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16 18 inspiration 24 healingways 25 wisewords

28 consciouseating

30 healthykids


33 resourceguide

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Thrill to Flocks in Full Flight by Timothy Boucher

19 Exploring the Depths of Human Energy

An Interview with Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack by Michelene Bell


Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit by Lisa Marshall


Release Trauma, Build Resilience by Sarah Todd




Supermodel Sarah DeAnna’s Universal Beauty Secrets by April Thompson

26 SCHOOLS GO GREEN Homework, Lunch, Buses Get an Eco-Makeover by Avery Mack


28 SUGAR MONSTER How Sweet It Isn’t

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32 Bioidentical Hormone

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letterfrompublisher I 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 concur 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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newbriefs Finding Stress Relief in Transition

Fall Spiritual Holistic Expo in Allentown


rince of Peace Lutheran Church, in Bangor, will host a transformational yoga program, Gentle Yoga: Managing Stress and Coping with Life’s Transitions, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on four consecutive Saturday mornings: October 5, 12, 19 and 28. Wendy Littner Thomson, a licensed professional counselor and registered yoga teacher, is the host. These yoga classes focus on understanding the effects of stress on the body and how to process and release tension and pain by using specific yoga poses. There is a focus on self-awareness, breath and healthy physical body alignment. Additional education about stress issues is included. No prior experience is needed. Attending all four Saturday sessions is recommended for the most benefit.

he Metaphysical Universal Ministry and Metaphysical Learning Center of Allentown is holding their Cinnamon Mancini 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. 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.

Cost for the series is $40. Location: 2445 Lake Minsi Dr. For more information and registration, call Cathy Mullen at 610588-2477.

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New Organic Market and Juice Bar


ack to Eden has opened a new retail store at 5239 Milford Road, in East Stroudsburg. Co-Owner Mike Smiechowski says, “Nature has everything that you need to heal. We are a new health focused store selling raw, organic, healthful food, herbs, medicine and cosmetics.” Their goal is to provide great natural medicine, from the perspective that health comes from getting rid of the junk in our diet, not simply adding some miracle item to our regimen, which rarely works. “You need to stop doing what’s bad for you and clean out the mess inside first,” says Smiechowski. “We have many herbs that help clean out your system, and an organic juice bar where you can also get raw milk smoothies, which are delivered fresh weekly from a Pennsylvania farm. Then you put back highly nutritious, raw, living, enzyme-rich natural foods, along with lots of oxygen, sunlight and clean alkaline water, added to a base of exercise, positive, loving thoughts and energy. Local producers looking for a retail outlet are welcome to inquire. For more information, call 646-812-7980 or email

Woven Roots, Strong Shoots


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 October 5 and 6, at a 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. More than 10 workshops on women’s health, plant medicine, gardening, yoga, drumming and plant identification walks will be offered. Teacher and herbalist Kate Gilday will speak on Saturday. Deb Soule, Robin Rose Bennett, Sarah Preston Campbell, Kerry Smith and Donna Bryant Winston will all inspire herbal imagination. The conference also features an emporium of herbal products, crafts and services. Kempton is and a half-hour west of the Lehigh Valley, just east of Hawk Mountain in Berks County. Rustic camping is available. For more information, visit and search Facebook for MidAtlantic Women’s Herbal Conference.


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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 high-spirited 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

Explore the Human Potential at Mind Body Spirit Expo


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, whose book, The Proof of Heaven, has sold over Dr. Eben Alexander 2 million copies and continues to inspire and provoke. Also speaking will be Deborah King, master healer and NY Times bestselling author, and Dr. Judith Orloff, who championed the concept of energy medicine and the proactive responses to negative people that she calls Energy Vampires. More than 100 exhibitors will share a variety of goods and services from aura photography 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 See ad page xx.

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xperience an exciting evening of holistic exploration for the body, mind and spirit from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on October 11, in the historic Rutherfurd Hall Parlor, in Allamuchy, New Jersey. The Keynote speaker will be Britain’s renowned spiritual healer, Sandra Marie Humby presenting Rose Alchemy Pranic Healing. Refreshments, door prizes, demonstrations and lectures are all available, plus retail displays from a variety of holistic vendors. Presenters include Humby: Interior Alchemy and the Way of the Rose (dowsing); Renae Jensen: Design Harmony (feng shui); Ellie Corda: Dragonfly Aromatic Oils (essential oils); Vivian Sartoretto: Harmony Holistic Wellness Center (regression therapy); and Barbara Goodfriend: Animal Communicator A few vendor spots may be available. Attendee cost is $5. Location: 1686 Rte. 517. For more information, call 908 797-5225, email or visit


tillpoint StillPoint Schoolhouse & Yoga Studio, LLC, in Blairstown, is extending opportunities for people to try yoga at a reduced cost, including a free week of yoga in the month of September, National Yoga Month, to new students that enroll at the website. They can also opt for one month of unlimited classes for $30 and experience the feelings of energy, vitality and mental peace that follow a StillPoint Yoga class. The studio also offers unlimited monthly memberships for $75 for those seeking a regular practice. Based on Delia Quigley’s study of the ancient science of Hatha yoga and the contemporary needs of the Western bodymind, she has distilled the practice for strong, fit and broken bodies alike. StillPoint Yoga Studio offers a broad range of classes for all levels of experience, seven days a week; with a staff of certified yoga instructors trained to effectively guide any practice, regardless of physical limitations. Location: 155 Rt. 94, Ste. 6. For more information, call 908362-1668 or visit

A Celebration of All Things Local!

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September 21-22, 2013

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Fall One Spirit Festival Gathers Kindred Spirits

he One Spirit Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 6, at the Clinton Community Center, with a mix of psychic readers, holistic practitioners, healers, crystal dealers, and artisans, showcasing creative talents which are all connected by a passion for life and sharing. “The One Spirit Festival is a vibrant and informative atmosphere where people from all walks of life come to share and learn from each other,� says event organizer Christina Lynn Whited. Lectures, ongoing craft demonstrations, alternative healing demonstrations and information about nutrition and supplements will be on hand, and schools with a wide range of holistic classes and certification programs will respond to inquiries. Intuitive readings are also available and private sessions of 15 minutes can be booked in advance. Admission is $5. Location: 63 Halstead St., Clinton, NJ. For more information including vendor inquiries, call 908-638-9066 or visit

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Highlands Festivalat Waterloo

he New Jersey Highlands Coalition is hosting the inaugural environmental festival Highlands Festival at Waterloo, a celebration of all things local, on September 21 and 22 at historic Waterloo Village, in Byram, New Jersey, to promote local music, food, art, history and cultural and natural resources. Performances by 20 local musicians and bands form the nucleus of the event, with a local food court, crafts and fair trade marketplace, living green expo, cooking demonstrations, workshops, an art show, Lenape Village, Byram, NJ Rain or shine village activities, canal rides,Waterloo kayaking and guided nature hikes. Acts include the Grammy-nominated Americana band Yarn, Marco Benevento, Bovine Social Club, Wig Party, Brother Buddha, The Soviet, Grover Kemble and Za Buy Matty tix ONLINE & save! online/$25 door Zu Zaz, Damian Calcagne Band, Carl Project, Keith$15 Kenny, Chelsea Carlson, Nalani and Sarina, Pfeiffer Twins, Son of Dov, Mike Herz, Kathy Moser and Dave 20 NJ MUSICIANS WITH HEADLINERS and Claire.

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opular author Doreen Virtue taught us that to communicate with our angels, “All you have to do is ask.” Join like-minded individuals in exploring the angelic realm from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 14, in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, for the Angel Day Festival, presented by Angels of Light Work. The festival includes angelic energy, readings, vendors, fun, games, a bake sale, games and prizes for all ages. Participants will learn about learn about vision boards, guiding your body with your breath, deeksha blessings and begin angel writings. Admission is free. Location: Healing Arts Center, Mission Plaza, 2397 Rt. 611, Ste. 10, Tannersville, PA. For more information, call 917-607-1250.

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Jog or Walk to Live Longer


slow jog around the block a few times a week can prolong life. The Copenhagen City Heart Study monitored 1,878 joggers for 30 years and found that 44 percent of these subjects are less likely to prematurely die from any cause than non-runners. Males and females that continued to jog regularly added 6.2 years and 5.6 years, respectively, to their average lifespans. It only takes 1.5 hours of slow-to-average-pace jogging a week to reap the longevity benefits. Walking is also beneficial; the National Institutes of Health says it can add up to 4.5 years to the average life expectancy. Seventy-five minutes of brisk walking a week can add 1.8 years to life expectancy after age 40, according to study results cited in PLOS Medicine.

School Lunches Minus the Meat


s the first school in the nation to go completely meatless, 400 students at New York City’s P.S. 244, the Active Learning Elementary School, are treated to eclectic fare that includes black bean and cheese quesadillas, falafels, and tofu in an Asian sesame sauce. “We’ve had a really great response from the kids, but they also understand it’s about healthy options,” says Principal Bob Groff. “Because we teach them to make healthy choices, they understand what is happening and believe in what we’re doing, too.” When the school opened in 2008, the cafeteria served vegetarian meals three days a week. “We started to try out recipes with small groups of students to see what they liked and didn’t like. It was a hit,” says Groff. All meals adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture standards, so students get plenty of nutrient- and protein-dense vegetables. Students are also welcome to pack their own lunches, including meat.


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Yoga Relieves Back Pain


ould a simple yoga class ease chronic back pain? Yes, say researchers in two recent studies. Scientists at the University of Washington found that subjects reported a 61 percent decrease in back pain when practicing yoga in a 12-week period compared with doing simple stretching. The researchers attributed their findings, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to yoga’s physical and breathing exercises and how they increase awareness and relaxation. Another project, funded by Arthritis Research UK, showed that Britons with long-term back pain that took a 12-week yoga course reported 75 percent fewer sick days.

