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hen I tell the story of how began publishing this magazine, which I do quite often, I speak of the skies opening, angels singing and I still get goose bumps from it. It just felt like it was something I needed to do, from the first moment I saw Natural Awakenings in the coffee shop in Orlando while visiting my dear mother-in-law. By the time breakfast was done, I had a pretty good idea that it was my path. Even without knowing anything about publishing a magaMe and Ruth zine, I just felt called to it. Was it intuition? Gut feeling? I had been looking to change careers after 20 years in banking and was exploring various opportunities. Did it speak to me because my heart and eyes were open to it, and I was in the right state of mind to listen? We explore this concept of intuition in our feature editorial this month “Trust Your Intuition” on page 22. I left the corporate world on May 5th, 2008. Cinco De Mayo, my own independence day. As scared as I was, changing from what I had known for all those years, there was a part of me, deep in my core, that knew then, and still knows, that it was the right thing to do. I don’t always understand it and can’t explain it. I just knew I had to listen to that “feeling”. Over these last 6 years I’ve spoken with many people who have been ready to make changes in their lives. Previously I have advised them to keep their eyes open, you just never know where opportunities may present. Think I will now suggest they keep their hearts open as well. It is with sadness that I don’t get to mail a magazine to my mother-in-law this month. Ruth McDill Cary passed away at the grand age of 93. I would mail her the magazine every month at her independent living facility in Orlando. Often, as I would write this publishers letter it would be with the knowledge that she would be reading it. She was a most intelligent, thoughtful woman, and would let me know if she thought the letter wasn’t personal enough. She liked the ones best where I would share the most. She will be missed but I will still think of her when I write and try to let you all know what I’m thinking. May naturally brings to mind appreciation for mothers everywhere. In addition to our heartfelt gratitude to our moms for their ceaseless love, Mother’s Day also affords an opportunity to thank other mothering souls that have graciously helped raise us up to become the people we are today. Happy May, happy new day, happy Spring.

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he First Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island is hosting the first Empower SELF Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 17, at the Sheraton Hotel, in Warwick. A place for spirituality for nearly three years, the church’s purpose is to help people find their own path to spiritual enlightenment, while discovering inner strength and a sense of purpose. The Empower SELF Expo, where SELF stands for Spiritually Enlightened Living Free, expands on this message of self-empowerment. Roland Comtois The event will host a collection of guest speakers, healers, mediums, card readers and vendors focused on improving the quality of life and spiritual practice of attendees. Church Pastor Susan Robillard will begin the day with a presentation explaining the purpose of the church and how spirituality can lead to true happiness. Keynote speaker, internationally acclaimed channel Roland Comtois, will share his inspirational message of love and life eternal. Expo entertainment includes a magic show by Marvelous Marvin, a demonstration by The New England Martial Arts Dojo, and a spiritual concert by Trans Portal, which features musician Phil Jones, who has shared the stage with famous bands, such as The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and others. Other guest lecturers include Barrington Police Chief John Lacross, who will share how he uses spirituality to assist in everyday life, even at work; Angel messenger Gladys Ellen; Shaman Ed Douzanis, who will discuss how Shamanism can provide a clear connection to one’s guides in Spirit; and Reverend Kathleen Hoffman, intuitive healer, medium, and empowerment consultant, who will teach how a connection to loved ones in spirit can empower us to move forward in life. Cost: $7/adults; 12 and under free. Location: 1850 Post Rd., Warwick. For more information, visit See ad on page 3.

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en Fong Tai Chi, started by Joe D’Arezzo and his wife Betty Lee, will host a free Taste of Qigong workshop at 10 a.m., May 17 at Life Breath Wellness Center, in East Greenwich. Attendees will explore various forms of Qigong systems; some of which are quiet and others that are quite vigorous. Bring slippers or wear comfortable socks that day. The Yenfong Tai Chi and Qigong Association offers high quality education in the Chinese Healing Arts and Physical Culture within a nurturing environment. They believe that a thoughtful diet, soft flowing exercises like tai chi and qigong, and regular tui na acupressure massage works to balance a person’s energy system, leading to improved physical and mental health. D’Arezzo started his studies in the martial arts in 1972 and has been teaching tai chi for 25 years. He has lectured on Chinese thought, health and martial arts in various schools, colleges, wellness centers and major corporations. Lee has been training in tai chi and qigong for 12 years. Location: 378 Main St, 2nd Fl., East Greenwich. For more information, call 401-398-7748, email or visit See ad on page 26.


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Presentation on the Connection Between Energy, Allergies and Health


ntegrative Health Coach Sheryl Turgeon and Intuitive and Spirit Medium Jessica Kozak team up to offer a powerful talk on how energy in the food we eat can irritate, balance or heal us. The presentation, titled Energy and Allergies, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., May 21, at The Soul Purpose, in Swansea, Massachusetts. Seasonal allergy symptoms of sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes can be aggravated by hidden allergies, such as food sensitivities. Detecting and healing food sensitivities are among Sheryl Turgeon’s specialties at her private practice, Your Sheryl Turgeon Health Potential, located in Fall River, Massachusetts. Turgeon teaches women of all ages to learn emotional and environmental self care that blossoms into feelings of empowerment. She encourages women to eat whole, fresh foods to naturally achieve their healthiest body weight, eliminate sugar cravings and boost energy and vitality. “Through gentle encouragement and accountability, women can achieve goals they had all but forgotten and gracefully come into their own best body, vitality and life of their dreams,” she says.

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pend an afternoon exploring dreams in a fun, safe, respectful environment from 2 to 4 p.m., May 18, at Acorn Cottage, in Wakefield. Facilitator David Barr will use the Lightning Dreamwork Process, developed by Robert Moss, to teach attendees how to use their dreams as a source of wisdom, guidance, insight, healing and inspiration. Barr says dreams are more than the brain’s way of processing the day’s events. “We are the only culture that doesn’t value our dreams,” he says. “Opening yourself to your dreams, and deepening and enriching your connection with them, will change your life.” Working in a dream circle, attendees will share their dreams, work with stories and form action plans. If situations call for it, Barr will also use dream re-entry techniques and invite participants to perform dream theater. For more information, call Jackie Van Dusen of Light Soul Therapy at 401-284-0363, email or visit See ad on page 31.


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ustainable apparel with purpose, Pure Happiness, launches a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their first line of apparel. The apparel brand has developed a network of manufacturers that sustainably harvest both bamboo and hemp without the use of pesticides and fertilizers. The end result is a soft, pure piece of clothing. By purpose, they contribute a portion of the proceeds to charitable organizations and raise funds to change the way the textile industry operates, making the purchase a positive experience for everyone involved. “Pure Happiness is the feeling you get when you know that you’ve done something that moves you on a cellular level. It is about fostering deeper connections within communities and it is about encouraging awareness for our environment as it relates to our health,” says creator Benjamin Aalvik, an entrepreneur and Salve Regina University alumni. According to Greenpeace Media Officer, Myriam Fallon, “Many chemicals that are used in the dying and processing of fabrics can become hormone disrupting and even cancer causing when they break down in nature.” Most consumers are unaware of this process or choose to ignore it. Pure Happiness is committed to the future of our environment and showing others that businesses can be profitable by helping others. Through their contributions, they help smaller organizations that do amazing things within their prospective communities such as giving organic food baskets to families in need of a social safety net, offering assistance for families living with MS, and providing awareness for people that do extraordinary things while living with physical disabilities. For more information on how to take part in the Kickstarter, visit

Divine Whisper Life Coaching Offers Insights to a Better Life


ivine Whisper Life Coaching is offering a $10 discount on individual private coaching consultations during the month of May at Sisters of Solace, in Westport, Massachusetts. Life Coach and Reiki Master/Teacher Christine Dobyna gives individuals accurate, valuable insights that guide them to making life better and more positive. “Coaching can take on many forms. The goal of this program is to guide you towards finding your inner strength and courage to move forward in a highly positive way,” says DobyChristine Dobyna na. During sessions, she teaches individuals how to follow their inner guidance and tune out ego in order to live life according to the heart’s desire. “You always have a choice; let your guides help you with the alternatives, so you can co-create the best life for you,” she says. Location: 700 American Legion Hwy (Rte. 177), Westport, MA. For more information, call 508-636-4668 or visit See ad on page 28.


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Dr. Kate Siner Hosts Personal Growth Retreat in Portsmouth, NH


r. Kate Inc. is hosting a luxury personal growth retreat from June 20 to 22 at the acclaimed Wentworth by the Sea, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This three-day retreat, titled Clarity and Freedom, combines the nationally recognized mentoring of Dr. Kate Siner with certified Shadowwork facilitator Karin Green’s transformative teaching. Through writing, dialog and powerful experiential exercises, attendees will learn to tame their inner critic and overcome life’s obstacles, leading to more energy, joy and success in all areas of life. Not only will participants take part in life changing work while receiving tailored attention from the highly sought-after teachers, but time will be given for fun and relaxation in the world-class spa facilities. Individuals that are interested but undecided are invited to contact Siner directly to schedule a time to talk with her about how this retreat might help them reach their goals. For more information, email Admin@ or visit clarity-and-freedom. See ad on page 9.

