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Have you been to Windmill Market lately? We are REORGANIZING, REBUILDING and GROWING into the community’s best-ever family-friendly marketplace and live music venue dedicated to SUSTAINABLE living. With patience during this rebirth and anticipation of what’s to come, stop by to experience market staples, and see what’s NEW!

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uring the month of August, my mantra always seems to be, “When the kids go back to school...” Anything that did not have an immediate deadline was added to the long list of things to do when my kids were no longer at home with me everyday. In addition to chores around the house and work-related projects, lifestyle changes were also added to the list. I would begin to feel like I was making back-to-school resolutions, as if September was the new January. Jumpstarting my dwindling yoga practice usually landed at the top of the list, which conveniently coincided with the September observance of National Yoga Month. This year, the typical whirlwind of August started picking up speed with Josh’s return to his teaching role full-time, while my September deadlines neared and submissions quickly escalated. One morning early in the month, we had only been up for a matter of minutes when I could already feel my patience shortening, my mind racing. Out of desperation for a different path, I did something that I can’t remember doing since becoming a mom—I dropped everything for yoga. I pulled up my yoga app and, without thinking twice, I began a 21-day yoga practice entitled “Get Strong, Be Calm”. I had to adjust my poses around dogs on my mat, and the kids stomped around the house during savasana, but it was still yoga, and I felt rejuvenated and grounded afterward. As I write this letter, I’m 16 days into the series and I’ve only missed one practice. That experience created a paradigm shift for me—I realized that yoga can be a priority in my busy life. I will always love escaping to the serenity of a yoga studio, but at this point in my life, a daily practice is much more accessible if I can flow through my vinyasa amidst the buzz of everyday life. Sometimes the kids roll out their own mats and join me, other times I’m forced to pause my practice to break up World War III. In my practice today, the teacher, Tara Lee, said, “Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world. Whatever change we want to happen outside, should happen within. If you walk in peace and express that peace in your very life, others will see you and learn something.” This resonates deeply within me, reinforcing the importance of a dedicated practice. Yoga is a way of life. My practice on my mat is just that—a “practice” for living. If I want to make a difference in the world, in my community, in my home, I must first secure a sense of peace within myself. What grounds you when you’re stressed, motivates you when you’re worn out, and fills you with compassion and good intentions when you’re feeling frustrated or lost? Maybe it’s music or art or sports. For me, it’s yoga. If you don’t have something that guides you to be the best you can be (and even if you do!), I encourage you to try yoga. If you are like me and your first yoga experience didn’t impress you, try another class, another teacher or another style until you find something you like. We’ve packed our September issue with articles about this ancient practice and the many free events taking place in our community this month. You’ll quickly see that our community has become rich with yoga, offering a vast range of opportunities. Now is the time to find which ones are the perfect match for you. As we say in yoga, “The Divine light in myself, honors the Divine light in you.”

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In celebration of National Yoga Month and the sixth annual local Yoga Week event, Natural Awakenings teamed up with Mobile photographer Victoria Webb for a photo shoot at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, in Theodore, Alabama. “I chose Bellingrath because of the beautiful and serene setting. I thought it would be a perfect fit for the restorative poses that we were wanting to capture,” says Webb, who has fond memories of visiting the gardens regularly since she was a child. Featured on the cover is Billie Reinhart, a yoga teacher and massage therapist in Fairhope (ThriveFairhope. com). She is also the organizer of the Yoga Life Fair and Yoga Week. To connect with Webb, visit TheOneDrop. com. See ad, page 16.

Windmill Market, in Fairhope, now hosts a farmers market, from 3 to 6 p.m., every Thursday. Featuring local farmers and their goods, live music and a familyfriendly atmosphere, the weekly event was launched in response to community demand. “It was brought to our attention that Fairhope residents have been pushing for a farmers market that is open year-round and we enthusiastically jumped at this opportunity to connect consumers with local farmers. Windmill Market emphasizes family, community and sustainability—it’s a perfect fit,” says Windmill Mayor Dennis Nicholson. Windmill Market is now open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays, so farmers’ market attendees can stay for dinner and live music after they shop. The venue continues to grow and reorganize, expanding its offerings every month. “Stop by and see what’s new; we’ve got something for everyone,” says Nicholson. Location: 85 N. Bancroft St., Fairhope, AL. For more information, call 251-990-8883 or visit See ad, page 3.

The Health Hut Opens in Midtown Mobile The Health Hut, a locally-owned vitamin/ health food store, is opening a third location this month at 2032 Airport Boulevard, in the Midtown area of Mobile. “We have had so many customer requests for a location in Midtown and are excited to open this new store to provide another convenient health and wellness resource for customers in the Mobile area,” says Jeff Sheldon, owner of The Health Hut. The Health Hut, in business for more than 30 years, specializes in high-quality vitamins/herbs, sport nutrition products, essential oils, personal care items, natural food products and more. The stores provide exemplary customer service by hiring and training friendly team members whose primary focus is the customer. “Often it can be overwhelming to walk into a health store and not know what to select,” says Sheldon. “That’s why our staff is trained to help you determine what product is best for you.” For more information, call 251-633-0485. The Health Hut is located at 680 S. Schillinger Rd. (251-633-0485) and 2032 Airport Blvd., Ste. D (251-473-0277), in Mobile, and at 6845 US Hwy. 90, in Daphne (251-621-1865). See ad, page 31. natural awakenings September 2016


newsbriefs Natural Awakenings Now Serving Entire Mississippi Coast Natural Awakenings Gulf Coast Alabama/ Mississippi has again expanded to serve Hancock County in Mississippi, which includes the cities of Bay St. Louis, Waveland and Diamondhead. Earlier this year, the franchise crossed the Mississippi state line to begin serving Harrison and Jackson counties of Mississippi—which includes the cities of Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier, Ocean Springs, D’Iberville, Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach and Pass Christian—in addition to Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. As distribution continues to build in the new territory, businesses can request to serve as pick-up points for the publication so that more community members can easily find copies of the monthly magazine. There is no cost to serve as a distribution point. As always, community members and business owners are encouraged to contact Natural Awakenings about healthy and green living news and events that would be of interest to the publication’s readership. Natural Awakenings is available in more than 90 markets across the U.S., and the local edition is the only one that currently serves Mississippi. “Since we expanded last winter, readers have been requesting that we serve the entire Mississippi coast,” says Publisher Meredith Montgomery. “I’m thrilled to be able to meet those requests. As we share our educational and uplifting content and local resources with neighbors along the coast, we look forward to learning about the unique offerings that they have to offer as well.” To learn more, call 251-990-9552, email Publisher@HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet. com or visit

Reading Room at The Bodhi Tree The Bodhi Tree’s new Pensacola location in the Cordova Mall is now offering readings in a newly remodeled reading room. “Our readers are experts in their fields and we are honored to share their talents with the larger Bodhi Tree community,” says manager Nick Terry. Toni Talley, a Christian Intuitive Empath with incredible vision, is known for the use of crystals in her reading, and Debbie Bussell uses Geomancy, a reading technique that she has been developing and practicing for more than 35 years. The Bodhi Tree, a cultural crystal shop, specializes in providing a huge selection of healing crystals from all over the globe and offers spiritual and metaphysical supplies to both enlightened masters and those who aren’t sure what metaphysical means. In the friendly atmosphere, everyone—child or adult—is invited to play in the energy and touch any of the crystals. Location: Cordova Mall, 5100 N. 9th St., Pensacola, FL. For more information or to schedule a reading, call 850-332-6959. See ad, page 16. 8

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Birders Flocking to 13th Annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest The John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest—now a birding and nature festival—will take place October 5 through 8. This year’s event includes more than 30 guided trips to prime bird- and wildlife-watching locations, with opportunities to see and learn about birds, alligators, wildflowers, dolphins and more; two evening speaker events; and a Bird and Conservation Expo, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 8, in the Halstead Amphitheater on the Faulkner Campus, in downtown Fairhope. The free, family-friendly expo features live raptor and snake shows, a birdhouse build, touch tanks, vendors, exhibits and fun for all ages. Since 2004, Alabama Coastal BirdFest has drawn visitors from more than 20 states and Canada, while contributing more than $80,000 toward the preservation and protection of wildlife habitat in Mobile and Baldwin counties. For more information, visit See ad, page 16.

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The Fairhope Organic School, The Marietta Johnson Museum and the City of Fairhope are partnering with the national organization ALL ONE OCEAN in a project designed to encourage responsible stewardship of our waters. Fairhope Organic School students will construct, decorate and install five permanent Beach Clean-Up Stations (BCUS) along Mobile Bay in Fairhope, from North Beach Park at the Municipal Pier and Park to the Magnolia Beach Park at the American Legion Building. With funding provided by the Marietta Johnson Museum, the BCUS boxes will supply beachgoers with bags, as a convenient way for citizens and visitors to pick up trash while they are enjoying the beach. Installation will take place the week after the Alabama Coastal Clean-Up, as a reminder to everybody that it is important to keep the beaches clean all year long. Organizers encourage other institutions, organizations and communities to create and install more BCUS all along the Bay and Gulf Coast, in an effort to raise awareness of the impact trash has on the health of marine life and humans. For more information, contact the Fairhope Organic School at 251-928-9347 or visit See ad, page 4.

