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nanda’s new center for meditation and yoga in Providence will host a gala open house from noon until 4 p.m., January 25. The theme for the day is “Joy is Within You.” All are invited to visit and experience inner joy through music, song and free mini-classes in meditation, Ananda yoga and Paramhansa Yogananda’s energization exercises. Refreshments will be served. Ananda shares the teachings of the great yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. The center offers weekday, evening and Saturday yoga classes, with classes for children, teens and seniors coming soon. All are intended to help release tension and stress, promote joy, make one aware of the subtle inner energies and raise the consciousness. Meditation is at the heart of Ananda, with classes for beginners on learning to meditate, as well guided meditations for beginners and experienced meditators. The open house offers an opportunity for people to sample classes, meet the instructors, mix with like-minded truth seekers and make new friends. Ananda Providence is located at 593 Charles St. For more information, call 401-524-4766 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide

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ermanent makeup artist Diane Slinko will be offering an eyelash extension class from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., January 12, February 16 or March 30. The classes come with a professional kit that students may keep and use. A 15 percent discount for the winter classes will be offered to those who mention Natural Awakenings. Slinko has also added a new service, hair stroke eyebrows, for people with little or no eyebrow hair. Tiny strokes create a 3D effect, which recreates the look of a real eyebrow. Specializing in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips using organic dyes, Slinko works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Additionally, she can offer expert advice regarding the latest makeup fashions. Slinko says permanent make-up offers an ideal solution for individuals who are allergic to cosmetics, have active lifestyle, unsteady or arthritic hands, wear contact lenses, have a visual impairment or have alopecia. For more information, call 401-855-4333 or visit See ad on page 12.

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r. Fernando Bernall is now offering his services in the Westerly and South Kingstown areas of Rhode Island, at Kinesics Studio, 49 South Commons Way, Suite F4 in South Kingstown, and at Nature’s Wisdom Wellness Center, 54 High Street in Westerly. Bernall has more than 20 years of experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. His practice focuses on the treatment of acute trauma, surgical procedures, muscular tension and sports injuries. He has worked closely with neurosurgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors and other pain management professionals. He is also an experienced herbalscope of his practice. In addition to his medical expertise, Bernall has more than 30 years of experience in the Chinese martial arts including Tai chi chuan, Qi Gong, Xing Yi and Ko-


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Heather Sischo, Fitness Adventures offers a variety of classes to avoid boredom, including cardio kickboxing, adventure training, weight training, power yoga and spin. The group setting provides support and creates a fun, friendly atmosphere for working out. They specialize in mud adventure runs such as warrior dash, boulder dash, tough mudders and Spartans, among others, and Sischo puts together “Pyscho Sischo Crazies” race teams that travel to challenging courses together. Races are not mandatory to work out at the gym. Sischo encourages her clients to work at whatever level is necessary for them schedule where your only job is to show up, train hard and have fun with other members in the group,” she says. “I’ll do all the thinking for you and lead you through each workout with guided instruction and positive reinforcement.” Location: 1900-1902 Warwick Ave., Warwick. For more information and class times, call 401-575-1300 or visit See ad on page 34.

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fan base by selling directly at local farmers’ markets surrounding its Attleboro location. In the course of mixing health education and outreach with life-giving food, Driscoll and Irving connected with chefs who were eager to introduce different ingredients into their menus. Now, the farm’s sprouts are featured in the best restaurants throughout the region. The farm also envisions offering workshops on the benhealth-seeking public. Driscoll has begun discussions with experts from around the country who see southern New England as a great place to advance understanding about living food. Meanwhile, Two Friends will continue to grow and serve a single sprout and conscious action at a time. Visit for more information. See ad on page 9.

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ireseed Center for Transformation will host Let Yourself Flower: Seeds of Karma in the Birth Chart, an informative talk by master astrologer Mary Kate Jordon at 6:30 p.m., January 30. Jordan will guide participants in recognizing their own karmic pattern-seed. By paying attention to this one simple aspect of their birth chart—with no use of astrological language involved at all—participants can start to understand more deeply the patterns that color their present life. Once understood and embraced, those patterns can help individuals begin to

Health and Fitness Day at Absolute Fitness


day on Saturday, February 8. The highenergy event will be an opportunity for anyone hands on. Central to the event will be a “Dumbbells for Dollars� lifting contest to raise money for charity. In addition to Absolute Fitness, many

local groups will be participating. The day consists of a series of themes including Fitness – trying out some of Participants may try out various activities and rotate through the themes, collect points and potentially win rewards. The more points, the better the chance at the reward.

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along the way. Jordan, founder and director of The Jordan Center for Creative Insight, has more than 30 years experience as an astrologer, spiritual counselor and teacher. She began to use creative visualization and Buddhist-inspired insights as aspects of her client practice in 1980.

Spier Now Offering Group and Individual Counseling


ow that the holiday merriment has come to a close, it may be time for individuals to nurture and nourish themselves. Looking for a place to rest? Wanting help with an addiction? Seeking ways to ease anxiety? Struggling with depression or just want a safe place to vent? Kerri Spier is a liKerri Spier censed chemical dependency professional wanting to help people to help themselves. In addition to offering individual counseling, Spier will also be leading a small group for women in recovery at 4:30 p.m., January 7, with the intent of offering a cozy place to share advice, struggles and successes over a cup of tea or mug of coffee. Cost is $10.

Cost: $10. Register by January 27 and receive a personalized birth chart. Fireseed Center for Transformation is located at 194 Waterman St., 3rd Floor, in Providence. For more information, call 401-924-0567 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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Elizabeth Neil Joins HHRI

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igi Gravel, a weight loss and emotional eating breakthrough coach, empowers men and women to break free from emotional eating, lose weight and take charge of their diet, weight and health so they can live the life they desire and deserve. Gravel knows from her own experiences that, “Weight loss doesn’t start with what you eat, it starts with what you think!” Gigi Gravel She also believes revealing, dealing and healing negative emotions is the crucial step to successful and lasting weight loss transformation, and one that is often missed in diet and weight loss programs. That’s why she’s created her upcoming online group program: Three Steps To Breaking Free From Emotional Eating starting January 13. The program includes six live training calls (recorded for those who may miss one) that will help individuals address and overcome emotional eating, create a healthy relationship with food and develop strategies to break through the mental blocks that are stopping them from reaching their weight loss goals. Gravel wants individuals to make 2014 the year they pounds to the curb, so she’s offering a bonus of 25 percent off the program until January 10, 2014. For more information, visit See ad on page 35.


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octor of Acupuncture Elizabeth Neil has joined Holistic Health Rhode Island (HHRI). A native of Peabody, Massachusetts, Neil graduated from Mt. Ida College in 1986 and Lesley University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in human services and art therapy. After several years working in public and private sectors, she witnessed the positive impacts of acupuncture and decided to study Traditional Chinese Medicine. She graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture and is a mission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Diplomate licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In addition, she pursued advanced acupuncture training in Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture protocol and Master Tung acupuncture style that advances patients’ recovery with minimal needles to bring about maximum response. As a Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture practitioner, she believes holistic beauty is achieved by working on the inside to most effectively change the outside appearance, allowing innate beauty to emerge. Cosmetic acupuncture system is often referred to as an acupuncture facelift or facial rejuvenation acupuncture, but it is much more than a cosmetic procedure. It is a rejuvenation and revitalization process designed to help renew the skin’s appearance while promoting a healthy mind and body. Neil says Mei Zen is also effective in balancing hormones that can cause acne. As a result, there is a reduction or elimination of both rosacea and acne by restoring harmony in the body and clearing qi blockages or nerve channels throughout the body. Location: The West Bay Professional Building, 990 Main St., in East Greenwich. Contact Elizabeth Neil at DrElizabeth@ or visit See ad on page 19.

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eople can discover a better way to keep themselves and their family healthy at the Young Living Essential Oils Sharing Event presented by 360 Face Mind Body Wellness Spa at 5:30 p.m., January 14 and January 28, and at 10 a.m., January 25. Light refreshments will be served. 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, abraproducts such as the award-winning, Rhode Island company Farmaesthetics, Saian Natural Clinical Skin Care and TecNiche undergoing cancer treatments, those with rosacea, psoriasis and sensitive skin). The Jane Iredale mineral make-up line is also available. 360 Face Mind Body Wellness Spa is located at 635 Arnold Rd., in Coventry. For reservations, call 401-886-1938. For more information, visit See ad on page 10.

