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I hope you are having an amazing summer. Mine is filled with sorting, packing and unpacking—we are moving, again! Locally—into a smaller place, preparing for our impending empty nest. I love the simplifying and excitement that comes with a move, but I will miss my wonderful neighbors—that’s never a given and we have been blessed. I must be a sucker for change, for in addition to it happening on its own as it surely does, I seem to seek it out! So, we will end this Jessica Coffey, Publisher summer in a new home getting ready for our youngest son, Sy, to begin his senior year of high school. Time is a funny thing. I wholeheartedly agree with Gretchen Rubin when she says, “The days are long, but the years are short.” It has flown by! Luckily, I have the cats. Lance and Ivy are sweet and constant companions. More like dogs, really—they come running when we get home, they fetch, they always want to be near us and they usually sleep with us at night. I am thankful for their presence in the midst of all the change. In this issue, we have an expanded pet section to highlight our furry (feathered, finned, scaled…) friends. Be sure to take a trip to CritterTown BathHouse & Market and RedRidge Pet Market for all of your pet needs. This issue also focuses on inflammation and how it can negatively affect your health, especially your gut and brain. Another article emphasizes the importance of clean water— beginning with local sources, like our own James River. It’s so important for us to keep the pollution out of the water and the litter off her banks. Every little bit helps—whether you volunteer to assist with a big cleanup effort or simply pick up pieces of trash when you are on a walk. I love the magic of the river, of any body of water, and I hope to spend a lot of my summer hanging out by Pony Pasture. I hope your summer finds you by the water or another favorite destination. May you rest, recharge and be well. I love this poem by Juan Ramon Jimenez with its focus on water and change…

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An Inspired New Anthology


fter nearly 20 years of newsletters, blogs and poetry, Lydia Nitya, owner of Nitya Living Yoga, has written an inspiring new book, Musings from the Mat: Inspirations and Poetry. Deeply personal, raw and authentic, Nitya’s writing takes the reader on a spiritual yogi’s journey through life; a journey in which we can all find humor, wisdom and greater understanding of our own human narrative. Event location: 2913 W. Cary St. For more information, call 804-678-8568. Buy the book at See listing on page 41.

James River Myofascial Release Finds New Home


ames River Myofascial Release, a John F. Barnes Myofascial Release practice owned by Rob Crampton, LMT, now operates inside the Acupuncture and Health Center located at 3924 Springfield Road, in Glen Allen. The John F. Barnes method of Myofascial Release is gentle and safely effective at treating a wide variety of chronic and acute health issues including sports injuries, headaches, musculoskeletal problems, digestive issues and more, and is complementary to many traditional and alternative therapies, including acupuncture.

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Origin Mother Circle Serves Women of Color


mbrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center and Wellnest Counseling and Services, LLC, have partnered to offer Origin Mothering Circle, a circle for women of color by women of color. Lauren Collins, a professional birth doula and licensed counselor, will host a supportive and safe space from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting. No matter where or how you plan to birth, or birthed, you are welcome to attend.

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ponsored by Vegan Action, the Compassionate Action Conference hopes to broaden awareness for all creatures that share this planet with us and begin building a more compassionate city by exploring the connection between our use of animals, the environment and our health on July 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orchard House School. Speakers include Keegan Kuhn, codirector of the documentary films Cowspiracy and What The Health; and Hannah Shaw, aka Kitten Lady. Lunch is available from the Go Go Vegan Go food truck, and participants can visit with a dozen organizations to learn more about important issues affecting the lives of animals. Richmond has an array of organizations focused on the welfare of dogs and cats, yet other animals from chickens and primates to pigs and elephants suffer silently for food, science, clothing and entertainment. Admission is free with registration at Location: 500 N. Allen Ave.

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A Bright Spot on the RVA Coffee Scene


li Thompson, an Outer Banks local turned Richmonder, created Bright Spot Coffee upon discovering a need for more love and equality in the coffee industry and the world as a whole. Thompson says, “Our goal is to inspire positivity and change through coffee.” Coffee is available from 3 to 6 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Birdhouse Farmers’ Market. As a new, philanthropic coffee roaster, Bright Spot Coffee intends to work alongside other coffee professionals focused on making positive change in coffee-producing countries. “For too long, coffee farmers in producing countries have had to deal with issues like unequal wages, food insecurity and the lack of agricultural education.” Bright Spot’s Her House Blend is a mix of organic, fair trade beans from Peru, Columbia and Rwanda, all grown and produced by women farmers. At the end of the year, Bright Spot Coffee donates 5 percent of the proceeds to the farms in the countries where the beans were produced and 5 percent to a local women’s crisis center of their choosing. Market location: 1507 Grayland Ave. For more information, visit

Richmond Welcomes New Organic Urban Farm


un Path Family Farm is a new urban farm located in the Oakgrove/Bellemeade neighborhood of Richmond, owned and operated by Alia Chambers and Jeremy Carry. They started as hobby gardeners, growing food for their household of five and saw the benefits in growing their own food and supporting local farmers’ markets because the community had limited access to fresh, organic produce. After viewing an online video about bio-intensive urban farming that allowed farmers to grow large quantities of produce on small plots of land, Chambers and Carry realized they could grow enough food for everyone, including restaurants, chefs and local grocery stores. They established Sun Path Family Farm in February. Their love of gardening has not only become a shared passion, but a shared life’s purpose.

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Body Image is Focus of New Film


ponsored by Mind-Body Health Coach Caroline Pascual, RN, the documentary film Fattitude will be screened at 6:45 p.m., August 21, at the Byrd Theater. The movie will be followed by a Q&A with director Lindsey Averill and filmmaker Viridiana Lieberman. “Fattitude examines how popular culture perpetuates the fat hatred and fat-shaming that results in a very real cultural bias and a civil rights issue for people who are living in fat bodies,” says Averill. The dynamic team of Averill and Lieberman both possess the filmmaking, writing, editing and production skills to relay the complex reality of fat prejudice in Western culture. Tickets are $25. Location: 2908 W. Cary St. For more information, visit FattitudeTheMovie. 10

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New Cookbook is Truly Healthy for All Diets


ocal Certified Health Coach, Elizabeth Thomson, has written The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook, containing more than 100 easy and delicious vegetarian recipes that are actually healthy. The cookbook includes flexible recipe modifications for a variety of diets, such as dairyfree, nut-free, gluten-free, vegan and more. Thomson didn’t always follow the healthy vegetarian lifestyle that she espouses today. Like many Americans, Thomson once believed that going meatless was healthy enough. Without much cooking experience, she relied on convenience meals like mac n’ cheese, French fries and pizza—all of which can be vegetarian, but not very nutritious. The voice of the popular blog I Heart Vegetables has reformed her unhealthy eating habits and with The Truly Healthy Vegetarian Cookbook, helps readers do the same. With wholesome vegetarian recipes that offer variety and simplicity, this vegetarian cookbook will prove that going beyond pasta, white rice and meat substitutes is easier and more delicious than we thought. To purchase a copy, visit iheartvegetables.

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Five new Integral Yoga teachers graduated on May 19 to serve the Richmond community. They celebrated with a ceremony at the Integral Yoga Center of Richmond (ICYoR), where they received their diplomas after a demanding six-month training at IYCoR and Yogaville. The graduates are Anna Mukti Devi Medinger, Rebecca Prashanti Williams, Pam DevaJyoti McGeorge Sisson, Karen Steidle, M.D., and Jenny Piazza. The comprehensive course, based on the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda, includes a three-month-long philosophy curriculum which encompasses the six branches of yoga, interfaith studies and an in-depth study and practice of Raja Yoga—the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. For more information, call 804-342-1061 or visit See listing on page 41.

