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e have all these holidays to celebrate our family, beliefs, and the heroes of our causes but I’ve never been much of a date kind of person. My birthday falls at the end of May and I often say that 24 is my favorite number but really, every day is somebody’s favorite number when you think of it. February celebrates Ground Hog day, Valentine’s Day, George Washington’s birthday and many more strange and unusual days if you Google it. I like for every day to be Ground Hog Day, where I look out for the sun that warms our souls, and every day is Valentine’s Day, as I think about the love all around me in Bill, in our families and my many dear friends. What does your heart good? Love is a powerful and healing emotion but there is more we can do to encourage our heart to be healthy too. We are reminded of how important our heart health is with this month’s theme, Rethinking Heart Health. The old standards of exercise, diet and regular check-ups first come to mind. Then, our article got me thinking about the positive emotional influences suggesting a different prescription for health. Communing with nature, connection with others, optimism and, of course, love in its infinite wonder have all proven time and time again to improve our health. Valentine’s Day can be a gentle reminder to revisit how well we are loving ourselves, our world and others. As good as my intentions are to pursue healthy heart activities on all fronts, I find myself challenged by society’s frantic energy that seems to catch most of us. Recently, I read that we take in as much information in one day as our ancestors of the 1500’s absorbed in one year. It’s doubtful that the human capacity for input has grown at the same rate. I’ve also learned that a healthy state requires that our output should balance input, in quality if not quantity. While we try to process all the information we take in and figure out how to generate a response, we all stay pretty busy. I don’t wish to go backwards and surrender the benefits of progress (where it’s truly beneficial that is), including the wonders of technology. Although the efficiencies of todays world are important to us, it’s not healthy to let technology shift us away from the heart of life. The necessary activities that satisfy our essential humanity, ranging from face-to-face communication and thoughtful gestures to up close encounters with nature are key to who we are. Keep up the cardio, continue eating well, go to your annual checkups but let’s not forget to love, laugh, be optimistic, be close to nature, and cherish all that we are. So here we are February! Love it with all your heart.

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he School for Allied Massage and Ayurveda (SAMA), in Newport, is offering a registered ayurvedic health counselor program beginning April 21. The 21-month program will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each month. Individuals will graduate as registered ayurvedic health consultants with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Ayurveda is recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the three top medical systems in the world. SAMA is approved by National Ayurvedic Medical Association and brings in masters from all over the world as faculty. Ayurvedic counseling empowers clients and advocates the notion of self-healing. The ancient mind-body-spirit science helps to identify personal goals and unique constitutions, develop plans, strive for achievement and discover the path toward radiant health, heightened consciousness and self-improvement. Mention Natural Awakenings when registering and save $100 toward tuition. The School for Allied Massage and Ayurveda is located at 128 Long Wharf, in Newport. For more information, call 877-832-1372 or visit See ad page 5.

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phten Colechia has joined the team at Nature’s Wisdom Wellness Center. Colechia has been a licensed skin care therapist for 11 years and a licensed massage therapist for seven years. She offers facials customized to meet each client’s specific skin care goals. Dermalogica is the professional skin care line used for each treatment and is available for one’s personal home care routine as well. Colechia Aphten Colechia has been trained in Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage and myofascial release massage. “This is a wonderful massage technique that can help with chronic muscle tension or a past injury,” she explains. “Whether your goal is relaxation or pain relief, call for an appointment and receive free hot stones on your first visit.”

torywalker Wendy Fachon has launched her first children’s book, The Angel Heart. As author and illustrator of The Angel Heart, Fachon helps to inspire spiritual awareness and positive well-being among children. In this uplifting tale, she introduces the winged angel heart flower. Beneath each layer of curiously shaped petals, she reveals a clue God has hidden. Each clue is a piece to the larger message delivered at the end. Each imaginatively conceived page offers a new surprise as the story unfolds, blending rhythm and rhyme, color and form, meaning and metaphor, word play and finger play. The Angel Heart is recommended for children ages 3 and up.


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est Shore Wellness will host Me, You and the Truth About Us, a two-day transformative workshop from 1 to 4 p.m., March 8 and March 15, facilitated by Barbara J. Gilfillan, a spiritual counselor licensed by Centers for Spiritual Living. Gilfillan will guide the group with spiritual tools to explore ourselves on a journey to self-awareness, inner peace and blissful love. The workshop, held on consecutive Saturdays, is designed to help improve current relationships, attract more fulfilling relationships and enjoy all relationships. Whether one’s focus is on friendship, family, romantic or workplace, this workshop will help individuals attain their relationship goals. Gilfillan says the only requirement is “a willingness to take a stand for having the best possible relationships, starting with your relationship to yourself.” The first session, “How did I get on the merry-go-round, and how do I get off?” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., March 8. The second session, “Coming into the now, embracing the truth, and manifesting love” will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. March 15th. Sessions include group discussion, self-discovery and emotional homework.

inter is upon us and with the shorter days and longer nights finding just the right balance to keep physically active can be difficult. Consider combining the benefits of working out with the effectiveness of the martial art of jiu jitsu. InnerStrengths Jiu Jitsu offers women’s empowerment classes from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursdays, where women can learn how to turn vulnerabilities into strengths. Jiu Jitsu uses knowledge and technique over brute force and strength. Participants will have the optimal benefit of heightening their self-awareness and a spiritual connection with a caloric burning strengthening exercise.


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The women’s empowerment classes teach jiu jitsu selfdefense techniques, as well as skills that will carry over into other areas of one’s life. These classes will not only help to ensure safety, but will help women build confidence, listen to their heart, stay in tune with their intuition and successfully use the power of their voice. In addition to their women’s empowerment classes InnerStrengths Jiu Jitsu offers jiu jitsu classes for children, women and men. Private lessons are available, as well as seminars on personal safety/self defense for individuals or groups. Anti-bullying classes are also taught. Individuals can try two weeks of jiu jitsu free to see if it’s the right fit. For those looking for some relaxation, InnerStrengths offers Reiki sessions and has an on-site massage therapist who specializes in various massages, such as relaxation, deep tissue and reflexology. InnerStrengths Jiu Jitsu is located at 311 Washington Ave., in Providence. For more information, call 774-488-6940, email or visit See ad page 19.




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ature’s Goodness Natural Health Food Store will host, Ageless … Inside and Out, featuring demonstrations, free samples and education, at noon, February 8. Representatives from three of the most popular product lines at Nature’s Goodness will be on hand to answer questions on how to look and feel one’s best. One such company is Replenish Plus beautifying products, which are always 100 percent natural and keep the skin hydrated even in harsh winter weather. Another is Renew Life, known as the digestive care experts. Renew Life manufactures internal cleansing formulas, high-potency probiotics, daily fiber supplements, digestive enzymes, omega oils and natural weight management products. Garden of Life will be at the event to introduce their new Raw FIT High Protein for weight loss. The Garden of Life brand offers a path to healthy living with premium products that are supported by education and innovation. Special discounts will be offered on all product lines. Nature’s Goodness Natural Food Store is located at 510 East Main Rd., Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-7480 or visit

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udy Antonelli will be providing free “Touch, Caring and Cancer,” workshops in most YMCA locations throughout Rhode Island thanks to the support of LIVESTRONG and The Michael H. Flanagan Foundation. Upcoming workshops include the South County YMCA, in Peace Dale, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., February 15, and a two-day workshop at Kent County YMCA, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., March 22 and 23. Participants will learn simple touch techniques that can reduce symptoms and side effects for a loved one living with cancer. Antonelli is an oncology massage practitioner at The Leonard and Adele R. Decof Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital, a program of the Rhode Island Hospital. In these workshops, she will teach individuals how to apply simple touch techniques, helping to comfort symptoms of pain, fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression, nausea, neuropathy, disturbed sleep and more. “Since numerous research studies of massage with cancer patients have demonstrated significant effects on perceived stress, quality of life and common symptoms, touch in the form massage has become one of the most popular forms of relief for pain,” she says. “Because of these studies, massage is now the number one complementary therapy in many hospitals today.” The Michael H. Flanagan Foundation has been delivering comfort to leukemia and bone marrow transplant patients through financial grants since 2002. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. To register or for more information, call 401-247-2220, email or visit See ad page 27.

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lex Bering, an author, trainer and area manager for Dale Carnegie Training, will present a complimentary Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) twoday training and certification program from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 22 and 23, at Metacomet Country Club, in East Providence. The event is open to the public, hospitals and doctors, as well as business/life AlexBering coaches and will discuss the newest and most powerful techniques, tools and ways to heal, cure and understand clients and/or patients. Bering is a master trainer of NLP and a board certified hypnotherapist. He will be joined by David R. Behan, executive CEO and clinical director of Ten Harley Street, a prestigious clinic in London offering hypnotherapy/psychotherapy, NLP, coaching, training and more. NLP explores the relationship between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behavior and emotion (programming). By studying and learning NLP, individuals will become more aware of their impact on others, how to manage and influence their own behavior for optimal results and how to improve and enhance their own interpersonal communication, which will lead to building better relationships with others at work and at home. Location: 500 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, East Providence. To participate, contact Alex Bering at 508-269-1236 or


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Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way by Debra Melani


fter years of experiencing love going sour, Katherine Woodward Thomas set a goal: She would marry her soul mate within a year. Her quest inspired a surprising awakening that spurred her to look deep inside for the key that would unblock love. Thomas realized the transformation that enabled her success involved clear steps that could help anyone. Today, the licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert has guided thousands toward successful relationships via her national bestseller, Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life, and subsequent books and seminars.

What catalyzed your Calling in “The One” professional journey? I was 41, a card-carrying member of one of America’s largest-growing groups—the never-marrieds. I had bought into the cultural belief that a woman my age had little chance of finding a great husband. I felt anxious and resigned, trying to come to terms with it, but sad inside. Fortunately, at the time, I was part of a small group supportive of each other’s intentions. So I set the outrageous intention that I would be engaged by my next birthday. I also recognized my longstanding pattern of attracting unavailable men who were engaged, married or alcoholics. A woman in the group said, “Katherine, I will hold that intention with you if you permit me to


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hold you accountable to be the woman you would need to be in order to fulfill it.” Her wake-up call turned my focus from running out to find love to going within to discover the barriers I had against it. Thus I began what became the Calling in “The One” process.

How does it differ from other approaches to finding love? Many approaches focus on the external reasons love is elusive, such as all the good men are taken, men don’t like powerful women or just not having met the right person. This approach focuses more on the internal reasons—going within to discover and release one’s own conscious and unconscious barriers. For most of us, a gap exists between how much we think we want love and how much we are actually open and ready to receive it. Until we bridge that gap, we will covertly keep love at bay, and won’t even realize we are doing it.

