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The Yoga Issue



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Celebrate Yoga Month Locally

Advice from CREATIVE HEALTHY RODNEY YEE AGING Tailgating September 2017 | Gulf Coast AL/MS Edition |

food drive nourishing conscious community Kick off Yoga Week with an afternoon of beginnerfriendly sample yoga classes, conscious living booths, raffle prizes, healthy refreshments from Sunflower Cafe and Papas’s Pizza, and live music with Ric Kindle and Corey Rezner to benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast.

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September 16, 2017 2:30-6:00 PM at Fairhope PIER Park Rain Site: Fairhope United Methodist Church

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free yoga classes all week long! 7th Annual Yoga Week: SePtember 16-22 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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See pages 20-27 for articles about yoga and local Yoga Month events.

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f yo u ’ve s p e n t m u ch time with me, you’ve probably heard me tout the benefits of yoga on more than one occasion. However, most people don’t know that I disliked my first yoga experience. It was a college course taught by a welltrained Iyengar instructor. With approximately 50 students packed in a brightly lit dance studio for class, the teacher had us hold basic yoga poses for several minutes at a time as she explained the intricacies of each position. I was minoring in dance at the time and was used to moving continuously through choreography. Getting into and holding yoga poses was not enjoyable and at times uncomfortable, especially on my knee that was still recovering from an injury. I ended up dropping the class after a week and a half. I ran into the teacher later in the semester and when she asked why I chose not to complete the class, I explained that it didn’t feel good, especially on my knee. She responded, “If it didn’t feel good, you weren’t doing it right.” About a year later, I graduated college and could not afford dance classes. I have never enjoyed running or working out at a gym so I decided to try yoga again. Luckily, this class was a much better fit. The smaller class was held in a quiet, dimly lit room and the teacher was able to show me how to play it safe on my knee. The class also incorporated more vinyasas—flowing sequence of poses—which satisfied my preference for more continuous movement. In 2005, I became a Yoga Alliance-certified teacher and enjoyed sharing yoga with students of all levels, always paying particular attention to first-timers in my classes. My practice has evolved over the last decade, and while I haven’t taught regularly since my two sons arrived, yoga still remains a very big part of who I am. As many do, I gave yoga a try because I was interested in a form of physical exercise. The asana (the physical poses) practice builds my strength, flexibility and balance so that I have the physical endurance to keep up with a life that revolves around two extremely active little boys; but mental and spiritual benefits of yoga are what keep me grounded with inner peace, even when life seems like a whirlwind. Yoga truly is for everyone. If you disagree, “you may not be doing it right”, or you simply haven’t found the right class. Our community has become rich with yoga, offering a vast range of opportunities. With gratitude for what yoga has given to me, I invite you to celebrate National Yoga Month and use the yoga section in this month’s Natural Awakenings as your guide. Experience the gift of yoga for yourself. As we say in yoga, “The Divine light in myself, honors the Divine light in you.” Namaste,

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onthecover newsbriefs New Light Therapy at Ocean Springs Spa Rejuvenates Skin

Cristen and Kimberly Chin, known as @ChinTwins, of Chinese and Irish descent, started modeling at a young age working for magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Allure and Elle, as well as fashion houses such as Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo, Gaultier, Armani, Valentino and Gucci. As youngsters, both shared a love for yoga and dance, which gave them the grace and poise that was instrumental to their success in the fashion industry. Both certified RYT-200 yoga instructors in their 40s now, these mothers, wives and sisters are in the best shape of their lives. The creation of their joint Instagram account in 2014 has grown through a worldwide community of followers that tune in to the ChinTwins for inspirational messages for mind, body and soul. Now living more than a 1,000 miles apart— Kimmy in coastal Alabama and Crissy in New York—their lives remain intertwined as they emulate each other and continue to share their stories, motivating and helping like-minded people to think and move outside the box. This month, the nonprofit jewelry brand Senhoa (, is launching a jewelry collection designed by Cristen and Kimberly. Proceeds from the Clarity Collection will provide safe employment to survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia. For the cover, the twins were photographed by Cristen’s husband, Nigel Barker, a noted fashion photographer, author, filmmaker and former model himself. He is best known as a photographer and judge on the reality show America’s Next Top Model, and also hosted another show, The Face.

Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs now offers Lightwave LED light therapy to address a variety of skin issues. The FDA-approved system utilizes three proven wavelengths—red, infrared and blue—and emits no UV rays which can damage skin. Red wavelengths promote the improved production of collagen, which naturally plumps the skin for a reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, crepey and sagging skin, laugh lines, crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, under-eye bags, sun damage, acne scars, stretch marks, rosacea and hair loss. Kim LaMartiniere Infrared light is invisible and delivers energy to the cells, actually stimulating healing and relieving pain. This light therapy has been proven effective by hundreds of studies all over the globe and is 100 percent natural with no known adverse side effects. Blue light therapy combined with red light therapy can help acne sufferers. The blue light kills the acne vulgaris bacteria while the red light reduces inflammation and provides the healing properties needed. “It’s a non-invasive treatment without heat and there’s no down-time,” says spa owner Kim LaMartiniere. “Book your appointment today to experience this rejuvenating and relaxing skin care therapy.” Location: 101 Rouselle Pl., Ste. A, Ocean Springs, MS. For more information, call 228-209-4090 or visit See ad, page 13.

Begin a New Career in Massage Therapy, Yoga or Reiki Enrollment is open at Mobile’s newest occupational college, Alabama Healing Arts (AHA). Educators have over 25 years of teaching experience to assist students in becoming a licensed massage therapist, registered yoga instructor or certified reiki practitioner. The state-licensed (#2253), 650-hour massage curriculum includes hands-on techniques, fundamental sciences and the student clinic/outreach practicum. The school has a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensing exam. Daytime classes are scheduled to begin September 6 and evening classes will begin next spring. After the 200-hour yoga teacher training, graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. This Iyengar-inspired, hatha yoga training includes fundamental sciences, teaching methodologies, breath and meditation practices and indepth philosophy study. New training starts in spring 2018. Reiki certification begins with the Level I training. Upon completion, participants can offer professional reiki treatments. Each of the three levels may be purchased individually and for continuing education. The next training is scheduled for December 2. For an application with more details, call 251-753-1937, email AlabamaHealingArts@ or visit See ad, page 24. natural awakenings September 2017


newsbriefs Salon Promotes Organic Way of Life TMAC’s organic holistic salon, in Mobile, is an eco-friendly business that cares for clients’ hair, skin and overall health. Their Organic Way professional products are made organically with green chemistry, using natural, biodynamic and fair trade ingredients. They’re bottled in glass instead of plastic and common toxic ingredients are replaced with blends of essential oils, phyto-proteins and nourishing butters. “We take a farm-to-chair approach and provide sustainable luxury,” says owner Tara McAdams, who has a passion for authentic, clean, efficient and environmentally friendly choices. “We offer our clients quality, consistency, transparency and enthusiasm,” she says. TMAC’s menu of hair services includes hair loss treatments, scalp treatments, organic perms and smoothing treatments, plus spa services such as facials, massage and spray tans. Because their approach encompasses the whole body, the salon also sells health supplements such as hemp derived cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Locations: 1861 Old Government St. (251-607-6666) and 2534 Old Shell Rd. (251-725-4334), in Mobile, AL. For more information, visit See ad, page 16.