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he Healing In Harmony Wellness Center, in Chepachet, is celebrating 15 years in business by holding a free wellness fair at 11 a.m. on June 1. The event is also a fundraiser for the Glocester Food Shelter & Animal Shelter. A collection of non-perishable food items as well as dog and cat food will be taken at the event, and anyone making a donation will receive a free mini-treatment of choice that day. Other fair highlights include a vegan food truck, drumming session, minitreatments (massage, reflexology, readings), free raffles and face painting for the little ones. Local artists will be displaying goods, such as natural soaps and lotions, maple syrup, dressings, handmade gemstone jewelry and organic face spray tans, among others. The RI Blood Center van will be accepting blood donations onsite. Donors will receive a coupon for a future treatment at Healing In Harmony. Cost: Free. Location: 185 Putnam Pike, Ste 4 (Across from Harmony Fire Station Rt. 44), Chepachet. For more information, call 401-949-5533 or visit

RIANP Fundraiser at Flipp Salon Apothecary


elebrate health and beauty at a fundraiser for the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP) on May 5, at Flipp Salon and Apothecary on the East Side of Providence. All services performed that day will benefit RIANP. A reception, with food and music, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., at which Keri Layton, ND, will present a talk on the licensing of naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island. Flipp utilizes herbal remedies made locally and offers reflexology and acupuncture to support beauty from the inside. Location: 38 Transit St., Providence. For more information, visit See ad on page 21.


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he Total Life Transformation Program, an intensive 12-month program that assists people in opening up to more pleasure, joy, balance, peace, purpose and intimacy, is holding its first weekend intensive of the program on May 17 and 18, in East Greenwich. The program is designed for individuals to go deeper in their exploration of self, relationships, sexuality, career, parenting, self-expression, creativity, leadership and spirituality. “I have never been more proud or excited about the power of a curriculum and the potential for Emily Volden change as I am about this particular program,” says Workshop Facilitator Emily Volden, LICSW, who will be offering expert coaching, psychotherapy and guidance to each program participant. “This program is absolutely profound and life-affirming.” The program consists of four two-day group intensives and three 2½-hour intensive healing sessions with Volden and Dan Booth Cohen, PhD, as well as monthly private sessions and scheduled group coaching calls with Volden in between the in-person weekend intensives. Participants will also have access to teleseminars and webinars hosted by Volden, and each will receive an autographed copy of Dr. Kate Siner’s book, Life Fulfillment Formula: 120 Ways to Activate Your Potential, and an autographed copy of Dan Booth Cohen’s book, I Carry Your Heart in My Heart: Family Constellations in Prison. Volden is a psychotherapist who combines scientifically validated clinical modalities with her intuitive capacity to help individuals and couples uncover the origin of their difficulties. She is the founder of Psychotherapy Center for Wellness, LLC, in Providence, and co-founder of Seeing with Your Heart: Mastering Intuitive Perception, a ground-breaking consciousness training program for healers and alternative practitioners. For full program details and dates, call 401-536-5575, email or visit See ad on page 5.

Reflexology Specials at It’s My Health in Cumberland


uring the month of May, It’s My Health is offering $10 off each soothing, relaxing one-hour reflexology session at their new location of 1099 Mendon Road, in Cumberland. Reflexology is a form of natural healing which gently and effectively maintains health by building up the body’s immunity and resistance to disease. It is an excellent antidote for stress, and it is known to increase energy levels, stimulate mental processes and relieve muscle pain. When imbalances occur in the body, toxins can buildup which may lead to illness. Reflexology can help relax the body and help restore balance, encouraging the body’s own healing system to take over. For more information and to schedule a session, call 401-305-3585 or visit See ad on page 24.


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Cultivate Vibrant Health and Well-Being at Ayurvedic Workshop


ime for You Yoga is hosting Vibrant Health & Well Being: An Ayurvedic Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m., May 17. Workshop participants will learn about Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, and how to use simple, daily Ayurvedic practices to cultivate vibrant health and well-being. The workshop will be taught by Jessica Ferrol, a clinical Ayurvedic Maria Sichel specialist, herbalist, panchakarma specialist and registered yoga therapist. She owns Community Ayurvedic Herbalist Wellness and Education Center, in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, and has been a practitioner, teacher and student of yoga, herbal medicine and Ayurveda for more than ten years. “I have wanted to share more about Ayurveda with my students and the community,” says Maria Sichel, owner of Time for You Yoga. “I found Ayurveda to be a natural extension of my yoga practice, as it allows me to take care of myself in a deeper way.” She continues, “Once I met Jessica, I knew I had found the right teacher to offer this workshop. She is a wonderful combination of knowledge and compassion in action.” Cost: $50. Location: 2155 Diamond Hill Rd., Cumberland. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Maria Sichel at 401-305-5319, or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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ouch, Caring, and Cancer, a free workshop, sponsored by The Michael H. Flanagan Foundation for those with cancer and their caregivers, takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 24, at The Miriam Hospital, in Providence. The workshop will be led by Judy Antonelli, a licensed massage therapist, owner of A Touch of Health, in Riverside and oncology massage practitioner at the Miriam Hospital in Providence. Participants will learn detailed techniques, including safe and simple touch instructions that may help to comfort and reduce the effects of cancer and treatment symptoms, such as pain, anxiety, fatigue, depression, nausea, neuropathy and difficulty sleeping. Touch, in the form of massage and other gentle, noninvasive methods, is one of the most popular forms of palliative care for pain relief and other symptoms in cancer. A study of 1,290 patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, in New York City, found both massage and simple touch brought immediate improvement in pain and Judy Antonelli mood, reducing symptoms by as much as 21 to 52 percent. Oncology massage uncovered by insurance can be expensive, and visiting a massage facility that requires travel from home can be distressful for patients. Now, family members and friends can learn how to integrate touch in routine supportive care of their loved ones. Additionally, caregivers benefit from the knowledge that they are contributing to the well-being of the patient. Location: The Miriam Hospital, Main Building, Hurvitz Board Room, 164 Summit Ave., Providence. Pre-Register by calling 401-247-2220 or See ad on page 24.

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Vitamin D No Help for Bone Mass or Hip Fractures


niversity of Pittsburgh researchers that followed 29,862 women for 11 years have found that supplementing calcium with vitamin D does not reduce hip fractures. The study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, found that women taking calcium plus vitamin D had as many hip fractures as women taking a placebo. Women supplementing with more than 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day also had a 28 percent higher incidence of breast cancer. Because hip fractures are linked to a reduction in bone density, these findings are compounded by a review of research published in The Lancet, which established that vitamin D supplements typically taken with calcium did not increase bone density among elderly adults. The review analyzed 23 studies among 4,082 participants, 92 percent of whom were women.

Roundup Toxin Accumulates in GM Soybeans


study published in the journal Food Chemistry tested soybeans grown from seeds that were genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. It compared these with organic soybeans and soybeans from non-GM seeds. The chemical and nutritional analysis of soybean samples from 31 different Iowa farms found the GM soy contained significantly higher levels of the toxin glyphosate, the central chemical in Roundup, than both the organic and the conventional non-GMO soybeans. The organic soybeans contained no glyphosate, plus significantly higher levels of protein and zinc, as well as lower levels of saturated fats.

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Activist Turns City Food Waste into Rural Soil

Sending Blessings Lori Portka A former counselor and educator, fine artist Lori Portka delights in the favorite things that inspire her: nature, traveling, animals, yoga and friends. She lets her art pour out in boldly rendered images that burst from each canvas via saturated pastels, paints, chalks and inks to forge a visceral connection between artist and viewer. “I make artwork that is a reflection of gratitude and joy in the world,” says Portka, whose expressive works fulfill her mission of spreading happiness through art. A personal loss led Portka to begin painting again at 30-something for the first time since the tenth grade, a process she says has opened her heart even more deeply. Inspired by Australian photographer and filmmaker Hailey Bartholomew’s documentary, 365 Grateful, about living on the sunny side of life, Portka embarked upon her own project, A Hundred Thank-Yous, creating and giving away 100 paintings to 100 people that have touched her life, she says, “in a beautiful way.” “I feel like I am on the right path, doing what I am supposed to do,” she explains. “Art feels like home to me.” View the artist’s portfolio and follow her blog at


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Jeremy Brosowsky had an epiphany at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, greenhouse a few years ago that set him on a more sustainable path: “What if we could take our garbage and grow food in it?” He was in the Midwest to learn about urban agriculture at Growing Power, the pioneering urban farm of McArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen, and was considering starting a rooftop agriculture business. Allen’s emphasis on the importance and elusiveness of fertile soil intrigued him. “If you don’t dramatically improve the soil, you cannot grow food in cities,” Brosowsky realized. His solution was to create Compost Cab (, a Washington, D.C.-based service that picks up and delivers urban food waste to local farms for composting. Nearly 100 cities already divert food waste from landfills, but Brosowsky emphasizes, “Composting is not just about waste reduction. It’s about food production, education, jobs and creating social benefits.” He hopes to roll out Compost Cabs in other cities.

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Organic Food Labeling Causes Confusion A recent Harris Poll of 2,276 U.S. adults showed that concern for the environment is growing, but Americans may not be ready to spend more for organic food. More than half think that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more. Yet more than half of respondents also believe that organic foods are healthier than non-organic. At the same time, only 23 percent know what the term “dirty dozen” means in regard to organic food; it’s the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of foods consumers should always buy in organic form due to high pesticide levels in conventional farming.

Solar Surge

Global Rise in Sun-Generated Power Last year, the U.S. joined Germany, Italy, China and Japan in producing more than 10 gigawatts of solar production nationwide. Now, other countries have awakened to the opportunity and are on their way to catching up. The popular Scandinavian retailer IKEA has sold $10,000 solar panels in 17 British outlets. Peru recently started a National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program to connect 2 million of its poorest residents with solar power. In the first phase, 1,601 solar panels were installed to power 126 impoverished communities. The plan is to install about 12,500 photovoltaic systems for 500,000 households at an overall cost of $200 million. Earth Hour India is helping citizens to switch to solar energy in villages that previously had no electricity. Woodlands stores, in partnership with World Wildlife Foundation-India, has launched a collection drive across the country, inspiring individuals to donate to help light up more than 100 households in three villages in Madhya Pradesh with solar power. The residents had traditionally depended on forest resources for their energy needs.

