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


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appy New Year! It’s such an exciting time, so many things to look forward to and accomplish. The economy is on the upswing and most of us can expect to see improvements in our lives in the coming year. It seems odd to me that it is just another day on the calendar yet we do seem to get a fresh beginning with the coming of another round of seasons. Once again, I have my list of resolutions. Many are the same ones I have every year, and reaffirm several times during the year. Goals are an important part of success. If you don’t ever resolve to do something, how can it ever get done? Resolve to exercise more, or eat less and better, grow intellectually, meditate more deeply, whatever it may be and no matter how many times we fall off the program at least we tried. Trying is the other critical part of success. Without knowing where we are going and setting upon the journey, how will we ever get anywhere? Maybe, just maybe, we’ll keep at it a little longer. That’s how 2011, 2012, and on into the future will be the best years yet! Although the New Year is a great starting point, I try hard to get back on track and not wait to renew my resolutions. Each and every moment is a great time to start again. I’m resolving, this year, to get back to yoga and meditate more. The old exercise more and eat better goals are always there, but I’m hoping that the inner peace that yoga and meditation bring will help strengthen the resolutions in other parts of my life. I work very hard, and spend many hours in my labor of love to bring this magazine to the community every month, all the while recognizing the irony that I don’t always practice what I print. It is very difficult when you work long hours and maintain a family, to find the time to take care of yourself. Self-care was the buzzword last year, and we need to get past the feeling that it is selfish to take care of ourselves. My love of my work does bring me deep joy, but I can’t neglect my body and mind in the process. I’ll take last year’s buzzword a step further and keep it for this year too. In the interest of taking care of yourself, it is important to stay informed of alternative health methods. One of my greatest passions in publishing Natural Awakenings is bringing information to the community about different approaches to managing health. It’s wonderful once again to bring you information on Integrative Medicine. In this month’s feature article on page 22, Five Steps to Better Health, all five make such great sense; it seems hard to imagine why they are not incorporated into everyone’s lives. I look forward to the time when the idea of well care is the norm, and sick care is the exception. Preventive medicine is seldom discussed in a doctor’s office. Too often it’s easier to just take a pill than to change our habits. So much of it is just our human nature to take the path of least resistance, so we need to strive to make the sustainable changes that will carry us forth. Changing our lifestyles takes work and commitment. Taking better care of my body is always on my list of goals, since I’m always striving to do more, to be better, to feel better and live life to its fullest. How can I do that if my body is not feeling at its best? Off to the gym with me then! All of the best to you in 2011.

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newsbriefs B.I.A. Fitness Opens Registration for Biggest Loser Challenge


egistration for The Biggest Loser Challenge at B.I.A. Fitness and The Journey Within will begin January 8 at 10 a.m. The competition is open to both male and female participants. According to owner, Jennifer Mello, the studio has run several competitions since 2003, with much success—including weight loss ranging from 10 to 45 pounds in as little as eight weeks, and significant overall changes in body fat percentage and measurements. Nutrition plans, fitness challenges, gym memberships and classes are all included while doing the challenge. B.I.A. Fitness is located at 1639 Warwick Avenue. The Journey Within is located on the upper level at 1645 Warwick Avenue, Ste. 224. Call 401-732-2899 to register or visit for information. Space is limited. See ad page 7.

New Resolutions, New Classes to Keep Them


t’s My Health Wellcare Collaborative, a multidimensional wellness center located in Cumberland, is offering two classes in January to help keep those New Year’s resolutions to improve health, lose weight, or learn to meditate. “Eat Right For Your Type” will be held on Wednesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. and again on Friday, January 14 at 1:30 p.m. The class will introduce participants to the four blood types and the diet, supplementation, and types of exercise that, when followed, will improve health and help achieve an ideal weight. The cost of the class is $20. Books and blood type test kits will be available for sale as well. “Meditation for the Rest of Us” is a three-week program beginning on Thursday, January 27 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The class is designed for those who may struggle with meditation. Attendees will learn and experience different ways to meditate that will help them to reach a peaceful, centered state without the typical meditation struggles. The cost is $10 per class. It’s My Health is located at 2374 Mendon Road in Cumberland. For more information, call 401-405-0819 or visit See ad page 43.

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ackie Van Dusen of Light Soul Therapy is now hosting monthly ascension ceremonies for the purpose of attuning individuals who are choosing to be awakened to the higher degrees of super consciousness. Van Dusen says the ascension process entails the gradual integration and assimilation of the next higherdimensional frequency facet of a person’s higher self. “You are in the process of expanding your Light and your consciousness,” she explains. “Your transformaJackie Van Dusen tion into self-mastery, as well as the ascension process, of Light Soul Therapy will be greatly accelerated.” The ascension ceremony, she explains, is about gifting us the grace to move beyond the five senses and to recognize and reconnect with our true selves. The ceremonies will be held in a variety of facilities around the state each month. Currently, the ascension ceremony is being held at Positive New Beginnings in East Providence and Unique Total Body in Johnston. Positive New Beginnings is located at 873 Waterman Avenue in East Providence. For dates and times call 401-432-7195 or visit Unique Total Body is located at 190 Putnam Pike in Johnston. For more information, call 401-233-0037 or visit For information about hosting a monthly gathering, contact Jackie Van Dusen at 402-284-0363 or or visit

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hri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, is launching a Gentle Yoga Program for students of all levels beginning in January. Classes will be offered twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. Cost is $10. The intention is to invite students into experiences of deep relaxation while gently strengthening and lengthening the body. The classes are for students seeking deep relaxation, increased body awareness and a gentle way to move the body and breath consciously. Most of the postures explored during these classes are supported with props—either on or against a wall, with a chair or on the back. Sara Davidson will direct the program and teach on Tuesdays, and Kate Hawley will be teaching on Thursdays. Shri Studio is located at 21 Broad Street in Pawtucket. For more information, visit See ad page 35.

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or the first time since 1996, the Natural Form selfadjusting mattress is available through the Natural Form retail store located in Warren. To start the New Year, the store is offering customers 10 percent off of any Natural Form mattress set, with free delivery and in-home set up included. According to Roger Budz, owner of Natural Form in Rhode Island, the patented air chamber system of the selfadjusting mattress provides true pressure relief by releasing air from the chambers to displace body weight, thereby eliminating the tossing and turning caused by pressure from other mattresses. Many major medical centers and hospitals are using the Natural Form technology in their intensive and acute care units. Features of the Natural Form Sleep System include a completely removable and washable, 100 percent Merino sheep wool topper, which is hypo-allergenic; a high resiliency foam layer which contains no harmful chemicals or odors; up to 18 independent air chambers for proper spinal support; and an adjustable dial to control firmness without pumps or motors. Budz adds that Natural Form’s products are virtually all recyclable by component, and will never end up in a landfill. Natural Form is located at 488 Main Street in Warren. For more information, call 401-237-4757 or visit See ad page 19.

Heavenly Hugs Holds First Reiki Retreat


eavenly Hugs will hold its first Reiki Retreat from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 30. Owner, Gladys Alicea, an inspirational speaker, holistic practitioner and Reiki master-teacher, says the retreat is designed to help participants relax, renew, and energize. Attendees can share Reiki stories and techniques, reconnect and just “be” for the day. The class portion of the retreat will include an introduction to Byosen Scanning, an intuitive technique in which one uses the sensitivity in the palm of the hand to detect the areas where one needs Reiki. Dr. Usui, the founder of the Usui System of Reiki healing, used this method. The day will also include a Reiki healing attunement, energy exercises, and a guided imagery journey designed to clear, cleanse and restore the body’s energy. In addition, participants will give and share Reiki treatments, practice Byosen Scanning and rest in the supportive environment of fellow practitioners. Cost is $50. Attendees are asked to bring a bagged lunch. Dessert, light snacks, water and tea will be provided. Heavenly Hugs is located in Gold Plaza 917A Warwick Avenue in Warwick. For more information, call 401-935-8451 or visit See ad page 10.


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erenity Holistics will host “Shamanic Drum Healing” from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on January 20. Presented by Paul DiSegna, certified Shamanic practitioner, Reiki master-Shamanic Reiki practitioner and certified Somatic coach, and Katharine Rossi, a certified Shamanic and depth hypnosis practitioner through the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, the evening is intended to assist in the healing process. “We will work with your guides, personal intentions and the vibrations and sounds of the drum to assist the guides in your healing intensions,” says DiSegna. According to DiSegna, Shamanism is a set of tools and techniques used to interact with the spirit world and the world around us. It is used for spiritual and physical healing and is a personal quest for knowledge and inner power for many. Serenity Holistics is located at 1635 Warwick Avenue in Warwick. To register, call Kimberly Bishop at 401-7327772. See ads page 29 & 37.

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ocal author Jayne DeRouin has announced the publication of her new book, Keeping It Simple! Keys to Living an Uncomplicated Life. The book, she says, is a cross between self-help and spirituality, and shares her personal keys to approaching life from a place of spiritual simplicity. “Spiritual simplicity means facing each day with an attitude of positive thinking,” explains DeRouin. “It means feeling and maintaining that sense of peace within your life by connecting to that source within your soul that tells you everything is going to be okay.” Keeping It Simple! offers a universal message for anyone looking for a deeper meaning in their life or for anyone who’s looking for a way to keep things simple. “I hope my book serves as a guide to help individuals discover how to have strength and confidence in the face of life’s events and still feel a sense of peace and happiness,” says DeRouin. The book is a compilation of personal stories that illustrate DeRouin’s personal journey and how she has attained the spiritual simplicity she describes. Keeping It Simple! is available at,, or Business owners or booksellers interested in offering Keeping It Simple! can email DeRouin at Jaynekeepingitsimple@

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ust in time for January’s birthdays, holistic jewelry designer and owner of Nevaeh’s Design Jewelry, Susan Gionfrido, has created two different pieces containing garnet, January’s birthstone. The first is a shell pendant with garnet and freshwater pearls. The other is an endless necklace featuring garnet, fresh water pearls and sterling silver beads. Accompanying each piece is literature explaining the stones and how they can heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Garnet, says Gionfrido, is known as the Devotion Stone, which inspires love and fertility, and assists with heart, lungs, blood and eyesight. All trademarked pieces are hand crafted using semi precious stones, fresh water pearls with sterling silver and gold-filled findings. Custom jewelry can be made with 14K gold. Each piece of Nevaeh’s Design Jewelry is Reiki infused and cleansed (to activate) for the customer. Nevaeh’s Design Jewelry is located at 120 Brownlee Blvd Suite #2 in Warwick. For information, call 401-639-2910 or visit See ad page 10.

