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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.
28 Fall FlYWaYs
Thrill to Flocks in Full Flight by Timothy Boucher
31 tHe allUre
Supermodel Sarah DeAnna’s Universal Beauty Secrets by April Thompson
32 WHole-Being WorkoUts
Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit by Lisa Marshall
Easy Green Tweaks Save Money by Linda LaRuei
38 DeeP-Healing Yoga Release Trauma, Build Resilience
by Sarah Todd
42 sUgar monster How Sweet It Isn’t by Kathleen Barnes
44 minDFUl kiDs Inner Awareness Brings Calm and Well-being by Daniel Rechtschaffen
46 sCHools go green Homework, Lunch, Buses Get an Eco-Makeover by Avery Mack
48 Fat FigHt Like Us, Pets Must Eat Right and Keep Moving by Dr. Shawn Messonnier
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8 newsbriefs 20 healthbriefs 21 ecotip 24 globalbriefs 28 inspiration 30 community
24 spotlight 31 wisewords 36 fitbody 38 healingways 42 consciouseating 45 healthykids 46 greenliving 27 48 naturalpet 50 calendar 57 resourceguide 62 classifieds
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love summer. I love to swim, wear sundresses, grill out and spend extra time with my family. So, it’s always bittersweet when summer comes to an end, the kids are back in school and life is back to normal—or as normal as it gets in our house. As a family, we are entering our busiest time. In addition to school, both of our kids are involved in sports: football, lacrosse, soccer and gymnastics. Although it gets a bit chaotic, we wouldn’t want it any other way. Staying active has always been important to our family. We recognize the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits for all of us. We do things together—go on hikes, ride bicycles, shoot baskets—and we get moving on our own. It is a challenge though, to find the time. I’m guilty of taking extended breaks from exercising and I’m especially prone to telling myself that I’m too busy to workout. However, it’s during these demanding, stressful times that my body—and my mind—need it most. I will be the first to admit that I get bored easily—especially when it comes to fitness. I’m not one to do the same routine over and over, day after day. I like to mix it up. Outdoor activities are usually my go-to, but I love to throw in some fun classes at the gym to keep it interesting. And, I’m always up for trying something new. Just this week I signed up for my first mud run—a five-mile obstacle course through grimy mud that promises to “test your strength and toughness”. While I’m excited about the challenge, what thrills me most is that I’m doing it with a group of friends. I know that together, we’ll conquer the course and even if we don’t, we’ll sure have fun trying. And isn’t that the point? What I love about this issue—focused on fitness tips and trends—is that it provides options. We understand that we are all unique individuals and what works for one, may not work for the other. The important thing is to find what works for you. Here’s hoping this issue inspires you to stay moving.
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newsbriefs Fall Spiritual Holistic Expo in Allentown
he Metaphysical Universal Ministry and Metaphysical Learning Center of Allentown is holding their annual Fall Spiritual Holistic Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 21 and 22, at the Allentown Fairgrounds Agri-Plex Hall. Featured speakers include Cinnamon Mancini, Rev. Corbie Meiland, Dr. Linda Backman, and Eagle Skyfire. Cinnamon Mancini The expo will emphasize spiritual love, brotherhood and light, while showcasing more than 150 vendors of many modalities and alternative healing methods. Participating practitioners include chiropractors, aromatherapists, reflexologists, massage therapists and energy healers. Natural products, gifts, crystals, energy jewelry, art and aura photography will be available, and a large bookstore will be offering a 50 percent discount on all purchases made during the event. Guests will enjoy free informational seminars and door prizes throughout the weekend. Admission is $7 at the door. Location: 302 N. 17th St., Allentown. For more information, including vendor space, call 610-791-2641. See ad, page 9.
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The Sweet Taste of Bartered Goodies
he second annual Lehigh Valley Food and Crop Swap, for gardeners, canners, cooks, bakers and brewers will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., September 29, in Hellertown. No money changes hands at this event, because all transactions are swaps of food and beverage items. Offerings must be homegrown, homemade or homebrewed—no store made items are allowed. Last year’s bounty included homegrown, gardenfresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, home-canned soups and sauces, fresh pesto, mead, and raw, dehydrated crackers. Participants must register and agree to be bound by cleanliness and content standards. For location details and to register, email Shelley at SGold1111@AOL.com or Michelle at Crafticat33@ Gmail.com. Also search Facebook for Lehigh Valley Food & Crop Swap.
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Addressing Balanced Wellness for the Aging In Place
veryday LIFE, a Program of AllInclusive Care for the Elderly, provides a comprehensive model of care for aging Americans in the Lehigh Valley. Sponsored locally by Presbyterian Senior Living, the program enables seniors to age in the comfort of their own homes while at the same time providing necessary support for the family caregiver. To help caregivers find balance in their own lives, the center hosts a series of educational forums and recently added free yoga and meditation classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m., respectively. “Baby Boomers are reaching retirement years in record numbers, and at the same time, more seniors are electing to age in the comfort of their homes instead of opting for assisted living or nursing care,” said John Paul Marosy, executive director of everyday LIFE. “As a result, more family members are taking on the role of family care giver, adding financial, physical and emotional stress that can be challenging to manage. Everyday LIFE is unique in that it provides support for both aging Americans and their family support system.” For more information or to register for a program, call Janis at 484-895-4308 or visit EverydayLifeCenters.org.
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he third annual Mid-Atlantic Women’s Herbal Conference welcomes amazing teachers, talented vendors, and local women to create a special weekend honoring the ageold wisdom of herbalism and natural medicines on Box 421 Emmaus, PA 18049 • P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 October 5 and 6, at a farm VEditor@NaturalAwakeningsMag.com • www.NaturalAwakeningsMag.com in Kempton, Pennsylvania. This year’s theme, WoAd Proof for Natural Awakenings ven Roots, Strong Shoots, welcomes women to gather and build a community of healing To: P: 610-421-4443 that will strengthen them through the seasons. Email: F: 610-421-4445 More than 10 workshops on women’s health, plant medicine, gardening, yoga, drumming and plant identificaPlease sign your proof and complete the following information: tion walks will be offered. Teacher and herbalist Kate Gilday (Ad is shown at actual size. See second page for larger ads.) will speak on Saturday. Deb Soule, Robin Rose Bennett, Sarah Preston Campbell, Kerry Smith and Donna Bryant Winston Ad is approved: contact information and spelling is correct will all inspire herbal imagination. The conference also features an emporium of herbal products, crafts and services. Ad is approved with changes indicated Kempton is a half-hour west of the Lehigh Valley, just east of Hawk Mountain in Berks County. Rustic Camping is Ad is not approved – make changes indicated available. For more information call 610-683-9363 or visit RedEarthFarm.org/whc.
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ehigh Valley Integrated Health offers a professionally-supervised, structured purification program to help the body detoxify and rebuild itself from the inside out, including nourishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and losing weight. Informational meetings about the program will be held at 7 p.m., September 11 and 18. Natural whole-food supplements and detailed food quotas will support the body’s major organ systems with the most important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, as well as maintain a consistent healthy body weight. After the 21-day purification program, participants are amazed at how good they feel on the way toward transitioning to a new, healthful way of eating that will last a lifetime. A recent participant lost 14 lbs, lowered his chronic high blood and was told by his doctor that he no longer needed medication. Location: 163 S. Green St., Nazareth, PA. For more information and registration, call 610-759-0500. See ad, page 43. 10
VegFest Offers Meatless Fun
he Downtown Bethlehem Association VegFest celebration, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 7, is a street festival that brings together an array of vegan natural food providers, top national speakers and chefs and educational exhibitors in a fun and welcoming environment for all ages. Kick up some dirt with live music and highspirited performances while exploring sustainability, local food systems, and organic farming. It is a chance to talk directly to food producers, learn the newest items in the marketplace, taste free food samples, or simply learn what vegetarian foods are available and where to find them. The Little Farm Show will be held during Vegfeast behind the Touchstone Theatre at 321 E. 4th Street at 1pm. Steeped in humor, philosophy, and a wheelbarrow full of information, the production affectionately referred to as the “greatest show on dirt”, navigates the history of agriculture from 10,000 BCE to today. Admission is free. Location: South Bethlehem Greenway between 3rd St. and 4th St. For more information, visit DowntownBethlehemAssociation.com/calendar/vegfest/schedule.
Addressing Sexual Health
lexandra Milspaw, MEd, LPG, in Bethlehem, is offering professional, holistic therapy to help clients overcome sexual trauma, restore reproductive function and regain healthy sexuality. Using specific techniques of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnosis, mindfulness and relaxation, her therapeutic work helps clients reduce physical pain and associated Alexandra Milspaw emotional and psychological stressors. “We all deserve intimacy without pain,” states Milspaw. “Sexual traumas can have long-lasting effects and manifest in seemingly disconnected ways, so my therapy focuses on addressing causes of pain, exploring a deeper sense of the present moment and integrating practices that restore healthy sexuality.” Milspaw is also the executive director of the Institute for Women In Pain, a group of independent, like-minded health care practitioners that are available for consultation with women seeking help for a variety of chronic pain disorders. Location: 623 W. Union Blvd., Ste. 4, Bethlehem. For more information, visit AlexandraMilspaw.com.or call 484894-1246. See ad, page 60.
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he Mind Body Spirit Expo, the largest natural health and human potential expo in the Eastern U.S., is taking place from October 4 to 6 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Special guest speakers include Dr. Eben Alexander, Dr. Eben Alexander whose book, The Proof of Heaven, has sold over 2 million copies and continues to inspire and provoke. Also speaking will be Deborah Early Bird 2 forKing, 1 master healer and NY Times bestselling author, and Dr. General Admission Judith Orloff, who championedBethe energy on concept line beforeof expo doorsmediopen (Friday 4pm, Sat/Sun 10am), cine and the proactive responses to negative people thatand you and your friend/wife/husband she calls Energy Vampires. get both of your admissions for the of one!of goods More than 100 exhibitors will shareprice a variety and services from aura photography Code: NARB to beautiful jewelry. Free lectures cover angels, meditation, dreams, chakras and more. Intuitives and body workers will be available to provide their services to attendees. For prices and more information, call 215-627-0102 or visit MindBodySpiritexpo.com. See ad, page 8.