Research Supports Herbal Menopause Relief Natural Health International’s (NHI) Femmenessence, an herbal formulation that has been shown in clinical studies to significantly reduce menopausal symptoms for up to 80 percent of women, is now available locally at Virginia’s Health Foods, in Mobile and Fairhope Health Foods. According to the study published in the International Journal of Biomedical Science, Maca-GO, the proprietary ingredient in Femmenessence, was observed to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes, excessive sweating, interrupted sleep patterns, nervousness, depression, headaches and loss of libido. It was further concluded that full benefit could only be achieved after two consecutive months of use. “The transition to menopause should be relatively symptom-free. After all, it’s not an illness, despite what women have been led to believe,” says Jan Roberts, pharmacist, clinical nutritionist and best-selling author. According to a company spokesperson, “Femmenessence is organic, kosher, vegan, pure, global trade and environmentally friendly. By establishing infrastructure and manufacturing operations in Peru, NHI has created an industry with yearround employment, while engaging in environmentally sustainable and organic farming practices.” Femmenessence is packaged in the U.S. in a GMP (good manufacturing practice), organic and kosher-certified facility utilizing oxygen-barrier blister packs, which keep the product stable for up to three years, versus six months for packs or bottles.

As the fall sports season gets underway, Bishop Physical Therapy, in Daphne, encourages athletes to make an appointment with Patrick Miller as they strive to reach Patrick Miller their greatest athletic potential. Miller is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and endurance athlete that brings performance-enhancing techniques to the Eastern Shore area. The natural healing effects of Sports Medicine Acupuncture, including cupping and Gua Sha, help athletes return to training without painful limitations. Acupuncture can help restore mind and body to optimal health and functioning. In addition to treating athletes, acupuncture and adjunctive therapies can help treat neck and back pain, sciatica, arthritis, headaches, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, weight management, addictions, PTSD and digestive issues. This completely natural therapy is also proven to be effective for women struggling with menstrual and menopausal symptoms, as well as fertility issues. Location: 1203 Hwy. 98, Ste. 1-C, Daphne, AL. For more information, call 251626-7778 or visit BishopPhysicalTherapy. com. See ad, page 10.

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New Term Disguises High-Fructose Corn Syrup The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has resorted to creating a new label for high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by calling it “fructose syrup” or just “fructose” because numerous scientific studies have linked it to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and autism. HFCS is a highly processed chemical sweetener used in many processed foods, including breads, cookies, candy, condiments and soft drinks. It extends the shelf life of products and is often cheaper than sugar, the primary reasons manufacturers use it. Standard HFCS contains from 42 to 55 percent fructose. The new term is being used when foods contain HFCS-90, which has “just” 90 percent fructose. Identifying HFCS-90 as an ingredient bizarrely gives food makers a green light to use statements such as “Contains no high-fructose corn syrup” or “No HFCS” on the product label, thus misleading buyers. Bart Hoebel, a psychology professor at Princeton University, reports, “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese; every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.” Source:

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Music as Medicine Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes


s primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga classes everywhere. They gently echo in the repeated tones of mothers’ lullabies, happy hummings as we go about our day and the melodies of Mozart. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. It exists within, uniting and guiding us, and has helped heal body and spirit since the dawn of humanity. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists recently discovered that the universe itself has a song.

Pioneering Practitioners

From the soothing tones of a harp to the jarring screeches of a construction site, the stress-reducing or stress-producing properties of sound are familiar to us all. “Stress is an underlying cause of the vast majority of all illnesses, and sound and music are effective in relieving stress and bringing stillness,” says Jonathan Goldman, an internationally recognized pioneer in harmonics and sound healing and director of the Sound Healers Association in Boulder, Colorado. Through researching his many books, including The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing, 14

Goldman is convinced of the profound effect sound has on the human organism. “The simple chanting of the sound ‘om,’ or ‘aum,’ in addition to instilling calmness and relaxation, causes the release of melatonin and nitric oxide. It relaxes blood vessels, releases soothing endorphins, reduces the heart rate and slows breathing,” he explains. “Sound can change our immune function,” wrote the late Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, former director of medical oncology at New York’s Weill-Cornell Medical College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in his book The Healing Power of Sound. “After either chanting or listening to certain forms of music, your Interleukin-1 level, an index of your immune system, goes up between 12-anda-half and 15 percent. Further, about 20 minutes after listening to meditative-type music, the immunoglobulin levels in the blood are significantly increased. Even the heart rate and blood pressure are lowered. There’s no part of your body not affected. Its effects even show up on a cellular and sub-cellular level.”

Practical Applications

Consider some of music’s scientifically validated health benefits: Stress: Singing, whether carrying a tune or not, is a powerful way to combat stress, according to many studies. A recent joint study by German and British researchers published in Frontiers

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in Human Neuroscience confirms that simply listening to soothing music results in significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The more intense the experience is in singing or playing an instrument, the greater the stress reduction. A collaborative study by several Swedish universities showed that group singing caused participants’ heart rates to synchronize, producing relaxation effects similar to that achieved through group meditation. Cancer: Gaynor used music to treat even advanced cancer patients for decades, considering it a “disease of disharmony.” He advocated re-harmonizing the body with sound vibrations that affect virtually every cell, especially enhancing immune function and potentially preventing cancer from spreading. Gaynor primarily used crystal bowls to produce deep relaxation and harmonize dysrhythmic cells in patients, but also confirmed the healing effects of certain vibratory tones of drumming and Tibetan metal gongs. Several studies confirm that listening to any kind of soothing music relieves anxiety in cancer patients; a large study from Philadelphia’s Drexel University confirms that it also relieves pain, lowers blood pressure, improves breathing and minimizes nausea associated with chemotherapy. Depression: Drumming can better counter depression than the prescription drug Prozac, according to a recent study by England’s Royal College of Music. Those that participated in a weekly drumming group experienced significantly reduced symptoms compared to a control group. Substance Abuse: University of California, Los Angeles, scientists found that drumming was especially helpful for a group of Native Americans struggling with such issues. Smartphone Addiction: Korean research found that music therapy is helpful in overcoming this condition. Immune Dysfunction: The same British study of drumming’s antidepressant effects saw similar improvement in immune function, plus an anti-inflammatory response that continued for at least three months after the study period. Neuroendocrine Disorders: Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Meadville Medical Center Mind-Body Wellness Group found that drumming effectively helped drummers (skilled and unskilled)

suffering from neuroendocrine disorders such as pituitary tumors and intestinal issues caused by disconnections between the endocrine gland and nervous systems. They further confirmed that group drumming reduced stress chemicals such as cortisol in the drummers. Muscle Tension Dysphonia: Even tuneless humming sounds like “um-hum” can have a measurable therapeutic effect on individuals that have lost their voices due to overuse. Pain: When a group of British citizens suffering from chronic pain joined a choir, a Lancaster University study found they were better able to manage their condition for improved quality of life. Just listening to harp music for 20 minutes decreased anxiety, lowered blood pressure and relieved pain in a group of U.S. heart surgery patients with short-term pain participating in a University of Central Florida study in Orlando. Alzheimer’s Disease: In addition to reducing the agitation and anxiety frequently accompanying Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine found that a group of patients that participated in music therapy for four weeks experienced increased levels of the calming brain chemical melatonin.

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“Humming or singing causes longer exhalations than normal, helping to naturally eliminate toxins and acidity,” says Dr. Madan Kataria, of Mumbai, India, who has spawned 5,000 laughter clubs worldwide. “We started experimenting with the vowel sounds and humming sound. An early unpublished humming study I did in Denmark showed that people that hummed anything for just 10 minutes were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 10 to 15 points, their diastolic by four to five points and their pulse rate by 10 beats per minute.” Kataria found that people with breathing problems like asthma and emphysema experienced especially positive effects because it strengthened belly muscles used in breathing. Kataria is also a fan of kirtan—Hindu devotional call-and-response chants often accompanied by ecstatic dancing. “Kirtan takes away self-consciousness or nervousness and anxiety,” he says.

Nature’s Healing Sounds The calming sounds of rushing water and gentle breezes are well known; science is now confirming the therapeutic effects of singing birds. Belgian researchers confirmed that bird song helps drown out the stressful effects of traffic noise, and Korean scientists found it makes people feel less crowded. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology showed that it can even help regulate participants’ circadian rhythms, contributing to restful sleep and overall wellness.

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In Nigeria, we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm; when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. ~Babatunde Olatunji, drummer and social activist Dr. Eben Alexander, who recorded his near-death experience in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, says the “indescribable” cosmic music he experienced has helped him come to understand the effects of specific sound frequencies on the brain. He now provides audio tools to help bring the brain to a higher state and help it match that higher and more conscious state. In his medical practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, he often employs music from a patient’s past to help them emerge from a brain injury or coma and even “reconnect pathways in a damaged brain.” Alexander explains that binaural beats and other sound effects combine to create “brain entrainment” and also in theory, “monotonize” it to free awareness and access realms other than the physical. “It’s magical what the right type of music can do to the brain stem to free up our consciousness,” he observes.

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Experts agree that people without musical talent are able to experience the same benefits as virtuosos, based on their degree of engagement with music. Anyone can hum, and most research confirms that benefits are enhanced in creating music rather than merely listening to it. Group singing has become increasingly popular, especially following the hit TV show Glee. Time magazine reported in 2013 that 32.5 million American adults sang in choirs, up about 30 percent from a decade earlier. If you have been searching for a love-focused place of worship that embraces all people and honors all spiritual paths, Unity could be your answer. It’s like coming home. “Unity teachings and communities continue to be places of spiritual healing, & I like being a part of that.”

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The choice of musical genre matters. Recent data from Montreal’s McGill University shows that types of music tend to have specific effects; for example, blues slows heart rate and calms an anxious person, rock and punk can boost energy, and reggae can help control anger.