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ature’s Wisdom Wellness Center Inc. has welcomed Holistic Health Coach, Anne McPhail to their staff of practitioners just in time for all those New Year’s resolutions. McPhail is a certified health coach and nutrition counselor and a board certified and accredited member of The American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Born and raised in France, she received her professional training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and received Continuing Education Units from Purchase College, University of New York, after studying science and nursing at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT. As a holistic health coach, McPhail will work with clients to discover what food and lifestyle choices best support them for improved health and balance. “While most nutritionists focus on calories and lists of good and bad foods, a health coach takes a broader approach to helping clients create a healthy life in a way that is flexible, informative and transformational,” she says.

oga One, located in Seekonk, Mass., is holding a class on Saturday, January 8 from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. to benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. The cost for the class is $12, with all proceeds going to the charitable organization. Yoga One moved to its new location in May, and offers heated yoga to students of all levels. According to owner Kelly O’Connell, Yoga One provides a supportive, welcoming and unconditional environment that challenges students to actualize their potential. “Yoga One Yogis build strength, gain flexibility and reduce stress, all while having fun,” she says. Yoga One is located at 3 Progress Street, off of Route 6 in Seekonk. For more information, call 508-336-1300 or visit See ad page 32.

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ooking to end emotional eating and win the weight loss battle while feeling your personal best—all in a caring, confidential and supportive atmosphere? The Well-Sense Health Coaching Program is now accepting applications for its 12-week program that is conveniently executed via the telephone. Candidates must have a minimum of 25 lbs. to lose, be between the ages of 30 and 60, and experience consistent stress and/or emotional eating. Founder and certified health and wellness coach, Patrice Ruggieri, is looking to personally work with candidates who have a serious desire to end emotional eating and lose weight naturally. Individuals should be able to commit to a proven 12-week, oneto-one tele-coaching platform with additional extended Well-Sense website support tools. The first 20 candidates will receive a special discounted rate, exclusive bonus gifts and tools to support their weight loss and wellness journey for 2011.

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newsbriefs Grilli Hosts Holistic Empowerment Gatherings


n a mission to create a community of support for spiritual growth, Mary M. Grilli RN, psychic intuitive, reiki master and holistic life coach, will host a Holistic Empowerment Gathering every other Sunday beginning January 9 from 6:30–8 p.m. at Santosha Yoga Studio in Cranston. Designed for like-minded souls to laugh, learn, and encourage each others personal journey, the gathering offers an opportunity for networking, as well as personal and professional transformation. A different topic will be discussed at each meeting to help facilitate spiritual awakening. Grilli, who works out of Santosha Yoga Studio, says she is devoted to uplifting the spirits of her clients while helping them to open to all the opportunities in their lives. Cost: $5 minimum donation. Santosha Yoga Studio is located at 14 Bartlett Avenue, 2nd floor, in Cranston. For more information, visit Grilli’s Facebook page or call 401-368-3615.

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ccording to a new study cited in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, there’s now a scientific reason to get a massage. Sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nationally funded study showed, via blood samples pre-and post-massage, that a range of massage depths reduced the levels of unhealthy stress hormones. In addition, some techniques raised the level of contentment hormones, while others boost the lymphocytes of your immune system. Such formal news has been well-received by Cathryn Moskow, a “Best of Boston” award holder for massage therapy. “Up until now, those of us in the healthy touch professions have synthesized numerous research studies but this study shows the direct connection between physical well-being and actual health,” says Moskow. “And this NIHsponsored research points us in the direction of understanding why. This is timely insight for anyone who is overworked and over-pressured.” Having practiced in Boston for many years, Moskow recently opened her practice on the East Side of Providence. Cathryn Moskow Massage is located at 145 Waterman Street in Providence. For more information, call 401-808-0837 or email

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he 19th annual Rhode Island Men’s Gathering will be held at the University of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center at the W. Alton Jones Campus February 18-20. The weekend is slated as a winter get-away for men of all ages, orientations and different walks of life to gather in a safe, noncompetitive, non-religious, trusting environment to make new friends, build community, relax and explore issues unique to men today. The entire weekend is drug and alcohol free. The gathering offers group activities, participant-led workshops and recreational opportunities. According to Ralph Kreiser, one of the weekend’s organizers, men don’t often find the time to talk with other men about the events in their lives, whether they are trivial or significant. “Our intention has been simply to get men of varying ages and backgrounds together in a woodland setting. The format of the weekend is pretty laid back and men repeatedly comment on how they appreciate the chance to make connections with other men.” Fees are based on income. The sliding scale ranges from $90 to $145 for the weekend. Partial scholarships are available for those who may need financial assistance. Included in the fee are all meals and lodging in bunk style heated cabins from Friday at 6:30 p.m. to Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Lifetime Educational Achievement is Up Worldwide Worldwatch Institute reports that people all over the world are completing more years of schooling than ever before, according to the latest data out of Austria. Just over 3 billion, or 61 percent of the global population 15 years or older, had finished at least some secondary schooling during their lifetime as of 2010. That’s up from 36 percent in 1970 and 50 percent in 1990, and includes those who went on to even higher education. Having advanced to secondary school or beyond indicates that individuals are better prepared for the future. Sources: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Vienna Institute of Demography

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In 2005, Brown University medical student, Rajiv Kumar, planned a fitness competition to raise funds for a non-profit organization supporting doctors in Africa. An idea that was originally intended to address health disparities abroad quickly transformed into an award-winning local movement that has since changed the lives of over 50,000 people here at home in Rhode Island. At a time of year when New Year’s resolutions are made with the best intentions, only to be broken a few weeks later, Shape Up RI provides an innovative concept—a social networking fitness competition that can help individuals keep those fitness resolutions. After all, wouldn’t it be more fun to exercise with the support of a few friends and work together to achieve goals? Participants can engage in conversation with another Shape Up member while stretching out on a mat, striding on the treadmill, walking the neighborhood, or running the bike path. The structure of the statewide exercise and weight loss challenge is simple. Participants form teams with co-workers, family members, and/or friends from the neighborhood, church, civic group, health club, etc. Each individual sets their own target for weight loss, pedometer steps, and/or hours of exercise. Then team members access Shape Up RI’s online data tracking system to input their goals, track their progress, communicate with other team members, compare results with competing teams across the state, and even giggle at some of the crazy team names on the list.


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To illustrate how the program works, two years ago the East Greenwich School Wellness Committee presented the program to the school department’s teachers and administrators. Twelve teams formed up and participated with notable success. One team of elementary teachers placed 12th out of 800 teams entered into the weight loss challenge. The team lost 7.5 percent of their combined weight over the 12-week period. The program is quite affordable—$20 for the 12-week program, a pedometer, a logbook, and e-newsletters with useful health tips, inspiration, recipes, and fun activities to share with friends. Last year, Shape Up RI’s online calendar listed over 2,900 free wellness activities from throughout the state including a basketball clinic with Mr. Robinson, cooking classes offered by Johnson & Wales, weight loss workshops, golf outings, yoga sessions, rumba classes, and much more. This year, Shape Up RI will be running a squash tournament for those new to the sport. More outdoor activities are being organized as more physicians write prescriptions connecting people to nature’s healing power. New for this year will be weekly prizes including bikes, kayaks, and gift certificates to purchase healthy foods. There will also be a contest for participants to complete eight out of 12 unique challenges. Challenges as simple as “eat a healthy salad for lunch” will be introduced periodically over the 12 weeks. The website will continue to

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Changes in behavior may be the only way a cat or dog will communicate its plea for relief from pain. Keep in mind that in nature, predators seek out animals that display signs of pain or injury as a preferred target, so it’s natural to hide pain as a protective measure. In the event of a trauma, illness or surgery, seek diagnosis and assistance from a trusted integrative veterinarian. Mounting evidence from institutions such as the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture supports the use of alterna-

Homeopathic remedies, sometimes referred to as homotoxicology, comprise the use of plant and animal materials to stimulate the body into action; homeopathy is often explained as, “Like heals like.” Specifically, exposure to a large amount of a toxin (e.g., poison ivy or arsenic or anthrax) would likely cause specific physical problems, but in a small, controlled dose, it may stimulate the body to heal similar problems. We regularly apply Traumeel, manufactured by Heel, a blend of 12 homeopathic remedies for temporary relief of minor aches and pains associated with bruises, sprains and injuries such as dislocations, fractures and trauma. It can also ease pain associated with inflammation and arthritis. Forms include dissolvable tablets, ointments and drops.

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RAISING HEALTHY EATERS How to Train Children’s Palates from the Cradle On

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America is in the midst of an epidemic of

after problems have taken hold. Parents can begin cultivating healthy eating habits in their children right from the cradle. childhood obesity that is creating a health Establishing a few key parental practices can have long-ranging benefits for the family. crisis for our kids. The first tip is to keep a neutral attitude about food, even if it’s counterintuitive. When introducing solids to a child, it is helpful to present the foods in a relaxed, neutral way, with ccording to the Nestlé Nutrition Institute’s often no pressure to eat them. As the youngster grows, avoid labelreferenced Feeding Infant and Toddler Study (FITS), ing certain foods as good, bad or even healthy to sidestep the many U.S. children are eating a poor quality diet too response, “This is good for me? I don’t like it!” high in calories and too low in nutrition. About one in three Parents do well to remain patient. It can take up to 15 older babies and toddlers are not eating a single vegetable presentations before a child is willing to try something new, on a given day, and eating habits don’t improve as children and then several tastings before they decide they like it. get older. It also helps to offer a variety of fla Today’s typical American diet is clearly vors from a very young age to familiarize “The first three years children with many dimensions of tastes not working. According to a benchmark National Cancer Institute study, only 1 of a child’s life are a and textures. Though babies initially prefer percent of all children between the ages of sweet tastes above all others, as youngsters window of opportuni- grow, their preferences tend toward what is 2 and 19 years met all requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Guide ty for forming lifelong, familiar. When introduced early on to varipyramid. Sixteen percent of the children ety and consistently offered healthy whole healthy eating habits.” foods, including all the veggies, these come met none of the pyramid recommendations. In 2010, the American Dietetic Association to comprise their preferred diet. Dr. William Sears, author, (ADA) reported that upwards of 23 milprofessor of pediatrics at the lion U.S. children and adolescents are now Continuing Practices University of California-Irvine overweight or obese and currently at risk It’s always wise to offer food to children School of Medicine and founder for other health problems associated with only when they are actually hungry. When of obesity. That’s nearly one in three children. kids eat a continuous flow of simple car-


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bohydrates, such as white crackers and sweetened cereals or even 100 percent juices, it keeps their blood sugar levels slightly elevated, which can create problems. Nutritionists see firsthand how such a diet prevents the

true hunger signal from turning on fully, which in turn can cause little ones to act finicky about certain foods, especially vegetables. It can also prompt them to eat less of more nutritionally balanced foods on their plate at mealtimes. In children who have any type of blood sugar sensitivity, the more sweet foods they eat, the more they will tend to want. If a parent wants to offer a sweet snack, include some additional fiber, protein or healthy fat to balance it, because these nutrients act as a timerelease mechanism for sugars and will help to regulate a more natural appetite rhythm. According to the ADA’s Pediatric Manual of Clinical Dietetics, vegetarian children tend to be leaner than their non-vegetarian peers; it doesn’t mean that simply eliminating meat is a recipe for obesity prevention. According to the ADA, a varied and appropriately planned vegetarian diet can meet all of a growing baby and toddler’s nutritional needs. But it is even more crucial to keep the blood sugar levels balanced in vegetarian toddlers, because they aren’t receiving proteins from animal sources. On the plus side, young vegetarians are more likely to eat a broader range of

fiber and micronutrient-rich fruits, veggies and beans. To encourage reluctant youngsters to eat more vegetables, try roasting them, especially green produce and root veggies. Also serve a new vegetable in a way similar to one that they already like; e.g., baking homemade sweet potato fries cut in familiar shapes. Kid-size veggies like mini-broccoli trees or baby carrots have appeal. Dressing up plain veggies with dips and shakers of a mild herb, spice, Parmesan cheese, ground seeds or wheat germ adds to the fun. Finally, encourage toddlers to help out in the kitchen by asking them to wash and sort the veggies or arrange them in a pretty way on the platter. If children are involved in preparing foods, they are more likely to eat them. Jeannette Lee Bessinger, an awardwinning lifestyle and nutrition educator, and Tracee Yablon Brenner, a registered dietitian, founded These certified health counselors have co-authored two practical guides for families: Great Expectations: Best Food for Your Baby and Toddler and Simple Food for Busy Families.