Hair to Dye For


hree-quarters of American women are interested in changing their hair color, particularly to cover gray, according to a Clairol study. But other studies show they should be wary of most traditional hair dyes and consider natural alternatives. A study from the University of Southern California published in the International Journal of Cancer, for example, identified women using permanent hair dyes at least once a month to be at the highest risk for bladder cancer. As early as 2007, the European Union banned 22 potentially dangerous chemicals in cosmetic and body care products, including hair dyes. In the journal Materials last year, British researchers warned of the increased cancer risk from toxic chemicals called secondary amines, found in European- and U.S.-manufactured permanent hair dyes, because they remain on the hair for extended periods long after application and can penetrate skin. Meanwhile, increasing demand by consumers for safer products has expanded the market for natural hair dyes containing henna, oils and extracts from berries and other fruits, plus vegetables. Many are now available at pharmacies, organic salons and online, including do-it-yourself recipes.

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The Humble Apple May Ace Cancer


pples are among the world’s most healing superfoods, thanks to their abundant fiber and hearthealthy nutrient properties. New research shows that an apple a day may also help keep cancer away. Two major independent cancer research projects, from Poland and Uruguay, confirm that daily apple consumption can cut the risk of colorectal cancer in half, a unique value among all fruits or vegetables. Other studies documented at suggest that apples contain components geared to help stop the growth of liver, breast, esophageal, stomach and multi-drug-resistant cancers. Additional research further associates the fruit with relieving diarrhea in children, soothing bowel inflammation in adults, preventing flu, facilitating weight loss, protecting against gum disease, maintaining brain cells and even slowing the aging process.

Antibacterials May Make Kids Allergy-Prone


dults’ obsession with antibacterial soaps, toothpastes and other personal care products may be making our children more prone to many allergies, according to research from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. While not the direct cause, researchers say such products may impair the development of children’s immune systems. In a study of 860 children between the ages of 6 and 18, researchers found elevated levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies in children from households where these products were used. IgEs increase when exposed to allergy-causing substances like pollen, pet dander and certain foods. Urine levels of triclosan, an antibacterial agent used in soaps, mouthwash and toothpaste, provided the strongest link to increased IgE levels and increased allergy risk. Parabens, preservatives with antimicrobial properties commonly found in shampoos, conditioners, lotions and body washes, were strongly associated with allergies to pollen and pet dander. These results confirm the “hygiene hypothesis” that society’s focus on cleanliness has actually prevented children from getting dirty and developing strong immune systems that are regularly challenged and strengthened by pathogens, say researchers.

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Weightlifting Lowers Heart Disease and Diabetes Risks


ewer than 10 percent of Americans regularly lift weights, but perhaps more of us should, according to a study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Scientists at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, found that weightlifters had a 37 percent reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors linked to heart disease and diabetes. Previous research has linked having greater muscle strength and mass (results of weightlifting) to lower rates of metabolic syndrome. People with three out of five risk factors—a large waist (more than 40 inches for men, more than 35 inches for women), high triglycerides and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar— may be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. The researchers also analyzed data from the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which showed that young men were most likely to do regular weightlifting, while women, older people and Latinos were least likely. The survey statistics support the conclusion that nonweightlifters are more likely to exhibit metabolic syndrome.

Milk Linked to Acne


eens with acne might consider cutting back on milk and other dairy products. Foods with a high-glycemic index (carbohydrates affecting blood sugar levels) are the leading causes of acne at all ages, according to a meta-review of studies and clinical trials published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Now, researchers at New York University say milk’s natural hormones may additionally stimulate the acne-producing hormones present at puberty. “Milk is designed to grow things—namely babies—and in the case of cows’ milk, calves,” comments Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The Blood Sugar Solution. “It’s naturally full of muscle-building anabolic hormones… which [also] cause bad acne.” Hyman considers cows’ milk “nature’s perfect food only if you are a calf,” and warns of “60-some hormones in the average glass of milk; even organic, raw and bovine growth-hormone-free milk.”

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Global Glamour Natural Beauty Aids from India

The health and beauty aisle at Indian grocery stores includes several natural products in wide use among Indian women. Here are some popular ones available in America. Henna: Women mix powder from the henna plant with water to use as a natural hair dye and conditioner. Coconut oil: Indian women regularly massage a natural oil into their scalp before washing to keep their hair healthy and prevent the scalp from drying out and itching. “Coconut oil helps to grow hair long,” advises Bibya Malik, owner of Bibya Hair Design, a salon chain in Chicago. “It is probably the most widely used hair oil in the Indian subcontinent; amla oil, jasmine oil and other herbal oils are used, as well.” Rosewater: Most often used as a skin toner, some women also like to spray rosewater on their face as a refresher. Rosewater has a long history as a fragrance and as a flavoring in dessert recipes. Ubtan: This mixture of turmeric, gram (chickpea) flour and herbs is combined with milk or water as a beauty treatment. Indian brides scrub their skin with it in the days prior to their wedding. Source: Bibya Hair Design, research by Bushra Bajwa 16

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Falling Fruit (, created by Caleb Philips, cofounder of Boulder Food Rescue, and Ethan Welty, a photographer and geographer based in Boulder, Colorado, uses a map to cite locations of fruits and vegetables that are free to forage around the world. It looks like a Google map, with reported locations marked with dots. Zoom in and click on one to find a description of what tree or bush is there. The description often includes information about the best season to pluck plant fruits, the quality and yield, a link to the species’ profile on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website and additional advice on accessing the spot. Welty compiled most of the half-million or so locations from various municipal databases, local foraging organizations and urban gardening groups. Additionally, the map is open for Wikipedia-style public editing. He says, “Falling Fruit pinpoints all sorts of tasty trees in public parks, lining city streets and even hanging over fences from the UK to New Zealand.” It also lists beehives, public water wells and even dumpsters with excess food waste.

Killing Fields

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Threaten Birds and Insects, Too Controversial neonicotinoid pesticides linked to catastrophic honeybee declines in North America and Europe may also kill other creatures, posing ecological threats even graver than feared, according to a new report by the American Bird Conservancy. It claims that dangers to birds and streamdwelling and soil-dwelling insects accidentally exposed to the chemicals have been underestimated by regulators and downplayed by industry. “The environmental persistence of the neonicotinoids, their propensity for runoff and for groundwater infiltration and their cumulative and largely irreversible mode of action in invertebrates raise environmental concerns that go well beyond bees,” according to the report co-authors, pesticide policy expert Cynthia Palmer and pesticide toxicologist Pierre Mineau, Ph.D., who both work for the nonprofit. They note that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency typically sets guidelines for bird exposures using laboratory tests on just two species, which ignores widely varying sensitivities among hundreds of other species. Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society, an invertebrate conservation group, says that integrated pest management (IPM), which combines precisely targeted chemical use with other, non-chemical means of pest control, can deliver industrial-scale yields in an environmentally sustainable way. To the detriment of wildlife, “[Our nation] has moved away from IPM, from scouting a farm, putting in habitat for beneficial insects and spraying only if there’s damage,” he warns. “With neonicotinoids, they don’t do that anymore,” instead returning to indiscriminate blanket spraying. Primary source:

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Portable Power from Any Windowpane The Window Socket, a new device that attaches to any window using a suction cup, provides a small amount of electricity to charge and operate small devices from its solar panel. Inventors Kyuho Song and Boa Oh, of Yanko Design, note, “We tried to design a portable socket so that users can use it intuitively, without special training.” Even better, the charger stores energy. After five to eight hours of charging, The Socket provides 10 hours of juice to charge a phone, even in a dark room. The device is not yet available in the United States. Find more information at

Feathered Friends

Food Shortages Guide Behavior A new report published in American Naturalist by a pair of ecologists, W. Alice Boyle and Courtney J. Conway, at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, has determined that the primary pressure prompting short-distance bird migrations comes from seasonal food scarcity, not their amount of eating or living in non-forested environments, as was previously thought. “It’s not just whether they eat insects, fruit or nectar, or where they eat them; it matters how reliable that food source is from day-to-day,” says Boyle. A universal assumption has been that short-distance migration is an evolutionary steppingstone to longer trips. The team’s work contradicts that idea by showing that the two are inherently different. They also found that species that forage in flocks are less likely to migrate. “If a bird is faced with food scarcity, is has two options,” Boyle notes. “It can either forage with other birds or migrate.”

