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t’s February and it seems hard to imagine that the first day of spring happens next month already. This month to help you enjoy to colder days, we bring you a guidebook of recipes for balancing mind and body. Who doesn’t need some reminders about that? Time seems to go by faster all the time, and remembering how important it is to live in the moment does not always come easy when there are so many of life’s stressors beating away at us. In Relax & Recharge on page 22, Frances Lefkowitz offers some great reminders on things to think about every day. I was reminded this past month during one of our snowstorms how important it is to remember what is important. Happy to be safe and warm in the house all day, I was using the time to catch up on lots of work. When my husband suggested building a snowman, my first response was – I don’t have time for that! Then I thought about it and realized that taking some time to go outside and play would recharge me, and I’d end up more energized. The proof of that decision is at the top of the page. Trying something new is another great suggestion to recharge. Our calendar section (page 42) is filled with so many great classes and workshops there isn’t enough time to enjoy them all. Every month while working on the calendar, I have my personal calendar open and put a few things on it. I may only make it to one new thing in a month, but if I didn’t have them on the calendar in the first place, I would be less likely to venture out and try something new. I participated in my first drumming circle in January as part of a very relaxing and fulfilling retreat, and look forward to doing it again. Want to try something new? If you are interested in sustainability and the environment, a great way to get out and meet people is with your local Green Drinks group. In Green Drinks – Cheers to Making Eco-Conscious Connections (page 40), Judith Fertig tells us about the history and movement behind this group. We have two local Green Drinks groups here in Rhode Island with one in Providence and another in Newport so there is one near you! These dynamic folks typically meet at local businesses that support the cause. You can find out more about the Providence group at or in Newport at RI/Newport,RI. We try to make it to one or the other regularly, and would love to see you there too! You might notice that our February issue is a little thicker. Due to the overwhelming success of our customers, word is spreading and we are growing. We have so much great information this month we just couldn’t fit it all. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue.

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newsbriefs Workshop Introduces Jin Shin Jyutsu®


he ancient Japanese practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) is designed to keep the body harmonized and stress free. On Saturday, February 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, February 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Alexis Brink, a certified JSJ practitioner, will offer a hands-on course that will introduce participants to the practice of JSJ. Cost is $150 for both days if registered before January 25, and $165 thereafter. According to Brink, JSJ focuses on 26 vortexes of energy on the body’s energy pathways. When one or more of these become blocked, energy is unable to flow correctly through the body and disharmony occurs, which may result in disease, stagnation, or pain. Gently applying finger pressure to the body in deliberate “flow” patterns helps release the energy blockage and promote mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing. The course will identify these 26 sites on the body and guide attendees through useful flows to practice on themselves and others. Participants will also learn how to address the five main types of imbalances that stymie energy as well as how to achieve specific results, such as relieving pain, reducing stress and fatigue, relieving symptoms of allergies, easing digestive imbalances, soothing menstrual pain and headaches, creating emotional equilibrium, and boosting mental alertness and memory. Alexis Brink, a certified practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu since 1991, has maintained a private practice in New York City for the past 19 years, taught JSJ for selfhelp classes at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, in the NYC Public School System, and throughout the U.S. and Europe. She was the first to bring Jin Shin Jytusu to her native country, Holland, as well as to Belgium. Alexis is also a licensed massage therapist and an Interfaith minister. The workshop will be held at All That Matters, 315 Main Street in Wakefield. For more information, contact Nathalie Birkenfeld at 201-394-5764. See ad page 35.

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newsbriefs Boot Camp for Women


verindulged over the holidays? Need some motivation to get moving? Unstoppable Fitness for Women is now offering Boot Camp classes exclusively for women. Personal trainer, fitness coach, and owner of Unstoppable, Sean Flanagan, says the classes are high energy, time-effective, intense workouts designed to get results. Thirty-minute boot camps take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7-7:30 am., and will soon be adding an 8:30-9 a.m. class. The cost is $180 per month. The 45-minute boot camps take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-7:45 a.m. and again from 8-8:45 a.m. The class is $140 per month. A free, one-week trial is offered for both camps. Flanagan says each bootcamp is limited to only eight women, which provides personal attention while still experiencing the uplifting energy that comes from a group of women working toward similar goals. Unstoppable Fitness for Women operates out of Tim Burrill Brazilian Jiu Jitsu located at 862 Charles Street in North Providence. For more information, visit or email

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newsbriefs New Vegan Bakery: It’s not Just for Vegans


hode Island has a new culinary venture to boast about – the area’s first all vegan retail bakery, juice bar and café. Wildflour, located at 727 East Avenue at the Pawtucket-Providence line, is owned by Uschi and Rob Yaffe. They are also owners of the state’s only vegetarian restaurant, Garden Grille, located in the same plaza. With its sleek modern look and fresh atmosphere, Wildflour is unlike any bakery around our area. All menu items are vegan, which means no animal products are used, including eggs, dairy, gelatin and honey. A substantial portion of the bakery selection is also gluten-free, ideal for customers with wheat sensitivities. These sweets are meant to reach a broad range of customers, whether they have dietary restrictions or not. “Bottom line is they taste great. It’s just a bonus that they’re made with more consciously chosen ingredients,” says Yaffe. Daily bakery items may include cinnamon rolls, savory biscuits, cupcakes, slices and whole cakes, peanut butter brownies, cookies and raw cheesecake, made with coconut and nuts. For those clients looking for a thirst quenching experience, choices range from hand poured coffee to herbal teas, fruit smoothies to freshly pressed juices and tonics. “We use a Norwalk press for the juices, which produces a nutritionally superior product to those that are pasteurized,” says Yaffe. Using hydraulic power, Norwalk juicers yield more juice than other types of machinery and also more net nutrients. Fruits and vegetables are exposed to less air using the Norwalk press, so oxidation is significantly slowed. Wildflour will be adding savory sandwiches and such to their repertoire soon enough. The café is open daily from 8am-9pm, has counter service and plenty of seating for those looking to relax with their treats. For more information visit or call 401-475-4718.

Dexter Training Opens Second Facility


exter Training Concepts (DTC), New England’s largest privately owned, family-operated personal training studio, has opened a second location at 23 Connell Highway in Newport. DTC offers state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment and one-on-one personal training to maximize fitness. With over 16 years of experience, DTC specializes in designing programs tailor-made for each individual’s specific needs. Trainers use a special “three-part part lifestyle equation” consisting of strength training, cardiovascular exercise and nutrition when working with clients. Owners Paul and Laura Dexter take pride in DTC’s fun, unintimidating, motivating, friendly, family environment. Clients range in age from 8 to 82, and include athletes to housewives searching for weight loss, rehabilitation, strength training or overall wellness. For more information about the Newport location, call 401-619-3400 or visit DTC also has a location at 1543 Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence. To contact this location, call 401-228-7906. See ad on page 29.


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Stand Up for Animals to Benefit PARL


urry Friends Pet Care will hold its 2nd Annual Stand Up for Animals— a night of comedy, fashion, food and fun with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to The Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL)—on Saturday, February 12 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at The Colosseum in Downtown Providence. Highlights of the evening include three comics: headline and local great Dan Martin, comedic funnyman Shawn Flanigan and the hysterical Lillian Devane. A Human Doggie Fashion Show by Furry Friends, Karma Couture, Plaid & Stripe and Safari Modeling Agency is filled with runway models showcasing the latest human fashions from Karma Couture as well as adorable doggie models strutting their stuff in the hottest puppy gear around. Participants can munch on appetizers provided by Atomic Catering while bidding on auction prizes and raffle items. Tickets start at $25 for standing room. Tables of four and VIP tables can also be purchased. Last year’s event sold out, so guests are encouraged to get tickets early. Tickets may be purchased online through Eventbrite (, in person at The Providence Animal Rescue League, or by calling Alysha Fraser of Furry Friends at 401-996-8076 or Connie Bolduc of PARL at 401- 421-1399, ext. 210. For more information, visit or

Focus Yoga hosts Kenneth Cohen Workshop


ocus Yoga will host a workshop featuring Kenneth Cohen, internationally known Taoist Yogi and author. Open to beginners and all levels, the workshop will be held Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m.12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Cost for the workshop is $325, or $299 before March 9. Participants will learn a complete set of traditional Coiling Silk Qigong, which are beautiful circular movements. Each movement dissolves areas of tension and unwinds energetic knots. The moves gently open and close the joints, improve posture and breathing, and stimulate the life force (qi), to flow without obstruction. According to Cohen, coiling silk qigong is an excellent practice for well-being and a powerful way to improve skills in Tai Chi, yoga or sports. The course will include intensive practice, clear explanations, and time for discussion. Cohen is an internationally renowned health educator and Qigong master. He has over 40 years of experiKenneth Cohen ence and is considered a world leader in the field of natural health. He is the author of The Way of Quigong and Honoring the Medicine, best selling Sounds True audio and DVD courses, and more than 200 journal articles. Focus Yoga is located at 63 Cedar Ave., #10 in East Greenwich. For more information, call 401-354-9129 or visit

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newsbriefs Whole Foods Introduces Health Starts Here


ust in time for the New Year’s focus on health, Whole Foods Market® has introduced its new Health Starts HereTM program, offering products, education, practical tools and wellness resources to promote healthy lifestyles. Health Starts Here is an approach to healthy eating, rooted in four principles: Whole Food: choose whole, fresh, natural and organic foods that are not refined or highly processed. Plant StrongTM: incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes into every meal. Nutrient Dense: make every bite count with foods that contain the most nutrients per calorie. Healthy Fat: get healthy fats from whole plant foods like nuts, avocados and seeds. “The link between food and health is clear,” said Margaret Wittenberg, global vice president of quality standards and healthy eating at Whole Foods Market. Health Starts Here can help turn New Year’s resolutions into long-term health and wellness solutions. Shoppers can find Health Starts Here products and resources at all Whole Foods Market stores and online at See ad on page 2.

Sweetheart Sunday at Path 2 Harmony


he energy continues to build at Path 2 Harmony, a South County collaborative of holistic practitioners offering services of aromatherapy, crystal therapy, herbal consultations, massage, psychic readings, reflexology, Reiki, shamanic therapy, tarot and VortexHealing®. Bring a sweetheart to Sweetheart Sunday on February 13, and get a mini- session in one of their services. Valentine’s Day gift items will be available. Purchase a $60 Gift Certificate for any Path 2 Harmony practitioner and receive a free 10-minute mini-session at the event. With nine practitioners offering an array of Holistic Wellness services, there is something for everyone. Kristin Handy, reflexologist and herbalist; Paivi Murphy, certified reflexologist; and Kim Falcone, herbalist and aromatherapist, are the newest members to join with Sharon McMahon, psychic/channeler and Reiki master; Debi Chalko, RN, Reiki master; Danica Connors, Reiki Master/Shamanic practitioner, tarot reader and aromatherapist; Sara Nicholas and Amanda McBroom, Licensed Massage Therapists; and George Viveiros, VortexHealing® Practitioner. Path 2 Harmony is located at 133 Old Tower Hill Road in Wakefield. For more information, call 401-263-1107 or visit See ad on page 5.


Rhode Island Edition

Wintertime Farmers Market Now Open Two Days


he Wintertime Farmers Market in Pawtucket has expanded to a second day—Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. The market is also open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is open “light snow” or shine, and includes local products such as lettuces, arugula, bok choi, kale, collards, cabbage, chard, apples, cider, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, leeks, garlic, radishes, fresh herbs, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, winter squash, oysters, beef, pork, Narragansett Creamery cheese, eggs, honey, maple syrup. Local producers also offer jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, glutenfree breads, chocolates, fair-trade coffee hot or by the pound and unique gifts. New for 2011, the EcoRI is accepting residential compostables—vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds and filters, and compostable paper only. There is no charge for the service, but a $1 “tipping fee” is suggested to support the program. The Wintertime Farmers Market started in Providence in 2007 with 10-12 farms and producers. Now, the market has over 50 local farms and producers. The Wintertime Farmers Market is located in Hope Artiste Village at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket. For more information, call (401) 312-4250 visit

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hillip Lowry, a licensed mental health counselor, has opened a practice in Providence. A registered yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner, Lowry offers a holistic approach toward improving mental health and wellness. “I believe emotional responses to life situations manifest as an inner imbalance energetically and as psychological signs and symptoms,” he explains. “Energetically, I identify where there may be an imbalance of one’s Prana, or life force energy, in the Chakras—the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through.” Lowry uses methods such as yoga posture, breathing techniques and Reiki to help clients achieve balance. Psychologically, he uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness-based approaches. He eliminates the need to see multiple practitioners as he provides counseling, a yoga studio to learn asana practice, and a holistic health center to learn basic tenets of energy work. Lowry obtained his certificate of advanced graduate study in mental health counseling from Rhode Island College in 2008, and his masters degree in counseling from Rhode Island College in 1997. He has worked as a licensed mental health counselor at NRI Community Services in Woonsocket and at the Interfaith Counseling Center in Providence prior to going into private practice. Located at 1 Richmond Square in Providence. For more information visit or call 401-941-0756. See ad page 31.


