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antra Massage and BodywoRx is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Dave Cord, Chiropractic Physician to its team. Dr. Cord takes a whole body approach to client issues, and he believes in customizing his treatments. By taking a softer approach, Dr. Cord can ease the body into a gentle adjustment and realignment. Massage and chiropractic therapies are two holistic practices that are complementary. Both therapies are hands-on, natural, and drug-free approaches which work on the cause of pain rather than just the symptoms. While massage has positive effects on soft tissue, chiropractic care focuses on spinal alignment and can optimize nervous system function. Many clients will have the massage therapist loosen and relax the muscles and have the chiropractor realign the spine. For more information, contact or call 513-891-1324 to verify insurance coverage. Also see ad on page 25.

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Exercise Pinches Salt’s Effects

Better Bones for Kids with Celiac Disease



eliac disease (CD) is an inherited intestinal disorder characterized by a lifelong intolerance to the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and other grains. Although it can occur at any age, CD most commonly afflicts children ages 9 to 24 months, and one of its common complications is metabolic bone disease. Reduced bone mineral density can lead to the inability to develop optimal bone mass in children and the loss of bone in adults, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. A recent article in the journal Nutrition Reviews stated that a gluten-free diet promotes a rapid increase in bone mineral density and leads to complete recovery of bone mineralization in children. If a CD diagnosis and treatment is established before puberty, children may attain normal peak bone mass, which can prevent osteoporosis in later life. Nutritional supplements of calcium and vitamin D further appear to increase the bone mineral density of children and adolescents. A gluten-free diet also improves, though rarely normalizes, bone mineral density in adults with CD. “Our findings reinforce the importance of a strict gluten-free diet, which remains the only scientific proven treatment for CD to date,” the authors conclude. “Early diagnosis and therapy are critical in preventing CD complications like reduced bone mineral density.” Source: Wiley-Blackwell

alt in the diet becomes less of a concern for individuals that are physically active, according to a presentation at this year’s American Heart Association conference sessions on nutrition, physical activity and metabolism, and cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention. The scientists behind the study concluded that the more active people are, the less their blood pressure rises in response to the amount of salt in their food. Study participants comprised 1,906 Han Chinese adults (average age, 38) in the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Salt Sensitivity project, designed to identify genetic and environmental factors contributing to salt sensitivity.

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Young Artists and Scientists May Think Alike

Living Abroad Boosts Creativity


tudents that have lived abroad appear to be more creative than peers that haven’t had such an experience, according to a study in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Enhanced creativity was linked directly to the students’ open-minded approach in adapting to a new culture in another country. Results indicated that multicultural learning is a critical component of the adaptation process, which acts as a catalyst for creativity.


everal decades ago, research suggested that science students shone at analytical thinking, while budding artists scored highest in tests measuring creativity and imagination. Now, updated research with a group of British students at the University of Derby, published in the journal Thinking Skills and Creativity, finds no significant differences in the two groups’ problemsolving patterns. Peter K. Williamson, on the faculty of business, computing and law, studied 116 senior undergraduates that took a series of tests measuring their skills at logical (convergent) and creative (divergent) thinking. They were asked to solve novel and imperfectly defined problems to determine their aptitude for finding imaginative solutions and to reveal their preferred learning styles. “The findings of this study were in marked contrast to earlier published results,” Williamson reports. “Differences were found in preferred learning styles, but these were much smaller than reported previously.” The research indicates that modern graduates are likely to have a more balanced educational profile than their specialized predecessors. He suggests that changes in educational policy—such as an increase in interdisciplinary studies and less formal, more flexible teaching styles—may help account for the contemporary shift.

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roccoli has become a gold medal contender among vegetables, so how often should we eat it to reap all of its health benefits? Elizabeth Jeffery, a University of Illinois professor of nutritional sciences, explains: “Broccoli, prepared correctly, is an extremely potent cancer-fighting agent—three to five servings a week are enough to have an effect. To get broccoli’s benefits, though, the enzyme myrosinase has to be present; if not, sulforaphane, broccoli’s cancer-preventive and antiinflammatory component, doesn’t form.” According to Jeffery, myrosinase is often destroyed by overcooking. Healthconscious consumers that use broccoli powder supplements in recipes to boost their nutrition also are missing out, she says, because the supplements often do not contain the needed enzyme. A solution: Jeffery suggests incorporating fresh broccoli sprouts into our diet. Available at most grocery and health food stores, the sprouts contain abundant myrosinase. Source: University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

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wear all the hats—I’m owner, president, and carpet cleaner!” Les Fultz started Cincinnati Maintenance in April 2010 to provide residential and commercial floor care. Services include carpet cleaning/tile and grout cleaning/upholstery care/fine linens/ and dryer vent cleanings. Some problems came to his attention working for another company--lack of training and misuse of toxic chemicals. “I realized the problem wasn’t isolated but industry wide. I was harming my own health as well as that of customers. That was the wake up call for me. My mission was to start a company that eliminated the use of toxic chemicals and set an example for the cleaning industry.” “It’s a vicious cycle: we spend energy to clean the Ohio River, pump water on carpet trucks, spray toxic chemicals on carpets, and generate large amounts of waste that is then dumped into sewage. We spend energy cleaning that water and pumping it right back into the river. I think Cincinnati is emerging as a greener city but we have a long way to go.” After a year and a half in business, Les estimates that Cincinnati Maintenance saved 30,000 gallons of water and eliminated that much sewage waste. “In addition to those green benefits, we follow industry standards. We set and groom the fibers. We use low moisture, drying carpets faster; people really appreciate this. We use portable equipment which eliminates the use of gasoline burning engines during cleanings, using less fossil fuels.” “For me it’s not just about green cleaning products,” Les continues. “The problem’s larger than people might imagine.


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Our process creates better indoor environments because we’re removing more soil than most contractors. 30% of soil can’t be removed with water.” He doesn’t want people to think because Cincinnati Maintenance is green that it’s not affordable. “It’s safe, it’s clean, it is affordable--consistent with the going rates out there even though we’re doing two or three other steps that other companies don’t. I can poll 100 people who’ve had their carpet cleaned and 99% of them have never seen their carpet cleaning company use a vacuum! The customer is doing all the cleaning! To me, that’s not fair. Yes, Cincinnati Maintenance is a green company but we also do a proper job.” “The company I used to work for used a product that etched metal and glass; it literally ate into them. I felt responsible that I was part of the problem but now I’m very excited to be part of a solution!” Les also gives back to the community. When not providing green cleaning, Cincinnati Maintenance runs an annual campaign through Facebook to help donate canned goods for the Free Store Food Bank. Last February they donated 500# of food. Les has also helped out local nonprofits with their floor care. With over 500 fans on Facebook, Les and his company are doing something right! Call 513-827-6150 or contact Les and his company at Phebe Beiser’s blog can be viewed at

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HANDMADE HAPPINESS A Hands-On Approach to Authentic Living by Judith Fertig

Making something by hand—and getting good at it—can add a welcome dimension to our lives. The art of participating in craftwork gives us a sense of competence and completion that may be difficult to find in our digital, ephemeral world.


merica’s resurging interest in arts and crafts today comes at a time when making things by hand seems an endangered activity. Why? In The Craftsman, sociologist and author Richard Sennett maintains that making things by hand is an, “enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake.” He observes that craft and craftsmanship can enrich modern life in ways that might surprise us. The Arts and Crafts movement, which reigned from the mid-1800s through the early 20th century, was a major response to a commercial trend that steered society away from handmade toward machine-made products in Europe and North America. The movement encouraged amateur, student and professional involvement in the making of furniture, decorative glass, textiles, pottery and other forms that are beautiful, as well as functional. Yet today, we face a new barrier to creating more by hand, observes Monica Moses, editor-in-chief of American Craft magazine (American, published by the nonprofit American Craft Council. “Modern life offers a million distractions, a million ways to kill time, or at least stand by idly while it expires,” she says. Mindless television watching, puttering around on Facebook or playing computer solitaire add up. “Such semiconscious downtime can become a weekend, a habit, a lost opportunity.” Although many people return to an early love of arts and crafts during their retirement years, the good news is that such creative pursuits are also being taken up by young makers, according to Moses. “The marvel of it is that young people in the digital age are embracing craft so enthusiastically, not just their iPods and phone apps. We’re lucky to live in a time when engagement with the practice of craft is expanding.” She cites the popularity of buy-and-sell craft websites such as, which reported 2010 sales of more than $400 million. Moses, who makes jewelry in her free time, values handcrafting for a simple reason: “It feeds my soul,” she says. “Other parts of my life focus on the end result. When I’m making a piece, I’m focused on the process and I’m thinking, ‘This feels right.’” Whether we wake to this artful phenomenon in childhood or later in life, it’s never too late to reap the benefits. Accord-


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ing to crafters from various walks of life, such hands-on experiences help us to enhance our well-being, ground our everyday lives, and give renewed purpose.

