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I am pleased to welcome many new advertisers to the Natural Awakenings family this month, and you may notice that the magazine is eight full pages longer. These are all great signs that our magazine is striking a cord with the readers in Wayne County that are seeking to improve their health. If you are interested in receiving copies of Natural Awakenings magazine at your place of business or a location in your community please contact us. We strive to make copies of the magazine available to all that are interested in reading it. We also want to thank the businesses that are currently serving as distribution points for our magazines who are offering a great service to our communities: we very much appreciate it. I love to get out and meet people and find out about some of the amazing things that are going on right here in our own communities. Be sure to check out our local newsbriefs for highlights of various community events that are coming up such as the Cut-a-thon at Image Salon. The owner, Devin Malone is an amazing woman. A breast cancer survivor, she puts in a huge effort organizing this annual event for cancer education and research each year. Thanks, Devin, for all that you do. Creative Expression is our theme this month, and it’s one that is near and dear to my heart. My grandmother was a kindergarten teacher and when we visited she always encouraged us grand kids to color and read. Those are still two of my favorite things to do, but sometimes it’s hard to make the time for them. I was especially interested in learning more about sacred geometry after attending a presentation by Leslie Blackburn. [pg18] She truly brings energy and enthusiasm to everything that she teaches--and it’s the best kind of contagion. I can usually tell if I’ve gone too long without some creative expression because I’ll catch myself doodling. It was reassuring to read about the study [pg10] that concluded that doodling aids memory. I’m hoping to see those benefits real soon. Live Well,

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Coffee with a Mediterranean Flare


irst Cup Organic Coffee celebrates its 2nd anniversary this month. Located on the corner of Five Mile and Inkster Rd in Redford, this unique coffee shop boasts a large variety of organic, fair trade coffee, along with sandwiches, soups, and freshly baked, healthy breads and cookies. With a Mediterranean flare, soups are made from scratch with raw vegetables. A variety of salads are accompanied by natural dressings, which are made fresh daily, and pita bread made without chemicals or preservatives. Opening the doors of First Cup was the fulfillment of a dream that began while owner and manager Fatin Saleh was on vacation. She noticed how much happier and relaxed the Europeans seemed who gathered daily at local coffee shops and bistros. Her dream was to recreate that healthy environment. Now that her dream is a reality, Fatin, along with her very friendly staff, greet you with a warm welcome to make you feel you have just come home. There is comfortable seating inside, as well as on the outside patio, which adds to a relaxed ambiance. It’s a great meeting place for both small and large groups. Local artists, musicians and educators are invited to share their creativity, talents, experience and knowledge. Look for various days set side for poetry night, open mike night and special classes. On Monday, September 21st, Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., from The Foundation for Wellness Professionals, has been invited to discuss organic foods. He is a Certified Wellness Doctor and local chiropractor who has been in practice for close to 30 years. First Cup Organic Coffee is located at 15130 Inkster Rd., Redford. 313-255-4200.

Fabric Sale Extravaganza


rts & Scraps, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of recycled goods as art and craft supplies, is holding their annual 3 Ton Fabric Sale on Saturday Sept. 12th from 10am-4pm. Admission is only a $1 donation and shoppers can stuff a paper sack full for just $7. The huge selection of fabrics available for purchase includes cottons, tapestries, upholstery fabrics, retro prints, fabrics from The Express and more. For the best selection shoppers are advised to arrive early. The sale continues Tues. Sept. 15th and Thur. Sept 17th from 11am-6pm. The sale concludes with “Bargain Day” on Sat. Sept. 19th from 11am-4pm with all the fabric you can stuff in a bag for only $3. Arts & Scraps is located at 16135 Harper Ave. Detroit. More information is available at

Two Great Festivals, One Fabulous City


he Funky Ferndale Art Fair will feature over 100 national juried artists, street entertainers and delicious food from local restaurants. This event, which is being held along Nine Mile Rd. on the west side of Woodward Avenue, runs from 10am7pm on Saturday Sept. 19th and from 11am-5pm on Sunday Sept. 20th Ferndale’s DIY Street Fair will run in conjunction with the fine art fair just across Woodward along E. Nine Mile. This unique festival is organized by local leaders to promote earth friendly products, businesses and ideas. It compliments the more traditional style art fair by showcasing the “creative energy, independent spirit, and innovative talents” that are thriving in this area by featuring over 70 local creative entrepreneurs committed to the “do-it-yourself,” eco-friendly ethic. Attendees can also enjoy food from local restaurants, drinks from over 14 micro breweries, fresh produce from the farmers market, and live musical entertainment. The DIY Street Fair also features many exciting offerings for children including circus workshops, story-times, and sing-a-longs. The DIY Street Fair operates from 11ammidnight on Saturday Sept. 19th and from 11am-9pm on Sunday Sept. 20th. With free parking and such a wide variety of entertainment these two festivals offer a little something for everyone. and

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Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. of the TLC Holistic Wellness Center has a new location. The new office is conveniently located off the Northwest corner of Merriman and Schoolcraft Rd close to the I-96 Merriman Exit. There’s now more space and they’re looking forward to offering many new services. Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. and TLC Holistic Wellness Center are now located at 31594 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia. 734-664-0339.

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32nd Annual Dalley In the Alley


he alleys and streets bounded by Forest, Hancock, Second and Third Streets will once again be brimming with excitement at this years Dalley in the Alley Street Fair. Four different sound stages will feature the best of the Detroit music scene while the Dalley Gallery will display works of fine art. The festival also offers quality food dishes to suit all tastes, vendors offering unique goods for purchase, chair massage and other attractions such as live aerial yoga performances. Children can enjoy the Kids’ Fair from 11am-5pm, which has fun activities such as face-painting, carnival games, and supplies to make arts and crafts. The Dalley in The Alley began over thirty years ago to raise money for the court fees incurred by homeowners fighting to prevent WSU from redeveloping their neighborhood. Although the group lost that battle the Dalley has continued to be a stellar event held every year in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. This year they have partnered with Recycle Detroit, Waste One, and Great Lakes Recycling to make this the “cleanest and greenest festival in Detroit.” Establishing recycling stations throughout the entire festival will help the group reach their goal of diverting at least 85% of the waste into recyclables. If you would like to volunteer to help with this effort please email In addition to promoting an earth friendly atmosphere the proceeds from the Dalley in the Alley are donated to the North Cass Community Union, an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life within the Cass Corridor in a variety of ways including providing scholarships for neighborhood children and supporting neighborhood soup kitchens. The Dalley In The Alley will be held on Saturday September 12th, with a rain date of September 13th. For more information visit

Celebrating Peace


n honor of the United Nations International Day of Peace, ONE PEACE, a local non-profit group that aims to ”inspire and motivate people to come together as ONE human family” will be hosting a free program at Schoolcraft VisTa Tech Center on Saturday September 19th from 1-4pm. The program will feature guest speaker Dr. Sharif Abdulla speaking about his book “Creating a World That Works for All.” In addition to founding and presiding over the Commonway Institute in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Abdullah has worked in over 30 countries with 100 different cultures and groups spreading his message of hope. The program will also feature meditations led by Kathy Bindu Henning of the Present Moment Meditation Center and Rev. Matthew E. Long, of the Peace Unity Church and Holistic Center. Participants will also be guided in experiencing peace through poetry, music, and video presentations. Attendees are requested to wear logo-free white clothing as a way of representing the oneness that we share as a human family. Donations are appreciated and all are welcome to attend. For more information and to reserve seats on-line please visit


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nzymes are vital to health and life itself. These special proteins are necessary for every chemical reaction in the body, controlling the normal activities of cells, tissues, fluids and organs. Enzymes, present in all living things, work to digest the food we eat. Without them vitamins, minerals and hormones are ineffective. A century ago when food was unprocessed, unrefined, grown on pure soil with fresh air and pure water, it contained no preservatives, pesticides or chemicals. Natural enzymes in the food were present. Today, pasteurization, pesticides, fluorination, microwaving, heavy metals, excessive intake of hydrogenated fats and many other factors has depleted our natural enzyme sources. Many of us are unaware of the lasting effects of the depletion of naturally occurring enzymes. Plant enzymes are essential in the proper digestion of food. Allergies, fatigue, bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation and a myriad of other symptoms are all indications that our body is deficient in one or more enzyme. To counterbalance this deficiency, enzyme supplements are available to aid in digestion. These enzyme supplements contain protease to digest protein, amylase to digest carbohydrates and lipase to digest fat, as well as disaccharides for sugar and cellulose for fiber. They work in the mouth and in the stomach to predigest foods and also operate in the small intestine to aid in the digestive process. Dr. Winsen Zouzal, DC, practices chiropractic medicine at Pointes Chiropractic Clinic, 15761 Mack Avenue, in Detroit. 313-885-3500. See ad, page [38]

Healing Center Hosts Detox Program


n September 17 True Health Alternative of Livonia will hold a 28-Day Group Detoxification Program. The cost of $450 includes professional coaching, all supplements and 45 meal replacements. The program is aimed at counteracting the effects of pollution or pesticides in our food sources. These factors put undue stress on the kidneys and liver. Symptoms which may be relieved include: digestive problems, irritability, headaches, joint pain, bad breath, general malaise, itchy skin, weight loss resistance, fatigue, constipation, skin rashes and poor Concentration. Detoxification is valued for its simplicity, low cost and superior therapeutic results, unlike so many methods employed my conventional western medicine. $2.3 trillion annually is spent on health care in the US, twice as much as European countries. Still, Americans remain twice as sick with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease to name a few. New to the area, True Health Alternative opened its doors in July of this year. The center aims help people find solutions to their health concerns through education. Bridging the gap between eastern and western medicine, True Health encourages patients to take control of their health and to achieve optimum wellness through prevention. With more than 40 years of combined experience, True Health provides a variety of services including, but not limited to, nutritional counseling, therapeutic massage, detoxification, life coaching, far infrared sauna, cranial sacral and reflexology. The center also holds health and wellness classes and operates a health lending library. True Health Alternative is located at 5365 Hubbard Street, Livonia. 734.466.8701.

