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scension NXT Wellness Center, an exciting new age brand of healing presented by Ashley Vingi and Steph Guglielmo, has opened in Cranston at 1675 Cranston Street. Ascension NXT is a combination of old world spirituality and new age techniques, with an innovative twist. “Ascension NXT is not designed around one belief system; we study and teach from multiple points of views and thoughts,” say Vingi and Guglielmo. “There is no limit and the only structure is a positive foundation.” The facility offers Reiki, integrated energy therapy, card

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ngela Rudner Psychotherapy is now accepting patients at her new practice, located at 144 Waterman Street, Suite 1, in Providence. Rudner works with adults, families, couples, college students, adolescents, teens, young adults and seniors. Her areas of focus include stress, anxiety, depression, workAngela Rudner related issues and substance-related problems. She uses family systems, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral and narrative therapies, as well as motivational interviewing in her approach to helping improve the mental health of people going through transitions and dealing with life’s challenges. “I believe in the power of healing on all levels: mind, body, emotions and spirit,” she says. “I focus on your strengths and potential so that you can promote the positive changes you want in your life.” Rudner has been practicing psychotherapy for eight years. She is a graduate of Brown University and received her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland. She is licensed in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maryland. Additionally, she is a practicing rabbi with master’s degree in Hebrew letter from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a strong ecumenical and philosophical background in Christian, Buddhist, and interfaith studies. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-573-9905, email Angsrudner@aol.com or visit RudnerPsychotherapy.com. See ad on page 31.

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The Good Seed Natural Food Market in Seekonk is celebrating 25 years with an Open House on Saturday, April 12. The day will feature lectures on natural living, food tastings, lots of free samples and bodywork. The store will also feature anniversary sales in every department throughout the month of April. “We want to celebrate this milestone by saying ‘thank you’ to all our wonderful customers, holistic practitioners, our family and friends who have become part of our natural health community,” says coowner Chris Mulhall. The Good Seed Natural food Market opened in1989 when friends and owners Mulhall, Susan Kinnel and Ruth Hardman decided to create a store that would become a resource for great natural foods, quality herbs and supplements and up-to-date knowledge on health and wellness. “We are so proud of still being here,” adds Kinnel. “It is amazing 25 years has gone by!” The Good Seed Natural Food Market is located at 138 Central Ave., in Seekonk, Mass. For more information, call 508-399-7333, or visit GoodSeedMarket.com. See ad on page 31.

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estminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich will host the Tibetan Buddhist Tulku, Anyen Rinpoche, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4 and from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 5. Friday will include a special teaching, followed by The Tibetan Yoga of Breath. Saturday’s teaching will be The Four Great Rivers: Birth, Old Age, Sickness and Death. Attendees can learn how spiritual path and practice help cultivate mindfulness,

Rinpoche studied for many years and completed traditional training under Dorlo Rinpoche, considered in Tibet to be the highest authority on channels, energy and essence practices. Rinpoche has a humorous and clear teaching style that has made him a beloved teacher of both western and eastern students. His newest book addresses the connection between breath, emotions and meditation from both a western medical view and that of Tibetan Yantra yoga, one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. This system of positions, movements, conscious breathing and contemplation all work together to help purify personal energy in the body and mind. Especially only the foundation of spiritual practice but the healing energy that can balance our Cost: $15 (Friday) and $40 (Saturday). Westminster Unitarian Church is located at 119 Kenyon Rd., in East Greenwich. For more information, call Ann Porto at 401-529-2020.


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boxes made from reused wood. Once or twice a week, we check to see who lives there and how many eggs there are,” says Hoebbel. “So far, we’ve seen bluebirds, chickadees and house wrens.” He laments the rapid decline of bats in the Northeast due to pesticides killing bugs, the main course for birds and bats. “In the winter, bats live in caves, so we put one-by-one-foot boxes in the yard for their summer homes.” Warm evenings on the patio are more enjoyable when bats clean up the mosquito population; a single bat can eat as many as 1,000 in an hour. another favorite species in decline, with the spectacular annual migration on the verge of disappearing due to illegal deforestation, climate change, expansion of crop acreage and imposition of gegrowth of native species. “You can help them by planting perennial milkweed in your garden,” advises Brande Plotnick, founder of Tomato Envy, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Milkweed is the food of choice because it makes the caterpillars predators. Also consider planting garden phlox, and lantana. Migrating monarchs live about nine months 30 miles per hour.