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Sydney Kiker, PMHNP, and Becky Jacobson, MA, ATR, LMT, have joined the practice of Zoe Therapy Services, a holistic mental health practice offering psychotherapy, neurofeedback, medication management, massage therapy, art therapy and functional medicine services. Kiker is an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner who incorporates functional medicine into her practice. Owner Yvonne Campbell says, “Her patients are confident in her caring Sydney Kiker and expertise as well as the assurance that conventional medications are prescribed only when needed and that alternative and complementary medicine approaches are supported.” As an experienced art therapist and masBecky Jacobson sage therapist, Jacobson integrates mind, body and spirit into her work. Campbell says, “Working with art, she assists clients in coping with grief, loss, transition and trauma. Working with massage, aromatherapy, energy and bodywork, she helps clients release stored emotions in addition to helping with stress management and pain relief.” Jacobson also offers a weekly meditation group, free to all Zoe Therapy Services clients. Location: 8100 Three Chopt Rd., Ste 226. For more information, call 804-303-9622 or visit



Portia Chan, board president of Nurture, a local non-profit whose mission is “to improve the health and well-being of childbearing families through fitness, education, social support and community engagement,” has written an article, “Becoming a Mother: Overcoming Postpartum Depression,” published online in April Magazine. Chan says, “Postpartum depression can take many forms, and new mothers often hesitate to admit their feelings of guilt and inadequacy.” In the article, Chan reflects upon her experience of losing her old sense of self and integrating her new identity as a mother. Confessing the stigma against speaking about mental health issues in the Asian-American community, she found her main Portia Chan supports in her husband and mother, and the journey made her realize the importance of representation in the healing process. Read the article at For more information, email

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Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.

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More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and felt jittery, 24.7 percent had faster heartbeats and 22.5 percent noted “jolt and crash” episodes— a spell of alertness followed by a sudden drop in energy. Another 5.1 percent experienced nausea or diarrhea and 0.2 percent, seizures. Most respondents said they drank only one or two energy drinks at a time. 14

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According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.

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Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the water to either fertilize and make baby coral larvae or settle back onto the reef, fostering growth. Dirk Petersen, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Sexual Coral Reproduction, in Hilliard, Ohio, gathers sperm and eggs from corals, fertilizes them in a lab and returns the baby corals to the wild. “A bunch of us coral reef managers were just so sick of just watching things die,” says Laurie Raymundo, a biologist at the University of Guam. This kind of in vitro fertilization provides at least a glimmer of hope for the future.


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In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with doublewalled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.


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Mayors Worldwide Sign Climate Charter

At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

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ES! Mattress, a new local company that is very concerned with the quality of their customers’ sleep, was created by Kate MacDonald because she wanted to give them the opportunity to have a luxury mattress without having to pay luxury prices. These well-constructed mattresses are made with CertiPur-U.S.-certified foam, which means they are made without ozone depleters, PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP flame retardants, mercury, lead or other heavy metals, formaldehyde or phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They also have low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions for indoor air quality (the noxious new-mattress smell). The presence of VOCs means a higher probability of health complications in the form of breathing problems,

skin issues, headaches/migraines and a host of others. Yes! Mattresses are made fresh in the USA and delivered from the factory to the home, instead of stored for months wrapped in plastic in a warehouse until they are sold, often during a “clearance” sale. MacDonald designed a cover that is made of bamboo—soft, smooth, luxurious, light on the carbon footprint and woven so no additional fire retardants are needed. The YES! Mattress is a combination of a firm base to avoid sagging with softer foams on top to cushion uncomfortable pressure points. MacDonald’s experience in neurology and sleep medicine, along with literally putting hundreds of foam combinations to the test, has allowed her to provide customers with utter comfort while enhancing their health.


Several years ago, MacDonald was hit by a drunk driver and suffered from chronic pain injuries. After years of searching for sleep and comfort, her husband insisted they go in search of a new mattress. At a luxury mattress store, they found a suitable model, but with a huge price tag. It was then that MacDonald felt others deserved the same benefits and set out to do it without the luxury cost. She also contributes to women’s and children’s shelters, Down syndrome nonprofits, animal rescues, service dogs and veterans associations—they are the heart and soul of the YES! Mattress giving focus. She donates mattresses and cash to help these groups so that we all may get a good night’s sleep. They offer a risk-free, 100-day trial with free shipping and returns to ensure that the fit is perfect. For more information, call 800-713-8519 or visit See ad on page 15. Martin Miron is a writer and editor for Natural Awakenings magazines across the country.

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ny time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical— they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.

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“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.” Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative

Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites. “Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable and easier for the body to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.” That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did. A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived. Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun— the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

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Inflammation-Causing Foods Dr. Frank Hu, of the Harvard School of Public Health, suggests limiting these foods that inflame, all found in a typical fast food meal. 1. Refined carbs, such as bread buns and sugars

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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.

Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.

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Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil. Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory food that also helps reduce intestinal gas and prevent nausea, advises Weil.

Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.


Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.


Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”


Bok choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, as well as a higher concentration of betacarotene and vitamin A, than any other variety of cabbage, according to Weil.

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Black cod, also known as butterfish or sablefish, has even more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, notes Weil.

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s early as 400 B.C., Hippocrates stated that all disease begins in the gut. Long before the agricultural revolution and the industrialization of our food supply, before modern medicine or the invention of toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants, the root cause of disease had already been traced to the health of our gastrointestinal (GI) tracts. Complications stemming from GI imbalances or hyperpermeability can create symptoms not normally associated with gut health—70 to 80 percent of our immune system lies in the gut. In a common condition called leaky gut syndrome, the “mortar” between the “bricks” lining our intestinal tract becomes damaged, causing gaps that allow food particles and toxic byproducts to be absorbed into the bloodstream. This dangerously compromises our immune defense and causes systemic inflammation, GI discomfort, irregular bowel habits and a diversity of symptoms in the body. If left unchecked, this process of inflammation will lead to what we traditionally recognize as a chronic disease. Concurrent lifestyle factors such as a poor diet, stress, sleep deprivation, excessive alcohol consumption, not exercising and toxins in our food, water supply, cleaning and personal care products can all contribute to hyperpermeability. In addition to practicing self-care, it is important to implement some nutritional strategies to support gut health:

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ing other potential triggers such as nuts, soy and eggs, or undergo testing. The elimination and reintroduction process is highly individualized, so working with a qualified nutritionist can greatly assist in safely navigating these dietary changes, especially if there are other dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, religious or cultural considerations.

Add nutrient-dense, gut-friendly foods. Bone broth contains collagen,

gelatin and amino acids proline, glycine and glutamine that strengthen the gut lining to aid in digestion and absorption. Fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and kombucha help to restore a healthy balance of friendly bacteria. Fresh fruits and vegetables—including beans and legumes—and whole grains are essential sources of fiber, which is important for a healthy GI tract. Asparagus, artichokes, onions, leeks, garlic, chicory and bananas also contain prebiotics that feed beneficial bacteria.

Seek out whole foods when possible and incorporate a variety of vegetables with every meal. Broth-based soups, salads and grilled meat or fish with steamed or sautéed vegetables are good options when eating out. Batch-cooking meals ahead of time for leftovers—especially soups to freeze—makes eating healthy with a busy lifestyle much easier. Erin Lawson, MS, BSN, RN, is a clinical nutritionist and health educator for Salveo Diagnostics, in Richmond.

