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How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle

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Secrets for Successful Love Matches

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Top 10 Heart Healthy Choices

26 BE ON THE BALL Putting Extra Fun into Fitness

28 BANISHING BODY-IMAGE BLUES How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks

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Anahata Yoga Offers Kripalu-Inspired Yoga Teacher Training this Spring

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r. Julie Lachman, ND, is welcoming naturopath physician Khadija Douglas to its practice in Warrington. Douglas graduated from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, with a combined honours degree in biology and French and then continued her studies at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Phoenix, Arizona. She loves family practice, with a strong emphasis on cardiovascular health (high blood pressure), Khadija Douglas, ND endocrine disorders (thyroid, diabetes, adrenal fatigue), weight loss and mental health. In addition to her clinical training at SCNM, she has taken additional courses in medically supervised weight loss, hydrotherapy, IV therapy and botanical medicine. Douglas uses various treatment modalities, including homeopathy, hydrotherapy and nutritional counseling. Julie Lachman, ND, founder of the practice, notes, “We are so pleased to add Dr. Douglas and her range of expertise to the services we offsaved er area residents. I encourage anyone interested to visit ourhusband’s website andlife; book free, 15-minute consultation with my hea has her to see how well you work been in good health under Dr.together. Mesh-”

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nahata Yoga & Wellness Center, in Lederach, is now registering prospective yoga teachers for their latest 200-hour yoga teacher training. Running from February through November, the training will be held the first weekend of each month. The curriculum includes teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and ethics, and practicum. Electives, such as Teaching Beginner’s Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Ayurveda, the Chakra System, Yoga for Hypermobility and iRest Yoga Nidra, are also offered. “Our program offers so much that students will find unique,” says studio founder and owner, Kathleen Tooley, who encourages potential students missing the start of spring training to learn more now and plan for the fall session. “Each training is limited to eight students, and discounts are available for early registrants, so if not now, when?” For more than six years, Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center has offered yoga, ayurveda, meditation and reiki classes, workshops and special events with a focus on using yoga as a tool for self-healing and personal transformation. Their Kripalu-based approach teaches students to reduce stress and anxiety, experience the pleasure of deep breathing, cultivate compassion for themselves and others and to move mindfully in a non-competitive environment. Cost: $2,700 when paid in full before the first day of training. Payment plans available. Location: 690 Harleysville Pk., Lederach. For more information and to register, call 215-740-1354 or visit AnahataYogaWellness.com. See listing, page 37.

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.

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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 10

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Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.

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Mindfulness Reduces Alcohol Cravings In a randomized, double-blind experiment published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, University College London researchers found that among 68 heavy drinkers, just 11 minutes of recorded mindfulness training reduced drinking. Subjects were closely matched with an active control group that was taught relaxation techniques. Seven days later, the mindfulness group on average drank 9.3 fewer units of alcohol, roughly equal to three pints of beer, while the relaxation group showed no drop in alcohol consumption.

THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person selftalk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.

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The Dangers of Mercury in Dental Fillings Many consumers are not aware that all silver-colored fillings, or dental amalgams, contain mercury. In fact, amalgam fillings are comprised of approximately 50 percent mercury, according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although banned

or restricted in many other countries, these fillings are still used in the U.S. Amalgam fillings pose risks to human health, and dental mercury released into the environment can cause long-lasting damage to wildlife. Jack Kall, a Doctor of Dental Medicine and chairperson of the board of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), a global network of dentists, health professionals and scientists that has been researching dental amalgam and other dental products since 1984, explains, “Mercury is continuously emitted from dental amalgam fillings, and it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, liver, lungs and gastrointestinal tract.”

Unsafe amalgam removal techniques also raise health concerns. Some patients require the removal of amalgam fillings due to physical deterioration, while others have it done for cosmetic purposes (white-colored fillings match the teeth better) or because they prefer to have dental fillings that don’t contain mercury. However, removal of amalgam fillings without proper safety measures can potentially lead to patients, dentists, staff and the environment being exposed to unsafe levels of mercury. Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique recommendations to mitigate dental mercury exposure are available at TheSmartChoice.com. The IAOMT is based in ChampionsGate, FL. For more information, visit IAOMT.org, Tinyurl.com/IAOMT-Mercury-Facts or Tinyurl.com/IAOMT-Mercury-Report. See ad, page 17.

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Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance

Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.

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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

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Auto Revolution

China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”. 14

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Sealife Sanctuary Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost threequarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife. The nonprofit has called for governments to show greater vision and ambition. Frida Bengtsson, head of the Greenpeace Antarctic campaign, states, “Over the next 12 months, we have an opportunity to make history: to create an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth.” She notes that it would also ensure healthier oceans that soak up carbon dioxide to moderate climate change. The proposal, submitted by the European Union and promoted by the German government, will be considered in October by the governmental bodies responsible for managing the Antarctic marine environment. It follows the successful adoption of the Ross Sea sanctuary in 2016.

Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.

Bottle Buyback

Britain May Charge Deposit to Reduce Bottle Litter

Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles. Denmark recycles 90 percent and South Australia 80 percent by using deposits as an incentive. UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove says that almost 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, with up to 80 percent washing out to sea from land. Gove is consulting with the industry to determine the advantages and disadvantages of different types of reward and return systems for plastic, metal and glass drinks containers. Britain’s decision to charge a deposit for each plastic bag in 2015 has slashed usage.

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Popular Needlework Crafts Go Green Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it eco-responsibly is enhancing the process. “More people are making and hand-dyeing their own yarn,” says blogger Ann Budd (AnnBuddKnits.com), of Boulder, Colorado, former editor of Interweave Knits magazine and author of Knitting Green. “The results are beautiful with different color combinations, and even striping.” Also, more yarn is American-sourced. “Shearing and dyeing are done here to cut down on the overall carbon footprint,” explains Budd, who conducts workshops for shops and clubs, plus two annual learning retreats. This year’s are in Savannah, Georgia, from April 26 to 29, and in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, from September 20 to 23. GreenAmerica.org suggests Green Mountain Spinnery (Spinnery.com) as a U.S. source of certified organic, natural fiber yarns processed without toxic oils, chemicals or dyes; Ecobutterfly Organics (Ecobutterfly.com), for vegan-friendly, fair trade and botanically dyed organic cotton yarns and fiber, recycled glass beads, buttons and kits; and Organic Cotton Plus (OrganicCottonPlus. com), offering certified organic woven and knit fabrics, hemp and hemp-blended fabrics, threads, ribbons and vegetable-based dyes. Interweave (Interweave.com), a craft magazine publisher, provides video and online education. Learn how to avoid potential hand and arm pain from repetitive motions with the new book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting (ErgoIKnit.com) by San Francisco physical therapist and needlework teacher Carson Demers. For many needlework fans, charitable volunteering keeps their fingers flying. Members of the nonprofit Mittens for Detroit (MittensForDetroit.org) make mittens, gloves, hats and lapghans for children and adults in need. Donna Davis, of Roswell, New Mexico, has knitted hats for African newborns, wool items for Eastern European orphans and scarves for American artists. Learn more at KnittingForCharity.org.

