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ope, as a concept, was on my mind one day recently while on a walk with Bill. I had just started another 21-day meditation challenge with Oprah and Deepak Chopra. I really enjoy these; I like that they show up in my email as a gentle reminder that meditation is a good for you. I like that their themes vary, and that they include a centering thought and a mantra to help focus. While not always perfect with them, each time I start a new 21-day challenge I have great hope that I will complete it and learn from it. As this round is focused on Hope in Uncertain Times, I found myself contemplating the word “hope”. The conversation on our walk quickly came to the intersection of hope, faith and reality. There was some traffic on the road as we walked. As cars passed by, I wondered which drivers were approaching their situation from one of several different perspectives. They could hope they arrived to work on time; they could have faith they would get to their destination safely; or the reality, depending on action taken by each individual, could come down to retaining or losing one’s job—one more late arrival could mean the loss of a job, whereas leaving slightly earlier saved one’s job. I live in that intersection of hope, faith, and reality, with a heavy leaning toward hope most of the time, and I think it is in large part because I do have faith that things will work out. And generally they do because, in reality, I am aware of moving forward, trying to do the right thing and recognizing that I don’t like the opposite of hope. Words like pessimism and despair come to mind and those are places I do not want to live. In another month of great editorial, our feature article “Natural Motherhood” instructs us to follow our intuition to ensure the best start for a new life. We also have several local articles about overcoming infertility through diet, massage and shifting perspective. In “Heart-Based Leadership”, Linda Seachrist tells us about women mobilizing to heal the world. In The Joys of Grandparenting, we are reminded how important the role or grandparents is to provide the space to be joyful with the grandchildren, release expectations, just be present and enjoy. I hope you enjoy this issue; I hope that you learn something from it; I hope that it helps you in some way on your journey. The reality is that by just picking it up and reading it, you have taken action and are on your way to a more rewarding life. Let Spring renew your hope and Happy Mother’s Day to many,

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newsbriefs Hair Analysis and Drinking Water Testing Now Available at Nature’s Wisdom Wellness


ature’s Wisdom Wellness is now offering Hair Mineral Analysis services to clients. Each client will receive a copy of the test results, which includes a graphic illustration of levels and ratios; a complete individualized evaluation and detailed discussion of the patient’s metabolic type, current mineral levels and ratios, and their impact upon body chemistry; recommendations of specific foods and food groups, along with an explanation of why each food is suggested; and supplement recommendations based upon age, sex, metabolic type, mineral patterns and specific need as seen on the tissue mineral analysis and other accompanying clinical test data. Canine hair analysis is also offered, with each pet owner receiving a copy of the test results (graphic illustration of levels and ratios) and individualized supplement recommendations based solely upon hair mineral pattern. In addition, Informational Drinking Water Chemistry Report Testing is also now available, and includes testing for all metals currently listed on EPA primary and secondary regulatory drinking water contaminants, in addition to other potential elements. The test, which also includes fluoride and PH levels, contains a brief informative listing of potential causes, risks and/or effects of elevated EPA recognized contaminants, and is intended for informational purposes the support! Thank you to everyone who made phone only and cannot be used for regulaand money, visited our tables, and tory rooted us this year. or legalfor purposes.

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he Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP) has drafted bills HB5474 and SB327 to license naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island. Both bills have been assigned to their respective House and Senate health committees. According to RIANP president Marcy Feibelman, the bill hearing with the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee in mid-March went well. Rhode Island is the only state in New England that does not license naturopathic doctors. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a similar bill into Bay State law this past January. A fundraising campaign to support Rhode Island’s legislative efforts is ongoing. To donate, visit Email or call Rhode Island legislators to encourage them to pass these bills in RI. To email, visit Naturopathic. org/lac#/51 and/or call at NaturopathRI Association of Naturopathic Physicians Pre-formatted emails and call scripts are provided. 

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NAMI’s Bridging the Gaps Conference Unites Mental Health Community


he National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Rhode Island will present its annual Bridging the Gaps conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 10, at Providence College’s Slavin Center. This full-day event brings together mental health professionals, consumers, family members, legislators, advocates and friends for a day of learning and discussion. The theme of this year’ conference is Heroes and Allies: Changing the Conversation. Bridging the Gaps features more than a dozen workshops as well as keynote presentations by Dr. James Sullivan of Butler Hospital, NAMI RI Peer Program Manager Jeremiah Rainville and NAMI family member Jean Marandola. NAMI’s second annual Black History Event will take place during lunch, featuring the presentation “A Tribute to the Mental Health Care Achievements of the Obama Administration.” “This conference is open to anyone interested in moving mental illness out of the shadows and into the public discussion,” says NAMI RI Executive Director Cindy Elder. “Whether you’re a health care professional, a person living with a mental illness, a family member looking for solutions, or an interested community member, you are welcome here. The power of this conference is learning side by side with the diverse array of people involved in mental health, in an environment where everyone’s voice is equally respected.” Cost: $20 (free for NAMI RI members) plus $15 for lunch. Location: 1 Cunningham Sq., Providence. Register online at, or contact NAMI at 401-331-3060 or Deadline for registration is May 4. 

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Concordia Raises Funds for Teen Group


oncordia Center for Spiritual Living is holding a Teen Fundraising Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 13, at the Concordia Center, in Warwick. Anyone interested in donating items to be sold (clothing, furniture and household items are most popular) can deliver items between 4:40 and 7 p.m., May 12. All items must be in good condition. A second fundraiser, Concordia’s Got Talent – Talent Show and Bake Sale will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 20. This was a huge hit last year and is back by popular demand. Past performances have included comedy skits, dancing, singing, instrumental music; anything goes in Concordia’s safe and judgment-free zone. This fun night will help raise funds for Concordia’s teen activities. Call 401-732-1552 for ticket prices and sale locations.   Finally, anyone who is interested may sponsor a teen for Concordia’s Science of the Mind Summer Camp in Idylwild, California this July. Teens at this camp work on self empowerment and support of each other through workshops based on the Science of Mind Principles of divine love, creative thought and oneness. Sponsorships include: full ($1,400), half ($700), third ($470) and quarter ($350), or any donation that is comfortable is greatly appreciated. For more information, call Betty Kornitzer at 401-932-1515 or JoAnne Hanrahan at 401-996-3492, or Concordia Center at (401) 732-1552. Location: Concordia Center, 92 West Shore Rd.,Warwick. For more information call 401-996-3492 or visit See ad on page 27.

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rovidence Perfume will be holding its annual Mother’s Day Custom Perfume Event from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 14. Each mother and daughter duo receives an individual one-hour time at the Perfume Bar to enjoy tea, mimosas and light canapé while each creates her own signature perfume together. Price includes mini perfumery lesson, refreshments, and two custom perfumes: one for Mom and one for daughter/son/husband. Another event, Creating Colognes: Formulating with Citrus, Green, Fresh and Unisex Compositions, will take place over two days from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 6, and from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 7. Many assume the term cologne refers to a scent marked for men, but the true definition of cologne is a light scent that is typically formulated with a fresh citrus note. In these two sessions participants will learn how to create beautiful unique colognes. Students will create their versions of classic and citrus styles of cologne to take home. Other classes offered in May include Basic Perfumery on May 10 and a weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course the weekend of May 20 and 21. Cost: Mother’s Day $125, Creating Colognes $450. Location: Providence Perfume, 13 Angel St., Providence. To register and for more information, visit See ad on page 13.

