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the privilege this month to interview Alison Armstrong, one of the world’s leading relationship experts. Based on 25 years of study, Armstrong challenges our perspective on members of the opposite sex. She asks us to consider the questions: “What if no one is misbehaving? What if there are good reasons for the things that other people do, and we just don’t understand those reasons?” By understanding and respecting our differences, we can truly honor each other and create deep and real partnerships, not just romantically, but with all the people in our lives. I recently listened to a fascinating talk that Armstrong gave on the topic of expectations and how detrimental they are. When we place expectations on others, she says, we deny them the gift of being able to truly give to us from the heart. Instead, we leave them only two disempowering options: to submit or resist. Either choice creates distance and resentment. Most of us tend to apply expectations in not only romantic relationships, but also relationships with friends and family. If an expectation is not met—that is, if the other person resists—we tend to interpret that resistance as a personal rejection or a lack of love or concern for us. We may become judgmental and decide the other person is wrong or deliberately “misbehaving,” or we may berate ourselves as not being sufficiently good or worthy. Interestingly, if an expectation is met, it sets the stage for additional expectations. According to Armstrong, relationships are based on expectations; but partnerships are based on accountabilities. The distinction is that rather than demanding, complaining and expecting our partner to fulfill our needs, we sort through and identify which needs are truly important and critical for our wellbeing, express those needs to him or her, explain what filling this need would provide for us and how our lives would be enhanced; then, we ask our partners if they would be willing to be accountable to provide this for us. Perhaps if we let go of our expectations that others should march to our tune, believe what we believe, think how we think, and live as we live, we can shift our perspective towards approaching others as partners with whom we can share openly and honestly. By healing ourselves and our relationships, we can experience personal peace and share it in the world. In celebration of partnerships, Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

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Wisdom of the Earth Course Deepens Knowledge of Aromatherapy


resa Laferty, owner of Speak to the Earth, presents Wisdom of the Earth Aromatherapy Certification, a course about natural healing, living in harmony with nature and using the original medicine of the planet—essential oils. The class takes place from 1 to 5 p.m., February 24, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 25 and 26, at Inspiration Wellness Group, in Oak Creek. The class will be repeated July 21 through 23 at BodyWise Wellness Spa, in Kenosha. The class time will consist of lectures, personal healing, meditation and hands-on practice using pure medicinal essential oils. More than 100 founTresa Laferty dational essences will be covered in this course and participants will learn about sacred ceremonies and personal healing. For the past 13 years, Laferty has been using essential oils to heal her family, animals and clients. She brings a grounded approach to learning and presents information in a relaxed atmosphere. Laferty is a certified advanced medicinal aromatherapist, certified ayurvedic practitioner and animal communicator. She has been teaching this Wisdom of the Earth course since 2013. Cost: $475. Location: 6420-A S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek. For more information, call 262-902-2271, email or visit SpeakToTheEarth. com. See ad, page 8.

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usie Raymond, an emotional empowerment life coach, reiki master/teacher, esthetician and owner of White Sage Spa, will facilitate Allowing Abundance, a workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., February 18, at Dragonfly Meditation Center, in Mequon. Participants will be empowered to consciously listen to their own limiting beliefs about what they feel they might lack, and acquire a scientific method to create and achieve desires. “If you feel like there is never enough time, money, love or balance in your life, come and learn how to implement universal principles and simple strategies to attract what you desire,” Raymond says. “You always have a choice; however, if you don’t believe that or understand how to implement change, you will continue to do and be the same.” Raymond has been an entrepreneur for 18 years, a reiki master/teacher for 16 years and a life coach for eight years. In addition to her own coaching practice, she is a coach with the International Institute for Emotional Empowerment. Cost: $99. Location: 11649 N. Port Washington Rd., Ste. 225, Mequon. For more information, call 414-352-6550, email or visit WhiteSage See ad, page 18.

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he Holistic Moms Network is launching a new chapter in the Lake Country area and will hold a kickoff event at 10 a.m., February 25, at the Delafield Historical Center. This rapidly growing national nonprofit organization, connecting moms that are passionate about holistic health and green living, will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Good Harvest Market. “Through monthly meetings, our local chapters bring parents together in a non-judgmental environment that honors their lifestyle and parenting choices,” says the group’s Executive Director, Dr. Nancy Massotto. “For new parents who choose to raise their children holistically, having the support of like-minded parents is critical.” The Holistic Moms Network encourages new mothers to trust their instincts, parent from the heart and educate themselves about the pros and cons of all healthcare options. Members connect and share information and advice on topics including pregnancy, breastfeeding, natural childbirth, positive discipline, alternative medicine and green living. The organization, with more than 120 chapters across the U.S., was founded in New Jersey in 2003. Moms, dads, grandparents, partners and other caregivers are all welcome to join.

he sixth annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference, entitled Honoring the Wise Women of the Past, Present and Future, will bring together international herbalists and authors for a gathering of the feminine June 9 through 11 at Camp Helen Brachman, in Almond. Speakers Tammi Sweet, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Ganora, Whapio and Robin Rose Bennett are just a few of the presenters for more than 60 workshops and plant walks. Kids Camp and Teen Spiral offer unique programs for the next generation of herbalists. Three-day in-depth classes leading up to the conference include Clinical Herbalism with Tammi Sweet; a Radical Doula program with Whapio of the Matrona; and a Botanical Drawing Art Immersion with Wendy Hollender. Three-hour pre-conference workshops include Food and the Hunger for Connection with Jessica Prentice; Herbal Pharmacy: Outside the Box Preparations with Lisa Ganora; Healing Our Strong and Tender Hearts Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically with Robin Rose Bennett; Music as Medicine with Ubaka Hill; and Eldership, Peacekeeping and Holding Transformation with Whapio. The conference village offers personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, nourishing meals, swimming, campfires and magical “in-between” times. A Red Tent communal space invokes the spirit of generations of women and celebrates women’s inner wisdom.

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he Green Team of Wisconsin, Inc., a company which offers sustainable and innovative approaches to landscape management, will be holding job fairs from 7 to 11 a.m. on February 16 and 8 a.m. to noon on February 18. Positions available include Landscape Designer/Sales Rep, Landscape Construction Crew Leader, Landscape Maintenance Crew Leader, Lawn and Landscape Technicians and Lawn Maintenance Crew Leader. The Green Team is a young, growing company with room for advancement and an engaging work environment that offers work-life balance. Prospective candidates must have a valid driver’s license and be experienced team players with a good attitude and a strong work ethic. A two-year degree in horticulture or a related field is a bonus. Location: The Green Team of Wisconsin, Inc., 5420 W. State St., Milwaukee. Call 414-721-1431 or register at Green to secure an interview, or email cover letter and résumé spelling out relevant credentials, experience and stats to Visit website for details about positions and to learn more about The Green Team’s work environment.

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loom360 Learning Community—a new nonprofit school providing a refreshing developmental approach to education for kids with neuro-diverse needs—is enrolling for the 2017-18 school year. Informational sessions for parents and caregivers will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., February 16, and 1:30 to 3 p.m., February 26, and will be held at the school’s business office in Milwaukee. The final school location is targeted for Waukesha County. The Bloom360 educational model focuses on whole-child development with a strengths-and-project-based curriculum to help guide each child forward at their own pace with plenty of nurturing along the way. A major collaborator is Vista360, a Milwaukee-based compliance and management consulting firm. Laura Rauman, president and founder of Bloom360, is the parent of a child with neuro-diverse needs and the managing principal at Vista360. “Parents often struggle to find the right educational environment for their child, especially if the child has special needs,” says Rauman. “One size doesn’t fit all in education; approximately 20 percent of all school-aged children nationwide have neuro-diverse needs. Bloom360 Learning Community offers a whole-child approach that develops strong roots by valuing every child’s strengths and cultivating meaningful relationships.” Location: P.H. Dye Building, 320 E. Buffalo St., Ste. 400. For more information and to register for the informational sessions, call 414-935-6360, email Info@ or visit See ad, page 19.