The Gut-Brain Inflammation Connection by Dr. Christine H. Thompson


or those feeling fuzzy, fatigued and forgetful and wondering if they are exhibiting early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, these symptoms can be signs of being too busy or sleep-deprived; they may also be early signs of brain inflammation and degeneration. Degenerative brain disorders are increasing at an unprecedented rate. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., with more than 5 million people afflicted. The reason for this is multi-factorial and complicated, but the short explanation is digestive dysfunction and inflammation. “Leaky gut” is actually a gut lining permeability problem where, due to an unhealthy intestinal lining, absorption of nutrients and removal of toxic waste has gone awry. The result is that toxic waste and undigested proteins are passed into the bloodstream, where they produce inflammation, allergic reactions and illness. The reason for digestive dysfunction is also multi-factorial and complicated, but can be summed up as damage to our gut microbes and the gut lining from antibiotics, pesticides, an overly sanitized environment and poor diet. The gut lining is very similar to the blood-brain barrier (BBB), a layer of cells with the purpose of transporting glucose and nutrients to the brain while keeping toxic chemicals, bacteria and harmful organisms out. According to Dr. Zach Bush, who has studied both membranes under the microscope, some of the same things that cause leaky gut also cause leaking of the permeable membrane between the blood and the brain. When the BBB leaks damaging particles into our brain, we end up with chronic inflammation. With symptoms that include brain fog, memory loss, lack of focus, fatigue, mood swings, sleeplessness and

depression, this inflammation can lead to degenerative brain or autoimmune disease. Inflammation is the root cause of almost all degenerative disease. Although it is a natural response to injury, when inflammation becomes chronic, it is destructive to the very tissues it is designed to heal. We don’t have to look very far to find the cause of this chronic inflammation. From the pesticides sprayed on our foods to the toxic chemicals in our household products and cosmetics, we are exposed to many known carcinogens and hormone disruptors daily. According to research by Bionsen, a natural deodorant company, the average woman’s grooming routine exposes her to 515 different synthetic chemicals every day,

but the most common source of inflammation is our diet. Not only are processed foods with chemical flavorings, colorings and preservatives inflammatory, but any food containing corn, wheat, dairy, soy or sugar can cause damaging inflammation to the gut lining, the gut microbes, the blood vessels or the brain. To stop all of this damage to our brains, the first line of defense is to reduce our exposure to chemicals through healthy choices in food, water and household products. Adding anti-inflammatory foods, herbs and spices to our diet is essential, and using powerful antioxidants and herbal supplements to interrupt the inflammatory cascade can work wonders. Dr. Christine Thompson holds a doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University, and has been practicing in downtown Fredericksburg since 1996. For more information, visit Whole Health Solutions at Whole-Health. net. See ad on page 24.

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n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. “One of the main reasons I came to the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example, most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insect-killing poison called Bt-toxin.

Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.

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Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, but a goodly number of animal studies confirm that it causes cancer. Preliminary tests commissioned by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular dog and cat foods contained more glyphosate residues than most human foods.

Pet owners that notice benefits from changing a pet’s diet can share their story via or The sooner we realize the hidden dangers, the quicker the market must respond with healthier ingredients. Possibly because pets are exposed to Roundup from spraying both foods and lawns, a pilot study by Health Research Institute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate levels in food and environments, found the levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher than the average in humans.

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Numerous veterinarians see good results when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems [and other conditions] improve when we take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on something that’s more organic and natural. It’s a dramatic change.” In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 people that adopted a non-GMO and largely

organic diet reported improvements in 28 health conditions, many of which have increased in the U.S. parallel with the growing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements in status for eight health issues, including digestion, allergies and skin conditions, when their pet’s food was changed. Plausible explanations include that glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could possibly interfere with digestion, detoxification and immunity. According to integrative veterinarian Karen Becker, in Chicago, the Healthy Pets expert for, “We know now that animals consuming genetically modified foods… can change the terrain of their GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the

root cause of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”

Organic Surpasses Non-GMO

GMOs are not the only crops drenched with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other foods to dry them, often just a few days before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields and vineyards. Organic growers and processors are not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified non-GMO. Jeffrey M. Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and its campaign, Protect Pets from GMOs and Pesticides, at Author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, his upcoming film, Secret Ingredients, interviews many that recovered from disease after switching to organic food. Also visit

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hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and even cancer pain, and saving lives.

The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one on 150 veterans with chronic low back pain from the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. It showed that

Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”



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Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level, but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no

Let the Sunshine In Just getting a little natural sunlight can have a strong effect on chronic pain, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Hospital patients fortunate enough to have beds on the sunny side of the building cut their need for opioid-based pain meds by 22 percent just one hour after spine surgery. THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slippery slope of using an illegal substance.” In addition to CBD oil’s pain-relieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at

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reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

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“The Fox River’s been our treasure since Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. Recent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 30

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to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000 three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis

McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. A map at shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most projects are funded, directly or indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”. Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids. Connect with the freelance writer via

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Intro to Ashtanga 8-Week Series – 7-8:15pm. Students will be introduced to the philosophy behind Ashtanga Yoga, breath (pranayama), sun salutations, the standing sequence & some seated poses (asanas). Class is packed w/practical info & experiential learning & is the foundation for a safe and conscious practice. Kyra Haigh. $112/8 wks. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

R i c h m o n d M i n d B o d y S p i r i t G a t h e ring – Recessed for July. For more info: Partner Prenatal – 1-3pm. Explore the physical practice of yoga & meditation as an opportunity to find connection & support. Open to all levels. $25/couple. Coconut Elephant Yoga,  2949 Fox Chase Ln, Ste B, Midlo. Register: 804-305-2297 or



CarMax Free 4th of July – 9am-5pm. Free admission to the Lewis Ginter on this day includes Butterflies LIVE!, Origami in the Garden, live music from the Happy Lucky Combo, a parade & more. Open rain or shine. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 802-262-9887. 

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Namaste for Beer Yoga – 10am. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 James River Rx – 5:30-6:30pm. Join the James River Assoc for a little break to reconnect w/nature. Expect a brief meditation, nature connection exercise & sharing w/the group. Chapel Island. Free. More info: To register: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Wed, 7/11-8/2, 5:30-7:45pm. 8-wk course including silent retreat. Learn proven techniques for reducing worries & fears that cause unnecessary stress. Sherry Klauer. $480/non-mbr, $320/mbr. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register:

THURSDAY, JULY 12 Sizzling Summer Series: You Are More than Your Physical Body – 7-9pm. Experience the unique Hemi-Sync audio technology designed to help you access & explore deep states of awareness. Nancy McMoneagle, President & Exec Director of The Monroe Institute, will talk about the Institute’s ongoing work in consciousness exploration. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Healthy Mornings – 8-9am (doors open at 7:50am). Join us for a networking/speaker series sponsored by Natural Awakenings and Wellness Collective RVA. Every second Friday of the month we offer a wonderful opportunity to learn & socialize with other wellness-minded folks. No cost to attend, but please register in advance. Location: Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. See Healthy Mornings RVA on Facebook for details.  

Wellness Wednesday Yoga – 6:30pm. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Tickets thru Eventbrite. Trapez i u m B r e w i n g , 4 2 3 3 r d S t , P e t e r s b u rg .