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What Peace Means to Children The World We All Need by Kids for Peace
Peace isâ€Ś a wish that grows around the world everyone feeling music in their hearts everyone having someone to love everyone knowing they are in a safe place everyone knowing they are beautiful inside and out singing together making art and sharing it with others growing a garden, planting a tree protecting animals getting Dorothy back homeeveryone playing sports instead of going to war happiness for all, peace on Earth and pizza for all people being kissed goodnight every child having a family every child having a ball to play with at least one hug a day a warm bed to dream in the angel in my heart using your voice for good treating others as you wish to be treated sending all soldiers home to their families people shaking hands keeping our world safe knowing anything is possible
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Kids for Peace Pledge I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way. I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day. I pledge to care for our Earth with my healing heart and hands. I pledge to respect people in each and every land. I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small. I pledge to do my part to create peace for one and all. Contributions are by children ages 5 to 11. For more information, visit KidsForPeaceGlobal.org.
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The Growing Place Wellness, Birth and Family Services by Beth Davis
n the doula community, it’s common that everyone practices independently. Mari Welsh and Gini Affuso had been doing it for years—five for Welsh and 10 for Affuso. Both were childbirth doulas—trained professionals who specialize in the physical, emotional and educational support of the pregnant and laboring woman. After a casual discussion, the two had a light bulb moment: With so many professionals working toward the same goal, why not work together? “We thought it would be great to have a partnership and create a support system by working together instead of separately,” says Welsh. The idea developed into a project that would become a labor of love. “We knew that if we were going to do this, we were going to do it all the way,” says Welsh. “Ultimately, it took more than a year and 50-plus revisions to our business plan. We wanted our approach and our message to be right—that was more important to us than getting it done quickly.” They found a location in Emmaus, on Main Street, and took on renovations themselves, including painting and installing new floors. In June, The Growing Place officially opened its doors as is the first wellness, birth and family service center in the Lehigh Valley, specializing in comprehensive non-medical support for women and families. They get it done by 30 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com
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ongtime supermodel Sarah DeAnna believes in our ability to shape both our life—and our looks. Raised by a single mom in the small farm town of Jefferson, Oregon, DeAnna made her way to Los Angeles after putting herself through college, earning a degree in international business marketing from Oregon State University, in Corvallis. While she planned to pursue a graduate degree in business at the University of California, a chance meeting with a photographer at a Hollywood café instead launched her career as an international fashion model, realizing a childhood dream. This natural health trendsetter has since appeared in Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, and walked the runway for such internationally renowned designers as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Stella McCartney. DeAnna credits her success to her commitment to modeling a healthy, balanced lifestyle. In her new book, Supermodel You, she debunks myths about modeling, fitness and beauty, explaining how beauty emanates from the inside out.
How does self-awareness bring out one’s natural beauty? Self-awareness starts with being aware of your actions and their effects. For example, if you’re not paying attention to what you eat and how you feel afterward, you won’t realize that your body may be sending you signals about the quality of what you’re eating. How you walk also affects your body in more ways than you realize.
it’s what you are reading, watching or eating before bedtime, and change it. Creating a sleep ritual is helpful; I light candles and lower music in the house to wind down long before when I want to be asleep.
Being alert to little things that may be throwing you off balance—like carrying more weight on one foot or turning a foot out when you walk—are small steps to developing self-awareness. When a Harvard University study informed a group of hotel housekeepers that didn’t consider themselves physically active that they were actually exercising all day long, they all lost weight. The only difference was their awareness of their work as exercise.
Why do you believe that models that follow less severe diets and workout regimens are better off? Restrictive extremes put enormous stress on your body, which is a leading cause of unhealthy weight gain. When I first started out, I didn’t know that I was eating too little and working out too much and too hard. Then my agent told me to ease my exercise and start eating some healthy fats again, which the body needs. When I stopped overdoing it, I both felt better and achieved my target weight. There isn’t any one kind of diet or exercise practice that’s right for everyone; it’s all about having a positive relationship with food and your body.
What are some of your favorite tips for getting a good night’s sleep? I make sleep a priority, even if it means missing out on late night fun. Tune in to what is keeping you awake, whether
Confidence is the most beautiful thing. Good posture makes you look thinner and better-looking. It’s not the number of pounds that matter; you know before you step on the scale if you are happy with the way you look and feel. As for fashion, it’s not just what you wear, but how you wear it. How clothes fit is important. We all have different shapes, and even models will have “muffin tops” if the pants aren’t hitting their hips in the right place. Rather than focus on the size, focus on how a garment looks on you.
You’ve been told that you aren’t “commercially beautiful”. How can each of us reframe the way we think about our own appeal? I’m sometimes told I’m too edgylooking or too strong-featured. But as my agent says, if everyone liked me, I would just be ordinary. You need to love whatever is different about you. Cindy Crawford has a noticeable mole; Tyra Banks has a large forehead. These models turned such “flaws” into personal trademarks that set them apart.
The industry can be unkind to older models. What lessons have you learned from watching your predecessors? The modeling business is finally realizing that society wants to see more natural-looking women, so they are bringing back the older supermodels, and they look amazing. We are even seeing models in their 80s now as an awesome positive representation of older women. It’s all about having a positive outlook and embracing who and what you are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at AprilWrites.com.
WORKOUTS Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit
by Lisa Marshall
picks up the pace, Pierrat leads the t’s the Sabbath, a day of prayer, and group through a funky, millions of people across “Exercise can rave-like series of dance America are quietly sitbe a powerful moves aimed at “opening ting or kneeling, humbly up” the hips and chest and communing with a power gateway to something less tangible greater than themselves. deep inside. By song five, But inside the Alchemy the spiritual.” the sweat is flowing and of Movement studio in some are dancing unabashBoulder, Colorado, the Soul ~ Chantal Pierrat edly, eyes closed, lost in Sweat faithful are connectthe music. Others are smiling broadly, ing with their higher power in a differmaking eye contact in the mirror. ent fashion. In bare feet, and wearing The sense of joy and interconnectyoga pants and tank tops, they find a place before a wall-to-wall mirror while edness in the room is palpable. “Exercise can be a powerful gateway to the a slow, Afro-Brazilian rhythm vibrates spiritual,” observes Pierrat, the founder the wooden floor. of Soul Sweat, a highly choreographed, At the urging of instructor Chantal spiritually charged dance workout. Pierrat, they let their arms and necks Twenty years after the yoga craze go limp, shaking off the week’s stresses introduced Westerners to the possibilvia a sensual, full-body writhe she calls ity that the two seemingly incongruous “the flail.” As the World Beat playlist 32 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com
goals could be intertwined, the spirituality-fitness link has spread well beyond the yoga mat. It has spawned fusions ranging from Body Gospel, a Christian workout tape, and Jewish Yoga classes to triathlon programs rooted in Native American teachings and Buddhismbased running meditation workshops. In addition, creative instructors have been fusing body/mind/spirit classics like yoga and Pilates with hardcore cardio disciplines like spinning and boxing. Half of all U.S. fitness clubs now offer mind/body programming, according to the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and the portion of classes dedicated to “mind/spirit” versus just “body” is on the rise. “The newer programming is balanced 50-50, rather than the 80-20 body-mind split of the past,” estimates Sandy Todd Webster, editor in chief of IDEA’s publications. At a time when, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the number of people that identify with “no organized religion” continues to grow (topping one-fifth of Americans and one-third of U.S. adults under 30), more people than ever are exploring exercise as a path to both flatter abs and deeper self-discovery. “We have spent so long focusing on the mind and the brain… but that is not the whole story,” says Pierrat. “The somatic, or physical, expression of spirituality is the future.”
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The notion that intense dancing or a long run could spark what feels like a spiritual awakening makes sense to Philadelphia-based research neuroscientist and physician Andrew Newberg, author of How God Changes Your Brain. A pioneer in the field of integrative “neurotheology”, he has for years used brain imaging technologies to study the impact religious or spiritual practices like deep meditation, intense prayer and speaking in tongues have on the brain. Exercise, he says, provides many of the same effects. In addition to prompting a surge of feel-good endorphins, a highly strenuous workout is one of the few activities that can lead to simultaneous activaContinued on page 34
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by sarah todd
hen a woman separated from her husband last fall, she tried hard to shut down her emotions. A 30-year-old working mother of two young boys, she felt she couldn’t afford to be sad or angry, even as she contemplated divorce. But something shifted when she began taking yoga classes in her town in northern Michigan. “It was my one place to relax and let go,” says Emily, who asked that her real name stay private. “I used to go to class, get into a deep stretch and cry. It was like my muscles were connected with my heart. My instructor would warn us that certain poses would provide emotional releases, and sure enough, the tears would fall.” People suffering disruptive changes
—from losing a loved one to coping with unemployment or striving for sobriety— often find yoga to be a healing force. Lola Remy, of yogaHOPE, a Boston and Seattle nonprofit that helps women navigate challenging transitions, attests that yoga makes them feel safe enough in their bodies to process difficult emotions. “The goal isn’t to make stressors go away, it’s to learn resilience,” Remy explains. “Irreparable harm isn’t necessarily the only result of experiencing stress. Even if I’m in a challenging position—like wobbling in the tree pose—I can see that I’m still okay.” The object is to teach women that their bodies are strong and capable, giving them more confidence in their ability to weather obstacles off the mat.
Research suggests that yoga can also be an effective therapy for people affected by some forms of severe traumatic stress. A study in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences that scanned the brains of trauma survivors after a reminder of the traumatic event revealed decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain that helps make sense of raw emotions and bodily experiences. While shutting down the connection between body and mind can help in coping with dangerous experiences, it also makes recovery difficult. “You need to have a high-functioning prefrontal cortex to organize the thoughts that come up and know that you’re safe in the present moment,” advises David Emerson, director of yoga services at the Trauma Center, in Brookline, Massachusetts. “Otherwise, you’re assaulted by memory sensory information.” Yoga appears to rewire the brains of trauma survivors to stop reliving past distress. “You can’t talk your prefrontal cortex into functioning well again,” Emerson observes. “But you may be able to do it with your body.” The study found that eight female patients that participated in traumasensitive yoga saw significant decreases in the frequency and severity of their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. In a study at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, military veterans enrolled in a 10-week yoga course also showed improvement in PTSD symptoms. A paper presented at a recent International Society for Traumatic Stress
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Studies conference studied 64 people that had experienced childhood abuse and neglect; those that participated in a trauma-sensitive yoga course had a 33 percent reduction in PTSD symptoms. Two months later, more than 50 percent in the yoga group experienced greater freedom and were no longer diagnosed as suffering from PTSD, compared to the control group’s 21 percent. Yoga can also transform traumatized lives in other ways. “For many traumatized people, being touched intimately can be a trigger,” Emerson remarks. “Yoga may let them feel ready for physical intimacy again. Others have mentioned victories such as being able to go to the grocery store and knowing exactly what foods their bodies crave.” Emerson notes that such programs emphasize choice and individual empowerment. “The beauty of yoga is that you reclaim your body as your own.”
