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hat a great time of year! I am so grateful to be able to walk into my back yard and pick fresh raspberries for my breakfast in the morning. Then to spend a few minutes listening to the birds and checking on the status of the vegetable garden, is a great start to a day. The vegetables never cease to amaze me. They begin so small, I often have a hard time believing they will ever grow. But day by day they get bigger and stronger until before I know it you can’t even walk around them anymore. And the next thing you know – they are what’s for dinner! The Food Edition is here, and it doesn’t get more natural than growing your own but for practicality sake, I fall back on the local farmers for the things I can’t grow and to stretch our growing season. There seems to be a strong renewed interest in local produce and, more specifically, organic and sustainable agriculture. Maybe it has to do with the concerns about the quality of our food and knowing that our health is at risk when we don’t proactively ingest healthy things. The movement toward integrative medicine and alternative health is bringing focus to the reality that our bodies are finely tuned engines that run best on a balance of natural, healthy fuel. More and more acknowledgement is being paid to how what you eat relates to how you feel. We are fortunate in Rhode Island to have many wonderful Farmers Markets, some that carry much more than just produce. Artesian cheeses, locally grown grass fed meat, free range chicken, and eggs free of hormones are among some of the local offerings at several of the markets. Find a complete listing of all the markets on page 42. “Locavore Nation: Savor the Reign of Regional Foods,” on page 24, celebrates the luscious local diversity available across the country. Local people on board with this movement are busy helping residents eat well, learn about composting and consciously lessen our daily carbon impact. The folks at Farm Fresh RI are doing their part too in this movement by connecting local growers with local restaurants. One day this past month, they facilitated the transfer of $13,000 worth of produce to some local restaurants around the state. Check their website at to connect with some of these restaurants. And remember, for every $100 spent in locally owned businesses, $68 returns to the community. Happily, the local natural foods movement is alive and thriving in Rhode Island. Each decision we make to grow our own food or buy local fare is being echoed and multiplied by hundreds of thousands of like-minded individuals all over the state. As awareness continues to expand and more people change their buying and eating habits, our hope is to increase the quality of our food supply. We hope honesty and integrity in food labeling will be restored. We hope good, clean, healthgiving food will be available to everyone. In the meantime, happy July everyone! Enjoy our summer, go to the beach, pack a healthy picnic and love Rhode Island.

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.I.A Fitness and The Journey Within are offering a multitude of summer fitness programs in July. A mini fitness series for kids will include fun fitness and nutrition education, workouts, kids yoga, hip-hop and Zumba. A healthy snack will be provided each day. Parents will receive a guest pass to the studio for the week, allowing them to take classes and use the gym. The cost is $75 per week. The first session is for ages 6-10 and takes place July 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The second session, for kids 11-15 years old will be held July 19-23 also from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. For those that want to be pushed to the next level this summer, the boot camp series is a no frills, calorie torching workout. The well-rounded and effective series includes a yoga cool down. The four-week series will be held on Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. beginning July 10. Cost is $40 for the series or $15 per class. A running clinic for beginner level runners will be held on Saturdays at 9 a.m. The group, under the guidance of a B.I.A. Fitness trainer, will meet each week at the studio or a local park. The goal of the clinic is to help runners build up to the goal of running a 5K, while forming friendships and a support system. 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. See ad on page 9.

Yoga Nidra Series at Santosha Yoga Studio


antosha Yoga Studio is offering a four-week Yoga Nidra series on Thursday evenings from 7:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m. beginning July 22. According to Santosha co-owner, Heather Eilering, Yoga Nidra is a specialized meditation technique to effortlessly take you into a deeply relaxed state of awareness. “Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep,” she explains. “That does not mean you sleep through the class but that your brain will go into the sleep state while you simply lay on your back and are guided through a series of breath and body awareness techniques.” Eilering says remaining awake is the most difficult part about Yoga Nidra because of the deep state of meditation. Once in that state, participants will be guided to use intention to help release stress, anxiety and to create the life they desire. When practiced regularly, Yoga Nidra promotes the healing of disease, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, boosts the immune system and slows the aging process. “It allows you to free yourself from old patterns of behavior with speed and ease through total relaxation, rather than from hard work and struggle,” says Eilering. “Reconnect to the source of your own power, manifesting a life that is consistent with your highest truth.” Santosha Yoga Studio is located at 14 Bartlett Ave. in Cranston. For information call 401-780-9809 or visit

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ris McCullough, a medium for 35 years utilizing the ancient form of divination called Tarot, is now offering the magic of Tarot for parties and events with Tarot Party Newport. Tarot Party Newport allows organizations, groups or individuals to book a reader for fundraisers, birthday parties, bridal showers, reunions, graduation parties, corporate gatherings, girl’s night out or theme parties to name a few. “Whether you are organizing a fundraiser for 100 or planning a small intimate gathering, having a reader present can break the ice and give guests something to talk about for days,” says McCullough. McCullough discovered Tarot at the age of 17 and has been offering readings, engaging the mind and inspiring the Spirit ever since. Her eclectic holistic style integrates holistic wisdom, numerology, angels and spiritual astrology into a customized reading focused on solving problems and helping individuals realize their personal growth potential. For more information visit or call 401-847-6551. See ad page 23.

Changing Lives in Johnston


hanging Lives” is the intention, mission and name of a new wellness center in Johnston. Owners, Lorna McCoy and Joanne Salem, say the center offers a slightly different business model – all services (with the exception of The Reconnective Healing®) can be practiced outside of the equipped center and be brought into clients’ offices, businesses or homes. Among the services offered at Changing Lives is Reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy, angel light messenger, integrative energy therapy and The Reconnective Healing®. While the wellness center space has a private treatment room as well as an open meeting area for talks and seminars, the convenience of bringing these treatments to the clients’ space is invaluable. “The services we offer are truly done out of pure of heart,” says McCoy. “So many people are suffering emoOwners, Lorna McCoy tionally and physically. We’re here to help open people (top), and Joanne Salem up to ‘the more’ that the universe has to offer.” Salem and McCoy are professionally trained in these hands on healing therapies and energy work and say it’s their life journeys that brought them on this path to help others. “My own experiences with loved ones being ill are an integral part to understanding and helping to heal others,” says Salem. Studies have shown that benefits of these alternative therapies include rebuilding of healthy cells, medications working more effectively, aches and pains are relieved and much more. Salem says clients looking for these services can receive amazing benefits when they actively participate in their own healing and are open to receive profound gains. Changing Lives is located at 1308 Atwood Avenue. For more information, visit or call Lorna at 401-533-2860 or Joanne at 401-490-1732. See ad page 27.


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Summer Fun at Kenyon’s Grist Mill


enyon’s Grist Mill, the oldest operating manufacturing business in the state, invites visitors and Rhode Islanders alike to their second annual Summer Festival on July 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Incorporating a wide variety of businesses across the state, the event is a celebration of locally made and grown products, culinary specialties and activities that directly benefit our local community. The mill will be open for free, historic narrated tours of the grinding process. The festival will include the chance to meet local artisans and farmers, enjoy free johnnycakes, cooking demonstrations, free food, oysters, wine and ice cream samples, plus the opportunity to pet an alpaca. Clam cakes, chowder and other local items will be available for purchase. There will be free kayaking along the Queen’s River, with any donations benefitting the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association. Attendees are asked to bring a food and/or clothing donation to the Jonnycake Center and/or the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Admission is free and free parking is available at the Washington County Fairgrounds and Richmond Antique Center with free shuttle bus service. For more information on this event and the upcoming Harvest Festival on October 23 & 24, call 800-7-KENYON or visit

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reen Envy Eco-Boutique, which carries organic, fair trade and eco-friendly products at its location in downtown Newport, is the winner of two recent awards. Newport Life Magazine presented the boutique with the “Best New Business” award, as voted on by the publication’s readers, at its annual Best of Soiree in May. Green Envy then received the “Micro Business of the Year” award from the Newport Chamber of Commerce. The boutique offers a variety of products including organic clothing, fair trade jewelry and accessories, soy candles, housewares, purses, bags, hats and more. Owner Rachel Lessne says this list of offerings is about to grow. “I am excited to announce that we are now carrying eco-friendly and fair trade shoes,” she says. “We carry everything from the most comfortable and eye catching high heels made from recycled quilts that are lined with ecofriendly memory foam to 100 percent vegan slip-ons that help to align your posture.” Brands include Terra Plana, Autonomie Project and Ocean Minded. Green Envy Eco-Boutique is located at 223 Goddard Row in Newport. For information, call 401-619-1993 or visit See ad page 15.

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t’s summertime, which means a lot of outdoor activity – running, swimming, gardening and playing with the kids. For some of us, that means tired, or even sore muscles. Treating yourself to a massage can be a simple and relaxing way to rejuvenate. Jan Goldstein, who spent the past nine years as a senior massage therapist at the renowned Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and recently began offering her services in Newport, is offering a summer special to those wishing to experience the benefits of massage. For a limited time, schedule a one-hour massage and receive half off your next massage. Or, receive a half-hour gift certificate for a friend. “Massage is more than just a feel-good way to pamper yourself,” says Goldstein. “It has many important health benefits and can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well being if done regularly.” For information or to make an appointment, contact Jan Goldstein at 401-847-1371. See ad on page 13.



en Moon Healing will host its second and third Shiatsu Share events on July 18 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and July 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required and all experience levels are welcome. Shiatsu Share introduces people to the healing art of Zen Shiatsu, a system of restoring whole body health and balance. It is a form of bodywork, performed with the client fully clothed, which employs pressure on specific points and energy channels in the body through the use of thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, feet and knees. These energetic pathways are essentially the same as the meridians employed in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but were adapted by the founder of Zen Shiatsu, Shizuto Masunaga. According to Vanessa Benway, EdM, LMT and founder of Zen Moon Healing, one of the central precepts of Zen Shiatsu is that the practitioner be able to achieve a Zen-like, meditative state during practice that enables him or her to feel the life force energy, or Qi, in the body, detecting points of stagnation, and encouraging balanced flow. Designed by Robert Canty, NCCAOM Dipl ABTl, and presented in partnership with Benway, Shiatsu Share is meant to provide everyone a chance to experience and learn about Shiatsu in an affordable manner. “You will learn to give, and then receive, a basic, full-body, traditional Shiatsu treatment and will be guided through a 50 minute form by a professional teacher and practitioner,” says Canty. Canty, who is the co-founder of The Cambridge Center for Asian Bodywork and director of the Shiatsu For Families program at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Benway, who is also a community herbalist and shamanic healer, will guide participants through the process. To register, call 774-200-0999 or email ZenMoonHealing@ or 617-461-8474, email RC@RobertCantyShiatsu. com. For more information, visit and


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t’s My Health, a multidimensional wellness center in Cumberland, has added new healing practitioners to its staff. John Panchuk, a nationally certified hypnotherapist and instructor, offers individual sessions by appointment as well as group sessions. As an instructor with the American School of Hypnosis, Panchuk also offers hypnotherapist certification programs for groups and individuals. He is certified by the International Association of Counselors John Panchuk and Therapists as well as the National Guild of Hypnotists. Panchuk offers programs in a group hypnosis session for those who want to quit smoking and a group hypnosis session for those interested in weight loss. Lisa Rose is a traditional Usui Reiki master teacher as well as a Karuna ReikiÒ master. Rose has been practicing and teaching Reiki for many years and says she receives a “great deal of satisfaction from helping clients use the transformational power of Reiki to restore themselves to balance in body, mind and spirit.” Rose offers individual Reiki sessions by appointment and will be teaching Karuna ReikiÒ in the fall.

hode Island Vegan Awareness (RIVA) will hold the 9th Annual Summer Picnic Veggique on Sunday, August 1 from Noon to 5 p.m. The event will be held at Colt State Park (sites 31 and 32), in Bristol. RIVA will serve vegan burgers and hot dogs, watermelon, summer salads and beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a vegan dish, containing no dairy or eggs, large enough to feed 10 people. You can also bring a bicycle, games or musical instruments to jam with others. A donation of $5 is requested, or $15 without a potluck dish.


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Attendees at this year’s mega Natural Products Expo West, in Anaheim, California, saw everything from organic burritos and glass baby bottles to bags that extend the life of produce. “The 30th anniversary of the event mirrors major business and consumer shifts to values of health and sustainability,” observed Fred Linder, president of New Hope Natural Media. Organic products and green packaging are in—genetically modified foods are out. Accordingly, The Fresh Ideas Group, which monitors new-product trends, has forecasted lower prices for private label organic food in 2010 and an increase in foods with fewer processed ingredients and more whole grains. While organic still accounts for less than 5 percent of national food sales, overall sales of organic foods and other products was up 5 percent in 2009, more than double the growth of conventional wares.