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earn ways to reduce the harmful effects of stress during a free, experiential workshop taking place at 6:30 p.m., May 17, at Mystic-Noank Library, in Connecticut, and repeated at 6:30 pm, May 23, at the Westerly Public Library. Presented by acupuncturist Gregory Fessenden, MBA, MS, and naturopathic physician, Gwenn Rosenberg, ND, both of Anguilla Park in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, Resilience Under Stress discusses the stress response as a means for survival and how to prevent the harmful effects of stress hormones. The discussion covers acupuncture, guided relaxation and foods that build resilience, along with a 20-minute guided relaxation experience, with optional ear acupuncture. Cost: Free. Location: Mystic-Noank Library, 40 Library St., Mystic, CT; Westerly Public Library, 44 W. Broad St., Westerly. For more information, call 860-661-4662 or visit

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he First Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island will be hosting its bi-annual Holistic Psychic Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 20, in East Providence. All are welcome to attend this event which will showcase many different modalities including mediumship, psychic readings, angel card readings, tarot readings, reiki, chair massage, a John of God crystal healing bed, vendors and more. Admittance is free; attendees pay for services they wish to experience. Individuals are invited to take a day to celebrate themselves and receive the guidance and healing they deserve. Come and explore the different modalities available and discover the tools which are available to help each person progress along his/her own personal journey of healing and growth. Cost: Free attendance; prices for services vary. Location: 83 S. Rose St., East Providence. For more information, visit See ad on page 11.

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newsbriefs Two-Day Quest For Mastery Workshop with Randall Monk


n May 20 and 21, Jackie Van Dusen from the Meeting Nest at Acorn Cottage, in Wakefield, will be hosting a two-day Quest For Mastery workshop presented by Randall Monk, from Reno, Nevada. Participants will learn how to maintain a constant level of alpha brain waves tuned into a constant stream of cosmic wisdom; eliminate unwanted habits and see life’s challenges, tasks and opportunities in a different light; build a stronger immune system; enhance ESP abilities and creativity; and develop a life-changing connection to one’s higher self. Participants will also learn to be more aware, more alert and more attuned to what is going on around them, gain confidence and a strong sense of self-esteem, as well as harmonize the right and left hemispheres of the brain in order to transmute and change negative, limiting thought patterns. “Change can be easy and change can be difficult,” says Van Dusen. “With the right tools we have the ability to move through life with ease and grace, encountering life’s challenges as if they were mere speed bumps in a parking lot. This program is for those who want the tools to move through life with ease and grace and are willing to take action to acquire them.” Cost: $222. To pre-register and for exact directions to The Meeting Nest at Acorn Cottage, call Jackie Van Dusen at 401-284-0363 or email See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Greening the Sphere Organizes Sustainability Festival in Warren


reening the Sphere, a newly founded nonprofit organization, will be hosting its first-annual sustainability festival, designed by its youth council and adult members, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 17, at Hope & Main, in Warren. The festival is free and open to the public. The sustainability festival features speakers, workshops and child-friendly activities that are meant to actively engage festival participants in learning and implementing sustainable practices in everyday life. Some topics covered include: in-case-of-emergency (ICE) preparation, foraging, permaculture, waste management, bee keeping, organic food education, production and utilization of natural dyes, and local farming. The festival gathers renowned speakers from various fields, some that will be announced in newsletters leading up to the festival. Food purchases can be made throughout the day from carefully selected, sustainabilityoriented food vendors. Greening the Sphere, as an organization, is committed to developing and sustaining a heart-centered relationship with the Earth and its inhabitants. The organization emphasizes the importance of youth cooperation and engagement in stewardship of our Earth through grassroots organizing and community building. It aims to green (heal) the sphere by empowering youth and sustaining collective cooperation in communities and greater environments. Cost: Free. Location: Hope & Main, 691 Main St., Warren. To be added to Greening the Sphere’s newsletter or to obtain more information on how to get involved, email Shari at Follow on social media: Facebook: Greening the Sphere; Twitter: GreenTheSphere; Instagram: GreeningTheSphere. See ad on page 7.


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Health and Wellness Advocates Wanted for Pawtuxet Valley Wellness Day


MW Productions, LLC is currently seeking health and wellness advocates to join its First Annual Pawtuxet Valley Wellness Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 4, at the West Warwick Civic Center. The goal of this event is to showcase the health resources located in the Pawtuxet Valley and surrounding community. Businesses that fit into one of the seven dimensions of wellness—physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, financial, social and environmental—are encouraged to showcase their business and promote wellness in the local community at the event. Register by June 1 using discount code PVWELLNESS10 for a $10 discount off registration. Submission deadline is August 1. Register at pvwellnessday2017. For questions, call Tarah Warner at 401-589-1321 or visit See ad on page 9.

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Negative Stereotypes Sabotage Girl Soccer Players


esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players and the other half read a piece about the growing popularity of the sport. The players that read the negative article needed significantly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women.



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Prenatal Omega-3 Reduces Kids’ Asthma Risk

DNA Markers Link Lifespan to Nutrition


elomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a follow-up examination and compared these results with the nutrition information. The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.

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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—longchain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”



Even One Drink Daily Increases Melanoma Risk


study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires to measure alcohol consumption. Comparing the results to instances of melanoma among the participants, they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than non-drinkers. “The clinical and biological significance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated individuals, counseling regarding alcohol use may be an appropriate strategy to reduce risks of melanoma, as well as other cancers,” explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the university.

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esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between averagespeed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi.

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tudies estimate that greater than 50 percent of pregnant women will suffer from lower back pain, with one third of them claiming severe pain that reduces quality of life. Of those affected, 80 percent claim that their lower back pain affects their daily routine, and 10 percent report that they are unable to work. The majority of women are affected in their first pregnancy. The most common pain patterns associated with pregnancy are lumbar (lower back pain) and posterior pelvic pain (pain over the sacrum and gluteal regions). Other symptoms include sciatica which is pain radiating down into one or both lower extremities. Lumbar pain during pregnancy is generally located at and above the waist in the center of the back. This low back pain may or may not be concurrent with pain that radiates into the leg or foot. In general, lumbar pain during pregnancy is similar to lower back pain experienced by non-pregnant women. This type of pain typically increases with prolonged postures such as sitting, standing or repetitive lifting. Tenderness may also be present in the muscles along the spine during pregnancy. Posterior pelvic pain is four times more prevalent than lumbar pain in pregnancy. It is a deep pain felt below the waistline, and/or below on either side across the tailbone. Such pregnancy pelvic pain may be experienced on one or both sides. During pregnancy, the maternal body undergoes various structural changes to accommodate the growing fetus. As pregnancy progresses, these changes have a profound effect on the daily functioning of the pregnant patient. The release of such hormones as relaxin and progesterone changes the body’s physiology, which can exaggerate anatomic stresses in the maternal body.