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Cheaper Solar Panels Spur Job Growth Solar industry jobs are up nearly 20 percent in the 14 months through November 2013 as cheaper panels and rising electricity rates spurred people to turn to solar, according to a search group. At latest count, solar companies employ nearly 143,000 solar workers, up more than 23,000 from September 2012—a job growth rate that’s 10 times faster than the national average and is helping local economies, according to the foundation. The industry is expected to create 22,000 new jobs in 2014, although at a slower pace than 2013. Cuts of 8,500 positions are projected in the sector that generates electricity from fossil fuels. ness and homeowner customers turned to solar to save money, while nearly 23 percent said they invested in panels because costs are now comparable with utility rates. The report noted that the cost of solar equipment has fallen about 50 percent since the beginning of 2010, motivating more people to go green.

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pacity to soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a recent study from Northern Arizona University. Results published in the online journal New Phytologist illustrate how today’s rising atmospheric levels of carbon 2

nitrogen content of ecosystems. In contrast to expectations, research over an 11-year period showed that ecosystem carbon uptake was not . 2 While plants did contain more carbon in the presence of higher CO2 levels, the soil lost carbon content due to microbial decomposition. These factors essentially canceled each other out, signifying that nature cannot entirely self-correct against climate change.

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Feds Give Dangerous Green Light The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a draft statement essentially giving the green light to the marketing, sale and planting of Dow Chemical’s genetiresistant to 2,4-D, which will trigger a huge increase in the use of the toxic herbicide. The determination under the Plant Pest Act comes despite intense opposition over the past two years from farmers, more than 400,000 other individuals and

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Alice Mills smiles as she looks at the box that sits on her lawn in Hutchinson, Kansas, an act of kindness for neighbors and the community. Inside the box is a miniature library. Books sit on two shelves; the bottom with short stories for children and the top with novels for adults. After her children grew up and moved away from home, they took the books they wanted with them. The rest sat on a bookshelf collecting dust. “If they’re here, they’re not being read,� Mills says. The concept for the Little Free Library began in 2009 to promote literacy and the love of reading, as well as to build a sense of community, according to LittleFreeLibrary.org. They are now popping up around the world in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey and the Congo. A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey shows that Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. More than half used a public library in a one-year period, and 72 percent say they live in a “library household�. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries and value a range of library resources and services. National Library Week begins April 13.

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Only gentle exfoliation should be done daily without harsh grainy scrubs or brushing that could easily cause the skin stretching. The best of all exfoliating ingredients are enzymes based peel formulas from papaya, pumpkin or pineapple. This kind of fruit enzymes digest only old dead skin cells without irritating the skin in any way. Also the vitamin and mineral rich extracts from these fruits help to boost the production of new healthy cells, repairing the redness, scar-


hen dealing with skin problems like cystic acne, the experts in skin care prefer to concentrate on the causes rather than just symptoms. Acne sufferers sometimes spend years going to dermatologists and trying everything from oral antibiotics to topical creams, but often, they only make the problem worse by making the skin more Besides hormonal imbalances, stress, improper skin care routine and overdrying products, a major cause of acne problems is intestinal disbiosis, or poor digestion and elimination. When the liver, lymph and kidneys are functioning poorly, the skin develops an “alarm system,” showing problems typically on the jawline, nose or forehead area. Undigested food remains in the stomach, baking and building toxic waste. The skin is the largest detoxifying organ, ten only suppress the symptoms, not get to the real root cause. That is why a proper “intestinal cleansing” program with ics should be a starting therapy for everyone who suffers from long-term cystic acne problems. Using only the right product on the skin—one that is customized by a skin care specialist according to factors like age, skin sensitivity, skin color—is crucial. Other lifestyle factors must also be considered, but it’s important to note that even this product may not be effective if there’s a much deeper problem going on. Our skin is like an external monitor providing us with information about our organs, and most importantly, the liver and the colon. Skin signs like acne, rash and pimples are just symptoms, so what is the cause? Normally the liver eliminates all toxins and impurities, pushing them to the colon, but if the colon is clogged or the body is overly acidic, the liver gets backed up and all toxins will be pushed out through the skin. The result is that the face shows us the internal problem in a form of acne. Recently, scientists in dietology brought up the hycondition. They investigated the natives of New Guinea, Papua in South America, where the teenagers never had acne problems on their skin. It was not only genetic predisposing of that people, but also a huge other cause that surprised as well as any cow milk or dairy products.


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Home exfoliation should be done every day and professional clinical exfoliation from advanced enzymatic peels is best to have every month, preventing the formation of multiple layers of dead skin cells. We can cleanse the body naturally with strong food that will slough away the internal sludge that been causing of all skin problems. With only a few weeks of a special dietary program and cleansing techniques, it is possible to achieve dramatic changes. The skin will become healthier, cleaner and the scars will diminish.

