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iver Valley Waldorf School invites parents to discover the unique features of Waldorf education in its annual All-School Open House, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 5. This is an adults-only event, and childcare will be provided for those who need it. Attendees are asked to arrive by 9:50 a.m. so that the planned events can begin on schedule. Parents will engage in circle time, sample main lessons, see children’s work and have time for questions and answers with teachers as they learn how River Valley’s synergy of arts, academics and experience can benefit their children. Cindy Schretlen, admissions coordinator, offers, “From our Early Childhood programs, full of joy, wonder and thoughtful simplicity, to our engaging and challenging middle school classes, River Valley Waldorf School provides a robust educational experience. Our graduates are thriving at a broad range of public and private high schools, colleges and life.”


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ita Keesler, owner of Back in Balance, is now offering her integrative, professional services at three locations in Bucks and Montgomery counties. A nationally certified massage and bodywork therapist with over two decades of experience, Keesler specializes in Thai yoga massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, sports massage and therapeuticNita Keesler assisted stretching techniques. She has taught continuing education courses for fellow massage therapists since 2001 and is an avid learner as well— she is trained in reiki and energy healing, guided imagery, Bach flower remedies, is an ACE-certified fitness coach, and teaches yoga dance and posture improvement. Her technique is informed by this diverse background. “Each massage is unique and integrative. In one session we may work with hot stones, myofascial release and reiki. The next session might call for more deep tissue,” Keesler shares. After so many years in this work, Keesler has a keen sense of what will best serve each client in a given massage. “I rely upon what I know, what I can feel from the client’s body physically and energetically, and what the client is telling me. My clients trust me to be creative and to heal from a variety of sources,” she says. Back in Balance is a green and animal-friendly operation, using only plant-based oils and creams that are not tested on animals. In addition to private sessions and continuing education, Keesler offers workshops and classes for laypeople. Her popular Thai Yoga for Partners class is a favorite for Valentine’s Day and teaches participants how to give Thai massage in a way that is safe and pain-free. For more information, call 267-980-1727, email iNitaUnwind@, or visit Back-In-Balance. See ad, page 7.



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esearch published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry has concluded mothers that chew natural xylitol gum regularly will significantly reduce oral infections of mutans streptococcus bacteria in their infants. Five research teams and 11 randomized studies of 601 mothers and their children showed 46 percent fewer infections of the bacteria, which is the central species responsible for dental caries and periodontal disease. The studies included children that were 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months old. Other research supports the claim of xylitol’s beneficial nature. A study from the University of Manchester, in England, analyzing data from 4,216 schoolchildren, showed that using toothpaste containing xylitol with fluoride resulted in 13 percent less tooth decay than using toothpaste with fluoride only. Note: Xylitol is toxic to dogs; if ingested, consult a veterinarian.

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esearchers from Rutgers University have found that an ingredient in olive oil will kill cancer cells in under an hour. The researchers tested a compound called oleocanthal, a central component of extra virgin olive oil, and found that it caused the premature death of cancer cells in the laboratory by puncturing cancer cell vesicles, called lysosomes. “We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die,” says Paul Breslin, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers and co-author of the study, published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. The research also found that the olive oil compound didn’t damage healthy cells. Breslin states that the compound merely “put them to sleep” for a day, after which they resumed their normal, healthy functioning. Senior author David Foster, Ph.D., of Hunter College, points out that additional studies are necessary to determine if the compound halts tumor growth. “We also need to understand why it is that cancerous cells are more sensitive to oleocanthal than non-cancerous cells,” he says.

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rogressive anxious, and dentistry in Skovron says they a relaxing often see patients setting” is how Beth who have not had Skovron, D.D.S., success with other defines her Heritage dentists due to anxiDental practice. She ety issues. and her staff perform Pampering state-of-the-art aside, dentistry is dentistry in a spa the ultimate reason atmosphere to put patients choose even the most denHeritage Dental, tal-phobic patients which is why Skovat ease while restorron and her staff ing and maintaining offer technologically optimal oral health. advanced therapy “Our patients options geared actually arrive early toward achieving for their appointoptimal oral health. ments so that they She is among fewer Beth Skovron can enjoy our spa than one percent of amenities, which are general dentists to all complimentary,” offer in-office 3D Skovron says. Those amenities include CT scans, which reveal a full head and a relaxing reception area with soothneck image in only 14 seconds, while ing waterfall, chair massagers, warm exposing the patient to far less radiaaromatherapy neck wraps, paraffin wax tion. “This scanner allows me to do a treatments for hands, blankets and pilmuch more thorough diagnosis,” says lows, and even a glass of wine. Gentle Skovron. “It reveals things we weren’t sedation is available for the ultraable to see using the older technology,


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like polyps in the sinuses and cysts in the jaw and neck.” In addition to being an excellent diagnostic tool, 3D tooth images provide a highly accurate template for placing dental implants. In fact, Skovron refuses to place implants without a CT scan, saying it offers perfect placement due to its precise 3D image of the jaw bone. The scan is used in the creation of a guide worn during the implant procedure that guarantees the implant “goes where it’s supposed to go without surprises,” she says. Another efficient, high-tech service offered is metal-free crowns in one day using Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEREC, technology. Instead of the old clay-based tooth impression, a digital impression is captured on camera and a ceramic metal-free crown is created in-office on the same day. “The days of temporary crowns requiring multiple appointments and long wait times are over,” says Skovron, adding that today’s ceramics are so strong there’s no more need for metal. Though some metals can be well tolerated by the body, others—like nickel—can break down and leach into tissue, causing problems. “Ceramic dentistry is not only healthier, but prettier, eliminating the grey or opaque hue often associated with metals,” she says. Skovron’s practice is not only metal-free, but mercury-free, as well. Noting that she hasn’t used mercury in 23 years, Skovron adds that she performs mercury amalgam removal using the protocol established by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. Her practice has one room dedicated solely to this procedure, using filters, drapes and multiple charcoal rinses to minimize the risk of airborne mercury vapor being absorbed back into the body.

Oral health consists of more than pretty teeth, and Skovron estimates that about 20 percent of her practice is related to sleep apnea and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) issues. Citing multiple studies showing that sleep apnea shortens life span by contributing to heart disease, stroke and obesity, Skovron says, “Sleep apnea is a serious health issue, with most unaware that they suffer from it.” Snoring and teeth grinding are the most prevalent symptoms of both conditions, and Skovron says the two conditions often overlap. In the past, a sleep apnea diagnosis most often meant a prescription for a bulky, noisy and uncomfortable CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. Modern technology allows that to be replaced with a sophisticated small appliance similar to a bite guard fitted to the top and bottom of the mouth to pull the lower jaw forward and open the airway. Skovron says the appliance often corrects both issues simultaneously, and while any potential insurance coverage requires a medical doctor to write the prescription for the appliance, she can facilitate precertification, accelerating the process. Heritage Dental offers a full menu of basic dental services including teeth cleaning and whitening, tooth-colored fillings, bridges, dentures, root canals and gum disease treatment—even pediatric dentistry. Yet, it seems to be the combination of high-tech dental options and high-touch pampering that resonates most with patients. Skovron’s practice has grown to the point where she is actively searching for a larger building to move into in 2016, allowing the expansion of spa services to include an oxygen bar and shiatsu lounge. “We like to think we’ve created a better, happier way to deliver excellent dental care,” says Skovron. Heritage Dental is located at 595 Bethlehem Pike, Ste. 302, in Montgomeryville. For more information, call 215-822-3860 or visit Heritage See ad, back cover. Elisa Smith is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. She can be reached at

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Functional Dentistry Connects Oral Health to Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease by Linda Sechrist


he focus of functional medicine—whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health. American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie Delsasso was a periodontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might indicate about their body’s health,” she says. While the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall well-being, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn adequate basics of nutrition in medical schools,” she notes.

