a live nativity scene, historic district ghost walks, the Olde Time Christmas Arts Bazaar, and a gingerbread house contest are just a few of the things to enjoy. Carolers sing in chorus while horse-drawn carriages transport riders through the beautifully adorned Victorian streets. For more information, visit OldeTimeChristmasJimThorpe.com.

suNdAY, decemBer 11 Partner Yoga for Relaxation – With Deanna Nagle & Brian Toseland. Treat yourself and your partner to an afternoon of relaxation. 2-4:30pm. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 E 4th St. Bethlehem. 610867-9642.

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wedNesdAY, decemBer 14 Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class – Greg Schweitzer. Learn about this scientifically validated and physician recommended effortless practice that allows you to de-stress, revitalize and become healthier by taking you to a level of rest deeper than sleep! 7:30-9:00 pm, $20/Intro Class, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville area. 610.395.3355

wedNesdAY, NovemBer 9 Green Drinks – This environmental cocktail hour is an informal monthly mixer that brings together folks who are interested in sustainable business, policy and living. 5:30 pm every second Wednesday of each month. Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown

sAturdAY, decemBer 17 Pilates Workshop – with Mishele Mennett. Pilates Mat Class, learn to use Therabands, do mat exercises correctly, integrate core work into flowing movement sets. Also, an intro to Pilates Reformer work; challenging workout or therapy. 9:30-11:30 am, $195, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area, 610-395-3355

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savethedate A Natural Medicine Forum Wednesday, December 21 - 6pm Join us for a free, informal Question and Answer Forum with Dr. Michael Jude Loquasto ND, PHD, DC. Bring your health related questions and benefit from Dr. Mike’s 45 years of experience in Natural Health. Understand how chiropractic internal medicine, custom herbal formulations and non-invasive oral chelation can benefit you. All are welcome. Held at A Natural Medicine Clinic, 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27, Bethlehem. Call 484-821-1460

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savethedate Intro to Trager© Workshop Saturday, February 25 - 9-6pm Learn the principles behind this unique approach to the body and life. Play with the weight and feel how your soft hands and attitude can deeply affect your clients. Come reconnect and reinforce your work if you have already had an Intro Workshop. This is the first step in becoming a Trager© Practitioner. 8 CEU hours for National Certification or state licensing requirements. $150 before Dec 14 then $175

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daily Care Alternatives Volunteers – Care Alternatives is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-8211212. Hike, Bike and Kayak – Join the Sierra Club of the Lehigh Valley and enjoy nature. See meetup site for activities: www.meetup.com/Sierra-ClubLehigh-Valley-Group/

sunday Pre/Postnatal Yoga – For pre and post natal moms – babies welcome in this class! (pre-crawlers only). 6-wks/$75. Call to register. The Yoga Loft, 521 E 4th St., 3rd Fl. Bethlehem. 610-867-9642. FREE Yoga Class – Join The Yoga Project girls to relax and unwind after a long weekend. Experience an invigorating practice accessible to all levels, with modifications and props available. With three great instructors, you can’t go wrong! 6pm. Emmaus Yoga, 860 Broad St., Suite 105, Emmaus. 610-421-8200. Sunday Services – Metaphysical and non-denominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30 am. St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington Street Allentown PA. 610-776-7211  Yoga/Level 3 – Looking for a more challenging yoga class? This class will include arm balances and inversions as well as more intermediate and advanced variations of the asanas you know and love. 9-10:25am. The Yoga Loft 521 E 4 th St., Bethlehem. 610-867-9642.

