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

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16 THE HERBAL KITCHEN Eight Easy Picks for Container Gardening by Barbara Pleasant



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20 LASER POWER 21st Century Pet Therapy Options by Dr. Matthew Heller

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FOOD REVOLUTION An Insider’s Guide

to Sustainable Choices by Lisa Marshall


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t’s been quite a snowy year and being the New Englanders that we are, we spent a lot of time hibernating during the cold months. Still I’ve been pleased to have had more fires in our fire place than any other year and the warmth of our readers has truly warmed my heart. It’s hard to believe how fast the months tick by. It’s March of 2011. One grandson will be one and another will be two. As our knowledge of healthy living has grown, both parents are careful to feed the children what we now know to be healthy diets including home made and fresh natural foods. With the beginning of spring happening this month people will begin thinking of planting their gardens. Spinach, turnip and cabbage can go into the ground in this month, and seedlings can be started indoors for many other vegetables. Even if you don’t grow your own, thank goodness for all the Farmers’ Markets and local grocery stores that work with the local farms so you can still have access to healthy foods on your table. On page 16, learn some great tips for starting your own Herbal Kitchen in containers and find out which herbs grow easily right in your own kitchen. You don’t get much fresher than that. Local and natural foods are on my mind because this month’s issue is about natural foods. This is such a key part of our healthy living, healthy planet theme. Having struggled with and strived for feeling good for a long time, I’m happy to say that I feel better over the past couple of years than I ever have. I attribute much of that to a healthy change in my eating habits. Each of us have foods that we are sensitive to. For me, I’m now cautious about gluten and dairy products. For you it may be different. My research associated with Natural Awakenings has given me great opportunities to work with unique health approaches like Reiki, Acupuncture, Yoga, Meditation and much much more. It’s hard to credit my good health to one particular thing or another but I can say I wouldn’t trade it for the old me so I’ll keep doing what I’m doing including focusing on natural foods, paying attention to my body and avoiding foods that don’t agree with me. I hope you’ll find the information in this month’s issue as interesting as I did. Happy Spring! Maureen Cary, Publisher

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newsbriefs Health Coach Samantha Lebeau Offering March Special


olistic Health Coach, Samantha Lebeau, is offering a new “two for one” special. Through the month of March, clients who purchase a single coaching session will receive a free session for a friend or family member. The two people come to the session together, and it can be anyone. “Whether you want to bring your spouse or partner, best friend, colleague from work, or parent, it’s a great way to get started on the path to looking and feeling better,” she says. During the session, which lasts approximately one Samantha Lebeau hour, Lebeau will review each client’s health history, lifestyle, body type and more to determine a program that might work best for each individual. “I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected so that we can work to achieve your goals in areas such as optimal weight, food cravings, sleep and energy.” For optimal results, Lebeau recommends most clients take part in a six-month long program. Lebeau received her health coaching training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which is the only nutrition school integrating all the different dietary theories—combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts like the glycemic index, organic and raw foods. She specializes in helping individuals who are emotional eaters work on healing their relationship with food and body. She is also a certified yoga teacher and teaches classes at Shri Studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island College in Providence Rhode Island, and Brown University in Providence. For more information, contact Samantha Lebeau at 401-688-9181 or

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Yoga and Drumming at Studio Exhale


he music played in a yoga class can play a key role in one’s connection to the practice itself. Studio Exhale will offer a two-hour candlelit Vinyasa, full moon class on Friday, March 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The class will be lead by yoga teacher, Deb Cunha, with beats by local drummer Josh Fonseca. Cunha says there will be sun salutations to warm the body, as well as an honoring to the moon, concluding with a deep relaxation. “Coupling Yoga asana with intense drum beats can soothe the mind, body and soul—creating a deeper spiritual experience.” Cost is $20 per person. Studio Exhale is located at 1263 Oaklawn Avenue in Cranston. For more information, call 401-383-0839 or visit

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xperience the healing arts and art for healing at “The Light and Heart of Yoga: Finding Physical and Emotional Wellness,” a collaborative experience between Shri Studio and PeaceLove, held Saturday, March 19 from 12:15-2:15 p.m. at Shri Studio in Pawtucket. Cost is $25 for the workshop. Instructors Alison Bologna and Amy Kinney will lead participants in a gentle yoga flow class, starting with a seated meditation and then moving into some breathing exercises, followed by standing and seated fundamental yoga postures—all designed to help students achieve balance and strength. The tone of the workshop will be set with music and the practice will culminate with a deep, facilitated relaxation. During the second half of the class, Bologna says participants will be guided to express this found inner peace with the fluid nature of watercolor painting. “Through spontaneous sequences based upon individual student feedback, the class is designed to be a meditation in motion and color in which students can identify physical and energetic edges while in the nurturing company of others.” The workshop is appropriate for all levels of yogis and artists, from the beginner to the experienced. Shri Studio is located at 21 Broad Street, Pawtucket. For reservations, email For information, visit or See ad page 35.

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olistic Health and Wellness practitioners and representatives of natural health care products will help patrons to discover ways to bring balance to body, mind and spirit at the DiscoverYou, Holistic and Wellness Expo taking place Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. Over 100 exhibitors will be present to introduce ways to renew one’s health. Licensed massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, yoga and Pilates instructors, as well as representatives of herbal and nutritional products will offer an array of practical and economic ways to maintain wellness. According to Susan Lataille, producer and originator of the expo, “This event is like a home show for your health. People looking for natural ways to improve their health and feel and look better will want to be at the Twin River Center on April 3.” Roland M. Comtois, an internationally acclaimed channel and best-selling author of And Then There Was Heaven, A Journey of Hope and Love, will be the keynote speaker. Opportunities to hear a gong ensemble, view a drumming presentation, or walk a labyrinth are other additions to the expo. In addition to providing health care information, the expo will support the local community by providing a venue for non-profit organizations to share information about their work. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 for early registration. For more information and to pre-register, call 401-769-1325, ext. 11 or visit See ad on back page.

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ednesdays are fun days with Bonnie Houle-Piszcz, a Jafra Cosmetics Beauty Consultant. She is offering personal appointments every Wednesday in March that are designed to help women determine their best skin care formula by offering a skin care profile. Jafra offers four different lines of innovative skin care products targeted to oily, dry, or normal skin. Specialty products such as a vitamin C peel, retinol capsules, elasticity recovery, and skin brighteners are specially formulated to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve overall skin tone. Basic skin care products such as cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks, and exfoliators, help maintain skin daily. Sample sets of the four basic skin care products can be purchased for $5. During the visit, Houle-Piszcz can also help individuals choose the best color combinations to highlight their features, plus help with makeup application. “We have a whole new color line available that I’m certain people will love as much as I do.” Inclined toward natural ingredients and resources, JAFRA embraces ecologically-friendly product formulations and strives to work with environmentally responsible companies. To schedule an appointment, or to find out about sales opportunities, call 401-3977933. For more information, visit See ad page 31.

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h’i Spa, whose name is rooted in the traditional Chinese philosophy of ch’i, the universal life force energy that governs well-being and personal vitality, is offering 15 percent off of all its services for the month of March. A tranquil and relaxing environment, Ch’i Spa offers a wide variety of services including facials, massage, makeup applications and lessons, eyelash extensions, full body waxing, and more. Owner Samantha Bankowski says she and her staff are dedicated to exceeding each client’s expectations, and allowing their chi to flow freely in order to help maintain good health. Ch’i Spa is located at 1455 Mineral Spring Avenue, Suite 6, in North Providence. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 401-353-3101 or visit See ad page 17.

he Center for Preventive Medicine in Providence will be continuing biweekly Community Wellness Workshops through the month of March. The workshops will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 2, March 16 and March 30, and will introduce Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and offer practical advice on staying healthy. A light dinner will be served. In other news, Ron Elkayam, D.Ac., has joined the practice as clinical intern. Dr. Elkayam graduated from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, in 2004 where he studied acupuncture and herbal medicine. He was inspired to move to Taiwan in 2005 to learn Mandarin as a way of deepening his studies in Chinese medicine. Over the course of almost five years, Dr. Elkayam studied Mandarin in universities in Taipei, Shanghai, and Beijing and received advanced language certification. During this time, he also returned to the U.S. to receive his California license in acupuncture and his NCCAOM certification in Chinese medicine. While living in Beijing, Dr. Elkayam interned at three of the largest and most well known hospitals where he studied acupuncture, moxibustion, guasha, cupping, and herbal medicine. He has studied with private doctors such as Dr. Zhenyu Chen in Beijing and served as an English instructor at the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He believes in the importance of helping patients use diet and exercise to reach optimum health and happiness, and that true healing ultimately comes from awareness, attention, and care of both the patient and the practitioner.

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arch at Absolute Fitness in East Greenwich, is personal training month. A Personal Trainer can make a big difference in a fitness program not only by helping individuals develop a routine that strengthens and addresses trouble spots, but they can also help to adapt and vary programs for best results. Personal Trainers also look at the entire person, and can offer diet and stress reduction strategies that can improve total well being. Join Absolute Fitness for year, and get a Free Motion daytime class with a certified Personal Trainer at no cost. New members can also receive three personal trainings for $150, a savings of $30. Sign up for an eight-week personal challenge at $20 a class and a Personal Trainer will introduce all the workout options that are available. Absolute Fitness has a full range of exercise equipment, pool, cardio deck and classes to meet the most demanding fitness requirements. “Our clean, comfortable and uncrowded facilities provide the ultimate fitness experience” says owner Alice Santos. “And when you are done, relax in the spa or one of our steam rooms”. Membership includes a full range of services and many classes at no extra cost. “Come in for a visit and try a free workout on us!” adds Santos. Absolute Fitness is located at 2727 South County Trail in East Greenwich. For more information, please call 401-884-0330 or visit See ad page 15.

A Day with Hari Kaur Khalsa


earn how the words we speak create our life experiences at “The Power of Sound and Vibration, The Power of Your Word,” with Hari Kaur Khalsa from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 at Tenth Gate Center for Yoga and Meditation in Portsmouth. Participants will learn the yoga practices to attain Vaach Siddhi—the power to speak truth and create positive destiny. After the workshop, from 1-2 p.m., join Hari for tea and conversation about Tenth Gate’s upcoming Level I Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program. This hour-long discussion is open to the public. Hari Kaur Khalsa directs and teaches Kundalini yoga classes and teacher trainings, Level 1 and Level 2, in the U.S. and abroad. She taught for Yogi Bhajan for over 10 years, co-directing his Level One Teacher Trainings in New Mexico and India. Inspired by years of study with Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, Hari makes the powerful and healing teachings of Kundalini yoga accessible to students of all levels. She is co-author of A Woman’s Book of Yoga: Embracing Our Natural Life Cycles and author of A Woman’s Book of Meditation: Discovering the Power of a Peaceful Mind. Space is limited, so please register early. Payment must be made at time of registration. Cost is $65. Tenth Gate Center for Yoga and Meditation is located in Old Almy Village at 1016 East Main Road in Portsmouth. For information or to register, call Tenth Gate at 401-683-9642 or visit See ad page 33.


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he Red Tent, a fundraiser to benefit the RI Crisis Assistance Center, a non-profit organization working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, will be held on March 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Providence. The event is for women only and was created to honor the women of Rhode Island and invite all women in the community to join in a gathering and healing space. For a $20 admission fee, women can spend the day inside the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet as vendors from around the state will provide free services including hairstyling, manicures and pedicures, facials, makeup application, massage, Reiki and yoga, reflexology, henna tattooing, belly dancing and kickboxing lessons, and more. This event is sponsored by the Providence Phoenix, Providence PinUp, and Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Immediately after the Red Tent, at 4:30 p.m., will be a community production of Eve Ensler’s play “The VAGINA Monologues” performed by 14 Rhode Island women. Tickets are $25 and include a dessert buffet by Russell Morin Catering. Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is located at 60 Rhodes Place in Providence. For more information about the Red Tent, visit See ad page 19.

