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Hemp-Derived PlusCBD Oil Available at The Health Hut In December 2018, President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law, making hemp and hemp derivatives legal. According to U.S. Hemp Roundtable Counsel Jonathan Miller, “Effective immediately, hemp is permanently deemed a legal agricultural commodity, and popular products such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) can no longer be mistaken as controlled substances, like marijuana.” Additionally, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall stated, “as a result of this congressional action, CBD derived from industrial hemp, with a THC concentration of not more than 0.3 percent, can be legally produced, sold and possessed within the State of Alabama.” PlusCBD Oil™ products, available at The Health Hut, contain only plantderived ingredients that are gluten-free, non-GMO and tested to ensure “the best quality CBD oil available”. Hemp-derived CBD has been recognized for its benefits on human health and is capable of affecting nearly every biological process via the endocannabinoid system. For more information, contact The Health Hut in West Mobile (680 Schillinger Rd. S.) at 251-6330485, in Midtown Mobile (2032 Airport Blvd., Ste. D) at 251-473-0277 or in Daphne (6845 U.S. Hwy. 90) at 251-621-1865, or visit See ad, page 13.

An Inclusive Kids Gym That Rocks We Rock the Spectrum is a new fun-filled gym in Daphne that welcomes kids of all abilities to “play the day away” in an emotionally-safe and sensory-smart setting. By providing children with a fun and motivational environment, the gym helps them develop strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions and self-care skills. Kids have access to suspended swings, crash mats and pillows, an indoor play structure, a zip line, a trampoline, sensory-based toys and a fine motor arts and crafts area. In addition to daily opportunities for open play, We Rock the Spectrum offers weekly classes, seasonal camps, field trips and birthday parties. “Our professional paths have instilled in us a commitment to helping children and young people achieve their best by finding true ways to help them be successful in life while having fun,” say owners Maura and Kevin Coley. Maura is a speech language pathologist and Kevin is a secondary level educator. While the unique equipment is specifically designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders, all children are able to benefit greatly from it. By allowing children of all ability levels to play together, they learn from each other and become the best motivation for success on every level. Location: 1802-A U.S. Hwy 98, Daphne, AL. For more information, call 251-3556178 or visit

Coast Health & Nutrition, in Gulfport, is offering Natural Awakenings readers a 10 percent discount on a homeopathic gel that is the only transdermal, FDA-registered human growth hormone (HGH) product available without a prescription. The gel product has been available in California for 14 years and also provides homeopathic thyroid and adrenal support, with 18 additional botanicals. HGH is a single-chain peptide hormone produced from the pituitary gland, the master gland in the body. “This is the hormone that helps you grow throughout childhood, hence the word ‘growth’,” says Don Keyser, owner of Coast Health & Nutrition. “Around the age of 20, HGH is at its peak, and then plummets starting at around the age of 25. This is when the dreadful aging process begins, as this hormone slowly declines for the rest of your life.” Experts believe that by elevating the growth hormone at older ages, and restoring levels to what they used to be, many benefits can result. Testimonies have shown improvements in sleep, muscle tone, bone density, hair growth, mood, memory, fat loss, joint mobility, libido, hair, skin and nails. Long-term use shows that some experience improvements in heart rate, immunity, skin elasticity, cellulite, blood pressure and wounds heal more quickly. Location: 12100 Hwy. 49, Ste. 730, Gulfport, MS. For more information, call 228-831-1785 or email See ad, page 28.

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Vascular Therapy Improves Health

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Mississippi Farm is Local Source of Elderberry Roots to Home elderberry products are now available at retailers in Mobile, Fairhope and Robertsdale, Alabama; and in Lucedale, Pascagoula, Ocean Springs and D’Iberville, Mississippi. Some of the most recently added vendors include Virginia’s and Fairhope Health Foods, The Herbal Shoppe and Healing Acres. Owner Lilah Brown was raised on a 40-acre farm in Lucedale, Mississippi, where they have always used natural methods to grow a variety of produce. While heirloom tomatoes have been one of their specialties, and they continue to grow them for local restaurants, elderberry is their newest focus. “Our farm is rooted in health and wellness. I have been a nurse for 30 years and I wanted to go into prevention instead of treatment,” she recalls. “Natural approaches are better than medicine and food is the best place to start.” When Brown discovered elderberry’s ability to boost immunity in the body, reduce inflammation and decrease cholesterol, she began producing organic elderberry extract. The American variety of the plant has grown on their property for years, but they primarily grow and use the black European elderberry (Sambucus nigra) because of its higher potency. For more information call 601-947-7692 or email Discvree7@gmail. com. See ad, page 29.

Inclusive Fellowship Opportunities in Fairhope The Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship welcomes and embraces people of every walk of life, regardless of age, race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, language or cultural background. The community is invited to join them for their Sunday services at 11 a.m., featuring a different guest speaker each week—either a member of the congregation or someone from the surrounding community. The Children’s Fellowship meets at the same time to explore religion and spirituality through lessons, stories, plays, games, discussion and arts and crafts. On Saturday evenings, the Fellowship holds a traditional Unitarian service from 4:45 to 6 p.m. The service begins with music and includes lighting of the chalice, a reading, meditation, a sermon or a live program, a collection used to support the Fellowship and closing remarks. Sermons are most often presented via video recordings available by a variety of Unitarian Universalist ministers. These services are also open to the public. Location: 1150 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-9293207 or visit See Churches listing, page 35. 8

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For decades, physical vascular therapy has been used to help with the health of humans and animals because it is gentle, easy to use and has no known side effects. Many alternative healthcare providers across the country, including Dr. Mary Sabal of Family Care Naturally, in Gulf Shores, are adding this therapeutic technology to their list of services as they witness effective results with overall healing, preventative healthcare and improved sports performance. The technology’s unique, patented, multi-dimensionally configured signal (waveform) stimulates the proper function of the smallest vessels (capillaries), supporting the whole circulatory system. This greatly aids in preventing degeneration of the cardiovascular system and other vital functions and systems including the autonomic nervous system. The systems then retrain themselves to work better, which is fundamental to restoring and maintaining good health. Cells are able to produce and supply more energy, and can therefore carry out the biological tasks, including metabolism, in a more functional manner. The technology has been extensively tested and many well-known individuals, sports teams and corporations volunteer their endorsements, including NASA. Many athletes use this vascular therapy to regenerate faster and see improvements in their performance. The Veterinary unit applications are producing unparalleled results and are gaining popularity in prevention of injuries, especially for horses. For a free session and more information, call 251-970-3605. See ad, page 26.

Gulf Shores Juice Bar Serves Flu Shots and More Agapé Juices in Gulf Shores is offering Natural Awakenings readers a buy-one-get-one-free special on Flu Shots—a cold-pressed juice power shot of turmeric, ginger and apple (see ad and coupon on page 19). By combining high quality organic ingredients, this juice and smoothie café serves a full menu of coldpressed juices, smoothies, salads, wraps and snacks. Custom juices by the gallon and nut butters are also available, as are warm and hearty seasonal soups. “Our mission is to teach people that eating clean whole foods provides the proper fuel by which our bodies function at their optimum level. And by avoiding inflammation causing foods, we increase our body’s ability to maintain health,” say owners Stephanie Rhodes and Glenna Grant. It was the loss of parents and relatives to cancer and Alzheimer’s that inspired these long-time friends to open Agapé in 2017. The café’s food truck can be found at local farmers’ markets and is also available for special events. “From Mediterranean style tuna salads and vegan power salads to immune-booster smoothies and wheatgrass power shots, we have something for everyone,” says Rhodes. “All of our recipes are free of soy and canola oils—and don’t panic, it’s organic!” Location: 7369 Alamo Circle, Ste. C, Gulf Shores, AL. For more information, call 251979-6201 or visit See ad, page 19.

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Alabama Healing Arts (AHA), Mobile’s newest occupational college, is accepting applications for enrollment in massage therapy school. AHA educators have over 25 years of teaching experience to assist students in becoming a licensed, professional massage therapist. “Therapeutic massage is a beautiful healing practice. It makes a perfect adjunct therapy to many health care 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. Massage classes are scheduled to begin this summer. The 650-hour curriculum meets state requirements for preparing students to become licensed therapists. This interactive program emphasizes hands-on technique demonstration and practice and includes specialty techniques, fundamental sciences, student clinic and outreach practicum. AHA has maintained a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensure exam. AHA also offers 200-, 300- and 500-hour yoga teacher training and three levels of Reiki certification, which may be purchased individually, and for continuing education. For more information email or visit See ads, pages 31 and 49 .

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Screen Time Doubles Kids’ Risk of Anxiety and Depression

People in developing nations have much greater diversity in gut bacteria than Americans, but a University of Minnesota study of U.S. immigrants has found that six to nine months after moving to the U.S. and eating a Western diet, the gut bacteria of those from countries with predominantly non-Western diets changed to match gut bacteria typical of a Western diet, while their gut bacteria became less diverse and less healthy. These effects increased with the duration of U.S. residence and were compounded across generations. The more “Westernized” a woman’s microbiome, the greater her risk of obesity.

Practicing gratitude is a healthy habit, yet people often hesitate to write heartfelt thank-you notes to people that have touched their lives. Researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas, in Austin, report that writers underestimate how much people receiving those notes are surprised, happy and appreciative. The researchers also found that the letter writers were unduly concerned about their ability to express their gratitude skillfully. While the writers worried about choosing the right words, the recipients felt happiness simply through the warmth of the gesture.

Walnut Leaves Improve Diabetic Health In a double-blind study of 40 Type-2 diabetes patients, Iranian researchers gave half of them 200 milligrams of an extract of walnut leaf (Juglans regia) for eight weeks and the other half a placebo. Although the walnut leaf extract had no significant effect on their blood glucose levels or insulin resistance, it significantly lowered systolic blood pressure and body weight in the patients.

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After years of worldwide decline, malaria is on a worrisome upswing, but researchers from Durham University, in the UK, have found a quick, non-invasive,

low-cost detection method: dogs. Trained to sniff out malaria parasites in socks that West African children wore for one night, the canines correctly identified 70 percent among the infected and 90 percent among the uninfected children.


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Children and teens that spend more than seven hours a day on screens have twice the risk of being diagnosed with anxiety or depression compared to those that spend one hour a day similarly engaged, concluded a San Diego State University study of more than 40,000 youngsters.

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Shad Return After 174-Year Absence

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Insects around the world are in a crisis, and a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the problem is even more widespread than scientists first believed. In a pristine rain forest in Puerto Rico, the number of invertebrates—including moths, butterflies, spiders and grasshoppers—dropped 60-fold between 1977 and 2013, probably due to a fourdegree rise in average temperature. The lizards, birds and frogs that fed on them also seriously declined. In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that globally in the past 35 years, the numbers of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. Another recent study showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves. The food web may be being obliterated from the bottom: Insects pollinate three-quarters of our food crops, feed the birds and fish that are also consumed by larger species and are vital to the decomposition that keeps soil healthy and ecosystems running. “Nature’s resilient, but we’re pushing her to such extremes that eventually it will cause a collapse of the system,” Brad Lister, a co-author of the Puerto Rican study, told the New York Times.

Following the removal two years ago of an obsolete dam in Manville, New Jersey, American shad are successfully spawning in the lower section of the Millstone River. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently observed juvenile fish there for the first time since 1845. American shad (Alosa sapidissima) are the largest member of the herring family and are anadromous, as they spend most of their lives in saltwater, but return to freshwater rivers each spring to spawn. They played an important role in American history and economics. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe says, “This species has an inherent tendency to recolonize once obstacles are removed from its migratory path.” During the Industrial Revolution, rivers were dammed for electric power and lakes, but during the last decade, dam removal has become a new call to action. Besides preventing fish migrations, dams also harm water quality in rivers by blocking water flow, trapping sediment and changing habitats.