monday 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. 610969-2486 for more information. Guided Relaxation/Rejuvenation Yoga – Joe Premecz. A sublime state of deep peace. This class utilizes gentle, restorative yoga poses, simple breathing techniques, and guided imagery and visualizations. Suitable for seniors and individuals with injuries, and/or limited mobility. 5:30-6:30 pm, $96/8 classes, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area. 610-395-3355 Laughing Yoga - Carol Siddiqi, Join us for a fun and health producing laugh/movement session that will get your endorphins flowing. This easily learned skill has powerful preventive and therapeutic values. 6:45-7:45 pm. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area, 610.395.3355 Yoga Level 1&2 – Create strength and flexibility in the body. Learn Sun Salutations, dynamic standing

postures, balance, and work on preparations for intermediate poses including shoulderstand and handstand. 9:30-11am. $15. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610-867-9642. Zumba – A Latin-inspired, dance fitness class that includes international music and dance moves. Integrates aerobic, interval, and resistance training to maximize caloric output, cardiovascular improvement, and total body toning. 7:15-8:15pm. $15 or 8wks/$99. The Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610-867-9642. Gentle Hatha Flow Yoga – Gentle vinyasa flow yoga for mixed levels. Take time to honor the body and the spirit. Charles Chrin Community Center in Palmer Township every Monday 7:15pm-8:05pm. $5/walk-in. 610-252-2098. Jyorei Exchange – The first Monday of each month experience Jyorei energy is offered free. Receive some goodness. It only takes a little while and all you have to do is sit and relax. 6-7pm. St John’s UCC, 257 W. Walnut St. Kutztown, 610-756-6466

tuesday Rise & Shine Yoga – Mike Pope. This invigorating class is designed to slowly unwind the student through prepatory posses while building toward a steady flow focused on building strength and flexibility. 6:30-7:30am, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area, 610-395-3355 Fundamentals of Yoga - LeeAnn Price. Enjoy oneon-one assistance for all levels and experience the therapeutic benefits including increased flexibility and improved coordination. Gain core strength and quiet a stressed mind using deep breathing and guided relaxation. 10-11am, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area 610.395.3355 Coordination Pattern™ Movement Training – Betsy Wetzig. With simple, easy exercises, learn to understand and use the essential connection between your movement and your mind to improve the way you function, both physically & mentally. 7-8pm, $75/6 wks, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville area. 610-395-3355 Qigong – Hilary Smith. For a healthier body, a quieter mind and increased vitality, join us as we meld together physical movement, breath control and mental focus. 10-11am, $84/8 classes, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area 610.395.3355 Feldenkrais® Method - Carol Siddiqi. This method of gentle movements helps you improve your capabilities and overcome injuries by teaching your brain to re-organize and rebuild physical movements. 5:45-6:45pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville area, 610.395.3355 Mixed Levels Yoga– Mike Pope. This class teaches the fundamentals of yoga while progressively building strength, maintaining healthy weight, and increasing flexibility and confidence. Get to know your “self.” 6:45-8pm. Twin Ponds Integrative Center, Fogelsville Area 610.395.3355 Candlelit Restorative Yoga – With Alysha Pfeiffer. This class is for those who would like to work at a slower pace, or anyone who has not been physically

active lately and would like to ease themselves into movement. 7:30-8:45. $15. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Tai Chi with Hilary Smith – Tai Chi increases strength, and promotes calm and harmony by improving the flow of energy in the body. Classes are a combination of group and individual instruction. 6:30-7:45pm. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642. 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 planning the annual Energy Festival. Visit www.themarea.org for more information. Free 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  Living Green in the Lehigh Valley – Environmental-themed segments about reducing one’s carbon footprint will air during “On the Media” on WDIY 88.1 FM.  Produced locally by Annie Prince and Bruce Wilson. 6pm. Visit www.wdiy. org to listen online.