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Relaxin, which starts to be released around the 10th to 12th week of pregnancy, causes laxity within the sacroiliac joints and pubic symphysis to allow for widening of the pelvic girdle. As the pelvis begins to tilt anteriorly, the lumbar lordosis increases, which places an increased stretch on the extensor muscles of the trunk and on the sacroiliac joints, leading to increased low back and pelvic pain. Furthermore, as the fetus descends into the widened pelvis, the increased pressure on the lumbosacral plexus can induce sciatic pain and paresthesia in the leg. Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat musculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, shoulder, hip or leg pain and headaches. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs), often referred to as chiropractors, practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.  In many cases, such as lower back pain and pregnancy, chiropractic care may be a patient’s primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic services may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with pregnancy. Several studies showed that chiropractic care is safe and associated with improved outcomes in pregnancy related low back pain. Here are a few steps that can be taken to help reduce back pain while pregnant: n Use exercises approved by your health care provider that support and help strengthen the back and abdomen. Squat to pick up something instead of bending over. n Avoid high heels and other shoes that do not provide adequate support. n Try sleeping with a pillow between your knees and avoid sleeping on your back n Consider having your back adjusted by a chiropractor or getting a massage by a therapist familiar with pregnancy related therapy n Listen to your body, avoid things that make you uncomfortable and get plenty of rest. Dr. Richard Picard is unique as he utilizes instrument-assisted spinal manipulation where there is no “cracking” sensation associated with treatment. Gentle tapping spinal adjustments will restore normal function to the area and provide relief of muscular tightness. This provides a more comfortable experience for the patient and significant pain relief in a short period of time. His chiropractic practice is located at 342 Atwood Ave., Cranston. For more information, call 401-9426967 or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.


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eing a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoniously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; however, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents

wise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities. “It’s easier for grandparents to accept grandkids for who they are and just be

Create new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them a sense of history,” advises author Susan Moon. Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says art therapist Patricia Salem. When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve—like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon. Invite grandchildren to try out meditation or breathing techniques practiced by their elders. “It can help lessen the stresses they encounter in school and at home,” says Salem. “Be careful to foster cooperation rather than competition in any shifting relationship with a child-turned-parent,” advises psychotherapist Carolyn Tucker. Otherwise, it can create chaos, undermine a parent’s confidence and strain relationships. For more advice on being a great grandparent, visit

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joyful with them. They get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.”


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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like almonds, avocados, legumes, kale and spinach. To increase milk production, add fennel to meals or smoothies, or turn to capsules.

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for


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advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, on maintaining your own good health walking or light jogging three to five and surround yourself with people that times a week, for 20 minutes a day. have experienced a normal birth. Plan “Squatting like a child on your haunchto have uplifting support during the es is a great exercise for childbirth,” she birthing process and in the postpartum says, noting that 20 squats daily will period.” strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an A woman easily influenced by exercise ball instead of a desk chair others might ask her doula, midwife or or couch also engages core muscles, spouse to be her advocate. A woman while improving posture. that needs to exercise control might “Regular exercise brings more seek such assistance for peace of mind, energy, better sleep, reduced stress, knowing that her wishes will be folhigher spirits, better odds of an easy lowed. labor, faster post-delivery recovery and “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to reduced risk of gestational diabetes and be avoided in conversations about high blood pressure during pregnancy,” labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the Bregman finds. She recommends a strength of contractions. They are doing prenatal yoga practice that includes exactly what your body needs to do breathing and visualizations. This give birth.” As a midwife, she helps restorative form of yoga offers gentle The connections established to moms relax and embrace these instretching, promotes good circulation tensely important sensations by focusbetween mother and and naturally supports relief or healing ing on what is going on in their body. of many possible pregnancy ailments. child are much stronger Research published in the journal Cell “To alleviate physical distress, Adhesion & Migration shows that the when she progresses through try chiropractic prenatal care,” says hormones released during labor enter Phillips. Light finger contact from an pregnancy and birth from into the baby’s immune system to also experienced practitioner helps realign strengthen the child. a natural perspective. bony segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can ~Kristy Wilson Spark the Spirit adjust so the mom’s body maintains its Affirmations can positively state the balance and the baby is free to move.” mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the meminclude: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. I am branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. choosing the right path for my birth. I trust my body and my instincts. I have all the support I need.” Wilson recommends Prepare the Mind choosing two to four that resonate, repeating them every “Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you morning while gazing into the mirror, placing them on the with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara

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refrigerator door and even having them pop up on a smartphone. “Meditation prepares you for childbirth and can also be soothing during labor by offering tools that push away fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, breathing out, I smile.” To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet room with eyes closed. For women new to meditation, Wilson suggests lighting a scented or colored candle and noticing the colors and movement of the flame for something physical to focus on. “This calming practice is important because labor becomes like a meditation,” she says. The mother copes through the contraction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

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Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for lowCaesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Blessing the Birth

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he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up


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with affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”


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“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

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How Genetics Can Affect Reproduction by Gay Ben Tré

What does the science of genetics reveal about the blueprint we have inherited for the complex, orderly, predictable unfolding of physiological events that are required for reproduction? How can we use the latest research findings to our advantage?


ach one of the developmental events is the result of signaling of the DNA and RNA in the cells of the parents and child. The DNA/ RNA must be signaled to turn on, and when the next stage of development is ready to occur, the DNA/RNA must be signaled to turn off, or silence, so the next stage can be signaled. If these signals are not given and the sequence of events is disrupted, the results can be seen in infertility, miscarriage, preeclampsia, prolonged or difficult labor, premature birth, defects in the brain, spine or spinal cord of the baby, and certain developmental or neurological delays that may include autism and downs syndrome. This list is far from exhaustive.

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Geneticists have identified a particular group of genes, including the MTHFR, which are key in the signaling. When a parent has a mutation (SNP) in one or more of these genes, the signaling

is disrupted. In the last century, folic acid supplementation was added to prenatal supplements and processed foods to help insure healthy signaling. Studies have measured a decrease in birth defects, in particular. However, the latest research shows that if a woman has one or more mutations in these key genes, she may be unable to completely break down and absorb the folic acid. In fact, this synthetic form of folate may well accumulate and create toxicity for mom and baby. And for women who rely on whole food supplements, these same genetic mutations prevent the breaking down and absorbing of folate. This means that neither folic acid nor whole food folate adequately supply mom and baby. Estimates vary that between 20 percent and as many as 50 percent of Americans have these mutations. The good news is that there are non-toxic broken down forms of the key vitamins now available over the counter to effectively compensate if you have a mutation(s). Dr. Gay Ben Tré is a doctor of acupuncture, a master of Chinese herbal medicine and a registered nurse. For more than three decades, she has specialized in supporting the health of women and children. Her practice is located at 2 Richmond Square, Ste. 105, Providence. For more information, call 401207-4670 or visit See ad on this page.