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The spiritual aspects of virtually all types of music cannot be underestimated, says Michael Hove, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Fitchburg State University, in Massachusetts. His research has primarily focused on drumming to induce altered states of consciousness that shamans from diverse cultures use to bring about physical and emotional healing. What Hove calls a “boring and super-predictable” drumbeat of 240 beats a minute induced a deep trance state within minutes in most subjects, and brain scans confirmed that it enabled them to focus intensely and block out distracting sounds within eight minutes. This aligns with Alexander’s view that, “The sound of music is absolutely crucial in launching us into transcendental awareness. For the true, deep seeker, sound and vibration and the memory of music can serve as a powerful engine to help direct us in the spiritual realms.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including her latest, Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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yogabriefs Organic School Celebrates Yoga Month In honor of Yoga Month, The Fairhope Organic School will offer a community Kid's Yoga Class at 4 p.m., September 14, in the Assembly Hall at the school. The class will be led by Angel Curtin, of Jellyfish Yoga, and parents are welcome to join their children. Donations will be collected ($5 suggested amount) for Weeks Bay Foundation and their work with Alabama Coastal Clean-Up this month. Yoga is a weekly offering at the Fairhope Organic School, where an organic approach to education honors the growth of the whole child—mind, body and spirit. For more information, call 251-928-9347 or visit See ad, page 4.

Soul Shine Yoga

A Yoga Community for Everyone


oul Shine Yoga opened in 2014 to inspire and empower the local community to shine brightly. In addition to hot power classes unlike any other on the Eastern Shore, the studio’s class schedule features unheated vinyasa, foundations, hatha, yin, restorative, therapeutic, chair, gentle, prenatal and children’s yoga. Meditation, workshops, private yoga, advanced yoga studies and wellness coaching are also offered. Soul Shine teachers are committed to high standards and continuing education so that they may serve and inspire in a safe, supportive environment. The staff of 30 includes several RYT-500 teachers, and all teachers have a minimum of 200 hours of training. The Yoga Alliance certified Soul Shine Yoga School saw its first class of 200-hour trainees graduate in December 2015 and it continues to offer teacher trainings in 2016. The shop at Soul Shine Yoga has gifts, journals and clothing for the inspired lifestyle, featuring brands such as Alo Yoga active wear, Spiritual Gangster, Tiny Devotions and Manduka, among others. Originally focusing on hot power yoga, the studio’s focus has evolved and owner Emily Sommerville, RYT and Certified Health Coach, says, “I’m proud that we offer such a diversity of classes that my young daughter and my parents can all practice regularly at Soul Shine. With over 40 classes each week, yoga is accessible to everyone.” For more information, visit See ads, pages 29 and back cover. 18

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Yoga for Fertility Workshop at Alabama Healing Arts Join Catherine Teal, RYT-200, for a gentle yoga class that explores postures to enhance and promote fertility among both women and men, from 2 to 4 p.m., September 25, at Alabama Healing Arts (AHA), in Mobile. Enjoy poses that increase circulation, support immunity, reduces stress, aid in hormonal balance and bring peace and vitality to the conception journey. Props and mats will be available and all levels are welcome. Teal is a Mobile native who holds a bachelor’s in psychology and sociology from The University of South Alabama. In addition to being a mom to her two girls, she works as an Adoption Specialist in the State Child Welfare System full-time and teaches yoga at AHA. Through the techniques and practice of yoga, Teal helps individuals of all ages and abilities create wellness and healthy lifestyles. She believes that yoga is for everyone and that each individual can benefit from the practice, regardless of their age or flexibility. For more information or to register, call 251-377-2940, email Alabama HealingArts@gmail. com or visit AlabamaHealingArts. com. See ad, page 29.

Kudzu Aerial Fitness is offering an expanded Kids Circus and Teen Circus program this fall. Circus Class is a fun fitness class that allows kids and teens to explore aerial apparatus in a safe environment. Over the course of the series, students will have the opportunity to learn basic skills on the aerial vine, aerial silks and the lyra. Classes are based on a series progression. It is important that the student attends consistently to learn the foundational skills necessary to continue training. All classes are led by certified and experienced instructors. Kids’ classes are for ages 8 to 12 and meet on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., and Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Teen classes are for ages 13 to 17 and meet on Fridays at 4:45 p.m. (Level 1), and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. (Level 2). Both classes are open for drop-ins in September at $15 per class. Series pricing is available, starting at $49 per month. For more information or to register, email or visit See ad, back cover

Glow Yoga

Revolutionizing with Breath and Wellness


low Yoga, in Mobile and Gulf Shores, has introduced a revolutionary methodology to increase the physical and mental benefits of yoga. By synchronizing group breath and movement within a power yoga sequence, the approach optimizes muscle utilization and restoration as well as mindfulness. The result is an experience that improves physical performance and mental clarity. “At Glow you don’t have to be flexible or fit the mold of a mainstream yogi. All you have to do is show up and breathe,” explains owner Jennifer Guthrie, RYT. “We are not concerned with what your postures look like, so you can feel completely comfortable with exactly where you are in your practice—even if it’s your first class.” The studios also promote the Glow 5 concept for holistic wellness. “Only 20 percent of your life expectancy is dictated by genes; 80 percent is dictated by lifestyle. There are five scientifically proven practices that help you discover your happiest self—adding years to your life expectancy—and we strive to make Glow a place you can get all five,” says Guthrie. The Glow 5 include: improved physical and mental well-being, stress relief, a sense of purpose, a sense of community and a plant-heavy diet. For more information, visit See ad, page 28.


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We are promoting yoga as a mindful lifestyle, not just a physical exercise. ~Billie Reinhart

Locals Observe Yoga Month In recognition of National Yoga Month, local yoga instructors and studio owners have teamed up to celebrate the area’s vibrant yoga community with Yoga Week, from September 17 to 23. Gulf Coast studios are inviting new students to free classes with a cash or canned food donation. Throughout September, other workshops and events are also being offered in exchange for food donations to coincide with Hunger Action Month.


rganizer Billie Reinhart says, “This has been one of the biggest yoga events in the area in recent years, and a good way to bring the community together. Yoga Week inspires first-timers to give yoga a try and encourages experienced yogis to check out new studios and styles while stocking food bank shelves before the holidays. A lot of people think you have to do the advanced ‘pretzel postures’ or touch your toes to do yoga—but anyone can find the style and teacher that shows them how to practice at their current level to suit their body and their goals, whatever the level, limitations or goals may be.” Kicking off Yoga Week, the Yoga Life Fair will take place from 2:30 to 6 p.m., September 17, at Fairhope Pier Park. The outdoor space allows for aerial yoga with a beautiful view, in addition to a variety of more traditional styles. The fair includes sample classes for all interests, ranging from beginner to advanced, and kids’ classes all day. 20

No experience is necessary, and participants should bring their own mat or beach towel and water. Healthy refreshments from Sunflower Café and Papa’s Pizza, live music by Ric Kindle and James Cantley, raffle prizes, giveaways and a plethora of conscious living information booths will be available throughout the event. Reinhart says, “We are promoting yoga as a mindful lifestyle, not just a physical exercise. Exhibitors will be on hand to educate guests about their consciously made products and mindful services.” Yoga teachers will also be available to answer questions about yoga and their own style and class offerings.

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Throughout Yoga Month, instructors encourage participants to take part in seva (the yogic concept of selfless service) by bringing cash or canned food items to free classes and events. Donations will also be collected at the Yoga Life Fair, other events and local businesses. Last year, local Yoga Month events provided 1,234 meals to families and individuals in need along the Gulf Coast. The Yoga Life Fair will take place at Fairhope Pier Park, 1 Beach Rd., in Fairhope, AL. Rain site: Fairhope United Methodist Church, Christian Life Center, 155 S. Section St., Fairhope, AL. Reinhart can be reached at 251-9294020. For a calendar of events, visit and Yoga Life Fair and Yoga Week Food Drives on Facebook. See ad, page 25.

Celebrate National Yoga Month with the following free or donation-based classes and events. Please call ahead to confirm dates and times.

First AHA Yoga Class Free

September 1-30 Alabama Healing Arts, Mobile, AL 251-753-1937 Free with donation of canned goods. First-time students only.

Sunset Yoga for Charity

6 p.m., September 9 & 23 Pier Park Bluff, Fairhope, AL 251-379-4493 Donation benefitting charity.

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga 9:30 a.m., September 10 Dauphin Island, AL Reservations required: 251-209-8914 Class is free, board rental not included.

Gentle Yoga Class

10:45 a.m., September 10 Treehouse Yoga, Bay St. Louis, MS 228-231-1159 Free.

Yoga on Tap

6 p.m., September 13 The Merry Widow, Mobile, AL Free.

Kids’ Yoga Class

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4 p.m., September 14 Assembly Hall, Fairhope Organic School, Fairhope, AL 251-928-9347


$5 suggested donation to benefit Weeks Bay Foundation. Parents welcome, too.

Yoga Life Fair

2:30 p.m., September 17 Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4020

Free with donation of canned goods or cash.

Essential Yoga: Journey through the Lower Chakras 11 a.m., September 18 Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL 251-225-4597

$10 donation or 10 canned goods to benefit food bank.

Prenatal Yoga

4 p.m., September 18 Soul Shine Yoga, Fairhope, AL 251-225-4597

Free with donation of canned goods or cash.

All-Levels Yoga Classes 6 p.m., September 30 Glow Yoga, Gulf Shores and Mobile, AL

Donation benefitting charity.