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TV at the foot of my bed, but how the room’s wiring was done. The electrician installed a relay so I can switch off the power on that side of the house at night. Now, I sleep six or seven hours,” which he characterizes as “a profound change.” He also suggests turning off and moving cell phones away from beds. Mollner then hardwired the computers in his home, eliminated Wi-Fi and rearranged the electronic equipKim Cook, an energy practitioner in Mission Viejo, California, specializes in Eden Energy Medicine and Emo-

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patient doesn’t respond to treatment by an energy how our bodies work. healer, it’s because of Plus, we continually the environment. I try encounter many outside to neutralize its effect to help the body regulate cell phones and towers, properly,” Traver says. power lines, microwave While protection in ovens, computers, TVs, highly occupied famsecurity devices and ily areas is important, radar. A growing number providing protection in of experts see these surbedrooms is especially rounding frequencies as vital, due to the amount ~ Camilla Rees an increasing danger to of time we spend there our well-being. for rest and restoration. Traver’s diagApplying modalities like acupunc- noses sometimes suggest remediation ture, Reiki, Touch for Health and Eden measures that involve an electrician Energy Medicine can help us maintain grounding currents and adding selective a healthy energy balance internally. shielding materials to block frequencies They work to harmonize the body to protect against stress, trauma and associated illness. hard to control, but 98 percent of what Phyllis Traver, owner of Safe & When Terry Mollner, 69, was the International Institute of Buildinghaving trouble sleeping, he contacted Biology & Ecology to detect, measure Traver, who receives client referrals from and counter in-home electromagnetic energy healers. “The conclusions were


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decided not to buy a house she was initially interested in because it was in a hot spot. When Cook used her meter to chart frequencies at home, it also prompted her to move her bedroom clock radio to a different bureau. “It’s no longer sitting right at our heads,” she notes. Plus, “I don’t put my cell phone on my body and it bothers me that my son puts his in his pocket.” An overarching observation from Cook’s professional practice is that increasing numbers of people in pain are interested in energy medicine because they’re so frustrated with Western medicine. She observes, “Pain is blocked energy, and people are learning how to unblock it naturally.” The World Health Organization EMF Project in 1996 because of rising public health concerns due to the surge in EMF sources. After reviewing extensive research and thousands of articles, the organization can’t conconsequences from exposure to lowlevel EMFs. But in 2011, the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer diation from cell phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on increased risk for glioma, a malignant brain cancer. Lloyd Morgan, a senior mental Health Trust and lead author of the internationally endorsed report, Cellphones and Brain Tumors, goes

further, unequivocally stating, “Cell phone radiation is a carcinogen.” In our own environment, we can regulate EMF, says Iowan Camilla Rees, founder of the educational petition website ElectromagneticHealth.org and Campaign for Radiation Free Schools on Facebook; she is the co-author of Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution and Morgan’s cell phone report. Says Rees, “You can buy a meter,

avoid using cordless phones and baby monitors, and change your cell phone behavior. The harmful effects of cell phones decrease with distance; just by holding the cell phone six inches from your head, there is a 10,000-fold reduction of risk.” Priscilla Goudreau-Santos is a freelance writer and owner of Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations & Marketing, in Charlotte, NC.

Ways to Reduce Risk simple ways to reduce adverse health effects in daily indoor environments.

Computers Hardwire all Internet connections instead of using Wi-Fi. Power a laptop using a three-prong grounded plug and then plug in a

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away from the body. Turn off all wireless devices before bedtime and generally minimize usage at other times.

Phones Replace cordless phones with corded landlines or use cordless phones only when needed; otherwise, unplug them. Never hold the cell phone directly against the head or body. Use the speakerphone function, other hands-free device or another device that meets the Environmental Health Trust guidelines at Tinyurl.com/CellPhoneUsageTips. Protect children, pregnant women and men that want to become fathers. Sperm are especially vulnerable. Children absorb twice as much radiation as adults. Be wary of a weak signal. Phones work harder and emit more radiation when the signal is weak or blocked. Don’t sleep with a cell phone nearby. Place it several feet away from the bed or across the room, turn it off or put it in airplane mode. Find more helpful information at Tinyurl.com/EMF-ProtectionTips and Tinyurl.com/CellPhoneRadiationDanger.


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INSOMNIA: dye. Think of anything orange that touches the body, such as cheese puffs, orange cheese, orange soda, candy and even orange hand soap at home or school. If this doesn’t work for the child, a more in-depth assessment may be necessary.

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awake. Again, think of any dye that may touch the body. This would include shampoo, conditioner, hand and dish soaps, eye make-up or even foods with blue, green or even red dye. Ladies, red lipstick is often the culprit with insomnia. In public restrooms, if the soap is white, check the liquid it’s made colored, avoid it. The friction we use by rubbing our hands together will help rid the hands of germs, not the soap. Rub hands together using water and friction for 20 seconds to thoroughly clean them. Individuals should give themselves a four-week trial period of going dye free and see what happens.

