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When you choose to live in Michigan year around, you just don’t let a little bit of snow slow you down. Oh, we might moan and groan a bit, but the bottom line is that if it was really all that bad we wouldn’t choose to live here, right? Personally, I love the change of seasons. I believe it helps keep life interesting and I strive to take some time out to appreciate the best moments of each season. It is simply a matter of perception. Take an ice storm, for example. There is nothing quite as breathtaking as the early morning sun reflected from all the ice-coated trees, especially if you have the luxury of being able to stay home and enjoy the scenery. If your schedule doesn’t grant you that luxury, however, you may be more inclined to give the scene a cursory glance and grumble all the way to your car. Our February theme encourages us to relax and recharge and to strive for balance. In a world where we all seem to need to constantly work harder in order to keep up with the ever growing demands on our time and energy, it seems like a mixed message to take time out to relax and recharge. But in fact, I can say from my own personal experience that it does work. Admittedly I tend to need a little push, but overall I feel more productive when I’ve granted myself a break in the action from time to time. There’s a wonderful comprehensive article “Relax & Recharge,” on page 16 that covers many different ways to do just that. It would be difficult to not find at least one beneficial idea that you could put in to practice to help reduce your stress level. If you have been curious to learn more about the healing benefits of meditation, we have just the article for you: “Meditation made Easy” by Sally Kempton on page 24. We also included some local resources that might help to get you started. I’ve heard it said that praying is when you ask God for something, but meditation is when you still your mind enough to listen for the answers. Be sure to check out the Global Brief on page 15, “Urban Psychology – Where We Come from Counts.” I was thrilled to see the city of Detroit listed as above average in both leading with the head AND leading with the heart. It’s so nice to see that we make an appearance on some good lists for a change. Pretty soon you will start to hear the commercials for Valentine’s Day, if you haven’t already. It’s a good reminder to do a little something extra special for your special someone, but this year I encourage you to mix it up a little. Think about all the people that you may come into contact with throughout the day that might not have a special someone. Maybe there is something that you can do or say that might brighten up their day. Sometimes it’s just a matter of taking a little extra time to really listen or smile or give a compliment. You never know, it could really make someone’s day a little bit brighter. To quote one of my favorite songs, “What the world needs now, is love sweet love.” That’s my goal for February, to bring a little bit more love into the world. Won’t you join me? Love, joy and peace,

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Unique Fitness for Women


ixen Fitness, the area’s premiere pole dance & fitness studio exclusively for women is hosting a celebration to mark the Grand Re-opening of their new Detroit studio. This free event, on Saturday February 19th from 6-9pm, features gift bags for the first 30 ladies, live demonstrations, studio tours and a chance to meet the instructors and learn about the great specials being offered. To best serve the needs of their guests, Vixen Fitness welcomes men to this event in the company of woman only. Founded in 2006 by certified fitness instructor and Detroit native Danielle Green, Vixen Fitness offers instruction in pole dancing, yoga, zumba, flexibility and toning. The “women only” facility helps women of all size, shape and fitness level embrace their inner beauty and sexiness in a safe and supportive environment. Vixen Fitness also specializes in both in-home and private in-studio gatherings for occasions such as bachelorette celebrations, birthday parties, and girl’s nights out. The new Detroit studio is located near the historic Eastern Market district at 1347 Fisher Fwy. Call 866.900.9797 or visit

Shiver on the River


he Friends of the Detroit River invite you to Shiver on the River, a celebration of Belle Isle and all the wonders of our great island park on Saturday, February 5th from 10am-3pm. This free family event includes live entertainment, exhibits, displays and refreshments, as well as environmental arts and crafts for kids. The historic Belle Isle Casino serves as event headquarters; however guests are welcome to visit the Belle Isle Aquarium, Nature Zoo, and Boat Club, along with the Dossin Maritime Museum, and the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. The Coast Guard Station will also be open for tours and, weather permitting, will conduct an ice rescue demonstration at 2pm. Belle Isle, Detroit’s historic island park, is accessible via the Belle Isle Bridge, located three miles east of Downtown Detroit off of East Jefferson Avenue.

8th Annual Dearborn Women’s Expo benfits Children’s Leukemia Foundation


ooking for a fun way to spend the afternoon and help contribute to a worthy cause? Then grab a group of friends and head to the 8th Annual Dearborn Women’s Expo at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 6th from 10am-5pm. This event, which attracts 100+ exhibitors and over 2,500 attendees, raises funds for the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. The Expo is dedicated to the memory of Brittany Crawford, who was a student at Dearborn High when she lost her battle with leukemia in December 2002. Sisters-in-law Janeen and Julie Sullivan, the mother and aunt of Brittany, created the Expo as a way for women to have fun, enjoy some pampering, and learn about local services and products while at the same time helping raise funds for children and teens battling leukemia. The woman wanted to support the organization that assisted their own family during their time of need and help that organization continue the important work they do for families battling this devastating illness. Attendees will enjoy a silent auction, raffles, fashion shows, fitness demonstrations, unique exhibits, and exciting prizes. Admission is $3 and children under age 12 are admitted free. For more information and a discount coupon visit Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is an independent, statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance, and emotional support to adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and related blood disorders.

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he St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center in Detroit is hosting two spirit-filled workshops this month. On Tuesday, February 8th from 8am-4:30pm the site will host a program called “Rekindle the Spirit of Caring” to educate nurses about holistic stress management theory and the impact of stress on their personal and professional life. This program, which is an approved continuing nursing education activity, will educate attendees about the theory of holistic stress management and help them learn and practice these strategies to better manage every day stress. The cost of this workshop is $75/person. On Saturday, February 19th from 9:30-3:30 St. Paul is hosting “Praying with Body, Mind and Spirit: A Call to Hope.” This workshop will help restore faith and hope during these challenging economic times. Participants will learn to engage the whole self in prayer by using body, mind and spirit, along with movement and music, Scripture, guided mediation and journaling. The cost of this workshop is $45/person.

St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center seeks to assist people in deepening their connections to God in an environment of serenity, tranquility, hospitality, and compassion. St Paul of the Cross, 23333 Schoolcraft Rd, (I-96 & Telegraph) Detroit. Contact Marcia Sansotta at 313-535-9563x202 or register online at

Lecture Series on Eco-Friendly Gardening


he Grosse Pointe non-profit group LocalMotionGreen is hosting a Garden Green lecture series to promote the creation of lovely landscapes and lush gardens without the use of hazardous chemicals. On Tuesday, February 8th at University Liggett, 1045 Cook Road in Grosse Pointe Woods, Advanced Master Gardener Cheryl English will present “It’s Easy to Be Green in the Garden.” With a focus on sustainable gardening practices, English will share ideas and tips on implementing earth-


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friendly and health-friendly methods of water management, energy usage, and chemical usage. On Monday, February 21st at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms, Steve Grimmer and Shannon Byrne of The Backyard Community Garden in Grosse Pointe Park will present “Urban Vegetable Gardens.” This program is appropriate for both novice and advanced gardeners and will address the creation and maintenance of vegetable gardens. Upcoming presentations include: Herb Gardens and Companion Planting (Tues. March 8), Healthy Gardens for Children and Pets (Mon. March 21), and Green solutions for Garden Problems (Tues. April 12.) All Garden Green events begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by refreshments and networking. While the presentations are free of charge, donations to support the organization’s work are appreciated. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance to help the presenter better address interests and needs. Contact LocalMotionGreen at 313-881-2263 or send an email to for questions or registration.

Chiropractic Office Relocates


ocal Chiropractor Dr. William Civello has moved his practice to a new location. Dr. Civello has been in practice for over 10 years and specializes in designing clinical nutrition and chiropractic care programs to meet the individual needs of his patients. His office is now located at 34441 Eight Mile Rd. #116 in Livonia.

newsbriefs Retreating to the Breath


ave and Pat Krajovic of the Plymouth based Global Breath Institute along with Marcia Bailey of Breath Ann Arbor are thrilled to announce “Presence of Breath”, a weekend workshop promoting insight, awareness, and spiritual growth. The workshop features the work of Dr. Judith Kravitz, co-developer of Transformational Breathing and Michael Brown, author of the bestselling book The Presence Process. Work will be done to fully open the respiratory system, thus restoring passion, vitality, and energy to the physical body. The powerful breathing techniques facilitate physical and emotional healing, mental clarity, and deep spiritual growth and connections. To learn more about Transformational Breathing and the Presence Process visit and The Presence of Breath workshop will be held in Ann Arbor from February 12th-13th $400. Register at 734-416-5200.

All the products available at have been tested, certified and meet the standards for the United States Government’s Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA.) Call 313-454-1492 or visit

A Day at the Museum


Local Moms Stitch Superhero Capes

W has been the supplier of “Heart Hero” capes that are donated to children born with congenital heart defects, to ensure that children battling this illness receive “superhero strength.”

hen former special-ed teacher and stay-at-home mom to two young children Holly Bartman decided to make superhero capes as party favors for her son’s fourth birthday she had no idea that four years later she would be the founder of, a fast-growing business employing seven part-time local mothers. Bartman explains that “another mom who was so impressed with the capes and suggested I try selling them.” While Bartman began small, initially crafting out of her home and selling her superhero capes on eBay and through Etsy, the e-commerce site for handmade and vintage goods, her sales quickly grew to the point that she needed added space and commercial grade equipment. Bartman teamed up with small business owner, Justin Draplin of Farmington, who helped her create a website and has guided her in taking the creative cottage industry to the next level. has been steadily growing, with sales increasing both to direct online customers as well as wholesalers. allows customers to purchase plain capes for children and adults in different colors and sizes as well as customize capes with insignias and initials. The company also makes and sells superhero t-shirts, masks, wristbands and other accessories. All capes are made one at a time from premium fabrics and fasten with Velcro closure for easy on/off wear. Headquartered in Livonia, the company strives to reach out nationwide to schools, hospitals and non-profits to help them with fundraising. Draplin says “our custom capes are a natural fit for businesses and organizations that want to recognize the many kinds of super heroes out there.” For the past year, Power-

ree family fun abounds in honor of “African American History Day,” Saturday, February 5th from 11am4pm at the Detroit Historical Museum. This exciting event is an excellent opportunity for families of all ethnic backgrounds to celebrate African American history and culture. Featured entertainment includes live storytelling, a caricature artist, and dance, drumming, and singing performances as well as an appearance by former Detroit Piston player and head coach Ray Scott. Guests will also enjoy the opportunity to learn quilt making from the Peace Baptist Church Quilters and meet with representatives from the Tuskegee Airmen, Conant Gardeners, and Black Historic Sites Committee. Families can enjoy an expanded Vendor and Artists Market throughout the Streets of Old Detroit, as well as the Museum’s Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Historic Retailers exhibit. The Kidz Art Zone provides a special place for children to participate in a variety of art projects and craft stations. Museum admission is free all day and includes access to special programs. The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. in Detroit’s Cultural Center area. Parking is available for $4 in the in the Museum’s lot. 313-833-1805 or visit

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newsbriefs DIY Family Fun


mbracing creativity isn’t just exciting and fun, it’s also a great way to make it through tough economic times. On Saturday, February 12th from 9am4:30pm the Detroit Waldorf School will host the Sustainable Living Family Festival to promote practical skills for embracing a more economically and environmentally friendly lifestyle. The Sustainable Living Festival grew out of the Detroit Waldorf Community’s continuing effort to grow community resources that improve our quality of life and that are environmentally sustainable. According to festival organizer Melanie Reiser,“the workshops offered are a great time for families, couples, individuals or even clubs and groups to connect with great skills and good people.” Attendees can learn a variety of skills including cooking, making homemade toys, and even bee keeping. The Detroit Zoological Society, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit Community Acupuncture, and the Sierra Club are just of a few of the great presenters ready to share their knowledge at the Festival. Due to the increasing popularity and low cost of just $10 per family, Reiser recommends calling the Detroit Waldorf School at 313-822-0300 to pre-register. Detroit Waldorf School is an independent, non-sectarian school located in historic Indian Village. More information about the Sustainable Living Festival and the Detroit Waldorf School is available at Detroit Waldorf School is located at 2555 Burns in Historic Indian Village.