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Suffering from headaches and depression? Don’t let a doctor put you on drugs; instead, look for the underlying causes. High cholesterol? Try the Mediterranean diet, with a glass of organic red wine a day. The best way to win the war on cancer? Eat healthy, exercise and develop Integrative medicine puts the patient, not the doctor or the insurance company, at the center of attention, and it puts the an active social life. An increasing number focus on the sources of illness and not the symptoms. of physicians are realizing that this type Health care costs are continually rising, but people are not getting any healthier. Here is a five-point prescription for of approach, geared to prevention and a the future of health care that applies the tenets of integrative conservative use of medications and technol- medicine to make today’s health care simpler, more effective and more affordable. ogy, not only increases patients’ vitality, but 1. Emphasize Illness Prevention saves lots of money.


n the words of Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and chairman of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, in Sausalito, California, “It is time to change not only who is covered, but also what is covered.” There is an overemphasis, he says, on treating symptoms and on the idea that caring for our health is primarily the responsibility of medical experts, rather than of individuals themselves. Zhaoming Chen, a neurologist and chairman of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, describes the way things currently work. “We only treat the disease after it occurs.” With figures showing that 95 cents out of every dollar spent on health care goes toward treating illness, he notes that “The best way to reduce the costs is prevention.”


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About half of all American adults have a chronic illness, according to the Partnership for Solutions, a John Hopkins University-led initiative to improve care for Americans with chronic health conditions. Ornish claims that three-quarters of the more than $2 trillion recently spent on health care in a single year went to treat these kinds of conditions, including obesity. “All of these can be not only prevented, but even reversed through diet and lifestyle intervention,” he says. “It just seems so obvious to me that this is where we should be putting our focus.” There is a long way to go before prevention is on the national agenda. While prevention is indeed better than cure, we tend to reward those who find solutions for existing problems rather than those who ensure that those problems don’t occur. “Prevention is boring,” says Ornish. Rather, “We need to focus on living better.”

2. Promote Healthy Foods

to nourish, nurture and augment the body’s own defenses. One alternative healing method that’s now beginning to find its way into hospitals is acupuncture, which has been shown, among other benefits, to help relieve pain, stress and nausea during pre- and post-operative care. Beth Israel’s Department of Integrative Medicine is bringing acupuncture into the hospital free of charge as part of a fellowship program for Chinese medicine practitioners. “The future of acupuncture is to be a part of best practices in the conventional setting,” says Arya Nielsen, a nationally board-certified acupuncture specialist who leads the program. “The research is just too good.” The goal is to train both acupunc3. Focus on Lifestyle Changes turists and conventional doctors in the Another way to reduce The majority of health problems and benefits of this technique so that it can be costs is to use alternarisk factors for illnesses stem from the incorporated into Beth Israel’s best pracchoices we make: how much time we tive and complementary tices. “Even if physicians have time to invest working, exercising and relaxing; read the acupuncture studies, what really therapies such as hometime spent with friends and outdoors; makes it gel is when they see the results opathy, naturopathy, yoga and whether we consistently take the on the patient they treat,” says Nielsen. stairs or the elevator. and herbal medicine that “The proof is in practitioners working The Sanoviv Medical Institute, in side-by-side and people being able to can supplement and even Rosarito, Mexico, is located on a beautiexperience what this therapy can do.” replace conventional meth- Chen points out that chemotherapy, ful stretch of the Pacific coast, an hour south of San Diego. The recommended ods. Such complementary surgery and radiation dramatically stay for most patients is two weeks. change a patient’s life, and people need treatments work to nourWhile there, they learn about and exstrong support from family and friends ish, nurture and augment perience a lifestyle based around stress to adapt to these changes. Chen believes reduction, emotional well-being, healthy the body’s own defenses. that treating cancer should involve both eating and exercise. Many patients come conventional and alternative medicine. in with cancer or multiple sclerosis; “Patients also need some lifestyle changothers come just to detoxify and clear out the accumulated es: smoking cessation, minimizing alcohol intake, adopting a effects of stress. The program includes dietary changes, low-fat, high-fiber diet. Besides that, because [conventional] supplements, daily exercise and a stress management plan treatment may cause nausea and pain, patients may benefit supported by psychological counseling and daily meditation. from acupuncture, meditation, yoga and Tai chi. This will A 2004 study in The Lancet showed that lifestyle help them cope with pain better.” changes—quitting smoking, healthier eating habits, moderate alcohol consumption and regular exercise—can prevent 5. Treat People, Not Diseases 90 percent of today’s cases of heart disease, which currently As Nurse Béatrice Fleury pours a steaming infusion of yaraccounts for more premature deaths and higher health care row over a piece of cotton and then wrings it out, the aroma costs than any other illness, according to Ornish. of the medicinal herb wafts over to the hospital bed where “When lifestyle is offered as a treatment, it’s as effective Eliane Perrot is waiting for her body wrap. When the comand often more effective than what we’re now doing, at a press and a hot water bottle have been gingerly applied to fraction of the cost,” says Ornish. “We pay for all these interher lower back and secured by a soft cloth sash, she leans ventions that are dangerous, invasive, expensive and largely back with a contented sigh. The compress will help her liver ineffective, and yet interventions that have been scientifically better metabolize the toxins that have accumulated in it after proven to reverse disease, are a simple change of lifestyle.” months of breast cancer therapy. The wrap’s warmth will also Roberta Lee, a pioneer of integrative health care and primary care physician at the Beth Israel Medical Center Department of Integrative Medicine, in New York City, believes the first prescription any doctor should write should be about diet and lifestyle. “You can never lose by maximizing lifestyle management,” says Lee, pointing out that many conditions not easily diagnosed or cured in a conventional framework can be improved by dietary and lifestyle changes. “There are specific diets that promote wellness,” she says. “They reduce inflammation, [and] increase fiber, vitamins and minerals that come in the form of a lot of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.”

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Another way to reduce costs is to use alternative and complementary therapies such as homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga and herbal medicine that can supplement and even replace conventional methods. Such complementary treatments work

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a handful of hospitals in Europe devoted to complementary healing. In addition to orthodox treatments and drugs, the conventionally schooled doctors here also use therapies and medications based on the holistic approach to medicine inspired by the anthroposophy of Waldorf education founder Rudolf Steiner. “If you want to understand a person’s disease and support his self-healing powers, it’s of central importance to look at the human being as a whole—body, spirit and soul,” says Paracelsus Medical Director Erich Skala. “This may require more time and effort, but it’s how you treat the causes, and not just the symptoms.” Dr. Daniel Dunphy, of the San Francisco Preventive Medical Group, believes the Paracelsus approach is what the United States needs. “You have to take time to get to know the patients and listen to their stories,” he counsels. “I want to know their personal history, their traumas, how they do at work, what they eat and at what times of the day—and then I know what to do about their problem.”

Kenneth R. Pelletier, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona School of Medicine and the University of California School of Medicine, has been putting numbers behind the arguments for integrative health. Pelletier has studied the cost-effectiveness of corporate programs to promote health and manage disease among employees. The programs encompassed everything from subsidized gym memberships and smoking cessation classes to biometric screening and serving smaller portions in company cafeterias. Pelletier found that companies with such programs in place realized healthier, more productive workforces, fewer sick “What we now have is not days and less staff turnover. He estimates that it takes, on avera health care system; it’s a age, just over three years before firms medical delivery system.” see a financial return on this kind of investment. “These reviews clearly indicate that comprehensive interventions Dr. Daniel Dunphy, do evidence both clinical- and costSan Francisco Preventive effectiveness,” says Pelletier. “There’s a Medical Group very good payback. It makes us think about health as an investment.” More money, more pills and more technology don’t necessarily lead to better health. Advocates The Bottom Line of integrative medicine generally take a “less is more” ap Of course, the bottom line in the debate about health proach—less needless medications and medical procedures care is cost. Proponents of integrative health argue that the and more prevention and healthy personal lifestyle changes promotion of preventive steps such as eating healthy food can add up to big financial savings and big improvements in and making positive lifestyle changes, as well as using an individual’s quality of life. complementary methods to treat the whole person and not just the disease, will result in “... the biggest return on invest- Marco Visscher is the managing editor of Ode, Ursula Sautter and Carmel Wroth are contributors. Adapted from ment this nation could ever have,” in the words of William an article that first appeared in Ode, the magazine about Novelli, a professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough positive change. School of Business and the former CEO of AARP.

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When we choose whom to see for our health needs, we seem to suffer from a surplus of choices. Unlike 10 or 20 years ago, when you would be lucky to find a chiropractor nearby, there is an abundance of healing practitioners from which to choose. Now, the question we end up asking is not, “Is there someone to see for my problem?” but “Whom should I see?” A way to sort this complexity is to think about the services that are available to us as falling into one of three paradigms of healing. A paradigm is defined as a pattern or model through which one sees and understands experience or reality. We all unconsciously have a set of paradigms through which we understand the world, and every paradigm has its advantages and limitations. As first described by Jeffrey Maitland, PhD, author of Spacious Body: Explorations in Somatic Ontology, healing therapies fall into one of three paradigms: palliative, corrective, and holistic. Each healing paradigm offers a unique and useful approach to restoring health to the body.

The second paradigm of healing is the Corrective Paradigm. The first paradigm of healing is Palliative Care. Therapies that operate from the palliative paradigm seek to help a person by reducing their stress and tension. This may sound simple, but it is extremely powerful and an area within which many people’s chronic problems fall. From this paradigm, we view problems as being caused by too much tension and stress in our minds and bodies. Sound familiar? Does your headache or irritable gut get better as soon as you step off the plane on vacation? It may be that your stress is literally making you sick, and seeking help that does not aim to fix your pain but rather teaches how to relax may be more beneficial. Examples of treatments that are palliative are Swedish massage and restorative yoga. Herbert Benson’s book, The Relaxation Response, is a famous example of documenting the effectiveness and power of taking simple steps to reduce stress in the body for healing.