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newsbriefs Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy Celebrates 10 Years with Special Offers


Sugar calls and it’s hard to resist, but sugar is also very harmful. It feeds the bad bacteria in the gut, causing it to multiply. Plus, in the most obnoxious of ironies, it causes us to crave more sugar. Additionally, sugar feeds cancer cells and may cause weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. Now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s time to make healthy habits a priority. In appreciation for 10 years in business, Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy is colonic, until January 31, 2014 to help individuals get their health back on the right track after the holidays. Colon hydrotherapy, sometimes called a colonic, is the cleansing process of International Association of Colon Hydrotherapists. Inner Health has one of the few Angel of Water colon hydrotherapy systems in Massachusetts, which offers the ultimate in client comfort, sanitation, privacy and dignity. For more information, call 508-261-1611, email or visit See ad on page 35.

New Year, Healthy Spine


f getting healthier is a New Year’s Resolution, then why not start with a healthy spine? The spine is the house of the nervous system, so having a healthier and well-adjusted spine is a good way to address the source of the pain. Addressing the actual problem instead of covering up the symptoms is a way to get healthier naturally. McArdle Chiropractic and Wellness Center is utilizes a specialized table to treat disc herniations, bulges, stenosis and lower back pain. It is a gentle, non-invasive technique that is store proper joint function to allow for better biomechanics. This research-based spinal manipulation also helps to decompress the spine and stretch the lower back muscle. It is a great conservative approach to lower back pain. According to Dr. Catie McArdle, chiropractic care can help individuals out of pain without using drugs, surgery or invasive techniques. Chiropractors can help to treat arthritic pain, scoliosis, nerve impingement and sprains/strains, so that people can stay active and enjoy their everyday activities. Plus, getting routine adjustments can help to prevent future injuries to the spine and help to prevent osteoarthritis by maintaining healthy movement. Cranston. For more information, call 401-383-3400. See ad on page 8.


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Time For You Yoga Hosts Svaroopa Yoga Weekend


ime for You Yoga, in Cumberland, is hosting The Shavasana Course, a Svaroopa® yoga weekend workshop on Friday, Saturday and Sunday February 7 through February 9. The weekend focuses on shavasana, yoga’s pose of relaxation and awareness. In keeping with the Svaroopa style of yoga, participants are supported with blankets and other props so they settle more comfortably into the pose. The weekend shavasanas. Each guided awareness is designed to take participants deeper within themselves for illuminative insights and profound physical changes. Vidyadevi Stillman, Svaroopa ® yoga’s premier teacher trainer, will teach the course. She has been studying and teaching directly with Svaroopa yoga’s originator, Swami Nirmalananda, for 19 years. Vidyadevi travels extensively to lead retreats and trainings in both yoga and meditation. “I am delighted to be hosting Vidyadevi for this weekend workshop,” says Maria Sichel owner of Time for You Yoga. “She is a compassionate teacher who communicates the depth of Svaroopa yoga with ease, bringing a beautiful blend of clarity, lightness and humor to her students.” The workshop will be held at Canonicus Camp and Conference Center in Exeter. This quiet and serene location—in the woods around Lake Adams—is the perfect setting for diving into what shavasana has to offer. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register call Maria Sichel at 401-305-5319 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Salve Regina Spring Courses to Begin in January


alve Regina University’s graduate program spring courses begin January 21. Students interested in trying out one of the programs may register for a class as a non-matriculated student. Proof of a bachelor’s degree must be supplied. The three-credit courses meet once per week from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The university’s graduate programs in holistic studies, including the holistic counseling, holistic leadership and expressive and creative arts programs, develop skilled professionals who take a holistic approach to their work as counselors and leadership specialists. They recognize that the integration of body, mind and spirit is crucial to both a person and organization’s well-being. Graduate programs in holistic studies help students hone the communication, critical thinking, interpersonal and problem-solving skills needed to successfully facilitate change, healing and self-discovery and to lead individuals, groups and larger organizations in today’s ever-changing world. The curriculum is based on a helix development skills, one-to-one consultation skills, small system skills, large system skills and global system skills. Through a combination of core requirements and electives, students learn that the interconnectedness of persons and systems is an essential expression of personal health. Upon completion of a holistic studies program, graduates are including business, education, government, human services and medical care giving. Classes are offered in Newport and designed to meet the time demands of working students. Cost: $460 per credit. For more information, contact the enrollment counselor at 800-637-0002 or or visit See ad on page 15.

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eadowbrook Waldorf School is hosting a series of 2014 Winter Enrollment Events beginning in January. Parent Visitor Days will be held on January 16 and February 13 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Parents can tour the school, visit classes while they are in session and participate in a question and answer session. Registration is required. Windows into Waldorf Early Childhood Orientation will take place on January 15 from 3:45 to 5 p.m. This information session for parents will explore the philosophy behind Waldorf Early Childhood education in depth. Registration is required. Finally, an Open House will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 2. Meet with faculty members and parents, tour the campus and learn more about the Waldorf approach to education. Families are welcome. child’s world. The Waldorf School aims to strengthen the child to meet not only the challenges of school, but those of life. Meadowbrook Waldorf School educates children from early childhood through grade 8 and offers parenting and other adult education classes. Meadowbrook is an independent school licensed by the state of Rhode Island, a member of the Independent Schools Association of RI and a voting member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. The Meadowbrook Waldorf School is located at 300 Kingstown Rd., Richmond. For more information or to schedule a visit contact 401-491-9570 x 228, or visit our website See ad on page 5.

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edicated to developing the whole individual by guiding each client to their fullest potential, Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center is now offering free wellness consultations for anyone interested in creating a plan cal, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. Individuals will have the opportunity to meet with Sophie O’Neill for a free consultation and discussion to help them discover their personal needs and intentions for health and well-being. the holistic services at Santosha in order to co-create a health plan that will best serve all of one’s needs. Following the consultation, participants will be offered a special holistic package to try an array of services at a discounted rate. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center offers a wide range of yoga classes and holistic services for every body type and personality, including therapeutic massage, Thai yoga therapy, acupuncture, Reiki, organic skin care, private therapeutic yoga sessions and nutritional consultation. Location: 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. For more information, call 401-780-9809, email or visit See ad on page 42.

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Caring, Steering, Cheering

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A health or wellness coach integrated into a personal healthcare team can be critical to catalyzing sustainable change. Many people understand they need to modify their self-care, yet fail to take the optimal steps to make such a transformation happen.


hat we’ve discovered is that people don’t routinely change behavior due to education alone or out of fear. They change through partnership,” explains Linda Smith, a physician’s assistant and director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. Coaching partnerships supply a supportive bridge between provider recommendations and patient implementations, she says, “sig-

to make the changes,” recalls Cutbill, which is why she turned to a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical -

make changes successfully.” “Health coaching was absolutely essential to my health,” says Roberta Cutbill, a 72-year-old retired registered nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina, who considered her lifestyle relatively healthy when in her late 60s she experienced autoimmune and cardiac problems. “I have an excellent primary care doctor who, when these issues came up, told me that I needed to change my diet, thoughtfully downloaded a list of recommendations and sent me on my way. I still needed help with many things in order

(they believe they can do it). “The most powerful motivating forces of all are what you treasure most in life, your life purpose and contribution,” she remarks. Both Smith and Moore emphasize that the priorities in any health coaching relationship are client driven, based on the client’s chosen goals and personal intrinsic motivators.


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enable behavioral change: autonomous motivation (people want to do something for their own reasons, not because

attaining ultimate success is built through positively framed experiments and experiences. “A health coach is trained to help clients break up their goals into manageable steps,

Hallmarks of a Good Health Coach by Margaret Moore In the past 10 years, approximately 10,000 health professionals have become coaches through dedicated training schools and university programs focused on life, corporate or health and wellness coaching. The selection of the right partner to help in the quest for lifelong wellness entails assessing the Credentials and training: A reputable health and wellness coach training program typically requires six months to two years of education, skills training and practice with clients, followed knowledge and core competencies. Employment background: Additional desirable credentials in the mediwill likely include exercise physiology, physical therapy, psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, nursing or medicine. Structured relationship: A coach should be able to explain how coaching works and why successful results are more likely with a coach. Coaching sessions are typically conducted by phone and last between 30 and 60 minutes. Coaching services are generally not covered by insurance. Personal character: Effective health coaches are good listeners, interested in clients’ unique stories. They foster self-acceptance and self-respect, pointing out personal strengths, values and desires. Coaches engage, energize and challenge clients through a positive, non-judgmental focus, while at the same time asking courageous questions. As skilled partners, they help clients become clear about personal motivations and an overall vision for life, so that they can help design a detailed, attainable plan that successfully moves Margaret Moore is CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and holds a master’s degree in business administration. Email her at or visit or

