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hristmas 2011. I have a hard time believing it. I remember when I was a teenager thinking how old thirty was and then thinking how old fifty was and now, as I approach fifty, it just does not seem the same. I feel young and invigorated and I only wonder where the years went. The nostalgia and warmth that everyone associates with the holidays, just envelopes me and I so love the spirit. My family has never been big on gift giving for holidays but there are lucky few that could compare with the love that we share. It is these wonderful people that I can thank for my vision of giving. Our editorial theme this month is Awakening Consciousness. My parents gave me many gifts, of which some were tangible and others not. I now hope to share the same concept with my grandchildren. Many kids today want for little. They don’t need another plastic toy but they will always need acceptance and closeness from those near to them. On page 16, “The Parent Path” reminds us of the gifts that children have to offer us. There is no question it is easier as a grandparent to follow some of the suggestions. As parents, with all of the daily responsibilities, it is more challenging to be patient, and they may get frustrated by the six zillion times a day the question of “Why?” is posed, but doing so can help support your own inner child’s natural spirituality. . “Do Good, Feel Good” is the title of the feature article this month on page 22. In it, Lisa Marshall examines how by giving, everyone wins. There is now science that shows that something happens physiologically when helping others that leads us to feel happier and healthier, a timely reminder as we navigate the holidays. Cami Walker’s “29 Days of Giving” website ( inspires us to give something away for 29 days in a row. Even your time counts in this challenge and the results are inspiring. We all know how good it feels to make someone else feel good. This time of year brings special opportunities to generously give and bless others. Many churches, workplaces, schools and community organizations have programs working to uplift our neighbors and will welcome our participation. Happy holidays my friends. My love goes to you, not just this month but every month. I look forward to our community in the coming year. Wishes for happy holidays, and peace to all.

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n January 7 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Holistic Health Rhode Island will host a day filled with fun, food, and educational opportunities, at their 2nd Annual Health Fair & Open House in East Greenwich RI. The event will include a variety of activities for patrons to enjoy including morning meditation, mini yoga sessions, belly dancing, drumming, The Ladies of Holistic Health Rhode Island as well as free Reiki, reflexology and chair massage. Local artists’ work, such as jewelry and photography, and some fair trade items will be displayed for sale at the event as well. An on-going schedule of presenters will also be on-hand to discuss topics including holistic nutrition, fertility, skin care, Reiki, hypnosis, thermography, colon hydrotherapy and more. Healthy and delicious snacks will be served from the World Fare Chef. Holistic Health Rhode Island is located at 5784 Post Road, Suite #5 in East Greenwich. For additional information, call 401-398-2933 or visit See ad below.






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lot is happening at Eyes of the World in Providence—from new entryway renovations to new workshops and classes. On December 4 from 1-4 p.m., Eyes of the World will host “Shiatsu for Changing Seasons,” the first of a five-part series. In the workshop, led by Debbie Bourgue, participants will give and receive a Shiatsu bodywork massage specific for Autumn; and find out how to activate and move chi through the lung and large intestine meridian lines. Don’t miss out on the new beginner package that is now being offered: four basic classes in two weeks for only $44. Also new is Rise & Shine Yoga. Classes are held five days a week for 60-75 minutes with start times as early as 6:30 and 7am. Senior Shiva Rea teacher, Coral Brown, now offers a lively Prana Flow class Wednesdays at 5:45p.m. At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays the steady stillness of Yin pairs with slow core Vinyasa flow for a midweek yin/yang balancing practice. Tom Gillette brings his wisdom to “Basics: Technique,” on Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. For a deeper expression of the asana, check out Level 2 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays with Jessie Eisendrath. A one-time online membership fee of $5 provides access to package deals online and a drop in discount. Gift certificates are also now available online. Eyes of the World Yoga Center is located at One Park Row in Providence. For more information, call 401-295-5002 or visit See ad on page 35.

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assage Envy-Cranston will be offering chair massages at the Jingle Bell Run/ Walk® for Arthritis, a fun and festive way to kick off the holidays with family, friends and coworkers at Roger Williams Park on December 3 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds are donated to the Arthritis Foundation. For those looking to give the gift of massage, Massage Envy will have a gift card center open at Warwick Mall November 25-27 and again December 3-4, 1011 and 17-18. From customized sessions like deep tissue and sports massage, to unique enhancements like aromatherapy, Massage Envy’s professional massage therapists are trained to meet each client’s specific needs. Late weeknight and weekend hours make it convenient for everyone. Massage Envy has two locations in Rhode Island, Cranston: 1000 Chapel View Blvd., Suite 146 and East Greenwich: 1000 Division St. For more information, call 401-275-4900 or visit See ad on back cover.





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ecember is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month; thereSave $15 fore, Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy is offering a on your first colonic discount to prep for a colonoscopy. (new clients only; valid until 12/21/11) “In recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we are offering $25 off the Inner Health normal cost for the two colonic Colon Hydrotherapy sessions needed to prepare for a Cleansing the colon with privacy & dignity colonoscopy,” says Lori DeLang, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist certified colon hydrotherapist. “Due to the holidays, it may & Certified Body Ecologist, than 8 years experience. be difficult to schedule a colonoscopywith in more December, so the offer will be good through the month of January.” 508-261-1611 • According to DeLang, if caught early, colorectal cancer— Chauncy St. • Mansfield, MA 02048 cancer that starts in the colon (large450 intestine) or the rectum— (Rte. 106, minutes from Rtes. 95 & 495) is treatable. Unfortunately, some people will not have colonoscopies, the one test that can diagnose the disease. A colonoscopy allows a doctor to see and closely inspect the inside of the entire colon for signs of cancer or polyps, which may eventually become cancerous. The doctor can remove small polyps and biopsy larger ones to determine further treatment. Removing polyps when they are small may prevent colorectal cancer from ever developing. She says because symptoms of colorectal cancer do not usually appear until the disease is advanced, early detection is critical to successful treatment. “Many people refuse to have colonoscopies because the traditional preparation required to fully cleanse the colon is so unsavory, but there is an alternative,” explains DeLang. “Colon hydrotherapy is a medically acceptable way to prepare for colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, and barium enemas.”

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Sparkling Holiday Gifts for the Season


ooking for the perfect gift for the holidays? Apple Valley Minerals just might have it. Filled with a wide variety of beautiful rocks and minerals of all different shapes and sizes, Apple Valley Minerals is currently offering Herkimer Diamonds at low prices for the holiday season. Herkimer Diamonds are beautiful double-terminated quartz crystals found in Herkimer, New York. The crystals are magnificent works of nature, found in the rock, having a diamond-like geometrical shape, thus the name “Herkimer Diamonds.” Herkimer’s rival true diamonds in that a true diamond is actually rough appearing glass and is then cut by man to give it smooth faces and a geometrical shape. On a hardness scale, a true diamond scores a ten while a Herkimer Diamond scores a seven. Sal Avella opened Apple Valley Minerals shop in Smithfield, Rhode Island in 1962. Here, one can find a large variety of minerals and fossils native to Rhode Island, including amethysts from Hopkinton, fossils from Jamestown, pyrite from Cranston, quartz from Diamond Hill, and much more.


t Jarred’s Homegoods™ in Warwick, shoppers can now find gently used furniture; antiques and vintage accent pieces; lighting; linens; garden statuary; estate fine gold and silver jewelry; and designer jewelry and accessories seven days a week. The shop has extended its hours to Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. In addition to extended in-store hours, Jarred’s makes shopping even easier by offering re-loadable gift cards now available in any denomination, plus online shopping. For those customers that live out-of-state, Jarred’s will even arrange freight shipping—all part of the store’s commitment to providing the best in customer service. Not only does Jarred’s Homegoods offers a large selection of items for nearly every room in the home, but also offers consignments, buyouts and estate services to those who may be moving, remodeling, combining households or simply de-cluttering. Jarred’s Homegoods is located at 51 Colonial Avenue in Warwick. Call 401-921-1899 or visit for more information. See ad on page 17.


Rhode Island Edition

Yoga Antara Opens in Providence


vid yoga practitioner and teacher, Rebecca Quigley, has opened Yoga Antara in Providence to share the gift of yoga with others. The studio offers a variety of classes including fundamentals of yoga, gentle and restorative yoga; hatha flow and vinyasa yoga; Zumba; and Kiaso bellydance. Quigley studied under Marianne Wells at the Goddess Garden Eco Retreat in Costa Rica. In addition to teaching yoga, she is also a Reiki practitioner. She is currently pursuing certification in yoga for children and yoga for victims of trauma. She emphasizes non-competition and acceptance of one’s own limits in her teaching, and encourages students to move beyond the physical in their practice.   Yoga Antara is located at 189 Governor Street, Suite 103 in Providence. For information, call 401-744-5316 or visit See ad on page 35.

Rossiter Technique for Pain Relief


s the owner of It’s Your Body’s Symphony, nationally certified and licensed massage therapist specializing in therapeutic massage, Cheryl D’Itri is committed to providing personalized attention to each client, as well as creating a nurturing and energizing environment. She is a graduate of the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, Mass., and is constantly enhancing her education and training with additional classes, concepts and knowledge. One modality that she is particularly excited about is Rossiter, a collection of powerful pain-relieving techniques that provide a natural and effective way to prevent and relieve stiffness, tightness, limited mobility and pain in the body. The techniques can be used anywhere—at home, work, the gym—to get out of pain and back to health. According to D’Itri, to receive Rossiter, one must be able to get on a padded mat on the floor for two-person powerful stretches that lock in connective tissue. “I have been performing these techniques with clients and have gotten great results,” she says. “Clients’ muscles feel looser, more free; the muscles are no longer tight and restricting.” She also uses the techniques on herself—and it shows. D’Itri plays tennis, kayaks and bikes and says since she has begun the Rossiter techniques, her flexibility has greatly improved. “I can always fix myself with Rossiter no matter how debilitated or out-of-line I might feel,” explains D’Itri. “Once I get Rossitered, I am golden and back on track.” It’s Your Body’s Symphony is located at 2051 Plainfield Pike in Johnston. Appointments are required. For information, call 401-464–6100 or visit See ad on page 31.

