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CREATIVE PATHWAYS TO SPIRIT Profound Liberation Through Creative Self-Expression, Story-Medicine and Private Shamanic Sessions Colleen K. Kelley


contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.




Kirtan Music Transports Listeners to a Deeper Place by Robin Fillmore

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20 MUSIC AS MEDICINE Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes

22 ALCHEMY OF SOUND: Shamanic Drum Healing

by Katherine Rossi and Paul DiSegna


24 RAISING A MUSIC LOVER Kids Thrive to Rhythms of Head and Heart by Randy Kambic

26 NATURAL ALTERNATIVES for the Treatment of Skin Pigmentation by Anna Golub

28 RELAX AND UNWIND Restorative Yoga Poses Foster Healing by Meredith Montgomery


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How an Innovative, International Yoga Program is Creating Jobs and Building Communities in Nairobi

38 WATER-WISE KITCHEN A Few Small Steps Can Make the Difference by Avery Mack


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appy 8 years of publishing to us! I’m still not really sure how that is possible, or where those 8 years have gone. I remember the first summer I started like it was yesterday, leaving banking after 20 years and all that was familiar. While I was spending that time dedicated to getting the magazine up and running, the changes in my daily life and routine were so huge I remember thinking at one point that I would come out at the other end of that summer a different person. Reflecting back, I know that did not happen in the course of that one summer, there have certainly been changes over the 8 years. With the tools this magazine has given me, the people it has put in my path, the experiences I have had it would be hard for such a journey not to have an impact. One of the ways many of us often note the passing of time is through music. A certain song, even a few notes can transport us back to a place and time in an instant. Changing the station on the radio is like changing the station in the mind. We can be driving along obsessing about some trivial bit or another, change the station on the radio and be singing along remembering some other happy place in no time at all. I find that I usually have a soundtrack running in the background of my brain, so that at any given time I have music playing. Sometimes it will get stuck in my brain, and it will be days on the same piece of song. Seldom do I know all the words, probably even the ones I have are not correct but it does not stop me from busting them out as I go about my day. It was good to read in our feature article “Music as Medicine: Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us” that talent does not take away from the benefits we get from singing. What comes out of my mouth rarely sounds like it does in my head, but it feels good to sing it out anyway. Interestingly enough, the singing of Irish music often includes a call-and-response type of song, requiring audience participation. While not quite the chant that we learn about with ‘Inside the Chant with Krishna Das’ on page 18, the shared voices as they respond elicit the same energizing benefits. We are grateful for the continued support of the community. From our advertisers, who make our free magazine possible together with our distribution sites and loyal readers Rhode Island is a wonderful place to be. You have made a difference in my life and I thank you all. I hope to see you at our Natural Networking event as we celebrate with Massage Envy on September 6th. Peace Maureen Cary, Publisher

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ecently voted “Best Natural Skincare” by RI Monthly, Zenabelle will celebrate its fourth year in business with a new location at 261 Wood Street in downtown Bristol. With a mission to educate consumers about the importance of using safe health and beauty products, Zenabelle carries more than 1,500 items from the best lines in the natural beauty industry, offering many popular brands such as Naturopathica, Suki Skincare, TATA Harper, Rahua, Yarok, and Vapour Beauty to name a few. Zenabelle has expanded its online presence at, and has launched its new Prime Rewards Membership Program. Now customers can save 30 percent on all purchases both in showroom, or online orders that are delivered right to their doorstep. Additionally Zenabelle will be offering many Anniversary Specials through the month of September. Customers can visit the new showroom during select hours, or by appointment, and the owner offers personal skincare and makeup consultations for individuals with skin sensitivities. For showroom hours, anniversary specials and current news, call 401-396-9603 or visit See ad on page 35.

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xperience 21 speakers and more than 50 exhibitors at the Rhode Island Holistic Healing Association’s (RIHHA) Holistic Awareness Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 16, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Warwick. A wide variety of topics will ignite attendees’ inspiration, expand their awareness and provide them with practical support and confidence to tap into their inner wisdom to live their best life. Integrative medicine doctors, naturopaths and holistic practitioners will demonstrate energy techniques and alternative healing products such as chiropractic, infusion therapy, kinesiology, animal and pet communication, dowsing, healing with numbers, EFT, meditation with healing sound, yoga, reflexology, acupuncture, angel therapy, shamanic drum healing, massage, aromatherapy with essential oils, hypnotherapy, Ayurvedic herbalist, nutritional counseling, holistic psychotherapy, holistic jewelry and gemstones, crystals, holistic fertility, sacred sound with gongs, reiki and more. Cost: $15; $12 online early discount; children under 12 free. Location: 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. To learn more, visit See ad on page 3.   

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iscoverYouEvents has partnered with Cumulus Media and the Rhode Island Small Business Journal to bring the 8th Annual Ocean State Business Expo to Warwick from noon to 6 p.m., September 29, at Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event, which has become one of the premiere business events of the year, brings the small business community together to meet, inspire and build connections. Local experts from the business community are highlighted through information presentations and workshops. Services and products will be on display from more than 125 exhibitors throughout the day. Executives, employees, small business owners and sales representatives are encouraged to attend the expo to network. Admission is free with a business card, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Cost: Free with business card. Location: 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. For more information, call Jay White at 401-265-5373 or email JayWhiteBiz1@, or Susan Lataille at 401-919-4944 or See ad on page 15.

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Monthly Ecstactic Dance Returns to Providence

n September 24, Master Astrologer Mary Kate Jordan will host a day of workshops at Fireseed: Center of Transformation, in Providence. The day begins with Passion, Power and Transcendence from 10 a.m. to noon. This workshop is for anyone that wants to consciously create an even stronger Mary Kate Jordan foundation for a personal relationship with power that benefits them, their loved ones and the world. Jordan states, “Passion and power—together they’re enough to get one deep into trouble, or lift one to great heights. Where one goes all depends on where they source power, their passionate goals and capacity for transcendence.” This workshop costs $20. The afternoon workshop, Planetary Flower Essences, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. and provides the opportunity to explore the dynamic combination of one’s astrology chart, current transits and flower essences. Any one of these tools can deepen one’s conscious connection with their own guidance. Together, they anchor and expand one’s potential for transformation. Participants will learn to navigate their soul’s plan with more clarity and grace. “This is a practical and personal opportunity to turn confusion into knowledge, knowledge into wisdom and wisdom into sweetness of heart,” says Jordan. Handouts include individual birth chart with transits and a basic astrological vocabulary sheet. Participants will leave the workshop, which costs $35, with a bottle of flower essences specific to them. Class sizes are limited to 10 participants. For each workshop, one’s birth date, time and place are needed to provide a copy of the birth chart for each class.

ake part in an evening of dance every third Friday of the month at 8 p.m., with Ecstatic Dance Providence, a group that is part of a larger, global community of “freeform” movement dances happening in cities all over the world. Participants experience the freedom and joy one feels when dancing in the living room (or shower or car) to music that fills the soul. The difference is the addition of the energy of other people doing the same in a safe, substance-free, judgment-free environment. No dance experience is required. Music comprised of an electronic tapestry of global rhythms and styles, choreographed by the facilitator and DJ, Thea Izzi (aka Tara~Ma), takes dancers on a journey from ethereal bliss to hip bopping fun then on to high energy grooving out and back down again to a place of stillness. “Dance is a renewal, a release, an alignment of body and mind, pure joy making and for some, a practice,” says Izzi. “Everyone can do it. There are no rules except to be silent on the dance floor, refrain from wearing shoes, respect yourself and one another and most importantly, dance however you wish.” In this format, a guided meditation and opening circle provides connection with other dancers and an invitation to set an intention for the evening. Open to adults of all ages and levels of ability; children are not permitted. To sample the music of Ecstatic Dance, visit



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inetic Expressions, LLC, a holistic healing and movement center, in Providence, will host Fall into Wellness, a free celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., September 24. Kinetic Expressions was founded by Kerri Peterson Weaver, a registered dance and movement therapist and mental health counselor. The center provides an integrated therapeutic approach offering expressive art therapies for adolescents and adults, including dance/movement, music and integrated arts, and holistic wellness and counseling. Weaver’s inspiration comes from her own life challenges and passion for dance and the arts. “It was important to me to open a center which holds a safe, supportive and creative space, where each individual finds their own personal way of healing and coping with life challenges. I believe creating connections for the whole person—body, mind and spirit—is essential for optimal health and balance in life.” Cost: Free. Location: 400 Reservoir Ave., Suite LL-O (on the lower level of the Calart Tower), Providence. For more information, call 401-467-4325 or visit See ad on page 10.

Shamanic Drum Healing CD Fits Numerous Needs


ighteen months ago Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi released their CD Dance of Sound and Spirit encapsulating a shamanic drum healing session for personal use. DiSegna states, “It is intended as a tool for healing that can be used more than once, allowing the listener to have a different experience each time.” What was not expected is the various others ways the CD has been used. “We are engaged in practices of applied shamanism where ancient healing techniques are adapted to the modern context. It is exciting how the CD fits numerous needs,” says Rossi. The recorded drum healing is used by holistic practitioners such as counselors and yoga instructors. Since it invites supportive fields of energy into the room, most use it as a backdrop in healing sessions. It is also being used to clear and set space before classes. Moreover, the CD’s main intention is as a tool for personal healing and growth. After having several surgeries for cancer, one woman relayed that the drum healing alleviates her physical pain. Another explained, “For the last 18 years or so, I’ve had a chronic, often unrelenting pain that shot down under my right shoulder blade and sometimes into my lower back. I put the CD on and almost immediately felt the energies begin to move around me. After the drumming was over, the realization of what the pain was became clear and was completely gone.” Most find the recording “releases deep emotions of joy, peace and belonging.” DiSegna and Rossi encourage people to be innovative in how they employ Dance of Sound of Spirti and welcome ideas to pass along to others. “There are countless avenues of healing,” says Rossi. “We are happy this is one of them.” Cost: $15. To purchase, visit See ad on page 22.


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Annual Peace Fest Rhode Island Celebrates International Day of Peace


eace Fest RI 2016 will be observed from 1 to 4 p.m., September 24, at Burnside Park, in Downtown Providence to celebrate International Day of Peace on September 21. As part of the local celebration, the public can create peace flags, peace cranes, peace pinwheels and participate in other activities for adults and children. There will also be performances of music and spoken word, and audiences are encouraged to join in group songs and dances. The day’s festivities will end with the annual Peace Walk, a walk done slowly and in silence led by clergy of many faiths. The event is free and open to the public. “We are all peacemakers,” says Ginny Fox, executive director of The Peace Flag Project. “With small gestures every day, we can change the world. Each small effort for peace can build a bigger movement for peace.” This year, Peace Fest RI will focus on The United Nation’s 2016 theme The 17 Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explains, “These goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.” The Peace Flag Project has honored the UN theme by inviting local nonprofit groups such as Dorcas International Institute, the Center for Southeast Asians, Mt. Hope Learning Center, and Jobs with Justice to attend with displays and activities for families. Local musician and author, Phil Edmonds, will also be honored with the Living Peace Award, designed to honor a special person in the community who has contributed to a more peaceful Rhode Island. Cost: Free. Location: 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence. For more information, visit



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‘Bring Your Own’ Hospital Gown Offers Patients Comfortable, Dignified Option


he standard hospital gowns patients are often required to wear are a perennial favorite of comedic sketches and cartoons. Hospital gowns have a reputation for being cold, awkward and all too revealing. A new product hopes to combat the embarrassment and discomfort of wearing a hospital gown by offering patients their own option they can bring from home. Janes for women and newly introduced Jacks for men, offer medical patients a dignified, empowering wellness examination gown, offering warmth, coverage and security. Many patients do not know that they are fully entitled to bring their own hospital gown to a doctor’s office or hospital. By buying a Janes or Jacks gown, a patient can have peace of mind at each doctor’s visit. Whether for doctors’ appointments, outpatient procedures, hospital stays, or during recovery, Janes and Jacks wellness gowns are an attractive alternative to the traditional, paper­thin “hospital Johnny.” Janes’ warm, lightweight, knit fabric and wrap closure provide total comfort and minimize exposure, allowing patients to relax and focus on treatment. Designed to withstand frequent washings, Janes are extremely durable. All Janes gowns come with a cinch bag that makes transport simple and convenient. “These gowns fill a long­neglected need in the wellness marketplace and are sure to strike a chord with women and men who are going through medical treatment, or have a friend or family member in need of comfort,” says Sharon Linder, owner and founder of Janes. Interviews with medical professionals and focus groups with nurses formed the basis of the Jane design. As a way to give back to the community, 2 percent of the profits from every Jane sold help fund free mammograms for under served women. Learn more at See ad on page 25.

