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Healthy Food To-Go in Fairhope Food from Rootz, Fairhope’s nutrition kitchen, is now available for delivery through from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Rootz provides made-from-scratch meals to-go using local, sustainable and healthy ingredients. Grab-and-go items are always available, and a rotating menu of orderahead dishes are offered through the weekly meal plan program. Paleo, vegan and gluten-free diets can be accommodated plus the kitchen makes cold-pressed juices and has the locally brewed Wild Magnolia kombucha on tap. “Many of us live and eat in the fast lane and the speed of life causes us to make impulsive decisions when it comes to food,” say owners Tony Tkac and Sofia Fly. “We too often trade our health for our convenience, and our daily diet can either make us sick or heal our body and promote longevity.” Rootz strives to provide the healthiest food in a convenient way. By using local farms, their sustainably grown produce is the freshest available, which means that the micronutrient content in the produce is much higher than most store-bought produce. Location: 209 A S. Section St., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-270-7120 or visit See Food and Nutrition listing, page 42.

Healthy Living Trailblazer Returns to Mobile Virginia’s Health Food Store in Mobile, Alabama is excited to welcome retired nutritionist Betylou Pierce to their staff. Pierce opened the Mobile health food store Naturally Yours in 1990 and for more than 10 years she used the store to help people live healthier lives, often hosting courses on how the body works and heals. She also owned the restaurant Eats of Eden, where they introduced many locals to vegetarian and vegan cuisine and juicing. Pierce just recently moved back to the area after living in MisBetylou Pierce sissippi for 12 years and she says, “I love educating people about healthy living; it’s my life and I want to share it with everybody.” At Virginia’s, Pierce will work a couple days a week and be available by appointment to help guide customers on a path of wellness. “I’m thrilled and honored to be working at Virginia’s,” she says. “I’m seeing some familiar faces and having a good time. It’s good to be home.” Location: 3055 A Dauphin St., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-479-3952 or visit See ad, page 3.


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Natural Cold and Flu Prevention With reports showing the flu vaccination is only 10 to 33 percent effective this year, Doctor’s Nutrition, in Gulfport, Mississippi, encourages the use of natural methods for flu and cold prevention. Vitamin D supplements can help the immune system, but new research suggests that 2,000 IUs are necessary as opposed to the previously recommended dosage of 200-400 IUs. If lab work indicates a Vitamin D deficiency, higher doses may be required. Research indicates that when Vitamin C is taken daily, it helps prevent colds and the flu, and it helps shorten the duration of illness if contracted. Look for liposomal Vitamin C—a form that is believed to “supercharge” the immune system. Allergies, flu and chronic infection are more likely to occur when inflammation is present in the gut. Probiotics offer a defense against problems caused by the inflammation and are also the gut’s first line of defense against “bad bugs”. Doctor’s Nutrition recommends around 50 billion CFUs daily. When using any kind of supplement, confirm that it is of high quality and check for correct dosage. However, no supplement can replace sleep. The body needs plenty of rest for the immune system to work properly. For more information, call 1-800-824-0194 or visit DoctorsNutrition. com. See ad, page 4.

Essential Oils and Reflexology Coupled in New Program Licensed massage therapist and certified registered reflexologist Laurie Azzarella, of Daphne, Alabama, has launched a new empowering educational program called Reflex-OILogy. In these classes, parents, caregivers, oilers and professional bodyworkers benefit from learning how to therapeutically apply essential oils to enhance the functionality of the body and its systems. In this 8-hour course, taught in one day, students gain a practical, in-depth understanding of each body system’s function so they can assess reflex areas on feet and hands and then, using a unique application technique, apply appropriate essential oils. Stretching, muscle relaxation, energy and meridian points plus proprietary Emotional Congestion Release Technique is also incorporated into each module. “I’ve seen how environmental toxins in our air, food, water, media and personal care products have hardened the reflex areas in our hands and feet. When I began using essential oils on the reflexes of the feet they helped create an oxygenized, therapeutic impulse flow of energy into the body,” says Azzarella, who has been an Ingham Reflexologist for more than 25 years, as well as an Essential Oil Educator. “This wholistic systematic program is the culmination of my teaching experience and my passion to empower others.” For class schedule and more information, call 850-380-4943 or visit See ad, page 15.

Dr. Mary Sabal Offers Acupuncture for Natural Relief At Family Care Naturally, in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Mary Sabal, D.C., R.N. provides a range of affordable and uncomplicated services, including acupuncture. Natural Awakenings readers receive a 25 percent discount on their first session. Sabal was introduced to the wide range of acupuncture’s benefits as an intern. “I knew right away I had to learn all I could about this simple, yet remarkably safe and effective treatment that has been used by millions for thousands of years,” she says. This natural therapy can help restore mind and body to optimal health and is used to manage a range of common issues including pain, stress, insomnia, depression and menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Other services available at Family Care Naturally include: hyperbaric oxygen therapy for mental clarity, muscle recovery and to ward off dangerous microorganisms; chiropractic adjustments (by hand or by instrument) to align bones and joints; massage for therapeutic applications and relaxation; and hair tissue mineral analysis to reveal metabolic type, so food and supplement recommendations are more effective. Sabal is also a distributor for the Better Air Probiotic Purifier, which vents probiotics into a home or office to safely and effectively eliminate viruses, molds, bacteria, pet dander and odors.

Enroll Your Healing Hands in Massage Therapy School Alabama Healing Arts (AHA), Mobile’s newest, locally-owned vocational college, is accepting applications for spring enrollment of massage therapy school. AHA educators have over 25 years of teaching experience to assist students in becoming professional licensed massage therapists (LMTs). “Therapeutic massage is a beautiful healing practice. It makes a perfect adjunct therapy to many healthcare professions. This fulfilling career allows for great flexibility, versatility and creativity. LMTs are becoming more and more in demand each year,” says owner Kelly Laurendine. Evening massage classes are scheduled to begin in April, and daytime classes in October. The 650-hour curriculum meets state requirements for preparing students to become licensed therapists. This interactive massage program emphasizes hands-on technique demonstration and practice, includes specialty techniques, fundamental sciences, student clinic and outreach practicum. AHA currently has a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensure exam. AHA also offers 200-, 300- and 500hour yoga teacher training, and three levels of reiki certification which may be purchased individually, and for continuing education. For more information or to request an application, call 251-753-1937, email or visit AlabamaHealing See ad, page 15.

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Women Gather to Empower Their Authentic Voice Women of all ages, faiths and spiritual practices will welcome the sacred feminine at the annual Grandmothers Gathering, from March 22 to 25, at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, Alabama. This year’s theme, Be Brave, Be Strong, Be You: Claiming Your Authentic Voice, will explore the authentic woman. “She’s me, she’s you, she’s every woman who desires to enter the realm of reawakening to their greatest truths, embraced by the sacred feminine,” says organizer Carolyn Garbett. The gathering offers an opportunity to meet and connect with other women for inspiration and guidance—sharing laughter, tears and more. From the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony, participants will open their hearts and minds, receiving points of light into their lives so they can see themselves and the world differently. A schedule of workshops, meditation, music and healing arts is organized around meals and free time. Each day, small circle groups are facilitated to foster meaningful discussion in a safe and empowering setting. Other highlights include a giveaway ceremony for the practice of detachment and a Croning ceremony to joyfully honor those who have reached the age of 70. The Gulf Coast Grandmothers gather yearly to embody unconditional acceptance and fulfill the ancient prophecy: “When the grandmothers speak, the Earth will heal.” Cost: $340-$415 registration fee includes three nights’ lodging and all meals. For more information, call Carolyn Garbett at 251-945-1295, email or visit

Mississippi Café Offers Wellness for a Lifetime Starfish Café, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, serves fresh local food with a pay-what-you-want policy while offering a free experiential education program to students 18 and older. Donations cover the cost of food and experience, and extra donations are used to make a positive impact on the world. Known as one of the best kept secrets on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the quaint café supports the local economy by purchasing all of its food from local growers and grocers. Purchased products are supplemented by the vegetables, flowers and herbs harvested from the café’s gardens. The 20-week experiential learning program offers students free, hands-on training in restaurant, job and life skills. “Our commitment is to minister to, facilitate and equip each Starfish student with tools to fully and completely reach their potential,” says Executive Director Di Filhart. “We believe that every person is created by God for a special and wonderful purpose in this world.” Location: 211 Main St., Bay Saint Louis, MS. For more information, call 228229-3503 or visit or 10

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A Clean Ocean is in the Bag The It’s in the Bag community cleanup campaign is seeking the commitment of locals on the Gulf Coast to keep communities and waterways clean. According to Keep America Beautiful, litter cleanup costs in the U.S. are $11,500,000,000 each year. “We want people to join us in picking up the trash we’re stepping over,” says BJ Smith, of the Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust (ACHT) and founder of the It’s in the Bag campaign. “Be happy and join people around the world who know that picking up trash is the fun, easy and popular thing to do.” The campaign encourages teams of volunteers to design a unique and local cleanup program. Reusable bags to gather litter are available with a donation to ACHT or teams can use their own. To start a dialogue while tracking and celebrating progress, participants are encouraged to post what litter they’re finding and where they’re finding it. “We want to hear stories of the weirdest trash and weirdest locations, plus, how you’re talking to others as you pick up trash,” Smith says. “Remember, there is no amount too small because truly every piece makes a difference.” For more information call 251-455-1859, email or visit

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.