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■ Decrease one’s intake of saturated fatty acids as these may increase the incidence of morning sickness.

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■ Increase ginger in the diet; add it to vegetable juices, teas and recipes to help reduce nausea and relieve indigestion.

Lifestyle factors for a healthy pregnancy: sleep, stress management and exercise

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The time a baby spends in utero is an equally important time for the mother, as she is the primary builder of this new life. Maintaining harmony with nature by optimizing the innate abilities of a woman’s body to create new life is critical for a successful natural pregnancy and birth. Diet tips for a healthy pregnancy One of the most common discomforts of pregnancy is the morning sickness that usually appears during the first trimester. The nauseous feeling mothers-to-be may have is a result of the increased hormones in her body. While doctors recognize morning sickness as a good sign that the placenta is developing well, it can become overwhelming to the mother. Herbal teas such as ginger, chamomile, peppermint, raspberry leaf and spearmint may help to calm the stomach, reducing nausea and vomiting and increase the daily intake of water. Pregnancy is one time in a woman’s life when the goal is to pack pounds. But it’s important to keep the weight within a healthy range for her body type. Here are some general guidelines to keep weight gain on track and optimize digestion:

■ Ensure optimal hydration (at least 2 liters of water/ day) as chronic dehydration can lead to serious pregnancy complications, including neural tube defects, low amniotic fluid, inadequate breast milk production and even premature labor. These risks, in turn, can lead to birth defects due to lack of water and nutritional support for the baby. ■ It has also been speculated that suboptimal quantities of water consumed by the mother during pregnancy may lead to thirst from the unborn fetus and manifest as nausea. ■ Eat small meals regularly and adequate amounts of quality protein to help sustain blood sugar levels throughout the day. ■ Consume quality proteins such as lean red meat, organic chicken, free range eggs, nuts, seeds and organic tofu.

It is critical for pregnant women to get adequate rest and sleep. Sleep cleans out the neurological database, allowing for one to feel rested and to think clearly. It also helps to improve the immune system and the brain function, not to mention one’s skin and mood. Sleep helps boost growth hormone, the ultimate rejuvenating hormone that helps to keep an ideal body weight and shape. Sleep becomes extra important to pregnant mothers because they need growth hormone for developing the placenta and uterus. Sleep also helps counteract many of the stresses of pregnancy by ensuring fetal development during tough times. Women’s fears and attitudes to childbirth may influence stress levels, the maternity care they receive and the outcomes of birth. In a study conducted in 2012 by Haines et al., three groups of expecting women were formed. Belonging to the ‘Fearful’ group had a negative effect on women’s emotional health during pregnancy and increased the likelihood of a negative birth experience. Both women in the ‘Take it as it comes’ and the ‘Fearful’ group had higher odds of having an elective caesarean compared to women in the ‘Self Determiners’ group.  Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout pregnancy can help women stay healthy and feel their best. Regular exercise can improve posture and decrease some common discomforts such as backaches and fatigue. There is evidence that physical activity may prevent gestational diabetes, relieve stress and build more stamina needed for labor

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Pregnancy supplements should contain the recommended daily allowance of many of the important nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, iron, folic acid, zinc, iodine, B vitamins and fish oil. This will ensure optimal levels of nutrition through out the pregnancy and reduce any deficiencies. A newly pregnant lady experiences shifts in hormonal status (estrogen/ progesterone) and this change in hormones may cause thrush or candida symptoms (bloating, constipation, flatulence, vaginal mucus discharge, or white coating on the tongue) in some women. When the baby is delivered by a vaginal birth, it receives a dose of healthy bacteria to begin life with strong immunity and digestive health. Taking a probiotic during pregnancy will help to make certain that the vaginal canal has a good supply of beneficial bacteria and minimal unfavorable bacteria. Giving birth is a natural process that should not be interfered with unless necessary. In optimal conditions, being pregnant and giving birth are natural life experience for which a woman’s body is well designed. By supporting the body’s own instinctive knowledge, we create an internal and external environment of health for a new life to thrive. Dr. Martine Delonnay is the founder of Healing Journey LLC, located in the Sage Healing Collaborative at 201Waterman Ave., East Providence. She is a naturopathic doctor licensed in the states of VT and NH, and a member of the AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physician), MSND (Massachussets Association of Naturopathic Doctors) and the RIANP (Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physician). For more information, call 617-401-5076 or visit See ad on page 17. 401.773.9997

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Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig


hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about


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450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

DIY Milks



With fresh ingredients, a high-speed blender and a reusable nut milk bag or strainer, we can make our own alternative milk in minutes at home.

Optional: Add a preferred flavoring. Pour into a container and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Coconut Milk

Yields: About 4 cups

Yields: About 3 cups

1 cup raw, unsalted organic whole almonds ½ tsp sea salt 4 cups pure filtered water Sea salt, stevia, agave nectar, honey, a date, vanilla bean or lemon juice

2 cups hot water 1 cup fresh organic, unsweetened, shredded coconut

Using a high-powered blender, start blending on low and increase to high to reach a smooth milk consistency.

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Strain through a nut milk bag to remove any almond skin or pieces.

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Place hot water, and then shredded coconut, in a high-speed blender, starting on low speed and increasing to high for a total of three minutes. Strain the coconut milk through a nut milk bag into a container. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state.


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Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a

dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as selfcalming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine (

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. ~Will Rogers

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MONDAY, MAY 1 Country Dance Program – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for a country dancing lesson presented by Lois Meinhardt. No experience necessary. Lighten up your Monday mood with an evening of dancing. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Register:

THURSDAY, MAY 4 Meditation & Near Death Experiences – 10:3011:30am. Humans have had NDE since time immemorial. Learn about these experiences, the effects it had on their lives and how spirituality and meditation emerge as the universal link. Free. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 99 Peirce St, East Greenwich. 401-884-4116. Awakening Through Drum Healing – 2-4pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. To register: 401-736-6500 or Special Monthly Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:30pm. Yoga nidra is an ancient form of meditation that allows you to effortlessly disengage from restrictive physical, mental and emotional patterning. $10, free/members. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

FRIDAY, MAY 5 Crystal Bowl Chakra Yoga – 7-8:30pm. A powerful and soothing gentle yoga session with crystal bowls attuned to each energy point in the body. The vibration releases held tension and tight muscles while using breath and movement. $25/pre-register, $30/at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-632-7254. Journey to the Elements – 7:30-8:45pm. Join us by journeying to the elements, this will assist in soul retrieval. Returning healed soul parts to the self will help heal past trauma. Facilitated by Paul DiSegna of $10 donation. 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. To register: 401-722-9876, Saving Your Sight – 7:30-9:30pm. Join optometrist, acupuncturist and author Marc Grossman and discover simple therapeutic exercises to improve a variety of vision problems. $20. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-5pm. Experience an hour session with the John of God crystal healing bed. An intuitive opening and healing like no other. $30. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. To schedule an appt, Ernie 401-641-3516.