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newsbriefs Enza’s Hair Studio Celebrates One-Year Anniversary


nza’s Hair Studio and Day Spa is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a gathering on February 5 from 2-6 p.m., at its North Scituate location. Attendees who book an appointment that day will receive 10 percent of all services. If a gift certificate of $70 or more is purchased, the person will receive $10 off the next visit. Other specials during the month of February include a special offer for Valentine’s Day—a $100 couples massage, which can be combined with reflexology for an additional charge, until February 28. The next Monthly Diva Night, held on the third Wednesday of every month, will take place February 16 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A full-service salon and spa with over 20 years of experience, Enza’s offers hair, skin, nail, and wellness services including haircut, color and style; facials; waxing; manicures and pedicures; Reiki; reflexology; and a variety of massage styles. The studio is located at 90 Danielson Pike, in North Scituate. For more information or for a description of services offered, call 401-647-HAIR (4247). See ad page 6.

Space Rental Available at Martial Arts Complex


he Martial Arts Complex in Pawtucket has introduced “time rental,” a space rental concept available to martial artists, health and wellness practitioners, personal trainers, cultural artists and teachers. Owner George Kasper says he developed the rental outsource idea as a way for individuals to avoid committing to leasing space for a year or more. The priced is based on a $25 per hour rate, with a minimum contract commitment of $100 per month. The price includes exclusive facility access and all utilities. The school offers over 3,000 square feet of newly renovated training space and brand new cardio-fitness equipment. To reserve space, simply go online and select the requested time. Rental times are subject to availability. Prior to contract, Kasper will meet with and evaluate programs. Time Rentals will also be available for events or seminars negotiated on a one-time basis. The Martial Arts Complex is located at 118 Littlefield Street in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-724-2250, email or visit

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New Location for Raffa Yoga


affa Yoga has a new home. The studio has expanded and relocated to 19 Sharpe Drive in Cranston, conveniently located a little over two miles from the previous studio. The new building features 13,000 square feet of space—with 6,000 square feet dedicated to yoga, and the other 7,000 square feet will be home to “Urban Sweat,” an active relaxation facility opening in the spring. “We are so thrilled to share our space with the yoga community,” says owner, Christine Raffa. “In addition to three yoga studios, a juice bar and locker rooms, we have a full-service yoga boutique offering the latest in yoga fashion for both men and women, yoga accessories, mats, educational DVDs and much more.” AntiGravity yoga will be among the new offerings at the new location. AntiGravity yoga utilizes a hammock made of structural fabric that is connected from two overhead points. It acts like a swing or soft trapeze. The AntiGravity hammock is utilized to change one’s dynamic relationship to the ground, allowing the participant to better understand their body and its relationship to physics. For more information, contact Raffa Yoga at 401-463-3335, email or visit

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The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that 63.4 million Americans volunteered to help their communities in 2009, 1.6 million more than the year before, and the largest single-year spike since 2003. They contributed 8.1 billion hours of service, with an estimated value of nearly $169 billion. Part-time employees proved the most generous, with a 34 percent volunteer rate, according to the Portland Tribune’s analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly 29 percent of those with full-time jobs contributed. About 23 percent of unemployed individuals volunteered. Utah was the top volunteer state, with a rate of more than 44 percent, followed by Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Alaska, all exceeding 37 percent. Large cities were led by Minneapolis-St. Paul; Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City; Seattle; and Oklahoma City, all with at least a third of their residents taking up a cause. Mid-size cities, particularly those in the Midwest, have on average higher volunteer rates than large cities, with volunteers also contributing more hours. Mid-size city stars, with a volunteer rate of between 63 and 40 percent include Provo, Utah; Iowa City; Ogden, Utah; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Madison, Wisconsin.


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esearch news from Germany reports that acupuncture can improve exercise tolerance in patients suffering from chronic heart failure. The researchers gave such patients— who were on conventional medication and stable—10 sessions of acupuncture, focusing on the healing method’s pressure points that boost general strength, and according to traditional Chinese medicine, influence the nervous system and inflammation. The control group was treated with placebo needles that did not break the skin. The needles did not increase the heart’s pumping function, but they seemed to have an influence on skeletal muscle strength, and increased the distance that the heart patients were able to walk in a given time. The acupuncture patients also recovered more quickly from the exercise and tended to feel less general exhaustion. This finding could provide a useful option in the future if relatively low-cost acupuncture treatment can work to improve the prognosis for cardiac patients over the long term.

Diet May Affect Our Internal Clock Our body’s internal clock, the circadian rhythm, helps it adapt to the cycle of day and night and regulates functions such as sleep and metabolism. Working with lab animals, scientists at Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered that a high-fat diet can cause disturbances in this daily rhythm by affecting an animal’s clock-related genes. Significant health consequences include irregular sleep/wake cycles and metabolic disorders.

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groundbreaking Swedish study has demonstrated that heart cells are able to regenerate themselves, overturning the conventional wisdom that the body cannot replace damaged heart cells. Examining the heart tissue of 50 people over four years, the researchers found that on average, new heart cells appeared to replace old ones at a rate of about 1 percent a year in youth and 0.5 percent a year by age 75. Thus, our heart comprises a mosaic of older and newer cells. Scientists hope to learn how to stimulate this organ’s ability to naturally regenerate. Source: Natural News Network

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rapefruit’s piquant combination of sweet and slightly bitter tastes comes with a newly discovered benefit. Researchers have discovered that naringenin, an antioxidant derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruit and other citrus, may be of help to people with diabetes. Naringenin, the researchers explain, causes the liver to break down fats instead of storing them, while increasing insulin sensitivity, two processes that naturally occur during long periods of fasting. The natural compound, the scientists suggest, seems to mimic some lipid-lowering and anti-diabetics drugs; it holds promise for aiding weight control, as well as regulation of blood-sugar levels, both vital components in treatment of Type 2 diabetes. “It is a process that is similar to the Atkins diet, without many of the side effects,” notes Martin L. Yarmush, Ph.D., a physician who is the director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine and a study author. Earlier evidence has shown that naringenin also has cholesterol-lowering properties and may ameliorate some of the symptoms associated with diabetes. Source: Public Library of Science natural awakenings

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hile living in Manhattan, Elyse Rotondo spent eight years working as a sales executive for a fashion accessories company. Feeling burnt out and unfulfilled, she left her job and began substitute teaching in the NYC public school system. Here, she found working with children came naturally. In 1999, she moved to Rhode Island and later received her master’s degree in elementary education. However, during student teaching she found that although she enjoyed the kids, the politics and rigidness of the public school system was just not meant for her, plus she was ready to start a family. After the birth of Rotondo’s second child, she began taking yoga classes and immediately noticed a change both physically and emotionally. “Practicing yoga regularly was making me a better wife and a calmer more relaxed mom,” explains Rotondo. “I also began to no-

tice that my two young daughters were constantly mimicking the poses they saw me doing.” Two years ago, an old college pal sent her a friend request on Facebook— it would turn out to be the start of her journey on an unexpected career path. The friend happened to be the husband of kids yoga pioneer Shari Vilchez Blatt of Karma Kids Yoga (KKY) in NYC. Rotondo went online to find out more about KKY and was immediately intrigued. “I could see that this could be a wonderful thing to bring to Rhode Island,” says Rotondo. She spent the next two years training, and would even invite children of all ages to her home to practice in class settings. By the end of that first class, she knew she had found her calling. Just last month, Rotondo celebrated the grand opening of Om Kids Yoga Center, Rhode Island’s first yoga studio just for kids. She explains that Om Kids

takes the practice of yoga and translates it to a language that children not only understand, but also will enjoy. Kids are encouraged to use their imagination, take yoga adventures, imitate animals and nature with animated postures, listen to music, play games, create art, sing, dance, and most of all, get really silly and really strong, all while making new friends and exercising their brains. The benefits kids receive from yoga are numerous. USA Today reports government statistics that show that as of 2010, about 32 percent of children and adolescents are overweight. Yoga is one way to get kids moving into a healthier lifestyle. Rotondo, for one, believes that kids yoga is laying the foundation for future health and well-being.

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While the purpose of yoga is to create a mind-body experience, there are many physical benefits associated with yoga. A regular yoga practice will help kids become stronger, increase flexibility and coordination, and develop self-control. Holding poses helps build muscles, which are necessary for strength in everyday kid activities and for a healthy metabolism. Building confidence and self-esteem, and developing self-control while encouraging a healthy body image is another important aspect of yoga. At Om Kids, Rotondo celebrates each child as an individual. “We encourage children to be unique and stand out from the crowd,” she explains. “No two children should look “Practicing alike in the yoga regularly same pose. applaud was making me We our differences and a better wife honor ourselves when and a calmer we practice more relaxed yoga.” And, only are mom,” explains not the young yogi’s taught Rotondo. “I to be respectful of othalso began to ers; they are notice that shown how to be mindful my two young not to pass daughters were judgement on themselves as well. constantly mimicking the When asked best part poses they saw the about teaching kids yoga, me doing.” Rotondo does not hesitate. “Definitely the laughter!” Om Kids Yoga Center offers programs to children from six weeks old to 18 years old at their 1,600 square foot, ZEN space at Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main Street, Suite 702, in Pawtucket. For more information, call 401-305-3667 or visit See ad on page 35.

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MINDFUL KIDS Inner Awareness Brings Calm and Well-Being by Daniel Rechtschaffen


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hen I walk outside, students opening our awareness to what is here run to me from the school and now. Mindfulness, in the forms of playground, but they don’t medical and psychological modaliyell out my last name as they circle ties such as Mindfulness Based Stress around and grab onto my legs, as it can Reduction and Mindfulness Based be a bit much to remember and proCognitive Therapy, is gaining attention nounce correctly. Instead, I usually hear as research suggests that it can im“Hey, Mr. Mindfulness,” or even, “The prove mood, decrease stress and boost Mindfulness Dude!” immune function. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, My job is to help to bring the art Ph.D., and others have been studying and science of mindfulness to students the medical effects of mindfulness for Excerpt from a fourth-grader’s and teachers in schools, juvenile deten30 years with impressive results. Mindfulness Journal tion centers and sports teams, as well as Brought into schools, it can be a to clients in my private psychotherapy powerful antidote to many struggles practice. Happily, research is beginning to show that applyfacing our youth. In the California Bay Area, for example, ing mindfulness can decrease stress, attention deficit issues, the Mindful Schools program has used mindfulness to teach depression, anxiety and hostility in children, while benefitconcentration, attention, conflict resolution and empathy ing their health, well-being, social relations and academic to 10,000 children in 38 schools; 66 percent of these performance. Children can easily learn the techniques, and schools serve low-income children. Inside Oakland’s juvewhen learned young, they become lifelong tools. nile detention centers, the Mind Body Awareness Project offers daylong, silent retreats for teens; although they presMindful Benefits ently live behind bars, they are learning to access greater inner freedom. Mindfulness means intentionally and compassionately

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In sports, a season invested in training the Alameda High School’s boys’ basketball team in mindfulness techniques helped us reach the Northern California playoffs, an unprecedented achievement in the school’s athletic history. These youth are learning the attention skills they need to succeed in today’s fast-paced, multitasking world. With practice, students are also learning emotional balance and new ways to feel connected to their communities. The most vital result I see is a new baseline of peacefulness evident in these young people’s minds and bodies. Mindfulness offers a general sense of well-being that all other skills for learning and productivity can build on.

True Education The word education comes from the Latin roots ex, “from within,” and duco, “to guide.” Thus, education originally meant to draw out, to guide a student in unfolding the wisdom that is inherently within each person, at any age. This is a fundamentally different approach than the conventional educational paradigm that approaches students from the outside in and from the top down. In using what I call the “fire hose” method of learning, spewing information at students and penalizing them when they can’t retain what the powers-that-be deem important, we make the mistake of assuming what each child should be, instead of seeing them as they already are. Think of how different each of our own lives would have been if parents, teachers and other mentors helped us learn to become the person we were inherently meant to be. This approach requires us all to discover and utilize our own mindfulness. When parents ask me, “What is the best mindfulness technique to teach my children?” my answer is always, “Your own mindfulness.” Our own mindfulness is already present within us; it’s not something we need to create. Notice all of your thoughts in this moment: your doubts and interests, as well as sensations. Simply become aware of phenomena, without judgment or preference. The natural capacity to open up in the present moment to everything that is happening within and around us is mindfulness, an open, intentional, non-judgmental awareness. When we embody mindfulness practices, we become a living example to the children in our lives. If you are interested in learning how to bring mindfulness practices to youth, begin by offering it to yourself. Join a mindfulness group, do some reading or even better, finish reading right now, let your eyes close, check in to your body and let go into this present moment.