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evaeh’s Design, LLC has added new “bling” for the holidays. According to owner, Susan Gionfrido, each piece is Reiki infused for the customer. The holistic jewelry collection features necklaces, earrings, cuffs and rings—all stone pieces designed by Gionfrido, an ordained minister, Reiki master, Angel Certified Practitioner, crystal therapist and spiritual counselor. Nevaeh’s custom designed jewelry collection of stones represents spiritual meanings and strengths. Every piece comes with literature explaining the stones and how they can heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Custom holistic jewelry can also be made with 14K gold. In addition to unique handcrafted jewelry, Nevaeh’s offers services such as Reiki, angel readings and crystal therapy. For information on Nevaeh’s Design, call 401-639-2910 or visit See ad on page 31.

All That Matters Expands Services and Staff


ll That Matters (ATM), a yoga and holistic education center, has expanded their acupuncture services with the addition of Dr. Martha Oatis. An associate and colleague of current ATM acupuncturist Dr. Lee, Dr. Oatis is now offering hours at All That Matters on Mondays and Fridays. She brings a Katie McDonald wide array of experiences and training, including pediatric care and Japanese style acupuncture. Oatis is a seasoned qigong practitioner and a certified yoga instructor. She holds a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture and a bachelor’s from Brown University. ATM has also announced the addition of Katie McDonald, a certified holistic health coach, to their Health Service team. McDonald, an experienced vegan cook and baker, trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health in Manhattan. Well versed in a wide range of dietary and wellness practices, she works with each client to design a nutritional and lifestyle plan that best supports their goals. All That Matters is located at 315 Main Street in Wakefield. To schedule an initial complimentary 30-minute session with McDonald, call 401-782-2126. For more information, visit See ad on page 32.


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n preparation of its upcoming 40-Day Warming Winter Cleanse, Innerlight Center for Yoga in Middletown is hosting a free Q&A session from 12-1 p.m. on December 16 with program leaders Kim Chandler and Jeannette Bessinger. Easing out of the cycle of holiday bustle, stimulation, and overindulgence into deep winter can be a difficult transition. Winter is a natural time to look inward and to slow the pace of our lives. The Warming Winter Cleanse is meant to help individuals bring energy and vibrancy back into their life. The program takes place from January 9 until February 17 and includes unlimited yoga classes, meditation sessions, nutritional support, and weekly meetings. This program will immerse individuals in the core practices of a healthy lifestyle to unlock greater well-being. A healthier weight, vibrant energy, a more radiant appearance and connection to one’s inner wisdom may result, as well as the ability to eat more naturally, move more fluidly, live with less stress, and bring more peace into the center of life. Cost is $300 if registered before December 16, and $325 after that date. Innerlight is located in Middletown Commons at 850 Aquidneck Avenue. For more information, call 401849-3200, email or visit See ad on page 34.

Walk-in Weekends and Special Offers at Knepley


nepley Therapeutic Massage is offering a variety of specials in the month of December. For starters, “Walk-in Weekends” will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 p.m. through December 24. Services available include chair massage, mini Reiki sessions, and angel card readings. Two specials will be offered on gift certificates. The first is a one-hour massage gift certificate for only $35—a 50 percent off savings. Next is a one-hour couples massage gift certificate for $99—which is $50 off of the regular price. Husband and wife team, Andrew and Lea Knepley, are the only married couple in the state that offers couples massage. Gift certificates may be purchased online or in person during Walk-in Weekends. Knepley Therapeutic Massage is located at 2905-2907 Post Road, Kraemer Bldg, Suite 6 in Warwick. For more information, call 401-402-0568 or visit KnepleyTherapeuticMassage. com or See ad on page 15.

Mobley Family Chiropractic Adds Wellness Classes


obley Family Chiropractic has been serving the residents of Seekonk and the surrounding area for five years. In celebration of this accomplishment, the practice is offering an exam, neck x-rays (if needed) and the first adjustment for $50 from now until December 31. The practice is also expanding to offer wellness classes. “Healing Breath” is offered on Mondays at 1 p.m. Dr. Mobley leads the participants in breath awareness FA M I LY C H I R O P R A C T I C and breathing techniques. Light discussion follows regarding other concepts, techniques and tips to improve health and wellness. “Whole Body Meditation” is held on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. It is an ongoing class focused on helping people find relaxation, alignment and resilience through specific guided meditations and training with Sarah Whitehead from the Providence Institute. On Thursdays at 10:45 a.m., attendees can experience the physical and spiritual benefits of “Tai Chi and Qigong”. Jamie from the Wah Lum Kung Fu Academy leads a fun and relaxing class—no experience is necessary. Mobley Family Chiropractic will address your health concerns from many different angles. Dr. Mobley understands the importance of taking care of the problem now as well as preventing future problems. This is addressed with specific, low force Chiropractic care, stretching and strengthening, personalized diet and nutrition, sleep analysis, stress management and most importantly, individual attention. Dr. Mobley specializes in upper cervical care, fibromyalgia, neck and upper back pain, anxiety, headaches, vertigo, and dizziness.


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oin the Holiday Spirit! On Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m., members from Literacy Volunteers of Kent County (LVKC) will be staffing a gift wrapping table at Barnes & Noble on Bald Hill Road in Warwick. Barnes & Noble generously provides all the gift wrap and tape during this event. For each present wrapped, LVKC earns money to help continue their successful Literacy Program. LVKC has been serving the community for almost 30 years and is run mostly by volunteers. It is a nationally accredited, nonprofit adult literacy program that trains volunteer tutors to teach adult students basic reading skills and English as a second language. Because the organization operates through grants and the generosity of donors and volunteers, any involvement from the Kent County community and beyond is appreciated. For more information, call Literacy Volunteers of Kent County at 401-822-9103, email or visit

Take Our Children Beyond Presents This Holiday Season


amilytopia, a Rhode Islandbased company dedicated to empowering parents to nourish the souls of their family, is holding a free workshop for parents from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on December 12. Attendees are asked to bring a canned good for the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank located at St. Philip’s Parish in Greenville. Titled, “The Joy and Art of Giving: Holiday Opportunities For Your Family,” the workshop is inspired by the James Cash Penny quote, “How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving?” The workshop is intended to help parents create a heartfilled holiday season by acting as true holiday “angels” to our neighbors in need during the season. Familytopia will showcase organizations in need of time, talents and love, as well as share tips for how to capture holiday angel experiences in a way that reinforces the art of giving with children. Registration is required. Please call 401-231-5150. For more information about Familytopia, visit


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irty nappies, wakeup calls in the middle of the night, a house full of screams and squeals, food splattered on walls, a chaos of toys everywhere, no more late nights out, no time to read books, take classes or attend retreats—what could be spiritual about bringing up children? Isn’t spiritual development just one of the many things we sacrifice when we have kids? Many spiritual traditions based on meditation, prayer and solitude maintain that nothing should divert us from our spiritual practices—least of all a family, which takes up so much time and energy. In India, one tradition holds that spiritual development belongs to a later stage of life, roughly after age 50. It is only once we have lived through a householder stage, bringing up and providing for our children and living a worldly life, that we can turn our attention to the inner world. After our children have reached adulthood, we have the privilege of meditating regularly, and living more quietly and simply. Many parents, however, find


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that—far from hindering it—bringing up children actively advances their spiritual development. Seen in the right way, parenthood can be a spiritual path, bringing a heightened sense of love, wonder and appreciation.

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After all, children are such strongly spiritual beings. They naturally have many of the qualities that adults work to cultivate through spiritual development. For example, children are naturally mindful. They constantly live fully in the present, and the world is always a fantastically real and interesting place to them. As child psychologist Professor Alison Gopnik, of the University of California, Berkeley, puts it, “Babies and young children are actually more conscious and more vividly aware of their external world and internal life than adults are.” They have what she calls an, “…infinite capacity for wonder,” that adults only experience at their highest moments. “Travel, meditation and romantic poetry can

All the world’s spiritual traditions tell us how important it is to transcend our own selfishness; to stop seeing ourselves as the center of the universe and trying so hard to satisfy our own desires. They advise us to help and serve others, so that we can move beyond our separate ego and connect to a transcendent power. The eightfold path of Buddhism aims to cultivate this selfless state and ideally, the path of parenthood can, as well. It’s impossible to be a good parent without being prepared to put your children first. Much of parenthood is about selfsacrifice. Gopnik remarks: “Imagine a novel in which a woman took in a stranger who was unable to walk or talk or even eat by himself. She fell completely in love with him at first sight, fed and clothed and washed him, gradually helped him to become competent and independent, and spent more than half her income on him… You couldn’t bear the sappiness of it. But that is just about every mother’s story. Caring for children is a fast and efficient way to experience at least a little saintliness.” The poet William Wordsworth described how children see the world as “…appareled in celestial light [having] the glory and freshness of a dream.” Yet, as adults, this vision, “…fades into the light of common day.” Having children of our own helps us to reawaken some of the celestial light within. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant too, when he told his disciples, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” This makes sense if we think of the kingdom of heaven not as a future, far-off place, but as a

How to Treat Parenthood as a Spiritual Path n Don’t be tempted to rush your children; try not to be impatient at their slowness. Walk at their pace and be mindful with them. n Consciously cultivate a fresh, intense, childlike vision. Imagine how the world looks through their eyes. n Let youngsters teach you the marvels of the world around you. Be as open and curious as they are, not taking anything you know for granted. n Give yourself wholly to play with kids, allowing yourself to step outside your mental world of worries and responsibilities.

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Butternut Squash Spread with Baked Spelt Crisps A festive, flavorful spread perks up any table, and this one commands attention with its gorgeous golden color. Butternut squash is loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, carotenoid antioxidants, potassium and manganese. Plus, it is simple to make and serve. For an innovative use of leftovers, add 1 cup of vegetable broth or stock to 1 cup of the prepared recipe, mix well and warm up for a satisfying serving of smooth soup. Yields: about 4 cups (dairy-free) 1 medium butternut squash (about 6 cups of cubes) 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely minced 1 tsp maple syrup (optional) 1 tsp finely grated ginger 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp dried thyme leaves) 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped finely (or ½ tsp dried rosemary) Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


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Peel squash, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in a medium-large saucepan and cover with filtered water plus 2 inches. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer for 6-9 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Drain liquid and let cool until comfortable to handle. Reserve the liquid for other uses such as making a vegetable stock or watering houseplants. Place cooked squash in a food processor with olive oil, garlic, ginger, thyme, rosemary, a scant teaspoon of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Blend until very smooth. Season further to taste with sea salt and pepper as needed. Serve with crisps, crackers, whole-grain bread or crudité vegetables.