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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The grav-


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ity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton.

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“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered

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Dangerous Downsides Mount n Birth defects n Blood clots n Cancer (breast, uterine and colon) n Cardiovascular disease n Decreased sexual desire n Depression n Fatigue, low energy and anemia n Fluid retention and weight gain

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Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.

Natural Contraceptives

Although no natural forms of estrogen are suited for birth control, safe and effective natural forms exist, advises women’s health expert Holly Lucille, a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective.

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pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments.

Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

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For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?”


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“Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As

the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit lows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom Method of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, and freedom.” Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identi She relates how she is led to direct a client’s attenfied as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as tion to their own body’s intuition, which works best when “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and she is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After life-giving processes in nature. one session, my client, who had been silently experienc “It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses ing numerous feelings in her stomach, asked me why I had and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs touched her abdomen. I was just intuitively led to that part us what feelings, thoughts and actions are moving us into of her body.” alignment with our source and what Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a is moving us out of alignment.” Ph.D., medical intuitive and co-author Quieting the mind and strengthenof All is Well, notes that everyone has a ing the directives of prana through mediconnection to intuition. “We get a gut tation, yoga and being in nature moves feeling and sadness in our heart from us away from what we tell ourselves our inner intelligence that we don’t and back to directly responding to its know what to do with. While some promptings. “Absorbed in the present individuals consult a practitioner, moment and bodily sensations, we conothers listen to their body’s intuitive nect with inner guidance,” explains Delanguage and reflect on their insights sai. “With practice, our mind becomes a and dreams—the language of soul,” servant to inner intelligence. It can both says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly direct our lives and make us sensitive to through symptoms,” she observes. early symptoms suggesting oncoming “Eventually, when disregarded, it can illness,” she adds. become a full-blown illness.” “There is growing interest in Biochemist and author of Secrets energy medicine and developing of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s a deeper connection to the body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, intelligence through yoga and energy Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular practices like qigong and tai chi intelligence. “Our cells are invisbecause people are tired of taking ible, so we don’t think of ourselves as medications that don’t heal the root cellular beings. However, a deeper Fearlessly following cause of health problems,” comunderstanding of our constitution and ments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of that our cells speak to each other and our intuition frees us to Morter Health Center, near Indianapcollaborate harmoniously could inspire fully live an authentic olis, Indiana, and the healing pheus to befriend our body’s intelligence nomenon she terms Energy Codes. for life,” she says. “We might shift from and satisfying life. A regular practice of any one of wanting to fix an ache or pain to underthese disciplines expands sensory function to encompass standing that our cells are warning us of something.” internal recognition and referencing of subtle information. Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in purseveral books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidcelebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift ance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuPlan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, ition and distracting chatter. inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and life,” says McCammon. pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guid Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi ance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body aldescribes several physical signatures of body intelligence natural awakenings

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INTUITION UNLEASHED Spend time with your feelings: Write down how you feel about your job, relationships, house, health and what’s going on in the world. Build and strengthen feeling receptors: Choose one feeling and spend the day with it. Notice every time you see that feeling expressed in yourself or someone else. Don’t judge it or form an opinion about it; just notice. Receive everything: Pay attention to what you are feeling. Don’t worry about what you will do with what you feel or your thoughts about those feelings. Just receive them. You can decide later what you want to do with them. Maintain a flexible “thermostat”: When you want to freak out or shut down, check in with your feelings instead. Be present, engaged and genuine. The feeling and associated intuition need your attention and the present is the time to attend to them. Source: Adapted from Born to Receive, by Amanda Owen


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Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and clothing de-

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For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal ele-

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isten to a traditional West African Griot story: When a tribal woman knows she is pregnant, she goes into the wilderness with a few friends to pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return and teach it to everyone else. When children are born into the tribe, the village community gathers and sings their song, one unique melody for each unique child. Later, when children begin their education, the village again gathers to chant each child’s song. They sing upon the initiation of adulthood and at the time of their marriage. If at any time someone commits a crime or aberrant social act, the villagers will circle the individual and chant their song, recognizing that the proper correction is love and the remembrance of identity, because when you recognize your own song you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, family and friends gather at the bedside, as they did at birth, and sing the person to the next life. In any culture, a friend is one that knows our song and sings it to us when we have forgotten it. Those that love us are not fooled by the mistakes we’ve made or the dark images we hold about ourself. They remember our beauty when we feel ugly; our wholeness

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he Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP), under leadership of President Keri Layton, ND, has submitted a bill to the Rhode Island Legislature to allow licensure of naturopathic doctors. If passed, Rhode Islanders would be able to choose a doctor that is an expert in prevention and wellness as a member of their health care team, while gaining assurance that each licensed naturopath has completed a rigorous training program. It would also give naturopaths the right to order labs, diagnose disease and treat according to their training. Naturopathic doctors practice a special kind of Keri Layton, ND primary care medicine that blends traditional and modern medicine. They focus on encouraging the body’s innate healing ability and the prevention of disease. Naturopaths’ diagnostic process is the same as conventional practitioners; they use blood work, imaging and physical exams to diagnose disease and monitor progress. The difference is in how they view symptoms. Naturopaths believe that symptoms are the body’s way of communicating an underlying imbalance, rather than signaling the need for a distinct issue to be managed. Naturopaths encourage individual responsibility for obtaining optimal health, focusing on diet, behavior, hydrotherapy, botanical or herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, pharmaceuticals and minor surgery. To become a licensed naturopathic doctor, medical students are required to attend one of seven accredited graduate-level, four-year medical schools and must pass national board exams. Naturopathic medical programs are recognized by the US Department of Education and accredited through the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. A course of study includes classes in basic sciences, such as anatomy, biochemistry and pathology. Students in their final two years of training are required to complete 1200 hours of clinical training under direct supervision by family practice doctors. Currently, naturopathic doctors are licensed to practice medicine in Washington D.C, the US territories and 16 states, nine of which allow patients to designate a naturopath as their primary care physician. In New England, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are the only two states without licensing laws available. Maryland passed a licensing law for naturopathic doctors in March, and four other states have active legislation efforts in place, including New York and Pennsylvania. Layton encourages all those in favor of the bill to contact their local legislators through the Rhode Island General Assembly website at and to consider making a donation to the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Follow this effort and learn more at or by friending RIANP President Keri Layton, ND, on Facebook. Donations can be made through the RIANP website in a variety of ways.

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n 1886, Dr. William Murrell stated in the British Medical Journal, “Massage is of such inestimable value in the treatment of many intractable diseases that it is regretted that so little is known about it in this country, and that it is so rarely employed as a therapeutic agent.” A 2013 survey by the American Massage Association (AMTA) showed that a majority of us are choosing massage therapy to treat such conditions as stress and pain management, according to Winona Bontrager, the association’s immediate past president. Of 1,007 adults surveyed, 75 percent opted for it within the previous year for stress or medical reasons, and 88 percent view massage as effective for pain relief. “A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions,” reports Bontrager, adding that massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness. Cody Landis, a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences, in New York City, explains, “In the last few

years, massage therapy research has been focusing more on the mechanisms by which the potential health benefits may be occurring—looking at the response of the brain, the immune system and the mechanisms of repair inside of muscle cells themselves.”

Relieves Stress

An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle tension following heart surgery among 152 cardiac surgery patients. A study from Japan’s Toho University School of

Pharmaceutical Sciences showed that aromatherapy massage significantly reduced psychological stress among elderly nursing home residents.

Reduces Depression

A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection, while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

Relieves Pain

Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had

migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropeptide] which causes pain, and that it increases serotonin, the body’s natural pain killer. We also know that deep sleep is critical to lowering substance P, increasing serotonin and reducing pain.”

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Lucy Liben, dean of massage therapy at the Swedish Institute, affirms the recent research as evidence documenting the numerous health benefits of massage therapy. “More and more consumers are seeking massage therapy for help with a variety of medical issues and conditions. Doctors are increasingly referring patients for such treatment and hospitals are enlisting more therapists to provide care for patients,” says Liben. “Perhaps most importantly,” she adds, “research is offering us guidance in our work as massage therapists in how to provide the most effective care for chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems, during cancer treatment, during the changes of pregnancy or for any number of other health-related issues.” Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at

What Researchers Now Know Breast Cancer: A French study of 129 breast cancer patients found massage generally reduced lymphedema, a swelling of the lymphatic system, following treatments. The total reduction of lymphedema volume was 33 percent among those receiving massages, according to Gynecologic Oncology. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Thirty minutes of massage with trigger point reduced symptoms and improved function in a study of 21 carpal tunnel patients (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies). Constipation: Massage therapy increased the average number of bowel movements among 33 hospitalized Korean children, as reported in the Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing. Dementia: Research from Spain’s Extremadura University on 120 institutionalized elderly adults diagnosed with dementia found massage therapy generally helped improve behavior and sleep. Migraines: Craniosacral massage reduced migraine occurrence in a study of 20 migraine sufferers from Iceland’s University of Akureyri, as published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Osteoporosis: A study of 48 postmenopausal women receiving traditional Thai massage showed increased bone formation after just four weeks. The massage group’s serum P1NP levels—which assesses bone formation—increased by 15 percent, while the control group saw no increases (BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine). Stroke: Massage therapy tended to speed rehabilitation after strokes for 45 Russian patients in a study published in Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult.

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Funny Tummy? Probiotic Foods Can Fix a Troubled Gut by Kathleen Barnes

Gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation—each of these digestive issues indicates an imbalance of “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria.


hronic digestive discomfort is distressingly common. More than 60 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), notes Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, in Los Angeles, and author of A New IBS Solution. Many are too embarrassed to mention it to their doctor, so they suffer silently and learn to live with it.

