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20 MUSIC AS MEDICINE Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes


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24 RAISING A MUSIC LOVER Kids Thrive to Rhythms of Head and Heart by Randy Kambic

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ncient rituals that have survived into modern times have likely done so in large measure due to their effectiveness, power and potency. Music ceremony and ritual began in our dawn. The voice was the first-ever instrument, but drums and other percussion appeared more than 160,000 years ago. Yoga’s roots can be traced back nearly 10,000 years. And shamans have been healing bodies and souls for millennia. It is no accident that the traditions of primitive cultures stay with us today and are part of our consciousness. In this, the September issue of Natural Awakenings, among myriad other important topics from fracking to vegan kids, we explore the consciousness-raising impact of music, yoga, shamanism, chanting and more. Music lives within all of us. Indeed, the universe has its own song, its own rhythm. We listen daily to the music of our planet:  whistling winds, singing birds, roaring waves. Music, as we know it, began with a voice, drums and percussion and a flute combination around 47,000 years ago. In her piece ‘Music as Medicine,’ Kathleen Barnes takes us on a journey where we explore the power of music to rejuvenate, restore and revitalize us: the lullaby sung to a child; the song on the radio that sparks a special memory; the sacredness of compositions by Rossini; the quiet beauty of a Mozart sonata. Plato, who founded the first institution of learning in the Western world in about 348 B.C., said: “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” If Plato said it, we agree. Then there’s Bob Marley who said, “One good thing about music; when it hits you, you feel no pain.” You cannot argue with Bob Marley. And finally, there’s this from Nigerian drummer and social activist Babatunde Olatunji: “We say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the universe revolves around rhythm; when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.” In yoga too there is a rhythm. Our Fit Body feature on restorative yoga by Meredith Montgomery talks about the “physiology of relaxation, sleep and biological rhythms” found in the ancient practice.  And in Linda Sechrist’s piece about the modern shaman, we learn that archaic but time honored practice relies on the shaman’s interpretation of the universe’s harmony, balance and rhythm to heal the mind, the body and the soul.   Our path to consciousness may be inexorably tied to the rhythm of our world and ourselves. As Richard L. Alaniz says in A Shaman’s Tale: Path to Spirit Consciousness: “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” I am sending you all love and blessings, as we seek out our inner paths on this beautiful journey of life.  

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newsbriefs Empowered Light Holistic Expo in Oaks


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he Empowered Light Holistic Expo, a new event “to help bring a sense of empowerment to each of us,” according to founder Sue Greenwald, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., October 28; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 29; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 30, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Hall D, in Oaks, Pennsylvania. The event’s focus is on healthier lifestyles, including nutrition and food, stress reduction and self-care, alternative healing therapies and spiritual experiences. Speakers, authors, practitioners and psychic mediums will make presentations and conduct workshops, classes and sessions on alternative healing modalities, health and wellness topics and spiritual practices; healthy foods and raffle prizes also will be available, as will yoga classes and meditations. Many activities and products are free while others require a small fee. “Our rushed society causes the average person to feel stressed, leading to illness, unhappiness and a deep feeling of powerlessness,” says Greenwald, who also founded Thrive Yoga & Wellness Center, in Malvern, Pennsylvania, adding that event attendees should depart feeling inspired, with a greater sense of purpose as they come to experience “deeper relaxation, healing and a sense of peace.” Location: 100 Station Ave. For attendance, vendor, sponsor, advertiser or volunteer information, email or visit

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onsider attending the acapella ensemble Jersey Transit’s performance at 2 p.m. on September 17 at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch of the Mercer County Library System. The group will sing a repertoire of songs ranging from jazz standards to reggae to R&B to today’s pop. The ensemble has been performing for more than 25 years, with some of the original members still in the group.

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Holistic Health Extravaganza Coming to New Egypt


f you want to sample a variety of holistic modalities and meet experienced practitioners, then consider attending the Holistic Health Extravaganza from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 22 in New Egypt. The event will host more than 30 holistic practitioners and crafters including aura photography, reiki, nutrition guides, handmade soaps, essential oils, flower remedies, natural skin care, green products, ayurvedic spices and medicine, intuitives/psychics, tai chi, energy medicine, gemstones, crystals, jewelry, chiropractic, teas, foot ionization detox, health screenings, Henna art, authors, workshops, individual sessions as well as giveways, raffles and food. Cost $5/entrance fee includes two raffles. Location: American Legion, 2 Meadowbrook Ln, New Egypt. For more information call Siobhan Hutchinson at 609-752-1048, email, or visit NextStep

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he Waldorf School of Princeton will host the second Princeton Natural Parenting Fair, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 8 at the school’s Cherry Hill Road campus. The rain-or-shine event will gather local exhibitors, speakers and other resources in support of natural parenting choices, including childbirth, breastfeeding, babywearing, health care, nutrition, education, discipline and sleep solutions. The fair will also offer a cloth diaper swap, puppet show and crafts for young children, as well as school information and tours. Picnicking and supervised play are encouraged on the school’s spacious grounds. Admission to the fair is free, with parking available on site. Location: Waldorf School of Princeton, 1062 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton. For more information or to request an exhibitor application, call 609-466-1970, Ext. 112, or email


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chool bells will ring once again in Pleasant Valley when Howell Farm invites the public to participate in a unique “back to school” day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 10. The program features the educational, social and cultural activities centered on the “one-room school” in rural life of 1900. The Howell Farm school mistress has McGuffey readers, slates and slate pencils ready for students of all ages to begin their lessons in the three R’s. Visitors can sit in an antique school desk and try their hand at orthography using pen and ink or attempt to solve farm-related arithmetic problems on the chalkboard. As in yesteryear, children can help with farm chores before attending the “one-room school”. The school bell will ring to begin lessons, recess and a quick tour of the privy. During recess, children will be introduced to hoops and sticks, tug of war and other old-fashioned games and toys. School lunches served in baskets or pails will be on sale. Participants in the school program may also attend the “box social”. Well-wrapped boxes of homemade pies or goodies will be auctioned off to benefit the school. The lucky gentleman who wins the bid on the teacher’s pie will also get to share her company. Admission and parking free. Location: 70 Wooden’s Lane, Lambertville. For more information, call 609-737-3299 or visit

Bio Informational Technology Advances Self-Healing


ive your life without fear of illness, but conscious of your inborn healing powers. Bernard Straile, DC, a clinician, author and developer of the SHOW Method, an epigenetic healing technique, will host a seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 15, at the Holiday Inn Midtown 57th Street in NYC. Participants will workshop basic muscle testing/kinesiology skills; learn principles of energy medicine with a focus on epigenetics; and learn how to interact with cellular DNA per subtle energies through software (IMAET System). This knowledge results in successful allergy elimination, emotional balancing and immune system modulation. Attendees will be scanned for thousands of allergens, pathogens, environmental chemicals and emotions, plus experience a feedback treatment. Straile explains that his technique enables the practitioner or self-healer to “listen” to the body’s cellular communications and pick up on the quirks of metabolism that trigger inflammation. He then shows how to put together an effective modulatory quantum biofeedback treatment to harmonize epigenetic expression and permanently eliminate inflammation such as allergies and sensitivities, improve and activate the immune system, and de-stress emotional trauma. This seminar/workshop is for both practitioners as well as other people interested in self-healing. Cost is $98. Location: Holiday Inn Midtown, 440 W. 57th St, New York, NY. For more information and to register, call 315-430-4211, email or visit See ad on page 23.

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ver the years, Apple Day has been a fun and popular local tradition at Terhune Orchards, in Princeton. This year’s celebration will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 17 and 18. Events and activities include a corn stalk maze; tractor-drawn wagon tour of the orchards and pumpkin patches; live music by the Daisy Jug Band; scarecrow-making workshops; picking your own Empire, Stayman Winesap and Red Delicious apples, and much more. For food and refreshments, there’ll be a pig roast at the outdoor roasting pit and an all-apple buffet with fresh apples pies, apple cider donuts, apple salad, apple muffins, plus traditional fare of hot dogs, soup, chicken, pies, cider and more. Cost: $5/person, children under 3/free. No admission fee for visiting farm store, winery or pick-your-own apples. Location: 330 Cold Soil Rd. For more information, call 609-924-2310 or visit

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esearch from the Cleveland Clinic has found that a plant-based diet could be more effective than even the American Heart Association’s recommended five-food-groups diet for reducing childhood heart disease. The research, led by Cleveland Clinic pediatrician Michael Macknin, tested 28 obese children between the ages of 9 and 18 that had high cholesterol levels. For four weeks, 14 of the children ate the American Heart Association diet, while the other half ate a vegan, plant-based diet. Children on the plant-based diet were found to have significantly lower weight, systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol numbers, and improved mid-arm circumference, body mass index and level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. They also had lower levels of insulin and two heart disease markers, myeloperoxidase and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein—all indicating improvements in their cardiovascular health. By comparison, children on the American Heart Association diet saw significantly lower weight, waist circumference, mid-arm circumference and myeloperoxidase levels, indicating enhanced immunity, but did not exhibit the other improvements. “As the number of obese children with [unhealthy] high cholesterol continues to grow, we need to have effective lifestyle modifications to help them reverse their risk factors for heart disease,” says Macknin. “Cardiovascular disease begins in childhood. If we can see such significant improvements in a four-week study, imagine the potential for improving long-term health into adulthood if a whole population of children began to eat these diets regularly.”

