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letterfrompublisher Welcome to the September “Graceful Aging/Yoga” issue of Natural Awakenings Central Ohio.


he seemingly trite aphorism “age is just a number” is something people say when they want to downplay the significance of getting older. An even more nebulous, but still inspiring, sentiment is the advice from legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, “Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.” Either of these pithy statements regarding the personal passage of time, however, can console us along the inexorable march through our brief span on this planet, and provide a different perspective about how we traditionally view the subject of getting older by giving us insight on aging gracefully. Another time-related adage is “things fall apart.” I invoke it not to sound macabre, but rather to directly confront and eventually accept the fact that our physical bodies break down. Our eyesight diminishes, our joints become less robust, and our strength and vigor starts to fail. Our parts experience wear and tear down the road of life, and no matter how well we take care of them they will inevitably give out at some point. What we can do, however, is strive to maintain a sharp mind. There are many different means to accomplish this goal, such as completing puzzles like crosswords or Sudoku, or even by learning a new language. One of my favorite techniques involves the simple step of slightly rearranging the location of commonly used things, such as the placement of silverware or dishes in the kitchen drawers and cupboards, or the positioning of the apps on a smart phone screen. Either of these visual tweaks will challenge the brain to break out of its routine rut and force it to newly forge or rewire existing neurological pathways to accommodate new information. After turning 40 recently, I reflected on my journey and what I have learned thus far. One of the many lessons I picked up along the way is how to diffuse or let go of stress. A primary means to accomplish this is to make a conscious effort to surround myself with people who provide inspiration and positivity. Another measure is remembering to laugh often, as humor helps immensely. Bob Hope and George Burns both lived to 100. Among living comedians, Betty White, Carl Reiner and Norman Lear are all 95, while Dick Van Dyke and Mel Brooks are 91 and Jerry Stiller is 90. Several of these nonagenarians were subjects of an HBO documentary released earlier this year called If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast. In that film, the comedians display a refreshing and playful portrait of what it means to get older. They excel at finding amusement in the little things. Besides lightening mood, humor provides a tool for us to examine and excise past emotional pain or trauma. When we face our challenges, be they mental or physical, we persist and perpetuate our life adventure. Sometimes the easiest technique is to shrug seriousness off. Perhaps Mark Twain put it best in his wry, insightful way when he said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

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

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healthtips Try Thai Yoga Massage as a Body Therapy by Elizabeth Miller


s a practitioner of Thai yoga massage for the last 13 years, I have heard the following question many times: “What is Thai yoga massage?” I have a standard, one-sentence reply, “Thai yoga massage is the bodywork native to Thailand, done on the floor, which involves palming and thumbing the energetic lines of the body and assisted yoga postures.” Instead of leaving the questioner fully satisfied, however, this answer usually starts a new line of questions. Thai yoga massage (TYM) is better experienced rather than discussed, but here are a few key elements to know about this therapeutic massage technique. TYM is moving meditation. A fundamental part of yoga is dharana (one-pointed meditation). In TYM the dharana (focus) for the practitioner is both the recipient and metta (loving-kindness). The primary intention of a TYM session is relaxation and education. General TYM is not intended for those in acute pain or distress.  Unique to TYM are the sen (energetic lines) that run through the whole body and are stimulated or soothed during a TYM session. While Western-style anatomy training can be helpful, it is not the basis for TYM. TYM sessions are typically longer than a western-style massage and often last up to two hours. There are many names for the same practice. Thai yoga massage, Thai massage, Thai yoga bodywork, Thai yoga, Thai partner yoga and Nuad Boran all may refer to the same thing. TYM should not hurt. If you experience pain, please speak to your practitioner immediately. There are no oils or lotions used in TYM and recipients are fully clothed. While this style of bodywork has been practiced in Thailand for many years and is attributed to an Ayurvedic physician, Jivaka Kumar Bhacca, at the time of the Buddha, the rapid international growth of TYM practitioners has only happened in the last 30 years. TYM is not the same as massage therapy. Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) can have further training in Thai Yoga Massage, but not all TYM Practitioners are LMTs. The best way to know about TYM is simply to try it. Many practitioners offer introductory one-hour sessions. Elizabeth Miller is the owner and founder of Reden Yoga in Columbus. For more information, visit 8

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There is Something in the Water by Samuel K. Burlum


ne of the most important environmental debates of modern times revolves around clean, fresh water, which, of course, is essential to the very existence of the human race. The planet currently supports a population of over 7.5 billion people, meaning the demand for fresh water is at an all-time high. Society needs, then, to move past the debate on how to protect and conserve water and make a serious commitment to begin the process en masse. The truth is that if individuals do not begin to change their habits, Mother Earth will not have a chance to recover from the many years of abuse caused by humans. As such, there are many ways that individuals can minimize their impact on water resources. Replace or fix leaky faucets—because every drop matters—and consider investing in high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances. Though a drop of water may seem trivial, when all the lost water in and around a home is totaled, the wasted water—and money—can be significant. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 4,000 drips is equal to one liter of water; 15,140 drips, then, equals about one gallon. According to these figures, a home with three leaking faucets dripping only once per minute wastes approximately one liter of water per day, or 104 gallons per year. Larger homes typically have more plumbing fixtures and, therefore, the potential to waste much more. Be mindful of what goes down the drain. Everything put down the drain or introduced into the eco-system will eventually enter the water supply. Sending expired or unused drugs down the toilet is a practice from the past that is now discouraged. Pharmaceuticals are chemical combinations not found in nature and are very difficult to filter out since they become trace chemicals. As they dissolve into the water, the various chemicals make their way into fish, plants and other aquatic wildlife. Today, there are drop-off stations at local waste disposal and recycling centers (and even some police stations) that accept former and expired medication. Replace toxic chemical cleaners with nontoxic, biodegradable cleaner-degreasers, such as Extreme Kleaner. Not only will this reduce the household’s exposure to toxic chemicals, it will reduce the impact of those chemical agents on landfills and freshwater supplies. Never dump paint, oil, antifreeze, pesticides or other harmful chemical agents down the drain. Even a trace amount of these chemicals can affect an entire freshwater supply. Most municipal recycling centers will accept chemicals, oils and leftover paint at their facilities, and will have specific practices for managing hazardous waste. People with significant amounts of such products may qualify for a service that picks up hazardous chemicals for a fee. Consider replacing hard chemical fertilizers and pesticides with their organic counterparts. Petro-based chemical fertilizers and pesticides can wreak havoc on neighbor-

ing water supplies and groundwater. Most lake communities now ban the use of fertilizers and pesticides because the runoff causes significant algae and seaweed growth in nearby lakes and can choke out aquatic life. If everyone takes small steps to change their daily habits related to water, waste and energy, the collective impact will go a long way to help protect the planet’s most important natural resource: water. Samuel K. Burlum is an investigative journalist, a consultant for small businesses and CEO for Extreme Energy Solutions, Inc., which creates ecofriendly consumer products and emissions-reduction technology. He is the author of The Race to Protect Our Most Important Natural Resource and Life in the Green Lane—in Pursuit of the American Dream, as well as many articles addressing environmental concerns, small businesses and public policy. To view the article sourced, visit Water. For more information, visit or See ad, page 2.

welldone Local Plant-Based Wellness Coach Places Second in National Cycling Event


oelle Bartholdi, a wellness coach and plant-based nutrition consultant based in New Albany, finished second in the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Snowshoe, West Virginia, held this past July. Bartholdi had only participated in one mountain bike race prior to her podium finish. She competed in the single speed category, riding a bike with only one gear, something she had never done in competition before. Her goal by entering the competition was to see how far she could take her plant-based diet and lifestyle. She joined competitors from across the nation to wind through single-track mountain trails through the Appalachians; she endured torrential rains and eventually took home a silver medal. Bartholdi is also a fitness instructor, an actress and a mother of four. Even though she is a lifelong athlete, she just started racing competitively only three years ago. She credits her success to the plant-based diet she follows, as well as the training practice she has developed throughout her career as a wellness coach.

newsbriefs Local Author Releases Book on Well-Being


ickerington author Eric Pennington explores practical steps to find personal balance in his new book, The Well-Being Guide: Making the Most of Life and Work. The book is based on his personal experiences and is a follow-up to his 2008 work, Waking Up in Corporate America: The Seven Secrets That Opened My Eyes, a field guide for those navigating a corporate career path. The premise of his latest offering is that we live in a world moving at a pace beyond our natural capabilities and this sort of environment can lead to a reactive and stressful lifestyle. After considering those circumstances, Pennington wrote the book to help readers gain clarity, as well as to find direction in the complicated world we inhabit. “This guide is a tool for those looking to focus, prioritize and find balance,” says Pennington. In addition to being an author, Pennington has over 20 years of experience coaching and consulting with individuals on the potential of their professional and personal growth, either one-on-one or in workshop sessions for any size organization. For more information, visit

Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed three new publishers to a recent training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the opportunities and challenges of pub- (L-R) Linda Palmer and Leslie Cueva (Miami), lishing a new Natural Awakenings Zack Propes (Chattanooga), Sharon Bruckman (CEO), Simone Anewalt (southern Idaho) and edition in southern Idaho and Tracy Patterson (Phoenix). assuming publication of existing magazines in Chattanooga and Phoenix. A new staff member of the Miami magazine also attended, accompanied by the long-time owner. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world. It now serves more than 3.5 million readers each month via more than 80 magazines published in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “Our devoted family of publishers, supported by advertisers, informs readers of many leading-edge national and local resources that offer paths to a happier, healthier and longer life,” says Bruckman. “Our active and growing readership has helped increase interest in naturally healthy living that has influenced mainstream America and is beneficial for people and the planet.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit See ad, page 41. natural awakenings September 2017


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

Milk Muddle

Organic Milk Producer Under Pressure

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The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.

Experiential Ed

Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about language, economics and communication skills. “We need something to fit for the 21st century,” says Department of Education head Marjo Kyllonen. The system will be introduced for seniors beginning at age 16. They will choose which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions and capabilities. “Instead of staying passively in their benches listening to the teachers, students will now often work in smaller groups collaborating on projects, rather than just assigned classwork and homework.” Another new model of learning sparked by XQ: The Super School Project ( is underway at New Harmony High School, housed on a floating barge at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. They’ve received a $10 million grant to work on environmental issues when it opens in 2018. “High schools today are not preparing students for the demands of today’s world,” says XQ Senior School Strategist Monica Martinez; she notes that about a third of college students must take remedial courses and are not prepared to thrive as employees. 10

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Glass or Cement May Encase Nuclear Waste

Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states that when burying the waste, cement would be less expensive and faster than vitrification, an alternative process currently used to turn the waste into glass logs. A $17 billion vitrification plant, one of the federal government’s most expensive construction projects, is intended to separate much of the waste into high- and low-level radioactive material, but construction has stalled over design and safety concerns. After the highly radioactive waste is immobilized in the glass logs, it would theoretically be shipped to an as-yet-nonexistent national repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The 56 million gallons of waste in question is left over from plutonium production for nuclear weapons since World War II, and the site itself has a history of leaks. The Department of Energy likes the cement burial, but state officials believe the best way to safely deal with the waste and protect the environment is by turning it into glass. Source:

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The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, discovered that the bats exchange information about specific problems in four categories. Ramin Skibba, at Nature, notes that besides humans, only dolphins and a handful of other species are known to address individuals, rather than making broad, general communication sounds. Studies allow that it may eventually be possible to understand nuanced communications in other species.

Rolling Internet

Winnebago Assists Computer Literacy Librarian Shannon Morrison drives the Digibus, a new, 40-foot-long Winnebago computer classroom that hit the road in January bound for Fresno County, California, communities with the goal of bringing free computer literacy and job searching skills to the public. It employs 12 computer tablets with keyboards and staff that include bilingual interpreters. The library bus was scheduled to spend one week at each of two different communities each month.