Breast Milk Supports Preemies’ Developing Brains


study from the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri, has found that premature babies that receive at least 50 percent of their diet from breast milk in their first month have significantly better brain development than babies that consume less breast milk. The researchers tested 77 infants born an average of 14 weeks before their full nine-month term—referred to as preterm or preemie. The brain scans of the infants were compared with how much breast milk they received while in the natal intensive care unit. Mother’s breast milk was not distinguished from breast milk provided by others. Senior researcher, physician and child psychiatry professor Cynthia Rogers explains, “With MRI scans, we found that babies fed more breast milk had larger brain volumes. This is important because several other studies have shown a correlation between brain volume and cognitive development.” Preterm birth has been linked with neurological and psychiatric problems later in life, and the researchers plan to continue to study the children. “We want to see whether this difference in brain size has an effect on any of these developmental milestones,” says Rogers.


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Vegan Diet Benefits Kids’ Heart Health


esearch from the Cleveland Clinic has found that a plant-based diet could be more effective than even the American Heart Association’s recommended five-food-groups diet for reducing childhood heart disease. The research, led by Cleveland Clinic pediatrician Michael Macknin, tested 28 obese children between the ages of 9 and 18 that had high cholesterol levels. For four weeks, 14 of the children ate the American Heart Association diet, while the other half ate a vegan, plant-based diet. Children on the plant-based diet were found to have significantly lower weight, systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol numbers, and improved midarm circumference, body mass index and level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. They also had lower levels of insulin and two heart disease markers, myeloperoxidase and high-sensitivity Creactive protein—all indicating improvements in their cardiovascular health. By comparison, children on the American Heart Association diet saw significantly lower weight, waist circumference, mid-arm circumference and myeloperoxidase levels, indicating enhanced immunity, but did not exhibit the other improvements. “As the number of obese children with [unhealthy] high cholesterol continues to grow, we need to have effective lifestyle modifications to help them reverse their risk factors for heart disease,” says Macknin. “Cardiovascular disease begins in childhood. If we can see such significant improvements in a four-week study, imagine the potential for improving long-term health into adulthood if a whole population of children began to eat these diets regularly.”

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How would you introduce your music? Across the country and around the world, yoga practitioners are chanting the names of God in tongues including Sanskrit, Hindi, Punjabi and English. They’re taking kirtan music out of the temples and the yoga studios and into dance halls, universities, cathedrals and other unexpected places. In the last decade, India’s traditional call-and-response form of chanting has been reinvented by modern devotional artists blending traditional kirtan with modern genres such as rock, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and electronica—breathing new life and devotion into yoga’s sacred chants. Photo by Payal Kumar


nfluential spiritual leader Ram Dass has described Krishna Das (Jeffrey Kagel) as an example of someone whose “heartsongs” open channels to God. The Grammy-nominated kirtan artist, long considered yoga’s rock star, consistently plays to sold-out crowds worldwide. The Long Island native’s journey has gone from being a member of a popular rock band to going to India, where as a student of spiritual leader Neem Karoli Baba, the trajectory of his life and music shifted and expanded. His 1996 debut album, One Track Heart, focused on updated chants from the ancient tradition of bhakti yoga, followed in 1998 by Pilgrim Heart, with a guest appearance by Sting. Since then, a steady stream of 14 albums and DVDs produced on his own label have provided the soundtrack for yoga classes everywhere; the soothing rhythmic chants performed in a deep, rich timbre complements instruction in the spiritual element of the exercise. Das’ specialty, kirtan, updates an ancient tradition of devotional chanting as meditation accompanied by instruments. A kirtan concert invites audience members to join in the experience through chanting, clapping and dancing and is characterized as a journey into the self that also connects us with each other.

What does kirtan mean to you? For me, kirtan is all about the music. The more ways I practice sustainable health, balance, love and music and immerse myself in a spiritual life, the more I realize that all issues distill down to simple facts. Everyone wants to be loved and happy, and to avoid suffering and being judged. Looking at our lives, we start to see how we hurt ourselves and others and how what happens to us in daily life can be difficult to deal with. We recognize that we must find deep inner strength so we don’t get destroyed by the waves that come and try to toss us around.

Little by little, all of our awakening practices work to transform our life. They move us from being externally oriented and reactive to being established within and quietly responsive. We come to have a wider view that life can effectively contain and envelop the different facets of ourselves and the world.

Why do many consider a kirtan event a transcendent experience far beyond the music? There are two things: the music and where the music is carrying us. In this case, it’s the names of God, of divinity, that are real and inside us. We can call this higher sense anything we like and aim in that direction according to how we identify with it. If we want peace in the world, then every individual needs to find peace within. We can’t create peace or happiness with anger and selfishness in our heart and mind. We can release ourselves from a limiting storyline, whatever it is, and touch a deeper place for a while. Then, when we return to our day, we are standing on slightly different ground because we have trained ourselves to let go a little bit. It’s a gradual process that takes time and effort, but it’s a joyful practice.

Do you see a shift in thinking echoing that of the 1960s that positions us to do better this time? In the 1960s, everyone thought they were going to change the external world, but they forgot they have to change themselves, too, and little work was done inside. Today, while most people keep trying to first rearrange the outside world, more are now doing the necessary inside work, as well. The key is to understand what’s truly possible. If we don’t understand how we can be happy and at peace in the middle of a burning fire, we won’t recognize the tools available to create that kind of light for ourselves and others. Robin Fillmore is the publisher of the Natural Awakenings of Washington, D.C, edition.


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Music as Medicine Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes


s primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga classes everywhere. They gently echo in the repeated tones of mothers’ lullabies, happy hummings as we go about our day and the melodies of Mozart. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. It exists within, uniting and guiding us, and has helped heal body and spirit since the dawn of humanity. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists recently discovered that the universe itself has a song.

Pioneering Practitioners

From the soothing tones of a harp to the jarring screeches of a construction site, the stress-reducing or stress-producing properties of sound are familiar to us all. “Stress is an underlying cause of the vast majority of all illnesses, and sound and music are effective in relieving stress and bringing stillness,” says Jonathan Goldman, an internationally recognized pioneer in harmonics and sound healing and director of the Sound Healers Association in Boulder, Colorado. Through researching his many books, including The 7 Secrets of Sound


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Healing, Goldman is convinced of the profound effect sound has on the human organism. “The simple chanting of the sound ‘om,’ or ‘aum,’ in addition to instilling calmness and relaxation, causes the release of melatonin and nitric oxide. It relaxes blood vessels, releases soothing endorphins, reduces the heart rate and slows breathing,” he explains. “Sound can change our immune function,” wrote the late Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, former director of medical oncology at New York’s Weill-Cornell Medical College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in his book The Healing Power of Sound. “After either chanting or listening to certain forms of music, your Interleukin-1 level, an index of your immune system, goes up between 12-anda-half and 15 percent. Further, about 20 minutes after listening to meditative-type music, the immunoglobulin levels in the blood are significantly increased. Even the heart rate and blood pressure are lowered. There’s no part of your body not affected. Its effects even show up on a cellular and sub-cellular level.”

Practical Applications

Consider some of music’s scientifically validated health benefits: Stress: Singing, whether carrying a tune or not, is a powerful way to combat stress, according to many studies. A recent joint study by German and British researchers published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience confirms

that simply listening to soothing music results in significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The more intense the experience is in singing or playing an instrument, the greater the stress reduction. A collaborative study by several Swedish universities showed that group singing caused participants’ heart rates to synchronize, producing relaxation effects similar to that achieved through group meditation. Cancer: Gaynor used music to treat even advanced cancer patients for decades, considering it a “disease of disharmony.” He advocated re-harmonizing the body with sound vibrations that affect virtually every cell, especially enhancing immune function and potentially preventing cancer from spreading. Gaynor primarily used crystal bowls to produce deep relaxation and harmonize dysrhythmic cells in patients, but also confirmed the healing effects of certain vibratory tones of drumming and Tibetan metal gongs. Several studies confirm that listening to any kind of soothing music relieves anxiety in cancer patients; a large study from Philadelphia’s Drexel University confirms that it also relieves pain, lowers blood pressure, improves breathing and minimizes nausea associated with chemotherapy. Depression: Drumming can better counter depression than the prescription drug Prozac, according to a recent study by England’s Royal College of Music. Those that participated in a weekly drumming group experienced significantly reduced symptoms compared to a control group. Substance Abuse: University of California, Los Angeles, scientists found that drumming was especially helpful for a group of Native Americans struggling with such issues. Smartphone Addiction: Korean research found that music therapy is helpful in overcoming this condition. Immune Dysfunction: The same British study of drumming’s antidepressant effects saw similar improvement in immune function, plus an anti-inflammatory response that continued for at least three months after the study period. Neuroendocrine Disorders: Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Meadville Medical Center Mind-Body Wellness Group found that drumming effectively

helped drummers (skilled and unskilled) suffering from neuroendocrine disorders such as pituitary tumors and intestinal issues caused by disconnections between the endocrine gland and nervous systems. They further confirmed that group drumming reduced stress chemicals such as cortisol in the drummers. Muscle Tension Dysphonia: Even tuneless humming sounds like “umhum” can have a measurable therapeutic effect on individuals that have lost their voices due to overuse. Pain: When a group of British citizens suffering from chronic pain joined a choir, a Lancaster University study found they were better able to manage their condition for improved quality of life. Just listening to harp music for 20 minutes decreased anxiety, lowered blood pressure and relieved pain in a group of U.S. heart surgery patients with short-term pain participating in a University of Central Florida study in Orlando. Alzheimer’s Disease: In addition to reducing the agitation and anxiety frequently accompanying Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine found that a group of patients that participated in music therapy for four weeks experienced increased levels of the calming brain chemical melatonin.

How It Works

“Humming or singing causes longer exhalations than normal, helping to naturally eliminate toxins and acidity,” says Dr. Madan Kataria, of Mumbai, India, who has spawned 5,000 laughter clubs worldwide. “We started experimenting with the vowel sounds and humming sound. An early unpublished humming study I did in Denmark showed that people that hummed anything for just 10 minutes were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 10 to 15 points, their

In Nigeria, we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm; when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. ~Babatunde Olatunji, drummer and social activist diastolic by four to five points and their pulse rate by 10 beats per minute.” Kataria found that people with breathing problems like asthma and emphysema experienced especially positive effects because it strengthened belly muscles used in breathing. Kataria is also a fan of kirtan—Hindu devotional call-and-response chants often accompanied by ecstatic dancing. “Kirtan takes away self-consciousness or nervousness and anxiety,” he says. Dr. Eben Alexander, who recorded his near-death experience in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, says the “indescribable” cosmic music he experienced has helped him come to understand the effects of specific sound frequencies on the brain. He now provides audio tools to help bring the brain to a higher state and help it match that higher and more conscious state. In his medical practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, he often employs music from a patient’s past to help them emerge from a brain injury or coma and even “reconnect pathways in a damaged brain.” Alexander explains that binaural beats and other sound effects combine to create “brain entrainment” and also in theory, “monotonize” it to free awareness and access realms other than the physical. “It’s magical what the right type of music can do to the brain stem to free up our consciousness,” he observes.