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n March 18, journey into a world of alternative health care with free workshops, health care specialists and practitioner booths at the Spring Into Wellness conference, which is designed to be an educational, fun, exploratory event that offers the public alternative options for healthy living. Other events include yoga demonstrations, breath work and chakra movement classes, hands-on healing and therapeutic oils demonstrations and a crystal and stones beginner’s class. Educational presentations by Rose Koremenos, Diane Bloom and Free Spirit School students and alumni provide additional learning opportunities. All attendees receives a free stone from Free Spirit Crystals. Free Spirit School Directors Rose Koremenos and Diane Bloom bring over 60 years of experience and knowledge in alternative healing modalities. In its 10-year existence, the school has had 12 graduating classes which provide the community with heart-based practitioners and a shift in consciousness. Admission: free. Location: Zoofari Conference Center, 10001 Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-534-1578, email FreeSpirit or visit,. See ad, page 32.


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study from the Karolinska Institute of Environmental Medicine, in Stockholm, analyzed data on air pollution exposure and lung function in the first and 15th years of life among 2,415 adolescents in Sweden. The researchers focused on nitrogen oxide in vehicle exhaust and particulate matter from road erosion, using road traffic, topography and weather conditions to classify pollution levels. They compared this data to the level of difficulty the teens experienced getting air through their peripheral airways, termed “resistance”. The study found that breathing problems increased for teenagers each time their exposure as infants to such pollution increased by 10 micrograms per cubic meter, with the strongest association occurring in male subjects with asthma at age 16. The same increase was not present in relation to their exposure to traffic pollution as teenagers. Lead author Erica S. Schultz, Ph.D., says, “An increasing number of studies demonstrate the importance of airway periphery for lung health. It’s concerning that the effect from the first year of life seems to be long-lasting, although we don’t yet know the full clinical implications.”



randomized, double-blind study from the Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Science and Research, in Bangalore, India, has found that an extract of fenugreek husk (FHE) called FenuSMART can provide relief from common symptoms of menopause, including night sweats, insomnia, headaches, hot flashes and mood swings. Researchers studied 88 menopausal women between the ages of 45 and 58. Half were given one gram of FHE per day for 90 days while the other half received a placebo. The study measured the impact the supplement had on the subjects’ menopausal symptoms through weekly telephone sessions. At the study’s end, approximately 32 percent of the women in the FHE group reported no hot flashes, while the placebo subjects saw the frequency of theirs reduced from three to five per day to one or two. Additionally, the subjects that took FHE experienced a 57 percent reduction in night sweats, a 68 percent abatement of mood swings, a 75 percent drop in insomnia and 58 percent fewer headaches.

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r. Supriya Shetty, incorporates multiple of Integrative safety factors in order to Dental Solutions enhance immune recovfondly remembers her ery during amalgam refather saying, “The face moval. She’s also an acis the index of the mind, credited member of the and the mouth is the International Academy index of the gut.” Today, of Oral Medicine and her holistic dental pracToxicology (IAOMT). tice focuses on not just Mahn retired in the health of the mouth, June and Shetty is but how it relates to continuing his mission whole person wellness. of providing biological Shetty’s exposure to dentistry, a model that holistic care began durunderstands the mouthDr. Supriya Shetty ing her youth in India. body relationship. Her parents raised her “At Integrative Dental with alternative care Solutions, dentistry is only, without medicaour core and we remove tions. “My parents gave amalgam and mercury me turmeric, garlic and fillings, but we also look ginger for everything. at the whole mouth,” Those were the things she says. Discoloration that would cure anything of the tongue can be a for us,” she recalls. sign of acid reflux, liver While Shetty trained problem and gut issues. at ABSM Institute of Shetty also went through Dental Sciences, in extra training to treat Karnataka, India, she temporomandibular disliked working with joint (TMJ) disorders and amalgam tooth fillings— sleep apnea. Dr. Udoka Holinbeck silver, mercury, tin and Integrative Dental copper—because they don’t set and Solutions offers sleep dentistry and orthcan crumble. Shetty later moved to odontic care for adults and kids. Sleep the U.S. and attended the New York dentistry addresses snoring, grinding of School of Dentistry, where she earned teeth and even sleep apnea. a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree “We take care of a lot of kids, and in 2005. But it was when she became we see that it’s best to solve a problem an associate of Dr. Ingo Mahn, founder when they are young, rather than wait of Integrative Dental Solutions, that until a person turns 30 and his teeth she developed an interest in holistic break down because he was grinding dentistry. and clenching throughout childhood. If Shetty trained in the Huggins we see a child that is grinding his teeth Protocol, an integrated system that or sucking his thumb, there’s a reason,



and we like to nip it in the bud,” she says. Patients that aren’t sleeping well will often be referred to a sleep specialist. Dr. Udoka Holinbeck joined Integrative Dental Solutions in January 2016. Holinbeck earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California, practiced in Houston, and then took a year off from dentistry after giving birth to her son. Shetty says Holinbeck embraced the natural dentistry model of Integrative Dental Solutions. “She saw our website and was interested and intrigued by how we care for our patients,” says Shetty. “She has really embraced it and has gone for ozone certification. She’s also one of the few dentists in Wisconsin that places ceramic implants. She’s a good fit and also a nice person.” Holinbeck is a biomimetic-trained dentist who earned Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique certification from IAOMT. She performs complicated tooth extractions following their safety protocols, which involve thorough cleaning of the sockets and treating the area with low-level laser therapy to kill bacteria. Shetty says that, prior to Holinbeck’s arrival, the clinic would usually refer tooth extraction patients to other practitioners and then the patient would return to Integrative Dental Solutions for laser and ozone therapy. Now those services are all under their roof. Integrative Dental Solutions opened a second location last October in the Green Square Integrative Health Center, a campus that houses other holistic health practitioners. Dr. Aanal Parikh, a dentist who is in the process of training in IAOMT protocols, will soon join the team at the Green Square office. The new location serves patients that live closer to northern Milwaukee and Glendale. Shetty realizes that people can be intimidated by going to the dentist, but the friendly staff at both locations strives to create a calming ambiance. “We have a great team that always looks forward to taking care of the

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ccording to a 2012 New York Times story, “Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities,” more dentists nationwide are recommending that children be administered general anesthesia at hospitals due to the severity of decay. Such extensive dental work on children is largely preventable. Wise parents encourage their children to develop healthy habits such as brushing teeth at least twice a day; eating fewer sugary snacks and brushing afterwards; limiting fruit juice intake to four ounces a day; and sucking on bacteria-killing xylitol lollipops. Such a routine combined with an initial dentist visit by their first birthday can reduce dental costs, including hospital treatment for extreme decay that can cost thousands of dollars. Other ways to reduce the too-common incidence of six to 10 childhood cavities include breastfeeding only until baby teeth erupt; avoiding transmission of an anaerobic oral bacteria carried in saliva that’s the leading cause of tooth

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Andie Pearson, a doctor of dental medicine and owner of Gaimed Dental Spa, in Wilmette, Illinois, tells mothers that in the descent through the birth canal, their baby ingests the bacteria necessary to digest breast milk. As teeth later emerge, their gut bacteria also become able to digest solid food. “By the time a child has all 20 baby teeth, between 18 and 30 months, they no longer have the microbial ecology for digesting breast milk and should be weaned. Researchers from the University of CaliforniaBerkeley have found that the more frequently a mother breastfed her child beyond the second birthday during the day, the greater the child’s risk of severe early tooth decay,” says Pearson. Development of facial muscles and bone structure is dependent on chewing and gnawing. “Teething rings facilitate chewing that builds stronger

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Mouth-to-Mouth Susan Maples, a doctor of dental surgery and owner of Total Health Dentistry, in Holt, Michigan, notes that Streptococcus mutans is the leading reason children are hospitalized today. “Cavities are formed when the rate of decay of the teeth caused by the lactic acid produced by the bacteria exceeds the rate of repair initiated by the phosphate and calcium ions in saliva,” she explains. The unwanted bacteria is transmitted through saliva, which is why adults should avoid licking spoons or tasting foods before offering them to children between the ages of 1 and 3. “This type of bacteria thrives on sugar, so children shouldn’t have lots of sugary drinks and sweet treats,” says Maples. Mouth kissing presents a similar risk.

