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MAKING PEACE Handling Conflicts
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letterfrompublisher Welcome to the December “Uplifting Humanity/Holidays” issue of Natural Awakenings Central Ohio.
he holidays are a time for traditions, thanksgiving, community and helping others less fortunate. While the specifics of what these activities entail vary across the board, the overall sentiment remains that they are a context for gathering together to share the human experience with other humans. Many times, that fellowship is with family or close friends, but sometimes it could be with complete strangers. Will Rogers once remarked “A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.” Contained in the seeds of a first interaction lies the potential to germinate into a fledgling association or a future friendship in full bloom. It is up to us to be open to that initial contact and then put in a little time and effort toward developing and discovering what it might reveal therein. From time to time, traps in the darker side of our nature trip us up. Fear and prejudice toward others who are not like us, by whatever measure we choose to use, often comes from our own ignorance. Ignorance does not mean stupidity; rather, simply a lack of firsthand experience leading us to truly and fully understand what it means to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” That idiom reminds us to practice empathy and consider what it must be like to live with a set of circumstances, often suppressive, entirely different from our own. It does require us to take a giant step out of our comfort zone, but once we are committed to doing so compassionately, we are then able to grasp the unique challenges and struggles others might face. When business leaders, politicians, inspirational speakers, teachers, artists and religious leaders are at their very best, they seek to show us a better way to be. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “the arc of the moral universe of long, but it bends toward justice,” he paraphrased something an abolitionist Unitarian minister named Theodore Parker said nearly a hundred years prior. The painful but powerful truth Dr. King reminded people of inspired hope to those on the journey to civil rights, and it continues to provide those struggling to battle moral injustices with deeper context and broader meaning still today. Sometimes, progress is slow. Change is hard, and it takes time. We have an obligation, then, whether we choose to fulfill it or not, to look out for one another and seek to make our world a better place for us all to inhabit in the relatively short time we are here. We need to continually remind ourselves and be mindful of the fact that most of us want what is best for all. Our religions teach us that. Our parents teach us that. And we teach each other that.
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12 MAKING PEACE
Handling Conflict in a Healthy and Transformative Way by Linda Sechrist
16 ALL-NATURAL ATHLETES
Holistic Approaches Fuel Triumphs by Marlaina Donato
18 AWAKENED PARENTS
Raise Connected, Confident Children by Judith Fertig
19 ERASE E-WASTE
Regift or Recycle Smart Phones by Kelly Martinsen
20 12 TIPS FOR TRULY
HAPPY HOLIDAYS How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James
22 THREE CHEERS FOR CITRUS
A Bounty of Color and Health Benefits by Judith Fertig
26 LYNNE MCTAGGART ON THE POWER OF GROUP INTENTION by April Thompson
28 GO GREEN RETRO-STYLE
Putting Old Wisdom to New Use by Avery Mack
30 PLAYLISTS FOR PETS Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat
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newsbriefs Cryotherapy Center Opens in Columbus
S Cryotherapy, a national chain of franchises, opened its first location in the Central Ohio area in October 2017, near Grandview Heights. Cryotherapy is a pain management system using low temperatures via whole-body immersion in a chamber, or through localized treatments. In addition to cryotherapy, they offer a hydro-massage bed, a far infrared sauna and a compression sleeve system. Benefits of these treatments can include improved wellness, faster recovery, deeper sleep and a reduction in mental stress. Location: 1001 W. 5th Ave. For more information, call 614-297-8050 or visit USCryotherapy.com.
Yoga Studio Converts Classes to Donation-Based Fee Structure
eginning in January of 2018, classes at Yoga Happiness Studio will no longer have membership fees and class passes. All group classes taught by owner Burgundie Miceli and yoga instructor Kelly Locker will be donation based, with a minimum suggested donation of $5 per class. Students can pay per class, weekly or monthly, in whatever amount fits their budget. Cash, check or credit card donations will also be accepted. The studio will no longer have online registration, so classes will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis with a paper sign-in sheet. Miceli’s decision to convert her fee structure is an attempt to make yoga more financially accessible for more people. Yoga Happiness is a small studio and holds only nine students in each movement class and 12 to 15 people in a meditation-style class. Smaller classes means students get to know one another and build strong connections. Location: 219 E. Arcadia Ave., Columbus. For more information, call 614-446-2091 or visit YogaHappiness.us.
Wellness Center Relocates to Updated Facility
dvanced Wellness Center has moved to a newly remodeled building just a few blocks from their prior location near the intersection of Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington and Columbus. The new location is directly across the street from Strader’s Garden Center. Drs. Troy and Heather Walker opened their chiropractic practice 14 years ago. They also offer massage therapy, a weight loss system called NutriMost, plus free nutrition and lifestyle strategy workshops. The center received the Family Practice Award of Excellence two years in a row for their efforts to provide a natural approach to health care. Location: 1351 King Ave. For more information, call 614-488-6820 or visit AWCChiropractic.com.
Holistic Veterinary In-Home Care Practice Relocates to Central Ohio
alden Woods Veterinary Care now offers acupuncture and chiropractic house calls for animal companions in the greater Columbus area. Dr. Carol Gifford, a veterinarian, animal acupuncturist, herbalist and chiropractor, recently moved her veterinary practice from Boston, Massachusetts. “Working with people and pets in their home allows me to know them better because I experience their environment,” says Dr. Gifford. The primary goal at Walden Woods is to provide a holistic approach to pet health, and in-home treatment is particularly helpful for pets that are anxious travelers or that have difficulty getting in and out of a car. Many of Dr. Gifford’s patients are older dogs and cats being treated for arthritis, but she also sees pets with inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease and intervertebral disc disease. She can also keep canine athletes in top form when they compete in agility contests or other sporting activity. In addition to acupuncture and chiropractic, services at Walden Woods include nutrition consultation, laser therapy, pain management, nutraceuticals and hospice care. Dr. Gifford is one of 25 veterinarians worldwide to obtain Fellowship to the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. For more information, call 614-7697855 or visit WaldenWoodsVet.com.
