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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.



Proof of Life after Death by Linda Sechrist

Co-Sleeping in the Family Bed by Mark Sisson

26 GREEN MERRY MAKING Retro-Fresh Family Traditions by Claire O’Neil

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6 newsbriefs 14 ecotip 16 healthbriefs 18 globalbriefs


20 healthykids 25 newintention 26 greenliving

28 PEACE ON OUR PLATES Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World

by Judith Fertig





Exercise Helps Keep Family Holidays Merry by Sarah Todd

28 consciouseating


31 yogaandpilates

by Sandra Murphy

All-Natural Home Health Care

32 fitbody


34 naturalpet 36 wisewords 37 calendar




Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within by Eric Nelson

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A contact us Publisher Maureen Cary Editor Beth Davis National Editor S. Alison Chabonais Marketing Representative Shelley Cavoli 508-641-5702 Design & Production Marie Siegel Stephen Gray-Blancett To contact Natural Awakenings Rhode Island Edition:

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s the holidays fast approach, I get dizzy thinking about the past year and the creation of our 63rd issue of Rhode Island Natural Awakenings. I have had a few jobs before and most of you know I spent 20 years in banking but just nothing has ever filled me with joy every day the way you and our community does. What a ride! Speaking of rides, thanks to this incredible fall weather, I had an amazing opportunity a few weeks ago to ride a horse. I’d never done it before, just never had the chance. For me it was that weird place between excitement and fear, but since I am really quite stubborn, my desire for excitement often wins out. There was no saddle, just me directly on an 1800-pound shire, Brenda Lee. Her person, Brian Reid of Horses Know the Way Home, held the rope loosely as we wandered around in the woods, fortunately she is very intuitive, and has a great relationship with Reid so it was a smooth ride. We were on a trail in the woods that hardly looked like a trail. Some of the time we were off trail, ducking under branches and stepping over logs. What I noticed about it was a very similar feeling I get when I am on the back of Bill’s motorcycle. The fear is there but the present moment is so much more important. There is no opportunity to be worrying about the past, or the future. Just about the now. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, the concept of living now, recognizing that I cannot control everything, and letting go. Holding on to bad thoughts and feelings, old resentments, and things that no longer serve me are only sap my energy. I have also been working on letting go of worrying about the future; I am trying to just trust in the unfolding of it. It isn’t always easy since, as a coach once told me, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re never going to get there. It’s a tricky balance to have a plan and a goal but not to try to control all the aspects of how you achieve them. For a special holiday gift to yourself and all you touch, “Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man, Imagine all the people, Sharing all the world...You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will live as one” John Lennons lyrics can reach your soul. It was his vision of people without greed, judgment, and anger. I wish for you, in every moment, peace and joy. Happy Holidays my dear friends

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newsbriefs 360 Opens New Location with More Wellness Services


60 Face Mind Body has moved to a new location in Coventry at 635 Arnold Road, just around the corner from the Centre of New England Shopping Center. 360 specializes in skin care treatments using natural and organic products that produce visible results. They have a variety of facials that address a wide range of concerns and focus on top-of-the-line products that are plant based and healing to the skin—no harmful, abrasive chemicals, dyes or fillers. In addition, 360 carries retail products such as the award-winning, Rhode Island company Farmaesthetics, Saian Natural Clinical Skin Care and TecNiche (a product line specifically created for health challenged skin including people undergoing cancer treatments, those with rosacea, psoriasis and sensitive skin). The Jane Iredale mineral make-up line is also available. The make-up, which helps improve the look of skin without causing irritation, uses the highest grade of eco-cert and beneficial ingredients available. Essential oil classes are currently held twice a month and they will be offering the raindrop technique, a powerful technique using essential oils, which combines several holistic modalities to bring balance and alignment to the body in a non-invasive manner. Massage therapy and Reiki treatments will be added to the menu soon, as well. To celebrate what’s new, 360 is offering a special during the month of December: Receive a $25 Gift Card with each gift certificate purchase of $65 or more. Farmaesthetics gift baskets are also available. 360 Face Mind Body is located at 635 Arnold Road, in Coventry. For more information, call 401-886-1938 or visit See ad page 10.



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newsbriefs Kolenda Joins the Alive Academy


he Alive Academy, a wellness center located in Pawtucket, has announced the addition of Dr. Jason Kolenda to their growing family. Kolenda is a functional medicine doctor of chiropractic specializing in a unique soft-tissue therapy that gets patients results from years of back and neck pain in just a few sessions. He has helped dozens of patients find relief from back and neck pain that was deemed “untreatable.” He is the only chiropractor in Rhode Island to offer this treatment to patients. In addition to treating and adjusting, Kolenda also helps families and individuals achieve optimal health and well-being through a functional medicine approach, Dr. Jason Kolenda looking at the entire body and providing individualized care plans. Another addition he brings to the center is a progressive approach to allergy treatments utilizing a non-invasive cold laser. In general, allergies that have been plaguing people for years are gone in just one to two treatments, allowing individuals to no longer fear being exposed to the allergens. The Alive Academy is located at 545 Pawtucket Ave., in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-305-3959, email or visit See ad on back cover.


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laine Hewitt, a master colorist and stylist with more than two decades of experience, is offering each new client a $40 gift certificate to give as a gift. Hewitt serves the greater Rhode Island community at her custom, full service salon in Warren. She provides repair of overprocessed hair, corrective color, cuts and style, organic color, organic keratin relaxing and straightening and organic permanent curl. Hewitt uses products by Organic Salon System, Elaine Hewitt which have no ammonia, no parabens, no plastics and no thioglycolates—all of which can be damaging to the hair. She also uses and offers organic hair care products such as shampoo, conditioner and styling agents. She says individuals searching for natural solutions to hair care should be watchful of some companies that claim to offer all natural products. “The term ‘all natural’ is not regulated, so it can be used by any company to sell their products, even if their products contain unnatural chemicals and substances,” she explains. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-273-7005 or visit See ad page 15.

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e apologize for an error in the previously published article, “Energy Healing Comes of Age.” Donna Eden founded the Energy Medicine Institute, not Energy Medicine University.

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ow through the end of January, Sisters of Solace Holistic Healing Center is offering $10 off a one-hour facial. Sisters of Solace was launched by Dora Kirby and Christine Dobyna, two sisters who want to help those in need of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing through alternative therapies or one of the center’s many classes. Licensed Massage Therapist Kirby offers Swedish, deep tissue, pregnancy, chair and hot stone massage. Her other services include reflexology, facials, waxing and ear candling. Reiki Master Teacher Dobyna has been performing Reiki since 2005 and today is a Reiki Master/Teacher. In 2006, she earned her certificate in therapeutic hypnosis and in 2007 she began doing ear candling. She has earned a certificate in Theta Healing and is a certified angel healer and angel card reader. Her first book, A Spiritual Journal Of Holistic Healing From A-Z, was published in 2012, and her own affirmation cards, Divine Inspirations, Daily Affirmations, were completed in 2013. Today she teaches many different classes and is a motivational speaker. Sisters of Solace is located at 700 American Legion Hwy., Westport, Mass. For more information, call 508-636-4668 or visit See ad page 23.

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Big Changes at Duke’s Bakery


uke’s Bakery has announced two big changes happening at the shop: they are now open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and they are adding a coffee shop inside the bakery. The Pink Bean will be joining the establishment to offer customers a superior coffee. The Pink Bean is an environmentally and socially conscious coffee retailer. All of their coffees are fair or direct traded, certified organic by Quality Assurance International, certified kosher and grown under a shade canopy. The beans are roasted locally on a daily basis to ensure the freshest coffee possible. In addition to believing in great coffee, The Pink Bean is highly sensitive about reducing their carbon footprint. All of their containers are ecofriendly and are either biodegradable or made from recycled or plant material. All of the products at Duke’s are made on-site daily and are 100 percent gluten free. In addition to the new coffee, available items include cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, muffins, pizza, fudge, magic bars, cheesecake and tarts. The bakery also offers products that are grain free, refined sugar free, soy free, casein free and artificial dye free. Duke’s Bakery is located at 162 Columbia St, Fall River, Mass. For more information, visit or Facebook. com/dukesbakery. For more information about The Pink Bean, visit See ad page 29. natural awakenings

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J Give the Gift of Glowing Skin this Holiday Season We have something special for you... Receive a $25 Gift Card with each Gift Certificate you purchase of $65 or more. FARMAESTHETICS Gift Baskets are also available. Give the gift of organic treatments & products that deliver healing benefits to the skin.

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ust in time for the holidays, Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon is offering an opportunity to get radiant, glowing skin with a holiday glimmer treatment. It consists of a pore cleanse, microdermabrasion, vitamin c treatment, hydrating masque and a customized treatment cream. Owner Debby Votta explains what the treatment does and why it works. “Everyone needs a deep pore cleanse because our pores get blocked by so many things. What the skin needs is an exceptional cleanser, steam, a deep cleansing solution and then gentle extractions of the pores. The skin can finally breathe and you can actually see and feel the change.” She adds that microdermabrasion, which takes off dead skin cells, preps the skin for anything: serums, masques and creams, and leaves the skin glowing. She continues, “Vitamin C is one of the best skin care ingredients out there. It is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free radical damage, so it’s tremendous for reducing and preventing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing dark spots, healing acne scars, reducing redness and firming and tightening the skin.” The hydrating masque is ideal for all skin types and the customized treatment cream is created for each individual. Votto is available for 15-minute complimentary consultations, by appointment, to analyze a potential client’s skin and discuss their issues or concerns. Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon is located at 1221 Reservoir Ave., in Cranston. For more information, call 401-944-4601 or visit See ad page 25.