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Experts agree that people without musical talent are able to experience the same

Nature’s Healing Sounds The calming sounds of rushing water and gentle breezes are well known; science is now confirming the therapeutic effects of singing birds. Belgian researchers confirmed that bird song helps drown out the stressful effects of traffic noise, and Korean scientists found it makes people feel less crowded. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology showed that it can even help regulate participants’ circadian rhythms, contributing to restful sleep and overall wellness.

benefits as virtuosos, based on their degree of engagement with music. Anyone can hum, and most research confirms that benefits are enhanced in creating music rather than merely listening to it. Group singing has become increasingly popular, especially following the hit TV show Glee. Time magazine reported in 2013 that 32.5 million American adults sang in choirs, up about 30 percent from a decade earlier. The choice of musical genre matters. Recent data from Montreal’s McGill University shows that types of music tend to have specific effects; for example, blues slows heart rate and calms an anxious person, rock and punk can boost energy, and reggae can help control anger.

Spirit Moves

The spiritual aspects of virtually all types of music cannot be underestimated, says Michael Hove, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Fitchburg State University, in Massachusetts. His research has primarily focused on drumming to induce altered states of consciousness that shamans from diverse cultures use to bring about physical and emotional healing. What Hove calls a “boring and superpredictable” drumbeat of 240 beats a minute induced a deep trance state within minutes in most subjects, and brain scans confirmed that it enabled them to focus intensely and block out distracting sounds within eight minutes. This aligns with Alexander’s view that, “The sound of music is absolutely crucial in launching us into transcendental awareness. For the true, deep seeker, sound and vibration and the memory of music can serve as a powerful engine to help direct us in the spiritual realms.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including her latest, Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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verything on the planet has its own vibratory rate and rhythm. Our bodies have a number of rhythms as well, including heartbeats at normally 60 to 75 beats per minute, 14 to 16 breaths per minute and stomachs that contract every three minutes. We are a symphony of vibrations and rhythms. Sound, through the process of resonance, brings us back into the natural flow and rhythm of our bodies and into alignment with the natural flows and rhythm of the earth. When they are aligned and balanced we feel well, whole and at peace. When they are misaligned, we feel insecure, unsteady and out of sorts—it is as if our orchestra is out of tune. The shamanic practice of using sound along with spirit dates back over 40,000 years. Shamans use sound to induce altered states of being, in particular trance states, to connect with helping spirits for the purpose of bringing equilibrium to people and places on the planet. This form of sound healing is rooted in earth-based wisdom and the instinctive movement of life here on earth. Everything on the planet is made of energy in particular patterns and configurations. The shamanic drum healing utilizes the energetic vibratory rates of sound to break up and dissolve patterns that keep one out of balance. By working with sound and tone, the shamanic drum healing creates opportunities to liberate stagnant energy and bring alignment to one’s core being. Life circumstances and situations

cause us to move away from our true nature. We may compromise our values or let go of our desires to conform to family and society. From the shamanic perspective, this results in soul loss and power loss. We stop singing, we stop dancing, we stop being joyful; we lose touch with our innate song. Soul Loss Soul loss may occur anytime there is an event which causes dissociation or separation from the self. These events are typically traumatic in nature such as a car accident, surgery, injury, or any type of abuse. A part of the self leaves when the pain is too great and will often return once the situation is over. Soul loss may also happen when we have disowned a part of our self or there is an aspect of our life we separate from. When we give up on our dreams or abandon what makes us happy, we can lose access to this part of our self. Relationships, work environments and constant conflict can cause us to feel drained or tired, like our energy has been zapped. It is even more immediate now with modern technology and its rapid rate of access and information. When we are disconnected from one another and the natural world, we lose touch with the activities that feed our soul. This results in a loss of power and vital energy, and we become tired, depressed and anxious. Symptoms of power loss and soul loss are closely related. They include chronic depression, chronic illness, con-

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Raising a Music Lover Kids Thrive to Rhythms of Head and Heart by Randy Kambic


resounding chorus of research shows that the traditional three R’s of essential early education should also encompass an M for music. Playing instruments prior to and during school years can put children on a tuneful path to lifelong benefits.

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A 2015 study by the National Association for Music Education ( shows that youngsters harboring an early appreciation for music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers. The research also revealed that schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to others averaging 72.9 and 84.9 percent, respectively. A recent study by the Children’s Music Workshop (ChildrensMusic, which provides instructional programming for more than 25 Los Angeles-area public and private schools, cites a host of additional benefits. These highlight music education’s role in developing the part of the brain that processes language; improving


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spatial intelligence; thinking creatively; gaining empathy for people of other cultures; encouraging self-expression and teamwork through playing as a group; and achieving higher grades both in high school and on standardized tests. Higher institutes of learning are equally involved. Boston’s Berklee College of Music ( offers majors in making it as a music professional, performance music and music therapy, plus postgraduate degrees. Its annual five-week summer performance program in “Beantown” furthers the skills of 1,000 U.S. and international children 12 years old and up. In addition to musical skills, “We see improvement in young people’s confidence and persona,” says Oisin McAuley, director of summer programs. “It’s a truly formative experience.” In addition, The Berklee City Music online program serves high schools nationwide, assisted by alumni in some cities. It also awards scholarships for participation in the summer performance activities in Boston. The nonprofit Young Americans ( organization, launched in 1992, operates its own college of performing arts in Corona, California, that fosters artistic, intellectual

Be open-minded enough not to label innovations in genres as junk; whatever kids are drawn to should be fine. ~Dayna Martin and personal growth for those working toward becoming performers or arts educators. Its International Music Outreach Tours have brought workshops to K through 12th grade students in nearly all 50 American states and 15 countries in Europe and Asia.

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“Don’t force children to play music. It’s better when they want to do it on their own. Having instruments around the house can make it easier,” suggests Dayna Martin, a life coach and author of Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun, near North Conway, New Hampshire. Learning music can also decrease math phobia, similar to the way in which children that love to cook and follow recipes learn math, she points out, because math and music are undeniably interconnected. As part of a self-taught passion for medieval history, her 17-year-old son Devin is building a replica of a Vikingera log house on the family’s property and has made several stringed instruments steeped in the historical period using mathematical principles. “When children apply math to further their interest in music, it makes more sense to them than when it’s some problems in a workbook, and they pick it up more readily, which instills a lifelong appreciation of mathematics as an essential tool,” she observes. Jamie Blumenthal, a boardcertified music therapist and owner of Family Music Therapy Connection: North Bay Music Therapy Services (, in Santa Rosa, California, works predominantly with special needs children. “Autistic children love music, and playing wind instruments like flutes and whistles helps work the muscles around the

mouth, assisting with speech development,” she says. Singing, keyboards and percussion instruments are other tools she uses. “Many parents want their child to become accustomed to social settings. Because their child loves music, they’ll often seek a group music forum,” notes Blumenthal. Family Music Time (FamilyMusic, in Fort Myers, Florida, is one of 2,500 affiliated centers nationwide and in 40 countries that follows music CDs provided by Princeton, New Jersey-based Music Together ( Drumming and singing sessions with parents and children up to 5 years old help them gain a music appetite and early group music-making experience, according to Director LouAnne Dunfee. At her studio, local professional musicians also conduct private lessons in piano, guitar and trumpet for children ages 6 and up. Children playing instruments can mean much more than just music to our ears. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor based in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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s skin’s summer glow begins to fade, it can too often be replaced with hyper pigmentation, one of the leading skin concerns due to ultraviolet (UV) rays, hormones, improper diet and inflammation. There are three main types of pigmentation: melasma, which is a type of hyper pigmentation caused by hormonal imbalance; postinflammatory, due to acne, eczema and other skin disorders; and the most common one, sun damage. Melanin, a dark brown to black pigment occurring in the hair, skin and iris of the eye in people and animals, is responsible for the development of pigment spots and is produced by the oxidation of the amino acid tyrosine. Regardless of its cause, the goal of a skin care professional when treating pigmentation is to decrease tyrosine and educate clients about the importance of preventative care. For many years the leading solution to inhibit pigmentation was to prescribe hydroquinone, but in 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration revoked its approval and proposed a ban because studies showed it couldn’t be ruled out as a potential carcinogen. The ban of HQ and its potential side effects pushed cosmeceutical industries to seek out safer, more natural, plant-based alternatives to inhibit tyrosine and stop the melanin production. In the age of organic intervention, the true power of nature is starting to be realized. Product formulators have searched for more natural alternatives to chemical based solutions, and have


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developed products packed with potent antioxidants, plant extracts and other organic compounds that are as equally powerful to traditional products. Many of these safer and natural products have been shown to work for pigmentation. It takes slightly longer and requires more patience to see results, but one’s health and beauty is certainly worth it. Some of the most proven and commonly used pigmentreducing ingredients are:

A natural tirosinase inhibitor, this skin brightener buffers the outer layer of the skin. It takes longer to see results but lasts for a greater length of time.

Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA)

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This powerful antioxidant and melanin inhibitor works by neutralizing reactive oxygen. It is commonly added as an ingredient in anti-pigmentation products. It brightens the skin and is effective for long term use, preventing the formation of new brown spots.

AHAs increase epidermal cell turnover by removing melanin from the skin. High-strength AHA peels dramatically reduce skin discoloration. Series of AHA peels are normally recommended for complete skin lightening.

Used for centuries, powdered pearls can be highly effective to brighten the skin due to calcium and other trace minerals that lighten the skin fiber. Normally used in facial creams, it leaves the skin luminously radiant.


Extracted from citrus fruits, Vitamin C is the most common skin lightener. It is also highly effective for collagen syntheses and formation. It boosts the skin’s support against UVA rays and helps with absorption of other ingredients. It is best used in a home care regiment in serum forms applied prior to night cream and day moisturizers.

A glycosylated hydroquinone extracted from the bearberry plant. It has powerful antioxidant properties and suppresses melanin production. For best results, use in combination with retinols and AHA peels.

Licorice extract

A powerful skin lightener and tyrosine inhibitor that also reduces inflammation associated with pigmentation. For best results, include in a regular home care program.

Fruit enzymes

Popular new agents that brighten, smooth and exfoliate pigment spots, reducing melanin production.

Vitamin C

Zink glycinate

Stimulates the formation of antioxidant protein and inhibits melanin production.


These reduce overall melanin formation and tyrosinase activity. Normally included in serum formulations and used daily.

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Relax and Unwind Restorative Yoga Poses Foster Healing by Meredith Montgomery


n classical yoga, teachers often sequence instruction toward reaching a pinnacle pose such as an inversion or arm balance. In restorative yoga, the peak pose is savasana—in which the practitioner fully relaxes while resting flat on their back. Leeann Carey, author of Restorative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care and Well-Being, explains, “This passive asana practice turns down the branch of the nervous system that keeps us in fight-or-flight mode and turns up the system allowing us to rest and digest. It feels like a massage for the nervous system and encourages self-inquiry, reflection and change, rather than perfection.” The physical, mental and spiritual benefits are similar to those of active yoga, but because poses are held longer and supported by props such as bolsters, blankets, belts and blocks, “There’s no stress on the tissue and joints. Each pose gifts us with longerlasting benefits, including more time for the mind to unwind,” advises Carey. “Restorative yoga allows both muscles and the brain to recover from fatigue, so we are stronger, sharper and better able to act in the world afterward,” explains Roger Cole, Ph.D., a certified  Iyengar yoga teacher in Del Mar, California, and a research scientist studying


