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arlier this year, I experienced back pain for the first time. We went on a week-long camping adventure during Mardi Gras break, and as we were packing up our popup camper on the last day of the trip, I noticed a sharp pain. When I got out of the car after the three-hour drive home, every move I made caused a pinch along my spine. My massage therapist, Cindi, who is also a certified Ayurveda practitioner and yoga teacher, gave me some instructions for self-care and met me for an appointment the next day. “You’ve thrown your back out and if we don’t take care of this, it could become a chronic issue,” she said. My mind initially filled with thoughts of aging and immobility, but the massage helped and gave me hope. When I left, Cindi instructed me to keep moving. “Just don’t go slamming yourself into a wall or anything,” she warned. Two days later, Thatch, our spirited toddler, ran onto the soccer fields during his brother’s game. In my attempt to be quick and nimble, I tripped and ended up tackling him, slamming both of us into the ground. It was quite the sideline entertainment, but I found myself debilitated by pain once again and it only got worse the next day. Despite Cindi’s instructions to keep active, I worried that movement would aggravate it more. The immobility began to affect me emotionally as well, as I wondered how to manage Thatch, cook dinner or exercise. Luckily Cindi gave me confidence to move through the discomfort. “As long as it’s not causing a shooting pain through your whole body, movement is good,” she coached. She also pointed out that the tension caused by stress was exacerbating the situation. After a very deep bodywork session, I took her advice and avoided sitting for long periods while becoming acutely aware of my posture and alignment at all times. I moved my computer to a surface that allowed me to stand while working, I returned to walking and biking Mays to school and I did regular stretches and yoga practices that targeted low back issues. I was also more mindful of my stress level, taking downtime as needed. Most Americans feel pain on a daily basis. I was lucky to have Cindi coaching me, but I now see how persistent pain could send someone into a physical and mental downward spiral. In this Natural Awakenings, we address natural pain relief, offering advice from national experts and solutions from local practitioners. Conventional medicine may turn to prescription pain killers, but our experts agree that natural remedies and lifestyle change can resolve the pain instead of masking it. Unfortunately, we all know someone who struggles with some sort of chronic pain, so I encourage you to share this issue with them. We all deserve to feel good and live life to its fullest! With gratitude,

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newsbriefs Soul Shine Yoga’s Teacher Training Begins in August Soul Shine Yoga School, a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School, is offering a 200-hour teacher training, beginning in August. Training is open to dedicated yoga practitioners who desire to inspire and be inspired through the transformative practice of yoga. The 10-month program will be led by: Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider and experienced 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Emily Sommerville; Joy Rose Larsen, RYT 200; and Licensed Professional Counselor Rebecca Washburn, RYT 200; plus support from the entire community of Soul Shine Yoga teachers. Soul Shine teacher training provides a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters a sense of togetherness among the program’s participants, allowing them to meet personal development goals while developing teaching skills. “Soul Shine Yoga School exceeded my expectations and helped me develop a sense of purpose and deeper understanding of practicing Yoga—with a capital Y, on and off the mat,” says 2016 graduate Olivia Autrey. “If you are looking to transform the rest of your life for the better, then this is the one for you. It transformed mine in an amazing way that I didn’t know was needed.” For more information or an application, visit See ads, page 29 and back cover.

Free Class for Creative Engagement Tamlin Allbritten is offering free art classes to students in junior high and older at the Fairhope Sisters Unite building this summer. The theme is If You Were the Star of Your Own Reality Show and the mission is to use art to unite students of different races, faiths and walks of life. Students will learn art techniques and character building traits while creating a three-dimensional diorama in a three-class series. They create the details of their show, make a model of themselves and share their Tamlin Allbritten work with the class. “My students make connections with themselves and others through thoughtprovoking topics and creative engagement,” says Allbritten, a local art teacher and author. Location: 7022 Twin Beech Rd., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 772-2244403 or email

Baha’i Events Foster Spiritual WellBeing and Unity Power of Our Thoughts is the theme for The Baha’is of Fairhope’s next Diversity Devotional. Gathering from 3 to 5 p.m., June 25, at 81 Magnolia Avenue, in Fairhope, the focus will be on the Baha’i teachings that say, “I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. Do not think the peace of the world an ideal impossible to attain! Nothing is impossible to the Divine Benevolence of God.” The meeting is open to everyone and a light supper will be served afterward. The Baha’is of Fairhope are active in the Hope Community, which meets monthly for coffee to foster interracial bonds and friendships. “One of the main goals of our Faith is to bring diverse religions and people together,” says Sonya Bennett. This month, they’ll gather at 4:30 p.m. on June 20 (and every third Tuesday) at the Book Cellar at Page and Palette in Fairhope. For more information, call 251-9285692 or email BahaisOfFairhope@ See listing, page 40.

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newsbriefs Mobile Market Returns to Cathedral Square After listening to feedback from the community, Mayor Sandy Stimpson has moved Market in the Park, a certified Alabama farmers’ market sponsored by the city of Mobile, back to Cathedral Square, in downtown Mobile. From 7:30 a.m. until noon, every Saturday through July 29, the community can enjoy local vendors, live music, food, beverages and other entertainment. A Thursday afternoon (from 3 to 6 p.m.) Spring/Summer Market in the Park is also open in Lavretta Park, on Old Shell Road, through the end of July.