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markyourcalendar Creating Colognes – May 6 & 7. 10:30am-5pm, Saturday; 10:30am-2pm, Sunday. If you love clean, fresh or citrus forward scents this is the class for you. Focus will be on four distinct styles of cologne formulation: the classic cologne, the citrus forward fragrance composition, the green/ fresh cologne and the floral forward cologne. Create and take home. $450. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. RSVP: Youth Workshop with Zandra – 11:30am-1pm. Interactive workshop with the use of deep breathing, meditation, and an expressive arts activity/ play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self expression. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Please RSVP: 401-741-5055. Tea and Tarot at Gather Herbs – 12-5pm. Delight in handcrafted Spring Tonics while delving into your future with Soul Wisdom Tarot. $1/ min (15 min minimum), appointments and walk ins welcome. $15 minimum for readings. Gather Herbs, 312 Broadway, Newport. 401-228-3312. Healthy Living As We Age – 2:30-4pm. A women’s discussion group. Connect with other women to laugh, talk and discuss issues of aging important to you. Tea will be served too. Free. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidenck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

MONDAY, MAY 8 Relax, Restore, Renew – 4-6pm. Replenish your body, mind and spirit with a practice of gentle movement followed by deeply supported poses, soothing breath-work, guided relaxation and a mantra. $25. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidenck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Exploring Spiritual Healing – 6:30-9pm. Come explore the wonderful healing energies of Spirit. You can take part in the experience or just sit back and see what you feel. Meeting twice in May on the 8 & 22. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

TUESDAY, MAY 9 Drumming Circle with Karmle Conrad – 6:308:30pm. Join the Cape Cod Psychic, Karmle Conrad, 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.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 Paint and Express with Zandra – 9-11:30am. Enjoy a morning of self-expression, awareness and a little creativity. Using some exercises as you tap into your conscious and subconscious to explore your self. $45 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Proprioceptive Writing® – 12:30-2:15pm. Gain confidence, clarity and insight in this 6-wk mindfulness practice. Meets Wednesdays with Kim Chandler. Gain confidence as you practice together in class and at home. $150/6 wks. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Meditation and the “Zone” – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Dr. Post for this energy centering program where you will be given keys to help get into the “zone.” Through focused accurate meditation we can get there. Q&A. Free. Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-2552.

Wisdom of Yoga in the Garden – 2:30-4:30pm. Join senior yoga teacher, author and Master Gardener Barbara Gee and connect with your inner gardener; cultivating the conditions for a fruitful garden and a fruitful life. $30. All That Matters (EG), 63 Cedar Ave, Ste 10, East Greenwich. 401-782-2126.

Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. This is a guided meditation that will allow you to relax. This is a great way to wind down from the day, or just to learn to meditate. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Healing Sounds Session – 7-8:30pm. An amazing evening awaits. Join Joe Hayes of SoundScapers as he builds a temple of therapeutic sound and tone in this group sound healing practice. $25/preregister, $30/at door. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126.

Shamanic Journey Circle – 1-2:30pm. Journey to a live drum, share insights and lively discussion as we connect with helping spirits to heal, grow and learn. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Reynolds Bldg, Bristol. 401924567.

Drumming and Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Come and enjoy the heartbeat of the drums. This is a great time to have fun, relax and receive a powerful energy healing. No drum is needed to come. Led by Tracy and Doug. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.


Meditation & Reiki Share – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a meditation and healing reiki share. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Give and receive if attuned to reiki. Donation appreciated. Thrive Tribe RI, 172 Taunton Ave, Ste 204, East Providence. 401-757-0144.

Only do what your heart tells you. ~Princess Diana

FRIDAY, MAY 12 Yin Yoga Retreat with Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Experience the power of the drum as it releases blocks and aids energy flow in yin yoga postures, activating meridians and relaxing the bodies connective tissue. With Nicole Downing and Katharine Rossi. $30. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Spirit Flame All Message Circle – 7-9pm. Flame message form of physical phenomena where Rev. Gail Hicks and her Spirit Guides help to create an impression be it a symbol, sign, a photo, or an impression on card. $45/advance, $55/at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Yoga and Meditation Half-Day Retreat – 9am12pm. This Mother’s Day weekend, come befriend your body, heart and mind. Join Jenn Thomas for a morning full of quiet, self-care, mindfulness meditation and yin yoga. $49. All That Matters (SK), 315 Main St, South Kingstown. 401-782-2126. Concordia Yard Sale – 9am-2pm. Come one, come all to our Teen Fundraising Yard Sale. We’re also asking for donations of items to be sold, will be sorting on May 12; clothing, furniture and household items are among our most popular. All items must be in good condition. Free admission. Concordia Center, 2 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Youth Workshop with Zandra – 10:30am-12pm. Interactive workshop with the use deep breathing, meditation, and an expressive arts activity/ play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self expression. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Please RSVP: 401-741-5055. Mindfully Examining Your Thinking – 2-3:15pm. An integrative yoga and therapy workshop combining yoga and meditation practice with coping skills grounded in Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT). $25; $20 if pre-registered by May 9. Ompowerment Psychotherapy, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-379-9998. Flower Chakra Healing with Zandra – 2-3:30pm. Using meditation and the healing properties of particular flowers you will release, cleanse and renew your mind, body and soul. Participants will receive reiki healing. $35 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Sound Healing with Good Vibrations – 3:30-4pm. Christine Johnston and Melissa Byrd facilitate. Sound healing is an effective modality using vibrational sound to reduce stress, creates a sense of peace and well being. $25. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Visting Akashic Records: Past life – 4-5pm. We will meet with a record keeper who upon request will retrieve a book, sit with us and share a lifetime where we will understand why we are experiencing something today. $30. Blue Dragonfly Wellness LLC, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Gallery Reading with Jean Mandeville – 5:157pm. Attend a group style gallery reading. Loved one’s who have transitioned over, as well as spirit guides will come forward to offer messages of comfort and support. $35. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, MAY 14 Annual Mother’s Day Custom Perfume Event – 9:30am-4pm. Celebrate Mom while creating a custom perfume together. Book your space at our custom perfume bar and enjoy tea, mimosas and light canapé while creating your own signature natural perfume to take home. Fun mother-daughter event. $125. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Woman’s Healing and Meditation – 10-11:30am. In honor of Mother’s day a meditation and healing to gather and cherish the divine bonds between mother and child, as well as all mothers. Special ceremony in garden. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

MONDAY, MAY 15 Cooking from an Edible Garden – 6-8pm. Join Liz Barbour of Creative Feasts for her Cooking and Gardening from an Edible Garden presentation and cooking demonstration. Free tasting. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. Register: Freedom Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. Dive inside and respond to the requests of your being in this one hour free-style dance class. Complete with a time of silence and introspection. $15. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidenck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

TUESDAY, MAY 16 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: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401924567.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 Meditation and the “Zone” – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Dr. Post for this energy centering program where you will be given keys to help get into the “zone.” Through accurate meditations, we can get there. Q&A and demo. Free. Tiverton Essex Library, 34 Roosevelt Ave, Tiverton. 401-625-6796. Free Teleseminar: More Calm Now – 7-8:30pm. Energetically bankrupt? Join Lisa Medley of Soulistic Arts and learn 5 simple ways to relax naturally in 5 minutes or less. Chronic stress is a choice; reclaim your natural superpower. Free. For phone bridge line info, Lisa: 401-588-2762 or

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Insight Yoga: A Master Class – 5:30-7:15pm. Join Theresa Murphy, primary teacher for Tias Little and the Prajna School, the third Thursday of the month for a master class discussion and practice. $25. All That Matters (PVD), 128 N Main St, Providence. 401-782-2126.