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odern science has established that sleep can be an important tool for enhancing memory and learning skills. A new study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center sheds light on the role that dreams play in this process. “After nearly 100 years of debate about the function of dreams, this study tells us that dreams are the brain’s way of processing, integrating and really understanding new information,” says senior author Robert Stickgold, Ph.D. “Dreams are a clear indication that the sleeping brain is working on memories at multiple levels, including ways that will directly improve performance.” Indeed, according to the researchers, these new findings suggest that dreams may be the sleeping brain’s way of telling us that it is hard at work on the process of memory consolidation— integrating our recent experiences to help us with performance-related tasks in the short run, as well as over the long term. In other words, dreams help us translate this material into information that has broad application in our lives.

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Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, a pioneering trainer in his field, helps implement mindfulness-based curricula in schools and organizations. Collaborations include the Mind Body Awareness Project, Mindful Schools and Mindfulness Without Borders. He also convenes an annual Mindfulness in Education conference and teacher training at Omega Institute (search He has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as a marriage and family therapy intern. Visit and natural awakenings

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or 20 years, I’ve meditated before stressful meetings, when I’m slammed by deadlines and during all kinds of domestic crises,” reports one successful lawyer. “In the middle of a tough day or any time I feel like I’m about to lose it, I’ve learned that if I close my eyes for two minutes and find that inner place of calm, it will give me the strength to deal with just about anything.” A string of clinical studies since the 1970s supports meditators’ claims that the activity works to counteract the negative effects of both acute and chronic stress. Research from Herbert Benson’s Mind-Body Institute and other studies shows that meditation can turn a natural stress response into a natural relaxation response. Instead of the body becoming flooded with chemicals that prepare us to fight or take flight or freeze, meditation releases a flood of calming neurotransmitters and hormones that soothe the system and stimulate immune functions. Meditating helps to bring the body back into balance. According to multiple studies cited in Daniel Goleman’s The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience, people who regularly meditate experience lower incidences of high blood pressure and heart disease than those who do not. Richard Davidson’s recent studies at the University of Wisconsin demonstrate that regular meditation decreases brain markers for depression, while increasing brain activity that marks states of peace and joy.

Constancy is Key The key to such healthful effects is regularity. Conducted occasionally, meditating can give us a temporary emotional lift, but the real benefit comes when we do it every day. Then we learn to tune into the inner state that is the source of meditation’s power to heal the body, calm the emotions and stabilize the mind. Meditators often describe feeling states of increased focus and clarity, a sense of connection and empathy with others and above all, the sense of core inner strength that accompanies them through life, even in crises. But in order to be willing to make meditation a daily priority, we need to find a way to enjoy it. Otherwise,

chances are we won’t stick with it. Meditation for the Love of It shares several core strategies for reaping pleasure from our practice. The first consideration is physical comfort when sitting to meditate. As long as the spine is straight and the chest open, comfort trumps form. Secondly, it helps to approach meditation as an experiment; one we conduct in the laboratory of our inner self. The third basic principle is to find a core practice that feels good to us and that we can relax into. Choose one that focuses and draws attention and energy into the peaceful fullness of a deeply meditative state.

feel the sun glow. With each exhalation, spread it throughout the inner body. (Note: To find the heart center, place the right palm over the center of the chest and focus attention on the very center of the body, behind the breastbone).

Three Classic Approaches Tuning into the Breath – After assuming an upright posture, sense the flow of breath in and out through the nostrils—cool on inhaling and warm on exhaling. The key is to tune into the sensation of how the breath feels, which also engenders a natural sense of well-being. Meditation in the Heart – Let the breath flow into the center of the chest, as if it were flowing through the chest wall. As it touches the center of the chest, imagine a soft glow in the heart, like an inner sun. With each inhalation,


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Mindfulness – Beginning with the crown of the head, move attention through the body, focusing next on the forehead, followed by the cheeks, ears, mouth, neck, shoulders, front and back of the chest, stomach, lower back, hips, pelvic area, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. Continue on. As straying thoughts arise, notice them, note them as “thinking,” and return to the practice. To realize a daily practice, begin by sitting for five minutes at the beginning or end of the day. Each day, increase the time spent sitting by one minute, until reaching 20 minutes. Benefits accrue when we practice daily and make it a priority. Sally Kempton is a master teacher of meditation. Her new book, Meditation for the Love of It, includes 20 practices to optimize meditation. A teachers’ teacher, her students include leading teachers of yoga and meditation around the world. Visit

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chieving balance on all levels of being is the true measure of vibrant health,” says Thomas Yarema, a multidiscipline physician and director of the Kauai Center for Holistic Medicine and Research, in Hawaii. Integrative physicians and practitioners understand that in many ancient Eastern therapies, including Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, well-being is all about balance. In these disciplines, harmony—and by extension, health and happiness—is created by a constant rebalancing of energies, sometimes complementing a natural state and sometimes countering it. Thus, depending on our physical and emotional makeup (easy-going personality? hot-tempered?) and current situation (need a job? getting married?), balance may require a calming down


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or a boosting up, turning inward or turning outward. Consulting the latest research and advice from scores of experts, Natural Awakenings has created a guidebook of recipes for balancing mind and body. Whether the immediate need is to relax, refresh, release or recharge, we’ve got a simple to-do to get you back in balance. Try these new approaches today.


“Change is good,” the saying goes, but even good change, like falling in love or going on vacation—causes stress. Stress is widely reported in medical journals like The Lancet and The Journal of the American Medical Association as linked to health problems from heart disease and diabetes to hair loss and depression. Because stress affects the immune system, frequent colds or bouts

with the flu may signal a need to slow down. Fuzzy thinking, forgetfulness and feelings of frustration can also indicate that it’s time to relax. Get Herbal Drinking a cup of herbal tea is a simple, gentle and enjoyable way to “take five.” Herbal educator Dodie Harte, of the Sierra Institute of Herbal Studies, recommends a blend of three common calming herbs: chamomile, linden flower and passionflower, with a dash of relaxingly aromatic lavender flower. Add a cup of boiling water to a mix of one teaspoon of each herb and a small sprig of lavender, then let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Apply Pressure Like acupuncture, acupressure is a technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine that works to rebalance the flow of

chi, or energy, in the body by stimulating key points along its energy meridians, or pathways. While acupuncture uses needles that puncture the skin and requires a visit to a professional, acupressure stimulates via points on the skin’s surface and can be part of a selfcare practice. “When acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood and enhance the body’s life force energy to aid healing,” explains Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., founder of the Acupressure Institute, in Berkeley, California, and author of Acupressure’s Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments. To relax the neck and relieve tension headaches, use the point at the base of the skull, just where the head attaches to the neck. Feel for the hollow between the two thick, vertical muscle masses—finding and pressing it will probably elicit a sigh. Put one or both thumbs in that hollow and apply gentle pressure for one to two minutes.

Refresh Perhaps the problem isn’t stress, but a feeling of weariness or listlessness. According to Atlanta psychiatrist Tracey Marks, a medical doctor and author of the new book, Master Your Sleep: Proven Methods Simplified, the continuous flow of electronic information in our smartphone lifestyles may be overstimulating our brains. The first step to refreshing and replenishing is to log off. In short, she says, “Off-hours create better on-hours.” Go Solo Psychologist Ester Schaler Buchholz, Ph.D., author of The Call of Solitude, believes that “alonetime” is a basic need. She supports this belief with a series of infant studies, analysis of historical and anthropological data, and research examining how meditation and rest bolster the immune system. “When we don’t get enough solitude,” she observes. “We get out of touch with ourselves; we get forgetful; we get sloppy.” We may also get angry, anxious and depressed. Take a daily, refreshing, miniretreat by stepping away from the rest of

the world for 15 minutes. Find a room with a door and turn off all electronics… then read a book, write a letter, meditate, or just close your eyes and listen to the silence. Sleep “Sleep ends up being one of those things we see as expendable,” says Marks. Yet, a growing body of studies from Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine and other research institutions shows that it is crucial to your mental and physical health, as well as many of the body’s major restorative functions, including tissue repair, muscle growth and protein synthesis. New findings by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center even show that the brain uses sleep to consolidate memories and make them more accessible when we’re awake. “We should really think of ourselves as operating on a 16-hour battery,” Marks advises, because we must recharge ourselves in order to perform well. Signs of sleep deprivation include irritable moods and an inability to concentrate. Marks’ Countdown to Bedtime routine starts an hour beforehand. Put away the work and turn off the computer. Stop drinking fluids. Take a warm bath or footbath and don pajamas. Read, meditate or listen to music to wind down. Adjust the bedroom temperature to between 68 and 74 degrees and turn off all lights and electronics, covering their LED displays. If it takes more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing until you feel drowsy. “If your mind is busy, write out your thoughts on a problem-solving worksheet,” she suggests. Get Outside Time and again, it has been proven that nature heals. One researcher, from the University of Southern California, has found that even just gazing at a natural landscape, sunset or grove of trees from a window can activate endorphins in the brain that make us feel good. Getting outside is even better. Integrative Psychiatrist Henry Emmons, a physician

and author of The Chemistry of Joy, explains that sunlight provides us with vitamin D, which he notes, “… plays a role in many physiological processes, including moods.” Emmons’ prescription: at least 30 minutes outside daily, without glasses, which can filter out healing components of sunlight. Neuroimmunologist and physician Esther Sternberg, author of Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being, points to an extensive body of research showing that the colors, patterns and scents of natural environments affect mental and physical well-being. She recommends spending time in gardens and growing your own plants, even if only a window box of herbs.

Release You can’t move forward if you’ve got something holding you back. Sometimes what you need is to let go of whatever’s weighing you down—even if you don’t quite know what it is. Here are feel-good ways to let go of physical and emotional stagnation. Make Noise Many Eastern and Western sacred traditions utilize the healing power of sound through chants, songs, hymns and mantras; but the science behind sound healing is solid. According to Sound Healer Tom Kenyon, the repetitive patterns of music and chant stimulate the reticular activating system in the brain, which can induce a mild, trancelike state. Making sounds and music is even more transformative than just listening. “The way music helps us release is that it helps us remember a little bit more of who we are,” advises soprano

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and Sound Shaman Norma Gentile, from Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her favorite tip: Sing! Gentile exhorts, “Sing with the radio, with a choir or by yourself.” When you sing, she explains, you breathe deeply and your body vibrates and releases energy. Just sing whatever moves you, from the medieval songs of Hildegard von Bingen (her favorite), to Country & Western ballads. She adds, “There’s no style of music that can’t be helpful and healing.” To release aches and pains, Kenyon applies a different exercise. First, find a quiet, private room where no one will hear you. Then, close your eyes and focus on a part of the body that feels uncomfortable: the lower back or neck, perhaps, or maybe a heavy heart or other emotional unease. Breathe in slowly. Exhale in an audible sigh, letting the sound come from the place of discomfort. Expressed sounds will be unique to each individual. Allow the sounds to build, reach a crescendo and then taper off naturally. “This is a simple, but powerful, technique for expressing tension with sound,” promises Kenyon. Brush it Out “The skin is the largest organ in the body, and the better it functions as a toxin releaser, the less work the liver and kidneys have to do,” explains Tom Sherman, a bodyworker who teaches at the Acupressure Institute. He suggests daily dry-brushing, a low-tech way to stimulate lymph nodes, open pores, release toxins and exfoliate the skin. Any natural fiber bristle brush with a long handle will do, though Sherman prefers the Yerba Buena palm bristle brush. He also likes the Vital Chi SkinBrushing system developed by Bruce Berkowsky (NaturalHealthScience. com). Dry-brushing is a popular spa treatment with European roots. For basic skin-brushing, remove clothing and gently, but vigorously, rub the dry brush over every part of the body, using circular motions. The basic rule of thumb is to brush toward the heart and in the direction of blood flow. So, starting with the feet, brush in circles up the calves, thighs and buttocks, before moving to the hands and up the arms to the shoulders. Brush down on the neck, but up on the back. Finally,


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move to the chest and abdomen, brushing counter-clockwise. The whole process should take about 10 minutes. Follow it up with hydrotherapy—a simple shower will do—to help wash away dead skin and impurities. A further detoxing option is to follow up with a hot bath containing two cups of Epsom salts and 20 drops of tea tree oil.