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ncluding mangos in summer fruit salads adds both delicious sweetness and health benefits. A new study by Texas AgriLife Research food scientists examined five mango varieties most common in the United States: Ataulfo, Francine, Haden, Kent and Tommy Atkins, and found that the tropical fruit has anti-cancer properties. When exposed to a variety of cancer cells in the laboratory, mango turned out to be especially effective against certain breast and colon cancers. The researchers attribute the cancer-fighting properties to the fruit’s polyphenolics, a class of bioactive compounds responsible for preventing or stopping cancer cells. As one might expect with an all natural anti-cancer agent, normal cells were not affected by the mango, which targeted only cells that had gone bad, by interrupting their mutated division cycles. Source: Texas A&M AgriLive Communications, 2010

Flaxseed Oil Strengthens Bones According to a report in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health, numerous studies suggest that flaxseed oil benefits bone mineral density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, as well as in women with diabetes. Source: Inderscience Publishers, 2009

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itamin D is one of the few vitamins our body can produce itself when bare skin is exposed to ultraviolet B light. But this sunshine vitamin that is known to influence the immune system seems to be in short supply, and mounting studies point to serious health risks that can result from a vitamin D deficiency. According to researchers at National Jewish Health, a leading respiratory hospital, low levels of vitamin D have been associated with decreased lung function and greater use of medications in children with asthma, as well as increased occurrence of a common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. Now, a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health suggests that women living in northern states are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, suggesting a link between the autoimmune disease and vitamin D deficiency. Meanwhile, research at the University of Warwick Medical School has shown that middleaged and elderly people with high levels of vitamin D could reduce their chances of developing heart disease or diabetes by 43 percent. To ensure that our body produces enough vitamin D to keep us healthy, experts suggest that we expose ourselves to 15 to 18 minutes of sunshine daily. Eating foods that contain small amounts of vitamin D, such as fish, mushrooms, eggs and dairy products, also helps to keep our vitamin D levels up. Contributing sources: and


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Out of the Mouths of Babes A Dozen Ways Children Teach Us to Eat Mindfully by Dr. Michelle May

Children are born with the ability to eat instinctively, fully tuned in to internal cues of hunger and fullness.


arents are usually the main facilitators of life lessons for their children, but in some arenas it’s best to let the kids do the teaching. Their natural eating behaviors, for example, exemplify smart choices for us all. Here are some surprising rules of thumb: Eat when you are hungry. From birth, babies know when and how much they need to eat and cry to let us know. As youngsters grow this vital instinct can be unlearned, so that by the time they are adults, most have learned to eat for other reasons besides hunger. By recognizing the difference between needing to eat and wanting to eat, adults can also relearn when and how much to eat. Stop eating when you are full. Infants turn their head away when they have had enough to eat and toddlers throw food on the floor when they’re done. But as adults, we clean our plates because we were admonished as youngsters about starving children, feel a social obligation or something just tastes good. Being hungry makes you grouchy. Being hungry, tired or frustrated makes a child crabby and affects adults in the same way. Take care of your mealtime needs instead of taking out your crankiness on those around you. Snacks are good. Kids naturally prefer to eat smaller meals with snacks in-between whenever they get hungry. That pattern of eating keeps their metabolism stoked all day; adults’ too.


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All foods fit. Children are born with a natural preference for sweet foods and quickly learn to enjoy fatty foods. Such fun comfort foods can be part of a healthy diet. In fact, studies show that overly restrictive food rules can cause children to feel guilty or ashamed and lead to rebellious eating. Everyone eats healthier when they learn to enjoy less nutritious foods in moderation without deprivation. Be a picky eater. Kids won’t easily eat something they don’t like. Consider how much less you’d eat if you didn’t settle for food that only tastes so-so.

You can learn to like new foods. Healthy eating is an ac-

quired taste, so provide a variety of appealing, healthful foods at the family table. If children observe us eating a variety of healthful foods, then they will learn to as well. It can take up to 10 different occasions of two-bite exposures to a new food, but kids often surprise themselves by liking something they never thought they would. Make the most of your food. Eating is a total sensory experience for children as they examine, smell and touch each morsel. You’ll appreciate food aromas, appearance and flavors more if you aren’t driving, watching television, working on a computer, reading or standing over the sink.

Eating with your family is fun. Babies and toddlers naturally love eating with other people. Family mealtime is a golden opportunity to model good habits and conversational skills and connect with each other. With older children, play high-low around the dinner table, where each family member takes a turn sharing the best and worst parts of their day.

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TICKS by Dr. Mark Newkirk


o one likes ticks (except the birds that love to eat them), but like fleas and cockroaches, ticks are a fact of life. After a winter break in the northern states, they’re back with a vengeance come warmer weather and plague parts of the south all year round. Many species of ticks can carry disease. From the more common Lyme, Erlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever to tick paralysis and Anaplasmosis, these bugs are bad news. Some diseases are species specific, but some, like Lyme disease, can infect deer, dogs and humans. Cats seem to be resistant to many tick diseases like Erlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever; although why this is so remains largely a mystery.

the early stages of the disease, so it’s important to have a dog tested every year and anytime the guardian suspects the dog has been exposed to ticks. The disease has been reported in every state. The good news is that Lyme disease cannot be transmitted directly from a pet to family members. If ticks are typically found in an area, it’s wise to reduce the risk by inspecting canines and people several times a day when enjoying outdoor activities. An excellent vaccine exists for pets, although not for humans.

Ehrlichiosis The second most common infectious disease in the United States, this potentially life threatening menace is spreading, carried by several common dog ticks. The parasite attacks the blood cells, rather than the joints. Intermittent fever and lethargy (which can signal various illnesses) are the main signs. The disease can result in permanent disability or death. While there are no proven cases of direct transmission of the Ehrlichiosis parasite from dogs to people, ticks can transmit it directly to people. A simple in-office blood test can determine if a pet has this disease; blood screening will often show a decreased platelet count.

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This illness shows similar signs and symptoms as Lyme disease in dogs. The danger is that pet owners and vets often chalk them up to a sprained ligament or twisted knee, because the pet seems better in a day or two. Keys to diagnosis include the appearance of fever, repeated symptoms or lameness that shifts between legs. Again, a disease-specific blood test is helpful.

Ticks are tough. Daily grooming and combing to search for ticks remains the best non-medical treatment. Because we have found no truly holistic alternative with the desired effect, I do advise topical tick control rub-on products like Frontline and collars like Preventic. Be aware that veterinary versions of such products are both safer and more effective than retail brands. Risk versus benefit to health is always the rule in considering the best route to take. The best advice for an individual animal will come from the family’s holistic veterinarian.

Treatment No vaccine exists for Erlichia or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and the decision to vaccinate for Lyme disease depends on exposure risk. At the Alternative Care Center in Margate, New Jersey, we sometimes use nosodes, a homeopathic “vaccination” in the treatment or as a preventive measure for Lyme disease. Homeopathic treatment of active or resistant Lyme disease may use Lym D (from BioActive Nutritional) and Ledum, which can also be used in combination with antibiotics. Some holistic vets believe that such homeopathy works with the body to boost the immune system in attacking the Lyme organism. Yet the only prevention measure approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is the Lyme vaccine. Primary treatment for all tick-borne diseases is the antibiotic doxycycline, taken as prescribed for three to four weeks. Using special tests after treatment will show if the disease is gone.

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hether this is your first year growing a kitchen garden or your thumb glows green from years of use, it’s possible to quickly turn dreams of bountiful organic harvests into a reality. Even small gardens can be surprisingly productive, sometimes yielding enough squash to feed the neighborhood. These 10 tips will help you reap top harvests of superb vegetables and herbs. Shop from Your Garden First. After a lifetime of buying food in stores, you may need to change your shopping habits to accommodate the stream of veggies from your own produce patch. It makes sense to shop there first. When you plan meals based upon your garden’s abundance, much less overripe produce ends up as compost.

what’s ripe at least three times a week. Early morning is the best time to gather garden-fresh veggies. Make Plenty of Pesto. A fast-growing annual herb that loves hot weather, basil will keep producing new leaves over a longer time if you harvest big bunches just as the plants develop buds and flowers (the flowers are edible, too). If you have too much basil to use right away, purée washed leaves with olive oil and lemon juice, then cover with water in ice cube trays and freeze. Store the hard cubes in freezer bags for use in making pesto during non-harvest months.

Spread on the Mulch. Everywhere but in the subtropics, rain often becomes scarce in summer, so do everything you can to keep plants supplied with consistent moisture. Tomatoes, in particular, are sensitive to changes in soil moisture that can lead to black spots on the bottoms of ripening fruits. In any climate, drip irrigation from soaker hoses on the surface makes watering easy and efficient. Covering the hoses with mulch reduces surface evaporation and discourages weeds at the same time.

Squeeze Tomatoes. In choosing your favorite tomatoes, taste them fairly by keeping them in a warm place because cool temperatures can destroy their flavor compounds. In addition to watching the vines for ripe colors, make a habit of gently squeezing tomatoes to judge their firmness, the same way you might check an avocado or peach. Heirloom varieties, in particular, are at their best just as they begin to soften, but may become mealy if you wait too long.

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more about which vegetables and herbs naturally grow well in your climate and soil, visit local farmers’ markets to see what local organic farmers are growing. Any crop that grows well in a neighbor’s field is likely to also do well in your garden. Keep Your Cool. Take on big garden tasks early in the morning or in the evening, when it’s cool. If you must work outdoors on a hot day, try freezing damp kitchen towels into a U-shape and drape a frozen collar around your neck to keep from overheating. Bet on Beans. Most vegetables are fast-growing annuals that decline after they have produced for several weeks. Replace tattered spring crops with fastgrowing bush snap beans, which will promptly sprout and grow in all but the hottest climates. Where summers are sultry, there is often time to follow spring crops with a planting of edamame (edible green soybeans), which offer sensational taste, texture and nutrition. Sow More Salad. Lettuce and other salad greens often go to seed and turn bitter when hot weather comes, but a second salad season is right around the corner. Leafy greens, from arugula to tatsoi (a gorgeous Asian mustard), thrive from late summer to fall in most climates. Keep seeds left over from spring in the refrigerator and start planting them outside as soon as cooler nights arrive in late summer. In subtropical areas, start seeds indoors and set the seedlings out after the hottest months have passed. Fortify Soil. Each time you cultivate a bed, mix in a generous helping of compost or another form of rich, organic matter. Over time, the soil will become better and better, which means ever more beautiful homegrown veggies, fresh from your own garden. Barbara Pleasant is the author of numerous gardening books; this year’s release is Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens. For more information visit BarbaraPleasant. com.

Reading Food Labels FUNDAMENTAL The old adage, “you are what you eat” is as true today as it was 200 years ago, which is why reading food labels is fundamental to maintaining good health. Back then if you traded eggs for wheat, the eggs you traded were free range and not fed antibiotics or growth hormones. The wheat was grown in a field without chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Unfortunately, this is not the case with much of the food we eat today. Take wheat for example. The wheat that is used to make the bread that we consume has been modified to meet the commercial bread making standards. It is much higher in gluten than the original version. The same is true for sugar. Until the 1970s, cane sugar was the basic sweetener used by manufacturers. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was developed as an inexpensive substitute for sugar. Items made with HFCS will be less expensive than those without and that is why it is in so many mass produced foods. Cane sugar is an imported product while corn, the raw material in HFCS, is domestic and supported by government farm subsidies. The major difference between cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup is the way they are processed by the body. Table sugar is made up of equal amount of fructose and glucose. Glucose is metabolized as a carbohydrate and is readily available to be burned for energy or stored for later use in the liver as a carbohydrate. Fructose is metabolized more quickly and stored in the liver as fat, which can contribute to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. According to an article written in Life Extension Magazine by Dana Flavin, MS, MD, PhD, fructose is suspected to have less of an impact on appetite leading to poor weight management This year, researchers at Princeton University released a study that found that rats fed a diet containing HFCS gained 48 percent more weight than those fed a diet containing table sugar. The abnormal weight increases were in body fat, particularly in the abdominal area, and significant increases in triglycerides leading to other metabolic dangers. Armed with this information, the next time you go shopping, read the labels. Avoid items that have HFCS, fructose or modified corn starch listed within the first five ingredients. As you make your way through the store you will begin to realize just how much of what you have been eating on a daily basis contains HFCS. Reading the labels and knowing what we are putting in our bodies is essential to healthy living. Linda Couture is the owner of The Stirring Spoon, offering all natural gourmet sauces. Visit for more information. natural awakenings

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eople might start Commuters can now commuting by bicycle to improve their select the “Bicycling” fitness, save money or layer on Google Maps support sustainability, but they continue because at it’s fun. biking to help them Ask a motorist about their commute plan their route. and they’ll frown, at best. Ask a bicyclist about their commute and they’ll smile, dation that adults engage in moderateand likely mention the endorphin rush, intensity physical activities for 30 minfresh air, wildlife spotted that morning, utes or more at least five days a week. the new breakfast shop discovered en A study in the Scandinavian Journal route or how their retirement accounts of Medicine & Science in Sports are swelling with money saved by not concluded that just 30 minutes driving. of bicycle commuting improved aerobic fitness, cardiovascular Health Benefits load, cholesterol and the burning of fats for energy. The health benefits of bicycling are According to the Britrecognized around the world. Cyish Medical Association, in a cling is a holistic form of exercise that nine-year study of 9,000 UK civil gradually builds strength and muscle servants, those who cycled 25 tone with little risk of over-exercise miles a week (2.5 miles each way) or strain, according to AdultBicycling. experienced half the heart attacks as com. Legs, thighs, hips and buttocks


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those who shunned physical exercise. A long-term Copenhagen Heart study of more than 30,000 men and women found that even after adjusting for other risk factors, those who biked to work had a 39 percent lower mortality rate than those who did not. A less stressful commute also contributes to mental well-being, even to the point of countering depression. A study at Duke University found that 60 percent of people suffering from depression overcame it by exercising for 30 minutes three times a week without antidepressant medication, which is comparable to the rate of relief people generally achieve through medication alone. Daily exercise may also help prevent memory loss, according to several recent studies from the United States and Europe. The research, reported by the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign and others, suggests that

because regular aerobic exercise—such as bicycling, swimming or running—can improve cardiorespiratory fitness by up to 14 percent, it helps improve brain function. Further, improved overall health helps prevent certain diseases that may affect mental health.

