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like to think I lead a somewhat unusual, full life, until I see the paths that others have followed and mine becomes quite boring in comparison. Travel can create the spark we are looking for, and in our feature editorial, “Transformative Travel”, April Thompson offers some great suggestions for making the most of our journeys. I love to travel, see new places and experience different cultures. However, our cats often make it difficult to travel for any length of time. Recently, though, we have found a wonderful solution for the care of our cats while we are busy living our unusual lives. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, there are online sites that have found a way to match people who have pets and not-so-ordinary lives with like-minded people. Animal lovers who like to explore different places connect with animal owners who travel for whatever reasons and want to know their pets are taken care of by people who really care. There is a small fee on both sides to sign up, and then no money changes hands. What a great modern solution. Speaking of cats, I love that our article “Feline Workforce”, on page 40, gives cats some good publicity. Cats do have different personalities, and some will be more inclined to be social and good-natured than others. Our two cats, Max and Bailey are brother and sister, but not only do they not look alike, their personalities are different. They both, however, are quite well-socialized since Bill and I mostly work from home and are available to talk to them and administer regular head scratching. Nothing brings a smile faster to faces than a playful kitten, and I was lucky enough to spend an entire day with one at a yoga festival I recently attended. The woman at the next table had brought her kitten that she only had for two days. It was just wonderful to have such a furry ball of love spreading joy throughout the festival. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the time with the kitten; it was all I could do to give it back. Whether you have adventures in your travels far and wide this fall, or prefer to stay local and explore all our community has to offer nearby, don’t forget to do it with intention. You never know how you might be transformed.
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Rhode Island Massage Therapy Convention Returns to Warwick
he American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Rhode Island Chapter is once again sponsoring The Rhode Island Massage Therapy Convention from October 27 to 29, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Warwick. The event includes 16 to 20 continuing education credits with top educators, Friday evening cocktail reception, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, lunch Saturday, a Saturday evening banquet with dinner and dancing, networking opportunities and an outstanding vendor hall. Founded in 1943, AMTA is the largest and oldest national organization representing the massage therapy profession. Its mission is to serve AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy. It is a nonprofit, member-driven organization of ethical professionals that embraces excellence in education, service and leadership while endorsing professional standards and supporting fair regulation of massage therapy. Cost: $79-$425. Location: 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. For more information, email Deb Kilty at DebbieKilty@yahoo.com or visit RI.AMTAMassage.org. See ad on page 5.
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newsbriefs New Inspiring and Insightful Spiritual Study Group Meets in North Smithfield
he North Smithfield Trilingual Rhode Island Center for Spiritual Living Study Group will meet monthly from 10 a.m. to noon, October 21, November 4 and December 2, at One Voice Studio, in North Smithfield. This group is affiliated with the Concordia Center for Spiritual Living in Warwick. The fall study group, led by licensed spiritual practitioners Natalia deRezendes and Tracy Ahmadian, will be studying and discussing This Thing Called You, written by Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind, and the Ancient Toltec Wisdom of Don Miguel Ruiz and The Four Agreements. This new thought philosophy will be taught in Spanish, Portuguese and English. In addition, a fall Trilingual Celebration of Love and Light, incorporating music, movement and new thought philosophy, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., October 15, at Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, in Warwick. Weekly services take place every Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. Location: One Voice Studio, 411 Central St., North Smithfield; Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. For more information about the study group, call Natalia deRezendes at 401-323-7664 or email NataliadeRezendes@gmail.com, or call Tracy Ahmadian at 401-486-3215 or email TracyAhmadian@gmail.com. See ad on page 16.
The Newport Massage School at SAMA Student Clinic is Now Open in East Providence
ook an appointment online to receive an affordable massage from any one of The Newport Massage School’s students. Choose a soothing Ayurvedic massage using warm herbal oils chosen to detoxify and rejuvenate. Slow rhythmic strokes help to restore the flow of vital energy and sedate the nervous system. Or choose a firm yet gentle traditional massage, targeting the deep layers of connective tissue and muscles throughout the body. Using focused, skilled strokes to apply therapeutic pressure, this modality will release areas of muscular tension and knots. Cost: $35 donation. Licensed massage therapists will receive $5 off with online coupon. Location: 855 Waterman Ave., East Providence. For more information call 401-214-2500 or book an appointment at TheNewportMassageSchool-StudentClinic.genbook.com.
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Governor Raimondo Signs Bill to License Naturopathic Doctors in Rhode Island
n August 17, Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill to provide licensure for naturopathic doctors (NDs) in Rhode Island, thus ensuring the safe practice of naturopath- RI Association of Naturopathic Physicians ic medicine. The bill was passed unanimously by both the State Senate and State House of Representatives in June. Support for this bill was largely provided by many grateful patients, industry leaders and other healthcare professionals. The passage of this bill marks an important step for naturopathic medicine in Rhode Island, as residents will now have access to licensed in-state care. The Rhode Island law affords the people of Rhode Island an option to include medically-educated and trained naturopathic doctors on their health care team, allowing greater access to NDs’ expertise in both preventive medicine and natural integrative care. Naturopathic doctors are rigorously trained in post-graduate, four-year, in-residence, regionally and nationally accredited naturopathic medical schools. Following the second and fourth years of schooling, naturopathic medical board examinations are administered and must be passed prior to eligibility for licensure. NDs are also required to complete industry-standard continuing education coursework. Marcia Feibelman, ND, president of the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP) reports, “I, along with my colleagues in Rhode Island and across the country, look forward to the opportunity to join the ranks of licensed health care providers in the Ocean State. I applaud Governor Raimondo and the legislative process that studied and vetted this profession and came to understand the unique role that licensed NDs can play in the state.” For more information, including to find an ND near you and to learn about the upcoming Naturopathic Medicine Week October 8-14, visit rianp.org. See ad on page 20.
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newsbriefs Diane’s Permanent Makeup Adds Microblading Service
icroblading is now being offered at Diane’s Permanent Makeup. Microblading is a form of tattooing, but unlike a regular tattoo, the pigment is implanted under the skin with a manual, hand-held tool instead of a machine. “I draw hair-like strokes with the tool to mimic the natural hairs in your brows,” says owner Diane Slinko. “The cool thing about microblading is that you can have zero brows, blonde ultra-faint brows, have lost your brows due to alopecia or just need a little help with adjusting your shape, and no longer need to fill your brow in using pencil.” Using several custom organic shades of color that matches one’s natural brow color and facial tone, microblading creates an appearance of naturally full brows. Also, on October 16, permanent makeup artist Diane Slinko will be offering an eyelash extension class from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This class comes with a professional kit that students may keep and use. Specializing in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips using organic dyes, Slinko works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Additionally, she can offer expert advice regarding the latest makeup fashions. Slinko says permanent make-up offers an ideal solution for individuals that are allergic to cosmetics, have an active lifestyle, unsteady or arthritic hands, wear contact lenses, have a visual impairment or have alopecia. For more information, call 401-855-4333 or visit DianesMakeup.com. See ad on page 29.
Laugh Out Loud at Sticky Stories VI
he sixth edition of Sticky Stories PVD will have performers sharing true hilarious tales of sexual mishaps at 7 p.m., October 27, at AS220 Main Stage, in Providence. This year, the event is highlighting hilarious stories about queer sex. In the past, the Sticky Stories stage has featured live readings of diary entries, sex adventures gone awry, and the challenges of sexting. Be it a musical performance, a goofy erotica, or a comedic coming-out story, the performers will leave the audience laughing out loud. Halloween will be right around the corner, and for every audience member that arrives in costume, one of The Center of Sexual Pleasure and Health (CSPH) generous donors will donate to support their work. Fabulous prizes will be raffled off, and there will be opportunities for members of the audience to participate in activities. The CSPH is a sexuality training and education organization based out of Pawtucket. Its mission is to advance culturally inclusive, medically accurate and pleasure-informed sexuality education, therapy and professional training. Cost: $15-$25. Location: 115 Empire St., Providence. For more information, visit TheCSPH.org. See ad on page 8.