After you have de-stressed, refreshed and released, it may be time to ramp up your energy. These final steps are geared to recharge your emotional and physical batteries. Stay in Touch Physical touch in any form stimulates the body, and while massage is typically used to relax and release, it can also revitalize. A recent National Institutes of Health study showed that massage had a positive effect on cancerrelated fatigue in patients who were undergoing treatments that drained them of energy. “During an invigorating massage, the therapist uses faster paced, gliding, strokes, rather than slow, sustained, pressure,” explains Kristen Sykora, a licensed massage therapist and spokesperson for the American Massage Therapy Association. In-between visits (locate a local practitioner at Finda, there’s plenty you can do on your own. “Physiologically, when you massage yourself—even when you rub lotion on your skin—you’re asking the blood vessels to open up and bring in blood, nutrients and oxygen into that area,” Sykora says. She suggests a simple tapping technique, called tapotement, for re-energizing any area of the body that feels fatigued, such as quadraceps or derrière. To work on quads, sit comfortably, so the muscles are relaxed, make a soft fist and tap gently all over the muscle for one to two minutes. Use either the pinky end of the fist or the underside, where the fingers are curled. Walk A simple way to get moving, walking raises heart rate and breathing capacity,

increases circulation of blood and nutrients to all systems of the body and, as new research from the University of Pittsburgh shows, improves memory. It’s a relatively lowimpact, safe, form of exercise that also gets you outdoors, which has its own balancing benefits. Beginners can try for 10 minutes a day at a slow, comfortable pace, while more experienced walkers may shoot for 30 minutes a day at a faster, more invigorating pace. Try Something New Sticking to the safe, familiar and triedand-true may seem like an energyconservation measure, but upsetting your routine and trying new things can re-cultivate a passion for life. And passion, says Marks, helps provide life with meaning and purpose. “It’s important to find pleasures outside of work, even if you do love your job,” she counsels. What will you do? Something you’ve always wanted to do, or used to do and have always wanted to get back to. Or, something you never thought you could do, or think you’re too old to do. Natural Awakenings’ monthly Calendar of Events is a perfect place to start. Take a cooking or art class (local community colleges are great, too) or join a dining or green drinks or birdwatching group ( facilitates local gatherings). Learn a new sport (tennis, paddleboarding, salsa dance) or a musical instrument (ukulele, an easy instrument to pick up, is making a comeback). Join a community gardening, handcrafting or reading circle, which are all part of the growing make-it-yourself movement. The list is endless... Frances Lefkowitz’s new book, To Have Not, has been named one of five Best Memoirs of 2010 by Connect at

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A basic tenet in healthcare is the recognition of homeostasis, a state of balance in the body. Our body-mind-spirit naturally tends toward balance/ equilibrium if there is no stress interference that overwhelms it. If stress is overwhelming us, causing imblance, what follows are two powerful techniques to help restore balance. One way is through the practice of Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi is a powerful “soft form” martial art, yet paradoxically it is also a healing art. The balance and flow of chi, or energy, is important to health. Many studies have reported on the positive effects of tai chi with respect to equilibrium problems, blood pressure issues, and arthritis discomfort. Dr. Hain, et. al created a small study in 1993, sponsored by Northwestern University, that showed enhanced balance across age groups, when an introductory course of tai chi was offered to a sample population.

A larger study performed by Dr. Callahan in November 2010, sponsored by the UNC Arthritis Research Foundation, showed improvements in energy, balance, and perceptions of pain in the sample population that was introduced to tai chi. Other studies showing tai chi to be a powerful assist to restoring balance and health have been performed at Tufts, Harvard, and UCLA, as well as in hospitals and universities in China. Chiropractic is another powerful healing art that aims to restore balance. Life as we know it is full of stress. Interestingly, stress is necessary to life, but it can also overwhelm us and cause ill health and even death. When we can’t successfully adapt to the stress and/ or stressors—physical, emotional, and

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lbert Einstein once said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” He was a man with a tremendous mind for science but was able to find a way to balance what was very complicated work through the simple way he approached his life. He was led by the ideals of truth, goodness and beauty not by the ‘contemptible ordinary objects,’ as he described, of luxury, property and outward success. Those would have seemed empty, in his opinion. For a man more widely known and remembered for his Theory of Relativity, could he be on to something with this lesser known theory? It is fascinating to discover we share a common belief that keeping it simple is possible. Simplicity begins with us and the choices we make. Finding the right balance of simplicity within our lives will be determined by those choices. Here are some areas that may be currently weighing us down due to choices we


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made in the past and ways to restore the balance of simplicity within our lives. Hopefully, they will help us make new choices.

Materially, make the choice to un-clutter. Start small and take one step at a time—like choosing a kitchen drawer or small closet and determining which items are needed and which ones are never used. By doing a task like this everyday, or at least once a week, we are simplifying our lives, keeping only what is necessary.

Letting go of harmful emotions. Holding on to ‘emotional baggage’ weighs us down and makes it harder for us to believe that anything good or positive is worth holding onto, leaving very little room for the truth. Maybe there’s an emotion related to a personal

relationship that is weighing us down, causing us to feel out of balance. Write a letter about that relationship. Releasing those emotions through the writing process, whether mailed or not, begins the healing process and helps to transform that situation. Visualization techniques of throwing out this emotion that no longer serves us can help us, too. Seeing those emotions going out the window or into the garbage can helps to let it go and makes room for the good stuff.

Live from a place of abundance and gratitude, not lack. If we believe we already have everything we need, then what do we lack? The more we are grateful, the more we have to be grateful for. Try repeating this affirmation on a daily basis: “I maintain an attitude of gratitude.” Making changes to balance simplicity within our lives may not seem easy. However, by doing so, we can make tremendous strides toward uncomplicating our lives. We choose to make things complex or difficult when we don’t take a moment to step back and ask ourselves, in the wise words of Albert Einstein, “Am I making things as simple as possible?” Once we make a commitment to maintain a daily practice of balancing simplicity within our lives, there are no boundaries to what we can achieve. Jayne M. DeRouin is an inspirational speaker and the author of Keeping It Simple! ~ Keys to Living an Uncomplicated Life. For more information visit or follow her blog at


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Happiness Is…

CHOCOLATE Dark and Delicious, it’s Blissfully Healthy by Gabriel Constans


id you know that more than half of U.S. adults prefer chocolate to other flavors and spend $55 per person per year to indulge their hankering? That’s a lot of chocolate— some 3.3 billion pounds annually, or about 12 pounds per chocoholic. The International Cocoa Organization further estimates that by 2015, U.S. chocolate sales will top $19 billion. Yet, Europeans still enjoy the majority of chocolate per capita. Switzerland leads the trend, with its citizens each forking over the equivalent of U.S. $206 a year for the treat. Worldwide, 21st-century chocolate consumption continues to climb year after year; cocoa seems to be a recession-free commodity. That’s good news for Indonesia and the West African nations that produce 70 percent of Earth’s cocoa beans. It’s widely known that dark chocolate, in particular, is good for our emotional and physical health. The only debate that remains is what quantity is the most advantageous to include in our daily or weekly diet.

Why Chocolate Appeals Eating dark chocolate makes people happy, researchers have learned, because it contains phenylethylamine, the same nurturing hormone triggered by the brain when we fall in love. It’s


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no wonder that Madame du Barry and Giacomo Casanova both believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac. Further, according to the California Academy of Sciences, the theobromine in chocolate acts as a myocardial stimulant, dilator of coronary arteries and smooth muscle relaxant, all inducing good feelings. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine recently reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that subjects who consistently consumed dark chocolate showed a 40 percent lower risk of myocardial infarction and stroke than those who did not. A study published in the European Heart Journal that tracked almost 20,000 people for 10 years found that people who ate about 7 grams of dark chocolate per day had lower blood pressure and 39 percent less risk of experiencing a stroke or heart attack, compared to those who ate an average of 1.7 grams daily. Scientists have learned that cocoa powder and chocolate contain rich sources of polyphenol antioxidants, the same beneficial compounds found in red wine and many fruits and vegetables that help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Professor Frank Ruschitzka, head of cardiology at University Hospital, in Zurich,

Switzerland, comments: “Basic science has demonstrated quite convincingly that dark chocolate, particularly with a cocoa content of at least 70 percent, reduces oxidative stress and improves vascular and platelet [appropriate blood clotting] function.” Chocolate lovers also will be glad to know that dark chocolate contains more antioxidants per 3.5 ounces than prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, plums, oranges, red grapes, red bell peppers, cherries, onions, corn or eggplant. Gabriel Constans, Ph.D., is a counselor, journalist and author of a dozen books, including Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights and Great American Smoothies. For more information, visit

A Bite of History Xocolatl was the Aztecs’ word for chocolate, which they called “bitter water” and considered a gift from the gods. Cultivated for 1,000 years, the cacao tree is prolific once it reaches maturity, producing cocoa pods every six months for about 20 years. The beans must be fermented before they begin to taste like the chocolate we know and love. Cocoa was first introduced to Europe when explorer Hernán Cortés brought the beans from Mexico to Spain in the early 1500s. The Spaniards kept their discovery a secret for almost a century, until it was smuggled by monks into France. By the 1650s, cocoa had crossed the channel to England and the North American colonies of the English and Dutch; 1831 heralded the invention of the first chocolate bar in the United States.

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t’s Spring Festival in China. Also called Chinese New Year, the Festival is a time for people to go home to their families and eat lots of food—in that way it’s similar to Christmas in the United States. When the New Year approaches, Chinese people talk about predictions that have been made for the following year. Last year, the Year of the Tiger, was apparently supposed to be a rough year for some. This year, the Year of the Rabbit, is supposed to be a good one, bringing good business, and along with it, sighs of relief knowing that the impulsive and brutal tiger will soon be gone. While living in China, immersed in the culture and studying traditional medicine, celebrating the Spring Festival with a Chinese family was a highlight. Discussions often lead to health and the conclusion was always the same—health is the most important thing in life, even more important than money. A famous Chinese saying seems to sum up what is true both in the U.S. and China: “Before age 50, we use our health to get money, and after, we use our money to get back our health.” Educating people to be responsible for their health is a key component to helping people maintain their good health, and if they are sick, to assist them in getting back to a state of balance. How many people are suffering from some condition later in life that could have been easily prevented, just by a simple change in habit? For instance, as most people know, with proper eating and exercise, most cases of diabetes and heart disease

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can be prevented. It is important to know what foods provide the best nutrition for optimal health, and how to implement and maintain a proper exercise program. We hear stories everyday about people who have chosen surgery to deal with pain. What many don’t realize is there are other treatments available that do not offer surgery. It is crucial to know all of the available options, as well as the side effects of any pharmaceutical drugs or the risks of any surgeries or procedures that one may choose to undergo. Chinese Medicine has focused on maintaining balance in hundreds of millions of people for thousands of years through natural and non-invasive means. To learn the history of Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbal medicine, its basis tenets and some practical advice to achieve health and wellness, biweekly workshops are held at the Center for Preventive Medicine in Providence to help educate and inform. It’s your body. Learn how to take care of it in order to experience the joy of health. Will the Year of the Rabbit bring good health and happiness? The answer is up to you.

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She says that by using her heel, instep and toes, this massage delivers constant, deep pressure to the whole body, without the pain often associated with traditional deep tissue massage. “I find this treatment is more effective than traditional deep tissue and covers more area of the body than the hands,” said Lynch. “I’ve been told my feet feel like a giant, soft hand. The pressure is not only incredibly deep,

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wisewords A Conversation with Jim Hightower Acclaimed Columnist, Commentator and Populist by Ellen Mahoney


im Hightower, a syndicated columnist and national radio commentator, is the bestselling author of Swim Against the Current and Thieves in High Places. A former Texas agriculture commissioner, he’s spent some 30 years fighting for the rights of consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses and just plain folks. A favorite saying of his is, “The water won’t clear up until we get the hogs out of the creek.” Hightower is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.

Why do you consider populism the people’s rebellion against the corporate powers-that-be and how do you define it? Populists have historically understood that the real battle in America is not an ideological fight of conservative versus liberal. Rather, the battle is over money and power, and populists are engaged in a fight against corporatists to create a democratization of both our government and our economy. Too few people control the money and power at the expense of the rest of us. In this country, populism began in Texas in 1877, when farmers, who were going broke because of railroad monopolies, realized they had to do something about it. What began as a farmers’ movement quickly spread throughout the country. The movement later evolved into the People’s Party and had a powerful impact on women’s suffrage, the direct elections of senators, wage and hour laws and the nationalization


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of railroads and public resources. It was very progressive.

How is your work helping individuals to swim against the political currents, work for the common good and make a difference in their communities? Essentially, I consider myself a modernday Johnny Appleseed, with a populist viewpoint. I try to inform people, rally them and help them see that they’re not alone, despite the power of the establishment trying to teach them that the corporate way is the only way.

Why do you say that  politics is more about top versus bottom than right versus left? Right versus left is what we’re told politics is all about—you’re either a conservative or you’re a liberal. But those are tiny little boxes that few Americans fit within, and this ideology is what divides us in this country. Most of us are a mix of both. The real political spectrum is in fact, top to bottom, because that is [the paradigm] where most people live; most folks know they are way down in that top-to-bottom spectrum.