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ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.

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t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring

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12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

Mastering an Optimal Outlook

“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles,


and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having Forces instructors and civilians. They found a growth mindset is vital, focusing on people that rebounded strongly often shared strengths without disregarding areas needcommon attributes, including embracing a ing improvement. spiritual outlook and social network. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, event, with his home and business burbeing pragmatic serves them far better ied under five feet of mud and water that than a false sense of optimism about bad nearly wiped out his clothing business, situations, Feldman found, Kind Design, overnight. Parents do a saying, “They grieved loss“It was the hardest thing es, but thought realistically disservice to their I’ve ever gone through, about what to do next.” to lose everything I had kids when they “Optimism in the built. It also gave me a try to remove best sense is focusing on new perspective on what’s adversity from their important. It made me the positive without denying the negative, while aware that you can replace lives. When little focusing on what’s in your physical things, but you things go wrong, control,” notes Hensch. rather than rush to can’t replace memories. Martin Seligman, My mind was blown away fix it, let the kids known as the “father of by the support I received.” figure out a solution. positive psychology”, Redd ended up paying found that when people They’ll realize it’s not forward the kindness. “We take setbacks personthe end of the world. cleaned and repaired 1,500 ally, viewing them as pairs of gloves in our in~Doug Hensch permanent, pervasive and ventory that were damaged personal, they develop a that day, and are donating sense of learned helplessness that inhibits them to search-and-rescue teams and ski growth and happiness. “It’s important not patrols. The more good you do, the more to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure and good other people will do,” Redd professes. extend it to other areas of life,” says Dr. Ste Altruism and owning a moral code is ven M. Southwick, a professor of psychiatry another common characteristic of resilient at Yale University School of Medicine who individuals, according to Southwick. Having focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a and resilience. person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. Make Caring Connections It gives you great strength,” he says. Social networks are critical in the face of In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high challenges, resilience experts agree. “When school sweetheart and husband to suicide we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she withdraw when we should do the opposite,” began to process the tragedy, she saw two says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depresfriends you have, or even how much time sion and give up or focus on our deep love you spend with them, that matters. All you for one another, get into therapy, and make need is at least one person you can count on.” “We are built to be connected with oth- a difference by inspiring, encouraging and helping others,” says Huffman. ers. It has a significant impact in regulating She chose the latter, asking for professtress,” says Southwick, a co-author of Resilsional help and signing up for the 16-mile ience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, Challenges, from West Haven, Connecticut. in New York City. “Getting into the best Over the past two decades, Southwick and shape of my life at age 50 became my his colleagues have studied three groups passion. As I walked through the night, I that have come through harrowing events: being Vietnam War prisoners, Special reflected on our beautiful memories as a

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Helpful Organizations

OptionB.org provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. LearningConnection.Stanford.edu/ Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. Resilience.Education.UTexas.edu conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

Films and Books

Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. February 2018

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couple. It was an amazing, healing experience,” reflects Huffman. Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.”

Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to

be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it SIMPLICITY. As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.

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What are the greatest misconceptions women have about men? Both genders face significant, yet different, challenges, and so believe the other gender has it easier. Men want to feel cared for and heard. Many are terrified to approach a woman; they fear rejection or not being a good enough provider. Often, when a woman perceives that a man needs space, it’s his fears and insecurities that are keeping him from deeper intimacy.

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to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.

Why do both genders need to nurture their feminine energy? As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.

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ow do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.

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Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She NABuxMont.com

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Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.

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Salmon.

Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wild-caught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish are also


widely known to treat atherosclerosis, normalize heart rhythms and help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as significantly lower the risk of stroke.

protective HDL cholesterol, and protect the inner lining of arteries.

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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

Cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil with a high phenol content can help lower blood pressure (via about two tablespoons daily), make more efficient and

Beet Juice.

A 2015 study in the journal Hypertension found that two daily eight-ounce glasses of beet juice can help reduce high blood pressure. Beets contain a natural dietary nitrate found in previous studies to lower high blood pressure. Enjoy beet juice in smoothies, as a tart drink known as a “shrub” (beet juice with raspberry vinegar) or in soups like borscht.

Garlic. Allicin, the sulfur compound that gives garlic its distinctive aroma, helps keep blood thin and flowing optimally, says Sinatra. The freshest chopped garlic offers the best benefits, according to a study from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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Recovery from Injury and Illness Exercise balls are used in occupational therapy for stroke patients and others recovering from injury. “A stroke deadens part of the brain, and to regain movement in an affected arm or leg, an unaffected part of the brain must take over the lost function. The goal of the therapist is to establish new neural pathways through


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Pregnant Women and Senior Fitness Balance balls, when used properly, can offer a safe way for pregnant women, children and seniors to stay fit. Exercising with a ball can help older individuals increase flexibility, especially in the hips, with cardiac strengthening as a bonus. Pregnant women can safely increase and maintain abdominal strength as the baby grows, and in doing so, care for muscles that will help them through labor. “Pregnancy can throw a woman off balance, and a growing baby puts pressure on internal organs. Pressing the back on a stability ball against a wall offers support for squats. Sitting on a ball helps maintain good posture and pelvic mobility, and reduces low back pain,” explains Pond. Incorporating the ball into yoga or Pilates routines prompts different muscles into action because it calls on the body’s learned ability to sense and respond to movement, termed proprioception. Pond says, “Proprioception is challenged just from sitting on the ball; there are immediate physical adjustments made to maintain posture and stability. In yoga, the ball is another tool to increase flexibility and balance.”

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“If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.” 30

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She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at GuidedChristianMeditation.com. “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

Begin Modestly “Millions are seeking more mindfulness through meditation, but don’t know how to go about it,” says Sean Fargo, a Berkeley, California, meditation instructor and for-


mer Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

Assess Benefits “Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman. In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded MindfulnessExercises.com, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

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Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our everpresent breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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a nature field study class. These all connect us to nature and our world,” advises Blume.

CITY HOMESTEADING Creating Sustainable Urban Living by Randy Kambic

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omesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading, in Oakland, California, a decade ago (iuhOakland.com). She’s also co-author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. Blume was recently engaged to invite speakers and coordinate presentation

content for the three-day online Gardening and Homesteading Skills Summit hosted by The Shift Network. Last October, 20 leading farmers, master gardeners, homesteaders and other experts shared innovative, environmentally friendly advice for providing food and adopting eco-friendly practices. Blume, who grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens, sheep and bees on 22 acres, plans to launch her Fantastic Farm Store this month, and will offer spring classes at her institute, as well as at the Rogue River Community Center, in southern Oregon. “Everyone should grow their favorite vegetable from seed; think about the animal if eating meat; and take

David Crow, teacher, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures (Floracopeia.com), is a leader in research and development of growing herbs for medicine, working from Grass Valley, California. He extols the importance of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eye-opener for youngsters, and they take pride in ownership.” People without a garden plot can place a pot inside or on a balcony or find a community garden. “Medicinal plants don’t have to be a luxury of the wealthy. You can spend a fraction of the $30 for a drug prescription in growing most of them, and then trade for others with neighbors,” says Crow. He particularly values oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender and basil. To increase yields, home gardeners may consider daily drip irrigation—a system of tubes positioned just above the soil, with tiny holes spaced at regular intervals. It can conveniently work on a timer with an automatic shutoff during rain. Other benefits include water conservation and better soil structure by avoiding puddles from manual watering. “Drip irrigation can be especially helpful during dry spells, which can run two to four weeks in many climates,” says Robert Kourik (RobertKourik.com), land-

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scape consultant, horticultural researcher and author of Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and Climate, and last year’s Understanding Roots. “It can be effective for virtually any fruit or vegetable, except water crops like rice and cranberries.”