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Philip Stein is a Leader in Wearable Sleep Technology by Linda Sechrist
rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related apps, devices and applications, user-friendly innovations are addressing America’s sleep deprivation problem. “Philip Stein lifestyle accessories such as the sleep bracelet are designed to contribute to a better quality of life. The unique technology inside each one channels beneficial natural frequencies in the environment into your body,” says Will Stein, co-founder and president of the Philip Stein Group. “The result is to help the individual feel centered, balanced, grounded and more easily able to maintain a sense of well-being.” The company defines optimal well-being as a state of harmony achieved through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual alignment. Although natural-frequency technology was developed earlier by a group of engineers and scientists exploring various frequencies’ influence on water, the initial discovery has been attributed to ancient sages in India that intuited them. For example, 7.83 Hz, the frequency of “om”, happens to be Mother Earth’s natural heartbeat rhythm, now known as the Schumann Resonance. Aligned with the brain’s alpha and theta states, this technology of resonating frequencies has been carefully tuned and tested by Philip Stein researchers, technicians and sleep experts. Today, it is at the core of all Philip Stein products. Philip Stein’s tuning technology picks up and channels the beneficial natural frequencies that have always surrounded human beings. “We believe that all organisms have evolved or grown accustomed to these natural frequencies, and our systems are tuned to operate best with them, rather than with the increasing number of manmade frequencies we experience in the modern world,” explains Stein. For more information, visit PhilipStein.com. See ad, page xx.
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New Tech May Relieve Elder Isolation
Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.
Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do
Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals—they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.” Central Ohio NACentralOhio.com 8
Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers delved into museum collections from around the world to confirm the current number of tree species recorded in the Amazon and assess possibilities of those yet to be discovered. “Since 1900, between 50 and 200 new trees have been discovered in the Amazon every year,” notes Nigel Pitman, a Mellon senior conservation ecologist with the Field Museum. “Our analysis suggests that we won’t finish discovering new tree species there for three more centuries.” The study relied upon the digitization of museum collections data—photographs and digital records—of the specimens housed there and shared worldwide through aggregator sites like IDigBio.org. “It gives scientists a better sense of what’s actually growing in the Amazon Basin, aiding conservation efforts,” says Pitman.
healthtip Five Tips to Survive the Holidays by Trudy Pieper, ND
he holiday season brings many additional responsibilities and increases the “to-do” list that often results in more stress and a lowered immune system. According to the American Psychological Association, eight out of 10 Americans anticipate having stress during the holiday season. Here are some tips to help stay calmer and healthier this year. Salad – A Finnish report found eating one cup of spinach, romaine or any other leafy greens daily cuts the risk of anxiety by 45 percent. They are packed with carotenoids which increase the production of the soothing hormone serotonin. B-Complex – The body needs B vitamins to produce brain-calming hormones, such as dopamine and serotonin, and to energize the nervous system. If taken daily, it can fight fatigue by as much as 55 percent in three weeks. Additionally and according to research in the journal Acta Medica, a balanced B-complex supplement daily could cut the risk of chronic stress and anxiety in half. Probiotics – A daily probiotic has been shown to reduce the risk of colds 55 percent and heighten the response of the immune system cells. House Plants – Place leafy plants throughout the home to lower the risk of falling ill. The plant’s water vapor escapes into the air, thus making it difficult for viruses to survive. An Agricultural University of Norway study found office workers who kept plants near their desks had 23 percent fewer cold symptoms and took fewer sick days. Clary Sage – The scent of clary sage improves mood by raising serotonin levels in the brain, and it reduces cortisol to help a person feel cheerier, faster. It can be applied topically with a carrier oil, or breathed directly in through an inhaler whenever someone is feeling down. Trudy Pieper is a naturopathic doctor at Phoenix Wellness Center in Johnstown, and the author of Prevention is the Cure for Cancer. For more information, call 740-616-9949 or visit PhoenixWellness4U.com. See ad, page 38.
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igh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day. “Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,” advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.
Fifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and immune molecules by researchers from Columbia University. They discovered that imbalances in the levels of certain gut bacteria are prevalent in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome, a disorder often accompanied by extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, cognitive issues and insomnia.
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GUT BACTERIA IMBALANCE LINKED TO CHRONIC FATIGUE
esearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention. Thirteen mature adults completed two nights of sleep; one with the pink noise and one without, in random order. Specific brainwave activity increased during the periods when the pink noise was being delivered, suggesting that it could help older adults preserve some memory functions.
A UK study of 19 elderly volunteers participating in a 12-week training program for providing companionship to dying patients showed that considering their own views about death and dying is an important component of serving in this role. Evaluation of the trainees’ diary entries focused on key themes such as reflections about dying alone, the importance of being present, self-awareness, personal loss, the meaning of life, self-preservation and coping strategies.
Regular Sleep Times Promote Health
Pink Noise While Asleep Helps Memory
DEAR DIARY COMFORTS THE ELDERLY
report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get adequate sleep. Dr. W. Chris Winter, of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic, recommends we pick a wake-up time that works for every day and stick with it, regardless of bedtime; it pays off by eventually training the brain to fall asleep at the same time every night. Swedish scientists found that sleep loss reduces the presence of hormones that promote feelings of fullness in the stomach and increases the amounts of those that promote hunger, leading to obesity.
Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health
Long-Term Cell Phone Use a Health Risk
esearchers at Orebro University, in Sweden, conducted a review of research reported since 1965 on the incidence of glioma brain cancer with continued use of cell phones. They found that the highest cumulative exposures to cell phone radiation correlated with a 90 percent increase in the risk of glioma cancer. The risk increased with time; after 10 years of cell phone use, it increased by 62 percent and doubled after 20 years.
erman researchers studied the correlation between cardiac arrhythmia and alcohol consumption by monitoring 3,000 middle-aged volunteers for 16 days during Oktoberfest. Portable electrocardiographs and breathalyzer machines tested for heart activity and breath alcohol concentration. Arrhythmia showed up in 30 percent of the participants, significantly higher than an estimated 4 percent or less among the general population according to an earlier study. An irregular heartbeat often causes discomfort in the short term and possible heart failure and stroke later.