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hode Island Interfaith Power and Light (RIIPL) will host its fourth annual conference, “A Social Justice Response to Climate Change” on Thursday, March 24 from 4:30-9:30 p.m. at La Salle Academy in Providence. The conference is an informative gathering for active engagement in working on solutions to climate change impacts in Rhode Island. Highlights include solar greenhouse tours, a blessing and sharing of local foods, sustainable fair vendors, and workshops culminating in a panel discussion with Dr. J. Timmons Roberts, Director of Brown University Center for Environmental Studies and other RI experts on climate change, energy and more. A Low Carbon Footprint Fair will take place during the conference, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Expanded exhibits include renewable energy, sustainable office, kitchen and green building supplies for use in congregations, businesses and homes. Attendees can shop for supplies and local food and fare. La Salle Academy is located 612 Academy Avenue in Providence. Suggested donation of $15 at the door, or $10 for pre-registered guests. For information, call 401-261-2436 or visit


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newsbriefs Drumming Events in March


uring the month of March, several opportunities to experience various forms of shamanic drumming will take place throughout the community. According to Katharine Rossi, who facilitates drum circles and shamanic journey groups throughout the area, the drum is used as a central focus to bring together community and to promote healing on a personal and global level. Rossi, a certified Shamanic and depth hypnosis practitioner through the Foundation of the Sacred Stream, and Paul DiSegna, certified Shamanic practitioner, Reiki master-Shamanic Reiki practitioner and certified Somatic coach, will offer a two-hour Shamanic Drum Healing at Santosha Yoga Center in Cranston from 7-9 p.m. on March 24. Additionally, on the first Friday of each month, the center holds an energy clinic from 5:30-7 p.m. where one can experience a sample drum healing for a small fee. Another shamanic drum event is the Spring Equinox Drum Circle held at the Mill at Shady Lea in North Kingstown on Sunday, March 20 from 6-7 p.m. Here, drums and rattles are used to center energy and create a healing circle. A second Drum Circle, sponsored by the University of Rhode Island, will be held at the Roger Williams Botanical Center in Providence on Saturday, March 26 from 10-11 a.m. Rossi says, “This drum circle will focus on our connection with plants as we move into spring.” For more information, contact Katharine Rossi at 401-924-0567.

Yin Yoga at Eyes of the World


yes of the World Yoga Center is now one of the few places in Rhode Island to offer yin yoga—a practice that is slow, steady, and mostly stationary, with a sense of core softness and surrender. The classes will take place on Thursdays from 7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Instructor Jenn Thomas says yin yoga directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues. It targets the connective tissues, such as the ligaments, bones, and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice. “This practice is a wonderful complement to any vigorous practice as well as the pace of life we often keep,” says Thomas. “It is contemplative and a great background/foundation for developing mindfulness practice.” Cost is $17 for drop-ins. For more information, call 401-935-2943, email or visit See ad page 35.

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otion Center for Yoga, Dance and Massage Therapy has announced the addition of Rob Martin, structural integration and Thai massage therapist to their bodywork team. Martin, who also has a private practice in Sterling, Conn., has been practicing for 18 years. Along with structural integration and Thai massage, he offers deep tissue, therapeutic/injury specific and relaxation massage. Martin uses bodywork, movement and dialoque to create change and increase awareness of what it feels like to be in a new body that moves and experiences the world from a different point of view. He will be offering $10 off all sessions for new clients through the month of March. Michael Rich has joined Motion Center’s yoga staff and is now offering Mysore style Ashtanga yoga classes. Rich has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 1999, and studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and several senior teachers such as David Swenson and Nancy Gilgoff. An abstract painter and Professor of Art at Roger Williams University, Rich is greatly influenced by Eastern philosophy and art in an approach to nature and landscape as a wellspring for spiritual investigation and meditation. Motion Center is located at 111 Chestnut Street in Providence. For more information, call 401-654-6650 or visit

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embers of The Space Clearing Society New England Chapter are now providing space clearing services to the community. The Society is made up of a group of individuals who have been trained in a wide range of shamanic healing practices through the Katharine Rossi Foundation of the Sacred Stream. The Society’s particular focus is to work in spaces where the healing arts are practiced or where healing is needed, including places where healers work and live. According to member, Katharine Rossi, a space clearing is a process which addresses problems on a physical level that seem to be arising from unseen events or processes. After a clearing has taken place, she says people generally experience an alleviation of the events or experiences they had been undergoing before the clearing. For those that are not healers, but feel they would benefit from a space clearing, Rossi recommends contacting the Space Clearing Society. Clearings are by donation and occur once per month. For more information or to engage the services of the Society, contact

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Mix it Up When shopping for plants, experiment with the way herbs from these two groups look when they are arranged together: n Upright growth habit: basil,

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The Herbal Kitchen Eight Easy Picks for Container Gardening Keep culinary herbs handy by growing them in a large pot just outside the kitchen door. by Barbara Pleasant


umans have had good reasons to grow basil, rosemary and other culinary herbs for thousands of years. Edible herbal accents and aromas enhance the beauty and flavor of every dish they touch, be they sprigs of fresh parsley tossed into hot couscous or marjoram and thyme sparking a savory risotto. A big garden isn’t needed to grow most kitchen herbs; in fact, it’s often better to grow these culinary gems in pots. In any household, the sweet spot for cultivating herbs is a puddle of sunshine near the kitchen door. Time and again, the cook will dash out to gather a handful of this or that while two or three dishes simmer on the stove. Dinner is less likely to boil over when herbs can be snagged in a matter of seconds.

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ample room for four or more plants. Half-barrel wooden planters are great and fixed oblong planters also work well. Cooks and gardeners will have the most fun combining upright herbs that reach for the sky with others that tend toward low, mounding growth. When shopping for seedlings, look for interesting ways to combine leaf textures and foliage colors, too. For example, anchor an herbal container bouquet with red-leafed basil and surround it with marjoram and thyme. Then, create a second container by combining silvery sage with green chives and curly parsley. This two-pot herb garden will produce a season’s worth of fresh flavors.

Eight Easy Herbs for Pots Basil’s spicy-sweet flavor with strong floral notes puts it on everyone’s planting list. This fast-growing annual loves warm weather. Basil planted in the early part of the growing season will produce numerous flowering spikes within a couple of months, which should be snipped off. The more basil is pinched back, the bushier it becomes.

Chives taste like very mild scallions, and plants will produce new leaves throughout the growing season, if trimmed regularly. These cold-hardy plants become dormant off-season and return the following year, featuring an early show of edible pink flowers. The slender, upright leaves combine well with other herbs. Dill is a fast-growing annual that prefers cool growing conditions. Its leaves, flowers and seeds carry a savory tang that enhances the flavor of pickles, marinated vegetables and breads. Placed in the center of a large pot, a single dill plant will grow more than two feet tall and may require staking. Marjoram deserves wider use, because the little plants combine a light oregano flavor with subtle notes of mint and lemon, and marjoram tastes good raw or cooked. Its lanky stems look lovely spilling over the sides of mixed containers. Parsley needs a bit more moisture than other herbs, so place it closer to the center than the edge in mixed containers. Both mild-flavored curly and more assertive flat-leafed Italian parsley do well in roomy containers. Rosemary tolerates strong sun and heat, so it’s a wise choice in hot months. Northerners grow rosemary as an annual, but in milder climates, these woody perennials can continue as a perennial for years. Rosemary’s piney flavor and aroma takes center stage in rice dishes and casseroles, and the woody stems make delightful skewers. Sage charms everyone with its luminous leaves, which may be gray-green or var-

iegated with pink and cream, depending on variety. Smoky sage is the definitive herb to pair with poultry, and it’s great with potatoes, too. Thyme is the flavorful herb that brings depth to many French and Cajun dishes. The fresh version is incomparable for lending savory flavor notes to fresh vegetables. Both English thyme and lowgrowing lemon thyme make appealing edge plants in mixed containers.

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It’s Not Cool To Be Cruel:

Inspiring Children To Think From The Heart by Johanna Corcoran According to the American Justice Department, one in four children will be bullied, one in five children will engage in bullying behavior and every other child will bear witness to the bullying. It’s a sobering statistic, but one that reminds us that all of our children will be affected by bullying at one point or another. So, what can we do to help? Some feel that bullying is just “part of growing up.” Unfortunately, over a dozen children in the United States last year never had the chance to grow up. They took their own lives when they could no longer live with the taunts, torment, social exclusion and physical abuse they endured from members of their peer groups. Many parents are worried, and searching for their own ways to contribute to the solution.

be cruel.” We can strive to create home lives that nourish our children’s hearts so that they choose to include, rather than exclude; to celebrate, rather than humiliate; and to support, rather than abuse. As we know, our ever-watchful children see, hear and feel a lot more than we think they do. Children mirror their home life when they interact with peers and siblings. It can be hard to practice kindness and empathy when we are having a stressful day, but remembering that impressionable little eyes are observing and learning may help shift the focus to our own behaviors so that we can set a heart-centered example for our children.

It starts with us.

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Practice “deliberate empathy.” When your mood shifts from happy to harried, talk about it with your family. Treat yourself with empathy, and ask for empathy from your family. Empathy is like a muscle--the more it’s exercised the stronger it becomes. Teaching our families how to empathize will remind us how to do it for ourselves. The more a child practices empathy, consideration and love, the less likely they are to bully friends and classmates. It’s also important to note that there are other places where we can send our children mixed messages about kindness and empathy. Do you watch reality shows that focus on providing entertainment at the expense of other people’s vulnerability and discomfort? Do you gossip about other people in your life? Do you encourage your child to “pick and choose” the friends and classmates they will invite to their birthday party? These are all ways we may unknowingly show our children that it is okay to humiliate, abuse, or exclude others.

“No family is an island.”

Thanks to the Internet, long winters, and an often-nomadic lifestyle, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the people in our communities. When we feel disconnected, it’s so much easier not to care about someone’s feelings. However, if a child is being bullied, it’s also harder for him or her to feel alone when he or she knows they have friends and neighbors who care about and support them.

Try this:

As a family, identify your “village” of supporters. Who are the caring people in your neighborhood that your family can connect with to help create a kinder community? They may be teachers, other parents, shop owners, or librarians—trusted people you or your children can turn to for help and assistance when needed. Create this list together, and post it as a daily reminder that your family has love and support in the community.

Be Prepared.

While we are teaching our children to think from the heart, we also need to remember that sadly, our children

have classmates whose home life is not centered on empathy, kindness and love. These children have not learned how to interact with their peers in a heart-centered way. This is the unfortunate truth and our children need to be prepared when they encounter some form of bullying.