Money Saving Technology Tips for Businesses


hile setting New Year’s resolutions is an annual tradition for lots of people, one Dearborn-based Technology company is encouraging small businesses to do the same. According to Ryan O’Hara, technology specialist and founder of Sphinx Technology Solutions, explains that businesses can save significantly in terms of time, money and piece-of-mind by following three basic steps. The first step involves properly backing up computer data. This easy and relatively inexpensive task is often forgotten or put off until too late, which can result in the need for pricey data recovery services. There are many different backup solutions, and each has advantages and disadvantages. For example, a simple external hard drive backup


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is inexpensive and easy to install. However, if there’s a fire in your building, the drive will burn up right next to the computer it was backing up. Another solution growing in popularity is called “cloud storage.” Services like Mozy or Dropbox allow you to backup your files to their servers via the Internet. Sphinx Technology Solutions also recommends that small businesses move away from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail, which are more likely to be hit with spam, viruses and hackers. Creating a professional email address, “you@ yourcompany,” has the added benefit of building your company’s brand and indicating a serious level of professionalism. Depending on your business needs, there are several different options for email hosting. One solution STS recommends for small business clients is Google Apps, which will host your business email free for up to 50 users. The only cost is the initial configuration and backend setup. Small business owners looking to maximize efficiency should also consider ways to create a mobile office that will allow access to most, if not all, important information. STS recommends tools such as Evernote and Dropbox. These programs enable you to synchronize (sync) notes,

newsbriefs memos and web pages, clips or files across all your computers and mobile devices. Sphinx Technology Services works with companies to help determine the best solutions for their business needs. They offer a diverse of services for both Mac and PC users. O’Hara says, “it’s our job to help clients, especially small businesses, leverage technology to become more efficient and work smarter in today’s marketplace.” Based in Dearborn, Sphinx serves clients throughout metro Detroit. For information, call 313-920-4622 or visit the company’s website at which includes easy access to additional resources and technology news on the company’s blog, Twitter and Facebook page.

Small Changes, Big Benefits


any people make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, however by the the end of January have already dumped their diet. According to Dr. Heidi LaBo, a chiropractor who practices in Dearborn, “the focus in this country has to shift away from fad and crash diets to general health and wellness.” She emphasizes the importance of developing healthy lifestyle habits which “allow excess weight to come off naturally.” Dr. LaBo, the Michigan Association of Chiropractors, and the American Chiropractic Association recommend several relatively simple lifestyle changes to optimize overall wellness and promote natural and permanent weight loss. These changes include increasing physical activity, eating more raw and organic foods, drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily, and consuming 25-30 grams of fiber each day. They also recommend consuming dark green vegetables, oils, nuts, and seeds to increase intake of magnesium, fatty acids, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Dietary supplements can play a role in achieving maximum health, however it is important not to “self-prescribe,” so be sure to consult a chiropractor or health professional before beginning any regimen. Although these changes may seem small Dr. LaBo explains that “even a few simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can have a positive impact on your health and can prevent a variety of health problems in the future, including diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.” For more information on chiropractic treatment and its relationship to general health and wellness, contact Dr. LaBo at 313-565-4500

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Why Tap Water is a Better Choice Did you know that Americans now drink more bottled water than milk or juice? We buy 30 billion bottles a year, 80 percent of which ends up in landfills for hundreds of years. That’s why Earth-friendly folks use refillable bottles these days. In addition to being eco-savvy, consumers have plenty of reasons to avoid bottled water. According to a four-year study by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), we cannot assume that the bottled water we purchase is necessarily any better regulated, purer or safer than most tap water. Here are some revealing facts: n n n n n n

People typically spend from 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than for tap water. According to government and industry estimates, at least 25 percent of bottled water (some say 40 percent) is tap water, sometimes with additional treatment, sometimes not. Independent laboratory analysis in the NRDC study showed that about one-third of the bottled waters tested contained significant contamination in at least one test. That means the levels of chemical or bacterial contaminants exceeded those allowed under a state or industry standard or guideline. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate water bottled and sold in-state, effectively exempting 60 to 70 percent of U.S. bottled water from FDA standards. Even when its rules apply, they are weaker in many ways than Environmental Protection Agency rules governing big-city tap water. The majority of the country’s tap water passes the EPA standards. Tap water test results and notices of violations must be reported to state or federal officials. There is no mandatory reporting for water bottlers; manufacturers have recalled bottled water 100 times, without letting consumers know about it two out of three times. City water systems must issue annual “right-to-know” reports, telling consumers what is in their water; bottlers successfully killed such a requirement for bottled water.

Every American has a right to safe, good-tasting water from the tap. If we choose to buy bottled water, we deserve the same assurances that it too, is safe. Whether our water comes from a tap or a bottle, we have a right to know what’s in it. If bottled water is so pure, why not prove it, with full disclosure on the label? Primary Source: National Resources Defense Council (


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Healthy Water At Home: How Pure Are Your Pipes?


ead is a toxic metal that can be found in soil, air, dust, food, and water. Most lead exposure occurs by swallowing or breathing in lead paint chips and dust, however the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that lead in drinking water contributes to twenty percent of lead exposure in young children. Lead almost never occurs naturally in our water supply. Lead found in the pipes, connections, or even solder used to to repair the pipes dissolves into the water through a process called leaching. Any time that water is left standing in pipes over a long period of time leaching can occur, although it is more likely to happen with water that is soft, corrosive or acidic (low pH.) If pipes used to carry drinking water from the source to homes were constructed or repaired using lead materials they can contribute to lead in the water supply. The pipes and fixtures in your own home may also be causing lead contamination. The EPA states that while “homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder, new homes are also at risk. Even legally ‘lead-free’ plumbing may contain as much as 8 percent lead.” Lead is toxic to everyone, but with their developing nervous systems and smaller size, children under the age of six suffer the most serious consequences from lead exposure. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should take extra care to minimize their own lead exposures because the toxin can be passed to their babies and cause serious health effects. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that exposure to lead in drinking water can contribute to delays in physical and mental development, along with slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure. To reduce your exposure to lead in drinking water the EPA suggests running the tap until the water feels cold to the touch before using it for drinking or cooking. This is especially important in the morning and any time water has been sitting in the pipes. Eating a diet low in fat and high in calcium and iron, 
including dairy products and green vegetables helps combat the effects of contaminated drinking water by blocking the storage of lead in the body. Another step consumers can take to minimize lead exposure is to filter their own water using final barrier technology. This refers to any filtration system installed at the point of use rather than at a central distribution point. According to Peter J. Censky, executive director of the Water Quality Association, only about 1% of centrally treated

water is consumed by people. Treating the other 99 percent to the standards used by high quality, in-home water filtration devices would be very expensive. Censky recommends “in-home technology be utilized by consumers as a final barrier to contamination.” To ensure quality and effectiveness the EPA recommends using a product approved by the National Sanitation Foundation. One such filtering system is the Shaklee brand Get Clean Water. This revolutionary new water filtration pitcher system is certified by the Water Quality Association to reduce up to 99 percent of lead, as well as more than 50 other contaminants. Get Clean Water is approved by both the NSF and the WQA as an effective, cost-efficient way to improve the purity of your drinking water. Harriet Cole, an independent distributor of Shaklee products with over twenty years experience in helping families select healthy products for home, nutritional and personal care says Shaklee’s newest filtering system, Get Clean Water, is a great choice for people looking to maximize the safety of their family’s drinking water. She explains “our bodies are about 75% water and staying hydrated is one of the best things to do for our health, it only makes sense to ensure the water you drink and cook with everyday is free from harmful contaminants such as lead.” For more information about lead in drinking water and how to minimize your exposure to this toxic metal, visit EPA. Gov/lead or call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. For more information about Get Clean Water and other quality Shaklee products visit or call Harriet Cole at 313-928-4592.

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Acupuncture Helps Heart Patients


esearch news from Germany reports that acupuncture can improve exercise tolerance in patients suffering from chronic heart failure. The researchers gave such patients—who were on conventional medication and stable—10 sessions of acupuncture, focusing on the healing method’s pressure points that boost general strength, and according to traditional Chinese medicine, influence the nervous system and inflammation. The control group was treated with placebo needles that did not break the skin. The needles did not increase the heart’s pumping function, but they seemed to have an influence on skeletal muscle strength, and increased the distance that the heart patients were able to walk in a given time. The acupuncture patients also recovered more quickly from the exercise and tended to feel less general exhaustion. This finding could provide a useful option in the future if relatively low-cost acupuncture treatment can work to improve the prognosis for cardiac patients over the long term.

Grapefruit’s BitterSweet Secret


rapefruit’s piquant combination of sweet and slightly bitter tastes comes with a newly discovered benefit. Researchers have discovered that naringenin, an antioxidant derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruit and other citrus, may be of help to people with diabetes. Naringenin, the researchers explain, causes the liver to break down fats instead of storing them, while increasing insulin sensitivity, two processes that naturally occur during long periods of fasting. The natural compound, the scientists suggest, seems to mimic some lipidlowering and anti-diabetics drugs; it holds promise for aiding weight control, as well as regulation of blood-sugar levels, both vital components in treatment of Type 2 diabetes. “It is a process that is similar to the Atkins diet, without many of the side effects,” notes Martin L. Yarmush, Ph.D., a physician who is the director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine and a study author. Earlier evidence has shown that naringenin also has cholesterol-lowering properties and may ameliorate some of the symptoms associated with diabetes.

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Most people try to hide their blushes when they’re embarrassed, but new research published in the journal suggests that facial expressions can serve an important role in smoothing social interactions. Researchers from the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, had participants read vignettes about typical social transgressions and mishaps, and then rate how favorably they felt about the faces of the ostensible social culprits. Blushing people were judged more favorably than non-blushers, regardless of the other emotional cues on their face. The researchers argue that blushing signals a sincere acknowledgement of wrongdoing and communicates to others that we won’t make the same mistake again. They concluded that blushing might prevent people from being socially excluded after committing some kind of transgression. It could actually help us, yes, save face. Source:

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Dream on… and Learn Better


odern science has established that sleep can be an important tool for enhancing memory and learning skills. A new study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center sheds light on the role that dreams play in this process. “After nearly 100 years of debate about the function of dreams, this study tells us that dreams are the brain’s way of processing, integrating and really understanding new information,” says senior author Robert Stickgold, Ph.D. “Dreams are a clear indication that the sleeping brain is working on memories at multiple levels, including ways that will directly improve performance.” Indeed, according to the researchers, these new findings suggest that dreams may be the sleeping brain’s way of telling us that it is hard at work on the process of memory consolidation— integrating our recent experiences to help us with performance-related tasks in the short run, as well as over the long term. In other words, dreams help us translate this material into information that has broad application in our lives.

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Portland, Oregon, wins kudos for its realistic growth plan to accommodate an anticipated 600,000 population by 2030, strengthening employment and concentrating commerce, while preserving its neighborhoods and connections with nature. In Maine, 20 towns collaborated in a commercial and tourist byway, while preserving the region’s rural character. San Francisco earned praise for transforming a previously neglected alleyway into the vibrant South of Market retail area, as did Baltimore for its green rehab of an historic building into a mixed-use space that revitalized the surrounding neighborhood.

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The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that 63.4 million Americans volunteered to help their communities in 2009, 1.6 million more than the year before, and the largest single-year spike since 2003. They contributed 8.1 billion hours of service, with an estimated value of nearly $169 billion. Part-time employees proved the most generous, with a 34 percent volunteer rate, according to the Portland Tribune’s analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly 29 percent of those with full-time jobs contributed. About 23 percent of unemployed individuals volunteered. Utah was the top volunteer state, with a rate of more than 44 percent, followed by Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Alaska, all exceeding 37 percent. Large cities were led by Minneapolis-St. Paul; Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City; Seattle; and Oklahoma City, all with at least a third of their residents taking up a cause. Mid-size cities, particularly those in the Midwest, have on average higher volunteer rates than large cities, with volunteers also contributing more hours. Mid-size city stars, with a volunteer rate of between 63 and 40 percent include Provo, Utah; Iowa City; Ogden, Utah; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Madison, Wisconsin.