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Dance Celebration Honors Gladys Ellen of Heavenly Hugs
eavenly Hugs, a holistic health and spiritual healing practice founded by Gladys Ellen, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. To help Ellen celebrate, The First Spiritualist Church of Rhode Island will be hosting a free 10th Anniverary Dance Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m., October 24. Join other likeminded people in laughing, playing, Gladys Ellen singing, dancing and celebrating life together. From the beginning, Ellen’s passion has been to serve the community by comforting, supporting, teaching and inspiring others. A successful business model that has carried her through for the last 10 years, she is grateful to share this milestone with all the people that helped make it possible. “Getting to know and work with such a passionate community of holistic and spiritual practitioners, local business collaborators and wonderful clients has been a true gift,” she says. “It really feels like family with all the warmth and support we’ve shared over the years. Your continued confidence in referring me to your friends and family is truly gratifying.” Cost: Free, donations to the church food pantry greatly appreciated. Location: 83 South Rose St., East Providence. For more information or to register, visit GladysEllen.com. See ad on page 40.
Homeopathy Study and Support Group for Parents in Cumberland
andana Pitke, a certified classical homeopath, is starting a study and support group for parents using or wanting to use homeopathy at home. The first meeting will be held at noon, November 4, at It’s My Health, in Cumberland. This group will meet once a month and learn about different remedies used for various conditions, as well as support each other, connect with similar-minded parents, share Vandana Pitke experiences and try to overcome the challenges when using homeopathy. Learn how to use homeopathy to treat conditions like cold, cough, small injuries, ear infections, pink eye and many more at home. “When you learn the tools of homeopathy, you gain confidence in treating your family and healing them holistically,” says Pitke. Cost: $10. Location: 1099 Mendon Rd., Cumberland. For more information, call 401-573-3757 or visit OmHomeopathy.com. See ad in Community Resource Guide.
Guest Spiritual Teacher Encourages Us to Be The Change
ayaswami Asha, an experienced and gifted spiritual teacher, is touring the east coast, with stops in Rhode Island the first week of October. She will speak at 10 a.m., October 1, at the Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, located at 714 Ten Rod Road, in North Kingstown, and also at 6:30 to 8 p.m., October 3. On October 4, she will speak from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, at 12 Nayaswami Asha Marlborough Street, in Newport. Asha’s talks offer answers to long-standing and deeply felt questions on the spiritual life. With warmth and wisdom, she helps us to see how spiritual principles can be woven into daily, ordinary life. Join others in feeling our consciousness uplifted as Asha offers spiritual teachings for how we can each “be the change.” Brilliant, wise and heart-felt, she makes the ancient teachings of yoga accessible with unusual clarity to the modern mind. For more information, call 401-524-4766 or visit AnandaRhodeIsland.org. See ad in Community Resource Guide.
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anne Sahady Roeh, who teaches yoga at Innerlight Center for Yoga, at Train with Jane Pilates studio, and at the John Clarke Retirement Center, in Middletown, recently completed training for certification in the Dr. Loren Fishman method of Yoga for Osteoporosis. She is the first and, for now, only yoga teacher in Rhode Island to be certified in this specialty. More than 700,000 spinal fractures and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur annually in the United States. One out of two women and one out of four men have the diagnosis of osteoporosis. Twelve to fifteen minutes of yoga at least four times per week improves bone strength and can reduce the risk of fractures, according to a Columbia University study. It may even reverse osteoporosis. “The force and pressure of each pose make bones grow stronger, “explains study author Loren Fishman, M.D. Since receiving certification, Roeh has directed several workshops in yoga for osteoporosis as well as working with private clients to teach poses with the alignment that is individually best for them. She currently teaches a weekly Building Bones and Balance class at Innerlight.
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pirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.
Music Soothes Pain after Surgery
esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”
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Banning Trans Fats Lowers Heart Attacks
leven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these restrictions on the health of the community; they compared the 11 counties that had the restrictions to 25 counties without them. The scientists concluded that hospital heart attack admissions were significantly lower for the 11 counties with the restrictions.
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study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the secondmost common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder. The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a six-month period. The remaining subjects did not walk. After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decision-making and attention tests.
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These are tools kids can rely on for the rest of their lives, and use them to get back to their center. ~Ali Smith Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at Tinyurl.com/ MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
Mindful Exercises This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads: Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.
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Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.
Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.
Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.
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unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.
Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau
Move Beyond Comfort
“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy,
To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”
Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at AyanaJourneys.com explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites. n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen EscapesIntl.com specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling. n “The Travelers” podcast via Holocene.io/travelers features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers. n Muddy Shoe Adventures at MuddyShoeAdventures.com offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences. n OuterTravelsInnerJourneys.com connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature. n Phil Cousineau (PhilCousineau.net) hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites. n Responsible Travel at Responsible Travel.com offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call. n Transformational Travel Council’s website Transformational.travel conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers. n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (wwoof.net) links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.
When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of
clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.
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Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.
Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via WarmShowers.org, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service (nps.gov). Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at RetreatFinder.com. 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit FarmStayUS.com to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via CouchSurfing.com, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities.
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Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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NOW by Glen Ambrose
ormal habits and tasks taken for granted in everyday life require conscious thought to achieve when travelling, forcing us to remain in the present moment. Simply getting breakfast or having coffee take thought and planning, replacing the unconscious patterns of home. The experience of traveling in the now is heightened when traveling to a foreign country where the language is unknown; basic communication to accomplish menial as well as extensive tasks takes effort and attention. Depending on the person, this plays out in one of two ways: n If someone embraces the present moment, travel will be extremely enjoyable and exhilarating. Living in the now will make them feel alive, in a world of wonder and amazement. The inability to label ordinary things will help bring
out the true essence of themselves and they will experience more of the profound beauty they possess. This is true whether it’s a never-before-seen object or a completely new experience. These people love to travel and participate in the magic of life’s unfolding grace. n If someone resists living in the present moment, travel will be excruciatingly painful. Every small task becomes a difficult chore making them feel overwhelmed and anxious. These people usually get a larger sense of comfort from the rituals and habits of home than others. They depend on a more predictable existence for their seeming sense of security. The uncomfortability of being “not in control” is often too much for them to handle and they choose not to travel because of it. Of course, many people are a
combination of the two examples above. Some that are very rigid at home can’t wait to get away so they can experience the bliss of the present moment. Regardless of where each of us falls, we all have control over how we react in situations and traveling is no different. People that previously disliked travel can open up to the present moment and the “not knowing” of what is next to begin enjoying it. Those that already enjoy traveling can be even more conscious of what they’re experiencing and why it’s so enjoyable, further enhancing their adventure. Many times we struggle against things because we don’t know there’s another option. If we open up to the natural unfolding of life’s experiences and go with them instead of struggling against them, we can experience much more joy and happiness. Travel can be a great laboratory to experiment with living in the now, while bringing that experience back home can help one to enjoy life more on a daily basis. Glenn Ambrose’s philosophy is that happiness and fulfillment are there to be taken and are attainable by anyone. He is a life coach, spiritual teacher, host of the podcast Life, Lessons & Laughter with Glenn Ambrose, and an inspirational speaker. Combining his coaching skills with his finely tuned style of getting to the heart of the matter, he inspires the change that is necessary for truly successful living.
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omeopathic remedies can be extremely useful in allowing the smooth adaptation to change and helping to cope with jet lag, excitement and anxiety as well as other symptoms during travel. There are also excellent remedies for first aid treatment of simple ailments and a compact travel kit takes up very little luggage space. Adjustment to change Kali phos 6c: This is an excellent remedy for those that can become overstimulated with time changes, long flights/travels and so on. Arsenicum 6c: This helps the body to adjust to change—physical, emotional and psychic. This includes adjusting to food, water and climate.
Backache and discomfort Arnica: As well as reducing jet lag, Arnica may help with the associated bruised and beaten feeling. Bellis perennis: It relieves the discomfort of aching buttocks and soreness in the spine from extended periods of sitting during long flights. Ear pain/Fullness during or after flights Pulsatilla: For stopped-up sensation in the ears, with pain. Belladonna: Sudden onset of intense pain that may shoot or throb. Kali Mur 6x: Helps when eustachian tubes are blocked and ear pain is present. Swelling and circulation Nat mur 6c: Taken during the flight can help balance fluid levels and reduce swollen ankles.