Oil Alternative

Bio-Breakthrough Can Reduce Fossil Fuel Use Researchers at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, attest they have succeeded in using xylose, the most abundant simple plant sugar, to produce a large quantity of hydrogen in a method that can be performed using any source of biomass. “Our new process could help end our dependence on fossil fuels,” projects Y. H. Percival Zhang, the associate professor of biological systems engineering who is spearheading the initiative. This environmentally friendly method of producing hydrogen utilizes renewable natural resources, releases almost zero greenhouse gases and doesn’t require costly heavy metals. Most hydrogen for commercial use is produced from natural gas, which is expensive to manufacture and generates a large amount of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. “It really doesn’t make sense to use non-renewable natural resources to produce hydrogen,” says Zhang. “We think this discovery is a game-changer in the world of alternative energy.” natural awakenings

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Fall Flyways

Thrill to Flocks in Full Flight by Timothy Boucher


all migration literally brings birds of a different feather than in springtime. Spring migration brings a glorious burst of song and color as millions of tiny feathered gems pour northward, singing their hearts out, flitting about with the excitement of arrival at their breeding grounds. They are relatively easy to spot and identify by their voices and bright plumage. In the fall, birdwatching is trickier. To survive, migrating birds need to go to warmer climes for food, because insects do not thrive in cold temperatures. Males molt their bright plumage, needing fresh feathers for the long flight. Most retain some color, but generally,


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they are duller and look similar to the females. Identification becomes harder because some species are similar in appearance and the singing gives way to an occasional, subtle call, emitted as little chipping sounds at most. The Internet offers a comprehensive range of data that can suggest which days are best for early morning viewings. Experienced birders know the best local spots, and weather forecasts are good indicators of timing. Sid Gautreaux’s pioneering study of bird migration in the 1960s using weather radar, still ongoing at the Radar Ornithology Lab at South Carolina’s Clemson University, is available to birders on regional

websites via While radar can confirm the magnitude and direction of the migration over the previous night, weather predictions help forecast when big flights will occur. So, the next step is to hold a wetted finger up to the wind. A big cold front will hold up birds from moving south because the associated low pressure brings southerly winds and storms. Birds wait it out, storing fuel. Then, when the front clears and a tailwind comes from the north, a floodtide of birds pours southward. Eager birders, having arrived shortly after dawn, await at selected spots 200 to 300 miles south of the leading edge of the former front. On days like these, the skies are brimming with birds. Grassroots monitoring reports on the birds’ progress from mid-August through October are posted at eBird. org, sponsored by New York’s Cornell Lab of Ornithology ( As Joni Mitchell sang, we rejoice that, “They’ve got the urge for going now, and they’ve got the wings to go.” Timothy Boucher is a senior conservation geographer at The Nature Conservancy (, focused on ecosystem services, land use, habitat conditions and links between conservation and human well-being. His fieldwork spans six continents, encompassing local and global issues.

Exploring the Depths of Human Energy An Interview with Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack by Michelene Bell What benefits does qi provide and how does it accomplish healing? Say you’re a battery, and the qi is the life force that keeps the battery going. When the juice inside is used up, the battery is lifeless. Qi is related to your lifespan. If people squander energy on arguing and negative pattern behavior, then how can anyone increase energy? Qigong understands where people lose their energy and how to get it back. Yet, qi has profoundly physical effects that unlock our potential. Five thousand years ago, Chinese medicine said, “Qi moves the blood.” Standing still relaxed in a Qigong posture, a person can circulate as much blood as they could running for three miles. Jogging releases a flood of cortisol and negative stress hormones that close off small capillaries, but Qigong does not. There is no stress response from Qigong (it actually reduces cortisol in studies) and the level of full body circulation is even greater. Qigong noticeably improves blood circulation, digestion, etc. A pleasant heat builds in the navel center, bringing a quiet confidence and power within. Is this life force, or qi, different in each person? The qi is one unified force. Some people have more than others. On an extreme example, say a person has enough energy that they don’t need to sleep anymore. This is a very high level of Qigong. Most people need six hours of sleep, thus indicating our limited energy situation. Qi can be replenished

by using breathing techniques, meditation, fasting, prayer, sunbathing, etc. It is the same spirit, or qi, that moves through each person. Unity and oneness movements will take place all over the world and they will be based around qi. It is all the same force, in different amounts. Can a person have too much qi in their body? Qigong theory states the “ocean of qi” in the navel can never be filled. It has a vast reservoir, allowing a lifetime of qi to be stored. Only if it is blocked can there be too much energy. When the spine and nervous system are out of alignment, it is important to open meridians and do stretching routines. One cannot have too much qi, but it can be blocked and qigong exercises will help to open up the channels. People with abundant qi have a grace and power about them that attracts people. New students frequently find their skin clears up and their eyes whiten. Blood circulates better, helping more toxins leave the system. The benefits to having more qi are the same as having better blood circulation. The pulse of your heartbeat is the foundation of life, but Chinese medicine has a dozen different pulses that Western medicine has not yet discovered. When people do Qigong for the first time, they are often surprised to see their fingers pulsate and fill up with blood. The warmth people feel in the navel is also from the increased blood flow. You speak about euphoric highs that can be attained from breathing tech-

niques. What is the value of this in practical, real-world terms? Everyone wants to feel good. Alcohol transforms our mental state, but also destroys the liver. Qi has no side effect, except making you feel full of vitality. Its highs are beyond words. Sometimes the qi will vibrate throughout our body in such a blissful way as to feel we are being touched by God, all without chemicals or manmade products that cost money. The qi being free, abundant, right under our nose makes it the ultimate ally to rise above life’s obstacles. Once you get the hang of the breathing techniques, there comes the ability to have a natural high anytime. Sometimes euphoria is so profound that it can erase negative emotional patterns presently going on. The ability to drop bad qi quickly trains the student to be without heavy emotional vibrations. Can you give a brief overview of the Qi Revolution seminar? People generate energy in graceful Qigong routines. The entire audience feels a profound electromagnetic qi energy in their hands. In addition to movements, spine-tingling breathing techniques are employed, yoga, foodhealing principles from naturopathic medicine and an extraordinary healingbreath-prayer circle. The seminar gives the ultimate “activation” to one’s internal energy. Once the candle has been lit (a metaphor for overflowing the Dan Tien), it is easy to maintain its radiance. Simply practice Qigong. All ages and fitness levels can participate. Michelene Bell is the publisher of In Light Times magazine, in which this article first appeared. Jeff Primack is a Qigong teacher who has studied with many Qigong masters from all over the world and taught more than 40,000 people in live seminars. Qi Revolution comes to the Philadelphia Convention Center in TD Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA on September 14-17. Primack and 25 certified instructors teach four days of Qigong training for only $129. For tickets and information, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad, page 64.

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WORKOUTS Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit by Lisa Marshall


“Exercise can

Pierrat, they let their arms t’s the Sabbath, a day of be a powerful and necks go limp, shaking prayer, and millions of off the week’s stresses via people across America gateway to a sensual, full-body writhe are quietly sitting or kneelshe calls “the flail.” As the ing, humbly communing the spiritual.” World Beat playlist picks with a power greater than up the pace, Pierrat leads themselves. ~ Chantal Pierrat the group through a funky, But inside the Alchemy rave-like series of dance moves aimed of Movement studio in Boulder, Coloat “opening up” the hips and chest and rado, the Soul Sweat faithful are connecting with their higher power in a dif- something less tangible deep inside. ferent fashion. In bare feet, and wearing By song five, the sweat is flowing and some are dancing unabashedly, eyes yoga pants and tank tops, they find a place before a wall-to-wall mirror while closed, lost in the music. Others are smiling broadly, making eye contact in a slow, Afro-Brazilian rhythm vibrates the mirror. the wooden floor. The sense of joy and interconnect At the urging of instructor Chantal


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edness in the room is palpable. “Exercise can be a powerful gateway to the spiritual,” observes Pierrat, the founder of Soul Sweat, a highly choreographed, spiritually charged dance workout. Twenty years after the yoga craze introduced Westerners to the possibility that the two seemingly incongruous 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.”

In the Zone

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

“God has created us with a body. Why aren’t

doubt the two are inextricably linked. He says, “There are many well-known examples of intense experiences, like Sufi dancing, generating spiritual experiences for people.”

we praying with our body?” ~ Marcus Freed 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 activation of both sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (calming) nervous system reactions. “Normally, when one of these is active, the other one shuts down, but when people drive one or the other to a very heightened level of activity, there is some evidence that the other turns on too,” explains Newberg. That intense dual firing can paradoxically lead to an interruption in sensory information traveling to areas of the brain that control our sense of ourselves at any moment. “Not only do you have this great feeling of energy

and calmness, but you tend to lose your sense of space and time,” he notes. Newberg’s own research also suggests that when people “surrender” themselves in a spiritual practice, the frontal lobe (the practical part of the brain that keeps our thoughts in check) quiets. He speculates that something similar may happen in the midst of, say, a marathon or intense dance, enabling out of the ordinary thoughts and feelings to surface. “It can allow for creativity—a blending of different, more intuitive ideas in ways you don’t normally mix things,” comments Newberg. So, is exercise able to only make us feel like we’re having a mystical experience, or is it somehow actually opening a channel to the divine? Newberg declines to go there, commenting that a brain scan tells what’s going on in the brain, not in the soul. Yet he has no

Whole-Being Workouts

Marcus Freed is one of those people. He grew up in a traditional Jewish family in London, England, and attended a rabbinical seminary in Israel. Still, he felt that something was missing in his spiritual life. “I thought, ‘God has created us with a body. Why aren’t we praying with our body?’” Freed says that Biblical text often references the body: King David, in the Book of Psalms, says, “Let all my bones praise the creator.” The Jewish Talmud refers to a rabbi that “stretched his spine with a prayer of gratitude.” Yet, Freed observes, the physical elements of daily spiritual practice have been largely forgotten over the centuries. When he discovered yoga, it filled a gap for him. “I found a way to draw upon this incredible spiritual literature but ground it in the body, so that experience is not

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“Mobile meditation… trains


you to have your mind be still when your body is

Pump Body, Charge Spirit

active, which is how you are in everyday life.” ~ Marty Kibiloski just in the head, but also in the heart.” Thus, Freed founded Bibliyoga, which launches each class with a Hebrew or Kabbalistic teaching, followed by poses that incorporate its themes, as reflected in his book, The Kosher Sutras: The Jewish Way in Yoga and Meditation. The practice, now taught in cities around the United States and Europe, has prompted the birth of similarly religion-infused classes, including Christ Yoga, and the Jewish Yoga Network. “A lot of people separate things, saying they’ll get their spirituality from one place and their exercise from somewhere else,” says Freed. “I think they are missing out.”