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Kris Kammer, a doctor of dental surgery and owner of Gums of Steel Oral Hygiene Transformation, in Middleton, Wisconsin, learned early in his career to avoid mercury amalgam fillings and early extractions of bicuspids for orthodontic purposes, and that xylitol reduces buildup of plaque bacterial biofilm on teeth. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research, supported by findings of a metastudy appearing in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dentistry “shows that regular use of xylitol over six months significantly reduces the Streptococcus mutans population,” he says. He also suggests early interceptive treatments which can be performed by general dentists. “Parents don’t need to wait for children’s teeth to come in crooked and crowded. These issues can be addressed with a removable appliance that expands the arch in the roof dome, influences bone growth and makes room for incoming teeth,” says Kammer. Early proper diet may also help prevent

crowding of teeth as well as malocclusion, or misalignment of upper and lower teeth, according to Pearson.

Role Modeling “Parents play a pivotal role in their children’s dental hygiene. They influence how their children care for their teeth, behave in the dentist’s office and feel about dental visits,” advises Pentti Nupponen, a doctor of dental medicine and owner of the Halifax Center for Holistic & Cosmetic Dentistry, in Halifax, Pennsylvania. Children should be made familiar with dentistry and taught that they are responsible for their dental hygiene from around age 1. Nupponen explains his gentle method: “I encourage mothers to bring their children along for dental appointments so that they can watch me from their mother’s lap. Generally, by the time they are alone in my chair, they aren’t frightened.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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here are many theories as to why some children have straight teeth and others don’t. Many believe that crooked teeth may be a combination of inheriting one parent’s small jaw and the other’s large teeth. While science does not have all the answers, research has shed some light on the topic, and there are things that parents can do to help their child develop healthy, straight teeth naturally. When steady pressure is applied for long periods of time, it doesn’t take a lot of force to move a tooth, and the tongue is a powerful muscle. The natural placement of the tongue is in the roof of the mouth behind the upper front teeth, and the force of the tongue then expands the upper arch out to the sides of the mouth. The proper development of the upper arch enables the lower jaw to move forward, which prevents the “buck teeth” look as the jaw moves to its proper position. Children that have allergies, enlarged tonsils and other conditions can have trouble breathing through their nose. Breathing through the mouth leaves the tongue on the floor of the mouth, where it is not doing its job of expanding the upper arch. This can cause a narrow upper arch and prevent the lower jaw from moving forward, resulting in crowding and/or the buck teeth appearance. The same goes for children with oral habits such as thumb sucking or lip sucking that do not allow the tongue to do its job. By catching these conditions early, even as soon as 3 years of age, we can stop the process and help a child develop their healthy and natural facial and dental potential. Moving the jaw forward allows for a better facial profile, straighter teeth

and a bigger airway that can prevent future health problems such as sleep apnea. Many people believe that waiting until the child is older and then moving the teeth back with braces and headgear is the only answer. However, leaving the condition untreated in the young years can contribute to poor jaw position, TMJ dysfunction and a narrowed airway, and may result in a longer, more expensive orthodontic treatment which could relapse, resulting in the need for more orthodontics in the future. It is important to find a dentist that can recognize these habits and conditions in a young child and understands that early intervention can be beneficial. Early treatment may include allergy testing, habit correction, myofunctional therapy and evaluating whether the tonsils are enlarged and should be removed. A dentist that values early

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Transforming the Way Women Relate to Men An Interview with Alison Armstrong by April Thompson


or 25 years, relationship expert Alison Armstrong has worked to evolve society by changing the way women relate to men. Her yearning to understand the opposite sex was born from personal challenges, including a failed marriage in her 20s. She began studying men on her own, at the age of 30, beginning with the question, “What if men are responding to women?” What started out as a personal inquiry has become a lifelong pursuit and she’s shared her findings with millions of men and women worldwide. Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of PAX Programs, addresses gender differences, sexuality and relationships. She has written three books, including The Queen’s Code, and speaks to interpersonal insights through workshops, webinars and teleclasses, including free recordings and articles at Armstrong and her second husband have been happily married for 23 years and now live in Colorado.

Which core differences between men and women cause everyday misunderstandings? The biggest source of mischief is denying that differences exist at all. Both men and women tend to assume that each is a version of the other, which creates significant misunderstandings. We interact with our partners by doing



or saying what works for us. When that doesn’t get the response we’re expecting, we usually draw incorrect conclusions and act in counterproductive ways. For example, men and women relate to feelings differently. Women often make life decisions based on their feelings about something or someone. To men, who tend to rely on facts and set aside feelings, this approach can seem irrational, and relating to women as irrational has predictably bad outcomes.

Where does a couple best start to heal the communication divide? The most powerful thing men and women can do is to address misunderstandings with openness and curiosity rather than assuming we know why our partner did or said something. We should ask ourselves, “What if there’s a good reason for that?” Don’t assume that what’s true for her is also true for him, and vice versa. Once a couple chooses to give each other the benefit of the doubt, a few simple changes can further open up communication. Saying “I need” instead of “I want” will make a huge difference. Because being “needy” is considered unattractive, women avoid this word, not realizing that it connects with a man’s instinct to provide. When asking for something, it’s important to say what it would

provide us. For him, there needs to be a reward equal to or greater than the energy he’ll have to expend. Years ago, I described to my husband in colorful detail the experience of falling into the toilet in the middle of the night; he took it upon himself to make sure that never again happens to the women he loves.

What’s the secret to navigating partners’ differing needs and drives for physical intimacy? The secret is to stop leaving our sex lives to the whims of biology, or making decisions based on whether we “feel like it.” Waiting for a time when both partners feel like it, the kids are at Grandma’s and we’re not too tired leads to sex happening too rarely. Delicious sexual partnerships begin when we decide to stop waiting and instead work on creating the circumstances that put us in the mood. One example is learning to offer “dessert”. Using the desire for food as a metaphor for the desire for sex, we’re often trying to eat together when only one partner is hungry. But dessert sounds delicious anytime; examples might be massage or kissing or other physical activities. Find out what reliably perks up a partner’s interest and put that on the menu.

How can a woman satisfy a man’s desire to provide without sacrificing her independence? American culture tells women that being low-maintenance matters most. Yet, when we allow our partners to fulfill our needs, it can help us unlock our own greatness, as well as theirs. Men are driven to provide for their loved ones and denying them such opportunities takes away their life’s pursuit, which can be emasculating. By asking for what we need, women create opportunities for partnership, satisfaction and fulfillment for both partners. When we allow the men in our life to contribute to us and learn to receive graciously, we discover that it doesn’t diminish our power. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at




sychologist Ty Tashiro reports in The Science of Happily Ever After that only three in 10 couples remain in healthy, happy marriages. Psychologist John Gottman, in New York City, has studied couples for four decades seeking to understand successful relationships. He and his psychologist wife, Julie, founded The Gottman Institute that helps couples build and maintain loving, healthy relationships based on scientific studies. Using data from his Love Lab at the University of Washington, John separated thousands of couples into two groups: masters (still happy after six years) and disasters (separated or chronically unhappy in their marriages). One of Gottman’s studies watched 130 newlywed vacationing couples and found that partners regularly made bids for connection, requesting responses from their mate. Choices to “turn toward� or “turn away� revealed the level of engagement and respect in the relationship. Couples that divorced within six years had shown “turn toward� bids a third of the time while couples still together responded to their partner’s emotional need nine times out of 10. An integral element is the spirit couples bring to the relationship: kindness and generosity or contempt, criticism and hostility. “There’s a key habit of mind that the masters have,� Gottman explains. “They are scanning the social environment for things they can appreciate and express thanks for. Disasters are scanning for partners’ mistakes.� People focused on criticizing miss 50 percent of positive things their