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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 12

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Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression

Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”


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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.


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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

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Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.

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China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”. 14

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Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

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Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it ecoresponsibly is enhancing the process. “More people are making and hand-dyeing their own yarn,” says blogger Ann Budd (, of Boulder, Colorado, former editor of Interweave Knits magazine and author of Knitting Green. “The results are beautiful with different color combinations, and even striping.” Also, more yarn is American-sourced. “Shearing and dyeing are done here to cut down on the overall carbon footprint,” explains Budd, who conducts workshops for shops and clubs, plus two annual learning retreats. This year’s are in Savannah, Georgia, from April 26 to 29, and in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, from September 20 to 23. suggests Green Mountain Spinnery ( as a U.S. source of certified organic, natural fiber yarns processed without toxic oils, chemicals or dyes; Ecobutterfly Organics (, for vegan-friendly, fair trade and botanically dyed organic cotton yarns and fiber, recycled glass beads, buttons and kits; and Organic Cotton Plus (, offering certified organic woven and knit fabrics, hemp and hemp-blended fabrics, threads, ribbons and vegetable-based dyes. Interweave (, a craft magazine publisher, provides video and online education. Learn how to avoid potential hand and arm pain from repetitive motions with the new book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting ( by San Francisco physical therapist and needlework teacher Carson Demers. For many needlework fans, charitable volunteering keeps their fingers flying. Members of the nonprofit Mittens for Detroit ( make mittens, gloves, hats and lapghans for children and adults in need. Donna Davis, of Roswell, New Mexico, has knitted hats for African newborns, wool items for Eastern European orphans and scarves for American artists. Learn more at


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ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.



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12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

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“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles, and


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring

Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having a growth Make Caring Connections mindset is vital, focusing on strengths without Social networks are critical in the face of chaldisregarding areas needing improvement. lenges, resilience experts agree. “When we are Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to withdraw realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to when we should do the opposite,” says Feldmove on from trauma. For supersurvivors, man. “It’s also not the number of friends you being pragmatic serves them far better than a have, or even how much time you spend with false sense of optimism about bad situations, them, that matters. All you need is at least one Feldman found, saying, “They grieved losses, person you can count on.” but thought realistically “We are built to be conParents do a about what to do next.” nected with others. It has a disservice to their significant impact in regulat “Optimism in the best sense is focusing on the kids when they ing stress,” says Southwick, a positive without denying co-author of Resilience: The try to remove the negative, while focusing adversity from their Science of Mastering Life’s on what’s in your control,” Greatest Challenges, from lives. When little notes Hensch. West Haven, Connecticut. things go wrong, Mar tin S eligman, Over the past two decades, known as the “father of rather than rush to Southwick and his colleagues positive psychology”, found have studied three groups fix it, let the kids that when people take setfigure out a solution. that have come through harbacks personally, viewing rowing events: being Vietthem as permanent, per- They’ll realize it’s not nam War prisoners, Special vasive and personal, they the end of the world. Forces instructors and civildevelop a sense of learned ians. They found people that ~Doug Hensch helplessness that inhibits rebounded strongly often growth and happiness. “It’s shared common attributes, important not to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize including embracing a spiritual outlook and a failure and extend it to other areas of life,” social network. says Dr. Steven M. Southwick, a professor In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, of psychiatry at Yale University School of Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding event, Medicine who focuses on post-traumatic with his home and business buried under stress disorder and resilience. five feet of mud and water that nearly wiped

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out his clothing business, Kind Design, overnight. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, to lose everything I had built. It also gave me a new perspective on what’s important. It made me aware that you can replace physical things, but you can’t replace memories. My mind was blown away by the support I received.” Redd ended up paying forward the kindness. “We cleaned and repaired 1,500 pairs of gloves in our inventory that were damaged that day, and are donating them to searchand-rescue teams and ski patrols. The more good you do, the more good other people will do,” Redd professes. Altruism and owning a moral code is another common characteristic of resilient individuals, according to Southwick. Having a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. It gives you great strength,” he says. In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high school sweetheart and husband to suicide a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she began to process the tragedy, she saw two

choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depression and give up or focus on our deep love for one another, get into therapy, and make a difference by inspiring, encouraging and helping others,” says Huffman. She chose the latter, asking for professional help and signing up for the 16-mile Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, in New York City. “Getting into the best shape of my life at age 50 became my passion. As I walked through the night, I reflected on our beautiful memories as a couple. It was an amazing, healing experience,” reflects Huffman. Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait

for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.” Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to be-

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Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. 22

For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.” She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual

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“Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instructor and former Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your

practice is working— not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

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etable from seed; think about the animal if eating meat; and take a nature field study class. These all connect us to nature and our world,” advises Blume.

Food as Medicine David Crow, teacher, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures (, is a leader in research and development of growing herbs for medicine, working from Grass Valley, California. He extols the importance of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eyeopener for youngsters, and they take pride in ownership.” People without a garden plot can place a pot inside or on a balcony or find a community garden. “Medicinal plants don’t have to be a luxury of the wealthy. You can spend a fraction of the $30 for a drug prescription in growing most of them, and then trade for others with neighbors,” says Crow. He particularly values oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender and basil.

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Green Living Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, (ComeHome has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.”

It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy, Rosenbaum strives to create homes that are healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient, durable and adaptable by the people that inhabit them. Along with being part of the slow food movement and do-it-yourself trends, Blume believes, “Homesteading gives people the feeling they are making a positive difference by making sustainable changes in their lifestyle and home.”

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Salmon. Full of omega-3 fatty acids,

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Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols

lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Ho s pit a l , i n Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milli26

grams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She and her colleagues are currently conducting the Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study, a large-scale, randomized study of 18,000 U.S. men and women testing the benefits of ingesting 600 mg per day of cocoa flavanols.



Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.

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sium—about 764 mg per cup—roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a half-cup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.


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avocados supply magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a board-certified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.


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Garlic. Allicin, the sulfur compound that gives

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with stretching, which also increases mobility, improves posture and performance, and reduces stress levels.”

Four Categories, Many Variations “Different types of stretches access different muscles and different types of flexibility, but together, can benefit everyone,” says Wegman. There are many ways to stretch, but knowing what to do and when to do it can be key to optimum results and injury prevention. Warming up to different types of stretches can be a little daunting, but the basic four (sometimes combined in terminology) are passive, static, active and dynamic. In the past, ballistic stretching was common and included potentially harmful bouncing techniques, but today dynamic stretching has become a favorite among trainers, consisting of specific, controlled movements that prepare the body for the demands of both engaging in sports and an average workout. “Stretches can be confusing, so as a rule of thumb, I suggest dynamic stretching for any workout that involves movement and passive stretching for cooling down after a workout to release the muscles,” says Chabut. Stretching also plays an important role in yoga, which generally complements different stretches by adding a mind-body connection. “Breath is the key difference between yoga and regular stretching,” notes Chabut.


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hether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always mean you have good flexibility,” notes LaReine Chabut, a Los Angeles fitness expert and author of Stretching for Dummies. “If you do plenty of strength training and cardio, but you don’t do any stretchi ng , you’re creating an imbalance in your body. Flexibility plays a big part in overall fitness.” Loosening up correctly not only fosters flexibility, but also improves muscle endurance and coordination. “Everyone should be stretching, especially as you age, to maintain range of motion and balance,” advises fitness trainer Ben Wegman, of The Fhitting Room, in New York City. “A personal workout regime can be enhanced

“The use of breath allows you to get deeper into the muscle. Yoga also places particular emphasis on core muscles: the abdominals, lower back and spinal muscles. Through focus and deep breathing, yoga allows you to move beyond stretching into a deeper physical experience that both strengthens and focuses your body.”

Injury Prevention and Recovery Nancy Whelan, a physical therapist and owner of The Physical Therapy Center, in West Palm Beach, Florida, emphasizes the importance of proper technique for clients to avoid further injury, especially individuals that had a torn Achilles tendon. “Stretching is important when doing any exercise, and especially important following surgery or injury, because the body’s reaction to either one is to contract, which can cause secondary problems,” explains Whelan. “I think the body has an intelligence we must listen to. We must acknowledge our limitations and the signals our body sends us to let us know that something is harmful or painful,” she notes. “When you take responsibility to take care of your body, it will take care of you.” For injury prevention, dynamic stretching offers many benefits. “It’s the best because it ensures that all major joints have full range of motion and sufficient muscle length,”

says Wegman. She advises never to stretch an injured muscle or stretch too forcefully. “Introduce low-intensity stretching back into a regime only under a doctor’s supervision,” she cautions.

Daily Moderation For Chabut, moderation is everything. “Gently warm up the body before moving into deeper stretches. Build heat in the muscles slowly to avoid potential injury,” she advises. Proper stretching is beneficial, but not doing so can foster bad habits and cause muscle or tendon tears. “Stretching cold muscles or using improper techniques such as bouncing when holding a stretch position are common mistakes,” observes Whelan. Stretching doesn’t have to be reserved for workouts, and with a little discipline, its benefits can easily be attained at home or the office. “Take 10 minutes during your favorite TV program and perform a couple of stretches,” suggests Wegman. “Make it a point to get up every half-hour and stretch for five minutes before resuming work. If you aren’t being pushed or pushing yourself, you won’t see results or make improvements. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Benefit: Increases flexibility in the muscles being stretched and increases strength in the opposing muscles.