What are the most common hidden barriers to love? One hidden barrier is resentment. We only resent people to the extent that we’ve given our power away to them. Uncover your role in what happened. Even if it was 97 percent their fault and 3 percent yours, zero in on that 3 percent, because you’ll only be able to trust yourself to love again once you’ve taken that responsibility. If you still feel resentful, you have not yet evolved beyond the person you were before.

Another centers on old agreements—the spoken and unspoken, agreements we make, usually in an emotional time—such as “I’m never going to let myself get hurt again” or “I’ll never love anyone the way I love you.” Such agreements live in our lives as intentions. They may no longer be conscious, yet still set our course. Another has to do with toxic relational dynamics. To find the best partnership, you need to be your best self. Maintaining a toxic dynamic drains personal power, making it hard to move forward in life. It’s vital to evolve out of this debilitating dynamic so you are in the center of your power everywhere in life. The fourth area, and probably the most important, revolves around the core beliefs you hold about both yourself and others. You might have a reasonably clear sense of yourself around money, career and friendship, but your core love identity might cause you to believe yourself unworthy of a quality partner. Identifying and challenging these beliefs is critical in learning how to break free from them, helping to raise your value in your own eyes and thus in others.

You believe the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to become magnetic and allow that needle to find you. How does one become magnetic to love? Being centered in the truth of your own value and the real possibilities you hold for true love is wildly attractive. Love yearns to embrace us, but can’t come to us if it can’t come through us. When we shift into this place of possibility, we can become profoundly magnetic to love. Learn more at, or Explore the qualities possible in an enlightened mate at NaturalAwakenings Freelance journalist Debra Melani is from Lyons, CO. Connect at

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Early Warnings of Heart Troubles Differ for Women


omen may worry more about breast cancer, but in reality, heart disease is the top killer of American women, claiming 300,000 lives a year, 7.5 times the number that die of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is more often perceived as a men’s issue, since 1984 more women have died of heart disease than men. Part of the reason may be that women’s heart attacks can differ from men’s and the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that women often fail to recognize the symptoms, ranging from torso aches and pains and nausea to anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and extreme fatigue. They may experience subtle symptoms for months and write them off as byproducts of menopause, heartburn or effects of aging. The National Institutes of Health states that 43 percent of women that have heart attacks experience no chest pain. The difference between the more subtle signs of a heart attack in women and the more dramatic signs in men may help explain why 75 percent of men, prompted to act quickly, survive a first heart attack, while only 62 percent of women do, according to the AHA. “Research shows that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men,” notes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Nostalgia Arms Us for the Future


aving lingering fond memories of happy times, once actually thought to be a psychiatric disorder, have now been confirmed as a healthy and, ultimately, positive activity. Most people experience nostalgia at least once a week and nearly half of those surveyed reported experiencing it three or four times a week, say researchers at England’s University of Southampton. When speaking wistfully of the past, individuals are usually reconstructing happy memories of family and friends, and typically become more optimistic about the future, reports lead researcher and Social Psychologist Constantine Sedikides, Ph.D., who observes, “Nostalgia makes us a bit more human.” The Southampton paper, presented to the American Psychological Association, meshes well with another study confirming that nostalgic memories inspire positive feelings of joy, high self-regard, belonging and meaningfulness in life. In two studies, social psychologists at North Dakota State University found that past fond memories help us become more self-confident and cope better in the present. “We see nostalgia as a psychological resource that people can dip into to conjure the evidence they need to assure themselves that they’re valued,” says lead researcher Clay Routledge.


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eart-clogging trans fatty acids may soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the first step to remove trans fats from its GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list, effectively banning their use in food products. Trans fats, also known as hydrogenated vegetable oils, can be found in many processed foods, including baked goods, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamers. Created by adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form, trans fats have been used to improve the texture, shelf life or flavor of foods. For more than a decade, numerous scientific studies have documented that trans fats raise dangerous LDL cholesterol and lower good HDL cholesterol. The FDA’s proposed ban would require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, likely over several months or years, noting their threat to health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths. Many food manufacturers have already phased out trans fats since new nutrition labeling requirements were introduced by the FDA in 2006; plus an increasing number of local laws have banned them.

The Whole Fish is Best for Blood Pressure


ver the years, a broad range of research has confirmed that omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna and sardines promote heart and brain health. Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine have found that taking fish oil supplements isn’t as effective at keeping blood pressure under control as eating an actual fish. The animal study published in the U.S. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that eating oily fish helped open ion channels, a complex series of membranes in the cells that line blood vessels, letting sodium, calcium and potassium in and out of those crucial cells and helping reduce blood pressure. Because fish oil supplements did not activate the ion channels, they didn’t reduce blood pressure in the same way.

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Many Animals Mate for Life Humans like to think of themselves as unique when it comes to taking vows of togetherness. But a surprising number of other species in the animal kingdom provide sterling examples of fidelity, monogamy and lifelong pairing. Gibbons, of the ape family, are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They form extremely strong pairings and both sexes are on relatively equal footing in their relationships. Bald eagles, our national emblem, typically mate for life, except in the event of a partner’s inability to procreate. Wolves, often portrayed as tricksters in folklore, conduct a family life more loyal than many human relationships. Wolf packs typically comprise a male, a female and their offspring, making them akin to a human nuclear family. Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years or even for life. Their loyalty is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a universal symbol of true love. French angelfish are seldom found far from their mate, because they live, travel and even hunt in pairs. The fish form monogamous relationships that often last as long as both individuals are alive. In fact, they act as a team to vigorously defend their territory against neighboring pairs. Other examples include albatrosses, African antelopes, black vultures, Malagasy giant rats, prairie voles, sandhill cranes, termites and, of course, turtle doves.

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While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone.

According to a report in The Boston Globe, some American schools regret that they replaced woodshops with hightech educational forums in the 1990s. Shop class is valuable for students that may underperform in traditional academic settings and empowers them to learn and produce tangible results. Doug Stowe, a woodworker and teacher in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, writes in WisdomOfHands.Blogspot. ca, “Our society has inadvertently created a dependent generation of young people that don’t know how to fix things and lack even the most basic manual competence. Putting girls and boys into shop class would challenge rampant consumerism because a person is less inclined to throw out a piece of furniture and buy a replacement if they know how to fix it. “With so many cheap imports flooding stores, it’s difficult for students to gain perspective on the resources and time required to create a piece of furniture, so shop class can teach students to appreciate long-lasting quality and its accompanying fair price tag. In this way, shop class is linked to sustainability.”



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Done right, Valentine’s Day and gifts of jewelry go together like love and marriage. Those that have no desire to support the unsafe worker conditions, widespread price fixing and waste associated with gold mining, also linked to pollution, financing wars and terrorism, look for better options. They wish to have no part in underwriting standard ring-making practices which, according to the Worldwatch Institute, create tons of toxic mining waste that can persist for decades and enter the food chain. Happily, there are far more ethical choices. Alternate routes. Among many sustainable and socially responsible options, jewelry made from recycled gold, silver and titanium plus synthetic gemstones is offered by GreenKarat ( while Brilliant Earth ( provides antiques and also custom makes or helps customers create their own treasured gifts utilizing minerals from pure sources; the company also donates 5 percent of its profits to support communities that have suffered from unethical industry practices. Heirlooms. A son or grandson gifting a grandmother’s or mother’s cherished piece of jewelry to a spouse or girlfriend expresses a tradition of love and family connectivity, plus gives new life to precious items. Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian at, recommends using a family-treasured diamond in a more modern setting or making a ring into a pendant. “Heirlooms link the present to the past—they are part of a family narrative that can increase the present generation’s sense of belonging and identity,” she says. Native American jewelry. Deborah Nelson, owner of Silver Eagle Gallery, in Naples, Florida, and Highlands, North Carolina, attests that artful jewelry by Native Americans supports their culture and forges a connection to Americana with timeless appeal. Bracelets made by Navajo Indians incorporate turquoise pieces often linked together or set in mosaic form on a sterling band. Sterling silver and golden amber sunburst rings also make good gifts. “The handmade attention to detail is a stark contrast to what’s cast in a mold overseas,” says Nelson.

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ifelong heart health begins with regular doses of outdoor activity starting at a young age. There is a paradigm shift starting to take place in children’s health and education, as parents and educators rediscover the physical and emotional benefits offered by outdoor activity and exposure to the natural elements—air, water, sunlight and earth—and how these impact a child’s healthy heart and brain development. Inherent to the shift is bringing joy back into the heart of the learning process. This means consciously incorporating “natural activity” that promotes meaningful heart-centered learning. Below are some examples of learning activities that engage curious minds, bring joy, get the heart muscle pumping and allow for the natural elements to deliver exactly what a healthy heart needs: n Raking and jumping in piles of leaves in the fall while learning about mulch, soil nourishment and why leaves turn color and fall. n Shoveling pathways and building snow forts in the winter while learning about temperature, water, ice crystals and hibernation. n Digging garden beds and planting seeds in the spring while learning about garden care and how fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown.


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of water allows the blood to flow more freely, enables the heart to pump more easily and reduces blood pressure. While spending long periods of time outdoors, children should have bottle of water on hand, along with a nourishing snack that is high in natural nutrition and high in water content, such as fruits and raw vegetables.

n Hiking through the woods in the summer, studying wild plants and identifying reptiles, birds, spiders, ticks and insects.


Interactive outdoor activity provides the opportunity to laugh, inhale fresh air and to breathe deeply into the heart. Oxygen accounts for one-fifth of natural air we breathe. It is absorbed into the blood stream through the lungs in order to fully activate the heart and fuel cellular activity all throughout the body. Elementary school children spend a lot of time sitting in school desk chairs, slumped over papers, books and sometimes computer pads. This posture compresses the lungs and therefore reduces the amount of air going to the lungs, the heart, the body and the brain. An hourly activity break of 10 minutes will increase oxygen intake, open up the heart, re-energize the body and increase alertness, focus and productivity. These breaks serve the same purpose as adult coffee breaks; they are a time to allow children to talk, share ideas and experiences, laugh, connect heart-toheart with one another and grab a drink of water.


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Natural light energy from the sun increases the body’s production of vitamin D and serotonin, a hormone that boosts mood and promotes happiness. In addition, exposure to the electromagnetic rainbow spectrum of sunlight is said to activate and balance the seven chakras of the soul. The heart chakra is at the center of the chakra system. It is prudent, nonetheless, to prevent overexposure to ultraviolet rays, which can damage skin. One must determine the proper amount of time exposure for a person’s particular skin type. This will change with the seasons and vary depending on how far north or south a person lives on the Earth.


