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ertified Integrative Health Coach Sheryl Turgeon will talk about how the right cleanse can help soothe frazzled nerves and high reactivity during a free teleseminar, How to Sheryl Turgeon Choose the Right Cleanse for You. The seminar will take place from noon to 1 p.m., May 21, and will help participants make important connections between food sensitivities, environmental allergies and other sensitivities experienced by highly sensitive women. Turgeon specializes in helping highly sensitive women revitalize lives and resolve concerns specific to their bodies, while providing them with tools to tap into their unique gifts of sensitivity. She is host of the cable TV and YouTube show, Living Healthy, and has written articles and a monthly column for various magazines. Participants can register at and receive a free shopping list. Those curious about how sensitive they are can visit to take an assessment.

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n May 9, dream teachers from all over the world will be hosting talks, activities and workshops to celebrate the 2nd Annual World Day of Active Dreaming and bring attention to the importance of dreaming. Inner Vision Health & Wellness, in Warwick, will be hosting two events that day starting at 1 p.m. The first, Shamanic Dreaming, will help people learn tips and techniques to interpret dreams and improve recall. Attendees will play the Lightning Dreamwork game created by Robert Moss which is a fun and fast way to share dreams, receive helpful feedback and form action plans. Guided meditations and shamanic journeys will also be used to meet dream guides, create and explore dream gates and re-enter one’s own dreams and the dreams of others. The cost of this workshop is $35. The second event, Pot Luck Dreams, is free to attend. People are invited to bring a dish along with some dreams to explore. All kinds of dream related activities will take place, including Lightning Dreamwork, Dream Theater, dancing into dreams, arts and crafts based on dreams, and creating a bumper sticker with a saying inspired by a message from a dream or to summarize an action plan based on a dream. “We are the only culture that doesn’t value our dreams. Dreams are important sources of wisdom, guidance, inspiration, creativity, and healing,” says David Barr, owner of Inner Vision Health & Wellness. “Our goal is to help people honor and respect their dreams and the messages that come through them. Working with our dreams can enhance and change our lives.” Location: Inner Vision Health & Wellness, 1645 Warwick Ave., Ste. 204, Warwick. For more information, call 401-626-7088 or visit

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ewport Holistic Community will host its second annual Spring Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 16, at the Newport Congregational Church, a National Historic Landmark. The event features holistic health and wellness practitioners offering such services as massage, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, and Reiki treatments, provided in the church’s spacious and peaceful sanctuary. Astrology, tarot and other intuitive readings will be offered by experienced guides. A variety of vendors will be on hand offering nutritional products, skin care accessories, books, artwork, clothing and jewelry, along with information tables representing area nonprofits based in the holistic field. A raffle with prizes will be held on-site by a local charitable organization supporting family health and stability. Acoustic music will be provided and refreshments will be available for purchase. A chance to win door prizes will be given to those submitting business cards. Cost: $10 (children under 12 free). Free off-street parking is available at the Elks Lodge. Location: 73 Pelham St., Newport. For more information, call 616-334-3600 or visit Newport Holistic Community on Facebook.



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rosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory will kick off its season of outdoor activity with the sixth annual Frosty Drew 5K Classic Run/Walk on May 2, rain or shine. Individuals and teams are welcome at this fun event for all ages, and proceeds from the Frosty Drew 5K Classic are used to support the Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory’s mission of delivering environmental education to people of all ages, with a primary focus on marine aquatic habitats and the night sky. The scenic course winds through the natural treasures of Ninigret Park, in Charlestown. Certificates will be offered to the most spirited team; apple pies will be offered to the top three male and female runners. This is a family-friendly event, with a Children’s Fun Run beginning at 11 a.m. and the 5K race/walk starting at 11:15 a.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and is $20 prior to May 1 and $25 the day of the race. Children 10 and under are free. The Observatory, with its 16-inch telescope and John G. Drew Sky Theater, is open to the public free of charge on Friday nights throughout the year, and on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer. It serves as a gateway to Charlestown’s extraordinary dark sky—the darkest between Boston and New York. Cost: $20 by May 1/ $25 day of. Register in advance at dc/show/event-378/. For more information, email or visit

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eam Awesome RI offers exciting opportunities this month for those with big personal or professional dreams. The Inspired Action workshop will be offered May 9, giving those that are ready to launch, grow, or transform their holistic services access to strategies that will ensure their business will thrive. Taught by Amisha Patel, consultant to nationally renowned figures in health and wellness, such as Mike Messina, winner of The Biggest Loser Season 13, this workshop promises to invigorate Amisha Patel those that are ready to succeed in holistic health. Patel will also be leading Branding Bootcamp on May 17 to freshen up your brand, bio, service descriptions and business image. Unbecoming & Becoming, a workshop designed to re-orient participants to authentic decision making, will take place May 28. Kerry Cudmore, best-known for her work in prosperity consciousness, will teach The Law of Attraction 101 on May 16. A renowned life coach and empowerment trainer, Cudmore is experienced in teaching participants the practical steps necessary to make full use of the Law of Attraction. The Power of Perception, Team Awesome RI’s newest workshop, will be taught on May 28 by Kurtis Lee Thomas, author of The World is (Y)ours. Empathizing with those that are frustrated by circumstances that seem out of their hands, Thomas teaches participants to “control the uncontrollable”, allowing themselves to experience yet another, more mysterious dimension of the Law of Attraction. Location: Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St., Pawtucket. To enroll for any of these workshops, visit Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 401-285-7307 or email See ad on page 21.

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ntegrative Nurse Practitioner, Donna Zaken is offering a 15 percent discount on initial consultations for all new patients. According to Zaken, symptoms such as cold hands and feet, fatigue, hair loss, hot flashes, menstrual cramps and bloating, moodiness, poor sleep, weight gain, and chronic pain are symptoms of an unhealthy body. “With the assistance of kinesiology, we can uncover the underlying causes of these symptoms, as well as find a remedy unique to your body. Work with me, so your body can heal,” she says. “A healthy body can heal itself.” Kinesiology is used in the complementary health or Donna Zaken natural medicine field, and is defined primarily as the use of muscle testing to identify weaknesses in the body’s structural, physical, emotional or etheric body. “It can be used to establish the body’s priority healing needs, and causes of these weaknesses, so that they can be corrected, and the body can heal,” says Zaken. Location: Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases, 35 S. Angell St., Providence. For more information, call 401-585-7877 or visit See ad on page 11.


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I Holistic Healing Association (RIHHA) will hold its meeting on May 21 at It’s My Health, in Cumberland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for networking, followed by a 7 p.m. meeting. Melissa Hecht, MSW, LICSW, a holistic counselor and Reiki master practitioner, will be the presenter. She will be speaking on Gentle Reprocessing, a one treatment modality that is a revolutionary approach to therapy and healing and has helped countless individuals reclaim their lives and power. More information about Gentle Reprocessing can be found at RIHHA is a gathering of holistic practitioners that support and complement all aspects of well-being, including physical, environmental, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health; thereby contributing to the healing of ourselves and of our planet. Membership is open to practitioners, suppliers, store owners and all related professions in the holistic and alternative medical community. Location: It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd., Cumberland. For more information, visit or

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arvard Medical School researchers working at the Massachusetts General Hospital have determined that meditation can improve brain health. The researchers studied 16 volunteers that took part in an eight-week mindfulness meditation study at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. The participants conducted mindfulness meditation exercises for an average of 27 minutes a day. Before and after the trial, the subjects were given tests and magnetic resonance imaging of their brains. The researchers found that the practice of mindfulness meditation resulted in increased gray matter density in the hippocampus of the brain, an area associated with increased memory and learning capacity, plus a greater sense of compassion and introspection.

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aving a healthier partner may be one of the best things to do for our own health. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine finds that losing weight, stopping smoking or becoming more active is easier with a partner that has led the way in any or all healthy pursuits. The study authors reviewed data collected by the UK Health Behavior Research Center at the University College London that followed 3,700 couples between 2002 and 2012—most of them ages 50 and older and married. Those that smoked at the beginning of the study were more likely to quit by the end of it if their partners quit smoking, and those that were physically inactive at the beginning of the study were more likely to become active if their partners did so first. About two-thirds of the men became newly active during the course of the study. Men with wives that had lost weight were more likely to also shed pounds during the study, and women with husbands that didn’t lose weight were less likely to do so through the study period.




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ast September, a Milan Court held in favor of plaintiffs that claimed that three doses of the hexavalent GlaxoSmithKline vaccine Infanrix Hexa that were administered to an infant beginning in 2006 caused autism later when he was a young boy. The vaccine is used for polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, whooping cough and haemophilus influenzae type B. After hearing from several medical experts, the court ruled that the child likely suffered autism and brain damage as a result of the vaccine’s content of mercury and aluminum, combined with a genetic mutation in the child rendering greater susceptibility. The ruling ordered damages to be paid by the Italian government’s national vaccine injury compensation program. The court’s decision was also based upon GlaxoSmithKline’s list of possible adverse events resulting from the vaccine, which included five cases of autism during clinical trials. Today in the U.S., most vaccines routinely given to children under 6 years of age are free of thimerosal, a mercuryderived preservative.

