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ime goes by so fast, and even more so when publishing a monthly magazine. Somehow, 4 years have gone by since the first issue of Rhode Island Natural Awakenings in September of 2008. I am in awe of how much the magazine has grown, how much I have grown, and I hope, how many of you have grown as well, through the wisdom in these pages. My vision for the magazine is to offer practical ideas and ways to live a happier, healthier more sustainable life and I am hopeful that it’s working. We will be celebrating this anniversary on September 26th at Rasoi Restaurant from 5-8pm. We will have free healthy snacks provided by Rasoi but even better, you can come and visit with our community, advertisers and readers. I hope you will join us! Banishing Wheat Belly on page 32 by Lee Walker is a subject that has been close to my heart (or is it, my stomach?) for some years now. Walker explains that the way wheat is processed has caused it to become more of a health threat in recent years. We are hearing more and more from nutritionists about how processing damages food nutrients and wheat is certainly one of the worst for me. There are many more options available today than there were 9 years ago when I realized this about my own body, but Walker cautions us to be aware that there can be some poor replacements. To help celebrate National Yoga Month, Lynda Bassett reminds us of the ways that yoga can—and should—be injury free, in her article Injury-Free Yoga on page 42. There are so many different styles and types of yoga presented, we have tried to identify and describe many of them in these pages. Some are more difficult than others, so research the type of class you will be taking, listen to the teacher and respect your body and its limitations. See our yoga pages starting on page 35 for some local studios, and check out our calendar section for a class near you! I have met so many wonderful people over the past four years. Readers, advertisers, practitioners, writers, and so many others, each truly committed to the cause of improving our lives, and our planet. Let’s keep the movement growing. Be sure to support our advertisers who support our mission through your patronage and be true to yourself. Here’s to another 4 years!
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newsbriefs Back to School Special at Raffa Yoga’s Urban Sweat
affa Yoga’s Urban Sweat, RI’s Only Active Relaxation Center, is offering individuals a chance to soothe their way into the new school year with the Urban Sweat package. For $79, get a 50-minute signature relaxation massage and same-day entry to Urban Sweat’s six therapeutic treatment rooms—the Eucalyptus Steam Room and five sauna rooms, including the East Coast’s only Himalayan salt grotto. Raffa Yoga and Urban Sweat are located in an eco-friendly, 15,000-square-foot building in Cranston. At Raffa, visitors can find a large variety of yoga classes— more than 50 classes per week—including the popular Antigravity® yoga. We offer 21 therapeutic massage and treatment rooms and six heat therapy rooms to foster and encourage overall health and well-being. Raffa Yoga's Urban Sweat is located at 19 Sharpe Dr., in Cranston. For more information or to book a package, call 401-463-3335 or visit RaffaYoga.com. See ad on page 17
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eavenly Hugs will host a three-day Holistic Entrepreneur Certificate Workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m., September 21 and from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 22 and 23. Presented by owner Gladys Ellen, the workshop offers a realistic approach to building a thriving holistic healing practice in today’s world. Participants will learn valuable tools that will help them build a successful holistic healing practice. The certificate workshop is ideal for anyone ready to start, expand or reignite the passion for a holistic healing practice. Topics will include confidence building, spiritual self-care, energy exercises to maintain well-being, business management, building and maintaining clientele, ethics, home- versus office-based practices, marketing and advertising and common business setbacks. The workshop is open to holistic health practitioners including energy therapy practitioners, body centered therapists, soul and spirit centered practitioners, emotional release practitioners and holistic coaches/counselors. Ellen is a holistic health practitioner and offers a variety of classes, healing sessions, and training workshops at Heavenly Hugs. Over the last eight years, she has learned an array of self healing and motivational techniques as well as numerous business tips and tools that have helped her stay on track and continue to grow her business. Cost: First 10 people to register, $325 or register with a friend for $300 each. Location: 917 Warwick Ave., 2nd Floor, in Warwick. For more information or to register visit Heavenly-Hugs.com/HolisticSuccess or call 401-935-8451. See ad on page 31.
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Natural Awakenings Celebrates Four Years of Healthy Living
o commemorate four fabulous years, Natural Awakenings is hosting an anniversary celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. September 26, at Rasoi Restaurant, 727 East Avenue, in Pawtucket. Join us as we come together to network with like-minded individuals and honor our readers, advertisers and distributors that have helped make it all possible. Healthy appetizers will be provided, and the restaurant will be open for all other requests. Rhode Island residents have made great strides over the past several years toward becoming stronger and healthier individuals, and we at Natural Awakenings are grateful and proud of our part in this movement. Through chiropractic Maureen Cary, care, yoga, green business, meditation Publisher, Natural Awakenings and healthy lifestyle, building a stronger, healthier community is what Natural Rhode Island Awakenings is all about. Come gather and be a part of it. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVP to Maureen Cary at 401-709-2473 or mcary@RINaturalAwakenings.com.
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hode Island Health and Wellness, in Providence, is offering two free workshops during the month of September that will teach individuals how to improve health and vitality. Improve Your Health in Three Hours will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., September 23. During the workshop, participants will discuss healthy eating misconceptions; evaluate the many conflicting diets; discuss hormones—their role in one’s weight and how to control them; determine the best diet for individual needs; Kristine Pasto, develop a three-week eating plan; do RI Health and Wellness individual assessments to determine nutritional needs; discuss recipes and how to adapt them. The afternoon will end with relaxation exercises. Turn Back the Clock will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., September 30. Attendees will learn the secrets of turning back the clock, improving their health, balancing hormones and adding vitality to life. The workshop will include discussion about the foods that slow the aging process and simple ways to incorporate them into the diet. Participants will also learn which organs are critical in keeping us young and healthy, how to control stress and which herbs provide energy, enhance the immune system and reduce inflammation.
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ess hair salon, more art space, Flipp Salon Apothecary is the creation of Jo-Anna Cassino, a stylist, herbalist, reflexologist and musician. She says the philosophy behind Flipp is that beauty comes from within, and through diverse methods in healing—such as herbalism, reflexology and acupuncture—true and lasting beauty can be achieved. All products used and sold at Flipp, including Intelligent Nutrients and Max Green Alchemy, are scrutinized through the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetics database. Cassino also custom blends a range of body products for customers using essential oils for an aromatherapeutic effect. “While our foundation is hair and makeup, I wanted to fuse all things that I am passionate about under one roof,” says Cassino. “We also have a fully stocked apothecary to blend therapeutic teas for clients as part of the overall experience.” Flipp offers affordable community style acupuncture every Monday on a sliding scale (from $15 to $30) and hosts monthly or bimonthly art shows for local artists and seasonal clothing swaps. Plans are also in place to offer a range of workshops on various topics throughout the year.
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oncordia Center for Spiritual Living will welcome Buddhist monk Bhante Wimala as he shares his wisdom and insight in cultivating inner peace through spiritual discovery during the afternoon retreat, Peace in My Heart Peace in the World, from 2 to 6 p.m., September 29. With his calm and radiant presence, Wimala will lead participants in meditation and guide them into a deeper understanding of how allowing peace to flow through their own heart creates a greater presence of peace in the world. Wimala will also be the guest speaker at Concordia’s Bhante Wimala Sunday celebration service at 9:15 a.m., September 30. A slide presentation that provides an intimate glimpse into the extraordinary humanitarian work to which he has devoted his life will follow the service at 11 a.m. Wimala, founder and spiritual director of the Triple Gem Society in Princeton, New Jersey, is a Theravada Buddhist monk who travels the world to deliver his message of inner peace and spiritual transformation. A native of Sri Lanka, Wimala received his high ordination at age 20 and through his practical spiritual teachings has devoted his life to helping others. Crossing religious, racial and cultural boundaries, his compassion inspires cooperation toward relieving the suffering of the many he serves in his worldwide humanitarian efforts.
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hanging Lives is now offering body reflexology, which begins with a session of foot reflexology and continues with trigger points on the body and face to bring the body into balance. The fall special allows clients to experience a body reflexology session for only $50. “Our feet have more than 14,000 nerve endings that connect to different parts Joanne Salem of our body,” says co-owner, Joanne Salem. “At Changing Lives we create relaxation, reduce anxiety, diminish pain, improve blood flow and decrease high blood pressure through reflexology. During a session the reflexologist is pressing on a point that sends a message through the nervous system to stimulate blood flow, increase circulation and relax the corresponding area. Come in and make your feet happy!”
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newsbriefs Johnston Acupuncture Clinic Adds Staff Member
orie Stearns, a registered nurse, has joined the staff at Johnston Acupuncture Clinic. Certified in Reiki I and II and Shiatsu massage, Stearns has worked at Rhode Island Hospital in the thoracic and heart bypass surgery units, and is currently a home care nurse. Johnston Acupuncture Clinic is dedicated to bringing a balance of health and strength to the mind, body and spirit. Founder and owner, Dr. Rodger Zeng is board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbology by the National Certification Commission in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He believes in a simple treatment plan using only enough therapy to stimulate and encourage the body to heal itself. Zeng studied at the Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China, where he received his medical degree in 1987. He was trained and worked on staff at Jiangmen Hospital in Jiangmen City, China. He was an orthopedic surgeon and practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. After moving to the U.S., he obtained his acupuncture licensure in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has taught at the New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, Massachusetts and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in acupuncture and herbology. In 1998, Zeng opened the Johnston Acupuncture Clinic. Johnston Acupuncture Clinic is located at 1343 Hartford Ave., Ste. 1, in Johnston. For more information, call 401-861-7555 or visit JohnstonAcupunctureClinic.com. See ad on page 31.
New Course Offered at Angel Whispers Rhode Island
ngel Whispers Rhode Island is offering an Angel Whispers Practitioner certification class from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 10 and 11 and October 13 and 14. Adriene Smith, a Reiki Master Teacher and Advanced Angel Light Messenger, will teach students how to recognize, intensify and trust their own connection to the angels so that they can help themselves and others. The class is a two-day intensive program in accessing the “angel zone” using specific techniques to assist in receiving messages from guardian angels, archangels and other light energies. Exercises include releasing, scent sealing, the mirror walk, automatic writing, the use of gemstones, angel cards and more. There is no prerequisite, though any introductory class in angels may be helpful. Cost is $222, which includes course materials, original meditation and certificate. In addition, Smith will be holding A Day with the Angels, which includes Angels 101: An Introduction to the Messengers of Light, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with a break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.), September 26 and 29. Cost is $75, including all materials, meditation and angelic attunement. Morning or afternoon session available separately for $40. Angel Whispers Rhode Island is located in The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave., 2nd Floor, Warwick. For more information, call 401-741-2278 or visit AngelWhispersRI.com. See ad on page 30.