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“Growing Strong Together” is the theme of the 9 annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference, taking place September 22 and 23 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. The focus this year is on networking to create business opportunities, providing connections, inspiration and business know-how for women to reach their goals. Major sponsors are MotorCity Casino Hotel and Nu Tek Steel. “In these times, people do business with people they know,” says Michelle Richards, executive director of the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED), which organizes the event. “It’s never been more important to build both your network and your skills,” Richards adds. “This event is a major forum for building relationships and knowledge, for both established and aspiring women business owners.” Keynoting the opening session is Elisabeth Fayt, owner of the successful RnR Wellness urban spa and author of the new book Paving it Forward is this year’s keynote speaker. Fayt coaches women to “think abundantly” in successfully running a business and creating a life of health, wealth and love. MotorCity Casino Hotel is located at 2901 Grand River Ave., in Detroit. To register, reserve a booth and/or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-Great Lakes/ CEED at 734-677-1400, and

Salon Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Research


mage by Devin Salon of Dearborn will host its 3rd annual Cut-A-Thon fundraiser for Karmanos Cancer Institute to raise money for research and education about breast cancer. The event takes place October 4th from 12 to 4 p.m. Karmanos educators will be on hand to speak about early detection. Image Salon will reduce prices for clients and newcomers. Services include hair cuts, mini facials, waxing, paraffin hand treatments, manicures, pedicures and massages. The day includes music, activities for kids and refreshments will be served. “This is a celebration for our friends and family who are survivors of breast cancer, and also an effective way to raise awareness to those who are not educated in early detection,” says owner Devin Malone. Supporters and donations are needed for the event, including refreshments and items for auction. A limited number of vendors are wanted, and tables are available to rent at the cost of $25. Licensed professionals that would like to join in contact the salon directly to find out more about helping out. Image by Devin Salon is located at 3744 Monroe Street, in Dearborn. 313-561-6455. See ad, page [10]

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Unwind Your Mind


everal times a year, White Rabbit Resources offers free “Unwind Your Mind” stress management workshops to the community. During the six-day workshop, participants will learn to identify stress, they will drop considerable amounts of stress, and learn very useful, easy-to-do meditation exercises in order to manage stress on a daily basis. Stress-management techniques are based on breathing and meditation. No prior experience is necessary.

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illions of people around the world practice yoga, a 5,000-year-old science of living enlightenment. Paramahamsa Nithyananda, a young enlightened master from India, will return to the US and Canada to reveal yoga in its truest and intended form. He will be in Detroit on October 11th, 2009. The “Kalpataru Program” is a unique one-day meditation workshop for blissful living introduced to North America by Nithyananda. In this program, meditation techniques and concepts are taught that help prepare body, mind and being to experience profound energy at a very deep level. The Kalpataru Program provides energy to change what needs to be changed in life and the intelligence to accept what needs not be changed. This clarity guides to tune into blissful living and in tune with one’s own self. Learn how to live a fulfilled life with more love, happiness and compassion. Program cost $250


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niversity of California, San Francisco computer simulation research projects that a 3-gram-a-day reduction in Americans’ salt intake (about 1,200 milligrams of sodium) would result in 6 percent fewer cases of new heart disease, 8 percent fewer heart attacks and 3 percent fewer deaths. Most of us now eat 9-12 grams of salt a day. Both salt intake and blood pressure levels are up about 50 percent since the 1970s; researchers identify commercially processed foods as the culprit. BC mag ad_05.11.09z.pdf


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Women undertaking a 10-week program of restorative yoga classes experienced a 50 percent reduction in depression and a 12 percent increase in feelings of peace and meaning after the yoga sessions, according to a recent study published in the journal Psycho-Oncology.


hen two guitarists play together, more than their instruments play in time; their brainwaves match up, too, according to new research from Germany. When the German scientists analyzed electrical activity in the brains of eight pairs of guitarists as they played a short jazz-fusion melody together up to 60 times, they discovered that brain wave similarities within and between the musicians’ brains increased as they listened to the beat of a metronome while preparing to play. The brains’ synchronization then continued when they began making music. Another U.S. study monitored the steady pulse of a recovering heart surgery patient as it charted the progress of his mending heart, while a quiet symphony filled the room. For nine days, the patient soaked up the tranquil, wordless strumming of a Brazilian guitarist. Music became his medicine, as his heart literally fell into rhythm with the tunes. Increasingly, doctors are studying and employing music as a healing tool; in measuring the brain’s response to musical notes, they are discovering music’s harmonizing route from head to heart.

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Doodling Aids Memory

News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that works for all.


oodling might imply a wandering mind, but according to a study published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, the contrary is true; doodling can actually help people remember details. Study participants who were directed to doodle while listening to a dull

phone message demonstrated a 29 percent improved recall compared with their non-doodling counterparts. “If someone is doing a boring task, they may start to daydream. Daydreaming distracts them from the task, resulting in poorer performance,” explains study co-author Jackie Andrade, Ph.D., a psychology professor

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Image by Devin Inc., Dearborn, MI is hosting the 3rd annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser in an effort to raise a greater awareness of breast cancer education; to acknowledge our surviving clients, friends, and family members; and for remembrance of those who have lost their battle with breast cancer. The staff of Image Salon has been deeply affected by this disease and wants to make a different by whatever means possible to raise funds for the research and eventual cure of breast cancer. This is a non-profit event in which all the proceeds will go to Karmanos Breast Cancer Research. There will be Karmonos educators speaking at the event to educate and inform our attendees on the early detection of breast cancer, while funds are raised by making men, women, and children, even more beautiful with discounted rates on haircuts, mini facials, waxing, paraffin hand treatments, manicures, pedicures and massages. There will also be refreshments, music, and activities for the kids. Image Salon has accepted donations of products, food and services from a variety of local businesses to help make this Cut-A-Thon Fundraiser for Breast Cancer a great success!


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at the University of Plymouth, in England. “A simple task, like doodling, may be sufficient to stop daydreaming without affecting performance on the main task.” It turns out that in everyday life, doodling may be something we do because it helps us stay on track. Source: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009


esearch now suggests that mind-body techniques like yoga and meditation, which can put the body into a state of deep rest known as the relaxation response, are capable of changing how human genes behave in response to stress. Many experts see the relaxation response, which is characterized by reduced oxygen intake, increased exhalation of nitric oxide and lowered psychological distress, as the counterpart to the flight-or-fight stress response. The authors say their study showed that the relaxation response further acted to change the expression of genes involved with inflammation, programmed cell death and the handling of free radicals. They noted that such deep relaxation practices have been used across cultures for millennia to help prevent and treat disease. Dr. Jeffery Dusek, co-lead author of the study at the Benson-Henry Institute, and now with Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, remarks that, “The relaxation-response-associated changes were the opposite of stress-associated changes,” and were “much more pronounced” in long-term practitioners. The researchers at Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Genomics Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center published their results in PLoS One. Source:

Bell Ringer

Unprecedented Support for International Day of Peace United Nations peace bells throughout the world will ring September 21 as the 2009 International Day of Peace circles the globe in a 24-hour celebration toward a sustainable world peace. For the first time, a global broadcast via the Internet, radio and television will spotlight the UN’s central purpose, “to end the scourge of war for future generations.” Videos from locations all over the world will stream over InternationalDayofPeace. org and Commemorations of presentday peacebuilders’ accomplishments will be broadcast in dozens of languages on this day of calling for a cease-fire. “Peace,” advised Albert Einstein, “can only be achieved by understanding.” Peacebuilders focus on creating a longterm culture of peace. Downloadable tools intended to catalyze year-round public networking and collaboration help jumpstart local initiatives. Imagine if every country began by donating that single day’s warfare budget to a peace organization. Individuals can celebrate Peace Day in as simple an act as lighting a candle and silently sitting in supportive meditation.

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Realizing Oneness

Tour de Force Global Project Gets People Talking The Global Oneness Project offers a free, online living library of video shorts that explore how the radically simple notion of oneness is made practical in our increasingly complex world. Since 2006, filmmakers have been traveling the globe gathering stories from creative and courageous people who show how we can all better share our world. “The point of the Global Oneness Project,” says founder and Director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, “is to remind people that they are part of an interconnected whole—and to offer them hope. We’re exploring a new set of values that aren’t based on greed. We want to tell a new story that honors the potential of human beings having a positive relationship to the world around them.”

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Children’s messages to us can be simple and direct. Here are ways we can help and support an especially intuitive child:

Children’s Intuition A Special Key to Success in Life by Catherine Crawford

A child’s intuition, or sixth sense, may be more important in the life of a child than many people realize. Intuition helps alert kids to danger, provides guidance in decision making and helps in problem solving, enabling youngsters to jump more quickly to a solution. Nurturing children’s ipgntuition and keeping it alive helps them maintain a clear connection to this inner compass.

• Stay open to her perceptions with out judgment. • Try not to inflate or deflate her intuitive experience when we respond to it. • Help her see that her way of feeling and seeing life is an impor tant part of who she is, just like any other gift or talent. • Realize that she may need our help in learning how to manage the stressors associated with this innate lens through which she sees the world. • Let him know that he is never alone and we are available to help him.


ll children are intuitive, but some are more highly so and experience more intuitive messages, or perceptions, with greater frequency than others. They often are unusually aware of the needs and feelings of friends, parents, siblings and animals. These children may translate the unspoken needs of younger siblings and pets with striking accuracy and even pick up on the predominant feeling of a group of people as they enter a room. Others may tune into an unspoken family conflict or tell someone to be careful before stumbling into an unknown situation.

In my psychotherapy practice over the past 20 years, I’ve noticed that intuitive children who are raised with respect for their insights and taught to manage the stressors that can emerge with this trait generally grow up to be healthy, balanced, intuitive adults. On the other hand, when highly intuitive children learn to suppress their inner truth and stop respecting their own inner compass, they suffer undesirable consequences. Many manifest reduced self-esteem, self-doubt, confusion in decision making and difficulties with interpersonal boundaries as adults. They are more likely to defer to what

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How to Support an Intuitive Child In parenting and guiding, we can make a big difference in supporting children’s intuition and empathy. Three keys are to give kids positive feedback for these abilities, help them learn how to deal with associated stressors and teach them real-life skills designed with their individual abilities in mind.

“Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one’s own unnecessary vegetation.” ~ Gail Sheehy

• If he has empathically taken on someone else’s mood, aches, pains, or worries, help him to practice asking, “Is this feeling mine?” Remind him that he’s not responsible for anyone else’s feelings. • If a child is stuck in a pattern of being in tune with others’ pain or the pain of the world, help him learn to switch to being on the “self channel.” We can help him do this through exercise, by encouraging him to express his feelings in art, or even by taking a couple of slow deep breaths along with us.

Perceptive children call for perceptive parenting. Parents can help keep intuition strong in their children and help solidify this gift for life by adopting these supportive behaviors. Catherine Crawford is a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered art therapist, specializing in the needs of intuitive empaths. Her new book is The Highly Intuitive Child: A Guide to Understanding and Parenting Unusually Sensitive and Empathic Children. Learn more at

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Spice Up a Diet


Sizzling Hot Healthy Peppers by Amber Lanier Nagle

To make the most of the diverse health benefits associated with eating hot peppers, we must add them to our everyday diet. Any Mexican or Thai restaurant can easily satiate a hankering for heat. At home, adding hot peppers to meals is easy and adds intriguing color and flavor to foods. Note that regular consumption of hot peppers increases one’s tolerance to capsaicin, and thus access to its benefits. So experts recommend that we begin at the base of the Scoville Heat Scale, with milder peppers, and gradually work our way up to the tongue scorchers. Start, for example, with pepperoncinis, which add zing to salads and soups and then, step up to hotter varieties, like poblanos and jalapenos, perfect in pasta dishes, rices and omelets. Maybe top a pizza with sliced wax peppers. Finally, add a dash of cayenne pepper to spice salsas, sauces and meat marinades. Researchers and dieticians around the world are excited about the proven and potential health benefits of hot peppers. People everywhere are proving why, indeed, some like it hot. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Adairsville, GA. Connect at


One fresh, medium-sized with University of California, Los Angeles, abanero, banana wax, jalapeno and other members of the chile green chile pod has as much demonstrated that the pepper extract not only killed approximately 80 percent of pepper family have added a vitamin C as six oranges. the cancer cells, but also dramatically kick of flavor to otherwise bland food for curbed the growth of remaining tumors, hundreds of years. These spicy dynamos which were only one-fifth the size of not only make our tongues sizzle and our One teaspoon of dried those in untreated mice. faces sweat, they also deliver an array of Capsaicin triggered a similar effect in health benefits. red chile powder delivers human lung and pancreatic cancer cells The hot, hotter and scorching sensathe daily requirement in a study conducted at the University of tion of capsaicin, found primarily in the Nottingham in the UK. seeds and ribs of cayenne peppers, has of vitamin A. its own heat scale. While the amount of this chemical component varies among Manage Pain pepper varieties, the rule is, the more Over-the-counter topical capsaicin ointments, such as Zostrix capsaicin, the more fire in the belly and mouth. Bell peppers and Capzasin-P, currently provide thousands of individuals are at the bottom of the Scoville Heat Scale, with zero units, with relief from the pain associated with osteoarthritis, sports while fiery habaneros score around 300,000 units, and pure injuries and psoriasis. These peppery creams work by depletcapsaicin, at the top of the list, measures a scorching 16 miling the amount of a neurotransmitter called substance P, which lion units. is believed to send pain messages to the brain. Many individu In recent years, researchers who have studied capsaicin als experience a localized burning sensation when capsaicin have surfaced some promising results. Evidently, eating these cream is applied to the skin, but this discomfort eventually spicy treats can help prevent and treat certain types of cansubsides with repeated use, and pain relief usually follows. cer, decrease and alleviate pain and help control weight. Fight Cancer In India, Mexico and other countries where hot peppers are commonly used in traditional cuisine, cancer rates are relatively low, according to the Globocan 2002 database. This correlates with the results of a study conducted on mice genetically modified with human prostate cancer cells. Research by the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in collaboration


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Offset Obesity Capsaicin is found in various weight loss supplements because it increases metabolic activity, which helps to burn calories and fat. In 1999, the British Journal of Nutrition published a study revealing that women participants who added two teaspoons of dried red pepper to their food consumed fewer calories and less fat at their next meal, so capsaicin may reduce appetite.

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Scoville Heat Scale

The Scoville Heat Scale measures the hotness of peppers. The units represent the average amount of capsaicin present in the pepper. Pure Capsaicin

16 million

Naga Jolokia

855,000 +

Red Savina Habanero

350,000 – 580,000

Habanero, Scotch Bonnet

100,000 – 350,000

Rocoto, Jamaican Hot, African Birdseye

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50,000 – 100,000

Cayenne, Tabasco

30,000 – 50,000


10,000 – 23,000


5,000 – 10,000

Jalapeño, Guajillo

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1,500 – 2,500


1,000 – 1,500


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his month, yoga studios and instructors around the world are hosting events to introduce people to yoga, the 5,000-year-old practice that is their passion. Individuals can choose from many schools and yoga styles to find those best suited to their body type, personality and stage of life and fitness. While instructional approaches to the yoga techniques and asanas, or postures, may vary, the ultimate goal for most is the yoking of the mind to body and spirit. From the physically challenging to the meditatively transcending, this ancient discipline from India demands respect and commitment from those who seek to receive its benefits. Practitioners attest that stepping onto the yoga mat can lead to extraordinary experiences, greater self-knowledge and better health.

10 Reasons to Try Yoga Stress Reduction ~ By encouraging relaxation, yoga practice can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Related reported benefits include lowered blood pressure and heart rate, and a reduction in the symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia. Pain Relief ~ Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yogic asanas and meditation reduced pain among people with cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, arthritis and other chronic conditions. Some practitioners report that even emotional pain can be eased through the practice of yoga.


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Better Breathing ~ By teaching people to take slower, deeper breaths, yoga can help to improve lung health and function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body. Flexibility ~ Yoga routinely helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and even reducing joint aches and pains. While many people can’t touch their toes during their first yoga class, with practice they are able to do more poses as they stretch muscles and release tensions. Yoga also helps to improve body alignment, resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.

Increased Strength ~ Asanas use both big and small muscle groups in the body, helping to increase strength from head to toe. Yoga also helps build bone density through weight-bearing postures. Weight Management ~ All styles of yoga can aid weight control efforts by reducing cortisol in the bloodstream, burning calories and creating muscle mass. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits through greater bodyawareness, and provides a heightened sense of well-being. Improved Circulation ~ Combining asanas in a series or flow helps to improve circulation in the body and move oxygenated blood to the cells more efficiently. Moving through the postures also helps to flush internal organs and detoxify the body. Improved digestion and immune system function are other reported benefits of yoga. Cardiovascular Conditioning ~ Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering the resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise. Sharper Mind ~ Like meditation, yoga keeps practitioners focused on the present moment, which opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory. Research shows that such mindfulness practices can actually create new neural pathways in the brain. Inner Peace ~ Yoga’s meditative aspects often help practitioners feel more calm and centered within themselves. Many who begin the practice for other reasons say that this sense of peace is what brings them back to the mat time and again. Sources:;; National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at;and U.S. National Library of Medicine at

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Coming Home to Yourself When Your Home Expresses Who You Are by Judith Fertig Illustrations by Jill Butler


in which we currently live, and a change ome. It’s a small word for a universal A house becomes shell is in order, remarks Jill Butler, an illustrator, idea, one that resonates deeply with creativity coach and author of Create the complex individual meanings and a home only as Space You Deserve: An Artistic Journey to associations. we put our own Expressing Yourself Through Your Home. This Regardless of whether home is a room, apartment, cottage or mansion, how homey it personal, emotional could be the result of a shift, as the result of downsizing to a smaller home or again beseems depends first on two physical factors: imprint on it. coming a single adult; a celebration of finally light coming in on two sides and a view of being able to build a home or move to the greenery or sky, according to Clare Cooper place of our dreams; or a milestone, which Marcus, professor emerita of the departments might come in the form of a first apartment or of architecture and landscape architecture new baby. and environmental planning at the Univer “Creating a soul space, or a nest, is not a new idea for sity of California, Berkeley. “We yearn for nature,” she most women,” says Butler. “What might be new is creating observes. “Houseplants or a view of a garden is a universal the nest that supports you and makes you feel loved and desire.” nurtured when your world might not. Taking the time to In her seminal book, House as a Mirror of Self: Explorunderstand the deeper need is the first step.” ing the Deeper Meaning of Home, which resulted from her work on a low-income housing project and a series of case studies, Marcus came to understand that “People conHow a House Becomes a Home sciously and unconsciously use their home environment “A house is more than a roof over your head,” says Butler, to express something about themselves.” For Marcus, our noting that it is far more than what it came to be seen as in reevolving self-image is directly reflected in the homes we cent years as Americans’ primary savings account. “The whole create, like a chambered nautilus, around our deepest self. idea of a house became skewed when we worried more about Sometimes, we discover that we have outgrown the resale value than actually living there,” she continues. “It’s time to consider their return on our emotional investment.” A house becomes a home only as we put our own personal, emotional imprint on it. “A home is people-made,” writes Alexandra Stoddard, author of Feeling at Home: Defining Who You Are and How You Want to Live. “Our home is Mystery School of the Temple Arts our essence, the ultimate Earthly place where we live and love and have our being. “All the more reason to ask ourselves: Are we living with Sacred Sexuality harmony, fulfillment, and joy at home? Are we living as well Individual & Couple Coaching as we would like, or are we too often anxious, emotionally Group Classes, Workshops, Retreats Leslie Blackburn exhausted and stressed?” 313.269.6719 Interior designer Kelee Katillac, author of House of Belief: Creating Your Own Personal Style, suggests we start by one space taking a close look at what we see around us in our home.


