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Contents

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14 MKE YOGA SOCIAL,

MKE GOAT YOGA AND MKE HOT YOGA COLLECTIVE

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Building Milwaukee’s Yoga Community

15 THE YIN AND YANG OF YOGA AND FITNESS

18 RESILIENT MOTHERING How Moms Are Forging Ahead in a Changing World

21 COLONICS

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Releasing Toxins From the Body

22 INTERMITTENT FASTING BASICS

How to Improve Health by Eating Less Often

26 EASY CONTAINER GARDENING

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Infinity Massage and Bodywork Opens Additional Location in Third Ward

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nfinity Massage and Bodywork has opened an additional location at 505 East Menomonee Street, in Milwaukee’s vibrant Third Ward neighborhood. The new space, which is shared with Sola Salon, continues Infinity’s vision of offering massage and bodywork at convenient yet intimate, boutique-style locations, says Deondre Lewis, who co-owns Infinity with Myles Hecimovich. “Now we will offer our clients an option of massage service in a space with other services too, like hair and nails,” says Lewis. “Clients can enjoy a weekend of pampering and endless entertainment in Milwaukee’s thrilling Third Ward.” A Grand Opening Party for club members will be announced soon, along with additional team members, or “Relaxation Experts”, and specials. Infinity Massage and Bodywork’s studios in the Tippecanoe neighborhood and in Wauwatosa are still open to serve clients with medical/therapeutic massage and energy work seven days per week. Locations: 505 E. Menomonee St. and 4028 S. Howell Ave., both in Milwaukee, and 7216 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa. For more information, visit InfinityMKE.com. See ad, page 16.

Outwoken Tea to Appear at Tosa Locally Made Spring Pop-Up

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utwoken Tea, a local company with environmentally sustainable and socially just ethos, will have a booth at the Tosa Locally Made Spring Pop-Up hosted by the James Steeno Gallery. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 7, at Hoyt Park. Aureal Ojeda, owner and founder of Outwoken Tea, is excited to appear at the event. “James Steeno is giving back to the community by supporting other local makers and artists,” she says. Ojeda sources tea from small farms and developing countries, which supports farmers directly. Tea varieties include Purple Kenyan, African White Pearls and Bold Blue. All teas are wrapped in homecompostable packaging. Location: 1800 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa. For more information, visit OutwokenTea.com. May 2022

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Blue Zone Workshop Explores Healthy Habits of Centenarians

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lue Zones are places in the world that not only have high concentrations of people aged 100 and above, but also high numbers of people that have grown old without diseases like diabetes or heart disease. Naturopathic Doctor Sarah Axtell, of Lakeside Natural Medicine, recently visited one of the Blue Zones—Nicoya, Costa Rica—to research the lifestyle of the world’s longest-living people. She will share their longevity secrets at a Blue Zones workshop, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 14. The workshop, which will be offered both on-site and virtually, will also feature a demonstration of some delicious recipes inspired by the Blue Zones. Those that choose to attend the workshop in-person will get to enjoy samples. In-person registrations are limited. “People in Blue Zone cultures not only live longer lives, but they often live better lives, with health, meaning and love,” says Axtell. “The secret to ‘eating to 100’ lies not only in what the centenarians eat, but also how food fits into their lives.” Cost: $39 for virtual workshop; $50 for in-person workshop. Location: 3510 N. Oakland Ave., Unit 203, Shorewood. For more information or to register, call 414-939-8748 or visit LakesideNaturalMedicine.com. See listing, page 37.

Staying Connected Through Distant Reiki and Energy Healing

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n an effort to serve people during the ongoing pandemic, energy healer Cindy Carlson of Cindy Carlson Reiki and Energy Healing offers both in-person and distant reiki sessions, as well as group distant reiki sessions and Emotion Code sessions in person or by phone. “Energy healing can help us become more conscious of limiting patterns, and help us shift and clear them,” says Carlson. “These patterns can be very old and sometimes even inherited. Reiki is a gentle energy healing technique that helps relax the body so old energies can surface and release.” Cindy Carlson Emotion Code, another form of energy healing, can help illuminate blind spots—or stuck emotions—in our energy fields, helping us to move forward and achieve desired changes. Both reiki and Emotion Code are relaxing, gentle and non-invasive. Carlson is a reiki master, intuitive healer and a certified Emotion Code practitioner with a degree in psychology from University of Wisconsin–Madison. Location: 121 E. Silver Spring Dr., Ste. 208, Whitefish Bay. For more information, call 414-758-0657, email CCarlson10@att.net or visit CarlsonHealing.com. See ad, page 13.

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lue Ribbon Organics achieved a milestone by composting 50 million pounds of food waste over the past 10 years. The composting facility turns food and yard residuals into compost, soil blends and mulch products for home and wholesale use. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly one-fifth of total methane emissions in the U.S. comes from landfills. Instead of landfilling waste, Blue Ribbon closes the waste loop. They turn trash into treasure, preventing some of the most harmful greenhouse gas emissions along the way. The University of California–Los Angeles Institute of the Environment and Sustainability notes that, “When compost is applied, the soil’s health increases as microbes grow and become more plentiful. These microbes sequester carbon in the soil.” Carbon sequestration is one way to address our changing climate. Applying local compost traps harmful emissions while making fruitful use of the waste that creates them in the first place. For more information, visit BlueRibbon Organics.com. See ad, page 25.

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rtist Ryan Laessig had a simple mission when he founded Milwaukee Makers Market in 2015: support local. Since its beginnings as a small outdoor event at Colectivo Coffee’s Bay View location, Milwaukee Makers Market has grown into one of the largest, continuously running art, craft and maker markets in the area, held at various spaces throughout Milwaukee. Participating vendors include seasoned crafters, artists, freelance designers, small-business owners and full-time makers. The 2022 Milwaukee Markers Market events are held monthly through December. The next event takes place on May 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Ivy House. The remaining events are held on June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 26 and December 18, at either The Ivy House or Discovery World Museum. Admission is free. COVID-19 safety precautions are in place. “Milwaukee Makers Market is so much more than a maker and artisan fair. It’s a celebration of Milwaukee’s creators and our local community,” says Laessig. He curates each market to create a perfect opportunity for small business owners to sell their wares and make connections with fans and other makers. Laessig adds that Milwaukee Makers Market has developed a loyal fan base that appreciates the safe, fun and unique one-stopshop market experience. Attendees can find myriad paintings, illustrations, stained glass works, crafted wood pieces, ceramics, candles, soap, magnets, stickers, artisan foods and more. The selection of vendors is well thought-out in every way, Laessig notes, from which makers are at the event to the type of products offered. He strives to have a diverse array of many different products so that there is no oversaturation of like items. Attendees have the opportunity to meet the makers, see exactly where the products are coming from and learn the stories behind the people crafting the products. “When you are supporting a local small business, you are supporting someone’s dream,” Laessig affirms. May location: The Ivy House, 906 S. Barclay St., Milwaukee. For more information and a complete schedule, visit MilwaukeeMakers Market.com. See ad, this page. May 2022

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Try Tai Chi to Boost Neurological Health With its slow, rhythmic, controlled movements and synchronized, deep breathing, the ancient Chinese practice of tai chi has been shown to improve balance, reduce falls and enhance the quality of life for people with neurological challenges such as strokes, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. A meta-review of 24 studies by researchers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center concluded that tai chi may be able to reduce pro-inflammatory contributors to cellular activity, increase anti-inflammatory cytokines that help regulate immune response, decrease oxidative stress factors and increase neurotrophic factors regulating neural health. Researchers pointed to its “potential effectiveness in neurorehabilitation,” which aims to improve the functions and wellbeing of people with diseases, trauma or disorders of the nervous system.

