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t does not seem like it can be February and we haven’t had any big snowstorms yet. Of course, by the time this issue hits the street that may have changed, but there is nothing in the forecast right now. While I’m pretty happy about not having to shovel, climb over mounds of snow to get in and out of the car, or having to drive in it I, do miss watching it fall, and how clean and sparkly it looks in the sun. When it’s freshly fallen it looks so peaceful and everything looks so clean and new. A fresh new day and another opportunity to work on my mind, body and soul as I promised I would in January. Our editorial theme this month is healthy mind; one of my big three. It makes sense really, to focus on this since our minds are so intertwined with our body and soul. The health of each part makes up the whole. It turns out that mind and body are quite similar in how to take care of them. According to A Brain-Building Blueprint on page 24, there is growing evidence that in order to grow a bigger brain, we should be eating less. There are certain foods that help as well, with the same common sense that we use when watching our weight. Eating more fish, fruits and vegetables is a good idea for all the right reasons, including keeping our mind sharp. Doing crossword puzzles, playing games or learning something new are all ways we can exercise the brain and have fun doing it. I’ve been a walker for many, many years. It has always seemed to me that if you don’t use something regularly, whatever it is, it is more likely to stiffen up and get old. I am a believer in the use it or lose it theory. I also find that I do some of my best thinking while walking. This monthly letter is often composed in my head while walking. With the some uncharacteristic Rap or Hip-Hop artist blasting through my headphones, I can let my mind wander over the upcoming editorial I have just read, weave it into my life, and attempt to find ways to share with you my excitement about the new issue and the information it brings. Other times, I shut off the music, pay attention to my surroundings, and just be present in my walk. That way, my brain, body and soul are getting exercise. While it’s important to work on our own minds, caring for our kids is critical to our society. I love the science being done to understand how we develop. Studies are showing that, in many ways, a child’s brain takes care of itself. We just need to provide a fertile growing area for their minds to ripen. In How a Brain Grows on page 22, we learn that baby videos, exposure to classical music and fancy computer programs have little scientific evidence of intellectual progress. Self-control, on the other hand, can be a much greater indicator of future success. There was a famous study done some years ago called the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment involving putting a child in a room with a marshmallow, telling them they could either eat it immediately, or wait until the researcher came back in 15 minutes and they could have two. The temptation was huge, but over years of study, the results showed that those who resisted had greater success as adults. We still have much to learn about ourselves but this is interesting and exciting stuff.

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hri Studio, in Pawtucket, is showing its support for kids by hosting two very special events in March. First up is an all day Yogathon, beginning at 9 a.m., March 3, to support the Shri Studio School Project, the state’s first studiobacked program to bring yoga and wellness classes into our schools for children during the school day. Masterful teachers from all over the state are joining Shri Studio for this jam-packed day to benefit the project. Participants can enjoy a variety of workshops, a silent auction, video presentation and hear from the teachers, scholars and administrators about the movement. Cost is $25 for one workshop or $75 for the entire day. Donations to the project are welcome if you are unable to attend. Next up, join one of the professional and comprehensive Children’s Yoga Teacher Training programs available and learn to teach a holistic class that uses all aspects of the yoga practice to meet children’s physical, emotional and social needs. Shri Studio is hosting Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training with Jennifer Cohen, a level one Yoga Alliance certified program, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 31 and April 1. Tuition for the entire weekend is $495 and includes manual and materials. Deadline to register is March 10. Classes incorporate yoga and mindfulness activities that help children connect to themselves and their community; access the power of their breath; develop focus and concentration; find strength, balance and confidence through physical movement; recognize and regulate their own emotions; and learn how to nurture themselves through relaxation. Participants will leave the training with a deeper understanding of child development, the capacity and confidence to create lesson plans that meet children’s needs and the knowledge to teach in a safe, engaging and compassionate way. Shri Studio is located at 21 Broad Street in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-441-8600 or visit For more information about Little Flower Yoga, visit See ad on page 34.


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hape Up RI, the statewide campaign that helps Rhode Islanders lose weight and increase their exercise, has opened registration for its statewide wellness competition, just in time for those setting goals to improve their health. The 12-week team competition begins on February 6 and runs through April 30. Shape Up RI’s team-based weight Dr. Rajiv Kumar loss and fitness competition challenges participants to form teams with friends, co-workers and family members and compete. Upon registration, participants receive a digital pedometer and tracking logbook shipped to their home or office. Shape Up RI’s social networking website allows participants to set goals, track progress, chat with teammates and compare results with other participants and teams across the state. Using fun game mechanics including competition, points and prizes, the evidence-based Shape Up RI program empowers people to reach their goals. According to a Brown University study published in the scientific journal Obesity, the average Shape Up RI participant loses 7 pounds in each competition. “Shape Up RI has become an annual tradition for thousands of Rhode Islanders,” states Dr. Rajiv Kumar, chairman and founder of Shape Up RI. “It’s important that we all continually recommit ourselves to leading healthy lifestyles, given how easy it is for us to get off track. Once again we are urging all Rhode Islanders to join and take action to exercise more, eat better, and work together to build a healthier community.” This year’s program features a number of enhancements, including a newly redesigned social networking website, easier activity tracking via text messaging, a mobile-web application, team photo sharing, bonus weekly challenges for individuals to complete, and over 100 special deals and discounts on healthy products and services being offered throughout Rhode Island. For more information about joining the Shape Up RI 2012 Challenge, visit or call 401-421-0608.

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ckankar of Rhode Island will present “Answers to Your Key Questions About Life,” the 2012 Rhode Island Eckankar Regional Seminar, on March 10 and 11 at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel in Warwick. The seminar will feature keynote speakers Jo and Jerry Leonard, who have given talks and workshops in many countries around the world, including the United States, about the quest for consciousness and waking up to greater states of awareness; how to survive life based on the spiritual laws of life; the art of soul travel; and the Eck-Vidya, an ancient science of prophecy. “Inner Wisdom to Design Your Life,” a free guest event, will also be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 10. An Eckankar seminar is a place where people come to experience a direct link to God through inspirational, spiritual exercises. Those in attendance will learn how to align their inner and outer aspirations. It also provides an opportunity to meet like-minded people who share the love for God and spirit. The goal is to immerse oneself in the light and sound of God for spiritual renewal, transformation, healing and the gift of higher awareness. Rhode Island Eckankar Center is located at 2914 Post Road, #3, in Warwick. For more information about the seminar, call 401-828-6973, email or visit See ad on page 17.

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newsbriefs February Focus: Energy Healing at Providence Institute


he Providence Institute for Contemplative Study and Natural Health (PI) is offering an abundance of programs and services throughout the month of February that focus on energy healing. On Thursdays, a Weekly Healers Group will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for healers to gather and share techniques and insights. Attendees may also practice on or with each other and help with distance healing cases. Intuitive Healer Kim Testa will be teaching Basic Level Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) classes starting February 4, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants will be taught how to feel and interpret energy flow, clear energy patterns in themselves and others and unlock their soul’s purpose. The Deeksha Oneness Blessing, an energy blessing phenomenon that is assisting in the awakening of humanity, is taking place on the second and fourth Monday of every month, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Testa will also lead Group Healing and Guided Meditations on the second and fourth Fridays and third Tuesdays, from 7-9 p.m., and a Group Healing Intensive on the second Sunday. Participants can experience a powerful healing circuit as they connect into the group energy while relaxing and listening to a guided meditation. Deeksha and Ilahinoor energy blessings are also given. PI offers a contemplative approach to healing and awakening that acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual path. A variety of programs are offered, such as yogic practices, meditation, spiritual teaching, arts, energy work and other mindfulness-based activities. The Providence Institute is located at 18 Imperial Place, in Providence’s Jewelry District. For more information, call 401-270-5443 or visit See ad on this page.

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isa Zaccheo, board certified hypnotist, instructor, owner and lead hypnotist at Mind Matters Hypnosis Center in Canton, CT will be offering a hypnosis certification course March 17-24 at The Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon. The 100-hour course, approved by the National Guild of Hypnotists, was well received when offered this past summer at the same location. In this 100-hour course, approved by the National Guild of Hypnotists, participants will learn everything they need to know in order to successfully hypnotize themselves and others. The course will be a combination of eight full days of in-person training plus home and group study/practice. The course, a balance of detailed lectures and hands-on learning, will allow people the opportunity to learn how to use this powerful tool to enrich their lives and the lives of others. Zaccheo has been in practice for 10 years and has helped thousands of clients safely and easily tap into their subconscious mind to make lasting changes in their lives. She has appeared on radio and television, as well as at several speaking engagements throughout New England. Most recently, she was invited to speak on the Holistic Community Cruise into Mayan Country, which took place in January. Â Cost is $2,199-$2,399. The Farmington Valley Arts Center is located at 25 Arts Center Lane in Avon, CT. For syllabus details or to register, call Lisa Zaccheo at 860-693-6448 or visit.

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ature’s Wisdom Wellness has launched a natural weight loss and purification program to help individuals get a fresh start on the New Year. The five-week program is specifically designed to slowly, safely and effectively detoxify the gastrointestinal system, liver, kidneys and gall bladder. For those interested in the program, a class will be held at 6 p.m., on February 6 and at 10 a.m. on February 18. The program features a modified diet depending on each individual’s needs— usually consisting of only whole foods, fiber supplementation and cleansing supplements. The program includes supplements, shakes, five classes, weekly weighins, comprehensive Asyra assessment and more. In addition to purification of organs, patients typically lose an average of 10-15 pounds during the program.