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Where We Come From Counts Making a life is about more than making a living, and a University of Michigan study has found that some cities lead with their heart, while others lead with their head. “The place where we grew up or currently reside… defines who we are, how we think about ourselves and others, and the way we live,” suggest researchers Nansook Park and Christopher Peterson. Hence the common query: “Where are you from?” With more than half of the world’s total population living in cities, the researchers maintain that it’s time to assess what is right about urban life. So, they surveyed character strengths among more than 47,000 residents of the 50 largest U.S. cities. They report that heart-strong cities tended to be warmer, less crowded and more community/teamwork oriented, with more families with children, and perhaps kinder and gentler overall. The five highest scoring heart-oriented cities were: El Paso, Texas; Mesa, Arizona; Miami; Virginia Beach; and Fresno, California.

Head-strong cities tended to be more intellectual, innovative and creative, with a greater number of patents per capita. They are often labeled as hot spots for talent and hightech industries. The five top-scoring cities in this category were: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Oakland, California; Albuquerque; and Honolulu. Some cities scored above average on both counts, including El Paso, Honolulu and Detroit. Is it better to lead with your head or your heart? Each has its own advantages, the researchers conclude. Life may well be good in other towns, too, simply in different ways.

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chieving balance on all levels of being is the true measure of vibrant health,” says Thomas Yarema, a multidiscipline physician and director of the Kauai Center for Holistic Medicine and Research, in Hawaii. Integrative physicians and practitioners understand that in many ancient Eastern therapies, including Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, well-being is all about balance. In these disciplines, harmony—and by extension, health and happiness—is created by a constant rebalancing of energies, sometimes complementing a natural state and sometimes countering it. Thus, depending on our physical and emotional makeup (easy-going personality? hot-tempered?) and current situation (need a job? getting married?), balance may require a calming down or a boosting up, turning inward or turning outward. Consulting the latest research and advice from scores of experts, Natural Awakenings has created a guidebook of recipes for balancing mind and body.


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Whether the immediate need is to relax, refresh, release or recharge, we’ve got a simple to-do to get you back in balance. Try these new approaches today.


“Change is good,” the saying goes, but even good change, like falling in love or going on vacation—causes stress. Stress is widely reported in medical journals like The Lancet and The Journal of the American Medical Association as linked to health problems from heart disease and diabetes to hair loss and depression. Because stress affects the immune system, frequent colds or bouts with the flu may signal a need to slow down. Fuzzy thinking, forgetfulness and feelings of frustration can also indicate that it’s time to relax. Get Herbal Drinking a cup of herbal tea is a simple, gentle and enjoyable way to “take five.” Herbal educator Dodie Harte, of the Sierra Institute of Herbal Studies, recommends a blend of three common calming herbs: chamomile, linden flower and

passionflower, with a dash of relaxingly aromatic lavender flower. Add a cup of boiling water to a mix of one teaspoon of each herb and a small sprig of lavender, then let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Apply Pressure Like acupuncture, acupressure is a technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine that works to rebalance the flow of chi, or energy, in the body by stimulating key points along its energy meridians, or pathways. While acupuncture uses needles that puncture the skin and requires a visit to a professional, acupressure stimulates via points on the skin’s surface and can be part of a self-care practice. “When acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood and enhance the body’s life force energy to aid healing,” explains Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., founder of the Acupressure Institute, in Berkeley, California, and author of Acupressure’s Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments.

To relax the neck and relieve tension headaches, use the point at the base of the skull, just where the head attaches to the neck. Feel for the hollow between the two thick, vertical muscle masses— finding and pressing it will probably elicit a sigh. Put one or both thumbs in that hollow and apply gentle pressure for one to two minutes.

Refresh Perhaps the problem isn’t stress, but a feeling of weariness or listlessness. According to Atlanta psychiatrist Tracey Marks, a medical doctor and author of the new book, Master Your Sleep: Proven Methods Simplified, the continuous flow of electronic information in our smartphone lifestyles may be overstimulating our brains. The first step to refreshing and replenishing is to log off. In short, she says, “Off-hours create better on-hours.” Go Solo Psychologist Ester Schaler Buchholz, Ph.D., author of The Call of Solitude, believes that “alonetime” is a basic need. She supports this belief with a series of infant studies, analysis of historical and anthropological data, and research examining how meditation and rest bolster the immune system. “When we don’t get enough solitude,” she observes. “We get out of touch with ourselves; we get forgetful; we get sloppy.” We may also get angry, anxious and depressed. Take a daily, refreshing, mini-retreat by stepping away from the rest of the world for 15 minutes. Find a room with a door and turn off all electronics… then read a book, write a letter, meditate, or just close your eyes and listen to the silence. Sleep “Sleep ends up being one of those things we see as expendable,” says Marks. Yet, a growing body of studies from Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine and other research institutions shows that it is crucial to your mental and physical health, as well as many of the body’s major restorative functions, including tissue repair, muscle growth and protein synthesis. New findings by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center even show that the brain uses sleep to

consolidate memories and make them more accessible when we’re awake. “We should really think of ourselves as operating on a 16-hour battery,” Marks advises, because we must recharge ourselves in order to perform well. Signs of sleep deprivation include irritable moods and an inability to concentrate. Marks’ Countdown to Bedtime routine starts an hour beforehand. Put away the work and turn off the computer. Stop drinking fluids. Take a warm bath or footbath and don pajamas. Read, meditate or listen to music to wind down. Adjust the bedroom temperature to between 68 and 74 degrees and turn off all lights and electronics, covering their LED displays. If it takes more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing until you feel drowsy. “If your mind is busy, write out your thoughts on a problem-solving worksheet,” she suggests. Get Outside Time and again, it has been proven that nature heals. One researcher, from the University of Southern California, has found that even just gazing at a natural landscape, sunset or grove of trees from a window can activate endorphins in the brain that make us feel good. Getting outside is even better. Integrative Psychiatrist Henry Emmons, a physician and author of The Chemistry of Joy, explains that sunlight provides us with vitamin D, which he notes, “… plays a role in many physiological processes, including moods.” Emmons’ prescription: at least 30 minutes outside daily, without glasses, which can filter out healing components of sunlight. Neuroimmunologist and physician Esther Sternberg, author of Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being, points to an extensive body of research showing that the colors, patterns and scents of natural environments affect mental and physical well-being. She recommends spending time in gardens and growing your own plants, even if only a window box of herbs.

Release You can’t move forward if you’ve got something holding you back. Sometimes what you need is to let go of whatever’s weighing you down—even if you don’t quite know what it is. Here are feel-good ways to let go of physical and emotional stagnation. Make Noise Many Eastern and Western sacred traditions utilize the healing power of sound through chants, songs, hymns and mantras; but the science behind sound healing is solid. According to Sound Healer Tom Kenyon, the repetitive patterns of music and chant stimulate the reticular activating system in the brain, which can induce a mild, trancelike state. Making sounds and music is even more transformative than just listening. “The way music helps us release is that it helps us remember a little bit more of who we are,” advises soprano and Sound Shaman Norma Gentile, from Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her favorite tip: Sing! Gentile exhorts, “Sing with the radio, with a choir or by yourself.” When you sing, she explains, you breathe deeply and your body vibrates and releases energy. Just sing whatever moves you, from the medieval songs of Hildegard von Bingen (her favorite), to Country & Western ballads. She adds, “There’s no style of music that can’t be helpful and healing.” To release aches and pains, Kenyon applies a different exercise. First, find a quiet, private room where no one will hear you. Then, close your eyes and focus on a part of the body that feels uncomfortable: the lower back or neck, perhaps, or maybe a heavy heart or other

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emotional unease. Breathe in slowly. Exhale in an audible sigh, letting the sound come from the place of discomfort. Expressed sounds will be unique to each individual. Allow the sounds to build, reach a crescendo and then taper off naturally. “This is a simple, but powerful, technique for expressing tension with sound,” promises Kenyon. Brush it Out “The skin is the largest organ in the body, and the better it functions as a toxin releaser, the less work the liver and kidneys have to do,” explains Tom Sherman, a bodyworker who teaches at the Acupressure Institute. He suggests daily dry-brushing, a low-tech way to stimulate lymph nodes, open pores, release toxins and exfoliate the skin. Any natural fiber bristle brush with a long handle will do, though Sherman prefers the Yerba Buena palm bristle brush. He also likes the Vital Chi SkinBrushing system developed by Bruce Berkowsky (NaturalHealthScience. com). Dry-brushing is a popular spa treatment with European roots. For basic skin-brushing, remove clothing and gently, but vigorously, rub the dry brush over every part of the body, using circular motions. The basic rule of thumb is to brush toward the heart and in the direction of blood flow. So, starting with the feet, brush in circles up the calves, thighs and buttocks, before moving to the hands and up the arms to the shoulders. Brush down on the neck, but up on the back. Finally, move to the chest and abdomen, brushing counter-clockwise. The whole process should take about 10 minutes. Follow it up with hydrotherapy—a simple shower will do—to help wash away dead skin and impurities. A further detoxing option is to follow up with a hot bath containing two cups of Epsom salts and 20 drops of tea tree oil.


After you have de-stressed, refreshed and released, it may be time to ramp up your energy. These final steps are geared to recharge your emotional and physical batteries. Stay in Touch Physical touch in any form stimulates the body, and while massage is typically used to relax and release, it can also revitalize. A recent National Institutes of Health study showed that massage had a positive effect on cancer-related fatigue in patients who were undergoing treatments that drained them of energy. “During an invigorating massage, the therapist uses faster paced, gliding, strokes, rather than slow, sustained, pressure,” explains Kristen Sykora, a licensed massage therapist and spokesperson for the American Massage Therapy Association. In-between visits (locate a local practitioner at Finda, there’s plenty you can do on your own. “Physiologically, when you massage yourself—even when


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you rub lotion on your skin—you’re asking the blood vessels to open up and bring in blood, nutrients and oxygen into that area,” Sykora says. She suggests a simple tapping technique, called tapotement, for re-energizing any area of the body that feels fatigued, such as quadraceps or derrière. To work on quads, sit comfortably, so the muscles are relaxed, make a soft fist and tap gently all over the muscle for one to two minutes. Use either the pinky end of the fist or the underside, where the fingers are curled. Walk A simple way to get moving, walking raises heart rate and breathing capacity, increases circulation of blood and nutrients to all systems of the body and, as new research from the University of Pittsburgh shows, improves memory. It’s a relatively low-impact, safe, form of exercise that also gets you outdoors, which has its own balancing benefits. Beginners can try for 10 minutes a day at a slow, comfortable pace, while more experienced walkers may shoot for 30 minutes a day at a faster, more invigorating pace. Try Something New Sticking to the safe, familiar and tried-and-true may seem like an energy-conservation measure, but upsetting your routine and trying new things can re-cultivate a passion for life. And passion, says Marks, helps provide life with meaning and purpose. “It’s important to find pleasures outside of work, even if you do love your job,” she counsels. What will you do? Something you’ve always wanted to do, or used to do and have always wanted to get back to. Or, something you never thought you could do, or think you’re too old to do. Natural Awakenings’ monthly Calendar of Events is a perfect place to start. Take a cooking or art class (local community colleges are great, too) or join a dining or green drinks or birdwatching group ( facilitates local gatherings). Learn a new sport (tennis, paddleboarding, salsa dance) or a musical instrument (ukulele, an easy instrument to pick up, is making a comeback). Join a community gardening, handcrafting or reading circle, which are all part of the growing make-it-yourself movement. The list is endless...