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HELP WANTED HEALING HANDS MASSAGE THERAPY – Hiring massage therapist and chair massage tech. 401-640-0925. PRACTITIONERS WANTED – Northern Lights, a new holistic practitioner center for healing will be opening it’s doors soon!  Searching for a few practitioners who may be interested in coming in on the ground floor, right at the start!  If you are a life coach, meditation teacher, massage therapist, IET instructor or any other healing modality contact us to get more information. A few spaces remain. Call 401-500-1908.

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FRIDAY, MAY 19 Meet your Guides and Teachers – 6-9:30pm. Come and join us for a workshop to meet your guides and teachers. Rev. Hicks will help introduce and build a strong relationship with your guides. Great for everyone. $45/advance, $55/at door. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Mediumship Gallery with Mary Catherine Volk – 6:30-8pm. Are you curious about receiving messages from your loved ones who have crossed over

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to the other side? Do you know the 7 most common signs? Random audience members will receive individual messages. $30. Positive New Beginnings, 222 Warren Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Quononoquott Garden Club Plant Sale – 9am12pm. Annual plant sale. Select colorful geraniums, annuals, vegetables, herbs and hardy perennials native to the area. Shop at the “Garden Gift Table” for unique presents. Free admission. Quononoquott Garden Club, Ft. Getty Pavilion, Ft. Getty Rd, Jamestown. Reiki I with Cheryl Markey – 9:30am-5pm. Learn Reiki I where you will be attuned and learn to do reiki for yourself. You will receive a certificate after completion of the class. Please bring your lunch. $125. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Free Genetic Screenig for Women - 10am-3pm. Free genetic screening for women seeking pregnancy or already pregnant for the MTHFR, MTRR and MTR mutations. To sign up, email and type “Goldilocks Solution” in the email subject line. Free. Dr Gay Ben Tre, 2 Richmond Sq, Ste 105, Providence. 401-207-4670. Holistic Psychic Fair – 10am-4pm. Treat yourself to the healing you deserve. Psychics, mediums, tarot & angel card readings, chair massage, John of God crystal healing bed, reiki, vendors and more. Free admission; pay per service. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course – May 20 & 21. 10:30am-8pm, Saturday; 10:30am2pm, Sunday. Workshops: introduction to natural perfumery; creating solid perfumes using exotic waxes and butters; marketing/branding/sourcing/ promotion. $875. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register: Relax, Restore, Renew – 4-6pm. Replenish your body, mind and spirit with a practice of gentle movement followed by deeply supported poses, soothing breath-work, guided relaxation and mantra. $25. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Freedom Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. Dive inside and respond to the requests of your being in this free-style dance class. Connect with others while allowing your breath and energy to encourage your movement. $15. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Drumming and Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Come and enjoy the heartbeat of the drums. This is a great time to have fun, relax and receive a powerful energy healing. No drum is needed to come. Led by Tracy and Doug. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Concordia’s Got Talent: Talent Show and Bake Sale – 7-9:30pm. Back by popular demand. Past performances have included comedy skits, dancing, singing, music; anything goes since Concordia is a safe and judgement-free zone. This fun night will help raise funds for our teen activities. Call for prices and sale locations. Concordia Center, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.


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SUNDAY, MAY 21 IET®: Intermediate – 9:30am-6:30pm. Learn to clear energy imprints from past life karma and “esoterically dowse” and interpret blockages in the human energy field. Prereq: IET Basic. With Gladys Ellen. $230. White Light Books, 1468 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-935-8451. Crystal Bowl Chakra Yoga – 3-4:30pm. A powerful and soothing gentle yoga session with crystal bowls attuned to each energy point in the body. The vibration releases held tension and tight muscles while using breath and movement. $25/pre-register, $30/ at door. All That Matters (EG), 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. 401-632-7254.

MONDAY, MAY 22 Intro to the Archangels – 6-8:30pm. A fun, informative workshop for those interested in learning more about the Archangels. Also, the prerequisite for Angel Intuitive Practitioner Certification on 6/10 & 6/11. With Gladys Ellen. $40. White Light Books, 1468 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-935-8451.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 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 parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 1462 Park Ave, Cranston. To register: 401-944-4130 or

THURSDAY, MAY 25 Community Reiki Clinic – 7-9pm. The community is invited to experience mini-reiki sessions. Reiki energy assists your own natural healing, relieve pain and alleviate fear and anxiety. By donation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Mindful Life Series: Mindful Eating – 7:308:30pm. We will first discuss techniques for eating more mindfully, and then we will practice these techniques together. $10, free/members. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

FRIDAY, MAY 26 Truth of Power Retreat – May 26-28. 5pm, Friday4:30pm, Sunday. Explore the nature of your power, ways of sourcing and aligning with authentic power to live a good life in this nurturing retreat. With Katharine Rossi. Class, food and lodging included. $625. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, Spirit Fire Retreat Center, Leyden, MA. 401-924-0567. Validating the Afterlife with Roland Comtois – 6-8pm. Roland brings his audiences not only messages from loved ones who have transitioned and he also brings inspiration and reassurance. Full Circle, a Healing Space, 650 Ten Rod Rd, Kingston. Registration required: 401-533-1864 or

SATURDAY, MAY 27 Youth Workshop with Zandra – 10:30am-12pm. Interactive workshop with the use deep breathing, meditation, and an expressive arts activity/ play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self expression. $25 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Please RSVP: 401-741-5055.

Paint and Express with Zandra – 6:30-9pm. Come join a night of self expression, awareness, and a little creativity. We will use some exercises as you tap into your conscious and subconscious and express in paint. $45 includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, MAY 28 Long Chant, Deep Meditation – 1:15-2:15pm. Chanting has the power to open the heart, transform and uplift the soul. Join us for a session of chanting for an extended time, leading into a deep meditation. Blissful. Donation appreciated. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

TUESDAY, MAY 30 Angel Gallery with Gladys Ellen – 6:30-9pm. Messages from the Divine Group Readings. Gladys brings unique spiritual insight and humor to her presentations and promises to joyfully inspire her audience. $60. White Light Books, 1468 Park Ave, Cranston. 401-935-8451.