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While digestive distress can visit most of us occasionally, regular bouts have increased due to high-stress lifestyles and unhealthy diets, according to Dr. Dustin James, a St. Louis, Missouri, gastroenterologist and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health. “Getting home late after a stressful day, eating a high-fat meal and then going to bed is a recipe for problems,” he says. James advises a food-free interlude of four to six hours before bedtime and notes that prescription and over-thecounter heartburn medications can actually worsen the problem over time. Pimentel, citing his own research, also suggests that even a minor case of food poisoning may unbalance digestive bacteria enough to cause problems for years. “We think food poisoning leads to bacterial overgrowth,” says Pimentel. In his clinical experience, James says about 10 percent of IBS cases can be connected to the food poisoning theory. Although such cases are typically treated with an antibiotic, rifaximin, many experts ironically

attribute bacterial overgrowth to the use of antibiotics. All antibiotics, taken for any reason, indiscriminately kill both good and bad intestinal bacteria, ultimately creating unbalanced bacteria colonies in the digestive tract, says James. “There can be bad long-term effects,” he advises. James’ antibiotics theory is affirmed by a major Australian review of current research on the links between antibiotics and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Sugar is another culprit as are antibiotics in dairy products and meats, which can also aggravate digestive problems. Sugar feeds the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast and antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, contributing to imbalances. The U.S. obesity epidemic has even been linked to digestive problems. In a study published in the journal Frontiers of Public Health,

researchers at the University of California-Berkeley warn against long-term exposure to antibiotics through their widespread use in the dairy and meat industries. One animal study from Washington University, in St. Louis, showed that intestinal bacteria tend to extract more nutrients—and more calories—from the same foods when eaten by obese animals than when ingested by thinner ones. This helps explain why obese people tend to stay obese without heroic measures.

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There is considerable agreement that probiotics—live bacteria such as those contained in fermented foods like quality yogurt—help rebalance beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and ease ailments that include IBS. Due to U.S. food regulations, yogurt is routinely pasteurized, which kills its probiotic benefits; conscientious suppliers then add active digestive microorganisms, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, back into their products. “Check yogurt labels for specific names of the species and a certification that it contains live cultures,” counsels Maria Marco, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science at the University of California-Davis. Coconut yogurt may be preferred by those with dairy-free diets. Dairy is acidforming and can be difficult to digest. Many fermented foods can provide the same probiotics to ease digestive

woes and restore a healthy balance of the right bacteria. Sauerkraut, rich in Lactobacillus and other strains of healthy bacteria, is at the top of the list. It’s easy to make super-healthy sauerkraut at home with shredded organic cabbage and salt. Other fermented foods to put high on a natural probiotic list include: miso, kefir, tempeh, soft cheese, kimchi, sour pickles and sourdough bread. James recommends two daily servings of high-quality yogurt or other fermented foods to obtain the 2 to 5 billion live bacteria needed to restore gut health. “Every human is unique; try different products in search of what works,” he says. Probiotic supplements may be more effective for people with serious digestive distress that need higher bacterial counts and the product label may provide specifics of the bacteria and strains. “For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a strain that has been proven to be effective against antibiotic-induced diarrhea,” Marco explains. High-quality probiotics usually require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. In addition, there are many nonfermented foods, including certain juices, candies and energy bars, with specific strains of bacteria added that have probiotic effects.

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he truth is that arthritis and muscle or joint injuries are just as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for us, and many canine illnesses generate significant pain. While conventional medications can ease discomfort, they’re not the only or even the best options in many cases. Alternative therapies can be helpful in managing and relieving pain and work best as part of a whole body wellness program designed for a dog’s individual needs. To that end, always consult with an integrative veterinarian before starting any new treatment. Together, practitioner and owner will note that some of the following modalities may be contraindicated in some situations—for example, massage should never be performed on or near a tumor. Canine Massage: Dogs love massage because they crave being touched. Physical contact from another being provides a calming effect and brings comfort. Skin, the largest sense organ in the body, is loaded with sensory receptors and nerve endings that register touch, temperature and pain, and send information to the brain. Massage

therapy relaxes muscles and also stimulates endorphins, increases circulation, elevates oxygen levels, flushes toxins, helps with inflammation, strengthens the immune system and accelerates healing. All of these benefits can contribute to effective pain management. Acupuncture and Acupressure: Both of these time-honored modalities are based on the concept of keeping vital energy flowing through the body and seek to stimulate key points along the energy meridians beneath the skin. Acupuncture involves the insertion of small needles at these points, while acupressure uses fingers to apply pressure to the same points. Both modalities are widely known to assist in managing pain and anxiety. Energy Healing: Here, the practitioner improves the flow of energy in an animal’s body using a range of gentle and powerful natural therapies. During a treatment, the trained healer sends subtle energy through the hands to promote physical and emotional balance and healing. While conventional medicine follows the belief that treatments for disease or injury must be strictly biologi-

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Whoa! to Limitations Therapeutic Horseback Riding Strengthens Kids by Cyndee Woolley


ach “Zachman” Aldridge was born healthy, but at just 10 weeks, he was hospitalized at the hands of his birth father. Suffering from a brain aneurism, partial paralysis and multiple broken bones from shaken baby syndrome, Zach’s mother, Rebekah, was told that he might live for a year. Rebekah’s hope for a miracle was granted as her son’s life extended into weeks, months and years. Yet, at 4, the effects of the injury still prevented Zach from walking or talking like other children. “While some people are resigned to leave special children like Zach confined to a wheelchair, therapeutic horseback riding gives them more options and improves their quality of life,” advises Kim Minarich, execu-


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tive director of Southwest Florida’s nonprofit Naples Equestrian Challenge therapeutic riding program. A medical examination ensures a child is qualified for safe participation. During his first lessons, riding instructors had to prop up Zach’s head using “boppy pillows”. However, after just a few months, the Aldridge family saw dramatic improvements as the boy began speaking and telling his horse to “trot on.” Next, Zach began walking, a surprise to all. His growing strength had worked to overcome the paralysis and the gentle rocking motion of his therapeutic riding sessions gently pushed his displaced hip back into place, ultimately enabling him to take steps on his own. Zach’s achievements are not unique. Life-changing milestones like

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this are common occurrences at the 850 nationwide therapeutic riding centers registered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. Now in its 21st year, Dream Catchers, at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, in Toano, Virginia, is one such center celebrating its many success stories. Kendall Lecker, a PATH International-certified advanced instructor, describes the rapid progress of a new 6-year-old student living with autism as illustration. In his first session, he slumped over in the saddle and struggled to hold himself up; by his third session, he was sitting up straight and confidently giving commands to his horse. “Often, our riders start with insufficient core strength and may not be able to hold themselves upright, something the average person takes for granted. But, in a relatively short time, most riders can see dramatic improvements,” says Lecker. Both Naples Equestrian Challenge and Dream Catchers have achieved premier accreditation by demonstrating the highest levels of training, safety standards and quality controls in the industry developed to protect the riders, staff and volunteers. Feedback from approximately 56,000 participants nationwide, including nearly 41,000 under the age of 18, show that therapeutic horseback riding helps participants in five key areas: Normalizes muscle tone. Riding a horse helps children of all abilities build core strength and exercise muscles that they may not be able to work from the confines of a wheelchair. Increases flexibility and relaxation. The natural rhythm of a horse’s gait provides a relaxing effect on tense muscles and can gently rock joints back into place. It’s a unique therapeutic benefit not easily achieved through traditional physical therapy. Improves coordination, balance and strength. Completing tasks like picking up an object, riding across the arena and placing it in a bucket helps riders develop hand/eye coordination. The movements also help improve balance and strength. Promotes spatial orientation and fine motor skills. Working side-by-

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“The riding center gave me a place to realize I wasn’t the only one with challenges. It was a place that I could go to and be normal for part of the week.” ~ Tiffany Billings, a college student with cerebral palsy side with their assigned volunteers and horses and reaching for objects from a different perspective than usual helps

youths develop their spatial sense and fine motor skills. Enhances self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control. Riders are encouraged to give verbal commands to their horse during sessions, which effects a command of vocabulary and boosts confidence while they bond with the horse. While the documented benefits are derived from personal testimonials rather than clinical studies, the positive results for children like Zach are indisputable. Meanwhile, therapeutic horseback riding is gaining increased acceptance in the medical community as more doctors are recommending this life-changing activity for their patients. PATH International spokesperson Cher Smith says, “Our mission is to help certified centers provide safe access for all individuals living with special needs.”

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ad habits are hard to break—and it’s even harder to eliminate those we are unaware of. Many people experience pain from unconscious physical patterns such as hunching over a computer keyboard or holding a musical instrument at an uncomfortable angle, but don’t know how to identify and change limiting positions. This calls for body movement re-education.

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“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions, Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students learn to move

through routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a three-mile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced long-term benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.