wednesday Max Meditation – Start the evening with balancing your Chi, learning to release stress through breathing, releasing stress from all your body and learning to quiet the mind. 7:30-8:30pm. Donation. Easton. Contact Marcella 610-248-2358. Kripalu Yoga – Kripalu is meditation in motion. Ann Friedenheim makes the class comfortable no matter what level your practice. Beginners will find this class nurturing; more advanced students will be challenged. You’ll be guided through asanas, pranayama, mudras and deep relaxation. 4:15p.m. Emmaus Yoga, 860 Broad St., Suite 105, Emmaus. 610-421-8200. Sierra Club Meeting – Join us at our monthly meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month except July. All are 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. Tai Chi – A Moving Meditation – Hilary Smith. Learn to keep the muscles active but relaxed, the mind alert but calm, and body movements flowing but well coordinated for many physical and mental benefits. 5:30-6:30 pm, $84/8 classes, call for start dates. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville area. 610-395-3355. Fundamentals of Yoga - LeeAnn Price. Enjoy one-on-one assistance for all levels to increase flexibility and improved coordination. Gain core strength and quiet a stressed mind using deep breathing and guided relaxation. 11:30am12:30pm, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area 610-395-3355

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Guided Relaxation/Rejuvenation Yoga – Joe Premecz. Be led into a sublime state of deep peace. Utilizes gentle, restorative yoga poses, simple breathing techniques, and guided imagery and visualizations. Suitable for seniors and individuals with injuries, and/or limited mobility. 5:30-6:30 pm, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area, 610.395.3355 Living Green in the Lehigh Valley – Environmental-themed segments about reducing one’s carbon footprint will air during “All Things Considered” on WDIY 88.1 FM. Produced locally by Annie Prince and Bruce Wilson. 5:45pm. Visit www.wdiy.org to listen online. Mixed Levels Yoga - Katja Huiras. Learn the holistic approach of yoga: the working together of body, mind and spirit in order to strive for health and happiness. Emphasizing alignment and use of props. Good for everybody, no matter what age, shape and fitness level. 6:45-8pm. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area, 610.395.3355. Massage at Steel Stacks – Ladies Night Every Wednesday evening at ArtsQuest Steel Stacks. 5:308:30pm. Call 484-223-4652 for more information. Tai Chi – Tai Chi increases strength, and promotes calm and harmony by improving the flow of energy in the body. Classes are a combination of group and individual instruction. 11-12:15pm. The Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Yoga/Gentle – This class is for those who would like to work at a slower pace, those recovering from injury, or anyone who has not been physically active lately and would like to work more gently at first. 9:15-10:30am. $15. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Yoga/Level 1 – Learn correct alignment and breathing in fundamental yoga postures. Ideal, but not limited too those who are new to yoga, or those who have minimal yoga experience. 6-7:15pm. $15. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Kundalini Yoga with Ravi Hari - Join veteran certified instructor and psychotherapist, Ravi Hari for this dynamic blend of movement, breath, postures, and sound. 25 yrs exp. Prepare to move and to be moved. All levels. 6-7:30 pm. $15. North Bethlehem location. Call for information and directions. 610-868-1296. Easton/Bethlehem Area Lyme Support Group – Meets the first Wednesday of every month to discuss and answer questions. 7 to 8:30pm. Country Meadows, 4035 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem. Open to public. Contact Heidi Healy at 610-882-2253 with questions. Spiritual Healing and Meditation – 7 PM - 9 PM - 1st Wednesday of the months of October thru June. Weather permitting. Everyone is welcome. St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington Street Allentown PA. 610-791-2641 The One Command® – Learn the six simple steps to tap into your unlimited potential and financial good.  Stops your negative thinking in a moment, sends a command for your good and attracts it to you - in some cases almost instantly! First Wednesday each month - Free Teleseminar 9pm. Call to RSVP 610.833.8132 

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Free Guided Meditation -2nd Wednesday of the month. Barbara Fenton will introduce you to the principals of meditation in general. Meditation is a technology that benefits, body, mind, and soul. 6:307:30pm. Must RSVP limited space. Abiba Wellness, 860 Broad St. Emmaus. 610-967-5106.