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Constipation Bryonia: Commonly needed for “traveler’s constipation”. Nux Vomica: Over-indulgence, hurry, worry, curry are the indicators for this remedy; with ineffectual urging. Travel anxiety and fear Aconite 30c: Panic with fear of flying, death and accidents. Argentum nitricum: Anticipatory fear before flying, much fidgeting and restlessness, claustrophobia or fear of heights. Possible diarrhea. Motion sickness Cocculus: Nausea, vomiting and dizziness, worse for any movement. Tabacum: Severe nausea and vomiting, with dizziness and cold sweats. Better for fresh air. Nux Vomica: Gagging and retching. Headache with queasiness. Jet lag Arnica: Wonderful for relieving symptoms of exhaustion and jet lag. Can give a second wind so more easily able to stay up till the local bedtime helping to adjust to a new time zone swiftly and painlessly. Cocculus: If you feel like you are still in motion and find it difficult to sleep. Gelsemium: Jet lag with a sense of paralysis. You feel completely exhausted and every body part feels heavy, even the eyelids. Diarrhea Arsenicum album: Sudden diarrhea and vomiting, with burning pains. Feels chilly, restless and exhausted. Thirst for frequent sips. Podophyllum: Gurgling stomach with explosive, smelly stools. Vandana Pitke is a certified classical homeopath. In her more than 12 years of experience, she has treated and cured many chronic cases, including chronic pain syndrome, with classical homeopathy. She incorporates Ayurvedic nutrition and mudra meditation in her homeopathy practice. To learn more, visit OmHomeopathy.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.
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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato
hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.
Address Specific Needs
Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational DrMichelleRobin.com website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many
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styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.
First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor
has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.
“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
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r. Bob Sedlor and Dr. Catie McArdle, a husband and wife chiropractic team conveniently located off Route 295 on the Cranston/Johnston line, have been practicing since 2009 and together in the same location since 2015. Their practice treats families of all ages and conditions—from athletes to the elderly and from children to pregnant women—helping patients accomplish their health goals, whatever they might be. Catie McArdle and The docBob Sedlor tors look at the patient holistically and address outside factors that may be causing a problem such as posture, nutrition or ergonomics. Both chiropractors practice diversified techniques which include anything from gentle stretching to manual manipulations, depending on what the patient’s condition calls for. For example, flexiondistraction uses a special table that allows for traction of the spine and is beneficial for patients that are suffering from disc herniation and radiculopathy symptoms. It can also help with effects of spinal stenosis and arthritis in the elderly. The office is open daily with early morning and late evening appointments, as well as every other Saturday morning to fit everyone’s schedule. The office also has a medical massage therapist which is a perfect complement to chiropractic care. McArdle Chiropractic is accepting new patients and looks forward to helping people achieve their optimal health.
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r. Patricia Hogan-Casey, who uses the Network Spinal Analysis method at her office in Pawtucket, says she has witnessed profound effects on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of her patients. She says gentle precise touches to the spine initiate the removal of interference to the nervous system’s tension and function—essentially cueing the brain to develop new strategies to experience greater wellbeing. This “clearing” of the nervous system often results in the elimination or reduction of pain, increased flexibility, more energy and an overall greater enjoyment of life. Because tension in the spinal cord can disrupt the spinal column and cause pain and a general “unwell” feeling, Hogan-Casey’s patients are encouraged to participate in and gain knowledge about their treatment. Hogan-Casey is trained to help the patient develop an awareness of his or her spine in relation to the rest of the body. This patient participation often results in greater self-awareness and conscious awakening of the relationships between the body, mind, emotion and expression of the human spirit. Her patients have reported remarkable improvements in their physical as well as their emotional well-being.
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bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.
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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig
Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.
“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of
fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid
Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.
Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
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A Few Fermented Recipes to Start
½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water
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ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.
Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added
Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well.
turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole.
In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe
weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line.
1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water
If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.)
In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water.
After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.
Vegan Kefir Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar.
Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically.
In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt.
The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream. Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.
Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths
Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit DrMichelleCook.com.
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BUILDING BETTER BONES Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes
Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.
Start and Stay Young
“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.
Optimal Bone Exercises
“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks.
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“Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s
fitbody team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.
Walking Isn’t It
Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
Yoga for Bones Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.
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The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit Tinyurl. com/BoneDensityTest.
POSTURE PERFECT How Not to Be a Bent Over Little Lady or Man by Elizabeth Phinney
The main reason individuals have poor posture is simply due to laziness and a lack of paying attention.
ry standing up straight against a wall—heels touching, arms by your side, shoulders back and touching the wall, chin level (head may or may not reach the wall.) Stay there for 30 seconds then step away from the wall. How does that feel? That’s what standing up straight feels like—and it should feel normal. Aside from improved appearance, one reason for maintaining good posture is that by being round-shouldered, slouched or bent over, pressure is inadvertently being placed on the body’s organs as there is less space in the abdominal cavity. Also, muscle tissue in the upper back and neck are being over stretched, the front shoulder muscles become much tighter and more difficult to stretch out and the spine becomes compromised (the inner spine is compressed while the outer spine is stretched). Even with all that going on, the good news, in most cases, is that poor posture is
reversible or at least can be improved with some easy to do stretches over an extended period of time. Another muscle group involved in poor posture are the hip flexors and the psoas. These are the muscles that run from the front of the thigh to the hip, the pelvis and the spine. The more we sit, the more they are contracted. Over time, if these muscles are not getting stretched, they will tighten up. As they tighten up, the torso will tend to tilt forward. That’s where the bent over little old lady (or man) comes in. Surprisingly, this can also cause chronic lower back pain. To relieve this from happening, make sure that the upper thigh and hip cavity are being stretched. The sooner focus is brought to one’s posture and steps are taken to rectify any issues that already exist, the better the chances are of not ending up bent over as we age. Elizabeth Phinney is owner of Fitness After Forty Five, in Little Compton, and creator of the BodSpir fitness program. For more information, visit FitnessAfterFortyFive.com. See ad on page 27.
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CUMBERLAND The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley 99 Pound Rd TheYogaStudioBRV.com 401-658-4802
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PROVIDENCE Jala Studio: Yoga & Art 285 South Main St jala-studio.com 508-566-2524 Rhode Island Hot Yoga 166 Valley St, Suite 201 RhodeIslandHotYoga.com 401-217-9010
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Santosha Yoga Studio and Holistic Center 275 Reservoir Ave YogaAtSantosha.com 401-780-9809
EAST GREENWICH Laughing Elephant Yoga 4372 Post Road LaughingElephantYoga.com 401-398-2616
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B Advice from Erica Nunnally, RYT
ear Yogi, I have a question about pigeon pose. When bending one leg, should the foot be on the outside of the opposite hip or even with the opposite hip? I have had teachers align me in two different ways. Dear Two Hip to be Square, Short answer: Neither. The position of the foot, though not irrelevant, is not the target of the adjustment in this pose. When a skilled teacher suggests an adjustment of your foot placement in this pose it should be to help align your hips and protect your knees. Because we treat our bodies differently each day, this adjustment will vary to match what your habits have been since you last explored this pose. Pigeon pose (sanskrit: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) is a wonderful hip opening pose that can provide the external rotation and flexion that your hips crave to remain agile. When done with care, pigeon is a great counter-pose for the modern habit of “I sit all day” pose. When finding your alignment in this pose, consider what the pose is designed to stretch/strengthen or release; in this case, your hips. Ideally, your adjustments should be made based on the alignment of your hips and shoulders. As you prepare for this pose, your hips and your shoulders are parallel to one another. Begin in table top (on all fours), with your hands shoulder-width distance apart. Slide your left knee up to meet your left wrist; this will keep your knee in line with your shoulders. Then your foot, over time, will work its way toward your right wrist, placing it on the path to align beneath your right shoulder. Erica Nunnally is a registered yoga teacher, author and purveyor of energy medicine. She is the owner of The Bija Institute located at 105 Scott Rd, Cumberland. For more information, visit BijaInstitute.com. See ad on page 38.
reathing Time Yoga’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training begins January 2018 with students learning through interactive lectures with visual aides, guided experiences, small group interactions and yoga classes spread out over nine months. The experience will be easy to digest and integrate, bringing students to a deeper and broader understanding of yoga at many levels. The program is based on the authentic teachings of Viniyoga, an ancient yoga philosophy of the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar lineage. Its ideal student is one that wishes to delve into personal practice, inner transformation and be the change they wish to see in the world. Viniyoga is based on the principle that the yoga should be adapted to the student, as each student is unique in both their starting point and goals. For those that wish to learn how to teach, the program will offer progressive steps towards that goal, culminating in practicum teaching experience. Some students may prefer to take the program for self-development only, so a reduced tuition program is offered when teaching modules are omitted. Location: 541 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-722-9876 or visit BreathingTimeYoga.com. See ad on this page.