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Once largely concentrated on the East Coast, trauma-sensitive yoga programs are spreading. Jennifer Johnston, a research clinician and yoga instructor at Boston’s Mind Body Institute, sees programs like these enriching our culture’s understanding of the physical and mental health connection. “In a country where drugs and surgery are often the first go-to,” she says, “it’s important to remember that things like yoga can change our chemistry, too.” Sarah Todd is an East Coast-based writer and editor. Connect at SarahToddInk.com.
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SUGAR MONSTER How Sweet It Isn’t by Kathleen Barnes
“Am I a sugar addict?” There’s an easy way to tell.
f you have to ask yourself, you are,” advises Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a renowned integrative physician in Kona, Hawaii, and author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! The dangers of excessive sugar consumption, especially of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), are well known. Yet such cheap, corn-based sweeteners account for nearly 56 percent of all sweeteners, especially in beverages. The average American annually consumes 152 pounds of sugar, compared to 109 pounds in 1950, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A large portion is ingested as sugary liquids, including juices and an average of 46 gallons of soft drinks a year—compared to 11 gallons 50 years ago.
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Certainly, high-calorie sugars trigger weight gain, but it may be news that calories from sugar act differently in the body than those from other foods. “Fat doesn’t make you fat. Sugar makes you fat,” states Dr. John Salerno, director of The Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine, in New York, Tokyo and Sao Paolo, Brazil. “Eating carbohydrates quickly raises blood sugar (glucose), prompting the release of insulin to transport the glucose not immediately needed for energy, to the cells,” Salerno explains in his new book, The Salerno Solution: An 42 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com
While the negative effects of excess sugar consumption have been documented for decades, “Evidence is mounting that sugar is the primary cause of obesity, plus many chronic and lethal diseases,” says Osteopathic Physician Joseph Mercola, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, who runs the highly popular natural health website, Mercola.com, and has authored books that include The No-Grain Diet and Sweet Deception. “Excessive fructose consumption leads to insulin resistance that appears to be the root of many, if not most, chronic diseases,” says Mercola. Beyond the obvious association with obesity, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, liver and heart disease and Alzheimer’s have all been linked to sugar, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health. “Sugar, in excess, is a toxin, unrelated to its calories,” says Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist and professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. “The dose determines the poison. Like alcohol, a little sugar is fine, but a lot is not. And the food industry has put us way over our limit.” Sugar can be addictive, continues Lustig. “It has clear potential for abuse. Like tobacco and alcohol, sugar acts on the brain to encourage subsequent intake.”
n Stevia, a powdered extract of a South American plant, is the most popular natural sweetener, delivering no calories or blood sugar swings; 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, a little goes a long way. Look for a product with no additives. n Sucanat—minimally processed, dehydrated cane sugar juice—is a reasonably healthy alternative, especially to substitute measure for measure in baking. Because it metabolizes like sugar, it too will cause blood sugar swings; also note that both agave and “raw” sugar, which is merely less refined table sugar, have similar effects.
Everyday Sugar Addicts by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum A solution to sugar addiction is simply to stop eating sugars, especially any form of corn syrup. Drink more water and take a high-quality multivitamin, plus other supplements as necessary. Here are the four characteristics of people that tend to obsessively seek sugar. 4 Chronically exhausted and looking for an energy boost 4 Stressed out and suffering from adrenal exhaustion 4 Cravings caused by excessive presence of yeast/candida 4 Hormonally related cravings
n Honey, while not calorie-free, is high in heart-healthy flavonoids and anti-allergens, and may even help lower cholesterol, according to a study from University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, in Germany.
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n Maple syrup carries calories, but is also a rich source of polyphenol anti-inflammatory antioxidants. A University of Rhode Island, Kingston, study suggests that maple syrup may help manage Type 2 diabetes. n Molasses, while not calorie-free, is a worthy alternative if weight isn’t an issue, since it’s a good source of minerals, especially iron.
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n Raw monk fruit (avoid processed Nectresse), a small, sweet melon native to China and Southeast Asia known as luo han guo, has traditionally been used in herbal medicine. It is touted as being low in carbs and is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. n Coconut sugar is generating excitement largely because of its low glycemic index (35) and low carbohydrate qualities. This optimum option is a good source of potassium, magnesium, iron, boron, zinc, sulfur and copper. n All fruit contains fructose, but in a natural state—not synthesized as a vegetable product like corn syrup. Fruit also comes loaded with health benefits, so eating it in moderation works, especially fruits and berries that are low on the glycemic index, a measure of carbohydrate effects on blood sugar levels. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com. CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS
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When we embody mindfulness practices, we become a living example to the children in our lives. If you are interested in learning how to bring mindfulness practices to youth, begin by offering it to yourself. Join a mindfulness group, do some reading or even better, finish reading right now, let your eyes close, check in to your body and let go into this present moment. Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, a pioneering trainer in his field, helps
implement mindfulness-based curricula in schools and organizations. Collaborations include the Mind Body Awareness Project, Mindful Schools and Mindfulness Without Borders. He also convenes an annual Mindfulness in Education conference and teacher training at Omega Institute (search eomega.org). He has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as a marriage and family therapy intern. Visit MindfulChildren. com.
True Education The word education comes from the Latin roots ex, “from within,” and duco, “to guide.” Thus, education originally meant to draw out, to guide a student in unfolding the wisdom that is inherently within each person, at any age. This is a fundamentally different approach than the conventional educational paradigm that approaches students from the outside in and from the top down. In using what I call the “fire hose” method of learning, spewing information at students and penalizing them when they can’t retain what the powers-that-be deem important, we make the mistake of assuming what each child should be, instead of seeing them as they already are. Think of how different each of our own lives would have been if parents, teachers and other mentors helped us learn to become the person we were inherently meant to be. This approach requires us all to discover and utilize our own mindfulness. When parents ask me, “What is the best mindfulness technique to teach my children?” my answer is always, “Your own mindfulness.” Our own mindfulness is already present within us; it’s not something we need to create. Notice all of your thoughts in this moment: your doubts and interests, as well as sensations. Simply become aware of phenomena, without judgment or preference. The natural capacity to open up in the present moment to everything that is happening within and around us is mindfulness, an open, intentional, nonjudgmental awareness.
Schools Go Green Homework, Lunch, Buses Get an Eco-Makeover by Avery Mack
With paperless homework, bookless backpacks, zero waste lunches, plastic-free filtered water and classrooms without walls, today’s parents and teachers are bringing eco-friendly ways to schools and giving students an early appreciation of the importance of environmental health.
requesting garbage-free lunches for oing green goes both ways— her three children at the New England home to school and school to School-Montessori, she couldn’t imagine home. Alysia Reiner, an actress packing food without the use of plastic and eco-advocate from New York’s wrap, sandwich bags or paper napkins, Harlem neighborhood, became inbut, “Now, it’s no big deal,” she says. “I volved with the Bank Street School for use glass containers and cloth napkins. Children when her daughter enrolled The kids eat better quality food. It costs at age 3. “I’m green at home, so in my less, too, because prepackaged snacks mind her school had to be green, too. With no programs in place, I made sug- are out.” She notes that the governgestions, which got me elected co-chair ing rule is one protein, one fruit and one vegetable. The of the green committee,” says Reiner, school even has a natural with a smile. composter—a class guinea “Today, we have a school-wide pig that loves to eat leftover composting program serving 1,500 veggies. students that has reduced previous levels Students often bring the of food waste by 75 percent. To raise first of their homegrown awareness and funds to support it, we vegetables each seasold reusable snack sacks, stainless steel son for show and tell water bottles and home composting in the classroom, where bags.” An innovative chef focuses on they normally eat lunch. It’s organic foods with vegetarian options for school lunches. The next step is a rooftop a neat way to avoid massgarden. produced food; the school When Sheila Hageman, an author, has no cafeteria. “A little teacher and public speaker living in Mil- change becomes part of a ford, Connecticut, first read the memo lifestyle,” remarks Hageman. 46 Lehigh Valley www.healthylehighvalley.com
Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, for grades nine through 12, in West Palm Beach, Florida, provides a near-paperless experience for students, all of which are issued computers. Homework is assigned, completed, graded and returned; tests are given and graded; report cards are sent and textbooks studied—all online. “We buy one set of print books, since not all students learn the same way. But e-books can be updated electronically each year, saving the educational costs of outdated materials and financial costs of replacement,” says Teresa Thornton, Ph.D., the science teacher who spearheaded many of the school’s green initiatives. “By the end of the year, they know how to use software programs to organize and analyze information.” In Pittsburgh, Chatham University follows the example of eco-pioneer and Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, a class of 1929 alumna, to preserve, maintain and restore nature. With the goal to be carbon neutral by 2025, sustainability becomes part of every decision. The Chatham Eastside facility, located in a revitalization area, reclaimed a former manufacturing complex. “We are the first school in Pennsylvania to have a solar hot water system,” says Mary Whitney, the school’s sustainability coordinator. “Bottled water was banned in 2011 and filtered water stations provide free refills for stainless steel bottles. The rent-a-bike program is especially popular with international students.” The two campus Zipcars shared by students can be reserved for a fee. Students also ride free on public transportation. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, students gain the knowledge and experience to extend the difference they make beyond greening their school. Anne Vilen, a designer for expeditionary learning schools like Donaldson, says, “It’s empowering for students to discover they can make a real impact.” Connect with Avery Mack via AveryMack@Mindspring.com.
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health threat to our nation’s pets,” says Dr. Ernie Ward, APOP’s founder, from the organization’s headquarters in Calabash, North Carolina. Current medical consensus states that an animal is obese if it weighs at least 15 percent more than its ideal weight. But looking at body composition is more accurate, based on measurements top-to-bottom and side-toside and depth to the ribs and spine.
besity, a severe and debilitating illness, is the most common nutritional disease in both animals and people. The latest survey of 121 veterinarians in 36 states by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and corroborating American Veterinarian Medical Association data reveal we have 80 million fat cats and obese dogs; that’s more than 58 percent of dogs and 52 percent of domesticated cats. “Pet obesity remains the leading
Animals aren’t born fat. Obesity results from too many calories in food, snacks and treats, paired with a lack of aerobic exercise. People may believe they are showing love by rewarding begging with treats, but they actually may be slowly killing their companions with kindness, putting them on a path toward painful and costly medical problems.