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eavenly Hugs is offering Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) training classes taught by Master Instructor and Heavenly Hugs owner, Gladys Ellen. The first class, “Healing with the Angels of the Energy Field” will be held February 11, followed by Basic Level IET on February 12. In the tradition of Caroline Myss’s “Energy Anatomy,” IET is a hands on power energy therapy system that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. The training classes are each powerful days of self-healing and energy therapy certification training. In each class, participants will be attuned to a powerful angelic energy ray that activates the 12-strand spiritual DNA. Participants will then learn how to heartlink to the energy of their angels and use their energy for healing. Individuals will also learn how each primary human emotion is correlated to a specific physical region of the body, as well as how to use the IET integration power points to clear them. A fully illustrated training guide and certificate is provided with each class. No prior energy therapy experience is needed. “You can be an energy intuitive,” says Ellen. “Through these IET classes, you will be taught how to feel and interpret energy flow, clear energy patterns in yourself and others, and unlock your soul’s purpose.” Heavenly Hugs is located in Gold Plaza 917A Warwick Avenue in Warwick. For more information, call 401-935-8451 or visit See ad on page 14.

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newsbriefs Nature’s Goodness Promotes Heart Health


ebruary is all about promoting heart health in women. National Women’s Heart Health Day is observed on the first of February each year, and National Wear Red Day® will take place on Friday, February 3. On this day, Americans will support the fight against heart disease in women by wearing red. For 26 years, Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store has been promoting healthy living, including overall heart health, and this month is no exception. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oil supplements not only help prevent cardiovascular diseases in healthy individuals, but also reduce the incidence of cardiac events and mortality in patients with existing heart disease. With this in mind, Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store is offering 30 percent off selected Nordic Natural Fish Oil products and New Chapters Salmon Oil through the month of February. Nature’s Goodness offers natural food, organic and whole foods, nutritional products, body care, athletic supplements, natural pet care and health information in a fun, comfortable, clean and safe environment. Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store is located at 510 East Main Road in Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-7480 or visit See ad on page 21.

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hiropractor Amy Westrick has opened Westside Yoga at 511 Broadway, in Providence. The studio is located in the same building as Eastside Chiropractic Center, and is in the rear of the building. “There are many benefits to yoga,” says Westrick. “It increases strength, flexibility and helps with relaxation. Yoga is also adaptable for any age or skill level.” Varied styles of yoga—including vinyasa, hatha, yoga for kids and cardio yoga—and Pilates classes will be offered seven days a week. As an introductory offer, the first class is free and every class thereafter is $10. For detailed information on class scheduling and an explanation of each class, visit For more information, call 401-228-7673 or email See ad on page 34.

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ssence Yoga, located at 2197 Broad Street in the heart of Historic Pawtuxet Village, will open its doors on Saturday, February 4 with a Grand Opening Celebration from 5-7 p.m. The celebration is open to anyone who would like to see the studio and meet the experienced teachers that are ready to share their Deb Cunha knowledge. Healthy treats and henna tattoos will be on hand for all who attend. Essence Yoga will offer a variety of yoga—from basic and fundamental, to flowing or more challenging. On Saturdays, Zumba classes will be held, along with beginner belly and hula dance instruction. Plans are in place to add children’s classes, such as creative dance movement and hand drumming, to the schedule. Owner and yoga instructor Deb Cunha intends for the studio to be shared by artists of all fields. In addition to the daily classes at Essence Yoga, Cunha says intends to support the local community by offering “yoga and dinner” nights at nearby restaurants, “yoga and a stroll” to nearby antique shops and free community yoga.

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The 20th annual Rhode Island Men’s Gathering will be held February 17-19 on the University of Rhode Island’s W. Alton Jones Campus, in West Greenwich. The winter weekend retreat is for men from different walks of life to gather in a safe setting to relax, grow, connect, build community and explore what it means to be a man today. The weekend includes workshops lead by participants in areas such as personal growth and self-improvement, health and healing, arts and crafts, music and movement, poetry and writing, cooking and food, energy and the environment and other diverse areas. Other activities such as group-building and trust activities, games, drumming sessions, an afternoon hike, star gazing and a talent show may also be included. The entire weekend is drug and alcohol free. Fees range from $90-$140 and include all meals and lodging. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those who may need financial assistance to attend. For more information, visit

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New Year, Relaxed You


earning how to relax is a key to good life balance and self-respect. Changing Lives, a wellness center in Johnston, not only offers healing modalities, workshops and a detox sauna, but is now offering nutritional supplements to assist clients in their relaxation process. According to co-owner Joanne Salem practicing breathing techniques, making healthy food choices, exercising, trying different relaxation techniques and taking nutritional supplements are workshop topics that will be offered in 2012. “Thinking positive, learning how to use logic and less emotion, finding a quiet place when you feel overwhelmed, stop feeling guilty and practice meditation are all offered here at Changing Lives,” she says. “Our informative workshops and healing sessions are designed to relax your body, mind and spirit; therefore, we are thrilled to incorporate the number one rated nutritional supplements into our center.” Changing Lives is located at 1308 Atwood Avenue in Johnston. For more information, call 401-490-1732 or visit See ad on page 14.

Aermid Ayurveda Now Seeing Clients in E. Greenwich


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essica Albernaz, MS, CAC, owner of Aermid Ayurveda, has opened a second office in order to better serve the Rhode Island community. Albernaz will be available to see new and existing clients on Wednesday evenings at Holistic Health Rhode Island (HHRI), 5784 Post Road, Suite 5, in East Greenwich. Upcoming classes will also be available at the new location starting in March. At Aermid Ayurveda, consultations focus on diet, lifestyle, yoga, pranayama and herbal remedies to restore balance to the mind, body and spirit. Ayurvedic remedies are particularly well suited to chronic and recurrent issues and take a holistic approach to both physical and mental imbalances. “I am delighted to join the HHRI team and look forward to sharing the wisdom of Ayurveda in both Pawtucket and East Greenwich,” says Albernaz. Aermid Ayurveda’s main office is located in Oak Hill in Pawtucket. For more information, call 860-558-3988 or visit


Metaphysical Shop Opens in Cranston


enaissance Holistic Center has opened in Cranston. The new shop offers metaphysical and New Age essentials, non-toxic skincare and cosmetics, herbal and homeopathic remedies, as well as journals, jewelry and books. Renaissance Holistic Center is committed to helping customers balance body, mind and spirit to achieve maximum well-being. Owner Nicole Ruggieri Lehourites is grateful to be able to create a business that incorporates her spiritual life with her creative passions. As a Reiki master teacher and ordained minister, she has always been connected to the metaphysical, but now she has brought her knowledge and appreciation of beauty together in an inspirational space that is so much more than a store.

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Urban Sweat: Destination Relaxation

by Beth Davis As a marathon runner, Christine Raffa, owner of Raffa Yoga and the new Urban Sweat, had always been passionate about fitness. She was slender and what most would consider great physical condition. The problem was that she was so stiff she couldn’t even touch her toes. After seeing a video of herself at a wedding, she realized she looked almost hunched over. It was time to make a change. She began searching for ways to move her body. She tried yoga, but didn’t love the style—she found the movement to be much too slow. However, Raffa didn’t give up and started trying different yoga styles until she discovered Vinyasa—one of the most popular styles of yoga due to its fast-paced, fitness approach. She fell in love. With a background in neuroanatomy, Raffa already had a strong understanding of the human body. So, it seemed a natural fit that she would go on to become a yoga instructor as well. In 2000, she opened Raffa Yoga. Here, visitors can find a variety of yoga classes from hot power yoga, to slow flow, stretch and even hip hop classes and AntiGravity Yoga. With more than 50 classes per week there’s some for all fitness levels. Always dedicated to nourishing the body—both physically and mental-


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ly—Raffa knew she wanted to do more. She wanted to build a place for people to relax, renew and refresh; an active relaxation center. “I’ve had the good fortune to travel worldwide and experience first hand the healing benefits of relaxation and detoxification,” says Raffa. “Many recorded cultures haves documented rituals and gathering places for social interaction relaxation and means to detoxify and cleanse your body.” She says because she had the opportunity to participate in and enjoy various methods of active relaxation in her travels, she longed to have them accessible for her own use in Rhode Island. “In my neuromuscular massage business and yoga business, I encounter so many people seeking a better way to relax and bring greater health into their lives. It made perfect sense for me to bring the best of my experiences to Rhode Island and for our community to experience first hand the healing benefits of active relaxation.” At the end of 2011, Urban Sweat opened to rave reviews. From the moment one steps into the eco-friendly 15,000-square-foot building in Cranston, the journey to destination relaxation begins. For starters, the facility was gutted and renovated to create an eco-friendly, energy efficient environment. State-of-the-art technology helped create an amazing space for health,

relaxation and healing. “From a radiant heated flooring system, to eco-friendly custom designed saunas, Rhode Island’s only Himalayan Salt Grotto, and three state-of-the-art yoga studios this facility is as green as it gets,” notes Raffa. “We used recycled products, water saving plumbing, LED lighting and environmentally friendly products as much as possible in our complete build out.” One of the best things about the renovation? Raffa dove right in. She and her sisters tiled the Turkish steam room (after taking a tiling lesson at Home Depot) and she did most of the painting herself. The first of its kind in the country, Urban Sweat offers a number of unique services. Seven heat therapy rooms— including the Himalyan Salt Grotto, Yellow Tumeric Sauna, Black Charcoal Sauna, Active Relaxation room, Urban Hamman, Eucalyptus Steam Room and Arctic Drench Shower—offer a variety of ways to heal the mind body and soul. “If you’re suffering from sinus or lung issues or simply want to help give your skin that youthful glow the Himalayan Salt Grotto could be one of your relaxation destinations,” says Raffa. “If you’re looking to boost your metabolism or help lower your cholesterol you may want to visit the Black Charcoal Room. If sore muscles, or poor circulation are an issue the Eucalyptus Steam Room could help ease the pain while rejuvenating your skin. There is a room to help heal and relax every part of your body inside and out.” More than anything, Raffa wanted to create an environment where the community could feel supported and learn true relaxation and healing in our modern, fast-paced world. “When we relax we are more ourselves,” she advises. “Life’s daily challenges pile upon us layers of physical, emotional and mental stress and stressors. When these stressors become too much we become out of balance and when we are out of balance our bodies arrive at disease. I feel that Urban Sweat is Rhode Islands answer to learning to relax thus bringing us all closer to a better state of wellness.” Urban Sweat and Raffa Yoga is located at 19 Sharpe Drive in Cranston. For more information, visit See ad on page 19.