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As up to 50 million Americans can personally testify, autoimmune disorders (AD) defy easy treatment, but a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, offers hope that vitamin D3 supplementation can significantly reduce the risk of incurring these disorders in the first place. Researchers divided 25,871 older adults into four groups: the first took 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily; the second took 1,000 milligrams a day of marine omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil); the third took both D3 and fish oil; and a fourth was given a placebo. After two years, those that took vitamin D with or without the fish oil had a significantly lower rate of autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, autoimmune thyroid disease and psoriasis, compared to the placebo group. While the fish oil alone didn’t lower AD risk, there was some evidence that it had an effect over time. “Autoimmune diseases are common in older adults and negatively affect health and life expectancy. Until now, we have had no proven way of preventing them, and now, for the first time, we do,” says first author Jill Hahn, Ph.D., an epidemiologist. Vitamin D may also protect against COVID-19 severity, report Israeli researchers in the journal PLOS One. Examining the records of 1,176 patients admitted to a hospital with COVID-19-positive PCR tests, they found that those with a vitamin D deficiency (less than 20 nanograms per milliliter in their blood) were 14 times more likely to have a severe or critical case of COVID-19 than those with levels higher than 40 nanograms per milliliter. Mortality among patients with deficient vitamin D levels was 11 times higher than those with sufficient levels—25.6 percent compared to 2.3 percent.

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A popular staple since ancient times, prunes have long been esteemed for their culinary, nutritional and medicinal purposes, and a new review of research has found that they can also help counter the bone loss linked to fragility in postmenopausal women. After reviewing 28 studies, Penn State University researchers reported in the journal Advances in Nutrition that eating five to 10 prunes each day can help prevent or delay bone loss, lowering the risk of fractures. In one study, women that ate 100 grams of prunes (about 10) per day for one year experienced improved bone mineral density in their forearms and lower spines. In another study, eating five to 10 prunes a day for six months was shown to prevent bone density loss and decrease TRAP-5b, a bone-loss marker. The nutritional benefits of prunes, including minerals, vitamin K, phenolic compounds and dietary fiber, may reduce the inflammation and oxidative stress that contribute to bone loss, said the authors. In a separate study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard Medical School researchers that studied 1,700 older adults for 12 years found that those that ate a highly pro-inflammatory diet rich in simple carbohydrates and saturated fats were more than twice as likely to develop fragility—increasing the risk of falls, hospitalization and death— as those eating the least amount of those sweet, fatty foods.

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MKE Yoga Social, MKE Goat Yoga and MKE Hot Yoga Collective Building Milwaukee’s Yoga Community by Sheila Julson

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n an effort to encourage more friends and family to practice yoga, Jessica Hope got creative. The registered yoga teacher partnered with a friend that owned a music hall in Walker’s Point to put a fun social spin on yoga: he played guitar during Hope’s class, and the group enjoyed mimosas afterward. The event was wildly successful and became the genesis of MKE Yoga Social. With the goal of creating a welcoming, fun ambiance for everyone to practice yoga, Hope partners with Central Waters Brewing, Central Standard Craft Distillery, Great Lakes Distillery, Enlightened Brewing, Faklandia Brewing, Saint Kate Arts Hotel, MobCraft Brewery, The Hive, Dead Bird Brewing, STUMP Nurseries, Urban Beets Café and other venues around town to host approachable, beginners yoga classes. Tickets include something to incentivize the social component for attendees to mingle. “Each MKE Yoga Social class lasts an hour. We stay afterward to enjoy something from whichever venue we’re working from,” Hope explains. “If the class is at a craft brewery, attendees get a beer. If it’s at a craft distillery, they get a drink.” Events at STUMP Nurseries include a cup of tea. MKE Yoga Social has 10 consistent teachers that regularly lead scheduled events at their flagship partner locations. Hope also hosts additional pop-up events at venues such as En Pointe Gallery and Gifts, which includes yoga, wine and chocolate. To date, MKE Yoga Social has partnered with 100 different local businesses.

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MKE Goat Yoga, a separate branded division of MKE Yoga Social, offers a series of goat yoga classes available from March through June while the goats are babies. Goat yoga combines nature and animals with yoga, allowing the baby dwarf goats to frolic about and jump on the participants while they do poses. Classes are designed for beginners and formatted with 30 minutes of goat yoga followed by 30 minutes of cuddling and photos. MKE Goat Yoga partners with Platinum Sky Farm, which brings in the goats. 14

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As a Bikram hot yoga teacher, Hope knows the benefits of hot yoga and sought ways to serve people seeking a consistent yoga practice. MKE Hot Yoga Collective, another branded division of MKE Yoga Social, offers 50 classes per month at Bikram Yoga Heights, in the Washington Heights neighborhood. Bikram Yoga, devised by Bikram Choudhury, consists of 90-minute classes with 26 postures done in a room heated to 105° F. MKE Hot Yoga Collective offers a 60-minute abbreviation of this practice. Hope emphasizes that classes through MKE Yoga Social and MKE Goat Yoga are for all skill levels, from beginners through experienced yogis. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light challenges faced by locally owned businesses. Hope emphasizes how organizations such as MKE Yoga Social— along with its divisions MKE Goat Yoga and MKE Hot Yoga Collective—foster a support system among local businesses. “We’re promoting their businesses, and they’re helping to promote the healing community. There’s a lot of cross-love,” she affirms. This month, Hope is opening a second physical location in Downtown Milwaukee, on Water Street. The space will feature gently heated and non-heated weekly yoga classes, noon “Lunch Specials”, night and weekend classes and specialty workshops. The Bare As You Dare class series is designed for the naturalist community and is taught by an instructor that promotes body positivity. Hope will also offer registered yoga teacher training. “MKE Yoga Social, MKE Goat Yoga and MKE Hot Yoga Collective together form an inspiring outlet for me to use my creativity,” Hope concludes. “I also love that this has allowed me to reach so many different demographics.” MKE Yoga Social has studios at 5326 W. Vliet St. and 735 N. Water St., Ste. 728, both in Milwaukee. For more information or for tickets for MKE Goat Yoga events, visit MKEYogaSocial.com. Tickets and registration for MKE Yoga Social and MKE Hot Yoga Collective are available through the Mindbody app at MindBodyOnline.com/explore/ locations/mke-yoga-social. See ad, page 25.


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any people have a yoga routine and many have a fitness routine, but fewer people explore the benefits of having a combination of both practices. It may be fair to describe yoga and fitness as the two sides of a yinyang equation: two complementary energy forces that exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites, which can be described as feminine and masculine. In this analysis, yoga will be referred to as the yin (feminine nature) and fitness as the yang (masculine nature). Let’s explore the differences of these energy forces, and how they ultimately complement one another.