Natural Products for AntiAging at David’s Gallery David’s Gallery, in Gulf Shores, carries many products and supplements that can help ease the aging process, including cannabidiol-infused (CBD) items. Shop owner Carolyn Hall emphasizes the many benefits of CBD, which is derived from the hemp plant. “It’s an excellent sleep aid and has antiinflammatory effects. Because sleep is so important to our health and inflammation contributes to many chronic diseases, CBD has significant anti-aging effects,” she says. She also notes that it’s important to choose CBD products with full-spectrum, wholeplant hemp oil as opposed to CBD isolate. In addition to CBD-infused capsules, drops, candies, patches and creams, David’s Gallery carries CBD moisturizers, scrubs, serums, cleansers and toners for youthful skin. Since 1969, David’s Gallery has been a reliable source for alternative products and therapies. Free samples are always available and Natural Awakenings readers receive a 12 percent discount on all purchases. Location: 809 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Gulf Shores, AL. For more information, call 251-948-7862 or 251-609-6999. See Natural Products listing, page 42. 8

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Doctor’s Nutrition Helps You Age Gracefully Doctor’s Nutrition, in Gulfport, helps customers slow the aging process by encouraging a combination of supplementation and healthy lifestyle habits. “People are consumed with staying young, however it is not always an easy process,” says Dr. Kenneth Bull, doctor on staff at Doctor’s Nutrition. “We enjoy helping our customers slow the aging process both externally—how you look, and internally—how everything functions.” Doctor’s Nutrition developed Telomere Pro to keep the telomeres in the body from getting shorter, which has been shown to slow the aging process. Antioxidants also have anti-aging effects and decrease inflammation in the body. PhytoOxy Pro is a blend of antioxidants developed by Doctor’s Nutrition to slow the aging process and can protect against cancer and other chronic diseases. The doctors at Doctor’s Nutrition also recommend limiting the consumption of carbohydrates/ sugars, since they can cause oxidative stress throughout the body and accelerate the aging process. Exercising for at least 30 minutes per day has also been shown to reduce oxidative stress. Location: 721 Cowan Rd., Gulfport, MS. For more information, call 228-897-0070, 800-824-0194 or visit See ad, page 5.

Fairhope Expo Focuses on Health and Beauty OsteoStrong is hosting the Southern Lifestyle Health & Beauty Expo, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 30, at the Fairhope Civic Center. This free interactive event will feature the latest trends, products and innovations in health and beauty. Limited vendor spaces are still available. OsteoStrong, in Fairhope, has been open just over a year and has helped clients increase bone density, improve balance and relieve back pain. By utilizing osteogenic loading to promote skeletal strength, OsteoStrong is able to reverse symptoms that occur because of the aging process and degradation. This natural approach is available to people of all ages and ability levels. Short and painless sessions quickly produce measurable results. This month’s expo will provide health-conscious consumers with an opportunity to learn more about OsteoStrong and other health and beauty experts in our community.

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Registration is underway for the 14th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest, held October 4 to 7. Birders from across the U.S., Canada and abroad are invited to enjoy prime bird- and wildlifewatching opportunities on the Alabama Gulf Coast during fall migration. “The birding potential on the Alabama Gulf Coast is phenomenal and fall migration is the Bird spotting on BirdFest cruise best time to enjoy it,” says John Borom, event founder. “We have boat and walking trips every day to prime spots, including the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and Forever Wild Grand Bay Savanna, both of which are recognized for amazing biological diversity. Dauphin Island is considered one of the nation’s top locations for seeing migrations; at various locations on our coast, more than 370 bird species have been counted.” This year’s BirdFest also includes trips to see alligators, dolphins, wildflowers and more. There are 36 expertly guided trips, two evening speaker events, workshops and a free, family-friendly Bird & Conservation Expo on the Coastal Alabama Community College campus, in Fairhope, on October 7. Online registration is open through September 22 and is required for trips and evening events. Popular trips sell out early. Since 2004, Alabama Coastal BirdFest has raised more than $100,000 to help preserve and protect vital coastal wildlife habitat and raise awareness about the great biological diversity of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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Citizens are encouraged to show their support for the state’s waterways by participating in the 30th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup, from 8 a.m. to noon, September 16. With 30 cleanup sites throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties, volunteers can truly make a difference as they work together to “keep the trash out of the splash”. For 30 years, Alabama Coastal Cleanup has been bringing people together to help protect marine environments and wildlife. More than 87,000 volunteers have picked up 1.6 million pounds of trash from Alabama’s beaches and shorelines. This includes 639,361 cigarette butts, 189,610 plastic bottles and 102,981 plastic bags. Enhanced recycling opportunities for collected trash will be added to this year’s cleanup, with TerraCycle providing plastics recycling at all cleanup zones. TerraCycle offers free recycling programs to help collect and recycle hard-to-recycle waste, such as washed-up trash found along beaches and shorelines. For more information, call 251-9289792 or visit AlabamaCoastalCleanup. com.

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Daphne Hyperbaric Center Promotes Natural Healing American Hyperbaric Center, in Daphne, is now offering Natural Awakenings readers free consultations. This state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy facility is home to the largest hyperbaric oxygen chamber in the region. Because it is unattached to a hospital, the center can offer this safe medical treatment at affordable rates with many payment options. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can reduce inflammation, promote healing, repair cells and heal wounds,” says Medical Director Dr. Tyler Sexton, who is also the Vice President of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine. By delivering 100 percent oxygen to patients in a pressurized chamber, American Hyperbaric Center treats both routine covered conditions (such as Refractory Osteomyelitis, Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural hearing loss, diabetic problem wounds and non-healing wounds/burns) as well as internationally treated conditions (such as stroke, autism, traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder and cancer). Location: 8871 Rand Ave., Ste. B, Daphne, AL. For more information, call 251-210-1496 or visit See ad, page 19.

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American Autism & Rehabilitation Center (AARC) will host the inaugural Paws For a Cause dog walk on September 30. This event will raise much-needed funds for the center’s special-needs patients and will feature the walk, a dog show, food and music. Born out of personal experience and need, AARC, in Daphne, provides hope and help to families living in the world of special needs. The 10,000-square-foot facility offers services to patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and many other diagnoses. With a collaborative and interdisciplinary staff, the center provides behavioral, educational, physical, medical and pharmaceutical services and therapies in one convenient location. For more information, call 251-210-1632 or visit the Events tab at See ad, page 33.


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kudos Last month, The Health Hut in Midtown Mobile was named the winner of Host Defense’s Best Store Display award. The contest was open to all health food stores and The Health Hut was one of two winners in the nation. The store manager and a guest have been invited to Olympia, Washington to tour Host Defense and meet founder Paul Stamets, the foremost leading mycologist in the world. Their display not only promoted Host Defense’s beneficial mushroom-based supplements, but it also promoted the company’s BeeFriendly initiative to help reverse the devastating declines in global bee populations. Host Defense supports bee recovery research and development. The bee genome has relatively few detoxification genes compared to solitary insects such as flies and mosquitoes. Select mushroom species release myconutrients that may modulate and up-regulate detoxification pathways in bees. For more information, visit HealthHutAL. com and See ad, page 19.



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Caring for Others Prolongs Life



study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.



esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.


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eets contain high levels of dietary nitrate, which can increase blood flow and improve exercise performance. Researchers from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tested the impact of consuming beetroot juice prior to exercise on the somatomotor cortex, the part of the brain that processes information from the muscles. Twenty-six older adults with hypertension that generally don’t exercise were split into two groups. Half were given a beetroot juice supplement with 560 milligrams of nitrate prior to a thrice-weekly, 50-minute treadmill walk for six weeks. The other half were given a placebo with very little nitrate. The beetroot juice group showed substantially higher levels of nitrate after exercising than the placebo group. “We knew going in that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain,” explains W. Jack Rejeski, director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Wake Forest and study co-author. “We showed that compared to exercise alone, adding a beetroot juice supplement for hypertensive older adults to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what is seen in younger adults.”



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esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for nonfamily members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”

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new study from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, reveals that listening to music and practicing meditation may help improve memory function for those in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers asked 60 adults experiencing subjective cognitive decline (SCD), a common predictor of Alzheimer’s, to engage in kirtan kriya musical meditation or listen to other music for 12 minutes a day for three months, and then consider continuing for an additional three months. Scientists measured the memory and cognitive function of the 53 participants that completed the six-month study and found significant improvements in both measurements at the three-month mark. At six months, the subjects in both groups had maintained or improved upon their initial results.

