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hile some of us were starting our new year off with a nap, a new Fisher’s business welcomed 2011 with, literally, a flourish. Flourish Yoga and Wellbeing opened its doors at 10138 Brooks School Road on January 1 with a day of free yoga classes and a promise to be a different kind of yoga studio. Owner Amy Thomas’s vision for the new venture is to create a safe place for people to explore yoga, health, personal growth, and ultimately, their own infinite possibilities. “The intention is not only to offer yoga classes, but to grow a community of empowered, loving people who can make a huge difference in the world by taking care of their own well-being first, which enables them to be present for others,” Thomas says. The new space has been transformed from a fitness-centric exercise studio to a peaceful retreat offering yoga classes for every level of interest, plus massages and personal counseling. Flourish Yoga offers a variety of classes seven days a week, all taught by registered yoga teachers handpicked for their commitment to yoga as a holistic practice. Thomas, a Registered Yoga Teacher since 2003 and also a psychotherapist, adds, “Many people initially come to yoga for the physical benefits of yoga and as they continue, their practice quickly begins to encompass the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of wholeness… allowing them to flourish in life rather than just survive another day. That’s the inspiration for the studio’s name.” For more info, call 317-841-0103 or visit FlourishYoga.biz.
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newsbriefs Organic Cleaning Company Expands Service Area
hristie Crail of Organically Clean has recently expanded her natural cleaning services to include areas within Broad Ripple, Keystone and Zionsville. Utilizing natural cleaning products such as vinegar and essential oils found in nature proves to be beneficial in home or office and wonâ€™t harm people or pets. Many cleaning materials are toxic and contain dangerous chemicals, which can also be damaging to the home or office because chemicals can leave films and cannot work on some surfaces. With a natural cleaner like those used by Christie, surfaces will be sanitized and will be less likely to leave behind any difficult marks on any materials. Both regularly scheduled along with one-time cleaning services are conducted at the highest quality of standards. Organically Clean has fair, honest and competitive rates starting at $30/hour for up to 4 hours, and then clients receive a price break. Senior citizen discounts are also available. For more info, call 317-469-3201. See ad on page 24 for a service discount coupon.
Asana & Anatomy Weekend with Martin Kirk in March
artin Kirk, a Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor, will be in Indianapolis for a weekend of classes geared towards yoga and anatomy of the spine, pelvis, shoulders and arms, legs, knees and feet at the Riviera Club in Indianapolis. This special weekend with the Arizona-based teacher and author, his only scheduled visit to the Midwest this year, will start with a Master Yoga class from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 4, and then four anatomy sessions focusing on specific body regions from 6 to 9 p.m., March 4; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., March 5; and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 6. The variety of classes will be appropriate for total beginners, yoga specialists, bodywork professionals and medical students/professionals. Kirk weaves the Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment with Anatomy so the students can learn experientially. All sessions are approved for continuing education hours by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Location: 5640 N. Illinois St. For more info and to register, call 317-915-9642 or 317938-2630, visit DancingHeartYoga.net/external.html or email Janie@SourceYoga.net. See ad on page 2.
Still Mind, Present Moment, Open Heart Program Offered in March
ed by renowned teacher and author Dr. Daniel R. Condron, A Still Mind, Present Moment, Open Heart program will be offered by the School of Metaphysics at Butler Universityâ€™s Atherton Union Hall in Indianapolis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 12. Attendees will discover techniques to help in being grounded in the present, develop an openeyed meditation practice, remain true to oneself, tap into self personal power, expand the love within, identify thoughts leading to healing, and best prepare for 2012 and beyond. The three pillars of the program cover three interrelated hopes of the world: A Still Mind, as thoughts cease to impinge on us, one is left with a peaceful wholeness of being; the Present Moment, the only time we really have; and The Open Heart, as it enables us to fully understand, give and receive love on the highest, divine level. Dr. Condron, who has taught metaphysics for almost 40 years, is the director of the College of Metaphysics in Windyville, Missouri. He has authored more than a dozen books plus appeared on national television programs including The Today Show and hundreds of radio programs. Location: 4600 Sunset Ave. For more info or tickets, call the School of Metaphysics at 317-251-5285 or email Indianapolis@som.org.
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ayor Greg Ballard and Kären Haley, director of the Office of Sustainability, are reminding local businesses, nonprofits, community groups and schools they have until 5 p.m. on February 4 to evaluate their sustainability efforts for last year and submit entries for the 2010 Indianapolis Sustainability Awards. “The awards recognize organizations that make a commitment to improving our environment and contribute to making Indianapolis a better place in which to live and do business,” said Mayor Ballard. The awards, presented by the Office of Sustainability, McKinney Green Initiatives Fund and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, are meant to inspire innovation, showcase impact, reward leadership and promote education around the principles of sustainability. Projects must have been completed in Marion County between January 1 and December 31, 2010. Five awards will be given to honor excellence in the water, land, air, energy and reduce, reuse, recycle categories. They will be presented by Mayor Ballard at a special luncheon on March 24, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, to be emceed again by local green living expert Sara Snow. To apply for an award or for more info or tickets or sponsorship opportunities for the March 24 event, visit SustainIndy.org/awards. For more info on how Mayor Ballard is creating a more sustainable Indianapolis, visit SustainIndy.org.
Wellness Center Relocates and Expands Services
armel chiropractors Dr. Nancy ElwartowskiCooper and Dr. Sandra K. Cunningham have moved their office to a new, larger location. Chiropractic Wellness Center of Indiana, which was at 116th Street and Keystone Avenue, is now located at 75 Executive Drive, Suite J. The practice has been serving the community for 25 years with therapeutic services and treatments to assist those who have been involved in auto accidents and require treatment for injuries such as whiplash, neck and back pain, and chronic headaches. The clinic’s easy-to-navigate website provides a wealth of information on available treatments, pain management, and how chiropractic can help pediatric and prenatal conditions. The new location has added an additional positive element to the overall chiropractic treatment, wellness and convenience that the Center has provided to the community over the years. Patients can look forward to updated knowledge and services via the website, comfortable and quality service via the new location, and the benefits of having a chiropractic facility that will incorporate their new look with their long standing practice of healthcare.
Breast Imaging Center Celebrates Grand Reopening in Carmel
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ocally Grown Gardens is a yearround farmers’ market chefowned and operated by Ronald Harris in South Broad Ripple, Indianapolis. The market operates from a repurposed repair shop offering seasonal produce, vegetable and herb plants, flowers/perennials, Christmas trees, firewood, lanterns, fresh baked pies, breads, rolls, crisps, fresh brewed Italian coffee, and specialty baking and cooking ingredients. Salmon and pulled pork are on the daily menu. Prior to opening Locally Grown Gardens, Harris was the Corporate Chef for MCL Restaurant and Bakery (27 locations) for 14 years, and was a chef in New York City for over 14 years. Customers can enjoy lunch or dinner at a massive wood table adjacent to the wall of cookbooks and join him for a discussion on recipes or tips on preparing for dinner parties. Warmer months lead to outdoor eating on picnic tables. Harris works directly with local Indiana and Midwest farmers as well as other local suppliers. Location: on the Monon Trail at 1050 E. 54th St., Indianapolis. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday. For more info, call 317-255-8555 or visit LocallyGrownGardens.com. Photo by Elizabeth Goens
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America Names Top Smart-Growth Cities The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Awards recognize innovation in everything from creating small public spaces in densely packed urban cores to investing in compact communities and preserving forests and farmland. It all makes for greater livability. This past year, the Big Apple took honors for overall excellence. “New York City has achieved a relatively small carbon footprint, given its size, through its commitment to creating compact and walkable neighborhoods,” according to the agency report. The city has also built dedicated bike lanes and carved out public spaces in urban jungles like Times Square. Portland, Oregon, wins kudos for its realistic growth plan to accommodate an anticipated 600,000 population by 2030, strengthening employment and concentrating commerce, while preserving its neighborhoods and connections with nature. In Maine, 20 towns collaborated in a commercial and tourist byway, while preserving the region’s rural character. San Francisco earned praise for transforming a previously neglected alleyway into the vibrant South of Market retail area, as did Baltimore for its green rehab of an historic building into a mixed-use space that revitalized the surrounding neighborhood.
