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s we turn our calendars over and welcome 2013, we continue to search for ways to improve our lives. The New Year is a perfect time to take stock in where we have been and where we want to be in the future. We look at our health, our weight, how we spend our time, our finances, and our surroundings. We contemplate all of it; then we make decisions on how to improve or change the way we have been doing things. This month’s issue is full of articles and philosophies to help you on this path. They present many opportunities and ideas of support for your desire to improve, your desire to live a healthier, balanced, more peaceful life. I love that there are so many plans and programs around losing weight, transforming your life, caring for your health, becoming more present, and so much more. Our news brief section this month, beginning on page 8, along with our calendar section starting on page 44, are packed with classes and workshops to assist you on this journey. We encourage you to try what resonates with you. It could be the answer you are looking for to make 2013 the best year ever! In our feature article, Healthy Lifestyle Tweaks, Kathleen Barnes points out some of the lesser known options for living a long and healthy life. Going barefoot, adopting a pet, and limiting your electronics are not things you often hear about, but valid points are made here. It seems that most people have at least a few pounds they would like to lose, and it’s good news for all of us that there are so many options to do just that. We are all individuals, and what works for one may not to work for another. Our job continues to be to inspire, educate, and empower you to make good choices that enable you to live your best life. That is our best reward. As we head into the new year, we hope you for you a wonderful 2013. We hope that you will be successful in all of your challenges and attain all of your goals. We hope that you will work not only on personal goals but on goals for all of us as a community. Believe in you, believe in us. Help us build a better future.

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obley Family Chiropractic is beginning the New Year by extending the Gift of Health Program to individuals and their families. Being able to move freely and without pain or discomfort alDr. Belinda Mobley lows individuals to concentrate and focus their energy on other aspects of healthy living such as positive relationships, spiritual growth, loving kindness and a healthy mind and body. The practice is offering an initial examination at no cost, plus giving new patients $10 in Mobley Money to use like cash in the office. “We pride ourselves on giving you an open and inclusive environment to not only relieve your pain and discomfort but to discover new ways to uncover your true health potential,” says owner Dr. Belinda Mobley. In addition to the state-of-the-art equipment provided and the extensive training received from two experienced doctors—Dr. Mobley and Dr. Mark Czerniak—the practice offers nutritional advice and supplements if needed, gentle exercises and strengthening activities and quick, convenient scheduling. Mobley is a certified upper cervical specialist, treating conditions such as headaches, migraines, vertigo, neck pain, fibromyalgia and arm pain with gentle, low force, specific adjustments. Czernaik treats the full spine, as well, and excels at ensuring that the low back, pelvis and sacrum are balanced, moving well and strengthened. Mobley Family Chiropractic is located at 30 Olney St., Seekonk, Mass. For more information, call 508-336-0408 or visit See ad on page 23.

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ngel Whispers, an angelically guided holistic healing practice, has gone through a metamorphosis. The updated website, complete with new look, debuts January 1 and will introduce the expanded services and classes available. Adriene Smith, a Reiki Master Teacher and founder of Angel Whispers, is stepping into the New Year offering personal health and wellness services that will be specifically tailored to the individual client’s needs, taking into account any physical limitations that might exist. All services will be Adriene Smith available at her new location in North Kingstown as well as private residences, offices, hospitals and assisted living facilities. During the month of January, all services will include a complimentary amethyst BioMat session. The BioMat is similar to Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy used by many orthopedic offices. “It is a state-of-the-art, approved medical device using far infrared rays, negative ions and the super-conductive properties of amethyst channels,” explains Smith. “The amethyst BioMat delivers soothing, deep-penetrating heat while stimulating the regeneration of damaged cells in your body. It’s a safe and natural way to achieve optimal health now and maintain a stronger, more resilient body in the future. It is safe for adults, children and pets and is used for a variety of medical conditions as well as a stress management tool to reduce tension and anxiety.” Classes and services available by appointment throughout Rhode Island. For more information, call 401-741-2278 or visit See ad on page 21.

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ranquility Day Spa and Wellness Center has moved to its new location at 2227 Mineral Spring Avenue, in North Providence. Specializing in facials, bodywork and Reiki therapy, owner Elizabeth Denbow offers individual attention targeted toward each clients’ specific needs. “Everyone needs a chance to relax and unwind,” says Denbow. “For some, this means a spa. Many day spa experiences are noisy and distracting, but your spa time should be quiet and stress-free. That’s why I offer a personalized experience you can’t get elsewhere." She is a licensed esthetician, certified in hot stone therapy, and is a certified instructor in Reiki therapy and treatment. All levels of Reiki are taught, including Master teacher, which allows students to heal others and train Reiki students. “I am one of the few Reiki Masters in Rhode Island who limits classes to a maximum of five to six students at a time,” she explains. “This allows me to focus instruction and fully demonstrate the techniques to the student.” In addition to a full list of services and organic skin care products, Tranquility offers instant gift certificate purchasing. For more information, call 401-233-4544 or visit See ad on page 36.


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s we head into 2013, it’s also a new dental insurance year—an ideal time to schedule bi-annual cleanings. Rumford Dental, a specialty dental practice dedicated to providing optimal dental health, function and beauty in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment, is now accepting new patients and accepts most dental insurance. Owner Dr. Victoria Baeger works with physicians for patients with sleep apnea and offers general screenings to new patients to be sure they are not overlooking any potential sleep apnea issues. The practice also assists with temporomandibular joint disorders, which occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. Rumford Dental is located at 20 Newman Ave., Rumford. For more information, call 401-434-4304 or visit See ad on page 43.


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tart the New Year off right by attending a day full of informative, life-changing workshops and healing sessions hosted by Mary ‘Divine’ and Dr. Dave DiSano, beginning at noon, January 19, at Positive New Beginnings in East Providence. Workshop topics include how Consciousness Can Exist Outside the Body; Spiritual/Evil Entity Mary DiSano Protection; Connecting to Spirit – Your Guides; Seeing Divine Signs; and How Global Consciousness is Rising. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to receive physical healings by energy healers conducting Reiki, reflexology, Reconnective Healing, shamanic healing and a past life regression by Dr. DiSano. Other healers and psychics participating include spiritual medium/ healer Grace Avila; shamanic teacher/channel, Ed Douzanis; intuitive healer Alanna Horodosky; psychic medium Bridget DeBose; and Mary DiSano conducting Reconnective Healing. The DiSanos are authors of Divinely Touched: Transform Your Life, and will be available to discuss the book. Cost: $25.55, includes all the workshops, an individual healing, a past life regression session and CD. Positive New Beginnings is located at 877 Broadway, East Providence. For more information, call 401-323-6934 or visit See ad on page 43.

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iscoverYou Events, producer of the largest wellness expo in Rhode Island, has expanded the focus for their upcoming 5th Annual Wellness Expo, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 20, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 21, at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln. There is an emerging trend in wellness care toward bridging the gap between traditional and integrative medicine. This year’s speakers, presenters and exhibitors will represent a broad spectrum of professionals from the traditional to the non-traditional. Over 100 exhibitors are expected to participate. The exhibitors will include practitioners specializing in nutrition, fitness, meditation, massage therapy, health and beauty, green products and more. DiscoverYou Events founder, Susan Lataille says, “Our goal this year is to heighten people’s awareness of all wellness options that are available to them. We realize that it is important to include medical professionals from the more traditional side of healing so that a person would have a broader range of options for improving their well being. As always, we want to do everything possible for people to feel inspired to take control of their own health and live their lives to the fullest.” This year’s event will feature presentations by internationally acclaimed channel, best-selling speaker and author Roland Comtois, and life and business coach Kerry Cudmore, who will perform an empowering glass walking demonstration.


ime For You Yoga, in Cumberland, is hosting a three-week Learn to Meditate class, from 3 to 5 p.m., January 6, 13 and 20. The course is open to newcomers and experienced meditators and will be taught by Melissa (Yogeshwari) Fountain, a leading Svaroopa yoga teacher, yoga therapist and meditation teacher. Fountain discovered the power of meditation 10 years ago and has been practicing and teaching ever since. Learn to Meditate is a three-part series based on the SvaroopaVidya method of meditation. “This is an enhanced version of a course of instruction I have taught for many years,” explains Fountain. “Now I have been authorized to offer you even more effective tools than ever before. Not only will you glide effortlessly into meditation, you will be able to take what you learn home with you and feel confident and inspired to practice daily.” Cost for the course is $150. Pre-registration is required. Please dress comfortably and plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to start time. Time for You Yoga is located at 2155 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland. For more information call 401-3055319 or visit

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icensed Massage Therapist Deb DeAngelis, national certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, is now offering energy sessions at her practice in Barrington, Massage Health & Healing Energies, and at Salon EnVogue, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. “Energy work is soothing and balancing and helps with Deb DeAngelis calming the nervous system,” says DeAngelis. “There really is no mystery to it. Everyone has energy running through their bodies. We have learned that integrating energy work optimizes the function of the body’s healing systems and improves the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the whole person.” Massage Health & Healing Energies is located at 310 Maple Ave., Ste. L 05-B, Barrington. Salon EnVogue is located at 634 State St., Dartmouth. For more information, call 401-437-1652 or visit See ad on page 45.

New Podcast Series for Parents


ocal family enrichment company, Familytopia and recently teamed up to create a series of free, five-minute podcasts especially for busy families. The Familytopia Five: 5 Minute Podcasts for Modern Parents offers support and inspiration to help parents create nourishing family time. Each recording includes a unique activity designed to be easy, fun and meaningful for everyone in the family. Subscribers receive an email containing a new recording every Saturday morning, and receive access to the podcast archive where they can listen to previous Familytopia Five recordings, which include: The Angel Jar Project, Moment-Perfect Music, Helping Your Children Write Holiday Blessings, and How to Perform a Full Moon Gratitude Ceremony. “Busy parents grab information any way they can,” says Johanna Corcoran, founder of Familytopia. “These bite-sized podcasts are perfect for any parent who cares about creating a meaningful family life.” Visit for more information and to subscribe to the free series.