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id you know that more than half of U.S. adults prefer chocolate to other flavors and spend $55 per person per year to indulge their hankering? That’s a lot of chocolate— some 3.3 billion pounds annually, or about 12 pounds per chocoholic. The International Cocoa Organization further estimates that by 2015, U.S. chocolate sales will top $19 billion. Eating dark chocolate makes people happy, researchers have learned, because it contains phenylethylamine, the same nurturing hormone triggered by the brain when we fall in love. According to the California Academy of Sciences, the theobromine in chocolate acts as a myocardial stimulant, dilator of coronary arteries and smooth muscle relaxant, all inducing good feelings. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine recently reported that subjects who consistently consumed dark chocolate showed a 40 percent lower risk of myocardial infarction and stroke than those who did not. A study published in the European Heart Journal that tracked almost 20,000 people for 10 years found that people who ate about 7 grams of dark chocolate per day had lower blood pressure and 39 percent less risk of experiencing a stroke or heart attack, compared to those who ate an average of 1.7 grams daily. Scientists from Switzerland’s University Hospital point out that cocoa powder and chocolate con-

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tain rich sources of polyphenol antioxidants, the same beneficial compounds found in red wine and many fruits and vegetables that help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Chocolate lovers will be glad to know that dark chocolate contains more antioxidants per 3.5 ounces than prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, plums, oranges, red grapes, red bell peppers, cherries, onions, corn or eggplant. Gabriel Constans, Ph.D., is a counselor, journalist and author of a dozen books, including Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights and Great American Smoothies. For more information, visit

A Bite of History Xocolatl was the Aztecs’ word for chocolate, which they called “bitter water” and considered a gift from the gods. Cultivated for 1,000 years, the cacao tree is prolific once it reaches maturity, producing cocoa pods every six months for about 20 years. The beans must be fermented before they begin to taste like the chocolate we know and love.

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MINDFUL KIDS Inner Awareness Brings Calm and Well-Being by Daniel Rechtschaffen


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hen I walk outside, students opening our awareness to what is here run to me from the school and now. Mindfulness, in the forms of playground, but they don’t medical and psychological modaliyell out my last name as they circle ties such as Mindfulness Based Stress around and grab onto my legs, as it can Reduction and Mindfulness Based be a bit much to remember and proCognitive Therapy, is gaining attention nounce correctly. Instead, I usually hear as research suggests that it can im“Hey, Mr. Mindfulness,” or even, “The prove mood, decrease stress and boost Mindfulness Dude!” immune function. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, My job is to help to bring the art Ph.D., and others have been studying and science of mindfulness to students the medical effects of mindfulness for Excerpt from a fourth-grader’s and teachers in schools, juvenile deten30 years with impressive results. Mindfulness Journal tion centers and sports teams, as well as Brought into schools, it can be a to clients in my private psychotherapy powerful antidote to many struggles practice. Happily, research is beginning to show that applyfacing our youth. In the California Bay Area, for example, ing mindfulness can decrease stress, attention deficit issues, the Mindful Schools program has used mindfulness to teach depression, anxiety and hostility in children, while benefitconcentration, attention, conflict resolution and empathy ing their health, well-being, social relations and academic to 10,000 children in 38 schools; 66 percent of these performance. Children can easily learn the techniques, and schools serve low-income children. Inside Oakland’s juvewhen learned young, they become lifelong tools. nile detention centers, the Mind Body Awareness Project offers daylong, silent retreats for teens; although they presMindful Benefits ently live behind bars, they are learning to access greater inner freedom. Mindfulness means intentionally and compassionately

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In sports, a season invested in training the Alameda High School’s boys’ basketball team in mindfulness techniques helped us reach the Northern California playoffs, an unprecedented achievement in the school’s athletic history. These youth are learning the attention skills they need to succeed in today’s fast-paced, multitasking world. With practice, students are also learning emotional balance and new ways to feel connected to their communities. The most vital result I see is a new baseline of peacefulness evident in these young people’s minds and bodies. Mindfulness offers a general sense of well-being that all other skills for learning and productivity can build on.

True Education The word education comes from the Latin roots ex, “from within,” and duco, “to guide.” Thus, education originally meant to draw out, to guide a student in unfolding the wisdom that is inherently within each person, at any age. This is a fundamentally different approach than the conventional educational paradigm that approaches students from the outside in and from the top down. In using what I call the “fire hose” method of learning, spewing information at students and penalizing them when they can’t retain what the powersthat-be deem important, we make the


mistake of assuming what each child should be, instead of seeing them as they already are. Think of how different each of our own lives would have been if parents, teachers and other mentors helped us learn to become the person we were inherently meant to be. This approach requires us all to discover and utilize our own mindfulness. When parents ask me, “What is the best mindfulness technique to teach my children?” my answer is always, “Your own mindfulness.” Our own mindfulness is already present within us; it’s not something we need to create. Notice all of your thoughts in this moment: your doubts and interests, as well as sensations. Simply become aware of phenomena, without judgment or preference. The natural capacity to open up in the present moment to everything that is happening within and around us is mindfulness, an open, intentional, non-judgmental awareness. When we embody mindfulness practices, we become a living example to the children in our lives. If you are interested in learning how to bring mindfulness practices to youth, begin by offering it to yourself. Join a mindfulness group, do some reading or even better, finish reading right now, let your eyes close, check in to your body and let go into this present moment.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, a pioneering trainer in his field, helps implement mindfulness-based curricula in schools and organizations. Collaborations include the Mind Body Awareness Project, Mindful Schools and Mindfulness Without Borders. He also convenes an annual Mindfulness in Education conference and teacher training at Omega Institute (search He has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as a marriage and family therapy intern. Visit and

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But in order to be willing to make meditation a daily priority, we need to find a way to enjoy it. Otherwise, chronic stress. Research from Herbert chances are we won’t stick with it. Benson’s Mind-Body Institute and other Meditation for the Love of It shares sevstudies shows that meditation can turn eral core strategies for reaping pleasure a natural stress response into a natufrom our practice. ral relaxation response. Instead of the The first consideration is physibody becoming flooded with chemicals cal comfort when sitting to meditate. that prepare us to fight or take flight or As long as the spine is straight and the freeze, meditation releases a flood of chest open, comfort trumps form. calming neurotransmitters and hormones Secondly, it helps to approach medithat soothe the system and stimulate tation as an experiment; one we conduct immune functions. Meditating helps to in the laboratory of our inner self. bring the body back into balance. The third basic principle is to find According to multiple studies cited a core practice that feels good to us and in Daniel Goleman’s The Meditative that we can relax into. Choose one that Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experi- focuses and draws attention and energy ence, people who regularly meditate ex- into the peaceful fullness of a deeply perience lower incidences of high blood meditative state. pressure and heart disease than those who do not. Richard Davidson’s recent Three Classic Approaches studies at the University of Wisconsin Tuning into the Breath – After assumdemonstrate that regular meditation ing an upright posture, sense the flow of decreases brain markers for depression, breath in and out through the nostrils— while increasing brain activity that marks cool on inhaling and warm on exhaling. states of peace and joy. The key is to tune into the sensation of how the breath feels, which also engenders a natural sense of well-being.


Meditation in the Heart – Let the breath flow into the center of the chest, as if it were flowing through the chest wall. As it touches the center of the chest, imagine a soft glow in the heart, like an inner sun. With each inhalation, feel the sun glow. With each exhalation, spread it throughout the inner body. (Note: To find the heart center, place the right palm over the center of the chest and focus attention on the very center of the body, behind the breastbone). Constancy is Key Mindfulness – Beginning with the The key to such healthful effects is regu- crown of the head, move attention larity. Conducted occasionally, meditat- through the body, focusing next on the forehead, followed by the cheeks, ing can give us a temporary emotional lift, but the real benefit comes when we ears, mouth, neck, shoulders, front and back of the chest, stomach, lower back, do it every day. Then we learn to tune into the inner state that is the source of hips, pelvic area, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. Continue on. As straying meditation’s power to heal the body, thoughts arise, notice them, note them calm the emotions and stabilize the mind. Meditators often describe feeling as “thinking,” and return to the practice. To realize a daily practice, begin states of increased focus and clarity, a by sitting for five minutes at the besense of connection and empathy with others and above all, the sense of core ginning or end of the day. Each day, increase the time spent sitting by one inner strength that accompanies them minute, until reaching 20 minutes. through life, even in crises.

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or 20 years, I’ve meditated before stressful meetings, when I’m slammed by deadlines and during all kinds of domestic crises,” reports one successful lawyer. “In the middle of a tough day or any time I feel like I’m about to lose it, I’ve learned that if I close my eyes for two minutes and find that inner place of calm, it will give me the strength to deal with just about anything.” A string of clinical studies since the 1970s supports meditators’ claims that the activity works to counteract the negative effects of both acute and


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Spiritual Approach to Weight Control by Marianne Williamson


he essential, yet often overlooked connection between spirituality and weight loss is the topic of the newest book by internationally acclaimed lecturer, author, and spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson. A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever will take readers on a deep, sacred journey resulting in an integration of body, mind and spirit that naturally results in a healthier physical body. “If your ‘weighty thinking’ does not change, then even if you lose weight, you’ll retain an overwhelming subconscious urge to gain it back. It’s less important how you lose weight, and more important how holistically you


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lose weight; you want your mind, your emotions, and your body to all ‘lose weight.’ Weight that disappears from your body but not from your soul is simply recycling outward for a while, but it almost certain to return. It’s self-defeating, therefore, to struggle to drop excess weight unless you are also willing to drop the thoughtforms that initially produced and hold it in place.” Williamson focuses on the importance of building a healthy relationship with food, rather than attempting to ignore foods, experiment with fad diets, or simply

restrict caloric intake. She explains that by learning to love food, you will be able to release your obsession with it. According to Williamson, it is the obsession that is the actual problem, not the food. “Obsession, whether toward a substance or a person, occurs when you’re open to give and yet don’t know how to receive. You keep grasping for more because you’re not feeling what’s coming in. As you build a relationship with food that does give back, you’ll begin to experience a relationship in which love has replaced obsession.” Williamson describes the eating patterns of an overeater as chaotic, fearful and out of control. These patterns, however, are not the root of the problem; they are a symptom of the problem. She explains that the deeper problem is a feeling of emotional emptiness stemming from a spiritual void. The overeater is attempting to fill this void with food, so even when weight comes off the body the emotional and spiritual emptiness will persist and

ultimately result in putting the weight back on. This book presents a plan for easing the emotional distress that prompts overeating and filling your inner emptiness with love and acceptance of your divine perfection rather than food. Williamson invites readers to look at food as more than a problem, but a teacher as well. She explains how it is possible to view food as a mirror into the deeper problem as well as an opportunity to examine the factors underlying the compulsive eating behaviors. She explains that the real problem, both for overeaters and others dealing with addictive behavior problems, is “a separation from the divine Source and thus a separation from who you really are.” The lessons in this groundbreaking new book lay out a holistic paradigm for weight loss addressing the spiritual, emotional, and psychological elements involved in what Williamson refers to as “conscious weight loss.” By cultivating a healthy relationship with food individuals invite love back into their lives and embrace their true selves. Williamson characterizes this healthy relationship with food as an attitude of both “divine detachment,” and “healthy neutrality,” meaning that when you’re hungry you can enjoy food, but you can happily leave

food alone when you’re not hungry. Williamson writes encouragingly, “when it comes to your enjoyment of eating, your best days are not behind you but ahead of you!”

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PURRING FOR PROTEIN Why Canned Food is Best for Cat Health by Dr. Lisa Pierson

Just as with humans, diet comprises the bricks and mortar of health for our pets. Unfortunately, as we have strayed from a healthy diet, so have the feline friends that are dependent upon us for their food.


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ften ignored principles of proper feline nutrition explain why cats have a better chance at optimal health if they are fed canned food instead of dry nuggets or kibble. Putting a little thought into what we feed our cats can pay big dividends over their lifetime and likely help them avoid experiencing serious, painful and costly illnesses. To begin, it is vital to understand that cats are obligate (strict) carnivores, and are very different from dogs in their nutritional requirements. Cats are designed to have their nutritional needs met by the consumption of a large amount of animal proteins (meat/ organs), instead of those found in plants (grains/vegetables). Plant proteins are less complete than meat proteins. A wild cat’s diet typically consists of rodents, birds, rabbits, lizards and insects. Such natural feline prey are high in animal protein, high in water content (about 70 percent) and low in

carbohydrates (less than 5 percent). Most canned foods are of similar proportions. Now, consider three key negative issues associated with dry cat food: 1) as a protein source, it’s too high in plant (grain or vegetable) protein and too low in animal protein; 2) the water content is far too low, at just 5 to 10 percent; and 3) its carbohydrate load is too high, as much as 50 percent. This is not what is needed to support a healthy animal.