Cost & Time Benefits When it comes to sustainability, the bicycle is one of the most energy-efficient personal transportation devices ever created. According to the American Automobile Association, the average annual cost of operating a sedan for 15,000 miles in 2010 totals $8,487; for an SUV, it’s $11,085. Vehicle costs include depreciation, finance charges, fuel, maintenance, tires, tolls, insurance and taxes. Given the latest U.S. median annual household income of $52,029 reported by the Census Bureau in 2008, the cost of car ownership exceeds 15 or 20 percent of the typical household’s income. A quality bicycle, which can be purchased for the price of about one car payment, will never need fueling, is inexpensive to repair and has an operating carbon footprint that’s next to nil. Bicycle commuting is surprisingly time-efficient, too. Federal Highway Administration statistics show that nearly half of all trips in this country are three miles or less. More than a quarter of all trips are less than a mile. A three-mile trip by bicycle takes about 20 minutes; in a busy city, traveling the same distance by car can take longer. Add in getting a car out of a parking space, into traffic, through lights and congestion and parked again, and for many urban and neighborhood trips, bicycles are simply faster from point to point. Making a good thing even better, bicycle commuting saves time that would otherwise be spent at a gas station, car wash, automobile mechanic, department of motor vehicles and even traffic court. Plus, without the large cost of operating a car, it’s just possible that bicyclists might even save the necessity of time spent at a second job. As yet another bonus, there’s next to no time spent sitting in traffic. Paul Dorn, a writer and activist in  Sacramento, California, is co-author (with Roni Sarig) of The Bike to Work Guide: Save Gas, Go Green, Get Fit. He is a former editor of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition newsletter, former executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition, and a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor.

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onsider Boston cod, Georgia peach pie, Florida’s Indian River grapefruit, wheat from Kansas, heirloom tomatoes from Colorado, Michigan sour cherries, Texas pinto beans and California wines. While the definition of American cuisine is difficult to pinpoint, it definitely exists in regional form, say the Americans polled by the James Beard Foundation. It’s the particular tastes of the places we call home. There’s a delicious reason why regional foods remain popular; as The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture found, the average “fresh” food item on American dinner tables now travels 1,500 miles to get there—and often tastes like it.

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mate of a region, as well as the ethnic or regional heritage of their producers,” advises Rachelle H. Saltzman, folklife coordinator and director of the Iowa Place-Based Foods project. She notes that regional food might be considered a result of the happy pairing of nature and nurture. Regional foods start with terroir, a French term that refers to a peculiar combination of microclimate and geography. If we draw a circle with its center in our own backyard, the area within the circumference of the circle that encloses the same climate and geography is the general terroir. Although terroir is in wide use in reference to wines, it also applies to any food. Terroir accounts for the differences in flavor between mild orange blossom honey from Arizona, aromatic and pear-like tupelo honey from Florida, amber-colored and medium-

flavored clover honey from Iowa and dark and slightly sulfurous sunflower honey originating in South Dakota. “When you eat honey that local bees make, you’re eating an easily digestible, raw food full of enzymes, pollen, vitamins, proteins and minerals from the region,” says Tony Schwager of Anthony’s Beehive, in Lawrence, Kansas. Bees forage for nectar in nearby blossoms and then do all the processing in the hive. The result is a regional food yielding more than 300 varieties across the United States. Even Vermont maple syrup can register the flavor changes from terroir, according to Amy Trubek, assistant professor of nutrition and food sciences at The University of Vermont and author of The Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey Into Terroir. Trubek is participating in an ongoing study of the character of smallbatch maple syrups.

“Like Burgundy wines or Savoie cheeses, the terroir of maple syrups matters,” she says. For example, maple syrup—a whole food made only from the sap that rises in the tree only after a long, cold winter—can taste different depending on whether the maple tree grows in areas rich in limestone (giving flavor notes of caramel, vanilla and bitter almond) or schist (where minerals yield a slightly moldy note), giving it a unique taste of place.

Wild Bounty Before European settlement here, Native American tribes were often identified—and strengthened physically and spiritually—by the regional foods they ate, whether gathered by hunting or fishing in the wild or raised themselves. Early visiting explorers and naturalists noted such delicacies as wild strawberries growing along the New Hampshire shoreline, native persimmons in Virginia and beach plums on Cape Cod. In Early American Gardens: For Meate or Medicine, gardener and author Ann Leighton chronicles which plants were native to New England and which ones the 17th-century colonists brought or had sent from England. The resulting cuisine evolved into a fusion of English recipes with New World ingredients. Through many generations, regional cuisines developed along the Eastern seaboard, often featuring maple syrup, cranberries, wild blackberries, corn, pumpkins, Carolina gold rice, cod, clams, blue crab, shad and shrimp. Grafting new and old world plants produced the happy accidents of the Bartlett pear, Concord grape and Newtown Pippin apple. What grew in these innovative gardens naturally began to grace American tables. “Native corn became a truly American food,” observes Lenore Greenstein, a food and nutrition journalist who has taught at several U.S. universities. “The corn of the settlers, however, was not the sweet corn we know today, but the field corn used to feed livestock and make corn meal, syrup and starches. Sweet corn was unknown until 1779, yet by 1850 it had replaced field corn on American tables.” …Continued on page 26

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peanuts, sweet potato pie, boiled greens and black-eyed peas. Immigrants from Ireland who arrived in the New World during the potato famine of the 1840s and those Europeans promised free land under the Homestead Acts of the 1860s brought garden seeds, favorite plants and ethnic food traditions with them, further enlarging our country’s collective eating repertoire to include sauerkraut, coleslaw, cheesecake, cinnamon rolls and potato salad. Mennonite farmers who had emigrated from the Netherlands to Germany and then on to Russia, as their pacifist views clashed with the prevailing governments, finally left the steppes of the Ukraine for the similar terroir of the Kansas prairie in 1875. (This was around the same time that cowboys were herding longhorn cattle from Texas along the Chisholm Trail to railyards in Abilene, Kansas.) The Mennonites brought bags of turkey red winter wheat seeds that helped transform the wild prairie into the cultivated “breadbasket” it is today. In a similar fashion, Italian families coming to California brought their love of wine to a hilly region that benefited from moisture granted by the fog rolling in from the Pacific. They knew how to make the most of a climate with a spring rainy season followed by a dry summer—great conditions for growing wine grapes.

~ Janet Trefethen, of Trefethen Family Vineyards, in Napa, California, about its HaLo cabernet Good for Us Food sauvignon.

Ethnic Traditions Beyond the land itself, regional foods continue to be influenced by the transportation routes followed in early trading ventures; the ways of the English homeland were soon joined by those of African slaves. Greenstein relates that New Orleans’ famous gumbo comes from the African ngombo, for okra, its principal ingredient. The thick stew gets some of its distinctive flavor and smooth texture from gumbo file powder made of dried, wild sassafras leaves. In other parts of the South, a cuisine that became known as soul food grew up around dishes made from produce that slaves could grow in their own kitchen gardens: boiled


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Foods naturally suited to their environment grow better, taste better and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit working to build healthy communities through sustainable eating habits ( When grown and consumed locally, foods escape the degradation of being irradiated for longer shelf life. When they come from organic farms, they’re also grown without pesticides and herbicides. Consider also that milk from dairy cattle raised in areas where they can eat grass for most of the year has a better flavor and contains more beneficial nutrients than milk from grain-fed cows. Jeni Britton Bauer uses regional Midwestern ingredients—including organic milk from grass-fed cows, local goat cheese, foraged wild foods and organic

“Indian beliefs are the same and different [from one another]. For us, the sacred food is salmon; for the Plains Indians it was buffalo; in the Southwest it was corn. We all see food as part of our religion, but different foods give us our strengths… if we move about from place to place, we become separate from our sacred foods; we become weak.” ~ Louie H. Dick, Jr. of Oregon’s Umatilla tribe in “Water is a Medicine that CanTouchYour Heart” from Native Heritage: Personal Accounts by American Indians 1790 to the Present, edited by Arlene Hirschfelder berries—for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. “We couldn’t believe the difference in flavor in milk from grass-fed versus grain-fed cows,” she says. “It’s because grass-fed cows produce milk with more conjugated linoleic acid, a cancerfighting compound, as well as healthful omega-3 fatty acids.” Local examples such as hers illustrate the larger truth.

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Good for Our Community Growing and eating regional foods is equally beneficial for our communities. According to Larry West, a writer for E/The Environmental Magazine, most farmers on average receive only 20 cents of each food dollar spent on what they produce. The remaining profit gets consumed by transportation, processing, packaging, refrigeration and marketing costs when their crops travel far and wide. Farmers who choose to sell their foods to local customers see a better return on their investment. When neighbors choose to eat locally, it supports local agriculture and encourages continued use of area land for farms, keeping development in check while preserving open space. There are even more benefits. Research by Duncan Hilchey, a senior extension associate at Cornell University, and his colleagues in upstate New York found that regional agriculture contributes to the local economy, provides fresh food and a secure food supply, and plays a role in preserving our rural heritage. In Goût de Terroir: Exploring the Boundaries of Specialty Agricultural Landscapes, he concludes that “Agricultural landscapes, and the regional cuisine and foodways [culinary practices] to which they contribute, offer powerful expressions of place.” As Greenstein sums it up, “Regional food is better, however you look at it.”

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A Good Egg By Tracey Beck


rack open a pasture-raised egg and you’ll find a brilliant yellow yolk sitting on a firm egg white that’s full of flavor. These fresh eggs not only taste better, a number of studies suggest they are also healthier for you. Chickens free to roam and forage on open grass for their food in a native environment are considered to be grassfed or pastured hens. They do what comes naturally–they eat fresh greens, peck at bugs, perch, nest and lie around in the sunshine. Chickens allowed to graze are actually helping to weed and till the pasture and control insects. In contrast, commercial eggs come from chickens whose diet consists of a blend of grains. They often live in automated, overcrowded warehouses where they are confined to cages, seldom go outside and are routinely given antibiotics. Multiple studies suggest grass-fed chickens produce higher quality eggs. A 2007 independent study conducted by Mother Earth News showed when chickens feed on fresh green grass or insects, receive only a supplement of grain, spend most of their time outside and are generally allowed to engage in their innate behaviors, they produce eggs with significantly higher vitamin content. Egg samples from 14 flocks of pastured hens across the country were compared to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) data for commercial eggs. Nutritional analysis indicated the pastured eggs were significantly higher in vitamins A, E and omega-3 fatty acids among others. In the pastured eggs, the amount of


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Vitamin E was three times greater and the level of Beta Carotene was seven to 10 times greater than the amount in the commercial eggs. The pasture eggs were also lower in calories and contained up to one third less fat and cholesterol. This can be attributed to the fact that grass is a nutritious food source for chickens—especially omega-3 fatty acids and carotenoids (think mega antioxidants).

Chickens free to roam and forage on open grass for their food in a native environment do what comes naturally— they eat fresh greens, peck at bugs, perch, nest and lie around in the sunshine and actually help to weed, till and control insects.