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course designed for medical professionals by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/ Doneen Method for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal disease and abscessed teeth. Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for periodontal diseases, provides clinical proof that supports the growing association between medicine and dentistry. “Since our inaugural AAOSH conference [in 2010], Bradley, Amy and Tom have continued to provide the current science and clinical backdrop to the oral/systemic connection to cardiovascular wellness,” says Milligan.

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Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth,

resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan. In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe. Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go undiagnosed. To help, Milligan suggests that before going to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television or working on a computer. Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book The Oxygen Advantage. An authority on the Buteyko Breathing Method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and well-being. Muscle retraining using orofacial myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporo-

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Your Mouth Speaks Volumes Local Dentists on the Cutting Edge of Oral Health by Elisa Smith


he eyes may be considered the window to the soul, but functional dentists believe the mouth is the gateway to overall health, with repercussions extending well beyond a beautiful smile. “We recognize that the body is attached to the tooth, and not the other way around,” says Hyo J. (Tony) Lim, D.M.D., of Dental Wellness Centre. His holistic philosophy incorporates the patient’s physiology, past history and personal lifestyle into providing lasting solutions to oral health issues. He admits that dentists didn’t always look at the whole person when dealing with tooth issues, noting for instance that mercury amalgams— now widely recognized as toxic to the body—were the norm in dentistry for decades. Not only is his practice mercury-free, he is trained in the proper removal of mercury amalgams.


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He also performs metal-free dental work whenever possible. “Patients have a choice of what’s put in their mouths, and we want to offer good choices,” Lim says. One option is to have a serum compatibility test performed prior to having dental work done. The patient’s blood is drawn and tested against all dental materials for reactions. “It’s a one-time test that will let us know of potential issues now and in the future,” he says, adding that those with multiple sensitivities or autoimmune issues are good candidates for testing. Because the oral cavity is the gateway to the body, Lim believes that periodontal disease is one of the biggest threats to overall health. “Periodontal disease is the uncontrolled infection of the gums, which, if left untreated, can cause systemic problems throughout the body,” he says. David DiGiallorenzo, D.M.D., of LANAP and Implant Center of Pennsylvania, agrees, noting that dental infections contribute to systemic infections due to inflammation, which numerous studies show to be linked to heart health and chronic diseases. Echoing Lim’s observation of changes in modern dentistry, DiGiallorenzo says, “Many conventional paradigms have gone by the wayside. For instance, it is no longer healthy to save infected, broken down teeth, which act as a chronic inflammation source that drains the body of life source.” Instead, he and colleague Hanh Bui,

D.M.D., use metal-free zirconium or pure titanium implants to replace diseased or missing teeth. Their practice blends state-of-the-art technologies with complementary traditional protocols including acupuncture, reflexology, massage and homeopathy to optimize outcomes. Guided imagery and IV sedation therapies are available to put patients at ease. “We offer dental technologies and techniques providing single-visit solutions to many issues,” says DiGiallorenzo. “Our single-visit LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) gum disease therapy requires no cutting or stitches. We also offer donorless biologically compatible stem cell therapy for hard and soft tissue reconstruction.” DiGiallorezo has taught and lectured across the U.S., Europe and Asia, and patients have traveled from all 50 states for treatment. Dental Wellness Centre is located at 216 Mall Blvd., Ste. 11, in King of Prussia. For more information, call 610-2654485 or visit DentalWellnessCentre. See ad, page 38. LANAP & Implant Center has locations at 425 Market St., 2nd Floor, in Williamsport, 570-505-5921; and at 184 W. Main St., Ste. 200, in Collegeville, 610879-7632. For more information, visit See ad, page 2. Elisa Smith is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. She can be reached at

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communityspotlight Anahata Yoga Offers Premier, Kripalu-Inspired Teacher Training in Eastern Pennsylvania by Mandy Francis


anding on the homepage of Anahata Yoga’s website, it is clear that this is not just a run-of-themill yoga studio. Their statement of principles includes, “NO fancy yoga outfits; NO performing postures that don’t feel good in your body; NO fast movements.” These “NO”s are followed with glorious affirmations: “YES to reducing stress and anxiety in your life; YES to practicing yoga in a non-competitive, nonjudgmental environment; YES to experiencing the pleasure of deep, full breathing; YES to cultivating compassion for yourself and others; YES to mindful movement; YES to accepting yourself just the way you are.” The passionate voice behind these pronouncements is Anahata Yoga’s founder and lead teacher, Kathleen A. Tooley. Tooley, who founded the popular Harleysville studio five years ago, knows that helping people to move beyond their preconceptions about yoga is key. “It’s so important for people to understand that yoga is not intended to be competitive or exclusive. Yoga is for everybody—and that means literally every body: old bodies, inflexible bodies, tired bodies. This practice meets you where you are. Yoga should be safe and comfortable for everyone who wants to practice, whatever the person’s size, age or fitness level.” Tooley’s philosophy comes from her personal experience. “I was in my thirties, a mother of two, looking for a way to exercise my body. I tried the gym, but it felt cold and impersonal, and instead of feeling empowered after my workouts, I felt inadequate. I fol26

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lowed my inner guidance and discovered a yoga class at a local college. ‘Yes!’ my body said, ‘this feels good!’ ‘Yes!’ my spirit said, ‘this feels good! Yes, yes, yes! Yoga is for me.’” It’s her mission now to inspire others to feel the same. Anahata’s philosophy and teacher training program are both inspired by Kripalu yoga, a hathabased practice that focuses on gentle postures and breathwork, with an emphasis on developing a compassionate connection with one’s inner experience. This style of yoga was founded by Amrit Desai and named for his guru, Swami Kripalvananda, in the 1960s. The Kripalu Center is now an internationally renowned residential training and education facility for holistic health and wellness, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Tooley received her 200-hour certification there in 2010 and will soon complete

her 300-hour. With so many studios focusing on the currently popular vinyasa style of yoga, Anahata is unique in being one of the only studios in Montgomery and Bucks counties to offer this distinctive, hatha-based style of yoga and teaching certification. In fact, Anahata is one of only 16 studios in the country to carry the prestigious designation of Kripalu Affiliate. Kripalu Affiliate Studios operate in harmony with the Kripalu Center and its network of affiliated yoga studios. Anahata Yoga offered its first Anahata Yoga Teacher Training (AYTT) in 2014, unsure of what to expect. “The first one filled up immediately,” Tooley remembers. “I was so inspired. And then we did the second one starting in the fall and it was better than the first.” Beginning this April, the third 200-hour AYTT will be offered one weekend a month for nine months. The program is a combination of on-site training, self-study and journaling. In addition to the comprehensive training components required by the Yoga

