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he 6th Annual Woony River Ride, presented by The Foundry, will take place on September 19, and includes 62-, 42-, 30-, 10- and 5-mile rides that explore the Woonasquatucket River from DownCity Providence to the Scituate Reservoir and back to Waterplace Park. Race start times vary for each fully supported ride, and an after-party will follow the last race at Waterplace Park in Downtown Providence, featuring live music, food and prizes for fundraisers. Last year’s ride attracted more than 300 participants that helped raise over $22,000 to help support youth programs, including Red Shed, environmental restoration, bike path maintenance, and future extensions to the Woonasquatucket River Bike Path. Cost: $60/$80 walk-up registration. Children age 15 and under ride free with a paying adult. To register, visit FirstGiving.com/WoonyRide/6th-Annual-Woony-River-Ride. For race information and updates, visit Facebook.com/WRWCRI.

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iteracy Volunteers of Kent County is offering a series of Tutor Training Workshops on Thursdays this fall, at the Coventry Public Library. Prospective tutors must take two required free on-line classes, Principles of Adult Learning and Working with Adult Literacy Learners, at ProLiteracyEDNet.org before registering for the Tutor Training Workshop. The series will total 15 hours of classroom time from 6 to 9 p.m., September 24, October 1, 15 and 22, and December 3. Midway through training, volunteers will be matched with students so that they may experience the tutoring process and receive guidance as needed. Tutors are certified at the conclusion of training. To register, call 401-822-9103.

All That Matters Opens Two New Yoga Studios

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n August, All That Matters, southern Rhode Island’s award-winning yoga and holistic health center, opened two new locations at 1 Park Row, in Providence, and at 63 Cedar Avenue, in East Greenwich. The two new yoga studios—formally Eyes of the World Yoga Center and Focus Yoga—will offer daily yoga classes, meditation, yoga teacher trainings and holistic health workshops. “After 20 years building All That Matters into a vibrant hub for health and well-being in South Kingstown, we’re joyously embarking on our first expansion to help educate, inspire and support the residents of Providence and East Greenwich,” says Joan Dwyer, co-founder and owner of All That Matters Both studios feature hardwood floors, convenient changing areas and embody the practice of yoga itself with an open, light-filled and soothing environment. Each studio offers a variety of yoga classes for all levels, seven days a week, taught by experienced, certified instructors who have studied with leaders in the art and science of yoga. In addition to daily yoga classes, All That Matters PVD and All That Matters EG will host yoga teacher trainings and workshops including All That Matters’ signature 40-Day (R)evolution program, an immersion into 40 days of yoga practice, healthy eating and meditation.  Passes and membership include unlimited yoga, member-only discounts, free consultation with a health coach and guest passes. Members are allowed to practice at all three locations. Cost: $30 Explorer Pass for first time students/$89 per month membership. For more information, visit AllThatMatters.com, Facebook.com/AllThatMatters and Instagram at @AllThatMattersYoga. See ad on page 26.  

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ore than 15 countries will showcase their dance, music, art and food at the 38th Annual Rhode Island Heritage Day Festival, a free event that will take place from noon to 5 p.m., September 12, at The Roger Williams National Memorial, in Providence. Rhode Islanders of all ages can join in a lively celebration of the state’s rich cultural heritage with such represented countries as Venezuela, India, Korea, Haiti, Bolivia, Sweden and Ireland, among others. The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission has partnered with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Hispanic Heritage Committee of Rhode Island and Welcoming Rhode Island, a program of Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI), to celebrate peace and ethnic diversity in the state of Rhode Island. Booths will have cultural exhibits and display craft demonstrations from all over the world. The food court will have an array of traditional foods and drinks. The children’s area will have The Peace Flag Project, face painting and arts and crafts. Cost: Free. Location: 284 North Main St., Providence. For more information, call Mercedes Monteiro at 401-222-4133.

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newsbrief Mindful Tides Reiki Opens New Practice in Wakefield

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ita Webb, RMT has opened Mindful Tides Reiki studio within Path 2 Harmony, a collaborative holistic health center, located in Wakefield. Having served as a human resources specialist for an engineering software company for the past 12 years, Webb is following her life-long passion Rita Webb, RMT for studying and providing holistic health services. She started practicing Reiki in 1997 and has recently completed her Usui Reiki Master training in May 2015. Webb uses crystals, deep heat and meditation music to compliment Reiki’s healing energy. Gentle treatments enable deep relaxation, magnify natural healing, clear energy blocks, and instill wellness, harmony and balance to one’s life. To celebrate its grand opening, Mindful Tides is offering first-time clients a 30 percent discount on all services through October 31. To stay informed of new products, services, and specials, visit Facebook.com/ MindfulTides. To schedule an appointment, call 401-284-3614 or email MindfulTidesReiki@gmail.com.

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lenn Ambrose of Life Enhancement Services will present a free workshop, Live the Life You Desire, from 1 to 2 p.m., September 5, at the 2nd Annual Live Happy Live Healthy Live Green Expo at River Island Park, in Woonsocket. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., other free hourly workshops include Why See A Healer? with Deb Fate-Mental, Zentangle, Intro to Hypnosis Glenn Ambrose and Training, Crystal and Healing with Kim Pope, and Let’s Laugh for the Health of It with Bill and Linda Hamaker of Let’s Laugh Today. Live demonstrations of solar energy, kickboxing, Zumba, yoga, martial arts, dance, BMX/skateboarding and others will be performed throughout the day. Local artists, crafters and vendors will be selling happy, healthy and green products. A Happy Play Place with bounce house, face painting and crafts will keeps kids entertained for a donation of $2 or a canned food item.

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“Bonefish Grill is a vibrant, comfortable location to gather and share ideas. Meet up with old friends, and make new ones at this informal networking celebration,” says Natural Awakenings Publisher Maureen Cary. Rhode Island residents have made great strides over the past several years toward becoming stronger and healthier individuals, and the staff at Natural Awakenings is grateful and proud of its part in this movement. “From acupuncture to green business strategies, building a healthy, sustainable community is what Natural Awakenings is all about, and we look forward to many more years,” shares Cary. Cost: Free. Location: 2000 Chapel View Blvd., Cranston. RSVP to Maureen Cary at 401-709-2473 or MCary@RINaturalAwakenings.com.

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he Women’s Well, in Portsmouth, will host a workshop on the history and mystery of the labyrinth as a tool of healing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 19. Led by Cris McCullough, a certified labyrinth facilitator and holistic counselor who earned her certification with Rev. Lauren Artress in 2000, participants will discover the ancient history of the form, its use as a tool of healing and ritual, and the science of how and why walking a labyrinth positively affects the healing centers of the body-mind system. Attendees will also learn the secret of how to construct one’s own labyrinth. The labyrinth is a meditative Cris McCullough path of healing now used in hospitals, schools, churches and spas worldwide. The workshop fee includes a labyrinth walk and ceremony, beginning at 6:30 p.m., to celebrate the fall equinox. Cost: $75/$10 for labyrinth walk and ceremony only. Location: 934 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. For more information, call 401-835-5683 or visit TheWomensWell.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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fitbody itation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Currently, even if physicians don’t practice yoga, it’s likely that many of their patients do. “You now see it everywhere from major medical centers to mainstream advertising,” says McCall, who notes an increase in doctors, nurses and therapists attending the Yoga as Medicine seminars he and his wife Eliana teach internationally and from their Simply Yoga Institute studio, in Summit, New Jersey.

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fter practicing internal medicine for 10 years in Boston, Dr. Timothy McCall became a full-time writer, exploring the health benefits of yoga. As the medical editor of Yoga Journal and the author of Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing, he says, “In the late 90s, the conveyor belt of patient care continued to speed up and I got frustrated. There was less time to form relationships with patients, which is essential to providing quality care without excessive tests and drugs.” Initially, McCall found that most of the documented research on yoga was from India, and notes it was low in quality from a Western perspective (though it is now excellent). In the West, the first notable scientific yoga article was published in 1973 in The Lancet on combining yoga and biofeedback to manage hypertension. According to the International Journal of Yoga, the surge in yoga’s popularity here finally gained academic interest in 2007, and there are now more than 2,000

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yoga titles in the National Institutes of Health PubMed.gov database, with 200 added annually. Initially, yoga teacher and economist Rajan Narayanan, Ph.D., founded the nonprofit Life in Yoga Foundation and Institute to offer free teacher training. Within a couple of years, the foundation’s focus shifted to integrating yoga into the mainstream healthcare system. “We realized that to make a real difference, we needed to teach doctors about yoga and its scientifically proven effects,” he says. Medical providers can earn credits to keep their licenses current by attending courses by Life in Yoga, the only yoga institution independently certified by the Accred-

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“Yoga may help prevent diseases across the board because the root cause of 70 to 90 percent of all disorders is stress,” says Narayanan. Yoga increases the body’s ability to successfully respond to stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart and lowers blood pressure. That in turn suppresses sympathetic activity, reducing the amount of stress hormones in the body. Studies collected on PubMed.gov demonstrate that yoga has been found to help manage hypertension, osteoporosis, body weight, physical fitness, anxiety, depression, diabetes, reproductive functions and pregnancy, among other issues. Studies at California’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute have tracked amelioration of heart disease. A growing body of research is validating yoga’s benefits for cancer patients, including at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A small study at Norway’s University of Oslo suggests that yoga even alters gene expression, indicating it may induce health benefits on a molecular level.