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Handling Conflict in a Healthy and Transformative Way
by Linda Sechrist
Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.
Call to Action
Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.
While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a counter-movement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey 12
Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greensboro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something African-American activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.
“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having
conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA, an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers,
interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”
A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone
The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue (ncdd.org/rc/ beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project (ala.org/ ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese. One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese.
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After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us
to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”
Community Needs Erase Enmity
Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People
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You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying—even righteous and heroic— usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane. Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.
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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just
from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at LindaSechrist.com.
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All-Natural Athletes Holistic Approaches Fuel Triumphs by Marlaina Donato
From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.
oaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care. A nutrient-dense diet tailored to individual needs is at the heart of overall fitness. Like Venus Williams and Tom Brady, tennis and football superstars who prefer raw vegan and organic whole foods, respectively, many of today’s outstanding athletes choose to eat clean and incorporate mind-body practices.
Paralympic snowboard cross racer gold medalist, world champion and International Ski Federation para Nordic World Cup gold medalist Evan Strong, of Nevada City, California, was raised on an organic farm in Hawaii and continues to adopt many holistic practices. “I have a superfood smoothie every day. Liquid food helps me feel lighter and I have more usable energy for training,” says Strong. His regimen also includes organic produce, sprouted grains, 16
occasional raw goat milk products, homeopathic formulas and wildcrafted medicinal herbs. Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only
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Ruth Heidrich beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach includes a whole food, 100 percent plant-based diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.
On the Road
Maintaining good habits while traveling can be challenging. Strong adds healthy salts to structure his drinking water and brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic
produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes a consistent yoga regimen, meditation and application of essential oils.
that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by a car and lost my leg, but now I see
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baggage and conditioning from childhood that affects our relationship with our children. Our old ways of thinking and being from our own childhood shape the manner in which we react and interact today. Awakened parents are constantly evolving into their truest and most authentic selves. When parents undertake a daily practice of mindfulness and awareness, they begin to extricate themselves from blind reactivity to see how every problem with their children is a call to their own awakening. Parents will know they are on the right track because they will connect more with their children, empowering them to think and live autonomously—separate from a parent’s fantasies and expectations.
How can each family member connect with their true self?
AWAKENED PARENTS Raise Connected, Confident Children by Judith Fertig
ne of the greatest challenges parents face is connecting with their children in deep and meaningful ways. The aim of awakened families is to raise strong and emotionally resilient children. Parenting expert and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, offers mindful
approaches to benefit the family—and the community. Via her practice in New York City, appearances on Oprah and online courses, Tsabary provides awareness, skills and strategies to revolutionize families. She posts videos and blogs at DrShefali.com.
How do parents know if they’re on the right track?
To be awakened or conscious means to realize that we carry emotional
Parents need to understand that the path to creating a connected relationship with their children is to first create one with themselves. Realizing this, they consider their own inner growth a high priority. Children need to learn who they are and what they really enjoy. Parents can help by allowing children to just sit by themselves. If inundated with activities and subjected to numerous lessons, how can young people hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this “doing”?
How do children benefit from conscious or awakened parenting? Conscious parenting mandates that we place the task of connecting with our children front and center, especially before correcting them. Admonishing and punishing them becomes secondary to the main imperative of conscious connection. It’s crucial we realize we aren’t raising a “mini-me”, but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. Thus, it’s vital to separate in our mind who we are from who each child is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor their raising to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs.
What can parents do when they fall back into old patterns, shaming children or doing other things that create distance?
When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn and shame my children?” In such introspection, they might discover triggers from old wounds that have nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they can begin to make the transformations they need. As a parent, I have learned that my role is to step aside, stay in infinite possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.
How can closer, awakened families co-create a better world via the ripple effect? When children grow up feeling connected with their parents and deeply seen by them, they march into the outer world feeling self-confident and aware of who they truly are, secure in their own inherent inner-connectivity. Children raised in this manner naturally help advocate for peace and harmony in all of their relationships; incidents of bullying, anxiety and discrediting one’s self and others decrease exponentially. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
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Regift or Recycle Smart Phones When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the E-Cycling Central website at eiae.org. Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. RecyclingForCharities.com accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds. ShelterAlliance.net, CellPhonesForSoldiers.com and Phones4Charity.org are kindred organizations. AmericanCellPhoneDrive.org lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds low-income housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps. natural awakenings December 2017
Children raised in this way grow up to be fearless and infinitely resilient, knowing that their purpose in life is to live in their most authentic and true way. Conflicts decrease and conscious, connected communication increases.
12 Tips for Truly Happy Holidays How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James
eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.
Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.
Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.
Do Nothing for 15 Minutes It’s amazing how refreshed we feel when we take a few minutes to sit in a comfortable chair and sim20
ply experience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.
Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.
Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.
Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline.
Sing While We Work Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and soon your lungs will be full of air, your heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.
Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.
Assign Roles to Household Helpers The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.
Leave Some Tasks for Later It’s unrealistic to think the house has to be in perfect order after festive gatherings. After guests leave, put the leftovers in the fridge and watch a movie. Cleanup will feel easier and faster after a good night’s rest.
Express Gratitude at the Table Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same.
Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day. Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA.
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Three Cheers for Citrus A Bounty of Color and Health Benefits by Judith Fertig
inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most: during the busy holiday season.
To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and
triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of threeand-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group. Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids— especially those in fresh oranges— harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat until sizzling starts.
Festive Holiday Citrus Recipes
Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed.
Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving.
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When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.
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Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online. Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 1½ to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane. Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core. Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter. Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey.
Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.
Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen
Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden. Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed. If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth. When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms. Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.
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Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill.
Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry Lime Vinaigrette Yields: 4 servings Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens
Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges.
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Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack.
Zest the limes and set the zest aside. Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor. For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve. Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press. Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.
Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines Yields: 2 servings for breakfast, or as a snack or dessert ¼ heaping cup chia seeds 1½ cups dairy or non-dairy milk 2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste 1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice (or other citrus juice) Pinch of sea salt ½ tsp lemon zest Fresh tangerine segments for garnish In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. To serve, spoon the chia seed mixture into bowls and garnish with tangerine segments.
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Lynne McTaggart on the Power Of GROUP INTENTION by April Thompson
hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at wddty.com that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.
Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and sending them a well-defined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds. 26
We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.
What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.
How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders? I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I started surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experi-
enced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.
Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect? I think a huge part of it has to do with the power of getting off of yourself and setting an intention for someone else. Another is the connection created in a group. When we engage together in an activity like praying or setting altruistic intentions, we create a powerful virtual circle that proves healing to both the receivers and senders. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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Go Green Retro-Style
Putting Old Wisdom to New Use by Avery Mack
se it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living.
Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s
produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”
The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable. Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”
Apply Gardening Tips Containers ease gardening, especially for tomatoes. Hanover repurposes plastic cat litter buckets. “They’re sturdy and hold up in cold weather,” she says. “Alpaca poop fertilizer supplied by a neighbor doesn’t smell and plants thrive.” Ocala, Florida, reiki master and teacher Debi Goldben employs nature’s bounty at home. “Downspouts collect rainwater for the garden, and it’s much better than chemically
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treated city water,” she says. Some municipalities, including in Colorado, regulate rainwater collection, mandating the size and number of barrels per property “for outdoor use only”.
Sew Up Repairs Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was time-consuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”
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Multipurpose a Cook Pot “My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy ingredients and have a simple homemade meal,
often vegan, in a minute. Soup, stew, risotto, pasta, chili, pudding, brown rice and oatmeal work well. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, either.” The Instant Pot works like a crock pot, pressure cooker, steamer, sauté pan, warming pot, rice cooker and yogurt maker, replacing seven appliances.
Employ Onsite Power “My Hadley, Massachusetts, farmhouse, built in 1743, might be the oldest solar home in the country,” muses Horowitz. “Our farmer neighbors have a methane digester to turn cow poop and restaurant waste into electricity and heat. We’ll hook up to it to replace heating oil.”
Make Holiday Décor “Retro-style repurposing is smart, fun and easy,” says upstate New York lifestyle writer and cookbook author Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara. “I glued together assorted cups, saucers and plates with glass-specific glue to create tiered servers that double as a centerpiece. Check your house to find dishware that will look nice together.” It’s satisfying to combine experiences with updated technology, save time and support a healthier planet, both during the holidays and year-round. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures (lsu. edu/deafness/ HearingRange. html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.
Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most of the day. They don’t like country-western music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”
Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”
Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears— collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.
Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz
Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz
Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”
“Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”
Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
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Essential Oils Foundations – 6-7pm. Join us on the first Friday of each month for a session on essential oils as we cover one or two plants and learn about benefits, contraindications, chemistry and more. The feature oil for December is Wintergreen, Nature’s aspirin. Smell various brands and see the plant that produces the oil. Donation based. All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Rd, Delaware. 419-560-7100. Willowes.SkincareTherapy.net.
to realign body and spirit in an extensive Chakra Balancing Exercise. Includes course handouts, vegetarian luncheons and snacks, as well as ample practice time. Limited to eight students to provide maximum personalized instruction. Students who have not taken the Reiki 1 class at The Reiki Center must demonstrate competency and knowledge equivalent to the center’s classes. Instructor: Linda Haley, RMT, Director of The Reiki Center. $350. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. TheReikiCenter.net.
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Reiki 2 Class – (Series: 12/10) 9am-5pm. This advanced reiki class significantly enhances the skills we discovered in the Reiki 1 class. Through four personalized, hands-on attunements we will further clear blockages and extend our connection to the life force energy. Our discussions will include how to develop intuitive abilities to sense blockages in self and others, as well as how to effectively connect with Guides for their assistance. Students will receive detailed instruction on how to work effectively with others. Learn how and when to use reiki symbols for maximum benefit, how to provide an effective distant healing treatment, and how to set up a professional practice, for those who have selected that career path. Discover how