Begin a New Career in Massage Therapy, Yoga or Reiki Enrollment is open at Mobile’s newest occupational college, Alabama Healing Arts (AHA). Educators have over 25 years of teaching experience to assist students in becoming a licensed massage therapist, registered yoga instructor or certified reiki practitioner. The school’s state-licensed (#2253), 650-hour massage curriculum includes hands-on techniques, fundamental sciences and the student clinic/outreach practicum. AHA has a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensing exam. Daytime classes are scheduled to begin in August. After completing the school’s 200/300/500-hour yoga teacher training, graduates are eligible to register as teachers with Yoga Alliance. This Iyengar-inspired, hatha yoga training, led by an experienced 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, includes fundamental sciences, teaching methodologies, breath and meditation practices and in-depth yogic philosophy study. The next weekends-only training starts in 2018. AHA’s reiki certification begins with the Level I training. Upon completion, participants can offer professional reiki treatments. Each of the three levels may be purchased individually and for continuing education.

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Sunset Yoga Classes for Charity The ninth annual Sunset Yoga for Charity series takes place in Fairhope about an hour before sunset every second and fourth Friday through October. The beginner-friendly practices are held under the trees on the grass of the bluff (just north of the pier and Fairhope Avenue), with the Mobile Bay sunset as a beautiful backdrop. At each session, a different yoga instructor donates their time to teach and participants make a freewill donation. All funds raised are given to the charity chosen by that week’s instructor. Bring your own mat or call ahead and one can be provided. For more information and schedule, call 251-929-4020 or visit ThriveFairhope. com/yoga-for-charity.

More than 45 Fairhope Elementary students biked to school with their families on May 10 for National Bike to School Day. The City of Fairhope’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee and Public Works Department, Baldwin County Trailblazers, Fairhope Police Department and Fairhope Elementary staff made this event possible. Coupons for bike safety checks at Pro Cycle and Triathlon and gourmet popsicles from Frios were awarded to participants. “It was thrilling to watch so many young cyclists bike onto campus from all directions,” says organizer Meredith Montgomery. “I love that these families chose to get on their bikes instead of ride in cars. We should do this more often.” For photos from the event, visit FESBikeToSchool. 8

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esearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000. The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of black-legged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees. “There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes black-legged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and coauthor of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.”

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etting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do not lead active lifestyles. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego measured the telomere lengths of white blood cells in 1,481 women between the ages of 64 and 95. Telomere lengths are a measure of aging within genes. After adjusting for other health and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the women with less physical activity had shorter telomere lengths than those with more active lifestyles.

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Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.

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Last year, the United Nations International Year of Pulses recognized dry peas, lentils and chickpeas because they are affordable, nutritious and have a low eco-footprint. New, innovative, plant-based proteins will extend the options. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition reported that vegetarians can save at least $750 annually over meat eaters by reducing or replacing consumption of animal products and switching to sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards. The Impossible Burger simulates the sizzle, the smell and the juicy first bite of the real thing to rave reviews. The similar Beyond Burger is a hit at Whole Foods Markets. Tyson Foods is investing in the protein alternative company, Beyond Meat, and launching a $150 million venture capital fund to support plant-based foods. Some large German meat producers are also seeking to diversify with plant-based versions of traditional meaty favorites.


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Driverless Cars Promise Safety and Savings Hyundai demonstrated its Ioniq autonomous, or driverless, hybrid car concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating that such vehicles— equipped with sophisticated sensors, GPS and computers—could be for sale within five to seven years. Safety is paramount. Estimates for the U.S., based on a 2013 Eco Center for Transportation study, projected that if 90 percent of vehicles were autonomous, the number of driving-related deaths would plummet from an annual 32,400 to approximately 11,300. “Drivers are excited that driverless cars will offer 90 percent fewer U.S. traffic accidents, 40 percent lower insurance costs, the end of drunk driving accidents and newfound freedom for seniors and people with disabilities,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Its 2016 report Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments found that nearly 75 percent of consumers surveyed like the proffered benefits. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman highlight significant ecological benefits, including McKinsey research findings that driverless cars will yield up to 20 percent fuel savings, and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Their smoother driving also extends a vehicle’s life. Ford intends to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021, according to Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Companies such as Uber and Lyft already are testing driverless vehicles in pilot cities.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.   “Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, medi-


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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according to the International Association for the Study of


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Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescrip-

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tation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

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Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain. Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and

strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at Tinyurl. com/YassIntroInfo). Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma.   “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

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Nutrition —In Teitelbaum’s studies, optimizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

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he U.S. healthcare model for chronic pain treatment relies heavily on opioids and other dangerous medications, often leading to dependence, addiction and occasional hopeless functional deterioration. The Center for Lifestyle & Functional Medicine, in Robertsdale, approaches pain holistically. Their interdisciplinary team of medical professionals assesses elements of mind, body and soul; genetics; and a “prenatal to present” medical history. Personalized treatment plans then include proper diet and nutrition; exercise; reduction of environmental and pharmacologic toxicity; and the management of stress, depression and anxiety. Counseling, yoga, prayer, meditation and mindfulness are also encouraged. “A high priority is improved function and pain control with less reliance on prescription medications,” says Physician Eugene Saiter, M.D. “A unique way of reducing or eliminating opioid prescriptions is by enhancing the production of our body’s own naturally produced opioids, called endorphins.” He notes that adequate protein intake is required to produce endorphins and a personalized protein supplement or the addition of phenylalanine (DLPA or DPA) may be necessary. Low dose naltrexone (LDN) can also be used to make endorphins hang around longer and to reduce inflammation in the brain (which is helpful for a myriad of neurologic and psychologic disorders). Saiter says, “This is just one of many avenues available for chronic pain treatment utilizing a lifestyle and functional medicine approach.”

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Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-2-3. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain. Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.