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“For yoga to be effective, a regular practice must be implemented, which is challenging in a culture where people can’t sit for long without an electronic device. It’s more than just popping pills,” says Narayanan. McCall says, “Even if people


Any physical exercise done with breath awareness becomes yoga; anything done without the breath is just a physical practice. ~Rajan Narayaran can commit to just a few minutes of yoga practice a day, if they keep it up the benefits can be enormous.” “There are no sales reps telling doctors to use yoga therapy like there are for pharmaceuticals,” remarks Narayanan, and until yoga is funded by health insurance, it will be challenging to gain full acceptance in mainstream medicine. Another barrier is certification standards. The International Association of Yoga Therapists (iayt.org) and the Council for Yoga Accreditation International (cyai.org) are both beginning to offer certifications for therapy training programs and therapists. Narayanan is hopeful that certification could lead to yoga being covered by insurance. Medical school curricula have started shifting to embrace complementary approaches to wellness, with many textbooks now including information on mind/body therapies. The Principles and Practices of Yoga in Healthcare, co-edited by Sat Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen, McCall and Shirley Telles and due out in 2016, is the first professional-level, medical textbook on yoga therapy. “Yoga has been proven to treat many conditions, yet yoga teachers don’t treat conditions, we treat individuals,” says McCall. “Yoga therapy is not a one-size-fits-all prescription because different bodies and minds, with different abilities and weaknesses, require individualized approaches.” While medical research is working to grant yoga more legitimacy among doctors, policymakers and the public, McCall says, “I believe these studies are systematically underestimating how powerful yoga can be. Science may tell us that it decreases systolic blood pressure and cortisol secretion and increases lung capacity and serotonin levels, but that doesn’t begin to capture the totality of what yoga is.”

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AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit by Kathleen Barnes

Agelessness: Engaging in and experiencing life without fear of falling, failing or falling apart.

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and mentally feeble at a certain age. “When my mother turned 50, her mailbox suddenly filled with ads for adult diapers, walkers and long-term care insurance,” Northrup quips. The point is well taken. Think vibrant, healthy, gorgeous and yes, sexy Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Chris Rock and Brooke Shields—all 50 or older—as the targets of ads for Depend. We’re living and working longer, and many of us are feeling, looking and staying young longer. So is 60 the new 40? Yes, say State University of New York at Stony Brook researchers, and further note that we’re generally leading longer and healthier lives. Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. In the 2010 census, 53,364 people had surpassed their 100th year, an increase

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of 40 percent over the 1980 census, and more than 80 percent of them are women. The National Institute on Aging projects that this number could increase tenfold or more by 2050. What we think of as “old” has changed. Many baby boomers refuse to buy into the mythology of aging, bristle at being called senior citizens and especially dislike being called elderly. Their position is backed by science. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of Biology of Belief and currently a visiting professor at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, in Auckland, is best known for promoting the concept that DNA can be changed by belief, for good or ill. Lipton explains that we all have billions of stem cells designed to repair or replace damaged—and aging—tissues and organs. “[These cells] are profoundly influenced by our thoughts and perceptions about the environment,” Lipton explains. “Hence our beliefs about aging can either interfere with or enhance stem cell function, causing our physiological regeneration or decline.” “Yes, we are destined to grow older, but decrepitude and what we call aging is an optional state,” Northrup adds. “Our genes, nutrition and environment are under our control far more than we may have thought.” More, she says, “Words are powerful. Don’t talk yourself into believing your brain is turning to mush just because you are over 40.”

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“Manage the four horsemen of the aging apocalypse,” encourages nutrition and longevity expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., a Los Angeles board-certified nutritionist and author of The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer. He says the aging process, including disease, loss of physical or mental function and the general breakdown of systems, is caused by one or more of four factors: oxidative damage (literally rusty cells); inflammation; glycation (excess sugar, metabolic syndrome); and stress. “Collectively, they damage cells and DNA, wear down organs and systems, deeply damage the vascular pathways that deliver blood and oxygen to the entire body, and even shrink


Compute Your Real Age Lifestyle choices can make our bodies older, or younger, than our number of orbits around the sun, according to Michael Roizen, a doctor of internal medicine and author of This is Your Do-Over: The 7 Secrets of Losing Weight, Living Longer, and Getting a Second Chance at the Life You Want. “Seventy percent of aging is in the simple things you do or don’t do,” he maintains. Here are a few sobering examples: brain size,” explains Bowden. While it may seem like a tall order to make lifestyle changes that vanquish these four horsemen, Bowden says they can be broken into manageable elements by employing an arsenal of healthful weapons: whole foods, nutrients, stress-reduction techniques, exercise, detoxification and relationship improvement. “All of these actually do double duty, battling more than one of the four processes that can effectively shorten your life,” he reports, based on his 25 years of study.

Oxidative Damage

Consider what rust does to metal. That’s what free radical oxygen molecules do to cells. Over time, they damage them and cause aging from within. “Oxidative damage plays a major role in virtually every degenerative disease of aging, from Alzheimer’s to cancer to heart disease and diabetes, even immune dysfunction,” says Bowden. His recommended key to destroy-

n An unresolved major life stressor, such as a divorce, being sued, the death of a close relative or other traumatic events, can add up to 32 years to chronological age. Managing the stress adds a relatively insignificant two years. n Swap out saturated fats (cheese and meat) for monounsaturated fats (olive oil, nuts and avocados). Subtract 2.5 years from chronological age. n Get up out of the chair every 15 minutes and also take a 10-minute walk every two hours. Subtract 2.1 years from chronological age. n Have close friends. Subtract 2.1 years from chronological age. Take the Real Age test at ShareCare.com/RealAge. ing free radicals is a diet rich in antioxidants, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, nuts, grassfed meats and organic dairy products. Avoid environmental free radicals that show up in toxic chemicals by eating as much organic food as possible and avidly avoiding residues of the poisonous pesticides and herbicides sprayed on crops eaten by people and livestock.

Inflammation

Long-term inflammation is a silent killer because it operates beneath

the radar, often unnoticed, damaging blood vessel walls. Like oxidative damage, inflammation is a factor in all the degenerative diseases associated with aging, says Bowden. His suggestion: First, get a Creactive protein (CRP) test to determine the levels of inflammation in our body. A CRP level over 3 milligrams/liter indicates a high risk of a heart attack. Antiinflammatory foods like onions, garlic, leafy greens, tomatoes, beans, nuts and seeds have all been widely scientifically proven to reduce chronic inflammation.

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This is the result of excessive sugar that glues itself to protein or fat molecules, leaving a sticky mess that creates advanced glycation end (AGE) products that damage all body systems and are acknowledged culprits in the dreaded diseases associated with aging. Bowden’s basic answer is to minimize intake of sugar and simple carbs; anything made with white flour or white rice. Also avoid fried dishes and any foods cooked at high temperatures that actually skip the glycation production in the body and deliver harmful AGEs directly from the food. He advises taking 1,000 mg of carnosine (available in health food stores) daily to prevent glycation.

Stress

The long-term effects of physical, mental or emotional stress are tremendously damaging to the human physiology. Sustained exposure to the stress hormone cortisol can shrink parts of the brain, damage blood vessels, increase blood sugar levels, heart rate and blood pressure and contribute to chronic

inflammation, according to well-established science recorded in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Bowden warns, “Stress management is not a luxury.” In its many forms, including prayer, meditation and breathing exercises, it should be part of any agelessness program. Deep, restful sleep is as vital a component as ending toxic relationships, having a nurturing circle of friends and doing familiar, gentle exercise such as yoga or tai chi. Overall, Bowden adds, “Rather than thinking of such endeavors as antiaging, I strive to embody the concept of age independence. I admire former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who resigned from the court when he reached age 90 because he wanted to play more tennis.” Bowden recommends embracing the concept of “squaring the curve”, meaning that instead of anticipating and experiencing a long downhill slope of poor health leading to death, “I look at a long plateau of health, with a steep drop-off at the end.” Wellness guru Dr. Michael Roizen, chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness

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Institute, contends that although our chronological age can’t be changed, “Your ‘real age’ [calculated from data he collected from 60 million people] is the result of a wide variety of factors that are within your control. Dietary choices alone can make you 13 years younger or older than your actual age.” Roizen adds uncontrolled portion sizes, tobacco use and physical inactivity to the list of life-shortening lifestyle options.

Align with Spirit

“If you don’t have some kind of spiritual foundation, literally, God help you,” says Northrup. “God isn’t confined to a book or a church, mosque or synagogue. Divinity is the creative loving, vital flow of life force that we’re all part of and connected to. Our bodies are exquisite expressions meant to embody, not deny our spirits.” Touch, pleasure and sex can be part of it, too. Individuals that have the most fulfilling sex lives live the longest, according to researchers conducting the University of California, Riverside’s Longevity Project. “Pleasure comes in infinite forms,” says Northrup. “It can mean the exquisite taste of a pear or the sound of an angelic symphony, the kiss of sun on skin, the laughter of a child, spending time with friends or creating a pastel landscape. When you experience pleasure, God comes through and you become aware of your divine nature. You’ll find that joy comes in ways that are unique to you.” Connection with the natural world is an essential element of agelessness, says Northrup. “The human body evolved to walk on the Earth, drinking its water, breathing its air and basking in its sunlight.” The bottom line is, “Agelessness is all about vitality. Taking all the right supplements and pills, or getting the right procedure isn’t the prescription for anti-aging,” says this renowned physician. “It’s ageless living that brings back a sense of vibrancy and youthfulness.” We could live to be well over 100 years old and, as Northrup likes to paraphrase Abraham Hicks, of The Law of Attraction fame, “Wouldn’t you rather have your life end something like this: ‘Happy-healthy, happy-healthy, happyhealthy, dead.’ Isn’t that a lot better than suffering sickness, decrepitude and frailty for years?” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, her latest being Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

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recent Harris Interactive poll indicates that only one in three Americans are happy. Success, education and increases in annual household income create only marginally more happiness. So what will it take to go the distance? Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness endeavors to discover just that. Its collection of intimate stories from more than two dozen women reveals telling insights— most profoundly, that happiness is a choice that anyone can make, regardless of their history or circumstances. Four tips from contributors to the book show how we all can rise up out of our troubles to the other side, shining.