THURSDAY, JUNE 1 Author Presentation and Book Signing – 6:307:30pm. Join Mary Catherine Volk for an inspiring uplifting talk highlighting her book, Believe In Forever: How to Recognize Signs from Departed Loved Ones. Do you know the 7 most common signs? Book available for purchase and signing. Cumberland Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-2552.

THURSDAY, JUNE 29 A Night on the Other Side – 7-9pm. With the Massachusetts Medium, June Edward and Rhys Wynn Davies. Theater style seating, they will bring messages from loved ones on the other side. Tickets available online. $35-$45. Venus DeMilo Restaurant, 75 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy, Swansea, MA.

SATURDAY, JULY 1 Intensive Shamanic Retreat with Chamalu – 9am6pm. Also July 2, 9am-4pm. The sage of the Andes. A journey of personal Transformation. Ancient wisdom teaching. Couple and sacred sexuality. Healing. Shamanic rituals. $395. Rolf Bodywork, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. Register: 860-774-7477 or

MONDAY, JULY 3 Janaspacha Medicine Woman – July 3-9. 9am-6pm. Inka Lecumberry will be visiting us from Norway, offering the most complete energy readings, Shamanic healing sessions and Condor Feather’s Diagnostic and energy cleansing. Rolf Bodywork, 321 Valley View Rd, Sterling, CT. Register: 860-774-7477 or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Pawtuxet Valley Wellness Day – 9am-5pm. Seeking health and wellness advocates to become vendors at the event. Register before June 1 and receive a $10 discount off of your total registration. Packages start at $100 a booth. TMW Productions, LLC, PO Box 1052, East Greenwich. 401-589-1321.

ongoingcalendar sunday Early Morning Qigong – 8-9am. Increase your flexibility, strength and immune system; quiet the mind and reduce stress. Anyone can do it. Dress comfortably. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9-10:30am. Kundalini yoga is an ancient practice that targets the nervous and glandular systems for healing and empowerment. Each class meets you where you are. $15/drop-in. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind, children’s program and child care. 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. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Join us weekly for meditation, chanting, inspiration, satsang, veggie potluck lunch. Healing Prayer Circle after lunch on 2nd Sunday. Paramhansa Yogananda’s Teachings. Donation appreciated. Ananda Center Hopkinton, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-524-4766.

monday Kripalu Yoga with Susan – 4:15-5:45pm. Enjoy breath work and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing your heart and body to release and open. Finish with yoga nidra and deep relaxation. With Susan McLaren. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Ananta Jyoti Yoga: Gentle Yoga – 4:45-5:45pm. Gentle yoga appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience including beginners. $12. Ananta Jyoti Yoga at USA Karate Studio, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 774-987-9007. Beginner Kung Fu for Adults & Teens – 6-7:30pm. Classes suitable for non-experienced, as well as those with prior training. Instructors accommodate all skill levels. New students may participate in a trial class. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502.

Kickboxing: Muay Thai Kickboxing – 7-8pm. Muay Thai Kickboxing appropriate for all levels of experience and fitness including beginners, classes also available on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. $6. USA Karate Smithfield, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 401-349-5883. Tai Chi Easy – 7-8pm. Learn Tai Chi Easy to reduce stress, anxiety and depression; increase balance and coordination. Increase sleep quality, improve blood pressure, etc. Dress comfortably. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

tuesday Express Yoga – 12-12:30pm. This is a 1/2-hr yoga class designed for those with limited time at lunch, but still want to learn or practice yoga. $8. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Community Yoga For Beginners – 5:30-6:30pm. A slow paced class designed for the beginner student to learn basic yoga poses and correct alignment with an emphasis on linking breath and movement. Pay what you can. Suggested rate: $15. Kinetic Expressions, LLC, 400 Reservoir Ave, Ste LL-O, Providence. 401-753-4325. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 7-8:30pm. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, learn to release tension and stress. Find your peace and calm. Beginners welcome. With Pat Spencer New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Laughter Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Laughter Yoga improves mood, brings more laughter and joy to life, decreases physical, mental and emotional stress, oxygenates the body and supports immune system, is fun. Free. Southside Yoga Center, 19 Elmwood Ave, Providence. 401575-8002.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin. Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. 7 Keys to Freedom with Zandra – 9-10am. This is an hour-long chakradance called the 7 keys to freedom. It is a combination of meditation and dance, rythm for the soul. 3 Wednesdays a month 5/3, 5/24 and 5/31. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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Amrit/Kripalu Yoga with Amy – 9:30-11am. Enjoy breath work and classical yoga poses that tone and strengthen, allowing the heart and body to release and open. Amrit offers a focus on meditation. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $15/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Quonny Yoga – 10-11:30am. For beginnersadvanced. Focus on your alignment and get into yoga poses safely; even if you have injuries. Learn what results you can expect from a regular practice. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Express Yoga – 12-12:30pm. This is a 1/2-hr yoga class designed for those with limited time at lunch, but still want to learn or practice yoga. $8. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Ananda Noon Meditation: Wickford – 12-1pm. Join Kelly weekly at Shanti House for Meditation, uplifting chants and inspirational readings. Beginners welcome. Donation appreciated. Ananda Center Hopkinton at Shanti House, 494 Anaquatucket Rd, N Kingstown. 401-667-7315

thursday Morning Yoga with Christine Tripp – 9-10am. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility linking breath and movement. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Svaroopa® Yoga Class with Maria – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, learn to release tension and stress. Find your peace and calm. Beginners welcome. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. Afternoon Tune-Up – 12-1pm. Energize while building strength and flexibility. Connecting breath with the postures cultivating awareness of inner stillness that prepares one for deeper meditation. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Self-Care Workshop – 5:30-6:30pm. Focuses on linking breath with movement for proper alignment to create stability and ease in the body. The breath and the mind melting tension creating selfawareness. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Quonny Yoga – 5:30-7pm. For beginners-advanced. Focus on your alignment and get into yoga poses safely; even if you have injuries. Learn what results you can expect from a regular practice. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Sisters in Sobriety – 6-7:30pm. A supportive group of women sharing the journey of maintaining sobriety. We welcome all women who are struggling with alcohol but want to quit, those who are newly sober and those maintaining sobriety. Free. Sisters in Sobriety, East Side, Providence. For more info & meeting address: 401-419-4001.