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Common Weed Is Lightweight Insulator The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic. The Farm Between, in Cambridge, Vermont, harvests the plants and sends the material to Encore3. Co-owner John Hayden says, “Milkweed is grown as an intercrop between the rows in our apple orchard to increase biodiversity and provide a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch populations are in serious decline, and the two things we can do to help on the land we steward are to not use pesticides and provide milkweed habitat.”

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Bat Banter

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Free Wheeling

Architecture Becomes Portable Innovative, moveable mini-houses, tents and wagons are gaining advocates amid a trend toward traveling light with style. Designs range from the functional to the outlandish, and also encompass forms of transport from tugboats to tractors. The fourwheeled Collingwood Shepherd Hut wagon has a shingled exterior and wood-burning stove. Some options can provide ready shelter during a crisis or protection in extreme weather. The Rapid Deployment Module temporary dwelling can be assembled in an hour; DesertSeal’s inflatable, lightweight tent can ward off extreme heat. The experimental Camper Kart turns a shopping cart into a minihome with a roof, sleeping deck and storage, all of which can be folded right back into the cart. The Portaledge is a small hanging tent that climbers can affix to a rock face and sleep in safely partway up the rock. Golden Gate 2 camper features a rounded timber frame, portholes and a spot for a surfboard. Find fun pictures at AtlasObscura. com/articles/mobile-architecture- tiny-houses.

Food retailers are aiming to cut plastic and cardboard packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using high-tech laser “natural branding” and creating huge savings in materials, energy and CO2 emissions. Pilot projects are underway in Europe with organic avocados, sweet potatoes and coconuts. The technique uses a strong light to remove pigment from the skin of produce. The mark is invisible once the skin is removed and doesn’t affect shelf life or produce quality. The laser technology also creates less than 1 percent of the carbon emissions needed to produce a similar-sized sticker. Source: The Guardian natural awakenings September 2017


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Retirees are volunteering at hundreds of nationally protected lands. They staff visitor centers, do maintenance, clean up debris and remind visitors to keep food items secure from wildlife. Last year, volunteers outnumbered National Park Service staff about 20 to one, expanding the financially strapped agency’s ability to serve hundreds of millions of visitors. Nearly a third of them are 54 and up, contributing to the 7.9 million service hours worked in 2015 by all 400,000 volunteers. Volunteer opportunities also exist at National Wildlife Refuge sites, fish hatcheries and endangered species field offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Sallie Gentry, volunteer coordinator for the Southeast Region, based in Atlanta, notes that Georgia’s Okefenokee


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Retired Volunteers Keep National Parks Humming

National Wildlife Refuge has a dozen designated spots for motor homes in its Volunteer Village. She says most volunteers are local retired residents whose working hours vary while RV volunteers commit to 20 hours a week for at least three months. In return, they get free hookups for electricity, sewage, propane and water. “They have skills they want to contribute, but are also looking for a social outlet,” notes Gentry. Cookouts and potlucks are common. She also cites the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, an important migratory stop especially for songbirds, as a place with great appeal. “We supply uniforms, training, tools and orientations,” says Gentry. “It’s a mutually beneficial investment.” She suggests that individuals apply for specific sites at least a year in advance. Megan Wandag, volunteer coordinator for the USFWS Midwest Region, based in Minneapolis, cites the popular Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, in Bloomington, and the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, near Des Moines, as “oases near urban areas.” USFWS Southwest Region volunteer coordinator Juli Niemann highlights the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, in central New Mexico, that has 18 recreation vehicle spots and an average occupancy duration of five months. “It’s a prime wintering place for sandhill cranes.” updates site details and contact information at federal facilities nationwide.


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Caring for Others Prolongs Life

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esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for non-family members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”



study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.



esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki. 14

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ith the U.S. opioid epidemic reaching a boiling point, insight into the effectiveness of alternative methods of pain relief has become increasingly relevant. Scientists from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found yoga to be an effective technique to reduce back pain. The researchers divided 150 California veterans with chronic low back pain into two equal groups. One attended two yoga classes per week—comprising postures, movement and breathing techniques—for 12 weeks in addition to their more conventional treatment. The other continued such treatment without yoga. Scientists measured pain levels before and after the core study period and again six months later. After only 12 weeks, those that participated in the yoga practice experienced a 2.05 point reduction in Roland−Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, compared to a 1.29 reduction for those that received only usual care. After six months, this difference increased, with the yoga group’s scores decreasing 3.37 points compared to only an 0.89 reduction in the usual care group. In addition, pain intensity scores were reduced by 0.61 in the yoga group and 0.04 in the group receiving usual care after 12 weeks. Opioid medication use declined among all participants, from 20 percent to 8 percent after six months.

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esearchers from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have found that regular yoga practice can help reduce anxiety and depression in young women with eating disorders. The scientists followed 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 that were enrolled in an outpatient eating disorder clinic that comprised the larger control group. Those selected agreed to participate in a weekly yoga class and complete questionnaires after six and 12 weeks, assessing their anxiety, depression and mood. Of those that started the study, five attended all 12 yoga classes and six completed between seven and 11 classes. Researchers found decreases in anxiety, depression and negative thoughts among those that participated in the yoga classes, with no negative side effects. Another study from the University of Delaware, in Newark, supports these results. Half of the 38 residential eating disorder treatment program participants did one hour of yoga prior to dinner for five days and the other half did not. The yoga group showed significant reductions in pre-meal anxiety compared to the control group.

Meditation and Music Aid Memory in Early Stages of Alzheimer’s


new study from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, reveals that listening to music and practicing meditation may help improve memory function for those in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers asked 60 adults experiencing subjective cognitive decline (SCD), a common predictor of Alzheimer’s, to engage in kirtan kriya musical meditation or listen to other music for 12 minutes a day for three months, and then consider continuing for an additional three months. Scientists measured the memory and cognitive function of the 53 participants that completed the six-month study and found significant improvements in both measurements at the three-month mark. At six months, the subjects in both groups had maintained or improved upon their initial results.

Tonsillectomies Help Only Temporarily


esearchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, examined the effectiveness of tonsillectomies in children with recurring throat infections. Using data from nearly 10,000 studies of tonsillectomies, the scientists analyzed illness rates and quality of life for young patients following the surgery. The analysis found that children experienced a notable drop in school absences and infections in the first year after the surgery, but that these benefits did not persist over time. Dr. Siva Chinnadurai, an associate professor of otolaryngology and co-author of the report, believes, “For any child being considered a candidate for surgery, the family must have a personalized discussion with their healthcare provider about all of the factors that may be in play and how tonsils fit in as one overall factor of that child’s health.”


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Beetroot Juice Helps Older Brains Act Younger


eets contain high levels of dietary nitrate, which can increase blood flow and improve exercise performance. Researchers from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, tested the impact of consuming beetroot juice prior to exercise on the somatomotor cortex, the part of the brain that processes information from the muscles. Twenty-six older adults with hypertension that generally don’t exercise were split into two groups. Half were given a beetroot juice supplement with 560 milligrams of nitrate prior to a thrice-weekly, 50-minute treadmill walk for six weeks. The other half were given a placebo with very little nitrate. The beetroot juice group showed substantially higher levels of nitrate after exercising than the placebo group. “We knew going in that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain,” explains W. Jack Rejeski, director of the Behavioral Medicine Laboratory in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Wake Forest and study co-author. “We showed that compared to exercise alone, adding a beetroot juice supplement for hypertensive older adults to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what is seen in younger adults.”

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SOLAR HEATS UP Demand Surges as Prices Fall by Jim Motavalli


ow is a good time to buy a solar system and get off the grid. Solar photovoltaic prices have fallen 67 percent in the last five years, reports Alexandra Hobson with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It’s a boom period for solar—a record 14.8 gigawatts were installed last year in the U.S. Solar represented 39 percent of all new electric capacity added to the grid in 2016, surpassing natural gas (29 percent) and wind (26 percent). In the first quarter of this year, solar and wind together comprised more than half of all new U.S. power generation. The Solar Investment Tax Credit was extended for five years at the end of 2015, so homeowners and businesses can qualify to deduct 30 percent

of the installed cost from their federal taxes. Also, there’s no upper limit on the prices for the qualifying panels. There are 1.3 million solar systems in the U.S. now, with a new one added every 84 seconds. Some 260,000 people currently work in the industry, double the figure of 2012. California is the leader in installed capacity, followed by North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Utah.

Technical Breakthroughs

In 2016, the average residential solar system produced seven kilowatts, at an average installed cost of $3.06 per watt, according to Hobson. A system costing just over $21,000 before taking the income tax credit yields a final

net cost of $15,000. “It’s a perfect marriage for residential customers,” says Bill Ellard, an energy economist with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). “The systems will produce electricity for about five cents per kilowatt-hour year-round compared to the average electric price of 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour tracked in March 2017.” New solar panel designs coming online mean even greater savings. Panels with built-in micro-inverters are cutting home installation costs for large central units (although their long-term, all-weather durability isn’t clear yet). A breakthrough at Japan’s Kobe University means single solar cells could achieve 50 percent efficiency, up from the 30 percent formerly accepted as the upper limit. Ugly panel frames may also be a thing of the past. More aesthetically pleasing frameless panels are expected this year from big players like SolarWorld, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar, with adapted mounting hardware. Producers like Prism Solar and DSM Advanced Surfaces are also working on frameless clear panels, with cells bound between panes of glass. These attractive clear panels are highly resistant to fire and corrosion. Tesla, which recently acquired SolarCity, is marketing tempered glass photovoltaic shingles that integrate with tile roofing materials to make the installation nearly undetectable. Tesla

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Solar Works for Many Now

For an average household electric load of 600 kilowatt-hours per month, for example, a daily dose of five hours of direct sunlight and four-kilowatt system will likely meet demand. For households with higher usage, especially in the South and West, bigger installations are the norm. “Solar system sizes have been growing fairly steadily as the price has come down,” Hobson notes. Thanks to Google Earth, solar installers usually know if a property has the right conditions; avoiding the fee for an onsite inspection. Houses with a southern orientation within 40 degrees of direct southern exposure are golden. Those with flat roofs work well because the panels can be tilted for maximum effect. Adjustable panels can also be adapted to the best angle per season. Panels can’t be in shade for a significant part of the day. Rooftop installers can work around vent pipes, skylights and chimneys. If major obstructions are a problem, ASES suggests a ground-mounted array or solar pergola, a freestanding wooden frame to mount panels. Solar systems heat swimming pools, too, offering huge operational savings over conventional heaters. They start at around $3,500 and average $5,500, compared to an average $2,664 for a fossil-fuel heater, reports Determine if a state has net metering laws, which make it easy to sell excess power from a wholehome system back to the grid. Check for local tax subsidies on top of the federal 30 percent. The beauty of solar is that once the system is in place, operating costs are negligible. The lifespan of today’s panels is two decades and the payback is just two to three years. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at natural awakenings September 2017


Aging With Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 18

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Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony,


with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting. At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him—its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams.

n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

Explore the Arts

The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band.

“I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.” Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality.

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Discover a Purpose

Upon retirement some people feel purposeless and lost. They yearn for something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around who we are and what we care about now,” she says.

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida. Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

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The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and respect, appreciation and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.” Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at


n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?