Scientists are finding that physical contact with the earth is just as important as air, water and sunlight. Electromagnetic radiation from computers, toxic chemicals in the environment and unhealthy foods cause the human body to accumulate unstable free radicals, which are harmful to the body. Physical contact with the earth allows for the exchange of electrons to neutralize the free radicals and stabilize the body. This process of contact is called earthing. Preliminary scientific research shows that earthing improves blood flow, regulates heart rate and rhythm, increases immunity and reduces stress. Jumping in leaves, building snow forts, planting

seeds and hiking are all activities that connect children directly to the earth. While natural prescriptions like physical activity, air, water, sunlight and earth are readily and freely available, pharmaceutical companies continue to push sales of chemically-derived medications, which they claim treat everything from diabetes and high blood pressure to anxiety and insomnia. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that today nearly one in five high school boys in the U.S. is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and about one in 10 takes ADHD medication intended to help them focus and keep on task. These drugs are costly, may have adverse side effects and could lead to addiction and drug abuse. A minimum daily requirement of 45 minutes of outdoor activity throughout the developmental years can help reverse this alarming trend of teen drug use. Walking, fresh air, spring water, sunlight exposure and earth contact are free remedies that can help reduce symptoms of disease and minimize reliance on risky and costly drug therapy. Wendy Nadherny Fachon is a health economist and an afterschool educator for Child Opportunity Zone programs around Rhode Island. She is publishing her first children’s book, The Angel Heart. For information, visit Netwalking. com, and See ad page 37.

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abrielle Perillo’s daughter, A’ngel, 11, is a deep thinker, compassionate for all beings (human and not), a defender of justice, spiritual and extremely creative. She pursues any subject she studies with focus and passion. Although other children are naturally drawn to her, A’ngel, a born introvert, generally prefers to play quietly on her own. At first, her mother worried that her daughter was being insensitive to others and not paying attention to her surroundings. But once Mom released her own emotional projections, she recognized how happy her daughter is in her own space and began to appreciate the benefits of this independence. At least a third of Americans are introverts, yet many parents are prone to mischaracterize their more private children as antisocial, selfcentered and lonely. Susan Cain, a former corporate attorney and author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, explains, “Introverts are not antisocial, they just prefer socializing in lowerkey ways.” They usually form a few deep and intimate relation-

ships compared to extroverts that often cultivate many friends. Christine Fonseca, an educational psychologist and author of Quiet Kids, notes the danger in misunderstanding a child’s hesitancy or reserved nature. “Kids can benefit from understanding who they are and what it means to be an introvert. Otherwise, they may compare themselves to their extrovert friends and feel deficient.” Introverts own many exceptional qualities. They tend to be deep thinkers able to work independently in highly creative and innovative ways. They may prefer to learn a lot about a few topics instead of a little about many different areas. Often described as empathetic, conscientious and self-aware, introverts make authentic leaders and effective managers as adults. Introvert and extrovert temperaments are distinguished by how individuals generate energy. Introverts process the world and recharge through solitude; many can flourish in social situations as long as they can rejuvenate by being on their own. Fonseca notes a defining difference in physiol-

Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it. ~Not Your Average Dictionary ogy. “Introverts use part of the nervous system that has a long pathway from point A to point B, so it takes them longer to process information.” Cain adds, “Introverts also usually have a longer runway than others, so it takes them longer to take off and fly. It’s crucial that the message they’re receiving from parents and teachers is, ‘That’s okay.’” It’s important that parents balance how they honor a child’s preferences with teaching them skills to thrive. “Don’t expect them to follow the gang,” says Cain. “Instead, encourage them to follow their passions.” Parents can empower children with tools to increase their comfort zone. If youngsters have difficulty speaking up in class, it helps to prepare them with what they want to say beforehand. Cain notes that this lessens anxiety and when they are able to speak up, they’ll feel like part of the class.

Simple tips can offer relief in uncomfortable social situations. Perillo reinforces social manners before she and A’ngel arrive at an event. She focuses on the greetings, reminding her to extend her hand first, speak clearly, make eye contact and smile. Also, because self-promotion doesn’t come naturally to introverts, they often need coaching to highlight their own assets when applying for a club, college or job. Fonseca encourages families to embrace digital technology. She observes, “Most introverts are extroverts online. While face-to-face communication tends to drain them, that doesn’t happen as much online, plus it’s easier to feel more adept socially there.” They’ll still need to disconnect and renew after socializing online, so it’s important to set usage boundaries. Fonseca, who has one introverted and one extroverted child, facilitates dialogue that teaches each of them to communicate with their peers about their needs. “My introvert tells her extrovert friends not to take offense if she needs to take quiet time alone. They offer each other a perspective that makes their own point of view more well-rounded.”



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Simple Stress Busters Natural Ways to Slide into a State of Calmness by Kathleen Barnes


e all encounter everyday stressors and usually find our own ways of defusing them. However, when chronic stress remains unresolved, it extracts a toll on health that may range from heart disease and stroke to obesity, gastrointestinal problems and depression. Thankfully, Natural Awakenings has uncovered inviting ways to regularly de-stress that naturally make us feel good. Here are some refreshing ideas for immediate rest and relaxation. Eat Mindfully. Chocolate can be an excellent antidote to stress-related binge eating, advises Dr. Susan Lord, an integrative physician in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who leads mind-body medicine programs at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge. “We rarely eat mindfully,” comments Lord. “We’re usually gulping down our food while watching TV, arguing with the kids or reading a book.” She often leads a meditation in which participants are allotted one small piece of chocolate that they must eat slowly and consciously. “Most people discover they have never really tasted their food,” she says. “They are pleasantly surprised to discover that they feel satiated and satisfied on every level.” Lord’s teaching is supported by a study from an Oregon Research Institute affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico, showing that people lost significant amounts of weight by eating slowly and mindfully. Accordingly, Kripalu has encouraged eating in


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silence for nearly 40 years, a practice Lord heartily recommends to her patients for one meal a day. Walk a labyrinth. A meditative walk on a labyrinth may be just what the doctor ordered, says physician Esther Sternberg, professor of medicine and research director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. “A labyrinth differs from a maze, which has high walls and many dead ends,” notes Sternberg. “Walking a maze is inevitably stressful; a labyrinth has the exact opposite effect. There is only one path in and one path out. You go to the middle, meditate and walk back out. It’s a perfectly calming walking meditation.” In physiological terms, Sternberg explains, the deep breathing induced by labyrinth walking activates the vagus nerve, which prompts relaxation. It does this by interrupting the brain’s stress response and halting the release of adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol from the adrenal glands. Our ancestors built labyrinths as early as 4,000 BCE. They exist today in churches, healing centers and backyards all over the world. Finger labyrinths, even as simple as an outline printed on a piece of paper, also have proved to be effective relaxation tools, says Neal Harris, a licensed clinical professional counselor in Barrington, Illinois. His study confirming its relaxing effects was published in the Annals of Psychotherapy & Integrative Health.

Shake (or laugh) it off. Anyone that has ever felt like exploding from tight shoulders, indigestion, headaches or other conditions caused by accumulated stress can benefit from Lord’s recommendation to experience a whole-body shake. “Just stand with your feet firmly planted and start shaking—first your feet, then your legs, arms, head and neck and eventually, your whole body—for at least two or three minutes,” she counsels. “You’ll shake off all of that tension, energize every cell and probably start laughing, another great stress reliever.” A good belly laugh is likewise a powerful stress reliever, according to a study by researchers at Indiana State University, in Terra Haute, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Results also showed that laughter increased production of the protective cells that boost immune function. Create a memory garden. For Sternberg, her personal place of peace is an unconscious re-creation combining the sights and smells of her grandmother’s garden with the comfortable “at home” feeling of her parents’ deck and mementos from a happy time in Crete. At the center of Sternberg’s happy memories are fragrant jasmine and gardenia trees, lavender and basil, all reminders of happy times in her life. She recalls, “It wasn’t until I was finished that I realized what I had done.” A review of relevant science reported in Neural Plasticity explains that the brain’s hippocampus region, a seat of memory, especially related to place, also normally regulates the production of cortisol. But an excess of cortisol due to stress can impair its memory functions. “When we are in a place that brings happy memories to mind, we let go of stress and stop the release of cortisol,” says Sternberg. “It helps to just think of a place where we have been happy.” She recommends creating a home space with some plants on a windowsill, photos of happy family gatherings, fabrics or paint in beloved colors and perhaps inherited items that trigger fond memories. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books, including 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Connect at

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n 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results of his foundational 1986 to 1992 Lifestyle Heart Trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proved that individuals with preexisting coronary atherosclerosis that make intensive, integrated lifestyle changes can begin to experience improvements in their condition after as little as one year without using lipid-lowering drugs. Based on his 30-plus years of clinical research, Ornish and his colleagues further showed that five years of following proper nutrition, fitness and stress


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management—which must include love and support—can reduce symptoms of CHD and other chronic conditions. He remarks in Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health that despite numerous studies showing a medical basis for its occurrence, the reason why CHD is reversible is still the subject of debate. Ornish’s work has paved the way for a growing corps of pioneering integrative physicians successfully collaborating with patients to reduce the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

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The cause of cardiovascular disease is arterial plaque, a fine layer of fatty material that forms within the arteries and blocks blood flow. It is largely the result of food and activity choices, plus the degree of inflammation in the arteries. Dr. Steven Masley’s three keys

to improving heart health highlighted in his book, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and an upcoming PBS special, concern lifestyle factors capable of shrinking plaque, improving circulation and strengthening the heartbeat. “Abnormal plaque growth is preventable 90 percent of the time,” states the president of Masley Optimal Health Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida. While conducting research on the heart health of nearly 1,000 patients over a period of 20 years, Masley suspected that the traditional assessment approach of measuring cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure didn’t effectively address the biochemistry within arteries. Testing intima-media thickness (IMT) using a simple 10-minute external ultrasound confirmed it. The test bounces high-frequency sound waves to measure the thickness of the cartoid arteries’ innermost two layers on either side of the neck. “This valuable tool allows for an estimate of arterial age. A healthy, young cardiovascular system has less plaque and an unhealthy, old one has more,” advises Masley. IMT, a useful tool for preventing future heart attacks and strokes, differs from standard carotid Doppler ultrasound, which looks for artery obstructions suggesting surgery. A practitioner of functional medicine, Masley explains heart-related diagnoses differently than his allopathic counterparts. “Rather than diagnosing high blood pressure as hypertension, I categorize it as not enough exercise, not enough fruits and vegetables, high emotional stress and excessive body fat.” To optimize heart health, Masley employs a broad, holistic matrix of options that enhance the cardiovascular system—the interactions among diet, activity level, weight, environmental toxins, hormones, stress and biochemical factors such as blood sugar control and inflammation levels. He prescribes heart-healing foods that simultaneously help to manage the aging process, following a customized, heart-friendly supplement plan; engaging in exercise that strengthens the heart and arteries; and learning how to better manage stress. He contends that cardiovascular

Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. ~ Dr. Dean Ornish, Love & Survival events remain the top cause of death because individuals are largely unaware of treatment options before they get into trouble. More, “Most people falsely assume that their condition has been fixed with a medical procedure and/or drugs, and that a lifestyle change isn’t necessary.”