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Lenore Moritz, founder and curator of and blogger at, took her first jewelry making class when she was single and living in New York City. “I needed something to tether me,” she writes, “and I knew it would get me out of the office at a decent hour at least once a week.” She says that what started out as a whim turned into catharsis. “I loved toting my tackle box of crafting supplies and the act of using my hands to transform a silver sheet into wearable art felt empowering. I became an accidental craftsperson.” She found her best reward in finishing a piece, which she characterizes as, “... a crescendo I never knew in my day-to-day professional life.” She explains, “At the office, my world was nothing but to-do lists and complicated, openended projects; a sense of completion was rare. But in craft class, it was crystal clear when I had finished a project, and I reveled in that closure.”

Jenny Barnett Rohrs spent 15 years as a music therapist in Lakewood, Ohio, helping people cope with life’s problems. Meanwhile, she loved decompressing at the end of the day by working with polymer clay to make beautiful beads, doll pins, nametags and other decorative items. “I was always a crafty, creative kid, learning to embroider from one grandmother and how to make seed flowers from the other,” she recalls. “Since both sets of grandparents lived through the Depression, they were always repurposing things, recycling before it was cool.” As she continued to expand her range of crafting skills and interests as an adult, she also started blogging about it at “I am a self-taught crafter and never met a craft I didn’t like,” admits Rohrs. “I believe that crafting is an extension of yourself and how you view your world. It’s a way of expressing yourself, coping with life and gaining insight.” As Rohrs continued to try out new crafts, materials, products and techniques, entries on her craft blog grew to the point that she launched a second one at, where she shares her evaluations. Earlier this year, she appeared on The Martha Stewart Show. Regular posts track her adventures with various media, including her recent experiences with water-soluble ink blocks for drawing and painting, and making a booklet from envelopes. Other popular pastimes range from scrapbooking and making home accessories using beachcomber finds to gifting baby garments personalized with fabric paint decoration. “I believe that creativity is innate,” comments Rohrs. “When you tell your inner critic to shut up, you can have a

lot of fun and learn something about yourself. I especially love to encourage folks to try new things and new techniques, and to push their own boundaries.”

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Sandra Palmer Ciolino learned to sew as a child, but didn’t maximize the creativity of her craft until her children were grown, when she was in her 40s. For Ciolino, of Cincinnati, Ohio, “Making contemporary quilts satisfies my desire to work in solitude and fulfills my longing to create lasting and beautiful art. Creating quilts for the wall marries many things I love—fabric, color, composition, piecing and machine quilting.” Ciolino fondly remembers her mother’s handiwork. “I have a vivid memory of her taking a navy blue overcoat of my father’s and using it to sew me a winter coat with cranberry piping; I was so proud of that coat.” She began by making doll clothes, and then started sewing clothing for herself in junior high school, doing her own garment construction. “The technical stuff came early,” she says. Later on, busy with family duties and teaching elementary school physical education classes, she didn’t take time to turn to quilting until the mid-1990s. At first, Ciolino made her quilts in traditional pieced patterns to hang in her house or share as gifts; but then, something changed. “I began to notice in my photogra-

phy that I was most interested in closeups of tree bark, ripples in water bodies and cracks in the rocks. My quilts then began to take on a more abstract quality,” she says. So Ciolino took a class in Columbus, Ohio, with Nancy Crow, recognized by many as “the mother of contemporary quilts,” and never looked back. She still gives quilts as gifts, but her work is now also exhibited at museums and quilt shows (SandraPalmer; Like many craftspeople, Ciolino’s process in creating art is part technical skill and part intuitive imagining. When she starts a new quilt, she pulls fabrics from her workroom into groupings that appeal to her. She then takes a blackand-white photo to make sure the values of light and dark in the fabrics create an interesting pattern. Next, she uses a rotary cutter to cut the fabric by hand—like drawing a line with a pencil—into shapes freehand, without referring to any pattern. Finally, she sews the pieces together in a composition and uses machine quilting to add another layer of textural interest, finishing each creation by hand. “The craft is when I make something as meticulous and impeccable as I can,” Ciolino concludes. “The art is when I bring an authentic version of myself—my voice and spirit—to the work.” Judith Fertig celebrates the craft of cooking at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.

In craft and craftsmanship we experience the development of critical thinking, imagination, the ability to play, a source of pride, even validation of our existence. ~ Suzanne Ramljak, art historian, from an interview with Richard Sennett natural awakenings

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Local Farmers’ Markets


Love Yourself Eat Healthy! Guide from a Personal Chef

List Your Farmers’ Market! For details go to then click on “submissions” menu. Lettuce Eat Well Farmers’ Market

Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-661-1792 Fridays 3-7pm (year round). Sustainably grown produce from local farmers who use no synthetic chemicals. Also, many other locally produced food and non food items. Check market website for winter location.

LOVELAND FARMERS’ MARKET Corner of West Loveland Avenue and Route 48, Loveland, OH. 513-683-0491

Tuesdays 3-7 pm (June-October) Local and organic produce, bread, cheese, eggs, meat, honey, pastries, lavender, herbs, cottage crafts and more. Located in historic downtown Loveland, one block from bike trail.

PLEASANT RUN PRESBYTERIAN FARMERS’ MARKET 11565 Pippin Rd (Corner of Pippin Rd and Crest Rd), Cincinnati, OH. 513-756-9272

Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30pm Locally grown and organic fruits, lettuces, vegetables; also breads, flowers.


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nce upon a time long ago before the days of becoming a personal chef I thought I ate healthy. I was even vegetarian for a while before realizing the stresses of vegetarianism were not worth the benefits of trying to maintain the lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy a good veggie burger once a week. Today we are faced with the most complicated food system in the world. Forget all you know about calories, fat, cholesterol, vitamins and minerals. They are just minuscule components in the real test of food problems and eating habits that face each of us every day. Before you even look at the nutritional facts stop! Skip down to the ingredient list and prepare to be amazed as Willy Wonka meets the Jetsons in isle 5. What is our food today! It is all about science, manufacturing and money. Your job is to maneuver around the battlefield and try to feed yourself and family a healthy meal. You think you’re eating pretty well! Let’s see! Do you eat any form of dessert like say ice cream? Ice cream used to consist of five simple ingredients (milk, cream, sugar, eggs and vanilla). The ice cream was frozen at very low temperature to keep it firm and protect the natural flavoring. Today ice cream is more of a science fair project using different chemicals to replace the natural ingredients listed above. Ironically, chemicals listed safe by the FDA have been linked to different forms of cancers. Many desserts and mixes now include suspicious ingredients to solidify, emulsify, stabilize and preserve. Read some of the labels to see how many unknown ingredients are being used in your desserts like “carrageenan”.