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Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, (ComeHome ToNature.com) has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.” It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy, Rosenbaum strives to create homes that are healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient, durable and adaptable by the people that inhabit them. Along with being part of the slow food movement and do-it-yourself trends, Blume believes, “Homesteading gives people the feeling they are making a positive difference by making sustainable changes in their lifestyle and home.” For summit recordings or transcripts and notices of upcoming events like the online annual Plant Medicine Telesummit in March, visit TheShiftNetwork.com. Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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ccording to a Pew Forum study, nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in miracles. When we think we can’t handle burdensome difficulties on our own, we often seek help from a higher power, pleading: Cure me or my loved one of this illness. Aid me in providing for myself and my family. Bring me someone to love. Help me resolve this intensely painful situation. Protect loved ones from the harm they’re subjecting themselves to. If we want miracles to unfold in our lives, we must actively participate in their manifestation. Here are five ways to manifest more miracles in our lives.

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Be Grateful for Everything

Gratitude deserves its positive buzz. When we’re grateful, our energy changes and our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.

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Stop Using Excuses to Do Nothing

When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.

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Step Beyond Routine

Step out of routines, broaden horizons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.

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Help Others Receive the Miracles They Pray For

Experience the bliss of being a giver. Share what others need. Sponsor a child’s education. Give unused belongings to people that desperately need them. Offer words of encouragement. It all matters more than we realize.

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Trust Intuition

When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at BelieveAndCreate.com. February 2018

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ervice dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant.

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“Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotionalsupport dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service animals are not required to wear a special vest or have documentation. NABuxMont.com

Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from shelters, and must be good with people and other


animals and be comfortable in social settings that match the person’s lifestyle.”

Overcoming Obstacles

When someone brings a dog into a place of business, we can legally ask only two short questions: “Is this animal needed for a disability?” and “What tasks has the animal been trained to do in relation to the disability?”

“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes

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her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and lowblood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

Comfort and Joy Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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BUCKS COUNTY Bikram Yoga Doylestown 1717 S Easton Rd, Doylestown 570-977-6689 BikramYogaDoylestown.com Blossom Yoga 2324 2nd Street Pike, Newtown 215-416-3252 Blossom-Yoga.net

Cornerstone Health & Fitness 740 Edison Furlong Rd, Doylestown • 215-794-3700 415 S York Rd, New Hope 215-862-2200 419 S York Rd, New Hope 215-862-2200 847 Easton Rd, Warrington 215-918-5900 CornerstoneClubs.com Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage Therapy 156 Green St, Doylestown 215-622-4612 DragonflyYogaStudio.com Moondog Yoga Studio 115 E Broad St, Ste 200, Quakertown 267-374-4046 MoondogYoga.com

River Yoga 5667 York Rd, Lahaska 215-794-1890 RiverYoga.org

Shine Yoga Center 601 W Market St, Perkasie 267-221-0980 ShineYogaPerkasie.com Sun Dog Yoga Studio 17 W State St, Ste 1, Doylestown 215-230-4031 SunDogYogaStudio.com Yoga at Airmid Wellness Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 609-220-9982 AirmidWellness.com Tristana Yoga Studio 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown 267-245-4140 Yoga Vibhuti 77 2nd Street Pike, Southampton 215-514-6065 YogaVibhuti.com Yogasphere 18 Swamp Rd, Newtown 215-579-6130 Yogasphere.net EASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Park Club Fitness and Wellness 620 W Chestnut St, Ste 101, Perkasie 215-257-8877 Facebook.com/ParkClubFitness

Amma Yanni Yoga Center & School 827 Glenside Ave, Wyncote 215-572-9881 AmmaYanniYoga.com

Prancing Peacock 524 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley 139 Zimmerman Ln, Langhorne 267-679-0791 PrancingPeacock.com

The Buddha-Bar Yorktown Plaza 160 Yorktown Plz, Elkins Park 215-901-2835

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Dana Hot Yoga 2278 Mount Carmel Ave, Glenside • 610-667-3262 832 N Bethlehem Pk, Spring House • 267-974-9805 DanaHotYoga.com* Dhuni Yoga & Pilates 1458 County Line Rd, Huntingdon Valley • 215-917-0501 DhuniYoga.com

Jenkintown Hot Yoga 409 Old York Rd, Jenkintown 215-478-1701 JtownHotYoga.com Nourishing Storm 124 N York Rd, Hatboro 215-394-8152 NourishingStorm.com SSP Yoga 400 Commerce Dr, Fort Washington • 610-656-6041 SSPYoga.com Tara Yoga 1134 Easton Rd, Abington 215-305-8325 TaraYogaPhilly.com Twisted Monkey 501 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge 215-379-1046 TwistedMonkeyYoga.com

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Local Yoga Whole Body Yoga Studio 103 E Walnut St, North Wales 215-661-0510 WholeBodyYogaStudio.com Yoga Evolution/MomentOM 261 Old York Rd, Jenkintown 215-885-1800 MomentOM.me WESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY Aim High Studio 3015 W Germantown Pike, Norristown • 484-686-0067 AimHighStudio.com

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Art & Soul Yoga & Pilates 1690 Valley Forge Rd, Eagleville 610-220-8572 ArtAndSoulYoga.com

Have a Vision Collegeville Yoga Bar 50 Second Ave, Ste 3, Collegeville • 610-409-2696 CollegevilleYogaBar.com Moyo 4335 Skippack Pike, Schwenksville 610-584-1108 Moyo-Yoga.com

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Collage & Creativity – Teens/Tweens – 2/1-3/27, 3:30-5pm. 90-minute group sessions (eight weeks) on Tues/Thurs. Process promotes development of self-awareness and problem solving, coping skills and ability to make healthy choices, resiliency and decision making processes, exploration of unique self among community of others, creativity and mindfulness strategies, participants may bring snacks. See website for pkg pricing and registration. $35. Within Wellness Solutions Office, 121 Friends Ln, Newtown. Lisa Morrash, 215-345-4096. WillowEssenceLLC34@gmail.com. WillowEsseThera.com.