STATIC What it is: Hold a stretch in a challenging, but not painful position, for 10 to 30 seconds until feeling discomfort; once this is felt, the muscle then releases and relaxes.

PASSIVE What it is: Employ an outside force such as a stretching device, strap or another’s body weight such as a trainer, physical therapist or massage therapist, which assists the stretch while the individual remains passive. The targeted muscles are not actively engaged. Examples include post-workout stretches applying pressure with a body part, towel or other prop or piece of equipment.

ACTIVE (aka Static Active) What it is: Engage and contract the muscle group opposite the one being stretched to initiate the stretch; repeat. Many yoga poses are examples of active stretching.

BOOKS Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-Up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion, by Mark Kovacs Dynamic Stretching vs. Static Stretching and Their Benefits, by Jack Cascio Exercise Balls for Dummies (including safe stretches for pregnant woman) and Stretching for Dummies, both by LeReine Chabut Stretching: 20 Simple Stretching Techniques to Relieve Pain and Increase Flexibility, by Neb Notliar ONLINE VIDEOS (range of stretches specific to martial arts styles and body parts) (free yoga videos for all levels) (highly detailed instruction tailored to seniors) (videos from the PBS series Classical Stretch) (instruction specific to sports and muscle groups) good-for-beginners (select stretching videos)

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Benefit: Improves flexibility.

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Benefit: Increases range of motion, decreases muscle tension (spasm) and reduces post-workout soreness and fatigue.

DYNAMIC What it is: Use controlled, gradual movements and stretches that involve repeated range of motion moves, especially in relation to a specific activity or sport that will follow the warm-up. Benefit: Prepares the body for activity and warms the muscles; especially advantageous after static stretches. Builds strength. Primary sources: Fitness Science; Scott White, a power trainer in Scottsdale, AZ.

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any young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21stcentury global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female participants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males. Tracy Anderson, a mother of two and fitness expert, has spent the last 18 years working with women seeking balance in their bodies. In her recent book, Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World, she observes, “Teens are depleted from comparing themselves to the shapes of others and from scolding themselves: ‘I should be thinner, I should be able to T fit in those pants, N EX EV EN T I should be in better shape.’ But looking good on the outside must start with feeling good on the inside.”

Monitor Thoughts

Anderson believes we feel most happy and fulfilled and accomplish the most when our minds are calm, clear and alert.

“If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

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For some teens, exercise movements don’t

feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance components that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she says. “For young women navigating the emotional ups and downs associated with menstrual cycles and puberty, exercise can be a lifesaver.” Whether it’s yoga, walking, martial arts, dancing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, climbing, skiing, gymnastics or tennis, teens need to find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.”

A University of Wisconsin meta-analysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low self-esteem, depression and obesity. Helping young women build, strengthen or regain their positive body image and self-esteem works to empower a new generation and enables them to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures ( html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.

He could tell by the way animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to. ~Laura Adams Armer

Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most of the day. They don’t like country-western music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classi-

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Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”

Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease

their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”

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Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”

Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” C o n n e c t w i t h S a n d r a Mu r p hy a t

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Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY. As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT. As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY. As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.

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fter a brutal attack left Shoshana Treichel feeling vulnerable and powerless, she vowed to become one of the strongest women in the world. She started a training regimen to meet her goal and became one of the world’s most recognized figures in women’s bodybuilding. She has since owned her own gym, developed weightlifting curricula at universities and trained elite athletes including NFL, NBA, MLB players, MMA fighters and bodybuilding competitors. In 2016, Treichel opened Above and Beyond Hot Yoga studio, in West Mobile, with a team of highly qualified teachers. The studio offers heated and non-heated classes with an antibacterial flooring system and state-of-the-art air purification system, including an ion generator, UV light sanitation and a ventilation system which removes carbon dioxide and humidity to provide the freshest air possible. Most recently, Treichel accomplished her dream of completing the threeyear International Yoga Teacher Training Program at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai, India. There are approximately 60 graduates of this yoga therapy school worldwide, and Treichel graduated with honors. This year, Above and Beyond is hosting KYM for a transformative immersion weekend in March, so that locals can experience the journey to the heart of yoga. See ad, page 7. 38

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Providing Midwifery Care (prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum) for low risk, healthy women. Striving to offer options for birthing families along the Gulf Coast. Connect at MothersComfortBirthingServices.

BAY BABY PRENATAL YOGA See Prenatal Yoga listing, page 48.


81 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-928-5692 Join our gathering of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate unity and support the spiritual health of the community. Meeting every fourth Sunday. Contact us to learn more.


151 South Ann Street, Mobile, AL 36604 • 251-545-1011 No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! We invite you to join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.






A positive path for spiritual living. Unity teachings and communities are places of spiritual healing. If you’re drawn to individuals like Oprah, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, you’ll love Unity of Gulfport. See ad, page 31.

Find guidance, healing and balance for inner peace and purpose. Sessions offer personal and spiritual development through intuitive guidance, belief coaching, chakra balancing, meditation and creative visioning. Insurance accepted.

Offering home performance consulting for new and existing residential projects to increase energy efficiency, improve air quality and foster sustainable living. Experience with Energy Star, Zero Energy Ready and Fortified Programs.

1700 East Railroad Street, Gulfport, MS 228-871-7004

UNITY ON THE EASTERN SHORE 22979 U.S. Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 251-990-8934

Meeting Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Sharing positive energy, love and New Thought spirituality. Affirmative prayer, spiritual ideas and meditation bring us together. Come be lifted up in joy and peace of mind.


Licensed Professional Counselor From the Center, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4634 •

Colon Hydrotherapy: A safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs. By introducing filtered and temperature-regulated water into the colon, the waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation by natural means. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): This comprises of a community of individuals that pledge support to a farm operation so the growers and consumers provide mutual support while sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Members, or shareholders, of the farm pledge in advance to cover anticipated farm expenses. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season.

Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

Offering classes and lectures to groups and organizations on natural health and wellness. Reflex-OIL-ogy teaches effective use of essential oils. Fun, informative and interactive presentations. CE credits available depending on class. See ad, page 15.



Justin Taylor, Farm Owner Fairhope, AL • 251-367-3238 A small organic farm offering pick-your-own blueberries and a seasonal vegetable membership (community supported agriculture). Find Bee Natural Farm on Facebook for more information.

Fairhope, AL 251-279-0395

Alabama Healing Arts Classes, Training and Services Under One Healthy Roof


labama Healing Arts (AHA), in West Mobile, is an occupational college and wellness studio. AHA offers a holistic approach to healthy living and successful careers with a variety of training, services and products. Group yoga classes with Yoga Alliance-certified instructors are 50 minutes in length, beginner-friendly and all props are provided. A printable calendar of the morning and evening class times is available on the website. Private yoga sessions are available by appointment—perfect for those seeking personalized instruction such as working with a specific health challenge (back pain, digestive issues) or achieving a specific goal (weight loss, resiliency). AHA also offers specialty and continuing education (CE) yoga workshops. The 200-, 300- and 500-hour weekends-only yoga teacher trainings are available for aspiring teachers or personal development. Graduates are eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT). AHA is also a state-licensed massage therapy school offering a 650-hour program (night class starts April; day class October) and three levels of reiki certification. Individuals looking to improve their health can receive the benefits of a therapeutic professional session in massage, reiki or holistic counseling/life coaching. Owner Kelly Laurendine, with more than 25 years of experience, says, “It is an amazing experience to realize a dream of offering a space where healing and personal development modalities can be experienced or learned in a heart-centered, mindful way.” See ads, pages 15 and 51. February 2018 • Annual Healthy & Green Living Directory


Churches - Consulting


Dementia - Farmers’ Markets





A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drugfree, non-invasive and proven effective. Treating dementia, depression, memory loss, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and more. See ad, page 20.

Become an ambassador of wellness with our professional training programs: 650-hour massage therapy program (State Lic#2253); 200/300-/500-hour yoga teacher training, and three levels of Reiki certification available. See ads, pages 15 and 51.

(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-597-8787 •


IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (nosuture) gum surgery; testing for compatible materials and cavity-causing bacteria; examine for gum disease and bacteria; laser cavity diagnoses; saliva pH check; oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 23.

6304 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL 251-753-1937 •



Healing Acres, Robertsdale, AL 205-283-2743

See ad, page 7.

Offering therapeutic massages, oil treatments, Zyto scans and classes with doTERRA essential oils for healthy living. 20+ years of essential oil knowledge. 17 years of massage therapy experience. See ad, page 30.




103-B N. Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL • 251-225-4597 Soul Shine Yoga School is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School. Our 200 hour training begins August 2018. See ads, pages 51 and back cover.

