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ave you noticed? Rhode Island Natural Awakenings has grown again. When I first decided to increase the page count by another eight pages I thought it might only be for a busy month but it hasn’t turned out that way. Not only has our page count increased but our distribution is up nearly twenty percent over last year. Our message is being heard! My love for Natural Awakenings continues to grow and I hope yours does too. Spring is that renewing time of year when everything grows. So far, it has been an amazing season with above average temperatures. My daughter’s family has already fit in a beach day and though our trees and plants seem a bit confused by all this strange weather, they are thriving just the same. To me, it the seasons appear to have so much to do with our perspectives. We sometimes think our intelligence has overcome the oddities of mood changes by the moon, seasons, weather, and a thousand other environmental pulls that touch our lives but we should never forget that at our core, we are all part of nature and part of everything that makes our lives and our planet what they are. Throughout Natural Awakenings this month you will see traces of how important it is to be aware of our world and nature. Whether it’s overcoming the hormonal changes that occur with menopause in our feature “The Hormone Balancing Act” on page 28 or understanding what frustrates our children in our “Mom-to-Mom Wisdom” on page 26 and you can even find some great green drink recipes on page 39. It is a common theme throughout the magazine and one of the many reasons I love it so much. My guess is that Natural Awakenings is about “being” for most of us. Being happy, being loved, being aware (of our planet and our health), being in the moment. Our editorial theme this month is women’s health in honor of mother’s day. Be healthy and look forward to next month where we will focus on men’s health. Happy May to you all. May we continue to grow our community and build an ever kinder and aware world.

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newsbriefs Amethyst Geodes Available at Apple Valley Minerals


pple Valley Minerals is now offering amethyst geodes from Brazil. The store has over 30 of the geodes, ranging in size from 25 inches to 5 feet. The geodes are found in the volcanic areas of Brazil. Brazilian amethyst is typically found in small cavities in rocks lined with crystals. The cavities are large gas bubbles formed in the cooling lava many years ago. The cavities were filled with water and dissolved minerals permeated through the rock. In time, these minerals crystallized in these cavities, lining them with a silica layer—in this case amethyst. According to owner, Sal Avella, some geodes have big crystals inside others, with numerous small points, which is due to the speed in which they cooled off. The word amethyst is of Greek origin and is translated as amethystus, meaning not drunken, or sober. Therefore, many wore it to prevent drunkenness. In the metaphysical world, it is used to cleanse an individual from alcohol addiction as well as any overindulgence and physical passions. Avella opened Apple Valley Minerals in 1962. In addition to amethyst geodes, the shop offers a large variety of minerals and fossils native to Rhode Island, including amethysts from Hopkinton, fossils from Jamestown, pyrite from Cranston, quartz from Diamond Hill and more. Apple Valley Minerals is located at 7 Homestead Avenue in Smithfield. For more information, call 401-231-0602. See ad on page 4.

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aves of Wellness has moved to a new location at 155 Park Avenue, in Cranston. In celebration, they will host an open house from noon-3 p.m., May 6. Guests are invited to meet the owners and licensed certified massage therapists, Cheryl Greathouse and Andrea Carreira, as well as enjoy refreshments and try their luck at raffles. During the open house, Waves of Wellness will offer a one-day only gift certificate special: two, one-hour massages for $75. Also in May, Waves of Wellness will present Sacred Circle Drumming from 3-5 p.m., May 20. Participants are asked to bring a drum, bells, singing bowls or any creation of sound for the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and be free. Donations are appreciated. Waves of Wellness offers a variety of modalities including specialized massage therapy, mobile chair massage, reflexology, Reiki, ear coning, Tong Ren therapy, alternative nutritional counseling and Integrated Energy Therapy in a private, professional setting. Please visit our website for more information about our services. Waves of Wellness is now located at 155 Park Avenue, Cranston. For more information, call 401-475-5286 or visit See ad on page 19.

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newsbriefs Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training


ary McDonald, certified laughter yoga teacher, is offering certified laughter yoga leader training from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 19-20 in Warwick. Laughter yoga is a health ga and fitness practice that combines laughter and pranayama, the ancient science of yogic breathing. Participants will learn how to create and lead a laughter yoga class or presentation ideal for hospitals and clinics, schools and libraries, corporate functions, support groups, senior centers, social clubs and church groups, plus learn the many physical and emotional health benefits of sustained laughter and the importance of relieving stress. hold According esume and classes for to McDonald, not only does sustained laughter relieve stress, it also chools &lowers libraries,blood corporate pressure, eases chronic pain, strengthens the immune system, improves enters, health symposiums, digestion, strengthens abdominal muscles, improves lung capacity, burns calories, ial clubs,promotes and private parties. creativity and enhances brain function by increasing oxygen levels.

Cost for the weekend training is $295.00, early registration and group discounts are available. Location: 875 Centerville Rd., Warwick. For more information and to t, register, call 401-766-7123, email or visit e her at 766-7123. See ad on page 35.

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Customized, Organic Facials at Alison Lynn Esthetics


lison Lynn Esthetics is offering customized facials using certified organic products designed to relax and restore balance to the skin. Each product is formulated with pure herbal extracts and the healing power of plant oils to address the specific needs of each individual’s skin. An exfoliation treatment helps keep the skin smooth and clear, while a nourishing facial mask and unique massage can ease stress and bring out one’s natural glow. In addition to a variety of facials, Alison Lynn Esthetics also offers facial waxing and two massage therapy rooms with Swedish, deep tissue and pregnancy massage, as well as hot stone therapy. The team of professionals at Alison Lynn is dedicated to using a holistic approach that provides a relaxing experience that benefits clients on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Alison Lynn Esthetics is located at 1473 Park Avenue, Cranston. For more information, call 401-338-3974 or visit See ad on page 18.

Learn to Reduce Oxidative Stress


ongevity coach Leslie Simon Haduch is hosting “The Longevity Pill and Oxidative Stress: How They Impact Your Health” from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays at Panera Bread on Route 2 in Warwick. Haduch will share the latest scientific updates on oxidative stress and how it directly affects health at these free seminars. Leslie Simon Attendees will learn more about reducing oxidative stress, Haduch improving health and helping others do the same. Participants will also learn how the anti-aging supplement, protandim, protects one’s health, as well as the business opportunity with LifeVantage, one of the fastest growing companies in the holistic industry. Seating is limited. To RSVP, call 401-742-0512 or email Visit for more information. See ad on page 11.


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Nutrition Breakthru Focused on Health


ccording to Valerie May, owner of Nutrition Breakthru, many of the health problems that afflict modern society result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations as a result of poor nutrition and emotional distress. Therefore, at Nutrition Breakthru, May is dedicated to helping individuals understand, eliminate and reverse the effects of the modern diet on their health and well-being by offering programs using an integrative approach to optimal health and performance. Individuals enrolled in a Nutrition Breakthru program will go through a wide range of assessments and information gathering/food logs and educational tools designed to help them succeed in achieving their health and weight goals. Services offered include oneon-one nutritional therapy, weight loss programs, student athlete performance enhancement, grocery therapy, fitness focus and cooking consultations. “At Nutrition Breakthru, I strive to encourage and educate individuals to make better lifestyle choices for optimal health through nutrition, physical activity and emotional balance,” explains May. “I’ve had clients complete my weight loss program that lost more than 20 pounds and 10 inches, and changed their habits and lives for the better.” For more information, call 435-6404426, email or visit


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Angelnook Gallery Hosts Chakra Art Opening


ngelnook Gallery will host an art opening from 5-8 p.m., May 5, for the group thematic exhibition, Chakra Forces. The exhibition will focus on art inspired by artists’ interpretation of Chakra Forces and features art by local artists Hope Costa, Nathan Sipperley, Adrienne Croy, William Giese and more. The artistic interpretation of a chakra is a floating lightweight symbol in which many try to catch a glimpse of the definition. According to Tantric tradition, everyone has seven energy centers that serve as junction points between the body and consciousness, or between matter and the mind. These spinning vortices, chakras, receive, assimilate and express our vital life energy. The evening will also feature a live musical performance by Global Crash, the brainchild of Paul Holder of Rhode Island. Global Crash will be performing live original ambient, chill-out, downtempo, IDM, ambient house/techno and experimental electronica music during the opening. Global Crash has been making music and playing live in Rhode Island and Massachusetts since 2008. Angelnook Gallery is located at 1277 Cranston Street in Cranston. For more information, call 401-228-6680 or visit See ad on page 7.


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arbara Bourgette, photographer and owner of Natural Images by Bourgette, will present Soul-Full Seeing: A New Way of Seeing© from 6:30-7:30 p.m., May 8 at Marian Mohr Library, in Johnston, and from 6:30-7:30 p.m., May 9 at North Scituate Library, in North Scituate. The goal of this unique presentation is to help individuals see the miracle of Light in a whole new way. The presentation is open to all individuals—artists, nature lovers and those who simply love beauty. “This presentation is about how we connect to Spirit and how important beauty is to our lives,” says Bourgette. “This talk shows you how to connect to your soul by seeing your world in a whole new way. If you like to take pictures, draw or paint, it will inspire your creativity. If you appreciate and enjoy the beauty of nature, this presentation is for you.” Bourgette is a professional photographer and a Reiki master. She is a member of the Wickford Art Association and the FemFocus photo group. Location: Marian Mohr Library, 1 Memorial Avenue, Johnston. North Scituate Library, 606 West Greenville Rd., North Scituate. For more information, call 401-374-8424, email or visit See ad on page 20.

Free Lip Balm with Purchase


uring the month of May, Arline Sewell, an independent Ava Anderson Non-Toxic consultant and freelance makeup artist, is offering a free lip balm to customers that spend $20 or more. The hydrating lemon lip balm features an spf 15 for UVA and UVB protection. Ava Anderson products are safe, non-toxic personal care for the entire family including home cleaning products (AvaHome), skincare (AvaSkin), sunscreen (AvaSun), makeup (AvaFace), essential oils (AvaScents), baby products (AvaBaby) and shampoos, lotions and soaps (AvaBody). “Unfortunately, many of us are not aware of the toxic ingredients that go into many of our personal care products,” says Sewell. “This is not only true for women but for men and children as well. The use of natural and organic products can ensure that your family is using the most pure and safe ingredients to take care of your personal care needs.” For more information, contact Arline Sewell at or visit See ad on page 31.


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he decision to hire a professional certified horticulturalist is one of ni c la dsca n the smartest investments an individual can make toward enhancing a home’s custom garden design, install & maintain landscape. Companies that employ certified horticulturalists organic land care yard restoration in take pride in their work and uphold the highest standards horticulture, agriculture and landscape business and environmental practices. They are licensed, certified, insured and continue to advance their knowledge as technology, research and practices develop. The Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association (RINLA) certifies plant professionals exhibiting the z a c h a rhighest y pa q u e t t e de401 641 0948 seeds2trees gree of plant knowledge and experience. The RINLA’s certification program has strict requirements, training and examinations. RINLA certified horticulturists are required to maintain a certain number of continuing education credits each year. Seeds to Trees, an organic landscape company, is not only run by a RI Certified Horticulturist (RICH), Zachary Pacquette, but also has a RICH on staff. “By hiring a RINLA Landscaper you are hiring a professional who is part of a statewide organization with access to many different educational opportunities and with a commitment to environmental stewardship,” says Pacquette. Pacquette says at Seeds to Trees, getting the job done properly and safely is more important than a low bid. “When you hire a company that truly listens to your needs and what you want, understands the plants that work in the situation and how to take care of them and can work within your budget, you are getting real value.” org

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Out-of-Body Exploration Intensive Begins in May


d Ferris, an out-of-body exploration (OBE) instructor, is offering a six-week intensive program from 7-9 p.m. beginning May 24. Exciting, informative and fun, the program focuses on the preparation, methods, techniques and proper mind state to help induce an out-of body-experience. Various steps, timeproven techniques and new state-of-the-art sound technologies will be introduced. Each participant will experience a wide array of methods in a comfortable, audio-controlled, safe environment located in Lincoln. According to Ferris, over the course of the program, participants will receive instruction on achieving a mind awake/body asleep state, vibrational state, beneficial relaxation exercises, separation dos and don’ts, habitual sequencing, astral and parallel plane differences, navigation, creating energy bodies, dream conversion, guided inductions, free-flow and more. Cost: $495 for a limited time. For more information, call 401-722-0717 or visit See ad on page 5.