Yoga can be described as a mind/body practice that ultimately allows us to connect deeper within ourselves through breathing and movement, a feminine energy. A deeper connection allows us to witness our bodies and minds at work; it helps us to understand our bodies and how they move; and it challenges us to be patient with ourselves. The more a person can practice being “with” themselves— building inner awareness through body and mind—the more powerful they can be in their everyday life. Fitness, as a practice, leads us to feeling stronger and more powerful, a masculine energy. Some experts define physical

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fitness as “one’s ability to execute daily activities with optimal performance, endurance and strength with the management of disease, fatigue and stress.” Exercise takes care of the body; having a regular fitness routine of lifting weights and/or cardio is extremely beneficial in keeping the body and mind strong. While yoga and fitness are opposites, they are also equal to one another—just like yinyang and the concept of feminine and masculine. The mixing of the two energies makes life possible. When life-force energy is appropriately balanced between yin and yang, it flows smoothly, maintaining and promoting a healthy physical, mental and emotional state. The same harmonious balance is aided when an individual partakes in a dedicated, well-rounded routine combining both yoga and fitness practices. L-R: Carly Chertos, Samantha Drum. Drum is the co-owner of VIBE Yoga, Health & Fitness, which offers a variety of both yoga and fitness classes to help its clients achieve the harmonious yinyang balance. VIBE is located at 180 Kossow Rd., Waukesha. See a listing of available classes at VIBEmke.com/ classes or by downloading the MINDBODY app. For more information, email Info@ VIBEmke.com or visit VIBEmke.com. See listing, page 38.

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A sea salt scrub is an easy and inexpensive way to maintain a glowing complexion. Salt scrubs work hard to exfoliate and remove dry skin from the surface, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores, and improve the overall tone. Exfoliating scrubs are good for the entire body, especially dry areas like feet and hands. They are easy to make because they are a simple combination of salt and oil. In addition to standard sea salt, adding Himalayan pink salt to a scrub recipe adds an extra boost of health because it contains 84 trace minerals and nutrients. Grapeseed oil, which can be found at natural grocery stores, is a good carrier oil for a scrub because it is extremely nourishing. Adding both almond and jojoba oils, and vitamin E into the mixture increases the scrub’s moisturizing effect, making it especially good for dry skin. Essential oils add fragrance and healing qualities to the scrub, and they can include such variations as:

1 cup finely ground sea salt ½ cup Himalayan pink salt 4 Tbsp grapeseed oil 3 Tbsp almond oil 1 Tbsp jojoba oil 10 drops vitamin E 15-20 drops essential oil Put sea salt and Himalayan salt into a mixing bowl. Add in grapeseed oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E. Add the essential oils last, right on top of the other oils.

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Mix until all of the salt is coated with oil. It should not be swimming in oil, just coated. Store in a glass or metal container. This recipe fills a single, pintsized Mason jar or two half-pint jars. Because this salt scrub recipe does not contain any water, it will last up to six months. Make sure to keep it sealed in a jar with a lid to ensure it stays fresh and free of contaminants. If it is kept in the shower, store the scrub away from the water stream. For more healthy DIY recipes, along with natural skincare and eco-friendly home and garden ideas, visit EcoLiving Mama.com.

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Resilient Mothering How Moms Are Forging Ahead in a Changing World

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wo years after “coronavirus” became a household word, the pandemic continues to affect every aspect of our lives. Mothers, in particular, have learned to reimagine what it means to be a parent, employee, partner and friend, while still finding time for themselves. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, almost 70 percent of mothers say that worry and stress from the pandemic have damaged their mental health. While social distancing, quarantining, remote learning and masking quickly became a new and often unwelcome normal, positive shifts have also been developing. Already resilient mothers are exploring how to adapt to an ever-changing situation and learning when to hold on and when to let go. They are discovering new ways to be available for their children’s mental health, maintain their jobs, stay connected with other moms and prioritize self-care. Shae Marcus, publisher of Natural Awakenings South Jersey (NASouthJersey.com), says that the pandemic has brought a number of unforeseen silver linings. As a single mother of two 18

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young children, she has been in a constant state of transition the last two years and is starting to achieve greater balance. “Like most other mothers, my life before the pandemic was nonstop. I was getting by, and at the same time comparing myself to other parents. The world had to slow down so I could catch up, and I’ve been forced to stop, breathe and take it in stride,” she says. Marcus shares a common concern, that the isolation has affected her kids’ development. “I worry that the lack of social integration over the past two years will have a lasting impact on my children. My son, who is now in third grade, was in kindergarten the last time he had a full year in a ‘normal’ school setting. That’s a lot to miss out on. While he is academically on track, I’m concerned about him being mature enough. Having sports and other extracurricular activities starting back now is helping to get them integrated again, and I’m able to fully appreciate going to an outdoor spring football game that wasn’t able to happen for so long,” she says.


Marcus has discovered that working from home has had advantages. “Now, I can do a load of laundry in-between meetings, go to the grocery store when I would have been commuting and be more present when my kids are home. Since I’m not worried about rushing out the door, we have time to talk during breakfast, and I’m able to accompany them to the bus stop. Afterwards, I take 10 minutes for myself to walk around the block and gather my thoughts for the day,” she explains.

Reordering Priorities Seventy-one percent of mothers describe being a working mom during the pandemic as very challenging, according to research done by the global consultancy group APCO Impact. As president of Families and Work Institute (FamiliesAndWork.org), a New York-based research nonprofit, Ellen Galinsky has seen employers grant access to a wider variety of benefits that fit their employees’ individual and family needs. “The pandemic, coupled with racial reckoning, has made many of us rethink our priorities. It now is becoming clear that the world that seemed relatively normal before wasn’t working. Mothers and fathers were thrust on the front lines of schooling and saw firsthand how different teaching and parenting are,” Galinsky notes. An estimated 82 percent of employers plan to allow their employees to keep working remotely after the pandemic, reports a survey by human resources consultancy Mercer, but that turnaround is just a first step, says Galinsky. “Studies show that having workplace flexibility procedures in place is a floor, but how employers treat you when you need that flexibility matters the most. The pandemic made us all experience collective and multiple losses together and brought some difficult issues to light,” she explains. In juggling work and life duties, Galinsky shies away from the word “balance”, which suggests that time and energy needs to be split evenly. “Work and home lives are deeply intermingled, and often when one is in sync, the other will follow,” she says. “It’s important for mothers to set realistic expectations for themselves and let go of the notion that they’re not doing a good job, their kids have to be perfect or they don’t have time to take care of themselves. Children will absorb what they see, so being mindful in your words and actions around work will have an impact on them. If you have a stressful meeting and bring that home with you, the energy in the house will change. It’s okay to tell the kids that you’re upset at your boss and are going to call a friend and talk or go for a walk; let them know it’s not their fault and that parents get stressed, too.”

