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ell you don’t get much more mid-summer than this do you? As we head into August it was just a month and a half ago that summer officially started and a month and a half from now, autumn will begin. It goes by faster and faster every year. Our garden is in full swing bringing us summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and more. Our editorial theme this month is healthy eating for the family and there is no better time for it. The garden fresh vegetables are so much better tasting than what you typically buy in the store. Gratitude. Mindfulness. Appreciation. We hear so much about them, but what do they really mean? In a perfect analogy for taking time to smell the roses, a few weeks ago I went blithely out my side door to look at the roses on my new rose bush. As my mind was preoccupied thinking about all I had to do I missed a step and ended up in a heap on the ground, with a twisted ankle and a loss of skin on the palm of my right hand. Talk about a call to slow down and smell the proverbial roses! From this nasty incident, I have had the opportunity to consider and experience all of these. I am grateful that it was not worse; if I had not instinctively put my hand out, it could have been my head. I am more mindful walking with my ankle and cautious with my hand; the pain reminds me to be. And now that I am on the mend, I can appreciate being able to go back to my morning walks, and wash the dishes without a bandage on my hand. But it can be challenging to recognize that things could have been worse, when we when we are in the moment. A couple of years ago I lost a dear friend and some of the sadness of that returned a few weeks ago when Bill lost a dear friend of his. It’s difficult to remember that the sadness you feel is all you. The person you lost is in a better place. Whether you believe in energy, reincarnation, God and heaven or even nothing at all, from your perspective that person has traveled to a place where they do not have the struggles of human frailty. What we get to do as we go on without them, is again be grateful for the time you spent with them, be mindful of your existing friends and family so you never need to have regret, and appreciate how they enriched your life. Thank you Meg and Paul, for the time you spent with us. Be happy and healthy my friends and enjoy your summer.

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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.



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60 Face Mind Body, a new skin care spa focused on health conscious skin care, has opened at 99 Frenchtown Road, in East Greenwich. Owner and esthetician Michelle Maynard’s top priority is to offer facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics, Saian Natural Clinical and TecNiche. In addition, 360 carries Jane Iredale mineral makeup, which has been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. All of the award-winning product lines have been formulated with sensitive skin types in mind and produce visible healing benefits to the skin while remaining simple and natural. Maynard is also certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics. The certification, earned through training facilitated by Touch For Cancer, prepares professional estheticians to provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals with healthchallenged skin. She has been trained in understanding how cancer and cancer treatments affect the body at the dermal and lymphatic level and is able to perform gentle, yet effective protocols using compatible skin care ingredients. For more information, call 401-886-1938 or visit See ad on page 7.

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r. Keri Layton, a naturopathic doctor, is hosting the Whole Family 5K at 10 a.m., September 23, in Goddard State Park. Team participation in the race is encouraged through discounted registration fee and team awards. New runners are encouraged to try for the prize awarded to the fastest male and female running their first 5K, or for the three “You Did It!” massage gift certificate awards that will be given to the last three registered runners to finish. “Exercise is the number one way to maintain and improve health,” says Layton. “This event creates a fun chance for the whole family to enjoy the beautiful 5K (3.1 mile) walk/run course at Goddard State Park while exploring wellness options in Rhode Island.” Prior to the race, participants can get their pre-race stretch on with Yoga on the Beach at Goddark Park, presented by All That Matters, of Wakefield. After the race, participants can stick around for the free Wellness Fun Day, featuring healthy food tastings, fun fitness activities and wellness demonstrations. The fun includes an acupuncture demonstration and drum circle led by the practitioners at Holistic Health Rhode Island; physical therapy questions answered by Bryan Silva, of All Coast Physical Therapy; the chance to learn more about optimizing body biomechanics from chiropractor, Dr. Kristin Kolesar, of Acta Chiropracta; and a delightful obstacle course by the Doulas of Rhode Island. Healthy food will abound, including a fruit table by Stop & Shop, gluten free food tastings by Healthy Haven, healthy lunch box options by Trader Joe’s and much more.

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lluminate Pawtucket and join Shri Studio at the Shri Summer Soiree, a fundraising event to celebrate the launch of Shri Service Corps, the studio’s nonprofit arm, from 7 to 11 p.m., August 25, at Slater Mill Green. The night will feature music, dancing and desserts all set against a backdrop of pre-purchased luminarias along the wall of the Blackstone River. The luminarias are $50 pre-ordered, and one luminaria provides one free yoga class in a school, shelter or community center funded by Shri Service Corps in the community. “The majority of the funding this time around will directly serve the Samuel Slater Middle School, so the more luminarias we sell, the more students we serve,� says owner and director, Alison Bologna. “Each class there consists of 25-28 students each, so participation of luminaria sales can contribute to hundreds of kids and their families getting free yoga programs.� Bologna says other Shri Service Corps programs are already in the works. In addition to Samuel Slater Middle School, Shri instructors have been teaching at the YWCA summer camp, and in September, clients from ARC of Blackstone Valley will be joining Shri Studio for free yoga classes in the morning. Shri Service Corps is a nonprofit organization committed to serving the community by providing high-quality yoga and wellness programs—including trainings, workshops and free classes—intended to improve the quality of life for people who otherwise may not have been afforded such opportunity.

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his fall, Raffa Yoga will offer its second Yoga Alliance recognized Yoga Teacher Training, offering participants the opportunity to become a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered (RYT 200) and recognized instructor in just six months. The training, an alternating weekend format, will begin September 14. An informational meeting about the program will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., August 28. Facilitators, Christine Raffa and Jane Viscolosi, have worked together for over eight years, teaching classes and leading workshops in the methods of Baptiste, Forrest, Vinyasa, hatha, adaptive and therapeutic yoga. Both are passionately committed to participants’ experience and growth. According to Raffa, recent graduates from the Spring 2012 RYTT class transitioned directly into work with their chosen populations, and they continue to pursue the personal development they started and the bonds they formed through the training. Participants in the program will not only receive the fundamentals of teaching—including sequencing, presence, assisting, alignment and demonstrating—but also enhance their personal practice and deepen their relationships with themselves and others. Cost: $2,595 with a $500 non-refundable deposit; payment plans available. Raffa Yoga is located at 19 Sharpe Dr., in Cranston. For more information, call 401-463-3335 or visit See ad on page 15.

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ealthy Haven, Rhode Island’s first and only all gluten-free specialty health food store, is marking its fifth anniversary with a -Free Gluten re special sales event from 10 a.m. to to 4 p.m., September 15, at its TiverFood S ton store. Healthy Haven is expecting at least 12 different specialty vendors to be in the store, giving customers a chance to sample everything from baked goods to gluten-free cosmetics. According to owner, Kathi Thiboutot, when Healthy Haven opened, it was the first 100 percent gluten-free store in New England and carried 450 different products. Now, the shelves are stocked with over 1,200 different products, with new items added every week. Although Healthy Haven caters to those with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy, its stock of natural foods and goods goes beyond the gluten-free. “We can accommodate customers with any kind of food allergy,” says Thiboutot. “We carry products that are egg free, dairy/casein free, soy free, yeast free, corn free and low carb and low sugar for diabetics. Some of our products are free of nuts and are manufactured in a nut-free facility.” Helping those with celiac is the heart of Healthy Haven’s mission. The store has many cookbooks and guides to help those with the disease, and Thiboutot schedules sessions (by appointment only) to help those that are newly diagnosed understand a gluten-free diet. In addition, when a customer has multiple food allergies, or has a child with autism, Thiboutot will guide the customer through the store to find products that are safe for their dietary restrictions.


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fter a competitive nationwide selection process, Sarah Schumann, a Providence-based commercial fisherwoman, and passionate grassroots environmentalist, recently received a TogetherGreen Fellowship award for her innovative methods of educating consumers about the effects of their seafood choices on specific, nearby ecosystems. TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, selects 40 high-potential local Sarah Schumann leaders annually to receive a $10,000 grant. With the funds, Fellows conduct community projects to engage diverse audiences in habitat, water, or energy conservation. In addition to receiving support launching their conservation initiatives, the Fellows also benefit from specialized training and the opportunity to become part of an exciting alumni network of conservation professionals. Schumann’s “Eating with the Ecosystem” project is a six-part dinner series at Providence restaurants presented as a “culinary tour” of a particular ecosystem (Southern New England, Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine, for example); each will include narration by a marine scientist and a commercial fisherman who will describe the ecological context behind each item on the plate. “TogetherGreen’s emphasis on reaching out to audiences under-represented in the conservation movement jibes perfectly with my life goal of bringing fishermen into the movement,” says Schumann. The TogetherGreen Fellowship Program invests in high-potential individuals from all backgrounds, providing them with resources, visibility and a growing peer network to help them lead communities nationwide to a healthier environmental future.


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ive Proper Health Chiropractic and Weight Loss, in Westerly, will celebrate its grand opening with an open house from 3 to 7 p.m., September 14. Guests can get to know owner, Dr. Luke Pinatello, a board certified doctor of chiropractic and a certified health coach, tour the offices and enjoy refreshments. Pinatello uses a whole person approach in his practice. This approach to wellness means looking for underlyDr. Luke Pinatello ing causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would optimize the conditions for normal function. Using this unique approach, he is able to help patients to accelerate and/or maintain their journey to good health. To celebrate the grand opening, Live Proper is offering a chiropractic consultation and complete exam for a $20 donation to Relay for Life. Location: 77 Franklin St., Westerly. For more information, call 401-315-2300 or visit See ad on page 11.

