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’m feeling a little unsettled this month. Compared to others, my life was disrupted very little by Hurricane Sandy; I had only a short outage of power, phone and Internet, and suffered no damage at all to my home or property. But even the minor disruptions made me long for my usual routine. I’m looking forward to the family traditions we hold dear around the holidays to help center me again. Of course many people will be spending the holidays trying to restore their lives. They have been displaced, lost precious things and perhaps loved ones, and have had their lives thoroughly disrupted. I hope they, too, will feel the comfort of family, tradition, and community this month. I believe they will, because catastrophes bring about opportunities for the spirit to shine and for communities to come together. Like blue sky after a storm, spirit shows up in the presence of disaster—courage, compassion, and generosity appear where they were out of sight before. Larissa Stewart, publisher of Natural Awakenings in Atlanta, says, “It’s nature’s way of breaking down the barriers between us, so we can see the strength of our togetherness, to recognize we have more in common than not and to explore a deeper side of what it means to be human.” So, if you’re able, take a moment to hold those affected by Hurricane Sandy in your thoughts and lend a hand by contributing time, money or resources to help them. If you’ve been left relatively unscathed by the storm, it’s a wonderful time of year to think about our blessings and how we can strengthen our own family traditions and connections. You can start small by celebrating Mindful Holiday Traditions (page 20), creating homemade and heartfelt stocking stuffers (page 22), and doing some healthy holiday baking (page 27). When you’re doing your holiday shopping this month, consider visiting the local vendors featured in the Naturally Perfect Gift Guide (pages 24–26) and elsewhere throughout the magazine. Shopping with them is shopping local, and serves to strengthen our communities. Wishing you peace and a joyful holiday season,

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newsbriefs Dr. Jason Frigerio Expands to Cedar Knolls


r. Jason Frigerio, Naturopathic Doctor and licensed acupuncturist, has expanded his practice and is now seeing patients at a second location: New Jersey Sports Medicine (NJSM), 197 Ridgedale Avenue, Suite 210, in Cedar Knolls. His primary office is at 4 Village Road in New Vernon. Since beginning his New Jersey practice, Dr. Frigerio has seen and treated hundreds of patients with naturopathic, Chinese, and biological Dr. Jason Frigerio medicine. Appointments are available in New Vernon Monday through Friday, and Thursday afternoons in Cedar Knolls. Some patients see him to improve and maintain their health while others come because of their desire to explore treatments outside the traditional medical sphere. No matter what brings a patient to his office, his approach is consistent: Treat the person as a whole, not just his or her symptoms. In this way, Dr. Frigerio is better able to identify and treat the root cause of illness, help restore balance and promote optimal health. When Dr. Frigerio was asked to join the team at New Jersey Sports Medicine, it seemed a natural fit. Dr. Frigerio had been wanting to connect with physicians utilizing the cutting-edge techniques that NJSM has been offering for years. New Jersey Sports Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems using proven methods and the latest nonsurgical techniques. In addition to traditional pain management therapies, NJSM is part of a small group of doctors administering stem cell therapy for pain and arthritis, one of the most promising treatments available today. To schedule an appointment at either office, call 973-2672650 or visit For more information about NJSM, visit See ad on page 9.

Neat Retreats Offers Fifth Adventure in Costa Rica


eat Retreats, LLC, is a New Jersey–based company that was created five years ago by JoAnn Jones and Kathy Landers, two friends with a vision of offering healthy and holistic retreats in wonderful places. Their first venture was Costa Rica, 2008: Twelve participants visited the Manuel Antonio Natural Reserve on the Pacific Ocean, stayed in a charming B&B with ocean views and immersed themselves in the jungle with all its sounds and beauty. From meditation and yoga classes on the deck, to fresh breakfasts in the host’s house and private Reiki treatments, the most important part of the trip was and continues to be the experience of the particular location. Neat Retreats is offering its fifth adventure to Costa Rica on March 21–28, 2013, beginning in Manuel Antonio and ending at the Arenal Volcano area with accommodations at the famous organic farm of Rancho Margot. Jones and Landers choose venues that are eco-friendly, submerged in the culture of the people and landscape, beautiful, and less expensive than many other retreat sites. Jones is an author of anatomy texts through Lotus Publishing & North Atlantic Books, a certified Hatha Yoga and Power Pilates instructor, and a professor of kinesiology and dance. Landers is a Reiki master and teacher with the International Center for Reiki Training and a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals. Locally they have sponsored day and weekend events throughout the tri-state area. These include stress reduction clinics, mother-daughter retreats, yoga and Reiki classes, drumming workshops with percussionist Chuck Wood, and healing retreats complete with massage, essential oils, private classes and treatments, stretch workshops, Pilates, hiking, kayaking and environmental education. Neat Retreats will sponsor its third annual Women's Retreat May 4–5, 2013 at the Pocono Environmental Center. They have also added a new location next year: the south of France, for a week-long wine, yoga & Reiki retreat, September 21–28. For more information, call 973-770-1107 or visit To register for upcoming events, email

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Living Pawsitively, Pet Store Offering Healthy Alternatives, Opens in Lafayette



n November 10, Living Pawsitively, a 4,500-square-foot pet retail store providing organic products, celebrated its grand opening. Its new location is 39 Route 15, in Lafayette. Co-owners Jan Hopper and Lucy Robles offer pet food made from allnatural ingredients, providing better health benefits for animals than most commercially produced pet food, which is made by large companies Jan Hopper (center) and Lucy Robles who often import these products from (third from right), co-owners, Living other countries that may have lax food Pawsitively, cut the ceremonial ribbon at safety standards. The store’s “Barkery” the store’s grand opening in Lafayette on offers an assortment of homemade November 10. Also pictured (l-r): Ken dog biscuits and treats that are also Imperia, employee, Living Pawsitively; prepared from all-natural ingredients Kelly Efchak of Lake Hoptacong with her and unique pet accessories that are dog Sonny, Living Pawsitively’s first canine made from organic materials. In adcustomer; Greg Corcoran, mayor, Lafayette dition to food, toys and treats, Living Pawsitively provides dog training, pet Township; and Sara Masker and Alexander May, employees, Living Pawsitively. adoptions and has also partnered with a local veterinarian to offer pets and their owners a holistic approach to veterinary care. “We are very glad to open Living Pawsitively to serve pet owners in New Jersey,” Ms. Hopper said. “The pet food that we sell and the treats that we offer are all-natural, meaning there is no soy, by-products or fillers. We also work with local animal shelters to help those who are interested in adopting a pet, which is a better alternative to buying one from a pet store.” For more information, call 973-862-6030, email or visit

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The Room Above Hosts Lo Anne Mayer


o Anne Mayer of Morris Township visits the Room Above, 2 E. Main St, Brookside, on Saturday, December 8 from 1 to 3pm to sign copies of her new book, Celestial Conversations: Healing Relationships After Death, and speak about what inspired her to write it.    The book recounts Mayer’s successful experience in connecting with her lost loved ones through meditation and journaling. In preparing to write it, Mayer, a wellknown workshop leader and speaker, tested her process of Lo Anne Mayer reaching beyond the veil with many individuals over the past year. With the encouragement of her participants, she hopes to help others find the acceptance and peace she found through Celestial Conversations. To register for the book signing, visit

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Kula for Karma Helps Cancer Patients Find Relief with Therapeutic Yoga


ula for Karma is a nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic yoga, meditation instruction, and stress management support services—at no charge—to those who have been challenged by difficult circumstances, including illness, addiction, and abuse. Many of the people it serves would not otherwise have access to these therapeutic interventions. The nonprofit organization will hold its next two-day Advanced Yoga Teacher Training for Cancer Patients course on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, from noon to 8pm, at Naturally Yoga in Glen Rock. Trainees learn skills to manage the secondary effects of cancer treatment and surgery in their students, as well as how to remain personally balanced in the face of terrible illness and even death. Taught by Nancy Candea, CYT, CPT, eRYT, who is Kula for Karma’s director of advanced teacher training, the course offers 16 Yoga Alliance certified continuing education credits to registered teachers. The tuition is $300. Kula for Karma’s Kula Care is currently partnering with the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive cancer centers in the country, to offer free yoga classes, prescribed by oncologists, to cancer patients. The hospital-based integrative approach to healing includes a weekly gentle beginner yoga class incorporating breathing techniques, guided relaxation, meditation to calm and focus the mind, and postures to facilitate flexibility and balance. For more information, visit

Doga: Yoga for Humans and Their Dogs


orris K9 Campus, 1 Aspen Drive, in Randolph, is holding a series of Doga classes, yoga for both dog owners and their dogs, with the next class to be held Friday, November 30, from 8:30 to 9:30pm. Taught by both a certified yoga instructor and a certified dog trainer, Doga classes, at $99 for the series, are a unique way for people to engage in a relaxing activity with their canine companions. Doga will combine beginning Hatha-Vinyasa style yoga for owners who want to try yoga but may be intimidated by traditional classes, and canine message and stretching exercises for dogs of all shapes and sizes who may need stimulation or those with stiff joints who could benefit from the gentle exercise. Because a calm environment is necessary for the success of this class, Morris K9 Campus requests that dogs with a strong tendency to bark or who are aggressive toward people or other dogs not attend. For more information and to register, visit See ad on page 25.

Lose Weight During the Holidays — and Keep It Off


s it possible? Yes! You can lose weight while others watch their weight go up by eating “just a taste” of Grandma’s cheesecake and Aunt Betty’s apple strudel, not to mention the piles of holiday cookies that appear everywhere. According to the Hypnosis Counseling Center, with offices in Flemington, Frenchtown and Bloomfield, you can begin to lose weight and keep it off while changing your eating habits forever through hypnosis — without turning to drugs, dangerous herbs, fad diets, expensive meal plans or special foods.    The Hypnosis Counseling Center has more than 25 years Barry Wolfson of experience helping its clients attain their weight-loss goals in individual and group sessions. The center has provided hypnosis counseling for weight loss and smoking cessation, among other programs, in more than 30 adult schools throughout New Jersey, and offers specially designed programs to many Fortune 500 companies. For more information, contact Barry Wolfson at the Hypnosis Counseling Center at 908-996-3311 or visit See ad on page 44.