Mindful Sports

The spirituality-exercise link likewise resonates through other traditionally solo pursuits such as triathlon activities and running, in which many athletes say a more mindful approach to training has infused their sport with more meaning, and in some cases,


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Drawing newcomers eager to break a sweat while staying true to their mind/body and spiritual roots is the aim of yoga, Pilates and tribal dance instructors that are busy introducing innovations. Here’s a quick look at just some of them. Aero boga: This approach to yoga-dance fusion is designed for older adults that follow the bhakti yoga philosophy. Buti: Teachers of this 90-minute, high-intensity workout that fuses yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics aim to unlock the shakti spiral and release the hips to help energy flow freely in the first and second chakras. Piloxing: Created by Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca

improved their performances. Ironman Marty Kibiloski, formerly a competitive marathoner and road racer, led what he terms a “high achievement, low contentment” life for years, measuring his self-worth by timed results that never quite satisfied him. In 2006, he attended a Running

Jensen, Piloxing blends Pilates and boxing with powerful principles of femininity. Soul Sweat: Highly choreographed, yet accessible to beginners, dance movements are set to World Beat, African, Latin, hip-hop and rave music to enhance coordination, tone muscles, enhance energy flow and awaken creativity. Vinyasa on the bike: Conscious pedaling on a stationary bike integrates yoga principles of breathing, flowing and paying attention to what is happening in the body. YoBata: Fast-paced classes intersperse Vinyasa (or flow) yoga with tabata brief sets of high-intensity, fat-burning bodyweight or cardio exercises).

with the Mind of Meditation three-day workshop, based on Rinpoche Sakyong Mipham’s book of the same name. The retreat combined with his newfound interest in Buddhism, completely redefined running for him. Kibiloski prefers to steer clear of the word “spiritual” (which he sees as

UNIVERSAL FITNESS TIPS Mindful Practices Enhance Any Routine by Casey McAnn When it comes to attaining fitness, several well-regarded recommendations increase the likelihood of success. Natural Awakenings canvassed online fitness sources for tips and techniques intended to keep workouts safe, fun and satisfying. Our favorites follow. Always stretch – Light stretching before and after workouts loosens muscles and increases circulation for quicker repair and healing. It can also help prevent injuries. It’s ideal to hold stretches for at least 30 seconds, breathing “into” the muscles that are being stretched and inviting a gentle release of tension on the exhalation. If any pain surfaces while stretching a certain area, stop. Start slowly – Begin and build workout routines slowly in order to avoid straining muscles and ligaments. Exercise at least twice a week, the bare minimum for staying physically fit. Be well rounded – Add leg and back exercises to crunches and bicep curls, and vary cardio routines to stay enthusiastic about workouts. Experiment with all the equipment available at a studio or gym, asking a trainer for guidance. Drink plenty of water – Drinking water helps to decrease appetite and

eliminate cravings, while nourishing and hydrating the body. The goal is to drink half of one’s body weight number in ounces each day. Keep it regular – Making exercise a regularly scheduled part of the week eliminates excuses. Keep it on the calendar and show up as dutifully as for any other important appointment. Make up any days missed. Increase intensity – More intense workouts mean less time spent doing them while achieving the same level of benefits. It’s also important to keep endurance exercises in any routine, however, because they are vital for cardiovascular benefits and building stamina. Use weights – Adding muscle to the body increases strength, life expectancy and fat burning. To tone muscles, use a weight that works for eight to 12 lifts. For bulk, use a weight suited to four to six lifts. Practice a weight training routine two to three times a week, keeping sessions under 45 minutes. Add interval training – Sprinting for about 50 yards boosts metabolism and heart health. Return to the starting point by taking a slow walk. Repeat as many times as possible, making sure

to warm up before the interval training and cool down afterwards. Dress up – Energize a workout session and boost confidence by wearing something snazzy. Donning an exercise “uniform” gets us in the mood, and a new piece of clothing or footwear can make us excited to get moving again. Be a safe runner – Every six weeks, cut running mileage and frequency in half for a week. This allows the body to recover from workouts and helps to prevent injury. Make it meaningful – While walking or running, recite prayers or a gratitude list, or listen to inspirational podcasts and downloads. Volunteer for fitness – Many volunteer tasks involve some form of physical movement. It feels good to burn calories while helping others. Bring workout buddies – Friends and pets need exercise, too, and they provide restorative companionship. Working out with a pal adds support and motivation, which are keys to success. Seek out a human buddy with similar fitness goals. Go green – Research from the University of Essex, in England, shows that exercising in nature produces additional physical and mental benefits. The researchers found that “green exercise” improves mood, self-esteem, enjoyment and motivation. Casey McAnn is a freelance writer in Boston, MA.

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DEEP-HEALING YOGA Release Trauma, Build Resilience by Sarah Todd


hen a woman separated from is to teach women that their bodies are her husband last fall, she tried strong and capable, giving them more hard to shut down her emoconfidence in their ability to weather tions. A 30-year-old working mother of obstacles off the mat. two young boys, she felt she couldn’t afford to be sad or angry, even as she con- Supporting Science templated divorce. But something shifted Research suggests that yoga can also be when she began taking yoga classes in an effective therapy for people affected her town in northern Michigan. “It was by some forms of severe traumatic my one place to relax and let go,” says stress. A study in the Annals of the Emily, who asked that her real name stay New York Academy of Sciences that private. “I used to go to class, get into scanned the brains of trauma survivors a deep stretch and cry. It was like my after a reminder of the traumatic event muscles were connected with my heart. revealed decreased activity in the My instructor would warn us that certain prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain poses would provide emotional releases, that helps make sense of raw emotions and sure enough, the tears would fall.” and bodily experiences. People suffering disruptive changes While shutting down the connec—from losing a loved one to coping with tion between body and mind can help unemployment or striving for sobriety— in coping with dangerous experiences, often find yoga to be a healing force. it also makes recovery difficult. “You Lola Remy, of yogaHOPE, a Boston need to have a high-functioning preand Seattle nonprofit that helps women frontal cortex to organize the thoughts navigate challenging transitions, attests that come up and know that you’re safe that yoga makes them feel safe enough in in the present moment,” advises David their bodies to process difficult emotions.   Emerson, director of yoga services at “The goal isn’t to make stressors the Trauma Center, in Brookline, Masgo away, it’s to learn resilience,” Remy sachusetts. “Otherwise, you’re assaulted by memory sensory information.” explains. “Irreparable harm isn’t neces Yoga appears to rewire the brains sarily the only result of experiencing stress. Even if I’m in a challenging posi- of trauma survivors to stop reliving past distress. “You can’t talk your prefrontal tion—like wobbling in the tree pose—I cortex into functioning well again,” Emcan see that I’m still okay.” The object 24 Pocono, PA / Warren Co., NJ

erson 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 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.”

Spreading the Word

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


The Allure of Confidence Supermodel Sarah DeAnna’s Universal Beauty Secrets by April Thompson


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. 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.

How do models manage to look like a million bucks on a modest income while they await their big break? 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.

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.

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

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September 2013



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.


oing green goes both ways— home to school and school to home. Alysia Reiner, an actress and eco-advocate from New York’s Harlem neighborhood, became involved with the Bank Street School for Children when her daughter enrolled at age 3. “I’m green at home, so in my mind her school had to be green, too. With no programs in place, I made suggestions, which got me elected co-chair of the green committee,” says Reiner, with a smile. “Today, we have a school-wide composting program serving 1,500 students that has reduced previous levels of food waste by 75 percent. To raise awareness and funds to support it, we sold reusable snack sacks, stainless steel water bottles and home composting bags.” An innovative chef focuses on organic foods with vegetarian options for school lunches. The next step is a rooftop garden.


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When Sheila Hageman, an author, teacher and public speaker living in Milford, Connecticut, first read the memo requesting garbage-free lunches for her three children at the New England School-Montessori, she couldn’t imagine packing food without the use of plastic wrap, sandwich bags or paper napkins, but, “Now, it’s no big deal,” she says. “I use glass containers and cloth napkins. The kids eat better quality food. It costs less, too, because prepackaged snacks are out.” She notes that the governing rule is one protein, one fruit and one vegetable. The school even has a natural composter—a class guinea pig that loves to eat leftover veggies. Students often bring the first of their homegrown vegetables each season for show and tell in the classroom, where they normally eat lunch. It’s a neat way to avoid mass-produced food; the school has no cafeteria. “A little change

becomes part of a lifestyle,” remarks Hageman. 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

Pre-K to College Eco-Lessons n San Francisco was the first city in the nation to put green bins in school cafeterias. Currently, more than 85 percent of its schools participate in SF Environment’s Food to Flowers! lunchroom composting program. Leftover food and empty milk cartons are turned into compost, and then sold to area farmers. Schools can receive free compost for their own gardens.