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FELINE WORKFORCE Why a Job is the Cat’s Meow by Sandra Murphy
ome cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security.
In the Office Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressed-out labor force, according to the Pew Research Center and American Psychological Association, are among those that can benefit from having a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is one result, according to research by psychologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., conducted
at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored. “Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s eco-friendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. Smith’s Ace Hardware and House-
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wares, in Princeton, New Jersey, has Dusty patrol its 18,000-square-foot facility, often escorting customers along the aisles. At St. Augustine Health Ministries, in Cleveland, the furry receptionist is Oreo. This black-and-white stray claimed the job by installing herself at the front desk to welcome guests and visit with residents that miss having their own pet.
Therapists At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animalassisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.
Literacy Aids “At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years later, the city council cited pending
renovations and a potential impact on allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the four-legged employee.
Private Security Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/ neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
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Meditation Sound Bath with Cindy – 3-4pm. Singing bowls, chimes, drum. Let the sounds relax you, reduce stress, and provide a peaceful meditative experience. Bring your yoga mat, pillow, blanket for comfort. Free-will offering. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Rear Entrance/2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com.
Yin Yoga & Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Start your weekend with this restorative class. All poses are sitting or lying on the mat. Props are provided to help you hold poses from 3-5 minutes. Breathe and relax. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Special Gong Bath Event – 6:30-8pm. Join Gongmaster Joy and Drumsinger A.Michelle at this lovely yoga center on the Cape for a gong event which will bring you to a state of profound relaxation and peace. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Bikram Yoga Falmouth, 180 Teaticket Hwy, East Falmouth, MA. 508-540-0089. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 Reiki I Certification – Oct 2 & 3. 6:30-8:30pm. 2-day training. Discover the power of this Japanese energy medicine to help and to heal. Reiki stimulates the immune system and regulates stress. Certification. $150. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomHealing.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Be The Change – 6:30-8pm. Find calmness, peace and joy in chaotic times. Come listen to Nayaswami Asha talk about how you can “Be The Change.” Suggested donation $10. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Therapeutic Touch Workshop – 1-2pm. With Mary Grace Amendola, RN. Learn the basics and the benefits of Therapeutic Touch. Must be a RI medical marijuana patient. Limited seating available. Free. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. To reserve: 401-889-3990.SummitRI.org. Maximizing Youthfulness: Meditation – 6:307:30pm. Scientific research shows that daily meditation may dramatically slow the aging process. Meditation affects 3 important hormones: DHEA, melatonin and cortisol. Free. West Warwick Public Library, 1043 Main St, West Warwick. 401-828-3750.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-4pm. Experience a session on the John of God crystal healing bed. It is 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. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Integrated Energy Therapy: Basic – 9:30am-5pm. Learn Basic IET, about 12 strand DNA and working with Ariel and the healing angels. Learn how to use IET and receive a certificate upon completion of the course. $195. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. 200-Hr Teacher Training Open House – 4-5pm. Feel called to teach yoga but aren’t sure where to begin. Join Erica Nunnally at her Yoga Teacher Training open house and info session. Fall training begins on Oct 28. Free. The Bija Institute, Cumberland. EricaNunnally.com/teacher-trainings. Full Moon Gong Bath at Acorn Cottage – 5-6:30pm. Come celebrate the October full moon with Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsinger) as the resonant sounds of the instruments bring you deep relaxation and peace. $25. Meeting Nest at Acorn Cottage, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Conquer Fear with EFT – 6-8pm. Learning Emotional Freedom Technique can help you control fears and phobias that hold you back from a happy life. Easy to learn, easy to use. Be free at last. $50. Northern Lights Holistic Campus, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth. 401-293-5655. SoulWisdomHealing.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
Be The Change – 6:30-8pm. Find calmness, peace and joy in chaotic times. Come listen to Nayaswami Asha talk about how you can “Be The Change.” Suggested donation $10. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St, Newport. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.
Community Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Expressing gratitude. Lisa Labollita leads sweet, vinyasa flow; while instructors assist throughout the class. Donations accepted for Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation. With Nicole Downing, Roberta Neves, Trish Millan. Free. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.
Activate Your 12-Strand DNA– 6:30-9pm. This class will activate your 12-Strand DNA, unleashing your potential and supporting you in fulfilling your Soul’s mission. $25. Creatigo, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.
Near Death Experience & Meditation – 6:307:30pm. Learn about NDE and the transformative effects it had on our lives, and how spirituality and meditation emerge as the universal link. Free. Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-2552.
Deepen Your Relationship with Guides – 6:308pm. You have a team of spirit guides waiting to support you. Deepen your relationships with your spirit guides. I will support you and teach you how in this class. $15. Creatigo, Agawam Mills 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick, 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
markyourcalendar Magickal Halloween Costume Party – 6-11pm. Entertainment: DJ Buddy D; music, dancing and light show. Theatrical dance performances: The award-winning performers of The Glocester Dance Academy. Best costume: $100. Cash prize to best dressed male and female contestants. Buffet. $50/person. More info and tickets available on FB and Eventbrite. Hosted by All Things Magickal at Bella Restaurant, 1992 Victory Hwy, Harrisville. Eventbrite.com/e/magickalhalloween-costume-party-tickets-34519051412.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Reiki I – 9:30am-5pm. With Cheryl Markey. Learn Reiki I where you will be attuned and learn to do reiki for yourself. 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Weekend Natural Perfumery Intensive Course – Oct 14 & 15. 10am-8pm, Saturday; 10am-2pm, 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: ProvidencePerfume.com. Yoga Teacher Training Information Sessions – 1-3pm. Join us for this free information session and bring your questions. We will welcome you and answer all your questions. With Karen Lee. Free. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave. Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com.
Singing Bowls with Tracy and Doug – 2-3pm. Come relax to the melody of the singing bowl and receive the healing vibrations. This is a wonderful time, and you will be wanting it to never end. All welcome. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Gallery Reading with Jean Mandeville – 4-5:30pm. You are invited to 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. $35. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRi.com. Trilingual Celebration of Love & Light - 5-7pm. Incorporating music, new thought & movement, this multi language celebration will include Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian, American and Indigenous cultures. It will include a diverse selection of music from the Sufi, Christian, Hindu and Indigenous traditions. By donation. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. concordiacsl.com. Guided Meditation to Meet Loved One’s in Spirit – 6-7pm. Auric field and chakras cleared using guided imagery to meet loved ones in spirit. Great for everyone. $30. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 Eyelash Extension Training Class – 11am-7pm. What is holding you back from earning top dollar as an eyelash artist? Lash artistry is the #1 area in the beauty industry. Learn from professional eyelash experts. With a professional eyelash extension kit and certification upon completion of 2 clients. Diane’s Permanent Makeup & Eyelashes, 101 W Natick Rd, across from Warwick Mall, Warwick. 401-855-4333. DianesMakeup.com. Adult Empath Group – 6:30-8pm. What kind of empath are you? Learn tools, tips and support during this highly charged time. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mills 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.