Let Go of ‘Supposed To’

Family, friends and society exert pressure on us to achieve certain goals or impose their definition of success. When our soul doesn’t fit the mold, exciting things can happen. Happiness strategist Kristi Ling seemed to have it all: a high-powered job in Hollywood, significant income and the envy of all her friends—but her

success felt empty. She writes from her home in Los Angeles, “Each morning I’d get up thinking about who I needed to please, and then prepare myself to exist for another day. I looked and felt exhausted just about all the time. The worst part was that I thought I was doing everything right!” After a middle-of-the-night epiphany, Ling left her job and set out to discover what her heart wanted. She began following a completely different life path as a coach and healer, in which success means manifesting joy.

Be Grateful Now

While we’re striving to change our life or wishing things could have been different, we often forget to pay attention to what we have right now. Boni Lonnsburry, a conscious creation expert and founder/CEO of Inner Art, Inc., in Boulder, Colorado, writes about the morning she decided to choose happiness, despite the enormous challenges she was facing, including divorce, foreclosure, bankruptcy and possible homelessness. “I thought to myself, ‘Yes, my life could be better, but it also could be a hell of a lot worse. I’m healthy and smart—why, I even have some wisdom. Why am I focusing on how terrible everything is?’” Using the power of her choice to be happy right now, Lonnsburry not only found joy amidst the adversity, but created love and success beyond her wildest dreams.

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protect ourselves, even against the love we want. Certified Relationship Coach Stacey Martino, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, writes, “From the first day we met, I’d been waiting for [my boyfriend] Paul to end our relationship. I begged him for another chance—not for our relationship, but to be my authentic self—to figure out who I am and show up in our relationship as the real me.” Fourteen years later, Martino and her boyfriend, now husband, are still exploring the depths of their love for one another. For them, the choice to be vulnerable was the gateway to happiness.

Look Inward Instead of to Others

If we can’t own our pain, how can we create our joy? Choosing happiness means taking full responsibility for our state of mind, with no excuses. Lisa Marie Rosati, of Kings Park, New York, who today helps other women catalyze their own transformation, writes: “I didn’t want to accept what was going on inside [me], so I looked outside for a way to make things better. I depended on intimate relationships to complete me, and on friends and acquaintances for entertainment. My self-esteem floated on incoming compliments and I absolutely never wanted to spend a minute alone with my own thoughts, lest they erode whatever happiness I possessed at the moment. I was exhausted, frustrated and quite frankly, pissed off.” It took a flash of insight to set Rosati free of her patterns of blame—and then realizing she could create her own fulfillment was all it took to catapult her into a place of empowerment. Look out, world! As Los Angeles happiness expert and Positive Psychology Coach Lisa Cypers Kamen says, “Happiness is an inside job.” Joy, love and inspired living are ours for the taking—all we must do is choose. Linda Joy is the heart of Inspired Living Publishing and Aspire magazine. Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness is her third in a series of bestselling anthologies. Next up is Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy. Learn more at InspiredLivingPublishing.com.


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The Most Common Underlying Causes of Skin Damage n Stress-induced sleep loss or insomnia can promote premature aging of the skin. n An under-active thyroid can result in reduced hormone levels that cause dry, flaky skin. n Excess sun exposure can result in photo-aging of the skin and skin cancer.

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n A low-antioxidant diet can result in oxidative, freeradical skin damage and premature aging. n A phytonutrient-poor diet can accelerate free radical damage. n An unbalanced diet high in processed foods can promote skin cell damage. n Dryness can promote fine lines, weaken skin cells, resulting in dull, dry and flaking skin.

or decades, scientists and dermatologists have researched and studied how to combat wrinkle formation and rapid aging effects by enhancing DNA repair. According to Dr. Gary Goldfaden, a clinical instructor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, “The ability to repair DNA is crucial for health and longevity.” Years ago, Goldfaden began to study and consider the cycle of skin renewal process and how topical nutrients could nourish the skin, producing restorative effect and a more youthful outward appearance. “Skin looks better if the cells on the surface are newer,” says Goldfaden. “If we exfoliate—which is the process of removing old skin cells on the surface by mechanical or chemical ways—we dramatically enhance skin appearance.” Goldfaden realized that exfoliation would allow nutrients and phytochemicals to work on new skin cells as they matured. He considered which nutrients applied to the skin might provide more beneficial underlying conditions, and began to use them with his dermatology patients, without invasive procedures. His belief is that antioxidants are the main ingredients for healthy aging for both topical applications in skincare as well as internal applications for cellular health. Many new researchers are now finding that topical application of antioxidants produces a strong restorative effect to skin.

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n Very low consumption of essential fatty acids (such as Omega) can dry the skin.

n Compromised stem cells inhibit the replacement of damaged skin. n Stress can cause skin cells damage. n Free radicals and cosmic irradiation cause damage to the skin cell structure, resulting in lines and wrinkles. n Inflammation can cause puffiness, blemishes and pigmented lesions. n Gravity and other mechanisms result in a tendency for skin to take on a sagging appearance. n Toxins and environmental pollutants may prematurely age skin. n Clogged pores cause inflammation, redness, blemishes and scaly skin. n Compromised shedding of old skin cells in the epidermis can cause a rough or dull appearance. n Improper skin care formulas/products or ineffective delivery system that allows products to sit on the skin surface, overly saturating the top layers, causing inflammation, limiting any nutrient effect, and adding to the clogging of pores.

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any parents concerned that their children are getting engulfed by social media often turn to sports to spark physical activity. They scramble to sign their toddlers up for swimming and tennis lessons, T-ball and soccer practice, hoping these activities will teach their kids about motivation and leadership, while getting them off the couch and out the door. They hope that sports will be a conduit for their kids to learn what it takes to strive, drive toward a goal and succeed in later life. As a result, more than 40 million kids across America are engaged in organized play. But youth sports are not a panacea; while parental intentions are good, they sometimes don’t realize the potential for negative consequences. Those that have studied the phenomenon believe that youth sports—which on the surface, appear to provide a perfect environment for children to learn life lessons and develop critical social and physical skills—might hamper our children’s healthy physical, social, psychic and creative development.

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Too Much Too Soon

It seems that many young kids playing on teams today are over-coached by controlling, command-oriented adults. As Jenny Levy, head coach of the University of North Carolina’s 2013 NCAA champion women’s lacrosse team at Chapel Hill puts it, “Kids are kind of like overbred dogs, mimicking the drills we run in practice. They aren’t wired to think creatively. They do what they know. What’s safe.” This kind of behavior can start at an early age, when kids should be engaging in free play with minimal adult supervision in unstructured settings. Parenting expert Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting and The Soul of Discipline, says, “Parents are giving in to enormous societal pressure to push kids into high-performance sports settings several times a week. It’s an ‘arms race’ of sorts, with the clear victims being the kids themselves that are robbed of their childhoods.” There’s a much more holistic way kids can experience play, including

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sports. An American Academy of Pediatrics study attests that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential for helping children reach important social, emotional and cognitive developmental milestones, plus managing stress and becoming resilient. Payne observes, “In free play, children have to actively problem solve and take one another’s feelings into account if the play is to be successful. In sports, the social problem solving is largely extrinsic, facilitated by coaches, referees or parents. During a child’s formative stages, between the ages of 5 and 12, having the freedom to develop, create and innovate is critical.” Creativity isn’t limited to only younger children. How sports are taught in this country at all levels, right up through college, often inhibits athletic creativity and problem solving—as Levy has noticed year after year in the freshmen players she trains—rather than fostering these attributes.

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It’s crucial to consider the whole child, not just the budding athlete. To revive a child’s imagination and create better conditions for developing creativity, resiliency and flexibility, contemplate the option of taking a child out of organized youth sports for a while to provide the time, space and opportunity to rediscover childhood play and games. Then support them in re-entering organized athletics when they’re a bit older and more physically and emotionally ready. Also, some kids that get heavily involved in highly structured youth sports too early may be prone to behavioral problems and serious physical injuries. The best thing a parent can do for a young child that is active and interested in sports is roll up their sleeves and join in unscripted backyard or playground family play. Kids thrive in the attention offered from mom or dad, regardless of parental athletic skill levels. Also, organize play dates with other neighborhood kids of varying ages, because they love to learn from each other, including how to work out disagreements.  Once kids are socially, emotionally and physically ready, organized sports can be an amazing platform for funfilled learning. Having already experi-


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NA: Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate says, “It’s the little things that citizens do. That’s what will make the difference.” Can you elaborate?

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Ginny Fox, Executive Director of The Peace Flag Project, which organizes a celebration of the UN International Day of Peace, observed annually in September, shares with us her thoughts about promoting peace and why celebrating the UN Peace Day is important. NA: Why is peace important? GF: Peace is active, peace is personal and peace is communal. We are all peacemakers. And we can do something for peace every day. I find myself expressing these sentiments often. I believe that we each can be active on behalf of peace, and that we can all work on peace every day in smaller or larger ways. We can help a neighbor carry in groceries, work for a political candidate, serve on a school board, supervise kids on a playground, donate

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to a homeless shelter, volunteer at a food bank, or clean up a vacant lot. NA: How are these things about peace? GF: They create peace because they make the world better, kinder, cleaner, safer, gentler, and more generous. These acts of peace help to make life better for us and for our communities. It feels good to help a neighbor, to donate to a good cause, to clean up a neglected space. So it’s good for us, and all these things improve the world as well.