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t 7 p.m., May 17, graduates from the programs at The Foundation of the Sacred Stream will share their experiences at the Rhode Island Holistic Healers Association (RIHHA) meeting at Positive New Beginnings in East Providence.

The Foundation of the Sacred Stream is an organization dedicated to education and the cultivation of consciousness. The main programs of study are depth hypnosis, integrated energy medicine, applied shamanism, applied Buddhist psychology, transpersonal studies and destination studies. The depth hypnosis program is the study of a process for the transformation of consciousness within individual oneon-one sessions. It brings shamanic, Buddhist and energy medicine traditions into the modern context through the use of hypnotherapeutic processes. The applied shamanism program brings the wisdom of the Earth that has been cultivated in many traditions and focuses that wisdom on healing the spirit in the modern environment. Here, students learn practical methods such as soul and power retrieval, and the proper use of the shamanic journey to gather power for themselves to improve their own and others’ health. RIHHA is a gathering of holistic healers to share, support and complement all aspects of well being, including physical, environmental, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health; thereby contributing to the healing of ourselves and of our planet. Meetings are held five times a year and are open to the public. Location: 877 Broadway, East Providence. For more information, visit

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New Horizon Chiropractic Expands

Reiki Training, Meditation Classes in Wickford


ara B. Sprague, a Reiki master teacher, will offer new classes and trainings at The Mindful Life Practice, located in The Meadows Professional Office Park, Wickford. According to Sprague, Reiki practitioners facilitate the healing of their clients and in the process, bring healing to themselves. Sprague has experience in training nurses, massage therapists and other healers, however, no previous experience in healing is necessary to take the classes. It is gentle, and has become widely accepted in hospitals across the nation. She will offer Reiki I and II training on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., beginning May 2 and run four weeks. The comprehensive training will include hands-on experience. Each student will receive 12 hours of in-class training, a manual, homework and a private, one-hour consultation with Sprague. Cost is $200. Meditation classes will meet for six weeks on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., beginning May 3. To make meditation useful, accessible and enjoyable, Sprague will teach participants to meditate in steps that are manageable and satisfying, building each student up to a longer seated practice. The class will also include explorations of literature on meditation and lots of shared experience through discussion. Cost is $175. Drop-in meditation classes will take place on Thursdays from 5:45-6:45 p.m., beginning June 7. Those interested in attending are asked to call 24 hours in advance to hold their space. Cost is $10 per class. The Mindful Life Practice is located at 1130 Ten Rod Rd., Bldg. F, Suite 207, Wickford. Space is limited; call to reserve your spot. For more information, call 401323-0706, email or visit See ad on page 13.

Getting Fit and Having Fun at Sea


ravel Plus Rhode Island and Dance Across the Seas is inviting cruise lovers and fitness fanatics to join like-minded individuals for a week of mind and body motivational classes and seminars while cruising on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas, Nov. 4-11. Departing from Orlando, the health and fitness cruise has something for everyone, including Zumba, cardio workouts, fitness for seniors and morning stretch classes, or try something new like the Goddess Stretch Plan on the beach or the Five Tibetan Rites program. A team of certified professional instructors whose main goal is to make sure guests are getting fit and having fun will be on board as passengers cruise to the beautiful islands of St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Coco Cay. Special guest, awardwinning author Sheila Sterling, will also be on hand for her motivational body, mind and spirit seminars. Cost: $799-$1199 per person/double occupancy. For more information, call 401828-4376 or visit


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r. Misty Kosciusko, a board certified chiropractic physician and owner of New Horizon Chiropractic and Wellness, has relocated her practice to a new, larger space within its existing retail plaza on East Main Road in Portsmouth. According to Kosciusko, the location provides enhanced appointment availability, more privacy and improved accessibility. Kosciusko specializes in using many different treatDr. Misty Kosciusko ment modalities with her patients. Such treatments include, but are not limited to, chiropractic manipulative treatment–often called adjustments. New Horizon also offers a variety of “physicians only” nutritional supplements, including Metagenics, as part of its weight loss and detoxification programs. “We’ve successfully treated a number of patients who suffer from lower back pain, sciatica, rotator cuff issues and neck pain,” she says. “The practice is quickly becoming a well-known resource within the community, hence our move to a larger space. I am looking forward to establishing supportive relationships with other area physicians to enhance the healing process for our patients.” Kosciusko was born and raised in Warwick. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Rhode Island and completed her master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She is a member of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce and the American Chiropractic Association. Location: 934 East Main Rd., Unit A, Portsmouth. For more information, call 401-683-6430 or visit See ad on page 33.

DeSegna Expands Services

Reiki Training: Levels I & II   Wednesdays, 6 -9pm; begins May 2 Meets weekly for 4 weeks  Limit 7 participants $200.  


aul DiSegna, a shamanic Reiki practitioner, body worker, somatic coach and owner of Energy-N-Elments, has recently added Munay Ki—the nine rites of initiation to become a person of wisdom and power and who has accepted the stewardship for all creation—to his repertoire and will incorporate the rites into his healing practice. According to DiSegna, these energetic transmission and attunements are handed down from culture Paul DiSegna to culture, but the essence remains universal. DiSegna became a Reiki Master in 2009, also receiving his shaman practitioner and somatic coaching certifications at the same time. He also leads shamanic drum healing circles in various locations. The next drum healing will be held from 7-9 p.m., May 10 at the Light of Being in Providence. For more information, contact EnergyN-Elements at 401-736-6500 or visit See ad on page 26.

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ersonal chef Lara Moritz has launched My Chef Lara, a unique service providing healthy meals and generating quality time for clients. Dedicated to taking the stress out of dinnertime, especially for busy professionals, Moritz offers delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals to come home to after a hectic day. In about 10 minutes, families can sit down to a healthy, well-balanced and delicious dinner. To get started, Mortiz offers a free comprehensive interview to determine food preferences and any dietary requirements. This information is the basis for customized menus that will be prepared in the client’s home. Clients choose what they want to eat and My Chef Lara prepares it at an affordable price. On the day of service, My Chef Lara shops for and prepares the customized menu, which is different for each client. Everything is labeled for storage and the kitchen is cleaned. Moritz is a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy, a member of the United States Personal Chef Association, and holds ServSafe qualifications. For more information, call 401-831-1657, email Info@MyChefLara or visit See ad on page 31.

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arden City Center, in Cranston, will host the Festival Fete’s Garden City Center Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 9-10. The festival will feature over 130 contemporary American arts and crafts artisans along with strolling entertainment including Rhode Island’s Big Nazo and The Toe Jam Band. In addition to the juried art and crafts for sale—such as jewelry, ceramics, painting, sculpture and home accessories—ten booth spaces are awarded to young artists (first through 12th grade) to show their work, a sculpture is created with the community at the festival and then donated back to a local establishment, and a Creation Station can be found at each festival where children can make crafts for a donation to Art is Smart. “We believe there is an artist in everybody, so we’re creating opportunities for festival attendees to express themselves and experience the thrill of creativity,” says Jennifer Neuguth, owner of Festival Fete. Garden City Center provides an excellent venue for the art festival with its unique mix of shops and restaurants along with a charming village atmosphere. “We are thrilled to host this exciting event filled with art, children’s activities, entertainment and music,” states Janice Pascone, marketing director for Garden City Center. “It will be a delightful experience for Rhode Island families and for our shoppers.” For more information, visit See ad back cover.


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irst Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island celebrates one year in Rhode Island with a holistic weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 9 and noon-5 p.m., June 10. The weekend will feature mediums as well as angel, tarot, tea leaf, candle and past life readers available for readings. Simply Psychic’s Matt Fraiser, named a psychic superstar by OM Times Magazine as well as being ranked among the top 50 psychics in the world, will be the special guest for the celebration. An animal communicator and aura photographer will be on hand, and space will be available for reflexology, Reiki, theta healing and more. Those in attendance can enjoy a variety of workshops and guest speakers planned throughout the weekend. Homemade kettle corn, caramel corn and lemonade will be available for purchase throughout the day. Through the presentation of the science, philosophy and religion of spiritualism, The First Spiritualist Church supports and encourages spiritual growth of individuals. The church offers a safe place for anyone seeking their own spiritual path and welcomes guest speakers at its Sunday service every week from 10-11:30 a.m. at Positive New Beginnings. Positive New Beginnings is located at 877 Broadway, East Providence. For more information, visit See ad on page 23.


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ngel Whispers Rhode Island is hosting A Course in Miracles® group discussion at 4 p.m., May 11. The discussion is designed for those looking for answers in regards to miracles. A Course In Miracles is a self-study program first published in 1975 by the Foundation of Inner Peace. Today, there are many autonomous centers where people gather to study its philosophy. Each year, new students begin using this powerful and timeless philosophy to help them bring strength and forgiveness into their lives and into the world. The group discussion led by Angel Whispers aims to find out if these methods and concepts work. Angel Whispers Rhode Island is located at The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917A Warwick Avenue, 2nd floor, Warwick. For more information, call 401-741-2278, email Adriene@AngelWhispersRI or visit See ad on page 45.

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or May, Raffa Yoga is offering an Urban Sweat Mother’s Day Experience for just $99. The package includes a regular yoga class, a signature relaxation massage and entrance to Urban Sweat, an active relaxation center. All components of the package must be used on the same day—providing the ideal getaway for moms. Raffa Yoga and Urban Sweat are located in an ecofriendly, 15,000-square-foot building in Cranston. At Raffa, visitors can find a large variety of yoga classes—more than 50 classes per week—including the popular Antigravity® yoga. Urban Sweat features 21 therapeutic massage and treatment rooms and six heat therapy rooms to foster and encourage overall health and well-being. 19 Sharpe Drive in Cranston For more information, contact Raffa Yoga at 401-463-3335, email or visit See ads on pages 9 & 35.

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For nearly 100 years, discharges from two of Edison International’s coal plants have polluted the air over the city of Chicago, exposing area families to dangerous levels of chemicals while adding to the Earth’s greenhouse gases. But the people fought back and won, because the city has quit using coal. For more than 10 years, Chicago residents have been demanding their right to clean air and a safe climate. Now, the Fisk coal plant, in Pilsen, and the Crawford operation, in Little Village, will shut down in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Clean air activists in Ohio and Pennsylvania recently claimed similar victories. Utility provider GenOn will close seven coal plants in the two states, including one in Portland, Pennsylvania, which has been deemed responsible for more than 500 asthma attacks and 54 heart attacks. “These victories are not only for the people of Chicago, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but for local activists all over the country that are working to shut down dirty coal plants in their communities,” says Kelly Mitchell, of Greenpeace, in celebrating the announcement.