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esearchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, examined the effectiveness of tonsillectomies in children with recurring throat infections. Using data from nearly 10,000 studies of tonsillectomies, the scientists analyzed illness rates and quality of life for young patients following the surgery. The analysis found that children experienced a notable drop in school absences and infections in the first year after the surgery, but that these benefits did not persist over time. Dr. Siva Chinnadurai, an associate professor of otolaryngology and co-author of the report, believes, “For any child being considered a candidate for surgery, the family must have a personalized discussion with their healthcare provider about all of the factors that may be in play and how tonsils fit in as one overall factor of that child’s health.�

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Gestalt-Based Curricula Emerging Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about language, economics and communication skills. “We need something to fit for the 21st century,” says Department of Education head Marjo Kyllonen. The system will be introduced for seniors beginning at age 16. They will choose which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions and capabilities. “Instead of staying passively in their benches listening to the teachers, students will now often work in smaller groups collaborating on projects, rather than just assigned classwork and homework.” Another new model of learning sparked by XQ: The Super School Project ( is underway at New Harmony High School, housed on a floating barge at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. They’ve received a $10 million grant to work on environmental issues when it opens in 2018. “High schools today are not preparing students for the demands of today’s world,” says XQ Senior School Strategist Monica Martinez; she notes that about a third of college students must take remedial courses and are not prepared to thrive as employees. 14

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Plutonium Problem Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states that when burying the waste, cement would be less expensive and faster than vitrification, an alternative process currently used to turn the waste into glass logs. A $17 billion vitrification plant, one of the federal government’s most expensive construction projects, is intended to separate much of the waste into high- and low-level radioactive material, but construction has stalled over design and safety concerns. After the highly radioactive waste is immobilized in the glass logs, it would theoretically be shipped to an as-yet-nonexistent national repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The 56 million gallons of waste in question is left over from plutonium production for nuclear weapons since World War II, and the site itself has a history of leaks. The Department of Energy likes the cement burial, but state officials believe the best way to safely deal with the waste and protect the environment is by turning it into glass. Source:

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The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.


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Computers Decipher Animal Language The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, discovered that the bats exchange information about specific problems in four categories. Ramin Skibba, at Nature, notes that besides humans, only dolphins and a handful of other species are known to address individuals, rather than making broad, general communication sounds. Studies allow that it may eventually be possible to understand nuanced communications in other species.

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Winnebago Assists Computer Literacy Librarian Shannon Morrison drives the Digibus, a new, 40-foot-long Winnebago computer classroom that hit the road in January bound for Fresno County, California, with the goal of bringing free computer literacy and job searching skills to the public. It employs 12 computer tablets with keyboards and a staff that includes bilingual interpreters. The library bus is scheduled to spend one week at each of the two different communities every month.

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Common Weed Is Lightweight Insulator The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic. The Farm Between, in Cambridge, Vermont, harvests the plants and sends the material to Encore3. Co-owner John Hayden says, “Milkweed is grown as an intercrop between the rows in our apple orchard to increase biodiversity and provide a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch populations are in serious decline, and the two things we can do to help on the land we steward are to not use pesticides and provide milkweed habitat.”

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Architecture Becomes Portable Innovative, moveable mini-houses, tents and wagons are gaining advocates amid a trend toward traveling light with style. Designs range from the functional to the outlandish, and also encompass forms of transport from tugboats to tractors. The four-wheeled Collingwood Shepherd Hut wagon has a shingled exterior and wood-burning stove. Some options can provide ready shelter during a crisis or protection in extreme weather. The Rapid Deployment Module temporary dwelling can be assembled in an hour; DesertSeal’s inflatable, lightweight tent can ward off extreme heat. The experimental Camper Kart turns a shopping cart into a mini-home with a roof, sleeping deck and storage, all of which can be folded right back into the cart. The Portaledge is a small hanging tent that climbers can affix to a rock face and sleep in safely partway up the rock. Golden Gate 2 camper features a rounded timber frame, portholes and a spot for a surfboard. Find fun pictures at articles/mobile-architecture-tiny-houses.

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Selfacceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do.

Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting. natural awakenings September 2017


At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him—its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Older people are our greatest resource. We need to nurture them and give them a chance to share what they know.

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Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

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The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.” Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shufflestepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come

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from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue? The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose

Upon retirement some people feel purposeless and lost. They yearn for something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage

from the pressures of appearances and acHelp the World complishments. As we release judgments In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the and unwanted habits, we can increase wisdom of elders is more important than our feelings of spirituality and peace. ever. “Older people need to be engaged, “When doors in the outer world seem using their insights to help the Earth, comto be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner munity and world,” Pevny says. Creative resources that offer us joy and meaning. aging is about improving the future for We have the beautiful privilege of slow- subsequent generations. ing down and hearing what our heart is In 2008, longtime educator Nora Elsaying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida. Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, “We len believe in PROGRESS. Meditation is one way to deepenWewanted believetoinbe FORWARD of greater service. She asked spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude,thinking. believe the a foreign stuherself,We “What if I inhoused BODY. We believe gather your scattered thoughts and sethuman dent?” and found the International Student the body was created an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily Homestay Program.with Sheaembarked upon DIVINE design. We believe practice shows what peace, silence and an exploration of cultures from around the the body can HEAL itself if contentment feel like. As you become world what without leaving home. it is given it NEEDS to more comfortable, add time until you’re Today, Richard do so. We believe inhas hosted more than sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.” a dozen people. female students HELPING That is and each relationship has expanded WHY we are here.” and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion Acknowledge Our and cultures; we even pray together,” Shelf Life Richard says. She points to memorable “We cannot speak about aging and moments of bonding and respect, apawakening without speaking about death preciation and celebration, and says, “As and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it confront our mortality.” is to nurture the world I am in.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor can ask ourselves deep questions such as, and dementia advocate. Her newest book is “What am I doing? What do I want? What Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh Activities to Explore Together. Connect at believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

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Dr. Mary Sabal Yoga Increases Healthy Brain Marker Complements Yoga Practice with A study from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, in São Paulo, Brazil, Acupuncture suggests a link between regular yoga practice and an increase in brain cortical thickness, associated with memory and attention. The researchers used brain imaging scans (CT) to measure the cortical thickness of 42 Brazilian women older than 59. Twenty-one of the subjects had practiced hatha yoga regularly for at least eight years. These women were compared to 21 other women matched for age and education that engaged in other physical activity comparable to hatha yoga. The researchers found that the cortical thickness in the yoga practitioners was significantly greater in the left prefrontal lobe of the brain. This portion of brain gray matter is linked to awareness, attention, executive function and memory, suggesting that hatha yoga practice may be associated with cognitive preservation. The scientists added, “The present results parallel those previously reported in which younger yoga and meditation practitioners had greater gray matter volumes than non-practitioners in the following brain regions: the right anterior insula and right inferior temporal gyrus.”

Glow Yoga

Revolutionizing with Breath and Wellness


t Glow Yoga, in Mobile and Gulf Shores, classes fly by with power yoga sequences that synchronize group breath and movement. An emphasis on mindfulness improves both physical 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. “It’s not so much about how you look in a pose. We want you to feel completely comfortable with exactly where you are in your practice—even if it’s your first class. We are more focused on teaching you to be aware of how you are breathing and how you are being in a pose so you can apply that to your daily life. Life happens by choice, not chance.” The studios also promote holistic wellness. “Only 20 percent of your life expectancy is dictated by genes; 80 percent is dictated by lifestyle. We show you how to make choices that support health and happiness,” says Guthrie. “Glow Yoga’s methodology supports choices that foster 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 25. 20

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At Family Care Naturally, in Gulf Shores, Mary Sabal, D.C., R.N. encourages yoga students to couple their practice with acupuncture to further balance the body. Natural Awakenings readers receive a 25 percent discount on their first session. Yoga and acupuncture help patients maintain a healthy lifestyle, restoring the body to improved health. Both stimulate circulation of the body’s life force (qi), but acupuncture can go deeper by focusing on specific points along the body’s meridians. Sabal was introduced to the wide range of acupuncture’s benefits as an intern. “I knew right away I had to learn all I could about this simple, yet remarkably safe and effective treatment that has been used by millions for thousands of years,” she says. It helps manage a variety of common issues including pain, stress, insomnia, depression, and menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Other services available at Family Care Naturally include hyperbaric oxygen therapy for mental clarity, muscle recovery and to ward off dangerous microorganisms; chiropractic adjustments (by hand or by instrument) to align bones and joints; massage for therapeutic applications and relaxation; and hair tissue mineral analysis to reveal metabolic type so food and supplement recommendations are more effective. Sabal is also a distributor for the Better Air Probiotic Purifier, which vents probiotics into a home or office to safely and effectively eliminate viruses, molds, bacteria, pet dander and odors. Location: 1404B W. 1st St., Gulf Shores, AL. For more information, call 251-970-3605.