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Active Dreaming How Working with Dreams Can Enhance Our Lives by David Barr


he 2nd Annual World Day of Active Dreaming is May 9. Dream Teachers all over the world will be hosting events and leading workshops to educate others about the importance of dreaming. The goal is to restore dreaming to our culture. It’s often common to hear someone say that something “was only a dream.” What if it was more than that? What if that dream was conveying important information or had an urgent message? What if that dream could help with making an important decision? What if that dream had the potential to change or even save a life? Active dreaming is a practice of actively engaging dreams—working with them, sharing them and encouraging others to do the same. Author/Dream Teacher Robert Moss is known for saying, “Dreams require action.” Taking action based on the wisdom, guidance and inspiration provided by our dreams is another component of active dreaming. By bringing those energies into our lives, we might be surprised by how things just seem to fall into place or can be accomplished. Learning the basics


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Improving Dream Recall

Sometimes people claim that they don’t dream. Unless there is a medical condition or medication that prevents someone from dreaming, that simply isn’t true. We all dream. Some people just don’t remember. I liken dream recall to building muscle; they must be exercised. So, here are a couple of things that can be done to improve dream recall: Before going to bed, set the intention to remember. Simply tell yourself that you want to remember your dreams. Keep a notebook and a pen by the bed. When you wake up, put the pen to the paper and write down anything that you recall. If you don’t remember any dreams, write down how you feel upon waking. How we feel is an indication of the types of dreams that we are having. When you write down how you feel each morning, your dreams will know that you are paying attention. Soon, you’ll begin to remember fragments and full dreams.

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How many times have you heard someone say that they had the craziest dream? Often, they don’t know what to make of it. Understand that dreams speak to us in different ways. We have literal dreams, which directly address things going on in our lives. Sometimes literal dreams are precognitive, rehearsals for events, or a set of instructions. I know people who have avoided car accidents by recognizing elements of unfolding events from dreams that they’ve had. I’ve rehearsed for talks and presentations in my dreams. Dreams also speak to us in terms of metaphor. These are often the “crazy” dreams. To understand these types of dreams, we have to break down the symbols and figure out what they mean to us. This is where keeping a dream journal comes in handy. Symbols can repeat themselves in a series of dreams, making them easier to figure out. Sometimes dreams speak to us in both ways, having a literal message, but also a deeper meaning. It’s important to explore both approaches when analyzing a dream.

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Set an intention for your dreams. We spend one third of our lives sleeping and dreaming, so why not make the most of that time? If you have a problem, ask your dreams for guidance. If you have a choice to make, intend to explore the possibilities of each path. Need to rehearse for that big presentation? Do so in your dreams. Want to take a vacation, but don’t have the time or the money? Take a dream vacation. You might wake up refreshed and reinvigorated. You can also set a general intention, like wanting to have fun or being shown what you need to know at this particular time in your life. Dreams are powerful tools that can enhance our lives. Approach the art of dreaming with child-like curiosity and explore the possibilities. Most importantly, have fun with your newfound dreaming skills. David Barr is a dream teacher, hypnotist, Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner, Usui and Karuna Reiki master and shamanic practitioner. Connect at

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KIDS ❤ VEGGIES How to Instill Healthy Lifelong Habits by Clancy Cash Harrison

Starting at conception, the early years of a child’s life are a perfect window of opportunity to establish a foundation of healthy eating.


ant a child to love veggies? Here are simple tips parents can practice in the first three years to establish lifelong good eating habits. Start early. We all know that eating healthy during pregnancy will help a baby grow, but many may not realize that an infant can taste flavors in utero and through breast milk. Eating a variety of fresh produce during pregnancy and breastfeeding helps shape a healthy diet later in life. Treat weaning as a time for the infant to explore the texture, taste and aroma of an array of foods. After six months of exclusive breastfeeding, food can be introduced, although breast milk is still the primary source of nutrients. Small, repeated exposures to many foods during this stage will help minimize refusals to try or accept foods in the toddler years.


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Children’s foods should be exploding with nutrients. Offering a variety of organic produce ensures optimal nutrition and decreases chemical exposure. Research reported by the Harvard Medical School and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, among others, shows that richly colored foods help build dense bones, powerful brains and tough immunity. Good candidates include butternut squash, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, berries and citrus. Also go for those naturally high in iron, such as peas, leafy greens, apricots, raisins and legumes. Avoid anything high in sugar and other sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, artificial colorings and other harmful additives. Another important yet often overlooked foundation of healthy eating is encouraging a child to self-regulate his

or her calorie intake. Self-regulation starts on the first day of breastfeeding and is carried through adulthood. Respecting a child’s decision to end a meal allows them to control their own food intake. Common signals infants use to end a meal include turning their head away, arching back, throwing food on the floor and showing an interest in other activities. To encourage self-regulation, always serve meals and healthy snacks on a schedule and allow the child to feed himself when possible. As early as 7 months of age, most healthy infants are developmentally ready to do this, which should optimize nutrient consumption, increase participation in family meals and contribute to a less stressful mealtime. Appropriate foods for self-feeding should easily melt in an infant’s mouth and be a safe size, such as soft fruits and cooked vegetables. To prevent choking, avoid round, hard and sticky foods such as whole grapes, peanuts, popcorn and nut or seed butters. Don’t be afraid to add mild herbs and spices to a child’s food. An easy way to teach healthy flavor preferences, develop taste buds and reduce pickiness when they’re older is to expose children to many foods, textures and aromas. A dash of cumin in smashed avocado or freshly chopped mint mixed with diced strawberries introduces new perspective on a favorite food. Food refusal is inevitable, normal behavior. Children will love a food one day and hate it the next. Rethinking the definition of variety empowers parents to reintroduce a not-so-favorite food many times. If children don’t like the way an item feels or looks, they may not taste it. The refusal of a carrot doesn’t

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EATING SKINNY Why Vegans and Vegetarians are Naturally Trim by Judith Fertig


e read the labels touting low sugar, carbs, fats and calories. We try this and that diet, hoping the pounds will melt away. Yet more than a third of U.S. adults, nearly 80 million of us, remain overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta. The problem might be that we’re getting the wrong advice. While most weight-loss plans focus on reducing calories, recent research shows that vegan and vegetarian dietary patterns can result in more weight loss than those that include meat, without even emphasizing caloric restriction. Scientists at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, point to their study, How Plant-Based Do We Need to Be to Achieve Weight Loss? Study participants were divided into five groups, according to eating style, from vegan to flexitarian to carnivore, and monitored for an eight-week period. At the end of the evaluation, those that followed an entirely plantbased diet achieved the greatest weight loss. Study leader Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Ph.D., notes, “Many researchers agree that vegan eating styles are tied to lower BMI [body mass index], lower prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and less weight gain with age.” Can it really be that simple… eat more plants and lose weight? “Yes,” says clean food coach Jeannette Bessinger, of Newport, Rhode Island. “Most people could benefit from eating more vegetables.” Co-author of Natural Solutions

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. ~Michael Pollan for Digestive Health with Naturopath Jillian Sarno Teta, Bessinger advises her clients to start by eating more green, leafy vegetables. Vegetables contribute to weight control in several ways, says Bessinger. They fill us up and help calm cravings. Plus, when plants become the bulk of what we eat, we naturally consume fewer high-fat, high-calorie foods. For an easy appetite-control strategy, Bessinger suggests having a cup of vegetable soup about 10 minutes before a meal. “It shuts off your appetite valve and you’ll eat noticeably less,” she says, while still feeling full. She also recommends slowing down and being mindful when we eat. Vegetables help us do that. “It takes two-and-a-half minutes to eat a piece of cheesecake, but much more time to eat a big salad,” she says.   For New York City-based Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and The Good Karma Diet, losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle became easier once she adopted a vegan diet. “I’ve been through life and loss and ages 40 and 50, and my weight

stays steady, some 60 pounds less than it once was,” she says. “Every year when I put away my winter clothes and get out my summer clothes, they fit.” Her eating strategy is easy, too. “Make your plate look like a Christmas tree,” says Moran, “mostly green with splashes of other bright colors from vegetables and fruits.” She eats green veggies in several ways. She makes her own green juices—one favorite combines celery, kale, apple and lemon juice. She also adds tender greens like romaine or spinach to smoothies that might also contain fruit and citrus juice. She steams greens with plenty of garlic and makes big salads. “I bought my salad bowl at a restaurant supply house,” Moran exclaims. Salads get an oomph factor with a selection of avocado, pumpkin or hemp seeds, mushrooms, chickpeas or red beans, artichoke hearts, chunks of steamed yam and sautéed tofu or tempeh. Moran cites benefits of more energy to do more physical activity and “feeling really good” as additional outcomes of her dietary shift.

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hen we talk about food and nutrition, we can find staunch supporters on either side of an argument. Today, with the increased focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, opponents of the juicing vs. blending debate have been creating quite a stir. In reality, one or the other may not be right for everyone, but individuals ready to investigate the processes can improve their health substantially. Even though it seems like a fad, home juicing dates back to the 1930s when Dr. Norman Walker invented the Norwalk Juicer. The first juicer designed to be mass produced, the Norwalk, which guarantees to extract the most nutrients from fruits and vegetables, is the most high-end juicer available today and costs nearly $2,500. But that kind of investment isn’t necessary to enjoy the benefits of juicing. Juicing is the process of removing pulp from vegetables and fruits, leaving only the juice. It allows nutrients to be absorbed more efficiently by bypassing the digestive system and going straight to the blood stream. Anyone with a sensitive digestive system will find juicing especially beneficial. Not only does it add more water to your diet to better hydrate the cells, but the body can also absorb larger amounts of nutrients from juicing than from eating solid foods.