“Calm After the Storm” Complimentary Workshops


or all those still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Levity Experience is offering complimentary workshops to help you get “back on shore.” The workshops, on December 4 at 6:45pm and December 7 at 2pm, will be held at the Roxbury Public Library, 103 Main St., Succasunna, and will be between 60 and 90 minutes long. Donations of nonperishable foods and other supplies will be accepted and given to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and other relief groups supporting New Jersey’s recovery from the storm that devastated so much of our state. The workshops, whose goal is to leave participants feeling empowered to rebuild, reboot and restart, will help them identify different types of stresses and learn about stress’s physical, mental and emotional impacts. Stress management tools and techniques will be offered to help attendees cope with and manage current challenges and fears of what the future holds. If you are a community leader or an organization that would like to sponsor a "Calm After the Storm" seminar in your area, or if you are currently involved in providing stress management services, please call Diana Perez at 973-934-1521.

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healthbriefs Expediting Emotional Healing with Shiome Therapy


hiome therapy was created by Judith Hancox, MSW, LCSW in 1999 as an evolving therapeutic approach, incorporating some of the most expedient, efficient, scientifically based psychotherapeutic healing techniques in existence. Shiome therapy incorporates yoga, meditation, gestalt, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Evolving Thought Field Therapy and Shamanic healing traditions to gently move people into a healthy balance. The synthesis of these techniques has been shown to accelerate the body's natural healing abilities. Yoga: Yoga means “to yoke,” a union of our individual ego, personality, with our Higher Self, Higher Power. Yoga helps support the sometimes-intense processing sessions by helping you maintain safety and awareness with an objective perspective. Gestalt: Gestalt means "whole." Gestalt Therapy creatively guides one to reclaim and unite lost or shattered pieces of the traumatized self, with focused, conscious, awareness. Evolving Thought Field Therapy (EvTFT): EvTFT incorporates the science of Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing for biofeedback) and Energy Psychology. EvTFT rapidly releases bound or trapped emotional energy that disturbs one's nervous system. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a potent therapeutic method with established success in treating post-traumatic stress disorders. EMDR helps release the negative impact of traumatic life experiences locked in the nervous system by ‘jump starting’ the brain’s inherent healing capacity. Bilateral brain stimulation helps integrate both hemispheres—the thinking part with the feeling part. It is similar to the natural processing of the brain during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the dream state, but clients are awake and aware during EMDR. Judith A. Hancox, MSW, LCSW, is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress. Hancox recently returned to New Jersey and practices in Succasunna. Also certified in yoga, Gestalt, EMDR, and Energy Psychology, she blends ancient wisdom with modern science. For more information, call 973-585-4660 or visit See ad on page 8.

Stop Wasting Food


t’s time to step up to the plate—but not waste what’s on it. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that about 40 percent of all food in the United States goes uneaten. Each year, we are throwing away the equivalent of $165 billion in discarded food, making it the single largest component of solid waste in America’s landfills and costing the average family of four between $1,350 and $2,275 annually. About two-thirds of household waste consists of spoiled food that’s not used in time; the rest is caused by people cooking or serving too much food. Learn easy steps to reduce food waste via the NRDC free online fact sheet at StopFoodWaste.


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Nutty Way to Help Preserve Cognition


alnut consumption is associated with better memory scores and cognitive function, according to recent findings published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. In the Prevención con Dieta Mediterrnáea study, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Health, results show that a Mediterranean diet, supplemented with olive oil or one ounce of mixed nuts, half of which are walnuts, is more beneficial than a low-fat diet when it comes to body weight, blood pressure, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation. The nutrient-dense walnuts provide antioxidants and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. Both are key nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties that help protect brain cells from the oxidative damage associated with cognitive decline.


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If your eyes are the windows of your soul, your face is the reflection of your health


Mirror, mirror on the wall . . . Take a mirror, tilt your head up, and what do you see? Your face of the past five years. Then look straight into the mirror: What you see is your face at the present time. Then look down at the mirror. What you see now is what your face will probably look like in the next five years. The older you are, the more shocking that reflection will be. Rather than getting old gracefully, let us be beautiful gracefully Skin aging is a change in skin structure. Aged skin cells take longer to mature and shed more quickly than they are replaced; the skin becomes thin and more fragile, easily injured and damaged. Skin sags, folds and wrinkles because collagen and elastic fibers lose elasticity. Your aging skin is also losing protective water-lipid emulsions, leading to a dry and scaly surface. Muscle weakness, gravity, poor nutrition, hormonal issues, sun damage and stress, as well as allergic conditions all contribute to bad skin and bad physical health overall. Now, for the good news: You can do a few simple things to improve the skin on your face —simply by caring for your entire body. •  Use organic products, since the human body is organic and can only process unprocessed natural products. Products made from artificial ingredients can trigger the body’s defensive system, overloading organs and causing damage. •  You can also do face exercises to firm up your skin. These can be done at any point after applying face cream or oil. Face exercises help relieve stress and renew energy, and can be done anywhere, at any time. u

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Here are some fresh ways to tweak family traditions for a greener holiday this and every year. Incorporate local, sustainable cuisine into the family feast. Ingredients for a traditional holiday dinner can travel up to 30,000 miles. Instead, show support for local community farmers and reduce food transportation miles by choosing a heritage turkey or meatless entrée. Stellar complements may include organic cranberry jelly, mulled apple cider or wine from an area farm, orchard or vineyard. Adopt or recycle the Christmas tree. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as many as 33 million live-cut Christmas trees are purchased each year in North America, and most end up in landfills. Fortunately, Christmas tree adoption services like Central California’s Rent a Living Christmas Tree are popping up across the country, allowing them to go on living. The potted trees can be rented and delivered. If tree adoption services are not yet available locally, make sure to recycle a live holiday tree so it’s turned into landscape mulch for reuse as ground cover to hinder weeds and nourish plantings. Reduce energy costs through efficient cooking. Wait to fire up the oven until the heritage turkey or organic ham is ready to go in; preheating is unnecessary for these slow-roasting items. For baked goods, opt for glass or ceramic pans, which allow cooking time to remain the same while lowering the heat by about 25 degrees. Another energy-saving trick is to place stovetop

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Urban Trees Act as Crime-Stoppers The city of Baltimore’s high crime rate inspired a gritty TV drama. But a new study ( by the University of Vermont’s Transportation Research Center, in Burlington, found that a 10 percent increase in trees in a given area led to a 12 percent decrease in crime. “It’s really pretty striking how strong this relationship is,” says Austin Troy, lead author of the study, published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. Researchers examined the correlation in and around Baltimore using aggregated crime data and combining it with high-resolution satellite images to conduct the analysis. The working hypothesis is that because people enjoy spending time in pleasant outdoor spaces, there are more observers present to hinder criminal activity. Also, a well-maintained landscape seems to send a message that someone may be watching. To avoid culture bias, the study considered many socioeconomic factors, including housing, age, income and race of residents, as well as variables such as rural versus city setting and population density. The findings should prove helpful to urban planners.

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is spearheading a new wave of renewable energy research by recruiting top scientists from the nation’s best research laboratories to staff a new agency called ARPAE, modeled after DARPA, the research and development wing of the Pentagon that invented the Internet. With a surge in funding for renewable energy, courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, plus grants from the Department of Energy, ARPA-E has made more than 180 investments in basic research projects in renewable energy. One company, Ocean Power Technologies, is installing a 260-ton generator in the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon coast to capture renewable energy from waves. If the generator operates as planned, it will link to the grid and generate enough electricity for 1,000 homes. Other ARPA-E-funded projects are making cheaper batteries, more efficient air conditioners and appliances, experimental algae-based biofuels, carbon sequestration (trapping) technologies and even plants that secrete crude oil. Source: The Atlantic magazine (

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. Now, the office of the high commissioner for human rights has been awarded the Guinness World Record for having collected, translated and disseminated the declaration into more than 380 languages and dialects, from Abkhaz to Zulu, making it the world’s most universal communication. The work sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all men and women everywhere are entitled, without distinction. It was drafted by representatives from all regions and legal traditions, and has over time been accepted as a contract between governments and their peoples.

Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose. org, has enabled his organization to provide a record $40 million in funding for 300,000 U.S. classroom projects, simply by personalizing public appeals for charitable giving. When potential donors enter their personal interests, an online database supplies a list of corresponding classroom projects. For example, artists might consider funding a silkscreen press for an art class. Hikers can purchase trees for a classroom to plant. When the funded project is completed, the donors receive a note from the teacher, along with photos. maximizes the personalization potential by asking the participants if they want to post their donation on their Facebook wall, where friends may read the post and feel compelled to make their own donation. Teacher-generated Facebook project updates garner even greater success; these two types of Facebook status updates have so far raised a combined $1.9 million. Source:

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Unexpected Upside Media Gadgets Can Boost Family Connections by Lisa Marshall


itness a gadget-obsessed family at the dinner table and it is easy to conclude that technology is fracturing family life: Mom’s emailing her boss; Dad’s watching a YouTube video on his tablet; sister’s texting her boyfriend; and little brother is playing Angry Birds on his smart phone. No one is talking with each other. But dysfunctional dinner habits aside, it appears cell and Internet technologies haven’t turned out to be as harmful as once predicted.