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the physiology of relaxation, sleep and biological rhythms. He attests that it also serves as preparation for pranayama (mindful yoga breathing) and meditation, which require a clear, well-rested, focused mind. Perfect for beginners and used by longtime practitioners to complement other yoga styles, restorative poses are designed to accurately realign and reshape the body. They also can be therapeutically tailored to support natural healing for issues related to tension, premenstrual syndrome, weak immune functioning, back pain, pregnancy and recovery for athletes. “Poses for healing may require targeted gentle stretching, but prop use will coax the body into desired positions without requiring muscular effort,” says Cole. An early student of B.K.S. Iyengar and familiar with props, San Francisco resident and co-founder of Yoga Journal magazine Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., found herself leading her first class comprised entirely of supported poses during a power blackout at a 1980 workshop. “I didn’t want people walking around in the dark, so I improvised a restorative class and everyone loved it,” she recalls. She revisited the idea several years later when she personally

felt the need for physical, emotional and spiritual restoration. For a year, 90 percent of her practice was supported poses, and the switch helped her so much that it inspired her first book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. She’s since written more books and trained teachers in restorative yoga around the world. As in classical yoga, a restorative sequence should be balanced with asanas (positions) from all pose classifications—backbends, twists, inversions and forward bends. It takes time for the body to comfortably settle deeply into a pose—as long as 15 minutes— therefore, a 90-minute restorative class may include only a handful of asanas. Lasater says, “Most people don’t need more of anything from the culture in which we live. They need much more to learn to be still and at ease.” In today’s yoga world, which seems to emphasize power and action, “Restorative yoga has become imperative to balance activity and ambition with stillness and being,” she continues. Lasater notes that while many classes are reducing savasana to as little as three minutes, students need 20 minutes. Carey clarifies that because this approach focuses on opening and letting go, rather than striving for the biggest stretch, “Sensation-seeking yogis may need to shift their perspective. The biggest challenge is often quieting the mind while the body is still. When a student is uncomfortable because the mind is screaming, it helps to compare it to having tight hamstrings in an active class. We’re not chasing relaxation; just breathe, feel and watch,” she says. “Eventually, everything will let go.” “The more our mind rebels against relaxing, the more we need it,” observes Lasater. Students often turn to yoga as a strategy for feeling whole, and she suggests that one of the best ways to find clarity within is to listen in stillness, one savasana at a time. “It’s a gift to ourself, our family and the world,” she adds. “When we feel rested, we’re more compassionate and ready to serve the greater good.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (

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ala Studio Yoga & Art will host a retreat with Bristol Maryott on Bethel Farm, in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, from 5 p.m., September 16 to 2 p.m., September 18. Participants will enjoy a weekend of yoga, meditation, hiking, sauna and vegan food, as well as two Jivamukti workshops classes, Bristol Maryott including one with advance-certified Jivamukti teacher Stephen Bethel. Plenty of time will be allowed to explore the grounds of Bethel Farm, a working farm with a bounty of organic produce. Bristol Maryott is head yoga instructor and owner of Jala. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience and is an advanced-certified Jivamukti yoga teacher. She has also spent extensive time traveling in India where she studied Ashtanga in Mysore with Saraswathi Jois. Cost: $340 including food, lodging and yoga. Book online at For more information or to reserve space, email

ary Kretzmann, director of the Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry and coauthor of Divine Will Healing (a book on Yogananda’s prayer techniques) will lead a deeply healing retreat to help people deal with physical illnesses, emotional losses and grief. This weekend residential retreat will be held from September 30 to October 2 at the beautiful and Mary Kretzmann serene Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, in North Andover, Massachusetts. The retreat will include effective yogic healing and prayer methods of Paramhansa Yogananda, techniques for increasing energy and vitality, affirmations for changing selflimiting attitudes, sound and music to adjust physical, mental and spiritual imbalances that lead to disease, and an evening ceremony to honor deceased loved ones and to pray for those who are still alive. In addition attendees can participate in yoga classes, meditation and a Sunday service. There will also be time for rest, private reflection and walking the stunning grounds. Overnight accommodations, vegetarian meals and all programs are included in the cost, which is determined by accommodation selection. Healing with Divine Energy Retreat is sponsored by the Ananda Centers in Rhode Island, Boston and Maine. Cost: $275-$300 determined by room selection. Location: 660 Great Pond Rd., North Andover, MA. For more information, call 401-524-4766 or visit




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Yoga Profi les All That Matters Yoga + Holistic Health Center STYLE OF YOGA: Beginner’s, Flow, Heated, Yin, Restorative, Chair, Children’s All That Matters has been serving the community since 1995. The instructors teach more than 130 weekly yoga classes—as well as workshops and professional trainings—at locations in Providence, East Greenwich and South Kingstown. The South Kingstown studio features a retail store and health center that provides acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy and reflexology. All That Matters makes it easy to embrace a healthy lifestyle by offering a variety of membership packages and $30 for three weeks of unlimited yoga for new students. The studio has been listed in Rhode Island’s Best many times. 215 Main St., South Kingstown 401-782-2126 ext 2

Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center STYLE OF YOGA: Hatha and Kriya The instructors at Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center inspire joy, love and peace through spirituallyoriented hatha yoga, kirtan, kriya yoga, meditation and more. The studio is based in the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and was founded by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda. The center is located on a beautiful country road that provides ample opportunity to commune with nature. Weekly Sunday service includes meditation, music, chanting, readings, inspirational talk and an uplifting Festival of Light ceremony followed by potluck lunch. 40 Collins Rd., Hopkinton 401-524-4766

Believe You Can       STYLE OF YOGA: Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Jane Viscolosi has been practicing and studying the teachings of yoga since 1996. She has taught thousands of classes to Rhode Island students since 2002 and has co-facilitated yoga teacher trainings in the area prior to opening her own school. In 2015, she introduced Believe You Can, a Yoga Alliance RYS-200 registered school. Viscolosi is a RYT-500-hour certified Baptiste power vinyasa yoga teacher. As Baron Baptiste is her primary teacher, she has also completed yoga teacher training with Beryl Bender-Birch and Ana Forrest. Training Location @ Bristol Parks and Recreation Community Center 101 Asylum Rd, Bristol • 401-578-9973


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Grace School of Yoga STYLE OF YOGA: Classical, Restorative, Gentle, Yin Grace School of Yoga was founded in 2009 by Judy McClain (e-RYT, RYT 500), a devotional yogi and Grace ashram resident. The school is a space for supporting growth in body and spirit through the practice of classical yoga and meditation. McClain’s teachings are inspired by her guru, Sri Dharma Mittra. She is a recipient of Best Yoga Instructor in Newport County by readers of Newport Life Magazine, and the studio is a winner of the Best of Rhode Island Monthly award. Yoga classes are available for all experience levels. 35 Weaver Rd., North Kingstown 401-829-9903

Jala Studio Yoga & Art STYLE OF YOGA: Mysore-style Ashtanga and Jivamukti Jala Studio is a unique and uplifting space that integrates yoga and art. The riverfront studio specializes in Mysore-style Ashtanga and Jivamukti yoga, the only studio to do so in the Providence area. Vinyasa flow, gentle yoga, workshops and private classes are also available. Teachers are experienced and caring, most with more than a decade of teaching experience. Jala features a gallery with rotating artwork expressing yoga, or the idea of union, to link asana and creativity. 285 S. Main St., Providence 508-566-2524


Laughing Elephant Yoga Rhode Island STYLE OF YOGA: Yoga Center Prana Flow and Energetic Vinyasa

Laughing Elephant Yoga encourages all students to be themselves both on and off the mat. The space inspires a sense of community where practitioners and instructors alike believe in each other and laugh often. The classes are a mix of the prana flow and energetic vinyasa style developed by Shiva Rea. Laughing Elephant Yoga offers teacher training programs and several exciting workshops. The studio is also the recipient of the Best of Rhode Island award for its popular outdoor yoga sessions. 4372 Post Rd., East Greenwich 401-398-2616

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STYLE OF YOGA: Â Baptiste and Non-Heated Vinyasa Rhode Island Yoga Center, located at the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, is a year-round yoga studio that specializes in hot yoga. More than 20 yoga classes are on the schedule weekly and feature a variety of styles including Baptiste, Buti and non-heated vinyasa. A friendly staff offers a range of specialized workshops, meditation sessions and complimentary child care. All who are interested in getting a deep workout while having fun, including beginner yogis, are welcome to strengthen both body and mind. 99 Fortin Rd., Kingston 401-284-0320

STYLE OF YOGA: Svaroopa Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga Natalie Schiffer, CSYT, RYT-500, ERYT-200, currently offers classes and private yoga therapy in Svaroopa yoga at multiple locations in Rhode Island. Schiffer has more than 700 hours of teacher and yoga therapy training in the advanced levels of Svaroopa yoga and continues to study with the Svaroopa Vidya Ashram in Pennsylvania. Svaroopa uses specially aligned poses and supportive propping for core and spinal opening to soften the body and cultivate peace of mind. The classes are accessible to beginners and can deepen the practice of experienced yogis. Multiple locations 401-578-9182

STYLE OF YOGA: Yoga Stretch, Forrest, Power, Beginner, Anti-Gravity

Raffa Yoga Active Relaxation Center has been serving yogis throughout the community since 2000. The industry-leading, green-built, energy-efficient facility features three yoga studios, 21 massage and therapeutic treatment rooms, six health therapy relaxation rooms, a raw juice bar and a wellness boutique. The studio is also in the process of installing a new cedar Finlandian sauna. Monthly memberships are available for both yoga and therapeutic massage. The certified yoga instructors each have a unique teaching style and can accommodate all experience levels. 19 Sharpe Dr., Cranston 401-463-3335

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Training Africa’s Yoga Teachers How an Innovative, International Yoga Program is Creating Jobs and Building Communities in Nairobi by Sarah Grey “I’m of service, leaving others in their greatness.” That’s how Patrick Kiragu speaks of his work with the Africa Yoga Project (AYP).


ife in bustling Nairobi, Kenya, can be stressful—and for poor youth and those from marginalized communities, making a living isn’t easy. When a person is putting every ounce of time and energy into getting by, health and wellness just can’t be a top priority. That’s where AYP comes in. By fostering the yoga and wellness industry in Nairobi, they’re helping young Kenyans build their communities’ health and economies and improve their own lives—including their health, their incomes and their own empowerment—in the process. Founded in 2007 by yoga teacher and native New Yorker Paige Elenson, AYP has grown into a large and thriving organization. Elenson was inspired to create the project when she visited Kenya and watched some talented young Nairobians perform handstands and other physical feats on the street. Their


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prowess reminded her of yogis—but when she realized that Nairobi had little in the way of yoga studios or teachers, she knew what she needed to do. Elenson’s efforts attracted the attention of U.S. yoga icon Baron Baptiste, who was moved to provide financial and project creation support. With the support of Baptiste and his community, the AYP organization facilitated the first yoga teacher training in Kenya. It now employs local youth to teach full-time in their own communities. Since its inception, the program has trained more than 200 yoga teachers in Baptiste yoga, which improves flexibility, reduces stress and helps the body achieve optimal weight. The teachers, Elenson says, were previously un- or under-employed youth from marginalized communities; today they earn a self-sustaining income as leaders that have the ability to build healthy, wellness-promoting communities. “Yoga taught me to be of service,” says Kiragu, who is now a Baptiste Power Certified Instructor and TRIPS coordinator with AYP. “Today I empower new Africa Yoga Project teachers—not

only those in Nairobi, but those who are in the rest of African countries. I completed teacher training in 2009, and since then I have become certified in all levels of Baptiste power yoga. I teach at yoga studios, gyms and in people’s homes. Yoga has become my career; yoga is my life.” AYP programs now offer more than 300 free classes per week to over 6,000 residents across Nairobi, including popup and pay-what-you-can community classes. The program simultaneously builds schools and funds education, critical operations and environmental endeavors. Its crown jewel is the Shine Center, in Diamond Plaza, which offers a wide variety of workshops, yoga teacher training, and empowerment and leadership education. For those outside Africa, there are several ways to get involved. Yoga teachers can host a “karma class” and donate the proceeds, or host a fundraising event or “Yoga Jam” with the help of an AYP Ambassador. For a more personal connection, a 12-month mentorship program pairs yoga instructors around the world with an AYP teacher in exchange for a monthly contribution of $125. Mentors and mentees share monthly Skype conversations and email exchanges, with a new theme each month. In the words of mentor Mark White, “This program is about integrity that empowers a bond and accountability between me and my fellow brother, who wants for his country and community what I want for my country and community—compassion, love and peace.” To experience AYP and Nairobi firsthand, interested people can also sign up for a Seva Safari—a service trip that incorporates daily yoga practice and builds sustainable community programs in Kenya. Spots are still available for Seva Safaris in November 2016 and throughout 2017. A direct donation can also be made at Sarah Grey is a published author and editor whose writings bring together food, culture, community, language and politics. Connect at and