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he 21st Rhode Island Men’s Gathering, a weekend retreat in the woodlands of Rhode Island, will take place from February 15 to February 17. The weekend provides men from different walks of life a chance to reconnect, learn and gain support from the company of other men. The weekend will include a balance of participant-lead workshops and opportunities for spontaneous activities, conversations, music, recreation and relaxation. The gathering is for men 18 years and older, is alcohol and drug free and offers a safe, non-competitive, trusting environment for men to share insights on the male experience. Enrollment is limited, pre-registration is required. Fees are based on a sliding scale from $90 to $150 and cover the cost of all workshops, meals, lodging and custodial service. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. For more information, visit


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ll That Matters will host Jennifer Reis, master yoga nidra teacher and creator of Divine Sleep yoga nidra, as she offers her 40-hour training March 22 to 24 and again May 11 to May 12. The weekend training is for yoga teachers, therapists, counselors, health Jennifer Reis professionals and caregivers who are interested in guiding others to relax and heal by sharing one of the most accessible forms of yoga and meditation. Participants in the training learn how to lead students and clients into deeper levels of freedom and health through yoga nidra. Reis’s all-senses teaching approach speaks to every learning preference, including lecture with PowerPoint, discussion, receiving and delivering yoga nidra sessions and guided yoga practice to embody key concepts. Practice includes chanting, asana posture, pranayama breathing, mudra hand gesture meditation, Divine Sleep yoga nidra and integration experiences such as mandala creation, practice leading in small groups, reflection and feedback. Participants will leave the training feeling confident, enthused and delighted to offer the gift of Divine Sleep yoga nidra. A proprietary 180-page manual is included with the training, containing detailed information and inspiration for thoroughly understanding Divine Sleep yoga nidra and its applications. Students receive this manual at the start of the training. Early Registration discount is $645 if registered by February 23. Full tuition is $675. All That Matters is located at 315 Main St., in Wakefield. For more information, call 401-782-2126 or visit See ad on page 35.

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Joyful Breath Yoga Opens Second Location


oyful Breath Yoga has opened a second, larger studio at the Swansea Center of Psychotherapy, located at 25 Market Street, in Swansea, Massachusetts. To celebrate, a Yoga and Chocolate class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., February 9. Chocolate heightens bodily awareness in a way that other foods don’t. This program will include yoga postures and breathing techniques appropriate to the flavors of each exotic chocolate tasting, as well as a history of chocolate and details about each morsel participants taste. Yoga therapist and owner Joy Benett customizes sessions Joy Benett to each individual’s interests and conditions. She says that yoga therapy can help relieve depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, movement disorders and more. She offers a variety of group classes in addition to private instruction. In addition to its Swansea studio, Joyful Breath is located at 501 Angell St., Providence. For more information, call 401-290-7697 or visit See ad on page 37.

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The ALIVE Academy New England's Only Human Potential Center by Beth Davis


early four years ago, Anna Scurry was suffering from fibromyalgia, migraines, gall bladder attacks, chronic fatigue and depression. She knew she needed to do something to get healthy, but didn’t want to be on multiple medications. Instead, she wanted to find a way to heal herself naturally. Scurry found her remedy after being introduced to Kangen Water, a brand of ionized alkaline water. After only a few days of drinking it, she noticed an enormous difference in how she was feeling. In fact, it wasn’t long before she was completely healthy, with no symptoms. Her husband, Josh Scurry, a personal trainer at the time, was skeptical. Although his diet often consisted of fried foods, sugar and other unhealthy morsels, he exercised so thought he must be healthy. He decided to give the alkaline water a try, and was astonished by the results. The two were inspired to explore the holistic health world and became enthralled with their findings—enough to become certified nutritionists. “We started doing small health and wellness events and were surprised by the response,” says Josh. “We began consulting at a medical weight loss clinic—encouraging clients to change their lives from the inside out—and it just took off from there.” With a desire to spread the word and share their knowledge beyond con-


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sulting, the couple launched The ALIVE Academy, New England’s only human potential and prevention center, just last month. The ALIVE Academy specializes in weight loss and anti-aging— helping people achieve lasting results by combining a holistic diet, lifestyle and program with advanced, noninvasive technology that aligns with their belief in a natural, organic and holistic lifestyle. “As a human potential center, we are encouraging the potential that lies in each individual by giving them the tools necessary to heal themselves,” explains Anna. The goal is to inspire, empower and educate those individuals to adopt their experience at The ALIVE Academy and make it their own—even outside the doors of the center. The center specializes in helping people with anti-aging, weight loss, stress, hormone imbalance, thyroid conditions, diabetes and “bizarre and unexplainable illnesses and/or symptoms.” Targeted and specialized programs address physical, mental and emotional issues that could be impacting results. The first step on the path to wellness is a comprehensive consultation that can pinpoint what the individual’s body is lacking and what it needs to heal, lose weight or reverse the signs of aging. This is done using the biofeed-

back VSI body scan, which analyzes the body from multiple angles to assess what it needs for optimal health. Professionals can then determine the body’s preference for things such as nutrition, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Once a full body scan is completed, the center tests for cellular toxicity and food sensitivities to help achieve true cellular healing—and eventually peak health and vitality. According to the couple, these tests are important because although two people may have the same symptoms, the root cause of those symptoms may be completely different in each person— requiring two different protocols. “The tests give us a snapshot of where people are,” explains Josh. “Once we know, we can prepare a specific program designed for that individual. Of course, we will be with them through the program every step of the way.” For clients of the center, that means learning how to look 10 to 20 years younger; how to heal on a cellular level; how to balance pH, resulting in vibrant health, permanent weight loss and youthful complexion; and much more. Although The ALIVE Academy is just getting started, big plans are already on the horizon. Due to the positive response of the center and the growing number of clientele, the center is moving to a new, larger space early in the year. Plans are also in place to add chiropractic care and acupuncture services. “It is so inspiring to watch people get their life back,” they say. “We get to hear their stories and watch as their lives completely shift and change for the better. It motivates us to want to make a difference and help even more people achieve the body and life of their dreams. The Alive Academy is located at 545 Pawtucket Ave., in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-305-3959, email or visit See ad on page 2.


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arents of autistic children are encouraged when they witness improvements after eliminating gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) from their kids’ diets. Now a parental study supports the correlation—for some kids on the autism spectrum, the gluten- and casein-free (GFCF) diet appears to be connected with remarkable changes. Laura Cousino Klein, associate professor of biobehavioral health and human development at the Penn State College of Medicine, helped lead research that surveyed 387 parents or caregivers with affected children. For those diagnosed with combinations of autism and gastrointestinal issues or food sensitivities, the GFCF diet brought marked improvements in their autism spectrum disorder (ASD) behaviors— reducing hyperactivity and tantrums; minimizing constipation and seizures; and improving social behaviors. Klein says scientists are still working to understand the interaction between the brain, gut and behaviors, but recent findings suggest that significant links exist. “One hypothesis is that by eliminating dietary triggers in the presence of food allergies or gastrointestinal distress, you’re reducing inflammation or irritability of the immune system, and that’s affecting the way the brain is functioning,” she says.


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Dietary Turnaround One Racine, Wisconsin, mom, Cindy Schultz, a tireless advocate for her autistic son, says, “As an infant, he either had constipation or diarrhea. There was never a happy medium.” The GFCF diet has improved his health and his ability to communicate. Shauna Layton, in Clinton, Indiana, says her son experienced similar bowel problems and she also saw a remarkable turnaround in his language abilities and social interactions as they adhered to a GFCF diet and eliminated sugar and yeast. Other parents from her online support group, Together in Autism, report similar success. “Some children have never talked, and now they are saying ‘Mom,’ ‘Dad,’ or ‘I love you,’ for the first time,” Layton says. A definitive gut-brain link with autism has yet to be identified. Some scientists suggest that kids with autism are more likely to have leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability), which allows peptides from gluten and casein to escape from the digestive tract, cross the intestinal membranes, enter the bloodstream and go to the brain, causing the neurobehavioral symptoms known as ASDs, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. While the AAP knows of no scien-

tific proof that a GFCF diet will bring benefits, they note that it’s possible, especially in people suffering from celiac disease. Parents have also observed that food dyes can exacerbate hyperactivity in children, a connection unconfirmed by the federal government. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Advisory Committee suggested further testing, while voting against additional food labeling requirements for potentially problematic dyes. Meanwhile, some parents affirm that eliminating such dyes has helped them better manage their children’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A 2011 study taking into account 35 years of research found that many ADHD children showed significant improvement after eliminating dyes from their diets; it also registered that greater than 70 percent were positively influenced by various dietary changes. The results were promising enough for researchers to conclude, “A trial elimination diet is appropriate for children that have not responded satisfactorily to conventional treatment.”

The Role of Vitamin D A 2012 study in the Journal of Neuroinflammation found that autistic children had significantly lower levels of vitamin D than control subjects. Vitamin D, the study notes, regulates immune function and thus autoimmunity; when the immune system is disrupted and the body attacks itself, it may play a role in the development of autism. Dr. John Cannell, founder of the nonprofit Vitamin D Council, remarks that fear of sun overexposure has led to the deficiencies. “Vitamin D is not a vitamin,” Cannell clarifies. “It’s a steroid hormone system that begins in the skin. If children aren’t getting any photons of UVB light, they’re not making any vitamin D.” He notes that the rise in autism rates during the last 25 years tracks with increases in 50-plus SPF sunscreen use, more time spent indoors and a rise in breastfeeding. Because breast milk contains low amounts of

vitamin D, since 2003 the AAP has emphasized the importance of parents giving vitamin D supplement drops to breastfed infants. The same vitamin D study showed that the severity of autism correlated strongly with deficiencies of this vitamin and that the higher the level, the less severe the symptoms. Cannell has witnessed this phenomenon via a clinic hosted by the Vitamin D Council, recommending increases in vitamin D levels for autistic children to “high normal levels” and reducing vitamin A, which blocks the action of vitamin D. “We have children on 5,000 to 10,000 units of vitamin D a day,” Cannell reports. “We see improvements in terms of sleep, meltdowns, eye contact, cognitive capacity, fine motor skills, language and reading—across the spectrum.”