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NA: What is the Peace Flag Project? GF: Our Peace Flag Project works for peace and advances peace in two ways. The first is to work with people to make Peace Flags. As we create each flag, we connect to our deepest wishes for ourselves, our families and the world; wishes we don’t often say out loud. These flags, now made by more than 35,000 people in Rhode Island and surrounding areas, are small acts of peace. Second, Peace Flags help to define peace and to understand our wishes for a better world. They inspire us to think about how we would really like the world to be, and what each of us can do to make our lives and our communities more peaceful, generous and easier. Displaying Peace Flags in our homes, gardens, schools or public area keeps our own inspiration before us, and we are sharing our small acts of peace with the world.


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SURF TO TURF U.S. Farmed Seafood That’s Safe and Sustainable by Judith Fertig

Wild-caught fish from pure waters is the gold standard of seafood, but sustainable populations from healthy waters are shrinking. That’s one reason why fish farms are appearing in unusual places—barramundi flourish on a Nebraska cattle ranch, shrimp in chilly Massachusetts and inland tilapia in Southern California.

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ith the demand for seafood outpacing what can safely be harvested in the wild, half the seafood we eat comes from aquaculture, says Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Yet, farmed seafood has a reputation for uneven quality and questionable farming practices. A primary reason is that much of what Americans buy comes from Asia, where aquaculture is less stringently managed. Meanwhile, domestic aquaculture provides only about 5 percent of the seafood consumed here, according to NOAA.

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If we want to eat safer, sustainable, farmed seafood, there are two solutions. One is to purchase farmed fish raised in the U.S., says Sullivan. The agency’s FishWatch consumer informa-

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tion service assures: “If it’s harvested in the United States, it’s inherently sustainable as a result of the rigorous U.S. management process that ensures fisheries are continuously monitored, improved and sustainable.” Whole Foods Markets have found that farming seafood (aquaculture) can provide a consistent, high-quality, year-round supply of healthy and delicious protein. Accordingly, “When it’s done right, aquaculture can be environmentally friendly and offer a crucial way to supplement wild-caught fish supplies. On the other hand, poor farming practices such as the overuse of chemicals and antibiotics and those that cause water pollution and other negative impacts on the environment are bad news.” A second solution is to consult with a trusted fishmonger that has high standards for flavor, health, safety, sustainability and environmental concerns.

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Chefs like Rick Moonen, who owns RM Seafood, in Las Vegas, are getting behind U.S. aquaculture farms that do it right, raising healthy, sustainable and delicious fish. Moonen recently became a brand ambassador for True North Salmon, a farm system that integrates the way nature keeps fish healthy and fresh. “They have a salmon farm near a mussel farm near a kelp farm, mimicking the way these three species interact in the wild,” says Moonen. The best seafood farms take what geography and climate offer—ocean inlets, a natural spring and a natural depression in the land or indoor controlled freshwater tanks—and use clean feed. With no antibiotics, non-GMO food (free of genetic modification) in the right ratio, good water quality and creative ways to use the effluent, they employ green farming practices to raise fish and shellfish that, in turn, are healthy to eat. The Atlantic coasts of Maine and Canada are where families have been making their living from the sea for centuries, says Alan Craig, of Canada’s True North Salmon Company. “The fish are fed pellets made from all-natural, nonGMO sources with no dyes, chemicals or growth hormones added. Underwater cameras monitor the health of the fish to prevent overfeeding.” True North Salmon follows a threebay system, similar to crop rotation on land. Each bay is designated for a particular age of fish: young salmon, market-ready fish and a fallow, or empty, bay, breaking the cycle of any naturally occurring diseases and parasites. Robin Hills Farm, near Ann Arbor, Michigan, offers vegetable, meat, egg and fruit community supported agriculture, U-pick fruit and a pair of stocked farm ponds. Farm Manager Mitzi Koors explains that the ponds are a way to leverage natural resources, add another income stream and attract visitors. “We first discovered a low-lying area that would become a beautiful pond with a little work,” Koors relates. “We then expanded to two close ponds that don’t connect, to keep the older fish raised on at least six months of nonGMO organic feed separate from the newer fish. The ponds are spring fed,


providing a great environment for trout.” In northeastern Nebraska, five generations of the Garwood family have traditionally raised cattle and produced corn and tomatoes. To keep the farm thriving and sustainable, they have had to think outside the row crop. Today, they’re growing something new—barramundi, or Australian yellow perch. They built a warehouse that now holds 18, 10,000-gallon fish tanks full of growing fish. A Maryland company provides old-fashioned cow manure and leftover grain sorghum from area ethanol plants to create algae, naturally non-GMO, to use as biofuel and fish food. “People prefer to eat locally raised food, even if it’s fish in Nebraska,” says Scott Garwood. The sophistication of closed containment systems like the Garwoods use means that chefs, too, can raise their own fish, besides growing their own herbs and vegetables. California Chef Adam Navidi, owner of the Oceans & Earth restaurant, in Yorba Linda, also runs nearby Future Foods Farms, encompassing 25 acres of herbs, lettuces, assorted vegetables and tank-raised tilapia. Baby greens, not GMO products, help feed the fish, while nitrates from the ammonia-rich fish waste fertilize the crops. The fish wastewater filters through the crops and returns to the fish tanks in an efficient, conservation-driven system that produces healthy, organic food. “Someday, chefs will be known both by their recipes and the methods used to produce their food,” Navidi predicts.

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soft spots on the ice, like traditional lights. “Utica and Binghamton teams switched to LED after playing in our arena,” comments Jim Sarosy, chief operating officer for the Crunch.

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GREENING AMERICA’S GAMES Major Leagues Sport More Sustainable Stadiums by Avery Mack

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raditional sports stadiums and arenas generate a huge carbon footprint. Multiple sources concur that during a single football game, a 78,000-seat stadium can consume 65,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, and discarded cardboard, plastic and paper; in-stadium food and beverage containers; and tailgating debris that includes cans and bottles leave behind a mountain of waste. A dozen years ago, the pioneering Philadelphia Eagles enlisted the help of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to begin a persistent push to their goal of going green. Today, the NRDC publishes the Greening Advisor guidebooks on green operating practices for all professional teams in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, plus the U.S. Tennis Association, and has expanded to include college sports.

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Stadium food has always been part of the fan experience, but it’s possible to eat sensibly and well with options like the roasted turkey sandwich at AT&T Park, in San Francisco, where concessionaires source locally and compost leftovers.

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Veggie burgers, vegan cheesesteaks and sushi have also found their way onto game-day menus to add a change of pace for fans, says Julianne Soviero, author of Unleash Your True Athletic Potential. The growing interest shown by the sports industry in composting offers enormous potential benefits, and not a moment too soon, says Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D., co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance and director of the NRDC Sports Project. Using recyclable containers counts—New York City’s venerable Yankee Stadium reduced its trash load by 40 percent by switching to biodegradable cups and service ware. PepsiCo supported the upgrade by exchanging its conventional plastic bottle for a bio-based version made from agricultural waste.

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At New York’s Oncenter War Memorial Arena, the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch pro team skates under LED lights. “They make the arena brighter. It’s easier to see the puck,” says defenseman Joey Mormina. “The fun light show that follows goals adds energy for the crowd and players.” LED lighting provides improved clarity in TV transmissions and sports action photos and doesn’t create

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“The Crunch is the first pro hockey team to skate on recycled rainwater,” Sarosy adds. “It’s collected from the roof, stored in three central reservoirs in the basement and pumped into the Zamboni machine for resurfacing the ice.” The practice also diverts rainwater from overworked sewer systems. The first pro football stadium to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium features a 27,000-square-foot rooftop garden to help control water runoff. Home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, the Staples Center has swapped out 178 flush urinals for waterless models, reducing annual water usage by 7 million gallons. Like the Eagles, the Florida Marlins pro baseball team, in Miami, now uses 50 percent less water via low-flow plumbing fixtures. Also, the stadium’s upgraded landscape design lessens outdoor irrigation needs by 60 percent. The University of Georgia likes keeping its grass green, but hates wasteful water dispensers. Its football field is now watered via an underground irrigation system that saves a million gallons a year. Soil moisture sensors indicate when watering is needed.

More Creative Practices

Lincoln Financial Field, home to the Philadelphia Eagles, now boasts more than 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines that combined, generate more than four times the energy used for all home games in a season. The staff uses green cleaning products and has increased recycling more than 200 percent since 2010. Most creatively, the carbon costs of team travel are offset via mitigation by financing tree plantings in their home state and purchasing seedlings for a wildlife refuge in Louisiana. The Seattle Mariners Safeco Field’s new scoreboard uses 90 percent less power than its predecessor and the Arizona Cardinals pro football team


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Youngsters Location matters. Consider a park or beach as a setting to promote exercise and time outdoors. Children’s museums and wildlife centers frequently host kids’ birthday parties. Other “experience parties”, as suggested at Tinyurl.com/GreenChildPartyTips, include pottery making, tie-dyeing organic T-shirts or touring a local fire station. Forgo traditional trappings. Rather than using paper materials, consider decorating an old sheet as a festive tablecloth, utilize recycled computer or other repurposed paper to print custom placemats, and personalize cloth napkins found at estate sales or made from old clothes with guest names written with fabric pens for a unique and reusable party favor. Find details on these and other tips at Tinyurl.com/PBS-Green-Party-Ideas. Sustainable gifts. PlanToys makes its toys from rubberwood, a sustainable byproduct of latex harvesting, and non-formaldehyde glues. For preteens, gift a subscription to the National Wildlife Federation’s Ranger Rick magazine or a birdhouse or bird feeder. Make a maestro. Presenting a gift card for introductory music lessons can launch a young musician. A recent study by the National Association for Music Education notes that early exposure to music develops language, reading, math and memorization skills; improves hand-eye coordination; builds confidence and a sense of achievement; and promotes social interaction and teamwork when performing with others. Or, give tickets to introduce a child to classical, pops or jazz concertgoing.