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These can include cancer, cardiac problems, complications from drug therapy, difficulty breathing, heat intolerance, hypertension, intervertebral disk disease, orthopedic conditions (including arthritis), lethargy and ruptured ligaments. Also, because excess body fat first deposits in the cavities of the chest and abdomen and under the skin, hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus can develop, so screen overweight animals for these disorders prior to treatment for obesity. Tackling obesity involves restricting calories and increasing the metabolic rate with a controlled exercise program. Diet and exercise are the two most vital factors in fighting fat.
Simply switching to a store-bought “lite” pet food is inadequate because many are designed to maintain, not lose, weight. Also, many products contain chemicals, byproducts and unhealthy fillers that are contrary to a holistic program. A homemade restricted-calorie diet is the best choice for obese animals. The second is a processed “obesitymanagement” diet available through veterinarians, although many of these also contain chemicals, byproducts and fillers. Such diets can be used to attain the target weight, and then replaced with a homemade maintenance diet. Foods high in fiber work well for shedding pounds because they increase metabolism. Vegetable fiber decreases fat and glucose absorption. Fluctuating glucose levels cause greater insulin release that can lead to diabetes; because insulin is needed for fat storage, low, stable levels are preferred. Fiber also binds to fat in the intestinal tract and increases the movement of digested food through the intestines.
Several natural therapies may be helpful for treating animal obesity. These include herbs such as cayenne, ginger and mustard; white bean extract; chromium; carnitine; hydroxycitric acid (HCA); epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG); and coenzyme Q10. All have been widely used with variable success, although not
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Earthing – Learn this easy technique that detoxifies, grounds your body, & renews strength. Join us for a wonderful experience on Granite Mountain Hellertown area. Sue Reilly, leads event through demonstration, lecture with hand outs & tuning forks to ground you. $80. 1-4pm. Call 610–867-3119.
8th Chakra Vinyasa Weekend – Join Seane Corn for this special weekend workshop where we will explore beyond our bodies, into our relationship with the divine. Transformation begins when we understand there is no separation between the mind, body, and spirit. 9/6 thru 9/8. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Free Intro to Middle-Eastern Bellydance- Professional Bellydancer Amala Gameela encourages women to explore traditional Egyptian and Near East movements, music, and culture while utilizing nearly every muscle and joint in the body. 6:45-7:45pm, 484-515-8356, Quiet Heart Yoga, Fitness & Holistic Health, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Free Intro to Tai Chi - Tai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor Hilary Smith is offering an information gathering session plus demonstration of Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese art of meditation and movement. Ask questions, receive registration discounts. 5:30-6pm, 484-515-8356, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 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! 7:30pm, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 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! 9-10:30 am, $20, Twin Pond, West LV, Register 610.395.3355. Teaching Yoga for Seniors – This 3 hour teacher training designed to help yoga teachers understand the changes that occur as adults grow older, and explore teaching strategies to provide a challenging, fulfilling, and safe yoga practice. 2-5pm.Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522 Nutritious Family Cooking – Join Stephanie Shelly, certified health coach and nutrition chef, for an educational cooking class on Dark Leafy Greens. 11am. $35. The Growing Place, 184 Main Street (Rear) Emmaus. 484-232-9066
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Free Introduction to Bellydance – All are welcome. Please call to reserve your spot in class. 7:30pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Call to reserve your spot. 610.867.9642
Reiki Level One Certification- Reiki Level 1 is based on self-healing, teaching hand-positions and techniques to access and draw Reiki through the body for oneself and the healing of others. $150, Includes Reiki I Manual, Attunement, learn with experienced practitioners! 12-5pm, 484-515-8356, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville.
Introduction to the Art and Science of Tai Chi – Come learn how tai chi can quiet your mind and energize your body. See why Harvard Medical School calls it “medication in motion”. Free. No obligation. 7pm. Steel Fitness, 250 Cetronia Rd., Allentown. Contact Hilary Smith, RN at 610 751-6090
Meditation for Everyone – Curious about meditation and its benefits?, This class is for you. Each session will offer practical instruction in meditation, a practice session, some time for discussion. 4pm. $15. All welcome. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642
Reverence of You – Learn sacred beliefs about your birth date & the importance of your name according to The Chinese Calendar. Interesting & fun: you may be able to unearth something special about yourself Rustic Grandeur Healing Sanctuary near Hellertown. $80. 1-4pm. 610-867-3119.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Thank God for Evolution – A film & discussion sponsored by the Spiritual Directors of Greater Lehigh Valley, volunteer non-profit ecumenical. InSpiral: exploring connection of science & spirituality, all welcome. 7-9pm. St Francis Center, 395 Bridle Path Rd, Bethlehem. 610-865-6976, Yoga Class – Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. All levels including beginners welcome. 5:30pm and 7:15pm, $12. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, call 610-867-0116.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Healthy Aging Seminar – A lively discussion of the problems of aging including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and lack of energy. The causes are not what you have been led to believe. Chelation therapy will be fully explained. 6:30pm. RSVP 610-682-2104. Maulfair Medical, 2970 Corporate Court Orefield. Bellydance Beginner 2 – With Surayyah. Learn a veil dance to a classic instrumental song while building on and refining current dance vocabulary. Some bellydance. Tuesdays 7-8pm. $85/8 wks. East Coast Dance Connection 22 Alta Dr. Whitehall. Call Surayyah 484-995-6029 Arthritis Workshop – Learn approaches to preventing and handling arthritic pain. Perfect for people who suffer from the many chronic joint diseases like Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bursitis, even Tendonitis and Gout. Includes steps to help prevent joint diseases. 7pm. Free. Easton Family YMCA 1225 W. Lafayette St. Easton. 610 258 5880 Acupressure for Colds and Flu - Steve Hoog. Learn how to prevent and control a variety of respiratory problems that are often an issue in the fall season by pressing on easy to find acupressure points. Find out what makes us susceptible to these conditions. 6:30-8:30 pm, $45, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355.
Weight Control Groups Program – 4 sessions: Tues. Sept. 10th and 24th & Oct. 8th and 22 nd , 2013. 6-7:30PM. Cost: $175 includes Manual, CDs, & DVDs. Coopersburg. For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley, L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Dynamic Duo – Learn how the conscious and subconscious minds can work in unison and harmony to enhance your health, happiness and productivity. 6-7:30PM Cost $25. Coopersburg. For more infor or to register contact: Bev Bley, 610.797.8250 or email email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Yoga Class – Improve overall well being, alleviate back pain, relieve stress, increase flexibility, & build strength through yoga focusing on proper alignment. All levels welcome. 9:15am and 5:30pm, $12. Near Bethlehem Wegman’s. Yoga with Stephanie Snyder, a Registered Yoga Teacher, call 610-867-0116. Cleanse Program Seminar – Learn about our 21 day purification program using natural whole-food supplements and detailed food quotas to support your major organ systems with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients most necessary. Maintain a consistent body weight. 7pm. Free. Lehigh Valley Integrated Health, Nazareth. RSVP 610-759-0500.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Kids Bellydance – With Surayyah. Fun Indian/Bellydance fusion choreography. Build body awareness and confidence through basic dance moves and other fun exercises. Thurs 6-7pm. $85/8 wks. East Coast Dance Connection 22 Alta Dr. Whitehall. Call Surayyah 484-995-6029. Beginner Bellydance – With Surayyah. Learn some basic moves to put into a dance while building body awareness, confidence and muscle tone. A fun and relaxed environment to ‘shake’ off the stress from your day. Thursdays 7-8pm. $85/8 weeks. East Coast Dance Connection 22 Alta Dr. Whitehall. For registration and questions call 484-995-6029.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Y12SR: Yoga & 12 Step Recovery – Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Combining the two creates a model that truly addresses addiction as the physical, mental & spiritual disease that it is. 7pm. Donation. All welcome. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Call to reserve. 610.867.9642 Nutritional Live Blood Cell Analysis – A unique method of examining a small droplet of blood to reveal information on the general wellness and nutritional needs of the individual. Blood screenings along with a 20-30 minute consultation are performed by Gwen Ward N.D. $60. Health Habits RT 873 in Schencksville Call 610-767-3100.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 6 CEUs, Intro to Kestenberg Movement Profile – Suzanne Hastie. Gives dance/movement therapists, clinicians, educators, childcare providers, and parents a refined language as well as a psychological interpretation for what is seen in the body. 9 am-4 pm, $125, register 610-417-0831 by 9/7/13, Twin Ponds Center. West LV Channeling with The Little One - Sheryl Blumenthal, global spiritual teacher, healer, and author is a pure vessel who shares heartfelt, divinely guided
messages through her rare abilities. CD provided in private sessions. Group Event 7:30-9pm $30, Private Sessions both days: 484-515-8356, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. Returning to Work Breastfeeding – Covers preparation, pump use, milk storage guidelines, logistical concerns with pumping at work, communicating with childcare providers and practical tips. 4pm. $75. The Growing Place, 184 Main Street (Rear) Emmaus. 484-232-9066
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 The Breathing Class – Develop a deeper understanding and awareness of your breath. Begin with a gentle physical poses followed by an exploration of different breathing techniques that help to release tension and stress. 4pm. $20. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Call to reserve. 610.867.9642
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Belly Dance – With Hannah Nour. Both Level 1 and 2 are offered as a eight week session. Level 1 class is deeply discounted. Please call or Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522 Your Empowered Voice – What It Can Do For You – Meg Deak. Discover what your voice says about you and how you can access your own authentic, healing voice. 6:30-7:30 pm, Twin Ponds Center, W. Lehigh Valley, Register 610.395.3355 Surviving to Thriving – Live a life with balance, take charge of your happiness, restore balance in your life learning how to stay energized and focused on achieving your dreams. A workshop to create a life of transformations. 6pm.610.417.0665 Cultivating Stillness – An Introduction to Meditation. Enjoy the simplicity of being fully in the present moment and connecting with inner silence to find a sense of calm and peace. 5:30pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Pine St, Easton 610-923-7522
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Yoga for Core Strength – Active yoga that works the abdominals; a physically challenging and invigorating practice. Strengthens and energizes while decreasing the cause of back pain and improving posture. 7pm. Easton Yoga. 524 Northampton St., Easton. 610-923-7522 How to See Your Health – Learn how the body reveals its internal condition by manifestations on the hands, nails and feet and by our habits like crossing the arms, foot tapping and gestures while talking. Dietary advice to regain balance. 6:30, $45, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355. Healthy Digestion Seminar – Dr. Maulfair will discuss digestion’s role in your health. Clinical experience highlight the right way to relieve digestive problems including very serious chronic conditions. 6:30pm. Free. RSVP 610-682-2104. 2970 Corporate Ct, Orefield. 610-682-2104. Back to School Essential Oils – Learn how to prepare to keep the whole family healthy when the kids return to school. Explore oils that kill harmful bacteria’s, and others that help balance the mood and dispel negativity. 6:30pm. The Growing Place, 184 Main Street (Rear) Emmaus. 484-232-9066
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savethedate THIRD ANNUAL MID-ATLANTIC WOMEN’S HERBAL CONFERENCE OCTOBER 5TH AND 6TH Welcomes amazing teachers, talented vendors, and local women to create a special weekend honoring the age-old wisdom of herbalism and natural medicines. The Conference will be held on on a lovely farm in Kempton, Pennsylvania. This year’s theme, Woven Roots, Strong Shoots, welcomes women to gather and build a community of healing that will strengthen them through the seasons. For details and to register, please visit www.redearthfarm.org/whc or send an email to mawomensherbalconference@gmail. com 610.683.9363
savethedate EXPLORING THE THREE KOUNDINYASANAS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Explore the three Koundinyasanas: Eka Pada Koundinyasana I, Eka Pada Koundinyasana II, and Koundinyasana. Learn how to prepare and open the body and mind to achieve these dynamic arm balances. Try entries including Side Crow, Downward Facing Dog, Plank, Tripod Headstand, Eagle, and more. This workshop is open to students who regularly practice Chaturanga Dandasana. 2pm. $35. Please call to reserve. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 E. 4th St. 3rd Fl. Bethlehem 610.867.9642
Healthy Digestion Seminar – Dr. Maulfair will discuss digestion’s role in your health. Clinical experience highlight the right way to relieve digestive problems including very serious chronic conditions. 6:30pm. Free. RSVP 610-682-2104. 2970 Corporate Ct, Orefield. 610-682-2104. Back to School Essential Oils – Learn how to prepare to keep the whole family healthy when the kids return to school. Explore oils that kill harmful bacteria’s, and others that help balance the mood and dispel negativity. 6:30pm. The Growing Place, 184 Main Street (Rear) Emmaus. 484-232-9066
wedNesdAY, sePtemBer 18 Cleanse Program Seminar – Learn about our 21 day purification program using natural whole-food supplements and detailed food quotas to support major organ systems with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients most necessary. Maintain a consistent body weight. 7pm. Free.Lehigh Valley Integrated Health, Nazareth. RSVP 610-759-0500.
