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newsbriefs Avani Yoga Offers Free Classes for Those Fighting Breast Cancer


hen Jennifer DuBois was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, she took the traditional approach of fighting the disease with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. A devotee of yoga since 1999, she knew she needed to get back on the mat to help quiet her mind while dealing with the difficult side effects of treatment. Unfortunately, there were no yoga studios near her home in Chester. “I saw a need here and committed Jennifer DuBois myself to building a yoga community in Chester as soon as I recovered,” says DuBois. Avani Yoga Studio opened its doors in June 2013. Competitive pricing and donation-based classes help make yoga accessible for students of all abilities in this new Chester studio. An important part of that accessibility is DuBois’ passion for women who are fighting breast cancer. Classes are free for women in active treatment and a 20 percent discount is given to women who are working towards five years of being cancer-free. Location: 4617 Chester Square Rd., Chester. For more information, call 804-3121026 or visit See ads, pages 9 and 42.

Natural Healing Practice Opens in North Chesterfield


oann Maloney is a certified Reiki and AromaTouch practitioner who owns and operates Revive Your Vibe, a natural healing practice that recently opened in North Chesterfield, at 2505 Pocoshock Place, Suite 103. When Maloney was introduced to the physical, mental and spiritual healing powers of Reiki and the AromaTouch technique, she decided to open her own business in order to share this vital part of a healthy lifestyle with others. Maloney believes that we all have the ability to heal from within. Joann Maloney According to Maloney, Reiki (pronounced “raykey”) is a Japanese technique for relaxation, stress reduction and self-healing that takes a natural, non-invasive approach to promoting mental, emotional and physical health. Reiki is performed by a trained practitioner placing hands on or near the client’s body. Developed by Dr. David Hill, a leading expert in integrative medicine and therapeutic applications of essential oils, the AromaTouch technique includes the application of essential oils or essential oil blends specifically formulated to support healthy emotional and physiological functions for well-being. Maloney also performs Reiki on animals and has found it to be useful in alleviating the pain, anxiety and behavioral problems of family pets. For more information, call 347-927-3529 or visit 6

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his July, teens from around the world will gather outside Bedford to create a living, working model of the global community. The Global Youth Village welcomes students, ages 14 to 18, and staff, from over 15 different countries—including Nigeria, China, Taiwan, France, Poland, Jordan, Egypt and the United States. Global Youth Village participants learn about conflict resolution, peaceful leadership, world cultures and faiths and build friendships with diverse peers. The Global Youth Village emphasizes developing the whole individual. The program provides a wide range of opportunities for youth to explore their own identity—including music, yoga, religious/spiritual exploration, sports and arts. Meals at the Village are fresh-made, vegetarian and reflect the countries and cultures represented at the camp. Favorite dishes include Indonesian Gado-Gado, Turkish beans and eggplant lasagna. Location: 1020 Legacy Dr., Bedford. For additional information, call 540-871-0882 or visit GlobalYouth

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arvestBox, LLC, is now delivering local, sustainable produce to homes and businesses in the greater Richmond area. Heather Jeffrey and Lisa Sizemore wanted to create a company that focused on their passion for feeding their families seasonal, local foods and supporting local farmers. Their home delivery service partners with sustainable farms to provide seasonally fresh produce and artisan goods. HarvestBox also offers bulk seasonal items and focuses on outstanding customer service. With the convenience of ordering and paying online and no annual membership fee, HarvestBox is the solution for busy individuals and families that want to support and buy local agriculture. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook. Email questions to

Unity + Yoga Program a Great Success


nity of Richmond and Deborah Woodward, Svaroopa yoga teacher, have launched Unity + Yoga, an ongoing program of talks, free sessions, yoga classes, workshops and meditation classes open to the community at large. Svaroopa yoga is a deeply restorative style of yoga that releases core muscles along the spine. Easy, subtle and powerful, it brings great physical benefits. It also allows the student to experience their essential nature of steadfast calm, clarity, ease and joy. “The principles of Unity and Svaroopa yoga are so similar, we realized this is a way we can support our members, students and the community in deepening their spiritual awareness,” says co-minister Vicki Bunch. “Unity + Yoga is designed to uncover what is within, to realize that everything that you need, and all that you are, is already inside you.” The program events include Introduction to Yoga sessions, classes, workshops, study of ancient texts, chanting, meditation classes, “What is Yoga” talks, Sunday service messages and a two-day workshop led by Svaroopa yoga’s premier teacher, Vidyadevi Stillman. “The workshops sold out,” says Woodward, “and we’ll continue with all of our offerings. It is wonderful to see how the program is reaching people, deep inside.” Location: 800 Blanton Ave., Richmond. For additional information, call 804-338-1105 or email See listings, pages 41 and 42.


ichmond-based Farm to Family has recently received a retroactive 501(c)3 nonprofit designation for BusFarm, Inc. Farm to Family began as a mobile farmers’ market in a converted school Mark Lilly and friends bus in 2009, and it grew to include an indoor Farm Market, several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm Share programs in Richmond and Washington, D.C., and a work-in-progress urban farm and educational training center. Its mission is to grow, source and distribute fresh foods and encourage a healthy diet of homegrown and hand-made items from the local food shed, contributing to the health of the community, the environment and the economy. Founder Mark Lilly says, “Together we can make positive changes from within our food system, create local resiliency, educate our youth, create jobs and promote healthier living. All proceeds from our Farm to Family CSA program and Farm Market will go towards our BusFarm projects, including school visits, urban farming, nutrition education, social programs and more.” The FarmBus, one of the keystones of the BusFarm operation, has garnered international attention from the design, business and agricultural communities, and has received coverage on BBC World News, CBN News, the Rachael Ray Show and in People magazine. “Everybody wants the FarmBus to visit—it’s an amazing and very effective mobile program for children and adults alike. However, bottom line, we need sponsors and donations to support and fund these visits. We need the community to partner with us—corporations, small businesses and individuals—to help keep this program rolling,” says Suzi Miles-Lilly, co-founder. For more information, call 804-767-8570 or visit

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kudos Dr. Cheryl B. Billingsley, DDS, ND, was awarded Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, the highest award for General Dentists, in recognition of 600 hours of continuing education in a variety of dental topics, including 400 hours of hands-on courses and presentations to world-renowned colleagues. Serving on the Communications Council for the National Board of Cheryl B. Billingsley the Academy of General Dentistry, Billingsley continues to be a national resource for holistic dental topics, including holistic, herbal and homeopathy remedies for oral health. Recently, she was asked to comment on tongue piercing and its effects on the body. Billingsley also received a certification in Homeopathy in December 2013. Location: 10446 Ridgefield Pkwy. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 804-740-4485 or visit See ads, pages 23 and 36. Nina Jacobs, Holistic Lifestyle Coach of Ship Shape, has earned her certification in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) through the International Metaphysical University. EFT is a natural, non-invasive process that involves tapping on acupressure points to help alleviate emotional blocks. Jacobs is an organizing specialist, essential oils educator and, now, EFT practitioner, offering a multitude of ways to help Nina Jacobs clients deal with the physical, mental and emotional clutter in their lives. By adding EFT to her toolkit, Jacobs takes the business of organizing a step further, helping clients release the trauma, anger and anxiety that so often contributes to their organizational distress. “People tend to hold onto things in their lives that no longer serve them, physically and emotionally. These techniques have brought amazing changes and release for the people I’ve worked with,” says Jacobs. Another group she is reaching out to is veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “Our soldiers have done so much for us. It’s time that we start helping them through the traumas they have faced overseas.” For more information, email or visit

Barefoot Bucha became the first kombucha company in the region to be Certified Organic. It is also one of the few Virginia products to receive the organic designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kombucha is a fermented tea that is made using a mother culture. It contains probiotics, active enzymes and amino acids, and is one of the fastest growing beverages in the health food sector. Barefoot Bucha is a family-owned kombucha company that has been sustainably making and distributing delicious kombucha to grocers, bars and restaurants since 2010. Barefoot Bucha is brewed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Nelson County and is available exclusively on draft into refillable bottles to eliminate bottle and packaging waste. To further minimize their carbon footprint, Barefoot Bucha also takes standard greening measures such as reducing energy consumption, partnering with local delivery companies to minimize the impact of distribution and composting their brewery waste. For more information, call 434-227-9297 or visit

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Julie Moon recently received certification as a Healthy Steps Instructor. Healthy Steps is a medically directed exercise program combining music and simple choreography to promote relaxation, body awareness and stimulation of lymphatic immune system function to reduce swelling. Healthy Steps was originally established for breast cancer survivors to assist with range of motion, lymphedeJulie Moon ma reduction and balance. Healthy Steps provides positive peer support and empowerment and is appropriate for men and women of all fitness levels. In addition to offering Healthy Steps classes, Moon is a low-glycemic eating and cooking coach, public speaker and cookbook author. Currently scheduled offerings include Healthy Steps classes, Weight Loss Boot Camp, grocery store tours, as well as individual wellness coaching for healthy eating. Moon will lead a Women’s Rejuvenation Retreat from August 22-24, in Bath County, that will include Healthy Steps exercises. For more information or to book Moon as a speaker, call 804-678-8520 or visit

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kudos Nancy A. Powell, M.D., has received a certificate of recognition by the American Board of Family Medicine for Setting the Standard in Family Medicine. Dr. Powell, owner of River’s Way Healthcare of Virginia, is a board-certified Primary Care physician who obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Virginia Commonwealth University and her Medical Nancy A. Powell Doctor (M.D.) degree at the Medical College of Virginia. Powell provides traditional and alternative approaches to support the body’s ability to heal itself. She has received extensive training in mind-body medicine, energy medicine, functional medicine and psycho-social modalities, and has completed a four-year certification in Medical Intuition along with her allopathic training. Location: 1791 Cambridge Dr., Ste 203. For more information, call 804-658-0435 or visit See ads, pages 31 and 40.