Meditation Boosts Brain Power


niversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers first discovered that specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and contained more gray matter than those of a nonmeditating control group; that was in 2009. Now, a follow-up study by the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging suggests people that meditate regularly also display stronger neuronal connections between brain regions and less agerelated atrophy (shrinkage) in all areas of the brain. The study comprised 27 active meditation practitioners (average age 52) and 27 control subjects, matched by age and sex. The number of years of meditation ranged from five to 46 and included various styles. Using a type of brain imaging known as diffusion tensor imaging, or DTI—a new imaging mode that provides insights into the structural connectivity of the brain—the researchers found that long-term meditators have white matter fibers that are either more numerous, more dense or more insulated, throughout the brain. Although such tissue tends to decline with age, the study suggests that it can be preserved through active meditation practices. Researcher Eileen Luders remarks, “If practiced regularly and over years, meditation may slow down aging-related brain atrophy, perhaps by positively affecting the immune system. Meditation appears to be a powerful mental exercise with the potential to change the physical structure of the brain.”


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IMPROVE YOUR SNOOZE Sleep Aids versus Sleep Sappers

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an eating a whole-wheat peanut butter cracker or sipping tart cherry juice help us sleep? Either is certainly worth a try, because most of us aren’t getting enough shut-eye. According to the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation, 64 percent of America’s adults frequently experience sleep problems; nearly half wake up at least once during the night. This deficit of restorative rest can affect our health. “Lack of sleep can affect the immune system,” says Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center and an officer of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “Studies show that people that don’t get a good night’s sleep or don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold.” A concept called sleep hygiene refers to good health practices that promote sleep. For example: Is the room dark or quiet enough? Is the mattress comfortable? Have we allowed sufficient time to wind down after daily activities to become relaxed? What we eat or drink also can have a profound effect on getting a good night’s rest.

Sleep Sappers Physicians, naturopaths and nutritionists generally agree that these key factors delay or disrupt sleep. Food and drink. According to Jamie Corroon, a naturopathic physician


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if you go to bed by 11 p.m., you’ll have to stop your caffeine intake by 2 or 3 p.m. to avoid insomnia,” advises bestselling author Joy Bauer, a registered dietitian and nutritionist in New York City. She also cautions about energy drinks that incorporate herbal caffeine that may include guarana seeds, kola nuts and yerba mate leaves. Nightcaps. Although many people think of alcohol as a sedative, it actually disrupts sleep, according to experts at the National Sleep Foundation.

with Seattle’s Bastyr University, eating or drinking too much during the day may make us less comfortable when settling down to sleep. Also, spicy foods may cause heartburn, which can lead to difficulty falling asleep and discomfort during the night. Caffeine. “Caffeine’s stimulant effect peaks in about one hour, and then declines as the liver breaks it down. So,

What helps us sleep may be either a food’s chemical properties or the psychological and physical comfort we associate with a certain food or drink. Options include some old reliables. Walnuts and tart cherry juice. Studies conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center, in San Antonio, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that these two foods are great sources of melatonin, a natural hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles. Tart cherry juice was found to be especially effective in reducing the time it took subjects to fall asleep. Herbs. According to the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University

SUGGESTED SLEEP SUPPLEMENTS Both valerian and melatonin have good scientific evidence backing them up as natural sleep aids, advises Sharon Plank, an integrative medicine physician with the University of Pittsburgh Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine. If the problem is falling asleep, the sedative effects of a valerian supplement can help. Because it has few adverse effects, it’s safe to try as a sleep aid, Plank says. If the problem is disrupted sleep, melatonin can help, and comes in two forms—extended release and immediate release. Plank notes, “If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night, you may want to take extended release before you go to bed. If you have trouble falling asleep, try immediate release.” If the problem is waking too early or restless leg syndrome, the problem could be a mineral deficiency. Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that copper, iron and magnesium deficiencies caused sleep issues with some subjects; the studies specify recommended daily supplementation of copper (2 mg), iron (10 to 15 mg) and magnesium (400 mg).

of Maryland, in Baltimore, some herbs have a mild, sedative effect. Three traditional herbs used for sleep are valerian, German chamomile and passionflower. The European practice of sipping a warm tisane, or herbal tea, made from these ingredients can be warming and soothing, preparing us to sleep. These herbs are also available as supplements. Complex carbohydrates. “Enjoy a bedtime snack,” recommends Bauer, of about 200 calories or less; mainly complex carbohydrates, with a touch of protein, such as some banana with peanut butter, yogurt or a small amount of whole grain cereal with skim milk. “By combining an ample dose of carbohydrates together with a small amount of protein—such as yogurt or turkey—containing the amino acid tryptophan, your brain produces serotonin, known as a calming hormone.” A warm, milky drink. Research scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded that the chemical properties of milk—mainly protein and tryptophan—were not enough to ensure a good night’s sleep (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). However, sleep and wellness expert Anna de Vena, who writes for SleepWellFeel, observes, “I love curling up with any kind of warm milky drink before bed, especially in the wintertime. There is a calming association with warm milk and sleep… from the time we were infants, when we drank milk and went to sleep.” Judith Fertig celebrates healthy food at

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HOW A BRAIN GROWS Five Ways to Aid Development by Lisa Marshall

Parents that believe playing Beethoven for their infant, investing in educational videos for their toddler or forcing schoolage youngsters to sit still and study for hours will help them to build a better brain have another “think” coming.


eople are anxious to do everything they can to improve their child’s intelligence, yet many are focusing their energy in places where they are not getting the best payoff for it,” says neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., co-author of Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. In their new book, Aamodt and Princeton University Neuroscience Professor Sam Wang try to dispel what they believe are many myths that have


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led parents to worry too much about the influence they can have on a child’s cognitive development and in some cases, have led to doing more harm than good. Aamodt says that genetics and thousands of years of human evolution have already exerted a heavy influence on a child’s developmental future before he or she is born. In the absence of abuse and neglect, and with good nutrition and a stimulating environment, a child’s brain “raises itself” in many ways, the authors maintain. Meanwhile,

they argue that there is little scientific evidence showing that factors like birth order and exposure to classical music and educational videos have an impact on cognitive development. “Children come ‘out of the box’ with individual temperaments that strongly influence the possible paths they can take through life,” Aamodt observes. “Most parents believe that they can have a bigger influence on their child’s personalities than they actually do. They should relax and enjoy their kids more.” The authors offer these scientifically backed tips for parents and caregivers to influence a child’s developing brain: Don’t stress during pregnancy. “The hormones produced in the mother’s body during stressful times can cross over into the placenta, exposing the child. If it’s a chronic condition, it can lead to problems with brain development,” counsels Aamodt. One 2008 review paper from Harvard Medical School led researchers to conclude that babies born to stressed mothers are more likely to suffer from autism spectrum disorders. Others, from researchers in Canada and the UK, found that women that endure natural disasters while pregnant are more likely to have babies that suffer from schizophrenia, decreased IQ and depression. Animal research has repeatedly demonstrated that babies of stressed mothers often grow up with touchy stressresponse systems. Switch off the baby videos. University of Washington researchers have found that baby educational videos, like Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby fail to boost language skills and may actually slow acquisition of vocabulary. “For every hour per day spent watching baby DVDs and videos, infants understood an average of six to eight fewer words than infants that did not watch them,” the report said. Other research by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that exposure to action-packed videos may increase the risk of development of attention disorders. “Babies are wired to learn from other people, and every period of time they are not interacting with people because they are watch-

ing TV interferes with that face-to-face interaction,” says Aamodt. Teach a second language. Bilingual children consistently outperform single-language speakers in tests of executive brain function (a measure of organizational and planning skills) and tend to be better at making choices and understanding other people’s perspectives, Aamodt says. “The very first act of speech for a bilingual person is picking which language to use, and you do that based on your understanding of the other person’s perspective.” Aamodt recommends exposing youngsters to a second language in infancy—if possible, just by speaking to them in a different language—and exploring more formal instruction before the age of 8. Foster self-control. “Ultimately, parents can make the biggest difference in their child’s adult quality of life by promoting self-control,” Aamodt says. Recent research published in the journal Science and elsewhere suggests that children with greater self-control (meaning they can resist temptation, stay on task and control their own behavior) achieve greater success in school, the workplace and their personal lives. “Preschool children’s ability to resist temptation is a much better predictor of academic success than their IQ scores,” Aamodt notes. She recommends engaging and progressively more challenging tasks. “You want to stretch the child just a little; get them to do something a little bit hard, but that they can succeed at if they concentrate.” Encourage study breaks. “Some very old science tells us that to learn effectively, you need to take breaks and allow your brain to consolidate what you have already learned before you go back and try to learn some more,” says Aamodt. “If you study a total of an hour, you will learn twice as much if you break it up into two 30-minute spans.” Hooray for recess. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer headquartered near Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Silicon Valley School Eschews Computers The Waldorf School of the Peninsula, in Los Altos, California, is one of 160 Waldorf schools in the country that subscribe to a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands-on tasks. The New York Times reports that the chief technology officer of eBay sends his children to this nine-classroom institution, as do employees of Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard. Yet, the school’s main teaching tools are anything but high-tech, comprising pen and paper, knitting needles and occasionally, mud. No computers or screens of any kind are allowed in the classroom, and the school frowns on their use at home. Educators that endorse this approach say computers inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans. Alan Eagle, a communications executive at Google, whose daughter attends the school, says, “The idea that an app on an iPad can better teach my kids to read or do arithmetic, that’s ridiculous.” Source: The New York Times

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“People seem to expect that as soon as we start to need reading glasses, we should also expect some of these cognitive issues to arise, but it does not need to be that way,” says Naples, Florida-based Neurology Doctor David Perlmutter, co-author of Power up Your Brain. “You can absolutely do things early on in life and throughout your lifetime that work to maintain the bulk and function of the brain.”