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Plastic Pollution Flows from Washday to the Sea A study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology warns that microscopic plastic debris from washing clothes made of synthetic materials like polyester, acrylic and nylon is accumulating in the marine environment and could be entering the food chain. Concentrations were greatest near coastal urban areas. Up to 1,900 tiny fibers per garment were released with each wash during the study. Earlier research has shown that plastic particles smaller than one millimeter comprise 80 percent of environmental plastic and are being eaten by animals and getting into the food chain. Mark Browne, Ph.D., an ecologist based at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a member of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, advises, “Once the plastics had been eaten, they transferred from the animals’ stomachs to their circulation system and actually accumulated in their cells.” The team took samples from 18 beaches around the globe, including sites in Australia, Britain, India, Japan, Oman, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. They found no sample that did not contain pieces of the microplastic. Source: BBC


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alcium supplements, usually taken to improve bone health, may increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 percent, according to the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative, a 15-year research project established by the National Institutes of Health to address cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. “If you take calcium supplements, you’ll build up excess calcium in your system that, coupled with mineral deficiencies and imbalances, can cause plaque in arteries, kidney stones, gallstones and more,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, co-author with Kathleen Barnes of The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Could Kill You. Instead, he recommends taking a trace mineral supplement, preferably in ionic form, whose electrical charge helps bond minerals with water, making the nutrients more easily absorbed. Such a supplement provides all needed minerals, including calcium, in the correct balance.

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Aren’t we all somehow victims of our any of us sometimes feel powchildhood, circumstances and bioerless over a habit; even out of chemistry? Maybe, but maybe not. control. Some may have tried The antidote is honesty: honest to stop and failed over and over again. self-evaluation, honesty It doesn’t matter what the with family and friends habit or addiction is—it and honesty with theramay be food, smoking, pists. shopping, gambling, the Internet, alcohol, drugs, sex, a relationship, anger, Choice is Possible compulsive hair pulling, Individuals don’t have to nail biting, procrastination be an Einstein to break free and even television watchof a destructive habit. But, ing. The list is endless. as Albert Einstein himself The feeling of being a pointed out, “You can’t victim of one’s own habits solve problems by using John Koenig is one of the most demoralthe same kind of thinking you used izing of human experiences. But, there when you created them.” is hope. Miracles of recovery occur ev The person enslaved by a habit ery day, because we really do have the needs to accept that what he or she has power to choose to change. However, been doing has not worked. Only then under a habit’s ruthless control, we just can the sufferer begin to break out of seem to forget. The power of choice is the self-hypnosis trance of powerlessalways there if we remember to use it. ness. In other words, choice is possible only after one accepts that what they’ve The Antidote to Habit is Honesty been doing isn’t working. The idea that people can choose to change (and then change) may now People are most successful at change seem quaint, even unscientific. The when they first decide to change and power of choice fell into disfavor then go about finding support for that with Sigmund Freud’s concept of the change. The legendary psychologist Carl Jung calls this “ah ha” moment a subconscious as dictator of behavior. “monumental psychic shift.” It is a moTraditional addiction treatment often ment when we realize that we can’t go reinforces it. After all, isn’t a cigarette on as we have and suddenly become smoker powerless over cigarettes? Isn’t an alcoholic powerless over alcohol open to change. To truly change, try this and an overeater powerless over food? simple six-step approach.

Honestly look at your own track record regarding the behavior or patterns that bother you. Write down every way you can think of that this issue hurts you. The big costs. The small ones. Get them all on paper. Be as rigorously honest as you can. Don’t sugar coat it.


Review your efforts to change. Write them down. Be honest with yourself and accept that nothing you tried so far has worked. This is essentially an admission of powerlessness, but it is crucial in achieving genuine power over the habit.


Sit with that realization of powerlessness for awhile. Dwell on the fact that whatever you have done to change has not worked. Let that thought sink in. For example, 95 percent of diets really do fail. The average cigarette smoker tries to stop (and fails) five to seven times before he or she succeeds. Ask yourself what you can do now. Look for possibilities outside yourself and your existing assumptions. To whom or what can you turn to for help? Oftentimes you will find the solution was always in front of you. Start taking action in the now. Habits live, and die, in the present. Forget about yesterday and tomorrow. Focus on getting through day one without the habit, then work on day two. Choose to put up with whatever it takes to get through each day trusting that recovery will get easier as the days add up behind you. Put a structure in place to support change. Recovery from habits/addictions requires some form of support. Once a habit/addiction is hard wired into your mind, it is usually there for life. But, it is dormant unless you wake it up again. Repeat the above steps until you break free and stay free. It may not be easy, but it really is this simple. John Koenig is a certified hypnotist with offices in Warwick and in Seekonk, Mass. For information, visit


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Anti-Aging Skincare Turn Back the Clock with New Treatments and Breakthroughs by Linda Sechrist

With aging still a largely mysterious process, current seekers of perpetual youth and beauty are urging scientists to find ways to slow or even reverse it. New tools to fight lines, wrinkles and sagging skin excite the imagination.


oday’s anti-aging toolbox is filled with promise. Tools range from at-home strengthening and refining creams to commercial treatment technologies such as cold laser, intense pulsed light (IPL), light-emitting diode (LED), microdermabrasion, photofacials, and skin tightening and rejuvenating ultrasound. Acupuncture facelifts make use of ancient Chinese techniques. Then there are the more invasive injectables, fillers and chemical peels. How do we know what is best for us? Whatever one’s chosen tools, Hema Sundaram, author of Face Value: The Truth about Beauty—and a GuiltFree Guide to Finding It, believes that women at any age have every right to pursue the outward expression of their inner beauty. The Washington, D.C.based medical doctor and board-certified dermatologist, who specializes in cosmetic surgery, supports a woman’s freedom to choose, without embarrassment or criticism. She emphasizes the


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positive effects of cosmetic procedures performed for the right reasons and notes, “Restoring the balance between a woman’s inner and outer selves can transform her life.” An at-home anti-aging regimen aimed at retarding time’s telltales and enhancing beauty lays the foundation for an effective partnership with an esthetician or dermatologist. Performed consistently, do-it-yourself treatments can help to maintain cosmetic work performed by skincare professionals. Popular, non-invasive techniques are explained here. Many take it a step further with a meditation practice designed to develop and project inner, spiritual beauty. Gua Sha. This Chinese technique (pronounced GWA SHA) uses a small medicinal board to gently massage, manipulate and stimulate energy points along the face. The objective is to promote a normal flow

of energy, or qi (pronounced KEE), and blood circulation and to remove toxins. It also supports, lymph drainage. Gua sha activates inner vitality by stimulating both the superficial and deep muscles that control facial expression. Beauty benefits include a brighter complexion and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, dark under-eye circles and puffy eyes. It also lifts sagging at the neck and jaw. Hypnox. This 25-minute guided hypnotherapeutic audio recording is touted as a natural alternative to the neurotoxin Botox. Instead of paralyzing targeted facial muscles, which inhibits natural facial expression, Hypnox targets and retrains the same muscles to stop habitual frowning, lip puckering and squinting. The process is said to promote overall relaxation, allowing wrinkles to fade away. Facercize. Muscle resistance training helps tone and enliven the 30 muscles of the face to render more youthful-looking features. Muscle fibers literally smooth out, shorten and lift the attached skin on the face and neck. Enzyme Mask. A weekly exfoliating fruit enzyme mask gently dissolves dead surface cells and embedded impurities, while restoring hydration. Adding an organic, fruit-based peel of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids supplies an ideal boost that can result in an even brighter complexion and firmer looking skin. Retinols. These naturally occurring forms of vitamin A are a gentler, over-the-counter version of retinoids. They likewise promote healthy cell renewal and collagen production.

Good genes, a healthy lifestyle and skilled beauty enhancements can slow the clock of aging. ~ Dr. Hema Sundaram, owner, Sundaram Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery Center, Rockville, Maryland, and Fairfax, Virginia. Gentle Microdermabrasion. At-home microdermabrasion kits work to reduce the visibility of pores and fine lines. Many come with battery-operated brushes, aluminum-free scrubs, balancing toners and moisturizing serums; look for natural ingredients. Microcurrent Facial Sculpting. “Electrical stimulation forces facial muscles to do sit-ups,” says Charlene Handel, owner of Skin Fitness, Etc., in Carlsbad, California. Twenty years of experience with handheld commercial products have convinced this certified holistic esthetician that if the current can’t be felt, it isn’t doing the job. Trained by Elina Fedotova, CEO of Elina Organics and founder of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, Handel cautions that techniques intended to move skincare products beyond the outermost dermal layer—such as microcurrent, cold laser, ultrasound and LED—should be 100 percent natural and organic. “Read labels to find the USDA Organic seal and avoid subjecting skin to synthetic chemicals and ingredients that contain petroleum derivatives from crude oil; artificial fragrances, which frequently contain toxic chemicals; and synthetic preservatives such as parabens,” she advises. The ultimate responsibility for skincare is our own. When a healthy diet, sufficient sleep, exfoliation, hydration and natural topical treatments are no longer keeping gravity at bay, individuals of either gender need not hesitate to seek help from skin-care professionals. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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FERTILITY: East and West Meet by Dr. Jewel Sommerville

The challenges of fertility, for both the patient and the healthcare practitioner, are numerous. Debates abound surrounding the underlying cause(s) of these challenges faced by so many in recent history. Is it exposure to toxins, processed foods, stress level, extreme diets, a physiological concern or one of the many other factors that could interfere with this process of nature? In East Asian Medicine, maintained a positive atthe approach to any distitude. ease or disorder is to ad It is important to help dress the person involved patients that have probin his or her entirety. This lems or challenges with means all aspects of life fertility understand that are reviewed and many the concept of pregnancy areas may need adjustand childbearing is not ment. impossible (unless there Fertility is no difis a literal physiological ferent. Lifestyle choices reason a woman or man such as diet, stress, sleep, cannot conceive). The Dr. Jewel Sommerville work and many others are word “infertility” should reviewed and adjusted accordingly. be removed from their vocabulary, as Typically, for a certain duration, weekly this alone can create a psychological acupuncture appointments and daily block for many that can be difficult to herbs are prescribed according to each overcome. Instead, the focus should be individual’s circumstances. on what is working correctly within and As more and more studies confirm, what needs to be adjusted to make it there is a strong link between the beliefs, work better. attitudes and stresses of the mind and The new millennium has brought body and the ability to conceive. A study about a significant increase in the in San Diego, published in Fertility and amount of research conducted on this Sterility, found women who expressed topic and research is supporting East negative emotions prior to starting in Asian Medicine’s efficacy when used vitro fertilization (IVF) were 93 percent alone, or in combination with, Western less likely to conceive than those who medical approaches.