Ask someone how he or she slept last night and often, the answer is something like, “I tossed and turned all night.” Insomnia is a common problem for many today, leaving individuals feeling as if they’ve tried everything and still can’t sleep. falling asleep, but wake up in the


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complicated problem for some, but for others the solution can be very simple. What can be done to help us get a better night’s sleep? Does your brain toss and turn with thoughts all night? We call it “busy brain”. There are several reasons for busy brain. For some, a vertebrae in the neck, cervical 1, that is out of alignment may be the cause of insomnia. Even if one doesn’t have pain in the neck, cervical 1 may be out of alignto align the spine and get individuals sleeping again. If going to a chiropractor causes anxiety, ask if they use an instruction called the activator, which puts pressure in the area needed without the chiropractor actually manipulating the neck.


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Sometimes stress can cause busy brain. To calm the racing thoughts, try meopathic remedy called coffea cruda. Those suffering with prolonged stress practitioner who may educate them on how adrenal support may help. A remedy that works for one person may not help another; therefore, a little trial and error may be necessary. Night terrors frequently cause insomnia in children and can be scary for parents, too. If the child doesn’t sleep centrating in school. Most of the time, the solution is an easy one when it comes to night terrors: children should avoid orange dye. Yes, in 80 percent of the children seen with night terrors, the solution can be that simple. You need to have them completely avoid orange


middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep. California poppy may be a solution. After trying this, many wake feeling rested and ready to face the day. For others, insomnia is a complicated, ongoing problem that may take months to correct. They may try something that will help for a little while, but then stops working. For these people, it may be best to have the oversight of a live with insomnia. Carol Stanton is the director of Nature’s Wisdom Wellness Center and has worked in health care for more than 30 years. Stanton is trained in natural health with a doctorate in traditional naturopathy, as well as in western medicine as a registered nurse. For information call 401-596-5700 or visit NaturesWisdomWellness.com. See ads on pages 5 & 35.


Home Renovations Aggravate Childhood Asthma


ew research suggests that renovation planning should involve more than just picking the right colors and styles; doing it right may help prevent childhood respiratory conditions. Researchers from St. Louis University, in Missouri, linked home renovations with increased wheezing, asthma and chronic coughing among children living in the home. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, followed 31,049 children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old from seven Chinese cities over a two-year period. Previous research has also reached a similar concluincreased childhood respiratory disorders. A Russian study of 5,951 children ages 8 to 12 found that increased asthma and wheezing were related to recently completed painting, carpets, particleboard and wall coverings. That study, published in the same journal states, “Exposure levels are the highest during and shortly after painting, but low levels of exposure may remain for several months. Wooden furniture, as well as painted or varnished and new furniture, is likely to emit chemical substances.” A 2002 study of New York children published in the Journal of Urban Health found similar results.

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routine. You grow a strong bond with your home.” Securing a much smaller dwelling than what we originally had designs on can lead to a lifetime of savings. With less space to furnish, heat, cool, light, clean and maintain, we can enjoy and more time for fun.

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very pivotal life decision, from choosing where we live to eating healthier, can support our best interests environmentally, as well. The good news is that it is possible to afford a sustainable way of life. Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food— generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo.

1. Buying a Home

When considering a move to a new house we can manage and then proceed to invest to the hilt. But if hitting in the amount of green and healthy home features and furnishings we can achieve, we could end up with a resi-

ecological sense, and isn’t good for our health. A solution is to scale back on costly square footage. Spending 25 to 40 percent less than we think we can on a smaller home provides more possibilities when planning the renovation budget, enabling us to create a home that is more deeply satisfying. Nicole Alvarez, an architectural designer with Ellen Cassilly Architect, in Durham, North Carolina, who blogs at IntentionallySmall.com, says that if we value quality over quantity, place over space and living more intentionally in every aspect of our lives, we are ready for a small home. Occupying less space and happiness. Alvarez has found, “When space is limited, everything has a function and a purpose. Everything has to be intentional. Over time, as you grow in the to personalize it more to adjust to your