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Yoga Lessens Back Pain and Opioid Use With the U.S. opioid epidemic reaching a boiling point, insight into the effectiveness of alternative methods of pain relief has become increasingly relevant. Scientists from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found yoga to be an effective technique to reduce back pain. The researchers divided 150 California veterans with chronic low back pain into two equal groups. One attended two yoga classes per week— comprising postures, movement and breathing techniques—for 12 weeks in addition to their more conventional treatment. The other continued such treatment without yoga. Scientists measured pain levels before and after the core study period and again six months later. After only 12 weeks, those that participated in the yoga practice experienced a 2.05 point reduction in Roland−Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, compared to a 1.29 reduction for those that received only usual care. After six months, this difference increased, with the yoga group’s scores decreasing 3.37 points compared to only an 0.89 reduction in the usual care group. In addition, pain intensity scores were reduced by 0.61 in the yoga group and 0.04 in the group receiving usual care after 12 weeks. Opioid medication use declined among all participants, from 20 percent to 8 percent after six months.

Researchers from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have found that regular yoga practice can help reduce anxiety and depression in young women with eating disorders. The scientists followed 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 that were enrolled in an outpatient eating disorder clinic that comprised the larger control group. Those selected agreed to participate in a weekly yoga class and complete questionnaires after six and 12 weeks, assessing their anxiety, depression and mood. Of those that started the study, five attended all 12 yoga classes and six completed between seven and 11 classes. Researchers found decreases in anxiety, depression and negative thoughts among those that participated in the yoga classes, with no negative side effects. Another study from the University of Delaware, in Newark, supports these results. Half of the 38 residential eating disorder treatment program participants did one hour of yoga prior to dinner for five days and the other half did not. The yoga group showed significant reductions in pre-meal anxiety compared to the control group.

Soul Shine Yoga

A Yoga Community for Everyone


ounded in 2014, Soul Shine Yoga is committed to holding space for transformation, both on and off the mat, with a spirit of joy, abundance, commitment and gratitude. The dedicated yoga studio, located in Downtown Fairhope, offers a wide variety of heated and unheated classes for all ages and levels. Hot classes at Soul Shine include their signature Hot Power Hour, Hot Vinyasa and Hot Restore: Hips + Hamstrings. These classes are held in a room with five custom infrared radiant heat panels, a therapeutic, clean heat source. The diverse schedule of unheated classes include Foundations, Vinyasa, Core Fusion Yoga, Buti Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Somatics and Meditation. In addition to group classes, Soul Shine offers frequent workshops, private yoga sessions and transformative coaching. Their yoga-inspired boutique carries Manduka yoga mats and activewear and accessories from Spiritual Gangster, Onzie, alo yoga and more. The studio’s collaboration with Kudzu Aerial Fitness allows students to also book Kudzu’s signature aerial yoga and conditioning classes through Soul Shine, for an experience unlike any other on the Gulf Coast. For more information, visit See ad, page 25.

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labama Healing Arts (AHA), in West Mobile, is an occupational college and wellness studio. AHA offers a holistic approach to healthy living and successful careers with a variety of training, services and products. Group yoga classes with 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, available by appointment, are perfect for those seeking personalized instruction such as working with a specific health challenge (back pain, digestive issues) or achieving a specific goal (weight loss, resiliency). AHA also offers specialty and continuing education (CE) yoga workshops. The 200-, 300- and 500-hour weekends-only yoga teacher trainings are available for aspiring teachers or personal development. Graduates are eligible to become registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT). AHA is also a state-licensed massage therapy school offering a 650-hour program (day class starts this month; night class starting spring 2018) and three levels of reiki certification. Individuals looking to improve their health can receive the benefits of a therapeutic professional session in massage, reiki or holistic counseling/life coaching. For more information, visit See ad, page 24. 22


enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Yee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of selfberating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for

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a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.” Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a

~Rodney Yee form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Synergy Yoga & Pilates

Established Studio with Synergistic Offerings


ana and Chris Garrett, of Synergy Yoga and Pilates, in Mobile, became yoga teachers and studio owners because they wanted to make a positive difference in people’s lives. They opened Synergy’s doors in 2005, doubled their size in 2011, and believe the best is yet to come. Class vibes are relaxed and friendly, offering options to suit beginner to advanced students, no matter where they are in life. Experienced yoga teachers offer regular multi-level hatha yoga as well as restorative, gentle and Ashtanga formats. The studio also offers Pilates (both mat and equipment) and the MELT method for pain relief. Synergy helps students reach their goals by moving through a series of small and attainable steps, setting them up to succeed. “We don’t want to raise the bar so high they ultimately give up. In the big picture, the only failure is not trying,” says Dana. “Whether a student’s focus is on their physical, mental or emotional needs, we find the most joy in making sure they feel better walking out than they did when they walked in.” For more information, visit See ad, page 24.

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ynthia Galas has been teaching and studying the many aspects of yoga around the world for more than 45 years. With expertise in the foundation of hatha yoga, she blends meditation (quieting the mind), pranayama (breath techniques) and asana (physical movements) with her deep knowledge of Ayurveda (nutrition and health). In addition to being a certified Ayurvedic Consultant and yoga teacher, Galas, who is based in Fairhope, is a licensed massage therapist, daily meditator and avid cook. With decades of hands-on experience and a continued desire to learn more, Galas is skilled in pairing clients with specific yoga practices for therapeutic purposes. “I enjoy using proven techniques for personal health and vitality to help clients achieve their desired goals, whether they are physical, emotional or spiritual in nature,” she says. Galas’ advanced set of skills lends her the title of “teacher’s teacher” and she is available for both private and public classes in all aspects of yoga, massage and natural health. For more information, call/text 205-746-6632. See ad, page 25. natural awakenings

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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 16 to 22. Mobile and Baldwin County 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.” Kicking off Yoga Week, the Yoga Life Fair will take place from 2:30 to 6 p.m., September 16, at Fairhope Pier Park. The outdoor space allows for


paddleboard yoga and aerial yoga, in addition to a variety of more traditional styles. The fair includes sample classes for all interests, ranging from beginner to advanced, plus an expanded kids' area with classes for children all day. No experience is necessary, but participants should bring water and their own mat or beach towel. Some paddleboards will be available, but paddleboard yoga participants should be prepared to get wet. Healthy refreshments from Sunflower Café and Papa’s Pizza, live music by Ric Kindle and Corey Rezner, raffle

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prizes, giveaways and a plethora of informational conscious living 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. Cash and canned food donations will be collected at the Yoga Life Fair, and throughout the month at other events and local businesses. Over the years, Yoga Month has provided thousands of 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. Reinhart can be reached at 251-929-4020. For a calendar of events, visit YogaLifeFair. com and Mobile/Baldwin Yoga Month on Facebook. See ad, page 2.

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.

Yoga on Tap

6 p.m., September 5 Fairhope Brewing Company, Fairhope, AL

Free with donation to Feeding the Gulf Coast.