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emory generally starts to decline in our 30s, as the brain shrinks with age. One of the first and most prominent signs is that ‘tip of the tongue’ phenomenon,” advises neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., co-author of Welcome to Your Brain. Studies show that the adult brain can shrink as much as one-half to 1 percent annually in midlife, as neurons in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus wither and the branches between them thin. Add hormonal changes, which can starve gray matter of nour-


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ishing estrogen and progesterone; less-than-stellar cardiovascular health, which tends to limit blood flow to the brain; and a gummy protein called amyloid plaque, which can hamper neuronal function; and cognitive decline may be exacerbated. Already, one in five people older than 65 suffer from “mild cognitive impairment” (persistent memory problems severe enough to be noticeable by others). According to the Alzheimer’s Association, if we live to age 90, as many as half of us could ultimately be diagnosed with that disease.

derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),” explains Perlmutter. “BDNF is significantly enhanced in people that simply cut down their calorie consumption.” Several animal and human studies support this conclusion. One 2009 study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, divided 50 men and women age 50 and older into three groups that slashed calorie intake by 20 percent, 30 percent and not at all. After three months, the groups that restricted their calories saw their verbal memory scores jump by more than 20 percent. Perlmutter notes that just being overweight in the prime of life can promote excess inflammation and free radical production—two enemies of a healthy brain. A 2005 study of 10,000 men and women conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente found that people that were obese in their early 40s had a 74 percent increased risk of developing dementia later in life.

“Just a 25 percent reduction in calories over one month’s time can have a profound effect on boosting memory,” Perlmutter notes. Eat a brain-building diet. Aside from cutting calories, experts say it’s critical to load up on foods that boost neurogenesis (the development of new brain cells) and stall brain atrophy. Eating more fish (or omega-3 supplements), adding fruits and vegetables and cutting back on refined carbohydrates do just that, advises Dr. Christiane Northrup, obstetrician, gynecologist and author of Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom. “The brain is mostly made up of omega-3 fats, and many women, in particular, are lacking them in their diet,” she observes. Perlmutter notes that supplementing one’s intake of omega-3 fatty acid DHA, present in fatty fish and marine algae, has been shown to switch on the genes that jumpstart BDNF production. DHA is also anti-inflammatory and promotes healthy blood flow to the brain. But people shouldn’t wait too long to load up on it. One 2010 trial of 485 healthy adults with mild memory complaints found that those who took 900 milligrams per day of algae-based DHA supplements for six months made significantly fewer errors on memory tests than they had at the study’s onset. Another study by the National Institute on Aging, however, found that DHA supplementation had little impact on patients once severe dementia had set in. So, sooner is better. Healthy fats aside, dark-colored fruits such as blackberries, blueberries and plums are all rich with antioxidants, substances known to scavenge cell-damaging free radicals in the brain. Also, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and broccoli sprouts contain a powerful compound called sulforaphane, believed to boost the body’s own production of antioxidants.

One famous 2005 study followed 13,388 women over several decades, and found that those that ate the most cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens stayed mentally sharp for far longer than those that ate the least. New research from Rush University, in Chicago, further suggests that a deficiency of B12, found in fish, liver, milk and eggs, may hasten brain shrinkage as previously functioning cells die off. Overloading on refined carbohydrates like white flour, pasta and potatoes carries a similar result. “Elevated blood sugar can destroy the brain,” advises Perlmutter, pointing to a 2005 study in the journal Neurology, which linked accelerated brain shrinkage with elevated blood sugar. Prevent hormonal havoc. Ebbing hormones can also have a measurable impact on our ability to recall words and follow through on tasks, says Hawaii naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health. One 2009 University of California study of 2,362 women between the ages of 42 and 52 found that 60 percent suffered memory and mental-processing problems. “I hear about it almost every day from women in my practice,” comments Steelsmith. “They’re trying to find the word for, say, ‘garlic’ or ‘pen,’ and it just won’t come to them. It can be very frustrating.” Steelsmith notes that estrogen plays a critical role in influencing verbal and spatial memory and fine motor skills and bolstering the bloodbrain barrier to keep toxins out. Meanwhile, progesterone acts on the same brain receptors that Valium does, promoting calm and aiding sleep. In the days immediately prior to menstruation, when estrogen and progesterone levels are low, or once women begin to approach menopause and they stay low, the brain feels it. In an ideal world, the adrenal glands kick in to

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pick up where the ovaries leave off— producing sex hormones. “But women that are stressed out or not nourishing themselves tend to experience adrenal fatigue, so their adrenals are not able to act as a secondary source of hormones,” says Steelsmith. For ovulating women, she recommends taking 100 to 175 milligrams (mg) daily of the herb Rhodiola rosea during the second half of the menstrual cycle to support fatigued adrenal glands and ward off hormone-related brain fog. If the condition occurs only for a few days before a menstrual period, and is accompanied by tender breasts, lack of sleep and heavy monthly bleeding, the problem may be low progesterone. For that, try the herb chaste tree berry during the second half of the menstrual cycle, or consider a low dose, over-the-counter progesterone cream, says Northrup. For post-menopausal women, she recommends taking up to 50 mg per day of pregnenolone, an adrenal hormone that the body naturally converts into estrogen and progesterone. (While pregnenolone is available over the counter, Steelsmith suggests that women have a naturopath first test their hormone levels in order to determine an appropriate dose.) Or, older men and women experiencing age-related memory loss can try a soy-based nutritional supplement called phosphatidylserine (PS), which is believed to bolster cell-to-cell communication and levels of the memoryboosting neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Exercise mind and body. Aamodt notes that a common cause of cognitive decline is the accumulation of clogged blood vessels in the brain that choke

off blood and oxygen. Thus, “Regular exercise is the single most useful thing you can do to maintain your cognitive abilities later in life,” she says. Recent studies by researchers at the University of Illinois and elsewhere have shown that as little as 45 minutes of aerobic exercise, three times per week, may not only stall age-related brain atrophy in the elderly, but even help regenerate parts of the brain that have withered. “There is no medication on the planet that can do that,” says Perlmutter. Brain exercise is helpful, as well. Exposure to new experiences prompts the brain to literally lay down new neuronal networks, becoming stronger. A 2009 Mayo Clinic study found that of 1,300 people ages 70 to 89, those that had regularly engaged in mentally challenging activities in their 50s and 60s (such as playing games, quilting, building model airplanes, or learning a new language or instrument) were 40 percent less likely to suffer memory problems. The key, advise the experts, is not to stick with the same crossword puzzle for years. Instead, try something new. As Steelsmith puts it: “Use it or lose it.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer headquartered near Boulder, CO. Connect at

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hen we feel the urge to yawn in cooler weather, we should succumb—it might do us good. New research suggests that beyond signaling fatigue or boredom, yawning might be a physical reaction to cool an “overheated” brain. A study at Princeton University is the first to show that the frequency of yawning varies with the season and that people are less likely to yawn when the heat outdoors exceeds body temperature. The research monitored 160 people, 80 per season, during winter and summer in Tucson, Arizona. According to the researchers’ theory, it is possible that yawning in cooler temperatures works to cool the brain, while yawning in warmer conditions appears to provide no similar relief. Research associate Andrew Gallup remarks, “The applications of this research are intriguing… for better understanding diseases and conditions such as multiple sclerosis or epilepsy, which are accompanied by frequent yawning and thermoregulatory dysfunction.” Excessive yawning may prove a helpful diagnostic tool.

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Exercise to Beat the Blues Staying Active Lifts Our Spirits by Priscilla Goudreau-Santos

Depression affects about one in 10 adults each year and nearly twice as many women as men, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Although exercise may feel like the last thing you want to do when you are feeling blue, it’s a sure way to climb out of the morass and achieve a brighter outlook, higher energy levels and good heart health.

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n winter months, people get sluggish in many ways, and the resulting buildup of toxins can make them feel achy. They often interpret their fatigue and tension as depression, but that’s not necessarily so,” says Carolyn Dean, a pioneering physician, naturopath, nutritionist and author, with 25 years of experience treating diet and health issues. “The best, most natural way to pull toxins out of the body is through movement,” she advises. Becoming active is a good way to both lift depression and promote overall health, including a healthy heart, one of the largest and most vital muscles in the body. Getting off the couch often begins by identifying what you enjoy and will be most likely to continue doing. Setting reasonable goals is important. If you haven’t exercised in awhile or feel guilty for taking time out of an already busy day, try starting with a five-minute workout, and then increase the duration as you get stronger and feel better. Dean suggests that one good way to start is by walking and using a pedometer, or climbing stairs with a step-counter (10,000 steps a day is a reachable goal). You can make a game of competing against yourself. Invite friends to walk with you or create your own walking club to help stay on track with a cardio-exercise routine. Walking your dog or borrowing a neighbor’s pooch for a stroll around the neighborhood is fun. Inject additional movement into daily routines via gardening, washing the car or playing with children.

Multiple Benefits Although the scientific links between exercise and reduced anxiety and depression aren’t entirely known, it is clear that working out can help anyone relax and feel better. The Mayo Clinic reports that exercise helps ease depression by releasing feel good brain chemicals in the body; reducing immune system chemicals; increasing body temperature; boosting self-confidence; taking thoughts off of worries; and promoting social interaction, thus equipping individuals to better cope with life’s ups and downs. “Exercise is sometimes stigmatized as an activity that’s hot, sticky and not fun,” notes Jess Martin, a wellness coordinator with the nationwide network of Healthstat, Inc. clinics, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. “We encourage our participants to instead think of exercise as fun. Running, lifting weights and other fitness activities certainly get your heart pumping, but so can less intense forms of exercise. While we encourage everyone to have 30-minute workouts, you can also benefit from shorter intervals, such as two 15-minute or even three 10-minute sessions a day.” As Martin notes, people that work out with a buddy are more likely to be accountable to an exercise routine. Strengthening healthy social bonds reduces stresses at the same time. “When you don’t exercise, the muscles of the

body and the heart atrophy, he says. The more you exercise, the lower the heart rate tends to become, and the more efficient the heart function.”

