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Soulful Workouts Pumping Up Both Muscles and Spirit

Stretch and Heal Yoga Releases Emotions and Builds Resilience

Keep Moving With the Help of a Personal Trainer

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Fostering Health Inclusively by Susan Post


Release Trauma, Build Resilience by Sarah Todd


Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit by Lisa Marshall


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Supermodel Sarah DeAnna’s Universal Beauty Secrets by April Thompson


22 HOW SWEET IT ISN’T Sugar’s High, Hidden Costs by Kathleen Barnes




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The World We All Need by Kids for Peace


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letterfrompublishers Welcome to the September Fitness issue of Natural Awakenings of Central Ohio.

Kerry Griffith

contact us Publishers Kerry Griffith Sean Peterson Editors Lisa Connelly Jim Froehlich Beth McCollam Susan Post Tisha Temple Design & Production Patrick Floresca Ad Design Charles Erickson Ryan Mackey Franchise Sales John Voell II 239-530-1377 Natural Awakenings of Central Ohio P.O. Box 557 Centerburg, OH 43011 Phone: 614-374-6018 Fax: 614-455-0281 © 2013 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

I learned a lot about myself during a game of kickball years ago. A friend of mine, from the opposing team, kicked the ball beautifully—straight at me! I was so excited for her, watching her round those bases, that I didn’t listen to my teammates as they shouted, “tag her out!” I simply had to let her run those bases and enjoy her moment. And so I learned that my forms of fitness would not involve competition! Dancing, swimming, and running took center stage in my physical life. Over the years, my idea of fitness has expanded beyond the dictionary definition of “the condition of being physically fit and healthy”. I now define fitness as an expression of self and creativity. Today I am grateful to have a yoga practice for fitness. Yoga is my insurance policy for longevity and it brings me inner peace. In yoga I can be inward-focused on the mat, while surrounded by community. September is National Yoga month, and a great time to try yoga for the first time. Columbus has amazing yoga studios that offer opportunities for everybody. See list, page 17. If you like music, Thank Yoga has classes that combine a heated Vinyasa flow with great soundtracks. Balanced Yoga has a live band the first Friday of every month. If you like challenge, Burn Yoga in Gahanna or Bikram Yoga in Grandview might be perfect for you. Or select one of a plethora of classes from Yoga on High. The celebration of yoga goes beyond September, and its benefits just may exceed your expectations. Enjoy being fit. Namaste.

Sean Peterson

I have always thought of fitness as similar to diet, a seemingly overwhelming subject that comes with a myriad of attendant advice, frustrations and small successes. As a lifelong soccer player, I take great joy in the thrill of collaboration and camaraderie that comes from participating in a team sport. Some of my favorite memories after college revolve around playing pickup games with a hodgepodge of international players at local parks. I am an occasional runner, at times with groups, but I have largely shied away from the relative solitude and isolation that comes from what is essentially a singular exercise. As a hurdler and long jumper in track and field, I found some small degree of satisfaction in a balance of the mix wherein the results of an individual’s performance in a singular event contribute to the overall team score. However, at the end of the day, the main focus is still primarily a lone one. Yoga has always been of particular fascination to me as a form of fitness because of the options between an individual or a group setting, the historical and spiritual underpinnings, and finally the relative gentleness, fluidity and ease in how it is executed. Though I have never actively participated in a class or session, my goal is to finally do so and experience the totality of what the practice offers.

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aw snack food maker r.a.w. (real and wonderful), based in Hilliard, is now certified as vegan and kosher. Their current assortment consists of four lines: crackers, nut clusters, macaroons and granola. “We started with a passion for creating a very healthy and delicious snack that anyone could feel great about feeding to their own families,” explains co-founder Angela Zody. The 100% women-owned company began in 2011 as a small operation from home kitchens to farmers’ markets, and has steadily expanded to a full-fledged business that prioritizes providing employment for mothers looking to transition into the workforce. All their products are certified glutenfree and do not contain any preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, or GMOs. The snacks are available at most natural foods stores throughout Ohio, and at all Whole Foods locations. Location: 4118 Anson Dr. For more information, call 614529-8606 or visit

Raisin Rack Offers Vegan/ Vegetarian Sampling Day


on Caster, the founder of Raisin Rack, has seen the demand for meatless options increase among his customers and is hosting the store’s first event showcasing the variety of national and local options for vegans and vegetarians. The event includes coupons, special discounts and prizes, and will be held Saturday, September 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participating local companies include Pattycake Bakery, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, r.a.w. (real and wonderful) and Luna Burger. Other vendors providing samples are Organic Valley, Earth Balance, Garden of Life, Daiya, Kettle Cuisine Soups, Live Soda, Brad’s Raw Foods and more. “The great thing about a sampling day is that customers can try an item before they buy it,” says Caster. “They don’t have to worry about taking the product home, not liking it, and then feeling like they wasted their money.” According to a 2011 poll by the Vegetarian Resource Group, five percent of Americans identified themselves as vegetarians, up from 2.8 percent in 2003. Location: 2545 Schrock Rd., Westerville. For more information, call 614-882-5886 or email contactus@raisinrack. com. See ad, page 21.

Northern Ohio Yoga Event Offers Public Workshop, Instructor Certification


ichaelle Edwards, owner of the Kauai Yoga School in Hawaii, is holding a weeklong event to teach others about YogAlign, a methodology she created as a painless way to practice yoga. “YogAlign is an evolution in the way that yoga poses and stretching techniques are performed,” Edwards explains. “Although yoga philosophy is ancient, the yoga poses most people practice today are not.” Edwards will illustrate simple techniques to align the spine, take pressure off joints, and balance flexibility and strength levels in the body. The event is entitled “Change Your Posture, Change Your Life”, and features components for both teachers and the general public. The public portion will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the teacher section spans 60 hours from November 9 to 16 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Cost: Public Workshop - $175 ($150 advance registration), Level 1 Certification - $1500 (prerequisites needed). Location: Oak Openings Lodge, 5240 Wilkins Rd., Whitehouse. For more information, contact Joe Sparks at 419-345-0885 or Also visit

New Organic Spa Opens in Worthington


alance Beauty Spa, a newly opened loft space in historic downtown “Olde” Worthington, provides natural and organic options in beauty and skin care regimens through a full line of unique polish and polish removers, oils, tonics, cleansers, lotions and creams. Patrons seeking a waxing service can opt for the organic soy version or a unique and more long-term effective treatment called sugaring, which is all-natural and made from a simple recipe of three ingredients. The inspiration came to owner Kelly Walton from her desire to educate her guests on what they put on their skin. “Each product I use has about 6 ingredients,” explains Walton. “They are familiar, instead of the laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients in most beauty products.” Location: 679 High St., Ste. G. For more information or to book an appointment, call 614-745-9250 or visit Balance See ad, page 21. natural awakenings

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coverartist Dancer’s Pose Carolee Clark “I believe that everyone is creative in different ways,” says Oregon artist Carolee Clark. “It might manifest itself in cooking, gardening or other creative activities. I am a visual person, and my learning experience throughout my schooling was influenced by this proclivity. I view the world as spatial, noticing colors and patterns.” A full-time artist since 1998, Clark began painting with watercolors, experimented with pastels and now works mainly with acrylics, favoring landscapes and figures as subject matter. “My friends tease me about how I continually try new directions and am never satisfied with the work I’m doing at the moment,” she confides, “but I like to push myself to explore bold, new ideas.” One element of Clark’s ever-evolving passion has remained unchanged: her love of drawing, which enables her to quickly capture her ideas as realistically or abstractly as she desires, and then concentrate on color choices and the application of paints. She explains, “I like to exaggerate forms in a playful manner and use unusual colors and intriguing calligraphic brushwork and patterns.” Clark’s artwork is held in private collections throughout North America, Europe and Australia. View her portfolio at and her blog at

Chiropractic Facility Adds Acupuncture Services


ctive Edge Chiropractic builds on their goal to treat the whole person with a “nose to toes” approach, through offering a list of comprehensive services, when they welcome Tessa Olsen to their facility starting September 4. Olsen is a Master of Oriental Medicine and first became interested in acupuncture after seeing the remarkable improvements in her dog’s arthritis pain. “Prior to acupuncture he could barely get in and out of the car on his own, and after treatments he ran around like a puppy again,” says Olsen. “Acupuncture has been shown to positively impact allergies, pain or neuropathy, PMS symptoms, menopause, fatigue, digestive issues or fertility problems,” says Active Edge co-owner Dr. Jasmine Craner. “Integrating the benefits of acupuncture with our chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutritional consultation and fitness services provides an additional element we can utilize while creating patient specific programs to achieve the best, fastest, and longest lasting results for each person.” Location: 1156 Dublin Rd., Ste. 102. For more information or to make an appointment, visit or call 614-4075335. See ad, this page.

Local Expert Offers Supplies for New Trend in Gardening


oren Foster, founder of Columbus-based The Local Gardener Ohio, is helping bring Central Ohio a recently popularized technique in cultivation called a burlap sack garden. Repurposed coffee bags are stitched together in a shape that encompasses a rectangular bale of straw with soil added to the insides. The gardens have handles on each side for easy relocation, the soil in the straw requires far less water than a traditional in-ground garden, and there is little to no weeding necessary. The rustic contemporary aesthetic and comparative ease of maintenance provided by a burlap sack garden allows for application in residential or commercial settings. With minimal effort the owner can benefit from the technique ten months out of the year. For more information, visit

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Protein for Breakfast Curbs Food Cravings


kipping breakfast or eating sugary breakfast breads and cereals sets us up for increased appetite all day long, while protein-rich food effectively satiates us, according to a recent University of Missouri-Columbia study. Subjects were 20 overweight young women, ages 18 to 20, divided into three groups: those that skipped breakfast, ate cereal, or enjoyed a 350-calorie, high-protein breakfast of eggs and lean meat. Researchers tracking brain function concluded that those eating the high-protein breakfast were better able to control their eating throughout the day and evening. For people that don’t currently eat breakfast, lead researcher Heather Leidy, Ph.D., an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, says it only takes about three days to acclimate the body. Leidy suggests first trying plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or egg or meat burritos. Aim for 35 grams of protein in the morning for all-day control of food cravings.