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New Fall Offerings at Foot Diva
oot Diva will be offering individual reflexology sessions for $30 from September to November. According to owner, Karen Davis, reflexology can work as an overall stress reliever and sleep aid, and helps with better circulation, pain relief and mild depression. Couples reflexology sessions and reflexology parties are also available by appointment. A drumming circle will take place at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, starting September 7. Cost is $10. Participants should bring a drum and a fun spirit. On the third Sunday of the month, a woman’s social gathering—First Love Yourself (FLY)— offers an opportunity to connect with other woman for support, insight and friendship. Cost is $5. Foot Diva is located at 2845 Post Rd., Ste. 212, in Warwick. For more information, email FootDiva@aol.com or call 401-368-8878. See ad on page 39.
McDonald Joins RISD Faculty
ertified holistic health coach and raw food chef and instructor, Katie McDonald, now serves on the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) continuing education faculty. She teaches a variety of classes including raw foods and desserts, juicing, smoothies and more. McDonald is the owner of bnourished, a practice that brings varied holistic courses throughout the state including vision boards, Bach flower remedies, raw foods, superfoods, study of sugar, mindful eating, creating sacred spaces and extensive nutrition/food classes. For more information, call 401-965-4486 or visit bnourished.com.
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or 10 years, Susan Richardson, owner of Tails of Newport, has been providing pet services for pooches and other animals to residents of Aquidneck Island. For the convenience of pet owners, she will pick up and drop off pets. Richardson will not only take pets to veterinarian or other appointments, but will provide plenty of play, interaction and socialization with trips to the park, beach, long walks, swimming and more. She works with special medical needs animals and will administer medications, including injections, pills and drops. “Dogs have a great time when they are with me,” says Richardson. “It’s the next best thing to being at home with their owners. They get to play with their friends, get plenty of exercise and even have snacks and treats—it’s a wonderful way to spend a day!” For more information, call 401-835-5853. See ad on page 44.
Cindy Klement to Present Natural Health Seminar
utritionist and herbalist, Cindy Klement, will present Discover How to Restore Your Health, Energy and Vitality of Each Body System, a Nature’s Sunshine natural health seminar, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 15, at Four Points Sheraton, in Leominster, Massachusetts. Cindy Kelement Participants will learn how to reduce stress, increase energy and enjoy life. The seminar will include the fundamentals of natural health with audience participation, an in-depth look at all 10 body systems, a discussion of the natural health supplements that support each system and a full day of natural health education. The day will include prize drawings as well as free product samples for attendees. In addition to her private practice where she has served over 3,200 clients as a nutritionist and herbalist, Cindy Klement is a dynamic, energetic and sought-after health educator. She conducts corporate wellness seminars, faith-based health seminars for churches, holds private classes, and teaches day-long seminars. With nearly 30 years of experience, she shares her passion for healthful living with infectious enthusiasm and humor. Cost: $35. Four Points Sheraton is located at 99 Erdman Way, in Leominster. For more information or to register, call Tom and Linda McKeown at 508-428-7462.
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hamans from Peru, Ysabel Chinguel Machado and Olinda Pintado Sidia, will join Elizabeth Desrochers, founder of Ancient Wisdom, LLC, for a workshop from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., October 20, at White Light Books, in Cranston. Desrochers began studying with the two women 11 years ago. They will discuss their experiences and teach those in attendance some of their sacred healing work so individuals can continue to help others. Known as “the twins,” Machado and Sidia are from Huaringas, Peru. They currently live in Chiclayo, Peru, and are known as amazing healers that use ancient ways to heal and restore harmony. Desrochers is a doctor of divinity, author, shaman, spiritual healer, Reiki Master Teacher, master healer of Shamballa 13D Multidimensional Healing, hypnotherapist, neuro-linguistic programming practitioner and certified biofeedback specialist who has trained with masters from all over the world.
iscoverYou Events, along with Jay White, will hold its fourth annual Ocean State Small Business Expo from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., October 3, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Warwick. The day-long event, sponsored by the Rhode Island Small Business Journal, Natural Awakenings magazine and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, will have a business-to-business theme and feature 100 exhibitors throughout the Crowne Plaza’s outdoor Garden Pavilion tent. The Expo will also include educational breakout sessions, a two-hour open networking event for attendees and guests and featured speakers Betty Galligan and Corissa St. Laurent. Galligan, president/founder of Newberry Public Relations and Marketing, in East Providence, will present “Social Media Marketing for Business” and St. Laurent, regional development director for Constant Contact, New England, will present “Engagement Marketing: Building Relationships to Build Your Business” and “Power of Email Marketing: Staying Top-of-Mind Through the Inbox.” Admission is free with a business card. For more information, contact Susan Lataille at 401-769-1325 x 11 or Susan@DiscoverYouEvents.com or Jay White at 401-265-5373 or JayWhiteBiz1@cox.net. See ad on page 41.
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nner Vision Health and Wellness will host a dream circle from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second Tuesdayday of each month beginning September 10. Founder David Barr and Katharine Rossi will facilitate the dream circle. The monthly dream circle is an opportunity for participants to explore their dreams, learn techniques to improve dream recall and set up their dream space. The circle will explore how to create and use a dream gate, meet dream guides, shamanic dreaming, incubation of dreams, dream interpretation using one’s own guidance and wisdom and methods for sharing dreams with others with respect and reverence. In each circle, individuals will work with their own dreams and assist others in exploring theirs. Barr is a certified hypnotist, Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki Master and dream workshop facilitator. Rossi is an applied shamanic and depth hypnosis practitioner. Together they help people reconnect with their dreams and work to restore dreaming to our culture. Cost: $15. Inner Vision Health and Wellness is located at 194 Waterman St., in Providence. For more information, call 401-626-7088 or visit YourInnerVision.com.
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he Journey Within Yoga and Wellness Center has expanded its yoga studio. According to owner, Melissa Sischo, though the studio is larger, the classes will still be small and intimate, with no more than 10 students per class. She says this allows for individualized instruction and attention, which is important during the process of beginning or expanding a yoga practice. The Journey Within offers a variety of yoga classes for all levels of experience, from gentle yoga to power yoga and everything in between. In the coming months, look for classes such as partner yoga, restorative yoga, sound bath healing, guided meditation nights and yoga nidra to soothe and nurture the mind, body and spirit. To make the journey to self-care complete, the wellness center also offers therapeutic massage, Reiki, past life regression healing and more. The Journey Within Yoga and Wellness is located at 1645 Warwick Ave., Ste. 224, in Warwick. For more information or to register for a class, call 401-737-2899. To view a class schedule, visit BIA-Fitness.com. See ad on page 43.
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r. Misty Kosciusko, owner of New Horizon Chiropractic and Wellness, recently volunteered her expertise during the Newport County Chamber of Commerce 2012 Annual Golf Tournament instructing golfers on fitness, stretching and wellness tips to improve their game. Stationed at the first tee at Montaup Country Club in Portsmouth, Kosciusko provided samples of Biofreeze topical pain gel, assisted golfers on proper pre- and post-golf stretches and explained Dr. Misty Kosciusko the importance of “dynamic” versus “static” warm-up stretches. Kosciusko has extensive experience working with the golfing community. She was an exercise physiologist at Harmon Golf Club where she assisted pros at golf seminars with exercise prescription and training. New Horizon uses a whole-body approach and specializes in many treatment modalities with patients. Such treatments include but are not limited to chiropractic manipulative treatment, custom fit “Sole Support” orthotics, physiotherapy, rehabilitation exercises, soft tissue treatment and nutritional counseling including weight loss and detoxification programs. New Horizon Chiropractic and Wellness is located at 934 East Main Rd., Unit A, in Portsmouth. For more information, call 401-683-6430 or visit NewHorizonChiro.com. See ad on page 31.
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he portable computers that serve as our business and communication “lifelines” may actually be thwarting unborn lives. Researchers suggest that laptop computer (LTC) users should avoid putting the devices directly on their laps, especially for extended periods of time. Recent research reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility examined semen samples from 29 healthy male donors that used an LTC on their laps, near their testes. The scientists found that LTCs connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi resulted in decreased sperm motility and increased sperm DNA fragmentation. A separate study, published in the journal Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, noted that electromagnetic fields produced by LTCs likely induce currents within the body and can expose developing fetuses in pregnant women to unsafe levels. The researchers concluded that, “[An individual’s] ‘laptop’ is paradoxically an improper site for the use of an LTC, which consequently should be renamed to not induce customers towards an improper use.”
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Few U.S. Adults Regularly Practice Healthy Habits
recent American Heart Association (AHA) survey reports that only 12 percent of American adults regularly practice the healthy-life trifecta of good nutrition, exercise and oral care. The most common excuse is a lack of time. Of those surveyed, 80 percent said that eating at least nine servings of fruit and vegetables daily is a struggle. About 60 percent find it difficult to log the association’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. At least 25 percent don’t brush and rinse twice daily and floss at least once daily. Yet, 90 percent of Americans like the idea of improving their health. The AHA “My Heart. My Life.” initiative offers a straightforward set of solutions to help families understand how to make incremental changes that have long-term health impact (MyLifeCheck.Heart.org). “Whether it is simply adding a 30-minute brisk walk to your day, eating a few more fruits and vegetables with meals, balancing your calories and physical activity to achieve a healthy body weight or creating routine oral care habits—it all contributes to an overall healthier lifestyle,” says Cardiologist Tracy Stevens, a professor of medicine with Saint Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants, in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Functional Medicine Taking the Whole Toolbox Approach by Kathleen Barnes
Once called “alternative” medicine, then “holistic” or “complementary” and later “integrative”, the newest evolution is “functional” medicine, designed to search out the underlying causes of illnesses in order to carry out effective treatment.
onventional medicine is like a carpenter that only has a hammer to work with, while functional medicine doctors are working with a full toolkit,” says the author of From Fatigued to Fantastic, National Medical Director of Fibromyalgia & Fatigue Centers, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii. Conventional medicine addresses symptoms instead of diseases, explains Los Angeles functional medicine practitioner Dr. Hyla Cass, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women. “It tends to treat the symptoms with more and more medications that cause a host of other side effects that also need to be treated and can result in declining health, rather than increased vitality.” “Functional medicine, rather than simply ‘chasing symptoms’ while ignoring the causes, searches for and addresses environmental factors, nutritional deficiencies, genetic tendencies, biochemical dysfunctions and emotional and social stressors that can together
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cause the development of symptoms,” adds Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren. He operates Eco-Health Clinics internationally (the U.S. site is in Minneapolis, Minnesota) and serves as president emeritus and professor of nutrition and functional medicine with the California-based University of Natural Medicine. In every case, it takes some investigation to get to the heart of the problems, and the solutions can take many forms. “For example, depression, insomnia and obesity aren’t diseases; they are symptoms,” says Cass. “If we can find the underlying cause of these symptoms, we can address the problem permanently.” An allopathic approach, on the other hand, would routinely recommend a pill to lower temperature for high fever, prescribe a synthetic pill to elevate mood in treating depression, or look to pharmacological anti-inflammatory drugs for simple immune reactions. Tel-Oren is among those that link a vast number of illnesses to stress: “Diverse conditions such as fibromy-
algia, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, mood and cognitive disorders, various autoimmune disorders, premenstrual syndrome, temporomandibular joint issues, chronic pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis, chronic low back pain, chemical and food sensitivities, allergies, asthma and cancer all seem to share common courses of formation. The common denominator for these disturbances appears to be chronic stress.” Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Lenox, Massachusetts, elaborates: “Functional medicine seeks to create balance in the body by looking at seven keys to achieving wellness: nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism and a calm mind. We work through the entire system, help people identify patterns and return the body to balance.” Hyman is a strong advocate of nutrition as the basis for restoring balance to the body. “Food is the most powerful medicine we have, more powerful than any drug, more powerful than anything you’ll ever find in a pill bottle,” he says. Teitelbaum notes, “Conventional medicine is basically run on economics, so doctors are too often influenced by drug company marketing messages masquerading as science that encourage expensive treatments, regardless of their toxicity.” In stark contrast, “Functional medicine instead looks for the lowest cost treatment that is supported by medical evidence.”