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n The Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, conducts a PowerSave Schools Program that teaches kids how to conduct energy audits at school and home. Participating schools typically realize 5 to 15 percent reductions in energy costs, and students learn math and science skills.



n The National Wildlife Federation shows K–12 students how they can actively support nature by establishing schoolyard wildlife habitats. Pupils evaluate the environment, make a plan and then implement it. They can grow food and create shelter for wildlife such as bird feeders and baths and observe the results. A habitat can be as small as 20 square feet or as large as students are able to maintain. n In Tennessee, Ivy Academy Chattanooga strives to integrate nature into every class, with many sessions taught outdoors in the nearby forest. Pupils also work with the region’s forestry division to treat diseased hemlocks and monitor growth, then upload the information to the Smithsonian. Daily hikes improve fitness and emphasize how alternative means of travel reduce the harmful impacts of burning fossil fuels. Many students walk to school while several teachers run up to 10 miles to class. n Schools should be as clean as possible to prevent the spreading of germs, but traditional cleaning agents contain harmful chemicals. Makers of the ZONOsanitech machine attest that it kills nearly all common bacteria and viruses and meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. Using super oxygen (ozone) and less than eight ounces of water per day, the ZONO can clean and sanitize most types of school furniture and materials within 30 minutes, while drawing less than three cents worth of electricity. n “Studies show that 70 percent of ambient air pollution comes from diesel emissions alone,” says Ron Halley, vice president of fleet and facilities at Student Transportation of America (STA), of Wall, New Jersey, with offices in America and Canada. “STA will have a fleet of more than 1,000 alternative-fueled school buses operating in California, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Texas this coming school year.” Propane-powered buses emit virtually no particulate matter. STA estimates a savings of more than $2,600 per year for each bus with the use of propane; it historically costs 30 percent less than diesel fuel. Omaha, Nebraska public schools have 435 propane-fueled buses, so the fuel and maintenance savings could exceed a million dollars annually. “Omaha Public Schools’ buses will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2.3 million pounds a year,” says Halley.

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glucose not immediately needed for energy, to the cells,” Salerno explains in his new book, The Salerno Solution: An Ounce of Prevention, a Lifetime of Health. “If there is more glucose than you need, the remainder is stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen, and then converted to fat.”

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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 28

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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,, 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.”

Healthy Sweeteners

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

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

that both agave and “raw” sugar, which is merely less refined table sugar, have similar effects. 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. 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.

tion 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

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What Peace Means to Children The World We All Need by Kids for Peace

Peace is‌ 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

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having fun and being kind helping people in need everyone having an education everyone having good food

getting Dorothy back home everyone playing sports instead of going to war happiness for all, peace on Earth and pizza for all people

goodness laughter love meditating nature

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 beauty that surrounds the world

the angel in my heart using your voice for good

Honoring the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, September 21


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

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

Healing the Core Ancient Healing for Reproduction and Digestion


he abdomen is the core, the very center, of the body. Every organ in the belly plays a role in maintaining homeostasis, or internal balance. If organs within the belly are restricted, their function is impaired, which impacts overall health and throws off our internal balance. This is why abdominal massage is vital to health and well-being. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) shows us that illness occurs due to areas of restriction or blockages; areas where the flow of blood, nerve, lymph, and chi are impaired. Abdominal tension can lead to difficult digestion, impaired circulation, uterine and prostate dysfunction, depression, toxic blood, and overall impaired health. Maya Abdominal Therapy incorporates an ancient abdominal massage passed down through generations of Maya healers to improve organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion and creating the opportunity for optimal health and well-being. When the flow of blood, lymph, nerve, and chi is restored, internal organs are nourished. In Central America, abdominal therapy was the core and center of healing, just as our bellies are at the core and center of our bodies. Central American shamans, healers, midwives, and grandmothers knew and practiced this technique as an essential part of their treatments. If we can release tension in our core, remove congestion and scar tissue, restore the flow of blood, lymph, nerve, and chi, we can in turn be more centered and healthy in our lives, facilitating emotional/spiritual healing as well as physical. Many common male and female

issues, as well as digestive and urinary complaints, can be alleviated with Maya Abdominal Therapy, which incorporates abdominal massage, herbs, nutrition, life style changes, and other modalities. Let’s look at prostate and male reproductive issues. Statistics show that 70 percent of men in the U.S. over the age of 50 will develop some kind of prostate problem. Men as young as 30 are starting to have prostate problems. Diet, environment, stress, and lifestyle can all play a role in prostate issues, but so can restrictions within the belly. For example, if you are a man in a stressful job, that can cause muscles within the abdomen to become too tight, which can diminish the flow of blood into the abdomen. Proper blood flow is absolutely essential for proper digestion, reproductive function, and elimination. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients. If the prostate is not receiving the blood it needs to nourish and sustain it, the health of that organ is compromised. The same is true for digestion. The digestive organs all rely on a good blood supply in order to function. There are many things that can restrict the flow of blood—organs that are restricted or that have shifted, stress, scar tissue, emotional armoring from past trauma, and much more. Many people do not know that 85 percent of serotonin, the hormone that elevates your mood, is produced in the gut. If digestive function is impaired due to lack of blood supply, it not only impairs digestion, but also mood and emotional well-being. And that is only some of the reasons why The Arvigo Techniques of

Maya Abdominal Therapy can be an essential component to enhancing health. This therapy also encourages the health and healing of the whole body through gentle manipulations of the sacrum, hips, and spine as well as massage of the upper and lower abdomen. It is well known for its ability to relieve symptoms related to digestion, bladder and urinary health, prostate health, uterine and ovarian health, circulation, fertility, and pregnancy. There are many complementary therapies that are offered within the context of a session with a Maya Abdominal Therapy practitioner, including herbal medicine, castor oil packs, vaginal steams, wearing a faja (belly binder), nutritional advice and spiritual healing. Wondering what a treatment session would be like? The first session lasts about two hours, which consists of reviewing the individual’s health history, a treatment, self-care techniques, and discussion about other recommendations to address the issues one may be having. The treatment involves a noninvasive, external abdominal massage to encourage healthy positioning of organs and to release congestion, and a back massage to assess the position of the hips and sacrum. Follow up sessions are typically one hour in length. Jennifer O’Hagan is a Certified Practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy in Hope NJ. She has not only assisted in many healing transformations of others, but also healed herself from a number of issues. For more information, call 908-2680393 or visit

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Men and Women by Beth Davis


ioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is the use of supplemental doses of hormones that have a chemical structure identical to the hormones that the human body naturally produces. Hormones are our body’s chemical messengers affecting our mood, appetite, energy level, metabolism, weight, physique, sex drive, immune system and even behavior. As we age, our hormonal system becomes less efficient and more imbalanced generally leading to changes such as female menopause and male andropause. BHRT For Women Throughout a woman’s lifetime, she may encounter numerous hormonerelated symptoms or problems. Women’s bodies go through mountains and valleys of hormonal changes from puberty on. As menopause embarks, the normal chaos is no longer normal and most times, intolerable. To help make it more bearable, women often turn to BHRT. According to Danica Garcia, a pharmacist at Stroud Compounding and Wellness Pharmacy—which specializes in compounding bioidentical hormone prescriptions—BHRT can help patients deal with symptoms of menopause and perimenopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, low libido, and weight gain. Additionally, BHRT is also beneficial in cases of infertility, heart disease, and osteoporosis. BHRT includes estrogens (estrone, estrodiol and estriol), progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and pregnenolone. The Male Menopause: Treating Andropause Men’s health issues include prostate health, erectile dysfunction, hormone replacement therapy for men, cardiac health and much more. Numerous changes are associated with an age32

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related decline in the hormone testosterone. Some men may go through a rather sudden change in testosterone levels that might correlate with the hormonal changes that women experience at menopause. However, most men have a slower and subtler hormonal decline experiencing symptoms over a period of time. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency are often attributed to other problems, denied by the patient and unrecognized by the physician. However, knowledge and attitudes regarding the existence of and treatment for andropause—the male menopause—have recently undergone a revolutionary change. Andropause may consist of a variety of signs and symptoms, including weakness, fatigue, reduced libido, heart disease, atherosclerosis, insom-

nia, erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, depression, anxiety and memory impairment. According to Garcia, this male menopause is part of the aging process in men that typically begins around the age of 40 and is caused by the slow decline of testosterone. “Restoring testosterone to optimal levels can reverse some parts of the aging process and result in a better, longer, brighter and more vital life,” says Garcia. Testosterone is key in the bone and muscle formation and improvement in oxygen uptake throughout the body. It also helps control blood sugar and weight; helps regulate cholesterol; helps to maintain a powerful immune system; and appears to help in mental concentration and improves mood. A deficiency in testosterone is easy to diagnose and treat. In fact, Garcia says almost complete resolution of symptoms results from early initiation of treatment. For optimal results, Garcia recommends that hormone replacement therapy be combined with adequate exercise, proper nutrition and appropriate use of natural supplements. Finding Answers Stroud Compounding and Wellness Pharmacy offers private consultations with specially trained pharmacists, which allow patients with concerns or questions about natural hormone replacement therapy to have their questions answered. The pharmacists work with individuals and their physician to develop a customized hormone replacement plan that best suits the individual’s needs. The discussion will include traditional versus bioidentical or “natural” hormone replacement; phytoestrogens and soy products; nutritional support; dietary and lifestyle interventions and the importance of baseline hormone levels. The consultations are designed to empower individuals to make informed choices about his or her health. Stroud Compounding & Wellness Pharmacy is located at 1619 N 9th Street Ste. 3, Stroudsburg. For more information, call 570-476-6936 or visit Stroud

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Dingmans Medical Center 1592 Rte 739, Dingmans Ferry 347-688-4228 Get relief from injuries, headaches, neuropathy, back pain, arthritis, menstrual and digestive disorders and many chronic conditions with acupuncture treatment. Safe, effective, personalized care for pain relief, healing and prevention. Senior discounts, and some insurance accepted. Call today and mention Natural Awakenings for a free consultation.

LOUISE M. BOWMAN, LAC, MSNUTR, CYT 243 E Brown Street, East Stroudsburg 570-421-3708


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A gentle, whole-body approach focusing on wellness and healing through acupuncture, herbs, vitamins, nutrition, and yoga. Since 1998, Louise has specialized in acute and chronic pain, allergies, food sensitivities, fertility, menopause, PMS, weight loss, and smoking cessation. Enjoy ease and comfort even with the most sensitive health issues.