focus on strengths, track progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” explains Dr. Karen Lawson, an integrative physician and director of integrative health coaching at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, in Minneapolis. A helpful approach sets goals that can be met and exceeded, not insurmountable ones. “The key is always keeping a positive lens, helping clients see the progress they achieve,” continues Lawson. This involves speaking in terms of growth through trial and error, in which outcomes are explored without judgment and clients feel empowered to modify. This is vital, explains Moore, because experiencing at least a three-to-one ratio of positive to negative emotions creates the conditions for the brain to learn, change and thrive, making people feel more capable of taking care of their health. pening. Unlike thinking, analyzing and planning, mindfulness involves observing while experiencing. During sessions, coaches use it to give their full attention in a non-judgmental way, modeling how clients can bring such compassion to themselves. distance between individuals and their beliefs, emotions and behaviors. It improves their ability to handle negative emotions and to make a conscious choice to respond with a different attitude or new behavior, according to Moore. For Cutbill, maintaining a personal relationship with her improvement of her health. “The relationship was healing, because my coach regularly pointed out my progress with profound encouragement and validation. I wish all primary care doctors had health coaches on staff to help them and their patients attain the success they both are aiming for.” Lauressa Nelson is an editor and contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at



s the evidence of the harmful effects of Tylenol increases, there is a growing call for it to be removed from the market. Its active ingredient, acetaminophen, once thought to be an effective and safe pain reliever for adults and children, turns out to have dangerous effects. A related study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers leads with the fact that each year, acetaminophen causes more than 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study implicates acetaminophen poisoning in nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure in this country. When taken with alcohol or without food, the effects on the liver are multiplied. Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, reports in that regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility and hearing loss, especially in men under 50. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking acetaminophen use to three rare and sometimes fatal skin conditions. “Can you imagine if the side effects and risks associated with acetaminophen were associated with a dietary supplement?” opines Murray. “It would be yanked from the market immediately.”

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a form of psychotherapy. Ideally, he says, conventional and integrative medicine, plus complementary practitioners, work together to provide the total care an individual patient needs. “Any problem on one level affects all levels, so we assess patients on all three with whatever tools we have,” he says. While conventional medicine may be able to treat structural problems well and biochemical problems to a certain extent, it falls short on the energetic level. That’s when it’s time to expand the team, counsels Yang. “‘Know yourself’ is the watchword. Get to know what to use and when to use it. It’s the practitioner’s job to educate patients in this way.” Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned as the father of the integrative medicine movement in the U.S., has remarked, “If I’m in a car accident, don’t take me to an herbalist. If I have bacterial pneumonia, give me antibiotics. But when it comes to maximizing the body’s natural healing potential, a mix of conventional and alternative procedures seems like the only answer.” Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, founding director and president of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, turns to the integrative realm of ayurvedic medicine for healing and wellness. The 5,000-year-old Indian healing tradition incorporates lifestyle changes, yoga and medita-

onventional doctors too often dispense vague, boilerplate health advice, urging their patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise and take helpful supplements. Some are lucky enough to also be directed to detoxify their body and manage stress. That’s typically the best most people can expect in terms of practical advice. It is rare to receive

these queries and more. Finding the right mix of treatment and preventive measures requires some creativity and self-knowledge. The experts Natural Awakenings consulted maintain that it is both desirable and possible to assemble an affordable and effective personal health care team that focuses on optimum wellness.

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and an internationally recognized expert on classic forms of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Integrative practitioners see the human body on three levels, Yang explains:

knowing who can help when the going gets tough. “Modern medicine has the edge for early detection of disease,” Jain notes. “However, Ayurveda is excellent in determining the earliest imbalances in the mind and body that eventually lead to disease.”

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“We need to understand the value of an integrative approach because no single modality treats everything,” says Dr. Jingduan Yang, the Philadelphiabased founder and medical director of the Tao Integrative Medicine. By way of example, he maintains credentials as a

and various other individually targeted healing modalities, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

“Wellness is a team effort,” advises integrative medicine specialist Dr. Vijay Jain, medical director at Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing, in Salt Springs, Florida. It’s not only a matter of knowing what needs the practitioners

Health insurance may not cover the services we want, and high deductibles may pose a financial challenge in maintaining comprehensive health care, so we need a personal wellness plan. Most experts consulted agree that a personal wellness program should include a practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a care plan to meet individual needs. Jain recommends that the foundation of the team be a licensed medical professional such as an integrative physician (MD), osteopathic doctor (DO) or chiropractor (DC). In most states, any of these professionals can function as a primary care doctor, authorized to order and read laboratory tests, prescribe drugs and access hospital services. In some states, a naturopathic physician (ND) can perform the functions of a primary care doctor in ordering and reading laboratory tests. As part of a personal wellness team, consider a functional medicine or integrative physician, chiropractor, osteopath, doctor of naturopathy, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor/ acupuncturist, herbalist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist and energy practitioner (such as in Reiki, medical qigong or polarity therapy). It’s not necessary to see all of them, sources say. Sometimes, one practitioner will be skilled in practicing several modalities, a bonus for patients. Other complementary practitioners may form a supporting team that works with the primary care team, depending on the challenges a patient faces. They will the team evolves over time.

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A personal wellness program should include a lead practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a plan of care that meets the individual’s needs. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture often go handin hand with Ayurveda in accordance with the view that illness and disease are caused by imbalances in the body’s employ intuition and pulses to assess and smooth blocks in energy circulation. Craniosacral therapy is another way to unlock energetic blockages caused by lifestyle stress and other factors that restrict and congest the body’s innate ability to self-correct and remain healthy, says Joyce Harader, a registered craniosacral therapist in Cave Creek, Arizona, and secretary of the board of the Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of North America. She relied on a whole team to realize a natural way back to health after being diagnosed with lupus in 1992. depending on what is going on in my life and where I am focusing,” comments Harader. She points out, for example, that nutrition education and general deep-tissue massage can both be helpful as part of a foundational plan toward obtaining and maintaining optimal health. In fact, many of our experts recommend both a monthly chiropractic adjustment and/or massage, as well as daily yoga and an ongoing meditation practice for wellness and total well-being. Naturopathic practitioners operating in states where they are licensed can be good sources of nutrition counsel and often recommend herbal remedies for relief. “For chronic illness, you need a chiropractor or drug-free physician like a naturopath on your team. Conventional medicine is generally poor at dealing with chronic illness,” observes Naturopath and Chiropractor Michael Loquasto, Ph.D., who practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Loquasto should know. He has practiced integrated modalities for 50 years, employing the knowledge gained through his practice and triple doctorates, which include one in nutrition. Also a master herbalist, he strongly


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advocates that people start by working with a good integrative or functional medicine medical doctor. “In some states, like Pennsylvania, chiropractors and osteopaths can perform routine diagnostic work, but in many states they cannot,” he notes. “I recommend undergoing a physical every six months and regular bone density tests, plus colonoscopies.” Loquasto is not in favor of mammograms because of the radiation exposure associated with them, but supports routine breast screening using ultrasound or thermography.


Intuitive listening and observant selfknowledge are crucial parts of any wellness plan. Most people are aware when something doesn’t feel right in their body. “Libido is a great barometer of health,” suggests Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician, gynecologist and hormone specialist in San Diego, California. “If you’re not interested in sex, it’s probably a sign that you need to do some investigating.” Reasons for such a decline of interest are wide-ranging says Hoppe. “For men and women, it might be due to hormonal changes, lack of self-esteem, medications, stress, relationship issues, job, family life or lack of sleep. It means that somewhere, things are out of balance,” she says.

Funding a Plan

A personal multifaceted wellness program can be expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost. “In the new world of high insurance deductibles, people get more for their money from an alternative doctor, especially one knowledgeable in a variety of healing therapies, than a conventional one,” Loquasto plus patients are not expected to pay $150 or more just to walk in the door. A current trend has medical doctors and chiropractors participating in “umbrella” practices and wellness centers, where several types of practitioners collaborate in one facility. They

for certain complementary services, including massage and nutrition education, when doctors or chiropractors prescribe them. Maintaining wellness in an environand mental toxins is a substantial, yet worthy, investment. It’s far better than the costly alternative of dealing with regular bouts of sickness or escalating disease. In that light, maintenance looks affordable: an ayurvedic diagnostic session starts at around $100, a consultation with a licensed naturopath at $75 and cally costs about $80 an hour. While insurance is unlikely to pay for treatments outside the realm of conventional medicine and sometimes, chiropractic, “The cost of these preventive therapies will be much less than the cost of treatment for a serious disease,” advises Loquasto. “You’re worth it.” Kathleen Barnes is author of more than a dozen natural health books. Her latest is The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

Finding the Right Practitioner Word-of-mouth is the most common tioner, plus many national organizations will help identify practitioners by location. Schedule an initial conversation to ask a practitioner key questions. or license? Who trained you and how did you Do you practice full time? How long have you been in practice? Will you provide patient references I can speak with? Trust in intuitive responses to the individual during the conversation or interview. His or her passion for the work of healing should be noticeable.

