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It is turning out to be a very busy and exciting year where we have mostly not stopped Maureen Cary, Publisher and there is little hope for calm in the immediate future. I am so thankful for all that is going on and also that I have been able to adopt meditation as a means to re-center myself. Yes, I am still doing it and find it so powerful. When we were in Florida, I was fortunate enough to witness another kind of history in the making when we attended the Space X Heavy Falcon Launch at the Kennedy Space Center a few weeks ago. Thanks to Elon Musk and his desire for space exploration, launches have been being deployed more often than ever before. With the Heavy Launch being the largest and most powerful ever sent up, complete with a Tesla Roadster in the nose of the rocket, Musk is now setting his sights on a colony on Mars. When you think of the courage these astronauts possess and the drive to explore the unknown, you can’t help but feel inspired. We explore a little closer to home this month than Mars, looking at different cuisines. In our feature article “The Worlds Healthiest Cuisines” on page 20 we explore different ethnic cuisines, and then in “Spice up Healthy Cooking” on page 26 we check out some super spices that add not just flavor to your diet, but also possess proven health and wellness properties. I have to admit to not being much of an explorer when it comes to food. With an English/Irish background, there were not a lot of spices from the people that brought us boiled dinners! I tend more towards the safe and known in my food adventures, but am resolved to try and experiment more.

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lipp Salon and Apothecary, in Providence, is hosting a free tea from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every first Sunday of the month. Justine Ring, stylist and herbalist, Maria Vanson, acupuncturist, and Jo-Anna Cassino, owner, will be serving blends from the apothecary to taste and learn about. “It’s a time to relax, unwind and create community so please bring a friend or two,” invites Cassino. “It’s a gathering for anyone who wants to learn about herbs, sample our blends and also learn about Chinese medicine.” Also, every first Wednesday of the month, Vanson is offering complimentary mini acupuncture sessions. She can host up to eight people, so call to sign up. These sessions are meant to introduce the modality and answer any questions about acupuncture. Cost: Free. Location: 38 Transit St., Providence. For more information, call 401-274-1981 or visit See ad on page 29.

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tlantimagia Tours Inc., a tour company headquartered in Bristol, is offering a travel package, Azores Active Fit Trip with Adriana Ferns, from March 23 to 30. The package includes flights, hotel, tours and trails, and is limited to 20 people. Atlantimagia Tours was started by Louis Victorino, who immigrated to the United States in 1972 from the island of São Miguel. After many years away from the island where he was born, he and his wife, Doreen, visited São Miguel island and fell in love with the culture, landscape, traditions, cuisine and its kind people. They wanted to start a tour company in São Miguel to have the opportunity to show the beauty of the islands to their family, friends and others that have never seen this beautiful part of the world. In 2017 they created a partnership with a very reputable tour company in São Miguel, and included Paulo Cordeiro and his daughter, Cristina, to promote the company. Atlantimagia’s main objective is to offer the client high-quality service, with 24hour support from arrival to departure, to guarantee that clients have an unforgettable vacation without any worries. Working with their clients, Atlangimagia designs itineraries tailored to guests’ desires. From organizing activities, managing hotel accommodations, flights, tours and transfers, the company will provide the best solutions to suit the clients’ needs, whether it’s a group or an individual. Each Azorean island has its own identity, with its own unique strokes in the landscape, traditions, cuisine and architecture. They have been sculptured by ancient volcanoes and populated over the centuries by courageous and kind people. The long list of natural parks and protected landscape guarantee the preservation of priceless natural beauty. The Azores are considered to be a sanctuary of biodiversity and geodiversity and one of the best locations for nature tourism. Cost: $1,750 per person (double occupancy). For more information, visit See ad on page 15. 8

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Swami Yogatmananda Returns to Concordia Center for Spiritual Living


wami Yogatmananda from the Vedanta Society of Providence is returning to Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, in Warwick, to present a service and workshop at 9:15 a.m., April 8. Spiritual Osmosis is the topic for the lesson and the workshop is on the Parables of Sri Ramakrishna. A parable is a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle or moral lesson. The Ramakrishna Order was founded in India in the late 19th century by the teacher Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886). Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), Swami Yogatmananda the most illustrious disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, established the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, which as of 2015 had more than 180 centers throughout the world running under the auspices of the Ramakrishna Order. In the United States, these centers have come to be known as Vedanta Societies. In Rhode Island, Vedanta Society is located in the neighborhood of Brown University, in the city of Providence. Based on the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of India, Vedanta affirms the oneness of existence, the divinity of the soul and the harmony of religions. Vedanta is the philosophical foundation of Hinduism, but it is universal in its application, being relevant to all countries, all cultures and all religious backgrounds. Vedanta is a combination of two words: veda means “knowledge” and anta means “the end of” or “the goal of.” In the current context, the goal of knowledge means the knowledge of God as well as the knowledge of our own divine nature. Vedanta, thereby, is both the search for self-knowledge and the search for God leading to their attainment in one’s life. Location: 292 West Shore Rd., Warwick. For more information, call 401-732-1552 or visit For information on Swami or the Vedanta Society of Providence, visit See ad on page 35.

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he Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians (RIANP) is urging community members to sign a petition to support its fight for health insurance coverage of naturopathic doctors in Rhode Island. Rhode Islanders deserve accessibility to this natural healthcare option. Naturopathic doctors are now licensed in Rhode Island, but insurance companies do not yet cover this service. The RIANP will be back at the state house this spring to fight for health insurance coverage for patients reRI Association of Naturopathic Physicians siding in Rhode Island. Getting insurance coverage will mean that visits will be covered and individuals will no longer have to pay out-of-pocket to be seen by their naturopathic doctor. To sign, visit For more information about RIANP, visit See ad on page 27.

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Gooseberries are Good for the Gut Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an overthe-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry. The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.” 14

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Research from Duke University Medical School indicates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased diabetes incidence by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.


Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to 18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K1 from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy, green vegetables, those with the lowest intake were more likely to experience vascular enlargement.

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DETERS ALZHEIMER’S According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like walking, dancing and gardening, which significantly improve brain volume in the hippocampus region and the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. The scientists studied 876 participants for 30 years and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, which were 78 years old on average, and followed up with MRI brain scans. They recorded their physical activity and logged caloric output every week. Two other studies found that any exercise that raises our heart rate and produces sweating for a sustained period will benefit cognitive health as we age. One meta-analysis of 36 studies from Australia’s University of Canberra found that exercise improved cognition by an average of 29 percent for those older than 50; another small group study from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, in Magdeburg, specifically showed that dancing benefits seniors’ cognition.


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According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people today are regularly undernourished. By 2050, a rise of another 3 billion in global population is expected to escalate pressure on food supplies. The challenge means providing not just sufficient calories, but also a balanced diet for good health. Fish present a viable solution, but most of the world’s inventory is already overharvested. Some scientists propose “cutting out the middle fish” via the commercial production of marine microalgae as a staple food. They produce fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polymers and carbohydrates that humans need and that can be used to feed animals and farmed fish. Microalgae are found in both freshwater and marine aquatic systems. Only a handful of algal species are used commercially now, but hundreds of strains have similar potential. Meanwhile, innovators at Copenhagen’s future-living lab SPACE10 created the Algae Dome, a 13-foot-tall urban ecostructure powered by solar energy that pumps out oxygen and produces food in a closed-loop arrangement. This hyperlocal food system grows microalgae, which are among the world’s fastest-growing organisms and can thrive on sunshine and water almost anywhere.

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Brits Cutting Back on Meat Eating

In 2015, the World Health Organization labeled bacon, sausage, hot dogs and other processed meats with the same carcinogenic label as for cigarettes. According to the Mintel Meat-Free Foods 2017 Report (Tinyurl. com/MintelMeatReport), 28 percent of Britons have now drastically reduced their meat intake. Reasons vary. About 49 percent of those polled that have given up meat or are considering it say they feel prompted by health warnings. Other motivators include weight management (29 percent), worries about animal welfare (24 percent) and environmental concerns (24 percent).

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The G20 nations, comprising the world’s biggest economies, provide four times more public financing to support fossil fuels than renewable energy, says a report from the environmental coalition Oil Change International ( This took place even though German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced climate change as the heart of the agenda at the Hamburg summit in July 2017. The public financing—in soft loans and guarantees from governments along with huge fossil fuel subsidies—makes coal, oil and natural gas cheaper to use in the short run because both the front-end and back-end costs are undisclosed.