Yoga/Level 2 &3 – Requires previous yoga experience and offers challenging Vinyasa Flow sequences. Inversions, arm balances and full backbends and more advanced postures that are practiced regularly in class. 6:00-7:25pm. $15. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

Infertility Support Group – 3rd Wednesday of the month. This group is for women who have Fertility Issues. Free. 6:30-8:30pm. M u s t   R S V P l i m i t e d s p a c e . A b i b a We l l ness, 860 Broad St. Emmaus. 610-967-5106.

Coordination Pattern™ Movement Training – Betsy Wetzig. With simple, easy exercises, learn to understand and use the essential connection between your movement and your mind to improve the way you function, both physically & mentally. 7-8pm. Twin Ponds, Fogelsville area. 610-395-3355

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Oneness Blessings - 7 PM - 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington Street, Allentown PA. 610-776-7211

Weekly Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15-10:30am or 5:15- 6:30pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. Call 610-2820709 to register.

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Reiki & Aromatherapy Healing Circle -Barbara Fenton, Certified Reiki Master/Teacher invites anyone to attend who wants to learn more about the healing arts of Reiki and Aromatherapy. Lecture, meditation, and mini Reiki session. Last Thursday of each month, 6:30-8pm. $10. Practitioners are welcome. 860 Broad Street, Suite 101, Emmaus. 610-967-5106. 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. Beginner’s Yoga – Bonita Cassel. Attention to alignment and self love make this class a perfect one for those beginning or challenged with limitations. 5:45-6:45pm. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area. 610.395.3355 Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group Orientations held on the 1st Wednesday of each month 6-8pm at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenburg Campus, RT22 and Shoenersville Rd, Bethlehem. 610-969-2486 for more information. Tai Chi with Hilary Smith – Tai Chi increases strength, and promotes calm and harmony by improving the flow of energy in the body. Combination of group and individual instruction. 6:30-7:45pm. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Gentle Hatha Flow Yoga - Gentle vinyasa flow yoga for mixed levels. Take time to honor the body and the spirit. Charles Chrin Community Center in Palmer Township every Thursday 9:30am-10:20am and 7pm-7:50pm. $5/walk-in. 610-252-2098. Yoga/Level 1 – Learn correct alignment and breathing in fundamental yoga postures. Ideal, but not limited too those new to yoga, or those who have minimal yoga experience. 9:45-11am. The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

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Beginner’s Yoga - Bonita Cassel. Attention to alignment and self-love make this class a perfect one for those beginning or challenged with limitations. 10-11am. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area, 610.395.3355 Kripalu Yoga/Feldenkrais® - Carol Siddiqi. The basics of yoga with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais will help you perform your daily activities with greater ease, with pleasure and without pain by helping you develop greater self-awareness. 11:30 am-12:30pm. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Fogelsville Area, 610.395.3355 Core Focus Yoga – During this dynamic flow class you will learn sun salutations, standing poses, balance, forward folding, back bending, and much more. 9:30-10:45am. The Yoga Loft 521 E 4th St., Bethlehem. 610-867-9642. All Level Yoga – With Brian Toseland - Join Brian for a challenging and inspiring flow practice. This class is for those who wish to deepen there practice leave negativity on the yoga mat to start the weekend right. 4:30-5:55pm. The Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St. Bethlehem. 610-867-9642. Gentle Yoga – Growing our Gusto for Infinite Goodness. Weekly donation-based yoga class in Easton.  Beginners, all levels and all ages welcome.  Class leans toward gentle yoga, with playful and uplifting energy. 5-6pm at Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280. FREE Intro to Yoga – The First Friday of the month. 6:30–7:30pm. Call to register. The Yoga Loft 521 E 4th St., Bethlehem. 610-867-9642.