Carrageenan comes from red seaweed and is considered a natural ingredient by the FDA. While considered natural many people are having what they are calling allergic reactions to carrageenan. First of all, natural should not be taken lightly as aspartame and MSG are considered natural ingredients. Secondly, the FDA is approving many of these ingredients with GMP status (good manufacturing practices). In other words the FDA has put our safety in the hands of money makers. Take the time especially if you buy a lot of prepared foods to look up unknown ingredients. You will be surprised to find the different chemicals in your foods that have been linked to a number of health concerns including cancer related. While on the topic another concern plaguing the food industry is GMO (genetically modified organism) or in our case mutated seeds. I am sure you have heard about GMO’s in past they have certainly been in the news the last few years. The biggest concern with GMO food lies in the fact they have limited testing results in long term human consumption. In fact much of the testing in lab animals has led to uncertain and unexplainable results in lab animals or the sickness and death of thousands of livestock. The GMO’s are being used in everyday food production including livestock feed. The push now is to require companies to list on the packaging GMO ingredients or GMO fed on packaging. The FDA has been very slow to respond to the current demand by consumers and advocacy groups in becoming more proactive on the topic. One thing is for sure, once these seeds make it into everyday farming they spread to

other non GMO crops pretty quickly. Single crops have found a spread of the GMO 15 miles away from the original crop. The only way currently to limit GMO foods is to eat organic products and produce. Learn more at http://www. Eating healthy is really pretty simple. Even more today it comes down to the better quality and care you put into your food the more benefits you receive including peace of mind. It is the same as having a rainy day fund, safety net, reserve or any other name you wish to call it. Having a reserve amount of money on hand gives you a subconscious feeling of safety. In the event something was to happen and you needed to use that fund, you would have it on hand. Eating can easily transfer to the same philosophy. Eating healthy most of the time enables you the opportunity to allow yourself to relax when it is time to eat on the go or indulge. Our bodies can fix a lot, but you should not test this everyday…… Have you ever had a great healthy stretch of eating well and noticed the changes in your energy and thinking. Want to keep it going? Become informed and contagious. 1. Read about what is going into your food and tell others. 2. Try and cook most of your meals including lunches. 3. Stay away from processed foods including processed cooked meats. 4. Look for items high in whole grain and fiber including old world grains like quinoa, millet, bulgur and whole grain couscous. 5. Look for items that are whole wheat, not just wheat as they have much less fiber from the grain. 6. Try farmers markets especially with no pesticide, GMO and organic options. 7. Look for crop’s in your area that offer organic produce or companies (Green Bean Delivery) that offer

organic fresh local to your door. 8. Don’t spend time on health claims listed on boxes especially vitamins and minerals. They are no different than eating a multi vitamin unless the nutrients are coming from real ingredients like fruits and vegetables. 9. Eat organic when you can afford it….. If you find that this is out of your daily ability you have options. Search for stores and groceries that make quality food fresh that you can take home and eat. Look for organic processed options that might still use preservatives, but offer better nutritional benefits. Hire someone like myself who is a personal chef. As a personal chef we offer the world of healthy eating at your doorstep. We plan your meals to your specified style of cooking. We purchase food items based on your desired preferences (organic, vegetarian…). We prepare the meals in your home (ahh the smell when we leave your house). We offer meals that you might never have time to try or make yourself. My favorite quote from a client “you cook the way I have always wanted to cook for my family”. So there you have it! Life is all about change and dedication to what you believe is true at each point in your life. If you are reading this magazine maybe you are at a point of change. Eating healthy is one of the easiest changes you can make to feel better about you. Eat! Live! Love!

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Kriya Yoga: Peace Within


Friday, September 9 • 7:15 – 9:15pm Ancient, Scientific teachings of Meditation and Living. Free Public Lecture. Elemental OM Yoga 9510 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati 513-476 1043 •

Nia Jam! Saturday, September 10 • 10-11am. Special free introductory class to kick off the Fall classes. Nia is a fusion of fitness forms: yoga, martial arts and dance. Engage your spirit and shake your groove. Clifton Cultural Arts Center 3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati 513-497-2860

Yoga in the Park Saturdays, September 10,17,24 • 9-10am. All Level Ashtanga Yoga. Dontation accepted. Seasonsgood Pavillion, 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati 513-675-2725 •

Family Yoga Event Saturday, September 17 • 7pm 30 minute Family Yoga Intro followed by a kid friendly movie. Space is limited, please call to reserve your spot. Free! You Do Yoga 7218 Beechmont Ave, Anderson Township 513-258-2002 •

Global Mala Saturday, September 17 • 11am-2:15pm. World Peace Yoga Practice, Live Music, Vegan Food, Eco-Boutique, Laughter Yoga for World Peace. Free! Burnet Woods Bandstand, Clifton Ave btw Martin Luther King Jr. Dr & Ludlow Ave, Clifton 513-300-9642 •

Introduction to Ayurvedic Wellness Saturday, September 24 • 11:30a.m. RSVP is required. Free! Main Street Yoga 1201 Main St ( 3rd Fl.), Downtown Cincinnati 513-703-4175 •

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YOGA FOR HEALTH by Meredith Montgomery


very September, National Yoga Month ( expands awareness of yoga’s proven health benefits. This 5,000-year-old practice that originated in the East and aims to unify body, mind and spirit, continues to gain popularity in the West as a valuable tool in preventive healthcare and a complement to traditional medicine. These are just some examples of the multiple health benefits a regular yoga practice can provide.

Improved Balance, Flexibility and Range of Motion Having the balance to stand on one foot and being flexible enough to touch your toes are often falsely perceived as prerequisites for yoga class. In reality, practicing yoga is a way to gain such abilities. The Mayo Clinic further notes that with the improved balance, flexibility and range of motion gained through yoga practice, injuries from other physical or day-to-day activities become less likely.

Increased Strength Although weights are not used in yoga, muscle strength, bone strength and endurance are boosted via the

pline’s weight-bearing postures. When an American Council on Exercise study recruited 34 healthy women to practice yoga three times a week, they could do an average of six more push-ups and 14 more curl-ups after eight weeks than they could before.

Relief from Chronic Pain Research from institutions such as the Mayo Clinic has shown that practicing yoga postures can reduce pain associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases and hypertension, as well as other chronic conditions, including back and neck pain. A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that subjects suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome improved their grip strength and reported less pain due to a yoga-based regimen. A nerve test also indicated improvement.

Better Breathing Yoga emphasizes slow and deep breathing. Information on Yoga Alliance’s educational website (Yoga indicates that these deliberate actions are known to activate the body’s parasympathetic system, or relaxation response, while also improv-

ing lung function. According to the Northern Colorado Allergy & Asthma Clinic, individuals with asthma reported decreased frequency in the use of inhalers, increased relaxation and a more positive outlook on life after participating in regular yoga sessions for four months.

Boost in Mood Yoga’s deep breathing, combined with the need for balance and concentration, works to reduce stress, anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure levels, according to research published by the Mayo Clinic. Yoga’s breathing techniques have reportedly reduced blood pressure more effectively than other soothing activities, such as listening to relaxing music.

Weight Loss Because yoga tends to raise awareness of the benefits of healthy living, it also is used to motivate overweight individuals to gain control of eating habits and support their efforts to lose weight. Many teachers offer yoga programs specifically designed for those wanting to shed pounds. A 10-year lifestyle study of 15,500 adults in their 50s, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, found that regular yoga practice was associated with less agerelated weight gain. Meredith Montgomery is a registered yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga for 12 years.