AIAM Open House – 5-7pm. Join us for an evening of fun. Guests will receive a complimentary service of either acupuncture, cupping, chair massage, reflexology or a health check, a chance to win a gift card, clinic and program information, school and clinic tours, as well as activities and refreshments. Free. American Institute of Alternative Medicine, 6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus. 614-825-6255. AIAM.edu.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 Arrival of the Light Beings – 6-8pm. It is difficult to talk about. People will think you are crazy if you say that you saw an angel or something from another planet. Maybe you have seen a
UFO or strange lights that cannot be explained. Sometimes you feel like Earth is not really your home. Perhaps your child has an awareness and compassion that seems far beyond his young years. Do you regularly watch Ancient Aliens on The History Channel and feel that if we have been visited for eons, then why not now too? Are you startled to receive intuitive thoughts and messages from unknown sources and worry that you might be losing your mind? Visitations, sightings, and channeled messages are more common than you might believe. Just realize that you are not alone and that sane people across the world are awakening to the reality of who the divine visitors are and why they are here. You are invited to share your experiences in a safe setting and understand how Light Beings are a reality and here now. We will discuss who they are, how they connect with us, and why you may be a person who is being contacted. We will also talk about who the New Kids are. If you are having experiences, maybe it is because it is your time to wake up. Instructor: Linda Haley, Director of The Reiki Center. $10. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. TheReikiCenter.net.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Reiki 1 Class – (Series: 12/17) 9am-5pm. The Reiki Center is the only facility in Central Ohio to provide reiki training in the traditional method. The difference between traditional and modern reiki training is significant, as the traditional version provides a deeper understanding of the practice’s spiritual impact, including finding meaning and purpose. Learn how to identify and transmit healing energy to relieve a headache or an aching muscle without medication. Hands-on experiences will instruct how to feel energy and see its immediate impact on self, family, friends
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and pets. Course includes vegetarian lunches and snacks, as well as a binder of instruction materials and a certificate of completion. Maximum of eight students. Instructor: Linda Haley. $300. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-4868323. TheReikiCenter.net.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 Church of the Earth Celebration and Potluck – 10:30am-1pm. We will celebrate the light at this year’s Winter Solstice. Join us for ritual and song, featuring the One Voice Choir. Bring a dish to share at the potluck afterwards. Free. NW Masonic Temple, 2436 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Columbus. 614-216-0340. ColumbusCSL.org.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Return of the Light: A Winter Solstice Celebration – 6-8:30pm. Join us in shifting awareness to the promise of new beginnings. For more than 6,000 years, the darkest day of the calendar year has been celebrated as the return of the cycle of light and the promise of new life, as each day that follows brings more sunlight into our worlds. While the long, cold days have offered a time of quiet reflection, the winter solstice brings the excitement of new birth, new ideas, new energy. We will honor the magic of Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, as well as the magic inside of each one of us. Join us for an evening of ceremony, gifts of spirit, music, chants and divine inspiration on one of Earth’s most important days. Each person attending will receive gifts of the season, including candles, greenery, and more as we plant the seeds for new growth and enlightenment, honor our own light and the renewal of light in the Universe. Drum circle with Iggy Garcia from 7-8:30pm. Donation based. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. TheReikiCenter.net. Soul Session: Sacred Music, Poetry and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a deep and joyful meditation, interspersed with poetry and music from Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett. Donation based. Clintonville Women’s Club, 3951 N High St, Clintonville. 614-216-0340. ColumbusCSL.org.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Celebration Service – 10:3011:30am. Featuring candles, carols and the One Voice Choir in celebration of the birth of love in the human heart. Free. NW Masonic Temple, 2436 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Columbus. 614-216-0340. ColumbusCSL.org.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 World Peace Meditation – 7-8:30am. Join us as for a world-wide meditation in the name of peace. Free. NW Masonic Temple, 2436 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Columbus. 614-216-0340. ColumbusCSL.org. New Year’s Eve Celebration Service – 10:3011:30am. Join us in celebrating the beginning of a new year. Free. NW Masonic Temple, 2436 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Columbus. 614-216-0340. ColumbusCSL.org. New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Taize – 7-8:30pm. Release the past and embrace the new year with Rev. Molly Cameron, as well as musicians Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett. Donation based. NW Masonic Temple, 2436 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Columbus. 614-216-0340. ColumbusCSL.org.
ongoingevents sunday tuesday Morning Slow Flow – 10-11am. It’s “Easy Like Sunday Morning.” Join Emily Dicken for a traditional Hatha yoga class with an emphasis on “workshopping” poses. Students are invited to problem solve, ask questions and listen to their body. We find new insights every week and grow together. $17. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-784-9473. BWHG. net/Classes. Yoga Well Being – 10:30-11:45am. This class is based in the Hatha tradition. The moves are challenging, yet simple and accessible to all. Open to new and veteran students. Practice proper breathing and meditation in a warmed room. Yoga-Well-Being, 1510 Hess St, Columbus. 614432-7553. YWBYoga.com. Advanced Yingjie Tai Chi – 3-4pm. This Tai Chi style blends various martial arts into a philosophy designed to develop strength, relaxation, and self-defense. Positive energy for stress relief. $35/ session, $85/monthly. The Grey Budha, 400 West Rich St, Columbus. 614-975-7683. GreyBudha. Weebly.com.
monday Nia with Jill Riley-Hetterscheidt – 9:4510:45am. All fitness level can benefit from this mindful movement to an eclectic mix of music. We will use a variety of movements from sources including martial arts, dance arts, healing arts and our imaginations. Each class will set a focus and intention to enhance the experience. Nia is designed to be done in bare feet. Please wear clothes comfortable to move in. $10, with complimentary admission for Silver Sneakers members. The Mandala Center, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 614-638-5563. Slow Flow and Core Vinyasa Yoga Classes – 1011:15am. Join us for a nurturing, reflective practice to facilitate endurance, strength, tension release and self-awareness. Drop-ins welcome. Instructor Julia McSheffery. 10-class and unlimited passes available. $14 non-members, $12 members. Center for Wholeness, 4041 N High St, Ste 100, Columbus. 614-395-2900. ResourceYogaStudios.com. Beginner’s Tai Chi/Chi Gong – 5-6pm. Join Marya Barrios for this age-old Chinese system of slow, low-impact, meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation, improved balance and health. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner, accompanied by deep breathing to enhance the mind-body connection. Suitable for all levels of fitness. $17. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-784-9473. BWHG.net/Classes. Salty Yoga – 7-8pm. Relax and breathe in during a one-hour Slow Flow yoga class combined with salt inhalation therapy. Instructor: Kathy Morgan. $20. City Salt Spa, 218 W Main St, Plain City. 614-873-0072. CitySaltSpa.com.