Totem Meditation and Mask Making – 1:304:30pm. A guided meditation to find your totem animal, after which you will make a totem mask. This is a wonderful time to showcase your creativity as your mask comes to life. $35, includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. RSVP: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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. All are welcome to attend. Free; donations accepted. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
Good Vibrations Sound Healing – 2:30-4pm. Want better health, relaxation and deeper meditation? Sound therapy is a time-proven, effective modality using vibrational sound to create a sense of peace and well-being. $25. Santosha Yoga and Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. YogaAtSantosha.com.
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 Usui Reiki II Training (2nd Degree) – 9:30am6:30pm. Receive 2nd Degree Attunement; learn 3 sacred symbols for empowerment, mental and emotional balance, and distance healing; and practice using the reiki healing energy. With Gladys Ellen. $225, includes manual & certificate. White Light Bookstore, Classroom Space, 1468 Park Ave, Cranston. GladysEllen.com.
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Clear Your Karma – 6-9pm. Get Angelic help to clear your karma and turn karmic barriers into speed bumps on your life’s journey. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick, 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Healing: Meditation Prescription – 6:30-7:30pm. Dr. Alan Post will present the latest medical and scientific data regarding meditation and the prevention and treatment of many diseases; meditation as the antidote to stress. Free. Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St, Westerly. 401-596-2877.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Women’s Weekend in Rhode Island – 6pm, Friday-2pm, Sunday. An incredible weekend open to women offering relaxation, stimulating classes and outdoor recreation. Beautiful natural surroundings with barn and lake in Pascoag. $264. Episcopal Conference Center, 872 Reservoir Rd, Pascoag. 401-369-0045. WomensWildernessRI.com. Reiki Share – 7:15-9pm. This time allows you to practice reiki on others as well as being able to receive Reiki. Please call or register online so we know how many people will be coming. $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Yoga Alignment I Workshop – 9:30-11:30am. Deepen your practice by learning and understanding why alignment is so important when doing yoga. A step-by-step explanation of familiar yoga poses will be covered. $30. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. QuonnyYoga.com. Magnified Healing® 1st Phase – Oct 21 & 22. 9:30am-6pm. Learn a 20-min spiritual healing practice designed to establish a deeper connection with “All That Is” through healing and manifesting with Kwan Yin. $275; Certificate, Manual, Essence, CD. White Light Bookstore – Gladys Ellen, 1468 Park Ave (classroom space), Cranston. GladysEllen.com. Book Study Group - 10am-12pm. Studying and discussing “This Thing Called You”, written by Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind, and the Ancient Toltec Wisdom of Don Miguel Ruiz and The Four Agreements. Inspiring and insightful new study group is just getting started. Meet monthly on the first Saturday of each month (except for the first meeting.) Love offering appreciated. One Voice Studio, 411 Central St, North Smithfield. 401-323-7664. ConcordiaCSL.com John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 10am-4pm. Experience a session on the John of God crystal healing bed. It is 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. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Fougère & Chypre Formulation – Oct 21 & 22. 11am-5pm, Sat; 10:30am-2pm, Sun. Chypre and Fougère styles of perfume are the most misunderstood, yet most lauded formulations. $550. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325. Register: ProvidencePerfume.com. Sacred Drumming Circle – 7-9pm. Come and join Doug and Tracy for an evening of heang and releasing. We will drum with our spirit guides, ancestors as well as our animal guides, and harness the energy. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Kidz Expo West Warwick Civic Center – 10am2pm. Blue Dragonfly Wellness will be at the Kidz Expo. Come check out the booth and kid’s programs. Practitioners: Zandra, Christine and Kelly will be there. Costume contest. $5, free/13 yrs & under. 100 Factory St, West Warwick. More info, Blue Dragonfly: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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Energy Share – 2-4pm. Shares allow energy healers of all levels to come together and share their healing abilities. Build your skills and confidence in a safe and supportive space. Creatigo, Agawam Mills,1454 Main St, Ste, 9B, West Warwick, 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Monthly Herbal Workshop – 3-4:30pm. This class will explore adaptagens. How to cultivate, their properties, how to use, recipes. We will make an elderberry extract. $40, includes materials. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Sound Bath and Meditation – 4-6pm. Join Elizabeth (Kelly) Crehan for her much sought after Sound Bath immersion. She will guide you into a conscious relaxation and close with an equally soothing meditation. $40. The Bija Institute, Cumberland. Info@BijaInstitute.com.
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Reading Share – 6:30-8pm. Give and get at least one reading. Confirm messages, develop and refine your skills in this safe supportive community. Drop-in. Donations accepted. Creatigo, Agawam Mills 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 Youth Halloween Party – Evening. Please call 401477-9438 for details and to RSVP. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training Begins – 8am5:30pm. Join Erica Nunnally for a comprehensive Yoga Alliance-approved 200-hr teaching immersion for those who are called to teach yoga. Registration closes Oct 15. $300/month. The Bija Institute, Cumberland. EricaNunnally.com/teacher-trainings.
Tarot at DiMare Seafood Bistro – 4-9pm. Bring a friend to our pre-Halloween event. Have a great meal, great drinks and a great tarot reading. Wear a costume and get entered in our drawing. Readings: $30/25 min. DiMare Seafood Market, Bistro and Bar, 2706 So Co Trail, East Greenwich. 401-885-8100. SoulWisdomHealing.com.
Farmacy Herbal Harvest Festival – 8:30am – 5pm. Come join the crew at Farmacy Herbs for a day of herbal classes on making herbal medicine, medicinal mushroom walks, preparing winter wellness, social justice discussions and more! Pre-registration required. Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetery St, Providence. farmacyherbs.com/herbal-harvest-festival
Heavenly Hugs Celebrates 10 Years – 6-9pm. Gladys Ellen invites you to come laugh, play, sing and dance with other like-minded people as we celebrate life together. Food pantry donations for Church are appreciated. Free and open to the public. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. GladysEllen.com.
Holistic Psychic Fair – 10am-4pm. Treat yourself to the healing you deserve! Psychics, mediums, tarot and angel card readings, John of God Crystal Healing Bed, vendors and more. Come and join us. Free admission; pay per service. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Touch Drawing – 6:30-8:30pm. Play with special technique developed by Deborah Koff-Chapin. Touch Drawing is a way to draw images from the depth of your soul through the touch of fingertips. $30. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org. Reducing Stress through Meditation – 7-8pm. The scientific community has been exploring meditation as a healing modality. Learn about the extraordinary effect of meditation on stress-related responses. Free. Clark Memorial Library, 7 Pinehurst Dr, Carolina. 401-364-6100.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-7:30pm. Drum healing restores balance and bring us into alignment with our true nature through removal of blocks, returning lost power and soul parts. Bring a mat and blanket. With Paul DiSegna and Katharine Rossi. $35. Beloved: A Yoga Practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Fourth Friday Healing Gong Bath – 7:30-9pm. Gongs of Joy, with Shawn Aceto, will help energize and balance each of your 7 energy centers through the deep vibration and resonance of the gongs, bowls and drums. $20/pre-registered, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. Joy@GongsOfJoy.com. Sticky Stories VI: Queer Sex – 8-11pm. Join us at AS220 to listen to hilarious true tales of queer sex adventures and mishaps! Halloween will be right around the corner, so come in costume. Sliding Scale: $15-$25. AS220, 115 Empire St, Providence. 401-489-5513. bit.ly/StickyStoriesVI.