Keeping it Real this Christmas


ach holiday season, shoppers find themselves confronted with a choice: celebrate with a fresh, real tree, or one that is artificial plastic or aluminum. What most people don’t realize is that the best choice has always been the traditional and natural choice—a real tree. Real Christmas trees are grown on farms just like any other agricultural crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest each year. The trees not only benefit the environment by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen, but they are biodegradable. What’s the best way to care for a live Christmas tree? The following is a summary of some important issues that are often overlooked.

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Select a tree in good condition. Make a fresh cut on the trunk and place in water within 6 to 8 hours. If necessary to store temporarily, store in water in a cool location. Display indoors in a stand adequate to hold the tree securely and with adequate water capacity—at least 1 quart for each inch of stem diameter. Check the water level daily and replenish as needed to maintain the water level above the bottom of the tree trunk. Display tree away from heat sources that may cause tree to dry. Use only listed lights that produce low heat. Inspect lights before using and replace if wiring is worn or frayed. Do not overload electrical circuits. Monitor tree for freshness. If it becomes dry, remove it from home immediately and dispose of properly.

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New Location, New Services for Rabia Massage Therapy


abia Massage Therapy has relocated from Barrington to New Beginnings Salon and Spa at 87 Gooding Avenue, in Bristol. In addition to the move, Licensed Massage Therapist and owner Rabia Jamal has added prenatal massage to her list of services. Jamal has spent the last seven years as a massage therapist. She offers therapeutic relaxation and deep tissue massage, as well as hot stone massage. “I see directly the effects of the demands that life places on your body,” says Jamal. “Massage therapy is a great tool for healing, regrouping and balancing these stressors. Take advantage of these benefits, come in to reclaim your spirit and relax with a massage tailored to your specific needs.” New, convenient features have also been added to the website. Clients are now able to easily book appointments online and purchase gift certificates for friends, family, coworkers and others.

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newsbriefs Massage by Niko Offers New Client Discount


iko Stamatakos, licensed massage therapist and owner of Massage by Niko, is offering $10 off the first session for new clients, ending January 31, 2014. Stamatakos is a graduate of the Florida College of Natural Health and has more than 15 years of experience in the field, the last six years in Seekonk. His intuitive touch and previous experience as a personal trainer affords him a total body approach to healing. His style ranges from the traditional lighter approach of a Niko Stamatakos Swedish-style massage to the deeper approaches of trigger point and sports massage. Every massage is tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. Individuals can also give the gift of massage therapy this holiday season by purchasing a Massage by Niko gift certificate. Massage by Niko is located off of Route 195 at 699 Fall River Ave., in Seekonk, less than 10 minutes from Providence. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-996-6129 or visit See ad page 27.

Holiday Specials Abound at Herbs and Angels


ust in time for the holiday season, Herbs and Angels, a new age spiritual shop, has received a new shipment of crystals of all shapes, sizes and price ranges from Brazil and throughout the world. From now through Christmas, the shop is offering 25 percent off any crystal over $50, 30 percent off any crystal over $75, 40 percent off any crystal over $100 and 50 percent off any crystal over $150. In addition to raw crystals, Herbs and Angels offers a variety of other products perfect for giving, such as all-natural edibles; essential oils and incense; and crystal jewelry. Services offered include Star Healing Intergalactic Energy healing, Reconnective Healing, Integrated Energy Therapy, oneness blessing, Reiki and magnified healing. Herbs and Angels is located at 1989A Plainfield Pike, in Johnston. For more information, call 401-383-2344 or visit See ad page 11.

An Evening of Hope, Love and Light


lue Water Vibrational Healing and Positive New Beginnings will present An Evening of Hope, Love and Light: A Christmas Concert to Benefit the Brown Bag Lunch Program, at 7 p.m., December 7. Positive New Beginnings’ own healer/teacher Randall Anderson moves to the piano for an evening of music to benefit families in need. Come hear the music of Jason Mraz, Kenny Rogers, Josh Groban and more. Plus, join Anderson in a Christmas carol sing-a-long. A donation of $10 is requested and more is gratefully accepted to show that hope, love and light is the strength of this world. For reservations, call Positive New Beginnings at 401-4327195. For those unable to attend but still wishing to donate, checks can be made payable to Crossroads of RI Family Center or Children’s Shelter of Blackstone Valley and mailed to Positive New Beginnings c/o Hope, Love & Light, 877 Broadway, East Providence, RI 02914. See ad page 11.


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Lead the Way in Celebrating Life’s Milestones


n the midst of demanding schedules, we can sometimes overlook the significance of milestone events to our growth and their role in enriching a sense of family and community. Lifechanging events like births, adoptions, graduations, weddings, commitment ceremonies, personal healing and an array of coming-of-age markers are among the many bona fide rites of passages deserving recognition. They are cherished by featured participants and savored by those attending. Since 2001, the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, based in Montclair, New Jersey, has been certifying individuals to become Life-Cycle Celebrants, skilled in officiating at such transition ceremonies. This fulfilling work of ritual and celebration flexes as part- or fulltime work, as an added vocational skill or new career, was recently reported by CNN and Money magazine as a top 10 profession for people changing careers. The foundation’s next live, online, seven-month learning program starts January 25, 2014. The small-group learning program covers how to lead ceremonies for children, couples, families, funerals and organizations, facilitated by trained Celebrant instructors. Participants learn ways to create personalized ceremonial events for special moments in life and career achievement for people of all beliefs and value systems that also reflect a client’s philosophy of life and personality. Lessons include assigned readings plus reviewing sample ceremonies, contracts and client interview questions. Celebrants also become part of an alumni support network. For more information or to enroll, call 973-746-1792 or visit CelebrantInstitute. org. Mention Natural Awakenings to obtain a $100 discount. See ad page 15.

Flipp Salon Offers New Service


lipp Salon, the creation of Jo-Anna Cassino, a stylist, herbalist, reflexologist and musician, is now offering a package for facial rejuvenation acupuncture, which addresses a natural way of anti-aging, prevention and detoxification. Cassino and acupuncturist Nick Di Maio work together to create herbal remedies and topical creams or oils that work synergistically with the treatment according to the individuals’ specific needs. Currently on display through December is the photography of Eric Auger, a mixed media artist and costume designer from Pawtucket. He is best known as creative director for TEN31 Productions, and is also a photographer and realism painter. More events, art showings and workshops on various topics on natural healing and beauty tips will be coming soon.


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Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Enza’s


nwind during the holiday season with the ladies of Enza’s Hair Studio & Day Spa as they host a peppermint twist Ladies’ Night from 5 to 8 p.m., December 13. The evening will feature homemade goodies, spa and salon services and peppermint twist products. While enjoying Ladies’ Night, attendees can learn more about the spa’s most recent addition: cupping, a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy. Conditions that respond to cupping therapy include fibromyalgia; migraine and headaches; bursitis, tendonitis and other inflammatory conditions; poor circulation; high blood pressure; cellulite; insomnia and anxiety; sluggish colon; toxicity; and more. Owner Enza A. Slinko has been a licensed hairstylist since April 1990. She launched Enza’s Hair Studio in 1992 and three years ago realized her dream of adding spa services. Today, Enza’s Hair Studio and Day Spa is a fullservice salon and spa offering a variety of hair, skin, nail, and wellness services including haircut, color and style; facials; waxing; manicures and pedicures; Reiki; reflexology; and numerous massage styles. Enza’s Hair Studio & Day Spa is located at 90 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. For more information, call 401-647-4247 or visit See ad on this page.

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ecotip Family Games Generate Goodwill All Year Fun family games based on cards, trivia and charades are quintessential holiday activities. Now a new generation of games adds fresh dimensions of interest and goodwill. Online games—some are free—extend good tidings to people around the world, as well as our environment. Santa is thrilled. Eco games galore: From determining our family’s carbon footprint to making ethical decisions as a business leader or learning how to help child populations vulnerable to pneumonia, EcoGamer. org is a gateway to enriching experiences. More than 20 entertaining websites employ informative, eco-related calculations, games and quizzes.

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What makes people put “we” ahead of “me”? To find out, a group of Harvard University researchers enrolled thousands of people to play a “public good” game in which subjects were divided into small groups, given some money and the choice to keep it or contribute it to a common pool that would grow and benefit the entire group. Researchers discovered that those that made their decisions quickly were more likely to contribute to the common good. Taking it a step further, the researchers applied time pressure to the decision-making process. They then found that those faced with making a quick decision most often chose the “we” option, while those that spent more time deliberating ended up giving less money to the group kitty. The Massachusetts research team, which tested thousands of online worldwide participants, concluded that spontaneity and intuition guide people into rapid acts of kindness.

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very young mammal on Earth sleeps in close contact with its mother and other family members. They’ve been co-sleeping for security, warmth, comfort and protection for millions of years of evolution. Although it is generally frowned upon in the United States, many human cultures, including most in East Asia, the Pacific islands, South America, Africa and much of southern Europe, have a rich tradition of co-sleeping. In At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bill Bryson relates that until very recently, most domiciles centered around a central room, or hall, where everyone slept together. Even today, adults and children almost always sleep together in the same beds in non-industrialized, traditional societies worldwide. The modern practice of placing babies in separate rooms at night, often to cry themselves to sleep, appears to be a historical aberration. Co-sleeping, conversely, is the age-old norm because it offers so many benefits to both parents and children.