Alliance, the program features electives, including How to Teach Beginners’ Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Ayurveda and the Chakra System. The program, like all of the offerings at the studio, prides itself on being small and personal. There are only eight students accepted into each cohort, with four contributing teachers. Tooley explains that within that setting they are able to help people open up and explore the essence of who they are and what they have to share as teachers. She emphasizes the intimate friendships that the teacher trainees develop during their time together. Tooley explains, “Anahata means ‘the energy of the heart’, and our teacher training program is no exception. Our program offers the tools you need to connect to the heart of who you are as a person and as a yoga teacher.” As a new offering for 2016, Anahata has also developed a program for serious yoga students that are interested in learning more about yoga, but aren’t sure if they’re ready for the time and commitment of the teacher training. The Deepen Your Practice program includes intensive, small-group learning on the history and evolution of yoga, yoga philosophy, anatomy, posture clinics and more. The series will begin February 21, and will be offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on every third Sunday, over the course of six months. Location: 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. For more information, call 215-740-1354, email Kathy@AnahataYoga or visit See ad, page 3.

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The Power of Conscious Dance Creative Movement Connects Body, Mind and Spirit by Gail Condrick

A growing tribe of movers and shakers are discovering and unleashing their power in conscious dance, a combination of moving meditation, soul-stirring music, self-expression and sweat.


ost are familiar with the performance or competitive dance world of learned steps. Conscious dance is a non-competitive, body-based way of raising consciousness. There’s no wrong way to move and your shape and measurements don’t matter,” says Mark Metz, of Berkley, California, founder and executive director of the Dance First Association (DFA) and publisher of the Conscious Dancer Magazine and UpShift Guide. The group identifies more than 100 forms of conscious dance, ranging from ecstatic dance to somatic movement therapy. Commonalities include body awareness, barefoot movement, inspiring global music and minimal structure


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facilitated by leaders. With 1,000 DFA studio locations, many are finding the power of conscious dance suits their search for movement with purpose beyond improved fitness as it’s practiced in drug- and alcohol-free club-style events and ecstatic dance experiences, as well as dance fitness programs. “It’s about honoring body intelligence and paying attention to the body and mind-body connection,” says Metz. “The modalities mentioned most often are 5Rhythms, Soul Motion, Open Floor, JourneyDance, and the Nia Technique,” says Metz. A brief look at three of them shows how each has its own style.

In St. Petersburg, Florida, 22 women have gathered to seek the bliss promised by 5Rhythms, one of the original conscious dance forms, founded by the late Gabrielle Roth. “Find your flow. Feel your connection to the Earth through your feet and release your head,” guides facilitator Amber Ryan, of New York City, who travels the world for dance sessions. “Use your body as a gateway into the now.” For two hours, dancers move freely and individually, swaying, sensing and interacting in an experience called “the wave”, intended to move energy through the body, release emotions and heal the psyche. It’s based on Roth’s premise that, “Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery. Though we spend most of our time on the surface in daily ordinary existence, most of us hunger to connect to this space within, to break through to bliss, to be swept into something bigger.”

JourneyDance Toni Bergins, from the Massachusetts Berkshires, is a frequent presenter at the Kripalu Center and Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. After years of studying and teaching movement, drama, creative visualization and gestalt techniques, she combined them in creating JourneyDance. More than 400 trained facilitators now offer it in 60- or 90-minute classes worldwide based on the philosophy, “Move into a new story!” Every class includes visualization, creative movement, affirmations and evocative music, all working together to release emotions and connect with spirit. “You learn to love your body, expand your emotional intelligence, clear your mind and connect with your inner source,” explains Bergins. “You express yourself, infuse life with creativity and connect with a dancing community.” Participants engage in a ritual journey of physical transformation, cleansing the body through breath, sweat and expression. In this safe space, “Dancers discover their power and personal heart medicine, their true essence,” says Bergins.

Nia Technique For those that prefer more structure, the Nia Technique is the original barefoot mind-body-spirit fitness practice, activating sensation and awareness in a workout adaptable for everybody. More than 2,600 instructors in 51 countries offer 60-minute classes where enthusiasts move the way the body is built to move, reaping cardiovascular fitness and therapeutic benefits while having joyful fun. Dancers, guided by instructor’s moves, feel the rhythm of the music and ground themselves in spirit, equipping themselves to take the selfhealing experience into everyday life. “Nia has always blended form and freedom,” says Debbie Rosas, of Portland, Oregon, co-founder and creator of the technique. “We are now introducing new FreeDance classes to bring what we have learned through Nia to embody consciousness in new ways, conditioning the whole body and nervous system. It’s an invitation to move in free, unbound, unstructured ways to offset the tendency we have to move less as we age.” Dancers move to music designed to animate each chakra through an eight-stage process via a Nia DJ. They’re guided to listen to body feedback through sensation, release emotions and relish being in the present moment. “Regardless of how you act, dress or think, the way you feel inside reveals the most accurate truth of oneself and this is reflected in dance,” says Rosas. “Moving without interference allows your unconscious creative self to shine. You can connect to the sacred artist within; the one that holds a palette with endless colors, shapes and possibilities.” She sees life as ultimately a free-style dance into the self that supports a philosophy of “Love your body, love your life”. “Dance is in everyone’s family tree, a universal message,” says Metz. “In conscious dance, you disconnect from gadgets and reconnect with yourself and others around you. People need that.”

localvoices JourneyDance A Conversation with Kelly Thomke What was your first experience with JourneyDance?

more, to appreciate all of me—the curves, the wrinkles and the grays. By better understanding and appreciating myself, I am healthier and I have a greater compassion for others.

