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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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have just added Willie Nelson to my list of personal heroes. I’m sure I’m not alone, there. An octogenarian who has recorded more than 200 albums since he started his career in the 1950s, he has long since earned his place as a countrymusic legend, humanitarian, social and environmental activist and American icon. (And that was all before he became the elder statesman for the legalization of marijuana!) His legacy aside, I was unprepared for the experience of witnessing Mr. Nelson rocking out to 4,000 people in an Atlantic City amphitheater last Sunday night. My mind and heart were blown wide open by the very force of his being: energy, love, creativity and joy just pour out from this man. He is resonant with vitality and, at the same time, grounded by learned wisdom and deep pathos. He is eye-catching and familiar, with his creaky voice and warm smile, that signature bandana and silvery braids. He is not at all what you think of when you hear the words “senior citizen.” As I stamped my feet and raised my glass to the anthemic “I Didn’t Come Here, and I Ain’t Leaving,” I sent my appreciation to him—not just for his musical gifts but for the spiritual teaching he has offered through his own life. What an exquisite example of “agelessness,” and right on time for our September issue on that theme. I came home inspired to learn about how Mr. Nelson has spent the last eight decades. A guy who has been renowned for his Zen-like disposition and affection for “herbal supplements,” his biography reads like a playbook on longevity. True to the ideas presented in this month’s feature piece, “Ageless Being: Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit” by Kathleen Barnes, it’s clear that he has kept his mind in a state of continual expansion, his body supple, and his heart porous. Yoga, much like the tae kwon do that Mr. Nelson has practiced since he was a young man, is one of the most powerful forms of agelessness. It is both a preventative and a curative for dozens of health-related issues. For me, it’s been a 17-year journey to ease muscle tension, lift depression and decrease anxiety. Two years ago, I took the 200-hour teacher training in the Integral Yoga tradition, founded by Swami Satchidananda. His motto, and the aim of the yoga that he taught until he left his body at 87, was “easeful body, peaceful mind.” I realize I’m aging, too. I’ve watched yoga culture grow in the U.S. over the past decade. I often mourn that in many studios, the philosophy is downplayed in favor of the sexier, more acrobatic elements of the form. Still, by and large, I am pleased to see so many people practicing, and the impact that is having on our culture. It’s not a coincidence that in an age when you can buy yoga pants at Target, we are seeing increasing acceptance of yoga and other alternative health modalities by the medical establishment. Meredith Montgomery explores the implications in our second feature piece, “Yoga Enters the Medical Mainstream: Research Proves Its Health Benefits.” In our special “Local Yoga Voices” section, we hear directly from local yogis about what this practice has done for them, their students and the communities where they teach, in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. We’ll hear from Robbin Alston of Áse Yoga, Pooja Erica Andersen of Chalfont Yoga and Patty Ferry of Whole Body Yoga about yoga’s profound ability to transform us from the inside out. For those who are new to yoga, or haven’t practiced in a while, we’ve also included a local yoga directory with a list of popular studios in the Bucks and Montgomery region. If there’s a studio you know and love that’s not listed, just drop us a line and let us know. We’ll be sure to include it next time.  I end with gratitude for the wisdom of the sages on this tricky business of living and dying. I’ll keep working to find peace with my body and mind even as my vintage increases. So at the end of the day, I can say with a smile, in the words of my guru Willie Nelson, “roll me up and smoke me when I die.”


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rnold B. Meshkov, M.D.—a cardiologist returning to private practice this year after his time as Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine—has opened his office at 1077 Rydal Road, Suite 307, in Rydal. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and echocardiography. Meshkov received his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania and, trained in internal medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and in cardiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Meshkov has taught several generations of medical students, internal medicine residents and cardiology trainees. Named a “Best Cardiologist” by Castle Connolly for 2012, 2013 and 2014, Meshkov has lectured frequently on a broad number of topics in cardiology and bioethics locally and nationally. He has publications in major medical journals and has received multiple teaching honors.

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ood Earth Charter School—a free, public Waldorfmethods school serving the Bucks and Montgomery counties—will open in the fall of 2016, and is currently seeking pre-enrollments for kindergarten through grade 2. The school will be one of three of its kind on the entire East Coast. The school is currently searching for the perfect location surrounded by nature. “I feel so honored to be a part of this endeavor. Good Earth Charter School will make the magic of Waldorf education accessible for all families,” says Logan Renard Randazzo, founding member. “I truly believe that all children should have access to an education that encompasses them in the arts, brings them back outdoors and, ultimately, allows them to develop a lifelong love of learning.” Through a Waldorf approach, Good Earth Charter School awakens and inspires students’ critical thinking, emotional intelligence and artistic expression, thus preparing each student to step into the world as a whole being and guiding each student to bring relevant contributions to the world. Pre-enrollment is required, and space will fill up fast. Pre-enrollment applications are being accepted now and can be submitted through Good Earth’s website. Fundraising activities are underway. Readers can keep abreast of the school’s activities by visiting its website or following it on Facebook. For more information, call 215-612-2339, email or visit See ad, page 6, and listing, page 41.


ucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) will open the Sunday Speaker Series with John C. Mertz, Ph.D., speaking on “The Secrets of Barrier Islands” at 2 p.m., September 6, at Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Building. The free series is sponsored by BCAS to engage the greater Bucks County community in the intricate ecosystems of the world around them. The lecture will concentrate on how sand dunes are formed, what holds them together and what influence they have on the flora living behind them. Barrier islands are unstable habitats, yet they become the home of a vibrant and thriving community of plants and animals, all protected by the line of sand dunes fronting the open beach. The mission of BCAS is to educate the people of the greater Bucks County region about the natural world with an emphasis on energy and resource conservation, including protection of birds, other wildlife and their habitats. Mertz is president of BCAS and professor at Delaware Valley University. Location: 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown. For more information, visit

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Youngsters Location matters. Consider a park or beach as a setting to promote exercise and time outdoors. Children’s museums and wildlife centers frequently host kids’ birthday parties. Other “experience parties”, as suggested at Tinyurl. com/GreenChildPartyTips, include pottery making, tie-dyeing organic Tshirts or touring a local fire station. Forgo traditional trappings. Rather than using paper materials, consider decorating an old sheet as a festive tablecloth, utilize recycled computer or other repurposed paper to print custom placemats, and personalize cloth napkins found at estate sales or made from old clothes with guest names written with fabric pens for a unique and reusable party favor. Find details on these and other tips at PBS-Green-Party-Ideas. Sustainable gifts. PlanToys makes its toys from rubberwood, a sustainable byproduct of latex harvesting, and nonformaldehyde glues. For preteens, gift a subscription to the National Wildlife Federation’s Ranger Rick magazine or a birdhouse or bird feeder.

Make a maestro. Presenting a gift card for introductory music lessons can launch a young musician. A recent study by the National Association for Music Education notes that early exposure to music develops language, reading, math and memorization skills; improves hand-eye coordination; builds confidence and a sense of achievement; and promotes social interaction and teamwork when performing with others. Or, give tickets to introduce a child to classical, pops or jazz concert-going.

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Cover artist Tiffany Seiler works in mixed media, including watercolors, acrylics, papers and objects like buttons to create whimsical, stylized portraits of girls that express delight and innocence. The cover work Love and Light was inspired by Seiler’s daily yoga practice. “I was raised in a family of all girls,” says Seiler. “My art is deeply rooted in positive female images surrounded by the things I love, like flowers, trees, the ocean and yoga.” Seiler is a self-taught artist, having returned to her childhood love of drawing and painting after working as a hairdresser and makeup artist for 20 years. Seiler’s works, many of which bear inspirational messages, have been reproduced for greeting cards found in national stores such as Trader Joe’s. Her art has also graced the pages of magazines such as Somerset Studio. Seiler currently lives, works and paints in Independence, Kentucky, joined by her husband and six rescued animals—three dogs and three cats.