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Fibromyalgia, for example, encompasses a basket of symptoms, usually beginning with overall body pain with specific pain points. Other common symptoms can include extreme fatigue, facial pain, irritable bowel syndrome, memory loss and brain fog, depression, numbness and tingling, palpitations, insomnia and headaches, including migraines. “Until a few years ago, conventional medicine decided you were crazy if you complained of these symptoms,” advises Teitelbaum. “Then some expensive medications came out—
promoted by $210 million a year in advertising; so now, patients are instead being told to take medications with lots of side effects.” The most common conventionally prescribed drugs for fibromyalgia target symptoms of insomnia, depression, nerve pain and inflammation. According to Teitelbaum, the vast majority of people treating with these medications continue to experience the same symptoms over a five-year period; only 25 to 35 percent report some improvement. It’s difficult to determine how many Americans suffer from fibromyalgia because many go undiagnosed (the average time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis is five years). Cure4Fibromyalgia.com estimates that 5 million Americans, or approximately 2 percent of the population, suffer from this disease.
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“Functional medicine practitioners recognize that fibromyalgia represents an energy crisis in the body and use simple, appropriate and effective treatments with no harmful side effects,” says Teitelbaum. “Most often I use a SHINE protocol that I developed, based on 30 years of treating patients with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, with a 90 percent success rate.” His is just one example of the way functional medicine would treat a difficult-to-diagnose and to treat disease. Cass uses functional medicine very effectively against depression, addiction and a host of women’s health issues. Hyman specializes in managing diabetes and obesity with the tools of functional medicine. “If other medicines worked as well as treatments used in functional medicine, I’d use them, but they don’t,” concludes Hyman. “My Hippocratic Oath says I must help relieve suffering. I can do that with the tools that functional medicine gives me.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. Eight Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women is among her many books. Visit KathleenBarnes.com.
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Exploring Our Creative Side Engaging in Community Arts Brings Unexpected Rewards by Judith Fertig
“Turning, moving, spinning, dresses swirling, music beating, eyes in contact with a partner, then another, then another, then another, and the fiddle turns a corner, the phrase repeats, the dance repeats. You smile. Your body smiles.” ~ Doug Plummer, photographer and contra dancer, Seattle, Washington
hree years ago, Janine Joslin, a savvy business executive, set her sights on becoming a Dazzler, and today is a proud member of the Leawood, Kansas, chapter of community tap-dancing troupes. “I love to dance and perform, and I felt that had been missing from my own life,” she says. After a friend suggested it, Joslin showed up for her first practice ready to go, wearing tights and tap shoes. Potential Dazzlers must prove they’ve learned the routines before being selected to perform for the public. Luckily, says Joslin, “I’m a quick study,” and soon took her place in this 50-and-up women’s group that likes to routinely Shuffle Off to Buffalo at area retirement facilities, church halls and special events. Learning the stop-and-go, Broadway-style routines such as Steppin’ Out and Millie is more of a mental challenge than aerobic exercise, comments Joslin. “The main thing is it exercises your brain.”
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Performing for appreciative groups is a great feeling, she notes, and helps make the twice-weekly practices worthwhile. Just being around inspiring women has helped Joslin look at aging differently. She’s now applying her business skills to set up her troupe’s first website. Joslin’s experience proves what many dancers, artists, writers, actors and musicians know: Active, hands-on, group participation in the arts is beneficial on many levels.
In a recent study commissioned by the Wallace Foundation, Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts, the researchers found that, “People that engage in arts in a
group setting develop a sense of community as they exchange favors (such as meeting to learn lines or loaning painting supplies); identify themselves with a cast, music ensemble or choral group; and develop a sense of trust and expectations of reciprocity.” It also noted, “Through the arts of ethnic traditions—such as classical Indian dance, Jamaican steel drums or Japanese raku ceramics—participants develop and maintain their cultural heritage and communicate their cultural identity to outsiders.”
Most art disciplines can be experienced at any age. No previous training or ability is required, just a curious spirit and willingness to participate and learn. Fun options range from a painting party, in which participants set up an easel and paint a canvas at Uncork’d Art, in Washington, D.C. (UncorkdArt.com), to African drumming at DrumRise, in Decatur, Georgia (DrumRise.net). “A drumming class is a great way to reduce stress, have fun, relax and reenergize, all at the same time; it has even been shown to positively affect your immune system,” say co-founders Amy Jackson and Colleen
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Caffrey. Such activities allow us to dabble and explore amidst the power of a group and maximize the joy of artful endeavors, which many prefer to the cost of individual lessons. One of the most accessible community arts is choral music, as it requires no special equipment. Singing in a group can also become a community tradition that gathers people of all ages and lifestyles in fellowship and celebration. Since 1882, singing Handel’s Messiah has become an annual highlight for a Swedish wheat-farming community in South-Central Kansas. For three months before Palm Sunday, 200 farmers, homemakers, college students and business owners from the Lindsborg area gather twice weekly to rehearse the three-hour piece (Bethanylb.edu/Oratorio_History.html). Becky Anderson, the owner of Lindsborg’s Swedish Country Inn, who has sung for 41 years, points to a particularly thrilling moment during each performance. “There is just this exhilaration as the audience jumps to their feet yelling, ‘Brava, Brava.’ Golly, that’s fun.” Chicagoans maintain a similar holiday tradition. For 35 years, free DoIt-Yourself Messiah concerts have provided a community-funded uplift (imfChicago.org). Thousands of audience members lend their voices to thrilling performances of this masterpiece, led by a world-class conductor and soloists and backed by an all-volunteer orchestra of local professionals and amateur musicians. Storytelling is yet another community performing art that requires no special equipment. The National Storytelling Network (StoryNet.org) advances the art of storytelling through a national conference and local storytell-
ing guilds. The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, in Pennsylvania, meets once a month at a local coffee house (LVStorytellers.org). Members include professional and amateur storytellers, poets, actors and newcomers that love to practice—or just listen to—this ancient art. Strong community and cultural identity is forged on other stages, as well. The Community Actors Theatre, in San Diego, California’s, Oak Park, performs many plays written by local playwrights exploring themes in black culture (CommunityActorsTheatre.com). For Calvin Manson, a local poet and playwright who teaches acting workshops, the nonprofit venue feels like a mom-and-pop outfit. “They have the raw talent that could be developed into something wonderful. People don’t just learn to be actors and playwrights. They learn to work together, to commit to a common struggle. When they leave, they know how to work with people, to be team players.” Sometimes, a life change can open the door to a creative outlet. As a newly single 30-something, photographer Doug Plummer says that when he fell in with the Seattle contra dance scene in the mid-1980s, “It became my primary social life.” Derived from New England folk dance, two lines of dancers face each other and move to the rhythms of fiddle music. “Since 2003, anytime I’m in New England, I try to stay over on a Monday and catch the Nelson [New Hampshire] dance,” says Plummer. Likening it to participating in the slow-food and similar local movements, he says, “I feel like I’m entering into a mode of slowdancing.” At the weekly Nelson gatherings, “The dancers will drift in; singles, couples and families with kids,” he relates. “Someone
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puts out the fiddle case for the $2 admission. Whoever volunteered to bring baked goods sets them out. Harvey shows up with his fiddle, sits on the fold-up chair on the stage. Bob sits at the piano. ‘Line up for a contra,’ barks Don, in a clipped, Yankee accent. ‘First dance is Monymusk.’ Then everyone just joins in.”