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VEGAN LUNCHBOX Plant-Based Choices Provide Midday Boost by Judith Fertig


e all have good intentions to eat more fruits and vegetables, and it’s easier if we start with just one plant-based meal a day— lunch. Natural Awakenings has enlisted the help of vegan lunchbox experts to help us all enjoy easy-to-make and colorful feasts good for home, office, school and on the road. “Vegan food offers so much variety, especially at lunch,” says Johanna Sophia, of Pine Plains, New York, who recently hosted the online series The Raw Lunchbox Summit. “A vegan lunch gives an extra boost in the middle of the day for more brain power, clarity and energy.” She and her two children operate Johanna’s Raw Foods, which makes vegan fast food such as veggie burger bites and carrot crackers, available at health food stores. Laura Theodore, the vegan chef and recording artist who presents The Jazzy Vegetarian PBS television program, lives and works in the New York City area. After a childhood dominated by bologna sandwiches for lunch, she

gradually changed to vegan dishes. “I began to notice a difference when I ate mostly plants,” she says. “I could do more and think better.” Theodore favors colorful and delicious vegan foods that travel well in a lunchbox with a cold pack, so she can take them to rehearsals or wherever else she goes. She creates her zucchini fettuccine with a vegetable slicer and loves to end a meal with something naturally sweet, like her maple-raisindate truffles. Such experimenting in the kitchen led to her newest cookbook, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Brandi Rollins, Ph.D., a researcher at Penn State, in State College, Pennsylvania, found that switching her lunch habits to plant-based dishes made her feel better. The author of Raw Foods on a Budget determined that one of her favorites is a quick raw vegan pizza. She first marinates ingredients for 20 minutes: three medium mushrooms, thinly sliced, with oneand-a-half tablespoons of balsamic

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vinegar, one tablespoon of olive oil, one minced clove of garlic and a big pinch of Italian herb seasoning. Then she spreads half of a mashed avocado on a four-by-four-inch flax cracker and tops it with the marinated mushrooms, plus chopped tomato, peppers or other favorite options. Rollins advises, “You can pack all of the components individually, and then assemble the pizza at work.” Health Foods Chef Catherine Blake, in Maui, Hawaii, studied with renowned plant-based nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. She urges her culinary students to ask, “What can I do to sparkle a little bit more tomorrow?” The author of Healthy Recipes for Friends, answers the question in her online presentation, Cooking for Brain Power, at Blake’s favorite brain-power luncheon booster is a wrap with antioxidant-rich fillings, accompanied by homemade almond milk, sunflower seeds or walnuts for vitamin E and some favorite blue berries or purple grapes. She makes fresh almond milk by grinding raw almonds in a nut grinder, and then adding them plus an equal amount of filtered water to a high-speed blender. After processing and straining out the solids, the resulting nut milk is perfect for smoothies. Changing our diets one meal at a time gives us an opportunity to see if we can feel the difference, as our vegan lunchbox experts have, while we ramp up our taste for healthier eating. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at



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Lots of Garlic Hummus Yields: 4 servings Accented with the tangy taste of fresh lemon juice and a bit of heat from the chili powder, this is an easy, readymade sandwich spread for a lunchbox. 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp filtered or spring water, plus more as needed 5 cloves garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp sesame tahini 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add a bit more water if needed to achieve desired consistency. Transfer the hummus to a decorated bowl and sprinkle the top with a pinch more chili powder to taste for a festive presentation. Recipe by Laura Theodore, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a PlantBased Diet

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½ tsp chili powder, plus more for garnish ¼ tsp sea salt

2 medium zucchini 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped 10 to 14 leaves fresh basil, minced 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 /8 to ¼ tsp sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste Shave the zucchini lengthwise with a vegetable peeler to make the “noodles”.

Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Put them in a large bowl and add the tomatoes, basil, oil and garlic. Toss gently until thoroughly combined.

Yields: 4 servings

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This raw side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare and cool fare on a hot summer day. The zucchini strips look and taste a lot like fresh pasta.

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WATER-WISE KITCHEN A Few Small Steps Can Make the Difference by Avery Mack


he United Nations warns that water use is outpacing population growth two to one. At this rate, two-thirds of the world will face water stress by 2025, meaning fewer crops and jobs and higher food prices. “Globally, 3 million people, mostly children, die each year due to water-related issues,” says Sister Dorothy Maxwell, of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, in New York. “Water is a precious commodity. Every drop in supply should increase awareness.”

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For significant savings, use ingredients with a lower water footprint. “Be conscientious about food purchases,” advises Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the nonprofit Farm Sanctuary, in Watkins Glen, New York, and Orland and Los Angeles, California. “Choosing plant foods instead of animal products can make a huge difference. Estimates show that one person switching to a vegan diet can save at least 1,000 gallons of water every day.”

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Before landing on a plate, an eight-ounce steak will have necessitated 850 gallons of water, including growing and processing the animal’s food grain. The amount of water needed to produce a quarter-pound hamburger equals that of 30 average showers. “Dietary choices have environmental and ethical impacts,” agrees Michael Schwarz, founder of Hudson Valley Treeline Cheese, in Kingston, New York. “The carbon and water footprints of conventional dairy products are also enormous.” His company’s vegan cheeses are basically cashews, probiotic cultures and salt. Unlike American’s 10 million dairy cows, cashews aren’t injected with growth hormones, don’t emit methane and produce no waste runoff to pollute waterways.

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The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that Americans annually discard more than 35 million tons of uneaten food that costs local governments $1.5 billion annually in clean up and landfill maintenance. Food waste contributes to climate change through the use of huge quantities of water, fertilizer, land and fuel to process, refrigerate and transport it. Plus, it emits methane gas as it decomposes. Reducing food waste can have a farreaching impact. Applying simple household tips will help minimize waste: Protect all meat, poultry and fish along with dairy products like yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese from bacteria by storing them in the original packaging until used; seal any leftovers in air-

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tight containers. Wrap hard cheese in foil or waxed paper after opening. Keep fruits and vegetables separate and don’t wash before refrigerating to forestall mold. Activated oxygen, like that used in the small refrigerator appliance BerryBreeze, neutralizes bacteria and mold to keep stored foods fresh longer.

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Maxwell’s guidance for savvy water use includes: Don’t prerinse dishes. Run the dishwasher only when full. Use less soap when washing up and make sure it’s biodegradable. Water-wise experts also offer these cooking tips. Use a single pot of water to blanch several kinds of vegetables before freezing. Start with the lightest color and end with the darkest, especially odorous veggies like asparagus or Brussels sprouts. “Unless it’s greasy, cooking and drinking water can be reused to nourish plants,” explains Diane MacEachern, founder and publisher of “I cool egg and veggie cooking water to pour on herbs and flowers.” As whole potatoes simmer, set a steamer basket over them to cook other veggies and conserve water. Fewer pots mean less dishwashing, and leftover potato water adds extra flavor to homemade potato dinner rolls. Cook shorter shapes of dry pasta in less water, first placing them in cold water and lowering the heat to a simmer once it hits a boil, also saving energy ( Directions for hard-boiled eggs call for enough cold water to cover before boiling, followed by the mandatory icewater bath, using goodly amounts of water and energy. Steam eggs instead; find instructions at For a large quantity of eggs, try baking them ( Freezer jam contains more fruit, much less sugar and needs no water bath for canning jars; recipes are available online. Eat watermelon as is or in salads, compost the peel and pickle the rind using only one cup of water with minimal boiling time ( Rather than waste warm water to defrost frozen foods, simply move them overnight to the refrigerator. Composting is far more eco-wise than running a garbage disposal and sink water. More than 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered in water, but only .007 percent—like a single drop in a fivegallon bucket—is usable for hydrating its 6.8 billion people and all plants and animals. We must be creative to protect that drop by kicking it up a notch in the kitchen.

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Family by Helen D’Souza Fluid figures reminiscent of Henri Matisse curve sinuously through the works of Helen D’Souza, interspersed with mystical symbols and natural elements derived from Mother Earth. Vibrantly rendered in saturated hues, they form a dreamlike montage where movement and meditation converge in pure joy. During D’Souza’s 20-year career, her powerful images have communicated words and concepts via multiple mediums. She recognized her calling from day one, she says, “drawing, making things and collecting beautiful natural objects, such as stones, feathers and shells.” Today, she fills her house in the colorful India Bazaar neighborhood of Toronto with these inspiring treasures, noting how, “Nature is the greatest artist.” Recently, D’Souza began exploring ceramics and pottery, plus drawing and writing on plates and bowls, to make utilitarian objects beautiful. She enjoys the earthy feel of working with clay. D’Souza frequently volunteers her time and talents; this summer she is working with multicultural children at a center that helps struggling families that are new to Canada. “In a world that can be full of chaos and sadness,” D’Souza muses, “art and beauty are sustaining and constant. Beauty feeds the soul.” View the artist’s portfolio at Helen Contact her at her Toronto studio, 416-466-0630 or Helen@


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ouseholds with multiple pets abound as families often opt for a mix of companion animals. Currently, more than 70 million dogs, 75 million cats and 6 million birds are kept as pets in the U.S., according to a recent American Pet Products Association survey. While we cherish their affection, downsides include pet hair dust bunnies, scattered litter, spilled seeds and potty accidents. Cleaning up can be easier with training and planning. “Living on the beach, it’s easy for the dog to bring sand indoors, so I taught him to shake it off,” says dog expert and trainer Amy Robinson, in Vero Beach, Florida. “I put water in a bottle and misted it lightly on his head, then gave the cue, ‘Shake,’ and shook my shoulders. He mimicked me and got rid of most of the sand. Brushing him with a towel got the rest.” Once the dog understands the cue, retire the water bottle. “I have a Newfoundland/poodle, a great Pyrenees/poodle and a Labradoodle, so I keep old towels outside the door to wipe dirty feet,” says Kathleen Thometz, owner of Doodle Art & Design, in Western Springs, Illinois. “The Newfoundland can open the door, so I have to catch him before he tracks in muddy paw prints.”

Thometz keeps their hairbrush with the towels. “I have them groomed regularly, but a quick brush after a walk means I don’t have to vacuum between weekly house cleanings,” she says. “Short hair can be even harder to pick up,” reminds Ryan Riley, cofounder of, in Los Angeles. “We brush our 50- and 70-pound pit bull mixes outside after play time and they love it.” “Carpets and pets are a challenging combination, especially when pets get older and accidents happen,” observes Amy Bell, an interior decorator at Red Chair Home Interiors, in Cary, North Carolina. “I recommend hard surface flooring, washable slipcovers for furniture and keeping lint brushes by the door.” All-natural, sustainably sourced area rugs or hall runners make it easier for dogs to get around on slick surfaces; be sure the backing can withstand wet accidents. “I use a hair-attracting dry mop to pick up fur on hard floors. It takes me 10 minutes a day to do 2,400 square feet; otherwise, I’d have tumbleweeds of hair blowing around. I use a Quick Vac every two days on area rugs,” says Joan Fradella, a Florida Supreme

Court-certified family mediator in Lantana, Florida. A basset mix, vizla/ Rhodesian ridgeback and boxer/Labrador all shed hair in her house. Fradella also uses a water-soaked microfiber cleaning cloth to remove what she calls sniggle art (dog nose prints) on sliding glass doors. If a hairy cat balks at brushing, try a cat hair removal glove. Some are designed to massage and remove loose hair; others clean up furniture and fabrics. Stick with washable cat or dog bedding and use a removable cover for more frequent laundering. Warming temperatures due to climate change are fostering a rise in flea populations worldwide. Food-grade (not pool-grade) diatomaceous earth sprinkled on a pet’s bedding or the pet itself is safe; the silky powder adversely affects only creatures with hard outer skeletons. Some dogs grab a mouthful of food and join the family, trailing crumbs along the way. Instead, feed them in their crates where they feel at home, allowing 15 minutes to finish. For a dog that eats too fast and then sometimes vomits, use a puzzle-designed feeder so it has to work to get to the food. Fradella uses food and water bowls with wide bottoms because they’re harder to overturn. Stainless steel, washed daily, is best. A waterproof mat with a raised lip helps contain mealtime spills. A static mat removes litter from a cat’s feet upon exiting the litter box. “Dogs can be trained to put away their toys,” advises Robinson. Cats, not so much. Birds are messy, producing floating bits of feathers and scattered seed. A mesh seed catcher will capture most of it; a dry mop gathers up the rest. Bell suggests randomly sprinkling about 15 drops of lavender essential oil on a new air filter before installing it for a fresh scent throughout the house, and regularly changing filters. Multiple pets may necessitate more frequent filter replacements, which also reduces dander and related allergy symptoms. Simple routines and the right tools lead to a safe, healthy home. They also free us up from unnecessary chores to enjoy more time with our beloved pets. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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Thursday, September 1 New Moon Crystal Grid Meditation – 7-8pm. New moon meditation, with crystal grid and healing sound bowls. $20. Ascension NXT, 176 Main St, East Greenwich. Register: 401-228-8348.401-228-8348.