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It’s that time of year—the time for New Year’s resolutions. Times when we take an optimistic look into the future and have the opportunity to start with a clean slate.


etting into shape, eating healthy and taking better care of us are popular resolutions. While these are all noble and important resolutions, they lack specifics. Without specific action items, support and the necessary tools, chances are we will fail to attain our goals. Instead of making the resolution to get into shape, find a partner, register to run a 5K race in April and set a practice schedule. Or, instead of making the resolution to eat better, find a health practitioner to help determine what foods are right and wrong for your body type and metabolism. Probably the best New Year’s resolution we can make is to care for the health we already have. We shouldn’t wait until we are sick to try and get back to good health. We must pay attention to the individual health signals. Acid reflux, indigestion, irritable bowl, insomnia, aches and pains are not individual, stand-alone health issues, but a signal that something in the body is out of balance. It is easier to re-balance the body and restore health to the fullest when there are fewer issues or issues are treated as they appear. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2005, 133 million Americans—almost one out of every two adults—had at least one chronic illness. The cause of most chronic disease in the U.S. is the environment influencing our gene expression. The way we eat, how much we exercise, how we deal with stress, how much stress one has and the effects of environmental toxins all interact with our genes and change the way the genes express. A study published in the Lancet in 2004 followed 30,000 people and found that changing lifestyle could prevent at least 90 percent of all heart disease. So how do we care for our health? Try these tips.


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minutes a day, seven days a week at a medium to rapid pace. Start a walking group, take a dance class, buy a bicycle or learn to play tennis—just move! It doesn’t have to be hard exercise, it could be two, 15-minute walks.

2. Eat healthy, whole organic foods. ■ Remove complex carbohydrates in the form of processed food (cookies, crackers, bread, bagels, waffles, candy, ice cream, soda and more). ■ Remove trans fats from the diet. ■ Include three servings of whole grains a day (brown rice, quinoa, spelt, oats, barley, wheat berries). ■ Eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as you want. ■ Include three servings of lean protein a day. ■ Use good oils (olive oil, canola oil, soybean oil, avocado oil, coconut oil). ■ Eat nuts and fish. ■ Restrict dairy to one serving a day or less. ■ Limit red meat to two servings per week. ■ Take fish oil and a multivitamin.

3. Think spiritually. What is it that we value? What do we want to embody? What we eat contributes to the essence of who we are and what we value. Do we value a disease free body, fit capable body or a pure body? We must then think about the choices we make and do what corresponds with our values. 4. Go green. There are many environmental factors that impact our health, such as chemicals in our food, body products, plastic containers and in the air. We should seek to remove as many of these chemicals called “endocrine disruptors” from our lives as possible in order to keep our systems balanced. Get back to products that are natural, good for the Earth and good for us. There is wisdom in how our ancestors lived and what they shared with us.

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Healthy Lifestyle Tweaks Surprisingly Simple Changes for Feeling Good by Kathleen Barnes


ll of us have heard the admonition: “Eat lots of veggies and exercise daily and you’ll live a long, healthy life.” There’s no question this advice is sound, but what about other helpfully healthy lifestyle adjustments we can make? Experts attest that doing easy things, such as going braless, walking barefoot or using a plug-in model instead of a cordless phone can all support wellness. Results range from stress relief to prevention of cancer, heart disease and other ailments often associated with aging. “Making some of the simplest changes can have far-reaching positive effects on your health,” contends Frank King, a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathic medicine, president of King Bio Natural Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina, and author of The Healing Revolution. “When we consider the huge negative effects shadowing the field of prescription drugs, it is just good sense to try things foundational to our health that are


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“The human body is an excellent lie detector. It is the world’s most sophisticated laboratory, with more wisdom than all medical professionals put together,” says King. His favorite technique is to tap into the body’s vast wisdom using applied kinesiology, or muscle testing. “The principal is simple. When you are telling a truth or when something is good for the body, whether you are conscious of it or not, your body loosens up. When you are telling a lie or the body is rejecting something, your body tightens.” Many holistic practitioners use applied kinesiology as a diagnostic tool. An easy way to use muscle testing at home is to bend forward, fingers stretching toward the toes. Set a baseline truth by saying out loud, “My name is _______,” and notice the length of the stretch. Then utter an untruth, like calling yourself by a different name. Most people

will find their range of motion is noticeably limited in the event of an untruth or something else that is not helpful. A practical solution: Apply this technique in making any choice related to personal health.

Control Electronic Pollution Turn away from using cordless phones and turn off the Wi-Fi. Keep cell phones out of pockets and purses. Move the TV out of the bedroom. These devices emit enormous amounts of radiation, disturbing our sleep patterns, thickening our blood and causing inflammation and a number of associated diseases, according to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist and co-author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. Recent findings of Sinatra’s research team at the University of California-Irvine, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, confirm that physical contact with the Earth naturally thins blood. “Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events,” the researchers concluded. A recent study of animals by the Bioelectromagnetics Laboratory at Zhejiang University School of Medicine-Hangzhou, in China, shows that exposure to radio and electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) like those found in cell phones can alter some genes. An Indian study by the Bioelectromagnetic Laboratory at Jawaharlal Nehru University-New Delhi suggests that EMF exposure increases the production of free radicals in animal brains, which can lead to inflammation, cancer, heart disease and other serious diseases. Swiss research published in the journal Somnologie by University of Bern scientists shows a clear connection between radio frequencies (RF) and sleep disturbances. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits a possible link between extensive cell phone use and exposure to RF waves and brain cancer. Sinatra calls Wi-Fi signals “the new coronary risk factor” and warns, “Be aware that if you are on a computer at home on Wi-Fi, that is toxic to your body.”

A practical solution: Use an ethernet cable to connect computers rather than wireless; switch to an old-fashioned plug-in phone with a handset attached; and stay three feet away from cell phones—never wear them. Sinatra says his research shows that men that put a cell phone in a pocket experience a reduction in testosterone within four hours.

Change Footwear In addition to unplugging from potentially harmful devices, Sinatra recommends plugging into Earth’s healing energies. “Our ancestors walked barefoot and slept on the ground. They were connected to Earth’s electrical energies that kept them balanced and healthy,” explains the co-author of Earthing. New research from the University of California-Irvine published in the Journal of Environment and Public Health explains how modern lifestyles tend to separate us from the healing electrical energies of the Earth. Because we rarely walk barefoot or sleep on the ground and most people wear rubbersoled shoes that break the currents, few are benefitting from this wealth of easily accessed healing energies that benefit the heart, brain, muscles and nervous and immune systems. “Practically no one has the slightest notion of an electrical or energetic connection between his or her body and the Earth,” explains Sinatra. “The ground provides a subtle electric signal that governs the intricate mechanisms that help maintain health and make our bodies work, just like plugging a light into a power socket.” Taken together, the research points to many health benefits gained by staying connected with our home planet, which Sinatra reports in Earthing, including reduced inflammation, relief from chronic pain muscle tension and headaches, lower blood pressure and tempered hormonal swings. As a practical solution, Sinatra prescribes taking a little

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Ditch the Bra “Breast cancer is caused by bras,” medical anthropologist Sydney Ross Singer states unequivocally. He is coauthor of Dressed to Kill, with Soma Grismaijer, and director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, in Pahoa, Hawaii. “Bras are designed to change the shape of a woman’s breasts to a culturally approved image,” remarks Singer. “But bras also create a pressure band between the breast and the lymph nodes, causing inflammation and swelling, and causing lymph to back up, restricting the body’s natural detoxification system.” “Cancer-causing toxins are delivered to the breast tissue by the bloodstream and are kept there by the bra,” he explains, likening the toxins to bullets. “The bra holds them in place, pointed directly at the breasts.” Singer’s research, conducted in the early 1990s, showed that women that wore bras 24/7 had a breast cancer risk 125 times that of women that never wore bras. Yet Singer’s findings have

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Simple Stress Relief Resets Brain Function Using the index fingers, find two small knobs, usually about an inch above the midpoint of the eyebrows, known as the neurovascular reflex points. Rest fingers very lightly on these points until a pulse is felt. It may take several minutes. Be patient. Mentally review a current stressor using all the senses; see, feel, smell, hear and taste it. Source: Dr. Frank King, president, King Bio Natural Medicine, Asheville, NC been largely dismissed by the medical community, and bra manufacturers still offer few wire-free styles. A Harvard School of Public Health study, published in the European Journal of Cancer Care in 1991, also discovered that bra-free women had a lower rate of breast cancer. Because the results were not central to the focus of the university’s research at the time, there’s been no follow-up. A practical solution: Wear a bra as little as possible. If it is sometimes necessary, wear one without wires, and engage in regular breast massage. This can be enjoyable and is an ideal partner activity.

Hum Often Another Singer assertion is that simply humming “mmmmmmmmm” a couple of minutes a day can stimulate the thyroid and increase the

production of thyroid hormones of those with an underactive thyroid. The butterfly-shaped gland wraps around the larynx, or voice box, which Singer contends is part of nature’s elegant design, meant to be stimulated by sound. The Cleveland Clinic reports that 10 percent of the U.S. population age 65 and over suffers from hypothyroidism, with the rate in the general population between 1 and 2 percent. The condition is a special problem for women encountering perimenopause or menopause, when hormone levels can fluctuate wildly. “The medical community has considered the effect of the thyroid on the voice but not the vibratory effect of vocalization on thyroid function,” says Singer. “It stands to reason that humming, singing or quietly talking is preferred to the overstimulation of shouting or yelling.”

Adopt a Pet “Animals are among our best teachers,” says Dr. Carol Roberts, the author of Good Medicine: A Return to Common Sense, who teaches holistic care at the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine. “Animal companions give us so much more than they ask for and live in a state of unconditional, open-hearted love.” Roberts notes numerous studies that show the simple presence of a loving animal can lower our blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A CDC heart study, for example, showed subjects that had owned a cat at any time were 40 percent less likely to die of a heart attack. Japanese researchers from Azabu University, in Kanagawa-ken, found that dog owners experienced a spike in oxytocin—a neurotransmitter that helps us cope with stress—by simply meeting their pet’s gaze. While people widely recognize that walking the dog is great exercise, other loving interactions with our pets support happiness and health, as well.