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The next level of volunteer arts participation may involve an audition and a greater commitment. At the same time, these pursuits offer prime opportunities to expand artistic skills and join in something bigger than one’s self. Since 1873, the Cincinnati, Ohio, May Festival has served as a shining example of community showmanship (May Festival.com). Chorus auditions are held in January, rehearsals begin in September and concerts routinely sell out by May. Music critic Nancy Malitz comments, “It’s that special, tiny sliver of the year when everybody stretches. When hundreds of amateur singers accelerate the tempo by devoting every night to rehearsal and every day to thoughts of
the concerts to come… when audiences look their finest, clap their loudest.” Lawrence Coleman, a chorus member for 15 years, has found that singing and networking with other May Festival vocalists has paid off in surprising ways. “I’ve recorded and had other singing engagements and opportunities, all because I’ve been connected to the chorus and the people in it,” he says. Coleman also sings with the rhythm and blues gospel group Fo Mo Brothers, performing at area churches and the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion. Coleman remarks, “I have friends in the chorus from very different walks of life. We come together for the single purpose of making great music. People of differing backgrounds and schools of thought can do more than coexist. It’s confirmed for me that we can learn to celebrate our differences when we have a common goal.” Even those that don’t feel inherently artistic can find venturing into an art form unexpectedly rewarding. Channeling an inner Elizabeth Bennett or Mr. Darcy is commonplace in Bay Area English Regency Society waltzes and “longways” dances, in Palo Alto, California (baers.org). Alan Winston, a computer systems administrator and veteran dance caller, observes that these patterned dances appeal to mathscience-logic-computer types. “It’s a great place for people that live in their heads to get out and be social,” he says. Appropriately, the dances all feature choreography from Jane Austen’s era. Depending on the theme of the dance—like the sophisticated Cyprians Ball or spirited Return of the Regiments Ball—the ambience may be elegant or rowdy, explains Winston. Dances are
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“When I’m not doing any plays, things just don’t go right. This is my justification. This is my opportunity to just be me.” ~ Eva Jones, foster parent and member of Community Actors Theatre, Oak Park, California taught beforehand to music such as George Washington’s Favourite Cotillion, an 1808 tune performed by musicians playing a clarinet, piano and recorder. Many wear period costumes, while others come in jeans. Winston is usually bedecked in a wine-colored waistcoat with tails that he found on eBay. Plein air painters forsake the indoors to take their paints, easels and canvases outside. Plein-Air Painters of America regularly paint in groups in the fresh air and then hold an exhibition; annual workshops help teach techniques (p-a-p-a.com). At the recent seventh annual Florida’s Forgotten Coast event, in the state’s Panhandle, billed as America’s Great Plein Air Paint-Out, featured artists set up alongside amateurs eager to learn more (PleinAirfl.com). Whatever one’s newly discovered or longtime treasure, individuals engaging in a group arts activity forge strong social bonds, keep ethnic arts traditions alive, learn new things in new ways and experience joyous personal growth. … All while creating something wonderful. Judith Fertig regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. She’s an award-winning cookbook author at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
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ainter Franck de Las Mercedes, of New York City, has combined a pair of hopeful concepts—world peace and free art for all—in a quickly broadening art initiative inspired by an “Aha!” moment at the local post office. “I had always painted on the boxes I shipped my paintings in,” relates the native Nicaraguan. “One day, a postal clerk commented that my boxes were like works of art. I thought about how I had prompted the worker to pause in her everyday routine and wondered, ‘What if I shared my painting on the outside of a box, rather than the inside, and what if it carried a message of peace?’” Since that pivotal 2006 encounter, the artist has sent more than 10,600 abstractly painted, pre-paid boxes, labeled with messages like, “Handle with Care: Contains Peace,” to individuals in 70 countries, as part of his Priority Boxes Art Project. Each empty box is symbolically “full” of meaning, engaging the thought of the recipient as well as the sender, plus the interpretation of all those handling it throughout its postal journey. De Las Mercedes hopes that his painted-message boxes will stimulate new ways of communicating through art. He maintains, “We shouldn’t have to wait for world leaders to take a stand or create peace; it can begin through interpersonal dialogue.”
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tanding in a newly carpeted room, it’s hard to miss the distinctive chemical odors wafting up from the floor. That’s the off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—airborne chemicals that can exacerbate asthma symptoms and cause headaches, nausea and eye and throat irritation upon exposure. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that proper ventilation significantly reduces VOC exposure from new carpets after the first 48 to 72 hours, health concerns related to conventional carpets are legitimate, as are its other environmental consequences. According to the EPA, “Over 4 billion pounds of carpet enter the solid waste stream in the United States every year.” Because it’s bulky and comprises multiple materials, discarded carpet is difficult both to dispose of and recycle. Fortunately, there are a host of savvy alternatives that won’t tax the health of our families or the planet. Here are some of the most popular eco-flooring choices. Hardwood: Woods certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and available through most major retailers offer an attractive option for most homes. Domestically grown species, including oak, maple and hickory, are the better choices environmentally. However, the FSC also certifies tropical and other forests around the globe (at least 330 million acres in 81 countries), helping to prevent damaging deforestation and counteract illegal logging (fsc.org).
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Our body has a unique way of telling us when something is wrong and it needs help. Experts say that in China, a good doctor can identify 70 percent of a person’s health problems by examining the patient’s face. The facial diagnosis is based on the recognition that our skin is a reflection of our health and the face’s problem areas mirror imbalance of internal organs.
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What made you suspect that wheat might be behind numerous health problems? When I recognized that 80 percent of the people that came to see me had diabetes or pre-diabetes, I began asking patients to consider removing all wheat from their diets. This made sense to me due to wheat’s high glycemic index. Foods made from this grain raise blood sugar higher than nearly all other foods, including table sugar. The next logical step was to reduce blood sugar by eliminating wheat—organic, multigrain, whole grain and sprouted—from anyone’s diet. Patients that followed my simple directives and replaced the lost calories with healthy foods such as vegetables, raw nuts, meats, eggs, avocados, olives and olive oil returned three months later with lower fasting blood sugars and lower glycohemoglobin levels, which tests how well diabetes is being controlled. Some diabetics became non-diabetics
and pre-diabetics became non-pre-diabetic. On average, these people each lost about 30 pounds and experienced relief from arthritis and joint pains, acid reflux, migraine headaches, edema and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as other conditions. Some even reported that they no longer needed inhalers for asthma. Initially, it seemed like these positive results were just odd coincidences. However, based on the overwhelming number of incidences, I clearly saw that it was a real and repeatable phenomenon. I began systematically removing wheat from all my patients’ diets and continued to witness similar turnarounds in health. Research related to agricultural genetics, an area largely ignored by medical doctors, and my own interviews with U.S. Department of Agriculture experts substantiated what my own anecdotal evidence has revealed.
Why has wheat suddenly become such a health threat? The wheat we eat today is not the same wheat our grandmothers used for baking. In the 1970s, in anticipation of a global population explosion and world hunger issues, a well-meaning University of
Minnesota-trained geneticist developed a hybridized strain of high-yielding dwarf wheat. By 1985, all wheat products were made from the altered dwarf strain, which now comprises 99 percent of all wheat grown worldwide. By weight, this modern wheat is approximately 70 percent carbohydrate, in a highly digestible form of a starch known as amylopectin A, which converts more easily to blood sugar than nearly all other simple or complex food carbohydrates. Gram-for-gram, wheat increases blood sugar and causes insulin problems to a greater degree than even potato chips or table sugar. Wheat, which now typically comprises 20 percent of all the calories we consume, is in hundreds of prepared foods such as instant soups, salad dressings, candy and granola. In 1970, this wasn’t true. Wheat was only in such foods as bread, rolls, cookies and cake, and it was in a natural form.
How does a wheat-dominated diet compromise health? Eating a wheat-based cereal for breakfast, wheat crackers and pretzels for snacks, two slices of whole wheat bread for lunch and whole wheat pasta for dinner results in too much exposure to amylopectin A, and repeated spikes in blood sugar levels. This leads to insulin resistance and cultivates the growth of visceral fat in the abdomen, which tends toward diabetes and other inflammatory responses. Even worse, the gliadin protein in wheat is an opiate that stimulates appetite and addictive eating behavior (it does not relieve pain). All this plus the direct intestinal toxic effects of the wheat germ agglutinin protein in wheat add up to a destructive ingredient that
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Are gluten-free foods the answer? Commercially produced gluten-free foods made with tapioca, cornstarch or rice starch—all poor replacements for wheat—are destructive to the body. Homemade or locally made gluten-free foods absent such ingredients are better, as are the free recipes available via WheatBellyBlog.com. Millet, quinoa and amaranth, whole grains that lack most of the undesirable properties of modern wheat, are better but not necessarily safe in unlimited quantities because most people today have spent their lives overexposed to carbohydrates. Eating only small portions of these non-wheat grains is key.
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Instituting an allowance plan that works best for each child is a sound way to start teaching the value of money, budgeting and saving.
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that children need to do for their own health and development, such as responsibly heading to bed on time after brushing their teeth. One father shared that he had to pay his son to brush his teeth every morning and night, so who was in charge? Family or social responsibility: Tasks that contribute to the family or social environment should not result in financial reward, such as washing the dishes or reading to a younger sibling. One mother, after explaining the plan to her children and consistently applying it, saw their attitude transform in just a couple of weeks. Instead of fighting, the three kids now work together each night to clean up after dinner without arguing. Paying for completion of specific tasks: Determine and agree to guidelines that include the general tasks or duties that are expected, the performance of which will result in earning the specified allowance. By defining what is over and above personal, family or social responsibility, parents en-
With an entitlement mindset, a child simply expects to be paid each week. With an entrepreneur’s mindset, a child finds ways to create value and earn money through applied creativity. courage and reward children for their extra efforts. Those same kids agreeably cleaning up after meals may also be thinking of extra chores around the house to earn their allowances. Encouraging a child’s entrepreneurial spirit: Inspire children to think of creative ways to earn money and watch in pleased amazement at how creative they become when they really want something. One 12-year-old now has a business collecting cans from all of his neighbors and is earning $100 every other week. He was able to buy the faster skateboard he wanted and even justified it as a business expense, because he could collect the cans more quickly with it. Providing structure and enabling communication in a family’s approach to allowances is critical to ensuring that children learn good money habits that will serve them well for life. It’s a mutually constructive way to teach principles related to the importance of saving, spending less than they earn and consistently giving back to their community. The answer to the question of whether or not to pay a child an allowance and under what conditions rests with the parents. The greater and more vital question is what mindset do they want to create and nurture within their children: a sense of entitlement or an entrepreneurial spirit? The foundational choice is theirs. Sharon Lechter is CEO of Pay Your Family First, creator of the ThriveTime for Teens life and money reality board game and co-author of Outwitting the Devil, Three Feet from Gold and Rich Dad Poor Dad. A recognized financial education expert, she is a member of the National CPAs Financial Literacy Commission. Learn more at SharonLechter.com.
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Repurpose Just About Anything Repurposing possessions saves money by reducing consumption and helps the environment by taking pressure off landfills. Common strategies include using old newspapers for stuffing or wrapping and used tin cans to collect cooking grease. Author Jeff Yeager, in his book, Don’t Throw That Away, expounds on such everyday “upcycling”. His tips include using a banana peel to Chicken coop made from shine shoes, sprinkling discarded scrap lumber. crumbled eggshells in the garden as fertilizer and natural pest control, and stuffing dryer lint inside empty toilet paper rolls for fireplace kindling. Instead of merely recycling plastic mesh bags, nest a few together and use them as a kitchen sink scrub pad. Fill empty plastic bottles with water and freeze them to make the refrigerator more energy-efficient, and also to serve as dripless ice cubes for the family picnic cooler. Before discarding old carpet, salvage the best sections to use in smaller spaces, like a bathroom, closet, car floor or pet house. Instead of buying new shelf liners, consider used gift-wrapping paper for kitchen or bathroom cabinets. Scrap lumber, tile and stones can be made into mosaic art designs. A cat scratching post exemplifies another multi-source (carpet and wood) upcycling project. While about 90 percent of U.S. households now have curbside recycling available, the amount of trash each American produces keeps growing. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average citizen currently generates about 4.5 pounds of trash a day, totaling 600 times their body weight over a lifetime unless they seriously practice the three R’s of reduce, reuse and recycle.