Protein Puzzle Humans and dogs can take the amino acids provided in plant proteins and, from those, produce any missing amino acids normally provided by animal proteins. Cats cannot do this, and so cannot live on a vegetarian diet. That is why the protein in dry cat food, which is often heavily grain-based, is not equal in quality to the protein in canned cat food, which is meat-based. The protein in dry food, therefore, earns a lower score in terms of biological value. Many pet food companies use grain proteins, such as corn, wheat, soy and rice, which are cheaper ingredients than meat proteins, because this practice contributes to a higher profit margin.

is a far more healthy choice. Veterinarians and enlightened consumers understand that a core principle of nutrition is: pay more for good food now or pay the doctor later. This principle applies to our pets, as well as to us. Finally, no discussion of dry versus canned food would be complete without addressing the myth that dry food is good for a cat’s teeth. In fact, this old tale has no basis in reality. Lisa Pierson is a doctor of veterinary medicine based in Lomita, CA. For more information on how to make the switch to a healthier diet, see the “Transitioning Dry Food Addicts to Canned Food” at

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Carb Load The high carbohydrate load of dry cat food wreaks havoc on the blood sugar balance of many cats because they lack the necessary enzyme systems to efficiently process carbohydrates. This comes as no surprise, given a cat’s strict carnivore status. While some cats are able to handle elevations in blood sugar levels, many are not, and this can contribute to the development of diabetes. In the 20th century, dry kitten and cat food attracted a huge following due to its convenience and affordability, but informed and caring owners now realize that wet cat food

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GREEN DRINKS Cheers to Making Eco-Conscious Connections by Judith Fertig


hether attendees at a typical Green Drinks gathering choose to sip a fine wine or organic lemonade, the emphasis is on socializing and networking for a “greener” world, one community at a time. Founded by friends Edwin Datschefski and Paul Scott at a London pub in 1989, Green Drinks currently includes more than 700 chapters worldwide. The first and largest North American group, Green Drinks New York City, was launched by Margaret Lydecker in 2002 and currently counts 14,000 members.


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After moving to the Big Apple, “I was having a hard time finding a community of like-minded people,” confesses Lydecker, a sustainability advisor who helps companies find greener options in the way they source products and services. She adds, “When you have an active dialogue with other environmentally conscious people in business or government, you begin to find answers and solutions.” Typically, groups around the country partner with a community sports bar, restaurant, or other food and drink establishment to host a

Green Drinks event in a private room. The word goes out via email, Facebook, phone calls or postcards, and people come to meet other environmentally conscious people. Although these soirées sometimes include short talks by sustainability experts, they’re essentially casual. Yet in this setting, attendees can make connections that benefit the environment, businesses, the community—and themselves. John O’Neill reports that at one recent Green Drinks social hour in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the owner of a local environmental service business struck up a conversation with a restaurant owner. “The business agreed to take the leftover grease from the restaurant and use it on their farm,” reports O’Neill. “That’s exactly the kind of thing we want to see happen.” Jim Horlacher, the founder of Kansas City’s Green Drinks, admits, “I primarily do Green Drinks because I like it.” Although the relationship-building is definitely there, he adds, “It’s hard for me to quantify.” Horlacher is a financial planner for First Affirmative Financial Network, a group that helps individual investors put their money where their socially and environmentally responsible values are. “People get to know me at Green Drinks events as someone who walks the walk and talks the talk,” he says. Although Green Drinks’ environmental mission is deliberately simple—attend, engage, connect— some groups take it further. The Seattle Green Drinks chapter also offers a host of more narrowly targeted member groups, including those who want to hear speakers on innova-

tion in sustainability, support Native Americans or conserve wildlife. offers an It’s Your Business listing on its Web pages for green businesses and products, building public awareness for greener options, including tips for cleanup and recycling during and after public events. Likewise, Green Drinks of Victoria, British Columbia, has a work and career forum that continues to encourage the forging of the links that people make at face-to-face gatherings. Says Seattle Drinks founder Gabriel Scheer, “I’m immensely proud of how the organization has taken a central role in growing our local environmental community.” A founding partner in Re-Vision Labs, which helps business and organizations incorporate social media and community organizing into their business models, Scheer concludes, “Green Drinks events are helping each community see itself.” For more information visit Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; see AlfrescoFood

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GREEN DRINKS What happens at a Green Drinks gathering? Attendees like these attest to the power of networking in support of a common goal—and to some surprising outcomes.

“One guy found his girlfriend, his job and his roommate at Green Drinks. I love that.” Margaret Lydecker, founder, New York City chapter

“I think the strangest thing about Green Drinks is that the goals are vague and the benefits hard to quantify— but they are undoubtedly there.” Edwin Datschefski, international coordinator, Green Drinks, London, England

“I came away with seven business cards, five new Facebook friends and information about green building, green certifications and some really cool new green products.” Maria Booker, blogger, Green Drinks event, Tampa

“All sorts of things happen. People find jobs. We’ve had one wedding. A lot of our advertisers and sponsors report increased business dealings.” Gabriel Scheer, founder, Seattle Greendrinks

“I run an environmentally friendly printing company and found more clients through networking at one Green Drinks event than I did in the previous nine years. My business grew so much so that I was able to relocate my operations to a larger facility to accommodate all the work. It is truly extraordinary!” Greg Barber, Green Drinks attendee, New York City

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What should you know before getting into a relationship?

A Conversation with Harville Hendrix, Marriage Whisperer

On the Secrets of a Healthy Relationship by April Thompson

You need to know what pushes your buttons, whether it’s someone not looking at you while talking or someone being late. You should also know what happened in your childhood that made you sensitive to that. Why? Because the person you will be attracted to is going to push that button. It’s an opportunity to repair the shut-down part of yourself as you stretch to meet your partner’s needs and become whole in doing so. The divorce rate has been 50 percent for the past 60 years, because people think conflict means you’re with the wrong person. But conflict is growth trying to happen. Every person who falls in love goes through this drama: You meet someone who activates the negative aspects of your parents or caretakers, and your unconscious wants this person, who acts as a parental surrogate, to fulfill the unmet needs of childhood. When such conflict occurs, you know you are in a relationship with the right person. Many people may go to therapy or read self-help books, but if the issue you need to address is triggered only by certain types of people, you can’t work on it until it’s triggered. If you do go to therapy, go together. Therapy can actually be bad for your marriage unless you are in the same room at the same time with the same person helping you work through these issues.

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arville Hendrix, Ph.D., knows the sorrow of a broken relationship. In 1975, after a 16-year struggle to make a failing marriage work, Hendrix and his wife decided to split up. On the day the divorce was final, he was scheduled to teach a class on marriage at a university graduate school. As Hendrix responded to audience questions, he realized that everyone wants to know the secrets of successful marriages—including him. That “Aha!” moment spurred


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years of research with couples and led to his seminal book, Getting the Love You Want, and the creation of Imago Relationship Therapy with his second wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. Their partnership of 28 years has produced nine books on intimate relationships and parenting, most recently Receiving Love, and six grown children. Imago Therapy seeks to unearth the hidden agendas that we all bring to our relationships and address them with openness, compassion and fearlessness.

Romantic love and real love are two forms of the same thing. The feeling of romantic love is one of joy, pleasure, relaxation, excitement and euphoria. Couples eventually will lose that feeling and encounter conflict; if they can work through that, they can get to a point of real love. Real love feels like romantic love, but romantic love is fragile and driven by expectations, whereas real love is durable and lasts through frustrations.

What can we do to keep and develop intimate connection? We teach couples how to have a different kind of conversation. It is called an Imago Dialogue, in which partners listen deeply to each other with curiosity, empathy and respect: what the other person thinks, how they feel and particularly, what they want in the relationship—and it is all done without criticism.

In a dialogue, I will tell you what frustrates me. Time is often a big factor—whether it’s being late or early, time together or alone or time management. We have a primordial need for reliability; what scares children most is parents not being reliable. So I might say, “I need you to show up on time. In childhood, I couldn’t count on people.” You might respond, “Not having parents who kept promises, I imagine you feel frightened when I don’t show up.” Then you come to the behavior needed to respond: For example, “If I’ll be late, I’ll give you a call, so you know when I’ll be there.” It’s all about communication.

If we fail to fix a past relationship, what does it take to make the next one work well? It takes changing the notion that between our marriages, we can get fixed. You are going to take any unresolved problems into the next relationship. The best and only thing you can do is be aware of this and resolve to respond to it differently the next time. Ultimately, the best thing anyone can do for a relationship is to agree to end all negativity. If criticism is the basis of conflict, then appreciation, adoration and empathy are the basis for safety and passion in a relationship. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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counseled one couple—let’s call them Peter and Mary—who were on the brink of divorce. They run a coffee shop and bakery together; Peter is the primary businessperson and Mary is secondary. Mary works from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., then goes home and makes dinner, which is supposed to be at 6 p.m. Mary feels unappreciated by her husband for two reasons: “Peter never thanks me for fixing dinner, and he’s seldom ever home for dinner on time. I can’t seem to get him to understand that I need appreciation.” Peter responds by saying, “I don’t think you should be thanked for doing what you’re supposed to do—I don’t expect you to thank me for doing my job. Second, there are often customers in the store when it’s time to close.” It sounds like an easy thing to fix: He just needs to close up the store on time and say thank you. For them, it’s been a 20-year conflict that relates to something deeper. As we worked together, Mary remembered two things about her childhood: being told no man would ever love her and meet her needs, and that her mother never kept her promises. Peter noted that he grew up in a family where nobody said thank you and where boundaries weren’t set. Both individuals had been dealing with wounds and defenses for so long that these mechanisms had become a lifestyle, and as a result they were close to divorce. As we continued the conversation, Peter said, “Well, I know about your mother, but I didn’t know I was treating you the same way she did. I really do appreciate your meals and I can see that it frustrates you when I don’t come home, because you feel valueless and dinner gets cold. Now I see I was delaying going home because I was dreading having the inevitable fight with you.” The partners got clear on why they did what they did, and then made some simple adjustments. He was to come home at 6:30 p.m., and communicated, “I say I don’t need appreciation for the store, but I would like to be thanked for being responsible for the majority of our income.” She agreed. In their newfound mutual appreciation, the relationship took off like a new love affair. When we stretch out of our comfort zones into our partner’s world, something magical happens. When we sustain that, we are in the real love phase of the relationship.

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n her early 30s, Sierra Bender was a personal trainer who looked and felt physically fit. Then, one day, her body took a turn that she didn’t see coming. Bender initially mistook the sensation she experienced for a pulled muscle.   “I exercised every day and worked as a professional trainer,” she recalls, “but I was so out of my body that I didn’t even know that my uterus had ruptured [from an ectopic pregnancy outside the womb]. That’s how disconnected I was… fit on the outside, but an emotional wreck on the inside.”   Today, Bender works to prevent other women from focusing solely on physical fitness and body image at the expense of their emotional, mental and even physical health. Her mission is to redefine health for women so that they understand wellness as a whole-self


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process and become empowered to lead truly integrated lives.   “Empowerment involves pulling forth what’s already within you,” Bender says. “We’ve mastered the beauty part of looking fit and good, but it doesn’t last, because it’s not coming from the core inside. So, that’s where women are searching.”

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After years of studying yoga, bodywork, energy healing, nutrition and shamanism, Sierra developed the Bender Empowerment Method 4 Body Fit concept that she teaches at her weeklong Boot Camp for Goddesses retreats around the country. The four bodies identified are the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of a person, all of which receive training and

treatment in Bender’s workshops. Boot camp participants hike, practice yoga, learn anatomy and train with weights. They also dance, sing, cry, journal, share secrets, pray and purify themselves via Native American-style sweat lodges. The aim is to heal anything that’s preventing a woman from living her full potential, says Bender, and her methods show people where they most need to work.   “One day, you’ll be great at the mental exercises, but not the physical, so that shows where your weakness is,” Bender explains. “Some [students] are great at doing the exercises or workouts, but they can’t sit still or be quiet on a 45-minute hike; so each one is being challenged.”   The first technique that Bender teaches is conscious breathing to oxygenate the body and calm the nervous system. That means breathing deeply through the nostrils, filling the lungs and always checking in with the breath during any activity. Improper breathing and stress go hand-in-hand, she says, and because the stress hormone cortisol can cause fat retention, people who discount their breath may feel frustrated when diet and exercise routines seem to fail them.   “Breath is what burns fat in the simplest form,” says Bender. “What gives your body energy and vitality? Breath. What keeps you looking young and alive? Breath. Our skin is our largest organ.”  