Black Raspberries Bolster Heart Health


esearch from Korea University Anam Hospital, in Seoul, South Korea, has found that black raspberries significantly decrease artery stiffness and increase heart-healthy endothelial progenitor cells (EPC), which assist in repairing damaged blood vessels. The study tested 51 patients that met at least three criteria for metabolic syndrome, including waist circumference measurements, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and/or symptoms of glucose intolerance. The subjects were split into two groups; one received 750 milligrams per day of black raspberry extract for 12 weeks, while the other group received a placebo. The researchers assessed the radial artery augmentation index, a measure for blood vessel wall stiffness, and values for this measurement decreased by 5 percent in the black raspberry group. The placebo group’s levels increased by 3 percent. In addition, EPC counts increased in the black raspberry group by 19 microliters, versus a drop of 28 microliters in the placebo group. Black raspberries contain a number of heart-healthy compounds, including phenolic acids, resveratrol, flavonoids and tannins.

Breast Milk Supports Preemies’ Developing Brains


study from the Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri, has found that premature babies that receive at least 50 percent of their diet from breast milk in their first month have significantly better brain development than babies that consume less breast milk. The researchers tested 77 infants born an average of 14 weeks before their full nine-month term—referred to as preterm or preemie. The brain scans of the infants were compared with how much breast milk they received while in the natal intensive care unit. Mother’s breast milk was not distinguished from breast milk provided by others. Senior researcher, physician and child psychiatry professor Cynthia Rogers explains, “With MRI scans, we found that babies fed more breast milk had larger brain volumes. This is important because several other studies have shown a correlation between brain volume and cognitive development.” Preterm birth has been linked with neurological and psychiatric problems later in life, and the researchers plan to continue to study the children. “We want to see whether this difference in brain size has an effect on any of these developmental milestones,” says Rogers.

MS Patients Improve with High-Tone Electrotherapy


esearch from Poland’s Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, in Lodz, has determined that a pulsed-frequency electrotherapy treatment can significantly improve the functional abilities of multiple sclerosis patients. The researchers tested 20 multiple sclerosis patients randomly divided into two groups. For 60 minutes, one group was given the frequency therapy and the other underwent exercise therapy. The frequency therapy group showed improvement in nine of 10 different evaluation tests of each patient. The patented High Tone Frequency technique was developed by Dr. Hans-Ulrich May, a professor of medical engineering from Germany’s University of Karlsruhe.


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esearch from King’s College, in London, shows that dietary vitamin C reduces the development of cataracts that interfere with vision by obscuring the lens of the eye, keeping light from striking the retina. The researchers followed 324 pairs of female twins for 10 years. Food questionnaires were administered to each pair to determine their intake of dietary nutrients. The researchers also examined each of the twins’ eyes for the development of cataracts. The scientists found those that consumed the most foods with vitamin C had fewer cataracts than those that ate foods with less of the vitamin. These findings did not apply to supplemental vitamin C, helping researchers better understand the superior nature of natural vitamin C. Natural vitamin C contains multiple bioflavonoids, rutin and several co-factors, such as factors J, K and P, tyrosinase and ascorbinogen. Senior study author and eye surgeon Dr. Chris Hammond says, “The findings could have significant impact, particularly for the aging population, by suggesting that simple dietary changes such as increased intake of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthier diet could help protect them from cataracts.”

Less Sleep Brings on the Munchies


ecent research from the University of Chicago’s Sleep, Health and Metabolism Center has found that not getting enough sleep increases a cannabinoid chemical in the body that increases appetite. The result is a lack of control in snacking. The researchers tested 14 young adults by comparing the results of four nights of normal sleep with four nights of only four-and-a-half hours of sleep. The researchers found that after reduced sleep, the subjects’ hunger increased significantly and their ability to resist afternoon snacking decreased. This surge in snacking urges also matched significantly increased circulating levels of endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol, which peaked in the afternoon, coinciding with the increase in snack cravings. “We found that sleep restriction boosts a signal that may increase the hedonic aspect of food intake,” concludes lead study author Erin Hanlon, Ph.D., from the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Astaxanthin Aids Muscle Recovery


study of Serbian soccer players has found that astaxanthin can significantly decrease inflammation and improve the rate of muscle recovery. Astaxanthin supplements are derived from golden microalgae such as Haematococcus pluvialis. Conducted by researchers from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, the double-blind study tested 40 young athletes for 90 days. The players were recruited from a Serbian soccer club and split into two groups. Half were given four milligrams of astaxanthin per day, while the control group received a placebo. After three months of astaxanthin supplementation, the researchers found that muscle enzymes had decreased, indicating the rate of players’ muscle recovery had improved. They also found decreased neutrophils and C-reactive protein (CRP), both markers for inflammation, signifying a corresponding reduction. In addition, the group taking astaxanthin showed significantly higher levels of secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA), an immunity defense system in the mucosal membranes of the mouth, digestive system, lungs and other regions. Increases indicated a rise in first-defense immunity among these athletes. This same group also showed significantly lower oxidative stress levels, contributing to an improvement in exercise recovery.

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Action Needed to Protect U.S. Drinking Water Supplies The dangerous practice of fracking (hydraulic fracturing), which combines volumes of toxic chemicals and fresh water to bore for natural gas, has spread to 21 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, as well as Colorado, Texas and California. A particularly intensive drilling area is the Marcellus Shale region, a 600-mile-long bedrock layer up to a mile below the Earth’s surface that includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Citizens in these and surrounding states are sounding alarms. The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center is on the battle’s front lines and their efforts can serve as a blueprint and inspiration in trying to curtail fracking and protect the health and safety of people and the planet. The nonprofit has taken issue with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft study dated late last year that concluded fracking has no widespread impact on drinking water, demanding that the agency conduct further research. While Pennsylvania’s Department of the Environment tallied 271 cases of water contamination from fracking in 40 counties, the nonprofit Public Herald reports 2,309 overall fracking complaints for 17 of the counties, and concludes that water-related cases are repeatedly understated. Recent research by Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences found, “Companies are fracking directly into shallow freshwater aquifers,” according to Professor of Earth System Science Robert Jackson. “In no [other] industry would you be allowed to inject chemicals into a source of drinking-quality water.” PennEnvironment recently galvanized more than 1,000 state health experts’ demands to Governor Tom Wolf’s administration that include establishing a registry to report impacts from fracking and other natural gas activities; instituting special training for health professionals; removing exemptions for the fracking industry from environmental laws; and requiring that all fracking operations be at least one mile from schools and healthcare facilities. “With every day of inaction, our elected leaders continue to subject their constituents to severe and widespread health impacts,” advises PennEnvironment fracking campaign organizer Allie DiTucci. Maryland poses another looming battleground—it currently prohibits the practice and is drafting new fracking regulations as the gas industry knocks on its door. Meanwhile, communities around the country are voting to ban fracking from their districts. Join local environmental and conservation organizations in protesting against fracking and lobbying local and state officials to regulate and ban it. Primary sources:, InsideClimate News

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Lying Labels

New Term Disguises High-Fructose Corn Syrup The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has resorted to creating a new label for high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) by calling it “fructose syrup” or just “fructose” because numerous scientific studies have linked it to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and autism. HFCS is a highly processed chemical sweetener used in many processed foods, including breads, cookies, candy, condiments and soft drinks. It extends the shelf life of products and is often cheaper than sugar, the primary reasons manufacturers use it. Standard HFCS contains from 42 to 55 percent fructose. The new term is being used when foods contain HFCS-90, which has “just” 90 percent fructose. Identifying HFCS-90 as an ingredient bizarrely gives food makers a green light to use statements such as “Contains no high-fructose corn syrup” or “No HFCS” on the product label, thus misleading buyers. Bart Hoebel, a psychology professor at Princeton University, reports, “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese; every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.” Source:

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Educators at Charleston County schools, in South Carolina, know that more movement and exercise makes kids better learners, even as the amount of time devoted to physical education (PE) and recess has been declining sharply in the U.S. “If you ask anyone in education if they prefer PE or class instruction, they say instruction every time,” says David Spurlock, coordinator of health, wellness and physical education for the Charleston County school district. “Yet, what we’re trying to show is that more movement equals better grades, behavior and bodies.” Charles Pinckney Elementary School, in Charleston, employs Active Brains, a program that uses 15 stations through which students rotate during the class. Each station has a unique exercise component such as a mini-basketball hoop or an exercise bike, and is focused on a different academic task such as spelling or math flashcards. This is the first classroom in the U.S. equipped with only kinesthetic desks. The program has been in operation for three years and has a waiting list of students excited to try the new approach. 16

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In 2010, chronic disease accounted for 86 percent of all healthcare spending; four years later, the cost of treating heart disease alone totaled $315.4 billion, including medication and hospital care. At the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University, medical students are learning cooking skills to better advise patients on regaining and maintaining their health through nutrition. By getting them to approach healthful food preparation with ease and awareness, this next generation of doctors is striving to provide building blocks for long-term health management. “When we see healthier eating, we see more disease prevention and fewer hospital stays, which means less money spent on health care,” says Chef Leah Sarrris, program director. Since 2012, 20 medical schools have adopted Tulane’s program, including the University of California-Los Angeles Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of IllinoisChicago and University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, in a partnership with the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. Students complete eight classes of three hours each, and fourth-year students can choose from seminars that focus on different clinical interests, including nutritional support for those coping with celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, diabetes or pregnancy. Students also teach free public cooking classes. This integrative understanding of health care may change the way the medical system operates. Source: Yes magazine

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Pest Control Without Chemicals Indian runner ducks have been used in Asia for thousands of years to control pests. Now they’re being used in a South African vineyard to eat snails that damage the vines. On the Vergenoegd Wine Estate, in Stellenbosch, South Africa, about 1,000 of the well-behaved quackers parade twice a day into a vineyard to rid it of pests, as they have done for at least 30 years. Denzil Matthys, the duck caretaker at Vergenoegd, confirms that the ducks help make the farm sustainable. “We try to keep a pesticide-free farm by using the ducks,” he says. Marlize Jacobs, the farm manager and winemaker, says snails are a big problem at Vergenoegd because of the vineyard’s proximity to the ocean. “After winter, the vineyards bud,” she says. “Those buds are succulent bits of food and snails love to eat them. If we don’t control them, they will absolutely destroy the vineyard.” Watch a video at

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hen Linda Gross meets with clients plagued by learning and organizational difficulties, she provides more than 20 years’ experience in kinesiology, or muscle testing, and 25-plus years as an education specialist. She also brings a deep desire to finally turn on the light for those suffering with lifelong inability to operate intellectually at optimal brain function. Without drugs and other invasive approaches, she perfects methods absorbed through ongoing studies in learning improvement—focusing on techniques that have taken her across the globe to master. From the study of the Three in One Concept’s One Brain program and embracing the Learning Enhancement Advanced Program (LEAP) by Australian Charles Krebs, Ph.D., and Susan McCrossin, AP, to the latter’s subsequent development of BIT, or Crossinologys Brain Integration Technique, and Chiropractor George Goodheart’s Applied Kinesiology (AK) using ancient muscle knowledge with modern application, Gross adapts each approach to her field. Her goal is always to enhance life and learning for people of all ages, especially children. “As I became certified in each of these areas, I saw more and more how I could put facets of each into my work with dyslexia,” says Gross, a resident of Newtown, Pennsylvania. “I’ve trained a lot and am accredited with top experts 18

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in each of their fields. This allows me to use these studies to understand how children in particular turn on the creative part of their brains.” Gross is also the inspiration behind using color to stimulate a classroom environment and effectively open the collective pathways to learning. Her treatise, Color Me This to Remember That, launches specifics to aid in more efficacious teaching by engaging both the creative and logical sides of the brain. That is attained through the use of colors—by using even the more mundane tools, like highlighters and index cards—to appeal to various regions of the brain and even elicit positive emotional responses that also improve grades and overall learning. Not only does learning face obstacles like dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it can also be hindered by individual emotional blocks and stressors. Many affected students are not enrolled in special education classes or curriculums; they are merely falling through the cracks in every-day classes. Key signs are their failure to thrive, possibly relegating them to a lifetime of illiteracy. Specialists, like Gross, treat those with learning and emotional roadblocks and are able to remove the problems, helping students rise to their true potential.

Having earned a B.A. in English at Temple University, Gross taught junior high school in Philadelphia, focusing on reading education. That led to her procurement of a master’s in reading psychology at Temple, followed by ongoing studies in techniques to enhance her growing expertise with reading. Her impressive success at recognizing personal blocks or disabilities in her clients makes her unique in the tri-state area. She incorporates phonemic awareness, alphabetic principals and other tried-and-true methods plus taps into each child’s individual learning style to break through blocks, including emotional problems. Although she has worked with children as young as 4 and adults in their 60s, an ideal age for tutoring is kindergarten, she says. Through her integrative education approach, Gross emphasizes energy balancing through a series of educational programs and body awareness. She keys into each student’s needs and skills to provide optimal results, including honoring their natural way of learning and not impeding the success that can be had by enhancing it. Gross’ extensive academic background and foray into holistic methods, including kinesiology, provide even greater insights and keys to achievement. “We’re refining and learning new techniques all the time,” she says. Kinesiology is one of the more important fields to emerge and encourage more accurate diagnoses. It allows for increased development through improvement by studying muscle movement. This occurs both through biofeedback of areas lacking optimal use and exercises geared to stimulate

problematic spots. Productivity increases as each problem is tuned into, thanks to experts like Gross, who utilize the sciences of bio-mechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience in the process. Because this is achieved inside the brain, it differs from using drugs that change the body from the outside of the brain. Kinesiology actually re-wires the body through a non-invasive and therapeutic technique that changes electrical pathways within the brain. Encompassing a series of segmented sessions totaling about 12 hours, clients improve concentration, memory, planning, comprehension, multitasking and visual and auditory processing. Pathways are synchronized to improve knowledge, fine-motor skills and coordination, too. “Once stressors are removed, brain integration can occur within both hemispheres of the brain, maximizing use of the creative and the logical,” says Gross. As success after success results, Gross is able to help more at her Newtown location through word of mouth from satisfied clients. Location: Newtown, PA. For more information or to make an appointment, call 215-801-4020, email Info@LindaG or visit See ad on page 7. Wendy Clem is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. Learn more at



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Music as Medicine Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes


s primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga classes everywhere. They gently echo in the repeated tones of mothers’ lullabies, happy hummings as we go about our day and the melodies of Mozart. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. It exists within, uniting and guiding us, and has helped heal body and spirit since the dawn of humanity. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists recently discovered that the universe itself has a song.

Pioneering Practitioners

From the soothing tones of a harp to the jarring screeches of a construction site, the stress-reducing or stress-producing properties of sound are familiar to us all. “Stress is an underlying cause of the vast majority of all illnesses, and sound and music are effective in relieving stress and bringing stillness,” says Jonathan Goldman, an internationally recognized pioneer in harmonics and sound healing and director of the Sound Healers Association in Boulder, Colorado. Through researching his many books, including The 7 Secrets of Sound 20

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Healing, Goldman is convinced of the profound effect sound has on the human organism. “The simple chanting of the sound ‘om,’ or ‘aum,’ in addition to instilling calmness and relaxation, causes the release of melatonin and nitric oxide. It relaxes blood vessels, releases soothing endorphins, reduces the heart rate and slows breathing,” he explains. “Sound can change our immune function,” wrote the late Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, former director of medical oncology at New York’s Weill-Cornell Medical College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in his book The Healing Power of Sound. “After either chanting or listening to certain forms of music, your Interleukin-1 level, an index of your immune system, goes up between 12-anda-half and 15 percent. Further, about 20 minutes after listening to meditative-type music, the immunoglobulin levels in the blood are significantly increased. Even the heart rate and blood pressure are lowered. There’s no part of your body not affected. Its effects even show up on a cellular and sub-cellular level.”