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Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, anti-aging specialist and bioenergetics psychotherapist in Manchester, Connecticut, has also shifted his heart health paradigm. He now prescribes a combination of conventional medicine, food, supplements, mind/body strategies and natural healing methods. His book, Heartbreak and Heart Disease: A Mind/Body Prescription for Healing the Heart, relates many inspiring case histories that address the psycho-emotional component of heart health and illustrate how to repair and reopen a broken heart by releasing long-repressed emotions. Following two years of Gestalt psychotherapy training and seven years of bioenergetics training, Sinatra likewise realized that heartbreak was one of the major causes of heart disease. An expert in the field of natural cardiology, he had once believed that cholesterol and fat were the primary causes before 40 years of treatment research taught him otherwise. “Cholesterol is not the reason for heart disease,” advises Sinatra, founder of and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “The body produces and needs cholesterol to convert sunlight to vitamin D, to make sex hormones, vital semipermeable membranes for the body’s

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Sinatra names the real perpetrators of heart disease—stress, inflammation and overeating sugar and processed foods containing saturated fat. He counsels that the heart benefits less from a lowfat, high-carbohydrate diet than one low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats, overturning widespread medical mantras. Also, a high-fructose, high-grain carbohydrate diet raises triglycerides, increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and contributes to insulin resistance, causing the liver to produce more cholesterol, as well as more inflammatory, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) particles, all of which increase the risk for CHD, diabetes and stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that metabolic syndrome, which affects nearly 35 percent of American adults, may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for CHD. The AHA currently is focused on increasing awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Its Go Red for Women campaign emphasizes the vital need to take preventive basic actions, including adopting an exercise routine, healthier diet and doctor visits for appropriate non-invasive tests.

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Dr. James Forleo, a chiropractor in Durango, Colorado, with 30-plus years of clinical experience, maintains that health is simple, disease is complicated (also the title of his book). He counsels patients, “If mental stress is present in your life, you owe it to your cardiovascular system to change to a healthier


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lifestyle. Your life may depend on it.” Forleo has recognized that an individual’s state of mind can be a big help or hindrance in maintaining a healthy heart. “The heart represents a different realm of experience entirely, one that cannot be explained by logic and reason,” comments Forleo. He champions the link between maintaining normal spinal function and healthy heart function, along with supporting the inner presence of Spirit, which he calls the healthy heart’s ultimate elixir. “Its essence relaxes the heart, opens the mind to possibilities greater than itself and provides the perspective that the heart and the mind are complementary,” he observes. He explains that when our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. “If you or someone you know experiences heart problems, chances are that unresolved emotions lie directly below the surface,” he says. “There are exceptions, and genetic problems can explain many heart defects, but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved.” Forleo’s concept is supported by the work of Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., executive vice president and director of research at California’s Institute of HeartMath. His research papers include The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Interactions Within and Between People.

“Today, evidence suggests that the heart may play a particularly important role in emotional experience. Research in the relatively new discipline of neurocardiology has confirmed that the heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that learns, remembers and makes independent functional decisions that don’t involve the cerebral cortex,” advises McCraty.

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Pioneering integrative medical doctors Masley, Sinatra, Forleo and Mona Lisa Schultz, who also holds a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience, agree that in matters of heart disease, emotions take center stage. Schultz, who recently co-authored All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition, with Louise L. Hay, a leading founder of the self-help movement, applies her 25 years of experience as a medical intuitive with the best of Western clinical science, brain research and energy medicine. Shultz observes, “Every illness has an emotional component, which tells us intuitively that something or someone in our life or environment is out of balance and needs to be addressed. Our use of language—such as frustration makes our heart race, anger boils our blood—and our common sense are telling us what we don’t need more studies to confirm. If we can’t deal with our anger in a timely fashion, name our feelings, respond effectively and release them, we increase our chance of illness, ranging from hypertension to cardiovascular events.” According to the American Journal of Cardiology, the U.S. spends 10 percent of all healthcare dollars for cardiovascular disease prevention

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Done right, our home serves as an empowering foundation for well-being. Aligning with four key pillars of harmony will facilitate an inspired, healthy and vibrant home that supports body, mind and spirit.

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Creating an inspired and healthy home environment soothes the soul and recharges our proverbial batteries. Making healthful choices in the products we use and consume helps ensure we retain a healthy body and vibrant living in an era when we are inundated with disease-producing toxins in our homes, food, air and water. Applying simple solutions to slow down helps us maintain a calm mind amidst the frenetic pace of daily life. Periodically unplugging from the instant demands of technology is a good first step. Tuning into our life purpose and sharing it with others allows us to shine. We naturally radiate our inner light in ever-expanding ways.

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A study published by the International Academy for Design and Health shows that because our home influences us on many levels, the setting is continually either supporting or depleting its occupants. Consciously creating and sustaining a nurturing environment fortifies the roots from which family members evolve and grow. Experience shows us how improving our immediate surroundings, ranging from our wardrobe to household furnishings, helps to manifest positive internal transformations. The activity likewise reflects our inner landscape, allowing us to take a step back and observe how we are changing and hope to change. That’s why we periodically feel impelled to clear unsettling clutter from our private spaces. It’s an irritant that

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CHOCOLATE AS HEALTH FOOD Boosting Diets and Heart Health by Judith Fertig


esearch tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 million-plus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to giving plant-based chocolate superfood status. All chocolate starts with cacao beans, seeds from the pods of the tropical cacao tree that thrives only in hot, rainy climates in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Local soil and climate conditions determine flavor characteristics, much as with grapes. Harvested beans are fermented to create the chocolate taste and then dried. Afterwards, chocolate makers add brand-specific ingredients to the cacao solids. “The percentage number on a bar’s wrapper represents the weight that actually comes from the cacao bean content,” says Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and author of


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What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained. “The higher the number, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor.” This is significant because dark chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, according to the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza Chocolate, in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently had one of its bars lab tested for antioxidant levels, called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity; the higher the value, the more antioxidants. Taza Chocolate’s 80% Dark Bar had a 65 percent higher ORAC than Himalayan goji berries, famed for being a superfood. “This is very high for a chocolate bar,” notes Whitmore. Cocoa also serves as a superfood for cardiovascular and metabolic health, report two recent studies from separate teams of Harvard School of Public Health researchers. A 2012 meta-analysis of clinical trials published in the American Journal of Clini-

cal Nutrition concluded that consuming dark, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve blood pressure, vascular dilation and cholesterol levels, plus reduce metabolic precursors like diabetes that can lead to heart disease. In 2011, Eric Ding, Ph.D., a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, reviewed short-term trials of subjects ingesting 400 to 500 mg per day of flavonoid-rich cocoa, which he equates to 33 bars of milk chocolate or eight bars of dark chocolate. While Ding feels this is an unreasonable amount to eat because of the extra calories from sugar and fat, he states, “Supplements with concentrated cocoa flavonoids may perhaps be helpful for garnering the benefits discovered. The key is getting the benefits for heart disease while avoiding the calories, and for that, chocolate bars are not likely the best solution.” Another observational study published in Nutrition shows that eating dark chocolate might help keep the pounds off for teenagers. Researchers with the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence program at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, knew that chocolate consumption in adults already had been linked to lower body mass index. They found that chocolate consumption was also associated with lower total and midsection fat in European adolescents, reports Sayer Ji, founder of, a natural health research database. “The quality and cocoa content they used in their research is probably much higher than in America,” says Ji. “From my perspective, it appears that even when researchers don’t control for type, the results across the board are rather startling. Even American subjects, presumably eating common milk chocolate bars, see benefits.” So, this Valentine’s Day—and every day—we can happily relish that one-ounce piece of artisan dark chocolate melting slowly in our mouth and know we’re doing it for pleasure and for health. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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ymptoms that suggest a dog or cat’s heart is not pumping effectively include coughing and fatigue from light exercise. Before the signs are evident, it is far better to check for heart disease during regular twice-yearly visits to the veterinarian. Using a stethoscope, a skilled doctor can pick up telltale heart murmurs during the examination. A fairly common problem with cats, heart disease tends to occur as cardiomyopathy, an issue with the heart muscle. In most dogs, where cardiomyopathy is rare, it usually involves damaged heart valves, resulting in “leaks” that allow blood to flow in both directions. Upon an initial diagnosis of heart disease, one of two mistakes in treatment routinely occur: Either a doctor prescribes strong cardiac medications to “prevent” heart failure from happening (even though no medication has been shown to prevent heart failure), or he takes a wait-and-see approach, only intervening when the disease progresses to irreversible heart failure. The better approach is to do further testing and evaluation at the first sign of a murmur, including chest X-rays, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a cardiac ultrasound to classify the

stage of the disease and determine if conventional medications can help. Follow-up visits every six months allow the doctor to identify the point at which heart disease has progressed toward impending heart failure. In general, pets with either a diseased or failing heart can benefit from supplements. Individual regimens vary, based on the nature of the patient’s case.


Fish oil contains beneficial docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The principle metabolites derived from the metabolism of EPA and DHA tend to be anti-inflammatory. Contrariwise, omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in warm-weather vegetable oils, produce pro-inflam-

matory mediators. Because omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids compete with each other to be converted to active metabolites (pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory) in the body, decreasing the intake of omega-6 fatty acids and/or increasing dietary omega-3 fatty acid levels, available through fish oil, is generally considered beneficial. The differing numbers identifying omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids simply refer to where the carbon-carbon double bonds are positioned in the molecules. Supplementing with fish oil may also reduce the occurrence of atherosclerosis, thrombosis, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden cardiac death by decreasing inflammation throughout the body, including in the heart.