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Try some of these ideas at home:

Make sure your children are aware that “bullying” behavior includes verbal threats, menacing looks, harassment, intimidation, and physical abuse. When discussing bullying, it may be more helpful to focus on the behaviors rather than an undefined label of bullying. This will help kids identify it when it happens so they can respond appropriately. Teach children to respond verbally to any bullying they experience. Practice role-playing, and make sure they incorporate direct eye contact and strong posture in their response. Children who bully look for easy targets that will not respond or tell. When children counter (in a non-violent way) with phrases like “that’s not right” or “I don’t have to listen to you,” and immediately tell an adult, the bullying often stops. Start a family dialog about bullies. Discuss related news, or watch movies where bullying is part of the plot line. This will inspire conversation and may help children open up about any bullying they are experiencing or witnessing. Make it clear to your child that he or she must report bullying to an adult when it happens. Remind them that telling is not tattling and be sure to explain the difference between both. Start early. Bullying starts as early as kindergarten, reaches its peak in middle school, and declines slightly in high school. Children of all ages need to know what it looks like, that it won’t be tolerated, and how to respond. Schools and local governments are beginning to take steps to manage this problem. Rhode Island has established a Senate Task Force on cyber-bullying and schools are reexamining their bullying policies. Parents are the final piece of this puzzle and as more of us focus on creating heart-centered homes, we will tip the scales on cruelty. Become a voice for kindness in your home and community; others will join you. Johanna Corcoran is a Rhode Island based Family Enrichment Consultant and Founder of Familytopia. Her workshops and monthly e-newsletter empower parents to nourish the soul of their family. For information, visit

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et owners around the country are discovering a new wrinkle in an existing technology to deliver both pain relief and healing for their furry, feathery or scaly companions. Laser technology has been used in the veterinary field for many years for surgery. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Class IV laser therapy to deliver non-invasive relief for pain and inflammation, as well. Treatments benefit pets suffering from arthritis, back injuries, acute sprains or spasms and dermatological hot spots and wounds, plus enhance post-operative rehabilitation.

roidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) that provide relief from pain and inflammation, laser therapy does not pose serious side effects for the liver or kidneys, nor is it painful or typically require sedation. Because it promotes cellular activity and increases blood flow, laser How It Works therapy should not be The science is fairly straightforward. In a used on tumors or preClass IV laser therapy session, a consurgical sites where it centrated beam of light emanates from a could be detrimental. wand that is slowly moved over the animal’s body, and several processes occur Frequency, that accelerate healing and pain relief. Effects include an increase in circulation Duration and Intensity and metabolism, stimulation of nerve cells and a boost in collagen producThe duration and tion, all of which facilitate wound heal- frequency of a theraing. The associated production of oxypeutic laser session gen encourages cells to regrow, while a depends on the type of release of endorphins stimulates cells to injury or illness beheal more rapidly, reducing pain. ing treated. A certified Unlike pharmaceutical, non-steoperator will select a


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preprogrammed protocol, established to regulate the power of the laser (typically from six to 12 watts). The desired wattage is often determined by the size of the area to be treated, along with the nature of the injury and the pet’s coat type and body weight. As with most medical therapies, one size does not fit all. Initially, a laser therapy session will begin with a thorough physical examination and radiographs, if indicated, to ascertain the extent of the injury or condition, and develop an individualized plan to return a pet to a heightened state of wellness. For instance, a pet suffering from degenerative arthritis that is experiencing great discomfort in walking may initially be treated for five to 10 minutes every two or three days for a few weeks. As the pet’s situation improves, the frequency of the sessions may decrease to once weekly, and then every two weeks, until the pet receives a laser treatment on a monthly basis. For chronic conditions, laser therapy may not cure the pet, but it will help alleviate its discomfort. For more acute situations, such as a hot spot or a sprain, the animal may be treated for three to five minutes every three days over a 10-day period. A pet that has recently undergone invasive surgery, such as an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament, or connective knee tissue) repair or tumor removal, may be treated just minutes after the sutures are closed, to promote circulation, stimulate nerve cells and boost collagen production, reducing healing time. Over the next seven to 10 days, the pet may receive a laser treatment every few days until the skin around the incision is less inflamed. Results of laser therapy treatments are cumulative, but most pet owners report significant improvement after two to four sessions. An article in the Newark Post, in Delaware, quoted pet owner Cricket

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America’s Growing Food Revolution An Insider’s Guide to Sustainable Choices by Lisa Marshall


e’ve heard the buzz. America is in the midst of a food revolution. Sales of natural and organic foods are up by double digits. The once-obscure Locavore (eat local) movement has become a national phenomenon. Community supported agriculture (CSA) initiatives and farmers’ markets are proliferating. Even the federal government and some of the country’s largest grocery retailers have jumped on board, with First Lady Michelle Obama helping to plant the first garden on White House grounds since World War II, and Walmart vowing in January to double the percentage of locally grown produce it sells to 9 percent. The statistics are motivating indeed: According to University of Wisconsin researchers, produce travels an average of 1,500 miles from farmland to plate today, up 22 percent from 1981. Half of our land and 80 percent of our water is used for agriculture, reports The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and pesticide use has increased 33-fold since the 1940s. Meanwhile, health problems associated with agricultural chemicals are on the rise.


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“We have been through 100 years of industrialization of our food supply, and consumers have begun to wake up and realize they have no idea how their food is made,” says historian and food policy writer James McWilliams, an associate professor at Texas State University. “Historians will look back on this time as momentous.”

Is it better to buy “organic,” “natural” or “local”? But with every revolution come tough questions—and fiery debate—on how best to participate. Is it better to buy “organic,” “natural” or “local”? Is shopping at a farmers’ market inherently more green? Are there other ways, such as planting a garden or eschewing meat, that can make an even bigger impact? In reality, there are no easy answers, but, “Consumers need to be prepared to take on a bit more complexity in how we think about food, and not

fall so easily for simple mantras (like Eat Local and Buy Organic),” advises McWilliams.

The Case for Organic

Ask Rodale Inc. CEO Maria Rodale what consumers can do to improve their health and environment, and her answer is unequivocal. “If you do just one thing—make one conscious choice—that can change the world, go organic,” she writes in her new book, Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe. Rodale’s grandfather founded Organic Farming and Gardening magazine (today’s Organic Gardening) in the 1940s, jump-starting an organic movement that by the 1960s was nearly synonymous with environmentalism. But today, Rodale concedes, the organic industry faces a public relations challenge, as consumers trade from USDA Organiccertified foods to “locally grown” or cheaper “natural” options. One 2009 survey by The Shelton Group found that out of 1,000 shoppers, 31 percent looked for the “natural”

label, while 11 percent looked for “organic.” “There is a giant misperception among consumers that somehow natural is the word that is regulated and organic is not. In fact, it is actually the other way around,” says CEO Suzanne Shelton. Law mandates that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) products labeled organic be free of pesticides, hormones and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and that animals be given access to the outdoors. By contrast, the Food and Drug Administration vaguely describes natural as, “Nothing artificial or synthetic has been included in, or has been added to a food that would not normally be expected to be in the food.” With the exception of meat, it is up to the manufacturer to define what natural means. (In 2009, the USDA defined “naturally raised” meat as, “… raised entirely without growth promoters, antibiotics, and never been fed animal byproducts.” It says nothing about GMOs or humane animal treatment.) Organic advocates point out that a genetically modified animal could be fed genetically modified feed and confined to a narrow pen and still be billed as natural. A loaf of natural bread could be made with grains repeatedly sprayed with pesticides and man-made fertilizer. “Natural refers to the end product,” explains the Organic Trade Association. “It does not provide any information about how the product was produced.” What about buying local? Rodale argues that, while focusing on local is great for reducing farm-to-plate miles, if it isn’t organic, it isn’t necessarily addressing the larger issue of pesticide and antibiotic use. Noting that more than 4 billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the United States, she points to studies from the National Institutes of Health and the Mount Sinai Medical Center Children’s Environmental Health Center that suggest links between agricultural antibiotic use and the rise in drug-resistant staph infections in humans, and between oganophosphate pesticides and cancer and diabetes. “It is fine to buy local, but if there are chemicals in it, then the farmer is contaminating your own community,” Rodale says. “That’s even worse.”

The Locavore Way In early 2005, Jennifer Maiser and a handful of friends in San Francisco decided to limit what they ate for a month to what was produced within 100 miles of home base. By August, 1,000 people had signed on at Maiser’s EatLocal By 2007, “locavore” was the Word of the Year of the New Oxford American Dictionary. “It just snowballed,” recalls Maiser. “I think it had a lot to do with changes in the organic movement. In the 1990s, if you were eating organic, you pretty much were eating food from a local farmer. But when the big companies came in and you could get organic produce grown in Mexico, it wasn’t the same anymore. We still wanted to know where our food was coming from.” Professional dancer-turned-ethnobotanist Leda Meredith started a 250mile challenge in 2007, in part to see if a time-crunched professional in wintery Brooklyn could achieve what Locavores in warmer climes had. At first, adjusting to the realities was rough. Local cooking oil was hard to find (she saved the rendered fat from her locally raised duck and used it to pop locally grown popcorn) and her one-bedroom apartment was not ideal for stockpiling canned produce (she keeps canned local tomatoes and dried wild mushrooms under her bed). “But, by year’s end, it had become my new normal,” says Meredith, author of The Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget. She chooses organic and local whenever possible, and if the food is on the Environmental Working Group’s dirty-dozen list of most pesticidedrenched food, she might even buy organic from afar. Yet, she is a Locavore at heart. “It has an impact, on local economies and small farmers, and from a cook’s point of view the food is just fresher,” she says. McWilliams, a vegan and author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly, agrees. But he takes issue with the notion that, because it necessitates fewer transportation miles, eating local is a better choice for the environment.


Tips to Eat Sustainably, Healthy and Smart n Buy certified organic and local when possible. n Always choose certified organic when shopping for the publicized dirty dozen: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes. n When buying local, but not organic, ask the farmer: “Why not organic?” He or she may be doing something close. n When joining a CSA, ask the farmer if he or she ever adds non-local food to the basket. If so, ask where it comes from and how it is produced. n At a farmers’ market, ask the management how they choose their vendors. Must they be local, or certified organic? How are they screened? n If buying “natural,” learn how the producer defines it (the government definition is vague). n Eat less meat. It uses fewer resources to produce. n Plant something. Try a container garden on a balcony or in a window box. n Learn about good sources of healthy foods in various seasons. n Take a cooking class.

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He notes that the shipping of food constitutes just 9 to 11 percent of its “life-cycle assessment” (the toll it takes on the environment), while things like water use, fertilizer application and harvesting techniques suck up far more. Is it really greener to buy local hothouse tomatoes if, according to McWilliams, they can require up to 10 times the energy? Is it really more sustainable to buy local rice from an arid state if aquifers were drained to grow it? Another issue concerns economies of scale. For instance, a shipper sending a truck with 2,000 apples across 2,000 miles would consume the same amount of fuel per apple as a local farmer who takes a pickup 50 miles to sell 50 apples. “Local is not necessarily greener,” accounts McWilliams. So, what is? Eating less meat, he contends. And mounting studies back up his point. Most recently, a 2009 study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a carnivorous diet requires 2.9 times more water, 2.5 times more energy, 3 times more fertilizer and 1.4 times more pesticides than a vegetarian diet. “If I eat less meat or eat a vegan diet, I am automatically shrinking the carbon footprint of my diet, no matter where it comes from,” says McWilliams.