Yields: about 3 dozen crisps 4 spelt tortillas (9-inch), preferably made from whole wheat spelt Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Preheat oven to 350° F. Using a mister or pastry brush, mist or brush both sides of each tortilla with olive oil. Stack the tortillas and cut the stack into 8 wedges. Arrange resulting triangles in a single layer on baking sheets and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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

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

Rosemary Sable Squares These crisp and crumbly squares have a texture like shortbread and a savory and slightly sweet flavor, with the delicate fragrance of rosemary. Oats are rich in heart-healthy beta-glucan fiber, as well as the antioxidant selenium. Almonds are abundant in antioxidant vitamin E and healthy fats.

Yields: about 2 dozen squares (dairyfree, egg-free, low in gluten)

Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until dough forms.

1 cup whole oats 1 cup slivered almonds ½ cup spelt flour ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp sea salt 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary needles, roughly chopped ½ cup safflower oil ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup agave nectar 2 Tbsp brown sugar (optional) 1 tsp vanilla extract

Let stand for 10 minutes for flavor to develop and for absorption of moisture. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (unbleached is recommended, or grease with safflower oil). Using wet hands, press 1/3 of dough until it is spread evenly and thinly; ¼-inch-thick bare spots occur where the dough is too thin. (Spreading the dough evenly is the key to uniform cooking to avoid over-browned and/or undercooked sections.)

Preheat oven to 375° F.

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In a medium bowl, mix in oats, almonds, baking powder, salt and rosemary.

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can work. In addition to student buy-in, the school’s support of the program has been an essential part of its success. “The PCD administration is completely behind this,” explains Roderick. “These kids have very full days; their schedules are packed, yet we know this is important enough to make it fit.” At the beginning of each year, seniors complete surveys about their habits and feelings. They answer questions about what they eat for breakfast, how much sleep they get, where they feel the most stress, what stresses them, drug and alcohol use, etc. Roderick compiles the confidential responses and shares the results with the seniors. One common source of stress is feeling alone and like no one understands how he or she feels. Discovering that they are all going through the same things and that someone cares about how they feel is comforting. PCD senior, Taylor Pendergast, said she was surprised to find that girls in her class had the same stresses she did. “I thought it was only me. Suddenly my problems didn’t seem so huge when we discovered we shared this common ground. There is a new trust among us and we relate to each other in completely new ways.” At the beginning of the school year, time is spent getting comfortable talking about subjects that aren’t generally on the table, expressing oneself candidly, developing trust, and exploring/defining one’s own sense of what it means to

enjoy a healthy lifestyle. The second half of the year focuses on college transitions and various rites of passages. Guest speakers share varied perspectives, offer options for managing stress, help students identify tools they might already have at their disposal, and discuss strategies for adapting to college life. Topics include how to make free time when there is none, how to manage expectations, how to manage peer pressure, and how to remove one from potentially dangerous situations. Roderick and his guests try to offer whole body solutions, and members of the Providence area holistic community have responded enthusiastically, donating their time and services. Through a combination of role playing, intentionally guided discussions, open-ended conversations, demonstrations, participatory activities, and guest speakers, students are removed from their daily routine both physically and mentally. Groups are held in a small, non-academic building on campus, where a change of scenery helps foster a change in attitude. “The seniors feel like this is something just for them and they respond with open minds and a willingness to engage with each other in new ways,” states Roderick. Alex Bandoni, a PCD senior, appreciates having the time to think about things she doesn’t usually have time to think about. “I now know that thinking about problems doesn’t have to promote stress. I can look at a problem and decide if I need to give it attention or if I can ignore it. I know I have healthy options for dealing with things and I always feel better after I leave Groups.” A critical component of Roderick’s curriculum is the built in flexibility that allows him to fully respond to the needs of his students. “They appreciate having a forum to discuss topics that aren’t typically addressed so openly in their school environment,” he explains. “And even if they were, kids know that here, they have a safe, non-judgmental place to make sense of their social world.” The Providence Country Day School, established in 1923, is a college preparatory school in East Providence serving students in grades 6-12.

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Remind yourself of this statement: My life is bigger than I am. Print it out and post it strategically in your home, car or workplace. The “I” is your ego identification. Your life is Spirit flowing through you unhindered by ego—it’s what you showed up here to actualize—and is infinite. The “I” that identifies you is a fleeting snippet.


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rowing up on Long Island, New York, young Stephen Post often received an unusual prescription from his mother when he was feeling grouchy or under the weather. “She’d say, ‘Why don’t you go out and help someone?’” he recalls. “I’d go out and help Mr. Muller rake leaves or help old Bobby Lawrence fix his boat. Then, I’d come back feeling better, and feeling better about life.” Decades later, Post—a professor of preventive medicine at New York’s Stony Brook University—is among a growing contingent of researchers exploring just how such acts of generosity and the feelings (empathy, compassion, altruism) that prompt them may actually improve our mental and physical health. Recent studies have shown that people that volunteer live longer, suffer less chronic pain, have bolstered


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immune systems, are more likely to recover from addiction, and experience an in-the-moment sense of calm akin to that which people experience during and after exercise. Scientists have yet to fully understand what the physiological underpinnings are of such health benefits, but early studies credit a cascade of neurobiological changes that occur as we reach out to help a loved one, or (in some cases) even cut a check to a stranger in need. Could generosity be the missing, often overlooked ingredient to a prescription for better health? Perhaps, says Post, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times. “This is a young science, but what we have begun to discover is that there is something going on, physiologically, in this process of helping others

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

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University of Michigan researcher Sara Konrath, Ph.D., has found that people engaging in acts that benefit others tend to have more calming hormones like oxytocin and progesterone coursing through their bodies. If presented with a tough situation later, they are likely to react with a muted stress response, churning out fewer harmful stress hormones, such as cortisol and norepinephrine, and maintaining a calmer heart rate. Konrath is studying whether altruistic thoughts and behavior might also be associated with an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. “Just thinking about giving seems to have a beneficial physiological impact,” says Post. For instance, a late 20th-century study by then Harvard Psychologist David McClelland found that when people watched a film about Mother Teresa’s work with orphans in Calcutta, levels of immunoglobulin A (a marker of immune strength) shot up. A more recent study found that people had higher levels of oxytocin in their blood after they had watched a moving film about an ill 4-year-old boy. Some research further suggests that the act of giving may release natural opiates, such as endorphins, into our system. One landmark analysis of 1,700 people published in Psychology Today found that more than 68 percent experienced a “helper’s high” when physically helping another person, and 13 percent reported a decrease in aches and pains afterward. It’s a concept that’s been documented many times since. Meanwhile, new brain-imaging research has shown that acts of giving (including making a charitable donation) stimulate “reward centers” in the brain. This includes the mesolimbic pathway by which natural dopamine is released, leaving us feeling euphoric. On the flip side, “We found that people that are high in narcissism and low in empa-

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ocus on someone else for a change, whether it’s looking a store clerk in the eye or refraining from shouting at a referee at a sporting event. “People can become more empathetic if they just practice taking someone else’s perspective,” says University of Michigan researcher Sara Konrath. “When encountering a homeless person, for example, our inclination may be to not go there psychologically, because it is painful to imagine. Allow yourself to try.” n Do something for nothing. “This idea that everything has to be paid back hangs over our lives,” says Stephen Post, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping. “Just be generous and expect nothing in return. Pay it forward.” n Don’t reserve your generosity for people you know. Do something nice for someone you don’t know or will never meet. n Be consistent. “Don’t think you can be kind in one domain and dastardly in another,” says Post. n Do something that you feel called upon to do, or that you are good at. n Slow down, take a deep breath and look around. Need abounds. Stop to help a stranger in some small way, even if you are in a hurry. n Don’t help just to get healthy, impress your friends or get a tax deduction. “Motivation matters,” says Konrath. “If you are volunteering just for self-interested reasons, research shows you aren’t going to live any longer than someone who doesn’t volunteer at all.” n Volunteer for a cause you really believe in, or help a person you truly care about.

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

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Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook, is the daughter of an evolutionary psychologist and a pioneer in the study of altruism’s neurobiological roots. In sharp contrast to what she describes as the long-held “self-interested” assumption about human nature (that we help others only to help ourselves), she suggests that humans are biologically wired to be empathetic and generous.

“It makes more sense from an evolutionary perspective for us to suppress self-interest,” for the benefit of the whole sometimes, she says. New research from the University of Washington suggests that babies as young as 15 months old exhibit fairness and empathy. So, why don’t we always stop to help? Our anxious, busy, modern-day lives get in the way, suggests Brown. “It could be that our natural, default state is to help when we see need, but what prevents that is our stress response.” That is, stress often gets in the way: Maybe we pass a stranded motorist on the road, but drive on by because we’re on a timetable. Perhaps our instinct is to offer a helping hand to a homeless person, but we fear that more will be asked of us than we are prepared to give. We wish to bring a meal to a dying relative, but are apprehensive about what to say when we visit. Brown’s recent federally funded studies show that at least some of the calming hormones and quietness of heart often seen in habitual givers may actually precede and enable their acts of selflessness by interrupting their potential stress response before it stalls their helping hand. “I am suggesting that when you see helping going on, something beneficial has already happened to the giver’s body,” says Brown. When givers perceive a need, instead of fretting and fleeing, they calmly stop to help. In the end, everyone walks away feeling a little more generous. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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now brings fresh fun with winter sports and recreation. Cross-country skiing and snowboarding are healthy options, but neither offers the scope and variety in terrain, movement and exercise afforded by the perennial favorite of alpine downhill skiing. Jen Butson, public affairs director of the Vermont Ski Areas Association, representing 48 facilities, believes that downhill particularly appeals to women, due to its, “ …accessibility to all ages, abilities and body types, its gracefulness, and being a way for a family to experience nature together.” Yet, some skiers may experience diminished interest due to memories of cold limbs, residual aches and pains or crowded slopes. Or, they might be concerned about resorts’ perceived high energy usage. Cost is another factor. Here are some tips to get folks back on the slopes and max out mountain moments. Warm-up exercises. Skiing demands slightly bent knees and a firm back to absorb bumps, so do some deep squats and short hops from that position beforehand, advises Dr. Joe Ethen, owner of Lakefront Chiropractic Center, in Glencoe, Illinois. “This exercise targets the upper quadriceps and provides


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full-range motion of joints.” Using ski poles to initiate turns and propel through chairlift lines works the arms and shoulders, so he also recommends upper body stretching. Foot care. Boots need to be tight fitting in order to transmit the pressure to make turns from the foot through the boot and binding to the ski itself. The necessary snugness can hinder circulation and chill toes. A solution: Loosen boot buckles while waiting for and taking the chairlift, and wear thin, synthetic-blend socks that wick away moisture and accelerate evaporation. Avoid the crowds. When skiing on a weekend, locate one or two trails serviced by a mid-mountain chairlift, which is usually far less crowded than the main lift closest to the lodge. “Many resorts have high-speed, four-seat chairlifts, which reduce wait time,” says Karl Winter, vice president of Ski the Rockies, which represents 30-plus resorts in California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and Canada. Eat early or late to get in more skiing while others lunch in the lodge. Take a workweek vacation day or two to totally beat weekend crowds.

