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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.
20 LETTING KIDS 18 THE
JUST BE KIDS They Thrive on Natural,
Unstructured Fun by Madeline Levine
22 SIX WAYS
of Prenatal Chiropractic Care by Dr. Maegan Istok
TO EAT SAFE
The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, Seeds and More by Melinda Hemmelgarn
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28 A GREEN NIGHTâ€™S SLEEP FOR TRAVELERS Pioneers Show the Way
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34 PET FOOD
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inally, fresh fruit and vegetable season is upon us again! We are so fortunate to have a great garden of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pears, and vegetables. We are waiting anxiously for our raspberries and it shouldn’t be long now! We have always frozen our raspberries because we get so many all at once and freezing them lets us spread out the pleasure of them over a longer season. This year we had a brilliant idea. During strawberry season we went picking in Portsmouth where they have berries that just surprise you every time with their flavor and smell. We bought a lot of them and froze them the same way as our raspberries. It is fantastic! Here is a little trick if you want to try it. Just spread your berries on a cookie sheet not touching each other. Freeze them for an hour or two and them put them in a zip lock bag in the freezer. In shakes and desserts, you cannot do better. They taste just as good as the day you bought them. We’re going to experiment with our vegetables next! I remember my childhood days filled with outdoor fun, bike rides, playing games and sitting in trees eating mulberries. In this months issue, Madeline Levine’s article, “Letting Kids Just Be Kids,” on page 20, feels absolutely right, bringing home the importance of unstructured play and why such times are among our fondest memories. They were right when they told us kids, “these are the best years of your life.” Today is good, too, but I miss playing without a care in the world, afternoon naps and letting others lovingly take care of me. Living in the moment, which comes so naturally to a child, is essential to well-being our whole life. Why have we allowed ourselves to lose this vital skill? Always charging around with our heads down, we miss so many of the simple things. I’ve decided not to wait for the next New Year to make this resolution and I hope you will too. Look around you all the time. That beautiful full moon, the cool breeze off the ocean, the sound of crickets in the evening, the magical colors nature can produce in a flower or the double rainbow I was able to witness just last night. Our play as adults may be different than it was as children but be wistful, creative, and live in the now. Wishing you wondrous play days of summer plus plenty of time to “just be”.
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newsbriefs Kiara Windrider Comes to Providence Institute
he Providence Institute for Contemplative Study and Natural Health will host Ilahinoor and Global Awakening, A Weekend Seminar with Kiara Windrider, from August 2 through August 4. Windrider travels around the globe spreading the energy of ilahinoor and his knowledge of global awakening that is taking place at this moment. During the Friday evening introduction, held from 7 to 9 p.m., participants will experience an initiation into a mystery school tradition known as ilahinoor, a hands-on technique which quickly allows us to merge with one’s lightbody, thereby creating a direct access to multidimensional frequencies for healing, awakening and manifesting one’s unique destiny on Earth. On Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 pm., Windrider will teach how to further incorporate ilahinoor as a healing practice. Ilahinoor refers to a universal field of divine light, and is a simple yet profound Kiara Windrider technique for merging with the higher self. During this weekend training, participants will learn to access these energies through an understanding of brain physiology and soul psychology. They will then learn how to share this work with each other in order to integrate higher frequencies of light in the physical body. Windrider is a psychotherapist and author and has been researching the phenomenon of planetary awakening for many decades. He has written five books including Year Zero: Time of the Great Shift and Ilahinoor: Awakening the Divine Human. Cost: $25, Friday only or $200 for the weekend workshop, including Friday. The Providence Institute is located at 18 Imperial Place, 6A in Providence. For more information, call 401-270-5443 or visit TheProvidenceInstitute.org or KiaraWindrider.net. See ad page 17.
Isa Gucciardi Brings Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions to Rhode Island
he Foundation of the Sacred Stream (FSS), a California-based nonprofit organization, is celebrating 10 years of providing the wisdom of ancient spiritual and healing traditions to those interested in being of service in the world. A growing community of students and healers in Rhode Island has been welcoming FSS founding director and lead instructor Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., each summer Isa Gucciardi since 2005 and looks forward to her return this month. Gucciardi will offer a free talk on the shamanic journey (July 10) and lead workshops in Integrated Energy Medicine (July 12 to 14), Applied Shamanism (July 19 to 21), The Shamanic Journey (July 11 and 12) and Grief and Loss (July 16 and 18) at All That Matters in Wakefield. Gucciardi will also teach Applied Buddhist Psychology (July 22 to 24) at Energy’n’Elements in East Greenwich. Gucciardi has spent over 30 years studying spiritual, therapeutic and meditative techniques from around the world and holds degrees and certificates in transpersonal psychology, cultural anthropology, comparative religion, hypnotherapy and transformational healing. She is the creator of depth hypnosis, a groundbreaking method of self-transformation that has won rave reviews from psychotherapists and spiritual counselors. Combining practices of transpersonal psychology and hypnotherapy, this therapeutic model brings “the power of shamanism, and the power of Buddhism, into the therapeutic environment to help people transform longstanding and difficult to reach imbalances,” says Gucciardi. She has a depth hypnosis and applied shamanism healing practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and finds these healing modalities helpful for a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, autoimmune problems, panic disorders, eating disorders and addictions. Gucciardi and her clients address the symptoms that arise by understanding them as teachers and using depth hypnosis and applied shamanism to help clients discover the roots of their symptoms, and to change their relationship to them. For more information, visit AllThatMatters.com or SacredStream.org. See ad page 33.
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newsbriefs Raffa Yoga Offering 200-Hour Teacher Training
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affa Yoga is offering its Yoga Alliance recognized Yoga Teacher Training, providing participants the opportunity to become a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered (RYT 200) and recognized instructor in six months. The training will begin August 23 and is a weekend format. Facilitators, Christine Raffa and Jane Viscolosi, have worked together for more than eight years, teaching classes and leading workshops in the methods of Baptiste, Forrest, Hatha, Vinyasa, adaptive and therapeutic yoga. Both are committed and dedicated to participants’ experience and are excited to be offering the training, Jane Viscolosi and Christine Raffa which is designed for anyone interested in teaching yoga classes, those interested in deepening their yoga journey and current yoga teachers interested in honing teaching skills. Participants in the program will not only learn the fundamentals of teaching—including sequencing, presence, assisting, correct alignment and demonstrating—but also how to enhance their personal practice and deepen their relationships with themselves and others.
he Alive Academy, a wellness center located in Pawtucket, has added reflexology and ionic detox foot baths to its growing list of services. While many like to do the combination treatment for optimal results, customers have the option of choosing one or the other, as well. According to Anna Scurry, co-director of The Alive Academy, the theory behind reflexology is that every organ, valve, muscle, etc. that lies within a zone can be accessed via a point or area on the feet or hands. Reflexology is offered to help bring the person back into balance so that the body can nurture and repair itself through the organ’s connected points on the feet. A reflexologist knows that the purpose of this work is to help the client’s body come into alignment with its own energy and ability to heal. The ionic foot bath is utilized to help the body release toxins through the pores of the feet by activated ionic water. The foot baths work to gently pull toxins from different areas of the boy while alkalizing and energizing the body. Scurry says that the two therapies work very well together.
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newsbriefs InnerStrengths Jiu Jitsu Offers More than Martial Arts
nnerStrengths Jiu Jitsu is hosting a Women’s Empowerment Self-Defense Seminar from 6 to 9 p.m., July 18 and July 25. The course will focus on self-awareness, the power of the voice, increasing intuition and learning effective self-defense techniques. Jiu jitsu is a martial art based on using leverage and technique opposed to muscle and strength and can be adapted to anyone. It is referred to as the “gentle art” to give way, not to fight force with force. Those who train at InnerStrenghts will not only learn the effective skills of self-defense through the martial art of Brazilian jiu jitsu, but so much more. Students are looked at as individuals with recognition of their attributes and strengths. They become part of a community of respect, teamwork, building character and self-confidence. InnerStrengths Jiu Jitsu offers a wide variety of classes and provides seminars for individuals, agencies on empowerment self defense, stress management, and Reiki. The facility recently welcomed Licensed Massage Therapist Robin Dyer, who is offering Swedish, deep tissue and chair massage by appointment only. InnerStrengths Jiu Jitsu is located at 311 Washington Ave., in Providence. For more information, call 774-488-6940, email InnerStrengthsJiuJitsu@yahoo.com or visit InnerStrengthsJiuJitsu.com. To contact Robin Dyer, call 401-585-7662, email Robin.InnerStrengths@yahoo.com. See ad on page 11.
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quine Assisted Therapist and Spiritual Counselor Alecz Adams will offer the class Healing with Animals at 7 p.m., July 21, at the Fireseed Center for Transformation. Participants will learn about animal assisted therapy, altered state work, Buddhism and energy work as they apply to healing with animals. “Working with animals in a healing context is at-home therapy that so many people have available to them, of which they often aren’t even aware,” states Adams. “The more we can take advantage of all the ways in which we can help ourselves feel better, the happier we can become and the more enjoyable we can make the lives of those around us.” The class also holds the opportunity to participate in a guided meditation, a type of altered state work in which the participants will embark on a short mental journey to meet a vision horse and have an experience of healing in this process. “This workshop is good for everyone,” says Adams. “Practices incorporating animals for healing have been used by people around the word since hunter gatherer times.” After the guided meditation, there will be an opportunity to learn more about Adams’ work with horses and healing. Adams is also a DH Method practitioner and a certified hypnotherapist. She has been teaching the healing arts internationally since 2004. Cost: $12. Fireseed is located at 194 Waterman St., 3rd Floor, Providence. For more information, call 401-9240567 or visit SoaringSpiritInc.com.