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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone, is a naturally occurring antioxidant synthesized in most tissues in the body. The highest concentrations are in the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. In the diet, CoQ10 is found in foods such as organ meats, poultry, fish, meat, nuts, soybean oil, fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products. The Professional’s Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines explains that CoQ10 is used in electron transport in mitochondria— small organelles inside cells that convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It reports that studies in people with hypertension showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure through CoQ10 supplementation. Benefits of such

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The herb hawthorn is highly regarded for its suitability in the treatment of heart disease due to its flavonoid and other antioxidant content. It provides several beneficial effects for the heart—helping to maintain a normal heart rhythm with decreased risk of arrhythmias; bolstering the force of heart muscle contraction; increasing coronary blood flow; and decreasing the organ’s energy demands. It acts like angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as the medicine Enalapril, used to help regulate blood pressure and reduce the workload of a failing heart. While other therapies can be used to help pet heart patients, these three are a sound starting point. In some cases, they may be suitable instead of medications that can cause side effects to the kidney and liver, or at least allow for smaller doses. Natural remedies provide a gentler alternative. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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ends, a master Spin instructor and group fitness director at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Texas, attests that without such rides, the aerobic foundation crumbles. She likes to put riders through “kicking Spin rides and moments of Zen that allow riders to let go and find their inner athlete.”

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ike many newly minted sports, “Spin” has at its center a nearmythical figure: its creator, Jonathan Goldstein—better known as Johnny G—by most accounts a unique eccentric with an unheralded passion for cycling. In 1987, while training for the renowned The Race Across America bike event, a mega-marathon 3,100-mile race from Los Angeles to New York, Goldstein was struck by a car and nearly killed. It produced an epiphany: Building an indoor bike simulating the outdoor experience would create a novel workout that would incorporate cardio training and emphasize a mind-body connection. With the formation of Mad Dogg Athletics in 1994, the Spinning craze began rolling. Rolling Stone magazine named it the newest hot exercise and by 1996 there were 1,000-plus Spinning centers in 30 countries.

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Conceived as a form of cardio biofeedback, the activity keyed on training the heart muscle aerobically using a heart monitor. The original goal was to provide an “aerobic base” by working at 65 to 80 percent of one’s maximum heart rate, making the heart a more effective pump and increasing oxygen levels throughout the body. The Spin program follows the principle that participants will train aerobically for six to 12 weeks prior to a


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“Race Day”—a special ride performed at a steady anaerobic threshold generally at 85 to 95 percent of maximum heart rate. Anaerobic threshold, or AT, is the point at which the body accumulates lactic acid in the muscles faster that it can be removed. “Aerobic base building creates a strong foundation for increasing one’s lactate threshold,” explains Lorey Pro, a master Spin instructor and assistant director of fitness and wellness at Louisiana State University. “Riders can increase their tolerance for anaerobic exercise.” “The metabolism’s foundation is strengthened by aerobic base building. Without it, the body will fall apart if the athlete moves right into anaerobic threshold training,” explains Shannon Derby, a master Spin instructor and certified group fitness and personal trainer at Mountain’s Edge Fitness Center, in Boulder, Colorado. In contrast to indoor cycling, Spin requires that exertion rates be correlated to levels based on maximum heart rates, and revolutions per minute (RPMs) or pedal strokes be kept at pre-specified levels. According to Pro, Spin should combine mind and body training by using a variety of heart rate zones to improve health, fitness and performance. Instructors take participants through a series of rides known as Energy Zones, each serving a specific purpose like endurance, strength or recovery. Terri Ar-

In today’s typical Spin class, no one wears a heart monitor. While some gyms and boutique facilities offer endurance or strength rides, most conduct only interval rides featuring top 40 music selections and a loose interpretation of the prescribed movements, positions and cadence rates. “Interval rides tend to get picked most,” observes Derby. “There are many different kinds and they are fairly easy to teach and well liked, even though that isn’t what the official Spinning program recommends.” Del Lugo, a Spin instructor and fitness professional in Suffern, New York, who works at the nearby Torne Valley Sports Complex and Lifeplex Health Club, says he rarely sees classic Spin done anymore. In Lugo’s world, Spin should be simply a “fun, safe experience with the instructor endeavoring to instill enthusiasm and encouragement.”

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One key indicator of whether a fitness activity is a trend and not a fad is the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual Fitness Trends survey. In 2012, Spin made ACSM’s top 20 list of fitness trends, citing it as “one of the most popular group exercise programs in the commercial sector.” Yet it fell off of ACSM’s list last year. Reviving the original training program may prove helpful in preventing potential Spin burnout. Workouts were originally designed to culminate each week in a meditative, low-impact recovery ride to allow for rest and recovery, which is pivotal to any successful fitness program. The key to Spin’s continuity may be in moving cycling back to its origins—re-educating participants about how best to use Spinning to maximize desired results for body, mind and spirit. Janet Osen is a freelance writer in Rockland County, NY. She is a certified Spin instructor currently working toward her 200-hour yoga teacher certification.

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he success of last April’s first Rhode Island Yoga Festival has culminated into a repeat. This year’s event will take place in Providence, at Nathan Bishop Middle School, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5. Intended as an allinclusive day of learning, attendees will have the opportunity to experience a variety of yoga styles, attend educational classes on meditation, enjoy a vegetarian lunch, visit industry related vendors and more. Organizer and Rhode Island resident Chris Belanger has been a practicing Kripalu yoga teacher for six years and has always taken an approach that the learning process in yoga is never over. “I’ve been to yoga events in other cities that bridge the learning curve for folks who are both new to yoga and veterans in the practice,” he says. “Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts has a wealth of talent in the yoga world, so this one day event is a chance for the community to try something new or get reacquainted with a practice that used to be in their life, right in your own back yard.” Attendees can choose to take up to four different hourlong yoga classes from eight different styles, all in a gentle to moderate pace. Two repeat favorites of last year’s festival are the gong bath and kirtan, with other non-yoga related classes in development. “We had men and women attend who ranged in age from teens to seniors last year, so it’s really open to a variety of experience,” notes Belanger. Tickets are on sale online, with early bird specials available. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door, but will be significantly higher in price than the online option. For more information and tickets, visit

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affa Yoga is now offering Raffa Yoga Stretch, a new therapeutic class designed for those who wish to journey a bit deeper into the connective tissues of the body while balancing their practice with therapeutic assisted stretching. Whether managing chronic connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, renewing strength and flexibility into previously tight or injured areas of the body or just looking to improve the depth of one’s flexibility and balance, this core practice suits a wide range of individuals. Stefany Reed, who believes one is never too old or too young to learn fabulous new things, teaches the class. Her teaching style incorporates a welcoming blend of yoga styles, which she integrates into easy-to-understand instruction for students with various levels of experience. Not a naturally flexible person, she is passionate about helping yogis of all levels, regardless of their degree of flexibility, to deepen their practice through yin style yoga classes. She received her 200hour yoga teacher credentials from YogaWorks and is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). The month of February also features a special on gift certificates purchased from February 1 through February 15. During this time, spend $150 in gift certificates and recieve a free entrance to Urban Sweat (a $40 value). Spend $250 and receive one entrance to Urban Sweat and a free relaxation massage (a $79 value). Raffa Yoga/Urban Sweat is located at 19 Sharpe Dr., in Cranston. For more information, call 401-463-3335 or visit See ad page 9.

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he Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley will offer an Introduction to Kundalini Yoga with Karen Matte from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., February 15. Matte recently joined the teaching team at The Yoga Studio. She studied with Guruatma Khalsa and is certified to teach Kundalini, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, at the 200-hour level. Kathryn Boger, owner of The Yoga Studio, says, “We are very excited to have Karen on our team as she brings Kundalini yoga to this area for the first time.” The weekend workshop will introduce students to the basics of Kundalini yoga, including a blend of breath work, movement and postures, and chanting and meditation, which will result in an overall sense of well-being and relaxation. “The practice of Kundalini Yoga can give you strength, courage, and the radiance to meet all of life’s challenges with grace,” says Boger. She also teaches a weekly Kundalini class at The Yoga Studio on Thursday evenings, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Cost: $35. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley is located at 99 Pound Rd., in Cumberland. To pre-register, call 401-658-4802 or visit for information.





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Saturday, February 1

A Day with the Angels – 10am-3:30pm. The who, what and where of the Messengers of Light. Learn about Guardians, Archangels, and how we can connect to their presence. Receive an angelic attunement and gift. $55, includes snacks & lunch. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. To register: 401-741-2278 or Me, You & the Truth about Us – 11:30am-1:30pm. This workshop will bring you on a journey that will help to improve your current relationship or attract more fulfilling relationship; 3 session workshop. $75. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 305-3585. Yoga Therapy: Circulation – 1-3pm. Learn the physics of your body’s flow, and how you can optimize it simply and easily to address conditions stemming from poor circulation. $49/preregistered, $59/day of. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112.

Sunday, February 2

IET Healing Angels Of Energy Field® – 9:30am6pm. No prerequisite. A series of Angel Meditations throughout the day. Meet and work with Angel Ariel, Raphael, Gabriel, Celestina, Faith, Cassiel, Daniel, Sarah, and Michael. With Gladys Ellen. $95, includes workbook & certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Healing Through Kundalini Yoga: Open Your Heart – 10:30am-1pm. Kundalini yoga differs from other types of yoga in that it is kriya driven rather than asana (posture) driven. Kriya is a sequence of one or more postures, in combination with breathwork, chanting, and meditation. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Nia Dance, Breath Workshop – 12-2pm. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. No experience needed. Through Movement We Find Health. $75. The Yoga Loft, 30 Cutler Mills, Warren. 401-487-6977. Effort and Ease with Coral Brown – 12:302:30pm. The physical and emotional patterns expressed on the mat can mirror our lives off the mat. Practice stability, creativity and experience joy in this explorative session. $30. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Open House – 1-3pm. Tour the campus, meet alumni and students, speak with teachers; Discover the Waldorf difference. Free. Meadowbrook Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x 228.

Gong Bath Sound Healing – 4-5:30pm. Let the resonant sounds of the gongs, crystal and metal singing bowls, drums and other sound instruments wash over you and bring you to a state of profound relaxation. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Jenny & Company Salon, 173 Market St, Warren. 401-258-3952.