Sunrise Meditation – 7-7:30am. Group meditation in the Dharma House studio, overlooking a wooded ravine. Suggested donation. Dharma House Columbus, 1970 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Worthington. 614-344-8409. DharmaHouseColumbus.com. Free Flow – 6-7pm. This upbeat vinyasa class begins with a slow warm up, then moves into a rhythmic and continuous flow, building lots of heat and momentum. Clear the mind, work the body and end in a relaxed state of calmness. Yoga-Well-Being, 1510 Hess St, Columbus. 614432-7553. YWBYoga.com. Gentle Yoga Class – 6:15-7:30pm. This class if perfect for beginners. It is slow-paced to release stress and gain flexibility, with modifications offered to make it a safe practice for all levels. $10. Center for Wholeness, 4041 N High St, Columbus. 614-398-0890. JoyfulLotusYoga.com. Salty Yoga – 7-8pm. Relax and breathe in during a one-hour Slow Flow yoga class combined with salt inhalation therapy. Instructor: Kathy Morgan. $20. City Salt Spa, 218 W Main St, Plain City. 614-873-0072. CitySaltSpa.com. Mellow Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. This restorative class helps to limber up, expand a stiff back and defog a clouded mind. Yoga-Well-Being, 1510 Hess St, Columbus. 614-432-7553. YWBYoga.com.
wednesday Sunrise Meditation – 7-7:30am. Group meditation in the Dharma House studio, overlooking a wooded ravine. Suggested donation. Dharma House Columbus, 1970 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Worthington. 614-344-8409. DharmaHouseColumbus.com. Slow Flow and Core Vinyasa Yoga Classes – 1011:15am. Join us for a nurturing, reflective practice to facilitate endurance, strength, tension release and self-awareness. Drop-ins welcome. Instructor Julia McSheffery. 10-class and unlimited passes available. $14 non-members, $12 members. Center for Wholeness, 4041 N High St, Ste 100, Columbus. 614-395-2900. ResourceYogaStudios.com. Babywearing Workout – 10:45-11:30am. Build strength and lose weight in this low-impact cardio workout specifically geared towards postpartum women. We will engage the whole body with heart-pumping cardio, strength, stretching and balancing moves. Incorporating exercise into a busy day improves energy levels and helps stave off depression, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. Bring comfortable shoes, freely moving clothing, baby and an ergonomic carrier, as well as water to hydrate after class. All are welcome, with or without a baby. This is a casual class, where participants are encouraged to take breaks to feed and care for baby as needed. $15. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437. WholeKidsPediatrics. com/Yoga-And-Wellness. Yoga Fundamentals – 6-7:15pm. Designed for
those who might have difficulty using a yoga mat, this class is suitable for all levels of practice and includes standing poses and balances, plus work along a wall to lengthen and strengthen the body. Taught by Sipra Pimputkar. $15. Yoga-Well-Being, 1510 Hess St, Columbus. 614-432-7553. YWBYoga.com. Baby and Me Yoga – 6:15-7pm. This four-week class is a gentle practice for moms, dads and caregivers, as well as babies up to the crawling stage. We focus on helping the new mother recover from the birthing process while strengthening the bond between parent and child. No prior yoga experience is required, and we have yoga mats to provide, if needed. $15 for an individual class, or a four-week class pass for $10 per class. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437. WholeKidsPediatrics. com/Yoga-And-Wellness. Salty Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Relax and breathe in during a one-hour Slow Flow yoga class combined with salt inhalation therapy. Instructor: Lindsay Davis. $20. City Salt Spa, 218 W Main St, Plain City. 614-873-0072. CitySaltSpa.com. Beginning Yingjie Tai Chi – 6:30-8pm. This Tai Chi style blends various martial arts into a philosophy designed to develop strength, relaxation, and self-defense. Positive energy for stress relief. $35/ session, $85/monthly. The Grey Budha, 400 West Rich St, Columbus. 614-975-7683. GreyBudha. Weebly.com. Turtle Flow Yoga – 6:35-7:35pm. Experience completeness by integrating breath and movement to create a powerful and stabilizing, yet delicate and meditative flow. The measured pace supports quality of breath, postural alignment, and awareness of the body and mind. Great for beginners to advanced yogis. $15. Arena District Athletic Club, 325 John H. McConnell Blvd, Ste 150, Columbus. 614-719-9616. MaggieFekete.com. Evening Hatha – 7:00-8:00pm. Join Robyn Bragg for a sequenced and relaxing Hatha yoga practice. It will help students make it to the weekend. $17. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-784-9473. BWHG.net/ Classes. Yoga Talks – 7:30-8:30pm. Join us for open discussions about yoga poses, meditation, spirituality and philosophy. Free. Yoga Happiness Studio, 219 E Arcadia Ave, Columbus. 614-446-2091. YogaHappiness.us.
thursday Sunrise Meditation – 7-7:30am. Group meditation in the Dharma House studio, overlooking a wooded ravine. Suggested donation. Dharma House Columbus, 1970 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Worthington. 614-344-8409. DharmaHouseColumbus.com. Hatha Yoga with Eszter Gozon – 5:30-6:30pm. $10. The Mandala Center, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 614-369-0664. Kundalini Yoga with Sada Nam Singh – 7:309pm. This self-realization practice, originally taught by Yogi Bhajan, aims to help us overcome self-limitations of the mind, while releasing tension and blockages in the body, to realize our true blissful selves. We will detoxify our bodies
and build the energetic centers, also known as chakras. Kundalini yoga involves periods of exertion designed to strengthen the body, mind, and willpower. We will balance our yoga with relaxation and meditation, as well as the accompaniment of spiritual music. All levels are welcome. Yoga-Well-Being, 1510 Hess St, Columbus. 614432-7553. YWBYoga.com. Columbus Threshold Choir Rehearsal – 7-8:30pm. For those who can carry a tune, and enjoy conveying kindness through singing. This all-female choir is dedicated to singing at the bedsides of those struggling between living and dying, in hospitals, hospices, extended care facilities and private residences in the Columbus metropolitan area. Free. Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus. 614-600-2460. Columbus@ThresholdChoir.org. ThresholdChoir. org/Columbus.