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any therapies provide temporary pain relief, but Rolfing can provide profound and long-lasting results because it utilizes a holistic approach. “Instead of working on one area of the body to reduce pain, a Rolfer looks at the whole body, because our bodies are a continuum of muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons all working together,” says Certified Rolfer and owner of Eastern Shore Rolfing, Pam Reaves. “Yes, your shoulder may be hurting, but is it compensating for another compromised area of the body? When you pull a thread on a sweater it also affects the other side of the sweater—that is how our bodies work too.” After experiencing Rolfing first-hand as a solution to a horseback riding accident, Reaves became a certified Rolfing practitioner—the only one along the Eastern Shore. In unison with the client’s nervous system, a Rolfer works slowly, intentionally and sometimes with a lot of pressure to open and hydrate the fascia which lines the body. When fascia is supple, pliable and hydrated, muscles and joints move properly and efficiently. Through underuse or overuse the fascia gets sticky, bound and dehydrated, leading to pain. “After one to three sessions, most clients are surprised by how much better they feel, operate and live with ease in their bodies,” says Reaves. “The power of touch can transform lives.” For more information, see ad, page 9.

of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.”

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apping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), soothes the body by turning off the “fight or flight” stress response that can cause inflammation and worsen pain, according to Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s how to do it:

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Identify the problem (e.g., pain in back of neck). Rate the intensity of feelings about the problem on a scale of one to 10.

Compose a statement about it (e.g., “Even though I have intense neck pain today, I deeply and completely accept myself”).


Using one or two fingers on one hand, tap the “karate chop” area on the outer edge of the other hand while repeating the statement three times.



While repeating, e.g., “intense neck pain,” using firm, but gentle pressure, use either two or four fingers to tap these areas, on either side, five to seven times in sequences as follows: * side of eyebrow * side of eye * under eye * under nose * chin * inner collarbone * under arm * top of head


Refocus on the original problem and rate its intensity. Restate what you’re feeling, as needed. Source: The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, by Nick Ortner; instructional video at

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Meditation vs. Medication: Medita tion may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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etsey Grady, the founder of Rosie Bluum, grew up with a strong ritual for prayer, and started formally meditating more than 20 years ago. According to her, stress and anxiety are often a result of being in fight-or-flight mode, which can trigger overreaction. “A steady meditation practice teaches us to observe the moment and allows us to respond with compassion,” she explains. “This helps us make more peaceful decisions, which benefits not only ourselves, but everyone around us.” These observation skills can also address physical pain. “When we observe the pain without reacting to it, it loses some of its strength,” says Grady. “We can also visualize our breath flowing into the area of pain to soften and release it.” Grady has been teaching meditation in Fairhope for nine years, including beginner-friendly guided classes, creative visualization classes and silent meditations. She recently launched A Liquid State of Mind, a 21-day online program that couples recorded meditations and instructions with live calls for support and guidance. Participants are guided to discover what works best for them by learning the various styles (lasting from 10 to 45 minutes), terms and tools of meditation. “When we allow our minds to be liquid, meaning we hold onto nothing, then we can really experience peace, clarity and power,” Grady says. For more information, see ad, page 15.

Yogic Breathing Brings Relief


lternate nostril breathing, or Nadi Shodhana, is an ancient yogic breathing practice that calms the mind and helps balance the nervous system. This technique can be used by anyone and is beneficial for those that experience chronic pain caused by physical or emotional trauma.  Here’s a basic practice: n With the tips of the index and middle fingers resting between the eyebrows, gently press the right nostril closed with the right thumb. n Inhale through the left nostril to the count of four.


“So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.

n Use the ring and little fingers to gently close the left nostril and then release the right nostril. n Exhale through the right nostril to a count of four. n Repeat on the other side, beginning with an inhale through the right nostril. n Continue for at least three minutes, alternating sides throughout. Remember to always inhale through the same nostril you just exhaled through.

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Calcarea carbonica This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).

Kali carbonicum Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.

Rhus toxicodendron This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.

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ummer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a cookbook: Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill. Here are a few pointers using a backyard charcoal-style approach, with toxin-free hardwood lump charcoal, or a barbecue gas grill. Grill grates can be plain or fancy, from a pizza stone to a high-heat pizza oven—all can bring out that charcoal earthiness.

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“No patio pizzeria repertoire is complete without a signature grilled bread. It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish starts with good whole grain bread, liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive oil on both sides, and then grilled and topped with any

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number of vegetable mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe and garlic. “The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with long-handled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough— healthy grain, if preferred—cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or ‘omnivore-ean’,” she says.

Tiny Pizzas with Big Flavor

Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping

the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,” advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or no-heat, side of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

Pizzeria Recipes

Baby Arugula, Ricotta, Sea Salt and Olive Oil Pizzas Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Fresh baby arugula on top gives this pizza a fresh first bite, with creamy, tangy, salty and grill-icious to follow.   1 cup ricotta cheese ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb prepared pizza dough, garlic and herb-flavored, if possible; whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese 4 cups baby arugula (about 6 oz)  

Stir together the ricotta, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a small bowl and adjust the seasonings to taste. Set aside. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.   Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inchdiameter circle.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.   Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks.   Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the ricotta and sprinkle with one-quarter of the Pecorino Romano. Cover and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with 1 cup of arugula.

Broccoli Rabe and Garlic Bruschetta Yields: 8 servings Hearty greens such as broccoli rabe, kale, Swiss chard and spinach are interchangeable here. A quick sauté until greens are wilted keeps dark colors brilliant. Pile the greens, still dripping with olive oil, atop the toasted bread for an appetizer or delicious side with pasta or pizza.   For the sautéed broccoli rabe: 8 oz broccoli rabe, chopped 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /8 tsp kosher or sea salt Pinch of red pepper flakes (less than 1/8 tsp)   For the bruschetta: 8 slices (½-inch-thick) of Italian country (or gluten-free) bread 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil   For the sautéed broccoli rabe, in a large skillet on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons of water and add the broccoli rabe and garlic. Cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the red pepper flakes and salt. Adjust the seasonings to taste.   For the bruschetta, prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush each slice with the olive oil and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until it has good grill marks.   Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the wilted broccoli rabe on each bruschetta and serve warm. natural awakenings June 2017


Thai Shrimp Pizzettes with Coconut and Chiles

Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inch-diameter circle.

Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Green curry paste, available in the Asian section of the grocery, contains green chiles, lemongrass and other tasty seasonings. Ingredients include enough shrimp for nibbling before scattering the bulk of them on the pizzettes. For the green curry coconut sauce: 1 cup fresh or canned coconut milk, well shaken 2 tsp green curry paste Juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tbsp)   For the shrimp pizzettes: 1 lb large shrimp (31 to 35), peeled and deveined Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing 1 lb prepared pizza dough, whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro  

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.

For the green curry coconut sauce, stir together the coconut milk, green curry paste and lime juice in small bowl. Set aside. For the shrimp pizzettes, soak 8 bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other. Thread the shrimp onto the prepared skewers and brush with olive oil. Grill shrimp over direct heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until firm, opaque and pink.

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Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza base for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks. Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect heat side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the green curry coconut sauce. Cover and grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the topping has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with grilled shrimp and cilantro. Source: Patio Pizzeria, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig; adapted, with the permission of Running Press.

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With so many dimensions to sustainability, what issue most moves you to make green lifestyle choices? My chief concern is overpopulation. The most conscious environmental decision I ever made was not to have chil-

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dren; my decision is in no way a judgment on those that do. But I believe the warming world is grossly overpopulated, causing resources to become precious, and we must make ever wiser choices.

What are some of the conservation steps you have taken in your home and garden? When I had the means, I bought bigticket items to conserve electricity, like a Sun Frost refrigerator. When money was tight, I focused more on little things, like energy-efficient light bulbs, composting and recycling.      When we bought our small home in sunny Southern California three years ago, we tore out the lawn and irrigation system and planted mostly native plants that require little to no watering. We have an organic vegetable garden, which we hand water using rainwater captured in rain barrels. We also capture our shower water and use it to water plants in summer and flush toilets in winter. Our house had no heating or cooling system, so we invested in ductless split-system heat pumps that cool and heat very efficiently. We knew we needed to do more, so we met with a home energy consultant. We followed through with doable improvements like chimney balloons, painting our flat roof with a reflective coating and weatherproofing windows and doors, while we saved toward doing more big things. Last year, we were able to take the plunge and installed recessed LED

lighting, upgraded all our windows and doors and insulated our home’s ceilings and floors. We also repurposed material saved from my former yoga studio for the flooring. The insulation has reduced our air conditioning use by 70 percent; despite living in the scorching San Gabriel Valley with little shade cover, we rarely have to turn it on. Our winter electricity bill is down 40 percent, so we’re already seeing a return on our investments, in addition to reducing our carbon footprint. We know we can still do more. We dream of going solar and adding a water reuse system. Next, we want to get everyone involved in planting trees in our neighborhood.  

Because living in a sprawling city or suburb can raise our everyday transportation footprint, how do you minimize your driving? It’s tough to have a small transportation footprint in Los Angeles. I took the bus a couple of times when I moved here, but it was difficult to make time-sensitive shoots and auditions. Luckily, nearly everything I need is near our home, and I try not to travel far unless I’m auditioning. I’ve always bought small cars to save gas. I bought the first electric hybrid made by Honda, their futuristic-looking Insight. My last three cars have been a hybrid Toyota Prius. 

Do you try to use your public profile to advocate for change? I’ve always focused on what I can do in my life to live simply and cleanly. The choices I’ve made come from my heart. I don’t carry statistics in my head, can’t quote experts and don’t consider myself an activist. I read up on eco-issues, get a visceral sense of what is right, and then try to lead by example. For example, after we tore out our water- and chemical-hungry lawn, our neighbors on both sides tore out theirs. It’s a simple, but powerful act. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with ever-larger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam Abuelsamid,

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senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”

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Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the

high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer— they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.  

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The power (204 horsepower) and zeroto-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audi’s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.

Battery electric: Chevrolet Bolt With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.

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Mildly updated for 2017, the Highlander is the only three-row hybrid SUV currently available, making it worth considering. Good news includes a power increase in the 3.5-liter V-6 (to 306 horsepower), although there’s a small fueleconomy penalty. The hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 28 highway and 29 combined. The bottom line cost starts at $36,270 without subsidies. Other worthy cars: The fuel cellpowered Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson (for southern Californians); any of the Ioniqs; the versatile plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt; and the quick BMW i3 and i8 and Tesla Model S if the budget allows. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at


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FAMILY SCREEN TIME How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era by April Thompson

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inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of on-screen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online.   “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”  

Nip It Early

Cross co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recently updated digital media guidelines, which 32

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shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes.   Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of gradeschool-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds of the children are using their

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devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy. Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says.   Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.  

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Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen exposure is the most critical step a parent can take, sug-

Media and screens are best used purposefully, to achieve a specified goal. ~Corinn Cross gests Kardaras. “There’s no evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. DrKardaras. com cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging studies from institutions such as the

medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades. Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-to-face time is important.”   Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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tell them to put their devices away,” advises Pediatrician Corinn Cross. offers a free interactive online tool to create a personalized family media use plan. If kids don’t comply with rules, Kathy Marrocco suggests turning the Wi-Fi off at night or taking away devices altogether. But don’t leave a void, cautions Cross. Substitute fun, fulfilling activities.


eeping the family in sync about the amount of digital media use is challenging. Here are some expert tips on maintaining a healthy balance.


Decide the ground rules — “Determine rules that make sense for everyone, and it’ll be much easier to get your kids on board, as they won’t see it as arbitrary when you


Be wary of even “good” screen time — Test educational apps before approving them for kids to ensure their quality and so parents can help reinforce the learning, says Cross. She likes CommonSenseMedia. org for parental reviews and information to filter media of all kinds, from apps and games to TV shows. Consider advocating for limiting screen time in local schools. “I asked

my boys’ elementary school not to give them portable devices until they were 10,” says Nicholas Kardaras, the father of 9-year-old twins.