tHursdAY, sePtemBer 19 Effortless Meditation™ Introduction Class – Greg Schweitzer. Learn about this scientifically validated and physician recommended effortless practice that allows you to de-stress, revitalize by taking you to a level of rest deeper than sleep! 7:30-9 pm, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355. St. Germain Meditation – Hear what St. Germain has to say about the Autumn Equinox, Winter Solstice and 2014. Channeled by Brigitte Boyea and accompanied by Mike Snyder on piano. 7pm. $20 donation. St. John’s Church of Faith, 6th & Washington Sts., Allentown. Jin Shin Jyutsu Class - Learn Japanese healing art using finger pressure along pathways on the body restoring energy flow. Similar to acupuncture without needles for pain, stress, other health concerns. 5:30-7:30pm. LV Hospital, 2nd Floor Auditorium, 17th St., Allentown, $5. 610-398-1555
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Breast Awareness Health Group – Ann McCloud Sneath CRNP, discusses all aspects of women’s healthcare through a holistic approach. The meetings are free and open to those that have an interest in optimizing breast health. 6:30pm Please call to register 856-596-5834. William G. Rohrer Center for Healthfitness, 2309 Evesham Road, Voorhees, NJ
Prenatal Yoga/BOLD Birth – Strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation, aid in digestion, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort. Alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy. Includes journaling and yoga nidra, a form of deep rest and meditative self-inquiry. 5:30-7pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Pine St, Easton 610-923-7522
Car Seat Safety for Caregivers – Covers how to choose the safest seat for your child, how to tell when they are ready for their next seat, correct installation and usage and so much more. 11am. $50. The Growing Place, 184 Main Street (Rear) Emmaus. 484-232-9066
Open Practice – A self-guided practice, supervised Sandra Kessel, and assisted by advanced teachersin-training. Develop an independent practice and prepare the body for poses you want to achieve while being supported by teacher guidance. $20. 4pm. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642
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Integrating Bhakti Yoga and Chanting – A weekend playshop with Sean Johnson. Play, sing, dance, move, breath and pray – these are the exercises of Bhaktas! Friday night open to yoga students of all levels and yoga teachers. 12–9pm. Easton Yoga. 524 Northampton St, 610-923-7522 Developing a Food Forest Garden – 12 hour course-- Learn the principles behind the concept of mimicking the forest in order to create a highly productive food and herb system that can sustain itself with a minimum of effort. Pen Argyl.. $120. Call for additional dates or registration 610-756-6867
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 21st Fall Spiritual Holistic Expo – 160 Vendors. Alternative healing, Chiropractic, Reiki, Massage, Energy Workers, Native American Shamans, Celtic Shamans and Spiritual advisors of every tradition. Free professional. 10am-6pm. $7. Agri-plex Center, 1725 Chew Street, Allentown. 610-791-2641.
Fall in Love with Forward Bending Sunday, October 6 Beginners through advanced yoga students with regular practice will benefit from this workshop. The use of props makes it accessible to beginners, while advanced students can deepen their current practice. We’ll focus on the introspective and calming nature of forward folding, finding balance between strength and softness.1pm. $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. All are welcome. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 E. 4th St. 3rd Fl. Bethlehem 610.867.9642
HERBAL OUTREACH CLINIC 1st Monday of the month By Appointment This sliding scale teaching clinic is held once per month to offer expert herbal and nutritional advice to economically challenged people seeking relief from chronic disease. The fee for clients is from $0 to $$$ based on what they can afford. The $0 client can even get herbs for free. Do not let lack of money keep you from your best possible health. Appointment required. 908-268-0393. Changewater Wellness Center, Changewater NJ. ChangewaterWellnessCenter.com
Taoist Study Group Seminar – This month the Lehigh Valley group will host a guest speaker on Taoism, Dr. Norman Girardot, Distinguished Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University. 11am. U.U. Church on Center St., Bethlehem. 610-759-1942 HCG Seminar – A comprehensive rapid & lasting weight loss program to rapidly lose weight and reset your metabolism. Join Mia Darling, N.D. for a one hour seminar about the HCG program. Call now to reserve your space 610-682-2104. Maulfair Medical Center , 2970 Corporate Court, Orefield Carotid Artery Ultrasound Screening – Baseline Medical. Avoid heart attacks, strokes, disability or even death with this noninvasive, no risk screening that assesses blood flow & wall structure of the arteries in your neck. Results in 10 minutes. 8 am-4 pm (15-min appointments), $60. Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 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! 9-10:30 am, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355. Mindful Eating Program, a Life-long Approach Gina Consalvo. A skills-based program designed for those struggling with food, body, and weight issues: compulsive and emotional eating, health issue (diabetes, etc.), pre or post bariatric surgery, and those stuck on the diet treadmill., $150/6 wks, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Workshop – Harness your power to defeat fear & gloom – Meg Deak. Learn this gentle method of clearing emotional distress and other powerful ways to change the patterns of thought and feeling that keep you from enjoying life. 9:30-12:30, $45, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Painting Your Spirit Guides followed by FREE Fall Equinox Celebration at 5pm- Teacher Deva Vidya leads you on a Shamanic Journey to meet your Spirit Guides. Converse with your guides, ask questions and receive messages. Experience to life through the magic of art. 1-3:30pm, $60, 484515-8356, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville.
Going Deeper Yoga – Designed for intermediate to advanced students and teachers, serving to move your practice forward. Work deeply in fundamental postures as a gateway to more postures and sequences. 3pm. $20. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Call to reserve 610.867.9642 21st Fall Spiritual Holistic Expo – 160 Vendors. Alternative healing, Chiropractic, Reiki, Massage, Energy Workers, Native American Shamans, Celtic Shamans and Spiritual advisors of every tradition. Free speakers. 10am-6pm. $7. Agri-plex Center, 1725 Chew Street, Allentown. 610-791-2641.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Facial Diagnosis – Your face tells the story of your overall health. Learn how every part of your face (colors, blemishes, wrinkles, and marks) is related to your organs and systems and, how eating and lifestyle changes can improve your health. 6:30pm, $45, Twin Ponds Center, W. LV, Register 610.395.3355
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savethedate REIKI LEVEL II CERTIFICATION October 19-20th, 12-5pm Reiki Level 2 increases your ability to channel Reiki energy by 100 x’s, and gives the practitioner techniques and symbols to send the Reiki energy to specific locations for specific injuries, pain or imbalances. Feel comfortable working on others. Receive 3 attunements, manual and learn from experienced practitioners. Pre-requisite: Reiki Level 1. $225/$240 day of, Quiet Heart Yoga, Fitness & Holistic Health, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, PA 18106, Unit #7. 484-5158356, www.quietheartyoga.com
savethedate A Natural Medicine Forum Tuesday, September 17 6pm Join us for a free, informal Question and Answer Forum with Dr. Michael Jude Loquasto ND, PHD, DC. Bring your health related questions and benefit from Dr. Mike’s 50 years of experience in Natural Health. Understand how chiropractic internal medicine, custom herbal formulations and non-invasive oral chelation can benefit you. All are welcome. Held at A Natural Medicine Clinic, 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27, Bethlehem. Call 484-821-1460 for more information.