saturday Yoga/Mixed Level – Fun and challenging class teaches sun salutations, standing poses, balance, forward folding, back bending, and much more. 12:15-1:30pm $15. The Yoga Loft 521 E 4th St., Bethlehem. 610-867-9642. Bike Lessons – Learn to ride a bicycle at any age. Ride confidently in any traffic situation.  Learn how to maintain/repair your bicycle. Year-round. Certified instructors. CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation Downtown Bethlehem. 610-954-5744


communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email lvpublisher@naturalawakeningsmag.com to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE BALANCED ACUPUNCTURE Heather Shoup, L.Ac. 2299 Brodhead Rd., Suite A Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-393-7589 www.balancedacupuncture.net

LISA BAAS ACUPUNCTURE & ORIENTAL MEDICINE 860 Broad St., Suite 100 Emmaus, PA 18049 610-967-0515 www.youracupuncturerx.com

J.L.Collins M.Ac.,Lic.Ac.,NCCAOM Diplomat 2020 Downyflake Lane Allentown, PA 18103 610-317-6064

5 Element Acupuncture addresses the deepest level of disharmony in the body/mind/spirit, known as the causative factor. Traditional Chinese medicine for relief for acute conditions and chronic conditions. Practicing for 28 years. Certified in Chinese herbal pharmacology from New England School of Acupuncture.

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

ELEMENTS for HEALING Heather Terrible West Bethlehem PA 484-626-2920

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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 31.

Board certified and licensed Acupuncturist, Dietary and Lifestyle counseling, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs, Laser Acupuncture, Magnetic therapy (A.R.T.) Autonomic ResponseTesting for Detox and KRISTEN’S THERAPEUTIC more. 20 years of holistic healing. MASSAGE

A patient centered wellness community, where treatment is individually tailored. Heather promotes health and wellness by creating balance in the body.  Acupuncture specializing in anxiety, depression, digestive, and LIVEWELL INTEGRATED HEALTH LLC cancer support.

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Kristen Hallowell 1701 Union Blvd, Allentown PA 18109 484-239-4644 

Kristen’s Therapeutic Massage is a place to relax, escape and most of all heal. The custom tailored massage can help alleviate many conditions such as headaches, back pain, shoulder conditions, numbness and stress. Kristen Hallowell is licensed in the state of PA. Available by appointment

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.... MARIE RUXTON choose to LiveWell. See ad THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Marie Ruxton CMT, CN page 20

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AROMATHERAPY YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS

Jackie Kern, Independent Distributor 800-759-6850 Wellnessfromtheearth.vibrantscents.com

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 31

Young Living has specialized in growing, distilling, and selling therapeutic-grade,organic Essential Oils for 20 years. Over 130 Essential Oils & Oil blends available for health & wellness, as well as essential oil-enhanced nutritional supplements/products for kids, Personal Care, Dental, & Home! Income opportunities Also AvailMODERN CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY able.

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David Nemeroff, NCBTMB 2008 Eberhart Rd, Whitehall, PA 18052 610-737-4212 www.therapy4healing.com

Restore balance to your body and decrease pain with the power of Craniosacral Therapy. This gentle and non-invasive western osteopathic technique can help relieve many pain issues including migraines, back pain, neck problems, vertigo, TMJ, stress, neurological issues and much more. David Nemeroff also works with your pet’s problems like hip dysplasia, mobility issues and cribbing. See ad page 12.

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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 20

COLON HYDROTHERAPY PATHWAYS HOLISTIC CENTER

4833 Chestnut St. Emmaus, PA 18049 610.966.7001 www.pathwaysholistic.com

Cleansing and rebuilding the colon is one of the most essential steps to enhancing your health & well-being and reclaiming your life.  Safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine. Full services available on site, in addition to educational and teaching seminars to certify interested parties. See ad, page 19

NEW LEAF WELLNESS CENTER 21 Main Street Clinton, NJ 08809 908-713-1900 NewLeafWellness.com

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

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

ALEXANDRA T. MILSPAW

Rejuvinate your life through integrative approaches of wholebody healing, relaxation and transformation. Certified in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, hypnotherapy, counseling, and education. Specializing in chronic pain, sexual health, stress management, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

FELDENKRAIS METHOD®

Carol Siddiqi FGNA, RYT

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355 www.twinpondscenter.com

 

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Practical, innovative tools and techniques to help you let go – relieve tension, stress and anxiety; release anger, fear, guilt and sadness; recover from trauma and abuse; increase creativity and problem solving skills. I’d be happy to talk with you about your specific needs.