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communityspotlight EZLifescan Offers Thermography in a Comfortable Setting by Michelle Bense


ZLifescan was founded by Dr. Jo Ellen Halteman, a chiropractor in search of a safer, healthier method to monitor her own breast health—ideally one free of radiation and compression. Her answer came when she found medical Digital Thermal Imaging (DITI)—a safe and accurate screening tool with no physical contact, no pain and no side effects to the rest of the body. DITI, commonly known as thermography, is 100 percent pain-free, 100 percent radiation-free, and includes no compression or hazardous side effects. It has been recognized as an invaluable diagnostic tool for the past 20 years. Halteman, who no longer works in the practice, but is still a co-owner, found thermography to be a good tool for assisting in the evaluation, diagnosis, monitoring and documentation of a large number of injuries and conditions. When she created EZLifescan, it was with the goal of being a proactive healthcare resource. They use only the most current software and FDAregistered and approved infrared technology, designed and manufactured

Stephanie Brown and Jo Ellen Halteman specifically for medical application. Stephanie Brown, Certified Clinical Thermographer, is the lead thermographer at EZLifescan, and is passionate about educating women on the numerous benefits that thermography has to offer. “We strive to keep cost lower than anyone else doing this to make it affordable for as many women as possible,” says Brown. It can take eight to 10 years for a tumor to develop large enough to appear on a mammogram, the traditional method of breast screening. Thermography is able to detect poten-

tially life-threatening changes in breast tissue eight to 10 years earlier than the traditional mammograms—at the very start of abnormal tissue formation. To start on the road to optimal breast health monitoring, a baseline must first be established. “We establish a baseline with two scans, 90 days apart,” explains Brown. “Everyone’s thermal print is unique. We need to establish each patient’s ‘normal.’ Once your baseline has been established as stable, annual scans are recommended.” With the baseline to work from, thermographers are better able to detect the slightest of abnormalities in the breast tissue during yearly scans. At EZLifescan, the focus is on creating a personal, kind and compassionate atmosphere in which patients can relax and feel at ease during their appointment. “There is no rushing. We take our time and we love answering questions,” assures Brown. The thermographers at EZLifescan encourage the involvement of each patient’s family doctor or health care professional, and work to provide the patients and their doctors with copies

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AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit by Kathleen Barnes

Agelessness: Engaging in and experiencing life without fear of falling, failing or falling apart.


n a nutshell, that’s the philosophy of visionary women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, of Yarmouth, Maine, as explored in her latest book, Goddesses Never Age. “We’re long overdue for a paradigm shift about how we feel about growing older,” says Northrup. “You can change your future by adopting a new, ageless attitude that will help you flourish physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We don’t have to buy into modern medicine’s promotion of the idea of the pathology of aging.” One of Northrup’s primary admonitions: “Don’t tell anyone how old you are. Another birthday means nothing.”

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and more than 80 percent of them are women. The National Institute on Aging projects that this number could increase tenfold or more by 2050. What we think of as “old” has changed. Many baby boomers refuse to buy into the mythology of aging, bristle at being called senior citizens and especially dislike being called elderly. Their position is backed by science. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of Biology of Belief and currently a visiting professor at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, in Auckland, is best known for promoting the concept that DNA can be changed by belief, for good or ill. Lipton explains that we all have billions of stem cells designed to repair or replace damaged—and aging—tissues and organs. “[These cells] are profoundly influenced by our thoughts and perceptions about the environment,” Lipton explains. “Hence our beliefs about aging can either interfere with or enhance stem cell function, causing our physiological regeneration or decline.” “Yes, we are destined to grow older, but decrepitude and what we call aging is an optional state,” Northrup adds. “Our genes, nutrition and environment are under our control far more than we may have thought.” More, she says, “Words are powerful. Don’t talk yourself into believing your brain is turning to mush just because you are over 40.”

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Consider what rust does to metal. That’s what free radical oxygen molecules do to cells. Over time, they damage them and cause aging from within. “Oxidative damage plays a major role in virtually every degenerative disease of aging, from Alzheimer’s to cancer to heart disease and diabetes, even immune dysfunction,” says Bowden. His recommended key to destroying free radicals is a diet rich in antioxidants, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, nuts, grassfed meats and organic dairy products. Avoid environmental free radicals that show up in toxic chemicals by eating as much organic food as possible and avidly avoiding residues of the poisonous pesticides and herbicides sprayed on crops eaten by people and livestock.


Long-term inflammation is a silent killer because it operates beneath the radar, often unnoticed, damaging blood vessel walls. Like oxidative damage, inflammation is a factor in all the degenerative diseases associated with aging, says Bowden. His suggestion: First, get a Creactive protein (CRP) test to determine the levels of inflammation in our body. A CRP level over 3 milligrams/liter indicates a high risk of a heart attack. Anti-inflammatory foods like onions, garlic, leafy greens, tomatoes, beans, nuts and seeds have all been widely scientifically proven to reduce chronic inflammation.

molecules, leaving a sticky mess that creates advanced glycation end (AGE) products that damage all body systems and are acknowledged culprits in the dreaded diseases associated with aging. Bowden’s basic answer is to minimize intake of sugar and simple carbs; anything made with white flour or white rice. Also avoid fried dishes and any foods cooked at high temperatures that actually skip the glycation production in the body and deliver harmful AGEs directly from the food. He advises taking 1,000 mg of carnosine (available in health food stores) daily to prevent glycation.


The long-term effects of physical, mental or emotional stress are tremendously damaging to the human physiology. Sustained exposure to the stress hormone cortisol can shrink parts of the brain, damage blood vessels, increase blood sugar levels, heart rate and blood pressure and contribute to chronic inflammation, according to well-established science recorded in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Bowden warns, “Stress management is not a luxury.” In its many forms, including prayer, meditation and breathing exercises, it should be part of any agelessness program.

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Deep, restful sleep is as vital a component as ending toxic relationships, having a nurturing circle of friends and doing familiar, gentle exercise such as yoga or tai chi. Overall, Bowden adds, “Rather than thinking of such endeavors as anti-aging, I strive to embody the concept of age independence. I admire former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who resigned from the court when he reached age 90 because he wanted to play more tennis.” Bowden recommends embracing the concept of “squaring the curve”, meaning that instead of anticipating and experiencing a long downhill slope of poor health leading to death,

“I look at a long plateau of health, with a steep drop-off at the end.” Wellness guru Dr. Michael Roizen, chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, contends that although our chronological age can’t be changed, “Your ‘real age’ [calculated from data he collected from 60 million people] is the result of a wide variety of factors that are within your control. Dietary choices alone can make you 13 years younger or older than your actual age.” Roizen adds uncontrolled portion sizes, tobacco use and physical inactivity to the list of life-shortening lifestyle options.

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“If you don’t have some kind of spiritual foundation, literally, God help you,” says Northrup. “God isn’t confined to a book or a church, mosque or synagogue. Divinity is the creative loving, vital flow of life force that we’re all part of and connected to. Our bodies are exquisite expressions meant to embody, not deny our spirits.” Touch, pleasure and sex can be part of it, too. Individuals that have the most fulfilling sex lives live the longest, according to researchers conducting the University of California, Riverside’s Longevity Project. “Pleasure comes in infinite forms,” says Northrup. “It can mean the exquisite taste of a pear or the sound of an

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fter practicing internal medicine for 10 years in Boston, Dr. Timothy McCall became a fulltime writer, exploring the health benefits of yoga. As the medical editor of Yoga Journal  and the author of  Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing, he says, “In the late 90s, the conveyor belt of patient care continued to speed up and I got frustrated. There was less time to form relationships with patients, which is essential to providing quality care without excessive tests and drugs.” Initially, McCall found that most of the documented research on yoga was from India, and notes it was low in quality from a Western perspective (though it is now excellent). In the West, the first notable scientific yoga article was published in 1973 in The Lancet on combining yoga and biofeedback to manage hypertension.


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According to the International Journal of Yoga, the surge in yoga’s popularity here finally gained academic interest in 2007, and there are now more than 2,000 yoga titles in the National Institutes of Health database, with 200 added annually. Initially, yoga teacher and economist Rajan Narayanan, Ph.D., founded the nonprofit Life in Yoga Foundation and Institute to offer free teacher training. Within a couple of years, the foundation’s focus shifted to integrating yoga into the mainstream healthcare system. “We realized that to make a real difference, we needed to teach doctors about yoga and its scientifically proven effects,” he says. Medical providers can earn credits to keep their licenses current by attending courses by Life in Yoga, the only yoga institution independently certified by the

“Yoga may help prevent diseases across the board because the root cause of 70 to 90 percent of all disorders is stress,” says Narayanan. Yoga increases the body’s ability to successfully respond to stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart and lowers blood pressure. That in turn suppresses sympathetic activity, reducing the amount of stress hormones in the body. Studies collected on PubMed. gov demonstrate that yoga has been found to help manage hypertension, osteoporosis, body weight, physical fitness, anxiety, depression, diabetes, reproductive functions and pregnancy, among other issues. Studies at California’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute have tracked amelioration of heart disease. A growing body of research is validating yoga’s benefits for cancer patients, including at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A small study at Norway’s University of Oslo suggests that yoga even alters gene expression, indicating it may induce health benefits on a molecular level.