Exercise Artistic Skills Giving oneself artistic license is also healthy, advises Roberts. “Just bring a little beauty into your life, whether it’s choosing which clothing and


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accessories to wear, arranging a vase of table flowers or dancing to favorite music. Just do something creative every day.” Energy therapists maintain that exposure to creative activities improves circulation to the brain and thyroid; on a psychological level, it also works to improve self-confidence and self-expression. A recent study at the University of Colorado published in the journal Palliative & Supportive Care confirmed that individual art therapy is useful in supporting cancer patients during chemotherapy. Fifty-one of the 54 participants said it helped them to relax, talk about their situation or explore and express emotions to their benefit. Roberts adds, “It’s even better if you join a group engaged in a creative activity. I think people in general do better when we come together to create something beautiful.” These experts’ prescriptions for such simple lifestyle changes have shown how commonsense adjustments in everyday living can have profound, health-altering results, with only good after effects. Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. Among her many books is The Super Simple HCG Diet (Square One). Connect at




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According to the U.S. Office of Dietary Supplements, nearly half of us regularly use some kind of dietary supplement, including vitamins, minerals and botanical herbs.


hile mainstream media have recently targeted supplements with alarming coverage about their value and safety, James J. Gormley, former editor of Better Nutrition and author of User’s Guide to Brain-Boosting Supplements, helps set the record straight. In an open letter on the Citizens for Health website, at, he contends the worst part about misleading articles is that they can scare readers away from benefits that safe supplements might offer. He notes that although nothing in life is 100 percent risk-free, supplements are inherently benign, while pharmaceutical drugs frequently have unhealthy side effects. Controversy over supplements seems to arise primarily from misinformation. Following are some guidelines and resources to help ensure their wise use and maximum benefit.

chemicals that target one body system or organ, causing it to alter its function; they mask symptoms, but do not cure disease. On the other hand, the goal of vitamins, minerals and plant-derived supplements is to provide nutrients to help a troubled body system by supporting health and healing. Some confusion occurs because many pharmaceutical and supplement manufacturers take advantage of people’s desire for a one-bullet solution, which rarely exists in either source. Stephen Lawson, administrative officer of the Linus Pauling Institute, at Oregon State University, maintains that, “Lumping together items like vitamins, minerals and botanicals, each of which can have profoundly different physical profiles and effects on the body, is dangerous and misleading.”

Supplements Versus Pharmaceutical Drugs

Everyone can benefit from taking the right supplements to address specific health needs. Numerous studies attest that many diseases, especially in older adults, are caused by a deficiency of certain vitamins or minerals. For example, pernicious anemia, common in adults over the age of 60, is due to

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a long-term deficiency of vitamin B12. The condition often proved fatal until researchers discovered that taking such supplements could effectively treat it. Another common nutritional deficiency disease among aging adults is osteoporosis, a loss of bone minerals that often leads to fractures. Its primary cause is chronic deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D levels. The latter is crucial for absorbing calcium—a primary mineral for building bone. According to the National Institutes of Health, older adults are likely to spend more time indoors, plus, even when they are exposed to the sun, their skin does not synthesize vitamin D as efficiently as when they were younger. Serious nutrient deficiencies rarely cause fatal outcomes, but deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals can deter organs from optimal functioning. General medical tests do not always show minor shortfalls, and practice shows that supplementing with the appropriate vitamin or mineral can often both eliminate symptoms and resolve an underlying problem.

Choosing Helpful Supplements Determining which supplements can best meet individual needs requires sound information. First, determine if a perceived condition could be caused by a vitamin or mineral deficiency, and then identify the best dosage. It is also

Helpful Resources Alliance for Natural Health Dr. Andrew Weil Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center National Institutes of Health

vital to know how a supplement might interact with any current medications. Most vitamin and mineral supplements are safe when used properly, but always consider asking an experienced professional for guidance; this is especially true for botanicals, because some manufacturers make unsupported claims based only on their own research. Generally, nonprofit organizations such as the Linus Pauling Institute (lpi.Oregon that do not sell supplement products, present unbiased information.

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The No Flour No Sugar Diet by John Koenig


ypnosis offers powerful support for anyone making any personal change, but mostly people use a hypnotist to lose weight, stop smoking or learn to relax. The author of this article’s practice is no exception. Yet for years he dreaded weight loss clients. Why? He got great results with weight loss clients. They averaged a pound a week weight loss and seemed happy. He dreaded weight loss clients because he was chubby himself. Almost 40 lbs heavier than he is today. His approach then was similar to other programs. Calorie counting. Portion control. Boost motivation. And, of course, add exercise. Then he discovered some simple information that changed his personal life and that of his clients: certain foods make people fat. Worse still they are addictive. After all, people don’t generally binge or get in trouble with meats, vegetables or fruit. The products that cause problems are those with added sugar (“foods” such as candies, ice cream, pastries, donuts as well as those with hidden added sugar or corn syrup from ketchup to prepared canned or frozen foods) and those with flour (mainly breads and pastas). These are the “crack cocaine of foods.” Avoid them one day at a time and the weight tumbles off. He “got” this idea from a book by a Doctor Gott: The No Sugar Flour Diet.


Gott points out that these products are new to the human diet. Refined flour and sugar were unknown prior to the 1700s. Before then people ate real, wholesome food: meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, diary, fruits, and nuts. Refined sugar and flour have no nutritional value. Fiber and nutrients have been removed. What is left is simply empty calories that turns almost instantly into fat. Gott explains the science behind why added sugar and flour based products make people fat. It is simple. Their high glycemic index means they enter the blood almost immediately as sugar. The body pumps in insulin to cope with the attack. Excess blood sugar gets converted to fat. He calls this approach “the simplest way to lose weight.” One just avoids these products. Simple as that. And, one can expect to lose a pound a week until reaching an acceptable weight. This really works. The author has lost over 40 pounds (and keeps it off). His clients are doing the same. This is not another yo-yo diet. For many people, this can be THE answer. And living sugar and flour free is not as hard as it may sound. A person eating this way is NOT deprived. Potatoes and rice are fine on this approach. Steak,

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Science is now proving that our thoughts have a direct physical impact on our cells, immune system and physical health. So re-training our brain to focus and think only positive toward our progress and ourselves will help us manifest our goals into reality. If we fall off for a day or week, we can’t beat ourselves up over it. Instead, we focus on the abundance around us, the achievements we’ve made and pat ourselves on the back for all that we’ve done already—then get back on the wagon tomorrow! Every thought we have directly affects our cells and can turn gene expression on or off.

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It’s a new year, and every year we write down our resolutions. For most, that list usually includes something to do with weight, health and fitness. Our intention typically begins with such enthusiasm and commitment, but within a few months, we get discouraged or fall off track. Is this really our fault? Is it really just a lack of commitment and complacency, or could it be something else completely?


Epigenetics is the study of how environmental and lifestyle factors can alter the way our genes are expressed. This is growing in both the scientific and holistic communities due to science proving that we can actually turn gene expression on and off—again, based upon lifestyle and environmental factors. This could be why that stubborn weight just refuses to come off or why we never seem to have the energy we know we can have regardless of how many cups of coffee, energy drinks or smoothies we drink. This is going to play a vital role in all of our lives in the near future. Understanding this will help so many people overcome the struggles that no doctor, program or research has yet been able to do. But, this cannot be done without our last point.


Our world is continually changing, growing and expanding with each “New Year.” It can be hard to keep up with the new and exciting trends and sifting through what this New Year has to bring each of us. The one thing that’s for sure is that weight still hasn’t come off, our energy still hasn’t gotten better and our stress is still on the rise. So, how do we actually accomplish the goals we write down every year? For starters, we must understand the mind-body connection, how it works and the direct impact our cellular communication and health has on our goals.

True cellular healing is perhaps the most important aspect in regards to our modern day health epidemic. Everywhere we look, breathe, eat and drink are things that wreak havoc on our cells and bodies. We are made up roughly of 50 trillion cells and these cells, when sick, dying or damaged, produce serious health conditions such as low energy, poor sleep, inability to lose or gain weight regardless of diet and exercise, headaches, moodiness, anxiety/depression, pain and even more serious conditions and diseases. Most of us have cells that are speaking many different languages and so they can no longer communicate with each other properly. When this happens, our hormones become dysregulated, our thyroid begins to suffer, our weight issues come up, diabetes and insulin resistance develops, energy and sleep are affected—you name it. The key is cleansing our body of the sick and dying cells, resetting our cell receptors and getting our cells to start speaking the same language again and working together. This can only be done through a True Cellular Detox and Healing protocol. This is how we effectively embrace the world of epigenetics and start turning off those genes we have expressed that are causing us so many issues.


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Tuesday, January 1

2-Hour New Year’s Day Baptiste Yoga – 12-2pm. With Jane Viscolosi & Kristi Martel. This class will inspire you to move out of your comfort zone. This is a heated Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga class (90-degree room). $25. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335.

Wednesday, January 2

Kripalu – 6-7pm. Always gentle, ideal for beginners. A more traditional relaxing practice always guided. For the earlier crowd, teachers you can join Chris at 4:30pm for a similar class. $20/2 classes (new); $14/drop in $12/prepd pkg. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Guided Imagery Meditation – 7-8:30pm. For relaxation and focus, group meditation meets on 1st Wednesday of each month. Please contact Sharon for more information. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

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Beginner Bellydance – 9:30-10:45am. Get in shape, have fun and learn to enjoy your body for what it is while exploring the ancient art of Middle Eastern Dance, Cabaret Style Belly Dance with Mahdia. $45 for 4 weeks. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Reduce Cellulite, Tighten, Tone, Firm and Detox – 7-8:30pm. See how herbal wraps get your sexy back in 45 minutes. Experience the wrap. Enjoy some detox tea and healthy snacks. $20, Waves Of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. RSVP: 401-480-1934.