Jog or Walk to Live Longer


slow jog around the block a few times a week can prolong life. The Copenhagen City Heart Study monitored 1,878 joggers for 30 years and found that 44 percent of these subjects are less likely to prematurely die from any cause than nonrunners. Males and females that continued to jog regularly added 6.2 years and 5.6 years, respectively, to their average lifespans. It only takes 1.5 hours of slow-to-averagepace jogging a week to reap the longevity benefits. Walking is also beneficial; the National Institutes of Health says it can add up to 4.5 years to the average life expectancy. Seventy-five minutes of brisk walking a week can add 1.8 years to life expectancy after age 40, according to study results cited in PLOS Medicine.

hree-quarters of American women are interested in changing their hair color, particularly to cover gray, according to a Clairol study. But other studies show they should be wary of most traditional hair dyes and consider natural alternatives. A study from the University of Southern California published in the International Journal of Cancer, for example, identified women using permanent hair dyes at least once a month to be at the highest risk for bladder cancer. As early as 2007, the European Union banned 22 potentially dangerous chemicals in cosmetic and body care products, including hair dyes. In the journal Materials last year, British researchers warned of the increased cancer risk from toxic chemicals called secondary amines, found in Europeanand U.S.-manufactured permanent hair dyes, because they remain on the hair for extended periods long after application and can penetrate skin. Meanwhile, increasing demand by consumers for safer products has expanded the market for natural hair dyes containing henna, oils and extracts from berries and other fruits, plus vegetables. Many are now available at pharmacies, organic salons and online, including do-it-yourself recipes.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Solar Socket

Portable Power from Any Windowpane The Window Socket, a new device that attaches to any window using a suction cup, provides a small amount of electricity to charge and operate small devices from its solar panel. Inventors Kyuho Song and Boa Oh, of Yanko Design, note, “We tried to design a portable socket so that users can use it intuitively, without special training.” Even better, the charger stores energy. After five to eight hours of charging, The Socket provides 10 hours of juice to charge a phone, even in a dark room. The device is not yet available in the United States. Find more information at

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Bio-Breakthrough Can Reduce Fossil Fuel Use Researchers at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, attest they have succeeded in using xylose, the most abundant simple plant sugar, to produce a large quantity of hydrogen in a method that can be performed using any source of biomass. “Our new process could help end our dependence on fossil fuels,” projects Y. H. Percival Zhang, the associate professor of biological systems engineering who is spearheading the initiative. This environmentally friendly method of producing hydrogen utilizes renewable natural resources, releases almost zero greenhouse gases and doesn’t require costly heavy metals. Most hydrogen for commercial use is produced from natural gas, which is expensive to manufacture and generates a large amount of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. “It really doesn’t make sense to use non-renewable natural resources to produce hydrogen,” says Zhang. “We think this discovery is a game-changer in the world of alternative energy.”


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Feathered Friends Food Shortages Guide Behavior

A new report published in American Naturalist by a pair of ecologists, W. Alice Boyle and Courtney J. Conway, at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, has determined that the primary pressure prompting shortdistance bird migrations comes from seasonal food scarcity, not their amount of eating or living in nonforested environments, as was previously thought. “It’s not just whether they eat insects, fruit or nectar, or where they eat them; it matters how reliable that food source is from day-to-day,” says Boyle. A universal assumption has been that short-distance migration is an evolutionary steppingstone to longer trips. The team’s work contradicts that idea by showing that the two are inherently different. They also found that species that forage in flocks are less likely to migrate. “If a bird is faced with food scarcity, is has two options,” Boyle notes. “It can either forage with other birds or migrate.”

Fashion Freedom

Fair Trade Comes to Retail Clothing The revolution that started in food is expanding to clothing: origins matter. With fair trade coffee and organic fruit now standard on grocery shelves, consumers concerned with industry working conditions, environmental issues and outsourcing are now demanding similar accountability for their T-shirts. As a result, some retailers have started supplying information about how and where their products are made. “There’s real demand for sweat-free products,” observes Ian Robinson, Ph.D., a lecturer and research scientist at the University of Michigan who studies labor issues. “Consumers don’t have the information they need, and they do care.” The New York Times reported that a recent factory collapse in Bangladesh might play a part in changing that. Loblaw Companies Limited, the parent company of Joe Fresh, which produced clothing there, has vowed to audit factories more aggressively and compensate the victims’ families. “The apparel industry can be a force for good,” vows Galen G. Weston, Loblaw’s chairman.

ecotip Global Glamour Natural Beauty Aids from India

The health and beauty aisle at Indian grocery stores includes several natural products in wide use among Indian women. Here are some popular ones available in America. Henna: Women mix powder from the henna plant with water to use as a natural hair dye and conditioner. Coconut oil: Indian women regularly massage a natural oil into their scalp before washing to keep their hair healthy and prevent the scalp from drying out and itching. “Coconut oil helps to grow hair long,” advises Bibya Malik, owner of Bibya Hair Design, a salon chain in Chicago. “It is probably the most widely used hair oil in the Indian subcontinent; amla oil, jasmine oil and other herbal oils are used, as well.” Rosewater: Most often used as a skin toner, some women also like to spray rosewater on their face as a refresher. Rosewater has a long history as a fragrance and as a flavoring in dessert recipes. Ubtan: This mixture of turmeric, gram (chickpea) flour and herbs is combined with milk or water as a beauty treatment. Indian brides scrub their skin with it in the days prior to their wedding. Source: Bibya Hair Design, research by Bushra Bajwa

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Yoga On High

Fostering Health Inclusively by Susan Post


f there were only two words to describe Yoga on High, they would be “wellness” and “community”. The studio offers a peaceful sanctuary on High Street in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus, and its founders welcome everyone to experience the joy of yoga. Linda Oshins, Martha Marcom and Marcia Miller opened Yoga on High in 2001. Since then, the three founders have honored the history of their studio but also looked to the future by recognizing a new generation of yoga in the hiring of Jasmine Grace as their CEO, or Chief Energy Officer. As CEO, Grace has built on the long-standing tradition of Yoga on High by creating a set of guiding values reflected in every decision made at the studio. Quality, inclusivity, integrity, learning, community and sanctuary are the cornerstones around which the studio operates. The practice of yoga honors both physical and spiritual wellness. Classes are meant to be a time to de-stress and have fun, while at the same time connecting with the spiritual foundations upon which yoga is based. Stress can cause a host of health problems and Grace hopes that through practicing yoga students can learn to manage their stress in a healthier manner. “This can be a place where they can find radical self acceptance,” Grace says. “Teachers and staff will meet students where they are with their physical and spiritual needs.” By peeling away the stress, she hopes students can improve their physical health and open the door to letting go while getting to know themselves on a deeper, spiritual level. It often takes a very special, peaceful place for a person to reach such relaxation. This is why sanctuary


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Quality, inclusivity, integrity, learning, community and sanctuary are the cornerstones around which the studio operates. is another of the group’s core values. “Creating a space and sanctuary allows the other components to come in,” Grace says. “If our space feels good, so do we.” The studio features three different styles of yoga: Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa with skill levels ranging from beginner to experienced. No matter the type, every practice is breath-centered, alignment-based and honors the origins of yoga traditions. Hatha classes run at a more relaxing

pace and focus on body alignment and mechanics. Ashtanga moves at a quicker pace with more advanced poses. Vinyasa offers more creative and advanced levels of poses to build strength and flexibility; it also includes specialty practices like hot flow yoga. All of the classes and values are part of a larger effort to create and promote wellness. Wanting to make yoga accessible for everybody in the community may sound like a lofty goal, but the teachers and staff quite literally mean it. The studio offers over 100 classes each week, through a variety of programs. Not only does Yoga on High cater to all levels of practice, they also offer unique programs for different groups. There is yoga for runners, kids’ yoga, art + yoga (where students go straight from their mat to their creative space) and yoga hikes combining yoga with hiking in 15-minute intervals. No matter the program or level, the teachers at Yoga on High are committed to building community and fostering inclusivity around yoga. In order to hold true to this core value, they have designed several programs to make yoga accessible to those who wouldn’t normally have the resources to practice. The Yoga on High Foundation brings classes to veterans, schools, communities and other underserved populations. In addition, the studio facilitates classes at different locations in the community, including the Audubon Center, Ohio Health, Mount Carmel and various schools throughout the city. Yoga on High offers a space where anyone can explore the practice of yoga for his or her health and well-being. The studio is focused on bringing joy to the community through this both physical and spiritual experience. Location: 1081 N High St. For more information, visit or call 614-291-4444. See ad, page XX. Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special. Contact her at See ad, page 15.


American Institute of Alternative Medicine Ushering in New Generations of Holistic Professionals by Susan Post


he American Institute of Alternative Medicine presents a hands-on learning approach to holistic medicine. Founders Helen Yee and Diane Sater established the school in 1994 to provide a well-rounded education for medical professionals seeking careers in massage therapy, acupuncture, nursing and medical assisting. This small, accredited institution provides an intimate setting where the founders build a connection with each student to make a direct impact on their lives. In 1990, Yee and Sater opened a massage clinic that eventually expanded to 18 massage therapists between two locations. Although they were seeing great success,

they felt it was hard to manage the two locations and still achieve an outstanding level of service. The missing piece was the business acumen necessary to run a clinic. Seeing a gap in the curriculum at massage schools, the pair decided to create their own school to address the issue. “We wanted to share what has made us successful with others,” Yee said. Helping others become successful is why Sater loves her career as co-founder of the school. “We teach specific skills to help people get jobs,” she says. “It’s an instant impact.”



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AIAM offers practical experience in alternative medicine disciplines while also offering the businesses, marketing and ethics classes necessary to build a successful practice. The all-in-one location allows students to go straight from the classroom to practicing their skills. Massage tables line the back of classrooms for interactive demonstrations, while nursing students practice in a hospital setting. Each of the four career curricula takes a holistic approach to medicine. Massage therapy is a one-year program that develops students’ skills in Swedish and medical massage. Typically separated at other schools, focusing on both provides students with a wider breadth of knowledge. Using massage to relieve pain as an alternative to medication is just one way patients can benefit from this treatment. A massage can also improve circulation and help with specific types of injuries. Students in the acupuncture program generally have a medical background, but are interested in taking a more holistic approach to healing. During the three-year program, they learn about this traditional Chinese practice focusing on the whole being. Students must learn to assess their patients emotionally and physically to offer the most effective needling for treatment. An acupuncture treatment can help a host of conditions from addiction to pain management to allergies. More recently, AIAM has created their nursing and medical assisting programs to diversify the alternative approaches the school offers. The direct-entry nursing program builds on a holistic foundation. Students with no prior medical experience can complete the program in two years, while practical nurses can enter the program midsession to become an RN. The curriculum focuses not only

on medical care, but also on connecting with patients in an emotional and mental capacity. In the one-year medical assisting program, students learn the proper way to complete office work associated with the medical field. Sater and Yee have developed a core staff that is growing with the school. They search for professionals who are active in their fields. Unique programs at the school set students up for success, and each employee lives by the motto, “Your success is our success.” When Yee and Sater started the school in 1994, they had 14 students in massage therapy. AIAM has now expanded to over 200 students across four disciplines. The founders see continued growth as they build their outreach in the community. Participation at events like the Columbus Marathon, the Special Olympics and Asian festivals has piqued the community’s interest in alternative medicine. AIAM also offers a public clinic where acupuncture and massage students gain real-world experience. Students practice their craft under the supervision of licensed professionals and make the treatments accessible to the public at an affordable price. The clinic offers the students invaluable experience. They learn time management, room set-up and effective patient assessment. As Yee points out, a major benefit upon graduation is that their first patient is not their first patient. Location: 6685 Doubletree Ave., Columbus. For more information visit See ad, page XX. Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special. Contact her at Susan.Post.75@ See ad, this page.