Saturday, September 3 Feng Shui 101 – 1:30-3:30pm. With Aaron Roy. An empowering learning experience teaching the major principles and how color choices or materials you use in a room effect the flow of energy. Everyone receives a packet. $30/person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Eckankar Worship Service – 10-11:15am. Topic of this worship service is, Use Your Creative Ability to Go A Step Further. All are invited. Love abounds here, we do not discriminate. We are a Spiritual Center. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd, Warwick.

Tuesday, September 6

markyourcalendar Natural Awakenings 8th Anniversary Networking – 5-7pm. Come celebrate 8 years of Healthy Living on a Healthy Planet. Network with likeminded individuals and enjoy a complementary chair massage, skin analysis, aromatherapy bar and sugar foot scrub from Massage Envy. Free wine tasting and appetizers. Free. Natural Awakenings at Massage Envy, 229 Waterman St, Providence. 401-709-2473. Introduction to Touch Drawing – 6:30-8:30pm. Created by Deborah Koff-Chapin, is a creative technique used to draw out inner messages and insights. All artistic skill levels and ages are welcome. $35. Oak Moon Art Studio, Reynolds School, 2nd Fl, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-429-8212.

Wednesday, September 7 Warrior Pose Stone – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience the power of the warrior pose with Shan Hayden. Ancients called power using a specific stone. Learn how to activate your own power source with stone work. $15. Oak Moon Art Studio, Reynolds School, 2nd Fl, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-429-8212.

Friday, September 9 Massage Therapy at The Sage Clinic – 9am-8pm. Holistic, therapeutic massage therapy at The Sage Clinic, Fridays, beginning Sept 9, by appointment. Call for promotion. The Sage Clinic, 201 Waterman Ave, East Providence. To reserve, Joan: 401-286-9847 or Kerri: 401-835-5683.


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A Day with the Angels – 10am-3pm. What do you know about angels? Are you curious about yours? We’ll spend time learning about Guardian Angels, Archangels and how we can connect with them. Lunch/gift incl. $33. Angel Whispers, Angel Whispers Serenity Space, address provided with registration, North Kingstown. 401-741-2278.

Basics of Perfumery Class – 12-2pm. Would you like to learn more about the basics of perfumery and create a chemical-free perfume that you make and take home? This fun introductory class is for you and your friends. $75. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325.

Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. Will view Spiritual Liberation with Michael Beckwith. After the movie will discuss the messages to gain clarity and learn how to implement them in our daily lives. $10/ person. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Healing Prayer Circle – 1:15-2:15pm. Join us the second Sunday monthly as we pray for each other, those on our Healing Prayer List, and the world, using Yogananda’s Healing Prayer Techniques. All welcome. Free. Ananda Rhode Island, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

Saturday, September 10 Become a Usui Reiki I Practitioner – 9am-3pm. Learn about the powerful healing energy of Usui Holy Fire II Reiki. Heal yourself and others. Receive manual/certificate/Lineage/Reiki I Placement. $125. Inner Love and Light, Warwick. Nicole Casale, RMT: 914-216-8660. Homeopathy Help for Digestive Issues – 11am12pm. Homeopathy for stubborn digestive disorders. Will discuss homeopathic solutions to ease the suffering from IBS, diarrhea, gas, cramping and constipation. Free. Westerly Library Auditorium, 44 Broad St, Westerly. 860-529-8313. Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra – 11:30am-5:30pm. Spend the weekend exploring the quieter practices of yoga. Through lecture, discussion, and practice learn the foundational elements of yin and yoga nidra. $175. All That Matters EG, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126. Uplifting Connections Psychic Fair – 1:30-5pm. Call and schedule a discounted appointment. $25. Uplifting Connections, 1355 Pleasant St, Bridgewater, MA. Lisa Ashton: 508-697-2334. Chanting by the Sea – 5-6:15pm. An evening on the beach can be magical. Add chanting, and it’s bliss. Join us in celebration of Swami Kriyananda’s Discipleship Anniversary. Free. Location TBA. More info, Ananda Rhode Island: 401-524-4766 or

Sunday, September 11 Chocolate Church – 11am-2pm. Cloud Forest Cacao Ceremonies are a Sanctuary to come to, in a community of open hearts and open minds. Nola Ganem leads this transformative ceremony of discovery. $35. Oak Moon Art Studio, Reynolds School, 2nd Fl, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-429-8212.

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Gong Bath – 6:30-7:30pm. The sounds and vibrations of the gong create deep relaxation and a state of meditation, enabling us to access our deeper subconscious and super subconscious. $20. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Monday, September 12 Medium/Psychic Readings and Reiki – 10am6pm. Join Lisa Ashton, RN, every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays for medium/ psychic and reiki. $45. Uplifting Connections, 1355 Pleasant St, Bridgewater, MA. 508-697-2334. Free MBSR Class & Info session – 6-7:30pm. Highly trained and certified teacher Jessica Webb joins us from Anchor Yoga to show what this dynamic program can do for you. The 8-wk program begins Sept 19. $365. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Free Small Business Mastermind Group – 6:308pm. A get-together of small business owners and people who are interested in starting a small business. Will discuss business problems and solutions that we’ve experienced. Free. Glenn Ambrose’s Life Enhancement Center, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-380-6707.

Tuesday, September 13 Reiki Share – 1-2:15pm. All reiki practitioners welcome. Give, receive and relax in this marvelous energy. $10. Angel Whispers, Angel Whispers Serenity Space, address provided with registration, North Kingstown. 401-741-2278. Drum Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a fun night of drum healing. Let the sound vibrations cleanse your energy field. If you have your own drum bring it with you. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Shamanic Dream Circle – 7-9pm. Drop-in with this supportive and engaging dream community for insight, clarity and merriment. Explore your dream world and connect to the power within. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Wednesday, September 14 Manifesting Made Easier & Fun – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the ins and outs of manifesting. What helps us and challenges us. Acceptance and allowance are key. We end with a guided group meditation. Class manual. With Shari Bitsis. $20. Oak Moon Art Studio, Reynolds School, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. RSVP: 401-465-4249,

Monthly World Compassion Day – 11am12:30pm. Gathering for those who wish to participate in collective forgiveness work directed towards the suffering on the planet. Guided group meditation of loving-kindness. With Shari Bitsis. $10 donation to go to local charity. The Healing Journey Annex, 673 Main St, Warren. RSVP: 401-465-4249,

Spirit Connection – 7-8:30pm. This will include meditations and connecting exercises to communicate with spirit and the other side. All welcome. $20. Ascension NXT, 176 Main St, East Greenwich. To register: 401-228-8348.

Fougère & Chypre Formulation – 11am-5pm. Also Sept18, 10:30am-2pm. Chypre and Fougère styles of perfume are the most misunderstood, yet most lauded formulations. $550. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register:

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Sunday, September 18

5-Minute Routine with Diana Young – 6:308:30pm. Learn to boost your energy, relieve stress and turn on your inner healer by using a simple practice. $45. Oak Moon Art Studio, Reynolds School, 2nd Fl, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-429-8212.

Eckankar Worship Service - 10-11:15am. The topic of this worship service, Keys to Obtaining a Better Life. All are invited. Love abounds here, we do not discriminate. We are a Spiritual Center. Free. Eckankar, 2914 Post Rd, Warwick.

RI Holistic Healing Association Meeting – 6:308:45pm. Victoria Haffer will present The Spiritual Entrepreneur: Business & Branding with Soul. Learn tools to blend purpose and passion to generate prosperity. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Friday, September 16 Gong Bath: Healing with Sound – 6:30-8pm. Allow the resonance of the gongs, singing bowls, drums, and other sound healing instruments to lull you into a state of deep peace. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $25/pre-registered, $30/at door. It’s My Health Wellcare Collaborative, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585. Monthly World Compassion Evening – 6:308pm. Gathering for those who wish to participate in collective forgiveness work directed towards the suffering on the planet. Guided group meditation of loving-kindness. With Shari Bitsis. $10 donation to go to local charity. Oak Moon Art Studio – Shari Bitsis, Reynolds School, 235 High St., 2nd floor, Bristol. RSVP: 401-465-4249, Awakening Through Drum Healing – 7-9pm. Have you had a situation where you may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns lost parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness Center, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Ecstatic Dance Providence – 8-10:30pm. Get down, feel your soul, dance your bliss. Join a global movement. No shoes, no booze, leave your worries at the door. Dance to a live DJ without a club environment. $12-$15. The Movement Exchange, 545 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket.

Saturday, September 17 A Day For You! – 10am-5pm. This is a Wellness Fair. Massage, Card readings, essential oils, jewelry, open season food truck and more. Free. Aspray Boathouse, 2 East St, Warwick.

Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 4-6pm. With Christine Johnston & Melissa Byrd. Sound therapy is a time-proven, effective modality using vibrational sound to reduce stress, alter consciousness, peace and wholeness. $25. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Monday, September 19 Foundations – 9am-12pm. Join us for a journey of self-discovery and revelation within an experiential format of lecture, discussion, sharing and process. Learn the 9 spiritual principles and practices that will change your life for the better forever. Entrylevel class in the study of the Science of Mind. 13 wks. $240 if paid on installment. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. Register: 401-732-1552. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 6-8pm. An 8-wk, in-depth, experiential course in mind/ body awareness. We will explore and use meditation, yoga, personal inquiry, dialog and somatic awareness exercises. $365. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Free Movement & Meditation Workshop – 6:307:30pm. Gentle movement, dance, and music will help improve overall wellness, range of motion, balance, strength, and endurance, as well as emotional well-being and self-image. Love offering (donation). Concordia Spiritual Center, 292 W Shore Road, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Internet Mystics Radio Show – 7-8:30pm. Join Lisa Ashton for the mystics radio show to hear her doing medium and angel card readings. Free. Online radio: Call-in for show: 323-870-3495.

Tuesday, September 20 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.

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Wednesday, September 21 Homegrown and Wild Tea Sampler – 6:30-8pm. Relax and enjoy a pleasant sampling of wonderfully beneficial teas crafted by Karen Valcourt. Each tea has the vitality and support of nature brewed into each cup. $15. Oak Moon Art Studio, Reynolds School, 2nd Fl, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-429-8212. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. 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 lost parts to the self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. 1462 Cranston St, Cranston. To register, Gloria: 401-944-4130,,

Thursday, September 22 Group Manifestation for You & Earth – 6:308:30pm. Join us 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. Oak Moon Art Studio, Reynolds School, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. RSVP: 401-465-4249,

Friday, September 23 Reflexology Certification Program – 9am-5pm. Become a reflexologist. This is a 300-hr certification in the art, philosophy and methodology of reflexology. Learn more about the 10-wk hands-on training. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Angel Whispers Practitioner™ – Sept 23 & 24. 9:30am-4:30pm. This 2-day intensive will prepare you to connect with the angel zone and receive messages of love and healing. Learn who’s who in the spirit world and much more. $350, includes lunch and all materials. Angel Whispers, Angel Whispers Serenity Space, address provided with registration, North Kingstown. 401-741-2278. Kirtan Chanting in Warwick – 6-7pm. Experience the peace and joy of kirtan. Kirtan chanting has the power to open the heart and uplift the soul. Free; donation appreciated. Ananda Rhode Island at West Shore Wellness, 459 Sandy Ln, Warwick. 401-450-4172. 401-524-4766. Align with the Season Ceremony – 6:30-8pm. Join us for this shamanic ceremony to release blocks, open and align more fully to the energy of the Autumn Equinox. Bring an item for the altar that will return with you. With Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. Free. Energy-N-Elements, 150 Adirondack Rd, East Greenwich. 401-924-0567. Wild Roots Sustainable Circle – 6:30-8pm. Gentle stewards of the Earth focused on sustainable practices that benefit the planet and all her kin. $5 donation. Oak Moon Art Studio, Reynolds School, 2nd Fl, 235 High St, bristol. 401-429-8212.