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Kim Davis, a 45-year-old legal secretary from Houston, Texas, enrolled in one of Bender’s workshops in 2008 to lose a few pounds. She says the conscious breathing enhances her workouts.   “The best thing I’ve taken away from the boot camp experience is that fitness does not have to be difficult—with hours spent on a treadmill or pumping iron—to be effective,” says Davis. “I no longer feel I have to punish my body into fitness, but instead attain fitness through a loving relationship with my body.” Davis, who went on to become a yoga teacher, says that she and others in Bender’s workshop also experienced emotional and psychological breakthroughs through holding yoga postures and practicing breathing tech-

niques. This led to emotional releases through tears and words, followed by more lightness in the body, Davis reports.

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Holistic Empowerment When teaching yoga and fitness, Bender tells her students which organs, glands and body systems are being affected by each posture. The psychological and emotional relevance of poses like Cobra are also explained to students who may feel uncomfortable in such a heart-opening posture. “Students start to understand that this posture is reflecting their weaknesses and strengths, and they may realize, ‘Okay, I don’t want to open my heart that big; that’s too vulnerable,’” she observes. Getting her goddesses to embrace their vulnerability, strength, inner spirit and authentic power is at the heart of Bender’s work with women and female teens. She advises: “A goddess warrior trusts her intuition and is brave enough to follow it.”   For more information about Sierra Bender, her recent book, Goddess to the Core: An Inspired Workout to Maximize Your Fitness, Beauty & Power, and upcoming workshops and events, visit

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Dearborn Relay For Life Kickoff Party – 6am-7:30pm. Let’s knock Cancer out of the park! Come and join in the fun! All are invited to the kick-off celebration to learn more about the upcoming Relay For Life and how to can become part of an exciting overnight event that can lead to a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Sports theme and Coach Regina Dunn will mc, dinner provided by Leo’s Coney Island. Ford Community & Performing Arts Ctr, Hubbard Ball Rm, 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. RSVP Liz Sawielski 248-633-3406

Detroit Water Protection & Conservation Team – 6pm-7pm. This group is working to protect our water from problems such as sewage overflows while encouraging solutions such as green infrastructure (rain gardens green roofs bioswales wetlands etc.).Join us for some coffee and learn how to volunteer to protect Detroit’s water. FREE. Biggby Coffee. 4501 Woodward Avenue Detroit. 313-965-0055

Heart Meridian Testing – 9am-6pm. This is a special three day event offered for testing the cardiovascular system. Dr. Acton will be offering a special on the Digital Pulsewave Analyzer. Must call for reservation. Feb 7,8 and 10th only. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767

FEBRUARY 2 Meditation - Deeper Exploration of the Inner Realms – 5-6pm. $10 each or $50 for this series of 6 Why: Are you interested in deepening your path of exploration into the inner realms tapping into your own immense potential and bringing that forward into the world...perhaps by learning a new skill or stepping into your own power with confidence? If yes this class is for you. We will explore the use of sound (mantra & toning) breath (pranayama) visualization and guided psycho-physical practices to experience first hand how our intention and energy influence our physical reality. Wear loose comfortable clothing. Leslie’s fusion style teachings emerge from a blend of Eastern Yogic tradition and Western Native American Shamanism influenced by the art and science of Human Capacities potential. Pre-requisite: Basic Meditation experience is helpful at a minimum familiarity with finding a comfortable seated position. RSVP class size is limited. info@onespaceconnected. com Instructor: Leslie Blackburn. One Space Connected. Private Temple Studio. Dearborn. 313-269-6719

Heart Healthy Workshop – 7:15pm-8:15pm. Please join us for information on how to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. You don’t have to die from heart disease. Learn how natural supplements can enhance and take about inflammation inside the walls of the arteries by Dr. Denise Acton MD Registration is required, free. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd Ste 109, Canton. dnsacton8north@yahoo. com 734-455-6767

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FEBRUARY 8 It’s Easy to be Green in the Garden – 7pm. Professional gardener and popular lecturer Cheryl English of Detroit will talk about creative ways to be earth-friendly and sustainable particularly with respect to water management energy use and chemical applications. Tips will include how to use rain barrels and create rain gardens and which use physical barriers to prevent rainwater from running into storm drains meaning more is absorbed into the soil. Free. University Liggett School, 1045 Cook Rd Grosse Pointe Woods. 313-881-2263

SAVE THE DATE Rekindle the Spirit of Caring: A Holistic Approach in Stress Management – 8am-4:30pm. A Holistic Approach in Stress Management, Healthcare is filled with thousands of caring intelligent nurses. Yet in the midst of all of the technological advances in healthcare many nurses experience stress due to the ever changing nature of their work balancing the needs of others and caring for their own spirit.  This seminar is designed to provide positive coping strategies to deal with this chaos and identify ways to incorporate these strategies into their lives. Day includes Continental Breakfast, Hot lunch and 6.0 contact hours. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA. $75. St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft (I-96 @ Telegraph) Detroit. msansotta@ 313-535-9563

Present Moment Meditation - 7-8:15 pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-Registration required. Everyone welcome. Chairs provided. $12 Canfield Community Center, 1801 N Beech Daly Rd., Dearborn Hts. 734-674-6965 TeleClinic: Get Your Priorities Straight! – 8-8:30pm. To be productive you’ve got to know your priorities. If you don’t you’ll kill your productivity. To know what your priorities are you have to start from the beginning so that your priorities are in order. If you’ve got them straight it’s easy to know what needs to get done on a daily basis. Join us to discuss why prioritizing is so important and how to set and stick to your priorities. Learn how they support you and how to have them show up in your day-to-day todos.This TeleClinic is complimentary but registration is required. Visit http://tinyurl. com/GetItStraight for details and to register. Virtual event. 313.475.0212

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Present Moment Meditation - 7-8:15 pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-Registration required. $12 The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-674-6965

Like Stanzas in a Poem: Yoga at the Wall – 2-4pm. A workshop w/Nancy McCaochan, M.A. E-RYT has been teaching yoga for 16 yrs. Hatha traditions as diverse as Kundalini and Anusuara teach us that the way we align our bodies and minds is important to our physical and spiritual well-being. Rediscover how the walls in our lives--physical emotional spiritual and mental--both prevent and assist our understanding of how and why we align as we do. Workshop builds on foundations of pelvic and shoulder alignment to explore lines of energy and muscular actions within key asanas. It playfully turns us inward to align with spirit opening possibility as well as our innate wisdom and beauty. Donation Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642

FEBRUARY 10 4 Steps to Build Start Re-Start or Relocate a Business in 2011 – 8am-10pm. Find capital access contacts create a plan and get ideas, panel of experts from MGDC MEDC Wayne County Edge SBTDC and special guest Southgate DDA will each have 20 minutes of great information followed by Q & A. This will have excellent resources for DDA board members planning staff business owners area Mayors and Council Residents interested in City Growth City Commissions Chamber Members and those interested in starting a business. RSVP 734-284-6000x29 by 2/7/11. $5/members $10/non members. Trenton Village Theater, 2447 W. Jefferson Trenton. Benefits of Dark Chocolate – 7:158:15pm. Come learn the great news about dark chocolate for your Health. We will be discussing research about the cardiovascular benefits of eating dark chocolate by Dr. Denise Acton ND with a guest speaker and author George Rapitis M.S. bringing a sample from his cookbook. Free. Registration required 734-455-6767 Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd Ste 109, Canton.

Sustainable Living Family Festival – 9am4:30pm. Creativity is one way to make it through tough times and tight budgets. Learn a wide variety of skills from cooking with your child to starting a community time bank from bee keeping to homemade toys. Some of the workshop presenters include U of M Dearborn Detroit Zoological Society Greening of Detroit City Bees MI Alliance of TimeBanks Capuchin Soup Kitchen Sierra Club Strawbale Studio Local Motion Green Detroit Community Acupuncture and Grayton Garden & The Backyard.  You’ll able to take up a wide variety of fun and practical skills, $5-$10 + materials fees. Detroit Waldorf School, 2555 Burns in Historic Indian Village, Detroit. 313-822-0300 or visit Detroitwaldorf. org

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SAVE THE DATE Presence of Breath. 9am-6pm. Discover two integrative tools that will synergistically change your life. An Experiential weekend of Insight and Awareness into a deeper understanding of yourself and your world, intro to the Presence Process, relating the Michael Brown Pathway of Awareness to Transformational Breath®, inner child communication, reeling emotions more fully and profound changes at the casual level. Presented by Dave and Pat Krajovic of the Global Breath Institute based in Plymouth, and Marcia Bailey of Breath Ann Arbor. Together they have over 35 years of breath work experience. $400 register at 734-4165200. or

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FEBRUARY 13 Healing Clinics – 2-5pm. Student Clinics are opportunities to experience and receive quality health services at the current student clinic rate of $20. By advance appt: 2, 3:30 and 5 pm. $20 Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts. PO BOX 3599 ANN ARBOR. 734-7697794



All About Fiber – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn the truth about Fiber. Join us for a free seminar at Total Health Foods. Given by Ricki Puleo Nutritional Consultant. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734- 246-1208

FEBRUARY 17 Southeast MI Spectrum Moms – 7-9pm. If you have a child on the autism spectrum this is your opportunity to connect with other moms who understand. Join us for our meeting in the back room of Total Health Foods. Meetings will be held each third Thurs. of the month for continued support. You can find SM2 on Facebook. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208 Present Moment Meditation - 7:15-8:30 pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-Registration required. $12 Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd #109, Canton. 734-6746965


SAVE THE DATE A Call to Hope: Praying with Body Mind & Spirit – 9:30am3:30pm. If we have placed our trust in the economy political system or technology we may feel overwhelmed and hopeless. In times like these especially God calls us to a deeper level of confidence than the world can give to that great hope that can only come from God. It is through prayer that we know hope more fully. Come away for a day of hopeful expectation and deeper connection with God. Engage your whole self in prayer by using your body mind and spirit along with movement music Scripture guided meditation and journaling. Basic movements will be taught which can be done by anyone regardless of experience or physical limitation. The day includes a delicious hot lunch. $45 St Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft, (I-96 @ Telegraph) Detroit. 313-535-9563

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Skin Care Secrets – 6pm-7pm. We hate to admit it but we do judge books (& people) by their covers. That’s why most women (& an increasing % of men) are concerned with having healthy-looking skin. Skin problems like acne, rosacea, spider veins, wrinkles and blotches can diminish a person’s selfconfidence and sense of self-esteem. Join us and learn how to put a more beautiful and vibrant skin “cover” on your body. Class taught by Kathy Peltier Holistic Health Coach and Myomassologist. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. ~Grandma Moses Urban Vegetable Gardens – 7-8:30pm. Presented by Steve Grimmer and Shannon Byrne of The Backyard Community Garden. They will speak about creating and maintaining vegetable gardens - an informative how-to for the novice and sage insights for the experienced. Part of LocalMotionGreen’s GardenGreen lecture series. Free. Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms. 313-881-2263

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SAVE YOUR GALLBLADDER – 6:30pm-8pm. It is possible to prevent and reverse disease and renew the important function of the gallbladder if you are informed. We discuss how and symptoms leading to problems. 15.00 use our Paypal option. Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor, 9335 Scio Church Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-7697794

Cardiovascular Care with New Chapter – 6:30-7:30pm. This is Heart Support Month and Total Health Foods and New Chapter want you to know some of the best ways to prevent maintain and/or bring back into balance your cardiovascular system. Cholesterol Blood Pressure or Heart Conditions are just some problems many people face stemming from their cardiovascular system. Kelley Cassie from New Chapter will be presenting this Healthy Look into your Cardiovascular System. Free. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208

Present Moment Meditation - 7-8:15 pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-Registration required. $12 The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-674-6965

FEBRUARY 24 Let’s Talk Chocolate! – 7-8:30pm. Find out how the right chocolate can benefit your heart blood pressure and cholesterol - even your mood and love life. Learn how to tell the difference between good and bad chocolate and why. Presented by Dr. William H. Karl D.C. Certified Wellness Doctor and the Foundation for Wellness Professionals.  Livonia Civic Center Library 3rd floor, 32777 Five Mile Rd, Livonia.  Pre-registration requested due to limited seating.  Free. 734-425-8588 KarlWellnessCenter@gmail. com

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. ~Robert Benchley

FEBRUARY 26 Making your own pet food – 11am-3pm. Joe Latta will be sharing his 50 plus yrs experience in the pet and food business by hosting a seminar on the do’s and don’ts of making your own pet’s food. Bring your own recipes and Joe will share some of his. Free. Latta’s Feed & Pet, 415 Goddard Rd, Wyandotte. 734-283-2227 Professional Pet Portraits – 11am-3pm. Dennis Bakker, pet photographer will be on hand to create a professional portrait of that best friend to last a lifetime. $19.95. Latta’s Feed & Pet, 415 Goddard Rd, Wyandotte. 734-283-2227


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Deadline for Animal Relief Fund Donations-winter - Lattas Feed & Pet will be taking donations until the end of the month helping our area four legged friends waiting to become someone’s pet. Lattas will be distributing items throughout the community; without affiliation to any one particular shelter or group. ANYTHING is appreciated. C’mon by and drop it off.