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Alexander (Al) Krych L. Ac 1271 N. 9th Street, Stroudsburg, PA 942 Liberty Street, Belvidere, NJ 908-303-2941

Individualized treatment for a variety of health concerns both acute and chronic. Comfortable environment with compassionate care and service. Nationally Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and Asian Bodywork Therapy. NJ and PA Board Certified and Licensed. Acupuncture/Asian Specialize in treatment of pain, discomfort, stress and wellness issues.  Major credit cards accepted.  Call today to schedule an appointment.


Blake Stoveken, LAc 101 Roberts Ln, 2nd Fl Milford, PA 18337 570-409-9233 Feel your best. Acupuncture treatments in a warm and peaceful setting at a fraction of the cost. Inspired by community acupuncture clinics across our nation and traditionally practiced in Asia. Our intention is to make acupuncture affordable and accessible so you can feel better. Sliding scale of $15-$30 per treatment. 


112 Henrys Crossing Road, Cresco 570-595-7748

Know the source of your food. Visit our farm store where we carry our own goat’s milk cheeses, raw goat’s milk, yogurt, fudge, and caramel. We also have fresh natural vegetables in season, stone-milled flours, free-range eggs, and a variety of meats. Our farm store is open from dusk till dawn every day. Call ahead to take a walk in the forest with the goats.

JOSIE PORTER FARM Cherry Valley CSA 6332 Cherry Valley Road Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-992-0899

Josie Porter Farm offers 22 week CSA full and half share programs and buying clubs programs with a variety of produce grown on the farm and many other products in collaboration with other regional and local farms, using organic and biodynamic practices. Our on-site farm store is open Saturdays from 9am-2pm from May to December. See ad on page 9.


Georgine Todd 715 South, HC1 Box 2014, Tannersville 570-629-6073 Find relief from common digestive disorders with colon hydrotherapy using the LIBBE closed system, which double filters warm water that is gravity fed to you through a tube the circumference of a pencil. The halfhour procedure is painless, safe and private. Located at Tannersville Physical Therapy & Wellness,


538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry 570-828-2319 •

Explore our beautiful natural outdoor paradise. PEEC is a year-round environmental education center located within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Our programs are designed to meet the specific needs of each participating group, regardless of abilities or disabilities. The Summer Day Camp program is designed around weekly themes such as Bugs & Blooms, Romping Rocks, Ultimate Adventure, and more.

Ingrid Geronimo Founder & Life Coach 908-213-3214

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


Ashley M. Taylor 106 Bethpage Terrace Easton, PA 18042 484.548.0622

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.

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NATURAL DENTISTRY Cosmetic and Natural Dentistry Carol Sherman DDS William Baron DDS 2600 Newburg Rd.

Betty Demaye-Caruth, RN, PhD, CHTP, RM/T 52 Deer Lane, Honesdale 570-253-8060

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610-252-1454 Enhance your physical health and appearance with a natural, holistic approach to dental care. 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 on page 13.



Lehigh Valley Professional Center 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27 Bethlehem, PA 18020 * 484-821-1460

Specializing in Natural Medicine for over 25 years, Dr. Loquasto holds doctorates in Naturopathy, Nutrition and Chiropractic Internal Medicine.  He is also a Master Herbalist as well as a certified Clinical and Dietitian Nutritionist.  Dr. Loquasto offers custom formulations for specific conditions and non-invasive chelation therapy.  In addition the following tests are done at the clinic:  live cell microscope, circulation testing, EKG, pulmonary lung testing, bone density, x-ray, scanning for foot & ankle problems, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and blood testing for diabetes and other health issues.  The goal is to restore and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 2970 Corporate Court, Suite 1 Orefield, PA 18069 610-682-2104, Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification – Purely You, and many other treatment programs. Maulfair Medical Center brings the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad on page 29.

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Live your best life and take charge of your health with guidance from a registered nurse and holistic health professional. Dr. Betty offers individualized protocols in conjunction with your physician to support your optimal wellness using health counseling, stress management, Reiki, energy therapy, aromatherapy and flower essences. Also offering Reiki certification classes.





Dr. John Harrigton 149 Route 94 Blairstown, NJ 07825 908-362-6868 Nutritional Healing at its Best! We treat your body as a “whole,” instead of its parts. Our Natural, Drug-Free Programs using Nutrition, Botanicals, Homeopathy and Alternative Medicine focus on removing the true barriers to health and healing. Your health problems are quickly identified and weakened organs are given the right nutrients to further enhance their function. Call for a free consultation with Dr. Harrington. See ad on page 8.

WELLSPRING HOLISTIC CENTER Anita Bondi, PhD and Louise Bowman, RAc, MSNutr 243 E Brown St, East Stroudsburg 570-421-3708

Let our team help you thrive on the path to optimal health. The Poconos original Holisitic Health Center since 1993. Offering treatments in: acupuncture, massage, Rolfing, reflexology, hypnotherapy, Reiki, Thai massage, nutritional counseling, Cranio-Sacral, along with retreats and workshops. Classes in: Pilates, yoga, TaeKwonDo, Belly Dance, Zumba, Improvisation and Trance Dance.


Tina Stashko, N.D. PhD MIfHI Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-8132

Specializing in preventative healthcare, digestion and nutrient absorption, and thyroid and adrenal health. Modalities such as iridology, sclerology and biochemical balancing enable the development of your unique program for optimum health. These programs are easy to follow and incorporate into your daily life. Reach your full health potential!   See ad on page 30.


Dian Freeman Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816 Nutritionist Dian Freeman and staff nutritionists LuAnn Peters - Brenda Woodruff of Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown, NJ, offer private nutritional consultations, Applied Kinesiology and Ondamed biofeedback sessions. Dian also teaches classes and a nutritional certification course in preparation for the national Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC) exam.  Also, to address energetic and vibrational healing, a variety of crystal and energy healers are available by appointment and LuAnn mixes personalized formulas combining various Bach flower remedies. 


Masha Levina, CCN 224 Broad Street, Suite 205, Milford, PA 18337 570-832-2123

Through examining your medical, social and dietary history, as well as using Nutrition Response Muscle Testing®, Masha determines nutritional needs and develops dietary and supplemental program to fit individual requirements and lifestyles, resulting in balance and better health. See ad on page 30.

LOUISE M. BOWMAN, LAC, MSNUTR, CYT 243 E Brown Street, East Stroudsburg 570-421-3708

Eat for well-being. No more diets. Louise holds a Master’s in Nutrition from Bastyr University and teaches an individualized approach to whole foods and health through nutrition. Plans are tailored to you: your lifestyle, likes and dislikes.


ST. ANTHONY’S FREE PAIN CLINIC Dr. Anthony F. Mullen, DCT(P) Village Park Center Rte 940, Pocono Lake 570-504-1681 Decrease pain and maximize wellness. Anthony F. Mullen, DCT(P), Licensed healer, specializes in pain relief and offers affordable services to improve quality of life. Offering low level laser therapy; painless, non-invasive, drugfree treatment used to treat injuries and neurological conditions, such as, fibromyalgia, muscle and join pain, nerve pain/sciatica, carpal tunnel, TMJ, migraines, and more.

physical therapy TANNERSVILLE & MARSHALL’S CREEK PHYSICAL THERAPY Georgine Todd Rte 715 S, Reeders 570-629-6073 25 Fox Run Ln, East Stroudsburg 570-223-8477

Overcome physical limitations and injury. Two locations offer a mixture of both traditional exercise-based physical therapy and manual physical therapy techniques for more effective results. These techniques include myofascial release, joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy and massage therapy. Our highly trained staff works one-on-one to educate our clients toward healthy lifestyle changes.


Mountain Top, PA Anthony V Wojnar D.D., OBT, RMT 570-868-6635 Our main focus is Reiki, a Spiritual practice which promotes physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We offer Certification in Reiki 1 thru Reiki Master/Teacher Usui and Tibetan Style. Reiki and Reiki/ Shiatsu sessions and, also a monthly Reiki Share. Reiki 1,Certification Program, Sept 21, 2013, 9:30am-5:00pm.  Dr. Anthony received a Master/Teacher attunement on Kurama Mtn. Japan, the birthplace of Reiki. CEU’s for  Massage Therapists.


Tricia Fellman 607 Ave B, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-421-0650 • Visit on Facebook: Reaching Out Through Reiki Truly wonderful and amazing, Reiki is a technique that address’s both chronic and acute conditions. Gently promoting balance among all the body systems. Reiki is a whole body treatment, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the self. Reiki works to harmonize and bring in balance the total you.

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391 Schocopee Rd, Milford, PA 18337 484-347-7489 • CircleOf

We host workshops, led by gifted and experienced facilitators, offering opportunities for spiritual renewal, intellectual stimulation and exploring new skills. Our woodland facility comes with a lake, trails, a fire pit and dorm style or private rooms. Rent our 300 acre fully stocked lodge for your next retreat or event. Perfect for yoga, healing, outdoor pursuits or your annual club meeting. From 1 day to a full week.


RETREAT CENTER 1881 Route 739 Dingmans Ferry, PA Retreat and educational workshop center for personal and group events, retreats and spiritual growth. Immerse yourself in the higher vibrations and take time to heal your mind, body, and spirit! Located on 8.2 wooded acres with easy access to the healing and art community of Milford, PA.

rolfing ROLFING by Vickie Kovar Healing Art Center Merchants Plaza 2937 Route 611 Tannersville, PA 18372 570-332-4365

Vickie, an 18 year accomplished Rolfer, works by realigning the pervasive fascial tissue network in the body that can relieve pain in areas such as, Migraines, Sciatica, Bugling Discs, Arthritis, Neck Pain, Carpel Tunnel, Back pain and much more. Vickie is a Certified Rolfer, Rolf Movement Teacher , Visceral Manipulation and Cranio-Sacral Therapist. Free 20 minute free consultations available. See ad on page 7.