I was a stay-at-home mom who, like many others, tended to put the needs of the family before my own. But I saw JourneyDance in How do your a Kripalu catalog, and clients react to it called to me. I drove JourneyDance? up to Kripalu Center Many folks come to a in Stockbridge, MasKelly Thomke JourneyDance curious sachusetts, and took a but not really knowing weeklong training of what to expect. The reason that they’re this movement called JourneyDance with Toni Bergins. on the dance floor doesn’t matter; Within about two hours of it’s what is gained from dancing that dancing, my body was hooked, as makes a person shine brighter. I have if remembering movements long heard reactions like, “I haven’t moved forgotten, with my mind freer than it like this since I was a kid” and, one of had felt in years. That night I danced my favorites, “I feel so gooey inside.” with the little girl inside myself and One of the best things JourneyDance realized how much I missed her. offers is joy. I am so honored to hold That night I lost myself in the music, the space for that. completely allowing my body to surrender to its rhythms. And then What advice would you something amazing happened… my give anyone interested in true self re-emerged more confident beginning JourneyDance? and with a new sense of self-love. Just show up. Allow your Journey-

How do you feel JourneyDance has changed your life and health? The essence of JourneyDance is reconnecting with the body through organic movement. This movement helps me to pay closer attention to my body, to understand the subtle nuances a bit

Dance facilitator to provide a safe space for you to move and trust that your body will move in the ways that it needs to. Kelly Thomke offers JourneyDance in Ottsville and Quakertown. For more information, call 215-5344989 or visit JourneyDanceWithKelly and See listing on page 40.

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Ballroom Balance by Justine Kawas


amba, foxtrot, tango, paso doble— thanks in large part to the decadelong popularity of TV’s Dancing with the Stars, these and other dance styles are familiar to many of us. What many may not know, however, is that these dances, from the formally elegant to the energetic Latin, all fall under the category of ballroom dance. Ballroom dance is a sport that invites all ages and a wide range of abilities at all levels of experience. Emerging in a growing number of local dance halls nationwide, it enhances not only our relationship with the music, but also our relationships with each other. On an individual level, ballroom dance provides a personal sense of fulfillment. For many, the prescribed steps and gestures that define ballroom styles are comforting, as they allow us to work within a structure of movements and focus on the additional elements that come along with the experience, such as communication, trust, intuition, style, grace, confidence, memorization, flexibility and organization. More than just personal, though, the socialization of ballroom dance promotes community and allows us to experience dramatic movements such as a tango basic, sultry salsa patterns or the whimsical spins of 30

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swing, resulting in a transformational experience. Whether we are acquiring skills on a basic level or delving deeper into this form of dance, the ballroom experience will inevitably affect how we carry ourselves in the world and interact with others. Ballroom dancing promotes physical and mental stimulation that extend beyond other forms of exercise. The New England Journal

of Medicine published a study in 2003 exploring the relationship between increased leisure activities and the risk of dementia in older patients. Lead author Joe Verghese, M.D., praises the combination of physical and mental stimulation that ballroom dancing specifically offers, noting that “remembering the steps, moving in precise time to the music and adapting to the movements of one’s partner are mentally demanding exercises.” The benefits of ballroom dancing extend to the young, as well, as evidenced by Dancing Classrooms, a program created by Pierre Dulaine in 1994 that provides ballroom dancing to fifth graders as a social and emotional development tool. His program has traveled as far as Northern Ireland and Israel. Ultimately, dancing is all about the joy it brings. But as we strive to live

lifestyles where mind, body and spirit intertwine, ballroom dance provides us with a truly holistic experience. So swing, sway and dance your way to happiness and a well-balanced lifestyle. Your local ballroom awaits. Justine Kawas is lead instructor and program coordinator at Justine Time to Dance, located within Serenity Day Spa, 64 E. Swamp Rd., Doylestown. For more information, call 917-586-6933 or visit

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Self-Care for the Sake of Social Connection by Christine Tentilucci


elationships take work. Carve out time for socializing with friends. Schedule a date night. How many times have we heard these phrases, and dozens of others like them, as advice about how to cultivate strong relationships? They certainly are valuable suggestions that contribute to fulfilling our social needs and our needs for intimate connections, but they all leave out one common denominator: taking care of ourselves. Perhaps a precursor to these suggestions would be, Take care of yourself so you can bring your best self to your relationships. Just as we’re instructed in case of an airplane emergency to secure our own oxygen mask first before assisting others, we may benefit from practicing self-care before—or at least hand-in-hand with—building healthy relationships. If our mental, emotional or physical health is floundering, how can we offer balanced, positive energy to family or loved ones? If we are not comfortable in our own skin, how can we connect genuinely with the people in our social circles? If we are struggling with underlying issues, how will we offer nurturing support to friends when they need it? It’s difficult to be genuinely present for someone else when we ourselves are gasping for air. A little self-care may go a long way in building healthy relationships. It is certainly unrealistic to expect that we avoid all social relationships


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until our personal issues are resolved. As individuals, we are works in progress, continually growing into the best version of ourselves. As life’s circumstances change, our version of our best self may transform as well. By remaining aware of, and nurturing, our personal needs through the ebbs and flows of life, we can continually bolster our sense of strength and inner peace. From this place of grace and centeredness, we can offer our best selves to others. Tending to our self-care needs, in conjunction with cultivating social relationships, can

support the growth of truly intimate connections. Here are some ways to practice selfcare for the sake of social health: n Make time for your inner peace. Carve out time for worship, meditation, massage, yoga or anything that nurtures your center. Schedule a “date night” with yourself. n Put physical wellness at the top of your list. Check in with your body to determine what it needs. Once we stop to listen to our bodies, we may notice we’ve been unnecessarily carrying around nagging sensations. Aches and pains? Digestive discomfort? Constant fatigue? Take time to find and address the source of the symptoms. Sometimes we don’t realize how off we are feeling until we’re feeling better. n Read, learn and grow. Just as relationships take work, sometimes selfcare takes work. Adopt an open mind and a curious eye and open yourself to a little self-discovery through journaling or a self-help book. Devoting time to learn about ourselves and what makes us tick—either emotionally or physically—can enhance how we show up for our relationships. n Be aware. As you discover more about your personal nuances, be aware of how they contribute to your interactions with friends, coworkers, family and loved ones. In the end, there is no doubt that humans are social creatures, and relationships play a significant role in our daily lives. Nurturing our best selves and tending to our personal needs with care and respect honors our relationships and supports our journey toward true intimacy. Christine Tentilucci is the marketing manager of Inner Spa, a fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly wellness spa in Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-9000, email Christine@, or visit or See ad on page 31.

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inter is in full swing and many of us are choosing to stay indoors where it is warm and cozy, with little daily physical activity. When we do venture outdoors, we are bundled up in coats and scarves, muscles tensed against the cold, our bodies showing little of the swinging arms and looser gait of summer. Before long, we start noticing seasonal dryness of the skin, throat and nose or thick phlegm and mucus. Within this dryness and thickness is reduced lymphatic circulation, leaving the body vulnerable to colds, flu and other infections. Giving our lymphatic system a boost and bolstering the saved immune response may be husband’s life; winter. he has themy ticket to a healthier The lymphatic system is aMeshvital and been in good health under Dr. often overlooked part of the immune ’s care for 20 years now system, composed mainly of lymphatic vessels and nodes located throughout the body. It has several tasks, including the absorption of fluids, the removal and transport of cellular waste, bacteria,

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Guided Sound Meditation – 7-8pm. Led by art therapist John Muraco, enjoy guided meditation each Thursday in February with amazing sounds, including crystal singing bowls, gongs and more. The evocative sounds support one’s process of moving through emotions and help deepen awareness. Space limited; please RSVP by phone or online to save your spot. $15. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. BridgeWell