Stress Survival Skills The pandemic also put many mothers in a chronic state of hypervigilance, because they not only had to manage their own anxiety, but also help kids manage their experiences. A University of Rochester study of 153 mothers of toddlers found that ongoing strains can disrupt the body’s natural stress response, making it more difficult to respond with patience and sensitivity to a child’s needs. May 2022

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Elizabeth Cohen, a clinical psychologist and director of the Center for CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) in New York City (CenterForCBTInNYC.com), says that a shock to the nervous system can only be released with the acknowledgement that the trauma is being experienced in the first place. “Having an understanding of how you’re responding to this stress and uncertainty is key to moving through it. Even going back to the office after so long may trigger a panic attack if the trauma of the past two years isn’t addressed,” she says. “Mothers need to practice compassionate awareness for themselves and what they’ve gone through. They need to be seen, heard and witnessed in the same way their children are.” Cohen advises that while part of a mother’s job is to make kids feel emotionally safe, it’s not as effective if they are themselves depleted. She recommends adopting simple, actionable practices throughout the day to help restore and reset the mind and body, suggesting, “Put some Epsom salt in the bottom of the tub and allow your feet to soak for a few minutes during a shower. Before brushing your teeth, take three deep breaths and pay attention to where you might be feeling tension in your body. Keep a gratitude journal handy to reflect and record your observations and interactions.” She advises us to remember that we have all had different experiences of this trauma, and nobody is the same as they were in 2019. “It’s okay to tell a friend, ‘I’m excited to see you and also, I’m uncomfortable not wearing a mask.’ We’ve also had to be more selective about who we spend time with, and that has allowed us to foster more nurturing relationships,” she says. “Be more discerning about who you spend time with, instead of saying yes to every invitation to get coffee. It’s okay to do less, and making authentic decisions in the moment will help you truly feel aligned with your thoughts and actions.”

a newsletter, Evil Witches (EvilWitches. substack.com), which gives her a platform to share stories of everyday motherhood triumphs and concerns. Topics have included perimenopause, end-of-life options for the family pet, finding the best hand lotion and other subjects that mothers in her circle think about. She also maintains a Facebook group of 100-plus mothers, providing a safe place for members to commiserate and support each other. “The group has allowed me to really get to know mothers in a more intimate way, truly understand what they’re going through and appreciate how much they care about their kids,” says Zulkey. She made a personal decision to stop drinking a few months into the pandemic, a lifestyle choice that she has maintained for the past year. “While I was not an alcoholic, there were too many times when I would wake up with a hangover or get into a tipsy argument with my

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husband. I quickly learned to appreciate how much easier parenting is when I’m in a stable mood, and the entire household has benefited, especially during the pandemic, when we were in such close quarters,” she says. For all of us, moving forward after two years of collective grief, loss and uncertainty will undoubtedly present new unforeseen challenges, yet maintaining a sense of perspective can help if things start to feel overwhelming. “At the start of the pandemic, I started to feel sorry for myself, but soon I realized that I actually was so much better off than a lot of people. Once I oriented myself with that reality, it was easier for me to move on with a sense of gratitude and desire to help others,” says Zulkey. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston, IL-based freelance writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at CarrieJacksonWrites.com.

SELF-CARE FOR STRESSED-OUT MOMS For mothers trying to juggle it all, making their own mental health a priority is key. Here are some practical ways busy moms can incorporate their overall wellness into a daily routine. Set Up Self-Care: Sneaking in breaks throughout the day can have a positive cumulative effect. Follow a guided meditation while waiting for soccer practice, use essential oils in the car, keep a favorite lotion next to the bed or savor a favorite nourishing snack. Cultivate a Network: Nurturing relationships with supportive peers can provide emotional and social support. Meet a friend for a morning coffee or afternoon walk, join a book club, host a potluck with other mothers or volunteer with a community group. Prioritize Therapy: The right therapist can provide an unbiased and supportive perspective and help process new and lingering issues. Find a practitioner that understands a mom’s unique needs and a modality that resonates with us. Traditional talk therapy works well for some, but be open to exploring other forms, such as movement therapy or art therapy. Keep Communication Open: Modeling and encouraging dialogue gives kids a safe space to practice sharing and lets everyone feel valued. Find time during car rides, at the dinner table or before bed to check in with the family and share each other’s thoughts. Take a Class: Learning a new skill can spark creativity and help build a social network. Try a pottery workshop, join a dance club, take a photography class or study a foreign language just for fun.


COLONICS

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ur digestive system plays a key role in keeping us healthy. It comprises several organs that break down food and absorb the vitamins and other nutrients that our body needs. As part of our digestive system, the colon also works to eliminate the waste and toxins we take in every day. If our colon is not functioning properly, we may have a buildup of toxicity that can be wreaking havoc on the body. Colonics are a great way to detox the entire body, correct proper muscle tone of the large intestine and reverse ailments.

How Colonics Work

The large intestine can accumulate waste, gas and toxins. When the colon is not eliminated properly, waste backs up and solidifies throughout the organ. This results in toxins getting reabsorbed into the bloodstream and attacking other vulnerable areas of the body. Colon hydrotherapy gently cleanses the large intestine using lightly pressurized water inserted into the colon in order to soften old, impacted waste. The waste is then released through a closed-system machine that funnels it directly into the plumbing system.

Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy

When toxins have accumulated in the body, it can be a burden on virtually every organ and system. Colon hydrotherapy can offer numerous benefits, such as kickstarting a weightloss program; making the digestive system more effective; maintaining regularity and preventing constipation; balancing the gut microbiome; increasing energy; improving mood, skin health and skin conditions; increasing the body’s absorption of vitamins and nutrients; improving concentration; increasing fertility; maintaining pH balance in the bloodstream; and improving whole-body well-being.

Colon Hydrotherapy and Healthy Gut Bacteria

Colonics can aid in re-balancing gut flora. By flushing out bad bacteria, the body is more easily able to reestablish a good, healthy environment for the gut.

What To Expect at the First Colonic

The session takes approximately an hour. The client undresses from the waist down

and is covered by a towel. A disposable speculum is inserted into the rectum, just a few inches. Then, purified, body-temperature water gently fills the abdomen and is released with the collected waste directly into the plumbing system. This process takes about 30 to 40 minutes. After that, in most places, the client is able to use a private bathroom connected to the colonics suite to release any remaining waste. It is recommended that one avoids caffeine and dairy for 24 hours, and refrains from eating two to three hours before a session. Colon hydrotherapy is not painful, though one may feel a slight pressure from the breakdown of gas in the intestines. Most people feel amazing when their session is complete, but it is possible to experience general detox symptoms such as headache and fatigue. In advanced clinics, one may be able to add an enema or fecal implant to a session, which will deepen the detox. Advanced clinics may offer a variety of options to improve energy, circulation, relaxation, sleep, hormone balance and more. Jennifer Hruz is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and advanced practice nurse prescriber. She received her Master of Science degree in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track, from Alverno College in 2016. She worked as a nurse practitioner at an integrative medical clinic before starting her own practice, VIVA Wellness, 12625 W. Burleigh Rd., Brookfield. For more information, call 262-777-8482 or visit VivaWellnessWI.com. See ad, page 2.

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asting has been part of religious and cultural practices since ancient times, but now it is entering into everyday American eating habits. Intermittent fasting (IF), which involves restraining from eating for periods ranging from hours to days, was the most popular dietary strategy among Americans in 2020, outpacing low-fat keto diets and “clean eating”, reports the International Food Information Council. About 10 percent of survey respondents reported that they were following IF diet procedures, usually for weight loss and better health. “Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle,” says Jerron Hill, an anesthesiologist, in Plano, Texas, who has practiced it for two years and found himself with more energy. “Many metabolic syndromes and diseases can be avoided by making IF a way of life.”