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Greg Peterson says that there is another perspective often left out of the puzzle when people postulate how they can change the world by what they eat: “Food grows for free. You just have to buy a little seed and put a little water on it. People should grow their own food, share it and give it away.” From his 80-by-60-foot yard in the heart of Phoenix, Peterson grows 50 to 100 individual crops, from citrus trees to snow peas and greens. His neighbors pop in for a bowl of peaches or a few fresh eggs. He further spreads the word by hosting gardening classes for everyone from wealthy retirees with big yards to thrifty condo dwellers wanting to grow herbs on their porches. “For me, it’s about building local food systems and making neighborhoods more resilient,” he says. “There is also something inherently spiritual about being able to go out in my front yard and pick carrots, beets and greens to make dinner.” Erin Barnett is the director of Minnesota-based LocalHarvest, which connects consumers with family farms, co-ops (collectively owned nonprofit grocery stores or buying clubs that give members discounted prices on healthconscious products in exchange for a fee and work crew hours) and CSAs (in which members buy a share and gives advice on how to start an urban farm.

receive a box of local farm produce each week). She says that these can be excellent ways to benefit our health, environment and local economies. But there can be downsides. For example, a co-op can take years to form and is typically volunteer run, which involves a significant learning curve; it also often requires members to put up several hundred dollars long before the doors open. Belonging to a CSA includes collective risk, so if it’s a bad crop year, member shares are affected. At a farmers’ market, occasionally a vendor will pass off conventional produce shipped in from afar as local or organic. As someone who buys eggs from a farmers’ market, grass-fed meat from a local farm, dry goods from a co-op, nuts from a natural food buying club, and has a garden that dwarfs her own house, Barnett puts it this way: Ask questions first. Then make a plan. “Everyone is going to concoct their own way of meeting their needs by balancing their relationships with local people and their beliefs about organic,” she says. “It is very complex. But at least people are talking about it.” Connect with the writer at LisaMarshall



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Pick Up the Pace There’s a longstanding myth among participants that exercising at a lower intensity for a longer duration maximizes the burning of fat and releases toxins. Not true. To really rev up metabolism, burn more calories and keep the fatburning switch turned on longer after an exercise session, try picking up the pace for one or more shorter periods. Make Some Muscle Strength training is known to boost natural muscle-making chemicals such as human growth hormone and preserve the muscle we have, while also replacing the muscle tissue we’ve lost. Lifting weights also helps us shed fat by simply burning calories. As a bonus, a calorie-burning metabolism can stay elevated for up to 48 hours after we’ve finished lifting. Take It Outside When possible, infuse an exercise routine with fresh air by doing it outdoors. When exercising outside, it’s important that we not add to our toxic burden by walking or jogging along busy roads or highways, because breathing in chemical-laced exhaust nullifies the benefits. Annie B. Bond is an internationally renowned expert on personal detoxification and past executive editor of Care2. com/greenliving, which sourced all health claims in The Purification Plan, by the editors of Rodale Health Books.

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Showcasing Natural Foods by Joanna Meriwether

Natural foods lend themselves to thinking about vegetarian and organic diets, or at the very least, wellprepared meals. With so many dietary theories out there, let’s review some of the most accessible that showcase the diversity and vibrancy of what natural foods have to offer. Ayurveda

In his book, Perfect Health, Deepak Chopra says this nutritional system, originating from India, aligns personal eating habits, body type, and the seasons to create balance—both in the body and in the environment. The three body types—kapha, pitta, and vata—also, called doshas, have distinct structures and needs. Ayurveda helps individuals know their body type


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and bring balance to the body through nutrition, exercise, and other practices such as rubbing oil on the skin. This dietary theory might be helpful for those dealing with emotional or hormonal imbalances, needing to cleanse their digestive system, or wishing to feed your self in alignment with yogic practices.


This dietary theory is based on the idea that foods, like all other parts of the uni-

verse, have patterns of expansion, light, and life (yin) and contraction, dark, and death (yang). By eating a mixture of yin and yang foods, or using yin foods to balance yang tendencies (or vice versa), macrobiotics believes that digestion, immunity, and energy level are improved. This system tends toward whole foods, using simple cooking methods that allow the full, original taste of the food to remain intact. This theory might be helpful for those wanting to eat less processed food, change the balance of energy in the body, or be more sensitive to food and how it is prepared.

Traditional Chinese/Five Element

This nutritional theory is very similar to macrobiotics, but focuses on the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine: wood, earth, fire, metal and water. Each element is associated with certain tastes

and qualities, which can be combined to regain balance within the body and its various systems. This system may be helpful for those who wish to eat in accordance with Chinese healing methods, such as acupuncture, for cleansing and balancing the digestion system, and for introducing whole foods into the diet.

Raw Food

Proponents of the raw foods nutritional system believe that more of the vital nutrients in foods are available to the body if food is not cooked above 105 degrees (F). With more of these components available to the body, raw foods are believed to provide greater vitality, improve skin and tissue function, and increase immunity. This system may be helpful to those wanting to eat more organic foods or needing help increasing fresh foods in their diet during the winter months.


This dietary theory comes from the work of Sally Fallon and Weston Price. Dr. Price studied cultures where dental decay was unknown and children developed with few physical ailments. He found that many of these cultures depended on local, organic foods, especially raw milk, and meats and cheeses made from animals allowed to graze naturally on local grasses—what we would call “grass-fed” and “free range” today. This system rests on the idea that nourishing, traditional foods provide all the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes needed to be physically healthy. This system may be helpful for those wanting to continue eating meats, cheeses, and cooked foods and wanting to increase the quality of such foods in the diet. Joanna Meriwether, BS, MSW is a holistic health educator in private practice in Riverside, RI. Contact Joanna via her website at Sources: Perfect Health, by Deepak Chopra; The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics, by Jessica Porter; Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets, by Davis & Melina; Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon; and Staying Health With the Seasons, by Elliott Haas.


Black Rice – Exotic and Healthy


lack rice—long a staple food for onethird of the world’s population—is gaining popularity in the United States because of its exotic look and nutty flavor. Now, research chemists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service report that the black variety of this grain may help soothe the inflammation involved in allergies, asthma and other diseases. These health benefits are attributed to its outer bran layer which, unlike with white rice, is not polished off during processing. Collaborating researchers tested the effects of black rice bran extract on skin inflammation in laboratory mice and found that it reduced the inflammation by 32 percent compared to control animals; the rice bran also decreased production of certain substances known to promote inflammation in the body. Brown rice bran extract did not have these effects. When the scientists fed the mice a diet containing 10 percent black rice bran, swelling associated with allergic contact dermatitis, a common type of skin irritation, decreased. These results show a potential value of black rice bran as an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic food ingredient. It may also hold promise as a therapeutic agent for the treatment and prevention of diseases associated with chronic inflammation.

Why Sugar Isn’t So Sweet


e can likely cut the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by cutting down on the added sugars used in many processed and prepared meals, suggests a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, based on National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data. The food industry often defines such added sugars as sweeteners—foods that provide energy, but have few micronutrients or phytochemicals— which is why aware consumers read labels. In recent decades, total sugar consumption in the United States has increased substantially, resulting in higher risk for cardiovascular disease due to associated lower levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), or “good” cholesterol, and higher levels of triglycerides. Today, the average U.S. daily consumption of added sugars averages 3.2 ounces, or about 18 teaspoons, which represents 15.8 percent of total adult caloric intake. This is a substantial increase from the late 1970s, when added sugars contributed only 10.6 percent of the calories consumed by adults. This study is the first to examine the direct link between sugar consumption and its impact on cholesterol and heart disease. natural awakenings

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The Munay-Ki provide a new template, or blueprint, that works directly on the transformation of the energy body, or luminous energy field (LEF). The new blueprint carries out transformation from the causal form to the manifest, from the unconscious to the conscious.   The nine rites of initiation, common to all shamanic traditions, are: receptions of the Bands of Power,

which enlists the power of the elements for protection in energy work and in daily life; the Healers rite, which connects the receiver to the lineage of healers; the Harmony rite, the reception of archetypes and archangels into seven chakras; the Seer rite, which connects bands of light between the heart and the visual cortex; the Daykeeper rite, which connects one to the power centers of the planet, and the lineage of the

masters who tended to those sites; the Wisdomkeeper rite, which helps one to learn and protect the wisdom given, and to know when to share that wisdom; the Earthkeeper rite, giving one the knowledge and insight for the stewardship of the Earth; Starkeeper rite, which begins the process of evolution into homo luminous; and the Creator rite, which signals the awakening of Buddhi, or the Christ consciousness. Each of the rites is transmitted individually. It is the transmission from one being to another which refocuses the LEF that rebalances and clears the chakras. This catalyzes the evolutionary process of becoming homo luminous, or beings of light. Similar to an attunement of Reiki, it may not feel obvious or manifest at first. In fact, it is not uncommon to notice a change a year or two later. It may be noticed on the physical level as a quicker recovery time from a cold or flu, or maybe not getting ill at all.  Spiritually, the rites advent a deepening of intuition and inner wisdom. This is the manifestation of a movement toward balance, or what the Peruvian shamans known as the Hatun Laika call ayni. This is not a replacement of one idea over another, but recognition of reciprocity at work. Nothing is good or bad, right or wrong in and of itself, but when the balance scale tips in only one direction, we lose the perspective of unity that balance brings. When we opt to choose for or against, we fail to understand the consequences of those choices, and we fall out of ayni with the Earth and with life. The rites offer one the ability to forge an intuitive sense of ayni.  Similar to receiving a Reiki attunement, there is no learning involved in the process itself, just an earnest desire to receive the gift. While the Hatun Laika teach a shamanic tradition, the Munay-Ki has no strings attached. It is simply a gift offered to the world—an opportunity to honor and remember our highest self and the possibilities that can evolve from that remembrance. These rites are not just for energy healers, or would-be shamans. They can be received by anyone who feels drawn to them, who desire to deepen their personal growth and wish to accept stewardship for all creation. As an energy worker/healer, individual rites can be incorporated into any treatment or session. The rites are a blessing to receive and to give, and provide a touchstone to point us toward a true mastery of self.  Kavita Lori Richardson PTA, CYT, and Amrit Yoga Nidra facilitator, has been teaching Amrit Yoga and leading yoga workshops for over 10 years. She has been exploring shamanic work for several years and has been incorporating it into her personal journey. She received the Munay-Ki rites in 2008, and now uses them in conjunction with IET and Reiki. The Munay-Ki rites will be offered April 22-23 at Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston

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hat constitutes yoga? Why, and how, should yoga be practiced? How does it work, and how does it relate to us as individuals? Those questions and more will be discussed during a unique opportunity to spend an evening with Yogi Amrit Desai at Santosha Yoga Studio at 6:30 p.m. on March 18 as he presents “The Science of Yoga.” Founder of Kripalu Yoga, and more recently Amrit Yoga, grounded fully in the ancient teachings of yoga as it is meant to be practiced, Yogi Desai received his teaching in the powerful Shaktipat Kundalini lineage from his guru, Sri Swami Kripalvananda. In 1970, after receiving Shaktipat Diksha from his guru, he entered into spontaneous yoga flow. From this he developed Meditationin-Motion, which eventually led to the development of Amrit yoga. He has been teaching since 1966, offering insight and embodiment into understanding the knowledge and wisdom of yoga that has been passed down over 2,000 years. In 1986 he was awarded India’s highest honor: Jagadacharya, World Teacher.


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Community Wellness Workshop – 5:30-7:30pm. Introduction to Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and practical advice to staying healthy. A light dinner will be served. Free. Center for Preventive Medicine, 191 Nashua St, Providence. 401-434-3550. Karma Healing & The Chakras – 6-8pm. 6 part, twice monthly class beginning Mar. 2 on how the chakras relate to karma patterns. Both Hindu and secret Sufi Chakra (Latif) systems will be discussed. $200. Dr. John Wyrick (Sheikh Firdousi), Tenth Gate Yoga Center, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401683-9642.

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Modern Shades of Grey Trunk Show – 11am-6pm. Fun & affordable necklaces, scarves, bracelets, & headbands made from recycled T-shirts! Unique vintage beaded earrings. All handmade locally by mother & daughter team. Free to the public. Green Envy EcoBoutique, 223 Goddard Row, Brick Market Place, Newport. 401-619-1993. The Art of Kula Flow Yoga – 1-6pm. Learn the Art of Kula Flow Yoga from longtime teacher and Kula Brooklyn co-director Nikki Vilella. Fresh from one of NYC’s most advanced and adventurous Vinyasa studios. $50/single or $80/both. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Sunday, March 6

Chakra Yoga & Gong Sound Healing – 12:305pm. Utilize movement, yoga postures, breath work, and sound healing to balance and energize each energy center. Experience a state of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and peace. No yoga experience necessary. $88. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Monday, March 7

Zumba! – Beginner Classes – 6-6:45pm. Every Monday, Semi-Private classes, with less than 10 students per class. Lora is fun and easy to follow! Feel energized, not overwhelmed. Families Welcome. $25/3 classes. Lora LoPiccolo, 1665 Hartford Ave, Second Floor, Johnston. 401-829-9148.