“When we started this research, the dominant thought was that Internet technology would make us lonely, socially isolated and threaten our family lives,” says Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. “We have been asking people about this now for 12 years in our surveys and the dominant answer is ‘Actually, we feel more connected with our families than we did before.’” Web-conferencing systems like Skype have enabled family members

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across the globe to chat for free and also see each other. Social networking sites like Facebook have enabled previously out-of-touch siblings to share photos and revive contact. According to Pew studies since 2008, cell phones have led married couples to talk more during the day and parents to maintain more open lines of communication with their kids. “There always seems to be anxiety in raising a teen, and now a lot of that can be alleviated,” says Larry Rosen, Ph.D., a research psychologist at California State University and author of Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation. “A scared mom or dad can text their kid, saying ‘R U OK?’ and get a one-word answer back, whereas before that kid would have had to find a pay phone, maybe wouldn’t have done it and Mom and Dad would have panicked.” Rosen’s own research suggests that social networking can actually teach teens to be more empathetic, a trait that enhances their bonds with family members. For example, a cousin will post on Facebook that her cat died, then the teen responds warmly and their bond tightens. The teen gains empathy useful in face-to-face experiences. “Research from the Pew Center has shown that active social networkers tend to have more friends and support and be more involved with their communities and families,” Rainie maintains, while cautionary studies from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest that kids unhealthily obsessed with media tend to have lower grades and get into trouble at school. Overall, according to a 2011 study by the Barna Group, a Ventura, California, research firm, 32 percent of parents and 47 percent of teens say technology has made their family life better, while 18 percent of parents and 6 percent of teens say it has worsened, because the news is not all good. Consider how, instead of sitting down to watch a show together, family members often are in a room or vehicle watching their own show on their own tiny screen. “People miss social moments around them because they are communicating with the network inside the screen, rather than the world immedi-

ately surrounding them,” says Rainie. (On the flip side, Rainie notes, families often share those moments with each other, too, like a funny YouTube video or a picture on Facebook.) Rosen cautions that the smart phone could be a pivotal game-changer if consumers aren’t careful. “We are already finding that most people under the age of 40 check their phones every 15 minutes or less, and if they can’t, they become highly anxious. Their whole social world appears channeled through this device, and that is worrisome.” Both Rosen and Rainie stress that the key to making any technology a positive for family dynamics is to set rules at the outset and know when to unplug. Here are some guidelines to consider. Cell phones. Everyone can check their phone messages before dinner and then power it down while the family is eating. Don’t use phones in bed, or in the hour before sleeping, which can be particularly detrimental to a teen’s rest, Rosen’s research shows. Facebook. “When your child says, ‘All of my friends are on Facebook and I feel left out,’ that is probably the time to let them join Facebook,” advises Rosen. Reserve the right to look at their page periodically with them. Each parent and child pair can decide if they should “friend” each other, but don’t assume that gives a parent a backstage pass to the child’s personal life. Pew reports that 80 percent of parents whose children use social media have friended their child. However, “Insisting that your child friend you on Facebook is often an invitation for them to set up a phantom, or fake page,” notes Rosen. Smart phones and tablets. Set specific times to ban technology. “As couples, we used to retire to bed at night and watch TV and talk. Now we watch TV, check our phone and play Words with Friends games, and that has taken the place of intimate communication.” It helps to set specific times to check the phone and leave it off for big chunks of time. Lisa Marshall is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Mindful Holiday Traditions Simple Ways to Add Meaning and Family-Centered Fun by Barbara Amrhein


oo many winter holidays whiz by in a blur of presents, parties and rich foods, muting the season’s true messages of love, hope and peace. By slowing down and refocusing on what makes this time of year so special, we can help our children—and ourselves—create fresh, meaningful traditions and experience genuine joy. “If the spirit of the season at your home is more ‘Gimme, take me, buy me,’ instead of ‘Deck the halls,’ don’t despair,” advises internationally renowned educator and child expert Michele Borba, Ph.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions:101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries. “There are more subtle ways to encourage your kids to appreciate the greatest gifts of the holiday season. The simplest way is to focus on gifts of the heart and letting your kids be participants, not just recipients.”

Try these tips for helping youngsters co-create traditions that celebrate family, friends, sharing with others and the holidays’ festive delights. Emphasize experiences, not things. Presents can never take the place of presence. Years from now, children will rarely recall what they unwrapped, but will remember special times spent together as a family. Take a nature walk to collect pinecones and other seasonal items for holiday décor. Designate a Family Night and let the kids choose the

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ith the volume of household waste soaring 34 percent beyond normal levels in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day it’s particularly important to remain eco-conscious during the holidays,” says Anna Getty, author of I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas. “It’s easy to get so wrapped up in buying gifts and decorations that eco-friendliness goes out the window.” This year, consider giving the family’s stocking stuffers a sustainable makeover by gifting homemade items. Getty observes, “Useful, thoughtful homemade gifts can be really sweet… and green.”

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A Cornucopia of Delicious Treats photos by Stephen Blancett


here’s nothing so comforting as the scent and taste of home-baked treats. To fill a home with cheer, try these delectably healthy recipes. Some are gluten- or diary-free, others pack less butter and sweeteners (thus fewer calories) than their typical counterparts, and a few are vegan (containing no animal products, including honey). All are perfect for holiday celebrations, hostess gifts or exchanges.

comes crumbly and resembles a streusel topping. Refrigerate until ready to use. In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream together ½ cup roomtemperature butter and maple sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Beat in buttermilk and vanilla. Sift remaining 2 cups flour, baking soda and salt into egg-butter mixture. Mix until just combined.

Apple-Walnut Coffee Cake

Here’s a favorite yummy treat for festive brunches. Guests and family will never guess that this decadent indulgence contains much less butter and sugar than a typical coffee cake. Yields 16 servings (239 calories per serving) ¼ cup light brown sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2¼ cups whole-wheat pastry flour (divided) ¼ cup (½ stick) cold unsalted butter ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature 1 cup maple sugar 2 eggs ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp low-fat buttermilk (1 percent) 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced ½ cup walnuts, chopped and toasted Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Butter pan sides and top of parchment. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, cinnamon and ¼ cup flour. Cut in ¼ cup cold butter until mixture benatural awakenings

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Scoop batter by 2 tablespoons each onto a baking sheet, pushing in any stray pieces. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool for 2 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

These lightly sweetened, butter-free muffins evoke the scents and tastes of the holidays. With fewer carbs and calories than regular sugar, the concentrated fruit-juice reduction also adds moistness; look for all-natural options, such as Wax Orchards’ Fruit Sweet. Fold in apples and walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool before releasing from pan.

Vegan Trail-Mix Cookies

These crunchy-chewy cookies are perfect for snowshoe hikes or cross-country ski trips. Yields 36 servings (135 calories per serving) ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¾ cup whole-wheat pastry flour 1 cup carrot, shredded 1½ cups unsweetened coconut, shredded 1½ cups natural cane sugar 1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ½ cup water ½ cup canola oil 1 Tbsp vanilla extract 1 cup grain-sweetened chocolate chips 1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted 1 cup cherries, dried


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Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix together flours, carrot, coconut, sugar, oats, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together water, oil and vanilla. Add wet mixture to dry. Mix to combine. Fold in chocolate chips, pecans and cherries.

Yields 16 servings (145 calories per serving) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ½ tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground allspice 1 cup pumpkin purée 2 /3 cup fruit-juice reduction (or light agave nectar) ½ cup canola oil ¼ cup coconut milk ½ cup unsweetened coconut, shredded 1 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted ¾ cup dried cranberries Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with baking cups. Sift together flours, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin purée, fruit-juice reduction or agave, oil and coconut milk. Stir wet mixture into dry until just incorporated (do not overmix). Fold in coconut, walnuts and dried cranberries. Divide batter evenly among muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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Place flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Sift cocoa powder into the bowl. Whisk until well blended. Place sugar, oil and eggs in a separate large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add buttermilk, vanilla, lemon juice and food coloring. Whisk lightly until combined. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir just until mixture comes together. Do not overmix. Gently spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake 10 minutes and test with a toothpick. If it doesn’t come out clean, turn pans and bake another 3 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on rack for 2 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely before frosting. (Or store in an airtight container until ready to frost. Do not refrigerate, which dries them out.) Beat cream cheese, agave and vanilla together. Sift cornstarch over mixture and blend until smooth. Frost cupcakes just before serving.

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How Unconditional Love Harmonizes Our World

Marci Shimoff Explores Its Transformative Power


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self-described “seeker from the get-go,” Marci Shimoff is an expert at helping others effect greater personal fulfillment and professional success. The noted transformational leader, speaker and author has written two bestselling books on happiness and unconditional love— Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out and Love for No Reason: 7 Steps for Creating a Life of Unconditional Love, and co-authored six bestselling titles in the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series.

What is the old way of looking at love, versus the new paradigm shift you propose? We’ve been trained to think of love solely as energy between two people, usually experienced as conditional love—we feel love if the other person agrees with us, treats us a particular way or loves us back. But love is actually the essence of who we are, and when we live in a state of unconditional love, what I call “love for no reason,” we experience our essence that is love, which doesn’t depend on another person, situation or romantic partner. It is the core of every spiritual tradition.

We each have a “love set-point,” the upper limit of our ability to give and receive love. We can’t feel more love by trying to change the outside—by relying on others to fill us up—because it will North Central NJ Edition

Do challenging economic times help us grow spiritually? We can use any life challenges to help us grow and find fresh avenues of lasting fulfillment. Success and money don’t guarantee happiness, and I know that from my own wake-up call. In 1998, I had three of my Chicken Soup for the Soul books on The New York Times bestseller list at the same time. One day, I spoke to 8,000 people and autographed 5,432 books and felt like an author rock star. Yet when I returned to my hotel room that night, I burst into tears. All of the success was great, but it still hadn’t made me happy. That’s when I began my intensive study of happiness and love.