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antosha Yoga Studio will host Guru Purnima, a 24-hour immersion into the ancient practices of yoga. Santosha Yoga Studio teaches how to make the connection between body, mind and spirit on the yoga mat and in everyday life. Beginning at 6 a.m., July 20, 30 students will begin the inward journey to discover the light that resides within all of us. Incorporating many of the different aspects of yoga: bhakti, hatha, jnana, tantra, mantra and raja, those attending the event will receive the full spectrum of an authentic yoga practice. Guru Purnima is a celebration of the Light the Guru offers. It is typically practiced on the full moon to celebrate the author of the ancient text the Mahabharata, Vyasa or the Buddha. Santosha will be incorporating the ancient ceremony of puja with modern day yoga in order to create a day of gratitude and grace for each individual attending. Guru is derived from two words Gu, meaning “darkness” or “ignorance” and Ru, meaning “light;” therefore, the Guru is the one who shines the light where there was once darkness or ignorance. When celebrating this energy the practitioner is aligning their energy with the Guru’s energy. This creates an opportunity for profound healing on the physical, mental and emotional levels. Cost: $130, includes meals. Registration is limited to 30 people. For more information and to register, call 401-780-9809 or visit YogaAtSantosha.com.
Wildheart Wellness Relocates and Expands Services
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ildheart Wellness (WW) has moved to a new, larger location at 4372 Post Road on the East Greenwich/ Warwick line. In addition to the new space, the team has also expanded to include two new therapists, Cailin Wakeman and Jenna Terranova-Frisby. Services now available at Wildheart Wellness include Oncology, Prenatal and Thai massage, Swedish and deep tissue massage, Reiki, Reflexology and CranioSacral treatments. Customers are encouraged to follow WW on Facebook for monthly gift certificate discounts. For more information, call 401-932-7693. See ad below.
he Concordia Center for Spiritual Living is offering a Peace Circle every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to help heal the planet through prayer and love. This is a free trans-denominational prayer meeting and all are welcome to take part in personal and global transformation. The Peace Circle is designed as an outreach of oneness and spirituality for the highest good of all. Over the hour, participants uplift themselves to be better able to uplift the community and the world.
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oul Wisdom Healing Arts and The Women’s Well will host Wisdom’s Daughters: How Women Can Change the World, a workshop with author, Jungian therapist and astrologer Cathy Pagano from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 13. The workshop can help individuals make the right decisions that will bring fulfillment and help them discover the Cathy Pagano source of their wisdom. Pagano will be signing her new book, Wisdom’s Daughters, which will be available for purchase at the workshop for $23. Cost: $65. Registration is required. Soul Wisdom Healing Arts/The Women’s Well is located at 934 East Main Rd., in Portsmouth (The Green Grocer Complex). For more information and to register, call 401-662-6642.
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f Mother Nature chose an ideal sports drink for light-to-medium exercise, it might be coconut water, the clear liquid found most abundantly inside young, green coconuts. That’s the conclusion reached by Indiana University Southeast lecturer Chhandashri Bhattacharya, Ph.D., in presenting his research to the American Chemical Society. “Coconut water is a natural drink that has everything your average sports drink has and more,” says Bhattacharya. “It has five times more potassium than Gatorade or Powerade. Whenever you get cramps in your muscles, potassium will help you get rid of them.” A 12-ounce serving of coconut water may also help balance the typical American diet, which is too low in potassium and too high in sodium derived from excess salt; individuals consuming such diets tend to have twice the risk of death from heart disease and a 50 percent higher risk of death from all disease-related causes. Coconut water is also high in healthful antioxidants.
Plasticizer Undermines Heart Cell Functioning
he chemical DEHP, a phthalate used widely in household plastics, may change how rat heart cells use energy, according to a new study by George Washington University, in the District of Columbia. By shifting heart cells to depend on fatty acids as an energy source more than usual, DEHP may ultimately increase the long-term risk of heart attack and heart failure. The findings raise concerns about similar effects of plasticizers in humans. Earlier work from the same research team reported that DEHP causes irregular rhythms in cultured heart cells. DEHP is frequently used for medical blood bags and tubing and is found in foods packaged in plastics, especially fatty foods like milk products, oils and fish or seafood.
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t is peak season for iced tea, but this warm-weather favorite may not be the ideal choice to counter dehydration. Iced tea made from black tea contains high concentrations of oxalate, one of the key chemicals that lead to the formation of kidney stones, a common disorder of the urinary tract that affects about 10 percent of the U.S. population. “For people that have a tendency to form the most common type of kidney stones, iced tea is one of the worst things to drink,” reports Dr. John Milner, an assistant professor with the Department of Urology at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. While all black tea contains oxalate, dietitians note that people tend to imbibe more of it when it’s on ice than when it’s hot.
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A Handy Atlas for Eating Local Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based local food advocacy group, has released its second annual Locavore Index, tracking the availability and use of locally produced foods and ranking states based on their committed support. Using recent data from multiple sources, the index incorporates farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) operations and food hubs in its per capita comparison of consumer interest in eating locally sourced foods, known as locavorism. The top five states for accessibility of local foods are Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Iowa; the bottom five are Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. The organization’s Executive Director, Orly Munzing, says the purpose of the index is to encourage local food efforts by supporting farm-to-school programs, urging hospitals and nursing homes to purchase local foods and asking supermarkets to buy from local farms. View the ranking of every state at Tinyurl.com/LocavoreIndex.
Humane Pet Nonprofits Follow the Crowds Animal welfare organizations serving cities around the country are discovering that shopping malls are ideal places to find forever homes for needy pets. At the Coronado Mall, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Darlene Arden teaches volunteers to clicker-train cats and dogs to make them more adoptable. The SPCA in Cattaraugus County, New York, sets up a highly successful location for adoptions and raising donations in the Olean Center Mall every holiday season. The Collier County Humane Society, in Naples, Florida, turned a defunct pet shop in the Coastland Center mall into a thriving adoption center staffed by volunteers. Some shelters motivate the public to embrace and encourage the technique of trap/neuter/release (TNR) as a way to control feral cat populations. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Found Animals Foundation, states, “We launched the groundbreaking Michelson Prize and grant program aimed at developing a non-surgical, single-dose sterilizing agent for cats and dogs. This type of product will help shift pet population control from lethal to non-lethal methods by dramatically reducing the number of pets coming into shelters.” Learn more at FoundAnimals.org/ pet-spay-neuter.
Poisoned Poisson Fish Rendered Scentless by Pollution
Fish living in lakes tainted with metals are losing their sense of smell, prompting worries about dwindling populations, because when dissolved metals contact fish nostrils, their neurons shut down to protect the brain. Fish use their sense of smell to navigate murky waters, find mates and food, and avoid predators. The effect of metals has been linked to impaired reproduction and growth, but this secondary, “covert toxic” effect is described by Keith Tierney, a University of Alberta assistant professor, this way: “If you can’t smell food or avoid predators, you’re more likely to die.” The good news from Canadian researchers, as reported in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environment Safety, is that such harm to fish can be reversed. When study co-author Greg Pyle, a professor at Alberta’s University of Lethbridge, and his research team relocated yellow perch from Ontario lakes contaminated with mercury, nickel, copper, iron and manganese to a cleaner lake, the fish regained their sense of smell within 24 hours. Most of the contaminated lakes involved have a metallic mix, making it hard to determine precisely which pollutants are to blame. Copper is high on the list of suspects; its agricultural and manufacturing use has more than doubled in the United States over the past three decades, according to the Copper Development Association. Source: Environmental Health News
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ow necessary is prenatal chiropractic care in both mothers and unborn babies? Natural Awakenings sat down with Dr. Maegan Istok, a practicing chiropractor and functional medicine doctor at The Alive Academy in Pawtucket to help us answer that question and more. Dr. Istok sees patients of all ages—from infants and pregnant mothers to people into their 90s. She combines functional medicine with nutrition in addition to chiropractic care to help individuals achieve optimal results.
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Why should a pregnant woman seek out chiropractic care? First off let me explain about the basis of what chiropractors do and why it is important. It is somewhat of a misconception that chiropractors only deal with neck and back pain. The truth is we are more nerve doctors than bone doctors. Our goal is to ensure that the brain is in complete control of the entire body, as well as all of its processes without any interruption in the communication of those messages. The way we do this is by adjusting the spine, pelvis and cranium, removing any subluxations, or misalignments, which may detract from the electrical signal from the brain traveling along the nerves to their final destinations—the organs, muscles, tissues, etc. This is very important in a pregnant mother and a developing baby. If the mother has subluxations in her spine and her organs and bodily systems are not functioning at 100 percent, chances are the mother and baby could suffer the consequences.
What type of consequences? Consequences may take many forms: high blood pressure, gastric reflux, constipation, back pain, difficult labor and more. The brain controls everything in the body, so anything in our bodies could be affected to some degree. In our bodies, we have nerves that we can feel and many more nerves that we cannot feel. Just because we don’t have pain does not necessarily mean there are no issues—they may not have gotten signifi-
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cant enough for us to notice them and take action yet. It would make sense that with a pregnant patient there is constant feedback from the body to the brain so the brain can give signals for hormones to be made. Take the process of birth for example: the brain gives signals to release oxytocin to induce contractions and the brain then gets signals as to how everything is working. Isn’t it logical that if the brain is not being given all the correct information it will not be able to effectively govern the hormone release and thus a longer and more difficult labor could ensue?
Can chiropractors correct babies that have not yet turned down close to the due date? One big reason for cesarean sections and medical intervention in the United States is breech babies. There are ligaments attaching the uterus to the pelvis. When the pelvis is misaligned the ligaments get strained and thus the uterus is torqued. With torsion in the uterus the baby is typically not comfortable in the headdown position. In chi-
ropractic, we have a specific technique aimed to realign the pelvis and enable the baby to find a more comfortable position. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/sacroiliac joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved, according to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
What about labor pains? It has been shown that getting regular adjustments throughout pregnancy help pregnant women avoid dystocia, or difficult labor, and have a shorter and easier labor. Not to mention the alignment of the pelvis and lumbar spine has been shown to decrease the low back pain, which commonly occurs throughout pregnancy and after delivery without the use of drugs or injections.