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WALKING To Improve Mental Health by Wendy Nadherny Fachon


t’s not surprising that walking is the most popular form of exercise in America. It is a simple, easy and free way to help relieve stress and boost mental health. Physicians even recommend regular walking (and other forms of exercise) as a natural way to treat depression due to the body’s ability to produce and release its own happy drugs, called endorphins. Plus, temporarily placing some physical and mental distance from a stressful environment or situation helps alleviate tension. So just what is it about walking that entices so many? For starters, walking easily settles into a natural stride and rhythm. The heart beats while the arms and legs pump, while varying levels of exertion promote deeper breathing. When walking outdoors, the fresh air helps to cleanse the lungs and clear the mind. Meanwhile the mind can wander at will, take time to think and work through problems and solutions, or simply take time to just be.

A variety of studies over the years have shown that walking in a natural setting can be particularly healing. Trees release doses of oxygen, natural chemicals and aromas that promote a healthier mindset. Birds and flowers uplift spirits and inspire creativity. Plus, connecting with nature through awareness sharpens cognitive abilities. Walking can be done alone or with a walking partner. Walking solo can help us clear our heads and find peace. Our minds work effortlessly, often bringing great ideas or coming up with solutions to problems. On the other hand, walking buddies tend to share feelings, empathize with one another, help analyze problems, suggest ideas and work out solutions. Friends laugh, uplift and teach one another through stories. Making a commitment to walk just 30 minutes per day can help with weight control, cardio-respiratory fitness and reduction of inflammation—all of which contribute to higher levels

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Smaller Pets Have Big Potential by Randy Kambic

Whether they crawl, swim, hop or fly, speak, make other sounds or stay silent, many small wonders can make ideal pets.


hile 85 percent of U.S. households with pets feature a dog or a cat, giving a home to smaller friendly creatures can mean less maintenance and less cost—including only tiny stomachs to fill and no vaccinations. Downsizing to wellconsidered domesticated companions also provides uncommon windows to animal behavior for adults and youngsters alike. Apparently, many appreciate these benefits. The same 2011 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey that reported on dogs and cats also showed that 12.6 million residences have fish; 5.7 million, birds; 5 million, small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, gerbils, hamsters, mice and rats); and 4.6 million, reptiles. “These animals pose a world of possibilities,” says Veterinary Doctor Kimberly Weiss, owner of Heartland Healing Hands, in Oklahoma City.


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“They all have individual needs. Having them around starts as something cool, a special cachet for a youngster, and then, if fostered by parents, into a special sense of responsibility.”

Fish Watching colorful fish swim around an aquarium encourages a serene, soothing feeling. In addition to their traditional purview in kids’ bedrooms and seafood restaurants, more workplaces and physicians’ offices sport tanks these days. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Melinda Fernyhough, Ph.D., a manager with the Hartz Mountain Corporation, recommends that a first collection encompass a variety of species that happily coexist, behave differently, and don’t lead to overcrowding. “It is best to error on the side of fewer fish; you can always add more,” she says. “A good

For first-time bird guardians, “Consider starting off with a small bird, such as a parakeet, cockatiel or canary,” says Dr. John Simon, a veterinarian and owner of Woodside Animal Clinic, in Royal Oak, Michigan. “If you are more adventurous, consider what you desire most in a bird— how much talking you expect, its appearance, level of friendliness—and how much it will grow. Some larger breeds, such as Amazon parrots, macaws and cockatoos, can live 60 or 70 years, so your selection could remain in your family for generations. If you’re away a lot, consider housing two of the same breed; they can keep each other company.” There’s no magic to producing a talker. “The more interaction, attention and mental stimulation, the happier the bird and greater inclination to talk,” advises Weiss. She suggests taking a bird out of its cage regularly and providing lead- and zinc-free mirrors, noisemakers and other toys to ward off boredom. Favorite gabbers include African greys, macaws and double-yellow-headed Amazons; cockatoos are more prone to imitate sounds.

Small Animals While many rabbits do not like to be held and cuddled and hamsters can sometimes nip if awakened or startled, guinea pigs are typically friendly and often enjoy interaction with people. They can emit a charming chirp or “oink” sound when petted or touched. Smaller rodents like gerbils, mice and rats love scurrying around their cages and “jogging” in wheels. Hamsters and rats are sometimes active at night, so their cages might not be suitable in bedrooms. Guinea pigs are more docile and sleep much more. “These ‘pocket pets’ like fresh veggies to supplement their nutrition—green beans, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, spinach, arugula and green peppers,” advises Seattle-based Veterinarian Darla Rewers, owner of Ancient Arts Holistic Services.

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Wednesday, February 1

Awareness Meditation – 7-8pm. This simple process of inquiring deeply into what is actually here in this moment, without trying to change anything, but by deeply allowing your experience to be as it is. $10. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Guided Imagery Meditation – 7-9pm. 1st Wednesday. Group meditation for relaxation and focus. Please contact Sharon for more information. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

Thursday, February 2

4 Week Intro to Yoga Series – 5:30-6:45pm. 2/2-2/23 Amrit Yoga basics: posture, breath work, meditation, and chanting to transition you into a mainstream class. Small class, individual attention. Pre-registration necessary. $40. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Integrative Medicine Forum – 6-8pm. Open to anyone who wants to attend, including health care practitioners, researchers and educators of all backgrounds, both conventional and holistic. Get multiple angles and perspectives and be aware of other resources available in the community. Free. Memorial Hospital Physicians Auditorium, 111 Brewster St, Pawtucket.

Just Breathe – Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. Simple one hour long meditation classes for everyone. Each class includes a short talk and guided meditation. No meditation experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome! $8. Free for members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.

Friday, February 3

Simply Psychic Live Event with Matt – 6-8pm. Matt Fraser will be doing a live reading event – you can see him Call to reserve your space. $40. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195.



Saturday, February 4

Family Art and Community sARTurday – 10am-2pm. Ongoing weekly Family Art and Community sARTurday, Create Art with your family. Community sARTurday for guided expressive art programs. $8, $25/Studio Card 5. PeaceLove Studios, 171 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-475-9778. Shamanic Workshop – Upper World – 6-8pm. Train with Ed the shaman. Journey and learn how to connect to your upper world teachers and receive a Drum CD to also do at home. $225/Series. $75/ each of 3 events. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401432-7195.

SpiritDanceRI – 7-10pm. 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.

Sunday, February 5

Open House – 1-3pm. Tour the school, meet our faculty and join a question and answer session. Families welcome. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228.

Monday, February 6

Storywalking at Rome Point – 9:30-11am. Caregivers and Pre-Schoolers, join Wendy to play nature detective, hunt for treasure, and create stories from our adventures. Specifics on website Calendar page. Free. Rome Point, Chafee Nature Preserve, North Kingstown. 401-884-1559.

Natural Weight Management – 6-7pm. 5 week program specifically designed to slowly, safely and effectively detoxify your gastrointestinal system, liver, kidneys and gall bladder. $375. Natures Wisdom Wellness, 54 High St, Westerly. 401-596-5700.

Make Your Own Body Butter & Scrub – 6-9pm. The best way to keep you skin glowing and help keep cellulite in check is by using a body scrub and butter. Using the finest products, you will make your

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.

Tuesday, February 7

Expressive Arts & Open Studio – 10am-8pm. PeaceLove Studios is open Tuesday thru Saturday offering Expressive Arts Workshops and Open Studio Sessions. Check our Website for details and times. $25/5 ~2Hrs. Workshops. PeaceLove Studios, 171 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-475-9778.

Out of the Box Networking Social – 5-7:30pm. Business, Event & Wellness communities gather together in a casual setting to exchange ideas, build relationships and meet new people. Door Prizes, Apps & Cash Bar. $5. Sequel Lounge, 178 Atwells Ave, Providence. Community Yoga – 7-8pm. Basic yoga class ending with a guided meditation and Reiki healing. Students of all levels are welcome. Find peace, harmony and complete relaxation. $5. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

New Year – New You – 7-8:30pm. Buddhist Meditation Methods to Train your mind. Learn to become who you want, in the world you want. No meditation experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome! $10. No preregistration needed. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Full Moon Yoga – 9-10pm. Brighten your yoga practice with the energy of the full moon. Join us for a reflective, balancing class that aligns us with the natural rhythms of the season. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Wednesday, February 8

Windows Into Waldorf – 3:45-5pm. Early Childhood orientation for parents. Please call to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228 Life Drawing Workshop – 4:30-6:30pm. Drawing workshop with Model, No instructor, just show up. We provide the model, studio, drawing tables and easels. You bring your own drawing supplies and


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skills. $10. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680.

Bee Club: The Twelfth Insight – 6:15-8:30pm. by James Redfield; Join us as we discuss this fun and exciting look into the possibilities of 2012 and beyond. $5/donation. CreatIgo, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-793-0097.

Gay Men’s Meditation Group – 7-8pm. Relax and connect with others in the gay community in this free-style meditation class. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-265-7720. Non Duality Video Gathering – 7-9pm. Each month we will watch a dvd of a Non-Duality teacher. These may include Adyashanti, Gangaji, Eckhart Tolle, etc. Info/Register, contact Julianne, $10/Suggested donation. At The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place – 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576. 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.

Thursday, February 9

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:30am. Visit classes while they are in session. Please call to register. Adults only. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228. Angels and Spirits Discussion Group – 4:155:15pm. Share and Discuss stories about events in your life where you have experienced apparitions, Phantoms, Spirits. Some of us experience beyond worldly things. Share them. Free. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680.

41 Signs of Hope – 5:30-6:30pm. Dave Kane, father of Nicholas O’Neillthe a victim of the fourth largest Nightclub fire in U. S. History, shares fascinating stories and evidence that life never ends. Free. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. Healthy Lifestyle ~ Healthy Heart – 7-8:30pm. Discover the many ways available to improve your heart health. Simple changes can make a big difference. Workshop with samples of the #1 rated nutritional supplements. $10. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-490-1732. 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.