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practice a day, if they keep it up the benefits can be enormous.” “There are no sales reps telling doctors to use yoga therapy like there are for pharmaceuticals,” remarks Narayanan, and until yoga is funded by health insurance, it will be challenging to gain full acceptance in mainstream medicine. Another barrier is certification standards. The International Association of Yoga Therapists ( and the Council for Yoga Accreditation International ( are both beginning to offer certifications for therapy training programs and therapists. Narayanan is hopeful that certification could lead to yoga being covered by insurance. Medical school curricula have started shifting to

embrace complementary Any physical says McCall. “Yoga therapy approaches to wellness, exercise done is not a one-size-fits-all with many textbooks prescription because difnow including inforwith breath ferent bodies and minds, mation on mind/body with different abilities and awareness therapies. The Principles weaknesses, require indiand Practices of Yoga in vidualized approaches.” becomes yoga; Healthcare, co-edited by While medical Sat Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo anything done research is working to Cohen, McCall and grant yoga more legitimacy without the Shirley Telles and among doctors, policymakdue out in 2016, is breath is just a ers and the public, McCall the first professionalsays, “I believe these studies level, medical text- physical practice. are systematically underesbook on yoga ~Rajan Narayaran timating how powerful yoga therapy. can be. Science may tell us “Yoga has been that it decreases systolic blood pressure proven to treat many conand cortisol secretion and increases ditions, yet yoga teachers lung capacity and serotonin levels, but don’t treat conditions, that doesn’t begin to capture the totalwe treat individuals,” ity of what yoga is.”

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Yoga: A Total Science for Living and Being

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oga is much more than the poses seen in magazines; it is a total science for living and being. This ancient science, practiced for over 5,000 years, provides clear methodologies that include how-to steps for self-improvement. We often think of yoga as a physical practice; however, the yoga sciences deal with body, breath, mind, soul, the universe and, ultimately, our own enlightenment. What one will find in practicing many forms of yoga will bring balance and health to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of being. Much of the teachings are practical and easy to apply to life. For example, numerous medical studies report that by adding a daily yogic breathing practice of pranayama, one can lower stress, blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, practicing yoga poses and meditation daily can reduce anxiety and depression. However, medical studies have only just begun to pull the curtain back on all the benefits that yoga provides. Much of the teachings remain on a theoretical basis in our Western world, but open for us to see for ourselves through the experience of what they will bring to our lives. The yoga practices have been captured in ancient writings that have been passed down from generation to generation. In the U.S., the Yoga Alliance sets standards that teachers

must meet to be certified to teach others. Teachers identify themselves as certified with RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Whether looking to improve health, find balance or become enlightened, the teachings can meet us wherever we are on our journeys. Finding the right teacher may require visiting several yoga centers and trying different classes of various styles. Take time to read about the class descriptions and talk to the teacher about your goals. For instance, if trying to reduce chronic back pain, look for classes or a yoga therapist that mention back pain reduction as part of the benefits. Mastering the perfect yoga pose is a pretty picture for magazines, but it’s not the goal of yoga. Yoga provides instruction based on scientific principles to enhance our life and overall being. Pooja Erica Andersen is the Yoga Director of the Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, a Svaroopa yoga and meditation instructor and a yoga and embodyment therapist. Connect with her at ChalfontYogaAndMeditationCenter. com. See ad, this page. Call 267-544-9585 to Advertise!

Local Yoga Voices A Conversation with Patty Ferry, Owner of Whole Body Yoga Studio


hat is your mission and vision at Whole Body Yoga, in relation to helping people be healthier and live longer?

Our mission is to have classes for every body type and all levels of yoga. Yoga is a beautiful way to balance your life. Each class offers breathing techniques, yoga poses and relaxation. Savasana (relaxation) is the most important part of the class—this is the time the body heals itself.

your efforts bring yoga into the lifeblood of your community? Yoga is a healing art, guiding people to heal—just one breath at a time. Students walk into Whole Body Yoga Studio, stressed and overstimulated. When the class is over, you can see the transformation from stressed to relaxed. Swami Kripalu says, “Pranayama (yoga breath) is the Soul of Yoga.” I agree 100 percent. New students to yoga get the greatest benefit. Just by learning how to breathe with a

Yoga Directory — Bucks County — Bikram Yoga Doylestown 1717 S Easton Rd, Doylestown. 570-977-6689. Blossom Yoga 2324 2nd Street Pike, Newtown. 215-416-3252. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center 15 W Butler Rd, Chalfont. ChalfontYogaAnd Cornerstone Health & Fitness 415 S York Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2200. Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage Therapy 156 Green St, Doylestown. 215-622-4612.

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deep inhale and exhale, they are able to calm their central nervous system, calm their mind and enter the relaxation state. Yoga is the best medicine for everyone.

What is your deepest wish for your students? My deepest wish is for my students to take the journey. Whole Body Yoga Studio has locations at 213 N. Main St. and 403 E. Walnut St., both in North Wales. Connect with Patty Ferry and Whole Body Yoga Studio at 215-661-0510 or WholeBody See ad, page 25.

Prancing Peacock 524 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley. 139 Zimmerman Ln, Langhorne. 267-679-0791. River Yoga 5667 York Rd, Lahaska. 215-794-1890. Sun Dog Yoga Studio 17 W State St, Ste 1, Doylestown. 215-230-4031. The TreeHouse 419 S York Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2200. Cornerstone

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Local Yoga Voices Tristana Yoga Studio 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. TristanaYogaStudio. Yoga Vibhuti 77 2nd Street Pike, Southampton. 215-514-6065. Yogasphere 18 Swamp Rd, Newtown. 215-579-6130.

— Eastern Montgomery County — Ammayanni Yoga School & Center 827 Glenside Ave, Wyncote. 215-572-9881. Banyan Yoga 8080 Old York Rd, #20, Elkins Park. 215-254-9123. Dana Hot Yoga 2278 Mount Carmel Ave, Glenside. 610-667-3262. Dhuni Yoga & Pilates 1458 County Line Rd, Huntingdon Valley. 215-917-0501. Hatboro Yoga, Pilates & Massage 444 N York Rd, #A1, Hatboro. 215-675-4290.

Life-Changing Lessons Learned From Àse Yoga by Robbin Alston


se (pronounced “ah-shay”; also spelled ashe) is a divine word in West Africa, which means “the power to make things happen.” Àse is a cosmic energy that flows through everything, much like the Chinese concept of chi or prana, and is the life force that is manifested by what we say and what we think. Others translate Àse to mean, “so be it” or “and so it is.” The common message is one which implies action. In essence, Àse is a manifested energy, which becomes affirmed through both our thoughts and speech. Our thoughts either empower or disempower us. Àse reflects what we express to the universe through our thoughts and speech. Àse yoga is a practice wherein we experience our personal power for transformation. Here, poses do not define yoga; our practice defines yoga. Neither certification nor classes qualify us to heal or transform other people’s lives. It is the lessons learned and our understanding of our experiences that are the key to changing our own lives. In changing our own lives, only then can we assist in the chang-

ing of the lives of others. Àse Yoga offers as a practice these seven lessons learned that change lives.


Breath awareness

We take breathing for granted. Often, we’re not conscious of our breath or the connection our breath has with everything we do. What we know is that breathing is vital to reducing stress, creating balance and restoring health. Breathing deeply, and exhaling completely, relaxes the mind, delivers more oxygen to the bloodstream, slows our respiration and helps the immune system fight infection. Most importantly, Dennis Lewis writes in The Tao of Natural Breathing that 70 percent of waste is eliminated through our lungs. Knowing that, Àse Yoga places a great deal of emphasis on recalibrating our breath by teaching students to intimately experience their inhales and exhales.



Scientific studies reveal that meditation leads to numerous biopsychological benefits such as reducing negative feelings, inducing

New Beginnings Yoga 1648 Fitzwatertown Rd, Willow Grove. 215-658-4914. Nourishing Storm 124 N York Rd, Hatboro. 215-394-8152. SSP Yoga 400 Commerce Dr, Fort Washington. 610-656-6041.