Practical Applications

Consider some of music’s scientifically validated health benefits: Stress: Singing, whether carrying a tune or not, is a powerful way to combat stress, according to many studies. A recent joint study by German and British researchers published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience confirms that

simply listening to soothing music results in significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The more intense the experience is in singing or playing an instrument, the greater the stress reduction. A collaborative study by several Swedish universities showed that group singing caused participants’ heart rates to synchronize, producing relaxation effects similar to that achieved through group meditation. Cancer: Gaynor used music to treat even advanced cancer patients for decades, considering it a “disease of disharmony.” He advocated re-harmonizing the body with sound vibrations that affect virtually every cell, especially enhancing immune function and potentially preventing cancer from spreading. Gaynor primarily used crystal bowls to produce deep relaxation and harmonize dysrhythmic cells in patients, but also confirmed the healing effects of certain vibratory tones of drumming and Tibetan metal gongs. Several studies confirm that listening to any kind of soothing music relieves anxiety in cancer patients; a large study from Philadelphia’s Drexel University confirms that it also relieves pain, lowers blood pressure, improves breathing and minimizes nausea associated with chemotherapy. Depression: Drumming can better counter depression than the prescription drug Prozac, according to a recent study by England’s Royal College of Music. Those that participated in a weekly drumming group experienced significantly reduced symptoms compared to a control group. Substance Abuse: University of California, Los Angeles, scientists found that drumming was especially helpful for a group of Native Americans struggling with such issues. Smartphone Addiction: Korean research found that music therapy is helpful in overcoming this condition. Immune Dysfunction: The same British study of drumming’s antidepressant effects saw similar improvement in immune function, plus an anti-inflammatory response that continued for at least three months after the study period. Neuroendocrine Disorders: Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Meadville Medical Center Mind-Body Wellness Group found that drumming effectively

helped drummers (skilled and unskilled) suffering from neuroendocrine disorders such as pituitary tumors and intestinal issues caused by disconnections between the endocrine gland and nervous systems. They further confirmed that group drumming reduced stress chemicals such as cortisol in the drummers. Muscle Tension Dysphonia: Even tuneless humming sounds like “umhum” can have a measurable therapeutic effect on individuals that have lost their voices due to overuse. Pain: When a group of British citizens suffering from chronic pain joined a choir, a Lancaster University study found they were better able to manage their condition for improved quality of life. Just listening to harp music for 20 minutes decreased anxiety, lowered blood pressure and relieved pain in a group of U.S. heart surgery patients with short-term pain participating in a University of Central Florida study in Orlando. Alzheimer’s Disease: In addition to reducing the agitation and anxiety frequently accompanying Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine found that a group of patients that participated in music therapy for four weeks experienced increased levels of the calming brain chemical melatonin.

How It Works

“Humming or singing causes longer exhalations than normal, helping to naturally eliminate toxins and acidity,” says Dr. Madan Kataria, of Mumbai, India, who has spawned 5,000 laughter clubs worldwide. “We started experimenting with the vowel sounds and humming sound. An early unpublished humming study I did in Denmark showed that people that hummed anything for just 10 minutes were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 10 to 15 points, their

In Nigeria, we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm; when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. ~Babatunde Olatunji, drummer and social activist diastolic by four to five points and their pulse rate by 10 beats per minute.” Kataria found that people with breathing problems like asthma and emphysema experienced especially positive effects because it strengthened belly muscles used in breathing. Kataria is also a fan of kirtan—Hindu devotional call-and-response chants often accompanied by ecstatic dancing. “Kirtan takes away self-consciousness or nervousness and anxiety,” he says. Dr. Eben Alexander, who recorded his near-death experience in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, says the “indescribable” cosmic music he experienced has helped him come to understand the effects of specific sound frequencies on the brain. He now provides audio tools to help bring the brain to a higher state and help it match that higher and more conscious state. In his medical practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, he often employs music from a patient’s past to help them emerge from a brain injury or coma and even “reconnect pathways in a damaged brain.” Alexander explains that binaural beats and other sound effects combine to create “brain entrainment” and also in theory, “monotonize” it to free awareness and access realms other than the physical. “It’s magical what the right type of music can do to the brain stem to free up our consciousness,” he observes.

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Experts agree that people without musical talent are able to experience the same

Nature’s Healing Sounds The calming sounds of rushing water and gentle breezes are well known; science is now confirming the therapeutic effects of singing birds. Belgian researchers confirmed that bird song helps drown out the stressful effects of traffic noise, and Korean scientists found it makes people feel less crowded. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology showed that it can even help regulate participants’ circadian rhythms, contributing to restful sleep and overall wellness.

benefits as virtuosos, based on their degree of engagement with music. Anyone can hum, and most research confirms that benefits are enhanced in creating music rather than merely listening to it. Group singing has become increasingly popular, especially following the hit TV show Glee. Time magazine reported in 2013 that 32.5 million American adults sang in choirs, up about 30 percent from a decade earlier. The choice of musical genre matters. Recent data from Montreal’s McGill University shows that types of music tend to have specific effects; for example, blues slows heart rate and calms an anxious person, rock and punk can boost energy, and reggae can help control anger.

Spirit Moves

The spiritual aspects of virtually all types of music cannot be underestimated, says Michael Hove, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Fitchburg State University, in Massachusetts. His research has primarily focused on drumming to induce altered states of consciousness that shamans from diverse cultures use to bring about physical and emotional healing. What Hove calls a “boring and super-predictable” drumbeat of 240 beats a minute induced a deep trance state within minutes in most subjects, and brain scans confirmed that it enabled them to focus intensely and block out distracting sounds within eight minutes. This aligns with Alexander’s view that, “The sound of music is absolutely crucial in launching us into transcendental awareness. For the true, deep seeker, sound and vibration and the memory of music can serve as a powerful engine to help direct us in the spiritual realms.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including her latest, Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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Inside the Chant with Krishna Das

Kirtan Music Transports Listeners to a Deeper Place by Robin Fillmore


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How would you introduce your music? Across the country and around the world, yoga practitioners are chanting the names of God in tongues including Sanskrit, Hindi, Punjabi and English. They’re taking kirtan music out of the temples and the yoga studios and into dance halls, universities, cathedrals and other unexpected places. In the last decade, India’s traditional call-and-response form of chanting has been reinvented by modern devotional artists blending traditional kirtan with modern genres such as rock, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and electronica—breathing new life and devotion into yoga’s sacred chants. Photo by Payal Kumar


nfluential spiritual leader Ram Dass has described Krishna Das (Jeffrey Kagel) as an example of someone whose “heartsongs” open channels to God. The Grammy-nominated kirtan artist, long considered yoga’s rock star, consistently plays to sold-out crowds worldwide. The Long Island native’s journey has gone from being a member of a popular rock band to going to India, where as a student of spiritual leader Neem Karoli Baba, the trajectory of his life and music shifted and expanded. His 1996 debut album, One Track Heart, focused on updated chants from the ancient tradition of bhakti yoga, followed in 1998 by Pilgrim Heart, with a guest appearance by Sting. Since then, a steady stream of 14 albums and DVDs produced on his own label have provided the soundtrack for yoga classes everywhere; the soothing rhythmic chants performed in a deep, rich timbre complements instruction in the spiritual element of the exercise. Das’ specialty, kirtan, updates an ancient tradition of devotional chanting as meditation accompanied by instruments. A kirtan concert invites audience members to join in the experience through chanting, clapping and dancing and is characterized as a journey into the self that also connects us with each other.

What does kirtan mean to you? For me, kirtan is all about the music. The more ways I practice sustainable health, balance, love and music and immerse myself in a spiritual life, the more I realize that all issues distill down to simple facts. Everyone wants to be loved and happy, and to avoid suffering and being judged. Looking at our lives, we start to see how we hurt ourselves and others and how what happens to us in daily life can be difficult to deal with. We recognize that we must find deep inner strength so we don’t get destroyed by the waves that come and try to toss us around.

Little by little, all of our awakening practices work to transform our life. They move us from being externally oriented and reactive to being established within and quietly responsive. We come to have a wider view that life can effectively contain and envelop the different facets of ourselves and the world.

Why do many consider a kirtan event a transcendent experience far beyond the music? There are two things: the music and where the music is carrying us. In this case, it’s the names of God, of divinity, that are real and inside us. We can call this higher sense anything we like and aim in that direction according to how we identify with it. If we want peace in the world, then every individual needs to find peace within. We can’t create peace or happiness with anger and selfishness in our heart and mind. We can release ourselves from a limiting storyline, whatever it is, and touch a deeper place for a while. Then, when we return to our day, we are standing on slightly different ground because we have trained ourselves to let go a little bit. It’s a gradual process that takes time and effort, but it’s a joyful practice.

Do you see a shift in thinking echoing that of the 1960s that positions us to do better this time? In the 1960s, everyone thought they were going to change the external world, but they forgot they have to change themselves, too, and little work was done inside. Today, while most people keep trying to first rearrange the outside world, more are now doing the necessary inside work, as well. The key is to understand what’s truly possible. If we don’t understand how we can be happy and at peace in the middle of a burning fire, we won’t recognize the tools available to create that kind of light for ourselves and others. Robin Fillmore is the publisher of the Natural Awakenings of Washington, D.C, edition.

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Raising a Music Lover Kids Thrive to Rhythms of Head and Heart by Randy Kambic


resounding chorus of research shows that the traditional three R’s of essential early education should also encompass an M for music. Playing instruments prior to and during school years can put children on a tuneful path to lifelong benefits.