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This is a family master plan for helping both children and adults resist negative thinking. Step One: Empathize with a Child’s Experience While the desired outcome is to help a child embrace a different point of view of their situation, the first goal is not to come on too strong with an agenda of change. Instead, start from where they are, based on an expressed emotion. Reflect this with words, a hug or a gesture. Thoroughly accepting how a child feels doesn’t necessarily imply agreeing or sharing the same view, but it does release them from having to show how bad they feel. So when a child says, “I feel like I’m in jail,” resist the urge to say, “Are you crazy?” Rather than try to steer them off their course, go in the direction of their swerve to help direct them back to their best self. The key is to normalize the experience without minimizing it. Exhibiting too much good cheer means they have no choice but to be grumpy to get their point across. Introduce the idea of choice: “Your thoughts are making you feel really bad. I wonder if there is something different we could do.” Don’t oppressively correct them with the right answer; it makes a child feel bad for being wrong. 18

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Instead of being led down a thorny patch lined with terrible impossibilities and accusations, we might steel ourselves to remain calm, get some distance or take our thoughts with a grain of salt. Relabeling begins with noticing a familiar ring to a child’s thoughts and distress; like us, they can also learn to recognize when “Mr. Negative” appears. Then they’re better prepared for discussion. As parents, when we learn to predict, “Yep, I knew my negative thinking was going to jump to that conclusion,” we can decide to choose other interpretations.

Step Three: Specify What Went Wrong Don’t be tempted to try to solve the huge problem initially presented, such as, “I hate my life, everything is terrible, I can’t do anything right.” The goal is actually much smaller, so teach a child to shrink it by narrowing down from some global form to the specific offending thought or situation that needs to be addressed. With young children, frame this approach as doing detective work to locate the source of the problem; with older children, explain that it’s usually a triggering event that makes us feel really bad—the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s key to helping them know what to do to feel better.

Step Four: Optimize and Rewire When a child is thinking negatively, their thoughts stall, their strengths and resources lock up, and their energy, motivation and hopefulness are drained. Try different settings or perspectives on the specific problem the child has identified and choose the version or interpretation that works best for them, one that is the least damaging, most accurate and gets their system moving in a new direction.

Step Five: Mobilize to Be the Change When we can’t think our way out of a mood, we can move ourselves out of it. Like picking up the needle on a skipping record and putting it down elsewhere, doing something active helps the brain engage in something enjoyable until our nervous system recovers. Thoughts, like a windup toy with its wheels against a wall, can keep spinning fruitlessly in place until manually turned in a new direction. Redirecting differs from distracting ourself from negative thoughts. Distractions play hide-and-seek with negativity; eventually, it will find us again. The master plan in caring for a child calls for us to first dismantle the power of whatever perspective is bullying them, correctly value ideas and then focus on what matters most. Whether we’re accepting or dismissing thoughts that suggest themselves, either way, we’re the boss because thoughts have only the power we give them and we are equipped to let them float on by or to amend, correct or replace them. Psychologist Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Her many books include Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking. For more information, visit

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The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig


mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish supersized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

Traditional Japanese

Ingredients. The dietary benefits of green tea, fermented soy and mushrooms like shiitake and maitake are well documented. 20

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Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.”

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Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and

Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eata-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and glutenfree dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

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Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia.

One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.


Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheesemaking,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. “Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazy-delicious meal.”


Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy

carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at VietWorldKitchen. com and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See French Bonus: While croissants and triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( March 2018




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Greek cuisine makes use of vegetables, olive oil, fish, wine, meat and other ingredients such as olives, cheese, zucchini, eggplant, lemon juice, vegetables, herbs and yogurt. It has a tradition of 4,000 years and flavors change with the season as well as different geographical regions. It is characterized by the Mediterranean diet using vegetables, olive oil and wine. The most characteristic element is olive oil as olive trees are prominent throughout Greece. The important vegetables are tomato, eggplant, green beans, green peppers, onions, potatoes and okra. Spices that are used include oregano, mint, onion, dill, garlic, basil and thyme. One popular vegetarian dish is called Gemista, which is stuffed tomatoes and/or peppers. For recipe, visit Dr. Chrysanthi Kazantzis (Dr. Kaz) is a naturopathic doctor and also holds her master’s in nutrition. She is the vice-president of the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians and practices at Avena Integrative Medical Center, in Putnam, CT.

Kitchadi: An Ayurvedic Superfood by Vandana Pitke


itchadi, pronounced kich-ah-dee and sometimes spelled khichari or khichdi, has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick and the healthy during special times of detox, cleansing and deep spiritual practice. A simple, porridge-like blend of mung beans and rice, kitchadi is often referred to as the Indian comfort food. But, perhaps contrary to the Western idea of comfort food or even health food, kitchadi has many nourishing and cleansing benefits. To be called kitchadi, the rice has to be cooked with a legume. Traditionally, that legume was split yellow mung dahl beans. These are the only legumes that are classified as “vata balancing” in Ayurveda. This means that, unlike every other type of beans or lentils, they will not produce any intestinal gas. Khichdi is a wholesome meal that has the perfect balance of nutrients. The combination of rice, lentils and ghee provides you with carbohydrates, proteins, dietary fiber, Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Many people also add vegetables to enhance its nutritional value. Rice, like most grains, is very low in the amino acid lysine. As a result, eating grains alone will cause a protein deficiency. Legumes and lentils, on the other hand, have lots of lysine, but they are generally low in methionine, tryptophan and cystine. Fortunately, grains are high in these three amino acids. So the marriage of rice and beans, as found in kitchadi, has been providing the ten essential amino acids and making complete proteins for cultures around the world for thousands of years. For cultures that have subsisted on a plant-based diet, this marriage is often what allows their diet to be nutritionally sustainable.

Recipe for Kitchadi Ingredients: 1 cup split yellow mung dahl* ½ cup long grain white (basmati) rice 1/2 inch fresh ginger root 1 tsp of each turmeric powder, cumin powder and coriander powder 3 Cloves plus 4 whole pepper corns Tbsp Ghee Salt to taste 1 small handful chopped fresh cilantro leaves 4-6 cups of water (depending how soupy the consistency one prefers)

Method: 1. Wash split yellow mung beans and rice together changing the water three times. 2. In a large pot, add dahl and rice, water, ghee and all the spices and salt. 3. Boil for 10 minutes on high heat. 4. Turn heat to low, cover pot and continue to cook until dahl and rice become soft (about 20-25 minutes). Some more warm water can be added for a soupy consistency. 5. The cilantro leaves can be added just before serving. 6. Serve hot with some extra ghee and few lime juice drops. *Split yellow mung dal beans are available at Asian or Indian grocery stores, or online as well. Different spellings include mung dahl/dal, moong daal(these all look yellow), split mung (green, as it’s not skinned). Vandana Pitke is a certified classical homeopath. In her more than 13 years of experience, she has treated and cured many chronic and acute cases with classical homeopathy. She incorporates Ayurvedic nutrition and mudra meditation in her homeopathy practice. To learn more, visit

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Garlic (Allium sativum)

“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo. 24

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“Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Dr. Lipi Roy, a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and blogger at SpicesForLifemd. com, considers turmeric the golden spice of life. “In addition to its role in Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat common ailments like stomach upset, ulcers, flatulence, arthritis, sprains, wounds and skin and eye infections,” she says. A study published in Oncogene concluded that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was a more potent anti-inflam-

Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For maximum benefits, grind whole peppercorns directly onto food at mealtime.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum)

“One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine, subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues, including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educator at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research noted that this spice also worked in al-


matory agent than aspirin or ibuprofen. Try adding a little turmeric and ground black pepper to soups, salads and sauces.

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Paprika (Capsicum annuum)

A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses. Another benefit of this capsaicincontaining spice is its ability to control appetite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food. “Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.” Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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This is an effective anti-microbial and antiinflammatory herb that kills harmful bacteria caused from food poisoning including listeria, staph and E. coli. It is a high source of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K which is important for bone support. It is also helpful for arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.


Cloves are a potent antiseptic herb that can fight infections, decrease arthritic pain and decrease digestive complaints. It is well-known for tooth and gum pain. Two to three cloves can be chewed to help relieve dental pain. It is effective in killing bacteria, and using clove oil topically can decrease infections in scrapes, cuts, rashes, bug bites and burns. It is also helpful for digestive complaints such as indigestion, gas and vomiting.