Late-season benefits. More natural and manmade snow on the slopes is the norm as the season progresses. Warmer temperatures later in the season also tend to make conditions more comfortable and soften ice and hard-packed snow, slowing speeds a bit and making turns easier. “More snow makes skis easier to control,” explains Winter. “It allows you to glide and carve your turns and maintain a turning rhythm. So, you don’t have to work as hard, which also saves energy.” Many resorts offer special lateseason discounts. Ski green. Joining a ski club can deliver savings on lift tickets, as well as lodging booked by the group. Plus, traveling by bus or carpooling saves gas. Remember to properly recycle or dispose of refuse and pick up any trash you spot in the snow. When choosing a destination, check to see if the resort goes for electric vehicles, composting, local purchasing programs, efforts to reduce carbon footprints, water conservation and employee and guest sustainability education. All are elements of the National Ski Areas Association’s Environmental Charter, endorsed by190 resorts that together, host about 75 percent of all U.S. skier and snowboarder visits. Many resorts are adopting the association’s new sustainable slopes and climate challenge programs. If you need skis, but are on a tight budget, consider renting or checking out early season ski swaps, which also can offer more traditional eco-friendly, gently worn clothing. If you feel you must wax ski bases, select a product that is free of PFCs and other petrochemicals, which can rub off into snow and eventually find their way into waterways. With the ultra-smooth,






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

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

include lavender, chamomile or mint. Add a mesh tea strainer to complete the package. n Edible items are always a hit. Consider making something yummy that can be given to everyone on the list. Herbed olive oil, spiced nuts and homemade jams are favorites. n Attractive, reusable shopping bags made from re-purposed or recycled fabric, make practical gifts that can be used again and again. Sew on monograms or paint on designs to personalize them. n Fashioning painted pottery, custom artwork and decorated picture frames can engage kids in anticipating fun holidays with friends and family.

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The Center for a New American Dream, a national nonprofit organization that challenges a “more is better” definition of the good life, suggests giving of oneself—providing gifts of time or experiences that will be long remembered. n Invite loved ones to an outing to the zoo, a sporting event or an indoor/outdoor picnic. n Give a friend her dream, based on an expressed interest and careful research. Sign her up for a class in cooking, sewing, photography or dancing—classes abound in most cities.

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

n Instead of giving gifts to each member of a family or couple, think in terms of a single gift for the household.

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

n Draw names. Have everyone in the family put his or her name into a hat and ask each family member to draw on name, so that each person needs to buy only one or two gifts.

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

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you to give. Who else would give Grandma bees and bunnies? And the in-laws? A camel, llama or water buffalo will fit into their new RV lifestyle just fine. Best of all, there’s no pooper-scooper clean up. Closer to home, Heifer International helps refugees and immigrants in Portland, Oregon. Each participant learns to garden, cook nutritional meals and then passes the information along to others. Holidays are a time to share a connection. Boyfriends, adult children, neighbors and friends look at a solo life or a life in flux and see a need. For Mary Beth Foster’s birthday, her friend wanted to give the gift of companionship. She of-

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fered to go with Mary Beth to the shelter to see cats and paid the adoption fee when Mary Beth fell in love with Toby, a 24 pound purring machine. “Toby was the best gift ever,” Mary Beth says. Shelters continue to adopt throughout the holiday season but advise clients to bring animals home after holiday activities have slowed down. If you think a friend or one of the family could benefit from the company of a pet like Mary Beth did, here are some suggestions for a successful adoption from Christie Smith, executive director of Potter League for Animals in Middletown, Rhode Island. Be mindful of the activity of the holiday. Give a handmade gift card offering to pay the adoption fee. Let your friend choose the animal. Talk about what kind of pet your friend wants and will fit into their lifestyle. Go along to the shelter when it’s time to make the selection. Share in the fun of finding just the right one. Listen to the shelter workers when they talk about a dog or cat’s personality. Shelter workers are match makers. They’ll ask questions about work schedules, activity levels and time available to be spent with the pet. If adopting a pet is not the best choice, ask about temporary fostering, donating time at the shelter, or donating money to spay/neuter feral cats. Rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, birds and sometimes fish are also available at shelters, good for those allergic to dogs and cats. Don’t always think puppy or kitten. Older animals make great pets. Most are already house-broken, have some manners and are eager to please. Are dogs and cats too tame? Domesticated animals are not the only gift to give. Guys, your girlfriend might better appreciate a membership at the zoo, than a puppy who will chew her shoes. It will still show your sensitive side, is a warm and fuzzy gift without the daily responsibility of a pet and the zoo’s special events will provide a number of great dates for the two of you. With thought and planning, your gift can reduce poverty and hunger, save a life and make memories. That’s a gift worth giving every year.


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“The more people that become certified to teach kids yoga, the more kids we can reach.” With that statement, it is clear just how passionate Elyse Rotondo is about exposing children to yoga and its numerous benefits. As the owner of Om Kids Yoga Center, Rhode Island’s first yoga studio devoted to just kids, Rotondo uses interactive games and animated postures to help kids build body awareness, improve concentration and focus, and learn how to release energy and relax. It’s an approach that is garnering lots of attention. In fact, Rotondo says schools and daycare facilities looking to provide yoga to their students often approach her. “I would love to do it, but I just can’t do it all.” That’s one of the reasons why she is leading the movement to bring more children’s yoga instructors to Rhode Island by offering teacher training classes at her studio. She says there’s a big misconception about the training. “This is not adult yoga—we are not breaking down poses; however,

it is physically intense and requires participation at all times.” The first of the courses will be held January 27-29. Shari Vilchez-Blatt, founder of owner of Karma Kids Yoga (KKY) in New York City, will be offering her KKY Teacher Training Program, which offers a fun, creative approach to yoga that can be very helpful for children whose bodies are still developing. The 30-hour comprehensive course will cover the benefits of yoga for children; child-friendly yoga poses, games, themes, stories, breathing and relaxation exercises and visualization techniques; partner and group yoga poses and yoga games for kids and families; creative ways to help build confidence, trust, teamwork, focus, concentration, and a sense of calm to get kids to relax and develop self-control; incorporating props, music, art, stories, and age-appropriate themes into children’s yoga classes, birthday parties, and special events; tools for dealing with restlessness and behavior challenges in a class; developing a yoga class that is fun, safe, effective and engaging for toddlers through teens; and much more. At the end of the weekend, participants

yoga and pilates earn a certificate and can begin teaching children’s yoga the very next day. Rotondo is quick to point out that teaching kids’ yoga is not for everyone. Participants should have at least a basic knowledge and understanding of yoga, as well as have their own yoga practice. “You really need to love yoga and understand its benefits,” she explains. “Plus, it is important to love teaching, have some classroom management skills, and most importantly, you really need to love children in large groups.” From March 23-25, Om Kids will host “Every Kid’s Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs” with Craig Hanauer, a New York State Certified Creative Arts Therapist, a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher, and a Yoga Alliance 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. The primary focus of this training will be working with groups of “higher functioning” children with special needs. Participants will find out how the practice of yoga parallels and supports other therapeutic modalities in addressing difficulties with attention, self-regulation, speech and language, learning, and high and low muscle tone.

As a result of taking this program, program participants will be able to structure a class for potentially impulsive children using behavior management and limit-setting techniques; modify postures; teach breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation to children; integrate props, chanting, Thai Yoga Massage and partner yoga; employ visuals for children with language-based learning disabilities; and use yoga to support speech and language, sensory processing, memory, and reading comprehension. Rotondo says the programs are great for teachers, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, parents, grandparents or anyone with a personal yoga practice who is interested in incorporating yoga into their work with children. “My goal is to reach as many children as we can in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts—whether that’s in my studio or in their own town,” notes Rotondo. “I would love to start programs all over the place and spread the word about yoga’s magnificent benefits for kids.” Om Kids Yoga Center is located in Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main Street, 
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Journey Dance – 7:30-9pm. Come to connect with your deepest source of joy, power, and freedom. Surrender to the pulse of life thru intuitive movement, ritual, & healing music. Free. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Saturday, December 3

Be Happier and Healthier Workshops – 12pm3pm. Before the hectic pace of the holidays take time to relax, reconnect, and be present. Afternoon of workshops on Relaxation, Self-Discovery and Embracing the Present designed to improve your happiness. Iyengar Yoga Classes – 8:30am-1:15pm. 8:30 AM Level 2 class, 10:15 AM Level 1 class, Noon Intro class. Iyengar certified teachers. Beautiful new studio. Free Parking. $17, 20% discount for students.. Iyengar Yoga Source, 200 Allens Ave., Conely’s Wharf, Providence. 461-6665.

Women’s Empowerment Support Group – 1011:30am. Group offers friendship, personal sharing and problem solving for those experiencing challenges in relationships, divorce and loss. Contact Pat Bird for more info. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-835-0089. Hattie’s Festive Open House – 12-5pm. Also 12/4. Holiday cheer with hand-made wreaths and centerpieces. Features all unique hand-made gifts including: soy candles, woven rugs, watercolor paintings, photography, ornaments, hand-painted


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Kaiso Belly Dance – 2:30-4pm. Awaken Your Inner Goddess. New fusion style of belly dance will open and balance your chakras and awaken your sacred sensuality. $15, 50% off if you bring a friend. Yoga Antara Studio, 189 Govenor St, Suite 103, Providence.