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partners are doing and see negativity when it’s absent. Deliberately ignoring their partner or responding minimally to opportunities for small moments of emotional connection devalues and kills a relationship. Kindness, conversely, glues couples together, making each partner feel cared for, understood, validated and loved. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, creating upward spirals of love and generosity. Practicing kindness during a fight is vital. Letting contempt and aggression spiral out of control during a conflict can inflict irrevocable damage. “Kindness doesn’t mean that we don’t express anger,� Julie explains, “But it informs how we choose to express it. You can either throw spears or explain why you’re hurt and angry, which is the kinder path.� Kindness can also solidify the backbone of a relationship by being generous about our partner’s intention and avoiding misinterpreting what’s motivating their behavior. “Even if it’s executed poorly, appreciate the intent,� Tashiro advises. Clearly, if we want to have a stable, healthy relationship, exercise kindness early and often and let a spirit of generosity guide happy years together.



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hysical therapists have long used horses to help patients improve balance or strengthen core muscles. Now they’re helping to teach empathy. Given a horse’s significant size, sometimes distracting surroundings and the need for safety, humans need to learn the animal’s non-verbal cues, and to regulate their own. Close interaction without riding is proving to be helpful for those dealing with addictions, trauma and grief, and for employees to improve their communication and teamwork skills. Kelly Wendorf and Scott Strachan, co-founders of Equus, in Santa Fe,

work with both individuals and organizations. Strachan emphasizes, “This isn’t magic. Horses reflect our feelings back to us. If we’re nervous, the horse will be more skittish.” “We’ve had executives arrive with cell phones firmly in hand and leave holding soggy tissues instead,” comments Wendorf. “For them, it was unexpectedly emotional.” For addicts caught up in a debilitating cycle, “Equine therapy gets the brain firing in a new direction,” says Constance Scharff, Ph.D., director of addiction research at Cliffside Malibu,

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one of the horses was the one to choose. The initial flood of emotions and memories from being around horses again wasn’t pretty, but empathy is a specific language, and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Horses are a huge part of my life.” At Ranch Hand Rescue Counseling Center & Animal Sanctuary, in South Argyle, Texas, founder Bob Williams considers animal therapy a ministry. “We rescue abused and neglected farm animals, including horses that come into play when patients are not responding to usual therapies,” he says. “It’s important for damaged people to learn to live in the light, and our partnering with the special needs animals helps put them on the emotional path to health.” The rescue’s mission is to provide hope, healing and a sense of security for children and adults that have suffered severe trauma such as abuse, domestic violence and witnessing violent death ( RanchHandRescueVideo). Riding Beyond’s four-session program, in Ashland, Oregon, is free to women recovering from the rigors of breast cancer treatment. Expenses are covered by donations from the community. German research published in the journal Psycho-Oncology reported that 82 percent of participating breast cancer patients studied displayed symptoms of PTSD following diagnosis. “They often don’t want to touch or be touched, and have trouble with friendships and intimate relationships; issues that can cripple a woman’s life,” says Trish Broersma, founding director and a certified therapeutic riding professional at Riding Beyond (Tinyurl. com/RidingBeyondVideo). “The medical team that saved their lives doesn’t treat these issues.” The first client, unfamiliar with horses, met Mystic, who touched her on the site of the former tumor. She says, “Even weeks later, when I brought her image to mind when stressed, sad or even happy, it brought feelings of contentment, peace and well-being.” Horses have been serving humans in many ways for centuries. Equine therapy shows they have even more to give if we are open to receive.


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hen thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. “In our society, there’s a mindset that once we pass our 40th year, it’s all downhill from there. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight, lose mobility and flexibility, deal

with more aches and pains, experience shortness of breath and the list goes on.” According to Spitzer, this all can happen, but it’s more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than destiny. “Research with older people at both rehabilitation and nursing centers tells us that the human body wasn’t designed to begin a major decline in function until age 70, barring major illness or accidents along the way. Most of individual decline is due to lifestyle choices, not nature’s plan.”

Spitzer teaches his clients that weight training is essential for every age group. “After age 30, most people lose between 0.5 to 1 percent of lean muscle fiber per year, which directly affects the basal metabolic rate. Much like a car engine, the more lean muscle mass we have, the more energy our ‘engine’ uses, even when idling. If not prevented, by age 50, for example, we may have lost as much as 20 percent of the lean muscle fiber we had when we were 30.” He also recommends regular cardiovascular exercise. “Do a good round of cardio inside your target heart rate zone for 30 minutes at least three times a week. It’s vital for lung and heart health, the primary benefit of cardio exercise as opposed to just burning calories.” “For those in their 40s, I recommend high-intensity interval training such as burst training, along with a mind-body practice like power yoga or budokon,” says Nelson Pahl, of Northfield, Minnesota, managing editor of Longevity Times. “Vinyasa yoga, tai chi and cycling are ideal during our 50s, while hatha yoga, tai chi, or qigong and hiking work well in our 60s.” “Most of my clients are 70 and up,” notes Gwyneth Jones, an active aging specialist at the Carriage Club, in Kansas City, Missouri, who also trains physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and movement educators. “They enjoy mixing up their daily exercise routines and look forward to the support and encouragement of their classmates. Discussions include light-

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tion or new problem-solving skills; all help the mind stay tuned up and sharp.” It’s always healthy to break out of normal routines and comfort zones, venture into new worlds, volunteer and do what makes our heart soar. Jones advises, “Choose activities that feel good, refreshing, include people you enjoy, and are done in pleasant environments. Don’t forget to revel in sunshine or a good book on a rainy day. Listen to music, play music, sing and dance every day.” Maturity brings benefits we can embrace with delight when we bring loving attention and happy novelty to life.

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ast, fun to grow and packed with flavor and nutrition, tender young microgreens can go from seed to table in as little as a week. Close cousins to edible sprouts, microgreens are grown in potting soil or seed-starting mixes instead of plain water. They customarily grow beyond the sprout stage until they have produced a true leaf or two. After that, harvesting is a simple matter of snipping off fresh greens. “You don’t need a green thumb to grow microgreens, only patience and persistence,” says Mark Mathew Braunstein, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, author of Microgreen Garden. Even first-timers can expect good results. For example, the thin shoots grown from popcorn taste like a more vibrant form of sweet corn, and pea shoots work well in wraps, salads and virtually any Asian dish. Like high-fiber wheatgrass, “Microgreens are great for juicing, either by themselves or mixed with other veggies,” says Rita Galchus (aka Sprout Lady Rita), proprietor of The Sprout House, in Lake Katrine, New York, which sells organic seeds for microgreens and sprouts. “You can add a handful of microgreens to a smoothie to

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The seeds of dozens of plants from alfalfa to wheat can be grown as microgreens. If seeking to maximize nutrition, put red cabbage and cilantro on the planting list. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Quality Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland, tested the nutritional properties of 25 microgreens; red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamins K and E, respectively. Microgreens generally provide three times as much nutrition per weight as the same food eaten in its mature state. “People underestimate the intense flavor of microgreens and might try planting mustard greens or radish varieties even if they don’t like spicy flavors,” say Elizabeth Millard, an organic farmer in Northfield, Minnesota, and author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. For beginners, large seeds that sprout quickly such as sunflowers, buckwheat and snow peas are good choices because