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Local Yoga Voices relaxation, reducing stress, improving our immune system and lowering our blood pressure. It even strengthens the prefrontal cortex, that part of the brain which influences our positive feelings and moods. Meditation, therefore, is medicine for the mind. This mental respite seems as essential to our health as what we eat. Although countless meditation styles and techniques exist—passive, active, transcendental, guided—they all aim to heal, calm the mind and bring clarity to our lives.


Daily restorative and structural movements

Àse yoga consists of energy releasing and restorative movements. Through Àse yoga, we learn to release years of stress, tension and fear by moving the body in a way to release energy and restore balance. When we experience stress, tensions or trauma, we tense up. Often tension stays within our muscles, radiating from the pelvis all the way into our face for a lifetime. The gentle stretches of Àse yoga build self-confidence and body alignment while invigorating the body from the soles of the feet to the top of the head. As we move, we connect with the vital energy within us, beginning with our root energy, which provides us with a sense of groundedness; sacral energy, which opens us to self-love and trust; and solar energy, which gives us an entry to our personal power. We move into our heart energy, which provides the space for us to forgive others and ourselves and to love unconditionally; our throat energy opens us to communicating our inner truth; our third eye, which empowers us with insight, knowledge and intuition. Ascending to the crown of our head, we feel at one with our true nature, peace and our divine nature. Àse yoga improves the circulation in our bodies and unblocks our energy centers.



According to researchers, a link exists between our throat area and

the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates our relaxation response, cell activity, metabolism and production of thyroid hormones. The throat is where our communication center resides. Our communications are a plethora of stories about our mothers, fathers and their dysfunctions, about our bouts with depression and unhappy marriages, about our children, broken hearts, our disappointments and even our regrets. Yet, if we become still, quiet and conscious, we will find that inside these infinite stories lay “misunderstood” experiences and unresolved emotional situations that are stealing our life away. With Àse yoga, we focus on cleansing and purifying this powerful center so that we can let go anything that is hindering our ability to communicate.



Of course, we engage in relationships, but relating is something else. In relating, our practice focuses on authenticity and feelings, rather than on performing or intellectualization. When we perform, we exert effort into the external display of the activity, but not necessarily inner benefits. Likewise, with intellectualization, we become stuck into the information and acquiring more words, more certificates, more platitudes, more degrees, more titles, foregoing the experience of life. However, by relating, we experience our own relevancy and a deep sense of well-being and healing in connecting with others. Relating is a unique aspect of Àse yoga in that the practice cultivates a sense of community, fulfillment and authenticity. When we relate, we authentically engage others and ourselves so that we access life’s infinite possibilities. Simply, relating is not talking; it is communicating. It is not love, but loving. It is not doing, but being. It is not wishing, but actualizing, and it is not expecting, but accepting.

Tara Yoga 1134 Easton Rd, Abington. 215-305-8325. Twisters Wellness Centers 131 E Butler Ave, Ambler. 215-654-5393. Whole Body Yoga Studio 213 N Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. Yoga Evolution/MomentOM 261 Old York Rd, Jenkintown. 215-885-1800.

— Western Montgomery County — Aim High Studio 3015 W Germantown Pike, Norristown. 484-686-0067. Art & Soul Yoga & Pilates 1690 Valley Forge Rd, Eagleville. 610-220-8572. Collegeville Yoga Bar 222 E Main St, Ste 12, Collegeville. 610-409-2696. Moondog Yoga Studio 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Moyo 4335 Skippack Pike, Schwenksville. 610-584-1108. Park Club Fitness and Wellness 620 W Chestnut St, Ste 101, Perkasie. 215-257-8877. Shine Yoga Center 601 W Market St, Perkasie. 267-221-0980.

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Local Yoga Voices Sol Yoga Studio 117 W Ridge Pike, Conshohocken. 610-636-0391.

East Eagle Yoga 18 E Eagle Rd, Havertown. 610-789-6789.

Stillpoint Yoga Studios 217 W Church Rd, King of Prussia. 610-213-3280.

Focus Fitness 1111 Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr. 610-525-5515.

The Yoga Den 303 E Church Rd, King of Prussia. 484-368-7409.

Hummingbird Yoga and Massage 2606 E County Line Rd, Ardmore. 610-955-3328.

Yoga Home 424 E Elm St, Conshohocken. 484-344-5040. Yoga-Cise2 533 S West End Blvd, Quakertown. 267-718-6444. YogaOne Park Ridge Ctr, 4 N Park Ave, Trooper. 610-761-3620.

— Main Line — Àse Yoga 4054 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia. 267-886-8600.

Maha Yoga 66 Rittenhouse Pl, Ardmore. 215-864-0770. New Leaf Club 1225 Montrose Ave, Rosemont. 610-525-1711. Prana House Yoga 385 W Lancaster Ave, Haverford. 610-896-9642. The Yoga Garden 131 N Narberth Ave, Narberth. 610-664-2705.

Dana Hot Yoga 244-246 Bala Ave, Bala Cynwyd. 267-689-8578.


Healthy eating and living

Research has proven what we eat affects the quality of our heath. Cardiovascular diseases, clogged arties, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other illnesses can be minimized, if not healed, by what and how we eat. According to the National Cancer Institute, poor diets kill an estimated three out of four Americans each year. The conscious effort to disinherit the diseases that may run in our families through yoga includes healthy eating with plant-based, personalized meals. Healing powers exist in the right spices and eating fresh vegetables in a peaceful environment.



The Àse yoga practice is a love affair with oneself. We’re not simply a number, an occupation, a net worth, a salary, a statistic. Our existence is not diminished by what we do not have or who we’ve become. Nor is someone agile or flexible, more of a yogi or yogini. However, our worth is immeasurable. Most people don’t even know their value, because of the messages they’ve seen on television, in magazines or heard growing up, so they hide themselves. In fact, the messages we receive cause us to question our existence. Secretly, we feel worthless, and begin to hide. We live life complaining about what we didn’t have rather than what we’ve been given. Through these seven practices, Àse yoga allows us to unveil ourselves, to experience our innermost core and to feel good. Dr. Robbin Alston is a psychologist, professor and author. She founded Àse Yoga Studio & Tea Room, in Philadelphia, so that everyone could benefit from the healing powers of yoga. Alston has taught and shared Àse Yoga at conferences and retreats throughout the country. Connect with her at 267-886-8600 or AseYoga See ad, page 26.


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Be Grateful Now

Choose Happiness Four Tips to Flip the Joy Switch by Linda Joy


recent Harris Interactive poll indicates that only one in three Americans are happy. Success, education and increases in annual household income create only marginally more happiness. So what will it take to go the distance? Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness endeavors to discover just that. Its collection of intimate stories from more than two dozen women reveals telling insights— most profoundly, that happiness is a choice that anyone can make, regardless of their history or circumstances. Four tips from contributors to the book show how we all can rise up out of our troubles to the other side, shining.

Let Go of ‘Supposed To’

Family, friends and society exert pressure on us to achieve certain goals or impose their definition of success. When our soul doesn’t fit the mold, exciting things can happen. Happiness strategist Kristi Ling

seemed to have it all: a high-powered job in Hollywood, significant income and the envy of all her friends—but her success felt empty. She writes from her home in Los Angeles, “Each morning I’d get up thinking about who I needed to please, and then prepare myself to exist for another day. I looked and felt exhausted just about all the time. The worst part was that I thought I was doing everything right!” After a middle-of-the-night epiphany, Ling left her job and set out to discover what her heart wanted. She began following a completely different life path as a coach and healer, in which success means manifesting joy.

While we’re striving to change our life or wishing things could have been different, we often forget to pay attention to what we have right now. Boni Lonnsburry, a conscious creation expert and founder/CEO of Inner Art, Inc., in Boulder, Colorado, writes about the morning she decided to choose happiness, despite the enormous challenges she was facing, including divorce, foreclosure, bankruptcy and possible homelessness. “I thought to myself, ‘Yes, my life could be better, but it also could be a hell of a lot worse. I’m healthy and smart— why, I even have some wisdom. Why am I focusing on how terrible everything is?’”

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cey Martino, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, writes, “From the first day we met, I’d been waiting for [my boyfriend] Paul to end our relationship. I begged him for another chance—not for our relationship, but to be my authentic self—to figure out who I am and show up in our relationship as the real me.” Fourteen years later, Martino and her boyfriend, now husband, are still exploring the depths of their love for one another. For them, the choice to be vulnerable was the gateway to happiness.