Feldenkrais Method

Others in need of movement reeducation use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue. The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead,

the practitioner leads students through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various non-habitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance, fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Trager Approach

Another entry point to such a bodily reawakening is the Trager Approach,

invented by Dr. Milton Trager, an athlete who suffered from a congenital spinal deformity. “The intention of the practitioner in a Trager session is to introduce the client to a series of playful and pleasurable sensations as the session unfolds,” says practitioner Martha Partridge, of New York City, who works primarily with people that have Parkinson’s disease. During tablework sessions, practitioners “bring awareness” of a specific movement by rocking, cradling and gently rotating a client’s body, Partridge explains. The feeling of effortless movement is further ingrained through a series of mental gymnastics, termed mentastics, that clients can do at home. The objective, says Partridge, is to help people have a sense of joy in everyday, common movement. All three bodywork techniques can help people banish bad habits for good. “Gradually, aches and pains will go away,” Arcaya says. “You can undo the imbalances that have done you wrong.” Then go forward, doing things right. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at

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Volleying Life Gabrielle Reece on Her Balancing Act by Christine MacDonald


abrielle Reece has been called one of the world’s most influential women in sports and one of its most beautiful athletes. In her 20s, she built a career as both a fiercely competitive pro volleyball player and a fashion model. Since then, she’s written books and become an expert on women’s peak fitness and overall well-being, all while raising three daughters with her husband, Hawaiian surfer Laird Hamilton. Plus, she volunteers for environmental organizations such as the National Resources Defense Council and RainCatcher, a nonprofit bringing safe drinking water to people in need.

How do you find time for and balance all the roles you play in life—athlete, spouse, parent, businesswoman and volunteer? Juggling life is hard for everyone. Living day-to-day, taking care of kids and paying bills is a challenge. There are ways to make it all more manageable, but for me, there is a level of discomfort, challenge and difficulty, as well as moments of joy. I think women are sometimes thrown off-balance by some difficulty, instead of saying, “OK, how am I going to strategize and make it all work for me and my family?” We don’t give enough credit to having great girlfriends. I don’t mean people you go to lunch with—I mean real allies. People that give you good advice and are strong for you, that will


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I think it’s been about momentum. I had the good fortune of training and eating well since I went off to play volleyball in college. That sort of steam made it easier as I added work, a partner and children. I think it’s more difficult for women that don’t have that experience. When they enter “the real world” and add a big career or long hours, a partner or family, it becomes difficult to establish that grounding in healthy practices. You have to create the environment in which you are going to succeed. That takes years. At some point, you have to be honest with yourself. For me, I know I won’t get exercise or anything else done if I stay home. There are some things I can go to a gym to do that I can also do at home but know I won’t, so it’s about creating an environment that activates good intentions.

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Which role is most important to you and where does selfcare fit in? At this time in my life, being a mother is the most important. When my girls are older and more independent, then their demands on my time will lessen. But I don’t think I’d ever blindly put one role over the other, because they are all connected. I just approach them with different parts of my personality. My work is intellectual, while being a mom is instinctual. Being in a relationship is a whole other ball of wax that I approach with the same diligence. Taking care of myself is at the center because I wouldn’t be able to do anything successfully if I am not well myself.

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As a mother, do you feel a special concern for being a good environmental steward? I felt this way even before I had children because I had the luxury of playing beach volleyball. I grew up in the Caribbean and have always tried to be a benefactor of the beautiful outdoors. It adds another layer of motivation when you start thinking about your kids and the opportunities they will or will not have in their future. In Hawaii, the Polynesians traditionally didn’t believe in ownership, but in being stewards of an area. That’s how I feel about the place where we live now. The ultimate for me would be to leave it better than I found it. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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Thursday, May 1 21-Day Detox and Elimination Diet – May 1, 8 & 15. 7-9pm. With Naturopathic Doctor Erica LePore. 3-week guided detoxification program to improve health and vitality through a restricted, yet nourishing, whole foods diet plus nutritional supplementation and herbs. Tuition includes printed material, food samplings, and recipes. $149. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, May 3 Prana: Run, Walk, Move – 9:30am-12:30pm. Through pranayama, meditation, asana, and theory, explore running, an activity of both the physical body and the spirit. Whether your goal is a mile or 30, you’ll leave with a new approach to your practice. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. A Day with the Angels – 10am-3pm. Learn about Guardian Angels, the Archangels and how we can learn to connect with them. An angel gift and attunement are included to help you connect. $55. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, Serenity Space, Info/register, Adriene: 401-741-2278. Seeing With Your Heart: Mastering Intuitive Perception – May 3 & 4. 10am-6pm. Unique workshop experience designed for you to break through personal and professional blocks, access your intuitive gifts, and amplify your capacity for healing yourself and others in deeply profound and transformational ways. $200; $50 off with mention of this listing. The Psychotherapy Center for Wellness, 2750 S County Trail, East Greenwich. 401-536-5575. Melt Method Intro Class – 10:30am-12:30pm. Experience a most effective self care healthcare practice which helps to relieve pain and stiffness in joints and slow the negative effects of aging. Hand and foot practice and with the use of a special foam roller be guided through the body practice. $75 includes the hand and foot kit; $35 without. The Life Breath Institute, The Elms, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537. Replenish Plus 100% Natural Skin Care – 11am4pm. Experience the “Best Facial Cream” ever during our spring visit from owner/founder Robert Rockwood. This winter left everyone’s skin unusually dry. 20% off all products. Free. Natures Goodness, 510 E Main Rd, Middletown. 401-847-7480. 6-Week Intuition Class – 1-3pm. Join Christine for this informative 6-week workshop that will get you on your way to using your own intuition for your every day life and maybe even more. $111. Sisters Of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668. Intro To Yoga Therapy – 1-4pm. Yoga Therapy utilizes methodologies that provide the environment, conditions and a process that supports the union and integration of all parts of self. With Karen Holliday.


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$35. Sisters Of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668.

Sunday, May 4 What Women Want – 9am-4pm. Free health screening. Hosted by Dr Laura Bomback, Natural Health Solutions. Free. Diman Regional Vocational Tech High School, 251 Stonehaven Rd, Fall River, MA. Natural Health Solutions: 508-678-1233, Sunday Morning Gong Meditation Group – 10am-1pm. Discussion of metaphysical and holistic health topics, followed by a period of meditation, and concluding with a gong bath. Led by Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. $10 donation requested, but optional. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-258-3952. Drawing Inspiration from Dreams – 1-4pm. Learn how to re-enter dreams and access your soul’s creativity through Touch Drawing and bringing messages into form through poetry, writing, acting or art. With Katharine Rossi and David Barr. $60. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329. Guided Meditation – 4-5:30pm. Heidi Gabrilowitz will lead different types of meditative exercises, to give those new to meditation a chance to experience this ancient art of centering. $15. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Monday, May 5 Intro to the Archangels – 6-8:30pm. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about the Archangels or for those who plan to take the Heavenly Hugs Angel Intuitive Certification Program. With Gladys Ellen. $30. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Tuesday, May 6 Living Yoga Monthly Group – 12:30-2pm. 30 minutes of gentle yoga followed by a group discussion exploring the ways yoga positively impacts our daily living. $16/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Free Gentle Yoga Demo Class – 6-7pm. An instructor from Time For You Yoga Studio will do a free demo class at Cumberland Family Chiropractic. Great for anyone who has back/hip/knee problems, elderly. RSVP by May 2. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. Level 1 Usui Reiki Course – 6-7pm. Over 2 weeks, learn basic techniques, history, symbols and receive 1st attunement. Space limited so call to reserve now. New class starts every 2 weeks. With Dottie Arnold. $150, Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092.

Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy as I lead a meditation and tap on the acupuncture points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Monthly Consciousness Teleconference – 8-9pm. Learn how to free yourselves and your relationships from sabotaging patterns by utilizing intuitive perception and Family Constellations. Gain practical, real-world tools and techniques for accessing the three dimensions of consciousness and releasing personal issues. Free. More info, The Psychotherapy Center for Wellness: 401-536-5575,

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markyourcalendar Astrology Certification 1 of 4 – 6:30-8:30pm. 4-class series provides basic working of astrology and ability to read a person’s chart. Shirley Prisco is the astrology columnist for Motif Magazine. $120. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099. Monthly Meditation – 7-7:45pm. A guided meditation experience. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. The Nia Technique – 7-8pm. Nia is a cardiovascular conditioning workout. Build strength, flexibility, mobility and agility as you sweat the toxins out of your body. Three levels of intensity. $10/6-week series. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819.

Thursday, May 8 Shamanic Journey with Brandon Burns – 6-7:30pm. Come together in sacred circle as we explore the ancient indigenous practice of journeying; entering a light meditation to the sound of a sonic driver (drum, rattle, didgeridoo). $20. Ascension Nxt, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. 10 Day Sugar Handling - 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how you can handle sugar cravings, weight gain, fatigue, excessive appetite and other symptoms of unbalanced blood sugar. Free. Natural Health Solutions-Dr. Bomback, 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA. 508-678-1233.

Friday, May 9 Second Friday Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Melt into a state of peace, relaxation and bliss as the healing vibrations of the gongs, singing bowls and drums wash away your stress. With Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-258-3952.

Saturday, May 10 Yoga and Meditation Half Day Retreat – 9am12pm. With Jenn Thomas. Befriend your body, heart and mind. Explore mindfulness meditation and yin yoga, and discover the richness in the quiet, still attention you cultivate through both movement and stationary practices. Whether you are new to yoga or mediation or a long-time practitioner, this half day retreat is for you. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Integrated Energy Therapy®: Advanced – 9:30am-6pm. A powerful day to unlock your soul’s purpose through self-healing and energy therapy certification training. Prerequisite: IET Intermediate. With Gladys Ellen. $215. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Group Manifesting for the Earth Hike – 10am1pm. Come join us for a hike in the woods and to group manifest for the planet. With Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis. $15. Meet at Lincoln Woods, Lincoln. 401-465-4249. To RSVP & for directions: Goddess Day at Ascension Nxt – 10am-6pm. Experience an in-depth chakra clearing using channeled energy from 14 Goddesses. Bring in an offering for the Goddess altar and take 50% off your Goddess Healing. $35. 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. Shamanic Reiki: Reiki I Certification – 10:30am4pm. Reiki I certification program focuses on learning how to channel Divine Energy for healing yourself, family and friends. The part 2 of this class is May 11. $150. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-662-6642. Meridian Yoga with Debbie Bourque – 1-3:30pm. Celebrate Spring by exploring the Wood Element, and how it relates to the health of the gall bladder and liver. No previous experience necessary. $25/at door, $20/pre-registered. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081. Elements are Part of your Life – 3-8pm. Basic elemental playshop that can be applied to your everyday life. Instructor learned this process in Bali and uses it on a daily basis. Bring your dinner. $40, materials included. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.