Sunday, December 4

Regaining Perspective, Retreat – 10am-4pm. Time to simply “be”. Using a variety of yogic tools & silence, we will explore the inner realms and welcome the season and New Year with a new perspective and greater joy. $50/by 11/27, $56/after. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike, Foster. 401-368-9642. Natural Options for Preserving Bone Health – 10:30am-12:30pm. Join Dr. Keri Layton, Naturopath, in learning comprehensive ways to assess your risk for osteoporosis and osteopenia and ways to protect yourself or improve your current status gently, safely, and effectively. $18. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Shiatsu for Changing Seasons – 1-4pm. Give & receive a Shiatsu massage specific for Autumn; activate/move chi thru the lung & Large Intestine meridian, an afternoon w/friends learning a new skill! $30/ early, $35/day of. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence.


Prenatal Yoga and Nutrition for Pregnancy – 6:45-7:45pm. Three week series. Unique class offers Yoga and education to nourish the body while expecting a child. $45. Body Magic, 580 Wood St, Bristol. 401-743-8490.

Wednesday, December 7

Iyengar Yoga Classes – 8am-6:45pm. Level +1, 8:00 AM; Level 1, 10 AM, Intro, 5:30 PM. Drops in are welcome. Seasoned, experienced, certified teachers. Dedicated students. $17, 20% Student Discount.

Iyengar Yoga Source, 200 Allens Ave., Conely’s Wharf Providence. 461-6665.

Awareness Meditation – 7-8pm. Guided meditation is a process of Self-Inquiry. Discover the Peace and Fulfillment that is already here in this moment. With Julianne Eanniello. $10. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576.

Kefir Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Come and learn the many health benefits of drinking original kefir and learn how to make you own. If interested, go home with your starter kit and start drinking to your own. $35. Rehoboth, MA, Pre-registration required. 774-991-0695. Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. $10. Katharine Rossi, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Therapeutic Art Making – 7-9pm. When words are not’s in the art. Come relax & explore the healing benefits of therapeutic art making. You do not need to be an artist to participate. $30 (includes materials). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Thursday, December 8

Mary ~ Queen of the Angels – 6:30-8:30pm. Mother Mary brings messages of Love, Comfort and Compassion to all that call on her. Join us as we gather together to BE with her during this magical time of year. $20. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Chakra Meditation w/Reiki – 7-8:30pm. Give yourself a gift this season. Clear your energy centers with beautiful color while you receive reiki, experience the calmness. Chakra art will also be available. $20. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-533-2860.

Friday, December 9

Healing Heart Meditation – 7-8pm. Healing the heart chakra (anahata). Release fears, doubts and allow love to flow. Your heart will expand to its natural loving state. Everyone is Welcome. $10. Palmy, Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Saturday, December 10

Crystal Pendulum Workshop – 10-11:30am. Learn how to use the pendulum to balance the Chakras of the body, and for divination. Course fee includes your own pendulum. Please register. $45. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Day of Gathering and Gratitude – 10am-2pm. This will be a time for YOU. Time to BE present, receive presents & to stand in your Joy. Experience a guided meditation created just for you. $44/ light lunch & gift included. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Body Language, Body Reading and Body Communication – 12-4pm. Through body reading, mapping, yoga, and visualization, learn what your body is trying to tell you and how your new-found insight can promote healing and empowerment. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Yogis Feed the Hungry Baptiste Style – 1-3pm. Come experience the many benefits of the Baptiste style yoga. Take your practice up a notch and transform your community at the same time. For all levels. Led by Amanda Rubio. $35/Donation for The RI Food Bank. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Kaiso Belly Dance – 2:30-4pm. Awaken Your Inner Goddess. New fusion style of belly dance will open and balance your chakras and awaken your sacred sensuality. $15, 50% off if you bring a friend. Yoga Antara Studio, 189 Govenor St, Suite 103, Providence.

Sunday, December 11


Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Join us for an evening of relaxation and healing. We will begin with gentle stretches and then you will be led on a peaceful journey with your angels. $10. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

28th Annual Christmas 10K Run & 5K Walk – 10am-12:30pm. Aiding the Integrative Care Program of Women & Infants Hospital to support those affected by cancer & their families ~ Sponsorships & Donations: 333 Valley Rd, Middletown. Grateful for Sponsors & Participation. Women & Infants at Rogers High School, 15 Wickham Rd, Newport. 401-846-0042.

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Writing for Transformation – 11:30am-4:30pm. Join writing coach Lisa Tener in this workshop designed to help you envision and experience transformation in any area of your life. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Hula Show, Ukelele Workshop & More! – 2-6pm. A holiday in the tropics! Mini Hula classes for both kids and adults; relax, move body and soul, shop for craft and beauty items. (Ukelele workshop extra- see website). $7. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 4-01-780-9809.

Winter Solstice Drum Circle – 6-7pm. Join us to honor the season and focus on healing for the community and the earth. Bring drums, rattles, some are available to share. No experience needed. All ages. Donation. Katharine Rossi, Mill at Shady Lea, Rm 204, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, December 13

Lunch Time Reiki Share – 12-1:30pm. Reiki practitioners of all levels welcome to give and receive healing. A time to be supported as you support others. Please contact Adriene if attending. $5. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Iyengar Yoga Level 3 Class – 6:15-8:15pm. For those who are strong in Sirsasana and Sarvangasana, are able to push up into Urdhva Dhanurasana with straight arms and can do Adho Mukha Vrksasana at the wall. $21. Iyengar Yoga Source, 200 Allens Ave., Providence. 461-6665.

Healing with the Angels – 6:30-8:30pm. Class is full of reassuring knowledge that you are being helped by the Angels. Come learn about the Angels of Healing and how they can assist you in your daily lives. $25. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Wednesday, December 14

Messages from the Divine with Gladys - 6:308:30pm. A gallery-style event full of channeled messages for you & the group. Come experience the power of Divine Guidance as you sit in the energy of the Archangels. $35. Please RSVP. Tranquility Day Spa and Wellness Center, 9 George St, North Providence. 401-233-4544.

Soy Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Workshop is dedicated to helping you navigate through the different varieties of soy products today. $35. Rehoboth, MA, Pre-registeration required. 774-991-0695.

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Reiki- Energy Share – 7-9pm. Information and Energy Sharing Session for all that are interested in energy therapies. All levels and modalities are welcome. Please call Debi for more information. $5 donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-263-1107. Non Duality Video Gathering – 7-9pm. Each month we will show a video of a Non-Duality teacher. These may include Adyashanti, Gangaji, Mooji, Scott Kiloby, or others. Contact Julianne, $10/Suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576.

Thursday, December 15

Healthy Holiday Alternatives/Options – 6:307:30pm. It is possible to enjoy rich holiday foods without expanding your waistline. Eating well for optimum health does not mean giving up, just adapting. $25. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 774-991-0695. Shake Your Soul Yoga Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. Express yourself with Mary during this interactive & fun yoga dance class. $12. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston.

Friday, December 16

Q&A Session for our Winter Cleanse – 12-1pm. Warming Winter Cleanse: 40 DAYS to Restore Body & Mind. Enjoy 40 days of Unlimited Yoga, meditation & nutritional support. Program begins on January 9, 2012. $300/before December 16, $325/after. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Saturday, December 17

Iyengar Yoga Classes – 8:30am-1:15pm. Last 3 classes of the fall session. Winter session begins Jan. 4 with free classes for new students the first two weeks. 8:30 AM Level 2, 10:15 AM Level 1, Noon Intro. $17. Iyengar Yoga Source, 200 Allens Ave.,Conley’s Wharf, Providence. 461-6665. Embrace Your Inner Child Retreat – 9am4pm. Feel burdened by life’s challenges? Fun Yoga postures, dance, songs, yoga nidra, chant, meditation, discussion & sharing to become a happy child again. Limit to 10 people. $95 with Vegan lunch & snacks. Experience Authentic India, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. Yoga for Winter Stress – 2-4:30pm. Come dive into a restorative yin practice that soothes the season’s frazzled nerves and release tension in the body. Move thru your holiday season with grace and ease. $20. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Sunday, December 18

Yoga and Meditation Hour – 1:30-2:30pm. Class will start with a gentle yoga practice and end with a guided meditation to find stillness, peace and complete relaxation. $10. Palmy, Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Monday, December 19

Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-8:45pm. Deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. Knowledge of how to journey is required. $10. Katharine Rossi, Mill at Shady Lea, Rm 204, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

Friday, January 6

Coyote Healing through Story and Trance Talk – 7-8:30pm. 1/7- 1/8 Workshop offers professional development to healers and teachers of all sorts, and empowering tools to everyone. Experience the power of story and healing trance. $20/Intro Talk, $275 Workshop. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Monday, January 9

Eat for Energy – 7-8pm. Workshop explores the impact of diet on vitality and provides simple suggestions to increase your energy levels. Free. Weaver Library, 41 Grove Ave, East Providence. 401-434-2453.

Tuesday, January 10

Be Deliberate: The Power of Vision Boards – 6:30-8pm. Join health coach Katie McDonald to kick off the new year inspired to translate your hopes and dreams into attainable goals. $25. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, January 14

Yoga Teacher Training-Info Session – 11am12:30pm. Add dimension to your current profession or create a new one. Integrative Yoga Therapy offers you the tools to create Yoga and wellness programs for all populations. Free. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike, Foster. 401-368-9642.

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Santosha School of Yoga-200 Hour Teacher Training — 10 weekend training in Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation. Maya Breuer, E-RYT 500 & Sherry Ryan, RYT 500. Yoga Alliance Approved. $2,995. Financing Available. Providence Healing Arts Studio, 2162 Broad Street Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. Maya 401-447-8128, Sherry 401-751-2050.

Kaiso Belly Dance – 2:30-4pm. Awaken Your Inner Goddess. New fusion style of belly dance will open and balance your chakras and awaken your sacred sensuality. $15, 50% off if you bring a friend. Yoga Antara Studio, 189 Govenor St, Suite 103, Providence.