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Andrea Robinson, owner of My Fitness Matters, LLC, is now an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Health Coach. The ACE certification is the only one of its kind accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Building upon her career as a personal trainer since 1995, Robinson’s Health Coach certification gave her the opportunity to become a Wellness Coach with Chesterfield County’s CFit

employee wellness program. In this role, she successfully created the blueprint for the CFit Coaching program. In her own business, Robinson has added Wellness Coaching to the menu of fitness services clients can choose from, including weekend wellness retreats, Pilates, yoga and spinning classes. Combining the best of wellness and personal training, Robinson recently launched a 10 in 10 Group program, working with clients to lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks and helping them improve their health and lifestyle habits beyond the physical. Robinson is passionate about the work she does, striving to meet the individual health and fitness needs of her clients and exceed their expectations. Location: 10100 Ironbridge Rd., 2nd Fl., Chester. For more information, call 804-852-4543 or visit

Evelyn Zak recently completed training and certification in the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association’s (NADA) five-needle acudetox protocol. NADA is an organization of individuals who support the use of acudetox, a five-point auricular acupuncture. Acudetox is used in a number of addiction and behavioral health treatment settings. Within these Evelyn Zak settings, acudetox has been shown to increase client retention and improve client outcomes ( Zak is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with over 20 years of experience as a Yoga Therapy Practitioner. She works full time at the Family Counseling Center for Recovery in Richmond and is an ambassador at Project Yoga Richmond ( For more information, email or visit

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or those searching for the inspiration and guidance needed to face today’s personal, political and financial challenges, look no further than Hay House’s annual I Can Do It! Conference, June 21-22, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore, Maryland. This one-of-a-kind transformational summit is an opportunity to revitalize the soul, enlighten the mind and spirit and obtain creative strategies for prospering and thriving in the current world climate. The I Can Do It! conference is being offered as the chance to learn techniques for developing and deepening relationships, spirituality, health, wealth, intuition, self-esteem and passion. The two-day event brings together world-renowned motivational speakers, transformational teachers and healers under one roof, and the chance for guests to have up close and personal interaction with some of the world’s most beloved self-help authors. “The I Can Do It! conference provides an opportunity to step outside of the normal day-to-day life and leave feeling reenergized, refreshed and refocused on achieving goals,” says Reid Tracy, president and CEO, Hay House, Inc. “We hand-picked the presenting authors to bring a wealth of knowledge, inspiration and enlightenment to attendees.” Featuring many of today’s most life-changing and powerful motivational authors, attendees will spend the weekend listening to such headliners as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Brian Weiss, Doreen Virtue, Immaculée Ilibagiza, Iyanla Vanzant and Cheryl Richardson along with many other bestselling authors and acclaimed speakers. For those interested in the global self-help, motivational and transformational movement, the annual Hay House I Can Do It! conference offers: • A host of dynamic speakers to entertain and educate. • An onsite bookstore with a variety of books, CDs, DVDs, and other products from world-favorite authors. • Book-signing events with the authors after each session. • The companionship of new friends who share interests, insights and experiences to make this a life-changing event of global proportions. I Can Do It! is sure to energize your mind, body, and spirit—the event has all you would ever want and more. Once you attend your first ICDI conference, it won’t be your last. For reservations and more information please visit HayHouse. com and search I Can Do It! Baltimore. See ad, page 2.

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new, noninvasive infertility treatment has met with highly favorable results. In a recent study published in the journal Midwifery Today, 40 of 48 women between ages 28 and 42 that underwent two or more sessions of Merciér Therapy achieved pregnancy within the first year; 32 of those used the method alone (no other artificial fertilization/insemination techniques). The four-year study was presented at the 2013 World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Pain. The Merciér Method was developed by Jennifer Merciér, a midwife and holistic women’s health practitioner. The regimen includes six hours of pelvic organ massage manipulation, along with a supplement program and continuous monitoring. She explains, “Our protocol is a gentle and noninvasive visceral manipulation of the female reproductive organs that helps to increase general organ mobility and blood flow, which enhances optimal function.” A documentary on the protocol, Fertility: The Shared Journey with Merciér Therapy, premieres this month (



study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that infants that were fed more homemade foods comprising a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop food allergies. In assessing youngsters of the same age, researchers from the University of Southampton Medical College, in the UK, followed 41 children that had developed food allergies by the age of 2, alongside 82 non-allergic infants. After tracking the toddlers’ diets with food diaries and conducting allergy testing, the researchers found that infants fed more of the healthier homemade diet had a significantly lower incidence of food allergies as toddlers.

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Cycling Gains Ground at Colleges and in Cities May is National Bike Month, and more universities continue to commit to bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious transportation choice. Recently, Harvard University joined Princeton and Yale as an official Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU), and the League of American Bicyclists designated 14 new BFU members, expanding the program to 58 colleges in 30 states across the U.S. with more to come. When New York City opened registration for a public bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Similar demand for more cycling options is happening across the nation where shared bicycle programs are taking root (see The popular Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare program began operating in September 2010, and is now the nation’s largest, with 200 locking docks able to accommodate more than 1,800 bright-red bicycles. As in many programs, people can sign up for a short-term stint or an annual membership using either a credit card online or at a station kiosk. Then they can unlock a bicycle and return it to any station within the system. All rides under 30 minutes are free, after which escalating fees kick in, encouraging people to make short trips and to keep more bikes available for other riders. For more information, visit

Activist Turns City Food Waste into Rural Soil Jeremy Brosowsky had an epiphany at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, greenhouse a few years ago that set him on a more sustainable path: “What if we could take our garbage and grow food in it?” He was in the Midwest to learn about urban agriculture at Growing Power, the pioneering urban farm of McArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen, and was considering starting a rooftop agriculture business. Allen’s emphasis on the importance and elusiveness of fertile soil intrigued him. “If you don’t dramatically improve the soil, you cannot grow food in cities,” Brosowsky realized. His solution was to create Compost Cab (, a Washington, D.C.-based service that picks up and delivers urban food waste to local farms for composting. Nearly 100 cities already divert food waste from landfills, but Brosowsky emphasizes, “Composting is not just about waste reduction. It’s about food production, education, jobs and creating social benefits.” He hopes to roll out Compost Cabs in other cities. Greater Richmond Edition

Cheaper Solar Panels Spur Job Growth Solar industry jobs are up nearly 20 percent in the 14 months through November 2013 as cheaper panels and rising electricity rates spurred people to turn to solar, according to a report by the nonprofit Solar Foundation research group. At latest count, solar companies employ nearly 143,000 solar workers, up more than 23,000 from September 2012—a job growth rate that’s 10 times faster than the national average and is helping local economies, according to the foundation. The industry is expected to create 22,000 new jobs in 2014, although at a slower pace than 2013. Cuts of 8,500 positions are projected in the sector that generates electricity from fossil fuels. Solar firms surveyed in the report said that more than 50 percent of their business and homeowner customers turned to solar to save money, while nearly 23 percent said they invested in panels because costs are now comparable with utility rates. The report noted that the cost of solar equipment has fallen about 50 percent since the beginning of 2010, motivating more people to go green.

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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, poor air quality can irritate the respiratory system, reduce lung function, inflame and damage the cells that line the lungs, make lungs more susceptible to infection, aggravate asthma, aggravate other chronic lung diseases and cause permanent lung damage. U.S. Forest Service researchers have discovered that the urban forests in 10 cities across the country save on average one person a year from pollution-related death. In New York City alone, that number increases to eight people per year. The scientists recommend that people everywhere plant more trees. Source:


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e are building a first-class organization to feed the souls of Richmond,” says Vicki Saunders, president-elect and program chair for Chrysalis Institute, a Richmond learning center that inspires people pursuing personal transformation and spiritual growth beyond the conventional boundaries of any single faith or belief system. The institute encourages the study of insights and practices drawn from all of the world’s spiritual traditions and philosophies, as well as contemporary science. In October 2013, Chrysalis Group changed its name to Chrysalis Institute, reflecting the organization’s shift from a supportive gathering place for independent spiritual exploration to a bigger resource for learning and building community to encourage spiritual growth. “As we reevaluated the organization in 2013, we recognized three distinguishing features about Chrysalis,” remarks Saunders. “One, we do not espouse any single belief system; instead, we encourage everyone to define their own spiritual path. Two, we have a real interest in the connection between science and spirituality, from brain research to quantum physics. Three, we have no bias toward any one type of spiritual seeker.” “People with a spiritual yearning find a home in Chrysalis, as do individuals interested in personal development and finding meaning in their lives,” Saunders explains. “At one point, we kind of thought of ourselves as a fringe group; but now, more than

a third of the people in the U.S. no longer identify with a particular church and a growing number, especially those under the age of 30, consider themselves spiritual but not religious. We offer programs and a community for these people.” “Many are involved in a traditional religion; however, they are interested in learning about non-denominational spiritual practices, such as meditation or intuitive painting, that provide experiential techniques to become present and experience a spiritual moment,” notes Priscilla Burbank, the institute’s 20132014 president, in the role since 2010. Practice groups scheduled on a monthly or weekly basis include journaling, Reiki exchange, Shamanic drum circles and Nia sensory-based movement. Chrysalis Institute hosts a majority of its events, classes and workshops at the Gathering Space, located at 3527 Ellwood Avenue. For larger events, Chrysalis collaborates with other venues. The institute uses The Clearing, a secluded spiritual retreat center located on 75 wooded acres in Amelia County, for Ember Days, quarterly silent day retreats intended to nurture the soul’s embers with reflection, journaling, walking and reading. The Labyrinth, a walking meditation space comprised of concentric circles that weave the walker toward the center while facilitating quiet contemplation, is located at the corner of Loxley Road and Westwood Avenue on the grounds of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Open to the public during daylight hours year-round, the Labyrinth is also the site of several Chrysalissponsored walks throughout the year, such as solstice, equinox and World Labyrinth Day.

Semi-annual themes lend structure to the programming at Chrysalis, serving as the foundation for a keynote lecture by a renowned expert and several supporting lectures and workshops by local faculty. The fall 2014 theme, Science and Spirituality: Living with Uncertainty, will bring into focus the work of keynote speaker Dr. S. James Gates, Jr., Ph.D., a theoretical physicist and 2013 recipient of the National Medal of Science. Other regular programming includes the Spiritual Seeker Series, four monthly midday sessions led by experts in their respective fields. The faculty is also developing a nine-month curriculum called Living the Questions: Spiritual Pathways, a comprehensive overview of the questions explored at the institute. The Chrysalis Book Club is hosted once a month and movie nights are scheduled once a quarter. The recently launched online Learning Space is a topically themed library of electronic articles, links and learning experiences. “Our initial fundraising attempts for capacity-building and expansion confirm that we and the outside community are ready for what Chrysalis Institute has to offer and that what we are doing is of good quality,” affirms Saunders. “Things that feed the soul finally have widespread appeal.” For more information, call 804-3590384 or visit See ad, page 10. Lauressa Nelson is a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings magazines and a freelance writer based in Orlando, Florida. Connect at LauressaNelson@

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pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments.

Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

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For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” 20

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“Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As

Learning to trust our gut more than the opinions of others turns up the volume on whispers of intuition. Awakening to our gut feelings, personal power and self-love restores the wholeness left behind in pursuit of external sources of happiness. the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit Method of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identified as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and life-giving processes in nature. “It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs us what feelings, thoughts and actions are moving us into alignment with our source and what is moving us out of alignment.” Quieting the mind and strengthening the directives of prana through meditation, yoga and being in nature moves us away from what we tell ourselves and back to directly responding to its promptings. “Absorbed in the present moment and bodily sensations, we connect with inner guidance,” explains Desai. “With practice, our mind becomes a servant to inner intelligence. It can both direct our lives and make us sensitive to early symptoms suggesting oncoming illness,” she adds. “There is growing interest in energy medicine and developing a deeper connection to the body’s intelligence through yoga and energy practices like qigong and tai chi because people are tired of taking medications that don’t heal the root cause of health problems,” comments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of Morter Health Center, near Indianapolis, Indiana, and the healing phenomenon she terms Energy Codes. A regular practice of any one of these disciplines expands sensory function to encompass internal recognition and referencing of subtle information. Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in pur-

suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuition and distracting chatter. “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guidance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body allows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom and freedom.” She relates how she is led to direct a client’s attention to their own body’s intuition, which works best when she is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After one session, my client, who had been silently experiencing numerous feelings in her stomach, asked me why I had touched her abdomen. I was just intuitively led to that part of her body.” Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a Ph.D., medical intuitive and co-author of All is Well, notes that everyone has a connection to intuition. “We get a gut feeling and sadness in our heart from our inner intelligence that we don’t know what to do with. While some individuals consult a practitioner, others listen to their body’s intuitive language and reflect on their insights and

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The Healing Power of Massage

From Body Repair to Reversing the Blues by Case Adams


n 1886, Dr. William Murrell stated in the British Medical Journal, “Massage is of such inestimable value in the treatment of many intractable diseases that it is regretted that so little is known about it in this country, and that it is so rarely employed as a therapeutic agent.” A 2013 survey by the American Massage Association (AMTA) showed that a majority of us are choosing massage therapy to treat such conditions as stress and pain management, according to Winona Bontrager, the association’s immediate past president. Of 1,007 adults surveyed, 75 percent opted for it within the previous year for stress or medical reasons, and 88 percent view massage as effective for pain relief. “A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions,” reports Bontrager, adding that massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness. Cody Landis, a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences, in


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New York City, explains, “In the last few years, massage therapy research has been focusing more on the mechanisms by which the potential health benefits may be occurring—looking at the response of the brain, the immune system and the mechanisms of repair inside of muscle cells themselves.”

Relieves Stress

An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle

A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection, while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

Relieves Pain

Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropeptide] which causes pain, and that it increases serotonin, the body’s natural pain killer.

We also know that deep sleep is critical to lowering substance P, increasing serotonin and reducing pain.”

Expands Acceptance

Lucy Liben, dean of massage therapy at the Swedish Institute, affirms the recent research as evidence documenting the numerous health benefits of massage therapy. “More and more consumers are seeking massage therapy for help with a variety of medical issues and conditions. Doctors are increasingly referring patients for such treatment and hospitals are enlisting more therapists to provide care for patients,” says Liben. “Perhaps most importantly,” she adds, “research is offering us guidance in our work as massage therapists in how to provide the most effective care for chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems, during cancer treatment, during the changes of pregnancy or for any number of other health-related issues.” Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at

What Researchers Now Know

tutionalized elderly adults diagnosed with dementia found massage therapy generally helped improve behavior and sleep.

Breast Cancer: A French study of 129 breast cancer patients found massage generally reduced lymphedema, a swelling of the lymphatic system, following treatments. The total reduction of lymphedema volume was 33 percent among those receiving massages, according to Gynecologic Oncology.

Migraines: Craniosacral massage reduced migraine occurrence in a study of 20 migraine sufferers from Iceland’s University of Akureyri, as published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Thirty minutes of massage with trigger point reduced symptoms and improved function in a study of 21 carpal tunnel patients (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies). Constipation: Massage therapy increased the average number of bowel movements among 33 hospitalized Korean children, as reported in the Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing. Dementia: Research from Spain’s Extremadura University on 120 insti-

Osteoporosis: A study of 48 postmenopausal women receiving traditional Thai massage showed increased bone formation after just four weeks. The massage group’s serum P1NP levels—which assesses bone formation—increased by 15 percent, while the control group saw no increases (BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine). Stroke: Massage therapy tended to speed rehabilitation after strokes for 45 Russian patients in a study published in Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult.

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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The gravity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone


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replacement therapy] and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton. Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the

Filches Vitamins

“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients

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nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.

Natural Contraceptives

Although no natural forms of estrogen are suited for birth control, safe and effective natural forms exist, advises women’s health expert Holly Lucille, a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including the Basic Health Publications User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement. Connect at

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Pain-Free Pooch Five Natural Therapies that Work by Jennifer Kachnic

Because dogs won’t always let us know when they’re hurting, some people assume they don’t experience pain the same way we do, but that’s not the case. Instincts retained from their wild heritage will generally prompt them to hide pain as it’s a sign of weakness.


he truth is that arthritis and muscle or joint injuries are just as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for us, and many canine illnesses generate significant pain. While conventional medications can ease discomfort, they’re not the only or even the best options in many cases. Alternative therapies can be helpful in managing and relieving pain and work best as part of a whole body wellness program designed for a dog’s individual needs. To that end, always consult with an integrative veterinarian before starting any new treatment. Together, practitioner and owner will note that some of the following modalities may be contraindicated in some situations—for example, massage should never be performed on or near a tumor. Canine Massage: Dogs love massage because they crave being touched. Physical contact from another being provides a calming effect and brings comfort. Skin, the largest sense organ in the body, is loaded with sensory receptors and nerve endings that register touch, temperature and pain, and send information to the brain. Massage


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therapy relaxes muscles and also stimulates endorphins, increases circulation, elevates oxygen levels, flushes toxins, helps with inflammation, strengthens the immune system and accelerates healing. All of these benefits can contribute to effective pain management. Acupuncture and Acupressure: Both of these time-honored modalities are based on the concept of keeping vital energy flowing through the body and seek to stimulate key points along the energy meridians beneath the skin. Acupuncture involves the insertion of small needles at these points, while acupressure uses fingers to apply pressure to the same points. Both modalities are widely known to assist in managing pain and anxiety. Energy Healing: Here, the practitioner improves the flow of energy in an animal’s body using a range of gentle and powerful natural therapies. During a treatment, the trained healer sends subtle energy through the hands to promote physical and emotional balance and healing. While conventional medicine follows the belief that treatments for disease or injury must be strictly biological, energy medicine works to restore

the patient’s health by treating the mind, body and spirit in nonphysical ways. Energy healing modalities available for dogs include Reiki, qigong, Healing Touch and Tellington Touch. Cold Laser Therapy: Developed more than 20 years ago, cold laser therapy has become a popular alternative treatment around the world for aches and pains in dogs. It directs highly concentrated coherent light waves to muscles, tissues and organs, reducing inflammation and muscle spasms. It’s also applied to disc and other spine-related issues. Low-level cold laser therapy is painless, noninvasive and takes only minutes. The effects are similar to those provided by non-steroidal medications, with negligible negative side effects. Hydrotherapy: The benefits of swimming are renowned. When dogs swim, they feel a resistance to movement, which makes a vigorous fiveminute swim virtually equivalent in energy expended to a five-mile run. Some dogs like swimming even better than running. Hydrotherapy, which includes exercise on an underwater treadmill combined with swimming, is particularly helpful. The effect on senior dogs is especially dramatic, affording them a painless and enjoyable way to move about and exercise. Water’s natural buoyancy supports the dog, lessens stress on joints, facilitates greater movement and provides a safe and healthful form of exercise for those suffering injuries, disease or pain. The best choice of therapies for an individual animal will depend on the dog’s condition and recommendations by the family veterinarian. Selected and practiced properly, these complementary modalities can make a major impact in a canine’s physical and emotional well-being, while minimizing or even eliminating the need for medications.

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X-Gentle Yoga – 6 wks (4/31-5/29). 10:30-11:30am. Combines “Chair Yoga” with yoga on the mat. For people w/ some physical limitations or who enjoy a slow pace. Nora Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYT. $90/6 wks, $17/drop-in. Integral Yoga® Center/ YogaHelps, Byrd Park/Carytown. 804-342-1061 or Honoring Native Americans – 11am-12pm. Threepart series on Native American Culture and History culminating with a pow wow in full regalia (5/19). Native American Paul Sacra. Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy. 804-355-7282 or Beginner/Mixed-Level Yoga – 6 wks (4/28-6/2). 7:45-9pm. Postures, breathing techniques for beginners. Nora Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYT. $78/6wks, $15/ drop-in. Integral Yoga® Center/YogaHelps, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-342-1061 or

TUESDAY, MAY 6 Find Peace: 8-week Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT) Group Therapy Pilot program – 8wks (5/6-6/24). 6:30-9pm. Gentle yoga and mindfulness meditation, one-day silent retreat (6/1), and free individual PRYT session. Max 8 ppl. Nora Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYT. $258/8 wks. Integral Yoga® Center/YogaHelps, Byrd Park/Carytown. 804-3421061 or

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 Continuing Yoga – 6 wks (4/30-6/4). 9-10:15am. For students w/ some experience. Includes chanting, breath, relaxation & meditation. Nora Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYT. $90/6 wks, $17/drop-in. Integral Yoga® Center/YogaHelps, Byrd Park/Carytown. 804-342-1061 or Kirtan (Chanting) – 7:30-9pm. Lead and response chanting of mantras leading to meditation. No experience required. Bring a cushion. Nora Pozzi/Lydia Griffith. $5 donation. Integral Yoga® Center, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-342-1061 or

THURSDAY, MAY 8 Workshop: Seeking the Sacred in Poetry – 6-8pm. Turn your attention to the ordinary, daily experiences that hold beauty and significance, and capture them in short verse forms; no writing experience needed. Joan Garrabrant. $30; $20/mbrs; $10/students. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-3590384 or

FRIDAY, MAY 9 Peaceful Weight Loss Workshop/Six-Day Retreat – (5/9-5/11; 5/9-5/14). Explore concepts and practices of weight loss and life balance through Yoga.