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“Homes that say nothing of who we are—what we believe in and values that we aspire toward—are places of tumultuous spiritual discontent,” she counsels. “By filling the space around us with benign objects—department-store clones with matching accessories to fill every nook and cranny—we lock ourselves into a gilded cage of fashion for which our creative spirit has no key.”

like a living or dining room, function better for how we really live—make it more informal, colorful, or lived-in—by changing the type of furniture or its arrangement, advises Katillac. Butler emphasizes that the secret to using every room lies in setting up the room exactly as we want it. We can happily engage all the senses with favorite music, scented candles, fresh flowers, soft “Just as a picture is drawn throws or silky pillows and perhaps a garvisible through a window. We can Taking Stock by an artist, surroundings den, repaint a room in a color we love. We Before we can create a home that can even make our own artwork. We can are created by the activities truly expresses our deepest self, we need decorate only with objects that resonate to rediscover who we are now, where we of the mind.” with us, with less of an eye to the price. are in our life and what we really want. “Living artfully might require taking ~ Guatama Buddha This calls for an assessment or inventory, the time to buy things with soul for the a “before” snapshot. home,” counsels Moore. “Good linens, a Thomas Moore, in Care of the Soul: How to Add Depth special rug or a simple teapot can be a source of enrichment, and Meaning to Your Everyday Life, recalls a “reading” he did not only for our own life, but also the lives of our children of one woman’s dwelling. “My idea was to see the house’s and grandchildren.” poetry and alphabet, to understand the gestures it was mak Adds Katillac, “By surrounding ourselves with the trappings of our past successes, or with things we associate with those who have achieved the success we want in our lives, we begin to believe in the possibility of our dreams.” When re-envisioning our home involves tearing out walls, adding rooms or building from the ground up, it’s time to call in help from experts: architects, interior designers, contractors, plumbers and painters—the works. That can seem daunting at first. But our sources share a secret: Find a professional with the ing in its architecture, colors, furnishing [and] decorations, credentials you want for your project, and he or she generand the condition it was in at that particular time.” After the ally will lead you to other qualified people. exercise, he notes, “We both felt unusually connected to the place.” More, “I was motivated to reflect on my own home and to think more deeply about the poetics of everyday life.” How well does our current home feel like we wish it to? In Feeling at Home, Stoddard lists 15 elements that contribute to the emotional intelligence of a home. In addition to the dual keys of light and a view outside, as Marcus mentions, are color, comfortable furniture, change (periodic rearrangement of elements), privacy, fresh air, nature, beauty, art, order, a working kitchen, a home library and favorite objects. The latter may encompass heirlooms, childhood souvenirs and handcrafts. “We begin by shaping our home environments into places of inspiration and affirmation,” advises Katillac. “By keeping our beliefs in front of us in our homes and by building our belief and our confidence through artistry in our own home, we enter into an exhilarating process that affects our lives on every level.”

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stage in your life,” says Marcus, whether that stage is child-rearing, professional life or a relationship that has changed or ended. When we prune away things that are no longer necessary to us, saying yes only to what we need, love and absolutely can’t live without, we can better see the path ahead. We can sell, recycle, donate or throw away things that no longer serve. Creating order makes us feel more peaceful, confident and ready for creative action.

aking stock of what’s important to us comprises two parts. First, we survey our beliefs and values. Then, we consider how our homes reflect, or don’t reflect, those key beliefs and values. The following toolbox can help spark progress. Make Lists. Alexandra Stoddard has her clients simply list 10 words that define who they are now. The list might include words like “love,” “green,” “food” or “memories.” The next step is going from room to room and seeing how well each space mirrors these values. Jill Butler also recommends listing all of the activities we see happening in our reinvented home. It helps evolve the types of spaces needed and suggests innovative uses for rooms.

“Having figured out the ‘What,’ the ‘How’ will take care of itself.”

Ask Questions. Butler recommends asking the “W” questions. Where are you now? What do you want? What do you see around you? “Ask yourself what pleases you and makes you feel good,” she says. Maybe it’s a cozy color, a fresh breeze through the window or family photographs. Are these elements present now?

Draw a Picture. Clare Cooper Marcus ~ Jill Butler has given her clients a large pad of paper, Embrace Opposites. Katillac asks couples crayons and felt pens and asked them to questions like, “What do you want more of in your life?” She detail their feelings about home in a picture. In creating a finds the commonality in their answers, but also celebrates concept of home that they could see, the clients were better the opposites—what each person wants without considerable to make those changes happen in their homes. ing the other person at all. For example, one might prefer Zen-like, serene surroundings, while the other loves the Take a Field Trip. Kelee Katillac suggests taking a “field rustic outdoors, but they both want to feel family-friendly trip” in our own home. “Walk through your house now and casual. So, a “Zen cabin” could become a translation of and look for things that exemplify something of your beliefs their mutual desires. “I love the juxtaposition of two different and values,” she advises. “List objects and areas that have ideas,” says Katillac. “It’s all about helping people create a special meaning to you. This meaning may be known only home that reflects who they are and who they want to be.” to you—more of an association. You may also see many things there that have no meaning to you; it’s time to let Pause. Wait for emotions to settle. Don’t be in a hurry to those go.” decide this, that, or all of it. Let decisions sit on the to-do list, undecided, for a while. Watch as the choices become clear Clear Out Clutter. The accumulation of things we no longer really need signals “not wanting to let go or move on from a naturally, organically, quietly.

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Creativity in Motion Dancing Through Life with Nia

by Gail Condrick


ooking for a cardio workout that engages both mind and body with a side order of consciousness? The Nia Technique may be just the ticket. In each hour-long Nia class, enthusiasts experience the creativity of dance, the precision of yoga and the power of martial arts, as they move to music that rocks the body and soothes the soul. Nia blends the energy forms of Tai chi, aikido, tae kwon do, Duncan dance, jazz, modern dance and yoga into a holistic, self-healing experience. The underlying principle of it all is finding joy and pleasure in movement. Renowned physician Christiane Northrup characterizes Nia as “a total mind, body, spirit celebration.” In her book, The Secret Pleasures of Menopause, she notes that regular exercise can add 20 years to a life and encourages individuals to get moving. A Nia class “celebration” is an active, sweaty, cardiovascular workout currently practiced in 39 countries. In Sarasota, Florida, students ages 16

to 81 dance enthusiastically to music that ranges from inspirational to funky and primal, accented by kicks, blocks, punches and jazzy showmanship. Each person moves at their desired level of intensity, adapting the 52 moves of the form to their body potential. Each hourlong session ends in freeform stretching and relaxation and an invitation that students apply the movements to their daily lives. Matt McCord, 53, an actor and certified nursing assistant, finds that Nia inspires his art and his work. “Nia engages my creativity,” shares McCord. “When I am moving, my brain gets out of the way and my body dances freely. I am learning how my body wants to move and bringing that lesson to my nursing clients. Now, I feel that I am guiding, rather than forcing, self-healing.” Awareness makes a difference. In Excuses Begone! Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., concludes that it is this conscious awareness that boosts effectiveness of such physical exercise and creates the potential for self-healing.

Lynn Gillis, 48, an artist and personal trainer in Fairfax County, Virginia, and longtime Nia practitioner, elaborates. “Nia keeps you in shape, yet it’s so much more,” she explains. “It gives your mind a chance to rest and lets your spirit out to play.” The “more” delivered in Nia class comes courtesy of Nia teachers, extensively trained in the technique’s multiple disciplines, and so able to address a student’s needs, both physically and energetically. At a studio in Asheville, North Carolina, 13 people are dancing to a strong bass and bongo beat. Suddenly, trainer Denise Medved instructs five people to “Freeze!” In the silence that follows, everyone else is invited to look closely at the bodies caught in motion, the details of veins in the hands and the beauty of human living sculpture. “Nia is a moving awareness practice,” observes Medved. “Through Nia, you become present and conscious in your body and connect to life as art.” Finding art in the human form and elevating fitness to a conscious, selfhealing practice have been the work of Nia founders Debbie and Carlos Rosas for 25 years. According to the Rosas,

Nia enables students to use movements learned in class to enrich all aspects of their lives, inside and outside the studio. “The Nia practice, what we call ‘dancing through life,’ is choosing to make every movement a dance of selfhealing,” explains Debbie, who lives in Portland, Oregon. “When I wake up in the morning, I can jump out of bed any which way or I can connect to my body and move organically, the way the body moves naturally. As I move through my day, I can create pleasure by adjusting my movements and practicing a kind of living meditation. All of it adjusts my perspective of life as art.” Students may not know how Nia works, but they feel it. “After two classes, I feel wonderful,” comments Diane McKay, a 44-year-old organizational consultant and a new student of Nia in Sarasota. Nia’s blend of conscious awareness, dance fitness, martial arts and healing philosophy easily puts one’s own creativity into motion. Carlos warns: “Watch out, this can change your life.” Gail Condrick, a black belt Nia instructor, can be reached at

Tips for Dancing Through Life Nia practitioners stay fit in and out of the gym through a three-stage process called “Dancing through Life.” You can learn to stay connected to life through bodily sensations, reap the benefits of traditional meditation and find beauty and inspiration in every facet of your life by following these three dance steps. Dance through Life ~ Turn everyday movements into a continuous dance of fitness. Get in touch with your body’s sensations and make small adjustments to feel more pleasure. Reaching up becomes your opportunity to stretch, swinging your arms releases tension in your back and trying a new way of moving brings awareness and breaks habits. Build body consciousness and activate greater self-healing as you learn to move with pleasure. Practice Living Meditation ~ Stop the ceaseless inner dialogue in your mind and find moments to rest mind and body while moving through your day. At a traffic light or waiting for an elevator, let everything stop and move into meditative non-doing. Relax your shoulders and jaw, feel the sensations of a neutral mind and capture a moment of stillness while being in the world, but not of it. Appreciate Life as Art ~ Slow down and view everything you see and experience with wonder and admiration. As you change your perception, ordinary life can become as inspiring as drinking in a masterpiece. Breathe in the good energy of the world and become the art and artist of your life.