Does science support our capacity to daily experience and deepen a love for all things?

Why do our ways of loving often seem inadequate?


never work in the long run. We need to raise our love set-point higher; then we experience everything more through the eyes of love.

Science is finding that there is a neurophysiology of love. Studies by researchers in major institutions worldwide show that we can do simple things like breathe more deeply, walk barefoot on earth, listen to uplifting music or practice meditation that will support us in experiencing more unconditional love. These activities create greater heart rhythm coherence and new neural pathways in the brain.

How does having a heart that’s open to unconditional love benefit us? The Institute of HeartMath has discovered that the magnetic field generated by the heart—what’s measured on a magnetometer—is 5,000 times stronger than that of the brain. HeartMath research has also demonstrated that when we’re in a positive emotional state, our hearts beat in a coherent rhythm that causes all the other systems in the body—including the brain, immune system and hormones—to work more efficiently and harmoniously. Their research shows that experiencing this regularly leads to better health, slows the aging process and brings us greater creativity, resilience and happiness.

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grown horses, bred for pulling carts, not riding. They require the same care as a larger horse and make good therapy animals. An adult mini is about the same size as a standard-sized horse’s newborn foal—about 34 to 38 inches tall at the withers (between the shoulder blades), although some are smaller. “Trained minis are good, gentle interpreters of emotion,” says Veronique Matthews, founder of Hearts & Hooves, a nonprofit equine therapy organization in Austin, Texas. “We visit abused or autistic kindergarten-age children with a ratio of one child, one horse, one handler.” Walking on a handheld leash, a mini can help a child to cope with fear and anxiety.

Critter Companions Alternative Adoptions Fit for Families


by Sandra Murphy


hile dogs, cats, fish and birds populate most pet homes, other animals can be just as much fun to own.


“Rabbits are social and love routine. Be late with dinner and a bunny will show displeasure by stomping its feet,” says Pamela Hood, founder of Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue, a state-licensed shelter in Foster, Rhode Island. Her four rules for happy, active bunnies are: Find a veterinarian that knows rabbits,

adopt rather than buy, get a bonded pair and spay/neuter them. Since 2000, Sweet Binks has rescued more than 1,700 rabbits as recaptured strays or from shelters meant for dogs and cats. Bunnies can live more than 14 years. “Rabbits eat more than just carrots. Pellets should be timothy hay-based, not alfalfa, for adult rabbits,” explains Hood. “But limit the amount. Hay should be 85 to 90 percent of their diet, because the side-to-side chewing of hay keeps teeth worn down to a livable length and ensures proper digestion.” Rabbits can be litter box-trained and run free if the home is pet-proofed. For example, keep electrical cords out of reach or covered with plastic tubing. A lonely, bored bunny can be destructive, so provide wooden and chemicalfree wicker toys for chewing. Play with them daily, although most shy away from cuddling. Bonded pairs need to be in sight of one another.

Miniature Horses

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A few years ago, alpacas were regarded as the next moneymakers when breeding and sales brought high prices for fleece, along with their waste, sold as soil-enriching manure. After the trend peaked, many herds were sold, often to ill-suited owners, and some needed rescuing. Michelle Zumwalt, a job consultant for people with disabilities in Spanish Lake, Missouri, has hosted rescued alpacas for eight years; the number fluctuates, based on new arrivals and adoptions. “There are enough of them to help supply local organic farms with fertilizer,” says Zumwalt. “These gentle creatures feel safest in numbers; when in danger, they will kick or spit.”

Hermit Crabs

Hermit crabs are likeable for their social, nonaggressive character, ease in handling and low maintenance. All crabs are born in the ocean, although some species leave the water as adults. Pet crabs in the United States are either Caribbean land crabs or the faster and more agile Ecuadorian crabs, which require access to both salt and fresh water. A 10-gallon fish tank with sand of a consistency suitable for castle building that’s three or four times deeper than the height of the largest crab works well. Crabs can grow to six inches in length and live 10 years or more, although they don’t reproduce in captivity. As colony animals, they’re much happier in a group.

Hermit crabs periodically need to replace the shell they carry on their back. Provide a shell that is 10 to 15 percent larger and watch as the crab tries it on for size. When crabs molt their underside ectoskeleton, they burrow beneath the sand for four to eight weeks; place these crabs in a separate tank. “Because crabs are scavengers, we feed them chicken, turkey, seaweed, scrambled eggs and fish. They love carrots, bell peppers, kiwi and coconut,” says Christine Richards, a maintenance management analyst and hermit crab caregiver in Montgomery Village, Maryland. “Crabs are nocturnal, so use a small flashlight to watch their antics,” she adds. “They love to climb.”


Chinchillas, another night creature, can live up to 20 years. A round body, tiny hands and large ears make them easy to love, remarks Christina Pierce, a federal examiner of financial institutions in Little Rock, Arkansas. “My chin, Gizmo, wants to be where the commotion is and likes to travel,” she laughs. A specialty vet is required for chinchillas, with attention given to their teeth, which grow throughout their life. Give them things to chew on and fresh hay to help file down teeth. Gizmo’s favorite chews are willow twigs, peanuts in the shell, alfalfa sticks and lava blocks. “A twice-daily dust bath keeps his fur clean,” notes Pierce, “plus, it’s fun to watch.” It seems that everyone can find a pet that’s perfect for them. It’s just a matter of thinking outside the litter box. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.


BREATHE EASIER Try These Tips for Better Workouts


t’s easy to take breathing for granted. But tune in to your breath—when, say, halfway through a sun salutation or headed for a finish line—and you’ll find that it not only feeds muscles fresh oxygen, but also indicates whether it’s time to increase the intensity of the activity. To get the most out of every breath, follow these exercise tips from acknowledged experts.


With closed lips, breathe in sharply and deeply through the nose. Then purse the lips as if trying to blow out a candle and exhale through the mouth. While running, breathe in for one step and out for two. “The rapid inhale and slower exhale in this technique fills lungs from the bottom,” explains Danny Dreyer, author of ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running. “Breathing exercises help take in more air when inhaling and empty lungs completely when exhaling. Muscles receive more glycogen, which lowers the chances of their cramping up.”


Use the Hindu breathing method called ujjayi, in which the lungs are fully expanded. First, inhale once with the mouth open, and then exhale the same way, making a “Ha,” sound. Then close your mouth and continue making the same sound while inhaling and exhaling through the nose (it will resemble the rushing sound that Darth Vader makes in Star Wars movies). “Your breathing is the barometer of all your poses,” says Elena Brower, founder and co-owner of Virayoga, in

New York City. If you’re gasping for air, back out of the pose. “Always give preference to deeper breathing over deeper postures,” advises Brower. This controlled breathing technique is largely responsible for the yoga buzz that helps keep students coming back for more.

Strength Training

Exhale through the mouth when lifting weights and inhale through the nose when lowering them. As a rule of thumb, take two seconds to raise weights and three to four seconds to lower them. “Focusing on your breath keeps your brain in the game, so you’re more likely to pay attention to overall form,” says Tom Holland, an exercise physiologist, personal trainer and fitness consultant in Darien, Connecticut.


“The key to breathing on a bike is to go in through the nose and out through the mouth, and to be as relaxed as possible,” Holland counsels. As intensity increases on climbs or long rides, breathe more forcefully—deeper, quicker inhalations through the nose and rapid exhalations through the mouth. “The more relaxed your breathing is, the more relaxed your entire body will be,” says Holland. “Relaxed breathing conserves energy, prevents fatigue and improves endurance.” Using forceful breaths when you’re tired also sends more energizing oxygen to muscles to help counter fatigue. Source: Women’s Health online © 2012 Rodale Inc. All rights reserved; used with permission.

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Breathing Room Center

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271 Grove Ave, Building C Verona, NJ 07044 973-783-1036 Styles: Iyengar, Vinyasa, Anusara, Gentle/Restorative, Pre-Natal, Mommy & Me, Chair

735 Rt 94 Newton, NJ 07860 973-896-0030 Hatha, Chair, Children’s, Teacher Training, Meditation, QiGong, Belly Dance, Hooping, Nia, Art & Theater

Bright Heart Yoga 1225 Sussex Tpke. Randolph, NJ 07869 973-715-6529 Styles: Anusara, Restorative, Vinyasa, Therapeutics, Boot Camp, Hatha

Kula Yoga & Wellness 25 Main St. Stanhope, NJ 07874 973-347-KULA (5852) Vinyasa, Beginner, Anusara, Pre-Natal, Restorative, Massage, Meditation, Floatation, Reiki

Yoga & Meditation Center of Montclair 292 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042 973-746-6707 Styles: Classical Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Meditation, Yamuna Body Rolling, Gentle & Restorative Yoga 34

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 Reiki Level I Certification—1–7pm. Reiki is an ancient healing practice started in Japan that balances energy to harmonize the body and promote good health. Manual & certificate included. Preregister. $125. The Huna Healing Center, 23 Diamond Spring Rd, Suite 5, Denville. HunaHealingCenter@yahoo. com. Your Apothecary Kitchen—1:30–3pm. Sample a nourishing tea and learn to make an infused oil, a soothing salve and a stimulating liniment for sore muscles. As a bonus, sample a medicinal liqueur — herbal remedies need not be boring! Attendees take home a sample salve and liniment. $35. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside. 201650-7500. Inner Anger— Childhood Anger — Burning Fire—4–6pm. Join Kundalini yoga teachers Bir Akal Kaur and Harijot Singh Khalsa for this powerful workshop. Learn how to recognize, conquer and release anger. See website for details. $25 pre/$30 day of. Aquarian Yoga Center, 641 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair. 908-884-4984.