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Fun First Friday – 7pm. With Musician Pauline Zager and fellow Sounds of the Earth musicians Mark and Sarah. Be entertained with a lively selection of jazz and pop songs on keyboard and acoustic guitar. Enjoy wine, cider and a divine sampling of LUV superfood chocolates – just in time for Valentine’s Day. 20% off all of her chocolates in February at the Market. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Loving Your Feminine Body – 7-8:30pm. Come and experience a new way of “being” in your body. This JourneyDance is all about feminine embodiment – loving our feminine bodies for the magical mystical wonderful vessels we are. Dance experience is not needed. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the dance. $20. Yoga-Cise Studio, 533 S West End Blvd, Quakertown. 215-5344989.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Volunteer Work Day – 9am-2pm. If you stay to help all four hours, we will provide lunch from 1-2pm. The work days are held rain or shine. Please call if you will be helping out. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Can Snacking be Good for You? – 10:30am12:30pm. Dajia’s Super Snacks are created by Dajia in Jenkintown. These healthy delicious snacks are loaded with real ingredients: almonds, cranberries, pumpkin, flax and hemp seeds sweetened with maple syrup, spiced just right for a little kick. Protein, fiber and omegas in every bite. Come taste them and meet

Dajia. 20% off all of her snacks in February at the Market. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. TM Program Intro Lecture – 11am-1pm. Free public introductory lecture on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Program. Find out why over 6.5 million people worldwide practice this technique to reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety and naturally reduce tension, stress and strain. Start enjoying your life to the fullest. Email csmith@ to reserve a seat. The next four-day course will be from Saturday, February 27-Tuesday, March 1. Transcendental Meditation Program, Tammany Farm, 5792 Carversville Rd, Doylestown. Carole Smith, 215-783-4629. Group Tuning Fork – 11am-1:30pm. Tuning forks bring the chakras into balance. Vibration alters your body’s biochemistry and brings your nervous system, muscle tone and organs into harmonic balance. Experience all chakras balanced; instantaneous, deep state of relaxation; mental clarity and brain functioning increased; physical energy and mental concentration increased; left and right brain hemispheres balanced. $30. Soul Spirit Connection, 122 N York Rd, Unit 6 (rear), Hatboro. Dottie Gannotti, 215-657-5011 or 215-858-4448. DotGnot@ Restorative Clinic: Shoulders – 1-3pm. Restorative poses to support, increase mobility of and strengthen shoulders. Explore shoulder openers, along with vedic therapy assists. Please register; clinics fill quickly. Check website for cost. Balanced For Life Yoga, 45 Berkley Rd, Ste 204, Devon. Lynn Feinman, 610-608-1430. LynnWestFeinman@ Barefoot Body Demonstration – 1-3pm. Ellen will demonstrate making some of her “clean” cosmetics and will provide samples for you to try. 10% off all Barefoot Body products during the sampling event. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Yoga Nidra – 9:30-10:30am. Yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep, is a guided meditation done restorative style: reclining with blankets and bolsters

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Food for Thought Book Club – 6:15-8pm. All are welcome to join Doylestown Food Co-op members for a discussion of Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel (fiction). We meet every second Tuesday of the month. Feel free to bring an optional snack to share. The Doylestown Bookshop offers a 20% discount on book selections for the club. Everyone is welcome. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Mindfulness and the Brain – 6-7pm. Dr. Sherri Zaffrin will offer practical and experiential lessons that can help lower anxiety and stress. Also, when it comes to love, find out why your gut is more trustworthy than your heart. Please RSVP. Free. Back to Health Chiropractic Center, 125 Horseshoe Ln, North Wales. Dr. Sherri Zaffrin, 215-412-8081.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Love Your Heart! – 6:30-8pm. Join Integrative Psychotherapist Connie Guerin, MA, in exploring all the ways we can send ourselves some heart-felt gratitude including: chocolate treats; emotional detox and wellness practices; loving communications in all our relationships; and happy play. Please RSVP. Free. Doc Bakers, 22 N Main St, Doylestown. Connie Guerin, 267-337-1681. Connie@ConnieGuer Iridology 101 – 7-8:15pm. Birgit Lueders, the owner of The Center of Iridology, will be offering a free hour of educational information about Iridology. Iridology can help assess your client’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Come and see how Birgit is using this incredible tool every day in her own practice. Free. Awakening Wellness Center, 10 Ruthland Ave, Malvern. Birgit Lueders, 484-222-1441. Center

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Healing Angels Class – 10am-4pm. Come learn to connect thru a heart link to the angels and have experiences with many in meditation (nine times during class). Understand angels are around to help us on the earth plane, but they can not help us if we don’t invite them because of free will. Make the healing angels part of your healing journey. $115 includes manual and lunch. Soul Spirit Connection, 122 N York Rd, Unit 6 (rear), Hatboro. Dottie Gannotti, 215-6575011 or 215-858-4448.

Coffee Scoop Sampling – 10:30am-12:30pm. Coffee lovers take note: the Coffee Scoop will be sampling their locally roasted organic and fair trade coffee blends. Come meet Bethany, daughter of owners Warren and Karen, and find out what makes these coffees special while learning which will be your favorite morning roast. 10% off Coffee Scoop coffee during the sampling event. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Thai Massage for Couples – 12-3pm. Enjoy a relaxing Valentine’s for less than the cost of dinner and a movie. You will give and receive an hour of massage and learn techniques that won’t hurt your hands or make you tired. This style is relaxing, energizing, connecting and deeply hypnotic – and lots of fun (chocolate included). $70. Yoga Inspired, 51 S Broadway, Pitman, NJ. Nita Keesler, 856-9807497. Partner Yoga – 3:30-5pm. Join us for a fun afternoon with a friend, partner, or anyone (a partner is not required). All levels of yoga experience are welcome. Kelliann and Patty will lead you through fun yoga shapes with a partner. A great way to release your stress and have a blissful yoga experience. $30. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYoga@hotmail. com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Partner Yoga and Thai Bodywork – 12:305:30pm. Connect with the one you love (anyone – your friend, Mama, partner) on Valentine’s Day through asana, stretching, massage, sharing warm energy, smiles and laughter. This workshop by candlelight is friendly for all levels and will leave you both with a warm heart. Experienced, certified and insured instructor, Gabrielle de Burke. $55. Mama’s Wellness Joint, 1100 Pine St, Philadelphia. Gabrielle de Burke, 484-557-9605. DragonSpirit Thai Massage for Couples – 1:30-4pm. Enjoy a relaxing Valentine’s for less than the cost of dinner and a movie. You will give and receive an hour of massage and learn techniques that won’t hurt your hands or make you tired. This style is relaxing, energizing, connecting and deeply hypnotic – and lots of fun (chocolate included). $70. Elite Pole & Fitness, 5629 Bensalem Blvd, Bensalem. 267-5228105.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 The Most Radiant You – 2/15-4/4, 7:30-9pm. This 8-week program will teach teen girls tools to manage stress, build self-worth and gain skills for self-expression and communication. Utilizing the chakra energy system and yogic traditions, we will build awareness of the mind, body and spirit connection to enhance the development of these skills. $432. The Resiliency Center, 1811 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown. John Muraco, 315-329-9838. John@ ElizabethCampbellCounseling. com/tween-therapy-group.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Reflexology Overview for LMTs – 2/17-2/18, 9am-5pm. A course for licensed massage therapists to hone their foot reflexology knowledge and deepen their skills. Skills learned can be added to

currently offered massage services. Theory, function and technique will be covered through lecture and hands-on learning. Pre-paid registration required at least 48 hours before class. 16CEs NCBTMB. $275. The “Room” at Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Tracy McGovern, 215-858-8195. Tracy@