Sunset Yoga for Charity

6 p.m., September 8 Fairhope Pier Park Bluff, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4020

Cash donation benefitting Wounded Warrior.

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9:30 a.m., September 9 Dauphin Island, AL Reservations required: 251-209-8914

Class is free; board rental not included.

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2:30 p.m., September 16 Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4020

Free with donation of canned goods or cash.

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5:30 p.m., September 22 Fairhope Pier Park Bluff, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4020

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hrive Yoga & Massage, now located just north of Gayfer Avenue, on Highway 181, in Fairhope, offers a variety of classes and treatments for a range of needs and interests. Mindfulness, breathing and alignment are the basis for all of the studio’s classes, and all are beginnerfriendly. Specialty classes include movement as therapy and chair yoga for those with limited mobility. Private sessions and therapeutic plans are available for those looking for a more personal approach. Owner Billie 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 fasterpaced vinyasa flow, for those who like to move a lot.” She also points out that body movement and positioning, both in class and during day-to-day activities, can be painful or seem impossible. Simple changes in body placement can advance an individual’s yoga practice and combat pain. “One-on-one training, especially with a massage plan, can also be helpful for accessing movements that were previously thought to be unattainable,” Reinhart explains. Thrive offers a full menu of massage services, including Thai yoga massage, which 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.

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ew to the yoga studio? Natural Awakenings asked local yoga teachers for basic tips. Cynthia Galas, in Fairhope, and Synergy Yoga & Pilates owners Dana and Chris Garrett in Mobile offer the following advice.

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Dress comfortably. Use good personal hygiene and avoid perfumes and strong fragrances.


Honor your limitations and make injuries known. While it’s okay to feel a deep stretch, yoga should never be painful and teachers should be made aware of injuries before class. Although talking to your neighbor is discouraged during class, don’t hesitate to ask the teacher questions when you need clarification on a pose.

Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. Teachers and classmates appreciate it. Prepare for class by sitting or lying quietly on your mat, or moving through gentle warm-up poses.


Remove your shoes. Yoga is practiced in bare feet, so look for a place near the studio entrance to leave your shoes. Socks should be removed too, but keep them close to your mat if you wish to wear them during the final relaxation pose.

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No selfies—it’s time to disconnect. Turn cell phones all the way off, not just to vibrate.

Honor the space. Avoid stepping on another student’s mat and keep water bottles and condensation off the floor. Be mindful of the tone set by the teacher before, during and after class. If the studio is quiet and meditative before and/or after class, refrain from chitchat. Conversations should always be avoided during class.


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Stay for savasana. It’s like clicking “save” on your computer. Close your eyes, focus on your breath and enjoy the stillness. It may feel like you’re doing nothing, but this important pose promotes equanimity throughout the body, rejuvenating body, mind and spirit while reducing stress and tension.


Namaste. This salutation and gesture of gratitude generally concludes a yoga class. The Sanskrit word translates to “the divine in me, bows to the divine in you”. After class, be sure to return any props borrowed from the studio.

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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 24.

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BEING BEAUTY What Makes Us Glow by Glennon Doyle Melton


lenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful people glow. That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what we’re made of and being “full of beauty” on the inside. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty is on this Earth. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day. When we are with a beautiful woman, we might not notice her hair, skin, body or clothes, because we’ll be distracted by the way she makes us feel. She is so full of beauty that some of it overflows onto us. We feel warm and safe and curious around her. Her eyes typically twinkle a little and she’ll look at us closely—because a beautiful, wise woman knows that the quickest way to fill up with beauty is to soak in another’s beauty. The most beautiful women take their time with other people; they are filling up. Individuals concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but those concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at, taking in the loveliness around them. They are absorbing the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give to others. Source: Adapted excerpt from Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (Flatiron Books). She’s the founder and president of the nonprofit Together Rising. Read more at


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FABULOUS FAN FARE Healthy Tailgating Foods to Cheer For by Judith Fertig


at, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate annually. Whether we’re on the road or at home, making the menu healthy is a winning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, two experts divulge their winning ways. Says Debbie Moose, author of Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home, Ivy League schools like Princeton and Yale claim credit for pregame picnics that 19th-century sports fans packed into their horse and buggy for local road trips. Moose lives in the tailgate

trifecta of the North Carolina triangle, home to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest universities. She enjoyed discovering that University of Washington sports fans from the Seattle area like to sail to their chosen picnic spots, while University of Hawaii folks grill fish on hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, which can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. “At the game or at home, your guests will be moving around, so go for foods that can be eaten with one hand,” she suggests. She also plans her menu around color, universal appeal and variety because it’s healthier than just serving a

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mound of barbecued chicken wings and a big bowl of potato chips. She likes recipes that can do double duty; her black bean summer salad with cherry tomatoes and corn can function as a colorful side dish or as a salsa for non-GMO blue corn chips. “Recipes that you can do ahead of time make things easier on game day; just pull them from the fridge and go,” says Moose. Daina Falk, of New York City, grew up around professional athletes because her father, David Falk, is a well-known sports agent. Excitement-generating sports are in her blood and inspired her to write The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook. She knows that most of the tailgating in her area takes place for football and baseball games and NASCAR races. On, Falk serves up tips for every fangating/homegating occasion, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl. “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each team. For instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama versus Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish with white sauce and oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the local foods in the universities’ respective hometowns.” Falk recommends buying more local beer than needed to make sure not to run out. Game day guests can get hot and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of filtered water in non-breakable containers. For easy entertaining, Falk recommends biodegradable dishes and cups. “Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, a glass will likely be broken,” she says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk of glass shards by committing to temporary cups and plates that are Earthfriendly and compostable.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Healthy Tailgating Recipes Chilled Red Bell Pepper Soup Yields: 4 small servings Quadruple this recipe to make soup for a larger gathering. Serve in small sipping cups—cold for games in hot weather or hot for games in cold weather.

Black Bean Summer Salad Yields: 8 side dishes or 4 light meals This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd. 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and well drained 5 or 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 large sweet banana pepper, seeded and chopped 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp lime juice 2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp chili powder Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 /3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro. Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together. Note: If using frozen corn, drain it well and lightly sauté in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil before adding it to the salad. This removes moisture that may make the salad watery. Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Southern Holidays: A Savor the South Cookbook.

1 red bell pepper, stemmed ½ cup low-fat Greek or dairy-free yogurt ¼ yellow onion 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 small/mini-cucumber ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 4 large garlic cloves 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Yields: 8 appetizer servings Plant-based barbecue is a home run or touchdown. 1 head of cauliflower 1 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour 1 Tbsp barbecue spice blend 1 cup nut milk of choice 1 cup tomato-based barbecue sauce

Garnish: Flat leaf (Italian) parsley (minced optional) Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds

Accompaniment: Dipping sauce of choice

Blend all main ingredients, except garnish, in a high-speed blender into purée.

Preheat the oven to 450° F.

Serve topped with the parsley and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds. Adapted from Daina Falk’s

Vegetarian-Friendly Barbecue Cauliflower Nuggets

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and separate cauliflower florets into small- to medium-sized pieces. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the barbecue spice, flour and nut milk until smooth. Dredge each piece of cauliflower in the batter before placing it on the baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the cauliflower with barbecue sauce and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the cauliflower from the baking sheet and plate alongside a dipping sauce of your choice. Adapted from Daina Falk’s

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n 2008, the Sebastopol, California, filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science and grounded in direct experience. The next year, they organized the first SAND conference, exploring nonduality and the nature of consciousness. Since then, the duo has been producing short films that contribute to the expansion of human awareness, and hosting annual conferences in the U.S. and Europe involving leading scientists, academics and other pioneering thinkers. Thousands of participants from around the world interact in forums and respectful dialogues with luminaries such as Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., a professor of computational physics at Chapman University, in Orange, California; Peter Russell, a theoretical physicist and author of From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness; Robert Thurman, Ph.D., professor of Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, in New York City; evolutionary biologist Elisabet Sahtouris, author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution; and Robert Lanza, physician, scientist and co-author of Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.