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Wild Horses Ride Out the Storm North Carolina’s freeroaming wild horse herds on the Outer Banks have “ridden out” their share of storms. When Hurricane Florence struck the area in 2018, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund of Currituck County, where the herd lives, announced on Facebook, “The horses have lived on this barrier island for 500 years, and they are well-equipped to deal with 12

rough weather. They know where to go to stay high and dry, and are probably in better shape right now than most of us humans, who are scrambling with final preparations.” Historians believe the herds, which number about 100 horses, descend from those brought to the New World by European explorers. Instincts dating back five centuries compel the

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feral mustangs to either huddle on high ground, butts to the wind, or seek refuge in the maritime forest during storms, say experts. But news has come of a Shackleford Banks horse named Merlin that was fenced in an inundated quarantine site

during the storm, according to the Foundation for Shackleford Horses. Merlin somehow survived, and it “may have involved swimming,” says Margaret Poindexter, president of the foundation that co-manages the herd on National Park Service land.

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A cold-loving fungus known as white-nose syndrome (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) originating in Eurasia, where bats evolved to develop immunity to it, began infecting 15 species of hibernating bats in North America in 2006. As the fungus grows over bats’ noses and wings, it disrupts their winter sleep, causing them to expend too much energy and burn up fat they need for winter survival. More than 6 million bats have succumbed to the disease so far. Some species are experiencing near total collapse: Little brown bat populations have been decimated by about 90 percent, while tricolored and northern long-eared bats are suffering losses of around 97 percent. Ecologists thought the fungus might halt at the Rockies, but by 2016 it had made its way to Washington State. A collaboration between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, biologists, ecologists, mycologists, biochemists and other scientists at universities, NGOs and state, federal and tribal agencies have made significant progress in combating the fungus using genomics: Sequencing its genes has allowed them to determine its origin. Plans include treating the caves and mines in which the bats hibernate. It also appears that some species are developing resistance to the fungus or developing coping strategies, like waking up together every night to generate extra group warmth.

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The Right Choices Keep It Strong by Lisa Marshall


ometime between the salad and the main course at her grandson’s bar mitzvah, Joyce Lenard, then 69, felt a crushing pressure deep within her chest. A tireless go-getter who had worked in Hillary Clinton’s district office when she was a U.S. senator, raised two daughters and recently donated a kidney to one of them. Lenard had spent months painstakingly planning the 100-guest gala, so when the pain came, she ignored it and got on with the party. She even drove herself to her Long Island home that night. “I just assumed I was having indigestion and it would pass,” Lenard recalls. Hours later, her husband rushed her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare, often-fatal form of heart attack, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, in which intense stress literally changes the shape of the heart. Thankful to be alive, she has since taken up meditation, cleaned up her diet and now leads a support group for female heart patients of all ages. Like her, many of them never saw it coming.


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“Women tend to be the caregivers,” says Lenard. “We take care of our husbands, our families, our friends, our careers, and we often forget about our own health. Then look what happens.” Lenard is among the 44 million U.S. women with cardiovascular disease, an insidious illness that until recently has been erroneously framed as a “man’s disease”. In reality, it is the number one killer of women, responsible for one in three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). By comparison, one in 26 women die of breast cancer. While awareness has risen since 2004, when AHA launched its Go Red for Women campaign, surveys show only 17 percent of women view cardiovascular disease as something that should concern them. It should, experts say, because 80 to 90 percent of cases are avoidable with lifestyle and dietary changes. In some cases, natural remedies can even reverse it. “We have all this sophisticated equipment and all these medications, but when it comes down to it, the vast majority of cardiovascular disease can be prevented,” says integrative cardiologist Christina Adams, M.D., of the Scripps Women’s Heart Center, in La Jolla, California.


In the late 1990s, researchers discovered women were about as likely as men to be diagnosed with the disease, and far more likely to die from it. “They didn’t have the classic signs and symptoms, so they often went undiagnosed and untreated,” explains Jennifer Mieres, M.D., a cardiology professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell, in New York. Along with chest pain, women often suffer fatigue, shortness of breath, indigestion, pain in the neck, back or jaw, nausea or anxiety in the months leading up to a heart attack. In more than half of the cases, according to one recent study in the journal Circulation, doctors fail to recognize these symptoms. Then there is the “not now” factor. “I used to see women all the time who said, ‘I have had these symptoms for months, but I just didn’t have time to take care of it,’” says Mieres, coauthor of Heart Smart for Women: Six S.T.E.P.S. in Six Weeks to Heart-Healthy Living. Recent research has also shown that

women are uniquely vulnerable to developing heart disease in ways that men don’t share. Taking birth control pills (especially while smoking) can boost risk. Complications during pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes can be hard on the heart, increasing vulnerability for years to come. Because estrogen is believed to be cardioprotective, when it wanes during perimenopause and menopause, risk goes up again. “As soon as we hit menopause, our biological milieu starts to change,” says Mieres, noting that “good” cholesterol tends to decrease and “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides tend to increase. Yet, arterial plaque—which can ultimately build up, break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke—starts accumulating as early as age 20, so the earlier women start paying attention, the better.


Thirty years after the first cholesterol-lowering medication hit the market, so-called statin drugs have become the largest class of medications in the world, with U.S. sales doubling

between 2000 and 2010 to reach $20 billion, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. While drugs can be appropriate for those already diagnosed with heart disease and at high risk of heart attack or stroke, they are not without serious side effects. Statins can cause chronic muscle pain, memory loss and increased blood sugar, while hypertension drugs can precipitate fainting and kidney damage. For many patients, there’s another way, integrative cardiologists say. Unfortunately, most of the talk about prevention focuses on prescription medications, says Stephen Devries, M.D., executive director of the Chicago-based Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. “What often gets lost in the discussion are the dietary changes, which can be equally important.” Devries recommends a plant-based Mediterranean diet—low in the saturated fat found in beef, processed meats and cheese—and high in leafy greens, whole grains and the “good” fats found in fatty fish, olive oil and avocados. Specific foods have also been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Nuts, including walnuts, peanuts and almonds, have been shown to lower LDL. One 2017 study of 77,000 female nurses, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found those that ate peanuts or tree nuts (including almonds and cashews) two or more times per week had a 19 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. Those that ate walnuts once a week cut their risk by 23 percent. Dark purple and red fruits contain compounds called anthocyanins that boost production of nitric oxide, and in turn expand blood vessels, improving circulation. Another recent study, published in the journal Circulation, followed 94,000 women for 18 years and found those that ate four servings or more per week of blueberries and strawberries were a third less likely to have a heart attack. Pomegranates are also key for heart health, with recent research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition showing a daily serving of juice can make platelets less sticky, lower blood pressure and reduce plaque formation.

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No discussion of heart health would be complete without an emphasis on social and emotional health, a critical risk factor which until recently has been largely absent, says Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., director of the Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and author of the new book, Heart: A History. But research shows the emotional heart can break, too, as in Lenard’s case. With as many as 90 percent of incidents occurring in women, the condition that landed her in the emergency room often shows up in patients with no signs of obstructed blood vessels or high cholesterol. Rather, factors like financial worries, work stress or the death of or break-up with a loved one can flood the heart with stress hormones, changing its shape to one that resembles a Japanese pot called a takotsubo and weakening it profoundly. “Remarkably, in many cases, once the emotional state returns to normal, so does the heart,” says Jauhar. Longer-term, emotional stress has been shown to lead to platelet aggregation, or stickiness in the blood, which can impact blood flow. Also, constant bombardment

by stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol can damage the inner walls of blood vessels, boosting accumulation of plaque. To nurture the metaphorical heart, integrative cardiologists recommend taking time to maintain healthy personal relationships and minimize work stress. As well, exercising five to six days per week for at least 30 minutes and practicing activities like mindfulness meditation or yoga have been shown to lower heart rate. A recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes looked at 201 people with coronary heart disease. It found those that practiced meditation were 50 percent less likely to die or have a heart attack or stroke in the span of five years. Finding quiet spaces to retreat to can also be important. A study published in November by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that living and working in chronically noisy environments can boost the risk for heart problems. It is also wise to prioritize sleep (at least seven hours per night), because the lack of it can inflame arteries. The bottom line is that a holistic approach is best, says Jauhar. “If you want to live a long life, don’t smoke, eat well and exercise, but also pay attention to the quality of your relationships and your ability to withstand stress and transcend distress. Those are also a matter of life and death.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

Supplements for a Healthy Heart ª Red yeast rice extract: This over-

the-counter (OTC) extract, commonly used in Chinese medicine, has been shown to significantly lower both total cholesterol and LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels, much like a statin does. Studies show 1.2 to 2.4 grams per day can reduce cholesterol by 26 percent in 12 weeks.

ª Omega-3 fatty acids: Eating fatty

fish or taking fish oil supplements (one to four grams daily of EPA/DHA) has been shown to 16

reduce risk of heart disease in healthy people and lower triglyceride levels and risk of heart attack in those already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Walnuts, chia, hemp and flax seeds are excellent vegan sources of Omega-3s.

ª Coenzyme Q10: Found in small

amounts in organ meats, sardines, cauliflower and asparagus, this powerful antioxidant—also available in OTC supplements—can lower blood pressure and help combat the side effects of statins.

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Transfer the roasted squash to a food processor or heavy-duty blender. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add additional broth to reach desired consistency.

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any plant-based dishes are so tasty that no one will miss the meat. Low in fat and sugar and high in ingredients that promote heart health, the following recipes are courtesy of Carol D’Anca, a board-certified nutrition practitioner and author of Real Food for Healthy People: A Recipe & Resource Guide, in Highland Park, Illinois.


Rich in dietary fiber and low in fat, butternut squash with low-salt vegetable broth and spices is an easy-to-make soup loaded with nutrients and flavor. Allow 40 to 45 minutes to roast the squash.

Freshly ground black pepper Pepitas or pumpkin seeds for garnish Preheat oven to 425° F.

Yields: Four servings

Line a heavy baking pan with parchment paper. Spread squash cubes in a single layer, using two lined pans if needed. Roast for about 40 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.

1 butternut squash, 2-3 lbs, peeled and cut in cubes to equal 4 cups 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth Dash red pepper flakes

Alternate method: Wash the squash. Make several slits to allow for escaping steam. Roast whole in the oven for about 45 minutes or until soft and easy to peel and cut.

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This whole-grain, gluten-free, no-knead, no-mess bread contains flax, sunflower and chia seeds, hazelnuts, oats, coconut oil and maple syrup as a sweetener. Accompanying soup, it makes for a satisfying meal. This recipe is adapted from “Change Your Life Bread” in D’Anca’s book My New Roots.

Change Your Life Bread Yields: One loaf 2 cups shelled raw sunflower seeds 1 cup whole flax seeds 1 cup blanched hazelnuts 3 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats, if needed) 4 Tbsp chia seeds 6 Tbsp psyllium husks Pinch fresh ground coarse salt, preferably Himalayan 2 Tbsp maple syrup 6 Tbsp coconut oil, liquefied at low temperature in a small pan 3 cups water In a loaf pan lined with parchment, combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup and water together in a measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is soaked and dough becomes thick. If it’s too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until it’s manageable. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Let it sit on the counter for at least two hours, or all day or overnight. When the dough retains its shape, even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan or lift the parchment, it’s ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from

Eating healthy doesn’t mean all salads, all the time. From appetizer to dessert, healthy, easy-to-make, creative and colorful recipes can improve health and add flavor to life. loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing.

¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives ½ cup fresh basil ¼ cup white wine or white wine vinegar

Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well. For a quick and easy toast, slice before freezing.

Squeeze garlic from its skins into a large skillet. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is reduced and thickened to a sauce (coulis), about 20 to 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.

THE PLEASURES OF PASTA Pasta is guilt-free when we use a whole wheat variety that digests more slowly than white flour pasta, avoiding blood sugar spikes, D’Anca says. Gluten-free, grain-free or vegetable pasta can be substituted for whole grain pasta. Fresh asparagus is recommended. If it’s not in season, consider red chard for its bright red and green colors and abundance of vitamins K, A and C. It’s a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber.

Whole Grain Pasta with Asparagus and Tomato Coulis Yields: 6 servings for dinner or 8 as a smaller first course. 1 lb of your favorite whole grain pasta 3 large cloves garlic, roasted for about 25 minutes in their skins 3 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved Use red, orange, yellow or a mix of colors 1½ Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 lb fresh asparagus, pencil thin is best (if not available, substitute red chard)

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Drain the pasta well and place back in the pan. Add tomato coulis and olives. Toss well to infuse flavors. Let warm for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve at once.

SAVORY SIDE DISH Chickpeas are a great source of fiber. Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers, are available in white, orange, green and purple. Lycopene gives red tomatoes their color, may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Yellow tomatoes have twice as much iron and zinc and higher levels of vitamin B and folate to help red blood cells. Darker tomatoes ranging from purple to black produce higher levels of antioxidants for a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Don’t overlook green tomatoes, which are higher in vitamin K and calcium than reds or yellows.


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Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Vegetables Yields: Serves two, or four if dished over quinoa 12 small mushrooms, sliced 2 ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 red bell pepper, cut in strips 1 yellow pepper, cut in strips 1 red onion, cut into wedges, or 1½ cups leeks, halved lengthwise, cleaned, and cut chiffonade-style About 6 cloves of garlic, peeled 2, 14-oz cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary Balsamic or white wine vinegar Preheat oven to 400° F. Put mushrooms, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, onion and garlic in a large roasting pan. Roast for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables caramelize. Remove the pan and turn the vegetables over. Add the chickpeas and rosemary and return to the oven. Roast for another 30 to 45 minutes until the edges of the vegetables start to turn dark and the chickpeas are browning. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, toss and serve warm as is or over quinoa.


Place black beans in the food processor and pulse to a thick, sticky consistency. Add the drained red pepper mixture, flax “egg”, cumin and chili spice. Process until lightly mixed.

These burgers are good either oven baked or grilled, weather permitting. Offer toppings like baby spinach, salsa, nut cheese, pesto, fig jam, mango or slaw. Apple cider vinegar, dill, celery salt and agave nectar to taste makes a dressing for slaw. Thin slices of Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples add a tang of tart or hint of sweetness.

Remove the burger mixture to a bowl. Add bread crumbs until you have a firm burger and form into patties.Grill for 5 to 10 minutes, turning once, or bake in a 350° F oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 5 to 10 minutes on each side.

Black Bean/Veggie Burger 1 16-oz can of black beans, drained, rinsed well and dried on a paper towel ½ red bell pepper, cut in large pieces 1 medium-size onion, cut in large pieces 1 Tbsp chili powder, mild or hot to taste 3 cloves of garlic, rough chopped 1 tsp black cumin 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds 3 Tbsp water Approximately 1 cup bread crumbs (glutenfree if needed) to act as a binder 4 buns or bread of choice


“Chocolate desserts usually include loads of sugar and butter, making them a highly processed and saturated-fat food,” says D’Anca. “These treats deliver the good fat of cacao nibs and the antioxidants of raw cacao.”

Almond Butter and Raw Cacao Chocolate Truffles Yields: 12 servings 1 cup almond meal ½ cup almond butter ¼ cup raw cacao, organic 3 Tbsp grade B maple syrup 1 tsp organic vanilla ¼ cup raw almonds, ground ¼ cup raw cacao nibs, ground Finely ground nuts like walnuts or hazelnuts, shredded coconut or raw cacao for texture and added flavor

Make a flax “egg” by mixing the ground flax seeds with the water. Let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes until it thickens to an egg consistency. Place the bell pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor and process until smooth. Remove the mixture and drain in a fine sieve. Too much liquid will make the burgers fall apart.

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, fair trade, non-genetically modified ingredients, BPA-free canned goods and non-bromated flour whenever possible.

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix them to a smooth batter. Chill the batter for about 20 minutes. Roll into either bite-sized or larger balls to serve as is or roll in nuts, coconut or cacao for texture and added taste.

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Ways to Make Far Less Trash by Avery Mack


n manufacturing, a zero waste policy means designing products so that all resources are used or reused. It’s a concept Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, embraced for her family a decade ago in Mill Valley, California. “My goal was to simplify our lives,” she says. “We found a zero waste lifestyle isn’t what we expected; it’s better. It’s good for the environment and for our family.” Johnson reports achieving 40 percent savings in annual household costs. “Voluntary simplicity has also changed our daily routines. Simple living focuses on experiences versus things, and we find we have more free time,” she says. “Our minimalist wardrobes now fit into carry-on bags for travel.”

A Doable Personal Goal “Don’t expect to reach zero. Go for zero-ish,” counsels Celia Ristow, a freelance writer who blogs at In 2017, Ristow and two friends, Moira Kelley and Bailey Warren, started a grassroots group called Zero Waste Chicago to raise awareness and connect locals with needed resources to reduce trash. “We speak at grocery stores, community events, schools, colleges and to employees on their lunch hour. We love how responding readers send suggestions and outlets for reusing items,” says Ristow. Local efforts can take off when people find like-minded others through using hash tags like #zerowastechicago on Instagram,

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search for a local blogger or host a mini-meetup in a grocery that sells in bulk or at a coffee shop that uses ceramic cups or no plastic stirrers. Similar grassroots organizations are active in Colorado ( and Seattle ( “Zero waste seems difficult to imagine in the U.S. People think change is costly and time-consuming,” Johnson says. “My vocation is to shatter these misconceptions. Follow the 5 R’s: refuse what you don’t need, reduce what you need, reuse, recycle and rot. Refuse single-use plastics and junk mail, reduce the volume of clothing items and sports equipment, buy used, recycle the unwanted and compost (rot) food waste, lint, hair and floor sweepings. It’s not that complicated.”


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Due to her experience, Johnson can now store a year’s worth of waste in a pint-sized Mason jar. “Inside is deteriorated foam from headphones, a dental retainer, silicone caulk from the sink, fruit and veggie stickers, clothing labels, plastic mini-bumpers from cabinet corners I replaced with felt and a plastic-coated spike from the dishwasher,” she says. “I’m still amazed when people have a use for something I don’t want or need. Start by saying no to flyers, freebies, party favors, business cards, plastics, excessive packaging and junk mail. Accepting them creates more. Refusing such clutter is the first rule to a less wasteful lifestyle.” Kathryn Kellogg, the Vallejo, California, author of the Going Zero Waste blog and a content creator for Pela Case, a Canadian eco-friendly smartphone case maker, offers many zero waste swaps. “I use silicone cupcake liners instead of paper, bar soap in lieu of plastic-packaged body wash and make my own lip balm.” She also has alternatives for sponges, plastic wrap, cooking pans and toothbrushes. Consider her 31-day challenge at She notes, “Since I started working toward zero waste, I have more confidence, am able to speak up about less waste and am mindful when I shop.”

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In May, Johnson toured 16 countries in 17 days giving presentations. “Surprisingly, we often had to open another room because interest was higher than expected. In Russia, they broadcasted my talk to 17 cities,” she says. Johnson learned that many countries have no waste collection or recycling programs. Plastic bottles, bags and trash litter many landscapes. “Life in the United States is different. Here, we have bigger houses, need more and create more waste. Elsewhere, grocery shopping is done daily instead of weekly, produce is local, seasonal and sustainable instead of imported,” she observes. “In a way, it’s easier to go zero waste there because they’re using just what they need. Everyone deserves a place to live and life’s necessities. Past that comfort level, it’s excess.” Johnson sees rapid changes underway in consumer thinking and is hopeful looking forward. “I don’t want to tell others how to live. I just want to share our experiences. The United States’ example has a huge impact worldwide. Zero waste is the necessary lifestyle of the future, and it begins at home.”

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INVESTING FOR GOOD How to Align Money With Values by April Thompson


ow we spend our money is important, but how and where we save it matters just as much. Today’s financial marketplace offers diverse options for values-based investing and banking, regardless of interests or assets. Sustainable, responsible and impact investing is rapidly expanding. Professionally managed assets in the U.S. using socially responsible investment (SRI) strategies grew from $8.7 trillion to $12 trillion in the last two years, according to a 2018 report by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. This represents 26 percent—about one in four dollars—of all U.S. assets under professional management.

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While large numbers of investors are moving their money responsibly, changing bank accounts can still feel difficult to many people, says Fran Teplitz, executive co-director of the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Green America, which works to promote a more sustainable economy. To make the sometimes intimidating bank-changing process a little easier, Green America’s Get a Better Bank campaign at breaks it down into bite-sized steps. “Educate yourself 24

on the issues with the conventional banking industry, from Wall Street speculation to predatory lending practices,” says Teplitz. People don’t need to sacrifice banking needs for their values. Reflect upon what’s important in a financial institution, and then shop around for the right fit. Credit unions and community development banks that lend in local and underserved communities are often great choices, says Teplitz. Green America’s Get a Better Bank database is a great starting point for responsible banking options.

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For longer-term investing, there are more vehicles available to responsibly assist investors toward their financial and social goals. While responsible investing once meant simply screening out “sin stocks”, like tobacco, guns and gambling, which were available only to investors able to make a large minimum deposit, today there are values-based funds to suit every cause and income level. “Socially responsible investing has come a long way since it got off the ground in this country during the apartheid divestiture movement in the 1980s,” says Gary Matthews, an investment advisor and CEO of SRI Investing LLC, headquartered in New York City. Countering some investor concerns about underperforming SRI funds, there is a growing body of evidence to show that money that does good can also do well. The firm Nuveen TIAA Investments assessed the leading SRI equity indexes over the long term and “found no statistical difference in returns compared to broad market benchmarks,” nor any additional risks, according to a 2017 report Responsible Investing: Delivering Competitive Performance.

SRI Approaches and Outcomes Fossil fuel-free portfolios are trending, Matthews notes—which Green America encourages. While acknowledging the everfluctuating price of oil, Matthews says he’s seen diversified portfolios that eliminate oil, coal and natural gas do better at times than those that include them. A subset of SRI investments, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing focuses less on what sector a company is in than on how they conduct their business. The way companies treat their employees and respond to climate change are factors that may have a positive influence on financial performance. Robo-advisors, a recent arrival in the SRI sector, are online investment services that automate money management. Roboadvisor companies make it easier for people to invest and leverage technology to keep fees down, although they usually do not offer in-depth impact research on the companies within the financial products they offer,

according to Amberjae Freeman, of the portfolio management team for Swell Investing LLC, an impact investment company in Santa Monica, California. Swell evaluates thousands of companies to build diversified portfolios of businesses aligned with at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Like most SRI firms, Swell offers retirement IRAs (individual retirement accounts), as well as more liquid brokerage accounts, with a minimum initial deposit of $50.