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the disease, leading to long-term resolution of the symptoms all together. Acupuncture and TCM can also be extremely helpful for symptom prevention and management during different stages in life, such as hormonal transitions (puberty, PMS, cramps, fertility issues, morning sickness, menopause) and to encourage healthy, active ag-

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ndividuals focusing on being more balanced, centered, healthy and happy this year should consider adding acupuncture to their wellness regimen.

What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is a part of an over 2,000-year-old comprehensive medical system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture itself ile needles into the skin and tissue at ing to TCM theory, the needles are used to disperse and move qi throughout a system of channels or meridians that run throughout the body. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the energy, active principle or vital force behind life. Qi ish and activate the tissues, mind and organs. Internal and external disharmonies are treated through harmonizing channels.

be properly nourished and symptoms located on the meridians and multiple microsystems on the ear, scalp, hands and abdomen. From a western perspective, there are numerous proposed explanations actions of the points can be explained by their proximity to nerves, muscles, tendons and pain centers. Additionally, they can act as a counter-irritant and cause the body to release their own endogenous endorphins—naturally produced opiate-like painkillers the body uses to decrease pain and promote euphoria and well-being.

What does acupuncture treat? It may sound too good to be true, but acupuncture and TCM therapies have patient. For chronic conditions, it is capable of lowering the intensity and occurrence of symptoms such as allergies, skin conditions, fatigue, anxiety,

in a river. Dams or blockages in these channels can lead to disharmonies in stagnation and turmoil. This can manifest as symptoms like stabbing pain, digestive upset, insomnia, depression and sensations of heat. Furthermore, occur beyond the blockage, manifesting as neuropathies, sluggish digestion, anxiety, weakness and achy pain. By clearing the stagnation and harmonizmeridians, the tissues and organs can

insomnia and obesity. Additionally, it works to tonify and balance our system overall. In this way, it aims to treat the underlying cause or disharmony behind

reduce the appearance of wrinkles. In treating more acute conditions, it can also be used to shorten the duration of the illness and resolve conditions such as rashes, colds, bowel changes and coughs. Auricular acupuncture and the Assocation protocols have successfully been used for decades to aid in the treatment of addictions, including those to alcohol, drugs, cigarette smoking and overeating. In America, acupuncture is probably most well known for its treatment of pain. The pain can be from a recent injury, such as sprains, strains or trauma, as well as chronic conditions such as, arthritis, overuse injuries, joint pain, spastic muscles, autoimmune disorders, misaligned or degenerative lumbar disks, headaches and nerve pain (toothache, bells palsy, neuropathies).

Does it hurt? Acupuncture needles are much thinner and less painful than the needles people grow to fear from their doctor’s injected into the skin, which allows everyone has different sensitivities and reactions to pain. Although some may not even feel the needles, others may produce a dull ache or sensation referred to as “De Qi”. Depending on the condition, a “De Qi” sensation may be stimulated to ensure the movement and dispersal of qi at that point. Dr. Lindsay Chimileski is a naturopathic physician and acupuncture specialist. She is currently accepting new patients at Natural Family Health & Integrative Medicine at 101 West Broad St., in Pawcatuck, CT. For more information, call 860-495-5688 or visit See ad on page 17.

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thousands of years. Historically this option was only offered to Chinese emperors and the wealthy. In present day, it is referred to as cosmetic acupuncture, acu-face lift or facial rejuvenation. It is a natural alternative to surgical choices for conditions like rosacea. Originally formulated for patients with paralyzed muscles from Bell’s palsy or stroke, cosmetic acupuncture treatments use the methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to rejuvenate the face and body. This is a whole-body, whole-person approach. Practitioners of acupuncture who seek out advanced training in cosmetic acupuncture use hairthin needles to invigorate the body’s qi (energy) to address the signs of aging and other dermatological conditions while addressing the underlying causes of the condition(s), as well. This can include hormonal imbalance, digestive imbalances, emotional stress, etc.

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the skin so individuals are younger looking and their body becomes healthier and more balanced in the process. It also

Who doesn’t want to look and feel better— younger even? With so many cosmetic procedures available, how do we know which is the right one for us? Options abound, including natural, chemical and surgical. Three of the traditional options include: Botox, from a toxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning--botulism). This lines and wrinkles at the side of the eyes and mouth and prevents the upper lip from rising upward. hyaluronic acid, a substance found in the skin, muscles and tendons of mammals. This stimulates collagen the nose, mouth, chin and sunken areas around the eyes. It also lightens dark circles and reduces bags under the eyes. Neck lifts, such as Nefertiti Neck Lift, which injects 20 to 40 tiny Botox infusions in the neck and lower jaw bone structure. Many are surprised to learn there is another option. A natu-


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ing properties for the whole body. It can be a great choice for improving health and energy from the inside out. Results look more natural than surgical or chemical alternatives. Facial and neck muscles are undamaged using cosmetic acupuncture techniques while the face and body reverse the effects of aging. Typical treatment consists of a series of 10 to 15 treatments grouped close together with a maintenance program prescribed by the practitioner. Often herbs or special skincare products are required at an additional cost to the patient. For packages to meet one’s needs, which combine the acupuncture treatments with the Mei Zen cleansing products infused with natural Chinese herbs to help treat the underlying causes of aging while helping individuals to look and feel better. Knowing all of the non-surgical alternatives for treatment allows people to make a more informed decision and choose the cosmetic procedure they feel best meets their needs. Dr. Elizabeth Neil is a doctor of acupuncture at Holistic Health Road Island, 990 Main St., in East Greenwich. Call her at 401-398-2933, email or visit See ad on page 19.

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ew Year resolutions can be a distant memory by midJanuary, due to unrealistic expectations, slow results and distractions that sideline good intentions. Yet we may still reap the rewards of a greener, healthier lifestyle by progressively adopting small, doable changes.

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Switch to public transportation or telecommuting at least twice a week to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

January white sales present a prime opportunity to change to organic cotton sheets and dry-fast towels to reduce energy usage. Local animal shelters welcome old towels and blankets. Homeless shelters also accept gently used clean linens, and outgrown cold-weather gear. Replace family toothbrushes with eco-friendly models made from renewable castor oil plants instead of petroleum. The Naturally Clean Toothbrush is BPA-free and recyclable ( Each day, Americans use 500 million disposable straws, reports Milo Cress, founder of the Be Straw Free Campaign ( Discarded plastic straws and stirrers are on the Ocean Conservancy’s top 10 list of debris littering beaches. Cindy Schiff Slansky, CEO of GreenPaxx, in New York City, suggests using a reusable silicone straw. “The bright colors help keep track of each person’s drink. They’re in my

appliance will take away and recycle the old one. Upgrade to a greener model when the need arises to change cars. California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont have pledged to speed the construction of charging stations in their states and project collectively having 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on their roads by 2025. To make clean and renewable home energy affordable and increase property values, Sunrun installs and maintains home solar power panels in 1,000 cities in 11 states for low and predictable monthly rates ( Choose green products carrying the 1% for the Planet logo. Identify participating companies at OnePercentPlanet.

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Beginning at 5 years of age, all pets—including dogs, cats, other small mammals, birds and reptiles—are screened via a physical examination and special blood and urine tests twice a year, with a focus on bionutritional analysis of results. Abnormal results indicating some risk, even slight ones, often ignored by mainstream medicine,

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n human health care, naturopathic doctors offer a specialty called antiaging medicine. The goal is to restore optimal health to those at midlife and older that seek to prevent or reduce the incidence of diseases often associated with aging. But when it comes to aging pets, most veterinary doctors fail to focus on the necessary specialized care. In fact, some traditional vets may decline to treat older pets at all. Often, these animals are suffering from chronic diseases and when they are treated, prescriptions may include numerous drugs. As many know, drugs can entail serious, even debilitating side effects, further deteriorating the prospects for sustained health. spending a lot of money maintaining their pets in a chronic state of ill health with little hope for improvement. Aniproblems ranging from dental disease to tumors may not receive ameliorating care when the family vet simply consid-


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medicines that help return biometric values to normal and slow down the progression of problems that could, if untreated, turn into serious diseases. Dietary evaluation, including a bionutritional analysis, ensures that the pet is eating what’s most appropriate for its age, breed and health status. Potential dental and other oral issues are treated aggressively and early, because they are the most common contributing to poor bodily health, including diabetes and diseases of the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. A review of prior medications cases, some of these medications can be eliminated or replaced as needed with natural therapies that have the same clinical effect, but without the possible side effects associated with chronic use of medical therapies. Natural supplements, which can

For an enlightened holistic vet, no pet proper health care. By instituting the correct care and focusing on anti-aging efforts, health can be improved and often restored, with the added advantages of reducing unnecessary medications and increasing their lifespan. As an example, most doctors expect larger breeds of dogs to live 10 to 12 years, but with informed care, these same dogs can typically live 15 to 16 years. Smaller dogs and cats typically have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 such pets routinely live 18 to 20 years or longer, in good health and with a good quality of life.