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Where do revelations about a deeper reality begin? MB: Individual and communal explorations often occur around life’s big questions, such as what it means to be conscious and to seek meaning and purpose; the possible place of intuition as the edge where knowledge meets the unknown and unknowable; and how crucial individual awakening is to social transformation.

What is meant by nonduality? ZB: Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual and scientific understanding of fundamental oneness in which there is no separation. Through quantum mechanics, Western science has reached an understanding of what Eastern mystics have long understood. Duality, generally determined in terms of opposites such as self and other, conscious and unconscious, illusion and reality, as well as separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion. Nonduality is the understanding that our identifying with common dualisms avoids recognition of a deeper reality. Until recently, human sciences have ignored the problem of consciousness by calling it the “hard problem”. This has led to our present fragmented worldview rife with chaos, conflict and crises. It may be time for scientists to accept the discoveries of the mystics and consider consciousness intrinsic to every observed scientific phenomenon. Understanding that consciousness is the key to the universe, reality

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What difference can exploring the nature of consciousness make? ZB: Understanding the new science that points to consciousness as allpervasive and the fundamental building block of reality—that we are all made of the same essence, like drops in the ocean—can change how we approach and harmonize day-to-day living. We can be far more open, peaceful and accepting of others. Absurd violence, as well as economic, social and political crises, could all be things of the past, based on a new quantum understanding of our interconnectedness and oneness.

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AHA Massage School: Day Class – 11:30am2:30pm. State-licensed (#2253), 650-hour massage curriculum includes hands-on techniques, fundamental sciences and student clinic/outreach practicum. The school has a 100 percent pass rate for students taking the licensing exam. Email/text/call for more info or an application. 251-753-1937. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.


markyourcalendar Green Drinks Fairhope Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks every second Tuesday. Speaker at 6pm. Food from Sunflower Café plus local farm vendors. Free to attend except cost of drinks.

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30th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup – 8am12pm. Join us at one of 30 cleanup sites as we continue to make Alabama the Beautiful. More information including cleanup locations can be found online. Sites throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties, AL. 251-928-9792. Angela.Underwood@dcnr.alabama. gov.

Quantum-Touch Level One w/Julie E Brent – 9am-5pm. Sept 16-17. Quantum-Touch teaches how to focus, amplify and direct Life Force energy, for a wide range of benefits with often extraordinary results. 14 NCTMB-CEs. 12 CEs (IMDHA) 12.5 CEs nurses. $480/$400 prepaid. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope AL. 251-281-8811. Yoga for Emotional Balance – 9:30-11:30am. Join RYT-200 Angela Gray in a series of balancing yoga poses combined with affirmations designed to strengthen emotional wellness. Beginner-friendly, props provided. Call/text 646-220-8561 for details or to register. $25 by Sept 2; $30 after. Alabama Healing Arts, LLC. 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

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Chakra Circle Class – 5:30-7:30pm. The chakra system speaks to the architecture of the soul. The September class will focus on the throat chakra. This multidimensional experience will leave you with insight into your own life experience and where you can direct or release energy. $20. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

Sample yoga classes, snacks, raffles and display/sample vendors to kick off Yoga Week. Both events free with food donations for food bank. Seeking vendors, teachers and volunteers.

September 16 • 2:30pm

Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, AL Rain site: Fairhope United Methodist Church CLC


Unity World Day of Prayer – 7-9pm. Unity of Gulfport Opening Event live-streamed from Unity Village into our sanctuary here on the MS Gulf Coast. Come on down and pray with us! Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 808-2563177.


Unity World Day of Silent Prayer – 8am-7pm. Come anytime for this prayerful day. Submit your prayer requests at church or online and they will be prayed over at our prayer vigil. Unity Church of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS. 808-2563177.


Cleansing the Gut – 6:30-8pm. We spend a great deal of time washing our bodies, brushing our teeth and cleaning our homes, but how do we effectively and easily clean our hard working organs and digestive track? Digestive cleansing does not have to be scary. Private residence, 100 Alexander Ave, Atmore, AL. 850-380-4943.


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

September 20 • 5-7pm

Alchemy Tavern 7 South Joachim Street, Mobile, AL


Wild Women Dance Jam – 7-8:30pm. We just wanna dance! Join us for belly dance, chakra dance and movement exploration. No experience necessary. Complimentary drinks and refreshments to follow. $20. BFF special (bring a friend): 2 for $30. Register: 601-421-0277. Kudzu Aerial, 265 Young St, Fairhope, AL.


Rummage Sale – 7am-12pm. Daphne United Methodist Church, 2401 Main St, Daphne, AL.


Mala Beads with Joy – 4-6pm. Discover the meaning and significance of mala beads and create your own with Joy Larsen. Beads, healing stones, cords and tassels will be provided as you infuse your mala beads with your own intention and energy. Pre-registration required by Sept 22. $40 by Sept 18; $45 after. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C-1, Fairhope, AL. 251-232-1143.


Artist's Way Gathering – 6-8pm. A creative gathering of discussion, journaling and activities based on the book, The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron. Bring a book and your journal. Light refreshments and activity supplies provided. Facilitated by Rebecca Washburn and Greta Bates. $15. From the Center, 22787 US Hwy 98, Bldg C-1, Fairhope. 251-9294634. Healthy Skin Naturally – 6:45-8:30pm. It is important to be conscious of what you put in your body, but because your skin is your largest organ, it is equally important to be careful what you put on your skin. Join us as we share the benefits and ease of natural skin care. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. Contact@

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markyourcalendar Southern Lifestyle Health & Beauty EXPO An expo showcasing the best of health, wellness and beauty professionals serving the community from head to toe, inside and out. Giveaways, raffles and family fun. Vendor space available. Free to attend.

September 30 • 9am-3pm

Fairhope Civic Center, Fairhope, AL 931-308-2173 • Usui Reiki Level I & II with Julie E Brent – Sept 30-Oct 1. 9am-5pm. Basic Usui ReikiLevel I is to give you the tools for self healing, Level II increases your connection with the Reiki energy and you will learn to work on others in person and distantly. $300/$250 prepaid. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. 251-281-8811. JulieEBrent. com.

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Alabama Coastal BirdFest – Oct 4-7. 14th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest offers expertly guided trips, reception and dinner, keynote speaker, nature photography presentation and free activities on the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast.


Advanced Reiki Training (USUI-ART) – 9am5pm. This one day class will give you the Master Attunement. You will learn techniques for increasing the power of your Reiki using the Reiki Grid and more. Can be taken separately from Teacher Training. Instructor:, Reiki Master Teacher. $250. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. 251-281-8811. ReikiCenterOfFairhope@gmail. com.


British Car Festival – 9am-3pm. Fee to enter a British vehicle, free to look. Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S Section St, Fairhope, AL.


Fifth Annual Fairhope Film Festival – Nov 9-12. Every second week in November. Visit for ticket information and showtimes.


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

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Usui Reiki III/Master Teacher Training – 9:30am5:30pm, Oct 8-9. Complete Reiki III Usui/Tibetan Master Training, instruction on giving all attunements including Reiki Master. The Healing attunement, Two Tibetan symbols are taught (total of 6 symbols). Practice giving attunements. Values of a true Reiki Master. $600. Reiki Center of Fairhope, Fairhope, AL. 251-281-8811.


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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.

Hot Power Yoga – 8am. Mon-Fri. A faster paced power vinyasa flow builds strength, increases flexibility, strengthens your core and transforms your body and mind. Find your groove, shine your light and practice at your own level. Heated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL. Namaste@

Waterway Village Farmers Maket – 9am-2pm. Waterway Village Farmers Market adjacent to Tacky Jacks. Farm grown produce, seafood, breads & pastries, homemade fruit pies, local honey, fresh salsa, seafood dips, fresh milk, cream & ice cream, bath products, artists and artisans. 251-752-0194. Waterway Village, 101 E 24th Ave, Gulf Shores, AL.