Monday, February 3

Ayurveda for Weight Loss – 6-7pm. Stop dieting and start eating the foods that are right for your body. Lose weight, increase energy, control cravings, and improve health using this proven natural method. With Dottie Arnold. $120/6 sessions. Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. What is Reiki? – 6-7pm. Reiki is a hands-on healing technique you can do on yourself or others to relieve stress and promote balance, harmony, and wellness. Meet the instructor, and find out more about upcoming Reiki programs. Free. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Intuition & You 6-Week Workshop – 6:308:30pm. Learn to recognize messages and signs. Learn what the “Clairs” are. Learn to how to connect with the Divine. Mediumship and more. February 3, 10, 17, 24 & March 10 & 17. $111. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668. Soul Gathering – 7-8:30pm. Discussion and 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 in rear of small building, Wakefield. 401-255-7147. HeartOfPeaceDale.

Wednesday, February 5

Chakra Balancing – 6-7pm. Treat yourself to the healing experience of renewed energy and focus by balancing your chakras using breath control, visualization and sound. Online also available. With Robert Arnold. $20. Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. In the Bear Cave – 6:30-8:30pm. The bear cave is a powerful place of great dreamlike messages & healing. Take this shape shifting meditation into the Great Mother’s Cave to the Bear Clan for teachings. With Colleen Kelley. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Monthly Meditation – 7-7:45pm. Join us for a deep inner meditative experience. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

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Fresh Connections Networking – 8:45-9:45am. Helping women obtain their professional goals through a powerful network of support. Provides the forum for building relationships and connections. First 2 visits free. Fresh Connections, South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, 230 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. For more info: LisaZuchowski@

Saturday, February 8

Yin Yoga and the Energy Body – 9:30am-12pm. Explore yin yoga and qigong. Students of all levels are welcome. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Usui Reiki I Training (1st Degree) – 9:30am-6pm. Receive the 1st Degree Attunement and learn about Universal Life Force Energy, benefits of energy therapy, history of Reiki, and hand positions for self and others. With Gladys Ellen. $150 includes Manual and Certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Readings with Jodie – 10am-4pm. Tarot and Past Life Readings with Jodie. Readings are 30 minutes. $35. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668. Me, You & the Truth about Us – 11:30am-1:30pm. This workshop will bring you on a journey that will help to improve your current relationship or attract more fulfilling relationship; 2 session workshop. $75. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 305-3585. “Be Ageless” Demos/Free Samples – 12-4pm. Come and see the best products available to keep you looking and feeling your best. Replenish Plus Facial Products & Renew Life Digestive Health Representatives will be here. Free. Nature’s Goodness, 510 E Main Rd, at Rte 138 & 138a, Middletown. 401-847-7480. Dreams: The Hidden Power of Symbols — 1-4pm. Symbols are the key to unlocking the door of your dreams. No one can tell you what your dream means for you. The answers reside within you. $55. Karen Moore Holliday @Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. girijasings@yahoo. com. 774-644-9977. Couples Bodywork: Thai for Two – 2-5pm. Enjoy a deeper sense of intimacy together and appreciation for each other. Couples Bodywork derives its power from yoga, Thai massage, shiatsu and meditation. $75. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Sunday, February 9

Proprioception Writing® Workshop – 9am-5pm. Alternating between the yoga mat and writing table, you experience increased self-trust and aliveness. Take your journal writing/self-discovery practices to the next level. $325 + meals and accommodation. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Rd, Stockbridge, MA. Mediumship Basic Training Workshop – 9:30am6pm. Workshop explores the different means by which one can receive and transmit information from the spirit world for self healing and to assist others in healing. With Gladys Ellen. $175 includes Manual and Certificate. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Sunday Gong Bath & Meditation Group – 10am1pm. Discussion of a health topic; a period of meditation, and then a gong bath. Topic: Mediumship & Spiritualism: Report on Lily Dale Center, NY. Gongs of Joy & Drumsong. Free; donation requested but optional. Be Healthy and Fit Studios, 1130 Ten Rod Rd, Bldg D, Ste 103, North Kingstown. 401-258-3952. Practice with Purpose Yoga with Mark Gergow – 12-3pm. Use the gateway of sensation and feeling, combined with journaling, poetry and music, to transform shadow areas, including addictive tendencies. Not for beginner yoga students. $32; $27 by Feb 8. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Gong Bath at Wholistic Wellness Center – 6-7:30pm. Join us for an evening of connectedness and peace as the sacred sound of the gong clears blockages and restores the free flow of vital energy throughout the body. $20. Wholistic Wellness Center, 915 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. To reserve spot: 401-300-9952.

Monday, February 10

All About You Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. Is your 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. $15. CreatIgo, 194 Washington St, 3rd Fl, Providence. RSVP: 401-793-0097.

Tuesday, February 11

Hatha Express – 11:30am-12:30pm. An hour-long class during lunchtime for a midday restorative, strengthening, mindful practice to allow yourself to remain focused and calm throughout the rest of your day. $12/class or class card. The Women’s Well, Community Wholistic Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-207-5262. Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. Join us to explore your dreams, learn tips and techniques to interpret dreams in a fun and supportive way. With David Barr and Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, February 12

Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience the power of the circle and rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, restore power, receive power and soul retrievals. With Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. $35. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Highway, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329. Heart Space Meditation – 7-9pm. We will be using sound vibrations to open the heart center as well as guided imagery into the heart space. Join us as we bring ourselves into a place of love and compassion. $20. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668.

Thursday, February 13

Parent Visitor Day – 8:30-10:30am. Observe classes in session, tour the campus and learn more about Waldorf education. Please call to register. Adults only. Free. Waldorf School, 300 Kingstown Rd, Richmond. 401-491-9570 x 228.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Shamanic Journey Group with Brandon – 7-8:30pm. Contemporary shamanic meditation technique for connecting with your inner knowing and powerful Earth wisdom by coming into relationship with animal totems, spirit guides. $20. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance in rear of small building, Wakefield. 401-255-7147. Awakening the Belly – 7:30-9pm. Uncover a simple and direct means of contacting your intuitive center. Recover more energy, free up tension that might be the cause of much physical discomfort & pain. $20/ pre-registered, $25/drop-in. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112.

Friday, February 14

Heart-Centered Lunch & Learn – 12-2pm. Whether you are new to Angel Whispers or an old friend, come and share a Valentine’s Day lunch with Adriene. Learn about services and classes and go home with a Valentine. $10, lunch includes vegetarian option. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. To register: 401-741-2278. Running & Yoga Eight Weekend Series – 12:151:15pm. WomenRYSE 8-wk program focuses on creating a healthy body, mind, and spirit. The WomenRYSE approach integrates running, yoga, empowerment tools, and nutrition. Friday/Saturday. $195/8-wk session. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Second Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Melt into a state of peace, relaxation and bliss as the healing sounds of the gongs, crystal and metal singing bowls and drums wash away your stress. Gongs of Joy & Drumsong. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, February 15

Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – Feb 15 & 16. 9:30am-5:30pm. 2-day workshop. Learn a 20-minute daily healing practice designed to help raise your spiritual love vibration. With Gladys Ellen. Visit our website for a detailed description. $250 (Certificate, Manual, Essence, CD). Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Shirodhara Therapy Certification – Feb 15 & 16. 10am-3pm. 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 rejuvenating the face. $275. SAMA, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Touch, Caring and Cancer — 10am-3pm. Together learn detailed instructions in safe and simple touch techniques that can help reduce the harsh effects of cancer and cancer treatments including pain, stress/anxiety, fatigue, depression, nausea and disturbing sleep. Registration is required, call Judy Antonelli @401-247-2220. Free lunch included. LIVESTRONG program at South County YMCA, 1654 Broad Rock Rd, Peace Dale. Reiki I Class – 11am-5pm. Learn the art of handson healing through the traditional methods of Dr. Usui. Learn the history, what it is, how to use it for yourself as well as others. $150. Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668. Introduction to Kundalini Yoga – 11:30-1:30am. Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness, as taught by Yogi Bhajan: this workshop, suitable for all levels, will be a blend of breath, movement, chanting and meditation. $35. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, at The Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Debbie Palooza: Open Your Heart – 12:30-3pm. Better than chocolate. Enjoy a yoga practice focusing on the heart for Valentine’s day. Create more space for breath with shoulder opening and some upside down options. $108/4 sessions; $30/session. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Group Sound Energy Healing – 5-7pm. Shawn Aceto, Brandon Burns and Kim Testa: 3 Intuitive Healers doing group energy healing using sacred sounds and crystal bowls will take you to the next dimension. $20. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance in rear of small building, Wakefield. 401-255-7147.

Monday, February 17

Drumming Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Join our Drumming Circle as we meditate, journey, and send loving, healing energy out to the world. Bring your own drum. Please RSVP. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

Tuesday, February 18

Third Tuesday Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Melt into a state of relaxation and bliss as the healing sounds of the gongs, metal and crystal singing bowls, and drums wash away your stress. Gongs of Joy & Drumsong. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent St, Providence. 401-258-3952. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Learn modern applications of this ancient technique. Journey to a live drum to deepen your practice, gain insight, and work with inner guidance. Bring a journal. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, February 19

The Pony People – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the story of The Pony People in a shape shifting meditation to meet the Pony People Clan and receive your own messages, teachings and connection with this power. With Colleen Kelley. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

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Thursday, FEBRUARY 20

Fresh Connections Networking – 8:45-9:45am. Helping women obtain their professional goals through a powerful network of support. Provides the forum for building relationships and connections. First 2 visits free. Fresh Connections, South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, 230 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. For more info:

Friday, February 21

Free Friday Chair Massage – 11am-2pm. Stop by for a free 15-minute chair massage. 1st come, 1st served. Get the kinks out for the weekend. Never had a massage before? This is a great way to start. Free. Massage Health & Healing Energies, LLC, 310 Maple Ave, Ste L 05-B, Barrington. 401-437-1652.

Saturday, February 22

Climb Providence Stair Climb – 9am-3pm. Climb 348 stairs. Every 20 seconds, another person will climb. Funds support the American Lung Association All athletic abilities encourages, ages 13+. $35 registration fee and $100 fundraising minimum. American Lung Association 2, Omni Hotel, One West Exchange St, Providence. Usui Reiki 1st Degree Certification – 9:30am4:30pm. Learn the origins of Usui Reiki, the healing benefits attributed to it, and the hand positions for treatment. Receive an attunement and practice what you have learned. $150, includes lunch & certificate. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, North Kingstown. To register: 401-741-2278.


markyourcalendar Introduction to Svaroopa® Yoga – 1-2:30pm. Experience the Svaroopa® Difference. This less active, compassionate style of yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of yoga experience, shape, or fitness level. $10. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Fourth Saturday Healing Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Let the resonant sounds of the gongs, metal & crystal singing bowls, drums and flutes 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, February 23

CST Overview Course (CE Hours) – 9am-4pm. This 6-hr, hands-on workshop will guide participants on a journey to, through and around one of the body’s most fascinating healing channels: the craniosacral system. $125. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572. Children’s Mindful Play Gathering – 11am12pm. 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. $10. CreatIgo, 194 Washington St, 3rd Fl, Providence. To register: 401-793-0097.