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Microgreens grow so fast that there’s little time for them to run into trouble. Commercial growers use large trays, but home gardeners can also use pretty coffee mugs or tofu boxes rescued from the recycling bin. Drainage holes in the container bottoms work well when growing beets or other slow-sprouting seeds, but are less important for fastgrowing sunflowers or wheat. Work only with organic seeds. Seeds sold for sprouting or bulk grains from a local health food store cost much less than the larger, robust seeds produced for gardening. Soak seeds in water overnight to jump-start germination. Place an inch or so of potting soil or seed-starting mix in the container, and then scatter the plump seeds on top. “A common beginner’s error is to sow seeds too thickly,” says Braunstein. Sown seeds should not touch each other, with most spaced about onequarter-inch apart. Spritz with water and cover with a plate or plastic wrap. At the first signs of sprouting, water and move the pot to a sunny spot near a bright window or within two inches of a bright grow light. Dribble in small amounts of water to maintain moisture over the next few days. To harvest, cut in bunches about one-half inch above the soil line. Microgreens store well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but are best eaten fresh. For both beginners and experienced gardeners, growing microgreens provides a close-up look at seed germination, one of nature’s miracles. Award-winning garden writer Barbara Pleasant’s new book Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, will be out next month from Storey Publishing.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:45pm. After a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, attendees will be guided to give & receive messages from the angelic kingdom. For anyone interested in increasing intuitive abilities or wanting guidance from realms beyond. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Holy Fire Master Teacher – Feb 3, 4, 5. Fri, 6-9pm; Sat, Sun, 9am-4pm both days. Become a Holy Fire reiki teacher. CEUs available. $600. Class in Mukwonago. Register: 262-498-4162. Rhiana@ Yoga for Healing: Awakening the Senses Series - Hearing the New Year of Change – 6:30-7:45pm. Healing yoga that works with the five senses using essential oils, breath work, gentle yoga and meditation; w/Mary Jo Esser. Free, donations welcomed for Gentle Waves Foundation. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262271-4972. Community Drumming Circle – 6:30-8pm. Bring your friends and your drums, sink into a smooth flow and release the stress of daily life with facilitator Tom Kotlarek. Donation; preregistration encouraged. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Yoga – Feb 4, 18. 9am. With Mary Galati. $15/covers both sessions, payable at first session. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 414 475-0105. Animal Communication – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or a picture and find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they like. With Stacy Krafczyk. $65 cash or check/20 minute session. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Register: 262-548-0923. Ayurvedic Remedies for Anxiety and Insomnia – 1-3pm. Learn natural ways to calm the nervous system for greater sleep and harmony in your life with pranayama, yoga, food, herbs, self-care practices and essential oils. $30. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-2714972. Mindfulness for Golf Workshop – 2-4pm. Identify triggers that take your focus and game off track. Also, learn mindfulness techniques that can help you relax and focus throughout your round; w/Jerry Arvoy, professional golf instructor. $35, $30/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, 2nd fl, Ste 225, Mequon. RSVP: 262-518-0173.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Mandala Mondays – Feb 6, 20, Mar 6, 20. 6-8pm. Since ancient times, mandalas have been used as



Creating Personal Care Products Using Essential Oils – 11am-1pm. Learn to create body scrubs, lip balms, body butter, deodorants and more using all natural ingredients and fragrance of your choice. $5. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Spiritual Intelligence and Soul Nutrition – 11am2:30pm. View the documentary In the Beginning There Was Light, a provocative film claiming people across the world whose lives are spiritually motivated have the potential to live on light alone. $40. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262787-3001.

a form to promote unity and wholeness. Learn to create a mandala journal and engage in a meditative process enhancing your self-care practice. W/Laura Fuller-Cooper, MAAT, ATR-L, NCC. $45/first class; materials included. Lumos Wellness, 325 W Silver Spring Dr, #2FE (next to Bayshore Town Mall), Glendale. Preregister:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Introduction to the Chakra Energy System – 6:30-8:30pm. An introduction to the Chakra system, including the location of each energetic gateway, its associated color, function and frequency. Chakra mudras for meditation will be introduced along with an energy sensing technique. Play the chakra game during this highly interactive workshop. $45. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Introduction to Reiki – 6:30-8:30pm. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of energy medicine and a peek behind the many doors that compromise the healing arts. Questions such as “How can I use reiki in my home, career and life” will be answered. Experience your energy field and that of fellow students. Free/preregistered. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Sacred Women’s Circle – 7-9:30pm. Gathering in circle with intention is powerful. Come together to honor, listen and share hearts with others. Meditate, listen, grow; w/Julie Szyba. $25. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-2714972.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Full Moon/Eclipse Reiki Master Workshop – 8am-2pm. Third and final reiki attunement. $250. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. Inspiration Deepening into Self: Increasing your SelfCompassion – 10am-12pm. Explore the meaning of self-compassion. Engage in practices to increase your self-compassion. Learn how to bring kindness to your inner critic; w/Ann Marie Arvoy, MA, LPC. /$40/early bird, $45/after Feb 11, $35/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, 2nd fl, Ste 225, Mequon. RSVP: 262518-0173.

The Teaching of Bruno Groening: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path – 2-3:30pm. Information lecture about a natural, cost-free way of healing, based on the teachings of Bruno Groening. Through these teachings, healings continue to occur today, which are medically documented and verified by independent physicians in the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends. Donation. Kingo Lutheran Church, 1225 E Olive St, Shorewood. More info: 414-213-0113.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Reiki I Workshop and Attunement – 10am-4pm. Learn how to offer yourself and others gentle healing reiki. Reiki heals mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Class includes hands-on practice and a manual. $199. White Sage Spa, 10040 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon (within Well Body). 414352-6550. Coloring and Crafting Club – 11:45pm. This is a time of fellowship and quiet relaxation to do crafting, crocheting and coloring. Fireside room, Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105. Reiki Level I and Candlelight Attunement – 12:30-5:30pm. Using the ideals of Dr Usui, founder of reiki, class teaches the core techniques including using intention, breath and meditation. Students will receive a sacred attunement and earn practitioner certification upon completion of the course. $140/with preregistration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 By My Side: A Spirit Focused Evening – 6:308pm. This discussion group is designed to dig into topics of current philosophies and practices of spirituality and how they impact our lives and relationships. Donation. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. Preregister: 262-367-0607. Essential Oils Class – 6:30-8pm. Fun and educational class about the power of naturally healing with essential oils. Free. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Healing with Crystals and Stones – Feb 15, 22, Mar 1, 8. 1-3pm. Learn the basic of crystal/stone healing, how to use two crystal wands for healing, rules of thumb and more. $35/per class. Free Spirit Crystals, 4763 N 124th St, Butler. 414-534-1578.

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Aveda IBW Mixer – 5-8pm. Get connected to Aveda with a free express service and shop Aveda at a savings. Reservations are limited. Free. 327 E St. Paul Ave, Floor 2, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-2272889. Panchakarma: Ayurvedic Science of Detoxification and Rejuvenation – 6:30-7:30pm. Vaidya Sunita Pandey BAMS, MD (Ayu), leads a seminar about Panchakarma and why and how a regular practice of detoxification enhances our mental/ physical wellbeing. Good Harvest Market, 2205 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Registration required by Feb 13: 262-955-6600. Tarot Exchange Night – 6:30-8:30pm. Whether you are self-taught, took online/onsite classes, or are an experienced Tarot reader, there are times when you find a few glitches and want to sharpen your skills, or simply want to share a night with other Tarot enthusiasts. Please bring your own cards. $15. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Bloom360 Learning Community: Info Session – 6:30-8pm. Parents and caregivers will learn about a new school for children with neuro-diverse needs. Whole-child strengths and project-based curriculum. Enrolling for 2017. Free. PH Dye Building, 4th fl, 320 E Buffalo St, Ste 400, Milwaukee. 414-9356360. Heaven ON Earth: Community Gathering – 6:308:30pm. Deepen your understanding of yourself. A discussion on a specific theme relevant to current events, celestial energies and planetary alignments is followed by an interactive exchange. Channeled