Omega-3’s have been shown to lower the risk of serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. According to Jo Robinson, a recognized authority on pasture-fed animals and author of Pasture Perfect, Omega-3 fatty acids are created in the green leaves of plants where they are essential for photosynthesis. “When animals eat a lot of greens, they naturally accumulate more in their bodies,” she explains. “Those omega-3’s are then passed on to us.” Chickens raised on green pasture produce eggs that contain high levels of almost every nutrient needed for a healthy immune system. Egg whites provide high quality protein while egg yolks provide specific fatty acids


and nutrients needed for nerve function and mental health. Contrary to popular belief, shell color isn’t an indicator of a more superior or nutritious egg; it only indicates the breed of the hen. Chickens with white feathers and ear lobes produce white eggs; breeds with red feathers and ear lobes lay brown eggs. So how can you recognize a pastured egg? Egg carton labels don’t necessarily indicate the source of food for the hens that laid them. It doesn’t always mean birds were allowed to forage for food or that they spent a significant amount of time outside. “Cage free” simply means birds aren’t kept in a cage. However, they can be confined in a warehouse without access to the outdoors. “Organic” eggs are those laid by chickens that eat organic feed and are not given hormones. They are not caged, and are required to have access to the outdoors. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have access to grass or pasture, and currently there is no defined time they have to be outdoors. “Free range” chickens are allowed to roam outside at some point, but they too aren’t required by law to have access to grazing nor is there a mandated amount of time for free roaming. The American Grassfed Association is currently working with the Department of Agriculture to come up with a legal definition of grassfed and a set of standards that pasture farmers must meet to classify and label their products as grassfed. At present, the term “pasture-raised eggs” is generally accepted to mean that a chicken obtained most of its food from foraging. Pastured eggs can usually be found at farmer’s markets, local farm stands and some health food stores. Buying pastured eggs benefits our health, helps local farmers, enriches the environment and improves the quality of life for the hens that produce these especially nutritious eggs.

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MARIEL HEMINGWAY Her Kitchen Wisdom for Healthy Living by Giovanna Aguilar


You juggle many responsibilities and roles in your personal and professional life. What advice can you offer readers for achieving balance in their lives?

his month Natural Awakenings speaks with Mariel Hemingway about her personal journey to achieving a healthy and happy life. The veteran actress has practiced and taught yoga for 20 years and avidly pursues avenues of sustainable living and holistic health. Her most recent books include Mariel’s Kitchen: Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life and Mariel Hemingway’s Healthy Living From the Inside Out.

You must make time for what’s most important to you. Ask yourself questions so that you can find places where you can pull back and reset your priorities. How much television do you watch? Are you taking time to exercise? Do you take five minutes to close your eyes, breathe and listen to internal whispers? It’s often the everyday places, people and things of value that work to keep you connected and balanced.

In Mariel’s Kitchen, you stress the importance of local seasonal eating. What do you consider an ideal meal? It’s important to connect nature with food—knowing where foods come from, knowing about local farms and farmers’ markets. My perfect meal is something that is very simple, fresh and seasonal. The key is to use the right ingredients, a little olive oil and herbs. One of my favorites is searing fish so that it is raw on the inside and serving it with a wonderful aioli or fruit salsa and a lightly steamed, seasonal vegetable. You are a big advocate of organic food, which can be pricey for families on tight budgets. How can healthy eating be accessible to all? It’s about choices. When people want to eat healthier and believe organic is too expensive, I ask them to consider how many times they buy café coffee or order out. When you start to look at food and how you live your life as a method of preventive medicine, it

My mother went to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris to learn how to cook. My family was crazy about food; growing up, I was obsessive about food and used it to fill a hole and replace love. I fasted and tried all kinds of diets, which eventually shut down my thyroid. I wound up needing to go to such extremes in order to find my center; now I’m privileged to be able to help other people find theirs. What I have realized is that instead of serving as a substitute for love, food should come from love as an expression of sharing and giving.

becomes obvious that getting sick [due to poor nutrition and a weak immune system] is a lot more expensive. How did you come up with the concept for your health snack, Blisscuits? My mother had cancer when I was a child, and I was her primary caregiver, so I saw what chemotherapy and radiation did to her. When my ex-husband was diagnosed with cancer, I created the cookies as part of a healthy, holistic lifestyle that could help heal him. They are gluten- and sugar-free and healthful. He is now 11 years in remission and well because he made many good choices. Another reason I developed Blisscuits was to feed my daughters as they were growing up in a world of unhealthy snacks.

What projects are you working on that you’d like to share? I’m currently producing a film based on my grandfather’s book [referring to Ernest Hemingway], A Moveable Feast, and an environment-focused television show with my boyfriend and business partner, Bobby Williams, shot in amazingly beautiful places. It will start filming in the United States, but we plan to shoot internationally, starting with Costa Rica. Bobby and I are also writing a book, Be You Now. Connect on the Internet by visiting and Twitter. com/MarielHemingway. Giovanna Aguilar is a freelance writer based in New York City. Reach her at

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Gentle Remedies for

Weekend Warriors Homeopathic Medicines for Sports Injuries by Dana Ullman


growing number of professional athletes and weekend warriors are spelling relief h-o-m-e-op-a-t-h-y. Founded on a reputation for helping people suffering from chronic diseases, natural homeopathic medicines also are becoming recognized for their effectiveness in treating common sports injuries. Using them is considered easier than conventional drugs in addressing acute injuries, because applying homeopathic solutions doesn’t require a high degree of individualized remedies. When two people have sprained ankles, for instance, they can each be helped along in their healing by a similar homeopathic remedy, but two people suffering from arthritis will generally require different remedies that are individualized according to each person’s pattern of symptoms. Note that homeopaths recommend that homeopathic medicine be taken in conjunction with, not as a

replacement for, conventional first-aid measures.

Form of Doses Homeopathic medicines are available as single remedies or as formulas of two or more remedies mixed together. Single remedies are recommended for injuries when all symptoms point to one homeopathic medicine and it is better to use a stronger dose or higher potency not available in mixed formulas. The use of several remedies in a formula provides a broad-spectrum effect not available in a single remedy. Because injuries sometimes involve muscle, nerve and bone tissues, it sometimes makes sense to use formulas to help heal the various tissues involved.

Frequency of Use When taking homeopathic medicines, experts generally recommend taking as few doses as possible, but as many as

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required to reduce symptoms. At first, in the face of a great amount of pain and discomfort, this may necessitate taking the appropriate remedy every hour. Usually, after four doses the frequency can be cut to every other hour; as the intensity of pain diminishes, dosing every four hours is common. If no improvement is noticeable after one or two days, it is generally recommended that the patient stop taking any further doses. Although most homeopathic remedies come in pill form for internal consumption, some are available in external applications; such ointments, gels and sprays provide similar effectiveness. Dana Ullman has a master’s degree in public health and is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services. His books include The Homeopathic Revolution, Homeopathy A-Z, Homeopathic Medicines for Children and Infants and Discovering Homeopathy. For more information, visit

Indicated Homeopathic Treatments Three key medicines for sports injuries are Arnica for shock and trauma to soft tissue and muscle; Hypericum for shooting pains and trauma to nerves or parts of the body rich with nerves, such as the fingers, toes and back; and Calendula for cuts or open wounds to promote healthy new skin formation. The information here indicates external use for common injuries.

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n Calendula to help prevent infection in scrapes and open wounds; for any open

wound and for blisters; do not use arnica, but instead apply calendula topically. n Hypericum to speed healing and lessen shooting pain in wounds to the

tongue, fingertips and toes. n Ledum to repair injury from puncture wounds. Note: Most health food stores carry homeopathic medicines in the 30C potency, considered a mid-range strength that is safe to use when self-prescribing for the sports injuries described here. For severe injuries and emergency care, contact a certified professional homeopath who can prescribe remedies in higher, more appropriate potencies. For a state-by-state directory, visit Helpful Resources: Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines by Stephen Cummings, MD and Dana Ullman, MPH; Homeopathy for Musculoskeletal Healing by Asa Hershoff, doctor of naturopathy and chiropractic Source: Dana Ullman, MPH (master of public health) and Dr. Lauri Grossman, doctor of chiropractic certified in classical homeopathy

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Fess up. How many of you participate fully in a yoga class until the moment the teacher invites the group to chant Om? Many resist the experience of Om because they are self conscious about their voice, feel they are compromising religious beliefs, or simply don’t want to say anything if they do not know what it means. Too often, yoga teachers don’t take the time to take the mystery out of this powerful experience. In most yoga classes, Om is chanted for the feelings and vibrations sensed while creating and listening to the sound. Om, in Hinduism, is believed to be the sound of creation. Variations of Om are present in the world’s major religions. Consider Amen from Christianity and Judaism, Amin from Islam and Shalom from Judaism. Even those with no formal religion find solace in hearing the word home. Bottom line, Om, with a rich and varied meaning for millions, is simply the sound of peace. Yoga means “union” and is the art and science of uniting the body, breath, mind and spirit. A tool yoga teachers have to create union is chanting the sound Om or other sounds and words. Chanting unites breath and sound while merging students’ voices as one. Om may be chanted at the start of a yoga class as a transition from the outside world, a segue between yoga poses or, commonly, as a close to yoga practice. Think of chanting the sound Om as a meditation. While Om, sometimes spelled Aum, sounds and appears to be one syllable, it can be broken down into four distinct parts – A (ahhh) U (ooo) M (mmm) – and the merger of the previous three sounds into the silence that follows. Each part provides a specific effect on the body and mind. The sound “ahhh” resonates in the abdomen. The sound “ooo” resonates in the chest. The sound “mmm” resonates in the throat and head. The vibration created through the union of all three sounds reverberates through the body, mind and spirit during the moments after chanting AUM. On a more symbolic level, some find the four parts of Om to represent the creator, the sustainer, the destructor and union of all three. Experience is everything. The next time you hit the yoga mat (or don’t think anyone is around) take in a deep breath and belt out a deep AUM/Om. Remember to spend a moment basking in the bliss of this ancient and simple sound. Chris Belanger, RYT is a Kripalu yoga teacher, laughter yoga leader and yoga nidra guide. To learn more, visit


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Breath – The Secret Doorway to Meditation – 9-11:30am. Learn how the use of Pranayma, the yogic science of breathing, provides an accessible way to calm and focus the mind. $35. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Shiatsu and Herbal Treatments for Neck and Back Pain – 9:30am-5pm. This workshop will address common causes of neck & back pain and demonstrate specific Shiatsu techniques to remedy or alleviate discomfort. Also covered, will be an introduction the use of herbal treatments, Moxibustion & Gua Sha. $80. Zen Moon Healing. 774-200-0999. Yoga for Brand New Beginners: 5 Directions of Movement (6 week series) – 10:30am-12pm. Learn about the movements of the spine and the fundamental relationship of breath to those movements. Whether you are new to yoga or new to Vini-Yoga this workshop will transform your understanding of how your body moves. $6/wk series $72. $60/before July 5. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Declare Your Independence from Unhealthy Habits – 5-6:30pm. Lecture and demonstration on how hypnosis can help you break free from smoking, weight, stress, relationships, and career problems. Group process to begin the work. Please call to reserve your seat. Free. John Koenig, Tree of Life Wellness Center, 1460 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-4242.

Applied Shamanism Immersion Weekend – 5-10pm. Also July 11th from 10am – 9pm, and July 12 from 5pm – 10pm. $695. Foundation of the Sacred Stream, SunRose Farm, 495 Gilbert Stuart Rd, Saunderstown. 415-333-1434.

Monday, July 12

Kirtan World Music Poetry – 7:30-9:30pm. Sacred world music experience for an inspired, uplifting, rockin’, and unique evening of kirtan, music, chanting, and mystic poetry. $25. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Tuesday, July 13

Relationships III: Healing Our Inner Selves – 5-10pm. Also July 14th. $350. Foundation of the Sacred Stream, SunRose Farm, 495 Gilbert Stuart Rd, Saunderstown. 415-333-1434. Yoga at Changing Lives – 6-7pm. Please join us for our series ~ beginners yoga. Paula, a wonderful yoga instructor will be teaching our classes. $10. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston.

Wednesday, July 14

Netwalking at Sachuest Point – 8-9am. Come engage in business networking while you get your daily exercise enjoying the beauty of Sachuest Point in Middletown. Meet at the visitors center. Wear comfy shoes; pack water and business cards. Detailed info on website. Suggested Donation – $5 for cancer. Wendy Fachon, Sachuest Point, 769 Sachuest Point Rd, Middletown. 401-529-6830. Free Lecture Series – 5:30-6:30pm. Homeopathic Remedies for Your Child’s Health. Calling all Parents! Join Cynthia Lategan, doctor of homeopathy, to learn about homeopathic remedies for everything from teething, colic & diaper rash to bedwetting, nosebleeds & more. Free. Alternative Food Co-op, 357 Main St, Wakefield. 401-789-2240. Quick Feng Shui for Dazzling Results – 6-8pm. Dana Duellman’s quick Feng Shui to raise your energy. You will make immediate changes to see positive results! Please call to register. $25/ Includes Materials. My Perfect Space, Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-490-1732.

The Power of Eternal Love – 7-8:30pm. Roland Comtois is a internationally acclaimed channel, best selling author and Radio host. Guest medium and speaker at service for the First Spiritualist Church of Brockton located in Rehoboth. Free. At The Anawan Grange, Intersections of Rt44 & Rt118, Rehoboth, MA.

Please call in advance to ensure that the event you’re interested in is still available.

Thursday, July 15

Is Soy Healthy? – 6-7pm. With Caitlin Nash. In this workshop you will discover what foods contain soy. Learn about soy’s general effect on overall health and find out if soy foods are for you. $20. Evolution, 685 Metacom Ave, Bristol. 401-396-9331. Laughter Meditation w/ Chris Belanger, RYT – 7-8:30pm. Create unity, healing energy & joy with a chuckle. Be prepared for a hilariously uplifting experience. Offering mindfulness, deep breathing, seated guided Laughter & Loving Kindness. Heal the body, clear the mind & soothe the soul. $12. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Friday, July 16

2 For 1 Reflexology – 12-8pm. A day of fun and relaxation. Bring a friend or family member and experience a heavenly felt reflexology session. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be pampered! Call for an appointment. $50 basic/60 special 1 hour session for 2. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 401-533-2860.