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

Monday, February 24

All About You Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. Is your 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. $15. CreatIgo, 194 Washington St, 3rd Fl, Providence. RSVP: 401-793-0097.

Tuesday, February 25

Awakening Through Drum Healing – 10am12pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power or soul loss. Drum healing returns lost parts to the self, removes block and restores harmony. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35/person. Energy-N-Elements, LLC,150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500. Adult Indigo & Light Worker Gathering – 6:308pm. Be with like-minded individuals to talk about your interests and ideas. Rejuvenate, share, support and network. Donation accepted. $5. CreatIgo, 194 Washington St, 3rd Fl, Providence. RSVP: 401-793-0097.

Thursday, February 27

Messages from the Divine with Gladys Ellen – 6:30-8:30pm. A gallery-style event full of channeled messages for you and the group. Experience the power of Divine Guidance as you sit in the energy of the Archangels. Please RSVP. $44. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 8-9:15pm. You activate a vibration in you. Law of Attraction responds with wanted or unwanted experience. Discuss these and more profound ideas about how we create our own reality. $5 suggested donation. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Friday, February 28

Free Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:45pm. This class is for all levels, suitable for any body at any point in their practice. Offering this class reflects our desire to promote individual health and world peace. Free. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Game Night! Come Play & Learn – 6:30-8:30pm. This “game” is an “Interactive Experience for Guidance.” It is a way of seeking guidance for a particular question or issue in each participants life. $5. CreatIgo, 194 Washington St, 3rd Fl, Providence. RSVP: 401-793-0097. Monthly Gong Bath – 7:30-8:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing of the bronze gong and Tibetan singing bowls. Many people experience something noticeable during a meditative Gong Bath. Whatever your experience, it will be the perfect experience unique to you. $20/pre-registration, $25/at door. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-7822126.

Saturday, March 1

Change Your Consciousness; Change Your Life Seminar – 9:30am-9:15pm. Also March 2, 8:15-11:45am. Workshops and talks include Rise Above Your Self-Imposed Limitations, Connecting Diamonds: Steps to Creating a Better Life, Every Moment Holds a Sacred Choice for Soul, and much more. Guest speaker Fran Blackwell. See website or call for requested donation. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973. Spiritual Wisdom on Relationships – 10-11:30am. Discover the source of all love and the secret of any relationship while realizing your bond of love with all life, and with God. Open discussion. Free. Eckankar, Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-828-6973. The Girl of the Ash Moon – 12:30-4:30pm. Classes in Light Healing. Awakening the five essential aspects of the spirit, aligned with the druid moons. $30 each for all 5 classes, $40 each. Nature’s Rock Shop, 1782 Main Rd, Tiverton. 401-624-4367. Sacred Stone – 10am-3pm. Also March 9 & 10. Includes stone layouts, gliding, spinning, edging and flipping techniques designed to anchor the first and second chakra and directing energy towards the “terminal ends” of the body, integrating Western and ayurvedic massage techniques. Free stones during guided harvest. $375. SAMA 2, Newport. 877-832-1372.


DreamWeaving: Living Our Dreams — 10am4pm. How do we translate the messages of our dreams? How do listen and weave the Soul’s messages into our everyday lives? Deepen your relationship with your Dreaming Self. $95. Karen Moore Holliday @Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 774-644-9977. Me, You & the Truth about Us – 1-4pm. This workshop will bring you on a journey that will help to improve your current relationship or attract more fulfilling relationship; 2-session workshop. $75. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-450-4172.


markyourcalendar Hypnosis Certification Course – Mar 1522. Improve your life and the lives of others. Guaranteed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “The  best course I’ve ever attended… Amazing!” –Rita G., Waterbury. Mind  Matters Hypnosis Center. To register:  860-693-6448  or Me, You & the Truth about Us – 1-4pm. This workshop will bring you on a journey that will help to improve your current relationship or attract more fulfilling relationship. $75. West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-450-4172.

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Rhode Island Yoga Festival – 8:30am-5:30pm. Ex perience a wide array of top area teachers, styles, practices and talks in an uplifting celebration of local yoga. There’s something for everyone, including beginners. Online tickets only. Early discounts. Nathan Bishop Middle School, 101 Sessions St, Providence.


Touch, Caring and Cancer, Part 1 — 12:303:30pm. Part 2, March 23. Together learn detailed instructions in safe and simple touch techniques that can help reduce the harsh effects of cancer and cancer treatments including pain, stress/anxiety, fatigue, depression, nausea and disturbing sleep. Registration is required, call Judy Antonelli @401-247-2220. LIVESTRONG program. at Kent County YMCA, 900 Centerville Rd, Warwick. 401-247-2220.


Touch, Caring and Cancer, Part 2 — 12:303:30pm. Part 1 pre-requisite, see March 22 for details.

Wednesday, March 26

Awakening Through Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power or soul loss. Drum healing returns lost parts to the self, removes blocks and restores harmony. With Katharine Rossi & Paul DiSegna. $35/person. Energy-N-Elements, LLC, 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500.

Living From Our Ideal — 10am-4pm. We will define “energies” or qualities that reside in us that are connected to our Essence, using a 3D model to create an Ideal statement to support you in your journey. $95. Karen Moore Holliday @Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 774-644-9977.

Monday, April 21

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


Removing Obstacles to Our Ideal — 10am-4pm. As we intend to create change, we often meet energies, or habit patterns that block our path. Using a 3D model, we will accept, release or transform the energies. $95. Karen Moore Holliday @Sisters of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 774-644-9977.

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 401-480-5938 . OFFICE SPACE- East Side. An Established integrative practice with stable client base offers professional space for med./holistic therapist. Gorgeous office, best location! Professional Rental Space Available. A must see in Johnston. Rent negotiable. 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. The Women’s Well Community Wholistic Center offers treatment rooms for wholistic practitioners, and loft space for classes, workshops, trainings, and conferences. Contact Kerri, 401-269-8788, Portsmouth.

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ongoingcalendar Sunday Celebrations Service – 9:15-10:30am. Science of Mind Lesson, music, affirmative prayer, meditation, children ministry. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Children’s Jiu Jitsu Classes – 5-6pm. Also Wednesday, 5pm and Saturday, 10am. Children learn the highly effective art of Jiu Jitsu, gain more self confidence, respect, teamwork, character building and much more. $60/month. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.

Community Yoga — 10-11:30am. 2nd Sunday. Local Yoga Teachers volunteer their time and teaching to benefit the cause of their choice. By donation. Karen Moore Holliday, @Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport, MA. 774-644-9977.

Piloxing – 5:15-6:15pm. Blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of Pilates in a fun and challenging way. $14/drop-in; packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.


Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI at Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. Ananda Hopkinton Sunday Satsang – 10am12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang & veggie potluck lunch. Healing prayer circle after lunch on 4th Sunday. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Open Meditation – 10am-12pm. Weekly open sitting meditation with beginning chants, then sitting and walking meditation. Drop-in any time during session. Instruction offered at 10am. All welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Zumba® with Rupa – 4-5pm. Bollywood fusion includes Bollywood/Bhangra dance moves. $8. Jen McWalters Pilates and Beyond, Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Ste 111, Pawtucket. 401-475-0084. Walk-ins & deals: Sundays at Ananda Providence – 4-5:30pm. Weekly Sunday afternoon Satsangs; different each week. Meditation. Chanting, tea & talk, yoga, music, videos. 2nd Sunday Healing Prayer Circle. Donation. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. For details:


Children’s Kung Fu – 4:45-5:45pm. Classes include stretching, strength-building, and reaction training to improve coordination in performance of any sport. Also offered Wednesday & Saturday. Free trial class for new students; $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Kripalu Yoga Class – 4:15-5:45pm. Class offers breath work, simple stretches to warm the body, and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen; allowing the body and heart to release and open. With Paula Levesque. New students: $40/4, $14/ series. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.


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Heart of Recovery – 5:30-6:30pm. Weekly Mindfulness Meditation and 12-Step meeting and discussion. All recovery and meditation traditions, and beginners, are welcome to share experience, strength, hope. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Yoga Fore Golfers: Feel &Play Better – 6-7:15pm. Stay on top of your golf game this winter. A 6-wk series to prepare you for the first swings of spring. Benefits to your golf game are numerous. $60/6 wks, $16/drop-in. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. JourneyDance for Women – 6:15-7:30pm. Journey within the rhythms of the body, breath, and beat. Dance the freedom of your soul, honoring each unique woman and her unique rhythm. All women welcome. $15. The Women’s Well, Community Wholistic Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-269-8788. Adult Jiu Jitsu – 6:30-8:30pm. Also Wednesday, 6pm, Friday, 7:30pm. A great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. Set your own pace; no prior experience needed. $70/monthly, $15/drop-in. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. Deeksha Oneness Blessing – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Monday. Open the heart, heal relationships, quiet the chatter of the mind, and initiate a process of Awakening into Oneness where there is no longer a sense of separateness. Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


Yoga Baby – Begins Feb 11. 10-11am. A yoga-based movement class for mothers/caregivers and children ages 3 mo to 3yrs. Learn how to maintain a mindful yoga practice while interacting with the little ones. $15/drop-in or class card. The Women’s Well, Community Wholistic Center, 934 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-207-5262.