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Rosemary is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It has been used for thousands of years to increase memory, concentration and uplift moods. It is also stimulating to the immune system and digestion. Smelling the essential oil while studying for an exam or preparing for a meeting can enhance memory. It is also helpful for respiratory problems and chest congestion. It is very protective against carcinogenic toxins and prevents against various cancers. When grilling meats and vegetables, marinate foods with rosemary to reduce hetero cyclicamines (HCA’s) which are carcinogenic compounds that can form when meats are grilled. Dr. Chrysanthi Kazantzis (Dr. Kaz) is a naturopathic doctor and also holds her master’s in nutrition. She is the vice-president of the Rhode Island Association of Naturopathic Physicians and practices at Avena Integrative Medical Center, in Putnam, CT.

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hen Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally renowned PBS-TV chef and cookbook author carries these sensibilities forward at his home and studio in Madison, Connecticut. “In Europe, and certainly in France, healthy food is much more expensive,” he says. “In America, a chef may have the person that washes dishes also prepare salads. With lettuce, he’ll cut off the whole top, cut out the heart and throw out the rest.” U.S. restaurant kitchens mirror home kitchens, where the average family throws away a quarter of the food they buy, wasting an average of $2,200 a year. These scraps mean wasted food and money at home, plus misspent resources to grow and transport the food. According to a report by the National Resource Defense Council, “Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land and swallows 80 percent of the fresh water consumed in the United States.” 28

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To save money and also live better, here are just some of many easy ways to use up every bit of fresh produce we buy.

Asparagus Ends

Self-described “frugal foodie” Diana Johnson, of Auburn, Washington, never lets asparagus ends go to waste. With the help of a blender, she turns them into a creamy asparagus soup—minus the cream—that her family loves (

Broccoli, Swiss Chard and Spinach Stems

Thrifty cooks know the magic of quick pickles. Recycle the brine from pickles and pack thinly cut stems of broccoli, Swiss chard and mature spinach into the jar until covered with the brine, then seal and refrigerate. In a few days, these quick pickles will be ready for snacking and sandwiches.

Carrot and Beet Tops

Very fine carrot tops can be used like parsley. With a food processor or high-speed blender, transform them into a favorite pesto or salsa verde recipe, suggests Registered

Freeze what’s left in the bottle in ice cube trays, suggests Anisha Jhaveri, a film writer and wine lover in New York City. It can add flavor to soups and stews, sauces and desserts like wine-poached pears.

Lemon Peels The limonene in lemon peels is a natural cleaner and degreaser, says blogger Jill Nystul, of Salt Lake City, Utah. She makes her own Citrus Vinegar All-Purpose Cleanser by simply packing lemon peels in a jar and topping with vinegar. See how at

Vegetable Peels and Trimmings Instead of throwing out onion skins, carrot peels, celery leaves and tough leek stems, collect them in a freezer bag over time and store in the freezer. When enough has accumulated to fill a pot, make homemade vegetable stock, suggests Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle ( how-to-make-perfect-vegetable-stock-for). At home, Pépin makes “fridge soup” once a week. “Whatever is left in the fridge—carrots, lettuce, a piece of leftover meat or whatever else I made the other day—goes into the soup,” says Pépin. “We finish it with some vermicelli or polenta or good bread.” A delicious meal, shared with family and friends, makes frugality festive. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Dietitian and nutritionist Madeline Basler, of Long Island, New York. One of her go-to’s is her Earth Day Carrot Top Pesto (Tinyurl. com/CarrotTopPestoRecipe). Beet greens can be sautéed like spinach, in a little extra-virgin olive oil with garlic, as a veggie side.

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onathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (And What We Can Do About It), suggests many ways to curb this habit at, WastedFood. com. Here are some suggestions from him and others:


Shop smart. Plan meals for the week with a detailed shopping list, suggests Madeline Basler, a certified dietitian nutritionist in Long Island, New York.

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Save, transform and eat leftovers. “Eat down the fridge,” counsels Kim O’Donnell, a chef and cookbook author in Portland, Oregon. Turn leftovers into frittata, sandwich fillings, pasta sauces and soups. In this way, we’re not eating quite the same meal again.

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Store food in safe, sealable glass containers, so it’s easy to see. Avoid clutter in the refrigerator and freezer; if we can’t see it, we won’t eat it.

Treat expiration and sell-by dates as just guidelines. There is wiggle room in both, advises Bloom.

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Join a food exchange. Emily Paster, co-founder of Chicago Food Swap, helps farmers, foragers, home cooks, gardeners, bakers and canners trade or barter their produce and products.


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hen life makes a long workout impossible, a 10-minute, totalbody fitness routine can be super-efficient and effective, if done right. To maximize results, strategically order the exercises to work different muscles each time, allowing one set of muscles to rest while working another. This is the basis for a 10-step workout that Franklin Antoian, an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and founder of iBodyFit, created for SilverSneakers. The steps can be part of a regular routine or done on their own three times a week every other day, gradually working up to five days a week. Needed equipment includes a chair, light dumbbells (or filled water bottles or food cans), a yoga block (or small soft ball or pillow) and a watch or timer. Given extra time, warm up by walking in place for five minutes, and then perform each exercise in order for one minute, doing as many reps as possible. Try not to rest between exercises. If a full minute feels too challenging, start with 45 seconds of exercise and 15 seconds of rest.

then lower and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it easier by doing slow and controlled reps without dumbbells.


WALL PUSHUPS. Stand at arm’s length away from a wall with feet hip-width apart. Place palms shoulderwidth apart on the wall. Bend elbows and lower the upper body toward the wall, keeping the core tight and straight. Pause, and then press back to the starting position and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it harder by taking a step back from the wall, pushing out from a kneeling position.


ARM CIRCLES. Stand with feet hipwidth apart. Extend arms straight out to each side at shoulder height with palms facing down. Swing arms forward in a circular motion for 30 seconds, and then backward for 30 seconds. Keep shoulders down and back and elbows slightly bent.


SHOULDER SHRUG. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold dumbbells with arms down, palms facing inward. Slowly raise shoulders as if trying to touch the earlobes. Pause, and

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SEATED ADDUCTION. Sit in a chair with a yoga block between the knees. Press knees together to squeeze the device, pause for three seconds. Relax and repeat. Continue for one minute. HIP EXTENSION. Start on hands and knees with palms flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Align the neck and back while looking down or slightly forward. With foot flexed and knee bent, slowly raise the right foot toward the ceiling until the thigh is parallel with the floor. Pause, and then lower. Continue for 30 seconds, and then repeat with the left leg. To make it easier, try it while standing, keeping the lifted leg straight, and hold the back of a chair for support.


BRIDGE. Lie face-up on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. Press heels firmly and raise hips to form a straight line from shoulders to knees. Pause for three seconds in this position, and then lower and repeat. Continue for one minute.


CLAMSHELL. Lie on the floor on the left side, with hips and knees bent 45 degrees, the right leg on top of the left, heels together. Keeping feet together, raise the top knee as high as possible without moving the pelvis or letting the bottom leg leave the floor. Pause, and then return to the starting position. Continue for 30 seconds; switch sides and repeat.


SEATED KNEE RAISE. Sit at the front of the chair with knees bent and feet flat, holding onto the sides for balance. Keeping the knee bent, lift the right leg about six inches off the floor. Pause for three seconds, and then lower and repeat with the left leg. Continue alternating for one minute.


BICEPS CURL. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold dumbbells with arms at each side, palms facing forward. Keeping the upper arms still, bend both elbows to bring the dumbbells as close to the shoulders as possible. Pause, and then slowly lower and repeat. Each time arms return to the starting position, completely straighten them. Continue for one minute. Make it easier with slow and controlled reps without using dumbbells.


TRICEPS EXTENSION. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold the end of one dumbbell with both hands. Position arms so elbows are pointing up, with upper arms by the ears and the dumbbell behind the head. The neck is aligned with the back; with shoulders down and back. Keeping upper arms still, straighten the elbows until the dumbbell is overhead. Pause, and then slowly lower and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it easier by sitting in a chair. Locke Hughes, of Atlanta, GA, contributes content to SilverSneakers, a community fitness program that helps older adults maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve well-being. Learn more at

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rom the moment we wake up and put our feet on the floor to the moment we lie back down at night, we are in a constant state of motion, using our bodies in one way or another. Everything we do requires some physical action on the part of the body. Every movement we make, every stair we climb, every car we get into—even driving, requires use of the body. Our relationship with our body is one of give and take. Certainly the body is ever-present in the giving department, but where are we in the giving back department? How often do we thank our body? What do we do to show the body that we appreciate every action and every response? Most of us don’t consider our relationship to our body in that way. We simply assume our body will respond to whatever we ask of it. Only when we suffer an injury or illness that lays us up for some time do we gain a closer understanding of what it feels like when

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ver since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, and possibly prompting a host of health problems.