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Urban, suburban or rural, where we live incurs long-term repercussions on the natural environment. Choosing an established community within or close to an urban center tends to be more protective of air, water and land quality than living in a distant, car-dependent suburb, yet many families feel either drawn to or resigned to the suburbs for the lower housing prices. But as Ilana Preuss, vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America, explains, “There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage we pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. In locations with access to few transportation choices, the combined cost of housing and transportation can be more than 60 percent of the total household budget. For families with access to a range of transportation choices, the combined cost can be less than 40 percent.” In most suburbs, where the only practical transportation choice is a personal vehicle, dependency on a car cally. Driving a personal vehicle 15,000 miles a year can cost about $9,122 annually in ownership and operating expenses, according to AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs report, and hours spent daily sitting behind the wheel being sedentary is eroding our health. Lack of transportation options is a leading detriment to the nation’s collective wellness, according to the federal agency Healthy People. Sustainable cities provide many transportation options, including public buses and trains, car-sharing services and all forms of ride sharing; and perhaps most importantly, they are bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Choosing communities that make it possible to reduce driving and even go car-free

They are expensive and those with internal combustion engines pollute during operation. Still, many of us need one. Reducing the total impact and burden of owning a car can be as simple as

Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food—generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo. much of the time can save us money, reduce stress and improve our health.

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ow, we all know that the quality of home-grown fruits and veggies is far superior to anything from the grocery store, but sadly, not everyone has the space to lay out a large garden bed capable of feeding a family for half the year. After all, your backyard space is generally divided up into adult space, kid space and space for the family dog. Not much leftover for the veggies. But there is a space that many people overlook: the vertical space!

the store manager before taking them. anywhere you have room. Secure them with brackets and lean them against your fence to help decorate it, or lean them against a bare spot on the wall of the house. They also help to enclose and decorate your deck if leaned against the railing. While wearing a sturdy pair of work gloves, inspect the pallets to make sure they’re not made of pressure-treated

That’s right—you can grow UP. Uses none of your grass space It’s portable and can be easily moved in case of inclement weather Reduces the stress on your back Decorates otherwise drab areas of your yard or house And vertical gardening isn’t just for vegetables—you can also create walls of There are so many building options for a vertical garden, including some that you can buy ready-made. But if you need to feed your inner-gardener, here are a few DIY ideas:

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Once the landscape fabric is secure, turn the pallet over and cover the back with a thick, plastic sheet; this will act as a water barrier to protect your house or fence. After the plastic, cover the back with a thin piece of plywood to secure it. Position the pallet in the spot you’ve chosen and secure it in place. Remember: it should be nearly vertical so that the soil can settle without falling

Take advantage of the space and keep plants close together; stuff, stuff, stuff them in! Leafy plants like spinach and lettuce mixed in with wonderful herbs such as oregano and basil! Mmmmm! (Hint: to help naturally control insects, mix in some basil, citronella grass or marigold plants) Once all of your plants are in place make sure to water them generously. Check them periodically for the the soil settle—you might need to add soil here and there.

2. PVC Pipe Dreams condition. Once you get them home, remove any errant nails or splinters then clean it with water and a small scrub brush. If you don’t trust the type of wood being used in pallets, and if your carpentry skills are up to the challenge, you can also build your own pallet garden by using weather-friendly cedar or redwood, although this is quite a bit more expensive. To help keep the soil inside use landscape fabric. Lay the pallet on a sturdy table then stretch the landscape fabric on the inside back from the top to the bottom. Secure it using a staple gun. Make sure the bottom of the pallet is closed off with either the fabric or a piece of wood so that the soil won’t fall out of the bottom.


So lightweight and easy to work with, PVC pipe is a great choice for a small space or even a balcony garden! It’s also an excellent choice for hydroponic gardening. PVC is available at all home imand thicknesses and can be attached to a balcony railing, hung on a fence or even made into a stand alone vertical planter. And corner “elbow joints” allow you to connect pieces together and turn corners on railings. Before buying your materials, plan your space and make a list of materials you’ll need; also consider what types of plants you want to grow. Smaller plants such as herbs will do well in pipes between 1.5” and 2.5” in diameter, but

larger plants like strawberries or tomatoes will need pipe 4” wide and over. PVC pipe is available in different lengths; your local home improvement center will usually cut your pipe to length for you if you ask. This will not only save you time later, but make transporting long pipes in your car much easier.

You’ll need to use a special drill-bit in order to create holes large enough to accommodate your plants. If you don’t already own a drill or aren’t comfortable using power tools, consider calling a friendly neighborhood handyman to help you out. Once the holes are drilled, make sure to use a piece of sandpaper to sand down the rough edges of the holes. This will save your Depending on the design you’ve chosen, attach the pipes to your deck railing, fence, or place vertically in a very large pot. Once they’re secure, and compost, then begin planting your seedlings—or seeds—in the holes. Make sure to water thoroughly. Check days and add more if necessary, as it tends to settle after watering.