friday Sunrise Meditation – 7-7:30am. Group meditation in the Dharma House studio, overlooking a wooded ravine. Suggested donation. Dharma House Columbus, 1970 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Worthington. 614-344-8409. DharmaHouseColumbus.com. Adult Power Flow – 9:30-10:30am. Aly Sullivan leads this flow yoga class and incorporates heat, strength and balance. She combines sweat therapy with breath and movement to create a healthy mind and body. It is intended to be physically challenging for all levels. Modifications and extra strength moves are offered. $15. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437. WholeKidsPediatrics.com/Yoga-And-Wellness. Slow Flow and Core Vinyasa Yoga Classes – 1011:15am. Join us for a nurturing, reflective practice to facilitate endurance, strength, tension release and self-awareness. Drop-ins welcome. Instructor Julia McSheffery. 10-class and unlimited passes available. $14 non-members, $12 members. Center for Wholeness, 4041 N High St, Ste 100, Columbus. 614-395-2900. ResourceYogaStudios.com. Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Acupuncture is useful for insomnia, headaches, immune support and more. Join licensed acupuncturists Sharmine Lynch, Stacey Kent or Leslie Roeth for a session. $30. House of AUM, 125 S Walnut St, Yellow Springs. 937-532-5467. House-of-AUM.com. Dancing Mindfulness – 7:30-8:45pm. For beginners and experienced movers alike, this meditation and creative movement class explores the mindbody connection and mindfulness through dance. $10 suggested donation. Center for Wholeness, 4140 N High St, Ste 100, Columbus. 614-7848488. DancingMindfulness.com.
saturday Beginner’s Yoga with Troy Pyles – 8:30-9:30am. $10. The Mandala Center, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 614-369-0664. Yoga of 12-Step Recovery – 8:30-10am. This class is an open, inclusive group for anyone dealing with addictive behaviors in themselves
or others. We start with 45 minutes of sharing, followed by a 45-minute yoga practice. All levels welcome. Free. Harmony Project Community Space, 773 E Long St, Columbus. 614-859-2376. ThrivingTreeYoga.com. Morning Slow Flow – 10-11am. Start the weekend off right with some yoga. Instructor Emily Dicken ensures students find postures that are accessible, comfortable and well aligned. $17. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-784-9473. BWHG.net/Classes. Nia with Trish Riley Lyon – 10-11:15am. $10. The Mandala Center, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 513-373-5661. Mind Path Tai Chi and Qigong Foundation – 8:45-9:45am. Join Don Gubbins for a complete study of the classic Yang-Style Taiji. Come learn this ancient Chinese form of exercise, which incorporates slow, natural movements and breath work to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve balance. Suitable for all levels of fitness. $17. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-784-9473. BWHG.net/Classes.
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We enroll new students throughout the year for feng shui certification. Our program teaches a scientific and mindful approach, incorporating brain science and teaching only remedies that are backed up by science. We offer a proven business system training that guarantees new profit centers for your holistic practice. We are a Certified Gold School with the International Feng Shui Guild. Private feng shui consultations are available for residential and businesses. Continuing education courses can be customized for your industry. If you are not inclined to enroll in full certification, we offer a personal feng shui coaching course to apply to your own life. See ad, page 28.
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HEALTH EDUCATION PROJECT HEALTH COLUMBUS Nancy Downhour, B.S. Ed., C.N.C. 740-833-5650 ProjectHealthColumbus.com
This is NOT a diet program. Instead, it is an effective wellness program. INFLAMMATION is the underlying cause of each of the major metabolic diseases, including obesity, diabetes and hypertension. The Project Health curriculum provides a proven way to turn off inflammation through an individualized food plan, weekly online sessions packed with information on how to implement successful menus for the rest of your life, as well as the accountability to stay on track. We work with foods you can find at the grocery store, and you can even still enjoy eating out. Live a LONGER, BETTER LIFE. See ad, page 17.
At Integrative Hypnotherapy, we help our clients grow through the issues that kept them frustrated, worried and hurt. We help them find the relief they need, and build confidence, peace and ease into their daily lives. We do this by getting to the root of the matter (the thoughts and beliefs in the mind) and that is precisely why the changes stick. If you need some support in making a lasting positive change, schedule yourself a free phone consult today at In-Hyp.com/free, or call us at 614-304-1061. P.S. - We can help with a number of issues. See In-Hyp.com/155 for a list of some of the issues we work with. See ad, page 21.
I provide massage therapy, Reiki and private yoga training to help you regain and maintain well-being. I am certified in neuromuscular therapy and incorporate techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release and postural analysis into individualized treatment sessions. Personalized yoga training, by itself or as a complement to massage, can unify your goals for body and mind.
TD Hickerson, Certified Hypnotherapist 77 E Wilson Bridge Rd #200, Worthington 614-304-1061 Info@Integrative-Hypnotherapy.com Integrative-Hypnotherapy.com
MUSIC INSTRUCTION WES MILLER MUSIC LESSONS
COLUMBUS INTEGRATIVE FAMILY MEDICINE CENTER Dr. Ruslana Kurpita, MD Melinda Skipper, CNP 453 Waterbury Ct, Gahanna 614-515-5244 CIFMCenter.com
If you are looking for integrative and holistic approach to your health care or are torn between recommendations from your regular primary care provider and alternative practitioners, not sure whose advice to follow and possibly self-doctoring, we are a place where both traditional medicine and evidence-based alternative approaches work together seamlessly. We provide holistic primary care for you and your family. We value comprehensive preventative care and work with chronic conditions such as fatigue, fibromyalgia, various hormonal imbalances, diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic GI issues. We take time to listen to your story, ask important questions, order the necessary tests and get to the bottom of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms. We work with many insurance companies. See ad, page 24.
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey
Eszter Gozon, LMT The Mandala Center for Movement Arts 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus 614-369-0664 Pranamyra@gmail.com Pranamyra.com
787 S State St, Westerville 614-323-7052 SaxophoneLessonsColumbus.com
Wes is a music teacher with 25 years of teaching experience. He creates custom-made lesson plans for students of all ages and abilities. In addition, students have the option of joining one of his in-house student groups to further apply what they are learning in their lessons. In addition to saxophone lessons, Wes provides instruction for other woodwinds and brass instruments. See ad, page 30.