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Juicing also helps with the shedding of toxins and excess fat, while ensuring that enough phytochemicals are available to fight disease. Since most people don’t eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as their bodies need, juicing helps us load up on these powerful nutrients. In addition, antioxidants and other immune strengthening properties concentrated in juices can accelerate recovery from illness. As Gary Null, author of The Joy of Juicing says, “Juicing is the key to reversing the progress of disease.” What are the downsides to juicing? Most juicers contain several components and cleaning takes time. Another potential downside is that people with diabetes or hypoglycemia could have a problem juicing fruit. Without the fiber to slow it down, fruit juice can spike blood sugar, so it’s important to increase the vegetable to fruit ratio. The process of blending fruits and vegetables (smoothies) means pulverizing the whole fruit or vegetable, skin and all, to a smooth consistency, leaving pulp and fiber intact to create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream. Smoothies make a great breakfast, because they are quick and easy to prepare and the fiber is filling. While not as easy to metabolize as juice,

the blending process does break down fiber, making it easier to digest than whole food. Fiber may be one of the advantages of blending over juicing because it cleans out the digestive system, keeping the bowel regular. Protein like nuts, seeds and flaxseed, or superfoods like chia seeds and goji berries can also be added to smoothies for greater nutrition. The downside to smoothies is that they can be difficult to digest, causing bloating and gas. Because they are filling, it is difficult to consume the same amount of fruits and vegetables as with juicing, so fewer nutrients are digested per glass. Still, they are easy to prepare and clean up and can be very satisfying. Both juicing and blending provide healthy nourishment and can give the body all the nutrition it needs. People love both for the amazing energy they provide. Whether blending or juicing, adding in super-healthy vegetables, like kale and spinach, becomes much easier. Bitter vegetables taste great with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Plus, raw food contains beneficial enzymes that support metabolism and convert food into body tissue and energy.

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pring is a wonderful time to get out into the woods, meadows, streams and gardens to find wild nutritious edibles. Local wild plants can be used as sustainable, nutrient-dense food sources, kitchen medicine and amendments for our gardens. Some of these plants are considered invasive species, others are prolific weeds. Then there are those, that are on the “to watch list” because of over harvesting. According to Joan Palmer, Director of The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (TIOSN) in Connecticut, “When beginning to forage, it’s important that folks begin to learn ethical, sustainable methods to ensure that we maintain strong local plant biodiversity for generations to come.” Joan and her staff of educators at TIOSN compiled their knowledge of local wild edibles as an overview to prepare interested foragers for spring.

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Some local invasive plants hold great potential as wild foraged food or medicine. These include garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata). All parts of garlic mustard, an invasive cruciferous plant, are edible. The leaves and tender flower buds are a delicious spring green that can be added to salads, cooked into soups or made into pesto. The seeds are a substitute for mustard seeds and the spicy root can be grated and made into mock horseradish. Filled with cancer preventive compounds such as sulfurophane, this plant is nutritious and tasty. “We encourage people to pull garlic mustard, but rather than discarding it, find delicious ways to eat it. It is part of sustainable nutrition and a respectful way to harvest,” says Alison Birks, science director at TIOSN. As an invasive shrub, autumn olive yields beautiful red/ orange speckled berries that are tart-sweet and make wonderful jam, fruit leather and juice. “Rich in lycopene and other carotenoids, this invasive species could easily be called our own ‘super food,’” says Birks, adding that autumn olive

is so common in this region that most landowners have some growing on or near their property. “This past year was especially prolific for autumn olive. These are very astringent berries that make your mouth pucker, but this year was different. These beautiful berries were bigger and definitely sweeter than in the past,” says Joan. “Not only did they make delicious fruit leather, but they were sweet enough to enjoy right from the branch.”

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These plants grow readily in our region but do not meet the standards of invasive. One of our favorite prolific weeds is stinging nettle (Urtica dioica). Stinging nettle loves to grow around the rich soil of manure and compost piles. It is another “super food” in the region with a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds. Harvesting, cooking, making tea and dehydrating it for next winter can begin as early as possible in the spring. “Nettle is a tenacious and abundant weed with so many uses,” says Joan. “It is one of our very favorite plants, not only because it makes delicious tea and soup, has a long list of health benefits, but it’s also useful in the garden.” Soil and Outside Consultant, Nigel Palmer, ferments nettle, along with other nutrient- dense herbs and wild plants, to make soil amendments. “These plants are a local, sustainable source available to remineralize our depleted soils and to help us to grow more nutrient rich foods,” says Nigel.

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e’ve been conditioned to narrowly define breast health in terms of pink ribbon campaigns, cancer awareness marches and cold, steel mammography machines. Nearly 30 years after anticancer drug maker Imperial Chemical Industries (now AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals) established the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 1985, many women have come to equate healthy breasts with cancer-free breasts, and assume the most important thing they can do is undergo regular screening. But amid this chorus, some women’s health advocates are striving to get a different message across: There are a host of steps women can take to not only fend off disease in the future, but keep their breasts in optimal condition today. “We need to change the conversation about our breasts from how to avoid breast cancer and detect it early to how to have healthy breasts and enjoy them,” says Dr. Christiane Northrup, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Yarmouth, Maine, and author of the new book Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being.

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femininity, compassion and sensuality,” says Hawaiian Naturopathic Doctor Laurie Steelsmith, co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health. Because breasts are extremely sensitive to hormonal fluctuations throughout the body, they can also serve as a barometer of overall health. “If you’re having chronic breast symptoms, it can be your body’s wisdom saying, ‘Help. Something’s wrong.’ Women need to listen.” While some premenstrual swelling and tenderness is normal, exaggerated or persistent pain is often a sign of systemic estrogen dominance in relation to progesterone. It’s common in the years leading up to menopause, but can also hint at impaired thyroid function, because low levels of thyroid hormones have been shown to boost estrogen in breast tissue, advises Steelsmith. Large, fluid-filled cysts or fibrous lumps, while non-cancerous, can also be a reflection of overexposure to harmful chemicals and toxin buildup, combined with poor lymph flow, notes Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, an integrative physician in Greens-

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boro, North Carolina. “If a woman has lumpy, bumpy breasts, they probably contain too many toxins, and those toxins are primarily estrogenic.” Addressing such symptoms is important not only to relieve discomfort, but also because excess estrogen can fuel future cancer risk, says Vaughan. Any new, suspicious lump should be evaluated by a professional. Also, severe breast tenderness combined with nipple discharge could be a sign of infection or a problem with the pituitary gland, so it should also be checked. But typically, subtle natural healthcare steps can go a long way toward restoring breast wellness. For nipple tenderness, Steelsmith recommends chaste-tree berry (175 milligrams [mg] of powdered extract or 40 drops daily). The herbal supplement mimics naturally occurring progesterone in the body, helping to counter estrogen dominance. Vitamin E (400 to 800 international units [IU] per day) and evening primrose oil (1,500 mg twice a day) have also been shown to alleviate breast tenderness. For fibrous or cyst-filled breasts,

Vaughan advises supplementing with iodine (up to 12.5 mg per day via kelp, seaweed or oral tablets) or applying an iodine solution to the breasts at night. A key constituent of thyroid hormones, iodine helps the liver convert unfriendly forms of estrogen into friendlier forms and flush toxins out of lymph nodes in the breast. Also, steer clear of chocolate and coffee, because caffeine is believed to interact with enzymes in the breast, exaggerating pain and lumpiness. Also consider ditching the bra, says Vaughan. Brassieres can constrict lymph nodes and hinder blood circulation in breasts, locking toxins in and aggravating fibrocystic symptoms. The link between bras and breast cancer risk remains hotly debated, with one 2014 U.S. National Cancer Institute study of 1,400 women concluding unequivocally that, “There’s no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer,” while smaller studies from the United States, China, Venezuela, Scotland and Africa suggest a link. Vaughan, the founder of, says the science is compelling enough that she has chosen to keep her own bra use to a minimum and advises her patients to do the same. “Obviously, there are certain sports where you should wear a sports bra and there are certain dresses that only look right with a bra,” says Vaughan. At a minimum, avoid wearing a bra to bed and steer clear of underwires and overly tight bras that leave red marks. “This is not about guilt-tripping women into never wearing a bra. It’s about wearing a bra less.”

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Too small or too big, lopsided or riddled with stretch marks… it seems almost every woman has a complaint about the appearance of her breasts. That’s a problem, says Northrup, because, “Healthy breasts are breasts that are loved. We have to stop beating them up.” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of women getting breast implants for cosmetic reasons ballooned from 212,500 in 2000 to 286,254 in 2014. Physicians—including Northrup— claim that modern implants don’t, in

the majority of cases, promote disease like older silicone implants did. Yet even plastic surgeons warn that having implants should be fully thought out, and at some point they’ll probably have to come out. “They are manmade devices, and are not intended to be lifelong. At some point, you will probably have to have further surgery,” says Dr. Anureet Bajaj, an Oklahoma City plastic surgeon. Bajaj notes that implants can rupture, forming scar tissue and lending irregular shape to the breast. Often, as a woman ages and her body changes, the larger breasts she chose in her 20s no longer look right and may cause back and shoulder pain. In some cases, implants can also lead to loss of nipple sensitivity. For these and other reasons, 23,774 women—including actress Melissa Gilbert and model Victoria Beckham—had their implants removed in 2014, often following up with a breast lift (using their own tissue) to restore their shape. Vaughan sees breast implant removal as a wise and courageous choice to restore optimal breast health. Better yet, don’t get implants in the first place. “There are a lot of other things you can do to improve the appearance of your breasts,” she advises. Vaughan recommends breastperking exercises like dumbbell bench presses and flys that tone the pectoral muscles beneath the breasts, making them more resilient and look larger. To prevent or reverse sagging, she again urges women to go bra-free. “We have ligaments in the upper outer quadrant of our breasts called Cooper’s ligaments, and they’re responsible for