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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.

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

1153 Gravel Pike Hereford, PA 18056484-330-6405 balasia.net

Vegan, organic food for every occasion. Let chef Wendy Landiak of BALASIA prepare your party, wedding, corporate catering or any other occasion. Visit the Honey Underground Supper Club at same address. A member of the VECO Wedding Group. Follow BALASIA on twitter and like us on Facebook for all the latest events.

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FUNERAL SERVICES

NICOS C. ELIAS FUNERAL HOME, INC

Nicos C. Elias, Supervisor Allentown, Pa. 610-433-2200 www.eliasfuneralhome.com

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

M.Ed, CNLP

623 W. Union Blvd, Suite 1, Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-894-1246 alexandramilspaw.vpweb.com

 

 

HOLISTIC CENTER GREENSHIRE ARTS CONSORTIUM

Institute for Holistic Studies Directors: Jim and Arlene Curley Quakertown, Pennsylvania 215-538-0976 GreenshireArts.org

Dedicated to helping people improve the quality of life while they strengthen, revitalize, and explore new horizons through holistic studies, creative arts, conversation, retreats and community involvement. In a nurturing atmosphere, individuals are invited to experience Greenshire’s space for peace while awakening to the Art of Inspired Living.  See ad, page 53.

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. See ad page 19

TWIN PONDS

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CENTER 628 Twin Ponds Rd, Fogelsville Area, 610-395-3355 www.twinpondscenter.com

Over 20 practitioners offering techniques for stress management, relaxation, mind/ movement challenges, life & professional concerns, emotional distress, weight management, spine/joint pain,  and much more. Call today for more information or to register for a private session, class, workshop or retreat.  See ad, page 21


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HOLISTIC HEALTH ABIBA WELLNESS

Barbara Fenton 860 Broad St., Suite 101 Emmaus, PA 18049 610-967-5106 www.abiba.com

Helping individuals find their inner balance, beauty, and peace while enhancing their harmony, happiness, and overall wellness. Offering Reiki, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, and other healing modalities in a  relaxing environment. Seminars, workshops, healing retreats, and Certified Reiki classes are available.

C.H.A.N.G.E.

Oneray integrates both ancient and emerging wisdom, resulting in an engaging process that takes us to a place of fresh air, where we can realize a deep sense of alignment with our life purpose. CranioSacral, Reiki, Energy Balancing, Personal Mentoring, Reiki Instruction and Transformational Workshops.See ad, page 53.

DANCING DRAGONFLIES WISDOM Ingrid Geronimo Founder & Life Coach 888-228-0244 / 908-213-3214 www.dancingdragonflieswisdom.com

Intuitive Life Coach to help you uncover and overcome the limited self-talk that has kept you from living the life you’ve always desired.  Let me guide you to your next best life.  Your best thinking has gotten you where you are, let me show you how much further you can go! Intuitive Reiki Sessions for $1 per minute.

ROOTS OF VITALITY

Kelly Kark, CNHP, Reiki Practitioner 484-554-7530 www.rootsofvitality.com 4048 Freemansburg Ave Easton, PA. 18045

Betsy’s readings are compassionate, straight forward, and inspirational. All subjects, such as relationships, career, health, life path, past lives etc. are addressed in readings. Guidance is given to help an individual evolve, grow and restore inner balance, inner peace and happiness. Workshops in energy reading, intuitive development and mindfulness meditation.

HYPNOTHERAPY

Reorganize, Rebalance and Regain Health. Specializing in Reiki, Muscle Response Testing, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Bio Mat Therapy and Bach Flowers. Experienced in treating persons with fibromyalgia, migraines, dementia, anxiety and depression and Add/ AdHd. Offer whole food supplements, energy holograms and bands and herbal tinctures.