3. Garden Pots and Buckets

Plastic pots and buckets are ugly and boring, but they’re also inexpensive and come in many different sizes. Use three varying sizes of either pots or buckets and drill drainage holes bucket, covering the holes; this allows drainage while preventing the soil from spilling out. Use the largest pot/bucket as the base, then put a smaller pot/ bucket upside down on the inside center of the bottom container. This acts as a base for the next upright pot. Repeat this process for the middle container, creating a pyramid affect. Fill each upright container 3/4 full with potting soil, then place your edge of each. By adding colorful plants, the ugly pots are instantly transformed!

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Don’t use Garden Soil in your planters—use only Potting Soil. It’s important to use the right soil and Garden Soil tends to compact too tightly; it’s also heavy and made for the yard. Potting Soil, on the other hand, is lighter because it contains Perlite. This enables the plants to breathe and spread their roots easily which allows them to grow larger. You can always add your own Perlite into your personalized compost mix. Don’t put large plants on the top of your garden. Your pallet or PVC pipe to allow them to cascade down the sides, but this will only cause your smaller plants down below to be deprived of the water that they’ll need. This is especially true for vertical PVC gardens. Larger plants tend to “hog” all the water. Don’t hang your pallet garden on your fence posts.

down, so that the “neck” now sits in the bottom of the bottle. Fill the top portion with potting soil and your seedling. When you water, the excess will spill into the bottom of the bottle.

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If you’ve been cleaning out your closets and no longer need that cloth or vinyl multipair shoe hanger, the shoe compartments with potting soil and creating an herb garden that’s

Gardening is such a productive way to get fresh air and exercise—and as it turns out, the ultimate in recycling; not to mention the added prize of fresh, healthy veggies. So grab those pots that are sitting in the shed and anything else around the house that can be made useful again and start “growing up”! Suzzanne Siegel is a Graphic Designer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and an avid gardener.


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piece looks like the letter “A.” This makes a lovely conversation piece, not to mention a nice, shady spot for your dog or cat!

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t seems dogs travel just about everywhere with their humans these days. They’re spotted at home improvement stores, happy hours, drive-through restaurants and workplaces, in addition to their usual hangouts. To get Sparky invited into even more people places, he must have good manners. “Just like with kids, not every venue is appropriate for dogs,” advises Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver, Colorado. “Some dogs are more introverted and want a quiet spot to relax. Others love a party. Know your dog and socialize him accordingly; never force him into an uncomfortable situation.” Instead, help him acclimate to new locales gradually, from a distance; stop when he shows signs of stress. A yawn, averted eyes, hiding behind his owner or nervous pacing are clues that a four-legged pal has had enough. “Good manners at home might not translate to public manners,” Proctor notes. “Take practice runs to see how your dog handles distractions.” Day care or play dates with other dogs help hone canine social skills, while basic obedience—leave it, sit, stay, down, off, an effective recall and walking nicely on a leash—form the basis for good


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Christina Mendel, an international many and Italy, adds that dogs need a safe and secure retreat from excessive activity. Her Chihuahua mix, Balu, is can take a nap, people watch or have a snack without fear of human interference. “The carry bag helps when I take appointments,” she says. “Many of my clients are dog owners, so we bond because he’s well behaved and knows tricks.” Flying presents its own challenges because airlines limit the number of ny’s rules for pet size, weight and type of crate required. Dogs ride as cargo carrier under the seat. Other passengers might be fearful or allergic, so respect their boundaries. In the car, a dog needs to be calm and wear a special seat belt, be crated or otherwise restrained to keep him safe, not distract the driver and prevent lunging out the window.


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One Yoga Center Offers Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training


ne Yoga Center will host its yoga teacher training open house at 11 a.m., April 26, for those interested in integrative yoga therapy teacher training. Guests will meet the primary instructor, Ellen Schaeffer, and have the opportunity to see the study and practice space. An overview of the curriculum will be offered and any questions will be answered. The teacher training program is a non-residential one that meets one full weekend each month and runs from 11 to 12 months starting in September. Integrative yoga therapy offers students in-depth skills to teach yoga as a vehicle for total wellness. Students learn how to teach classes for the general public and how to create programs that can serve people in medical, educational, corporate and recovery settings. Participants will develop the authentic voice as a teacher and to share their voice whether class. Along with an in-depth study of yoga postures, breathing, mudras, bandhas, chakras, meditation and Yoga Nidra, participants will learn how to unfold creative, theme-based classes that support and inspire students at all levels—mind, body and spirit. Yoga philosophy, yoga psychology and yoga history are also integral parts of our program.