Charcoal Drawing with Lana – 6-8pm. Come join us for an evening of charcoal drawing. Lana will teach you how to master the ancient techniques of charcoal. This flowing medium was used by the great Michelangelo and Leonardo. Class will start with some warm-ups, to get the hand-and-eye coordination flowing. Event/$40, supplies/$15. Lina’s Harmony–Center for Spiritual Health and Wellness, 366 Easton Rd, Warrington. 215-431-8122. Lina_Harmony@yahoo.com. LinasHarmony.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 JourneyDance – 7-8:30pm. A conscious dance party. JourneyDance is a transformational dance that combines freestyle and guided movement that inspires well-being and empowerment. JourneyDance’s meditative joyful movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. Bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for movement. $20. Anahata Yoga & Wellness, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-534-4989. EarthRhythmSacredDance.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Birding 101 – 10am-2pm. Want to ID local birdlife? Join BCAS for a Birding 101 course and learn how to become one of the 50+ million Americans that bird watch. We’ll teach you what to look for to identify what you’re seeing, to use binoculars and more. Space capped at 30, so sign up early. $10. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Diane Smith, 215-297-5880. DianeSmith@ BCAS.org. BCAS.org/event/birding-101-2.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Melanie Klein’s Theories – 10am-noon. Melanie Klein’s Theories: An Outrageously Helpful Guide in Sessions is a clinical study and supervision group (20 SW CEs) introducing Melanie Klein. Full Living director offers this 10-session seminar every other Tuesday. 1315 Chestnut St, Philadelphia. FullLiving.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Fall In Love with Yourself – 9am-noon. There is nothing selfish, narcissistic or wrong by putting yourself first. You can cherish and honor yourself without guilt. Learn five ways you can focus on loving you – to truly love and adore yourself in the same way that you’d like to have someone else treasure and hold you dear. $60. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073. Lyn@LynHicks.com. TheRoomAt Meadowbrook.com.

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in advance to reserve your seat today. Class fee is $25 and includes Creekside community discount, glass, glass paint, brushes and all supplies needed. Creekside Co-op, 7909 Highschool Rd, Elkins Park. Ava Adames, 267-560-7351. Ava.Adames@ DrinkableArts.com. DrinkableArts.com.

Silver Wolf Valentine Pop-Up – 10am-3pm. Get a beautiful piece of jewelry for your Valentine. Locally made and hand-made. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Doylestown.coop.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 What Comes from Gratitude – 11am-12:30pm. Learn how keeping a journal that includes gratitude can push a person to a place of stillness, calm and even creative writing. Author of Sprouting Spiritual Growth, Marie Higgins shares how she came to creativity by looking back in gratitude. Opening exercises around creating our own gratitude and spiritual journaling. $25. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-8134073. CardinalTouch@verizon.net. TheRoomAt Meadowbrook.com.

savethedate Aromatherapy February 11 1-4pm Essential oils are becoming more mainstream and are used for a wide variety of health and beauty items. Come out for a fun afternoon, learn more about how to use them for personal use and take home three products: room spray, roll-on perfume and a sugar body scrub. We are not affiliated with any company/product line and there are no sales involved. Cost: $20 Alchemy Crystals and Aromatherapy 519 W Broad St, Quakertown Lisa Franklin, 267-446-3778 Lisa@Alchemy8002.com

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Kids Paint at Creekside – 6-8pm. Happy Valentines Day, and paint a mason jar. Uncork your kiddo’s creative side. We provide all materials and help you make your creativity come to life. Register

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JourneyDance of the Warrior Goddess – 1-3pm. She loves fiercely, knows who she is and what she wants. She embodies wisdom, compassion, radical self-love. She celebrates life as she stands in her power. A dance of radical self-love and empowered wisdom. This women’s workshop invites you to dance, the truest brightest expression of yourself. No dance experience necessary. $30. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Kelly Thomke, 215-534-4989. EarthRhythm SacredDance.com. Balance Yourself with Ayurveda – 2-5pm. Series 2: Toxicity, Digestion and Self-Massage. The beauty of ayurveda emphasizes regular self-massage with oil to balance stress, mental and emotional health. Learn how to support three primary systems of the body: digestive, lymph and circulatory. We will learn easy ways to help ourselves feel better and reduce our toxic load. $55. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150. Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery WoodsWellness.com. HilleryWoodsWellness.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Living with Ease – 1-3pm. Strategies for Managing Chronic Pain, with Diane Kistler, E-RYT500, yoga therapist, MBA. Discover why understanding pain can actually help with pain, the science behind your pain and enjoy a therapeutic yoga practice that you can do on your own. $35. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-7401354. AnahataYogaWellness.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 School Holiday Camp – 9am-3pm. Join BCAS on the day off of school for a day camp. We will learn about states of matter through hands-on science experiments, crafts and nature exploration. Register online. $45/BCAS members, $60/non-members. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Marissa Farra, 215-297-5880. MFarra@BCAS.org. BCAS.org/product/schoolholiday-camp. Kids & Nature – Winter Adventure Day – 9am4pm. 6- to 13-year-olds are invited to join us as we explore the trails, play games, make crafts, visit with our animals and much more. $50/child. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@BucksCounty. org. SilverLakeNatureCenter.org.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Love Your Heart, Love You! – 6-8pm. February is American Heart month. We want to help everyone live longer, healthier lives so they can enjoy all of life’s precious moments. The human heart takes care of itself first, before it distributes nutrients to the rest of the body. Come learn how to nurture yourself, mind, body and spirit. Montgomery Integrative Health Group, 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Donna Butler, 215-233-6226. Donna@ MontHeath.com. MontHeath.com. Yoga for Stress & Anxiety – Tuesdays, 2/20-3/13, 7-8:30pm. Learn how to manage depression, anxiety and stress. A special workshop with Nancy Ignatin, a licensed psychotherapist and a registered yoga teacher. Learn strategies to manage depression and anxiety and reverse the cycle of stress. Combination of lecture and yoga technique. Four-week workshop series. $90. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@ WholeBodyYogaStudio.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Sacred Femininity Sisterhood – 7-8:30pm. A sisterhood for women to express, experience and cultivate their nourishing Divine Feminine. Join monthly for play, inspiration, learning, practices, rituals, education and remembering our innate wisdom. In community we gain power, cleanse our emotional nature and inspire each other in these ancient practices that are sacred and feed our hearts. $15. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073. Lyn@LynHicks.com. TheRoomAtMeadowbrook.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Woman’s Retreat in Self-Nourishment – 7:45am9pm. Imagine a rejuvenating day of self-indulgence designed to create a personal self-care plan that works and inspires. A day to yourself, engaged in practices of nourishing your spirit in highest form. Positive body connect, flowing moves, healthy meals, renewed life force, hour healing treatment and more. Be a queen. $250. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073. Lyn@ LynHicks.com. TheRoomAtMeadowbrook.com. Free Yourself from Stress & Anxiety – 10am-2pm. Become more peaceful, relaxed and productive regardless of what’s going on around you. Learn the key elements required to create inner peace. Move through fear, blame and disconnection. You’ll be provided with tools to get you through the day in

a more peaceful, calm manner. Facilitated by The Possibility Coaches. $39. Doylestown. Jon Satin, 215-794-0135. Coaches2@comcast.net. Possibility Coaches.com/inner-peace-workshop.html. Reiki 2 – 2/24-2/25, noon-6pm. Come join us for a two-day class for reiki level 2. Students will receive the reiki symbols and level 2 attunement. Reiki symbols allow the practitioner to connect more deeply to the universal energy. This includes the ability to provide distance healing. The manual is included. $250. Lina’s Harmony–Center for Spiritual Health and Wellness, 366 Easton Rd, Warrington. 215-431-8122. Lina_Harmony@yahoo. com. LinasHarmony.com.

savethedate Spiritual Intensive February 24-25 1-5pm Workshop based on Elizabeth Joyce’s books, Seeding and Nurturing the Garden of Your Soul and The NEW Spiritual Chakras. Experience deep meditation, move beyond boundaries with your Universal Body, open and apply the new spiritual chakras, experience ascension while manifesting your soul purpose.