Certified Holistic Life Coach 3620 Sterner Mill Road Quakertown, PA 18951 215-538-0976

Live more consciously and creatively in today’s challenging times. Life Coaching provides the support and guidance to help you find your life’s purpose and achieve your goals. Focusing on the relationship that each individual has with themselves. Available for short-term problem solving or for ongoing coaching. See ad.page 53.

Steve Gunn & Associates Coaching

C.H.A.N.G.E.

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ALCHEMICAL HEALING MODALITIES

Arlene Curley, BA, Intuitive Healer Quakertown PA 18951 215-538-0976 www.OnerayTransformation.com

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Certified Master Hypnotherapist. Enhance Your Health, Control stress and anxiety, depresHappiness &Lose Productivity! sion, pain and anger. weight, Counseling, Hypnotherapy And Naturally Generated Excellence eliminate smoking. Hypnotherapy Lose Weight, Stop Smoking, Eliminate Phobias Control: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Pain & Anger certification and hypnobirthing Hypnotherapy Certification Classes See ad,Class page Callclasses. for a Sample Hypnotherapy CD & ???. Registration Information Bev Bley L.P.N., C.M.Ht. Certified Master Hypnotherapist Free Phone Consultations: 610-797-8250 • change@4change.com • www.4change.com

Options Hypnosis

561 Main Street, Suite 290 Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-893-0096 www.optionshypnosis.com

The best way to predict your future is to create it. Feeling frustrated with your life, business, career? Experience the support of having a certified coach in your corner, supporting you to achieve your dreams and goals with clarity, focus, ease and grace. Free initial consultation. Meet on the phone or at my office in Emmaus.

MEDITATION & WELLNESS

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 40.

LIFE COACH Annette Carpien,

Certified Master Relationship Coach For relationships that thrive, for singles and couples Annette@greatrelationshipscoaching.com 610-428-2755

Want a loving relationship that is happy and successful over time and through challenges?  If you are single again, dating, or “taken”, call Annette for relationship coaching for communication enhancement & love that lasts.

COMMANDING YOUR LIFE Beverly F. Jones 610-833-8132 tocleaders.com/beverlyjones

Have you ever wanted the Law of Attraction to be on Steroids? As a Certified Practitioner of “The One Command®” I act as a guide to your discovering the  easy, powerful six step meditative process to your power mind. - your theta brain wave - subconscious mind.   Clients experience lasting results and gain tools that empower them.  

EFFORTLESS MEDITATION

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355 www.twinpondscenter.com

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.

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NATURAL DENTISTRY BEATA A. CARLSON, D.D.S.

Cosmetic and Natural Dentistry 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.

Michael Taras, DMD, FAGD, FIND, CNC. 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 27.

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.

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 bioidentical hormone therapy. See ad, page 45.

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.

 

NATURAL HEALTH

DALLAS WELLNESS CENTER, LLC Debra E Dallas, PhD, MIfHI, DCNT 4048 Freemansburg Avenue Easton, PA 18045 610-253-1977, dallaswellnesscenterllc.com

Dallas Wellness Center is an integrated therapy and diagnostic center. We offer Iridology, Thermographic Imaging, Nutrigenomics and Nutrition, nutraMetrix, Homeopathy, Herbology, Blood Typing, Hair Analysis, Ion Cleansing, Reflexology, Reiki, and Qi-Cultivation classes. When people have been everywhere else and are still sick, they come visit us. See ad, page 37.

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 47.

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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 21.