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Doggy Lost… and Found Again Microchips Provide Peace of Mind by Avery Mack
t’s easy for a dog or cat to slip out an unlatched door, open gate or even a window. Three million lost pets are picked up by animal control agencies each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy estimates fewer than 2 percent of wayward cats and only 15 to 20 percent of wandering dogs find their way home again. Most of those that make it back have been identified and reunited through tags, tattoos or microchips. About the size of a grain of rice (12 millimeters), a microchip is injected under the skin into the shoulder area of a dog or cat as a form of permanent identification. The chip itself has no internal energy source, so it will never wear out or run down. Microchips work on a radio frequency identification system (RFIS) that operates on two main frequencies—125
Every two seconds, a pet is lost somewhere in the United States. Shelters report the biggest barrier to a pet and family reunion is a lack of current information. Identification can help bring him home again. Use both a tag and microchip. Keep contact information up to date. When traveling, program a GPS tag with a cell phone number—it’s faster than calling home for messages.
kilohertz (in this country) or 134.2 kilohertz (internationally). A handheld scanner powers a low radio frequency readout of the chip’s unique identification number and transmits it to the scanner’s display window, much like a retail bar code. Shelters, veterinarians and animal control staff routinely use scanners to check for identification chips in unclaimed pets. If detected, the displayed code can then be traced to the pet’s family.
should have a microchip.” False: Microchips pose a health risk. True: “There have been no reported cases of tumors at injection sites.” There’s no reaction at all in the tissue around the chip,” reports Dr. Jeff Bryan, a veterinary oncologist at the University of Missouri’s Medical Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in Columbia.
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False: The shelter won’t have a scanner. True: More than 50,000 veterinarians and shelters use scanners. Microchip providers also frequently donate scanners to shelters and rescue groups.
False: Microchipping is comMonday. True: The Humane Society of America estimates that fewer than 5 percent of pets have a microchip. False: The chip will move after it’s been injected. True: Technology has improved. For example, one microchip manufacturer has developed a patented anti-migration feature that ensures their microchips stay put. “The chip very rarely migrates under the skin,” says Dr. Amber Andersen, a Los Angeles veterinarian. “Every pet
False: Implanting a microchip is painful. True: Pets do not have to be sedated to be chipped. Although a larger needle is used than for shots, it won’t be any more painful for the pet than a vaccination. False: It’s expensive. True: Veterinarians set their own prices, usually between $25 and $40. Local shelters and humane societies often
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sponsor chip-a-thons, where microchips are provided at an even lower cost. Call local shelters, humane societies or rescue groups for details about their next microchipping event. False: Microchipping really isn’t necessary. True: Identification is key in returning a lost pet. The ASPCA strongly recommends the use of a collar tag in combination with a microchip. Collars can break—a microchip assures backup identification that can’t be removed or altered.
GPS Tracking For a dog that likes to jump fences or take himself out on walkabouts, consider using a GPS collar. Tagg’s battery-powered GPS system allows the owner to track a pet from the Internet or a mobile phone app. Simply set up a perimeter of allowed space between 75 and 1,000 yards, and if the tagged pet leaves that area, notification arrives by text and email. The customized GPS function traces the pet’s location on a digital map or via text updates. Avery Mack regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings magazines. Connect at AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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Proven Approaches for Safe Practice by Lynda Bassett
Between 15 and 20 million Americans practice yoga, spending an estimated $5.7 billion annually on classes and accessories. National Yoga Month, in September, reminds us to always make personal safety a guiding principle during practice sessions. Experts advise the following guidelines for practicing injury-free yoga.
ike any kind of movement, yoga involves some risk,” says Devarshi Steven Hartman, dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, headquartered in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. “The level of risk depends on the individual’s age, physical condition, limitations, emotional state, previous injuries, strength, time of day, awareness, type of movement and how much weight bearing is taking place.” It’s not uncommon for both seasoned athletes and yoga neophytes to push too hard in the beginning. Dr. Loren Fishman, medical director at Manhattan Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, says, “The three leading causes of injury are an overenthusiastic student,
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improper alignment and poor teaching.” Many aspirants feel they have to master a pose right away; thus, a “Type A” person may have the most potential for injury, observes Sadie Nardini, New York City-based founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and host of Cable TV’s Viera Living’s daily yoga show, Rock Your Yoga. Some instructors may have a vigorous Type A attitude, as well. “Keep looking if you feel pushed,” she advises. Choosing a style is less important than choosing the instructor best suited to the student’s needs. “Finding the right teacher,” says Nardini, “is kind of like dating. Keep looking until you find your match.”
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Here are some safe approaches and injury-prevention tips from experienced yogis. Research the teacher. Investigate a yoga instructor’s credentials before signing up for a class, advises Meredith Montgomery, a board member of the Yoga Health Foundation and publisher of Natural Awakenings’ Mobile/Baldwin edition. Read the instructor’s biography to verify his or her professional training, certification and level of experience. YogaAlliance.org maintains a wellrespected registry of instructors that have been certified as registered yoga teachers (RYT). Analyze the class level. Consider the name of the class, plus the level of advancement. New students may want to begin with a gentle, restorative or yin-type class. To reduce any risk, “Sign up for classes that are one level lower than where you are,” advises Fishman. Ask how many students are allowed in the class; a smaller size means more one-on-one attention. Speak out. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” Fishman emphasizes; get to the class early, introduce yourself to the teacher and perhaps audit various classes. Good instructors always ask students about their health and fitness history. Look for special needs groups. “You can get really specific in choosing the right yoga class, whether it focuses on back care or other therapeutic yoga,” notes Nardini. Exercise caution. Certain areas of the body, like the back, neck and limbs, are particularly prone to injury, counsels Hartman. “Twisting and contorting poses can cause undue pressure,” so take things slowly and stop if pain occurs. Practice correct alignment. Experts agree that proper alignment is key to injury-free yoga. “There’s a lot to proper alignment; it’s integral to being a yoga teacher,” says Fishman. A good one will walk the room to make sure everyone has the correct form, keeping
Yoga is renowned for increasing physical flexibility, balance and range of motion, while decreasing stress. Yet, as with any form of exercise, injuries may result from improper practice. the vertebrae more or less in line, even in a twisting pose. Seek modifying options. Instructors must teach modifications in poses to accommodate the individual, often using props such as blocks and straps.
Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible. —Bob Harper
Learn to breathe. Proper breathing cannot be overemphasized. “Kripalu’s teaching methodology, for example, emphasizes coordinating movement with breath because it is one of the leading ways to prevent injury,” Hartman says. Go with a teacher that understands anatomy. A teacher with such a background knows not only how muscles move, but also how they move together. Experts in yoga understand kinesiology—the natural synergies and limits to muscle and joint movement, according to Fishman. Nardini further emphasizes the importance of teaching transitions between poses. Consider prior injuries. “People think of yoga as a healing practice. That does not [necessarily] mean it will help
heal a previous injury,” says Nardini. “It’s possible you can make it even worse.” Those with previous injuries, plus elderly individuals and expectant mothers, must take extra safety precautions. Remember that yoga is not about competition. “Don’t be afraid to take a time out,” says Fishman. “Or go into a child’s or modified child’s pose if you need to.” In the end, “Yoga is about increasing awareness of the body. A wellschooled yoga teacher intends to create individual, empowering experiences,” concludes Hartman. Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer based near Boston, MA. Connect at LyndaBassett.com.
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Saturday, September 1
Peace March – 7:45-10pm. The Peace Flag Project and Concordia CSL will march in Peace at the Waterfires, please join us at 7pm at the basin and walk with us. Free. Waterfires, Water Place Park, Providence. 401-486-9650. ThePeaceFlagProject.org.
Monday, September 3
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. LiveProperHealth.com.
Wednesday, September 5
Me You & the Truth about Us Workshop – 7-9pm. A 3-session journey to self-awareness, inner peace and blissful love. Are you looking outside yourself for love and happiness? Learn how to attract your soul mate. $50 for all three sessions. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 732-1552. Concordia.CSL.org.
Thursday, September 6
Free Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing class. Poses are easy to do and customized for your body. Learn to release tension and cultivate ease. Beginners welcome. Call to save a spot. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Come Celebrate – 12-2pm. New Horizon is celebrating our 1 year anniversary. Come join us for refreshments, free samples, nutrition supplement sales, and door prizes. Free. New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-6430. NewHorizonChiro.com.
Saturday, September 8
Introduction to Mah Bound Lotus – 1-4pm. Sat Siri Kaur introduces the practice of BoundLotus thru the guidance of Mahan Kirn Kaur’s Mah BoundLotus experience with modifications to access the healing of BoundLotus. $45. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Raven Grimassi – 2-4pm. Do you long to know the hidden ways from days of old? Come and learn about the soul of the Old World Witch, a mentality of primal magic, awareness and an enchanted view. $45. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099. MotherMystic.com.
Sunday, September 9
International Angel Day Celebration – 10am3pm. Whether you are new to the angelic realm or experienced in working with angels, I invite you to join us as we celebrate these beautiful beings of Light. $45 includes lunch. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/Classes.
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Yoga School Open House – 12-4pm. All are invited to Yoga School of South County’s Open House to check out our space and our programs, and to participate in our novel Walking to Wellness clinic at 1pm. Free. Yoga School of South County, Peace Dale Office Building, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511. MakeItSoYoga.com. Angel Card Readings 101 – 1-4pm. Learn how to conduct angel card readings with confidence by trusting angelic guidance and your intuition. Discover step by step techniques by a certified ALM. Handouts. With Bobbie Schaeffer. $40. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 401-287-4093. ReikiRI.com. Introduction to Ayurveda – 2-3:30pm. Learn about Ayurveda. What is your dosha? What is prakriti? Come learn about yourself. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, Providence. 401-237-0180. DharmaNutritionHealing.com. Guided Meditation – 4-5:30pm. Sit in meditation to create peace within and without; with questions/ discussion after. Meditating in a group increases feelings of peace, tranquility and transcendence. $5. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com.
Monday, September 10
JourneyDance for Women – 6-7:15pm. Join a circle of Women in the elements. Dance your own unique rhythm as you journey within the beat of your body. Dance the freedom of your soul. $60/6 wk, $12/drop in. W&I Center for Health and WellBeing, at Third Beach, Middletown. To register: 401-846-0042. WomenAndInfants.org/Middletown. 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. LiveProperHealth.com. Allergy Presentation – 6:30-7:30pm. Do you have allergies? Sinus problems? Do you find that your meds don’t help much? Learn how to manage these problems with natural products. RSVP required by Sept 7. Free to attend. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. CumberlandFamilyChiropractic.com. 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, 215 Shady Lea Rd, Mill at Shady Lea, Rm 204, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567. Katharine@SacredStream.org.