Aging Backwards A New Concept on Aging by Jill Roth


he local native tribes promised explorer Ponce de Leon a “fountain of youth” after he visited what is now Florida in the early 16th century. In 2017, though, we still search for this magical aging remedy and maybe we are not looking in the correct direction. Florida is nice, especially in the winter, but why not go a little deeper, to the inside of each of us where the key to anti-aging is locked away within something we already possess—our muscle cells. Our muscle cells sustain our bodies as we go through our lives. They provide strength, flexibility, energy, and the capacity to maintain a healthy weight so that we may continually function in a safe and effective manner. When we are young, our muscle cells are extremely healthy, toned, and lubricated. As we age, however, we tend to neglect certain muscles once used for running, jumping, swinging our arms and legs, and for moving our spines in all directions. We tend, as we age, to sit more and use our bodies in repetitive motions, leaving other muscles to stagnate for long periods. In addition, we may encounter injuries that frighten us into immobility. According to Aging Backwards by Miranda Esmonde -White, we lose 8 percent of our muscle cells every decade, meaning that by age 65, we lose 25 percent of our muscle capacity. This loss of capacity may send us into a downward spiral effect of compression on joints translating into joint pain, loss of energy, stiff muscles and, eventually, tears in muscles, tendons and ligaments that creates scar tissue. In order to understand how to age backwards, we must first understand what happens to the cells when they go unused, i.e. they shrink and become stiff. Muscle cells need nutrients to sustain themselves, nutrients from our blood through circulation. If the muscle cells do not receive these nutrients on a regular basis, they may begin to glue together and shrink down, kind of like raisins. This process, known as muscle cell atrophy, may in some cases cause the muscle cells to die off completely. Muscle cell atrophy can cause imbalances in muscle groups, and can shrink the joints down closer together; this does not allow the proper synovial fluid to lubricate the joint, and can eventually lead to knee, shoulder or hip pain.

When muscle cells shrink, the connective tissue, a kind of Saran Wrap around the muscles called fascia, shrinks down and becomes glued to the muscles, causing stiffness. This is what may cause everyday activities such as getting out of a car or going up and down stairs to be more difficult. When the fascia restricts movement, it takes more energy to move through those motions, as though walking against a river current. Another reason energy production is lost is because muscle cells also house mitochondria that are essential to energy production and weight management. If we do not optimize the amount of working muscle cells in our bodies, we will not optimize our potential fat burning potential and energy production. The answer to reversing age, then, is DAILY movement of EVERY muscle, joint and bone. The phrase, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” is an important truth. The key to safe rotation and movement in all the joints is dynamic stretching and strengthening of the muscles, plus plenty of healing circulation to all parts of the body. It is important to find a therapeutic fitness program designed to focus on the entire body and not just segmented parts. In addition, consider regular breaks during the day when sitting or during repetitive motion. One simple and effective exercise is to lift the arms above the head to gently raise the rib cage, and then take in a deep breath, slowly lower the arms, and feel the blood flow. The effects are amazing! Jill Roth is a Certified Essentrics Instructor. For more information, visit

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Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life Simple Strategies for Staying on Track by Marlaina Donato


enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Yee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.”


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You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life.

Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at natural awakenings September 2017


Fluoride Dangers to Humans

Fluoride’s Threat to Pets

How to Safeguard Their Health by Karen Becker


n 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from

tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study, remarks, “A failed regulatory system and suspect practices by some in the pet food industry puts countless dogs at risk of ingesting excessive fluoride.” Fluoride occurs naturally in rocks,

While fluoride exposure hasn’t been studied in dogs or cats, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, ample research points to the dangers of fluoride to human health, including: n Arthritis n Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) n Bone fractures n Brain damage and lowered IQ n Damaged sperm and increased infertility n Deactivation of 62 enzymes n Dementia n Disrupted immune system n Disrupted synthesis of collagen n Genetic damage and cell death n Hyperactivity and/or lethargy n Impaired sleep (inhibits melatonin produced by the pineal gland) n Increased lead absorption n Increased tumor and cancer rate n Inhibited formation of antibodies n Lowered thyroid function n Muscle disorders

Fluoride Dangers to Canines Dogs are at substantial long-term risk for exposure to unacceptably high levels of fluoride. They are, for example,

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soil and thus some food plants and water supplies. More enters food via use of fluoride-based pesticides and commercial processing facilities. The EWG advises that two-thirds of all Americans, along with pets and farm animals, are exposed to artificially fluoridated tap water.


at significantly higher probability for bone cancer than humans, with more than 8,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., compared with about 900 human cases. According to the EWG, a dog drinking normal amounts of tap water would be exposed to 0.05 to 0.1 milligram (mg) of fluoride per kilogram (kg) of body weight daily. A 10-pound puppy that daily eats about a cup of dog food would ingest approximately 0.25 mg fluoride per kg body weight a day, based on average fluoride content in the eight contaminated brands it tested. Altogether, the puppy could be exposed to 3.5 times more fluoride than the EPA allows in drinking water. Large breed puppies may be exposed to even more fluoride due to higher water intake. Whatever the size and the appetite of a dog, combined fluoride exposure from food and water can easily become unsafe. Eating the same food every day, they may be constantly consuming more fluoride than is healthy for normal growth, leading to health problems and higher veterinary bills later in life.

Prevent High Ingestion of Fluoride

The EWG recommends owners purchase pet foods free of bone meal and other meals made from animal

byproducts. It also suggests that government set fluoride limits in pet food that protect both puppies and large breeds most at risk for bone cancer. Dr. Michael W. Fox, an internationally recognized veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, recommends providing pets with fluoride-free water; spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water also works well. In preparing homemade food for a pet, make sure any added bone meal is free of fluoride and lead. Ethical bone meal producers will test for these contaminants; verify with the source. Fox suggests a good bone meal substitute might be fossilized oyster shell, dolomite or a synthesized or refined calcium supplement like calcium citrate, ascorbate, stearate or gluconate. Or, consider a pure tricalcium and dicalcium phosphate, blended with magnesium. Fox attests that bones from longer-lived food animals such as dairy cows, laying hens and breeding stock likely contain higher levels of fluoride than shorter-lived animals like chickens, calves and lambs. In his article “Fluoride in Pet Food: A Serious Health Risk for Both Dogs and Cats?” he writes: “Fluorides accumulate in farmed animals

over time from phosphate fertilizers, phosphate supplements, bone meal and fish meal supplements and pesticide and industrial-pollution-contaminated pastures and animal feed. The bones, fins, gills and scales of fish are often high in fluoride.” He recommends raw food diets that avoid ground bone from older animals like beef cattle and adult sheep. Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (

Fluoride-Free Feeding Tips n In homemade food preparation, avoid Teflon-coated pans, which may increase the fluoride levels in food. n Avoid cooking with fluoridated water, which concentrates fluoride in the food. n Avoid toothpaste or oral rinses intended for humans, to brush canine teeth. Dental health products made for pets are fluoride-free.

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Marvelous Magnesium

Flotation Therapy

Isolation Tanks Induce Deep Rest and Healing by Gina McGalliard


ensory isolation in a flotation tank is known for inducing deep relaxation with subsequent improved health. A 2014 study published in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry investigating the effects of a series of flotation tank treatments for 65 participants, showed it to be an effective measure in decreasing stress, depression, anxiety and pain, while enhancing a sense of optimism and quality of sleep. The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea, by Michael Hutchison, reports on 20th-century research suggesting the therapy can help allay ailments like chronic pain, migraines and sore muscles. There’s also evidence for enhanced meditation, creativity and spiritual experiences. Float therapy was invented by Dr. John C. Lilly, a neurophysiology specialist. The individual enters an enclosed tank containing 11 inches of water heated to 93.5 degrees—a normal temperature for human skin—


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and some 1,000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salt. The effect is like buoyantly floating in the Dead Sea, but in a clean, quiet, private realm. The water is typically filtered three to five times between each session and sanitized using UV light; some also use peroxide and ozone gas to purify the water. Without any sensory input—no sight, sound or tactile sensations—the floater typically enters a profound deeply calm state of theta brain waves that tends to bring the subconscious to the surface. It can take experienced meditators years to learn to consistently achieve this condition, remarks Bryan Gray, of Float North County, a spa in Solana Beach, California.

Ultimate Meditation Venue Scientific research has shown that floating can release the feel-good neurotransmitters endorphins and dopamine, and lower the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Studies performed by the Laureate

Lying for an hour in water infused with Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, the body receives a huge infusion of magnesium, a mineral essential to optimal health. While calcium and vitamin D deficiencies get more attention, it’s even more likely most of us are low on this element due to magnesium-depleting drugs and inadequate farm soils. Many ailments shown by research to be helped by floating have also been linked to magnesium deficiency.The mineral is also essential for heart health, strong bones and central nervous system function, as reported in The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean, a physician and naturopath in Kihei, Hawaii.

Wide-Ranging Healings

Chronic pain sufferers often find relief through floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax. The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream, reports Hutchison. The sheer tranquility of floating can alleviate some mental health issues. “We’ve had several people with post-traumatic stress disorder. One man has returned six times and says he’s advanced more in the last three months while floating than he did in the prior five to 10 years,” says Andy Larson, owner of Float Milwaukee. Athletes also appreciate floating because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious mind enables them to better visualize improved performance.


Institute of Brain Research, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which maintains a float clinic, have found the therapy is an effective treatment for patients with anxiety disorders. “It frees your mind of distraction and puts it in a zone,” explains Gray. “It removes the need for fight or flight, so those hormones are reduced. That part of the brain mellows out.”


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Floaters can fall into what sleep specialists call the hypnagogic state, meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “Eureka!” problem-solving moments in the tank, says Hutchison. This phenomenon can be especially beneficial for creative artists. “We have a girl that always emerges from the tank with an idea for a new painting,” says Gray. He also regularly hosts a composer that has worked with famous singers, who has experienced innovative musical breakthroughs while floating. Floating is among the rare healing modalities that can benefit body, mind and spirit in just one hour, with repeat benefits. Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at

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FABULOUS FAN FARE Healthy Tailgating Foods to Cheer For by Judith Fertig


at, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million

Americans tailgate annually. Whether we’re on the road or at home, making the menu healthy is a winning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, two experts divulge their winning ways. Says Debbie Moose, author of

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.


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Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home, Ivy League schools like Princeton and Yale claim credit for pregame picnics that 19th-century sports fans packed into their horse and buggy for local road trips. Moose lives in the tailgate trifecta of the North Carolina triangle, home to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest universities. She enjoyed discovering that University of Washington sports fans from the Seattle area like to sail to their chosen picnic spots, while University of Hawaii folks grill fish on hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, which can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. “At the game or at home, your guests will be moving around, so go for foods that can be eaten with one hand,” she suggests. She also plans her menu around color, universal appeal and variety because it’s healthier than just serving a mound of barbecued chicken wings and a big bowl of potato chips. She likes recipes that can do double duty; her black bean summer salad with cherry tomatoes and corn can function as a colorful side dish or as a salsa for non-GMO blue corn chips. “Recipes that you can do ahead of time make things easier on game day; just pull them from the fridge and go,” says Moose. Daina Falk, of New York City, grew up around professional athletes because her father, David Falk, is a well-known sports agent. Excitement-generating sports are in her

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blood and inspired her to write The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook. She knows that most of the tailgating in her area takes place for football and baseball games and NASCAR races. On, Falk serves up tips for every fangating/homegating occasion, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl. “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each team. For instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama versus Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish with white sauce and oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the local foods in the universities’ respective hometowns.” Falk recommends buying more local beer than needed to make sure not to run out. Game day guests can get hot and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of filtered water in non-breakable containers. For easy entertaining, Falk recommends biodegradable dishes and cups. “Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, a glass will likely be broken,” she says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk of glass shards by committing to temporary cups and plates that are Earth-friendly and compostable.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Healthy Tailgating Recipes Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the sliced onions in a colander over the sink. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until combined. Stir in the garlic. Set aside. When the water comes to a boil, add the green beans. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or just until the beans are bright green; do not overcook.

Crowd-Pleasing Marinated Green Beans Yields: 8 servings This simple salad is easy to double or triple. Make it the day before the game and refrigerate. ½ large red onion, thinly sliced 1 /3 cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup herb-flavored white wine vinegar or regular white wine vinegar Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed, but left long

Pour the beans and hot water over the onions in the colander. Rinse under cold running water to cool down. Drain well for a few minutes. Place the beans and onions in a large bowl or large re-sealable plastic bag. Pour the dressing in and mix with the vegetables. Refrigerate four hours or overnight, stirring or shaking occasionally. Let come to room temperature before serving. Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home.

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Chilled Red Bell Pepper Soup Yields: 4 small servings Quadruple this recipe to make soup for a larger gathering. Serve in small sipping cups—cold for games in hot weather or hot for games in cold weather.