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saturday Woman’s Yoga – 7-8pm. Hatha yoga blends balance, strength, improving flexibility, linking breath and movement. This class also adds dance to warm up, and reiki for deeper experience in meditation. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Buddhist Healing Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn calm abiding and clear seeing through sitting practice as well as 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. To register: 401-270-5443 or

friday Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 9:15-11am. Enjoy a wonderful start to your day. Join Ananda Yoga Teacher, Kyle McDonald. Gentle, invigorating, peaceful. $10/non-members. Ananda Center Hopkinton at SO County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Rd, Peacedale. 401-524-4766. Express Yoga – 12-12:30pm. This is a 1/2-hr yoga class designed for those with limited time at lunch, but still want to learn or practice yoga. $8. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Parent and Me Yoga – 9-10am. Led by Christine Tripp. This is a combination of yoga mixed with dance and breathing exercises, with a twist of reiki at the end. Great quality time for parent and child. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Women’s Kung Fu – 9-10am. New students are invited to attend for a trial class. A great place to start to begin building stamina, strength and kung fu skills. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 401-435-6502. Southern Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group – 9:45am-12pm. Meets the second Saturday at Linda Broadhead’s office. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, Linda Broadhead, 1220 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield. For more info, Rev. Celeste M. Warner: 508-904-0437. Health and Nutrition 101 – 10-11am. Discuss the benefits of clean eating, differences between organic, conventional and GMO. Other topics include bioindividuality, primary and secondary foods and much more. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. A Search for God Study Group – 11am-1pm. RI’s only Edgar Cayce A Search for God Study Group meets Saturdays. Dates vary. Currently using Book 1; must provide own book. Requested donation $5. Riverside Public Library, 475 Bullocks Point Ave, 1st room on left inside main entrance, Riverside. For dates: 401-246-3204 or





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Glenn Ambrose 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 401-380-6707

Addiction takes many forms including alcohol/drugs, eating-disorders, shopping & relationships to name a few. Whatever the addiction is, recovery and adjusting to a life of balance, peace and happiness requires help. As a certified coach with 12 years experience in addiction and guiding clients to health, I’m confident that if you’re open to change I can help you achieve it.

ANGEL CARD READINGS MEDIUM AND GUARDIAN ANGEL READER Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by telephone Middletown, RI 401-500-1908

I specialize in mediumship readings, and connect to your loved ones, family and friends, that have passed. It brings such a sense of closure and peace to know they are safe and they are around you. You have the opportunity to speak to them as well. Meet your own guardian angels and speak to them about your career path, life, love, and future. I also do house harmonizations. Phone reading or in person.

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.

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DR. LORRI HABER-DIBONI 14 Cedar Swamp Road Smithfield, RI 02917 401-233-0200

Haber-DiBoni Chiropractic is a family focused practice, welcoming individuals of all ages. For the past 20 years we have successfully helped patients relieve pain and discomfort (without medication) and maintain their health and wellbeing.  In addition to being a Chiropractor, Dr. Haber-DiBoni is a Reiki practitioner promoting stress reduction and relaxation.


Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC, CCSP 33 College Hill Rd, Building 30C Warwick 401-826-7600 Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC. is the owner and lead physician at Malchar Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Warwick, RI. As a strong advocate for combining Chiropractic care and natural health care alternatives for a total wellness approach to the patient, she has been blazing the trail for combination care in New England for over 30 years. See ad on page 4.



Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 With over 10 years of experience, Debby Votta, owner of Fresh Face Skincare Center, specializes in cutting-edge anti-aging skin treatments. She is consistently educating herself on the latest and best skincare products/treatments for her clients. She is certified in many of the latest hightech esthetic advances including microdermabrasion, micro current, led light therapy, chemical peels and much more. See ad on page 21.

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 25.


Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 How was your 2016 performance review? Are your demeanor or communication skills with your coworkers or boss holding you back from the advancement that you deserve? I would be happy to meet with you and teach you the communication skills and behavior management techniques that will help you become a more effective, collaborative employee so that people will listen and interact cooperatively with you.


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.


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 whole-self: body, mind and spirit.


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, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 5.



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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Jackie Van Dusen 401-284-0363 Offering Indoor/Outdoor Space in South County. For Classes, Workshops, Ceremony.





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

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

SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 401-662-6642

Readings in Person or by phone by appointment. Bring a little magic to your next Home Parties or Fundraiser. Cris is Author of “Holistic Tarot: Soul Wisdom for a New Paradigm”, her integrative approach to reading merges numerology, spiritual astrology and connection with Divine Source to help you solve the problems in your life. Classes in Goddessing, Tarot and Shamanism forming now. Go to or for the latest news.


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.


Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Banging your head against the wall only burns 120 calories. There IS a better way. Personalized Hypnosis for stress, overactive thinking, weight management, low-self-esteem, negative emotions, fears/phobias plus much more. Re-discover happiness, confidence and inner calm as you easily take back your life today. Call Now! See ad on page 33.


Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI 401-573-3757

Suzi Nance, CHT, CI 123 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 401-835-1736

With 12+ yrs experience in classical Homeopathy Vandana Pitke has helped many clients restore and achieve health. Vandana is a certified classical homeopath. She looks at the symptoms from a holistic perspective focusing on mind and body. She also incorporates ayurvedic nutrition and Mudra meditation in her practice, which makes healing faster, better and from within when combined with homeopathy. Go to or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 15.

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 5.

Ready for change? Using the power of your subconscious, hypnosis can make it happen!! Call now to schedule a session 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.


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.


Susan De Lorenzo is a transformational life coach who helps clients overcome adversity in order to move forward in their lives. Author of the upcoming book, Thank You, Cancer, Susan works with clients to release fear, doubt and worry, helping pave the way to design and take steps toward their dreams. See ad on page 7.


Ron Ash 39 Carrington St. Ste 202, Lincoln, RI 02865 561-203-0228 • 347-537-GIFT Our management consultants provide strategic, unbiased and objective advisory services which assist organisations in improving productivity and overall performance. Advisory expertise covers areas such as change management, financial performance, marketing, business restructuring, and human resources, with an emphasis on managing risks and costs.

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Gallery sessions and Speaking Engagements. 401-741-3478 Are you interested or curious about receiving messages from your departed loved one? Have you ever felt their presence or received a sign? You can’t fake a goose bump. Our loved ones send us signs to let us know that death is not the end - just a transition!  Inspirational and uplifting. Best-selling author of “Believe in Forever - How to Recognize Signs from Your Departed Loved Ones”.


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


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 23.


Leaves of Change Natural Medicine at Sage Healing Collaborative 201 Waterman Street East Providence, RI 02914 508-343-0580

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.


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 23.


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ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500

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 21.

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 22.






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.


Wendy Lewis, ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist East Greenwich, RI 401-626-4171 Treat your feet! Experience reflexology, the ancient healing art that’s the remedy for modern life. Reduce stress and support wellness with reflexology’s uniquely deep relaxation. Pamper feet and hands, leave with a blissful body and mind. Visit to learn more about our services and Box of Bliss holiday gift certificate packages!


Another Way Counseling Center 2797 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886 750 East Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02806 401-419-4001 Learn to maintain a stronger connection and less conflict in your relationships or marriage. Effective communication is the basis for any successful relationship. I can teach you the language skills that will allow you to speak respectfully, openly and honestly with your partner eliminating unnecessary fights and hurt feelings. Come with your partner or come on your own and see how quickly a few simple changes can repair the love and understanding in any relationship.


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


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.


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.

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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 15.


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.


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 37.


40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton, RI 401-524-4766 Find joy, love, and peace with Ananda through ancient and effective techniques of meditation, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, kirtan, Kriya Yoga and more. Deepen your own spiritual journey in the company of friends who support your inner growth. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

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