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Tuesdayday, September 11
Shamanic Drum Healing – 10am-12pm. Experience the power of the circle and rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing and gain insight. Group format. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35. Energy-N-Elements, LLC, 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500. Lunch Time Reiki Share – 12-1:15pm. Reiki practitioners of all levels welcome to give and receive healing. A time to be supported as you support others. Please contact Adriene if attending. $5. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 6-7pm. Free talk, program begins Sept 18, meets Tuesdaydays 6-8pm. 8 classes plus a Day of Mindfulness. Encourages you to actively participate in your health and well-being. $365. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. Intro to Mindfulness: 4-Week Class – Tuesdaydays, Sept 11-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. Annie@HawkDance.com.
Wednesday, September 12
Story Hour – 10-11am. Children and caregivers welcome. Please call or email to reserve a space. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x 225. Admissions@MeadowbrookSchool.com.
Thursday, September 13
Free Beginner’s Svaroopa® Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy deep relaxation with easy poses customized for your body. Learn to release tension and cultivate calm, ease and bliss. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel, RYT. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. Register: 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Writing Series – 6-7pm. Author and writing coach Lisa Tener shares some of her most powerful exercises for getting started. Free. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com.
Friday, September 14
Healing Current Meditation – 10-11:30am. Through guided meditation, participants will connect with the healing current of the Casa de Dom Inacio, the John of God healing center in Brazil. Wear light colored clothing and bring a pillow to sit on. Call Liz for directions and to RSVP. $10/ suggested donation. Holistic Healing Moment. 401-287-4044. Free Beginner’s Anusara Class – 5:30-7pm. For healthy individuals who can move to the floor with ease. You can expect some flowing and some holding of postures. Leave relaxed and energized. With Felicity Kelly. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. Register: 401-333-5007. TimeForYouYoga.com. Return to Love – 6-8:30pm. In this weekend immersion we explore characteristics and possibilities of a yogic life informed by spiritual love. $150/4 sessions, or individually at per class rate. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com.
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Healing Heart Meditation – 7-8pm. Healing the Heart Chakra (Anahata). Release fears and doubts; allow love and forgiveness to flow. Your heart will expand to its natural loving state. Everyone welcome. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. SerenityYogaRI.com.
Saturday, September 15
Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – Sept 15 & 16. 9:30am-5:30pm. Learn a gentle 20-minute daily healing practice designed to help raise your spiritual vibration. Visit our website for more information. $225 (Certificate, Manual, Essence, CD). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/MagnifiedHealing. 24 hr. Silent Retreat: Acorn Cottage – 10am-Sept 16 at 12pm. Can you dis-connect from all electronics and re-discover the sound of your own inner silence? With Jackie Van Dusen. $85. Light Soul Therapy, 102 Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-2840363. LightSoulTherapy@verizon.net. More info: LightSoulTherapy.com
markyourcalendar 5-Year Anniversary Celebration – 10am-4pm. Samples from at least 10 vendors; everything from baked goods to gluten-free cosmetics. Enjoy a free Spa Facial. Check out all the specials, plus enter in our free raffle. Healthy Haven, 80 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-816-5844.
Sunday, September 16
Fundamentals of Ayurveda – 10am-5pm. 35 hour, in-depth intro to the holistic medicinal system of India. Students will learn the history, philosophy, foundation concepts & healing therapies. Course is a prerequisite to specialized training for Yoga Teachers, Massage Therapist & Behavioral Therapist. $380. Jessica Ferrol, 39 West Broad St, Pawcatuck, CT. 401-323-4638. CTAyurveda.com.
markyourcalendar Queen for the Day – 12-4pm. Still playing princess or are you ready to step up as the Queen of your life? Learn how to use your royal power for good, for yourself and others. And find out why Prince Charming still hasn’t arrived. An afternoon of fun and self-discovery with Kathy Black. $40. Frencrest Center, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-286-5259. KathysBlack.com. Free Reiki Talk – 1-2pm. Learn all about reiki, a Japanese healing energy technique. Each participant will receive a voucher for a free 20-min reiki session. With Bobbie Schaeffer. Free. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. To reserve a space: 401-287-4093. ReikiRI.com. Free Beginner’s Svaroopa® Class – 3-4:30pm. Enjoy deep relaxation with easy poses customized for your body. Learn to release tension and cultivate inner calm and bliss. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel, RYT. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. Register: 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.
Reiki Mini-Session – 10am-4pm. To experience the Reiki energy, sign up for a personal 15-minute Reiki Mini-Session at The Light Within. Contact Sylvia to set up a time. $10. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. TheLightWithinRI.com.
Monday, September 17
Magical Psychic and Vendor Fair – 12-6pm. Lots of wonderful vendors for Xmas gifts. Readers $1/ minute, all types of Healers for $1/minute. Come join us in a great fun day. Vendors call 401-4327195. Free admission. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. PNBHolistic.com.
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. Please RSVP. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, Maple Ave. Medical & Professional Center, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Info@MassageHealthHE.com.
Mindful Eating Workshop Series – 1-3pm. Also 9/29, 10/13 & 10/27. Learn about the four eating styles and how your thoughts and behaviors can be altered to allow you to live the full life you deserve, free from obsessions about food, eating, and your weight. Short yoga practice included. $180. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335. RaffaYoga.com. Ananda Raja Yoga Workshop – 1-4pm. Raja Yoga a proven system for realizing our spiritual destiny. Explore teachings of ancient sages of yoga and apply them on a spiritual and practical level in daily life. Suggested donation $20 + piece of fruit. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Grand Opening – 3-7pm. Join us for our Open house as we share our clinic with the community. Refreshments will be served. Enjoy many giveaways and lots of fun. Free. Live Proper Health, 77 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-315-2300. LiveProperHealth.com.
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. LiveProperHealth.com.
Tuesdayday, September 18
Give Yourself a Break Tele-class – 7-8pm. Ready to go a little easier on yourself? How about a break from the action to regain your sanity? Join us via phone for an hour of insight & clarity. Register online. Free. Kathy Black, Life Coach: 401-286-5259. KathysBlack.com.
Wednesday, September 19
Massage for Arthritis Foundation – 9am-10pm. Massage Envy RI locations are donating $10 from every massage and facial session to the Arthritis Foundation. Service prices vary. Massage Envy, 1000 Division St, East Greenwich; 1000 Chapel View Blvd, Ste 140 Cranston. 401-336-2900. MassageEnvy.com. Reiki II (2nd Degree) Certification – 9:30am-4pm. Advanced techniques and healing through time/ space are included. Certificate and level 2 attunement upon completion. Reiki II practitioners may
collect money for services. $250. Angel Whispers RI, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. 40 Days to Personal Revolution – 6-7pm. Free talk, program begins Sept 26, 6:30-8:30pm. 40 Days of unlimited yoga, lessons in meditation, eating well, one on one consults on diet and posture, weekly meetings, discounts and more. $325. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com.
Thursday, September 20
Rhode Island Holistic Healers Association – 7-8:30pm. Socialize and network with like-minded individuals working toward a better life. Speaker will be Terry Wilderman, CPBA Intuitive, Certified coach. Free for members, donations. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. RIHHA.com. Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 7:30-9pm. Once you activate a vibration in you, Law of Attraction responds, with wanted or unwanted experience. We will discuss these profound ideas about creating your own reality. $5. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com.
Friday, September 21
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. Info@MassageHealthHE.com. Ancient Wisdom with Elizabeth – 6-8:30pm. Learn the ways of the Shamans. Different Techniques will be taught. $44. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. PNBHolistic.com. Heavenly Hugs Entrepreneur Workshop – Sept 21-23. 6-8:30pm, Fri; 9:30am-6pm, Sat & Sun. Intensive certificate workshop offers a realistic approach to building a thriving holistic practice in today’s world. $325 (Register with a friend $300 each). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Avenue, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/HolisticSuccess. International Peace Day Meditation – 7-8pm. Please join us as we celebrate International Peace Day by raising our vibration of love in sacred sounds and silence. Guided meditation. Love donation. Concordia CSL, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Concordia.CSL.org.
Saturday, September 22
Reiki II Attunement – 9am-4pm. Vibrations from the Heart. Reiki 2 introduces you to the symbols and their uses. Learn distance healing, and become proficient to become a professional Reiki healer. With Diana Young. $200, $185/members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Reiki II (2md Degree) Certification – 9:30am4:30pm. Advanced techniques and healing through time/space are included. Certificate and level 2 attunement upon completion. Reiki II practitioners may collect $ for services. $250, includes manual & certificate. Angel Whispers RI, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278.
Reiki Level III ART Workshop – 10am-4pm. You must be certified in Reiki Level II for minimum of 3 months. Attunement to Usui Master Symbol, Reiki Grid, Antahkarana and Aura Clearing included. $175. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. TheLightWithinRI.com. Women, the Word, and the World – 12-5pm. Writing workshop working with the tale of Sedna to ease the grip of our worn-out ways. Learn to experience your own stories in new ways. Bring a notebook or journal. $60. Mary Kate Jordan, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. MaryKate@TheJordanCenter.com. Free Talk: Feng Shui – 1-1:30pm. Come join us for free talk and learn all about feng shui. This class is fun and creative; it will change the way you look at life. Attract more prosperity, love and peace. Free. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. SerenityYogaRI.com.
Sunday, September 23
Newport Walk to End Alzheimer’s – 12-3pm. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. $10 donation and up. Salve Regina University, Newport. 800-272-3900. Act.Alz.org/site/TR/Walk/ RI-RhodeIsland?pg=entry&fr_i.
markyourcalendar Open House – 3-6pm. It’s casual: a chance to connect with the practitioners and community, learn more about our Quantum Healing Treatments, meditation programs, and workshops. We will be serving wine, special herbal “house” teas and snacks. Come to check out the beautiful space and meet like-minded people. Free. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Fall Equinox Drum Circle – 6-7pm. Join us to honor the season and focus on healing for the community and earth. Bring drums and rattles, some available to share. No experience necessary, all ages. With Katharine Rossi. Free. WindHorse Therapies, 420D Scrabbletown Rd, North Kingstown. 401-924-0567. Katharine@SacredStream.org.
Monday, September 24
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. LiveProperHealth.com.
Wednesday, September 26
A Day with the Angels: Angels 101/301 – 9:30am3pm. Angels are mentioned in most ancient and sacred texts throughout the world. Come learn about Guardian Angels, Archangels and how we can connect with them. Lunch break 12-1pm. $75, includes all materials & attunement. Angel Whispers RI, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278.
Wellness Talk – 6:30-7:30pm. Do you have back or neck problems/sciatica/headaches? Have you tried chiropractic care? Come to learn what it is all about and to see if we can be of help. RSVP by Sept 24. Free to attend. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. CumberlandFamilyChiropractic.com.