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emy of Pediatrics and the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics confirm a consistent link between cosleeping and breastfeeding in countries as disparate as Brazil, Britain, Malaysia and Sweden. Breast milk provides immunological benefits, transfers symbiotic gut bacteria and promotes bonding between mother and child. It’s especially nutritious if the mother’s diet is healthy, and breast milk is the only food experts agree the human body is unquestionably designed to consume.

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mother that can breastfeed without leaving the bed will get more sleep. Also, more research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows a lower incidence of sudden infant death syndrome when breastfeeding is practiced. In the clinical experience of James McKenna, Ph.D., a University of Notre Dame professor and leading anthropologist in the field, “Breastfeeding mothers typically keep their babies away from pillows, positioning their infants on their backs, while placing them below the parents’ shoulders and raising their arms above them.” Plus,

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Co-sleeping fosters maturation.

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a bed or sleep in the same room with their parents grow up to be more selfreliant and socially independent, better behaved, less anxious about intimacy as adults and more likely to be happy. Parents that are nervous about sharing beds can try room sharing, where the baby sleeps in an adjoining crib or cot; family members will experience many of the same benefits. Mark Sisson is a former marathon runner and triathlete. He is the author of the bestselling health and fitness book, The Primal Blueprint, and publisher of the health blog,

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Near Death Experiences Proof of Life after Death by Linda Sechrist

Through his research, he has identified numerous common elements that occur in NDEs—an out-of-body experience, the sensation of traveling through a tunnel, encountering a bright light (usually interpreted as God, Jesus or an angel), communicating with deceased relatives, feeling emotions such as profound peace, well-being and love, plus a flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe. Perhaps the most significant element he reports is the supremely conscious and superbly blissful state that exists beyond both limitations of the senses and intellect and the confines of space and time— the pure conscious form of each one’s truly real Self.

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he advice that the White Queen gave to young Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the LookingGlass might be some of the best to offer non-believers and skeptics that question the credibility of near-death experiences (NDE). When Alice protests, “One can’t believe impossible things,” the White Queen famously retorts, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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The majority of physicians and clinical researchers in the medical community continue to consider NDEs as impossible and merely pure fantasies generated by a surge of electrical activity as a dying brain runs out of oxygen. However, according to a Gallup poll, the 8 million Americans whose transcendental NDEs freed their consciousness to leave the body and enter into a wondrous reality that exists completely free of physicality, believe them to be real, meaningful and lifechanging experiences. Recently, the renowned NDE narratives of Anita Moorjani, author of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from


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I was overwhelmed by the realization that God isn’t a being, but a state of being… and I am that state of being… pure consciousness. ~ Anita Moorjani Cancer to Near Death, to True Healing, and Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, have sparked fresh public interest in NDEs, a word coined by Raymond Moody, Ph.D., in his 1975 classic, Life After Life. Moody, a psychiatrist and professor of philosophy who has spent nearly 50 years investigating what happens when people die, has interviewed thousands of individuals that have personally experienced an NDE. “Over the past 20 years there have been enormous strides in resuscitation technology. Defibrillators and public access defibrillation programs, as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, are major factors that allow modern medicine to bring people back from a state that 100 years ago would have been labeled death,” observes Moody.

Rushed to the hospital in a coma, Moorjani, whose body had been devoured for four years by cancer of the lymphatic system, describes the real self that she discovered during her NDE. “There I was, without my body or any physical traits, yet my pure essence continued to exist. It was not a reduced element of my whole self; in fact, it felt far greater and more intense and expansive than my physical being. “I felt eternal, as if I’d always existed and always would, without a beginning or end. I was filled with the knowledge that I was simply magnificent,” explains Moorjani, whose cancer completely disappeared within five weeks after her release from the hospital. “Not only did I come back with a clean slate, I brought back one of my biggest lessons—to love myself and be an instrument of love. I also returned to life here with a sense of purpose—to fearlessly be as authentically me as I can be. This means,” she clarifies, “that in whatever I do, I am acting from my sense of passion and the sheer joy of doing it.” During Alexander’s seven-day coma in a hospital, brought about by antibiotic-resistant E. coli meningitis that attacked his brain, he left his mortal identity behind. “My brain wasn’t working at all,” he relates. “My entire neo-cortex, the part that makes us human, was entirely shut down. I had no language, emotions, logic or memories of who I was. Such an empty slate granted me full access to the true

cosmic being that I am, that we all are,” says Alexander. He further recalls that as his NDE unfolded, it occurred to him that he was being granted a grand overview of the invisible side of existence. He also had a lovely ethereal companion that floated along on a butterfly wing, telepathically teaching him to accept the universal truth that, “You are eternally loved and cherished, you have nothing to fear, and there is nothing you can do wrong.” “If I had to boil the whole message down to just one word, it would be Love—the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. No remotely accurate understanding of who we are and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it and embody it in all their actions,” Alexander now understands. Prior to his life-threatening illness, this neurosurgeon’s sophisticated medical training had led him to dismiss the possibility of NDEs. Today, he works at returning to his NDE state of oneness and unconditional love by using meditation and sacred acoustics, as well as quantum mechanics, to explore the nature of consciousness and higher brain function. Like Moody, Alexander studies the ancient Greek philosophers Parmenides, Pythagoras and Plato, who took the notion of an afterlife seriously and questioned “what” survives

“We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness.” ~ Dr. Eben Alexander bodily death. Alexander’s consequent nonprofit organization, Eternea, fosters cooperation between science and spirituality by sponsoring research and education about spiritually transformative experiences and holistic consciousness beyond conventional definitions. “I had to learn a whole lot more about consciousness than I had to know about neuroscience,” quips Alexander, who now believes that the brain blocks access to knowledge of higher worlds. “We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness. That it is, instead, a kind of reducing valve or filter that dumbs down consciousness for the duration of our human experience. “Neuroscience can’t give you the first sentence about how the physical brain creates consciousness,” he states, while many are finding how science and spirituality strengthen each other. At age 37, a blood vessel exploded in the left hemisphere of Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain. A Ph.D. Harvard-trained scientist specializing in anatomy of the brain, she was fascinated to observe the breakdown of her brain-related functions.

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In The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, author Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D., suggests that each of us is a part of the universe seeking and finding itself. Could it be that without the mental filter and self-limiting beliefs, we are free to consciously know our higher state of wholeness and the truth of our magnificence? Upwards of 8 million people that have experienced their own NDE are trending the world toward a tipping point into the comforting awareness that anything is possible. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews.


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sked why she “I’ve become focused just my own enthought she manifesting on seeing the perfection ergy had cancer, as cancer, because Anita Moorjani, of life in this moment.” my fears weren’t author of Dying to allowing me to exBe Me, sums up press myself as the her answer in one word: Fear. “I was magnificent force I was meant to be,” killing myself, and cancer saved me,” advises Moorjani. says Moorjani, whose book documents She hopes that her presentaher near-death experience (NDE) and tions to medical professionals and the higher realm she encountered public speaking will influence how when her body shut down. Allowed the health profession views cancer to identify with her true magnificence, and other diseases and illnesses. undistorted by the fear generated “Treatment needs to be about more by her own lifelong self-judgment, than medicine, because so much of self-criticism, worry and lack of selfdisease has to do with our emotions,” forgiveness, she returned with a vital, she imparts, “especially the ones we heartfelt message. direct toward ourselves.” “Everyone is an amazing, mag Through this life-enhancing expenificent being, with great capacity for rience, Moorjani came to understand health, happiness and joy. Although why she owes it to herself, everyone we’ve been conditioned to believe that she meets and life itself to always exwe need to pursue success and learn press her own unique essence. “Trying to improve ourselves to be happy, such to be anything or anyone else doesn’t steps are unnecessary, because we make me better—it just deprives me already are all we are trying to attain,” of my true self and keeps me from she says. interacting authentically with others,” “I’d spent a lifetime feeling she explains. inadequate, beating myself up for Moorjani now knows that all life not meeting my own expectations,” in the universe is one and our core she continues. Through the clarity is love. “I was overwhelmed by the of dwelling in the NDE realm, she realization that God isn’t a being, but understood that the cancer wasn’t a state of being… and I am that state a punishment for anything. “It was of being… pure consciousness.”


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hroughout the year, Santa’s good girls and boys of all ages make every effort to buy only what’s needed, plus recycle, reuse and repurpose. Then the holidays hit and discipline often gives way to indulgences. The season seems consumed by uptempo decorating, feasting, shopping, gift-giving and merrymaking at any cost. Yet, creative green living experts show us how easy it is to tweak timehonored family traditions to align with the green way we wish to live and feel even more satisfied with festivities.