Alabama Healing Arts

labama Healing Arts (AHA), in West Mobile, is an occupational college and wellness studio. AHA offers a holistic approach to healthy living and successful careers with a variety of training, services and products. Group yoga classes with Yoga Alliance certified instructors are 50 minutes in length, beginner-friendly and all props are provided. A printable calendar of the morning and evening class times is available on the website. Private yoga sessions are available by appointment. Private yoga is perfect for those seeking personalized instruction such as working with a specific health challenge (back pain, digestive issues) or achieving a specific goal (weight loss, resiliency). AHA also offers specialty and continuing education yoga workshops. The 200-, 300- and 500-hour weekends-only yoga teacher trainings are available for aspiring teachers or personal development. Graduates are eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT). AHA also offers a statelicensed, 650-hour massage therapy program (next class starts January 2017) and three-levels of reiki certification. Individuals looking to improve their health can enjoy a therapeutic professional session in massage, reiki or holistic counseling/life coaching. Other movement classes include qigong. Also available are benefits at the cellular level with a toxin-cleansing nutritional, skincare or aromatherapy program. For more information, visit Alabama See ad, page 29.

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An early student of B.K.S. Iyengar and familiar with props, San Francisco resident and co-founder of Yoga Journal magazine Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., found herself leading her first class comprised entirely of supported poses during a power blackout at a 1980 workshop. “I didn’t want people walking around in the dark, so I improvised a restorative class and everyone loved it,” she recalls. She revisited the idea several years later when she personally felt the need for physical, emotional and spiritual restoration. For a year, 90 percent of her practice was supported poses, and the switch helped her so much that it inspired her first book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. She’s since written more books and trained teachers in restorative yoga around the world. As in classical yoga, a restorative sequence should be balanced with asanas (positions) from all pose classifications—backbends, twists, inversions and forward bends. It takes time for the body to comfortably settle deeply into a pose—as long as 15 minutes—therefore, a 90-minute restorative class may include only a handful of asanas. Lasater says, by Meredith Montgomery “Most people don’t need more of anything from the culture in which we live. n classical yoga, teachers often se- better able to act in the world afterward,” They need much more to learn to be still quence instruction toward reaching a explains Roger Cole, Ph.D., a certified and at ease.” pinnacle pose such as an inversion or Iyengar yoga teacher in Del Mar, Califor In today’s yoga world, which seems to arm balance. In restorative yoga, the peak nia, and a research scientist studying the emphasize power and action, “Restorative pose is savasana—in which the practitiophysiology of relaxation, sleep and biolog- yoga has become imperative to balance ner fully relaxes while resting flat on their ical rhythms. He attests that it also serves activity and ambition with stillness and back. Leeann Carey, author of Restoras preparation for pranayama (mindful being,” she continues. Lasater notes that ative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to yoga breathing) and meditation, which while many classes are reducing savasana Self-Care and Well-Being, explains, “This require a clear, well-rested, focused mind. to as little as three minutes, students need passive asana practice turns down the Perfect for beginners and used by 20 minutes. branch of the nervous system that keeps longtime practitioners to complement Carey clarifies that because this apus in fight-or-flight mode and turns up the other yoga styles, restorative poses are proach focuses on opening and letting go, system allowing us to rest and digest. It designed to accurately realign and reshape rather than striving for the biggest stretch, feels like a massage for the nervous system the body. They also can be therapeutically “Sensation-seeking yogis may need to shift and encourages self-inquiry, reflection tailored to support natural healing for is- their perspective. The biggest challenge is and change, rather than perfection.” The physical, mental and spiritual sues related to tension, premenstrual syn- often quieting the mind while the body benefits are similar to those of active drome, weak immune functioning, back is still. When a student is uncomfortable yoga, but because poses are held longer pain, pregnancy and recovery for athletes. because the mind is screaming, it helps to and supported by props such as bolsters, “Poses for healing may require targeted compare it to having tight hamstrings in an blankets, belts and blocks, “There’s no gentle stretching, but prop use will coax active class. We’re not chasing relaxation; stress on the tissue and joints. Each the body into desired positions without just breathe, feel and watch,” she says. “Eventually, everything will let go.” pose gifts us with longer-lasting benefits, requiring muscular effort,” says Cole.

Relax and Unwind Restorative Yoga Poses Foster Healing

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including more time for the mind to unwind,” advises Carey. “Restorative yoga allows both muscles and the brain to recover from fatigue, so we are stronger, sharper and 22

Restorative poses are necessary to help restore us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. ~Leeann Carey

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Alignment Paths

Therapeutic Yoga for Spine Care and Beyond

~Judith Hanson Lasater “The more our mind rebels against relaxing, the more we need it,” observes Lasater. Students often turn to yoga as a strategy for feeling whole, and she suggests that one of the best ways to find clarity within is to listen in stillness, one savasana at a time. “It’s a gift to ourself, our family and the world,” she adds. “When we feel rested, we’re more compassionate and ready to serve the greater good.”


lignment Paths’ owner, Julie Wilkins, is a licensed Occupational Therapist and certified yoga therapist specializing in back and spine care, yoga for scoliosis and post-spine fusion yoga, in Daphne. She offers a blend of yoga therapeutics, movement training and adaptive exercise in individual, group and virtual settings. Since she began teaching on the Eastern Shore in 2008, Wilkins has become known in the local community for her inspired alignment-based yoga teachings, foundations of yoga programs, individualized back and spine care and scoliosis management. As the founder of Forever Fused (, a virtual healing space for individuals that have had spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis, Wilkins provides in-person and virtual consultations to people all over the world for adaptive movement education. Most recently, Wilkins began teaching an innovative, yoga-inspired practice called the Bowspring Method, which centers around a curvy, dynamic and open posture. She is finding great success teaching Bowspring alignment to her general student population as well as those with back pain or injury. For more information, visit See ad, page 28.

LOCAL RESTORATIVE CLASSES Please contact the studios ahead of time to confirm class time and cost details.




Full Moon Restorative Yoga Restorative at Glow Yoga 10 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at Treehouse Yoga 6 p.m., September 20 228-231-1159


Restorative Yoga at Shanti Yoga & Counseling 10 and 11:30 a.m., Saturdays 228-284-2337


Gentle Restorative Yoga at Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA 6:15 p.m., Wednesdays 228-875-5050


Restorative at Synergy Yoga & Pilates

Restorative Series for Beginners with Thrive

9:15 a.m., October 3, 10 and 17 251-379-4493

Hot Restore at Soul Shine

9:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 251-225-4597

4 p.m., Wednesdays 251-473-1104

Restorative Workshop at Alabama Healing Arts

Restorative at Soul Shine

6:30 p.m., Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m., Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., December 3 251-225-4597 251-753-1937 LAURIC


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Yoga Props 101


oga props can help new students maintain alignment and reduce strain while allowing veterans to more deeply explore the intricacies of their practice. Always adjust the dimensions and placement of props to ensure comfort via soft curves in the body instead of sharp angles, especially in the spine. Body weight must be distributed equally throughout the pose; key places to check for tension are the lower back, abdomen, neck and jaw muscles. Here are some basic tools. Yoga mats should have a non-skid surface and not exceed three-sixteenths of an inch in thickness. They cushion the body, serve as a blanket or a base for props or can roll up into a bolster. Blankets and towels pad hard areas and warm the body. Different ways of folding and rolling transform them into many firm and comfortable shapes with wide-ranging applications. Blocks in various sizes and materials can be laid flat, placed on edge or stood on end. They can add height or length to the body, access core stability and provide leverage. A stack of hardback books or phone books tied together can work in a pinch. Belts stabilize joints, support inflexible body parts and create traction and space. Typically two inches wide, soft belts with a D-ring locking system are easily adjusted; two soft, wide neckties or scarves tied together are suitable. Avoid material that cuts into the skin.


Bolsters, typically cylindrical or rectangular cushions, provide good supports that are long-lasting, if sometimes costly. Combining folded blankets and rolled mats may be suitable alternatives. Walls provide leverage, vertical support and a structure to rest upon. A

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closed door or large piece of furniture such as a bookcase or refrigerator works; a room corner simultaneously supports both sides of the body. Chairs are versatile props for any practice and make yoga accessible to those unable to get down onto the floor. Backless folding chairs are typically used in studios, but any sturdy chair that doesn’t roll is suitable. Sandbags, strategically positioned, encourage overworked areas to release. Their weight also provides resistance and stability. Homemade versions can be made by loosely filling a smooth cloth bag with coarse sand, pea gravel or rice. Retail bags of beans, rice or sugar are other options. Eye pillows block out light during resting poses, can gently weight the forehead or hands or support the back of the neck. Typically made of silk or soft cotton, they’re filled with a mixture of flax seeds or rice and soothing herbs such as lavender, peppermint or chamomile. Sources: Restorative Yoga Therapy, by Leeann Carey; Relax and Renew, by Judith Hanson Lasater

Gentle Chair Yoga

Supportive Yoga Accessible to Everyone


entle Chair Yoga, taught by Sherlyn Culwell, RYT, builds strength, endurance and courage by utilizing the support of a chair or wall to experience traditional yoga poses and all of their benefits. This practice makes yoga more 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. Culwell studied at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and is certified in Chair Yoga through Lakshmi Voelker’s Get Fit Where You Sit program. Influenced by Voelker, Culwell says, “I open my own body, mind and heart to the divine wisdom that is always sitting inside of me. This guides me to deliver the best variation of every chair yoga asana for each individual I teach.” Offering both individual and group sessions, Culwell guides her students to open their own bodies, minds and hearts, creating their own peace and harmony in the sacred space that surrounds them. The 60-minute classes have been known to also increase flexibility, balance, mobility, relaxation and energy. Classes are offered for $5 at Soul Shine Yoga, in Fairhope, on Mondays at 11 a.m., and at Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio, in Daphne, on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. For more information, call 251-610-3151. See ad, page 28.