The Rise of New Forms of Family Even as the number of married couples shrinks to just more than half of all U.S. adults, the family—in all of its emerging varieties—remains resilient, says a new Pew Research Center nationwide survey. Most Americans’ definition of family has expanded to encompass either one or two adults living with a child. The vast majority (75 percent) of all adults consider their own family to be the most important and most satisfying element of their lives. Far more married adults say that love (93 percent), making a lifelong commitment (87 percent) and companionship (81 percent) are key reasons to get married, rather than having children (59 percent) or financial stability (31 percent). Unmarried adults viewed these factors in the same order. Asked if they agree that there is only one true love for every person, fewer than 3 in 10 of total survey respondents say, “I do.”
Going Back to School in the Golden Years Retirement communities, typically nestled near beaches or golf courses, are beginning to emerge somewhere else: near university campuses. Educational opportunities and cultural activities there are among the perks for those who feel most alive in active, intellectually stimulating and intergenerational settings. Alma maters are a special draw for sports fans. About 50 campus-oriented retirement communities exist around the country, estimates Andrew Carle, an industry expert and founding director of the Senior Housing Administration program at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. Another 50 are planned.
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Most American Adults Say Life is Good A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 61 percent of adults rate their lives today as good or excellent. Among the most satisfied are married adults, those with no children at home and people with the highest incomes. Of the 1,000 men and women surveyed, 58 percent consider the years from 18 to 49 as the very best, 17 percent ultimately prefer age 50 and up and 14 percent maintain that childhood takes the cake. The rest are undecided.
Adult Volunteers We’ve Got Time to Help
The Corporation for National and Community Service reports that 63.4 million Americans volunteered to help their communities in 2009, 1.6 million more than the year before, and the largest single-year spike since 2003. They contributed 8.1 billion hours of service, with an estimated value of nearly $169 billion. Part-time employees proved the most generous, with a 34 percent volunteer rate, according to the Portland Tribune’s analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly 29 percent of those with full-time jobs contributed. About 23 percent of unemployed individuals volunteered. Utah was the top volunteer state, with a rate of more than 44 percent, followed by Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Alaska, all exceeding 37 percent. Large cities were led by Minneapolis-St. Paul; Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City; Seattle; and Oklahoma City, all with at least a third of their residents taking up a cause. Mid-size cities, particularly those in the Midwest, have on average higher volunteer rates than large cities, with volunteers also contributing more hours. Mid-size city stars, with a volunteer rate of between 63 and 40 percent include Provo, Utah; Iowa City; Ogden, Utah; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Madison, Wisconsin.
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Dream on… and Learn Better
odern science has established that sleep can be an important tool for enhancing memory and learning skills. A new study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center sheds light on the role that dreams GET A play in this process. “After nearly 100 years of debate about the MAMMOGRAM function of dreams, this study tells us that dreams are the brain’s way of processing, integrating and really understanding new information,” says senior author Robert Stickgold, Ph.D. “Dreams are a clear indication that the sleeping brain is working on memories at multiple levels, including ways that will directly improve performance.” Indeed, according to the researchers, these new findings suggest that dreams may be the sleeping brain’s way of telling us that it is hard at work on the process of memory consolidation— integrating our recent experiences to help us with performance-related tasks in the short run, as well as over the long term. In other words, dreams help us translate this material into information that has broad application in our lives.
Happiness Keeps Growing
s there any good news about growing old? Researchers reported at a recent American Psychological Association convention in Toronto that an increase of happiness and emotional well-being occurs as people mature. Their study of contributing factors showed that older adults exert greater emotional self-control, have learned to avoid or limit stressful situations and are less likely than younger adults to let negative comments or criticism bother them. Source: HealthDay.com
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rom an early age, Terri HawkinsFox, PhD, ND, sought out natural healing and mind/body medicine. Even as a child, she did not resonate with the acceptance of what we deem 1/24/11 traditional medicine—her pursuit had always been about balance. “I see that anything other than being balanced places us in a state of despair,” she says. She says the same goes for everything else in our lives. If we’re over acidic, then the manifestations of chronic or degenerative disease take place. “Don’t get me wrong—I miss the mark on a daily basis, but it drives my adrenaline to seek that balance in life. It’s become my passion.” In 1975, Dr. Hawkins-Fox ventured into the Air Force to do governmental accounting. After six weeks, she had gained 32 pounds, broke out with acne, and looked and felt sick. It was obvious to her and others evaluating the situation that elimination problems— namely fecal matter—were the issue. Her mother, who was also driven to follow a holistic approach, sought out and purchased a colonic table from a doctor and had it set up and ready to go when Hawkins-Fox came back
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to visit. “This was the turning point in my life and what set me on the path to detox and build simultaneously for the balance that the body so desperately seeks.” Today, Dr. Hawkins-Fox is the owner of one of the leading colon hydrotherapy centers in Indianapolis, offering clients safe and natural ways to optimize health spirit and vitality. Many misconceptions exist about colon hydrotherapy—what it is, why it’s used. Here, she answers questions to help debunk the myths of colon hydrotherapy. 1. What is colon hydrotherapy, and why should someone have a colonic? Colon hydrotherapy, or colonics, is a very simple and graceful way of removing old fecal matter that has built up in the colon. Warm filtered water is run through the colon to loosen and expel the build up. The procedure doesn’t hurt in the least and believe it or not, it’s not intimidating. You can listen to music, read, talk on the phone, or even work on your lap top during the entire process.
2. Why should someone have a colonic? Everyone has some build up. If you consider the American diet with our sedentary ways and all the processed foods, how could we possibly avoid it? Even a pipe will have an unwanted collection of build up on the sides of it. Why wouldn’t we? 3. How does one know if they should get a colonic? If you’re not eliminating two to three times per day, if you’re sluggish, tired, and are eating the typical American diet you are a candidate for cleansing. 4. What types of issues can a colonic help with, and what are its benefits? Poor elimination, swelling in the abdominal area from fecal build up, joint pains and arthritis, allergies from food and environment, psoriasis, acne, or other skin problems, gas and stomach bloat, frequent headaches, back pain, poor memory, insomnia, it also removes parasites - the list goes on and on. There are many benefits— better elimination, weight reduction, supports immune system, helps clear complexion, aids in better absorption, more energy, and rids the body of toxins which creates a multitude of problems. At Natural Rejuvenation, the focus is on balance—detoxing and building simultaneously to achieve this level. “If we detox constantly without building we become weak, and if we try to build on a weak body, there is no foundation in which to build upon,” explains Dr. Hawkins-Fox. In addition to colon hydrotherapy, Natural Rejuvenation offers classes on nutrition, juicing, raw foods, nutritional testing to access a starting point, lymph drainage, sound/light therapy, foot detox, skin care, and a rejuvenation system for relaxation and stress.
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“Change is good,” the saying goes, but even good change, like falling in love or going on vacation—causes stress. Stress is widely reported in medical journals like The Lancet and The Journal of the American Medical Association as linked to health problems from heart disease and diabetes to hair loss and depression. Because stress affects the immune system, frequent colds or bouts
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with the flu may signal a need to slow down. Fuzzy thinking, forgetfulness and feelings of frustration can also indicate that it’s time to relax.
acupuncture uses needles that puncture the skin and requires a visit to a professional, acupressure stimulates via points on the skin’s surface and can be part of a self-care practice. “When acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood and enhance the body’s life force energy to aid healing,” explains Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., founder of the Acupressure Institute, in Berkeley, California, and author of Acupressure’s Potent Points: A Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments. To relax the neck and relieve tension headaches, use the point at the base of the skull, just where the head attaches to the neck. Feel for the hollow between the two thick, vertical muscle masses—finding and pressing it will probably elicit a sigh. Put one or both thumbs in that hollow and apply gentle pressure for one to two minutes.
Drinking a cup of herbal tea is a simple, gentle and enjoyable way to “take five.” Herbal educator Dodie Harte, of the Sierra Institute of Herbal Studies, recommends a blend of three common calming herbs: chamomile, linden flower and passionflower, with a dash of relaxingly aromatic lavender flower. Add a cup of boiling water to a mix of one teaspoon of each herb and a small sprig of lavender, then let steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
Like acupuncture, acupressure is a technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine that works to rebalance the flow of chi, or energy, in the body by stimulating key points along its energy meridians, or pathways. While
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“Sleep ends up being one of those things we see as expendable,” says Marks. Yet, a growing body of studies from Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine and other research institutions shows that it is crucial to your mental and physical health, as well as many of the body’s major restorative functions, including tissue repair, muscle growth and protein synthesis. New findings by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center even show that the brain uses sleep to consolidate memories and make them more accessible when we’re awake. “We should really think of ourselves as operating on a 16-hour battery,” Marks advises, because we must recharge ourselves in order to perform well. Signs of sleep deprivation include irritable moods and an inability to concentrate. Marks’ Countdown to Bedtime routine starts an hour beforehand. Put away the work and turn off the computer. Stop drinking fluids. Take a warm bath or footbath and don pajamas. Read, meditate or listen to music to wind down. Adjust the bedroom temperature
to between 68 and 74 degrees and turn off all lights and electronics, covering their LED displays. If it takes more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, get out of bed and do something relaxing until you feel drowsy. “If your mind is busy, write out your thoughts on a problem-solving worksheet,” she suggests.