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For Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations: A Use-What-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving & Entertaining, “Upcycling is basically a form of recycling that elevates something to a better level than before.” Based in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Seo always has an eye out for green pos-

sibilities. “Opt for vintage pieces and re-imagine them in new and interesting ways,” he advises. For example, he likes to upcycle a vintage glass cake stand with a collection of bright ornaments for a unique holiday focal point. Michele Johansen, a lifestyle writer in Bellevue, Washington, suggests bringing in the outdoors. Instead of decorating the tree with tinsel and the home with plastic faux greenery, she suggests stringing popcorn and cranberries on the tree and decking the halls with fresh wreaths and garlands accented with boughs of holly. “Local nurseries are good sources for holiday décor that you can later mulch or put in yard waste bins,” she says. “The smells are much more authentic and festive.” Save energy by using LED lights whenever possible, suggests Sheryl Eisenberg, a writer for the National Resources Defense Council. Plug lights and electronics into a power strip, and then unplug it when not in use to save

“ghost” energy pulled by electronics that are plugged in, but not activated. Buy a live tree to later plant or recycle, Seo suggests. This supports regional Christmas tree farmers while retaining the integrity of local forests. Many communities offer recycling of holiday trees to provide mulch or habitat for aquatic life in local lakes.

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Organize a cookie exchange to get together and save time and energy on holiday baking, suggests Sara Novak, a food policy and health writer at, from Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Generally, a hostess asks guests to bring several dozen of their favorite cookies. Once gathered, attendees share the treats and recipes, taking home several of each variety. To “green it up”, Novak recommends emailing the recipes rather than printing them, encouraging invitees to use fresh and local ingredients and bring favorite reusable containers from home, like a colorful, time-honored cookie tin. For the holiday table, mix and match settings of plates, glasses, linens and cutlery. “Use the real thing,” Eisenberg recommends, “and recruit guests to help wash up afterwards.” She recalls that while growing up, her mother supplemented her silverware with grandmother’s for large holiday dinners. Save your own energy (and sanity) by asking family and friends to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. The hostess can assign a dish and corresponding recipe or use a potluck approach, says Eisenberg. Leftovers go home in non-plastic, reusable containers.

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Peace on Our Plates Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World by Judith Fertig


s Earth’s population grows to a projected 9 billion people by 2050, can our global community keep eating flesh like we’ve been doing for centuries? No, according to a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Programme, an international panel of sustainable resource management experts. Examining the food demands of a growing population and associated environmental and sustainability issues, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production recommends “substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.” Making the case for a holistic view, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., suggests in

World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony that we start to see the connections between our food choices and the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, communities and the world.

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At the center of the web of life is the food we all share to sustain our bodies. Tuttle insists that we celebrate this and regard each meal as a feast. “Food preparation is the only art that allows us to literally incorporate what we create. It is also the only art that fully involves all five senses,” he says. We honor this wonderful activity most by sharing our cooking efforts with others, blessing the

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Practicing a World Peace Diet The Tuttles shop for fresh, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and favor what they call “blueprint recipes”, that vary from day to day. Each outlines the makings of a dish and encourages cooks to be intuitive in how they fill in the details.

Tip: Cook whole-grain or spinach pasta, potatoes, rice or another recommended grain in a large quantity to store in the refrigerator for use in stir-fries, salads and other meals later in the week. For a typical breakfast, for example, Tuttle and his wife, Madeleine, will make a green smoothie that includes kale, banana, apple, grapes, ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon and fresh ginger. “It’s a flexible drink,” says Tuttle. “We will swap out whatever organic fruits and vegetables we have so that we vary the flavor from time to time.” For example, they might use parsley, spinach, or chard leaves in place of kale, or citrus in place of grapes. Lunch is usually a wrap-type sandwich, sometimes using fresh leaf lettuce or a whole-wheat tortilla. One recent example of such a wrap combined tomatoes, peppers, sprouts, walnuts, tempeh and avocado. A dinnertime blueprint recipe involves a base of

cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or polenta, topped with a vegetable ragout, cooked or raw. “You could live the rest of your life mixing and matching these ingredients and never have the same meal twice,” notes Tuttle. “We have been doing it for 30 years. If we all choose to eat like this, the world could feed everybody on a fraction of the land now consumed by agriculture.” Learn more at Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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To start the day, use a high-powered Vitamix-type blender to reduce whole fruits and vegetables to a smooth juice. If using a regular blender, cut the fruits and vegetables into small pieces and strain the purée after blending.

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Yields two servings 1 banana, sliced 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped ½ cup seedless green grapes 1 cup chopped kale leaves 1 cup baby spinach leaves 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds ¼ cup ground chia seeds ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 cup purified water

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For lunch, a simple wrap can provide a daily change-up mixing in different fresh ingredients plus a plant-based flavoring like dried herbs, spices or garlic stirred into the Vegenaise or homemade eggless mayonnaise. Yields two servings

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Yields two servings Rice: 1 cup brown rice 2¼ cups water Raw Vegetable Ragout: 1 cup red bell pepper, cut into strips ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped ¼ cup finely chopped Italian parsley ¼ cup toasted, chopped walnuts 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp coarse kosher or sea salt Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat and simmer covered until tender, about 40 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine the red bell pepper, celery, Kalamata olives, Italian parsley and walnuts in a medium-sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, stir until well blended, and then let rest until the rice is done. To serve, spoon the cooked rice onto each plate and top with the raw vegetable ragout. Source: Adapted from Intuitive Cooking, by Madeleine Tuttle (

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iven family hopes and often unrealistic expectations that everything will go perfectly, holiday gatherings can sometimes be a recipe for untoward stress. One of the best ways to keep potential ’tis-the-season tensions under control is to carve out some time for exercise, a move supported by research findings at Princeton University. Other experts suggest that from practicing a favorite Eastern modality to taking a natural spin around the neighborhood, we all have instant access to foolproof tactics for staying relaxed, healthy and more even-keeled among kin this winter. To mend nerves frayed by debates at the dinner table, slip into a nearby bedroom for a calming yoga workout. Yoga’s emphasis on controlled breathing makes it ideal for treating family dynamics straight out of Silver Linings Playbook. The Mayo Clinic reports that deep breathing increases the flow of oxygen into the bloodstream, easing headaches, muscular tension and chest tightness. Yogic breathing patterns also are shown to lower resting heart rates, which helps practitioners stay composed in the face of any intrafamily disagreements or other stressors. For a quick, relaxing yoga routine, begin with a

few breathing exercises before moving into a sun salutation—a sequence of full-body poses, or asanas, performed in a smooth, continuous flow. Begin standing, palms pressed together in the tadasana, or mountain, pose. Then move through a series of motions that sweep the arms over the head, expanding the chest, before dipping into downward dog and plank poses, which help increase flexibility and strength. End lying down in the shavasana, or resting, pose with eyes closed and let the quiet settle in. Resistance-training exercises are another option. Release pent up tension by pushing against a wall. Stand about three feet away, lean in and push. Position feet at an angle so that a straight body line forms the hypotenuse of a triangle with the wall and floor. This activity drains the limbs of tightness and stretches out hamstrings and calf muscles, enabling us to walk away feeling light and limber. While some people can happily greet and maintain cheerfulness throughout holiday family times, others may feel a bit anxious. For a sure-fire endorphin boost, try a cardiovascular workout like running, which German researchers

published in Cerebral Cortex confirm produces a flood of euphoria on cue. A quick jog or spirited walk outside helps elevate mood while strengthening the immune system, helping to keep feelings of melancholy at bay. Before heading for the door, those stretching their legs outside in colder climates need to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than the thermometer reads. This helps prevent the body from overheating, especially after being sedentary for an extended period. To get the blood flowing beforehand, do some simple stretching or take a few trips up and down the stairs. Exercisers that prefer to stay sheltered from wintry weather entirely have a solid alternative; an indoor cardiovascular workout can mimic jogging’s mood-lifting effects. Try alternating 12 reps of jumping jacks, lunges, squats and crunches to get the heart pumping. Consider a second series for a higher intensity workout. All of it will give muscles that often go slack during holiday loafing a chance to flex. Because these moves don’t require any equipment, such electives are as portable as a travel hair dryer during holiday visits anywhere. After one or more of these solo workouts, many revelers may be ready to up the ante on family togetherness. For a healthy dose of quality time, round up the gang and enlist them in a high-energy outdoor activity like hiking, sledding or even Ultimate Frisbee. Participating in friendly family competition is healthy fun and gives everyone something else to talk about later. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at

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Pet First-Aid Kits All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy


irst-aid is the first thing you can do to help an injured animal if you are prepared,” says Dr. Jason Nicholas, owner of The Preventive Vet, in Portland, Oregon. Attention in cases of injury or sudden illness can help a dog or cat stay more comfortable, stop bleeding and provide temporary relief. A pet first-aid kit can resemble a pantry more than a medicine cabinet. Natural components include: Cool water. Purified water kept in a spray bottle can cool overheated pets. For the fastest results, spray near the pulse points, the “armpits” and where fur is the thinnest. Further, a vet will assess if clinical hydration is needed beyond the water bowl. Saline solution. Versatile saline is available at the vet’s office or any pharmacy, and also easy and inexpensive to make at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids. The Ohio State University Medical Center website provides a recipe for normal saline solution at Vinegar. It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppy-eared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway,

which can leave the inner ear moist. “Don’t use vinegar if the skin is red or broken because it will be painful,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Never use it more than twice a week. Honey. Apply this sweet unguent to gums to help counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic pet’s insulin levels are off. Maple syrup is a good substitute. Sugar. Although not recommended in a regular pet diet, sugar can be a topical antibacterial for the short term. Sugar draws water from the wound and dehydrates bacteria, supporting growth of new tissue. Plain yogurt. Adding this healthy refrigerated topping to dry food will activate a sluggish appetite and supply needed cultures to help balance the digestive system. Cornstarch. This non-toxic remedy helps stop minor bleeding from cuts, scrapes and pedicure accidents. Calendula. Also known as pot marigold, calendula cream may be used as an anti-inflammatory. Bug bites, scrapes, sunburn and itching from allergies also benefit from its application.