Watch out for rewards — Some screen time is more mesmerizing for kids than others, according to Kardaras, who treats such addictions. Most video games are designed on a variable reward schedule, similar to slot machines, which intentionally stimulates players to chase future rewards. Consider stricter limits on such media.


Play first in the real world — Because it reduces overall exercise, screen overuse can contribute to obesity. Cross recommends prioritizing exercising before daily allotted screen time; after being online, it’s more difficult to engage kids in physical activity.

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hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it. If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen, some

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transformative to a degree that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at

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Reflexology Workshop – 8am-5pm, Jun 3-4. Learn how your body can be affected through the reflex areas on the feet to balance all your body systems, organs, glands and body parts. Ingham Reflexology is an asset to family wellness and a great tool for therapists. 16 CEUs. $375 must pre-register. Bay Branch Estates, Daphne, AL. 850-380-4943.


Bend and Brew – 6pm. Hoppy Hour is a fun 60-min vinyasa flow class for all levels. Come for the yoga, stay for the outstanding local beer. Bring a mat and a friend. $5. Fairhope Brewing Company, Fairhope, AL.


Reiki Training Level I and II – Jun 9-10. Learn the secret art of inviting happiness and change your life with energy healing. Lunch and Reiki manual included. Limited size. $410. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 228-355-4646.


Harvest Night – 4-8pm. Join us for a Harvest Night celebration on the farm featuring live music, blueberry picking, local artisans, kids activities, food trucks and more. Bring your blankets, chairs and BYOB. Admission: $5 per adult, kids get in free. Weeks Bay Plantation, Fairhope, AL. Info@ WeeksBayPlantation. com.


Partner Vinyasa Yoga Class – 2-3:30pm. Partner yoga can help one experience the basic human need for caring, connection and touch. In this class, explore a yoga flow made for two with helpful assists. No previous yoga experience required. Bring a yoga buddy, family member or friend. $15. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL.


Chakra Circle Class – 5:30pm. The chakra system speaks to the architecture of the soul. In the chakra circle we will explore how the chakras affect us on the levels of mind, body, emotion and spirit. The June class will focus on the sacral chakra. Bring yoga mat, water, journal. $20. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL.

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Wisdom Cards – 6-8pm. Tap into your own inner wisdom with Susan Haines. Using the art of collage, create images on 4x6 cards that are wise words of wisdom for yourself. Feel relaxed after a gift to yourself of time to create and relate. Class fee includes supplies. $10. From the Center, 22787 Hwy 98, Bldg C, Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. 601-421-0277.


Mandala Magic – 6:30-8:30pm. Discover why mandalas have been used as spiritual tools of transformation and learn to create your own. Led by Becky Kiper and Rebecca Washburn. Supplies included. $30. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C, Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. Rebecca Washburn: 251-929-4634.


Kundalini: A Yoga/Meditation Survival Kit – 11am-12:30pm, Jun 17 & 24. This 2-wk Saturday series explores practical techniques for dealing with stress in our fast paced society. Appropriate for experienced students and determined beginners—leave well prepared to overcome the hassles and worries of everyday life. $20 per class. 251-473-1104. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL.

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Oilability - Ways to Use Essential Oils – 6:308:30pm. Sniff, rub, diffuse and what else? We will explore the many applications and household uses of Young Living Essential Oils. $5. 100 Alexander Ave, Atmore, AL. Debra Swartzendruber: 251-368-1275.


Yoga + Mindfullness for Children – 1:30-3pm, Jun 21-23. Celebrate the first days of summer at Soul Shine. In our fun and playful 3-day camp, children will discover what's to love about summertime through creative movement and crafting. Led by Sarah Deshauteurs. K-5th grade. $49/child. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

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Quantum-Touch Level I with Julie – 9:30am5:30pm, Jun 24-25. Quantum-Touch teaches us how to focus, amplify and direct healing Life Force energy, for a wide range of benefits with surprising and often extraordinary results. Massage and nursing CEs offered. $400 prepaid/$480 at door. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. 251-281-8811.


South Alabama REAL TALK Mental Wellness Conference – 8am-12:30pm. Mental wellness impacts families and economic development. Learn how to collaborate, how to find resources, how to improve the quality of services provided to the family unit. $35. Baldwin County (location TBA). 251-404-3924. Artist's Way Gathering – 6-8pm. A creative gathering of discussion, journaling and activities based on the book, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. Bring a book and your journal. Light refreshments and activity supplies provided. Facilitated by Rebecca Washburn and Greta Bates. $15. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C, Ste 1, Fairhope, AL. Rebecca Washburn 251-929-4634.

Convention Report – 6:45-8:30pm. What's new in the Young Living World of Essential Oils? Come hear all about this year's annual Convention, recent new essential oil research and experience the new products. $5 at the door benefits the Food Pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. Laurie Azzarella: 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@

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Advanced Reiki Training (USUI-ART) – 9:30am5:30pm. This one day class will give you the Master Attunement. You will learn techniques for increasing the power of your Reiki using the Reiki Grid and more. Can be taken separately from Teacher Training. Instructor:, Reiki Master Teacher. $250. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. 251-281-8811. ReikiCenterOfFairhope@gmail. com.



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Usui Reiki III/ Master Teacher Training – 9:30am5:30pm, Jul 2-3. Complete Reiki III Usui/Tibetan Master Training, instruction on giving all attunements including Reiki Master. The healing attunement, two Tibetan symbols are taught (total of 6 symbols). Practice giving attunements. Values of a true Reiki Master. $600. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. 251-281-8811.