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Research on the health benefits of IF is ongoing, but Hill says that advantages include stabilized blood sugar levels, because insulin levels rise after eating meals. “In a fasted state, insulin levels fall, blood sugar stabilizes and fat stores can be utilized as a source of energy,” he says. Other benefits he cites include lowered blood pressure, decreased low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower triglycerides There are several IF methods. The 16/8 method is most popular and involves fasting for 16 hours and eating within an eight-hour window each day. The 5:2 plan is for those that would rather fast twice a week and eat regularly the other five days. Another method known as OMAD involves eating one meal a day. While most IF models do not restrict specific foods, they encourage the consumption of nourishing, satiating, whole foods. Snacking is discouraged.

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improve their metabolic health. That translates to being a healthy weight and having balanced hormones,” says Cynthia Thurlow, a nurse practitioner in Washington, D.C., and founder of the Everyday Wellness Project, an online subscription plan. Her new book, Intermittent Fasting Transformation, integrates IF with women’s hormonal needs during every stage of life. “Women need to fast differently,” Thurlow emphasizes. “A woman in peak childbearing years under age 35 has to account and fast for her menstrual cycle, meaning her body is much more sensitive to macronutrient depletion or changes than a menopausal woman. Younger women need to limit fasting if they are already lean. They need to avoid fasting five to seven days prior to their menstrual cycle and remain attuned to messages their bodies send them in response to sleep, stress, nutrition and exercise.” In general, once women reach menopause, they experience less hormonal fluctuation and thus more flexibility to fast on a daily basis, she says, although they, too, should keep an eye on their experiences with sleep, stress, nutrition and exercise.

Planning for Success The word “fasting” often conjures up thoughts of hunger and starvation, but proper planning will leave us full and satisfied while practicing IF. “When you’re eating a balanced diet and not necessarily following a particular fad or specific type of diet, you can enjoy nourishing meals without restrictions and still practice IF,” says lifestyle coach Laura Fuentes, of Madisonville, Louisiana, author of the e-book Intermittent Fasting for Women. Fuentes recommends starting with the 16/8 model, because approximately half of the 16-hour fasting time is spent sleeping. “There’s also downtime in the evening while you’re preparing to sleep. In the morning, most of us are getting ready for work or getting kids off to school, and we don’t eat right away. Those hours are generally not focused on food.” When it’s time to eat, fasts should be broken with satiating, nutritious food, not a light snack. The first meal of the day should be nutritious, with protein and healthy fats. Breaking a fast with just an apple, or carrots and hummus, will lead to hunger and eventual snacking. A common misnomer is that we must eat ketogenic or lowcarb diets while practicing IF. While carbs need to be considered, Thurlow emphasizes eating nutrient-dense, whole foods and fewer processed foods, whether they are part of keto, paleo, omnivore or vegetarian diets. Some people practice “clean” fasting by consuming only water, black tea or other calorie-free beverages during the fasting time. Others prefer “dirty” fasting and might consume a handful of grapes, walnuts or other foods or beverages containing less than 50 calories during the fast. “I like patients to understand the value of a clean fast,” Thurlow says. “People might think 50 calories doesn’t count, but that is food, and that does break a fast.”

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1 cup cooked farro 3 cups water or stock ½ tsp salt 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 large breasts) 3 Tbsp olive oil Zest of 1 lemon 2 Tbsp lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, grated 1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp kosher salt ¼ tsp black pepper 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 2 cups chopped cucumber 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

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Tzatziki Sauce 1 cucumber 1 garlic clove 1 cup plain yogurt ½ tsp salt ½ tsp lemon juice ¼ tsp dried dill Rinse and drain farro, then place it in a pot with salt and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain any excess water.

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½ red onion, sliced 1 cup tzatziki sauce, purchased ready-made or prepared from the following recipe ½ cup crumbled feta cheese Lemon wedges, for serving Fresh dill and parsley for garnish (optional)

2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips Olive oil ½ tsp salt ½ tsp garlic powder Black pepper to taste 6 cups arugula, baby spinach or green blend 4 strips bacon, cooked and coarsely chopped 4 eggs 1 avocado, peeled and sliced Preheat the oven to 400° F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the sweet potato and bell pepper onto the baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Toss to combine. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender when poked with a fork. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a gallonsize zip bag, Spray a non-stick pan and cook eggs sunny side-up over combine medium heat. Assemble the salads by placing a large handful chicken of greens in each bowl and topping with roasted veggies, fried breasts, olive egg, bacon pieces and avocado slices. oil, lemon zest, lemon Recipe courtesy of Laura Fuentes. juice, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Marinate for four hours or overnight. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat, add the chicken breasts into the skillet and cook for 7 minutes, flip and continue to cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the internal temperature has reached 165° F. Discard marinade. Remove chicken from pan and wait 5 minutes before slicing. To assemble the bowls, place a bed of farro at the bottom of the bowl. Top with sliced chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, red onion, tzatziki sauce and feta cheese. Sprinkle with parsley and dill and serve with lemon wedges. Tzatziki sauce: Line a large bowl with a mesh strainer, place a paper towel into the strainer. Use a grater to grate the cucumber and garlic clove. Transfer to the strainer to remove the excess moisture. In a medium bowl, combine the shredded cucumber, garlic, yogurt, salt, lemon juice and dill. Stir to combine and refrigerate for an hour before serving. Recipe courtesy of Laura Fuentes. 24

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EASY CONTAINER GARDENING HOW TO GROW EDIBLES IN POTS AND PLANTERS

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ontainer gardening offers something for everyone, from beginners to seasoned green thumbs. Growing vegetables, flowers and herbs in pots can be cost-effective, inspiring and tailored for any urban balcony or country patio. The perks of planting in pots include a reduced risk of disease spreading from one crop to another, fewer critters helping themselves to a free lunch, and less weeding and overall work. For urban garden expert Mark Ridsdill Smith, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, tending to plants has provided a sense of community. “When I lived in London, I knew almost no one on my street after 10 years, but when I started growing food by the front door, I was constantly chatting to passersby as I tended my tomatoes and squash,” says the author of The Vertical Veg Guide to Container Gardening, who also enjoys the practical side of making connections: swapping seeds, gifting produce and exchanging advice.

Fertile Foundations Vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, radishes and beans are ideal for container gardens, and with a little know-how, other crops like watermelon and muskmelon can also thrive. “Many types of vegetables can be grown in pots if they are large enough to accommodate the root system, even potatoes,” says Lisa Hilgenberg, horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s four-acre Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, in Glencoe, Illinois. Choosing pots with the right size and materials is an investment worth making, she notes. “Peppers and tomatoes prefer terra cotta pots. Many herbs thrive when root-bound and do well in smallish pots or grouped together in shallow bowls. 26

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Plants needing to climb can be trained to grow on a trellis placed in a container.” Melinda Myers, the Milwaukee-based author of Small Space Gardening and more than 20 gardening books, encourages gardeners to think outside the box. “Repurposing items is another way to add fun and plantable space. I have seen old teapots, coffee makers, washtubs, coolers and more converted into planters.” For the well-meaning, but sometimes absent-minded gardener, she recommends self-watering pots to reduce maintenance. “These containers have a water reservoir you keep filled. Water moves from the reservoir into the soil, so you need to water less often.”