Sunday, May 11 Chandra Namaskar with Coral Brown – 12:302:30pm. Accessing the chakras through our yoga practice can provide us with a deeper connection to our energetic centers. Steep in movement patterns correlating to each chakra. $30. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616.

Monday, May 12 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? Powerful, healing and personalized meditation. $15. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St 3rd FL, Providence. 401-793-0097. Group Manifesting with the Earth – 7-9pm. Join us as we set out to manifest with the Earth. Truly magical as we follow a meditative format and span the planet as a group. With Shari Bitsis. $10. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Reconnect with your dreams and awaken to a whole new world. Join us to explore your dreams thru dream re-entry, dream theater, and more in a fun and supportive way. With Katharine Rossi and David Barr. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, May 14 The Monthly Blues Resolved – 6-7:30pm. A holistic approach to hormonal imbalance. Interactive workshop; find the cause and how to correct it: insomnia, hot flashes, PMS, weight gain, bloating, fatigue, etc. $20. Windhorse Therapies, 420 D Scrabbletown Rd, North Kingstown. 401-263-8735. Guided Meditation Night – 6:30-8pm. Guided Meditation is used to help increase relaxation by creating joyful, happy images in the mind. Held the 2nd Wednesday of the month. All learning levels are welcome. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

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“Flower” Full Moon Ritual – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a free Flower Full Moon meditation. Bring offerings for the Moon Goddess or any other belonging that you would like charged during the ritual. Free. Ascension Nxt, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Experience the power of the circle and the rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing and gain insight. With Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. $35. The Soul Purpose, 1225 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. 774-264-1329.

Thursday, May 15 Transform Your Body in 28 Days – 6-8pm. Restore your digestion and reconnect with your body. A whole-foods based clean eating program. Series of 4 classes to empower you and get your body back. Thursdays, May 15-June 5. $157. Innisfree Body Works, 18 Post Rd, Pawtuxet Village, Warwick. 401-461-3788. RI Holistic Healers Association Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Presenter: Shawn Aceto, host of the Southern NE Holistic Living & Wellness Expo & owner of Heart of Peace in Peacedale. Door opens at 6:30pm for networking. Free. White Light Book Store, 1464 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-944-4130.

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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.

Landscape History & Garden Tour – 5:306:30pm. The tour traces Newport’s development, covering 250 years. Participants receive gardeninspired recipes from Doris Duke’s Rough Point archives. $10. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport. Register: 401-846-4152 x 122, Liz@ or

Third Friday Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Let the resonant sounds of the gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and drums fill you with a sense of complete relaxation and peace. With Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. $20/ pre-registered, $25/at door. A Reiki World, 1080 Kingstown Rd, Palisades Mill Complex, Bldg 8, Peace Dale. 401-258-3952.


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A Taste of Qigong – 10-11:30am. Join us as we explore some of the various forms of qigong. Starting with some of the more meditative styles and working our way up to some that are quite vigorous. Free and open to the public. Life Breath Wellness Center, 378 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-837-9642.

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

Kids Chakra Class with Jamie – 6-7pm. Each child will learn the names, placements, and colors of their chakras in this hands-on art class. $10. Ascension Nxt, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348.

Karuna Master Certification with Myra Partika – May 17 & 18. 10am-5pm. For certified Reiki Masters, the Karuna Reiki training focuses on deepening your emotional and spiritual development as a compassionate healer. Pre-requisite: Karuna Reiki Practitioner 1 and 2. $350. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Empower SELF Expo – 10am-6pm. Experience a day of self empowerment. There will be guest speakers, mediums, card readers, healers, vendors and more to inspire you to live a life of freedom. $7/adults, free/12 & under. Sheraton, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. Gong Baths at Empower SELF Expo – 10am6pm. Join us at our booth where we will be playing mini-gong baths for individuals all day, and sharing about sound healing. Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. Free with $7 expo admission. Sheraton Hotel, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-258-3952. Reflexology: Heart and Sole – 10:30am-12:30pm. With Elysia Bates. Learn the anatomy of your cardiovascular system and practice hands-on reflexology techniques that support healthy circulation and blood flow. Leave having experienced a mini-session of reflexology you can use on family and friends. $50. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Debbie Palooza Hovering & Hangtime – 12:303pm. More arm balances and upside down playtime. More options to float, fly and freeze time. Let’s get the fire in the belly stoked for summer. $30/ class, $108/4 sessions. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Transform Your Life: – 1-3pm. Proof the Spirit Dimension Exists. Join us in a powerpoint presentation based on the book Divinely Touched. Discover how psychic phenomena is real; ESP, NDEs, reincarnation. $39. Learning Connection, 201 Wayland Sq, Providence. 401-274-9330. Vibrant Health & Well Being – 1-4pm. An ayurvedic workshop. Learn how to use simple, daily ayurvedic practices and gentle lifestyle changes to enjoy more energy and vitality. $50/person. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. Register: 401-305-5319.

Sunday, May 18 Shirodhara Therapy – May 18 & 19. 10am-5pm. CE’ available. 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.


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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? Powerful, healing and personalized meditation. $15. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097. Dreaming the Future – 7-9pm. Do you dream events before they happen? Have you experienced deja vu? Do you feel you can’t tell anyone? You are not alone; join us for a talk-shop about prophetic dreams. With David Barr. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Tuesday, May 20 Landscape History and Garden Tour – 5:306:30pm. The tour traces Newport’s development, covering 250 years. Participants receive garden-inspired recipes from Doris Duke’s Rough Point archives. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport. Register: 401-846-4152 x 122, or Third Tuesday Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Melt into a state of peace, relaxation and bliss as the healing vibrations of the gongs, singing bowls and drums wash away your stress. With Gongs of Joy and Drumsong. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent St, Providence. 401-258-3952. Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy as I lead a meditation and tap on the acupuncture points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249. Shamanic Journeying – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding of yourself, the world and your relationships. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, May 21 Astrology Certification 2 of 4 – 6:30-8:30pm. 4-class series provides basic working of astrology and ability to read a person’s chart. Shirley Prisco is the astrology columnist for Motif Magazine. $120. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St, Providence. 401-353-3099.

Thursday, May 22 Stress & Fatigue – 6:30-7:30pm. Stress is something we all experience. A well functioning body can adapt and manage it. Find out if your fatigue and stress symptoms are due to nutritional deficiency. Free. Natural Health Solutions, Dr. Bomback, 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA. 508-678-1233.

Sound Healing with Brandon Burns – 7-9pm. A powerful experience of vibration and sensation invokes a deeply relaxed and meditative state, allowing for an opening to new awareness and a deep connection to Source. $25. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.

Saturday, May 24 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. Free. A Touch of Health, Miriam Hospital, Hurvitz Board Room, 164 Summit Ave, Providence. Registration required, Judy Antonelli: 401-247-2220. Usui Reiki Level One – 10am-4pm. Class open to all students who are interested in learning Usui Reiki Level One. Receive a Reiki I Attunement, a comprehensive manual and certification. With Shari Bitsis. $150. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Sunday, May 25 Eyelash Extension Training Class – 11am-7pm. What is holding you back from earning top dollar as an Eyelash Artist? Lash Artistry is the #1 area in the Beauty Industry. Learn from professional Eyelash experts. With a professional eyelash extension kit and certification upon completion of 2 clients. Diane’s Permanent Makeup & Eyelashes, 101 We Natick Rd, across from Warwick Mall, Warwick. Register: 401-855-4333.

Monday, May 26 Tong Ren Guinea Pig Class – 7-8:30pm. Need some energy work or just relax? Come by, listen to soft music, get comfy as I lead a meditation and tap on the acupuncture points on a model to relieve blockages. With Shari Bitsis. Donations accepted. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

Tuesday, May 27 Adult Indigo & Light Worker Gathering – 6:308:30pm. Be with like-minded individuals to talk about your interests and ideas. Rejuvenate, share, support and network. $5. CreatIgo, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-793-0097.

Thursday, May 29 Ascension Day Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Come celebrate Ascension Day at Ascension Nxt. We will have a 40-minute guided meditation followed by a discussion about raising the Earth’s vibration. $20. Ascension Nxt, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. Abraham-Hicks Discussion Group – 8-9:15pm. You activate a vibration in you to which the Law of Attraction responds. 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.

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Dancing At Crossroads Weekend Class – 6:309:30pm. No matter your age, your background, your circumstances or your history, your days ahead can hold promise and pleasure at every cross road. Learn to dance into the future. $150. Sisters Of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668.

Sacred Stone Facial & Ayurvedic Beauty – June 1 & 2. 10am-5pm. Learn about heated and chilled stones, crystals, marma points, sacred oils and honey mask. Free stones during guided harvest. CEs available. $275. SAMA, Newport. 877-832-1372.