Tuesday, March 8

Everybody Rise & Shine – 7-8:15am. 6 week series. The perfect way to work in your yoga practice for the day! Tuesday class focuses on alignment instruction, while Thursday class uses flowing sequences for a well rounded practice. $110/2xs 6 wks, $60/Tuesday OR Thursday only. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket, RI. 401-421-9876. Healthy How-to-Tuesdays – 4-6:30pm. Featuring Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit. Free. Whole Foods Market, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690.

Wednesday, March 9

Shamanic Journey Practice Group – 7-8:45pm. Work on a current issue utilizing the shamanic journey to access inner guidance and understanding. Knowledge of how to journey is required. Bring a journal and blanket. $10. Katharine Rossi, 578 Wood St, Bristol. 401-924-0567.

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Thursday, March 10

Nutritional Rebalancing Tasting – 6-7:30pm. Problem: Nutritional Deficiency; Impurities/Toxins; Obesity; Poor Immune Function. Solution: Flood the body with daily organic nutrition; rid the body of harmful toxins. $5. Laurie Kraus, Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 631-834-7786. Heavenly Hugs Prayer Circle – 6:30-8pm. An evening of healing, prayer & blessings for Self, Loved Ones & the Earth to help re-establish balance & peace around the world. Come experience the power of prayer! $5 Donation. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Rhode Island Vegan Awareness – 6:30-8:30pm. Monthly meeting. Anyone interested in learning more about RIVA or in taking an active role in our mission to promote compassion is welcome to attend. 20% off all store purchases after the meeting. Free. Foodworks, 9 Cedar Swamp Rd, Smithfield. 401-232-2410. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – 7-9pm. Whole Foods Market presents a RI premiere advance screening of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, with proceeds to benefit the American Diabetes Association, Rhode Island Chapter. Please reserve your seat at http://tinyurl. com/4mwgxuw. $5. Whole Foods Market, Providence Place Cinema Sixteen, 10 Providence Place Mall, Providence.

Stories Matter: Connections – 7:30-9pm. If you have a story about being healed, being nearly healed, or witnessing a healing, then come tell it. Sign up at the door, and if we pick your name out of the fishbowl, tell your story. No rants, no notes, no soapbox. 6-minute time limit, everyone is encouraged to share. $5. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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Friday, March 11

Reiki Second Degree Training Program – 6-9pm. Also 3/13 12-5pm. Two Day Reiki Second Degree training program is open to all students who have completed a Reiki First Degree Program. $250. Reiki Master Liz Dufresne, Tenth Gate Yoga Center, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Guided Meditation Night – 7-8:30pm. Meditation increases relaxation by creating joyful, positive images for the mind, leading to a more positive way of thinking & better quality of life. All are Welcome. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Gong Bath ~ Sound Healing – 7-8:30pm. The healing power of sound can gently restore and harmonize your body, mind & spirit. Wash the stress of your week away ~soak in a gong bath~. $25. Palmy, Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd ~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Saturday, March 12

Reiki Level 1 – 10am-5pm. 1st Degree Reiki Workshop-Experience the loving & gentle healing energy of Reiki. You will receive the level 1 attunement that will enable you to channel the energy. $150/ by 3/5/11. Herbs & Angels, 1989A Plainfield Pike, Johnston. 401-383-2344. Facing our Fears, Mending our Lives – 1-3pm. Class teaches techniques for cutting through resistance and fear to empower yourself to make healthful changes, using visualization, journaling and expressive arts. $15. Cris McCullough, MA, The Center for Health and Well Being, 333 Valley Rd, Middletown. 401-846-0042.

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Weigh Less, Live More – 3:30-5pm. Learn how to safely lose weight and still feel fully satisfied in this tele-seminar. Call for details to learn how to connect for this remote seminar. Free. Tracey LeBeau, 5784 Post Rd., Suite #5, East Greenwich. 401-398-2933.

Sunday, March 13

Energy Up Your Life! – 9:30-11:30am. Learn how to quiet down the chatter & discover answers with these ancient techniques. Learn synchro-alignment meditation, Dowsing & Muscle Testing. $30. Body Wise Therapeutics, 575 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401-848-9825. Shamanic Dream Circle – 6-8pm. Dreams are portals to our inner truths. In this fun interactive evening, we will share dreams and consciously reenter our dreams for guidance, healing, and information. $15. Michele Ferro, 1005 Main St, Suite 111, Pawtucket. 401-475-0084.

Tuesday, March 15

Cumberland Moms Club Talk – 10:15-10:45am. Presentation on proper lifting and ergonomics for moms who have young children at home. All welcome to join with children. Free. Dr. Natalya Yakirevich, Cumberland Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland. 401-334-0535.

Healthy How-to-Tuesdays – 4-6:30pm. Featuring A Healthy St Patrick’s Day. Free. Whole Foods Market, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690. Wellness for the Office and Drivers! – 7-8:15pm. Explore an eclectic mix of simple office-friendly exercises including: self massage, energy lifters, hand cramp relief movements, eye yoga & immune system boosters. $15. Chris Belanger, Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-490-1732.

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Brand New Beginners Yoga 6 wk Series – 7:158:45pm. Want to begin yoga, but don’t know where to start? Take the stress out of your yoga experience! This workshop will lay the foundation for a strong & confident practice. $72, $66/by March 8, $15/drop-in. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Keeping Your Back and Neck Healthy – 12-4pm. Learn the importance of your spine to overall health and receive a postural analysis, evaluation of your basic movement patterns, and a set of yoga poses and other exercises to help keep you moving. $55. All That Matters, Dr David Dwyer, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Wednesday, March 16

Reiki I Certification Class – 1-5pm. Begin your journey with Reiki, a gentle hands-on energy balancing practice to enhance and heal your life. Includes all materials, Attunement and Certificate. $135. Sylvia Collins, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401-921-4397.

Community Wellness Workshop – 5:30-7:30pm. Introduction to Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and practical advice to staying healthy. A light dinner will be served. Free. Center for Preventive Medicine, 191 Nashua St, Providence. 401-434-3550.

Thursday, March 17

RI Holistic Healers Association Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Speaker, Annabel Wyndham, Mystic, CT, works using the Four Bodies Healing. Socialize and network with like minded individuals working toward a better life. Free for members or donation. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave., E. Providence. 401-432-7195. RIHHA.COM.

Friday, March 18

Guided Meditation – 6-7pm. A peaceful way to end the week. Join us for gentle stretches followed by a blissful journey to relaxation. $10 call to register. The Journey Within, 1645 Warwick Ave, Suite 224, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Women’s Discovery Weekend Retreat – 6:30pm March 18th – 20th. Weekend away to develop your personal spiritual practice, spend time in nature, and nurture your body. Check the site for more info. $349/all inclusive. Kathy Black & Joanna Meriwether, Canonicus Camp & Conference Center, 54 Exeter Rd, Exeter. click on Retreats.

A Course in Miracles, The Movie – 7-9pm. The teachings of A Course in Miracles have been supported by Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer & Marianne Williamson, join us for our Spiritual Cinema night. $5. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Saturday, March 19

Magnified Healing 3rd Phase Workshop – 9:30am5:30pm. Also 3/20. Open to all MH Initiates. Includes Manual w/ Light Healing Technique. Connect w/ Body Elemental, Lord Melchizedek, Christ Consciousness Grid & Sacred Names. $300. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Past Life Regression Workshop – 6-8:30pm. Explore your past both to find out why you have the talents, strengths, weaknesses, fears, and loved ones that are present in today’s life. $45. The Grateful Heart, 17 West Main St, Wickford. 401-294-3981.

Tuesday, March 22

Healthy How-to-Tuesdays – 4-6:30pm. Featuring Raw Nuts and Seed Milks. Free. Whole Foods Market, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690.

Engage Marketing University – 5:30-8:30pm. Learn how to market your business, non-profit, or service using the Internet and Social Media. Presentations will be followed by a Q & A session, then open networking. Free. Shift 2 Inbound Marketing, Hotel Viking, 1 Bellevue Ave, Newport. 401-580-0004.

Complimentary Evening with Arbonne – 7-8:30pm. Choose the facial for your skin type using Arbonne extraordinary products. Arbonne products contain premium botanical ingredients that recharge and perserve the skin. Free. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 401-533-2860.

Surat Shabd Yoga the Spiritual Quest – 7-8:30pm. Explore the path of the Masters. Coming under the guidance of a spiritual Master can change your life; within us are riches greater than any we can accumulate on earth. Free and open to all. Dr. Alan Post, Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Rd, Kingston. 401-789-5365.

Fun With Feng Shui – 7-8:30pm. Learn the basics of Feng Shui & apply them to your home as you Spring Clean! Transform the energy in your home and receive greater happiness, abundance & inner peace. $25. Body Wise Therapeutics, 575 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401-848-9825.

Sunday, March 20

Laughter Meditation w/Chris Belanger – 6:308pm. Create unity, healing energy & joy with a chuckle. A hilariously uplifting experience through mindfulness, deep breathing, seated guided Laughter & Loving Kindness. RSVP. $12. Chris Belanger, Heavenly Hugs, 917-A Warwick Ave. Warwick.

Palmistry Certification – 10am-3pm. Linda Patterson teaches this 2 day course, using the palms as a diagnostic tool. Palmistry is a science, no psychic ability needed. 2nd class 4/17 same times. $150/plus $25 materials fee. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St., Providence. 401-353-3099. Introduction to Crystal Healing – 1-4pm. An introduction on how to use crystals as tools for healing, breaking through blocks, balancing the chakras, and much more. $60. Tenth Gate Yoga Center, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Inversion Workshop w/ Shannah Green – 1-4pm. Join Shannah for an in-depth exploration of the inverted postures in yoga; gain a true understanding of inversion in your body through direct experience. TBA. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. 401-295-5002. Spring Equinox Drum Circle – 6-7pm. Join us as we come together to honor the season and to focus on healing for the community and the earth. Bring a drum or rattle, some are available to share. Donation. Katharine Rossi, Mill at Shady Lea Room 204, N. Kingstown.

Thursday, March 24

Shamanic Drum Healing – 7-9pm. We will work with your guides, intentions and the vibrations of the drum to assist you in the healing process. Kindly register. $35. Katherine Rossi & Paul DiSegna, Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-924-0567.

Friday, March 25

Meditation and Reiki Healing – 7-8:15pm. Experience a state of harmonious silence and stillness. Find peace, harmony and serenity. Enjoy a guided meditation along with Reiki healing. $10. Palmy, Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd ~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Saturday, March 26

Nia & Yoga – 9-11:30am. Last Saturday. Come for Nia Class, 9-10am,...Stay for Yoga. 10-11:30am. Nia/$10, Yoga/Free. Quonnie Grange, 5662 Post Road Rte. 1, Charlestown. 401-322-0810.

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Ascension Ceremony – 11am-12pm. Empowering monthly ceremonies help us increase our ability to attain higher dimensions of consciousness and set a course of alignment with that of Divine will, essential to living a grounded life at this time. $15/donation. Positive New Beginnings, 873 Waterman Ave, East Providence. 401-432-7195.

markyourcalendar Reiki Level One Workshop - 11:15am-6pm. Learn this gentle, hands on energy healing system from a truly gifted Master/Teacher. Receive the attunement, history, meditation, practice and certificate. All students will leave the class with the ability to heal themselves and others. $150. Michael Lyons, 101 Higginson Ave., Lincoln. 401-722-8400. Book Signing-Keeping It Simple – 12-3pm. Jayne DeRouin, Local Author, shares her angelic experiences of divine intervention. This book provides a Workout For Your Soul that empowers self discovery. Free. Herbs & Angels, 1989A Plainfield Pike, Johnston. 401-383-2344.