Cost: $125/Sat; $200/both days The James Lorah House, 132 N Main St, Doylestown

Elizabeth Joyce, 215-996-0646 Elizabeth_Joyce@verizon.net New-Visions.com Happiness On & Off Your Yoga Mat – 2-5pm. Join Vicki Sylvester, yoga teacher, and Christin Smith-Myers, positivity speaker. Learn yoga breathing, gentle movement, mindfulness, simple everyday practices and happiness research to shift your mind from stress and anxiety into positivity and happiness. Includes light fare. $40. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354. AnahataYogaWellness.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Blissful Hips Yoga Tune Up Workshop – 2-4:30pm. Improper hip alignment can create pain and injury (not only in the hips, but also low back, knees and more). This hip-centric workshop will guide you through techniques that create spaciousness and stability in the hip joint, increase your range of functional movement and show you how to align yourself to avoid injury. $40. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYoga Studio.com. WholeBodyYogaStudio.com.

plan ahead FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Raise Your Vibe Event – Times vary. Mar. 9-11. Raise the Vibe is an immersion into self and spiritual development, with engaging workshops, and focus on deeper understanding. Featured is Ataana, author, energy and crystal healer and intuitive. All-inclusive weekend at Woodloch Resort in the Pocono Mtn area. Sponsored by

Empowered Light Holistic Expo. Deanna Hobson, 484-498-5726. EmpoweredLightHolistics@ gmail.com. EmpoweredLightExpo.com.

savethedate Holistic & Psychic Fair March 10-11 11am-5pm A day of fun and inspiration that benefits local Bucks charities. Psychic readings from local or guest psychics. Frank St James of The Psychic Detectives and BIO Channel, Celeste of the Fox Sisters, more. Enjoy massage, bodywork and other holistic services. Call to book advance appointments.

Cost: $10 entrance / Free lunch Booths/activities extra

The James Lorah House 132 N Main St, Doylestown

Elizabeth Joyce, 215-996-0646 New-Visions.com

savethedate Reflexology Practitioner Program April 5-June 28 8:30am-4:30pm Do you have a passion for helping others? This 150-hour course combines convenient online modules with hands-on experience in live classes to give you a solid foundation in the core knowledge needed to become a skilled professional reflexologist. Class held weekly Thursdays. Early registration discounts and payment plans available.

Cost: $2,575 Complete Wellness Quakertown, LLC 519 W Broad St, Quakertown

Tracy McGovern, 215-858-8195 Tracy@EssentialConnections.biz EssentialConnections.biz

savethedate Empowered Light Holistic Expo April 27-29

Fri 5-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, and purchase natural products for personal and home care. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E Oaks, Pennsylvania

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savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 SusanDuvalSeminars.com Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter for updates on seminars and trips.

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Connecting with Your Star Ancestry in Sedona AZ – April 18-22 In this shamanic-based training with Gene Ang, PhD, we will connect with the Spirits of the Land to journey to our ancestors in the inner world. In particular, we will identify the star portals and cosmic connections we had before incarnating. This connection helps us to remember our spiritual heredity and the powers it brings to our earthly incarnations and purpose for being on this planet. Spirits of the Southwest Tour in NM, CO, AZ – May 1-7 Mystical beauty, fantastical rock formations, adventure and exploring an ancient way of life in the great houses of remote Chaco Canyon, the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde and the magical natural beauty of Canyon de Chelly will have you falling in love with the land of the Navajo Nation and her people. Goddess Retreat in Tulum – May 15-20 On the lush Yucatan peninsula, the ancient Maya created one of the most advanced civilizations on Earth. Their sacred pyramids, temples and cenotes mirror this balance with unparalleled mystical beauty. Tulum—a charming coastal town on the Riviera Maya with dramatic Mayan cliff-side ruins and white sand beaches enveloping the turquoise waters of the Caribbean—is the perfect setting for this women’s retreat devoted to igniting and expanding our feminine power. Snorkel with sea turtles, swim in a cenote, visit the Tulum ruins and Chichen Itza. Lodging is at the beautiful Suenos Tulum resort. Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini, the Bahamas – July 15-20 Bimini is renowned for the pods of Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. We will go out every afternoon to swim with (but not touch) the dolphins in the sea. We will also snorkel over the Bimini Road, reputed to be part of ancient Atlantis. Explore the island on golf carts, relax at the gorgeous beaches and shop at local markets. Our private chef will prepare three delicious gourmet meals for us every day. Ascended Masters Retreat in the Grand Tetons, WY – July 27-29 The Ascended Masters assist us in achieving our own self-mastery and guide the expansion of light on the planet. In addition to the teachings by Dana Micucci, we will go on a Snake River raft trip, hike up to Inspiration Point and experience energetic upgrades and activations as we connect with the Cave of Symbols in Idaho, in view of the etheric Table Mountain Retreat of Saint Germain. For all trips, single or double rooms available. Roommates provided, first come first served. Contact Susan for details on all of these journeys. See Susan’s website for other upcoming events and sacred journeys!


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sunday Philly Lyme Disease Support Group – 2-4pm. 1st Sun. Our peer support group is for individuals with Lyme disease or co-infections and their loved ones. Share your story and hear the stories of others that often have similar struggles. This is a space to give and receive support and share information. Free. Montgomery Integrative Health Group, 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Emily Yost, 267-586-0482. EYost@RiverRock.org. MeetUp. com/Philadelphia-Lyme-Disease-Support-Group.

monday Quest for Health Q&A Session – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Mondays. Bruce Lipton says our bodies hear our thoughts, respond to our beliefs and create the health we think is possible. Do you want less pain, more energy, more clarity in your daily life? Bring your questions to our open Q&A sessions on the first and third Mondays of the month. $15. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. LearnShiatsu@gmail.com. Shiatsubo.com. 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 that suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown. 4TheMINDS@gmail.com. 4TheMINDS.org. Energy Share – 7:30-9:30pm. Come join likeminded energy workers and holistic healers for a relaxed energy share in Willow Grove. Host is an integrated energy therapy master. All modalities welcome. Free. 3330 Dogwood Ln, Willow Grove. David Aronson, 215-450-0887. JAron98449@ aol.com.

tuesday Monthly Multi Media Art Class with Ute Arnold, MFA – 10am-2pm. Last Tues. Composition and color studies with drawing, printing, water color, pastel, painting on silk, collaging and journal making. No experience necessary. $90 each for a series of six, drop-ins $130. Work study possible. Blue Bamboo Studio, Pt Pleasant. UteBArnold@gmail.com. Unergi.com. Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. 215-293-0744. EdSalkind. Airmid@Gmail.com. AirmidWellness.com. Gentle Yoga w/ Relaxation Meditation – 1011:15am. Gentle yoga with relaxation meditation will guide you to open and quiet the mind and body. Soft subtle movements and visualization will relax you at every level and help reduce tension and anxiety. You will effortlessly become more centered and grounded all day long. No experience necessary.