OF NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA Richard Paterson, Certified Rolfer™ Practicing in Milford and Scranton/W-B 571-265-9950

Rolfing improves posture, makes movement easier, and reduces structural pain. It can release longheld patterns or restore movement after injury or surgery. Rolfing has helped dancers, performers, and athletes use their bodies more efficiently. See ad on page 27.

SEXUAL HEALTH THERAPY Alexandra T. Milspaw, M.Ed., M.Ed., LPC

Bethlehem, PA 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!


Shooting For The Moon 3200 Hamilton East Road, Stroudsburg 570-992-0943 Kathy Agate Brown has training and certification in both Aromatherapy and Herbology. Her training in Spiritual Counseling allows her to incorporate Intuitive readings in her sessions as well as Clinical Hypnotherapy. Her intent is to bring all beliefs together through education and communication. See ad on page 23.


Dr. Karin Breitlauch 820-822 Old Route 115, Saylorsburg 570-992-0400

Give your creature comfort. We integrate the best of traditional and nontraditional state-of-the-art diagnostics and medicine in order to treat the “whole” patient. Offering acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbs, chiropractic, cold laser therapy, food therapy, Tui-Na, and homeopathy. We also feature a full service acute/ critical care facility with 24 hour staffing, as well as extensive medical, dental and surgical options.


Mark Hertel 651 Rte 115, Saylorsburg 570-992-2339 • Arsha Vidya Yoga Studio teaches traditional Hatha yoga to help students develop strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination among other benefits, including calmness and resolution. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam is an institute for the traditional study of Advaita Vedanta, Sanskrit, yoga, Ayurveda, astrology, and other classical Indian disciplines.

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.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Music at the Market – Jemini Music Studio’s voice and piano students will be performing a musical showcase at the Blairstown Farmer’s Market from 12-2 pm. FMI email or call 908-459-4050 Teaching Yoga for Seniors – The interest of older adults in yoga is increasing rapidly. 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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Online Nutrition Class – A food based detoxification and transformation program designed to transition you gradually off of unhealthy, disease causing foods and onto a higher quality whole foods diet. With Delia Quigley of Stillpoint Schoolhouse. 908-902-4082.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 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 healthy body weight. 7pm. Free. Lehigh Valley Integrated Health, Nazareth. Call to reserve 610-759‐0500.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Harvest Moon Festival – Weekend events 9/13 thru 9/15. Share the spirit of harvest for a weekend

festival full of free workshops, music, food, vendors and family fun events. Live entertainment, belly dancing, fire dancing and evening camp fire around our half moon circle. Come for the day or stay for the Weekend. Vendor inquiries welcome. Circle of Trees Retreat 391 Schocopee Rd Milford. 484-347-7489

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Healthy Thursday – A great day to stock up on healthy products. 20% off all non-sale supplements. Every third Thursday of the month. Ed’s Health Foods, 180 Mountain Ave. Hackettstown. 908-979-0888.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Online Nutrition Class – A food based detoxification and transformation program designed to transition you gradually off of unhealthy, disease causing foods and onto a higher quality whole foods diet. With Delia Quigley of Stillpoint Schoolhouse. 908-902-4082. 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. Join Life Coach Elizabeth Sanchez for a workshop to create a life of transformations. 6pm. Bethlehem. Space is limited, reserve at 610.417.0665

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meeting – 3rd Tuesday of each month. Dutch treat for dinner/ drinks, community building and networking. Members: Free. Non-members two meetings free then $5/ meeting. 6:30-8:30pm. Perkins Restaurant (Back Meeting Rm), 600 PA Rte 940, Mount Pocono. RSVP to Melissa Luddeni, LMT: 570-350-6129.

The Yoga Loft In-Depth Study Programs 200 & 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification 60 & 100-Hour Yoga Immersions Deepen Your Knowledge, Expand Your Potential, and Learn How to Inspire Others 610-867-YOGA (9642)

521 E. 4th St., 3rd Floor, Bethlehem, PA 18015 Full description of our programs available at: Yoga Makes Life Better


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 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 healthy body weight. 7pm. Free.Lehigh Valley Integrated Health, Nazareth. RSVP 610-759‐0500.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Developing a Food Forest Garden – 12 hour course--Stephen Hoog. 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 Highlands Festival – Environmental festival will be a “Celebration of All Things Local” and promotes local music, food, art, history, cultural and natural resources. Rain-or-shine event features 20 NJ musicians/bands, local food court, crafts and fair trade marketplace, living green expo, cooking demonstrations, workshops, an art show, Lenape Village activities, canal rides, kayaking, and guided nature hikes. 10am-9pm on 9/21 & 10am-6pm on 9/22. Waterloo Village in Byram, NJ. Reiki 1 Certification Program – Highlights: History of Reiki, Japanese Reiki Techniques, Reiki 1 Initiation, hands-on practice time, includes 179 page Manual Register by 9/14. CEUs granted for Massage Therapists. 9:30am-5pm. Anthony V. Wojnar D.D., OBT, RMT, Life Holistic Center, Mountain Top. 570-868-6635. 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 speakers. 10am-6pm. $7. Agri-plex Center, 1725 Chew Street, Allentown. 610-791-2641.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 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 speakers. 10am-6pm. $7. Agri-plex Center, 1725 Chew Street, Allentown. 610-791-2641. Highlands Festival – Environmental festival will be a “Celebration of All Things Local” and promotes local music, food, art, history, cultural and natural resources. Rain-or-shine event features 20 NJ musicians/bands, local food court, crafts and fair trade marketplace, living green expo, cooking demonstrations, workshops, an art show, Lenape Village activities, canal rides, kayaking, and guided nature hikes. 10am-9pm on 9/21 & 10am-6pm on

9/22. Waterloo Village in Byram, NJ.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Online Nutrition Class – A food based detoxification and transformation program designed to transition you gradually off of unhealthy, disease causing foods and onto a higher quality whole foods diet. With Delia Quigley of Stillpoint Schoolhouse. 908-902-4082.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25 Non-Invasive Laser Pain Clinic – Reduce pain with FDA approved laser therapy. Clients with limited health insurance. Only 8 clients per week. Must pre-schedule. No walk-ins. 1-5pm. $10. Hypnosis & Longevity Center, 124 Village Park Dr (Rte 940), Ste 2, Pocono Lake. 570-504-1681

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. Please call to reserve your spot. 610.867.9642

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Reiki I for Occupational Therapy Practitioners – Kiki Peppard, COTA/L, Reiki Master/Teacher. 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 For the Love of Herbs! – Weekend workshop 9/28 & 9/29. Hosted by Melissa Mondegreen from Rockamoure Herbs. Do you love herbs? Have you always wanted to learn more about them? Then this is the retreat for you! Come for the day or stay overnight. Circle of Trees Retreat 391 Schocopee Rd Milford, PA. 484-347-7489

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Online Nutrition Class – A food based detoxification and transformation program designed to transition you gradually off of unhealthy, disease causing foods and onto a higher quality whole foods diet. With Delia Quigley of Stillpoint Schoolhouse. 908-902-4082.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Wacky Wednesday – Storewide sale with 5% to 15% off everything in the store. Vegan, vegetarian and Gluten-free foods. Vitamins, minerals and herbs included. Every First Monday. Ed’s Health Foods, 180 Mountain Ave. Hackettstown. 908-979-0888.

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 610.683.9363

savethedate Qi Activation Wellness Seminar September 14 -17

Join us and learn three levels of amazing healing Qigong practices everyone can do. Experience breathing techniques like 9-Breath Method and the Breath Empowerment where oxygen saturates your body leaving you “buzzing” from the inside. Qigong teacher, Jeff Primack will share in detail the Food-Healing system. Discover for yourself the hidden power of specific foods that reverse specific diseases. Qi Activation, the ultimate empowerment experience everyone is welcome! 4 full days only $129! To reserve you seat visit or 1-800-298-8970.

savethedate A Natural Medicine Forum Natural Solutions for Digestive Disorders 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.

savethedate 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.

savethedate Holistic Evening Expo October 11, Friday 6:30 pm Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy, NJ

Come and enjoy a unique and exciting evening to embrace the “Body, Mind and Spirit”. Learn more about the natural world of holistic health and wellness - Fitness, Aromatherapy, Nutrition, Feng Shui, Holistic Design, Massage, Reiki and Roses. Refreshments, Artwork, Vendors, Demos, Lectures and Spiritual Readings. Vendor inquiries welcome. Contact or 908 797-5225

savethedate Rose Retreat Day for Women With Sandra Marie Humby. October 12 and 13