Ananda Hosts Kriya Yoga Weekend Retreat


nanda Meditation and Yoga Center is co-sponsoring a Kriya Yoga Weekend Retreat April 11 through April 13 at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover, Massachusetts. Kriya yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth toward the goal of yoga: union with the Divine. Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi technique widely available. This retreat is for those who have been preparing for Kriya initiation through Ananda, as well as those who want to deepen their meditation practice or who are interested in learning about Kriya Yoga. Longtime Ananda ministers Nayaswamis Devarshi, Jaya and Sadhana Devi will lead the retreat. They have been sharing the principles of Kriya and the teachings of Yogananda in the U.S. and abroad for decades. After the retreat, Nayaswamis Jaya and Sadhana Devi will be in Rhode Island to lead programs and offer Sunday service in Hopkinton on Easter, and Sunday service in Providence on April 27. Location: 593 Charles St., Providence. For more information, call 401-524-4766 or visit AnandaRhodeIsland.com.

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Raffa Yoga 19 Sharpe Dr RaffaYoga.com 401-463-3335

The Heart Spot Yoga and Healing Arts 700 Greenville Ave TheHeartSpot.com 401-231-0081

Santosha Yoga Studio and Holistic Center 14 Bartlett Ave YogaAtSantosha.com 401-780-9809

CUMBERLAND The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley 99 Pound Rd at the Zen Center TheYogaStudioBRV.com 401-658-4802 Time For You Yoga 2155 Diamond Hill Rd TimeForYouYoga.com 401-305-5319

EAST GREENWICH Focus Yoga 63 Cedar Ave FocusYoga.com 401-354-9112

Yoga with Lora 1665 Hartford Ave, 2nd Floor Multiple Locations Yogawithlora.com 401-829-9148


PROVIDENCE Ananda Center for Meditation & Yoga 593 Charles St AnandaRhodeIsland.org 401-308-8745




Rhode Island Pilates Studio 622 George Washington Hwy, behind the Lincoln Mall RIPilatesStudio.com 401-335-3099

All That Matters 315 Main St AllThatMatters.com 401-782-2126


Village Wellness Center 422 Post Rd. Lower Level Laughing Elephant Yoga VillageWellnessCenter.com 4372 Post Road LaughingElephantYoga.com 401-941-2310 401-398-2616 Whole of the Moon Yoga Multiple Locations FOSTER Chris Belanger One Yoga Center WholeoftheMoonYoga.com 142 A Danielson Pike 401-261-7242 Youphoria.biz 401-368-YOGA

MIDDLETOWN Aull Pilates & Movement Studio 1077 Aquidneck Ave AullPilates.com 401-619-4977

PAWTUCKET Jen McWalters Pilates and Beyond 1005 Main St, Ste 111 PilatesJen.com 401-475-0084

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Svaroopa Yoga Class Open House

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The Chakras: Our Energy Centers WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 What is Reiki?

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Special Gong Bath Event Healing Current Mediation

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FRIDAY, APRIL 4 Positive Energy Practices


TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class



Into Spring Day Retreat

Tibetan Yogi Teaching, Book Signing

Dream Circle Wise Earth Ayurveda: Food, Breath, Sound



Forgiveness Meditation Healing Through Kundalini Yoga: Open Your Heart


THURSDAY, APRIL 10 Reiki Healers Circle When Catepiller Becomes Butterfly

Vira Rasa: The Warrior

Introduction to Marma Therapy Class

Earth, My Body


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FRIDAY, APRIL 11 Second Friday Gong Bath

Level 1 IET Certification

Debbie Palooza: Head to Toes

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 Two Day Running + Yoga Immersion

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Call to schedule a Complimentary Consultation MONDAY, APRIL 14 Transform Your Stress, Transform Your Life

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TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Reiki Master Practitioner

All About You Meditation

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SUNDAY, APRIL 20 Eyelash Extension Training Class

SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Group Hypnosis for Weight Loss

THURSDAY, APRIL 17 Special Opening Gong Bath

Reiki Assisted Energy Clearing

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16th Annual World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Party for the Planet

FRIDAY, APRIL 18 Free Friday Chair Massage

Drumming Meditation

Gender, Energy and Intuition

Usui Reiki Level One

Chakras 101

Introduction to Shamanism

TUESDAY, APRIL 22 Third Friday Gong Bath

Shamanic Drum Healing

Yoga Teacher Training Open House


Group Manifesting with the Earth

Personal Readings From the Masters Introductory Breath Work/Nia Event

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group

Mindful Eating

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Group Manifesting for the Earth Hike

Essence Of Being Retreat Meridian Yoga

Reiki Assisted Meditation Circle


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Intro to Energy: Free Class

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 Awakening Through Drum Healing



Reiki & Relax Marathon Sunday


Hypnosis for Weight Loss Group

Hypnosis Weight Loss Group

Organic Spring Cleanse


Healing with the Five Great Elements

Removing Obstacles to Our Ideal

MONDAY, APRIL 28 All About You Meditation Grand Opening

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class Seeing With Your Heart: Mastering Intuitive Perception