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Most of mainstream medicine operates here and is highly effective within its realm. From a second paradigm perspective, one sees pains and symptoms as having particular causes that can be corrected. It’s heading toward winter, and you choose to get a flu shot. That is a corrective paradigm approach. The shot will help prevent you from the getting the flu virus. You do too much yard work over the weekend and now your shoulders are sore. A massage therapist with specialized training in neuromuscular therapy or myofascial release would be able to help release the tightness and restriction. From the corrective paradigm, problems are approached linearly: “Problem A is caused by B; correct B and A will be better.” But, a potential trap can be seeing things from a narrow point of view. There is a saying, “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” A good therapist knows their limitations and will not try to make your problem fit into their solution.

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The third paradigm is Holistic. Practices that belong to this paradigm use a set of principles to understand what brings a person into more balance and integration. Therefore, symptoms are seen in relation to a person’s entire structural system. Examples are Oriental medicine with its understanding of the body’s energy systems; Structural Integration and its understanding of the body’s organ of shape and relation to gravity; and Biodynamic therapies that look at the balance of fluid forces in the body. From the holistic paradigm, a practitioner looks at how the whole body is organized and aims to enhance that organization. Therapies that work from the holistic paradigm work well with chronic issues because the issues are usually a sign of a long-term lack of balance or alignment in the person’s health, and therefore are not usually resolved by simply correcting one element or another.


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New Eco-Friendly Methods Help the Planet by Brita Belli

Aware of their planet-harming public image, dry cleaners, many of which are small, family-owned businesses, have set out to reinvent themselves in recent years. Unfortunately, sometimes this involves little more than adding the word “organic” or “green” to a company’s name. To be clear, customers must inquire whether or not a particular cleaner uses PERC or one of the other harmful chemicals to determine if a greensounding name has merit. The good news is that more dry cleaners across the country are actually shifting to alternative cleaning methods that leave less impact on the environment. A new certification agency called the Green Cleaners Council (GCC) is helping to lend weight to a cleaner’s green claims.

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Dry cleaning may be convenient—but until now, it has not been a friend of the environment. Dry cleaning is not always necessary; clothing makers often place the “dry clean only” label on tags because they can list no more than one cleaning method and can be held liable if an item is damaged when the owner follows a listed procedure. Yet many of these items can be safely washed at home, either by hand or using a washing machine’s delicate cycle. Union of Concerned Scientists 28

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t makes no sense. First, there are the harsh chemicals used to clean the clothes. Most facilities continue to use PERC (short for percholorethylene), a suspected carcinogen that is released in cleaners’ airborne emissions, from where it can eventually contaminate soil and groundwater. With as many as 35,000 dry cleaning facilities nationwide, this poses a major public health and environmental concern. Additional commonly used drycleaning chemicals with toxic repercussions include petroleum-based solvents like Pure Dry, EcoSolve, and GreenEarth, a silicone-based solvent that breaks down into sand, water and carbon dioxide. Beyond the chemicals, standard dry-cleaning practices come with lots of built-in waste; the most obvious being the ubiquitous plastic garment covers and disposable hangers.

One alternative to traditional drycleaning, known as CO2 cleaning, uses liquid carbon dioxide—the type used to carbonate soda—as its active solvent, mixed with dry cleaning detergent. During the cleaning process, the excess CO2 released is captured and reused. Even better, an Environmental Protection Agency-approved wet cleaning method uses water and “environmentally preferable detergents” to safely clean delicate clothes, and emits no air pollution, nor does it leave hazardous waste behind. The only negative environmental impact with this approach is the use of additional water. The EPA estimates that 10 percent of the industry has shifted to wet cleaning, a number that’s on the rise. Intriguingly, all cleaners have the capacity to wet clean at least some items using existing equipment, the agency reports, and some 3,000 establishments are likely offering some degree of wet cleaning (based on equipment sales). Ann Hargrove has the distinction of operating the first wet cleaning business in the United States. Today, she is a member of the GCC, providing the environmental certification the indus-

ecobrief try has lacked. Much like other green standards groups, the council rates dry cleaners based on a long list of environmental attributes. After verifying claims, the council awards cleaners between one and five leaves, based on their green credibility. “The nice part about what we’re doing,” says Hargrove, “is that once cleaners fill out the form, we give them their ratings and give them an itemized list: ‘Here are some things you can do….’” She says no cleaner can earn a fiveleaf rating while using PERC, but adds that new equipment is expensive and smaller steps deserve recognition, too. The GCC website offers a state-by-state listing of its certified green cleaners—yet many states still have none listed. The EPA provides another, more comprehensive, greener cleaners guide, which lists CO2 cleaners and wet cleaners by state. A Florida-based company, Sudsies, exemplifies the kind of entrepreneurs who have taken up the green cleaning challenge. It has earned a four-leaf rating by offering wet cleaning and instituting a recycling program ( “We use plastic hangers made from recycled plastic that can also be recycled,” says Sudsies CEO Jason Loeb. The company also has reduced paper and plastic bag use and prints its brochures on recycled paper. With the economy down, Loeb says it’s a tough time for the industry to take major green steps, so incremental ones may be the order of the day. He observes, “For now, most of those with the time and money to invest in eco-friendly practices limit their investment to the use of a particular dry cleaning solvent, rather than moving to evaluate all areas of their environmental impact.” The Green Cleaners Council’s mission to evaluate more cleaners should spark more widespread interest while helping customers to readily differentiate the green-in-name-only cleaners from those committed to cleaning clothes in a whole new way. It’s up to us to create demand. Brita Belli is the editor of E – The Environmental Magazine.

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xercise is a key to happiness, as well as fitness, according to mounting research. Newsweek reports that people who exercise are healthier, more energetic, think more clearly, sleep better and have delayed onset of dementia. Studies by the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden, and California State University are among those that further show why exercise leads to relief from anxiety and mild depression. Researchers at Leeds Metropolitan University have also demonstrated that people who exercise perform better at work. More, although it’s tempting to flop down on the couch when you’re feeling exhausted, exercise is actually a great way to boost energy levels, a conclusion supported by a metastudy conducted by the University of Georgia. They concluded that feeling fatigued is a reason to exercise, not a reason to skip exercise. But even when you admit that you’d feel better if you exercised, it can

be hard to adopt the habit. My idea of fun, for example, has always been to lie in bed reading, preferably while also eating a snack—but I’ve managed to keep myself exercising over the years by using these tricks on myself:


Always exercise on Monday. This sets the psychological pattern for the week.


If at all possible, exercise first thing in the morning. As the day wears on, you’ll find more excuses to skip exercising. Get it checked off your list, first thing. It’s also a nice way to start the day; even if other things don’t get done, you’ve accomplished that.


Never skip exercising for two days in a row. You can skip a day, but you must exercise on the next day, even if it seems to be inconvenient at that time.


Give yourself credit for the smallest effort. One man I know said that all he had to do was put on his running shoes and close the door behind him to get going. Many times, by promising myself I could quit 10 minutes after I’d started, I got myself to start—and then found that I didn’t want to quit, after all.


Think about context. Examine the factors that might be discouraging you from exercising. Perhaps you are distressed about the grubby showers in your gym or recoil from running if it’s cold outside. Try alternatives.


Exercise several times a week. If your idea of exercise is to join games of pick-up basketball, you should be playing practically every day. Twice a month isn’t enough.


Find a way to exercise that doesn’t always require you to shower afterward. Each week, I really get into a challenging weight-training session, but it’s in a format that doesn’t make me sweat.


Look for affordable ways to make exercising more pleasant or satisfying. Could you upgrade to a nicer or more convenient gym, buy yourself a new iPod or pedometer, or work with a trainer? Exercise is a high life priority, so these are worthwhile ways to spend some money if they help get you moving.


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Saturday, January 8

Kids Yoga Open House – 3-6pm. Stop in and see what our brand new studio is all about. Play some games, learn a pose or two and sign up for a free class. All ages welcome – infants to teens. Free. OM Kids Yoga Center, Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-305-3667.

Saturday, January 1

New Year, New You – 9:30-11:30am. Join us for a 2hr all levels peaceful flow class, awaken your body & spirit, set your intentions for the New Year, relax, rejuvenate and renew. Bring your journal! $25. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

markyourcalendar SATURday, January 1 Move Your Body & Breathe – Into the New Year! — 12:30-3:00pm. Join Transformative Educator Lisa Jones, certified “Power of Breath Practitioner” and Nia instructors Sandra Fontana & Kelly Fenton for a fun-filled day of healing. Nia/Breath Playshop and Therapeutic Breathwork. Begin the New Year with awareness, mindfully and come and Dance! $35 Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-487-6977.

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Aquacise – 10:30-10:30am. Mon/Thurs in 88-degree indoor pool, aquatic classes feature endurance, strengthening and balance exercise. Led by Aquatic Exercise Assoc. certified instructor. $35/month. Atria Lincoln Place, 612 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-334-1686 x.18 Zumba Gold – 2:30-3:30pm. Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to traditional Latin salsa and merengue music, will captivate all, including beginning exercisers and active older adults. $5. Atria Lincoln Place, 612 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln. 401-334-1686 x 18.

Wednesday, January 5

Kids Yoga Open House – 3-6pm. Stop in and see what our brand new studio is all about. Play some games, learn a pose or two and sign up for a free class. All ages welcome – infants to teens. Free. OM Kids Yoga Center, Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-305-3667.

Yogananda’s Birthday Celebration – 6:30-8pm. Evening of Chanting, Meditation, Yogananda’s Mystical Poetry. Honoring the birth of Paramhansa Yogananda, a God-Realized Master & author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Free. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Work on a current issue utilizing the shamanic journey to access inner guidance and understanding. Knowledge of how to journey is required. Bring a journal and blanket. $10. Katharine Rossi, 578 Wood St, Bristol. 401-924-0567.

Thursday, January 6

Meditation Series I: Introduction to Somatic Consciousness — 5:30-7pm. 6 week series. Basic Sitting Meditation Practice and Relaxation Protocols, with Sarah Whitehead. $14/per class. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. Integrative Medicine at Brown Forum – 6-8pm. Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Making the Connections between Wellness and Sustainability. Free. Brown Family Medicine, Memorial Hospital Physicians Auditorium, 111 Brewster St, Pawtucket.

Workshop ~ Power of Intention – 7-8pm. Intention is defined as a strong purpose or aim, accompanied by a determination to produce a desired result. Learn how to put your intention to work. $12. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 490-1732.

Friday, January 7

Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. After a few gentle stretches to release tension, you will be led through a journey of peace and relaxation. Calm your senses and achieve bliss. A beautiful end to

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Yoga One to Benefit LLS – 12-1pm. Join us for an invigorating heated vinyasa yoga class to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Stretch, sweat and have fun for a good cause! $12. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk. 508-336-1300.