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can easily breathe and pant. When a pet eats or drinks non-food items or foods they shouldn’t, such as chocolate, grapes or onions, head to the local vet. Veterinarian Jeff Levy, in New York City, who is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, counsels, “Always keep contact information for your vet, an emergency hospital and animal poison control center handy.” Also, find out where emergency services are located when traveling. Pets can go into shock just like humans. To prevent or reduce the impact, keep the animal warm and provide a deep massage of the ears, at the base, where ears meet the head. A couple of drops of lavender oil on a collar or bandana will help everyone relax. Do not put essential oils directly on the pet, especially cats, as it can be toxic. Just like children, pets may have accidents or get sick after office hours. Stay calm, head for the natural pet pantry and then call the family’s holistic veterinarian. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at

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no more future to escape into mentally. The result is a lot less suffering. “That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were,” says Tolle. “So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.” The good news, according to Tolle, is that in order to experience this awakening, “You don’t have to wait for the diagnosis by the doctor or to be put in prison… nor do you have to do 30,000 hours of meditation or live in an ashram for 20 years. Once you get a glimpse of it, you can invite it into your daily life.” For a growing number of people, it’s this understanding of the always present “spiritual you” shining through that has led to significant improvements in their lives, not the least of which is better health. This would seem to indicate that these kinds of spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. “Spirituality and religion belong in the healing paradigm,” writes Airdre Grant, Ph.D., of Australia’s Southern Cross University, in a study published in the Journal of the Australian TraditionalMedicine Society. “They are determinants of health and they are factors in recovery, well-being and longevity.” So where do these insights come photo by David Ellingsen


o listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible—for anyone. We’re not talking about living a life of leisure, filled with expensive cars, beach homes and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that make this life not only worth living, but decidedly more fulfilling. The problem is that when people hear the words “spiritual insight”, there’s often an assumption that it’s about something too ethereal to be practical or too elusive to be achieved in this lifetime. This is exactly the point that Eckhart Tolle, one of the world’s most wellknown spiritual teachers and authors, rebuffed during a talk earlier this year at California’s Stanford University. “Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching,” he says. “They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” He went on to cite examples of those that have either been told they have a short time to live or have been given an exceptionally long prison sentence. In both cases, any thought of a future has been effectively dashed, forcing these individuals into what Tolle describes as an intense awareness that there is only the present moment, with

from? Is it simply a matter of wishful thinking? Or is it perhaps something more reliable, more effective than that? “Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is within you,’” observes Tolle, implying that this health-inducing understanding may be a lot closer than we thought. “I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom’, he would have said, ‘dimension’. And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern terms, [it would be] ‘the dimension of spaciousness is within you.’”

Spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. “And then Jesus said—when they asked him, ‘Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?’— he said, ‘The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it’s over there or look, it’s over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.’” How comforting it is to be reminded that the proverbial “kingdom of heaven” we’ve been hearing about for at least two millennia—this “dimension of spaciousness”, or what might be characterized as the understanding of our true spiritual identity—is “within you.” It’s within us all, here and now. All that remains is the willingness— and the humility—to put this insight into practice. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Los Altos, CA, whose articles on the link between spiritual consciousness and health appear regularly in national online publications. Connect at

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Guided Hour Meditation in Savasana – 5:306:30pm. All welcome; no prior experience is required. Give yourself a nourishing hour during the Holiday season. Slow down, relax and take your practice to a deeper level. $10/drop-in. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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“What is Reiki?”– 6-7:30pm. With Cherie Conover. Join us for an open discussion on the art of Reiki. Receive information on Reiki and its many benefits, ask questions and even try a Reiki sample. Free introductory talk. Women & Infants, Care New England Center for Health, 59 S County Commons Way, South Kingston. 401-789-2867.

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Intro to the Archangels – 6-8:30pm. Workshop for anyone interested in learning more about the Archangels or for those who plan to take the Heavenly Hugs Angel Intuitive Certification Program. With Gladys Ellen. $30. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Monthly Meditation – 7-7:45pm. Join us for a deep inner meditative experience. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

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LEY Anniversary Yoga Class – 6:15-7:45pm. Celebrate our 2nd year anniversary as Laughing Elephant Yoga. Join Deb Valois and our community in a fun-loving, joyful practice. $15/drop in or class pass. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Restore Live, Laugh, Love Meditation – 6:308pm. During this time of year taking care of you is so important. Have more energy and be more organized during this busy time of year. Feel refreshed, rested and calm. $10. CreatIgo, 194 Washington St, 3rd Fl, Providence. RSVP: 401-793-0097.

Friday, December 6

Grandmother Pow Wow Drum Meditation – 7-9pm. The main focus of this Grandmother (Pow Wow) Drum Meditation will be to recognize and expand a heartfelt connection with the self, the drum, the one and the Earth. $20. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668.

Saturday, December 7

Yoga and Meditation Retreat – 9am-12pm. Whether you are new to yoga or mediation or a long-time practitioner, this half day retreat is for you. Your morning of self-care is designed to recalibrate and balance wayward energies, and ground yourself in your inner resources. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Angel Whispers’ Shopping Day – 10am-12pm. Enjoy tea and goodies while you browse the Angel Whispers’ crystal and gemstone collection or design your own piece. Jewelry, sun catchers, ornaments and car companions. Free. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. To register: 401-741-2278 or Holiday Open House – 1-3pm. Come meet some of our practitioners, enjoy some sample teas and goodies. Explore our holiday store of organic teas, handmade soaps, art, jewelry, gift certificates and more. Discounted certificates available. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572. Magickal Gifts for the Holidays – 2-4pm. Learn how to make incenses, charms, teas, and ritual implements for family and friends. Lastly, receive the blessing of Saint Lucy for protection against evil and good. With Jonathan Sousa. $30. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099. Yoga & Wine – 5-6:30pm. Engage all of your dimensions and senses: mind, body, spirit, sight, sound, touch and taste, creating a unique, fun, relaxing collective experience. Sip, savor and mingle. $25/ person, $45/pair. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Vibrational Sound Healing Concert – 6-7:30pm. Intuitively played to the collective energy of the group supporting the release of patterns that are no longer serving, allowing embodiment or your original programming. $20. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance in rear of small building, Peace Dale. 401-255-7147.

Sunday, December 8

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 Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. Free; donation requested but optional. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, North Kingstown. 401-258-3952.

markyourcalendar Open House Holly Jolly Good Times – 10am6pm. It’s time to celebrate the holidays together and thank you for another successful year. Come anytime and enjoy sample sessions, friends, food and fun. Free. Heavenly Hugs & Wholistic Hedonism. 915-917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Empowering Extraordinary Kids! – 10:3012:30am. Kids 7-12 yrs. Intro to energy management, social skills and relaxation skills that can be used daily; especially during the Holidays. Materials included. $15. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. RSVP: 401-793-0097.

Eyelash Extension Training Class – 11am-7pm. What is holding you back from earning top dollar as an Eyelash Artist? Lash Artistry is the #1 area in the beauty industry. Learn from professional eyelash experts. Please call. Diane’s Permanent Makeup & Eyelashes, 101 W Natick Rd, Warwick. 401-855-4333.

CreatIgo Kids Essential Oil Gifts – 1-3pm. Children make special restorative gift for special people in their life. Learning happens during this hands-on playshop. $20. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097. Vibrational Healing Gongs, Crystal Bowls and Reiki – 1-3pm. Learn how sacred sound and the ancient healing art of Reiki promote well being, then relax into a healing combination of Reiki energy and a sound experience of gongs and crystal bowls. $30. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Monday, December 9

Reiki First Degree – 6-9pm. Also Dec 11 & 13. First Degree Reiki introduces you to hands-on-healing, the history of Reiki, and the energy centers of the body. Learn how to give a Reiki treatment to yourself, others, and your animal friends. $150. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Restore Live, Laugh, Love Meditation – 6:308:30pm. During this time of year taking care of you is so important. Have more energy and be more organized during this busy time of year. Feel refreshed, rested and calm. $10. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. RSVP: 401-793-0097. Soul Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Spiritual connection and exploration group for those seeking a deeper connection, those who heal, those who serve. $10. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance in rear of small building, Peace Dale. 401-255-7147.

Tuesday, December 10

Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a new world. Join us to explore your dreams, learn techniques to interpret dreams in a fun and supportive environment. With David Barr & Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

Wednesday, December 11

Guided Meditation Night – 6:30-8pm. Join us for this mid-week guided meditation designed to help fill up your energetic gas tank. All learning levels welcome. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Christmas Meditation – 7-9pm. Meditate with the divine beings as we celebrate Christmas with them as well as our loved one’s in spirit. Receive the gift of the season and the message of love. $20. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668.

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Thursday, December 12

Shamanic Journey with Brandon Burns – 6:308pm. Shamanic meditation technique for connecting with your inner knowing and powerful Earth wisdom by coming into relationship with animal totems and spirit guides. $20. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance in rear of small building, Peace Dale. 401-255-7147. Facebook. com/HeartofPeaceDale. Spirit Art Class – 7-9pm. Intuitive Art Group that uses creativity to connect us with spirit. Opens us to the unknown. Unblocks our channels, allowing our intuition to grow. $10. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668.