guidance and guided meditation. $15 suggested donation. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Mediumship Training Workshop – Feb 18-19. This experiential class, which teaches how to connect with those who have crossed over, is appropriate for those starting out on this path or those interested in refining their mediumship skills. Led by Amy Wilinski who has trained with gifted mediums, including James VanPraagh, Gordon Smith and at the Arthur Findlay College. Inquire about overnight accommodations if needed. GoldenLightHealing. net. 920-609-8277. Pranayama: Yogic Breathing – 8-9am. Pranayama: Prana=life energy; Yama=exercise. Learn four winter exercises that will balance Doshas and warm your core. Class ends with silent meditation. $15; space limited. Santhigram Wellness Ayurveda Spa. 12800 W National Ave, New Berlin. RSVP by Feb 16: 262-955-6600. Ayurveda Cooking Class – 9-10:30am. Learn Ayurvedic culinary science, benefits and how to make ghee and broccoli stir fry, a perfect antidote to winter. Finish with savoring these delicacies. $30. Santhigram Wellness Ayurveda Spa. 12800 W National Ave, New Berlin. RSVP by Feb 16: 262-955-6600. Fermentation Workshop – 9:30-11:30am. Class includes a demonstration of making a SCOBY and kombucha tea, hands-on sauerkraut making, hand-outs, recipes, your own kombucha mother mushroom and jar of homemade sauerkraut. $50. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak

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Creek. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. Milwaukee Allowing Abundance Workshop – 10am-4pm. Learn to consciously listen to your own limiting beliefs about what you feel you lack, and a scientific method to create and receive that which you desire. $99. Dragonfly Meditation Center, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon. 414-352-6550. Reiki I for Animals & People – 10am-4pm. Reiki is a type of hands-on energy treatment that preserves and improves health, reduces stress and promotes an overall well-being for animals and humans; with Stacy Krafczyk. Includes attunement and certification. $150, $50 non-refundable deposit required. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Pre-register: 414-444-4110. Expanding Consciousness: The Wisdom of the Avatar – 10:30am-2:30pm. Explore the more complex concepts about life, the universe and source creator, and grapple with such questions as: Is there right and wrong, good and evil, in the Universe? $75. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262787-3001. AngelLightLLC Intuitive Warning Bells: A Course in Miracles – 1-3pm. Hearing the warning bells? A stab of pain, a twinge of guilt, a loss of peace. Class focuses on how to catch these signs, and useful tools for shifting back into the flow of your divine nature. $35. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Twisting Postures to Nourish Your Spine – 1-3pm. Explore the mobility of the spine through techniques using, flexion, extension and twisting. Benefits include releasing tension in the organs, vertebrae and ribs, deeper breathing and a relaxed mind. $30. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. Shamanic Journey and Drumming – 11:45am. An opportunity to integrate Native American spirituality with meditation and drumming; with Dennis Clark. Love offering. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414 475-0105. Blending Essential Oils − 12-3pm. Advanced blending techniques based on the order of essential oils for synergy, odor note type, using a pendulum and your intuition. Enhance products using music, crystals, reiki, the power of the moon and intention. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Teen Yoga – Tues through Mar 28. 4:30-5:20pm. In a down-to-earth atmosphere, the class moves through asanas, breath, focus, balance and relaxation. Perfect for those participating in a sport or needing stress release; w/Laura Borg ERYT. $54/six class sessions, before Feb 15, $72/after. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, 2nd fl, Ste 225, Mequon. RSVP: 262-518-0173. Treatments for the Root & Earth Star Chakras – 6:30-8:45pm. Focus on the earth star and root chakras. Test chakra health via basic muscle testing; remove stagnant energy from a chakra; sweep

the energetic field; and release the flow of energy. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001.

berger. Youth Ed at the same time. Potluck fellowship follows service. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 414 475-0105.

ease and fluid movement. $25. YogAsylum / Milwaukee School of Massage, 3815 N. Brookfield Rd, Ste 101, Brookfield. RSVP: 262-781-8102.


Reiki II Workshop and Attunement – 10am4pm. Be attuned to level II reiki. Learn how to use and activate reiki symbols to enhance reiki energy for yourself and others. Hands-on experience and manual included. $249. White Sage Spa, 10040 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon (within Well Body). 414-352-6550.

Cedar Valley Ayurveda Retreat – Mar 25-27. Learn daily practices that create beauty, harmony and balance with global Aveda spa educator, Helga Hefner, a holistic health counselor and longevity diet coach. Meditation, yoga, self abhyanga; Ayurvedic diet will be observed; sweat lodge ceremony. $400, includes meals and lodging. Cedar Valley Retreat Center, 5349 Co Rd D, West Bend. Register: 414227-2888.

Crystal Reiki Class #1 – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn practical grounding and centering techniques: ethical practices within the crystal reiki system; reikiflow healing symbol for clearing and programming crystals; draw and use the first five symbols in the Crystal Reiki healing system. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.


Bloom360 Learning Community: Info Session –1:30-3pm. See Feb 16 listing. Free. PH Dye Building, 4th fl, 320 E Buffalo St, Ste 400, Milwaukee. 414-935-6360.

Are You Afraid of Yoga – 11am-1pm. Think you can’t do yoga because you are not flexible? Explore how to safely navigate the art and science of yoga during this intro workshop. Includes tea ritual and sound healing experience. $30. My Om Wellbeing, 7963 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point. Register: Aromatherapy Certification, Level I – Feb 2426. 1-5pm, Fri; 9am-5pm, Sat and Sun. Weekend foundational sacred aromatherapy certification. Over 100 foundational essential oils will be covered. Topics include mind-body-spirit uses, application methods, Chakra uses, understanding quality, body systems. $475. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. 262-902-2271. Speak Reiki Share & Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Welcome all reiki healers for a chakra meditation followed by sharing reiki with one another. Sharing enhances the overall experience, and demonstrates the law of wholeness. $10 donation. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Extended Practice Day – 9:30am-2:30pm. A day of sitting meditation, mindful movement, mindful walking, loving kindness meditation and discussion; w/Ann Marie Arvoy, MA, LPC. Bring a sack lunch; lunch held in silence. Snacks provided. $60, $50/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, 2nd fl, Ste 225, Mequon. RSVP: 262-518-0173. Basic Animal Communication Class – 10am4pm. Learn to build communication skills through telepathy with your animal companions in group discussions, grounding/centering techniques, several exercises, a clearing meditation and practicing with pictures of animal friends; with Stacy Krafczyk. $150, $50/non-refundable deposit required to reserve space. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Pre-register: 262-548-0923. Healthy Back, Happy Back – 1-3pm. Participants will experience their spine in new, pleasurable ways. Activities include breathing and gentle movements designed to support alignment, ease and fluid movement. $25. YogAsylum/Milwaukee School of Massage, 3815 N. Brookfield Rd, Ste 101, Brookfield. RSVP: 262-781-8102.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Sunday Celebration with Rev Lemberger – 10am. Special guest speaker and musician, Rev Ed Lem-

APRIL Shamanic Training Whispers on the Wind – Apr 26-30 or July 19-23. Explore ancient energy medicine practices in this transformational four-series program. Held at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center in northeastern Wisconsin, where you will be held in the arms of Mother Nature as you delve into the teachings of the medicine wheel. See website or call for more information. Amy Wilinski: 920-6098277.