Reiki II Certification Class – 1-5pm. You will learn three powerful Reiki symbols to use and activate. Your healing energy will flow at a higher vibration. Includes Attunement, material and Certificate. $150. Sylvia Collins, 286 Lake Shore Dr, Warwick. 401921-4397.

Vinyasa 101– 1:30-3:30pm. Learn to link yoga poses with the cadence of your breath and contents of your heart. Move fluidly from one pose to the next. Beginning & continuing students. $20. Patti Confort & Patti Doyle Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Sunday, March 27

The Power of Sound and Vibration – 9am-12pm. Learn how the words you speak create your life experiences. Learn the yoga practices to attain Vaach Siddhi, power to speak truth and create positive destiny. $65. Hari Kaur Khalsa, Tenth Gate Yoga Center, 1016 East Main Rd, Portsmouth. 401-6839642. Health & Wellness Fair – 11am-3pm. Consult with practitioners, sample services, or browse through the store for natural and organic products. Free. Fiddleheads Food Coop, 13 Broad St, New London, CT.

markyourcalendar Introduction to Meditation – 12-3pm. Designed to provide a basic overview and is both didactic and experiential. Learn the differences between meditation, contemplation, relaxation, sleep states and hypnosis. Learn the importance of “taming the mind” with the “calm abiding” approach with support and mindfulness exercises. Basics of proper sitting posture, standing and walking meditations. $39. Focus Yoga, Ann Porto, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich. 401-354-9129.

Tuesday, March 29

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Info – 1-2pm. Join Hari for tea/conversation about Tenth Gate’s Level I Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Program beginning August 2011. Free and open to the public. Hari Kaur Khalsa, Tenth Gate Yoga Center, 1016 East Main Road, Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Acro Yoga w/ Lila Donnolo – 1-4pm. AcroYoga is a blend of partner yoga, partner balancing, and Thai massage. Build trust and let your heart fly! $45/early bird, $55/day of. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. 401-295-5002.

Monday, March 28

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

Healthy How-to-Tuesdays – 4-6:30pm. Featuring Gluten-free Grains. Free. Whole Foods Market, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690.

Wednesday, March 30

Community Wellness Workshop – 5:30-7:30pm. Introduction to Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and pracitcal advice to staying healthy. A light dinner will be served. Free. Center for Preventive Medicine, 191 Nashua St, Providence. 401-434-3550.

Thursday, March 31

Medical Qigong & Beginning Tai Chi – 6:157:30pm. Registration open for spring 12 week sessions of Medical Qigong and Beginning Tai Chi classes. Tai Chi times are offered on Wed. and Sat. $210. Master Wu, Wen-Ching, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 401-435-6502.

Simply, A Change of Mind – 6:30-8:30pm. Workshop designed to help you learn how to pivot negative thoughts in a positive direction to maintain Joy & Peace in everyday life. $25. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

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Strengthening Your Immunity Naturally - 1:302:30pm. Discover your Prakriti (Ayurvedic Constitution) and learn natural methods for strengthening your immunity. Covers simple daily techniques to cleanse your body and stay healthy year-round. Call for more information. Breathing Time Yoga, Aermid Ayurveda, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876. Chakra Healing Workshop – 2:30-5:30pm. A yoga nidra workshop. Yogic and shamanic techniques are used to harness and realign the vibratory frequency of the 7 chakras. All levels, no experience necessary. $30. Santosha, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Sunday, April 3

An Introduction to Gong Sound Healing – 1-5pm. Experiential workshop to discover how to use the bronze gong, singing bell bowls, toning and chanting for healing; and acquaint yourself with the gong’s esoteric and mystical origins as well as present day applications. $77.

All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401782-2126.

Wednesday, April 6

Gentle Yoga with Chairs – 11am-12:15pm. Forget getting up & down from the floor. Class design supports those with joint issues, weight challenges, back problems, etc. Fun, safe & effective practice for everyone. $48 for 4 weeks-preregister. Ellen Schaeffer, 142A Danielson Pike #5, Foster. 401-368-9642.

Friday, April 22

Munay- Ki Workshop – 6-9pm. Also April 23 10am-5pm. 9 Rites of Initiation, an energy transmission to strengthen & support the Energy field received from the Hatun Laika shamanic tradition. $325/$295 by 4/9/2011. with Kavita Lori Richardson, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809.

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

Sunday Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. Concordia where hearts come together as one. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 732-1552. Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 10-11am. Gentle, restorative yoga for all levels. Classes held in our peaceful, seaside studio. Space is limited, please call in advance. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Dr, Riverside. 401-437-6126.

Shambhala Mindfulness Meditation – 10am12pm. Open community practice of basic mindfulness meditation, with chants (chanting participation optional). Instruction offered at 10am. Free/No Pre-registration. Providence Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave. 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762. Sunday Satsang – 10am-12pm. Weekly Satsang – Meditation, chanting, talks, vegetarian potluck lunch. Yogananda’s Healing Techniques after lunch on 2nd Sunday. Saturdays workshops and retreats. JOY. Donation. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. Family Yoga – 10:45-11:30am. Adults and children 4-11 derive enormous benefits from yoga. Exercise, play and connect with your children. $18/1 adult,1 child. $4/ each additional. Simplify Yoga, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-419-1298. Prayers for World Peace – 11am-12:30pm. Come together to deepen our understanding that “without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.” Includes clear teachings, meditations and prayers. $10. Kadampa Teacher, Angela Stewart, 339 Ives St, Providence. 401-286-9760.

Reiki Clinic – 12-2:30pm. 2nd Sunday. Experience a session for a love offering donation to a local charity. Registration required. Donation. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Urban Bhakti Groove – 3-4:30pm. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. Up-beat vinyasa flow class with meditative chanting and deep relaxation. $15/ $5 to a city based charity. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600.

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

Shri Stretch and Strengthen – 9-10:15am. Designed and taught by the studio director with the use of balls, bolsters and great music. Develop greater flexibility and core strength. Long seated meditation included. $15, $10/Pawtucket YMCA members,$45/5 classes. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Anusara Yoga – 9-10:30am. A heart opening, highly therapeutic style, all levels class. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. All Levels Vinyasa Yoga – 9:15-10:30am. Series of postures that will strengthen, build flexibility and endurance while bringing you to a place of deep inner calm. Taught in a heated room. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300.

All Level Yoga (Vinyasa) – 10-11:15am. Moderately paced Yoga flow, with deep stretching, to energize, tone, and strengthen the body. In the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $14, $96/8. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Zumba – 10:30-11:30am. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906.

Story & Stretch-Yoga – 11-11:45am. 2.5-5 years. Playful class combines stories, song and yoga poses that will encourage self-expression as children use and develop their motor skills. $50/5 weeks,$12/per class. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Meditation at Lunchtime – 12-1pm. Take a real break at lunchtime and nourish yourself with meditation. $8 for the class. Kadampa Teacher Katherine Brown, 339 Ives St, Providence. 401-286-9760. Kundalini Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Bend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music, meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. $10. Hamilton House, 276 Angell St, Providence. 401-722-3230. Zumba Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Latin inspired, easy to follow and calorie burning fitness party. $12. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

Aikido for Juniors – 5-6pm. Also on Wednesday. Ages 7-12 Focus on balance, rolling techniques, practical escape techniques, Japanese Reiho incorporated for respect development. $60/Monthly. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250.


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Anusara Yoga with Sara Davidson – 5-6:30pm. One of the 300 most experienced anusara teachers in the country. Heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring using Universal Principles of Alignment. $10, $99/11 $45/5. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Beginners Yoga – 5:15-6:30pm. Basic postures and vinyasa flow; alignment and movement with the breath. $12, $10/6. Renee Katz, Healthi Directions, 11 Kenyon Ave, Wakefield. 401-864-0947.

Meditation – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. Individual and group sessions available by appointment. $20/ Call to Register. Under The Sun Meditation Ctr & Bookstore, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092.

Environment Council of RI Meeting – 5:30-7:30pm. 1st Monday. Check website for schedule changes. Free. Environment Council of RI, Department of Administration Bldg, Conference Room B, One Capitol Hill, Providence. Zumba! – 6-7pm. Latin-inspired dance aerobic program with caloric output up to 750/ hr. $12, $80/8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348.

Belly Dancing with Mahdia – 6-7:15pm. Get in shape and explore the Middle Eastern style-Raks Sharqi. $13, $60/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. IAI JUTSU – 6-7:30pm. Beginner Japanese Sword for Adults. Foundation for Jujutsu classes. $60/Month. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250.

Shaolin Kung Fu – 6-7:30pm. Strengthening for physical fitness, self-defense, and greater selfawareness. Twelve week courses offered Mon. & Wed. evening, Fri. and Sat. afternoon. Open enrollment. $210. Master Wu, Wen-Ching, 877 Waterman Ave., East Providence. 401-435-6502. Literacy Tutor Training Workshop – 6-9pm. Volunteer to Teach English! We train tutors to teach adults who have Basic Reading or English as a Second Language needs. Runs Mon 1/24/11 through Wed 4/6/11. Help Today!. Nominal materials fee. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, 1672 Flat River Road, Coventry. 401-822-9103. Zumba Fitness Class – 7-8pm. Basic fitness choreography, ideal for beginners. Followed by stretch. $8, $65/10. Margie Caldwell, Body Language Plus, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307.

Pilates/Yoga – 7-8pm. Strengthening the core, improving posture and muscle tone. Stabilizing the spine while finding focus and balance. (on the mat). $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Pilates Flex, Stretch and Tone – 9-10am. All levels, full body movement class for flexibility, muscle tone and balance. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., East Greenwich.


Kettlebells – 5-6pm. Kettlebell is a great total body workout focusing on full body movements involving the core, improving flexibility, and overall strength and toning. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906.

Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Monday. Dynamic group to share intentions and dreams. Open to all seeking a deeper connection. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783.

RI Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – 7-8pm. 2nd Tuesday. Get involved with grassroots conservation activities. Free. Sierra Club, 17 Gordon Ave, Suite 208, Providence. 401-855-2103. RhodeIsland. Yoga for Athletes – 7-8:15pm. Enhance performance in sports/physical activity. Improve balance/focus while increasing core strengthen and flexibility. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433.


30 Minute Training Express – 8-8:30am. Don’t miss this class! A bit of everything, free weights, cardio drills, machines, boxing & more in 30 minutes!. $5 call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Yoga & The Spirituality of 12 Steps – 8:309:45am. Weave together the common themes contained in both yoga and 12 Step Programs. Drop-ins are welcome. $16, or purchase a discount pass. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown. 401-849-3200. Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. See Sunday at 10am for details. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Dr, Riverside. 401-437-6126. Vinyasa with Bryna Rene – 9:30-11am. Physically challenging with visualization and mental gymnastics. $15, $120/10. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881. Yoga 101/Intro to Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Award winning series includes foundational poses, breathing & relaxation techniques, the philosophical components of yoga. Good place to begin. $60/6 week series. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown. 401-849-3200. Chair Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Flustered by injury, age, arthritis or balance, are you unsteady, slow & stiff? Join for a full yoga experience – gently working with the helpful chair as your partner! $12, $10/with classcard. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. 401-295-5002. Noon Time Heated Vinyasa – 12-1pm. Monday – Fridays, take a break from work, feel better all afternoon. Get into the flow in heated vinyasa class with Laura Espinosa, RYT200. $15, $12/$108, 18/$144. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Box 105, Pawtucket, RI. 401-421-9876. T’ai Chi – 1-2pm. Beginners classes in T’ai Chi, Short Form. Donations accepted. Dr. Michael Gottfried, 1272 West Main Rd., Middletown. 401-849-7011. Svaroopa Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing. Focus is on releasing the muscles along the spinal column. Pre-registration is necessary. $17, $112/8. 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. See Monday at 9 for details. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007.