MARCH 2 DIGESTIVE HEALTH – 6:30-8pm. What symptoms mean and how to rejuvenate without heroic and costly measures avoiding surgery increasing vitality. Q & A demos. $15 use our Paypal option. Naturopathic School of Ann Arbor, 9335 Scio Church Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-7697794

MARCH 3 Detroit Water Protection & Conservation Team – 6pm-7pm. This group is working to protect our water from problems such as sewage overflows while encouraging solutions such as green infrastructure (rain gardens green roofs bioswales wetlands etc.).Join us for some coffee and learn how to volunteer to protect Detroit’s water. FREE. Biggby Coffee. 4501 Woodward Avenue Detroit. melissa. 313-965-0055 Essential Energizing Exercises – 8-9pm. Learn six essential energizing exercises that can improve your health and help regenerate your brain. Certified Wellness Doctor Dr. William H. Karl D.C. leads this fun and informal workshop.  Enjoy healthy & organic snacks afterwards along with Q & A  Free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. Pre-register. 734-425-8220

Present Moment Meditation - 7-8:15 pm. Learn meditation, plus simple techniques for quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and ways to stay present and peaceful throughout your day. Pre-Registration required. $12 The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-674-6965 Stress Relief Workshop Using Trigger Point Therapy – 7-8pm. Stress can have many detrimental effects on your health. Come learn about the most effective stress reduction strategies and a simple technique to relieve the effects of stress.  Invite a partner to get the most out of this class. Free. Karl Wellness Center & Chiropractic Clinic PC, 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-425-8220

MARCH 5 Experiencing The Self: An Inner Journey – 2pm-5pm. Through meditation contemplation and illuminating discussion come “home” to your true self, donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734.282.9642.

APRIL 13 SAVE THE DATE BLOSSOM FORTH! AN INNER JOURNEY - 9am-12noon.  Present Moment Meditation founder, Kathy Henning, will be presenting this workshop.  Embark on a magical journey... let go of limiting beliefs and old patterns of thinking.  Rediscover who you are beyond the many roles you’ve played throughout your lifetime.  Learn how to turn your attention within and rest in inner stillness.  Experience new levels of freedom.  Enjoy life from a new perspective!  Treat yourself... transform yourself... for a few hours, take yourself on an inner journey that will change your life forever!  $40, optional lunch available after the seminar for $10.St Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center, 23333 Schoolcraft, (I-96 @ Telegraph) Detroit. 313-535-9563

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Bikram Yoga – 8-9:30am. Hot yoga, don’t eat 3 hrs prior, bring water, full size beach towel, dress to sweat and arrive 15 minutes prior to class. $16 walk in. Bikram’s Yoga College of India, 122 Maincentre, Northville. 248-9242002. Jivamukti Light – 11am-12pm. Short form Jivamukti practice at a slower pace. Familiarity with sun salutations recommended. $12. House of Yoga, 2965 W. 12 Mile Rd, Berkley. Hip Openers – 12pm. Level I/II, active yoga with Raluca. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Kids Yoga – 1-2pm. Ages 5-10. A fun program that introduces kids to the basics. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. 313-884-YOGA. Yin (restorative) Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642. LivoniaYogaCenter. com. Sacred Sunday Yoga – 7:30pm. Free. Reservation required. Wyandotte. Emily 734363-0215.

Bikram Yoga – 7-8:30am. Hot yoga, don’t eat 3 hrs prior, bring water, full size beach towel, dress to sweat and arrive 15 minutes prior to class. $16 walk in. Bikram’s Yoga College of India, 122 Maincentre, Northville. 248-9242002. Posture Pro – 10:30am-12pm. Level I Active with Jim Pero RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace. 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd Southgate. info@ 734.282.9642 Gentle Flow – 11:30am-12:30pm. Serene, restorative practice. All levels. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. 313-884YOGA. SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking


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Group – 12:00pm. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. SWCRC Office, 20600 Eureka Rd Ste 315, Taylor. Suzan 734-2873699. Cardio Kickboxing – 6-7pm. Challenge your cardiovascular strength and muscle endurance. $9 Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-386-8610. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. First class free, $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642. Hatha Yoga – 6-7pm. $13. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. Katie 734-421-7100. Yoga – 6-7pm. Level I active with Jessica Hillman. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Yoga Rocks – 6:30-8pm. Moving sequence of Yoga poses for flexibility, strength and endurance. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Nia Technique – 7pm-8pm. All ages and fitness levels. (Previously on Tue now switched to Monday’s) $6 Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic, 6231 N Canton Center Rd. Ste 109, Canton. 734-455-6767 Yin Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. All levels. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. Ashtanga Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45pm. The Fighting Fit, 3203 Biddle Ave, one block north of Eureka Road, Wyandotte.

Sanga Vinyasa – 6:15-7:15am. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. 313-884YOGA.

SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. Children with Hairloss, 12776 S. Dixie Hwy, Rockwood. Contact Rick Williams 734-626-7778. Zumba – 9-10am. $7. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208. Gentle Yoga – 9:30-11am. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901. Swim with your dog indoors – 10:30am8pm. 4ft deep heated pool. Doggy life jackets and toys available or bring your own. $14.00 for 1/2 hour swim. Me & My Shadow 29855 Ford Road Garden City. meandmyshadowllc@ 734-525-9500 Bikram Yoga – 11-12:30pm. Hot yoga, don’t eat 3 hrs prior, bring water, full size beach towel, dress to sweat and arrive 15 minutes prior to class. $16 walk in. Bikram’s Yoga College of India, 122 Maincentre, Northville. 248-924-2002. Gentle Flow – 11:30am-12:30pm. Serene, restorative practice. All levels. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. 313-884YOGA. Harper Woods Rotary Club – 12:15pm. Local Rotary group meets weekly, guests are welcome. Eastland Center, Lower Concourse, Room B, Harper Woods. Hot Yoga – 3:45-5:15pm. Level II active yoga. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. TurboKick – 5-6pm. A highly intense cardio kickboxing routine and abdominal workout. $12 Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-3868610 Yoga - Basic Hatha – 5:30pm-6:30pm. Embracing the Lotus Yoga Sanctuary. $10 Embracing the Lotus Yoga Sanctuary. Dearborn. call for details. info@ 313-410-3147. Classic Nia – 5:30-6:30pm. All levels welcome. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E. Nine Mile Road, 1 block east of Woodward, Ferndale.

Powerflex Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Burn excess body fat, build lean muscle using aerobic breathing with power yoga poses. Beginners welcome. Bring a mat and water. $8. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208. Qi Gong and Yoga for Real Bodies – 6-7:15pm. For all levels. no experience needed. Includes Qi Gong Therapeutic Yoga and Yoga Nidra for relaxation. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Beginners Pilates – 6pm. Guardian Martial Arts & Fitness, 30942 Ford Road, Garden City. 734-266-0565. Pilates – 7pm. Dramatically transform the way your body looks feels and performs! $9 Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-386-8610. Tuesday Night at the Movies – 7-8:30pm. Free. Nutrition Unlimited, 14185 Eureka, Southgate. 734-284-2357. MarkMNU@yahoo. com. Guided Meditation – 7:15-7:45pm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Hatha Yoga Challenge – 7:30-8:45pm. Active yoga with Angela Barboz-Ryan in the White Room, donation basis. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. . Qi Gong and Yoga for Real Bodies and Yoga Nidra - 6pm-7:15pm. Qi Gong is ancient Chinese exercise. No experience needed. Yoga Nidra provides stress relief and focus. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642

Swim with your dog indoors – 10:30am8pm. 4ft deep heated pool. Doggy life jackets and toys available or bring your own. $14.00 for 1/2 hour swim. Me & My Shadow 29855 Ford Road Garden City. meandmyshadowllc@ 734-525-9500 Canton Communicators Club – 6:30pm. Learn to become a better communicator and improve public speaking abilities! Canton Coney Island, 8533 Lilly Rd, Canton. 734-9940569. Meditation Class - Meet Your Angels! – 7:30-9pm. A group dedicated to learning how to meditate and receive messages from their angels and spirit guides. At our meeting you will learn how to clear your

thoughts experience a blissful state and ask questions of your angels. Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays. $10. 19444 Garfield Redford. 313-412-7690 Hatha yoga challenge – 7:30pm-8:45pm. Active yoga with Angela Barboz-Ryan in the White Room. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642 Midweek Meditation Group – 6-8:30pm. Group of local folks of all ages, backgrounds and traditions who meet every week for two sessions: a 1/2 hour guided meditation at 6pm, followed by a short break, and then a 1/2 hour silent, seated meditation at 7pm. Non-religious, non-sectarian group, all are welcome, whether you are a beginner or advanced practitioner. $3 suggested donation. Boston Tea Room, 195 W Nine Mile Rd B2, Ferndale. 248-547-2987 Pilates – 7pm-8pm. Dramatically transform the way your body looks feels and performs! $12. Fit Zone for Women - Allen Park. 15451 Southfield Rd. Allen Park. allimath@yahoo. com. 313-386-8610 PIYO – 7pm-8pm. A mix between Pilates & Yoga that focuses on core strengthening and flexibility. $12.00. Fit Zone for Women – Riverview. 17118 Fort St. Riverview. 734-284-9100

Swim with Your Dog Indoors – 10:30am8pm. 4ft deep heated pool. Doggy life jackets and toys available or bring your own. $10. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734-525-9500. Gentle Flow – 11:30am-12:30pm. Serene, restorative practice. All levels. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. 313-884YOGA. Vinyasa Unplugged – 5:45-7pm. Dynamic, intense physical class. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. Midweek Meditation Group – 6-8:30pm. Group of local folks of all ages, backgrounds and traditions who meet every week for two sessions: a 1/2 hour guided meditation at 6pm, followed by a short break, and then a 1/2 hour silent, seated meditation at 7pm. Non-religious, non-sectarian group, all are welcome, whether you are a beginner or advanced practitioner. $3 suggested donation. Boston Tea Room, 195 W Nine Mile Rd B2, Ferndale. 248-547-2987.