holding our breasts up. Just like your muscles atrophy when you put your arm in a sling, your Cooper’s ligaments atrophy if you wear a bra all the time.” In one unpublished, yet highly publicized 2013 study, French Exercise Physiologist Jean-Denis Rouillon measured the busts of 330 women ages 18 to 35 over a period of 15 years and found those that regularly wore a bra had droopier breasts with lower nipples than those that didn’t. In another, smaller, Japanese study, researchers found that when women stopped wearing a bra for three months, their breasts perked up. Those worried about stretch marks also have options. They can be a sign of inadequate copper, which promotes collagen integrity and helps skin stretch without injury, says Steelsmith. If rapid weight gain is occurring due to adolescence, pregnancy or for other reasons, try taking copper supplements or applying a topical copper spray on the breasts. Remember to massage your breasts daily, not only as a “search and destroy mission” for early detection of cancerous lumps, says Northrup, but as a way to get waste products flowing out and loving energy flowing in. “It concerns me that women feel pressured to think of their breasts as two potentially pre-malignant lesions sitting on their chests,” Northrup says. “These are organs of nourishment and pleasure for both ourselves and others. We need to remember that, too.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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All That Matters Celebrates 20 Years of Service


o celebrate 20 years of service, All That Matters Yoga and Holistic Health Center will be hosting a year-long celebration of health and vitality. Seasoned yogis as well as newcomers to bodymind practices can join the festivities, which include ongoing special deals on classes, health services and workshops, and a new Peace Love Yoga + Perks membership program. When All That Matters opened its doors in 1995, the founding team of two mothers, a yoga teacher, a massage therapist and a handful of volunteers planted the seed of an inspired vision. Two decades later, the studio welcomes more than 1,000 people weekly for more than 60 yoga and meditation classes, workshops and professional trainings, a retail store and such alternative healthcare services as acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy and spa treatments. “We started by doing yoga on the mat in a small studio, and now, having encouraged our students for nearly 20 years, we can proudly say that we have taken our yoga with us off the mat and into the world. This keeps us going and growing,” says co-founder and owner Joan Dwyer, speaking for herself and a team of 21 yoga teachers, 13 health service providers, 10 full- and part-time staff and many volunteers. “We believe we are helping make the world a healthier place, one person and one community at a time,” Dwyer says. “As we like to say, inner peace leads to world peace, and that’s all that matters.” Location: 315 Main St., Wakefield. For more information, call 401-782-2126 or visit See ad on page 42.

May is all about Yoga Tween Yoga (ages 9-12) Wednesdays 4pm Join in on a fun filled yoga class for your child

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Mon/Wed/Fri 1:30pm Gentle Ayurvedic Yoga Suspension training Tues/Thurs 10am explore the central concepts of Ayurveda within yoga poses

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Commit to meditation, yoga & eating well. Feel better!

Cranston body kneads yoga 1145 Reservoir Ave, #200 401-632-0878

Free talk: May 20

Raffa Yoga 19 Sharpe Dr 401-463-3335

Begins: May 27

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

315 main street, wakefield, rhode island • 401.782.2126


NORTH KINGSTOWN Grace Yoga 35 Weaver Rd 401-829-9903

Wakefield All That Matters 315 Main St 401-782-2126 Live Purna Yoga 240 Columbia St 401-439-5260



Time For You Yoga 2155 Diamond Hill Rd 401-305-5319

East Greenwich Focus Yoga 63 Cedar Ave 401-354-9112 Laughing Elephant Yoga 4372 Post Road 401-398-2616 Yoga Over 50 58 Main St, 2nd floor 401-480-5938

Foster One Yoga Center 142 A Danielson Pike 401-368-YOGA

hopkinton Ananda Center for Meditation & Yoga 40 Collins Rd 401-308-8745

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The Heart Spot Yoga and Healing Arts 700 Greenville Ave

Yoga Concepts 1150 Pontiac Ave Rear Unit 401-461-8484 The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley 99 Pound Rd at the Zen Center 401-658-4802



Village Wellness Center 422 Post Rd. Lower Level 401-941-2310 Whole of the Moon Yoga Multiple Locations Chris Belanger 401-261-7242

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

middletown Aull Pilates & Movement Studio 1077 Aquidneck Ave 401-619-4977


To build muscle and become toned absent injury, create a full-body routine, balance muscle groups targeted in workouts, and progress properly through increased weight loads.

Flexing Our

MUSCLES Weightlifting Makes Us Fit,

Healthy and Self-Confident by Debra Melani


omen who shy away from the traditionally male-centric weight rooms might want to reconsider. Standing their ground amid the deadlift bars and iron plates could lead to a host of unimagined benefits. Research has found that among other things, hoisting dumbbells can amp up the fat burn, ward off some common diseases and make women stronger, both inside and out.

Burn Calories When Resting

Aerobic activity can burn more calories while doing it (e.g., 14 to 16 per minute when running), but strength training prolongs the burn, even when resting afterward, according to Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., of Quincy, Massachusetts, who publishes widely on the topic in scientific journals, magazine articles and books. Women will burn fewer calories while pumping iron than when running (between eight and 10 calories a minute), but because of weightlifting’s action—traumatizing muscle tissue and forcing it to rebuild—muscle recovery requires increased expenditure of energy, and thus calories, when the person is at rest. The research shows a revvedup burn of between 5 percent and 7 percent for three full days after a workout, says Westcott, who developed the exercise science major at Quincy College and has reviewed and directed strength-training research for more than 25 years. “On average, a woman burns an extra 100 calories a day by having done 30 minutes of strength training twice a week. That’s an extra 3,000 calories a month, or nearly an extra pound of fat she can burn.”

Additional “free” calorie burning comes from the after-burn effect. By initiating the anaerobic, rather than aerobic, system, weightlifting requires more energy just to return to the resting state. “So, after you finish a workout, you will burn approximately 30 percent of the amount of calories you burned during the workout in the first hour afterward as your body transitions back. It’s a bonus of resistance training.” “It’s like there’s a furnace inside you,” says Naturopathic Doctor and CrossFit instructor Holly Lucille, of West Hollywood, California. The more buff a woman becomes, the more fat she burns. “It can help minimize that natural effect of slowed metabolism as you age and control body weight,” she notes. To maximize the burn, eat a healthy combined protein/carb snack within an hour of the workout, advises Jen Hoehl, a personal trainer in New York City, who says, “Adding amino acids helps the muscles rebuild more efficiently.” Westcott agrees, adding that 90 percent of studies he’s reviewed concur that about 25 extra grams of protein such as a Greek yogurt, more for heavier men, just before or after a workout, enhances fat loss, bone strength and lean muscle gain.

Don’t Fear ‘Hulk’ Bulk

Experts agree that it’s impossible for women to look like the Hulk character of comic book fame. “They don’t have enough anabolic hormones, such as testosterone,” Westcott explains. “Our team has written 26 books on strength training, with not one title exclusively for women. The muscles are exactly the same for both genders, so the same training works, but women will just get toned, not bulky.”

“I train a lot of tiny girls that deadlift 225,” Hoehl says. One tip: Don’t overeat, a mistake many women make when starting out. “Often, people will be hungrier, and they lose track of what they eat or think, ‘Now I can reward myself,’” Lucille explains. “You have to figure out what your new normal is. Eat lean, clean protein.” All three experts agree that braving the free-weight area boosts success at toning and trimming the whole body. “If you use free weights, you use your core and more muscle groups to help stabilize both the weight and your body, which is often standing,” Hoehl explains, versus machines that are often worked while sitting, and generally exercise only one targeted muscle group at a time.

Recover Muscle

Weightlifters also slow Mother Nature’s habit of stealing muscle during aging. “Women lose an average of five pounds of muscle per decade after age 30 until menopause, when the rate increases even more,” Westcott says. Studies have found that during a woman’s first six months of twice-weekly weight training, she can rebuild about one-quarter pound of muscle per week, he says. Because becoming stronger makes everything from chores to other kinds of workouts easier, women become firmer, fitter and more self-confident, Lucille observes. Independence rises, along with self-esteem. “As with all things in life: If you push against resistance, you get stronger,” she says. “That’s true both mentally and physically.” Note: Experts recommend using a certified trainer or weightlifting class to get started. Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at

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Laura Prepon’s Journey to Health Home Cooking, Organics and Massage Are Key by Gerry Strauss

How do you manage to consistently eat local organic food instead of fast food?

My mother was a gourmet chef and an advocate of organic food, so we always had amazing meals growing up. Eating organic produce that’s in season locally seems to help me assimilate nutrition more readily. Whenever I can, I also try to tap into biodynamic agriculture, which takes an even broader holistic approach to food production and nutrition. I view GMOs [genetically modified foods] as toxic to the system. As a self-taught chef, I like to cook at least 80 percent of my food at home


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and bring meals to work so I don’t stress about food during the day. It feels good to get people together in the kitchen and I’ve taught friends how to cook healthy foods in simple ways, so they now bring their own meals with them to work. It’s all about preparation, so that you’re not just grabbing something on the run. Knowing what’s going into the food we’re eating is important. photo by Michael Simon


rom That ‘70s Show to Orange is the New Black, actress Laura Prepon has long been considered by TV audiences to be a welcome image of health. Yet Prepon’s recent discovery that she’d been falling short in nourishing her body as effectively as possible has set in motion a complete redirection of lifestyle, from her diet to fitness routine. Now working on a book about clean living and eating due out next year, Prepon has rededicated herself to educating us just as much as she’s entertained us through the years.