Yoga for Everybody! – 5-6:15pm. Semi-Private classes, less than 8 students per class. Clear instruction from caring, experienced instructor. Heal injuries, shape-up, Get Strong! Call for more info. $25/3 classes/new student special. Lora LoPiccolo, 1665 Hartford Ave, 2nd Floor, Johnston. 401-829-9148. Vinyasa Yoga Deliciously Challenging – 5-6:30pm. Detoxify and strengthen your body while uplifting your heart and spirit. See website for full schedule. $45/6 classes new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Beginner’s Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Strengthen and stretch with focus on alignment. $12, $60/6. West Shore Wellness, 1648 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Hatha Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Zumba! – 6-7pm. See Monday at 6pm for details. $12, $80/8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Zumba – 6-7pm. See Monday at 10:30am for details. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906.

Meditation Nights – 7-8:30pm. 1st, and 3rd Tuesday. Deep breathing, relaxation, visualization, energization exercises, chanting and timetested meditation techniques of concentration. All are welcome. Donation. West Shore Wellness, 1648 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Yoga for Everybody – 7-8:30pm. No worries about your size or shape or level of fitness. See web for full schedule. $45/6, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. The Nature of Love – 7-8:30pm. Every being wants to be loved, even animals. When we love purely, it protects us from suffering. Discover the real nature of love and how to cultivate it in a balanced way. $10. Buddhist Nun, Kelsang Chokyi, 339 Ives St, Providence. 401-286-9760. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-9pm. Learn how to bring miracles into one’s life. Drop-in. $5. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819. Weight Loss Program with EFT – 7:15-8pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Release negative emotions, make better food choices and eat mindfully. $20. Greenville Family Counseling, 3 Austin Ave, Greenville. 401-949-2917. Beginner Amrit Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Integrates joyful inner stillness with outer action. Open to beginners and experienced. $18/2 classes. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave., Cranston. 401-780-9809.

Beginning Meditation Class – 6-7pm. Discover the joy of being still. In this down to earth, relaxed introduction, we will break down meditation to the basics & learn it is a practice truly accessible to all. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Dr, Riverside. 401-437-6126.

Intro to Yoga/Beginners – 7:30-8:45pm. Brand New to Yoga come experience this class! Learn yoga postures, breath work, relaxation techniques in a supportive and peaceful environment. 2 Instructors. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

All Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Combination class: Deep, yet gentle stretching (Yin Yoga) with a moderately-paced Vinyasa flow will leave you feeling renewed & energized. Class open to Beginners. $14, $96/8. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., (@ The Zen Center), Cumberland. 401-658-4802.


Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. Latin inspired dance workout. Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Calypso, and more! Love to live, live to party with zumba!. $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Zumba Fitness Class – 9-10am. See Monday at 7pm for details. $8, $65/10. Margie Caldwell, Body Language Plus, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307.

Cardio Kickboxing – 6:30-7:30pm. Adults only beginner class. Integrated Yoga/Boxing/Kenpo/ Kung-Fu Kicking. $30/Monthly. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250.

Meditation Support and Sitting Group – 8:309:15am. All levels are welcome to drop-in. All proceeds go to End Child Prostitution and TraffikingUSA. Donation only. Focus Yoga, Ann Porto, PsyD, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich.

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

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Whole Foods Waterman St Neighborhood Night – 4:30-6:30pm. Taste something special from every department, new theme every week. Free. Whole Foods, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690.

Young People’s Yoga – 5-5:45pm. Ages 6-11. Through movement,exploration & breath, we’ll build mental, emotional, & physical strength & have fun doing it!. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Dr, Riverside. 401-437-6126.

Shambhala Mindfulness Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Open community practice of basic mindfulness meditation, with chants (chanting participation optional). Free/No Pre-registration. Providence Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave. 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762. Providence. Blackstone Culinaria-Winter 2011 – 6-8pm. Weekly food tours in various dining establishments and attractions throughout the Blackstone Valley. Visit the website for a complete schedule. $19.50. Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, 175 Main St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2200. Zumba – 6:15-7:15pm. See Tuesday at 6:30 for details. $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Free Zen Meditation Instruction – 6:15-7:15pm. Zen is Understanding Yourself. Learn zen meditation by attending a walk-in class. Arrive at 5:30pm & join us for a vegetarian dinner. No shoes indoors, socks suggested. Free/Charitable donations accepted. Providence Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-1464.

Strong Flow Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Strengthen body, mind and spirit enjoying a healthy challenge. First class free, $45/6. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. See Monday at 10:30am for details. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906.

Anusara Yoga Level 1 – 5:15-6:30pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007.

Meditation Service – 7-8pm. Affirmative message and guided meditation, join us for a mid week spiritual lift. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552.

Westerly Arts Night – 5-8pm. 1st Wednesday. Downtown galleries and studios open in unison to exhibit new works. Free. Artists Cooperative Gallery, 12 High St, Westerly. 401-596-2221.

Anusara All Levels – 6:45-8:15pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007.

Cardio Kickboxing – 5:30-6:30pm. A high energy aerobic workout designed to keep you moving and boost your fat-burning capabilities. Filled with dynamic intervals of punches, kicks and power. $10/ First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906.

Meditation & Christian Mysticism – 7-9pm. Prayer, Meditation, Blessing, Light, Soul are mystical topics that we cover. Free. Rev Michaela Walters, Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 857-231-1920.

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

Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Mind-body awareness, posture and alignment and breathing techniques. Beginners welcome. $12, $60/6 weeks. West Shore Wellness, 1648 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-734-9355.

PhysicalFusion Barre Tuff Class – 6-7pm. Create a lean body with light weights, ballet barre. Also 8:30am Sat. PhysicalFusion Lite (less tuff) 9:45am Th & 9:45am Sat. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., 2nd floor, East Greenwich. Zumba! – 6-7pm. See Monday at 6pm for details.$12, $80/8. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348.

Svaroopa Yoga – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 4 for details. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020.


Rhode Island Edition

Guided Imagery Meditation – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesday. For relaxation and focus, open enrollment. Please call for more information. $10. Sharon McMahon, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354.

Reiki/ Energy Share – 7-9pm. 2nd Wednesday. Practitioners and non practitioners interested in energy modalities welcome. Please call for more information. $5/donation. Debi Chalko, Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-263-1107. Zumba Class – 7:30-8:30pm. See Monday at 4:30 for details $12, $90/10. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Community Yoga/$5 Donation – 7:30-8:45pm. The 1st & 3rd week of the month. Basic class open to everyone. Yoga off the mat/ help to support local causes! Learn yoga postures, breath work and relaxation techniques. $5 Donation. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Hot Vinyasa Yoga – 7:30-9pm. Enjoy a rigorous, empowering flow that will calm you. Come challenge your body, free your mind and detoxify! Room heated to 90-95 degrees. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300.

5Rhythms/Waves Movement Practice – 7:309pm. 2nd & 4th week; movers and shakers come to explore GR movement map; flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, stillness. Come to move,breath, dance, see how fascinating you are!. $13. Studio Exhale/ SE, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.


Star Healing and Channeling – 9am-7pm. Come hear what Arch Angel Michael has to say or Learn Intergalactic Star Healing. Brand New Advanced Healing Available Now With Kelly Hampton, Nationally Renowned. Wow! $1/2 Hr/$75 Or Star Healing/$350. Herbs & Angels, 1989A Plainfield Pike, Johnston. 401-383-2344. Mixed Level Yoga – 9:30-11am. Flowing movements and deeper holds. First Class Free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike (2nd Floor), Foster. 401-578-4162.

Svaroopa Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $17, $112/8. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020.

Barre and Ball Class – 10am-11pm. Ballet barre (30 min) and Pilates on stability ball (30 min) moves to lengthen and tone muscles. $12, $150/15. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Noon Time Heated Vinyasa – 12-1pm. Monday – Fridays take a real break from work, & feel better all afternoon. Get into the flow with Laura Espinosa RYT200. Finally, yoga that fits your schedule. $12, $108/12, $144/18. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Box 105, Pawtucket, RI. 401-421-9876.

Yoga & Relaxation – 12:30-1:30pm. Breathing, poses, relaxation and meditation to relieve stress. 30 minutes of movement/yoga, 10 minutes of meditation and 20 minutes of a guided, supported savasana. No experience is necessary. $16. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave.,Middletown. 401-849-3200. Chair Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. See Tuesday at 11:30 for details. $12, $10/ with multi class card. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. 401-295-5002.

Yin (Gentle) Yoga – 4-5pm. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. Quiet practice using floor postures to stretch and stimulate. All levels. $10, $45/5, $99/11/Drop in. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Kids Yoga Club – 5-6pm. Fun filled class emphasizing breath, postures and meditation. Ages 5-12. (Younger kids or siblings are welcome if accompanied by an adult). $10. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881.

Beginners Yoga – 5-6pm. Perfect class if you are new to yoga or looking for a slower, more breath centered practice. Feel good. Improve your flexibility, mental focus and balance. $15. The Center for Preventive Medicine, Heidi Gabrilowitz, 191 Nashua St, Providence. 401-258-6362.

Open Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Covering the basics in a relaxed atmosphere. All levels. $10, $42/6. Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511.

Beginner Iyengar yoga – 5:30-7pm. Strengthen and stretch with focus on alignment. $5 off first class. $16, $14/student. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650.

Yoga & The Chakras – 5:30-7pm. Join Kyle McDonald (RYT200) in exploring the Chakra energy centers of the body through yoga postures, affirmation and pranayam breathing techniques. All levels welcome!. $10. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745.

Yoga for Stress Reduction – 5:45-7pm. Learn Hatha yoga postures that reduce the effects of stress on the body. Suitable for all levels. $14, $96/8. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, @The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802. All Levels Pilates – 6-7pm. Focus on alignment and course ability. Total body workout that tones, strengthens, improves balance, mobility and agility. $12, packages available. Simplify Yoga, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-419-1298. Vinyasa Yoga Deliciously Challenging! – 6-7:45pm. See Tuesday at 5 for details. $45/6 classes, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642.

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

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

Zumba Toning – 6:15-7:15pm. Join the party with a latin inspired dance workout! Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and more. Zumba toning sticks are used with this class. $10/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Pilates w/Props – 6:30-7:30pm. Promotes deeper awareness, concentration, stability and control. $15/ or purchase a pass. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St, Bdg D, East Greenwich. 401-261-4137.

Archery – 6:30-8pm. Beginner class, Western Archery style. Basic/Safety. $30/Month. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250. Zumba Fitness Class – 7-8pm. See Monday at 7pm for details. $8, $65/10. Body Language Plus, Margie Caldwell, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. See Tuesday at 5:45pm for details. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Gentle Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Perfect class for those who are looking for a gentle and peaceful practice. Special focus on using the breathe to relax the body and mind. Mediation and Reiki. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Kundalini Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation for relaxation, selfhealing. $12, $10/students, $100/10. St Martin’s Church, 50 Orchard Ave, Great Hall, Providence. 508-376-6206. Gangaji Video Gathering – 7-9pm. 1st Thursday. Gangaji, an Awakened teacher, invites you to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being. $5/ suggested donation. Julianne Eanniello, Westerly, Call for location and directions. 401-315-0254. Yin Yoga – 7:45-9pm. Weekly Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation class with Jenn Thomas. Slow, steady holding of postures to enhance natural healing systems of the body and mind. dropin rate $17. Eyes of the World Yoga Center, One Park Row, Providence. 401-295-5002.


30 Minute Training Express – 8-8:30am. See Tuesday at 8am for details. $5/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Zumba Fitness Class – 9-10am. See Thursday at 6:15 for details. $8, $65/10. Margie Caldwell, Body Language Plus, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Zumba Toning – 9-10am. See Friday at 9am for details. $10/call to register. B.I.A. Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899. Women on Weights – 9-10am. Strength training. $10. Pro Fitness, 1755 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307.