Ascension Funerals & Cremations

Returning to the Earth Naturally


scension Funerals & Cremations has been serving Mobile, Alabama and the surrounding communities for the past 16 years. In addition to traditional funeral and cremation services, Ascension offers natural “green” burials for those wishing to conserve, sustain and protect the Earth by returning to it naturally. A natural burial occurs when the body is returned to the earth and is recycled into new life through a natural process. This eco-friendly burial option differs from traditional funerals because no chemical preservatives are used and the body is placed in a simple wooden or wicker casket containing no manmade materials. The natural burial gravesite is prepared without the use of a vault and interment takes place in the Garden of Oaks, the only designated natural burial garden in the Mobile region. The Garden of Oaks is located at Spring Hill Memorial Gardens, which is a perpetual care cemetery in Mobile owned by Ascension Funeral Group. The expense involved for a natural burial is considerably less than the cost of a traditional funeral. Private or public visitation services are available, as well as pre-planning options. Ascension’s professional, experienced and compassionate staff is available to provide additional information and consider it an honor to serve you and your family. See ad, page 25. 40


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Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of authentic, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal Zyto Wellness readings and wholesale privileges. Wellness classes on last Thursday of the month at Prodisee Pantry. See ad, page 15.


Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator Mobile, AL 251-208-1550 • 2018 Markets: Saturdays in Cathedral Square from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 28 to July 28; October 13 to November 17). Thursdays in Lavretta Park from 3 to 6 p.m. (May 24 to July 26). See ad, page 6.

EAT FRESH, BUY LOCAL See listings, page 43.


Meeting at Fairhope Brewing Company 251-279-7517 mobile bay


Shop from local farmers at the monthly Green Drinks meeting in Fairhope every second Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Join like-minded people for this informal happy hour. See ad, page 15.

Coast Health & Nutrition


Meryl Hyderally, Feng Shui Design Consultant 251-463-1862 •

fengshui 831

Utilizing feng shui principles, let us create an organized and productive space that reflects who you are while enhancing your life, personally and professionally. It’s about more than aesthetics— holistically designed spaces are conducive to an effortless life.


Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C, Daphne, AL 251-616-4201 • Fertility massage combines multiple modalities to enhance the health and function of abdominal organs which can boost fertility but is also used to improve overall mental, emotional and physical well-being. See ad, page 17.


Conceive naturally, avoid pregnancy n a t u r a l l y, g a i n assistance coming off hormonal birth control and address hormonal health concerns. Can be used while breastfeeding, experiencing irregular cycles and entering perimenopause.

Feng Shui - Fertility


A Source of Health & Wellness in Coastal Mississippi


oast Health & Nutrition, in Gulfport, Mississippi, is a health food store carrying vitamins and supplements, organic and natural groceries, local honey, eggs, grass-fed beef and Country Girls Creamery milk products. They also carry groceries for special dietary needs, such as gluten-free, low carb, low/ no sugar, dairy-free and vegetarian/vegan. Recently the store expanded its Cadia line of natural and organic groceries and introduced their own private-label herbs, supplement blends and essential oils. At the end of last year, Coast Health moved to a new location (Suite 730) within the same center—Norwood Shopping Center. Customers have commented on the charming and comfortable feel that the new store has upon entering and enjoy seeing the same friendly and knowledgeable staff eager to serve them. See ad, page 24.

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils by means of inhalation and topical application to enhance physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. This method is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology and chiropractic or other holistic treatments. Feng Shui: This is the Chinese art of positioning objects according to the laws of Heaven (spiritual) and Earth (natural) to create a living and working environment that facilitates a harmonious and positive flow of energy to improve one’s life. Proper practice of feng shui is meant to create and maintain good health, wealth, relationships and creativity.

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Food & Nutrition - Green Burial Services


12100 Highway 49, Suite 730, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785 Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle: natural and organic options for food, supplements, cleaning supplies and skincare. See ad, page 24.


209 A S. Section Street, Fairhope, AL 251-270-7120 Providing made-fromscratch meals to go (grab-n-go and order ahead meal plans) using local, sustainable and healthy ingredients. Paleo, vegan and gluten-free options available. Plus kombucha on tap and cold-pressed juices.

280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055 Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 3.

2032 Airport, Midtown Mobile: 251-473-0277 680 S. Schillinger, Mobile, AL: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy 90, Daphne, AL: 251-621-1865

staff. See ad, page 21.

For 30 years The Health Hut has been the go-to place for high quality, whole-food vitamins, herbs and sport supplements at great prices. Service-oriented, knowledgeable


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 •

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Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 3.

Cynthia Galas

Creating a Life of Balance


ynthia Galas utilizes yoga, Ayurveda, massage and meditation to assist her clients in working toward their goals and enhance their lives. She has been involved with many different aspects of yoga, meditation and hands-on healing her entire life, with formal training that began in 1970. Since then, continuous studies at home and around the world, coupled with extensive life experience, have allowed her to guide individuals to health through natural living. As an Ayurvedic Consultant in Fairhope, Alabama, Galas enjoys working oneon-one with health-conscious women that are seeking guidance and want to refine their direction for living naturally. She offers ayurvedic and traditional bodywork sessions, ayurvedic treatments and yoga instruction, and is available for individual health coaching consultations and general group sessions. She says, “I continue to study how life is interconnected and how nature, when in balance, creates health. I believe that nature’s gift of health is a state of mind in a balanced body.” See ad, page 23. 42

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Fairhope, AL • 251-272-2002 Text or message to schedule a fitting

available on request.



Providing custom made footwear with full barefoot benefits including stronger arches, a proper gait and posture, increased proprioception, prevention and elimination of plantar fasciitis, and more. Grounding


Rebecca Dunn Bryant, AIA, LEED Fellow 302 Magnolia Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-929-0514 Watershed designs green buildings and homes that inspire a greater connection with the natural world. Visit us online at “The oldest task in human existence: to learn to live on a piece of land without spoiling it” ~Aldo Leopold


Fairhope, AL 251-279-0395 Offering home performance consulting for new and existing residential projects to increase energy efficiency, improve air quality and foster sustainable living. Experience with Energy Star, Zero Energy Ready and Fortified Programs.


1016 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL 251-634-8055 • Ascension is a full service f u n e r a l h o m e o ff e r i n g traditional funeral and cremation services and merchandise. Ascension also offers natural burials as a “green” and environmentally sustainable alternative that is comparable to the cost of cremation. See ad, page 25.

Local Foods

Eat Fresh. Buy Local.

Treat your locavore palate to farm-fresh foods while contributing to a healthier planet and a more prosperous local economy. Support these Gulf Coast businesses! FARMERS’ MARKETS COASTAL ALABAMA FARMERS & FISHERMENS MARKET

20733 Miflin Road (Co. Rd. 20), Foley, AL 251-709-4469 Open year round Tuesdays (2-6pm) and Saturdays (9am-2pm). Local farms with seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, seafood, hand-crafted soaps and more. Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.


20733 Miflin Road (Co. Rd. 20), Ste. B Foley, AL • 251-971-FARM Open year round Monday-Saturday. Local, in-season fruits and vegetables, beef, chicken, raw milk, eggs, cheese, honey, jellies and much more. Find Forland Family Market on Facebook and Instagram.


Jones Park Pavillion, Highway 90 Gulfport, MS • 228-257-2496 Open year round on Wednesdays from 9am1pm. For more information: GulfportHarborMarket.


Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator Mobile, AL 251-208-1550 • 2018 Markets: Saturdays in Cathedral Square from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 28 to July 28; October 13 to November 17). Thursdays in Lavretta Park from 3 to 6 p.m. (May 24 to July 26). See ad, page 6.

OCEAN SPRINGS FRESH MARKET L&N Depot, 1000 Washington Avenue Ocean Springs, MS • 228-257-2496

Open year round on Saturdays from 9am-1pm, rain or shine. Shop for organic produce, homemade baked goods, plants, herbs and more.





We grow pesticide-free seasonal vegetables, specialty ethnic produce, free range eggs and more. Proudly partnering with other local farms to offer additional sustainable products. Call for details.

Organic cafe serving lunch Mon-Sat, dinner Thurs-Fri and Sunday brunch. Using locallygrown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 3.

Summerdale, AL 251-284-3430


320 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-929-0055


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3200

12100 Highway 49, Ste 730, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785

Organic cafe and juice bar serving lunch MonSun. Using locally-grown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 3.

Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle. Carrying local eggs, honey, milk and produce. See ad, page 24.



280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-928-0644 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 3.



12562 Mary Ann Beach Road, Fairhope, AL 251-279-8745 Weeks Bay Plantation/LA Berry Farms is the regional destination of choice for pick-your-own blueberries, herbs and heirloom tomatoes—all organically grown. Check website for picking dates. See ad, page 30.

3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 3.

Advertise on this page for $20/month! Special rates for Mississippi businesses! Contact us today:


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Green Cleaning Services - Local Foods





Heather Winkel • Fairhope, AL Text/Call: 703-216-1875

1016 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL 251-634-8055 •

Green cleaning service. Reliable, efficient and detailoriented with eco-friendly products. Bonded, licensed and insured. Pet sitting services also available.


Toni Maurice-Milburn, Reiki Master 228-223-6645

Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Helping people through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Meets every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. See ad, page 25.


Distance Reiki, crystal therapy, aromatherapy, herbal teas and self care products are used to create a healing experience for your mind, body and spirit. Vi s i t F a c e b o o k . c o m / EbonySageApothecary. See ad, page 19.



Fairhope & Mobile • 251-279-7517 An informal happy hour for anyone interested in green mobile bay living at home, at work and everywhere in between. Gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. on second Tuesdays at Fairhope Brewing Company and third Wednesdays at Alchemy Tavern (Mobile). See ad, page 55.



Serving Robertsdale and Foley, AL 251-706-2922 A local provider o f f i b e r- f e d high-speed internet. No contracts or data caps. Simple billing. Connect to a better experience. Rates and availability online at See ad, page 27.