Black Bean Summer Salad Yields: 8 side dishes or 4 light meals This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd. 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and well drained 5 or 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 large sweet banana pepper, seeded and chopped 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp lime juice 2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp chili powder Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 /3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes.

1 red bell pepper, stemmed ½ cup low-fat Greek or dairy-free yogurt ¼ yellow onion 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 small/mini-cucumber ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard 4 large garlic cloves 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil Garnish: Flat leaf (Italian) parsley (minced optional) Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds Blend all main ingredients, except garnish, in a high-speed blender into purée. Serve topped with the parsley and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds. Adapted from Daina Falk’s

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro. Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together.

Michelada Yields: 8 servings Mix this cocktail in a pitcher and serve over ice. Part bloody Mary and part beer, the umami flavor comes from Maggi Seasoning, a bottled condiment available at better grocery stores. Glass Rimmer: Lime wedges (plus more for serving) 2 Tbsp kosher salt ½ tsp chili powder Michelada: 1 (32 oz) bottle of chilled Clamato (about 4 cups) 1 (32 oz) bottle or 3 (12 oz) bottles chilled Mexican lager ½ cup fresh lime juice 1½ tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp bottled hot sauce 1 tsp bottled Maggi Seasoning For the glass rimmer, mix the kosher salt and chili powder on a small plate. Rub rims of pint glasses with lime wedges and dip in salt mixture. Set aside.

Note: If using frozen corn, drain it well and lightly sauté in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil before adding it to the salad. This removes moisture that may make the salad watery.

Mix Clamato, lager, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and Maggi Seasoning in a large pitcher. Fill glasses with ice, top off with Michelada mixture and garnish with added lime wedges.

Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Southern Holidays: A Savor the South Cookbook.

Adapted from Judith Fertig’s 500 Mexican Dishes.


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Vegetarian-Friendly Barbecue Cauliflower Nuggets Yields: 8 appetizer servings Plant-based barbecue is a home run or touchdown. 1 head of cauliflower 1 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour 1 Tbsp barbecue spice blend 1 cup nut milk of choice 1 cup tomato-based barbecue sauce Accompaniment: Dipping sauce of choice Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and separate cauliflower florets into small- to medium-sized pieces. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the barbecue spice, flour and nut milk until smooth. Dredge each piece of cauliflower in the batter before placing it on the baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the cauliflower with barbecue sauce and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the cauliflower from the baking sheet and plate alongside a dipping sauce of your choice. Adapted from Daina Falk’s natural awakenings September 2017


wisewords Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo



n 2008, the Sebastopol, California, filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science and grounded in direct experience. The next year, they organized the first SAND conference, exploring nonduality and the nature of consciousness. Since then, the duo has been producing short films that contribute to the expansion of human awareness, and hosting annual conferences in the U.S. and Europe involving leading scientists, academics and other pioneering thinkers. Thousands of participants from around the world interact in forums and respectful dialogues with luminaries such as Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., a professor of computational physics at Chapman University, in Orange, California; Peter Russell, a theoretical physicist and author of From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness; Robert


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Thurman, Ph.D., professor of Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, in New York City; evolutionary biologist Elisabet Sahtouris, author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution; and Robert Lanza, physician, scientist and co-author of Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.

Where do revelations about a deeper reality begin? MB: Individual and communal explorations often occur around life’s big questions, such as what it means to be conscious and to seek meaning and purpose; the possible place of intuition as the edge where knowledge meets the unknown and unknowable; and how crucial individual awakening is to social transformation.

What is meant by nonduality? ZB: Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual and scientific understanding of fundamental oneness in which there is no separation. Through quantum mechanics, Western science has reached an understanding

of what Eastern mystics have long understood. Duality, generally determined in terms of opposites such as self and other, conscious and unconscious, illusion and reality, as well as separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion. Nonduality is the understanding that our identifying with common dualisms avoids recognition of a deeper reality. Until recently, human sciences have ignored the problem of consciousness by calling it the “hard problem”. This has led to our present fragmented worldview rife with chaos, conflict and crises. It may be time for scientists to accept the discoveries of the mystics and consider consciousness intrinsic to every observed scientific phenomenon. Understanding that consciousness is the key to the universe, reality and ourselves may be the missing link in bridging science and spirituality.

What difference can exploring the nature of consciousness make? ZB: Understanding the new science that points to consciousness as all-pervasive and the fundamental building block of reality—that we are all made of the same essence, like drops in the ocean—can change how we approach and harmonize day-to-day living. We can be far more open, peaceful and accepting of others. Absurd violence, as well as economic, social and political crises, could all be things of the past, based on a new quantum understanding of our interconnectedness and oneness.

How has the nonduality movement evolved? MB: SAND has evolved into something we never imagined when we began discussing the ideas that the true spirit of science and spiritually is best supported by an open mind and a non-dogmatic inquiry; while science seeks to understand our external reality and spiritual thinkers seek to understand our inner, personal experience of consciousness, these seemingly different disciplines rarely come together in open dialogue. It became more evident that we weren’t looking for scientific answers or proof of what spiritual wisdom traditions teach, but rather to expand the questions asked of both science and spirituality. Open-ended questions arise such as: What if space and time are just useful maps and quantum mechanics is pointing us to a deeper reality more mysterious than we can ever imagine? What if science and spirituality, while responding to our collective aspiration to grow and progress, would no longer need to carry the burden of having all the answers? What if we considered our search open-ended, rather then having to arrive at a grand theory of life or final state of enlightenment? What if, while we probe deeper into reality and who we are, we realize that knowledge gathered will always be just a stepping-stone? For information about the 2017 conference in San Jose from Oct. 18 to 22, visit Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at natural awakenings September 2017


in Energy and Environmental Design-certified Schlitz Audubon Nature Center includes three nature-focused indoor classrooms and three outdoor areas—two with manmade structures like a slide and picnic tables, and one left completely natural. Founding Director Patti Bailie says the children spend most of their day outside and teachers can take them beyond the play areas to explore 185 acres of prairie, forest, wetlands and lakefront beach habitats.

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NATURE’S CLASSROOM Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child by Meredith Montgomery

ECO currently collaborates with seven Vermont public schools from preschool to high school, offering year-long programs for students in inquiry-based outdoor learning for up to four hours a week. “We immerse ourselves in nature with a 10-minute hike into the forest,” says program coordinator Melissa Purdy. Students first learn safety protocols and how to set up camp. Introducing skill-appropriate tools, preschoolers whittle sticks, third-graders build teepees and lean-tos, and high school students build bridges across streams.

Building Resiliency Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits.


or youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom—rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, in Milwaukee, children use downed wood to build forts and fires. Students of Vermont’s Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) program use spray bottles of colored water to spell words in the snow.

ings, playgrounds or commercially produced furniture and 30 percent less overhead, “We can make exceptional education affordable,” remarks CEO Andrew Jay. “Most of the day is spent exploring the forest. If children see salmon in the stream, we observe them from a bridge, and then search out the headwaters to see where they’re coming from,” explains Jay.

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Based on the publicly funded forest kindergarten model used by Scandinavian countries since 1995, Tiny Trees encompasses seven urban park locations throughout the city, ranging from 15 to 160 acres. With no build-

The launch of Earth Day in 1970 and America’s nature center movement in the 1960s yielded another immersive nature-based model that includes indoor learning. The preschool at the Leadership


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Sharing space with insects and plants requires special safety protocols and preparation, but the injury rate of outdoor learning is no higher than that of indoor schools. “Children are building risk literacy—they climb trees, but only to safe heights; they step on wet rocks, but learn how to do so without falling,” says Jay. Classrooms without walls work because students have a sense of freedom within reasonable boundaries. “In winter, we dress warmly and do more hiking to generate body heat. We use picnic shelters in heavy rains. Children don’t have anxiety about the future—rain means puddles to splash in and snow means building snowmen,” says Jay.

Developing the Whole Child Outdoor learning naturally creates knowledge of local ecosystems, environmental stewards and a sense of place, but teachers also observe many

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other developmental benefits. At the Magnolia Nature School, at Camp McDowell, in Nauvoo, Alabama, Madeleine Pearce’s agile and surefooted preschoolers can hike three miles. Located in a rural county with a 67 percent poverty rate, the school partners with Head Start to secure tuition-free opportunities for families. Pearce attests how exploring the 1,100-acre property fosters language skills. “With less teacher instruction, children have more time to talk freely with each other.” Instead of loudly calling kids in, Purdy uses bird calls or a drum, which fosters a sense of peace and respect. During daily sit time students observe themselves as a part of nature. “As birds sing and wildlife appears, children see the rewards of quiet and stillness, so self-regulation becomes natural,” agrees Bailie. Bailie sees how children in forest kindergartens express better motor skills, physical development and cognitive abilities than those restricted to traditional playgrounds. Natural playscapes change with the season, are sensory-rich and provide extra oxygen to the brain—all factors that correlate to brain development. Such benefits are reported in BrainBased Learning by Eric Jensen, Brain Rules by John J. Medina and the Early Childhood Education Journal. Outdoor preschools also foster microbial exposure, essential for healthy immune system development. “Without this exposure, children are at increased risk for developing allergies, asthma, irritable bowel disease, obesity and diabetes later in life,” says B. Brett Finlay, Ph.D., author of Let Them Eat Dirt, which cites supporting science. Kindergarten readiness is a goal of all preschools, but Pearce doesn’t believe a traditional academic focus is required. “By putting nature first, children are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten,” she says. “They know how to conquer challenges and are ready to take on academics.”

OUTDOOR PLAY “We are innately connected to nature, but need to provide opportunities to make that connection,” says Patti Bailie, former assistant director of Antioch University’s nature-based Early Childhood certificate program, in Keene, New Hampshire. Here’s how. Get wild at home. Hang bird feeders, grow wildlife-attracting plants, start a compost pile and designate an area of the yard for natural play where kids can dig

and the grass isn’t mowed. Explore a forest instead of a playground. Without swing sets and toys, children create imaginative play, build forts and climb trees. Incorporate active transportation into the family routine. Walk, bike or paddle. Rain gear and flashlights enable rainy and after-dark explorations. Join a family nature club. At, connect with other families that value and use the natural world for playing, growing and learning via their Natural Families Forum.

Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving natural awakenings September 2017


calendarofevents FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Essential Oils Foundations – 6:30-8pm. Join us for a session on essential oils as we cover one or two plants and learn about benefits, contraindications, chemistry and more. Smell various brands and see the plant that produces the oil. Donation based. All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Rd, Delaware. 419-560-7100.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Preschool Yoga: Ages Two to Four – (Series: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7) 9:45-10:15am. We will highlight learning yoga through unique, child-friendly poses, as well as with songs, stories and games to create an enriching activity for parents and children alike. No prior yoga experience is required and if needed, yoga mats are available for class use. $15 per class. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437, Ext 207. WholeKidsPediatrics. com/Yoga-and-Wellness. Moon Medicine and Yoni Bliss – 2-3:30pm. In this workshop, we will introduce women to honoring our most sacred feminine space. Learn about the Yoni steaming process, also known as Bajos in the Mayan tradition. This powerful ancient remedy has been used for centuries by women worldwide to support deep holistic wellness. We will talk about how to safely, peacefully and discreetly practice this beautiful ritual at home, as well as what herbs to use and why, plus how this practice can maintain female reproductive health and help various conditions such as menstrual cramps, hormone imbalance, fibroids, ovarian cysts and more. This ritual also provides an opportunity to heal from past relationships, traumas, shame and guilt. Free. Om2Ohm Meditation and Wellness Center, 324 W Case St, Powell. 614-787-0584.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Animal Reiki – 9am-5pm. Animal Reiki is an energetic connection, specially adapted to pets and other animals, that offers targeted pain and stress reduction techniques through light touch. Practitioners can take a more active role in animal health and well-being by being able to understand and energetically work with animals. In this fullday class, we will learn treatment techniques for assessing energy imbalances throughout the animal chakra system (energy centers) and how to work with each of these energy centers to enhance the effectiveness of each session. This class is especially beneficial to those who care for and work with animals either in a professional or volunteer capacity. Includes hands-on practice and an animal-themed meditation. Prerequisite: Reiki I or equivalent Reiki training. Maximum of four students, to permit maximum time for personal instruction. Instructors: Denise Musser and Kaye Smith. $150. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Tummy Time Series – (Series: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26) 9:30-10:15am. The Tummy Time Method Series is designed for newborns to pre-crawling babies. There are four classes in this series, and in each we will teach parents to engage with their babies in a


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relaxing way to promote more time on the belly. Led by Allyson Wessells, physical therapist and lactation consultant. Please bring a baby blanket. $45. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437, Ext 207.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Full Moon Drumming – 7-10pm. Each full moon, the All Life Community honors the lunar cycle of life with celebratory drumming. This family-friendly event is open to the public. During cold-weather months we gather fireside indoors, and during the warmer months we enjoy a bonfire outside. Bring an instrument or use one of ours. Donation based. All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Rd, Delaware. 740-201-8242.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Taste of Holistic: Touch for Health and Guided Imagery – 6:30-8pm. In this introductory class, we will learn about muscle testing and how it can help, as well as what guided imagery is and how it can be useful for personal growth. Includes demonstrations. Free. American Institute of Alternative Medicine, 6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus. 614-825-6255.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Introduction to the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – 9am-4:30pm. Join us for an all-day immersion and learn about tapping and EFT, that has a 96 percent effectiveness rate based on more than 60 studies in peer-reviewed journals. EFT is useful for reducing the stress response and can improve mental and physical well-being. We will explore how to use the technique to work on a variety of problems, such as inflammatory conditions, pain, PTSD, anxiety, depression and chronic illness. EFT helps to recondition the sympathetic nervous system to stop overreacting to triggers and reduce circulating cortisol and other stress hormones that contribute to inflammation and chronic illness. We will follow up the class with a six-week tapping circle. Instructor: Patrice Rancour. $150. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. Diana Rankin’s Sacred Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Sacred Circle Meditations and Messages include an evening of story, a guided meditation for personal and planetary healing, plus individual psychic messages from Spirit for participants. Gathering in Sacred Circle helps accelerate growth and manifest dreams and desires. Sacred Circle helps to alleviate suffering in our world and heal our planet. Sacred Circles begin with a story, often about an ancient myth and how the story fits into our modern lives. After the story, there is a guided meditation to take us on a personal journey that adds to the world. In the third part of Sacred Circle Diana will give psychic messages to audience members. Messages are teaching moments that have meaning for everyone in attendance. $20. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. Full Moon Goddess Circle – 7-9:30pm. The full moon beckons us once a month to slow down and reflect on our current life journey. Join us for a night of deep connection, manifesting and healing.

Cleanse personal energy by releasing that which no longer serves. Invite guides, angels and masters to accompany and instruct. Create intentions, connect with the inner Goddess and flow with the energy of the full moon in the company of like-minded women. $30. Om2Ohm Meditation and Wellness Center, 324 W Case St, Powell. 614-787-0584.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Mommy/Daddy and Baby Yoga – (Series: 9/16, 9/23) 9-9:30am. This class runs in a four-week series of sessions. Parents do yoga poses with their infants. This gentle practice is for moms, dads and caregivers, as well as babies who are pre-crawling. We focus on helping the new mother recover from the birthing process while strengthening the bond between parent and child. No prior yoga experience is required and if needed, yoga mats are available for class use. $15 per class. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437, Ext 207. Self-Empowerment Workshop – 1-4pm. This innovative and enlightening workshop guides us in releasing energetic blockages that hinder our lives. Self-empowerment is designed to get personal power back, and then own it. To do this, we must desensitize words that hinder power and remove energetic patterns that our bodies are hanging onto from this lifetime as well as past lifetimes. Cutting the psychic cords of non-beneficial people or entities will also be beneficial in gaining back power. This class is especially designed to raise consciousness levels to higher realms and align the body with a personal spiritual journey and original blueprint. Instructor: Mary Bannon. $55. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. Ayurvedic Women’s Health – 2-4pm. Ayurveda offers insight into achieving well-being. This workshop will focus on the feminine aspects of lifestyle practices for skin care, stress management and general health, plus touch on breast care and support during monthly cycles. We will explore the constitution and current state of doshic balance to understand what is optimal. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Mandala Center for the Movement Arts, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 614-3690664.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Inner Vision Quest and Soul Remembrance – 11:30am-3:30pm. Join us for a full day of meditative journeying, ritual and celebration of summoning soul parts home. This is a divine invitation to “remember” the full spiritual nature and potential we possess. We will intentionally target our inner worlds, cultivating the encounter with The Self by going deeply within. This will be a quest to awaken those insights as experiences to allow you both inner and outer expansion. Sheri Rathburn, Master Teacher and Healer, will demonstrate how to go deep inside to discover what is hidden there, plus how to go even deeper to discover the depth of the heart, as well as how to dive further still into the state of Oneness. $99. Om2Ohm Meditation and Wellness Center, 324 W Case St, Powell. 614-787-0584. The Levins: In Concert – 1-2:15pm. Join the Columbus Center for Spiritual Living and sing along with award-winning singer songwriters The Levins, a New York-based, harmony-driven

transformational folk duo dedicated to making the world a happier place by uplifting the spirit of humanity. Their sun-splashed style underscores the positive messages of love, peace and self-awareness. Donation based. Northwest Masonic Temple, 2436 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus. 614-2160340. Ayurvedic Men’s Health – 2-4pm. Explore the masculine aspects of health, both in mind and body, from an Ayurvedic viewpoint. We will review lifestyle practices to support the three doshas that determine a person’s constitution and current state of balance, as well as offer tips to manage stress, energy levels, sleep issues, hair loss and prostate health. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Mandala Center for the Movement Arts, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 614-369-0664.


Aromatherapy Class – (Series: 9/17, 9/30, 10/1) 8am-5pm. In this two-week course, we will discover how essential oils can be used to enhance health and happiness. Participants will learn how to effectively use daily essential oils, as well as their history, how to choose quality oils, their methods of application, blending techniques, contraindications and basic aroma chemistry, plus specific therapeutic and creative uses. If registration requirements are not met, this class is subject to cancellation. Passing a final exam is required to obtain 32 CE credit units. $320, with an additional lab fee of $50. American Institute of Alternative Medicine, 6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus. 614-825-6255. Nutrition and Yoga for Emotional Health: ADHD and Mood – 10:30-11:30am. This interactive class will cover nutritional strategies and yoga

for attention and mood problems such as ADHD, anxiety and depression. Led by integrative physician and yoga teacher, Dhanu Sant, students will learn nutrition and yoga for managing emotional health and will leave with handouts that detail sample practice routines to use at home. No prior yoga experience is necessary. $25. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437, Ext 207. WholeKidsPediatrics. com/Yoga-and-Wellness. Workshop: A Hero’s Journey – 1-4pm. Learn how we can be the heroes of our own lives, and how we sometimes ignore our life calling because of fear and doubts. We will discuss how to find power, face our fears and be catapulted into the best version of ourselves. Participants will celebrate past triumphs and reflect on the powers harnessed from them, acknowledge past

Prenatal Yoga – (Series: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16) 7:30-8:45pm. Prenatal yoga is designed to modify yoga for the pregnant body. This sixweek course will include stretching and breathing exercises to accommodate the changes throughout pregnancy, and in preparation for labor and delivery. Please wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to be in bare feet. No prior yoga experience is necessary. $80. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437, Ext 207. WholeKidsPediatrics. com/Yoga-and-Wellness.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Infant Massage – (Series: 9/19, 9/26) 10:3011:15am. During this three-week series, we will talk about the basics of infant massage. Massage can assist with symptoms of colic, gas and constipation, as well as promote relaxation and improve sleep quality. Please bring a baby blanket. $35. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437, Ext 207. AIAM Fall Open House – 5-7pm. Guests will receive a choice of a complimentary service in the area of acupuncture, cupping, chair massage, health screens or reflexology as well as be entered into a raffle with a chance to win a $60 gift card. We will provide information on our clinic and our programs in acupuncture, massage, nursing and holistic wellness, give guided tours of the school, plus offer refreshments and other activities. Must RSVP to the email listed below to attend. Free. American Institute of Alternative Medicine, 6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus. 614-825-6255.


featuredevent Body Mind Spirit Expo September 16-17 Sat, 10am-7pm • Sun, 10am-6pm Ohio Expo Center, Cardinal Hall 717 E 17th Ave, Columbus Featuring over 80 talks and seminars from natural health experts, psychics, readers and healers. Over 150 exhibitors will help foster personal growth. natural awakenings September 2017


missed opportunities and map a course for a new adventure. Led by life coach Monica Linson. Free. Om2Ohm Meditation and Wellness Center, 324 W Case St, Powell. 614-787-0584. Chronic Illness and Invisible Disease Support Group – 1:30-2:30pm. This is a space where people can find a supportive community as they face challenges of living with chronic illness, especially with hidden or invisible conditions. Facilitated by psychologist Sarah Reimer, PhD. and applied anatomist Melinda Cooksey, PhD. Free. All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Rd, Delaware. 740-201-8242.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Essential Oils 101: All Oils are Not Created Equal – 6:30-7:15pm. Join us for the first of five complimentary classes that provide an introduction to, and focus on the important power of, essential oils. We will explore how they vary, including the growth and harvest of their plant sources, the distillation methods used to obtain the oil and the quality testing process. We will learn how to use the oils thru aromatic diffusion, topical application and dietary consumption. In addition, we will learn how the oils can contribute to positive mental state, enhance spiritual awareness, purify the home and refine a beauty routine. Participants must RSVP to attend. Bring a friend to receive an essential oil-infused gift. Free. Radiant Living, 3805 N High St, Ste 204, Columbus. 740-400-8775. BrandiLong@

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Coffee and Conversation at All Life – 8-10am. Meet and form relationships with other small business owners and independent operatives. Sample items from The Secret Garden Bakery and sip coffee while engaging in conversation with new friends, or refresh existing ones. Free. All Life Center, 123 Hyatts Rd, Delaware. 513-543-6596. Soul Session: Sacred Music and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a deep and joyful meditation, interspersed with poetry and music from Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett. Hosted by Columbus Center for Spiritual Living. Donation based. Clintonvile Woman’s Club, 3951 N High St, Columbus. 614-216-0340.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Creating a Chemical-Free Home – 6:30-7:15pm. Join us for our Essential Oils Class Series to explore how to make the home chemical free. We expose ourselves to dangerous products on a daily basis, including some products one would never expect contain toxins. “Organic” does not mean the product is free from toxic chemicals, and exposure to these compounds could be the very thing that is contributing to why we are sick, struggle emotionally, have health problems and are not living a life full of wellness, purpose and abundance. All products are made from 100 percent, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Participants must RSVP to attend. Bring a friend to receive an essential oil-infused gift. Free. Radiant Living, 3805 N High St, Ste 204, Columbus. 740-4008775.