Kick off Yoga Week with an afternoon of beginner-friendly sample yoga classes, conscious living booths, raffle prizes, healthy refreshments from Sunflower Cafe and Papas’s Pizza, and live music with Ric Kindle and James Cantley to benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast.


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September 17, 2016 2:30-6:00 PM at Fairhope PIER Park Rain Site: Fairhope United Methodist Church

Kids Yoga • SlacklineYoga • Yoga Dance Fusion Yin Yoga • Yoga Nidra • Aerial Yoga • and More! FREE admission. Bring your yoga mat or towel, water & cash or can food donation.

free yoga classes all week long! 6th Annual Yoga Week: September 17-23 The following studios invite new students to try Yoga Week classes in exchange for bringing a donation for Feeding the Gulfcoast. Contact the studios for details.


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For event details: • Billie Reinhart: 251-929-4020

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In the last decade, India’s traditional call-and-response form of chanting has been reinvented by modern devotional artists blending traditional kirtan with modern genres such as rock, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and electronica—breathing new life and devotion into yoga’s sacred chants.



Inside the Chant with Krishna Das

Photo by Payal Kumar

What does kirtan mean to you?

Kirtan Music Transports Listeners to a Deeper Place

For me, kirtan is all about the music. The more ways I practice sustainable health, balance, love and music and immerse myself in a spiritual life, the more I realize that all issues distill down to simple facts. Everyone wants to be loved and happy, and to avoid suffering and being judged. Looking at our lives, we start to see how we hurt ourselves and others and how what happens to us in daily life can be difficult to deal with. We recognize that we must find deep inner strength so we don’t get destroyed by the waves that come and try to toss us around. Little by little, all of our awakening practices work to transform our life. They move us from being externally oriented and reactive to being established within and quietly responsive. We come to have a wider view that life can effectively contain and envelop the different facets of ourselves and the world.

by Robin Fillmore

Why do many consider a nfluential spiritual leader Ram Dass soundtrack for yoga classes everywhere; kirtan event a transcendent has described Krishna Das (Jeffrey the soothing rhythmic chants performed experience far beyond Kagel) as an example of someone in a deep, rich timbre complements the music?


whose “heartsongs” open channels to God. The Grammy-nominated kirtan artist, long considered yoga’s rock star, consistently plays to sold-out crowds worldwide. The Long Island native’s journey has gone from being a member of a popular rock band to going to India, where as a student of spiritual leader Neem Karoli Baba, the trajectory of his life and music shifted and expanded. His 1996 debut album, One Track Heart, focused on updated chants from the ancient tradition of bhakti yoga, followed in 1998 by Pilgrim Heart, with a guest appearance by Sting. Since then, a steady stream of 14 albums and DVDs produced on his own label have provided the


instruction in the spiritual element of the exercise. Das’ specialty, kirtan, updates an ancient tradition of devotional chanting as meditation accompanied by instruments. A kirtan concert invites audience members to join in the experience through chanting, clapping and dancing and is characterized as a journey into the self that also connects us with each other. Across the country and around the world, yoga practitioners are chanting the names of God in tongues including Sanskrit, Hindi, Punjabi and English. They’re taking kirtan music out of the temples and the yoga studios and into dance halls, universities, cathedrals and other unexpected places.

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There are two things: the music and where the music is carrying us. In this case, it’s the names of God, of divinity, that are real and inside us. We can call this higher sense anything we like and aim in that direction according to how we identify with it. If we want peace in the world, then every individual needs to find peace within. We can’t create peace or happiness with anger and selfishness in our heart and mind. We can release ourselves from a limiting storyline, whatever it is, and touch a deeper place for a while. Then, when we return to our day, we are standing on slightly different ground because we have trained ourselves to let go a little bit. It’s a gradual process that takes time and effort, but it’s a joyful practice.

In the 1960s, everyone thought they were going to change the external world, but they forgot they have to change themselves, too, and little work was done inside. Today, while most people keep trying to first rearrange the outside world, more are now doing the necessary inside work, as well. The key is to understand what’s truly possible. If we don’t understand how we can be happy and at peace in the middle of a burning fire, we won’t recognize the tools available to create that kind of light for ourselves and others. Robin Fillmore is the publisher of the Natural Awakenings of Washington, D.C, edition.

Thrive Yoga and Massage

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hrive Yoga & Massage offers a variety of weekly yoga classes at multiple locations around Fairhope. Catering to a range of needs and interests, specialty classes include restorative yoga, alignment in movement and chair yoga for those with limited mobility. Mindfulness, breathing and alignment are the basis for all of owner Billie Reinhart’s classes, and all are beginner-friendly. Private sessions and therapeutic plans are available for those looking for a more personal approach. Daily movement or yoga on the mat, can be painful and seem impossible without specific body placement. One-on-one training, especially with a massage plan, can work to open closed muscle tissue to access movements previously unattainable. Reinhart says, “It’s important for everyone to know there is a style of yoga for them—like chair yoga, if getting down to the floor is difficult, or faster-paced vinyasa flow for those who like to move a lot.” Thrive also offers a full menu of massage services, including Thai yoga massage, with gentle stretching that complements the movement and breath work practiced in yoga classes. This combination of therapeutic services and classes is effective for the natural healing of mind, body and spirit, particularly in relieving pain or stress. For more information, visit See ads, pages 2 and 29.

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VEGAN LUNCHBOX Plant-Based Choices Provide Midday Boost

Photo by Annie Oliverio, An Unrefined Vegan


by Judith Fertig


e all have good intentions to eat more fruits and vegetables, and it’s easier if we start with just one plant-based meal a day—lunch. Natural Awakenings has enlisted the help of vegan lunchbox experts to help us all enjoy easy-to-make and colorful feasts good for home, office, school and on the road. “Vegan food offers so much variety, especially at lunch,” says Johanna Sophia, of Pine Plains, New York, who recently hosted the online series The Raw Lunchbox Summit. “A vegan lunch gives an extra boost in the middle of the day for more brain power, clarity and energy.” She and her two children operate Johanna’s Raw Foods, which makes vegan fast food such as veggie burger bites and carrot crackers, available at health food stores. Laura Theodore, the vegan chef and recording artist who presents The Jazzy Vegetarian PBS television program, lives and works in the New York City area. After a childhood dominated by bologna 30

sandwiches for lunch, she gradually changed to vegan dishes. “I began to notice a difference when I ate mostly plants,” she says. “I could do more and think better.” Theodore favors colorful and delicious vegan foods that travel well in a lunchbox with a cold pack, so she can take them to rehearsals or wherever else she goes. She creates her zucchini fettuccine with a vegetable slicer and loves to end a meal with something naturally sweet, like her maple-raisin-date truffles. Such experimenting in the kitchen led to her newest cookbook, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Brandi Rollins, Ph.D., a researcher at Penn State, in State College, Pennsylvania, found that switching her lunch habits to plant-based dishes made her feel better. The author of Raw Foods on a Budget determined that one of her favorites is a quick raw vegan pizza. She first marinates ingredients for 20 minutes: three medium mushrooms, thinly sliced,

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with one-and-a-half tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, one tablespoon of olive oil, one minced clove of garlic and a big pinch of Italian herb seasoning. Then she spreads half of a mashed avocado on a four-by-four-inch flax cracker and tops it with the marinated mushrooms, plus chopped tomato, peppers or other favorite options. Rollins advises, “You can pack all of the components individually, and then assemble the pizza at work.” Health Foods Chef Catherine Blake, in Maui, Hawaii, studied with renowned plant-based nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. She urges her culinary students to ask, “What can I do to sparkle a little bit more tomorrow?” The author of Healthy Recipes for Friends, answers the question in her online presentation, Cooking for Brain Power, at ChefBlakeBrainPower. Blake’s favorite brain-power luncheon booster is a wrap with antioxidant-rich fillings, accompanied by homemade almond milk, sunflower seeds or walnuts for vitamin E and some favorite blue berries or purple grapes. She makes fresh almond milk by grinding raw almonds in a nut grinder, and then adding them plus an equal amount of filtered water to a high-speed blender. After processing and straining out the solids, the resulting nut milk is perfect for smoothies. Changing our diets one meal at a time gives us an opportunity to see if we can feel the difference, as our vegan lunchbox experts have, while we ramp up our taste for healthier eating. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks and foodie fiction from O v e r l a n d Pa r k , K S . C o n n e c t a t

Keep Reading... Vegan Lunch Recipes on page 32.

Local Vegan Resources

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ARC’s Monthly Vegan Café

ARC (Awakening Respect and Compassion for all Sentient Beings) hosts a plant-based dinner every fourth Saturday from 6 to 7:15 p.m., at Plantation Antiques, in Mobile. The menu changes with the season but always features fresh, organic whole foods. A speaker or movie follows each dinner at 7:30 p.m. and door prizes are given away. This month’s event, on September 24, will feature a showing of Cowspiracy, which explores the impact of animal agriculture on climate. The events are donation-based, benefiting ARC. The organization has also started a Vegan Dining Guide on its website, featuring local restaurants that are vegan-friendly. Location: 604 Bel Air Blvd., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-5102418 or visit

Eastern Shore Herbivore Facebook Group

This community Facebook group seeks to unite and support the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay’s plant-based community. Members are invited to post about vegan-friendly options at local restaurants, share recipes and organize herbivorous gatherings. This inclusive page emphasizes positivity and support by vowing to educate with kindness and compassion.