THURSDAY, JULY 19 Glenmore Yoga Teacher Training Program Open House – 2-5pm. Learn about Glenmore’s 200- & 300-hr training programs. Contact Glenmore Yoga to RSVP or schedule another day & time if can’t make 7/19. It’s our 15th year offering yoga teacher training programs. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.   Yoga @ Fine Creek – 6:30pm. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Tickets thru Eventbrite. Fine Creek Brewing, 2425 Robert E Lee Rd, Powhatan. Untwisted: How to Free Yourself with the Power of Love – 7-9pm. Experience & remember yourself as unconditional, unlimited love. Learn & apply simple neurolinguistic programming (NLP) tools to sustain this new or enhanced awareness. Ted D. Anders, PhD. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

FRIDAY, JULY 20 Contemporary Cayce: Exploring and Living Edgar Cayce’s Core Concepts for Your Best Life Yet – 7/20-22. Join 5 experts who have studied & taught the Edgar Cayce material for decades & now bring this soul-enhancing info to life for you. John Van Auken; Peter Woodbury, MSW; Mark Thurston, PhD; Cheryl Baer-Bernath; JP Amonte. Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., Virginia Beach. 800-333-4499. Shamanic Drum Circle – 7:15-9:15pm. Percussive rituals, ceremonies & healing techniques that celebrate seasons & life cycles. Polly Lazaron. $20 sug donation. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register:

IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Scarlett Heinbuch, PhD, & David Swartz on their just-published book,  Waking Up to Love, which describes their healing journey together & their remarkable shared near-death experience (SNDE). Potluck lunch follows. Free. River Road ChurchBaptist, NW Corner River & Ridge Rds. Donna: 804-690-3310.

TUESDAY, JULY 24 Chronic Disease – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy health seminar. Baylor Rice. Free. West End location, 3656 Mayland Ct. 804-897-6447.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Let Your Soul Speak Journaling – 7-8:30pm. Includes centering, writing warm-up, in-depth journaling & brief sharing/reflection. Elaine Kiziah. $10 sug donation. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register:

THURSDAY, JULY 26 Chronic Disease – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy health seminar. Baylor Rice. Free. South Side location, 11420 W Huguenot Rd. 804-897-6447. Modern Day Mystic – 7-9pm. Marsha Andrews & Gail Courville discuss the purpose for all of us being here on Earth, as well as share guidelines for being human to achieve this purpose. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

SATURDAY, JULY 28 Plant it Now: Fall Vegetable Gardening – 9-11am. Horticulturist Heather Veneziano describes how to plan a fall garden & provides pointers for those who want to grow vegetables year-round. $33/non-mbr, $20/mbr. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Register:  Family Summer Wild Edible Plants in Forest Hill Park – 10am-12pm. Come learn at least 12 wild edible plants available in Central Virginia from experienced foragers. We’ll cover as many plants as we can in 2 hours while still having fun! Kids welcome with the supervision of a guardian. $25/adults & kids 14 & up; $10/kids 9-13; free/kids 8 & under. Forest Hill Park. Register:

MONDAY, JULY 30 OMmonday Yoga – 6:30pm. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 Perseverance – 7-9pm. From surviving the harrowing genocide of his people to leading hundreds of younger boys across Sudan, many of whom died, John Dau shares his story as a Lost Boy and the life lessons that helped him not only overcome, but help others through the most horrific of circumstances. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

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Intro to Mindfulness – 9am-12:30pm. Learn the benefits of mindfulness & gain tools for incorporating practices into your daily life. Sandra Tan & Kristina Aschenbach. $90/non-mbr, $45/mbr. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register: Namaste for Beer Yoga – 10am. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd. Intro to Mysore Workshop + 8 Intro to Mysore Classes – 10:30-11:30am. Mysore is the traditional method for learning Ashtanga yoga where students of all levels practice at their own pace & the teacher gives instruction on an individual basis. Included in package are our intro classes which  provide students individualized guidance & attention as they learn the Ashtanga system. Kyra Haigh. $125. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 James River Rx – 5:30-6:30pm. Join the James River Assoc for a little break to reconnect w/nature. Expect a brief meditation, nature connection exercise, & sharing w/the group. Chapel Island. Free. More info: To register:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 Dances of Universal Peace: Prayer in Motion for You and for the World – 7-9pm. If you can walk, you can move w/us in these dances. Each dance is taught line-by-line & step-by-step. Connect w/your divine & witness this mystery w/in others. Hayat Bain. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 Healthy Mornings – 8-9am (doors open at 7:50am). Join us for a networking/speaker series sponsored by Natural Awakenings and Wellness Collective RVA. Every second Friday of the month we offer a wonderful opportunity to learn & socialize with other wellness-minded folks. No cost to attend, but please register in advance. Location: Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. See Healthy Mornings RVA on Facebook for details.  


savethedate Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering “The Culinary Medicine Chef’s Recipe for Healthy Living.” Chef, retreat facilitator & author of the Inner Kitchen and The Blissed Out Chef, Laurel Herman offers valuable info & application of healing herbs, spices & plants to enhance healing & flavor to empower people to be active participants in their own healing. 1:44-4:44pm: Join us at our Karma Café for a Focus Group on growing your wholistic practice/ business.

Saturday, August 11 11:44am-4:44pm 1007 Peachtree Blvd.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 Wellness Wednesday Yoga – 6:30pm. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Tickets thru Eventbrite. Trapez i u m B r e w i n g , 4 2 3 3 r d S t , P e t e r s b u rg . Shamanic Drum Circle – 7:15-9:15pm. Percussive rituals, ceremonies & healing techniques that celebrate seasons & life cycles. Polly Lazaron. $20 sug donation. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 Yoga @ Fine Creek – 6:30pm. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Tickets thru Eventbrite. Fine Creek Brewing, 2425 Robert E Lee Rd, Powhatan. A Door Has Opened for Humanity & There’s a New Awakening – 7-9pm. Faith Grieger will explain how to connect w/your eternal self through past life regression, life-between-lives, quantum consciousness & Galactic Reunion sessions. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Dan Furst from Cusco, Peru-based author of Maps of Power & the world’s leading astrocartographer.  Potluck lunch follows. Free. River Road Church-Baptist, NW Corner River & Ridge Rds. Donna: 804-690-3310. Partner Prenatal – 1-3pm. See July 14 listing.  Coconut Elephant Yoga,  2949 Fox Chase Ln, Ste B, Midlo. Register: 804-305-2297 or


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Fattitude Screening – 6:45pm. Feature-length, fullcolor, documentary film that examines how popular culture perpetuates the fat hatred & fat-shaming that results in a very real cultural bias & a civil rights issue for people living in fat bodies. Q&A w/director Lindsey Averill & filmmaker Viridiana Lieberman. Sponsored by Caroline Pascual, RN, Mind-Body Health Coach. $25. Byrd Theater, 2908 W. Cary St. Thyroid Health – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy health seminar. Baylor Rice. Free. West End location, 3656 Mayland Ct. 804-897-6447.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 Illuminate: Clear and Lighten Your Energy Fields for Greater Love, Harmony & Beauty – 7-9pm. Explore how the info & memory in energy fields are carried w/in us from our genetic lines & life experience & are also held in physical spaces & land. Presenter: William Brisson. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584. Thyroid Health – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy health seminar. Baylor Rice. Free. South Side location, 11420 W Huguenot Rd. 804-897-6447.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder – 10am. South River Compounding Pharmacy health seminar. Baylor Rice. Free. West End location, 3656 Mayland Ct. 804-897-6447.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 Mind Body Soul Sunday Yoga – All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Tickets thru Eventbrite. Three Notch’d, 2930 W Broad St.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 Soulful Relationships – 7-9pm. Come and transform your relationship to soulful relationships and improve the overall quality of your life. Christian de la Huerta. Love offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

plan ahead SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 5th Annual Speak Up 5K – 9am. Signature event of the Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Foundation whose mission is to cultivate awareness and understanding for those suffering from teenage depression and anxiety. This is a race for everyone! Whether you walk, jog or run, join us to help end the stigma of mental illness. Byrd Park.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 True Nature: Self-Discovery Through Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – For yoga instructors & students w/ established practices. Learn core concepts in yogic philosophy & crucial sanskrit vocabulary then apply these principles practically as a group thru meditation, asana, pranayama & kirtan. Izzy Shurte. $125 before 9/20, $150 after. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl.