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plan ahead MARCH Mediumship Training – Mar 4-5. 9am-4pm. Learn a variety of techniques to connect with souls who have passed on. This highly experiential class will teach how to make connections with those in the spirit world, and how to give an evidential reading. Led by Amy Wilinski, who has trained with gifted mediums including James VanPraagh, Gordon Smith and at the Arthur Findlay College. Inquire about overnight accommodations if needed. Register: 920-609-8277. Reiki Level One – Mar 5. 9-4pm. Learn reiki so that you may give yourself or others a treatment. Reiki heals physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. $200. Class held in Mukwonago. Register: 262-498-4162. Spring Into Wellness Faire – Mar 18. 10am-4pm. Spring forward with us as we journey into a world of alternative health care. Free workshops, booths of practitioners, health care specialists, and educational presentations. Free. Zoofari Conference Center, 10001 Bluemound Rd. Milwaukee. More info: 414534-1578. Dare to Be Aware Fair – Mar 25. 9am-5pm. More than 100 exhibitors: specialists in health, wellness, personal growth, natural healing, herbs, organic items, animal communicators, psychic readings, massage, chiropractic and more; 14 free presentations. $5. Alverno College, Sister Joel Reed Center, 3400 S 43 St, Milwaukee. 414-374-5433. DareTo Healthy Back, Happy Back – Mar 25. 1-3pm. Participants will experience their spine in new, pleasurable ways. Activities include breathing and gentle movements designed to support alignment,

Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring the Wise Women of the Past, Present and Future – June 9-11. Speakers: Tammi Sweet, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Ganora, Whapio and Robin Rose Bennett and many more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Spiral. Includes pre-conference classes and workshops. Personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Enter to win a free full conference ticket, including meals & lodging, at Contest ends Mar 31. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info:

JULY Peru Mysticism – Jul 2-8. Explore Peruvian shamanism with local medicine people and participate in healing rituals and meditations at ancient holy sites including Machu Picchu. Led by Amy & David Wilinski of Golden Light Healing. Info: 920-6098277.

OCTOBER El Camino de Santiago – Oct 2-12, 2017. El Camino de Santiago, The Way of St. James, is an ancient pilgrimage trail of personal reflection, crossing the wine country, mountains and valleys of Spain, ending at the cathedral in Compostela where St. James’ remains are said to be interred. Led by spiritual teacher, Amy Wilinski, you will travel with tailor-made meditations, rituals and ceremonies. Golden Light Healing. 920-609-8277.

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ongoingevents Email for guidelines and to submit entries. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 6-7pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185.

daily $5 Yoga Classes – Daily yoga classes available; call or visit the website for the schedule. The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, 327 East St. Paul Ave, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-227-2889.

Big Talk Group – Thru Mar 15. 6:30pm. Class begins with a video of such speakers as Wayne Dyer and Thich Nhat Hanh. Discussion follows, focusing on how the spiritual principles in the video impact our lives. Each class is unique. Love offering. Bishop’s Woods 1, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield. 262-641-7558.

sunday Sunday Celebration and Youth Education – 10am. Good music and soloists. Maleek Patterson, on electric guitar, is the newest member of the music team. February lesson theme: The Five Love Languages. Fellowship follows service. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 414 475-0105. Sit+Listen+Experience: Meditation Class, Satsung – 10:30am-noon. Receive the “cheat” or deeksha that shifts the neurobiology of the brain to awaken, experience Oneness, and move into a higher state of consciousness. Donation. Lake Park Pavilion, Lower Level, 3133 E Newberry Blvd, Milwaukee. 414-431-0960. Sunday Gathering – 10am. Come for meditation, soul-filled music and an inspiring spiritual message to uplift and motivate you. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. 414-258-5555. LightOf Grace.Church. Unity Church of Light Sunday Service – 10am. Sunday service with Rev Sue Ellen Kelly and the amazing music of George Busateri, John Zaffiro and various soloists. Children’s Sunday school at same time. Unity Church of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield (in Bishop’s Woods West 1). 262-641-7558. A Course in Miracles – 11:30am. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 414 475-0105. Unity: A Quest for Truth – Feb 19 thru Apr 8. 11:30. A foundational teaching of the Unity movement, open to all, w/Rev Brian Griffin. Love offerings accepted. Books available for $5.50.

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tuesday Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10am. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Court, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Architecture of All Abundance Personal Renaissance Circle – 8:10-9:10pm. Phone reading and conversation circle. Life wisdom, feminine-spiritcentered sessions led by Anne Wondra. $10, $27/ monthly. Register, Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310.

wednesday Wellness Wednesday Women – February Theme: Love and Relationships – 10am-1pm. 2nd, 3rd, 4th Wed. Three presentations each session: playing with oils, inner wisdom wellness and mid-day meditation. A different wellness women theme each month. $12.50/per day, $40/per month. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310.

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thursday Gentle Healing Yoga - 10-11am. Gentle, individualized class ideal for those with chronic aches and pains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, post-injury, health conditions, or interested in gentle yoga. Instructor: Shelley Carpenter, PT, eRYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 6:30pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Crystal Healing Series – Thru Mar 9. 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the basic of crystal/stone healing, how to use two crystal wands for healing, rules of thumb and more. $35/per evening. Free Spirit Crystals, 4763 N 124th St, Butler. 262-790-0748. FreeSpirit Tai Chi with Michael Bootzin – Thru Mar 2 (no class Feb 16). 7-8pm. Focus will be on the beginning movements from the Yang short-form learned with mindful intention, connecting breath to movement, and balance to posture. $72/by Jan 13, $78/after, $66/ members; registration required. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, #225, Mequon. RSVP: 262-518-0173.

friday Yoga for Healing: Awakening the Senses Series - Hearing the New Year of Change – 6:30-7:45pm. Healing yoga that works with the five senses using essential oils, breath work, gentle yoga and meditation; w/Mary Jo Esser. Free, donations welcomed for Gentle Waves Foundation. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262271-4972.

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4528 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-791-0303 Our focus is stress and pain management along with support modalities: 5 element nutritional consultations, Angel Card readings, reiki and CranioSacral Therapy, herbal, homeopathic and essential oil prescriptions. See ad, page 23.


A 501c3 nonprofit, fullservice acupuncture care center, we offer excellence in pain management, oncology support, and stress insomnia treatment in our beautiful West Allis clinic. See ad, page 28.


Aimee Lawent Beach 414-732-9860 Aimee is a Healing Touch for Animals (HTA) Practitioner and animal communicator. HTA restores harmony and balance to an animal’s energy system and works cooperatively with traditional veterinary care.


12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 Santhigram’s Vaidya Sunita, the only ayurvedic doctor in Wisconsin, offers affordable authentic ayurvedic consultations, diet/yoga/lifestyle coaching, panchakarma treatments, spa services. Come, experience true healing. See ad, page 39.


Stacy Krafczyk • 414-460-4781 Stacy Krafczyk specializes in Animal Communication, intuitive readings, after life communication, energy work and healing for both people and animals that helps promote physical and emotional well-being.


19601 W Bluemound Rd, #100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 Emily Yenor, Physical Therapist and movement expert, identifies and corrects muscle imbalances throughout the body to help you move better, feel better and live better. See ad, page 14.


15850 W Bluemound Rd, Ste 306, Brookfield 262-226-8349

We combine the best of chiropractic, physical therapy and wellness care. We use a comprehensive panel of diagnostic testing to insure our patients get the highest level of care possible.


13000 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • Our Crystal Emporium features unique and exquisite crystals, stones and natural stone jewelry at affordable prices. Crystal Workshops and therapeutic Crystal Healing sessions also available.


262-369-5317 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland Mechthilde Moser is a certified ayurveda counselor/educator, panchakarma therapist and holistic life coach helping you to experience health through ayurvedic bodywork, lifestyle and diet consultations and coaching.



MOBILE BIKE WERX 414-915-9686 Eliminate the hassle. Full-service certified bicycle repair shop on wheels. Pick-up and delivery. Emergency and on-site repair. Convenient, competitive pricing, guaranteed. Servicing all types and brands.


4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 Besides selling beautiful stones and crystals, we offer a variety of healing sessions, crystal healing classes, reiki, astrology, tarot readings and spiritual counseling. See ad, page 25.