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She notes that cholesterol alone is less of a health risk factor for kids than saturated fats and sugars unless a child is on a specialized diet. Added bonuses: Look for high-percent daily values (shown as DV percentage) for nutrients such as calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin D, which experts generally agree most

Five Tips Help Kids Choose Healthy Foods

Compare and contrast. Armed with these basic guidelines, compare, for example, the grams of sugar in a can of soda with a serving of cooked rolled oats, or the amount of calcium in a carton of milk versus a juice box. One-to-one evaluations will begin to give a child a sense of what numbers constitute “high” or “low” amounts.

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Families have three key weapons in combating America’s childhood obesity epidemic: keeping them active, reducing their soda and junk high-fructose corn syrup or partially food intake and teaching youngsters how to read food labels. hydrogenated anything signal that the


ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity more than doubled in children ages 6 to 11 and tripled in adolescents ages 12 to 19 between 1980 and 2010. groups, plus one in eight preschoolers, are now considered obese and at increased risk for consequent health problems. By 2013, the Centers for hope, with some states reporting small reversals in the trend. Positive developments might continue if parents and teachers gently coach kids to better evaluate what’s going into their mouths and bodies by understanding food labels. Despite the intimidation factor (even for adults), “Once children know how to read, they are ready to start learning how to read food labels,” advises Jolly Backer, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending, a forward-thinking company actively increasing the presence of healthy-food vending machines in schools nationwide. He says, “The more kids know about what they’re eating, the more empowered they’ll be about making healthier food choices.”


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knowing what food labels really say a lifetime. Visualize serving sizes. Assemble two or three packaged food items— preferably those that the child regularly eats, like cereal, oatmeal and applesauce—plus a measuring cup. Point out the serving-size number on the package label, and let the child measure out a single serving. This visually reinforces needs to consider on a food label. Try it with a single soda or juice bottle, too, which often says, “two servings.” Important note: Most nutrition label serving sizes are based on a 2,000-calorie adult diet. For kids ages 4 to 8, portion sizes are about two-thirds tions run 80 to 90 percent of the adult amount, says Registered Dietitian Tara Dellolacono-Thies, food coach for CLIF Kid nutrient-rich organic energy snacks. Evaluate numbers. Next, discuss the numbers noted for calories, fat, evaluating a packaged food for an elementary school child, DellolaconoThies suggests aiming for 175 calories

food is likely of lower nutritional quality,” counsels Dellolacono-Thies. Make a game of sounding out items in the ingredient list. “It’s a classic teaching moment: Unpronounceable ingredients often mean it’s a lab-created, fake, food-like item,” she says. Next, ask the youngster to read the label on an apple. Surprise! No food label means it’s a whole, real food—the best, most nutritious kind. Translate knowledge into choices. Once a child has gotten the hang of it, let him or her compare different food labels and choose which one is the healthier option. Plan a little extra time to also do it during grocery shopping. With time and practice, an educated youngster will begin to incorporate the power of reading food labels before choosing foods. “Even when children walk up to a vending machine, where they can’t read labels, you want them to know which is the healthier option,” says Backer. “With label-reading practice, they’ll become savvy shoppers who’ll readily recognize healthy food options when they see them.” Elisa Bosley is senior food editor at Delicious Living magazine.

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to categorize. Eggs are a whole food, but steaks are not, because they are one part of the entire animal. She includes and small birds like quail. Whole milk is included, but not low-fat dairy. Colbin maintains that our bodies know the difference between a whole food and an aggregation of isolated nutrients. We have evolved over thousands of years to eat the food that nature presents to us, and if that food has been fragmented, the body realizes it and seeks what’s missing. For example, if we eat fragmented wheat like white bread, in which the bran and germ of the whole grain have been removed, the body will still be hungry and seek the missing part

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estern science is obsessed with deconstructing food, researching and analyzing its component parts, isolating the active ingredients, repackaging them in pills or powders and prescribing them in daily doses. But according to Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., author of Food and Healing, this chemistry-based theory of nutrition is upside-down. Colbin, founder and CEO of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, in New York City, has

crafted her own nutrition theory based on more than 30 years of nutrition practice, teaching from a foundation that a whole food, like the complex human being consuming it, is greater than the sum of its parts. that nature provides and all the edible parts.” She limits them to those comprising one ingredient, such as plants, whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Animal foods are more challenging

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crunch. Likewise, health enthusiasts that devour wheat germ or wheat bran in isolation will also feel something is other baked goods. Table sugar is another example, a fragment of sugar cane. Colbin calculates that it takes 17 feet of sugar cane to make one cup of sugar. What’s missing is mostly the cane’s water content and the result, she says, is that sugar makes you thirsty. It’s a big reason why when we drink a soda, ingesting an average equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar, we’re thirsty afterward and drink even more, creating a vicious cycle. fragmented food. When we drink orange or grapefruit juice, all or most of the ing. Craving something to chew, we may reach for chips or something crunchy. Vegetable juices may yield the same result. Colbin cautions that while vitamin and mineral supplements can be helpfragments of food at best. She notes that

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Her views are all about maintaining the natural balance in the foods that nature provides without worrying about striving for perfection or radical changes in diet. Colbin recommends aiming for 70 percent whole foods overall to keep everything in balance. Start by taking a few small changes, listen to the body to see if there’s a noticeable difference and adjust accordingly.

alone was ineffective. Results suggested the difference may be explained by turmeric’s higher bioavailability. A Pennsylvania State University research review determined that although population studies consistently report that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables protects against cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, studies of antioxidant supplements The difference may be that a whole foods diet naturally contains not only antioxidants, but a wide range of nutrients and compounds that may act synergistically to protect against diseases. Colbin goes further, suggesting that supplements may even make us less likely to want to eat vegetables and set us up for junk food cravings to balance out too many vitamins or minerals. Her advice is to use vitamins and supplements if medically required, but not every day and not for a lifetime.

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teachings off the yoga mat and into the practitioner’s life in order to discover more harmony in every aspect of their life. How is it possible to take yoga off the mat? Yogi Amrit Desai, one of the pioneers in bringing yoga to America from India, recently explained the answer. He said, “Authentic yoga includes meditation, everything else is based on the egos’ needs.” The meditative aspect of an authentic yogic practice is what allows the practitioner to step outside of their thoughts and mind where the stress was originally created to a calm inner space where solutions to all of life’s problems can arise. Basically, authentic yoga addresses the cause of the practitioner’s problem instead of only attempting to provide results for a condition, such as a sore back or high blood pressure. When the cause of pain is removed, the pain can no longer return in a different form. It teaches the practitioner that both the problem and the solution to every issue they face lies within themself, which in turn

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Addictions Support Group designed to help provide a supportive environment piness when are loved ones suffer from addictions. Donations welcome. New London Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572.


“What Is Reiki?� with Cherie Conover

Live Vegan Dinner at the Farm - 6-9pm. Experience the phenomenal flavors of living vegan foods from soup through dessert. 5 course meal with beverages, all organic ingredients used, gluten-free, low glycemic, YUMMY. $120/Per person, $200 for 2. 2 Friends Farm, 104 County St, Attleboro, MA.

3 Steps to Breaking Free From Emotional Eating Teleclass food cravings, yo-yo dieting and emotional eating? Learn the real reason why conventional approaches and lasting weight loss transformation; and how to break free from emotional eating, get off the diet roller coaster and maintain your ideal weight for life. With Gigi Gravel. Free call; Recording



Introduction to Mindful Eating and Live Nutrition the 15 basic steps to incorporating more living foods into your life. Experience mindful eating concepts. $120. 2 Friends Farm, 104 County St, Attleboro, MA.

Soul Gathering exploration group for those interested in playing with energetics, interpersonal dynamics, and intuitive development. $10. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance at rear of small building, Wakefield. 401-255-7147. HeartOfPeaceDale.

Angel Readings with Doreen Tripp Doreen is an Angel Intuitive Psychic Medium who channels messages from the Angelic realm, Spirit Guides and those who have crossed over. $35. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 3 Steps to Breaking Free From Emotional Eating Teleclass food cravings, yo-yo dieting and emotional eating. Learn the real reason why conventional approaches

Cleansing Basics how to minimize and eliminate toxic elements from your life; how to cleanse your body of toxic accumulation and reap the benefits. $120. 2 Friends Farm, 104 County St, Attleboro, MA.

missed in weight loss programs, and how to break free from emotional eating, get off the diet roller coaster and maintain your ideal weight for life. With Gigi Gravel. Free call; Recording available. Reg-

Crystal Bowl Meditation Group a powerful mixture of crystal bowls and intuitive healing with Shawn Aceto, Kim Testa and Brandon Burns. Please bring a pillow and blanket for comfort. $20. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance at rear of small building, Wakefield. 401-255-7147.