Opening to Opportunity – 1-4pm. Explore what it means to be fearless and open. Using Kundalini Yoga & Meditation as a vehicle to expand awareness to release the barriers to opportunity. Open to all. $40. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave. 2nd Floor, Cranston. 401-780-9809. PI Whole Health Series; Cultured Vegetables — 2-4pm. Better than any food for restoring total health and vitality. Preregistration required. $25/includes workshop and quart of cultured veggies. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Discover the Art of Dreaming – 3:30-5:30pm. Spend the Afternoon looking at the Art & Science of dreaming. Learn about Enhancing Your Dream Recall & see how your nighttime dreams can help manifest your Life Dreams! $30. Laura Clark, 575 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401-848-9825. Kids Yoga Open House – 10-2pm. Stop in and see what our brand new studio is all about. Play some games, learn a pose or two and sign up for a free class. All ages welcome – infants to teens. Free. OM Kids Yoga Center, Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-305-3667.

Sunday, January 9

Deeksha Oneness Blessing with Suzanne MacDonald — 4-5:30pm. By Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Making New Year’s Resolutions With Power – 5:30-7pm. Tired of New Year’s resolutions that don’t happen? Join John Koenig, Board Certified Hypnotist, for a free event and discover your power to change. Free. The Tree of Life Wellness Center, John Koenig, 1460 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-4242.


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Dream Circle Dreaming with Intention – 6-8pm. Improve your life by honoring the messages from your deeper self: your dreams. Learn to dream with intention and to consciously re-enter dreams for guidance and healing with Michele Ferro. $15. Jen McWalters Studio, 1005 Main St Suite 111, Pawtucket. 401-475-0084.

Monday, January 10

Triumph in 2011! – 8am-6pm. Join certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher & Life Coach, Tamsy Markham for “40 Days to a Personal Revolution” at High Street Yoga. Program begins January 10th to February 18. $225. High Street Yoga, 44 High St, Westerly. 860-501-8970.

Tuesday, January 11

Reiki Share – 12-1:30pm. For Reiki practitioners of all levels. Come to share this wonderful energy as we work to support those who support others. $5 -registration required. Adriene Smith, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917A Warwick Ave, 2nd Floor, Warwick. 401-741-2278.

Detox Presentation – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about a detoxification process, what it is, how it can improve your energy, joint and muscle functioning; help with headaches and other conditions. Free. Cumberland Family Chiropractic LLC, 2333 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535. Create a Happier, Healthier Life in 4 weeks – 7-8:30pm. Experience the power of a certified professional life coach for this customized selfdevelopment program to make sustainable change to live a more vital lifestyle. Fell better to do better! $125. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Fun WIth Feng Shui – 7-9pm. Learn the basic tool of Feng Shui: The Bagua & how simple changes using this tool can help you enhance your home’s energy, build harmony & transform your world. $30. Laura Clark, 575 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401-848-9825.

Wednesday, January 12

Baby Itsy Bitsy Yoga® – 2:30-3:30pm. 6 weekly classes. For parents and newborns to nearly crawling babies, this class is filled with calming nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby’s sleep. $90. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Eat Right for Your Type – 6:30-8:30pm. Explore the fundamental relationship between your blood type and dietary and lifestyle choices. Test kits available to determine your type. $20. It’s My Health,

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Tuesday, January 18

Yoga for Back Care 12 Week Series – 7:158:45pm. The only yoga class in RI that’s specifically designed for back care. Learn yoga practices that have been studied & endorsed by the National Institute of Health. $180/12 weeks. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Ladies Night at Chiazza – 6-9pm. Waves of Healing Hosting Health & Wellness Ladies Night. Spinal screenings, body fat analysis, nutrition consultation, chair massage & raffle prizes. Free. Chiazza Trattoria, 308 Main St, Barrington. 401-247-0303.

Friday, January 14

Need a Laugh! – 7-8:30pm. We are pleased to announce the return of Chris Belanger who brought us Laughter Meditation. It was a huge success and he is back to lift our spirits. Join us! $12. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 533-2860.

YogaDance with Toni Lyn Bonadie – 7:30-8:45pm. A unique approach to movement, combining the time-honored traditions of yoga, movement, breath, the chakra system, & user-friendly dance. No experience necessary. $60/5 weeks. $15/drop-in.. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Saturday, January 15

Gong Meditation with Dharam Singh – 6-8:30pm. Experience the healing energy of the Gong allowing the vibrations to bathe your body and being! Preparing with gentle Kundalini Yoga and Kirtan. All Levels. Pre-register. $25. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave. 2nd Floor, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Sunday, January 16

Anusara Weekend with Ann Greene – 9:30am5pm. Join us for one or both days. Align your body, mind, and heart, with the supreme consciousness that moves through all things. Experience the empowerment of Anusara Yoga. $70-$165. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Ascension Ceremony – 11am-1pm. Gradual integration and assimilation of the next higherdimensional frequency facet of your Higher Self. Our transformation into Self-mastery is greatly accelerated when we gather. $15/Donation appreciated. Light Soul Therapy, Unique Total

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Kundalini Yoga & Meditation for Men – 1-4pm. Exploring the importance of physical and spiritual well being, creating and maintaining healthy relationships & cultivating prosperity and success. $35. Thomas Speare (Parmatma Singh), Tenth Gate Yoga, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Solutions to Change Your Life – 7-8:30pm. 5-week series. Learn methods to improve our human nature and qualities and put Buddha’s advice into practice. Drop in to any class. $10. Buddhist Nun, Kelsang Chokyi, Serlingpa Meditation Center , PVD Branch, 339 Ives St, Providence. 401-286-9760. PI Womens’ Full Moon Circle — 7:30-9:30pm. Recharge in the Urban Moonlodge. $20/Suggested Donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443.

Thursday, January 20

Shamanic Drum Healing – 6:30-8:30pm. Katharine Rossi and Paul DiSegna will work with your guides, intentions and the vibrations of the drums to assist you in the healing process. $ 35. Serenity Holistic, 1635 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-7772. RI Holistic Healers Association Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Cheryl Wright, Life Coach, will be speaking on ‘Letting Go’ and releasing what no longer serves you. Free for members or donation. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave., E. Providence. 401-432-7195. RIHHA.COM.

Friday, January 21

Transformational Bootcamp Q & A – 12:151:15pm. Imagine a deep immersion into lifestyle practices that make you feel the best: yoga, healthy eating, meditation and self reflection right in the middle of your daily life. Free Q & A – $300 for full program. Innerlight Yoga, Kim Chandler, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Hatha Yoga – 6:30-8pm. The benefits of Hatha Yoga are numerous -increased flexibility, relaxation, rejuvenation, a basis for quieting the mind to name a few. Free. Dr. Lynda Wells, Wellspring Integrated Health, 260 Columbia St, Wakefield. 789-5185.




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Meditation Hour ~Set Your Intention – 7-8pm. Experience a state of harmonious silence and stillness. Tap into your subconscious mind to find your inner truth, to find your center and to find meaning. $10. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Saturday, January 22

Open House at Healing Hearts – 11am-5:30pm. Spiritual Wisdom, chair massages, facials, nutritional information, crystals, jewelry designed with love, vegetarian food and more. Dr Dave and Mary Disano signing their new book ‘Divinely Touch’. Free/Please bring a can or box food to donate to the food bank. Healing Hearts, 1542 Main St, West Warwick. 401-615-2423. 15hr Kids Yoga Teacher Training – 12-8pm. Attn: teachers, parents in this training you will learn the principles of traditional yoga, themes, poses, games, partner yoga, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. $425 includes manual. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. New Year’s Revolution – 1-2pm. Blended practice incorporates yoga, meditation & visualization to manifest your intentions and set goals for 2011. Merge your spiritual awareness with bodily action!.$30/Early Rate by 1/15, $40/after. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Pachamama Alliance: Awakening The Dreamer; Changing The Dream Symposium — 1-6pm. Bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth. Where on Earth are we going? And what can we do about it? $20/Tea and Snacks will be served. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, 6A, Providence. 401-270-5443. What’s the New Year Bringing to You? – 6-8:30pm. Noted psychic & intuitive healer Beth Ann Fisher will host this workshop, channeling her spirit guides she will uncover what is in store for you in 2011. $45. The Grateful Heart, 17 West Main St, Wickford. 401-294-3981.

Sunday, January 23

Magnified Healing Certification – 10am-5pm. A vibrational energy healing ~ Establishes a constant flow of energy from your heart to the source. Prerequisite ~ a desire to heal yourself! $150. Joanne Salem, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 401-490-1732. Ascension Ceremony – 11am-1pm. Gradual integration and assimilation of the next higherdimensional frequency facet of your Higher Self. Our transformation into Self-mastery is greatly accelerated when we gather. $15/Donation appreciated. Light Soul Therapy, Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195. Health & Wellness Fair – 11am-3pm. Join us at Fiddleheads, for our first Health & Wellness Fair. Many practitioners and vendors with products and sampling of services available. Free. Fiddleheads, 13 Broad St., New London, CT. 860-572-4805.


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markyourcalendar Sunday, January 23 5RHYTHMS® DANCE CLASS! — 1-5pm. Using Music from around the world, in the 5Rhythms® Dance/Movement Practice, we dance freestyle through five beats: Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness.

In our Rhythm and Renew class, we’ll weave our dance and written resolutions together to catalyze our intent for the New Year with every cell of our being. Open to all ages, sizes and experience. $45 before 1/21/11, $55 after. Blissworks Yoga, 228 State St., New London, CT. To register: Call 203-209-0047 or email


New Years Chill Out – 4-7:30pm. 4pm Baptiste Yoga Practice followed at 5:30pm by Guided Meditation and Acupressure with Dr. Gregory Fessenden. $25/for both. High Street Yoga, 44 High St, Westerly. 860-501-8970.

Monday, January 24

Shamanic Journey Group – 7-8:45pm. Build and maintain your journey practice to access inner guidance. Knowledge of how to journey is required. Bring a journal and blanket. $10. Katharine Rossi, Mill at Shady Lea, rm 204, N. Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

markyourcalendar TUESday, January 25 Lose Weight and End Emotional Eating for Life – 7:30-8:30pm. Invest 60 minutes and learn the 7 Steps to Map Your Weight Loss Success. Sign up for our convenient teleclass and get the recording send to you to listen anytime. Be one of the first 25 to sign up and get your free Well-Sense workbook to map your weight loss in 2011. $14.97. Patrice Ruggieri Well-Sense Health Coach. 401-578-6588.

Thursday, January 27

Meditation for the Rest of Us – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn and experience different ways to meditate that will help you reach a peaceful, centered state without the typical meditation struggles. $10. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819.