Time and again, it has been proven that nature heals. One researcher, from the University of Southern California, has found that even just gazing at a natural landscape, sunset or grove of trees from a window can activate endorphins in the brain that make us feel good. Getting outside is even better. Integrative Psychiatrist Henry Emmons, a physician and author of The Chemistry of Joy, explains that sunlight provides us with vitamin D, which he notes, “… plays a role in many physiological processes, including moods.” Emmons’ prescription: at least 30 minutes outside daily, without glasses, which can filter out healing components of sunlight. Neuroimmunologist and physician Esther Sternberg, author of Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and WellBeing, points to an extensive body of research showing that the colors, patterns and scents of natural environments affect mental and physical well-being. She recommends spending time in gardens and growing your own plants, even if only a window box of herbs.
Brush it Out “The skin is the largest organ in the body, and the better it functions as a toxin releaser, the less work the liver and kidneys have to do,” explains Tom Sherman, a bodyworker who teaches at the Acupressure Institute. He suggests daily dry-brushing, a low-tech way to stimulate lymph nodes, open pores, release toxins and exfoliate the skin. Any natural fiber bristle brush with a long handle will do, though Sherman prefers the Yerba Buena palm bristle brush. He also likes the Vital Chi SkinBrushing system developed by Bruce Berkowsky (NaturalHealthScience.com). Dry-brushing is a popular spa treatment with European roots. For basic skin-brushing, remove clothing and gently, but vigorously, rub the dry brush over every part of the body, using circular motions. The basic rule of thumb is to brush toward the heart and in the direction of blood flow. So, starting with the feet, brush in circles up the calves, thighs and buttocks, before moving to the hands and up the arms to the shoulders. Brush down on the neck, but up on the back. Finally, move to the chest and abdomen, brushing counter-clockwise. The whole process should take about 10 minutes. Follow it up with hydrotherapy—a simple shower will do—to help wash away dead skin and impurities. A further detoxing option is to follow up with a hot bath containing two cups of Epsom salts and 20 drops of tea tree oil.
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Physical touch in any form stimulates the body, and while massage is typically used to relax and release, it can also revitalize. A recent National Institutes of Health study showed that massage had a positive effect on cancer-related fatigue in patients who were undergoing treatments that drained them of energy. “During an invigorating massage, the therapist uses faster paced, gliding, strokes, rather than slow, sustained, pressure,” explains Kristen Sykora, a licensed massage therapist and spokesperson for the American Massage Therapy Association. In-between visits (locate a local practitioner at Finda MassageTherapist.org), there’s plenty you can do on your own. “Physiologically, when you massage yourself—even when you rub lotion on your skin—you’re asking the blood vessels to open up and bring in blood, nutrients and oxygen into that area,” Sykora says. She suggests a simple tapping technique, called tapotement, for re-energizing any area of the body that feels fatigued, such as quadraceps or derrière. To work on quads, sit comfortably, so the muscles are relaxed, make a soft fist and tap gently all over the muscle for one to two minutes. Use either the pinky end of the fist or the underside, where the fingers are curled.
Walk A simple way to get moving, walking raises heart rate and breathing capacity, increases circulation of blood and nutrients to all systems of the body and, as new research from the University of Pittsburgh shows, improves memory. It’s a relatively low-impact, safe, form
of exercise that also gets you outdoors, which has its own balancing benefits. Beginners can try for 10 minutes a day at a slow, comfortable pace, while more experienced walkers may shoot for 30 minutes a day at a faster, more invigorating pace.
Try Something New Sticking to the safe, familiar and triedand-true may seem like an energyconservation measure, but upsetting your routine and trying new things can re-cultivate a passion for life. And passion, says Marks, helps provide life with meaning and purpose. “It’s important to find pleasures outside of work, even if you do love your job,” she counsels. What will you do? Something you’ve always wanted to do, or used to do and have always wanted to get back to. Or, something you never thought you could do, or think you’re too old to do. Natural Awakenings’ monthly Calendar of Events is a perfect place to start. Take a cooking or art class (local community colleges are great, too) or join a dining or green drinks or birdwatching group (Meetup.com facilitates local gatherings). Learn a new sport (tennis, paddleboarding, salsa dance) or a musical instrument (ukulele, an easy instrument to pick up, is making a comeback). Join a community gardening, handcrafting or reading circle, which are all part of the growing makeit-yourself movement. The list is endless... Frances Lefkowitz’s new book, To Have Not, has been named one of five Best Memoirs of 2010 by SheKnows.com. Connect at FrancesLefkowitz.net.
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s spring and summer roll around, downtown Indianapolis will boast a new version of its City Market, a sort of revival of the city’s original market of the late 1800s and part of a nationwide initiative to get back to our agrarian roots. Not only will the market provide a hub for many of the greater Indianapolis area’s small businesses, but it will also provide a one-stop shop for Indianapolis residents to purchase anything “a true ‘foodie’ would want for a great dinner,” says Jim Reilly, Executive Director of City Market. “Our vision is to have our customers come to the Market and buy gourmet quality meat, farm-fresh vegetables, delightful hand-made candy, a warm baguette of bread and fresh-cut flowers all in one trip.” Whereas the current Market focuses on prepared products, the new and improved Market will focus on more fresh produce and ingredients for shoppers to make their own creations. The Market changes, slated for early spring through summer of this year, are in keeping with the movement
to “get back to our agrarian roots and source locally, getting back to understanding where our food and artisan products come from,” says Stevi Stoesz, Director of Business Development and Public Relations for the Market. “A public market’s heart beats differently than a grocery store. You’re not going to get the community element at a grocery store; you won’t get to shop individual destinations under one roof where you get to talk to the owner or producer.” “The market in its heyday was the place to come for fresh products,” explains Stoesz. “Way back, you could even buy live chickens here. It was a flurry of activity for any kind of fresh pastoral product.” The heyday she speaks of was in 1886, when the main market house was built adjacent to Tomlinson Hall, the Market Square Arena of its time. It hosted political rallies, entertainment functions—“any time there was a large community gathering,” says Stoesz, “it was held at Tomlinson Hall.” “Over the years, [the city market concept] has shifted with the advent of the supermarket and people fleeing to the suburbs. In our particular place, the Market became more of a lunchtime destination.”
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reflect fresh foods—“dark greens, dark reds, mustard yellows, things that are reflective of food grown in Indiana,” Stoesz explains—some of the existing uni-structure that acts as a canopy over some of the stands will be removed in order to open up the space a bit more. Additionally, stand owners will have signage and interesting canopy structures to reflect what they sell. “Until now,” explains Stoesz, “the stands have become homogenized in look, so we will be renovating for a more unique appeal. Right now the market is a sea of gray, and the focus is countertops, but the focus has got to be on the food. If [a vendor is] making a special salsa, I want to see the tomatoes, the cilantro, et cetera on the counter. The environment will be very artisan and agrarian in nature; it will be very workable, an environment where things are produced.” In addition to the Main Market changes, the West Wing will be demolished, and the East Wing will host a bicycle hub and a small YMCA workout facility. Throughout the renovations, the Market will remain open for business.