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Taste of Holistic: Reflexology and Energy Healing – 6:30-8pm. We will learn about foot and hand reflexology points for better health, plus energy healing methods for personal use, as well as for family and pets. Free. American Institute of Alternative Medicine, 6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus. 614-825-6255.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Reiki 1 Class – (Series: 9/24) 9am-5pm. The Reiki Center is the only facility in Central Ohio to provide reiki training in the traditional method. The difference between traditional and modern reiki training is significant, as the traditional version provides a deeper understanding of the practice’s spiritual impact, including finding meaning and purpose. Learn how to identify and transmit healing energy to relieve a headache or an aching muscle without medication. Hands-on experiences will instruct how to feel energy and see its immediate impact on self, family, friends and pets. Course includes vegetarian lunches and snacks, as well as a binder of instruction materials and a certificate of completion. Instructor: Linda Groom. Maximum of eight students. $300. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614486-8323. New Moon Goddess Day Retreat – 11:11am5:55pm. The time has come to release the old, embrace the new and reawaken the Divine Feminine. We will reconnect with the cycles of nature, cleanse and clear old stuck energy, deepen our intuition by awakening and honoring divine feminine energies, plus learn how to work with both new moon and full moon energies to manifest what is desired. Includes a lunch and workshop materials. $99. Om2Ohm Meditation and Wellness Center, 324 W Case St, Powell. 614-787-0584. Ayurvedic Practices for Healthy Aging – 2-4pm. As the seasons change, so do our bodies. In this workshop, we will discuss how Ayurveda views the cycle of life, including how to understand personal constitution and how to maintain and/ or restore balance in times of change. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The Mandala Center for the Movement Arts, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 614-369-0664.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Chemical-Free Personal Care – 6:30-7:15pm. Join us for our Essential Oils Class Series to explore the importance of having a chemical-free personal care routine. Women apply over 300 chemicals to their skin each day that can disrupt the endocrine system, are highly carcinogenic and have been found in tumors. When we use these products on our skin, the toxins can build up and accumulate within our bodies in a process called bioaccumulation. This means the more we expose ourselves to these toxins, the harder it is for our bodies to break them down. This class provides an introduction to safe personal care products infused with 100 percent, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Participants must RSVP to attend. Bring a friend to receive an essential oil-infused gift. Free. Radiant Living, 3805 N High St, Ste 204, Columbus. 740-400-8775.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Essential Oils in the Kitchen – 6:30-7:15pm. Join us for our Essential Oils Class Series on how to explore with oils in the kitchen. This class will allow participants to sample foods made with 100 percent, therapeutic-grade essential oils and leave with recipes to share and try at home. Oils can be used as a dietary supplement, in main course dishes, desserts and in a daily smoothie or juice regimen. Essential oils can help support all the systems of the body, and a fun, exciting way to use them is in the kitchen. Participants must RSVP to attend. Bring a friend to receive an essential oil-infused gift. Free. Radiant Living, 3805 N High St, Ste 204, Columbus. 740-400-8775. BrandiLong@

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Livin’ on Horse Time and the Fine Art of Being: A Retreat to the Ranch for Busy Women – (Series: 9/29) 9:30am-4:30pm. It takes time to feed and care for the soul. Join us for Deep Time over two immersive days and one overnight of restorative, reflective and embodied nature activities with rescued horses. Sessions throughout both days will engage the mind, body and spirit in creative and contemplative experiences that deepen self-knowledge. $275. Circle P Ranch and Lutheran Memorial Camp, Fulton. 740-625-5661.


featuredevent Women’s Wellness Conference – 8:30am-2pm. Join us for workshops and talks on nutrition, fitness and stress management, as well as massage, acupuncture and muscle activation technique demonstrations. Health, wellness and beauty vendors will be present. $25. Northwest United Methodist Church, 5200 Riverside Dr, Upper Arlington. Nutrition and Yoga for Asthma – 10:3011:30am. This interactive class is designed to improve breathing patterns by using gentle movement, relaxation and breathing exercises. In addition to the yoga practice, we will present nutritional strategies that reduce inflammation, a major component of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Participants will leave with handouts that detail sample yoga routines to practice at home, as well as nutritional guidelines. No prior yoga experience is necessary. $25. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437, Ext 207. Children and Essential Oils – 1-1:45pm. Join us in the last installment in our five-part Essential Oils Class Series. Growing up is a lot of work, but we can help children along the way by using Young Living KidScents oils. These mild essential oil blends are safe, pure alternatives to commercial solutions, plus they are specially formulated to just the right strength for children, meaning they do not need to be diluted. These oils are used for outdoor activities, before nap or bedtime routines or in the case of sniffles, as well as during homework time, music practice or creative projects, and even at mealtimes. Participants must RSVP to attend. Bring a friend to receive an essential oil-infused gift. Free. Radiant Living, 3805 N High St, Ste 204, Columbus. 740-400-8775. BrandiLong@

Franklinton Farm Stand – 3-6:30pm. Offering area residents access to fresh, healthy and local foods at low prices. Accepting food stamp/EBT cards, WIC and Senior coupons, as well as Veggie SNAPS tokens. Proceeds from sales at the Franklinton Farm Stand help sustain the larger mission of Franklinton Gardens. 1003 W Town St, Columbus.


saturday Union County Farmers Market – 8-11am. Seasonal offerings of locally grown, raised, baked and made goods. 160 E 6th St, Marysville. 937-6448530.

daily HTH Farm Market – See website for day-specific hours. Fresh seasonal produce, plants and mulch, locally-raised beef and chicken, plus specialty items such as brown eggs, jams, jellies, Amish cheese and pies. 2340 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Linworth. 614-266-9377. Summit Ridge Farm Market – CLOSED on Mondays. See website for day-specific hours. Fresh produce, local honey, Amish baked goods, brown eggs, jams, jerky and more. 14282 National Rd SW, Reynoldsburg. 614-864-4040.

tuesday Pearl Market – 10:30am-1:30pm. This urban market delivers a merchant mix reflective of the rich cultural diversity of Central Ohio, including a wide array of locally-grown produce, hand-crafted merchandise and delicious food. 19 N Pearl St, Columbus. 614-591-4509. Granville Summer Market – 3-6pm. 484 S Main St, Granville. 740-334-4804. Hilliard Farm Market – ENDS September 12. 4-7pm. A ministry of Hilliard United Methodist Church. Featuring food trucks weekly. 5445 Scioto Darby Rd, Hilliard.

wednesday Outdoor Farm and Handcraft Market – 2-7pm. 508 N Cassady Ave, Bexley. 614-2523951. Upper Arlington Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. Locally produced fruits, veggies, herbs, breads, pork, beef, flowers and dairy, plus specialty products such as jerky, organic dog food and treats, gourmet granola and soy candles. 1945 Ridgeview Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-583-5057. Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers’ Market – ENDS September 6. 3:30-6:30pm. Seasonal vegetables and fruits, flowers and plants, baked goods, honey, sauces, oils and vinegars, as well as cooking and wellness demonstrations, food trucks,

live music and kids’ crafts. 1777 E Broad St, Columbus. 614-715-8000.

thursday Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market – ENDS September 7. 3-6pm. 1520 Davidson Dr, Reynoldsburg. 614-322-6839. ReynoldsburgFarmersMarket. Franklinton Farm Stand – 3-6:30pm. Offering area residents access to fresh, healthy and local foods at low prices. Accepting food stamp/ EBT cards, WIC and Senior coupons, as well as Veggie SNAPS tokens. Proceeds from sales at the Franklinton Farm Stand help sustain the larger mission of Franklinton Gardens. 1003 W Town St, Columbus. All Life Community Market – 4-7pm. Cooking demonstrations and locally grown fresh fruits and veggies. 5700 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center. 740-201-8242. Bexley Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Where farms meet Main Street. Local produce, meats and cheeses, children’s events, live music, food trucks. 2111 E Main St., Bexley. New Albany Farmers Market – ENDS September 7. 4-7pm. Over 60 vendors and 10 food trucks, artists, music and more. 200 Market Sq, New Albany. 614-390-2733. NAFarmersMarket. Olde Pickerington Farmers’ Market – 4-7pm. Fresh Ohio-grown produce, baked goods, honey, meats, crafts, prepared foods and more. 89 N Center St, Pickerington. 614-681-1440. Plain City Farmers’ Market – 4:30-7pm. Fresh fruits and veggies, baked and canned goods, pet treats, plants and cut flowers, live music and activities for children and adults. 105 W Main St, Plain City.

friday Pearl Market – 10:30am-1:30pm. This urban market delivers a merchant mix reflective of the rich cultural diversity of Central Ohio, including a wide array of locally-grown produce, hand-crafted merchandise and delicious food. 19 N Pearl St, Columbus. 614-591-4509.

Grove City Farmers’ Market – ENDS September 9. 8am-Noon. From peaches to homemade jellies and baked goods, plus tomatoes to sweet corn on the cob. 4035 Broadway, Grove City. 614-875-9762. Worthington Farmers’ Market – 8am-Noon. Central Ohio’s largest farmers market, boasting more than 70 vendors and offering locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally produced cheeses, jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup, high-quality cuts of meat from carefully raised farm animals, eggs from pastured chickens, flowers, herbs, plants, homemade soaps, and foodstuffs. 7227 N High St, Worthington. 614-2855341. North Market Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Central Ohio’s oldest farmers’ market, serving the community since 1876. 59 Spruce St, Columbus. 614-463-9664. Granville Farmers Market – 8:30am-Noon. Featuring more than 60 vendors, including local farmers, bakers and specialty food producers. 102 E Broadway, Granville. 740-334-4804. Clintonville Farmers’ Market – 9am-Noon. A producer-only market, where everything for sale is grown or made by a local farmer or cottage food producer. 3535 N High St, Columbus. Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market – 9am-Noon. 1 S Main St, Mount Vernon. MountVernonFarmersMarket Powell Chamber Farmers’ Market – 9am-Noon. Come support local vendors who produce homemade, home-baked, or homegrown items. 240 N Liberty St, Powell. 614-888-1090. PowellChamberFarmersMarket. Sunbury Farmers’ Market – 9am-Noon. Home grown and homemade products from local vendors. 39 E Granville St, Sunbury. 740-965-2860. C.W. Farmers’ Market – 9am-Noon. One of Ohio’s longest running outdoor markets. 36 S High St, Canal Winchester. 614-270-5053. Franklinton Farm Stand – 10am-1pm. Offering area residents access to fresh, healthy and local foods at low prices. Accepting food stamp/ EBT cards, WIC and Senior coupons, as well as Veggie SNAPS tokens. Proceeds from sales at the Franklinton Farm Stand help sustain the larger mission of Franklinton Gardens. 1003 W Town St, Columbus.

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ongoingevents sunday Morning Hatha – 10-11am. It’s “Easy Like Sunday Morning.” Join Emily Dicken for a traditional Hatha yoga class with an emphasis on “workshopping” poses. Students are invited to problem solve, ask questions and listen to their body. We find new insights every week and grow together. $10. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-784-9473. Yoga Well Being – 10:30-11:45am. This class is based in the Hatha tradition. The moves are challenging, yet simple and accessible to all. Open to new and veteran students. Practice proper breathing and meditation in a warmed room. Yoga-Well-Being, 1510 Hess St, Columbus. 614432-7553. Advanced Yingjie Tai Chi – 3-4pm. This Tai Chi style blends various martial arts into a philosophy designed to develop strength, relaxation, and self-defense. Positive energy for stress relief. $35/ session, $85/monthly. The Grey Budha, 400 West Rich St, Columbus. 614-975-7683. GreyBudha. Yin Yoga – 6-7pm. Lengthen connective tissue by releasing into each posture for three to five minutes. Open to all, but not recommended for those in the third trimester of pregnancy. Shift, 1520 W 1st Ave, Grandview Heights. 614-407-4668. Lucy@

monday Nia with Jill Riley-Hetterscheidt – 9:4510:45am. All fitness level can benefit from this mindful movement to an eclectic mix of music. We will use a variety of movements from sources including martial arts, dance arts, healing arts and our imaginations. Each class will set a focus and intention to enhance the experience. Nia is designed to be done in bare feet. Please wear clothes comfortable to move in. $10, with complimentary admission for Silver Sneakers members. The Mandala Center, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 614-638-5563. Slow Flow and Core Vinyasa Yoga Classes – 1011:15am. Join us for a nurturing, reflective practice to facilitate endurance, strength, tension release and self-awareness. Drop-ins welcome. Instructor Julia McSheffery. 10-class and unlimited passes available. $14 non-members, $12 members. Center for Wholeness, 4041 N High St, Ste 100, Columbus. 614-395-2900. Beginner’s Tai Chi/Chi Gong – 5-6pm. Join Marya Barrios for this age-old Chinese system of slow, low-impact, meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation, improved balance and health. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner, accompanied by deep breathing to enhance the mind-body connection. Suitable for all levels of fitness. $10. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-784-9473. Next Level: High Intensity Training – 5:306:30pm. This total body workout shocks muscles