Smoking Cessation Group Program – 3 sessions: Tues. Sept. 24th & Oct. 8th and 22rd:30-8:30pm. Cost: $150 includes Manual, CDs, & DVD. Coopersburg. For more information or to register contact: Bev Bley 610.797.8250 or email email@example.com. Living Healthy in a Toxic World – Coleen Maulfair helps you understand how you can live healthy in a toxic world. Find out how to un-pollute yourself. Learn what can be done about body burden of chemicals. 6:30pm. Free w/RSVP 610-682-2104. Maulfair Medical, 2970 Corporate Court Orefield.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 FREE Lecture: Brain Enhancement. – Dr. Tom Wachtmann. Enhance the health of your brain on all levels with diet, nutrients, chiropractic and lasor treatments. People of all ages can learn how to improve cognitive abilities & memory, decrease brain fog, and think more clearly. 6:30-7:30pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355. The Oxygen Project – For the happy empowered individual. Seek more out of life with positive influences that inspire, motivate and add new perspectives on how to implement positive thinking into everyday life. Supports the mind to become more empowered, energized and focused on purpose and potential. 6:30pm. $47. Bethlehem. RSVP to Life Coach Elizabeth Sanchez at 610.417.0665
THURSDAY, SEPTEBER 26 6 CEUs, Intro to Dance/Movement Therapy Workshop – Suzanne Hastie. For therapists and educators interested in how movement communicates & leads to self-discovery, and how it can change, heal, and transform our emotions and relationship to self/other. 9 am-4 pm, $125, Register by 9/19, Call 610.417.0831, Twin Ponds Prepared Childbirth In a Hospital Setting – Comprehensive childbirth education class to prepare the birthing woman and her support person for labor. 6pm. Subsequent clss 10/3+10/10. $100. The Growing Place - 184 Main Street (Rear) 484-232-9066
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Yoga Teacher Training – 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification & 100 Hour In – Depth Immersion programs begins. Runs Sept.– May. Please visit the teacher certification page on the website for more information on these Yoga Alliance Registered programs. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Reiki I for Occupational Therapy Practitioners – 2-day beginner workshop participants will be attuned and trained to perform Reiki and how to integrate it within their OT practice. Class size is limited to 3 students but other classes available. 12 Contact Hours. 9/28 & 9/29 9am-4pm. $225. Palmerton. 570-460-8485 or firstname.lastname@example.org. One Love Fundraiser – Join Melanie and friends for a 90 minute yoga class taught by local yoga teachers, followed by a silent auction featuring local artists, restaurants, and more. Donations will go towards goal of raising $20,000 to for programs in Ecuador and the Amazon Rain Forest. $10 donation. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Women & Money – Free seminar with Rima Hirsch. Women in the U.S. are making financial progress and gaining economic clout, but with this new-found status comes more responsibility. Learn how to better manage your situation and feel more secure
about a healthy financial future. 10:30am–noon, Twin Ponds, West LV, 610-395-3355. Yoga Therapy Weekend – Tools & Techniques for Working with Children with Autism & Special Needs - Rachel Greg. Target audience: teachers, parents, OTs, and PTs. No Yoga experience necessary! Workshop includes daily practice, lectures, discussions, and Q & A. Fri. 6-8 pm; Sat. 9 am-4 pm; Sun. 10am-1 pm. $200. Privates available. Twin Ponds Center, Register 610.395.3355.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Evolved Intelligence – Your Body & Energy Psychology. Learn how to easily increase your strength & vitality, boost your immune system, & revitalize your energy flow using simple & easy techniques. Join Sue Reilly, MA, LPC at Rustic Grandeur Healing Sanctuary amidst the beautiful natural energy vortex. $80. 1-4pm. 610-867-3119. Kirtan - Join Sharon Silverstein and The Peace Project as we chant ancient mantras from traditions around the world, creating healing vibrations within and all around us. Family friendly with potluck afterwards. $10, 6-8pm, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356 Free Sample Sunday – Try 30 minute samples of all our classes including traditional Ashtanga, hot yoga, hot Pilates. Enjoy authentic Indian Food $5 a plate. Proceeds go to Yoga in the Schools organization. Live music, yoga demonstrations, healthy lifestyle products and information. Tours of the studio. LV Yoga, 1701 Union Blvd, 610-776-2676. Yoga for Osteoporosis – Understand the poses that help to strengthen the body in order to reduce fracture risk and incorporate beneficial poses. Great for those who have osteoporosis or osteopenia, as well as teachers who want to know how to teach the appropriate modifications for their students. 2pm. $30. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, 610.867.9642 Relax Deeply – Restorative Yoga using yoga props such as blankets, bolsters, sandbags, and more to elevate and support the body. Use various breathing techniques to quiet the mind and calm the body. Release tension and stress. 4pm. $20. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Vibroacoustic Therapy & Brainwave Entrainment – Free demo. For deep relaxation of body and mind to manage stress, insomnia and pain; stimulate blood flow & lower blood pressure; deepen meditation & retrain your brain to shift into healing states. Twin Ponds 610.395.3355
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 2nd Anniversary Celebration – Join us to celebrate our 2nd anniversary of the Public Reiki Clinic in Bethlehem. Cake and refreshments will be served. Learn about Reiki and how this clinic has made it accessible to you. Mini- Reiki chair sessions will be offered. 7-9pm. Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Mid-Atlantic Women’s Herbal Conference – Welcomes amazing teachers, talented vendors, and local women to create a special weekend honoring the age-old wisdom of herbalism and natural medicines. October 5th-6th on a lovely farm in Kempton, PA. For details and registration email email@example.com. 610.683.9363
ongoingevents daily Care Alternatives Volunteers – Care Alternatives is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212.
sunday Sunday Services – Metaphysical and non-denominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211 Prenatal Yoga – A safe and supportive environment to practice through all stages of pregnancy. Develop strength, flexibility, and proper breathing, and explore meditation techniques creating inner peace for birth and motherhood. 11:45am. $15. Yoga Loft . 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 10-11:30am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356.
monday Beginner/Restorative Yoga – Class with Carol Milot, 11:30am. Kula Heart, 3400 Bath Pike (512/ Center St), Bethlehem. 610-746-5852 Open/Restorative Yoga – Class with Kriste Matthew; 7:15 pm and Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-746-5852 Zumba Fitness – Lea Barats. Combines exercise and dance that anyone can follow. Give yourself a total workout that feels like a celebration without being harsh on your body. 9-10 am, $36/6 classes, $54/10 classes, $8/walk-in, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Feldenkrais® Method – Carol Siddiqi. Gentle movements helps you improve your capabilities and overcome injuries by teaching your brain to reorganize and rebuild physical movements. 5:45-6:45 pm, $75/6 class, Twin Ponds, W. LV, 610.395.3355 Pilates: Towel & Foam Roller – Char Brummundt. Have fun as you strengthen your back, shoulders, and improve core strength while stretching and toning on mat and with towels and foam roller. 6-7 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Pond, West LV, 610-395-3355 Community Acupuncture - Rochelle Aubert. Affordable for everyone! Manage stress, boost the immune system, balance the mind-body-spirit. Sit with a small group for ~30 min. Pvt sessions for complex conditions. Times between 6:30-8:30pm, $35, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Yoga, Restorative – Carol Siddiqi. Helps you perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease by developing deeper self-awareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355
Raja (classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 5:45-7:15pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356.
New Warrior Training Adventure – Sponsored by The ManKind Project. The training adventure provides men an opportunity for focused self examination and personal growth. A local MKP men’s group meets in the Lehigh Valley every other Tuesday. For more info call 866-820-1691 or visit MKP.org.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga - An energetic & flowing class, focuses on aligning your body, mind and heart for an optimal flow. Incorporates precise instruction, creates clarity and encourages openness. 7:30-8:45pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, 484-515-8356.
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. Promoting green energy. www.themarea.org.
Yoga for Health – A physical (hatha) style yoga class for the mind, body and spirit--without the impact and stress to joints. Improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance and lung capacity. Balance the nervous system. 6-7pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Call 610-434-9333.
Community Reiki Clinic – Collaborating practitioners serve all who want to experience the healing benefits of Reiki. 1st Tuesday of every month. Sessions are 20 minutes each. 6-8:30pm. RSVP required to 610-739-4201. Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem. Near Westgate Mall
Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group Orientations held on the Third Monday of each month at The Center for Healthy Aging at LV Hospital, 17th and Chew Streets, Allentown. 610-969-2486 for more information.
tuesday Raja (classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 12-1:30pm & 5-6:30pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Traditional Middle-Eastern Bellydance - Explore movements, music, and culture. Improve strength, coordination, balance, and grace with emphasis placed on proper posture, hip articulations, and body isolations. 6:45pm. $88/8 weeks, starts 9/10/11. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, 484-515-8356. Wiggle & Giggle with Your Child – Suzanne Hastie. Move with your child for a deeper connection. Have fun with movement, dance, and colorful props in a creative way. Children ages 4-7, 9:3010:15 am, $15 per parent/child, additional child $5 Twin Ponds, W. LV, Register 610-395-3355 Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training – Betsy Wetzig. Learn to improve the way you function, both physically & mentally, for success in life and the release of pain and stress with simple, easy exercises. 7-8 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 6:30pm. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem Mat Pilates – With certified Pilates instructor Paola Montes. 5:30-6:25pm. $15. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Encore – Cancer Support and Exercise Group. All female cancers may become a part if this group. This YWCA program has been in existence for over 30 years. 6:30-8pm. Allentown YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown. 610-434-9333.
wednesday Self-Discovery thru Movement – Suzanne Hastie. A fun class to feel physical release, stress reduction, and greater connection to “self.” Learn 10 basic rhythms and movement patterns we all use in our daily life while exploring yours. 10am, $115/6wk or $20/cl. Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Pilates Combo Class – Char Brummundt. Mat work with different apparatus helps with chronic spine, joint, muscular, and neurological problems. 6pm, Pilates/Yoga Fusion: Pilates along with yoga postures help pelvic and spinal stability. 7pm, $75/6 both, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610395-3355 Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 10-11:30am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Tai Chi - A gentle martial art defined as “meditation in motion,”. Teaches postural alignment, balance, physical control and whole-body coordination, stimulates the brain and maintains over-all health. 5:30-6:30pm, $88/8 weeks, starts 9/11/13, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Vinyasa Flow Yoga - Focuses on aligning your body, mind and heart for an optimal flow. Incorporating precise instruction, this class creates clarity in your practice and encourages openness. 6:45-8pm, $11 in advance or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484-515-8356. Yoga for All Levels – Emphasis on alignment in fundamental postures. Build strength, balance, and flexibility, using props to assist. 5:30pm. Jim Thorpe Yoga, 434 Center St., Jim Thorpe. 570-527-5453 Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 11am. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem
Yoga for Health – A physical (hatha) style yoga class for the mind, body and spirit--without the impact and stress to joints. Improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance and lung capacity. Balance the nervous system. 6-7pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Call 610-434-9333.
Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training – Betsy Wetzig. Learn to improve the way you function, both physically & mentally, for success in life and the release of pain and stress with simple, easy exercises. 7-8 pm, $75/6 classes Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355
Kripalu Yoga, Restorative – Carol Siddiqi. Greater self-awareness by learning the basics of yoga and the gentle movements of Feldenkrais will help you perform daily activities with greater ease, pleasure and without pain.11:30am. $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355
YogaStretch® – A style of yoga for active older adults. Includes a variety of safe and fun yoga postures. Using a chair for support. Build flexibility and endurance. Breathwork is coordinated with postures. 1:30pm. YMCA/YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. 610-434-9333.