Adult Indigo & Light Worker Gathering Introduction to Yoga Therapy


Loose Weight Eating Real Food

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TUESDAY, MAY 6 Monthly Consciousness Teleconference

THURSDAY, MAY 1 21-Day Detox and Elimination Diet

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Children’s Jiu Jitsu Classes

Celebration of Life Service Vbarre

Piloxing Community Yoga

Hatha Yoga

8-Week Running + Yoga Program Spiritualist Service Yoga: Moving into a Restful Evening Heart of Recovery

Open Meditation Svaroopa® Yoga: Healing Yoga

Bellydance Sunday Satsang at Ananda Hopkinton

Nia Dance Movement with Martial Arts Level 1 Usui Reiki Course

Zumba with Rupa’s Bollywood Fusion

Evening of Healing Over 50 Yoga

Sundays at Ananda Providence Cosmic Connections Adult Jiu Jitsu

The Art & Science of Meditation

Wednesday Restorative Amrit Yoga

Monday Svaroopa® Yoga: Healing Yoga


Rhode Island Edition

Kripalu Yoga


Yoga & Meditation For Busy People

Happy Easter!

Free Community Yoga Class

Kirtan Bliss Chakra Balancing

Meditation is More Than You Think


Women’s Jiu Jitsu

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Pre-Natal Yoga Medical And Therapeutic Qigong

SvaroopaÂŽ Yoga: Healing Yoga

Qigong Empowerment

Women’s Support Group Kundalini Yoga

Kripalu Yoga: All Level


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Gladys Ellen, RMT 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Floor Warwick, RI 401-935-8451 gladys@Heavenly-Hugs.com Heavenly-Hugs.com

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.

ASTROLOGY DEBI FOX, ASTROLOGER 58A High St Westerly, RI 401-315-2450 starcrones.com

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.


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

S.A.M.A. SEASIDE ACADEMY FOR MASSAGE & AYURVEDA Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., MS, LMT 128 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 401-847-0831 Karen@SamaSeasideWellness.com SamaSeasideWellness.com 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 & 49.

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 InnerHealthofMansfield.com

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Gladys Ellen, RMT 917 Warwick Avenue, 2nd Floor, Warwick, RI 401-935-8451 gladys@Heavenly-Hugs.com Heavenly-Hugs.com/Classes Programs are designed to teach students hands-on energy healing modalities, professional business practices, and assist those seeking personal development and spiritual awareness. Training includes Integrated Energy TherapyÂŽ HealingÂŽ and Spiritual Guidance Workshops. Programs are suited for Individuals, Therapists, Health Professionals, and Personal Development Coaches looking to enhance their own healing practice.

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 29.

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Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI t'SFTI'BDF4LJO$BSFOFU My philosophy has always been that everyone should love and be proud of how their skin looks and feels. At the young age of 51, my skin has ward to sharing my love and knowledge of the skin care profession to make that happen for YOU! See ad on page 40.

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Seeking personal development and spiritual or self awareness? Looking to bring more positive energy into your life? At Davina we assist you on your path. Enjoy Reiki and Tong Ren peaceful experience to promote health and overall wellbeing. Register for self awareness and energy education workshops. Programs suited for individuals, therapists, health professionals, self development coaches.


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

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John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist 110 Jefferson Blvd (Suite B), Warwick, RI 02888 t1PTTJCJMJUJFTOV

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


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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 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 40.


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

SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 Energy-N-Elements.com

Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval. “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.� Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 21.

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Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 GongsOfJoy.com 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 29.

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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 t+VEZ!"5PVDI0G)FBMUI3*DPN ATouchOfHealthRI.com 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 minimizing cancer effects by the use of massage for family and friends. See ad on page 18.


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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 47.


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


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RIVE GAUCHE 273 Social St Woonsocket, RI 401-765-2480

Welcome to Rive Gauche, formerly Shear Flair. For many years, we have offered a classy and soothing atmosphere while providing the highest quality services at affordable prices. Services include hair, manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. All ages welcome, refreshments and snacks available. See ad on page 15.

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SANTOSHA YOGA &Â HOLISTIC HEALTH CENTER 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston RI 401-780-9809 YogaAtSantosha.com 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.


593 Charles St, Providence, RI 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-308-8745 AnandaRhodeIsland.org 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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Focus is on better eating habits and food. You will gain energy and experience overall happiness in your life while achieving your ideal weight and health goals. See ad on page 23.


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


Karen Moore Holliday, M.A. Westport MA 774-644-9977 girijasings@yahoo.com Living from the inside out... Contact Karen. Yoga & Meditation Teacher & Therapist. Spiritual Companion DreamWeaver. I oftion, Deep Understanding and Growth. See ad on page 11.

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