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TUESDAY, MAY 13 Spiritual Seeker Series: Contemplative Practices – 12-1:30pm. Lunchtime workshop. Find out how to incorporate contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation into daily living. Kay Davidson, PhD/Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD. $30; $20/mbrs; $10/ students. Chrysalis Institute. 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384 or

Modern Medicine – Charle F Bryan Jr, CEO and president emeritus of the Va Historical Society, speaks on “Wonders of Modern Medicine: Blessing or Curse?” Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr. First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-3557282 or


Tree Energy – 3-4:15pm. Learn how to absorb healing tree energy. Joy Black. $25 (attend all three 5/10 events for $75). Meet at the Carillon at Byrd Park. 804-971-7135 or

Let Your Soul Speak Journaling Practice – 7-8:15pm. An evening of centering, journaling, sharing/reflection, closing ritual. Elaine Kiziah/Ann Forburger. Free or $5 donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384 or Chrysalis Dive deeper by joining the retreat. Brandt Bhanu Passalacqua. $230/$495. Add two nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Healing Ancestral Karma – 7-10pm. Clear and heal karmic wounds from your lineage and have a group shamanic healing with the help of ancestral spirits. Dr. Steven Farmer. $42. Alchemists, Stony Pt Fashion Park. Prepay: 804-320-9200.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 Acupuncture and Pain Management – 1-hour Q&A session on acupuncture and how you can benefit if you suffer from pain, tingling, burning, numbness. $15/hr (new patients can apply cost to 1st acupuncture session). Invoke Community Acupuncture, 1906 N. Hamilton St. Advance registration required: Earth Magic Healing Sessions – (5/10, 5/11). Dr. Steven Farmer brings his experience as a Psychotherapist, Soul Healer, Shamanic Practitioner & Trauma Recovery Specialist into a private consultation. Treatments may include Soul Recovery, Power Animal Retrieval, Clearing Ancestral Karma & Sound Healing. $200/hr. Alchemists, Stony Pt Fashion Park. Prepay: 804-320-9200. Herb Faire and Open House – 9am-5pm. Shop over 250 varieties of USDA-Certified Organic herb & gourmet vegetable plants. Activities include demos, tastings, lectures, farm tours, classes & live music. Free. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. 804-262-7167 or Lavender Reiki Class (any level) – 10am-5pm. Gina Marques. Call for fee. 804-272-1242 or EnergyHealthcare@ Taoist Five Elements – 10am-12pm. Understanding the interactions of the Elements and ways to balance them within our bodies can help us live happier & healthier. Joy Black. $25 (attend all three 5/10 events for $75). 1811 Huguenot Rd, Ste 101. 804-971-7135 or Mother and Child Partner Yoga – 2-3pm. Mother’s Day yoga class for moms to have fun doing partner poses and yoga games w/ their children (preferably ages 6+). $40/couple; $15/addl child. Wendy Chu, MSW, RYT-200. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. Register: 804-741-5267 or

Satsang: Mantra, Meditation & Faith – 7:309pm. Tribute to the100th anniversary of Swami Satchidananda’s birth. Videos of his talks will be shown. Nora Pozzi/Lydia Nitya Griffith. $5 donation. Integral Yoga® Center, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-342-1061. Check titles of future talks at

FRIDAY, MAY 16 Yoga for People Over 50 – (5/16-5/18). Discover ways to meet your changing body and life just as you are, in a community of your peers. Bhavani Miller. $235. Add two nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 What is Lymphedema? – 9:30-11:30am. Bringing awareness to many aspects of this debilitating issue. Dolores (DeeDee) O’Neill. Free. Tuckahoe Public Library. 917-689-1420 or MassageBodywork. Healing Through the Akashic Records – 10am12pm. Access healing energies through your Akashic Records and a short healing for each person. Potluck lunch. Bill Sanda. Donation/non-mbrs. Central VA Institute of Noetic Sciences (CVIONS). River Rd Church. 804-378-4606. Intuition Development – 10am-12pm. Gina Marques. $65. 804-272-1242 or EnergyHealthcare@

markyourcalendar Spiritual Conversations Interactive discussions to help expand consciousness. Svend Jorgensen. Free.

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SUNDAY, MAY 18 Restorative Yoga – 4:30-6pm. Focus on breath work, guided imagery, meditation and a series of supported postures to release stress and restore energy. $20. Kim Brown, RYT-500. Glenmore Yoga

and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. Register: 804-741-5267 or Strong to the Core Workshop – 12-2pm. Karen Hansen. $25 by 5/11; $35 after 5/11. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond. 2902 West Cary St. Info@Ashtanga

THURSDAY, MAY 22 Preserving Our Best – Roxane Gilmore, former First Lady of Virginia, speaks on Restoring the Virginia Governor’s House: Preserving a Historic Home for a New Century. Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr. First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282 or

SATURDAY, MAY 24 Container Gardening – 10:30-11:30am. How to choose, plant, care for and harvest from containers. Includes handout and potting mix. Bring your own container or purchase one at the farm. Melinda Crouch. $15. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. 804-262-7167. Register:

SUNDAY, MAY 25 Lymphedema Lecture – 9:15-11am. Including a patient with 4 limb Lymphedema telling her story and giving a demonstration on wrapping one of her legs. DeeDee O’Neill, PA-C CLT. Tuckahoe Library. 917-689-1420. Living Vinyasa w/Brinson Leigh Kresge and Live Music w/LoboMarino – 6:30-7:45pm. Breathe, bend and twist your way through the magic of this unique blend of tribal, folk and world music. $20/ drop-in. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 West Cary St.


markyourcalendar Natural Awakenings Networking Night Connect with local practitioners and business owners interested in natural health and wellness. Chrysalis Institute 3527 Ellwood Ave.

May 29 • 6:30-8:30pm $5 donation • See you there! Stress Management through Yoga, Breath & Sound – 6:30-8pm. Learn tools to quiet the mind and bring you back to your center, where peace and harmony exist. Peace can be attained no matter what is going on with your life. 6121 Chadsworth Terr, Glen Allen. $25 on or before class. RSVP: 804-4672473 or

FRIDAY, MAY 30 Yoga of Harmonious Yin and Yang – (5/30-6/1). Join Lalitha, acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine specialist, for an in-depth, calming workshop. Lalitha Leslie Stone, LAC (NCCAOM). $235. Add two nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-

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SATURDAY, MAY 31 Stress Management through Yoga, Breath & Sound – 10-11:30am. See 5/29 listing. 6121 Chadsworth Terr, Glen Allen. $25 on or before class. RSVP: 804-467-2473 or AnneLamantia@

THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Young Living Essential Oils & Mindful Eating – 6:30-8pm. Learn about essential oils and how mindful eating affects digestion. Explore how what you are thinking and feeling when you eat impacts your health. Receive ongoing support for your home, health and body. 6121 Chadsworth Terr, Glen Allen. $25 on or before class. RSVP: 804-467-2473 or

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SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Past Life Regression – 10am-12pm. Gina Marques. $65. 804-272-1242 or Resolving Stress & Anxiety: Peace Out With Acupuncture – 1-hour Q&A session on acupuncture and how you can benefit if you suffer from stress and anxiety. $15/hr (new patients can apply cost to 1st acupuncture session). Invoke Community Acupuncture, 1906 N. Hamilton St. Advance registration required: Workshop: Seeking the Sacred in the Garden – 10am-12pm. Morning tour of an organic garden followed by yoga and meditation practices and a discussion of gardening as a sacred practice. Allison Mesnard. $30; $20/mbrs; $10/students. Chrysalis Institute. Private residential address in Bon Air shared with registrants. 804-359-0384 or Young Living Essential Oils & Mindful Eating – 6:30-8pm. See 6/5 listing. 6121 Chadsworth Terr, Glen Allen. $25 on or before class. RSVP: 804-4672473 or

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SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Restorative Yoga & Reiki – 3-5:30pm. Surrender your stress during a calming restorative yoga practice & Reiki energy work. $50. Heather Rutherford, RYT-500/Erin Forsyth, RYT-500. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. Register: 804-741-5267 or

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Ashtanga Weekend Workshop w/ John Campbell – (6/13-6/15). Sessions include: Mysore, Led Primary Series, Lecture, Chanting, Q&A. Certified Ashtanga teacher, Religious Studies Professor and founding director of Contemplative Science Center at UVA. $150 by 5/9, $200 after 5/9 or per session pricing. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 West Cary St. Basic Meditation – (6/13-6/15). Experience how meditation calms and focuses the mind, providing spiritual, emotional and physiological benefits. Swami Gurucharanananda. $220. Add two nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

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women of all life stages and skill levels). Dr. Robin Saraswati Marcus, DAOM, E-RYT. $235. Add two nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.


markyourcalendar Sharing the Spiritual, Reaching Out Workshop – 9:30am-3pm. Get empowered to make a difference in your community by exploring ways to engage with marginalized people as you invite them to share their spiritual journey. Yvonne Charter, MSW/ Vicki Saunders, PhD. $70; $60/mbrs; $40/students. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-3590384 or Reiki Class (any level) – 10am-5pm. Gina Marques. Call for fee. 804-272-1242 or EnergyHealthcare@ Canning Your Summer Harvest – 10:30am12:30pm. Canning, freezing and drying techniques of herbs and vegetables as well as storing ready-made items like salsas and sauces. We will move from kitchen to garden; dress accordingly. $50. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. 804-262-7167. Register online: Lavender

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 Primordial Qigong (Tai Chi for Enlightenment) – (also 6/24). 6:30-8pm. Learn a joyful, flowing, easy form that gathers powerful energies from heaven, Earth & the four directions. Joy Black. $95. Forest Hill Park by the house (rain: 1811 Huguenot Rd, Ste 101). 804-971-7135 or Info@Good

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Silent Ember Day at The Clearing – 9:30am3:30pm. Share a quarterly Ember Day of silence and reflection. Forest paths are open and tables and chairs are available for rest, reading, artwork and writing. Marjorie Bertolino/Elizabeth Smith. $10 donation. Chrysalis Institute and Richmond Friends Meeting. 13941 Genito Rd, Amelia Court House. 804-359-0384 or

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Weight Loss RX Seminar – 6pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy. 2300 Robious Station Cir. 804-897-6447 or Primordial Qigong (Tai Chi for Enlightenment) – (also 6/26). 6:30-8pm. See 6/17 listing. Joy Black. $95. Forest Hill Park by the house (rain: 1811 Huguenot Rd, Ste 101). 804-971-7135 or Info@


Hay House I Can Do It!

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June 21 & 22

A 5-day celebration of music and art.

Register early for free gift.

July 23-27

Finding the Yin Within – (4hrs, am or pm). Rejuvenating acupuncture treatment followed by restorative yoga session, led in tandem by a licensed acupuncturist and an accomplished yoga instructor. $50 (sliding scale $30-$50 avail thru 6/1). 10 person limit. Advance registration required: Invoke

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Integrated Medical Qigong (IMQ) – 10am-12pm. Followed by potluck lunch. Sam Suen, Qigong Master, Ph.D. Donation/non-mbrs. Central VA Institute of Noetic Sciences (CVIONS). River Rd Church. 804-378-4606.

Prepay $1 per word per issue. To place listing, email content to NARichmond. Deadline is the 1st of the preceding month.

RVA Streets Alive! – 10am-2pm. Streets are closed to cars and open to the public for one day to create a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience. Free. Sponsored by Sports Backers. Downtown. RVA-Streets-Alive.


markyourcalendar Vegetarian Festival Vegetarian and vegan food, fun, music and more.

June 21 • 12-6pm Bryan Park


HOME-BASED BUSINESS. Premium healthy coffee and tea. Distributors needed, PT/FT. Try some today! Call now: 804-543-9750, or visit

FOR RENT/LEASE TREATMENT ROOMS AVAILABLE in established Natural Health Clinic. Office is conveniently located in the Boulders Office Park on the South Side of Richmond. Flexible scheduling; hourly, daily or monthly. Contact 804-272-1224 or email for more details. WELLNESS SPA SPACE AVAILABLE for rent/ share. $300 per month. Located on Gaskins Rd. Perfect for private sessions & small groups/workshops/ classes up to 12-15 people. Call 804-525-0874.

markyourcalendar Spiritual Conversations Interactive discussions to help expand consciousness. Glenda Wilborne. Free.

June 28 • 2-4pm



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MASSAGE. Deep Tissue, trigger points, lymphedema. Visit MassageBodywork.MassagePlanet. com or call DeeDee O’Neill, 917-689-1420.