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If we can’t own our pain, how can we create our joy? Choosing happiness means taking full responsibility for our state of mind, with no excuses. Lisa Marie Rosati, of Kings Park, New York, who today helps other women catalyze their own transformation, writes: “I didn’t want to accept what was going on inside [me], so I looked outside for a way to make things better. I depended on intimate relationships to complete me, and on friends and

acquaintances for entertainment. My self-esteem floated on incoming compliments and I absolutely never wanted to spend a minute alone with my own thoughts, lest they erode whatever happiness I possessed at the moment. I was exhausted, frustrated and quite frankly, pissed off.” It took a flash of insight to set Rosati free of her patterns of blame— and then realizing she could create her own fulfillment was all it took to catapult her into a place of empowerment. Look out, world! As Los Angeles happiness expert and Positive Psychology Coach Lisa Cypers Kamen says, “Happiness is an inside job.” Joy, love and inspired living are ours for the taking—all we must do is choose. Linda Joy is the heart of Inspired Living Publishing and Aspire magazine. Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness is her third in a series of bestselling anthologies. Next up is Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy. Learn more at




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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 First Fun Friday with Eco-Man | Doylestown 5-7pm. Join us for wine and cheese and iced coffee drinks and desserts from Perfect Day Coffee while we enjoy the talents of local musician-teacher-author and family entertainer, Richard McLaughlin, AKA Eco-Man. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Arm Balancing Yoga 4 Beginners | North Wales 12-2pm. Face your fears and learn how to succeed in arm balancing postures. Improve stability, strengthen core muscles, tone the upper body and sharpen concentration in this workshop. $25. Whole Body Yoga, 213 N Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Food For Thought Book Club | Doylestown 6:30-8pm. All are welcome to join the Doylestown Food Co-op for a discussion of The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

savethedate Reflexology Practitioner Program Sept 9-Feb 7 If you have a passion for helping others, feel a connection to the holistic mindset, hold an appreciation for the energies of the body and its ability to self-heal, then becoming a reflexology practitioner may be a great fit for you. Learn this gentle healing art and become a facilitator of wellness. 6-month, 120-hour professional program is NCBMTB CE approved. Easy payment plan.

Cost: $1,950 Spring Hill Suites, 1930 John Fries Hwy, Quakertown 215-858-8195

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training | North Wales Taught in nine intensive weekend sessions, one weekend per month, September 2015 through May 2016 by Yoganand Michael Carroll and Tra Kilpatrick. We help yoga practitioners develop the skills needed to share yoga with students as professional teachers. Whole Body Yoga, 403 E Walnut St, North Wales. 215-6610510.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Knowing Native Plants: Asters | New Hope 10am-1pm. Explore the woods and meadows to discover asters, goldenrods, bonesets, coneflowers,

tickseeds and other yellow composites. Includes a presentation and outdoor tour. $15/mbrs, $20/non-mbrs. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. Free Intro to Power Yoga | Quakertown 11am-12:30pm. Are the words Power Yoga new to you? Have you been wanting to try it but not sure what it is or how to do it? Join April Witcoskie as she breaks down the Journey into Power sequence. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Nature at Night | New Hope 7-8:30pm. Bring a flashlight or headlamp and search the meadow for signs of nocturnal nature, including the most industrious of all—spiders. Call to register by September 10. Mbrs: $6/adult, $4/child; non-mbrs: $10/ adult, $8/child. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924.

savethedate Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training September 12-13 Have you been looking to add more laughter to your life and help brighten other people’s lives around you? Become a certified Laughter Leader in this two-day course that teaches participants to bring more joy into their lives, start a laughter club, lead Laughter Yoga presentations/workshops and more.

Cost: $300 Location: Media, PA 215-478-5669


and a take-home craft. Ages 3 through 7. Mbrs: free; non-mbrs: $7/one child with adult, $3/each addt’l child. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Introduction to Essential Oils | Quakertown 7-9pm. Come learn about the basics of essential oils and how to incorporate them into your life. Receive samples of peppermint, wild orange, lemon and lavender oils and a product guide, Living magazine and more. $35. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

savethedate Back to Yoga Fall Detox September 18, 6-8:30pm Wring out summer indulgences, massage the digestive system and internal organs and tone the abdominal muscles through the practice of nauli kriya, forward bends and twists. Balance the body and mind by controlling the breath through pranayama and learn how to simply detox your diet and eat for the change of season. Appropriate for all levels of practitioners. Pre-registration required; payment due at time of registration.

Cost: $30 Location: Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown 267-245-4140

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Flea Market and Craft Fair | Bristol 8am-2pm. Come to sell or to shop. Rain or shine. Bring your own table and chairs. All spaces are first come, first served. Call or visit website to reserve a space. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215785-1177. Energy Medicine 101 | Langhorne

Vinyasa 101 Series | North Wales 7:30-8:45pm. Six Mondays, Sept 14 through Oct 19. This workshop builds upon the foundations of asana and pranayama to help you develop a beginning vinyasa practice. We will use our internal fire and breath to link movements together in beautiful flowing sequences. $120. Whole Body Yoga, 213 N Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYoga@

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Free Intro to TRX | Quakertown 5:30-6pm. Have you always wanted to try TRX but are unsure of what it is or how to do it? Come try our free introductory class. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Fall Fling & Earthship Dedication | Bristol 6-8pm. Come celebrate the grand opening of our Earthship. $50/mbrs, $60/non-mbrs. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Nature Buddies: Nuts to You | New Hope 2:30-3:30pm. Learn about the comical ways of bushytailed tree planters. Includes a story, an outdoor walk

9am-5pm. Introduces Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) basics plus many topics that are important for self-care and healing. A quick daily energy routine is taught, and ways to feel more grounded and centered are explored. EM101 also gives an introduction to meridians, one of the mainstays of EEM. Ask about CEs. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Ste F-90, Langhorne. 609-752-1048. Yoga Open House | North Wales 10am-2pm, September 19 and 20. Check out the schedule online to see what free classes are being offered during the open house. Whole Body Yoga; Sept 19: 213 N Main St, North Wales; Sept 20: 403 E Walnut St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. Local Iced Coffee Sampling | Doylestown 10:30am-12:30pm. Perfect Day Coffee will be sampling an iced coffee blender drink along with baked goods. Doylestown Food Co-op, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Intro to Yoga | Quakertown 11am-1pm. This workshop lays a foundation for your yoga practice. Learn the fundamentals of the breath, the poses and relaxation. Gain the confidence to practice in all-levels classes. $25 before 9/19, $35 after. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-3744046.

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Community Open House | New Hope 12-5pm. Discover the wonders of nature at this free, family-friendly event that includes special walks with naturalists, self-guided activities and an art project. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924.

savethedate Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping – Intro Level September 19 – 8:30am-3:30pm Course is open to everyone. 6 CEUs with NCBTMB for massage therapists. Class will be held at LaSalle University Bucks County Campus.

Carrie Wiedemann 267-357-3525

savethedate Yoga Asana Clinic: Bring Your Own Posture September 19, 1-3pm Are you working on a particular yoga posture and would like to look at in greater detail? Is there a posture that you aren’t sure how to approach? Join Alison Riter, E-RYT 200, to explore and experience yoga asanas (postures) of your choice. Pre-registration required.

Cost: $40 Location: 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown 267-245-4140

savethedate Good Vibrations Holistic Open House Series September 19, October 17, November 14 Saturday afternoons, 1-4pm Enjoy an afternoon of sampling selected holistic wellness practices such as Reiki, sound therapy, guided crafting, free lectures and information and more. Sponsored by Stress Management Consulting by Natalie Bliss.

Cost: $5 at door; free if registered in advance Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, Stenton Avenue & Gorgas Lane, Philadelphia 267-251-6052

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Community Flea Market & Craft Fair | East Falls 8:30am-1:30pm. Vendor set-up at 7am, flea market and craft sale at 8:30am. Rain or shine. $25 for vendor space; $35 including table rental. Mishkan Shalom Synagogue, 4101 Freeland Ave, East Falls. Empanadas and Beer Tasting | Doylestown 2:30-4:30pm. Doylestown Food Co-op Eco-System Partner Kendall Bajek, of Empanada Mama, will be


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savethedate Bucks County Healthy Living Festival September 20, 12-5pm

Our annual free event will bring this ever expanding community together for a festival in celebration of healthy living for all. Our goal is to introduce the residents of Bucks County and surrounding areas to the many business entrepreneurs that offer more sustainable, healthier choices. Enjoy eco, sustainable, metaphysical and holistic vendors; entertainers and musicians; a community drum circle; and organic, wholesome food.