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A 2015 study by the National Association for Music Education ( shows that youngsters harboring an early appreciation for music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers. The research also revealed that schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to others averaging 72.9 and 84.9 percent, respectively. A recent study by the Children’s Music Workshop (ChildrensMusic, which provides instructional programming for more than 25 Los Angeles-area public and private schools, cites a host of additional benefits. These highlight music education’s role in developing the part of the brain that processes language; improving


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spatial intelligence; thinking creatively; gaining empathy for people of other cultures; encouraging self-expression and teamwork through playing as a group; and achieving higher grades both in high school and on standardized tests. Higher institutes of learning are equally involved. Boston’s Berklee College of Music ( offers majors in making it as a music professional, performance music and music therapy, plus postgraduate degrees. Its annual five-week summer performance program in “Beantown” furthers the skills of 1,000 U.S. and international children 12 years old and up. In addition to musical skills, “We see improvement in young people’s confidence and persona,” says Oisin McAuley, director of summer programs. “It’s a truly formative experience.” In addition, The Berklee City Music online program serves high schools nationwide, assisted by alumni in some cities. It also awards scholarships for participation in the summer performance activities in Boston. The nonprofit Young Americans ( organization, launched in 1992, operates its own college of performing arts in Corona, California, that fosters artistic, intellectual

Be open-minded enough not to label innovations in genres as junk; whatever kids are drawn to should be fine. ~Dayna Martin and personal growth for those working toward becoming performers or arts educators. Its International Music Outreach Tours have brought workshops to K through 12th grade students in nearly all 50 American states and 15 countries in Europe and Asia.

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“Don’t force children to play music. It’s better when they want to do it on their own. Having instruments around the house can make it easier,” suggests Dayna Martin, a life coach and author of Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun, near North Conway, New Hampshire. Learning music can also decrease math phobia, similar to the way in which children that love to cook and follow recipes learn math, she points out, because math and music are undeniably interconnected. As part of a self-taught passion for medieval history, her 17-year-old son Devin is building a replica of a Vikingera log house on the family’s property and has made several stringed instruments steeped in the historical period using mathematical principles. “When children apply math to further their interest in music, it makes more sense to them than when it’s some problems in a workbook, and they pick it up more readily, which instills a lifelong appreciation of mathematics as an essential tool,” she observes. Jamie Blumenthal, a boardcertified music therapist and owner of Family Music Therapy Connection: North Bay Music Therapy Services (, in Santa Rosa, California, works predominantly with special needs children. “Autistic children love music, and playing wind instruments like flutes and whistles helps work the muscles around the mouth, assisting with speech develop-

ment,” she says. Singing, keyboards and percussion instruments are other tools she uses. “Many parents want their child to become accustomed to social settings. Because their child loves music, they’ll often seek a group music forum,” notes Blumenthal. Family Music Time (FamilyMusic, in Fort Myers, Florida, is one of 2,500 affiliated centers nationwide and in 40 countries that follows music CDs provided by Princeton, New Jersey-based Music Together ( Drumming and singing sessions with parents and children up to 5 years old help them gain a music appetite and early group music-making experience, according to Director LouAnne Dunfee. At her studio, local professional musicians also conduct private lessons in piano, guitar and trumpet for children ages 6 and up. Children playing instruments can mean much more than just music to our ears. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor based in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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WATER-WISE KITCHEN A Few Small Steps Can Make the Difference by Avery Mack


he United Nations warns that water use is outpacing population growth two to one. At this rate, two-thirds of the world will face water stress by 2025, meaning fewer crops and jobs and higher food prices. “Globally, 3 million people, mostly children, die each year due to water-related issues,” says Sister Dorothy Maxwell, of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, in New York. “Water is a precious commodity. Every drop in supply should increase awareness.”

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lons of water every day.” Before landing on a plate, an eightounce steak will have necessitated 850 gallons of water, including growing and processing the animal’s food grain. The amount of water needed to produce a quarter-pound hamburger equals that of 30 average showers. “Dietary choices have environmental and ethical impacts,” agrees Michael Schwarz, founder of Hudson Valley Treeline Cheese, in Kingston, New York. “The carbon and water footprints of conventional dairy products are also enormous.” His company’s vegan cheeses are basically cashews, probiotic cultures and salt. Unlike American’s 10 million dairy cows, cashews aren’t injected with growth hormones, don’t emit methane and produce no waste runoff to pollute waterways.

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food that costs local governments $1.5 billion annually in clean up and landfill maintenance. Food waste contributes to climate change through the use of huge quantities of water, fertilizer, land and fuel to process, refrigerate and transport it. Plus, it emits methane gas as it decomposes. Reducing food waste can have a far-reaching impact. Applying simple household tips will help minimize waste: Protect all meat, poultry and fish along with dairy products like yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese from bacteria by storing them in the original packaging until used; seal any leftovers in airtight containers. Wrap hard cheese in foil or waxed paper after opening. Keep fruits and vegetables separate and don’t wash before refrigerating to forestall mold. Activated oxygen, like that used in the small refrigerator appliance BerryBreeze, neutralizes bacteria and mold to keep stored foods fresh longer.

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includes: Don’t pre-rinse dishes. Run the dishwasher only when full. Use less soap when washing up and make sure it’s biodegradable. Water-wise experts also offer these cooking tips. Use a single pot of water to blanch several kinds of vegetables before freezing. Start with the lightest color and end with the darkest, especially odorous veggies like asparagus or Brussels sprouts. “Unless it’s greasy, cooking and drinking water can be reused to nourish plants,” explains Diane MacEachern, founder and publisher of “I cool egg and veggie cooking water to pour on herbs and flowers.” As whole potatoes simmer, set a steamer basket over them to cook other veggies and conserve water. Fewer pots mean less dishwashing, and leftover potato water adds extra flavor to homemade potato dinner rolls. Cook shorter shapes of dry pasta in less water, first placing them in cold water and lowering the heat to a simmer once it hits a boil, also saving energy (Tinyurl. com/ColdWaterPastaMethod). Directions for hard-boiled eggs call for enough cold water to cover before boiling, followed by the mandatory icewater bath, using goodly amounts of water and energy. Steam eggs instead; find instructions at BestHardCookedEggs. For a large quantity of eggs, try baking them ( Freezer jam contains more fruit, much less sugar and needs no water bath for canning jars; recipes are available online. Eat watermelon as is or in salads, compost the peel and pickle the rind using only one cup of water with minimal boiling time ( Rather than waste warm water to defrost frozen foods, simply move them overnight to the refrigerator. Composting is far more eco-wise than running a garbage disposal and sink water. More than 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered in water, but only .007 percent—like a single drop in a five-gallon bucket—is usable for hydrating its 6.8 billion people and all plants and animals. We must be creative to protect that drop by kicking it up a notch in the kitchen. Connect with the freelance writer via

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The Secret of Sublime Living Savoring Perfect Present Moments

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Relax and Unwind Restorative Yoga Poses Foster Healing by Meredith Montgomery

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n classical yoga, teachers often sequence instruction toward reaching a pinnacle pose such as an inversion or arm balance. In restorative yoga, the peak pose is savasana—in which the practitioner fully relaxes while resting flat on their back. Leeann Carey, author of Restorative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care and Well-Being, explains, “This passive asana practice turns down the branch of the nervous system that keeps us in fight-or-flight mode and turns up the system allowing us to rest and digest. It feels like a massage for the nervous system and encourages self-inquiry, reflection and change, rather than perfection.” The physical, mental and spiritual benefits are similar to those of active yoga, but because poses are held longer and supported by props such as bolsters, blankets, belts and blocks, “There’s no stress on the tissue and joints. Each pose gifts us with longerlasting benefits, including more time for the mind to unwind,” advises Carey. “Restorative yoga allows both muscles and the brain to recover from fatigue, so we are stronger, sharper and better able to act in the world afterward,” explains Roger Cole, Ph.D., a certified  Iyengar yoga teacher in Del Mar, California, and a research scientist studying

the physiology of relaxation, sleep and biological rhythms. He attests that it also serves as preparation for pranayama (mindful yoga breathing) and meditation, which require a clear, well-rested, focused mind. Perfect for beginners and used by longtime practitioners to complement other yoga styles, restorative poses are designed to accurately realign and reshape the body. They also can be therapeutically tailored to support natural healing for issues related to tension, premenstrual syndrome, weak immune functioning, back pain, pregnancy and recovery for athletes. “Poses for healing may require targeted gentle stretching, but prop use will coax the body into desired positions without requiring muscular effort,” says Cole. An early student of B.K.S. Iyengar and familiar with props, San Francisco resident and co-founder of Yoga Journal magazine Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., found herself leading her first class comprised entirely of supported poses during a power blackout at a 1980 workshop. “I didn’t want people walking around in the dark, so I improvised a restorative class and everyone loved it,” she recalls. She revisited the idea several years later when she personally

