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appy Summer! I’m excited for you to read through this issue and learn about the progress being made with urban agriculture via new technologies and trends, how to add herbs to enhance your summer meals, plant medicine and how nature can help us heal and so much more! This is a crazy transition time for me as I prepare for an empty nest in August. It’s truly bittersweet—while I know we Jessica Coffey, Publisher are all ready and able to handle the change, I will miss having children at home. So, in the midst of this feeling of loss, I choose to focus on abundance. Luckily, summer is a great time to do this with everything growing so abundantly all around me. I enjoyed this Inspiration piece offering practices to a create a more abundant life…

The Grace of Abundance


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Five Practices to Create a More Abundant Life


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bundance means plenty—a flowing of love, vitality, wealth, joy, prosperity, success and more. GRACE is an acronym representing five practices that can magnify abundance in all areas of life, including finances.

G = Gratitude

There is tremendous power in being grateful, because what we focus on expands. Gratitude opens our heart to receive and give blessings. This puts us in a space to have more things to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying, “I am grateful for…” or “I am thankful for…” If we find ourselves in a negative state, practice gratitude even for as brief a period as 60 seconds. It will positively shift our emotion, thereby allowing us to be open to abundance.

R = Receiving

To graciously receive can be as simple as accepting a compliment. Another way to receive is by requesting our heart’s desire. There is nothing wrong with wanting more. The truth is that we can have more— as much as we are willing to receive.

A = Alignment

The key way to get into alignment for more abundance is to know our purpose, follow our passion and work on releasing internal fears and doubts. 4

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When we are in alignment, everything flows. There is ease and doors open for us. People, money and resources will show up on our path to help us achieve our goals. Therefore, we must always be awake to our goodness and take inspired actions to manifest our desires into reality.

C = Commitment

Commit to gifting ourselves with an abundant mindset because our mindset is critical to our success. One way to quickly shift our mindset to the positive is to concentrate on our desire and ask ourselves, “What do I have to believe for this to be true?” Our mind will creatively generate many possibilities that can get us excited, which then shifts how we think and feel to what is positive. As we do this, we will also create greater confidence in the knowledge that the universe is always working in our favor.

E = Expression

Express our passion by first doing what we love. Then find a way to use our passion, purpose and life to serve others.When we do this, our world, our financial abundance and our joy will expand exponentially. Meriflor Toneatto is the author of Money, Manifestation & Miracles: A Guide to Transforming Women’s Relationships with Money. Connect at

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Expanded Space, Staff and Services at RVA Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab


eepa Patel, BPT, DN, has joined RVA Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab’s team. A physical therapist, she has completed a dry needling course with Dr. Ma’s American Dry Needling Institute and has been trained in manual, aquatic and exercise therapies. RVA Physical Therapy specializes in dry needling, manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, vacuum therapy and sports rehab. They accept all major insurance plans. Owner, Dr. Ramky Kavaserry, DPT, recently received the Top Doc in Glen Allen 2019 award and the practice was selected for a 2019 Best in Health Care Henrico award. Their new and expanded 3,200-square-foot facility with an aquatic therapy pool and underwater treadmill allows clients to receive an extensive range of services. RVA Physical Therapy offers treatment for knee, back, ankle and foot pain, and work injuries; dry needling; Back 2 Golf program; athletic training; evaluations and screenings; functional movement training; general wellness; electrotherapy; gait analysis, neuro-dynamics; soft tissue injury care; chronic pain treatment; and aquatic therapy. Location: 2620 A Gaskins Rd., Henrico. For appointments and more information, call 804-396-6753 or visit See ads, pages 3 and 39 .

The Market at 25th Opens in Church Hill


he Market at 25th, a full-service grocery store, has opened at 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue, bringing new options for fresh, healthy food into a traditionally underserved area with the mission of fostering community health, economic development and unity. The 25,000-square-foot store offers locally sourced produce, meat and seafood, along with a hot food bar, salad bar, coffee shop, pharmacy and florist. The Market at 25th features more than 70 local vendors, and more than half of the store’s staff are area residents. The Market at 25th has partnered with the PBS KIDS Ready To Learn program, which engages children and their caregivers with programs and activities promoting reading and wellness. The program is housed in the store’s community room and is accessible to area residents. Rideshare provider Lyft offers discounted rides to and from the store and has a lounge area within the store where shoppers can wait for rides. Van Go, Inc. of Richmond provides free transportation to and from the store for Gilpin, Mosby, Creighton, Hillside, Fairfield and Whitcomb Court residents. For more information, visit