Generational Nourishment Using high-quality potting soil is paramount and can be store-bought or made at home for less by combining pH-fostering


peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. Plants started from seed are more nourishing for both people and the planet. “Some seeds thrive most when sown directly in the soil, and cilantro is one of them, as are all root vegetables, as well as beans and peas. Other seeds, like tomato and ground cherry, are best started indoors. Some seeds, like kale and basil, thrive either way,” explains Petra Page-Mann, co-owner of Fruition Seeds, an organic seed company in Naples, New York, that specializes in open-pollinated heirlooms and offers free online tutorials. Seeds can easily be saved for future plantings from crops such as beans, peas, cilantro, dill, sunflower and cosmos. “No one can save seeds better adapted to your garden than you,” she says. Children are prime candidates for container gardening, especially in cities. Smith muses, “Children get to smell and feel the whole plant—the extraordinary smell of tomato leaves, the bristles on zucchini—and they love getting their hands into the compost. I’ve witnessed children who rarely eat salad demolish a whole tray of fresh pea shoots in minutes!” For young gardeners, he recommends growing “pea shoots, new potatoes (they love digging them up), herbs like mint (to play with and make drinks and potions), alpine strawberries and sorrel.” Even gardeners with conventional suburban or country plots may find that container crops come in handy. “For those with plenty of garden space, it is a way to bring the garden to your back or front door,” says Myers. “Keeping pots of herbs and veggies close to the house makes harvesting and using fresh herbs and vegetables easier. I have 11 acres, but still use containers to test new plants and bring the garden to my front and back doors.” Page-Mann attests to willingness and possibility when she says, “Seeds, again and again, remind me that our imagination is the limit, that regional adaptation is the language of resilience and that we can grow so much more than we think possible.” Maya Whitman writes about natural health and living a more beautiful life. Connect at Ekstasis28@gmail.com.

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he Brady Bunch aside, blended families seldom look like TV sitcoms. They often come with a cast of characters—freshly remarried parents, a number of kids and step-kids, up to four sets of relatives and exes in the wings—all with their own needs, hopes and issues. One in six children today lives in a blended family, so the stakes are high for their well-being, and yet, understandably, two out of three blended marriages fail. They don’t have to, says Kimberly King, a children’s book author in Fairfield, Connecticut, who was raised in blended families and as a parent, now has her own blended batch of kids. “Blended families work when parents plan for challenges, have space for disagreements and have an incredible amount of patience and love. But they are not for the faint of heart!" she says. Therapists and blended-family veterans offer advice for those on this important journey: Go slow and steady. It can take two to four years for a blended family to adjust to living together, counsels the American Psychological Association. The process can be particularly hard for youngsters from 10 to 14. “Don’t pressure the children. If they don’t want to call you Mom or Dad, don’t take it personally. They have their own biological parent whom they love, and they didn’t ask for their parents to get divorced. Stay positive and realize that time itself is an important factor,” counsels Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, a licensed clinical professional counselor, in Baltimore, and founder, with his wife, Rivka, of TheMarriageRestorationProject.com. May 2022

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Determine discipline roles. “My husband and I thought we were total failures because we couldn’t agree on how to parent his son. To save our marriage, we agreed that I would ‘resign’ as the boy’s mother and allow my husband free rein to parent as he saw fit,” recalls Nancy Landrum, a relationship coach in Murrieta, California, and author of Stepping TwoGether: Building a Strong Stepfamily. Studies show that blended families work best when each parent disciplines his or her own child, while the stepparent works to develop affectionate bonds with their stepchild and serves as the child’s sounding board, particularly in the beginning. “One of the worst things you can do as a stepparent is talk negatively about your stepchild to the bio-parent. Nothing will strain a relationship more quickly,” says King. Keep an eye out for turning points. In a classic 1999 study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, University of Iowa researchers reported on factors they called “turning points” that can knit a blended family together. These include celebrating holidays and special events together, perhaps by creating new rituals; spending quality time together, even doing such ordinary things as shopping or watching a football game, either as a family or as a parent-stepchild activity; and pulling together over a family crisis. On the other hand, unresolved conflict among parents and children drives families apart. “The best thing my dad did to blend our post-divorce, new family was take us on a four-day hike to Mount Washington,” recalls King. “We hiked, talked, helped each other, suffered,

whined, got wet, struggled, laughed, slipped, learned campfire songs, slept in bunks and found a new respect for teamwork, nature, overcoming adversity, and our stepmother!” Give talking a chance. Over shared meals, board games, nature hikes and everyday activities, stepfamilies can build bonds with each other. Having regular meetings to hash out problems also strengthens a new family unit. King’s family uses the summer camp strategy of the talking stick. “When you have the talking stick, it is your turn to talk and everyone else has to pay attention and listen. No interruptions,” she says. They also keep a family journal in which kids can write out their problems, enabling parents to respond in writing or conversation. Don’t give up. “For me, the time I knew it was going to work forever was actually directly after one of our lowest points,” says Brooke Carlock Lobaugh, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, a teacher and creator of TheBlendedMess.com, an online resource for stepfamilies. “We had separated, and we just both really missed each other and missed the family, and we realized that the kids would eventually get older and our problems would lessen, and that we needed to choose each other, over and over again. I realized that if our separation led to another divorce, I would either be alone or find someone new with a new set of problems, and I wanted to fix the problems with the person I loved. We haven’t looked back since.” Health and wellness writer Ronica O’Hara can be contacted at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

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Deepening the Dialogue When the going gets tough in a blended family, an Oprah Winfrey-endorsed dialogue technique known as Imago Therapy can help transform animosity into harmony. As laid out by relationship therapist Harville Hendrix in his New York Times bestseller Getting the Love You Want, it involves specific conversational steps that ensure each side is heard and responded to with empathy. “Imago is effective for parents of blended families because it teaches them to listen and validate the feelings of the children, as well as to better communicate with each other about the challenges,” says Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, of Baltimore, whose own marriage was saved by the process and who, with his wife Rivka, teaches it to couples. “If your children are not adjusting well, it is important to be able to give them a voice. The Imago dialogue process does just that, without judgment.” The three basic steps include: Mirroring. Person number one describes the problem in a few sentences, using “I” and feeling words. For example, “I feel shut out when you pick up your phone when I’m talking.” Person number two repeats it back as closely as possible. “You feel shut out when I pick up my phone when you’re talking.” It may take a few attempts to get it right. Person number two then asks if there’s more to that feeling, and again repeats the phrases back. Validating. Person number two responds showing respect for the problem, with words like, “I can see why …” Showing Empathy. Person number two searches for the place inside himself or herself that connects with person number one’s concerns. “I get upset, too, when it feels like someone cuts off a conversation.” Then, they reverse positions and go through it again. Demonstrations can be found on YouTube and worksheets can be viewed at PositivePsychology.com/imago-therapy.

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SUNDAY, MAY 1 Baby Goat Yoga at the Cooperage – 9-10am & 10-11am. We all know the benefits of yoga: stress reduction, mental focus, but why add the goats? Being around animals has been shown to decrease stress, blood pressure and loneliness while boosting mood and increasing feelings of social support. Plus, baby goats are really cute. Cooperage, 822 S Water St, Milwaukee. 414-369-2259. MKEYogaSocial.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 Drum Making Workshop – 5:30-10pm. Also May 30, 12:30-5pm. With Dave Wilinski. Learn how to craft your own ceremonial hand drum. A variety of hides available to choose from and you will be taught about the various medicine gifts each animal spirit brings and how to use the drum for meditation and healing. Price includes all materials to create a 15’ ceremonial drum and drumstick that you will take home with you. Choose from elk, horse or buffalo. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, 7102 Sundew Rd, Sobieski. 920-609-8277. Info@ GoldenLightHealing.net. GoldenLightHealing.net.