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DEEP-HEALING YOGA Release Trauma, Build Resilience by Sarah Todd


hen a woman separated from her husband last fall, she tried hard to shut down her emotions. A 30-year-old working mother of two young boys, she felt she couldn’t afford to be sad or angry, even as she contemplated divorce. But something shifted when she began taking yoga classes in her town in northern Michigan. “It was my one place to relax and let go,” says Emily, who asked that her real name stay private. “I used to go to class, get into a deep stretch and cry. It was like my muscles were connected with my heart. My instructor would warn us that certain poses would provide emotional releases, and sure enough, the tears would fall.” People suffering disruptive changes —from losing a loved one to coping with unemployment or striving for sobriety—often find yoga to be a healing force. Lola Remy, of yogaHOPE, a Boston and Seattle nonprofit that helps women navigate challenging transitions, attests that yoga makes them feel safe enough in their bodies to process difficult emotions. “The goal isn’t to make stressors go away, it’s to learn resilience,” Remy explains. “Irreparable harm isn’t necessarily the only result of experiencing stress. Even if I’m in a challenging position—like wobbling in the tree

pose—I can see that I’m still okay.” The object is to teach women that their bodies are strong and capable, giving them more confidence in their ability to weather obstacles off the mat.

Supporting Science

Research suggests that yoga can also be an effective therapy for people affected by some forms of severe traumatic stress. A study in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences that scanned the brains of trauma survivors after a reminder of the traumatic event revealed decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain that helps make sense of raw emotions and bodily experiences. While shutting down the connection between body and mind can help in coping with dangerous experiences, it also makes recovery difficult. “You need to have a high-functioning prefrontal cortex to organize the thoughts that come up and know that you’re safe in the present moment,” advises David Emerson, director of yoga services at the Trauma Center, in Brookline, Massachusetts. “Otherwise, you’re assaulted by memory sensory information.” Yoga appears to rewire the brains of trauma survivors to stop reliving past distress. “You can’t talk your prefrontal cortex into functioning well

again,” Emerson observes. “But you may be able to do it with your body.” The study found that eight female patients that participated in trauma-sensitive yoga saw significant decreases in the frequency and severity of their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. In a study at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, military veterans enrolled in a 10-week yoga course also showed improvement in PTSD symptoms. A paper presented at a recent International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference studied 64 people that had experienced childhood abuse and neglect; those that participated in a trauma-sensitive yoga course had a 33 percent reduction in PTSD symptoms. Two months later, more than 50 percent in the yoga group experienced greater freedom and were no longer diagnosed as suffering from PTSD, compared to the control group’s 21 percent. Yoga can also transform traumatized lives in other ways. “For many traumatized people, being touched intimately can be a trigger,” Emerson remarks. “Yoga may let them feel ready for physical intimacy again. Others have mentioned victories such as being able to go to the grocery store and knowing exactly what foods their bodies crave.” Emerson notes that such programs emphasize choice and individual empowerment. “The beauty of yoga is that you reclaim your body as your own.”

Spreading the Word

Once largely concentrated on the East Coast, trauma-sensitive yoga programs are spreading. Jennifer Johnston, a research clinician and yoga instructor at Boston’s Mind Body Institute, sees programs like these enriching our culture’s understanding of the physical and mental health connection. “In a country where drugs and surgery are often the first go-to,” she says, “it’s important to remember that things like yoga can change our chemistry, too.” Sarah Todd is an East Coast-based writer and editor. Connect at

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WORKOUTS Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit by Lisa Marshall


t’s the Sabbath, a day of “Exercise can she calls “the flail.” As the World Beat playlist prayer, and millions of be a powerful picks up the pace, Pierrat people across America the group through are quietly sitting or kneelgateway to leads a funky, rave-like series ing, humbly communing with a power greater than the spiritual.” of dance moves aimed at “opening up” the hips themselves. ~ Chantal Pierrat and chest and something But inside the Alchemy less tangible deep inside. of Movement studio in By song five, the sweat is flowing and Boulder, Colorado, the Soul Sweat some are dancing unabashedly, eyes faithful are connecting with their closed, lost in the music. Others are higher power in a different fashion. smiling broadly, making eye contact In bare feet, and wearing yoga pants in the mirror. and tank tops, they find a place The sense of joy and interconbefore a wall-to-wall mirror while a nectedness in the room is palpable. slow, Afro-Brazilian rhythm vibrates “Exercise can be a powerful gateway the wooden floor. to the spiritual,” observes Pierrat, the At the urging of instructor Chanfounder of Soul Sweat, a highly chotal Pierrat, they let their arms and reographed, spiritually charged dance necks go limp, shaking off the week’s workout. stresses via a sensual, full-body writhe 14

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Twenty years after the yoga craze introduced Westerners to the possibility that the two seemingly incongruous goals could be intertwined, the spirituality-fitness link has spread well beyond the yoga mat. It has spawned fusions ranging from Body Gospel, a Christian workout tape, and Jewish Yoga classes to triathlon programs rooted in Native American teachings and Buddhism-based running meditation workshops. In addition, creative instructors have been fusing body/mind/ spirit classics like yoga and Pilates with hard-core cardio disciplines like spinning and boxing. Half of all U.S. fitness clubs now offer mind/body programming, according to the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and the portion of classes dedicated to “mind/ spirit” versus just “body” is on the rise. “The newer programming is balanced 50-50, rather than the 80-20 body-mind split of the past,” estimates Sandy Todd Webster, editor in chief of IDEA’s publications. At a time when, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the number of people that identify with “no organized religion” continues to grow (topping one-fifth of Americans and one-third of U.S. adults under 30), more people than ever are exploring exercise as a path to both flatter abs and deeper self-discovery. “We have spent so long focusing on the mind and the brain… but that is not the whole story,” says Pierrat. “The somatic, or physical, expression of spirituality is the future.”

In the Zone

The notion that intense dancing or a long run could spark what feels like a spiritual awakening makes sense to Philadelphia-based research neuroscientist and physician Andrew Newberg, author of How God Changes Your Brain. A pioneer in the field of integrative “neurotheology”, he has for years used brain imaging technologies to study the impact religious or spiritual practices like deep meditation, intense prayer and speaking in tongues have on the brain. Exercise, he says, provides many of the same effects. In addition to prompting a surge

of feel-good endorphins, a highly strenuous workout is one of the few activities that can lead to simultaneous activation of both sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (calming) nervous system reactions. “Normally, when one of these is active, the other one shuts down, but when people drive one or the other to a very heightened level of activity, there is some evidence that the other turns on too,” explains Newberg. That intense dual firing can paradoxically lead to an interruption in sensory information traveling to areas of the brain that control our sense of ourselves at any moment. “Not only do you have this great feeling of energy and calmness, but you tend to lose your sense of space and time,” he notes. Newberg’s own research also suggests that when people “surrender” themselves in a spiritual practice, the frontal lobe (the practical part of the brain that keeps our thoughts in check) quiets. He speculates that something similar may happen in the midst of, say, a marathon or intense dance, enabling out of the ordinary thoughts and feelings to surface. “It

can allow for creativity—a blending of different, more intuitive ideas in ways you don’t normally mix things,” comments Newberg. So, is exercise able to only make us feel like we’re having a mystical experience, or is it somehow actually opening a channel to the divine? Newberg declines to go there, commenting that a brain scan tells what’s going on in the brain, not in the soul. Yet he has no doubt the two are inextricably linked. He says, “There are many well-known examples of intense experiences, like Sufi dancing, generating spiritual experiences for people.”

Whole-Being Workouts

Marcus Freed is one of those people. He grew up in a traditional Jewish family in London, England, and attended a rabbinical seminary in Israel. Still, he felt that something was missing in his spiritual life. “I thought, ‘God has created us with a body. Why aren’t we praying with our body?’” Freed says that Biblical text often references the body: King David, in the Book of Psalms, says, “Let all my bones praise the creator.” The Jewish Talmud refers to a rabbi that “stretched

his spine with a prayer of gratitude.” Yet, Freed observes, the physical elements of daily spiritual practice have been largely forgotten over the centuries. When he discovered yoga, it filled a gap for him. “I found a way to draw upon this incredible spiritual literature but ground it in the body, so that experience is not just in the head, but also in the heart.” Thus, Freed founded Bibliyoga, which launches each class with a Hebrew or Kabbalistic teaching, followed by poses that incorporate its themes, as reflected in his book, The Kosher Sutras: The Jewish Way in Yoga and Meditation. The practice, now taught in cities around the United States and Europe, has prompted the birth of similarly religion-infused classes, including Christ Yoga, and the Jewish Yoga Network. “A lot of people separate things, saying they’ll get their spirituality from one place and their exercise from somewhere else,” says Freed. “I think they are missing out.”

Mindful Sports

The spirituality-exercise link likewise resonates through other traditionally solo pursuits such as triathlon activi-

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ties and running, in which many athletes say a more mindful approach to training has infused their sport with more meaning, and in some cases, improved their performances. Ironman Marty Kibiloski, formerly a competitive marathoner and road racer, led what he terms a “high achievement, low contentment” life for years, measuring his self-worth by timed results that never quite satisfied him. In 2006, he attended a Running with the Mind of Meditation three-day workshop, based on Rinpoche Sakyong Mipham’s book of the same name. The retreat combined with his newfound interest in Buddhism, completely redefined running for him. Kibiloski prefers to steer clear of the word “spiritual” (which he sees as somewhat ambiguous) when describing what he now experiences when running. Instead, he frames it as a vehicle for self-discovery, a mobile meditation that provides the intense focus and freedom from distraction that enables him to “awaken to how things really are.” He now leads the retreat that proved pivotal for him, drawing more than 100 runners each Labor Day weekend to the Shambhala Mountain Center, in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Participants learn to focus on the cadence of their footfalls, their breathing and their surroundings to, as he puts it, “move meditation beyond the cushion.” He remarks, “It trains you to have your mind be still when your body is active, which is how you are in everyday life.” Triathlete Mark Allen credits his work with Brant Secunda, a shaman and teacher in the Huichol Indian

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tradition of Mexico, for enabling him to overcome negative self-talk and physical stresses and go on to win the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, six times in the late 1980s and early 90s. He notes, “In every one of my physical workouts, I also focused on training the spiritual aspect, so that when I got that chatter in my head, saying, ‘This is too hard’ or ‘I want to quit,’ I could go to a quiet place, rather than a negative one.” Based on their book, Fit Soul, Fit Body: Nine Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, the pair conduct workshops around the country on how to strengthen both soul and body by intertwining both. “Some people think you are only spiritual when you are praying, but when you are moving your body, that is an intensely spiritual experience, too,” says Allen. “It’s my way of saying, ‘Thank you for letting me be alive.’” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at


Pump Body, Charge Spirit Drawing newcomers eager to break a sweat while staying true to their mind/body and spiritual roots is the aim of yoga, Pilates and tribal dance instructors that are busy introducing innovations. Here’s a quick look at just some of them. Aero boga: This approach to yoga-dance fusion is designed for older adults that follow the bhakti yoga philosophy. Buti: Teachers of this 90-minute, high-intensity workout that fuses yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics aim to unlock the shakti spiral and release the hips to help energy flow freely in the first and second chakras. Piloxing: Created by Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca Jensen, Piloxing blends Pilates and boxing with powerful principles of femininity. Soul Sweat: Highly choreographed, yet accessible to beginners, dance movements are set to World Beat, African, Latin, hip-hop and rave music to enhance coordination, tone muscles, enhance energy flow and awaken creativity. Vinyasa on the bike: Conscious pedaling on a stationary bike integrates yoga principles of breathing, flowing and paying attention to what is happening in the body. YoBata: Fast-paced classes intersperse Vinyasa (or flow) yoga with tabata brief sets of high-intensity, fatburning bodyweight or cardio exercises).