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Vegan 101

Tracey Glover, owner of The Pure Vegan, in Mobile, will host a Vegan 101 class, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 10, at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. The workshop will discuss the hows and whys of a vegan diet, including health, environmental impact and animal welfare. Participants will also prepare and share a full meal. The cost is $25 per person, or two people for $45. Location: 7125 Hitt Rd., Mobile, AL. For more information, call 251-510-2418 or visit

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VEGAN ONCE A DAY Pack a Plant-Based Lunch

Perfect Purple Smoothie

Crispy ‘Bacon’ and Avocado Sandwich

Yields: 2 servings

Yields: 4 sandwiches

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This sauteed tempeh and avocado sandwich is sure to satisfy vegans and non-vegans alike, featuring a healthy alternative to bacon that is also a good source of plant-based protein. 8-ounce package tempeh, sliced into very thin strips ¼ cup grapeseed oil 2 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce 1 ripe avocado, cut into slices Vegan mayo (optional) 2 tomatoes, sliced 4 big leaves of lettuce 8 slices of bread

Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa Yields: 4 servings This raw side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare and cool fare on a hot summer day. The zucchini strips look and taste a lot like fresh pasta.

Heat oil over medium heat. Add tempeh and sauté until golden brown, flipping to brown on both sides. Transfer tempeh to dish towel- or napkincovered plate to drain.

2 medium zucchini 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped 10 to 14 leaves fresh basil, minced 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 /8 to ¼ tsp sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste

Return tempeh to frying pan at medium heat and add the tamari or soy sauce, tilting pan to cover tempeh in sauce. Remove and set aside to cool. To assemble each sandwich, spread vegan mayo on two slices of bread. Add lettuce, tomato, avocado and tempeh. Serve immediately.

12 oz acai juice 6 oz almond milk 1 Tbsp soy creamer 1 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries 1 frozen banana ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1 Tbsp whole ground flaxseed meal (blueberry variety if available; try Trader Joe’s) 1 cup coconut water ice cubes 1 Tbsp macro greens or other vegan, non-GMO greens powder ½ tsp apple cider vinegar 1 to 3 dashes cayenne powder Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Store in two insulated cups and keep chilled until ready to serve.

Shave the zucchini lengthwise with a vegetable peeler to make the “noodles”. Put them in a large bowl and add the tomatoes, basil, oil and garlic. Toss gently until thoroughly combined.

Recipe by Tracey Narayani Glover, owner of The Pure Vegan (ThePureVegan. com) in Mobile, AL.

Serve immediately. Recipe by Laura Theodore, The Jazzy Vegetarian

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Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.

Photo by Stephen Blancett

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Photo by Annie Oliverio, An Unrefined Vegan


Homemade almond milk is the base and cayenne powder gives it a spicy punch that intensifies the rest of the flavors. Drink one serving for lunch and chill the other for a fast and easy mid-afternoon reviver.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Alabama Coastal Clean-Up at Organic School – 8am-2pm. The Fairhope Organic School would like to extend an invitation to alumni and members of the community to participate in Alabama Coastal Clean-Up ( at the Big Head Gully next to the school. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Free. 8 Marietta Dr, Fairhope, AL. 251-928-9347.



18th Chef Challenge – A Challenge to End Hunger – 6-9pm. Enjoy tastings of dishes from local chefs as they compete to win your vote in their respective category. Live entertainment from Roman Street, a vast silent auction and complimentary beer, wine and spirits. $60. Alabama Cruise Terminal, Mobile, AL.

Soul Shine Book Club: The Four Agreements – 7-8pm. Join us for a lively discussion each month. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness and love. Free. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-225-4597.



Yoga Life Fair & Yoga Week

Jack Fowler at Unity Gulfport Sunday Service – 10:30am. Motivational speaker and New Thought musician, Jack Fowler will be performing at the Sunday service. Jack uses his music and speaking gift to inspire, challenge and spark changes in those who listen. Free. Unity of Gulfport, Gulfport, MS. 228-871-7004.

Usui Reiki Level I & II Certification Weekend w/Julie – 9:30am-5:30pm. Sept 10-11. Learn basic Usui Reiki, and some supercharged ways to increase the focus and intensity of the work. Level I gives you tools for self healing, Level 2 increases the connection with Reiki, learn to work on others distantly. 12.5 nursing CEs available. $300 at the door/$250 prepaid 7 day advance. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 7 S Bayview Ave, Fairhope, AL. Julie: 251281-8811.

Join us for Yoga Life Fair: an afternoon of yoga classes, music, refreshments and booths by the bay to raise money for local food banks and kick off Yoga Week. Yoga Week is Sept 17-23: a week of free yoga with participating teachers and studios in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Participants are asked to bring donations for local food banks to raise awareness for Hunger Action Month and Yoga Month.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Ayurveda & Health Series with Cynthia Galas – 11am-12:30pm. Tuesdays, Sept 6-Oct 11. Aging and living—an inevitable combination. Explore yoga's healing and health skills while blending the latest research on how to maximize the body's capacity to thrive. $99 for 6 week series; $25 drop in. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-225-4597.

September 17 • 2:30-6pm Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4020 •

markyourcalendar Green Drinks Fairhope Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker (at 6pm) every second Tuesday. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Café and local produce and meat from End of the Road Farm.

BowSpring Fitness Introductory Series - 9:3010:15am. Wednesdays, Sept 7-Oct 26. The BowSpring method is a revolutionary yoga inspired movement practice for postural health and fitness. Taught by Julie Wilkins, this series will be an 8 class introduction to this innovative movement system. $60 (pre-registration req). COTA Montrose, 7159 McIntyre St, Montrose, AL. 251-554-4856.

Welcome to the Space Between with Greta Bates – 7-8pm. Wednesdays, Sept 7-Oct 5. Create a personalized meditation practice by exploring how you can use your five senses to help find your path to calming the mind. Each session explores an individual sense, followed by a guided meditation. Please bring a yoga mat and journal. $15 drop-in, $60 series. Kudzu Aerial, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL. 251-225-4597.




Yoga and Mindfulness for Children – 4-5pm. Wednesdays, Sept 7-28. Set your children up for success this school year. Children in grades 1-5 will learn to create an inner calm while exploring yoga through games, music and stories. Advanced registration required. $40. Soul Shine Yoga, 103 Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-232-1143. Rebecca.SoulFlow@

Cloth Diaper 101 – 11am. New to cloth diapering, or just want to learn the pros and cons of it? We are here for you. CD 101 goes over the different types, accessories and washing options. Free. Luna Babies, 1820 Pass Rd, Gulfport, MS. 228-357-5574.

September 13 • 5-7pm

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Mommy to Mommy – 11am. Moms and babies meet monthly with other women to offer motherto-mother guidance, support and companionship. Free. Luna Babies, 1820 Pass Rd, Gulfport, MS. 228-357-5574.

markyourcalendar Green Drinks Mobile Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks and a monthly speaker every third Wednesday. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Toddler Storytime – 11am. Story time is a monthly toddler group. Bring your little ones for some fun songs and even more fun stories! Free. Luna Babies, 1820 Pass Rd Gulfport, MS. 228-357-5574.

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Frequency of Essential Oils – 6:45-8:45pm. We will explore the ways we can raise and lower our body’s frequency to impact our health and wellness through various applications including neuroauricular therapy, essential oil application, energy center balancing and sound & color therapy. $5 at the door supports the Prodisee Food Pantry. Prodisee Food Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943.; 850-380-4943.

Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network’s Regional Food & Farm Forum – A day of peerto-peer knowledge sharing to connect small-scale and sustainable farmers, gardeners, community leaders and good food advocates. Roundtable discussions, tours and a meal. Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, Atmore, AL. For more info: 256-743-0742.

Alabama Coastal BirdFest – Oct 5-8. 3-day birding and nature festival with guided tours in Baldwin and Mobile counties, speakers, dinner events at 5 Rivers and free, family-friendly Bird & Conservation Expo (Oct 8 in Fairhope). Tours and evening events require advance registration. Fairhope and Spanish Fort, AL.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Quantum-Touch Level I with Julie E Brent – 9:30am-5:30pm, Sept 24-25. Whether you simply want to learn how to heal yourself and care for your friends and family, or work as a health care professional wishing to expand your skills, QT will teach you easy to learn tools for accessing life force energy. LMT and nursing CEs. $400 or prepaid 3 wk in advance: $350. Reiki Center of Fairhope, 7 S Bayview Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251281-8811.

markyourcalendar Wild Women Dance Jam Kick up your heels, enjoy freedom of expression and get your groove on! Experience a sampling of dance and movement exploration with other amazing women. Join us for chakra dance, movement invention and belly dance! Pot luck to follow! $30 if registered by 9/10, $40 after.

September 24 • 5-7:30pm

Kudzu Aerial, 265 Young Street, Fairhope, AL 251-232-1143 •

ARC Vegan Cafe – 6-9pm. Plant-based dinner by ARC. 4th Saturday of every month. Dinner 6-7:15, followed by presentation/speaker. This month's feature is a screening of Cowspiracy, about the impact of animal agriculture on climate. Donation. Plantation Antiques, 604 Bel Air Blvd, Mobile, AL. 251-510-2418.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Creating with Energy & Awareness – 1-2:30pm. Join Sherry for a great class called Energy & You. She will teach on how to create the life you want through healing energy & self awareness. Q & A time to follow. 10% off coupon for a 1 hour energy clearing session for attendees. Love offering donation. 228-871-7004. Sacred Song and Practice – 2-3:30pm. Julie Wilkins and Julie Comer collaborating for a 90-min special Sunday practice of gentle, accessible yoga, contemplative practice and deep rest. Class infused by the sweet singing sounds of Julie Comer. $20. Night Owl Yoga Studio, Daphne AL. 251-554-4856.