While the array of investment options can be daunting, investors should aim for progress, rather than perfection, in their portfolios. As the money and impact in a portfolio grows, so does an investor’s confidence and knowledge. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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n Verify that a bank is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), where accounts are insured up to $250,000 per depositor. n Responsible investors can also influence banking practices in their workplaces, religious institutions or professional associations by educating account managers about the issues. Green America has a free booklet for 401k benefits managers at n There are as many names for socially responsible investing (SRI) as there are approaches to it including community, ethical, green, impact, mission-related, responsible, sustainable and values-based investing. What an institution or a fund does and how they do it is more important than how it’s labeled. n The mainstreaming of SRI, while positive overall as impact investing is getting the attention of larger firms, has led to some “greenwashing”, where portfolios are being touted as socially responsible without much depth to their criteria, cautions investment advisor Gary Matthews, of SRI Investing LLC, in New York City. Fund sustainability rankings like the Morningstar Sustainability Rating can help take out the guesswork, although it pays to ask hard questions and look at a fund’s individual holdings. n Returns, whether social, environmental or financial, aren’t everything. “When it comes to investing, it’s important to get clear about specific goals, whether it’s planning for a home purchase or paying off student loans, understand the potential risks and returns, and set up an appropriate time horizon,” says Amberjae Freeman, of the portfolio management team for Swell Investing LLC, a Santa Monica-based impact investment firm.

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REBOOTING LIBIDO Exercise Rekindles Desire by Maya Whitman


ecause exercise delivers so many benefits, it’s not surprising that one of them is increased libido. A low sex drive can affect either gender at any age, and contributing factors include hormonal changes, daily stressors and certain prescription drugs. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, shortduration bursts of exercise work to increase circulation and heart rate, thus amping up physiological arousal in women. Sexual performance is enhanced in men by exercising three to five times a week, according to a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. “Eating right and being committed to a daily exercise regimen that includes strength, cardiovascular and flexibility training is key to maintaining a great libido and continual excellence in sexual function,” affirms Dr. Jeffry Life, author of The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health,

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Exercise increases testosterone, endorphins and adrenal hormones, all of which are essential to a satisfying sex life. Studies from the University of Texas at Austin show premenopausal women experience increased sexual response with exercise, including individuals with diminished sex drives due to the use of antidepressants. “Stress is one of the biggest libidokillers in women, and endorphins released during exercise can reduce stress, improve libido and increase arousal,” maintains Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and CEO of Step It Up with Steph, in Chicago, Illinois. “Adding 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week can increase endorphins, blood flow and testosterone.”

Aging Passionately

The inevitable hormonal changes of menopause and beyond can dampen a woman’s sex life, but it doesn’t have to become a way of life. “Women can experience side effects of shifting hormonal levels which cause libido to vanish and the vagina to become dry, making us feel anything but empowered,” explains Ellen Dolgen, the Coronado, California, author of Menopause Mondays: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause. “Exercise, along with the guidance of a menopause specialist to help manage those hormonal changes, is a winning ticket. Life in our 40s, 50s and beyond can be wonderful!” Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem for many men, and can result from sedentary lifestyles, certain medications and cardiovascular issues. “ED is a huge problem worldwide, and vascular disease is one of the major causes,” says Life. “This can be avoided by eating properly and making exercise an essential part of everyday life, which can also reduce the need for prescription drugs that are another major cause of the problem.”

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Testosterone—a hormone that plays a significant role in lighting our “fire” and keeping it lit—can be enhanced by adding workouts with weights. “Strength training can boost testosterone, which may boost sex drive in both women and men. For men, I recommend lifting weights and doing push-ups. However, it’s important to note that too much intense exercise or strength training may have the opposite effect, and actually reduce the desire to have sex,” says Mansour. In addition to a daily exercise program that includes cardio and flexibility exercises, Life concurs, “Thirty to 60 minutes of strength training three to four times a week is ideal.” According to a review published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, yoga may increase both male endurance and female response. “Yoga turns off our sympathetic nervous system, the part that keeps us in ‘fight-or-flight’ response. Inversions like the shoulder stand help to harmonize hormones, supporting a wellbalanced sex drive,” explains Pam Medina, owner of The Yoga Lily, in Clifton Park, New York. “We need to feel attractive, and yoga can help us to accept the body as a sacred vehicle for the soul.” No matter the age or condition of the body, a more satisfying sex life and better self-image is possible through feeling fit. Life reminds us, “Check with your doctor before taking up an exercise regimen, and know that maintaining a healthy body can give us essential ingredients for a great sex life well into our 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.” Maya Whitman is certified in bodywork and clinical essential oil therapy.



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ssential oils are derived from plant-based sources, leading people to equate natural with safe; but that’s not always the case. Knowing how and when to use oils is vital, according to Gary Richter, DVM, an integrative veterinarian and medical director of Holistic Veterinary Care, in Oakland, California. A veterinarian trained in the use of essential oils understands the properties of each oil, along with its proper dilution and application, a subject not generally taught in traditional veterinary schools; holistic medicine requires additional training. With proper use under professional guidance, essential oils can be part of a larger treatment plan, says Richter. Cats are generally more sensitive to oils because they don’t metabolize medicine as efficiently as dogs, he notes. “As one professor used to tell our veterinary class, ‘Cats are not small dogs, so they can’t be treated as if they are’—always good to remember.”

Soothing Effects Just as chamomile tea relaxes humans, anxious dogs find its scent calming. Some vets spray the exam room with lavender between appointments to calm anxious clients. Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified practitioner of the gentle animal bodywork therapy known as Tellington TTouch, sees clients in her Northampton, Massachusetts, office. “I put a drop of a peace and calming blend or lavender on the

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carpet or a pillow,” she says. “It relaxes the animal and dissipates the smells of previous clients. I don’t use diffusers. The odor can be too strong for their sensitive noses. There’s also a danger it could spill and be licked up.” Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed Kim Paciotti, owner of Training Canines, LLC, based in Statesville, North Carolina, finds the scent of green apples relieves anxiety and soothes upset tummies for dogs and puppies that suffer from motion

Proceed With Caution Pure essential oils are far too strong to use undiluted, Richter says. Age, physical condition and species are so varied that guessing which oil and how to use it can be dangerous to the pet. “Skin irritation like a hot spot or rash is a relatively minor problem that could benefit from the right essential oil. An open wound requires a veterinary visit,” he says. “Some oils aren’t recommended unless under veterinary guidance. Reactions can range from mere annoyance to toxicity.” Wintergreen, melaleuca, pennyroyal, tea tree and pine oils cause the most reported problems for dogs, according to Peppermint, cloves, cinnamon and oregano oil also can be quite strong and require educated use, says Richter. An uneven gait, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling and weakness can be symptoms of toxicity, requiring immediate veterinary care to prevent damage to the central nervous system or organ failure. In its fragrance and taste, plants have defense mechanisms to ward off destructive

insects or to attract bees and butterflies. Those same properties can help people and animals. The plant’s natural compounds can ward off fungi, bacteria, parasites or inflammation. However, just reading a label isn’t enough to know which oils will work best for these problems. “The Animal Desk Reference II: Essential Oils for Animals, Second Edition, by Melissa Shelton, is a reader-friendly guide,” says Richter. “I touch on the subject in my book The Ultimate Pet Health Guide: Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats, but for deeper study, I recommend Shelton’s book.” “One thing I’d say is, learn all you can before using oils around pets,” Richter says. “There’s not a one-size-fits-all formula for dilution for safe use. There are too many variables with oils and animals.” Be more than a well-meaning pet lover— also be well-educated. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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ust as whales are born with an instinct for the deep, we are born with an impulse toward creating a quality of life. No matter the type of work that leads us there, following that impulse is the destiny of each soul, so we search to find our medium through which aliveness can express itself. Following our instinct for the deep, we find each other. In areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, whales sing basically the same song, and when a new verse is added, they all incorporate it. As humans, we have a greater capacity to communicate, yet we resist adding to our common song. Whales occupying the same geographical areas that may include large oceans tend to sing similar songs with local variations, but whales from other regions of the world will sing entirely different songs. Once united, though, they find a common pitch. The songs are constantly evolving over time, and old patterns are not repeated. In essence, whales stay current, freshly updating their communications with each other. It’s a noble task for us all to emulate. Most whales, especially humpbacks, compose patterns of sound that are strikingly resonant with human musical traditions. What helps whales be such good communicators is that sound travels about four times faster in water than on land. Thus, it is profoundly easier to hear in the deep. Dwelling there, we have a better chance of staying current and hearing our common song. When we follow our instinct for the deep, we discover our common song, which brings us alive. Through this unfolding, we make our contribution to the common good. From generation to generation, all that we learn and create adds to this living work of art we call a quality of life. Adapted excerpt from More Together than Alone, by Mark Nepo. Connect at and

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to our seventh annual Healthy and Green Living Directory, now serving Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties in Mississippi in addition to Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Throughout the year, Natural Awakenings publishes the latest information and resources available for health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, natural living, sustainability and creative expression. In order to serve you even better, we offer this special edition featuring a convenient directory to keep at your fingertips all year long. Refer to this handy resource for the things you need to live a healthier, more balanced life.


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Needle or non-needle (electric) acupuncture offers relief from pain, headaches, anxiety, fibromyalgia, joint/arthritis stiffness, low energy, sports/accident injuries, addictions: drug, alcohol, smoking, diet and more.

Let me assist you in learning about the many ways essential oils can be used for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. Reflex-OIL-ogy teaches you effective oil application for each body system. See ad, page 29.





Dr. Mary Sabal, DC, RN 1404B West 1st St., Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605

Akashic Records Consultant 251-752-6509 • From a soul’s inception, all of its experiences are recorded in the Akasha. Make time to explore your Akashic Records for clarity, understanding, inspiration and guidance. Seek guidance. Get answers. Connect with departed loved ones. See ad, page 25.



Rebecca Dunn Bryant, AIA, LEED Fellow 302 Magnolia Ave., 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

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Locations in Foley, Fairhope and Mobile, AL 251-990-0535 Hearing loss affects everyone uniquely which is why we solve hearing problems one individual at a time. We have the knowledge and technology to guide you on a journey to better hearing. See ad, page 19.


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Acupuncture: An ancient Oriental technique that stimulates the body’s ability to sustain and balance an electromagnetic life force (qi), which is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body via a network of meridians. Disease is understood as an imbalance in the meridians. A practitioner inserts acupuncture needles at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse the flow of life force.


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A salon offering organic products and SALON services including hair color and shampoo. Make a difference today in your hair, your life and the Earth. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! See ad, page 27.


251-510-2418 • ARC (Awakening Respect & Companion For All Sentient Beings) helps people live with more compassion and respect for all beings and the living environment, ultimately creating a more compassionate and peaceful world for us all. Join us for our monthly vegan dinners (usually on 4th Saturdays).


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Old Government, Mobile: 251-607-6666 2101 Hwy. 98, Daphne: 251-725-4334 A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials and massage with 100% organic products. See ad, page 25.


28170 N. Main St., Ste C, Daphne, AL (French doors on side of building) 251-616-4201 • Reflexology for the ear using ear seeds, (available in office) a non-invasive, drugfree, complementary health treatment that works with other healing modalities. Manage stress, anxiety, depression, pain, addiction, allergies, PMS, vision problems and more. See ad, page 16.

Karen Watson, Founding Consultant Daphne, AL • 256-508-0389 A clean and effective line of skincare, anti-aging products and make-up that nurtures your skin’s natural balance. Contact us for a complementary skincare and makeup consultation. See ad, page 25.