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Wellness is Rooted in Community


harlotte Christensen, MS, founder of RootedRVA, believes that true health starts with living soil and confidence in the kitchen. As a health-supportive home chef, budding farmer and functional nutrition expert, she thinks of food as medicine and believes that our bodies have a remarkable capability for self-healing. Christensen knows that eating whole foods grown in season and cooked with intention provides a powerful experience and lowers cellular inflammation, the underlying cause of many chronic diseases. Through RootedRVA, she helps her clients plug into their local food systems, streamline their meal-planning routine and feel empowered in the kitchen. Christensen works closely with Virginia farmers to help connect her clients with the most nutrient dense and flavorful food possible. With a master’s degree in functional nutrition from the National University of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon, to complement her background in biology, ecology and organic agriculture, Christensen returned to Richmond this year to help her community achieve their ultimate health goals through mindful, sustainable lifestyle choices. Her program is firmly rooted in cultivating a community that is engaged in functional nutrition, local food systems and culinary skills. RootedRVA is currently accepting new clients for its weekly meal prep service, Savor the Season, designed to stock your refrigerator each week with seasonally inspired, easy-toassemble meals straight from local farms. For more information, email

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More Help for Chronic Pain Sufferers



imbus Massage has expanded its therapeutic massage offerings with lymphatic massage, a gentle style that targets the lymph system with the intention of supporting the immune system and promoting healing. Nimbus is now also one of the few clinics in Richmond offering oncology massage, which is modified to be safe and supportive for those in treatment for or remission from cancer. Program director Kristina Page says, “We now have even more ways to help people who live with chronic conditions.” Location: 1719 W. Main St. For appointments and more information, call 804-714-7932 or visit

enny Nguyen has joined Dr. Sherron Marquina and the patient support team at Health InSyncs. Nguyen provides laser therapy and other therapy services to patients. He graduated from VCU in 2016 with a degree in exercise science, was a college cheerleader and still participates in competitive cheerleading. Health InSyncs provides individualized care using functional diagnostics, gentle structural balancing methods, clinical nutrition and advanced electromagnetic therapies. They blend ancient healing practices and advanced health technologies to enhance the body’s natural abilities to recover from disease and increase vitality and function. Location: 9210 Forest Hill Ave., Ste. B3, Bon Air. For more information or to make an appointment, call 804-377-2222 or email See ads, pages 31 and 38.


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ogs often like to lounge in the backyard during hot and humid days, often attracting mosquitoes and their bites which can cause heartworm. Now, owners can help keep their pets safe from mosquitoes by using a natural repellent like Mosquito-B-Off. Mosquito-B-Off is a long-burning incense stick that keeps mosquitoes away using natural oils like citronella and lemongrass. Its simple, 100 percent natural formulation makes it extremely safe to use with furry family members. They last up to two-and-ahalf hours while providing great protection. Mosquito-B-Off imparts no toxins or sticky spray on the body, just divine-smelling mosquito repellent that also puts people in a meditative zone. For more information, call 804-335-5255 or visit

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mma Gazaway, LMT, has joined the team of skilled therapists at Well Into Life Massage & Bodywork. She specializes in medical massage to treat acute or chronic pain, finding tension, releasing it and allowing clients to fully realize what their body is capable of once it is aligned and healthy again. In 2013, Gazaway was injured in a car accident, rendering her unable to lift more than 10 pounds without pain. Her doctor prescribed massage therapy, but she decided to go to school for it instead. After a year of therapy sessions provided by teachers and students, she was able to heal properly, discovered hidden strengths and graduated with a new purpose: to help others find alternative pain relief and to share her knowledge to help everyone live healthier, more comfortable lives. Location: 3001 Hungary Spring Rd., Ste. C. For appointments and more information, call 804-818-6281 or visit See ads, pages 15 and 37.


ora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, recently graduated from an advanced, two-month Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT) Working with Couples training taught by Michael Lee, PRYT founder. The training supports senior practitioners to facilitate sessions with couples using an integrated approach to assist those in committed relationships to find deeper connection, greater awareness and understand- Nora Vimala Pozzi ing and more meaningful communication. Areas of study and hands-on practice included How Phoenix Rising Couples Work Can Complement More Traditional Talk Therapies, Mastery in the Art of Presence in Couples Work and a repertoire of partner yoga and mind-body practices. For appointments and more information, call 804-342-1061 or visit See listings, pages 40 and 41.