Dao Flow Yoga for Women’s Health: Balanced Hormones and Life – (6/20-6/22). Learn techniques to turn on your endocrine glands by using yoga poses and the Triad Method to energize the ovaries, thyroid and adrenal glands (appropriate for

Inner Smile Meditation & Microcosmic Orbit – 6:30-8pm. The “Smile” focuses gratitude & joy on inner organs to prevent illness. Learn how to open your internal “Orbit” pathway to keep your LifeForce Chi flowing. Joy Black. $50. Good Energy for

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Mind, Body and Soul Retreat

21st Annual Solstice Celebration and Anniversary Sale – (6/20-622). 10am-9pm, Fri & Sat; 12-6pm, Sun. Help us celebrate with a great sale, giveaways, gifts w/purchase, mini-readings, refreshments and more. Alchemists, Stony Pt Fashion Park. Prepay: 804-320-9200.


Life, 1811 Huguenot Rd, Ste 101. 804-971-7135 or

201 E. Market St., Charlottesville

NEW BOOK: THE BLOOD PRESSURE GARDEN – Natural Medicines for Hypertension. Order at or send check for $21.95 to James Blythe, P.O. Box 33, Sumerduck, VA 22742.


Improve Your Bone Density!

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sunday Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 9am. Free. Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215.

Contact Barb Satterwhite, RN 804.437.0243

Richmond Zen Group – 9am (8:15 orientation). Sitting-walking-sitting; short chant service. 10:30am, Dharma study group. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546.

To learn more about Solutions & Research Call Barb Satterwhite

Richmond Lotus Sangha – 1-2pm. Mindfulness Meditation group in tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sitting, walking meditation, discussion. McKenzie Casad. Free. 1312 W Main St. 757-553-2780 or

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Integral Yoga

Breast Cancer Support Meeting – 3rd Sun. 4:30pm. Sisters Network Breast Cancer Survivors. SNCVA House, 105 E Clay St. 804-447-4027.

monday Svaroopa Yoga, Embodyment, Healing Touch, Reiki – Offering gentle yet profound healing therapies to release muscular tension along the spine and deepest layers of your body. Anita Snellings, CSBT, CEYT, CHTP, Reiki. 555 Southlake Blvd. Wkend appts avail (am/pm). 804-356-7477 or Svaroopa Yoga Classes – 9-10:30am and 6:308pm. Deeply restorative yoga classes for Beg/Cont levels. Deborah Woodward RYT, CSYT 700 hours. $116/8wks; $16/drop-in. 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338110 or Meditation Practice – 5:15-5:45pm. Meditation cushions and chairs provided. Nora Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYT. $5 donation. Integral Yoga® Center/YogaHelps. Friends Mtg, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-342-1061 or Continuing Yoga – 6wks (May-June). 6-7:30pm. Integral Yoga® class for students with some experience. Chanting, breath, relaxation, meditation. Nora Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYT. $78/6wks, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga® Center/YogaHelps. Friends Mtg. 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-342-1061 or Healing Touch Clinic – 4th Mon (5/26, 6/23). 6:30/7:30/8:30pm. Energy therapy to reduce stress & pain, speed up healing and give a sense of wellbeing. Ann Rust. Free. Mt. Pisgah UMC. Register: Ginger at 804-378-8175. Intro to Ashtanga Yoga – 8wks (6/9-7/28). 7:158:30pm. Yoga that combines breath and movement through a precise sequence of postures to stretch and strengthen the body and calm and focus the mind. Kyra Haigh. $96/8wks. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 West Cary St. Info@AshtangaYogaRichmond. com. Nia at Chrysalis – 7-8:15pm. Experience bodymind movement and lifestyle practice, blending Eastern and Western traditions; suitable for all levels. Marybeth Grinnan. $11/mbrs; $15/non-mbrs.

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Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-3590384 or

Circus Yoga Community Retreat–The Human Art of Play

Erin Maile O’Keefe and Kevin O’Keefe May 9–11, 2014

tuesday Svaroopa Yoga, Embodyment, Healing Touch, Reiki – See Monday listing. Anita Snellings. 555 Southlake Blvd. Call for appt: 804-356-7477. Level I/Beginner Yoga – 9-10:15am. Balanced practice incorporating basic yoga postures, breath awareness and relaxation. Erin Forsyth/Mandie Williams. $60/month for 1class/wk, $110 for 2 classes/ wk, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. Register: 804-741-5267 or Qigong – 9:30am. Free. Round House at Byrd Park. Phoebe Antrim. Register: 804-358-1772. Chair & Standing Yoga – 11am-12pm. Suggested for those with limited mobility or those wanting an extra-gentle yoga practice. Open to beginners. Barbara West, ERYT-500. $11/hr. Inlight Yoga. 804-598-0700. Continuing Yoga – 6wks (May). 4:45-6pm. See Monday listing. Nora Pozzi. $78/6 wks, $15/dropin. Integral Yoga® Center/YogaHelps. Byrd Park/ Carytown. 804-342-1061. Vimala@YogaHelps. com.

Yoga for Athletes: Centered, Strong and Fluid Alexandra DeSiato June 6–8, 2014

Yoga of Recovery Retreat— Wholehearted Recovery Durga Leela, E-RYT 500 June 26–29, 2014

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1-800-858-9642 Buckingham VA 23921

T’ai Chi

Free Open Bereavement Support Group – 5:306:30pm. Open to people of any or no faith tradition. Please come at least three times to benefit from the group experience; no commitment required. Alane Cameron Miles, MDiv, Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Care Coordinator. Metropolitan Comm Church, 2501 Park Ave. 804-353-9477.

Improve Your Sleep! Steady Your Balance!

Tai Chi Ch’uan – 5:45-7:15pm. Learn the Yang style short form as taught by Grand Master Cheng Man Ch’ing. $165/10wks. Call for next session start date. 4201 Brook Rd. Contact: Floyd Herdrich, 804-698-0225/Sondra Sealine, 804-690-9878.

Floyd Herdrich, L.Ac. (804) 698-0225

Call for Times and Locations.

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Healthy-Steps – 6-7pm. Therapeutic movement w/ music – for joints, muscles, balance, vitality. Medically-designed for breast cancer survivors; perfect for post-surgery, post-rehab conditioning. Talia Moser. $45/5wks; $10 drop-in. Acupuncture Clinic of Richmond, 4801 Hermitage Rd, Ste 101. Register: 804-399-3353 or Breast Cancer Support Group – 1st & 3rd. 6-7:30pm. Free. Kathy Childers, RN. St. Francis Cancer Institute. Register: 804-893-8711. Richmond Lymphedema Support Group Meeting– 3rd Tues (except Nov, Dec, and Jan). 6:30-8pm. Free. Retreat Hospital Boardroom. Call: Angela Denny RN, 804-254-5164/Patty Donovan, 804270-9071. Falun Gong Book Study – 7pm. Free. 804-747-1215. Vipassana Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 40-min seated meditation followed by recorded dharma talk and discussion. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. Contact Elizabeth: 804-840-2193 or Elizarro@ Mantra Chanting & Sitting Meditation – 7:308pm. Basic instruction. Nora Pozzi. Donations. Integral Yoga® Center/YogaHelps. Byrd Park/ Carytown. 804-342-1061 or

T’ai Chi – 6:30-7:45pm. Warm-ups and meditation (w/short 13 movement form). Lili Just Simons, Divine Therapy. $60/month, $20/drop-in. Humphrey Calder Comm Ctr, 414 N Thompson. 804-257-5573 or English Country Dancing – 7:30-9:30pm. Colonial Dance Club. Belmont Rec Ctr, 1600 Hilliard Rd. 804-744-3264. Satsang Spiritual Films Night – 7:30-9pm. Nora Pozzi/Lydia Nitya Griffith. $5 donation. Integral Yoga® Center/YogaHelps. Friends Mtg, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-342-1061 or

thursday Svaroopa Yoga, Embodyment, Healing Touch, Reiki – See Monday listing. Anita Snellings. 555 Southlake Blvd. Call for appt: 804-356-7477. Mindful Yoga – 9:15am. Gentle yoga and guided meditation. Susan Kratzer. $10 Drop-in. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Rm 18. 804-357-1737.

Settlers Rd, Chesterfield. Info: 804-382-8222 or

friday Vinyasa Community Class – 8:30-9:30am. Ongoing class for mixed levels. Mary Silcox. $5. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 West Cary St. Level 3/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10:15am. Challenging class focusing on more advanced postures w/ emphasis on alignment, form, core strength & internal awareness. Randi Weiss/Sue Agee. $60/ month for 1 class/wk; $110 for 2 classes/wk; $17/ drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. Register: 804-741-5267 or Nia at Chrysalis – 12-1pm. Experience body-mind movement and lifestyle practice, blending Eastern and Western traditions; suitable for all levels. GeGe Beall. $11/mbrs; $15/non-mbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384 or Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 12:30-1pm. Free. Capitol Ground (downtown). 804-747-1215.


Journal Writing Practice Group – every other Fri. 1-3pm. Linda Anson. $25. Call 804-337-5197 for spaces and dates.

Study of the Bhavaghad Gita – (5/28, 6/4-6/18). Barbara Hess, licensed Unity educator. 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338-1105.

Caregiver Support Group – 3rd Fri. 2-3:30pm. Free. Jewish Family Services, 6718 Patterson Ave. Register: 804-282-5644x254.

Svaroopa Yoga, Embodyment, Healing Touch, Reiki – See Monday listing. Anita Snellings. 555 Southlake Blvd. Call for appt: 804-356-7477.