The Desire Map: 5-Week Series be opening up some dialogue from the sacredness to the practicalities of core desired feelings, goal setting, gratitude as a practice, wishes for the New Year. Free. In Pure Harmony. 401-527-0281.

Gallery Reading with Laura a gallery style reading for channeled messages with Laura. Please RSVP as space is limited. $30. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance at rear of small building, Wakefield. 401-255-7147.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 Weekly Baptiste Yoga is a set of 52 dynamic poses that are designed and sequenced to rid the body of toxins and make us further capable of sitting for meditation. $12. New London Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572. All About You Meditation Need to have more energy, be more organized or focused. This personalized meditation is designed to help you. $10. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd

art of Reiki. Learn information on Reiki and its many benefits, ask questions, and even try a Reiki sample. Free. Women & Infants, Care New England Center for Health, 59 S County Commons Way, South Kingston. 401-789-2867. Guided Meditation Night Wednesday of the month. Guided Meditation is happy images in the mind. All learning levels are welcome. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Monthly Meditation us for a deep inner meditative experience. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 Spirit Art Class 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, JANUARY 10 Second Friday Healing Gong Bath 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 Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick.

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to soft music, get comfy as I lead a meditation and tap on the acupuncture points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

2 Day Mindful Eating & Live Food Intensive and food preparation in this two day intensive. $200 for both days. 2 Friends Farm, 104 County St, Attleboro, MA.

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Open House at New Dawn Center visit, warm yourself and your family, and learn mals Out in the Cold at 3pm. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. Free. Mercy Ecology at New Dawn, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341.

Chronic Pain Support Group designed to help provide a supportive, safe environment to find hope and encouragement from others who suffer from chronic pain. Donations welcome. New London Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572.

Story Hour morning of story, song and play. Appropriate for toddlers, pre-school age children and their caregivers. Space limited. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf

Cleansing Basics for details. $120. 2 Friends Farm, 104 County St, Attleboro, MA.

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lightenment and laid out a step-by-step approach to finding the true self. Explore the profound words

Usui Reiki Master-Teacher Training Usui Reiki Master-Teacher Attunement and two new Tibetan symbols. Learn Attunement process, business ethics and teaching etiquette. With Gladys Ellen. $350. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Seven Secrets for Writing Magic Ever wonder how you can make your writing more short pieces, blog posts, or a full-length book, you will benefit from 7 secrets to create impact with your writing. With Lisa Tener. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Hands-On Art Therapy Workshop Hands-on experience using Art Therapy to help with Art Therapist as she explains Art Therapy and how it can help. $20 donation. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572.

Patanjali’s Sutras: A Path to Freedom

timeless system of transformation. With Devarshi Steven Hartman. $25. All That Matters, 315 Main St., Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Holiday Burnout R&R the holidays? Now is the time to relax. Experience and embody 5 simple ways to slow down. Post workshop, be reminded to easily integrate them into life. Center, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-588-2762.


Shamanic Journey to connect with helping spirits, how to formulate effective questions for insight, guidance, support, and how to apply this technique in your daily life. With Katharine Rossi. $35. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Group Manifesting for You we visualize and play to group manifest goals. We will develop scripts filled with positive emotions and visualize as a group for each other. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Cleansing Basics for details. $120. 2 Friends Farm, 104 County St, Attleboro, MA.


SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 Healthy Living Do you have 7 days to immerse yourself in a tried and true approach to good health? Utilize what we

healthy. Learn how Young Living Essential Oils can help protect you and your family during the cold and served. Please call to reserve your spot. Free. 360 Face 401-886-1938.

Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Resolution Revolution Optimum Health Coaching at Primal Fitness Club to learn about shedding unwanted fat. Come and

tion requested but optional. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, North

markyourcalendar Eyelash Extension Training Class 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 Makeup & Eyelashes, 101 W Natick Rd, across from Warwick Mall, Warwick. 401-855-4333.


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mystical aspect of meditation? Free. Middletown Public Library, 700 W Main Rd, Middletown. 401-846-1573. Manifesting Your Goals for 2014 us as we set our goals and intentions for 2014. We will access the angels and guides to help us achieve this. We will write them, meditate and watch them come true. $20. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Parent Visitor Day Waldorf difference. Observe grade school classes in session, tour the campus, and have time for questions and answers. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf 401-491-9570 x 228. RI Holistic Healers Association Meeting PCC professional life and business coach, who will White Light Book Store, 1464 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-944-4130.

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Sunday Gong Bath & Meditation Group lowed by a period of meditation, and ending with

fuller experiences our lives; to have more satis-

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 Free Friday Chair Massage 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. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652. Play Sacred Contract: The Journey

13 via email. Free. Primal Fitness Club/Optimum Health Coach, 10 Nate Whipple Hwy, Cumberland. 401-405-1115.

guidance for a particular question or issue in each participants life. $5. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman

Dream Circle

explore your dreams and learn tips and techniques to interpret dreams in a fun and supportive environment. With David Barr and Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-626-7088.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 Windows into Waldorf Waldorf difference. Windows is an information session about our Early Childhood program for interested parents. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf 401-491-9570 x 228.

to soft music, get comfy as I lead a meditation and tap on the acupuncture points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Wolf Moon Hike winter wandering under the light of the moon and possibly through the snow. Learn about chocolate. $10. Mercy Ecology at New Dawn, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 marriage unions and supporting others spiritually. Learn to harness your soul calling into a heart-based career path. With Gladys Ellen & Deb Faith. $295. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. The Energies of Cancer simple light healing method to transmute such fears. 401-500-0800. Messages from The Masters Marie Edmunds for an afternoon of Trance Mediumship during which time she will allow several of the Masters from the higher spiritual realms to speak through her. $30. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668. Holiday Burnout R&R the holidays? Now is the time to relax. Experience and embody 5 simple ways to slow down. Post workshop, be reminded to easily integrate them Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-588-2762.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Children’s Mindful Play Gathering Ages 4-11 with or without parent. Energy management, social skills and relaxation skills that can be used daily Learning happens during this hands on playshop. $5. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.

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take you deeper into understanding yourself and the issue. With Katharine Rossi. $60. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Open House Giovanis, DO welcome you to view their new collaborative space. Professionals are welcome to visit between 2-4pm to share business cards and inquire about services. Free. Keri Layton, ND & Athina Giovanis, DO, 154 Waterman St, Ste 16, Providence, RI. 401-536-4327.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 Reiki Circle ners who wish to come together to continue learning and share their healing experiences; a circle is a wonderful way to share Reiki with others. $10. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Lower Level, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Shamanic Journey Group modern applications of this ancient technique to deepen your practice, gain insight and work with compassionate teachers. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Third Tuesday Gong Bath a state of relaxation and bliss as the healing vibrations of the gongs, metal and crystal singing bowls, Drumsong. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent St, Providence. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class to soft music, get comfy as I lead a meditation and tap on the acupuncture points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.


Meridian Yoga Element which directly connects to the energy of Winter. Meridian yoga teaches how the organs connect energetically to the changing seasons. All

Stories By Torchlight storytelling with Colleen Kelley. Learn about her experience of trading stories with her storytelling guide,


Group Manifesting with the Earth

Gong Bath at Peaceable Kingdom Relax to the sounds of the gongs, metal and crystal singing bowls, and drums as the vibrations wash over you, creating a state of blissful peace. Gongs

Truly magical as we follow a meditative format & span the planet as a group using visualization, intent and play. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

door. Peaceable Kingdom, 116 Ives St, Providence.

$10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 MONDAY, JANUARY 20 All About You Meditation plan to take care of yourself this year? Want to have more energy? Be more organized or focused? This personalized meditation is made to help you! RSVP. $10. CreatIgo, 194 Washignton St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097. Drumming Meditation and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring your own drum. Please RSVP. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

2014 New Year Gathering connect with the love vibration of the New Year. Discover what your personal year vibration has in store for you and hear what the Angels have in store for 2014. With Gladys Ellen. $30. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Resolution Revolution of Optimum Health Coach at Primal Fitness Club and learn how to lose that unwanted fat. Come and 21 via email. $0. Primal Fitness Club/Optimum Health Coach, 10 Nate Whipple Hwy, Cumberland. 401-405-1115.