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Letting Kids Just Be Kids
They Thrive on Natural, Unstructured Fun by Madeline Levine
Well-meaning attempts to fill a child’s summer with enriching activities may do more harm than good. Why not let kids just be kids?
Self-initiated and self-directed play otions of summer as endless free means the child is calling the shots and time—to climb trees, chase firelearning what comes naturally. If a child flies, build a fort in the woods, strums a guitar because he loves it, maybe set up a lemonade stand—have that’s play. When being instructed, the been supplanted in many families by child may enjoy the experience, but it’s pricey summer camps or other highly structured activities. But unstructured not the same, because the motivation is play isn’t wasted time; it’s the work of at least partly external. childhood, a vehicle for The American Thinking back to our Academy of Pediatdeveloping a basic set of life skills. Research own best childhood rics recommends that children play outside as published in Early memory, it won’t be much as possible—for Childhood Research & Practice shows that a class or lesson, but at least 60 minutes a day—yet almost half of children that attend the time we were America’s youth rouplay-based rather than tinely aren’t getting any academic preschools allowed to just be. time outside, according become better students. to study findings reported in the Archives Child development expert David of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Elkind, Ph.D., author of The Power of Outdoor play helps combat childhood Play, maintains, “Play is essential to obesity, acquaints them with their larger positive human development.” Various environment and supports coping skills. types teach new concepts and con Every child is different. But as Dr. tribute to skills, including helpful peer Kenneth R. Ginsburg, a professor of relations and ways to deal with stress.
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pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania and a leading expert on resilience, remarks, “Every child needs free, unscheduled time to master his or her environment.” Play is valuable because it miniaturizes the world to a manageable size and primes kids for learning. Consider the complexities involved in a game of chase. Kids develop social skills in organizing and agreeing on rules, and then participate in the physical and creative actions of the actual activity while resolving conflicts or disagreements during its course—providing a foundation for excelling in school and even the business world. Solitary play also provides problem-solving practice. A young girl playing with her dolls may try out different ways of handling the situation if one of them “steals” a treat from the dollhouse cookie jar before tea is served. Because youth haven’t yet developed a capacity for abstract thinking, they learn and discover more about themselves mainly by doing. Developing small self-sufficiencies gives kids a sense of power in a world in which they are, in fact, small and powerless. This is why kids love to imagine dragon-slaying scenarios. Taking risks and being successful in independent play can increase confidence and prepare them to resist peer pressures and stand up to bullying. Given our global challenges, tomorrow’s adults will need the skills developed by such play—innovation, creativity, collaboration and ethical problem solving—more than any preceding generation. A major IBM study of more than 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries in 2010 found that the single most sought-after trait in a CEO is creativity. To survive and thrive, our sense of self must be shaped internally, not externally. We need to learn and focus on what we’re good at and like to do; that’s why it’s vital to have kids try lots of different activities, rather than immersing them full-time in parental preferences and dictated experiences. Leading experts in the field agree that considerable daily, unguided time not devoted to any structured activity facilitates their investment in the emotional energy required to develop their own identities.
In the end, learnIt is this sense of self Most experts agree ing who we are prithat provides a home base—a place to retreat, that kids should have marily takes place not throughout life. more unstructured in the act of doing, but in the quiet spaces be Ultimately, everyfree time than tween things, when we one must rely on their own resources and structured playtime. can reflect upon what we have done and sense of self or they’ll ~ Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg who we are. The more always be looking for of these quiet spaces external direction and families provide for kids, the better. validation. Mental health workers say that produces kids that take unnecesMadeline Levine, Ph.D., a clinical sary risks, have poor coping skills and psychologist and educator in San Franare vulnerable to substance abuse. cisco, CA, is the author of New York Business leaders say such a tendency Times bestsellers, Teach Your Children produces workers that need too much Well and The Price of Privilege. See time, resources and direction to be MadelineLevine.com/category/blogs. really valuable.
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Six Ways to Eat Safe
The Latest Facts about Organics, Pesticides, Seeds and More by Melinda Hemmelgarn
ot fun in the summertime begins with fresh, sweet and savory seasonal flavors brought to life in al fresco gatherings with family and friends. As the popularity of farmers’ markets and home gardening surges onward, it’s time to feast on the tastiest produce, picked ripe from America’s farms and gardens for peak flavor and nutrition. Similar to raising a sun umbrella, learning where food comes from and how it’s produced provides the best protection against getting burned. Here’s the latest on some of the season’s hottest food issues to help families stay safe and well nourished.
Local Organic Reigns Supreme
Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and garlic farmer near Ann Arbor, Michigan, observes, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local, and that’s kind of the same thing.” Purchasing local foods whenever possible has many merits, including shaking the farmer’s hand, asking about farming methods and developing sincere relationships. Buying local also supports the local economy and contributes to food security. Yet “local” alone does not necessarily mean better. Even small farmers may use harmful pesticides or feed their
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livestock genetically modified or engineered (GM, GMO or GE) feed. That’s one reason why the smartest food choice is organic, with local organic being the gold standard. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic certification label ensures that strict national organic standards—prohibiting the use of antibiotics, hormones and GM feed and ingredients—have been met. Plus, organically raised livestock must have access to the outdoors and ample time on pastures, naturally resulting in milk and meat with higher levels of health-protecting omega-3 fatty acids. Still, organic naysayers abound. For example, many negative headlines were generated by a recent Stanford University study that questioned whether or not organic foods are safer or more healthful than conventional. Few news outlets relayed the researchers’ actual conclusions—that organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria; children on organic diets have significantly lower levels of pesticide metabolites, or breakdown products, in their urine; organic milk may contain significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids; and organic produce contains higher levels of health-protecting antioxidants. Jim Riddle, former organic outreach coordinator at the University of Minnesota, in Lamberton, explains that organic farming methods are based on building and improving the soil, promoting biodiversity and protecting natural resources, regardless of the size of the farm. Healthier ecosystems, higher quality soil and clean water will produce healthier plants, which in turn support healthier animals and humans on a healthier planet.
Pesticide Problems and Solutions
Children are most vulnerable to the effects of pesticides and other environmental toxins, due to their smaller size and rapid physical development. Last December, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement that asserted, “Beyond acute poisoning, the influences of low-level pesticide exposures on child health are of increasing concern.” The organization links pesticide exposure to higher risk for brain tumors, leukemia, attention deficit disorders, autism and reductions in IQ. Because weeds naturally develop resistance to the herbicides designed to kill them, Dow AgroSciences has genetically engineered seeds to produce crops that can withstand spraying with both the systemic herbicide glyphosate (Roundup), and 2,4-D, one of the active ingredients in Agent Orange, used as a defoliant in the Vietnam War. The latter is commonly applied to lawns and wheat-producing agricultural land, even though research reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives links exposure to 2,4-D to birth defects and increased cancer risk. Dow AgroSciences’ new GE seeds await regulatory approval. Eric Mader, program director at the Portland, Oregonbased Xerces Society for the conservation of invertebrates and pollinator protection, warns that broad-spectrum pesticides kill beneficial insects along with those considered pests. Mader recommends increasing the number of beneficial insects, which feed on pests, by planting a greater diversity of native plants on farms and in home gardens.
Demand for GMO Labeling
Despite California’s narrow defeat of Proposition 37, which would have required statewide labeling of products containing GMOs, advocates at the Environmental Working Group and the Just Label It campaign are pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for nationwide GMO labeling. Responding to consumer demand, Whole Foods Market recently announced that it will require GMO labeling in all of its U.S. and Canadian stores by 2018. Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert’s powerful new documentary, GMO OMG, should give the movement a major push, as well. The 2013 film explores the danger in corporate patenting of seeds and the unknown health and environmental risks of engineered food. Seifert says, “I have a responsibility to my children to hand on to them a world that is not poisoned irreparably.” As for the promise that GMOs are required to “feed the world,” he believes it’s a lie, noting that it’s better to “feed the world well.”
Seed Freedom and Food Choice
Roger Doiron, founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, headquartered in Scarborough, Maine, celebrates Food Independence Day each July Fourth. Doiron believes that growing, harvesting, cooking and preserving food is both liberating and rewarding, and patriotic. More than 25,000 individuals from 100 countries belong to his nonprofit network that focuses on re-localizing the world’s food supply. Food freedom starts with seeds.
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Saving and trading heirloom, non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds is becoming as easy as checking out a library book. Several libraries across the country are serving as seed banks, where patrons check out seeds, grow crops, save seeds and then donate some back to their local library. Liana Hoodes, director of the National Organic Coalition, in Pine Bush, New York, is a fan of her local Hudson Valley Seed Library. The library adheres to Indian Physicist Vandana Shiva’s Declaration of Seed Freedom and makes sure all seed sources are not related to, owned by or affiliated with biotech or pharmaceutical corporations. In addition to preserving heirloom and open-pollinated varieties, each seed packet is designed by a local artist.