Vipassana Meditation – 5:45-7:30pm. 30-min seated and walking meditation followed by book reading and discussion. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. Contact Elizabeth: 804-840-2193 or

Richmond Zen Group – 9am (8:15 orientation). See Sunday listing. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. Soul Play – 10am-12pm. Built around Lightning Dream Work. Cassandra Matt. $25. Register: 804901-4583 or Breast & Gyn Cancer Support Group – 1st, 6-7:30pm; 3rd, 12-1pm. Mary Baker, MSN. Free. Bon Secours Mem Reg Med Ctr. Info: 804-893-8711. Journal Writing Practice Group – every other Wed, 1-3pm. Linda Anson. $25. Call 804-337-5197 for spaces/dates. Continuing Yoga – 6-7:30pm. See Monday listing. Nora Pozzi. Integral Yoga® Center/YogaHelps. Friends Mtg, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-342-1061 or Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079. Beginners Yoga – 6:30pm. For those new to yoga, new students at Inlight, or those needing an intro or review of the Basics. Barbara West. $14/90 min. Inlight Yoga. 804-598-0700. Prenatal Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Allows moms-tobe to practice yoga safely thru pregnancy using gentle postures that increase flexibility, strength and balance. Edith Smith/Liz Nixon. $60/month for 1 class/wk; $110 for 2 classes/wk; $17/dropin. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. Register: 804-741-5267 or


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saturday Ashtanga Prep (Level 2) – 9:30-10:45am. Flow through half of the Primary Series with emphasis on the breath and attention to the more challenging postures of the series. Viktoriya Kosta. $10 special. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 West Cary St. Soul Tending SoulCollage – (5/8, 5/22, 6/5, 6/19). 10:30am-12:30pm. Cassandra Matt. $25. Register: 804-901-4583 or Stretch & Unwind – 3pm. Flow of stretching poses with breath awareness, for flexibility & release of muscle tension, for those that are tight, knotted or needing a gentler class. Open to beginners and drop-ins. Barbara West, ERYT-500. $11/hr. Inlight Yoga. 804-598-0700. Advanced Energy Practice Group – 3rd Th (5/15, 6/19). 7-9:30pm. Advanced Practitioner in any energy field. Ann Rust. Free. Midlothian. 804-378-4606. Healing Touch Practice Group – 1st Th (5/1, 6/5). 7-9:30pm. Pre-requisite HT Level 1. Ann Rust. Free. Midlothian. 804-378-4606. VBAC Support Group – 2nd Thurs. 7:30pm. Mary Callender. Better Bodies Chiropractic, 1570 Early

Intro to Chi Nei Tsang Therapy & Chi SelfMassage for Healing – (5/3, 6/14). 10-11:30am. Chi Nei Tsang therapy is energy work, meridian acupressure & abdominal organ massage to release blocked energy caused by buildup of negative emotions. Joy Black. Free. 1811 Huguenot Rd, Ste 101. 804-971-7135 or Learn To Meditate – (5/3-5/17). 10am-12pm. Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT 700 hours. $65. 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338-1105 or Art1Am@ TaoYin (Taoist Yoga) – (5/3, 510, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28). 1-2pm. Use your second brain to emphasize breathing, activate energy meridians, & give special emphasis to psoas muscle and vertebrae groups of spine. Joy Black. $16/drop-in; $50/4 classes. Studio D Yoga, 1811 Huguenot Rd, Ste 101. 804-971-7135 or Contra Dance – 2nd & 4th Sat. 7-11pm. $7. Contra Dance Group. Lewis Ginter Rec Ctr. 804-247-9247/ Linda Salter, 804-266-7355. Dances of Universal Peace – 4th Sat. 7:30pm. Sacred music/chants and simple circle dance. Friends Mtg, 4500 Kensington Ave. 804-231-5649.


Remee Gemo, L.Ac., MSAOM Monte Jackson, L.Ac., MSAOM South: 1604 Huguenot Road, 23113 North: 7225 Bell Creek Rd, Ste 240, 23111 804-754-5108 Specialties: Women’s Health, Sports Injuries, Pain Management, Weight loss, ART/IVF Support, Acupuncture Facelift, Chronic Diseases. Services: Chinese Herbal Formulations, Eastern Dietary Therapy, Cupping, Reflexology. Appointments MonSun. See ad, page 9.

ACUPUNCTURE & HEALTH CENTER Ruiping Chi, L.Ac., MD (China) 3924 Springfield Rd, Glen Allen 804-308-3561; 804-387-7651

Trained and practiced in China since 1985. Specialties: pain management, allergies, fertility, gastro-intestinal disorders, insomnia, women’s heath, emotional issues, chronic medical conditions, cosmetic acupuncture.

KRISTINA ASCHENBACH, L.AC. Essential Acupuncture, PLLC 5318 Patterson Avenue, Suite E 804-922-3485, Richmond,

Kristina offers individualized and compassionate care through acupuncture, herbal medicine and lifestyle guidance. Specialties i n c l u d e : w o m e n ’s h e a l t h , infertility, IVF support, menstrual irregularities, menopause symptoms, emotional health, digestive issues and support during life transitions.


Oriental Medicine Specialists, P.C. 5700 W. Grace St, Ste. 106 804-358-7071 Founder of Richmond’s first Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture clinic, Keith is a nationally recognized expert in Holistic Health. For over 15 years, Keith has provided quality, personalized care, helping thousands achieve their wellness goals.

INVOKE COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE 1906 N. Hamilton St., Suite E 804-200-4054, Richmond


Acupuncture is most effective when you can afford treatment, more so when you can afford to get treatment regularly. $35-$55 new clients; $20-$40 for returning clients. MC/VI & HSA/FSA accepted! Open M-F. Online scheduling available.

Glen Ridge Professional Building 8401 Patterson Ave, Suite 103 804-405-2330

Nationally certified Oriental Medicine practitioner. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and lifestyle counseling. Specialties: women’s health, addictions, emotional challenges and integrative support for chronic disease. Complementary consultations.


3961 Stillman Parkway, Suite D 1909 W. Cary St 804-513-4408


Coming from a family of Chinese doctors, John started apprenticing in Taiwan in 1995 before earning a Masters of Oriental Medicine from Meiji College. He treats a wide range of health issues, and specializes in infertility, mentalemotional disorders and gastrointestinal problems.

Xiaoyan Wang, L.Ac., MD (China) 3721 Westerre Parkway, 23233 804-301-1784, Richmond

Trained and practicing Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in China since 1983. Specialties: pain management, gastrointestinal problems, women’s health, neurological disorders, sports injuries, skin diseases, cancer and more.

LISA CHRISTINA SMITH, DOM, L.AC. Health Offerings, Inc. 804-497-8860, Richmond


Nationally certified Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Since 1998, I offer individualized, constitutional health care using Western and Chinese herbs, diet and food therapy, cupping and moxibustion.

Satori Poch, L.Ac. Dipl.OM South Side: 2505 Pocoshock Pl, Ste 103 West End: 3961 Stillman Pkwy, Ste D 804-592-0853 Nationally certified in acupuncture, herbal medicine and cupping. Trained in California and Zhejiang Medical University, China. Providing personalized and complete care of pain management, allergy, sinus issues, women’s health, infertility, insomnia and more.


Floyd M. Herdrich, M.Ac., L.Ac., MAP™ 907 Westwood Avenue, Richmond 804-698-0225

DEBORAH FARLEY, L.AC., CHHC Doctor of Oriental Medicine (FL) 804-288-3927, Richmond

Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat root cause of dis-ease; Wellness care; and incorporates lab analysis to monitor results. Expertise in neurological and endocrine dysfunction. See ad, page 22.

Family Practice Acupuncture, since 1985, now in Ginter Park. Complementary & Alternative treatment for medical conditions: overriding emphasis on Wellness, Body-Mind-Spirit and quality of life. See ad, page 33.

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. ~Alexander Graham Bell natural awakenings

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Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Main Street Spa and Wellness Center 804-644-1084

Remee Gemo, L.Ac., MSAOM 804-501-8060, Richmond

Remee Gemo, L.Ac. created the L.I.F.T. Facial Acupuncture Program to provide an effective, customized anti-aging protocol to enhance beauty and youthfulness. L.I.F.T. diminishes wrinkles, lifts sagging skin, and improves complexion by utilizing natural, non-surgical methods such as acupuncture, Asian bodywork and herbal formulations. Also offering Abdominal Slimming & Body Contouring Program. See ad, page 9.

A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. It restores colon muscle tone, rebalances intestinal flora and improves overall health. Call now for your consultation.


The Wellness Village, 1404 Starling Dr. 804-673-2936; 804-814-0221 Colon cleansing provides the first step in any detoxification process. Colonics are a safe and effective means to begin to restore your health.


Joy Black—Chi Nei Tsang, Qigong (Chi Kung) 1811 Huguenot Road, Suite 101 804-971-7135 Chi Nei Tsang qigong therapy combines energy work, meridian acupressure and massage of abdominal organs to release emotions, open blocked energy, and create balance. It offers a healing connection to your own body, resulting in deep relaxation and improvements to: digestion, sleep, circulation, and emotional and stress management.


Offering individual sessions as well as multiple practitioner sessions with Karen Madison. Intuitive and Integrative Energy/ Bodywork; Colorpuncture; Massage Therapy; Myofascial Release Therapy; Craniosacral Therapy; Reiki.


Cathy S. Phillips, CTT 2900 Polo Pkwy, Ste 103, Midlothian 804-748-7401


Breast Thermography uses infrared sensors to detect heat and increased blood flow around abnormal tissue. An abnormal thermogram indicates a future risk of breast disease. Interpreted by Jeanne Stryker, Board-Certified Radiologist. See ad, page 27.


804-353-2482 (Hours by Appointment)


Elliot S. Eisenberg, DC 3904 Meadowdale Boulevard, Richmond 804-271-7920 Chiropractic; Acupuncture; Massage. Wellness care and pain relief for all ages; individualized care programs since 1984. Voted Richmond’s Top Chiropractor in a Richmond Magazine survey. See ad, page 27.


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Psychotherapy and counseling for women’s issues: single parenting, relationships, codependency, life changes, chronic illness, grief and loss, spiritual discernment. In partnership with your specific needs.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY KAREN MADISON, CMT, RCST, BCST® 1806 Libbie Ave Richmond, VA 23226 804-247-3561

“Awaken From Within” – Offering Individual and Multi-Practitioner Sessions; Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Intuitive and Integrative Energy/Bodywork sessions; Spiral Synthesis; Cell and Core Belief Transformation; Myofascial Release Therapy; Reiki classes and other exciting and empowering workshops.


10446 Ridgefield Parkway Near Short Pump 804-740-4485 Accreditation with the International Academy of Oral Medical Toxicology. Certified provider of Oral Cancer screening with Velscope. Mercury-free dental practice. Family and cosmetic dentistry. Sedation dentistrycertified practice. Teeth whitening. Invisalign braces. Instructor at Medical College of Virginia Dental School. See ad, page 23.


2004 Bremo Rd., Ste 105 804-673-3344, Richmond Massage therapy certification program (CTO by SCHEV). Student clinic for the public. Orthopedic massage clinic for pain and dysfunction, including myofascial release, trigger point, craniosacral, neuromuscular, sports rehab. See ad, page 23.


Pamela A. Waitkus, Ed.S., LPC, LMFT Offices in Colonial Heights & Richmond 804-526-9885 Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) offers rapid, effective relief from many emotional problems, including trauma, anxiety, phobias, anger, sadness and grief, and is effective in weight release and overcoming self-sabotage. See ad, page 31.


Charlene Dortch, CH, CHTP, ATP 804-839-3123, Richmond


Clear blocks and restore balance to your life. Services include Spiritual Response Therapy, Hypnosis, Healing Touch, Reiki, ThetaHealing™, Emotional Freedom Techniques, life coaching, ATP®. See ad, page 13.



Elizabeth Sexton, MA, MS, RMP 1805 Monument Ave, Suite 607 804-677-4539, Richmond


Offering Reiki, Energy Healing, Intuitive Advising, and Life Coaching to support you along the path of self-evolution. Providing mentoring in times of stress and change, and energy therapy to balance mind, body and emotion. See ad, page 8.