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Summer Camp Program – Enjoy a different theme each week (see website for details). Held at Fairy Tale Parties, 10861 W Broad St, Glen Allen. For more info & to register:

Ayurvedic Health or Lifestyle Consultations – Do you need support for health issues or are you simply curious about Ayurveda? Schedule a health-focused or lifestyle-focused appt to learn how Ayurveda can support you. Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor:

Volunteers Needed – The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond provides free transportation to doctors’ appointments or the grocery store for older citizens (60+). Volunteer drivers who can give time 1x/ month are needed. Handymen/women also welcome. For more details or to sign up: 804-355-7282.

sunday Overeaters Anonymous – 13 wkly mtgs. Is food a problem for you? No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins, no diets. 804-933-0480. Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 9am. Free. Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Richmond Zen – 9-10:20am, meditation; 10:3011:30am, study group. Meditation instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. Laughter Yoga – 10am. 3rd. No experience necessary. Slash Coleman, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. $10 sug donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 5Rhythms Movement Meditation – 11am12:30pm. A movement meditation practice devised by Gabrielle Roth. Draws from indigenous & world traditions using tenets of shamanistic, ecstatic, mystical & Eastern philosophy. Jeffrey Boynton/Samantha Lane. $15; $12/student, hardship. TurnRVA, 3105 W Moore St. 804-387-5549. 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. Prenatal Yoga – 2-3:30pm. 2x/mo. Therapeutic approach to prenatal yoga focusing on the individual to support a home practice. $95/5 sessions. Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd. 804-305-2297. Prenatal Yoga – 3:30pm. Prepare your body & mind for the birth of your child. Meet other pregnant women in the area to create a community of support throughout your pregnancy, birth & beyond. $112/8 classes/80 days. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Svaroopa Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Learn how powerful the basics can be. Guided relaxation, breathing & well-supported poses designed to melt away tension. Lisha Reynolds, CSYT 200. $16 or series discount. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-5197471. Breast Cancer Support Meeting – 4:30pm. 3rd. Sisters Network Breast Cancer Survivors. SNCVA House, 105 E Clay St. 804-447-4027.

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Supporting Body, Mind & More – Mon-Fri, some weekends. Indiv sessions. Supporting individuals w/ holistic practices in knowing themselves at a deeper level to enhance their well-being and quality of life. Restore your sense of Self. Gentle yoga, Embodyment yoga therapy, healing touch, reiki, PSYCHK, digestive health. Certified instr. For locations: 804-356-7477. Svaroopa Yoga – 9-10:30am & 6:30-8pm. Deeply restorative yoga classes for beg/continuing levels. Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT700. $16, $116/8wks. 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338-1105. Tai Chi – 10am, Beg; 11am, Intermed. Yang 24 Form & Sun 31 Form taught in each class. Sun 31 = restorative form to help alleviate probs assoc w/ arthritis, diabetes, ortho concerns/rehab & other physical challenges. Jenny Barone. $10. First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave. 804-382-8103 or 804-355-8637. Open Studio Art – 10am-12:30pm. Bring your own art projects to Susan Singer’s studio to create w/Susan’s instruction & support. $35/ session. 3440 Northridge Rd. 804-267-3455. Peaceful Body Yoga Class – 11am-12:15pm Beg/ Cont. Experience safe, gentle, reliable changes in your body w/personal attention & supported poses. Cert Instr. Registration required. $17 or series discount. Mechanicsville. For location: 804-356-7477. Gentle Yoga: Poses for Spinal Release – 4-5:15pm. Learn how to use yoga to release back pain. Regain flexibility & freedom of movement. Tirtha Hale, CSYT 700. $16 or series discount. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471. Mindful Mondays Open-Sit Meditation – 6-6:30pm. 30 mins of meditative silence & intention-setting to start your week. Various facilitators. $5-$10 sug donation. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384.

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Mindful Motion Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Lengthen, strengthen, improve range of motion & find balance; ideal for anyone in rehab. Mary Leffler/Sandy Axelson. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/ drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Mindfulness Yoga –  6-7:30pm. For students w/ some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $91/7 wks, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. Yin Yoga  –  6-7:30pm. This quiet practice focuses on the deep connective tissue in the lower back, hips & pelvis; poses are generally seated or reclined & held for 3-5 mins. Mary Lou Bean/JoRoyce  Robinson.  $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/ drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Healing Touch Clinic – 6:30 & 7:30pm. 4th. Energy therapy to reduce stress & pain, speed up healing & give a sense of well-being. Sherry Price. Free, by appt. Mt. Pisgah UMC, 1001 Mt Pisgah Dr, Midlo. Ginger Ripley: 804-378-8175. Nia – 7/2-8/20. 7-8:15pm. Sensory-based movement combining martial arts, dance & healing arts. GeGe Beall/Jess Forsythe/Janie Peterson. $15/nonmbr, $11/mbr. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register:

tuesday Ayurvedic Health or Lifestyle Consultations – See Mon listing. Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor: Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info, Cassandra: 804-901-4583, Walk w/Certified Instructor – Mornings & afternoons (times vary). Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Qigong – 9:30am. Phoebe Antrim. Free. Round House/Byrd Park. Register: 804-358-1772. Yoga for Vibrant Aging – 9:30-10:30am. Mindful yoga practice for older adults. Focused on gentle poses that help build strength, flexibility & balance. Kay Franz. St. Stephen’s Church, Grove & Three Chopt. Details: 804-305-6374 or Cancer Support Group – 9:30-11am. 1st & 3rd. You are not alone. Open to anyone touched by cancer. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info: Ann Petersen, 804-764-7201; Mary Baker, 804-893-8711. SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. Strength & balance classes. Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. X-Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Combines chair yoga w/yoga on the mat. For people w/some physical limitations or for those who enjoy a slow pace. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $105/7 wks, $17/dropin.  Location near Byrd Park. Integral Yoga Ctr: 804-342-1061.


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Sun-Style 73 Movements Tai Chi – 7/3-8/28; not held 7/31. 1-2pm. Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being.  Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. $10, $48/6-wk series. Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Cancer Caregiver Support Group – 2-3pm. 1st. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info, Ann Petersen: 804-764-7201. CancerSurvivorship. Mindfulness Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. For students w/ some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $91/7 wks, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm.  Every other Tues. Cultivate a focused mind & body awareness, positive intentions & an improved sense of well-being for both mother & baby. $90/5 sessions Coconut Elephant Yoga, 2949 Fox Chase Ln, Ste B, Midlo. 804-239-9047. Free Open Bereavement Support Group – 5:306:30pm. Weekly group for all kinds of loss: spouse, parent, friend, child & more. We order off-the-menu & support each other w/thoughtful discussion. Led by hospice bereavement coordinator, Alane Cameron Ford. Drop-ins welcome. Robin Inn Restaurant, 2601 Park Ave. 804-272-3300. Richmond Area Lymphedema Support Group – 5:30-6:30pm (Feb-Sept). 3rd. Free. Retreat Hospital Board Room. Angela Denny PT, CLT: 804-2818473, Patty Donovan: 804-270-9071. Prenatal Yoga – 5:45-7pm. See Sun listing. $112/8 classes/80 days. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Tai Chi Guided Practice – 5:45-7pm. Learn qigong exercises to build strength, foster mobility & increase balance. Rie Monique. Series offered every 6 wks begin 7/17 & 9/4. $153, $75/mbrs.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden,  1800 Lakeside Ave. 802-262-9887. Register:  Tai Chi Chuan – 6-7:15pm. Learn the 37-posture form taught by Grand Master Cheng ManChing. $165/10 wks. Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. Floyd Herdrich: 804698-0225; Sondra Sealine: 804-690-9878. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd. Join fellow survivors thru & beyond your cancer journey in a nurse-facilitated group. Free. 601 Watkins Ctr Pkwy, Ste 200. 804-594-3130. Falun Gong Book Study – 7pm. Free. 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Insight Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 40-min meditation followed by recorded dharma talk & discussion. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. Using the Violet Flame to Heal Your Chakras – 7:30pm. West End. Rosemary: 804-926-9127.