Thursday, September 27
Messages from the Divine with Gladys – 6-8:30pm. A gallery-style event full of channeled messages for you and the group. Come experience the power of Divine Guidance as you sit in the energy of the Archangels. Please RSVP. $44. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. HeavenlyHugs.com/MagnifiedHealing. 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. Katharine@SacredStream.org. 100 Ways to Stay Young – 7-9pm. Interactive workshop for the body, mind and spirit. Great tips for diet, lifestyle, health and beauty. $20. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-490-1732.
Friday, September 28
Healing Current Meditation – 10-11:30am. Through guided meditation, participants will connect with the healing current of the Casa de Dom Inacio, the John of God healing center in Brazil. Wear light colored clothing and bring a pillow to sit on. $10 suggested donation. Holistic Healing Moment. For directions & to RSVP, Liz: 401-287-4044. Return of the Plumed Serpent – 7-9:30pm. The Power & Promise of 2013 An Imminent Return to Earth Ways Ohki has been entrusted as a spirit-keeper of prophecies from the Maya lands, Mongolian wisdom & ancient Mohawk ways. $20. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335. Register: RaffaYoga.com.
Saturday, September 29
Integrative Reflexology Certification – 8am-5pm. Saturdays through Nov 17. 300-hour professional certification in the art, history, science, philosophy, and methodology of reflexology in based on an 8-wk training. $1,850. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. A Day with the Angels: Angels 101/301 – 9:30am3pm. Angels are mentioned in most ancient and sacred texts throughout the world. Come learn about Guardian Angels, Archangels and how we can connect with them. Lunch break 12-1pm. $75, incl. materials/angelic attunement. Angel Whispers RI, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Integrated Energy Therapy for Pets – 10am5pm. Prerequisite: Completion of the IET Basic level training. Learn the nine cellular memory and energy integration points to assist and support healing for cats, dogs & horses. $125. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/IET.
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Retreat – 2-6pm. Peace in my heart. Peace in the world. Renown Buddhist monk Bhante Wimala shares his wisdom and insight in cultivating inner peace through spiritual discovery. Suggested love offering $30. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 732-1552. Concordia.CSL.org.
The Queen of Swords Tarot Salon – 2-6pm. This is not your mother’s psychic fair. Join us for an afternoon of Tarot, art, reiki, chair massage, complimentary cupcakes, and $5 Tarot-inspired margarita drink specials. $20/15-minute reading. Chair Massage/Reiki: $1/minute. Cactus Grille, 800 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-285-1079.
Sunday Celebration Service – 9:15-10am. Change your thinking, change your life. Concordia provides spiritual tools to transform personal lives and create a better world through principle of the Science of Mind. Love donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Concordia.CSL.org.
Intro to Power Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Learn the basics of power yoga through a five-week training once a week. Prepay to save money. Also offering upgrade for additional classes at half price. $50. Power Yoga Plus, 592 Putnam Pike, Greenville. For details: 401-949-0755.
Sunday, September 30
Walk to End Alzheimer’s – 9am-12pm. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. $10 and up. Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket. 800-2723900. Act.Alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=1373&pg=entry. The Venerable Bhante Wimala – 9:15-10:30am. A Buddhist monk for 36 yrs, known throughout the world as a compassionate spiritual teacher, tireless humanitarian, a Globe Peace Award recipient. He will share his wisdom and insight in cultivating “Inner Peace in the World.” Free, donations accepted. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. BhanteWimala.com. Concordia.CSL.org. Humanitarian Presentation – 11am-12pm. A moving slide presentation by Ven. Bhante Wimala, provides an intimate glimpse into the extraordinary humanitarian work to which Bhante has devoted his life. Free, donations accepted. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Concordia.CSL.org.
Tuesdayday, October 9
Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Explore your dreams, learn techniques to improve your dream recall and set up your dream space. Work with your own dreams and assist others with theirs. Bring a journal. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $15. 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088. David@YourInnerVision.com.
Saturday, October 13
Back to Basics 30th Anniversary Celebration – 10am-4pm. There will be Health Care Practitioners speaking and many food companies demoing. Free. Back to Basics, 500 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-885-2679. BackToBasicsNaturalFoods.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
First Annual Costume Ball – 7-12pm. Costume Ball with Prizes and dancing. A fun evening being held at Pinelli’s Restaurant, tickets at Positive New Beginnings. Buffet Meal included hosted by PNB. Costume. $50. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. PNBHolistic.com.
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Ananda Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Join us Sunday mornings for meditation, chanting, inspiration and satsang (fellowship) and potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Everyone welcome. Be in joy. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Sunday Meditations – Begins Nov 9. 11am12pm. Enjoy this relaxing morning class which includes a short talk and a guided meditation on how to apply Buddhist teachings in our modern lives. $8/class, free/member. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. MeditationInProvidence.org.
Sunrise Yoga – 6-7:30am. Also Fridays. 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. Yoga Flow & Tone/Kripalu Yoga – 10-11:15am. Classic yoga postures and flows for toning and strengthening. An energizing and relaxing way to begin your week. Join us for yoga in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $14/drop-in, $96/8 classes. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Gentle Yoga / Yoga Nidra: Beginner Level – 4:307:45pm. Connect breath with a series of gentle postures to build awareness of anatomy and alignment and sharpen the mind. Great for beginners. Yoga Nidra, 4:30pm & Gentle 6:30pm. $8/drop in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. JessicaHoward.syi.me. Iyengar Yoga – 5:30-7:15pm. A method of hatha yoga developed over the past 70 years by yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. The approach emphasizes postural alignment & use of props to facilitate learning. $16, $14/students. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. MotionCenter.com. Zumba with Dr Cathy – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. StageRightStudio.org. Gentle Shanti Yoga – 6-7:30pm. This 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. TheHeartSpot.com.
Organic Pest & Disease Control – 6-8pm. Learn the best practices for gardeners and farmers. Earn 1 college credit in 6 weeks; enroll online. $208. Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA. 508-678-2811 x 3047. BristolCC.edu. 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. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
Yoga Stretch with Stefany – 7:30-8:45am. Increase your flexibility with yoga asanas targeted to release muscles and connective tissue associated with neck, shoulders, back and hips. Perfect for all levels. $15/ drop in rate. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335. RaffaYoga.com. 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. FreshConnectionsForWomen.org. Organic Agriculture Practices I – 2-4:45pm. Enrollment is open for all interested gardeners and organic farmers. Earn 4 college credits. Tuition waivers available for senior citizens and veterans. Enroll online. $721. Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA. 508-678-2811 x 3047. BristolCC.edu. 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/person. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. To register: 401-339-6092. UnderTheSunECC.com/Meditation.html. Prenatal Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Through gentle strengthening, stretching and breath exercises, expectant mothers explore the changes their bodies are undergoing, and prepare for childbirth & mothering. $16, $14/students. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. MotionCenter.com. 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. TheHeartSpot.com. Ananda Treasures Satsang – 6-8pm, 3rd Tuesday. Talk on CD by Swami Kriyananda, founder of Ananda. Meditation, Interesting, Uplifting, Useful Discussion, friendly group. Joy is within you. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Literacy Volunteers Tutor Training – 6-9pm. Volunteer to teach English. We train tutors to teach adults who have Basic Reading or ESL needs. Runs Sept 18-Dec 5. Nominal materials fee. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. For details: 401-822-9103. CoventryLibrary.org/LVKC.
Sadhana Yoga (Intermediate Level) – 6:157:30pm. Also Wed, 3:45pm. Practice yoga as a spiritual tool. Students will learn to develop direct and concurrent conscious awareness of the mind and body. $8/drop in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. JessicaHoward.syi.me. Moving into a Restful Evening – 6:30-7:45pm. All level kripalu yoga. Deep, yet gentle stretching, with a moderately paced flow. Open to beginners. Join us for yoga in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $14/drop-in, $96/8 classes. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. 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 Pl, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
Breathe & Stretch Open Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. 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. 401-742-1669. All Level Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. All level kripalu yoga. Class designed for overall health and wellbeing. Moderately paced. Open to beginners. Join us for yoga in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $14/drop-in, $96/8 classes. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Free Glow Time Makeovers – 10am-5pm. Experience the amazing new Jane Iredale Facial Primer & Brightener with the Mineral BB Cream: full of beneficial and healthy ingredients. Free. 360 Face Mind Body, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-886-1938. For details: 360FaceMindBody.com. 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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Jennsgobbare@gmail.com. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. 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. Zumba with Dr Cathy – 5-6pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. StageRightStudio.org. 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. TheHeartSpot.com.
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Foundations of Science of Mind Class – 6:309:30pm. Starts 9/19, meets for 13 Wednesdays, no prerequisite; open to everyone. Each week is experiential with explorations of spiritual principles and spiritual practice. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. For price: 401-732-1552. Harvest Sunset Yoga – Aug 29-Oct 3. 6:45-8pm. A slow Vinyasa flow to prepare the body, mind, and spirit for the change of seasons, in a relaxed, supportive, and healing environment enhanced by nature. $60/6 wks, $12/drop-in. Center for Health and Well-Being, Third Beach, Newport. 401-846-0042. WomenAndInfants.org/Middletown. Just Breathe, Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. These relaxing classes are perfect for beginners and experienced meditators alike. Each class consists of a brief teaching and a practical guided meditation. $8/class, free/members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277. MeditationInProvidence.org.
The Joy of Life Douglas François Girard Growing up in Africa, Douglas François Girard spent hours studying pictures of Europe, Canada and Alaska in National Geographic magazines, longing to be present in northern forests, looking out across a vista dominated by towering mountain peaks. Girard’s studies of mythology increased his love for these faraway destinations. “Ancient cultures considered shady forests, pools of water and high mountain peaks as mystical places where they could feel closer to their gods,” he explains. “From time immemorial, mankind must have stood in awe of nature at such spots and been touched the by same spiritual feeling that I experience.” Girard moved to Alaska in 1993, finding his revered “cathedrals of stillness” in the Chugach and Talkeetna mountains. His landscapes pay homage to nature’s many changing moods, imbuing his art with a richly nuanced sense of mystery and expectation. The mountains and mythology inspire his figurative landscapes, as well. “My figures act in harmony with the moods of nature,” says Girard. “They partake in rituals, emerge out of mist and are nearly always close to water, the symbol of life. They meditate on the shores and in the sanctuary of womblike mountain lakes or dance near bubbling waterfalls. Here, beauty, peace, mystery and the mystical reside.” View the artist’s portfolio at Douglas-Girard.com.