Saturday, January 5

Psychic Self Defense – 2-3:30pm. Jonathan Sousa teaches us techniques for self protection, cleansing and self empowerment to use in our daily lives. You will make a self protective folk charm to take. $30. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-3533099.

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Reiki Retreat – 10am-4pm. Come relax, renew and energize at our Annual Reiki Retreat. Whether you’ve been practicing Reiki for years, or, if it has been awhile since you’ve used it, join us. $50 includes light lunch. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Yoga School Open House – 12-4pm. Sample classes, meet teachers, and find out more about our unique walking program. Learn how to take your practice “off your mat” into every step. Free. Yoga School of South County, Peace Dale Office Building, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511. Meditation the Universe and You – 1-2pm. You may have heard about meditation and that it can be helpful for physical health. Meditation can also help find purpose in life, access creativity and spiritual awareness. Free. Narragansett Library, 35 Kingstown Rd, Narragnasett. 401-333-2422 x 22. SOS. org/USA/NewEngland. Learn To Meditate: 3-Week Course – 3-5pm. Learn effective tools to glide effortlessly into meditation. Feel confident and inspired to practice daily. Open to newcomers and experienced meditators. $150/3-wk series. Time for You Yoga – Yogeshwari Fountain, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. To register: 401-305-5319.

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Resolve and Renewal – 2-4pm. Purify from the holidays and clarify your intentions for the New Year. Experience Agni Namaskar, a playful, cleansing, fire-based practice. $20. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.


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Monday, January 7

Basics and Yoga Nidra – 4:30-5:45pm. Move through centering exercises and gentle yoga movements to warm the body and shed tension. The class concludes with a guided Yoga Nidra experience. All levels welcome. $8/drop in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 6-8pm. Free talk; program runs Jan 14-Mar 4. This powerful course encourages you to actively participate in your health and wellbeing. Tuition includes book and CD. $365. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. 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, N Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, January 8

Fitness + Nutrition Counseling – 8:30-9:30am. Trying to get into a steady fitness and weight management routine? Join our fun individual/group programs that provide weekly one-hour health and nutrition demos/consultations. $129 for 4, 1-hr classes. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1114. Out of the Box Networking Social – 5-7:30pm. Join us for a different kind of networking event bringing the business, arts, events and wellness communities together. $10. UNO Chicago Grill, 370 Putnam Pike, Smithfield. 401-233-4570. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Topic: Group Dream Reentry and Lightning Dreamwork. Explore your dreams, learn techniques to improve dream recall, set up your dream space, and assist others with theirs. With Katharine Rossi & David Barr. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

Wednesday, January 9

30 Days to Wellness – 5:30-6:45pm. Holistic Nutrition Program. Learn to stop dieting and lose weight in a healthy, permanent manner. Join our group program which will meet Jan 9, 16, 23 and 30. $395. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1114. 13 Lessons in Folk Magic Course – 7-8:30pm. 1st of 13 classes. Must sign up for entire course. Taught in a small class setting, with a limited number of students. Please see our website for class outline. $150 entire course. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099. Reiki/Energy Circle – 7-9pm. Information and energy sharing session for all that are interested in energy therapies. All levels and modalities are welcome. $5 donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. For more info, Debi: 401-263-1107.

Thursday, January 10

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, CSYT. Free. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. To save a spot: 401-305-5319. Awakening through Drum Healing – 10am-12pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power or soul loss. Drum healing returns lost parts to the self, removes blocks and restores harmony. $35 group format. Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna, 150 Adirondack Dr, E Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

Friday, January 11

Sacred Stone Facial & Ayurvedic Beauty – 10am5pm. Learn about heated and chilled stones, crystals, marma points, sacred oils and honey mask. Free stones during guided harvest. CEs available. $275. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. Free Info: 40-Day Winter Cleanse – 12-1pm. Meet the directors and find out more about this dynamic, life changing program. Unlimited yoga, meditation, and nutritional support for 40 days, beginning January 18. $350. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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2013 New Year Celebration – 6-8:30pm. Come connect with the Love vibration of the New Year and discover what your personal year vibration has in store for you. $25. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Angelic Connection – 7-8pm. Learn a daily selfhealing practice. Connect with the healing angels and release negative energy while restoring a positive energetic connection. $10 suggested donation. Waves Of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. RSVP: 401-480-1934. Set Your Intention: Meditation – 7-8pm. Guided Meditation with special focus on setting your intention for the New Year. Experience a state of harmonious silence and stillness; complete relaxation. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Saturday, January 12

Intro to Integrative Yoga Therapy – 11-12:30am. Interested in teaching yoga to diverse populations? Join us and learn more about this innovative approach to living and teaching yoga. From gentle to vigorous learn it all. Free. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike, Foster. 401-368-9642. Seven Secrets for Writing Magic – 12:30-4:30pm. Benefit from 7 secrets to create impact with your writing. Learn the tricks of the professional editor trade and what editors look for when deciding to publish a piece. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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Sunday, January 13

Ann Greene Workshop – 9:30am-12:30pm. Monkeying Around: Upbeat hand balances and backbends. $55; $140 for all 3 AG Workshops. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Integrated Energy Therapy®:Basic – 9:30am6pm. Energy Therapy Training with the Angels. One of the next generation, hands-on, power energy therapy systems that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good. $195 includes Workbook & IET Certificate. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Group Manifesting for the Earth – 1-3pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Truly magical as we follow a meditative format and span the planet as a group. We are working with cleaning up the water. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Usui Reiki Level I Workshop – 10am-4:30pm. Learn Reiki for stress relief, relaxation. Treat yourself, others; also plants and pets. Informative teaching, hands-on practice, Level I Attunement and Certificate. $135. Sylvia Collins, RM/T, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.

Yin Yoga Immersion – 1-5pm. Yin Yoga with Ken Nelson, PhD, senior teacher from Kripalu. We’ll explore attention training and meditation techniques while practicing simple to advanced yin poses. $70. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, E Greenwich. Register:


Ann Greene Workshop – 2-5pm. Remember Your Greatness: A potpourri of standing poses, hip openers twists, and forward bends. $55. Also see January 13 listing. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Ethics for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers – 12-6pm. This overview of ethics will examine principals including professional values, boundaries, communication, and client relationships. Group discussion will be encouraged. This course includes the required 2 hours for NCBTMB in Standard V: Roles and Boundaries. With Gloria C. Mathiesen MA, LMT, NCTMB. Tuition $100. Held at: The Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 915235-7427.

Tea with Intention – 2-3:30pm. Tisanes (herbal teas) are a delicious and easy way to fit herbal healing into any lifestyle. Join Barbara Aspland-Wolf from Garden Gate-Herbals to find out how. $10. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. Ann Greene Workshop – 2:30-5pm. Leap into Your Potential: Standing poses, hip openers, backbends, and more. $55; $140 for all 3 AG Workshops. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Monday, January 14

7-Day Detox Program – 4:30-5:30pm. Join us for a 7-Day Detox program that will start you on a new course of health. Program includes 3 conference calls that will teach you how to conduct a healthy detox. $49. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, E Greenwich. 401-884-1114.

Tuesday, January 15

Ananda Kirtan Devotional Chanting – 6:308pm. Join the Gurubhakti Brothers. An evening of Kirtan Devotional Chanting, a guided practice of using chanting to go into progressively deeper states of meditation. Pure joy. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.

Wednesday, January 16

Meeting your Power Animal – 6:30-9pm. Learn how to journey shamanically to the lower world to connect and work with your power animals and learn helpful techniques for working with your guides on a daily basis. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $30. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329. Meditation the Universe and You – 7-8pm. Talk designed to give us an introduction into the multifaceted, magical, down to earth, and mystical world of Meditation. Free. Coventry Library, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9100.

Thursday, January 17

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:45am. Tour the school; observe classes in session; time for questions; please call to register. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228.

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Friday, January 18

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. Never had a massage before? This is a great way to start. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Gentle Yoga – 5-6pm. Class geared toward students who wish to move at a slower more relaxed pace, while still receiving all the benefits of Yoga. $13. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-737-2899. To register: Yoga Nidra Meditation – 6:15-6:45pm. This sleep like state has been shown to reduce tension and anxiety. This deeply healing and relaxing meditation is equivalent of 3 hours of restful sleep. $5. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-737-2899. To register: Holistic Properties of Gems, Crystals and Minerals. – 7-8pm. Learn the holistic properties of gems, crystals and minerals. Discover how they can influence your chakras and health. $10 suggested donation. Waves Of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. RSVP: 401-480-1934.

Saturday, January 19

Open House: Try a Free Class – 8am-4pm. Start the New Year with free classes in Aikido, Karate, Taekwondo, Tai Chi, Go-Do, Zen Studies and more. We are family-focused and fun. See website for day’s schedule. Free. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 N Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672.

Usui Reiki Training-1st & 2nd Degree – Jan 19 & 20. 9:30am-5:30pm. Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing modality used for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes inner peace and balance; mind, body, spirit and emotions. $150/1st Degree, $200/2nd Degree. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Yoga & X-Country Skiing or Hiking – 10am-3pm. A mindful playshop with yoga to warm up and cool down and skiing, snowshoeing or hiking in Arcadia depending on the weather. $35. Dance & Drum Ecological Awakening, 1 Hamlin St, Providence. 401-497-5968. Introduction to Essential Oils – 10am-4:30pm. Essential oils are energy medicines, which create pathways for movement in our healing, allowing us to easily and effortlessly release congestion and imprints. With Debbee Radcliff. $100. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 793-0097. Jenn Thomas Yin, Yoga & Meditation – 12-4pm. Befriend your body, heart and mind in a half day of self-care. Explore movement, stillness and deep awareness. Learn to be with life just as it is. $39. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Transform Your Life in 2013 – 12-5pm. Heal your body, mind and spirit in an amazing day of workshops and healing sessions. Join host Mary & Dr. Dave and a number of healers, psychics and shamans. $25.55. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-432-7195. Kids Yoga Class – 1-2pm. Body-, mind- and spirit-based yoga for kids. Learn easy fun yoga poses, laugh, play and time for meditation. Parents are welcome for $5 if space is available in class. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

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Reiki 1 Training with Myra Partyka - 9:30am4:30pm. Reiki is a form of non-invasive, hands on healing that reduces stress and allows the body to relax, so the body’s self healing wisdom can accelerate. In this class you will learn about the gentle healing power of reiki and how to apply it to yourself and others. $150. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main Street, East Greenwich. 401-884-1114.