Massage~Yoga~Life Coach Mobile, AL 251-476-6463 • Are you ready to clarify goals, figure out what makes you tick and find more meaning and fulfillment in everyday life? Look forward to the life you know is possible!


Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator Mobile, AL 251-208-1550 •

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Market in the Park

Shop Local This Spring, Summer and Fall


he city of Mobile’s Market in the Park offers two seasonal farmers’ markets to Mobile, Alabama and surrounding communities. Featuring locally grown, harvested and produced items, including art, the markets are the only certified Alabama farmers’ market in the heart of downtown Mobile or in the city’s park system. “We believe that buying local is good for your health and good for the local economy. Plus, fresh, local food just tastes better,” says Special Events Coordinator Joanie Stiff. Market in the Park in Cathedral Square is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturdays from April 28 to July 28, and again in the fall from October 13 to November 17. Market in the Park in Lavretta Park, on Old Shell Road, is open from 3 to 6 p.m., Thursdays from May 24 to July 26. See ad, page 6.


Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi Edition

2018 Markets: Saturdays in Cathedral Square from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 28 to July 28; October 13 to November 17). Thursdays in Lavretta Park from 3 to 6 p.m. (May 24 to July 26). See ad, page 6.

EAT FRESH, BUY LOCAL See listings, page 43.

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DAPHNE, AL JUBILEE HEALING ARTS Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C 251-616-4201 • See ad, page 17. MASSAGE ESSENTIAL TIME Phenicia West, LMT By Appointment Only: 251-333-8860 1203 U.S. Highway 98, Suite 1E FAIRHOPE, AL HYDRO ZEN At Peak Alkalinity 217-B Fairhope Avenue 251-270-7200 • See ad, page 31. TAMMY S. ANDERSON, LMT AL#1087 Call/text for an appointment 251-510-1415 See ad, page 19. THRIVE YOGA & MASSAGE Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 21180 State Highway 181 251-929-4020 See ads, pages 16 and 51.



THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Charlene Rester, RN, LMT Historical Downtown 117 West Orange Avenue 251-550-0117

HEALING ACRES Massage, Reflexology, Colonics, Reiki 22355 Price Grubbs Road 251-300-9052 See ad, page 30. GULF COAST, MS

MOBILE, AL ALABAMA HEALING ARTS 6304 Cottage Hill Road 251-753-1937 See ad, page 15.

YOUR MASSAGE STUDIO HERE! Our readers are looking for Mississippi LMT’s. Advertise your massage business here. Call 251-990-9552 for SPECIAL MISSISSIPPI PRICING!

ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111 251-342-6415 See ad, page 19.

ADVERTISE YOUR MASSAGE BUSINESS for $20/MONTH on this page. Ask us about discounts for Mississippi LMT's!

Call 251-990-9552 or email TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! February 2018 • Annual Healthy & Green Living Directory


Massage Therapy - Natural Health



See ad, page 19.

ALABAMA HEALING ARTS (AHA) 6304 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL 251-753-1937

HYDRO ZEN AT PEAK ALKALINITY 217-B Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-270-7200

Offering a full menu of massage techniques, cleansing infrared sauna sessions followed by a hydrating collagen shower, and detoxifying foot spas. Enjoy all three services once a month with a $99/month membership. See ad, page 31 .

Schedule a professional appointment, receive a $25 student session during Friday clinics or make a career of it in our time- and budget-friendly 650-hour massage school (State Lic#2253). See ads, pages 15 and 51.


See ads, pages 51 and back cover.


Colleen Tullis, CPM, LM 251-510-8540 • Providing Midwifery Care (prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum) for low risk, healthy women. Striving to offer options for birthing families along the Gulf Coast. Connect at MothersComfortBirthingServices.


Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C, Daphne, AL 251-616-4201 •


Fairhope, AL 205-746-6632

Intuitive integrative massage techniques are used to facilitate the body into a state of healing without the “no pain no gain” mentality. Over 15 years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field. See ad, page 17.

With a lifetime based in handson healing, Cynthia offers Ayurvedic and traditional body massage and treatments for women’s wellness. All private services offer by appointment. See ad, page 23.

MASTERS OF MASSAGE See listings, page 45.

Mind Performance Center, LLC A Non-Drug Treatment for Brain Disorders


he Mind Performance Center, LLC, in Foley, Alabama, improves quality of life by providing non-drug rehabilitation for a range of brain disorders including ADHD, depression (even treatment-resistant depression), dementia, traumatic brain injury, autism, stroke and Parkinson’s. “Our approach fosters brain balance and performance without negative side effects,” says owner Dr. J. Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB. “We add years to our patients’ lives—high-quality-of-life years.” Brown is one of a few functional neurologists in the U.S. providing brain pathway activation therapy in conjunction with deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (which regenerates abundant release of neurotransmitters) and the science-based nutritional program of Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen. “The results of our treatments are tangible, often delivering improvement when nothing else has,” says Brown, who notes that 70 percent of depression patients will see depression symptoms reduced by at least 50 percent. He spends 90 minutes with new patients, fully examining their brain activity so that a detailed treatment program can be recommended. Brown encourages anyone wanting better brain performance for a higher quality of life, without the use of medications, to schedule an evaluation. “Improvements may begin in a few weeks, but the benefits can last a lifetime.” See ad, page 20. 46

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721 Cowan Road, Gulfport, MS 1-800-824-0194 •

Offering affordable, effective and convenient evidence-based nutrition. Lab work provides reliable information to monitor health and accessible doctors provide individualized guidance. Extensive selection of therapeutic-grade supplements available in store and online. See ad, page 4.



333 Greeno Road S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6955 • A 7-minute session, once a week provides a natural solution for healthy joints, strong bones and muscles, better balance and flexibility and pain reduction. Accessible to all ages; non-invasive; nonpharmaceutical. See ad, page 28.

SWEET KISS FERTILITY, LLC Amy Hollon 334-354-6730

your hormonal health!

Ready to ditch the pill and green your birth control? Learn to observe, chart and interpret your menstrual cycle events to prevent or achieve pregnancy and/or monitor


809 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 251-948-7862 Offering CBD (cannabidiol) from the hemp plant (helps a n x i e t y, i n s o m n i a , inflammation, etc.). Charlotte’s Web and other brands cookies, candy, creams, sublingual drops, e-juice.Tianaa (Combretum quadrangular)—opioid receptor-targeted pain relief. Mention this ad for 12% off. See ad, page 27.


Fairhope & Mobile • 251-279-7517 An informal yet engaging happy hour with likemobile bay minded folks every second Tuesday in Fairhope and every third Wednesday in Mobile. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Sponsorship, speaker and catering opportunities available. See ad, page 55.


Massage Therapy: Rubbing or kneading the body to encourage relaxation, healing and well-being. Benefits also include increased circulation and detoxification and reduced physical and emotional stress. More than 100 methods of massage are available. Meditation: As a spiritual practice, meditation is used to facilitate a mystical sense of oneness with a higher power or the universe. Methods and practices to achieve a meditative state are based upon principles that encourage an individual to engage in thought or contemplation. Midwife: A birth attendant who assists a woman through the prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum stages of pregnancy. Midwives are knowledgeable about normal pregnancy, labor, birth and pain relief options. They respect the process of birth as an innate and familiar process. Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses that have received advanced training and passed a national certification exam. Nurse-midwives collaborate with physicians as needed, especially when problems arise during pregnancy. Oxygen therapies: Alters the body’s chemistry to help overcome disease, promote repair and improve overall function. Properly applied, oxygen may be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including infections, circulatory problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, allergies, cancer and multiple sclerosis. The major types of oxygen therapy used to treat illness are hyperbaric oxygen and ozone.

Soul Shine Yoga A Yoga Community for Everyone


Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator Mobile, AL 251-208-1550 • 2018 Markets: Saturdays in Cathedral Square from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 28 to July 28; October 13 to November 17). Thursdays in Lavretta Park from 3 to 6 p.m. (May 24 to July 26). See ad, page 6.


8871 Rand Avenue, Ste. B Daphne, AL 36526 251-210-1496 State-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy facility. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe medical treatment delivering 100% oxygen while in a pressurized c h a m b e r. R e d u c e s inflammation, promotes healing, repairs cells and heals wounds. See ad, page 21.

Natural Products - Oxygen Therapy



ounded in 2014, Soul Shine Yoga is committed to holding space for transformation, both on and off the mat, with a spirit of joy, abundance, commitment and gratitude. The dedicated yoga studio, located in Downtown Fairhope, offers a wide variety of heated and nonheated classes for all ages and levels. Soul Shine Yoga teachers have trained throughout the world and are dedicated to continued education and training. Heated classes at Soul Shine include their signature Hot Power Hour, Hot Vinyasa and Hot Restore: Hips + Hamstrings. These classes are held in a room with five custom Infrared radiant heat panels, a therapeutic, clean heat source. The diverse schedule of unheated classes includes Therapeutic Yoga, Foundations, Vinyasa, Core Fusion Yoga, Buti Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Meditation. In addition to group classes, Soul Shine offers frequent workshops, private yoga sessions and is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School. Their yoga-inspired boutique carries Manduka yoga mats and activewear and accessories from Spiritual Gangster, Onzie, alo yoga and more. The studio’s collaboration with Kudzu Aerial Fitness allows students to also book Kudzu’s signature aerial yoga and conditioning classes through Soul Shine for an experience unlike any other on the Gulf Coast. See ads, pages 51 and back cover. February 2018 • Annual Healthy & Green Living Directory


Pain Management - Reiki



Toni Maurice-Milburn, Master Herbalist 228-223-6645

Babette de Jongh

Handcrafted herbal teas and self care products offering natural solutions to support you in your pain management efforts. Teas are blended with certified organic and naturally sourced i n g r e d i e n t s . Vi s i t F a c e b o o k . c o m / EbonySageApothecary. See ad, page 19.