Parent-Child Classes at Meadowbrook Waldforf School


he Meadowbrook Waldorf School will resume its parent-child classes in September. The classes meet one day per week, for six-week sessions. The school’s parent-child program provides education and resources for parents and their young children ages 9 months to 3 years. In an inviting environment that echoes the rhythms and atmosphere of a Waldorf early childhood classroom, parents and children come together to explore the wonders of the first three years of life. Parents engage in home-like activities or make simple crafts while their children help them or play nearby. Children play with simple, natural toys and materials and are guided through the morning by the gentle rhythm of circle time, creative play, snack and story time. In addition, the classes offer parents an opportunity to discuss child development, parent issues and Waldorf education with staff members. Location: 300 Kingstown Rd., W. Kingston. For more information, call 401-4919570 x 228, email or visit See ad on page 16.

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iane D’Errico, owner of On Point Consulting, is now offering management workshops designed specifically for the workplace, with no charge for the initial consultation. Some individuals are aware of the mind-body connection. They may practice yoga and meditation to bring balance into their lives, and may partake of healing teas and healthy foods, and yet most spend much of their day in the workplace where others may not share their philosophy. “How do we achieve balance in our work?” asks D’Errico. “Balance becomes more of a challenge when several people are involved. Think about your workplace. Are you a leader or do you need nurturing support in achieving the mission? Are you motivating your team while honoring differences or does balance seem elusive?” As a seasoned leadership coach, D’Errico is an objective educator supporting positive leadership skills. She believes that there must be an equal balance of power between the coach and client.

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newsbriefs Power Yoga Plus Adds New Classes


ower Yoga Plus, a yoga studio that typically performs yoga in a heated environment, has added a gentle yoga class without heat at 5:45 p.m., Thursdays; rise and shine yoga at 6:30 a.m., Wednesdays; and a power yoga basics class at 5:45 p.m., Tuesdays. All levels of yogis are welcome, as the staff at Power Yoga Plus always instruct modifications. Owner, Rhonda Parente, has been in fitness for over 25 years. She says there is a place for everyone in yoga. “It’s all about keeping reasonable expectations and moving at your own pace without judgement,” she states. “Oftentimes people feel they need to know what they are doing before they come in, but that’s why we are here. We all have to start at the beginning.” In addition to yoga classes, Power Yoga Plus offers fitness classes, spin and private and semi-private training through yoga, weight and functional training by appointment only. Location: 592 Putnam Pike, Greenville. For more information call 401-949-0755 or visit See ad on page 34.

American Viniyoga Institute Teacher Training at Breathing Time


reathing Time Yoga is hosting an American Viniyoga Institute (AVI) teacher training program beginning in January. Taught by AVI teacher and yoga therapist, Karen Lee, the 200-hour Viniyoga Wellness Instructor Program meets Yoga Alliance’s Registered Yoga School 200-hour registration requirements for yoga teachers. Participants will deepen their personal practices and learn to inspire others in the time-honored and authentic tradition of viniyoga as transmitted by Gary Kraftsow and the senior teachers of the American Viniyoga Institute. This comprehensive program includes instruction on the principles of breath and movement, biomechanics of asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation. Training sessions will be offered on the weekends over several months.

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Cost: $3,500 or $3,300 one month in advance. Breathing Time Yoga is located at 551 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-421-9876 or visit See ad on page 35.

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Mad Hatter (Iced) Tea Party Promises Mad Fun

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riends of Ballard Park will host the third annual Mad Hatter (Iced) Tea Party from 4 to 6 p.m., August 6, in Newport’s Ballard Park. The event will feature a hat making table, croquet, sweets, tea sandwiches, a variety of iced teas, a silent auction and an Alice in Wonderland-themed scavenger hunt. The family-oriented event encourages children to safely explore nature as the scavenger hunt is set up along the trails in the nature preserve. Children will be delighted to meet characters from Alice in Wonderland throughout the trails and can partake in a tea party in the quarry meadow. The Mad Hatter (Iced) Tea Party is the only event held in Ballard Park that uses the entire 13 acres of land. Proceeds from party will benefit familyfriendly events and children’s programs in Ballard Park. Event sponsors include: NewportFed, T.J. Brown, Inc., McGrath Clambakes, Inc. and The Newport Sweet Shoppe. Cost: Adults, $20; children, $10. Tickets should be purchased by August 1. Ballard Park is located directly across from Rogers High School on Wickham Road, in Newport. For an invitation, email, or mail a check payable to Friends of Ballard Park, 226 Bellevue Avenue #10, Newport, RI 02840. For more information, call 401-619-3377 or visit

Pazos Offering New Liquid Supplement


r. Manual Camafeita Pazos of Nutri-Center, a doctor of pastoral medicine, certified holistic health practitioner and nutrition consultant, is now offering Daily Multiple Plus, a liquid supplement that contains a blend of super concentrated sea vegetables. “Our unique processing system compresses the sea vegetables in order to concentrate them into supplement levels,” explains Pazos. “The sea vegetables are then blended with aloe vera juice, honey, fruit juice and other natural nutrients like vitamin C. The result is one of the most powerful nutritional supplements on the market today.” Pazos offers a holistic approach to health care with natural therapies, weight control, integrative nutrition, stress management, pH balance, homeopathy, herbal and natural medicine and nutritional and diet counseling, as well as comprehensive naturopathic medicine for the entire family. Location: 754 Branch Ave., Ste. 203, Second Floor, Providence. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-743-1930. See ad on page 17.


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newsbriefs Open Sky Offers Unique Outdoor Showers


utdoor showering is the ultimate solution to keeping sand, chlorine or salt from being tracked in the home from beach or pool. For those that stay active by gardening or participating in sports, it is equally invigorating and refreshing to take an outdoor shower. Open Sky Showers, in Warwick, offers outdoor showers made from renewable timber resources and recycled material whenever possible. Open Sky offers a variety of options, including single or double room constructions that are customized with features such as benches and cubbyholes for storage. The showers are available in cedar, mahogany or maintenance-free vinyl, and can become a mini backyard retreat. Freestanding showers are also available, and can be placed on the patio, poolside or in a private garden retreat. Open Sky Showers is located at 82 Chapmans Ave., Warwick. For more information, call 401-588-4202 or visit See ad on page 44.

Soul Wisdom Healing Opens


olistic wellness practitioners, Cris McCullough and Kerri Maroney, have teamed up to offer integrative services for body, mind and soul at Soul Wisdom Healing Arts, located at 675 Ten Rod Road, in North Kingston. McCullough offers customized transformational tarot, spiritual astrology, numerology and integrative holistic counseling. Reiki, crystal healing, mindfulness training, BodyTalk, shamanic journeywork are also offered and customized to fit individual needs. Maroney, a licensed massage therapist, provides therapeutic/ relaxation massage, Thai yoga, holistic fitness and nutrition and journey dance classes. Combined sessions of journeywork, energy and crystal Healing and bodywork will also be offered to deepen one’s experience. The business owners plan to offer classes in Reiki, labyrinth, shamanic journeywork, Tarot 2012 and more. To schedule an appointment, call Cris McCullough at 401-662-6642 or Kerri Maroney at 401-269-8788. For information, visit

Massage Health & Healing Energies Opens Second Location


assage Health & Healing Energies, LLC is now offering massage therapy at the New Hope Family Chiropractic office, located at 9 Forbes Street, in Riverside, from 2 to 6 p.m., Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, by appointment only. The practice centers on therapeutic massage that can help individuals and their bodies heal from the stress and strain of today’s lifestyle—whether individuals are experiencing chronic pain, joint stiffness or just stressed out. Their signature massage incorporates relaxation, specific techniques for problem areas, plus energy work to maintain and rebalance the energetic pathways that build and repair the body. This combination optimizes the health and healing ability of the body. For more information, call 401-437-1652, email or visit See ad on page 10.


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Toys for Tots to Benefit from Chiropractic Visit


ive Proper Chiropractic is hosting a patient appreciation week to benefit Toys for Tots. From August 11 to 17, new patients can receive an initial chiropractic visit, which includes a health history and consultation as well as an orthopedic and neurological exam, for a donation of $20 to Toys for Tots. “Our patients truly make what we do worth doing every day,” says Dr. Luke Pinatello, owner of Live Proper Chiropractic. “Their friendship means so much to us and we appreciate their trust in us. This is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation.” The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Live Proper Chiropractic is located at 77 Franklin St., Westerly. For more information, call 401-315-2300 or visit See ad on page 11.

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Nevaeh’s Design Adds New Location


evaeh’s Design has added a new location. Owner, Susan Gionfrido, is joining forces with Dr. Hannah Redd, an acupuncturist, at 140 Point Judith Road, Suite 33C, in Narragansett. Gionfrido will offer Reiki, angel reading, crystal therapy, spiritual counseling and Reiki infused jewelry. Susan Gionfrido is an ordained minister, Reiki Master, certified angel practitioner, crystal therapist spiritual counselor and a holistic jewelry designer. All of her trademarked jewelry pieces are handcrafted using semi-precious stones, fresh water pearls with sterling silver and goldfilled findings (due to the gold prices). Custom jewelry can be made with 14K gold. Accompanying each piece is literature explaining the stones and how they can heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. To schedule an appointment, call 401-639-2910. For more information, visit See ad on page 12.

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hat do white tea, witch hazel and rose extract— long used as natural aids for preserving youth and well-being—have in common? They all possess potential health and beauty properties that could be simply too good to ignore, say scientists from London’s Kingston University. The researchers, working in collaboration with British beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies, tested 21 plant extracts and discovered that their naturally occurring substances may offer new treatments to block the progression of inflammation. The findings are promising as potential treatments for aging skin, as well as more serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, neurodegenerative conditions and cardiovascular and pulmonary problems. Using human cells as their model, the researchers applied three different concentrations of white tea (freeze-dried powder), witch hazel (dried herb) and rose extract (in a medicinal tincture) to see what effect the mixtures might have on suppressing the rogue enzymes and oxidants that play key roles in cellular inflammation and aging. All three remedies were remarkably effective in keeping inflammation in check. Whenever inflammation starts—whether as a simple cut to a finger, exposure to the sun, chemicals or pollutants, or irritation due to an arthritic joint—the body begins to produce a protein compound called interleukin 8 that exacerbates the process. The three substances tested appear to successfully interfere with this. White tea displayed the most marked results.