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Grilled fish makes a lean, heart-healthy, low-calorie summer meal. Some fish, however, may contain chemicals that pose health risks, especially for pregnant or nursing women and children. For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, which is toxic to a baby’s developing nervous system. Both the EPA and local state health departments post consumption advisories that recommend limiting or avoiding certain species of fish caught in specific locations. For several decades, Captain Anne Mosness, a wild salmon fisherwoman, operated commercial fishing boats in Washington waters and from Copper River to Bristol Bay, Alaska. She worries about the threat of pollution from industrial aquaculture, plus the effects of genetically engineered salmon on wild fish populations, coastal economies and ecosystems. Mosness explains that AquAdvantage Salmon, a product of AquaBounty Technologies, was created “by inserting a growth hormone gene from Pacific Chinook and a promoter gene from an eel-like fish called ocean pout into Atlantic salmon.” She questions the FDA approval process and failure to address unanswered questions about the risks of introducing “novel” animals into the food supply, as well as related food allergies and greater use of antibiotics in weaker fish populations. “The salmon farming industry already uses more antibiotics per weight than any other animal production,” comments Mosness. The FDA’s official public comment period on GMO salmon closed in April, but consumers can still voice concerns to their legislators while demanding and applauding national GMO labeling. GMO fish may be on our dinner plates by the end of the year, but with labels, consumers gain the freedom to make informed choices. Consumers can also ask retailers not to sell GMO fish. Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Whole Foods have all committed to not selling GMO seafood. natural awakenings
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotics are one of the greatest public health achievements of the past 100 years. However, one of the most critical public health and economic issues we currently face is the loss of these drugs’ effectiveness, due in large part to their misuse and overuse in industrial agriculture. Dr. David Wallinga, senior advisor in science, food and health at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy, says that about 80 percent of all antibiotics are given to farm animals for two reasons: to prevent illness associated with living in crowded, stressful and often unsanitary conditions; and to promote “feed efficiency”, or weight gain. However, bacteria naturally mutate to develop resistance to antibiotics when exposed to doses that are insufficient to kill them. Wallinga points out that antibiotic-resistant infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), cost our nation at least $20 billion annually and steal tens of
thousands of American lives each year. Most recently, hard-to-treat urinary tract infections (UTI), were traced to antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria in chickens. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria exist in our environment, but are more likely to be found in conventionally, rather than organically raised meat and poultry, which by law must be raised without antibiotics. Consumers beware: the word “natural” on food labels does not provide the same protection. The good news is that according to Consumers Union research, raising meat and poultry without antibiotics can be accomplished at minimal cost to the consumer—about five cents extra per pound for pork and less than a penny per pound extra for chicken. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “Food Sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO (FoodSleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image. blogspot.com.
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n summer, when many fruits, herbs and vegetables are at their peak, it makes sense to harness their power for the family’s benefit. “Some people flock to plant-empowered living for better health, others because of their spiritual beliefs, to support animal welfare, respect the environment or best of all, because it tastes great,” says wellness activist Kris Carr, a documentary filmmaker, New York Times bestselling author and the educational force behind KrisCarr.com. Carr joined the wellness revolution after being diagnosed with a rare disease. It proved to be the incentive she needed to change her eating habits and find renewed power and energy. Her new book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, with recipes by Chef Chad Sarno, celebrates the colors, flavors and powers of plants that nourish us at the cellular level. Her main tenets include a focus on: Reducing inflammation. Inflammation is caused by what we eat, drink, smoke, think (stress), live in (environment), or don’t do well (lack of exercise). At the cellular level, it can lead to allergies, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, digestive disorders and cancer, according to Victoria Drake, Ph.D., of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State Univer-
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Easy Summer Recipes “Many of my recipes have been influenced by cultural experiences, twists on favorite childhood meals or newly discovered ingredients,” says Chef Chad Sarno. “The strawberry smoothie is among Kris Carr’s favorites. Few dishes have proved to be as timeless and widely beloved as the kale salad.”
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Crazy Sexy Fridge Foods Each week, Kris Carr stocks her fridge with what she considers “whole, plant-based deliciousness.” One of the biggest secrets of eating healthy, she says, is being prepared. “Always keep a well-stocked arsenal of healthy ingredients at your disposal,” she advises. “At the very least, you’ll always be ready to whip up a green juice or smoothie.” n Canning jars filled with
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A Green Night’s Sleep for Travelers Pioneers Show the Way to Eco-Friendly Stays by Avery Mack
hen your company motto is ‘true to nature’, you have to follow through,” says Tom Tabler, director of sales and marketing for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. “We look at everything, from the biodegradable ink pens in the guest rooms to the staff’s summer uniform.” Managers’ sport coats consist of lightweight plastic fibers and rubber from recycled materials. “They breathe fine, are comfortable and look great,” Tabler remarks. Hotel construction adhered to eco-friendly practices. A 100-acre bird sanctuary followed the onsite discovery of endangered golden-cheeked warblers. The 36-hole golf course is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program and deemed the most eco-friendly in the United States by the PGA Tour. The hotel’s four pools and a lazy river for tubing honor the region’s dry climate; water reclamation via closed loop natural catchments and rain retention ponds keep guests afloat
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and the golf course green. Also in Texas, the Four Seasons Hotel Austin has a “zero waste” goal, requiring the recycling of 90 percent of all onsite waste. Shadowboxes above trash cans show guests examples of what is and isn’t recyclable, while unused soap and other toiletries are donated to local women’s shelters. “We have placed sufficient containers, so there’s no excuse not to recycle,” says Kerri Holden, senior director of public relations. “In April, we were at
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the 70 percent compliance mark. We hope to reach our 90 percent goal by year’s end.” She notes that after management cancelled weekly dumpster service, only one six-by-six-foot trash container remains. Even worn linens become cleaning rags. The saltwater swimming pool uses soda ash, rather than harsher chlorine chemical treatments. Kitchen scraps are composted and become fertilizer for the hotel’s herb and vegetable garden and flowerbeds. Natural compost bags in guest rooms collect banana peels, apple cores and other organic food waste. At the end of the year, guests that composted during their visit receive a thank-you letter and The Nature Conservancy plants a tree in their name in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, one of the world’s most endangered tropical forests (PlantABillion.org). Boston’s Colonnade Hotel, built in the 1970s, grows greener with each upgrade. “We replace systems with the greenest possible solutions,” explains Keith Alexander, director of property operations. Guest room windows have been replaced with filmed and insulating twinned panes to save power year-round. Electrolyzed water is now used for cleaning; a higher pH works as a nontoxic degreaser, while a lower pH turns water into a sanitizer, eliminating the need for chemical cleansers and gloves. Next, the hotel plans to install a large commercial dishwasher that will use electrolyzed water instead of chlorine-based cleaners. California’s Cavallo Point Lodge, near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, opened in Sausalito in 2008 as the newest national park lodge and the only one with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. It was built in the early 1900s to house Fort Baker’s military families. While renovations have enlarged the rooms, wood door framing maintains the rustic appearance and the wood floors are either original or made from repurposed wood. “We learned a lot while updating the lodge,” says General Manager Euan Taylor. “We discovered that the tin ceiling tiles were painted with lead-based paint. Instead of using harsh chemicals, we froze each tile, gave it a slight twist and the paint fell off.” Unsurprisingly, food for the lodge
restaurant and onsite cooking school is purchased from local farmers. In Big Sur, California, the awardwinning Post Ranch Inn specializes in repurposing materials. Wood from old growth redwood wine casks accent walls in guest rooms. Fallen trees become benches dotting walkways. Dinnerware is made from recycled glass and any broken plates are recycled again. The honey used for a special spa facial treatment comes from 18 onsite beehives. Daily updates on energy savings via the Inn’s 208 kW, 990-panel solar power system can be viewed at Tinyurl. com/PostRanchInnMonitor.
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Oregon’s The Resort at the Mountain, in Welches, installed an additional 11,000 indigenous plants throughout its 300-acre property in 2009, in the spirit of the nearby Mount Hood National Forest. The mountain is home to the only ski lodge certified by the Sustainable Travel Institute, using United Nations criteria. “We are a base camp for skiers, hikers, off-road bikers and fly fishermen,” says General Manager John Erickson. “Our ‘field to stream’ menu features northwest products and of course, fish.” The resort’s golf course, following the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, uses natural methods for weed control. “We pull them up,” says Erickson. “Wildflowers get to stay where they are.” Golfers and fishermen volunteer to help keep the course in good shape and the water channels clear for salmon and steelhead. From the golf course, visitors can see the salmon swimming upstream. “Most of the fishermen catch and release,” says Erickson. “We want to be good stewards of the land.” Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@mindspring.com.
More Sustainable Hotels While many hotels are implementing energy- and water-saving measures and recycling, some are taking even more Earth-friendly steps in their operations and services. Best Western Plus Boulder Inn, in Boulder, Colorado, is solar powered and supplies bicycles for guests. Forty 1° North, in Newport, Rhode Island, provides in-room electronic newspaper delivery via iPads, saving 700 pounds of waste per month. Hyatt at Olive 8, in Seattle, Washington, has an 8,355-square-foot living rooftop that provides an urban habitat for birds, bees and butterflies and reduces storm water runoff to city sewers. The InterContinental New York Times Square has two green rooftops that feature low-maintenance, droughttolerant plants to help regulate the building’s temperature. A resident beehive produced 40 pounds of locally sourced honey in its initial harvest. Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco, in Portland, Oregon, offers guests a 50 percent discount on parking for hybrid cars, plus complimentary electric car charging. Shore Hotel, in Santa Monica, California, offers a Green Concierge program with information on local farmers’ markets, eco-friendly shopping and fair trade espresso spots, plus access to hybrid taxis, bicycles and walking tours.
In the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York, the Hotel Skyler, a former temple and theater, the third hotel in the U.S. and 10th in the world to achieve Platinum LEED certification, is heated by a geothermal gas pump and outfitted with salvaged architecture. Element hotels [in Colorado, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey and Texas] offer green kitchens, spa baths, in-room recycle bins, magnetic guest room door signs, electric vehicle chargers, in-room filtered tap water and bikes to borrow. Chicago’s Hotel Felix, built in 1926, has gone so green that even its sculptures are made from reclaimed materials. Houston’s Magnolia Hotel provides bus passes for employees. In Massachusetts, the Inn at Field Farm, in Williamstown, and the Inn at Castle Hill, in Ipswich, are owned by a statewide land trust and nonprofit conservation organization, The Trustees of Reservations. The Omni Hotel, in Dallas, is the largest gold-certified LEED hotel outside Las Vegas. Pennsylvania’s Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia relies on microturbines to provide 100 percent of the daily hot water needs and 15 percent of heating requirements. The W Austin Hotel uses only recyclable containers—no Styrofoam is allowed.