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Source: Adapted from The Nia Technique: The High-Powered Energizing Workout that Gives You a New Body and a New Life, by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas.

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Art for arts sake By Erin Eagan


here are a wide variety of natural scrubs on the marketplace. Some have exotic and fragrant ingredients such as Sugar Shealoe Butter Scrub, Coffee Sea Salt Scrub, Jojoba Bead Polish, Raspberry Seed Patchouli Scrub... Although a scrub used once or twice weekly can be the key to glowing, radiant skin, making a selection can be a challenge. These simple tips about scrubs and their components can help.

What is a scrub? Throughout the course of history, art has always been an integral part of the human experience. Although works of fine art may often only be found in museums and galleries, art, in a more universal sense, surrounds us at all times. Art doesn’t have to be created with an end goal of having made something beautiful or perfect. In fact this attitude tends to make people, especially adults, shy away from creating art because they feel they “can’t draw or paint”. In reality they just can’t draw in the same way the art masters do. When we look at art simply as the product of human creativity it becomes clear that everyone can create art, and it can be argued that everyone should, at least from time to time. Creating art allows opportunities for discovering aspects of our inner being. An example of how it can be a powerful facilitator of self-transformation is the creation of mandalas which are free flowing graphic designs usually based around concentric circles. Noted psychologist Carl Jung believed that mandala drawing was a crosscultural expression of the human psyche. The sacred geometry of these drawings is accessible to all people regardless of their artistic abilities. According to Leslie Blackburn, M.S., founder of One Space LLC and instructor of sacred geometric art classes, the very act of creating these simple shapes and patterns can induce a meditative state of calmness and clarity. The mandala is believed to be a representation of the inner psyche captured on paper; consequently the content of the drawings and the process of creating the drawings are important while the skill level of the person creating the image is of little consequence. While mandala drawing only requires the use of paper and markers, there are documented benefits to creatively expressing oneself using a wide variety of artistic mediums. In fact, according to the American Art Therapy Association, “it can


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improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.” This belief is part of the basis for art therapy, an emergent therapeutic modality, which has been gaining popularity in recent years. Art therapy seeks to heal individuals from both acute and chronic conditions. The fact that people can reduce stress, increase self-esteem and gain personal awareness is applicable to the general population as well. According to MaryAnne F. Kohl, author of several art books for children, it is very important to distinguish between art and craft. While crafts have a special place in many cultural and seasonal traditions they require the creator to follow distinct steps in order to reach the required outcome. Kohl differentiates this type of process from the creation of art because “art has no planned outcome, art is free, and art is a process rather than a product.” Children, especially very young children, seem to be quite in tune with this idea. As we grow older, however, we tend to worry more about the end result rather than enjoying the act of creating. Kohl advises adults to try to let go of these feelings and view artistic expression as experimentation, without concern for the final product. Channel your inner child, grab some materials and let your natural creative impulses flow through you onto your canvas. Create art just for the sake of creating. If you don’t love the way it ends up looking, at least you will have enjoyed the experience of creating it. For unique eco-friendly and cost effective ideas to inspire creativity see the story about Arts & Scraps. For more information about mandala drawings and a downloadable template to help you get started creating your own mandala visit

A scrub is an abrasive component combined with emollient oils or butters, soothing botanicals and healing fragrant essential oils. They are used to exfoliate dead skin cells, dry, rough skin and improve circulation. The oil base is left behind when the abrasive portion is rinsed off, giving you smoother, better-

do in some individuals. Sea Salt is used for it’s drying and healing properties and when used in moderation, is a great choice for open sores such as pimples. It can also be a heavily abrasive exfoliant, depending on the coarseness of the salt. It is a great choice for all over body care but even more effective for feet, elbows and knees, where the skin is thicker. Fine grain, sea salts or dendritic salts are being used more and more on the face for acne care. Sea Salt scrubs should be used no more than once weekly. Coffee contains caffeine, which stimulates circulation. The caffeine and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in ground coffee helps to neutralize free radical damage to the skin. Models have known for years that when coffee is rubbed over cellulite prone areas, it

exfoliants. The benefits of these types of scrubs are that the oils of the seed themselves add extra emolliency and nutritives for the skin. Jojoba Beads are tiny jojoba wax beads that don’t easily dissolve with water. Used as a very gentle facial exfoliant, Jojoba is highly emollient and closely resembles the natural sebum of the skin. It is a good choice for mature skin.

How to use a scrub. Scrubs are generally easier to use in the shower. Wet your body, starting with a small dab of the scrub of your choice, and begin rubbing the skin in small circular motions with gentle pressure, concentrating on areas that are dryer or rougher. With sugars and salts, rub until you feel the grit dissolve. Remember to never rub until the skin becomes red

To Scrub To Scrub hydrated skin and improved elasticity.

Why scrub? Your skin sheds millions of dead skin cells daily. As we age the rate at which your body renews its skin slows, so exfoliation becomes increasingly important to maintaining healthy, supple skin. Manual exfoliation helps the body in this natural shedding process. It will help loosen ingrown hairs, stimulate circulation and lift away deep down dirt and sebum without the use of soaps, which can be drying. Without the occasional exfoliation, the dead skin cells can leave a thick layer of buildup. This buildup prevents proper penetration of moisturizer leaving the skin looking dull, flakey or rough.

A Few Common Scrub Ingredients

Sugar is used for it’s abrasive qualities, but it naturally contains glycolic acid that exfoliates on a chemical level rather than by abrasion. This makes it one of the more gentle options. Sugar works by dissolving dead cells and clarifies the skin with very little rubbing. Sugar should never be used on the face, only on the body. It does not sting or burn the skin which sea salt can

creates a smoother appearance. Ground coffee by itself is gently abrasive but is usually combined with a sugar or salt. It is great for all body parts except the face. Walnut Shells do not dissolve in water like sugar or salt and are much more abrasive. Ground walnut shells are used in foot scrubs to remove rough, thick skin and calluses. Pumice is very finely ground volcanic rock. Like walnut hulls it does not dissolve with water. Used in foot and hand scrubs, it is particularly good for those who work with their hands and have dirt stained fingers. Fruit Seeds, such as raspberry or strawberry, like pumice or walnut shell, do not dissolve in water and are gentle

or irritated. Rinse the scrub off and pat body dry with a towel. Rubbing removes the moisturizing oils of the scrub. And always be very careful stepping out of the shower or tub because oils leave surfaces very slippery. Heather Rosencrantz is the owner of Dirty Girl Farms, producing herbal bodycare products for over 15 years. Vist her at or @ the Royal Oak Farmers Market Saturdays year round 7-1.

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awareness, but also lead to resolutions. On Vinalhaven Island, Maine, ecoartist Aviva Rahmani has painted rocks along the causeway blue as a means of prompting islanders to correct the tidal blockage that was degrading the surrounding waters (using a mixture of ultramarine pigment and buttermilk to encourage lichen growth). Vincent Smythe, a New York artist, creates sculptures from fallen tree branches (see He also offers Go Green Eco-Art workshops to schoolchildren, teaching them about recyclable materials and the importance of conservation. Similarly, Gulfshore Playhouse, a regional theater in Naples, Florida, conducts an elementary school workshop that teaches youngsters to make theater props from recycled materials and then helps them write skits incorporating those props ( Because the eco-art movement has no geographical center, Hull and her like-minded colleagues have created a virtual center on the Internet. Their online Eco-Art Network connects



Eco-Artists Inspire by Giving Back to Nature by Janina Birtolo


rt and nature have always been the closest of companions. Since the earliest cave paintings, artists have looked to the world around them for inspiration, subject matter and the tools of their craft—pigments, brushes, shapers and stories. With the growth of the green art movement in the last several decades, the relationship between art and nature has become even more symbiotic. Today’s eco-artists go beyond taking inspiration from their surroundings; they give back substance that helps nature thrive. “Eco-art is currently getting more attention,” observes Lynne Hull, a Colorado-based artist who has been crafting sculptures that also create wildlife habitat. “A number of people are working in different ways, interacting with environmental systems on behalf of conservation.” She notes that the eco-art movement began in the late 1960s, as awareness of the environment was just starting to break the surface of our collective consciousness and the first Earth Day was being conceived. Hull, who now creates what she calls transspecies art, turned “green” beginning in the 1980s, while living in Wyoming. “There was not much audience in Wyoming for contemporary art then,” she recalls. “I was making art about our relationship with other species and I found


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I had to ship it out to find an audience. I thought I might as well make art for the animals—and I created a niche. The art world became a lot more interested.” In 1983, Hull carved her first water-collecting hydroglyph in Albany County, Wyoming. These works resemble ancient petroglyphs (stone drawings) laid horizontal, but also serve as artistic catch basins for rain, providing precious water for wildlife. By the 1990s, the artist was constructing raptor roosts, to provide nesting sites for eagles and hawks. She has also created floating islands, owl houses, canoe trails and “Migration Mileposts” to link communities that share migratory birds. At this point, she has crafted works in 14 states and eight countries (more at “Mostly, I create structures that can replace damaged nature,” she explains. “The best time to put them in is when restoration is going on, so that nature can take over as the art disintegrates.” Her work, Hull says, represents eco-atonement, a phrase she conceived to convey the importance of art—and humanity—working in conjunction with nature. “It’s the idea of trying to make up, to make amends for what humans have done. It should be the responsibility of our whole society.” Hull is far from alone in her belief that art can not only raise environmental

about 70 member artists who use the site to discuss ideas and opportunities. The movement also has led to the establishment of a cyber-museum at, a website that provides information about eco-artists, the movement’s history and its future. Hull adds that people intrigued by the concept of eco-art can involve themselves on a small and immediate scale by making natural backyard “sculptures” that invite in wildlife. Her website offers ideas for hibernation shelters for butterflies, birdhouses and even a buglog. “I’m on the board of the Fort Collins Audubon Society and am an advocate for habitat gardens,” Hull says. “They’re not difficult to put in. Environmental art is something you can go out and play with. Anything you’re doing outdoors you can make attractive and use it to have a positive impact.” Janina Birtolo, a freelance writer in Naples, FL, focuses on art, the environment and developing one-woman performances based on historical characters. Learn more at

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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1 Job Seekers Lab – 10am-1pm. Learn how to file for unemployment, create a resume, upload resume into job-searching websites. Free. Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland. 734-326-6123. Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Testing – 122pm. Health screenings performed in the hospital lobby. Garden City Hospital, 6245 Inkster Rd, Garden City. 734-458-4330.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2 Basic Computer Skills Class – 10am-12pm. No experience needed. Learn and practice using the keyboard and mouse, turning the computer off and on, starting and ending programs and visiting the Internet. $5. Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. 248-796-4358. Meditation Basics for Beginners – 4:30-5:30pm. Learn about the benefits of meditation, what it is, how to get started and how to bring these principles into a regular practice at home. $10. Pre-Register. Mystery School of the Temple Arts, Dearborn. Leslie Blackburn 313.269.6719, Future Soul Listening Lounge – 5-9pm. Enjoy soul music. $5. Jazz Café at Music Hall, 350 Madison Avenue, across from Ford Field, Detroit. 313-887-8532.