Telepathic communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and more. See ad, page 33.


600 Pierce Road, Mobile, AL 251-607-0102 • Mobile Pet Cemetery offers a peaceful, final resting place to honor and memorialize pets. Mobile Pet Cemetery also offers burial services and merchandise, preplanning arrangements and perpetual care cemetery grounds.

A day without laughter is a day wasted. ~Charlie Chaplin

The Health Hut

Empowering Customers to Be Healthy


roviding quality products and superior customer service is why The Health Hut has been a local health resource for more than 35 years. “We pride ourselves in educating our customers on what they are buying,” says owner Jeff Sheldon. “We carry a variety of beneficial products, but if the customer doesn’t understand the product or how to use it, then it won’t do anyone any good. Sheldon holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and nutrition, is a prior strength coach and personal trainer, and authored Short Book for a Long Life. Many of his staff also have degrees coupled with extensive experience in the health industry. All staff members are required to complete ongoing product trainings so they in turn can educate their customers. Sheldon explains, “I am passionate about getting people to be proactive with their health. Every day I talk to someone looking for better health or weight loss. By educating people, we can empower them to take control of their health and happiness, and that is very satisfying to all of us.” With stores in Midtown Mobile, West Mobile and Daphne, The Health Hut specializes in whole food vitamins, herbs, minerals, weight loss, sport nutrition, essential oils, children’s products, personal care, pet care, organic food products and more. See ad, page 21. 48



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Nancy Bolton Beck, RYT-500, RPYT Call 251-621-5428; Text 713-504-8216 Prenatal yoga gives a woman energy to enjoy her pregnancy, serenity to build a deeper intimacy with her body and baby, and peace of mind while expecting the unexpected. More info: TheSoulShineLife. com/PrenatalYoga.

REFLEXOLOGY LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

Offering classes in Ingham Reflexology, and ReflexOIL-ogy, a NEW holistic therapy that brings natural balance to your body. A great tool for self help and emergency care. CE classes open to professionals and individuals seeking wellness. See ad, page 15.


6304 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL 251-753-1937 • Experience this effective energy modality to improve vitality, reduce stress, increase energy and speed the healing process. Private professional sessions, $25 student clinics, and Level I, II and Master certification trainings available. See ads, pages 15 and 51.

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THE SUNFLOWER CAFÉ See ad, page 3.


ROLFING EASTERN SHORE ROLFING Pam Reaves, Certified Rolfer® 151 Fly Creek Avenue, Suite 411 Fairhope, AL • 251-990-8383

Rolfing® is a holistic approach to manual therapy that seeks to improve your health and function by reestablishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the human body. More information at See ad, page 30.



8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 251-210-1632 A comprehensive facility offering extensive therapies and services to patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and many other diagnoses. See ad, page 13.


Toni Maurice-Milburn, Master Herbalist 228-223-6645 Stress and anxiety can have a long reaching impact on bodies, minds and spirits. Our handcrafted herbal teas and aromatherapy products offer soothing alternatives to help you relax. Visit EbonySageApothecary. See ad, page 19.


Fairhope, AL 251-279-0395 Offering home performance consulting for new and existing residential projects to increase energy efficiency, improve air quality and foster sustainable living. Experience with Energy Star, Zero Energy Ready and Fortified Programs.

THAI MASSAGE THRIVE YOGA & MASSAGE See ads, pages 16 and 51.


Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C, Daphne, AL 251-616-4201 • Scar Tissue Release Therapy is a three dimensional, fascial release system that works to minimize scar tissue development and restrictions. No matter how new or old your scar, this therapy can help. See ad, page 17.


WELLNESS SPA OF OCEAN SPRINGS 101-A Rouselle Place, Ocean Springs, MS 228-209-4090

A We l l n e s s S p a specializing in oncology skincare. Also offering digital skin analysis, facials, waxing and microdermabrasion. Wellness coaching available. Everything you need to know to accomplish good health, skincare and wellness. See ad, page 24.

Pilates: Pilates is a structured system of small, isolated movements that demand powerful focus on every nuance of muscle action, while working out on floor mats or machines. This technique emphasizes development of the torso’s abdominal power center, or core. Reflexology: This is a natural healing method of pressure point massage used to relieve tension and pain by pressing on a part of a person’s head, hands, body or feet. Reflexology is based upon the principle that there are reflex points or zones that correspond to every part of the body. Reiki: A healing practice originated in Japan in the 1920s. Light hand placements channel supposed healing energies to organs and glands and work to increase feelings of relaxation. Rolfing structural integration (Rolfing): A hands-on technique for deep tissue manipulation of the myofascial system, which is composed of the muscles and the connective tissue, or fascia, in order to restore the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. As the body is released from old patterns and postures, the range and freedom of physical and emotional expression increases. Rolfing can help ease pain and chronic stress, enhance neurological functioning, improve posture and restore flexibility. Thai Massage: Thai massage incorporates gentle rocking motions and rhythmic compression along the body’s energy lines and passive stretching to stimulate the free flow of energy, break up blockages and help restore general well-being. February 2018 • Annual Healthy & Green Living Directory


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280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL: 251-929-0055 3055 A Dauphin Street Mobile, AL: 251-479-3952 Organic cafe offering vegetarian, vegan gluten-free and dairyfree options. Featuring farm-fresh produce and organic beer and wine. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 3.


209 A S. Section Street, Fairhope, AL 251-270-7120 Providing madefrom-scratch meals to go (grab-n-go and order ahead meal plans) using local, sustainable and healthy ingredients. Paleo, vegan and gluten-free options available. Plus kombucha on tap and cold-pressed juices.

THE LITTLE TREE PROJECT, LLC Daphne, AL • 251-648-3747

Providing vegan baked goods that are also gluten, nut, and soy free—all for a greater cause. While satisfying your sweet tooth, we raise funds and awareness for the fight against human trafficking.

WATER FILTERS PEAK ALKALINITY See ads, pages 2 and 31.


22355 Price Grubbs Road, Robertsdale, AL 251-300-9052 Experience wellness with massage, r e f l e x o l o g y, b o d y treatments, Reiki, colonics, essential oils, wellness classes and more. Our labyrinth is open to the public during daylight hours. See ad, page 30.


Toni Maurice-Milburn, Master Herbalist 228-223-6645 Handcrafted herbal teas and self care products, offering natural solutions to support you as you move through the 3 powerful stages of womanhood, each with it’s own physical and emotional expressions. Visit See ad, page 19.

YOGA ALABAMA HEALING ARTS (AHA) 6304 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL 251-753-1937

Explore yoga’s many benefits with our compassionate, mindful, experienced instructors. Weekly group beginnerfriendly classes, specialized weekend workshops, private instruction, 200-/300-/500hr yoga teacher trainings, and continuing education (CE) courses available. See ads, opposite page and page 15.


Fairhope, AL 205-746-6632 40 years of training and experience in yoga and Ayurveda-inspired living. Offering Ayurvedic-based treatments with yoga for women desiring a spiritual component to wellness. Learn, practice, heal. Consultations and sessions by appointment. See ad, page 23.



SOUL SHINE YOGA Vegetarianism: The voluntary abstinence from eating meat and/or other animal products for religious, health and/or ethical reasons. Lacto-ovo vegetarians supplement their plant-based diet with dairy products and eggs; lacto vegetarians eat dairy products, but not eggs; ovo vegetarians include eggs, but no dairy; and vegans eat a plant-based diet without any animal-derived products. Yoga: Yoga originated 5,000 years ago in India, designed as a means to release tension in the body, bring calmness to the mind and provide an ethical code to live by. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke or unite, and refers to the integration of physical and mental exercises designed to unite body, mind and spirit.

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103-B N. Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL • 251-225-4597 Empower your practice at Soul Shine Yoga. Find strength and peace of mind in over 40 group classes weekly or schedule private instruction with our experienced teachers. See ads, opposite page and back cover.

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FES Mardi Gras Bike to School Day – Every first Friday. Mardi Gras themed ride for February. Grab your helmet and an adult and bike to school on first Fridays. Participating students will receive a moonpie and spoke bead for their bike. Fairhope Elementary School, Fairhope, AL. BikeToSchoolFairhope.