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ew research is turning up another natural remedy to mend what ails us. Native to both North America and Europe and historically appreciated by Hippocrates as “nature’s medicine chest,” elderberries are especially rich in antioxidants, putting them near the top of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) list. Both the flowers and fruit are used to make tea, juice, wine, preserves and nutraceutical products to treat a variety of ills. International herbalist James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, recognizes the elderberry’s age-old reputation as a remedy for viral infections and for treating cough, flu and tonsillitis. It’s even being studied for its activity against HIV and for regulating blood sugar. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia are examining its potential for preventing strokes and prostate cancer, reducing inflammation and boosting resistance to infectious diseases. They’re set to host the first International Symposium on the Elderberry, from June 9 to 14, 2013. Terry Durham, a farmer and conservationist in Ashland, Missouri, describes elderberries—which are typically harvested in late August through early September—as “the superfruit in our own backyard.”


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hen it comes to improving bone health in postmenopausal women—and people of all ages, for that matter—eating dried plums is a simple, proactive solution to help prevent fractures and osteoporosis, reports a Florida State University researcher. “During my career, I have tested numerous fruits, including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins, and none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density that dried plums, or prunes, have,” says Bahram H. Arjmandi, The Florida State University’s Margaret A. Sitton Professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences. Arjmandi and his colleagues tested two groups of postmenopausal women over a 12-month period. The first group of 55 women consumed 100 grams of dried plums (about 10 prunes) each day, while the second, control group of 45 women ate 100 grams of dried apples. All participants also received daily doses of calcium (500 milligrams) and vitamin D (400 international units). The group that consumed dried plums had significantly higher bone mineral density in the ulna (one of two long bones in the forearm) and spine, compared with the group that ate dried apples. According to Arjmandi, this was due in part to the ability of dried plums to suppress the rate of bone resorption, or breakdown, which tends to exceed the rate of new bone growth as people age.






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The skin is our largest and most sensitive organ. It’s considered the mirror of our inner health and wellness because it clearly reflects our state of wellbeing. It’s no surprise then that our daily living and eating habits can influence the health and condition of our skin.


et’s face it: aging is inevitable. But, we can prevent the signs of aging by making the right choices for our skin—both internally and externally. For example, improper nutrition, lack of sleep and using ineffective, chemical-based skincare products can wreak havoc on our skin, thereby creating premature signs of aging. On the other hand, healthy living habits, good nutrition and the right skin care products can create healthy, vibrant skin—and contribute to overall well-being. Putting our best face forward starts with food. Unless our skin is getting the nutrients from food that it needs, it just won’t look its best. A basic understanding of our diet and influence of certain foods on the skin is crucial. Some skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, have been linked to improper digestion. Certain foods and beverages—like alcohol, vinegar, caffeine and spicy, greasy or refined foods—can cause indigestion because they are irritating to the digestive tract. The other factor of skin changes and rapid aging process is glycation, the chemical reaction that happens in the body when we eat simple sugars and starches. Glycation makes us look older faster, makes the skin look dull, accelerates aging, yellowing and stiffness of the skin and decreases circulation. Although glycation cannot be stopped completely, it can be reduced considerably by making changes in lifestyle and diet—reducing obvious sugary choices as well as starchy foods that are high in sugar (potatoes, rice, pasta and all grains, including bread). To effectively fight premature aging and achieve a healthy skin complexion, eat a more anti-inflammatory diet, eat more fresh fish, pass on the refined sugars and increase your omega-3s. Then, combine this approach with effective, chemical-free, topical products that are made fresh and that made fresh—just like good food—and sold and used within a short time frame.

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INVESTING IN MAIN STREET Cities, Schools and Churches Move their Money to Local Economies by Rebecca Leisher


ince the big corporate banks contributed to crashing the economy in 2008, news sources report that they’ve been rewarded with bailouts, tax breaks and executive bonuses, while American workers have lost jobs and homes. There is little wonder that many Americans—and now, institutions and local governments—have been closing their accounts at these corporate banks and transferring the money to community banks and credit unions. The intent is to send a strong message about responsibility to government and Wall Street, while supporting institutions that genuinely stimulate local economies. The first Bank Transfer Day, last November, was publicized over five weeks, largely through social networks. During that period, credit unions received an estimated $4.5 billion in new deposits transferred from banks, according to the Credit Union National Association. Citizens are calling for financial institutions to be accountable, encouraged by the popularity of the Move Your


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Money campaign. Schools, churches and local governments across the country have been transferring large sums, or at least considering doing so, in order to invest in local economies instead of Wall Street. Last year, the city of San Jose, California, moved nearly $1 billion from the Bank of America because of the bank’s high record of home foreclosures. City council members linked foreclosures to lost tax revenue, reduced services and layoffs, and urged other U.S. cities to follow their example. The Seattle, Washington, city council responded to the Occupy Wall Street movement by unanimously passing a resolution to review its banking and investment practices, “…to ensure that public funds are invested in responsible financial institutions that support our community.” Officials in Los Angeles, New York City and Portland, Oregon, are discussing proposals that address how and where city funds are invested. Massachusetts launched the Small Business Banking Partnership initiative last year to leverage small business loans, and has already deposited $106 million in state reserve funds into community banks. Student activists and the Responsible Endowments Coalition are urging colleges and universities—some of which have assets comparable to those of a town or city—to move at least a portion of their endowments from Wall Street. The Peralta Community College District, in California, with an annual budget of $140 million, has done just that. The district’s board of trustees voted unanimously last November to move its assets into community banks and credit unions. Churches and faith organizations are moving their money, too. Congregations in the California interfaith coalition LA Voice vowed to divest $2 million from Wells Fargo and the Bank of America, ending a 200-year relationship with the big banks. The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in East San Jose, pulled $3 million out of the Bank of America and reinvested the funds into Micro Branch, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, designed to assist underserved communities. Moving money to where banking practices and investments are transparent is the most effective action. Oregon Banks Local represents small businesses, family farms and community banks. It offers a website tool that ranks local banks and credit unions on such criteria as where they are headquartered, jobs created and the extent of local investment, showing which financial institutions truly serve local communities. “People from all walks of life are angry at the banks,” says Ilana Berger, co-director of The New Bottom Line, a national campaign that promotes moving money from Wall Street. But the broad appeal of this grassroots movement toward financial reform is based on more than anger or strategy. “It’s a way to move our money to follow our values,” says Berger. “It’s an opportunity to really protest against the banks, but also a way to show what we want them to be.” Freelance writer Rebecca Leisher originated this article as part of “9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule,” for the Spring 2012 issue of YES! magazine.

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Swap and Shop for Charity party is defined as a clothing swap or sale among friends to benefit a charity, but it’s also much more than that. It is a fun and eco-friendly way to reduce, reuse and recycle while updating your family’s wardrobe; a great way to get organized and clean out those closets; an opportunity to get a stylish bargain and help a charity; and finally, an excuse for a fabulous girls’ night out. It is the way savvy women unite in

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or most parents, back-to-school season also signals the start of cold season, which for some kids, can stretch out for months. Kids’ immune systems, like their brains, need to be educated and strengthened, which might explain why young children are likely to experience two or three colds a year, says Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a holistic pediatrician practicing in New Jersey and chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Comple-

mentary and Integrative Medicine. Here are some great strategies to keep kids healthy and bolster their immune systems throughout the year. Manage stress: Stress is probably the biggest challenge to a child’s immune system, says Rosen. “Stress plays a big role in immune health. It literally impacts us on the cellular level. Studies repeatedly show that kids get sick more frequently when they are stressed out.” “Give your kids some down time,”

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Rosen advises. “Don’t schedule every minute of their time. If you are a compulsive scheduler, then schedule quiet time.” Sleep is a vital component of immune system health, he points out. “Most children need at least eight hours of sleep a day and teenagers may need as much as 10 hours.” Eat right: Eliminating sugar completely from a child’s diet is a huge step toward better health and building a strong immune system, says holistic Pediatrician Debby Hamilton, of Boulder, Colorado. In California, a Loma Linda University study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating or drinking eight tablespoons of sugar (about the amount in two, 12-ounce soft drinks) can: n Reduce the ability of white blood cells to fight off infection by 40 percent. n Lower immune function for up to five hours. n Block absorption of vitamin C, which plays a vital role in immune function.

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n Make cells more permeable to the influx of bacteria and viruses. Tracee Yablon-Brenner, a registered dietitian, holistic health counselor and co-founder of, offers a few tips to get kids enthusiastic about healthy eating: n Ask kids to help prepare the food and set the table, with tasks appro priate to their ages. n Cut vegetables in small pieces and “hide” them in favorite foods; for example, add zucchini and broccoli to spaghetti sauce. n Grow a garden (even a container garden) and engage children in the fun of growing food. n Take them to a farmers’ market to help pick out meal ingredients. Any food high in vitamin C is great for strengthening immune systems and improving overall health. Sources include citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and all dark, green, leafy vegetables, especially kale. Yablon-Brenner thinks that juice is too high in sugar (even natural sugars) and instead favors fiber-rich whole fruits. She encourages eating lots of wild-caught fish (avoiding farmed fish, which can be contaminated with mercury and other toxic substances) and plenty of foods rich in vitamin E and zinc, such as pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Probiotics are also important for keeping the immune system strong. For some kids, eating all-natural yogurt is enough, but for others, probiotic supplements may be necessary.