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“Ninety percent of the vitamin D we get comes from the sun, and exposing arms and legs for a few minutes a day is enough for most people with no risk of skin cancer,” says Registered Nurse Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Nursing at Chicago’s Loyola University. She’s the lead researcher for the Sunshine 2 Study, a clinical trial investigating the vitamin’s vital role in relieving depression. “Every tissue and cell of your body requires vitamin D to function properly,” 34

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says Michael Holick, Ph.D., a medical doctor who has pioneered vitamin D research at the Boston University Medical Center. A 40-year professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, he’s a fervent advocate of sensible sun exposure. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, essential for bone and muscle health. It plays a significant role in reducing the risk of infectious diseases, including cardiovascular problems and certain cancers, contributes to brain function and memory, and elevates mood, all while reducing early mortality,” explains Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem. Yet, he says, about half of all Americans are among the 1 billion people worldwide that are vitamin D deficient. Published vitamin D research in the U.S. National Library of Medicine turns up 74,486 studies and citations dating back to 1922, with nearly half done in the past 10 years; 478 of the total were authored or coauthored by Holick or cited his research.

His work confirms that sensible sun exposure and supplementing with natural vitamin D3 brings vitamin D levels to the optimal 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). New research from the University of Surrey, in the UK, found D3 twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels as D2, which is often synthetically produced. While the human body manufactures vitamin D as a response to sun exposure, eating certain foods like fatty fish, egg yolks and cheese can help. Fortifying foods with the vitamin is controversial. “It’s interesting that the right sun exposure will correct D deficiency rapidly, but won’t create an excess. Our bodies stop producing the hormone vitamin D once we have enough,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, an obstetrician, gynecologist and nutrition specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know.

Bare Minimum Holick, who differentiates between unhealthy tanning and healthy sun exposure, recommends exposing arms and legs to noonday sun for five to 10 minutes three times a week for most people. He adds, “Everyone needs 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 [supplements] a day year-round, and obese people need two to three times that much, because their ability to manufacture vitamin D is impaired.” Penckofer’s research confirms that fair-skinned people absorb the sun’s rays easily and quickly, while darker-skinned people have a natural sunblock, so they need much longer sun exposure to absorb the UVB rays that trigger the production of vitamin D. She remarks that inadequate vitamin D is a possible explanation for the greater risk of high blood pressure observed in African-Americans. Holick contends that anyone living north of Atlanta, Georgia, cannot get enough winter sun exposure to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. “While vitamin D can be stored in the body for up to two months, a winter-induced deficiency is a convincing explanation for the seasonal affective disorder that strikes many

At least 10 hours a week outdoors in sunshine is crucial for children under 6 for development of healthy eyes. Otherwise, the risk of myopia increases, which in turn lends risk for cataracts and glaucoma in adulthood. ~University of Sydney Adolescent and Eye Study of 2,000 children in northern states in January, just two months after the weather turns too cold to get sufficient sun exposure,” explains Penckofer. “In Alaska, we eat lots of fatty fish and take D supplements in winter. We know there’s no chance we’re getting the D we need from the sun, even when we’re sunbathing in negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures,” quips Thompson. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food Is Medicine: 101Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

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ncreasingly, people are searching for alternatives to milk and other dairy products to fulfill their daily nutrition requirements for calcium. A surprising number of people are lactose intolerant, and a growing number of others are expressing a preference for plant-based options they believe to be better for the planet than dairy products. Lactose intolerance is caused by the lack of an enzyme in the small intestine, called lactase. This causes chronic digestive discomfort. Lactase splits lactose into glucose and galactose, which can be absorbed into the bloodstream. While virtually all infants and young children produce lactase enzymes, many adults do not.

The Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine reports, “Prior to the mid-1960s, most American health professionals believed that these enzymes were present in nearly all adults as well. When researchers tested various ethnic groups for their ability to digest lactose, however, their findings proved otherwise. Approximately 70 percent of African-Americans, 90 percent of Asian-Americans, 53 percent of Mexican-Americans, and 74 percent of Native Americans were lactose intolerant.” Traditionally, these ethnic groups have derived their calcium from a diet of beans and vegetables. Green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale and collards, are rich in a form of calcium with an absorption rate as good or better than that of milk. In addition, leafy greens are an excellent source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, while containing little fat, no cholesterol and no animal proteins. Just as important as calcium absorption is calcium depletion. Research shows that calcium losses are increased by the consumption of animal protein, salt and caffeine, as well as tobacco use and physical inactivity. Animal protein has been shown to actually leach calcium from the bones. This does not necessarily mean people should stop eating animal protein; however, this might suggest moderation and a shift toward more plant-based foods. All of this research is inspiring product innovation. One emerging market leader is Rhode-Island-based GO VEGGIE, which offers a variety of alternative products to satisfy the cheeselover’s craving. Lactose-free, GMO-free and vegan items include a grated parmesan style topping, mozzarella or Mexican style shreds, and flavored cream cheese alternatives that can be used in cooking and baking. Look for GO VEGGIE in the refrigerated section of the veggie department. Visit for cheesy lactose-free recipes. See ad on this page. Wendy Fachon is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.


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New Moon Reiki Healing Event – 4-8pm. 15-min reiki and IET healings for $22. Free stone with each session and we will write down what we want to manifest and burn it in our cauldron into the night sky. Bewitched of Scituate, 180 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. 401-300-9109.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-7pm. Have you ever wanted to try reiki or some other form of natural healing? Now is your chance. We will have several practitioners on hand. First come, first served. $10. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Gong Bath: Healing With Sound – 6:30-8pm. Join Joy (Gongs of Joy) and A.Michelle (Drumsong) to experience the resonant sounds of gongs, singing bowls, drums, flutes and more to bring you to a state of relaxation. $25/advance, $30/at door. It’s My Health, 1099 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-305-3585.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Raja Yoga Workshop – Mar 3, 17, 31. 9am-1pm. Raja yoga awaken to your deepest reality of oneness with the infinite. Yoga asanas, philosophy, meditation, diet, healing. $35/class. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown. Saturday Morning Yoga : Cumberland – 9:3010:45am. All level yoga. Emphasis on breath and alignment for energy and the joy of movement. New students: $40/4 classes; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Youth Workshop with Zandra – 11:30am-1pm. Interactive workshop using deep breathing, meditation, and an expressive arts activity/play. This allows the participants to gain mindfulness and self expression. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Drumming Circle – 7-9pm. Come experience a Shamanic Healing Drum Circle. Doug will guide you in a peaceful meditative drum session which promotes overall healing. Drums are available for your use. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

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Discover You Wellness Expo – 10am-5pm. Join us for this fun and interactive event with free workshops including keynotes, Roland Comtois and Casey Conrad, over 80 exhibits, free movement classes, free henna tattoos, ​garden wall​, food samples, and Grand Prize, ClubMed 3-night vacation and much more. $10/advance, $15/ door. Discover You Events, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick. 401-919-4944. Tea Time – 11am-12:30pm. 1st Sunday of the month. Gathering for anyone who wants to learn about herbs, sample our blends and unwind, also to learn about Chinese medicine, Western and Eastern herbalism. Free. Flipp Salon and Apothecary, 38 Transit St, Providence. 401-274-1981. Chakras & Essential Oils Workshop – 1-3:30pm. Workshop aligns the physical body with asanas specific to each chakra, then deepens this connection with organic essential oils. You take home an oil set. $40. Jala Studio Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524. Reiki Level One Workshop – 1:30-4pm. This workshop will concentrate on the chakra system to heal using reiki. Participants will receive a Reiki Level One attunement, a user friendly lesson book and crystals. $100. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Dr, Cranston. 401-463-3335. Community Drum Circle – 3-5pm. Come make beautiful and interesting rhythms and melodies among an easy-going group of music lovers. All are welcome. $5 suggested donation. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Meditation for the Brain – 6:30-7:30pm. This program will provide us with the latest research on meditation’s affect on our brain, our being, and the cosmic connection it has to our relationship with the universe. Free. Tiverton Essex Library, 34 Roosevelt Ave, Tiverton. 401-625-6796. Journey Into Knowing – 6:30-8:30pm. Have an issue where you feel stuck? 4-wk class using shamanic journeying and dreaming to understand, change and heal with power of spirit and your own knowing to guide you. With Katharine Rossi. $75. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.