Monday, January 21

Intoduction to Marma Therapy – 10am-5pm. Activating marma points allows light and prana into the body, transforming the biochemistry of the physiology. CEs available. $155. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Come join our Drumming Circle as we meditate, journey, and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring your own drum. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. Please RSVP: 401-437-1652.

Tuesday, January 22

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

Wednesday, January 23

40 Days to Personal Revolution – 6-7pm. Free talk, program begins Jan 30. Whether you have been practicing yoga or are new to the experience, this program revolutionizes your approach to your health. $345. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. 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. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Law Of Attraction Monthly Workshop – 7-9pm. Lessons and activities for attracting what you truly want into your life. Start the New Year of with clear intentions. $10. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. Register with Debi by Jan 17: 401-263-1107.

Thursday, January 24

Han Way Aha – 6:30-8:30pm. A class that teaches you how to use the Universal Laws. Yes, yes, yes you can find joy in your life. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, door on the left, back of the building, Providence. 401-237-0180.



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classifieds FOR RENT EAST SIDE Office Share: Tues, Thur and Weekends. $275. Available Now. Excellent location on Waterman at Hope. Nicely appointed, spacious room, good for counseling or any one on one treatments.In chiropractic suite. Contact Cathryn at 401.808.0837 or mail to: Office Space. Room available Full or PartTime within a holistic health center in East Greenwich. Rent includes: wi-fi, utilities, web presence, some advertising and shared voicemail box. Call 401-398-2933, Jewel Sommerville, D,Ac., voicemail #1 for more information.

Fantastic Opportunity for the right team member for our expanding “Private Retreat.” We are currently looking for a key member to join us in helping people heal themselves naturally. If you are a health conscious individual who enjoys helping others, you may be qualified to join Between Two Worlds, check out our web site to see what our mission is before contacting us for a personal meeting.

massage R olf S tructural I ntegra tion, Therapeutic Bodywork, Thai massage, NCBTMB accredited Thai massage classes.  Located off Rte. 6 in Sterling, CT.  It’s worth the trip! 860-617-1234,

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

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Professional Rental Space Available. A must see in Johnston. Rent negotiable. Contact Cheryl @ 486-0033.

You are capable of manifesting your dreams. Learn how. To receive your free CD call 401-585-0162.

FOR sale Updated, mixed-use bldg in N. Prov. Unlimited poss! Bright, 2-level, easily accessible from all points; ample parking, central/ air, fireplace, Jacuzzi bath, large kitchen, hardwoods, open floor-plan. Great for live/work or rental income. Call Ted 401-286-4496.

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CommUnity Yoga Class – 7:30-8:30pm. Complimentary One-Hour Yoga Class taught by our extended community of Amrit trained teachers and friends. Bring yourself, open heart and mind to share in Sangha. All levels. Free; donations appreciated. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Last Friday Gong Bath Meditation – 7:30-9pm. End your week with deep relaxation and peace as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, January 26

Breaking Through Barriers in Relationships – 9am-4pm. Learn what soul contracts have been blocking your path, how to continue clearing blocks on your own, and how to prevent yourself from creating additional contracts that don’t serve you. $115. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. JMS Mat Teacher Training – 11am-4:30pm. Three weekends, Saturday and Sunday, through Feb 10. Indepth course for those interested in teaching Pilates. Anatomy and exercise breakdown of the Matwork. $900. Jen McWalters Studio, 999 Main St, Ste 111, Pawtucket. Reiki Level 1 Certification Class – 11am-5pm. Learn this gentle Japanese healing technique to heal yourself and others. Includes Reiki history, attunement, hand placements, lots of practice. Manual and certificate. $135. Pathways to Healing. Bobbie Schaeffer: 401-287-4093.

YOUR WISH IS YOUR COMMAND! Learn how to channel the cosmic forces of the universe to give you whatever you desire. Money, romantic love, power, luck, health can be yours. To get your FREE CD revealing the secret, CALL 1-401-500-5845.

Group Manifesting with Creative Play – 1-3:30pm. Join us as we visualize and play to group manifest goals. We will make vision boards, develop scripts filled with positive emotions and visualize for each other. With Shari Bitsis. $25. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. RSVP: 401-465-4249.

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Using Your Practice to Navigate Life – 2-4pm. Shannah Greene will lead a creative sequencing of asanas, pranayama, chanting and meditation will be the tools used to navigate our realities and seal our intentions. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Buying or selling real estate RI or MA? Ed Morris, a Realtor & Coach with 30 years experience, can guide you on your journey. Call for a free 1 hour consultation. Eaglemax Realtors, Cranston 401.474.9650 or

Wolf Moon Hike – 7-9pm. Enjoy a winter wandering under the light of the moon and possibly through the snow. Enjoy hot chocolate after the hike. Leader: Laurita Moscatelli of the New Dawn staff. $10. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341.

Sunday, January 27 Group Manifesting for the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Truly magical as we follow a meditative format and span the planet as a group. We are working on peace and diplomacy. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. RSVP: 401-465-4249.

Friday, January 25

Introduction to Ayurveda – 10am-5pm. Course will teach massage therapists or anyone interested in healing, how to integrate aspects of Ayurveda into


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their daily life. Discover your own constitution and how to find clues about your client’s constitution through speech, body analysis and personality. $155. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372. Reduce Cellulite, Tighten, Tone, Firm and Detox – 7-8:30pm. See how herbal wraps get your sexy back in 45 minutes. Experience the wrap. Enjoy some detox tea and healthy snacks. $20. Waves Of Wellness, 155 Park Ave, Cranston. RSVP: 401-480-1934.

Sunday Sound Bath & Meditation Group – 10am12pm. Discussion of metaphysical and holistic health topics, followed by a period of meditation, and concluding with a gong bath. With Joy Quinn Blum. Free. Be Healthy & Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, N Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Usui Reiki Level II Workshop – 10am-4:30pm. Learn three powerful Usui symbols. Send Reiki long distance. Informative teaching, hands-on practice, take-home packet. Level II Attunement and Certificate. $165. Sylvia Collins, RM/T, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.

Integrated Shanti Flow Yoga – 4-6pm. Hollis Mickey’s powerful flow will integrate body, mind and spirit. You will strengthen all aspects of your being and learn to be fully present in every moment. $16 drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.


Last Sunday Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Come relax and find peace within as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. With Joy Quinn Blum. $20. Be Healthy & Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, N Kingstown. 401-258-3952.

Monday, January 28

IET® “Energy Share” – 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of healing and rejuvenation for certified IET® Practitioners. All levels welcome. $10. Heavenly Hugs – Gladys, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or to just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy while I tap on the meridian points on an acupuncture model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Tuesday, January 29

Viniyoga Therapy Low Back Care I – 5:30-7pm. Do you experience chronic backache? A regular therapeutic can help minimize back pain. Join yoga therapist Karen Lee for this 8-week class series in Pawtucket. $147 Regular Rate; $132 Early Rate. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Thursday, January 31

Tools for Meditation – 6-7pm. 5 ways to build your 5 minute daily meditation. Why meditate, why not? An easy way to learn some easy tips for your daily meditation. Free. Dharma Healing Center, 154 Waterman St, door on the left, back of the building, Providence. 401-237-0180. Meditation for Spiritual Guidance – 7-8pm. Peaceful meditation is written for those seeking spiritual guidance and/or a spiritual guide. Free gemstone pendants infused with Reiki energy for all participants. With Bobbie Schaeffer. $10. Pathways to Healing, Warwick. 401-287-4093. HPH Parents’ Grief Support Group – 7-9pm. Helping Parents Heal is a national organization

offering support and healing for parents who have lost a child at any age from any cause. Led by Joy Quinn Blum. Free. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-258-3952. Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 7:30-9pm. You activate a vibration in you. Law of Attraction responds with wanted or unwanted experience. Discuss these and more profound ideas about how we create our own reality. $5 drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Sunday, February 3


Lisa Zaccheo, BCH, BCI

Mind Matters Hypnosis Center Avon, CT

Open House – 1-3pm. Meet and talk with alumni, parents and faculty; tour the campus; families welcome. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x228.

“The best course I’ve ever attended...AMAZING!”

Friday, February 15

March 23rd-30th, 2013

Shirodhara Therapy – Feb 15-17. 10am-5pm. Learn how stream warm oil over the crown chakra, magnifying the senses, dispersing negative electrical impulses from stress, reversing imbalances such as insomnia and depression and rejuvenating the face. CEs available. $375. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Monday, February 25

Natural Beekeeping Course – 6-9pm. Introductory 6-wk course in natural/organic beekeeping practices. Meets on Mondays at BCC in Fall River. Start your own beehives this year. Register early online. $75. Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA. 508-678-2811 x 3047.

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Yoga for Peace – 9:30-10:30am. An eclectic melding of Kripalu, viniyoga, vinyasa, and restorative yoga and Buddhist meditation. Emphasis on breath, energy awareness, and nonviolence of body and mind. $10 donation suggested. The Mediator, 50 Rounds Ave, Cranston. 401-497-5968. Ananda: Sunday Service & Potluck – 10am12pm. Join us for meditation, chanting, inspiration satsang (fellowship) and veggie potluck lunch. Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. All welcome. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.

Dream Circle – 7-8:30pm. Last Monday. Dreams are a gateway to the future. Do you keep a dream journal? Start now so that we can share and learn from our dreams. Discover what they are telling you. With Debbee Radcliff. $5. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 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.

Sunday Meditation – Begins Jan 13. 11am-12pm. Enjoy this relaxing morning class which includes a short talk and a guided meditation on how to apply Buddhist teachings in our modern lives. $8/class; free/members. Serlingpa Meditation Center, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.