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Guided Sound Meditation – 7-8pm. Led by art therapist John Muraco, enjoy guided meditation each Thursday in February with amazing sounds, including crystal singing bowls, gongs and more. The evocative sounds support one’s process of moving through emotions and help deepen awareness. Space limited; please RSVP by phone or online to save your spot. $15. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Sacral Chakra Journey – 7:30-9pm. Dive into the waters of emotions freeing the flow of dynamic energy that is essential for transformation. Journey with a beautiful, huge, raw orange calcite stone, included. A journey full of beautiful and healing sounds all in the note of D, such as crystal singing bowls, native flutes, bells and more. $25. Yoga Love, 10 N Main St, Yardley. Valarie Haag, 267-840-8003. Val@

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Birding North Shore – 8am-5pm. This trip provides a wonderful chance to see a number of waterfowl up close. Volunteer leaders Rick and TerriLynn Van Kirk will guide participants to a number of special locations to view birds. For lunch, we will warm our toes and fingers in a local restaurant. $15 member; $19 non-member. Register by 2/10. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Learn about Raw Chocolate – 10:30am-12:30pm. Learn about and taste Luv superfood chocolate. Lisa Leleu is the Doylestown entrepreneur behind Luv’s Superfoods raw chocolates. Raw chocolates, some with nuts and berries, have a unique flavor and a goodness you’ll only know by tasting. Come and meet Lisa and taste for yourself. 20% off all of her chocolates in February at the Market. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Maple Sugaring Program – 2-3:30pm. One day only. It’s maple syrup season. Come out and learn how to make natural maple syrup. Learn the history, the processing steps and taste the real thing. A local farm will have maple syrup products for sale. Must pre-register in order to participate. $6 per person. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 TimeOut: A Self-Care Retreat – 10am-4pm. Snow date: 2/28. A workshop focused on being present and allowing fun and flow into your life. Learn about nutrition and the effects of stress on your body. Enjoy fun movement, expressive arts and a tasty interactive lunch. Register by phone or website. $80. $70/person if you bring a friend. Still Kicking, 136 Mill Rd, Ste B, Quakertown.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Winter Escape Detox Retreat – 2/22-2/27, 8:30am3pm. Essential organic detox retreat for your optimal health. Join Kathleen Downey, CSCP counselor, nutritionist, yoga instructor. Individualized detox program. Benefit from 30 years of experience, shed pounds, support liver function, thyroid, digestive system, decrease stress. Massage by Courtney Downey, BCTMB, yoga, thyroid reset, breathwork, guided meditation, workout programs, outdoor fun. Core Level Healing, New Hope. Kathleen Downey, 858-401-3144.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Love Circle – 7-9pm. With psychic medium Amiee Wright. The life you long to live can be yours. Anything is possible. And it all starts with love. You are invited to join the circle as we remind each other of who we really are, awakening our true potential through the restorative power of love. $20. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 252 Kulp Rd, Harleysville. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1345.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 7th Annual Bucks County Locavore Event – 5-8pm. Stop by the Doylestown Food Market booth for delicious samples of our exclusive M&E Pies. This annual event encourages business networking while introducing the community to new and longstanding local vendors of locally produced artisanal and varied foods. Residents and businesses alike are working together to keep dollars circulating within their own communities. Free. Superior Woodcraft, 160 N Hamilton St, Doylestown. TM Program Intro Lecture – 6:30-8:30pm. Free public introductory lecture on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Program. Find out why over 6.5 million people worldwide practice this technique to reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety and naturally reduce tension, stress and strain. Start enjoying your life to the fullest. Email to reserve a seat. The next four-day course will be from February 27-Tuesday, March 1. Transcendental Meditation Program, Tammany Farm, 5792 Carversville Rd, Doylestown. Carole Smith, 215-783-4629. Guided Sound Meditation – 7-8pm. Led by art therapist John Muraco, enjoy guided meditation each Thursday in February with amazing sounds, including crystal singing bowls, gongs and more. The evocative sounds support one’s process of moving through emotions and help deepen awareness. Space limited; please RSVP by phone or online to save your spot. $15. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. BridgeWell

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Healing Night with Friends – 7-9:30pm. A relaxing evening with friends. Enjoy two healing services. Choose between: 45 minute massage, Thai Yoga, Aromatouch treatment, and Chakra tuning. In between you’ll relax to sound healing and coloring. In addition to your chosen healing services, we’ll attune our body, mind, and spirit with a reiki share. $90. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St,

savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter with updates on seminars and trips. April 1-3 New Mexico Hot Springs Retreat Deemed sacred by indigenous Native Americans, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa has been a source of healing for thousands of years. It’s the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water. With esoteric teachings from ancient wisdom traditions, discover how to activate your light body for soul expansion, self-mastery and heart-centered higher dimensional living. We’ll soak in the sacred springs, hike to the stunning mica mine and visit the breathtaking Christ in the Desert monastery for energy work and healing. Our retreat leader, Dana Micucci, is an energy practitioner, teacher and author of books about world cultures, travel and spirituality. Extend your stay and visit Georgia O’Keeffe country, the majestic Taos Pueblo, the “holy dirt” church at Chimayo and the mysterious staircase of the Loretta Chapel in Santa Fe. Limited to 22 people; there are 9 spots remaining. April 21-24 Sedona Retreat (Extension April 25-26) Just two hours from the Grand Canyon, Sedona is a sacred site and power spot, renowned for its magnificent beauty, red rocks, vortices, great energy, as well as art galleries and metaphysical shops. This retreat will focus on enhancing our spiritual path. We’ll learn practices to develop the Diamond Body, a unique energetic structure in our energy field, and the Symbol of Life, an ancient glyph that can be created in our energy field for rapid spiritual development. Afternoon hikes and a Quantum Spoon Bending class are included. Facilitator Gene Ang, Ph.D. in neurobiology from Yale, is an expert in consciousness, energy medicine and the integration of science, spirituality and healing. July 2-8 Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini, the Bahamas Bimini is a small island in the Bahamas, renowned for the pods of dolphins who call it home. With warm turquoise waters, Bimini is paradise for people seeking to connect with these wise and beautiful creatures. We will go out every afternoon to swim with the dolphins. You don’t need to be a strong swimmer, as life vests are available. We will also snorkel over the Bimini road, reputed to be part of ancient Atlantis, explore the island on golf carts, visit the Healing Hole, see the exquisite Dolphin House and relax on gorgeous beaches. Our private chef will prepare three delicious gourmet meals for us every day and can accommodate special dietary requirements. Limited to 14, with 10 spots left.