NATUROPATH NUTRITIONAL TECHNOLOGIES

Nicholas Theodorou ND 5 Stonecroft Drive, 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 mini-consults! 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 Integrative Nutrition

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. 


stucturAl iNteGrAtioN ANDREI KAzLOUSKI

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610.395.3355 www.twinpondscenter.com

ROLFMETHODOFSTRUCTURAL 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 38

trAGer© PsYcHoPHYsicAl iNteGrAtioN BONITA CASSEL

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610-398-9642 www.twinpondscenter.com

Trager© is a unique approach to bodywork, combining gentle rocking and elongations that reset and sooth the nervous system. Discover an ease beyond relaxation. Works well for things like MS, fibromynalgia, migraines and many other problems. Take home movements to reinforce the feelings. Certified since 1985 after studying with Milton Trager, M.D.

veteriNArY cANiNe reHABilitAtioN PAMELA J. MUELLER, PHD DVM 3247 B Wimmer Road Bethlehem, PA 10820 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 injuries and following surgery. Aquatic exercise can rejuvenate geriatric pets and condition competition companions.

veteriNArY PHYsicAl tHerAPY ANIMAL THERAPy CENTER

Beth Kenny M.P.T 3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348

A physical therapist with 17 years experience, including special education in canine anatomy and conditions for the past 10 years. Utilize many of the same rehabilitative techniques and therapies used for years with humans to help your animal companion recover from injury, surgery, or to improve their quality of life in the golden years.

YoGA KULA HEART yOGA

3864 Courtney St, Bethlehem 103 S. Main St. Nazareth 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, K i d ’s / F a m i l y y o g a , Therapeutic, Restorative, Anusara Inspired, Kundalini, Prenatal, & Yogalates. 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, Kids Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Hooping, and Mat Pilates. See ad, page 53

veteriNArY AcuPuNcture ANIMAL THERAPy CENTER

Danielle Dulin MVB,CVA 3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 AnimalTherapyCenter.com

Dr. Dulin is a veterinarian certified in medical acupuncture for animals. Acupuncture has been used in humans and animals for over 4000 years and is a good adjunctive therapy to western treatment plans to increase overall vitality and energy and produce profound changes on physical and emotional levels.

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Products Have Issues with Pain, Sleep or Lack of Energy? – Revolutionary Holographic Energy Chips and Energy Wrist Bands can help. For FREE samples or more information contact Connie Konnick at 610395-8050 or visit www.freetolive.cieaura.com Hypnotherapy CDs and DVDs – Weight Control, Smoking Cessation, Insomnia, Personal Development, Stress Management, Procrastination. Prices: CDs $29- DVDs $49. Call Bev at 610.797.8250 or order through “products” section at www.4change. com Mention this ad for a $5 discount! Herbal Packs, Lavander Packs and Cool Downz – various styles, shapes and patterns. Prices: $7-$25. Call Bev 610.797.8250 or order through “products” section at www.4change.com www.4change.com. Go Green! Get Alpaca Protected! The best natural fiber around to keep you warm this winter. Apparel, yarns, roving and more. Fertilizer for your gardens. Farm store by appt. See the alpacas.Call 484-5536844. www.yknotalpacas.com

services Experience Spiritual Healing – With Spiritual Response Therapy and Spiritual Restructuring. Sessions available daily. Nancy. 570-897-7503. www. srt-spr.blogspot.com. Mobile Massage Therapy - In the comfort and privacy of your home. Certified in Deep Tissue, Swedish, and other modalities since 1995, $60 per hour. Reiki Treatments and classes available. Patricia Donohue 610-737-1240. Professional Freelance Writing Services – Know what you want to say but not sure how to say it? Press releases, brochures, website content, newsletters and blogs. I do the writing so you don’t have to. Beth Davis, WriteSource, Inc. 239-269-6235 Relationship Coaching. – For relationships that thrive. For singles and couples. Annette Carpien, Certified Master Relationship Coach. 610-4282755 MergeOne World – Healing negative thoughts and emotions. Healing the family dynamic and ancestral influences affecting body, mind, & spirit. Private healing sessions & professional training programs.. www.mergeoneworld.com. 484-767-4890

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