SUNDAY, MAY 8 Baby Goat Yoga at the Enlightened – 9-10am & 10-11am. We all know the benefits of yoga: stress reduction, mental focus, but why add the goats? Being around animals has been shown to decrease stress, blood pressure and loneliness while boosting mood and increasing feelings of social support. Plus, baby goats are really cute. Enlightened, 2020 S Allis St, Milwaukee. 414-369-2259. MKEYogaSocial.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 Rock and Gem Show: Wisconsin Geological Society – May 14 & 15. 10am-4:30pm. Enjoy 20vendors, food, activities and exhibits. An excellent place for all generations. $3/adult, free/kids. Muellner Buildin, 7300 W Chestnut St, Wauwatosa (Enter at 72nd & State St). wigeo.org. Lessons from the Blue Zones – 11am-12:30pm. Eat to 100 inspired by the world’s longest-living people. Blue Zones are regions of the world home to the longest-living people. In this nutrition workshop, Dr. Axtell will highlight wisdom of the world’s centenarians to bring health and longevity to your life. $39/virtual, $50/in-person. Lakeside Natural Medicine, 3510 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood. Pre-registration required: 414-939-8748. LakesideNaturalMedicine.com.

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THURSDAY, MAY 19 Reiki Level I Training – 9am-4:30pm. With Amy Wilinski. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing art for stress reduction, relaxation and promotes healing of body, mind and spirit. Level I Reiki teaches you how to do reiki on yourself and others. It is very easy to learn, and you will be able to immediately incorporate this into your life. $195, lunch included. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, 7102 Sundew Rd, Sobieski. 920-609-8277. Info@GoldenLight Healing.net. GoldenLightHealing.net.

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MONDAY, MAY 30 Drum Making Workshop – 12:30-5pm. See May 4 listing. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, 7102 Sundew Rd, Sobieski. 920-609-8277. Info@ GoldenLightHealing.net. GoldenLightHealing.net.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Mediumship Training – June 4-5. 9am-4pm. With Amy Wilinski. Would you like to learn how to connect with the spirit world? Join us for this amazing 2-day mediumship training workshop. Course will teach a variety of techniques to connect with souls who have passed on. During this highly experiential class learn to make those connections with the spirit world and how to give an evidential reading. For more info: 920-609-8277, Info@GoldenLight Healing.net or GoldenLightHealing.net.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15 Outdoor Baby Goat Yoga – 5-7pm. We all know the benefits of yoga: stress reduction, mental focus, but why add the goats? Being around animals has been shown to decrease stress, blood pressure and loneliness while boosting mood and increasing feelings of social support. Plus, baby goats are really cute. Menomonee Falls Farmers Market, N88 W16751 Appleton Ave. 414-369-2259. MKEYogaSocial.com.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 Whispers On the Wind Shamanic Program – Group #26: Aug 17-21, Nov 30-Dec 4, Feb 8-12, May 17-21. With Amy Wilinski. Are you searching for the meaning in your life? Would you like a deeper connection with nature and the spirit world? Intensive training program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation. Meet 4 times over 12 mos. Learn core energy healing techniques including power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with the forces of nature, ceremony and ritual, and much more. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, 7102 Sundew Rd, Sobieski. 920-609-8277. Info@ GoldenLightHealing.net.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Mists of Ireland Tour – Oct 2-11. Be pampered on this luxury journey which includes 4-star superior accommodations including a 2-night castle stay, ceremonies at ancient sacred sites with local guides and shamans, traditional and gourmet meals, small private group travel throughout the tour and much more. More info: 920-609-8277, Info@Golden LightHealing.net, GoldenLightHealing.net.

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sunday Yoga at Camp Serenity Yoga & Retreat Spa – 8:30am. Start your Sunday with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class open to all levels. Camp Serenity, S76W18582 Kingston Dr, Muskego. 262903-8774. CampSerenity.wordpress.com. Sunday Celebrations at Unity Center in Milwaukee – 10am. Onsite (observing COVID-19 recommendations for face masks, social distancing and taking temperatures). Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Streaming live: UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com. A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following Fellowship. Love offering accepted. Fireside Room, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Joann Baumann: 414-745-7377. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.

monday Life Journey Group – 6:15-8pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. Come with an open mind and kind heart to support others and self in spiritual growth through daily living. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com.

tuesday Yoga at Camp Serenity Yoga & Retreat Spa – 7am. Start your Tuesday with a relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class open to all levels. Camp Serenity, S76W18582 Kingston Dr, Muskego. 262-903-8774. CampSerenity.wordpress.com.

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friday VIBE Fitness-SHRED – 6-6:45am. Class is all about building lean muscle through resistance training. Weight training-based movements that will help boost that metabolism to get you feeling stronger and leaner than ever. VIBE Yoga Health Fitness, 180 Kossow Rd, Waukesha. 262-788-9147. Register: VibeMKE.com or use the MINDBODY app.

saturday VIBE Fitness- HIIT Class – 7:30-8:15am. Saturdays through May. Keep that body moving! This class keeps your heart rate up, uses light weight and body weight movements that are cardio-based, strength-based and also challenge the lungs. VIBE Yoga Health Fitness, 180 Kossow Rd, Waukesha. 262-788-9147. Register at VibeMKE.com or using the MINDBODY app. Yoga + Fresh Juice at Urban Beets – 8-9am. Second Saturday of every month. Enjoy a sunshine vinyasa flow incorporating breath and movement for all levels with the intention to offer accessibility to those new to yoga while challenging even the most seasoned practitioners. Includes 45 minutes of yoga and a fresh Urban Beets juice. Urban Beets, 3077 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa. 414-369-2259. MKEYogaSocial.com.

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Elements Massage of Mequon offers a variety of therapeutic massage techniques to support your health and wellness including deep tissue, Swedish, stretch, couples, prenatal, and sports massages. See ad, page 2.

FIND YOUR BALANCE MASSAGE & WELLNESS Debbie Conklyn 850 Elm Grove Rd, Ste 16, Elm Grove 414-426-9697 FindYourBalanceMassage.com

Massage modalities offered: cupping, guasha, kineseotaping, prenatal, Yomassage, and trigger point therapy. Helping you manage your pain or stress is my top priority.

INFINITY MASSAGE AND BODYWORK 4028 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee 7216 W North Ave, Wauwatosa 414-231-9326 • DLewis@InfinityMKE.com InfinityMKE.com

Infinity offers medical massage, reiki, and hypnotherapy to help you relax, stimulate the immune system and activate the body’s innate ability to heal. Open 7 days per week at two convenient locations, by appointment only. See ad, page 16.

MKE BACKRUB

414-331-3403 Jozmay@icloud.com MkeBackrub.com Massage and bodywork tailored to the individual with modalities drawing from Eastern and Western traditions. Unique deep tissue options such as Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy.

MEDICINE - NATUROPATHIC LAKESIDE NATURAL MEDICINE 3510 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood LakesideNaturalMedicine.com 414-939-8748

Naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalance, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 21.

MENTAL HEALTH JACK CINCOTTA

Holistic Health Practitioner, AADP N4147 W Water St, Sullivan 920-650-7674 • Jack@JackCincotta.com JackCincotta.com Jack Cincotta, Holistic Health Practitioner (AADP), M.S. Psychology, specializes in helping o t h e r s o v e r c o m e a n x i e t y, depression and related issues through holistic and natural approaches. See ad, page 22.