Adults Healthy drinks and eats. Serve or bring organic, locally made beer and wine and pure fruit juices. Have the party catered by a health food restaurant or store, or order organic takeout. Do-good gifts. Antique and consignment shops are filled with items rich in culture and history. Museums, art centers and specialty gift shops offer fair trade creations handmade by overseas workers that all purchases assist. Family ties. Work beforehand with a partner or family member of the birthday celebrant to showcase family photos at the party and spark sharing of nostalgic stories among guests. provides bags for tailgating fans to use for recycling. Five NBA arenas have achieved LEED certification—Phillips Arena (Atlanta Hawks), Toyota Center (Houston Rockets), American Airlines Arena (Miami Heat), Amway Center (Orlando Magic) and Rose Garden (Portland Trail Blazers).

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China Tests HydrogenPowered Mass Transit China has started testing the world’s first hydrogen-powered tram. Although hydrogen fuel cells have been around for a while and are currently being used and tested in a variety of vehicles, including buses, the country is the first to master the technology for trams. Hydrogen is extremely abundant and can be extracted from a variety of sources, both renewable and non-renewable. Hydrogenfuel cell vehicles produce zero emissions, only water. One tank lasts for about 60 miles and takes three minutes to refuel. See the vehicle in action at Tinyurl.com/ChineseHydrogenTrain.

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EYE HEALTH FOR DOGS 10 Foods to Keep Canine Vision Sharp by Audi Donamor

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ey colorful foods, packed with nutrients, protect against eye problems ranging from progressive retinal atrophy and uveitis to cataracts and glaucoma. Here are 10 foods that are highly regarded in helping prevent and defend against vision problems. Their eye-worthy nutrients include anthocyanins, beta-carotene, carotenoids, glutathione, lycopene, omega-3 essential fatty acids, phytonutrients—and the special partnership of lutein and zeaxanthin, sometimes referred to as “sunscreen for the eyes”. An easy way to serve these power-packed foods is as a mash. Simply combine a few cups of fruits and vegetables in a food processor with a half-cup of filtered water and blend as a raw pet meal topper. For a cooked topper, chop the fruits and vegetables and place in a medium sized sauce pan with the filtered water and a couple tablespoons of first-pressed olive oil. Simmer gently, cool and serve. Maybe top it all off with a fish or egg. Blueberries contain two eye-healthy carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. They also deliver anthocyanins, eye-nourishing phytonutrients known to support night vision, according to a study published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. University of Oklahoma research suggests that flavonoids like the rutin, resveratrol and quercetin in blueberries may help prevent retinal atrophy. Their selenium and

zinc components also support vision, according to a study from the National Eye Institute. Eating blueberries has even been associated with the reduction of eye fatigue, according to The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Broccoli’s anti-cancer benefits are well known, but it’s also recognized as one of the best vegetables for eye health. A good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, it’s also packed with beta-carotene. Don’t leave the leaves behind, because they contain even more beta-carotene than the stems and florets. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have found that broccoli and broccoli sprouts protect the retina from free radical damage, which may be due to a compound called sulphoraphane that boosts the body’s defense against free radicals. Carrots come in 100 varieties, from deep purple and white to brilliant orange. Each is a storehouse of nutrient power, providing vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamins C, D, E and K, and riboflavin, niacin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, copper and iodine. The adage that carrots are good for the eyes is true. They even contain lycopene and lutein, phytonutrients that protect from UVB radiation and free radical damage. Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, cod, haddock and sardines are rich in omega-3s, especially EPA and DHA, which are widely known to be important to cellular health. DHA makes up 30 percent of the fatty acids that comprise the retina. The particularly high levels of omega3s in sardines add further protection to retinal health, according to researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.   Eggs are rich in cysteine and sulphur, two components of glutathione. Cataract Health News reports that sulphurcontaining compounds have been found to protect eyes from cataract formation. Egg yolks contain lutein, and a University of Massachusetts study has found that eating an egg a day raised levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in the blood; at the same time, blood serum lipids and lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations remained stable. Garlic. Researchers at the University of Oregon suggest that sulphur-rich garlic is important for the production of glutathione, a protein that acts as an antioxidant for the eye’s lens, and can be instrumental in the prevention of some visual problems.

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Kale is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin. The American Optometric Association says these special antioxidants act like “internal sunglasses.” Add beta-carotene to the mix and kale serves as a preferred foil to oxidative stress. Pumpkin’s orange color is a sure sign that it’s packed with carotenoids like beta-carotene, which help neutralize free radicals. Its lutein and zeaxanthin generally promote eye health and further protect against retinal degeneration. Even pumpkin seeds carry several benefits, including omega-3s, zinc and phytosterols to enhance a dog’s immune response. Sweet potatoes are loaded with both beta-carotene and anthocyanins, the latter high in antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. Tomatoes are famous for their lycopene, a carotenoid and phytonutrient found in red produce. This powerful antioxidant helps protect against sun damage and retinal degeneration and has been well documented as effective in cancer prevention. Processed tomato products contain higher levels of lycopene than the raw fruit. Audi Donamor regularly contributes to Animal Wellness Magazine (Animal WellnessMagazine. com), from which this was adapted and used with permission.

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people’s faith and trust in aniel Sperry, a “couchsurfer” one another and create in his late 50s, decided a meaningful connecfew years ago to quit his day tions across cultures. job and make a living by performIt’s easy to become ing cello music and reciting poetry a member by creating a in living rooms across the country. “I profile as a host and/ didn’t know it would become a catalyst or a traveler, which for bringing communities of includes verified local people together,” identification. Guests he says, but his first don’t need to reciprocate gig, a “little shotgun by hosting or leaving gifts, shack” in Elko, Nealthough lasting friendvada, became more ships are a common than a once in a lifetime result. Hosts and guests experience. Years later, his Elko are encouraged to leave host remains a close friend and hosts honest reviews for each a regular (and lucrative) stop on his cross-country tours. As a traveler, offer other, which helps ensure ongoing safety Not only does creating connections with strangers an ethnic meal, good and good behavior all make us happier—as Unistory or how to say around. Meanwhile, nonversity of Chicago social scientists have proven—it leads hello in a different members also are to fun travel stories. If we language. As a host, welcome to explore couchsurfing events in choose to see the world via be open to what their city. Fun opportuthe decade-old organization at Couchsurfing.com, we guests can teach. nities to make new connections include weekly might find ourselves sleepKeep a travel log language exchanges, ing on a sailboat in the Irish Sea; meeting backpackers and guestbook to skill swaps, outdoor activities and potlucks. by solar-powered light in a “For me, it’s cave in Petra, Jordan; sharing record memories. undeniably about the community, the a room with a pet bird that falls asleep listening to sappy love songs on the radio; kind of person it tends to attract,” says Joseph Abrahamson, a couchsurfer in or jamming to old-time banjo and fiddle his mid-20s. “A room full of couchsurftunes in a North Carolina kitchen. ers is full of stories and listening and The global community of couchsurfers, now 10 million strong, consid- sharing and trust. It changes a person in a positive way… people that travel ers strangers “friends you haven’t met like this for long enough can no longer yet.” They currently are hosting and survive with closed minds.” organizing more than half-a-million events in more than 200,000 cities worldwide this year. The aim is to make Lisa Rosinky is a freelance writer travel easier and more affordable, build in Boston. natural awakenings

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Shirodhara Therapy – Sept 12 & 13. 12-6pm. Learn how stream warm oil over the crown chakra, magnifying the senses, dispersing negative electrical impulses from stress, reversing imbalances such as insomnia and depression and rejuvenating the face. With Karyn Chabot. CEs available. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com.

Sunday, September 13 Monday, August 31 Rhody Center Workshop Week – Aug 31-Sept 4. 6-9:15pm. You can try single classes in salsa, belly dance, Bollywood, ukulele, percussion and more. Join us for some fun. $14. The Rhody Center for World Music & Dance, 172 Exchange St, Unit 201, Pawtucket. 401-475-5955. Pre-registration required: TheRhodyCenter.org.

Tuesday, September 1 Out of the Box Networking Social – 5-7:30pm. A different kind of networking event bringing the business, events and wellness communities together in a friendly atmosphere. Door prizes, light appetizers, cash bar. $10. Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 399 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick. OutOfTheBoxNetworking.com. The Melchizedek Method – 6-8:30pm. Learn to speak the sacred symbolic language of the Ascended Masters for healing and transcendence. Get attuned to these symbols and be a Practitioner of Sacred Geometry. $30. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

Wednesday, September 2 Stretch It Out – 6:30-7:30pm. Breathe, expand and unlock. $12. Live Purna Yoga, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260. JudePurnaYoga.com.

markyourcalendar The Four Agreements Book Study – 6:308:30pm. A “love your life” class; 5-wk book study. Learn to create personal power that change the entire system of your old agreements and live your personal dream of heaven. $50/5 wks. Concordia CSL, 292 W Shore Road, Warwick. 401-486-9650. bgilfillan1@gmail.com.