Center for Spiritual Living Service – 10am. Make every step, every choice, every word, a conscious one. Center for Spiritual Living, 1230 Montlimar, Mobile, AL. 251-343-0777. Open Table Worship Service (United Church of Christ) – 10:30am. Weekly progressive Christian worship. Gathering in the chapel at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S Ann St, Mobile, AL. 251-545-1011. Unity Church of Gulfport Sunday Service – 10:30am. Join us for fun and lively Sunday mornings to hear Rev. Judy Voght give meaningful and spiritual messages to start your week and your life on an upbeat and positive path. Free. Unity of Gulfport, 1700 E Railroad St, Gulfport, MS.

Sunday Service – 10:30am. Explore a spiritual pathway with Mobile Unitarian Universalists, 6345 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. Unity Christ Church Sunday Service – 11am. Tune in, turn on, tap into the loving presence of the Divine at Unity Christ Church. If you desire a nonjudgmental, open, supportive and loving spiritual community, Unity Christ Church of Mobile is here to inspire, uplift and celebrate the Divine. 5859 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-285-3440.

AHA Gentle Yoga – Mon 9:30am/Thurs 5:45pm. Gentle yoga for inner peace, stress relief, strength and flexibility through body-mind awareness, breath and postures. Beginner-friendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-689-1900 for Mon; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Gentle Yoga with Dana – 4:15-5:15pm. Join Dana for a calming yoga class to ease your stress and both soothe and quiet your mind. Find bliss in the land of "ahhhs" and experience the joy—leave feeling on top of the world! Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Doggie Happy Hour – 5-7pm. 1st Mon. A rescue networking event hosted by My Happy Dog 123. Bring your dog for drinks and live music while raising money for a local rescue foundation. Q&A with local vets. Free grain-free dog treats. Raffle prizes. Puppy photo booth. Free. OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL. Viviane Hentschel: myhappydog123. Responsible Parenting Class – 6-8pm. Free course for parents, together or separate, that covers co-parenting issues, positive parenting methods, money management and economic stability. Open to parents of children 18 and under. Also taught on Wednesday mornings. Family Center Baldwin County, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700.

Baha'i's of Fairhope Diversity Devotions – 3-5pm. 3rd Sunday in September. 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. 81 Magnolia Ave, Fairhope, AL.


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10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-2094090.

Sunrise Yoga with Linda – 6-7am. The calendar still says “hot”, but not at sunrise. Join Linda Csaszar and jump start the morning. Charge and revitalize the body, ease stress and focus the mind as you begin the day. Find the joy in the movement. Also on Thursdays w/ Chris G. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Fitness at Midlife and Beyond – 8:15-9:30am. Tues & Thurs. (Starts Sept 19) Free fitness classes held at Stimpson Field. Designed for exercisers at mid-life and beyond, these classes will include cardio, weights and a yoga-inspired stretch. Bring a mat and water. Stimpson Field Tennis Center, Morphy and Mershon, Fairhope, AL. 251-609-0504. Positive Parenting Classes – 9-11:30am. 8-week course focused on parenting techniques that work without using corporal punishment. Taught in our Baldwin County office as well as Mobile on Thursdays 9-11:30 am. The Family Center, 22671 Hwy 59 S, Robertsdale, AL. 251-947-4700. Kids101@

La Leche League Mobile Bay Area – 10:30am. Open to all women with an interest in learning about and supporting breastfeeding. Babies/children are welcome. Free. 251-689-2085. For location information or breastfeeding help contact AmandaLLLMobile@ or Gentle Yoga with Sarah – 12-1pm. A stressful morning? Synergy can fix that! Join Sarah Deshauters for a relaxing hour long gentle yoga class to soothe the spirit, calm the mind and replenish the soul—leave class refreshed and focused. Also with Virginia Keene on Thursdays at noon. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Grief Recovery Meeting – 1-2:30pm. This is a Christian-based grief recovery program for all losses. Experienced, professional and compassionate staff members support you through the grief process with the goal of transitioning into a renewed life of purpose and fulfillment. Ascension Funerals & Cremations, 1016 Hillcrest Rd, Mobile, AL. 251634-8055. Farmers Market – 2-6pm, Tues. 9am-2pm, Sat. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Know your farmer. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469.

Green Drinks Fairhope – 5-7pm. Every 2nd Tues. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with like-minded folks. Brief speaker at 6pm at most meetings. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Food from Sunflower Cafe and produce from local farmers. Fairhope Brewing Company, 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL. 251279-7517.

TOPS – 5:30pm. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Open to anyone who wishes to lose weight. We weigh in every Tues and then have a short program by one of our members. Try it for free. Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church, Spanish Fort, AL. 251-625-6888. AHA Evening Yoga – 5:45pm. Tues & Thurs. This calming and centering tune-up improves posture, muscle-tone, strength and flexibility. Beginnerfriendly. Props provided. Register: call/text 251-3778940 for Tues; 251-382-7895 for Thurs. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL.

Ashtanga Yoga with Manja Podratz – 5:45-7pm. This dynamic method of sequenced postures links with your breath and concentration techniques. This new class introduces the Ashtanga series in an accessible manner to beginners as well as intermediate students. A great way to finish off your Tuesday. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Outstretched Christ-Centered Yoga Class – 5:45pm. Also at 8:15am on Wed. Each week Pneuma offers two donation-only yoga classes open to the public. Classes are appropriate for all levels and include a Christ-centered devotion. Donation only. 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. See website for more info: Sierra Club Meeting – 6-8pm. 1st Tues. Public welcome. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Spanish Fort, AL.

wednesday 10% Off Waxing – Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Wednesdays and receive 10% off of any waxing when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-209-4090.

AHA Chair Yoga – 9:30am. Gentle class utilizes the aid of a chair, when needed. Energize, align, strengthen, center and distress through movement, body-mind awareness and breath. Beginnerfriendly, props provided. Call/text 251-753-2037 to register. $10/class; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Free Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – 10:30am. This chair yoga class is free to participants with MS and funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Build strength and flexibility while improving balance and circulation. Fairhope, AL. Thrive@ThriveFairhope. com. 251-379-4493.

Gentle Chair Yoga – 11am-12pm. Accessible to individuals that are unable to stand unsupported for long periods of time, including seniors and anyone suffering from chronic pain, injuries, movement disorders or limited balance. Also Mon in Fairhope. $5. Pneuma Yoga/Movement Studio, 1901 Main St, Daphne, AL. 251-610-3151.

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12100 Highway 49, Suite 628, Gulfport, MS 228-831-1785 Local health food store and wellness center to support your healthy lifestyle. Carrying local eggs, honey, milk and produce. See ad, page 13.


280 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-928-0644 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 4.


3055 A Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 251-479-3952 Comprehensive health food store featuring local products: organic produce, meat, eggs, honey, soap and more. See ad, page 4.


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

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320 Eastern Shore Shopping Center Fairhope, AL • 251-929-0055 Organic cafe serving lunch Mon-Sat, dinner ThursFri and Sunday brunch. Using locally-grown produce, herbs and meat. See our six-page menu online. See ad, page 4.


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We grow pesticide-free seasonal vegetables, specialty ethnic produce, free range eggs and more. Proudly partnering with local farms to also offer hydroponically grown greens, grass-fed beef, sustainably-raised poultry and pork and small batch bacon.


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Weeks Bay Plantation/LA Berry Farms is the regional destination of choice for pick-your-own blueberries, herbs and heirloom tomatoes—all organically grown. Check website for picking dates. See ad, page 16.

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Restorative Yoga with Rita Durant – 4-5pm. Been a long few days? No stresses or worries! RYT/ Franklin Method certified Rita Durant can lead you down a relaxing path with some restorative yoga. Be supported by all the right props as the poses plus gravity gently melt away the week's anxieties. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Green Drinks Mobile – 5-7pm. 3rd Wed. Join us for an informal yet engaging happy hour with likeminded folks and monthly speaker at most meetings. Connect with other progressive people in our area. Open to the public. Free to attend except the cost of your drinks. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S Joachim St, Mobile, AL.