felt the need for physical, emotional and spiritual restoration. For a year, 90 percent of her practice was supported poses, and the switch helped her so much that it inspired her first book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. She’s since written more books and trained teachers in restorative yoga around the world. As in classical yoga, a restorative sequence should be balanced with asanas (positions) from all pose classifications—backbends, twists, inversions and forward bends. It takes time for the body to comfortably settle deeply into a pose—as long as 15 minutes— therefore, a 90-minute restorative class may include only a handful of asanas. Lasater says, “Most people don’t need more of anything from the culture in which we live. They need much more to learn to be still and at ease.” In today’s yoga world, which seems to emphasize power and action, “Restorative yoga has become imperative to balance activity and ambition with stillness and being,” she continues. Lasater notes that while many classes are reducing savasana to as little as three minutes, students need 20 minutes. Carey clarifies that because this approach focuses on opening and letting go, rather than striving for the biggest stretch, “Sensation-seeking yogis may need to shift their perspective. The biggest challenge is often quieting the mind while the body is still. When a student is uncomfortable because the mind is screaming, it helps to compare it to having tight hamstrings in an active class. We’re not chasing relaxation; just breathe, feel and watch,” she says. “Eventually, everything will let go.” “The more our mind rebels against relaxing, the more we need it,” observes Lasater. Students often turn to yoga as a strategy for feeling whole, and she suggests that one of the best ways to find clarity within is to listen in stillness, one savasana at a time. “It’s a gift to ourself, our family and the world,” she adds. “When we feel rested, we’re more compassionate and ready to serve the greater good.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (

Yoga Props 101 Yoga props can help new students maintain alignment and reduce strain while allowing veterans to more deeply explore the intricacies of their practice. Always adjust the dimensions and placement of props to ensure comfort via soft curves in the body instead of sharp angles, especially in the spine. Body weight must be distributed equally throughout the pose; key places to check for tension are the lower back, abdomen, neck and jaw muscles. Here are some basic tools. Yoga mats should have a non-skid surface and not exceed three-sixteenths of an inch in thickness. They cushion the body, serve as a blanket or a base for props or can roll up into a bolster. Blankets and towels pad hard areas and warm the body. Different ways of folding and rolling transform them into many firm and comfortable shapes with wide-ranging applications. Blocks in various sizes and materials can be laid flat, placed on edge or stood on end. They can add height or length to the body, access core stability and provide leverage. A stack of hardback books or phone books tied together can work in a pinch. Belts stabilize joints, support inflexible body parts and create traction and space. Typically two inches wide, soft belts with a D-ring locking system are easily adjusted; two soft, wide neckties or scarves tied together are suitable. Avoid material that cuts into the skin.

Bolsters, typically cylindrical or rectangular cushions, provide good supports that are long-lasting, if sometimes costly. Combining folded blankets and rolled mats may be suitable alternatives. Walls provide leverage, vertical support and a structure to rest upon. A closed door or large piece of furniture such as a bookcase or refrigerator works; a room corner simultaneously supports both sides of the body. Chairs are versatile props for any practice and make yoga accessible to those unable to get down onto the floor. Backless folding chairs are typically used in studios, but any sturdy chair that doesn’t roll is suitable. Sandbags, strategically positioned, encourage overworked areas to release. Their weight also provides resistance and stability. Homemade versions can be made by loosely filling a smooth cloth bag with coarse sand, pea gravel or rice. Retail bags of beans, rice or sugar are other options. Eye pillows block out light during resting poses, can gently weight the forehead or hands or support the back of the neck. Typically made of silk or soft cotton, they’re filled with a mixture of flax seeds or rice and soothing herbs such as lavender, peppermint or chamomile. Sources: Restorative Yoga Therapy, by Leeann Carey; Relax and Renew, by Judith Hanson Lasater

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VEGAN LUNCHBOX Plant-Based Choices Provide Midday Boost by Judith Fertig


e all have good intentions to eat more fruits and vegetables, and it’s easier if we start with just one plant-based meal a day—lunch. Natural Awakenings has enlisted the help of vegan lunchbox experts to help us all enjoy easy-tomake and colorful feasts good for home, office, school and on the road. “Vegan food offers so much variety, especially at lunch,” says Johanna Sophia, of Pine Plains, New York, who recently hosted the online series The Raw Lunchbox Summit. “A vegan lunch gives an extra boost in the middle of the day for more brain power, clarity and energy.” She and her two children operate Johanna’s Raw Foods, which makes vegan fast food such as veggie burger bites and carrot crackers, available at health food stores. Laura Theodore, the vegan chef and recording artist who presents The Jazzy Vegetarian PBS television program, lives and works in the New York City area. After a childhood dominated by bologna sandwiches for lunch, she

gradually changed to vegan dishes. “I began to notice a difference when I ate mostly plants,” she says. “I could do more and think better.” Theodore favors colorful and delicious vegan foods that travel well in a lunchbox with a cold pack, so she can take them to rehearsals or wherever else she goes. She creates her zucchini fettuccine with a vegetable slicer and loves to end a meal with something naturally sweet, like her maple-raisindate truffles. Such experimenting in the kitchen led to her newest cookbook, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Brandi Rollins, Ph.D., a researcher at Penn State, in State College, Pennsylvania, found that switching her lunch habits to plant-based dishes made her feel better. The author of Raw Foods on a Budget determined that one of her favorites is a quick raw vegan pizza. She first marinates ingredients for 20 minutes: three medium mushrooms, thinly sliced, with oneand-a-half tablespoons of balsamic

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Changing our diets one meal at a time gives us an opportunity to see if we can feel the difference vinegar, one tablespoon of olive oil, one minced clove of garlic and a big pinch of Italian herb seasoning. Then she spreads half of a mashed avocado on a four-by-four-inch flax cracker and tops it with the marinated mushrooms, plus chopped tomato, peppers or other favorite options. Rollins advises, “You can pack all of the components individually, and then assemble the pizza at work.” Health Foods Chef Catherine Blake, in Maui, Hawaii, studied with renowned plant-based nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. She urges her culinary students to ask, “What can I do to sparkle a little bit more tomorrow?” The author of Healthy Recipes for Friends, answers the question in her online presentation, Cooking for Brain Power, at Blake’s favorite brain-power luncheon booster is a wrap with antioxidant-rich fillings, accompanied by homemade almond milk, sunflower seeds or walnuts for vitamin E and some favorite blue berries or purple grapes. She makes fresh almond milk by grinding raw almonds in a nut grinder, and then adding them plus an equal amount of filtered water to a high-speed blender. After processing and straining out the solids, the resulting nut milk is perfect for smoothies. Changing our diets one meal at a time gives us an opportunity to see if we can feel the difference, as our vegan lunchbox experts have, while we ramp up our taste for healthier eating. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at


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Lots of Garlic Hummus Yields: 4 servings

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 /8 to ¼ tsp sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste Shave the zucchini lengthwise with a vegetable peeler to make the “noodles”.

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Put them in a large bowl and add the tomatoes, basil, oil and garlic. Toss gently until thoroughly combined.

Using a cookie scoop, spoon out a heaping tablespoon of the date mixture and roll it into a ball. Continue until all the dough is in balls.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Accented with the tangy taste of fresh lemon juice and a bit of heat from the chili powder, this is an easy, readymade sandwich spread for a lunchbox.

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1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp filtered or spring water, plus more as needed 5 cloves garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp sesame tahini 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp chili powder, plus more for garnish ¼ tsp sea salt

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Transfer the hummus to a decorated bowl and sprinkle the top with a pinch more chili powder to taste for a festive presentation. Recipe by Laura Theodore, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a PlantBased Diet

Yields: 4 servings This raw side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare and cool fare on a hot summer day. The zucchini strips look and taste a lot like fresh pasta. 2 medium zucchini 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped 10 to 14 leaves fresh basil, minced 36

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Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, truffles will keep up to three days. Recipe by Laura Theodore, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a PlantBased Diet

Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add a bit more water if needed to achieve desired consistency.

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Put the cocoa powder in a small bowl. Roll the truffles in the cocoa until coated and place on the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate 1 hour.