Saturday, February 11

IET-Healing Angels of Energy Field® – 9:30am6pm. You can now meet and work with the IET Healing Angels (Ariel, Raphael, Faith, Sarah, Michael, etc.) to support you on your physical, emotional, mental & spiritual journey. $95 (Incl. workbook and Certificate). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Reiki Level I Certificate – 11am-3pm. Learn the healing gift of Reiki; use energy on yourself, family


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and friends. Call Sharon to register at 742-2354. $20/Materials fee for Reiki Manual and handouts. $150/Class. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. Ananda Meditation Workshop-Yogananda – 1-4pm. Relieve tension-feel happier-more at peace through meditation. Discover & explore your inner spiritual nature. Develop a more heart-centered way of life. All are welcome. $25/Suggested donation. Ananda Center for Yoga & Meditation, 30 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Couples Bodywork – Thai for Two – 1-4pm. Enjoy a deeper sense of intimacy together and appreciation for each other. Couples Bodywork derives its power from yoga, Thai massage, shiatsu, and meditation. $75/per couple. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Chakras and Crystals – 2-4pm. What are Chakras? How do they shift out of balance? How do crystals help to re-establish balance? Learn some basic skills for chakra and crystal work. Call Debi for info. $25. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-263-1107.

Sunday, February 12

Integrated Energy Therapy® – Basic – 9:30am6pm. One of the next generation – hands on – power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. No prior energy therapy experience needed. 8 CEs. $195 ($210 w/8 CE’s). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Reiki I Certification Class – 10am-4pm. Start your journey with Reiki, a gentle hands-on energy modality to help heal your life. Ample time for hands-on practice and tons of info/handouts/lunch included. $135. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.

Reiki level 11 Certification Class – 10am-5pm. Learn three Reiki symbols to strengthen your energy, send long distance healing, and other Japanese healing techniques. Complete information packet and certificate. $195. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer, Warwick. 401-287-4093.

Free Anhata (Heart) Yoga Workshop – 10:3011:45am. Just in time for Valentine’s day! Learn about the heart Chakra, the central energy center that connects matter with spirit. Open your heart to loving kindness. Free/please RSVP. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.

Partner Yoga for Friends & Couples – 2-4pm. Come together and connect in a new way this season. Yoga intends to “yoke” or consciously integrate the mind, body, heart and soul. No prior experience with yoga needed. $55/ advance, $60/at the door. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Creating Transformational Workshops with Ken Nelson – 3-6pm. Learn how to create powerful experiential workshops in four phases: vision, design, delivery and follow up. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Monday, February 13

Storywalking at Scalloptown Park – 9:30-11am. Caregivers and Pre-Schoolers, join Wendy to play nature detective, hunt for treasure, and create stories from our adventures. Specifics on website Calendar

page. Free. Netwalking, Scalloptown Park and Nature Preserve, East Greenwich. 401-884-1559.

Tuesday, February 14

Valentine Reiki Share – 12:30-1pm. 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, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Valentine’s Day Juicing Demonstration – 1-2pm. This Valentine’s Day, get a healthy lunch at New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness before you eat that box of chocolate. Learn how to juice properly & why it’s good for you! Free New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness, 934 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401683-6430.

Wednesday, February 15

Open House – 9am-9pm. Come try out the East Side BSC for free on us! Contact Katie if you have any questions. Free. Boston Sports Club, 131 Pitman St, Providence. 401-351-2449.

Reiki Healers Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Support for Reiki Practitioners of all levels. Join us for an evening of Meditation, Healing and Giving/Receiving Reiki. Come Relax, Renew & Energize. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. P2H Bookclub – 7-9pm. New Group forming to read and discuss books that are positive, moving, insightful and full of opportunity for growth. First book ‘The 100th Human’ by Chris Fenwick. Free. Path 2 Harmony- Sharon McMahon, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

Thursday, February 16

Intro to Cold Cast Bronze & Rotomold – 5:306:30pm. Learn new techniques & materials used to create limited edition sculpture, casting & molding methods which are time and cost effective with cold cast bronze & Rotomolding. $10. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680.

Yoga Nidra ~ Bliss on Your Back! – 6:30-8pm. Journey into deep relaxation. You will experience a profound sense of peace, openness and stillness. We will begin with gentle movement and simple yogic breathwork. $20. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston.

Crystals 101 Workshop with Nicole – 6:308:30pm. Understanding the basics of stones how they help us balance the mind, body and spirit. Learn how to cleanse and work with them. If you are attracted to stones then come. $25. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Friday, February 17

Chakra Balancing ~ Meditation – 7-8pm. This meditation will help to release blocks of energy in the body – stagnation. Balancing your chakra system will bring your body and mind into balance, harmony and peace. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Saturday, February 18

Children’s Yoga Workshop: A Training – 9am12:30pm. Practical, interactive, and fun workshop is for parents, educators, counselors, and health professionals who want to incorporate yoga into their routines with children. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. (Usui) Reiki Master Practitioner – 9:30am-5pm. Must be certified at level II (2nd degree). Use of the master symbol and Reiki Grid will be taught. Are you being called to take this magical energy to the Master level? $300/includes all materials & lunch. Angel Whispers, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Natural Weight Management – 10-11am. 5 week program specifically designed to slowly, safely and effectively detoxify your gastrointestinal system, liver, kidneys and gall bladder. $375. Natures Wisdom Wellness, 54 High St, Westerly. 401-596-5700. Animal Communication Class – 10am-3pm. Connect to your furry friends through a gifted animal communicator in this workshop. $50. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401432-7195. Reiki I Certification – 10am-4pm. Embrace your ability to create well-being, through self-care, with Master Reiki Practitioner, Cris McCullough, MA. Inquire within. W&I Center for Health and WellBeing, 333 Valley Rd, Middletown. 401-846-0042. Indigo Playshop: Rocks & Crystals – 1-4pm. Does the indigo you know like to collect rocks? Do YOU like to collect rocks? Come play and learn about your collection. You will be leaving with a few new friends. $40. CreatIgo, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-793-0097. Walking Workshop with Karina Lutz – 1-5pm. Practice a variety of ways that walking can be a spiritual and meditative practice. Indoor discussion, & walks in nearby Roger Williams Park. Dress weather appropriate. $25/$22 members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Healthly Relationship Coaching – 2-4:30pm. For Men & Women. Make a difference with coaching practices in your relationship. Being in a healthy relationship requires a journey that can challenge a person’s emotions. Free Event. Holiday Inn, Held in Directors Room, 31 Hampshire St., Mansfield, MA.

Animal Communication Workshop – 10-3pm. Come join us in learning how to communicate with Animals with Karen Daily. Limited seating, call to register. $50. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

$15. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Wednesday, February 22

Life Drawing Workshop – 4:30-6:30pm. Drawing Worskshop with Model, No instructor, Just Show up. We provide the model, studio, drawing tables and easels. You bring your own drawing supplies and skills. $10. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680.

Living as Love, with Jeannie Zandi – 7-9pm. Jeannie invites and supports the unfolding of Love through surrendering to the Unknown. Info and Register with Julianne, $15 – $20 sliding scale. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place – 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576.

877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Angel Card Saturdays – 12-5pm. Join Rev. Lea for some Divine Source guidance through an Angel Card Reading. Offered every last Saturday. Online booking is available. Credit cards accepted. $35 to $60. Knepley Therapeutic Massage, Inside Holistic Health RI, 5784 Post Rd, Suite 5, East Greenwich. 401-402-0568. Exhibit: “Goddesses & Women Spirits” – 5-8pm. The group thematic exhibition, Goddesses & Women Spirits. Exhibition will focus on art inspired by artists interpretation of Goddessess. Musical Guest Walter Boruta. Free/ Donations for music welcome. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680.

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Sunday, February 26

Guided Meditation – 7-7:45pm. Join us for this relaxing class. After a few gentle stretches, you will be led through a guided relaxation to calm the mind, body, and spirit. $10/call to register. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave. 732-2899.

Intelligent Alignment – 10am-12:30pm. Workshop is ideal for those looking to bring new mindfulness to their teaching or practice as well as anyone working with an injury. Open to students and teachers. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Making Peace with Money – 6-9pm. Healing workshop contains powerful tips, tools & EFT tapping techniques to help you break through money blocks. Come find your own inner peace with Financial Freedom. $40. Heavenly Hugs – Bethaney Long & Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Friday, February 24

Meditation on the Seven Chakras – 7-8:30pm. With guided meditation, open, clear and balance your chakras. These energy centers are important for your physical, mental and spiritual health. Handouts included. $15. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer, Warwick. 401-287-4093.

Saturday, February 25

Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – 9:30am-5:30pm. 2-day workshop held 2/25 & 2/26. Learn a gentle 20-minute daily healing practice designed to help raise your spiritual vibration. Visit website for more information. $225 (Certificate, Manual, Essence, CD). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. MagnifiedHealing. Rita Berkowitz Mediumship Level 2 – 10am-4pm. For all those that have taken Rita’s Initial class she is offering the advanced class. You must have taken her first class in order to take this one. $125. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness,

Yoga Retreat to the Virgin Islands – 8am-8pm. In this amazing week long Eco-retreat to St. John, you will have the opportunity to create a felt sense of pleasure and relaxation around food, eating and your body. $1550. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Reiki II Certification Workshop – 10am-4pm. You will lean 3 powerful Reiki symbols to use and activate, including sending Distant Reiki. Attunement, hands-on instructions, manual and lunch included. $160. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.

Monday, February 27

Laughter Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Create healing, peace & joy with a chuckle. Mindfulness, deep breathing & guided Laughter unite to heal the body, clear the mind, soothe the soul & electrify your life. $14. Heavenly Hugs hosts Chris Belanger, 917-A Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Tuesday, February 28

5th Annual RI Interfaith Conference on the Ethics of Climate Change – 4:30-9pm. A community exploration of the hard science and sacred texts needed for ethical action in response to global warming. Keynote author Roger S. Gottlieb & workshops. $15. Open Table of Christ Church, 1520 Broad St, Providence. 401-261-3426.