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In recent years, hotels across the country have realized that going green is not just good for the planet but for business as well. Guests look for both green practices and comfort during their stay. A huge step beyond recycling paper and banning Styrofoam to-go containers, new ways to build, light, heat or cool, clean, maintain and restore are now part of the everyday mind set for all employees.
hile hotels in other areas of the country film coat windows to block sunlight and excess heat, the Forty 1° North in Newport, Rhode Island takes advantage of sunlight to reduce lighting costs with the addition of south and west facing floor to ceiling windows. At night, LED and CFL light bulbs further reduce lighting expense by fifty percent. Air conditioning uses large amounts of energy, especially to cool open spaces like the lobby or restaurants in a hotel. To reduce the need to cool from within, French doors were installed in public places while sliding doors are in the guest rooms so vacationers can enjoy Newport’s famous cool waterfront breezes.
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The Forty 1° North is Rhode Island’s only hotel that is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Green has been the goal from the planning stages through building, from the use of recycled glass and shells in the concrete walkways to reduce the amount of new concrete
needed to low VOC wallcoverings and paints. Furniture in the restaurant area is manufactured by American Atelier, Inc, and created by utilizing environmentally friendly technology. Going green doesn’t mean going without. In the guest rooms, Malin + Goetz bath and spa amenities are provided because of their natural ingredients and the manufacturer’s commitment to the environment. Green Earth towels are made from super-fine cotton and designed to dry quickly. A guest who opts to re-use isn’t faced with a less absorbent or damp towel. Low flow shower heads and dual-flush commodes lessen water usage by as much as forty percent. With allergy sufferers in mind, all pillows and duvets are down-free.
The hotel is the first in the country to use energysaving hospitality grade LED televisions in guest rooms so even relaxing or catching up on the day’s news can be green. “A hotel usually supplies a variety of newspapers for guests, delivered to each room and in the common areas, like the lobby or restaurants. It amounts to a lot of paper waste on a daily basis. To avoid that, we put an iPad in each room so guests can read their choice of papers or use the internet,” says Paul Sauceda, director of sales and marketing. “We’ve also loaded the iPad with directories, maps, and menus for guest’s convenience and to further reduce the amount of paper we generate.” This change alone reduces paper waste by over 700 pounds per month.
When an employee is hired in any capacity, part of the orientation is to learn an overview of other jobs. The steps for running all of the departments are included. “Employees won’t remember how to do everything we mention about other jobs in the orientation but they’ll remember the commitment and attitude each department has about staying green. Some of our best suggestions come from employees and no idea is too small, whether it’s
where to place a composting bin in the kitchen, cleaning products to use or as a housekeeper recently suggested, a new way to sort papers.” To eliminate plastic water bottles, the hotel now offers flat and sparkling water that has been filtered on-site. A suggestion from another employee now has the daily meetings nearly paperless. Employees buy into the idea of green and an attitude of team spirit carries the idea into action. “Bouncing ideas off one another, we come up with even more ways to provide a comfortable environment for guests and an efficient workspace for employees,” says Sauceda.”If you can’t deliver on those basic promises, the green aspect falls by the wayside. The biggest impact on being green comes from educating our employees and their enthusiastic participation in the process.” Travel and summer fun can mean taking time off from work and every day concerns but doesn’t have to mean leaving environmental concerns behind. Go on vacation and go green! For more information visit, 41North.com or AmericanAteleirInc.com/programs/ index.htm.
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Pet Food Perils Lurking GMOs May Hurt Our Pets by Dr. Michael W. Fox
ike a canary in a coal mine, dogs serve as sentinels, drawing our attention to health hazards in our shared home environment and in the products and byproducts of the food industry.
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In the mid-1990s, as genetically engineered or modified (GE, GM or GMO), corn and soy were becoming increasingly prominent ingredients in both pet food products and feed for farm animals, the number of dogs reported suffering from a specific cluster of health problems increased. It also became evident from discussion among veterinarians and dog owners that such health problems occurred more often among dogs eating pet food that included GM crops than those consuming food produced from conventional crops. The conditions most cited included allergies, asthma, atopic (severe) dermatitis and other skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, recurrent diarrhea, vomiting and indigestion, plus abnormalities in liver, pancreas and immune system functions. People often reported failed treatments and harmful side effects to prescribed remedies (e.g. steroids), as well as problems with various manufactured prescription diets after their attending
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Medical School, in their 2009 study on the effect of GM foods on animals. Such problems are caused partly by the inherent genetic instability of GM plants, which can result in spontaneous and unpredictable mutations (Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews). DNA in GM foods is altered by the genetic engineering process; it can be incorporated by gut bacteria and may alter their behavior and ecology in the digestive tract. Likewise, when digestive bacteria incorporate material from antibioticresistant genes, engineered into patented GM foods crops to identify them, it could have serious health implications, according to Jeffrey M. Smith in his book, Genetic Roulette, and Terje Traavik and Jack Heinemann, co-authors of Genetic Engineering and Omitted Health Research.
“Look first for the USDA Certified Organic label. Next, look for other words and terms on the package indicating it comprises natural, humane, free-range, grass-fed and GM- or GE-free ingredients. Watch out for chemical preservatives, artificial coloring, byproducts, GMOs, irradiation/radioisotope treatment, hormones and antibiotics. In short, seek out whole organic foods appropriate to the species.” ~ Dr. Michael Fox veterinarians diagnosed their animals with these conditions. According to a 2011 study in the journal Cell Research, in engineering crops like corn and soybean, novel proteins are created that can assault the immune system and cause allergies and illnesses, especially in the offspring of mothers fed GMO foods. Diminished nutrient content is a concurrent issue. “The results of most of the few independent studies conducted with GM foods indicate that they may cause hepatic, pancreatic, renal and reproductive effects and may alter hematological, biochemical and immunologic parameters,”concluded Artemis Dona and Ioannis S. Arvanitoyannis, of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the University of Athens
What Pet Owners Can Do Look for pet foods that are free of GM corn and soy, and/or organically certified. Pet food manufacturers that use U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic ingredients—and especially those that don’t use corn, soy, canola, cotton byproducts (oil and cake) or sugar beet, which are more commonly genetically engineered, or imported rice, which can have GM strains—can legiti-
mately claim “No GMO Ingredients” on their packaging. Information, plus tips on avoiding hidden GMO ingredients are available at NonGMOShoppingGuide.com. Many websites also provide recipes for home-prepared diets for companion animals, including DogCatHome PreparedDiet.com. Let responsible pet food manufacturers know of consumers’ concerns and heed Hippocrates’ advice to let our food be our medicine and our medicine be our food. Enlightened citizen action is an integral part of the necessary revolution in natural agriculture aimed at promoting more ecologically sound, sustainable and humane farming practices, a healthier environment and more healthful, wholesome and affordable food for us and our canine companions. Michael Fox, author of Healing Animals & the Vision of One Health, is a veterinarian with doctoral degrees in medicine and animal behavior. Find GMOfree pet food brands and learn more at DrFoxVet.com.
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They often come up out of the water to look at us,” says Lovechenko. “We’re not allowed to touch them and must stay alert in case they bump the boards and dump us into the water. They’re gentle, but immense.” If basic SUP isn’t enough, onboard yoga or Pilates can be added. “It’s easy on the joints for those with knee or ankle problems,” Lovechenko advises. Regardless of the level of experience, “Yoga paddleboarding naturally calls for a calm mind, steady breathing and attention to balance. With Pilates, working out on a board in water that’s 10 to 20 feet deep activates a different set of muscles.”
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What do bikini-clad gorillas, hoop dancing, aerial silk acrobatics, anti-gravity yoga and Pilates on the water have in common? They are among the most enjoyable ways to burn calories and increase strength.
On the Run
In Mankato, Minnesota, runners and walkers dressed like gorillas, many embellished with bikinis, tutus and football jerseys, take part in the annual Gorilla Run to benefit the nonprofit North Mankato Miracle League and Fallenstein Field, a fully accessible softball field for children with mental or physical challenges. This year, a local DJ dressed as a banana led the pack of 600 gorillas through the 2.4-mile course, raising $30,000. Next April, pro athletes and other volunteers will again pitch in to set the pace for other cities that want to ape their act. Travis Snyder’s family-friendly Color Run, founded in Draper, Utah, and launched in Tempe, Arizona, in early 2012, has caught on in more than 100 U.S. cities as a way for novice runners to have a stress-free, untimed, fun day. Sixty percent of the participants have never
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On the Water
For anyone looking for a unique water workout, Tatiana Lovechenko, founder of Fort Lauderdale Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), has an answer. “We have paddleboard boot camps and sunrise and sunset tours, on the ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway, based on conditions. Safe and eco-friendly LED lights, our latest innovation, let us see the fish below and make sure boats see us at night.” Their SUP manatee tour is particularly popular. “This endangered species congregates in less-traveled waterways.
Dancing on Land
Hoopnotica, on a roll here and in Europe, reintroduces play into physical fitness with fresh, fun, expressive movements (Tinyurl.com/Hoopnotica Lessons). Instructional DVDs and classes are available to revive and enhance childhood hooping abilities. “Hooping spans genres from classical to hip-hop, tribal to lyrical, depending on who’s spinning the hoop and what’s spinning on the turntable,” says Jacqui Becker, Hoopnotica’s director of content development and lead master trainer, in Brooklyn, New York. “When I carry a hoop around town, people light up. It’s like walking a puppy, but an even better workout, with no cleanup.”
Dancing in Air
Aerial silk classes take exercising to new heights. Cirque du Soleil-style and more elegant than rope climbing, students don’t have to be in peak shape to start. “Just show up and want to learn,” says international performing aerialist Laura Witwer, who teaches how to climb fabric attached to steel rigging 16 to 25 feet high in New York City spaces. “We work close to the floor for beginners,” she ex-
plains. “They learn to climb, then to hang upside-down, and then tie knots. We’ve had all body sizes, shapes and ages in class; it’s a great way to stretch and add strength.” Yoga can also take to the air with anti-gravity classes that position participants in fabric slings or hammocks that relax joints and help the body realign itself. Christopher Harrison, founder and artistic director of AntiGravity Yoga, in New York City, is a former worldclass gymnast and professional dancer on Broadway, two professions that are tough on the body. “As an aging athlete whose passion continued, but whose body had been ripped apart by numerous surgeries, yoga healed and rejuvenated my mind and body,” he remarks. “In order to take pressure off the joints, I took my performance company from tumbling off the ground to hanging up into the air by inventing apparatus that allowed us to fly.” Whether by land, sea or air, adventurous souls are discovering new ways to recharge mind, spirit and body.