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One of the first studies on this topic, small but significant, was conducted in Germany and published in Fertility and Sterility (2002). Eighty IVF patients received acupuncture treatments both before and after embryonic transfer; 43 percent of the women receiving acupuncture conceived while the control group (therefore not receiving acupuncture) only had a 26 percent success rate. A study conducted at Cornell and UCLA concluded that acupuncture and herbs increase blood flow to the uterus, thereby increasing the likelihood of pregnancy. Other studies have concluded that acupuncture can restore normalcy to the endocrine system, triggering ovulation. In 2009 Cridennda and Magarelli suggested the use of acupuncture in conjunction with IVF normalizes the hormonal response in women, thereby increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome (i.e. pregnancy) for women undergoing IVF treatment. The re-

search is not limited to women’s concerns surrounding fertility. Men’s concerns are also being addressed. For example, a 2005 study by Fu, Lun and Gong used both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to address the concerns of male infertility. This study showed a 90 percent success rate using acupuncture and herbs versus a 65 percent success rate in the conventional, prednisone treatment group. The studies surrounding the issues of male infertility have been particularly intriguing as many are showing acupuncture and herbal medicine’s ability to actually correct the underlying physiological concerns. The conclusions of recent research encourage the marriage of Eastern and Western medical approaches for fertility treatment. Acupuncture and herbs are cost effective relative to the overall expense of conventional Western medical treatments. East Asian medicine can be used simultaneously, and safely, with Western medicine while decreasing the side effects of hormone-based fertility treatments and increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome with both intrauterine insemination (IUI) and IVF treatment protocols. In addition, knowing there are natural options to further assist couples during this exciting and stressful time can help give them more control throughout the process and increase their overall health and well-being. Jewel Sommerville is a doctor of acupuncture, practitioner of Chinese Herbal Medicine, and owner of Holistic Health Rhode Island, a center offering multiple holistic modalities. Holistic Health Rhode Island is located at 5784 Post Road, Ste. 5, East Greenwich. For information, call 401-398-2933.

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Petro says we can better meet the challenges of these years—including temper tantrums, biting, toilet training and sleep problems—if we understand these situations in the context of a child’s development. During early growth, exploration and change, children typically have trouble expressing their thoughts and feelings, and that can prove overwhelming for everyone. So, what can adults do in the middle of a toddler meltdown? First, remember that it’s the rare parent that hasn’t had to deal with a tired, cranky, screaming toddler. Simmons admits to having handled her share of tantrums. “They don’t understand their own frustration, so it’s difficult for parents to understand the reason for outbursts,” she observes. Her strategy is to take the stressed child out of the situation. It helps to know that some hitting and biting is considered normal for toddlers, especially if they see it as an effective way to get what they want. Parents can put an end to it much the same way

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According to Certified Life Coach Clare Seffrin Bond, although the adolescent years can be difficult, there’s plenty that parents can do to nurture teens and encourage responsible behavior. “The best parenting advice I ever received was from my mom, who encouraged me to grow into parenthood—taking it day by day, without the expectation that I would be proficient simply through the act of giving birth,” says this mother of two, in Richmond, Indiana. Rewarding relationships come through accepting the notion that children are individuals living their own journey, rather than extensions of their parents. “What parents see or feel in a situation is not necessarily what the child is experiencing,” Bond explains. “Taking the time to recognize the fact of individual realities can be huge in rethinking one’s approach to discipline.” She recommends speaking to adolescents honestly—even when it’s painful—and listening to them, even when we may not want to hear, or believe, what they’re saying. “Stay in touch with the fact that your relationship with your children is absolutely huge in terms of their—and your— development as a happy and fulfilled person,” counsels Bond. “Work hard at remembering your own teen years, including the frustrations and disappointments. Empathy and respect are essential ingredients in successful human relationships at every age.” To connect with Lori Petro, visit; for Lori Simmons,; and Clare Seffrin Bond, Beth Davis is a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings.

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they deal with other inappropriate behavior, advises Petro. She suggests remaining calm, finding the root cause of the situation and acknowledging the child’s feelings and needs. Understanding why the child is doing it is crucial to making it stop. “Conscious parenting operates from the premise that all behavior is communication to meet a need,” she says.


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ormones rule our lives; it’s a simple fact of biochemistry. In their role as the body’s chemical messengers, hormones affect every human biological system. Without them, nothing works correctly. Women’s hormonal systems are as complex as men’s, although vastly different. They govern reproduction, plus every aspect of health—including metabolizing food, proper immune function, physical and emotional responses to stress and the aging of cells.

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Puberty and the early reproductive years should be the physical peak of a young woman’s life; when she is physically active and full of energy and youthful health. It’s also the time when

breasts develop, hips widen, pubic hair appears, menstruation begins, and she becomes capable of pregnancy. The good news is that several studies by the National Cancer Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles, have shown that regular exercise undertaken at this age results in lower estrogen levels throughout a woman’s life, greatly reducing her risk of breast cancer and other hormonal cancers. Yet, C.W. Randolph, Jr., a leading bioidentical hormone physician and co-author of From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well, reports that the ideal hormonal balance is routinely upset today. Culprits are obesity among young American women and the everyday presence of toxic estrogenic chemicals in today’s dairy products and meat,

Major Female Hormones d Estrogen is produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands and in several other parts of the female body. It is responsible for physical maturation, including development of breasts, regulation of the menstrual cycle and preparing the uterus to receive a fertilized embryo. d Progesterone prepares the uterus for pregnancy, maintains pregnancy and balances estrogen during cyclical fluctuations.


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d Luteinizing hormone governs the ovaries’ production of estrogen and progesterone. d Follicle-stimulating hormone works in synergy with the luteinizing hormone to control the menstrual cycle and ovarian egg production. d Testosterone is present in women, although in far lower levels than in men. It serves as a component of healthy sexual desire and in maintenance of healthy bones and muscles.

personal care products, plastics, food containers, pesticides and herbicides, as well as car exhaust. “These compounds often have chemical structure similar to estrogen and can act like estrogen when introduced into the body,” Randolph explains. “Over time, these substances can increase estrogen in the body, potentially causing problems.” Categorized as xenoestrogens, these hormone disruptors can cause rapid growth in breast tissue and have been blamed for the appearance of breast tissue and even milk production in girls as young as 18 months and the early onset of puberty, particularly among African-American girls. They are also suspected in the rising incidence of breast cancer in younger women today.

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Women in their reproductive years often experience extreme stress in struggling to balance family, work, relationships and a need for personal growth, along with economic challenges. Women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause, blames the

Ways to Avoid Manmade Estrogens d Choose organic milk and dairy products. d Eat organic meats and wild-caught fish. d Avoid canned foods and plastic water and soda bottles. d Do not use lawn or garden chemical pesticides or herbicides. d Shed outdoor shoes before entering the house. d Avoid furniture made from medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and synthetic carpeting; these materials outgas toxic chemicals. d Use natural household-cleaning products, including baking soda and vinegar. d Choose natural personal care products, including shampoos, lotions and cosmetics.

imbalances follow. “Excess blood sugar changes the way estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are metabolized,” Northrup explains. “PMS and other problems of the reproductive years often go away when you get your blood sugar balanced, but—here’s the rub—you won’t get it rebalanced unless you are addressing the very real stressors in your life.” Due to the presence of xenoestrogens and Americans’ general fondness for processed comfort foods, women in their childbearing years are also increasingly afflicted by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition characterized by overproduction of testosterone and other male hormones. Insulite Laboratories, in Louisville, Colorado, reports that infertility and early onset Type 2 diabetes, another hormonal imbalance problem, are closely connected to PCOS. The first priority for every woman at any age, counsels Northrup, is to get blood sugar (glucose) under control. “Get a glucometer. You don’t need a prescription. If your blood sugar level isn’t between 80 and 90 in the morning, you need to look at your diet and lifestyle. Getting this under control will create hormonal balance in the vast majority of women. It’s so simple.”

stress of modern lifestyles for hormone disruptions in women in their childbearing years. “The stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine can have Perimenopause long-term effects on all other horThe next hormonal shift overlaps with mones,” advises Northrup. a woman’s reproductive years. Symp Concurrently, many women sacritoms of perimenopause, or the start of fice self-nurturance in order to nurture menopause and the end of childbearing others. The first result is often premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which Northrup years, typically show up between the early and late 30s. calls a “lifestyle disease.” “We know These range from hot flashes, night that this problem seems to worsen with sweats and insomnia to weight gain, each subsequent child. That made the fuzzy thinking and redistribution of hair connection for me,” she adds, “that on the body. Again, with growing famiTo find a local compounding the presence of lies and responsixenoestrogens and bilities, women no stress contribute. pharmacy for customized, longer take care of Women of themselves as well; bioidentical hormone blends, other cultures rarely no longer get the experience the inamount of exercise as prescribed by a medical tensity of perimenothey once did. The body is quite forgiv- practitioner, visit pausal symptoms that Western women ing in their 20s, report. So does that make perimenomuch less so in their 30s.” pause a lifestyle disease, as well? Part of the result is the attempt to Emphatically yes, says Holly Lucille, reduce stress levels by eating high-fat and a doctor of naturopathy, registered nurse high-sugar comfort foods. Weight gain, and past president of the California blood sugar imbalances and sex hormone

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3. Black cohosh extract, like that found in Remifemin, to control hot flashes and night sweats 4. Blood sugar stability

7. Bioidentical hormone replacement, if symptoms become too uncomfortable Source: Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health, by Dr. Holly Lucille

5. Stress management, as well Naturopathic Doctors Association. “Diet and lifestyle are absolutely essential to a healthy hormonal system,” which she explains in her book, Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health. “The biochemistry of the body is based on vitamins and minerals. If we compromise food and lifestyle choices, we are not getting the nutrients necessary to have a healthy endocrine system.” Weight gain is a particular concern during perimenopause. In their book, From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, Dr. Randolph and Genie James, co-founders of the Natural Hormone Institute, advocate a specific eating plan to override belly fat and related accumulating effects of excess estrogen. “In perimenopause, progesterone production usually declines rapidly, more than 120 times faster than estrogen or testosterone production. That’s what aggravates the symptoms,” Randolph notes. “Because women in perimenopause are usually still menstruating, they think their hormones are okay.” “The more body fat you have, the

more estrogen tips the hormonal imbalance,” says Lucille. “Those fat cells hold on to toxins and place more burden on the liver, making it unable to effectively metabolize those extra estrogens,” which are stored in body fat and brought into the body as xenoestrogens. “At the end of the day, estrogen is a messenger, and its message is to tell cells to grow and proliferate. That’s what we don’t want.” When estrogen becomes dominant, several things happen, including a more rapid release of insulin from the pancreas, which triggers sugar cravings. “It’s not a willpower problem,” Randolph assures. “Too much estrogen causes you to pack on the pounds in the belly area, and belly fat produces more estrogen. It’s a vicious cycle.” Lucille considers perimenopause the opposite of puberty and counsels, “While we are dealing with these changes, bringing some hormones on board for a short time can be a valuable tool.” However, she cautions, replacing anything isn’t the issue. “You have to look at the big picture,” she avers. “Putting hormones into a toxic body is

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d Cruciferous vegetables and green leafy vegetables with indole-3carbinol to decrease xenoestrogens, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, celery and kale; two to three servings a day d Any citrus fruits, which have dlimonene to promote estrogen detoxification; one serving a day d Insoluble fiber as an estrogen binder, such as oats, berries, dried beans and apples; two servings a day d Lignans as estrogen binders, such as flaxseed, sesame seeds and flaxseed oil; two to three tablespoons a day Source: From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, by Dr. C.W. Randolph, Jr., and Genie James


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If a woman has had no menstrual periods for 12 months, she is considered to be in menopause. However, Lucille asserts, “Menopause is not a disease.” Northrup touts menopause as the most creative and precious time of a woman’s life; it is often a time of spiritual awakening and self-fulfillment. “When the female brain passes menopause, the brain changes,” advises Northrup. “In a sense, we move from alternating current to direct current; I believe that this is the way the brain encodes wisdom.” “Yet there are women in their 60s that are still having hot flashes. What should they do?” queries Northrup. Natural alternatives exist that are safe and effective. “Many herbs have been used for millennia that have estrogen-like properties, but do not have estrogen’s side effects.” Northrup says. “There is huge confusion about this: Plant hormones have different structures than mammalian hormones and cannot act as growth hormones. If you have too much

estrogen, these plant hormones can actually protect against excess stimulation.” Her favorite is pueraria mirifica, which has helped relieve perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms in 80 percent of her patients within days. (Because the method of harvesting and processing supports effectiveness, Northrup likes Solgar brand PhytoGen.) She also uses maca, from Peru, for its phytoestrogens, vitex, black cohosh and omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in salmon for ongoing hot flashes. “Some women go through these years and truly take their place as women of wisdom and power. They don’t need any additional hormone support; they have enough life energy coming,” comments Northrup. “Others may need to take some kind of hormone support their entire lives. Either way, no one should suffer.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement is among her many books. Visit

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ay is here—National Bike Month—heralded by a new Outdoor Industry Association study, which reports that bicycling is adult Americans’ second-favorite outdoor activity, after running. Its popularity is not surprising: Biking provides energizing aerobic and cardio exercise, flexibility, freedom, access and simply makes anyone feel young and vital. “Everyone remembers their first bike and learning to ride it,” says Micah Rice, managing director of national events with USA Cycling, in Colorado Springs. “Parents can tap into that interest and the entire family can participate in a ride around the block, along a bike path, on an adventurous bike trail or in a local group fun ride. Cycling is easier than running, because it is less hard on your body and you can ride at any pace or distance.” Sometimes we ride to combine shopping with exercise on local streets; on other occasions, we eagerly traverse old rail lines or ride hillside moguls. Having the right bicycle delivers the most from any experience.