Sunday, February 19

Massage Envy @ Providence Bruins – 3:306:30pm. Chair Massage. Free. Dunkin Donuts Center, One Lasalle Sq, Providence. 401-336-2900. Heart Chakra Workshop – 5-7pm. focusing on the heart chakra with an element of air and color green; we will create space and open our hearts in this sweet flow. Our destiny is love and love is the way.

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Free Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 7-8:30pm. Come savor this deeply relaxing style of yoga. Svaroopa® Yoga is easy to do and profoundly beneficial. Arrive 15 minutes early. Please call ahead to reserve a spot. Free. Time For You Yoga – Maria Sichel, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Wednesday, February 29

Open House – 9am-9pm. Come try out the East Side BSC for free on us! Contact Katie if you would like more information. Free. Boston Sports Club, 131 Pitman St, Providence. 401-351-2449.

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Animal Communication Workshops – 7-9pm. Also March 3, 9am-12pm & 2-5pm. 3 workshops- Is Your Pet Trying to Tell You Something?, Beginning Animal Communication, and Animal Energy Healing. Explore the intuitive world of animal communication in one or all three. $35 Thursday, $65 each Friday, $149/all 3. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, March 10

Inner Wisdom to Design Your Life – 11am-12pm. Explore the spiritual wisdom already within you. Share your own spiritual experiences and insights in the company of like hearted individuals. Free. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973. Answers to Your Key Questions about Life Seminar – 1:15-9:15pm. Also 3/11, 8:15am-11:45am. How can you fill your life with more love, richness, joy, and spiritual confidence? Learn spiritual tools to help you go beyond faith to direct experience, and discover the answers to your deepest questions. See website or call for pricing. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973. The Gnomes at the Roots – 7-11pm. Their spirited songs and instrumentals take you around the world, encompassing Celtic, klezmer, Scandinavian, Caribbean, Asian and Latin styles, and originals. $10. Roots Cultural Center, 276 Westminster St, Providence. 401-272-7422.

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Hypnosis Certification Course – 100-hour course is a balance of detailed lectures and hands on learning. Presented by Lisa Zaccheo, BCH, BCI, Mind Matters Hypnosis Center. The Farmington Valley Arts Center, 25 Arts Center Lane, Avon, CT 860-693-6448.

May 19 & 20 John Bradshaw Homecoming Reclaiming Your Inner Child– 8:30am-4pm. One of the most influential writers on emotional heath. 12 CEU’s approved and/or accepted for Social Workers CT, MA ,NH, RI, VT NASW Chapters,NAADAC and the National Boar. Event Cost $ 175-195. Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire St, Mansfield, MA. 401-474-9650. Register at


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Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. Concordia provides spiritual tools to transform personal lives and create a better world through principles of Science of Mind – change your thinking, change your life. Love donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Join us Sunday mornings for Meditation, Chanting, Inspiration and Satsang (fellowship) Potluck Lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Everyone is Welcome! Be in JOY! Donation. Ananda Center for Yoga & Meditation, 30 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Authentic Indian Bollywood Dance – 10am-12pm. Fascinated by dances in Indian Bollywood movies? Ever wanted to dance like the heroine and the background dancers? The dance will be “Sil Sila Ye chahat” from Devdas film. $120/a month for group class. Experience Authentic India, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket. 401-305-5265. Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. Sunday Services are a place that welcomes all people. Each service includes a lesson, prayer, meditation, music and fellowship. Love offering. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708.

2-hour Iyengar Class – 11:30am-1:30pm. 1st Sunday. The Motion Center will host a 2-hour Iyengar class open to anyone with 6 months of yoga experience. $16/class. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. The Life of Prayer Course – 12:30-2:30pm. Course will polish your prayer skills and develop your life of prayer. You’ll explore the benefits of the affirmative prayers of Unity, and take a closer look at tradition. $15/course materials, love offering. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708.

Indian Bharata-naatyam dance – 2-4pm. Want to deepen your Yoga practice through dance? Interested in holistic dance to relieve stress & elevate you? Need a workout in a style never experienced before? Join us. $98/month. Experience Authentic India, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket 401-305-5265.

Slow Flow – 5-6:15pm. Heated class takes you on a journey as your breath leads the way, w/ longer holds allowing muscle release & calm minds. Great music and readings throughout. $14. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St., Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. 401-378-8197. 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.


Zumba – 9-10am. Join the party with a Latin inspired dance workout. Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and more! Love to live, live to party with Zumba

Fitness. $10/Call to register. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave. 732-2899. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10:30am-12pm. Come savor this deeply relaxing style of yoga. Svaroopa® Yoga peels away your tension in an easy way – helping you feel more alive and at ease. Call to reserve a spot. $40/ New Students 4 classes, $17/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Therapeutic Chair Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Class focuses on healthy range of motion, strength & flexibility for ease in daily living. Helps with stress, anxiety & a general feeling of well-being. Safe & effective. $15, $12/per class 12 week pass. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike #5, Foster. 401-368-9642.

All Levels Yoga with Inversions – 4-5:15pm. Open level blends hatha yoga with Inversions. Challenges and modifications are offered to guide each student’s experience on the mat. Taught by Jessica Howard. $13, Class cards are available. Body Magic, 580 Wood St, Bristol. 401-743-8490. Literacy Tutor Training Workshop – 6-9pm. Volunteer to teach English. We train tutors to teach adults who have Basic Reading or English as a Second Language needs. Runs 1/23/12-3/28/12. Help someone today. Nominal Materials Fee. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9103. The Journey Home Class – 6:30-8:30pm. 12 week class based on the Kryon Parable “The Journey Home”. Highly interactive study group focused on New Thought teachings, meditation and prayer. $15/course materials – love offerings. Unity Radiant Light, It’s My Health, Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-486-2708. 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.


Led Ashtanga Primary Series – 7-8:30am. Appropriate for students with vinyasa experience. Two instructors will allow for varying levels of practice and for deep assists. $16, $85/6 classes. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Tai Chi – 10-11am. 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 Nidra Hour – 12:30-1:30pm. Be refreshed and restored in this powerful hour of focused work with the breath, gentle movement and guided deep relaxation. Designed for work on the back or chair. $16, $60/6 classes. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing. Focus is on releasing the muscles along the spinal column. Pre-registration is necessary. $19, $124/series of 8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.

Restore & Relax Basic Yoga – 4:15-5:15pm. Workshop uses a gentle approach toward understanding breath and posture. Students learn restorative postures that utilize props and self-massage techniques. $13, $78/Session + other opt. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.

Self-Defense for Women & Girls – 5:30-6:30pm. 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. Sadhana Yoga Basics – 6:15-7:30pm. Workshop will build a solid foundation toward understanding mind-body awareness. Students new to yoga or those revisiting will benefit. Part of Chakra Series. $13,$78/Session + other opt. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Tai Chi for Health – 6:30-7:30pm. Easy to learn Tai Chi short form along with eight pieces of the Brocade Qigong. $18, $150/10wk program. Life Breath Wellness Center, 378 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich.

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.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 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.

Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:30-5pm. A mixed level, slow flowing vinyasa class with deep attention to mindful alignments of body, mind and heart. With Jen Thomas. RSVP $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Lighten Your Mood for Seasonal Blues – 4-5:30pm. Yoga designed to systematically address the effects of decreasing sunlight on mood, energy, strength, stamina, focus, and concentration with yoga therapist Aggie Stewart. $17, $88/$108/$184. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. 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 – 4:15-5pm. Through basic instruction and games, children learn Yoga postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation in a safe fun environment. $5/call to register. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave. 732-2899.

Kundalini Yoga for All Levels & Ages – 5:45-7pm. Blend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music, and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. $10. Hamilton House, 279 Angell St, Providence. 401-323-8395. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $19, $124/Series of 8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Resounding Heart Meditation Service – 7-8pm. Please join us as we raise our Vibration of Love in Sacred Sound and Silence. Meditation – Sacred Readings – discussion following the service. Love donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Intention Circle – 7:30-8:30pm. Share quite time in circle holding your attention upon your highest intentions for yourself & your community, guided meditation limited space- email to reserve yours. Free. Awaken Angel- Meredith Kelly. Zumba – 7:30-8:30pm. See Monday at 9am for details. $10/call to register. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave. 732-2899. Prenatal Yoga – 7:30-9pm. Strengthen pelvic abdominal tone, learn vital relaxation skills, connect with your growing baby, ease backache, improve sleep and digestion, and experience wellbeing. $17, $88/$108/$184 Open Enrollment. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Stress-Free for Life – 7-8:30pm. Life style factors, powerful exercises, worksheets, Meditation, Yoga to live stress-free for life based on my forthcoming book “Stress-free for Life”. $790/Private. $235/8 sessions in group. Experience Authentic India, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket, 401-305-5265. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivating wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free/Donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Zumba – 9-10am. See Monday at 9 am for details. $10. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave. 732-2899.

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 – 10:45-11:45am. 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.

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Led Ashtanga Primary Series – 7-8:30am. See Tuesday at 7am for details. $16, $85/6 classes. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-8493200. Your ‘Soles’ Need Love Too – 8am-5pm. In honor of the month of Love, New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness wants you to love your feet. Complimentary fitting for custom foot orthotics. (Worth $40). New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness, 934 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-6430. Adult Barre – 9:30-10:30am. Conditioning class uses basic ballet technique, floor barre, and core exercises. Increase musicality, build strength, flexibility and challenge the mind-body. $13 , $78 Session + other opt. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $19, $124/series of 8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles Street, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. 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 fluidly. Slow down the aging process and step up your fitness program. No experience needed. $12/$10 Seniors & Students. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga Studio, 63 Cedar Ave. #10, East Greenwich. 401-826-2020. Healers Group – 12:30-2:30pm. Weekly gathering of healers to share latest techniques and insights, to practice on or with each other and to help with distance healing cases. Brown bag lunch and circle. Free/ Donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Healthy Back Care – 4-5pm. Yoga postures and therapeutic exercises to promote a healthy back. Taught by a Physical Therapist Assistant and yoga teacher. $5 suggested donation. Body Magic, 580 Wood Street, Bristol. 401-743-8490. BodyMagicByKaren.Com. Gentle Yoga – 4:15-5:30pm. Come unwind with a slow moving, yet deep practice. Gentle class combines alignment principles and a therapeutic approach. An overall soothing experience. $14. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St., Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. 401-378-8197. Zumba Toning – 5:30-6:30pm. Join the party for 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. 732-2899. Pilates Sculpt – 5:30-6:30pm. Strengthen “the power house” and your whole body. Pilates that incorporates medicine balls, stability balls, weights and more. Get Fit, taught by Karen Booth. $13,Class Cards. Body Magic, 580 Wood St, Bristol. 401-743-8490. PersonalTrainingRI.Com.