Location: Tamanend Park, 2nd Street Pike, Southampton

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Yoga Teacher Certification | Collegeville September 23 through March 19. Stefania will be leading a 200-Hour Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program. Collegeville Yoga Bar is a Registered Yoga School (RYS 200) with Yoga Alliance. Students are able to take unlimited, free yoga classes at the studio during the teacher training program. $2,600. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, Collegeville. 610-733-8918.

savethedate Autumn Equinox Celebration September 25, 6-9pm The autumn equinox is the perfect time to focus on bringing balance into our lives. Prepare to enjoy contemplation and renewal as we embrace the change of seasons wholeheartedly through yoga, meditation and a community vegan potluck. 6-7:30pm yoga and meditation; 7:30-9pm vegan potluck.

Cost: $25 Location: 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown 267-245-4140

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Vermicomposting Workshop | New Hope

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Sunday Stroll: Fall Migration | Bristol 2-3pm. Birds and insects are leaving in droves. They know the seasons are changing. Free. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 TM Program Intro Lecture | Doylestown 6:30-8:30pm. Free, public introductory lecture on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Program. Find out why over 6.5 million people worldwide practice this technique to reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety and naturally reduce tension, stress and strain. The next four day course is October 3 to 6. Tammany Farm, 5792 Carversville Rd, Doylestown. 215-7834629.

savethedate Household Homeopathy Course Three Mondays, 7-8:30pm: September 28, October 26, November 23 Learn how to prepare a personal first-aid kit. Topics covered include: What is homeopathy?, history and preparation of natural medicines; most common remedies for trauma: pain, injuries and concussion; most common remedies for acute conditions: fever, cough and ear infections. Suggested donation is to Twilight Wish Foundation. Call to register.

Cost: $65 Location: Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain 267-895-1733

savethedate All Organic Detox Retreat September 28-October 3 Join author of Healthy is Delicious and benefit from 30 years of experience with detoxing and inflammation-free meals designed specifically for your needs. Non-invasive testing for food and supplement sensitivities, yoga, hiking, biking, walking, juicing, far infrared sauna, massage and more.

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1:30-3:30pm. Basic workshop for those new to indoor worm composting. Learn about different types of worms, create your own vermicomposting bins and learn about the care and maintenance of the bin in your home. Bring a dark colored 10- or 18-gallon plastic bin with a lid. $12/mbrs, $16/non-mbrs. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215862-2924. Dance Party at Serenity Day Spa | Doylestown 4-7pm. Doylestown Food Co-op Eco-System Partner Justine Kawas, of Justine Time to Dance, is holding a Harvest Moon Dance. Start with a 45-minute intro to ballroom and Latin dance class followed by an evening of general dancing and socializing. Serenity Day Spa, 64 Swamp Rd, Doylestown. 215-230-3487.

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savethedate Mind Body Spirit Expo October 2-4 Now in its 19th year, the Mind Body Spirit Expo is the largest natural health and human potential expo in the Northeast U.S. Each of our shows has renowned special guest speakers, lectures, a wide variety of booths with everything from astral photography to beautiful jewelry. Psychics and body workers also provide their services to attendees.

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savethedate Ashtanga Yoga Immersion October 16-21, 5:30-9pm Five led classes, one mysore class and four workshops, geared toward the student who is ready to dig deeper into the physical and spiritual practice of yoga. Discussion, deconstruction of postures and relaxation is included in each class. Students will be taken through the entire Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series over five days, with the sixth day concluding with a traditional Mysore style practice. Led by Alison Riter, E-RYT 200. Full tuition: $275 PIF by 9/30, $300 after 9/30. Weekend only: $160 PIF by 9/30, $185 after 9/30. Asana only (all six classes): $150. Workshops: $40 each, except Friday $30. Pre-registration required.

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savethedate Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 Food Preparation & Support for Specific Nutritional Needs Learn recipes and sample food.

a sampling of gluten- and sugar-free recipes highlighting vegetables harvested from our Edible Schoolyard and surrounding community farms. Free.

- Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD): Sept. 8, 11am-1pm & Sept. 10, 6:30-8:30pm

September 8, 7-8pm The Pilgrimage: An Inner Exploration of Who You Are Intro Gathering Whether you’ve definitely chosen to take this nine-month journey, or are still considering The Pilgrimage, this meeting is for you. Connect with others who are seeking to discover aspects of the world hidden within. We’ll explore reasons for this self-exploration and the benefits of such a journey. The Pilgrimage is taken in community as we learn from one another and feel the depth of connection to all that is. This will be the last week to register. Arlene Curley, Ph.D., intuitive healer. Free.

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- SIBO: How it Happens, How to Help: Sept. 15, 11am-1pm & Sept. 17, 6:30-8:30pm September 6, 12:30-3:30pm First Sunday: Community Gathering Celebrate the end-of-summer holiday with community, good food, peacefulness of gardens, and spontaneity of music/drumming in Stone Amphitheater. Bring a favorite culinary delight to share and instruments that may add to the rhythm of this special afternoon. Enjoy

September 19, 9am-2pm Creating the Body You Want From the Inside Out How would you like to have the perfect body? It’s about connecting mind-body-spirit for your ideal weight. The body is a living, breathing organism. It responds to what we feed it and how we treat it via mindset and emotional state of being. Learn how to create a healthy lifestyle, a more positive mindset and become emotionally grounded. The result is the perfect body for the perfect you. Possibility Coaches. $59. October 4, 12:30-3:30pm First Sunday: Fun, Food, Fellowship, Fundraising We join hands and hearts in preparing the Greenshire gardens for the fall/winter season. A delicious seasonal feast will be served at 2:30pm, prepared by Greenshire’s culinary staff. Donation: to help maintain Greenshire grounds and Edible Schoolyard. Upcoming Events:

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savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter with updates on seminars and trips. September 18, 10am-3pm Numerology Readings – In Person Discover your talents, challenges, life purpose and what to expect in the upcoming years. Intuitive Numerologist Allison Baughman can also focus on opportunities that are coming up, and how to take advantage of them. $80/30 minutes, $160/1 hour. Doylestown. September 19, 10am-3pm Numerology Readings – By Phone Discover your talents, challenges, life purpose and what to expect in the upcoming years. Intuitive Numerologist Allison Baughman can also focus on opportunities that are coming up, and how to take advantage of them. $80/30 minutes, $160/1 hour. September 21, 7-9pm Orbs: Messengers of Light Ever wonder what those amazing globes of light are that appear in your digital photographs? Gene Ang, Ph.D., will show slides of different kinds of orbs and what they mean to the trans-dimensional consciousness emerging on the planet. Get questions answered and


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experience energies not usually perceived by the five physical senses. Ang’s seminars focus on the integration of science, spirituality and healing. $45. Wilmington, DE. September 23-24, 9am-5pm Presence Healing Sessions Gene Ang, Ph.D., an energy medicine practitioner based in California, earned his doctorate in neurobiology from Yale. Ang’s energy healing sessions are based on a number of cutting-edge healing modalities. You may request the type of modality you desire or he can make a recommendation. Options: The Reconnection ($333 for two 1-hour sessions), Arcturian Healing ($250 for 1 hour), Dimensional Analysis and Balancing ($250 for 1 hour), Brain Balancing ($450 for 2 hours). By appointment. Doylestown. September 23, 6:30-9:30pm Fall Equinox—The School of Archangel Michael The Fall Equinox is the time to celebrate our connection to the spiritual being known in most Western spiritual traditions as Archangel Michael. The school of Archangel Michael is a group of souls who are currently incarnated, who dedicated their lives during the time between lifetimes to help humanity with this

Archangel. You may feel an affinity to Archangel Michael and His school because you are one of those initiates. This evening event is a time to renew and remember this connection and to establish new links to others in this non-physical school. Under the guidance of Gene Ang, Ph.D., we will go over these concepts, learn advanced meditations to accelerate our process and invoke the Spiritual Hierarchy and Archangel Michael to activate our will forces to carry out our spiritual mission. $75. Doylestown. September 25-26, 10am-2pm Psychic Readings with Betsy Thomson Betsy Thomson has been doing readings as a professional psychic for 20 years. Her readings are compassionate, straightforward, inspirational, detailed and vision oriented. All readings are geared toward helping a client grow, heal and evolve. She addresses relationships, career, health, soul and life path, past lives, and often connects to deceased loved ones. She receives information from guides, spirits and the Tarot. $80/$120/$160 for 30/45/60 minutes. By appointment. Doylestown. Sacred Journeys and Retreats

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Hot Rockin’ Yoga | Quakertown 9-10:15am. This yoga practice is perfect for exploring poses deeper and detoxing the body. The heat helps open tight joints and stiff muscles in a safe, effective way. Not for beginners. Second and fourth Sundays. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267374-4046.