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Choosing Wheels Knowing your style and primary planned uses are paramount. Leading manufacturers, including Cannondale, Electra, GT, Marin, Novara, Raleigh, Scott and Trek offer many models for men, women and youngsters. Categories range from urban, road or mountain to recreation, comfort or cruising. Bikes designed for road and pavement are generally lighter and have more gears than mountain bikes, which are built with more shockabsorbing features, such as rugged suspension and rough terrain tires, plus more lower gears to help ascend inclines. Urban and commuting bikes feature a slightly more upright riding position that helps bikers and motorists to see each other better. Steve Colmar, a sales specialist at REI’s Seattle, Washington, store, provides two key guidelines for choosing and using a bike. Regarding seat position, “Make sure your leg has a slight bend when your pedal is at its lowest point in its rotation. If the legs feel a little cramped, raise the seat.” Regarding

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handlebar position, “Many serious road bikers adjust handlebars to be a little farther away, so they can lean forward with more weight in their hands, while many casual riders prefer a more upright position, because that’s what they are accustomed to while sitting. Whatever you are most comfortable with works.” He notes that REI ( master bike technicians nationwide provide advice on selecting a bike, as well as free public bike maintenance classes.

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Some riders feel that shouldering a knapsack is uncomfortable, inadequate or hinders pedaling. Bikes can be equipped with cargo-carrying capabilities to increase usability. Whatever the length of trip, having the gear to bring along key supplies will yield more utility and enjoyment: Think water, food, spare tube, cell phone, etc. What about bringing home some fresh produce from the farmers’ market? For around-town use, go with a bike trailer for frequent large loads; smaller amounts can fit into one or two front and/or back bike bags. Local bike shops can advise.

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USA Cycling, the sport’s national governing body, is hosting 17 national

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Balancing It All: Women Entrepreneurs and Time Management by Kate Siner Francis, Ph.D

Without a doubt, one of the most difficult issues encountered by women entrepreneurs is time management. As an entrepreneur, running a business will take as much time as we can give it, therefore balancing it all can be challenging. The following five steps can help women save time and find balance. Get organized. The more time pressures we have, the more important it is that we are organized. There is no one way for every woman to stay organized; however, there are some golden rules. For example, don’t do it if it does not need to be done. In other words, if it is efficient to check email twice daily, do not check it three times a day. That additional time is wasted time. Keep an up-to-date list of what needs to be done next on hand at all times and make sure to do things in the order of “most important” to “least important.” Avoid getting hung up on the little details or making decisions emotionally rather than rationally.

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Take care of yourself. Quality of life is an important part of success and entrepreneurs are an essential part of their business. Many female entrepreneurs have children and a partner, as well as a business; therefore, time to care for themselves is often limited. By not caring for ourselves, we are more likely to start wasting time or even getting sick. It is crucial to incorporate time for ourselves in our plans. Make eating healthy food simple and always available. Get adequate sleep and be sure to exercise. Make time to spend with family and friends and even schedule breaks. Seek advice. It is not always possible to see what we should do, whether our life is in balance, or whether we are on target with our business idea. Seek out advisors; people that are supportive in every aspect of our work. This might be a friend who nurtures and supports us no matter what, a colleague who shares the same vision, a lawyer who ensures our legal safety, or a coach who keeps us focused and moving forward. These people all know something we do not. We can spend a lot of time trying to figure it out or we can save it by putting the right person on the job from the beginning.

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Liquid Taste Treats Try These Healthy Green Drinks

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magine a diet that eliminates the need for calorie counting and never prompts a late-night rummage in search of foods possibly high in fat, sugar or processed ingredients; one that allows you to eat like you do now, except for one small change—the addition of a green drink or smoothie. A green drink isn’t a meal replacement; it’s a supplement (a starter or side dish) to the diet you already enjoy. Simply drink one prior to breakfast and if you are committed to optimal health, another before lunch and dinner. You can change the ingredients at will, according to taste. Fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet, accepted as staples in just about every healthy diet imaginable. From vegetarian to omnivore to Weight Watchers diets, the green drink is welcome. After a week or so of drinking

green, your body will begin to crave the rush of nutrients it receives and less healthy foods will simply lose their appeal. You will naturally gravitate towards foods that fuel your body, instead of foods that drag it down. Robert Young, Ph.D., author of The pH Miracle, has been in the forefront of promoting the fact that the body thrives when its pH levels are more alkaline than acidic. Diseasecausing bacteria and viruses, as well as other abnormalities, flourish in an acid state, while the body’s natural defense mechanisms work best in an alkaline state. He writes, “Our glands and organs function properly in exact proportion to the amount of alkaline and acid levels in our system; eating a balance of 75 percent alkaline foods

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and 25 percent acidic foods is ideal.” Young reports that keeping your body in an alkaline state amplifies benefits such as immune system function, strength, stamina and weight loss. Fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables, are extremely alkaline, and drinking them is an easy way to consume more. According to the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein and Amino Acids, the average adult needs about 50 grams of protein a day. Eating normal meals generally supplies that. Greens, despite the common misconception, also contain a good amount of protein when eaten in large quantities, which green drinks provide. Getting started requires only a blender or juicer, depending on the recipe. Juicing is great for a quick jolt of concentrated energy; the drink delivers maximum nutrient intake, and the absence of fiber enables near-immediate absorption of vitamins and minerals. Juicing is also preferred by people with digestive issues or those looking to cleanse or heal their system. While blending a green smoothie reduces nutrient concentration through oxidation, by whipping air into the drink, it is ideal for people that need to keep their sugar in check. It’s the flip side of juicing, which can turn a five-pound bag of fruits and greens into a glass of concentrated fruit sugars, called fructose. Blending also delivers fiber, which helps keep the digestive tract in tip-top shape. It can even serve as a complete meal; you can add avocado or raw almond butter for healthy fats, and protein powder, raw chocolate and bee pollen for extra stamina and endurance—much more than what is possible using a juicer. In most cases, a typical blender will suffice. However, when blending fruits and vegetables with a harder consistency, such as carrots, pineapple hearts and apples, or waxy greens like kale, you will need more specialized equipment. Two professional blenders, Blendtec and Vitamix, are a good fit for home countertops. Spinach, chard and mixed greens make a perfect base for beginners. Just blend or juice them with a few sweet

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fruits and berries like banana, blueberries and apple to disguise the green taste. From there, you can experiment by adding more potent ingredients like kale, beet greens, mustard greens, arugula and watercress. Mint or other herbs add a refreshing twist. It helps newcomers to start with more fruits than greens, and then gradually shift the balance. For even more smoothie nutrition, try adding superfoods, such as puréed pumpkin, coconut milk or oil, nut and seed butters, avocado and even garlic. To assuage a sweet tooth, add a dash of honey or pitted dates to the blender. You don’t have to live like a strict dieter, athlete or nutritionist to be healthier and feel better. Just toss a few fruits and greens into a blender or juicer each day and drink to your health.

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Cool Slaw

This refreshing summer delight is perfect for parties by the pool, barbecues and picnics in the park. Broccoli’s cancer-fighting properties combat carcinogens introduced to meat by a smoky grill. Ginger works to settle stomachs and has long been a remedy for heartburn. 1 crown of broccoli ½ small red cabbage 2 carrots 1 lemon (peeled) 1 green apple Ginger to taste Peel ginger root and juice all ingredients together. Serve over ice.

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The good-for-you factor in salads is often diminished by introducing salad oils and dressings, sacrificing some health benefits for taste, but not so with this drink. The fiber-rich kale and the veritable powerhouse of vitamins in spinach pair with sweet carrots and a tart green apple, juiced to a harmonious balance of taste and nutrition. 3 leaves kale 1 bunch cilantro 1 cup spinach 1 cucumber 1–2 carrots 1 green apple Combine ingredients and juice.

Green Clean

This tasty concoction begs to be poured into an ice-filled punch bowl and ladled into frosty glasses. You’ll never know your body is detoxifying as you gulp this tasty summer treat. For those that find it a bit too sour, add an apple or two. Green Clean not only has high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it is one of the most aromatically appealing drinks around—crisp, clean and refreshing. 1 lime 1 lemon 1 large cucumber 1 handful basil 1 handful mint 2 handfuls spinach Ginger to taste Combine ingredients and juice.

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e may think we are protecting our family’s health and the Earth’s environment by buying eco-friendly products, but a second look at some so-called “green” products may reveal we’ve been led astray. When companies hurry to cash in with new product lines touting natural living products, too many of the changes are more cosmetic (new packaging, appealing earthy logos) than chemical; sometimes toxicity levels decrease in only minimal amounts. With green marketing campaigns in overdrive, how can we be sure that we truly are selecting a certified safe product?

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unprecedented levels as they go after the growing market for eco-friendly products. Companies have duly noted that even the average Jane is now interested in protecting the environment and is willing to pay a premium to help. When products and services are really green, everyone wins; but when they are suspect, everyone suffers from a false sense of stewardship. The hijacking of green by irresponsible corporations is aptly characterized by Jay Westerveld’s initial 1986 report on greenwashing, first used to describe the reuse of towels in the hotel industry. His research implied that in-room signage stating that, “Reusing the hotel towels helps save the environment,” was more a ploy to increase reservations from patrons concerned about their environmental footprints than an actual credo of hotel management. One can hardly assert environmental responsibility based on laundry alone, but many hotels did, even though they were not participating in any other forms of resource conservation, recycling or waste reduction. The bottled water industry is a more

recent example. Amid mounting negative publicity about their unsustainable practices, these companies aggressively overhauled label designs and switched to thinner plastic bottles. Yes, the new form is less wasteful, but drinking bottled water remains among the most environmentally unfriendly habits; plus, drinking from plastic, made with petrochemicals, is unhealthy, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study published in 2011 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Thankfully, the tide is turning in many companies with integrity. For example, in the 20 years since Westerveld’s report, more hotels are starting to introduce genuine environmental reforms, but so much more progress is needed across the board in business that the true pioneers stand out. Unfortunately, given the creativity of evolving greenwashing tactics, it is becoming more difficult to distinguish between authentic ecoalterations and mere overtures to green living. Buyer beware still applies.