“I’m really passionate about educating and teaching families about the benefits of eating real food and helping them recognize that food is really the best medicine,” says Yablon-Brenner. Exercise: Daily exercise is a key component of any health regimen. “Sometimes, I literally write a prescription for family exercise,” says Rosen. Outdoor exercise is beneficial because it also exposes children to the sun, helping them to manufacture the vitamin D that is essential for a strong immune system. Other highly recommended exercise programs include yoga for stress reduction, which can be adapted even for small children. Supplements: Rosen and Hamilton both favor select supplements for children, especially during cold and flu season. Rosen recommends a whole-food multivitamin for kids every day, as well as vitamin D supplements, as follows: 400 IU daily for babies, 1,000 IU for young children, 2,000 IU for tweens and 4,000 IU for teens and adults. A blood test may check levels of vitamin D. Hamilton adds 15 milligrams of zinc daily and likes targeted herbal preparations for preventing and treating colds. Sanitation: The experts’ advice here may be surprising: They all recommend letting kids get a little dirty. “Kids are a little too sterile,” says Hamilton. “We used to play in the dirt, get dirt under our nails and expose our immune systems to bacteria that made them stronger. Our focus on antibacterial products today has actually led to the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.” As a postscript, she recommends avoiding hand sanitizers; not only are

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The sit-down meal is an endangered family function, thanks to hectic schedules, time spent with TV, video games, the Internet and other electronic devices, as well as the perceived uncool factor of noshing with the folks. Yet studies show that family meals foster communication and usually lead to higher intakes of calcium- and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, plus lower amounts of unhealthy fats, sugar and sodium, says Keith-Thomas Ayoob, Ed.D., a registered dietitian and associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York. A supporting study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association confirmed that tykes that took in fewer family meals (and watched more TV) were more likely to be overweight. University of Minnesota researchers found that adolescent girls that ate often with their family were less prone to use cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. Try this: Commit to a sit-down meal most days of the week, suggests Registered Dietitian Brenda J. Ponichtera, author of Quick and Healthy Recipes and Ideas. Don’t overlook breakfast as potential family time as well, counsels Ayoob. “Kids that eat a well-balanced breakfast do better in school, have improved vitamin and mineral intake and are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight.”

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Today’s average American household obtains more than 20 percent of its daily calories from beverages; on average, soft drinks alone account for 8 percent of adolescents’ calorie intake. The rise in beverage consumption has mirrored the country’s slide toward rounder body shapes. “Satiety is less when you drink calories versus eating the same calories in foods, because drinks empty from the stomach quicker,” advises Phillips. “The extra calories from liquids can easily exceed what the body can use.” The worst culprits are “liquid candy” such as soda and energy, sport and sweetened fruit drinks. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard researchers

confirmed that a greater intake of these beverages leads to weight gain in adults and children. “Plus, most sweetened drinks don’t have much nutritional value,” says Ayoob. Although they contain important vitamins, even fruit juices, such as orange, cranberry and apple, still pack a lot of concentrated sugars. Try this: Phillips recommends limiting empty-calorie sweetened beverages and replacing them with unsweetened choices like low-fat milk, homemade iced tea and filtered water jazzed up with lemon or lime. Keep daily intake of fruit juice between four to eight ounces, and focus on eating whole fruits, instead. “You can also freeze natural fruit juice in ice-cube trays,” says Phillips. “Pop these into [a glass of] water for a hint of sweet flavor.” Send children to school or camp with a reusable, BPA-free water container (stainless steel works well) so they get in the aquadrinking habit. Also consider stocking the fridge with refreshing, potassiumrich coconut water.

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Never before has such a variety of foods been more readily available. Still, too many families fall into the trap of preparing the same familiar eats—like spaghetti, chicken, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread— week in and week out. When children are repeatedly presented with the same foods, they don’t learn to appreciate new flavors and textures, which reinforces a picky palate and a fear of unfamiliar dishes, says Ayoob. From a body weight standpoint, an article published in Science suggests that when the brain isn’t gratified by food—which can happen when the family eats roast chicken for the fourth time

in the same week—people are more likely to make midnight kitchen raids and add to their total calorie intake. Try this: Once a week, have a newfood-of-the-week meal, featuring healthy ingredients such as quinoa, lean bison or kale, paired with family favorites, to encourage branching out. “Don’t throw in the towel if your child emphatically refuses it at the start. Research shows that it can take 10 or more times before a new food is accepted by a finicky eater,” advises Phillips, a mother of two. She also suggests letting kids loose in the produce department to pick a new fresh item they are curious about, and then involving them in its preparation, so they are more likely to try it. “Or, substitute a familiar food, like apples, with pears,” Ayoob recommends.

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With so much unhealthy snack food marketed toward kids, it’s easy for youngsters to graze their way to a bigger waistline. Findings shared by Italian university researchers in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition specifically link savory, energy-dense snack foods with childhood obesity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the percentage of American children eating three regular meals a day has decreased over the past 25 years, while consumption of high-calorie, snacktype foods has gone up. “Unhealthy snacking can have an impact on academic performance, energy levels and weight,” Ayoob remarks. Try this: Don’t push the panic button if a child looks a little heavy while he or she is still growing, but it never hurts to give the household pantry and fridge an overhaul.

First, get rid of nutrient-devoid chips, cookies and soda. “Replace them with healthier, portable fuel like nuts, baby carrots, low-fat string cheese and cottage cheese, yogurt and dried fruit,” suggests Ayoob. This does away with the good-versus-bad food battle on the home front. Ponichtera likes keeping a bowl of varicolored seasonal fruit on the counter for when kids return home ravenous. She also recommends offering sliced veggies and fruit with tasty and nutritious yogurt, guacamole or hummus dip, or making after-school smoothies, using frozen fruit, healthy, low-fat milk and yogurt. Because watching TV—including commercials extolling unhealthy foods—provides prime opportunities for mindless snacking (various studies link excess TV time with elevated body fat), consider pulling the plug after an hour. If snacking must be done in front of the tube, Ponichtera likes natural, unbuttered popcorn, deeming it excellent because it’s whole-grain, low in calories and high in filling fiber.

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The desire for something quick may be why half of total U.S. food expenditures today go to meals prepared outside the home. Studies suggest that the more we purchase fast food, the greater our girth. “This should come as no surprise, because what is often ordered is mostly out-of-control portions, higher in calories, fat, sugar and salt, than what would be served at home,” says Ayoob. Even shunning the all-too-familiar drive-through for a smarter option could pack on pounds. Researchers reported in the Journal of Consumer Research that an individual is likely to underestimate the calories in a meal marketed

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y the end of the day, I could hardly walk. My feet would be screaming,” relates Lynn Deen, 66, of Mio, Michigan, describing dealing with Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis in both heels. “I struggled with it for four years. I tried everything, from conventional treatments to complementary therapies. Nothing touched it.” Then Deen listened to an online interview about earthing, a therapy that involves connecting with the Earth’s electrical field, either through skinto-ground contact (barefoot strolls) or by using home grounding products available online. Motivated by a yearning to maintain her active lifestyle, she decided to try it. Three months later, she attested, “My heels were completely normal.” And because she opted to use a special earthing bedsheet, Deen says

her husband benefited, too. “We have better sleep, less snoring and a better sense of well-being,” she reports. Theoretically, because the waterabundant human body is a good electrical conductor, such grounding allows negatively charged free electrons, which are rife on the Earth’s surface, to enter the body and scour it for free radicals: those positively charged particles that may cause disease and inflammation. “Most of the diseases today are related to chronic inflammation,” says Dr. Martin Gallagher, a physician and chiropractor who heads Medical Wellness Associates, a large integrative medicine clinic in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. “That inflammation is considered to be the buildup of positive electrons. The Earth’s free electrons neutralize these chemical buzz bombs, called free

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When we begin to incorporate the practice of Zazen in our lives, we train to become warriors able to overcome defeat using the weapon of body, mind and soul.


he power that we draw on is found not just within ourselves, but also comes from our connection to our community and the world at large. This is not an esoteric ideal that has no practical application off the meditation cushion. The defeats we face are very real and exist in every aspect of our lives. These defeats exist as three forms of resistance to change that we develop as adults that make commitment and follow through difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. It’s why keeping a resolution is hard, and why we seem to reach a plateau in our ability to learn. These forms of resistance are called the three defeats, or the three forms of laziness. The first is the laziness of beauty. We fall into a trap of having an ideal of how things should be or look in order for us to be willing to put the effort into practicing or engaging with them. We judge people by their appearance, their age, their accent, income, education and past. We judge spiritual practices by whether or not they meet our fantasy or experience of what we think they should look like. We put off engaging in exercise because we don’t have the right clothes or equipment and we put off starting our own business because we cannot afford to do it the way we want to do it. None of that is real; they are all excuses not to commit and put in effort. Therefore, not only are we not effective in keeping our promises to our self and others, but we become paralyzed and do nothing, except perhaps, complain. The second form of laziness is that of losing heart. Most people have expe-


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rienced this as a kind of procrastination or sensation of being frozen. Maybe it is sitting at a computer, knowing we have to do something, yet being incapable of focusing. Once we do get started, it may seem to take forever. Or, some just never seem to be able to get started at all or wait until the last minute. We spend our time talking about all the changes we want to make or the new habits we want to acquire and nothing ever happens. Somehow, we have lost heart and then this kind of heartless existence has become both okay and a habit. We have given up our will and ability to control our life and instead, we lie still as life passes us by. The last form of laziness is that of comfort. If something is not convenient for us we will not make the effort to do it. If the day is too hot or too cold, we will not do what we planned to do. If the food is not tasty enough, the parking not plentiful enough, the distance not short enough, if it is too late or too early for how we are used to living our lives or the people who tend to be there are not the “kind of people that we like and get along with,” we let go of all our intentions of bringing change into our lives. When we live our lives by fantasy, our realities become full of pain and conflict and suffering. It seems like every time we try to do something, there is something in our way. That something is ourselves.