UNIVERSAL FITNESS TIPS Mindful Practices Enhance Any Routine by Casey McAnn


hen it comes to attaining fitness, several well-regarded recommendations increase the likelihood of success. Natural Awakenings canvassed online fitness sources for tips and techniques intended to keep workouts safe, fun and satisfying. Our favorites follow. Always stretch – Light stretching before and after workouts loosens muscles and increases circulation for quicker repair and healing. It can also help prevent injuries. It’s ideal to hold stretches for at least 30 seconds, breathing “into” the muscles that are being stretched and inviting a gentle release of tension on the exhalation. If any pain surfaces while stretching a certain area, stop. Start slowly – Begin and build workout routines slowly in order to avoid straining muscles and ligaments. Exercise at least twice a week, the bare minimum for staying physically fit. Be well rounded – Add leg and back exercises to crunches and bicep curls, and vary cardio routines to stay enthusiastic about workouts. Experiment with all the equipment available at a studio or gym, asking a trainer for guidance. Drink plenty of water – Drinking water helps to decrease appetite and eliminate cravings, while nourishing and hydrating the body. The goal is to drink half of one’s body weight number in ounces each day. Keep it regular – Making exercise a regularly scheduled part of the week eliminates excuses. Keep it on the calendar and show up as dutifully as for any other important appointment. Make up any days missed. Increase intensity – More intense workouts mean less time spent doing them while achieving the same level of benefits. It’s also important to keep endurance exercises in any routine, however, because they are vital for cardiovascular benefits and building stamina. Use weights – Adding muscle

to the body increases strength, life expectancy and fat burning. To tone muscles, use a weight that works for eight to 12 lifts. For bulk, use a weight suited to four to six lifts. Practice a weight training routine two to three times a week, keeping sessions under 45 minutes. Add interval training – Sprinting for about 50 yards boosts metabolism and heart health. Return to the starting point by taking a slow walk. Repeat as many times as possible, making sure to warm up before the interval training and cool down afterwards. Dress up – Energize a workout session and boost confidence by wearing something snazzy. Donning an exercise “uniform” gets us in the mood, and a new piece of clothing or footwear can make us excited to get moving again. Be a safe runner – Every six weeks, cut running mileage and frequency in half for a week. This allows the body to recover from workouts and helps to prevent injury. Make it meaningful – While walking or running, recite prayers or a gratitude list, or listen to inspirational podcasts and downloads. Volunteer for fitness – Many volunteer tasks involve some form of physical movement. It feels good to burn calories while helping others. Bring workout buddies – Friends and pets need exercise, too, and they provide restorative companionship. Working out with a pal adds support and motivation, which are keys to success. Seek out a human buddy with similar fitness goals. Go green – Research from the University of Essex, in England, shows that exercising in nature produces additional physical and mental benefits. The researchers found that “green exercise” improves mood, self-esteem, enjoyment and motivation. Casey McAnn is a freelance writer in Boston, MA.

Yoga Studios in Central Ohio Balanced Yoga – 3526 N High St, Columbus. 614-265-9642. Bikram – 947 West Third Ave, Columbus. 614-559-9922. Burn Yoga – 153 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-423-6865. Grow Yoga – 1780 W Fifth Ave, Columbus. 614-487-9642. Harbor Yoga Studio – 36 N High Street, Dublin. 614-799-2434. L-Yoga Flow – 927 E Johnstown Rd, Gahanna. 614- 915-7684. Nurture Yoga – 6017 Post Rd, Dublin. 614-975-0353. On The Square Yoga – 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. PAI Yoga & Fitness – 6367 Sawmill Rd, Dublin. 614-397-8230. Replenish: Spa Co-op – 382 E Town St, Columbus. 614-429-3165. Thank Yoga – 29 E Fifth Ave, Suite 100, Columbus. 614-551-8903. V Power Yoga – 252 N Fifth St, Columbus. 614-228-9642. Village Yoga – 36 N Liberty St, Powell. 614- 484-1575. Yoga on High – 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291.4444.

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KEEP MOVING With the Help of a Personal Trainer by Debra Melani

Maintaining one’s own fitness program can prove a challenge when the will to work out fizzles. Many people are getting help conquering roadblocks and staying on an effective path of regular exercise through an enduring relationship with a personal trainer.


pproximately 6.4 million Americans now engage personal trainers, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, including some in less traditional locations, like community centers and corporate workplaces. When a client sticks with a personal trainer over the long haul, the relationship can evolve beyond a caring coach into a steadfast mentor, producing benefits that transcend basic fitness. “I have individuals I’ve worked with for 10 years, and have come to know them and their bodies and habits well,” says Kristin McGee, a New York City trainer who counts celebrities like Steve Martin and Tina Fey as clients. By understanding all aspects of each of her clients, she says she can better


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tailor programs to meet their needs. When nine-year client Bebe Duke, 58, faced a lengthy rehabilitation after tripping and shattering a shoulder, McGee helped lift her spirits, ease her back into full-body fitness and even slay some psychological dragons. “We worked her lower half; we kept her strong and her moods steady with meditation and yoga,” McGee says. “The physical therapist knew how to work with her shoulder joint, but not with the rest of her body and the rest of her life.” Duke felt, as she puts it, “a significant fear of falling” after the accident. “So we spent an enormous amount of time on balance and making sure I didn’t feel nervous.” McGee was able to help Duke prevent fitness loss, which can hap-

pen to anyone that goes four weeks without exercising, reports Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal. Maintaining regular exercise can also deter depression, confirmed by a study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Three years after the injury, Duke can now hold a downward dog yoga pose and do a headstand. “I’m also running again,” Duke adds. “I’m signed up for a half marathon.” Richard Cotton, a personal trainer in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the American College of Sports Medicine’s national director of certification, agrees that a good long-term trainer often serves as a fitness, nutrition and even life coach. “You can’t metaphorically cut off people’s heads and only train their bodies. Then you are just a technician,” he observes. Building a true foundation for health requires understanding the importance of each building block, not just working with a trainer for a few sessions and afterwards going blindly through the motions, attests Sandra Blackie, a former professional bodybuilder, certified nutritionist and current personal trainer in San Diego, California. “I want to educate my clients.” During extended periods, good trainers also revise routines at least once every four weeks to prevent adaptation, another problem that can hinder reaching fitness goals. “Without trainers, people often get stuck in a rut and lose motivation,” remarks Blackie, who also adapts exercises according to bodily changes due to aging or other conditions. Long-term relationships also allow trainers to focus on the individual’s bottom-line goals, Cotton notes. For instance, “I want to lose 10 pounds,” might really mean, “I want the energy to play with my kids,” or “I want to feel more alert at work.” “Achievable goals evolve from values,” Cotton explains. “It’s not about getting in super great shape for six months and then stopping. It’s about creating a foundation for life.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra or


ness at the University of California, a chance meeting with a photographer at a Hollywood café instead launched her career as an international fashion model, realizing a childhood dream. This natural health trendsetter has since appeared in Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, and walked the runway for such internationally renowned designers as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Stella McCartney. DeAnna credits her success to her commitment to modeling a healthy, balanced lifestyle. In her new book, Supermodel You, she debunks myths about modeling, fitness and beauty, explaining how beauty emanates from the inside out.

THE BEAUTY OF BEING OURSELVES Supermodel Sarah DeAnna on Self-Confidence by April Thompson

How does self-awareness bring out one’s natural beauty?


ongtime supermodel Sarah DeAnna believes in our ability to shape both our life—and our looks. Raised by a single mom in the small farm town of Jefferson, Oregon, DeAnna made her way to Los Angeles after putting herself through college, earning a degree in international business marketing from Oregon State University, in Corvallis. While she planned to pursue a graduate degree in busi-

Self-awareness starts with being aware of your actions and their effects. For example, if you’re not paying attention to what you eat and how you feel afterward, you won’t realize that your body may be sending you signals about the quality of what you’re eating. How you walk also affects your body in more ways than you realize. Being alert to little things that may be throwing you off balance—like carrying more weight on one foot or turning a foot out when you walk—are small steps to developing self-awareness. When a Harvard University study informed a group of hotel housekeepers that didn’t consider themselves physically active that they were actually exercising all day long, they all lost weight. The only difference was their awareness of their work as exercise.

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Why do you believe that models that follow less severe diets and workout regimens are better off? Restrictive extremes put enormous stress on your body, which is a leading cause of unhealthy weight gain. When I first started out, I didn’t know that I was eating too little and working out too much and too hard. Then my agent told me to ease my exercise and start eating some healthy fats again, which the body needs. When I stopped overdoing it, I both felt better and achieved my target weight. There isn’t any one kind of diet or exercise practice that’s right for everyone; it’s all about having a positive relationship with food and your body.

What are some of your favorite tips for getting a good night’s sleep? I make sleep a priority, even if it means missing out on late night fun. Tune in to what is keeping you awake, whether it’s what you are reading, watching or eating before bedtime, and change it. Creating a sleep ritual is helpful; I light candles and lower music in the house to wind down long before when I want to be asleep.

How do models manage to look like a million bucks on a modest income while they await their big break? Confidence is the most beautiful thing. Good posture makes you look thinner and better-looking. It’s not the number of pounds that matter; you know before you step on the scale if you are happy with the way you look and feel. As for fashion, it’s not just what you wear, but how you wear it. How clothes fit is important. We all have different shapes, and even models will have “muffin tops” if the pants aren’t hitting their hips in the right place. Rather than focus on the size, focus on how a garment looks on you.

You’ve been told that you aren’t “commercially beautiful”. How can each of us reframe the way we think about our own appeal? I’m sometimes told I’m too edgy-looking or too strongfeatured. But as my agent says, if everyone liked me, I would just be ordinary. You need to love whatever is different about you. Cindy Crawford has a noticeable mole; Tyra Banks has a large forehead. These models turned such “flaws” into personal trademarks that set them apart.

The industry can be unkind to older models. What lessons have you learned from watching your predecessors? The modeling business is finally realizing that society wants to see more natural-looking women, so they are bringing back the older supermodels, and they look amazing. We are even seeing models in their 80s now as an awesome positive representation of older women. It’s all about having a positive outlook and embracing who and what you are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at 20

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What is the best way to start switching to more natural skin care? There are three easy steps, says Kristiansen.


Consider diet. What we put inside our bodies has a huge impact on how we look on the outside. Start by cutting out sodas and processed foods, then begin eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.


Learn to scrutinize product labels. Putting “natural” on the label doesn’t necessarily make the product better. For example, petroleum products (like mineral oil) might be “natural,” but they clog the pores.


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by Psyche Torok

e don’t need to be chemists or certified aromatherapists to start making natural skin care products. All we really need is a kitchen and a little inspiration. Many consumers seem to think that fancy ingredients or high-end labels are necessary for effective personal care products. Not so, says fledgling skin care enthusiast Ianna Kristiansen. “We rely too much on what ads and manufacturers say is good for us. But everything essential to our well-being is already provided by the earth.” Allergies and aging prompted Kristiansen to investigate natural skin care. She recently founded Herb Alley and established an page to get the word out about her philosophy.