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Meditation in Motion – 8-9:15am. A deeply beautiful & meditative yoga practice to instill sacred presence in your day. Sleepy heads may prefer Balancing Yoga at 10-11:30 to invigorate & re-energize. $15, or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Kripalu Yoga – 9-9:45am. Postures, breathing and core work to stretch, strengthen and relieve tension. Donations accepted. Church of the Mediator – a UU Fellowship, 50 Rounds Ave, Providence. 401941-3070. Sunday Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. Concordia where hearts come together as one. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 732-1552.

Shambhala Mindfulness Meditation – 10am12pm. Open community practice of basic mindfulness meditation, with chants (participation optional) Instruction offered at 10:00 am. Free. Providence Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave., 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762. Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Spiritual fellowship through meditation, chanting, talks, veggie potluck lunch. Saturday Workshops. Yogananda’s teachings. Kriya Yoga. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.

Hatha Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Develop balance, strength and flexibility and awaken your body awareness.. All levels. $14, $9/with package. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Behind Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. We offer tools for everyday living and study well-known, modernday spiritual teachers and concepts, and welcome all paths to God. Love Offering Basis. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. Mini-Meditation Retreats – 1-4pm. 1st Sunday. Extended sitting periods with walking meditation, tea break, a bit of yoga to loosen up, and video or talk. Intimate meditation talk and extended guided Somatic Consciousness meditation. Sliding scale $30-$45. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Urban Bhakti Groove – 3-4:30pm. 2nd and 4th Sundays. Up-beat vinyasa flow class with meditative chanting and deep relaxation. $15, $5 to a city based charity. Shri Studio, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Gentle Flow/Yoga Nidra – 5:30-7pm. Preparing you for the week ahead, a gentle wave of postures to open the body, quiet the mind and rejuvenate your spirit. End class with Yoga Nidra a deep sweet sleep. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Ecstatic Dance Providence – 6-9pm. 3rd Sunday. Let go! A substance free conscious dance event with vibrant, expanding and flowing electronic beats to move to. Find us on Facebook for more info. $10. Shri Studio, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket.

Nia Movement Class – 10:30-11:30am. Fitness class for any BODY. Eperience the wonderful music and the JOY of movement. No shoes, bring water. Membership or drop-in. Ocean YMCA, 95 High St, Westerly.

Svaroopa Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing. Focus is on releasing the muscles along the spinal column. Pre-registration is necessary. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020.

Ayurvedic Health Workshops – 6:30-8pm. Every other Sunday. Leave behind chronic illness and pain: discover time-tested ways to achieve health and balance in a supportive group setting. All are welcome. $15, $72/6 class card. Aermid Ayurveda Center, 100 Lafayette St, Ste 108, Pawtucket.


Early Morning Ashtanga Mix Yoga – 6:157:15am. Wake up, get dressed, brush your teeth, splash some water on your face and come practice yoga. Heated room ready for you. Protein bars & shakes for nourishment to go. Showers on site. $12. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-632-0878. Pilates Flex, Stretch and Tone – 9-10am. All levels, full body movement class for flexibility, muscle tone and balance. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., East Greenwich. Vinyasa Yoga – 9:30-11am. A challenging flow class, using a variety of traditional and innovative vinyasa flows with Julie Cloutier. $15, class cards available. Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-2450881. T’ai Chi – 10:30-11:30am. Beginners classes in T’ai Chi, Short Form. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus St, Tiverton. 401-849-7011. Chair Yoga – 11-12:15am. Focus on joint mobility & building strength for optimal wellness & improved quality of life. For all ages and abilities. Fun, challenging & a great use of your time. $15, $144/12 week pass. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike, Foster. 401-368-9642. Noon Time Yoga ~ Strength – 12-1pm. Take an hour to feel like yourself again! 3 times a week, themed noontime classes will balance out your workout and create the ideal components of restoring fitness. $17, or Open Enrollment $108/$184. Angela Lang ~ Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2 nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. The Healing Breath – 1-1:30pm. Practice breathing techniques to awaken the natural healing power of the body. Free. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508336-0408. Kundalini Yoga for All Levels and Ages – 4-5:15pm. Bend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music, meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. $10. Hamilton House, 276 Angell St, Providence. 401-722-3230. Anusara Yoga with Sara Davidson – 5-6:30pm. Heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring using Universal Principles of Alignment. $15, $45/5, $99/11. Shri Studio, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600.

Gentle Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Mind-body awareness, posture, alignment and breathing techniques. Beginners welcome. $12, $60/6 weeks. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-734-9355.

Belly Dancing with Mahdia – 6-7:15pm. Get in shape and explore the Middle Eastern style-Raks Sharqi. $13, $60/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Holistic Weight Management & Beauty – 6:308:30pm. Fit into your clothes and maintain your health! Customized life empowerment coaching using authentic Indian yoga-dance fusion, meditation, breathing, chakra & dancercise. $444/3 months. Experience Authentic India, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. Deeksha Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. 2nd and 4th Monday. Open the heart, heal relationships, quiet the chatter of the mind, and initiate a process of Awakening into Oneness where there is no longer a sense of separateness. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7:30-9pm. Last Monday. Energy therapy that directs chi to blockage points by tapping on acupuncture meridian points on a model to release blockages. Relaxing music. RSVP. $10/Requested donation. Sacred Earth Healing Arts, Shari Bitsis, 68 South Main St, Woonsocket. 401-465-4249.


Rise & Shine Yoga – 7-8am. Wake Up! Breathe into the stretch and play of the morning, get your day on with a lively, vinyasa based hour of practice. Tues & Fri 7-8am, Wed 6:30-7:30a. $13/12 drop in, online pkg discounts. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence.

30 Minute Training Express – 8-8:30am. A bit of everything, free weights, cardio drills, machines, boxing & more in 30 minutes!. $5/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. The Nia Technique – 10-11am. Through movement, we find health. Nia incorporates dance movement with a touch of martial arts. No experience needed. AnyBodys welcome. $15. Life Breath Wellness Center, Sandra Fontana, 378 Main St, East Greenwich.

T’ai Chi – 10:30-11:30am. Beginners classes in T’ai Chi, Short Form. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, Middletown Senior Center, 650 Green End Ave, Middletown. 401-849-7011.

Yoga for Everybody – 5-6:15pm. Less than 8 students per class. Clear instruction. Heal injuries, shape-up, get strong Call for more info. $25/3 new student special. Yoga With Lora, 1665 Hartford Ave, 2nd Fl, Johnston. 401-829-9148.

Vinyasa Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Detoxify and strengthen your body while uplifting your heart and spirit. $45/6, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Women & Girls Self-Defense – Aikido – 5:306:30pm. Increase your flexibility, confidence, and endurance! Join us to learn how Aikido can help you use your body to protect yourself. Open to all levels of physical fitness. Free first class. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 North Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672.

Ananda Yoga-Joy Is Within You – 5:30-7pm. Enjoy blissful yoga with gentle postures, beautiful affirmations, breathing practices and meditation. Relax and release stress as you refresh body, mind and spirit. $10. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Hatha Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Yoga Dance – 6-7pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesday. A unique and invigorating approach to body-spirit fitness, incorporating elements of movement therapy, Qi Gong, Yoga, and dance. $12, $60/6. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Meditation Group – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Tuesday. 6pm for beginners and anyone who would like to review their meditation, and 7pm for all meditators. Donation. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Couples Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn to manage stress, connect to spirit & deepen your relationship meditating together using breath control, visualization and sound. Call to schedule your session now. $40/Per couple. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. All Level Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Combination class: Deep, yet gentle stretching (Yin Yoga) with a moderately-paced Vinyasa flow. Open to Beginners. $14, $96/8. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, @The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Holistic Stress & Depression relief – 6:30-8:30pm. Stress/ depression come as visitors. Why make them partners? Customized life empowerment coaching with authentic Indian yoga-dance fusion, meditation, chants, Yoganidra. $444/3 months. Experience Authentic India, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265.

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Yoga for Everybody – 7-8:30pm. No worries about your size or shape or level of fitness. $45/6, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. 1st Tuesday. See Monday at 7:30pm for details. RSVP. $10/ Requested donation. Changing Lives, Shari Bitsis, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-465-4249. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. 3rd Tuesday. See Monday at 7:30 for details. RSVP. $10/ Requested donation. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Harmony for the Holidays – 7-8:30pm. Tis the season, to be jolly. In this special holiday series, we can learn how to shift our views away from expectations and stress & back into the joy of giving to others. $10. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-9pm. Learn how to bring miracles into one’s life. $5. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivation wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free/Donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Morning Prana – 6:15-7:30am. Ignite your day and leave this busy class feeling vital and complete. $15. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335. Rise & Shine Yoga – 6:30-7:30am. Wake Up! Breathe into the stretch and play of the morning, get your day on with a lively, vinyasa based hour of practice. $13/12 drop in, online package discounts. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. Sunrise Yoga – 7-8am. Great way to start your day, whether you are a beginner or advanced. $12, packages available. Simplify Yoga, 1050 Tiogue Ave, Coventry. 401-419-1298. Wintertime Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Peacedale Mill Complex, 1425 Kingstown Rd, Peacedale. Tai Chi – 10:30-11:30am. Beginners classes in T’ai Chi, Short Form. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons Rd, Little Compton. 401-849-7011. Noon Time Yoga ~ Flexibility – 12-1pm. Take an hour to feel like yourself again! 3 times a week, themed noontime classes will balance out your workout and create the ideal components of restoring fitness. $17, or Open Enrollment $108/$184. Angela Lang ~ Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2 nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.