Friday, January 28

Laughter Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Create unity, healing energy & joy with a chuckle. Be prepared for a hilariously uplifting experience through mindfulness, deep breathing & seated guided Laughter. $12. Chris Belanger, RYT, Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Saturday, January 29

Time Management for Those on a Spiritual Path – 10am-4pm. Join Pamela Kristan, the author of Awakening in Time to learn the ABC’s of time management and create a life that is grounded in reality and open to possibility. $65. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

markyourcalendar SATURday, January 29 Reiki Level One Workshop – 11am-6pm. Learn this gentle, hands on energy healing system from a truly gifted Master/Teacher. Receive the attunement, history, meditation, practice and certificate. All students will leave the class with the ability to heal themselves and others. $150. Michael Lyons, 101 Higginson Ave., Lincoln. 401-722-8400. Gentle Deep Winter Cleanse – 2-4pm. This workshop will help you transition out of the winter blahs and into better energy, clarity, and spring weight loss. Learn best practices for gentle cleansing. $35/ before Jan 15.$40/after. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Sunday, January 30

Heavenly Hugs Reiki Retreat – 10am-4pm. Must be at least Reiki I Certified. Day includes: Reiki Healing Attunement, energy exercises, a guided imagery meditation, an intro to Byosen Scanning and more. $50. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. ReikiRetreat. Qigong – 12-4pm. Join Dr. Sanford Lee, ATM acupuncturist, to practice the ancient art of cultivating the body’s vital energy. Includes an introduction to the philosophical foundation of the Qigong practice and techniques for breath, movement and guided thoughts to activate and harmonize your Qi. Open to everyone. $45/each or $150/all 4. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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It’s Easy! The Secrets of Soapmaking – 1-3pm. Linda Patterson teaches the ancient art of soap making. Watch kitchen chemistry reveal techniques for creating beautiful & successful soap using lye and other materials. $25/plus $10 materials fee. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St., Providence. 401-353-3099.

Saturday, February 5

Jin Shin Jyutsu – 9am-5pm. Also 2/6 8:30 – 12:30. Learn this powerful way to keep your body harmonized and stress free by gently applying fingers to the body in a deliberate flow pattern to release energy blockages and promote healing. $150/both days before 1/25, $165/after. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Friday, February 18

Rhode Island Men’s Gathering – 6:30-2pm. RI Men’s Gathering:a winter get-away for men. A trusting environment to relax and explore men’s issues, includes workshops, other activities, is drug/ alcohol free 18yrs+. $90 – $150. RIMG Committee. Robin Rothenberg’s Low Back Training – 7-12pm. In this 5-day intensive for Yoga Teachers, w/internationally respected yoga therapist Robin Rothenberg. Gain tools to intelligently address primary low back dysfunctions. $490/Early Bird 1/25, $580/after. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

markyourcalendar Celiac Support Group of Southeast New England is holding an informational meeting in January, but date has not been confirmed. Please contact Kathi at 401-624-8888 for further information.

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Kripalu Yoga – 9-9:45am. Postures, breathing and core work to stretch, strengthen and relieve tension. Donations accepted. Church of the Mediator – a UU Fellowship, 50 Rounds Ave, Providence. 401-941-3070.

EveryBody’s Yoga – 9-10:15am. Postures, breathing and core work to stretch, strengthen and relieve tension. $48/6, $10/drop in. Burriville Community Recreation Center, 50 Lodge Rd, Pascoag. 401-578-4162. Community Yoga/$5 Donation – 9-10:15am. Basic Yoga Class opened to everyone. Start your day in a beautiful way helping to support a cause! Learn yoga postures, breathe work and relaxation techniques. $5 Donation. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 1011am. Breathing, (Pranayama), gentle to more vigorous postures, and rejuvenation, (Savasana) in a cozy atmosphere. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074. Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 10-11am. Gentle, restorative yoga for all levels. Classes held in our peaceful, seaside studio. Space is limited, please call in advance. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Drive, Riverside. 401-437-6126.

Open Meditation and Chants – 10am-12pm. Community practice of basic mindfulness meditation. Instruction offered. Free/No pre-registration. Shambhala Meditation Center of Providence, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762.

Family Yoga – 10:45-11:30am. Adults and children ages 4-11 derive enormous benefits from yoga. Come exercise, play and connect with your children. $18/includes 1 adult,1 child. $4/ each additional. Simplify Yoga, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-419-1298. Reiki Clinic – 12-2:30pm. 2nd Sunday. Experience a session for a love offering donation to a local charity. Registration required. Donation. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Urban Bhakti Groove – 3-4:30pm. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. Up-beat vinyasa flow class


Magnified Healing® Circle – 7-8:30pm. 1st Sunday. Magnified Healing® energy circle for self and healing of Earth. Magnified Healing Practitioners only. Please call for more info. Free will offering. Debi Chalko, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-263-1107.


Sculpt & Tone – 7-7:50am. With cardio intervals. Using primary bands for resistance, this workout will tone, strengthen, and ramp up your metabolism. Classes limited, call for details and directions. $5. Margie Caldwell, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Pilates Flex, Stretch and Tone – 9-10am. All levels, full body movement class for flexibility, muscle tone and balance. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., East Greenwich. Shri Strech and Strengthen – 9-10:15am. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. Designed and taught by the studio director with the use of balls, bolsters and great music. Develop greater flexibility and core strength. Long seated meditation included. $15/drop in, $10/Pawtucket YMCA members,$45/5 classes. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Anusara Yoga – 9-10:30am. A heart opening, highly therapeutic style, all levels class. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. All Levels Vinyasa Yoga – 9:15-10:30am. Series of postures that will strengthen, build flexibility and endurance while bringing you to a place of deep inner calm. Taught in a heated room. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300.

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All Level Yoga (Vinyasa) – 10-11:15am. Moderately paced Yoga flow, with deep stretching, to energize, tone, and strengthen the body. In the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. ZUMBA – 10:30-11:30am. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away! $10/ First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. Lunch Hour Yoga – 12-1pm. Also Wednesday and Friday. Take a real break from work, and feel better all afternoon. Balance your yoga practice with strength, stretch & cardio yoga. $10 drop-in/ package deals available. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Kundalini Yoga – 4-5:15pm. A blend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. $10/drop-in. Hamilton House, 276 Angell Street, Providence. 401-722-3230. Zumba Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Latin inspired, easy to follow and calorie burning fitness party. $12. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Aikido for Juniors – 5-6pm. Also on Wednesday. Ages 7-12 Focus on balance, rolling techniques, practical escape techniques, Japanese Reiho incorporated for respect development. $60/Monthly. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250. MartialArtsComplex.Com. Kettlebells – 5-6pm. Kettlebells are a great total body workout focusing on full body movements involving the core, improving flexibility, and overall strength and toning! $10/First Class Free! Dexter Training Center, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. Anusara Yoga with Sara Davidson – 5-6:30pm. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. With one of the 300 most experienced anusara teachers in the country. Heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring using Universal Principles of Alignment. $99/11 $45/5 or $10/Drop in. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Beginners Yoga – 5:15-6:30pm. . Basic postures and vinyasa flow; alignment and movement with the breath. $10/6, $12/drop in. Renee Katz, Healthi Directions, 11 Kenyon Ave, Wakefield. 401-864-0947. Meditation – 5:30-7pm Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. Individual and group sessions available by appointment. $20/ Call to register. Under The Sun Meditation Ctr & Bookstore, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Environment Council of RI Meeting – 5:307:30pm. 1st Monday. Check website for schedule changes. Free. Environment Council of RI, The Department of Administration Bldg, Conference Room B, One Capitol Hill, Providence. Zumba! – 6-7pm. Latin-inspired dance aerobic program with caloric output up to 750/ hr. $80/8, $12/drop in. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348.


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Belly Dancing with Mahdia – 6-7:15pm. Get in shape and explore the Middle Eastern style-Raks Sharqi. $60/6, $13/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. IAI JUTSU – 6-7:30pm. Beginner Japanese Sword for adults. Foundation for Jujutsu classes.. $60/Monthly Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250. Literacy Tutor Training Workshop – 6-9pm. Volunteer to Teach English! We train tutors to teach adults who have Basic Reading or English as a Second Language needs. Runs MON 1/24/11 through WED 4/6/11. Help Today! Nominal materials fee. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9103. Zumba Fitness Class – 7-8pm. Basic fitness choreography, ideal for beginners. Followed by stretch. $65/10, $8/drop in. Margie Caldwell, Body Language Plus, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Pilates/Yoga – 7-8pm. Strengthening the core, improving posture and muscle tone. Stabilizing the spine while finding focus and balance. (on the mat) one hour class with Parker. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Road~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Monday. . Dynamic group to share intentions and dreams. Open to all seeking a deeper connection. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783.


Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. See Sunday at 10am for details. Space is limited, please call in advance. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Drive, Riverside. 401-437-6126. Vinyasa with Bryna Rene – 9:30-11am. Physically challenging with visualization and mental gymnastics. $120/10, $15/drop in. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881. Yoga 101/Intro to Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Our award winning series includes foundational poses, breathing & relaxation techniques, and the philosophical components of yoga. A good place for new students to begin. $60/6 week series. Innerlight Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Gentle Lunch Hour Yoga – 12-1pm. Also Thursday. Take a real break from work, and feel better all afternoon. Chill out and reduce stress with Gentle Yoga. $10 drop-in/package deals available. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. T’ai Chi – 1-2pm. Beginners classes in T’ai Chi, Short Form. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, 1272 West Main Rd., Middletown. 401-849-7011. Svaroopa Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing. Focus is on releasing the muscles along the spinal column. Pre-registration is necessary. $112/8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Kids Fitness – 4-5:30pm. Dedicated to health and fitness while having fun. Kids will enjoy hip hop, boot camp style workouts, mini fitness

challenges, and games. $5/call to reserve. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Herbal Education and Training Program (HEAT) – 4-8pm. Every other Tuesday The preparation methods of salves, tea blends, creams, lip balms, and more! $350-$400 sliding scale. Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetary St, Providence. 401-270-5223. Anusara Yoga – 4:30-6pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15/Drop in. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. Vinyasa Yoga Deliciously Challenging – 5-6:30pm. Detoxify and strengthen your body while uplifting your heart and spirit. See website for full schedule. $45/6 classes new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Beginner’s Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Strengthen and stretch with focus on alignment. $60/6, $12/drop in. West Shore Wellness, 2077 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 5:30-6:30pm. See Sunday at 10 am for details. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074. Hatha Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $72/6, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. All Level Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Combination Hatha Yoga class: Yin Yoga (deep stretch) & Vinyasa flow in the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Zumba! – 6-7pm. See Monday at 6pm for details. $80/8, $12/drop in. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. ZUMBA – 6-7pm. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away! $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. Latin inspired dance workout. Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Calypso, and more! Love to live, live to party with zumba!. $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Cardio Kickboxing - 6:30-7:30pm. Adults only beginner class. Integrated Yoga/Boxing/Kenpo/ Kung-Fu Kicking. $30/Monthly. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250. All Level Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Combination class: Deep, yet gentle stretching (Yin Yoga) with a moderately-paced Vinyasa flow will leave you feeling renewed & energized. Class open to Beginners. $96/8 classes, $14 drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., (@ The Zen Center), Cumberland. 401-658-4802. RI Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – 7-8pm. 2nd Tuesday. Get involved with grassroots conservation activities. Free. Sierra Club, 17 Gordon Ave, Suite 208, Providence. 401-855-2103. RhodeIsland.