Why do you include a lot of soup in your diet? With all of the GMO food sprayed with chemicals in the typical American diet and the other environmental toxins everyone has to deal with, our gut flora, intestines and bodies in general are becoming compromised. Ten years ago, few had even heard of gluten allergies unless you had celiac disease, which was rare even then. Now, everywhere you go, there’s a gluten-free option. I love eating soup because the healthful ingredients I use are broken down completely, so the body can immediately assimilate needed micronutrients, which help heal us from the inside out. I’m talking about homemade broth from grass-fed beef bones,

so you get the marrow; I’m partial to knuckle bones. I always have soup broth in my refrigerator.

What’s key to your ability to naturally stay healthy and fit in the midst of an intense schedule of work and travel? I love modalities like acupuncture, massage … all of that. I fully believe in keeping energy flowing to benefit the functioning of all our organs. As school kids, we learn about the circulatory system and central nervous system, but who knows much about the lymphatic system? It’s extremely important, and people are starting to get the idea. Activities like yoga, swimming and bouncing on the trampoline can help.

Do you see society’s penchant for medicating as a way to avoid listening to and addressing our body’s real needs? I do. That’s why I study Eastern medicine, because I feel that Western medicine treats problems and Eastern medicine prevents problems from happening. I grew up in a family of doctors and “full-on” Western medicine and respect the medical community. Unfortunately, these days, most people are continually medicated and they’re not getting better. As a society, we tend to just take a drug to handle a symptom instead of addressing the actual cause of the problem.

As a celebrity, do you see yourself as a conduit to facilitate a shift away from unnatural lifestyles? Yes. The reason I decided to write a book was because I’ve been struggling with a bunch of different ailments in secret for a long time. When I began working with my integrated health coach, Elizabeth Troy, I started to heal for the first time in all the years of reading books on health, diet and fitness, seeing doctors, taking loads of pills and spending crazy amounts of money on all of these activities. I want to help people struggling to regain their health to get answers. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

inspiration A Day in Arlington to Experience

Mind-Body Medicine with Natural Awakenings by Kim Childs


atural Awakenings Boston presents a mind-body experiential event and healthy living expo from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 31, at Arlington High School. The day includes a film screening and panel discussion, an afternoon of experiential workshops, and healthy living exhibitors and vendors. The event is the brainchild of publisher Maisie Raftery, who was inspired after seeing the documentary The Connection. “The film portrayed people who were chronically or terminally ill and used different forms of mind-body medicine, in complement to traditional medical care, to help cure themselves,” Raftery recalls. “After the screening, audience members wanted to learn more about the modalities featured in the film and I realized that Natural Awakenings is the perfect conduit to connect

people with mind-body practitioners in a more direct way.” That moment led Raftery to create a Mind-Body Connection department in the magazine and, eventually, the expo itself. It begins with a 9 a.m. screening of The Connection, followed by a panel discussion featuring Alice Domar, Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind Body Health and Ann Salerno, a patient profiled in the film, on the applications of mind-body medicine. Afterwards, visitors can attend workshops in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, qigong, tai-chi, meditation, Nia, hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), yoga, laughter yoga, Tong Ren, bio-feedback, guided visualization, crossinology, the Alexander Technique, the Relaxation Response and much more. A full list of workshops and exhibitors can be found at Submit.


Body-Experiential-Event/WorkshopPresenters-and-Exhibitors. Remember to check back often as new practitioners and businesses are being added daily, at the time of this printing. “The day allows people to experience a wide variety of techniques to see what might be a good fit for them without having to make multiple appointments with different practitioners,” says Raftery. “Our hope is that people will make lasting connections with practitioners and experience modalities that can bring about positive change in their lives.” Food at the expo will be on sale from local vendors including, Johnny’s Luncheonette, The Madrona Tree, The Soup Guy, and Boston Juicing. Exhibitors of healthy and green living products and services will also be on hand. Full day tickets include the 9 a.m. screening and panel, while half-day ticketholders have access to afternoon workshops and exhibitors only. Raftery has used such mind-body wellness methods as yoga, meditation and breathwork to reduce stress and heal from back surgery. She says it’s made her a believer. “We have much more control over our own bodies than we think especially when we tap into our internal power and learn to reduce the physical effects of stress with relaxation.” Cost: $30 for full day, $22 for half-day. Purchase at NA-Mind-Body-Event. Use discount code NARI for $5 off. Location: Arlington High School, 869 Mass. Ave., Arlington. To learn more, visit or call 617-906-0232. See ad on page 17.

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Sunday, May 3

Dancing with Divination Decks – 6-9pm. With Corbie Mitleid. During this interactive workshop, explore a variety of divination decks and discover how to design your own spreads and your own intuitive voice as you learn to read them in a whole new way. $39. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Sunday Morning Gong Meditation Group – 10:30am-1:30pm. Group viewing of a DVD on a topic about health and/or spirituality, followed by discussion, then meditation and ending with a relaxing gong bath. Bring a mat/pillow/blanket. $10 donation requested. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-258-3952.


Breathing into the Chakras Workshop – 121:30pm. In this workshop, we’ll use gentle yoga postures, mindful breathing, and sound to help clear all the chakras to relax and heal the whole body. Appropriate for all levels. $20, $10/members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

The Contemplatives Book Club – 6:30-8:30pm. We will be discussing the groundbreaking book Power Versus Force, by David Hawkins. Donation only. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Three Mediums, Many Masters – 7-9pm. Experience three trance mediums working together to channel through the Masters to answer audience questions. Learn about the universe from multiple, unique perspectives. $30. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Saturday, May 2 Frosty Drew 5K Classic Run/Walk – 10am-2pm. All welcome at this family-friendly event. Scenic trail through Ninigret Park in Charlestown. Proceeds support environmental education programs. $25. Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory, 61-62 Park Ln, Ninigret Park, Charlestown. Community Cacao Ceremony – 12-4pm. An Integration of Earth Medicine (pure chocolate), JourneyDance and Shamanic Journeywork. $45. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – May 2 & 3. 12-6pm. CEs with Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. Includes stone layouts, gliding, spinning, edging and flipping techniques designed to anchor the first and second chakra and directing energy towards the “terminal ends” of the body. Free stones during guided harvest. With Karyn Chabot. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372. Gong Bath Healing Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Melt into a state of peace, relaxation and bliss as Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsinger) play gongs, singing bowls, drums and flutes to help wash away your stress. $20/pre-registered, $30/at door. Long Time Sun Apparel, 198 Thames St, Newport. 401-619-8666.


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Shamanic Sound Act – 2-3:30pm. With Brandon Burns. Come together in sacred space for a completely unique, empowering experience of Sacred Sound vibration that invites us deeper into intimacy with our embodied experience. $25/person, $40/2 people. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Interactive Sound Healing Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn how to play gongs, drums, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, and other instruments as tools for meditation and healing. Will conclude with a relaxing gong bath. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. Florence Hayward Sweet Clubhouse, 44 Peck St, Attleboro, MA. 508-269-7894.

Friday, May 8 An Evening with Past Lives and Soul Purpose Readings – 7-9pm. With Alexandra Hope Flood. Learn how memories of your soul’s journey serve to inform you of your greater purpose: who you are meant to be in this lifetime and how you can best live your current life to the fullest. $35. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, May 9 6th Annual Holly’s Spirit Run-5K – 7am-12pm. This family-friendly event is a fundraiser honoring the memory of a fallen soldier. $25. Coventry High School, 40 Reservoir Rd, Coventry. For more info: Lose Your Sweet Tooth Hypnosis Group – 1011am. Switch off your sugar “trigger” and transform your relationship with sweets at a visceral level. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Self Care Saturday – 10am-4pm. Treat yourself to the physical, mental and spiritual healing you deserve. Chair massage, reflexology, Reiki, tarot and angel readings, Akashic records, mediumship and more. $25/25-min service. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Inspired Action: Level I – 10am-6pm. Learn secrets of success to establish or improve your holistic, creative, or otherwise off-the-beaten-path business venture with Amisha Patel, MFA. $395. Team Awesome RI, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Ste 1215, Pawtucket. 401-285-7307. Book Signing with Roland Comtois – 11am12:30pm. Roland Comtois is an internationally acclaimed channel, bestselling speaker and author of And Then There Was Heaven, A Journey of Hope and Love and 16 Minutes. Free. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Couple’s Massage Workshop with Cacao – 122:30pm. Learn massage technique with cacao (pure chocolate) to deepen into intuition, to give and receive massage with your honey. $75/couple. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. Radiant Core – 12:30-3pm. Explore and connect to your core in a new and refreshing way. With Jessie Dwiggins. $30. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Meditation and Self Inquiry Half-Day Retreat – 12:30-5pm. With Dr. Robert Van Horn. If you are new to the practice of meditation, this retreat offers the basic foundations on which to build one. If you already have and enjoy a meditation practice, don’t miss this opportunity to take your practice even deeper. $45. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Qigong Seminar – 1-2:30pm. Join us for an overview of several different forms of qigong. From the quiet to the more dynamic, feel the magic of the conscious movement of energy within the human body. $25. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Shamanic Dreaming – 1-4pm. Learn to improve recall and incubate and interpret dreams. We’ll use meditations and shamanic journeys to work with dream guides and dream gates, re-enter dreams and more. $35. Inner Vision Health & Wellness, 1645 Warwick Ave, Ste 204, Warwick. 401-626-7088. Kids’ Yoga Intro: Part II – 3-4pm. Sure, kids may bend like pretzels and pop into Wheel Pose, but kids can also derive a sense of calm and clarity from a yoga practice that is fun, yet nurturing. Ages 5-11. $10/child. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Pot Luck Dreams – 5-7pm. Bring a dish and your dreams. We’ll be spending time partaking in various dream related activities: Lightning Dreamwork, Dream Theater, dream related arts and crafts, etc. Free. Inner Vision Health & Wellness, 1645 Warwick Ave, Ste 204, Warwick. 401-626-7088.