Anatomy, Adjustments, and Asana Weekend with Martin Kirk – 1-8pm. Join us for part or all of this weekend with the author of Hatha Yoga Illustrated. Martin is a renowned teacher of anatomy and therapeutics. He resides in Arizona but travels the world conducting these inspiring workshops. $40, $60, $90, $290. Martin Kirk, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Pre Water Fire Parties. – 5:30-7:30pm. Touched by Green invites you to meet with friends and have a refreshment before water fire at will help you to get an early parking spot and start your night with a relaxing note. Come and celebrate Summer with us. Free. Touched by Green/ Ma. Patricia Duque, 271 South Main St., Providence. 401-223-4420.

The 12 Steps of Yoga ® – Yoga for Recovery – 6-9pm. Also July 17th from 9am – 6pm. This program assists in releasing experiences stored in the physical body while also freeing the mind in a powerful learning environment that inspires compassion, awareness, change and healing. 7/15 – free introductory talk from 6-7pm. $155. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Integrated Energy Medicine Immersion Workshop – 6-10pm. Also July 17th and 18th, 10am – 7pm. $695. Foundation of the Sacred Stream, SunRose Farm, 495 Gilbert Stuart Rd, Smithfield. 415-333-1434. Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for a relaxing gathering to soothe your senses. After a few gentle stretches, you will be led through a journey of guided relaxations to eliminate stress and nurture the soul. Free for members, $10 for non-members. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Suite 224, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

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Sunday, July 18

Reiki I Certification Class – 9:30am-5:30pm. Start your journey with Reiki in the Shamballa Multi-Dimensional Healing System, a gentle hands-on energy balancing technique. Manual and Book are included. Class size is limited. Certificate awarded at the end of class. $180. Monica Fernandes, Reiki Master Teacher, North Attleboro, MA. 508-369-1658. Introduction to Tantric Yoga – 4-7pm. Enlightened yet basic exploration of the roots, history, and philosophy of Tantric Shaivism. Tantra teaches us that there is a unifying continuity between our physical bodies, the activities of our mind and emotions, and all forms of interior awareness. $55. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. 3.

Finding Balance Amidst Change~Inversion Workshop – 4:30-6:30pm. Join Anusara Instructor Sara Davidson in this fun inversion workshop! $30/Early Bird or $35/Thereafter. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Monday, July 19

Reiki Share – 6:30-8:30pm. For Reiki practitioners of any level. Intended to support those who provide support for others. Please join us as we share our experiences with this healing energy and give and receive healing and renewal. $5 donation requested. Adriene Smith, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917A Warwick Ave, 2nd Floor, Warwick. 401-741-2278.

Wednesday, July 21

Netwalking in Goddard Park – 8-9am. Come engage in business networking while you get your daily exercise enjoying the beauty of Greenwich Cove’s beach, fields, and woods. Meet at beach lot. Wear comfy shoes; pack water and business cards. Detailed info on website. Suggested Donation – $5 for cancer. Wendy Fachon, Goddard Park, 1095 Ives Rd, Warwick. 401-529-6830.

The Dream Circle – 6:30-8:45pm. Every Wednesday through Autust 18th. This powerful, playful, 5-week dream-propelling program combines a proven process with the gentle structure, accountability, creative inspiration, and customize support to accelerate the realization of your dreams. $195/ with special Bonus Private Coaching!. Tara Sage Steeves, Create Your Life, 8 Fair St. #14, Newport. 401-569-7017.

The Wednesday Society – 7-8:30pm. Women networking with like-minded women to support, inspire, motivate and propel one another to ultimate success. Roundtable forum with educational and motivational talk about living the life we love. Free Networking/Support Group. The Wednesday Society, Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick.

Thursday, July 22

Heavenly Hugs Angel Gallery – 6:30-9pm. In this gallery event, attendees will receive healing messages from Archangels, Guardian Angels & Guides. These messages are divinely guided & full of Love. Join us for this uplifting night of Joy & Peace. Limited to 12 people. $25. Gladys Alicea, ALM, Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Avenue, Warwick. 401-935-8451.


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Friday, July 23

5 Rhythms/ Waves Movement Meditation Practice – 7:30-9:30pm. The movement maps of Gabrielle Roth flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, stillness. Come to move, sweat breathe and dance in a playful and nurturing atmosphere. $18. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Saturday, July 24

The Chakras – An Introduction to our Energy Centers – 10am-12:30pm. In this workshop we will introduce & explore the ancient Indian (Sanskrit) systems of energy. These “wheels” of energy function individually and collectively to provide balance to our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. $25/includes chakra clearing meditation. Adriene Smith, The Wellness Center at Gold Plaza, 917A Warwick Ave, 2nd Floor, Warwick. 401-741-2278. Sunset Sailing Meditation Cruise – 5-8pm. Have a serene & rejuvenating experience aboard the Spirit Seeker w/Breathing Time Yoga! Relax with guided meditation on deck. Take in the natural beauty of nature as the sun sets. End your trip with tea and a light snack dockside. $78/for sailing and mediation session. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Sunday, July 25

Yoga and Sailing Day – 8am-5pm. Set sail with Breathing Time Yoga. We’ll drop anchor at a secluded beach for yoga class. Swim, float, and chill afterwards. Then set sail again for a sunset meditation. Top this off with an organic vegetarian dinner on deck. $189. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Reiki I Certification Class – 9:30am-5:30pm. Start your journey with Reiki in the Shamballa Multi-Dimensional Healing System, a gentle hands-on energy balancing technique. Manual and Book are included. Class size is limited. Certificate awarded at the end of class. $180. Monica Fernandes, Reiki Master Teacher, North Attleboro, MA. 508-369-1658. Fulfilling Relationships – Releasing Into Freedom & The Sedona Method(R) – 5-7pm. Simple, powerful, easy to learn and use techniques to naturally let go of uncomfortable & unwanted feelings in the moment. Release Into Freedom for more healthy, loving & compassionate relationships with everyone, including you! $30. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. 617-448-8749.

Wellness Week: Diagnosis Cancer: What Do I Do? – 6-8pm. Lectures, services & products offered all week. Tonight educate yourself on prevention and alternatives before you get the disease. Learn how you can prevent spreading from surgery; what your doctor may not know. Reservation preferred. Donation for The Cancer Project. Free Lecture by Carol Stanton, 23 Clara Dr, (across from Mystic Aquarium), Mystic, CT. 860-572-4805. Shamanic Journey Practice Group – 7-9pm. Build and maintain your journey practice to access inner guidance. Knowledge of how to journey is required. Bring a journal. If you would like to learn how to journey, private sessions are available. Kindly register. $10. Katharine Rossi, Mill at Shady Lea, N. Kingstown. 401-245-0398.

Wednesday, July 28

Netwalking the Providence River Walk – 8-9am. Come engage in business networking while you get your daily exercise along the River Walk. Meet at corner of Francis and Gaspee Streets across from Mall. Wear comfy shoes; pack water and business cards. Detailed info on website. Suggested Donation – $5/ for cancer. Wendy Fachon. Providence River, Francis and Gaspee St 401-529-6830.

Attention! Reiki Practitioners – 7-9pm. Reiki share for all certified Reiki Practitioners. Our new wellness center provides a peaceful place for healing. We are excited to welcome your energy into our center. Please contact us if you plan to attend. $5/for the Tomorrow Fund. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 401-533-2860.

Thursday, July 29

Financial Freedom & Abundance – Releasing Into Freedom & The Sedona Method(R) – 6:308:30pm. Simple, powerful, easy to learn & use techniques to naturally let go of uncomfortable, unwanted and limiting feelings in the moment. Dissolve inner barriers to wealth & success and attract abundance into all areas of your life. $30. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 617-448-8749.

Saturday, July 31

Guided Meditation – 9-10am. Join us for a relaxing gathering to soothe your senses. After a few gentle stretches, you will be led through a journey of guided relaxations to eliminate stress and nurture the soul. Free for members, $10 for non-members. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Suite 224, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Monday, August 2

Yoga-Art Summer Camp – 9-11:30am. Daily through August 6th. Boys and girls, ages 6-11. $125. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket.

Children’s Yoga Arts Camp – Summer Day Camp – 1:30-4pm. Daily through August 6th. Children will be guided through age-appropriate postures of yoga, elements of movement, and meditation. Activities include music, storytelling, and creative art and games, as well as outdoor fun. $125. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.


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EveryBody’s Yoga – 9-10:15am. This all-levels class focuses on postures, breathing techniques and abdominal/core work to stretch and strengthen your body and relieve overall tension. Postures are modified according to student’s abilities. $48/6 classes, $10/walk in. Burrillville Community Recreation Center, (Beckwith-Bruckshaw Lodge), 50 Lodge Rd, Pascoag. 401-578-4162.

Kripalu Yoga – 10-10:45am. A community class emphasizing body and breath awareness. Gentle yoga postures, breathing and relaxation. Certified Instructor: Liz Marsis. Free. Mediator, 50 Rounds Ave, Providence. 401-941-3070. Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 1011am. This class includes breathing, (Pranayama), gentle to more vigorous postures, and rejuvenation, (Savasana). Enjoy the benefits of yoga in a cozy atmosphere in the home studio of Yoga Spirit. Amrit trained and certified. $10. Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074. Shabda Sunday – 5-6:30pm. Last Sunday. With Jill Manning. Learn the Sanskrit alphabet, yoga sutra call and response and meditation; this is “sound as light.”. $10. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket.


Monday Morning Yoga – 9-10am. Enjoy easy asanas (positions) and relaxation (savasana) with learned instructor Lori Mitre. Walk ins welcomed. Open to the Public. Beginners; please bring a mat. $5. The Edward King House, 35 King St, Newport. 401-846-7426.

Yoga Basics – 9-10:15am. Effortlessly strengthen and tone the body: increase joint flexibility and suppleness. Great for beginners, this class explores foundational postures through attention to body alignment. $14/Class $96/Package 8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Anusara Yoga – 9-10:30am. Anusara Alignment based Yoga taught by Certified teacher Sara Davidson. A heart opening and highly therapeutic style, all levels class. $15. Yoga Connect, 1226 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-5007. Moderate Heating Vinyasa with Childcare Co-op – 9:30-11am. For moms on a budget: volunteer to do childcare and get a free yoga class. Get more limber & centered while your kids do fun & creative activities next door. $0-$64 Call studio for more details. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

All Level Yoga for Women – 10-11:15am. Yoga in the Zen Center. Running 10 + years. Gentle warmups & moderately paced flowing Yoga (Vinyasa) to energize, tone & strengthen the body, & boost the immune system. End with deep relaxation. $96/8 classes, $14/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Wellness Concierge Centers Of Natural Health & Healing – 10am-5pm. Check our website for classes, workshops and events. Call us today for an appointment. Offering Acupuncture, Reiki,Massage Therapy, Thermography,CranioSacral, Kinesiology, HypnoTherapy, Asyra Testing, Nutritional Counseling & more. By Appointment. Dr. Jackie Campisi and Jamie Lee, Wellness Concierge Centers, 23 Clara Dr (across from Mystic Aquarium), Mystic, CT. 860-572-4805. Zumba Class – 4:15-5:15pm. Taught by Zumba certified instructor Christina Seggs. The Latin inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning, feel it to the core fitness party. $12. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Beginners Yoga Class – 5:15-6:30pm. Introduces the new student to basic postures and a vinyasa flow; teaches proper alignment and movement with the breath. Small classes with a lot of individual attention. $10/6 classes, $12/drop in. Renee Katz, Healthi Directions, 11 Kenyon Ave, Wakefield. 401-864-0947. Strength Training & Yoga – 5:30-6:15pm. Energize your body, mind and spirit. This invigorating class features a unique blend of strength training and yoga postures, to help you develop a lean, fit body, increase flexibility and balance, and reduce stress. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Jen Meyer, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200. 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. Breathing Meditation – 5:30-7:30pm. Focuses on the Full Wave Breath technique, to restore your breathing mechanism to its natural open state. $20/1st class $15/additional. The Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537. Cardio Gypsy/Creative -Core Fusion – 6-7pm. Combination of pilates, belly dance, and free movement. $20/ or $12/ for half. The Spot on Thayer, 286 Thayer St, Providence. Belly Dancing with Mahdia – 6-7:15pm. Get in shape and have fun while exploring the ancient art of Middle Eastern Folk & Cabaret Style Belly Dance-Raks Sharqi. $60/Series of 6 $13/ drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. V Mixed Level Amrit Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Class designed for students of all levels of experience. Will be tailored to suit the students present. $60/ Series of 6 or $14/drop in. Sunsalutations Yoga Studio, 840 Smithfield Ave, Lincoln. 401-632-7254.