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North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Certified Reiki 1 Workshop – 10am-5pm. Discover the tools to self awareness and spiritual growth. You will learn how to interpret energy, and the energy that will flow out of your hands can be used on self and others to speed up healing. You will practice using your healing hands in class. Become your authentic self and live your truth. $150 includes lunch. Soul Spirit Connection, 122 N York Rd, Unit 6 (rear), Hatboro. Dottie Gannotti, 215-657-5011 or 215-858-4448. Can Snacking be Good for You? – 10:30am12:30pm. Dajia’s Super Snacks are created by Dajia in Jenkintown. These healthy delicious snacks are loaded with real ingredients: almonds, cranberries, pumpkin, flax and hemp seeds sweetened with maple syrup, spiced just right for a little kick. Protein, fiber and omegas in every bite. Come taste them and meet Dajia. 20% off all of her snacks in February at the Market. Free. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. Alpha Center Community Celebration – 2-4pm. Come help Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation celebrate 20 years in business in Doylestown. Families can enjoy refreshments, games and music at this community appreciation event. Central Bucks YMCA Teen Center, 2500 Lower State Rd., Doylestown. 800-310-9085. AlphaOutreach@

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Medicine Drum-Making Workshop – 11am-4pm. Create your own medicine frame drum. Begin with a drum journey to connect to the heartbeat of the drum, and then start the process of creating drums and beaters. After creating the drum, celebrate its birth with a special ceremony. Birthing a drum is an intense process, one not easily forgotten. $165. Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Ln, Southampton. Valarie Haag, 267-840-8003.

Power Up for Winter! A Lymphatic Wellness Workshop – 2-4pm. Learn easy ways to improve lymphatic circulation, strengthen the immune system and improve functionality of the mucous membranes throughout the winter months. Receive a cold season support gift set and a gift certificate towards a lymphatic drainage session. Registration and prepayment required. $20. Register online at Conscius Vita, 33 South Delaware Ave, Ste 201, Yardley. Barbara Meza, 201-978-7335.

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As yoga teachers and therapists, we use touch to communicate with our clients and students, inviting them to feel into the present moment and all that it offers physically, emotionally and energetically. This 20-hour experiential course invites you to develop your existing skills for self-observation, partner dialogue and healthy touch. Cost: $425 Early Bird discount, $350 by February 7

Learn Lymphatic Drainage, with Elisa DiFalco. Hands-on training, watch demo, practice, receive and refine your techniques. Learn full body sequence, med spa, face, pregnancy, sports, sensory integration. Study seven full days for 48 hour certificate; individual days may be taken as space allows. Cost: $1,050

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sunday Sunday Stroll – 1st & 3rd Sunday, 2-3pm. Join us for an informal, guided walk as we enjoy the trails in winter. Free. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Reiki Share and Community Drum Circle – 3rd Sunday, 2-6pm. At 2pm, connect with area Reiki practitioners and have an opportunity to practice and receive Reiki. Those who are not attuned are welcome to attend, receive a treatment and be part of the community. From 4:30-6pm, join the community drum circle. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003.

monday Acting and Voice Classes – 4-5:30pm. Monday after school, young adults/teens/children 8 years and older. Nine-week courses. Adult class on Thursday evenings at 6:30. Private coaching and voice also available. Teachers have 37 years of experience. On-camera audition, commercial, monologue, scene study, Shakespeare and the voice. $60. 25 Bridge St, Lambertville. Kathleen Downey, 858-401-3144. Seed Nutrition Seminar – 7pm. Come join us to learn how you can get 8X your body’s daily requirement of nutrients in 60 seconds, keeping yourself healthy all winter and beyond. Proven science, independently verified, incredibly effective results. 122 N York Rd, Ste 6 (rear), Hatboro. 215-858-4448. SpiritualEvolutionGroupHatboro.

tuesday Ashtanga Yoga Flow – 5:30-6:45am. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYoga Slow Flow – 10-11:15am. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 403 E Walnut St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 5:30-6:45pm. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. WholeBody

Say yes to reducing stress and anxiety in your life. Say yes to practicing yoga in a non-competitive, non-judgmental environment. Say yes to learning to love being in your body. $49. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. Yin/Yang Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, North Wales. 215-661-0510.

wednesday Free Soup Wednesdays – 9am-3:30pm. Every Wednesday we serve up a free cup of soup with your lunch or juice or smoothie. Starting with only whole, fresh ingredients, largely organic, 100% non-GMO, we make delicious, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian fare. Fresh juices and smoothies are made to order. Pulp Vegetarian Cafe and Juice Bar, 2 Race St, Frenchtown, NJ. 908-996-5253. PulpVegetarianCafeAndJuiceBar. Release-Unravel-Renew – 10:30am-12pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610- 597-2015. ChalfontYogaAnd Yoga Light – 12-1pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-5972015. Chair Yoga – 1:30-2:30pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610597-2015. Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Schedule online or by phone. Located upstairs; call if you have disabilities. $30. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. Bridge Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals who suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown.

Heated Vinyasa – 6-7:15pm. See website for details. Whole Body Yoga Studio, North Wales. 215661-0510.

Healing Through Consciousness Series – 6:309:30pm, every other Wednesday, 1/20-5/25. With Susan Watson. Learning tools to increase your energy and keep your vibration in a higher place. Call 610-742-2789 to register. International School of Shiatsu, 10 S Clinton St, Ste 300, Doylestown.

Hello Yoga! 3 Class Beginners Series – 2/2-2/16, 7-8:30pm. Discover the benefits of yoga in this 3-week introductory series. Yes, you can do yoga.

Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Come one, come all to destress your body and mind, feed your soul what it’s really looking for, learn how to live more in bal-

ance, enjoying your life. You deserve it. Experienced and inexperienced welcome. 122 N York Rd, Ste 6 (rear), Hatboro. 215-858-4448. Dotgnot@gmail. com. Ancient Wisdom Traditions – 7-9pm. Exploring ancient wisdom traditions through the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science. Presented by the Theosophical Society in America, the Abraxas Lodge. Southampton Friends Meeting House, Street & Gravel Hill Rds, Southampton. 215-512-2900. Release-Unravel-Renew – 7:15-8:45pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. ChalfontYogaAnd Meditative Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. This class offers traditional and modified poses which are held for longer than a few breaths in order to facilitate entering a meditative state and a meditative practice. The class occurs mostly on the floor with the use of props for support. The class will include an hour of traditional practice; poses, and pranayama (breathing) with a 15-minute meditative option at the end or choose a rest pose. 45 Berkeley Rd #204, Devon. 267- 226-7767.

thursday Release-Unravel-Renew – 10:30am-12pm . Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. Chalfont Yoga – 7:30pm. For all ages and abilities. Join us to stretch, tone and relax. $8 member; $10 nonmember. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. Joe or Debbie, 267-808-1071. Jeaker1@ Revitalize Yourself – 7:30-8:45pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610597-2015.

friday Release-Unravel-Renew – 8-9:30pm. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. ChalfontYogaAndMedi

saturday Higher Brain Living Chat – 9-10am, 3rd Saturday. What isn’t working in your life? Learn about Higher Brain Living, enjoy a cup of coffee with reishi mushrooms. Higher Brain Living can change your brain and life. Inspiration to Wholeness, 53 Darby Rd, Ste F, Paoli. 484-302-1502. Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm, 1st Sat. First Saturday shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic setting. Each student will interview, assess energy, and create individualized shiatsu session to balance the body. Wear loose comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Wear socks. No cell phones, no perfumes. $40. International School of

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Shiatsu, 10 S Clinton St, third floor, Doylestown. Shirley Scranta, 215-340-9918. LearnShiatsu@ Release-Unravel-Renew – 9:30-11am. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. ChalfontYogaAndMedi Theosophical Principles – 10:30am-12pm. Reading and discussion of sections of Ocean of Theosophy by W. Q. Judge. Presented by Tommy Kehoe. Joint effort of the United Lodge of Theosophy of Philadelphia and the Theosophical Society in America, the Abraxas Lodge. Southampton Friends Meeting House, Street & Gravel Hill Rds, Southampton. 215-512-2900. theosophical-society-abraxas-lodge.

I long to see you, so that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift. ~St. Paul

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PET THERAPY Lynn Feinman, Doctor of Naturopathy 53 Darby Rd. Ste C, Paoli 610-608-1430

Megan Downs, LMT, E-RYT Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-206-3394

Tina Stashko, N.D., Ph.D., MIfHI Emmaus 610-965-8132




DR. JULIE ANN ALLENDER 306 Rickert Rd, Sellersville 215-799-2220

Dr. Allender’s office is a tropical garden with fountains, music, plants and Animal Assisted Therapy. She offers alternatives to traditional therapy and medication through diet, exercise, meditation and lifestyle changes for adults, couples, children, families and businesses. A happy home and office. See ad on page 16.


Expertly p l a c i n g interested clients with one of our 15 seasoned and varied therapists throughout the city and surrounding areas to find the best fit for you. See ad on page 6.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, ecofriendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad on page 31.

classifieds Fee for classified ads is $1 per word per month. To place a listing, email content to by the 10th of the month. FOR RENT PEACEFUL COUNTRY SETTING – Building includes four gathering rooms, kitchen and covered porch. Wooded paths, meditation gardens. Perfect for workshops, weddings, retreats. 215-538-0976.

HELP WANTED Organic wellness spa seeking PT LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST. Must be dependable, client focused, and willing to learn additional spa services. Send resume to:


ANAHATA YOGA & WELLNESS CENTER 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville 215-740-1354 •

A welcoming, cozy, Kripaluaffiliated studio with the sacred mission of serving from the heart. Offering yoga and ayurveda classes and workshops, meditation and energy healing sessions. See ad on page 3.

DON’T WAIT until you get fired. Take control of your life today. Very low start-up cost. 215-858-4448. WORK FROM HOME – Flexible schedule, advertising/marketing/customer relations. No Inventory/ Home Parties/Selling Products. Call Susan Pontelandolfo, 267-474-7536.

SERVICES HOLISTIC SERVICES – Life counseling, reiki, energy healing, psychotherapy, spiritual mentoring, weddings, memorial services, holistic workshops and more. 215-538-0976. UNIQUE NUTRITION PROGRAM – How much does the guy at the vitamin store really know about your body? Introducing a Nutrition Program as unique as you are. Call 267-992-2519 or visit for your free personal assessment.


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Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks Dedicated to the education of individuals to provide the healing power of massage therapy, bodywork and touch therapy.

Full/Part Time • Day/Evening Classes Small Class Size New Classes starting on Monday, February 15 CALL (610)705-4401 TODAY FOR MORE INFO OR TO SCHEDULE A TOUR!

33 Rupell Road • Hampton, NJ 08827 • I-78 Exit 13 Phone: 908-238-0077 • E-mail: COUNSELING FOR THE FOLLOWING: • Allergies • Asthma • Autoimmune Disorders • Bone Loss • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Chronic Pain • Depression/Anxiety • Fibromyalgia • Heart Disease • Heavy Metal Toxicity • Hepatitis • High Blood Pressure • Hormone Imbalance • Hyperglycemic Conditions • Intestinal Disorders • Joint Pain • Memory Loss • Menopause • Tick-Borne Diseases • Yeast Overgrowth • Vaccinations

MODALITIES OFFERED: • Anti-Aging Medicine • Biofeedback • Bioidentical Hormones • Chelation • Detoxification • Herbal Therapies • Homeopathy • IV Therapies • Mesotherapy • Metabolic Typing Counseling • Nutritional Counseling • Oxidative Therapies • Thermography • Vitamin Therapies • Wiley Protocol


February 2016


Stress-Free Dentistry

Sit back - Relax - and Say “Ahhhh”

Dental Care in a spa-like atmosphere With every visit, we offer complimentary services to help you relax, such as: • Massage Chairs • Refreshment Center • Music & Video Headsets • Hand Treatments For No Extra Charge

Heritage Dental Spa is a truly unique dental practice Not only can you trust Dr. Skovron with all of your Holistic Dentistry needs and treatment plan, but you can trust that the team at Heritage Dental will make you feel as comfortable as possible in their relaxing spa atmosphere.

Offering Anxiety-Free exams and cleanings, PLUS State-of-the-Art Holistic and Metal-Free dental services  Safe removal of mercury fillings  Non-surgical gum treatments  Tooth-colored restorations  ClearCorrect® “invisible” orthodontics  Bio-Compatible Implants  Cerec® one-day metal-free crowns

 Holistic solutions for sleep apnea  Root Canals - Specialists on premises  Dentures secured by implant snaps  Now offering: High tech digital scanning with less radiation and 3D imaging

“This is by far the best dental appt I have ever had. I have a terrible fear of dentists and I was put to great ease. Very detailed appt which made me feel that they took everything into consideration. I really can’t say enough.” ~ Janice M.

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Heritage Dental


595 Bethlehem Pike, Suite 302 Montgomeryville

Dental Health & Dance - FEBRUARY 2016  

Serving the Bucks, Montgomery and Main Line areas of PA as the #1 natural living resource in the area.

Dental Health & Dance - FEBRUARY 2016  

Serving the Bucks, Montgomery and Main Line areas of PA as the #1 natural living resource in the area.