Monday, May 11 Reiki Healers Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Support for Usui Reiki Practitioners of all levels. Join us for an evening of meditation, conversation and giving/ receiving Reiki. Come relax, renew and energize. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Tuesday, May 12 Relaxation & Mindful Meditation – 7-9pm. Join us for a relaxing meditation. Discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits for first hour followed by group meditation. With Shari Bitsis. $10/ class, $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. RSVP: 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, supportive environment. With David Barr and Katharine Rossi. $15 and bring a friend for free. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, May 13 Netwalking - 5:30-7pm. Come experience “on the move” networking. Bring a sandwich or grab a light bite; we’ll sit and eat from 5:30-6:00 and wait for netwalkers to gather while Wendy Fachon explains the health and business benefits of Netwalking, an organic approach to networking. $10, 50% to We Share Hope. The Empowerement Factory, 999 Main St, Suite 707, Pawtucket. 401-529-6830. Guided Meditation Night – 6:30-8pm. Guided meditation is used to help increase relaxation by creating joyful, happy images in the mind. Come relax, renew and energize. All learning levels are welcome. With Gladys Ellen. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Friday, May 15 Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Come lie on the floor or sit in a chair and relax to the resonant vibrations of the gongs, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, drums, flutes and other sound healing instruments. $20/pre-registered, $30/at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Living From Consciousness – 7-9pm. A class about living beyond the limited conditions of an egocentric mind. It is like waking up from the dream of being a caterpillar to discover you are a butterfly. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Saving Your Sight – 7-9pm. Improve your eyesight, become less dependent on glasses, and prevent vision problems at any age. Join optometrist, acupuncturist and author Marc Grossman and discover simple therapeutic exercises to improve a variety of vision problems. $20. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Saturday, May 16 Inflammation & Women’s Health – 8:30am12:15pm. John McGonigle, MD, Herbalist Kerry Hughes, Nutritionist & Author Mary Bracket and Athina Giovanis, DO, will share natural approaches to treating inflammation. $25. Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, Pediatric Entrance on Acushnet Ave, at Elm St, New Bedford, MA. Registration required: 508-748-0816. Integrated Energy Therapy® – 9:30am-6pm. Intermediate training and attunement. Learn to clear energy imprints from past life karma and esoterically dowse and interpret blockages in the human energy field. Prerequisite: IET Basic. With Gladys Ellen. $215. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Stop Comfort Eating Hypnosis Group – 10-11am. Why put off feeling good? Stop the habit of using food as “medication” to mask uncomfortable feelings. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Re-Grand Opening at Ascension Nxt – 11:30am5pm. Celebrate Ascension Nxt’s 1st-year anniversary of being in business. $20 readings, Reiki, 25% off all crystals and more. Free. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348. Details: Men’s Meditation Group – 1-2:30pm. Men, you’re invited to join us at Ananda for meditation followed by discussion of important issues men face in this modern world, and to support each other spiritually. Free. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. Fairy Homes and Gardens – 2-4pm. Help the New Dawn Earth Center create space for the water, air and Earth fairies in the gardens around the center and build new houses for them under the catalpa trees. $5/person. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341. Law of Attraction 101 - 6:30-9pm. Learn to apply the law of attraction with author Kerry Cudmore. Law of Attraction 101 teaches you practical, easyto-apply, step-by-step methods for attraction. $50. Team Awesome RI, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Ste 1215, Pawtucket. 401-285-7307.

Sunday, May 17 Reiki II Class – 9am-5pm. With Diana Young. The second-degree Reiki Class takes you much deeper into the system of Reiki, learning the symbols, their meaning and how to use them, as well as distance healing. $200; $50 to preregister. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. 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. Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 10am-12pm. As you lie on a mat on the floor, the harmonious tones of the gongs, bowls, and drums will surround and fill every cell in your body with profound relaxation and deep healing. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. The Empowerment Factory, Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Ste 707, Pawtucket. 401-258-3952. Shamanic Reiki I – 11am-5pm. Training given in supportive, holistic therapies which enhance traditional Reiki I training. Expand your Reiki training into the realm of true energy healing. $150. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. Branding Bootcamp – 12-2pm. This is a practical workshop for those that are exploring their personal or business brand. Suitable even for those that offer services that are off-the-beaten path. $50. Team Awesome RI, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Ste 1215, Pawtucket. 401-285-7307.

Monday, May 18 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 W Natick Rd, across from Warwick Mall, Warwick. 401-855-4333. New Moon Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. The new moon is a great time to manifest that in which you would like to attract in your life. Join Ashley V. certified Hypnotherapist for an amazing meditation. $20. Ascension NXT, 1675 Cranston St, Cranston. 401-228-8348.

Tuesday, May 19 Landscape History and Garden Tour – 5:306:30pm. Learn about the distinguished design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. Reservations required; weather dependent. $10. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport. 401-846-4152. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Relaxation & Mindful Meditation – 7-9pm. Join us for a relaxing meditation. Discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits for first hour followed by group meditation. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class, $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. RSVP: 401-465-4249,

Wednesday, May 20 Free Talk: All That Matters’ 40-Day Revolution – 6-7pm. Come learn about our 40-Day Revolution. Join ATM in committing to 40 days of yoga, eating well and meditation. Whether you have been practicing yoga or are new to the experience, this program revolutionizes your approach to your health. Free. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Unbecoming & Becoming – 6:30-8pm. Let go of who you aren’t to find out who you are. Unbecoming & Becoming helps with transformation, big or small, and empowers you to self-discovery. $30. Team Awesome RI, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Ste 1215, Pawtucket. 401-285-7307. Becoming Dragonfly – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us in a shape-shifting meditation to the dragonfly, carrier of the wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. No experience necessary. Bring a journal. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Thursday, May 21 RI Holistic Healers Association Meeting – 7-8:45pm. Melissa Hecht, MSW, LICSW, a Holistic Counselor & Reiki Master Practitioner, will be the presenter. She will be speaking on Gentle Reprocessing: A One-Treatment Modality. Doors open

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classifieds FOR RENT MASSAGE AND CARD ROOM FOR RENT in Cranston RI. Fully furnished massage table and card room. Offered in a Holistic Shop please call Ashley 401-556-7756. 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 . 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.

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Acupuncturist to work Tuesday & Friday evenings, Wednesday and Saturdays and other potential days at our holistic health center. Must be comfortable with TCM style acupuncture, Chinese herbs and managing 1 -3 patents simultaneously. Show up, treat patients and get paid. Send resume and availability to Nicole Vanasse at: DISTRIBUTORS – Become an Acaiberri distributor. Health and nutrition interests preferred, but not required. Selling is also a plus. Potential distributors can contact Angelo at 401-497-0740, or email Visit for more information.


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Night Sky Program and Viewing – 8-9:30pm. Spring brings with it a wonderful chance to see a presentation on the constellations and go outside and enjoy the night sky through the wonders of the telescope. $10/person. New Dawn Earth Center, 75 Wrentham Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-1341.

Saturday, May 23 Full Spectrum Class – 9:30-11am. The full spectrum class attends to the full body. This well rounded practice may include standing poses, inversions, twists, and backbends or forward bends. $18. Jude Monteserrato, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260.

Sunday, May 24 Sunny Sunday Class – 9:30-11am. Expand the heart with love and allow your heart to shine. Create mobility in your spine as you stretch and tone it. Move forward in your life as you open the rib cage. $18. Jude Monteserrato, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260.

Tuesday, May 26 Landscape History and Garden Tour – 5:306:30pm. Learn about the distinguished design history of this landscape while enjoying exquisite gardens and breathtaking views. Reservations required; weather dependent. $10. Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport. 401-846-4152.

Wednesday, May 27 40-Day Revolution Begins – 6-7pm. With Jenn Thomas and Usha Bilotta. Series includes 6 meetings, unlimited yoga and Wednesday night meetings. Join ATM in committing to 40 days of yoga, eating well and meditation. Whether you have been practicing yoga or are new to the experience, this program revolutionizes your approach to your health. $345. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Stories in Stones Screening – 6:30-9pm. The documentary, Stories in Stones, explores Narragansett Tribal stonemasons who have built many stone walls through southern New England. Postfilm Q&A. Free. Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9457.

Thursday, May 28 at 6:30pm for networking. Free. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

Friday, May 22 Herbal Oils and Tasting – 6-7:30pm. Taste 4 different herbal oils and learn how to blend them into food for their medicinal benefits. Participants will enjoy 4 healing recipes, 20% discount on oils. $20. Quiambaug Theater, 107 Wilcox Rd, Stonington, CT. RSVP: 860-833-6376. Fourth Friday Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Feel relaxed and blissful as Joy and A.Michelle surround you with the healing sounds of the gongs, bowls and drums to relieve your stress. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $20/pre-registered, $30/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.