Friday, September 4 Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:45pm. 1st Friday of the month. Receive a 15-min energy healing treatment or Shamanic drumming healing. Accessible to all. $5. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

Tuesday, September 8 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 & Katharine Rossi. $15. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.

Wednesday, September 9 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. Heavenly-Hugs.com.

Joy of Meditation Workshop Series – 7-8:15pm. Meditation, a natural practice of peace and joy. Ananda Meditation 2-Part Series, Sept 9, 16. $33 includes book. Ananda Hopkinton at Davina Holistic Center, 560 Mineral Springs Ave, Pawtucket. 401556-3643. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Busting Loose From the Money Game – 7-8:30pm. 8-wk course. By the end of this course, money will be a non-issue in your life. Each participant will decide the value of this class for him/herself. The course comes with a “money back guarantee.” Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. For tuition details: 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com.

Thursday, September 10 Intro to the Archangels – 6-8:30pm. A fun, informative workshop for anyone interested in learning more about the Archangels. Also prerequisite for the Angel Intuitive Certification Program on Sept 19 & 20. With Gladys Ellen. $30. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Heavenly-Hugs.com.

Friday, September 11 Ananda Kirtan: Warwick – 6-7pm. Join us for blissful Ananda chanting. Kirtan opens the heart to peace and joy. Easy to follow English and Sanskrit chants. Suggested donation $5. Ananda Hopkinton at West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln. 401-450-4172. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. An Evening of 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. AllThatMatters.com. Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. Will view, Do You Believe. After the movie facilitated discussion for us to gain clarity on the messages and how to implement the ideas into our daily lives. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Life-Enhancement-Services.com.

Sunday Morning Gong Meditation Group – 10am-1pm. 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. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com. Well Care Day – 1-4pm. Sample 15-min treatments; various Holistic Practitioners: intuitive healing, Reiki, ayurveda nutrition, craniosacral therapy, Thai yoga massage, massage and more. $20. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-790-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

Tuesday, September 15 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. FireseedCenter.com.

Wednesday, September 16 Becoming Dragonfly – 6:30-8pm. 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. FireseedCenter.com.

Thursday, September 17 Meditation, The Universe and You – 6:30-7:30pm. This talk is designed to give us an introduction into the multi-faceted, magical, down to earth, and mystical world of meditation, and will encourage, inspire and motivate. Free. Wanskuck Library, 233 Veazie St, Providence. 401-274-4145 x 1700. sos.org. RI Holistic Healing Association Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Quantum Infinity Biofeedback APP will be demonstrated by Elizabeth Desrochers and Susanne Dillon. Door opens at 6:30pm for networking. Free. The Holistic Heart, 659 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-441-8449.

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Balance Your Chakras Hypnosis – 10-11am. We are all energy. The chakra system symbolizes the flow of subtle energy that runs through the human energy system. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

Drum Making Workshop – 6-8:30pm. To create a drum is to bring a new voice into the world for healing and closer connection to the Earth. Learn to care, respect and make a 15-inch elk or deer hide drum. With Colleen Kelley. $250, deposit of $180 due by 9/10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Info@FireseedCenter.com.

Self Care Saturday – 10am-3pm. Treat yourself to the physical, mental and spiritual healing you deserve. Chair massage, reflexology, Reiki, psychic readings, tarot and angel card readings, and more. Pay per service received. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.

Introduction to Shamanism /Munay-Ki – 6-8:30pm. A 6-class series: 9/18, 10/9, 16 & 30, 11/13, 12/11 Learn: creating sacred space, journeying, finding guides, as well as energetic transmission of Shamanic blessings. $35/class, $30 members/ class. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.

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The Dances of Universal Peace – 6:30-8pm. Wonderful singing and movement spiritual experience presented by Nicholas Leonardo Lizza, a well-known facilitator of A Course in Miracles. Love offering. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.ConcordiaCSL.com. Monthly Gong Bath – 7:30-8:45pm. With Stephanie Marisca and Cathy Cesario. Experience the vibrational healing of the bronze gong and Tibetan singing bowls. $20/pre-registration, $25/at door. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com.

Saturday, September 19 Angel Intuitive Certification – Sept 19 & 20. 9:30am6pm. This 2-day training unlocks your ability to see, hear and speak with the Angelic Realm. Learn how to connect with your Angels and awaken your intuitive gifts. Prereq: Intro to Archangels Sept 10. With Gladys Ellen. $300. Heavenly Hugs, 917 Warwick Ave, 2nd Fl, Warwick. 401-935-8451.Heavenly-Hugs.com. “Vampire” Foods Hypnosis Group – 10-11am. During the day, all goes well. But come nightfall, out comes the vampire, wiping out all the healthy food choices you made in the daytime. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938. Learn to Read Tarot – 10am-2pm. Learn to read tarot using your own intuition and by learning the meanings of the cards. Please bring a lunch and Tarot Deck. $125. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. More info: SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Fall Equinox Labyrinth Class & Walk – 10am5pm. Learn the secret of constructing the labyrinth, a meditative tool for healing. Discover its wisdom. Then stay for a Labyrinth ceremony to celebrate Fall Equinox. $75. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. TheWomensWell.com.

Sunday, September 20 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. Register: 401-855-4333. DianesMakeup.com. Gongs at the Equinox Fire Ceremony – 4-5:30pm. Come and welcome the Fall Equinox as Joy, A.Michelle and Shawn share the healing sounds of gongs, drums, and Tibetan and crystal singing bowls around the fire pit. $25. Acorn Cottage, 102 Woodbine Rd, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com. Fall Gong Bath – 6:30-7:30pm. Ideal for stress management, breaking up emotional and energetic blockages and restoring balance in the body. Students will relax comfortably with bolsters and blankets. $20. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.

Monday, September 21 Releasing Blocks – 6-8:30pm. Using guided drum meditation you will identify, understand and dissolve blocks that are holding you back from living your authentic life. Bring a journal. With Katharine Rossi. $20. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.

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Tuesday, September 22 Fall Equinox Tarot at DiMare’s – 4-9pm. Celebrate the powerful transition of Fall Equinox with fine food and psychic insight. Schedule your reading now. Go to DiMare’s Restaurant on Facebook. $25/15 min; $35/30 min. Di Mare’s Restaurant and Seafood Market, 2706 S County Trail, East Greenwich. 401-525-8794. SoulWisdomTarot.com.

Wednesday, September 23 The Melchizedek Method – 6-8:30pm. Learn to speak the sacred symbolic language of the Ascended Masters for healing and transcendence. Get attuned to these symbols and be a Practitioner of Sacred Geometry. $30. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Women’s Wellness Retreat – 6:30-8:30pm. Kick off for a 5-day event. Join us for a Reiki Share celebrating the fall equinox, days following will be yoga, and other holistic events. Call for info & package price. $15. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, Reynolds Building, Bristol. 401-787-8877. BelovedAYogaPractice@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 24 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, Reyonlds School, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-924-0567. FireseedCenter.com.

Friday, September 25 Ananda Weekend Retreat – Sept 25-26. Retreat with Nayaswami Asha at Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, N Andover, MA. Lodging, meals, program. $260$285. More info, Ananda Hopkinton: 401-524-4766 or AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Finding Happiness: How to Open to Your Divine Birthright – 6:30-8pm. Glenn Ambrose from Life Enhancement Services is bringing his Happiness Workshop to Concordia Center for Spiritual Living. $15. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. An Evening with Shaman Foster Perry – 6:309:30pm. Join Foster for an evening of ancient wisdom stories, great humor, extraordinary rituals, and profound personal healing. $39. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com. Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Feel relaxed and blissful as Joy & 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, $25/ at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

Saturday, September 26 Lose Your Sweet Tooth Hypnosis – 10-11am. 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.

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Learn Holistic Tarot – 10am-5pm. Whether you are a beginner or want to deepen your skills as a reader to become a truly Spiritual Guide, this 4-part series take you to a new level of empowerment. $100/class, $20 discount for pre-reg. The Women’s Well, 934 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-835-5683. ThewWmensWell.com. Intro to Shiatsu – Sept 26 & 27. 12-6pm. Like acupuncture (without needles), shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is believed to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy through the body. 12 CEs. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com. Beginner Series – 1-2:15pm. We will meet Saturdays until October 17 to be guided through various reclined, seated and standing poses that include alignment, breathing and relaxation techniques. $10 first-time drop-in. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com. Fourth Saturday Gong Bath – 7-8:30pm. Joy (Gongs of Joy) & A.Michelle (Drumsinger) will lull you into a state of complete relaxation with the resonant sounds of the gongs, singing bowls, drums and flutes. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. First Spiritualist Church, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com. DJ Mantra Yoga Dance Party – 7-9pm. Join us in celebrating the expansion of All That Matters into two new locations. Meet some of our new teachers, check out the new classes on our fall schedule and dance the night away to Top 40 hits, danceable mantras, chants, and yoga music. Free. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com.

Sunday, September 27 Special Sound Healing Gong Bath – 5-6:30pm. Experience the resonant vibrations of the gongs, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, drums, flutes, and other instruments as you relax and re-energize mind, body and spirit. $30. The Stone Barn at Allens Pond, 786 Horseneck Rd, South Dartmouth, MA. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.