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LK practice. By donation + $30 studio fee. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Adult Playshop: 11x14 Painting – 6:30-8:30pm. Create your “I Am” painting. Awesome, fabulous, spectacular, original, unique, sparkly: you decide. Canvas, brushes and paint supplied. $25. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. To register: 401-736-6500 or Chakradance: Throat – 7-8:30pm. This class uses guided imagery, specific music, movement and mandala art work all created in a safe atmosphere for healing and self-awareness. Drop-in okay weeks 1-7. $30 includes materials; $25/college student. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Disco Black Light Yoga – 7:15-8:45pm. Join Pamela Sammartino for a practice of disco beats, flow, glow and good vibes. Wear white or light colors that will glow in the dark and come join the fun. $20. Raffa Yoga, 19 Sharpe Drive, Cranston. 401-463-3335.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Reiki I with Cheryl Markey – 9:30am-5pm. Learn Reiki I where you will be attuned and learn to do reiki for yourself. Learn about the history of reiki, hand placement. Receive certificate at the end of class. $125. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. Must preregister: 401-741-5055. Reiki I Certification Course – 10am-5pm. Learn about reiki history, ethics, hand positions, aura, chakras. Receive a manual, First Degree Usui Reiki attunement and practitioner certificate. 2 student limit. $150. Live It Love It Wellness, 2845 Post Rd, Ste 104, Warwick. 401-323-7199. Reiki Level 1 Training – 10:30am-5:30pm. This is a beginner Usui Reiki Level I class. Learn what reiki is and how it works, the history of reiki, hand positions for treating yourself and others. With Bridget Bourne, Reiki Master Teacher. $150. Keystone Family Acupuncture, 120 Dudley St, Ste 103, Providence. 401-272-8262. Introduction to Meridians – 1-3:30pm. We will introduce the meridian lines alongside yoga forms and acupressure points that activate each meridian. $65. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Gallery Reading with Jean Mandeville – 2:304pm. You are invited to attend a group style gallery reading. Loved ones who have transitioned over, as well as spirit guides will come forward to offer messages of comfort. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Spiritual Development Circle – 4-5:30pm. Have you wanted to develop your mediumship abilities, as well as grow spiritually? This class is for you. Learn about billets, flame cards, psychometry and much more. $25, $100/5 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Hypnosis for Weight Loss – 6-7pm. It is time to get healthy and happy. Using hypnosis and the subconscious you can be one step closer to your goal. Led by Certified Hypnotist, Jean Mandeville. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Archangels and Crystals with Cheryl – 6:158:15pm. Do you love angels and crystals? Then this is for you. Learn about Chamuel the archangel of adoration and courage, and the crystals that are connected with him. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Gong Bath & Drum Healing – 6:30-8pm. Experience sound healing with A. Michelle. The vibrational overtones promote healing, clarity, inspiration and creativity. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Hypnosis to Stop Smoking – 7-8pm. I am now ready to be smoke free. If you are ready to give up smoking this may be the boost you have been waiting for. Certified clinical hypnotist will help you do this. $40. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. Artisans, makers, vintage vendors, community non-profits, live music, food trucks. Visit website for more information and vendor application. Free admission. The Providence Flea, at Hope High School, rear entrance, 324 Hope St, Providence.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 When Caterpillar Becomes Butterfly – 10am12pm. Shape shifting meditation to chrysalis state for rest and transformation. Experience an awakened and renewed self emerging for Spring. Bring a large sheet or blanket. With Colleen Kelley. $15. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567. Country Dance Program – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a dance lesson presented by Lois Meinhardt. No experience necessary. Enjoy yourself and lighten up your Monday mood with an evening of dancing. Please register. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Drumming Circle with Dorothy and Jim – 6:308:30pm. Join us for a fun night of drumming. Let the sound vibrations cleanse your energy field. If you have your own drum bring it with you. $15. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose Street, East Providence.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Reducing Anxiety through Meditation – 6:307:30pm. We can slow our brain waves to states of relaxation. When we are in a state of physical and mental calmness, we have more control over our reactions towards life’s stress. Free. Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Rd. Narragansett. 401-789-9507 x 23. Deepen Your Relationship with Guides – 6:308pm. You have a team of spirit guides waiting to help you. Come to this supportive group to deepen your communication and understanding of your relationship. $15. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 Coloring Club for Relaxation – 5-6:30pm. Adults are rediscovering the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. The library will provide soothing music and coloring supplies. Please register. Free. Mansfield Public Library, 255 Hope St, Mansfield, MA. 508-261-7380. RI Holistic Healing Association Meeting – 6:308:30pm. Presenter is John LaCross. Doors open at 6:30PM for networking and meeting is 7PM8:30PM. Free, donation appreciated. RIHHA, at First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 South Rose St., East Providence.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Multi-Practitioner Reiki Clinic – 6:45-9pm. Open to public. Drop-in 15-min sessions for intro to reiki or tune-ups. Come to gather, relax and receive some healing. Pre-registration recommended. Doors open at 6:45pm. $15. Intuitive Therapy, 1300 Park Ave, Ste 2R, Woonsocket. 508-951-9828. Align with the Season Ceremony – 7-8:30pm. Join us for shamanic ceremony to release blocks, open and align more fully to the energy of the Winter Solstice. Bring drum, rattle, item for the altar (returns with you). With Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna. Free. Energy-N-Elements, 150 Adirondack Dr, East Greenwich. 401-736-6500. Chakradance: Third Eye – 7-8:30pm. This class uses guided imagery, specific music, movement and mandala art work all created in a safe atmosphere for healing and self-awareness. Drop-in okay weeks 1-7. $30 includes materials, $25/college student. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 Basic IET Class with Sheila – 10am-5pm. Would you like to learn Integrated Energy Therapy? This is the first of 3. Become attuned and learn how to do self-treatment working with Angel Ariel and the Healing Angels. $195 includes book and certificate. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Integrated Energy Therapy Basic Cert – 10am6pm. See Facebook or Eventbrite to register. $175. All Things Magickal, 35 East Ave, Harrisville. 401-567-4700. Decode Ingredients – 2-4pm. Are you confused by food labels? Get smart about your food choices. Email to sign up now. Space is limited and will go fast! Take home a free decode ingredients guide. $10. Nurture the Seeds Within, Warwick. Spring Equinox: An Inner Journey – 6-7pm. Since 1998 Judith Blacquier has traveled the world training with healers and teachers in the wisdom traditions of meditation, shamanism, kundalini, hermetics and kabbalah. $20. The Island Heron, 34 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown. 401-560-0411. Gong Bath – 6:30-7:30pm. Students will relax comfortably with bolsters and blankets. Experience deep healing on all levels as the vibrations pass over and through the body. $22. Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

MONDAY, MARCH 19 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, Warwick. 401-855-4333.

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 Akashic Record Reading – 5:30-8:30pm. Do you have something reoccurring in your life that you can’t seem to get past? An akashic record reading can reveal the root cause and how to heal it. Come be amazed. $20. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Journey to a live drum as you practice modern applications of this ancient technique. Gain insight and understanding about yourself, your relationships and the world. With Katharine Rossi. $10. Fireseed: Center for Transformation, 194 Waterman St, 3rd Fl, Providence. 401-924-0567.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Meditation & Near Death Experiences – 6:307:30pm. Learn about near death experiences, transformative effects and how spirituality emerges as the profound universal link. A simple technique of meditation will be taught. Free. Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-2552. Special Gong Bath Meditation – 7:30-9pm. Join Joy and A.Michelle and relax deeply to the healing sounds of gongs, singing bowls and drums. $20. The Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA. 401-258-3952. Joy@GongsOfJoy. com. Tickets:

You have power over your mind­—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ~Marcus Aurelius March 2018





Parapsychology with John D’Angelo – 7-9pm. 4 classes: March 22, 29 & April 5, 12. The subjects are understanding dreams, near death experience, children of the enlightenment and past lives. All welcome. $75/4 classes, $25/class. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

Providence Flea Spring Markets – 10am-4pm. Artisans, makers, vintage vendors, community non profits, live music, food trucks. Visit website for more information and vendor applications. Free admission. Providence Flea, at Hope High School, rear entrance, 324 Hope St, Providence.