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Here are some telltale signs of greenwashing. Fluffy or ambiguous language. Beware of terms such as all natural, true organic experience or free of [insert scary chemical name]. These terms are not government regulated, and mean nothing. Even the organic monicker has multiple definitions that are meaningless unless a product is certified organic by a respected institution that issues objective standards. Partial or nonexistent list of ingredients. The entire list should be on the label for 100 percent transparency. Unverified health claims. Many companies lie or outright fabricate claims or data. Demand to see supporting scientific studies. A questionable parent company. If a maker is owned by a company notorious for toxic outputs, chances are that the product’s formula has undergone only minimal changes from the original, non-green version. Consumers are not powerless. “Our research shows that while some consumers blindly trust green product claims, a growing number are doing

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YOU DIRTY DOG! Tips for the Grooming Impaired by Avery Mack


ogs can get into the darnedest messes, and when they do, these head-to-toe grooming tips will make cleanup easier—on both sides of the tub. Shedding. Every dog needs a good comb-out to remove dead hair. When possible, do this outside, to reduce dander or flyaway fur in the house. Use a tool suited to the dog’s coat from a pet store—a brush, comb or saw-toothed loop to get to the undercoat. Matted Fur. Dog hair can felt up faster than a wool sweater in hot water. Always comb the mat starting from the end. If it’s especially stubborn, cut the mat lengthwise to separate into two or three pieces before combing. Don’t cut the mat out entirely, which is as noticeable as cutting a wad of bubble gum out of a child’s hair. Move especially difficult mats into the tub and rub a conditioner into it (a show horse detangler works well). Ears. Red, painful, inflamed ears or dark, tarry goo inside an ear means


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Baths. Have towels and a gentle shampoo close by. Then bring in the pet and close the bathroom door; it’s easier than chasing a wet dog through the house. Use conditioner for mats only—a dime-sized blob is enough—not for dog hair overall. Rub it into the mat and let it sit for 15 minutes before combing out the tangle. Small or shorthaired dogs can take a dip in the bathtub, but large, and/or double-coated breeds are best bathed outdoors or in a special tub in the laundry room, to keep fur out of the drain. A spray attachment will help get water all the way to the skin for breeds like a Keeshond, Malamute or Siberian husky. Bloodhounds, pugs, bulldogs and shar peis need extra care. “Separate the wrinkles, suds up, rinse thoroughly and be careful to dry between the folds,” says Immordino. “These breeds can develop yeast infections between the wrinkles.” Have several towels ready and dry the dog’s entire body before opening the door, because most will bolt to shake themselves dry and rub on rugs and furniture. A hair dryer on the coolest setting can help if it’s kept away from the dog’s skin and the buzzing rush of air doesn’t cause anxiety. Plucking. Harsh-coated, nonshedding dogs such as the Cairn terrier should not be bathed; strip their coat instead. “Plucking removes the soft, dead undercoat, allows a healthy, vibrant coat to grow and maintains a proper rough texture that repels dirt and water,” explains Patti McCully, a Cairn breeder in Arvada, Colorado. “Baths soften the coat and would eliminate this auto-clean feature. Stripping doesn’t hurt the dog. There’s no stinky smell, either.” Nails. If an owner is squeamish about cutting a dog’s nails too short, local rescue clinics often offer nail trims for a small donation. At home, use a handheld grinding tool with a dome safety feature from the hardware store, instead of grab-and-crunch clippers. “The easiest way to do a dog’s nails is to have the dog do it himself, dragging its nails across a filing board,” counsels M. Shirley Chong, a clicker trainer in Grinnell, Iowa. “I teach people how to do this and it’s easy to train the dogs, because they enjoy

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Tuesday, May 1

Out of the Box Networking Social – 5-7:30pm. Join the Business, Events & Wellness communities in a casual setting to exchange ideas, create business relationships & meet new people. Door Prizes – Apps – Cash Bar. $5. Wicked Good Bar & Grill, Twin River Casino, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln.

Wednesday, May 2

Awareness Meditation – 7-8pm. What if you weren’t always trying to get to the next moment, or change what is occurring in this moment? This inquiry meditation reveals the possibility of real freedom. $10. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place – 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576.

Thursday, May 3

Green Drinks – Newport – 5:30-8pm. Environmental Networks monthly gatherings provide an opportunity to talk with people who are personally and/or professionally interested and involved in a variety of environmental, conservation and sustainability issues. Free. Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen, 41 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport. 401-849-7778.

Saturday, May 5

Literacy Volunteers May Breakfast – 8:3010:30am. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County will be co-hosting its first ever May Breakfast Fundraiser. Join the fun with Kids Activities and Raffles. Call for tickets. $10/Adults; $5/Ages 6-10; Free/Under 5. Nino’s On Lake Tiogue, 466 Tiogue Ave, Coventry. 401-822-9103.

Spring Open House – 1-9pm. Also May 6. Free classes, demos, healthy food demo, sample homemade cider and organic tea, and live performance in dance and more! See web for more information. Free/Open to the public. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Art Opening – 5-8pm. Exhibitions will focus on art inspired by artists’ interpretation of Chakra Forces which is a floating lightweight symbol of our vital life energy. Free. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680.

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. Lotus Fire Yoga Studio, 650 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown.

Sunday, May 6

Budding Full Moon Master Class – 1:30-3:30pm. Burst with the extravagant energy of springtime and the light of this full moon to transform the last bits of winter residue into something colorful and bright. Detoxify! $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Monday, May 7

Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10:30am-12pm. Savor this deeply relaxing style of yoga. Ease your tension and pain. Find your calm and bliss from within. Beginners welcome. Call to save a spot. $40/New Student Special 4 classes. Time For You Yoga – Maria Sichel, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Raw, Gluten, Dairy Free Desserts Class – 6:308pm. Ready to impress that important woman in your life? Learn how to prepare healthy desserts, that are not only delicious but free of the major allergens and low glycemic. $20. Innisfree Body Works, 18 Post Rd, Warwick/ Pawtuxet Village. 401-461-3788. Learn Well Holistic Education – 6:30-8:30pm. Don’t let your child fall behind in 2012/2013 due to summer learning loss. Learn about our engaging summer learning programs-grades K-8. Attendees receive a sixty-dollar credit toward summer programs. Free. Learn Well Holistic Education, 261 Main St, North Smithfield. 401-527-9355. Intro to Mindfulness (4 week class) – 7-9pm. 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4 Learn the effective tools of meditation, gentle yoga and body scan, to support authentic being. Annie Geissinger, MA LMHC. $125/Includes 4 classes and materials. The Healing Circle, East Side, Providence. 401-226-5583.


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Thursday, May 10

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:45am. Interested in Waldorf Education? Join us for Parent Visitor Day – Tour the school, observes classes while in session, and discuss the Waldorf philosophy. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 X 228. Yoga and Visual Journaling - 5:45-7:15pm. Thursdays, through 6/14. Begin with a guided meditation and visual journaling followed by a vinyasa yoga practice. No prior art experience is necessary. Bring an 8 x12 journal with blank pages. All other art materials will be provided. $90. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401.782.2126.


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Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 6:30-8pm. Savor this deeply relaxing style of yoga. Svaroopa® yoga eases your tension and pain and helps you find calm and bliss from the inside out. Call to save a spot. $40/ New Student Special 4 classes. Time For You Yoga – Maria Sichel, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Experience the power of the circle and rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing, and gain insight. Group format. $35. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna, Light of Being, 112 Bogman St, Providence. 817-542-4993.

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Meditation ~ Chakra Balancing – 7-8pm. The Seven Wonders of the Soul. Meditation will help to release blocks of energy in your body. Release tension, stress and harmonize your body & mind. Find peace. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. SerenityYogaRI.Com. Guided Meditation Night – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a gentle guided meditation designed to help you relax, renew and energize. All learning levels welcome. $10. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Saturday, May 12

Mother’s Day Tent Sale – 9am-7pm. Beautiful originals & prints of our represented artists will be on sale as well as Angelnook Publishing books by local authors! Treat your mom to an Angelnook Gift! Free. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. Reiki I Certification Class – 10am-4pm. Begin 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.

Sunday, May 13

Free Yoga for All Mothers, All Day – 8:30am5:30pm. Come celebrate motherhood and enjoy your yoga class free! Choose from a Basics or Gentle class or try a Heated Vinyasa class. Free. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.


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Monday, May 14

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. Open House and Alumni Forum – 7-9pm. What do Waldorf graduates have to say about their school experience? Join us for a conversation with alumni and then tour the school on a journey through the grades. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 X 228.

Tuesday, May 15

Working With Crystals – 6-8pm. How to work with crystals: choose, cleanse, charge. Taught by Edward Catanzaro, who has worked w/crystals for over 30 years. $25/Plus $5 materials fee. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St., Providence. 401-353-3099. Nutrition for Busy People – 7-8pm. Learn how to easily prepare healthy snacks and meals without taking a lot of time. Register with Online Scheduling on website. $25. Holistic Health RI – Tracey LeBeau, 5784 Post Rd, Suite #5, Smithfield. 401-527-0281. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 7-8:30pm. Savor this deeply relaxing style of yoga. Ease your tension and pain. Find calm and bliss from within. Call to save a spot. $40/New Student Special 4 classes. Time For You Yoga – Maria Sichel, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Wednesday, May 16

Open House – 5:30am-10pm. Come check out the gym and try out classes too! Free. Boston Sports Club, 131 Pitman St, Providence. katie.twarog@ 401-351-2449. Windows into Waldorf – 3:45-5pm. Interested in Waldorf Early Childhood education? Join the EC staff for this parent orientation. Please call to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 X 228. Angel Oracle Card Workshop – 6-8:30pm. In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to connect with, clear and store your decks; get daily guidance; and give yourself a reading with different spreads. $25/$40 for class & cards. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Thursday, May 17

Free Bone Scan with Bone IQ Mobile Center – 11am-5pm. Bone loss can start as early as 30, and bone density tests are not usually covered by insurance. Visit our store and have your bone density measured in under 1 minute. Learn more about lifestyle, diet and nutrition choices you can make to protect your health. Free. Whole Foods Market, 151 Sockanosset Cross Rd, Cranston. 401.942.7600. Art Opening, Ethereal Light – 5-8pm. We are proud to present Angelnook Gallery’s first art exhibition at the Cranston Country Club focusing on Angelnook Gallery’s represented artists. Free. Cranston Country Club, 69 Burlingame Rd, Cranston. 401-228-6680. RI Holistic Healers Assoc. Meeting – 7-9pm. Join us to share, support & complement all aspects of well being. Panel from Foundation of the Sacred Stream will discuss upcoming classes in depth hypnosis and shamanism. Free. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence.

Friday, May 18

Free Bone Scan with Bone IQ Mobile Center – 11am-5pm. Bone loss can start as early as 30, and bone density tests are not usually covered by insurance. Visit our store and have your bone density measured in under 1 minute. Learn more about lifestyle, diet and nutrition choices you can make to protect your health. Free. Whole Foods Market, 601 North Main St, Providence. 401-621-5990.