Check the kitchen. Our pantries, cupboards and refrigerators may hold items that, while not lauded in cosmetics labs, are prevalent in many homemade skin care regimens. Items like honey, oatmeal and avocado are commonly used. A study published in Science News found that honey contains a wealth of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds. Honey can be applied as a facial mask to help moisturize the skin. Kristiansen points out that oatmeal has been used as a skin treatment for 2000 years. One common use is to mix ground oatmeal with honey or water and then leave it on the face for ten minutes for a soothing, nourishing experience. Prevention published a study that indicated avocado may help stimulate collagen and elastin production. Rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, avocado is a popular choice among many adherents of natural skin care. Kristiansen notes that we can experiment with a variety of items to find what works best for us. Other possible ingredients we can try include eggs, yogurt, olive oil, coconut oil, lemon juice and almonds. Psyche North Torok is a Columbus writer and lover of words, language, and Nature. Connect at 7WordItch.

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(glucose), prompting the release of insulin to transport the glucose not immediately needed for energy, to the cells,” Salerno explains in his new book, The Salerno Solution: An Ounce of Prevention, a Lifetime of Health. “If there is more glucose than you need, the remainder is stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen, and then converted to fat.”

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HOW SWEET IT ISN’T Sugar’s High, Hidden Costs by Kathleen Barnes

“Am I a sugar addict?” There’s an easy way to tell.


f you have to ask yourself, you are,” advises Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a renowned integrative physician in Kona, Hawaii, and author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! The dangers of excessive sugar consumption, especially of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), are well known. Yet such cheap, corn-based sweeteners account for nearly 56 percent of all sweeteners, especially in beverages. The average American annually consumes 152 pounds of sugar, compared to 109 pounds in 1950, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A large portion is ingested as sugary liquids, including juices and an average of 46 gallons of soft drinks a year—compared to 11 gallons 50 years ago.

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Certainly, high-calorie sugars trigger weight gain, but it may be news that calories from sugar act differently in the body than those from other foods. “Fat doesn’t make you fat. Sugar makes you fat,” states Dr. John Salerno, director of The Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine, in New York, Tokyo and Sao Paolo, Brazil. “Eating carbohydrates quickly raises blood sugar 22

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While the negative effects of excess sugar consumption have been documented for decades, “Evidence is mounting that sugar is the primary cause of obesity, plus many chronic and lethal diseases,” says Osteopathic Physician Joseph Mercola, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, who runs the highly popular natural health website,, and has authored books that include The No-Grain Diet and Sweet Deception. “Excessive fructose consumption leads to insulin resistance that appears to be the root of many, if not most, chronic diseases,” says Mercola. Beyond the obvious association with obesity, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, liver and heart disease and Alzheimer’s have all been linked to sugar, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health. “Sugar, in excess, is a toxin, unrelated to its calories,” says Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist and professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. “The dose determines the poison. Like alcohol, a little sugar is fine, but a lot is not. And the food industry has put us way over our limit.” Sugar can be addictive, continues Lustig. “It has clear potential for abuse. Like tobacco and alcohol, sugar acts on the brain to encourage subsequent intake.”

Healthy Sweeteners

n Stevia, a powdered extract of a South American plant, is the most popular natural sweetener, delivering no calories or blood sugar swings; 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, a little goes a long way. Look for a product with no additives. n Sucanat—minimally processed, dehydrated cane sugar

Everyday Sugar Addicts by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum A solution to sugar addiction is simply to stop eating sugars, especially any form of corn syrup. Drink more water and take a high-quality multivitamin, plus other supplements as necessary. Here are the four characteristics of people that tend to obsessively seek sugar. 4 Chronically exhausted and looking for an energy boost 4 Stressed out and suffering from adrenal exhaustion 4 Cravings caused by excessive presence of yeast/candida 4 Hormonally related cravings

juice—is a reasonably healthy alternative, especially to substitute measure for measure in baking. Because it metabolizes like sugar, it too will cause blood sugar swings; also note that both agave and “raw” sugar, which is merely less refined table sugar, have similar effects. n Honey, while not calorie-free, is high in heart-healthy flavonoids and antiallergens, and may even help lower cholesterol, according to a study from University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, in Germany.


n Coconut sugar is generating excitement largely because of its low glycemic index (35) and low carbohydrate qualities. This optimum option is a good source of potassium, magnesium, iron, boron, zinc, sulfur and copper.

Consuming raw honey is highly beneficial before, during and after exercise. Before exercise, it releases into the meDawn Combs tabolism steadily, providing a sustained energy source. During exercise, it has been shown to increase performance. Post-workout it promotes muscle recuperation, glycogen restoration and recovery. The honey must be completely raw, chemical-free, and from a clean and healthy source.

n All fruit contains fructose, but in a natural state—not synthesized as a vegetable product like corn syrup. Fruit also comes loaded with health benefits, so eating it in moderation works, especially fruits and berries that are low on the glycemic index, a measure of carbohydrate effects on blood sugar levels.

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n Maple syrup carries calories, but is also a rich source of polyphenol anti-inflammatory antioxidants. A University of Rhode Island, Kingston, study suggests that maple syrup may help manage Type 2 diabetes. n Molasses, while not calorie-free, is a worthy alternative if weight isn’t an issue, since it’s a good source of minerals, especially iron. n Raw monk fruit (avoid processed Nectresse), a small, sweet melon native to China and Southeast Asia known as luo han guo, has traditionally been used in herbal medicine. It is touted as being low in carbs and is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar.

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FITNESS AND FUELING The Sweet and Salty of Exercise by Stephanie Hillman, RD, LD


ental clarity and weight management are two benefits commonly associated with an exercise regime. Anyone looking to lose those last few pounds or to increase the body’s calorie burning ability will find it a much easier task with a few hundred extra calories torched through exercise. A stressful day just seems more tolerable when it ends with a good run or workout. Simply put, one can find peace in the rhythmic breathing during those sweat-filled minutes. Lungs and legs burning, core fatiguing. Exercise is increasingly popular these days. One example is the recent explosion of marathon participation in recent years, and the overall boom in running since 2011. “General running participation and shoe sales hit a record high in 2012, specifically portrayed by the 51.4 million Americans who ran at least once, and around half of that number ran at least


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fifty times,” according to Running USA’s 2013 State-of-the-Sport report. But putting the body through 13.1 or 26.2 pavementpounding miles? It seems the benefits outweigh the cost of sore legs and tired bodies when those happy endorphins kick in and a finisher medal is placed around the neck. Nothing beats the feeling of accomplishing a hard-earned goal.

For the Love of it

Exercise is not always easy, and it does not always feel good. The mental approach to exercise is sometimes just as crucial as the physical aspects that most quickly come to mind. The best advice is to consider what the exercise regimen is doing to strengthen and clarify the body. When muscles are broken down during a running or strengthening routine, proper rest

and recovery will allow them to build back up even stronger. A good way to approach exercise is to ask, “Am I working hard so that I can become stronger and healthier?” When trying to push through to a new personal fitness goal, think of how good it will feel when it is accomplished and how the end of the pain is in sight. Think to yourself, “One more minute, one more rep.” Breaking it down into small goals makes it easier and achievable. Try entering a 5k, and then a 10k, and finally a half or full marathon. This keeps motivation high and goals achievable. It fosters a love for the exercise of choice and is always worth it in the end.

Does Food Matter?

Getting to that finish line, whether it is a weight goal or a fitness goal, requires attention to detail. Think of the body as a car with a gas tank. The body needs fuel to keep its engine running, just like a car. When a car runs out of gas, it cannot go anywhere – and there it sits, stranded on the side of the road. The same goes for the body: without enough food, the body cannot perform its tasks and exercise performance is halted. The legs will feel sore, the body sluggish, and the mind fatigued. Exercise then becomes simply torturous. However, with some care and attention to the body’s needs - exercise becomes empowering. To properly fuel for exercise, apply some practices to daily eating rituals so that your engine is always topped off for peak performance:

• Eat breakfast every day. Break the overnight fast and get that metabolism revving with some whole grains and high-quality protein like oatmeal with nuts and fruit, or eggs with turkey sausage and whole grain toast. • Aim for easily digestible carbohydrates before exercise to give quick energy to get moving, and then add some protein to the mix after to help refuel the muscles and restore the glycogen stores for the next workout. • Lack of calories is the most common reason for feeling tired, sluggish or improperly recovered when working out. Do not create a calorie deficit through decreased calorie consumption on top of increased calorie burn with exercise. A good rule of thumb is to trim 250-500 calories from what the body needs to maintain weight in a day, and then eat to replace the additional calories burned through the exercise. Stephanie Hillman is manager for the Dublin location of the Columbus Running Company. She is a registered dietitian and is currently training for half and full marathons. For more information, visit ColumbusRunning. com/Home/Nutrition.

Fusion Fitness Classes around Central Ohio Fly Fit – 30 min. of aerial/pole workout, incorporating a circuit system where various drills and exercises build strength, tone, flexibility and endurance. Location: Infinity Aerial, 1039 Mediterranean Ave, Columbus. For more information, contact 614-806-4449 or visit Martial Arts – Combine exercise and fitness through Martial Arts training. Boxing, Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Cardio and Self-Defense lessons offered. All levels welcome. Location: Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. For more information, contact 614-407-5335 or visit

The Mixer – Combines energizing music with a varied cycle workout. Pedals through intervals, hills and sprints for 30 min., then hits the mat for 45 min. of yoga. The yoga poses are designed to strengthen and lengthen the muscles targeted during the ride. Participants form a Savasana at the end of this intense workout. Location: Burn Yoga, 153 Mill St, Gahanna. For more information, contact 614-423-6865 or visit YoHikes – Designed to infuse the essence of the outdoors into a fitnessbased yoga class. Classes have two to three 15 min. stops for yoga with intervals of hiking in between. Sessions run 60-90 min. each. Location: Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. For more information, contact 614-291.4444 or visit

Nia Dance – A low-impact dance class for all levels of activity that helps connect the mind and body. Location: Peak Brain Performance, 97 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington. For more information, contact 614-5056519 or visit

Xtend Barre – The premier ballet barre workout. Pilates and dance amplified. Strengthen, lengthen and stretch the body from top to bottom and from inside out. Location: Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Ct, Westerville. For more information, contact 614-8951433 or visit

Piloxing – Uniquely mixes Pilates and boxing moves into a fat torching, muscle sculpting, core centered interval workout. Location: Bexa Body Fitness, 695 McCorkle Blvd, Westerville. For more information, contact 614-895-0345 or visit

Zumba – Features exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Location: Zumba Columbus, 3590 Riverside Dr, Columbus. For more information, contact 614-832-2586 or visit

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greenliving THE GREENING OF SCHOOLS More Student Awareness Means Less Waste by Avery Mack

With paperless homework, bookless backpacks, zero waste lunches, plastic-free filtered water and classrooms without walls, today’s parents and teachers are bringing eco-friendly ways to schools and giving students an early appreciation of the importance of environmental health.