Playshop: Melted Crayon Painting – 10am-12pm. Come have some fun and create your own unique melted crayon painting. Canvas size 11x14. All supplies included. Please dress for messes. $20. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 Azores Active Fit Trip – Mar 23-30. Discover São Miguel Island with Adriana Ferns in an active/ relaxing vacation that will have you feeling amazing. The views alone will take your breath away. Price varies. Atlantimagia. 401-300-0950. Details: Happy Hour Community Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Every 4th Friday, come to unwind and begin your weekend refreshed and at peace. This is a community yoga class, which means it’s for all levels of yogic experience. By donation. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Awakening through Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/ or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. A Touch of Light 197 Pascoag Main St, Pascoag. To register: 401-568-2800 or Chakradance: Crown – 7-8:30pm. This class uses guided imagery, specific music, movement and mandala art work all created in a safe atmosphere for healing and self-awareness. Drop-in okay weeks 1-7. $30 includes materials, $25/college student. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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/advance, $25/at door. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-722-9876.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Yin Retreat with Self-Care – 9:30am-12pm. Hot stones, paraffin hand treatment, self-facial massage and yin yoga: experience rejuvenation as you are guided though these self care techniques and yin poses. Indulge. With Nicole Downing and Billy Downing, LCMT. $40. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877. Qigong Workshop: Open to All – 1:30-3pm. What is it, how is it done, and what are the benefits? Come and find out the importance of doing qigong and learn some movements to practice. Dress comfortable. Free. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Reiki Share – 3:45-5:15pm. Looking to practice your skills? Come spend this 1.5-hrs together sharing your gift with others, as well as receiving reiki. Please call ahead. $5. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.


Rhode Island Edition

Reiki 2 Certification Course – 10am-5pm. Usui Method of Reiki Healing. Learn with crystals and other magical ways you can provide healing to your client in this class. Reiki 2 all about you and client. $333. Bewitched of Scituate, 183 Danielson Pike, North Scituate. 401-300-9109. Community Reiki – 10:30am-12:30pm. 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. Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 2-3pm. With the vibrational sounds of Tibetan and crystal singing bowls will alter your individual energy footprint based on the healing that your soul needs. It is so good. $20. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Rest & Return – 4-6pm. Are you looking for a fresh Christian experience? Do you want to take time to tend to your body and soul? Join us for this mini-retreat led by Jennifer Pedrick, priest at St. Mary’s Church and Shelley Dungan, Director of The Sacred Center. This spacious time will include guided prayer, ample silence and mindful movement. Participants will have the opportunity to be nourished by Holy Scripture & Communion. RSVP. $25 suggested donation. St Mary’s Church & The Sacred Center, 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth. 860-965-9995.

MONDAY, MARCH 26 Free Reading Clinic – 6:30-8pm. Free akashic record readings and card readings with Michelle and Debbee. Come in and have some fun. You don’t want to miss it. Creatigo Holistic Development, Agawan Mill, 1454 Main St, Ste 9B, West Warwick. 401-793-0097.

TUESDAY, MARCH 27 Awakening Through Drum Healing – 6:308:30pm. Have you had a situation where you haven’t felt the same since? You may have experienced power and/or soul loss. Shamanic drum healing returns parts to self, removes energetic blocks and restores harmony. $35/person; group format. 1464 Cranston St, Cranston. To register, Gloria: 401-944-4130 or Conscious Creation – 6:30-9pm. Experience a channeled class where we unravel the mysteries of consciousness and how we create the experiences that surround us. Ask the questions you seek answers for. $20. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence.

HoopYasa! Hula Hoop & Vinyasa Yoga – 11am12:45pm. The hula hoop can be a wonderful tool for correcting alignment, finding balance, and building core strength in your yoga practice. We will also play with hoop tricks!. $30. body kneads yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Floor, Cranston. 401-632-0878. Basics of Perfumery Class – 12-2:15pm. Would you like to learn more about the basics of perfumery and create a chemical-free perfume that you make and take home? This fun introductory class is for you and your friends. $85. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. Register: 401-455-2325 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Advanced Perfumery Methods – 10am-5pm. Also April 8, 10:30am-2pm. Refining Fragrance Formulation and Accord Building for students who have already taken intermediate level courses in natural perfumery. $550. Providence Perfume Co, 13 S Angell St, Providence. 401-455-2325.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Integrated Energy Therapy Intermediate – 10am-6pm. Pre-requisite: Basic. See Facebook or Eventbrite to register. $185. All Things Magickal, 35 East Ave, Harrisville. 401-567-4700.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Reiki 2 Certification – 10am-6pm. Pre Req - Reiki 1. See Facebook or Eventbrite to Register. $250. All Things Magickal, 35 East Ave, Harrisville. 401-567-4700. AllThingsMagickalcom.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Weekend Yoga Retreat at Bethel Farm – Join advanced certified Jivamukti yoga teacher Bristol Maryott for a weekend retreat at Bethel Farm in Hillsboro, NH. Lots of yoga, meditation, farm-fresh food and nature. $325. Jala Studio Yoga & Art: 508-566-2524 or

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Fear Less with Dean Sluyter – 1-4:30pm. Join this award winning author to learn how to use simple meditative techniques and subtle tweaks of body, mind, and breath to open your life to deep, relaxed confidence!. $50. body kneads yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, 2nd Floor, Cranston. 401-632-0878.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 Retreat to Basunti, North India – Join Advancedcertified Jivamukti yoga teacher Bristol Maryott for 12 days of yoga in paradise. The Basunti resort is located in North Indian jungle beneath the Himalayas. $2,150 doesn’t include transportation. Jala Studio Yoga & Art: 508-566-2524 or

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sunday Baptiste Style Vinyasa Yoga – 8-9:30am. Tone and strengthen your body and clear your mind. Leave with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment. Heated. All levels. Also Mondays, 5:30pm. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Qigong – 9-10am. 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, North Kingstown. Celebration of Life Service – 9:15-10:30am. Come, celebrate your spiritual magnificence with inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind; children’s program and child care. Teens meet last Sunday of each month. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 W Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Gentle Yoga – 9:45-10:45am. Discover your own movement style in traditional yoga poses. Focus on breathing and stretching. Feel rejuvenated and grounded for the day ahead. Great for beginners. $15/drop-in. Quonny Yoga, 5662 Post Rd, Rte 1, Charlestown. 401-266-1187. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. Come experience the First Spiritualist Church of RI every Sunday. Service includes healing, a guided meditation, and our guest medium giving a talk and spirit messages. Free. First Spiritualist Church of RI, 83 S Rose St, East Providence. Sundays at Ananda – 10am-12pm. Sunday peace: music, chanting, meditation, uplifting talk, beautiful Festival of Light Ceremony, refreshments and fellowship. Healing prayer circle on 2nd Sunday, 1pm. Donation appreciated. Ananda Meditation & Yoga Center, 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown.

Sunday Celebration Service – 11:15am-12:30pm. We are a loving all-inclusive community welcoming people of all faiths, sexual orientations, Ethnic backgrounds from all walks of life. We meet them wherever they are on their spiritual path. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Southern RI at RI Yoga Center, 99 Fortin Rd, South Kingston.

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. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Monday Yoga with Heather – 9:30am-10:30pm. Vinyasa flow class, harmonizing breath and movement for strength and flexibility. See more classes available on website. Beginners welcome. Text for spot in class. $12; first class half off. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, entrance & parking in back, Cranston. 401-301-8041. Yoga for Healthy Hips and Back – 10:15-10:30am. A gentle, therapeutic class that helps release tension, increase freedom of movement and create strength and stability in the hips and backs. All levels welcome. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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.

The Providence Flea – 10am-4pm. 2nd & 4th Sundays through April. Juried selection of handmade, vintage and small-batch gift and food items from more than 50 vendors. Free. The Providence Flea at Hope High School, 324 Hope St, Providence.

Gentle/Beginning Yoga – 6:15-7:15pm. Yoga basics, emphasizing alignment and adjustments to get the most benefit for your body. Deep relaxation at the end of class. Starts Monday, March 12. New students: $40/4 classes; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Sunday Service – 10:30am-12pm. The Sunday Service includes: inspirational message and music, meditation and fellowship. Unity Radiant Light is a home for unconditional love and acceptance. Free. Unity Radiant Light, 155 Douglas Ave, Providence. 401-486-2708.