Drop-In Knitting Nights – 7pm. Group and individual instruction. All skill levels welcome. Initial supplies will be provided for first project. Crocheters welcome. Free. Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland. 734-326-6123.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3 Drop-in Wii – 3-4pm. Showcase Wii skills or learn how to play. Free. Bacon Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. BaconLibrary.Org. Poetry, Pages and Scribes – Poetry Open Mic – 6:30-8:30pm. Share works and the inspiration behind them in an intimate setting. Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. 248-796-4358. Raw Vegan Potluck – 7pm. Bring a raw vegan dish sized for eight servings. Free with dish. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia. 877-778-3464. VegMichigan.Org.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 Detroit International Jazz Festival –­ 10am. North America’s largest 3 day jazz event. Free. One Woodward Avenue, Detroit. Bethany Suburban West Monthly Dance – 7:30-11pm. Dance lesson this month: Swing. Refreshments provided. $10. St. Robert Bellarmine, 27101 W. Chicago Ave, Redford.

Panic In Hamtramck – 8pm. Come enjoy local music. Painted Lady Lounge, 2390 Jacob Street, Hamtramck. 313-874-2991.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5 Saturday in the Park – 9am-3:30pm. Six miles of Hines Park will be closed to traffic every Saturday for the public to run, walk, skate or cycle safely. Parking is available at Warrendale and Nankin Mills picnic areas. Hines Drive, east of Ann Arbor Trail, Westland.

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Big Canoe Trip and Vegan Picnic – 9:45am. Navigate down the Huron River on a guided tour at Oakwoods Nature Center in New Boston. Approx 1 hour. $4. No children under 4. Vegan potluck picnic after canoe trip. Oakwoods Metropark, 17845 Savage Road, Belleville. Vegetarian.Meetup.Com/463/.

A Grand Night for Singing – 8pm. First-rate musical review of long songs featuring the music and lyrics Broadway legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. $12. Village Theater of Canton, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton. 734-416-9885.


Livonia Computer Recycling Day – 8am-12pm. Items accepted for recycling are computer monitors, peripherals, keyboards, mouse devices, printers, copiers, scanners, cell phones and fax machines. Items not accepted are television sets, boxes, manuals and software. For disposal of large quantities, call (313) 964-3900. Livonia City Hall, East Lot, 33000 Civic Center Dr, Livonia. 734-326-3936.

Health Screenings – 10-2pm. Presented by Quality Home Health Care Services of Michigan. Health screenings for hypertension, diabetes and a free glucometer for those in need. Free. Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Rd, Detroit. 313-833-9800. Henry Gibson Jazz Woodshed Workshop – 3-8pm. Intense and accelerated music workshop with a concentration on jazz performance for musicians and vocalists of all skill levels. $20. Bert’s Warehouse Theatre, 2739 Russell, Detroit. 313-393-3233.


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Dr. Alice’s Food Party – 6-8:30pm. Learn how to cook different country style recipes, including how to properly cook different types of meat. Alice will talk about digestion, and the health benefits of exercise and diet. Buffet dinner included. $25. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

Meditation Basics for Beginners – 4:30-5:30pm. Learn about the benefits of meditation, what it is, how to get started and how to bring these principles into a regular practice you can do at home. $10. Pre-Register. Mystery School of the Temple Arts, Dearborn. Leslie Blackburn 313.269.6719,


Saturday in the Park – 9am-3:30pm. Six miles of Hines Park will be closed to traffic every Saturday for the public to run, walk, skate or cycle safely. Parking is available at Warrendale and Nankin Mills picnic areas. Hines Drive, east of Ann Arbor Trail, Westland.

Second Saturdays on the Detroit Riverfront – 11am-1pm. Enjoy the balmy weather the Riverwalk with live music, art making, instrument petting zoo, airbrush and clown balloon artists. Free. Rivard Plaza, Detroit International Riverfront, Detroit. 313-566-8200. Autumnfest – 11am-3pm. Family fun for everyone. Park in the Southfield Civic Center South Parking Lot and take a free shuttle to the farm. Mary Thompson House and Farm, 25630 Evergreen Rd, Southfield. 248-796-4620. Grosse Pointe’s Greatest Block Party – 11am-10pm. Community celebration that features food and refreshments, music, art, canine pet parade and children’s activities. Downtown Grosse Pointe, Kercheval Ave, between Cadieux and Neff, Grosse Pointe. 313-886-7474. Native American Heritage Day – 1-5pm. The native people of the Great Lakes, The Anishnabeg, Ojibwa, Odawa and Potawatomi people host a gathering to share their culture and heritage. Free. Nankin Mills Interpretive Center, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. 734-261-1990. Earthworks Harvest Dinner – 5pm. Celebrate working together for food justice for all. Dinner of local SE Michigan foods with conversation with Grace Lee Boggs. Casual dress. $15. Gleaners Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit. EarthWorks@, 313-579-2100x204.

Beethoven & Blue Jeans –­ 7:30pm. Opening night of the new Plymouth Canton Symphony Orchestras season. Wear blue jeans and enjoy a night of casual classics. $25. Village Theater of Canton, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13 3rd Annual St. Mary Mercy Hospital 5K Run/ Walk for Cancer – 9am. Come together to support and strengthen each other. St. Mary Mercy Hospital Grounds, 36475 Five Mile Rd, Livonia. 734-655-2006. Vegan Sunday Brunch – 11am. Optional yoga and meditation starts at 11am. Brunch is scheduled for noon. Includes scrambled tofu, tempeh bacon, potatoes, fruit, and gluten-free buckwheat pancakes. $10, drinks extra. Golden Gate Café, 18700 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Vegetarian.Meetup.Com/463/. Life and Motion Dance Therapy – 3-5pm. Through Dance with Gabriela you can identify and express your inner most emotions, bringing those feelings to the surface. It strengthens your mind, body and immune system. Come experience a sense of renewal, unity and completeness through life motion and dance with us. $25. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

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Sit & Sew – 6:30-7:30pm. Finish or start that quilting project. All skill levels welcome. Free. Bacon Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. BaconLibrary.Org. 734-246-8357. Our Food, Our Health, Our Future – 7pm. Chef Lisa Howard helps in understanding the basic principles of nutrition, being a qualitarian, and demonstrates how to take control of health through food. Free. Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. 248-796-4358.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10 Toastmasters’ Group – 11:45am -1pm. Wade Trim Engineering, 25251 Northline Rd, Taylor. Tracy Vernier 734-947-9700. Writing Your Life Story – 1-2:30pm. Presented by the Northville Genealogical Society. Everyone welcome. Free. Northville District Library, 212 West Cady Street, Northville. Higher Education For the Real World: Explore Education for Today – 2-6pm. Meet with representatives from public and private universities both large and small as they provide information about their programs. Free. Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield. 248-796-4358.

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Headaches – 5-6pm. Free health checks and handouts. Seminar put on by the Loranger Family Wellness Center, 4828 Allen Rd, Allen Park. 313383-1615 to register. The Body Mind Connection – 7-9pm. How do you use breath to heal your body, mind, and soul? This 2 part workshop will include: Gentle Yoga, how to stimulate chi flow, positive affirmations, meditation, and brain wave vibration that focuses on the brainstem, releasing stress and opening up neural pathways. $25. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15 Documentary, Dinner & Discussion – 6:30pm. Thought provoking documentary, delicious and healthy food by H2O Essence of Life and tantalizing conversation. The Black Whole, 12512 Woodward Ave, Highland Park. 313-867-0026. Cellular and Tissue Detoxification/Colon Health – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn with Joyce Olivetto the stepping stones to achieving optimal health, the importance of cellular repair to rejuvenation and healing, and how living foods, enzyme activity and proper nutrition can effect the aging process. Zerbos Health Foods, 34164 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-427-3144.

Medicinal Mushrooms – 6-7:30pm. Learn the role specific mushrooms play in aiding the immune system in defense and recovery. Unlock the healing powers of these amazing fungi with speaker Brian Glover. Zerbos Health Foods, 34164 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-427-3144. Is It Really Your Thyroid? – 6-8pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. Learn the thyroid’s link to heart health, digestive issues, emotional stress and more. Help the natural way. Limited to 30. Free. Noble Library, 32901 Plymouth Road, Livonia. TLCHolisticWellness. com. 734-756-6904. Drumming with Kristyne – 7-8:30pm. Bring your drums and come for some fun. Extra drums available upon request. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

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Balancing Hormones Naturally – 7:15-8:30pm. Presented by Dr. Robert E. Potter, Jr., D.C. Gain a better understanding of the cause and symptoms that occur during menopause and PMS. Find solutions through proper diet, vitamins, exercise and stress reduction. Seating limited. Free. 6231 N. Canton Center Rd, #109, Canton.  734-455-6767. CantonCenterChiropractic.Com.