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 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. $55. Bloomfield Hypnosis Counseling Center, 554 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. 908-996-3311. Pilates for Executives—6pm. Stretches and postural cues to alleviate back pain, neck pain and tension as well as simple exercises to incorporate into your day while you are working. $17. PRO Pilates at PRO Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. 973-895-9925. 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. $55. Bloomfield Hypnosis Counseling Center, 554 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield. 908-996-3311.



Meditation Mini-Retreat—12:30–5pm. Join John Welshons for an oasis of calm in a turbulent world. Discover the infinite reservoir of peace within. $60. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Suite 215, Madison. 973-966-5311. Staff@StudioYogaNJ. com.

T’ai Chi—5–5:45pm. T’ai Chi for balance, strength, and health. Learn these graceful flowing movements and gain inner and outer well-being. All levels welcome. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave, Morristown.

Holiday Fair and Open House—2–5pm. Find great gifts for the holidays offered by local vendors of health, beauty and wellness products and services. Free admission. The Wellness Center of Northwest

savethedate SOUL SHAMANISM: BE WHOLE WITH YOUR LIFE, BODY AND SOUL Saturday and Sunday, December 1 & 2, 10am to 5pm 18 Bank St, Morristown, NJ 07960 • 973-647-2500 Shamanism is a way to live from direct knowledge. In this practice from Siberia you will be initiated and explore your inner space that directly reflects your body and entire multidimensional life. You will join with your other half-your spirit twin and find home in you body and soul. This practice offers you profound healing and knowing and you will never feel alone again. With Shaman Janet StraightArrow. $325. $300 Prepaid by November 21.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 Earth Gong Bath with Marco Dolce—7–8:30pm. A sacred sound immersion that induces spontaneous meditation and facilitates the movement of positive life energy throughout the body. Promotes healing and awakens the consciousness for transformation. $25. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St.,

savethedate 5TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S SELF-CARE RETREAT January 18-20, 2013 Quellen Spiritual Center, Mendham, NJ Retreat includes gentle yoga (no experience necessary), green body care lesson with Dr. Desai, your choice of creative or contemplative movement, singing bowl meditation with Sandee, intuitive listening lesson, group discussion and therapeutic massage or reiki treatments available for an additional fee. Delicious meals are also a part of your rejuvenation. or

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 Touch For Health Level 1 class—9am–6pm. 15CE class for massage therapists, nurses, lay-people. 16-hr Touch for Health course. Kinesiology muscle testing. $350 includes manual, 15 CEu certificate. Stanhope, 973-908-8342.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 Rest SHOP Rejuvenate!—11am–3pm. Shop for the holidays without the traffic and crowds; buy unique, handcrafted products from local artisans; listen to amazing live performers and follow it all up with your favorite hot beverage and a little massage or bodywork. Free; attendance helps support local businesses, artists and musicians. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave. Rockaway. 973-886-4186. Advanced Yoga Teacher Training: Yoga for Cancer—12 noon–8pm, and Sunday, Dec.9, 12noon–8pm. $300 tuition. Join Nancy Candea, CYT, eRYT from Kula for Karma.To register, call

savethedate SOUND THERAPY INFORMATION SESSION Wednesday, January 23, 7–9 p.m. THE DAVIS CENTER, 19 State Rt. 10 E, Ste 25, Succasunna, NJ; TheDavisCenter. com. Specializing in sound-based therapies for learning, development and wellness. All disabilities, all ages, all wellness challenges. Make positive change with sound therapy. We use The Davis Model of Sound Intervention and offer a Diagnostic Evaluation for Therapy Protocol to determine if, when, how long, and in what order the many sound-based therapies can be appropriately applied. Recognized as the world’s premier sound therapy center. Offering AIT, Tomatis, BioAcoustics and more. In office or at home programs available. Experience our powerful Sound Relaxation Water Bed! Discover how sound changes the energy of the body for a more balanced life! Call 862-251-4637;

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New Moon Celebration & Healing Gong— 7–9:15pm. Celebrate the new moon and plant new seeds for prosperity. See website for details; save with special lunar packages. $20 pre/$25 door. AquarianYoga Center, 641 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair. 908-884 4984. Info@AquarianYogaCenter. com.



Readings with Michael Zaikowski—1—9:30pm. Michael is a clairvoyant spiritual counselor and teacher specializing in tarot, sidereal astrology and mediumship with more than 20 years of experience. By appointment. $30 for 15 minutes. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside. 201-400-4669.

Healing Circle—7:30–9:30pm. Denise A. Saracco, jaguar shaman, divine channel leads a circle for those in need of healing physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. 862-268-3213. $30. The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Rd, Ste. 107, Newton.

Freedom For Birth—7–9pm. View this landmark film about a woman’s right to choose her birth plan, followed by discussion. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. Suggested donation $10. or BreathingRoomCenter. com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Spiritual Reading Circle—6:30–8pm. Come and practice your psychic abilities. Give and receive readings. This gathering will be held with a minimum of 6 people. Preregister. $10. The Huna Healing Center, 23 Diamond Spring Rd, Suite 5, Denville. Reiki Intro Circle—8–9pm. Learn about the simple energy of Reiki and how it can help you transform your life. A guided meditation and a personal dose of Reiki will help you relax and energize, getting you through your holiday stress! Open to the public, all questions are welcome. $10 suggested donation. Miriam’s Well Healing LLC, 460 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 207, Montclair. 917-202-0475.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 Holiday Feng Shui Workshops with Mei Jin Lu— 2–6pm. Prepare your home for the holidays with a fresh energy to create good luck going forward. Covers your family room (relationship harmony), bedroom (love), office and meditation/altar rooms (career advancement, mental clarity). $55.Artistic Impression Studio, 100 Morris Ave, Boonton. Info@

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22 Holiday Performance by Grammy Nominee 13 Hands—8–10pm. The 13 Hands Holiday Performance, Hare Hare Ho Down, Better Than Egg Nog, Christmas & Kirtan collection Performance by Dalien, aka 13 Hands, Grammy nominee. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave. Rockaway, $20, pre-ticket sale. 973-9857548.

Happy Holidays

“Healthy and Healing Meals for Busy People” • Active families save 10 hours each week  and enjoy healthier meals. • Working closely with Nutritionist and  Chiropractors on special diets. • Will do the food shopping and cook healthy  meals for you. • Experience nourishment from the heart.  All foods are prepared with love. • Great sources for organic produce. • Cooking Classes, Dinner Parties, and Meal  Planning also available. • Specialize in Gluten Free Raw foods and  Macrobiotic foods. • Dietary plans for cardio-vascular diseases/ weight loss

from Natural Awakenings! May This Season Bring You Blessings and Fill Your Heart with Peace and Harmony.

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sunday Summit Unitarian Worship Service—9:30 and 11:15am throughout the regular church year. The Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908-273-3245. Prenatal Yoga—9–10:15am. For the Mother Goddess and her growing baby! $18 drop-in or class package. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. Fresh Freedom Call Ministry—9:30am–3pm. This nonprofit organization ministers and serves lunch to more than 75 people each week at Fresh Anointing International Church, 23–25 Washington St (corner of James St.), Newark. or call 973-713-2145. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship—Worship services at 10am. Children and Youth Religious Education at 9am. 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-540-1177, ext. 201. Institute for Spiritual Development—10am. First and third Sundays. Psychic and spiritual development & healing. Masonic Lodge #93, 170 Main Street, Madison. 973-437-4370. Center for Spiritual Living~Morristown—11am Sunday Celebration and Youth Program, followed by refreshments at noon in Friendship Hall. 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Unity of SussexCounty—11am Sunday Celebration and Youth Program, followed by fellowship in Wakeman Hall. 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-3836277. Drum Jam—3–5pm Third Sundays. Open to all; beginners to experienced musicians. Some gather for spiritual reasons, others for an opportunity to socialize or try something different. $10 donation. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave. Rockaway, 973-985-7548. Free Community Yoga Classes—4–5pm Free; donations appreciated. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Rt. 10 W., Denville. 973-343-2848. AA Meeting (O-B-ST)—8pm Sundays. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

monday Strength Training—11–11:45am. A class for toning and strengthening muscles. Perfect for bone-health: Love your muscles AND your bones. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave, Morristown.

3937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St, Chester. Restorative Yoga—3:30–4:15pm. Restore, relax, and unwind. This is a deepening centering yoga class for bringing you back to your calmest self. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown. Monday Night Meditation Circle—7–8pm. Every Monday. Relax and recharge with Reiki Master Victoria at Monday Night Meditation @ Evolve Restorative Therapy. Feel the healing energy flow! Evolve Restorative Therapy, 523 Westfield Ave., 3rd Floor, Westfield. 908-361-6376. Tai Chi & Qigong—7pm Mondays. All levels. Featuring Qigong for energy, Sun Style Tai Chi, and meditations for health. Institute for Spiritual Development, 15 Sparta Ave., Sparta. More info at 973-786-6466 or Essential Wisdom—7–9pm. Meditation and Philosophy Class: A gathering of like-minded individuals exploring a body/mind/spirit approach to healing and staying healthy. Suggested Donation $15. Succasunna, NJ. (973) 585-4660 Reiki in the Salt Room—7–8:30pm Second and fourth Mondays. Enjoy Reiki in the salt room; includes guided meditation, intro to Reiki, chair treatments, and a few minutes of salt therapy. $20. Register at or 908-665-0333. Respira Salt Wellness Center, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights.