Shift Monthly – 6:30-9pm. 3rd Monday. Authentic networking and workshops that help you create balance and harmony in your career, relationships, health, and finances. Learn to reduce stress, and become grounded and centered in your work and personal life in ways that allow you to be truly focused, engaged and approachable. Sponsored by Winds of Change, Discover You Events and RI Natural Awakenings magazine. $20/ advance, $25/at the door. Sheraton Airport Hotel, Winds of Change, 1850 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-497-0778. ShiftMonthly. Beginners Yoga School – 7-8:30pm. Introduce the new student to the essential elements of Yoga practice. Study foundational poses & modifications for special needs, breath work & meditation/relaxation techniques for alleviating stress. $50/4 classes. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Mellow Vinyasa – 7-8:30pm. A flowing investigation of postures, breathing techniques, and energy. Learn how to move with grace, intelligence, and ease. Includes pranayama, chanting, and meditation. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Santina Horowitz, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200. Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Monday. Dynamic and powerful group of women coming together to share intentions and dreams. Open to all on the spiritual path who are seeking a deeper connection. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783.


Outdoor Yoga at Sweet Berry Farm – 7-8:15am. Drink in the early morning light sparkling on the grass. Breathe the fresh air. Practice yoga in community. Please bring a mat and towel to wipe away the dew. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Sarah Mermin, 915 Mitchell’s Lane, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Full Wave Yoga Class – 7-8:30am. A combination of gyrokinesis (spiraling spinal body movements), Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Strengthening and Balancing Postures, connected with powerful breathing exercise. 15 minutes of relaxation/breath meditation at the end of each class to rejuvenate. $15/drop in, $12/series. The Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537. Yoga for Golfers & Recreational Athletes – 8-9:15am. Cross training for golf, racket/paddle sports, surfing and running. Improve your game and prevent injury through developing flexibility, strength, breathing practices and focus. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Aggie Perkins, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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Yoga & Meditation Hour – 12:30-1:30pm. The perfect way to spend your lunch hour. We use pranayama, asana and meditation to create the tools needed to further our inner journey. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Barbara Gee, Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown. 401-849-3200. 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.

Basic Barre Technique – 2-3pm. Anti aging ballet exercises to strengthen, poise, balance and control. 4 classes $35/members or $40/non members. The Edward King House, 35 King St, Newport. 401-846-7429. Zumba – 4-5pm. One-of-a-kind explosive combination of Latin dance and aerobic exercise. Zumba puts the “fun” into fitness with its high-energy hip shaking classes. Merengue, Belly Dance, Samba, HipHop, ChaCha and more! Call to regtister. $10. Melissa Sischo, 1639 Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Svaroopa Yoga classes – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, yet deep and restorative style of yoga. Focus on releasing all the muscles along the spinal column. Space is limited – pre-registration is necessary. $112/ series of 8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. 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. Life affirming, heartopening alignment based style of Hatha Yoga with some vinyasa elements taught by Certified Anusara teacher Sara Davidson. $15/Drop in. Yoga Connect, 1226 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 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. Ellen Schaeffer, One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

Gentle Yoga Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Offers a wide range of postures: focuses on mind-body awareness, posture and alignment, and proper breathing techniques. Modifications will be given. Beginners welcome. $12/drop-in or $60/6 weeks. Maureen Mitchell, CYT, 2077 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 5:306:30pm. See Sunday at 10 am for details. $10. Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074.

Basic Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. With Carla Joyce. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $72/6 classes, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Beginning Level Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Yoga in the The Zen Center. Learn basic alignment & breathing techniques. Learn how to safely hold postures, build core strength and move with the breath for an enjoyable practice. $96/8 classes, $14/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802.


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Zumba – 6-7pm. Mixes body sculpting movements with easy-to-follow dance steps derived from Latin music. Feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms to tone and sculpt the body. $12/or $80/Package 8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Relaxing Yoga in the Park ~ on the East Side – 6-7pm. Unite body, breath, mind and spirit under the trees. No power or vigorous yoga here. Beginners welcome! We meet on the Hope St. side of Lippitt Park (Hope & Blackstone.) Look for the spinning sunflower/sign. $6/Minimum donation. Chris Belanger, RYT, Kripalu Trained, Lippit Park, Providence.

Urban Bhakti Groove – 6:45-8pm. An up-beat powerful vinyasa flow class, set to an ever changing mix of pop and rock music, complete with meditative chanting and deep relaxation. $15/drop in, $5 of which is goes towards a city based charity. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. Introductory Amrit Yoga – 7-8pm. Developing confidence in yoga basics, postures, breathing, body science and meditation. Focus is on a strong foundation for a regular practice. $60/Series of 6 $14/drop in. Sunsalutations Yoga Studio, 840 Smithfield Ave, Lincoln. 401-632-7254.

RI Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – 7-8pm. 2nd Tuesday. Learn how to get involved with the Sierra Club in Rhode Island. Covers grassroots conservation activities across the state. All are welcome. Free. Sierra Club, 17 Gordon Ave, Suite 208, Providence. 401-855-2103. 4-6 Week Metabolic Type Program – 7-8:30pm. Program includes: A Metabolic Type Test, a complete understanding of your individual nutrient, how to choose them, and how to combine them to improve your health, create new menus and share ideas. $395. Aubrey Thompson, 464 Maple Ave, Barrington. 401-524-0242.

Neo-Pagan Study Group – 7-8:30pm. How do you know the information abut Wicca and Witchcraft you’re reading is correct or even helpful? This discussion group is about the Craft and how to learn more. Free. The Silver Willow, 54 Fall River Ave, Rehoboth, MA. 508-336-8813. ACIM Study Group – 7-8:30pm. What It Says: “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” We are a group of dedicated practitioners exploring true forgiveness as a way of practice in our everyday lives. Come join us. Little by little we see. Donation. John, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074.

Yoga for Everybody – 7-8:30pm. No worries about your size or shape or level of fitness. Our teachers will ensure that you feel at home and offer a class accessible to you. See web for full schedule. $45/6 classes new student special. Ellen Schaeffer,, 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. Medieval Arts & Music Night – 7-10pm. Open workshop of The Society for Creative Anachronism. Anyone is welcome to bring a project, song or just a curiosity for the study of medieval arts and music.

Free. The Artists Exchange, 50 Rolfe Sq, Cranston. 401-490-9475.

Weight Loss Program with EFT – 7:15-8pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Release the negative emotions that are sabotaging your goal weight. Learn to make better food choices and eat mindfully with Diane Stacy. $20. Greenville Family Counseling, 3 Austin Ave, Greenville. 401-949-2917. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Integrates joyful inner stillness with effortless outer action in the world. Class is open to beginners and more experienced students who would like to refine their practice. $18/2 classes. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Community Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Ann-Marie McGee and Kate Guilbault lead this slow paced easy going class designed to introduce students to Viniyoga and provide physical benefits and relaxing down time. Classes are adapted to meet the needs of students. $5. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Hula Hoop Dance Class – 8-9pm. Teaches the basics of hula-hoop dancing. Hoops provided. With instructor Sasha Gaulin. $12.. The Spot on Thayer, 286 Thayer St, Providence.


Zumba – 9-10am. See Tuesday at 4 pm for details. $10. B.I.A Fitness, Anya Randall, 1639 Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-732-2899. Chair Massage – 10am-12pm. Jenny Rebecca Pendergast will offer chair massage. The Coop has a great selection of healthy baked goods, tea, coffee plus vegetarian lunches. $1/per minute. The Food Coop, 357 Main St, Wakefield.

Pilates on the Ball – 10:30-11:15am. With Kim Cardarelli. Pilates mat exercise’s incorporating a large stability ball to challenge balance and strength. Mixed Level. $15/per class or purchase a package. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., 2nd floor, East Greenwich. Prenatal Yoga – 11:30am-1pm. This class will ease you through pregnancy by helping strengthen pelvic abdominal tone, teaching you vital relaxation skills and providing a quiet opportunity for each mother to connect with her changing body and growing baby. $15 Single Drop-in. Packages available. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave – Box 105, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Kids Yoga – 1:15-2pm. In RI’s largest and most stunning yoga studio. Join Vanessa Weiner, Shri Studio’s Family Yoga Director, for this introduction to new family-friendly programs in Providence County. $54/6 weeks. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. Zumba – 4-5pm. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $10. Melissa Sischo, 1639 Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Active Isolated Stretching – 4:30-5:30pm. Experience the technique of AIS, infused with pilates and Gyrokinesis based movement. Based on isolating specific muscles to stretch for two second hold with breathing. Great for the athlete and the inflexible. $15/or package of classes for discount. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St, Bldg D, 2nd Floor, East Greenwich. 401-835-6266.

Whole Foods Waterman St Neighborhood Night – 4:30-6:30pm. Have a taste of something special from every department, with a new theme every week! Free. Whole Foods, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690.

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Anusara Yoga Level 1 – 5-6:30pm. Anusara Alignment Based Yoga taught by Certified Anusara teacher Sara Davidson. Learn the Universal Principles of Alignment for your optimal expression in heart and body. $15/drop in. Yoga Connect, 1226 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-5007. 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. Prenatal Yoga – 5:45-7:15pm. Wednesday eves, gentle prenatal practice. $15 walk in, packages available with Kavita, Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 780-9809. Men’s Yoga – 6-7pm. With Chris Belanger. Gentle & Relaxing. Beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $72/6 classes, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Cardio Gypsy/Creative Core Fusion – 6-7pm. See Monday at 6pm for details. $20/or half for $12. The Spot on Thayer, 286 Thayer St, Providence. Body Sculpt Class – 6-7pm. Build strength and tone with light weights and low impact, shock the metabolism in a supportive atmosphere without the gym membership. Drop-in welcome!. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Basic Vinyasa – 6-7:15pm. Connecting breath with each movement in a flowing sequence of poses. Focusing on the principles of alignment while straightening the core; mind, body and spirit. Explore self-healing and find the strength within. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Road~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433. New Svaroopa Yoga classes – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 4 for details. $112/series of 8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Full Wave Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 7am for details. $15/drop in, $12/series. The Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537. Mandalas for Healing & Self-Expression – 6-8pm. Creating a Mandala can bring calmness, peace and tranquility to your mind, body & spirit. Materials included to make one painted canvas Mandala. Please call to register so enough materials are available. $15-$20/Depends on choice of materials. Under The Sun Meditation Ctr & Bookstore, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Family Science Night – 6:30-7:30pm. Last Wednesday. Parents & kids perform 3 simple but fun & engaging science experiments. All materials are supplied. Ages 4-12. Pre registration is required. Call to reserve your spot. Free. Pow! Science!, 192 Wayland Sq, Providence. 401-432-7040.

Beginners Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Dr. Lakshyan Schanzer who has re-opened his office. Visit website for program description. $100/series of 7, $20/Drop in. Body Mind RI, 1215 Reservoir Ave, Garden City, Cranston. 401-369-8115. Northern RI Conservation District Monthly Meeting – 7-8pm. 1st Wednesday. Regular monthly board meetings are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Call for directions/scheduled date or location changes. Free. NRICD Office, 17 Smith Ave, Greenville. 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 – 7-9pm. Weekly Meditation Group with Guided Imagery for relaxation and focus. Open enrollment at any time. Please call for more information. New location. $10. Sharon McMahon, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

Vinyasa Yoga – 7:15-8:30pm. Power and Flow (heated class) – Combination of Power yoga and Vinyasa flair, challenging both mind and body. Focusing on proper alignment, complex poses and rapid movements. Prepare to sweat and detox the body with Parker. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd – lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Meditation for Beginners – 7:30-8:30pm. Every other Wednesday, learn to meditate in a supportive & comfortable group setting. Experience relaxation, guided and silent meditation. Call to register. $15. Kathy Black, Ferncrest Center for Yoga & Health, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-286-5259. Prenatal Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Stretch, breathe, and do gentle yoga postures together in community with other pregnant women. Eases you into the physical and emotional adjustments of pregnancy and motherhood. No previous experience necessary. $16/class or $50/5 classes. Sarah Mermin, Innerlight Center for Yoga & Meditation, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Introduction to Meditation & Christian Mysticism – 7:30-9:30pm. A 6 week series, with classes on mysticism, prayer, meditation, blessing, light & soul. Will give you tools to go deeper in your spiritual journey. Each class has both discussion and practice. no cost. Rev Michaela Walters, Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Lower Level, Providence. 857-231-1920.


Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 7-8am. See Sunday at 10 am for details. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401965-8074. Sunrise Vinyasa – 7-8:15am. Join Tara as she guides you through a Vinyasa flow fusion to awaken your breath, body, and creative spirit. Start your day with an energetic meditation in motion, setting your intention for a healthier more present life. $13 Drop in students. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston.

Vinyasa Yoga – 9-10am. With Usha Bilotta. Ask about new student specials. $72/6 classes, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Anusara All Levels – 9-10:30am. Taught by Nationally Certified Anusara teacher Sara Davidson. Flow with Grace in this life affirming and open hearted style. $15/drop-in. Yoga Connect, 1226 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-333-5007.