Beginning Yoga – 6:30-8pm. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Pilates – 7-8pm. Dramatically transform the way your body looks feels and performs! $9 Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-386-8610. PiYo – 7-8pm. A mix between Pilates & Yoga that focuses on core strengthening and flexibility. $9 Fit Zone for Women, 15451 Southfield Rd, Allen Park. 313-386-8610. Drop-in Knitting Night – 7pm. All levels welcome. Free. Westland Library, 6123 Central City Pkway, Westland. 734-326-6123. Mat Pilates – 7:15-8:15pm. All levels. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Hatha Yoga Challenge – 7:30-8:45pm. Active yoga with Angela Barboz-Ryan in the White Room or call 734-2829642.Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd. Southgate. SWCRC Connections Weekly Networking Group – 8am. Free to chamber members, one business per industry. Non-members can visit two meetings free. Comfort Inn & Suites, 17600 Dix Rd Melvindale. Bikram Yoga – 8-9:30am. Hot yoga, don’t eat 3 hrs prior, bring water, full size beach towel, dress to sweat and arrive 15 minutes prior to class. $16 walk in. Bikram’s Yoga College of India, 122 Maincentre, Northville. 248-9242002. Computer Check Up – 3-8pm. Bring your computer in to the Comfort Inn & Suites conference room every Thursday in Feb for onsite computer diagnostics and repair. Services offered include: virus removal, computer repair, software installation/removal, backup planning, free diagnostics and quotes. Call Tom 734-391-5171. Arrowtech Computer Solutions, Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Room, 17500 Dix Rd, Melvindale. Sanga Vinyasa – 6:15-7:15am. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. 313-884YOGA. Bowenwork Evaluations – Free evaluations by appointment. Camelia Tamasanu, P.B.P. and Gina Rajala, P.B.P. 23030 Mooney, Farmington. 248-345-3117 or 248-345-3595. Zumba – 9-10am. $7. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

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ongoingcalendar All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication, and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for calendar guidelines and to submit ongoing events. Beginning Yoga – 9:30-11am. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901.

Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214

Gentle Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. $14. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642.

Prenatal Yoga – 7:45-8:45pm. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main Street Unit B, Northville. 248-449-9642.

Basic Internet Computer Class – 10-11am. Intro the basics of the computer. Learn how to use the mouse and how to get to a specific website address. Free. Harper Woods Public Library, 19601 Harper Ave, Harper Woods. 313-343-2575. Gentle Flow – 11:30am-12:30pm. Serene, restorative practice. All levels. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe. 313-884-YOGA. Budokon Flow – 6:15-7:15pm. Experience movements that fuse the yogic, martial, and living arts. First week free. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. 313881-2874. Yoga - Basic Hatha – 5:30pm-6:30pm. Embracing the Lotus Yoga Sanctuary. $10.00. Embracing the Lotus Yoga Sanctuary. Dearborn. call for details. info@ 313-410-3147 Restorative Yoga – 6:00-7:00 pm. $8. Northville Senior Center, 303 W Main Street, Northville. 248-349-0203.

Vin Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Dog Swimming – 10:30am-8pm. Pay for a 1 hour swim with your dog and receive a free do it yourself bath for your dog. $21. Me & My Shadow, 29855 Ford Rd, Garden City. 734525-9500. Slow Flow Gentle Yoga – 10:40-11:40am. $8. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9642. Healthy Backs Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. First class free, $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642. Yin Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. All levels. Yoga Shelter Grosse Pointe, 17000 Kercheval Ave, 2nd floor, Grosse Pointe.

Tai Chi – 6-7pm. $5. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic. 6231 N. Canton Center Road, Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767.

Yin Yoga – 7-8:15pm. All levels welcome. $10. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Building, 3434 Russell St. Loft #302, Detroit.

Open Knit & Crochet Night – 6-8pm. Bring your project & enjoy an evening of socializing with your nieghbors. Free. Neighborhood Knits, 23305 Ford Rd, Dearborn. 313-3577772. Aerial Arts – 6-7:30pm. Om my! Learn to fly. $25. Detroit Flyhouse, The FD Loft Building, 3434 Russell St. Loft #302, Detroit. Micha 313-674-6424. Zumba – 7-8pm. $8. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208. Posture Pro – 7:15-8:15pm. Level I/II with Regina Mitchell, RYT. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734282-9642.


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Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-5pm. 2934 Russell Street, between Mark and Gratiot, Detroit. Project FRESH and Food Stamps accepted. Randall Fogelman 313-833-9300 Bikram Yoga – 8-9:30am. Hot yoga, don’t eat 3 hrs prior, bring water, full size beach towel, dress to sweat and arrive 15 minutes prior to class. $16 walk in. Bikram’s Yoga College of India, 122 Maincentre, Northville. 248-9242002. Classic Nia – 9:30am. All levels welcome. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E. Nine Mile Road, 1 block east of Woodward, Ferndale. Kids Yoga – 11:30am -12:30pm. Donation. Yoga 4 Peace, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate, 734-282-9642. Powerflex Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Burn excess body fat, build lean muscle using aerobic breathing with power yoga poses. Beginners welcome. Bring a mat and water. $8. Total Health Foods, 2938 Biddle Ave, Wyandotte. 734-246-1208.

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DETROIT COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE 4100 Woodward Ave., Detroit 313-831-3222 In pain? Stressed out? Try acupuncture! We offer comfortable, individualized treatments in a cozy community setting. $15 - $35 sliding scale. Check our website for current specials, “What to Expect” for new patients, and more!

COMMUNITY BRIDGES INTEGRATED HEALTH CARE Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Medicine--clinics in Pontiac, Clinton Township, Trenton, Warren. Medical and Naturopathic House calls to Assisted livings or Home Bound patients in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb,Genesee Counties. 1st Acupuncture treatment Free! NIH research showed improvement with acupuncture for pain relief, asthma and Nausea--ACU Detox(NADA) also available!

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Royal Oak 248-953-9402 Homeopathic and Natural Approach to Health for Chronic & Acute symptoms including: Seasonal & Environmental Allergies, Headaches, Concentration, Attention issues, Brain Fog, Mold Candida, Itchy Skin, Constipation, Digestion, Muscle, Sinus issues, Hormone Balancing including Menopause, Acne...the list is practically endless. Advance Computerized testing, EDS, Auriculotherapy, Biofeedback Certifications - Detox Ionic Footbaths




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734-427-3144 Wall to Wall supplements Organic products & produce Frozen & Refrigerated foods Groceries, Teas, Bulk Foods Natural Chemical Free Pet Products Mineral Based Cosmetics Chemical Free Personal Care products Raw Living & Sprouted Food Section Fitness Section and more.

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HOLISTIC HEALTH GRACE EXPRESSED PAULA POLLIFRONE NEYS OTL Occupational Therapist, QXCI Biofeedback Specialist, Reiki Master, Archetypal Consultant Northville MI Paula offers safe and gentle detoxification, strengthening of the digestive system, stress reduction & consults to discover your Archetypes (energetic patterns of being).

734-769-7794 Our State Licensed school offer 4 diploma programs, which dovetail so that students may earn all 4 easily: Naturopathy Diploma, Master Herbalist Diploma, Massage Therapy/Natural Medicine Diploma, MASSAGE THERAPY/Natural Medicine DIPLOMA program begins every October

HEALTH FOOD STORES TOTAL HEALTH FOODS, LLC 2938 Biddle Ave Wyandotte 734-246-1208

We offer a wide variety of vitamins and supplements, 100 bulk herbs to choose from as well as allergy free foods including wheat and gluten free. We have a relaxed and friendly community atmosphere where you can enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea. There are classes and services going on all the time that focus on your health, wellbeing and spirituality. We believe in helping you make educated and informed decisions on your health by suppling a fountain of resources including a certified ND.


LIVONIA’S OWN DR. PHIL DR. PHILIP HOEHN DC, CCSP 10950 FARMINGTON RD LIVONIA MI 48150 734-425-3940 Dr. Phil works on the total body for complete health. His practice is devoted to total chiropractic care, including nutrition, orthopedic, sports injuries, chiropractic problems of children and holistic health care. Dr. Phil is a certified chiropractor with 30 years in practice.Say goodbye to headaches, back pain, whiplash, scoliosis, and sciatica pain, with holistic health care provided by Dr. Phil.

MASSAGE THERAPY ANGIE’S HOLISTIC TOUCH Therapeutic Massage and Reiki 2938 Biddle Avenue Wyandotte MI 48192 734.934.2076 Angie is dedicated to providing her clients with nurturing treatments to promote balance in the body, relaxation, pain relief and self healing. Offering Therapeutic Massage, Reiki Energy Healing, Raindrop Therapy, AromaTouch Technique, Hot Stone Therapy, Bellanina Facelift Massage and more! Monthly and New Client specials available. Call to schedule your appointment today!



DR. WILLIAM H. KARL, D.C. KARL WELLNESS CENTER & CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC, P.C. 30935 Ann Arbor Trail Westland, MI 48185 734.425.8220 Illuminating the Path of Self-Realization through Art, Yoga, Sacred Geometry, Sacred Sexuality & more! Individual and couple coaching is available in addition to group classes, workshops and retreats. Browse the website for original artwork and music. Prints, music downloads and commission pieces are also available.

Certified Wellness Doctor with over 30 years experience, Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., is dedicated to helping his patients obtain optimal health- utilizing whole food supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutritional consultation, allergy elimination/ reprogramming techniques, detoxification programs, advanced chiropractic care, cold laser, and Neurological Relief Techniques for Fibromyalgia and pain management.





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DR SHARON A. OLIVER, M.D. INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE INSTITUTE Emily is the Spiritual Director and Founder of ThisSacredSpace. She has studied and lived abroad creating a unique blend of Eastern/Western healing modalities and continues to travel the globe. Offering Energy Medicine Treatments, Myomassology Sessions, private & group Yoga and Meditation Instruction and Spiritual Direction. SPECIAL: $10 off for Lymphatic Drainage Massage Bowenwork®, Chi NeiTang, Parafango wrapping, Cellulite treatment plus special programs available for those suffering from chronic conditions.

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Dr. Oliver is a medical doctor Board Certified by the American Holistic Medical Association. She has over 15 years experience helping people achieve their optimal health with the use of foods, herbs and natural remedies. If needed Dr. Oliver has the knowledge and ability to help you effectively use conventional treatments, including chelation therapy, intravenous Vitamin C, and nutritional I.V.s. Come experience truly wholistic care!



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Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. owns TLC Holistic Wellness in Livonia. She is a practicing chiropractor, naturopath and wellness consultant, who for 25 years has provided holistic and nutritional recommendations using whole food supplements. Visit for more health information, and free public workshop dates, or call (734) 664-0339.

(313) 881-2874 Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Basic, YinYoga, Mat Pilates, Kripalu and Kid’s Yoga. We offer a very safe and supportive atmosphere to take your practice at your own pace. Discover yourself at Practice Yoga!

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To place a listing: 3 lines minimum (103 characters, spaces & punctuation): 1 month: $25; 3 months $22.50 per month, prepaid. Extra words: $1 each: Send check w/listing by 15th of the month to Healthy Living Detroit, Inc. - Classifieds, Box 341081, Detroit, MI 48234-1081. Info 313221-9674 or visit

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR ANGEL IS TRYING TO TELL YOU? My name is Carolyn Leonard and I can provide you with that information. Through my God given gift of channeling your angel will provide answers to your present day questions regarding relationships, employment, family, health, friends or pets. Please call me at 989-280-0647 or visit

HEALTH DRINK YOURSELF HEALTHY CLASS Become healthier w/Kangen water. Call 734-890-1082 for info & free water.

HELP WANTED ARE YOU INTO HEALTHY LIVING? DO YOU ENJOY MEETING NEW PEOPLE? Are you ready to combine your passion for healthy living with your need to make a living? There might be a wonderful opportunity for you to join the Natural Awakenings Magazine team. Inside & Outside sales opportunities. Commission only sales, work as an independent contractor. Call Mary Anne Demo for more information 586-983-8305.

VOLUNTEERING THE ROTARY CLUB OF DETROIT IS LOOKING FOR 200 VOLUNTEERS - If you love to read, and want to make a difference in someone’s life – be a volunteer Literacy Tutor at Pro-Literacy Detroit visit ProliteracyDetroit. org or call 313-872-7720. DEARBORN ANIMAL SHELTER SEEKS LOVING HOMES FOR ADOPTABLE ANIMALS. There are many dogs, kittens and senior felines. Financial support is always appreciated for those interested in helping but not choosing to adopt a pet. Want to volunteer? We can use your help. Visit online www. or call 313-943-2697

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The 8th Annual Dearborn Women’s Expo Sunday, March 6 • 10am-5pm

Grab your BFF’s and head to the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center - Dome Room for some fun fun fun! 15801 Michigan Avenue • Dearborn MI 48126 Admission $3.00 | Children 12 and under FREE | FREE parking


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Cool Blues Ice Fest Downtown Wyandotte Free


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