Psychic Mediumship—7–9pm First three Mondays. Gather with an individual or up to five family members to contact the energy of your loved ones who have passed away. Bring a digital recorder. Held in Netcong. Call 908-852-4635 to register. Garry@ Psychic Development Class—7–9pm Last Monday of the month. $10. Held in Netcong. Call 908-852-4635 to register. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm Mondays. Unity of Montclair, 84 Orange Rd., Montclair. $10 suggested donation. Contact Connie at 973-239-8402 for details. Psychic Readings with Sue—7:30–9pm Mondays. Call 908-879-3937 to schedule an appt. Held at The Art of the Heart at 15 Perry St., Chester. Law of Attraction Meeting—7:30–9pm First Mondays. 973-383-6847 or Cindy@FreshLookonLife. com. Fresh Look on Life, 31 Rt. 206, Suite 3, Augusta.

tuesday Astrology Classes—Weekly Astrology Classes in Livingston. Also available for private reading and tutoring. For more info, call Eytan at 973-985-8845. Chair Yoga—7am. Enjoy the benefits of yoga while sitting on a chair. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5776. Christpaths—9:30am–12pm. Second Tuesdays. Monthly spiritual sharing and practice group. Christ

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Pilates Sculpt—Noon–1pm. Try your first class for free. 973-895-9925. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. Pilateswithamy@verzon. net. Noontime Energy Enhancing Blasts of Qigong with Sal Canzonieri—Noon–1pm Mondays. Lunchtime energy healing. Register at 908-879-

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Church, Short Hills Yearly tuition: $175. Christ Church, 66 Highland Ave, Short Hills. 908-277-2120. White Oak Yoga—9:30–10:45am or 5:45–7pm Mixed level. $10 or $50 for six classes. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., 973-729-1900. Awareness through Movement Classes with Diane Bates—12:30, 2:00 and 4:30 pm. Tuesdays. Ease pain, improve posture, prevent injury, increase energy and reduce stress. $15. Held at 24 Elm St., Room 1, Morristown. Call 973-5348122 or email for more info. Gentle Yoga Plus Class—1:15–2 pm. For those new to Yoga. Sign up online at or call 973-895-2003. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 E., Randolph. Prenatal Yoga—4:15–5pm. A well-rounded combination of strengthening, endurance and flexibility work for a happy and healthy mom-to-be. Please bring a note from your MD indicating that you are cleared to participate. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave, Morristown.

The Spirit Gathering Church—7:15pm Tuesdays. Prayer, energy healing, discussion, meditation and mediumship. Facilitated by Rev. Susan C. Nigra, CHt. Held in the rear of Yoga West, 86 Main St., Succasunna. Donations appreciated. 973-691-9244 or 973-876-2449. The Morris Music Men Quartet—7:30pm Tuesdays. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 300 Shunpike Rd., Chatham. Sing and socialize. Newcomers always welcome. 877-808-8697. North American Butterfly Association—7:30pm First Tuesdays. Frelinghuysen Arboretum Education Center, 53 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown. 973-326-7600. Restorative Yoga—7:30pm Tuesdays. Community House, Madison. Contact for schedule and details. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Garwood. Call Betsy Zipkin at 732-469-0234. Book Study Group—7:30–9pm Held at Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. More info: 973-383-6277.

Kindergarten Yoga Class 4:30–5:15pm Tuesdays. More info at 973-9440555. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 18 Elm St. Morristown.

The Gathering—7:30–9:30pm First and third Tuesdays. Worship Service with Christina Lynn Whited. Offering of $10–$20 requested. Call 908-638-9066 to register. Circle of Intention, 76 Main St., High Bridge.

Girl’s Yoga Class—5:30–6:30pm Tuesdays. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown.973-944-0555.


Strength Training—6–6:45pm. Stronger muscles can help build stronger bones, and in this class we will strengthen and tone all the large muscle groups for a stronger you. $10. Healthy Lifestyles, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown. SMART Recovery—6:30–8pm Tuesdays. Secular, science-based recovery group for support and assistance with all forms of addictive behavior. Free. Roxbury Twp. Library. 201-774-8323. Monthly Archangel Meditation & Message Circle with Judy Toma—7pm. Every 2nd Tuesday. Goddess in Eden, 20 Church St., Montclair (Inside Blu Lotus). 973-919-3600 to register. $20. Meditation—7–8pm Tuesdays. Beginners and advanced are welcome to join a weekly guided meditation. Aquarian Sun Healing and Learning Center, 212A Main St., Lincoln Park. Donation: $10.00. Call or email Suzanne@AquarianSun. net before 5pm Tuesday to reserve a spot. 973-686-9100. Level 1 Hatha Yoga—7:30pm. Includes a wide range of yoga poses, breath awareness, alignments, relaxation, and meditation. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5776. Meditation—7–7:30pm Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277. Reiki Circle for Everyone—7–8:30pm First Tuesdays. Learn more about this natural healing modality or brush up on your skills. By donation. Andrea Grace at the Center for Natural Healing, Kings Plaza, Upper Level, 430 Springfield Ave., Ste. 209, Berkeley Heights.908-963-7911. Debtors Anonymous Meeting—7–8:30pm Tuesdays. 12-step meeting for those dealing with debt, overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1 E. Oak St. 877-717-3328 or

White Oak Center Organic Co-Op—Every other Wednesday. Delivered by Albert’s Organics. Membership $20, then $35 bimonthly. White Oak Center, 33 Woodport Rd., Sparta. For more info, contact Brian Trautz at 973-729-1900 or Free 8-Week Vinyasa Yoga—-9:15am–10:15am. First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, 37 Church Mall Rd, Springfield. Reserve: 973-379-4320. Ptspin@ Chakra Yoga with Chant and Tibetan Yoga—9:30–10:45am Wednesdays. Westfield Yoga, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. Call 908-232-1355 for details. Yoga for Women’s Health—9:30–10:45am. Poses to help you better address menstruation, menopause, pelvic floor issues, and basic back care. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 208, 2nd Fl., Glen Ridge. Vinyasa Yoga with Katarina (Kat) Baresic—11am Wednesdays. Mixed level (Beginner/Intermediate). Yoga West Holistic Center, 86 Main St., Succasunna. 973-584-6664. Healing Meditations with Rev. Frankie—Noon. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Free. 973-539-3333. Cardio/Pilates Apparatus Circuit—Noon. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. 973-895-9925. Healing Touch Sessions with Maureen Mahoney—1:30pm–4:30pm. By appointment. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside. 973-543-6329. Yoga Pilates Fusion—3:30–4:15pm. This class combines yoga and Pilates, leaving you calm, refreshed, invigorated and toned. $10. Healthy Lifestyles, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave, Morristown. Restorative Yoga—4:30–5:15pm. A great class for unwinding and relaxing. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave, Morristown. Chi Kung (Qigong) for Women—5:30–6:30pm meets every week in Verona to practice gentle, relaxing, and healing movement. All ages and levels welcome. Info and directions at 973-857-9536. Guided Meditation & Chanting—6–7pm Westfield Yoga Studio, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. $14 per class or $72 for 6. Preregister at 908-232-1355. Mat Pilates Mixed Levels Class— 6:15–7:10 pm. Traditional mat exercises with props. or call 973-895-2003. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 E., Randolph. Beginner Yoga Adult Class—6:30–7:30pm Wednesdays. Drop-in, $20. 4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130; New student 2 sessions for $20. More


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895-2003. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 E., Randolph.

Yoga as Medicine—6:15–7:30pm Explore the interface of Hatha Yoga and ayurvedic medicine. All levels welcome. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 208, 2nd Fl., Glen Ridge.

Yoga with Kathleen Margiotta—8–9am Thursdays. Held at The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside. For more info and to register, email

Adult Yoga Class—6:30–7:30pmWednesdays. Drop-in, $25. 4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130; New student 3 sessions, $45. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294.

Morning Chi Kung (Qigong)—8:30–9:15am. All welcome. Movement is simple and adjustable to your needs. The WAE Center at Temple B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, W. Orange. 973-857-9536.

Women’s Healing Circle—7–9pm First Wednesdays. Support, share, bond and attain deep peace through guided meditation. Led by Lindsey Sass. Preregister at 973-714-0765. $30. The Healing Center, 142 Main St., Bloomingdale.

Beginner Yoga Adult Class 10–11am Thursdays. Drop-in, $20. 4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130; New student 2 sessions for $20. More info at 973-9440555. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 18 Elm St. Morristown.

Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Support Group of Morristown—7–9pm First Wednesdays, except July and August. Support for patients and their families. Speakers. 973-219-8092 or wen5500@hotmail. com. 95 Madison Ave., Suite 109A, Morristown.

Be the Medicine ~ Refresh, Renew and Reclaim You—10am–Noon. Second and fourth Thursdays. Deep meditation, teachings and tools to live your life. $35. Must register at 973-647-2500. Janet StraightArrow, 18 Bank St., Suite 300, Morristown.

Wednesday Night Meditation Series—7–8:15pm. $25 each or discount for 4 or more prepaid. Be The Medicine, 18 Bank Street, Morristown. 973-6472500. Introduction to Soto Zen Practice—7:15pm Hands-on instruction and explanation for seated and walking meditation. Dharma talk and discussion. By donation. Rev. Shofu Keegan, Empty Hand Zen Group, 22 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair. 908-6728782. A Course in Miracles Study Group—7:15–9pm Westfield Yoga Studio, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. $10. Call in advance 908-232-1355. The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network—7:30pm First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. Women’s Interest Group—7:30–9:30 pm every other Wednesday. Call to confirm date. Speak to women about, health, marital, family and personal issues. Detailed Information listed on, 43 Powhatatan Way, Hackettstown. 908-850-8778. International Folk Dancing—7:30–11pm Wednesdays. First hour dedicated to beginners and new dances. Mountain Lakes Community Church, 48 Briarcliff Rd., Mountain Lakes. $5. 973-627-4386 or 973-539-7020 or 973-635-4913. AA Meeting (O-B-ST)—8pm Wednesdays. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford. Reiki Circle—8–9pm Wednesdays. Gentle intro to Reiki, guided meditation and Reiki sample. Questions welcome. $10 suggested donation. Miriam’s Well Healing, 460 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 207, Montclair 917-202-0475. MiriamsWellHealing@

thursday Body Sculpt Class—8–8:50 am. Total body toning and conditioning. or 973-

Yoga Pilates Fusion—12–12:45pm. A lunch-time class that brings together the best of yoga and Pilates for a balanced workout. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave, Morristown. Beginner Yoga Adult Class—11am–noon. Thursdays. Drop-ins, $20; 4 sessions, $65; 8 sessions, $120. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Healthy Food Prep Classes with Phyllis Deering—Noon. Third Thursdays. Learn about delicious and healthy food preparation. $25; 4 for $75. Contact Marnie at Mountain Lakes Organic Co-op, LLC, 10 Vale Dr., Mountain Lakes. 973-335-4469. Lunch & Learn—Noon–1pm Thursdays. $10. Register at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St, Chester. Women’s Heart Support Group—1–2pm. Support group especially for women, run by a holistic RN, offering education and support for those diagnosed with heart disease or treated for heart issues. $10. Healthy Lifestyles, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown. White Oak Yoga—4:15–5:15pm Gentle Yoga. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., 973-729-1900.