Saturday, September 24 Usui Reiki Level One – 9am-5pm. Join us for a sacred day of learning and spirit connection. Reiki I Attunement; manual and certification. Topics: history, energy system; self and client healing and more. With Shari Bitsis. $150. Savvy Image Gift Shop, 657 Quarry St, Fall River, MA. RSVP: 401-465-4249,

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Passion, Power and Transcendence – 10am12pm. Discover Pluto’s place in your life, how it functions and its dynamics as you learn to navigate your passion and power in the world with Master Astrologer Mary Kate Jordan. $20. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Planetary Flower Essences – 1-4pm. Deepen your connection with your own guidance, through your astrology chart, current transits and flower essences. Take home a bottle of flower essences specific to you. With Master Astrologer Mary Kate Jordan. $35. Fireseed, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

Bristol Vendor Fair – 10am-5pm. Come and get your medium and guardian angel readings on site all day with Lisa Ashton. $30. VFW Hall Grounds, 850 Hope St, Bristol. 401-500-1908. lashton1124.

Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki II Certification – 1-6pm. Reiki I completion required. In Reiki II learn all about the symbols, chakras, auras, including distance healing. Start your own reiki practice. Register online. $200. Rhode Island Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, Kingston. 401-284-0320. Register:

Pre-Holiday Psychic and Craft Fair – 10am-6pm. Vendors of all types including crafts, jewelry and gift items. Psychic readings and reiki $1/minute with 20 min minimum. 20% In-Store Discount. Free. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness Center, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Fall into Wellness – 10:30am-1:30pm. Learn stress management strategies to use at home or in the office. Offering yoga, movement therapy, relaxation and mindfulness techniques. Free. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. Pre-register by Sept 17: 401-467-4325. Homeopathy Help for Digestive Issues – 11am12pm. Homeopathy for stubborn digestive disorders. Will discuss homeopathic solutions to ease the suffering from IBS, diarrhea, gas, cramping and constipation. With Joy Pacitto MS, CCH. Free. Classical Homeopath, 182 Gano St, Providence. 860-529-8313. Creating Oriental Perfumes – Sept 24 & 25. 11am-5pm, Sat; 10:30am-2pm, Sun. Oriental perfumes are the cornerstone of the perfume industry and the most popular style of fragrances. In this weekend-long class learn how to create beautiful natural oriental perfumes redolent of amber, citrus, flowers and spice. $575. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register: Digestive Troubles Making You Crazy? – 121pm. Gas, diarrhea, IBS, acid reflux. Homeopathy can help. With Joy Pacitto MS, CCH. Free. Classical Homeopath, 182 Gano St, Providence. 860-529-8313.


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The 5-Minute Routine Energy Medicine – 2:303:30pm. Instruction and hands-on experience for self-help, self-care. Test for homolateral patterning, hydration, scrambled energy. Hand outs. With Diana Young. $45. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Tuesday, September 27 The Art of Communication – 6:30-9pm. With Kartar Khalsa Singh. Learn and practice the art of deep listening to yourself, your world and others. Learn to speak honestly from your gut. $35, $28/ members. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Wednesday, September 28 Chakra Balancing With Diana Young – 6:308:30pm. Explore the main functions of each chakra. Learn to energy test for irregularities. Learn to remove sluggish and disturbed energies. Bring harmony, balance and wellness. $45. Oak Moon Art Studio, Reynolds School, 2nd Fl, 235 High St, Bristol. 401-429-8212. Reiki Share – 7-8:30pm. All reiki practitioners welcome to share and practice reiki on each other. Donation to Animal Shelter. Ascension NXT, 176 Main St, East Greenwich. Register. 401-228-8348. Meditation and Messages with Ernie – 7-9pm. Enjoy a guided meditation followed by a sharing of spirit messages at the First Spiritualist Church of RI. Come develop your own intuitive abilities. $10. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. 40 Day (R)EVOLUTION – 7:30-8:45pm. Commit to 40 days of yoga, eating well and meditation. Join us for unlimited yoga and weekly support meetings to revolutionize your approach to your health. $345. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126.

Thursday, September 29 Muscle Testing for Food Sensitivity – 6:307:30pm. We will be doing muscle testing to different foods that may cause sensitivities in the body and create hormonal/digestive/allergic/ other health problems. $5/person. Cumberland Family Chiropractic, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. RSVP by Sept 27. 401-334-0535. A Date with Heaven – 7-10pm. Evidential Mediumship English style with internationally renowned mediums Alan Acton & Gail Moffat. Theater style. Purchase Tickets on website or Facebook Soul Sensational. $50. Elks Lodge #118, 4500 N Main St, Fall River, MA. 508-567-3568.

Saturday, October 1 Malas, Mantra and Meditation – 1-4pm. Discover the history of mala beads and their use as a tool during meditation, as you create your own 108 bead wood and gemstone mala. $60. All That Matters EG, 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126.

Sunday, October 2 Creating Oil Perfumes and Solid Perfume Balms – 10:30am-4pm. This introductory perfume class focuses on creating oil based perfumes and solid perfumes utilizing organic oils and exotic butters and waxes. $350. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Sacrum Friendly Yoga – 1-4pm. Do you love yoga but have ongoing sacroiliac pain when you practice? This is the workshop for you. Reignite your love and joy for yoga. All levels welcome. $45. All That Matters SK, 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126.

Monday, October 3 Foundations – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for a journey of self-discovery and revelation within an experiential format of lecture, discussion, sharing and process. Learn the 9 spiritual principles and practices that will change your life for the better forever. Entrylevel class in the study of the Science of Mind. 13 wks. $240 if paid on installment. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. Register 401-732-1552.

Tuesday, October 4 Prosperity Plus – 6:30-8:30pm. 10-wk video course to unleash your abundance. Learn a proven method to access new financial energy and resources and attract more abundance effortlessly. $60. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. To register: 401-732-1552.

Saturday, October 15 Intro to the Hakomi Method – Oct 15 & 16. 9:30am-5:30pm. Mindful, body centered experiential intro workshop on the Hakomi method. Early bird registration fee of $275 available until Sept 16. $300 otherwise. Kathy Wingfield, LHMC, Cutler Mills Building, 30 Cutler St, Warren. 401-846-9166.

Sunday, October 16 Rhode Island Model Train Show - 10am-3pm. Operating model train layouts in HO, On30, G and N, including T-Trak. Vendor tables. Visit our ‘Dining Car” for lunch. $5/Donation; Children 12 and and scouts in uniform/Free. $15 max per family. Little Rhody Div NMRA, Pawtucket Armory, 172 Exchange St, Pawtucket. 401-246-0381. Rhode Island Holistic Healing Association’s (RIHHA) Holistic Awareness Expo – 10am-5pm. 21 speakers and over 50 exhibitors will cover a wide variety of topics: Integrative Medicine Doctors, Naturopaths, and holistic practitioners will demonstrate energy techniques and alternative healing products. $15/admission, $12 early pay discount, free/children under 12. RIHHA, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick.

ongoingcalendar sunday 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 & child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. 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. Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. Juried, urban flea market. Unusual finds, art, fashion, local crafts, curiosities, furniture, food trucks and more. Free. Providence Flea, Aacross from 345 S Water St, Providence.

monday Quonny Yoga – 10-11:30am. Looking for an authentic yoga class? Come find out why we do yoga. Focus is on breathing and alignment. Good for all levels and those with injuries. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga/Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Barre Fusion – 11:30-12:30am. A total body workout performed at the ballet barre and on the floor. Incorporates light weights for upper body toning. All levels welcome. No dance experience required. $20. Providence Pilates Center, 189 Cole Ave, Providence. 401-480-0193. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 1112:30am. Svaroopa® is a slow moving yoga that releases deeply held tension. Learn poses that adapt to your body with blankets as props. Find deep relaxation, calm and ease. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Pilates Mat – 12:30-1:30pm. Classes offer a full body workout utilizing all the fundamental movements and basic Pilates exercise principles. $16/ class; packages available. Rhode Island Pilates Studio, 622 George Washington Hwy, (rear of Mall, behind Stop & Shop), Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Kripalu Yoga with Susan – 4:15-5:45pm. Experience breath work, simple stretches to warm the body and yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. Susan McLaren. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319.

Meditation Group – 6:15-7:30pm. Learn skills to tame the mind and connect to the peace that is, “always right here.” Silent and guided meditation practice. All levels welcome. With Ann Porto, PsyD. Closed Monday holidays. $15/walk-in, $78/6 sessions prepaid. Check or cash only. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, 1st Fl, East Greenwich. 401-529-2020. Yoga Nidra: Divine Sleep Yoga – Sept 12, 19, 26. 6:30-7:30pm. A relaxation practice incorporating breath work, body scan and a guided meditative journey to relax the mind and restore health to the body. $5 teacher donation/drop-in. Sport & Spine Physical Therapy, 328 Cowesett Ave, Ste 7 (back of building), West Warwick. 401-823-8856. Meditative Yoga Flow – Begins Sept 12. 6:30-8pm. Continuing level. Meditative flow strengthens your ability to quiet the mind and access intuitive wisdom. New students: $49/1 month unlimited. $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Group Manifestation for You & Earth – Sept 12 & 26. 7-9:30pm. Every other week. We visualize and develop scripts filled with positive emotions in order to group manifest for each other and Earth. Guided meditation format. With Shari Bitsis. $15. Spirit of Agape, 165 Elm St, Seekonk, MA. 401-465-4249.

tuesday Barre Fusion – 5-6pm. A total body workout performed at the ballet barre and on the floor. Class will incorporate light weights for upper body work as well. All levels welcome. $20. Providence Pilates Center, 189 Cole Ave, Providence. 401-480-0193. Barre Balance – 6-7pm. Community class will incorporate work on the ballet barre for increased overall core strength, stability and flexibility. Pay what you can. $0-$15. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-467-4325. Providence Meditation Group – 6-7pm. Weekly meditation group Wayland Sq area. Chanting, meditation, inspirational reading. All welcome. Free; donation appreciated. Meet at office of David Craven, 105 Medway St, Providence. Ananda Center Hopkinton: 401-524-4766. Kripalu & Yin Yoga: Cumberland – 6-7:15pm. All level: moderate posture flow, and slow and deep floor work including Restorative yoga to help you unwind and move into a restful evening. $12-13/ Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. New students: $49/1 month unlimited. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Stretch and Stress Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. A relaxing and gentle class, designed to reduce/relieve stress, create flexibility, and calm the mind and body. No experience required. All welcomed. $12-$15. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LLO, Providence. 401-467-4325.