Muay Thai Kickboxing at USA Karate – 7-8pm. Kickboxing class appropriate for all levels of fitness and experience. Visit website for complete list of classes. Special: 1 free month of karate for new students. $6. USA Karate, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 401-349-5883.

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. With Dr. Wayne Clairborne. Intro special: $40/5classes. Body Kneads Yoga, 1145 Reservoir Ave, Cranston. 401-632-0878. BodyKneads.Yoga.

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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, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Think globally, act locally. ~Paul McCartney March 2018


tuesday Hypnosis Sessions with Toni-Ann – 9am-6pm. Mindful hypnosis works. Need help with fear of flying, overeating, anxiety, stress, phobias? Appointments available on other days also. $60. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, entrance & parking in back, Cranston. 401-474-3360. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Chair yoga is perfect for you if you’re new to yoga, if it’s challenging for you to be on the floor, or if you want to try a yoga class that helps you stretch and breathe. $15/ drop-in. Santosha Yoga & Holistic Health Center, 275 Reservoir Ave, Providence. 401-780-9809. Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. Hour yoga class designed for those who want to re-energize after the morning, those just wanting to practice or learn. All levels. $12; $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2 E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. 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. All Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Join experienced teacher, Mary Shiel-L’Esperance, for this joyful, upbeat yoga class. Moderate posture flow, emphasizing breath and alignment technique. All welcome. New students: $40/4; $16/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Laughter Yoga Session – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Laughter yoga is fun, easy and really good for you; improves mood, oxygenates the body, releases endorphins, you name it, we got it. Free. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, 6A, Providence. 401-575-8002.

wednesday Meditation with Ann Porto – 8:30-9:30am. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to tame your mind and reduce stress. Dropin Donations to Friends of Maiti Nepal to end child sexual slavery. Laughing Elephant Yoga, 4372 Post Rd, East Greenwich. 401-398-2616. Meditation with Rodney – 9:30-10:30am. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Jivamukti Yoga Class – 9:30-10:45am. Join us for this morning vigorous vinyasa class and start your day off right. There are also 9:30am classes on Mondays and Fridays. $15. Jala Studio Yoga & Art, 285 S Main St, Providence. 508-566-2524.


Rhode Island Edition

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, Ste 10A, North Providence. 401-742-8020.

Yoga Fusion with Christine – 12-1pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Pilates Class with Rhonda – 6:15-7:15pm. Improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and enhance mental awareness. Text or email Denise to reserve your spot. See website for more info and classes. $12; first class half off. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, entrance & parking in back, Cranston. 401-301-8041.

Kids Glow Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Using blacklights and glow sticks to increase fun. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen, increase flexibility, reiki to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Slow Flow Vinyasa – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Lisa Labollita for a soothing slow flow vinyasa yoga practice. Linking movement with breath yoga helps to oxygenate the muscles while relaxing/ focusing the mind. $10. Beloved: a yoga practice, 235 High St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 401-787-8877.

Yoga Fusion – 6-7pm. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

Yoga Fusion with Christine – 7-8pm. An hour class dedicated to energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance-warmup, yoga and end with reiki. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. org


Yoga Fusion with Christine – 9-10am. Energize you while helping you balance your energy. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Coffee Hour for Veterans – 10:30am-12pm. 3rd Thursday. Opportunity for veterans to gather with like-minded individuals in a safe, comfortable environment. Must be a RI Medical Marijuana patient. Summit Medical Compassion Center, 380 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick. Limited seating, register: 401-889-3990. Holistic Health/Life Coaching – 11am-6pm. ToniAnn works closely with clients to deliver support programs of self-care, establish health goals through lifestyle modifications, food choices and more. $25/hr; packages available. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, entrance & parking in back, Cranston. 401-474-3360. More info: Cancer Support Group – 12-1pm. Cancer sucks. You or someone you love have cancer? Looking for a safe place to talk about it? Contact ahead by phone or email to reserve spot in group. Free. Above All Holistic Health & Wellness, 245 Phenix Ave, entrance & parking in back, Cranston. 401-474-3360.

Meditation with Ann Porto – 6:30-7:30pm. Meditation support and practice group. Come learn to calm the mind and reduce stress. Drop-ins welcome. Learn proper alignment for breath and meditation. $12. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Flow Yoga Level 2 – 6:30-7:45pm. Starts March 15. A yoga flow to both energize you and to bring you to your calm center. Deep relaxation at the end of class. Best for students who have good alignment practices. New students: $40/4 classes; $16/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd, 2nd Fl of Zen Center, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Woman’s Yoga Fusion – 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 2 E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Buddhist Healing Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Learn calm abiding and clear seeing through sitting practice as well as guided experiences working with consciousness in the body, connecting with the earth and cultivating unconditional presence. $14, $70/ prepaid for 6. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Pl, Ste 6A, Providence. Register: 401-270-5443 or

friday Meditation with Rodney – 8:45-9:45am. Guided meditation that occurs in 3 parts that will allow you to relax. Great way to begin or end your day, or just learn how to meditate. $10. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. ~Bertrand Russell

community resource guide ASTROLOGY / INTUITIVE COUNSELING STEVEN SEINBERG Warwick, RI 510-295-3233 Metaphysical work leads to selfknowledge...and self-knowledge leads to wellness. For six years now, I’ve been using Astrology and Tarot to help my clients understand themselves better, and to then make choices that suit who they truly are. Counseling, classes, and private lessons available. Mid-Day Yoga with Kara – 12-1pm. Hour yoga class designed for those who want to re-energize after the morning, those just wanting to practice or learn. All levels. $12; $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Gentle Yoga at Ananta Jyoti Yoga – 4-5pm. Beginners welcome. Gentle yoga appropriate for all levels of fitness/experience. Please visit website for additional info & to sign-up for class. Class also on Monday, 4pm. $13. Ananta Jyoti Yoga at USA Karate Studio, 55 Douglas Pike, Ste 205, Smithfield. 774-987-9007. 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. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, North Kingstown.

saturday Community Tai Chi for East Bay – 9-10am. Every other Saturday. Learn breathing, postures, stretching and healing from a practitioner of Emei and Wudang styles in a relaxed session. Classes include warm-up and discussions on the art of Tai Chi and Daoist culture. Free. White Monkey Tai-Chi & Qigong, 9 Promenade St, Riverside. 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/additional child. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Kids Glow Yoga – 10-11am. Blacklights and glow sticks. Fusion blends dance to warm-up body and open heart. Yoga to build and strengthen flexibility, reiki at end to relax. $15, $72/6 classes. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055. Plant Medicine – 10-11am. Learn about food as medicine, herbs as medicine, as well as the benefits of CBD oils and the Endocanniboid system from Jessica Irey an Integrative Health & Wellness Coach. $25. Blue Dragonfly Wellness, 6828 Post Rd, Ste 2 E, North Kingstown. 401-741-5055.


Patricia Hogan-Casey, DC Wholistic Chiropractic Center 215 Cottage St, Pawtucket 401-725-4380 • 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 30.


We are RI’s only home nursing health agency specializing in breastfeeding support. We help mothers achieve success in their goals by providing them with the information and support they need to confidently breastfeed and care for their children. We offer classes and consults in our office or your home.

DAY SPA DIVINE IMAGES & SANCTUARY DAY SPA 285 Slade’s Ferry Blvd, Unit 2 Somerset, MA. 02726 508-673-0900 •

Our company is based on Ayurvedic & holistic principles.  Working with Aveda, Eminence Organics, Glo Skin Beauty, & 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 17.


Emily Pavidis, CH 508-783-2530 At One Love we provide mindbody fertility and birth support and education to women and their partners. We utilize powerful and effective holistic wellness modalities like hypnosis, visualization and guided meditation to do so.  HypnoFertility, Blissborn and custom sessions available. Visit us online to learn more! See ad on page 11.

CHIROPRACTIC DR. RICHARD PICARD 342 Atwood Avenue Cranston, RI 401-942-6967

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


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


YI JING Consultant Izabela Stambolyan Please state “Yi Jing Reading” in the subject line Yi Jing has been providing profound wisdom and guidance for 3000 years. Originated in China by Laozi, author of Tao De Ching. Follow your life purpose with the tools you chose to fulfill it in this lifetime. Only 36 certified in U.S. Yi Jing consults individuals, families, businesses based on Five Elements Theory and date of birth. Live your happiest true nature!