Yoga Teacher Training Information Sessions – 1-3pm. Join us for this free information session and bring your questions. We will welcome you and answer all your questions. With Karen Lee. Free. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave. Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com Newport Mystics Halloween Bash – 1-7pm. Have your future read by Soul Wisdom Tarot with Cris when the veils between the world are thin and Spirits are free to guide us. Enjoy other readers and vendors. Readings: $30/25 mins. The Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham St, Newport. 401-662-6642. SoulWisdomHealing.com. Children’s Arts & Crafts Class – 2-4pm. Join Michelle to paint and decorate pumpkins for Halloween (no carving). Customized to child’s interest and abilities. All supplies included. Limit 5. $25. Creatigo, Agawam Mills, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Creatigo.org.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 Mediumship Basic Training Workshop – 9:30am6:30pm. This workshop explores different means by which one can receive and transmit information from loved ones in the spirit world for self-healing and to assist others in healing. With Gladys Ellen. $250, includes manual & certificate). White Light Bookstore, 1468 Park Ave (classroom space), Cranston. GladysEllen.com. Reiki: Mini-Sessions for Community – 10:30am12pm. Give reiki a try. Stop in for a 10-15-min session. Call ahead to set up a time. Reiki is a wonderful energy technique to reduce stress, relaxation, and more. By donation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 3 Keys to Releasing Fear for Abundant Happiness – 6:30-8:30pm. Fear is an emotion that has a greater impact on our lives than most people realize. Free. Registration preferred but not required. Paradigm Shift, 1395 Atwood Ave, Ste 201 Johnston. To register, call or text: 401-413-5358. ParadigmShiftRI.com.
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markyourcalendar Pawtuxet Valley Wellness Day – 9am-5pm. If you are interested in attending, register before Nov 2 for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Whole Foods! Featuring vendors from the 7 dimensions of wellness. $3 before Nov 2; $5/at door. TMW Productions, LLC, West Warwick Civic Center, 100 Factory St, West Warwick. 401-589-1321. Tinyurl.com/pvwellnessday2017attend. Blue Dragonfly Wellness at Pawtuxet Valley Wellness Day – 9am-5pm. Please come see us at this event. $3/advance, $5/at door, free/12 & under. West Warwick Civic Center, 100 Factory St, West Warwick. More info: 401-741-5055 or BlueDragonflyRI.com. Green Burial – 2-4pm. Learn principles of sustainable conservation burial, new biodegradable options, planning a green burial and more. With guest speaker Lee Webster. Free admission and parking. The Funeral Consumers Alliance of RI at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1817 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-884-1131. FCA-RI@cox.net.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 How to Catch your Breath – 7-8:30pm. Taking a deep breath never felt so nourishing. Learn several different breathing techniques (pranayama) to help boost your energy, calm your mind and soothe your spirit. $35. The Bija Institute, Cumberland. EricaNunnally.com/workshops.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Green Goddess Farmacy Wellness Expo – 126pm. Experience beautiful gardens while enjoying yoga (adult and child yoga). Receive 15-min massages and reiki. Moonlight meditation in the garden. Local arts and crafts. Free admission; donations accepted. Green Goddess Farmacy, 221 Indigo Point Rd, South Kingstown. 401-287-4604. GreenGoddessFarmacy.com. Awaken Your Soul - 10am-3:30pm. Featuring guest speakers and presenters, reiki, reflexology, angel card readings and more. includes light refreshments and programs. $30. The Imperial Room, One Rhodes Place, Cranston. Tickets: 401-467-7100 x 33.
markyourcalendar Black Hat Networking, Shopping & Psychic Fair – 1:30-5:30pm. Appetizers, local vendors, henna and reiki, jewelry, magickal items, holiday gifts, handmade products and more. $10/person. More information and tickets available on FB & Eventbrite. Hosted by All Things Magickal at Bella Restaurant, 1992 Victory Hwy, Harrisville. Eventbrite.com/e/black-hat-networkingshopping-and-psychic-fair-tickets-37589278544.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Book Release – 2-4pm. Join Jessica Irey for her release of her first book, Harmonic Equilibrium. This is an account of my spiritual awakening during the most crucial point in human evolution. Free admission. Blue Dragonfly Wellness Center, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. Jessica_Irey@my.uri.edu.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 Cancer Awareness – 11am-2pm. Join Jessica Irey, Integrative Health Coach, as she educates on various causes of cancer and alternative treatments. Learn about plant medicines and preventative health. $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. GreenGoddessFarm@yahoo.com.
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Discover You Wellness Expo – 10am-6pm. Join us for RI’s largest holistic and wellness expo featuring exhibitors, workshops and more. Registration for exhibitors is open. Discover You Events, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. DiscoverYouEvents.com.
ongoingcalendar sunday Qigong – 8:30-9:30am. 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Mindful Flow and Meditation – 9-10:15am. Moderate-level class blending mindfulness discussions, gentle pranayama (breath), and flowing asanas (poses). $10. Hayloft at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton. 401-816-5600. Sandywoods.org. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s program & child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. ConcordiaCSL.com. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. SpiritualistChurchRI.com. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Includes music, chanting, meditation, uplifting talk, beautiful Festival of Light Ceremony, refreshments and fellowship. Healing Prayer Circle on 3rd Sunday, 1pm. Donation Appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. Unity Radiant Light Sunday Service – 10:30am12pm. A weekly Sunday Service with a powerful lesson, inspirational music, fellowship and meditation. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708. UnityRadiantLight.org. Deep Stretch (For Everyone) – 10:45am-12pm. A fun, laid back stretch class. Develop flexibility, range of motion, alignment and more. Great for both men and women. Also held Thursdays, 4-5:15pm. Come try. With Dr. Wayne Clairborne. Five classes for $40 Intro Special. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.
monday Tai Chi Easy – 9-10am. Learn tai chi 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Ananda Yoga & Meditation – 9-11am. Start your week with Ananda yoga. Awaken body, mind and spirit in an invigorating flow of postures for higher awareness and energy. Meditate with calmness, peace and joy. $12/drop-in. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.
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Basic Yoga– 10:15-11:30am. A foundational class with an emphasis on body and breath awareness and basic alignments in the postures. Class ends with a guided relaxation. No Class Oct 30. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRi.com. 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. TimeForYouYoga.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 5:30-7pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8; $22/drop-in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Fascial Fitness – 6:15-7:15pm. Focuses on the connective tissue of the body. Using reband elasticity, fascial stretch, fascial release and sensory refinement, we playfully explore our fascial network. $22/ class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. AullPilates.com. Yoga: Beginners Welcomed – 6:30-7:30pm. Breath work, simple meditation, and bodily postures widely practiced for health and relaxation. Text, call or email to reserve you spot. Other classes online. $72/6 wks; first class free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Rear Entrance/2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com. Lessons in Truth Book Study – 6:30-8pm. Unity Lessons in Truth helps readers make significant changes in their lives by better understanding and putting into practice the power of their own thoughts, beliefs. Love offering. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-486-2708. UnityRadiantLight.org. Muay Thai Kickboxing – 7-8pm. Appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience. We are offering 1 free month of karate for new students. Visit website for schedule of classes and more information. $6. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 401-349-5883. SullivansUSAKarate.com. Tai Chi Easy – 7-8pm. Learn tai chi 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
tuesday Ananda Morning Meditation – 9-10am. Join us Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Start the day with chanting to open the heart, and meditation for calmness, peace, clarity and joy. No previous experience needed. Donation Appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.
Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing, slow-paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, learn to release tension and pain with no strain or sweat. Find your peace and calm. With Janice O’Brien. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/ series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Ananda Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. New to yoga? Been away from it for awhile and want to ease back in? Starting at a later age? Want to go more slowly and dive deeper? This class is for you. $12/drop-in. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.
Ananda Tuesday/Thursday Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Tuesday & Thursday evenings enjoy yoga, breathing exercises, meditation and chanting. Physically and spiritually satisfying. All levels welcome. No class Oct 3. Suggested donation $12. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, 02852. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org. 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. By donation. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Noon Break Yoga – 12-12:30pm. 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Rotating Free for Members – 7:15-8:45pm. Workshops include: ball rolling, deep tissue self-massage, yoga with weights, chair yoga and more! Free/ members; $20/non-member. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave. Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com.
Calm Body/Calm Mind – 12-1pm. Give the body and mind a mini-vacation through yoga nidra, progressive deep relaxation. Meditate to focus the mind for higher awareness, peace and joy. Also on Fridays. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. 401-524-4766. AnandaRhodeIsland.org.
Slow-ga – 7:15-8:45pm. Every Tuesday from Sept 26-Oct 10. A restorative yoga workshop series geared for yogis who suffer from chronic pain and deep fatigue. $45/3 wks, $17/session. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave. Pawtucket. 401722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com.
Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8; $22/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com.