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with an always-changing format and set of exercises. Any fitness level can have benefit from this program. Builds endurance, reduces body fat and increases flexibility. $10. Elite Physiques, 350 E Orange Rd, Lewis Center. 740-548-3637. Salty Yoga – 7-8pm. Relax and breathe in during a one-hour Slow Flow yoga class combined with salt inhalation therapy. Instructor: Kathy Morgan. $20. City Salt Spa, 218 W Main St, Plain City. 614-873-0072.

tuesday Sunrise Meditation – 7-7:30am. Group meditation in the Dharma House studio, overlooking a wooded ravine. Suggested donation. Dharma House Columbus, 1970 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Worthington. 614-344-8409. Tea for Tuesdays – 10am-6pm. During regular Tuesday business hours, come sample a warm tea in the cold months, and a cool tea in the warm months. Free. Boline Apothecary. 15 W Dunedin Rd, Columbus. 614-517-0466. Walk-In Psychic Clinic – Noon-5:30pm. A certified psychic medium will answer big questions in a private setting. For those need clarity in just one area, instead of a full reading, or for those looking to “dip a toe in,” this is an affordable way to meet those needs in a fifteen-minute reading. $32 credit card, $30 cash. All Life Community Center, 123 Hyatts Rd, Delaware. 614-905-1668. Flow and Let Go – 6-7pm. This upbeat vinyasa class begins with a slow warm up, then moves into a rhythmic and continuous flow, building lots of heat and momentum. Clear the mind, work the body and end in a relaxed state of calmness. Yoga-Well-Being, 1510 Hess St, Columbus. 614432-7553. Gentle Yoga Class – 6:15-7:30pm. This class if perfect for beginners. It is slow-paced to release stress and gain flexibility, with modifications offered to make it a safe practice for all levels. $10. Center for Wholeness, 4041 N High St, Columbus. 614-398-0890. Salty Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Relax and breathe in during a one-hour Slow Flow yoga class combined with salt inhalation therapy. Instructor: Kathy Morgan. $20. City Salt Spa, 218 W Main St, Plain City. 614-873-0072. Mellow Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. This restorative class helps to limber up, expand a stiff back and defog a clouded mind. Yoga-Well-Being, 1510 Hess St, Columbus. 614-432-7553.

wednesday Sunrise Meditation – 7-7:30am. Group meditation in the Dharma House studio, overlooking a wooded ravine. Suggested donation. Dharma House Columbus, 1970 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Worthington. 614-344-8409.

Salty Yoga – 9-10am. Relax and breathe in during a one-hour Slow Flow yoga class combined with salt inhalation therapy. Instructor: Lindsay Davis. $20. City Salt Spa, 218 W Main St, Plain City. 614-873-0072. Slow Flow and Core Vinyasa Yoga Classes – 1011:15am. Join us for a nurturing, reflective practice to facilitate endurance, strength, tension release and self-awareness. Drop-ins welcome. Instructor Julia McSheffery. 10-class and unlimited passes available. $14 non-members, $12 members. Center for Wholeness, 4041 N High St, Ste 100, Columbus. 614-395-2900. Boys Yoga – 5:15-6pm. Unwind with us as we balance out our boys’ over-active lifestyles with stretching, breathing and fun. We will focus on core strength, body awareness, flexibility and breathing, as we nurture and grow mindfulness and self-esteem. Class will start with casual games to allow you to drop off your child between 5:15-5:30pm. $15 for an individual class, or a six-to-eight class pass for $10 per class. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437. WholeKidsPediatrics. com/Yoga-And-Wellness. Tai Chi – 6-7pm. A moving meditation done standing that centers and grounds the practitioner. Build strength and balance in the physical body while enhancing internal vital energy. Shift, 1520 W 1st Ave, Grandview Heights. 614-407-4668. Lucy@ Chair Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Designed for those who might have difficulty using a yoga mat, this class is suitable for all levels of practice and includes standing poses and balances, plus work along a wall to lengthen and strengthen the body. Taught by Sipra Pimputkar. $15. Yoga-Well-Being, 1510 Hess St, Columbus. 614-432-7553. Girls Yoga – 6:15-7pm. We empower the spirit of each individual girl as we stretch, breathe and have fun! We will focus on core strength, body awareness, flexibility and breathing as we nurture and grow mindfulness and self-esteem. Learning to let go and bring inward focus is a great tool to give your child early in life. $15 for an individual class, or a six-to-eight class pass for $10 per class. Whole Yoga and Wellness, 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus. 614-298-5437. Beginning Yingjie Tai Chi – 6:30-8pm. This Tai Chi style blends various martial arts into a philosophy designed to develop strength, relaxation, and self-defense. Positive energy for stress relief. $35/ session, $85/monthly. The Grey Budha, 400 West Rich St, Columbus. 614-975-7683. GreyBudha. Turtle Flow Yoga – 6:35-7:35pm. Experience completeness by integrating breath and movement to create a powerful and stabilizing, yet delicate and meditative flow. The measured pace supports quality of breath, postural alignment, and awareness of the body and mind. Great for beginners to advanced yogis. $15. Arena District Athletic Club, 325 John H. McConnell Blvd, Ste 150, Columbus. 614-719-9616. Evening Hatha – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Robyn Bragg for a sequenced and relaxing Hatha yoga practice. It will help students make it to the weekend. $10. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-784-9473. Classes.

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Yoga Talks – 7:30-8:30pm. Join us for open discussions about yoga poses, meditation, spirituality and philosophy. Free. Yoga Happiness Studio, 219 E Arcadia Ave, Columbus. 614-446-2091.

thursday Sunrise Meditation – 7-7:30am. Group meditation in the Dharma House studio, overlooking a wooded ravine. Suggested donation. Dharma House Columbus, 1970 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Worthington. 614-344-8409. Mid-Day Hatha Yoga – 12:15-1pm. Prep the body to handle the rest of the day centered, grounded, but stimulated and strong. Open to all levels. Shift, 1520 W 1st Ave, Grandview Heights. 614-407-4668. Small Steps: Reflexology Walk-In Sessions – 2-6pm. Feet represent our understanding of ourselves, our lives and others. They are our foundation support throughout life. When we nurture and care for our feet, we allow ourselves to receive healing at the very roots of our being and open new ways of seeing the world. Reflexology uses acupressure on foot reflexes to release tension, increase circulation, revitalize an energetic flow and assist in connecting deeper to Earth. 15-minute mini reflexology sessions include use of the Richway Biomat, an FDA-approved medical device for relaxation. No appointment is necessary, as we schedule on a “first come, first served” basis. Fee based. All Life Community Center, 123 Hyatts Rd, Delaware. 614-905-1668. AllLifeCenter/Events. Hatha Yoga with Eszter Gozon – 5:30-6:30pm. $10. The Mandala Center, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 614-369-0664. Kundalini Yoga with Sada Nam Singh – 7:309pm. This self-realization practice, originally taught by Yogi Bhajan, aims to help us overcome self-limitations of the mind, while releasing tension and blockages in the body, to realize our true blissful selves. We will detoxify our bodies and build the energetic centers, also known as chakras. Kundalini yoga involves periods of exertion designed to strengthen the body, mind, and willpower. We will balance our yoga with relaxation and meditation, as well as the accompaniment of spiritual music. All levels are welcome. Yoga-Well-Being, 1510 Hess St, Columbus. 614432-7553.

Columbus Threshold Choir Rehearsal – 7-8:30pm. For those who can carry a tune, and enjoy conveying kindness through singing. This all-female choir is dedicated to singing at the bedsides of those struggling between living and dying, in hospitals, hospices, extended care facilities and private residences in the Columbus metropolitan area. Free. Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus. 614-600-2460. ThresholdChoir. org/Columbus.

friday Sunrise Meditation – 7-7:30am. Group meditation in the Dharma House studio, overlooking a wooded ravine. Suggested donation. Dharma House Columbus, 1970 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Worthington. 614-344-8409. Slow Flow and Core Vinyasa Yoga Classes – 1011:15am. Join us for a nurturing, reflective practice to facilitate endurance, strength, tension release and self-awareness. Drop-ins welcome. Instructor Julia McSheffery. 10-class and unlimited passes available. $14 non-members, $12 members. Center for Wholeness, 4041 N High St, Ste 100, Columbus. 614-395-2900. Beginner’s Mat Pilates – 5:45-6:45pm. Join Sonia Rinder for this popular mat Pilates class to produce positive change in the body. Students will improve flexibility, posture and core strength, as well as produce a more sculpted body in only one day each week. $10. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-7849473. Dancing Mindfulness – 7:30-8:45pm. For beginners and experienced movers alike, this meditation and creative movement class explores the mindbody connection and mindfulness through dance. $10 suggested donation. Center for Wholeness, 4140 N High St, Ste 100, Columbus. 614-7848488.

saturday Beginner’s Yoga with Troy Pyles – 8:30-9:30am. $10. The Mandala Center, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 614-369-0664. Yoga of 12-Step Recovery – 8:30-10am. This class is an open, inclusive group for anyone dealing with addictive behaviors in themselves or others. We start with 45 minutes of sharing, followed by a 45-minute yoga practice. All levels welcome. Free. Harmony Project Community Space, 773 E Long St, Columbus. 614-859-2376.

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Morning Hatha – 10-11am. Start the weekend off right with some yoga. Instructor Emily Dicken ensures students find postures that are accessible, comfortable and well aligned. $10. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-784-9473. Nia with Trish Riley Lyon – 10-11:15am. $10. The Mandala Center, 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus. 513-373-5661. Mind Path Tai Chi and Qigong Foundation – 2-3:30pm. Join Don Gubbins for a complete study of the classic Yang-Style Taiji. Come learn this ancient Chinese form of exercise, which incorporates slow, natural movements and breath work to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve balance. Suitable for all levels of fitness. $14. Body Wisdom Healing Group, 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus. 614-784-9473.

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Deb Wellmes, MA, CCC/SLP, ND Beecher Wellness Center 428 Beecher Rd, Ste B, Gahanna 614-855-5533 BrainCore Therapy™ provides a unique, drug-free approach to treating Brainwave Dysregulation, a condition brought about by tension on the nervous system from a variety of factors. Brainwave Dysregulation may be associated with several neurological conditions such as ADD/ ADHD, insomnia, panic attacks, autism, anxiety, memory loss, TBI, migraines and PTSD.


Dr. Joseph Iuvara Dr. Benjamin Long Dr. Paul Valenti 428 Beecher Rd, Ste B, Gahanna 614-855-5533 We l c o m e t o B e e c h e r Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Our goal is to help improve your health through complementary and integrative techniques designed to enrich and balance your everyday life. Our team of doctors and therapists have created a welcoming environment where each person is treated based on their own unique needs. Balancing all aspects of a person on an individual basis, and offering cutting-edge treatments that are only available in our center, sets us apart as Ohio’s foremost chiropractic and wellness center.


81 W Waterloo St, Canal Winchester 614-833-3884 3805 N High St, Ste 204, Columbus 614-369-1533 Colon hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs. By introducing filtered and temperature-regulated water into the colon, the waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural elimination. A certified technician performs this process in a private, relaxing atmosphere on an FDA-approved closed system. See ad, page 29.


Upper Arlington - 1700 Zollinger Rd, Ste 10, Columbus Dublin - 7501 Sawmill Rd, Ste 19, Dublin 614-768-2796 Cryotherapy is a noninvasive, three-minute exposure to -225°F nitrogen gas to trigger the body’s natural nervous system response to reduce muscle and joint inflammation, alleviate pain and decrease soreness. For those who suffer from inflammation caused by arthritis, muscle or joint damage, injury, surgery or nerve pain, cryotherapy can be a useful, natural modality to help alleviate painful symptoms. See ad, page 29.