Saturday, May 31 Usui Reiki I Certification – 9:30am-4:30pm. What is Reiki and how does it work? Learn the origins and lineage, the hand positions, the ideals and receive the attunement for level I. Practice time is built in to the day. $150 includes certification. Angel Whispers Rhode Island, Serenity Space. Info/register, Adriene: 401-741-2278. A Map of the Human Psyche – 10:30am-5pm. The Enneagram is a powerful wisdom tool providing understanding of the inner experience and outer expression of nine distinct, yet interconnected, personality types. With Jenny Campbell. $75; $95 after May 15. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport, MA. 774-644-9977. Empower Your Life – 1-3pm. Join us in this 2-session workshop (May 31 & June 7) to learn how to heal yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. Receive resources, hypnotherapy CD & mini-healing. $69. Learning Connection, 201 Wayland Sq, Providence. 401-274-9330. Group Manifesting for the Earth Hike – 1-4pm. Come join us for a hike in the woods as we group manifest for the planet. With Spirit of Agape, Shari Bitsis. $15. Meet at Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary, LaSalette. 401-465-4249. To RSVP & for directions:

Healing in Harmony Wellness Fair – 11am-3pm. Come and celebrate our 15-year anniversary. We will have local artists offering soaps, lotions, honey, maple syrup, jewelry, drumming, vegan food truck and Blood Drive. Free. Healing In Harmony Wellness Center, 185 Putnam Pike, Ste 4, across from Harmony Fire Station Rte 44, Chepachet. 401-949-5533.

Saturday, June 7 Advanced Reiki Class – June 7 & 8. 9am2pm. Attunement, receive symbol, Reiki techniques to enhance treatments, and meditations for greater clarity and to expand awareness. $200. One Voice Spiritual Center, North Smithfield. Vedic Bodymask & Hot Towel Therapy – 10am3pm. Also June 29. Using powdered herbs, clay, salt, sugar or herbal paste applied to the body, can help detoxify and rejuvenate the body. 10 CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. $275. SAMA, Newport. 877-832-1372. Introduction to the Labyrinth – 10:30am-4pm. Learn the history and mystery of the labyrinth, how to construct your own, and how it is used for healing. Evening Labyrinth walk free if you take this class. $75. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd., Portsmouth. 401-662-6642.

Labyrinth walk – 5-7pm. Walk a meditative path in community and participate in a ceremony of blessing. Proceeds go to Angel Heart Charity for Children with Cancer. $10. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-662-6642.

Sunday, June 29 Earth, My Body – 2-4pm. Explore the Earth Salutation, honoring the outer and inner nature of our home, Earth as the planet that we live upon and the body that we live within. $25. Yoga On Union, One Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA. 774-644-9977.

Friday, July 25 Reiki Master Class – July 25-27. Learn how to attune others to Reiki, review the levels to teach classes and more. 16-hour training. $400. One Voice Spiritual Center, North Smithfield. For complete class info:

Saturday, August 9 Introduction to Marma Therapy Class – 10am3pm. Activating marma points allows light and prana into the body, transforming the biochemistry of the physiology. 6 CEs available for Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. $155. SAMA, 79 Thames St, Newport. 877-832-1372.

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Gentle Yoga – 8:30-9:45am. Gentle yoga is a way to open your heart with a smooth and gentle approach. Maybe you are looking to stretch, maybe you are looking to find a place of peace. $12. Sisters Of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Meditation, sacred readings, lesson on Science of Mind, affirmative prayer, inspirational music, children ministry and child care. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401732-1552. Community Yoga – 10-11:30am. 2nd Sunday (except May 18). Local yoga teachers volunteer their time and teaching to benefit the cause of their choice. By donation. Westport Central Village Grange, 931 Main Rd, Westport, MA. 774-644-9977. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 877 Broadway, East Providence. Open Meditation – 10am-12pm. Weekly open sitting meditation with beginning chants, then sitting and walking meditation. Drop-in any time during session. Instruction offered at 10am. All are welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence. Sunday Satsang at Ananda Hopkinton – 10am12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang and veggie potluck lunch. Healing prayer circle after lunch on 4th Sunday. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Donation. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. Gentle yoga is for everyone, regardless of whether you have never practiced or are a regular practitioner. Class consists of basic yoga poses with attention to breath. $14/ drop-in, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Intro to Yoga with Tobi – 3-4:15pm. A step-bystep introduction series to the foundations of basic yoga poses and breathing exercises. $15/drop-in. Focus Yoga, 62 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112. Ananda Providence Sunday Satsangs – 4-5:30pm. Join us Sunday afternoons. Different each week: meditation, chanting, tea & talk, yoga, music, videos, art. 2nd Sunday Healing Prayer Circle. Donation. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. Details:


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and much more. $60/month. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. 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. Guided Meditation in Shavasana – 6-7pm. The first pose we learn, the last one we master. Slow down, relax and take your practice to a deeper level. $16/drop-in or class card. 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. To register: 401-835-5683. Beginner Pilates Mat – 6:30-7:30pm. Pilates Mat classes offer a full body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. $14/class, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Tai Chi with Steve Mello – 6:30-8pm. Tai chi chuan offers many benefits, including: stimulates organs, skin, joints, muscles, fascia, tendons, bone, and all physiological systems. Beneficial for all. $12. Sisters Of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport, MA. 508-636-4668. 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. Can set own pace; no prior experience needed. $70/monthly, $15/drop-in. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.


Good Morning Ananda Yoga – 9:30-11am. Give your body a breakfast of energy. Start with breathing practices for cleansing and clarity. Dynamic poses for energy and joy. Uplifting affirmations for inspiration. $12/class, $50/5. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. Yoga Baby – 10-11am. A yoga-based movement class for mothers/caregivers and children ages 3 mo-3 yrs. Learn how to maintain a mindful yoga practice while caring for and supporting the children. $15 or class card. The Women’s Well, Community Wholistic

Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. To register: 401-835-5683. Basic Yoga – 10-11:30am. All ages, from beginners to advanced. $30/6 wks. Governor Notte Park, Recreation Hall off of Douglas Ave, North Providence. 401-349-5625. Gentle Yoga with Amy – 11am-12:15pm. Very easy pace with props. Suitable for all; best for students recovering from injury or for those who might need more assistance. $15/drop-in; New students: $30/3. Focus Yoga, 62 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112. 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, tri, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. Class provides calorie-blasting cardio. $14/class, packages available to save. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. 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 of Cumberland. $15/drop-in, $12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa® Yoga: Healing Yoga – 6-7:30pm. This less active, compassionate style of yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of yoga experience, shape or fitness level. Lose tension; gain relaxation and peace. With Natalie Schiffer. New students: $50/5, $19/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Cosmic Connections – 7-9pm. 2nd Tuesday. Discuss anything and everything related to alien life. Share your stories as we try to unravel what lies beyond our planet Earth. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 877 Broadway, East Providence.


Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Join in a personal meditation practice. Learn techniques to reduce stress, insomnia, problems with concentration and generally improve self-mastery. Donation based. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. 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 heart and body to release and open. With Paula Levesque. New students: $50/5, $14/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Beginner’s Yoga & Meditation – 5-7pm. Want to try yoga, but don’t know how to begin? 5-6pm, Ananda Yoga Beginner’s Class: clear instruction, gentle poses, moderate pace. 6:10-7pm, Meditation, everyone welcome. $12/yoga, donation/meditation. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. Chakra Balancing – 6-7pm. Treat yourself to the healing experience of renewed energy by balancing your chakras using breath control, visualization and

sound. With Robert Arnold. Online also available. $20. Under the Sun Meditation Center, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092.

experience needed. $10. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940.

Meditation is More than you Think – 6-7pm. Discover the benefits of meditation and experience all styles of meditation. All levels welcome. $5. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

Kundalini Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. A blend of breath work, movement, postures, mediation and chanting for strength and radiance. Join Karen Matte in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $15/drop-in, $12/ Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

BreatheFit Class – 6-7:30pm. Combines movement practices including yoga, gyrokinesis, barre work, and light weights linked together with various rhythms of breath, strengthening the body/mind to create a whole body practice. Each class begins with a mini-melt of the hands and feet. The Life Breath Institute, The Elms, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. $15. 401-258-6537. 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. Women’s Support Group – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Wednesday. Come find a safe and comforting place to share your experiences or seek guidance from your peers in this women’s support group led by Pastor Susan Robillard. $5. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 877 Broadway, East Providence. Meditation and Messages – 7-8:15pm. 2nd Wednesday. Enjoy a guided meditation followed by spirit messages from members of the First Spiritualist Church of RI. Come develop your own abilities. $5. 877 Broadway, East Providence. Group Manifestation for You – 7-9:30pm. Join us each week as we visualize, play and develop scripts filled with positive emotions in order to group manifest for each other. Guided group meditation format. With Shari Bitsis. $20/class, $90/6 classes. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.


Kripalu Yoga (Moderate/All Level) – 9:3010:45am. An all-level hatha yoga class emphasizing breath awareness and gentle openings. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in, $12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. All Levels Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Suitable for all students and provides the opportunity to learn and refine the principals of alignment and form. All types of poses will be explored. $16/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Tai Chi & Chi Kung for Health – 6-7:30pm. Class format is extended to include a chi kung set following the tai chi portion of class. Learn the ancient health rejuvenating techniques, helping to bring balance to your physical, emotional and mental health. Limited to 12 students for comfort. The Life Breath Institute, The Elms, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. For pricing: 401-258-6537. Women’s Jiu Jitsu – 6-8pm. Also Saturday, 1pm. A great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. Classes designed especially for women. Can set own pace; no prior


Basic Yoga – 10-11:30am. All ages, beginners to advanced. $30/6 wks. Governor Notte Park, Recreation Hall off of Douglas Ave, North Providence. 401-349-5625. Gentle Yoga with Diana – 11am-12:15pm. Very easy pace with props. Suitable for all; best for students recovering from injury or for those who might need more assistance. $15/drop-in, New students: $30/3. Focus Yoga, 62 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-354-9112. Yoga To Awaken The Chakras – 6-9pm. Using yoga postures learn to identify and awaken the chakras and uplift their energy for personal growth and inner peace. 6-7pm, yoga. Kirtan Chanting, 7:30-9pm. Yoga: $12/class, $50/5; donation/kirtan. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. 401-524-4766. Free Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Last Friday of the month (May 30). Diane Pezza teaches this class for all levels; suitable for any body at any point in their practice. We support a healthy community. The Heart Spot, 700 Greenville Ave, Johnston. 401-231-0081.