Friday, December 13

Meditation to Find Balance – 7-8pm. Guided meditation will help you to find balance during the holiday season. Experience a state of harmonious silence. You will feel peace and deep relaxation. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148. Second Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Melt into a state of peace, relaxation and bliss as the healing vibrations of the gongs, singing bowls and drums wash away your stress. With Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, December 14

Angel Intuitive Certification – Dec 14 & 15. 9:30am-6pm. 2-day training unlocks your abilities to see, hear and speak with the Angels. Learn how to connect with your Angels and awaken your intuitive gifts. Prerequisite: Intro to Archangels. With Gladys Ellen. $300. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Angel Whispers’ Shopping Day – 10am-12pm. Enjoy tea and goodies while you browse the Angel Whispers’ crystal and gemstone collection or design your own piece. Jewelry, sun catchers, ornaments and car companions. Free. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. To register: 401-741-2278 or Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage Class – Dec 14 & 15. 10am-5pm. Warm, herbal-oil massage (abhyanga) nourishes the skin, aids in removing impurities, stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation, and calms the central nervous system, promoting a blissful sensation. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. $275. SAMA, Karyn Chabot & Joa Agnello. 877-832-1372.

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. —Anton Checkhov Winter Fire, Inner Light: Five Element Yoga® and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra – 1-4pm. During this Winter Solstice season, realign yourself with the rhythms of nature with Five Element Yoga® to come into harmony within yourself, the season, and the larger forces of nature. $75. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Past Life Regressive Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Explore your inner self through a deep regressive meditation, peer into the history of your soul to uncover the answers to some of your life’s questions. $20. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance in rear of small building, Peace Dale. 401-255-7147.

“Full Cold Moon” Hike – 7-8:30pm. Discover the joy of quiet and solitude as we hike through the woods in Winter. Refresh your spirit during the bustle of the holiday season. Light refreshments. $8/person, $28/family. New Dawn, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. Kirtan with Jagdish – 7:30-9pm. Kirtan opens the heart completely and lifts it way above the head where the mind can relax into the peace of love. A true Bhakta, Jagdish brings eloquent devotion through. $12. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Sunday, December 15

Aquarian Sadhana – 5-7:30am. Practiced by Kundalini yoga communities across the world during the ambrosial hours, 2.5 hrs before sunrise. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. Register by Dec 14: 401-780-9809. Details:

Advance Reiki Training (8 CE Hrs) – 10am-5pm. A 1-day intensive training. Prerequisite: Reiki Level I and II. Register by Dec 5 and receive $25 off. Instructor, Dr. Jamie Lee. $275. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572.

Fourth Sunday Gong Bath – 4-5:30pm. Let the resonant sounds of the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and drums fill you with a sense of complete relaxation and peace. With Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. A Reiki World, 1080 Kingstown Rd, Palisades Mill Complex, Bldg 8, Peace Dale. 401-258-3952.


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Monday, December 16

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. “God Winks” Gathering – 6:30-8pm. An open discussion night based on the book Godwink Stories by Squire Rushnell. Stories will be chose at random. You do not need to get or read the book prior to class. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Tuesday, December 17

Adult Indigo & Light Worker Gathering – 6:308:30pm. Be with like-minded individuals to talk about your interests and ideas. Rejuvenate, share, support and network. Donation accepted. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. RSVP: 401-793-0097.

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. With Joy Quinn Blum and Kathleen Soares. Free. Kingston Congregational Church, 2610 Kingstown Rd, Kingston. 401-258-3952.

Wednesday, December 18

Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Learn modern applications of this ancient technique. Journey to a live drum to deepen your practice, gain insight and work with guidance. Bring a journal. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Thursday, December 19

Mary, Queen of the Angels – 6:30-8:30pm. Mother Mary brings messages of love, comfort and compassion to all that call on her. Join us as we gather together to embrace and celebrate her abundance of love. With Gladys Ellen. $25. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

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Friday, December 20

Reiki Healing, Meditation – 7-8pm. Guided meditation with special focus on healing the emotional body. Reiki will help to release blocks of energy, stress and tension. Feel complete relaxation. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-921-5148.

Monthly Gong Bath – 7:30-8:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing of the bronze gong and Tibetan singing bowls. Many people experience something noticeable during a meditative Gong Bath. $20. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, December 28

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.

Saturday, December 21

Holiday Shopping Day & Fair – 9am-4pm. Holiday shopping, readings, Reiki, chair massage, specials, gift certificates, sales and more. Services $1/minute. Free. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668. Angel Whispers’ Shopping Day – 10am-12pm. Enjoy tea and goodies while you browse the Angel Whispers’ crystal and gemstone collection or design your own piece. Jewelry, sun catchers, ornaments and car companions. Free. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. To register: 401-741-2278 or Introduction to Marma Therapy Class – 10am5pm. Activating marma points allows light and prana into the body, transforming the biochemistry of the physiology. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. $155. SAMA, Karyn Chabot, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Free Community Yoga Class – 3-4:15pm. Join our yoga community in a free class. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Winter Solstice Celebration – 6-8pm. As we approach the shortest day of the year when darkness permeates Earth, celebrate the return of light through music, reflection and the lighting of fire. Potluck dessert donation. New Dawn, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341.

Sunday, December 22

Winter’s Quiet – 5:15-6:30pm. Slow down and be nurtured with simple practices that promote sleep, deep peace and restoration. Feel more balanced in the midst of the season’s festivities; celebrate Solstice. $16/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Tuesday, December 24

Christmas Eve Yoga Practice – 9-10:15am. Ease your holiday stress and build up your internal spirit with a yoga practice at LEY. Free. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401398-2616.

Friday, December 27

Free Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:45pm. This class is Karma Yoga and reflects our desire to promote individual health and world peace. For all levels; suitable for any body at any point in their practice. Free. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.


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Fourth Saturday Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Let the resonant sounds of the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and drums fill you as you melt into a state of complete relaxation and peace. With Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Natures! The Rock Shop, 1782 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-258-3952.

Tuesday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Day Yoga Practice – 9-10:15am. Prep for the New Year with a practice the “eve” before. Take care of your spirit and mind at LEY. Free. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Wednesday, January 1

108 Sun Salutations New Year’s Day – 12-2pm. Move, sweat and laugh the New Year in with 108 Sun Saluations. Done with joy and led by Deb Valois for our community at LEY. Free. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Saturday, January 25

2014 Providence Fight For Air Climb – 9am-3pm. Join more than 900 participants climbing 22 floors inside the Omni Hotel to benefit the American Lung Association. Registration available online. $35 registration fee; $100 in fundraising. American Lung Association, 260 W Exchange St, Ste 102B, Providence. Info: 401-533-5175.

Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – 10am-5pm. Also March 9 & 10. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. Includes stone layouts, gliding, spinning, edging and flipping techniques designed to anchor the first and second chakra and directing energy towards the “terminal ends” of the body, integrating Western and Ayurvedic massage techniques. Free stones during guided harvest. $375. SAMA, Karyn Chabot, Newport. 877-832-1372. Our Garden under the Sea – 12-1:30pm. Cooking with Sea Veggies. A workshop with Katherine Conte. Learn how to use these nutrient rich foods. $40. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112. For details:

Monday, April 21

Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program – 10am-5pm. A 21-month Level 1 Program meeting the 3rd weekend (4 days) each month. $350/ mo. Approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Students can study at our Newport, RI campus or in their homes via live-webinar technology. $290/mo. SAMA, Karyn Chabot, Newport. 877-832-1372.

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Gentle Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. Gentle Yoga is a way to open your heart with a smooth and gentle approach. Maybe you are looking to stretch, maybe you are looking to find a place of peace. Bring a mat. $12. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668. Sadhana Yoga Basics: Open Level – 9-10:15am. Wake up and build a strong foundation toward mind-body awareness. Each student will understand the basic relationship between breath and movement with safe sequencing avail. $8/drop-in, Enrollment Cards available. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st Fl, Fall River, MA. 774-264-0786. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. New Thought Music; meditation, Affirmative Prayer/ Spiritual Mind Treatment; Spiritual Reading; lessons on the Science of Mind Spiritual Philosophy; fellowship. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Hatha Yoga – 10-11:15am. Class helps to develop balance, strength and flexibility and awaken your body awareness. Taught by a certified yoga teacher. $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. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI at Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 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 welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang & veggie potluck lunch. Healing Prayer Circle after lunch on 4th Sun. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Prenatal Svaroopa® Yoga – 3:45-5:15pm. Yoga to support you before, during and after your pregnancy. Learn poses and breathing to help with the changes of pregnancy and promote an easier delivery and recovery. New students: $40/4, $18/series. Time For You Yoga 2, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Zumba® with Rupa’s Bollywood Fusion – 4-5pm. No class Dec 29. Walk-ins & deals: No class December 29th. $8. Jen McWalters Pilates and Beyond @ Hope Artiste Village 999 Main St, Suite 111, Pawtucket. 401-475-0084. Deals:

Sundays at Ananda Providence – 4-6pm. Joyful Sunday afternoons: Restorative Yoga, Sacred Art Workshops, Healing Prayer Circle, uplifting discussions, meditation and chanting. Varies each week; check website. Suggested donation $10. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766.