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Panic and Anxiety Wellness Group – 7-8:30pm, 2nd & 4th Wednesday. Informative get together on how to stop panic disorder and tone down anxiety. Open forum, no restrictions; a feel good experience and relaxing. Meets the 2nd & 4th Wed. Donation. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. PNBHolistic.com. Holistic Cancer Circle – 7-9pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesday. Anyone who is diagnosed with cancer, or who is a cancer survivor, is welcome to attend. $10 by donation. Positive New Beginnings Holistic & Wellness, First Spiritualist Church RI, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. PNBHolistic.com.
Barre (Open Levels) – 9:30-10:30am. This 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, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. JessicaHoward.syi.me. Fluid Fitness™ – 11am-12pm. Tired of hard workouts? Gentle, effective, innovative approach to move your whole body fluidly. Slow aging process, swim from the inside out, feel more free. $12, $10/seniors & students. Soulistic Arts, Focus Yoga Studio, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-826-2020. SoulisticArts.com.
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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Fruit Hill Farmers’ Market – 4-6:30pm. Decadent Designs, honey from Fruit Hill Apiaries, Hopkins Farm, Ice cream from Three Sisters, Coffee from Presto Strangeo, RIC Community Garden, New Urban Farmers, Babbling Brook Farm, White Oak Farm, Revive the Roots and so much more. Free. Fruit Hill Farmers’ Market, Rhode Island College, Old Alumni House, Fruit Hill Ave, North Providence. FruitHillFarmersMarket.blogspot.com. 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/person. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. To register: 401-339-6092. UnderTheSunECC.com/Meditation.html. Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 5:30-8pm. 1st 3 Thursdays, Be in Bliss, Andanda Yoga with Kyle 401-789-1288. 1st & 3rd Thursdays @7pm, Meditation with Adam at Herb Wyfe, 23 Brown St, Wickford. $10 suggested donation. Andanda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. AnandaRhode Island.org. Yoga Foundations: All Levels – 6-7:15pm. Have you ever wondered what you are really supposed to do in Warrior 1, Downdog, etc? Build strength and confidence as you learn how to achieve your body’s best posture. $15. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335. RaffaYoga.com. Physical Fitness through Dance – 6:15-7:15pm. Burn calories and boosts stamina from low impact cardio exercises, improve scores, and easy to follow dance combos. Let go and build confidence on the dance floor, wherever. No experience necessary. $8/drop in, enrollment cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st fl, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. JessicaHoward.syi.me. Medical & Therapeutic Qigong – 6:15-7:15pm. Qigong is the study or attainment of energy. Learn preventive, healing, and strengthening exercises with Master Wu, Wen-Ching, co-author of Qigong Empowerment. $210/3 months. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com.
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Zumba with Dr Cathy – 7-8pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. StageRightStudio.org. 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. VillageWellnessCenter.com. 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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Yoga Stretch – 7:30-8:45pm. Therapeutic yoga stretch class for all levels. Class focuses on release muscle and connective tissue in the neck, shoulders, back and hips. Beginners always welcome. $15. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335. RaffaYoga.com.
Breathe & Stretch Open Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. 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. Ellie0429@cox.net. 401-742-1669. Free Glow Time Makeovers – 10am-5pm. Experience the amazing new Jane Iredale Facial Primer & Brightener with the Mineral BB Cream: full of beneficial and healthy ingredients. Free. 360 Face Mind Body, 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich. 401-886-1938. For details: 360FaceMindBody.com. Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:45-5pm. See Wednesday, 3:30pm for details. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Vinyaasa Yoga – 6-7:30pm. 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. TheHeartSpot.com. 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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Kim@EnterYou.org. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
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Prosperity Plus – 9am-12pm. Starts Sept 29, meets for 10 weeks. Prosperity Plus is a dynamic, videobased program that teaches a new way of living centered on the spiritual practices of an abundance life created by Mary Morrisey. $60. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 732-1552. Concordia.CSL.org. Hope St Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. 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. All level kripalu yoga. Postures and flows: an energizing and relaxing way to start your weekend. Join us for yoga in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $14/drop-in, $96/8 classes. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Drum Circle – Sept 8-Oct 13. 11am-12pm. Learn basic drum techniques, reduce stress, regulate body rhythms, and have a blast. No drumming experience required. Instruments provided. $60/6wk, $12/dropin. Center for Health and Well-Being, 333 Valley Rd, Middletown. 401-846-0042. WomenAndInfants. org/Middletown. Yoga Stretch with Stefany – 11am-12:15pm. Increase your flexibility with yoga asanas targeted to release muscles and connective tissue associated with neck, shoulders, back and hips. Perfect for all levels. $15/drop in. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335. RaffaYoga.com. Zumba with Dr Cathy – 11:15am-12:15pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. StageRightStudio.org. Beginning Tai-Chi – 12-1pm. Learn the simplified 24 posture form derived from Yang style Tai-chi. Flexible class times include Wed at 1pm (10/3), and Thurs at 7:30pm (10/4). $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com.
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Dr. Shawna E.M. Snyder 170 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02842 401-297-1642 AquidneckAcupuncture.com 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 30.
Look and Feel Young at Any Age Longevity Coach Leslie Simon Haduch 401-742-0512 • SixtyYoung.com 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 10.
Anna Golub 145 Waterman St, Providence RI 401-521-0762 • HolisticSpa.us • Vitana.us Anna Golub, founder/owner of the Renaissance Clinique, is an award-winning clinical aesthetician, herbalist and nutritionist. She believes in a holistic approach to skin restoration, using a combination of non-invasive devises, only organic products, and customized program for each client. Renaissance Clinique is a healing environment that centers on prevention and treatment. See ad on page 14.
AYURVEDIC CONSULTANT Aermid Ayurveda
Jessica Albernaz, MS, CAC Serving RI and MA 860-558-3988 aermid-ayurveda.com 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.
Community Ayurvedic Herbalist
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.
ing 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 31.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy Lori DeLang, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 450 Chauncy St, at Rtes. 95, 495 & 106 Mansfield, MA 508-261-1611 loridelang@comcaStnet InnerHealthofMansfield.com
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 29.
counseling Holistic Healing
Dr. Don Lovejoy, Ph.D., LCDP 1076 Park Ave Cranston, RI 02910 401-474-9650
BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT Aquidneck Nutrients & Wellness Center
170 Aquidneck Ave Middletown, RI 401-324-6167 • Renerxcnn@cox.net 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.
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. Free 30 minute consultation sliding scale & insurance accepted.
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Gina Goodhart, MA 151 Broadway Suite 220 Providence, RI 401-524-1829
CHIROPRACTOR MOBLEY FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC
Dr. Belinda Mobley Briarwood Plaza 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA 508-336-0408 MobleyFamilyChiro.com Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. At Mobley Family Chiropractic we use gentle but specific chiropractic techniques to locate and remove the barriers to true health and have a variety of options to assist you on the Rd to better health and vitality. See ad on page 43.
New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness
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 archeofspirit.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Dr. Misty Kosciusko 934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-683-6430 NewHorizonChiro.com New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness utilizes a whole body holistic approach to assist your healthcare needs! Dr. Kosciusko prides herself in educat-
energy healing Light Soul Therapy Healing
Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363 LightSoulTherapy.com LightSoulTherapy@Verizon.net 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 • 360FaceMindBody.com 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 MassageEnvy.com
Massage Envy Spa has partnered with Dr. Murad, of Murad International, to create four signature facials. Sun damage, acne blemishes, reducing signs of aging, or calming sensitive skin, we have a facial designed for you. Full consultation to ensure that you are receiving the treatment that is best suited for your skin care needs. Appointments are available 7 days a week, including evenings. See ad on page 3.
Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon
Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 • FreshFaceSkinCare.net
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.
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health food store NATURE’S GOODNESS 510 East Main Rd Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 NaturesGoodnessRI.com
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 44.
holistic guidance Christine McCullough, MA
Newport, RI 401-847-6551 TheHolisticTarot.blogspot.com TheHolisticTarot.com TheLabyrinthLadies.com 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 MyHolisticVillage.com
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 MyHolisticVillage.com.
Pathways to Healing Bobbie Schaeffer Warwick, RI 401-287-4093 email@example.com reikiri.com
Find loving guidance on your healing path with Reiki treatments and classes. Calm your spirit and achieve positive energy through group work in meditation and affirmations. Discover the answers you are seeking through Angel Card Messenger readings.
holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings
877 BRdway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195 PositiveNewBeginnings.com
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 31.
hypnosis POSSIBILITIES HYPNOSIS CENTER
John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist 110 Jefferson Blvd Warwick, RI 401-374-1890 Possibilities.nu
Need to lose weight and keep it off? Stop smoking? Learn to relax? Make other changes in the way you think, act or feel? Hypnosis can help. You will be amazed at how a few hypnosis sessions can make the impossible possible. Start by visitng my website. Then call for an appointment or to set up a free introductory consultation. And start turning possibilities into realities.
interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 firstname.lastname@example.org OneVoiceCentral.com
Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or nontraditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.
naturopathic physicians Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND, FHANP
Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • ProvidenceWholistic.com 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 17.
Keri Layton, N.D.
111 Chestnut St, Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 • KLaytonND.com 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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Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 • DrCathyPicard.com 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 PetFoodPlusInc.com 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 40.
Innisfree Body Works
18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick, RI 401-461-3788 InnisfreeBodyWorks.com
Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick, RI 401-921-4397 TheLightWithinRI.com 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.
SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER energy-n-elements
Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 • Energy-N-Elements.com “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 19.
IT’S MY HEALTH
Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • Its-My-Health.com
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!
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 33.
It’s Your Body’s Symphony
Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy
2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100 ItsYourBodysSymphony.com
From the moment you step in... You feel the difference Offering various therapeutic massage modalities, Reiki, Cupping, Facials. Your table is waiting for you! See ad on page 29.
Jane McGinn, BA, LMT
459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 WestShoreWellness.com
wellness center 422 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 401-941-2310 villagewellnesscenter.com heartinhandmassage.com
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 heartinhandmassage.com. See ad on page 6.
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 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com ..........Relax..............Rehab..............Restore.......... 10,000+ massages of experience "Best of Boston"
Wonderful Body & Energy Work
190 Broad St, 3 West #1 Providence RI 401-580-9863 amtamembers.com/ciarafaccenda
Offering bodywork to decrease pain, depression and stress while increasing overall joy, well-being and peace. We offer Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Chakra Balancing and Guided Meditation. All services include individualized attention to cater to your specific needs and health goals. Home visits available upon request.
yoga TIME FOR YOU YOGA
Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com Specializes in Svaroopa® yoga, which is remarkably easy to do, and offers group classes and private yoga therapy. Through easy angles with lots of support, learn to release the deep tensions in your body. If you have back issues, neck and shoulder problems, or are looking to foster a deep sense of well-being, try a series of private sessions tailored to your needs.
yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS
315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 Info@allthatmatters.com AllThatMatters.com 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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