What do you mean when you encourage people to be agitators, much like a metaphor of the way a washing machine agitates the dirt out? First of all, the powers that be try to

make the term “agitator” seem pejorative. But, in fact, agitation is what America is all about. Agitators created America itself, first with the Continental Congress, and then with the American Revolution. It was agitators who democratized The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It also took agitators to form the suffragist, antislavery, populist and labor movements—and later, the civil rights, women’s and environmental movements. It takes people willing to stand up to the establishment and say, “No.”

How can we individually or collectively work to improve the world? First of all, assess your own values and what matters to you. If you think there’s something that strikes you as particularly unfair or not right or that could be done better, then look at that and begin to build on what you really care about. Inform yourself and then look around in your own area. It’s likely there is someone working on the very issue that bothers you. You’ve got to reach out to make those connections through places like your church, local groups and independent bookstores.

How do we create a government truly of, by and for the people? Democracy is not a quick fix; it requires a lot of citizen involvement, and you’ve got to find ways to become a part of that. You can’t do it alone. I often talk about Harrell’s Hardware store, in Austin. They’ll loan you a tool to take home for a project or sell you two nails. Their slogan is, “Together We Can Do It Yourself,” and this is exactly the operating principle of a progressive movement. We can’t do it ourselves—it takes all of us together, as like-minded people of goodwill. The possibility of self-government comes from this. For more information, visit Ellen Mahoney teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email


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ECO-FILM PICKS Movies with a Message Worth Watching


s movie-making technology has become less expensive and more accessible, eco-films have exploded onto the scene. While companies like National Geographic and Discovery Channel continue to contribute high-quality nature films, independent ecofilmmakers are also releasing inspired films almost by the day. Because most of these movies run less than 90 minutes, they have become sought-after teaching tools for family movie nights, school classrooms and readers looking for a break from books. It was a tough call, but after reviewing 50 standouts, Natural Awakenings picked five films highly favored for their clear message, entertainment value and motivating call to action. FOOD, INC.: Producers present the whole enchilada when it comes to understanding what we eat and the implications of our food choices. Beyond a plateful of facts, it’s also packed with entertaining graphics. The climax answers the inevitable viewer question: “This is an appalling situation, but what can I do about it?” Attention parents: There is a documentary-style scene showing mistreatment of an ailing cow to fast-forward through; otherwise, the coast is clear. ( TAPPED: Filmmakers tackle two significant issues facing the modern world: the emerging scarcity of water and the staggering quantity of plastic bottle waste. Images of the Texas-sized floating island of garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean will make us think seriously about kicking the bottled water habit for good. (


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A COMMUNITY OF GARDENERS: Anyone taking up the first lady’s call to home vegetable gardening will revel in this film’s portrayal of the many ways local gardens provide communities with gifts of food, knowledge, empowerment and reconciliation. A Community of Gardeners shows that local gardening is so much more than a labor-intensive solution to the

ills of the manufactured-food industry; it is also good for the soul. (Community THE END OF THE LINE: Much as the eco-film standard bearer, An Inconvenient Truth, sounds the alert on global warming, The End of the Line reports on the troubled state of the rapid decline of the fish stocks that feed the world. Similarly, the film highlights how viewers’ everyday choices can stop contributing to the problem. ( FUEL: Civilization’s era of crude oil and other fossil fuels is rapidly coming to a close, while the future of energy has yet to be written. The replacement technologies for alternative sustainable energies are already understood, if not widely promoted. Many are ready to be put to work now and await only our adoption. Next-generation technologies also beckon. Fuel, a Hollywood-style documentary featuring such environmental spokespersons as Woody Harrelson and Sheryl Crow, proves that the future of energy is as much about imagination and creativity as it is about kilowatt-hours. ( Contributors include Michael Curran, health writer, and Michael D’Estries, film reviewer.

More Great Films Black Gold: A Film about Coffee and Trade on the economics of coffee

Garbage Warrior on truly sustainable housing

Blue Gold: World Water Wars on the politics of water

King Corn on the great American corn diet

Dirt! The Movie on the vital role of healthy soil

The Last Beekeeper on the global bee crisis

Dive! on American food waste

No Impact Man on implementing sustainable living

Everything’s Cool on environmentalism in politics Flow on the world water crisis

Ripe for Change on the economics of agriculture

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Why Tap Water is a Better Choice Did you know that Americans now drink more bottled water than milk or juice? We buy 30 billion bottles a year, 80 percent of which ends up in landfills for hundreds of years. That’s why Earth-friendly folks use refillable bottles these days. In addition to being eco-savvy, consumers have plenty of reasons to avoid bottled water. According to a four-year study by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), we cannot assume that the bottled water we purchase is necessarily any better regulated, purer or safer than most tap water. Here are some revealing facts: n People typically spend from 240 to 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than for tap water. n According to government and industry estimates, at least 25 percent of bottled water (some say 40 percent) is tap water, sometimes with additional treatment, sometimes not. n Independent laboratory analysis in the NRDC study showed that about one-third of the bottled waters tested contained significant contamination in at least one test. That means the levels of chemical or bacterial contaminants exceeded those allowed under a state or industry standard or guideline. n The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate water bottled and sold in-state, effectively exempting 60 to 70 percent of U.S. bottled water from FDA standards. Even when its rules apply, they are weaker in many ways than Environmental Protection Agency rules governing big-city tap water. The majority of the country’s tap water passes the EPA standards. n Tap water test results and notices of violations must be reported to state or federal officials. There is no mandatory reporting for water bottlers; manufacturers have recalled bottled water 100 times, without letting consumers know about it two out of three times. n City water systems must issue annual “right-to-know” reports, telling consumers what is in their water; bottlers successfully killed such a requirement for bottled water. Every American has a right to safe, good-tasting water from the tap. If we choose to buy bottled water, we deserve the same assurances that it too, is safe. Whether our water comes from a tap or a bottle, we have a right to know what’s in it. If bottled water is so pure, why not prove it, with full disclosure on the label? Primary Source: National Resources Defense Council (

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Cheers to Making Eco-Conscious Connections by Judith Fertig


hether attendees at a typical Green Drinks gathering choose to sip a fine wine or organic lemonade, the emphasis is on socializing and networking for a “greener” world, one community at a time. Founded by friends Edwin Datschefski and Paul Scott at a London pub in 1989, Green Drinks currently includes more than 700 chapters worldwide. The first and largest North American group, Green Drinks New York City, was launched by Margaret Lydecker in 2002 and currently counts 14,000 members. After moving to the Big Apple, “I was having a hard time finding a community of like-minded people,” confesses Lydecker, a sustainability advisor who helps companies find greener options in the way they source products and services. She adds, “When you have an active dialogue with other


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environmentally conscious people in business or government, you begin to find answers and solutions.” Typically, groups around the country partner with a community sports bar, restaurant, or other food and drink establishment to host a Green Drinks event in a private room. The word goes out via email, Facebook, phone calls or postcards, and people come to meet other environmentally conscious people. Although these soirées sometimes include short talks by sustainability experts, they’re essentially casual. Yet in this setting, attendees can make connections that benefit the environment, businesses, the community—and themselves. John O’Neill reports that at one recent Green Drinks social hour in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the owner of a local environmental service business struck up a conversation with a restaurant owner. “The business agreed to take the

leftover grease from the restaurant and use it on their farm,” reports O’Neill. “That’s exactly the kind of thing we want to see happen.” Jim Horlacher, the founder of Kansas City’s Green Drinks, admits, “I primarily do Green Drinks because I like it.” Although the relationship-building is definitely there, he adds, “It’s hard for me to quantify.” Horlacher is a financial planner for First Affirmative Financial Network, a group that helps individual investors put their money where their socially and environmentally responsible values are. “People get to know me at Green Drinks events as someone who walks the walk and talks the talk,” he says. Although Green Drinks’ environmental mission is deliberately simple—attend, engage, connect— some groups take it further. The Seattle Green Drinks chapter also offers a host of more narrowly targeted member groups, including those who want to hear speakers on innovation in sustainability, support Native Americans or conserve wildlife. offers an It’s Your Business listing on its Web pages for green businesses and products, building public awareness for greener options, including tips for cleanup and recycling during and after public events. Likewise, Green Drinks of Victoria, British Columbia, has a work and career forum that continues to encourage the forging of the links that people make at face-to-face gatherings. Says Seattle Drinks founder Gabriel Scheer, “I’m immensely proud of how the organization has taken a central role in growing our local environmental community.” A founding partner in Re-Vision Labs, which helps business and organizations incorporate social media and community organizing into their business models, Scheer concludes, “Green Drinks events are helping each community see itself.” For more information visit GreenDrinks. org. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer in Overland Park, KS; see AlfrescoFood

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Meditation & Dowsing for Answers – 3:30-5:30pm. Discover how the arts of synchro-alignment meditation and Pendulum dowsing go hand-in-hand to help you quiet down the chatter. If you can’t hear that little voice inside, then these tools are for you. $30. Body Wise Therapeutics, 575 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401-848-9825.

Wednesday, February 9 Tuesday, February 1

Kristi Clark at High Street Yoga – 6:15-7:30pm. Class will be taught by special guest teacher Kristi Clark from the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in Boston. $20. High Street Yoga, 44 High St, Westerly. 860-501-8970.

Get Selective about Your Foods – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a balanced dinner and talk on how Nutritional Rebalancing with Isagenix will help you take control of your health while fitting into your everyday lifestyle. $20/advanced reservation, $25/at the door. Email or Call: Laurie Kraus, Buca Di Beppo, 353 Highland Ave, Seekonk, MA. 631-834-7786.

Wednesday, February 2

Kristi Clark at High Street Yoga – 9:30-11am. Class will be taught by special guest teacher Kristi Clark from the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in Boston. $20. High Street Yoga, 44 High Street, Westerly. 860-501-8970.

Introduction to Isagenix – 7-8pm. What is the Isagenix Cleaning and Fat Burning System? What makes Isagenix such a unique and powerful weight reduction, weight control and health optimizing product? Seating is Limited. Email or Call: Laurie Kraus, 3 Haines Park Rd, Barrington. 631-834-7786. The Mood Cure: Take Charge Today – 7-8pm. Learn effective natural ways to correct the malfunctions in brain and body chemistry underlying depression, anxiety, and painful over sensitivy – a 4-step program. $14/South Kingstown Residents, $16/others. Dr. Lynda Wells, The Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia St, Wakefield. 789-9301. Usefulness of Past Life Connections – 7-8:30pm. Learn the value of past lives in understanding present life patterns, events and personal interactions. This knowledge can be used as a positive tool for healing. Free talk. Colleen Kelley, 578 Wood St, Bristol. 401-245-0398.

Friday, February 4

Jafra Spa Party for Hands and Feet – 7-9pm. Cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize with soothing botanicals. Try Jafra for Free! Please RSVP. Free. Bonnie Houle, 225 Mile Rd, Coventry. 401-397-7933. SpiritDanceRI – 7-10pm. Monthly smoke- and alcohol-free barefoot boogie. Dance in community and fun with other movers and shakers. No partner or experience necessary. All profits go to charity. Sliding scale $8-12.

Saturday, February 5

Jin Shin Jyutsu – 9am-5pm. Also 2/6 8:30am12:30pm Learn this powerful way to keep your body harmonized and stress free by gently applying fingers to the body in a deliberate flow pattern to


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release energy blockages and promote healing. $165/ two days. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Joy is Within You! – 10am-2:30pm. Experience JOY through a dual workshop of Yogananda’s Meditation and Energization techniques. Relax the body, calm the feelings, focus the mind, and enhance your energy! $35/soup included. Ananda Center, 40 Collins Rd, Hopkinton. 401-308-8745. 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.

Mind in Motion – 2-5pm. The Contemplative practice of Proprioceptive Writing®. Formal writers or those who write for publication find this a useful tool for uncovering personal material. $45. Kim Chandler, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Gong Immersion & Kundalini Yoga – 6-9pm. Enjoy a Polyphonic Gong and Kundalini Yoga Experience. This event sells out. Register early. $25. Dharam Singh, Old Almy Village, 1016 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. 401-683-9642.

Sunday, February 6

Intro to Aromatherapy & Blending – 1-3pm. Linda Patterson teaches the basics and versatility of essential oils, come explore how to create smooth blends. Everyone will create a blend to take home. $25/plus $10 materials fee. Mother Mystic, 179 Dean St., Federal Hill, Providence. 401-353-3099.