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Ananda Yoga Classes – 5:30-6:45pm. 1st 3 Thursdays at Herb Wyfe 23 Brown St Wickford. Be in Bliss with Kyle -401-789-1288. Meditation 7pm on 1st &3rd Thurs -4th Thurs at Annanda Center. $10/Suggested donation. Ananda Center for Yoga & Meditation, 30 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. 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 2, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Group Meditation – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. Individual sessions available by appointment. Bring a Friend! $20 /Call to register. Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092.

Gentle Yoga: Sooth Anxiety & Stress – 5:307pm. Want to feel calm and centered but are too stressed? This Viniyoga class will teach you the “open secret” of yoga -- how to use your breath to calm your nervous system. $17, $88/$108/$184 Open Enrollment. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Physical Fitness Through Dance – 6:15-7:15pm. Burn cals & boost stamina from low impact cardio exercises, improve scores, & easy to follow dance combos. Let go & build confidence on the dance floor (wherever that may be). $13, $78 Session + other opt. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.


Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. See Monday at10:30 for details. Call to save your spot. $40/New Students 4 classes, $17/series. Time For You Yoga –2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Prajna Yoga – 9:30-11am. The specific style of a Prajna yoga class is dynamic yogic study, compassionate self-inquiry, and mindful slow core practice. $16. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. The Nia Technique-Dance Movement- – 10am11pm. Nia~Neuromuscular Integrative Action~Nia is practiced in 33 countries, all walks of life, ages and fitness levels. If you enjoy dancing and having Fun you will love Nia! $15. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-487-6977. Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:30-5pm. See Wednesday at 3:30 for details. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Friday Flow – 6-7:15pm. Come to de-stress and end your week with a steady flow to open and relax the body. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Beginning Xingyiquan and Bagua – 6-8pm. Enrollment is open for beginning Xingyi and Bagua class sessions. Both are internal style Chinese martial arts offered at The Way of the Dragon. $210. School for Health, Healing & Martial Art, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 435-6502. Group Energy Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. Experience powerful healing energy from intuitive healer Kim Testa. Come experience why this is such a popular event. RSVP $20/Suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Yoga Based Vegan Indian Dinner – 7-9pm. Cooked in a Non-violent Spiritual atmosphere where no meat is ever used. Sanskrit meal chant & meaning. Donated partly to feed children in India. Music (Groups of min 10). $28/Suggested donation. Experience Authentic India, 11 Bristol Ave, Pawtucket, RH. 401-305-5265.


Group Meditation & Chanting – 9-10am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation & chanting. Join. All welcome! Donation. Ananda Center for Yoga & Meditation, Kelly & Adam, 494 Annaquatucket Rd N. Kingston. 401- 667-731530 Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. See Monday at10:30 for details. Call to save your spot. $17, $40/ New Students 4 classes. Time For You Yoga 02155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. 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. Zumba – 10:30-11:30am. Come join the party as you Zumba to International and Latin beats. This is a fun and effective workout that anyone can do. No dance experience needed. $6. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St., Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. 401-378-8197. Prenatal Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. Strengthen pelvic abdominal tone, learn vital relaxation skills, connect with your growing baby, ease back ache, improve sleep and digestion, and experience wellbeing. $17, $88/$108/$184 Open Enrollment. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Beginner Belly Dance – 12-1pm. Ancient dance form is a great way to tone up & have fun in a supportive atmosphere. Learn snake arms & shimmy along with easy choreography. No dance exp. needed. $15/1st time drop in. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St., Pawtuxet Village, Cranston. 401-3788197. Shaolin Kung Fu for Teens and Adults – 1:152:30pm. Enrollment is open for Kung Fu classes available on Mon and Wed at 6:00 pm, Fri at 1, and Sat at 1:10. Classes are designed to accommodate beginner to advanced students. $210. Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 435-6502.

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Are you suffering from Sleep Disturbances, Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Low energy, Low Libido, PMS, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Focus and Memory loss? We will work with your doctor. For Men and Women. Consultations available Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with Rene St.Laurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant.

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Jessica Albernaz, MS, CAC Serving RI and MA 860-558-3988


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.

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 19.

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Jessica Ferrol, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, PKS, E-RYT Life Essentials Wellness Center 5 Railroad Ave, Westerly, RI Women and Infants Integrative Wellness Center 33 Valley Rd, Middletown 401-323-4638

New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness

Our intention is to bring the natural healing wisdom of Ayurveda to you, your loved ones and our communities. Through one on one consultation, herbal supplements & workshops, our services are for anyone wanting to feel healthier, stronger and more content with life. Ayurvedic and Herbal Consultation services offered.

Dr Misty Kosciusko 934 East Main Rd, Portsmouth 401-683-6430 New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness utilizes a whole body holistic approach to assists your healthcare needs! Dr. Kosciusko prides herself in educating her patients on the root cause of their physical ailments, at the same time providing exceptional quality of care to assist in pain relief with long standing results. See ad page 12.

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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.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy Lori DeLang, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 450 Chauncy St., Mansfield, MA at Rtes. 95, 495 & 106 508-261-1611 •

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 26.

counseling MINDFUL LIFE PRACTICE Sara B Sprague, MA 1130 Ten Rod Road Wickford RI Suite F207 401-323-0706

Sara offers holistic, integrated counseling in a comfortable, professional setting. Clients may engage in ‘traditional’ talk therapy, or integrate modalities of Mindfulness Meditation, Reiki, Yoga and other complimentary modalities. Reclaim your Balance, Vitality, and find your Joy. Please call me to Discover how I support your journey! Women,, Men, Pairs, Families, LGBTQQ. Licensed, supervised, insured. See ad on page 27.

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.

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our commmunity. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, call 401-709-2473 for guidelines and to submit entries ENERGY HEALING

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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.

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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Wakefield, Rhode Island 401-284-0363 LightSoulTherapy@Verizon. net Like peeling an onion, Light Soul Therapy works to release layers of dis-illusion, dis-content, and dis-ease. Facilitating the very deep healing energies of Reconnective Healing, The Reconnection and Sacred Stone Massage Therapy the body/mind begins its transformation to healing and wholenessSpiritual Counseling and Meditation sessions accelerate the healing process. Call today for a free 20-minute phone consult. I would love to speak with you. New classes beginning now.

health food store NATURE’S GOODNESS 510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480

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 21.

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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 back cover.

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 21.

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My philosophy has always been that everyone should love and be proud of how their skin looks and feels. At the young age of 50, my skin has never looked so flawless and so fresh. I look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 28.

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Find loving guidance on your healing path with Reiki treatments and classes. Calm your spirit and achieve positive energy through group work in meditation and affirmations. Discover the answers you are seeking through Angel Card Messenger readings.

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Meditative, Fun-filled Indian Dancing. • Physically challenging • Bharatanatyam or Bollywood dance • Yoga-dance fusion or Dancercize • Revolutionary participatory Storytelling • Available for parties, Events, Companies The first 10 people who call will get 10% off. Author of the forthcoming book “Stress-free for Life: Time-tested secrets of Indian Yoga”; Artist of the forthcoming CD “Chants for Meditation& Reflection”

holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings

877 Broadway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

Renaissance Holistic Center

993 Oaklawn Ave Cranston 401-270-4001

Whether it be metaphysical and New Age essentials or non-toxic skin care and cosmetics, herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies, we are committed to providing and inspirational environment, catering to your needs and interest. We have also have a wonderful selection of services, classes and workshops for everyone to enjoy. See ad on page 26.


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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.

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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.

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Nutritional Consultant, Holistic Health Practitioner 774-991-0695 Food is the core of our very being. It is food that fuels us, nourishes us, and repairs us. Providing you with nutritional classes, workshops, one- to- one consultations, and much more to help with any- thing from A-Z, (acne,ADD,ADHD,diabetes,weight loss, and more... ). I will help you navigate your way to optimize your health. You can “Eat Yourself Healthy”!

pet foods naturopathic physicians 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.

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

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 33.

reiki Sylvia Collins

Keri Layton, N.D.

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 37.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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.

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Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick RI 401-921-4397 I would love to open your hands, your heart and your mind to the wonderful healing energy of Reiki. I am a Certified Reiki Master and Teacher, who would like to help you on your journey of personal growth through this safe, non-invasive healing modality. Because I have always had a deep connection with animals, I am also available to offer Reiki to your pet. Please contact me to learn more.

The Heart of My Hands Gail Major 259 Water St, Warren 1-401-640-6592

Restore your energy field back to balance and wellness, for its’ highest best and good - in mind, body and soul. Reiki has the ability to bring you to a harmonious state of being. Within it, lies deep peace. Call to schedule a session.

SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER energy-n-elements Paul A. DiSegna 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!

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.

wellness center Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy

It’s Your Body’s Symphony

422 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02888 401-941-2310

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 33.

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 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.

2051 Plainfield Pike • Johnston RI 02919 401-464-6100 •

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.

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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 36.

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yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

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 34.

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February 2012


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February 2012 Rhode Island Natural Awakenings  

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February 2012 Rhode Island Natural Awakenings  

Healthy Mind