“Philosophically,” says Stoesz, “the biggest shift will be the product mix. We’re moving away from the prepared food, lunchtime concept destination to that of fresh foods and artisan products in a retail setting” so that shoppers can go home and prepare their own healthful meals. “It’s kind of bringing our farmers’ market inside into the
market with those great products that people obviously are desiring, since our Wednesday farmers’ market is our biggest day during the on-season,” Stoesz continues. “The public market is there to provide products to assist in augmenting the farmers’ market experience.” The Market’s leaders also expect that Saturdays will host a growing crowd. The Market’s popular prepared items and crafts aren’t becoming obsolete, though. Although the permanent stands will focus on artisan and fresh product (think grocery-type) vendors, shoppers will still be able to purchase non-grocery items through many of the Market’s cart vendors. Additionally, a marketwide policy will require all indoor market vendors to accept both debit and credit cards. One of the Market’s newest
permanent vendors is locally owned Natural Born Juicers. Laura Mann Beatus, owner, discusses her excitement about their involvement: “We…are thrilled to be opening our first location at the Indianapolis City Market. It’s a beautiful historic space that is ripe for a metamorphosis as an Indianapolis foodie destination. It will be nice to shed our juice gypsy lifestyle a bit, have a home and lots of room to create. In the future we will be offering vegan soups, salads, etc, and live snacks from Raw Gourmet Delights. We will also be offering juice cleansing programs, which we are really excited about, as well as free delivery to places close to the market; in addition, we will be available for catering for parties, business meetings, and so on as a healthy alternative to coffee and
doughnuts. Look for us in February!” Currently, Market stand owners are encouraged to stay open from 6am until 2pm, though times vary by vendor. As renovations are completed, demand increases, and new merchants open up, the Market hours on the whole are likely to extend beyond the business day for those looking to shop after work. “The market didn’t shift overnight, though,” says Stoesz, “and we’re not going to make that shift back overnight either.” For specific vendor hours, contact the Market office at 317-634-9266; you can find a list of permanent vendors on the Market’s Web site at http://www.indycm. com/shop/directory/. City Market also frequently announces updates to vendors and business hours through its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ IndyCM and Twitter account @indycm.
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The most recent renovation to the Market yielded Tomlinson Tap Room, which hosted a soft grand opening on November 24. This unique beer bar boasts all Indiana craft beer produced in microbreweries throughout the state. “Tomlinson Tap Room blends really nicely to make this a locally produced destination,” explains Stoesz. “Currently there are thirty-four microbreweries [in the state] with more being added daily (it seems), and we represent them all. We have sixteen taps, and those rotate so that we represent all the breweries. We Tweet and Facebook our tap menu every day.” For those who love a particular Indiana microbrewery but don’t often get the opportunity to visit, Tomlinson Tap Room offers those beers without requiring you to drive far to get them. And for those who prefer to imbibe in the comfort of home, Tomlinson offers growlers. The Tap Room is located on the mezzanine level of the Market and is an open-air bar to the inside of the Market. If you prefer to shop casually, you can buy beer and take it anywhere within the main market house. The Tap Room is open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 2pm to 10pm. Mondays and Tuesdays are reserved for special private and/or corporate event nights. To access the Tap Room, enter through one of the four natural awakenings
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Parking around the area is free after 6pm on weekdays and free all day on weekends, but if you visit during business hours, you can park in the lot across from the Market on Alabama St., where Market Square Arena used to sit. Parking in the gravel lot costs $5 upfront, but if you shop at any of the vendors in the market and spend a minimum of $5, you will receive a voucher for a $4 refund for up to two hours of parking. For more information, visit www.indycm.com.
Farmers’ Market Hours: WINTER November - April: Wednesday 10:00am - 1:00pm Inside the City Market located on Market Street, between Delaware and Alabama Streets. SUMMER - Rain or shine! May - October: Wednesday 9:30am - 1:30pm Saturday 9:30am - 1:00pm Outside the City Market located on Market Street, between Delaware and Alabama Streets. Core City Market Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM Saturday - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sunday - Closed Some standowners will be open later to serve Tomlinson Tap Room patrons. Call the Market office at 317-634-9266 to find out a particular vendor’s hours. February 2011
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t’s comforting to know that the unconscious act of breathing comes instinctively to a newborn, immediately upon drawing its first breath. However, there’s nothing comforting about the fact that babies and toddlers are vulnerable to what they might be ingesting from their room’s furnishings—including toxic gaseous chemicals inhaled from mattresses and bedding. Parents should note that wise and prudent purchases should exclude the typical crib or children’s mattress. That’s because the surface material used in nearly all baby mattresses is toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The mattress filler of polyurethane foam also contains multiple unwanted chemical additives. All of these harmful substances linger only inches away from a little one’s mouth and nose. Polyurethane foam, mostly solid petroleum, is highly flammable, prompting manufacturers to try to counteract the hazard by adding an industrial fire retardant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the most common of these, pentaBDE, has been associated with hyperactivity and neurobehavioral alterations. This retardant is not bound to the foam, and leaches out into the surrounding air. PentaBDE recently was banned in Europe and by the State of California. Yet the American government has no plans to recall the millions of affected baby mattresses that are currently in use. Another chemical family that
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part by Veterinarian Carolyn McCray— advises, “We cannot overemphasize the need for warmth in young kittens. If there is nothing else you can do or provide for a munchkin, this is it: warmth!” Kittens older than four months primarily need a warm spot to snuggle—a cozy corner or “cat house.” Younger kittens need a completely non-drafty environment, in addition to a cozy place of refuge inside a box, closet or other enclosure. Beyond keeping the body temperature up, Kitten Rescue workers emphasize keeping kittens clean, because anything clinging to fur can easily be ingested and cause illness. Also, always provide fresh water and make sure the cat’s stool looks brown and solid. They actually provide a Guide to the Rainbow of Poop, but that’s another story. A kitten found in a box or otherwise abandoned will need to be bottle-fed feline replacement formula, bought from a pet store, or fed a special goat’s milk formula that pet owners can make at home. Note that cow’s milk will make kittens sick and won’t provide the nutrients they need. Introducing a new kitten to existing household cats and dogs must be done with care. It’s recommended to quarantine a new kitten for seven days—essentially keeping them in their own room, away from other household pets, particularly if the kitten is from the pound or has been rescued from the roadside. Such kittens may carry diseases or parasites that can spread among family pets. The quarantine period also lets cats sniff each other under the door and become accustomed without a hissing match. After the quarantine, Wisconsin Veterinarian Katharine Hillestad recommends letting the new kitten explore her new home on her own, keeping other pets out of the way. In the case of a household dog—keep the dog on a leash and let the kitten come up and sniff and explore them, as long as neither animal becomes aggressive or lashes out.
Planning for a New Puppy Puppies are much higher maintenance than kittens and need constant supervision. Not only will family
members need to monitor whether pups need to relieve themselves (telltale signs include circling and sniffing the ground), but new homes should be “puppy-proofed” before their arrival by removing anything at puppy-level that is precious and/ or chewable (that goes double for footwear). Fortunately, puppies have the advantage of being highly trainable—even in their first few months. “You should start training a puppy as soon as possible. The more you work with a puppy and the more consistently, the faster it will learn,” says Mychelle Blake, with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (apdt. com). Typically, puppies are ready for a puppy socialization class after they’ve received their first or second round of vaccinations—check with a holistic veterinarian for the best approach. Blake adds: “You can also start your puppy right away with training in the home if they are not quite ready for a class.” Socialization is a big part of puppy rearing. Young pups need to get used to other people, to other dogs and to new places in a safe, controlled environment. That will keep them from being afraid—and also from acting inappropriately, whether jumping on people, nipping, barking or biting. While it’s possible to teach puppy parents basic dog training techniques from a book or online literature, Blake says a trainer really helps to train owners in the proper techniques. “A professional trainer can help to coach you in training competence, which involves mechanical skills and timing, and it’s difficult to get these things right when you don’t have another trained person watching you,” she explains. Finally, don’t be fooled by the adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” As it turns out, if we don’t get our puppy satisfactorily trained— we can continue the training by taking our older pup to a more mature doggy obedience class, and without all the crazy puppy energy, he may even be easier to train. Brita Belli is a Connecticut-based journalist, editor and author.