Frequency of Essential Oils – 6:30-7pm Meet and Greet, 7pm Presentation. Essential oils have a unique intelligence and work with our bodies to bring them into healthy balance.We will explore the vibratory rates of our organs to help determine which oils best suit our needs as well as unique application techniques. $5 at door supports the Prodisee Food Pantry. Prodisee Food Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com.


markyourcalendar Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery Training As an evidence-informed yoga program for vets, this Veterans Yoga Project training addresses the symptoms of posttraumatic stress and other trauma-related disorders, how those symptoms relate to neurobiology and how to effectively teach individuals recovering from trauma. $425.

September 30 – October 2

Soul Shine Yoga 456 Morphy Avenue, Fairhope, AL 251-225-4597 •




savethedate Pop-Up Oyster Bar The Windmill Market presents The Wandering Oyster’s Oyster Streak—a tri-coast raw bar. Raw oysters from west, east and gulf coasts; craft beers and wine pairings; live music. $20 per oyster sampler. Limited tickets available only in advance.

October 13 • 6:30-8:30pm Windmill Market 85 N Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-990-8883 •

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 South Alabama British Car Festival – 9am-3pm. Free to the public, fee to show your British car. Preregistration is encouraged. Watch sabcc.shutterfly. com for more info. Free to attend, fee to show. Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S Section St, Fairhope, AL. 251-458-1405.

One good thing about music; when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~Bob Marley

Fascia BodyWork CEs for LMTs This class is all about how to ‘work smart, not hard.” It is fascia specific, not muscle specific. No digit work; its performed with flat, smooth surfaces: back of fist, flat of palm and back of forearm. $325 if registered by Sept 15.

October 1-2 • 8:30am-5:30pm Alabama Healing Arts School 6304 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, AL Marsha Mathes: 256-698-2151

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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.

Monday/Hump Day Massage Special – 8am4pm. Schedule your appointment on a Monday or Wednesday and receive an extra 15 minutes of free therapy added on to your hour session. $75. Roselee Marie Giovino, LMT, Gulf Shores and Foley, AL locations. 251-228-2077.

Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011. Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 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. Unity Church of Gulfport Sunday Service – 10:30am. Join us for uplifting spiritual & musical fellowship at Unity of Gulfport, where you will rejoice in the power for good in the universe. We also have wonderful fellowship with potluck every 3rd Sunday. Your soul will carry a smile whenever you leave our church. Free. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E. Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. AHA Sunday Yoga – 1pm. Sept 11. Start the week off calm and centered. Energize, align, strengthen, center and de-stress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginnerfriendly. Props provided. Call/text 251-753-1937 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. Diversity Tea – 2pm. 2nd Sundays. Please join us in raising our individual and collective spirits as we gather for our monthly Ladies Tea. Please bring a short quote, prayer, poem, story, song, or even a piece of art that inspires you. Free. 726 Amador Ave, Fairhope, AL.

Gentle Yoga Flow – 8am. This stretching, strengthening, balancing, feel good class is for curious people wanting to learn about yoga. Learn to breathe, match breath to movement, the details of proper alignment of a pose. All levels. Unheated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga,103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@ Hot Power Hour – 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@ Yoga at Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio – 8:15-9:15am. Instructor: Annette Porter-Ham. Discover what movement with intention can do for you with this all-levels Iyengar inspired Hatha Yoga style practice. Join us for all our adult fitness classes at Mobile Ballet’s Eastern Shore studio in Daphne. $12/class drop-in, or purchase a discounted class card 10 classes for $100. Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio, 26436-B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL. 251-342-2241. Info@ AHA Morning Yoga – 9:30am. Mon & Wed. 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 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. Group Reformer Class – 9:30am. Catch the wave of classical fitness and start the week right - join Aurelie in the morning for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Baha'i's of Fairhope Diversity Devotions – 3-5pm, 4th Sundays. 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.


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See pages 21 and 23 for more yoga-related events & classes! 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@ Full MELT Class – 5:30pm. MELT is a simple selftreatment 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 their longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Yoga Dance Fusion – 5:30-6:30pm. Connect with your inner rhythm and flow through Rebecca’s unique blend of yoga and dance. A fusion of dance styles mixed with yoga and breath will be an exploration of your own creativity and energetic flow. No experience necessary. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 456 Morphy Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-929-4634. 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. 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. Become a team that supports your family's success. Free. 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne, AL. Christie Brannon: 251-626-1610. Sugarcane Jane at Windmill Market – 6-9pm. Bring the whole family to Windmill for live music by Sugarcane Jane on the inside "porch" stage. These weekly free concerts are to encourage social gatherings in an organic peace loving environment. Serving grain bowls, BBQ, kids menu, craft beer and wine by the bottle. 85 N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8883.

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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 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Beat the heat and book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs, 21 Marks Rd, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090. Sunrise Yoga with Linda – 6am. Fall is just around the corner, so greet the sunrise with Linda Csaszar and take pleasure in some revitalizing morning yoga. Charge the body, ease stress and focus the mind as the day begins. Find joy in the movement! Also on Thursdays w/ Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Pilates at Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio – 8:309:30am. Instructor: Lori Conner. Traditional Pilates class where you can achieve improved core strength and stability, improved posture and balance, improved flexibility. Join us for all our adult fitness classes at Mobile Ballet Eastern Shore studio in Daphne. $12/class drop-in, or purchase a discounted class card 10 classes for $100. Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio, 26436-B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL. 251-342-2241. 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. 251-597-5557. Cardio Dance at Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio – 9:30-10:30am. Instructor: Nonie Taul. Come wiggle, dance and shake it while burning some major calories – such a fun way to get a workout in. All levels welcome. Join us for all our adult fitness classes at Mobile Ballet’s Eastern Shore studio in Daphne. $12/class drop-in, or purchase a discounted class card 10 classes for $100. Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio, 26436-B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL. 251-342-2241. Info@MobileBallet. org. Hot Restore: Hips + Hamstrings – 9:30am. Tues & Thurs. Hot Restore focuses on poses to lengthen the hamstrings and open the hips. Allow the heat to help you open more deeply and stretch more fully, while you heal your body and calm your mind. Heated. All levels. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL.



FAIRHOPE MASSAGE THERAPY Chester Schmidt, LMT: 251-359-0500 Brenna Taylor, LMT: 480-430-4548 ROSIE BLUUM (DOWNTOWN) Kristen Kelly, LMT 6A South Bancroft Street 251-599-5943 • 251-517-5626 See ad, page 15.

ALABAMA HEALING ARTS 6304 Cottage Hill Road 251-753-1937 See ad, page 29. ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 6920 Airport Boulevard, Suite 111 251-342-6415 See ad, page 15.

THRIVE YOGA & MASSAGE Billie Reinhart, RYT, LMT 251-379-4493 See ads, pages 2 and 29.

MONTROSE, AL JEN ADAMS, LMT 22787 US 98 at Parker Rd., Bdg. D, Ste. 5 251-616-4201

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

ROBERTSDALE, AL HEALING ACRES Massage, Reflexology, Colonics, Reiki 22355 Price Grubbs Road 251-300-9052 See ad, page 11.

GULF SHORES, AL HOT & COLD STONE MASSAGE Roselee Marie Giovino, LMT Foley and Gulf Shores Locations 251-228-2077

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La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. La Leche League meetings are open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Meetings are always free and babies/children are welcome. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact or MeghanLLL@ 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. Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Connect with other progressive people in our area. 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 local produce and meat from End of the Road Farm. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251-279-7517. Facebook. com/MobileBayGreenDrinks. AHA Evening Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thur. Give your spirit the gift of a calming and centering tuneup by improving posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility, establishing core strength, refreshing the mind and restoring healthy balance. Beginnerfriendly. 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. 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 Yoga – 9am. Wed & Fri. Experience yoga with emphasis on breathing, alignment and slow flow. Use of props to support your practice. All fitness levels welcome. Class size limited, call/text to register 251-583-0049. $10. Richard Fitness Systems, 1880 Airport Blvd, Ste D, Mobile, AL. 251-583-0049. $5 Yoga & Chair Yoga – 9:15am, Flow. 10:30am, Chair Yoga (seated or holding onto chair to practice balance). Beginners welcome. Bring your own mat. Enjoy exercise at every level. Improve balance, strength and flexibility. $5. Fairhope UMC CLC, AL. 251-379-4493.


AHA Morning Yoga – 9:30am. Mon & Wed. 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 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class or 12-class pass for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, 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. Open enrollment is available; certificates upon completion. Free. 601 Bel Air Blvd, Suite 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700.

thursday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Beat the heat and book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs, 21 Marks Rd, Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090.

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.

Yoga at Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio – 9-10am. Instructor: Kimberly Hise. Reconnect and recharge physically and mentally in this open-level vinyasa yoga class, linking breath with movement. Join us for all our adult fitness classes at Mobile Ballet's Eastern Shore studio in Daphne. $12/class drop-in, or purchase a discounted class card 10 classes for $100. Mobile Ballet Fitness Studio, 26436-B Kensington Place, Daphne, AL. 251-342-2241. Info@

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.

Full MELT 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 their longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot! 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. 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. MobileBayGreenDrinks.

Farmers Market at Windmill Market – 3-6pm. Year round farmers market featuring local produce, meat, eggs, honey, soaps, live music and more. Stay for dinner and music from 6-9pm. Check our website for live music schedule. 85 N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8883.