Monday, February 7

Riki First Degree Workshop – 6-9pm. Also 2/9 and 2/11. Take an introduction course or become an advanced practitioner in this ancient system of natural healing using the hands to transmit energy. Taught by Reiki Master Myra Partyka,. $150. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Introduction to Isagenix – 7-8pm. What is the Isagenix Cleansing and Fat Burning System? What makes Isagenix such a unique and powerful weight reduction, weight control and health optimizing product? Seating is Limited. Email or Call: Laurie Kraus, 3 Haines Park Rd, Barrington. 631-834-7786.

Thursday, February 10

Learning to Listen with Love led by Kathy Black – 6-7:30pm. Everyone has an innate need to be heard. But most of us were never taught how to really listen! This workshop will take listening to a new -- and deeper -- level. Free. Ferncrest Center for Yoga, 90 Warwick Ave, Cranston. 401-286-5259.

Wellness for the Office (+Drivers!) – 6:30-8pm. Explore an eclectic mix of simple office friendly exercises including: self-massage, hand cramp relief movements, eye yoga, energy lifters & immune system boosters. $15. Chris Belanger, Heavenly Hugs, 917-A Warwick Ave. (upper level), Warwick.

Friday, February 11

Coeli Marsh at High Street Yoga – 6:15-7:30pm. Master Teacher Coeli Marsh returns to HSY! Coeli will assist Free Yoga Friday taught by the incredible Masaki. Free. High Street Yoga, 44 High St, Westerly. 860-501-8970.

Intro to Yoga ~ For Beginners – 7-8:15pm. Learn the benefits of yoga and breathing methods to calm the mind & body. Discover yoga poses that stretch the body and build inner strength. End with meditation. $10. Palmy, Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd ~ lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Guided Meditation for Universal Love – 7-8:30pm. Guided Meditation increases relaxation by creating joyful, positive images for the mind, leading to a more positive way of thinking & better quality of life. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

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, Mill at Shady Lea, Room 204, N. Kingstown. 401-924-0567.

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Tuesday, February 8

Shield Making: Discovering Your Fierce Protector – 1-4pm. Using deep visualization and relaxation techniques discover your personal totem and create a shield of power to focus on your inner resources and strength. $35. Cris McCullough, MA, The Center for Health and Well Being, 333 Valley Rd, Middletown. 401-846-0042.

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

Find Love on the Spiritual Path – 10am-4pm. Learn seven powerful yet simple ways to MANifest the love you want. Finding love is realistic and totally possible regardless of your age, history, or baggage. $85. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.



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Coeli Marsh at High Street Yoga – 4:15-5:30pm. Master Teacher Coeli Marsh returns to HSY! Coeli will teach a Master Class. $20. High Street Yoga, 44 High St, Westerly. 860-501-8970.

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Tuesday, February 15

Introduction to Feng Shui – 7-9pm. Learn the basics of how to create an environment that supports Harmony and abundance in your life. Explore the Bagua: The basic tool of Feng shui and how to use it to enhance your Home’s energy and transform your world. $30. Body Wise Therapeutics, 575 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401-848-9825.

Wednesday, February 16 Sunday, February 13

Sweetheart Sunday – 1-5pm. Unique gifts: Gift Certificates, Jewelry, herbal products, and more. Purchase a 60 minute Gift certificate and receive a free mini session today. Bring your sweetheart. $10/10 minute mini session. Sharon McMahon, Path 2 Harmony, 133 Old Tower Hill Rd, Wakefield. 401-742-2354. Shamanic Dreamwork – Power Animals – 6-8pm. Connect with Power Animal guides using shamanic journeying and active dreaming techniques. Learn to work with these guides in your life for guidance and healing. $15. Michele Ferro, 1005 Main St Suite 111, Pawtucket. 401-475-0084.

Monday, February 14

Valentine’s Day Yoga – 9:15am-9pm. Bring your Valentine to any class today and be eligible to enter to win a Yoga One 5-class pass! Normal Class Fees Apply. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk. 508-336-1300.

Introduction to Isagenix – 7-8pm. What is the Isagenix cleansing and Fat Burning System? What makes Isagenix such a unique and powerful weight reduction, weight control and health optimizing product? Seating is Limited. Email or Call: Laurie Kraus, 3 Haines Park Rd, Barrington. 631-834-7786. Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Imagine the life You want to live and live it! Have fun, play and create your own “Intention Book” and make your dreams a reality. Materials included. Call to register. $25. Pat Hastings, Pawtucket Ave, East Providence. 401-521-6783. 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.

Thursday, February 17

Reiki Healers Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Practitioners of all levels are invited to join in giving & receiving Reiki. We will also use Reiki to send out to Loved ones, difficult situations and the planet. $10. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Angel Gathering – 7-9pm. Come & listen to the chatter of the angels as they deliver messages for your highest good. ~We will also have an angel meditation ~. $20. Changing Lives, Joanne Salem, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston. 490-1732.

Friday, February 18

Yoga Night for Tweens (Ages 9-12) – 7-8:30pm. The class offers Vinyasa flow to help with flexibility, strength and endurance and will focus on emotional control, self-confidence and body awareness. $15. Lynda West, Old Almy Village, 1016 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Jafra Spa Party for Hands and Feet – 7-9pm. Cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize with soothing botanicals. Try Jafra for Free! Please call to RSVP. Free. Bonie Houle, 225 Mile Rd, Coventry. 401-397-7933. Full Moon Women’s Circle – 7:30-9:30pm. Come bask in the urban moon lodge! The moon governs the emotional life and the water element. Each month we focus on a different theme, guided by tradition and the needs of the circle. $20/Suggested donation. The Providence Institute, 18 Imperial Place, Providence. 401-464-1634.

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Saturday, February 19

Magnified Healing® Master-Teacher – 9:30am5:30pm. 2-day workshop held 2/19 & 2/20. MH is a gentle 20-minute daily healing practice designed to help raise your spiritual vibration. Visit website for more information. $195. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451. Meditating with Guided Images – 10-11am. Whether you’re new to meditation or practice daily, there is something for everyone in this workshop. Learn to move beyond chatter to a place of enlight-enment and joy. $10 donation appreciated. Jackie Van Dusen, call for directions, Acorn Cottage, Wakefield. 401-284-0363. Whole Foods 101 – 12-3pm. Join Tracey, nutrition counselor at All That Matters, to discover the basics of a whole food diet and how to make the transition to eating well. $45. Tracey Blahy, All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Kids Yoga Ages 7-9: 6-Week Series – 12:301:15pm. All children will feel successful in this simple and clear yet challenging yoga class. Focus is on coordination and balance, basic breathing exercises and FUN! $72/6 Week Series, $14/ Drop In. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. Kids Yoga Ages 10-13: 6-Week Series – 1:302:30pm. Kids in this class will enjoy building selfconfidence, outer strength, focus and concentration while having fun & learning to become aware of themselves from the inside. $72/6 Week Series, $14/ Drop In. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. Women’s Health Class – 3:30-5pm. Join us at Holistic Health RI to learn how to care for yourself as a woman, with Tracey LeBeau, certified Holistic Health Coach. Free. Tracey LeBeau, 5784 Post Rd., Suite #5, East Greenwich. 401-398-2933.

Discover the Art of Dreaming – 3:30-5:30pm. Spend the afternoon looking at the Art & science of dreaming. Learn about enhancing Your Dream recall & see how your nighttime dreams can help manifest your Life Dreams. $30. Body Wise Therapeutics, 575 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401-848-9825. Animal Communications – 6-8:30pm. Learn what the animal kingdom wishes you to know. Learn different ways to pick up information from your pets or animals you find in the wild. Bring pet photo(s). $45. The Grateful Heart, 17 West Main St, Wickford. 401-294-3981.

Sunday, February 20

Intentions Workshop – 7-9pm. 6 wk class through 3/31. Engage in choosing a new direction to live a peaceful, fulfilling life aligned with your Divine calling. Reveal your true self and live fully. $12 weekly. Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave, Johnston. 533-2860.

Introduction to Yoga – 6 Week Series – 4:305:30pm. This course is the perfect place to begin if you are brand new to yoga. Slower paced, informative classes will provide you with a strong yoga foundation. $72/6 week series. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300.

Friday, February 25

Celiac Support Group of Southeast New England – 4-6pm. Gluten-Free buffet. Reservations are required. No walk-ins will be accepted. For more information and reservations, contact Kathi Thiboutot. 401-624-8888. $14.50. China Lake Restaurant, 2732 County St, Somerset.

Monday, February 21

Dancing for Birth 6 Week Series – 5:45-6:45pm. Use dance moves from around the world to gain valuable birth preparation skills & natural pain coping techniques. Build confidence in your own birthing skills & wisdom. $66/6 weeks. Early rate (by Feb 14) $60. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Tuesday, February 22

Yogic Breathing for Stress Reduction – 7-8:30pm. The breath is free & portable – use it! Learn simple, yet powerful, breathing exercises designed to raise & lower energy levels, reduce stress & lift your mood. Ahhhh!. $15. Chris Belanger & Changing Lives, 1308 Atwood Ave., Johnston.

4 Steps To End Emtotional Eating – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn the 4 Steps to End Emotional Eating and make food binging, and overeating history. Join our Free teleclass at Patrice Ruggieri Well-Sense Health Coach. 401-578-6588. Zumba Party ~Free – 7:30-8:30pm. All levels welcome. It’s exhilarating easy to follow latin- inspired fitness party. Learn salsa and menergue & more. laugh, smile and dance!. Free. Parker, Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd ~ lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433.

Thursday, February 24

Retreat Preview Party – 6-7:30pm. Come enjoy a mini version of the Women’s Discovery Weekend Retreat. You’ll enjoy 90 minutes of self-care, meet like-minded women, and leave feeling uplifted. Free. Kathy Black & Joanna Meriwether, Ferncrest Yoga Center, Cranston. and click on “Free Events.”

500hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Coral Brown – 4-9pm. Take your teaching to the next level! Comprehensive and innovative 18-month teacher training is a unique opportunity to study and practice with top senior and national teachers. Visit website for an application and more information on tuition. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. 5 Day R.Rothenberg Low Back Training – 7-9pm. In this 5 day intensive for yoga teachers gain tools to intelligently address primary low back dysfunctions with respected yoga therapist Robin Rothenberg. 37.5 CEU hours. $580/includes manual & 37.5hrs YA CEUs. Robin Rothenberg, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Saturday, February 26

Free Monthly Yoga Class – 9-10:30am. Alleviate stress. Learn breath awareness, postures and relaxation techniques. Good for any fitness level. Chairs available for those who cannot sit on the floor. Free. Wendy & Ross, Quonnie Grange, 5662 Post Rd Rte. 1, Charlestown. 322-0810. Back Pocket Day Retreat – 9am-12pm. Join us as we spend a few hours developing a Menu of Self Care- sample the smorgasbord of options and select what nourishes you in body, mind, and spirit. $65. Joanna Meriwether & Kathy Black, Ferncrest Yoga Center, Cranston. click on “Classes + Retreats”. Awakening the Light Body – 12-5:30pm. Two Day Seminar, 2/26-2/27, offering a profound series of spiritual practice using Sufi wazifa (mantras). You may attend one or both days. $150/both days. $85/ one day. Sheikh Firdousi (Dr. John Wyrick), Old Almy Village, 1016 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. 401-683-9642. Introduction to Contemplative Shamanism – 1-6pm. Learn what you need to start working with the healing power of the Mesa and the ideas of Contemplative Shamanism. Contemplative Shamanic tradition incorporates both ancient and modern

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Sunday, February 27

Reiki 1st Degree – 10am-5pm. Come learn the history of this ancient healing modality & receive the Reiki I Attunement. You will also learn & practice the hand positions for treating self & others. $150/ one, Bring a Friend/ $250. Heavenly Hugs, 917A Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-935-8451.

Yoga 101 – 10:30am-12:30pm. Explore the benefits of yoga with one on one attention in this small class designed specifically for the beginner student. Get your questions answered, experience your own yoga practice and leave with an understanding of what yoga has to offer you. $25/per class, $60/series. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126. Yoga and the Gardener – 2-5pm. Strength and flexibility are key to happy gardening. Three hours to hone your body, mind and spirit for gardening. $30/by February 20, $40/after. Barbara Gee, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

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Monday, February 28

Grains and Greens for Busy People – 6-8pm. Are you a busy person who wants to incorporate more whole grains and vegetables into your meals? This workshop will provide you with the tools to make it happen. $35. Tracey Blahy, All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

Wednesday, March 2

Reduce Stress, Learn to Meditate – 6-7:30pm. Every Wednesday in March. An introduction to basic meditation techniques incorporates mindfulness, breath work, and body work. $5/per class. Drop ins welcome. Cris McCullough, MA, The Center for Health and Well Being, 333 Valley Rd, Middletown. 401-846-0042.