Rhode Island Edition

Shamanic Journeying – 6:30-8pm. Enter the place where creative inspiration springs forth to gain insight, healing and knowledge in deeply profound ways. Learn applications and expand your practice. With Katharine Rossi. $15. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-924-0567. The Power of Perception - 6:30-9pm. Learn how to control the uncontrollable and transform your life by expanding your consciousness using the power of perception with author Kurtis Lee Thomas. $50. Team Awesome RI, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Ste 1215, Pawtucket. 401-285-7307.

Friday, May 29 Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Practitioners Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna use the power and rhythm of the drum to connect w/ helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote

healing and gain insight. $35. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Seeing Spirit: Transfiguration – 7-9pm. Join trance medium Ernie Robillard for a night of transfiguration. See the faces of spirit appear over his face as he gives messages from the other side. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Saturday, May 30 Stone Wall Workshop – 9:30am-12:30pm. Join master class instructors Chris and Dan Smith for their 13th year of this active workshop. Reservations required. Rain date: May 31. $40. Prescott Farm, 2009 W Main Rd, Middletown. 401-846-4152. Stop Boredom Eating Hypnosis Group – 10-11am. If you ever find yourself standing at the fridge, wondering just how you ended up there, yet again, maybe you can’t differentiate between boredom and hunger. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Shamanic Reiki II – 10am-5pm. Expand your power as an energy healer, learn powerful symbols for distant healing and more. Class may run on Sunday depending on size of class. $200. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. Advanced Ayurvedic (Abhyanga) Oil Massage Certification – May 30 & 31. 12-6pm. Using warm, herbal-oil during massage because oil is lipophilic, it will dissolve toxic, fat-like substances in the subcutaneous tissues, nourish the skin, remove impurities, and calm the central nervous system. Learn some cupping and moxa techniques. 12 CEs with NCBTMB & Yoga Alliance. With Karyn Chabot. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372.

Sunday, May 31 Girls on The Run Rhode Island 5/10K – 9am12pm. This family-friendly event includes a family festival, kids’ fun run, celebratory program 5k and timed 5k and 10k races for public runners. $25-$50. Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Cranston.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 Thai Massage Seminar – June 27 & 28. 126pm. Thai massage is a modern expression of a 2,500-year-old tradition of Oriental bodywork. The therapist will learn to use his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move the client into a series of yogalike stretches. 12 CEs. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372.

Saturday, September 5 Live Happy, Healthy, Green Expo – 10am-4pm. 2nd annual expo. Vendors, Demonstrations, Workshops, food, kids’ area. Free admission. River Island Park, Woonsocket. 401-241-1301.


Savroopa® Yoga with Wendy – 7:15-8:45pm. Experience deep core release leaving you relaxed and refreshed with every class. Effective for pain relief. promoting healing and well being. $16/ series, $18/drop-in. Ferncrest Center for Yoga and Health, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-463-7069.

ongoingcalendar Sunday Grace Yoga Level 2-3 – 9am-10:30pm. Come chant, breathe and move on the mat with reverence and love in the beautiful sanctuary of the Grace School. We keep it sacred here. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s program and child care. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Prenatal Gentle Flow & Stretch – 10-11:30am. A mild flow and soft movements class to relax the body throughout the course of pregnancy. Class utilizes yoga props. $15/drop-in. New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. 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, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Sunday Service – 10-11:30am. Come join our nondenominational family. Service includes guided meditation, guest speakers or mediums with messages, Reiki and healings. Free membership. Free to attend. First Angelic Temple, at Positive New Beginnings, 877 Broadway, East Providence. 401-432-7195. 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. Sunday Satsangs at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang, veggie potluck lunch. Healing Prayer Circle after lunch on 2nd Sunday. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Monday Anusara Inspired Yoga Cumberland – 9-10:30am. Enjoy some flowing and some holding of postures using principles of alignment to strengthen and realign the body. Use breath work and relaxation to compete the class. With Felicity Kelly, RYT. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Svaroopa® Yoga Class in Narragansett – 1011:30am. Release tension and stress in body and mind using easy, reliable poses led by Certified Yoga Teacher. Healing, restorative, therapeutic and meditative. Beginners welcome. New students: $40/4 classes; $19/drop-in. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, Narragansett. 401-578-9182. Beginner’s Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Cumberland – 11-12:30am. Relieve aches and pains, reduce

Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. 401-465-4249.

stress, feel more energized and relaxed with this easily accessible style of yoga. Minimal effort with profound benefits. With Maria Sichel, RYT. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Kripalu Yoga Cumberland – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience 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, RYT. New students: $50/5 classes; $14/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Forever Young: Yoga Over 50 – 5-6:15pm. Health benefits from regular yoga classes are enormous, especially for over 50s. You are only as young as your spine, shoulders, hips and hamstrings say you are. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. 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. 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. Preregistration necessary: 401-742-8020. Gentle Yoga & Yoga Nidra – 6-7:15pm. A pathway to deep and profound rest, release of tension, and personal transformation. Begin with a calming breath practice, moving into slow and gentle poses, then yoga nidra. $16/drop-in or class card. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Intuitive Flow for Women – 6-7:15pm. Weaves the ancient wisdom of dance medicine, yoga, spiritual fitness, self massage and sacred feminine embodiment. 6-wk Women’s Wellness Immersion begins June 16. $15 or class card. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. Mindful Flow: All Levels – 6-7:15pm. Mindful flow is the link between steadiness, movement and breath. Come with an open mind and begin where you are. Tone the body, love the breath and the mind will calm. $15/drop-in. New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. Forever Young: Yoga Over 50 – 6:15-7:30pm. Health benefits from regular yoga classes are enormous, especially for over 50s. You are only as young as your spine, shoulders, hips and hamstrings say you are. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Group Manifestation for You & Earth – 7-9:30pm. Join us as we visualize and play to group manifest goals. We develop scripts filled with positive emotions and visualize as a group for each other, people in need and the Earth. With Shari Bitsis. $15.

Tuesday Wunda Chair – 9:30-10am. The chair challenges all of the Pilates essentials: core strength, breath, balance and coordination. Class is offered at the intermediate/advanced levels. $16/class; package available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Behind Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Community Hour Vinyasa Flow – 4:30-5:30pm. A contemporary style that focuses on synchronizing breath with movement. Emphasis on conscious movement and postural alignment with creative sequencing. $15/drop-in. New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. 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. Hatha Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Traditional style yoga. Learn to quiet the mind while relaxing the body, creating a union between them. Yoga cultivates awareness and balance for the mind, body and spirit. With Manuela. $12/pre-paid, $14/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, lower level, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Kripalu Yoga: All Level – 6-7:15pm. Moving Into a Restful Evening. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in, $12/flex pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Sweet Dreams Yoga: Ages 7-12 – 7-7:45pm. 7-wk session. With Laura. Drop-ins welcome. $70/ series, $10/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, lower level, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Beginner’s Yoga – 7-8:15pm. If you are new to yoga or prefer a more gentle, guided practice, this series is for you. Focus on developing a strong foundation and knowledge of yoga. $10 first time drop-in. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop-in. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Grace Yoga Basics Course – 9-10:30am. Join this ongoing cycle and learn the basics of all classes of posture: standing, balancing, forward folds, backbends, twists and Sun Salutes. For everyone. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Ommies: Ages 3-6 – 1:30-2:15pm. 7-wk session. With Laura. Drop-ins welcome. $70/series, $10/dropin. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, lower level, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Kripalu Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Traditional style yoga. Learn to quiet the mind while relaxing the

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body, creating a union btwn them. Yoga cultivates awareness and balance for the mind, body and spirit. With Chris. $12/prepaid, $14/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, lower level, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Forrest Fusion – 5:45-7:15pm. For all levels. Class is a masterful blend of slow long holds at the beginning, followed by a stronger type practice in the second half. $15/drop-in. New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. 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. Preregistration necessary: 401-742-8020. Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Narragansett – 6:157:45pm. Release tension and stress in body and mind using easy, reliable poses led by Certified Yoga Teacher. Healing, restorative, therapeutic and meditative. Beginners welcome. New students: $40/4 classes; $19/drop-in. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, Narragansett. 401-578-9182. Guided Meditation – 6:30-8pm. 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month we’ll have a brief lesson followed by a guided meditation to help you relax and flow more easily with life. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Cumberland – 7-8:30pm. Try this slow moving yoga that reduces pain, reverses aging and boosts your healing. You move and breath more easily and leave feeling better. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. New students: $50/5, $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Thursday Kripalu Yoga: Moderate Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Focusing on strength and balance for graceful aging. Kripalu yoga takes you, body and soul where you need to go. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in, $12/ flex pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Kripalu Yoga with Nicole Downing – 9:3010:45am. With the approach that yoga is for every body, Nicole facilitates yoga asana, pranayama and inquiry. Allowing you to find your posture in the pose. First time just $5. $10. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Svaroopa® Yoga with Tonya – 10-11:30am. Have an aching back? Come and experience Svaroopa® yoga. Support your spine so it can support you. New students: $40/4 classes; $19/drop-in. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, Narragansett. 401-374-4759. Warrior Tribe: Ages 9-12 – 4:45-5:45pm. 7-wk session. With Laura. Drop-ins welcome. $70/ series, $10/drop-in. Village Wellness Center, 422 Post Rd, lower level, Warwick. 401-941-2310.