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. Fitness Fusion – 5:45pm. Join Chris Garrett and give yourself the best seat in the house with Fitness Fusion - work your body to a blend of ballet barre, Pilates, yoga and classic fitness exercises. Move to fun music and really change your shape! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. 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. Meditation Class – 6:30pm. Join us for a "more than meditation" class facilitated by Ms. Brenda Love. Spiritual healing, chakkra clearing, relaxation techniques all in the comfortable quiet of Unity Church of Gulfport classroom. Free. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E. Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 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. Suite 100, Mobile, AL. Call 251-479-5700 to register for next class.

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Men’s Pilates Class – 5pm. Classes utilize reformers, Pilates chairs and barrels. 2-4 people in a class to insure each client receives the instruction they require. Individual and group sessions are 60 minutes. Call for more time options. Registration required. 2-4 people/class: $30/person. Individual sessions: $60. 4500 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-344-0590. Live Music at Windmill Market – 6-9pm. Mon, Thurs, Fri & Sat. Bring the whole family to Windmill for live music and dinner. Serving grain bowls, BBQ and more. Kids menu available. Check our website for live music schedule. 85 N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8883. 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. 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, Suite 100, Mobile, AL. Lydia Pettijohn: 251-479-5700.

friday AHA Morning Yoga – 9am. Learn the basics of yoga postures. Energize, align, strengthen, center and destress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginner-friendly, 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. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. Yoga with Faye – 9am. What a great way to jump start your day. Let breath and body move in sync as Faye Mahan’s seamless style weaves a blend of classical yoga flow and poses. Renew your spirit with a glorious class to begin the day refreshed and re-energized. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. AHA Student Massage Clinic – Sept 9, 30. Schoolsupervised internship gives opportunity for student practitioners to work with clients in a professional setting and clients to receive quality, full-length healing treatments at a great value. Call for appointments at 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm. $25 for 50-min full-body student massage session. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-753-1937. AlabamaHealingArts@gmail. com. 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. Live Music at Windmill Market – 6-9pm. Mon, Thurs, Fri & Sat. Bring the whole family to Windmill for live music and dinner. Serving grain bowls, BBQ and more. Kids menu available. Check our website for live music schedule. 85 N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8883. Sunset Yoga for Charity – 6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fri thru Oct 28. Enjoy yoga ending at sunset on the Fairhope bluff while raising donations for charities. There is a different charity and teacher each time. Bring your own mat. Donation. The bluff above Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, AL. 251-379-4493.

saturday 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. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd. Foley, AL. 251-597-5557. Open Flow Saturdays – 9-10am. Julie Wilkins teaches an all levels form-based vinyasa class every Saturday at COTA Montrose. Strengthen, stretch and inspire. $10 drop-in. COTA Montrose 7159 McIntyre St, Montrose, AL. 251-554-4856. AHA Saturday Yoga – 9:30am. Sept 10. Energize, align, strengthen, center and de-stress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Call/text 251753-1937 to register. $10/class or 12-classes for $100. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Info@AlabamaHealingArts. com. Restorative Yoga – 10:30am. Restorative yoga is a receptive practice and in that receptivity you can guide yourself toward a more healthy state of being. There’s no goal of stretching or strengthening. All levels. Unheated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Expressive Art – 10am-12pm. Tamlin Allbritten, author of Art With A Purpose, teaches kids and their parents what they need to know through a creative process that fosters thought-provoking insights. All ages welcome. For times and dates: $20. Fairhope, AL. RSVP: Second Saturday Kite Flying – 10am-4pm. Kite flying exhibition and free kite flying lessons for single line, dual line and quad line sport kites. Free. Long Beach Harbor area, Beach Blvd at Jeff Davis, Long Beach, MS. 228-206-0322. Children’s Program at Windmill Market – 11am2pm. Treat your children to invention and adventure. One of America’s favorite children’s music recording artists and storyteller Brent Holmes will perform Peanut Butter Pirates. Plus kids activities and crafts. Come in costume or make your own. Free. 85 N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8883. Live Music at Windmill Market – 6-9pm. Mon, Thurs, Fri & Sat. Bring the whole family to Windmill for live music and dinner. Serving grain bowls, BBQ and more. Kids menu available. Check our website for live music schedule. 85 N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. 251-990-8883.

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classifieds Fee for classified listings is $1 per word. Volunteer opportunities are listed for free as space is available. OPPORTUNITIES NATURAL AWAKENINGS SINGLES – Ready to meet the love of your life? Dip into our pool of conscious, awake singles and meet someone that you would have never met without us! Free to join.

PRODUCTS SALADMASTER COOKING SYSTEM – Service and sales for health conscious family cooks in AL, MS and TN. Facebook: Saladmaster by Healthsource. Charlie Maples: 256-412-4896.

SERVICES ENERGY HEALER – Offering energy work, spiritual healing, medical intuitive readings, natural remedies and supplements. Sherry Seicshnaydre: 228-3130664.

MEDIUM~INTUITIVE~PSYCHIC – Marie Bates Curry offers intuitive guidance and spiritual connections. Individual and group readings. By appointment only: 251300-7261. RELIABLE HANDYMAN – Interior and exterior painting, repairs and small remodels. Call Blake Coggin for a free quote: 251504-8918.

VOLUNTEER OPPS AZALEA CITY CAT COALITION – Volunteers needed in any capacity. Contact Susan Young: 251-648-7582. SusanYoung@

DOG RIVER CLEARWATER REVIVAL STORM DRAIN MARKER PROJECT – Volunteers needed to educate the public about the storm drain system. Janet Miller: 251-654-1827.

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Acupuncture treats neck and back pain, weight management, sciatica, arthritis, headaches, stress/ anxiety, digestive issues, fertility issues, menstrual and menopausal symptoms and more. Experience natural pain relief with acupuncture, chiropractic care and physical therapy. See ad, page 10.

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 11.

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Dr. Wesley Corbin, DC, MS 1802 US Highway 98, Suite E, Daphne, AL 251-375-0012 • Caring for the whole person with spinal health, lifestyle advice, individualized nutritional programs and acupuncture. For patients battling chronic pain and illness, and for those seeking a more balanced life.

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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 16.


Licensed Professional Counselor 400 Fairhope Avenue 2A • 251-929-4634 Experience inner peace and harmony of mind, body, emotion and spirit. Let go of patterns from the past and create a life that honors who you are. Blue Cross Blue Shield accepted.


Rosie Bluum 6A South Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-599-5943 • 251-517-5626 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 15.

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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.


8 Marietta Drive, Fairhope, AL 251-928-9437 • A progressive school for pre-K through 8th grade that utilizes handson activities, small class sizes and inquiry-based learning, to guide students to find answers to their questions. See ad, 4.

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 last Thursday of the month at Prodisee Pantry. See ad, page 31.


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. See ad, page 10.


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 10.


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 13.



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 31.


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

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 13.

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85 North Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-990-8883 • Enjoy grain bowls and BBQ at the Windmill Cafe, sandwiches from MaryAnn’s and gourmet, made-from-scratch popsicles from Frios. Shop our year round farmers market every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. See ad, page 3.

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Certified Health Coach • 205-478-4287

The Bodhi Tree (pronounced / BŌ DĒ/) is a cultural crystal shop fit for both enlightened masters and those who aren't sure what "metaphysical" means. You are loved! See ad, page 16.

Increase energy and manage stress by finding balance in a life that lets your soul shine. Find true health and vibrancy by fueling your body with clean, nutritious foods. Free initial consultation.

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 15.


22787 US 98, Building D, Suite 5, Montrose 251-616-4201 • Unique massage technique that is gentle enough for the severest sufferers of pain and deep enough for the most rigorous of athletes. 14 years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field.


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 11.

MOVEMENT THERAPY GENTLE CHAIR YOGA Sherlyn Culwell, RYT Fairhope and Daphne, AL 251-610-3151

Experience yoga's benefits with the support of a chair and build strength, endurance and courage. Accessible to seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. See ad, page 28.

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 9.


7 South Bayview Street, Fairhope, AL 251-281-8811 Monthly Reiki and QuantumTouch® workshops (CEU's for nurses and LMT's available). Private sessions by appointment for Energy Healing, Reflexology or Angel Card Readings with Julie E Brent, Reiki Center founder.

333 Greeno Road S., Unit 2B, Fairhope, AL 251-210-6955 A 7-minute session, once a week provides a natural solution for healthy joints, strong bones and muscles, better balance and flexibility and pain reduction. Accessible to all ages; non-invasive; non-pharmaceutical. See ad, 12.


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



809 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 251-948-7862 Offering cannabidiol (CBD), a natural remedy for anxiety, insomnia, pain, etc. CBD products in 11 different forms, plus essential oils, coffee, e-juice, sublingual drops and more. Free samples. Mention this ad for 10% discount.

WELLNESS SPA OF OCEAN SPRINGS 21 Marks Road, Ocean Springs, MS 228-209-4090

A Wellness Spa 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 10.


85 North Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-990-8883 • Family-friendly marketplace and live music venue dedicated to sustainable living. We host a year round farmers market every Thursday afternoon and rely on sustainable systems such as our windmill, solar panels, cisterns and gray water gardens to operate. See ad, page 3.


22355 Price Grubbs Road, Robertsdale, AL 251-300-9052 Experience wellness with massage, reflexology, body treatments, Reiki, colonics, essential oils, wellness classes and more. Walk our new labyrinth (open to the public during daylight hours)! See ad, page 11.

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