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ga, a holistic art and practice that originated some 5,000 years ago in India, aims to integrate mind, body and spirit. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke or unite, and refers to the joining of body with mind and mind with soul to achieve health, balance, tranquility and enlightenment. Individuals of every age and physical condition can benefit from the regular practice of yoga, which has been proved to enhance flexibility, strength, stamina and concentration. Using a combination of asanas, or postures, and breathing techniques, yoga works to induce deep relaxation and reduce stress, tone the body and organs, increase vitality and improve circulation and energy flow. Uplifting and meditative, yoga can be applied as a spiritual practice, as well. Although many schools, or styles, of yoga exist, most differences derive from the primary focus of the practitioner’s attention: precise alignment of the body; holding of the asanas; flow between the postures; breath and movement coordination; or inner awareness and meditation. No particular style is better than another, and many students practice more than one. ANANDA: A form of gentle Hatha yoga with an emphasis on meditation. Ananda combines classic yoga postures with breathing and silent affirmations to

attune with higher levels of body sense, energy and silent inner awareness. As an inner-directed practice, it has less appeal to those desiring a more athletic or aerobic experience. ANUSARA: Anusara means “go with the flow,” and blends spirituality with inner/outer alignment and balanced energetic actions. Developed by John Friend in 1997, this style urges students to think of poses as artistic expressions of the heart. Individual abilities and limitations are deeply respected and honored, so Anusara yoga can be helpful for everyone and is good for beginners. ASHTANGA: A physically demanding style that is light on meditation, Ashtanga yoga employs a fast-paced series of flowing poses to build strength, flexibility and stamina. Developed by Indian yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga’s progressively difficult postures are synchronized with a loud breath (called Ujyaii breath in Sanskrit) and are designed to produce intense internal heat and purifying sweat in order to detoxify muscles and organs. The room is usually heated to warm muscles and increase flexibility. Preferred by many athletes, this style is too intense and demanding for most beginners. BIKRAM: A strenuous style, designed to make students sweat, taught in rooms heated to a minimum of 105º Fahr-

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their flexibility and strength. Kripalu is suitable for everyone, from beginners to advanced students.

enheit, with about 40 percent humidity. The superheated rooms facilitate stretching and allow the body to release toxins through perspiration. Former national India yoga champion Bikram Choudhury developed the style, whose 26 demanding poses are performed in a specific order, to promote optimal health and proper function of every bodily system. Bikram yoga is a good choice for highly fit individuals and seasoned students seeking a challenge. HATHA: Hatha yoga is the foundational discipline on which nearly all other styles are based. In Sanskrit, ha represents the sun and tha, the moon—hence, the practice is designed to bring the yin and yang, light and dark, masculine and feminine aspects and polarities into balance. Essentially, Hatha yoga brings all aspects of life together. A class described as hatha will likely include slow-paced stretching, asanas, or postures, that are not too difficult, simple breathing exercises and perhaps, seated meditation. Hatha yoga classes provide a good starting point for beginners, who can learn basic poses and relaxation techniques. INTEGRAL: A gentle style of yoga brought to this country in 1966 by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Classes are structured to balance physical effort with relaxation and include breathing practices, chanting and both guided and silent meditation. Integral yoga is suit-

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able for beginners and helpful for more advanced students who wish to deepen their physical and spiritual awareness. INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY: Gentle postures, guided imagery, assisted stretching and breathwork help to make this style a useful one for rehab centers and hospitals. Joseph LePage began this therapy in the early 1990s to help promote healing and well-being for individuals facing heart disease, cancer, AIDS and psychiatric disorders. IYENGAR: Noted for precise alignment and symmetry of postures, the development of balance, and the use of props such as blocks, balls and belts. The Iyengar style of yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, based on an exceptional understanding of how the body works. Poses are held longer than usual. Iyengar is a good style for beginners, but can challenge seasoned practitioners, as well. KRIPALU: An integrated practice that emphasizes breathing and alignment and coordinates the breath with movement. Kripalu, also called the yoga of consciousness, was developed by Amrit Desai, a long time student of Kundalini yoga master Swami Kripaluvananda. This style incorporates three stages of development, beginning with postural alignment and progressing to meditation, with longer posture holding, finally creating a meditation in motion, where the movement from one posture to another happens unconsciously and spontaneously. Students are encouraged to honor “the wisdom of the body” and to work according to the limits of

KUNDALINI: A powerful, enlightening style that incorporates mantras (chanting), meditation, visualization, breathing and guided relaxation, with precise postures. According to Hindu philosophy, kundalini is a concentrated form of prana, or life force, represented by a coiled, sleeping serpent said to reside at the base of the spine. When breath and movement awaken the serpent (energy), it moves up the spine through each of the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body, bringing energy and bliss. Once a closely guarded secret in India, kundalini yoga was first brought to the West in 1969 and has been known to help with addictions and releasing endorphins in the body. Kundalini will not appeal to everyone and should be practiced under the supervision of an experienced teacher. PHOENIX RISING YOGA THERAPY: This style helps release physical and emotional tension through assisted postures, breathing techniques and ongoing student/teacher dialogue. A deeper connection to the self is encouraged by incorporating traditional yoga techniques with contemporary psychology, which ultimately results in the healing of mind, body and spirit. POWER: An intense style that creates heat and energy, while developing strength and flexibility. Power yoga evolved from ashtanga yoga and was developed by American Beryl Bender Birch in the early 1990s. Its flowing style requires the strength and stamina of Ashtanga, but doesn’t always follow the same sequence of postures, making it similar to Vinyasa style. Power yoga is usually performed in a heated room. Although Baron Baptiste is a name often associated with power yoga, he has developed his own method, called Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga, which is taught only by teachers he certifies. Students that enjoy aerobics will probably favor power yoga. SIVANANDA: Cultivates awareness of mind and body by incorporating five main principles of proper exercise,

breathing, relaxation and diet, as well as positive thinking and meditation. Based on the philosophy of Swami Sivananda, of India, the practice uses chanting, breathing techniques and meditation to help unblock energy and release stress. Sivananda focuses on 12 basic yoga postures to increase strength and spinal flexibility. It is an excellent practice for beginners, those recovering from injury or anyone interested in spiritual aspects of yoga. SVAROOPA: A style that helps each student discover their bliss. The Sanskrit word svaroopa means “the true nature of being,” and Svaroopa yoga is sometimes called the yoga of alignment and compassion. Attention to alignment in specifically chosen poses helps to soften the body’s connective tissues and ease spinal tension. Blocks and bolsters may be used to allow for deeper muscle release. The style is suitable for beginners and useful for those recovering from injury.

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VINIYOGA: A transformative, slower and more individualized form of yoga that emphasizes gentle flow and coordinated breath with movement. Viniyoga yoga is holistic in its approach and teaches the student how to apply the yoga tools of poses, chanting, breathing and meditation. Function is stressed over form in this style. Viniyoga is recommended for beginners and seniors, as well as those who are in chronic pain or healing from injury or disease. PLEASE NOTE: The contents of this Yoga Guide are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be used in place of a visit or consultation with a healthcare professional. Always seek out a practitioner who is licensed, certified or otherwise professionally qualified to conduct a selected treatment, as appropriate.


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How does Putumayo give back to the cultures whose music it shares with the world? For example, do you try to preserve “endangered species” of music?

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Dan Storper’s Music without Borders by April Thompson


ince the 1970s, Putumayo World Music founder Dan Storper has applied his entrepreneurial acumen to the business of bridging cultures. Starting with a small shop selling crafts and clothes that he discovered while traveling throughout Latin America, Storper’s business evolved into an ethnically inspired line of apparel sold in his seven U.S. Putumayo stores and 600 other boutiques around the country. The music mixes that Storper compiled and played in his stores led in 1993 to the creation of the Putumayo World Music record label, intended to introduce people to other cultures around the world through music. In 1997, he sold the clothing business to focus full time on music. Putumayo’s upbeat and wideranging compilations are distinctive— exemplified by their hallmark folk art CD covers by British illustrator Nicola Heindl and comprehensive liner notes. Putumayo’s releases, including songs for its children’s label, Putumayo Kids, are now available in 7,000 stores in more than 80 countries. A longtime member of the Social Venture Network, Putumayo has donated more than $1 million of the proceeds from its CD sales to nonprofit organizations that support communities where the music originates.

music with interesting rhythms and beautiful voices, even if it’s in other languages or uses unfamiliar instrumentation.

What are you trying to achieve in your Putumayo Presents compilations? Putumayo looks for universally appealing music that everyone can relate to. I refer to it as, “the spirit of Bob Marley”—I don’t know of anyone who can listen to his songs and not enjoy them. Every album attempts to encapsulate the best elements of a culture and music of an area or region. We carefully curate each thematic album so that, rather than a collection of random tracks, it is a musical journey that will uplift listeners and interest them not only in the music, but also in the culture and the region. Every year, I receive emails and letters from people that have been inspired by the music to travel to a place they’ve discovered through our albums. We hope that more and more people will dig deeper by traveling to these countries, buying the works of individual artists and creating real connections.