NATURAL FOODS BEXLEY NATURAL MARKET
508 N Cassady Ave, Bexley 614-252-3951 BexleyNaturalMarket@yahoo.com BexleyNaturalMarket.org The Bexley Natural Market is a not-for-profit cooperative grocery store dedicated to providing food of the highest possible nutritional quality to our members and community. We provide many local and organic products, bulk foods, organic herbs and spices, as well as a vast array of vitamins and supplements to support the health of our customers. We like to support local businesses and farmers by being a space in which their products are available. See ad, page 13.
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IT’S ALL NATURAL!
1360 Cherry Bottom Rd, Gahanna 614-476-6159 ItsAll-Natural.com It’s All Natural! is a prominent source of vegetarian and vegan products, offering organic, ecoconscious and down-to-earth items. Our mission is to promote a benevolent, eco-friendly and vegan lifestyle. We strive to be fertile ground where seeds of love can be planted to grow in health and harmony. See ad, page 9.
MOMENTUM 98 NATURAL HEALTH STORE 3509 N High St, Columbus 614-262-7087 Moment98@aol.com Momentum98.com
We have been serving the holistic health needs of the Central Ohio community since January 1, 1980, selling products that uplift on all levels of existence. We carry raw foods and superfoods, herbal supplements and oxygen supplements, castor oil and essential oils, plus Chinese herbal tonics and shilajit. We also specialize in wellness and natural living accessories, including over 100 massage tools, magnets, color therapy glasses, coning candles, tuning forks, yoga supplies, hemp clothing, inversion and exercise machines, water purifying and energizing devices, plus foot detox ionizers. Stop by our store to experience five to ten minutes of the Relax far-infrared saunas and lamps, to detoxify, ease inflammation and pain, and invigorate the body. See ad, page 25.
NATUROPATHY PHOENIX WELLNESS CENTER
Dr. Trudy Pieper, ND Dr. Allison Engelbert, ND 10 S Main St, Johnstown 740-616-9949 PhoenixWellness4U.com
Drs. Trudy and Allison are board certified and accredited by the American Naturo-pathic Medical Association (ANMA), the oldest and largest professional naturopathic medical organization in the U.S. Dr. Trudy is author of Prevention is the Cure for Cancer and was awarded the ANMA 2014 Higher Achievement Award. Dr. Allison is a Master Herbalist and specializes in women’s wellness.
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DUNIGAN REAL ESTATE GROUP Cindy Dunigan, Realtor 3500 N High St, Columbus 614-361-8400 Cindy.Dunigan@e-Merge.com CindyDunigan.com
There are only a handful of Realtors in the Central Ohio area that carry the National Association of Realtors GREEN designation, and Cindy Dunigan is one of them. She has taken the initiative to encourage the industry to produce more sustainable homes, and helps communities to reduce their consumption by implementing sustainable practices. Cindy is devoted to reducing her own footprint on the environment, and lives by her motto: “We can make a significant impact on the world around us one person at a time.”
THE REIKI CENTER
Linda Haley, RMT, Director 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus 614-486-8323 TheReikiCenter.net The Reiki Center is Central Ohio’s oldest and largest natural wellness center, plus the only center to offer Reiki classes in the traditional format. More than 20 services are available to meet your wellness, spiritual and emotional goals, including energy therapies, therapeutic bodywork, shamanic and intuitive services, as well as animal therapies. Open daily from 9am-9pm. See ad, page 15.
WILBRIDGE WELLNESS GROUP
Becky Appelfeller, MAT, CRS, BEP 614-515-3692 Pam Hatch, M.Ed. 614-338-5716 6797 N High St, Ste 221, Worthington WilbridgeWellness.com
Incorporating the most natural products and processes for manicure, pedicure and waxing, while maintaining the highest level of cleanliness and sterilization available. See ad, page 7.
We offer life coaching, counseling and alternative therapy services to individuals, couples, families and groups. Becky practices a holistic wellness approach to healing and emotional health, drawing from an extensive training in Gestalt therapy, Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), Rubenfeld Synergy and integrative bioenergetic medicine. Pam’s specialties include Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and hypnotherapy, as well as nutrition and lifestyle guidance for mental and emotional health, weight loss and management, plus support for depression and anxiety. See ad, page 13.
THE NATURAL NAIL SPA 8487 Sancus Blvd, Columbus 614-985-3205 TheNaturalNailSpa.com
SOMAENERGETICS VIBRATIONAL ATTUNEMENT David Hulse, CVSMT 1550 Old Henderson Rd, Ste N160, Columbus 614-928-3102 SomaEnergetics.com
Let the stress melt away as sound therapy pioneer David Hulse bathes you in the soothing sound of the Solfeggio Tuning Forks. Tune into your higher self as David retrieves information for guidance and clarity during this accelerated time of change. Available in 30 or 60-minute sessions, by appointment only. See ad, page 21.
WHOLE YOGA AND WELLNESS
Jenni Endres, Studio Manager 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus 614-298-5437, Ext 207 WholeKidsPediatrics.com/Yoga-And-Wellness Whole Yoga and We l l n e s s i s committed to offering classes and workshops to prevent illness and promote wellness. Our programs support health from infancy to adulthood with lactation support, infant development, children’s yoga and therapeutic yoga for conditions such as back pain, asthma and emotional health. We focus on collaboration with community resources, such as the Scioto Trail, to offer unique programming for children and adults. See ad, page 28.
BODY WISDOM HEALING GROUP 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus 614-784-9473 BWHG.net
For over 20 years, we have provided holistic wellness through therapeutic massage with a mind-body approach. We have recently expanded our services and now teach Healing Group, LLC movement classes such as 3001 Indianola Avenue Columbus, 43202 yoga, taiOHchi, dance and Pilates, as well as offer 614-784-9473 speakers, workshops and Ayurvedic nutritional counseling. See ad, page 27.
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natural awakenings December 2017
Published on Dec 1, 2017
Published on Dec 1, 2017
Central Ohio edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.