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Evening Yoga Series—6:15pm–7:30pm. For adults. All levels yoga series. Advance registration and monthly payment is required; Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-228-8776. Prenatal Yoga—6:30–7:45 pm. With Patricia Videgain. Nourish yourself and your baby through the practice of yoga postures, breathing and relaxation. New Students: $67 for 5 classes. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd, Suite 215, Madison. 973-966-5311. Parent/Child Yoga 6:30–7:30pm Thursdays. More info at 973-944-0555. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 18 Elm St. Morristown.

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Guided Astral Travel—6:30–7:15pm. Third Thursdays. For people who want to increase mental ability, have control of their dreams and create the consciousness that brings them mastery in their lives. $15. Sacred Light Center, 313 Main St., Boonton. 973-784-4211.

Be The Medicine ~ Apprentice To You—7–9:30pm First and third Thursdays. Tools are taught to awaken you to live purposefully and freely. For healers, teachers, spiritual seekers. Janet StraightArrow, Be The Medicine, 18 Bank St., Suite 300, Morristown. 973-647-2500.

Reiki Share—6:30–9pm. Fourth Thursdays. Experience Reiki’s healing touch by giving or receiving. All welcome. Free. Aquarian Sun, 212A Main Street, Lincoln Park. 973-686-9100. Suzanne@

Express Yoga—7:15pm. Designed to take the kinks and stress out of your day in only 45 minutes. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph 973-866-5776. DrSimon@

Free NIA—7–8pm Thursdays. $12/class; first class free. Contact Alina at or Breathing Room Center, LLC, 735 Rte. 94, Newton.

Taking Control of Your Own Health and Wealth— 7:30pmThursdays. Discover the difference between opportunity and success. Free. RSVP: 908-461-0141 or 35 W. Main St., Denville.

iwc Women’s Group—7–8:30pm. Thursdays. Therapeutic discussion group led by licensed professional counselor processing all life issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, divorce, life transition, stress, aging, care-giving etc. iwc for medical, mind and body. 401 Rt. 24 Chester. Call for information 908-879-8700.

Western Mystery Study—7:30–8:15pm. Sacred Light Western Mystery Circle. Third Thursdays. We share knowledge and discuss ideas. We are open to qualified seekers who wish to transform their lives for the better. $10. Sacred Light Center, 313 Main St., Boonton, 973-917-3500.

Hypnosis & NLP Certification—7–9pm. Become a Certified Hypnotherapist & NLP Practitioner. Eleven separate classes and the convenience of paying per class, or do certification separate. First 5 for NLP and last 6 for Hypnotherapist. Huna Healing Center, 23 Diamond Spring Road, Suite 5, Denville. HunaHealingCenter@ 973-224-6773. Feng Shui Specialized Workshops—7pm. Continue to clarify how you want to create your life, clear clutter and find prosperity. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside. 201-400-4669. The Sussex County Chapter of Holistic Moms— 7pm. Second Thursdays. Free. Held at Holy Counselor Lutheran Church, 68 Sand Hill Rd., Sussex. 973-347-1246. Sacred Light Circle of Intention, Prayer, Meditation, and Healing—7–9 pm, first and third Thursdays. Suggested offering, $11.DivineAlchemy111@gail. com or 973-366-8765. Held at Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave. Rockaway, RestStopRejuvenate. com.973-985-7548.

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Support Group Meeting—7:30–9pm. We follow the ASCA meeting format and our goal is mutual support in a gentle and nonjudgmental environment. or The Morristown Chapter of ASCA, Church of the Redeemer, 36 South St., Morristown. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Summit. Betsy Zipkin. 732-469-0234. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm Second Thursdays. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277. Gentle Yoga—8pm. An effective approach to develop flexibility and strength and encourage deep relaxation. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph 973-866-5776. DrSimon@ Trump Network Presentation—8pm Thursdays. Timing is the key to success. Held at Jersey Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 35 W. Main St., Suite 202, Denville. RSVP 908-461-0141. Office: 973625-7800. Gentle Yoga with Daniella Hurley—8pm. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5224.

friday Fit Body Class—8–8:50 am. Express cardio workout with weights. or 973895-2003. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 E., Randolph. Morning Yoga Series—9:30am–10:45am. For adults. All levels yoga series. Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-228-8776. Healing Chi Kung (Qigong) Meditation—9:30– 11am, Standing and seated meditation practiced, Chi Kung principals and theory taught. Blu Lotus, 20 Church St., Montclair. Call before attending first class. 973-857-9536.


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Morning Meditation—10–11am Fridays. Held at The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. RSVP at 908879-3937. More info at Meditation in the Salt Room—10–11am. Mindfulness-based stress reduction and other meditation techniques. Bring a meditation pillow or sit in one of our chairs. RSVP required. 908-665-0333 or $15. Respira Salt Wellness Center, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting—10:30am– Noon. 12-step group to support those losing weight or wishing to maintain long-term weight loss. Free. Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 75 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls. Call before attending to confirm with Angie: 973-794-3443. Zumba—11am Fridays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301. Yoga—Noon. Fridays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301. Ongoing Qigong with Sal Canzonieri—Noon Fridays. Held at The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. Call Sue at 908-879-3937 for pricing & more info. Body Tuning with Certified Soma Energetic Therapist Tracey Revak—1:30–4:30pm Fridays. Experience deep relaxation and rebalance your chakras. By appt. Held at The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside. TheRoomAbove.6@gmail. com. Contact Tracey at or 908-296-5631. Debtors Anonymous Meeting—5:30–6:30pm 12step meeting for those dealing with debt, overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Redeemer Church, 37 Newton Sparta Rd., Newton. 877-717-3328. Healing Sanctuary—7pm Third Fridays. Experience an evening of quiet meditation and healing. Open to all. Free. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 127 Broad St., Washington. 908-362-6360. Messages from the Other Side—7–9pm Third Fridays. Held at Eleven on Main Café, 11 Main St., High Bridge. Must register at 908-638-8888 or ElevenOnMain@ $10 includes coffee or tea. Sponsored by Circle of Intention. Reiki Share—7–9pm Fridays. Join with other Reiki practitioners and experience working on others. Suggested donation $10-$15. Divine Inspirations Bookstore, 217 Franklin Ave., Nutley. 973-5625844. Chanting & Drumming Circle—7:15–9pm Fridays. Bring your drum or call to reserve one of ours. $5 donation. Refreshments available. Westfield Yoga, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. 908-232-1355. AA Meeting—7:30pm St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555. Friday Liberation Arts—7:30–9pm $15. Second Fridays. Lightly structured percussion and dance circle that evolves into musical improv theater. Bring instruments, sing, perform expressive dance, or recite a poem to themes. Sacred Light Center, 313 Main St, Boonton. 973-917-3500.

Evening of Prayer and Healing—7:30-9:30pm Third Fridays. Join the Universal Healing family to heal all life on this planet and in this solar system, galaxy and universe. Bring finger foods to share. Growing Consciousness, 54 Canfield Rd., Morristown. Free. 973-292-5090. A Course in Miracles—8pm every other Friday. Contact June at 973-366-4455. The Minstrel—8–11pm Fridays. Concert series. Refreshments served. Admission $7; children 12 and under free. 973-335-9489. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Al-Anon Meeting—8–9:30pm Center for Practical Spirituality – Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

saturday Essential Pilates—8am. Weekly. Try out a class for free at our award-winning studio. “Best in NJ 2011 & 2012!” Call to register: 973-895-9925. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. Coffee House—Second Saturdays. Call for time. Performances by one or more musical groups, or open mic performances by singers, poets, and comedians. Modest entrance fee. Summit Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908-273-3245. Adult Yoga—7:45am Saturdays. Drop-in, $25; 4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130; New student 3 sessions, $45. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. TheWholeChildNJ@ Gentle Yoga—7:45am. An effective approach to develop flexibility and strength and encourage deep relaxation. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5776. DrSimon@ RandolphPRWC.

Prenatal Yoga—9am–10:15pm. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave, Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. T’ai Chi Ch’uan—9–9:45am. Saturdays and Thursdays. $12 each or buy 10 classes for $100. Sacred Light Center, 313 Main St., Boonton. 973-917-3500. Threads of Consciousness: Weaving the Tapestry of Our Lives Through Writing—9:30–11:30am. First Saturdays through Dec. Monthly writing circle. $50 for series. Interweave, 31 Woodland Ave. (in Calvary Episcopal Church’s Parish House), Summit. 908-277-2120.