Taking the Stress Out of Leaving Pets by Amanda Dorman
ccording to the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, 63 percent of all American households have pets. It’s no secret that these animals are usually happiest when they are home, surrounded by familiar sights, smells and sounds. Many dog owners worry about leaving their beloved pet alone when they go on vacation. It can be a stressful time, both for the pet and for the owner. For years, options were limited when it came time to pet care. One choice was boarding the animal at a kennel or veterinarian; another was turning to family and friends. Today, however, professional pet sitters are taking the anxiety out of leaving a pet behind by allowing owners to leave their pets home, knowing that they’ll receive loving care. “Using a pet sitting service gives you the peace of mind that your loved ones are being cared for by a professional in comfortable surroundings. Having a professional who is trained in pet first aid and CPR looking after your pet can save your pet’s life in an emergency” says Andy Hartle, owner of Platinum Pet Services. Pet sitting allows animals to stay in their familiar environment, maintain their diet and exercise routine, and can be given plenty of personalized care and attention—a factor that is very important to many animal lovers. Pet sitting companies offer a variety of services including daily walks for dogs, pet waste removal, overnight stays and “gate keeping” services, such as bringing in the mail, watering plants and taking out the trash. Most companies set up a personalized package of services for each client and work with a variety of pets. Hartle explains, “Our job is to give owners another option to boarding. If someone has used a pet sitter before, they will tell you that it’s a great experience.” For more information on local pet sitters, contact: Platinum Pet Services at 317-331-2929 or visit PlatinumPS.com. PAWS, FEATHERS & FINS Pet & Farm Visiting 317-989-0663 PeggyLovesPets.com natural awakenings
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id you know that more than half of U.S. adults prefer chocolate to other flavors and spend $55 per person per year to indulge their hankering? That’s a lot of chocolate—some 3.3 billion pounds annually, or about 12 pounds per chocoholic. The International Cocoa Organization further estimates that by 2015, U.S. chocolate sales will top $19 billion. Eating dark chocolate makes people happy, researchers have learned, because it contains phenylethylamine, the same nurturing hormone triggered by the brain when we fall in love. According to the California Academy of Sciences, the theobromine in chocolate acts as a myocardial stimulant, dilator of coronary arteries and smooth muscle relaxant, all inducing good feelings. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine recently reported that subjects who consistently consumed dark chocolate showed a 40 percent lower risk of myocardial infarction and stroke than those who did not. A study published in the European Heart Journal that tracked almost 20,000 people for 10 years found that people who ate about 7 grams of dark chocolate per day had lower blood pressure and 39 percent less risk of experiencing a stroke or heart attack, compared to those who ate an average of 1.7 grams daily. Scientists from Switzerland’s University Hospital point out that cocoa powder and choco-
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late contain rich sources of polyphenol antioxidants, the same beneficial compounds found in red wine and many fruits and vegetables that help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Chocolate lovers will be glad to know that dark chocolate contains more antioxidants per 3.5 ounces than prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, plums, oranges, red grapes, red bell peppers, cherries, onions, corn or eggplant. Gabriel Constans, Ph.D., is a counselor, journalist and author of a dozen books, including Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights and Great American Smoothies. For more information, visit GoGabriel.com.
A Bite of History Xocolatl was the Aztecs’ word for chocolate, which they called “bitter water” and considered a gift from the gods. Cultivated for 1,000 years, the cacao tree is prolific once it reaches maturity, producing cocoa pods every six months for about 20 years. The beans must be fermented before they begin to taste like the chocolate we know and love.
Sweet Treats by Local Artisans By Beth Davis
f happiness is chocolate, imagine awardwinning artisan chocolates combined with handcrafted artisan marshmallows. Two Indiana businesses are creating the sweet treats—perfect individually or together! The best part? Both companies are strong supporters of our local economy. At Chocolate for the Spirit based in Shelbyville, owner and artisan chocolatier, Julie Bolejack, creates what she calls, “an indulgence for the soul,” using fresh, local ingredients, as well as an exquisite Swiss chocolate that has earned worldwide critical acclaim. Most of the chocolate is organic or chemical free, and has no additives or preservatives. Bolejack uses high quality local ingredients when available, infused in her chocolates to create incredible flavor combinations. All of the chocolates are handmade—from truffles, cocoa mix and bon-bons to toffee, bark and bars— and include flavors such as cinnamon hazelnut, salted caramel ganache, and pecan butter crunch toffee. Creating scrumptious sweets using all local ingredients
is something the partners at 240Sweet have in common with Chocolate for the Spirit. Partners Alexa Lemley and Samantha Aulick started making marshmallows to give their catering customers. The puffs were a hit, and soon, this division of Lemley’s Catering was born. Chef Lemley creates three to four new flavors per week. Of the 70-plus flavors, best sellers include salty caramel, bananas foster and caramelized honey. The marshmallows are made in small batches with local, all natural and organic ingredients. According to Aulick, they first look for local foods to flavor the marshmallows. If they can’t find items locally, they make sure to use organic. The treats include Michigan beet sugar, Ohio glucose and Indiana cornstarch, as well as organic Tahitian beans to make their own vanilla extract. No preservatives, stabilizers, artificial colors or artificial flavors are used in the making of the puffs. And, although these sweet delights aren’t exactly on the healthy list, this Valentine’s Day, as we all search for the perfect gift, perhaps Bolejack states it best, “We all need little indulgences and treats that make us feel special.”
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Raw Dessert Class – 5:30-7:30pm. Learn how to make quick & easy guilt free desserts using simple ingredients. $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr, Indianapolis. 317-408-0110. Sarah@reinventingwellness.com. ReinventingWellness.com.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Allergy Free International Cuisine Class – 5:307:30pm. Food allergies don’t mean that ethnic food is no longer an option. Taste food from Italy, China, Mexico, Spain and more, all allergy free. $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr, Indianapolis. 317-408-0110. Sarah@reinventingwellness. com. ReinventingWellness.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Oneness Blessing Gathering – 6:30-8pm. Learn about the history of the Blessing and experience the divine energy of all that is. Everyone welcome. Donation. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. WendyWellness@ sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Mindfulness Meditation for Health – 10-11 am. Qigong uses mental focus, breath, and gentle movements to bring about a state of relaxation. Discover and activate one’s own healing system. Improve physical balance and mobility and bring about improved mental clarity and focus. $10. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317490-9822. email@example.com. Indyqi.com.
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Women’s Mini Retreat – 12:30-5pm. Delve into who one is and will become and express it in a collage. Preliminary exercises will be done to spark memory/imagination. We will start with a vegetarian pitch-in lunch so please bring a dish to share as well as scissors and glue. Register by Feb 3 at noon. Pay what one can between $50-$70. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E 56th St, Indianapolis. 317-257-9642. Carol@ipyc.org. IPYC.org. Yoga with Lisa Riolo – 9-10am. Lisa, from CityYoga, leads a complimentary yoga practice. This class is for all levels and mats are available at the Showroom. Free. lululemon athletica Indianapolis Showroom, 6402 Cornell Ave, Indianapolis. 317-253-7195. ADorman@lululemon.com. Lululemon.com. Baraka Kirtan Event – 6:30-9pm. Kirtan (sanskritto repeat) is a call and response chanting performed in India’s devotional traditions. Kirtan practice involves the chanting of hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of instruments such as the harmonium, the two-headed mrdanga or pakawaj drum and karatal hand cymbals. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. WendyWellness@sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com.
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Christian Inspired Yoga – 11am-12pm. A Christ centered yoga class that ties vinyasa flow with Christ inspired music. Immerse in the presence of Christ with each move of one’s body. $15. Village Yoga, 14741 Hazel Dell Xing, Ste 400, Noblesville. 317-569-9090. Eric@PathwaysToWellness.us. PathwaysToWellness.us.
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How to Stay Young the First 100 Years – 6-7pm. Also Feb 21. Learn the importance of chiropractic care and how to keep one’s body and mind at it’s best. This is a great class for new patients or those who want more education prior to obtaining treatment. Free. Call to RSVP at 317-745-5100. Danville Chiropractic, 6 Manor Dr, Danville. 317-745-5100. Sandy@DanvilleChiroCenter.com. DanvilleChiroCenter.com.
WAITSTAFF WANTED – Tulip Noir Café, an independent/local, seasonal breakfast/lunch café is seeking experienced, energetic, health conscious, and dependable waitstaff. The application is available under “contacts” on our website, tulipnoircafe.com. Send resume/inquires to tulipnoircafe@ gmail.com.