Rhode Island Edition

Cardio/Sculpt – 5:30-6:15pm. Class will help to burn calories and tone/strengthen muscles in every major muscle group. It will consist of periods of cardio mixed with sculpting. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Behind Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Restorative Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. A yoga that calms and balances the nervous system. Especially good for stress/illness. Call ahead as class size is limited for special, individual attention. $15. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Cumberland – 6:30-8pm. Release tension and stress in body and mind using easy, reliable poses led by Certified Yoga Teacher. Healing, restorative, therapeutic and meditative. Beginners welcome. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Deepening Somatic Consciousness. Walking meditation in addition to guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the Earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Friday Grace Yoga Level 1 – 9-10:30am. Flow through basic postures, Sun Salutes, principles of movement, and basic breathing techniques. Gentle instruction and guidance; not a beginner’s class. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Svaroopa® Yoga Class: Cumberland – 9:3011am. Try this style of yoga if you want to lose tension and gain relaxation and peace. It is easy to do and adaptable to your body’s needs. No experience necessary. With Maria Sichel, CSYT. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Grace Restorative Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Deeply satisfying. Forward folds open the back and calm the nervous system. Gentle backbends and modified inversions. Imagine a relaxed body full of selfawareness. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. BarSculpt – 5:30-6:30pm. A low impact class, utilizing mats, weights, bands, and a ballet barre to create a strong toned and graceful body. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Behind Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Nia For Everybody – 6-7pm. The Nia technique is a high-energy, expressive dance practice that combines elements of yoga, modern jazz and duncan dance (martial arts). No experience necessary. $15/ drop-in. New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. 2nd Friday. We’ll view a spiritual movie followed by a facilitated discussion on the lessons and how to implement them in our daily lives. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Ananda Kirtan in Providence – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Fridays. Enjoy the bliss of Ananda kirtan, sacred chanting, that opens the heart to peace and joy. Easy to follow English and Sanskrit chants. Suggested donation $5. Now Yoga, 286 Thayer St, Providence.

Saturday Forever Young: Yoga Over 50 – 8:45-10am. Health benefits from regular yoga classes are enormous, especially for over 50s. You are only as young as your spine, shoulders, hips and hamstrings say you are. $10. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Vbarre – 9-10am. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. This class provides calorie-blasting cardio. $16/class; package available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, Behind Lincoln Mall, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Kripalu Yoga: All Level – 9:45-11am. A yoga that’s satisfying to the body and soul. Beginners welcome. Join us 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. Svaroopa® Yoga with Pat – 9:45-11:15am. Svaroopa® yoga excels at releasing the deep tensions in your body, leaving you feeling peaceful yet invigorated. Class size is small, so you’ll enjoy personal attention. $20/series, $22/ drop-in. Time for You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Women’s Wellness Immersion – 10am-2pm. 6 weeks of fitness, nutrition and soul integrating nutrition seminars, ritual and ceremony, weekly Intuitive Flow movement classes, and one-on-one individualized sessions. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. For details: Wellness Day – 10am-4pm. 2nd Saturday. Treat yourself to a half hour of reflexology at this selfcare Saturday. Other services available. $25/30 mins. First Spiritualist Church, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Grace $5 Community Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Community yoga for everyone. Great instruction offering lots of modifications and props. People of all levels love this friendly, warm vibe. Just come and bring a friend. $5. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. Kindergarten Kung Fu – 11-11:45am. Master Wen-Ching Wu presents this unique, one-of-a-kind class for ages 3-5. Kids’ Kung Fu activities promote coordination, self-discipline, self-awareness, and fun. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Adult Kung Fu for Men and Women – 1:152:30pm. Flexible class times also include Monday and Wednesday, 6-7:30pm, and Friday, 1pm. Women’s Kung Fu every Saturday, 9am. Kids’ Kung Fu classes on Saturday, 10am, Monday and Wednesday, 4:45pm. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. Awaken the Goddess Within – May 9 & 16. 4-6pm. Deeply connect with your inner Goddess through dance, meditation, imagery and journeywork. Embrace your inner Goddess, release, and rejoice. $25. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683.

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Rive Gauche 273 Social St Woonsocket, RI 401-765-2480

Rive Gauche is the only French Hair salon to offer a professional organic hair color brand: All Nutrient. While providing the highest quality services, our prices are affordable: natural beauty shouldn’t be pricey. We also retail a professional full line of organic and vegan hair products not available in regular stores. See ad on page 23.

health coaching & nutritional counseling BETTER HEALTH WITH JOY

Joy Quinn Blum, M.A., M.Div., H.C. 401-258-3952 • Are you hungry for better health? Joy helps people who want a better way to eat and live by creating an individual program that focuses on the best nutrients to feed the body, mind and soul with unique and satisfying choices. Issues addressed: depression/anxiety, digestive disorders, blood sugar issues, anti-aging concerns, acid/alkaline imbalances, and nutrition in cancer treatment/prevention. Free 1-hour health history consultation! See ad on page 21.

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

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

holistic guidance

Soul Wisdom Healing @ The Womens Well

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

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 medicine Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases Donna Zaken, RN, MSN, APRN 35 South Angell St, Providence, RI 401-585-7877

Donna Zaken is a Nurse Practitioner dually trained in Western and Holistic medicine, specializing in Lyme disease. She also excels at treating all symptoms/conditions, and is especially good with difficult-to-diagnose cases. By finding the root cause, healing is facilitated. Her safe and natural approach may eliminate your need for prescription and other medications. See ad on page 11.

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

Linda Cole M. Ed Life Coach / Hypnotherapist / Meditation Consultant 845 Oaklawn Ave Cranston, RI 401-339-3942 Learn easy techniques and strategies to melt away stress. Set goals with clear benchmarks and watch yourself achieve them.  Remove embedded blockages through hypnotherapy that previously obstructed your success. Increase your intuition, build confidence/self-esteem, find purpose, transform, quit smoking, or lose weight… Call/text for FREE phone consult! MEDITATION CLASSES Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm-8pm

Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 12.

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Positive New Beginnings Holistic & wellness center

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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 Angelic Spiritualist Temple -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 22.

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

877 Broadway East Providence, RI 401-432-7195

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

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hypnotherapy NEWPORT CENTER FOR HYPNOTHERAPY AND HYPNOSIS TRAINING Suzi Nance 123 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840 401-835-1736 Ready for change? Let 2015 be the year. Using the power of your subconscious hypnosis can make it happen. Schedule sessions to get healthy, quit smoking, de-stress, rid yourself of limiting thoughts, fears, phobias, or find your inner strength, passion or motivation. We offer a 6-wk group “Get Fit” program.


Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • • Create the Wedding ceremony of your heart’s desire with Rev. Natalia! Whether it be traditional or non-traditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. ~Arthur Rubinstein 52

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makeup & 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 16.

massage therapist & yoga instructor Renee S. Katz, MT, CYI

404 B Main Street Wakefield, RI 401-864-0947 With over 28 years of experience in the alternative health industry, Renee offers Swedish, Shiatsu, Rossiter and Reiki sessions to reduce pain, increase mobility and balance energy. Yoga classes are taught in an intimate and nurturing studio. The classes offered are Mixed Level, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. See schedule online and in brochure.

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 35.

Keri Layton, N.D.

154 Waterman 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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Dr. Marcy Feibelman, MD 28 Cemetery St Providence, RI 508-343-0580

Usui Reiki and Karuna Reiki Teacher North Smithfield, RI 508-612-7083

Holistic Medicine and individual patient care. Safe and effective natural solutions including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Supporting you on your journey to health.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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

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I teach all levels of Usui Reiki and Karuna Reiki classes.  Private and small group instruction is an option if you don’t see a particular class offered. Reiki is a simple way to reduce stress and facilitate growth, healing, and empowerment.

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 16.

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

Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 •

Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 23.

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 21.

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therapeutic massage

The Meadows Office Park

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

1130 Ten Rod Rd North Kingstown 401-885-3950

459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172

The Meadows Office Park offers value priced custom office space. Our team evaluates specific needs of our clients and helps build businesses by being flexible, service oriented and keeping clients financially comfortable. Please call 885-3950 for info on available office space. See ad on page 25.

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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

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 •

120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837

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.

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.

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May 2015


weight loss Shayna Bronsky, Psy.D Integrative Psychological Healing 2905 Post Road Warwick, RI 401-633-4347

Did you know 75% of obesity is due to Emotional Eating and 98% of people who lose weight do not keep it off? With over 20 years of experience as a weight loss coach and 15 as a holistic health psychologist, I have assisted hundreds of clients reach and maintain their weight loss goals. Let me help you improve your health and cope more effectively with stress.

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 32.

wellness coaching Sheryl Turgeon

2243 Highland Ave, Fall River, MA 02720 508-689-4633


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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 31.

yoga body kneads yoga

1145 Reservoir Ave Cranston RI 401-632-0878 info@bodykneads body kneads yoga is a boutiquestyle yoga studio conveniently located in Cranston. Our studio has a warm and inviting feeling that brings a sigh of relaxation as soon as you step through the doors of the studio. Intimate class settings make us perfect for anyone looking to deepen their practice, and our attention to everybody means you’ll never get lost in the crowd. See ad on page 40.

Grace Yoga

35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 • Grace school of yoga is a sacred center for peace and well-being, offering daily classes of all levels in classical yoga, breathing, and meditation. Join our classes any time. See ad on page 42.


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.

NATALIE SCHIFFER, CSYT 700 Cumberland & Narragansett, RI 401-578-9182

Over 10 years of experience in Svaroopa® yoga, offering small, personal classes with qualified, hands-on teaching. Receive the individualized support you need. Specially trained to work with you privately in yoga therapy sessions to help alleviate pain and injury in an organic, lasting way. Find yin, yang, restorative benefits and more in every Svaroopa® yoga class/session. Supporting you where you are and bringing you where you want to be. See ad on page 40.

yoga & holistic health center ALL THAT MATTERS

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 42.


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

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