oing green goes both ways— home to school and school to home. Alysia Reiner, an actress and eco-advocate from New York’s Harlem neighborhood, became involved with the Bank Street School for Children when her daughter enrolled at age 3. “I’m green at home, so in my mind her school had to be green, too. With no programs in place, I made suggestions, which got me elected co-chair of the green committee,” says Reiner, with a smile. “Today, we have a school-wide composting program serving 1,500 students that has reduced previous levels of food waste by 75 percent. To raise awareness and funds to support it, we sold reusable snack sacks, stainless steel water bottles and home composting bags.” An innovative chef focuses on organic foods with vegetarian options for school lunches. The next step is a rooftop garden. When Sheila Hageman, an author, teacher and public speaker living in Milford, Connecticut, first read the memo requesting garbage-free


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lunches for her three children at the New England School-Montessori, she couldn’t imagine packing food without the use of plastic wrap, sandwich bags or paper napkins, but, “Now, it’s no big deal,” she says. “I use glass containers and cloth napkins. The kids eat better quality food. It costs less, too, because prepackaged snacks are out.” She notes that the governing rule is one protein, one fruit and one vegetable. The school even has a natural composter—a class guinea pig that loves to eat leftover veggies. Students often bring the first of their homegrown vegetables each season for show and tell in the classroom, where they normally eat lunch. It’s a neat way to avoid mass-produced food; the school has no cafeteria. “A little change becomes part of a lifestyle,” remarks Hageman. Oxbridge Academy

of the Palm Beaches, for grades nine through 12, in West Palm Beach, Florida, provides a near-paperless experience for students, all of which are issued computers. Homework is assigned, completed, graded and returned; tests are given and graded; report cards are sent and textbooks studied—all online. “We buy one set of print books, since not all students learn the same way. But e-books can be updated electronically each year, saving the educational costs of outdated materials and financial costs of replacement,” says Teresa Thornton, Ph.D., the science teacher who spearheaded many of the school’s green initiatives. “By the end of the year, they know how to use software programs to organize and analyze information.” In Pittsburgh, Chatham University follows the example of eco-pioneer and Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, a class of 1929 alumna, to preserve, maintain and restore nature. With the goal to be carbon neutral by 2025, sustainability becomes part of every decision. The Chatham Eastside facility, located in a revitalization area, reclaimed a former manufacturing complex. “We are the first school in Pennsylvania to have a solar hot water system,” says Mary Whitney, the school’s sustainability coordinator. “Bottled water was banned in 2011 and filtered water stations provide free refills for stainless steel bottles. The rent-a-bike program is especially popular with international students.” The two campus Zipcars shared by students can be reserved for a fee. Students also ride free on public transportation. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, students gain the knowledge and experience to extend the difference they make beyond greening their school. Anne Vilen, a designer for expeditionary learning schools like Donaldson, says, “It’s empowering for students to discover they can make a real impact.” Connect with Avery Mack via

Worthington School’s Pilot Program Targets Zero-Waste Cafeteria by Deena Kloss


ack to school means back to packing and buying school lunches for millions of students and their parents. It also means dumpsters filling with uneaten food, milk cartons, plastic packaging and lunch trays. According to TheLunchBox. org, the typical American school kid generates 67 pounds of discarded lunch waste per school year. That is more than 18,000 pounds yearly for the averagesized elementary school. On Earth Day 2013 (April 22), students at Evening Street Elementary in Worthington, with sup-

port from school principal Mary Rykowski, embarked on journey toward a zero-waste cafeteria, where all waste materials are diverted from landfills by being recycled or composted. The first week brought long lines as students learned how to sort their lunch waste into three containers: compost, recycling and landfill. At the end of the line, buyers stacked their one-use polystyrene trays, saving landfill space. “Students caught on in a matter of days,” said Rykowski. “They know they’re doing something good for the environment and it opens the

door to that conversation.” Evening Street’s cafeteria waste went from an average of 10 bags of landfill each day to 1.5, equaling an 86% reduction in waste to landfills. By the end of a six-week test period students had diverted 2,950 pounds of waste from going to landfills. The food scraps collected from the students were taken to a compost facility to become nutrient-rich soil. Karen Ferris, creator of the nonprofit organization Big Green Head, started the Do Green Feel Good program with the purpose of educating people and implementing zero-waste processes at schools, businesses and events. “Bringing the program to schools is a terrific opportunity to teach our future leaders to be conservationists and mindful of the impact their choices have on the environment.” For more information, visit

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FAT FIGHT Pets Need Diet and Exercise Too by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


besity, a severe and debilitating illness, is the most common nutritional disease in both animals and people. The latest survey of 121 veterinarians in 36 states by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and corroborating American Veterinarian Medical Association data reveal we have 80 million fat cats and obese dogs; that’s more than 58 percent of dogs and 52 percent of domesticated cats. “Pet obesity remains the leading health threat to our nation’s pets,” says Dr. Ernie Ward, APOP’s founder, from the organization’s headquarters in Calabash, North Carolina. Current medical consensus states that an animal is obese if it weighs at least 15 percent more than its ideal weight. But looking at body composition is more accurate, based on measurements top-to-bottom and side-toside and depth to the ribs and spine.

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lack of aerobic exercise. People may believe they are showing love by rewarding begging with treats, but they actually may be slowly killing their companions with kindness, putting them on a path toward painful and costly medical problems. These can include cancer, cardiac problems, complications from drug therapy, difficulty breathing, heat intolerance, hypertension, intervertebral disk disease, orthopedic conditions (including arthritis), lethargy and ruptured ligaments. Also, because excess body fat first deposits in the cavities of the chest and abdomen and under the skin, hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus can develop, so screen overweight animals for these disorders prior to treatment for obesity. Tackling obesity involves restricting calories and increasing the metabolic rate with a controlled exercise program. Diet and exercise are the two most vital factors in fighting fat.

Eating Right

Simply switching to a store-bought “lite” pet food is inadequate because many are designed to maintain, not lose, weight. Also, many products contain chemicals, byproducts and unhealthy fillers that are contrary to a holistic program. A homemade restrictedcalorie diet is the best choice for obese animals. The second is a processed “obesity-management” diet available through veterinarians, although many of these also contain chemicals, byproducts and fill-

ers. Such diets can be used to attain the target weight, and then replaced with a homemade maintenance diet. Foods high in fiber work well for shedding pounds because they increase metabolism. Vegetable fiber decreases fat and glucose absorption. Fluctuating glucose levels cause greater insulin release that can lead to diabetes; because insulin is needed for fat storage, low, stable levels are preferred. Fiber also binds to fat in the intestinal tract and increases the movement of digested food through the intestines.

Supplement Options

Several natural therapies may be helpful for treating animal obesity. These include herbs such as cayenne, ginger and mustard; white bean extract; chromium; carnitine; hydroxycitric acid (HCA); epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG); and coenzyme Q10. All have been widely used with variable success, although not yet thoroughly researched or clinically proven. A supplement called Vetri-Lean appears promising. Based on a white bean extract, it has cut starch digestion by up to 75 percent in the company’s clinical tests. The formula also has EGCG from green tea extract to boost metabolism, inhibit carbohydratedigesting enzymes and help maintain normal blood insulin levels, all to help dissolve fat and control appetite. Chromium polynicotinate, another ingredient, also helps to curb appetite, build muscles and reduce fat.

Exercise is Key

As with humans, a regular program of supervised exercise is essential to

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Acupuncture for Infertility – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn natural solutions to help improve fertility successes. Free. Space limited. Offered by Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates, 1110 Beecher Crossing N, Ste B, Gahanna. To register and class locations: 614-855-8828.!workshopsclasses/clku8.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Run for the Health of It – 9am. Join the Central Ohio Primary Foundation for a Labor Day event guaranteed to be fun for the entire family with food, celebrities, live music, face painting and a huge post-run raffle. Westerville Sports Complex, Cleveland Ave and Country Line Rd, Westerville.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Grandview Ox Roast – 9/5 & 9/6 Evening. All Day 9/7. Welcome to the Grandview Ox Roast, see what Health & Harmony Animal Hospital is all about! Mingle with veterinarians and caring staff and participate in prizes & giveaways. Health & Harmony Animal Hospital, 1117 West First Ave, Grandview Heights. 614-360-3941. Evolver Gathering: New Moon in Virgo – 6-8pm. Join us to recognizing behavior patterns from the New Moon ceremony. All are welcome to bring a dish or a snack to share for pot-luck. Please bring a pen and journal to write a list for selfimprovement. Being patient with where you are,

and forgiving of where you’ve fallen short of your own standards, we let go, releasing what no longer serves us, and filling those gaps with each others’ love, gratitude, and mutual support. Love offering appreciated. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 The Autumn Herbal Kitchen – 1-2pm. Preserving the bounty of summer grown herbs for the long winter ahead is an important chore for any herbal kitchen. Learn various ways of keeping herbal flavors fresh and vibrant in dishes as well as how to use and prepare a variety of dried herbs. Participants will create a fresh herbal soup wreath to take-home to dry. Instructor: Wendy Winkler. $15/RDR, $20/SR. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380. Yoga and Acupuncture – 2-5pm. Experience these healing modalities together in one session. First, be moved through a light, flowing yoga practice, including a simple, balancing pranayama practice. Following this, during a wonderfully long savasana, receive a balancing acupuncture treatment. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.


Yoga carves you into a different person – and that is satisfying physically. ~Adam Levine

Serendipity Stables Open House – 12-4pm. Programs are designed to help autistic, traumatized and fragile children and adults improve their quality of life. The horses help ease many health and emotional issues. Over the past 20 years, thousands have been helped with issues ranging from depression and anxiety to cancer and tumors. See horses on the second Sunday every month. Suggested Donation $25/ session. Serendipity Stables, 21721 State Route 47, West Mansfield, 43358. 614-657-0316. Girls’ Day Out – 1-4:30pm. Get together with girlfriends for a day of natural beauty at the farm. Spend a beautiful afternoon doing herbal hand and foot soaks, herbal facials, yoga and learn to use henna for hair and body decoration. $40. Mockingbird Meadows, 16671 Burns Rd, Marysville 43040. 614-354-5162. Back to School with Essential Oils – 6-8pm. Back to school means back to studying , back to trying to stay focused & back to being exposed to germs. Certain essential oils are very helpful for improved memory, clarity of thought & focus, and fighting off illness. Susan Richardson will explain how essential oils function in these capacities and how you can best prepare yourself for back to school, and in everyday life. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-4868323.