MORENO THERAPY

Claudia Maria Moreno, MS, LPC-IT, CHT 262-278-0229 MorenoTherapy.org Call today for free consult. I take the time to listen to your needs and together we create your personalized therapy plan. Services include: counseling, hypnotherapy, breathwork and virtual/digital options. Bilingual services available and some insurance accepted. See ad, page 21.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE SPECIALIZED THERAPY SERVICES 890 Elm Grove Rd, Ste 1-1, Elm Grove 414-778-1341 SpecializedTherapyServices.com

Specialized Therapy Services began in 2002 providing comprehensive MFR treatment programs. Currently it is the only private MFR clinic accepting multiple insurance plans including Medicare. See ad, page 13.

WHITE WOLF MFR

4406 S 68th St, #102, Greenfield 414-543-0855 • WhiteWolfMFR.com Tony Grimm, LMT since 2007; expert-level JFB Myofascial Release therapist. MFR is the most effective treatment to eliminate or reduce pain using gentle pressure to get lasting results.

NATURAL CLEANING MAID BRIGADE

414-384-4620 MaryEllen@MaidBrigadeMKE.com 1966 S 4th St, Milwaukee MaidBrigade.com/WI/Milwaukee/ Maid Brigade starts with a multi-point cleaning process to remove dirt and debris and follows it with powerful, non-toxic, EPA-registered PUREcleaning® disinfectant to remove harmful contaminants. Call today.

NATURAL PRODUCTS SOAP FIXX CO

262-212-2388 HelloSoapFixxCo@gmail.com SoapFixxCo.com Locally handmade bar soaps for a clean you can feel good about! Support local and reduce plastic waste. Find Soap Fixx online or at the Pewaukee Farmers Market on Wednesdays and the Waukesha Farmers Markets on Saturdays.

NUTRITION LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 16655 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 106, Brookfield 414-453-8289 VitalNutritionCenter.com

In addition to targeted nutrition programs and quality supplements, our passionate team of experts offers an array of holistic and natural health services to help you feel your best every day. Boost mood. Increase energy. Decrease pain. Feel better. See ad, page 25.

NUTRITION BY GRACE

Grace E Miazga 262-719-8928 NutritionByGraceRD@gmail.com Grace E. Miazga is a non-diet Registered Dietitian who helps others reach their nutrition goals and live a more balanced life through a gentle, holistic approach.

NUTRACEUTICALS & SUPPLEMENTS ALIVE N VIBRANT

AliveNVibrant@gmail.com AliveNVibrant.com Locally made, 100% organic superfood powders to keep you feeling alive and vibrant no matter what your health history. Use code NATAWA online for 12% off for NA readers.

STANDARD PROCESS

Kathy Kiss Sr Account Manager KKiss@StandardProcess.com Standard Process is a Wi s c o n s i n - b a s e d , family-owned, wholefood-based nutritional supplement company that partners with healthcare practitioners to address issues related to health conditions. See ad, page 4.

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ORAL HEALTH UNTETHERED AIRWAY HEALTH & TONGUE TIE CENTER Hello@UntetheredTTC.com 414-935-8460 • UntetheredTTC.com

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE REGEN MED PAIN RELIEF CLINICS 15720 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-785-5515 RegenMedPainRelief.com

Sleep, breathing, and a healthy mouth are intertwined. Dr. Meggie Graham and team offer sleep studies, ENT services, orofacial myofunctional therapy, tongue tie release and preventive preorthodontic treatment to promote optimal oral health for all ages. See ad, page 7.

Exceptional chiropractic and wellness clinic with a special focus on chronic pain relief. Offering MLS Laser Therapy, massage, exercise rehabilitation, functional medicine and more. See ads, pages 9 and 31.

REIKI

PHYSICAL THERAPY INVIVO WELLNESS

414-265-5606 2060 N Humboldt Ave, Ste 300, Milwaukee InvivoWellness.com

CINDY CARLSON REIKI AND ENERGY HEALING

121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657 • CarlsonHealing.com Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 13.

Discover orthopedic and therapeutic healing solutions to reduce pain and improve daily movement. INVIVO offers physical therapy, massage therapy (relaxation, deep tissue, Thai, prenatal and hot stone), yoga and fitness classes, personal training and a gym. See ad, page 30.

RETREAT CENTER GOLDEN LIGHT HEALING RETREAT CENTER

PILATES

Amy Wilinski • 920-609-8277 GoldenLightHealing.net

EAST SIDE PILATES AND PHLOX BOUTIQUE

Offering workshops, sessions, group & personal retreats in shamanism, mediumship, reiki, psychic development and more.

Jesse Masche 414-915-7100 • Jesse@EastSidePilates.com EastSidePilates.com 2445 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee We make available the best possible supportive Pilates experience for all humans. To create a unique health and fitness boutique to strengthen and empower individuals. We have the best team of instructors. And it’s pretty!

REAL ESTATE

SKIN CARE AESTHETICALLY WELL

222 E Erie St, Ste 150, Milwaukee 414-331-8852 Info@AestheticallyWell.com AestheticallyWell.com

SHOREWEST REALTORS

Cierra Burmeister • 262-607-0215 CBurmeister@Shorewest.com Cierra.Shorewest.com Buyer and seller consultations available. Trust and communication from our first meeting to closing. Clients can expect a relationship beyond the closing table to ensure their home needs are always met. See ad, page 28.

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Aesthetically Well is a trending holistic skincare and nutrition spa in the third ward. The services range from basic to medical to offer every client a perfect skin treatment. See ad, page 15.

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SPIRITUALITY UNITY CHURCH

1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 UnityCenterInMilwaukee.com A God-centered c o m m u n i t y, welcoming all to come and share the gifts of divine love, life, peace, joy and abundance. Join us Sundays, 10 am. See ad, page 34.

TAI CHI AND QIGONG NEIJIA ARTS

Solful Fitness, 8655 N 43rd St, Brown Deer 414-839-4315 • Neijia-arts.com Calm and focus your mind. Increase your strength, flexibility, coordination, energy, overall health and longevity. Learn traditional Yang family Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong from a certified 6th generation instructor.

YOGA MKE HOT YOGA COLLECTIVE 414-369-2259 MKEYogaSocial@gmail.com MKEYogaSocial.com/Hot-Yoga

MKE Hot Yoga Collective is a division of MKE Yoga Social and partners with Bikram Yoga Heights, a local woman-owned business, to bring you the healing magic of Hot Yoga. See ad, page 25

MKE YOGA SOCIAL

414-369-2259 MKEYogaSocial@gmail.com MKEYogaSocial.com Come for the yoga, stay for the community! MKE Yoga Social offers various yoga modalities in amazing venues throughout the city; from breweries to distilleries, parks and more, we’ve led yoga in over 65 spaces throughout our beautiful city! See ad, page 25.

VIBE YOGA, HEALTH & FITNESS 180 Kossow Rd, Waukesha 262-788-9147 VIBEmke.com Info@VIBEmke.com

VIBE Yoga, Health & Fitness is a lifestyle studio that specializes in functional movement, health and wellness. We believe in an all-encompassing lifestyle approach that focuses on mental and emotional well-being as well as physical.


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