Yoga Face, Paraffin and Thai Facial Spa – 5-7pm. Paraffin wax dips and yoga for your face, then a beautifying meditation. The Thai facial is traditional in Thailand for refreshing, cooling and soothing skin. It is new on the spa menu at Thrive. $20. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Prenatal Yoga + 4 Week Series – 4-5:15pm. Prenatal yoga gives a woman energy to enjoy her pregnancy, serenity to build a deeper intimacy with her own body and baby, and the presence of mind to expect the unexpected. With Nancy Bolton-Beck, $59 for 4 wk series. Sign up: Soul Shine Yoga, 103 B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Awaken the Mystical Artist – 10am-12pm. This 4-class series is an introduction to mystical art and familiarization with pastel drawing. We will create artwork using intuitive abilities, interpretation techniques and journaling. Led by Bob Maldonado. Fee $80 plus supplies. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C-1, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4634. Counseling@

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Educational Class: OsteoStrong – 10am-12pm. Every Saturday. This week’s speaker: Josh Fandrich, owner of OsteoStrong in Fairhope. Healing Acres, 22355 Price Grubbs Rd, Robertsdale, AL. RSVP: 251-300-9052 for more information. Family Clay Play: Garden Stakes – 10:30am12pm. Little ones play with real clay to decorate garden stakes. Open to ages 2-7. Older children welcome if younger sibling is enrolled. Registration required. $15 per student. Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS. 228-374-5547.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Buti Glo Party – 6-7:15pm. Buti Glo is an empowering 75-min calorie-scorching power yoga class under the black lights! It fuses tribal dance + body sculpting primal movement. Wear white/ neon/glow in the dark attire for the brightest display. $20. Register: Soul Shine Yoga, 103 B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AHA Student Massage Clinic – School-supervised internship gives opportunity for student practitioners to work with clients in a professional setting and clients to receive quality, full-length healing treatments at a great value. Call 251-753-1937 to schedule appointments at 10:15, 11:30, 12:45. $25 for 50-min full-body student massage. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Partner Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Join Sarah as she guides you through a fun flow in this partner class designed to connect your mind, body and spirit. Beginners welcome. No partner required. Bring yoga mat + water. Led by Sarah Deshauteurs, 200RYT. Register: Soul Shine Yoga, 103 B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

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Educational Class: Master Gardener – 10am12pm. Educational class every Saturday. This week’s speaker: Master Gardener. Healing Acres, 22355 Price Grubbs Rd, Robertsdale, AL. RSVP: 251-300-9052 for more information.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker every third Wednesday. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 South Joachim Street, Mobile, AL. MobileBayGreenDrinks@

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Sustain: A New Way to Eat, Think, Live – 12:302:30pm. This 3-mo program involves a comprehensive ‘whole person’ approach towards enhancing health and sense of well-being, the mindful way. Lynette Mattina teaches you how to set yourself up for long-term success. $395, learn more: bit. ly/2CE4YKP. Soul Shine Yoga, 103 B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-554-4121. LynetteMattina@ Chemical-Free Home – 6:45-8:30pm. Products for cleaning, laundry and skin care may be very toxic. This class will look at some of the most common chemicals, their effects and how to replace them with natural, safe, effective and inexpensive solutions. Presented by Tammy Wittner. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Soanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Reflex-OIL-ogy of the Skeletal System – 8am5pm. Reflex-OIL-ogy is a self empowering tool that will enhance your overall bone and joint health and vitality. Experience this easy and effective way to improve nerve and blood flow by using specific reflex areas and essential oils. Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943. Educational Class: Rolfing – 10am-12pm. Educational class every Saturday. This week’s speaker: Pam Reeves of Eastern Shore Rolfing. Healing Acres, 22355 Price Grubbs Rd, Robertsdale, AL. RSVP: 251-300-9052 for more information.

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Foot Reflexology Workshop – 8am-5pm, Feb 17-18. Learn Reflexology to enhance your health and balance your body. In this 2-day workshop you will gain knowledge of your anatomy and physiology as well as give and receive proven Reflexology techniques. Instructed by Laurie Azzarella 16 CEUs. Bay Branch Estates, 28347 Turkey Branch Dr, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@

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Sterling Yoga 30-Day Spring Challenge – Commit to your yoga practice for 30 days and see what happens. Take 30 classes from March 1-30 and experience greater strength, improved flexibility and more inner peace. Complete the challenge for a chance to win prizes! $30 intro for 30 days. Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-471-5775. Info@SHYWMobile. com.

Usui Reiki Level I & II Certification – 9:30am5:30pm, Mar 10-11. Basic Usui Reiki Level I is to give you the tools for self healing, Level II increases your connection with the Reiki energy and you will learn to work on others in person and distantly. $300/$250 prepaid. ULFE Studio, Fairhope, AL 36532. 251-504-5328. AskJulieEBrent@gmail. com.


savethedate Above and Beyond Yoga Health & Healing Mexican Retreat Join Shoshana Treichel, Josh Blatter and Nrithya Jagannathan for this fantastic opportunity to create health, happiness and healing through the practice of yoga and meditation as expounded by the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya. $1399.

Know Your Knee Alignment Knee Therapy – 9:30-11:30am. Learn passive and active ways to create more stability for safer movement and more space to decompress the knee joint. $35. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Summer Camp and Healthy Kids Expo – 10am1pm. Hosted by Eastern Shore Parents Magazine and Mobile Bay Parents Magazine. Exploreum admission is free during the expo. Learn about summer camp options and enjoy live animals, face painting, balloon animals and demos. First 200 to arrive get goodie bags. To become a vendor and for more info: 251-929-2099.


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AHA Reiki Certification Training – ​Offered in March and September. Upon completion, which begins with the Level I Usui Ryoho Reiki training, participants can perform self-treatments and practice professionally. Each of the three levels may be purchased individually, and for continuing education. For more details or application, please email. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Sunset Yoga for Charity – 5-6pm. Kick off the 10th annual Sunset Yoga season. A different teacher for a different charity every 2nd and 4th Friday, March thru October. Start time depending on sunset time. Bring your mat, your donation and a friend. The Bluff (1 Beach Rd), Fairhope, AL. Rain site: Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Hwy 181. 251-929-4020.

This deeply transformational immersion will offer practical tools to incorporate the authentic and classical perspectives of yogic philosophies into your every day life, practice and teaching. Learn to move, breathe and meditate during this immersion.

March 15-18 Above and Beyond Hot Yoga 878 Hillcrest Rd, Ste. C, Mobile, AL 251-639-9030 •

Women Explore & Celebrate Feminine Consciousness Join the Gulf Coast Grandmothers, a collective of women of all ages, faiths and spiritual practices, as we welcome the Sacred Feminine into our Annual Grandmothers Gathering. Connect with other women in daily circles, workshops, meditation, music and healing arts.

March 22-25 Camp Beckwith, Fairhope, AL 251-945-1295 •

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 Blue Boy Herb Festival – Mar 24-25. A semiannual herb festival with local herbalist extraordinaire Darrell Martin. Carriere, MS. 1-800-798-9951.


savethedate AHA Massage Therapy School Enrollment is open for the state-licensed (#2253), ​650-hour program. ​Emphasizes hands-on techniques and practice, specialty techniques, fundamental sciences, student clinic and outreach practicum. AHA currently has a 100% pass rate for students taking licensure exam. For more details or application, please email.

Night classes start April 2 Alabama Healing Arts, LLC 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Green Drinks Earth Day Celebration – 5-7pm. Celebrate Earth Day with Green Drinks! Live music, vendors, food. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-7517. Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Earth Day Mobile Bay – 10am. Alabama’s largest Earth Day celebration. Free. Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope.

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Spring/Summer Market in the Park Opening Day – 7:30am-12pm. The downtown Spring/Summer market will be open Saturdays, Apr 28-Jul 28. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550.

Annual Grandman Triathlon – 7am. Racers jump off the Fairhope pier into the open waters of Mobile Bay and swim 1/3 of a mile alongside the Fairhope Pier, then bike 18 mi throughout the city of Fairhope across grueling hills and finish the race sprinting a 5k alongside Mobile Bay. Benefitting Mobile Baykeeper. Fairhope, AL. Register:

Fall Market in the Park Opening Day – 7:30am12pm. The downtown Fall market will be open Saturdays, Oct 13-Nov 17. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Practical Herbalism – Become a practical herbalist with this experiential herb class. Meets on 3rd Sundays at Nourishing Place in Gulfport, MS. Contact and details: 228-257-1946.

THURSDAY, MAY 24 Spring/Summer Market in the Park Opening Day – 3-6pm. The Spring/Summer market will be open Thursdays, May 24-Jul 26. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Lavretta Park, Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550.


savethedate Meet & Greet for Traditional Naturopath Course Registration open for the 2018 TN and Holistic Health Practitioner course. $100 deposit holds your space. Class meets one Saturday per month for 12 months starting in May, with 24/7 online access to the class.

10am-1pm, May 26 Southern Institute of Natural Health Ocean Springs, MS 228-257-1946 •

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Iridology Certification Classes – Jun 22-24. In person and online. Certification through the International Iridology Practitioners association. Ocean Springs, MS.Contact and details:

SATURDAY, JULY 14 AHA Yoga Teacher Training –​E ​ nrollment is open for t​he 200-, 300- and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings. A​vailable for aspiring teachers or personal development. Iyengar-style instruction emphasizes the use of props to ensure safety and alignment. Graduates are eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance. For more details or application, please email. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AHA Reiki Certification Training – ​Offered in March and September. See March 4 listing. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 Alabama Coastal BirdFest – Oct 4-7. 4-day birding and nature festival with guided tours in Baldwin and Mobile counties, speakers, dinner events at 5 Rivers and free, family-friendly Bird & Conservation Expo (Oct 6 in Fairhope). Tours and evening events require adv. registration. Fairhope and Spanish Fort, AL.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Fairhope Film Festival – Nov 8-11. A film lover’s film festival, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. Downtown Fairhope, AL.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Annual Magnolia State Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show – Nov 9-11. Meteorite displays, fossilized exhibits, in addition to interesting and educational exhibits and plenty of artisans from around the US. $3. Jackson County Civic Center, 2902 Shortcut Rd, Pascagoula, MS. 228-229-8781.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Green Drinks Gift Market – 5-7pm. Tis the season to be green. Shop for eco-friendly gifts from local vendors. Live music, food, beer specials. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-7517. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail. com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 Holiday Market and Christmas Kids Day – 10am2pm. Farmers market, arts & crafts, fun activities, music, pictures, dance performances and more. Downtown Mobile, AL. Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator: 251-208-1550.