There are very few obstacles in life that we have no way around. The Sufi poet, Rumi, put it best when he said, “In 28 days a robin can bring life from an egg, imagine what you could do in the same time if you loved as much?” The idea of 28 days being the time period needed to bring change in one’s life is one that has not only existed in nearly every tradition of religion, ethics and philosophy but has now been recognized by the medical and psychological arts as a verifiable length of time needed for a pattern to take hold. Meditation has been proven to reduce stress, improve mental, emotional and physical health, increase focus and clarity of thinking, improve self-discipline, self-esteem and more. To bring change, it is best to start from this solid foundation. With increased awareness, confidence, calmness and self-discipline, we can accomplish anything. Choosing to enter into a commitment to do 28 days of zazen, or Zen meditation, will provide individuals with the means to begin to overcome laziness and defeat in one’s life. The Zen Studies Program has a daily morning schedule because it is essential to sit at the same time during the 28-day period. Morning practice

allows us to enter the day with strength. We are building reliability, discipline and the willingness to commit without having to have control. The practice of zazen involves much more than sitting quietly. It takes a great deal of study and discipline to get to the place where we can sit without words and be in silence. We begin with developing the habit and discipline of sitting in silence and sitting still, then develop the habit of showing up. A teacher can act as a steward of one’s practice and provide individuals with the training to bring depth and meaning to the sitting. Even without a teacher, we can begin to build the practice and become ready to be taught. Patience is the essence of zazen. Patience is a discipline of action. When one is patient, one does not wait passively. One takes action to prepare for opportunity. Patience may be the most strenuous and tiring of all the ethical disciplines to practice, but it is necessary to realizing life. It is often easier to commit to 28 consecutive mornings of zazen practice in community. There are no teachings or lectures; it is a shared moment at the start of the day in the company of others who are seeking to free themselves from their resistance and habits of not living the life they want to live. It can be done alone, but it will be much harder. Having the support of a community that shares the same type of commitment and is willingly putting in effort will help individuals to succeed in meeting this goal. On the 29th day, what participants will have learned about who they are and what they are really capable of accomplishing will be greater and more satisfying than any fantasy they have now of what life can be like. The practice of zazen is an invaluable part of excelling in any art; whether that art be martial, creative, healing or just the art of living. It is simple and complex; challenging and easy; exciting and sometimes boring. It is nothing more, nor less, than a true reflection of life itself. Cassandra Tribe is the Master of the Zen Studies Program at Main Street Martial Arts, in Providence. For more information, visit or

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SOCCER’S A KICK FOR FAMILY FITNESS Summer Olympics Highlights the Excitement by Randy Kambic

In many other countries, soccer is known as football, or even “the beautiful game,” because the grace and style of play is often considered as important as the final score. While less popular than other professional sports in this country, soccer’s suitability and benefits for today’s children have spawned its own American subculture.


ith the 2012 Summer Olympic Games underway from July 27 through August 12, in London, many soccer moms and dads will be watching live or recorded matches with their children gathered around the TV. Among the 28 national male and female teams competing internationally, the U.S. women’s team brings special excitement as the defending Olympic champions in their division. Their shared enthusiasm is sure to inspire some family soccer ball kick-around action in the yard or a local park. Soccer is an ideal physical outlet for boys and girls because it’s considerably less violent than football; provides

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a great cardio workout; builds thought processes in employing strategies; instills teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship; and can facilitate meeting youngsters of various backgrounds. It also provides an easy and enjoyable way for parents to get some exercise while bonding with their children. US Youth Soccer, as part of the U.S. Soccer Federation, the national governing body, involves 3 million-plus youngsters ages 5 through 19 in soccer leagues, camps and local programs annually. Its yearly Youth Soccer Month, in September, will feature many community events, tips and discussions. Susan Boyd, of Mequon, Wisconsin, spent 15 years taking two of her sons to and from practices and matches from junior games all the way through high

school teams. “Every time they play is a highlight for me,” she says. “Win, lose or draw, they have such a passion for the game. You all get caught up in the power of the play and the magic of the moment.” A part-time writing instructor at Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Boyd has been posting weekly parental advice blogs on USYouthSoccer. org for four years. One suggests that if field conditions are damp, parents should bring gallon-size baggies to protect the car’s floor from the mud of soccer shoes, plus a change of clothes for the players. In another, she asks parents “not to be snooty or pompous” if their child’s team is better than the opposition and to “have more patience with referees that don’t meet your standard of perfection in calls.” Because soccer calls for nearconstant movement—running with or toward the ball or walking into a better position on the field—it’s an effective antidote to childhood obesity. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition ( suggests that children get one hour or more a day in either moderate or vigorous aerobic physical activity. For adults, the recommendation is at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. Playing or practicing soccer skills definitely meets the criteria. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics Association (HealthyChildren. org) cited soccer as a way for children to be physically active while they learn teamwork and sportsmanship. It also noted that the most common player injuries are minor sprains and strains, followed by bruises. Boyd advises, “Most of these require rest, ice, compression and elevation for the injured area, and a week away from the sport. Don’t rush children back onto the field; think long-term.” Current and longtime U.S. national Olympic team member Christie Rampone, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, notes that because soccer doesn’t involve the hands, “Youngsters get used to using other, different muscle groups, allowing for optimal strength and coordination.” She suggests that parents have children also note some non-action elements of the sport, such as the communication occurring on the soccer field. Even when people in the stands

The number of youth soccer players in the United States has doubled since 1990, to more than 4 million players.

are loudly shouting encouragement, players are talking with each other and using body language to enhance their team play. “Point out to kids the positive emotions and energy expressed when things don’t go well. Even though the game can be frustrating at times, learn from how the players stay poised and focused throughout the match.” For more information, also visit and Randy Kambic, who played soccer in school, is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and a copyeditor for Natural Awakenings.

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SOCCER AS A FAMILY AFFAIR Here are some ways small groups of two or more soccer neophytes can join in the fun. n Start by using the sides of the feet at a 90-degree angle to the path of the ball

and tap it back and forth. n Soon, start using more of the instep in kicking the ball to lift it into the air a little.

Also, when “trapping” (controlling) the ball, pull a foot or leg back slightly upon contact, so that it settles closer. n With three people, arrange everyone in a triangle. Later, slightly changing posi-

tions can further improve ball passing and controlling abilities. n Play “keep away,” with a third person in-between the other two. n Eventually, start juggling—keeping the ball aloft and glancing off the feet, thighs,

chest and head (no hands)—thus expanding basic skills and providing a progressive number of hits without drops for each player to keep trying to surpass.

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Animal companions provide entertainment, comfort and unconditional acceptance and become part of the family. When major changes affect the lives of owners, they also affect pets. What happens to them when family dynamics shift?


hen Kaitlin Crocker arrived in North Grafton, Massachusetts, at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, she met up with another new arrival, a 3-year-old beagle named Daisy. Usually such dogs are acquired from research facilities so that students can perform physical health exams and work to socialize them. Crocker notes, “Daisy might never have been outside before; she was afraid of the door, the steps and big dogs. I was glad to see that once her nose took over, she decided a walk was kind of fun.” Tufts dogs are typically available for adoption afterward, and Daisy moved in with Crocker’s parents, until Crocker finished school. “Daisy got along well with our family dog, Hawk. She adjusted to home life, especially after we added lights in the back yard, because she was afraid of the dark,” recalls her mother.

After graduation, the newly minted veterinarian married and found a house with a nice yard for Daisy. The dog’s only apparent problem so far has been with a hissing feline called Gracie, whom Daisy has decided to ignore. Daisy’s next adjustment will be the arrival of a human baby; one of Crocker’s girlfriends is aiding the preparation by bringing her baby to visit, so Daisy can learn about bottles, diapers and crying infants. After Jessica Albon’s apartment building was sold, she and her Labrador retriever, Izzy, relocated to a 300-square-foot apartment on her parent’s property, with shared kitchen facilities. “It caused some friction,” admits this Winston-Salem website designer and owner of Thrive Your Tribe. “Two-year-old Izzy was full of energy, and our ideas of training differed.” Albon couldn’t find an apartment willing to

take a large pet, so her answer was to buy a house. Business travel from New York also takes Steven Rice, a vice president at public relations firm Harrison & Shriftman, away from his rescue dog, Samantha. Then, “My parents get the fun of having a dog around without the fulltime commitment,” says Rice, “while Samantha enjoys the change from a city apartment to a large backyard.” The dog has favorite toys, her regular food and her own bed nearby, so she feels right at home. In the case of divorce, courts routinely treat pets as property, rather than family, although attitudes are changing as judges recognize the emotional attachment of both parties. Attorneys

encourage couples to decide where the pet will live. “During our divorce, the issue of who would get custody of our beagle almost took us by surprise,” says David Bakke, the Atlanta-based online editor of Money Crashers Personal Finance, headquartered in Chicago. “We were so involved in the issues of child custody, alimony and child support that we didn’t discuss Rocky until late in the process.” “My wife got primary custody of our children. We decided it would be in the best interests of both our dog and our kids that they live together,” Bakke says. “When they visit me, they bring Rocky with them. I miss him, but I also know this is best for everyone else.”