3:30-5pm. Join with a likeminded group of people for mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and time to share with the group. Perfect for those new to the practice; all are welcome. Last Sunday of the month. $15. Shine Yoga Center, 601 W Market St, Perkasie. 267-2210980.

Power/Baptiste Yoga | Quakertown 9-10:15am. All levels of students will move and flow through a series of poses based on Journey Into Power. Combining alignment principles with movement and breath will build fire and strength, leaving us aligned in our true north, strong and empowered even after we’ve left the mat. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Monthly Meditation: Cultivating Mindfulness | Doylestown 1-2pm. In this class, we will focus on a different theme and style of meditation each month. Classes may incorporate mantras, yantras, mudras, crystals, breath work and the chakra system. De-stress and experience the support of community meditation. Second Sunday of the month. $15. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. TristanaYogaStudio. Sunday Stroll | Bristol 2-3pm. Take a walk with a naturalist. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Reiki Share & Community Drum Circle | Langhorne 2-6pm. At 2pm, connect with area Reiki practitioners and have an opportunity to practice and receive Reiki. Those who are not attuned are welcome to attend, receive a treatment and be part of the community. From 4:30-6 pm, join the community drum circle. The Peace

Monthly Meditation | Perkasie

monday 4-Week Women’s Boot Camps | North Wales Wholistic’s boot camps specialize in the unique physiological needs of women and are designed to incorporate specific techniques to assist women in losing excess body fat and toning muscles. Boot camps meet 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Morning and evening/ weekend options. Mon/Weds/Fri, 5:45-6:45am OR Tue/Thu, 6-7pm and Sat 8:30am. $199. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246.

11am-12pm. Free class held every Monday. YardleyMakefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Rd, Yardley. 215-493-9020. YardleyFriends@ Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga | Doylestown 6-7pm. Come connect with other moms-to-be, create community, connect with your baby and changing body, and take time out of the day to enjoy this sacred journey. Learn breathing techniques and stretches to help strengthen the mind, body and soul during pregnancy, labor and post-delivery. $15. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Prenatal Yoga | North Wales 6-7:15pm. Prenatal assists mommas in strengthening the uterus and pelvic muscles, improving circulation, aiding in digestion and increasing overall comfort. Every Monday. $20. Whole Body Yoga, 213 N Main St, North Wales. Community Meditation | Narberth

Tea & Play | Upper Black Eddy

6:30-7:15pm. All are welcome to learn how to meditate and its many benefits. Experienced meditators can enjoy and enhance their existing practice in a group setting in a beautiful space with people of like intentions. Check the calendar online for changes/updates. Kalyana Centre, 954 Montgomery Ave, Ste 6, Narberth. 484-412-8815.

10-11am. Enjoy a cup of tea with an early childhood teacher and learn about early childhood programs while little ones explore a nursery classroom. Children birth to age 4 are welcome. Call to register. First Monday. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606.

Mental Health Support Group | Doylestown 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals who suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown.

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Gentle Yoga | Doylestown

10-11am. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for seniors, beginners or others needing modifications in their exercise routine. Build cardiovascular health with dance moves including merengue, cha cha, cumbia, salsa, belly dance and tango. Dance experience not required. $5. Pennridge Community Center, 146 E Main St, Perkasie. 215-453-7027.

7:15-8:15pm. Class uses props and modifications to make yoga more accessible and restorative. A combination of standing, seated and reclined poses will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Learn how to balance effort and ease with strength and flexibility. First class only $5; $15 after. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140.

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Slow Flow Yoga | Quakertown

Community Meditation | Doylestown

7:30-8:30pm. Slowing down allows us to focus more on the parts of the flow and link movement and breath more deeply. This inward focusing flow is a great way to start off your weekday practice. Newer students will find the pace easy to follow, while more seasoned practitioners will enjoy the opportunity to hone the elements of their practice. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

6:15-6:45pm. Free, 30-minute meditation class introducing mindful meditation and qigong visualizations in a welcoming environment. Donations are accepted to be given to charities such as Moxafrica and A Woman’s Place. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058.

tuesday Health Matters Radio Show 10am. Hosted by Dr. Phil Pappas of Earth Foods, featuring different guests and topics each week. Listen in at Vinyasa Yoga Flow | Quakertown 6-7:15pm. Vinyasa means “connection” in Sanskrit. In this meditative class, breath is the connector between body, mind and spirit, moving us seamlessly from one pose to the next. Some prior yoga experience will help. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267374-4046. Bucks Beekeepers Association | Plumsteadville 7pm. General meeting of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association. Second Tuesday. Plumsteadville Grange Hall, 5901 Old Easton Rd, Plumsteadville.

wednesday Yoga for Your Back | Chalfont 10:30am-12pm. Try Svaroopa Yoga and decompress the spine and have immediate relief or reduction in pain and stiffness. Learn simple tools to use at home, the office or anywhere. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 570-350-1281. Chair Yoga for the Golden Years | Chalfont 1:30-2:30pm. Easy yoga poses to relieve aches and pains and keep you moving. Perfect for those new to yoga. New students get three classes for the price of two. $13. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. Community Acupuncture | Doylestown 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Schedule online or by phone. Located upstairs; call if you have disabilities. $30. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. Intro to Yoga | Doylestown 5:45-7pm. In this six-week enrolled beginner yoga course, learn the eight limbs of yoga, the yogic breathing system, the Tristana Method and how to safely approach and modify fundamental yoga poses. Next six-week session starts September 23. $80. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-2454140. Chair/Mat Yoga | Fairless Hills 6-7pm. Open to the community. $3/seniors, $5/under 55. Falls Township Senior Center, 282 Trenton Rd, Fairless Hills. 215-547-6563.


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Intuition Class | Gilbertsville 7:30-9:30pm. Develop intuition with a spiritual community and share synchronicities. Develop intuitive muscle with an exercise and guided meditation. Drop-ins welcome. Second Wednesday. $5. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191.

thursday Chair Yoga | Levittown 11am-12pm. Free class held every Thursday. Levittown Library, 7311 New Falls Rd, Levittown. 215-9492324. Time Share 12-1pm. Learn how to make your inner well-being work in the outer world of pressures and stress. Tune in to Time Share on, where Marie Jackson will share recent and ancient discoveries, interview holistic healers and invite callers to ask questions. Ascension Class | Gilbertsville 7-9pm. Ascension class designed to move into becoming a channel of grace, the next step of intuitive development. First Thursday. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191. Empowerment Coaching Workshop | Doylestown 7-9pm. Experience the benefits of empowerment coaching, build confidence, gain insight and a new perspective in creating more balance and contentment in life. Accompanied by the added benefit of synergistic group support. Now forming 3-month programs. Second and fourth Thursdays. Must call to pre-register. $297. Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage, 156 Green St, Doylestown. 215-906-9393. Yoga | Bristol 7:30pm. Stretch, tone and relax. For all ages and abilities. $8/mbrs, $10/non-mbrs. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 267-808-1071. Jeaker1@

friday Guided Meditation | Gilbertsville 9:30-10:30am. Using guided visual imagery, learn to meditate to center oneself, relieve stress, lower blood pressure and create balance through mind, body and spirit. Drop-ins welcome. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Route 100, Gilbertsville.