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With Cindy Miller. Also Saturday 10:30am. $14. Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. 215-293-0744. EdSalkind.Airmid@ gmail.com. AirmidWellness.com.

wednesday Intuitive Medium Readings – In person readings, afternoon and evening appointments available. Receive messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels from an intuitive medium and certified intuitive life coach. Ambler. Linda Harbaugh, 484-904-9268. Linda@ JourneyToTheSelf.com. JourneyToTheSelf.com. Restorative Yoga - Elizabeth Jones – 10-11:15am. A practice to let go of everyday stress while releasing deeply held mental, physical and emotional tension. We come into yoga postures while supported by various yoga props, enabling us to effortlessly hold the postures, focusing on the breath. The experience leaves us feeling balanced, renewed and refreshed. Also Fridays 9:30am. $14. Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. 215-293-0744. EdSalkind.Airmid@gmail.com. AirmidWellness.com. Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – 11am-noon. The chair is a great way to practice yoga. Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. Also offered on Fridays. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@HilleryWoodsWellness.com. HilleryWoodsWellness.com. Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. $35. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Online scheduling via BridgeAcupuncture.com or call 215-348-8058. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato. BridgeWellness@ gmail.com.

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Feature: Natural Stress Relief Plus: Understanding Nutraceuticals Feature: Living Courageously Plus: Meditation Styles

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Feature: Ethnic Cuisine Plus: Super Spices Feature: Climate Health Update Plus: Healthy Home

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Feature: Natural Care First Plus: Personalized Medicine Feature: Livable Communities Plus: Natural Beauty

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Feature: Farmers Rooted in Health Plus: Anti-Inflammatory Diet Feature: Simplified Parenting Plus: Multilevel Healing

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Feature: Joint Health Plus: Yoga for Flexibility Feature: Game Changers Plus: Chiropractic

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Feature: Immune System Boosters Plus: Safe Drinking Water Feature: Uplifting Humanity Plus: Holidays

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classifieds Fee for classified ads is $2 per word, per month. Minimum 20 words. Minimum 3 months, paid in advance. To place a listing, email content to Publisher@ NABuxMont.com by the 5th. FOR RENT Beautiful, positive energy-filled, SHARED TREATMENT ROOMS available in Harleysville. Are you a healing arts practitioner looking for a place to share your gifts? We have space for you. Six-month minimum commitment. Call 215-740-1354 or email Kathy@Anahata YogaWellness.com. CARDIOLOGY OFFICE – Rydal-Abington area. Used only two days a week; looking for another professional to sublet. 600 square feet, private office, exam room, waiting room – office built in 2015. Internet, computer access. Large parking lot. Located on major road, street visibility. Elevator building. Contact A. Meshkov, MD, 267-626-2881.

HELP WANTED Are you a COMMUNITY CONNECTOR IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS in Main Line (Montco), Plymouth Meeting/Kop/Conshohocken? Consider becoming a Community Liaison. NABuxMont seeks passionate, self-motivated people to become a part of our growing outreach team. Part-time, flexible hours, commission-based pay for living what you love. Help be a part of “Making the Awakening” in BuxMont. Email Publisher@NABuxMont.com.

OPPORTUNITIES NOW TRAINING – Attention yoga teachers, massage therapists, nutritionists, reiki and healing practitioners: supplement your income and expand your repertoire of expertise as a colon hydrotherapist. This unique healing modality has immediate earning potential. Train and work locally within months. Christine@InnerSpa.org.

MetaFriends Support Group – 6-7pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. This group is intended for those individuals with Stage IV cancer. Holy Redeemer Women’s Healthcare Center, 45 2nd St Pike, Southampton. Dr Pam Ginsberg, 215-340-0608. Ginsberg Coaching@aol.com. Dosha Balancing Yoga – 6-7:15pm. We can use our yoga practice to balance our lifestyle. Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements focus on respiratory and digestive health. Asana informed by ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery WoodsWellness.com. HilleryWoodsWellness.com. Prenatal Yoga – 7:15-8:30pm. Prenatal yoga is a wonderful opportunity for moms-to-be to prepare their bodies for bringing new life into the world. In a safe and supportive environment, yoga postures that strengthen the body to prepare for labor and delivery are balanced with tools and techniques for calming the mind. $20. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-7490135. AnahataYogaWellness.com.

thursday Tibetan Heart Yoga – 9:30-11am. Slow-paced yoga practice with mudra, mantra and pranayama. Embody ancient meditations to harmonize your thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. This month will focus on the five winds, or vayus, governing the nervous system. This is a beautiful and dynamic flow for experienced yogis that are looking to propel their spiritual practice. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@HilleryWoods Wellness.com. HilleryWoodsWellness.com. Weekly Meditation – 7-8pm. Regular meditation has been proven to help the mind, body and spirit by reducing stress, improving concentration, increasing self-awareness and happiness, increasing acceptance and benefitting cardiovascular and immune health. Join us for guided meditation, whether a beginner or pro. We will focus on a different topic each week. $10. Lina’s Harmony–Center for Spiritual Health and Wellness, 366 Easton Rd, Warrington. 215-431-8122. Lina_harmony@yahoo. com. LinasHarmony.com. Bucks County Breast Friends Meeting – 7-9pm. 1st Thurs. Bucks County Breast Friends (BCBF)

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general meeting. This group is intended for those that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Meetings focus on providing men and women with educational support and peer support. Holy Redeemer Healthcare at Bensalem, 3300 Tillman Dr, Bensalem. Jill Indelicato, 215-364-0935.

friday Molecules of Emotions/Changing Body Memory – 9:30am-12:30pm. Biweekly classes with bodypsychotherapist Ute Arnold. Our cellular bodystories hold on to abuse, trauma, abandonment, chronic pain, relationship issues, etc, therefore creating illness and interfering with wellness. Unergi body-psychotherapy changes belief systems and, therefore, the body story. Pt Pleasant (near New Hope). UteBArnold@gmail.com. Unergi.com. Ojas Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Create a new weekly ritual for releasing stress. Ayurveda considers ojas the essence informing natural immunity and systemic vitality. Busyness and stress deplete ojas. Jin Shin Jyutsu self-healing holds are used in concert with relaxing restorative yoga postures. Tap into your own healing power. Start the weekend refreshed and renewed. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery WoodsWellness.com. HilleryWoodsWellness.com.

saturday Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm. 1st Sat. 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. $45. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. LearnShiatsu@gmail.com. Shiatsubo.com. Know Your Snow! – 1-2:30pm. It’s cold, it’s wet and it’s beautiful. Just like rocks or trees, snow crystals can be classified based on the way they look. Learn about the different types of snow crystals. Afterward, we will make a special snowflake craft to take home. $3. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. SilverLake NatureCenter@BucksCounty.org. SilverLake NatureCenter.org.