Psychic Saturday—Noon–3pm First Saturday. Psychic/tarot Readings. $20/15 mins. $45/30 mins. Cassette tape of reading. Soul Journey, 194 Main St., Butler. 973-838-6564. Integrated Yoga for Boys—1:15–2pm Saturdays. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Chow and Zen Healing Arts Center Saturday Sampler—Third Saturdays. Call for hours. Samples of healing modalities: art, massage, healthy eating, etc. Singing crystal bowl circle at 4pm. 14 Bridge St., Blairstown. 908-362-1900 or Nikki@ Free; Singing Bowl Circle, $15.

Tasting Life Twice: A Monthly Writing Circle—9:30–11:30am. Come to one session, or come to all. $20 drop-in. Interweave, 31 Woodland Ave (2nd Floor of Calvary Episcopal Church’s Parish Office), Summit. 908-277-2120.

Swingin’ Tern—8–11pm; Beginners’ Workshop, 7:30pm. First and third Saturdays. Contra and square dancing to live music. $10 adults/$5 students with ID. The First Presbyterian Church, 14 Hanover Rd., E. Hanover. 973-295-6864.

Overeaters Anonymous Meeting—10:15am– 12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335 1717.

Drum Circle—7:30–9:30pm Second Saturdays. $15. Fluted meditation, shamanic drumming, healing chance, singing bowl, Celtic Harp and transcendental vocals. Sacred Light Center, 313 Main St., Boonton. 973-917-3500.

Nia—11am Saturdays. Nia offers light cardio, strength and flexibility movement blending dance, healing and martial arts. Yoga West, 86 Main St., Succasunna. 973-584-6664.

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Integrated Yoga for Girls—11:15am–12:15pm Saturdays. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Meditation and Visualization Class—11:30sm– 12:15pm. Learn visualization techniques and gain access to tools that will allow you to achieve a deep and meaningful meditation practice. $5. Body & Brain Yoga Meditation Center, 241 North Ave West, Westfield. 908-301-9642.

White Oak Yoga—8–9am Mixed level. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., Sparta. 973-729-1900.

Mat Pilates Plus Class—Noon–1 pm. IntermediateAdvanced Pilates on the mat with flow and props. or 973-895-2003. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 E., Randolph.

“Men Who Care” Men’s Meeting—8:30–10am First Saturdays. 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973539-3114.

Hatha 1 Yoga—12:15pm. Yoga for You, LLC, Olde Lafayette Village, Building J, Rtes. 15 & 94 intersection, Lafayette. 973-714-4462.

New Hope Pet Rescue, Inc.—Rescue group looking to rehome dogs and cats. NewHopePetRescue@ Randolph Animal Pound—Adopt your new best friend. Sussex Tpk. and Morris Tpk. in Randolph. 973-989-7090. Pet Adoption—Noah’s Ark, 1915 Rte. 46 W., Ledgewood. 973-347-0378. Angel Paws Pet Adoption—Adopt or sponsor a cat. Inman Ave. &West St., Colonia. 732-340-1199.

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Ann Ochs has more than eight years experience as a colon hydrotherapist. She holds an advanced certification from the International Association of Colon Therapists (I-ACT), is certified by the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, and is a certified body ecologist. Living Waters offers the Angel of Water®, an advanced colon hydrotherapy system, designed to offer the ultimate in privacy and dignity. The Center is under the medical direction of Kristine Profeta-Gedroic, MD, FAAFP. Call today for an appointment. See ad on page 29.


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Hilary D. Bilkis, MS, CST CranioSacral Therapy • SomatoEmotional Release Work • Visceral Mobility Energy Healing Office located in: The Abbey 355 Madison Ave. • Morristown, NJ 07960 973-479-2229 •

During a hands-on bodywork session, Hilary uniquely blends CranioSacral therapy with other healing modalities to alleviate chronic pain, headaches, stress and accumulated tension from the client’s body. The client benefits from the treatments on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Using her intuitive abilities, Hilary facilitates and encourages the body’s self-healing process by removing restrictions in the connective tissue, removing energy blockages and stored emotion, and clearing soul programming. All of which may be affecting the clients health, ability to feel peaceful, centered and empowered in their lives. Take the first step on your healing journey and call today for an appointment.


212 A Main Street, Lincoln Park, NJ 07035 973-686-9100 •

Under the direction of Dr. Suhail S. Jarroush, PhD, DCH., Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Ancient Healing Arts, and Ms. Suzanne Bini, RSMT, Reiki Seichim Master Teacher, the staff of the Aquarian Sun Healing and Learning Center, a place of peace and knowledge, will help you heal your body, engage the power of your mind, feed your soul, release your stress, relieve your pains, eliminate your anxieties, purge your fears and gain control of your life without relying solely on prescribed medicine or over-the-counter drugs. Call us now. You are not alone in this struggle. We can help you. Visit our website for more information on our specialized combinations of ancient and modern healing techniques, workshops and self-awareness classes.

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Experience Profound Healing, Learning and Solutions. StraightArrow’s 45 years of research and practice in mind-body-spirit medicine with renowned teachers from around the world, brings a full tool bag and expertise in each transformative session and class. Integrative Healer and Coach, Shaman, Spiritual Guide, Mentor to Healers, Soul Retrievals, Reiki Master, Training and Ceremonies. See ad on p. 28.


Alternative Healing & Spiritual School of Enlightenment Lisa Bellini, CPT 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Suite 9 Denville, NJ 07834 908-963-2628 •

Lisa is dedicated to helping people raise their vibration and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing. Lisa connects with clients from her heart and without judgment. Lisa is a graduate & Guide of the 7th Ray Mystery School & Certified RM, CPT, Ordained Minister, Hypnotherapist, NLP, Past Life Regr. Uniting ancient wisdom with modern modalities. See ad on page 13.


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Our mission is to guide each individual in uncovering and healing the root of emotional and physical diseases by offering healing and guidance that assists on all levels— physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Beyond healing services, we teach techniques to integrate healing, transformation and connection to one’s Higher Self, empowering each individual with the tools needed to achieve Holistic Wellness in everyday life. See ad on page 24.



Lory Sison-Coppola Reiki Master, Past Life Regressionist, Huna, Crystal Children Advocate, Readings 23 Diamond Spring Road, Suite 5 Denville, NJ 07834 973-224-6773

The Center offers different modalities that will raise your Spiritual Awareness, heighten your vibrations. We are dedicated to understanding and providing for those with specific needs. Classes, Certifications, Healing sessions, readings and counseling are offered. See ad on page 31.


Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, Digestive Health Expert, Yoga Teacher • Body in Mind 140 Morris Street • Morristown, NJ 07960 201-787-4950

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Dianne combines health counseling and lifestyle coaching to create a program that is customized to your needs. She will help you to make gradual, lifelong changes that enable you to reach your current and future health goals. Offering private sessions in person or via phone, group programs and cooking classes. See ad on page 19.


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Nutritionist Dian Freeman and staff nutritionists LuAnn Peters & Brenda Woodruff of Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown, NJ, offer private nutritional consultations, Applied Kinesiology and Ondamed biofeedback sessions. Dian also teaches classes and a nutritional certification course in preparation for the national Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC) exam. Also, to address energetic and vibrational healing, a variety of crystal and energy healers are available by appointment and LuAnn mixes personalized formulas combining various Bach flower remedies.


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Advanced Clinical Hypnosis using an interactive, personalized technique; based on a lengthy interview at our first session and dialogues at following sessions. I don’t talk “at” you; we both speak before and during your hypnosis. I also teach you self-hypnosis. Specializing in weight, stress, smoking, chronic pain, test taking, anger, sports, obsessive thoughts, sensitive substances, sleep, fears, confidence, and attention issues. Hypnosis can get you unstuck in virtually any area of your life. If you have constraints that you can’t seem to break through, hypnosis can free you and put you back in charge. Come for a free consultation to learn how you can reframe your past and design your future.

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Healing Massage & Energy Therapy 310 Springfield Avenue Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922 908-472-2690 •

Are you ready to be free from muscle pain, tension and stress? My massage can do that for you. Combining multiple massage techniques and energy work, I will customize a luxuriously enjoyable massage that relaxes your body and mind. You will experience lasting relief from tight, sore muscles and renewed vitality. $10 off first visit.


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18 Elm Street, Morristown, NJ 07960 973-944-0555 •

PTYM is a Private Practice and a Pediatric Holistic Center located in Morristown, NJ focusing and specializing in pediatric developmental disorders and providing children with various special needs with a depth and breadth of therapeutic yoga. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris was voted one of New Jersey’s Favorite Pediatric Practices in 2011. We also offer Adult Yoga Classes. See ad on page 19.


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Thriving or just surviving? Therapy can make the difference! As a trained psychotherapist, I offer a holistic, mind-body-spirit approach to healing. I work in the present incorporating principles of traditional talk therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, along with EMDR and EFT tapping to support you in living life more fully and joyfully. Together we can build on your strengths, reduce distress and create new possibilities! Some insurance accepted, out-of –network provider for others. Call today to begin on your path to feeling great. License #44SC05392900.

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As a social worker and holistic educator in practice for over 20 years, Judith dedicates herself to the empowerment of others in her healing work. She is the Founder of Shiome Therapy™ (2009), which weaves diverse healing modalities, ancient wisdom and modern science to help you safely and effectively accelerate your emotional healing process. Her newest CD and book, Energy Correction Meditation was created as a support for her clients’ emotional recovery. Judith works with individuals, partners, groups, families and children. Se ad on page 8.

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The world’s premier sound therapy center, offering sound-based therapy—The Davis Model of Sound Intervention®. All ages, all disabilities/wellness issues. Start with The Diagnostic Evaluation for Therapy Protocol (DETP®). Therapies: AIT, Tomatis®, BioAcoustics™, and more. Change the energy of the body by repatterning the energy frequencies (sound) of the body. We make change with learning, development and wellness challenges!

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