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Saturday in the Park – 9am-3:30pm. Six miles of Hines Park will be closed to traffic every Saturday for the public to run, walk, skate or cycle safely. Parking is available at Warrendale and Nankin Mills picnic areas. Hines Drive, east of Ann Arbor Trail, Westland.

Wellness Wednesday – 9am-9pm. All-day event featuring additional discounts on products, product demonstrations, sampling, and representatives from product lines. Free. Nutrition Unlimited, 14185 Eureka, Southgate. 734-284-2357.

Dietary Guidelines – 7-8pm. Mark Meyerson, CNC will speak about dietary guidelines and will answer questions. Free. Nutrition Unlimited, 14185 Eureka, Southgate. 734-284-2357.

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Pumpkin Festival – 6:30pm. Three days of family fun. Romulus City Hall, 11111 Wayne Road, Romulus. 734-942-7540.

Ayurveda Workshop – 1-3pm. Presented by Shannon Walter, RYT. Includes: overview, assessments, exploration of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda; Learn about how Ayurveda can support your health and radiate your inner beauty. $25. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734454-9642.,

Drop-in Chess Game Night – 7-9pm. Meet new challenging players. Free. Bacon Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. BaconLibrary.Org.

Exercise and Pressure Point Therapy Class – 7-8:30 pm. Learn basic exercises before doing any other exercise or activity, and experience Pressure Point Therapy to help relieve aches and pains. Enjoy organic snacks. Free. Karl Chiropractic Clinic & Wellness Center, P.C., 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland.  Limited seating. 734-425-8220.

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Alternative Birth Care Unit – 7-9pm. Orientation class that will discuss the birthing center, its philosophy and care provided. Register in advance. Free. Providence Hospital, 16001 W 9 Mile Rd, Southfield. 248-849-3919.

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Oliver! ­– 2pm. Enjoy wonderful songs and a light hearted approach to a very dark Dickens tale. Based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. $18. Village Theater of Canton, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21 Family Fun Night – 6:30pm. Enjoy family fun for families of all sizes and ages are invited to drop in. Free. Bacon Library, 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte. BaconLibrary.Org. 734-246-8357. Is Organic Better? – 7-8pm.  Find out what the research really shows before making any decisions.  Guest speaker Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., Certified Wellness Doctor. Snacks provided. Limited seating. Free. First Cup Organic Coffee, 15130 Inkster Rd., Redford. 734-425-8588 or 313-255-4200. The Body Mind Connection Part 2 – 7-9pm. The Body Mind Connection: How do you use breath to heal your body, mind, and soul? Part 2 of the workshop will include: Gentle Yoga, how to stimulate chi flow, positive affirmations, meditation, and brain wave vibration that focuses on the brainstem, releasing stress and opening up neural pathways. $25. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 Women’s Networking Event – 11am-1pm. The Heart Link Network is a relaxed lunch/networking gathering for women to help one another grow their businesses and strengthen their community. $20 pre registration required. Island Lakes at Midtown Model Home, 10770 Island Lake Dr., Taylor. Toastmasters’ Group – 11:45am -1pm. Wade Trim Engineering, 25251 Northline Rd, Taylor. Tracy Vernier 734-947-9700.

The Third Option for Successful Marriage – 5:45-8pm. Couples come and learn how to speak the truth in love. Gain insight to building a climate of respect, understand expectations, redefine power struggles, and how to fight fair. Free. Marriage Resource Center, 23400 Michigan Ave, P18, Dearborn. 313-278-4400. The Sweet Truth About Your Sweet Tooth – 6-7:30pm. Presented by Don Bennet and Ellen Livingston. Find out why a sweet tooth is actually a good thing to have, and how to best indulge it. Zerbos Health Foods, 34164 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-427-3144.

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 Green Drinks Detroit Happy Hour Networking – 6-8pm. Share ideas, innovations and motivations centered on sustainability and green living in metro Detroit. There will be drink specials including organic beer, wine and cocktails, healthy appetizers and snacks. Majestic Café Patio, 2140 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Inflammation – 6-7:30pm. Presented by Kelly Cassise. Learn the causes of and natural treatments for inflammation. Zerbos Health Foods, 34164 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-427-3144. ADD – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. Learn the criteria for diagnosing ADD and ADHD. Conventional and alternative solutions will be discussed with effective natural solutions. Limited to 15. Free. Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Road, Livonia. 734-756-6904.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24 African American Book Club – 7pm. Everyone welcome. No registration needed. Free. Fischer Library, 167 Fourth Street, Belleville. 734-699-3291.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26 Saturday in the Park – 9am-3:30pm. Six miles of Hines Park will be closed to traffic every Saturday for the public to run, walk, skate or cycle safely. Parking is available at Warrendale and Nankin Mills picnic areas. Hines Drive, east of Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. Yoga at the Wall Workshop – 1-4pm. Presented by Nancy McCaochan, MA, ERYT-200. Workshop will present multiple ways in which a wall can enhance yoga practice. $25 if signed up before 9/23. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642., Dave Stringer Concert ­– 8pm. Join evolve yoga for a Kirtan experience with Dave Stringer. Doors open at 7:30pm. $20. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook Road, Birmingham.


Vegans Take Over the Ren Fest – 10am. Join us at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. There may be no vegan food options available. $18.95. Michigan Renaissance Festival, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly. Vegetarian.Meetup.Com/463/. Vegan Potluck – 1pm. Enjoy vegan food and watch Dr. Michael Greger’s video “Latest in Clinical Nutrition 2009”. Game of “Last Vegan Standing”. Bring a raw vegan dish sized for eight servings. Free with a dish. Unity of Livonia, 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia. 877-778-3464. VegMichigan.Org. Sacred Sexuality – What is it?! – 6:30-7:30pm. Come for an introductory presentation on what Sacred Sexuality is all about. Donation. Preregister. Detroit Flyhouse in the FD Lofts, Historic Eastern Market, Detroit. 313-269-6719. MysterySchoolOfTheTempleArts.Com.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28 Thyroid - Myths and Magic – 7-8pm. Learn about iodine and thyroid testing.  Co-sponsored by The Foundation for Wellness Professionals with guest speaker, Dr. William H. Karl, D.C., Certified Wellness Doctor. Free. Limited seating. Livonia Civic Center Library, 3rd floor.  32777 Five Mile Rd., Livonia. 734-425-8588.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29 Documentary: The Persuaders – 7pm. Join us for a viewing of the documentary film and learn about marketers new ways of integrating their messages into our lives. Refreshments provided. No signup needed. Free. Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland. 734-326-6123. Fibromyalgia & Chroni Fatigue Solutions – 7-9pm. Presented by Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D. Learn what causes fatigue and pain. Find out the effective, natural, alternative, non-drug solutions and lifestyle changes that can help restore energy and end pain. Limited to 20. Free. Whole Foods, 7350 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. 734-756-6904. Reiki Share – 7-8pm. All practitioners welcome. Come share some positive energy. Presented by Mary Sparks-Rhode, a graduate of Irene’s Myomassology Institute, a certified massage therapist, and has completed her education as a Usui and Karuna ReikiÒ Master/Teacher and a Polarity Practitioner. Free. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208. TotalHealthFoods@

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30 Travel USA – 7-8:30pm. Travelling in the United States doesn’t have to be expensive. Learn more about inexpensive ways of travelling. Free. Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland. 734-326-6123. Alternative Birth Care Unit – 7-9pm. Orientation class that will discuss the birthing center, its philosophy and care provided. Register in advance. Free. Providence Hospital, 16001 W 9 Mile Rd, Southfield. 248-849-3919.

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Beginner/Prenatal Yoga Class - 11am12pm. Donation basis. All levels. Rising Sun Yoga, 13550 Dix-Toldedo, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Rise and Shine Yoga – 7:30-8:30am. All levels. $13. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Belleville Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. At the end of Main Street in Victory Park. Bob Kennedy 734-699-2034. Xflowsion Class – 10-11:15am. Blend of yoga, martial arts, and dance moves. All levels.Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval St, Grosse Pointe. 313-884-9642. Market at the Marquee– 10am-2pm. Town Hall complex, 15145 Beech Daly Road, one block south of the Five Mile and Beech Daly Road intersection, in the heart of downtown Redford Township, Redford. 313-387-2771.

Yoga Class – 6-7:15pm. All levels. $10. Free parking after 5pm. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392. Alternative Dance Night – 6:30-8pm. Music mixed by Ruby Race Dancer. Golden Gate Café, 18700 Woodward Avenue Detroit. 313-366-2247. GoldenGate/GoldenGate.html Yoga Flow Class – 7:15pm. $15 walk in. Body Fit, 133 W Main St. Ste 240, Northville. 248-305-8414. Ashtanga Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Vipasana Meditation – 7:30-9pm. Donation. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642.

Rise and Shine Yoga – 5:30-6:45am. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Slow Flow Yoga – 9-11am. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901.

Candlelight Yoga – 7-8pm. $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642.

Work Break Yoga – 11:45am-12:30pm. All levels. $10. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392. 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.


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The Nia Technique – 7-8pm. $6. All ages and fitness levels. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic. 6231 N. Canton Center Road, Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767 Restorative Flow Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. $13. 734-454-4692. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Cardio Kickboxing – 7: 45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up $5. Ultimate Karate Institute, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214

Garden City Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Garden City Town Center Plaza, Lot south of Kroger, northeast corner of Ford and Middlebelt, Garden City. Amelia Oliverio 734-422-4448.

Yin Yoga – 4-5pm. Taught by Roxanne Ward. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. First class free, $14 walk in. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642.

Yoga and Qi Gong for Real Bodies – 6-7:15pm. $12. Rising Sun Yoga. 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

Acoustic Mondays – 9pm. Free. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. 313-873-1117.

Fort Visger Collaborative Farmers Market – 11am-4pm. 1355 Southfield Road, municipal parking lot across from City Hall, Lincoln Park. Leslie Lynch-Wilson 313-598-3137. All Levels Hip Openers Yoga Class – 121:15pm. $12. Rising Sun Yoga. - 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

Guided Meditation Night – 6-8pm. Free. 670 S Main St, Plymouth. 734-476-9555.

Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7pm and 7:15-8:15pm. $10. St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2803 1st Street, Wyandotte.

Wayne State (SEED) Farmers Market – 11am-4pm. 5201 Cass Avenue, across the street from Detroit Public Library. MI Bridge Card and WSU One Card accepted. Kami Pothukuchi 313-577-4296. Clas.Wayne.Edu/SeedWayne. Taylor Farmers Market – 12-7pm. Outside the Sheridan Community Center in front of Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee Road. Shirley Moore 313-843-2550. Wayne Farmers Market – 3-7pm. 35310 Michigan Avenue W, next to theatre. Sandy McClure 734-516-0202. Ci.Wayne.Mi.Us/ Farmers_Market.Shtml. Hatha Yoga – 6-7pm. Not suitable for pregnant women. $13. The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa, 35275 Plymouth Rd, Livonia. 734-421-7100.

Box & Buff – 7-8:10pm. Cardio kickboxing. High cardio workout that combines various kicking and punching movements followed up with concentrated ab work. Bring a mat or towel. $12. Body N Balance, 2315 Monroe St, Dearborn. 313-792-8181. Mat Pilates – 7:15-8:15pm. All levels. $15. Practice Yoga, 20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods. Slow Flow Yoga Class – 7:15-8:45pm. All levels. Donation basis. Rising Sun Yoga, 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Zumba – 7:30pm. Fuses Latin dances like salsa, cumbia, merengue, flamenco, tango and belly dancing with aerobics. $7. Barnes School, 20090 Morningside, Grosse Pointe Woods.

Posture Pro Yoga Class – 7:15-8:15pm. Free to new students. $12. Rising Sun Yoga, 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Cardio Kickboxing – 7:45-8:45pm. Ages 13 and up $5. Michigan Karate Academy, 23753 Van Born Rd, Taylor. 313-292-9214 Prenatal Yoga – 7:45-8:45pm. $14. Northville Yoga Center, 200 S Main Street Unit B, Northville. 248-449-9642. Acoustic Open Mic – 8pm. Token Lounge, 28949 Joy, Westland. 734-513-5030. Fairlane Ballroom Dance Club – 8pm. $7. Monsignor Hunt Banquet Center, 7080 Garling, Dearborn Heights. 734-516-0500.

Northville Farmers Market – 8-3pm. Northville Downs Race Track, corner of W. 7 Mile and Sheldon Rd, Northville. Project FRESH accepted. Sher Watkins 248-349-7640.

The Farmers & Artisans Market of Dearborn – 8am-1pm. 22100 Michigan, surrounds Bryant Library and extends behind the city parking lot between Tenny and Howard Streets. Joan Reed 313-278-8759.

Slow Flow Yoga – 9-11am. Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Rd, Taylor. 734-374-3901.

Allen Park Farmers Market – 127pm. New! Philomene Street next to the Community Center, Allen Park. 313-928-0770.

Gentle Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. $14. Livonia Yoga Center, 19219 Merriman Rd, Livonia. 248-449-9642. Northwest Detroit Farmers Market – 4-8pm. 15000 Southfield, Bushnell Congregational Church parking lot, Detroit. Project FRESH accepted. Pam Weinstein 313-387-4732. Tai Chi – 6-7pm. $5. Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic. 6231 N. Canton Center Road, Suite 109, Canton. 734-455-6767 Yoga for Every Body – 6-7:15pm. All levels. $10. Free parking after 5pm. Yoga in Detroit, 535 Griswold St at Congress Floor 27 – Buhl Bldg, Detroit. 248-496-0392. Yoga – 7-8pm. All ages. No experience necessary. Drop in class. $8. Total Health Foods, 13645 Northline Road, Southgate. 734-246-1208. TotalHealthFoods@Yahoo. com.

All Levels Yoga Class – 5-6pm. Donation basis. All levels. Rising Sun Yoga, 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642.

Wilson Barn Farmers Market – 8am-3pm. 29350 W. Chicago at Middlebelt, Livonia. Karen DePerro 734-261-3602. Vinyasa Class – 9 and 10:15 am. $10. St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2803 1st Street, Wyandotte. West Park Farmers Market – 9am1pm. On Kercheval between Lakepointe and Beaconsfield, Grosse Pointe Park. Jennifer Meldrum 313-822-2812. Classic Nia – 9:30am. All levels welcome. $13. Body and Mind Fitness, 239 E. Nine Mile Road, 1 block east of Woodward, Ferndale. East Warren Avenue Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Center of East English Village, E. Warren Ave, Detroit. Richard Hertz 313-571-2800 ext 1136. Highland Park Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Woodward Ave, across from Auedes Market, Highland Park. Project FRESH accepted. Teresa Cummings 313-422-8730. Drop In Kids Yoga Class - 12:30-1:30pm. Ages 6-11. $12. Rising Sun Yoga. - 13550 Dix-Toledo, Southgate. 734-282-9642. Prenatal Yoga -12:30 – 1:45p. 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month. $13. evolve yoga studio, 7986 Lilley Rd, Canton. 734-454-9642. Little Lotus – Kids Yoga - 1-2pm. Ages 5-11. Yoga Shelter, 17000 Kercheval St, Grosse Pointe. 313-884-9642.

Detroit Eastern Market – 5am-5pm. 2934 Russell Street, between Mark and Gratiot, Detroit. Project FRESH and Food Stamps accepted. Randall Fogelman 313-833-9300 Plymouth Farmers Market – 7:30am12:30pm. In “The Gathering”, on Penniman Ave just East of Main Street, Plymouth. Mary Heim 734-475-2585. Canton Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. 420 Cleveland Ave, Canton. Kristina Natoli 734-394-5460.

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TOTAL HEALTH FOODS, LLC 13645 Northline, Southgate, MI 48195 734-246-1208 We offer organic foods, vitamins, supplements, and a variety of classes and informational lectures. Our new look includes free Wi-Fi and Internet access and an area to sit and enjoy our community atmosphere.

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Eco Products Beth the Bag Lady 810-667-3017 Keep it green! Beth designs beautiful custom bags in fabric designs to suit your personality. Do your part to help keep a few more bags out of the landfills.

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PET SERVICES Gentle Pet Protectors Lisa Phelps 521 North Lafayette Dearborn, MI 48128 313-410-3147 Professional Dog Walking; Pet and House Sitting Services. In business for over nine years. Provide in-home medical services. Fully Bonded, Licensed and Insured. Member of Pet Sitters International

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Spirituality One Space Connected Leslie Blackburn Dearborn, MI 313.269.6719 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.

WELLNESS CENTERs Dr Carol Ann Fischer, D.C. N.D. 31594 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI 48180 734-664-0339 – You deserve the best TLC Weight loss and detoxification, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Gentle non-force Chiropractic, Hormone Rejuvenation Therapy, Pressure Point Therapy, and Muscle Response Testing

21194 Van Born Rd. Dearborn Heights, 48125 (313) 299-9800 Alternative healing modalities offered including colonics, allergy testing, bodywork, nutritional counseling, essential oils and home detoxification. Products available include organic herbal supplements and natural and organic body and skin care products.

Karl Chiropractic Clinic & Wellness Center, P.C. 30935 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, MI 48185 734.425.8220 A unique wellness center devoted to helping people regain and support their health in the most natural ways, utilizing nutrition, whole food supplements, herbs, energy balancing techniques and, homeopathic and herbal remedies multiple detoxification techniques, allergy elimination, rebuilding and energizing exercises, as well as providing traditional and advanced chiropractic care.

Northville Yoga Center 200 S Main S, Northville, MI 48167 248-449-YOGA Daily Yoga Classes, Customized Yoga Workshops, Private Lessons, Small Group Lessons, Pre-Natal Yoga, Corporate Yoga, Kids Yoga, Retreats and Events

Practice Yoga 20792 Mack Ave Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 (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!

Rising Sun Yoga 13550 Dix-Toledo Rd. Southgate, MI 48195 (734) 282-9642 Our aim is to offer yoga to everyone.

Pointe Chiropractic Dr. Winsen Zousal, B.A., D.C. Certified Enzyme Therapist 15761 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48224 313-885-3500 Enzyme therapy for acute and chronic digestive disorders. Assisting the body to help itself.


Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others. - Marianne Williamson

evolve yoga studio 7986 Lilley Road Canton, MI 48187 734-454-YOGA (9642) Visit our sacred space for physical, mental and spiritual evolution. Offering many yoga classes: Ashtanga, Basic, Chair/Gentle, Prenatal, Restorative Flow, Rise & Shine, and Vinyasa.

Livonia Yoga Center 19219 Merriman Road Livonia, MI 48152 248-449-YOGA Daily Yoga Classes, Customized Yoga Workshops, Private Lessons, Small Group Lessons, Pre-Natal Yoga, Corporate Yoga, Kids Yoga, Retreats and Events

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Join the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Earthworks Urban Farm for our second annual Harvest Dinner

Saturday, September 12th to celebrate working together for food justice for all. 5 pm - A social hour in the garden with light appetizers and garden tours given by members of Earthworks’ Youth Farm Stand program. 6 pm - Dinner of local SE Michigan foods. The dinner will be comprised of dishes made from recipes submitted by several of our great community partners. The event features a conversation with long-time Detroit activist, Grace Lee Boggs. Tickets are $15 - $100 (sliding scale). We invite you to sponsor a ticket, for $25, for those in our community who would otherwise be unable to attend.

The event will be hosted at Gleaners Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait, Detroit, MI 48207 a longtime partner of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Questions? Contact Lisa at or call 313-579-2100 ext 204. Details can be found at To reserve your seat at the table, print and mail in the registration form to 1264 Meldrum, Detroit, MI 48207 by September 4. Please write checks to “Capuchin Soup Kitchen” with the number of tickets and “Harvest Dinner” noted in the memo line. Dress is casual. 40

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