Iyengar Yoga, Levels 1–2 – Diana Erney. Builds upon preliminary poses with an emphasis on body alignment in order to develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Props will be used to assist students as they go deeper into each pose. 7-8:15 pm, $88/8 classes Twin Pond, W. LV, 610-395-3355
Matter of Balance – Emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home and exercise to increase strength and balance. $25 8 wks, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. 610-434-9333.
Sierra Club Meeting – Monthly meeting on the 4th Wednesday of each month except July. All welcome. Bring ideas and environmental concerns. 7pm. Room 640S, Fowler Center, NCCC, Third and Buchanan Streets, S. Bethlehem. lvsierraclub@ gmail.com
Student Massage Sessions – 50-55 minute supervised massages done by students. $30. 2-9pm by appointment. Health Options Institute, 1926 2nd Street, Bethlehem. 610-419-3535.
Encore – Cancer Support and Exercise Group. All female cancers may become a part if this group. This YWCA program has been in existence for over 30 years. 9am. Allentown YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown. 610-434-9333.
Easton/Bethlehem Area Lyme Support Group – Meets the 1st Wednesday of month to discuss and answer questions. 7pm. Country Meadows, 4035 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem. Open to public. Contact Heidi at 610-882-2253. Spiritual Healing and Meditation – 7 PM - 9 PM 1st Wednesday of each month. Weather permitting. Everyone is welcome. St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St. Allentown PA. 610-791-2641
Bellydancing – With Hannah Nour. Traditional dance for fitness and creative expression. 7:30pm. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Ste 201, Bethlehem. 610746-5852 Monthly Peace Vigil – 2nd Thursday of every month, 4pm at the south approach to the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, 3rd & Wyandotte Streets, Bethlehem. Contact Vince 610-216-8103, or Tom 610-882-1136.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga – With Carmen, Mixed level, modifications provided for all poses. Kim’s Healing Center in Easton, 6:00-7:15pm, by donation. Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-5597280
Reiki & Aromatherapy Circle -Learn more about the healing arts of Japanese Reiki and Aromatherapy. Lecture, meditation, mini Reiki session with an essential oil sample. Meets the last Thurs. of each mh. 6:30pm guest & practitioners. $5. Must RSVP. Emmaus. Handicap accessible. 610-393-2036.
Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 6:30-7:45pm. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 E. 4th St, Bethlehem
Intermediate/Advanced Yoga – Classes with Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia. 5:30 pm. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-746-5852 Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 6-7:30pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, 484-515-8356 Vinyasa Flow Yoga - Focuses on aligning your body, mind and heart for an optimal flow. Precise instruction creates clarity in practice and encourages openness. 7:45-9pm, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville, 484-515-8356. Pilates, Morning Stretch - Char Brummundt. Have fun as you strengthen your back, shoulders and improve core strength while stretching and toning with balls, rollers, and towels. Ask about priv and duet “reformer” sessions. 9:30am, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Therapeutic Crochet – Krystel Seier. This fun class for men & women will provide you with knowledge of crochet and a warm and welcome place to start, learn, and complete any project. Benefits against depression, stress, muscle tension. 10am. $12/class, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, 610-395-3355
Yoga/Core Flow – With Laurel Attanasio. Learn how to use your core in every yoga pose, taking your practice to a higher level. 9:30am. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Yoga for All – With Scott. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. Donation. 5-6pm at Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280 Beginner/restorative Yoga – Class with Carol Milot, 11:30am. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St), Bethlehem. 610-746-5852
Weekly Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15am or 5:15pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. 610-282-0709
Raja (Classical) Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec. 9-10:30am, $11 in adv or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Wescosville. 484515-8356.
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.
Level 1/2 Yoga – Alignment-based yoga for those with some yoga experience to advanced. Improve strength, balance, flexibility, and concentration. 10am. $10. Jim Thorpe Yoga, 434 Center St., Jim Thorpe. 570-527-5453
Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group Orientations held on the 1st Wednesday of each month 6pm. L Valley Hospital, Muhlenburg Campus, RT22 and Shoenersville Rd, Bethlehem. 610-969-2486. Mat Pilates – With certified Pilates instructor Paola Montes. 5:30-6:25pm. $15. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Yoga/Level 1 – With Megan Ridge. Learn correct alignment and breathing in fundamental yoga postures. 9:45-11:00am. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642
friday Beginner’s Yoga – Bonita Cassel. Attention to alignment and self love make this class a perfect one for those beginning or challenged with limitations. 10am, $88/8 class, Twin Ponds, W. LV, 610395-3355
Yoga/Level 1 & 2 with Restoratives – With Melanie Smith. This class picks up the pace from Level 1 and works on preparations for intermediate poses including inversions. Learn postures that relax the nervous system deeply. 10:30am. $15 Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Adult Autism Support Group – By & for those on the spectrum to discuss their concerns and strategies for success. Free. 1st Saturday monthly. Noon-2pm. 3005 Brodhead Rd #260, Bethlehem. Call Gailelaine 610-216-4319 for info and register. Gamblers Anonymous Meeting – If you have a gambling problem please join us every Saturday morning from 11am-1pm at St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem in the Education Center. Rm 111. For more information call 215-872-5635.
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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 cancer support.
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Traditional acupuncture practiced in an open setting. Effective for treating acute sprains/strains, pain (chronic, arthritis, low back), headaches (including migraines), allergies, depression, digestive issues, support for lifestyle changes, infertility, PMS, anxiety, stress and much more. Personalized treatments for your physical, mental and emotional health delivered at a flat rate of $20. M noon-5 pm, W 8 am-noon, Th 2:30-6:30 pm, F noon-4 pm, SA 9 am-1 pm.
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BODYWORK ELEMENTS FOR HEALING Heather Terrible West Bethlehem PA 484-626-2920
Allow your body to heal itself and restore your vital life force with Shiatsu. Relieve stress, anxiety, back pain, digestive issues and headaches. Shiatsu also helps with fertility and reproductive problems. Move stagnant energy, remove blockages and create balance in the body’s major energy systems. Trained at International School of Shiatsu. Available by appointment.
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Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac.
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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.
8026 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown, PA 18087
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 44.
21 Main Street Clinton, NJ 08809 908-713-1900 NewLeafWellness.com
Reiki Master/Teacher – Aromatherapist Emmaus, PA 18049 610-393-2036 www.abiba.com
Offering Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Crystals, Wellness Classes and Retreats. Helping women find their inner balance and to empower them to become more active participants in their personal healing through a holistic approach to life. Barbara Fenton is also an independent Distributor of Young Living Essential oils. Visit ww.youngliving.com/abiba to purchase or for income opportunity info.
Gail-Elaine Tinker, M.S., R.M. 3005 Broadhed Road #20 Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-216-4319 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tinkerpsychotherapy.com
Get results for your depression, anxiety, fear, insomnia, trauma, chronic pain, and family issues (including adult autism). In private practice for 8+ years, from serious diagnosis to ‘getting life on track’ via coaching, your unique needs are attended warmly, professionally, confidentially, and respectfully. Talk Therapy, Relaxation, Reiki, Art, and natural modes empower YOU. Call for free consultation.
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
Beverley S. Bley Coopersburg, PA 610-797-8250, www.4change.com
QUIET HEART HOLISTIC HEALTH
Certified Master Hypnotherapist. Enhance Your Health, Control stress and anxiety, depresHappiness &Lose Productivity sion, pain and anger. weight, Counseling, Hypnotherapy Naturally Generated Excellen eliminate smoking. And Hypnotherapy Lose Weight, Stop Smoking, Eliminate Phobias certification and hypnobirthing Control: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Pain & Anger Hypnotherapy Certification Classes classes. See ad, page 50. Call for a Sample Hypnotherapy Class CD & Registration Information
Bev Bley L.P.N., C.M.Ht. Certified Master Hypnotherapist Free Phone Consultations: 610-797-8250 • email@example.com • www.4change
Ashley M. Taylor 106 Bethpage Terrace Easton, PA 18042 484.548.0622 www.mindfulchangehypnotherapy.com
Through hypnotherapy, realize your inner potential for greatness, success, health, and wellness. When you change your mind, you change your life. Quit Smoking, Lose Weight, Gain Confidence and Achieve More. Become your best self. See ad, page 43.
561 Main Street, Suite 290 Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-893-0096 www.optionshypnosis.com
Discover the POWER of your unconscious mind. With hypnosis, you CAN overcome stress, pain, depression, or fear. You CAN successfully manage your weight and quit smoking - whatever is keeping you from the life you want. We offer a variety of effective techniques. FREE consultation. See ad, page 17.
MEDITATION & WELLNESS 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.
MOVEMENT THERAPY – FELDENKRAIS METHOD®
Carol Siddiqi FGNA, RYT
Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355 www.twinpondscenter.com
The Feldenkrais Method reconnects the body to its natural movements, focusing on the relationship between motion and thought. It works with the nervous system, rather than muscles or bones, to improve everyday motion, such as walking, running, golfing, biking, yoga, posture, breathing, etc.
NATURAL DENTISTRY Cosmetic and Natural Dentistry
Carol Sherman DDS William Baron DDS 2600 Newburg Rd. Easton, PA 18045 610-252-1454 www.beatacarlson.com
Dr. Carlson begins with a Natural or Holistic approach to enhance your physical health and eliminate any compromise to the immune system. Mercury free, non-surgical periodontal treatment, tooth whitening, cosmetic makeovers and herbal support in a gentle, relaxing and caring atmosphere. See ad, page 18.
Michael Taras, DMD, FAGD, FIND, CNC, IBDM, NMD 2900 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown, PA 18103
Dr. Taras is a mercury free, holistic dentist who performs safe mercury filling removal and is the developer of the mercury protection program. Mercury testing, pH, ozone, homeopathics, ionic minerals, & drainage remedies are used to heal patients naturally. See ad, page 7.
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.
MAULFAIR MEDICAL CENTER Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 2970 Corporate Court, Suite 1 Orefield, PA 18069 610-682-2104 www.drmaulfair.com, www.purelyyoudetox.com
PHILLIP GETSON, D.O.
Family Physician · Board Certified Thermologist Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville www.healththroughawareness.com · www.tdinj.com (856) 596-5834
A board certified family physician for 35 years and co-founder of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ. An internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). An advocate for health and preventive medicine championing thermography as an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. Certified by four Thermographic Boards. Outreach assessments available in PA. See ad, page 9.
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, Homeopathy, Herbology, Blood Typing, Hair Analysis, and Ion Cleansing. When people have been everywhere else and are still sick, they come visit us. See ad, page 17.