Svaroopa Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Vbarre – 5-6pm. Designed to tone, trim, and 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. Complimentary Wellness Consultations — 5-7:30pm. Our goal via open dialogue is to guide you to a wellness plan that is specifically suited to you, & will guide you to through the different services we have to offer. Free, with Sophie O’Neill. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Yoga: Moving into a Restful Evening – 6-7:15pm. A blend of kripalu, yin, and restorative yoga for all levels. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. $96/8 wks, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, at The Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. 6-Week Basic Yoga Series – Begins Feb 4. 6:308:15pm. This series of 6 classes introduces breath work, yoga poses, philosophy and history. Experience how yoga joins body, mind and spirit. For beginners. $70/6 wks. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Cosmic Connections – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Tuesday to discuss anything and everything related to alien life. Share your stories as we try to unravel what lies beyond our planet Earth. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI at Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. Evening of Healing – 7-8:30pm. 1st Tuesday join healers from the First Spiritualist Church of RI for a fun night of healing. Receive for yourself or send to others. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI at PNB, 877 Broadway, East Providence. Providence Laughter Club – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Explore, nourish and share intentional laughter as a means of cultivation wellness, healing, playfulness and connection in ourselves and our communities. Free; donations appreciated. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


All Level Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. A moderately-paced, hatha yoga class emphasizing breath awareness and gentle openings. Beginners welcome. $96/8 wks, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, at The Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Kripalu Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Class offers breath work, simple stretches to warm the body, and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen; allowing the body and heart to release and open. With Paula Levesque. New students: $40/4, $14/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 4:30-7pm. Enjoy blissful ananda yoga with gentle postures, affirmations, breathing practices and deep relaxation. Beginners welcome 4:30-5:45pm. Be In Joy meditation and chanting, 6-7pm. $12/yoga; donation/meditation. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. Children’s Crystal Bowl Workshop – 5:306:30pm. Invitation for school age children to come and enjoy and play with the sounds of crystal bowls. Free. Heart of Peace Dale, 1070 Kingstown Rd, Bldg 9, entrance in rear of small building, Wakefield. 401-255-7147. Adult and Teen Kung Fu Classes – 6-7:30pm. Well-rounded program includes discipline and training to strengthen the body for physical fitness, selfdefense, and greater self-awareness. Also offered Monday, Friday, Saturday. $210/12 wks. The Way Of The Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Svaroopa Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. $136/series of 8 classes, $20/ drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. Pre-registration necessary: 401-742-8020. Meditation and Messages – 7-8:15pm. 2nd Wednesday enjoy a guided meditation followed by spirit messages from our members at the First Spiritualist Church of RI. Come develop your own abilities. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI at Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. Eden Energy Medicine Study Group – 7-8:30pm. 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. Holistic Cancer Circle – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesday join First Spiritualist Church of RI healers to receive healing energy. Open to anyone diagnosed with cancer or cancer survivors. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI at PNB, 877 Broadway, East Providence.


Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Kundalini: a blend of breath work, movement, postures, meditation and chanting for strength and radiance. Join Karen Matte in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $96/8 wks, $15/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, aT The Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.


BarSculpt – 5:30-6:30pm. A low impact class, utilizing mats, weights, bands, and a ballet barre to create a strong toned and graceful body. $14/class; packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

Intuitive Flow for Women – 9-10:15am. Weaves meditation, self massage, fitness, yoga, dance, and intuitive movement, to deepen into the body and breath. All levels welcome. $15/drop-in or class card. The Women’s Well, Community Wholistic Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-269-8788. Ananda Yoga – 9:30-11am. Ananda’s integrated approach to yoga explores the body’s subtle energies for physical wellness and spiritual growth. Postures, yogic breathing, affirmations, deep relaxation. $12. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. Pilates Mat & Ball – 10-11am. During this Pilates Mat class the stability ball is added to the workout to increase mind and body awareness, challenge core strength and improve balance and stability. $14/ drop-in; packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. QiGong Class – 10am-12pm. Qigong is a movement and healing art. Morris has been doing Qigong for over 20 years and works with kids and adults of all ages and levels. $20. NL Healing Arts Center, 165 State St, Ste 415, New London, CT. 860-574-3572.

Kirtan Bliss & Yoga – 6-9pm. Ananda Yoga: 6-7pm, mixed level, $12. Relax, release stress, awaken energy. Kirtan Chanting: 7:30-9pm, donation. Opens heart, uplifts spirit, easy to follow. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766.

Beginner Yoga — 10:45am-12pm. Learn to focus your awareness throughout your practice & quiet the “mind-chatter” that often rules our lives. Also, learn how yogic philosophy applies to everyday living. $15 or membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

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

Adult Jiu Jitsu – 11:30am-1:30pm. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. Set your own pace; no prior experience needed. $70/ monthly, $15/drop-in. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.


Gentle Yoga (All Levels) – 3-4:15pm. Focused on basic yoga postures, alignment and breath techniques, and exploring range of movement, this class will support greater flexibility and deepened core strength. Registration required for 6-wk series. Women & Infants, Care New England Center for Health, 59 S County Commons Way, South Kingston. 401-789-2867. Women’s Jiu Jitsu – 6-8pm. Also Saturday, 1pm. Jiu Jitsu is a great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. Classes designed especially for women. Set your own pace; no prior experience needed. $10. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 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 musculo-skeletal disorders such as frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel and low back pain.

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 a Certified Ayurvedic Consultant, I can help you determine your own personal balance and provide natural treatments to help you achieve it.

Community Ayurvedic Herbalist

Dr. Fernando Bernall

54 High St, Westerly 401-622-2335

Board Certified and Licensed DR of Acupuncture. 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.

angel intuitive medium Heavenly Hugs Holistic Healing Center

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

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


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Jessica Ferrol, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, PKS, E-RYT Community Ayurvedic Wellness & Education Center 39 Broad Street, Pawcatuck, CT Women and Infants Integrative Wellness Center 33 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI 401-323-4638 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 ads on pages 5 & 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 instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times. Remember: The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 44.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS fireseed center for transformation

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

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

energy 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 Therapy®, Usui System of Reiki, Magnified Healing®, Mediumship, Angel Intuitive Certifications, and Spiritual Guidance Workshops. Programs are suited for Individuals, Therapists, Health Professionals, and Personal Development Coaches looking to enhance their own healing practice.

Esthetician Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon

Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 • My philosophy has always been that everyone should love and be proud of how their skin looks and feels. At the young age of 51, my skin has never looked so flawless and so fresh. I look forward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 12.

fitness Primal Fitness Club 10 Nate Whipple Highway Cumberland, RI 401-405-1115

Primal Fitness Club is for those individuals in which fitness is their ultimate pursuit. With our unique group training format you will explode through your fitness goals! No matter your level of physical fitness. With dedication, time and effort we all enjoy working together to maximize our fitness results. See ad on page 25.

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health coaching and nutritional counseling

877 Broadway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

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 14.

Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Counseling, Law of Attraction Coaching, Angel Therapy, Crystal Healing, Yoga, Massage, Acupuncture, Theta Healing, Psychic Readings, Angel &Tarot Cards, Past Lives, Reflexology, Workshops, Magick Classes, Weddings, Moon Ceremonies, Psychic Parties, gifts, stones, herbs, Room Rentals. Sunday ~ First Spiritualist Church of RI -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 21.

Joy Quinn Blum, M.A., M.Div., H.C. 401-258-3952

Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul. Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 21.

health and wellness center The Alive Academy

541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959 The ALIVE Academy is New England’s Only Human Potential Center located in Providence, Rhode Island. Specializing in: Biofeedback, Weight Loss, Thyroid, Hormones, Anti-Aging, Nutrition, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Acupuncture Facelifts, Cellular Healing & all other Wellness needs! Call today to book your appointment 401-305-3959 or visit See ads on pages 7, 29 and on back cover.

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

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

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Flipp Hair Salon and Reflexology Center 38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981

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Holistic Margarida

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

Feeling Stuck? I can help. Most of our behavior was learned during the first five years of our lives. We are born with a couple of fears such as fear of being dropped, but everything else is learned nonsense and it can be unlearned. Hypnotherapy is helpful in overcoming negative patterns in your life, e.g. weight loss, smoking, addiction, anxiety, phobias, and fears. See ad on page 37.

John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist 110 Jefferson Blvd (Suite B), Warwick, RI 02888 401-374-1890 •

Need to lose weight and keep it off? Stop smoking? Learn to relax? Make other changes in the way you think, act or feel? Hypnosis can help. You will be amazed at how a few hypnosis sessions can make the impossible, possible. Start by visiting my website. Then call for an appointment or to set up a free introductory consultation. And start turning possibilities into realities.

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

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.

makeup and beauty Diane's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash Extensions

holistic guidance My Holistic Village

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

99 W. Natick Rd., Warwick, RI 401-855-4333

Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 12.

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

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

Keri Layton, N.D.

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

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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


Anna Scurry, CNC 541 Pawtucket Ave, Suite A101 Pawtucket, RI 401-305-3959 Anna believes in targeted solutions and nutrition specific to each individual’s needs and body composition. Specializes in helping people with: antiaging, 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.

SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER energy-n-elements Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500

Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 25.


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

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

solar energy US SOLARWORKS, LLC

Pete Fine, President 7 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 508-226-8005 • 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.

sound healing GONGS OF JOY & DRUMSONG

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 14.

structural bodywork Simone Lukas-Jogl, PhD

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

therapeutic massage A TOUCH OF HEALTH MASSAGE

Judy Antonelli, LMT, NCBTMB Licenses: RI #MT00308 & MA #9906 Oncology Massage Practitioner at The Miriam Hospital and for The Michael H. Flanagan Foundation 74 Riverside Dr, Riverside, RI 02915 401-247-2220 • Offering Oncology, Swedish, therapeutic touch/massage, neuromuscular, infant/child, pregnancy/postpartum, breathwork, visualization, body-mind-spirit work. Specializing in symptom relief for cancer patients, survivors, anyone with a life threatening illness, and care-partners/givers. Teaches “Touch, Caring and Cancer” workshops specifically designed with simple instructions for minimizing cancer effects by the use of massage for family and friends. See ad on page 27.

Center for Therapeutic Massage 2431 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 401-683-9050

A group of licensed and certified professional Massage Therapists offering many healing modalities for physical wellness and well being. Each Therapist has their own personal hands on experience and continuing education in the healing arts.  Kay Krieger, Diane Myers and Beverly Peirson welcome you.

Innisfree Body Works

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

It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike Johnston, RI 401-464-6100

From the moment you step in... You feel the difference Offering various therapeutic massage modalities, Reiki, Cupping, Facials. Your table is waiting for you! We are who you have been searching for all this time. See ad on page 13.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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

cathryn moskow, lcmt

145 Waterman St, LL Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of clinical muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.

wellness center IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 33.

Sisters of Solace

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 44.

The Women’s Well

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

Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center

wellness coaching Your Health Potential

2243 Highland Ave, Fall River, MA 02720 508-689-4633 Focus is on better eating habits and feeling confident in choosing better food. You will gain energy and experience overall happiness in your life while achieving your ideal weight and health goals. See ad on page 29.


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.

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


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

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Sadhana Sanctuary

Karen Moore Holliday, M.A. 1664 Main Rd Westport MA 774-644-9977


315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, selfdiscovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 43.

Living from the inside out... Contact Karen. Yoga & Meditation Teacher & Therapist. Spiritual Companion DreamWeaver. See ad on page 45.

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