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6845 US Hwy. 90, in Daphne, AL 251-626-0079 • Serving the most casual to the most serious riders in Baldwin and Mobile counties for 25 years. Extensive bike selection; apparel and equipment; service department and parts; professional bike fitting service.


243 S. Greeno Rd., Fairhope, AL 251-210-9114 • Offering Structural Integration—a method of bodywork which unbinds the body’s connective tissue (fascia) using a strategic, whole body approach to improve body movement and structural balance, reducing chronic pain. See ad, page 26.

(Located inside Path to Wellness) 240 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 251-597-8787

Our non-invasive, drug-free approach helps brain injury patients improve speech, balance, limb and finger control, memory and mental focus, plus the restoration of perso n a l i t y t r a i t s. S e e a d , page 5.


Carolyn Olson, Certified Thermographer Gulf Coast Locations from LA to FL 251-623-2225 FDA registered thermography (digital infrared thermal imaging) offers breast screenings that are non-invasive and radiation-free, without compression or bodily contact. Valuable for detecting early stage breast disease and more. See ad, page 15.

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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 certified instructors are 50 minutes in length, beginner-friendly and all props are provided. A printable calendar of morning and evening class times is available on the website. Private yoga sessions are available by appointment. Private yoga is perfect for those seeking personalized instruction, such as working with a specific health challenge or achieving a specific goal. 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 650hour program 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’s my life’s dream to offer a space where healing and personal development modalities can be experienced or learned in a heart-centered, mindful way.” See ads, pages 31 and 49. 34

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5668 Old Hwy. 43, Satsuma, AL 558 St. Francis St., Mobile, AL 251-545-8375 • 80+ high quality CBD products from reputable hemp farms including oral, topical, vape and pet products plus educational classes. See profile, page 36.


12100 Hwy. 49, Ste. 730, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785 A comprehensive health food store offering several brands of CBD products in a range of applications. Visit us to learn more about how CBDs can support your healthy lifestyle. See ad, page 28.


228-697-4473 CBD/hemp is cannabidiol. THC-free isolates available. Physical, mental benefits using CBD products. Anti-aging, hair loss, pain relief, pet products. Oils, vape, gummies, creams. Legal all 50 states.


809 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL 251-948-7862 Offering full spectrum hemp extract CBD that helps insomnia, inflammation, etc. Lotions, potions, extracts and edibles. Open 7 days a week. Mail orders available. 12% off with coupon from ad. See ad, page 29.

CBD: Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis compound believed to have significant medical benefits for patients seeking relief for inflammation, pain, anxiety, sleep disorders and seizures. It is not psychoactive and must contain less than 0.3 percent of the perception-altering chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), to be legal.




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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.



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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 31 and 49.

Soul Shine Yoga School is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School. Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training begins August 2019. See ads, pages 49 and back cover.


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Welcoming people of any age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or cultural background. We seek truth and knowledge, care for the Earth and show kindness to others while creating an atmosphere of love.

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Offering classes and lectures to groups and organizations on natural health and wellness. Reflex-OIL-ogy teaches effective use of essential oils for each body system. Fun, informative and interactive presentations. CE credits available. See ad, page 29.


151 S. Ann St., Mobile, AL 36604 251-545-1011 • No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! Worship Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. We support Prism, Mobile’s LGBTQ teen support group.

THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF FAIRHOPE 81 Magnolia Ave., 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.

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s an Akashic Records Consultant and spiritual counselor, Betsey Grady teaches others how to deepen self-awareness and conscious thought so that they can navigate life and manifest the reality that they desire. In Sanskrit, Akasha means “where all things are from” and it is believed that from a soul’s inception, all of its experiences are recorded in the Akasha and stored in the Akashic Records. Grady shares messages from the Akashic Records with individuals, couples and groups. In a session, the client(s) will ask questions related to relationships, health, career, past lives, departed loved ones, animals or whatever is on their mind, and together they explore the messages of the records. “It is unlimited as to what one can seek and discover, and guidance is always delivered in a gentle and positive way,” Grady explains. “It’s a fascinating and spiritual experience that will leave you inspired and connected with the joyful energy of the divine.” As a registered teacher in the Traditional Hot Yoga method, Grady also teaches yoga in Fairhope and Daphne, and she is a long-time meditation instructor, MARI practitioner and Reiki Master. She says, “I believe that anything is possible and that we are all truly unlimited beings here to expand into the highest version of our self.” See ad, page 25. February 2019 • Annual Healthy & Green Living Directory


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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. Cryotherapy: This “cold therapy”, which has been used for centuries to reduce inflamed and swollen parts of the body, has recently grown to include whole body treatments. Cryotherapy chambers expose the body to extremely cold air for two to four minutes for a range of potential benefits including athletic and injury recovery, anti-aging and general wellness.





12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd., Fairhope, AL 251-279-8745 Weeks Bay Plantation is the regional destination of choice for pick-your-own blueberries, herbs and heirloom tomatoes—all organically grown. Our CSA program kicks off in 2019. Check Facebook or contact us for details. See ad, page 21.


12 N. Section St., Fairhope, AL 256-826-4140 Offering whole body cryotherapy in a Cryo Arctic chamber, weekly yoga classes and a community venue. 2-3 minutes of cryotherapy increases energy, focus and flexibility. See ad, page 49.



Fairhope, AL 251-279-0395 • Keen Living offers building performance consulting for single-family and multi-family projects. Our proven strategies improve energy efficiency, indoor air quality, durability and comfort.

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Our non-invasive, drug-free approach helps dementia patients that originally scored in the teens on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment be restored to the point of scoring normal (26-30). See ad, page 5.


CannaBama: The CBD Store All Natural, All Hemp


annaBama: The CBD Store is a female-owned cannabidiol (CBD) retailer in downtown Mobile and Satsuma, Alabama. They offer high quality CBD products sourced from reputable hemp farms and teach educational classes in store and throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties. Hemp-derived CBD is non-psychoactive and extremely therapeutic to the mammalian brain and body. It creates homeostasis and promotes self-healing within the body, helping to regulate pain, immune function, mood, sleep and more. CBD is safe for use at any age and does not affect respiration, heart rate or cognitive function. CannaBama stocks over 80 CBD products—both full spectrum and isolate (THCfree)—including oral supplements, topical products, pure CBD vape options, edibles, water, lotions, bath bombs and pet products. “Come have a cup of coffee, try a salve and ask us any questions you have about cannabis and CBD products,” say co-owners Jennifer Boozer and Pam Davis, who are passionate about helping others lead naturally healthy lives after CBD made huge improvements in their own personal health. “We want to pass that gift along to others so that they might find freedom from pain and sickness and prescription drugs. We believe that CBD is for everyone, every day and we love changing lives, one drop at a time.” See CBD listing, page 34.


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IAOMT Protocol 225 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (no-suture) 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 27.

DEPRESSION MIND PERFORMANCE CENTER, LLC (Located inside Path to Wellness) 240 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 251-597-8787

Offering Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Brainsway-a proven tool in the fight against depression that is non-invasive, painless and drug-free) with functional medicine and brain pathway rehabilitation for the most robust changes possible. See ad, page 5.




8 Marietta Dr., Fairhope, AL • 251-928-9347 A progressive school for preK through 4th grade that utilizes hands-on activities, small class sizes and inquirybased learning, to guide students to find answers to their questions. See profile, page 40.


Brinkley Hutchings, Founder/Director 251-747-7846 Outdoor classes for children of all ages. Our mission is to cultivate a love for learning and the outdoors. Preschool, homeschool, after school, camps and family programs. See profile, page 44.

Healing Acres, Robertsdale, AL 205-283-2743 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 28.

LAURIE AZZARELLA YL #327923 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 29.

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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Through the EFT self-help process, one mentally tunes in to specific issues while tapping on meridian points with the fingertips. This stimulates corresponding areas of the body, balancing disturbances in the meridian system and allowing nonserving emotions to be released. 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 wellbeing. This method is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology and chiropractic or other holistic treatments.




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265 Young St., Fairhope, AL Blue Sky Collective offers support for wellness-oriented entrepreneurs with opportunities for individual entrepreneurial growth, increased connection with peers and engagement with our local communities. See ad, back cover.


ryoYoga is Fairhope’s newest yoga studio and wellness center, offering a full schedule of classes, plus whole-body cryotherapy. “I grew up in Fairhope. It’s felt good, but it’s never really felt cool. I want to create something cool, with depth; a place people can really plug into,” says owner Luke Runels. CryoYoga is all about quality and community. Runels says their yoga program strives for real yoga, not just passive stretching. Instructors monitor and guide student technique to ensure safe and healthy development. Cryotherapy, or cold therapy, is available as a preliminary supplement to yoga or as an independent service. Two to three minutes in the cryotherapy chamber can increase energy, focus and flexibility by reducing inflammation and delivering fresh blood flow to the skin and muscle tissues. Their Cryo Arctic chamber is the best cryotherapy chamber on the market, using filtered air instead of pure nitrogen and it offers whole-body exposure—unlike the neck-to-toe coverage that is more commonly available. Treatment is more effective when areas of extremely high nerve reception (such as the neck, scalp and face) are exposed to the therapeutic temperatures. Located in the heart of downtown Fairhope, CryoYoga also serves as a venue for the community. Equipped with a stage, sound system and seating for 50 people, local groups are invited to meet and present. See ad, page 49. February 2019 • Annual Healthy & Green Living Directory


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28170 N. Main St., Ste C, Daphne, AL (French doors on side of building) 251-616-4201 •

Open year round Tuesdays (2-6pm) and Saturdays (9am2pm). 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.

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 16.

2019 Markets: Saturdays in Spanish Plaza downtown from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 27 to July 27; October 12 to November 23). Thursdays in Lavretta Park from 3 to 6 p.m. (May 30 to August 1). See ad, page 4.

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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 28.



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Eastern Shore Cycles A Passion for Bikes in Baldwin County


astern Shore Cycles, in Daphne, and Foley Bike Shop, in Foley, are Baldwin County’s oldest bike shops. “Biking was a childhood passion that evolved into a career,” says owner Phil Hooper, who has worked in the local bike industry since 1987. His enthusiasm continues to grow as the popularity of riding increases and people experience the benefits and enjoyment of cycling. “I share my passion with my customers and friends by advising them in their cycling lives,” he says. The shops serve customers in an inviting atmosphere with friendly, knowledgeable staff eager to educate. Their extensive selection of all types of bikes, apparel and equipment meets the needs of a range of customers—from the most casual rider to the most serious rider. A complete service department and repair parts are available, and they offer a professional bike fitting service to help cyclists achieve their comfort and performance goals. The shops also sponsor bicycle-related events to keep the community thriving with happy, healthy people and businesses. Hooper says, “As cyclists ourselves, we know that having high-quality local rides, triathlons and cycling events are important for making new friends, finding good competitors and enjoying bikes even more.” See Bicycle Shop listing, page 34. 38

Combining the finest ingredients to create fresh and healthy juices, smoothies and snacks. Don’t panic, it’s organic! Visit our cafe or find our food truck (follow us on Facebook for event schedule). See ad, page 19.



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

Juice and Smoothie Café 7369 Alamo Cir., Ste C, Gulf Shores, AL 251-979-6201 •

Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi Edition

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 bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, page 2.


2032 Airport, Mobile: 251-473-0277 680 S. Schillinger, Mobile: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy. 90, Daphne: 251-621-1865 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. Serviceoriented, knowledge-able staff. See ad, page 13.