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sunday Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia's Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Sunday Service at Unity Church of Gulfport – 10:30-11:45am. Join us for a spiritual message given by Rev. Judy Voght. Let her inspire your week ahead with uplifting, positive messages from the heart. Join us every third Sunday, after service, for fellowship potluck. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Unity Sunday Service and Celebration – 10:30am. Weekly service welcomes people of all races, cultures, lifestyles and creeds. Services followed by cake and coffee for birthdays on 1st Sundays, eating out together 2nd Sundays, potluck and fellowship 3rd Sundays, healing circle/pet blessing 4th Sundays, Q&A and eat out 5th Sundays. Unity on the Eastern Shore, 22979 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8934. Unity Christ Church Sunday Service – 11am. Tune in, turn on, tap into the loving presence of the Divine at Unity Christ Church. If you desire a nonjudgmental, open, supportive and loving spiritual community, Unity Christ Church of Mobile is here to inspire, uplift and celebrate the Divine. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. Baha'i's of Fairhope Diversity Devotions – 3-5pm. Every 4th Sunday. Join us in the coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate our unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments served immediately following the shared devotional program. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL.

Hot Power Yoga – 8am. Mon-Fri. A faster paced power vinyasa flow builds strength, increases flexibility, strengthens your core and transforms your body and mind. Find your groove, shine your light and practice at your own level. Heated. $15 drop in; packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ Chair of Floor Restore & Yoga Nidra Sleep – 9:3010:30am. This combination class takes you through gentle morning stretches to calm the body for Yoga Nidra, a lying meditative sleep that lasts 30-45 mins. It is known for balancing the nervous system and brain waves, as well as many other benefits. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Gold 90 Original Hot Yoga 26/2 – 9:30-11am. Mon & Wed. Original 26/2 sequence strengthens and tones, while working all systems of the body. Improve cardiovascular function and mental stillness through managing breath and mind. Beginners to advanced. Heated. $30 intro for 30 days. Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-471-5775. Doggie Happy Hour – 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: myhappydog123. Responsible Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Free course for parents, together or separate, that covers co-parenting issues, positive parenting methods, money management and economic stability. Open to parents of children 18 and under. Also taught on Wednesday mornings. Family Center Baldwin County, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700.

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tuesday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-2094090. Sunrise Yoga with Linda Csazar – 6-7am. Tues & Thurs. Jump start the morning and get refreshed— join Linda for some energizing and revitalizing yoga to charge the body, ease stress and focus the mind. Also on Thursdays w/Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Iron Hour Vinyasa Flow with Weights – 8:15-9:15am. Tues & Thurs. Challenge balance and build core strength with this flow with light hand weights (provided). Warm-up stretches flow into sequences of curls, squats, presses and ab work! Beginners to advanced. Heated. $30 intro for 30 days. Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-4715775. Positive Parenting Classes – 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30 am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700. Kids101@ Qigong Tai Chi – 9-10:15am or 6:30-7:30pm. Explore the gentle art of the moving meditation. Includes a 15 min Intro to Meditation session. $10. Beginner-friendly. Ashbury Hotel, 600 West 65 Service Rd S, Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007. Jude@ La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. Open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Babies/children are welcome. Free. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact AmandaLLLMobile@ or Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-634-8055.

Farmers Market – 2-6pm, Tues. 9am-2pm, Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and produce from local farmers. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517. TOPS – 5:30pm. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Open to anyone who wishes to lose weight. We weigh in every Tues and then have a short program by one of our members. Try it for free. Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church, Spanish Fort, AL. 251-625-6888. AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength & flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Ashtanga Yoga with Manja – 5:45-7pm. This dynamic method of sequenced postures links with your breath and concentration techniques. This class introduces the Ashtanga series in an accessible manner to beginners as well as intermediate students. A great way to finish off your Tuesday. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. See website for more info: Book Study and Discussion Group – 6-8pm. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004. Admin@UnityGulfport. com. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL. Introduction to Meditation – 7:45-8:30pm. Perfect for beginners to explore types of meditation. Training and practice. $5 Ashbury Hotel, 600 W 65 Service Rd (Airport Bvld), Mobile, AL. 251-207-0007. Jude@

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wednesday 10% Off Waxing – Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Wednesdays and receive 10% off of any waxing when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. AHA AM Chair Yoga – 9:30am. This class utilizes the aid of a chair, when needed, to improve posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Qigong Tai Chi – 10am. Explore the gentle art of the moving meditation. Includes a 15 min Intro to Meditation session. $10. Beginner-friendly. Fowl River Community House, 5401 Fowl River Rd, Theodore, AL. 251-207-0007. Free Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 10:30am. This chair yoga class is free to participants with MS and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Fairhope, AL. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com. 251-379-4493. Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Mon in Fairhope. $5. Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio, 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. 251-610-3151.

Group Reformer Class – 12-1pm. Mon & Wed. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne during your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Also Mondays at noon. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Restorative Yoga with Rebecca – 4-5pm. Been a long few days? No stresses or worries! RYT Rebecca Dunbar McLeod Method can lead you down a relaxing path with some restorative yoga. Be supported by all the right props as the poses plus gravity gently melt away the week’s anxieties. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks. Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Near Death (NDEs) and Related Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd), Mobile, AL. 251340-8565.

thursday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays & Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. Gentle Yoga with Virginia – 12-1pm. Tues & Thurs. A stressful morning? Synergy can fix that! Join Virginia Keene for a relaxing hour long gentle yoga class to sooth the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul—leave class refreshed and focused. Also with Rebecca Dunbar McLeod Tuesdays at noon. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251473-1104. MELT Method Class – 12-1pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve your longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Market in the Park Springhill – 3-6pm. May 24-Jul 26. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Lavretta Park, Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550.

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Group Reformer Class – 5:15-6:15pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne at the end of your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned, and be both leaner and stronger. Leave class feeling great. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Inferno Hot Pilates – 5:15-6:15pm. Tues & Thurs. Make your workout fun again with this bootcamp style class that incorporates HIIT, Pilates principles and awesome music. Most effective for building core strength fast. Beginners to advanced. Heated. $30 intro for 30 days. Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-471-5775. AHA PM Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength & flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-377-8940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com.

friday FES Bike to School Days – Every first Friday. Grab your helmet and an adult and bike to school on first Fridays. It’s the fun way to travel! Participating students will receive a spoke bead for their bike at each event. Check Facebook for additional giveaways and themes. Fairhope Elementary School, Fairhope, AL. Friday Morning Serial – 8-9am. A weekly public gathering and networking event featuring a 10-15 min speaker and group discussion. Topics, speakers and attendees are from diverse backgrounds and provide specialized insight. Free. Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, 769 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS. 228-436-4661. Free Friday Night at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center – 5-8pm, last Fridays. Enjoy free admission to the discovery center every last Friday of the month. Dedicated to inspiring children, families and communities through the arts, interactive educational experiences and exploration. 246 Dolan Ave, Gulfport, MS. 228-897-6039.

saturday Market in the Park Downtown – 7:30am-12pm. Apr 28-Jul 28; Oct 13-Nov 17. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-9285363. Farmers Market – 9am-2pm, Sat. 2-6pm, Tues. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. Orchard Awakening Yoga and Meditation –9:3010:30am. Awaken your muscles and your spirit in The Orchard with gentle yoga postures and a silent meditative walk, enjoying trees, the morning air and sunshine. Weekly, inside or outside according to weather. Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Thrive@ Saturday Morning Yoga at Simply Life – 9:3010:45am. We welcome you to an open flow yoga class appropriate for all levels of practice. Drop-in $10/class. Simply Life Learning Center, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-473-8040. Facebook. com/SimplyLifeLearningCenter. Gallery/Salon Group Readings – 6:30-8:30pm. Psychic Medium Ericka Boussarhane uses her mediumship to help others find closure and insight in their lives. As a medium she is able to connect with loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. $20. Wishful Treasures New Age Gift Store, 4622 Saufley Field Rd, Pensacola, FL. 850-941-4321.

Happy Hour Yoga with Friends – 5:15-6:15pm. The healthiest happy hour in town combines the original hot 26/2 60-minute class plus your friends. Firsttimers and anyone who hasn’t practiced in six-plus months takes class for free. Bring yourself, bring your friends and get happy! Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-471-5775. Sunset Yoga for Charity – 6-7pm. 2nd and 4th Fri, Mar-Oct. 10th annual Sunset Yoga is a different yoga teacher for a different charity every 2nd and 4th Friday, March thru October. Start time depending on sunset time. Bring your mat, your donation and a friend. The Bluff (1 Beach Rd), Fairhope, AL. Rain site: Thrive Yoga and Massage, 21180 Hwy 181. 251-929-4020.


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