4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Facebook. com/TristanaYogaStudio. Reiki Share | Doylestown 6-7:30pm. During this great opportunity for practitioners to gather, Reiki is given and received and discussions around Reiki and other approaches to holistic well-being are encouraged. Bring a refreshment to share. Second Friday of the month. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Community Reiki | Doylestown 7:30-9pm. Enjoy a relaxing evening of healing, soothing music, refreshments and community. Second Friday of the month. $10/10-minute session. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-2454140.

saturday Bird Walk | Bristol 7:30-9am. For all birding enthusiasts. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Higher Brain Living Chat | Paoli 9-10am. What isn’t working in your life? Learn about Higher Brain Living, enjoy a cup of coffee with reishi mushrooms. Higher Brain Living can change your brain and life. Third Saturday of the month. Inspiration to Wholeness, 53 Darby Rd, Ste F, Paoli. 484-3021502. Women’s Total Control Fitness Program | North Wales 10:30-11:45am. Do you leak when you laugh, cough, or sneeze? Wonder why popular tummy exercises don’t work for you? This medically based fitness program will help improve bladder control, flatten the stomach, build a strong core and even improve your love life. $135. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Warm Yoga | Quakertown 11am-12:15pm. Wondering what all the hype is about hot yoga? This is the ideal class for someone interested in hot yoga, but worried that it is too hot. Everyone is tight somewhere; the warmth allows the muscles to relax, release and let go. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible. ~Bob Harper

Namaste Baby | Doylestown 11-11:45am. Yoga for moms, dads, caregivers and newborns to pre-walkers. Classes promote a stronger bond through physical movement and emotional connectedness. Postures improve strength, coordination, balance and problem solving for the infant and parent. Pre-registration required. $18. Tristana Yoga Studio,

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Schedule a complementary 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 on page 15.


Medical Intuitive, Akashic Record Traveler Founder of Mindful Awareness Centered Coaching (MACC) 215-740-0766

MACC integrates Gutkin’s skills as an alternative medicine practitioner. Begin to experience relief today, both physically and emotionally, without medication. Together, we create an individual weekly plan designed to suit your needs. Learn healing techniques that you can apply throughout your life. The program offers a wide range of modalities: hypnotherapy, past life regression, cognitive behavioral therapy, EFT, NLP, meditation and more. Call 215-740-0766, email or visit The MACC program is available in person, by Skype or telephone. Free 10-minute consultations are offered.

COUNSELING ART THERAPY HEARTWELL HOUSE Expressive Therapies John Muraco, ATR, RYT 315-329-9838

Art therapy, an alternative to talk therapy, is a way to express yourself creatively with no artistic talent required. Receive emotional balance, empowerment, and a deeper sense of self-understanding in a safe environment. Muraco is a registered art therapist, yoga teacher and holistic lifestyle and wellness counselor, specializing in adolescents and those who have lived through emotional or medical trauma or serious illness. Expressive arts groups, stress reduction classes, and personal wellness and herbal remedy making classes available. Call for a free, 30-minute consultation.

S.A.F.E. COUNSELING PROGRAM Works with The Peace Center Langhorne 215-750-0323

Emotional management and emotional healing for men/ women in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Struggling with painful memories and feelings? Experiencing self-doubt? Self-medicating? Wondering if your relationship is abusive? Noticing signs of being abusive or violent? Wounded by an adverse childhood experience? Supportive Alliance for Family Empowerment, helping since 1982.


Rainbows of Healing offers many services such as private healing sessions with Reiki, Crystal Balancing, Sound Therapy and more. Check out our website for ongoing and special event workshops. Visit our Metaphysical Boutique for unique crystals, jewelry, Native American flutes, handcrafted items and much more.

GREEN LIVING ENVIRONMENTAL HOME STORE 320 N Broad St, Doylestown 267-880-6791

Our mission is simple: to make sustainable living and working accessible and affordable. We want to make healthy, responsible and beautiful building practices available to everyone. We pride ourselves on representing the finest manufacturers of sustainable building supplies. Visit us at our one-stop-shop and we will work with you to help you “go green” for any of your rooms. See ad on page 43.


1075 Main St Hellertown, PA Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm

Celebrating our 11th Anniversary, doing business since 2004. 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.


Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance Certified Facilitator The Authentic Self, Ottsville Still Kicking, Quakertown 215-534-4989

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.

GREEN TRAVEL BOWMAN’S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE 1635 River Rd, New Hope, PA 215-862-2924 Tues-Sun 9am-5pm

The 134-acre Preserve features more than 800 species of native plants in a naturalistic setting. Explore miles of trails running through picturesque woodlands, meadows, and aquatic habitats. Diverse educational programs are offered year round.

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480 N Gulph Rd, Ste 100, King of Prussia 717-818-5254 Jacqui.Company As an Intuitive and Futurist, Jacqueline Cassel serves as a coach and confidant to those who know more is possible in their own lives, for their organizations and in their communities. Uniquely collaborating with each client, Jacqui delivers a more complete vision of possibilities and potential obstacles as she intuitively “sees” energetic influences beyond the five senses. See ad on page 14.

PEACE VALLEY HOLISTIC CENTER 224 Old Limekiln Rd, Chalfont, PA 215-887-9901

A place of well-being for parents, children with special needs, siblings and friends, with a focus on Autism. Helping families of children with special needs get the care and skills needed to handle life’s daily challenges.

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Melanie invigorates women to regain energy. Do you desire less brain fog, more focus? Less stress, more sleep? Less fatigue, more energy? Melanie has personally experienced adrenal fatigue and utilizes a synthesized approach involving the whole body, mind and soul to support your health goals. See ad on page 9.

Adriana G. Moise, MD 99 N West End Blvd, Ste 110, Quakertown 215-804-2622

Dr. Moise offers a blend of conventional medicine and natural scientifically proven alternative methods to optimize your child’s health. This approach recognizes and respects the ability of your child’s body to return to a state of balance and wellness. She provides consultations and treatment plans to address medical conditions using a natural, holistic, alternative approach. See ad on page 31.


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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 on page 43.

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HOLISTIC DENTISTRY DENTAL WELLNESS CENTRE Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485

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 on page 37.

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With 28 years of experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, and work with hospitals, fitness centers and individuals that want to improve their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The state of New Jersey and many Fortune 500 Corporations employ our programs. See ad on page 7.


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Bellabaci is a modified version of ancient cupping therapy. Silicone cups use no heat yet provide the same benefits as traditional cupping. Can be used by therapists and individuals at home. Easy to learn technique. Aids smoothing of wrinkles and cellulite, relieves muscular pain, digestive disorders and many other varied stagnation in the body. Available for treatments, purchase, and practitioner training.

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Megan’s vast experience and therapeutic massage technique works by targeting specific problem areas while also keeping in mind the needs of her patients. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot and Cold Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping, as well as Aromatherapy. Relieve stress and pain, increased body awareness and gain an overall sense of well-being.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Elisa A Maggio, Healing Artist, CST practitioner 973-508-9101

As a PA and NJ Licensed Massage Therapist, Maggio—a 2009 graduate of Health Choices Institute and Massage School—specializes in “listening with her hands” to the life force of sentient beings, which includes people and animals. Take this opportunity to bring emotional balance and increased productivity into your well-being, utilizing your own unique energy signature. Available as a motivational speaker for youth organizations.

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Silver Lake Nature Center (SNLC) is the home of the area’s first Earthship, a carbon-zero structure built with recycled products, that heats and cools itself, that gathers its own water, recycles its own waste, and produces food. Education, recreation, research and advocacy.




Lynn Feinman, Doctor of Naturopathy 53 Darby Rd. Ste C, Paoli 610-608-1430 A holistic and natural approach to women’s health issues, hormonal balance, digestive health, natural immunity, anxiety/depression and many other health conditions. Dr. Lynn Feinman also developed “The Nutritional Cleanse” and the “Mindful Eating” customized coaching programs for succeeding at personal health goals. Call for a free phone consultation. See ad on page 12.

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Dr. Allender ’s office is a tropical garden with fountains, music, plants and Animal Assisted Therapy. She offers alternatives to traditional therapy and medication through diet, exercise, meditation and lifestyle changes for adults, couples, children, families and businesses. A happy home and office. See ad on page 9.

LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Julie Lachman, ND LLC 196 W Ashland St, Ste 301, Doylestown 267-895-1733

Julie Lachman, ND, is a graduate of the prestigious Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society. She sees adults and children of all ages. Naturopathic doctors are specialists in complex cases, like autoimmune diseases. She has additional training in women’s health, pediatrics, Lyme disease and recently became certified as a CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) practitioner.

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

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 on page 15.

SCHOOLS GOOD EARTH CHARTER SCHOOL A Waldorf-Methods Public School Bucks/Montgomery Counties 215-612-2339

Good Earth Charter School is a Waldorf-Methods public school that offers a humanitarian education for children from kindergarten through grade two, with each grade moving up until we reach grade eight. We endeavor to guide children in perceiving their true limitless potential with love, compassion and kindness. Now accepting pre-enrollments for the fall 2016 school year. See ad on page 6.

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