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Sunday, July 7
Sunday Gong Bath & Meditation Group – 10am1pm. Discussion of metaphysical and holistic health topics, followed by a period of meditation, and concluding with a gong bath. Led by Joy Quinn Blum of Gongs of Joy. Free; donation requested but optional. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, N Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
Tuesday, July 9
Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. Come to explore your dreams, learn techniques to improve your dream recall, assist other and have fun. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $15. fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-626-7088. David@YourInnerVision.com.
Wednesday, July 10
Reiki II (2md Degree) Certification – 9:30am4:30pm. Advanced techniques and healing through time/space are included. Certificate and level 2 attunement upon completion. Reiki II practitioners may collect money for services. $250, includes manual & certificate. Angel Whispers RI, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278.
Thursday, July 11
Breath, Bones & Balance – 12:30-2:30pm. Explore yoga poses that focus on bone strength, muscle strength and balance, all wrapped in the deep connection to breath. Limited to 15 students. $20. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. iRest Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:30pm. Experience a guided practice of deep rest, relaxation, and self-inquiry during this hour-long session with Kendall Sheldon. $15. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. For more info: AllThatMatters.com.
Friday, July 12
Free Yoga Dance Class – 6:15-7:15pm. Free Shake Your Soul® Yoga/DansKinetics demo class by Marilyn Scallon. Incorporates elements of yoga, dance, and movement therapy, and is set to world rhythms. Free. The Rhody Center, 172 Exchange St, Ste 201, Pawtucket. 401-475-5955. TheRhodyCenter.org. Yoga on The Beach: Goddard Park – 6:307:30pm. Come join us for a gentle yoga class. Embrace nature’s gift of warm sun and an ocean breeze. Weather permitting. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. To register: 401-921-5148. SerenityYogaRI.com.
Saturday, July 13
Reiki II (2nd Degree) Certification – 9:30am4:30pm. Advanced techniques and healing through time/space are included. Certificate and level 2 attunement upon completion. Reiki II practitioners
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may collect money for services. $250, includes manual & certificate. Angel Whispers RI, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Wild Edibles Walk – 10am-12pm. Harvest food growing freely under your feet in city and suburbia. Handouts, wild delectables and drinks, recipes provided. Call or email 3 days in advance. $20. The Wild Garden-Karen Talbot, 12 Reservoir Ave, Johnston. 401-243-4168. KarenTalbotArt@gmail.com. Wisdom’s Daughters – 10am-3pm. Cathy Pagano, Jungian Psychotherapist/Astrologer, teaches women how to be wise and make decisions that lead to fulfillment. Discover the Divine Feminine Source of Wisdom. $65. The Women’s Well & Soul Wisdom Healing, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-662-6642. Creative Writing Workshop: Adults – July 1314. 10:30am-3pm. StudioWriting creative writing (all genres) retreat. Includes 1 lunch. Nurturing, supportive workshop in private home by the water. Led by AWA affiliate; MFA. $125. Little Compton. 781-209-2505. StudioWriting.com. Reiki First Degree Certification – 12-6pm. Learn to heal yourself and others through Usui-Tibetan Reiki. In this class, receive the first degree attunement and learn the history and methodology of Reiki. $125. Mother Mystic Spiritual Apothecary, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099.
Sunday, July 14
Basic Mediumship Training Workshop – 9:30am6pm. This workshop explores the different means by which one can receive and transmit information from the spirit world for our self healing and to assist others in healing. With Gladys Ellen. $150 includes Certificate of Completion. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Floor, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/Mediumship.
Monday, July 15
Usui Reiki I Training (1st Degree) – 9:30am-6pm. Come receive the 1st Degree Attunement and learn about Universal Life Force Energy, benefits of energy therapy, history of Reiki, and hand positions for self and others. With Gladys Ellen. $150 (includes Manual and Certificate). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Floor, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/Reiki. 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. Stan@MassageHealthHE.com.
Tuesday, July 16
Healthy Way to Detoxify the Body – 6-7pm. Informational workshop on a healthy way to detoxify
the body. Dr. Catie will be offering a free seminar on Metagenics 10-day metabolic detox and cleanse program. Learn about the nutritional program and if it is right for you. Free. McArdle Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 2220 Plainfield Pike, Cranston. Please RSVP: 401-383-3400. Community Yoga – 7-8pm. Gentle yoga class. Class will focus on alignment, breathing, and learning how to calm the mind and body. The class will end with a guided meditation/Reiki. $5. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148. SerenityYogaRI.com. Family Dance Party – 7-9pm. Come to our family dance party nights, for an easy night out for families with kids up to 12 or 13. Kids get to show off their moves to the latest popular hits. $5 or $20 for family of five. The Rhody Center, 172 Exchange St, Ste 201, Pawtucket. 401-475-5955. TheRhodyCenter.org.
Thursday, July 18
Women’s Empowerment-Self Defense Seminar – 6-9pm. Part 2, July 25. You will gain more selfconfidence, positive assertiveness skills, develop your intuition, along with learning personal safety tips and easy to remember effective self defense techniques. $30/one class, $50/two classes. Inner Strengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. InnerStrengthsJiuJitsu.com. Rotator Cuff Rescue: Yoga Tune Up – 7:30-9pm. Gain a working knowledge of the shoulder joint and teach you self-care and corrective exercises to keep your shoulders healthy, supple and injury-free. Appropriate for all levels. No yoga experience necessary. $25 advance, $30 drop-in. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, E Greenwich. Pre-register: FocusYoga.com.
Friday, July 19
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. MassageHealthHE.com.
markyourcalendar Circus Smirkus – 1-3pm. Show also at 6pm & July 20 1pm & 6pm. Circus Smirkus presents Oz Incorporated with a new spin on the Wizard of Oz. It will take acrobatic thinking, high wire hearts, and courageous clowns to embark on this Emerald City adventure. $19/adults, $17/children. Meadowbrook Warldorf School, Washington County Fairgrounds, Richmond. 877-764-7587. Smirkus.org.
Saturday, July 20
Usui Reiki Level I Workshop – 10am-5pm. Learn Reiki for healing and stress relief. You can heal yourself, others, also pets. Informative teaching, hands-on-practice, Level I Attunement, Manual and Certificate. With Sylvia Collins. $135. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. TheLightWithinRI.com. Create Your Personal Labyrinth – 1-5pm. Learn to create a labyrinth for your personal garden or meditation space. Learn the history and many uses of this healing path. $35. Soul Wisdom Healing Arts & Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-662-6642.
Yin Yoga Class, Dinner & Movie – 5:30-7:30pm. Yin yoga focuses on harmonizing the body systems with the elements of the physical world. This class is open to all levels. Stay for potluck dinner and the movie Happy. $25 advance; $30 at door. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com. Full Moon Gong Bath Yoga on the Beach – 7:308:45pm. Join us for this special Summer Gong Bath. A state of deep relaxation is sure to wash over you with the combination of the healing sounds of the gongs, the summer breeze and the surf. $25 preregistration, $30 at beach. All That Matters, South Kingstown Beach, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com.
Sunday, July 21
Healing with Animals – 7-8:30pm. Join Equine Assisted Therapist Alecz Adams in a guided meditation to meet a Vision Horse and working with it in healing. Stay for refreshments and learn about her work. With Alecz Adams. $12. fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Info@FireseedCenter.com. Ch’an Healing Meditation – 7-9pm. Traditional Chinese Ch’an healing meditation for health and longevity followed by practice to reform and renew life. Qi gong, chanting, meditation and Dharma lesson. $5. Dragon Mountain Zen Community Center, 50 Dunnell Ln, Pawtucket. 401-213-9784. Z-CC.com.
Monday, July 22
Good Morning Guided Meditation – 9:30am10:45pm. Summer can be busy. Start the week off with this gentle guided meditation designed to help fill up your energetic gas tank and “Be.” With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/Classes. Full Moon Paddleboard Yoga – 7-9pm. Celebrate the full moon with Lara Fritz on stand up paddleboards out of Wickford Cove. Paddle to an island for a full moon yoga practice, returning under the full moon. Rent board $35 Own Board $25. Laughing Elephant Yoga at Wickford Kayak, 6 Phillips St, Wickford. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com.
Tuesday, July 23
Bereaved Parents USA: RI Chapter – 7-9pm. Bereaved parents discussion and support group for those who have lost a child, grandchild or sibling at any age from any cause. Free. Kingston Congregational Church, 2610 Kingstown Rd, Kingston. Joy Quinn Blum: 401-258-3952, Spirit.Of.Joy@verizon.net. Singer-Songwriter Session – 7:30-9:30pm. If you’re an aspiring musician or songwriter, this
is an excellent opportunity to share your art or practice performing in front of others. Michelle Cruz hosts; coaches. $5. The Rhody Center, 172 Exchange St, Ste 201, Pawtucket. 401-475-5955. TheRhodyCenter.org.
Thursday, July 25
Past Life Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Helpful in healing emotional problems and phobias. Participants have reported feeling supported, refreshed, renewed, and gaining insights into issues. $15. CreatIgo, 194 Washington St, 3rd fl, Providence. To reserve: 401-793-0097. Into to the Archangels – 6-8:30pm. Gladys has developed her own method of connecting with the Archangels. Come learn about these beautiful beings of Light and how they can easily assist you daily. With Gladys Ellen. $30. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/Classes. Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 8-9:15pm. 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 suggested donation. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com.