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Pilates Wunda Chair Class – 9am-9:30pm. Strengthen and lengthen muscles and improve balance. Class is limited to 6 students, call to reserve. $15, $60/5. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Nia Class – 10:30-11:30am. Fusion fitness movement class that blends rhythmic music with easy to follow movements. $3/members, $4/non members. Swift Community Center, 121 Pierce St, East Greenwich.

Beginner Yoga Lunch Hour – 12-1pm. Practice yoga on your lunch hour at Beautiful Shri Studio! Relieve stress from your day and return to work refreshed. Located in downtown Pawtucket. $10. Samantha Lebeau, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. Imagination and creativity expand as bodies are s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d with yoga poses, breathing exercises, partner poses and yoga games in a playful, friendly format. $12, $40/4 weeks. Aimee Fontaine, 142A Danielson Pike #5, Foster. 401-368-9642.

Gentle/Restorative Yoga Class – 5-6:30pm. Promotes passive muscular release and deep relaxation. First class free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike (2nd Floor), Foster. 401-578-4162. New Class, New Teacher – 5-6:45pm. Yoga for Everybody with Aimee Fontaine Start the weekend refreshed, present and energized. New Student $45 unlimited classes/month. Aimee Fontaine, 142A Danielson Pike #5, Foster. 401-368-9642. Zumba – 5:30-6:30pm. Latin-inspired, easy-tofollow, calorie-burning, dance fitness-party. Wear comfortable support sneakers, bring a water bottle and towel. $15. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881. Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-7pm. 1st Friday of the mo.10-15 minute treatments, multiple Healers, multiple traditions (i.e. Reiki, IET, Shamanic & Pranic Healing, etc). Arrive any time during clinic. $5 donation. Santosha Yoga Studio, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Dance Fusion – 6-7pm. Open and flow with innate joy, based on Body Energy Chakras. All ages and levels. $8/class. Newman YMCA, 472 Taunton Ave, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-7103. TGIF Flow Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Flow class taught with the motivation of music. Let the beats and rhythm challenge you to go deeper into your flow. A great way to purge the stress of your work week. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300.


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Rhode Island Edition

Friday Flow – 6-7:15pm. 2nd & 4th. End your week with a strong vinyasa practice. Let go of the weeks stress, come to sweat, breath and move / music/ Live Drumming! all welcome. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Free Hatha Yoga – 6:30-8pm. The benefits of Hatha Yoga are numerous – increased flexibility, relaxation, rejuvenation, quieting the mind to name a few. Come and get in touch with your soul. Free. Dr. Lynda Wells, 260B Columbia St, Wakefield. 789-5185. Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Friday. See Monday at 7pm for details. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783.

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


Zumba – 8:30-9:30am. See Tuesday at 6:30 for details $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Yoga Class – 9-10am. Practice yoga postures (asana), basic breathing (pranayama) and techniques to invoke relaxation and cultivate inner peace for a mind-body. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906.

Deliciously Meditative Yoga Class – 9-10:30am. Replenish and de-stress, become joyful and centered. Moderate class, all levels. New students free. One Yoga Center, 142A Danielson Pike, Foster. 401-368-9642. Kripalu Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. New student specials. $14, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

All Level Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. A blend of posture flows to music and deep floor work to tone, strengthen, release tension & energize! In the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $14, $96/8. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Free Tour of Alternative Food Co-op – 10-11am. Eat organic, whole foods and conserve natural

resources. Cooking demo. Free. Alternative Food Co-op, 357 Main St, Wakefield. 401-789-2240.

Wintertime Farmers Market – 10am-1pm. Variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, gluten free breads, tortillas, chocolates, fair trade coffee hot or by the pound. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket.

Gentle Prenatal – 10:15-11:15am. Deepen relationship with your baby through breathing and yoga poses. $10, $42/6. Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511. Kids Zumba (ZumbAtomic) – 10:45-11:30am. Crank it up, shake it up, and turn up the fun with Zumba! Kids will have fun with Hip Hop, Salsa, Calypso, Merengue, Cumbia, and more. $5/call to reserve. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

Pre-natal Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Explore changes and prepare for childbirth in a supportive atmosphere. $16, $104/8. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650.

Yoga Chair – 11:15am-12:30pm. For the mature yogi or for those individuals healing an injury. The chair is used for extra support and to help with balance. Deep relaxation and meditation. $11. PaSerenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Rhode Island Orchid Society Monthly Meeting – 12:30-2pm. Last Saturday. Free. Rhode Island Orchid Society, Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Greenhouse entrance, Providence. 401-769-0369. Grandmother’s Empowerment Group – 1-3pm. Usually the 1st Saturday. Based on A Call to Power: The Grandmothers Speak: finding balance in a chaotic world. Donation. The Healing Circle, Providence. 508-292-2798.

CPR Certification – 2-4pm. Learn how to save a life. Class will cover all you need to become proficient. Nationally recognized certification card will be issued upon successful completion. $50. It’s My Health, 2374 Mendon Rd, Cumberland. 401-405-0819.

Seagrave Observatory Public Night – 8-10pm. Viewings through a variety of telescopes every clear Saturday Night, weather permitting. Free. Skyscrapers, 47 Peep Toad Rd, North Scituate.

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communityresourceguide anti-aging FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ENERGY Look and Feel Young at Any Age Anti-Aging Coach Leslie Simon Haduch 401-924-0567

5 Steps to Anti-Aging Success. Renew body, mind and spirit. Call for free consultation. Gift certificates available for holidays, birthdays or just because!

Simply a Woman of Faith:

How to Live in Spiritual Power and Transform Your Life Pat Hastings, Spiritual Life Coach, Speaker, RadioTalk Show Host

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Well-Sense Health Coaching 866-349-0025 or 401-578-6588

Do you want to live in Spiritual Power and transform your life? Pat’s story is about a woman who chose Love instead of fear and is now living her passion and dream. Her story will make you laugh and cry, give you hope, deepen your faith and prove without a shadow of a doubt that you are loved and never alone. Her book can be purchased at or

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Ayurvedic Consultant Aermid Ayurveda

Jessica Albernaz, MS, CAC Serving RI and MA 860-558-3988 Ayurveda is an ancient system of holistic medicine from India. It is completely natural, relying on diet, lifestyle, yoga, and herbs to treat mental/ physical imbalances. Achieving balance in body and mind strengthens immunity and activates the body’s natural healing power. As a Certified Ayurvedic Consultant, I can help you determine your own personal balance and provide natural treatments to help you achieve it.

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT Aquidneck Nutrients & Wellness Center

790 Aquidneck Ave Middletown RI 401-324-6167 • Are you suffering from Sleep Disturbances, Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Low energy, Low Libido, PMS, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Focus and Memory loss? We will work with your doctor. For Men and Women. Consultations available Monday through Friday 10am-5pm with Rene St.Laurent Rph/certified clinical nutritionist and hormone consultant.

books Keeping It Simple!

Keys to Living an Uncomplicated Life Jayne M. DeRouin Are you ready to remember your authentic self? Are you looking for a way to live an uncomplicated life? If so, let Keeping It Simple! guide you on your journey to yourself. Through my personal stories of divine intervention and angelic experiences I will reveal the spiritual keys that have guided me to a life filled with an abundance of love and joy. Purchase your copy today and

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.

Dr Eva Ligeri

1196 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI 02907 401-261-8999 25 years experience in Natural Health Care, spinal manipulation, injury rehabilitation, nutrition, herbal medicine,low level laser therapy for Stop Smoking and Weight Loss. Complimentary initial consultation.

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 21.

DEPTH HYPNOSIS Katharine A. Rossi 401-924-0567

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.


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 11.

dog school Alexandra Morgan’s Animal School 84 Cutler St, #7, Warren, RI 401-434-3687

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

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energy healing Body-Wise Therapeutics

Laura P. Clark, lcmt, cpia, cfr, cia 401-848-9825

Bodywork & Energy Shifting for Soulful Living. Laura uses an integrative holistic approach that helps you shift your energy, and allows your joy to shine through while working on the challenges of your life. Massage, Facial Reflexology, Feng Shui, Aromatherapy, Dream Coaching and more.

light soul therapy

Jackie Van Dusen AM, RHP Wakefield, RI 401-284-0363 Lose the Fear, Self-Doubt, Anger. Come back to center quickly. Transform dis-ease/dis-comfort. Return to JOY now. Guided meditation, energetic healing sessions, workshops, classes, ceremonies. Call for more information of visit my website.

FAMILY ENRICHMENT FAMILYTOPIA 401-300-9656 Helping parents nourish the soul of their family. Contact us for information about: Familytopia’s NEW Bullying E-Kit for Families: A downloadable e-kit filled with activities, quizzes and conversation starters that get kids and parents talking about: - Thinking from the heart - How to prevent bullying encounters. - Action steps for how to manage bullying encounters. - The power of the “Witness.”

feng shui Designs by Dragonfly Design in Feng Shui 1-401-383-2674

What was your New Year’s resolution? Lets make it together with feng shui!

fitness Margie Caldwell, AFPA Certified

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 29.

Christine McCullough, MA Newport, RI 401-847-6551

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.

Holistic Health Improvement

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.

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

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

Joanna Meriwether, BS, MSW

Holistic Health Education & Counseling 401-837-8870


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

Sheila M. Frodermann, MA, ND, FHANP

Providence Wholistic Healthcare 144 Waterman St., Providence, RI 401-455-0546 • Holistic family health care: your comprehensive natural medicine clinic offering diet and nutritional counseling, herbal and homeopathic medicines, and acupuncture. Optimize health and wellness naturally! See ad page 7.

hypnosis Keri Layton, N.D.

Mark Ashley Hypnosis Health & Wellness

111 Chestnut St., Providence, RI Also at All That Matters, Wakefield, RI 401-536-4327 •

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.

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.

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Offering women’s personal training in a private home studio overlooking Narragansett Bay. Learn to love the body you’ve been given by applying the keys to proper strength training, effective cardio, and balanced nutrition. See ad on page 37.

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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.

nutrition Samantha Lebeau – Health Coach

401-688-9181 As a health coach, Samantha will help you use the food you eat to combat stress, chronic fatigue, weight gain, depression, or a just a general lack of vibrancy. Learn how to fall in love with foods that serve your well-being! Specializing in counseling women. Call or email for a complementary health history consultation.


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

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

At CPTHS we focus on retraining and restoring your body’s natural movement patterns to relieve pain and maximize performance. We do not use aides or assistants. All patients are treated with licensed professionals. Services are offered in rehabilitation, reconditioning, nutrition, fitness and massage. See ad page 13.


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Amanda de Rezendes

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

Laurie Kraus

Barrington, RI 631-834-7786 Get support from Laurie Kraus, a result oriented Isagenix coach with much success behind her. Isagenix addresses two factors, which lead to excess weight and disease in a way that no other health and supplement company has: they are TOXICITY AND NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY. Isagenix products contain the highest quality natural botanicals, herbs, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, minerals and protein in the correct proportions to first cleanse on a cellular level, then deliver optimal nutrition. See ad page 5.

Sylvia Collins

Reiki Master & Teacher Warwick RI 401-921-4397


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

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 37.

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 19.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

1648 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 401-734-9355

a new day yoga

Marilyn Scallon RYT, CYT, Reiki Master 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland RI 508 596-2974 Offering Weekly yoga classes, Shake Your Soul(R)/Yoga Dance, Private/Create Your Own Yoga Class, and vibrational sound healing. Our yoga classes are gentle as well as offering Hatha Yoga Flow. Teacher training also offered. Come and be inspired. See ad on page 32.

Chris Belanger, RYT

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

cathryn moskow, lcmt 145 Waterman St., Providence (at Hope) 401-808-0837

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 35.


315 Main Street • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 •

Put your aches and pains into my hands… They’ve had 10,000 massages worth of experience. Since 1993. “Best of Boston”


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 32.

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