Yoga for Athletes – 7-8:15pm. Enhance performance in sports or any physical activity. Improve balance and focus while increasing core strengthen and flexibility. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Meditation Nights – 7-8:30pm. Every 1st, and 3rd Tuesday. Deep breathing, relaxation, visualization, energization exercises, chanting and time-tested meditation techniques of concentration. All are welcome. Donation. West Shore Wellness, 2077 West Shore Rd, Unit 3, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Yoga for Everybody – 7-8:30pm. No worries about your size or shape or level of fitness. See web for full schedule. $45/6, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-9pm. Learn how to bring miracles into one’s life. Drop-in. $5. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Weight Loss Program with EFT – 7:15-8pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Release negative emotions, make better food choices and eat mindfully. $20. Greenville Family Counseling, 3 Austin Ave, Greenville. 401-949-2917. Yoga: Beginning Level – 7:15-8:30pm. Learn how to safely hold postures, build core strength and move with the breath for an enjoyable practice. In the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Integrates joyful inner stillness with outer action. Open to beginners and experienced. $18/2 classes. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. 401-780-9809. Intro to Yoga/Beginners – 7:30-8:45pm. Brand New to Yoga come experience this class! Learn yoga postures, breath work, relaxation techniques in a supportive and peaceful environment. 2 Instructors. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.


Sculpt & Tone – 7-7:50am. See Monday at 7:00am for details. $5. Margie Caldwell, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Meditation Support and Sitting Group – 8:309:15am. Meditation sitting group meets every Wed morning. All levels are welcome to drop-in at Focus Yoga. All proceeds go to End Child Prostitution and Traffiking-USA. Donation only. Focus Yoga, Ann Porto, PsyD, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. Zumba Fitness Class – 9-10am. See Monday at 9am for details. $65/10, $8/drop in. Margie Caldwell, Body Language Plus, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Nia Technique Class – 9:45-10:45am. Great music encourages you to move ‘your body’s way.’ No shoes bring water. $38/ask about ‘miss a class’ policy. Wendy Rappaport, Quonnie Grange, 5662 Post Rd, Charlestown. 322-0810. Chair Massage – 10am-12pm. Jenny will offer chair massage. Great selection of healthy baked goods, tea, coffee, vegetarian lunches. $1/minute. The Food Coop, 357 Main St, Wakefield.

Wintertime Farmers Market – 4-7pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, gluten free breads, tortillas, chocolates, fair trade coffee hot or by the pound. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket.

Whole Foods Waterman St Neighborhood Night – 4:30-6:30pm. Taste something special from every department, new theme every week. Free. Whole Foods, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690. Strong Flow Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Strengthen body, mind and spirit enjoying a healthy challenge. First class free, $45/6. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

Westerly Arts Night – 5-8pm. 1st Wednesday. Downtown galleries and studios open in unison to exhibit new works. Free. Artists Cooperative Gallery, 12 High St, Westerly. 401-596-2221. Anusara Yoga Level 1 – 5:15-6:30pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15/drop in. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. Group Training Class – 5:30-6:30pm. New Year’s Resolutions? Don’t miss this class! A fusion of free weights, circuit training, cardio drills and more. Get the support needed to reach your goals. All levels. $10 /call to register. B.I.A Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Cardio Kickboxing - 5:30-6:30pm. A high energy aerobic workout designed to keep you moving and boost your fat-burning capabilities. Filled with dynamic intervals of punches, kicks and power. $10/ First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906.

Meditation 5:30-7pm. See Monday at 5:30pm for details. $20/Call to register. Under The Sun Meditation Ctr & Bookstore, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Kundalini Yoga – 5:45-7pm. See Monday at 4pm for details. $10/drop-in. Hamilton House, 276 Angell Street, Providence. 401-722-3230.

PhysicalFusion Barre Tuff Class – 6-7pm. Create a lean body with light weights, ballet barre. Also 8:30am Sat. PhysicalFusion Lite (less tuff) 9:45am Th & 9:45am Sat. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., 2nd floor, East Greenwich. Zumba! – 6-7pm. See Monday at 6pm for details. $80/8, $12/drop in. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Svaroopa Yoga – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 4 for details. $112/8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Open Meditation and Chants – 6-7:30pm. Community practice of basic mindfulness meditation. Instruction offered. Free/No pre-registration. Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave., 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762. Providence. Zumba – 6:15-7:15pm. See Tuesday at 6:30 for details. $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Free Zen Meditation Instruction – 6:15-7:15pm. Zen is Understanding Yourself. Learn zen meditation by attending a walk-in class. Arrive at 5:30pm & join us for a vegetarian dinner. No shoes indoors, sock suggested. Free/Charitable donations accepted. Providence Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-1464. ZUMBA – 6:30-7:30pm. See Monday at 10:30 for details. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Center, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. Beginners Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Warm-ups, therapeutic postures, breathing techniques and deep relaxation. Visit website for more information. $100/7, $20/ Drop in. Body Mind RI, 1215 Reservoir Ave, Garden City, Cranston. 401-369-8115. Anusara All Levels – 6:45-8:15pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. Meditation Service – 7-8pm. Affirmative message and guided meditation, join us for a mid week spiritual lift. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Meditation & Christian Mysticism – 7-9pm. Prayer, Meditation, Blessing, Light, Soul are mystical topics that we cover. Free. Rev Michaela Walters, Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 857-231-1920. Guided Imagery Meditation – 7-9pm. For relaxation and focus, open enrollment. First and Third Wednesday each month. Please call for more information. $10. Sharon McMahon, 133 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield. 401-742-2354. Reiki/ Energy Share- NEW NIGHT – 7-9pm. Second Wednesday of each month practitioners and non practitioners interested in energy modalities welcome. Please call for more information. $5 donation. Debi Chalko, Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield. 401-263-1107. Zumba Class – 7:30-8:30pm. Latin inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning class. Bring clean sneakers. $12/drop-in, $90/10. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. 5 RHYTHMS: Waves – 7:30-8:45pm. 2nd and 4th week of the month come to experience the 5R, flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, stillness. In this spiritual movement practice we dance our heart and soul! $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Prenatal Yoga with Karen Lee – 7:30-9pm. Ease through pregnancy by strengthening abdominal tone and relaxation skills. $15/drop in, discount packages available. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Hot Vinyasa Yoga – 7:30-9pm. Enjoy a rigorous, empowering flow that will calm you during the crazy holiday season. Come challenge your body, free your mind and detoxify! Room heated to 90-95 degrees. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300.

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Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 7-8am. See Sunday at 10 am for details. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074. Mixed Level Yoga – 9:30-11am. Flowing movements and deeper holds. First Class Free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike (2nd Floor), Foster. 401-578-4162. Svaroopa Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $112/8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Barre and Ball Class – 10am-11pm. Ballet barre (30 min) and Pilates on stability ball (30 min) moves to lengthen and tone muscles. $12/drop in, $150/15. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Yoga & Relaxation – 12:30-1:30pm. Breathing, poses, relaxation and meditation to relieve stress. 30 minutes of movement/yoga, 10 minutes of meditation and 20 minutes of a guided, supported savasana. No experience is necessary. $16/Drop in. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Kids Zumba (Zumbatomic) – 4-4:45pm. Crank it up, shake it up, and turn up the fun with Zumba! Kids will have fun with Hip Hop, Salsa, Calypso, Merengue, Cumbia, and more. $5/call to reserve. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Yin (Gentle) Yoga – 4-5pm. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. Quiet practice using floor postures to stretch and stimulate. All levels. $99/11, $45/5,$10/Drop in. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Kids Yoga Club – 5-6pm. Fun filled class emphasizing breath, postures and meditation. Ages 5-12. (Younger kids or siblings are welcome if accompanied by and adult). $10. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881. Beginners Yoga – 5-6pm. Perfect class if you are new to yoga or looking for a slower, more breath centered practice. Feel good. Improve your flexibility, mental focus and balance. $15. The Center for Preventive Medicine, Heidi Gabrilowitz, 191 Nashua St, Providence. 401-258-6362. Open Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Covering the basics in a relaxed atmosphere. All levels. $10/drop in $42/6. Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511. Beginner Iyengar yoga – 5:30-7pm. Strengthen and stretch with focus on alignment. $5 off first class. $16/drop in, $14/student. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. Yoga for Stress Reduction – 5:45-7pm. In the peaceful setting of the Zen Center, learn Hatha yoga postures that reduce the effects of stress on the body. Suitable for all levels. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Mind-body awareness, posture and alignment and breathing techniques. Beginners welcome. $12/drop in, $60/6 weeks. West Shore Wellness, 2077 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-734-9355.


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All Levels Pilates – 6-7pm. Focus on alignment and course ability. Total body workout that tones, strengthens, improves balance, mobility and agility. $12/drop-in, packages available. Simplify Yoga, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-419-1298. Vinyasa Yoga Deliciously Challenging! – 6-7:45pm. See Tuesday at 5 for details. $45/6 classes, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

Combination Class: Deep Stretch (Yin Yoga)/ Vinyasa Flow – 6-8pm. Yin Yoga, a deep and relaxing stretch. At 7:00, transition to a moderately paced vinyasa flow. Choose one, or take both. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Hosting Ladies Night – 6-9pm. Trivia game, massage, skin care, demos, tarot cards, gift ideas from local artisans. Hosted by Waves of Healing. Free. Chiazza Trattoria, 308 County Rd, Barrington. Zumba – 6:15-7:15pm. See Tuesday at 6:30 for details. $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Pilates w/Props – 6:30-7:30pm. Promotes deeper awareness, concentration, stability and control. $15/ or purchase a pass. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St, Bdg D, East Greenwich. 401-261-4137. EveryBody’s Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. See Sunday at 9am for details. $48/6, $10/drop in. Burrillville Community Recreation Center, 50 Lodge Rd, Pascoag. 401-578-4162.

Archery - 6:30-8pm. Beginner class, Western Archery style. Basic/Safety. $30/Month. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250. Zumba Fitness Class – 7-8pm. See Monday at 7pm for details. $65/10, $8/drop in. Body Language Plus, Margie Caldwell, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307.

Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. See Tuesday at 5:45pm for details. $72/6, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Gentle Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Perfect class for those who are looking for a gentle and peaceful practice. Special focus on using the breathe to relax the body and mind. Mediation and Reiki. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Kundalini Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation for relaxation, selfhealing. $100/10, $12/drop-in $10/students. St Martin’s Church, 50 Orchard Ave, Great Hall, Providence. 508-376-6206. Gangaji Video Gathering – 7-9pm. 1st Thursday of every month. Gangaji, an Awakened teacher, invites you to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being. $5/ suggested donation. Julianne Eanniello, Westerly, Call for location and directions. 401-315-0254.