What common threads characterize the widely divergent genres that comprise international music? Thinking about my own experience growing up listening to crossover artists like Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Sergio Mendes, I see a universal connection to melody-driven


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We don’t set out to save dying genres of music, but one of the byproducts of our work is a greater awareness of other cultures and musical traditions. We’re particularly interested in finding musical gems that may not be known to people inside or outside of their country. In the process, we help people recognize and value the strong musical heritage they have. Sometimes we discover artists that become featured on movie soundtracks or are signed by a major label as a result of their collaboration with Putumayo. While we focus on presenting great music rather than countering stereotypes and cultural misperceptions, that often ends up being a healthy side effect. Much of the music we promote comes from parts of the world struggling with poverty, war and other issues; some are commonly associated with negative connotations in the Western media. Yet many of these places have rich traditions that are mostly accessible to outsiders through music, art and food. New Orleans, the city I now call home, is a great example of a place that is trying to rise above various challenges and misperceptions.

What are some of the trends you see in world music today? For centuries, trading caravans would bring new instruments and songs to different regions, in turn, influencing the music of an area. Today, with the explosion of digital music, there is more music crossfertilization than ever. African, Asian and Australian musicians can now hear each other’s music through tour concerts, the Internet and other media. Almost everyone can now similarly access music from around the world; at the same time, this means there is that much more for people to sift through. The music of the world is an ocean of millions of songs. Putumayo employs several people to do just that—search the world to identify little-known music that people all over will love.

April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at April


Gluten: Trust Your Gut Scientists Confirm Widespread Sensitivity by Claire O’Neil


alk through the gluten-free product aisles at the grocery or health food store and many people might wonder: “Is this a food fad? Who has a problem with gluten?” As it turns out, more people have gluten sensitivity than scientists, physicians and researchers previously thought. A study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Celiac Research estimates that 6 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 18 million individuals, have some sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, malts and triticale. Research published online by BMC Medicine and this year provides the first scientific evidence of what many people allergic to gluten already know: While gluten sensitivity presents less serious negative health effects than celiac disease, its host of symptoms can become problematic. An earlier study in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics concluded that for dealing with both wheat allergies and celiac disease, the dietary avoidance of gluten-containing grains is the only effective treatment.

Case in Point Carol Mahaffey, a tax attorney in Columbus, Ohio, was experiencing intermittent joint pain and what she

calls “living in a fog,” in the summer of 2009. Because she had read that joint pain can sometimes be caused by gluten sensitivity, she decided to eliminate gluten from her diet. Although her new regimen didn’t relieve the joint pain—she was later professionally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis—she found that after four to five weeks, she looked and felt better overall. “I was losing weight, my digestive system was better and I found it easier to mentally focus. Somebody at work also happened to mention that I didn’t sniffle anymore,” she relates. Although Mahaffey’s blood tests were negative for celiac disease, she had all the signs that she is gluten-sensitive. “Imagine degrees of gluten ingestion along a spectrum,” says Dr. Alessio Fasano, a professor of pediatrics, medicine and physiology and director of the Center for Celiac Research. “At one end, you have people with celiac disease, who cannot tolerate one crumb of gluten in their diet. At the other, you have the lucky people who can eat pizza, beer, pasta and cookies—with no ill effects whatsoever. In the middle,

there is this murky area of those with gluten reactions, including gluten sensitivity,” says Fasano, who led the new study. “This is where we are looking for answers on how to best diagnose and treat this recently identified group of gluten-sensitive individuals.” Until more definitive answers come to light, those who suspect they might have an issue with gluten can try going gluten-free for a period of time, like Mahaffey. “I had to become a label reader,” she advises, “because even things like bottled soy sauce can contain gluten.” She buys baked goods at a local gluten-free bakery, still enjoys wine with gluten-free snacks, uses gluten-free dough to make her own pizza at home, and has become a fan of risotto. For people that travel on a similar path, the feel-good benefits of a gluten-free diet can more than make up for some of the inconveniences. “You just make it work,” says Mahaffey. On a recent get-together with longtime college friends at a chalet in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Mahaffey brought her own snacks and breakfast foods, asked questions about the menu when they went out to dinner, and ended up having a great, gluten-free time. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

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KIDS Hands-On Creativity Nurtures Mind, Body and Spirit by Judith Fertig


ids’ active participation in the creative arts helps them develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially—whether they are painting, drawing, shaping pottery, performing in plays or musicals, dancing, storytelling, or making music. Studies culled by educators at Arizona’s Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts confirm the multiple benefits, ranging from higher SAT scores to increases in self-esteem and improved ability to handle peer pressure. Yet, with shrinking school budgets, cutting back on what are considered non-core subjects such as music and art is the path that many school districts are forced to take, explains Anne Bryant, Ph.D., executive director of the National School Boards Association. Communities, in turn, must find new ways to counter this new financial reality. For example, an elementary school music or art teacher, once devoted to a single school, now may have to travel to several throughout a district.


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“Schools are under so much pressure due to dwindling resources and the No Child Left Behind legislation that sometimes the children who most need the arts are put in remedial classes instead,” says Susan Tate, a former teacher who is now executive director of Kansas’ Lawrence Arts Center. Add in our digital culture—where hands-on most often means a computer keyboard or phone-texting device—and domestic situations in which busy parents aren’t keen to clean up messy finger paints and other craft supplies, and the result is, “These days, kids also are less likely to do hands-on art at home,” adds Tate. At young ages, children are likely to be more passive than active learners, says Sharon Burch, a music educator in Mystic, Iowa. They may listen, for example, to whatever tunes their parents play, instead of simpler, more age-appropriate songs. Burch has helped fill the need by providing interactive Freddie the Frog resources for use by parents, as well as in music classrooms. Fortunately, communities across the country have rallied to offer afterschool and weekend arts and crafts programs. Many simple arts participation activities are easy for parents, grandparents and caregivers to do along with the kids.

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“Current studies of brain imaging and mapping show that the active making of music creates synapses in all four parts of the brain,” Burch says. By active, she means physically tapping out a rhythm with sticks, singing a song, dancing to a beat, marching, playing patty-cake or engaging in other age-appropriate, physical movement. “To really light up the brain, you have to do something, not just passively listen.” Making music helps kids think, create, reason and express themselves, adds Burch. Practicing the art of simple storytelling, as well as having adults regularly reading children’s literature with youngsters, can also have a profound impact. A 2003 study published in the American Educator, based on exhaustive research by Ph.D. psychologists Todd Risley and Betty Hart, showed that by age 4, a huge gap in vocabulary skills exists between children of different economic levels. Those growing up in a household of educated, professional people hear a cumulative 32 million more spoken words (1,500 more per hour) during these early years—and thus have a greater vocabulary—than those from welfare families. The researchers further documented more than

five times the instances of encouraging feedback. They discovered a direct correlation between the intensity of these early verbal experiences and later achievement. Risley and Hart attributed the meaningful difference to the increased interaction—more storytelling, reading and parent-child discussions—that typically takes place in more affluent households.

winner or a loser, but art is not quantifiable in that way; art allows kids to develop ideas through the creative process that they can’t do any other way. “When kids are drawing, they often talk as they are doing it,” she says. “You can then engage in a different kind of conversation with kids, just letting things happen and asking open questions. Kids tell their own stories.”

instrument or acting in a play, “... will have an edge up that’s so critical as an adult,” concludes Verneda Edwards, executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Blue Valley School District, near Kansas City. “Kids not only benefit academically by engaging in the arts, they also have the ability to get up in front of people and perform. That builds increasing confidence.”


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Eco-Fashionista Summer Rayne Oakes Models the Future by Kristin J. Bender

Fashion model Summer Rayne Oakes has created a growing platform for taking ecofashion mainstream. She’s seen firsthand how a more sustainable lifestyle can start with something as simple as choosing certified organic lip balm or a pair of shoes made from organic cotton and recycled rubber.


ecause of her close ties to environmental causes, Oakes is known as “The eco-model.” The title seems to fit her well: She has put her name behind many cause-related programs, including a skincare company that uses active natural ingredients and a maker of recycled eyewear that plants a tree for every pair of frames sold. She didn’t set out to be the eco-fashionista. Oakes, whose first name derived from being born, she states, on a

“rainy summer day,” was raised amid Pennsylvania farmlands north of Scranton and developed a love of nature from an early age. By 13, she was the youngest member of her hometown’s environmental advisory council and after high school, went off to Cornell University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and entomology. While researching toxins in sewage sludge and identifying aquatic insects, the 5-foot, 10-inch, willowy brunette also began modeling while at college, and conceived the idea that the fashion industry might be the right forum for her to take a leading role in expanding environmental awareness. Her first venture, Organic Portraits, an avant-garde photography project, brought to life sustainable design and conservation in one package.