Helpful Tips for Shared Custody 4 Visit the new location together. Give the pet sufficient time to explore and become comfortable. 4 Pack a doggie suitcase with familiar items, including food, leash, bedding, favorite chew and other toys, yummy treats and an item of unwashed clothing with the owner’s scent on it. 4 Provide written instructions about feeding, activities, likes, dislikes and any fears, plus the current family schedule, especially if a former spouse has a new partner. 4 Stick to the pet’s regular daily routines as much as possible. Source: Linda Michaels, dog psychologist and owner of Wholistic Dog Training, in San Diego, CA

When children are not an issue, pets can become a primary concern in divorces. “We never had children and our Yorkshire terrier, Clover, became our substitute,” says Courtney Karem, marketing director at the Bougainvillea Clinique, in Winter Park, Florida. “My ex-husband eventually moved a few hours away, but we arrange for him to see Clover, who lives with me.” In acrimonious divorce cases, matrimonial Attorney Rachel Weisman, founder of Weisman Law Group, in New York City, has dealt with pet ownership. There have been occasions where a spouse denies rightful visitation before custody is determined or even gives the pet away without consensual agreement. If there is a possibility of abuse, a protective order for the animal can be obtained, advises Weisman. The core question is what is the key to the pet’s health and happiness? Times of change are stressful for all concerned, but can be made easier for pets by keeping their interests in mind, just as one would with beloved children. Rebecca Ryan writes about pets and more for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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THURSday, August 2

Intro to the Ascended Masters – 6-8:30pm. Ascended Masters are great healers and spiritual teachers, many of whom lived as humans on earth. Come learn about these Masters and how they can help and guide you daily. With Gladys. $30. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Friday, August 3

Annual Parish Feast at Saint Theresa Church – Aug 3-5. 5-10pm, Fri; 12-10pm, Sat; 12-6pm, Sun. Continuous family friendly activities. Games for young and old, raffles, Religious articles. Auction on August 5 at 2pm. Free. St Theresa’s Church, 265 Stafford Rd, Tiverton. 401-624-8746.

Saturday, August 4

Exercises for Healing, Rejuvenation and Longevity – 9-11am. Practice The Five Tibetan Rites outside under the pine trees. Our bodies have seven key chakras or vortexes. Optimize the working of your chakras and speed up the rate at which they spin. $7/adults, $3/children. Leslie Simon Haduch, 46 Hallmark Dr, Warwick. RSVP: 401-742-0512.

Monday, August 6

Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10:30am-12pm. Enjoy a deeply relaxing yoga class. It’s easy to do with poses customized for your body. Release tension and cultivate calm, ease, and bliss. Beginners welcome. Maria Sichel, RYT. New Students 4 classes: $40, $18/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Chiropractic Orientation – 6:15-6:45pm. A more effective approach to health explained. Keep your body functioning properly in a stressful world. Free. Live Proper Health, 77 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-315-2300. The Science Behind Weight Loss Explained – 7-7:45pm. Join weight loss experts for an informative and eye opening lecture that will provide you with the secret to safe, inexpensive and rapid weight loss along with a free Health Coach. Free. Live Proper Health, 77 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-315-2300.

Tuesday, August 7

Reiki Healing, Open Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Opened Reiki Circle/Meditation. Reiki will help release blocks of energy from the body. You will feel a sense of balance, peace and harmony. $15. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy this deeply relaxing yoga class. It’s easy to do with poses customized for your body. Release tension and cultivate calm, ease and bliss. Beginners welcome. Maria Sichel, CSYT. New Students 4 classes: $40, $18 series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.


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Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Wednesday, August 8

Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Enjoy this deeply relaxing yoga class. It’s easy to do with poses customized for your body. Release tension and cultivate calm, ease and bliss. Beginners welcome. Maria Sichel, CSYT. New Students 4 classes: $40, $18/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Gay Men’s Meditation Group – 7-8pm. Looking for new ways to connect with other gay or bisexual men? Check out this all-levels meditation experience to meet others and explore your spiritual side. $10. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-265-7720.

Thursday, August 9

Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 6:30-8pm. Enjoy this deeply relaxing yoga class. It’s easy to do with poses customized for your body. Release tension and cultivate calm, ease and bliss. Beginners welcome. Maria Sichel, CSYT. New Students 4 classes: $40, $18 series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Free Reiki Talk – 7-8pm. Learn all about Reiki, a hands on healing modality from Japan. Each participant will receive a voucher for a free 20-min Reiki session. Please call to reserve a space. With Bobbie Schaeffer. Free. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 401-287-4093.

teachers, body workers, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and all caregivers or wellness experts, experiential training includes lecture, discussion, and hands-on practice teaching experience. $175. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Reiki I Certification Class – 10am-4pm. Learn Reiki, a gentle technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and which also promotes healing. Informative teaching, hands-on practice, info packet, Certification. $135. Sylvia Collins, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Pagan Leadership Development Retreat – Aug 11-12. 10am-6pm. Eliminate the drama and fear in your group in order to ensure long-term spiritual success for all people involved in this 2-day retreat. More info $200. The Enchanted Path, 1216 Main St, Coventry. 401-450-2262. Reiki I: Raise Your Vibration – 2-7pm. Receive Reiki I attunement, certification, education, training, and personalized attention from an experienced master teacher. Enroll in advance; space limited. $150. Tree of Life Integrated Wellness, 145 Waterman St, 1st fl, Providence. 631-335-2172.

Sunday, August 12

Reiki II: Distance Work & Symbols – 10am-4pm. Receive Reiki II attunement, certification, education, training, and personalized attention from an experienced master teacher. Enroll in advance; space limited. $175. Tree of Life Integrated Wellness, 145 Waterman St, 1st fl, Providence. 631-335-2172. Overcoming Obstacles to Inner Peace – 10am5:15pm. Seeking inner peace, but encountering problems that seem to make your goal impossible? Yoga offers simple, clear, and effective practices to help promote inner balance. Early discount $99 by Aug 5; $108 after. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Unit 105, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

RIVA’s Annual Summer Picnic Veggique – 124pm. Vegan picnic. Rain date Aug 19. Veggie burger/ dogs included. Please bring vegan dish to share for 10. No animal products, egg, dairy. $5 donation; without dish $10. Bristol Colt State Park (site33/34). RI Vegan Awareness:

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Monday, August 13

Restorative Yoga Workshops – 6-9pm. With Jillian Pransky. A Mid-Summers Night Restorative Retreat. Slow down and drop in with a unique series of slow flow Vinyasa, restorative poses, and mindfulness meditation. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

The Secret to 100 Years of Healthy Living – 7-7:45pm. Fallen arches or issues involving your feet can wreak havoc on your whole body, not just your feet. Your pain could be a direct result from imbalances in your feet. Free. Live Proper Health, 77 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-315-2300.

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Wednesday, August 15

Patient Appreciate Week – Thru 8/17. 9am-6pm. Investing in our community by providing free chiropractic services to the public for a $20 donation to Toys of Tots. Free; $20 donation. Live Proper Health, 77 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-315-2300. Foundations of Restorative Yoga Training – 9:30am-4:30pm. Designed for yoga and Pilates

Pack This, Not That! – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn practical tips and healthier meals/snacks (kid approved) so your child can concentrate in class and get better grades. Free raffle tickets, prizes, food samples and more. Free event if pre-registered by Aug 12. Papitto Room (in the Bryant Center), Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. 401-640-3969.

Group Manifesting for the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Meditation, visualizations and intent will be used to infuse peace and love to the Earth Mother. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Friday, August 17

Free Friday Chair Massage – 11am-2pm. Stop by for a free 15-minute chair massage. 1st come, 1st served. Get the kinks out for the weekend. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, Maple Ave. Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

Saturday, August 18

Exercises for Healing, Rejuvenation and Longevity – 9-11am. Practice The Five Tibetan Rites outside under the pine trees. Our bodies have seven key chakras or vortexes. Optimize the working of your chakras and speed up the rate at which they spin. $7/adults, $3/children. Leslie Simon Haduch, 46 Hallmark Dr, Warwick. RSVP: 401-742-0512. Reiki II Certification Class – 9:30am-4pm. Learn three powerful Usui symbols. Your healing energy will begin to flow at a higher vibration. Detailed instructions, materials, Reiki II Attunement & Certification. $175. Sylvia Collins, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. Yoga and Meditation Retreat: Full day with lunch – 9:30am-4pm. Explore mindfulness meditation and yin yoga, and discover the richness in the quiet, still attention you cultivate through more active movement and stationary practices. $79. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Reiki III: Mastery of Reiki – 3-8pm. Receive Reiki III attunement, certification, education, training, and personalized attention from an experienced master teacher. Enroll in advance; space limited. $300. Tree of Life Integrated Wellness, 145 Waterman St, 1st fl, Providence. 631-335-2172. Nourishment.html.

Sunday, August 19

Accessing the Point of Love – 9:15-10:30am. Phil Jones, visiting Australian interfaith minister and recording artist, will present at Concordia CSL. Lesson Accessing the Point of Love & SelfEmpowerment at 9:15 service. Donation. Concordia CSL, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Kung Fu Workshop with Master Wu – 10am-4pm. White Crane Kung Fu from southern China. Focusing on 8 basic arm striking patterns, and incorporating Qinna and footwork to make patterns useful

for self-defense. $125. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. Integrating Reiki into Life and Work – 11am12pm. Uncertain about how to apply Reiki in your life and work? Learn ways to maximize your ability, build confidence, and use Reiki professionally. Pre-registration only. $15. Tree of Life Integrated Wellness, 145 Waterman St, 1st fl, Providence. 631335-2172. Phil Jones Didgeridoo Workshop – 11am-1pm. Phil Jones will facilitate an interactive workshop teaching meditation and simple breathing techniques with the Australian didgeridoo. $20. Concordia CSL, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. The Art of Simplicity – 1-2pm. Learn higher consciousness practices that help shift dramatic and complicated life situations to experiences of peace, ease, and joy. Enroll in advance; space limited. $15. Tree of Life Integrated Wellness, 145 Waterman St, 1st fl, Providence. 631-335-2172. Using Intuition: A Pathway to Truth – 2:303:30pm. Sometimes we simply know the truth. Find out why and learn ways to become clearer and more accurate. Enroll in advance; space limited. $15. Tree of Life Integrated Wellness, 145 Waterman St, 1st fl, Providence. 631-335-2172.