Laughter Yoga Session – 7:30-8:30pm. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Fun, easy and really good for you. Combines stretching, conscious breathing and laughter to improve mood and overall health. Free. Southside Yoga Center, 19 Elmwood Ave, Providence. 401-575-8002. Facebook.com/ProvidenceLaughterClub.
Yoga Tools for Wellness – 4-5:30pm. Different focus each month to support physical, physiological, emotional and spiritual well-being. Janet Larson is a Certified Yoga Therapist. Beginners welcome. $15 or class card. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. IslandHeron.com. Jump Board Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Time efficient, calorie burning, low impact jump board class. $22/ class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. AullPilates.com. All Level Yoga – 6-7:15 pm. Delicious warm-ups and a moderate posture flow, emphasizing breath and alignment technique, with experienced teacher, Mary Shiel-L’Esperance. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com.
wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Drop-in Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. LaughingElephantYoga.com. Fascial Fitness – 9-10am. Focuses on the connective tissue of the body. Using reband elasticity, fascial stretch, fascial release and sensory refinement, we playfully explore our fascial network. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977. AullPilates.com.
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Noon Break Yoga – 12-12:30pm. 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing style. Focus is on releasing the tight muscles along the spinal column for a related release in the body and mind. Pre-registration necessary. $148/series of 8; $22/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga Studio, 1006 Charles St, Ste10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020. BlissfulMomentYoga.com. Midweek Pilates Class – 6:15-7:15pm. A Pilates class designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and enhance mental awareness. Call, text or email to reserve your spot. $72/6 wks; first class free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, Rear Entrance/2nd Fl, Cranston. 401-474-3360. aahhw.com. Kundalini Yoga with Andi Flax – 6:30-7:45pm. Awakening kundalini energy through the practice of meditation, breath work, chanting and yoga poses which strengthens the nervous system and balances the glandular system. $15 or class card. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. IslandHeron.com. Yoga for All – 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com Weight, Why Do I Gain Weight Back? – 7-8:30pm. Mind, body and spirit connection. Holistic educational workshop, food choices, emotional eating and nutrition. Limit 25 men and women. Free. Blue Sky Healing Circle, 1076 Park Ave, Cranston. BlueSkyHealingCircle@aol.com.
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. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 9:30-11am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, learn to release tension and pain with no strain or sweat. Find your peace and calm. With Maria Sichel. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. Ananta Jyoti Yoga: Gentle Yoga – 11am-12pm. Gentle yoga appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience. Please visit website for additional classes and reiki certification and treatment sessions. $13. Ananta Jyoti Yoga at USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 774-987-9007. AnantaJyotiYoga.com. 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
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Weight Loss Consulting with Denise - 3:30 6:30pm. Join for one month, get one month free. Customize your personalized nutrition plan. Set your goals and get motivated. First month $50, second Free. At Above All Holistic Health and Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave. Rear Entrance/2nd Floor, Cranston, AAHHW.com. Self-Care Yoga Class – 6-7pm. 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 self-awareness. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. QIGONG with Master Wu starting 9/28 - 6:157:15pm. Qigong is a Chinese healing art. Learn to strengthen and balance your internal energy to attain better health. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. WayDragon.com. Chakradance Awakening Series – 6:45-8:15pm. Rhythm for the soul. Self-expression. Each week a new chakra will be worked on during the series. 10/5: heart; 10/12: throat; 10/19: 3rd eye; 10/26: crown. Drop-ins welcome. $40/drop-in. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com. 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. 401-270-5443. TheProvidenceInstitute.org.
friday Noon Break Yoga – 12-12:30pm. 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Pilates Mat – 12-1pm. Particular attention is paid to building tone in the deeper postural core muscles. Through the use of modifications, mat class is appropriate for all levels. $22/class; monthly packages available. Aull Pilates & Movement Studio, 1077 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-619-4977.AullPilates.com. Tai Chi Easy – 6-7pm. Learn tai chi 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com.
Shamanic Drumming Journey Group – 7:309pm. First Friday. Rest in savasana and experience the power of the circle and the rhythm of the drum to connect with helping spirits to release energy blocks, promote healing and gain insight. With Paul DiSegna of Energy-N-Elements. $10. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave. Pawtucket. 401-722-9876. BreathingTimeYoga.com.
saturday Parent and Me Yoga – 9-10am. 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. Parent pays; child free. $15/parent, child, $5/additonal child. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Saturday Morning Yoga: Cumberland – 9:3010:45am. Join us for a blend of kripalu, yin and restorative yoga for healing body, mind and soul. Learn mindfulness practice for ongoing stress management. All levels welcome. $12-$13/Flex Pass; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Svaroopa® Yoga Class for Beginners – 9:4511:15am. Enjoy a deeply relaxing slow paced class. With easy poses and lots of support, learn to release tension and pain with no strain or sweat. Find your peace and calm. With Suzanne Lincoln. New students: $50/5 classes; $20/series. Time For You Yoga, 2155 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-5319. TimeForYouYoga.com. 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. ConcordiaCSL.com. 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. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Beginning Level Yoga: 6 Weeks – 11am-12pm. Starts Oct 28. Learn/review the basics of hatha yoga including postures, prop use and breathing techniques. Suitable for new students and those seeking a more gentle class. $72/6 wks. The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. TheYogaStudioBRV.com. Youth Workshop – 11:30am-1pm. 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. RSVP: 401-741-5055. BlueDragonflyRI.com. Tai Chi for beginners - 12-1pm. New students are invited to a trial class. Learn the 24 posture Tai Chi form to improve balance, coordination, and energy. $225/12 wks. The Way of the Dragon, 373 Taunton Ave, East Providence. 435-6502. WayDragon.com.
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Glenn Ambrose 284 Phillips Hill Rd. Coventry, RI 02816 401-380-6707 Glenn@GlennAmbrose.com GlennAmbrose.com
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.
CHIROPRACTIC DR. RICHARD PICARD 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967 DrRichardPicard.com
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.
DR. LORRI HABER-DIBONI 14 Cedar Swamp Road Smithfield, RI 02917 401-233-0200 HaberDiboni.com
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.
MALCHAR CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER
Dr. Victoria Malchar, DC, CCSP 33 College Hill Rd, Building 30C Warwick MalcharChiropractic.com 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.
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NETWORK SPINAL ANALYSIS Patricia Hogan-Casey, DC Wholistic Chiropractic Center 215 Cottage St, Pawtucket 401-725-4380 DrPatOnTheBack.com
Dr. Patricia Hogan-Casey, using Network Spinal Analysis, has witnessed profound effects on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of her patients. The gentle precise touches to the spine initiate the removal of interference to the nervous system’s tension and function—essentially cueing the brain to develop new strategies to experience greater wellbeing. See ad on page 14.
JAHMEIR SKINCARE STUDIO 2928 Post Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851 JahmeirSkincareStudio.com
My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 23.
HAIR SALON DAY SPA DIVINE IMAGES & SANCTUARY DAY SPA 285 Slade’s Ferry Blvd, Unit 2 Somerset, MA. 02726 508-673-0900 • DivineImagesDaySpa.com
Our company is based on Ayurvedic & holistic principles. Working with Aveda, Eminence, Glo-Minerals, & Ouidad, presents every one of us with the opportunity to create positive effects. Treating the whole person leads to greater balance & well being. Come experience exceptional treatments with extraordinary products! See ad on page 11.
FLIPP HAIR SALON AND REFLEXOLOGY CENTER
38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • FlippSalon.com Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul. Offering hair, makeup, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 35.
HEALTH FOOD STORE NATURE’S GOODNESS
510 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 facebook.com/naturesgoodness NaturesGoodnessRI.com
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.
For 33 years we have been providing the finest quality Natural & Organic Whole Foods including many Gluten Free products, Natural Body Care, Athletic Supplements & Protein Powders, Incense, Smudging Supplies and Candles made with Essential Oils, Natural Pet Care Food & Supplements and Healthful Information in a fun, comfortable and inspirational environment. Open Daily M-F 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-6, Sun 11-4. View our web site and Facebook for upcoming events and educational information.