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Armed with brains, beauty and an affinity with the natural world, Oakes signed with her first modeling agency after graduating. Today, at 27, she has built her own brand as a business consultant and spokeswoman, author and entrepreneur in the multibillion-dollar industry of environmentally friendly apparel and home products. Oakes says that being in nature is what makes her come to life. “I carry that with me through all of my work in the fashion industry. It keeps me incredibly grounded and gives me an opportunity to work with companies and organizations that mirror my values or operate in the spirit of becoming better stewards,” she says. Oakes is as appealing as the products she represents. In addition to her creative input, she has put her stamp of approval on both Portico Home + Spa linens and bath products and Payless ShoeSource’s zoe&zac line of shoes and handbags. Oakes also is working with Modo on a collection of recycled eyewear under its Eco brand, which she notes will be tied in with some of her personal reforestation and sustainable design projects worldwide. Her work with Aveeno on its Be An Active Natural Campaign supports the message that small changes can add up to a big difference. She sometimes blogs about her experiences at; a recent post explained how she chooses which Earth-friendly companies she’ll support. “An engaging partnership is a critical component for me to [be] a spokesperson,” she writes. “On countless occasions, I have had to turn down offers if the partnership didn’t seem suitable. But how exciting it is to find brands that are ready to step up to the challenge and have the spirit, resources and energy to make meaningful change happen from the inside out.”

have ‘environment’ in their lexicon,” and serves as, “an irreverent, witty guide for green virgins.” “Sustainable design will continue to evolve,” she says. “Ten years ago, there were only a handful of designers operating in the industry. Now, most companies are asking how it can be authentically built into the core of their business.” How will that happen? “First, they have to believe and embody it.” Kristin J. Bender is a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay area.


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mark your calendar Traditional Japanese Reiki Level One

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Healing on the Spiritual Path through the teachings of Bruno Groening – Medically Verifiable – 7pm. Free. Newport Library, 901 E. 6th St, Newport, KY. Free. Contact Joy Hart at 859-816-8918

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Laughter Yoga – 6:45-8pm. With Patrick Murphy Welage or Mary Beth King. World Peace Yoga & Motion Studio,268 Ludlow Ave, Clifton, OH. 513-300-9642.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Family Nudist Resort Open House – 4pm-12am. Experience the natural side of life with an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, pond with fishing and paddle boats, nature trails, and grilled dinner available for purchase. Free to first time visitors. Paradise Gardens Family Nudist, 6100 Blue Rock Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-385-4189 Guinness Oyster Festival produced by 3CDC – 7-10pm. Event will also feature live music, Celtic merchandise, create-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and an Oyster Eating Contest. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, downtown Cincinnati KSO’s Boogie Band and guest vocalist perform – 7:30pm. Enjoy rollicking tunes by Rascal Flatts, Alabama, Sugarland, Kenny Rodgers, Gretchen Wilson and many more. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and pack a picnic. Free but donations accepted. Devou Park, Cincinnati, OH. The TANK Shuttle from Covington Catholic to the band shell runs from 6-7:30pm. Cost $1. 859-431-6216

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Gorge Trail Hike – 2 pm. Join the naturalist for a hike along the Gorge Trail. Along the way we will discuss glaciers, plants and animals. Free. Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Walk in the Woods – 10am. Join the naturalist for a walk in the woods. We will hike the Timberlakes Trail and learn about ways to observe wildlife. Free Miami Forest/Timberlakes Program Shelter. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Rd, Cincinnati, OH.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Kolam Threshold Art Workshop by Artist Radha – 10am. This traditional art form incorporates South Indian mythology and symbols. Adults and children


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ages 7 and up $12 per person $35 max per family. Materials included to learn to draw traditional designs. Mantra Massage and BodywoRx,4675 Cooper Rd, Blue Ash, OH 513-891-1324

Sunday, September 11 ~ 11am-7pm. $165.

Reiki defined. Learn & practice basic session style.

Traditional Japanese Reiki Level Two Sunday, September 18 ~ 11am-7pm. $185.

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Advanced principles, “Distant” healing. Fine tune and vary session practice.

“Kriya Yoga: Peace Within”

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Friday, September 9 ~ 7:15 – 9:15pm.

Ancient, Scientific teachings of Meditation and Living Free Public Lecture Elemental OM Yoga. Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati

Contact: Kash 513-476-1043 Chanchal 513-777-9736

mark your calendar NIA Jam

Saturday, September 10 ~ 10-11am. Special free introductory class to kick off the Fall classes. Nia is a fusion of fitness forms: yoga, martial arts and dance. Engage your spirit and shake your groove.


Clifton Cultural Arts Center 3711 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Puppy Tales – 1-3pm. Children in grades 1-6 read to a real dog, earn a certificate, and enter a raffle. Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY. RSVP: 859-962-4071 Lectures That Enlighten – 7-9pm. Why your ego doesn’t want you to Meditate, with Nicholas Zajac and “Enlightened Civilization, Kings as Philosophers as Kings by Jesse Reece. Free. School of Metaphysics Cincinnati, 14 Sheehan Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-821-7353

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 108 Sun Salutes & Wellness Fair – 1-5pm. Celebrate our first birthday, National Day of Service and Remembrance and the upcoming International Peace Day. Stop by any time for the Wellness Fair, local business offerings and 108 Sun Salutations. Free. Grace Tree Yoga & Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, Olde West Chester. 513759-4458.

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mark your calendar Monroe Institute Hemi-Sync® Meditation September 11, 3pm - 5pm

With Andrea Berger. Explore expanded states of consciousness, meditate with ease, and expand your intuition and creativity with the help of the patented Hemi-Sync® audio technology.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Meditation and Guided Imagery with Mary Ellen Moore – 6:30-7:30pm. Free. Synergy Holistic Health Center, 7413 US Hwy 42 Suite 3,Florence, KY. RSVP: 859-525-5000

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Behind the Scenes:The Kentucky Speedway – 7pm. Professional photographer Tony Bailey presents a slide show of what goes on behind the scenes at the Kentucky Speedway. Free. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY. RSVP 859-962-4030

mark your calendar Cooking Class

Wednesday, September 14 ~ 6:30-8pm. Host Chef: Buck Fletcher Executive Chef Kroger, Anderson Theme: Crazy Cajun Party. $20.

The Spice and Tea Exchange.

Rockwood Commons (next to Buca di Beppo), 2637 Edmonson Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Mother Daughter Date – 6:30pm.Mothers and their daughters (ages 12 and up) areinvited to join us toembroider pillow cases with fun designs. Materials and supplies provided. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. 859-962-4000

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 House Clearing – 7-9pm. This class teaches how to clear yourself, property, and space of inappropriate or negative energies and replace them with positive energies. Protect yourself, home and office. $20 Rettay Chiropractic. 7560 Burlington Pike. Florence, KY. 859-750-4720

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Family Float Fest – 9-5pm. Centerpoint Health is having their first Family Float Fest at Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures. Enjoy a day of canoeing, a pig roast, music, entertainment, hiking and more. $25 per person or $75 per family of 4 and an additional $10 per child. Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures, 7040 Whitewater River Ln, Brookville, IN. 1-888-304-4904

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Habitat Hike – 2pm. Forest, field and ponds are all local habitats. We’ll walk the trail to see who lives where and how essential basics are found in all three places. Free. Woodland Mound/Seasongood Nature Center, 8250 Old Kellogg Rd, Cincinnati, OH.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 “Greening”an Old House – 7pm. Learn low cost and no cost ways to save energy, improve comfort and green your old home with the Cincinnati Preservation Association. Free. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger, KY. 859-962-4000