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Dr. Richard DeLano, DDS, MS 150 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Ste 150, Worthington 614-888-0377 Dental Alternatives is the dental office of Richard M. DeLano III, DDS, MS. Dr. DeLano practices general dentistry with a holistic approach. He takes time with his patients to explain the choices they have concerning their oral health. Dental Alternatives is a mercury-safe and fluoride-free dental practice. Visit our website to learn more. See ad, page 32.


Kate Dixon, Loomis Digestive Specialist, CNHP, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Dr. Michael H. Fritz, Chiropractor, Certified Applied Kinesiologist, Certified Microscopist, Naturopathic Doctor 10223 Sawmill Pkwy, Powell 614-717-9144 Each year statistics show that more Americans complain of digestive pain. These discomforts are commonly attributed to symptoms such as: stomachache, allergies, skin problems, depression, anxiety, immune dysfunctions and diarrhea. They may also be related to chronic pain, bloating and cramps. We believe diet and digestion play a major role in the prevention and reversal of chronic degenerative disease. We objectively test and compare against our extensive patient history survey to determine which specific enzymes and nutrients are missing from the client, and then help bring the body back into balance.


6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus 614-825-6255 For the public, we offer affordable treatments at our community, intern, student and professional clinics. For prospective students, we offer community and continuing education classes and licensing programs in acupuncture, massage therapy and holistic wellness, as well as holistic practical and registered nursing. We are transforming health care holistically. Change your life today! See ad, page 35.


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Sarah Edwards PO Box 82273, Columbus 614-447-0296

We provide classes to train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices. Subjects include, but are not limited to, Food, Urban Homesteading, Health and Wellness, Green Building, Finance, Energy Solutions, Transportation and Economics. Visit our website for the current class schedule. See ad, page 25.


218 W Main St, Plain City 614-873-0072 Salt therapy is a drug-free, natural treatment for respiratory and skin ailments through salt inhalation. In addition to two adult salt therapy rooms, our family wellness center has a dedicated children’s salt therapy play room. Beyond providing salt therapy sessions, we also host Salty Yoga classes plus offer Salty Reiki and Salty Massage. We have a full line of Himalayan salt lamps and products, as wells as Young Living essential oils. See ad, page 17.


Lori and Mark Vaas, Blue Diamond Wellness Advocates 614-681-4646 Who is controlling your health care? Empower yourself with Nature’s medicine: essential oils! We will teach you how at our free classes. doTERRA is the only brand to be thirdparty certified as 100 percent pure and potent, and why it is currently being used in many hospitals, including locally at the OSU’s James Cancer Hospital. Email us for a current class schedule, or to schedule your free private consult. Also visit our Facebook page – Lori’s Essential Oil Well. See ad, page 20.

FENG SHUI FENG SHUI INSTITUTE OF AMERICA Connie Spruill, Owner/Director An International Feng Shui Certification School 614-325-5452 (cell) 614-837-8370 (school)

We enroll new students throughout the year for feng shui certification. Our program teaches a scientific and mindful approach, incorporating brain science and teaching only remedies that are backed up by science. We offer a proven business system training that guarantees new profit centers for your holistic practice. We are a Certified Gold School with the International Feng Shui Guild. Private feng shui consultations are available for residential and businesses. Continuing education courses can be customized for your industry. If you are not inclined to enroll in full certification, we offer a personal feng shui coaching course to apply to your own life. See ad, page 12.


This is NOT a diet program. Instead, it is an effective wellness program. INFLAMMATION is the underlying cause of each of the major metabolic diseases, including obesity, diabetes and hypertension. The Project Health curriculum provides a proven way to turn off inflammation through an individualized food plan, weekly online sessions packed with information on how to implement successful menus for the rest of your life, as well as the accountability to stay on track. We work with foods you can find at the grocery store, and you can even still enjoy eating out. Live a LONGER, BETTER LIFE. See ad, page 28.


TD Hickerson, Certified Hypnotherapist 77 E Wilson Bridge Rd #200, Worthington 614-304-1061 At Integrative Hypnotherapy, we help our clients grow through the issues that kept them frustrated, worried and hurt. We help them find the relief they need, and build confidence, peace and ease into their daily lives. We do this by getting to the root of the matter (the thoughts and beliefs in the mind) and that is precisely why the changes stick. If you need some support in making a lasting positive change, schedule yourself a free phone consult today at, or call us at 614-304-1061. P.S. - We can help with a number of issues. See for a list of some of the issues we work with. See ad, page 7.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH COLUMBUS INTEGRATIVE FAMILY MEDICINE CENTER Dr. Ruslana Kurpita, MD Melinda Skipper, CNP 453 Waterbury Ct, Gahanna 614-515-5244

If you are looking for integrative and holistic approach to your health care or are torn between recommendations from your regular primary care provider and alternative practitioners, not sure whose advice to follow and possibly self-doctoring, we are a place where both traditional medicine and evidence-based alternative approaches work together seamlessly. We provide holistic primary care for you and your family. We value comprehensive preventative care and work with chronic conditions such as fatigue, fibromyalgia, various hormonal imbalances, diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic GI issues. We take time to listen to your story, ask important questions, order the necessary tests and get to the bottom of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms. We work with many insurance companies. See ad, page 16.


The All Life Community is a nonprofit organization set up as a co-op, with over 170 members. Most members practice out of their own locations throughout Central Ohio, though some practice exclusively at our 24-acre facility. Please browse our website to see the many offerings from our wellness practitioners, artists, musicians, event planners and small business support professionals, as well as a host of resources for your home and family. See ad, page 13.


Eszter Gozon, LMT The Mandala Center for Movement Arts 2965 Donnylane Blvd, Columbus 614-369-0664 I provide massage therapy, Reiki and private yoga training to help you regain and maintain well-being. I am certified in neuromuscular therapy and incorporate techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release and postural analysis into individualized treatment sessions. Personalized yoga training, by itself or as a complement to massage, can unify your goals for body and mind.



1360 Cherry Bottom Rd, Gahanna 614-476-6159


Sheri Mollica-Rathburn, Owner, C.MI 324 W Case St, Powell 614-787-0583 Om2Ohm will change the way you think about stress management. We offer Peace Management for individuals and groups, teaching management of daily peace as opposed to stress. Through Certified Meditation Instruction, Sound Healing, Chromotherapy, Mindfulness based guidance, Energy and Body Work we will transform and empower you. Allow yourself time for peace in our beautiful Om2Ohm wellness center, leave your worries at the door and enter into your “Om away from home”.

MUSIC INSTRUCTION WES MILLER MUSIC LESSONS 787 S State St, Westerville 614-323-7052

Wes is a music teacher with 25 years of teaching experience. He creates custom-made lesson plans for students of all ages and abilities. In addition, students have the option of joining one of his in-house student groups to further apply what they are learning in their lessons. In addition to saxophone lessons, Wes provides instruction for other woodwinds and brass instruments. See ad, page 21.

It’s All Natural! is a prominent source of vegetarian and vegan products, offering organic, ecoconscious and down-to-earth items. Our mission is to promote a benevolent, eco-friendly and vegan lifestyle. We strive to be fertile ground where seeds of love can be planted to grow in health and harmony. See ad, page 29.

MOMENTUM98 NATURAL HEALTH STORE 3509 N High St, Columbus 614-262-7087

We have been serving the holistic health needs of the Central Ohio community since January 1, 1980, selling products that uplift on all levels of existence. We carry raw foods and superfoods, herbal supplements and oxygen supplements, castor oil and essential oils, plus Chinese herbal tonics and shilajit. We also specialize in wellness and natural living accessories, including over 100 massage tools, magnets, color therapy glasses, coning candles, tuning forks, yoga supplies, hemp clothing, inversion and exercise machines, water purifying and energizing devices, plus foot detox ionizers. Stop by our store to experience five to ten minutes of the Relax far-infrared saunas and lamps, to detoxify, ease inflammation and pain, and invigorate the body. See ad, page 13.



2545 W Schrock Rd, Westerville 614-882-5886


508 N Cassady Ave, Bexley 614-252-3951 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 24.

Raisin Rack offers a complete variety of organic groceries, including gluten-free foods, vegan and vegetarian products, and dairy-free items. Bulk grains, herbs, nuts and seeds accompany organic fruits and vegetables, as well as a complete selection of vitamins, minerals, herbals and other nutrients from leading national brands. See ad, page 31.

People only see what they are prepared to see. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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NATUROPATHY PHOENIX WELLNESS CENTER Dr. Trudy Pieper, ND Dr. Allison Engelbert, ND 10 S Main St, Johnstown 740-616-9949

Drs. Trudy and Allison are board certified and accredited by the American Naturo-pathic Medical Association (ANMA), the oldest and largest professional naturopathic medical organization in the U.S. Dr. Trudy is author of Prevention is the Cure for Cancer and was awarded the ANMA 2014 Higher Achievement Award. Dr. Allison is a Master Herbalist and specializes in women’s wellness.

REAL ESTATE DUNIGAN REAL ESTATE GROUP Cindy Dunigan, Realtor 3500 N High St, Columbus 614-361-8400

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.”

Aging is not lost youth,

but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

THE NATURAL NAIL SPA 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.

SOUND HEALING SOMAENERGETICS VIBRATIONAL ATTUNEMENT David Hulse, CVSMT 1550 Old Henderson Rd, Ste N160, Columbus 614-928-3102

Let the stress melt away as sound therapy pioneer David Hulse bathes you in the soothing sound of the Solfeggio Tuning Forks. Tune into your higher self as David retrieves information for guidance and clarity during this accelerated time of change. Available in 30 or 60-minute sessions, by appointment only. See ad, page 25.

WELLNESS CENTER BODY WISDOM HEALING GROUP 3001 Indianola Ave, Columbus 614-784-9473

For over 20 years, we have provided holistic wellness through therapeutic massage with a mind-body approach. We have recently expanded our services and now teach Healing Group, LLC movement classes such as 3001 Indianola Avenue Columbus, OH 43202 yoga, tai chi, dance and Pilates, as well as offer 614-784-9473 speakers, workshops and Ayurvedic nutritional counseling. See ad, page 27.

~Betty Friedan


Linda Haley, RMT, Director 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus 614-486-8323 The Reiki Center is Central Ohio’s oldest and largest natural wellness center, plus the only center to offer Reiki classes in the traditional format. More than 20 services are available to meet your wellness, spiritual and emotional goals, including energy therapies, therapeutic bodywork, shamanic and intuitive services, as well as animal therapies. Open daily from 9am-9pm. See ad, page 23.


Becky Appelfeller, MAT, CRS, BEP 614-515-3692 Pam Hatch, M.Ed. 614-338-5716 6797 N High St, Ste 221, Worthington We offer life coaching, counseling and alternative therapy services to individuals, couples, families and groups. Becky practices a holistic wellness approach to healing and emotional health, drawing from an extensive training in Gestalt therapy, Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), Rubenfeld Synergy and integrative bioenergetic medicine. Pam’s specialties include Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and hypnotherapy, as well as nutrition and lifestyle guidance for mental and emotional health, weight loss and management, plus support for depression and anxiety. See ad, page 25.


Jenni Endres, Studio Manager 1335 Dublin Rd, Ste 100E, Columbus 614-298-5437, Ext 207 Whole Yoga and We l l n e s s i s committed to offering classes and workshops to prevent illness and promote wellness. Our programs support health from infancy to adulthood with lactation support, infant development, children’s yoga and therapeutic yoga for conditions such as back pain, asthma and emotional health. We focus on collaboration with community resources, such as the Scioto Trail, to offer unique programming for children and adults. See ad, page 22.

We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of the scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being. ~Deepak Chopra 46

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Natural Awakenings Central Ohio - September 2017 issue  

Central Ohio edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.

Natural Awakenings Central Ohio - September 2017 issue  

Central Ohio edition of the free monthly national health/wellness and sustainability publication.