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 bins; pet supplies; baby products and more. See ad, page 2.

Local Foods

Treat your locavore palate to farm-fresh foods that contribute to a healthier planet and a more prosperous local economy. Support these Gulf Coast businesses!


20733 Miflin Rd. (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.


Jones Park Pavillion, Highway 90 Gulfport, MS • 228-257-2496 Open year round on Wednesdays from 9am-1pm. For more info:


Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator Mobile, AL 251-208-1550 • 2019 Markets: Saturdays in Spanish Plaza downtown from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 27 to July 27; October 12 to November 23). Thursdays in Lavretta Park 3 to 6 p.m. (May 31-Aug 1). See ad, page 4.

OCEAN SPRINGS FRESH MARKET L&N Depot, 1000 Washington Ave. 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.


Summerdale, AL We carry a variety of goods from our farm and other local farms based on season and availability. Email for a list of what’s currently available.



320 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-929-0055 Organic cafe serving lunch Mon-Sat and Sunday brunch. We use locally-grown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 2.

Natural Elder Products Lucedale, MS 601-791-0943 • 601-947-7692


Boost your immune system with locally-made natural elderberry products including syrup, hand sanitizer and bath products. Also offering arnica products for pain relief and seasonal produce. See ad, page 29.

Organic cafe and juice bar serving lunch MondaySunday (brunch specials on Sundays). We use locally-grown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 2.


3055 A Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 251-479-3200




Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle. Carrying local eggs, honey, milk and produce. See ad, page 28.

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 and CSA info. See ad, page 21.

12100 Hwy 49, Ste. 730, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785


12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd., Fairhope, AL 251-279-8745

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 2..

VIRGINIA'S HEALTH FOODS 3055 A Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 251-479-3952

Advertise on this page for $20/month! Contact us today: 251-990-9552

Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 2.

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Footwear - Holistic Counseling







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

available on request.

Fairhope, AL 251-279-0395 •

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

Keen Living offers building performance consulting for single-family and multi-family projects. Our proven strategies improve energy efficiency, indoor air quality, durability and comfort.


Rebecca Dunn Bryant, AIA, LEED Fellow 302 Magnolia Ave., Fairhope, AL 251-929-0514

Believe in something larger than yourself... get involved in the big ideas of your time. ~Barbara Bush

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 & Mobile • 251-279-7517 mobile bay


An informal happy hour for anyone interested in green living at home, at work and everywhere in between. Gathering on second Tuesdays at Fairhope Brewing Company and third Wednesdays at Alchemy Tavern (Mobile).


TMAC’S HAIR STUDIO See ad, page 25.


Carlye Waters, Health Coach, RYT 251-401-7171 •

Marietta Johnson School  of Organic Education Progressive Education Nurtures the Whole Child


hen Marietta Johnson founded Fairhope’s Organic School in 1907, she chose the term “organic” to describe her educational philosophy, which honors the growth of the whole child—mind, body and spirit. Individual learning styles and timelines are honored and students are encouraged to explore the world by experimenting and experiencing with all of their senses. The school promotes the desire to learn with a flexible structure that is adaptable to individual needs. Through hands-on activities, small class sizes and inquiry-based learning, teachers guide students to find answers to their questions. Today’s students learn concepts in much the same way as Johnson’s students did. Instead of studying nature in a textbook, they observe nature, record what they learn and utilize reference materials to confirm their findings. Mornings are spent immersed in learning experiences so that afternoons can be spent engaging in music, theatre, art, pottery, yoga, dance and gardening. The school is currently registering preschoolers to fourth-graders and interested families can contact Lead Teacher Susan Roy at 251-928-9347. See Education listing, page 37. 40

Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi Edition

Create lifelong healthy habits to improve energy and sleep, reduce cravings and stress, balance hormones and lose weight. 30-day to 6-month wellness programs, pantry clean outs, yoga and more. Call for free consultation.

HOLISTIC COUNSELING ALABAMA HEALING ARTS (AHA) 6304 Cottage Hill Rd., Mobile, AL 251-753-1937

Eliminate issues, improve relationships, reduce cravings, clarify life purpose and more. Non-invasive, drugfree techniques include holistic counseling processes, emotional freedom techniques (EFT), spiritual kinesiology, past-life regression (PLR). Can also include Reiki and/or yoga therapy, meditation/breath practices, intuitive guidance. See ads, pages 31 and 49.





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

Marie is an Evidentiary Medium, Clairvoyant and Empath. She connects with those in Spirit who have passed o v e r, A n g e l s a n d S p r i t Guides. Individual and group meetings by appointment.


We take pride in handcrafting small batched, refreshing kombucha to share with our local community. Offering 3 year round flavors plus a rotating seasonal flavor. Find us on Facebook and Instagram.

2019 Markets: Saturdays in Spanish Plaza downtown from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 27 to July 27; October 12 to November 23). Thursdays in Lavretta Park from 3 to 6 p.m. (May 30 to August 1). See ad, page 4.


251-367-0051 • @NOSoapCo on Facebook and Instagram Local, handcrafted soap and skincare featuring pure, plant-based ingredients. Vegan friendly. No synthetics, No GMOs, No palm oil. Available at Fairhope and Spanish Fort Piggly Wiggly. Please contact for upcoming markets/events.

Intuitive Services - Local Products


Kombucha: This lightly effervescent drink is produced by fermenting tea using a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). The consumption of fermented foods may promote gut health by increasing its number of healthy bacteria.

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Market in the Park

EAT FRESH, BUY LOCAL See ad, page 39.

Shop Local Spring, Summer and Fall



he city of Mobile’s Market in the Park offers seasonal farmers’ markets to Mobile 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

Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator Mobile, AL 251-208-1550 • 2019 Markets: Saturdays in Spanish Plaza downtown from 7:30 a.m. to noon (April 27 to July 27; October 12 to November 23). Thursdays in Lavretta Park from 3 to 6 p.m. (May 30 to August 1). See ad, page 4.


12562 Mary Ann Beach Road, Fairhope, AL 251-279-8745 Weeks Bay Plantation is the regional destination of choice for pick-your-own blueberries, herbs and heirloom tomatoes—all organically grown. Check Facebook or contact us for CSA info and Spring picking dates. See ad, page 21.

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 Spanish Plaza is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturdays from April 27 to July 27, and again in the fall from October 12 to November 23. Market in the Park in Lavretta Park on Old Shell Rd. is open from 3 to 6 p.m., Thursdays from May 30 to August 1. See ad, page 4.

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Markets - Meditation

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.





Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 21180 State Hwy. 181, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4020 • Buy locally made mindful products from our weekendlong seasonal markets that feature music and free activities. A portion of proceeds benefit Ecumenical Ministries. See our website for other charitable events: Sunset Yoga and Yoga Food Drive. See ad, page 49.

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 31 and 49.



See ad, page 4.

See ad, page 17.


28170 N. Main St., Ste. C, Daphne, AL (French doors on side of building) 251-616-4201 •

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Mind Performance Center, LLC

MASTERS OF MASSAGE See listings, opposite page.


Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 21180 State Hwy. 181, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4020 •

See ad, page 5. Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi Edition

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 16.

A Non-Drug Treatment for Dementia, Depression and More he Mind Performance Center, LLC, in Foley, Alabama, improves quality of life by providing non-drug rehabilitation for a range of brain disorders including depression (even treatment-resistant depression), dementia, traumatic brain injury, autism, stroke, ADHD and Parkinson’s.  “The results of our treatments are tangible, often delivering improvement when nothing else has,” says owner Dr. J. Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB, who notes that 70 percent of depression patients will see symptoms reduced by at least 50 percent. Their multifaceted approach can also reverse dementia. Brown is one of only 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. He spends 90 minutes with new patients, fully examining their brain activity so that a detailed treatment program can be recommended. “Our approach fosters brain balance and performance without negative side effects. We add years to our patients’ lives—high-quality-of-life years,” says Brown, who 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.” 42

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


Offering traditional table massage and Thai Yoga Massage—a clothed session of assisted stretching to your desired degree of intensity for flexibility and massage. Online booking and new client specials available. See ad, page 49.

MEDITATION SOUL SHINE YOGA See ads, pages 49 and back cover.


Masters of Massage

GULFPORT, MS HEALING GARDEN THERAPIES 12100 Highway 49, Bldg. 706 228-832-7666

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

DAPHNE, AL JUBILEE HEALING ARTS Formerly Jen Adams, LMT in Montrose 28170 N. Main Street, Suite C 251-616-4201 • See ad, page 16.

FAIRHOPE, AL MOUNTAIN MASSAGE & DAY SPA 101 Lottie Lane, Suite 5 251-928-0214 MYSTIC MASSAGE D’vora Power RN, LMT and Author Massage, Reiki, EFT, Access Bars, Craniosacral Therapy • 931-982-2226 TAMMY S. ANDERSON, LMT AL#1087 Call/text for an appointment  251-510-1415 THRIVE YOGA & MASSAGE Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 21180 State Highway 181 251-929-4020 • See ad, page 49.


Advertise on this page for $20/month!

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

MOBILE, AL ALABAMA HEALING ARTS 6304 Cottage Hill Road 251-753-1937 See ad, page 31. ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111 251-342-6415 See ad, page 17. LAUREN ROSE, LMT AL Lic #2044 6157 Airport Boulevard, Ste. 115 251-643-4300

ROBERTSDALE, AL HEALING ACRES Massage, Reflexology, Colonics, Reiki 22355 Price Grubbs Road 251-300-9052 See ad, page 28.

Contact us today: 251-990-9552

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MELT Method - Natural Products

MELT Method: This full-bodyselfcare method uses gentle tools such as balls and rollers to slow the aging process, resulting in pain relief and performance improvement. By balancing the nervous system and promoting healthy connective tissue, this research-backed approach seeks to provide the body architectural support and optimal mind-body communication. Midwife: Midwives are birth attendants that assist a woman through the prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum stages of pregnancy. Certified nursemidwives 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.





3152 Old Shell Rd., Ste. 2 Mobile, AL 251-473-1104 • This life-altering self-treatment technique will change how your body looks and feels. Learn the MELT Method in one of our weekly classes or seasonal workshops. Private instruction available. See ad, page 49.


251-300-7261 Marie is an Evidentiary Medium, Clairvoyant and Empath. She connects with those in Spirit who have passed o v e r, A n g e l s a n d S p r i t Guides. Individual and group meetings by appointment.

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.


333 Greeno Rd. 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; non-pharmaceutical. See ad, page 22.


Nature Connect Outdoor School Cultivates Wonder and a Love for Learning


ature Connect is a new outdoor school in Baldwin County that offers preschool, homeschool, after school programs, family programs and camps for children of all ages. Their vision is to support children to develop an appreciation for each other and the natural world, so that they grow into dedicated leaders and environmental stewards in their communities. With lots of educational fun and play, students explore outdoors and learn about animal tracking, bird calls, local plant and animal identification, primitive skills and crafts. The programs also include storytelling, song and journaling in nature. Studies show that time spent in nature increases attention span, self-esteem, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Children who spend more time outdoors and who participate in cooperative group activities also tend to have healthier relationships with friends and family. “Our programs are not only about being outdoors, but also about nurturing the children to be healthy, vibrant and connected individuals,” says Founder Brinkley Hutchings. “If you want your child to come home happily exhausted from a day full of learning and outdoor adventure, our programs are for you.” See Education listing, page 37. 44

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Natural Elder Products, Lucedale, MS 601-791-0943 • 601-947-7692 Boost your immune system with locally-made, natural Elderberry products including syrup, hand sanitizer and bath products. Also offering arnica products for pain relief and seasonal produce. See ad, page 29.