Camie Lee, HTCP 804-339-1944, Richmond Energy Medicine for the whole family – empower yourself to health through self-care. Blending energy healing, Healing Touch, and reflexology to help you deal with stress, pain, ADHD, cancer, surgery and personal growth.


Ann Rust, HTCP/I, VortexHealing® Healing Touch/Quantum Touch/EFT 804-378-4606, Midlothian Specializing in bringing wholeness by clearing deep-seated issues, releasing traumas, repatterning the hara, and reducing pain and stress using a variety of advanced healing techniques and Lightbody integration.


Energy Healthcare, LLC 804-272-1242, Bon Air Energy Medicine/Healing, Reiki, acupressure, reflexology. Speaker (International). Classes/ Workshops: Stress Management, Meditation, Energy Medicine/ Healing, Nutrition, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, Intuition, Forgiveness, Chakras, Past Life Regression.


5318 Patterson Ave, Richmond 804-291-7785

Robyn Bentley 804-241-1685

Certified Professional Feng Shui consultations for your home or business. Author of Creating a Haven: Simple Steps for a Healthy and Nurturing Home. Featured on WTVR TV6, WRIC TV8, Lite98, Home Style, First For Women, The Wall Street Journal and more. Call or visit the website today.


Unique combination of intuitive mentoring and energy healing with a focus on living with intention. Offering energetic support and grounded guidance for healing and transformation. In private practice in Richmond since 1998.

804-678-8568, Richmond

Certified Traditional Feng Shui Consultant and Chinese Astrologer. Over 10 years of experience with hundreds of clients all over the U.S. Free Astrology Readings with every home or office consultation. Outstanding personal attention.


Carey Phillips, CMT, EEMCP, NCTMB 804-205-6531, West End Intuitive and integrative bodywork. Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, Structural Integration and massage therapies. Bringing balance and healing to body, mind and spirit. Empowering individuals to live more vibrant lives!


Liz Liverman Equine Gestalt Coach 804-380-9147 The experiential nature of Equine Gestalt coaching involves the horse as an active partner with the coach. Combined with positive coaching, somatic awareness guidance and Gestalt methodology, assists the client with a focus on designing a positive future.

FERTILITY BON SECOURS COMMONWEALTH FERTILITY AND WOMEN’S HEALTH Christine L. Cimo Hemphill, MD, NFPMC 13700 St. Francis Blvd, MOB, Ste 502 804-594-4700, Midlothian

Dr. Hemphill received her medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina and her OB/ GYN residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital/East Carolina University. She completed her fellowship in Medical/Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY® at Pope Paul VI Institute with Dr. Thomas Hilgers, co-creator, Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System.


Oriental Medicine Specialists, P.C. 5700 W. Grace St, Ste. 106 804-358-7071


Energy medicine, Reiki, facilitated healing, hypnotherapy, applied behavioral control theory, deep relaxation, accessing and releasing emotions/trauma at your pace. Specialize in energy clearing and energy hygiene for health care professionals.

R. Keith Bell, Licensed Acupuncturist, will help you incorporate a holistic approach into your fertility plan. He provides pre-conception planning, pregnancy support, & post-partum care & works extensively with those using Assisted Reproductive Technology.

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences. ~Eleanor Roosevelt natural awakenings

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Pasco Financial Group 1906 N. Hamilton Street, Ste D, Richmond 804-833-8603 Helping families and businesses sustain financial health since 1918. We offer diversified planning to match individual needs and lifestyles. Our job is to help you make smart and sustainable choices for the financial wellness of your family and/or your business.


Sherron Marquina, DC, PAK 9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 Board Certified Professional Applied Kinesiologist. Individualized care using functional diagnostics, gentle balancing methods, clinical nutrition, advanced therapies to solve difficult health problems or optimize your health.


Charlene Dortch, CH, CHTP, ATP® 804-839-3123, Richmond Clear blocks and restore balance to your life! Services include Spiritual Response Therapy, Hypnosis, Healing Touch, Reiki, ThetaHealing™, Emotional Freedom Techniques, life coaching, ATP®. See ad, page 13.


9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 Laser therapy can reduce pain and swelling of strained muscles, tendonitis, irritated discs, inflamed nerves; can stimulate tissue repair and regeneration from old and new injuries. See our website for more information about laser therapy.

LIFE COACHING THE MAIN CHANNEL, LLC Stephen D. Saunders, M.Ed 804-405-5216, Richmond Cecilia B. Thomas, M.Ed, M.Ht 804-432-1109, Richmond


Gayton Crossing Shopping Center 1312 Gaskins Road 804-740-3518 Stony Point Shopping Center 3062 Stony Point Road 804-320-6767 Natural Foods & Organic Produce. Bulk grains, fruits, spices & nuts. Herbs, vitamins, & supplements. Prepared foods: vegetarian & vegan. Books, classes & education. Programs to support the community. See ad, page 28.

Gain more life balance in a relaxed, strictly confidential setting. Goal and results oriented. Free, 30-minute consultation. Further information available on our website.


3500 Grove Ave, Ste 106, Richmond 804-869-4214

HOLISTIC NURSE HAYAT DONNA BAIN, MSN, RN Ask A Holistic Nurse 804-467-9674

Do you need an experienced holistic nurse? I joyfully serve families and individuals of all ages. My skills include helping elders maintain independence, providing relevant alternative healing options, and facilitating the end of life.


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Specializing in Oncology/Mastectomy Massage and Lymphatic Therapy. This gentle touch helps detoxify tissue, reduces swelling caused by lymphedema, surgery or injury, and restores tissue mobility. Customized Therapeutic Massage and Massage Cupping are also available.


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Parkway Henrico, VA 23233 804-741-5267 Providing Therapeutic Massage for 30+ years. Tailored to your needs including Deep Tissue, Tr i g g e r P o i n t , P r e n a t a l , Therapeutic, Hot Stone, Couples and Swedish Massage. T h a i Yo g a M a s s a g e , Reflexology, Reiki, and Infant Massage Training. Member BBB. See ad, page 27.

INSTITUTE OF MASSAGE THERAPIES 2004 Bremo Road, Suite 105 Richmond, VA 23226 804-673-3344

We are an outcome-oriented team with outstanding client results. Each member of our team is VA State Certified and Nationally Certified in Massage Therapy and Bodywork (NCTMB) with hundreds of hours of training. See ad, page 23.

LIBBIE KARALOW, CMT, CCP 804-833-0899, Richmond

Offering individual sessions as well as multiple practitioner sessions with Karen Madison. Intuitive and Integrative Energy/ Bodywork; Colorpuncture; Massage Therapy; Myofascial Release Therapy; Craniosacral Therapy; Reiki.


Linda Frazier, CMT, Usui Reiki Master 6130 Mechanicsville Tnpk 804-874-1920, Mechanicsville In practice since 1997. Intuitive massage and specializing in Medical Massage, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, Usui Reiki and Vortex Healing®. Reiki sessions & monthly classes.


Page Cline Fagalde, NCTMB, RM 804-339-6371, Richmond Relieving stress and pain with integrated massage, bodywork and energy techniques to release restrictions, improve balance and ease of movement and support healing. Myofascial Meridian Release, Isometric Muscle & Body Balancing, Swedish/ Therapeutic Massage and Reiki. See my website for more.

STILL POINT MASSAGE THERAPY, LLC Martha B. Tyler, RN, CMT 5318 Patterson Ave, Suite E 804-350-7647

Martha draws upon 20 years of experience as a nurse and educator to promote health and wellness through loving bodywork. Multiple modalities and flexible scheduling offered. Email:


Serving the birth community since 1997 as a doula and now as a midwife. Mary can help you have t h e g e n t l e , h e a l t h y, n o n interventive birth you desire at home. She supports VBACs and water births. Practicing traditional midwifery using the Midwives Model of Care. See ad, page 8.


Jean Curtacci, RN, CNM 13700 St. Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-423-8462, Midlothian As a certified nurse-midwife, Jean provides holistic care for women through all life stages. Jean has over 10 years of experience in women’s health care and is a strong proponent of disease prevention and wellness, patient education, informed decision making, and practicing evidencebased healthcare. See ad, page 3.


Melanie Hartman, CNM 13700 St. Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-423-8462, Midlothian After practicing as a registered nurse in Labor and Delivery for seven years, Melanie pursued a graduate education in midwifery. Melanie is a certified nursemidwife who supports alternative birthing options. In addition to prenatal, postnatal and newborn care, she offers lactation support for new mothers. See ad, page 3.


Derek S. Metzler, MPT 804-644-1221, Richmond Highly specialized Physical Therapy Practice using John F. Barne’s Myofascial Release. Focused on resolving complex issues, especially those chronic in nature. Also treatment for Women’s Health.


Kimberly Smith, CNM 13700 St. Francis Boulevard, MOB Ste 510 804-423-8462, Midlothian Kimberly has practiced as a nurse in Emergency, Women’s Health, and Labor and Delivery/MotherInfant care before receiving her Master of Science in Nursing and Nurse Midwifery. She finds it an honor to work alongside families who are welcoming new life. See ad, page 3.

NATUROPATHY GRACE GALLIANO, ND, CNHP Treasures of Health 804-427-1061, Mechanicsville

Improve your lifestyle focusing on healing methods that provide holistic, proactive prevention. Dr. Grace will help identify and remove barriers to good health.


Jennifer Walker, CNM 13700 St. Francis Boulevard, MOB Ste 510 804-423-8462, Midlothian Jennifer received her Master’s Degree as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Utah College of Nursing. One of her primary goals is to help women at all stages of their lives to achieve their greatest level of health and wellness. See ad, page 3.


Follow That Flute Solo, Duo and Trio Configurations: Flutes, Violin, Cello, Piano, Clarinet, Guitar 804-335-4074, Nothing can compare to the healing energy and aesthetic appeal that live music brings to a space. Whether you need music to soothe the soul or energize the function, Deborah can transform your event.

AMY LICHONCZAK, BCND 2008 Bremo Road, Ste 111 Richmond, VA 23226 804-740-4325

ANMCB Board-Certified Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in patient education and is an expert in root cause analysis. Identifies and resolves underlying health issues using natural healing techniques: h e r b o l o g y, h o m e o p a t h y, acupressure, NAET ® allergy elimination, nutrition, and supplement programs.


Oriental Medicine Specialists, P.C. 5700 W. Grace St. Ste. 106 804-358-7071; As a Certified Holistic Health Coach & Lifestyle Educator, Josh brings years of experience & unique insight to support & empower clients in achieving their goals, improving their health & living an inspired life.

I think any time people behave in a way that’s truly them, they’ll never fail. You get in trouble when you try to copy others. ~Gabrielle Reece natural awakenings

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REHABILITATION AT CARY STREET VETERINARY HOSPITAL Alexandra Dahlgren, DVM Cathleen Blanchong, DVM 3210 W. Cary Street, Richmond 804-355-9144


11420 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447 Our expert staff offers Counseling for: Weight Loss, Nutrition, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Stress, Pain Management, Autism, Bio-Identical Hormone R e p l a c e m e n t T h e r a p y, Sports Nutrition, Respiratory Conditions, AntiAging (Optimal Aging), Allergies, Skin Ailments, Auto-immune disorders, GI Issues, Chronic Disease (ie: CFS/FM, RA, MS, etc.)…call today. We can help you get back on track. We also offer: workshops, group and corporate programs. See ad, page 19.