Insights of Trantra, Nourishing the Teacher, and Sunday. Author of Nourishing the Teacher: inquiries, contemplations and insights on the path of nourishing your mind, body, and spirit. Cost of each varies; all 3 for $220. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Primal Fitness Club Family Challenge Families come dressed to workout. Your body and mind will be challenged during this 1-hr workout. no other. $20/family. Primal Fitness Club/Optimum Health Coach, 10 Nate Whipple Hwy, Cumberland. 401-405-1115. Grandmother Pow Wow Drum Meditation 7-8pm. The main focus of this Grandmother Pow Wow Drum Meditation will be to recognize and expand a Heart felt 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, JANUARY 25 Young Living Essential Oils Sharing Event 10am-12pm. Discover a better way to keep your family healthy. Learn how Young Living Essential Oils can help protect you and your family during refreshments served. Free. Michelle Maynard, 635 Motivate Me bringing you new ideas for the New Year for a new you. 4 speakers, raffles, gift bags and motivation. $45/advance, $50/at door. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668.

SUNDAY, JAUARY 26 Open House Ananda Providence music, free mini-classes and kirtan. Meet instrucis within you. Free. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. The Father of the Rowan Moon ening the five essential aspects of the spirit, aligned Rowan Moon. $30 each for all five classes; $40 each. Natures! The Rock Shop, 1782 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-624-4367. Introduction to Svaroopa® Yoga Experience the Svaroopa® difference. This less active, compassionate style of yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of prior yoga experience, shape or fitness level. With Maria Sichel. $10. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. To

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Mindful Eating with Diane Pezza, RD Learn to create a new relationship with food and change emotional eating. A Registered Dietitian shares mindfulness and stress reduction techniques.

and Kathleen Soares. Free. Kingston Congregational Church, 2610 Kingstown Rd, Kingston.

FOR RENT LARGE SOUND PROOFED TREATMENT ROOMS available at 360 Face Mind Body, a beautiful corner from the Center of New England. Rent includes, WiFi and utilities. Perfect for acupuncturist, massage therapist, or other wellness practitioner. Must have own insurance. For more information call 401-886-1938. OFFICE SPACE EAST GREENWICH. Newly painted holistic office space in East Greenwich which includes parking. Available to rent on Thursdays. Rent due on first of the month. 401-480-5938 . OFFICE SPACE. Room available Full or PartTime within a holistic health center in East Greensome advertising and shared voicemail box. Call mail #1 for more information. OFFICE SPACE for rent in wellness center single or multiple rooms in the Seekonk area, $325. and up, Minutes from Providence, plenty of parking, ask for Niko 401-996-6129. PROFESSIONAL RENTAL SPACE AVAILABLE. Contact Cheryl @ 486-0033. SPACE AVAILABLE for rent at full service salon on the East Side for the holistic minded who appreciate the use of all natural and organic products. Perfect for a Stylist, Esthetician, Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist. Call 401-274-1981 for more information. BEAUTIFUL PROGRESSIVE WELLNESS CENTER. Affordable Room rental available for half week. Prefer motivated massage therapist, acupuncturist or reflexologist. $400 per month. Call Carol 401-596-5700.

401-231-0081. Angel Readings with Doreen Tripp Doreen is an Angel Intuitive Psychic Medium who channels messages from the Angelic realm, Spirit Guides and those who have crossed over. $35. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099. Past Life Guided Meditation the depths of who you are as a product of the history blanket and warm by the fire. $20. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance at rear of small building, Wakefield. 401-255-7147. Facebook. com/HeartOfPeaceDale. Fourth Saturday Healing Gong Bath Let the resonant sounds of the gongs, metal and crystal singing bowls, and drums fill you as you melt into a state of complete relaxation and peace. With Drumsong. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Natures! The Rock Shop, 1782 Main Rd, Tiverton.. 401-954-4674.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Usui Reiki Master Practitioner III 6pm. Learn advanced tools such as grounding, aura cleansing and Reiki healing meditations. Also receive 3rd Level Attunement, Reiki Master Symbol and Reiki Crystal Grid. With Gladys Ellen. $250 includes Certificate & Lineage. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Fourth Sunday Gong Bath resonant sounds of the gongs, metal and crystal singing bowls, and drums fill you with a sense & Drumsong. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. A Reiki World, 1080 Kingstown Rd, Palisades Mill Complex, Bldg 8, Peace Dale. 401-258-3952.

MONDAY, JANUARY 27 Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class

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to soft music, get comfy as I lead a meditation and tap on the acupuncture points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis, 165 Elm Street, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Meditation for the Soul is an energy that can make us whole, physically, mentally, and spiritually. By learning to meditate accurately, we tap into this energy and heal. Free. North Kingstown Public Library, 100 Boone St, North Kingstown. 401-294-3306.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Let Yourself Flower guides you in a visual recognition of karmic patterns in your birth chart and how to use this information to flourish, grow, and shift old ways of being. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group You activate a vibration in you. Law of Attraction responds with wanted or unwanted experience. Discuss these and more profound ideas about how we create our own reality. $5 suggested donation. 401-231-0081.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 Primal Fitness Club Challenge dressed to workout. Your body and mind will be challenged during this 1-hr workout. Meet Mike $15. Primal Fitness Club/Optimum Health Coach, 10 Nate Whipple Hwy, Cumberland. 401-405-1115. Free Community Yoga Class 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, Awakening Through Drum Healing

Young Living Essential Oils Sharing Event family healthy. Learn how Young Living Essential Oils can help protect you and your family dur-



Light refreshments served. Free. Michelle May-

support and network. Donation accepted. $5-$10. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.

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the same since? You may have experienced power or soul loss. Drum healing returns lost parts to the self, removes blocks and restores harmony. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35/person. Energy-N-Elements, LLC, 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

401-886-1938. Adult Indigo & Light Worker Gathering


Bereaved Parents USA: RI Chapter Bereaved parents discussion and support group for those who have lost a child, grandchild, or sibling

Gentle Light Healing for Children


to heal fear with guided imagery into the deep heart, connect with inner teachers, with a star child cerPortsmouth. 401-500-0800.

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$25/couple. Robert Arnold, Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092.

Celebration of Life Service Science of Mind Lesson, New Thought Music, af-

Weekly Baptiste Flow Yoga dynamic poses that are designed and sequenced to rid the body of toxins and make us further capable of sitting for meditation. $12. New London Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572.

ministry, fellowship. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Also February 16. CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. Learn how stream warm oil over the crown chakra, magnifying the senses, dispersing negative electrical impulses from stress, reversing imbalances such as insomnia and depression and 877-832-1372.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 womenRYSE Coaches Training Do you love running and yoga? Learn the womenRYSE holistic fitness method so that you can inspire other women in your community. Plus, make money doing what you love. $395 for training weekend. womenRYSE. 401-218-0766.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Sacred Stone 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 towestern and ayurvedic massage techniques. Free stones during guided harvest. $375. SAMA 2, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Ananda Sunday Satsang weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang & veggie potluck lunch. Healing prayer circle after Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.

Zumba with Rupa’s Bollywood Fusion

3 Steps to Breaking Free From Emotional Eating coaching program designed for those struggling with weight gain, food cravings, yo-yo dieting and emotional eating. Learn how to break through the mental blocks that keep you from reaching your weight loss goals, create a healthy relationship with food, lose weight, and reclaim your health and your life. With Gigi Gravel. 6 live training calls (recorded if you miss one) with workbooks

Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Ste 111, Pawtucket. 401-475-0084.

Monday Svaroopa® Beginning Yoga Class can do regardless of prior yoga experience, fitness

Chair Yoga strength, and improve balance. Small classes. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

confidence, respect, teamwork, character building


311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.

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

Wholistic Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-269-8788. Adult Jiu Jitsu

series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

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yoga; discover improved balance, strength, flexibility, mobility and calmness of mind. $16/drop-in $60/6 classes. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. JourneyDance for Women us into sacred circle, a space of presence within the rhythms of the body and breath. A space that honors each unique woman and her unique rhythm.


Call 860-693-6448 or go to to Register. Mind Matters Hypnosis Center.


Open Meditation ting 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.

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Piloxing 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, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Svaroopa Yoga Class deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. Couple’s Meditation stress, connect to spirit and deepen your relationship meditating together using breath control, visualization and sound. Call to schedule your session now.

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. Heart of Recovery fulness 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 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.

Tuesday Ananda Yoga gies for physical wellness and spiritual growth. Posture, affirmations, pranayam, meditation. Mixed level. $12. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766.

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Teen Yoga class will be a safe and supportive place for teens to mentally unwind, experience inner peace, give their body some TLC and learn stress management. $10. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Children’s Crystal Bowl Meditation

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bowls. Free to school age children; bring your own or borrow someone elses. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance at rear of small building, Wakefield. 401-255-7147.

while building confidence and self awareness. Classes designed especially for women. You can set your own pace; no prior experience needed. $10. -

Svaroopa Yoga Class deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body & mind. Pre-registration is necessary. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.