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wednesday Assisted Explorations of the Inner Self – Use journeying, dreamwork & journaling to explore & understand your life’s purpose & journey. Linda Anson. $30/90-min. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For spaces & dates: 804-337-5197. Walk w/Certified Instructor – See Tues listing. Details/locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Beginning Sun-Style Tai Chi for Health & Arthritis – 7/11, 18 & 8/1-29. 11am-12pm. Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. $10, $48/6-wk series. Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Peaceful Body Yoga Class – 12:45-2pm Beg/Cont. Experience safe, gentle, reliable changes in your body w/personal attention & supported poses. Cert Instr. Registration required. $17 or series discount. Winterpock Rd, Chesterfield. For location: 804-356-7477. Yoga for Mere Mortals – 7/11-8/29. 5:45pm. Designed for people who aren’t “good” at yoga. Especially geared towards less flexible people. Tiny class size. Nina Lankin. $20. Nimbus Massage, 1719 W Main St. 804-714-7932. Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079. Chi Fit for Life Qigong Classes – 6:15pm. Learn a series of qigong exercises especially designed for summer. You don’t have to be fit or flexible. Sondra Sealine. Contact Sondra for specific dates. True North Yoga and Wellness, 4025 MacArthur Ave. 804-690-9878. Tai Chi – 6:30-7:45pm. Warm-ups & meditation (w/short 13-movement form). Lili Just Simons, Divine Therapy. $20, $60/mo. Humphrey Calder Comm Ctr, 414 N Thompson St. 804-257-5573. Prenatal Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Allows moms-to-be to practice yoga safely throughout pregnancy; learn to use breath & relaxation to maintain strength, calmness while preparing for birth. Lauren Mullins. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/dropin. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Embodied Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Explore & become informed of the physical body, mind & spirit. Class steeped in anatomy & physical experience. All levels. Class size limited; registration required. Instructor Rie Cherie. $10 (cash or check). 9018 Hidden Nest Dr, Midlo. 804-382-5306. Richmond MindBodySpirit Healing Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd. Not held July 4. Healers working on healers thru various modalities. Even if new to holistic healing, come & experience an alt way to wholeness. Quantum touch, reiki, healing touch & emotion code. Donations. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Info: Richmond Zen – 7-8:20pm. Meditation. Instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546.

Suicide Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 3rd. Connect w/community mbrs suffering from suicide loss & receive emotional support. Peer-facilitated; no mental health professionals guide group. Safe grieving environment, free of stigma & judgment. Pusey House/First Baptist, 2705 Park Ave. Essential Oils Education – 7pm. Learn more about using dōTERRA oils in the home. Lisa Cusano. RSVP: FB: Earth Essentials RVA.

Adyashanti Gathering – 7-9pm. 30-min meditation followed by recorded Adyashanti talk & discussion. Info: English Country Dancing – 7:30-9:30pm. Colonial Dance Club. Belmont Rec Ctr, 1600 Hilliard Rd. 804-744-3264. org


Ayurvedic Health or Lifestyle Consultations – See Mon listing. Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor: SoulCollage Group – 2x/mo. Come to any/all sessions. $25/session incl supplies. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For schedule/reserve space: 804-901-4583, WomanSpeak Circle – 1st & 3rd. Learn the art & soul of public speaking in a supportive, fun circle of women committed to unleashing their brilliance. Midlo. Membership info: WomanSpeak-Circles. SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. See Tues listing. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Zentangles Galore! – 10am-12:30pm. Ongoing group exploring & learning  about the ever-fascinating art form, Zentangles. $35/session. Instructor Susan Singer. 3440 Northridge Rd. 804-267-3455. Ashtanga Basics – 5-6pm. Learn the basics of ashtanga yoga with tons of verbal instruction & hands-on guidance. Jill Wiedemann.  $30/3 classes/30-day exp; $17/drop-in. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Svaroopa Yoga: Decompress – 5:30-7pm. Support for all levels of practice. Increase flexibility, strength & stamina. Promotes well-being. Tirtha Hale, CSYT 700. $16 or series discount. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471. Core Strengthening Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Focus on the body’s core w/an emphasis on alignment & strength-building asanas. Cultivates both physical & mental strength. Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd. 804-305-2297. Mindfulness Yoga: Beginners/Mixed Level –  6-7:15pm. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Melinda Uma Nolen. $10/advance package, $12/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061.

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st. Traditional Tibetan Buddhist instruction & practice led by Lama Chodron. All welcome. Free. Kagyu Shenpen Tharchin at Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-554-1162. VBAC Support Group – 7:30pm. 2nd. Mary Callender. Better Bodies Chiropractic, 1570 Early Settlers Rd, Chesterfield. 804-382-8222. VBACMom.

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Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info: 804-901-4583,

Saturday Salutations at the VMFA – 7/7, 21; 8/4, 18. 9-10am. Join PYR on select Saturdays thru Oct to increase access to yoga. Open to all levels, beginner appropriate, family-friendly & support PYR’s yoga & mindfulness outreach programs. Pay what can. VMFA, Belvedere Deck, 200 N Boulevard. To pay:

Peaceful Flow – 9:30-10:45am. This class offers breathwork, asana, and support to integrate the practice off the mat and into daily life. All levels. Pay what can. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. Menopause Group – 10:30am-12pm. Celebrate & find support thru writing, meditation & energetic exploration. Peri- thru post-menopause. Allyson Rainer. $240/8 wks. 2000 Bremo Rd, Ste 200. Register: 804-625-2767 or

Flow Yoga – 7/7-8-25. 10am.  Our flagship yoga class. This gentle yoga practice helps you shift into a place of mindfulness & calm. Tiny class size. Nina Lankin. $20. Nimbus Massage, 1719 W Main St. 804-714-7932.

Mindfulness & Progressive Relaxation – 121:30pm. Includes simple stretches. Sandy Goolsby, LCSW. $18. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-836-8680.

Mommy & Baby Yoga – 10am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives for Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. PrenatalYoga@

Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 12:30-1pm. Free. Capitol Grounds, downtown. 804-747-1215.

Mindfulness Yoga: Beginners/Mixed Level – 10:30-11:45am. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Anne Bhudevi Fletcher. $10/advance package, $12/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061.

Caregiver Support Group – 2-3:30pm. 3rd. Free. Jewish Family Services, 6718 Patterson Ave. Register: 804-282-5644 x 254. Insight Meditation – 5:45-7:30pm. See Tues listing. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. Laughter Yoga – 6pm. Every Fri except when on Sun (check website). No experience necessary. Slash Coleman, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. $10 sug donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. Kirtan: Ecstatic Chant – 6-7pm. 3rd. Experience the bliss of Japa yoga & Bhakti yoga in action. No prior experience required. Bring percussion instrument. $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061.

Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. PrenatalYoga@ Prenatal Yoga – 12:30pm. Learn how yoga can make your pregnancy more comfortable & your birth calmer. Embrace Maternal & Baby Wellness Collective, 124 Buford Rd. Jessica Turner: Jess. Contra Dance – 7-11pm. 2nd & 4th. $7. Contra Dance Group. Lewis Ginter Rec Ctr: 804-247-9247; Linda Salter: 804-266-7355.

Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles. ~Thomas Browne July / August 2018


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Ruiping Chi, L.Ac., MD (China) 3924 Springfield Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 804-308-3561; 804-387-7651

Floyd M. Herdrich, M.Ac., L.Ac., MAP™ 804-698-0225 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 on page 28.

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


110 W Hillcrest Ave, RVA 23226 703-362-6421

Oriental Medicine Specialists, PC 5500 Monument Ave, Ste R 804-358-7071 Founder & Clinical Director of Richmond’s first & most trusted center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine, Dr. Bell is an internationally recognized expert in holistic medicine, a Board Certified & Licensed Acupuncturist with 20 years of clinical experience.

The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change postural habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination.

Cathy S. Phillips, CTT 13354 Midlothian Tpke, Ste 100 804-748-7401

Xiaoyan Wang, L.Ac., MD (China) 3721 Westerre Pkwy, Ste C, 23233 804-301-1784

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.

Trained and practicing in China since 1983 with extensive experience working as a doctor in traditional Chinese medicine hospitals. Specializing in pain management, acne, psoriasis, eczema, shingles, Bell’s Palsy, allergies, infertility, menopause, menstrual problems, endometriosis, anxiety, depression, insomnia and more.

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

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


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Bradley Richmond, DC Elliot S. Eisenberg, DC 3904 Meadowdale Blvd, Richmond 804-271-7920

Chiropractic, massage, spinal/postural rehabilitation and nutritional consulting. Providing pain relief to wellness care for all ages; individualized care programs since 1984. Voted Richmond’s Top Chiropractor in Richmond Magazine’s annual survey.



Ariya Family Chiropractic Center provides a natural path to wellness through chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy. We take pride in the peaceful, nurturing environment we create to provide excellent care and outstanding service. See ad on page 13.



Six locations in the Richmond area 804-526-7125

MONTPELIER FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Theresa Neiss, DC 17212 Mountain Road, Montpelier 804-883-3000

Offering chiropractic, nutritional healing, functional movement, massage, and recently adding NAET allergy elimination technique. We are honored to offer a caring environment for healing, helping you to meet your health and wellness goals.  

DENTISTRY Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.

~Princess Diana

DR. OLIVIA I. HART, DDS, ND 10446 Ridgefield Pkwy Near Short Pump 804-740-4485

Accreditation with the International Academy of Oral Medical Toxicology. Member of International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAMOT), Board Certified in Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine. Certified provider of Oral Cancer screening with Velscope. Mercury-free dental practice. Family and cosmetic dentistry. Sedation dentistry-certified practice. Teeth whitening. Invisalign braces. See ad on page 2.


Carey Phillips, LMT, EEMCP, NCTMB 3001 Hungary Spring Rd, Ste C 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! See ad on page 3.


doTERRA Wellness Advocate, 212455 804-296-9284 Looking for alternatives? Find out why dōTERRA is committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oilenhanced wellness products with the world. Join the vibrant community of Wellness Advocates in the Greater Richmond area as we learn together. Weekly classes offered on all aspects of use. See ad on page 18.


804-678-8568, Richmond Outstanding personal attention. Release energy blocks in your home to experience a healthier, more abundant and vibrant life! Certified Traditional Feng Shui Consultant and Master Chinese Astrologer. Over 15 years of experience with hundreds of clients all over the U.S. Consultation for home or office. Free Astrology Reading with each consultation.


Oriental Medicine Specialists, PC 5500 Monument Ave, Ste R 804-358-7071 Dr. Bell is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in fertility - Featured in TOP DOCs 2014 & the world’s 1st Integrative Fertility Symposium in 2015. Dr. Bell provides holistic pre-conception planning, integrative fertility enhancement, pregnancy support and more.


Brook Run Vision Center is a complete eye & vision care provider offering natural, customized treatments for Dry Eye Syndrome. In addition, we offer comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, glaucoma management and pre- and post-operative care. Our onsite Optical carries over 1,200 frames and can make glasses in one hour.Serving Richmond in the Brook Run Shopping Center since 1996. See ad, page 7.

FARM/CSA AGRIBERRY FARM & CSA 6289 River Road Hanover, VA 23069  804-537-0448

Eat healthy this summer with a weekly box of nutritious, delicious berries & fruit from area family farms via our 2018 CSA program and weekly markets, plus a variety of farm-made fruit snacks and pantry items. See ad on page 21.


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. See ad on page 19.


4110 Fitzhugh Avenue 804-303-2869 ONE Wellness offers a diverse range of classes and services to balance mind, body & spirit in an inclusive atmosphere. Our community of internationally recognized practitioners are committed to positive change and transformation. See ad on page 5.


1404 Starling Drive, Richmond 804-673-2936 Your​ ​ Oasis​ ​ of​​ Health​,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of​ ​ i n t e g r a t i v e​​ practitioners​ ​under​ ​one​ ​roof, offering​ ​a​ ​holistic​ ​ approach​ ​to​ ​wellness​ ​and​ ​health.​ ​Our​ ​services​​ include therapeutic​ ​massage,​ ​acupuncture,​ ​injury​​ prevention​ ​for​ ​young​ ​athletes,​ ​infrared heat​​ therapy,​ ​bioidentical​ ​hormone​ ​replacement,​ ​breast​ ​ thermography, hypnosis,​ ​colon​ ​hydrotherapy,​ ​ psychotherapy​​services, ​and​​esthetics.

HORMONE THERAPY RVA HEALTH & WELLNESS 2008 Bremo Rd., Suite 111 Richmond, VA 23226 804-493-4060

BHRT is a safe treatment that helps restore the natural balance of hormones within the body for regained vitality and improved quality of life. If you are suffering from negative effects of fluctuating or decreasing hormones, call us to learn more. See ad on page 11.

IV HYDRATION THERAPY RIVER CITY HYDRATION STATION 2008 Bremo Rd., Suite 111 Richmond, VA 23226 804-493-4060

River City Hydration Station is Richmond’s premier IV hydration bar! IV hydration is the most effective way of hydrating the body and provides 100% absorption of vitamins and minerals. Our customized IVs are designed to improve fatigue, immunity, athletic training recovery and more. See ad on page 11.


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. See ad on page 19.

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Martha B. Tyler, RN, LMT 5318 Patterson Ave, Ste E 804-350-7647

JONI ADVENT MAHER, MSW Transformational Coach 804 539-8048

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:

Joni is an expert at guiding women to cultivate ease and empowerment in their relationships, finances, business and life. She has 20+ years of transformational experience as a psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, workshop leader and guide.




Stephen D. Saunders, M.Ed 804-405-5216, Richmond Cecilia B. Thomas, M.Ed, M.Ht 804-432-1109, Richmond

Lee-Ann Parker, RN, MSN, CNM 7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 103 804-302-5735, Richmond

Lee-Ann obtained her master’s in nursing, specializing in midwifery, from Frontier Nursing University. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife, board certified with the American Midwifery Certification Board.