Friday, July 26
Free Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:45pm. This class is Karma Yoga and reflects our desire to promote individual health and world peace. This is an all-level class, suitable for any body at any point in their life. Free. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com. Last Friday Gong Healing Meditation – 7-8:30pm. End your week with deep relaxation and peace as the sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. With Joy Quinn Blum and A. Michelle. $20. Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, E Providence. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com. The Healing Power Cinema Series – 8-10pm. Screening documentaries on alternate health, healing and mindfulness. Donation. Now Yoga and Fitness, 286 Thayer St, Providence. 401-273-3100. NowYoga.net.
Saturday, July 27
Wild Edibles Walk – 10am-12pm. Harvest food growing freely under your feet in city and suburbia. Handouts, wild delectables and drinks, recipes provided. Call or email 3 days in advance. $20. The Wild Garden-Karen Talbot, 12 Reservoir Ave, Johnston. 401-243-4168. KarenTalbotArt@gmail.com.
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Usui Reiki Level II Workshop – 10am-5pm. Learn three powerful Usui symbols. Send Reiki long-distance. Informative teaching, hands-on practice, take-home packet. Level II Attunement and Certificate. With Sylvia Collins. $175. The Light Within, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397. TheLightWithinRI.com. Last Saturday Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Let the resonant sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over you as you melt into a state of complete relaxation and peace. With Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. $20. Natures! The Rock Shop, 1782 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
Sunday, July 28
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. With Gladys Ellen. $195 includes Workbook & IET Certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com/IET. Empowering Extraordinary Kids! – 1-3pm. Kids 8-11yrs. Intro to energy management and protection, chakras and safe healing useful skills can be used daily. Adults to participate call to reserve spots. $35. CreatIgo, 194 Washignton St, 3rd fl, Providence. 401-793-0097. Last Sunday Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Relax and find peace within as the resonant healing sounds of the gongs and Tibetan singing bowls wash over and around you. With Joy Quinn Blum and A. Michelle. $20. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, N Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
Monday, July 29
Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Learn modern applications of this ancient technique to deepen your journey practice and gain insight to your own guidance. Bring a journal, pen and something to lie on. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Mill at Shady Lea, 215 Shady Lea Rd, Rm 204, N Kingstown. 401-924-0567. Katharine@SacredStream.org.
Friday, July 30
Yoga 101 (Series of 4) – 4:30-6:30pm. Have you wondered about yoga but been hesitant to try it? Join Jenn Thomas for this 4-week series that gives you an Introduction to Yoga. $80. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. Adult Indigo & Light Worker Gathering – 6:308pm. Be with like-minded individuals to talk about your interests and ideas. Discuss what you see going
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markyourcalendar Sunday Thursday, August 1 Book Signing with Kirsti March - 7-9pm. Author of the book "Little Changes". Learn about the little changes you can make to eliminate harmful chemicals from your life and environment. Please pre-register by July 29 to reserve your seat. Free. Whole Foods Market, 601 North Main St, Providence. 401-621-5990.
Thursday, August 1
Gong and Slow Flow – 7:30-9pm. Join Stephanie Marisca and Katherine Conte as they co-teach a very easy going, unfolding flow accompanied by live gong. All students welcome. $20 pre-register, $25 drop-in. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, E Greenwich. 401-354-9112. FocusYoga.com.
Friday, August 2
The Saint Theresa Parish Feast – Aug 2-4. 5-10pm, Friday; 12-10pm, Saturday; 12-6pm, Sunday. Continuous family friendly activities throughout the weekend includes games for young and old, raffles, booths for crafts, religious articles. Free admission. St Theresa’s Church, 265 Stafford Rd, Tiverton. 401-624-8746. Sstandctiverton.org.
Thursday, August 8
Atma Immersion with Saul David Raye – 3-6pm. Join the inspiring Saul David Raye as he leads us through a heart-centered yoga immersion. This is an all-levels yoga class that will be sure to resonate with you. $75. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, E Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com.
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Atma Immersion with Saul David Raye – 3-6pm. Join the inspiring Saul David Raye as he leads us through a heart-centered yoga immersion. This is an all-levels yoga class that will be sure to resonate with you. $75. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, E Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com.
Friday, September 20
Freedom from Compulsion Intensive – 9am6pm. With Scott Kiloby. 9/20-9/22. Free yourself from any “must have” compulsion with this simple inquiry. Registration required at ScottKilobyTalks.com. $395. Wyndham Garden Hotel, 220 India St, Providence. Julenlo@hotmail.com. HolisticHealthCtr.com.
Celebration of Life Services – 9:15-10:30am. Everyone welcomed. We encourage personal transformation. We offer spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place. We accept donations. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Concordia.CSL.org. Open Meditation – 10am-12pm. Weekly open sitting meditation with beginning chants, then sitting and walking meditation. Drop-in any time during session. Instruction offered at 10am. All are welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence.Shambhala.org. Sunday Satsang at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Joy is within you. Yogananda’s teachings: weekly meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang and veggie potluck lunch. Healing prayer circle after lunch on 4th Sunday. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Zumba and Bollywood Fusion with Rupa – Thru July. 4-5pm. Zumba class. Fusion style with Bollywood and Bhangra. $8. Jen McWalters Pilates and Beyond, 999 Main St, Ste 111, Pawtucket. BollywoodDanceFusion.com. Walking on the Beach – 5-6pm. Barefoot walking, rolling through the feet, gripping the Earth, using proper alignment engages the body and mind in a total organic way. $10 drop-in or class card. Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511. Yoga.Mobi.
Yoga on the Beach – 8-9:15am. All summer long. Join us Monday & Wednesday, 8-9:15am; Saturday & Sunday 8:45-10am at the South Kingstown Beach on Matunuck Beach Rd. Parking is free for the duration of the class. $15 drop-in or yoga pass. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. Reiki Healing Treatments – 8am-4pm. Reiki is an ancient, proven, non-invasive form of energy healing that treats the body, mind, spirit and emotions giving you an overall feeling of well-being. $35 for 1 hr. Dottie Arnold, Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. UnderTheSunECC.com/Meditation.html.
Vbarre – 10:15-11:15am. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. Class provides calorie-blasting cardio. $14/class, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Kripalu Yoga Class – 4:15-5:45pm. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Paula Levesque. New students $40/4, $14 series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Children’s Jiu Jitsu Classes – 5-6pm. Also Wednesdays. Children learn the highly effective art of Jiu Jitsu, gain more self confidence, respect, teamwork, character building and much more. $60/month. Inner Strengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. InnerStrengthsJiuJitsu.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Beach Yoga at Easton’s Beach Newport – 6-7pm. Awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. This is an all-levels class, fair weather only. Bring a towel and water bottle. Parking is free during the class. $15/drop-in, $60/5 classes. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, held at Easton’s Beach, Newport. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Health Living Q&A Session – 6:15-6:45pm. Dr. Kollars will be available to answer your health questions during this weekly Q&A session. Come with your health questions and leave with answers you can use at home. Free. FIX’D Health Care, 62 Franklin St, Westerly. 401-596-3493. FixdHealthCare.com. Peace Circle - 6:30-7:30pm. This is a free transdenominational prayer meeting. All are welcome to take part in personal and global transformation. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-580-5800. Prenatal Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Svaroopa® prenatal yoga class designed to support you before, during and after your pregnancy. Help your body with the changes of pregnancy, easier delivery and recovery. New students $40/4, $18 series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland, RI. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com.
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Heart of Recovery – 7-8:30pm. Weekly Mindfulness Meditation and 12-Step meeting and discussion. All recovery and meditation traditions, and beginners, are welcome to share experience, strength, hope. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence. Shambhala.org. 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. Free, donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
Beginner’s Yoga Series – 12:30-1:30pm. If you are new to yoga or would like to refine your practice, this special 4-week introductory summer workshop is for you. Improve balance, strength, flexibility and calm. $40 first 6 to reg get a free class. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Vbarre – 5-6pm. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. Class provides calorieblasting cardio. $14/class, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Kundalini for All – 5:45-7:15pm. Revitalize and re-energize with the healing techniques of Kundalini practice. Each class focuses on a specific healing technology to induce deep physical & emotional change. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-789-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.
Beach Yoga at Easton’s Beach Newport – 8-9am. Awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand! This is an all-levels class, fair weather only. Bring a towel and water bottle. Parking is free during the class. $15/drop-in, $60/5 classes. Innerlight Cen-
ter for Yoga & Meditation, held at Easton’s Beach, Newport. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Kripalu Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen. Welcoming new students and beginners. With Paula Levesque. New students $40/4, $14 series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Qigong with Master Wen-Ching Wu – 11:45am12:45pm. Summer schedule for Medical and Therapeutic Qigong begins July 10, followed by T’ai chi at 1pm. This Chinese healing art is designed to strengthen and balance energy. $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, E Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com. Hope St. Farmers' Market – Thru Oct 30. 3-6pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates and much more. Free. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope St, Providence. Chakra Balancing Meditation Group – 5-6pm. Come balance your chakras, which are energies in us that affect our communication, emotions, will power, relationships, thoughts, intuition and the ability to feel secure. $20/person. Robert Arnold, Under The Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401339-6092. UnderTheSunECC.com/Meditation.html. Piloxing – 5:30-6:30pm. Piloxing blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates in a fun and challenging way. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Kent Stetson’s Rainbow Vinyasa – 6-7:30pm. Kent’s fluid and challenging yoga class relieves stress & builds optimum health. LGBT students and allies with an established yoga practice welcome. $13/drop-in; $12/pre-paid online. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. TheHeartSpot.com. Feeling Healthy and Fit at Every Age – 6:45-8pm. Oxidative stress is our ticking time bomb and causes aging and over 200 diseases. In this informational session, learn how to reduce oxidative stress with a new medical breakthrough. Free. Held in Warwick. For directions, Leslie: 401-742-0512. Meditation – 7-8pm. In July, our meditation will be held on the 2nd Wednesday, due to the fourth of July holiday. In August, we will return to 1st Wednesdays. All welcomed. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Concordia.CSL.org.