Meditation for Everyone – 7:30-8:15pm. Open Mediation w/Sara Davidson. A peaceful, supportive and relaxing environment. Practice is therapeutic for your nervous system and calming for your body and

mind. No experience needed. By Donation. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.


Sculpt & Tone – 7-7:50am. See Monday at 7:00am for details. $5. Margie Caldwell, Warwick. 401-732-6307.

Zumba Fitness Class – 9-10am. See Monday at 9am for details. $65/10, $8/drop in. Margie Caldwell, Body Language Plus, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307.

Pilates Wunda Chair Class – 9am-9:30pm. Strengthen and lengthen muscles and improve balance. Class is limited to 6 students, call to reserve. $60/5, $15/ drop-in. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Acupuncture Stress Reduction Clinic – 2-6pm. 45-minute Acupuncture Stress Reduction session. Calm your body and mind and gain greater clarity. Contact for an appointment. $45. Wellness Concierge Centers, 23 Clara Dr, Suite 107A, Mystic, CT. 860-572-4805.

Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 4-5pm. See Sunday at 10 am for details. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074.

Gentle/Restorative Yoga Class – 5-6:30pm. Promotes passive muscular release and deep relaxation. First class free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike (2nd Floor), Foster. 401-578-4162. Zumba – 5:30-6:30pm. Latin-inspired, easy-tofollow, calorie-burning, dance fitness-party. Wear comfortable support sneakers, bring a water bottle and towel. $15. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881. Girl’s Night Out Dance Class 6-7 PM Shake out tension, increase Joy to your favorite dance tunes. Easy to follow, suitable for all ages @ the Newman Y, Seekonk, MA $10 drop-in.

Community Yoga with Toni Lynn Bonadi – 6-7:15pm. Beginner’s class that leaves you relaxed and rejuvenated. $5. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

TGIF Flow Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Flow class taught with the motivation of music. Let the beats and rhythm challenge you to go deeper into your flow. A great way to purge the stress of your work week. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Friday. See Monday at 7pm for details. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783.

Hawaiian Hula for Exercise – 7:30-8:30pm. An ancient tradition, interpreted for the mainstream. No experience necessary. $18/2. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. 401-780-9809.

5 Rhythms/Waves Movement Practice – 7:309:30pm. Explore the movement maps of the 5 Rhythms: flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. Come to move, sweat, breathe and dance in a playful and spiritual practice. $18. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

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Yoga Class - 9-10am. Practice yoga postures (asana), basic breathing (pranayama) and techniques to invoke relaxation and cultivate inner peace for a mind-body. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. Deliciously Meditative Yoga Class – 9-10:30am. Replenish and de-stress, become joyful and centered. Moderate class, all levels. New students free. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike, Foster. 401-368-9642. Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. New student specials. $14/ drop in, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. All Level Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. A blend of posture flows to music and deep floor work to tone, strengthen, release tension & energize! In the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Beginners Yoga – 9:30-11am. See Wednesday at 6:30 pm for details. $20/drop in, $100/7. Body Mind RI, 1215 Reservoir Ave, Garden City, Cranston. 401-369-8115. Nia Class – 10-11am. Fusion fitness movement class that blends rhythmic music with easy to follow movements. $3/members, $6/non members. Sandra


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Nia Class – 12:30-1:30pm. Fusion fitness movement class that blends rhythmic music with easy to follow movements. $15. Santosha, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Rhode Island Orchid Society Monthly Meeting – 12:30-2pm. Last Saturday. Free. Rhode Island Orchid Society, Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Greenhouse entrance, Providence. 401-769-0369. Grandmother’s Empowerment Group – 1-3pm. Usually the 1st Saturday. Based on A Call to Power: The Grandmothers Speak: finding balance in a chaotic world. Donation. The Healing Circle, Providence. 508-292-2798. Vitamin Smart Diet Therapy & Dietary Supplements – 1:30-7pm. Naturopathic care, weight loss, chronic conditions, anti-aging and more. Health Insurance accepted. Vitamin Smart, 40 Charles St Unit C, Wakefield. 401-782-6800. CPR Certification – 2-4pm. Learn how to save a life. Class will cover all you need to become proficient. Nationally recognized certification card will be issued upon successful completion. $50. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Seagrave Observatory Public Night – 8-10pm. Viewings through a variety of telescopes every clear Saturday Night, weather permitting. Free. Skyscrapers, 47 Peep Toad Rd, North Scituate. THE


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Holistic counseling using hypnosis to access the root cause of imbalances and transform your relationship with others and self.  Depth Hypnosis works with your inner wisdom to heal and create lasting change.  Phone and office sessions available.

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Alexandra Morgan’s Animal School, located in the heart of Warren, RI, offers dog daycare, social boarding (play all day!), private lessons & group classes for puppies through advanced CGC. Rescued animals also available for adoption. Home made food, treats, and more! You love your dog. Your dog loves you. We’ll help you keep it that way.

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Offering a variety of holistic energy therapies, which can be scheduled at Wellness Center at Gold Plaza in Warwick, private homes, businesses, hospitals, and nursing homes. Adriene also conducts Reiki certification courses and workshops on a variety of topics related the wellness. See ad, page 10.

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401-709-2473 Holistic Health Improvement Joanna Meriwether, BS, MSW Holistic Health Education & Counseling 401-837-8870

Looking for someone who will listen deeply to your health concerns? Someone grounded in the sciences of health? Someone who has already done the research so you don’t have to? Using my training in physiology, psychology, and spirituality, I help people who are frustrated with their health, and want to use holistic options, find the best solution to help them feel well again. Email - call - read the blog to connect and learn more!

hypnosis Mark Ashley Hypnosis Health & Wellness

Consulting Hypnotist, Coach & Motivator 401-623-6709 • Motivation by means of hypnosis. Achieve amazing success with weight loss, fitness goals, stress management, insomnia, motivation, procrastination, anxiety, phobias, smoking and compulsive behaviors.


739 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 401-374-1890 Transformational hypnosis for lasting personal change. Smoking cessation. Weight loss. Stress. Pain. Relationships. Career issues. Sports. Goals. Habits. Fears. ADD issues. Confidence. Complementary medical hypnosis. Affordable. Fast. Effective. Free evaluation if desired. Visit website for free newsletter and information.

interfaith minister INTERFAITH MINISTER

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 nontraditional 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.

massage Innisfree Body Works 18 Post Rd Pawtuxet Village, Warwick 401-461-3788

Founder of Innisfree, David Walsh has been practicing massage therapy for more than 14 years. His hands speak multiple languages, and still he feels it all comes down to instinct and touch. His spiritual intentions and focus in deep tissue create a love for giving thorough treatments. Gift Certificates available. Call for yours today!


Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St., Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care: your comprehensive natural medicine clinic offering diet and nutritional counseling, herbal and homeopathic medicines, and acupuncture. Optimize health and wellness naturally! See ad page 29.

Keri Layton, N.D.

111 Chestnut St., Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 • Naturopathic medicine at its best. Diet and nutrient therapy, herbal medicine, NAET, homeopathy. Safe and effective treatments for men, women and children of all ages.

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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


Valerie Cookson-Botto Miessence Independent Organics and Eco-Business Consultant 401-954-8551 World’s first comprehensive range of certified organic products certified to food grade standards. Call Valerie for a free consultation and experience unrivalled purity, potency and freshness in Miessence skin, hair, mineral cosmetics, baby, health and home care.  Flexible, ethical, eco-business available for people passionate about sustainability and organics.

physical therapy Charlestown Physical Therapy and Health Services Dr. Sara Michaud PT, DPT, ATC 3939 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, RI 02813 364-2020

At CPTHS we focus on retraining and restoring your body’s natural movement patterns to relieve pain and maximize performance. We do not use aides or assistants. All patients are treated with licensed professionals. Services are offered in rehabilitation, reconditioning, nutrition, fitness and massage. See ad page 11.

reiki Amanda de Rezendes

Reiki Master & Teacher Slatersville, RI Amanda is a certified Reiki Master available for sessions and training workshops. She brings a compassionate and intuitive understanding to her Reiki practice and works to empower her clients with the knowledge of their own ability for self-healing. Experience this ancient and non-invasive healing art to know your own energy, reduce stress and create balance.

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike • Johnston RI 02919 401-464-6100 • ITS ALL ABOUT YOU. You deserve the BEST The journey begins. Enter a new plateau @ ITS YOUR BODYS SYMPHONY We offer: A variety of massage therapies including La Stone, Cupping, Thai, Ultimate pumpkin & back facials, Reflexology… We look forward to your arrival. See ad page 31.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

2077 West Shore Rd., Warwick, RI 401-734-9355 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.

weight loss Laurie Kraus

Barrington, RI 631-834-7786 Get support from Laurie Kraus, a result oriented Isagenix coach with much success behind her. Isagenix addresses two factors, which lead to excess weight and disease in a way that no other health and supplement company has: they are TOXICITY AND NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY. Isagenix products contain the highest quality natural botanicals, herbs, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, minerals and protein in the correct proportions to first cleanse on a cellular level, then deliver optimal nutrition. See ad page 17.


Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • 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 43.

yoga a new day yoga

Marilyn Scallon RYT, CYT, Reiki Master 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland RI 508 596-2974 Offering Weekly yoga classes, Shake Your Soul(R)/ Yoga Dance, Private/Create Your Own Yoga Class, and vibrational sound healing. Our yoga classes are gentle as well as offering Hatha Yoga Flow. Teacher training also offered. Come and be inspired. See ad on page 34.

Chris Belanger, RYT

401-261-7242 Offering Kripalu Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Yoga in the Park, Men’s Yoga, Gentle Yoga & Senior Yoga throughout RI – Classes are suitable for all levels. Explore your body, breath, mind & spirit. Chris is now offering Yoga for Vets - a program to thank vets for their service, while providing a valuable wellness tool for the mind & body. See ad on page 34.


315 Main Street • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 • Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, self-discovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 33.

Sylvia Collins

Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick RI 401-921-4397 I would love to open your hands, your heart and your mind to the wonderful healing energy of Reiki. I am a certified Reiki Master and Teacher, who would like to help you on your journey of personal growth through this safe, non invasive healing energy. Contact me soon for a free consultation or to set up an appointment.

Wellness Within Counseling Center

Outpatient Therapy with a focus on:

Depression Anxiety/Panic Disorders Mood Disorders Trauma/PTSD Co-Occuring Disorders Chemical Dependency/Addictions Court Ordered/DWI/DUI Toxicology Screens on site Phase of Life Problems Vocational Counseling


Long & Short Term Therapy



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900 Reservoir Avenue Cranston, RI • Phone: 401-632-4114 Fax: 401-632-4880 natural awakenings

January 2011


January 2011 Rhode Island Natural Awakenings  

Health and Wellness

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