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Maple-Raisin-Date Truffles Yields: 10 to 12 truffles These truffles make an inviting healthy dessert or snack to satisfy a sweet tooth. They’ll impress guests at any dinner party. 9 large Medjool dates, pitted 1 /8 cup raisins ¼ cup raw shredded unsweetened dried coconut 1 Tbsp maple syrup 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder Line a small baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Place the dates, raisins, coconut and maple syrup in a high-performance blender and process to the consistency of soft dough. Transfer the date mixture

Perfect Purple Smoothie Yields: 2 servings Homemade almond milk is the base and cayenne powder gives it a spicy punch that intensifies the rest of the flavors. Drink one serving for lunch and chill the other for a fast and easy mid-afternoon reviver. 12 oz acai juice 6 oz almond milk 1 Tbsp soy creamer 1 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries 1 frozen banana ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1 Tbsp whole ground flaxseed meal (blueberry variety if available; try Trader Joe’s) 1 cup coconut water ice cubes 1 Tbsp macro greens or other vegan, non-GMO greens powder ½ tsp apple cider vinegar 1 to 3 dashes cayenne powder Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Store in two insulated cups and keep chilled until ready to serve.

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ouseholds with multiple pets abound as families often opt for a mix of companion animals. Currently, more than 70 million dogs, 75 million cats and 6 million birds are kept as pets in the U.S., according to a recent American Pet Products Association survey. While we cherish their affection, downsides include pet hair dust bunnies, scattered litter, spilled seeds and potty accidents. Cleaning up can be easier with training and planning. “Living on the beach, it’s easy for the dog to bring sand indoors, so I taught him to shake it off,” says dog expert and trainer Amy Robinson, in Vero Beach, Florida. “I put water in a bottle and misted it lightly on his head, then gave the cue, ‘Shake,’ and shook my shoulders. He mimicked me and got rid of most of the sand. Brushing him with a towel got the rest.” Once the dog understands the cue, retire the water bottle. “I have a Newfoundland/poodle, a great Pyrenees/poodle and a Labradoodle, so I keep old towels outside the door to wipe dirty feet,” says Kathleen Thometz, owner of Doodle Art & Design, in Western Springs, Illinois. “The Newfoundland can open the door, so I have to catch him before he tracks in muddy paw prints.”

Thometz keeps their hairbrush with the towels. “I have them groomed regularly, but a quick brush after a walk means I don’t have to vacuum between weekly house cleanings,” she says. “Short hair can be even harder to pick up,” reminds Ryan Riley, cofounder of, in Los Angeles. “We brush our 50- and 70-pound pit bull mixes outside after play time and they love it.” “Carpets and pets are a challenging combination, especially when pets get older and accidents happen,” observes Amy Bell, an interior decorator at Red Chair Home Interiors, in Cary, North Carolina. “I recommend hard surface flooring, washable slipcovers for furniture and keeping lint brushes by the door.” All-natural, sustainably sourced area rugs or hall runners make it easier for dogs to get around on slick surfaces; be sure the backing can withstand wet accidents. “I use a hair-attracting dry mop to pick up fur on hard floors. It takes me 10 minutes a day to do 2,400 square feet; otherwise, I’d have tumbleweeds of hair blowing around. I use a Quick Vac every two days on area rugs,” says Joan Fradella, a Florida Supreme

Court-certified family mediator in Lantana, Florida. A basset mix, vizla/ Rhodesian ridgeback and boxer/Labrador all shed hair in her house. Fradella also uses a water-soaked microfiber cleaning cloth to remove what she calls sniggle art (dog nose prints) on sliding glass doors. If a hairy cat balks at brushing, try a cat hair removal glove. Some are designed to massage and remove loose hair; others clean up furniture and fabrics. Stick with washable cat or dog bedding and use a removable cover for more frequent laundering. Warming temperatures due to climate change are fostering a rise in flea populations worldwide. Food-grade (not pool-grade) diatomaceous earth sprinkled on a pet’s bedding or the pet itself is safe; the silky powder adversely affects only creatures with hard outer skeletons. Some dogs grab a mouthful of food and join the family, trailing crumbs along the way. Instead, feed them in their crates where they feel at home, allowing 15 minutes to finish. For a dog that eats too fast and then sometimes vomits, use a puzzle-designed feeder so it has to work to get to the food. Fradella uses food and water bowls with wide bottoms because they’re harder to overturn. Stainless steel, washed daily, is best. A waterproof mat with a raised lip helps contain mealtime spills. A static mat removes litter from a cat’s feet upon exiting the litter box. “Dogs can be trained to put away their toys,” advises Robinson. Cats, not so much. Birds are messy, producing floating bits of feathers and scattered seed. A mesh seed catcher will capture most of it; a dry mop gathers up the rest. Bell suggests randomly sprinkling about 15 drops of lavender essential oil on a new air filter before installing it for a fresh scent throughout the house, and regularly changing filters. Multiple pets may necessitate more frequent filter replacements, which also reduces dander and related allergy symptoms. Simple routines and the right tools lead to a safe, healthy home. They also free us up from unnecessary chores to enjoy more time with our beloved pets. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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Ricotta Lunch – 11am-1pm. The introduction to home cheese-making, ricotta is the easiest cheese to make at home. It requires only a few simple ingredients and very little time. It requires only a few simple ingredients and very little time. Cost $70/ person. Cherry Grove Farm, 3200 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville. 609-219-0053.

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Reiki Practice – 6-9pm. Free. RWJ Health & Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. Register 609-584-5900.


Annual Insect Festival – 1-4pm. 14th annual Insect Festival For children of all ages. This year’s theme is “BUGS RULE.” Participants learn, through games and activities, the importance of bugs in our lives. Cost $3/suggested donation. Mercer County Educational Gardens, 431A Federal City Rd, Pennington. 609-989-6853.

Drum Circle – 4:30pm. Free. Bring your own drum or use one provided. Registration is suggested. Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. 609-989-6920.



Plowing Match – 10am-4pm. Free admission. Watch and participate in the event, which features old-fashioned plowing and log-pulling competitions, a craft and pony rides for children, and lots of food, music and old fashioned fun. Howell Living Farm, 70 Wooden’s Ln, Lambertville. 609-737-3299.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 A Labor of Love: Developing a Spiritual Path – 10:30am. Guest speaker Rev. Rich Volk. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually minded people. Sunday Transformation Service, followed by refreshments and conversation. Services are held at the Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

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9:30am-5pm. Saturday, Oct. 22. American Legion, 2 Meadowbrook Ln, New Egypt.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Guided Aromatic Meditation – 7-8pm. Develop relaxed awareness and clarity. Focus will be guided using breath, aroma and intention attuning by aroma therapist Gemma Bianchi. Cost $10. RWJ Health & Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. Register 609-584-5900.


Back to School Circa 1900 – 11am-3pm. Howell Farm invites public to participate in unique back to school day. Admission/parking free. 70 Wooden’s Ln, Lambertville. 609-737-3299.

Cost: $5 609-752-1048 and join Reference Librarian Ann Kerr and reduce stress using meditation. Registration is suggested. Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. 609-989-6920.

Albert Einstein Walking Tour – 9-11am. Join Tim Fagin to learn all about the Man of the Century and see Einstein’s favorite places on Princeton University campus and more. Cost $25/$20, adults/12 and under. Starting point of tour 66 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 855-743-1415. The Best Time for New Beginnings is Now – 10:30am. Guest speaker Rev. Rich Volk. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Sunday Transformation Service, followed by refreshments and conversation. Services are held at the Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Fall Tiny Tot Walk – 10:30-11:30am. Experience nature with toddler and share walks on the Reserve, art activities and story time. Provides a fun introduction to animals, plants and nature in general. Dress for fall weather/outside. Class size limited/ registration required. All children must be walking and accompanied by adult. Cost $8/$12, member/ non-member. Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington. 609737-7592.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Drum Circle – 4:30pm. Free. Bring your own drum or use one provided. Registration is suggested. Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. 609-989-6920. Creepy Spider Hunt Night Hike – 7:30-9pm. Crab spiders, jumping spiders, wolf spiders, orb and funnel weavers and more! Join our annual night hunt with nocturnal naturalist Jeff Hoagland. Cost $8/$12, member/non-member for children 5 yo+. Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington. 609-737-7592. Full Moon Tour – 9-10pm. See the Harvest Moon rise over Cherry Grove Farm, and walk the farm by the light of a silvery moon. Cost $10/person, Cherry Grove Farm, 3200 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville. 609-219-0053.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Apple Day Celebration – 10am-5pm. Events and activities include corn stalk maze, tractor-drawn wagon tour of apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Live music, food, and much more. Cost $5/person, under 3 free. Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Rd, Princeton. 609-924-2310. Canning – 10am-4pm. Free admission. Farmers will be canning and pickling surplus garden crops like cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and more. Sample the results and take home recipes and other secrets that made canning a mainstay of the 1900 farm. Hwell Living Farm, 70 Wooden’s Ln, Lambertville. 609-737-3299. Mozzarella “From Scratch” – 1-3pm. Learn the basics of using rennet to turn milk into cheese in a mozzarella-making demonstration, then stretch fresh curd into your own mozzarella. Wrap up class with a cheese tasting and instructor-led comparison between fresh mozzarella and aged Cherry Grove Farm cheeses. Head home with your mozzarella and our signature class folder full of materials and recipes to use at home. Cost $70/person. Cherry Grove Farm, 3200 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrence​ ville. 609-219-0053. Jersey Transit Concert – 2pm. Free admission. Performing without instruments, a capella ensemble Jersey Transit sings a repertoire of songs taken from jazz standards to reggae to R&B to today’s pop. Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. 609-989-6920.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 RENEW Health & Wellness Expo – 10am-3pm. Free admission. Exhibitors, door prizes, giveaways, healthy cooking demos, health screenings, chair massage, makeovers, fitness advice and demos and more. RWJ Health & Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. Register 609-584-5900.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Apple Day Celebration – 10am-5pm. See September 17 listing. Princeton. Everything’s A Miracle – 10:30am. Guest speaker Rev. Rich Volk. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually minded people. Sunday Transformation Service, followed by refreshments and conversation. Services are held at the Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Medication Therapy Management – 10am. Deepika Choudhri, pharmacist, will facilitate an informal discussion on taking medications correctly. Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. 609-9896920. Registration is suggested. Call 609-989-6920 Health Rhythm Drumming – 7-8pm. Group drumming is good fun and good for you. An evidencebased program, strengthens the immune system and reduces stress. Drums provided or bring your own. Cost $15/person. RWJ Health & Wellness