Saturday, May 19

Free – 2012 Spring Open House – 8am-5pm. Spring is the right time to try some free classes in Aikido, Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Go-Do, Modern Army Combatives and More! We are family-focused and fun. Free. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 North Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672. Laughter Yoga Leader Training - 8:15am-4:30pm. Also May 20. Participants will learn how to create and lead a laughter yoga class or presentation ideal for many group functions from hospitals and churches to social clubs and churches. $295, early registration and group discounts available. Laughter Hours, Warwick. 401-766-7123. Magnified Healing® Phase I – 9am-5pm. Are you seeking new ways of living & healing the world? After this Master Teacher class you will be able to incorporate the process into your daily life and to teach it. $180/Manual, certificate, a CD & Essence. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278.

Nutrition for Busy People – 11am-12pm. Learn how to easily prepare healthy snacks and meals without taking a lot of time. Register with Online Scheduling on website. $25. Holistic Health RI – Tracey LeBeau, 5784 Post Rd, Suite #5, East Greenwich. 401-527-0281. Angel Card Readings with Free Gift! – 11am4pm. Come with you questions and receive loving messages of guidance from the angels. We will work together to find what you need to hear. A gift of angel earrings for you! $25/30 minutes. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer, Warwick. 401-287-4093.

Sunday, May 20

Runes for Warding, Sending, Clearing – 1-4pm. Learn how to work with Futhark Runes in warding, sending and clearing personal blockages. No prior experience neeeded. Taught by internationally known Birka Skadidottir. $25/Plus $9 materials fee. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St., Providence. 401-353-3099. Sacred Drumming Circle - 3-5pm. Bring a drum, bells, singing bowls or any creation of sound to relax, rejuvenate and be free. Free/ d o n a t i o n s a p p r e c i a t e d . Wave s O f We l l ness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-475-5286. Crystal Bowls, Gongs & Reiki Healing – 4:30-6pm. Relax into a healing combination of Reiki energy and a sound experience of Gongs and Crystal Bowls. Harmonize your inner being! with Stephanie Marisca and Palmy. $35. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. SerenityYogaRI.Com.

Wednesday, May 23

Drawing Worskshop with a Live Model – 4:306:30pm. We provide the model, studio, drawing tables and some easels. You bring your own drawing supplies and skills. There is no teacher, just a monitor who times the models. $10. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680. Reiki I Certification – 9:30-4pm. Learn the origins of Usui Reiki, the healing benefits attributed to it, & the hand positions used. After receiving the attunement will be time for questions & practice. $150/ Includes materials & certificate. Angel Whipsers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. Adriene@ 401-741-2278.

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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.

Manifesting with the Divine – 6-8:30pm. Learn how to manifest goals & desires with your emotional guidance system, trust divine guidance, and co-create with the Universe to raise your spiritual Love vibration. $30. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

An Evening with the Archangels – 6:30-8:30pm. The angels are here to bring us Joy. Come learn about these beautiful beings of Light and how you can incorporate them into your life for inner peace & spiritual growth. $25. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Friday, May 25

Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:15pm. Come relax and let go of your stresses. Soothe your body, mind, and spirit with this gentle guided meditation. $10/Call to register. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Saturday, May 26

Project Beautiful – 9-10am. Learn about the program in our free informational session. Embrace your body rather than your flaws. Sessions focused around living healthy, having fun and feeling confident. Free. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Perennial, Herb and Vegetable Sale – 10am-5pm. Also May 27. Vella Gardens will be having a sale on perennials, herb and vegetable plants cultivated in our historic greenhouse. Discounted plants! Vella Gardens, 1 Alfred Stone Rd., Pawtucket. Chakra Meditation and Bracelet – 1-2:30pm. We will begin with a meditation on the 7 Chakras to clear and open them. Then comes the fun of making your own chakra bracelet. Handouts and refreshments. $20. Pathways to Healing, Bobbie Schaeffer, Warwick. 401-287-4093.

Tuesday, May 29

Lose Weight with Food and Love – 7-8pm. Learn how reaching your optimal weight is NOT about DIEt and exercise! Register on website by going to Online Scheduling. $25. Holistic Health RI – Tracey LeBeau, 5784 Post Rd, Suite #5, East Greenwich. 401-527-0281.

Drawing Worskshop with a Live Model – 4:306:30pm. We provide the model, studio, drawing tables and some easels. You bring your own drawing supplies and skills. There is no teacher, just a monitor who times the models. $10. Angelnook Gallery, 1591 Cranston St., Cranston. 401-228-6680.

40 Days to Personal Revolution – 7:30-8:30pm. Wednesdays through June 27th. 40 Days of unlimited yoga, lessons in meditation, eating well, one on one consults on diet and posture, weekly meetings, discounts and more!. $325. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Friday, June 1

3 Ayurveda Workshops with Larissa Hall Carlson – 6:30-8:30pm. Also 6/2, 10:30am-5pm & 6/3, 1-4pm. Explore Ayurveda – India’s earliest form of health care and the oldest continuously practiced system of medicine in the world. $25, $95, $145. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, June 2

Animal Communication Workshop – 10am-3pm. Animal lovers learn how to connect with your living or deceased pets. Karen Daley, a gifted medium, has been in the healing profession for 25 years. $55. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 401-533-2860. Reiki I & Reiki II Classes – 1-7pm. Also 6/3, 9am6pm. Hands on class. Receive an introduction to hands on healing that you can use on yourself, others and animals. Learn to send healing long distance and how to accelerate the healing process.  Plenty of time to practice skills and ask questions. $250. Holistic Healing Moment, 194 Waterman St, Providence. 401-339-8556.

Sunday, June 3

Shamanic Drum Healing – 1-3pm. Experience the power of the circle and rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing and gain insight. Group format. $35. Katherine Rossi & Paul DeSegna, City Aiki, 200 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-439-3303.

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Andrew Harvey – 9am-4pm. Through 6/10. In this celebrated approach to embodying spirit, renowned scholar-writer Andrew Harvey and devoted yoga teacher Karuna Erickson guide both new and experienced yoga practitioners in deepening spiritual practice. $550/Before May 6th, $625/After. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, June 9

Garden City Center Art Festival – 10am-5pm. Join us for over 125 Contemporary American Artisans, Festive Food, Live Music and Strolling Entertainment to include The Toe Jam Band and The Big Nazo! 10am-5pm Daily. Free. Festival Fete, 100 Midway Rd., Cranston. 401-374-3899.

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Sunday Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. Change your thinking – Change your life. Concordia provides spiritual tools to transform personal lives & create a better world through principles of the Science of Mind. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 732-1552. Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Join us for Meditation, Chanting, Inspiration and Satsang (fellowship), Potluck Lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Everyone is Welcome! Be in Joy! Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Couples Reflexology – 10am-3pm. 2nd Sunday. Relax with a loved one or a friend. Call for appointment and time. $80. Foot Diva, Craik Buliding, 2845 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-368-8878. Emotion Inmotion & Modern Dance – 10:30am1pm.1st and 3rd Sunday. Dance practices, not to be missed. Emotion Intmotion 10:30-11:20am & Modern Dance 11:30-1:00pm. See web for more. $13/Enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Sunday Meditations – 11am-12pm. Enjoy this relaxing morning class which includes a short talk and a guided meditation on how to apply Buddhist teachings in our modern lives. No experience necessary. $8, Free for members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St., Providence. 508-979-8277. Pump Up the Prana! – 4-4:30pm. A half hour of high energy vinyasa flow to move your energy & as complement to a meditative practice. Offered 6 days/week, different times. See schedule at our website. $7, or free with membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. F.L.Y (First Love Yourself) – 6-7pm. 3rd Sunday. New woman’s social gathering. Connect with other woman for support, insight and friendship. New topics decided as a group, a book club without the book! $5. Foot Diva, Craik Building, 2845 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-368-8878. Go Inside for Laughter and Bliss – 6-7pm. Ground yourself & combat today’s world of uncertainty. Ongoing weekly gatherings create practice for answers & contemplation. Benefits & gifts appear quickly for you. $10/Weekly. Light Soul Therapy-Jackie Van Dusen, Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Drumming Circle – 6-7:30pm. 1st Sunday. Bring a drum and a fun spirit! $5. Foot Diva, Craik Buliding, 2845 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-368-8878.


Sunrise Yoga – 6-7:30am. Also Fridays. We have a beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking & feeling great: Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance & focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419.

Zumba – 9-10am. Join us for this exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning dance fitness party! $10, call to register. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. Gentle Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Gentle Yoga classes are centered around mindful breathing, joyful relaxation, and gentle stretching and movement of the body. All levels. $15. Yoga Antara, 189 Governor St, Suite 103, Providence. 401-744-5316. Tai Chi Chuan – 6-7:30pm. Come learn a soft, internal Chinese martial art that is practiced for self defense, peace of mind, and extreme health benefits. Full Range of Motion exercises. $50/ per month. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127. Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Class will focus on the principles of alignment while connecting the breath with each movement. Tone your body, find your inner strength and power! $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. All Levels – 7-8:15pm. Suitable for all students and provides the opportunity to learn and refine the principals of alignment and form. Concludes with a period of relaxation. $16, or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. 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. Ananda Meditation Group – 8:15-9:15pm. Relieve tension-feel happier-more peace through meditation. Discover your inner spiritual nature. Join Adam 401286-2345. Donation. Simplify Yoga, Ananda Center, 1050 Tiogue Ave (Rt 3), Coventry 401-308-8745.


Hatha Flow Yoga – 12:30-1:30pm. Spend your lunch hour taking time to find balance into your life and lift your spirits! Bring movement to your body and energize yourself for the week ahead. $12. Yoga Antara, 189 Governor St, Suite 103, Providence. 401-744-5316. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body & mind. Pre-registration is necessary. $124/8 Classes; $19/Drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. VBarre Class – 5-6pm. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training with calorie blasting cardio. Targets trouble zones. $14, $180/20 classes. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy., Behind Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

Self Defense for Women with Aikido – 5:306:30pm. Increase your flexibility, confidence, and endurance! Join us to learn how Aikido can help you use your body to protect yourself. Open to all levels of physical fitness. Free First Class. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 North Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672. 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. $10/Each Call to register, Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. 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. $13, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Go Inside for Laughter and Bliss – 6:30-7:30pm. Ground yourself & combat today’s world of uncertainty. Ongoing weekly gatherings create practice for answers & contemplation. Benefits & gifts appear quickly for you. $10/Weekly. Light Soul TherapyJackie Van Dusen, Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Tai Chi – 6:30-8pm. Tai Chi is a wonderful health exercise, a self-defense system and a unique form of meditative movement. The softness and deep breathing make this exercise a joy to do. $15. Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. Qivana Overview-Product Introduction & Compensation – 7-7:45pm. 3rd Tuesday. Find out why 10 Olympic Gold Medalists have joined Qivana to build a business. Come and see Qivana’s newest product -PRIME – nitric oxide activator! Spend 45 minutes to find out how you can get healthier and wealthier. Free. Holiday Inn Express, 901 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. The Happiness Course – 7-8:30pm. Course will provide practical advice on how to transform your life by transforming your mind. Each class includes a short talk and two guided meditations. Starts 5/8. $10, Free for members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivation wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free/Donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Zumba – 9-10am. See Monday at 9am for details. $10, call to register. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:45-5pm. 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.