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COUNSELING

Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included, email Publisher@ NABuxMont.com to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE BRIDGE ACUPUNCTURE

Grace Rollins, MS, LAc, NTP Paolo Propato, LAc 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown 215-348-8058 BridgeAcupuncture.com Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about acupuncture and our warm, joyful wellness center. 10% off your first treatment for NABuxMont readers. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine can safely and effectively relieve chronic pain, stress and anxiety, restore sleep, boost energy, promote healthy digestion, balance the immune system and regulate hormones. Meditation classes, qigong, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, pediatric acupressure and more. Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. Easy online scheduling available. See ad, page 9.

ALLERGY SERVICES INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE

Lisa Rhodes, DPM, Licensed Acupuncturist Fountainville • 215-230-4600 IntegrativeHealthCarePA.com Utilizing applied kinesiology and nutritional testing to develop individualized, holistic therapeutic solutions. Integrative approach to optimizing your health and function. Specializing in allergy elimination and immune function. See ad, page 7.

AYURVEDIC BODYWORK ROOTS & WINGS FACILITATING HEALING: Self, Family and Community Hillery Woods Siatkowski, LMT, BCTMB, RYT-200, AYS HilleryWoodsWellness.com

Featuring specialty yoga, ayurvedic spa, therapeutic massage, jin shin jyutsu and far-infrared sauna in a boutique wellness retreat. At Roots & Wings, you’ll learn self-healing rituals to sustain your vital essence. See ad, page 27.

A day without laughter is a day wasted. ~Charlie Chaplin

CHIROPRACTIC CARE LIFEALIGNED UPPER CERVICAL CHIROPRACTIC

Andrew Persky, DC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington 215-491-4200 • LifeAlignedHealth.com LifeAligned offers a unique treatment for chronic musculoskeletal and neurological pain conditions, offering a safe, gentle alternative to drugs, surgery or traditional chiropractic “twisting” and “cracking”. See ad, page 11.

SAMSEL INTEGRATIVE HEALTH Katie Samsel, DC SamselIntegrativeHealth.com 215-944-8424

Let’s make pain a part of your past. Integrative chiropractic care in a warm, familiar setting. Applied kinesiology, lifestyle support, ayurveda, nutrition and weight loss. See ad, page 7.

COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER LINA’S HARMONY

Center for Spiritual Health and Wellness 366 Easton Rd, Warrington 215-431-8122 LinasHarmony.com Deborah Paul, Jamie Nichols, D a n n a Ya h a v , L a n a Bukovsky-Zeyl and Ellen Minicucci are the talented family of healers at Lina’s Harmony. Our classes, spiritual workshops, crystals and jewelry are designed to create a positive, supportive environment to work on spiritual health and wellness without judgment. Walk-in hours are on Wednesdays from 2-5pm.

THE ROOM AT MEADOWBROOK Lyn Hicks • 215-813-4073 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville TheRoomAtMeadowbrook.com

An educational center for spiritual enlightenment, which nourishes the holistic lifestyle. The Room hosts classes, workshops, retreats and is available for rental to instructors sharing the healing and expressive arts. See ad, page 9.

AIRMID WELLNESS AND COUNSELING CENTER

1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 215-932-2172 • AirmidWellness.com Cindy Copenhaver, MS, LPC, Certified Hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy aids smoking cessation, weight loss, anxiety and phobias. She treats adults, adolescents, addiction issues—specifically opiates, depression, anxiety and LGBT issues. See ad, page 21.

EVERGREEN COUNSELING

Alexis Zankman Lee 5 Evergreen Ave, Warminster 215-323-4244 • Evergreen-Counseling.com

Asking for help is not a l w a y s e a s y. We provide individualized therapy in a warm, supportive environment for children, adults and families. Please call for a free consultation.

CRAFTING DRINKABLE ARTS

Ava Adames • 267-560-7351 Event Planner/Arts Entertainer-Instructor Ava.Adames@DrinkableArts.com Facebook.com/DrinkableArtsPhilly Facebook.com/DrinkableArtsLehighValley A mobile art event company providing instructor-led paint on glassware and wood events at local restaurants and private in-home parties. Guests create their own item for gifting or keeping. Fundraising events available with a percentage of proceeds to charities/ causes. Let us plan an unforgettable event with you.

CRYSTAL – COLOR – LIGHT HEALING JOHN OF GOD CRYSTAL BED HEALING Evolving Soul, LLC Elaine Berk, MEd Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534

John of God Crystal Bed Healing cleanses, opens and invigorates the body and soul by balancing and clearing one’s chakras and energy field. Colored lights, chosen to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through precision crystals, activating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. Gain insight & enhanced emotional, physical & spiritual well-being. See ad, page 23.

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DANCE EARTH RHYTHM

Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance Certified Facilitator 215-534-4989 • JourneyDance.com EarthRhythmSacredDance.com JourneyDance is a whole-body experience that tickles the mind and nourishes the soul. It is freestyle movement to world music where self-expression releases tension. Visit the website for upcoming dances or to book a JourneyDance for a group. No dance experience needed to feel this wild freedom.

DENTISTRY - HOLISTIC DENTAL WELLNESS CENTRE

Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 DentalWellnessCentre.com Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad, page 8.

217 E Butler Ave, Ambler WeaversWay.coop

Weavers Way Ambler is member-owned and open to the public. The new store includes a café, full-service butcher, bulk and prepared foods. See ad, page 7.

GREEN LIVING THE ORGANIC MATTRESS STORE

1075 Main St, Hellertown Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm TheOrganicMattressStore.com Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. Serving the community since 2004. See ad, page 22.

HEALING TOUCH JEAN M WHITE

David DiGiallorenzo, DMD 184 W Main St, Collegeville 610-422-3120 • PerioImplants.us

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions and chronic pain management. See ad, page 13.

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Arnold B Meshkov, MD 1077 Rydal Rd, Ste 307, Rydal 267-626-2881 • AbingtonCardiology.com Board-certified cardiologist with 35 years in private practice. Offering a holistic approach to cardiology with an emphasis on outpatient management, prevention, diagnosis, lifestyle and treatment. See ad, page 6.

HOSPICE ASCEND HOSPICE

108 Cowpath Rd, Stes 3 & 4, Lansdale 215-542-2100 AscendHospice.com Bringing a personalized and holistic approach to hospice care. Our trained volunteers offer aromatherapy, massage therapy, reiki and pet therapy to bring healing and wholeness to clients and their families. See ad, page 12.