Chair Yoga for Low Back Pain Relief – 9:3011:30am. Join RYT-200 Matthew Gerhart in a series of hip openers, hamstring stretches, abdominal and lower back movements designed to help alleviate back pain. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/ text 251-753-2037 for details or to register. $25 by Jul 8; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@


Yoga for Emotional Balance – 9:30-11:30am. Join RYT-200 Angela Gray in a series of balancing yoga poses combined with affirmations designed to strengthen emotional wellness. Beginnerfriendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 for details or to register. $25 by Sept 2; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.


Yoga for the Inner Warrior – 2-4pm. Join RYT-200 Catherine Teal in a series of strengthening and empowering movements designed to activate your inner warrior. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 251-377-8940 for details or to register. $25 by Oct 29; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com.

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Discounts on Supplements – Every Sunday get 15% off supplements at Fairhope Health Foods (251-928-0644) and Virginia's Health Foods (251479-3952). 280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope, AL and 3055-A Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011. Unity Church of Gulfport Sunday Service – 10:30am. Join us for fun and lively Sunday mornings to hear Rev. Judy Voght give meaningful and spiritual messages to start your week and your life on an upbeat and positive path. Free. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Unity Christ Church Sunday Service – 11am. Tune in, turn on, tap into the loving presence of the Divine at Unity Christ Church. If you desire a nonjudgmental, open, supportive and loving spiritual community, Unity Christ Church of Mobile is here to inspire, uplift and celebrate the Divine. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440. Facebook. com/unityofmobile. Baha'i's of Fairhope Diversity Devotions – 3-5pm. 4th Sunday. The coming together of people from diverse religions and backgrounds to celebrate their unity and strengthen the spiritual health of the community. Refreshments are served following the shared devotional program. Free. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL. Prenatal Yoga – 4:15pm. Enhance joy and ease in your pregnancy in addition to deepening your connection with your body and your baby. No prior yoga experience is needed to attend. Safe for all trimesters. $49 for 4-wk series. Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL. 251-225-4597. NBoltonBeck@gmail. com.

Hot Power Yoga – 8am. Mon-Fri. A faster paced power vinyasa flow builds strength, increases flexibility, strengthens your core and transforms your body and mind. Find your groove, shine your light and practice at your own level. Heated. $15 drop-in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ Core Fusion Yoga – 9:30am. Mon & Wed. You're as strong as your core which is so much more than strong abs. Using a variety of standard yoga poses you'll enhance both your core strength and your yoga practice in this dynamic, invigorating class. All levels. Unheated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. AL. Namaste@ BURN! Weight training/Kickboxing – 10-11am. Mon, Wed and Fri. This class is a fat-burning mix of calisthenics, weight training and kickboxing. Achieve your fitness goals while having fun at the same time. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Richard Fitness Systems, 1880 Airport Blvd, Ste D, Mobile, AL. Brandon: 251-786-9123. enrG with Benefits – 10am-6pm. "I'll have what she is having" cocktail for 66% off. In this particular IV cocktail, the amino acids and minerals will help improve libido and energy, with faster absorption through IV fluids, bypassing the gut. $99. 3099 Loop Rd, Orange Beach, AL. Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Wed in Daphne. $5. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-610-3151. Doggie Happy Hour – 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: myhappydog123. Yoga Core with Chris G – 5:45pm. Join Chris Garrett for an energizing blend of Iyengar and vinyasa yoga, with emphasis on those hard to work abdominal areas. Recharge the body, soothe the soul and refocus the mind after a long day. Breathe, work, smile and find joy in the movement! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Bridging the Great Divide – 6-8pm. The Family Center is offering this class for parents of teens. It helps prepare and equip parents for having the important conversations needed with their teens. Helps parents see things from the teen perspective. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700.


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Together We Can – 6-8pm. A Family Center class to help parents build a better future for their children by working together as co-parents. Open to couples regardless of their relationship. Free. 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne, AL. Christie Brannon: 251-626-1610. Pranic Healing and Twin Hearts Meditation Clinic – 6:30-8:20pm. Headaches, stress, physical or emotional ailments bothering you? Experience healing for your mind, body and soul, with Pranic Healing and/or Meditation on Twin Hearts. We all have the ability to heal ourselves and others. Classes also available. Donation. Center for Spiritual Living Mobile, AL. RSVP: 251-454-0959.

tuesday Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Tues & Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. Open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Babies/ children are welcome. Free. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact or MeghanLLL@ Gentle Yoga with Sarah – 12pm. A stressful morning? Synergy can fix that. Join Sarah Deshauteurs in the land of "ahhhhs" for a blissfully relaxing class to soothe the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul. Also on Thursdays at noon with Virginia Keene. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. 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. 251634-8055. CUMC Farmers Market – 3-6pm. Tuesdays until Jul 11. Sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church featuring locally grown produce, honey, seafood, baked goods and other homemade products. 6101 Grelot Rd (Hillcrest Road side of church property), West Mobile, AL. 251-767-7526. Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and produce from local farmers. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517. AHA Evening Yoga with Catherine – 5:45pm. Give your spirit the gift of a calming and centering tune-up by improving posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility, establishing core strength, refreshing the mind and restoring healthy balance. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/text to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-377-8940. AlabamaHealingArts@

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Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. See website for more info: Yoga with Valerie – 5:45pm. Join 200 Hr RYT Valerie Mitchell for a glorious yoga experience as she challenges with a strong emphasis on alignment and focus while still calming the mind. Relieve stress and rejuvenate, energize, and recharge the body. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL.

wednesday Pickin' and Grinnin' – 9am-12pm, Wed, Fri & Sat. Pick your own blueberries! Come visit Weeks Bay Plantation and get your fill of USDA-certified organic blueberries. Our berries are packed full of antioxidants. We have the buckets and the best berries in the Southeast, all we need is you. Berries are $8/lb. Weeks Bay Plantation, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-8745. AHA Chair Yoga with Matthew – 9:30am. Gentle class to practice postures with the aid of a chair, when needed. Energize, align, strengthen, center and dis-