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Somatic Meditation – 1-2:15pm. Guided meditation experiences and training with Sarah Whitehead from the Providence Institute. Be amazed at her gentle connection and guidance in meditation. $10/ Suggested donation. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-0408. Readings by Nelia – Tarot/Intuitive – 2-5:15pm. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Readings by Nelia, Tarot Card and Intuitive Readings. Walk-ins welcomed also. $45/half hour, $80/hour. Positive New Beginnings, Inc, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Wintertime Farmers Market – 4-7pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Kids Yoga – 4:30-5:15pm. Through basic instruction and games, children learn Yoga postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation in a fun safe environment. Call to register. $10. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave Ste 224, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Whole Foods Waterman St Neighborhood Night – 4:30-6:30pm. Taste something special from every department, new theme every week. Free. Whole Foods, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690. Vegetarian Dinner | Zen Meditation – 5:308:30pm. 5:30pm Public dinner 6:15pm Meditation instruction class 6:30pm Special Chanting 7:00pm Regular Chanting 7:30pm Sitting and walking meditation until 8:30pm. Free/Donations. Providence Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-1464. Kundalini Yoga for All Levels and Ages – 5:45-7pm. See Monday at 4pm for details. $10. Hamilton House, 276 Angell St, Providence. 401-722-3230. Prana Flow w/ Coral Brown – 5:45-7:15pm. Prana Flow ® -A full spectrum, energetic approach to embodying the flow of yoga created by Shiva Rea. Experience this innovative Vinyasa practice: enjoy the flow! $17/16, online package discounts. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. See Monday at 5:30 for details. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-734-9355. PhysicalFusion Barre Tuff Class – 6-7pm. Create a lean body with light weights, ballet barre. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., 2nd d Fl, East Greenwich. Svaroopa Yoga – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 4 for details. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Shambhala Mindfulness Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Open community practice of basic mindfulness meditation, with chants (participation optional). Free. Providence Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave., 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762.

Treasures Along the Path Satsang – 6-8pm. 2nd Wednesday. Your Mental Diet -and how it affects every part of your life. Listen & discuss cd of a talk by Swami Kriyananda, founder of Ananda. Joy is within. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Nia Movement Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Exercise and en-JOY it! The only way to know if it’s for you is to give it a try. Includes dance, martial arts & healing arts for a truly mind, body & spirit experience. $12, $50/5 class card. Quonnie Grange, 5662 (Route 1) Post Rd., Charlestown. 322-0810. Meditation Service – 7-8pm. Affirmative message and guided meditation, join us for a mid week spiritual lift. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Athlete’s Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. Power yoga is a vigorous class. The poses combined with deep breathing will increase strength, flexibility and focus while relaxing your mind and body. All levels welcome. $10, packages available. The Way: HPI, 10 Worthington Rd, Suite H, Cranston. 401-467-6701. Zumba – 7:30-8:30pm. Latin inspired dance workout. Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Calypso, and more! Love to live, live to party with zumba!. $10. Bia Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Yin /Yang Yoga – 7:30-9pm. Class blends the sweet surrender and peaceful quiet of Yin w/ slow flow movement of Yang Vinyasa for a deeply relaxed, balancing practice. $17, $16/online package discounts. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Ave, Providencce.


Mixed Level Yoga – 9:30-11am. Flowing movements and deeper holds. First Class Free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike, 2nd Fl, Foster. 401-578-4162. Vinyasa Flow – 9:30-11am. Also 6:30-8:00pm. Meditative practice invigorates body, mind and spirit with a calming strength, flexibility and balance, on and off the mat, breath by breath. $17. Rivers of Light Studio, 410 Neck Rd, Tiverton. 401-816-0024. Svaroopa Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Tunes 4 Tots - 10-10:45am. Music & Movement for Babies & Toddlers Ages 12mos - 4 yrs! Bring your little ones to learn through music, dance, and song!. First Class Free $100/10 (6 months to use it). Extravaganza Kids, 1175 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-383-9544. Barre and Ball Class – 10-11am. Ballet barre (30 min) and Pilates on stability ball (30 min) moves to lengthen and tone muscles. $14,$9/with package. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd Thursday. See Monday at 7:30 for details. RSVP. $10/Requested donation. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Tai Chi – 10:45-11:45am. Experience the physical and spiritual benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong. No experience necessary, wear comfortable clothing. $5/Suggested donation. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-0408. Fluid Fitness(TM) – 11am-12pm. Gentle, effective, innovative approach to move your whole body the way it is designed. Slow down the aging process and step up your fitness program. No experience needed. $12, $10 Seniors & Students. Focus Yoga Studio, 63 Cedar Ave. #10, East Greenwich. 401-826-2020. Healthy Back Care – 4-5pm. Yoga postures and therapeutic exercises to promote a stable spine and strong back that help to alleviate back pain. Taught by a Physical Therapist Assistant and certified yoga instructor. $5/Requested donation. Body Magic, 580 Wood St, Bristol. 401-743-8490. Meditation~Visualization~Relaxation – 5:155:45pm. Half hour of Bliss! Join us for a guided meditation. Time for you to relax, restore, refresh and rejuvenate. Just lay on your mat and BE! $5 Donation. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Beginner Iyengar Yyoga – 5:30-7pm. Strengthen and stretch with focus on alignment. $5 off first class. $16, $14/student. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Meditation Group – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. Bring a Friend. $20/ Call to Register. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Meditation Class – 5:30-7pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Just Breathe: Joy – 6-7pm. The holidays are just around the corner so come to this series to reignite your sense of joy in the act of giving, both during the holidays and beyond. $8. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7:45pm. See Tuesday at 5 for details. $45/6 classes, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Zumba Toning – 6:15-7:15pm. Join the party with a latin inspired dance workout! Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and more. Zumba toning sticks are used with this class. $10, call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. The Indian Wisdom to Spirituality – 6:30-8:30pm. Customized coaching – Karma, rebirth, Happiness. “Who am I” analysis, non-violence, spiritual eating, meditation, chants, Sanskrit, Yoga & dance. Limit to 5 registrants. $444/3 months. Experience Authentic India, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. See Tuesday at 5:45pm for details. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

Gentle Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Gentle and peaceful practice. Special focus on using the breath to relax the body and mind. Mediation and Reiki. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.


Amrit Yoga Posture Clinic – 7-8:30pm. 1st Thursday. Focus on specific details and alignment in the Amrit Yoga method. All levels. Included in membership, $15/non-member. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 780-9089.

Embracing Change – 7-8:30pm. A support group that offers friendship, personal sharing and problem solving for those experiencing life changing challenges. Call Pat Bird to register. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Suite 3, Wakefield. 401-835-0089.


Morning Prana – 6:15-7:30am. Ignite your day and leave this busy class feeling vital and complete. $15. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335. Sunrise Yoga – 7-8am. Great way to start your day whether you are a beginner or advanced. $12, packages available. Simplify Yoga, 1050 Tiogue Ave, Coventry. 401-419-1298.

Rise & Shine Yoga – 7-8am. Breathe into the stretch and play of the morning, get your day on with a lively, vinyasa based hour of practice. Tues & Fri 7-8am, Wed 6:30-7:30am. $13/12, online package discounts. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. 30 Minute Training Express – 8-8:30am. See Tuesday at 8am for details. $5/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Zumba Toning – 9-10am. See Thursday at 6:15pm for details. $10/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Prana Vinyasa – 9:30-10:45am. Start your day off with this all-levels class, a creative vinyasa style sequencing with focus on prana to cultivate a calm mind, flexibility and strength. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

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Noon Time Yoga ~ Balance – 12-1pm. Take an hour to feel like yourself again! 3 times a week, themed noontime classes will balance out your workout and create the ideal components of restoring fitness. $17, or Open Enrollment $108/$184. Angela Lang ~ Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Readings by Nicole – Angel Card – 1-5:15pm. Nicole also has appointments for crystal healings. $40/half hour. Positive New Beginnings, Inc, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Community Yoga – 4-5:15pm. End the week right, unwind and refresh before the weekend. Students of all levels welcome. Class is only a $5 donation, no one turned away due to inability to pay. Beth Brown. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Forrest Yoga – 4-5:30pm. All you need is to bring a willingness to learn to feel authentically and respond honestly. $15, $45/5, $99/11. Shri Studio, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600.




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Vinyasa Yoga – 8:30-10am. Challenging flow class, using a variety of traditional and innovative vinyasa flows. Instructor: Mimi Budnick. $15, class cards available. Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881. Yoga Basics – 9-10am. Designed to effortlessly strengthen and tone the body while increasing flexibility and suppleness of the joints. Great for beginners!. $12,$80/8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. New student specials. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. The Nia Technique – 9:30-10:30am. See Tuesday at 10 for details. $6. Johnston Community Center, 1291 Hartford Ave, Johnston.

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All Level Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Blend of posture flows to music and deep floor work to tone, strengthen, release tension & energize. $14, $96/8. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, @The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Free Tour of Alternative Food Co-op – 10-11am. Eat organic, whole foods and conserve natural resources. Cooking demo. Free. Alternative Food Co-op, 357 Main St, Wakefield. 401-789-2240. Chair Yoga – 10-11am. Gentle poses are modified with guidance. Chair is used for support and help with balance . Enjoy a guided meditation & Reiki. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Vinyasa Flow – 10-11:30am. See Thursday at 9:30 for details. $17. Rivers of Light Studio, 410 Neck Rd, Tiverton. 401-816-0024. Wintertime Farmers Market – 10am-1pm. See Wednesday at 4 for details. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Wintertime Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. See Wednesday at 10 for details. Free. Peacedale Mill Complex, 1425 Kingstown Rd, Peacedale. Pre-natal Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Explore changes and prepare for childbirth in a supportive atmosphere. $16, $104/8. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 10:45am-12:15pm. Explore the Posture of Consciousness – meditation via basic, accessible posture and breathwork. Saturdays. $15, $20 intro package-1 week of yoga. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Athlete’s Yoga – 12-1pm. See Wednesday at 7:30pm for details. $10, packages available. The Way: HPI, 10 Worthington Rd, Suite H, Cranston. 401-467-6701. Community sARTurdays – 12-2pm. Guided expressive arts program for all ages. Creating Peace of Mind. Donation. PeaceLove Studios, 177 Main St, Pawtucket. 475-9778. Psychic and Mediumship Readings – 12-5pm. With Connie Ouellette. Half hour and hour long sessions. Also available on Wednesdays. Call for appointment and more information. Magick Mirror, 17 State St, Bristol. 401-254-2200. Grandmother’s Empowerment Group – 1-3pm. Usually the 1st Saturday. Based on A Call to Power: The Grandmothers Speak: finding balance in a chaotic world. Donation. The Healing Circle, Providence. 508-292-2798. CPR Certification – 2-4pm. Last Saturday. Learn how to save a life. Class will cover all you need to become proficient. Nationally recognized certification card will be issued upon successful completion. $50. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Walk-in Weekends, Sat and Sun – 2-5pm. Come visit us on Sat and Sun afternoons from 2pm-5pm, Nov 12th to Dec 24th. Offering chair massage, Reiki, Angel Card Readings & gift certs. See website for details. $15 to $25 depending on service chosen. Knepley Therapeutic Massage, 2905-2907 Post Rd, Kraemer Bldg, Suite 6, Warwick. 401-402-0568. SpiritDanceRI – 7-10pm. 1st Saturday. Monthly smoke- and alcohol-free barefoot boogie. Dance in community and fun with other movers and shakers. No partner or experience necessary. All profits go to charity. Sliding scale $8-12. Lotus Fire Yoga, 650 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-536-5665. Seagrave Observatory Public Night – 9-11pm. Viewings through a variety of telescopes every clear Saturday Night, weather permitting. Free. Skyscrapers, 47 Peep Toad Rd, North Scituate.