228-697-4473 CBD/hemp is cannabidiol. THC-free isolates available. Physical, mental benefits using CBD products. Antiaging, hair loss, pain relief, pet products. Oils, vape, gummies, creams. Legal all 50 states.




38 Pass Rd., Ste. C, Gulfport, MS 228-575-8660

Babette de Jongh

Telepathic communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with Body Talk, Reiki, Matrix Energetics and more. See ad, page 29.

Offering K•Laser—a drug-free and painless treatment that is proven to be 90% effective in treating neuropathy symptoms such as pain, numbness, burning, tingling and loss of feeling. See ad, page 3.





Yoga Teacher and Coach Serving the Gulf Coast and Beyond 256-348-7249 • Receive joy in your inbox every Monday with our free inspirational newsletter of organizational tips, psychology tidbits, life-changing books, yoga moves and other make-ya-life-better stuff. Webinars, videos and events also offered. Mention this add for 20% off a oneon-one session.

3152 Old Shell Rd., Ste. 2 Mobile, AL 251-473-1104 • Offering ten to twelve Reformer/Mat and Reformer/ Chair classes with Stott/ Merrithew or Balanced Body certified instructors. See ad, page 49.

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY Family Care Naturally 1404B W. 1st St., Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605


Enhances natural healing processes, hastens muscle recovery and raises energy levels. By breathing oxygen at higher than atmospheric pressures, cells, tissues and organs absorb at Family Care Naturally more oxygen. Intro pricing and multi-session EXPERIENCE IMPROVEMENT discounts. See ad, page 26. FOR: Head Injuries | Lyme Disease Stroke | Autoimmune Diseases Arthritis & Other Inflammatory Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Athletic Performance | Candida



Pilates: Pilates is a structured system of small, isolated movements developed by Joseph Pilates that strengthens muscles, improves balance and increases coordination. Exercises are performed on the mat or specialized equipment, focusing on breath and technique.

Living with Intention and Shining from Within


State-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy facility. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe medical treatment delivering 100% oxygen while in a pressurized chamber. Reduces inflammation, promotes healing, repairs cells and heals wounds.

Oxygen Therapies: These therapies alter 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

OXYGEN THERAPY 8871 Rand Ave., Ste. B Daphne, AL 251-210-1496

Neurotherapy - Pilates



ive years ago, Soul Shine Yoga started as a team of 10 passionate teachers sharing a welcoming, inspirational hot yoga experience in downtown Fairhope. Today they’ve grown to encompass three studios in Fairhope and Daphne, offering more than 60 heated and unheated classes a week. The warm Soul Shine community is known for its exceptional yoga and wellness programs. Heated classes include their signature Hot Power Hour, Hot Vinyasa and Hot Restore: Hips + Hamstrings. 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. The studio also collaborates with Kudzu Aerial Yoga to provide aerial classes at their location on Young Street in Fairhope. Classes are available for all levels and new students can take advantage of the “10 Days for $10” welcome special to try a variety of classes and discover the benefits of yoga for themselves. Multiple $5 community classes are also offered each week. In addition to group classes, Soul Shine hosts frequent workshops, private yoga sessions and is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School, providing yoga teacher training and continuing education opportunities. See ads, pages 49 and back cover. February 2019 • Annual Healthy & Green Living Directory


Reflexology - Skincare







Daphne, AL • 850-380-4943

251-928-8020 22886-D US Hwy. 98, Fairhope, AL

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 29.

Uptail Resale is an upscale thrift shop whose proceeds benefit the animals of the Baldwin Humane Society. We carry quality household items, furniture and jewelry.





6304 Cottage Hill Rd., 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 31.

See ad, page 2.

AGAPÉ JUICES See ad, page 19.

A Natural and Preventative Approach to Breast Health


arolyn Olson was attending a cancer prevention seminar as a nurse when she first discovered thermography. She now has a decade of experience as a certified thermographer and is the owner of Thermography Advantage, based in Mobile. “We chose thermography because it is radiationfree, non-invasive and highly effective,” says Olson, who utilizes the only thermography camera that is registered by the FDA as a medical device. This preventative and natural approach utilizes digital infrared thermal imaging to evaluate the whole body, but is most known for breast screening. Olson notes, “The benefit of breast thermography is that it offers the opportunity of earlier detection of disease than has been possible through breast self-examination, doctor examination or mammography alone.” The procedure takes 15 minutes and requires no compression of the breast tissue. As a test of physiology, thermography can detect subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease. The results can then be used to alert the patient’s doctor so that a program of further diagnosis and/or monitoring can be laid out. Thermography Advantage serves clients in 10 locations from Louisiana to Florida and offers additional services such as electro-lymphatic therapy, biofeedback technology and infrared sauna sessions. See ad, page 15. Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi Edition

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 25.


28170 N. Main St., Ste C, Daphne, AL (French doors on side of building) 251-616-4201 • Scar Tissue Release Therapy is a multi-dimensional fascial release system that works to minimize scar tissue development and restrictions on old and new scars. See ad, page 16.

Thermography Advantage


Pam Reaves, Certified Rolfer® 151 Fly Creek Ave., Ste. 411 Fairhope, AL • 251-990-8383


251-367-0051 • @NOSoapCo on Facebook and Instagram Local, handcrafted soap and skincare featuring pure, plant-based ingred i e n t s . Ve g a n friendly. No synthetics, No GMOs, No palm oil. Available at Fairhope and Spanish Fort Piggly Wiggly. Please contact for upcoming markets/ events.

TRUAURA See ad, page 25.




See ad, page 17.

See Massage Therapy listing, page 42.



217-B Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL 251-270-7200 •

Offering cleansing infrared sauna sessions followed by a hydrating collagen shower and detoxifying foot spas. Ask about memberhip packages. See ad, page 13.


8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 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.


Fairhope, AL 251-279-0395 • Keen Living offers building performance consulting for single-family and multi-family projects. Our proven strategies improve energy efficiency, indoor air quality, durability and comfort.


Rebecca Dunn Bryant, AIA, LEED Fellow 302 Magnolia Ave., 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


TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS) MIND PERFORMANCE CENTER, LLC (Located inside Path to Wellness) 240 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 251-597-8787

DTMS increases the brain’s ability to regenerate and release neurotransmitters. We pair this with brain pathway correction and the nutritional program of Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen for quick and profound positive results. See ad, page 5.


251-367-0051 • @NOSoapCo on Facebook and Instagram Local, handcrafted soap and skincare featuring pure, plant-based ingred i e n t s . Ve g a n friendly. No synthetics, No GMOs, No palm oil. Available at Fairhope and Spanish Fort Piggly Wiggly. Please contact for upcoming markets/events.

THE SUNFLOWER CAFÉ See ad, page 2.


12562 Mary Ann Beach Rd., Fairhope, AL 251-279-8745

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. Thai Massage: Thai massage incorporates gentle rocking motions, 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. Thermography: Physiological changes can be detected and monitored with this infrared thermal imaging technique. Thermography can help detect a myriad of conditions throughout the body but it is most commonly used for radiation-free breast screenings. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): This noninvasive procedure uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression and neuropathic pain.

We offer the perfect destination for all things outdoors. From blueberry picking and live music to field trips and weddings, start planning your next organic outing with us today! See ad, page 21.

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Spas - Venues


Water Filters - Yoga







See ad, page 13


28170 N. Main St., Ste C, Daphne, AL (French doors on side of building) 251-616-4201 • Pre-and post-natal massage, Fertility Massage, Scar Tissue Release and other services to assist with the body, mind and soul of women through their journey of life. See ad, page 16.


265 Young St., Fairhope, AL Blue Sky Collective offers support for wellnessoriented entrepreneurs with opportunities for individual entrepreneurial growth, increased connection with peers and engagement with our local communities. See ad, back cover.

CRYOYOGA See ad, opposite page.


22355 Price Grubbs Rd., Robertsdale, AL 251-300-9052


Carolyn Olson, Certified Thermographer Gulf Coast Locations from LA to FL 251-623-2225 FDA registered thermography (digital Infrared thermal imaging) offers breast screenings that are non-invasive and radiation-free, without compression or bodily contact. Valuable for detecting early stage breast disease and more. See ad, page 15.

Experience wellness with massage, reflexology, body treatments, Reiki, colonics, essential oils, wellness classes and more. Our labyrinth is open to the public during daylight hours. See ad, page 28.

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

Explore yoga’s many benefits with our compassionate, mindful, experienced instructors. Weekly group beginner-friendly classes, specialized weekend workshops, private instruction, 200-/300-/500-hr yoga teacher trainings and continuing education (CE) courses available. See ads, page 31 and opposite page.

CRYOYOGA See ad, opposite page.

MASTERS OF YOGA See ads, opposite page.


103-B N. Bancroft St., Fairhope, AL 28623 N. Main St., Daphne, AL • 251-225-4597 Empower your practice at Soul Shine Yoga. Find strength, flexibility and peace of mind in over 60 group classes weekly or schedule private instruction with our experienced teachers. See ads, opposite page and back cover.


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Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 21180 State Hwy. 181, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4020 • Join a class that suits your needs: yoga in chairs, Yin for stretching, Yoga Nidra meditation, Align n’ Shine and Gentle Flow plus more available. See our new client specials. See ad, opposite page.

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 integration of physical and mental exercises unites body, mind and spirit.



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Thai Yoga Massage Training at Thrive 9am-5pm, Feb 2-3. Thai Yoga Massage is a blend of assisted yoga and massage. The course is available to individuals who want to learn massage techniques, yoga teachers seeking assistance ideas and massage therapists seeking CEU’s. Taught by Sudevi Kramer. $350. Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

Essential Oils for Dummies 6:30-8:15pm. Join Debra Swartzendruber to learn essential oil do’s and don’ts and how to successfully incorporate them into your life, family, home and work. You will gain applicable tools to empower yourself with wellness skills and more. $5 at the door. The Yellow Garden, 301 N Main St, Atmore, AL. 251-253-0010.



Akashic Records at Sterling HYW 10:45am-4:15pm. Akashic Records sessions inperson with Betsey Grady: 30 min, 60 min, couples sessions available. Seek Guidance. Connect with departed loved ones. Achieve clarity. Leave soothed, inspired and uplifted. Sterling Hot Yoga and Wellness, 2540 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-7526509.

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, fulllength healing treatments at a great value. Call 251753-1937 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.