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tress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. Core Fusion Yoga – 9:30am. Mon & Wed. You're as strong as your core which is so much more than strong abs. Using a variety of standard yoga poses you'll enhance both your core strength and your yoga practice in this dynamic, invigorating class. All levels. Unheated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. AL. Positive Parenting – 9:30-11:30am. A 9-week course using the Nurturing Parenting curriculum which focuses on positive discipline and communication with children. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700. Free Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 10:30am. This chair yoga class is free to participants with MS and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Fairhope, AL. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com. 251-379-4493. Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Mon in Fairhope. $5. Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio, 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. 251-610-3151. Restorative Yoga with JJ – 4pm. Been a long few days? No stresses and no worries. Allow RYT JJ Moody to 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... oh yeah! 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 likeminded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL. 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. Guided Meditation – 6:30pm. We begin with a deep and peaceful relaxation of the body and mind, a journey of the senses through visual suggestions and time to experience within yourself all that is unfolding. Approximately 60 mins. Bring mat, blanket or pillow. Space is limited. $5. Rosie Bluum, 6A S Bancroft, Fairhope, AL. 251-517-5626. Chill Skills – 7-9pm. The Family Center offers an inspiring four-week class designed to change your life outlook. Learn what fuels your anger and how to see it in a new light. Warning: classes may cause peace. $25/week. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Call 251-479-5700 to register for next class.

thursday MELT Method Class – 12pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve your longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Market in the Park – 3-6pm. Through July. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Lavretta Park on Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. AHA Gentle Yoga with Ginny – 5:45pm. Gentle yoga to attain inner peace, relieve stress and build strength and flexibility through body-mind awareness, breath and postures. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Contact Ginny: 251-382-7895 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Movie Night – 6-8pm. Showing a different thoughtprovoking movie each week. Seating is limited; please reserve your seat by calling 228-831-1785. Free. Coast Health & Nutrition, 12100 Hwy 49, Ste 628, Gulfport, MS. Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 6:30-7:45pm, 3rd Thursdays. Please join us for our monthly chapter meeting. Enjoy a lively night of connecting with others. Bring your passion, your personal experiences and recommendations for future meetings. Free. Daphne Public Library, 2607 US Hwy 98, Daphne, AL. Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com. Dynamic Dads – 7-9pm. The Family Center is the site of the Mobile County Fatherhood Initiative. Be the father your children need--A super hero for your super kid! Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Ste 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700.

friday Reformer Plus – 8:30am. Reformer Plus is a Pilates workout that includes intermediate and advanced exercises performed on the Reformer and Pilates Chair. Join Dana and take your workout to the next level with this innovative challenge! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. AHA Morning Yoga with Angela – 9am. Learn the basics of yoga postures. Energize, align, strengthen, center and de-stress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginnerfriendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.


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Pickin' and Grinnin' – 9am-12pm, Wed, Fri & Sat. Pick your own blueberries! Come visit Weeks Bay Plantation and get your fill of USDA-certified organic blueberries. Our berries are packed full of antioxidants. We have the buckets and the best berries in the Southeast, all we need is you. Berries are $8/lb. Weeks Bay Plantation, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-8745. Purification Meditation – 11am. Join Betsey Grady from Rosie Bluum in the hot room and purify your body and mind with a guided meditation and creative visualization. Let the heat of the room envelop you as you go deeper within to rest in the calm center within you. $10. Soul Shine Yoga, 103-B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Betsey: 251-517-5626. Sunset Yoga for Charity – 2nd & 4th Fridays, MarOct. Yoga on the bluff ending at sunset. Start time varies with sunset time. Full schedule of details and charities online: Bring your mat and a donation for the charity supported. Henry George Bluff, Fairhope. 251-379-4493.

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Market in the Park – 7:30am-12pm. Through July. Local produce, baked goods, honey, flowers, soaps, live music and more. Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile, AL. 251-208-1550. Saturday Morning Yoga with Augusta – 7:308:45am. All levels. The movements will challenge you to stay mindful and your mindfulness will allow you to honor your limits without judging yourself. $15 drop-in. $10 students and instructors. Creative Outlet, 66 1/2 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-9285363. Farmers Market – 9am-2pm. Tues & 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 Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com. Pickin' and Grinnin' – 9am-12pm, Wed, Fri & Sat. Pick your own blueberries! Come visit Weeks Bay Plantation and get your fill of USDA-certified organic blueberries. Our berries are packed full of antioxidants. We have the buckets and the best berries in the Southeast, all we need is you. Berries are $8/lb. Weeks Bay Plantation, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-8745.

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Licensed Professional Counselor From the Center, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4634 • Experience inner peace and harmony of mind, body, energy and spirit. Let go of anxiety and patterns from the past and create a life that honors who you are. Insurance accepted. See ad, page 9.



Dr. Mary Sabal, DC, RN 1404B West 1st Street, Gulf Shores, AL Behind Walgreens • 251-970-3605 Acupuncture (needle and non-needle) is a remarkably safe and effective system used by millions for thousands of years to treat pain, weight management, stress, insomnia, depression, menstrual/menopausal symptoms and a multitude of other issues. See ad, page 23.


Founder of Rosie Bluum 6A S Bancroft Street, Fairhope • 251-517-5626 • Referred to as the Book of Life, the Akashic Records are soul records, storing all information of an individual, place or thing. A consultation offers deep levels of guidance from the masters, teachers and guides, supporting you in living life from your authentic essence. See ads, pages 15 and 21.


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103A North Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-990-9934

Rosie Bluum 6A South Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-599-5943 • 251-517-5626

including hair color, perms 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 13.