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


Kimberly Caylor, CNM, MSN 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-409-8442, Midlothian Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green  State University in Huron, Ohio, and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing-midwifery from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.


Jean Curtacci, RN, CNM 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-409-8442, 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 evidence-based health care.


MASSAGE THERAPY ATTEVLÉ MASSAGE THERAPY, LLC Elvetta Wilkins Vasquez, LMT, CNA 2505 Pocoshock Pl, Ste 203 804-839-9290

Dana Taylor, RNC, MS, CNM, WHNP BC 7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 103 804-302-5735, Richmond

Dana is board certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife and has additional training in advanced fetal monitoring and colposcopy.

Attevlé Massage Therapy’s focus is to maximize the potential of caregivers and those they serve. Our space is fully ADA compliant, offering a haven for caregivers as well as those who typically aren’t able to experience massage. 


Julie Weathers, CNM 7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 103 804-302-5735, Richmond

Julie attended the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. She completed the program in 2004 and has been practicing full-scope midwifery ever since. Julie is a board-certified nurse midwife.


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267


Providing Therapeutic Massage for 30+ years. Tailored to your needs – Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Prenatal/Postpartum, Therapeutic, Hot Stone, Swedish, Sports, Chair, Couples and Infant Massage. Thai Massage, Reflexology, Healing Touch. Gift certificates available. See ad on page 18.


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Laura Alberg, CNM, WHNP-BC 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-409-8442, Midlothian

Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and went on to complete her postmaster’s certificate in nurse midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.

Brenda Radford, CNM 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-409-8442, Midlothian Brenda received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University and a Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University. In addition, Brenda is a board-certified lactation consultant.


James River Myofascial Release 3924 Springfield Rd, Henrico 804-543-5261 James River MFR is a John F. Barnes Myofascial Release practice that helps Richmond, VA stay active and pain-free. MFR is the missing link in your healing journey!


Derek S. Metzler, MPT 2418 E. Franklin St, Unit 115 804-644-1221 • Our physical therapy practice focuses on healing and well-being. Trained in  Jone’s Institute Fascial Strain-Counter-Strain, John F. Barnes method of Myofascial Release, we treat the whole body to resolve complex issues.


South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W Huguenot Rd, 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 Replacement Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Respiratory Conditions, Anti-Aging (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 on page 43.


Oriental Medicine Specialists, P.C. 5500 Monument Ave, Ste R 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.


Chrysalis Institute is a resource and learning center that explores the insights and practices of the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary sciences. Chrysalis encourages curiosity, compassion, community and the cultivation of skills so that we might act mindfully in the world. See ad on page 9.


South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447 Richmond area residents have chosen South River to be their preferred provider of customized medications for 17+ years. A compassionate experienced staff, paired with state-of-the-art facilities and national ACHC accreditation, make us the true specialists

in BHRT, Pain Management, Upper & Lower Respiratory, and Topical Anti-Infective medications. In addition, we offer our patients the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements available. See ad on page 43.


12230 Ironbridge Rd, Ste C, Chester 11934 W Broad St, Henrico Ph: 804-717-5000, Fax: 804-717-8300 Virginia’s First Nationally Accredited Compounding Pharmacy. RX3 is an industry leader for innovation and quality or over 20 years.  Our specialties include: bio-identical hormone replacement, pain management, sterile and veterinary preparations, supplements and traditional pharmacy services. See ad on page 9.


At RVA Physical Therapy, our mission is “Excellent Care, Exceptional Results”. We specialize in Dry Needling, Manual Therapy,  Soft Tissue Mobilization,  Myofascial Release,  Vacuum Therapy and Sports Rehab.  We accept all major insurances. See ad on page 11.


Family Practice and Integrative Holistic Medicine Apex-MD 5310 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen 804-273-0010 Trained and certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Specialties: Primary care and Chronic disease management by integrative holistic approach. Weight loss and medical nutrition counseling, skin care, IV nutrition, Ayurveda, BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. See ad on page 44.

MATTHEW C. LEE, M.D., 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 on page 17.


River’s Way Healthcare of Virginia 5500 Monument Ave, Ste T 804-379-4560 Offering expanded healing services in new location. Providing traditional primary care and alternative approaches to support the body’s ability to heal itself. Extensive study in the mindbody connection to achieve optimal health. Certified by the American Board of Scientific Medical Intuition.

WILLIAM A. SQUIRES, M.D. Partners in Family Medicine 430 Claremont Ct Colonial Heights 23834 804-526-1130

Family medical practice specializing in complex symptomatology, chronic Lyme disease and geriatrics. Offering a holistic, open-minded and preventative approach to healthcare that focuses on the root cause of illness, not just the symptoms.  


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

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Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Tuesday Evenings, 6-7:15pm 804-698-0225, Richmond At Battery Park Christian Church, Ginter Park. Classical style Tai Chi Chuan, the 38 posture short form. Essential movements to strengthen/enhance health and develop spiritual practice. See ad on page 28.


Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT500, C-IAYT 213 Roseneath Rd., S#102 804-342-1061 A little “Peace” of Yogaville in RVA. Over 25 years teaching yoga + 18 years offering body-mind based yoga therapy, specializing in physical & mental health conditions, as well as lifestyle changes. Offering group classes, Teacher Trainings and private sessions in a safe, caring setting. Staff of experienced teachers.



Kirsten Hale, CSYT 700 hrs. 804-519-7471, Anita Snellings, CSYT, 347 hours, CEYT 804-356-7477, Deborah Woodward, CSYT 700 hrs. 804-338-1105, Lisha Reynolds, CSYT, 347 hours 804-873-4711, 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.


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Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Incorporate yoga into your life at Glenmore. 30 student focused, multi-level classes from Gentle and Ageless to Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Meditation. Yoga Therapy. 200- and 300-Hour Teacher Training. Voted best Yoga Center. See ad on page 18.

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Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness offers privates, yoga therapy, small group classes, kids yoga and workshops for corporate, events or even just a group of friends. Provides services INSIDE the Mobile OM or at your home or office in Midlothian and RVA.  See ad on page 29.


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A lifestyle approach to the practice of yoga that empowers individuals to become students of their own health. This process both educates and enables individuals to make clinically proven, healthful choices about work, nutrition, rest, relationships, movement and thoughts.

Nitya Living™ specializes in kid’s yoga programs that engage the whole child plus mindfulness yoga programs, women’s retreats, private classes for adults and children, kid’s yoga camp , Yoga and Feng Shui workshops, and teacher trainings. Enrolling now for the 12th Nitya Living Summer Camp for Kids and Teens running for 5 weeks July thru August. Nitya Living Kids Yoga Teacher Training August 17-19.    




6517 Dickens Place Richmond, VA 23230 Project Yoga Richmond is a 501 (c3) nonprofit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that makes yoga instruction accessible and affordable to practitioners of all abilities and income levels through its pay-what- you-can studio classes and outreach programs. Project Yoga Richmond  partners with local groups, agencies, schools and community centers to provide  free  and/​or low-cost yoga and mindfulness services throughout Greater Richmond. See ad on page 20.

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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, mind and life.

Mobile Om Yoga & Wellness 804-833-9044

Offering private and small group yoga therapy sessions in your home or office, or we can come to you for sessions inside the Mobile OM. Yoga Therapy is a holistic approach to healing with evidence-based practices catered to your individual needs or ailments. We will look at all aspects of your life including diet & nutrition, sleep, relationships, past and present situations, and more. Let us help you on your path to wellness by becoming the master of your own health and healing. Contact us today! See ad on page 29. 

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