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Intermediate Mindfulness Studies – 6:30-8:30pm. Ongoing support and study group. Mindfulness meditation with emphasis on metaphysics and empathy. Hour discourse followed by meditation. With Shari Bitsis. $10/class, $30/4 classes. The Healing Journey Annex, 673 Main St, Warren. RSVP: 401-465-4249,

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. Amrit/Kripalu Yoga with Amy – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work, meditation, and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. Beginners welcome. Amy McPhee. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Barre & Sculpt – 10-11am. 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. Quonny Yoga – 10-11:30am. Come see why this style of yoga is authentic. Focus is on breathing and alignment. All levels, including those with injuries are welcome. Give us a try. Gary & Wendy. $15/ drop-in. Quonny Yoga/Quonochontaug Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, charlestown. 401-266-1187. Ananda Noon Meditation Wickford – 12-1pm. Group meets weekly for inspirational readings, uplifting chants and meditation. Beginners welcome. Donation. Shanti House, 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. 401-667-7315. Ananda Center Hopkinton: 401-524-4766.

thursday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. A blend of kripalu, yin and restorative yoga for healing body, mind and soul. Mindfulness practice emphasized. All levels. $88/8 classes (register ahead); $16/dropin. New students: $49/1 month unlimited. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

is September 5th Pilates Mat Class – 10:30-11:30am. An all-level mat class based on the work of Joseph Pilates. Gain core strength and flexibility with this total body workout. Mats provided. $20. Providence Pilates Center, 189 Cole Ave, Providence. 401-480-0193. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 4:15-5:30pm. Introduces a series of postures along with the basic principles underlying the practice of Amrit Level 1 Yoga. Also available on Mondays, 7:30-8:45pm. $15/ membership. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Qigong with Master Wu – 6:15-7:15pm. Beginning in October, Thursday night qigong class is back. This healing art strengthens and balances our internal energy. Check website for a confirmed start date. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.

Tai Chi 24 Posture – 7:30-8:30pm. Thursday night tai chi will resume the beginning of Oct. Learn the Beginner 24 Posture Tai Chi. Students new to WOD are invited to attend a trial class. Call to enroll. $210/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave., East Providence. 401-435-6502.

friday Dynamic Stretch Class – 11:30am-12:30pm. Lengthen muscles and feel rejuvenated with this wonderful combination of stretch and movement. All welcome. $20. Providence Pilates Center, 189 Cole Ave, Providence. 401-480-0193. HEARTful Parents – 6:30-8pm. 2nd & 4th Friday. Relax and recharge; an opportunity for parents and caregivers time to de-stress and develop tools to help themselves and family thrive. Explore mindfulness and meditation. $20. Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center, 235 High St, Bristol.. 401-680-3555.


Pilates Mat – 6:30-7:30pm. 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.

Barre Balance – 9:15-10:15am. Community class will incorporate work on the ballet barre for increased overall core strength, stability and flexibility. Pay what you can. $0-$15. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-467-4325.

Restorative Yoga for Deep Relaxation – 6:307:45pm. This yoga calms the nervous system, promotes healing, and teaches you how to quiet the mind and deeply relax. No prior experience needed. Teacher has advanced training. $15/class, $56/4 wks; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Kripalu Yoga: Cumberland – 9:45-11am. A mindfulness-based yoga, emphasizing individual growth and the healing of body, mind and soul. Experienced teacher. Beginners welcome. $12-$13/ Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. New students: $49/1 month unlimited. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Angel Meet with Cards and Meditation – 6:308pm. Every other Thursday, Sept 8 & 22, we gather together and pull cards for messages and after we do a guided meditation. We have a great friendly group of people. $10. Positive New Beginnings Holistic and Wellness Center, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

Pilates Tower Class – 11am-12pm. This class is performed on the Pilates apparatus called the tower. Based in exercises of Joseph Pilates and uses springs for resistance work. Class limited to 5 students. $30. Providence Pilates Center, 189 Cole Ave, Providence. 401-480-0193.

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.

Parent (Adult) & Child Yoga – 11:15am-12:30pm. Our kids have too much stress. Fun and relaxing yoga class to share with child(ren). Basic yoga postures and relaxation techniques. Register for 4 wks, starts 9/17. $80/1 Adult & 1 Child, Siblings free. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.


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chiropractic Dr. Richard Picard 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967

With 25 years of experience, Dr. Picard has helped thousands of patients recover from various health challenges with chiropractic care. Dr. Picard is unique; he looks at the body from a holistic perspective and focuses on wellness.  He provides traditional nutrition and natural medicine to help heal the tissues of the body that are in need of repair.  This in combination with chiropractic care creates a dynamic healing response within the body.  Don’t deal with your pain and health challenges alone, call someone who cares.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS fireseed center for transformation

Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 • Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access root causes of imbalance and shamanic techniques to connect you to your own power. Depth hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change. Office and phone sessions available.

Esthetician 360 FACE MIND BODY

Michelle Maynard 635 Arnold Rd, Coventry, RI 401-886-1938 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 9.

Jahmeir Skincare Studio 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851

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 unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 15.

Iris Thomason

Massage Envy Spa 1000 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, RI 02920 401-275-4900 Specializing in customized therapeutic skincare services. Massage Envy offers Murad facials and products. The Murad approach is a three-step process that focuses on healing your skin from the inside out. As a graduate of the Elizabeth Grady school of Esthetics and Massage Therapy, Iris specializes in providing facial services that promote healthy skin through relaxation, skincare education, and therapeutic massage techniques. See ad on page 11.

Expressive art therapy Kinetic Expressions, LLC: Holistic Healing and Movement Center

Kerri Peterson Weaver, R-DMT, M.A. 400 Reservoir Avenue, Suite LL-O Providence, RI 02907 (located on the lower level of the Calart Tower) 401-467- HEAL • We provide an integrated therapeutic approach offering Expressive Art Therapies, holistic wellness and counseling. If you or your teen is struggling, let us hold a safe, creative and supportive space to find your personal way of healing and recreate connections to your wholeself: body, mind and spirit. See ad on page 10.

foot detox Lisa Indish

Healing in Harmony Wellness Center 185 Putnam Pike (Route 44) Chepachet, RI 401-949-5533 The ONLY place to receive the BEST Ionic Foot Detox Spa Sessions, uniquely created and designed by Lisa Indish, that truly are a Body, Mind, and Spirit “Experience”. You’ll feel balanced, invigorated, and rejuvenated to a healthier and happier YOU!

hair salon Flipp Hair Salon and Reflexology Center

38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup,refexology,acupuncture,ma ssage and herbalism. See ad on page 27.

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

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

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

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

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Oak Moon: Creative Pathways to Spirit

Colleen K. Kelley 235 High Street, Reynolds School, Bristol RI 401-429-8212 Colleen is a Nature-Centered Artist and Aes Sidhe Shaman who offers profound liberation through creative self-exploration, story-medicine and private shamanic sessions. At Colleen’s Oak Moon Art Studio, you will experience an environment grounded in spirited, artful adventures to engage your own joyful self-discovery and happiness. See ad on page 4.

Soul Wisdom Healing @ The Womens Well

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The Petteruti Center

250 Centerville Road, Building E Warwick, RI 401-921-5934 Dr. Petteruti is a triple-board certified physician designed to bring you the very best in anti-aging, concierge medicine, weight loss, hormones, and aesthetic services. The Drip Bar, which is located inside the Center, provides IV Vitamin Infusions for energy, immunity, cancer, Lyme, detox, and weight loss. See ad on page 9.

holistic psychotherapy Intuitive Therapy

Melissa Hecht, MSW, LICSW 1300 Park Ave, Woonsocket, RI 508-951-9828 Holistic psychotherapy for individuals and couples, this unique approach brings about true and lasting healing with safe and nurturing support. Through personalized combinations of modalities clients receive treatment that best fits them. Also offering Reiki Healing sessions, Integrated Energy Therapy and workshops on: empowerment, healing, meditation and all levels of Reiki.

Soul Love: Children’s Wellness Center Bethany Vendituoli, LICSW 235 High Street Bristol RI 401-680-3555

Counseling and group work for children and families, utilizing a holistic and intuitive approach to assist clients in coming back into alignment with their authentic selves. Through heart centered mindfulness based practices and creative selfexpression, clients strengthen their acceptance of themselves and others, cultivate empathy, awareness and self-love.

Homeopathy With Joy

182 Gano St, #1 Providence RI 860-529-8313 Do you or your family have a homeopath? Homeopathy, holistic medicine, is the second fastest growing method of health care worldwide. Joy Pacitto MS, CCH, a board certified classical homeopath is honored to offer homeopathic health services to Rhode Island, her home state. Book your Free 20 minute complimentary consultation.

hypnotherapy Newport Center for Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Training Suzi Nance, CHT, CI 123 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 401-835-1736 Ready for change? Using the power of your subconscious, hypnosis can make it happen!! Call now to schedule a sessions to get healthy, quit smoking, de-stress, rid yourself of limiting thoughts, fears and phobias or find your inner strength, passion or motivation. Thinking of a New Career? Think Hypnosis! We offer The National Guild of Hypnosis Certified Training Course, call for more information..

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

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

Thought Alchemy’s Transformation Center

Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 • Transform yourself and achieve your goals through the trans-formative healing process of hypnotherapy! Aren’t you tired of talking about it and thinking about it? We specialize in Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis for weight loss. Call today. See ad on page 35.

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

intuitive counseling The Carrington Agency

Ron Ash 39 Carrington Street, Suite 202 Lincoln, RI 561-203-0228 347-537-GIFT The best way to predict the future is to create it. An Intuitive Life Coach takes a Metaphysical approach to Intuitive Counseling; identifying root issues, accessing key problems and formulating a highly effective approach and resolution. Through proven Intuitive Coaching Techniques an Intuitive Life Coach can help you to move confidently in the direction of your dreams.

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

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 27.

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Farmacy Herbs Dr. Marcy Feibelman, ND 28 Cemetery St Providence, RI 508-343-0580 Marcy@ Holistic Medicine and individual patient care. Safe and effective natural solutions including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Supporting you on your journey to health.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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

nutrition response testing NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 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 17.

organic hair color Elaine Hewitt

Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • Let your imagination go— naturally! A full service salon that’s Certified organic for hair color, straightening/relaxing, permanent wave. No Ammonia, parabens, plastics or Thioglycolates. Call today for an appointment! Like me on FB. 50% Off all new clients only. See ad on page 39.

personal sobriety counselor Cindy Jones, MA/CRC, LMHC

Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 Maintaining sobriety can be a difficult and lonely journey.  Not everyone is comfortable attending groups and some would like to maintain their privacy. Allow me to show you how to regain your self-respect, rebuild relationships with family and friends and enjoy the life you deserve. Most insurances accepted. 

psychological and spiritual inquiry Diamond Approach for Inner Realization

Gregory Knight, Ordained Teacher 220 Waterman Avenue East Providence, RI 401-724-8426 •

The Diamond Approach is a psychologically informed spiritual teaching. Learn a precise method of inquiry to penetrate your unconscious beliefs and reactivities. Realize and express the various aspects of your essential nature including true compassion, strength and peace. Greg Knight is an ordained Diamond Approach Teacher and Advanced Rolfing Practitioner.

reiki Inner Love and Light Nicole Casale RM/T Warwick, RI Cell Phone: 914-216-8660

We have been blessed with the loving energy of Holy Fire II Reiki. Nicole Casale Reiki Master/Teacher is certified in both Holy Fire II Karuna® and Usui Reiki. Reiki Healing Sessions and Certification Training Workshops are offered for all levels on a flexible schedule.

reiki / angel card readings Ascension Nxt LLC 176 Main Street East Greenwich, RI 401-228-8348

Looking to release unwanted energies? Or maybe you would like to enhance your intuitive abilities? Ashley V. is an Usui and Lighterian Reiki Master , I.E.T. Master Teacher and Intuitive/Angel Card Reader that offers healings and one on one sessions to help you become more confident with your inner abilities. Call to book appointment today.

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

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

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

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

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 33.

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.

therapeutic massage Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

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

cathryn moskow, lcmt

120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 Over 10,000+ hours of restorative muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.


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

yoga & holistic health center All That Matters

Providence, East Greenwich, South Kingstown 401-782-2126 • All That Matters, founded in 1995, offers more than 100 weekly yoga classes at three locations across the state. The South Kingstown center also offers an array of workshops, a retail store, and health services ranging from acupuncture and chiropractic to massage therapy. See ad on page 31.


wellness center

40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-524-4766


Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 4.


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

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ~Plato

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