Childcare Co-op and Yoga for Moms – 9:3011am. See Monday at 9:30 am for details. $68 for 4 weeks & $20 gift cert from OOP. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Mixed Level Yoga with Anita – 9:30-11am. This class is easy to challenging and is adapted for attendees with modification and variations offered for any level of practice. Expect a slow to moderate pace with flowing movements and deeper holds. First Class Free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike (2nd Floor), Foster. 401-578-4162. Svaroopa Yoga classes – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $112/series of 8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Nia Class – 10-11am. Nia is a fitness technique that replaces the idea of punishment with pleasure. Adaptable to every level of fitness, every age and body type. $4/members/$8 non members. Sandra Fontana, Smithfield Community Center, One Williams J. Hawkins Jr. Trail, Smithfield. 401-487-6977.

Gentle Pilates for 55 + – 12-1pm. Includes classical Pilates exercises emphasizing body alignment, breathing, use of core muscles and humor. 4 classes $35/members, $40/non members. The Edward King House, 35 King St, Newport. 401-846-7429.

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Farmer’s Markets Monday

Johnston Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. July 19 - Oct 25. Memorial Park 1583 Hartford Avenue East Greenwich Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. June 21 - Oct 25. Academy Field - Church Street and Rector Street Whole Foods - University Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. June 7 – Oct 25. 601 North Main St Providence


Blackstone River State Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. July 20 to Oct 26. Visitor Center Route 295 North in Lincoln Marina Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. May 4– Oct 26. Marina Park, South County Hospital exit off Rt. 1. 2 Salt Pond Rd Wakefield Providence / Wickenden Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. June 15 – Oct 26. Parking Lot of Doyle Realty. Brook St and Alves Way Providence. Whole Foods - Garden City Farmers’ Market – 3-7pm. June1 – Oct 26. 151 Sockanosset Cross Road Cranston Woonsocket Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. July 6 – Oct 26. St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center 82 Cumberland St Woonsocket


Brown University Farmers’ Market–11am-2pm. Sept 8-Oct 27. Wriston Quad at the corner of Thayer and George Streets Providence Haines State Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. May 5 – Oct 27. Haines Memorial State Park Haines Park Road Barrington Aquidneck Grower’ Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. June 9-Oct 27. Along the shaded walk, Memorial Blvd and Chapel St, Newport Barrington Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. June 16-Oct 27. Ace Hardware 156 Country Road Exeter Farmers’ Market – 3:30-6:30pm. June 2-Oct 27. Exeter Public Library, 773 Ten Rod Road West Warwick Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. June 16Sept 22. Arctic Village Center 20 Washington St, West Warwick


Westerly-Pawcatuck Farmers’ Market – 10-2pm. June 17-Oct 21. Up River Café parking lot 37Main St. Westerly Providence / Capital Hill Farmers’ Market – 11am2pm. July 23 – Sept 23. RI State House Lawn, Gaspee St & Francis St Providence North Kingstown Farmers’ Market – 1-5pm. June 3-Oct 28. Smith Castle 55 Richard Smith Drive Middletown/Aquidneck Grange Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm – June 3-Oct 28. Aquidneck Grange 499 East Main Road Middletown Providence/ Armory Farmers’ Market– 3-7pm. June 3 – Oct 28. Cranston Armory. Parade St and Hudson St Providence 863-6509.

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Goddard State Park Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. May 7 – Oct 29. Goddard State Park 345 Ives Rd Warwick. Pastore Complex Farmers’ Market – 10am-2:30pm. July 23 – Sept 24. RI Department of Labor and Training 1511 Pontiac Ave Cranston Providence/Downtown Farmers’ Market– 11am-2pm. June 4 – Oct 29. by Kennedy Plaza and Burnside Park. Kennedy Plaza & Exchange Terrace Providence Colt State Park Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. May 7 – Oct 29. Colt State Park. Hope St and Asylum Rd Bristol Providence/RIC Farmers’ Market – 3:30-6pm. Aug 20Oct 15. RIC, Mount Pleasant avenue and College Road


South Kingstown / URI Farmers’ Market – 8:30am – 12:30pm. May 1-Oct 30. URI East Farm 2095 Kingstown Rd. South Kingstown Providence/Broad St Farmers’ Market – 9am – noon. July 10 – Oct 30. Algonquin House 807 Broad St Providence Coastal Growers Farmers’ Market – 9am-noon. May 15 – Oct 30. Casey Farm 2325 Boston Neck Road Saunderstown Barrington Farmers’ Market – 9-noon. June 12-Oct 30. Barrington Congregational Church, UCC, 461 County Rd. Scituate Farmers’ Market – 9am-noon. May 8 – Oct 2. Village Green, Scituate Art Festival Grounds West Greenville Rd And Silk Lane North Scituate Pawtuxet Village Farmers’ Market – 9am-noon. May 15 to Nov 20. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Parking Lot 60 Rhodes Pl Cranston Burrillville Farmers’ Market – 9am-noon. May 15 – Oct 9. Levy School 135 Harrisville Main St Harrisville Providence/Hope Street Farmers’ Market – 9:30am12: 30pm. June 5 – Oct 30. Lippitt Park, Hope Street and Blackstone Blvd. Richmond Farmers’ Market – 9am-12:30pm. May 15 – Oct 30. Richmond Town Hall, Route 138 at Route 12, Richmond Sakonnet Growers’ Market – 9 – 1pm. June 19 – Oct 2. Pardon Gray Preserve Rt. 77 And Lafayette Rd Tiverton Aquidneck Growers’ Farmers’ Market – 9-1pm. June 5-Oct 30. Newport Vineyards and Winery 909 East Main Road Middletown


Fishermen’s Memorial State Park Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. May 2 – Oct 31. Fishermen’s Memorial State Park 1011 Point Judith Road Narragansett Harmony Farmers’ Market – 9-1pm – June-Oct 31. Grange 347 Snake Hill Road Glocester Providence/Elmhurst Farmers’ Market – 11-2pm. July 11-Oct 31. Davis Park Chalkstone Ave and Oakland Ave Pawtucket Farmers’ Market – 12-3pm. July 11 – Oct 31. Slater Mill 67 Roosevelt Avenue Pawtucket

Lunch Hour Yoga on Kennedy Plaza ~ FREE & Easy! – 12:15-1pm. Take a mid-day break to relax the mind & refresh the body under the trees of Burnside Park. Come as you are! Classes are designed to be open to everyone. All shapes, sizes, ages and ability levels are welcome. Free. Chris Belanger, RYT, Kripalu Trained, Kennedy Plaza, between the fountain & Washington St., Providence. Gallery Night – 5-9pm. Free, fun filled introduction to Rhode Island exciting art scene. Various venues. Hop a free Art Bus and visit more than two-dozen galleries, museums, and historic sites. Free parking at select locations. Free. Gallery Night. 401-490-2042.

Open Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Suited to the needs of the students. Expect a challenge while covering the basics in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. All levels. $10/Drop in, $42/6 weeks. 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.

Beginner’s Yoga Class – 6-7pm. Basic/Gentle Yoga which offer a wide range of postures with focus on mind-body awareness, posture and alignment, and proper breathing techniques. Modifications will be given. $12/per class, $60/series of 6. Maureen Mitchell, CYT, 2077 West Shore Road, Warwick. 401-734-9355.

Vinyasa Yoga Deliciously Challenging! – 6-7:45pm. Deep, flowing practice. Detoxify and strengthen your body while uplifting your heart and spirit. . See web site for full schedule. $45/6 classes new student special. Ellen Schaeffer,, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Combination Class: Deep Stretch (Yin Yoga)/ Vinyasa Flow – 6-8pm. Begin with Yin Yoga, a deep and relaxing stretch to unwind from the day. At 7:00 pm, we transition to a moderately paced vinyasa flow. Take the Yin Yoga or the Vinyasa class alone, or as a combined class!. $96/ 8 classes, $14/drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Drop-in Clay Class – 6-9pm. Students of all levels make works in clay. Assignments will be given to those who want them but independent work is also encouraged. Clay can be purchased for $1/lb, which includes glazes and firings. $15/Drop-in, $50/4 visits. Mudstone Studios, 30 Cutler St, Warren. Zumba – 6:15-7:15pm. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. Call to register. $10. Melissa Sischo, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 732-2899. BIA-Fitness.

Pilates w/Props – 6:30-7:30pm. Pilates mat exercises with small props such as light dumb bells, magic circles, therabands, balls, etc. Promotes deeper awareness, concentration, stability and control. Instructor is Katie Evans. $15/per class 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 classes, $10/walk in. Burrillville Community Recreation Center, (Beckwith-Bruckshaw Lodge), 50 Lodge Rd, Pascoag. 401-578-4162.

Hatha Yoga Psychology – 6:30-9pm. This course uses beginners to intermediate yoga practice and integrates theory and techniques of wholism as an approach to physical and emotional self-healing. Beginners welcome. With Dr. Lakshyan Schanzer who has re-opened his office. $125/course, $40/drop in. Body Mind RI, 1215 Reservoir Ave, Garden City, Cranston. 401-369-8115. Basic Yoga – 7-8:15pm. See Tuesday at 5:45pm for details. $72/6 classes, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Gaia’s Hearth CUUPS Monthly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. 1st Thursday. We invite anyone interested in becoming part of Rhode Island’s only CUUPS (Covenant of the Unitarian Universalist Pagans) to join us. Open to the public and welcomes members of the local RI, MA and CT community, no matter your level, path or tradition. Free. First Unitarian Church of Providence, 1 Benevolent St, Providence. Energy Worker/Reiki Share – 7-9pm. 3rd Thursday. Energy Workers, Reiki Practitioners and anyone interested in these modalites gather to share and learn about healing and wellness. Contact Debi Chalko 401-263-1107. Donation. Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Suite 3, Wakefield. Sacred Belly/ Tribal Fusion – 7:30-pm. Classic American belly dance and ancient and modern dance fused. $20/or half for $12. The Spot on Thayer, 286 Thayer St, Providence. Meditation for Everyone – 7:30-8:15pm. Open Meditaion w/Sara Davidson. Join us in a peaceful, supportive and relaxing environment. This practice is therapeutic for your nervous system and calming for your body and mind. Don’t miss the experience. No experience needed. By Donation. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Mixed Level Amrit Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. See Monday at 6:30pm for details. $60/Series of 6, $14/drop in. Sunsalutations Yoga Studio, 840 Smithfield Ave, Lincoln. 401-632-7254. Meditation Nights (Free event) – 7:30-9pm. Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday. Meditate and then watch a “movie”, promoting personal growth and well-being, or meditation followed by a gong bath or spiritual leaders and teachers from the community and beyond sharing their insights and wisdom. Free. West Shore Wellness, 2077 West Shore Rd, Unit 3, Warwick. 401-734-9355.


Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 4-5pm. See Sundayday at 10 am for details. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, Cranston. johnfazzino@mac. com. 401-965-8074. New to Yoga – 5-6pm. Join Michael Krushinsky for a nurturing, gentle class in RI’s largest and most stunning yoga studio. Discussion follows this basic flow to answer all your questions. $10/drop in (or 1 punch on your class card). Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket.

Gentle/Restorative Yoga Class – 5-6:30pm. This class combines the elements of gentle/mid level Yoga with restorative poses, to promote passive muscular release and deep relaxation. Helps you unwind from your week and prepare for a relaxing weekend. First Class Free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike (2nd Floor), Foster. 401-578-4162. Beach Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Hatha Yoga Class at East Matunuck Beach. Come to nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Call for directions. Free. Dr. Lynda J. Wells, 260B Columbia St, Wakefield. 401-789-5185. Dance Fusion – 6-7pm. Open and flow with your innate joy, based on Body Energy Chakras. Transform yourself to Music and Movement that will Energize and Integrate your Body, Mind and Spirit. Let Your Body Dance!! Suitable of all ages and fitness levels. $8/class. Newman YMCA, 472 Taunton Ave, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-7103. 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, but those familiar with hula can learn a style rarely seen on the Mainland and work on technique. $18/2 classes. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. 401-780-9809.


Outdoor Yoga at the Aquidneck Grower’s Market – 8-9am. Rise and shine for market time!This all levels class is held in the vineyard beyond the market stalls. Bring a mat and a water bottle. Located next to Chaves Garden Center. $16/drop in or purchase a class pass. Innerlight Yoga, Denise Madden, 909 East Main Rd., Middletown. 401-849-3200. B.I.A Fitness Boot Camp – 8-9am. Four week series, beginning July 10th. Join us for a well rounded, no frills, calorie torching, fun workout! Let our trainers push you to the next level. Call to register. $40 for series or $15 per class. Melissa Sischo, 1639 Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-732-2899. Full Wave Yoga Class – 8-9:30am. See Tuesday at 7am for details. $15/drop in or $12/series. The Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537.

Outdoor Yoga on The Beach – 8:30-9:30am. Join us in front of the Pavillion on First Beach in Newport to awaken body, mind and spirit amidst sea, sky and sand! Parking is free before 8:30 am. Designed for all- no previous experience is necessary. $12/drop in or you may use class card. Innerlight Yoga, Patti Doyle, Easton’s Beach (First Beach), Newport. 4 01-849-3200.