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Seven Secrets to Health & Healing – 5:30pm. We reveal the seven secrets to health and healing to help one achieve health goals. Free. Seating is limited. RSVP by Feb 4. Free. Zionsville Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 1620 W Oak St, Ste 100, Zionsville. Contact Kathy to reserve seat: 317-733-9630. DocWhalen@ZionsvilleChiropractor. com. ZionsvilleChiropractor.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Easy Grab n Go Meals, Food Bliss Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. RAW/living foods Chef and Health
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Valentine’s Day Weekend Brunch - 8am-1pm. Sat & Sun. Make a reservation and feast on Gingerbread Pancakes, Eggs Benedict and Winter Omelets from our new winter menu. Tulip Noir Cafe, where local, organic, seasonal food that is good for one’s heart is savored in an atmosphere that is good for one’s soul. Reserve seat at 317-848-5252. Tulip Noir Cafe, 1224 W. 86th St, Indianapolis. TuilpNoirCafe.com. Yoga with Kristy Kennedy – 9-10am. Kristy Kennedy, of CityYoga, leads a complimentary vinyasa yoga practice. This class is for all levels and mats are available at the Showroom. Free. lululemon athletica Indianapolis Showroom, 6402 Cornell Ave, Indianapolis. 317-253-7195. ADorman@lululemon. com. Lululemon.com. Partner Yoga with Lisa Daugherty – 11:30am1pm. Partner Yoga can help develop physical body and strengthen emotional and spiritual bodies. Some poses will challenge one’s balance, strength, and flexibility while others will require total trust and surrender in one’s partner. $25 couples, $15 single. Cityoga School of Yoga and Health, 2442 N Central Ave, Indianapolis. 317-920-9642. Info@cityoga.biz. Cityoga.biz.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Valentine’s Day Weekend Brunch – See Sat Feb 12 listing. Tulip Noir Cafe, 1224 W. 86th St, Indianapolis. Reserve seat at 317-848-5252. TuilpNoirCafe.com.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Candida Cure Cuisine – 5:30-7:30pm. Learn how candida affects one and how to overcome it with foods that heal. $35. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr, Indianapolis. 317-408-0110. Sarah@reinventingwellness.com. ReinventingWellness.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Yoga with Jocelin Romero – 9-10am. Jocelin Romero of CityYoga will be leading a complimentary yoga practice at the lululemon Showroom. All levels are welcome, and mats are available for use. lululemon athletica Indianapolis Showroom, 6402 Cornell Ave, Indianapolis. 317-253-7195. ADorman@lululemon. com. Lululemon.com. Living on Raw Foods Level I Certification Class – 10am-2pm. Become a raw food chef and learn how to create quick and easy recipes using organic and nutritious ingredients. Price includes breakfast, lunch and certification. Registration required. $125. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr, Indianapolis. 317-408-0110. Sarah@reinventingwellness. com. ReinventingWellness.com. Agnihotra Workshop – 4-7pm. Agnihotra is the science of healing and purification thru the medium of fire. It is meant for all mankind. Come learn this ancient science to heal the planet. Agnihotra is the most practical and relevant method of Atmospheric Purification, known and recommended for thousands of years in the Ayurveda. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun,
6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. WendyWellness@sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com.
MONDAY, FEBRAURY 21 How to Stay Young the First 100 Years – 6-7pm. See Feb 7 listing. Danville Chiropractic, 6 Manor Dr, Danville. 317-745-5100. Sandy@DanvilleChiroCenter. com. DanvilleChiroCenter.com.
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Seven Secrets to Health & Healing – 5:30pm. We reveal the seven secrets to health and healing to help one achieve health goals. Free. Seating is limited. RSVP by Feb 18. Free. Zionsville Holistic Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 1620 W Oak St, Ste 100, Zionsville. Contact Kathy to reserve seat: 317-733-9630. DocWhalen@ZionsvilleChiropractor. com. ZionsvilleChiropractor.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Science Meets Yoga & Spirituality – 7-9pm. Also Sat Feb 26 1-5pm. Led by David Jacobs, Ph.D. Fri session will cover the physiological effects of yoga practice. Sat session will include theory and practice for using Lucid Dreaming to access higher states of consciousness. $50/Fri, $85/Sat, $125/both if signed up by Feb 19. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E 56th St, Indianapolis. 317-257-9642. Carol@ipyc. org. IPYC.org.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Yoga with Nikki Meyers – 9-10am. Nikki Myers, E-RYT500, MBA, Yoga Therapist, Founder/Owner CITYOGA, will be leading a complimentary yoga practice at the lululemon Showroom. This class is open to all levels and mats are available for use at the Showroom. lululemon athletica Indianapolis Showroom, 6402 Cornell Ave, Indianapolis. 317-2537195. ADorman@lululemon.com. Lululemon.com.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Yoga for You: Restorative Yoga – 2:30-4pm. Relaxation and supported poses will be used to refresh the body and the mind. Also learn self-facial and foot massage techniques to use at home. Limited class size, please RSVP by Feb 24, 5pm. $15. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E 56th St, Indianapolis. 317-257-9642. Carol@ipyc.org. IPYC.org. Pranyama – 6-7pm. Simple asana (poses) practice to prepare the body for awareness and breath work. This workshop is held the 4th Sunday of every month and is by donation. All donations benefit The Indianapolis Senior Center. CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health, 2442 N Central Ave, Indianapolis. 317-920-9642. Info@cityoga.biz. Cityoga.biz.
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Mark Your Calendar Asana and Anatomy – March 4-6. 1pm Friday, 9:30am Saturday, 9:30am Sunday. Martin Kirk, a Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor, will be in Indianapolis for a weekend of classes geared towards yoga and anatomy of the spine, pelvis, shoulders and arms, legs, knees and feet. $40-195. Riviera Club in Indianapolis, 5640 N. Illinois St. 317-9159642 or 317-938-2630. Janie@SourceYoga.net. DancingHeartYoga.net/external.html.
Waterman’s Farm Market – 8am-7pm. Year round. Large variety of produce and food-related products. 7010 E Raymond St, Indianapolis. WatermansFarmMarket.com. Pilates Reformer Classes – No Sun classes. Mon: 8am, 9am, 10am, 6:30pm; Tue: 3pm, 6:30pm; Wed: 9am, 10am, 6:30pm; Thurs: 9am, 3pm, 6:30pm; Fri: 6am, 9am, 10am; Sat: 9am, 10am. Engages the mind with the body to create exercises that involve whole body movement. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and flat abs. Pilates also improves overall health resulting in increased flexibility, agility and economy of motion. Inner You Pilates, 14950 Greyhound Ct, Indianapolis. 317-571-8367. InnerYouPilates.com. Locally Grown Gardens – Mon-Fri 9am-9pm; Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-8pm. Year round. Chef owned and operated year round farm market offering a variety of produce, plants, pies, breads and more. Lunch and dinner served daily. 1050 E 54th St, Indianapolis. 317-255-8555. LocallyGrownGardens.com.
Gluten Free Baking Day – 8am-1pm; Thurs 7am-2:30pm. Gluten-Free baking day every Thurs and Sun at Tulip Noir Cafe, where local, organic, seasonal food and friends come together. We create delicious, innovative, health conscience meals with a twist utilizing fresh herbs, and spices for flavor and optimal health. Tulip Noir Café, 1224 W 86th St, Indianapolis. 317-848-5252. TulipNoirCafe.com. Sahaja Meditation – 12-1pm. Learn, Practice and enjoy meditation. A simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which de-stresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing your own inner energy. Free. Old National Bank, 6135 N. College Ave, Broad Ripple. 317-300-4560. IndianaMeditation@gmail.com.IndianaMeditation.org. Vinyasa Intensive – 1:30-3:30pm. Third Sun each month. Vinyasa flow yoga led by Liz Molitor. $20 drop in /$15 members. Source Yoga, 8609 E 116th St, Fishers. 317-915-9642. SourceYoga.net. Message & Meditation – 10-11am. Second Sun each month. This is led by Now Creations founder
Go to NACrossroads.com to submit calendar listings. Submission deadline for Calendar: the 15th of the month. Vince Lisi. $10/includes a take home CD. Source Yoga, 8609 E.116th St, Fishers. 317-915-9642. SourceYoga.net. Warming Up to Hot Vinyasa – 2-3:15pm. A class for those who are either new to yoga or somewhat anxious about the idea of practicing yoga in a hot room. $17 or package. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. Amy@flourishyoga.biz. FlourishYoga.Biz. Meditation Class – 6-7pm. A calming, centering meditation that will help you move into your week with peace, rejuevenation, & clarity. Donation. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. Amy@flourishyoga.biz. FlourishYoga.Biz.
Vibration Machine Session – Business Hours. Tighten, tone, improve circulation and lymph nodes. FREE with any service. Natural Rejuvenation, 6650 W. 10th Street, Indianapolis. 317-243-3550. NaturalRejuvenation.com. Farm Market – Mon-Wed, 9am-6pm; Thu-Sat, 9am-7pm. Year Round. Featuring quality apples, pumpkins, plants, local food, produce, meat, and more. Tuttle Orchards, 5717 N County Rd 300 West, Greenfield. 317-326-2278. TuttleOrchards.com. Ananda Mandala with Oneness Blessing – 6:308pm. This powerful breath work kick starts the movement of Kundalini energy and raising the vibrations with these amazing energy modalities. $10. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. WendyWellness@sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com. United Rhythms Drum Circle – 7-8pm. Ages 18+. United Rhythms is a community drum circle focused on sharing rhythm, releasing stress and reconnecting with self. No experience is necessary. All drums and percussion are provided. $5. Bongo Boy Recreational Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash Street Ste 1100, Indianapolis. 317-771-0241. Lisa@bongoboymusic.com. BongoBoyMusic.com.