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Candlelight Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Also on Friday. Beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking & feeling great: Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance & focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419. Get Fit with Dr Cathy – 5-6pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun! $5. Dr Cathy Picard @Stage Right Studio, 68 South Main St, Woonsocket. Forrest Yoga – 5:45-7:15pm. An intense physical & internally focused practice to develop a deep connection to Spirit & healing with breath & integrity to one’s self, with gentle hands on adjustments. $15, or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body & mind. Pre-registration is necessary. $124/8 Classes; $19/Drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Tai Chi Chuan – 6-7:30pm. Learn a soft, internal Chinese martial art for self defense, peace of mind, and extreme health benefits. Full Range of motion exercises. $50/Per month. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127. Meditation Circle – 7-8pm. Guided imagery mediation. $5. Foot Diva, Craik Building, 2845 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-368-8878. Resounding Heart Meditation Service – 7-8pm. Please join us as we raise our Vibration of Love in Sacred Sound and Silence. Guided Meditation, Sacred Reading, and discussion following. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 732-1552. Non Duality Video Gathering – 7-9pm. 2nd Wednesday. Non-Duality means “not two”. These teachers point to the end of the sense of separation. Info/Register with Julianne, $10. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place – 6A, Providence. 860-463-5576. Longevity-Combating Oxidative Stress – 7-9pm. Learn how Protandim, the anti aging/medical breakthrough, protects your health and the incredible business opportunity with LifeVantage. Free. Panera Bread, Rt.2 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick. 401-742-0512. Zumba – 7:30-8:30pm. See Monday at 9am for details. $10, call to register. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.


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, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body & mind. Pre-registration is necessary. $124/8 Classes; $19/Drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, #10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.


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

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. Need to move? Join us! Gentle, effective, innovative approach to move your whole body fluidly. Slow down the aging process and enhance your fitness. No experience needed. $12, $10/Seniors & Students. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga Studio, 63 Cedar Ave. #10, East Greenwich. 401-826-2020.

Gentle Yoga – For Beginners – 7-8:15pm. Class will improve your balance and confidence. Relieve your stress and increase flexibility in your body as well as your mind. Expand breathing capacity & have fun! $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.


Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Savor this deeply relaxing style of yoga. Ease your tension and pain. Find your calm and bliss from within. Beginners welcome. Please call to save your spot. $40/ New Student Special 4 classes. Time For You Yoga – Maria Sichel, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Lunchtime Yoga – 12:30-1:30pm. Through the use of precise language, demonstration, and props, students are introduced to the incredible joy that is yoga. $10. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence.

Pilates Mat Class All Levels – 9:45-10:45am. A full Body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. Strengthen your core and lengthen your muscles. $14,$180/20 classes. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy., Behind Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

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.

Yin Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. A blend of modern Chinese meridian theory, Yin postures and meditation are a powerful balancing practice that consists of long passive poses, which affect the joints. $16, or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Zumba Toning – 5:30-6:30pm. Join us for a fun, effective, Latin inspired dance fitness workout! Zumba toning sticks will be used during this class. $10, call to register. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Ananda Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. 1st 3 Thursdays. Be in Bliss- Ananda Yoga- with Kyle -401-789-1288, Herb Wyfe, 23 Brown St, Wickford – Meditation with Adam – 401-286-2345 on 1st & 3rd Thurs at 7-8pm. $10 Suggested Donation. Ananda Center, 40 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, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Tai Chi Chuan – 6-7:30pm. Come learn a soft, internal Chinese martial art for self defense, peace of mind, and extreme health benefits. Full Range of motion exercises. $50/Per month. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127. Xingyi & Bagua – 6-8pm. Enrollment is open for Beginning Xingyiquan at 6, and Beginning Bagua at 7. Internal Chinese martial arts for self-defense, strengthening, and health. $210/3 months. The Way of the Draagon, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 435-6502. Gay Men’s Life Coaching Group – 7-8pm. 4th Friday. Focuses on a different topic each month. This month: Challenging Our Inner Critic. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-265-7720.

Meditation Group – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. Individual sessions available by appointment. $10. Call to Register, Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092.

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.

Physical Fitness Through Dance – 6:15-7:15pm. Burn calories & 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,enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.


Tai Chi Chuan – 8-9:30am. Come learn a soft, internal Chinese martial art for self defense, peace of mind, and extreme health benefits. Full range of motion exercises. $50/Per month. Attleboro School of Tai Chi Chuan, 104 County St., Attleboro, MA. 508-930-4127.

Zumba – 8:30-9:30am. See Monday at 9am for details. $10 call to register. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.


Yoga at Norman Bird Sanctuary – 8:30-9:45am. Rise-and-shine your light at the Norman Bird Sanctuary’s basics hatha yoga classes! Indoors on heated floors with majestic views and sounds. Led by Jessica Webb. $10. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 583 Third Beach Rd, Middletown. GetGrounded@ Pilates Wunda Chair Class – 9-9:30am. Use this great piece of Pilates Equipment for a challenging strength building workout. 6 students per class, so sign up now! $14, $180/Twenty classes. RI Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy., Behind Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Ananda Meditation & Chanting – 9-10am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation & chanting. Join Kelly & Adam. All welcome! Meet at 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N. Kingston. 401- 667-7315. Donation. 401-308-8745. Hatha Yoga at Vella Gardens – 10-11:30am. Mindfulness based Hatha Yoga in the Vella Gardens cottage studio. Class will move outdoors as weather improves. $14, $72/6-class-pack. Vella Gardens, 1 Alfred Stone Rd., Pawtucket. Kids Kung Fu – 10am-12pm. Kids – ages six to twelve at 10:00. Kindergarten kung fu – ages three to five at 11:00. $180. The Way of the Draagon, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 435-6502. Wintertime Farmers Market – 10am-1pm. Closes May 12th. Hope St Farmers Market opens May 19th. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Creative Writing Workshops – 10am-4pm. For adults. Amherst Writers & Artists method. Scenic area. Emerson MFA leader. All levels welcome. Select Saturdays June-September. Inquiries: $100 each, free to recent veterans. Little Compton. Prenatal Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Through gentle strengthening, stretching and breath exercises, expectant mothers explore the changes their bodies are undergoing, and prepare for childbirth & mothering. $16, $14/Students. MotionCenter, 111 Chestnut St, Providence.

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Jessica Ferrol, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, PKS, E-RYT Life Essentials Wellness Center 39 Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT Women and Infants Integrative Wellness Center 33 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI 401-323-4638 CommunityAyurvedicHerbaliStcom

Aquidneck Island Acupuncture

Dr. Shawna E.M. Snyder 170 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02842 401-297-1642

Our intention is to bring the natural healing wisdom of Ayurveda to you, your loved ones and our communities. Through oneon-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.

I will take into account your whole self, not just your symptoms, in order to get to the root of your health concerns. My conviction is that healing is less about battling illness and more about nourishing life. As long as we’re living-we’re healing. I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna and Tufts Health Plan insurance. See ad on page 25.

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Aquidneck Nutrients & Wellness Center

170 Aquidneck Ave Middletown, RI 401-324-6167 •

Learn how Protandim, the antiaging/medical breakthrough, protects your health and the incredible business opportunity with LifeVantage. Don’t miss this life changing opportunity! Say good-bye to old age. Stay Forever Young! Come hear about the fastest growing company in the holistic industry. Free Seminars available Monday and Wednesday evenings. See ad on page 11.

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 StLaurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant.



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

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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 Rd to better health and vitality. See ad on page 43.

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New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness Dr. Misty Kosciusko 934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-683-6430 New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness utilizes a whole body holistic approach to assist 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 on page 33.

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

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 Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 45.

counseling Holistic Health Advisor

Gina Goodhart, MA 151 Broadway Suite 220 Providence, RI 401-524-1829 Gina has created a warm comfortable environment where your needs and concerns can be expressed safely to facilitate healing. Working with individuals and couples, Gina supports and gently guides her clients as they journey through crisis to restore the body, mind and spirit into a harmonious state of living.

MINDFUL LIFE PRACTICE Sara B Sprague, MA 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Suite F207 Wickford, RI 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 complementary 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 13.


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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 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.

energy healing Light Soul Therapy Healing

Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363 Like peeling an onion, Light Soul Therapy works to release layers of dis-illusion, dis-content, and disease. 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 wholeness, Spiritual 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.

Esthetician Dianne Colardo Massage Envy Spa 1000 Division St East Greenwich, RI 401-336-2900

Massage Envy Spa has partnered with Dr. Murad, of Murad International, to create four signature facials. Sun damage, acne blemishes, reducing signs of aging, or calming sensitive skin, we have a facial designed for you. Full consultation to ensure that you are receiving the treatment that is best suited for your skin care needs. Appointments are available 7 days a week, including evenings. See ad on page 3.

Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon

Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 •

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 46.

healing arts center Magick Mirror Healing Arts Center

Connie Ouellette & Kevin Moniz 17 State St, 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!

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 website for a wealth of information. See ad on page 15.

holistic guidance Angel Whispers Rhode Island

917 A Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 401-741-2278 Offering a variety of holistic energy therapies, which can be scheduled at Wellness Center at Gold Plaza in Warwick. Alvailable in private homes, businesses, hospitals, and nursing homes. Adriene also conducts Reiki certification courses and workshops on a variety of topics related to the wellness. See ad on page 45.

Christine McCullough, MA

Newport, RI 401-847-6551 Let me help you move through times of transition and transformation in your life. I offer integrative, holistic insights and solutions customized to your needs. Holistic Tarot, Spiritual Astrology, Energy Healing, Reiki II, Body Talk, Ear Coning, Life Coach, Non-denominational Celebrant.

My Holistic Village

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

Pathways to Healing Bobbie Schaeffer Warwick, RI 401-287-4093

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.

holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings

877 BRdway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

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 30.

Renaissance Holistic Center 993 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 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 interests. We also have a wonderful selection of services, classes and workshops for everyone to enjoy. See ad on page 51.

John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist

Mark Ashley motivational hypnotist & consultant

401-623-6709 • Helping professionals achieve financial and personal success through motivational hypnosis, consulting & support. Tap into your personal potential and accomplish more. My clients achieve financial success, become more motivated and focused, stop procrastinating, boost confidence and self esteem, overcome problems, challenges & issues.

Pet Foods Plus

110 Jefferson Blvd (Suite B), Warwick, RI 02888 401-374-1890 • Transformational hypnosis for lasting personal change. Smoking cessation. Weight loss. Stress. Pain. Relationships. Career issues.

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316

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.

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 9.

30 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 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 46.

reiki Sylvia Collins

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, RI 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.

Keri Layton, N.D.

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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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.


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 26.

therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works

18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick, RI 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!

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wellcare collaborative

2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100


It’s all about you. You deserve the beSt The journey begins. Enter a new plateau @ It’s Your Body’s Symphony. We offer: A variety of massage therapies including La Stone, Cupping, Thai, Ultimate pumpkin & back facials, Reflexology… We look forward to your arrival. See ad on page 47.

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 30.

Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 •

wellness center Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

459 Sandy Ln, 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.

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

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 5.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

145 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-808-0837 “Stress Buster” Massage, “Best of Boston”. Put your aches & pains into my hands - over 10,000+ massages since 1993. Therapeutic muscular therapy for chronic issues pain relief, range of motion issues, age related issues, athletic injury, pregnancy massage. Deep tissue, Swedish, BioDynamics, Reiki. Gift Certificates available. Call me for appointment.

Wonderful Body & Energy Work

190 Broad St, 3 West #1 Providence RI 401-580-9863

Offering bodywork to decrease pain, depression and stress while increasing overall joy, well-being and peace. We offer Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Chakra Balancing and Guided Meditation. All services include individualized attention to cater to your specific needs and health goals. Home visits available upon request.

yoga Chris Belanger

401-261-7242 Offering Kripalu Yoga, Laughter Yoga & Meditation, Yoga in the Park, Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Senior Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Classes are suitable for all levels. Explore your body, breath, mind and spirit with classes throughout Rhode Island. See ad on page 37.

yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

315 Main St • 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 35.

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