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Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic medicine from India. It is completely natural, relying on diet, lifestyle, yoga, and herbs to treat mental/physical imbalances. Achieving balance in body and mind strengthens immunity and activates the body’s natural healing power. As a Certified Ayurvedic Consultant, I can help you determine your own personal balance and provide natural treatments to help you achieve it.

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My purpose is to support you by listening to you; providing you with gentle, low force chiropractic care coupled with stress management, nutrition, and exercise information to assist you to take action on your road back to health. With 30 years of experience doing what I love to do in a supportive environment, miracles can happen.

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Dr. Belinda Mobley Briarwood Plaza 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA 508-336-0408 Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. At Mobley Family Chiropractic we use gentle but specific chiropractic techniques to locate and remove the barriers to true health and have a variety of options to assist you on the road to better health and vitality. See ad page 27.

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Shanthi Muthu (Artist of the forthcoming CD “Chants for Meditation and Reflection”) 401-305-5265 Shanthi offers “Yoga-Dance-inspired Life empowerment coaching” customized to your needs, because you are unique; Uses ancient and time-tested Authentic Indian Yoga/Dance, Meditation, Breath-work, Chants, Chakra, cooking-dining, Dancercise, and Yoga-dance-fusion; Empowers you to recognize the attentionneeding areas in your life, seeks accountability and walks you to your next step. Example: “Holistic” weight-management, beauty, health, stressdepression relief. Check out her holistic multicultural events. Satisfaction guaranteed.


Guidance in Achieving Your Goals David Monson 181 Main Street, 2nd floor, Blackstone, MA 508-883-1007 As a certified Life Coach, I have been coaching individuals and groups for many years in the areas of Successful Communication, Personal Relationships and Life Strategy Development. Men and women alike often wonder if they’re using their gifts effectively to contribute to themselves, those they love or others in their environment. We offer without obligation a complimentary consultation to determine if we can assist you in co-developing a focused path toward greater success, attainment of your dreams and a more fulfilled way of living. See ad page 5.

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Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times. Remember: The Road to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 28.

Massage Envy Spa 1000 Division Street East Greenwich, RI 401-336-2900

Massage Envy Spa has partnered with Dr. Murad, of Murad International, to create four signature facials. Sun damage, acne blemishes, reducing signs of aging, or calming sensitive skin, we have a facial designed for you. Full consultation to ensure that you are receiving the treatment that is best suited for your skin care needs. Appointments are available 7 days a week, including evenings. See ad on page 9.

Marissa Cote

Innisfree Body Works 18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick 401-461-3788

DEPTH HYPNOSIS Katharine A. Rossi 401-924-0567

Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access the root cause of imbalances and transform your relationship with others and self.  Depth Hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change.  Phone and office sessions available.

Whether it’s an organic facial, a natural nails service, or a Brazilian wax, Marissa knows how to make her clients enjoy their spa experience. With years of honing her skills in treatments with different product lines, Marissa has come to understand the importance of using only all-natural, organic skin products. Call to make your appointment and enjoy a relaxing unique experience.

ENERGY HEALING Body-Wise Therapeutics Laura P. Clark, lcmt, cpia, cfr, cia 401-848-9825

Bodywork & Energy Shifting for Soulful Living. Laura uses an integrative holistic approach that helps you shift your energy, and allows your joy to shine through while working on the challenges of your life. Massage, Facial Reflexology, Feng Shui, Aromatherapy, Dream Coaching and more.

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light soul therapy

Jackie Van Dusen AM, RHP Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363 Like peeling an onion, Light Soul Therapy works to release layers of dis-illusionment, dis-content and dis-ease. Please visit my website for more details, my Bio, classes, healing events and more. Or, call me today for a free 20 minutes phone consult.  I’d love to speak with you. Now offering Sacred STone Massage Therapy. See ad on page 24.

healing arts center Magick Mirror Healing Arts Center

Connie Ouellette & Kevin Moniz 17 State Street, Bristol, RI 401-254-2200 Look into the Magick Mirror and experience the healing energies of crystals, gemstones, jewelry and gifts from around the world. Psychic readings, candles, books, incense, music, herbs, fairies await you. Lift your spirits through our mediumship and metaphysical classes! Magick, Tarot (3 levels), Herbs, Wicca, Reiki, Angels, Shamanism and much more. Join our co-op of holistic healers forming now!

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510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480

873 Waterman Ave. East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

For 26 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.  Please visit our web site for a wealth of information. See ad on page 17.

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Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic Readings, Angel &Tarot Cards, Past Lives, Reflexology, Workshops, Magick Classes, Weddings, Moon Ceremonies, Psychic Parties, gifts, stones, herbs, Room Rentals. Sunday ~ First Spiritualist Church of RI -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 6.


Angel Whispers Rhode Island

917 A Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 401-741-2278 Offering a variety of holistic energy therapies, which can be scheduled at Wellness Center at Gold Plaza in Warwick, private homes, businesses, hospitals, and nursing homes. Adriene also conducts Reiki certification courses and workshops on a variety of topics related the wellness. See ad on page 25.

Mark Ashley Hypnosis Health & Wellness

Consulting Hypnotist, Coach & Motivator 401-623-6709 • Motivation by means of hypnosis. Achieve amazing success with weight loss, fitness goals, stress management, insomnia, motivation, procrastination, anxiety, phobias, smoking and compulsive behaviors.

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Newport, RI 401-847-6551

Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316

Let me help you move through times of transition and transformation in your life. I offer integrative, holistic insights and solutions customized to your needs. Holistic Tarot, Spiritual Astrology, Energy Healing, Reiki II, Body Talk, Ear Coning, Life Coach, Non-denominational Celebrant. See ad on page 36.

Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or nontraditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.

Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library for archived presentations. Bookmark the Calendar for “must see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Get found online when you join the Chamber of Commerce at

Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND, FHANP

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St., Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care: your comprehensive natural medicine clinic offering diet and nutritional counseling, herbal & homeopathic medicines, and acupuncture. Optimize health and wellness naturally! See ad on page 15.

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111 Chestnut St., Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 • Naturopathic medicine at its best. Diet and nutrient therapy, herbal medicine, NAET, homeopathy. Safe and effective treatments for men, women and children of all ages.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

Dr Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy • North Smithfield RI 401-597-0477 • Whole-person health care for the entire family using safe and effective natural medicines. Meeting your health care needs with homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition and biotherapeutic drainage. Focus includes pediatrics and childhood developmental issues including autism and ADHD.

nutrition Dawn Parente

“Eat Yourself Healthy” NC, HHP 774-991-0695 Food is the core of our very being. It is food that fuels us. It is food that nourishes us. It is food that repairs us. Your digestive system is your river of life.   I will help you navigate your way to optimize your health. You can “Eat Yourself Healthy”

pet foods Pet Foods Plus 30 Gooding Avenue Bristol, RI 02809 401-253-2456

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Keri Layton, N.D.

Toys, treats, shampoo, leashes, cat litter or food of all kinds, Pet Foods Plus has it. High quality customer service, offering a full supply of food and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, fish and even livestock. We also sell fish, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Stop by for quality products at affordable prices! See ad on page 31.


401-736-6500 “I am to live my dream...” With my natural gifts and abilities, I have been able to see loved ones as they are preparing to move into the light. This process has been helpful by letting people know that their loved ones are not alone; that they are being held and guided as they pass from ordinary reality to non-ordinary reality. See ad on page 14.

therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works 18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick 401-461-3788

Founder of Innisfree, David Walsh has been practicing massage therapy for more than 14 years. His hands speak multiple languages, and still he feels it all comes down to instinct and touch. His spiritual intentions and focus in deep tissue create a love for giving thorough treatments. Gift Certificates available. Call for yours today!

It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike • Johnston RI 02919 401-464-6100 • It’s all about you. You deserve the best. The journey begins. Enter a new plateau @ It’s Your Body’s Symphony. We offer: A variety of massage therapies including La Stone, Cupping, Thai, Ultimate pumpkin & back facials, Reflexology… We look forward to your arrival. See ad on page 31.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

459 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI 401-734-9355 Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

145 Waterman St., Providence (at Hope) 401-808-0837 Put your aches and pains into my hands... they’ve had 10,000 massages worth of experience. Since 1993. Chronic issues, pain relief, range of motion problems, age related issues, athletic injuries (+ goals), pregnancy massage. I do Rehab work, Deep Tissue, Swedish, BioDynamics, Reiki. “Best of Boston”. Gift Certificates available. Call today for your appointment.

wellcare collaborative IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 12.

Historic Pawtuxet Village. We believe in a hands-on approach to health. Our 9 massage therapists, acupuncturist, skin care professional and instructors will help you feel your best. Online scheduling available at See ad on page 29.

yoga Chris Belanger, RYT

401-261-7242 Offering Kripalu Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Yoga in the Park, Men’s Yoga, Gentle Yoga & Senior Yoga throughout RI – Classes are suitable for all levels. Explore your body, breath, mind & spirit. Chris is now offering Yoga for Vets - a program to thank vets for their service, while providing a valuable wellness tool for the mind & body. See ad on page 32.

yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

wellness center Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy 422 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02888 401-941-2310

315 Main Street • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 • Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, selfdiscovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 32.

A holistic wellness center featuring Yoga instruction therapeutic massage, skin care and hair removal, Reiki, Karate, Belly Dancing and Acupuncture. Located 5 minutes from the airport and Providence in

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