Gentle Shanti Yoga – 9:30-11am. Great for beginners. Class introduces you to the wisdom of your body, through breath, movement and mindfulness. Class also helps you relax and reduce stress. $14/ drop-in, $13/paid in advance. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Svaroopa® Beginning Yoga Class – 11am12:30pm. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. Ease your stress with these easy poses and lots of support. Great for pain relief. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Maria Sichel. New students: $40/4, $18/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Reiki BioMat Clinic – 3-6pm. Come receive the healing benefits of Reiki while laying on a bed of amethyst crystals using far-infrared heat. The body will relax, detox and stress will melt away. $30/30-min session. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572. Yoga Basics – 4:30-5:30pm. Beginner-friendly class covers the basics of poses, breathing and mindfulness techniques in a convenient hour. This practice will improve your balance, flexibility and more. $10, $40/5 classes. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572. Chair Yoga — 5-6pm. Enhance flexibility, gain strength, and improve balance. Small classes. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Children’s Jiu Jitsu Classes – 5-6pm. Also Wednesday, 5pm & Saturdays, 10am. Children learn the highly effective art of Jiu Jitsu, gain more self confidence, respect, teamwork, character building and much more. $60/month. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. Piloxing – 5:15-6:15pm. 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. Couple’s Meditation – 6-7pm. Learn to manage stress, connect to spirit and deepen your relationship meditating together using breath control, visualization and sound. Call to schedule your session now. $25/couple. Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092.

Over 50 YOGA — 6-7pm. Developed especially for people over 50 to enhance; flexibility, strength, and balance. Small classes, individual attention, and modified poses. Day & evening classes. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

Adult Jiu Jitsu – 6:30-8:30pm. Also Wednesday, 6pm, Friday, 7:30pm. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. You can set your own pace, no prior experience needed. $70/monthly, $15/drop-in. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. 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. Deeksha Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Monday. Open the heart, heal relationships, quiet the chatter of the mind, and initiate a process of Awakening into Oneness where there is no longer a sense of separateness. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


BarSculpt – 9am-10pm. A low impact class, utilizing mats, weights, bands, and a ballet barre to create a strong toned and graceful body. $14/class, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear parking lot of Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Dance Movement with Martial Arts – 5:306:30pm. Through movement we find health. Nia is like chocolate, you have to taste it. No experience necessary. $80/10 classes, $12/drop-in. Woman Infants Integrative Care, 300 Richmond St, Providence. 401-487-6977. Yoga: Moving into a Restful Evening – 6-7:15pm. A blend of kripalu flow and yin yoga for all levels. Join us for this popular yoga class in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. Beginners welcome. $96/8 wks, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Vinyasa Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm. A flowing class that permeates mind and body with emphasis on alignment, breathing and the foundational tools of a solid yoga practice. Call to confirm attendance. $12. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668.

Evening of Healing – 7-8:30pm. 1st Tuesday. Join Healers from the First Spiritualist Church of RI for a fun night of healing. Receive for yourself or send to others. $7/members, $10/nonmembers. First Spiritualist Church of RI at Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence.

Reiki Circle — 7-8:30pm. Reiki circle is a wonderful way to share Reiki with others, honor ourselves as healers as well as introduce this healing system to those who have never experienced Reiki. $10. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, lower level, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

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ET Exploration Night – 7-9pm. 2nd Tuesday. Discuss anything and everything related to alien life. Share your stories as we try to unravel what lies beyond our planet Earth. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI at Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivation wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


All Level Yoga: Kripalu – 9:30-10:45am. A moderately-paced hatha yoga class appropriate for all levels. Beginners welcome. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. $96/8 wks, $15 drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Guided Meditation – 10-11am. Each day offers something new to learn. Participate in this ancient tradition yielding to a deeper connection to the self. Discover inner peace. Also offered Tue, 7:30pm. $5. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Durfee Mills Bldg 8, 1st Fl, Fall River, MA. 774-264-0786. Kripalu Yoga — 4:30-5:30pm. Traditional style yoga, learn to quiet the mind while relaxing the body. Classes consist of warm ups, postures & breathing. We welcome new students w/ 2 classes for $20. $12 prepaid, $14 drop in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, lower level, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Children’s Crystal Bowl Meditation – 5:306:30pm. Free introduction to meditation using crystal singing bowls open for all school age children. A safe, fun loving, accessible space. Free. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance in rear of small building, Peace Dale. 401-255-7147. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. Ease your stress with these easy poses and lots of support. Great for pain relief. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Natalie Schiffer. New students: $40/4, $18/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Rainbow Vinyasa Yoga Class – 6:30-8pm. A vigorous and fluid advanced yoga class to help detoxify the body and relieve stress. LGBT students and allies with an established yoga practice welcome. $14/drop-in, $13/paid in advance. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Meditation and Messages – 7-8:15pm. 2nd Wednesday. Enjoy a guided meditation followed by spirit messages from our members at the First Spiritualist Church of RI. Come develop your own abilities. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI at Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence.


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Holistic Cancer Circle – 7-9pm. 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month join First Spiritualist Church of RI healers to receive healing energy. Open to anyone diagnosed with cancer or cancer survivors. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI at Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence.


FluidlyFit™ – 11am-12pm. Stuck, sedentary, bored? You have a choice. Bridge the gap between linear repetition and your birthright to move like the body of water you are. Every body welcome. $12, $10/seniors. Soulistic Arts – Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-588-2762.

Gentle Yoga: All Levels – 3-4:15pm. Focused on basic yoga postures, alignment and breath techniques, exploring your range of movement, this class will support greater flexibility and deepened core strength. $12, $10/oncology patients & survivors. Women & Infants, Care New England Center for Health, 59 S County Commons Way, South Kingston. 401-789-2867. Women’s Jiu Jitsu – 6-8pm. Also Saturday, 1pm. 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. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.

Qigong for Beginners or Experienced – 6:157:15pm. Join Master Wu, Wen-Ching for a new session of qigong on Thursday Jan 9 at 6:15pm. Learn to strengthen and balance your chi (energy) to attain better health. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. New class. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. Class is a blend of breath work, movement, postures, chanting and meditation for strength and radiance. $96/8 wks, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Hatha Yoga — 7-8pm. Traditional style yoga, learn to quiet the mind while relaxing the body. Classes consist of warm ups, postures & breathing. We welcome new students w/ 2 classes for $20. $12 prepaid/ $14 drop in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, lower level, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Svaroopa® Prenatal/Beginning Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Dec 6 and 13. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. Ease your aches with these reliable poses and lots of support. Great for expecting moms for an easier delivery. With Maria Sichel. New students: $40/4, $18/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

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. Kim Testa, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. RSVP: Over 50 Yoga — 9-10am. Developed especially for people over 50, enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance. Small classes. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.


Vbarre – 9-10am. 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. Kripalu Yoga — 9:30-10:30am. Traditional style yoga, learn to quiet the mind while relaxing the body. Classes consist of warm ups, postures & breathing. We welcome new students w/ 2 classes for $20. $12 prepaid/ $14 drop in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Road, lower level, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Ananda Yoga Class – 9:30am-11pm. Ananda’s integrated approach to yoga explores the body’s subtle energies for physical wellness and spiritual growth. Posture, affirmations, pranayam, meditation. Mixed level. $12. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. Ease your stress with these easy poses and lots of support. Great for pain relief. Welcoming beginners and new students. With Pat Spencer. New students: $40/4, $18/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401305. All Level Kripalu Flow & Yin Yoga – 9:45-11am. A moderately-paced hatha yoga class for all levels. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. $96/8 wks, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Adult Jiu Jitsu – 11:30am-1:30pm. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. You can set your own pace; no prior experience needed. $70/ monthly, $15/drop-in. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. Beginning 24 Posture Tai Chi – 12-1pm. New class sessions begin Jan 4 and 8, 1pm, and Jan 9, 7:30pm. Classes are suitable for students with little or no Tai chi experience. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Ananda Joy of Meditation Workshop – 1-4pm. 2nd Saturday. Peace and joy. Learn breath awareness, relaxation, visualization, chanting, energy exercises and Paramhansa Yogananda’s powerful meditation technique Hong Sau. $25. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766.

communityresourceguide acupuncture THE ALIVE ACADEMY

Dr. Jason Bergman, DaC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959 We specialize in Cosmetic Acupuncture, including the Acupuncture Facelift and Acupuncture Tummy Lift in addition to Medical Acupuncture. We are patient-centered and results driven, determining which points and treatments you need through a detailed consultation and intake on your initial treatment. Rejuvenate your life, mind and body from the inside out. See ad on back cover.


Dr. Megan Istok, DC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket RI 401-305-3959


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

Specializing in Pre-Natal & infant care, Dr. Maegan Istok also helps people overcome their headaches, fatigue, anxiety, weight loss resistance, thyroid/hormone issues, pain, with cutting edge & individualized care that combines a nutritional approach with traditional Chiropractic care to free up nerve function & rid the body of the interferences both nutritionally & spine related that contribute to your health conditions. Dr. Istok has been featured in "The Boston Globe" & in peer reviewed journals for her breakthrough approaches to health. See ad on back cover.