A Day of Relaxation and Roses for You - Exercises, tools and tips for yourself and to support your loved ones. October 12, 10am-4pm Rose 1 Workshop - Personal healing with the power of the Rose. Explore the Mystery held within the heart of the Rose and experience the magical healing power of the 11 Roses in the original Rose Alchemy set. $125 includes vegetarian lunch. October 13, 10am-4.30pm. Spring Meadow Farm, Hope NJ. Contact 908 797-5225 or      

ongoing events 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. Boys’ and Girls’ Peer Support Groups – Topics include: friendship and bullying, self-esteem, media messages, organization, time management, hygiene, internet safety, communication and body language and emotion management. 45 min. for 10 wks. Call for group start dates. $25 per session, free for Medicaid/NJ Family Care. The Center for Assessment and Treatment. 254B Mountain Ave, Suite 300, Hackettstown. 908-852-5858

sunday Hatha Yoga – 8-9:15am. 1st & 3rd weekends only. In the tradition of the Mysore school of yoga. Develop strength, flexibility, balance, calmness, and resolution. $12. Activity Center, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg. 570-992-2339. MarkHert@

monday Therapeutic Yoga –Variety of yoga classes for adolescents and adults throughout the day. 9am-4pm. Comprehensive Psychological Services, 274 Rte 940, Ste 103, Blakeslee. 570-643-0222. Hatha Yoga – In the tradition of the Mysore school of yoga. Develop strength, flexibility, balance, calmness, and resolution. $12. 5-6:15pm. Activity Center, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Old Rte 115, Saylorsburg. 570-992-2339. Guided Meditation & Prayer Group – First we meditate then we send out group energy to those who need it. All welcome. Donation. 6:30-7:30pm. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 Hamilton East Rd, Snydersville. 570-992-0943. Yoga and More – Learn yoga from an experienced yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Each student is encouraged to explore their personal needs while following a moderate sequence that brings balance to the strength and flexibility of the body. All levels. $10 or 4cl/$35. 5pm. Minerva Wellness, 52 Deer Ln, Honesdale. 570-253-8060 Prenatal Yoga – The body has an innate wisdom about the stages of pregnancy, labor and birth. Class is designed to reconnect with this natural process. Yoga can alleviate many of the common discomforts of pregnancy. 6:15pm. With Mary Cardinal. $10 or $35 for 4 classes. Minerva Wellness, 52 Deer Ln, Honesdale. 570-253-8060 Yoga Flow – An introduction into the basic vinyasa style of yoga. It includes connecting the movement to the breath for all levels of experience, but is a particularly good class for the beginner or novice. 6:30pm. StillPoint Yoga Studio, 155 RT94, Blairstown. 908-902-4082.

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classifieds APEALS Big Brothers Big Sisters – Needs volunteers for children living in Phillipsburg. Please call today to learn how you can help a child grow up. 908-6890436 or INFO@BBBSHSW.ORG Healers Wanted – Help us to aid in the healing environment at Pocono Medical Center. Seeking volunteers for the Complementary & Alternative Medicine Program. Interested practitioners in Reiki and massage, artists and musicians please contact Jill Howell at 570-476-3443 or email JHowell@ . Hunterdon Helpline – Looking for caring volunteers! Spend an hour a week with a senior, tutor an ESL/ GED learner, or become a translator (looking for all languages). 908-782-4357 literacy@

COURSES Hypnotherapy Certification Classes - 150 hours. “At Home” and/or classroom environment and “hands-on” practice experience. Reasonably priced! Payment plans accepted. For more info or to register contact Bev Bley L.P.N;C.M.Ht. at C.H.A.N.G.E. 610.797.8250. Coopersburg area.

OPPORTUNITIES Love scented candles? We are looking for distributors 908-3192455 for more info. Established Pennsylvania Academy For Sale - DOE Licensed. Growing demand. Call 267-424-4549. Massage Therapist Wanted – Independent Massage Therapist wanted to join Nazareth Wellness Center. Not an hourly position. 610-365-8996

PRODUCTS Kayak – 1-2 person Wilderness Systems PAMILCO PRO in Kevlar at 56 lbs., by 15 feet. Yellow deck with white bottom, good condition, best offer. 570.454.6491 Portable Steam Sauna – And or Ozone. The Hyperthermic Chamber portable personal steam sauna system by Longevity Resources. Never used. Also, Arch-Eeez back support. Best offers. 570.454.6491 Hypnotherapy CDs and DVDs – Weight Control, Smoking Cessation, Insomnia, Personal Development, Stress Management, Procrastination. Prices: CDs $29- DVDs $49. Call Bev at 610.797.8250 or order through “products” section at www.4change. com Mention this ad for a $5 discount!

SERVICES Professional Freelance Writing Services – Know what you want to say but not sure how to say it? Press releases, brochures, website content, newsletters and blogs. I do the writing so you don’t have to. Beth Davis, WriteSource, Inc. 239-269-6235.


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Simply Yoga – Suitable for those looking to improve the physical as well as emotional well being. Incorporates breathing exercises to calm the nervous system, asanas and sun salutations that support the overall well-being of body and mind. 5:15. StillPoint Yoga Studio, 115 RT94, Blairstown. 908-902-4082.

tuesday Therapeutic Reiki – Individual and group sessions for children, adolescents, and adults. Comprehensive Psychological Services, 274 Rte 940, Ste 103, Blakeslee. 570-643-0222. Yoga I: Vinyasa-Style Yoga – 9:45am. $15/drop in or membership. 9am-4pm. Elevations Health Club Marshalls Creek, Meadow Lake Plaza, Rte 209. 570-223-7725. Modified Ashtanga Class – More advanced poses. 6-7:15pm. $15. The Wellness Works, Rte 390, Mountainhome. 570-242-7283. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meeting – 3rd Tuesday of each month. Dutch treat for dinner/ drinks, community building and networking. Members: Free. Non-members two meetings free then $5/ meeting. 6:30-8:30pm. Perkins Restaurant (Back Meeting Rm), 600 PA Rte 940, Mount Pocono. RSVP to Melissa Luddeni, LMT: 570-350-6129. Edgar Cayce Group – Discusses the various aspects of Edgar Cayce, dreams, book study, meditation, and more. All welcome. 7-8:30pm. Donation. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 Hamilton East Rd, Snydersville. 570-992-0943.

wednesday Natural Health Talk – Learn about drug-free ways to be your best. Covers overall health, nervous system, nutrition and the spine. Always time to ask questions. 6:30pm. Free. Please call ahead to RSVP. Life is Good Chiropractic, 1807 Route 209, Brodheadsville. 570-992-2929 Non-Invasive Laser Pain Clinic – Reduce pain with FDA approved Laser therapy. Clients with limited health insurance and low income only; clients with health insurance please schedule another time. 8 clients per week. Must pre-schedule. No walk-ins. 1-5pm. $10. Hypnosis & Longevity Center, 124 Village Park Dr (Rte 940), Ste 2, Pocono Lake. 570-504-1681 Tai Chi – Experience the benefits of this moving, meditative practice. All levels. 5:15pm. Asian Institute, 315 Pocono Blvd, Mt Pocono. 570-839-1898. Sibling Therapy Group – Every other Wednesday. For children and adolescents with brothers and sister diagnosed with physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities. Focus on understanding and acceptance and give participants a chance to interact with others. 5:30-7pm. Comprehensive Psychological Services, 274 Rte 940, Ste 103, Blakeslee. 570-643-0222.

thursday Guided Meditation & Prayer Group – First we meditate then we send out group energy to those who need it. All welcome. Donation. 10-11am. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 Hamilton East Rd, Snydersville. 570-992-0943.

Hatha Yoga – In the tradition of the Mysore school of yoga. Develop strength, flexibility, balance and resolution. $12. 6:30-7:45pm. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Old Rte 115, Saylorsburg. 570-992-2339. Silent Sitting – With Bodhi. Bring inner balance and stillness to your life through guided silent or active meditation designed to relax the body and mind. 6:30-8pm. $8. Effort location. 570-977-0814 Silent Meditation Group Meeting – 2nd Thursday. All welcome. Experience a deep sense of warmth and relaxation as you learn to create a space for deeper silence in your life. A unique opportunity to go deeply inward. No group discussion since it tends to stimulate the mind and ego. 7-8:15pm. Free. Effort. RSVP & directions call 570-977-0814.

friday TGIF Yoga – All levels. A light-hearted, wellbalanced yoga class with a focus on good alignment. 6-7:15pm. 1st class free. $10. Dingmans Medical, Center for Infinite Health, 1592 Rte 739, Dingmans Ferry. 845-790-3408. Freebie Fridays – Reiki Share 1st & 3rd Fridays. Runes/Psychic Defense 2nd Friday. Tarot Circle 1st Friday, guest speaker on other night. 7-9pm. Donation. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 Hamilton, Stroudsburg. RSVP. 570-992-0943. Yoga and More – Learn yoga from an experienced yoga teacher and yoga therapist. Each student is encouraged to explore their personal needs while following a moderate sequence that brings balance to the strength and flexibility of the body. All levels. $10 or 4cl/$35. 4:15pm. Minerva Wellness, 52 Deer Ln, Honesdale. 570-253-8060

saturday Natural Health Talk – Learn about drug-free ways to be your best. Covers overall health, nervous system, nutrition and the spine. Always time to ask questions. 9am. Free. Please call ahead to RSVP. Life is Good Chiropractic, 1807 Route 209, Brodheadsville. 570-992-2929 Social Skills Group – For children and adolescents ages 5-18 with autism spectrum disorders as well as those with behavioral and emotional difficulties who need to develop communication and interaction skills. Every other Saturday. 9am-4pm. Comprehensive Psychological Services, 274 Rte 940, Ste 103, Blakeslee. 570-643-0222. Meditation Workshop – Quiet your mind and enjoy true peacefulness. 1st & 3rd weekends only. 10am-12:30pm. Vegetarian lunch 12:30pm. Tunga Classroom, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, RR 5 Box 5050 (Old Rte 115), Saylorsburg. 570-992-2339. Tai Chi –Adults of all ages and physical abilities can partake and gain the many benefits and healing aspects of Tai chi. With Janet Butchko. 3 sessions - 11am, 1pm, 3pm. $40/8 class series or $5/class. Shooting for the Moon, 3200 Hamilton East Rd, Stroudsburg. 570-992-0943. Hatha Yoga – Develop strength, flexibility, balance, calmness and resolution. 1st & 3rd weekends. Beginners series. 4:30-5:45pm. $12. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, RD 5 Box 5050, Saylorsburg. 570-992-2339.

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