DEPTH HYPNOSIS FIRESEED CENTER FOR TRANSFORMATION
Katharine A. Rossi 194 Waterman Street Providence, RI 401-924-0567 • fireseedcenter.com
FRESH FACE SKINCARE CENTER AT AVALON
Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 FreshFaceSkinCare.net 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 35.
MY HOLISTIC VILLAGE MyHolisticVillage.com:
Resources for holistic daily living! Search the Chamber of Commerce Directory for holistic practitioners and merchants. Browse the Library articles and audios. Bookmark the Calendar for “must see” holistic events and more! Join today. It’s free. Own a business? Join the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce™ at MyHolisticVillage.com.
SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642 email@example.com SoulWisdomTarot.com
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 SoulWisdomTarot.com or facebook.com/ HolisticTarot for the latest news.
THE MEETING NEST AT ACORN COTTAGE
Rev. Natalia de Rezendes Slatersville, RI 401-766-8316 • firstname.lastname@example.org GatheringGuide.com • OneVoiceCentral.com
Jackie Van Dusen 401-284-0363 LightsoulTherapy@verizon.net LightSoulTherapy.com Offering Indoor/Outdoor Space in South County. For Classes, Workshops, Ceremony.
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HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH/ HYPNOTHERAPIST ABOVE ALL HOLISTIC HEALTH & WELLNESS
Toni-Ann Laprade Women’s Holistic Health/Life Coach 245 Phenix Avenue, Cranston, RI (Rear Entrance) 401-474-3360 ToniAnnLaprade@gmail.com AAHHW.com
Come talk some Holi-Talk with Toni-Ann! Toni-Ann offers a free 30-minute consultation to explore how she can help you reach your health goals and/or make healthier holistic lifestyle choices. Degreed in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology, she is also a Board Certified Hypnotherapist. See ad on page 11.
HOMEOPATHY VANDANA PITKE
Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI omhomeopathy.com 401-573-3757 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 omhomeopathy.com or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 45.
Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 MIndfullivinghypnosis.com
LIFE DESIGN COACHING WITH SUSAN DE LORENZO
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 21.
THOUGHT ALCHEMY’S TRANSFORMATION CENTER
Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist ThoughtAlchemy.guru 774-991-0574 • email@example.com
Mansfield, MA 508-851-9101 Susan@SusanDeLorenzo.com SusanDeLorenzo.com
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 21.
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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 21.
HYPNOSIS TRAINING GREATER RHODE ISLAND HYPNOSIS TRAINING
John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 John.Koenig.Hypnotist@live.com GreaterRhodeIslandHypnosisTraining.com Help people change and earn income as a Certified Hypnotist. 100 Hour National Guild of Hypnotists Certification Course. March - June 2018. $300 early enrollment discount. Call today to see if this course is right for you.
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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.
DIANE’S PERMANENT MAKEUP & EYELASH EXTENSIONS 99 W. Natick Rd., Warwick, RI 401-855-4333
Permanent makeup artist, Diane Slinko specializes in permanent eyebrows, eyeliner and lips. She works with each client to personalize the colors and shapes to enhance their face. Permanent makeup can take years off your age, give you more confidence and has a natural appearance! We also specialize in natural healthy eyelash extensions to complete the look! The end result... a more beautiful YOU! See ad on page 29.
MEDIUM / AUTHOR MARY CATHERINE VOLK
Gallery sessions and Speaking Engagements. 401-741-3478 Maryvolk8@gmail.com Believeinforever.today 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”.
MEDIUMSHIP MEDIUM AND INTUITIVE PSYCHIC READER
Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by phone 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-500-1908 LisaAshtonMedium.com NorthernLights.one
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.
SPIRITUAL TEACHER/PSYCHIC MEDIUM Debbie McBride 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 774-266-6199 debmcbride.net
Private Readings in Psychic/Mediumship, Angel Cards, Akashic Records & Energy Healing. I offer all levels of Mediumship Classes, Psychic Development Circles, Akashic Record (Soul) Reading and Table Tipping. Phone readings are welcomed.
NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS SHEILA M. FRODERMANN, MS, ND, DHANP, CCH
Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • ProvidenceWholistic.com Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 16.
DR. M FEIBELMAN, ND
Leaves of Change Natural Medicine at Sage Healing Collaborative 201 Waterman Street East Providence, RI 02914 508-343-0580 LeavesOfChangeMedicine.com
Holistic Medicine and individual patient care. Safe and effective natural solutions including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Supporting you on your journey to health.
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NUTRITION RESPONSE TESTING NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS
Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 • DrBomback.com Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 16.
SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER ENERGY-N-ELEMENTS Paul A. DiSegna 401-736-6500 Energy-N-Elements.com
Are you feeling stuck, stressed or disconnected? I will assist you in releasing energy blocks and guide you to experience the comfort and peace that comes with power and soul retrieval. “My intension is to improve my client’s health and well being.” Call for your appointment today. See ad on page 40.
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ORGANIC HAIR COLOR ELAINE HEWITT
Master Colorist/Stylist Barrington, RI 401-273-7005 • ElaineHewitt.com 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 29.
REFLEXOLOGY PRANA REFLEXOLOGY
Wendy Lewis, ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist East Greenwich, RI 401-626-4171 PranaReflexology.com 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 PranaReflexology.com to learn more about our services.
REIKI AND TATTOO ARTIST JESSICA IREY
Reiki Practitioner & Tattoo Artist 30 Phenix Ave. Cranston, RI 401-944-0880 PhoenixTattooandWellnessCenter.com Afraid of needles but want a tattoo?! Come see Jessica Irey, Reiki Practitioner and Tattoo artist at Phoenix Tattoo and Wellness Center. Jessica uses Reiki while doing tattoos to help calm her clients for a more enjoyable experience! For $30 extra, receive 15 minutes of Reiki before and after your Tattoo. Receive complimentary Reiki during the Tattoo. Reiki is an excellent approach for relieving stress, anxiety, pain, depression and various other ailments while promoting a sense of wellbeing and tranquility. To schedule a full session of Reiki with Jessica or to get a tattoo, call or visit www.PhoenixTattooAndWellness.com.
Joy Quinn Blum & A. Michelle 401-258-3952 • GongsOfJoy.com Sound therapy is an excellent holistic approach to relieve stress/pain, depression, fatigue, anger/hostility, fears/phobias and more. The vibrational overtones promote an overall state of peace, harmony and deep relaxation. Drumsinger A. Michelle channels Sacred Sound in harmony with a variety of indigenous instruments. Gongmaster Joy, sacred sound healing artist offers gong baths, private gong healing sessions, gong workshops, and other rituals.
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE JANE MCGINN, BA, LMT
459 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 401-450-4172 WestShoreWellness.com Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.
CATHRYN MOSKOW, LCMT
120 Wayland Ave, Ste 6 Providence, RI 02906 401-808-0837 catmoskow.massagetherapy.com Over 10,000+ hours of restorative muscular therapy. “Best of Boston.” Feel better, live happier – Enjoy pain relief, rehab/chronic issues, easier range of motion, age related issues, injury work + “aaaahhh”. Accurate, gentle Deep Tissue blended w/Swedish, Biodynamics + Reiki. “She’s like finding the owner’s manual.” By appointment. RI Lic #MT01664.
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Marie Bouvier-Newman 1099 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 401-305-3585 • Its-My-Health.com 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 45.
YOGA TIME FOR YOU YOGA
Maria Sichel, RYT, CSYT 2155 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI 02864 401-305-5319 Maria@TimeForYouYoga.com TimeForYouYoga.com I offer private Svaroopa® yoga therapy sessions tailored to meet your needs. I am specially trained in treating pain - including back pain and neck and shoulder issues. Yoga Therapy is more powerful than weekly yoga classes and moves you more quickly toward health and well being. My students experience pain relief, greater mobility, improved sleep, easier breathing, deep relaxation, increased flexibility, and a deep sense of peace.
YOGA & MEDITATION ANANDA MEDITATION AND YOGA CENTER 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, RI 401-524-4766 AnandaRhodeIsland.org
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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