Offering Chinese Craniosacral Therapy, a subtle blend of Chinese meridian therapy and craniosacral energy work, that indirectly approaches physical and psychological imbalances. This experience teaches your body to use its own bioelectric immune system. See ad, page 21.



salon offering organic B-Butterfly Aproducts and services



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


1700 East Railroad Street, Gulfport, MS 228-871-7004 A positive path for spiritual living. Unity teachings and communities are places of spiritual healing. If you’re drawn to individuals like Oprah, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, you’ll love Unity of Gulfport. See ad, page 24.

A natural parenting store proudly offering a growing selection of cloth diapers and accessories, baby carriers, unique gifts and other green products for families. Classes and support groups offered regularly.  See ad, page 20.



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THE WILLOW TREE AT ROSIE BLUUM 6A South Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-517-5326 or 251-751-6945

Offering gifts and services that nurture your spirit. Books, card decks, essential oils, Bach Flower Remedies, crystals, salt lamps, incense and organic clothing. Local art, jewelry, honey, soaps and candles. See ad, page 21.


(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-597-8787 • A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drugfree, non-invasive and proven effective. Treating dementia, depression, memory loss, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and more. See ad, page 4.


IAOMT Protocol 225 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Offering ozone; laser (nosuture) gum surgery; testing for compatible materials and cavity-causing bacteria; examine for gum disease and bacteria; laser cavity diagnoses; saliva pH check; oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 14.

ESSENTIAL OILS 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 21.


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

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


12100 Highway 49, Suite 628, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785 Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle: natural and organic options for food, supplements, cleaning supplies and skincare. Chiropractic care, massage therapy and essential oil counseling also available. See ad, page 15.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center 251-928-0644 • Café: 251-929-0055 Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 11.


2346 East Pass Road, Gulfport, MS 228-896-7545 100 percent vegetarian restaurant serving plate lunches Tuesday through Saturday. Gluten-free options available. Samosas, paneer, local honey, desserts and other Café s p e c i a l t y f o o d s a l s o available. Mention this ad for 10 percent discount. See ad, page 9.

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2032 Airport, Midtown Mobile: 251-473-0277 680 S. Schillinger, Mobile, AL: 251-633-0485 6845 Hwy 90, Daphne, AL: 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. Service-oriented, knowledgeable staff. See ad, page 26.


22765 Highway 59 South Robertsdale, AL • 251-947-2320 We are an interdisciplinary team o f m e d i c a l p r o f e s s io n a ls providing a personalized, holistic, evidence-based approach to treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms. See ad, page 13.


Sherry Seicshnaydre, Energy Healer Gulfport, MS 228-313-0664 • Sharing and teaching love, joy, peace and light through sessions, coaching, crystals and classes. Offering energy work (Reiki, BARS, Healing Touch), spiritual healing, medical intuitive readings, natural remedies and supplements. See ad, page 24.


Reiki Practitioner and Meditation Guide From the Center, Fairhope, AL 601-421-0277 • Make time for your special self! Reiki services and chakra clearing. $5 meditation classes on Thursdays. “I offer care and kindness to my clients—it’s the sweet work.” See ad, page 9.



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

Reconnective Healing Practitioner 22787 U.S. 98, Suite D5, Fairhope, AL 251-222-0220 •

Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 11.

Reconnective Healing returns you to an optimal state of vitality and helps people with aches and pains, dis-ease, stress, PTSD, mental challenges, range of motion and athletic performance. Visit See ad, page 17.

PRANIC HEALING IN MOBILE Deana Lannie 251-454-0959

Free healing nights and group meditations every Monday. Pranic Healing classes and the advanced technique of Superbrain Yoga. See ad, page 24.

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22787 U.S. 98, Suite D-5, Montrose, AL 251-616-4201 • Intuitive integrative massage techniques are used to facilitate the body into a state of healing without the "no pain no gain" mentality. Over fifteen years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field.



Offering affordable, effective and convenient evidence-based nutrition. Lab work provides reliable information to monitor health and accessible doctors provide individualized guidance. Extensive selection of therapeutic-grade supplements available in store and online. See ad, page 5.


3099 Loop Road, Orange Beach, AL 251-240-0842 A new hydration medspa featuring IV nutrition and oxygen bar plus functional medicine for optimal health. We find the root cause and address it naturally. See ad, page 21.


809 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 251-948-7862


Fairhope & Mobile • 251-279-7517

Babette de Jongh

An informal yet engaging happy hour with likemobile bay minded folks every second Tuesday in Fairhope and every third Wednesday in Mobile. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Sponsorship, speaker and catering opportunities available. See ad, page 31.


SPAS 101-A Rouselle Place, Ocean Springs, MS 228-209-4090

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY Family Care Naturally 1404B West 1st Street, 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 more oxygen. Introductory pricing and multiple session discounts. See ad, page 23.


A We l l n e s s S p a specializing in oncology skincare. Also offering digital skin analysis, facials, waxing and microdermabrasion. Wellness coaching available. Everything you need to know to accomplish good health, skincare and wellness. See ad, page 20.



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

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

Rolfing® is a holistic approach to manual therapy that seeks to improve your health and function by reestablishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the h u m a n b o d y. M o r e information at See ad, page 9.

Offering CBD (cannabidiol) from the hemp plant (helps a n x i e t y, i n s o m n i a , inflammation, etc.). Charlotte’s Web and other brands cookies, candy, creams, sublingual drops, e-juice. New: Akuamma—opioid receptortargeted pain relief. Mention this ad for 12% off.

more. See ad, page 20.

T e l e p a t h i c communication, counseling and healing for multi-species families. Healing with B o d y Ta l k , R e i k i , Matrix Energetics and




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


Acupuncture (needle and non-needle), chiropractic (manual or instrument), massage (therapeutic and relaxation), hair tissue mineral analysis, hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Multiple visit discounts. See ad, page 23.

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