Homesteading: Fall Forage – 3-5:30pm. Join Cherry Grove Farm to find wild edibles as they “fall” to the ground. Be sure to bring your walking shoes and your favorite beverage. After your adventure trek, we’ll demonstrate surprising ways to use this unique fall harvest, and you’ll taste a whole new side of “farm fresh”. Cost $65/person. Cherry Grove Farm, 3200 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville. 609219-0053.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Gratitude Service for Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner – 10:30am. Guest speaker Rev. Rich Volk. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually minded people. Sunday Transformation Service, followed by refreshments and conversation. Services are held at the Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Stop Smoking With Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. Cost $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Av, Edison. Barry Wolfson 908-303-7767. Lose Weight With Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. Cost $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Av, Edison. Barry Wolfson 908-303-7767. Relaxation Through Hypnosis – 8:30-9:15pm. You can reduce stress using creative visualization, imagery, and hypnosis techniques improving the quality of your life. Achieve relaxation without much effort or time. Cost $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodbridge Av, Edison. Barry Wolfson 908-303-7767.

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OCT ALIGN YOUR BUSINESS’ SERVICES WITH YOUR TARGET MARKET WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Take a Walk on the Wild Side – 8:30-9:30am. Start your autumn day off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Senior Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison’s experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Binoculars, camera and nature journal are encouraged. Registration required. Cost $0/$5, member/non-member. Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, 31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington. 609-737-7592.

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Active Aging Fitness: Fall Series – 3pm. Free. Get moving with certified Senior Fitness Specialist Bob Kirby and add some life to your years. Registration is suggested. Mercer County Library, Lawrence Headquarters Branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. 609-989-6920. Reiki Sharing Evening – 7-9pm. For reiki practitioners only to share reiki with each other. Bring pillow, small sheet and blanket. Cost $5. RWJ Health & Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. Register 609-584-5900.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Sitting is the New Smoking – 6:30-8pm. Free. Research shows that excessive sitting is hazardous to our health. Learn exercises and techniques to combat the effects of prolonged sitting. RWJ Health & Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. Register 609-584-5900.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Meditation Circle – 2:30-3:30pm. See September 9 listing. Lawrenceville.

Plan Ahead SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Princeton Natural Fair – 11am-2pm. Free admission. Waldorf School of Princeton host fair rain or shine. Local exhibitors, speakers in support of natural parenting choices. 1062 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton. 609-466-1970 x112.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 Bio Informational Technology Seminar – 8:30am4pm. Bernard Straile, DC, a clinician, author and developer of the SHOW Method, an epigenetic healing technique, will host seminar. Cost $98. Holiday Inn Midtown, 57th St, Manhattan. 315-430-4211.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 5th Annual Holistic Health Extravaganza – 9:30am-5pm. Experience & shop for unusual, holistic, green, locally made/crafted items & services/sessions. Cost $5/entrance fee supports local fundraiser & gives 2 raffle tickets. American Legion, 2 Meadowbrook Ln, New Egypt. 609-752-1048.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 Empowered Light Holistic Expo – 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-5pm. Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Hall D, Oaks, PA. For more information call Sue Greenwald at 484-459-3082.

munity with other expecting Moms. Cost $90/8 weeks. Breathe Yoga Studio, 3257 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. 609-337-2288.

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31&Main Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Located adjacent to the College of New Jersey. Brings local and healthy food together. Vendors include Cherry Grove Farm, Fulper Family Farmstead, Pineland Farms and Z Food Farm. 1928 Pennington Rd, Ewing. 609-403-0392.

Kids Yoga – 4:15-5pm. Kids age 6-11. 45 minutes of fun and creative movement. Your child will experience better focus and balance while gaining strength and stability internally. They will gain knowledge of how to distress through Breathe work, mindful movements and meditation. Drop in cost $12. Breathe Yoga Studio, 3257 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. 609-337-2288

Spiritual Awakening Service – 10:30am. If you are looking for a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people, we encourage you to come to one of our Sunday Transformation Services and mingle afterwards with refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton holds services every Sunday at the Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd, Princeton. 609-924-8422.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation –6:30-7:45pm. As taught by Yogi Bhajan. Awaken your Kundalini energy. Evans Chiropractic, 3679 Nottingham Way, Ste A, Hamilton. For more information call 609586-9199.



Yoga in the Park – 6:30pm. Join Breathe Yoga Studio at Mercer County Park next to the volleyball courts. Cost $10 drop-in. Breathe Yoga Studio, 3257 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. 609-337-2288.

Enter the Cosmic Rhythm With T’ai Chi Chih – 6:30pm. Joy thru Movement. For beginners & seniors. 6-week class starting September 26. Must register in advance. VFW Hamilton, 77 Christian Ave. Call Siobhan at 609-752-1048.

Habits & Happiness Certification – 6-7pm. Series through July 13 with Braco Pobric. Learn scientifically proven methods to become happier, change habits, improve overall wellbeing and more successful in any area of life. Book included. Series cost $140. Breathe Yoga Studio, 3257 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. 609-337-2288.

Yoga in the Park – 6:30pm. Join Breathe Yoga Studio at Mercer County Park next to the volleyball courts. Cost $10 drop-in. Breathe Yoga Studio, 3257 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. 609-337-2288. Broga – 7:30-8:45pm. Mens Yoga Cost $10 dropin. Breathe Yoga Studio, 3257 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. 609-337-2288.


tuesday Healing Meditation – 9:15-10:30am. This class includes a yoga set, pranayam (breathing exercises) meditation with mantra, and teachings on how to use the technology of mantra and sound to deepen your yoga meditation practice. Cost $10. Evans Chiropractic, 3679 Nottingham Way, Ste A, Hamilton. For more information call 609-586-9199.

Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 9:15-10:30am. As taught by Yogi Bhajan. Awaken your Kundalini energy. Evans Chiropractic, 3679 Nottingham Way, Ste A, Hamilton. For more information call 609586-9199.

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Prenatal Yoga- 6:45-7:45pm. Find a deeper connection between you and your baby, while alleviating aches and pains, building strength and lean muscles to carry your baby, and creating a sense of com-

saturday 3-Step Qi Gong – 9:30-11am. Three Step qigong consists of three exercises, which can be performed in 10 minutes, and will keep you well. The secret to qigong’s effectiveness lies in the way the exercises are performed. You will learn these techniques over the course of the class. Personal qigong training is also available for those who prefer a more individual rhythm. Cost $25/person. Registration preferred. Healing Touch Healing Movement, 178 Tamarack Circle, Montgomery. 609-742-3140. Kids Yoga – 11-11:45am & 12-12:45pm. Kids ages 4-6/7-11. 45 minutes of fun and creative movement. Your child will experience better focus and balance while gaining strength and stability internally. They will gain knowledge of how to distress through Breathe work, mindful movements and meditation. Drop in cost $12. Breathe Yoga Studio, 3257 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. 609-337-2288. Healing Touch, Healing Movement Solutions – Noon-1:30pm. 2nd and 4th Saturday. Experience the combination of Qi Gong and Shiatsu to address existing issues such as neck and shoulder discomforts. The instruction will cover both practices that you can use for yourself and for others who would benefit. Cost, donation as Andrzej prefers to give back to the community and desires anyone wanting to attend. Come alone or bring a friend. 178 Tamarack Circle, Montgomery. 609-742-3140.

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