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ENERGY HEALING ALL ABOUT ASCENSION Laura Patterson 204B Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 401-752-9752

Are you interested in the concept of ascension? Are you tired of being stressed, overwhelmed or feeling lost? Ascended Healing sessions raise your vibration out of the fear and reaction state and into a calm, peaceful state of being. Energy mastery sessions and classes empower you to achieve this state of being on your own.


Kenneth Demers ​204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth RI 401-728-3559 Ken offers a spiritual healing that brings together a perfect balance of divine God force and earth mother healing energies, custom created for the person being healed. The benefits of a session with Ken for a migraine or TMJ are instantaneous; other ailments may take longer. Call for more information.


38 Transit St Providence 401-274-1981 • Positive space aiming to interconnect art, wellness and all things beautiful to the eye and to the soul.  Offering hair, makeup, reflexology, acupuncture, massage and herbalism. See ad on page 29.


510 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 401-847-7480 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.


Debby Votta 1221 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI 401-944-4601 With over 10 years of experience, Debby Votta, owner of Fresh Face Skincare Center, specializes in cutting-edge anti-aging skin treatments. She is consistently educating herself on the latest and best skincare products/treatments for her clients. She is certified in many of the latest high-tech esthetic advances including microdermabrasion, micro current, led light therapy, chemical peels and much more. See ad on page 29.


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

SOUL WISDOM READINGS WITH CHRIS Chris McCullough 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-662-6642

JAHMEIR SKINCARE STUDIO 246 Centerville Rd, Warwick RI 401-595-2851

My intention and holistic expertise is to provide innovative technology, high performance products and services to heal your skin. Combining vegan, organic and gluten free products with clinical personalized treatments the skin’s health, balance and radiance can be enhanced. Offering and using cutting edge procedures the skins transformation and harmony is the result. This philosophy can target, correct and benefit many sensitive unbalanced & unhealthy skin types. See ad on page 12.

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


Toni-Ann Laprade Women’s Holistic Health/Life Coach 245 Phenix Avenue, Cranston, RI (Rear Entrance) 401-474-3360 • Are you looking to make some changes? ToniAnn offers a free consultation to explore how she can help you reach your goals and to make holistic health or lifestyle choices towards happiness and optimal health. Toni-Ann is degreed in Complementary and Alternative Medicine and is also a Board Certified Hypnotherapist. See ad on page 27.


Om Homeopathy at It’s My Health 1099 Mendon Rd Cumberland, RI 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 or join Facebook group My Holistic Health. See ad on page 4.


Cheryl Reynolds RN,CH 4372 Post Road, E-Greenwich RI 02818 401-301-4426 Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Banging your head against the wall only burns 120 calories. There IS a better way. Personalized Hypnosis for stress, overactive thinking, weight management, low-self-esteem, negative emotions, fears/phobias plus much more. Re-discover happiness, confidence and inner calm as you easily take back your life today. Call Now! See ad on page 5.


Rose Siple, Certified Hypnotherapist 774-991-0574 •

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John Koenig, Certified Instructor 401-374-1890 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.


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


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 5.


Blue Dragonfly Wellness Center 6828 Post Rd North Kingston, RI 02852 401-529-2020. Enjoy a relaxing guided meditation for healing and enhanced awareness. With over 35 yrs of experience as a psychologist, meditation practitioner and energy worker, Ann leads a weekly (Thurs evening) meditation group and by appointment Buddhist-based 1:1 deepening meditation consultation, individual and family end-of-life care support, therapeutic touch treatments. Call for a free consultation.


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


Teacher/Psychic Medium Somerset Mass 508-259-1231 Angel card, Destiny Card, Akashic record readings, energy healing. Connect to loved ones on the other side. I specialize in career and relationship issues, twin flames, clearing past lives, home clearing, working with Angels, Home parties and phone readings available.


Lisa Ashton, R.N. Readings in person or by phone 204b Clock Tower Square, Portsmouth, RI 401-500-1908 I specialize in mediumship readings, and connect to your loved ones, family and friends, that have passed. It brings such a sense of closure and peace to know they are safe and they are around you. You have the opportunity to speak to them as well. Meet your own guardian angels and speak to them about your career path, life, love, and future. I also do house harmonizations. Phone reading or in person.


Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St, Providence, RI 401-455-0546 Holistic family health care providing diet, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, herbal & homeopathic medicines toward optimizing health and wellness naturally - for all. Naturopathic doctor - Certified Classical Homeopath - Bowen practitioner. See ad on page 25.


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

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


Dr. Laura Bomback 293 Linden St, Fall River, MA 508-678-1233 • Our mission at Natural Health Solutions is to improve the health of our community by providing natural options for most health issues and guidance toward the understanding that real solutions can be achieved with real nutrition. I have been helping people for close to 25 years achieve a higher level of health through both nutrition and chiropractic. See ad on page 27.




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.

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 5.

Debbie McBride 204 Clock Tower Square Portsmouth, RI 774-266-6199

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

Failure is success if we learn from it. ~Malcolm Forbes March 2018




Reiki Master/Teacher of Usui Reiki 204B Clock Tower Sq, Portsmouth Cell: 508-971-6508


Dr. Scott Fertik Dr. John Broderick 167 Gano St Providence RI 02906 Integrative periodontal care by a compassionate dental team lead by Scott Fertik DDS and John Broderick DMD. The oldest periodontal practice in Rhode Island continues to deliver excellence in implant dentistry and all of your gums’ surgical needs.

Donna is a reiki practitioner who works intuitively with crystals to achieve the most powerful healing possible. Her passion for helping people heal themselves is her constant motivation to help clients discover their innate healing abilities. Her warm, heart-centered approach provides a nurturing context for clients to take their next step toward self-love and inner peace.


Edmund Dalo 49 Cedar Swamp Rd, Smithfield 401-280-4540 My style of training is best described as progressive and holistic (engaging the whole person). Proper exercise, nutrition and hydration are the key components in supporting one’s mental and physical well-being. Together we will identify limiting factors and behaviors that are getting in the way of accomplishing health goals.

PET PSYHIC BEWITCHED OF SCITUATE 180 183 Danielson Pike Scituate RI 401-300-9109

For your living and deceased animals. Also offering Psychic Medium Readings for people and pets, Reiki Healings, Yoga and Meditation classes, and training in Reiki Levels 1, 2 & Master available. Shop features Handmade, Natural and Local items. See ad on page 9.



Reiki Practitioner & Tattoo Artist 30 Phenix Ave. Cranston, RI 401-944-0880 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


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.


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


a. Salon Galleria, Coventry 401-821-0400 Living Chi Massage, Warwick 401-738-3948 Northern Lights Holistic, Portsmouth 401-293-5655 May I have your TENSION, please? De- stress yourself with a relaxing, therapeutic massage on a heated table! Release your tension, relax your mind, reconnect your body, and renew your spirit with a Swedish or Hot Stone massage, Cupping, Reflexology, and/or Reiki. RI Lic# MT02217 • Member AMTA.


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


Reiki Practitioner 154 Waterman St. Providence, RI 315-569-3641 Sarah is a Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master who uses energy healing, crystal therapy, and traditional Chinese techniques to address pain on the deepest level. Use Reiki to treat physical, emotional, and spiritual imbalances, and leave feeling relaxed and invigorated! To learn more or book an appointment, call or visit




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


ThetaHealing® Practitioner/Instructor ThetaHealing Technique is a meditation training technique utilizing a spiritual philosophy for improvement and evolvement of mind, body and spirit. Monique’s divine life purpose is to help bring healing to this world one person at a time. Contact her to set up a ThetaHealing Skype Session. See website for more information and upcoming classes.


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


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

YOGA & MEDITATION ANANDA MEDITATION AND YOGA CENTER 714 Ten Rod Rd, North Kingstown, RI 401-524-4766

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


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Amrit Yoga Nidra certified Gifted Psychic Medium Card Reader 204B clock tower square Portsmouth , Rhode Island Cell 401-573-4360  Michelle is a long time gifted psychic empathic medium who can help adults and children. Come set a Sankulpa or intention to bring in miraculous changes or let go of something like an addiction with Amrit yoga nidra and or a tarot, past life , angel card reading. Mondays and Fridays at Northern Lights Holistic Portsmouth and 2nd and fourth Sundays 3 pm Heart Center yoga and Wellness 123 Boon street Narragansett RI. Experienced! 

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