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Gahanna Herb Group Open House – 6:307:30pm. The Ohio Herb Education Center will provide informational sessions about the new Gahanna Herb Group. This learning group is for individuals of all ages to learn all things herbal at a beginner’s level. It incorporates personal instruction with hands-on activities, as well as an online forum to keep students connected and sharing as the group’s knowledge of herbs grows. Examples of topics include growing, processing, culinary, craft, and wellness with herbs. This new program will formally begin in January 2014, learn more at the FREE open house. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Usui Reiki II – Sept 14-15. 9am-5pm. This advanced Reiki class provides all the answers to your questions. Learn more of the Reiki symbols for maximum benefit, how to provide an effective distant healing treatment, and how to set up a professional practice. Advanced Treatment Guidelines address in detail the variety of physical and emotional responses you or your client may have to a treatment, as well as what actions to take. Discover how to realign your own body and spirit in a Chakra Balancing Exercise. Class includes course handouts, vegetarian luncheons and snacks, as well as ample practice time. $250 with a $50 Deposit. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. Shamanic Reiki Level I – Sept 14-15. 10am-5pm. Shamanic Reiki is a powerful energetic healing modality that incorporates profound energy healing, intuition, and methods for freeing clients from their inner limitations. The 101 class incorporates shamanic reiki methods, shamanic breathwork, and shamanic sound therapy into a seamless method for balancing the bodies luminous energy field, resetting the emotions, and clearing stuck energy. This course is open to beginners and reiki practitioners alike and will challenge everyone to increase their healing potential. This is a 5-level certificate course leading to Shamanic Reiki Master/Teacher certification. $75 (9/7) or $90 at the door. Limit of 20 participants. To register: 614-390-1432. MeetUp. com/PrimalNexus. Ohio Proud Fall Harvest – 10-6pm. Ohio Proud companies offer samples and sell everything from salsas and mustards to butter toffee confections and ostrich burgers at the Ohio Proud Fall Harvest. Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus. 614-416-7000. Vegan-Vegetarian Foods Sampling Day – 10:30am-1:30 pm. Among local companies expected to participate in this unique event will be Pattycake Vegan Bakery, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Luna Burger and Raw and Wonderful. Also providing samples will be Organic Valley, Earth Balance, Kettle Cuisine Soups, Daiya, Live Soda, Garden of Life, Faw Foodz Brad’s

Raw Foods and more. Raisin Rack Natural Food Market, 2545 Schrock Rd, Westerville. 614-8825886.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Economics of Happiness – 5-8:30pm. Economic Globalization Meets Localization. Join Simply Living for a pre-show mixer, film to start at 6pm. Q&A with panel of experts following this award-winning documentary. Grandview Theater, 1247 Grandview Ave, Columbus. 614-354-6172. Cranial-Sacral Therapy – 7:30-8:30pm. What is cranio-sacral massage, learn how the most gentle touch therapy can heal the strongest of ailments. Free. Space limited. Offered by Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates, 1110 Beecher Crossing N, Ste B, Gahanna. To register and class locations: 614-855-8828.!workshopsclasses/clku8.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Forks Over Knives – 7-8pm. Lose weight, lower cholesterol, and prevent (or even reverse) chronic conditions with a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W First Ave, Columbus.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Healthy Lifestyles Fair – 4-7pm. The Westerville Chamber is having its 5th Annual Healthy Lifestyles Fair providing free screenings, chair massages, flu shots, interactive demonstrations, info on how to live a healthier lifestyle and much more. Westerville Community Center, 350 N Cleveland Ave, Westerville. 614-882-8917.

the inner muse and imbue your yoga practice with a fertile imagination. Yoga and Creativity is designed for all levels. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 6th Annual Great Lakes Wind Collaborative – Sept.22-23. The Annual Meeting is an important opportunity to share ideas, network with colleagues, and learn the latest on wind energy development in the Great Lakes. Among distinguished speakers, Ryan Wiser from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will be presenting on the findings of the 2012 Wind Market Report. Each of the eight states and two provinces that comprise the Great Lakes region will also present the current status of wind energy development in their jurisdiction. To register: GLC.Org/Energy/ Wind/Conf2013html. Prenatal Partner Workshop – 1:30-3pm. Pregnancy is a time of growing, stretching and pushing the edges of comfort, for both the pregnant woman and her partner. In this workshop learn to practice gentle, partner-assisted stretches and simple breathing and meditative practices that benefit both parties. Also massage techniques to ease physical and mental discomfort. For pregnancy partners, this class can help center one’s self to be present, supportive and helpful through pregnancy, labor and delivery. If pregnant, this class is a great way to spend time with your partner and learn ways to cope with the body’s changing demands of birthing. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.


Baby Wearing and Cloth Diapering – 7-8pm. Learn about baby carriers, slings, wraps, and cloth diapers with Alissa DeRouchie, from natural family store Sprout Soup in Clintonville. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave, Columbus.

5 Secrets To Weight Loss – 7:30-8:30pm. Tried fad diets, maybe even diet pills and nothing seems to work? Learn why calorie counting doesn’t lead to permanent weight loss. How eating healthier and not dieting, leads to more energy and balanced hormones. Free. Space limited. Offered by Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates, 1110 Beecher Crossing N, Ste B, Gahanna. To register and class locations: 614-855-8828.!workshopsclasses/clku8.



Well Fest – 10am-6pm. Columbus Commons welcomes Well Fest, an arts-based community celebration of health wellness and recovery sponsored by Wellness Management and Recovery. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. 614-545-4700.

Doc Talks – 10:15am. Reversing type II Diabetes & Weight Loss. The Pilates Studio of Bexley, 228 E Main St, Bexley. 614-239-1665.


Last Wednesday Film Night – 6:30-8:30pm. Kilowatt Hours: A Plan to Re-Energize America Kilowatt hours. Earth Block Building (Solar Home), Ohio State Fairgrounds, E 17th Ave, Columbus.


Fall Tonics for Better Health – 1-2pm. Sometimes the best way to avoid the cold and flu season is to be prepared. Preventative measures will be discussed and how herbs like Echinacea, garlic, elder and thyme can play into strategy. Participants will get to sample several recipes and make a formula to take home. Instructor: Brooke Sackenheim. $15/RDR, $20/SR. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380. Yoga and Creativity – 2-3:30pm. Yoga is a creative practice, each breath, movement and intention a generative step towards cultivating the self and manifesting creative aspirations. Artist Colleen Leonardi offers free introduction to Yoga and Creativity, a yoga class designed to experience how yoga leads to greater creativity and creativity enlivens a yoga practice. Awaken

baked desserts such as cupcakes. Experience the magic of herbs in another avenue of the culinary world by learning how to incorporate them into both icing and cupcake recipes. Learn how to make lemon lavender and orange zest cardamom cupcakes. Participants will get to sample everything, as well as receive copies of the recipes to explore further at home. Instructor: Shannon Barnette. $15/RDR, $20/SR. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Levi Kreis Concert-Flying Solo Tour – 7pm. In 2010 Levi was presented with the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a musical for his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Broadway hit Million Dollar Quartet. Within four months of the show’s opening, Levi was nominated for Broadway’s highest honor, and appeared on television shows including The View, David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Hear him sing at the Sunday Celebration. $25/pp. Columbus Center for Spiritual Living (NW Masonic Temple), 2436 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Columbus.614-216-0340.

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Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy Sample the Upledger Institute’s internationally renowned, Craniosacral Therapy course and learn practical techniques you can use immediately on your clients. Tuition: $250 before 10/9/13 ($275 after) 12 CE hours for NCTMB’s, Nurses, OT’s Registration: 330701-8780. See ad, page 24.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Brain Health & Aging – 7-8pm. Discuss memory strategies as well as brain health and aging with a clinical instructor at The Ohio State University Speech Language Hearing Clinic. Griswold Center, 777 High St, Worthington. 614-807-2626.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Herbs & Cupcakes: Sweet Pairings – 1-2pm. Herbs can add delicious complex flavors to savory dishes, but they can also add great flavors to sweet

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ongoingevents sunday iRest Yoga Nidra – 3-4:15pm. An evidencebased, ancient practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry releases negative emotions and thought patterns. It calms the nervous system and develops an inner sanctuary of well-being and equanimity. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444.

monday No Excuses UA Bootcamp – 5:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Free Yoga Classes – 9-10am. Available every Monday morning in the Salud. Whole Foods, 1555 W Lane Ave, Upper Arlington. 614-481-3400. Beginner’s Series – 12-12:45pm. Foundations of yoga; no yoga experience necessary. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. Free Class: Instructed by Teachers in Training – 4-5pm. Includes stretching, breath awareness, yoga postures and relaxation. No previous yoga experience required. Taught by students in this 200 hour Teacher Training program. Donations in any amount are appreciated. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Bootcamp – 5:30-6:30pm. With Mitch Potterf. Varying mix of functional movements using body weight and other equipment. Each class starts with a group warm-up, followed by a fast-paced workout, and concludes with a cool-down. Work hard and get results. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: Xtend Barre – 5:45-6:45pm. The premier ballet barre workout pilates and dance amplified. Serves to strengthen, lengthen and stretch the body from top to bottom and from inside out. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Crt, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Pilates Mat Class – 6:45-7:30pm. Features 40 various exercises created by Joseph Pilates that are performed lying back, side or stomach. Targets abdominal and back muscles focusing on increasing core musculature and flexibility. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Crt, Westerville. 614-895-1433. Energize Yoga – 7-8pm. Begin or grow a stress relieving, energizing practice. All levels welcome. $8 registration recommended. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614-407-5335. Open Psychic Development – 7 pm. Explore basic and advanced intuitive abilities in a safe environment, focusing on the development of psy-


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chic senses, the use of tools to hone intuition, and the art of psychic reading. Discover your intuition, open to everyone. $15/week. Primal Nexus, 249 Brisbane Ave, Westerville. 614-390-1432. Meetup. Com/PrimalNexus.

tuesday No Excuses UA Bootcamp – 5:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Crossfit – 6:30-7:30am. Mitch Potterf provides a mix of constantly varied functional movements. Beginner-advanced. Experience a full-body workout consisting of running, jumping, calisthenics and more with highly trained coaches. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: Bootcamp – 8:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Gentle/Level I Yoga – 11-11:45am. Gentle/ Level I yoga class. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. Lunchtime Flex and Stretch– 12-12:45pm. During lunch break acquire strength and flexibility. Boost energy and fitness without needing a shower. All levels welcome. $8 registration recommended. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614-407-5335. Non-Scary Gentle Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Yoga demands nothing more than a willingness to move, breathe and be comfortable in one’s body. This is the class to participate in if there’s a desire to experience yoga, but concern about personal flexibility. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Circuit Training – 5:45 - 6:45pm. Looking for an alternative to cardiovascular training? With Circuit Training, you will build Lean Muscle, and burn Fat quickly all while challenging your heart & lungs in a fun atmosphere. All levels welcome. Get 5 FREE classes with the purchase of any class package. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614-407-5335. Energy Exercises, Meditation and Positive Intentions Class – 6-7pm. Using movement, breath, sound and meditation work to achieve a sense of well-being of mind, body and spirit. Work with the 5 basic elements of life, Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Benefits of energy exercises: spinal flexibility, joint balance, muscle strength, release stress and tension, balances the chakras. BYO yoga mat or sheet for floor postures. $10. 1301 Olentangy River Rd, Ste 200, Columbus. Registration required: 614-657-0316.