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Intro to Therapeutic Riding – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn what it’s all about. Find out what it is good for. And meet the horses. Call to reserve your spot. With Susan Shaw of Rainbow’s End Riding. $5. Rainbow’s End Riding, 12 Jarvis Ln, N Attleboro, MA. 508-643-9871. Sue234@aol.com.
Svaroopa Yoga Class – 9:45-11:15am. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St Ste 10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Healers Group – 12:30-2:30pm. Weekly gathering of healers to share latest techniques and insights, to practice on or with each other, and to help with distance healing cases. Brown bag lunch and circle. Free, donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Fruit Hill Farmers Market – Aug 1-Oct 3. 4-6pm. Decadent Designs, honey from Fruit Hill Apiaries, Hopkins Farm, ice cream from Three Sisters, coffee from Presto Strangeo, RIC Community Garden, New Urban Farmers, Babbling Brook Farm, White Oak Farm, Revive the Roots and so much more. Free. Fruit Hill Farmers’ Market, Old Alumni House, Fruit Hill Ave, N Providence. FruitHillFarmersMarket.blogspot.com. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Learn to practice authentic yoga as it is meant to be experienced, quieting the chatter of the mind through conscious connection with prana, your energetic life force. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-789-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com. Ananda Yoga, Chanting & Meditation – 5:307:30pm. Be in joy. Release stress, relax body, awaken energy in blissful Ananda Yoga class followed by meditation. Suggested donation $10. Kyle (401-789-1288) at Grace Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, N Kingstown. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Piloxing – 5:45-6:45pm. Piloxing blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates in a fun and challenging way. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com.
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Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Women’s Jiu Jitsu – 7-9pm. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. Classes are designed especially for women. You can set your own pace, no prior experience needed. $10. Inner Strengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. InnerStrengthsJiuJitsu.com. Everyone Hoops! – 7:15-8:15pm. If you loved hula hoops as a kid, rekindle your joy with freeform, fun hoop dance. Couldn’t keep it up? Get personalized help with a beginner hoop. Enrollment required. $60/4 sessions, $50 if week early. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com. Yoga for Curvy Ladies – 7:15-8:45pm. Gain confidence as you learn the basics of breath and movement. Learn adaptations specific to the curvy body. This introduction to yoga is designed with you in mind. $90/6 wks; $84/early rate. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com.
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 Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
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Beach Yoga at Easton’s Beach Newport – 8:309:30am. Awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand. This is an all-levels class, fair weather only. Bring a towel and water bottle. Parking is free during the class. $15/drop-in, $60/5 classes. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.
Ananda Meditation Group – 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 More info: Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Hope St. Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 30. 9am1pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, breads, chocolates, and much more. Free. Lippitt Park, 1059 Hope St, Providence. Children’s Jiu Jitsu Classes – 10-11am. Children learn the highly effective art of Jiu Jitsu, gain more self confidence, respect, teamwork, character building and much more. $60/month. Inner Strengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. InnerStrengthsJiuJitsu.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 10-11:30am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. Release tension and stress with poses tailored for your body’s needs. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Pat Spencer. New students $40/4, $18 series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Beginning Tai Chi – July 6. 12-1pm. Derived from Yang style, this simplified 24-posture routine is designed to gently exercise the whole body, and improve balance and coordination. Also offered Wednesday 1-2pm. $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 877 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com. Women’s Jiu Jitsu – 1-3pm. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. Classes are designed especially for women. You can set your own pace, no prior experience needed. $10. Inner Strengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. InnerStrengthsJiuJitsu.com. Ananda Learn To Meditate Workshop – 1-4pm. 2nd Saturday. Learn Yogananda’s meditation techniques through Ananda and experience the peace and joy within you! All welcome, beginners and experienced meditators. $25. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.
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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 CommunityAyurvedicHerbalist.com Our intention is to bring the natural healing wisdom of Ayurveda to you, your loved ones and our communities. Through one-onone consultation, herbal supplements & workshops, our services are for anyone wanting to feel healthier, stronger and more content with life. Ayurvedic and Herbal Consultation services offered.
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John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist 110 Jefferson Blvd (Suite B), Warwick, RI 02888 401-374-1890 • Possibilities.nu
Need to lose weight and keep it off? Stop smoking? Learn to relax? Make other changes in the way you think, act or feel? Hypnosis can help. You will be amazed at how a few hypnosis sessions can make the impossible, possible. Start by visiting my website. Then call for an appointment or to set up a free introductory consultation. And start turning possibilities into realities.
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111 Chestnut St, Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 • KLaytonND.com
Diane's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash Extensions
99 W. Natick Rd., Warwick, RI 401-855-4333
Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 15.
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Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Kurtis Lee Thomas C.H 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office • 401-651-2626 Direct OptimisticInisght.com
POLLY C. JIACOVELLI, LMT, CLT, LANA
Kurtis is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Certified Life/Business Coach, as well as an NGH Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified NLP Practitioner and Certified Reiki Practitioner. Kurtis is known for helping transform people’s lives and is often referred to as the human “Happy Pill”. Call Kurtis today for your FREE consultation!
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 39.
120 Wayland Ave, Suite 6 Providence, RI 401-273-4448 LymphCareRI.com
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Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 email@example.com OneVoiceCentral.com
Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or nontraditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.
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The world needs you to be yourself. an-inspired-life.com Info@an-inspired-life.com 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.
50 Dunnell Ln Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-213-9784 Info@z-cc.com • z-cc.com
Whole-person health care for the entire family using safe and effective natural medicines. Meeting your health care needs with homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition and biotherapeutic drainage. Focus includes pediatrics and childhood developmental issues including autism and ADHD.
THE ALIVE ACADEMY
Anna Scurry, CNC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959 TheAliveAcademy.com Anna believes in targeted solutions and nutrition specific to each individual’s needs and body composition. Specializes in helping people with: anti-aging, thyroid and autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, chemical sensitivity, weight loss resistance, digestive disorders, cellular healing and epigenetics. She overcame her own health conditions naturally in 2009 and has worked many others to help them reclaim their life and heal themselves naturally. See ad on page 2.
naturopathic physicians Sheila M. Frodermann, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH
Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • ElaineHewitt.com 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. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 7.
Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • ProvidenceWholistic.com
Pet Foods Plus
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 17.
Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 • DrCathyPicard.com
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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.
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Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic
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.
30 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 401-253-2456 PetFoodPlusInc.com
Toys, treats, shampoo, leashes, cat litter or food of all kinds, Pet Foods Plus has it. High quality customer service, offering a full supply of food and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, fish and even livestock. We also sell fish, small mammals, reptiles and birds. Stop by for quality products at affordable prices! See ad on page 40.
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reiki The Light Within
Sylvia Collins Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick, RI 401-921-4397 TheLightWithinRI.com
I am a Certified Usui Reiki Master/Teacher who combines Chakra balancing with Crystal Healing in my Reiki practice, along with Spiritual Counseling and Angel Card reading. I possess a true desire to allow you to become a self-healer and develop genuine self-empowerment. Combining my spiritual intuition and life experience, I provide you with clarity and a deeper understanding of the steps required for your soul’s growth and healing.
SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER energy-n-elements
Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 • Energy-N-Elements.com 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 31.
therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works
18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick, RI 401-461-3788 InnisfreeBodyWorks.com Founder of Innisfree, David Walsh has been practicing massage therapy for more than 14 years. His hands speak multiple languages, and still he feels it all comes down to instinct and touch. His spiritual intentions and focus in deep tissue create a love for giving thorough treatments. Gift Certificates available. Call for yours today!
It’s Your Body’s Symphony
2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100 ItsYourBodysSymphony.com
From the moment you step in... You feel the difference Offering various therapeutic massage modalities, Reiki, Cupping, Facials. Your table is waiting for you! We are who you have been searching for all this time. See ad on page 41.
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Jane McGinn, BA, LMT
459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 WestShoreWellness.com 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, LL Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com Over 10,000+ hours of clinical muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. Gift certificates. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment.
RABIA MASSAGE THERAPY
166 Bay Spring Ave, Barrington, RI 401-855-4792 Rabia.MassageTherapy.com Massage therapy is a great tool for healing, regrouping and balancing the demands that life places on your body. Take advantage of these benefits, come in reclaim your spirit and relax with a massage tailored to your specific needs. There are no extra fees for deep tissue or specific muscular therapy work, just a wonderful massage for a simple, straightforward rate. See ad on page 31.
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yoga TIME FOR YOU YOGA
Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com Specializes in Svaroopa® yoga, which is remarkably easy to do, and offers group classes and private yoga therapy. Through easy angles with lots of support, learn to release the deep tensions in your body. If you have back issues, neck and shoulder problems, or are looking to foster a deep sense of well-being, try a series of private sessions tailored to your needs.
yoga and holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS
IT’S MY HEALTH
315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 Info@allthatmatters.com AllThatMatters.com
Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • Its-My-Health.com 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 37.
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 33.
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Optimistic Insights Holistic Healing Center
Village Wellness Center Heart in Hand Massage Therapy
Offering New Solutions to Old Problems
422 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 401-941-2310 villagewellnesscenter.com heartinhandmassage.com
A holistic wellness center featuring Yoga instruction therapeutic massage, skin care and hair removal, Reiki, Karate, Belly Dancing and Acupuncture. Located 5 minutes from the airport and Providence in Historic Pawtuxet Village. We believe in a hands-on approach to health. Our 9 massage therapists, acupuncturist, skin care professional and instructors will help you feel your beSt Online scheduling available at heartinhandmassage.com. See ad on page 24.
Cinthya Esquea Esquea Yoga 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office 401-481-8875 Direct EsqueaYoga.com
Learn to relax, achieve more flexibility, physical strength and quiet the mind at the same time while enjoying the experience of yoga. Cinthya Esquea is a qualified Yoga Alliance teacher and founder of Esquea Yoga, Therapy and Fitness. Inc. For more classes and yoga events check out her website.