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Yin Yoga & Reiki – 7:30-8:45pm. Yin Yoga is a passive yoga practice designed to gently stretch and rehabilitate the connective tissues that form our joints. Reiki is spiritually guided pure, life-force energy which helps to harmonize and bring about healing on every level. Free. Grace Tree Yoga & Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, Olde West Chester. 513-759-4458. Family Day Dinner – 6pm. Celebrate Family Day by enjoying a delicious spaghetti dinner at the Durr Branch Library,1992 Walton-Nicholson Rd, Independence, KY. RSVP 859-962-4030

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Laughter Yoga w/ Patrick Murphy Welage – 9-10:30am. $10. Tri-Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Rd. (at I-71), Blue Ash, OH. 513-985-6732


Lectures That Enlighten – 7-9pm. The Fullness of an Empty Life in a Busy Busy World with Jesse Reece and Going Beyond the Limits of the Physical Body with Nicholas Zajac. Free. School of Metaphysics Cincinnati, 14 Sheehan Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-821-7353

Jacqueline Schwab Concert – 4pm. She has played piano on the soundtrack of Ken Burn’s films “The Civil War”, “Baseball”, “Mark Twain” and 11 others. Free but donations will be accepted for flood relief in the American Midwest. First United Methodist Church, 120 S. Broad St, Middletown, OH 513-423-4629



Reiki Share – 2-4 pm. Come to practice and receive Reiki. Free re-attunement to Usui Reikibring certificate. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Florence, KY, 859750-4720

Healing on the Spiritual Path - Medically Verifiable - through the teachings of Bruno Groening – 7pm. Free. Symmes Township Library, 11850 Enyart Rd, Loveland, OH.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Backpacking Basics – 7pm. Calling all beginner backpackers! Let’s get ready to backpack by meeting our experienced staff and going over the essentials needed to prepare for an overnight experience! This program is geared for adults only. Free. Winton Woods. Microsoft Word Class – 10am. First part of this class. Mary Ann Mongan Library, 502 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY. RSVP: 859-962-4071

Saturday, October 29 Laughter Yoga w/ Patrick Murphy Welage – 9-10:30am. $10. Tri-Health Pavilion, 6200 Pfeiffer Rd. (at I-71), Blue Ash, OH. 513-985-6732 Saturday, October 29 The Phenomenon Bruno Groening - On the tracks of the “Miracle Healer” – 1:30-7:30pm. Free documentary film showing (2 intermissions). The Center for Spiritual Living, 5701 Murray Ave. Cincinnati., OH. 513-899-3115

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T’AI CHI – 6-7pm. Don Sturniolo, T’ai Chi Instructor. $10. Go Beyond Medicine, 51 Cavalier Dr, Suite 220, Florence, KY. Register: 859-586-0111

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Yoga for Wellness – 6-7pm. Calm your mind, invigorate your body and renew your spirit through yoga poses and breath awareness exercises with Phoenix Wilson, RYT. $40/ 4 weeks or $12 drop in. St. Elizabeth, 1500 James Simpson, Jr. Way, Covington KY. 859-341-9642

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sunday Meditation – 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Free. New Thought Unity, 1401 E. McMillian, E. Walnut Hills, OH. 513-961-2527 Coffee-ology – 12pm. Coffee Tasting. Learn to correctly taste coffees to get the nuances of each roast. Includes coffee and food pairings. Free. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. 513-459-6131 Cloth Diapering Cuteness – 2pm. Every first Sunday of each month. Park + Vine hosts an informal class on all aspects of cloth diapering. Park + Vine, 1109 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH. 513-721-7275 Great Cloud Zen Center of Cincinnati—3pm. 7pm. Traditional Buddhist chanting, seated meditation, and traditional kong-an (Japanese: koan) interviews with a teacher twice a week. Instruction led by Rev. Jiun Foster, SDPS, founder of the Five Mountain Buddhist Seminary and national Abbot of the Five Mountain Zen sangha. 2794 Montana Ave, Westwood, OH. Relationship Rehab Show – 10pm. Radio Show. Free.

Hatha yoga w/Diana Guy – 7-8:30 pm. $11/$10/ mo. New Thought Unity, E. Walnut Hills, 513961-2527 Rocket for Beginners – 7:30pm. A great place to start building strength and endurance. Yoga ah Studio, 4046 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-542-9642

tuesday Multi-Style Yoga – 9:30am. Yoga with Keri Colmar. Serenity Now, 8761 U.S. Highway 42, Suite B, Union, KY. 859-647-7780 Half Pint Kids Club – 10am. Kids ages 3-8 are invited with a caregiver to explore and try new foods in a fun environment. Free. Whole Foods, 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. Register: 513459-6131 Hatha Yoga – 10-11:30am. A welcoming class for students of all levels. $5. Come at 9:30 for group meditation. Saint Timothy Church Basement. 10272 U.S. Hwy 42, Union, KY. 859-750-4720 Tai Chi for Health – 1:15pm beginner, 2:30pm intermediate. With Betty Lubrecht. Synergy Holistic Health Ctr, 7413 US 42, Suite 3, Florence, KY. Register: 859-525-5000 Tai Chi Class – 5:30pm. Meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation, balance and health in your life. Madisonville Branch Library, 4830 Whetsel Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6029

Hatha Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. Lynne Carroll’s Yoga Studio. 7012 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-518-2066

Nia Technique – 6-7pm. Nia is an expressive bodymind movement and fitness program incorporating dance, martial arts and healing arts, including yoga. Adaptable to most levels of fitness, age and body types. $10/class; $80/10 class pass; $140/20 class pass; $6/class for students and seniors. Clifton Cultural Art Center, 3711 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-460-5182

Yoga with Terri – 12pm. One hour class. $10. Go Beyond Medicine, 51 Cavalier Dr, Suite 220, Florence, KY

Yoga with Maggie – 6pm. 1 hour class. $10. Go Beyond Medicine, 51 Cavalier Dr, Suite 220, Florence, KY

Sustainable Living Potluck – 5-7pm. Informal group meeting discussing ways of decreasing our collective and individual “ecological footprints”. Free. Gaia Foundation, 8987 Cotillion Dr, Cincinnati, OH.

Anusara yoga w/Patsy Baughn - 6-7:30pm $11/$10/mo. New Thought Unity, E. Walnut Hills, 513-961-2527


Used Books Sale – 5:30-7:30pm. Every 2nd Monday of each month. We gratefully accept donations of gently used books, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, audiobooks and LPs. Friends’ Warehouse, 8456 Vine Street, Hartwell, Downtown Cincinnati, OH. 513-369-6035 My Powerful Choices Show – 6pm. Radio Show. Free.


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Pet Loss Support Group – 7-8:30pm. First Tuesday of the month. Free. Angel’s Paws, 11341 Grooms Rd, Blue Ash, OH. Register: 513489-7297 Pet Caregiver Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Second Tuesday of the month. Healing from pet loss, we take the journey with you from pain to peace. Free. Angel’s Paws, 11341 Grooms Rd, Blue Ash, OH. Register: 513-489-7297 Creative Sounding Board – 7-9pm. Every 2nd

ZUMBA/ZUMBATONIC 9am-10am (m-w-f) 12pm-1pm (m-f) 6pm-7pm (m) 6:30pm-7:30pm (tues) 1pm-1:30pm (sat age 4-7) 2pm-2:45pm (sat age 8-12)