All Levels Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. Yoga poses, breath work, and relaxation increase your strength, flexibility, balance, and awareness of the present. All levels. $13. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Warwick. To register: 401-737-2899.

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. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 11am-12:30pm. Explore the deep relaxation of Svaroopa® Yoga. Learn easy, adaptable poses with precise alignment and lots of support to relieve stress and pain. Call to save a spot. New students $40/4 classes, $18/series. Time For You Yoga – Maria, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. The Nia Technique – 5:30-6:30pm. Nia (NeuroMuscular Integrative Action) is a healthy, fun dance movement class for your body’s way. If you enjoy dancing, you will love Nia. Thru Movement We Find Health. $12/drop in; $60/6-wk series. Women & Infants, 1050 Main St, rear of bldg, East Greenwich. 401-487-6977. Mini-Holistic Childbirth Classes – 6-7pm. 2nd Monday. Explore a Holistic approach to preparing your body, mind and home for conception, pregnancy, childbirth and bringing your baby home. Rotating topics. Free. Extravaganza Kids, 1175 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-595-6938. Zumba – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Gentle Yoga & Stretching – 6-7:15pm. Designed with new students in mind. We will gently ease into yoga postures giving the body an opportunity to relax, and learn new movements. $8/drop in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016.


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Fresh Connections Networking – 9-10:30am. Every other Tuesday. Using the power of womenonly-networking to discover, reveal, focus and unleash the amazing strengths hidden within every woman. With Susan Lataille. First 2 visits free. Tamarisk Assisted Living, 3 Shalom Dr, Warwick. 401-769-1325.

The Nia Technique – 9:30-10:30am. Nia mixes dance, martial arts, and healing. Nia is for people of all ages. Nia improves balance, coordination, energy chi-flow, and nerve function. Come express yourself. $12/class. Vital Spark, 158 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. 401-487-6977. Yoga for Anxiety, Depression & Trauma – 2-3pm. Restorative Yoga combined with specific breathing techniques has been shown to ease the challenges of anxiety, depression and trauma. Preregistration required. $15. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike, Foster. 401-368-9642. Falmenco Dancing – 4:45-5:30pm. Family class (12 & up). Ignite your inner fire with Flamenco Dancing. Get fit, recharge your batteries and stomp away the stress to the rhythm of this passionate dance form. Only $80 for 8 wks or $15/walk in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 941-2310. All Levels Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Yoga poses, breath work, and relaxation increase your strength, flexibility, balance, and awareness of the present. All levels. $13. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Warwick. To register: 401-737-2899. Beginner Pilates Mat – 6-7pm. In this class we give you the basics of Pilates. Breathe, lengthen, and tone your way to less stress, better breathing, and better sleep. $13. Jen McWalters Studio, 999 Main St, Ste 111, Pawtucket. Zumba – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket.

Literacy Volunteers Tutor Training – Jan 22-Mar 19. 6-9pm. Volunteer to teach English. We train tutors to teach adults who have Basic Literacy or ESL needs. Nominal fee. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, Inc, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. For details: 401-822-9103 or Sadhana Yoga (Intermediate Level) – 6:157:30pm. Students will learn to develop a direct conscious awareness of the mind and the body to achieve a sense of calm in the emotional center while moving through postures. $8/drop in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Pre-and Post-Natal Pilates Class – 7-8pm. A class for moms-to-be and new moms. Focus on breath, strengthen your pelvic floor, tone your arms and legs, and have fun. We’ll be using the Low Chair, Ball, weights. $20/class. Jen McWalters Studio, 999 Main St, Ste 111, Pawtucket. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 7-8:30pm. Explore the deep relaxation of Svaroopa® Yoga. Learn easy, adaptable poses with precise alignment and lots of support to release stress and pain. Call to save a spot. New students $40/4 classes, $18/series. Time For You Yoga – Maria, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Study Group – Jan 8 & 22. 7-9pm. Alternate Tuesdays. Spiritual study, discussion, and meditation group based on the work of Edgar Cayce and the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Free. Joy Quinn Blum. Be Healthy & Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, North Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Viniyoga: Beginners – 7:15-8:45pm. New to yoga or just returning to your practice? This class lays the foundations for a strong and confident yoga practice. Breath, posture, and movement basics explored. $40 Intro Special Unlimited Classes. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivation wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Healthy Start to 2013 – 8:30-9:30am, by appt. Jan Special: Fitness and nutrition assessments with health coach and fitness expert to help you create an health strategy for weight, health and happiness. $139. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1114. Pilates – 9-10am. Class focuses on functional spine mobility, stability and strength. Learn proper breathing techniques while increasing the function of core muscles. Integrated application. $15. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike, Foster. 401-368-9642. Viniyoga: Beginners – 9:30-11am. Are you new to yoga or just returning to practice? This class lays the foundation for a strong and confident practice. Learn breath, movement, and pose basics. $40 Intro Special Unlimited Classes. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Little Yogis! Ages 3-5 – 1-1:45pm. Come play yoga. Children will get to experience yoga in a playful and energetic class while improving flexibility and concentration without even realizing it. $10/drop in; $25/3 classes. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. Register: Yin & Yang Yoga – 3:45-5pm. A mixed level, slow flowing vinyasa class with deep attention to mindful alignments of body, mind and heart. With Jen Thomas. $15. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Wintertime Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Candlelight Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Also on 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 – 6-7pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. With Dr. Cathy Picard. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Kent Stetson’s Rainbow Vinyasa – 6-7:30pm. Kent Stetson’s fluid and challenging class relieves stress and builds optimum health. LGBT students and allies with an established yoga practice welcome. $13 drop-in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Swadhyaya Book Group with Karina Lutz – 6:308:30pm. 2nd Wednesday. New swadhyaya book group explores scriptures and spiritual writings from around the world in the spirit of swadhyaya. Suggested donation $5-$10. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Just Breathe: Simply Meditate – Begins Jan 16. 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 – Providence, 339 Ives St, Providence. 508-979-8277.

markyourcalendar Resounding Heart Meditation Service – 7-8pm. Raising our Vibration of Love through Sacred Sound and Silence. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. 13 Lessons in Folk Magic Course – Jan 9. 7-8:30pm. 1st of 13 classes. Must sign up for entire course. Taught in a small class setting, with a limited number of students. Please see our website for class outline. $150 entire course. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099. Healing Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 2nd and last Wednesday. Healing meditation helps people feeling blocked or frozen; who feel like their energy

everyday living experience. $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, E Providence. 401-435-6502.

Happy New Year levels could be the better and they know they could be better organized. Come and relax. With Debbee Radcliff. $5. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.


Fluid Fitness™ – 11am-12pm. Move like water. Stiff, tight, inflexible? Gentle, effective, innovative “exercise” without working out hard. Slow aging process, “swim” on land, and feel more free. $12, $10/seniors. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-826-2020. Healers Group – 12:30-2:30pm. Weekly gathering of healers to share latest techniques and insights, to practice on or with each other and to help with distance healing cases. Brown bag lunch and circle. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Gentle Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. This class is geared toward students who wish to move at a slower, more relaxed pace while still receiving all the benefits of yoga. $13. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-737-2899. To register: Aikido for Women and Girls – 5:30-6:30pm. Increase confidence and strength. Aikido is a great martial art for women of all ages. Classes tailored to your abilities and level. Give it a try. First class is free. Trial Offer: 8 classes for $100. Main Street Martial Arts, 1282 N Main St, Providence. 401-274-7672. Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 5:30-7:15pm. Relax your body and awaken energy in a blissful Ananda Yoga Class followed by Meditation. Suggested donation $10. Join Kyle (401-789-1288) Thursdays at Grace Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, N Kingstown. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Flamenco Dancing – 5:45-6:30pm. Adult Class (18 & up) Ignite your inner fire with Flamenco Dance. Get fit, recharge your batteries and stomp away the stress to the rhythm of this passionate dance form. Only $80/8 wks or $15 walk in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 941-2310.

Physical Fitness through Dance – 6:15-7:15pm. Experience a new and fun way to burn calories and boost stamina. We will use low impact cardiovascular exercises that warm the body in preparation for combinations. $8/drop in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA. 774-365-4016. Food For Life: Diabetes Initiative – 6:30-8:30pm. The Power of Foods for Diabetes Prevention and Treatment. Series runs every Thurs in January starting on the 10th. Visit our website for more information. $65. Holistic Health Rhode Island. Beginners Yoga – 7-8pm. New to the practice of yoga or need to jump start your own practice. Relax and let go while being more present in the moment, using your breath to help quiet your mind. $80/8 wks. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Zumba – 7-8pm. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Mixed levels, beginners always welcome. New student specials 2 for $20; $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Weight Loss: Why Do I Gain The Weight Back? – 7-8:30pm. Free interactive workshop on the emotional eating and addiction related to weight loss. This self-help group will explore coaching and counseling techniques that can help you combat your challenges. Free. Counseling Center, 1076 Park Ave, Cranston. RSVP: 401-474-9650,


Individual and Small Group Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Yoga classes that feature gentle poses which release spinal tension and promote a sense of emotional wellbeing. Call or email to reserve your spot. $12/class, $60/6 classes. Fresh Plate Health, 660 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-884-1114.

Basics Flow Shanti Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Liz Butler teaches a beginning class exploring breath, flexibility and range of motion. Experience a place of deep inner calm as you build a solid yoga foundation. $13 drop in. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Group Energy Healing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. Experience powerful healing energy from intuitive healer Kim Testa. Come experience why this is such a popular event. $20. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP:

Medical and Therapeutic Qigong – 6:15-7:15pm. Strengthen and balance your energy, improve immunity, and learn to make healing qigong a part of your

First Friday Gong Bath Meditation – 7:30-9pm. 1st Friday. Feel completely relaxed and peaceful as the healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan sing-

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ing bowls wash over and around you. Gongmaster Joy Quinn Blum. $20. City Aiki, 200 Allens Ave, Providence. 401-258-3952.