Mellow Yoga – 6:15-7pm. Gentle/Level I. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. Martial Arts – 7-8pm. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Cardio, & Self-Defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614407-5335. Refresh Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Open to all levels. A slow-flow vinyasa class focusing on strength, tone and endurance. L-Yoga Flow, 927 E Johnstown Rd, Gahanna. 614- 915-7684. Beginners Meditation Class – 7:15-8:30pm. Meditation instruction for beginners; all beliefs and levels of practice welcome. No experience necessary. Learn about different types of mindfulness and benefits of regular practice. $5 suggested donation. Mind, Body, Spirit Academy, 885 High St, Ste 106 Worthington. 614-547-2187.

wednesday Free Morning Meditation – 8:15-9:15am. Discover pathways to go beyond the typical thinking mind to much deeper states of relaxation, healing, compassion and awareness. Throughout this quarter, teachers will offer explorations of various practices, designed to give each participant the opportunity to find a style of meditation that best meets personal needs. Donations to benefit the Yoga on High Foundation. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291.4444. Lunchtime Pilates – 12-12:45pm. Core work to help beat the afternoon slump. All levels welcome. $8 registration recommended. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614-407-5335. Beginner’s Series – 5:15-6pm. Foundations of yoga. No yoga experience necessary. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. Kickboxing – 5:30-6:30pm. With Alexander Chang. A varied mix of martial arts skills and functional movements using one’s body weight. Start out with a group warm-up, followed by a fastpaced workout and concludes with a cool-down. Work hard, learn usable skills and get results. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: Nia Dance – 6:30-7:30pm. A low-impact dance class for all levels of activity that helps connect the mind and body. $10. Peak Brain Performance, 97 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington. 614-505-6519. Hip Hop – 6:30-7:30pm. With Alexander Chang. This intro level class provides a structured method of learning various Hip Hop dance movements and offers a new set of combinations and routines every time. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: Xtend Barre – 6:30-7:30pm. The premier ballet barre workout pilates and dance amplified. Strengthen, lengthen and stretch the body from top to bottom and from inside out. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Crt, Westerville. 614-895-1433.

thursday No Excuses UA Bootcamp – 5:30am. Start the day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. Lunchtime Flex and Stretch– 12-12:45pm. Acquire strength and flexibility during lunch break. Boost energy and fitness without needing a shower. All levels welcome. $8 registration recommended. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614-407-5335. Beginner Drop-in Vinyasa – 4-5pm. No prior yoga experience, covers basic breath work, yoga postures and sequencing. The pace is set to allow attention to proper alignment and positioning in common vinyasa poses. Teachers demonstrate smart modifications for challenging poses allowing discovery of a personal practice. For those new to yoga and more experienced practitioners. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614291.4444. Mixed Levels Yoga – 5:15-6pm. Levels II/III. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. Circuit Training – 5:45 - 6:45pm. Looking for an alternative to cardiovascular training? With Circuit Training, you will build Lean Muscle, and burn Fat quickly all while challenging your heart & lungs in a fun atmosphere. All levels welcome. Get 5 FREE classes with the purchase of any class package. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614-407-5335. Martial Arts – 7-8pm. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Cardio, & Self-Defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614407-5335. Columbus Threshold Choir Practice – 7-8:30pm. Able to carry a tune? Convey kindness through singing. Join this women’s choir dedicated to singing at bedsides of those struggling with living and dying. 35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus. 614-600-2460. ThresholdChoir.Org/Columbus.

reathing & Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Healthy body, peaceful mind and joyful spirit. Yoga on Broadway, 134 1/2 Broadway, Granville. Info, Mary Kohut: 740-928-7077.

friday Free Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Free community yoga classes are available every Friday morning in the Salud. Whole Foods, 3670 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Columbus. 614-760-5556. Slow Burn Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Recharge, restore and reconnect the body, mind and soul. Class combines the elements of slow flow Vinyasa, restorative yoga, pranayama and guided meditation in a warm room set to music. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. Martial Arts – 7-8pm. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Cardio, & Self-Defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614407-5335.

saturday Bootcamp – 7:30am. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Crt, Westerville. To reserve spot: 614-895-1433. Yoga – 9-10am. With Kandi Shamblin and local yoga all-stars. Vinyasa flow series with a mix of movement and breathing. Feel invigorated and balanced while discovering basic poses and breathing techniques. BYO mat or enjoy the feel of grass beneath feet. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: Strengthen Yoga – 9:15-10:15am. Level II class. Poses are held longer and repeated to build strength and endurance. Yoga experience required. L-Yoga Flow, 927 E Johnstown Rd, Gahanna. 614-915-7684. Martial Arts – 10-11am. Enjoy exercise and fitness through the training of Martial Arts. Boxing, Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, Cardio, & Self-Defense lessons. All levels welcome. Active Edge Chiropractic, 1156 Dublin Rd, Ste 102 Columbus. 614407-5335.

Zumba – 10-11am. With Christine Pinkerton. Fusion of hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. Routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt body while burning fat. Dance into fitness every Saturday morning. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: Teen Mat Pilates – 11am. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Crt, Westerville. To reserve spot: 614-895-1433. Beginner’s Power Yoga – 12:30-1:30pm. Learn the basics of Power Yoga (Vinyasa yoga), a great system to increase cardiovascular health and flexibility. No registration is necessary. Simply arrive 10 minutes before class. Rental mats/towels are available for a fee. $15. V Power Yoga, 252 N 5th St, Columbus.

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To best serve you, Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates offers: acupuncture, massage and Health Coaching. All of the practitioners work together and with you to develop a treatment plan that is unique to you and carefully crafted with your healthcare goals in mind. See ad, page 25.

Active Edge takes a comprehensive approach to health care combining chiropractic, massage, physical therapy and nutritional counseling as needed to help you achieve and maintain optimal health through optimal function. We offer weekly educational Doc Talks, elective wellness programs, fitness classes and personal training services that empower you to get your edge on a healthy, active and vibrant life. See ad, page 6.

Melissa N. Yang, LAc (MD China) 1110 Beecher Crossing N Rd, Ste B, Gahanna 614-855-8828


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Kelly Walton, Owner 679 G. High St, Worthington The Kilborne Shops 614-745-9250 Kelly Walton is a skilled esthetician and manicurist who offers completely natural spa services including facials, sugaring, waxing, manicures and pedicures. All skincare products are made with organically grown herbs, flowers, oils & grains from American family farms. Visit her website for additional product and service information. See ad, page 21.



Jill Zimmerman Central Ohio 614-271-9338

Jill is a Healing Touch for Animals® Certified Practitioner and a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner. Her private practice provides energy therapy services to assist animals and their humans with their healing process. A variety of techniques are used for clients to receive treatments that meet their individual needs. Jill works with animals of any species and humans of any age who are facing physical, mental, emotional or spiritual concerns. She has a strong interest in energetically supporting animals and humans to overcome the effects of fear, anxiety, depression and trauma. Treatments for humans are provided in your home, in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice facilities. Animal treatments are offered in home or barn, vet’s office. See ad, page 19.


Tom & Amy Keating 305 E 5th Ave, Columbus 614-429-6330

Sophia Sipes 1021 B Country Club Drive, Columbus 614-762-7312

Ohio’s premier green cleaning company, providing eco-friendly cleaning services to homes and businesses throughout the Greater Columbus area. We use Green Seal-certified cleaning solutions, and methods, multi-level HEPA-filtered vacuums, and microfiber tools and cloths. Our employees are screened, bonded and insured, and trained in the most progressive green cleaning techniques. See ad, page 35.

We provide a patient care center that focuses on healing the whole person – mind, body and spirit. With a broader understanding about the nature of illnesses, healing and wellness, we combine the best of conventional, complementary and alternative medicine to achieve optimal health and healing. We carefully select the testing and diagnostic procedures to be integrated into individually customized treatment plans. See ad, page 9.

THE NATURAL NAIL SPA Kahla Bernacchi 8487 Sancus Blvd, Columbus 614-985-3205

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 29.

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Green Scoop is a unique pet waste removal company that recycles dog, cat, chicken, and rabbit waste by converting it to either EPA-approved compost or natural gas and electricity. We also sell compost, mulch, topsoil, t-shirts and compostable dog waste bags. 10 percent of the proceeds from products purchased supports local charity and environmental organizations.

We specialize in teaching Classical Pilates and upholding the Pilates Method to the highest standard. In addition to Pilates we offer a variety of specialty classes: Xtend Barre™, TRX, SPINNING® and Personal Training. We are committed to providing personal fitness programming to help you live a healthy lifestyle. See ad, page 16.

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508 N Cassady Ave, Columbus 614-252-3951 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 33.

RAISIN RACK NATURAL FOOD MARKET 2545 W Schrock Rd, Westerville 614-882-5886

Raisin Rack offers a complete variety of organic groceries, including gluten-free foods, vegan/vegetarian products, and dairy-free items. Bulk grains, herbs, nuts and seeds accompany organically-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as a complete selection of vitamins, minerals, herbals and other nutrients from leading national brands. See ad, page 21.

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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.”


Cameron Nicodemus, Owner 614-441-3199 Columbus’s only residential food scraps collection service. Our priority is to divert your food scraps and other compostable from the landfill to create nutrient rich compost that helps organic farmers create sustainable farming practices without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. We provide the collection containers and pick up weekly while giving you the added feeling of being environmentally responsible for your disposal of compostables and reducing your waste and creating your green circle.

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Linda Haley, RMT Director 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus 614-486-8323 The Reiki Center is a comprehensive natural wellness center which understands the relationship between your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Practitioners work closely with you to bring each aspect of your life into greater harmony. See ad, page 11.

THERMOGRAPHY SCREENING OHIO INFRARED HEALTH BREAST & BODY THERMOGRAPHY Dena Johnston RN, MSN, CCT 8570 Cotter Street, Lewis Center 110 County Line Rd West Suite B, Westerville 614-636-3362

Thermography detects blood vessel and vascular changes, which can be precursors to disease. These changes can occur up to 10 years before a lump is large enough to be felt, or even seen on a mammogram. Thermography allows for the earliest possible detection of symptoms. It is a pain-free, radiation-free, non-invasive and noncompressive procedure. See ad, page 11.

Dr. Kimberly West & Dr. Evelyn Tannhof 1117 W 1st Ave, Columbus 614-360-3941 HealthAndHarmonyAnimalHospital@ To honor our patients, Health & Harmony Animal Hospital ensures that each client is confident in the care they are receiving for their animal companion, comfortable with all aspects of the hospital and staff, as well as engaged in all areas of their pet’s health and well-being. We focus on the pet as a whole: mind, body and soul. See ad, page 23.

Dr. James Carlson 454 Lazelle Rd, Columbus 614-882-2100

L i f e T i m e P e t We l l n e s s . comLifetime Pet Wellness Center is a full service veterinary hospital that practices both conventional and alternative medicine. We are not just a veterinary hospital, we are a facility that CARES. Lifetime Pet Wellness is a wonderful place to be, and you can feel it when you walk through our doors. See ad, page 29.

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Dr. Julia Keiser 6180 Linworth Rd, Worthington 614-848-5211 Worthington Optimal We l l n e s s h a s b e e n helping people reach their optimal health for over 25 years through; Master Level Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Expert Massage, Natural Weight Loss. Nutritional Cleansing, Allergy Cessation and other holistic treatments. Visit central Ohio’s most experienced and comprehensive wellness center at Worthington See ad, page 8.


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Mary E. Coleman, Owner 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus 614-374-9369 On The Square Yoga, Making Yoga Accessible to Every Body, in the heart of Capital Square.


Jasmine Astra-elle Grace CEO , Partner, Registered Yoga Teacher 1081 N High St, Columbus 614-291-4444 Our core Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha programs allow new students to safely learn yoga basics and explore their own body-mind connection, while our advanced asana classes and guest teachers offer the experienced student the opportunity to deepen their practice. We offer a number of specialty classes for moms-to-be, children, teens, and physically challenged or disabled students. See ad, page 15.


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