222 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-235-4525 Dr. Railand is passionate about treating all ages with a whole body p e r s p e c t i v e . We c o m b i n e advanced alternative treatments with conventional procedures to provide true wellness. See ad, page 5.

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INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 262-691-4555 •

“…Because a healthy Body, starts with a healthy Mouth.” Our office specializes in treating the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms; we offer the latest advances in dentistry. See ad, page 3.

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER FOR WELL-BEING Sandra Anderson 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland 262-367-0607 •

Sandra Anderson is certified in advanced energy medicine techniques and practices for supporting individuals who are looking for holistic approaches in attaining fulfillment and wellbeing. See ad, page 23.


125 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste 102, Pewaukee 262-737-4004 Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Biomimetic Dentistry, Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine and is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician. We offer the best and healthiest dentistry for our patients.


Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277 Discover your gifts with one of our many offerings! Offering healing sessions and training in Milwaukee and Green Bay area in Reiki, Shamanism, Intuition, Mediumship and much more.


My wellness site is life-centered. I write about and teach empowered wellness, useful resources, and creating everyday wellness for ourselves. Learn more on my blog tab at


211 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-214-7378


Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek 414-651-2243 Wellness coach, guide, consultant, educator and reiki practitioner since 2000. Specializing in disease reversal with natural evidencebased therapies. Emphasis on functional, alternative, complementary and energy medicines.


Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-217-4185 Reiki healing sessions and instruction, yoga classes for all in Pewaukee, Muskego, Greendale. Restore balance, health and wellbeing in mind, body and spirit.

Try Float Therapy in one of three private rooms to reduce aches, pains, stress, and promote relaxation. $20 off your first visit. See ad, page 25.



414-534-6943 Twitter & Instagram: @housecrockery Locally sourced, 100% Americanmade, pure elegant copper cookware, organic cast iron skillets, wooden spoons, pottery and more. Redesign your kitchen with handcrafted essentials. See ad, page 19.




414-810-5858 Ecologically minded, full-service landscape company servicing SE Wisconsin. Specializing in sustainable ideas and low-maintenance solutions. Professional Craftsmanship Inspired by Nature. See ad, page 12.


Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 Garden consultation, instruction, landscape design, wildflowers and woodland gardens, prairies, small ponds, rain gardens, landscape maintenance, organic lawn care. Organic landscape practices in all habitats. See ad, page 7.


262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha Anne Wondra is a coach, writer, muse, madam of feminine spirit arts and sciences, spiritual exploring, self-esteem, inner wisdom and energy medicine. See ad, page 34.


Rob Reader, LMT: 414-721-6942 Wendy Halfpap, LMT: 414-839-7688 909 W Mequon Rd, Mequon

postural alignment.

Let your body play to its full potential with the benefits of therapeutic massage. Relieve chronic and acute pain, accelerate recovery time, and experience the benefits of


Holistic medical care that integrates personalized, natural health solutions with diet, lifestyle and supplements and the latest technology in lab testing and evidence-based medicine.


Dr. Sarah Axtell and Dr. Joanne Aponte are naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalances, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 14.


Specializing in neurology, pain treatment, and musculoskeletal medicine, we provide traditional and alternative regenerative therapies that have enabled thousands of patients to avoid surgery, reduce medications, and relieve their pain. See ad, page 17.


11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon 262-518-0173 • Dragonfly Meditation is a secular (non-religious) mindfulnessb a s e d s t u d i o w h i c h o ff e r s meditation instruction, special workshops, retreats, massage, reiki and yoga classes. See ad, page 25.


10040 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon 262-241-5604 My mission is to provide personal, compassionate counseling that transforms the human experience to one of joy and hope by optimizing each client’s potential.


Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-543-0855

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.


Bay View, Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa locations We know Jack! Unlike other area grocers, we know by name many of the farmers and producers who supply Outpost with quality goods. See ad, page 17.

MAR Food Sensitivities Plus: Holistic Eye Care

Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for Addressing Dietary Concerns & Natural Vision Care

NUTRITION LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 8843 W North Ave, Wauwatosa 414-453-8289 store, 414-453-4070 office

Langlois’ Vital Nutrition Center is at the forefront in optimal nutrition. Optimal nutrition equals: Increased energy, more productivity, enhanced emotions, improved brain function and more. See ad, page 40.



12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 At Trinergy, a holistic mental health clinic, Dr Tummala provides mind-body evaluation & comprehensive treatment plan to address psychological problems & achieve health & vitality. See ad, page 39.

401 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-332-3636 Yellow Wood specializes in premier outdoor gear with a conscience, passion for what we do and purpose to create a better society and community. See ad, page 7.


Infinity Healing Center, 3304 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-429-5117

Ann Miller is certified in the Usui Shiki Ryoho method of reiki. Experience the many benefits of reiki energy healing, which promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. schedule your appointment today.

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525 S Rochester St, Mukwonago 262-498-4162 • 6130 S 108th St, Hales Corners Rhiana is trained in Usui and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki. Earn CEUs. If you’re looking for certified training and compassionate healing sessions call Rhiana.


121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657


327 E St Paul Ave, Milwaukee 414-227-2889 • Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a leading Aveda school with multiple beauty and wellness programs.


6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320 The Midwest College, with campuses in Racine and Chicago, offers accredited programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine that lead to licensed practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and many other states. See ad, page 29.

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 12.



262-337-1530 Brookfield and Glendale locations

SKIN AND ACNE SPECIALIST N64W24678 Main St, Sussex 920-210-0370

Rachel Geschke is a Face Reality Acne Specialist and holistic esthetician. She specializes in acne treatment and prevention, along with reiki-infused facials, peels and waxing.

Rolfing Structural Integration is a unique whole-body approach that facilitates effortless, upright posture & fluid, pain-free movement. It helps you feel comfortable in your own skin. See ad, page 24.



Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-352-6550

13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • Wisconsin’s premier School for Energy Medicine Training offering individual classes, certificate and diploma programs. Built on the belief that knowledge, competency and professionalism must exist at the very foundation of Energy Work.

Rest your concerns in Susie’s soothing hands. Experience transformation within your skin, energy, or life purpose when you connect and express your inner desires. See ad, page 18.


Associate Pastor Kris Nelsen 5806 W National Ave, West Allis LightOfGrace.Church A loving, spiritual community dedicated to assisting others on their spiritual journey. We provide 10am Sunday gatherings, healing services, weddings, classes & m o r e . S e n i o r P a s t o r To m Sherbrook. See ad, page 21.


Rev Mari Gabriels on 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 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 12.


S73 W16790 Janesville Rd, Muskego 414-422-1300 Complete, integrated pet health care, including natural nutrition, titres, herbal/glandular/nutraceutical supplements, and essential oils. Dr. Jodie is a certified acupuncturist and food therapist.


7963 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point 414-405-3556 Offering yoga, meditation, reiki, massage, naturopathic skin care treatments and remedies, organic makeup. A personalized experience for children and adults in a cozy, home-like setting.

YOGA SANTOSHA YOGA AND AYURVEDA W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Ste 102, Delafield 262-215-1864 •

We offer affordable, enjoyable yoga for everyone in a beautiful, calming space that specializes in yoga, mindfulness and ayurveda. See ad, page 26.



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“We now know that mental illness can be a result of many different physiological imbalances, such as nutritional deficiency, hormonal imbalances, digestive system health. At Trinergy Health, we address these root causes to heal the body and help you achieve mental wellness and balance.” Dr. Aruna Tummala, MD, AIHM (Integrative Psychiatrist)

12800 W National Ave, New Berlin

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Authentic Ayurvedic Services For Health & Vitality!!! Experience the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda at the ONLY authentic Ayurvedic place in Wisconsin. • Services by highly qualified Ayurvedic doctor (Vaidya)* • All Natural Organic spa • Health and vitality in your hands

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