Monday, August 20

Traditional Thai Massage Class – Aug 20-23. 9am-5:30pm. A 4-day training offering 32 NCBTMB CEs. Class size limited to 4 people. $600. Rolf Bodyworks, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. To register: 860-617-1234. 4 Energies Healing Level 1 – Aug 20-24. 10am4pm. 5-day workshop with Renowned Hands of Life author/healer Julie Motz, 1st time 10 yrs Profiled on Dateline, CNN. Ltd to 10 people, advanced interview required with Julie Motz. $900. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Julie Motz: 415-256-2528. Business Development Workshop – 4-6pm. Business Development for the Holistic Practitioner seeking to grow their practice. Learn how to gain more clients and build lasting relationships. By Stan DeAngelis. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, Maple Ave. Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Come join our Drumming Circle as we meditate, journey, and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring your own drum. Free. Massage Health & Healing

Energies, LLC, Maple Ave. Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Introducing a Successful Solution to Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain – 7-7:45pm. Join us as we discuss a solution for people suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic pains. We have successfully treated many patients that previously were unable to find relief of their symptoms through conventional medicine. Free. Live Proper Health, 77 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-315-2300.

Tuesday, August 21

Treasures Along the Path Satsang – 6-8pm. 3rd Tuesday. Talk on CD by Swami Kriyananda, founder of Ananda. Discussion and snacks. Joy is within. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Friday, August 24

Yoga on the Beach: Goddard Park – 6:30-7:30pm. Come join us for a basic yoga class. Embrace nature’s gift of warm sun and an ocean breeze. Weather permitting. Registration required. $5. Serenity Yoga, Goddard Park, 1095 Ives Rd, Warwick. 401-6153433.

Saturday, August 25

Exercises for Healing, Rejuvenation and Longevity – 9-11am. Practice The Five Tibetan Rites outside under the pine trees. Our bodies have seven key chakras or vortexes. Optimize the working of your chakras and speed up the rate at which they spin. $7/adults, $3/children. Leslie Simon Haduch, 46 Hallmark Dr, Warwick. RSVP: 401-742-0512.

Sunday, August 26

Magnified Healing® Refresher – 10am-2pm. Open to all Magnified Healing 1st Phase Initiates. If you haven’t practiced in awhile or would like to reconnect, please join us. With Gladys. $40. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Reiki Level 1 Certification Class – 11am-5pm. Learn the healing gift of Reiki to heal yourself and others through lecture, discussion, hands-on practice time and more. Complete information packet with certificate. With Bobbie Schaeffer. $135. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 401-287-4093.


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Enlightened Parenting – 3-6pm. Learn ways to practice simple higher consciousness values with kids. Perfect for parents, teachers, and caretakers of spirited children. Pre-registration only. $100. Tree of Life Integrated Wellness, 145 Waterman St, 1st fl, Providence. 631-335-2172. Nourishment.html.

Monday, August 27

Brother Gregorio Returns – Aug 27-29. 10am5pm. 3 days only. Won’t be back till 2013. Working through the guidance of Mother Mary, private sessions. Bio on Miracles do happen. $150 45-min. sessions. Jackie Van Dusen, Light Soul Therapy, 102 Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Reiki Healers Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Support for Reiki Practitioners of all levels. Join us for an evening of meditation, healing and giving/receiving reiki. Come relax, renew & energize. With Gladys. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Paying It Forward: Getting the People in Our Lives Healthy – 7-7:45pm. We will discuss the importance of getting our loved ones healthy. We will also discuss an opportunity for individuals to get rewarded for promoting health to the people in their lives. Free. Live Proper Health, 77 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-315-2300. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.


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Emotional Eating Healing Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Explore the inner child history of eating, negative self talk, belief system, love and acceptance. We will work together to build your self confidence and personal power to understand you. Free. Family and Friends Coaching, 1076 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-474-9650. RSVP: 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. East Greenwich Art Festival – Sept 1 & 2. 10am5pm. Join us for over 135 Contemporary American artisans, festive food, live music and strolling entertainment. Free. Festival Fete, New England Tech, 1408 Division Rd, East Greenwich. 401-374-3899.

Friday, September 7

Prana Flow® 500-Hour Shiva Rea Affiliate Yoga Teacher Training – Sept 7-9 & Nov 2-4. 4-9pm. Comprehensive and innovative 18-month teacher training is open to applicants who are Yoga Alliancecertified at the 200-hour level in any discipline or style. Application deadline Aug 24. $700. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

classifieds FOR RENT CLASSROOM SPACE AVAILABLE. Perfect for workshops, private/semi-private yoga classes, etc. Weekdays and some evenings available.  Book weekend classes well in advance.  The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl Warwick.  Contact Adriene at Angel Whispers RI for more information. or 401-741-2278. Massage therapist (CRANSTON/ PARK AVE) with some clientele to rent room in a tranquil and beautiful organic skincare center. Make your own hours and everything is provided for you. High traffic area, ample parking, stand alone building. Must have a passion for massage, holistic health, and be easy going. Must carry own insurance. Contact: 401-338-3974 or or Office Space. Room available Full or PartTime within a holistic health center in East Greenwich.  Rent includes: wi-fi, utilities, web presence, some advertising and shared voicemail box. Call 401-398-2933, Jewel Sommerville, D,Ac., voicemail #1 for more information.


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Office Space Available: Room available part-time at an Acupuncturist’s office in Middletown. Convenient with parking lot and handicap access as well as beautiful views of the ocean. Call Shawna Snyder, D.Ac. at 401-297-1642 or email at for more information. Perfect for a massage therapist or Reiki practitioner. Professional Rental Space Available. A must see in Johnston. Rent negotiable. Contact Cheryl @ 486-0033.

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Intro to Mindfulness: 4-Week Class – Sept 10, 17, 24 & Oct 1. 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the effective tools of meditation, gentle yoga and body scan, to deeply support mental, physical and emotional health. Annie Geissinger, MA. $125 includes all materials. The Healing Circle, 168 4th St, Providence. 401-226-5583. Intro to Mindfulness: 4-Week Class – Sept 11, 18, 25 7 Oct 2. 7-9pm. Learn the effective tools of meditation, gentle yoga and body scan, to deeply support mental, physical and emotional health. Annie Geissinger, MA. $125 includes all materials. Joyful Breath Yoga, 25 Market St, Ste 14, Swansea, MA. 401-226-5583. Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training – 6-9pm. 200Hour Certification. Gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to become an exceptional and successful yoga teacher, prepared to work in any environment you choose. $3,200. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Friday, October 26

Women’s Discovery Weekend Retreat – Oct 2628. 7-9:30pm. Come remember who you are when you aren’t overwhelmed by the rush and responsibilities of your life. Join us for a retreat to find the renewed energy and clarity you want. $399. Canonicus Camp & Conference Center, 54 Exeter Rd, Exeter. 401-837-8870. click on Retreats.

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Sunday Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. Concordia provides spiritual tools to transform personal lives and create a better world through principles of the Science of Mind: Change your thinking change your life. Donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Vinyaasa Yoga – 9:15-10:45am. A strong, powerful and fluid yoga class that helps detoxify the body and relieve stress. For students with an established practice and familiarity with yoga aasanas. $13 drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Join us Sunday mornings for Meditation, Chanting, Inspiration and Satsang (fellowship), Potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Everyone welcome. Be in joy. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Couples Reflexology – 10am-3pm. Relax with a loved one or a friend. Call anytime for appointment and any questions you may have. $80. Foot Diva, 2845 Post Rd Ste 212, Warwick. 401-368-8878. Reflexology Parties – 10am-3pm. It’s time for a girl’s night out. Book a girl’s party and receive a reflexology session free. Call for details, and book a party anytime with friends. $20. Footdiva, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 212, Warwick. 401-368-8878. F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself) – 6-7:30pm. A 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. Footdiva, 2845 Post Rd Ste 212, Warwick. 401-368-8878.


Sunrise Yoga – 6-7:30am. Also Friday. We have a beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking and feeling great. Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance and focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419. Gentle Yoga & Stretching – 10-11:15am. Gently ease into yoga postures giving the body an opportunity to relax, and learn new movements. You will be encouraged to be gentle without striving to perform. $8/drop in; enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10:30am-12pm. Enjoy this deeply relaxing yoga. It’s easy to do with poses customized for your body. Learn to release tension and cultivate ease, calm and bliss. Beginners welcome. Maria Sichel, CSYT. New Students 4 classes: $40, $18/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $124/series of 8, $19/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Zumba with Dr Cathy – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Dr Cathy Picard at Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Deeksha Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 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 Group Meditation – 8:15-9:15pm. Relieve tension, feel happier, more peace through meditation. Discover your inner spiritual nature. Meet at Simplify Yoga, 1050 Tiogue Ave (Rte 3), Coventry. Adam: 401-286-2345. More info: Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.


Fresh Connections Networking – 9-10:30am. Every other Tuesday. Using the power of women-onlynetworking to discover, reveal, focus and unleash the amazing strengths hidden within every women. With Susan Lataille. First 2 visits free. Tamarisk Assisted Living, 3 Shalom Dr, Warwick. 401-769-1325 x 11 Private Self Mastery Sessions – 11am-12pm. Let go of negative issues holding you back, create a conscious life re-connecting with your own stability, joy and harmony. Love life. With Jackie Van Dusen. $45. Light Soul Therapy, 102 Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Back Care Basics, Therapeutic Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Next series starts early September. Find relief from back pain with the therapeutic tools of yoga. Learn simple sequences to help build back strength and stability. $147, $132 in advance. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Unit 105, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. 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 and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $124/series of 8, $19/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Meditation Group – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition and connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization and sound. Individual sessions available by appointment. Bring a friend. $10 each. Robert Arnold, Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. To register: 401-339-6092.