Eastern Shore MS Support Group – 5:30pm. 2nd Wed. Eastern Shore MS Support Group meets each month at Ruby Tuesday in Fairhope, AL. Family, friends and caregivers are always welcome. Weezer: 251-928-7606. Near Death (NDEs) and Related Experiences – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Mobile affiliate group of IANDS. All are welcome to share experiences and support. Free. West Regional Branch, Mobile Public Library, Grelot Rd (near University Blvd), Mobile, AL. 251340-8565.

thursday 10% Off Facials – Tues & Thurs. Book your appointments at Wellness Spa of Ocean Springs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and receive 10% off of any facial treatment or microdermabrasion when you mention this listing. Excludes any other offers, coupons or specials. Ocean Springs, MS. 228-2094090.

MELT Method Class – 12-1pm. MELT is a simple self-treatment that helps prevent pain, heal injury and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. Regardless of age or fitness level, MELT can improve your longevity through self-treatment. Log on to reserve your spot. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104.

Group Reformer Class – 5:15-6:15pm. Catch the wave of classical fitness and join Adrienne at the end of your day for a Pilates group reformer class. Stand taller, get toned and be both leaner and stronger. Leave class feeling great! Please log onto the website to make reservations. Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL. 251-473-1104. Movie Night – 6-8pm. Showing a different thoughtprovoking movie each week. Seating is limited; please reserve your seat by calling 228-831-1785. Free. Coast Health & Nutrition, 12100 Hwy 49, Ste 628, Gulfport, MS.

Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 6:30-7:45pm, 3rd Thursdays. Please join us for our monthly chapter meeting. Enjoy a lively night of connecting with others. Bring your passion, your personal experiences and recommendations for future meetings. Free. Daphne Public Library, 2607 US Hwy 98, Daphne, AL.

Personal Wellness and Self-Discovery Classes – 6:30pm. Every last Thurs. Monthly classes designed to empower oneself to heal, uplift and detoxify the body, mind and spirit. $5 donation for food pantry. Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL. 850-380-4943. LaurieAzzarella@gmail. com.

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; $100/12-class pass. Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Rd, Mobile, AL. Sunset Yoga for Charity – 2nd & 4th Fridays, MarOct. Yoga on the bluff ending at sunset. Start time varies with sunset time. Full schedule of details and charities online: Bring your mat and a donation for the charity supported. Henry George Bluff, Fairhope. 251-379-4493.

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, Sat. 2-6pm, Tues. Farmers market offering direct farm sales to the public. Fresh seasonal produce, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, honey, jellies, baked goods, handcrafted soaps and local artistry. Open year round. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market, 20733 Miflin Rd, Foley, AL. 251-709-4469. FoleyMarketMgr@gmail. com.

Saturday Morning Yoga at Simply Life – 9:3010:45am. We welcome you to an open flow yoga class appropriate for all levels of practice. Drop-in $10/class. Simply Life Learning Center, 2065 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL. 251-473-8040. Facebook. com/SimplyLifeLearningCenter. Restorative Yoga – 10:30am. Guide yourself toward a healthier state of being in restorative yoga. There’s no goal of stretching or strengthening, just relax with what is. All levels. Unheated. $15 drop in, packages available. Soul Shine Yoga, 103B N Bancroft St, Fairhope,

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




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



103A North Bancroft Street, Fairhope, AL 251-990-9934 salon offering organic B-Butterfly Aproducts and services

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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.


including hair color, perms and shampoo. Make a difference today in your hair, your life and the Earth. Visit us for a free hair exam today and go organic! See ad, page 29.


2200 Government Street Mobile, AL 36606 251-304-9797 • Enjoy soaps made from certified organic oils and essential oils. We also have organic candles, diffusers and hair products as well as original art from local artists. See ad, page 29.

20 Jeff Davis Avenue, Ste. 9, Long Beach, MS 228-357-5574 • 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 32.

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2 Mobile Locations: 1861 Old Government Street • 251-607-6666 2534 Old Shell Road • 251-725-4334 A relaxing salon environment that is free of harmful chemicals, impurities and fragrance. Offering hair services, facials, spray tans and massage with 100% o rg a n i c p r o d u c t s . L e a r n m o r e a t See ad, page 16.

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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 bio-electric immune system.


(Located inside Path To Wellness) 240 West Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 251-597-8787 • A cutting edge approach to brain disorders that is drugfree, non-invasive and proven effective. Treating dementia, depression, memory loss, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury and more. See ad, page 35.


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.

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Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of authentic, genuine therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal Zyto Wellness readings and wholesale privileges. Wellness classes on last Thursday of the month at Prodisee Pantry. See ad, page 16.


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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 13.


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 4.


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 19.


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Comprehensive health food store and organic café serving the public for 40 years. Extensive supplement selection; organic groceries, produce and meats; bath and body products; bulk spices and herbs; pet supplies; baby products and more. Monthly product specials. See ad, page 4.


Reiki Practitioner From the Center, Fairhope, AL 601-421-0277 • Make time for your special self! Reiki sessions for antianxiety, empowerment and balance. “I offer care and kindness to my clients—it’s the sweet work.”


Reconnective Healing Practitioner 6A S Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL 251-222-0220 • Reconnective Healing returns you to an optimal state of vitality and helps people with aches and pains, dis-ease, stress, PTSD, mental challenges, range of motion and athletic performance. Visit See ad, page 32.


6A S Bancroft St, Fairhope, AL 251-517-5626 • Replace negative beliefs with positive statements and reprogram your subconscious mind with Psych-K. This scientificallyproven method transcends affirmations, visualizations and subliminal programs. Balance the mind and live the life you deserve.


Licensed Professional Counselor From the Center, Fairhope, AL 251-929-4634 • Find guidance, healing and balance for inner peace and purpose. Sessions offer personal and spiritual development through intuitive guidance, belief coaching, chakra balancing, meditation and creative visioning. Insurance accepted.

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22787 U.S. 98, Suite D-5, Montrose, AL 251-616-4201 • Intuitive integrative massage techniques are used to facilitate the body into a state of healing without the "no pain no gain" mentality. Over 15 years experience in the bodywork and natural wellness field.


721 Cowan Road, Gulfport, MS 1-800-824-0194 • Offering affordable, effective and convenient evidence-based nutrition. Lab work provides reliable information to monitor health and accessible doctors provide individualized guidance. Extensive selection of therapeutic-grade supplements available in store and online. See ad, page 5.



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

Rolfing® is a holistic approach to manual therapy that seeks to improve your health and function by reestablishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the h u m a n b o d y. M o r e information at See ad, page 13.

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


Call/email for $50 coupon code. Full spectrum CBDs/ hemp oil rich in cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, waxes and chlorophyll that are essential to the human body. Free of GMOs, pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. 



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; noninvasive; nonpharmaceutical. See ad, page 13.

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



8871 Rand Avenue, Ste. B Daphne, AL 36526 251-210-1496 State-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy facility. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe medical treatment delivering 100% oxygen while in a pressurized chamber. Reduces inflammation, promotes healing, repairs cells and heals wounds. See ad, page 19.

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


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

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

A We l l n e s s S p a specializing in oncology skincare. Also offering digital skin analysis, facials, waxing and microdermabrasion. Wellness coaching available. Everything you need to know to accomplish good health, skincare and wellness. See ad, page 13.


8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526 251-210-1632 A comprehensive facility offering extensive therapies and services to patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and many other diagnoses. See ad, page 33.

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21180 AL-181 (just north of Gayfer) Weekly public group classes and individualized plans available for pain relief or to suit other needs of the mind, body, and spirit.

251-929-4020 Billie Rose Reinhart RYT, LMT #3713

Assisted Stretch Special: $25 per half hr. A style of massage with gentle stretches. No engagement or exibility neccessary. Gift cards available. Expires 10/31/17

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