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ARMSTRONG ACUPUNCTURE 178 Taunton Ave East Providence 401-431-0888

Dr. Tim Armstrong was an Acupuncture Fellow at the prestigious Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan and interned at the LA Free Clinic and Arthur Ashe Clinic at UCLA. Dr Tim specializes in treating Menopausal symptoms, GI disorders as well as stress and anxiety. Dr. Tim also treats musculoskeletal disorders such as frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel and low back pain. See ad on page 19.

angel intuitive medium Heavenly Hugs Holistic Healing Center

Gladys Ellen, RMT 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Floor Warwick, RI 401-935-8451

Traditionally heralded as God’s messengers, Angels have come to represent protection and spiritual guidance. These non-denominational intuitive readings are both empowering and uplifting. During an hour session, one may receive divine guidance about their life from the Archangels or the Dearly Departed to bring forth inner peace and spiritual growth. Sessions are digitally recorded and includes CD.

Jessica Ferrol, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, PKS, E-RYT Community Ayurvedic Wellness & Education Center 39 Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT Women and Infants Integrative Wellness Center 33 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI 401-323-4638 Our intention is to bring the natural healing wisdom of Ayurveda to you, your loved ones and our communities. Through one-onone consultation, herbal supplements & workshops, our services are for anyone wanting to feel healthier, stronger and more content with life. Ayurvedic and Herbal Consultation services offered.

58A High St Westerly, RI 401-315-2450

In-depth insight on Navigating Key Life Passages, Relationships, Lunar Phases/Returns, Women’s Issues, Asteroids/Midpoints. Consultations available by Phone, Mail or in Person.

Dr Kolenda is a Functional Medicine Doctor and Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic incorporating nutrition in with his treatment of the spine and neck. Dr Kolenda specializes in a very unique soft-tissue therapy that get patients results from years of back and neck pain in just a few sessions! Dr Kolenda has freed dozens of patients from “untreatable” back and neck pain through his technique, and The ALIVE Academy is honored to have the only Chiropractor in Rhode Island to offer this treatment to patients. See ad on back cover.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy

S.A.M.A. School for Allied Massage & Ayurveda Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 128 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 877-832-1372 Ayurveda recognizes 4 stages of imbalance before a Western doctor can give a diagnosis. Using pulse analysis, Vedic astrology, and tongue analysis, I can gain insights about your constitution and current health conditions. This is a transformative, unique educational experience for people who are ready to create the life they were born to live. See ad on page 39.

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

Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times. Remember: The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 25.


Astrology Debi Fox, Astrologer

Dr Jason Kolenda 541 Pawtucket Ave Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959

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Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567

Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.

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energy therapy training

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Heavenly Hugs Holistic Healing Center

Holistic Margarida

Gladys Ellen, RMT 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Floor, Warwick, RI 401-935-8451 Programs are designed to teach students hands-on energy healing modalities, professional business practices, and assist those seeking personal development and spiritual awareness. Training includes Integrated Energy Therapy®, Usui System of Reiki, Magnified Healing®, Mediumship, Angel Intuitive Certifications, and Spiritual Guidance Workshops. Programs are suited for Individuals, Therapists, Health Professionals, and Personal Development Coaches looking to enhance their own healing practice.

Margarida Renzi, MA, LCDP, RYT 58 Main St., 2nd floor East Greenwich, RI 401-480-5938

Feeling Stuck? I can help. Most of our behavior was learned during the first five years of our lives. We are born with a couple of fears such as fear of being dropped, but everything else is learned nonsense and it can be unlearned. Hypnotherapy is helpful in overcoming negative patterns in your life, e.g. weight loss, smoking, addiction, anxiety, phobias, and fears. See ad on page 14.

Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon

Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 • My philosophy has always been that everyone should love and be proud of how their skin looks and feels. At the young age of 51, my skin has never looked so flawless and so fresh. I look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 25.

My Holistic Village

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

holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings

health and wellness center The Alive Academy

541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959 The ALIVE Academy is New England’s Only Human Potential Center located in Providence, Rhode Island. Specializing in: Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Thyroid, Hormones, Anti-Aging, Nutrition, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Acupuncture Facelifts, Cellular Healing & all other Wellness needs! Call today to book your appointment 401-305-3959 or visit See ad on back cover.

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

For 28 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic  Whole Foods, Nutritional Products, Body Care, Athletic Supplements, Natural Pet Care and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment.  We are open daily.  Please visit our website for a wealth of information.


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

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

life & business coaching INSPIRED LIVING

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877 Broadway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic Readings, Angel &Tarot Cards, Past Lives, Reflexology, Workshops, Magick Classes, Weddings, Moon Ceremonies, Psychic Parties, gifts, stones, herbs, Room Rentals. Sunday ~ First Spiritualist Church of RI -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 11.

hypnotherapy and life coaching Optimistic Insight Holistic Healing Center

Offering New Solutions to Old Problems Linda J. Cole C.H 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 02920 401-369-7600 Office • 401-339-3942 Direct Linda is a retired teacher/guidance counselor that has dedicated her life to helping and healing humanity through her various methodology and innovative holistic approaches. Linda is a NGH Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Life Coach, Certified NLP Practitioner and a Certified Reiki Practitioner with a Bachelor of Arts/Social Science and Masters in Education/Counseling.

The world needs you to be yourself. Are you looking for more meaning and purpose in your life? Let us help you live the life you were meant to.  Through honoring the whole (mind, body & spirit), we offer affordable coaching, education, inspiration, connection and creative exploration.  

makeup and beauty 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 27.

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

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD™) can assist with cleansing and detoxifying via the lymphatic system, and help support the immune system, reduce pain, swelling and, perhaps most importantly, relax the sympathetic nervous system. Polly Jiacovelli has been treating patients with MLD™ for over 20 years. Find out more how MLD can help Lymphedema, Lipedema and is said to be one of the best holistic beauty treatments. See ad on page 45.

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

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally for all. Naturopathic doctor Certified Classical Homeopath Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 30.

Keri Layton, N.D.

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

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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


Anna Scurry, CNC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959 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 back cover.


Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 • Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 35.

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Skin care L’ARBRE DE VIE FACIAL REJUVENATION CLINIC 178 Taunton Ave East Providence, RI 401-431-0888

Dr. Tim Armstrong’s unique anti-aging protocol lifts and firms cheeks and chins as well as lifts sagging eyelids. Be amazed at how your fine lines and wrinkles diminish, and in many cases go away for good with Cosmetic Acupuncture. The Empresses of China, Madonna, Cher and Gwenneth Paltrow all use Cosmetic Acupuncture to remain freshfaced and camera ready. We use the finest ultrathin, highest quality disposable Japanese cosmetic needles. Call to schedule your free 15-minute consultation today. See ad on page 19.

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therapeutic massage Innisfree Body Works

18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick, RI 401-461-3788 Founder of Innisfree, David Walsh has been practicing massage therapy for more than 14 years. His hands speak multiple languages, and still he feels it all comes down to instinct and touch. His spiritual intentions and focus in deep tissue create a love for giving thorough treatments. Gift Certificates available. Call for yours today!

Simone Lukas-Jogl, PhD

Certified Advanced Rolfer® 10 Elmgrove Ave, Providence, RI 401-725-4783 A Rolfer since 1998, Simone LukasJogl helps people with chronic and recurring aches and pains (back, knee, shoulder,...), overall tightness and motion restrictions and general feelings of discomfort in the body. Her work improves alignment and athletic performance, helps prevent injuries and aids in emotional healing. Safe and effective for people of all ages, tailored to each client’s individual needs. Free consultations.

It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100

From the moment you step in... You feel the difference Offering various therapeutic massage modalities, Reiki, Cupping, Facials. Your table is waiting for you! We are who you have been searching for all this time. See ad on page 25.

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e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell.

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs.

Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation, deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

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Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus overuse of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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

cathryn moskow, lcmt

145 Waterman St, LL Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 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. RI Lic #MT01664.

Sisters of Solace

yoga and holistic health center

700 American Legion Highway (Rte.177) Westport, MA 508-636-4668


“The tree of Life for Everyone...Discover Your Tree.”   Yoga,Tai Chi, Spiritual Cirlce,Spiritual book club and Spirit Art Classes.  Reiki, Massages, Facials, Waxing and Ear Candling.  There’s angel card reading and Tarot and Past life readings. See ad page 23.

The Women’s Well

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 11.

wellness center IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 35.

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 31.

Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center

934 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI Info@TheWomen’ 401-269-8788 • Massage & Bodywork, Intuitive Movement, Yoga, Fitness, and Nutrition with Kerri Maroney, BS, LMT, 269-8788. Holistic Tarot, Astrology, Shamanic Counseling, and Reiki with Cris McCullough, MA, 662-6642.Treatment rooms & loft space available for classes, workshops, trainings, and conferences. Gift certificates available. ‘Tis the Season!


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Helping you integrate body, mind, heart and Spirit is our intention at Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center. Accessible to all body types and personalities we offer Yoga Classes, Workshops and Holistic Health Services that will support you in Uplifting your soul and healing your body and mind. Call us for a Complementary Wellness Consultation & Yoga class. See ad on page 31.

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Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 I offer private Svaroopa® yoga therapy sessions tailored to meet your needs. I am specially trained in treating pain - including back pain and neck and shoulder issues. Yoga Therapy is more powerful than weekly yoga classes and moves you more quickly toward health and well being. My students experience pain relief, greater mobility, improved sleep, easier breathing, deep relaxation, increased flexibility, and a deep sense of peace.

593 Charles St, Providence, RI 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-308-8745 Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

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