Working In – 6-7:30pm. Combining gentle stretching and strengthening exercises with anatomical information, this class will assist the student to discover their own physical alignment. All levels. $13 drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Sadhana Yoga (Intermediate Practice) – 6:157:30pm. Practice yoga as a spiritual tool. Students will learn to develop direct and concurrent conscious awareness of the mind and body. Also Weds at 3:45pm. $8/drop in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. For more info: Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesday. 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. Heart-Centered Alignment Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Each class will hold a theme connecting us to our center (hearts). Focus is on aligning the body with strength and flexibility to find freedom in our bodies. All levels. $14. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St, Pawtuxet Village. 401-378-8197.


Stretch & Breathe Open Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. Calm your brain, breathe deeper as you open your lungs. Gently move through postures that open the heart, hips and shoulders. Juice your joints. All levels welcome. $9. The Herb Wyfe Holistic Health Center, 23 Brown St, Wickford. 401-295-1140. All Level Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Classic yoga postures at a gentle to moderate pace. Offering Kripalu, Yin and Restorative Yoga with an emphasis on overall health and well-being. Open to all levels. $14, $96/8 classes. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, (at The Zen Center), Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Learning Body’s Language – 9:30-11am. Using guided imagery, movement exercises and discussion of the body’s energy systems the class explores Body’s wisdom and the language it uses to communicate. All levels. $13/drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Hope St Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope St, Providence. 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. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Candlelight Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Also Friday. We have a beautiful space to practice calming the mind; toning the body for leaner looking and feeling great. Yoga practice compliments everything you do (balance and focus). Donation. Prema Yoga, 127 Pocasset Ave, Providence. 401-390-5419.

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Zumba with Dr Cathy – 5-6pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Dr Cathy Picard at Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Rainbow Vinyaasa – 6-7:30pm. Kent Stetson teaches a vigorous and fluid yoga class to help detoxify the body and relieve stress. LGBT students and allies with an established yoga practice welcome. $13/drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

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The Longevity Pill and Oxidative Stress: How They Impact Your Health – 7-8pm. Learn how Protandim, the anti aging/medical breakthrough, protects your health and the incredible business opportunity with Life Vantage. Don’t miss this life changing opportunity. With Leslie Simon Haduch. Free. Panerra Bread, 1000 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick. RSVP: 401-742-0512.


Tranquil Yoga – 7-8:15am. Wake up, energize body, mind and spirit before going to work. Designed for those seeking a gentle, but focused experience in their practice. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Barre (Open Levels) – 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. $8/drop in, 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 and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $124/series of 8, $19/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Tai Chi – 10:45-11:45am. Experience the physical and spiritual benefits of Tai chi and qigong. No experience necessary, wear comfortable clothing. $5 suggested donation. Mobley Family Chiropractic, Briarwood Plaza, 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-0408. Fluid Fitness™ – 11am-12pm. Need to move? Stiff, tight, tense? Gentle, effective, innovative approach to move your whole body fluidly. Slow aging process and enhance your fitness. Feel more free. $12, $10/seniors & students. Soulistic Arts, Focus Yoga Studio, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-826-2020. Healers Group – 12:30-2:30pm. Weekly gathering of healers to share latest techniques and insights, to practice on or with each other and to help with distance healing cases. Brown bag lunch and circle. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Yoga as Therapy – 4:15-5:30pm. Alignment principles and gentle movement with a therapeutic approach to help release muscular imbalances and assist in postural correction. Slower pace, yet determined. $14. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St Pawtuxet Village. 401-378-8197.

Zumba – 7:30-8:30pm. Zumba combines Latin and hit music for a fun-filled class. Felix’s instruction will get you moving. Get ready to sweat, shed calories and have fun. No dance experience needed. Only $6. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St, Pawtuxet Village. 401-378-8197.


Yin & Yang Yoga – 8:15-9:30am. See Wednesday at 3:30pm for details. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Stretch & Breathe Open Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. Calm your brain, breathe deeper as you open your lungs. Gently move through poses that open the heart, hips and shoulders. Juice your joints. All levels welcome. $9. The Herb Wyfe Holistic Health Center, 23 Brown St, Wickford. 401-295-1140. Group Energy Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Friday. Experience powerful healing energy from intuitive healer Kim Testa. Come experience why this is such a popular event. $20. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP:

Buy from Local Vendors! Support your neighbors, support our advertisers! Group Meditation – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition and connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization and sound. Individual sessions available by appointment. Bring a friend. $10 each. Robert Arnold, Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. To register: 401-339-6092. Basic Yoga Series – 6-7:30pm. Beginning Sept 6. An 8-class series for beginners, introducing breath work to release the ego-mind and yoga poses to expand awareness of sensations in the body. $88/8-class series. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Physical Fitness Through Dance – 6:15-7:15pm. Burn calories and boost stamina from low impact cardio exercises, improve scores, and easy to follow dance combos. Let go and build confidence on the dance floor, wherever that may be. $8/drop in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Zumba with Dr Cathy – 7-8pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Dr Cathy Picard at Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Mixed levels, beginners always welcome. New student specials 2 for $20; $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. 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, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Ananda Meditation Group – 9am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation & chanting. Join Kelly & Adam. All welcome. Donation. Meet at 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingston. 401- 667-7315. More info: Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Hope St Farmers’ Market – 9am-12pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope St, Providence. All Level Yoga – 9:45-11am. Classic yoga postures and flows at a moderate pace. Join us at our peaceful studio for Kripalu, Yin, and Restorative Yoga. Emphasis on overall health and well-being. $14, $96/8. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, (at The Zen Center), Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Gentle Shanti Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. Class introduces the student to the wisdom of the body, through breath, movement and mindfulness. Great for beginners, this class will help relax and reduce stress. $13/drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Kids’ Kung Fu – 10-11:45am. Ages 6-12 at 10am; Kindergarten Kung Fu ages 3-5 at 11am. Adult Kung Fu at 1:10pm. All classes are suitable for beginners and experienced students. $180/children, $210/teen, adults. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. Zumba with Dr Cathy – 11:15am-12:15pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Dr Cathy Picard at Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Prana Flow Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Focus is on integrating breath with movement in an energetic wave flow, practicing Vinyasa combinations for all levels that are effective, creative, safe, and fun. $14. Essence Yoga, 2197 Broad St, Pawtuxet Village. 401-378-8197.

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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 39.

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Dr. Shawna E.M. Snyder 170 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02842 401-297-1642 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 27.

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Look and Feel Young at Any Age Longevity Coach Leslie Simon Haduch 401-742-0512 • 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 on Wednesdays from 7 - 8pm. See ad on page 23.


Jessica Albernaz, MS, CAC Serving RI and MA 860-558-3988 Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic medicine from India. It is completely natural, relying on diet, lifestyle, yoga and herbs to treat mental/physical imbalances. Achieving balance in body and mind strengthens immunity and activates the body’s natural healing power. As a Certified Ayurvedic Consultant, I can help you determine your own personal balance and provide natural treatments to help you achieve it.


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

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


Dr. Belinda Mobley Briarwood Plaza 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA 508-336-0408 Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. At Mobley Family Chiropractic we use gentle but specific chiropractic techniques to locate and remove the barriers to true health and have a variety of options to assist you on the Rd to better health and vitality. See ad on page 41.

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 12.

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Dr. Don Lovejoy, Ph.D., LCDP 1076 Park Ave Cranston, RI 02910 401-474-9650 Don has a personable and energetic personality. With over 20 years of experience, Don has dedicated his life to human service work in helping others to realize their full potential in life through health and wellness. Don has experience with substance abuse, 12 step programs, individual/ group stress reduction, weight loss, inner child and unhealthy relationships. Insurance accepted.

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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.

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 & disease.  Facilitating the very deep healing energies of Reconnective Healing, The Reconnection & Sacred Stone Massage, the body/mind begins it’s transformation to healing and wholeness. Private Self Mastery sessions & group Meditation gatherings accelerate the healing process.  Call today for free 20 min. phone consult.  I would love to speak with you. See website for more info.

Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY

Michelle Maynard 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich, RI 401-886-1936 • Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 7.

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.



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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 29.

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.

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Positive New Beginnings

Magick Mirror Healing Arts Center

Connie Ouellette & Kevin Moniz 17 State St, Bristol, RI • 401-254-2200

877 BRdway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

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!

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 27.

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interfaith minister

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 29.

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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

Christine McCullough, MA

Newport, RI 401-847-6551

Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND, FHANP

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

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

Keri Layton, N.D.

111 Chestnut St, Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 •

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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. See ad on page 11.

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Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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

pet foods Pet Foods Plus 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 45.


Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our commmunity. For more information

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I would love to open your hands, your heart and soul to the wonderful healing energy of Reiki.  I am a Certified Reiki Master and Teacher, who takes a personal interest in my students as I guide them on their journey of spiritual growth.  Besides teaching, I am also available for personal Reiki sessions, Reiki for your pets and Angel Card readings.  Call for appointment. 

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!

It’s Your Body’s Symphony 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 23.

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.


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 39.


Rhode Island Edition

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.


Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 39.

wellness center Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy 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 10.


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

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

wellcare collaborative

Sylvia Collins

Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick, RI 401-921-4397

Wonderful Body & Energy Work

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.

cathryn moskow, lcmt

145 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-808-0837 “10,000+ massages worth of experience.” Pain relief, chronic &, range of motion issues, injury work, goals and aahhh. Rehab work, deep tissue, Swedish, Reiki. Since 1993. “Best of Boston” NEW CLIENT? !st Visit during July and August is: 45 min for $45 (reg $65), 60 min for $60 (reg $85).

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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