Acupuncturist: specializing in geriatrics, pain management, sports medicine & rehabilitation. See ad, page 29.

REHABILITATION AT CARY STREET VETERINARY HOSPITAL Kim Raible, LVT Amy Wilson, MSPT 3210 W. Cary Street, Richmond 804-355-9144

Canine Rehabilitation: underwater treadmill, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation, manual therapy and balance/gait training. See ad, page 29.

PAIN/STRESS DAVID HERRING, CMT, IMT Innovative Pain Release Center 804-573-9516, Richmond

Address your pain & discomfort holistically with David’s expertise in Advanced Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT)™, Craniosacral, Myofacial Release & energybased therapies. David facilitates sustained & fast removal of pain & stress by identifying and addressing their causes. Very effective! Relaxing, non-invasive. Free assessments. See ad, page 11.

PET HEALTH ANIMAL INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Lodi Kysor, DVM Metro Richmond Area 804-784-0594

Veterinary Holistic House Calls, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Chiropractic. See ad, page 27.


11420 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447 Customized medications—for people & pets—in unique dosage forms to eliminate dyes, sugar, lactose & alcohol, using state-ofthe-art technology. Personal consultations for health issues including Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Thyroid Therapy, Pain Management, Autism, and Dietary Concerns. Natural & herbal medicines; Health Screenings; Cortisol & hormone saliva testing; hair and stool analysis. Weight Loss Rx. We are a destination for health & wellness— your formula for optimal health. See ad, page 19.


BETTY BAUGH’S ANIMAL CLINIC 5322 Patterson Ave, Richmond 804-288-7387

Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic offers traditional as well as holistic and herbal remedies. Please see our website for information on all services offered. See ad, page 29.


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Lee Shepperson, 804-874-3674 Debra Shepperson, 804-349-5009

Your Photographer of Choice: Engagement and Wedding Photography; Portraits; Pregnancy and Baby Photography; Celebrations; School and Graduation Pictures; Sporting Events; Holiday Parties; Commercial and Business; Pets and more. Creating your best shots! See ad, page 11.


Family Physician Apex-MD 5310 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen 804-273-0010 Trained and Certified by American Board of Integrated Holistic Medicine. Specialties: Chronic disease management by integrating Holistic approach; Diet management for hypertension, gout, cancer, arthritis, kidney disease, weight loss. See ad, back page.


2105 E. Parham Rd, Ste 109 (across from Lakeside PO) 804-762-9646 Complementary & Alternative Family Medicine. HCG All Natural Weight Loss Program. New Concierge Complete Wellness and Medical Care Program. Accepting most major insurance and credit card payments. See ad, page 22.

MATTHEW C. LEE, MD, RPH, MS 5700 Old Richmond Ave, Ste A-5 (Off Libbie, near St. Mary’s) 804-358-1492

Integrative approach to medicine, optimizing a realistic plan for your health/disease management. As a pharmacist, I review your medications to determine which ones are needed. Implement alternative therapies. Web visits available for established patients. See ad, page 15.


River’s Way Healthcare of Virginia, PLLC 1791 Cambridge Dr., Ste 203, Richmond 804-658-0435 Providing traditional and alternative approaches to support the body’s ability to heal itself. Health assessments, Management of health problems through a functional medicine approach. Accept most major insurances. See ad, page 31.


Kaille M. Padgett, Associate Instructor & Practitioner Mentor 804-402-4985, Richmond Personally experience the wonder of these astonishing new frequencies that enhance and fuel renewal functions of the body, increase vibratory levels for healing and personal development, and connect us to the fullness of Who We Are. See ad, page 11.


Talia Moser, Reflexologist, IIR certified By appt. (half- and full-hour) 804-399-3353, Richmond Reflexology is a holistic healing art. Applying pressure on points on feet and hands stimulates a healing response in glands, organs and systems, resulting in better circulation, vitality and peace. International Institute of Reflexology certified.

RESTAURANT MALABAR INDIAN CUISINE 3456 Lauderdale Dr, Glen Allen 804-364-7077

Serving authentic Indian food. Vegan and vegetarian dishes available. Daily vegetarian lunch buffet. Call for reservations.

SENIOR SERVICES ALTERNATIVE AGING FITNESS AND WELLNESS Ryan Duffy, MSG, Qigong Instructor 203-241-4825, Richmond

Ryan Duffy, Gerontologist, helps aging adults improve flexibility, balance, cardiovascular health and functional fitness. Group and personal sessions are available throughout the Richmond area.


FLOYD HERDRICH, L.AC Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Tuesday Evenings, 6-9pm 804-698-0225, Richmond

Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Parkway Henrico, VA 23233 804-741-5267 Consult with Nancy Glenmore Tatum, MSG, Gerontologist, Yoga and Massage Therapist, owner Glenmore Yoga & Wellness, to develop an individualized plan to meet your needs. Increase health, strength, flexibility, balance and confidence. 43 years experience. See ad, page 27.


At Battery Park Congreg. Church, Ginter Park. Classical style Tai Chi Gung and 38 posture short form. Essential movements to strengthen/enhance health and develop spiritual practice. See ad, page 33.


Thermographer The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Dr, Richmond 804-683-7774 Safe, non-invasive, radiation-free image screening. Preserve your breast, heart health, and much more. Live happier and healthier longer! Interpreted by Matthew Lee, MD, RPh. See ad, page 8.

3037 W. Cary St., Richmond 804-644-1084

Experience rejuvenation for the mind, body & spirit. Massage, Geriatric Massage. Facials, Waxing, Body Wraps, Body Polishing. Colon Hydrotherapy. Blood Type Diet Consultations. Natural Nail Care. Nutritional Products. Wellness Workshops.


Sport-specific, customized programs for faster injury recovery, effective pain reduction and enhanced performance to give a competitive edge to the proathlete and sports enthusiast alike. Acupuncture, postural alignment and herbal programs for golf, tennis & running; visit our website for monthly specials. See ad, page 9.


Joy Black—Qigong (Chi Kung), Chi Nei Tsang 1811 Huguenot Road, Suite 101 804-971-7135 GoodEnergyForLife.Net Qigong (Chi Kung) transforms stress into vitality. Develop healing mind-body connections through movement, meditation, breathwork, visualization and intention while interacting with nature and y o u r i n n e r b o d y. I m p r o v e flexibility, balance, stress, sleep, digestion and overall health.


All are welcome. Celebrate your wedding, your way. Large contemporary sanctuary, floor-to-ceiling windows overlook 2-acre Meditation Gardens, gazebo/ lily pond. Completely new facilities, kitchen/ reception hall opens to Terrace Fountain. Full AV support services.


800 Blanton Ave, Richmond 804-278-6489 M u l t i c u l t u r a l c e n t e r. Contemporary sanctuary, seats 200, tower and foyer, reception hall and fullservice kitchen. We partner with local photographers, caterers, florists, videographers, musicians. Full video services, live web-casting, multi-media, audio recording.

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WELLNESS CENTER BREEDLOVE MASSAGE & BODYWORK Sondra N. Breedlove, CMT 1145 Gaskins Rd, Ste 104 (Courtside West) 804-740-4202, Richmond

A h o l i s t i c We l l n e s s S p a specializing in Therapeutic massage including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal, Pediatric & Geriatric Massage. Practicing a mindfulness approach to health & wellness. Tap into the healing power within yourself today.

WELLNESS CONSULTANT GEORGIANNE GINDER, MSC, CHWC Your Best Medicine™ Certified Health and Wellness Counselor 804-248-2627

Feeling down and out? Tired of bad advice, loneliness, despair and pain? Get help making healthy choices. Expertise includes working with highly sensitive people and chronic illnesses. In-depth experience with VCU Healthcare System. Sliding scale available. Jin Shin Jyutsu® Practitioner.

YOGA ASHTANGA YOGA RICHMOND 2902 W. Cary Street, Richmond 804-622-8211

Come experience the dynamic practice of Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga next to the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. Offering daily classes for all levels and Prenatal yoga.

4617 Chester Square Road, Chester 804-312-1026 Offering an inspiring yoga experience in Chester, Virginia. Small class sizes, competitive pricing and a nurturing environment for all abilities. Vinyasa flow, hatha, gentle, restorative and more. Private instruction and on-site classes also available. See ad, page 9.

Greater Richmond Edition

Incorporate yoga into your life at Glenmore with our student focused classes, thirty+ multi-level classes taught by certified registered Instructors. Gentle and Ageless to Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Voted best Richmond Yoga Center. Teaching since 1970. See ad, page 27.

LYDIA NITYA GRIFFITH, E-RYT200 Specializing in Yoga for Children 804-678-8568, Richmond

Locally renowned yoga instructor offering classes and private instruction for children as well as summer yoga camp and Yoga with Nitya DVD. Private and corporate adult classes, retreats, and teacher training.


Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYT, Director Classes at Quaker Meeting: 4500 Kensington Ave 804-342-1061;

Buckingham, VA 1-800-858-YOGA (9642) Serene Yoga Center in rolling Virginia Woodlands. Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings. Silent and Individual Retreats. Workshops. Yoga classes. Meditation. Guest Stays. Welcome Weekends. Vegetarian Meals. See ad, page 33.


Kirsten Hale, CSYT 700 hrs. 804-519-7471, Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT 700 hrs. 804-338-1105, Experience the immediate, reliable results of this restorative yoga that releases deeply held tensions in core muscles along the spine. Small classes for all levels of fitness, meeting your body right where it is. Embodyment Yoga® Therapy, meditation classes and workshops.


3835C Old Buckingham Road Powhatan, VA 23139 804-598-0700

Teaching since 1992. Training since 1999. Yoga for balancing life challenges + experiencing peace. Expert in Yoga Philosophy, Cancer, Arthritis, Anxiety, PTSD + other health conditions. On faculty at Yogaville, national/ international speaker. Classes include asanas, breathing, chanting, meditation, relaxation, philosophy. Personalized attention.

YOGA STORE CLOSING SALE. Everything must go! Clearing out all store stock! April 50% off * May 60% off * June 70% off. Closing June 21st. Hours: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11am-3:30pm, Tuesday & Thursday 1-5:30pm.



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Yoga Comes To You! For every person who participates you receive $10 off. Maximum of 8 people plus you. 8 people = your session free. No prior Yoga experience necessary. This style of Yoga includes: postures, stretching, breathing exercises, meditation and deep relaxation, tools to quiet the mind. Private sessions available + meditation classes.

YOGA THERAPY Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT500, PRYT

A unique body-mind healing practice that combines gentle yoga with active listening to facilitate self-discovery and exploration of the relationship between our body, our mind and our life.

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