Lehigh Valley Integrated Health
163 S. Green St., Nazareth, PA 18064 610-759-0500 - www.VitalityLV.com
Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification – Purely You, and many other treatment programs. Maulfair Medical Center brings the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad, page 16.
LV Integrated Health is an al ternative medicine practice located in the heart of Nazareth, PA. Services offered include: Family Chiropractic, Nutrition Response Testing, Massage Therapy, and Reflexology. The staffs’ health philosophy is that your lifestyle (not just your genetics) determines the length and quality of your existence. They offer regular free educational classes in the practice on such topics as, How to Turn Stress and Fatigue into Vitality! See ad, page 43.
WOODLANDS HEALING RESEARCH
PATHWAYS HOLISTIC CENTER
Family, Environmental and Preventative Medicine Nicholas DiMartino, D.O. 5724 Clymer Rd Quakertown, PA 215-536-1890
Woodlands Healing Research Center is a family practice supporting individualized natural approaches to health. We offer lifestyle and nutritional consultation to achieve optimal health and vitality. We also offer complete women’s services including GYN, menopause, osteoporosis and bio-identical hormone therapy. See ad, page 41.
4833 Chestnut St. Emmaus, PA 18049 610.966.7001 www.pathwaysholistic.com
Combining a variety of the finest holistic healing methods, we help shape your new path to reclaim life and become balanced & whole once again. Over 15 years of restoring health from within by cleansing, nourishing. Comprehensive physical, mental, spiritual and emotional healing services offered plus nutrition programs, prepared foods, retreats, catering services.
Robert E Hartzell RPH, CCN Shelley Surber RD, LDN 300 American Street Catasauqua, Pa 18032 610-264-5471 ext 237
Offering our successful (FLT) First Line Therapy, and Ultra Lite therapeutic Life style programs. Our programs will help with weight concerns; blood sugar concerns, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. Let us help to implement healthy changes into your life. Change your life, Take back your health. Call for an appointment
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 ads, pages 6 &45.
NATUROPATH Mia Darling, N.D.
Maulfair Medical Center 2970 Corporate Court, Suite #1 Orefield, Pa 18069 484-272-2055
As a Naturopath, I am trained in both prescription drugs and natural supplements and herbs. I work with you, not just a lab value. I take the time to listen to you and to educate you on how your body works, including how foods, supplements, and exercise. Whether you are trying to reverse or prevent a health issue, there are solutions to address the root cause of disease. See ad, page 14.
NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION LLC
Tina Stashko, N.D. PhD MIfHI Emmaus, Pa. 18049 610-965-8132 naturalhealthpromotion.net
Specializing in preventative healthcare, digestion and nutrient absorption, and thyroid and adrenal health. Modalities such as iridology, sclerology and biochemical balancing enable the development of your unique program for optimum health. These programs are easy to follow and incorporate into your daily life. Reach your full health potential! See ad, page 36.
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 Five-Point Program teaches you about eating a wholesome diet, prudent exercise, the proper use of supplements, getting quality sleep and reducing stress. Internationally recognized expertise on nutritional supplements including glutathione enhancement! Free miniconsults! Call or email for information.
NUTRITION & EDUCATION WELLNESS SIMPLIFIED
Dian Freeman Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816 www.WellnessSimplified.com
Nutritionist Dian Freeman and staff nutritionists LuAnn Peters - Brenda Woodruff of Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown, NJ, offer private nutritional consultations, Applied Kinesiology and Ondamed biofeedback sessions. Dian also teaches classes and a nutritional certification course in preparation for the national Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC) exam. Also, to address energetic and vibrational healing, a variety of crystal and energy healers are available by appointment and LuAnn mixes personalized formulas combining various Bach flower remedies.
NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING ALICIA RAMBO-WOSNIAK
Center for Healthy Living @ Easton Yoga 524 Northampton Street, Easton, PA 18042 610.923.7522 www.eastonyoga.com
Are you in a food rut? Want to lose a few pounds? Feeling sluggish and unmotivated? Whole foods detoxing is what your body need. I offer customized detox plans and wholebody care. Over 10 years of wellness experience through yoga and now offering wellness coaching through lifestyle and nutritional counseling. Free Health Consultations, call now!
Holistic Health Coach C.H.C Nazareth, PA 18064 484-291-4848 LauraTimbrook.com
Spend an hour to work on your nutrition and goals with a trained professional. As a Health Coach, I create a supportive environment that will enable you to achieve all of your health goals. I have studied all the major dietary theories and use practical lifestyle coaching methods to guide you in discovering which approach works best for you. Call today for a Free Health History Consultation
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.
THE JOYFUL ELEPHANT
Michelle M.L. Trent, NET, CPT Food Coach and Certified Personal Trainer Bethlehem, PA 484.515.6603 JoyfulElephant.com
Providing food coaching, menu planning, and hands-on cooking demos. My training is in plantbased diets for weight loss and disease prevention and reversal as seen in the film Forks Over Knives. I support, motivate, and encourage you to reach your wellness goals. I help you to try new recipes and broaden your skill set so that you can feel confident in preparing healthy, tasty meals.
SEXUAL HEALTH THERAPY Alexandra T. Milspaw, M.Ed., M.Ed., LPC Bethlehem, PA www.alexandramilspaw.com 484-894-1246
Sexual health counselor and educator utilizing NLP and Mindfulness-based approaches. Learn easy, quick techniques to move towards healing your life and relationships by reprograming your nervous system’s response to stress and pain. “Breathe. Believe. Be.” Anything is possible!
SPIRITUAL HEALING SHUMEI
361 E. Main Street, Kutztown, PA 19530 484-788-8328 firstname.lastname@example.org - www.shumei.org
Jyorei was developed by Mokichi Okada in Japan in the early part of the twentieth century. It is a simple yet profound healing art in which spiritual Light is focused on others. One Jyorei session usually takes about ten minutes. No fee is requested for the session, although donations are accepted. Hours: Mon, Thu and Fri 3pm-5pm; Sat 1pm-3pm
STUCTURAL INTEGRATION ANDREI KAZLOUSKI
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 43.
THERMOGRAPHIC IMAGING Liesha Getson, BCTT, HHC
Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville www.healththroughawareness.com 856-596-5834
A Board Certified Thermographic Technician has imaged thousands of patients for many types of health concern and administers outreach thermogram assessments in several eastern PA centers regularly. A Holistic Health Counselor and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. A founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Reiki, thermography, and biopuncture. Liesha. See ad page 9.
VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE Diane Gabriel-Fraynert VMD, CVA
3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com
Dr. Gabriel-Fraynert is a veterinarian certified in medical acupuncture for animals since 2005. She has been practicing Integrative Veterinary Medicine using both conventional and holistic modalities, including Chinese and Western herbs, Homo-toxicology/Homeopathy, and Nutraceuticals. Dr. GabrielFraynert feels an integrative approach allows for greater breadth of treatment options for many underlying and or/ pre-existing medical conditions. See ad, page 49.
VETERINARY CHIROPRACTIC Kristen Fenstermacher VMD
3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com
Dr. Kristen Fenstermacher is a equine veterinarian certified in veterinary chiropractor by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association . She provides chiropractic services for cats and dogs at the Animal Therapy Center. See ad, page 49.
WEIGHT LOSS - HOLISTIC PATHWAYS HOLISTIC CENTER
4833 Chestnut St., Emmaus, PA 18049 610.966.7001 www.pathwaysholistic.com
Learn a new way to loose weight without starvation. Reduce the health risks to the bodies systems. We will teach you new ways of relating to food that allows for nourishing at a cellular level, cleansing your blood, reducing or eliminating gas and bloating. Learn the food combining way that also provides for anti-aging.
CANINE MASSAGE Vyolet Albano CMP, RM, CM
3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com
Vyolet Albano is certified canine massage practitioner who completed her certification at the Integrated Touch Therapy School in Circleville, Ohio. Having an interest in non-invasive modalities for addressing animal pain, she is also a Master of Chi Energy, Reiki and Quantum Healing. Vyolet provides massage and reiki services for dogs and cats at the Animal Therapy Center. See ad, page 49.
VETERINARY CANINE REHABILITATION Pamela Mueller PhD DVM
3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com
Dr. Mueller is a veterinarian with advanced training in exercise physiology and canine rehabilitation. We welcome dogs with neurologic problems, sports injuries and post surgical patients. Aquatic exercise can rejuvenate geriatric pets and condition competition companions. See ad, page 49.
YOGA KULA HEART YOGA
3400 Bath Pike, Bethlehem 610-746-5852 www.kulaheartyoga.com Facebook: Yoga at Kulaheartyoga
Bringing community of the hearts together as we embrace diversity & celebrate life. Diverse yoga classes, certified/ registered yoga teachers, Yoga Teacher Training, Kid’s/Family yoga, Therapeutic, Restorative, Anusara Inspired, Kundalini, Prenatal, & Pilates. Workshops with internationally renowed teachers. Massage therapy services in our beautiful wellness center. New student special $30 for 30 days unlimited yoga.
THE YOGA LOFT
521 E 4th St., 3rd Floor (above Cantelmi’s Hardware) Bethlehem, PA 18015 610-867-YOGA (9642) www.theyogaloftofbethlehem.com
The Yoga Loft offers quality yoga instruction for students of all levels in a variety of styles. We also offer workshops and other special events, Certified Yoga Teacher Training, Belly dance, Tai Chi, Prenatal Yoga, and Mat Pilates. See ad, page 34.
VETERINARY PHYSICAL THERAPY Beth Kenny MPT, CCRP
3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348 www.AnimalTherapyCenter.com
Beth is a physical therapist with 20 years experience, including special education in canine anatomy and rehabilitaion. She utilizes many of the same rehabilitative techniques and therapies developed for humans to help your companion animals recover from injury, surgery, or to improve life in their golden years. See ad, page 49.
YOGA THERAPY ELEVATIONS YOGA THERAPY
Cyndee Gischel Graham CSYT Svaroopa® Yoga Therapist 2230 Corriere Rd. Easton Pa 610-653-0904
Elevate your body, your mind and more. This therapeutic style of yoga reaches into and releases deep-seated layers of spinal tension by using precise angles, blankets and hands on personalized adjustments so that the body opens gently yet deeply from the inside out. Reduce stress. Relieve back pain. Restore energy and enjoy increased flexibility. This class is for everyone. No experience necessary. Classes Mon & Fri 10am. or Wed 1pm. Private sessions also available. Call for evening classes. See ad, page 39
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