Tibetan Heart Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Tibetan Heart Yoga is an asana practice combined with a meditative method in a lineage descended from the Dalai Lamas. The first series combines heart-opening asana with tong-len (giving & taking) meditation. Class is visualization, meditation and chanting progressing to asana practice with tong-len. $10. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. WendyWellness@sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com.
Gentle Yoga – 11am-12pm. Focus on sequences to relieve fatigue and stress. Postures will focus on breathing and movement to encourage energy and
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relaxation. Props will be used and modifications made as necessary. Pilates Wellness Studio, 1233 Pkwy Dr, Zionsville. Contact Tobie Hall: 317-8732163. PilatesWellnessStudio.com. 12-Step Meditation – 7-8pm. This gathering is open to anyone working a 12-step program of recovery regardless of addiction. Based loosely on The 12-Step Buddhist, by Darren Littlejohn, this group is meant to complement rather than take the place of regular 12-step meetings. No experience in meditation required. Free. Held at 125 Spruce St, Indianapolis. 317-637-5683. Joanhm@mac.com. TheChurchWithin.org.
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Gluten Free Baking Day – 7am-2:30pm. See Sun listing. Tulip Noir Café, 1224 W 86th St, Indianapolis. 317-848-5252. TulipNoirCafe.com. Winter’s Eve Market – 4-7pm. Thru Mar 31. Evening Farmers Market - top quality farm fresh products: quail eggs, artisan breads, pheasant, winter greens & root crops and more. Food/health related products, as well as food to eat in/take out. Unique products for everyday life. Free. Knights of Columbus Hall, 1305 W Delaware St, Indianapolis. 317-985-7230. WintersEveMarket@gmail.com. Cloth Diapering 101 – 6:30-8pm. Also every other Sat 10am-2pm. Learn different options available in cloth diapering and see products first hand. Free. Toasty Baby, 10087 Allisonville Rd, Ste C, Fishers. RSVP. ToastyBaby.com. Chakra Dhyana – 6:30-8pm. Chakra Dhyana is a series of chants that open the chakras (energy centers) and raise ones vibration to allow more positive flow into ones life. This 1.5 hour class will consist of Kundalini warmup with Beatles, chanting the Chakra Dhyana and meditation. $15. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St, Indianapolis. 317-253-5683. WendyWellness@sbcglobal.net. MotherNatureSun.com. Healthy Chocolate – 7pm.An hour that could change one’s life. To get free chocolate, mention Joyce/Jenni. Holiday Inn at the Pyramids. 317363-2262. Free Community Drum Circle – 6:45-8pm. A great family-friendly event to share in the joy of rhythm. No experience is needed. All ages are welcome. Drumming is a great way to relieve stress and is fun. Free. Hand Drum instruction class prior to the drum circle at 6:15-6:45pm. $5. Bongo Boy Recreational Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash Street Ste 1100, Indianapolis. 317-771-0241. Lisa@bongoboymusic.com. BongoBoyMusic.com.
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Indy Winter Farmers Market – 9:00am-12:30pm. Local produce, baked goods, artisan products and much more. Maxwell Building, 530 E Ohio St, Indianapolis. IndyWinterFarmersMarket.org. Mat Pilates – 9-10am. The lululemon athletica Indianapolis Showroom offers a complimentary, all-levels yoga or Pilates class every Saturday. Instructors change from week to week. Mats are available at the Showroom. Free. lululemon athletica Indianapolis Showroom, 6402 Cornell Ave, Indianapolis. 317-253-7195. ADorman@lululemon.com. Lululemon.com. The Green Market – 9am-12pm. Shop from local farmers and artisans. Get fresh vegetables and local handmade goods and support the community at the
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same time. In heated barn. The Green Market, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. TPFOrganics.com. Cloth Diapering 101 – Every other Sat 10am-2pm. See Thurs listing. Free. Toasty Baby, 10087 Allisonville Rd, Ste C, Fishers. RSVP. ToastyBaby.com. Free Martial Arts Intro Session – 10-11am. Instilling the qualities of self-confidence, self-discipline and self-control builds a strong foundation for success in all aspects of a person’s life. Free. Broad Ripple Martial Arts Academy, 5145 E 65th St, Indianapolis. 317-251-2488. Kaboggs56@yahoo.com. BroadRippleMartialArts.com. Sahaja Meditation – 11am-12pm. Experience meditation, a state of profound, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent, yet completely alert. Learn how to meditate at home with easy to learn techniques. No prior knowledge is necessary, everything is explained. Free. Old National Bank, 4950 E County Line Rd, Greenwood. 317-300-4560 IndianaMeditation@gmail.com.IndianaMeditation.org. Quantum Fit Open House – 12-1:30pm. First Sat each month. Learn Quantum Fit’s training methods: teaches core movements, sound nutritional basics and takes one through one’s fitness assessment workout. Free. Quantum Fit (inside Broad Ripple Martial Arts), 5145 E 65th St, Indianapolis. 317-658-1827. Info@QFitIndy.com. QFitIndy.com. Vinyasa – 12:30pm. First Sat each month. Also offering one’s first heated yoga class for free even with past attendance/current students. Invoke Studio, 970 Fort Wayne Ave, Ste C, Indianapolis. 317-631-9642. InvokeStudio.com. The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery – 3pm. This program, lead by Nikki Myers and Nate Rush, uses discussion, asana, pranayama and meditation to explore addiction and recovery within the body/ mind continuum. It weaves together the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-step programs. Donations. Cityoga, 2442 Central Ave, Indianapolis. 317-920-9642. Cityoga.biz. Free Intro to Yoga – 2-3pm. Second Sat each month. Source Yoga, 8609 E.116th St, Fishers. 317-9159642. SourceYoga.net. Book Study – 9am-12noon. Second Sat each month. Now Creations founder, Vince Lisi, leads a book study and currently studying the New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Vince is a professor at Youngstown University who shares 30 plus years of knowledge and sincerity on this path of personal growth. Fishers United Methodist Church, 9196 E 116th St, Fishers. Visit NowCreations.org for details.
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ANIMAL RIGHTS/WELFARE HUMANE SOCIETY OF INDIANAPOLIS 7929 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis 317-872-5650 IndyHumane.org HSI is the first choice in providing direct services for shelter cats and dogs, including adoption, foster home placement, behavior training, appropriate medical care, and affordable spay/neuter services. See ad on page 4.
ANTIOXIDANT XOÇAI HEALTHY CHOCOLATE Joyce Kleinman 317-363-2262 TheHealthyChocolateTeam.com A delicious, diabetic-friendly, unprocessed Belgian chocolate with more antioxidants in one 33-calorie piece than 1/2 pound of raw spinach. No preservatives or caffeine. See ad on page 24.
CHIROPRACTOR DANVILLE CHIROPRACTIC 6 Manor Drive, Danville 317-745-5100 DanvilleChiroCenter.com Voted “Best of Hendricks County” 2009 and 2010. Chiropractic care combined with massage therapy and rehabilitation exercises relieve pain, allergies, headaches and more. See ad on page 9. FAMILY CARE CHIROPRACTIC 2900 E 96th St., Suite A, Indianapolis 317-580-1800 FamilyCareChiro.net Home of the 8 Weeks to Wellness comprehensive program, which includes Chiropractic, personal training, nutrition, meditation, and massage therapy. SPINAL LOGIC CHIROPRACTIC 1300 E. Main St., Danville 317-745-5111 SpinalLogicChiropractic.com Receive only the finest quality care through the use of modern chiropractic equipment and technology. Natural alternatives for headaches, pain, fatigue, and more. See ad on page 24.
naturaldirectory Natural Networking at its best! Connecting you to the leaders of natural healthy living in our community. To find out how you can be included in this directory each month, call 317-862-6332 or visit: NACrossroads.com. STILLPOINT FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, INC. 9780 Lantern Rd., Ste. 230, Fishers 317-863-0365 DrPennella.com Comprehensive chiropractic care for the entire family. We may help you with ADHD, allergies, asthma, pain, ear infections, nutrition and more. See ad on page 10.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY CLEANSING WATERS 5501 E. 71st St., Ste A, Indianapolis 317-259-0796 CleansingWaters.net We promote a “cleansing” lifestyle that focuses on balancing the inner ecosystem at our colon hydrotherapy center. This lifestyle incorporates regular internal cleansing, detoxification and nourishment programs. See ad on page 10. NATURAL REJUVENATION, INC. 6650 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, IN 317-243-3550 NaturalRejuvenation.com Colon hydrotherapy and detox specialist for over 36 years and four generations. Teaching the raw living food lifestyle, herbology, homeopathy and nutritional testing. See ad on page 4.