MASSAGE & BODYWORK

102 S Bellevue Ave, Langhorne 267-374-0187 HealingTouchPennsylvania.com

Beth Skovron, DDS 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860 • HeritageDentalDDS.com

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HERITAGE DENTAL

Enjoy an anxiety-free dental experience. You no longer have to be nervous about going to the dentist. From the moment you open the doors, our friendly and courteous team will make you feel comfortable in our relaxing spa atmosphere. Choose from a wide range of holistic services. See ad with special offers, back page.

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FOOD CO-OP

Jean White is a holistic nurse and expert Healing Touch practitioner/ instructor who has been successfully helping people for two decades. She helps women that feel fatigued and have trouble getting through the day tap into their hidden energy reserves to feel alive, excited and ready to rock their

HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACHING SUSAN BURGER, DC

215-736-3803 DrSusanBurger@gmail.com LiveWithVitality.com Let the masterpiece that is you e m e rg e . P r o v i d i n g n e u r o emotional technique, lifestyle and wellness coaching, creative chiropractic care, energy healing, mind/body healing education and workshops.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF SHIATSU

6055C Kellers Church Rd, 2nd Floor, Pipersville 215-766-2800 • Shiatsubo.com Celebrating 20 years as the area’s leading center for shiatsu massage training and treatment. Come visit our new space in Pipersville. New courses start regularly. See ad, page 25.

IN YOUR HANDS, LLC

Megan Downs, LMT, E-RYT Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-206-3394 InYourHands.MassageTherapy.com Megan’s therapeutic massage technique works deeply by targeting specific problem areas while keeping in mind the whole. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping and Aromatherapy, and also offers Therapeutic Yoga instruction. Relieve pain and stress, increase body awareness, heal and relax.

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SHIATSU SHIN TAI BODYWORK THERAPIES

Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope 800 W State St, Doylestown lavabigail@gmail.com • 267-566-6056 ShiatsuBodyworkTherapies.com Experience Shiatsu/Shin Tai Bodywork, in New Hope. Align your body’s structure using muscle energy and fascial release techniques, central channel release to allow free-flowing spinal alignment, and cranial work. This releases hidden trauma trapped in the body, and life force is then able to return.

METAPHYSICAL SERVICES ELIZABETH JOYCE Visions of Reality 201-934-8986 New-Visions.com

Modern-day psychic, mystic, author and master spiritual teacher/healer, Ms. Joyce is widely recognized for accurate predictions, mediumship and guidance for missing persons, dream analysis and past-life regression. Visions of Reality classes help develop psychic/intuitive abilities. Listen Sundays, 9 p.m., to Let’s Find Out on BBSRadio.com. Skype sessions available. See ads, pages 31 and 29.

JOURNEY TO THE SELF

Linda Harbaugh Intuitive Medium Certified Life Coach Linda@JourneyToTheSelf.com JourneyToTheSelf.com • 484-904-9268 Delivering messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels via 30- or 60-minute telephone or in-person readings. A certified life coach, Linda also offers intuitive coaching packages to help you navigate life, jobs and relationships. Psychology degree, former teacher, 30 years business experience.

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Psychic Medium, Reiki Master, Soul Coach TheBlessedSelf.com • 609-353-7210 Facebook.com/TheBlessedSelf Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over for healing, closure and forgiveness. In-person or virtual, private and group readings available.

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Intuitive Automatic Writing Telesessions Serving BuxMont & Beyond 267-451-6141

Imagine there are answers to the questions about your life that are burning inside you. I’ve helped many people over the years using intuitive automatic writing; I may be able to help you. $60 for a 1-hour telesession. First 15 minutes free. Please call and we will experience this together.

NATUROPATHY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Julie Lachman, ND, LLC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 3G, Warrington 267-406-0782 • DrLachman.com

Julie Lachman, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and has maintained a thriving practice in Bucks County since 2012. NDs are experts in complex diseases, like autoimmune diseases and infertility. Dr Lachman has additional training in women’s health, pediatrics and autism. See ad, page 25.

LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Khadija Douglas, ND 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 3G, Warrington 267-406-0782 • DrLachman.com

Khadija Douglas, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Dr Lachman is excited to have her join the practice. Dr Douglas focuses on blood pressure, weight loss and mental health and is passionate about getting to the root cause of your health problems. See ad, page 25.

NUTRITIONAL HEALING CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING Jeffrey L Griffin, DC Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-348-2115 Center4NaturalHealing.com

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor with 31 years of practice experience in chiropractic care that is blended together with enzyme nutrition. This combination of treatment modalities allows Griffin to successfully treat a wide variety of health complaints, ranging from neck and back pain to headaches, digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his website. See ad, page 16.

Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed. ~Saint Francis de Sales

PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY EVOLVING SOUL, LLC • ELAINE BERK Certified Past Life Regression Therapist Certified Hypnotherapist MEd in Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534 • PastLifeRegressionPA.com

PLRT is a unique therapeutic process that helps you recall and resolve emotional trauma from previous lifetimes which, unbeknownst to us, is often the root cause of issues we’re struggling with in this lifetime. As a former psychotherapist and PLR therapist, I work with clients to address these complexes and bring about transformation and healing. See ad, page 23.

PET GROOMING THE SPA AT HOLIDAY HOUSE ON STATE 42 E State St, Doylestown 215-345-6960 HolidayHousePetResort.com

Liz Sines is an award-winning National and International Master Groomer. Clean, balanced, natural looks and breed-specific styles. Featuring all-natural, Americanmade salon products. High-quality grooming experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

PHYSICIAN - INTEGRATIVE DAILA PRAVS, MD

Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 MontgomeryIntegrativeHealth.com Dr. Daila Pravs is trained in integrative, functional medicine and specializes in family medicine, women’s health, urinary tract infections, colds, rashes, musculoskeletal concerns, nutrition and food intolerance, nutrigenomics, stress, sleep, emotional wellbeing, digestive wellness and environmental factors. See ad, page 3.

HEIDI L WITTELS, MD

Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 MontgomeryIntegrativeHealth.com Dr. Heidi Wittels is a functional medical doctor who specializes in “whole-person” diagnosis and integrative treatment of Lyme disease, mold sensitivity and biotoxins, cognitive decline, autoimmune disease, metabolic syndrome, hyperlipidemia, digestive concerns, nutrigenomics and methylation. See ad, page 3.

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VETERINARY – HOLISTIC DOYLESTOWN VETERINARY HOSPITAL & HOLISTIC PET CARE 380 N Shady Retreat Rd, Doylestown 215-345-6000 DoylestownVeterinaryHospital.com

Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, homeopathy, nutritional counseling and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care.

MEADOWBROOK ANIMAL HEALING Suzanne Walski, DVM 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville 610-847-2776 • SuzanneWalskiDVM.com

Dr. Suzanne Walski has been serving the community since 1987. Currently providing chiropractic, TCVM acupuncture, K-Laser, Bach Flower, and nutritional/food therapy. Geriatric and pets with complicated health issues welcome. See ad, page 9.

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