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

Group Meditation – 8:30-9:30am. Manage stress, awaken intuition and connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization and sound. Individual sessions available by appointment. With Robert Arnold. Bring a friend. New Students $10. Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Ananda: Group Meditation – 9-10am. Start the weekend in the peace and joy of guided meditation and chanting. Join Kelly & Friends. All Welcome. Donation. Meet at 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. 401-667-7315. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Zumba – 9:30-10:30am. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to move and have fun. $5. Stage Right Studio, 68 S Main St, Woonsocket. Wintertime Farmers’ Market – 10am-1pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Free Pilates Equipment Class – 11:30am-12pm. Taste the equipment without a commitment. Intensify your workout at the new Mind 2 Body Fit Studio on Providence’s West Side. Free. Mind 2 Body Fitness, The Plant, 60 Valley St, Unit 27 (next to Cuban Revolution), Providence. 774-406-8222. Other free classes: Beginning 24 Posture Tai Chi – 12-1pm. No prior experience needed. Suitable for all adults. With practice, Tai chi will improve coordination, balance, and energy. Classes also Thursday, 7:30pm; Wednesday, 1pm. $210/12-wk course. The Way Of The Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. Ananda: Raja Yoga Workshop – 1-4pm. Monthly on 3rd Saturday. Explore teachings of Yogananda on How To Navigate The Spiritual Path: Discussion, Meditation, Practical Exercises for living in peace and joy. Suggested donation $20. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Breathing Meditation Workshop – Begins Jan 19. 3-4:15pm. Each class starts with a kundalini yoga set, followed by a 20-30 minute breath meditation. This 4-week workshop continues in February; visit website for more info. $60. Holistic Health Rhode Island, 5784 Post Rd, East Greenwich.

acupuncture Aquidneck Island Acupuncture

Dr. Shawna E.M. Snyder 170 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02842 401-297-1642 I will take into account your whole self, not just your symptoms, in order to get to the root of your health concerns. My conviction is that healing is less about battling illness and more about nourishing life. As long as we’re living-we’re healing. I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna and Tufts Health Plan insurance. See ad on page 27.


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

Community Ayurvedic Herbalist

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

The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. —Deepak Chopra


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S.A.M.A. School for Allied Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372 Ayurveda recognizes 4 stages of imbalance before a Western doctor can give a diagnosis. Using pulse analysis, Vedic astrology, and tongue analysis, I can gain insights about your constitution and current health conditions. This is a transformative, unique educational experience for people who are ready to create the life they were born to live. See ad on page 47.

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT Aquidneck Nutrients & Wellness Center

170 Aquidneck Ave Middletown, RI 401-324-6167 • Are you suffering from Sleep Disturbances, Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Low energy, Low Libido, PMS, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Focus and Memory loss? We will work with your doctor. For Men and Women. Consultations available Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with Rene StLaurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant.


Dr. Belinda Mobley Briarwood Plaza 30 Olney St, Seekonk, MA 508-336-0408 Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. At Mobley Family Chiropractic we use gentle but specific chiropractic techniques to locate and remove the barriers to true health and have a variety of options to assist you on the Rd to better health and vitality. See ad on page 23.

New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness Dr. Misty Kosciusko 934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-683-6430 New Horizon Chiropractic & Wellness utilizes a whole body holistic approach to assist your healthcare needs! Dr. Kosciusko prides herself in educating her patients on the root cause of their physical ailments, at the same time providing exceptional quality of care to assist in pain relief with long standing results. See ad on page 21.

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

Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times.  Remember:  The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 49.

COUNSELING THE HEART OF HEALING 81 Station St. Coventry, RI 401-828-5065

Making the decision to ask for help overcoming emotional problems and addiction can be a difficult one. Rachael Smith, RN, MA, CRC, LCMHC, and Certified Sex Addictions Therapist candidate helps clients by combing Eastern and Western modalities. She specializes in treating anxiety, grief, trauma and addiction. Rachael’s unique practice blends mind-body practices (yoga, bioenergetics, meditation, chakra psychology) and the creative arts with traditional talk therapy. A group for female partners of sex addicts is currently forming. See ad on page 33.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS Depth Hypnosis fireseed center for transformation Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 401-924-0567 • Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.

energy healing Light Soul Therapy Healing

Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363 Like peeling an onion, Light Soul Therapy works to release layers of dis-illusion, dis-content & disease.  Facilitating the very deep healing energies of Reconnective Healing, The Reconnection & Sacred Stone Massage, the body/mind begins it’s transformation to healing and wholeness. Private Self Mastery sessions & group Meditation gatherings accelerate the healing process.  Call today for free 20 min. phone consult.  I would love to speak with you. See website for more info.


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Christine McCullough, MA

Michelle Maynard 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich, RI 401-886-1936 • Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 13.

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

My Holistic Village

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

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

Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon

Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 • My philosophy has always been that everyone should love and be proud of how their skin looks and feels. At the young age of 50, my skin has never looked so flawless and so fresh. I look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 43.

Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library articles and audios. Bookmark the Calendar for “must see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at

S.A.M.A. School for Allied Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 79 Thames St., Newport, RI 877-832-1372 Based on a Vedic form of astrology, numerology and sacred symbols, I can see very specific details of your past, present and future. Together, we can enliven your life’s purpose, understand why have met certain people, and determine events that may occur regarding career, money, love and health. Receive practical ideas for how to become healthier and more radiantly happy. See ad on page 47.

holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings

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

For 26 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.  Please visit our website for a wealth of information. See ad on page 49.

Make Local Your Focal Point! Buy from Local Vendors!

877 BRdway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic Readings, Angel &Tarot Cards, Past Lives, Reflexology, Workshops, Magick Classes, Weddings, Moon Ceremonies, Psychic Parties, gifts, stones, herbs, Room Rentals. Sunday ~ First Spiritualist Church of RI -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 38.

human potential center The Alive Academy 545 Pawtucet Ave 401-305-3959

The ALIVE Academy is New England’s Only Human Potential & Prevention Center located in Rhode Island. If you have just 30 Minutes a week, then we guarantee a Thinner, Younger, Healthier You! Call or visit our website today to book your appointment. See ad on page 2.

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John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist 110 Jefferson Blvd Warwick, RI 401-374-1890

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. See ad on back cover.


pet foods

The Zen Studies Program

1282 North Main St (Inside Main Street Martial Arts) Providence, RI 401-213-9784 Old and new meet under the guidance of a Reiki 4 Shihan. Gain immediate relief from anxiety, depression, grief, pain, loneliness, stress, anxiety and general distress. Discover meaning. Individual and group sessions available. Most feel relief after one session, 4 to 6 provide a firm foundation. Come discover your life.

Pet Foods Plus 30 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 401-253-2456 Toys, treats, shampoo, leashes, cat litter or food of all kinds, Pet Foods Plus has it. High quality customer service, offering a full supply of food and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, fish and even livestock. We also sell fish, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Stop by for quality products at affordable prices! See ad on page 47.

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

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

Sheila M. Frodermann, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 45.

Keri Layton, N.D.

life & business coaching INSPIRED LIVING

The world needs you to be yourself. Are you looking for more meaning and purpose in your life? Let us help you live the life you were meant to.  Through honoring the whole (mind, body & spirit), we offer affordable coaching, education, inspiration, connection and creative exploration.  See page ___ for our upcoming women›s Life Makeover Series. See ad on page 41.

manual lymph drainage POLLY C. JIACOVELLI, LMT, CLT, LANA 120 Wayland Ave, Suite 6 Providence, RI 401-273-4448

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD™) can assist with cleansing and detoxifying via the lymphatic system, and help support the immune system, reduce pain, swelling and, perhaps most importantly, relax the sympathetic nervous system. Polly Jiacovelli has been treating patients with MLD™ for over 20 years. Find out more how MLD can help Lymphedema, Lipedema and is said to be one of the best holistic beauty treatments. See ad on page 27.


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Bobbie Schaeffer Warwick, RI 401-287-4093

naturopathic physicians

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

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.

Sylvia Collins

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


Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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

organic HAIR SALON Elaine Hewitt

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. See ad on page 42.

Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 • Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 20.



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tarot readings Karen M. Bentley, B.S

Certified Professional Tarot Card Reader Member American Tarot Association 401-285-1079 501 Angell, St. Providence RI 02906

Dynamic Tarot guidance relevant to everyday challanges. Excellent for clarity, creativity, brainstorming, perspective and peace of mind. Readings available by phone or in person by appt. Also available for special events.

therapeutic massage It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100

From the moment you step in... You feel the difference Offering various therapeutic massage modalities, Reiki, Cupping, Facials. Your table is waiting for you! We are who you have been searching for all this time. See ad on page 43.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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


cathryn moskow, lcmt

145 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-808-0837 10,000+ massages of experience". Stress buster! "Best of Boston" Muscular therapy for pain relief, rehab/chronic restriction + movement work, agerelated issues, injury work, your goals + aaahhh. Experience a blend of Deep Tissue, Swedish, Biodynamics, Reiki. Medicinal grade essential oils included FREE. Give a gift of a Gift Certificate. Call for an appointment.

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Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 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.


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

yoga and holistic health center

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 27.

wellness center Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy


315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, selfdiscovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 35.

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

A holistic wellness center featuring Yoga instruction therapeutic massage, skin care and hair removal, Reiki, Karate, Belly Dancing and Acupuncture. Located 5 minutes from the airport and Providence in Historic Pawtuxet Village. We believe in a hands-on approach to health. Our 9 massage therapists, acupuncturist, skin care professional and instructors will help you feel your beSt Online scheduling available at See ad on page 47.

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Hypnosis and coaching to achieve your goals for 2013. Powerful, proven programs include free CD recordings. Stop Smoking Hypnosis

Permanent Weight Loss Hypnosis

Become a non-smoker in 3 enjoyable, private sessions. More successful & easier than cold turkey or medications.

Unique 3 private session program works where diets fail. Lose weight and KEEP IT OFF!

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Stop Smoking Hypnosis Spa Weekend

Get away, relax and become a non-smoker (Feb 1 and Feb 2) at Urban Sweat.

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