Beyond Basics Class – 9-10:15am. Deepen your practice with a vinyasa flow, sun salutations and more advanced postures to connect your body, spirit and mind. Small classes emphasize proper alignment and moving with the breath. $10/6 classes or $12/drop in. Renee Katz, Healthi Directions, 11 Kenyon Ave, Wakefield. 401-864-0947.

Yoga Basics – 9-10:15am. See Monday at 9am for details. $14/Class $96/Package 8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Citizens Bank Free Family Fun Day – 9am-5pm. 1st Saturday. The Environmental Education Center is open free to the public. Join us for crafts, nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. Free. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St, Bristol. 401-949-5454. Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Chris Belanger. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $72/6 classes, $14/ drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Cardio Kick – 9:30-10:30am. A high energy, fun, interactive class! Includes kickboxing, intense cardio workout, and more! Call to register. $10. Melissa Sischo, 1639 Warwick Ave., Warwick. 401-732-2899. Hatha/Yin Yoga Blend (All Level) – 9:30-10:45am. Yoga in the the Zen Center. Join us for our most popular class running 10+ years. A blend of posture flows to music & deep floor work to tone, strengthen, release tension, and energize!. $96/8 classes, $14/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Beginners Yoga – 9:30-11am. See Wednesday at 6:30 pm for details. $100/series of 7, $20/Drop in. Body Mind RI, 1215 Reservoir Ave, Garden City, Cranston. 401-369-8115. Nia Class – 10-11am. See Thursday at 10am for details. $3/members, $6/non members. Sandra Fontana, Johnston Community Center, 1291 Hartford Ave, Johnston. 401-487-6977. Beginners Yoga – 10-11am. Developing confidence in yoga basics, postures, breathing, body science and meditation. Focus is on a strong foundation for a regular practice. $60/Series of 6, $14/drop in. Sunsalutations Yoga Studio, 840 Smithfield Ave, Lincoln. 401-632-7254. Free Tour of Alternative Food Co-op – 10-11am. Lower your food bill, eat organic, whole foods and conserve natural resources all at the same time. Tour of the Co-op and cooking demo on how to cook a whole grain. Sample grain topped with simple dressing and go home with recipe. Free. Alternative Food Co-op, 357 Main St, Wakefield. 401-789-2240. Full Wave Yoga Class – 10-11:15am. See Tuesday at 7am for details. $15/drop in, $12/series. The Life Breath Institute, 378 Main St, East Greenwich. 401-258-6537. Metabolic Type Nutrition Classes – 10am11:30pm. Achieve and maintain your ideal weight, eliminate sugar cravings, enjoy sustained energy and endurance, conquer indigestion, fatigue, and allergies, bolster your immune system, overcome anxiety, depression, and mood swings, Pre-requisite required to join weekly class. $20. Aubrey Thompson, 464 Maple Ave, Barrington. Gentle Prenatal – 10:15-11:15am. Learn how to relax into your transforming body, and deepen your relationship with your baby through breathing and comfortable yoga poses. No experience necessary. $10/Drop in, $42/6 weeks. Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511.

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Tell them you found them in Pre-natal Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Explore changes and prepare for childbirth in a supportive atmosphere. $16/drop-in, $104/8 week series. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. NIA – 11am-12pm. Fusion fitness movement class that blends rhythmic music with easy to follow choreographed moves inspired by dance, varied forms of the martial arts and the healing arts including yoga. $12. The Spot on Thayer, 286 Thayer St, Providence. 401-383-7133.

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. Meet the Great Council of the Grandmothers: the Grandmothers Empowerment Group. Based on the book A Call to Power: The Grandmothers Speak: finding balance in a chaotic world, by Sharon McErlane. Donation. The Healing Circle, Providence. 508-292-2798.

Vitamin Smart Diet Therapy & Dietary Supplements – 1:30-7pm. Confused over what supplements to take? We specialize in personalized meal plans, supplement prescriptions, herbal medicine, naturopathic care, weight loss, chronic health conditions, medical nutrition, menopause, wellness, antiaging and more. Health Insurance accepted. Vitamin Smart, Marcie Millar, RD, LDN, 40 Charles Street Unit C, Wakefield. 401-782-6800.

Meditation for Beginners – 2-3:30pm. Although not a cure itself, meditation helps manage stress, create inner peace, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using techniques such as breath control, creative light visualization & sound. $12/per session or $40/for 4. Robert Arnold, Under The Sun Meditation Ctr & Bookstore, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. 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. Skyscrapers conducts Public Night viewings through a variety of telescopes every clear Saturday Night, weather permitting. The public is invited to attend. For more information see web site. Free. Skyscrapers, 47 Peep Toad Rd, North Scituate.

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Residential Home Energy Inspector with Rhode Island Home Improvement. We are an Earth Friendly company and the positions provide hourly compensation plus a bonus. Will train the right fit. Multiple positions available with potential for advancement. Please contact us ASAP at 401-691-3353. ext 152.

Opportunities A World First! CERTIFIED ORGANIC skin care, cosmetic & health care products. Turn your passion for organics into an income. Ethical, flexible, home based eco-business.  No experience required, full training provided.  Call Valerie: 401-954-8551. CURRENTLY PUBLISHING NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINES - For sale in Birmingham/ Huntsville AL, Boulder CO, Morris County NJ, and Southwestern VA. Call for details 239-530-1377. Distribution Site – Offer your patrons the opportunity to pick up their monthly copy of Natural Awakenings magazine at your business location, and promote your events for free with 2 calendars listings a month. Contact Does increasing your income by helping others lose weight and improve their health sound inviting to you? Are you looking for an additional revenue stream from highly researched and superior quality health systems that stabilize, vitalize and optimize the body? Qivana may be your answer. Call 401-497-0778 for more information. Transform Your Life with Energy Healing – Offering Usui, Kundalini, and Imara Reiki, Magnified Healing, and Spiritual Counseling. Book your session today at

Volunteer Opportunity FAMILIES FIRST Volunteer one hour a week to visit a new mom in her home to provide emotional support and guidance, and share your hard-earned wisdom in raising a family. 383-9933.

communityresourceguide AYURVEDA/MASSAGE Jan Goldstein, NCLMT Newport, RI • 401-847-1371

Prepare to be well cared for as you reach a state of calm balance. I offer traditional ayurvedic body treatments including abhyanga, marma, shirodhara and more. Also available is therapeutic and relaxation massage including deep muscle, hot stones, reflexology and more. See ad page 13.

bookstore THE GRATEFUL HEART 17 West Main Street Wickford, RI 02852 401-294-3981

Books on Spirituality, Metaphysics, Psychology, Shamanism, Alternative Healing, Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking. Kirlian Aura Photos. Meaningful jewelry with crystals and gemstones, Angels, Buddhas, Tibetan Singing bowls, Native American sacred herbs, dreamcatchers. Candles, incense, cards and beautiful music on CD. Psychic and Tarot Readings - Call for appointment. See ad, page 12.

chiropractor Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Michael Gottfried 1272 West Main Rd. Aquidneck Chiropractic Middletown, RI 02842 401-849-7011 My purpose is to support you by listening to you; providing you with gentle, low force chiropractic care coupled with stress management, nutrition, and exercise information to assist you to take action on your road back to health. With 30 years of experience doing what I love to do in a supportive environment, miracles can happen.


Guidance in Achieving Your Goals David Monson 181 Main Street, 2nd floor, Blackstone, MA 508-883-1007 As a certified Life Coach, I have been coaching individuals and groups for many years in the areas of Successful Communication, Personal Relationships and Life Strategy Development. Men and women alike often wonder if they’re using their gifts effectively to contribute to themselves, those they love or others in their environment. We offer without obligation a complimentary consultation to determine if we can assist you in co-developing a focused path toward greater success, attainment of your dreams and a more fulfilled way of living. See ad page 17.

Terry Wildemann, EFT Coach, CPCC, CEC Winds of Change Success and Wellness Coaching/Training 401-849-5900

Do you want to feel good again? Are you feeling under pressure and overstressed? Does fear hold you back? Do you want to improve your selfimage? Did any of these questions make you stop and think? If so, contact me today ad begin to shift your life.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy

Lori DeLang, I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 450 Chauncy St., Mansfield, MA at Rtes. 95, 495 & 106 508-261-1611 • Cleanse your colon with privacy and dignity, using the premier Angel of Water system. The large intestine (colon) is cleansed by instilling purified water into the lower bowel through a disposable nozzle. The water initiates natural movement of the colon to eliminate waste. You remain in control of the flow of water at all times. Remember: The Road to Good Health is Paved with Good Intestines! See ad, page 29.

The Fountain of Youth RI/USA Find Your Eternal Youth & Beauty 401-742-0512

Innovative Energy Work At Its Finest. There are no office visits. Cleanse and nourish your body, mind and spirit. Transform your life with positive energy. Remove mental and physical tensions. Find tranquility and inner peace. Offering healing waters, tachyon wands, energized jewelry, ascension wear and more…Home of the * Camelot * Love Wand. Secondary income stream for Energy Workers. Create More Zen In 2010

feng shui My Perfect Space

Dana T. Duellman 401-323-0043 Create a divine space that supports your well-being, balance and life-intentions through Feng Shui. Dana is a Certified Practitioner of Interior Alignment Feng Shui.  The goal is to bring you and your space into balance quickly so you can create the life you desire.  Local and long distance consultations available.  

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Katharine A. Rossi 401-245-0398

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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Jeff Gellman 401-527-6354 Jeff Gellman, a nationally recognized dog trainer and whisperer, will show you the 4 most important things to get you the most out of your relationship with your dog using his own system of obedience training, behavior modification, household management and exercise. Jeff is a real world at home dog trainer who does not use treats, clickers, choke chains, head halters, punishment or bribery. Based in Providence and traveling nationwide. See ad page 19.

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fitness & wellness forever Personal Training in Your Own Home Nel Poisson, A.F.A.A. Certified/Insured Personal Trainer 401-480-0614

Let me help you move through times of transition and transformation in your life. I offer integrative, holistic insights and solutions customized to your needs. Holistic Tarot, Spiritual Astrology, Energy Healing, Reiki II, Body Talk, Ear Coning, Life Coach, Non-denominational Celebrant.

Create the body you’ve been dreaming of or need, all in the privacy of your home!!! I incorporate a full body workout utilizing your body weight, Kettle bells, Bosu and Thera Balls and agility drills for a balanced strength and conditioning regimen, regardless of age. See ad page 12.

hypnosis Mark Ashley Hypnosis Health & Wellness

hearing services Glass Audiology, servicing RI

Dr. Jodi Glass 401-575-9951 • Dr Jodi Glass is an Audiologist with over 30 years of experience testing the hearing of newborns through seniors. She has a reputation of compassion, professionalism and reliability.  Now, she is available statewide, to come to YOU for all your hearing and hearing aid needs, and would be honored to hear from you.

holistic guidance 917 A Warwick Ave Warwick, RI 401-741-2278

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 32.


JOHN KOENIG, BOARD CERTIFIED HYPNOTIST 739 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 401-374-1890

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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. See ad page 15.

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.

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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 non-traditional or an Interfaith marriage. All types of love unions welcomed! Rev. Natalia co-creates ceremonies with you and enhances the beauty of your traditions: weddings, baby christenings and namings, seasonal healing rituals, memorials and funerals.


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.


Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND, FHANP 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 17.


Dr Eva Ligeri 691 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA 02771 401-261-8999 Chiropractic Physician and graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NYC with 25+ years experience in natural health care, whole food nutrition and herbal medicine. Offering holistic health consultation, nutrition education, cooking instruction, as well as, spinal manipulation therapy, laser acupuncture for health and well-being. Dance Movement class Fri 6-7 PM, Newman Y, Seekonk. To contact Dr Ligeri, call 401-261-8999 or


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Natalia de Rezendes, MM New England Conservatory ‘78 Slatersville, RI 401-323-SONG (7664)

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.

Reconnective Healing Divinely Touched

Mary DiSano, C.R.P. 1542 Main St • West Warwick, RI Utilizing Reconnective Healing & The Reconnection®. A new form of energy-based healing, Mary has studied with Dr. Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection, published by HayHouse, who has use Reconnective therapy to cure disorders such as; cancer, AIDS, MS, & chronic pain (results may vary from patient to patient).


Amanda de Rezendes 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 selfhealing. 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 29.

Private instruction in Piano and Voice: Classical, Broadway and Commercial Contemporary for Ages 6 to senior citizen. Certified in the LoVetri CCM method.


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 27.

wellness Keys for Intuitive Living Holistic Healing Arts & Wellness Center 101 Higginson Avenue, Suite 10 Lincoln, RI 02865 401-305-6888 • 401-286-1852

Do your healing and wellness choices reflect who you are? We offer personalized sessions for your healing needs. Offering classes, workshops, metaphysical gifts, and more! See ad, page 27.

yoga 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 36.


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 34.

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