Make & Take—Which Oils and Why? 2-4pm. Enjoy an informative and productive afternoon with Heather Dixey, YL Educator. Please bring a bottle of your favorite essential oil for your personal body scrub. YL Members are $5 at the door but non members are free, so bring a friend! Dixeyland Residence, 1824 Kings Way Ct, Cantonment, FL. 850-450-1987. The Goddess Gang 4-6pm. Feb 9, 16, 23. It’s time to release the inner Goddess in you. Time to be loved, appreciated and pampered. Time to be empowered to fulfill your calling. RSVP a must. Limited seating. $30. Blue Sky, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. 931-982-2226.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Green Drinks Fairhope 5-7pm. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker at 6pm every second Tuesday. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-7517. Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 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@gmail. com.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Health Talk: Foresting 12pm. Join us for this monthly educational event open to all. This month’s topic: Foresting. Bring a lunch. Every last Wednesday. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Living an Essential Oil Lifestyle 7-8:30pm. Explore new ways to live an extraordinary life with essential oils. Jordan E. Schrandt, a mother of 8 and a Young Living RCD presents the who, what, when, where, why and how of living the Young Living lifestyle. $5 at the door. Bay Brach Estates 28347 Turkey Branch Dr. Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Reflex-OIL-ogy™ of the Endocrine System 7:45am-5pm. In this 8-hr class you will learn how to balance your body by assessing each endocrine gland and the hormones it produces, how to chose an essential oil and proper application on the reflex areas of the feet. $185 covers oils used, workbook and CEU. The Shoppe Restoration & Wellness. 4363 5th Ave, Pace, FL. 850-380-4943. Contact@

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Sunset Yoga for Charity 5-6pm. Kick off the 11th 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. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Medical Herbalism Hands-on course in practical herbalism for personal and family use. Meets 1 Saturday a month for 12 months. Southern Institute of Natural Health, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Health Talk: Walking the Labyrinth 12pm. Join us for this monthly educational event open to all. This month’s topic: Walking a labyrinth. Bring a lunch. Every last Wednesday. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Mindful Market at Thrive on 181 11am-4pm, Apr 6-7. Mindful Market offers mindful products and local vendors in the Orchard with free activities, music and other attractions throughout the day. A portion of event proceeds and market sales go to Ecumenical Ministries. Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 Earth Day Mobile Bay 10am. Alabama’s largest Earth Day celebration. Free. Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Spring/Summer Market in the Park Opening Day 7:30am-12pm. The downtown Spring/Summer market will be open Saturdays, Apr 27-Jul 27. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Spanish Plaza (on Government between S Hamilton and S Franklin), downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550.  Blue Boy Herb Festival Apr 27-28. A semi-annual herb festival with local herbalist extraordinaire Darrell Martin. Carriere, MS. 1-800-798-9951.

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Holistic Health Practitioner Certification Certify as a naturopathic practitioner. Learn the basics of herbalism, aromatherapy and natural therapies for common complaints. Study natural cancer support, meditation and more. Meets 1 Saturday a month for 12 months. Southern Institute of Natural Health, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.

Yoga Fair & Yoga Week for Hunger Action 2:30-6pm. The Yoga Fair is a free event down by the Fairhope Pier to kick off a week of yoga for food donations with participating studios for food donations. 251-929-4020.

THURSDAY, MAY 30 Spring/Summer Market in the Park Opening Day 3-6pm. The Spring/Summer market will be open Thursdays, May 30-Aug 1. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more.  Lavretta Park, Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 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:

MONDAY, JULY 8 AHA Massage Therapy School Scheduled start date for the 650-hour program. Curriculum meets state requirements to prepare students as licensed therapists. Emphasizes hands-on techniques and practice, specialty techniques, fundamental sciences, student clinic and outreach practicum. AHA maintains a 100% pass rate for students taking licensure exam. For details or application: AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 AHA Yoga Teacher Training Scheduled start date for the 200-, 300-, & 500-hour yoga teacher trainings. Available for aspiring teachers or personal development. Eclectic training with emphasis on Iyengar-style instruction and utilization of props to ensure safety and alignment. Graduates are eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance. For details: AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 AHA Reiki Certification Training Offered tri-annually. Upon completion participants can perform self-treatments and practice professionally. Each of the 3 levels may be purchased individually, and for continuing education.For details: Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Alabama Coastal BirdFest Oct 2-5. 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, OCTOBER 3 Iridology Certification Oct 3-5. In addition to iris analysis, learn how to help yourself and your clients improve health situations using herbs, flower essences and oils. 3-day course and online. Southern Institute of Natural Health, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-257-1946.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Fall Market in the Park Opening Day 7:30am-12pm. The downtown Fall market will be open Saturdays, Oct 12-Nov 23. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Spanish Plaza (on Government between S Hamilton and S Franklin), downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Fairhope Film Festival Nov 7-10. 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.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Holiday Market and Christmas Kids Day 10am-2pm. Farmers market, arts & crafts, fun activities, music, pictures, dance performances and more. Downtown Mobile, AL. Joanie Stiff, Market Coordinator: 251-208-1550.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 Green Drinks Gift Market 5-7pm. Tis the season to be green. Shop for ecofriendly 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.

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ongoing calendar SUNDAYS Discounts on Supplements Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia’s Health Foods (251-479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. 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. UnityEasternShore. Fairhope Unitarian Sunday Service 11am-12pm. Our Sunday services feature a different guest speaker each week, either a member of our congregation or someone from the surrounding community. We address a variety of topics, from literature and history to religious thought and social issues. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope, AL. FairhopeUnitarianFellowship@ Unity Church of Mobile Sunday Service 11am. Unity offers a positive path for spiritual living. Join us on Sundays for a peace-filled experience, and joyous fellowship, with uplifting messages and music, and centering meditations. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. unityofmobile. 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.


Ecstatic Dance 4:30-6pm. We bring community together to dance, breathe, sweat and celebrate in a supportive and fun environment which facilitates personal empowerment, conscious connection and deep transformation. $10. Blue Sky, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4634. Counseling@RebeccaWashburn. com.

MONDAYS 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 grainfree dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: MyHappyDog123@gmail. com. Gentle Yoga with Dana 4:15-5:15pm. Join Dana for a calming yoga class to ease your stress and both soothe and quiet your mind. Find your bliss in the land of “ahhhhs”. Leave feeling on top of the world and really enjoy the splendor of the day! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. 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.

TUESDAYS 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. 2900 Government St, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. Slow Flow Vinyasa with Manja 8:15-9:30am. Join Manja Podratz in this complete guided yoga practice to begin your morning with a smile. Come take a fresh breath on your Tuesday and leave class refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Positive Parenting Classes 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Also taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700.

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Akashic Records in Fairhope 9:30am-6pm. Akashic Records sessions in-person with Betsey Grady: 30 min, 60 min, couples sessions available. Seek Guidance. Connect with departed loved ones. Achieve clarity. Leave soothed, inspired and uplifted. 400 Fairhope Ave, Suite 2G. 251-752-6509. 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. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens 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. 251-279-7517. CSA and Sway 5-7:30pm. Members of Shipshape’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program are invited to take a free yoga/barre class when you pick up your CSA subscriptions at Sway Downtown. 10 S Conception St, Mobile, AL. 251-367-0160. AHA PM Iyengar-Style Yoga with Catherine  5:45pm.This centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Beginnerfriendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251377-8940. $10/class; $50/6-class pass; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.  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. More info: Sierra Club Meeting 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL.


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Easy-Peasy Restore with Angela Gray 6:30-7:30pm. Long day? Work out the kinks effortlessly, lying over a bolster in restorative yoga postures while Angela takes you on a journey in your mind, in meditation, flying to far away places and then deep within your soul. Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 State Hwy 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020. Pet Loss Support Group 6:30-7:30pm. Every 1st Tues. Support group for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet, a grief most people don’t recognize or understand. This is a free, confidential and safe group—all of us have been in your shoes. Unable to attend? Phone sessions available. Dr. Lynne Lohmeier: 228-4971394. Ocean Springs Library, 525 Dewey Ave, Ocean Springs, MS.

WEDNESDAYS MELT Method Class with Dana 9-9:30am. Learn simple MELT self-treatments you can do to remain active, healthy and pain-free for life—eliminate “stuck” stress before it accumulates causing chronic aches, pains and unwanted signs of aging. Keep your whole body feeling great at any age. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

AHA AM Iyengar-Style Yoga with Kelly  9:30am. This class emphasizes detailed instruction  and proper body alignment, utilizes the aid of props when needed, to improve posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Call/text 251753-1937  to register.  $10/class;  $50/6-class pass;$100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AM Tai Chi Class 10-11:15am. Gentle moving meditation exercise class promotes wellness; an actual method to reduce stress. Fun and easy to learn. ​P erfect for beginners. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Fowl River Community House, 5401 Fowl River Rd, Theodore, AL. 251207-0007. Free Chair Yoga for MS 10:30-11:30am. The MS Foundation provides one free yoga class a week at Thrive Yoga & Massage. Most members of the Fairhope MS support group come on Wed at 10:30 am. Fill out a couple forms with your doctor to attend. Thrive Yoga & Massage, 21180 Alabama 181, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4020.

Group Reformer Class with Dana 10:30-11:30am. Develop core strength, movement control, increased flexibility & improved posture. Experience a full range of Pilates reformer exercises that emphasize precise sequencing of movement, breath, & proper alignment. Log onto the website for reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Health Talks 12pm. Every last Wednesday. Join us for this monthly educational event open to all. Different topic each month. Bring a lunch. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-2571946. Restorative Yoga with Rebecca 4-5pm. Been a long few days? No stresses or worries! RYT certified Rebecca Dunbar McLeod 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. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. MobileBayGreenDrinks@gmail. com.

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WEDNESDAYS (CONTINUED) 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. Mississippi Sierra Club Meeting 6:30-8pm. Join us for a lively and informative meeting on all things environmental going on around us and to our community. Bring a dish to share, and your willingness to get involved. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 808-256-3177.

THURSDAYS Gulf Coast Herb Society 10am-12pm, 2nd Thursdays. Meetings explore herbalism, and in particular, native medicinal herbs. Speakers/topics vary each month. The Nourishing Place, 606 Tennessee St, Gulfport, MS. More info: Akashic Records in Mobile 10:30am-5pm, every Thursday. Akashic Records sessions in-person with Betsey Grady: 30 min, 60 min, couples sessions available. Seek Guidance. Connect with departed loved ones. Achieve clarity. Leave soothed, inspired and uplifted. Simply Life Learning Center, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-752-6509. Agape Food Truck 11am-1:15pm. Enjoy Agape’s cold-pressed juices, smoothies and snacks for a healthy lunch option on the go. Don’t panic, it’s organic! Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, AL. 251-979-6201. Market in the Park Springhill 3-6pm. May 23-Aug 1. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Lavretta Park, Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL.  251-2081550. CSA at Soul Shine 5-7:30pm. Pick up your CSA (community supported agriculture) subscription from Shipshape Urban Farms at Soul Shine Yoga on Thursdays. 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-367-0160.

AHA PM Iyengar-StyleYoga with Ginny  5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This centering, end-ofthe-week tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength & flexibility. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text  251-382-7895.  $10/ class; $50/6-class pass;$100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.  Hatha Yoga with Manja 5:45-7pm. Enjoy 200 Hr RYT Manja Podratz’s zest and refreshing energy as she puts you back in touch with your body, restores the mind and leaves you refreshed, energized,and focused. Revel in the bliss and embrace the joy as you finish the day! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Group Reformer Class with Adrienne 6-7pm. 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. 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. Fairhope Elementary students are encouraged to bike to school on first Fridays because it’s a fun and healthy mode of transportation. Participants receive a spoke bead for their bike each month. Check Facebook for monthly themes and additional giveaways: Fairhope Elementary, 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. Sunset Yoga for Charity 2nd & 4th Fridays, Mar-Oct. 11th annual Sunset Yoga season. A different teacher for a different charity every 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. Thrive@



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Market in the Park Downtown 7:30am-12pm. Apr 27-Jul 27; Oct 12-Nov 23. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more.  Spanish Plaza (on Government between S Hamilton and S Franklin), downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550.

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Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta 7:30-8:45am. 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. 251-928-5363. 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 Fishermens Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. Saturday Morning Yoga at Simply Life 9:30-10:45am. 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. Majestic Mindfulness & Meditation 1-3pm. 1st Saturdays. We meet to practice mindfulness and meditation. Our sessions are fun and enlightening. Our flow is natural and creative. We believe our 2019 dreams and desires shall manifest thru mindfulness and meditation! RSVP a must. $5. Blue Sky, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. 931-982-2226.

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