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Stress Reduction Techniques for Spring – 121pm. Acquire new Stress Reduction Techniques and leap into a powerful and abundant Spring & Summer. Learn how to use Aromatherapy & Affirmations hand in hand to produce a powerful leap into Spring. Free. Body Wise Therapeutics, 575 East Main Rd, Middletown. 401-848-9825.

Sunday, March 20

Surf & Yoga Adventure Costa Rica – 6-6am. Allinclusive unique adventure filled with Yoga, Hiking, Surfing, & plenty of time for Relazing in one of the most bio-diverse spots on the planet. Space is limited! $1,800-$1,400 depending on accommodation. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique – 6:30-7:30pm. Space is limited pre-registration required. Sponsored by First Fridays. Free. Judy/ Cris McCullough, Riverside. 401-247-2220.


Saturday, March 5

Kenneth Cohen: Internationally known Taoist Yogi and author. Learn a complete set of traditional Coiling Silk Qigong, beautiful circular movements. The moves gently open and close the joints, improve posture and breathing, and stimulate the life force, qi, to flow without obstruction. $325/weekend. $299/before 3/9. Call 401-354-9129 or email info@focusyoga. com to register. Focus Yoga, 63 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich RI.

The Healing Power of the Labyrinth – 1:304:30pm. With Labyrinth Lady, Cris McCullough. $60. All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield. 401-782-2126.

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Sunday Kripalu Yoga – 9-9:45am. Postures, breathing and core work to stretch, strengthen and relieve tension. Donations accepted. Church of the Mediator – a UU Fellowship, 50 Rounds Ave, Providence. 401-941-3070. EveryBody’s Yoga – 9-10:15am. Postures, breathing and core work to stretch, strengthen and relieve tension. $48/6, $10/drop in. Burriville Community Recreation Center, 50 Lodge Rd, Pascoag. 401-578-4162. Community Yoga/$5 Donation – 9-10:15am. Basic Yoga Class opened to everyone. Start your day in a beautiful way helping to support a cause! Learn yoga postures, breathe work and relaxation techniques. $5 Donation. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Sunday Celebration Service – 9:15-10:30am. Concordia where hearts come together as one. $0. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Road, Warwick. 732-1552. Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 1011am. Breathing, (Pranayama), gentle to more vigorous postures, and rejuvenation, (Savasana) in a cozy atmosphere. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074. Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 10-11am. Gentle, restorative yoga for all levels. Classes held in our peaceful, seaside studio. Space is limited, please call in advance. $15. Waves of Healing Wellness Boutique, 124 Riverside Dr, Riverside. 401-437-6126. Shambhala Mindfulness Meditation – 10am12pm. Open community practice of basic mindfulness meditation, with chants (chanting participation optional). Instruction offered at 10:00. Free/No Pre-registration. Providence Shambhala Meditation Center, 541 Pawtucket Ave. 2nd Floor, Pawtucket. 401-305-0762. Family Yoga – 10:45-11:30am. Adults and children ages 4-11 derive enormous benefits from yoga. Come exercise, play and connect with your children. $18/includes 1 adult,1 child. $4/ each additional. Simplify Yoga, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-419-1298.

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Prayers for World Peace – 11am-12:30pm. Come together to deepen our understanding that “without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.” Classes include clear teachings, meditations and prayers. $10 per class. Kadampa Teacher, Angela Stewart, 339 Ives St, Providence. 401-286-9760.

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Urban Bhakti Groove – 3-4:30pm. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. Up-beat vinyasa flow class with meditative chanting and deep relaxation. $15/ drop in, $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.

Monday Sculpt & Tone – 7-7:30am. With cardio intervals. Using primary bands for resistance, this workout will tone, strengthen, and ramp up your metabolism. Classes limited, call for details and directions. $5. Margie Caldwell, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Pilates Flex, Stretch and Tone – 9-10am. All levels, full body movement class for flexibility, muscle tone and balance. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., East Greenwich. Shri Strech and Strengthen – 9-10:15am. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. Designed and taught by the studio director with the use of balls, bolsters and great music. Develop greater flexibility and core strength. Long seated meditation included. $15/drop in, $10/Pawtucket YMCA members,$45/5 classes. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Anusara Yoga – 9-10:30am. A heart opening, highly therapeutic style, all levels class. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. All Levels Vinyasa Yoga – 9:15-10:30am. Series of postures that will strengthen, build flexibility and endurance while bringing you to a place of deep inner calm. Taught in a heated room. $14. Yoga One, 3 Progress St, Seekonk, MA. 508-336-1300. All Level Yoga (Vinyasa) – 10-11:15am. Moderately paced Yoga flow, with deep stretching, to energize, tone, and strengthen the body. In the peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. ZUMBA – 10:30-11:30am. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. Story & Stretch-Yoga for 2.5-5yr old – 1111:45am. This 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.

Lunch Hour Yoga – 12-1pm. Also Wednesday and Friday. Take a real break from work, and feel better all afternoon.
 Balance your yoga practice with strength, stretch & cardio yoga. $10 drop-in/ package deals available. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Lunch Hour Yoga: Heated Vinyasa – 12-1pm. Take a real break from work! Get into the flow with heated vinyasa and feel better all afternoon. Conveniently timed to fit your schedule. Package deals available. $12 drop in, $108/12, $144/18. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Kundalini Yoga – 4-5:15pm. A blend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. $10/drop-in. Hamilton House, 276 Angell Street, Providence. 401-722-3230.

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.

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.

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.

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

Literacy Tutor Training Workshop – 6-9pm. Through 4/6/11. Volunteer to Teach English! We train tutors to teach adults who have Basic Reading or English as a Second Language needs. Nominal materials fee. Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, 1672 Flat River Rd, Coventry. 401-822-9103.

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. Anusara Yoga with Sara Davidson – 5-6:30pm. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. With one of the 300 most experienced anusara teachers in the country. Heart-oriented, spiritually inspiring using Universal Principles of Alignment. $99/11 $45/5 or $10/Drop in. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Beginners Yoga – 5:15-6:30pm. . Basic postures and vinyasa flow; alignment and movement with the breath. $10/6, $12/drop in. Renee Katz, Healthi Directions, 11 Kenyon Ave, Wakefield. 401-864-0947. Meditation – 5:30-7pm. Manage stress, awaken intuition & connect to spirit using guided breath control, visualization & sound. Individual and group sessions available by appointment. $20/ Call to Register. Under The Sun Meditation Ctr & Bookstore, 31B Bridge St, Newport. 401-339-6092. Environment Council of RI Meeting – 5:307:30pm. 1st Monday. Check website for schedule changes. Free. Environment Council of RI, The Department of Administration Bldg, Conference Room B, One Capitol Hill, Providence. Zumba! – 6-7pm. Latin-inspired dance aerobic program with caloric output up to 750/ hr. $80/8, $12/drop in. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Belly Dancing with Mahdia – 6-7:15pm. Get in shape and explore the Middle Eastern style-Raks Sharqi. $60/6, $13/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310.

Zumba Fitness Class – 7-8pm. Basic fitness choreography, ideal for beginners. Followed by stretch. $65/10, $8/drop in. Margie Caldwell, Body Language Plus, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Pilates/Yoga – 7-8pm. Strengthening the core, improving posture and muscle tone. Stabilizing the spine while finding focus and balance. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Women’s Spirituality/Intention Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Monday. Dynamic group to share intentions and dreams. Open to all seeking a deeper connection. $15. Pat Hastings, Providence. 401-521-6783.

Tuesday 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/drop in or purchase a discount pass. Maggie Martin, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. See Sunday at 10 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. $120/10, $15/drop in. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881. Yoga 101/Intro to Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Our award winning series includes foundational poses, breathing & relaxation techniques, and the philosophical components of yoga. A good place for new students to begin. $60/6 week series. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave. Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200.

Svaroopa Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Very gentle, deeply healing. Focus is on releasing the muscles along the spinal column. Pre-registration is necessary. $112/8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Anusara Yoga – 4:30-6pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15/Drop in. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. Vinyasa Yoga Deliciously Challenging – 5-6:30pm. Detoxify and strengthen your body while uplifting your heart and spirit. See website for full schedule. $45/6 classes new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Beginner’s Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Strengthen and stretch with focus on alignment. $60/6, $12/drop in. West Shore Wellness, 1648 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-734-9355. Gentle Yoga for Beginners and Advanced – 5:306:30pm. See Sunday at 10 am for details. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074. Hatha Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Mixed levels, beginners welcome. Ask about new student specials. $72/6, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Zumba! – 6-7pm. See Monday at 6pm for details. $80/8, $12/drop in. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. ZUMBA – 6-7pm. See Monday at 10:30am for details. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. 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. $96/8 classes, $14 drop-in. 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. 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.

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Infant Massage Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Tuesdays through 2/22. Learn about the powerful and beneficial effects of infant massage. Both parents are welcome, but not necessary. $80/4 weeks. Innisfree Body Works, Tamara Bond, RN, 18 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-461-3788. RI Sierra Club Monthly Meeting – 7-8pm. 2nd Tuesday. Get involved with grassroots conservation activities. Free. Sierra Club, 17 Gordon Ave, Suite 208, Providence. 401-855-2103. RhodeIsland. Yoga for Athletes – 7-8:15pm. Enhance performance in sports or any physical activity. Improve balance and focus while increasing core strengthen and flexibility. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd~lower level, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Meditation Nights – 7-8:30pm. 1st, and 3rd Tuesday. Deep breathing, relaxation, visualization, energization exercises, chanting and time-tested meditation techniques of concentration. All are welcome. Donation. West Shore Wellness, 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. Modern Buddhism: Solutions to Change – 7-8:30pm. By putting Buddha’s advice into practice, we can attain a lasting peace of mind that will change our lives. No meditation experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome. $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. 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.

Wednesday Sculpt & Tone – 7-7:30am. See Monday at 7:00am for details. $5. Margie Caldwell, Warwick. 401-732-6307. 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.


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PhysicalFusion Barre Tuff Class – 6-7pm. Create a lean body with light weights, ballet barre. Also 8:30am Sat. PhysicalFusion Lite (less tuff) 9:45am Th & 9:45am Sat. $15. Pilates West Bay, 5 Division St., 2nd floor, East Greenwich. Zumba! – 6-7pm. See Monday at 6pm for details. $80/8, $12/drop in. Unique Total Body, 190 Putnam Pike, Johnston. 401-233-2348. Zumba Fitness Class – 9-10am. See Monday at 7pm for details. $65/10, $8/drop in. Margie Caldwell, Body Language Plus, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Nia Movement Class – 9:45-10:45am. Movement class that facilitates JOY & fitness. Wear loose clothing, no shoes & bring water. First class is Free. Pay only if you continue. $38/monthly. Wendy Rappaport, Quonnie Grange, 5662 Post Road Rte. 1, Charlestown. 322-0810. Chair Massage – 10am-12pm. Jenny will offer chair massage. Great selection of healthy baked goods, tea, coffee, vegetarian lunches. $1/minute. The Food Coop, 357 Main St, Wakefield. Wintertime Farmers Market – 4-7pm. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, gluten free breads, tortillas, chocolates, fair trade coffee hot or by the pound. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Whole Foods Waterman St Neighborhood Night – 4:30-6:30pm. Taste something special from every department, new theme every week. Free. Whole Foods, 261 Waterman St, Providence. 401-272-1690. Strong Flow Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Strengthen body, mind and spirit enjoying a healthy challenge. First class free, $45/6. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Westerly Arts Night – 5-8pm. 1st Wednesday. Downtown galleries and studios open in unison to exhibit new works. Free. Artists Cooperative Gallery, 12 High St, Westerly. 401-596-2221. Anusara Yoga Level 1 – 5:15-6:30pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15/drop in. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. Cardio Kickboxing – 5:30-6:30pm. A high energy aerobic workout designed to keep you moving and boost your fat-burning capabilities. Filled with dynamic intervals of punches, kicks and power. $10/ First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. Meditation – 5:30-7pm. See Monday at 5:30 PM 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/drop-in. Hamilton House, 276 Angell Street, Providence. 401-722-3230. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Mind-body awareness, posture and alignment and breathing techniques. Beginners welcome. $12/drop in, $60/6 weeks. West Shore Wellness, 1648 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-734-9355.