BreatheFit Class – 8-9:30am. Combines movement practices including yoga, gyrokinesis, barre work, and light weights linked together with various rhythms of breath, strengthening the body/mind to create a whole body practice. Each class begins with a mini-melt of the hands and feet. The Life Breath Institute, The Elms, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. $15. 401-258-6537. 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. Space limited. $15. The Women’s Well, Community Wholistic Center, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. To register: 401-835-5683.

Svaroopa® Yoga: Healing Yoga – 9:30-11am. This less active, compassionate style of yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of yoga experience, shape, or fitness level. Lose tension: gain relaxation and peace. With Pat Spencer. New students: $50/5, $19/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga: All Level – 9:45-11am. A moderately-paced hatha yoga class for all levels including Sun Salutations and deep posture work. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center in Cumberland. $15/drop-in, $12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. 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. Kindergarten & Kid’s Kung Fu – 10-11:45am. For ages 6-12 held Monday & Wednesday, 4:45pm. For ages 3-5 held Saturday, 11am. Free trial class for new students. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. 2014: Living the Life You Love – 11am-12:15pm. Come join the fun of “reinventing” yourself; meditations, laughter, creativity, walk the “Cliff Walk” and meeting new people who are likeminded. $15. Kathleen Del Rio, LMHC, 117 Bellevue Ave, Ste 202a, Newport. 401-450-4878. Adult Jiu Jitsu – 11:30am-1:30pm. A great way to get in shape, stay toned while building confidence and self awareness. Can set own pace; no prior experience needed. $70/monthly, $15/drop-in. InnerStengths Jiu Jitsu, 311 Washington Ave, Providence. 774-488-6940. Kung Fu For Fitness And Self-Defense – 1:152:30pm. Classes suitable for beginner through experienced students. Flexible schedule includes Monday and Wednesday, 6pm; Friday, 1pm, and Saturday, 1:15pm. Free trial class for new students. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Learn To Meditate Workshop – 1:30-3pm. First Saturday. Relax, release stress, experience calmness, peace and joy through meditation at Ananda. Easy and Effective techniques. Suggested donation $15. Ananda Providence, 593 Charles St, Providence. Must pre-register: 401-524-4766.

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classifieds FOR RENT Beautiful Progressive Wellness Center. Affordable Room rental available for half week. Prefer motivated massage therapist, acupuncturist or reflexologist. $400 per month. Call Carol 401-596-5700. Large Beautiful OFFICE SPACE in Cranston. Full or part time, perfect for private practice counseling or other wellness practitioner. Rent includes Internet and utilities, convenient location on Reservoir Ave, Call 632-4114 for details.  Large sound proofed treatment rooms available at 360 Face Mind Body, a beautiful wellness spa now located in Coventry, just around the corner from the Center of New England. Rent includes, WiFi and utilities. Perfect for acupuncturist, massage therapist, or other wellness practitioner. Must have own insurance. For more information call 401-886-1938. Office Space East Greenwich. Newly painted holistic office space in East Greenwich which includes parking. Available to rent on Thursdays. Rent due on first of the month.
 401-480-5938 . Professional Rental Space Available. A must see in Johnston. Rent negotiable. Contact Cheryl @ 486-0033. Rental for Non Profit Agencies in Cranston – Office space on Park Ave near stadium. 1st floor, 1 large room for classes, 2 small therapy rooms. A/C, newly renovated, hardwoods all utilities included. Year/month/week available. 401-942-1076. 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 – Interviewing Integrative Wellness Practitioners to join our team of Alternative Medicine Professionals. Specifically seeking specialists in Ayurveda, Shiatsu, and Integrative Breathwork, as well as Yoga and Dance teachers for classes. The Loft of The Well is available for private classes, workshops, trainings, conferences, women’s circles, men’s spiritual groups, and gatherings of the heart’s desire. Call 835-LOVE or email

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communityresourceguide acupuncture Five Harmony Health

Jo-Ann Sarro, D.Ac., Dipl.Ac., M.Ac. 655 Main Street, Suite 214, East Greenwich, RI 443-831-2347 As a Five Element Acupuncturist I work with each patient to identify and treat individual concerns in Body, Mind and Spirit. Energy balancing equals better overall health. Here we honor your personal journey and provide treatments that support the natural workings of your body to improve functioning that can be seen in the relief of symptoms, and a better, healthier you.

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.

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

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.

Seaside Academy For Massage & Ayurveda (S.A.M.A.)

 Karyn Chabot, D.Ay., LMT 128 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 
 401-845-8950 With a master’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and training in medical Vedic astrology, I offer consultations, education and holistic self-care programs personally designed to help you achieve a life of balance. According to the science of Ayurveda, the human body, given the right support, has an inherent capacity to heal itself. It is considered 1 of the top 3 medical systems in the world listed by the World Health Organization. See ads on pages 4 & 49.

books Reflection of the Soul, LLC

Westport, MA 508-636-9176 “Here WE Go Again,” by Carole Mann. Her 2nd book is now available on Amazon. Carole is also an Aura Photographer, Master Reiki/ Teacher and offers Certified Angel Classes with Reflection of the Soul, LLC. See ad on page 29.

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. Re-

member: The Rd to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad on page 49.

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 360 FACE MIND BODY Michelle Maynard 99 Frenchtown Rd, East Greenwich, RI 401-886-1936

Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 16.

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 29.

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Flipp Hair Salon and Reflexology Center

Holistic Margarida

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 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 coaching and nutritional counseling BETTER HEALTH WITH JOY

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

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 31.

holistic guidance My Holistic Village

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 28.

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

Soul Wisdom Healing @ The Womens Well

934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642  or 401-847-6551

health food store The Good Seed

138 Central Ave Seekonk, MA 508-399-7333 Celebrating 25 years, offering GlutenFree Foods, Herbs, Homeopathy & Vitamins, Natural Body Care and more. Our staff is caring, experienced and available to help you find the products and information you need for a happy, healthy life, and a good meal! See ad on page 27.

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.

Get to the Heart of the matter with Integrative, holistic, intuitive guidance with Cris McCullough Holistic Tarot, Numerology and Spiritual Astrology, Body Talk, Master Reiki, Crystal Attunement. In person or by phone. Make your appointment now!

holistic wellness center ASCENSION NXT

1675 Cranston St Cranston RI 401-556-7756 Ashley and Stephanie both offer Energy Healing. They specialize in Reiki, Goddess Healing, Card Readings and Mediumship Work. Chakra clearing and much more…Call today to receive 50% off your 1st Healing Session. See ad on page 7.

DAVINA HOLISTIC CENTER Naglaa Gaafar 145 Waterman St, Providence 401-556-3643

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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Positive New Beginnings 877 Broadway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

Dr. Cathy Picard, N.D. 250 Eddie Dowling Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 401-597-0477 •

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 24.

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.


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Christine Framson PhD, RYT LunaSea Creations Rehoboth, MA 774-526-4189 Handmade Artisan Jewelry. Our Lotus Cuff Bracelets make beautiful gifts, see us on Facebook, visit our website. Create a personalized, hand stamped ring. Choose from an assortment of ring styles and customize just for you with many symbols to choose from.  Beautiful and affordable rings.

makeup and beauty Diane's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash Extensions

101 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 29.

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 11.

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.


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organic HAIR SALON Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients only.

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 24.

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 28.

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 24.

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. See ad on page 43.

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 49.

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

120 Wayland Ave, Ste 4B Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of restorative 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.

Rive Gauche

yoga and holistic health center

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.

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 45.

Sisters of Solace

wellness center IT’S MY HEALTH

Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 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 24.

The Life Breath Wellness Center & Studio Linda Jaros, LMT, CYT, Holistic Health Facilitator, Owner 378 Main Street East Greenwich, RI 02818 401-258-6537 With over 30 years experience in the holistic healthcare industry, my mission is to empower and inspire our clients/students by creating a welcoming environment where they can engage their spirit.  We offer a variety of services and classes from.... massage, skincare, Full Wave Breath, Melt Method instruction, BreatheFit or Tai Chi/Quigong.  We believe in staying current with our service offering and our educational programs.”  Please check out our website for a compete listing and meet our staff. See ad on page 5.

NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St Fall River, MA 508-678-1233

Dr. Bomback became a chiropractor because she always wanted to be involved in natural healthcare. Chiropractic restored her health to a higher level than it had ever been, reduced her stress and eliminated her neckache and headaches. Dr. Bomback started Natural Health Solutions in 1991 in her hometown. She can help you achieve weight management, a better digestive system, less fatigue and headaches. See ad on page 15.

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Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center

“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 on page 28.

The Women’s Well

934 East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI Info@TheWomen’ 401-269-8788 • Earth Medicine | Dance Medicine | Intuitive Bodywork. Nutrition, Herbal Support, Spiritual Fitness, Yoga & Dance, Massage Therapy, Doula Services, Wholistic Counseling, Shamanic Journeywork, Energy work, Spiritual Tarot, Numerology, Angel Therapy. Loft space is available for classes, workshops, trainings, and conferences. 

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 11.

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.


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.

Sanctuary Sadhana

Karen Moore Holliday, M.A. Westport MA 774-644-9977 Living from the inside out... Contact Karen. Yoga & Meditation Teacher & Therapist. Spiritual Companion DreamWeaver. I offer many course with opportunities for Self-Reflection, Deep Understanding and Growth. See ad on page 29.


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.

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