Monday, September 28 Reiki First Degree – 6-9pm. With Myra Partyka. Be introduced to First Degree Reiki, a hands-onhealing technique, and explore the history of Reiki, and the energy centers of the body. Learn how to give a Reiki treatment to yourself, others, and your animal friends. $150. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. AllThatMatters.com.

Wednesday, September 30 Stretch It Out – 6:30-7:30pm. Breathe, expand and unlock. $12. Live Purna Yoga, 240 Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-439-5260. JudePurnaYoga.com. Meditation as Medication 4 the Soul – 7-8pm. This talk will clarify the many benefits of accurate meditation, and will give every participant a personal, instructed demonstration of meditation. Free. Watertown Free Library, 123 Main St, Watertown, MA. 617-972-6431. sos.org. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restored harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack


Dr, East Greenwich. To register, Paul: 401-736-6500 or Paul@Energy-N-Elements.com.

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Shift Your Stress to Bliss – 6-8pm. An 8-wk Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy group experience and retreat day. Practical yoga for everyday living, just in time for the hectic holiday season. Give yourself an early gift of inner peace. Discovery calls welcome. Register via email. Early bird rates until Sept 21. $395. Kate Hawley, 569 Main St, Warren. 401-243-3892. PresenceShift@gmail.com.

Meditation Group – 7-8pm. Meditation equals health of body and mind. Join us as we explore various styles of meditation, quiet contemplation and spiritual discussion. Relax and bring peace into your life. Free. North Providence Library, Mineral Spring Ave. 401-353-5600. bgilfillan1@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 3 Meet Your Spirit Guide Hypnosis – 10-11am. A session where you will be guided to a mystic place and meet one of your spirit guide(s) and receive a significant symbol of your meeting just for you. $25. Holistic Margarida, 58 Main St, 2nd Fl, East Greenwich. 401-480-5938.

Thursday, October 8 Ocean State Business Expo – 12-6pm. Rhode Island’s premiere event dedicated to supporting the growth and development of our Ocean State’s business community. Meet, discover, learn from expert exhibitors. Free. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 800 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. OceanStateBusinessExpo.com. Sacred Stone Massage Therapy Certification – Oct 8 & 9. 12-6pm. CEs with Yoga Alliance & NCBTMB. Includes stone layouts, gliding, spinning, edging and flipping techniques designed to anchor the 1st and 2nd 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. TheNewportMassageSchool.com. Crossing Over with John Edward – 8-10pm. A John Edward group event or seminar is intensive. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from the other side. No one attending any John Edward event is guaranteed a reading. Call or visit website for details. Omni Providence Hotel, One West Exchange St, Providence. 800-514-3849. JohnEdward.net.

Saturday, October 10 Hot Stone Marma Therapy for Face, Neck, Hands & Feet – Oct 10 & 11. 12-6pm. Learn about heated and chilled stones, crystals, marma points, sacred oils and honey mask. Free stones during guided harvest. CEs available. With Karyn Chabot. $275. SAMA, Middletown. 877-832-1372. TheNewportMassageSchool.com.

Thursday, October 22 Be Inspired To Control Your Aging – 6:308:30pm. New 3-part series (also Nov 19, Dec 10) designed to inspire you to control the aging which is happening every day in your body. Learn secrets to being strong and healthy forever. $97. Fitness After Forty Five, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-635-4462. Elizabeth@FitnessAfterFortyFive.com.

vinyasa yoga style is for anyone with the desire to move their body and breathe. No prior yoga experience is necessary. Come as you are. All welcome. $15/drop-in; New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneadsYoga.com. Prenatal Gentle Flow & Stretch – 9-10:30am. A mild yoga flow and soft movement class to relax the body throughout the course of pregnancy. Class utilizes yoga props. Taught by Dr. Wayne Clairborne aka Papa Ji. $15/drop-in; New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, Rasa Studio, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneadsYoga.com. 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. ConcordiaCSL.com. 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. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Open Meditation – 10am-12pm. Weekly open sitting meditation with beginning chants, then sitting and walking meditation. Drop-in any time during session. Instruction offered at 10am. All welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence.Shambhala.org. Sunday Satsangs at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang, veggie potluck lunch. Share in the joy of spirit and friendships. Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Donation. Ananda Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Grace Yoga Level 1 – 10:45am-12pm. Move mindfully and with joy to bring radiance to your whole Being. Classical yoga postures, breathwork, and chanting allow you to rest within the spiritual heart. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. GraceYoga.org.

Monday Quonny Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. Learn all the basic moves and proper alignment for your body. Learning the fundamentals gives you a foundation, that’s where to start. $10. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Pilates Mat – 12:30-1:30pm. Pilates Mat classes offer a full body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. $16/class; package available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com.

Mindfulness Everyday – 6-7pm. Do you move through your day with a frenetic feeling of begin rushed? Of pressing on from accomplishing one thing to the next? Learn simple, powerful meditation skills. $120, includes 4 recorded practices. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-8493200. InnerlightYoga.com. Grace Yoga Level 3-4 – 6-7:30pm. Deep, rich, intense posture and meditation practice. Inversions, hip openers, arm balances and long meditations. Be prepared to chant and breathe a path toward peace. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. GraceYoga.org. Group Manifestation for You & Earth – 7-9:30pm. Join us each week as we visualize, play and develop scripts filled with positive emotions in order to group manifest for each other and the planet. Guided meditation format. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com.

Tuesday Vbarre – 5:30-6:30pm. Designed to tone, trim, and transform the body with a fusion of ballet barre, Pilates and resistance training. Class provides calorie-blasting cardio. $16/class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Grace Meditation: Open Sit – 6-7pm. Unplug from pain. Open to everyone: experience silence in community with one or two extended periods of meditation; light guidance, instruction if needed. Donation only. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. All Levels Flow Yoga – 6-7:15pm. This flow class is appropriate for everyone interested in practicing yoga. It is a movement-based class steeped in meditative mindfulness. $15/drop-in; New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneadsYoga.com. Kriplau Yoga: Cumberland (All Level) – 6-7:15pm. “Moving into a Restful Evening.” Now in our 16th yr offering this transformational, healing yoga. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in, $11-$12/ Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Meditation Night in Warren – 7-9pm. Mindfulness focus with hour discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits followed by group meditation. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class, $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. Please RSVP: 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com.

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. LaughingElephantYoga.com.

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Grace Yoga Basics Course – 9-10:30am. Learn yoga. An instructive 6-wk cycle of classes that covers basics: postures, breathwork and mantra. Each week a different class of posture or theme. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. GraceYoga.org. Morning Meditation in Warren – 10:30am12:30pm. Mindfulness focus with hour discourse on topics to include methods, challenges and benefits followed by group meditation. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class, $30/4 classes. Spirit of Agape, 32 Cole St, Warren. Please RSVP: 401-465-4249. ShariBitsis@gmail.com. Forrest Fusion – 5:45-7:15pm. For all levels. This is a mindful blend of slow long holds at the beginning, followed by stronger type practice in the second half of class. $15/drop-in; New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, Rasa Studio, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneadsYoga.com.

classifieds FOR RENT Rental Space in Smithfield Wellness Center. Looking for Independent Professionals with clientele. Ideal for Massage Therapist, Esthetician, Nutritionist, Reiki Practitioner or alike. Call 401-556-9020. 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.

help wanted 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: nikki@holistichealthri.com. 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 acaiberri@cox.net. Visit acaiberri.com for more information.

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REIKI TREATMENTS Mindful Tides Reiki, Rita Webb, RMT Gentle treatments that enable deep relaxation, magnify natural healing, clear energy blocks, and instill wellness, harmony and balance. New clients save 30%. Wakefield, RI. 401-284-3614, MindfulTidesReiki@gmail.com

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Yoga Stretch – 6-7pm. Learn how to stretch your body and have fun. Get all the benefits of yoga poses. Fun music. This class is for every body. $10. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Integrative Flow: All Levels – 6-7:15pm. An inspiring class offering a mindful approach into each yoga posture. It combines a steady vinyasa yoga flow to create a total mind/body experience. $15/ drop-in; New client: $40/5. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneadsYoga.com. Grace Yin and Psychic Development – 6-7:30pm. Practice quietly, deeply, and with inner awareness. Yin yoga opens the joints and relieves tension; breathing, chanting, and meditation raise vibrations. $17. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. GraceYoga.org. Svaroopa® Yoga: Narragansett – 6:15-7:45pm. Release core tension along your spine; feel better. Certified, experienced teacher Natalie Schiffer leads you through supported poses. Experience the Svaroopa difference. $17/series, $19/drop-in. Heart Center Yoga & Wellness, 123 Boon St, entrance in rear, Narragansett. 401-578-9182. YourInnerBliss.com. Wednesday Service – 6:30-8pm. Come join our non-denominational family. Service includes guided meditation, guest speakers or mediums with messages, Reiki and healings. Free membership. Free to attend. First Angelic Church at Positive New Beginnings, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. AngelicSpiritualistChurch.org.

Thursday Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland (Moderate) – 9:3010:45am. A mindfulness-based, transformational yoga, focusing on strength and balance for graceful aging. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. Beginners welcome. $15/drop-in, $11-$12/ Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Awake! – Begins Sept 10. 6-8pm. Weekly gatherings of those aspiring to create a more enlightened world. Speakers, performers, conversation. Reception follows. All welcome. Optional donation. Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-270-5443. Providence. Shambhala.org. Qigong with Master Wu, Wen-Ching – 6:157:15pm. Join our fall qigong course. Learn how to strengthen and balance your energy to attain better health. Suitable for beginners. New students are invited to take a trial class. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com. Restorative Yoga: Cumberland – 6:30-7:45pm. Yoga (all level) that calms and balances the nervous system. Especially good for stress/healing from illness. Call ahead as class size is limited for individual attention. $15. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Svaroopa ® Yoga: Cumberland – 6:30-8pm. Release core tension along your spine; feel better. Certified, experienced teacher Natalie Schiffer leads you through supported poses. Experience the Svaroopa difference. $20/series, $22/drop-in. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, entrance in rear, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. YourInnerBliss.com.