Svaroopa Yoga – 6-7:30pm. See Tuesday at 4 for details. $112/8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. 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 Street, 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, sock suggested. Free/Charitable donations accepted. Providence Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-1464. ZUMBA – 6:30-7:30pm. See Monday at 10:30am for details. $10/First Class Free. Dexter Training Concepts, 1543 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence. 401-228-7906. Beginners Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Warm-ups, therapeutic postures, breathing techniques and deep relaxation. Visit website for more information. $100/7, $20/ Drop in. Body Mind RI, 1215 Reservoir Ave, Garden City, Cranston. 401-369-8115. Anusara All Levels – 6:45-8:15pm. See Monday at 9 for details. $15. Yoga Connect, 840 Smithfield Rd, Lincoln. 401-333-5007. Meditation Service – 7-8pm. Affirmative message and guided meditation, join us for a mid week spiritual lift. Free. Concordia Center for Spiritual Living, 292 West Shore Rd, Warwick. 401-732-1552. Meditation & Christian Mysticism – 7-9pm. Prayer, Meditation, Blessing, Light, Soul are mystical topics that we cover. Free. Rev Michaela Walters, Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 857-231-1920. Guided Imagery Meditation – 7-9pm. 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. Latin inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning class. Bring clean sneakers. $12/drop-in, $90/10. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. 5 RHYTHMS: Waves – 7:30-8:45pm. 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Experience the 5R, flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, stillness. In this spiritual movement practice we dance our heart n soul!. $13. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839. Prenatal Yoga with Karen Lee – 7:30-9pm. Ease through pregnancy by strengthening abdominal tone and relaxation skills. $15/drop in, discount packages available. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket. 401-421-9876.

Beginners Yoga – 5-6pm. Perfect class if you are new to yoga or looking for a slower, more breath centered practice. Feel good. Improve your flexibility, mental focus and balance. $15. The Center for Preventive Medicine, Heidi Gabrilowitz, 191 Nashua St, Providence. 401-258-6362. Open Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Covering the basics in a relaxed atmosphere. All levels. $10/drop in $42/6. Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale. 401-782-9511. Beginner Iyengar yoga – 5:30-7pm. Strengthen and stretch with focus on alignment. $5 off first class. $16/drop in, $14/student. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650.

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

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. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, @The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd, Cumberland. 401-658-4802.

Gentle Yoga For Beginners and Advanced – 7-8am. See Sunday at 10 am for details. $10. Yoga Spirit, Mohan, 95 Bay View Ave, Cranston. 401-965-8074. Mixed Level Yoga – 9:30-11am. Flowing movements and deeper holds. First Class Free. One Yoga Studio, 142A Danielson Pike (2nd Floor), Foster. 401-578-4162. Svaroopa Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. See Tuesday at 4pm for details. $112/8, $17/drop in. Blissful Moment Yoga, 1006 Charles St. #10A, N Providence. 401-742-8020. Barre and Ball Class – 10am-11pm. Ballet barre (30 min) and Pilates on stability ball (30 min) moves to lengthen and tone muscles. $12/drop in, $150/15. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099. Lunch Hour Yoga: Heated Vinyasa – 12-1pm. See Tuesday at noon for details. $12 drop in, $108/12, $144/18. Breathing Time Yoga, 541 Pawtucket Ave 2nd Fl, Pawtucket. 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/Drop in. Innerlight Center for Yoga, 850 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown Commons, Middletown. 401-849-3200. Yin (Gentle) Yoga – 4-5pm. On the Pawtucket/East Side line. Quiet practice using floor postures to stretch and stimulate. All levels. $99/11, $45/5,$10/Drop in. Shri Studio, Urban Revitalization Yoga, 21 Broad St, Pawtucket. 401-441-8600. Kids Yoga Club – 5-6pm. Fun filled class emphasizing breath, postures and meditation. Ages 5-12. (Younger kids or siblings are welcome if accompanied by an adult). $10. The Yoga Loft, 16 Cutler St, Warren. 401-245-0881.

All Levels Pilates – 6-7pm. Focus on alignment and course ability. Total body workout that tones, strengthens, improves balance, mobility and agility. $12/drop-in, packages available. Simplify Yoga, 2076 Nooseneck Hill Rd, Coventry. 401-419-1298. Vinyasa Yoga Deliciously Challenging! – 6-7:45pm. See Tuesday at 5 for details. $45/6 classes, new student special. One Yoga Center, 142 A Danielson Pike (Rt. 6), Foster. 401-368-9642. Combination Class: Deep Stretch (Yin Yoga)/ Vinyasa Flow – 6-8pm. Yin Yoga, a deep and relaxing stretch. At 7:00, transition to a moderately paced vinyasa flow. Choose one, or take both. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. The Yoga Studio of BlackstoneRiverValley, The Zen Center, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Hosting Ladies Night – 6-9pm. Trivia game, massage, skin care, demos, tarot cards, gift ideas from local artisans. Hosted by Waves of Healing. Free. Chiazza Trattoria, 308 County Rd, Barrington.

Archery – 6:30-8pm. Beginner class, Western Archery style. Basic/Safety. $30/Month. Kyoshi: George Kasper, 118 Littlefield St, Pawtucket. 401-724-2250. Zumba Fitness Class – 7-8pm. See Monday at 7pm for details. $65/10, $8/drop in. Body Language Plus, Margie Caldwell, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. See Tuesday at 5:45pm for details. $72/6, $14/drop in. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. Gentle Yoga – 7-8:15pm. Perfect class for those who are looking for a gentle and peaceful practice. Special focus on using the breathe to relax the body and mind. Mediation and Reiki. $13. Serenity Yoga, 21 College Hill Rd, Warwick. 401-615-3433. Kundalini Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation for relaxation, selfhealing. $100/10, $12/drop-in $10/students. St Martin’s Church, 50 Orchard Ave, Great Hall, Providence. 508-376-6206. Gangaji Video Gathering – 7-9pm. 1st Thursday. Gangaji, an Awakened teacher, invites you to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being. $5/ suggested donation. Julianne Eanniello, Westerly, Call for location and directions. 401-315-0254. Meditation for Everyone – 7:30-8:15pm. Open Mediation w/Sara Davidson. A peaceful, supportive and relaxing environment. Practice is therapeutic for your nervous system and calming for your body and mind. No experience needed. Donation. Studio Exhale, 1263 Oaklawn Ave, Cranston. 401-383-0839.

Friday Sculpt & Tone – 7-7:45am. See Monday at 7:30am for details. $5. Margie Caldwell, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Zumba Fitness Class – 9-10am. See Monday at 9am for details. $65/10, $8/drop in. Margie Caldwell, Body Language Plus, 1170 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-732-6307. Pilates Wunda Chair Class – 9am-9:30pm. Strengthen and lengthen muscles and improve balance. Class is limited to 6 students, call to reserve. $60/5, $15/ drop-in. RI Pilates Studio, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. 401-335-3099.

Zumba – 6:15-7:15pm. See Tuesday at 6:30 for details. $10. BIA Fitness, 1639 Warwick Ave, Warwick. 401-732-2899.

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.

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.

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

EveryBody’s Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. See Sunday at 9am for details. $48/6, $10/drop in. Burrillville Community Recreation Center, 50 Lodge Rd, Pascoag. 401-578-4162.

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.

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Saturday Zumba – 8:30-9:30am. Join the party with a latin inspired workout. Learn Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Samba, Reggaeton, Calypso and more. Love to live, Live to party with Zumba!. $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/ drop in, $72/6. Village Wellness Center & Heart in Hand, 422 Post Rd, Warwick. 401-941-2310. All Level Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. A blend of posture flows to music and deep floor work to tone, strengthen, release tension & energize! In the

peaceful setting of the Zen Center. $96/8, $14/ drop-in. TheYogaStudio of Blackstone RiverValley, 99 Pound Rd., Cumberland. 401-658-4802. Beginners Yoga – 9:30-11am. See Wednesday at 6:30 pm for details. $20/drop in, $100/7. Body Mind RI, 1215 Reservoir Ave, Garden City, Cranston. 401-369-8115. Nia Class – 10-11am. See Friday at 10:30 for details. $3/members, $6/non members. Sandra Fontana, Johnston Community Center, 1291 Hartford Ave, Johnston. 401-487-6977. 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. Featuring a variety of locally produced goods, including vegetables, jams, jellies, artisan breads and pastries, gluten free breads, tortillas, chocolates, fair trade coffee hot or by the pound. Free. Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket. Gentle Prenatal – 10:15-11:15am. Deepen relationship with your baby through breathing and yoga poses. $10/drop in, $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.

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Pre-natal Yoga – 10:45am-12pm. Explore changes and prepare for childbirth in a supportive atmosphere. $16/drop in, $104/8 week series. Motion Center, 111 Chestnut St, Providence. 401-654-6650. 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. Nia Class – 12:30-1:30pm. See Friday at 10:30 for details. $15. Santosha, 14 Bartlett Ave, Cranston. 401-780-9809. Rhode Island Orchid Society Monthly Meeting – 12:30-2pm. Last Saturday. Free. Rhode Island Orchid Society, Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Greenhouse entrance, Providence. 401-769-0369. Grandmother’s Empowerment Group – 1-3pm. Usually the 1st Saturday. Based on A Call to Power: The Grandmothers Speak: finding balance in a chaotic world. Donation. The Healing Circle, Providence. 508-292-2798. 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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AYURVEDA/MASSAGE Jan Goldstein, NCLMT Newport, RI 401-847-1371

Prepare to be well cared for as you reach a state of calm balance. I offer traditional ayurvedic body treatments including abhyanga, marma, shirodhara and more. Also available is therapeutic and relaxation massage including deep muscle, hot stones, reflexology and more. See ad on page 43.

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

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

Books on Spirituality, Metaphysics, Psychology, Shamanism, Alternative Healing, Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking. Kirlian Aura Photos. Meaningful jewelry with crystals and gemstones, Angels, Buddhas, Tibetan Singing bowls, Native American sacred herbs, dreamcatchers. Candles, incense, cards and beautiful music on CD. Psychic and Tarot Readings - Call for appointment. See ad, page 43.

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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.

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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 55.


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.


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.

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.

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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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.

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

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

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fitness Margie Caldwell, AFPA Certified Warwick 401-732-6307 401-301-6962

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 31.

holistic guidance Angel Whispers Rhode Island 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 39.

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


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

interfaith minister 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.


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

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

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


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

Keri Layton, N.D.

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

Nature Cures Naturopathic Clinic

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

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.

reiki Amanda de Rezendes

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

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE It’s Your Body’s Symphony

2051 Plainfield Pike • Johnston RI 02919 401-464-6100 • ITS ALL ABOUT YOU. You deserve the BEST The journey begins. Enter a new plateau @ ITS YOUR BODYS SYMPHONY We offer: A variety of massage therapies including La Stone, Cupping, Thai, Ultimate pumpkin & back facials, Reflexology… We look forward to your arrival. See ad page 33.

Jane McGinn, BA, LMT

2077 West Shore Rd., Warwick, RI 401-734-9355 Jane’s massage style incorporates relaxing Swedish strokes and deeper pressure as needed. Her techniques loosen tight muscles and bring about a sense of well being - mentally, emotionally, physically. Her work has helped those new to massage as well as those familiar with massage, including therapists and practitioners. New clients are encouraged to experience Jane’s warm, friendly approach and excellent results.

weight loss Laurie Kraus

Barrington, RI 631-834-7786 Get support from Laurie Kraus, a result oriented Isagenix coach with much success behind her. Isagenix addresses two factors, which lead to excess weight and disease in a way that no other health and supplement company has: they are TOXICITY AND NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY. Isagenix products contain the highest quality natural botanicals, herbs, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, minerals and protein in the correct proportions to first cleanse on a cellular level, then deliver optimal nutrition. See ad page 51.


Marie Bouvier-Newman 2374 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI 401-405-0819 • We provide much more than products, services and education. We provide the tools you need to optimize your health in a comfortable environment. We care. See ad on page 43.

yoga a new day yoga

Marilyn Scallon RYT, CYT, Reiki Master 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland RI 508 596-2974 Offering Weekly yoga classes, Shake Your Soul(R)/ Yoga Dance, Private/Create Your Own Yoga Class, and vibrational sound healing. Our yoga classes are gentle as well as offering Hatha Yoga Flow. Teacher training also offered. Come and be inspired. See ad on page 39.

Chris Belanger, RYT

401-261-7242 Offering Kripalu Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Yoga in the Park, Men’s Yoga, Gentle Yoga & Senior Yoga throughout RI – Classes are suitable for all levels. Explore your body, breath, mind & spirit. Chris is now offering Yoga for Vets - a program to thank vets for their service, while providing a valuable wellness tool for the mind & body. See ad on page 36.


315 Main Street • Wakefield, RI 401-782-2126 • Choose from 45 yoga classes each week. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic health services. Experience workshops on yoga, meditation, self-care, self-discovery and the healing arts. See ad on page 35.

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.

Inner Health Colon Hydrotherapy Cleansing the colon with privacy & dignity

Lori DeLang

I-Act Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Certified Body Ecologist

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508-261-1611 / / 450 Chauncy Street at Rtes. 95, 495 & 106 Mansfield, MA 02048 natural awakenings

February 2011


February 2011 Rhode Island Natural Awakenings  

Balance - Relax and Recharge

February 2011 Rhode Island Natural Awakenings  

Balance - Relax and Recharge