Meditation is More Than You Think This class exposes participants to a wide variety of meditation styles. Barbara Gilfillan, RScP facilitator.

Kundalini Yoga of breath work, movement, postures, meditation and chanting for strength and radiance. $96/8 wks, $15/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, (The Zen Center), Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Dance Movement with Martial Arts Through Movement we find Health...Nia is like chocolate-You have to taste it! No Experience necessary. Ten classes for $80 or drop in fee$12-. Woman Infants Integrative Care, 300 Richmond St, Providence. 401487-6977.

regardless of prior yoga experience, fitness level, series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

pre-register, $14/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Lower Level, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

Yoga 101: Semi-Private Series

Svaroopa Yoga Class deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.

Meditation Class 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.

Eden Energy Medicine Study Group Weekly workshop to learn how to use Energy Medicine for personal care related to stress, pain, digestion, weight loss, confidence and more. No experience necessary. $19/class, $79/5 classes. In Pure Harmony, 192 Newport Ave, Pawtucket. 401-527-0281.


Reiki Energy how to release emotional energy blocks exploring your mind body and spirit is the key to improving your personal growth, dreams and goals. This interactive workshop will provide learning techniques to achieve individual coaching methods and steps to overcome negative patterns. $10. Blue Sky Healing Circle, 1076 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-942-1076.

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offers yogic philosophy, meditation, breathwork, basic stretching, standing postures, backbending and inversions. Class size limited to 6, so individual attention is guaranteed and questions are welcome. No St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Hatha Yoga a union between them. Class consists of warm classes; $12/pre-register, $14/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Lower Level, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Yoga: Moving into a Restful Evening A blend of kripalu, yin, and restorative yoga for all levels. $96/8 wks, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley (The Zen Center), 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Providence Laughter Club 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.

Wednesday Ashtanga Yoga Wednesday morning while she guides you through this most ancient form of yoga. All levels welcome. $10. New London Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572. All Level Kripalu Yoga erately-paced hatha yoga class appropriate for all levels. Beginners welcome. $96/8 wks, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley (The Zen Center), 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Kripalu Yoga ing a union between them. Class consists of warm classes; $12/pre-register, $14/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Lower Level, Warwick. 401-941-2310.


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305-3585. Svaroopa® Beginning Yoga Class

Thursday FluidlyFit™ 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. Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-588-2762. Gentle Yoga: All Levels on basic yoga postures, alignment and breath techniques, and exploring range of movement, this class will support greater flexibility and deepened core strength. Women & Infants, Care New England Center for Health, 59 S County Commons Way, Piloxing 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, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

Hatha Yoga the mind while relaxing the body, creating a union between them. Class consists of warm ups, postures

Over 50 Yoga for people over 50, enhancing flexibility, strength, and balance. Small classes. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

newly renovated Farmhouse Retreat Center and Organic Lunch. $12. Norman Bird Sanctuary, 538 Third Beach Rd, Middletown. 401-846-2577. Ball and Barre Class combines the challenge of a Pilates mat workout utilizing the stability ball with a half hour of work at our ballet barre. $14/drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Over 50 Yoga people over 50 to enhance flexibility, strength, and balance. Small classes, individual attention and modified poses. Day and evening classes. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Kirtan & Yoga Mixed-Level, $10. Relax, release stress, awaken heart, uplifts spirit, easy to follow. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-286-2345. Group Energy Healing days. Experience powerful healing energy from intuitive healer Kim Testa. Come experience why this is such a popular event. $20. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence.

Saturday Primal Fitness Club Challenge challenge. Come prepared to put your body and will to the test. Check Facebook or call for challenge locations. $10. Primal Fitness Club, 10 Nate Whipple Hwy, Cumberland. 401-405-1115. Vbarre transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. This class provides calorie-blasting cardio. $14/class, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Intuitive Flow for Women weaves fitness, yoga, meditation, dance, and intuitive movement, to deepen into the body and breath. All levels welcome. $15/drop-in, $80/8-class card. ter, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-269-8788.

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Svaroopa速 Beginning Yoga Class regardless of prior yoga experience, fitness level, or For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga ing a union between them. Class consists of warm classes; $12/pre-register, $14/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Lower Level, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

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All Level Kripalu Flow & Yin Yoga A moderately paced hatha yoga class for all levels. wks, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, (The Zen Center), Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Adult Jiu Jitsu 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/ 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.

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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 ads on pages 7, 29 and on back cover.

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 16.


49 South Commons Way, Suite 4 South Kingstown 54 High St, Westerly 401-622-2335 23 years of experience teaching, coaching, guiding and inspiring patients with a holistic approach to living. This includes exercise specializing in Tai Chi, nutrition and mind-body methods transforming your current health. Currently developing a program to address symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Check out my website for more about my practice. See ad on page 17.


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.


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ASTROLOGY DEBI FOX, ASTROLOGER 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.


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 determine your own personal balance and provide natural treatments to help you achieve it.


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.

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 13.

CHIROPRACTOR THE ALIVE ACADEMY Dr Jason Kolenda 541 Pawtucket Ave Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959

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 softtissue 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 ads on pages 7, 29 and on back cover.

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

Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remember: The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 35.


Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI tGJSFTFFEDFOUFSDPN

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

ENERGY THERAPY TRAINING HEAVENLY HUGS HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER 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 TherapyÂŽ HealingÂŽ and Spiritual Guidance Workshops. Programs are suited for Individuals, Therapists, Health Professionals, and Personal Development Coaches looking to enhance their own healing practice.


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

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 ward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 12.

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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 ads on pages 7, 29 and on back cover.


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 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 33.

POSITIVE NEW BEGINNINGS 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 ogy, 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 21.

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

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



10 Nate Whipple Highway Cumberland, RI 401-316-5504 Optimum Health Coaching specializes in comprehensive customizable fat loss programs that are designed to the client’s personality, goals, commitment level and budget. You see no one diet works for everyone, which is why Mike has several lifeto anyone. See ad on page 27.


Joy Quinn Blum, M.A., M.Div., H.C. 401-258-3952 Are you hungry for better health? Joy helps people who want a better way to eat and live by creating an individual program that focuses on the best nutrients to feed the body, mind and soul with unique and satisfying choices. Issues addressed: depression/anxiety, digestive disorders, blood sugar issues, anti-aging concerns, acid/alkaline imbalances, and nutrition in cancer treatment/prevention. Free 1-hour health history consultation! See ad on page 15.


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100 Ochre Point Avenue Newport, RI 401-847-6650 Salve Regina’s graduate programs in holistic studies develop skilled professionals who take a holistic approach to their work as counselors and leadership specialists. See ad on page 15.

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.


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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 seeâ€? holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at

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 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 12.

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Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI t1SPWJEFODF8IPMJTUJDDPN Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally for all. Naturopathic doctor Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 29.


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.


Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI t%S$BUIZ1JDBSEDPN 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 nutricomposition. 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 ads on pages 7, 29 and on back cover.

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 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 freshthin, highest quality disposable Japanese cosmetic needles. Call to schedule your free 15-minute consultation today. See ad on page 16.


Pete Fine, President 7 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 508-226-8005 QFUF!VTTPMBSXPSLTDPNtVTTPMBSXPSLTDPN A solar array will lower your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Solar panels are rated for 25+ years and pay for themselves. We install the highestquality equipment, and want to help you with your solar design and installation.


Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 Sound therapy is an excellent holistic approach to relieve stress/pain, depression, fatigue, anger/hostility, fears/phobias and more. The vibrational overtones promote an overall state of peace, harmony and deep relaxation. Drumsinger A. Michelle channels Sacred Sound in harmony with a variety of indigenous instruments. Gongmaster Joy, sacred sound healing artist offers gong baths, private gong healing sessions, gong workshops, and other rituals. See ad on page 15.



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 able. Call for yours today!


2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100 ItsYourBodysSymphony.comÂ

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 13.


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.


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/SwedRI Lic #MT01664.



Paul A. DiSegna t&OFSHZ/&MFNFOUTDPN 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 37.


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Certified Advanced RolferŽ 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.


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 39.


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.

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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, train‘Tis the Season!


.BJO4Ut8BLFGJFME 3* 401-782-2126 Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, selfdiscovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 43.




2243 Highland Ave, Fall River, MA 02720 508-689-4633 Focus is on better eating habits and food. You will gain energy and experience overall happiness in your life while achieving your ideal weight and health goals. See ad on page 15.


14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston RI 401-780-9809 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 42.



Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RIÂ 02864 401-305-5319 I offer private SvaroopaÂŽ 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


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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