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Meditation Group – 7-8pm. Meditation equals health of body and mind. Join us as we explore various styles of meditation, quiet contemplation and spiritual discussion. Relax and bring peace into your life. Free. North Providence Library, Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-353-5600. bgilfillan1@gmail.com. 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. TheProvidenceInstitute.org. Guided Meditation & Mini-Life Class – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thursdays. First a mini-life class touching on a real-life topic giving tools to enhance our daily lives followed by a guided meditation to relax and rejuvenate. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Life-Enhancement-Services.com. “The Untethered Soul” Workshop – 7-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd Thursday. We’ll read a chapter of Michael Singer’s book and discuss understanding and practical applications for the material. Attend only 1 or all classes. $10/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707. Life-Enhancement-Services.com.

Friday Tai Chi Community Class – 4-5pm. Banned in China by the Revolution, the Yang Long Form (108 movements) is practiced freely here. Regular tai chi exercise promises improved strength, flexibility and balance. $5 cash or check only. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. InnerlightYoga.com.

Saturday Barre & Sculpt – 9-10am. BarSculpt is 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, rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. RIPilatesStudio.com. Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland (All Level) – 9:4511am. A mindfulness-based, transformational Yoga, satisfying to body, mind and soul. Beginners welcome. Join us in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $15/drop-in, $11-$12/Flex Pass. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Grace $5 Community Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Join in a refreshing, easeful yoga practice each Saturday morning. This class is for everyone: the community is you. $5. Grace School of Yoga, 35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown. 401-829-9903. GraceYoga.org. Beginning 24 Posture Tai Chi (10/3) – 12-1pm. Research documents tai chi’s effectiveness for improving balance, coordination, and well-being. Class times include Wednesday (9/30) at 1-2pm and Thursday (10/1) at 7:30-8:30pm. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. WayDragon.com.


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Traditionally heralded as God’s messengers, Angels have come to represent protection and spiritual guidance. These non-denominational intuitive readings are both empowering and uplifting. During an hour session, one may receive divine guidance about their life from the Archangels or the Dearly Departed to bring forth inner peace and spiritual growth. Sessions are digitally recorded and includes CD. See ad on page 35.

ANIMAL INTUITIVE AR Healing

Ashley Rodzen 401-919-1127 ARHealing.Net Ashley@ARHealing.net Ashley of AR Healing gives animals a voice. In an animal communication session, your pets allow Ashley to feel their emotions and physical sensations, and hear their thoughts. Ashley can also tap into where problematic behaviors stem from and uses intuitive healing as a means to heal you and your pets. See ad on page 44.

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Marriage in Transition? Need to break from disorder? Empower yourself. If yours is a marriage in name only and you’re ready for positive change and growth call or email Attorney Matthew P. Gabrilowitz. See ad on page 21.

ayurvedic card astrology & intuitive counseling KARYN CHABOT, D. AY, MA, LMT

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DEPTH HYPNOSIS

Newport, RI 401-862-1314 Karyn@SacredStoneHealing.com Destiny-Counseling.com; TheNewportMassageSchool.com

Through collaborative dialogue in person or by phone, Karyn will access your soul blueprint to gain the perspective and clarity necessary to live life to the fullest. With her gift of insight, she will help you discover options for what lies ahead and define and execute your next steps, as well as gain more understanding of why things occurred in your past. See ad on page 33.

bio-identical hormone replacement Premier Compounding Center, LLC

137 Chase Rd, Portsmouth, RI 401-293-3999 Renerxcnn@cox.net Are you suffering from Sleep Disturbances, Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Low Energy, Low Libido, PMS, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Focus and Memory Loss? We will work with your doctor, For Men and Women. Consultations available Monday through Friday 10am5pm with Rene StLaurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant. Let our staff help you find a physician educated in the field of BHRT

chiropractic Dr. Richard Picard

342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967 NutritionalHealthNow.com With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Picard has helped thousands of patients recover from health challenges. He provides traditional nutrition and natural medicine approaches for people who aren’t getting the results they need and seem to be stuck with health issues. Please visit our website or call us for more information.

360 FACE MIND BODY Michelle Maynard 635 Arnold Rd, Coventry, RI 401-886-1938 360FaceMindBody.com

Offering facials and skin care products that are free of artificial fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, fillers and talc. 360 uses product lines with natural plant-based ingredients including Farmaesthetics and Jane Iredale Mineral makeup. Michelle is certified in Clinical Oncology Esthetics®, so she can provide safe, personalized spa treatments to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and those with health-challenged skin. See ad on page 14.

Fresh Face Skincare Center @ Avalon

Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 • FreshFaceSkinCare.net Results driven. Specializing in alternative nonsurgical procedures for anti-aging, acne, sensitivity and rosacea. Achieved by using state of the art skin care machines combined with top of the line skin care products from the USA, Canada and Paris. Call for your complimentary 20-minute skin care analysis to see what we can do to get you on your way to healthy, youthful and glowing skin that you will love and that will warrant compliments.  I look forward to meeting you! See ad on page 37.

Jahmeir Skincare Studio 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-3851 JahmeirSkincareStudio.com

My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive health challenged skin types. See ad on page 17.

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hair salon Flipp Hair Salon and Reflexology Center

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • FlippSalon.com Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 23.

health coaching & nutritional counseling BETTER HEALTH WITH JOY

Joy Quinn Blum, M.A., M.Div., H.C. 401-258-3952 • BetterHealthWithJoy.com 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 19.

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

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 My Holistic Village MyHolisticVillage.com:

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 MyHolisticVillage.com.

Soul Wisdom Healing @ The Womens Well

934 East Main Rd Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642  or 401-847-6551 TarotNewport.com crismccullough-holistic.com

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!

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holistic medicine Integrative Center for Chronic Diseases Donna Zaken, RN, MSN, APRN 35 South Angell St, Providence, RI 401-585-7877 ChronicDiseases@DonnaZaken.com DonnaZaken.com

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.

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER

Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • nathalia47@aol.com GatheringGuide.com • OneVoiceCentral.com 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.

makeup & beauty holistic wellness center Positive New Beginnings Holistic & wellness center 222 Warren Ave East Providence, RI 401-432-7195 PositiveNewBeginnings.com

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 Church -Come feel the positive vibe! See ad on page 4.

Diane's Permanent Makeup & Eyelash Extensions

101 W. Natick Rd., Warwick, RI 401-855-4333 dianesmakeup.com

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 39.

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John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist Warwick Medical Center 400 Bald Hill Road Warwick, RI 401-374-1890 • Possibilities.nu

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.

Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist ThoughtAlchemy.guru 774-991-0574 • info@thoughtalchemy.guru 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.

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

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • ProvidenceWholistic.com 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 7.

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Dr. Marcy Feibelman, MD 28 Cemetery St Providence, RI 508-343-0580 Marcy@LeavesOfChangeMedicine.com LeavesOfChangeMedicine.com 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 • DrCathyPicard.com 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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Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 DrBomback.com 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 7.

personal development Stewart Campbell, BA, M-NCLS®, Trainer-NCLS®(New Code Linguistic Strategies®), NLP Practitioner, Hypnotherapy, Coaching, Counselling CEO Lucidity Communications 35 South Angel Street, Providence, RI 401-862-6082 LucidityCommunications.com

Are you Stuck? Find Yourself doing the same things over and over again? THEN MAKE A CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE NOW! Remove Blockages, Old patterns of Behavior, Phobias, Bad Habits. Get out of the rut! NCLS® gets to the root cause, not just the symptoms! Get the results YOU want, NOW!

Sherry Kachanis LLC Sherry Kachanis 35 South Angell Street, Providence, RI 401-749-9640 SherryKachanis.com

Problems? Ready for change? Allow yourself to quickly resolve problems and develop strategies that allow you to live the life you desire by uncovering subconscious blocks that hold you back. Through New Code Linguistic Strategies® - NCLS®, NLP, Hypnotherapy, and Reiki, Sherry inspires, educates and empowers you to make the choice to make change.

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Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 Its-My-Health.com

Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 Energy-N-Elements.com

Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval.  “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 4.

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 20.

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GONGS OF JOY & DRUMSONG

body kneads yoga

1145 Reservoir Ave Cranston RI 401-632-0878 bodykneadsyoga.com info@bodykneads yoga.com

Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 • GongsOfJoy.com Sound therapy is an excellent holistic approach to relieve stress/pain, depression, fatigue, anger/hostility, fears/phobias and more. The vibrational overtones promote an overall state of peace, harmony and deep relaxation. Drumsinger A. Michelle channels Sacred Sound in harmony with a variety of indigenous instruments. Gongmaster Joy, sacred sound healing artist offers gong baths, private gong healing sessions, gong workshops, and other rituals. See ad on page 19.

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 27.

therapeutic massage Grace Yoga

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

35 Weaver Rd, North Kingstown RI 401-829-9903 • GraceYoga.org

459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 WestShoreWellness.com

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 24.

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.

TIME FOR YOU YOGA

Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com

cathryn moskow, lcmt

120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com 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.

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

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315 Main St • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 Info@allthatmatters.com AllThatMatters.com 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 26.

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