ENERGY HEALING SUBTLE ENERGY THERAPIES Cara Shobe 217-348-8284 Dismantle-the-stress and be restored to wellness and vitality. Sixteen years experience in stress reduction, specializing in Craniosacral, Spinal Integration, Biofield therapies, and cuttingedge Scio/Indigo Biofeedback. natural awakenings
FARMERS’ MARKETS/ NATURAL/ORGANIC THE GREEN MARKET 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville 317-733-1700 TradersPointCreamery.com Indiana’s only year-round market, bringing you sustainably produced local goods. Winter hours, Saturdays from 9am12pm. See ad on page 17. INDY WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET 530 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis Saturdays 9am-12:30pm Connecting local farmers with city residents by delivering fresh healthy vegetables, fruit, meat, baked goods, herbs, natural cleaning products and other locally produced food & household products. WINTERS EVE FARMERS’ MARKET 1305 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis 317-985-7230 WintersEveMarket@gmail.com Featuring a wide range of farm fresh food and healthrelated products, plus soups, salads, chili and other delectable items to eat in or take out.
GREEN CLEANING SERVICES ORGANICALLY CLEAN Christie Crail 317-469-3201 Enjoy a pristinely cleaned home or office and breathe easier with the aromatic scents of lavender, mint and citrus. Call to schedule your free estimate. See ad on page 24.
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SHAKLEE Tammy Mutter 866-511-3987 HealthyUBiz.com Increase energy/immune function, optimize health goals and weight with raw food supplements, sport butrition, antiaging, non-toxic cleaning and skin care. Trusted by NASA, U.S. Olympic athletes, the White House and more. Work at home opportunities with commission, bonuses & car program.
SQUEEZE FRESH SMOOTHIES 11769 Commercial Drive, Fishers 317-845-9984 6155 N. Keystone, Indianapolis Squeeze brings together the finest and freshest ingredients and artfully combines them to create a wide variety of flavorful and healthy products including smoothies, yogurt, energy shots, and juice.
THE NATURAL MATTRESS COMPANY 4084 Perry Road, Whitestown 888-830-3941 317-769-3941 Mattresses, pillows The Natural and bedding crafted Mattress Company of 100% natural latex and covered with a certified organic cotton cover. Experience a Green Dream Sleep today. See ad on page 21.
HEALTHY DINING 3 SISTERS CAFÉ 6360 Guilford Ave., Indianapolis 317-257-5556 Indy’s finest breakfast and best vegetarian dishes for over 15 years. Authentic, slow-cooked made from scratch food, always using mostly local ingredients. Open daily. See ad on page 9.
HEALTH FOODS Good Earth Natural Food Company 6350 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis 317-253-3709 Good-Earth.com Offering a distinctive and broad selection of natural and organic foods, supplements, beauty products, and apparel. Family owned and operated since 1971. See ad on page 12.
HOLISTIC PROVIDER ZIONSVILLE HOLISTIC CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS CENTER 1620 W. Oak St., Ste 100, Zionsville 317-733-9630 ZionsvilleChiropractor.com We provide gentle exact chiropractic adjustments; whole food nutrients; time-tested homeopathy to balance body chemistry; and a very powerful breakthrough system to release extremely damaging emotional stress and tension. See ad on page16.
LABORATORY ANY LAB TEST NOW 13636 N Meridian St., Carmel 317-574-9500 AnyLabTestNow.com Providing thousands of lab tests to consumers professionally, conveniently and cost effectively. No appointment necessary, no doctor’s order, no insurance required, confidential and anonymous. See ad on page 13.
MASSAGE SCHOOL INDIANA COLLEGE OF SPORTS & MEDICAL MASSAGE 3934 West 96th Street, Indianapolis 317-641-8121 IndianaMassageCollege.com Earn your National Massage Certification in 1 year. “I replaced my corporate income and only work 15 hours a week!” Dainah Craft, ICSMM co-owner.
MEDITATION SAHAJA MEDITATION 317-300-4560 IndianaMeditation.org Sahaja Meditation is a simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which destresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing inner energy. Everyone welcome. See ad on page 13.
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NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN DAVIS CLINIC Board Certified Naturopathic Physician 317-635-0335 Aaron@DavisClinic.com Dr. Davis provides naturopathic medicine to prevent and treat chronic disease, combining Western medical knowledge and natural therapies to support your health and vitality.
NUTRITIONIST REINVENTING WELLNESS Sarah Stout CCN, HHC, Raw Foods Chef 317-408-0110 Sarah@ReinventingWellness.com Offering a variety of nutritional and holistic health counseling services. Specializing in raw foods certifications, private cooking classes, corporate services, and menu planning. See ad on page 17.
PET STORE PET SUPPLIES PLUS Avon - Rockville Rd Broad RIpple - 62nd St. & Keystone Greenwood - County Line & Emerson Noblesville - S.R. 37 North of 32 PSPIndy.com Greatest selection of products that improve your pet’s well-being. See ad on page 22.
INNER YOU PILATES 14950 Greyhound Court, Carmel 317-571-8367 InnerYouPilates.com Pilates exercise focuses on learning to move better so the benefits are felt in everyday life. Join a class or sign up for private sessions. See ad on page 12.
NATURE’S KARMA 14511 Clay Terrace Blvd., Ste 130, Carmel 317-843-9999 NaturesKarma.org Devoted to providing highquality items via Fair Trade, environmentally friendly goodies and organic skin care products that are made with all of nature’s wonders. See ad on page 15.
PILATES WELLNESS STUDIO 1233 Parkway Dr., Zionsville 317-873-2163 PilatesWellnessStudio.com Pilates provides healthy movement and builds strength from the “inside out.” It improves breathing, balance, posture and helps your internal systems function better. Also offering massage, yoga and personal training. See ad on page 15.
PREGNANCY WELLNESS STILLPOINT FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, INC. 9780 Lantern Rd., Ste 230, Fishers 317-863-0365 DrPennella.com Dr. Pennella offers nutritional counseling and hair analysis for the benefit of balancing her patients from the inside out. See ad on page 10.
PRODUCE/GROCERY DELIVERY GREEN B.E.A.N. DELIVERY 317-377-0470 Info@GreenBeanDelivery.com GreenBeanDelivery.com Green Bean Delivery works with local farmers and artisans to bring organic produce and natural groceries to your door year-round. Indianapolis and surrounding areas. See ad on page 25.
SOLUTION THERAPY MASSAGE HEALTH YOURSELF MASSAGE, LLC 3934 West 96th Street, Indianapolis 317-379-6007 HYMassage.com Get rid of chronic pain or improve your favorite sport (golf, tennis, weightlifting, etc.) through solution therapy massage. Accepting new appointments.
SUPER FOODS XOÇAI HEALTHY CHOCOLATE Jeanne McCullough 317-371-1492 Jeanne@AmazingChocolateTeam.com AmazingChocolateTeam.com Our chocolate is made with a patented cold pressing technology allowing it to maintain the extreme levels of antioxidants naturally found in cacao, nature’s highest antioxidant super food. Tastes great. See ad on page 25.
WELLNESS CENTER PATHWAYS TO WELLNESS 14741 Hazel Dell Xing, Noblesville 317-569-9090 PathwaysToWellness.us A family-owned wellness center focusing on yoga, massage, lifestyle counseling and sports training. We are happy to help you find your optimum life. See ad on page 14.
ZIONSVILLE HOLISTIC CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER 1620 W. Oak Street, Ste 100, Zionsville 317-733-9630 ZionsvilleChiropractor.com The practice includes comprehensive wellness chiropractic services to release damaging neurological disturbances and tension patterns resulting from excessive physical, chemical and emotional stress. See ad on page 16.
WOMEN’S WELLNESS SOLIS WOMEN’S HEALTH 11450 N. Meridian St., Carmel 317-872-3583 SolisHealth.com Dedicated exclusively to breast cancer screening and diagnosis, patients can expect a level of professional attention and personal care not found anywhere else. See ad on page 11.
YOGA CITYOGA SCHOOL OF YOGA AND HEALTH 2442 N Central Avenue, Indianapolis 317-920-9642 CitYoga.biz School for yoga and health S C H O O L O F Y O G A A N D H E A L T H dedicated to improving total well-being and quality of life. Offering Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Teacher Training Programs with Nikki Myers and Marsha Pappas. See ad on page 14.
SOURCE YOGA 8609 E. 116th St., Fishers 317-915-9642 SourceYoga.net Yoga is a scientific discipline of removing or eradicating stress and tension at its source. We provide you with the tools for becoming strong in mind and body. Over 20 classes, workshops and personal training.
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