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Contact: Avasa 513-205-1182 Tuesday of the month. Testing ground for original art of all types and skill levels. Artists, poets, musicians, storytellers and film makers. Free. Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave, Oxford, OH. 513-523-8846 Hatha Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. Lynne Carroll’s Yoga Studio. 7012 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-518-2066

wednesday Dirt Crew – 9am-12pm. Volunteers meet to work on the CGC Grounds. Dress for the weather and bring your gardening gloves. Free. Civic Garden Center, 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513221-0981 Used Books Sale – 10am-1pm. See Monday. Hatha Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. See Monday. Scrapbooking – 10:30am-1pm. Child care available. No experience is necessary. Bring pictures. Free. The Women’s Connection Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH. Register: 513-471-4673 x19 Re-Fresh Wednesdays – 11:30-1pm. Join Brittany our Healthy Eating Specialist in the café for a delicious and easy demo to get your mid-week refreshed! Free. Whole Foods, 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. 513-459-6131 Pilates Class – 12pm. 1 hour class with Terri DollButler. $10. Go Beyond Medicine, 51 Cavalier Dr, Suite 220, Florence, KY Library Committee – 1-2pm. Volunteer to keep the Hoffman Library full organized and stocked. Free. Civic Garden Center. 2715 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-221-0981 Hiking Club – 4:30pm. Easy to Moderate Trail. All hikes start and finish at the Treehouse in Mt. Airy Forest. Come prepared with water, hiking shoes and walking sticks (optional). Free. Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH‎. Gentle Beginner Yoga Class – 5pm. Covington Yoga, 440 Scott St, Covington, KY. 859-307-3435 Tai Chi for Everyone w Betty Lubrecht – 6pm. Serenity Now, 8761 U.S. Highway 42, Suite B, Union, KY. 859-647-7780 Yoga with Amanda – 6pm. 1 hour class. $10. Go Beyond Medicine, 51 Cavalier Dr, Suite 220, Florence, KY Introspective Perspectives Show – 6pm. Radio

Show. Free. Buddhist meditation – 7-8pm. Join Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka and Japan for traditional seated meditation and chanting. Dharma lesson and discussion to follow. Ohio Buddhist Vihara, 1831 Miles Rd, Cincinnati, OH. 513-825-4961 Great Cloud Zen Center of Cincinnati—7pm. See Sunday. Joyful Healing Laughter Yoga Club – 7pm. Second Wednesday of every month. Learn to laugh for no reason with Judi A. Winall & Pam Hall. Free. Sharonville Library. 10980 Thornview Dr, Sharonville, OH. 513-899-3115 Yoga, Anusara – 7:30pm. With Gloria Siry. Synergy Holistic Health Ctr. 7413 US 42, Suite 3, Florence, KY. Register: 859-525-5000 Course in Miracles – 7:30 -9pm. Love offering. New Thought Unity, E. Walnut Hills, 513-961-2527

thursday A Morning Cup of Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Yoga with Phoenix, RYT. Begin your day with a clear mind, invigorated body and renewed spirit. Open to new and experienced students. $12 drop-in. Kula Center, 110 East 8th St, Newport KY. 859652-4174 Kripalu-Style Yoga – 9:30 am and 6:15 pm. Yoga with Marquetta. $5/$10. Serenity Now, 8761 U.S. Highway 42, Suite B, Union, KY. 859-647-7780 T’ai Chi – 1-2:30pm. Instructor- Phoenix Wilson. T’ai Chi with Phoenix Wilson. A moving meditation which focuses on the circulation and balance of the intrinsic life-force energy called Chi. By connecting the mind and body through a series of movements; improved balance, coordination, and an overall sense of well–being can be obtained. Starting June 16th. 10 Weeks. Baker Hunt Foundation, Covington. 859- 431-0020. Tai Chi for Health – 5:30pm. With Betty Lubrecht. Synergy Holistic Health Ctr, 7413 US 42, Suite 3, Florence, KY. Register: 859-525-5000 Nia Technique – 6-7pm. See Tuesday. Hatha Yoga –7:15-8:15 pm. See Thursday. Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Every 2nd Thursday of each month. With Gary Matthews. $20. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts, 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH. 513-489-5302

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Friday’s 5 after 5 – 5-7pm. 5 wines and 5 foods for $5 and $4 with a glass. Whole Foods Market, 2693 Edmondson Rd, Cincinnati, OH. Register 513-531-8015

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Drum Circle – 9-11pm. Free. Stillpoint Center for Healing Arts, 11223 Cornell Park Dr, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH. 513-489-5302


Sahaja Yoga – 6:45-7:45pm. Easy and relaxing way to de-stress and revive body and mind. Begins with 20-minute lecture followed by period of meditation. Free. Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-290-3330 Atlantis is a State of Consciousness. Every 2nd and 4th Friday. Lectures given by teachers and students applying what they are learning about the mind, themselves, and our reality practicing sharing our learning through the medium of speech. School of Metaphysics Cincinnati, 14 Sheehan Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-821-7353

saturday Yoga in the Park – 9-10am. September 10, 17, 25. All Level Ashtanga Yoga. Donation. Seasonsgood Pavillion in Eden Park. 513-675-2725 Qi Gong Class – 9-10am. Come explore the movement of Qi, or in yogic terms “Prana”, the living energy of the body. $14/class pass. GraceTree Yoga&Growth Studio, 8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd, Olde West Chester, OH. 513-759-4458. Nia Technique – 10-11am. See Tuesday Hatha Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Lynne Carroll’s Yoga Studio. 7012 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-518-2066 Shots Available – 10:30–11:30am. B-12 & other shots for health are available. No appointment necessary. Susan’s Natural World, 8315 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH. Sprouts in the Kitchen – 10am. We will take kids age 5-12 on a fun food adventure while teaching them about good nutrition! Free. Whole Foods. 5805 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH. Register: 513459-6131 Used Books Sale – 10am-4pm. Every 4th Saturday of each month. See Monday.

friday Toddler Yoga – 11:30am. Toddler class is geared towards ages 1-4. Parent participation encouraged. $12 per session. RSVP. Yoga ah Studio, 4046 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 513-542-9642

Artworld – 11am-5pm. Explore the interactive discovery area for families at the Art Museum. Hands-on activities for all ages, interests, and learning styles. Free. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH. 513-639-2995

Piecemakers – 2-4pm. Child care available. Learn to quilt, make crafts, and sew in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the company of other women with the same interest. No experience is necessary. Free. The Women’s Connection Learning Center. 4022 Glenway Ave, Cincinnati, OH. Register: 513-471-4673 x19

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daily Overeaters Anonymous welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings throughout Greater Cincinnati. Donation only. 513-921-1922 Shots Available –B-12 & other shots for health are available. Tuesday, 10am-5pm. Wednesday 12-3pm. Thursday 10am-3pm. Call to confirm times. Dr. Jim’s Center for Advanced Medicine, 4889 Smith Rd, West Chester, OH.

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7577 Central Parke Blvd STE 103, Mason, OH 513-492-9714 Specializing in Performing Arts and Sports injuries, Certified in Applied Kinesiology and Kinesio Taping My personal commitment is to get my patient’s better faster!

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At Pounds and Inches Weight Loss Center Victoria Smith, Board Certified Practitioner and Iridologist 157 Lloyd Ave, Florence, KY 41042 859-282-0022 • Remember when your doctor looked into your eyes when you were ill? The science of Iridology still reveal the condition of your body. Iridology: A thing of the past - A solution for your future. Call or schedule online. See ad on page 9 and back cover.


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Andrea Berger 513-515-4046 • Andrea is an accredited Monroe Institute Outreach Facilitator, conducting meditation workshops utilizing the HemiSync® audio technology developed by Robert Monroe, author of “Journeys out of the Body.” Awaken through the exploration of consciousness! See ad on page 2.

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Green B.E.A.N. Delivery works with local farmers and artisans to bring organic produce and natural groveries to your door yearround. Cincinnati and surrounding areas. See ad on page 13.

Psychotherapy Richard Jisho Sears, PsyD 440 E. McMillan St, Cincinnati 513-487-1196

Licensed psychologist and Zen teacher offering psychotherapy and coaching for a variety of issues, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Specializing in mindfulness-based approaches.

Sherry guides individuals and groups in developing life skills that help reduce stress, change behavior patterns and create healthier, more balanced lives. She offers mind-body therapies such as Guided Imagery, Hypnotherapy and Biofeedback for those seeking healing and transformation. Gift certificates available. See website for locations.


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REIKI Pam Doremus

7560 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY 859-750-4720 Feeling great is your natural state. Pam created her business Peaceful Spirit to restore your emotional and physical well being through reiki, yoga, and Biogenesis. Enjoy a compassionate, soothing environment while you heal. Connect by phone or email.


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