welve new Integral Yoga teachers graduated in May after completing a demanding, six-month 200-hour Yoga Alliance-approved training at the Integral Yoga Center of Richmond (IYCoR). The program was taught by Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT500, program director and lead trainer, and a team of qualified mentors, senior teachers and speakers from IYCoR and Yogaville. The graduates are Amira (Latika) Albadani, Anna (Jnana) Kutcher, Christine (Bhargavi) Litwa, Cynthia (Vidya) Schmitz, Emily (Ramani) McDaniel, Kate (Dhara) Rivara, Kyle (Rakshana) Blanchette, Meghan (Santoshi) Waters, Nina (Nishtha) Bacote, Pamela (Sivakari) Bruno, Ryann (Viveki) Lofchie and Susi (Durga) Wilbur. The comprehensive course, based on the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda, also includes a three-month-long yoga philosophy (Yoga Sutras) curriculum. The teacher training program is offered once a year in the fall and can only accept 12 students. For more information, call 804-342-1061 or visit See listings, pages 40 and 41.


lizabeth Malaugh, of Adya Yoga and Ayurveda, recently earned certification to teach The Four Desires, an ancient wisdom methodology used to uncover the soul’s innate longing to fulfill its unique purpose in this life. Malaugh says, “When you live following the highest calling of your heart Elizabeth Malaugh (telling of your purpose), your life feels more meaningful, joyful, content and free. What’s your purpose? What has been keeping you from making choices that support your purpose? What can you do today that will help you move in the direction of fulfilling your purpose? These are the questions The Four Desires can answer.” She will share the discovery process of The Four Desires in a weekend intensive at Synergy Yoga Studio in November and also offers personal lifestyle consultations that incorporate diet and healthy lifestyle with one-on-one work with The Four Desires process.

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Take Magnesium to Optimize Vitamin D Magnesium seems to optimize vitamin D, increasing the vitamin’s utilization for those with insufficient levels and decreasing it in those with excessive amounts. In a randomized trial of 250 people between ages 50 and 85 that were considered at risk for colorectal cancer, researchers at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center found that changes in blood levels of vitamin D were significantly affected by the intake of magnesium—a mineral in which 80 percent of Americans are deficient. In addition to supplements, magnesiumrich foods include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados and fatty fish such as salmon. 12

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Munch Nuts for a Healthy Brain Seniors that ate more than 10 grams— about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

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Regardless of the type of protein consumed, low-carb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study presented at the latest annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Analyzing the records of almost 14,000 people over a 20-year period, researchers found that diets such as Atkins, ketogenic and paleo, which emphasize protein instead of fruits, vegetables and grains, boosted the risk of AFib by 18 percent compared to diets with moderate carb intake. Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation, while eating high amounts of protein and fat may increase oxidative stress. Both conditions are linked to AFib, in which the heart beats irregularly, potentially causing palpitations, dizziness and fatigue. It’s also linked to a five-fold increase in strokes.

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For those that don’t move vigorously throughout the day—whether stuck behind a desk or lying on a couch in front of a screen— there’s good news in a recent American Cancer Society study: Replacing just 30 minutes a day of stationary time with such moderate physical activities as brisk walking and dancing reduces the risk of dying over 14 years by a whopping 45 percent. Even light activities such as walking slowly, playing pool and doing housework like vacuuming for half an hour reduce mortality risk by 15 percent.

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Greenhouse Gases Hit Landmark

Certainty that we are facing a climate crisis today and not just in the future was reached in May through an alarming milestone in carbon dioxide levels. Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory, in Hawaii, shows that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached 415 parts per million, the highest ever recorded. However, environmental organizations charge that ominous news like this is not being communicated to the public to the degree warranted. While the CBS, NBC and ABC nightly TV news reports combined devoted nearly 18 minutes of coverage to the birth of the royal baby between May 6 and 12, airtime regarding climate change and extinction during the same period only amounted to one minute and 21 seconds, and only on CBS. For more information and to get involved, including signing a petition to demand that the media cover the climate crisis and extinction more frequently and in greater depth, visit

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Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at, says, “Industrial hemp has been used in areas of high radiation, such as Fukushima, [in Japan,] with promising results. Not only does hemp pull toxic, heavy metals from the soil, it actually improves soil structure, making it usable as productive farmland again. Plus, hemp is a vigorous plant that absorbs CO2 rapidly, making it an encouraging solution to climate change.” Hemp phytoremediation has been used in Italy to clean up the small town of Taranto, where a steel plant has been leaking dioxin into the air and soil. The Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council and Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, are running a project to test the process in an arseniccontaminated area in Upper Saucon Township that once harbored a zinc mine.

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Wastewater Turned into Hydrogen Fuel

Producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive, but a research team at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, at Princeton University, used sunlight to pull hydrogen from industrial wastewater by using a specially designed chamber with a “Swiss cheese”-like black silicon interface. As reported in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the process is aided by bacteria that generate electrical current when consuming organic matter in the wastewater; the current, in turn, aids in the water splitting. It “allows us to treat wastewater and simultaneously generate fuels,” says Jing Gu, a co-researcher and assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at San Diego State University. The scientists say the technology could appeal to refineries and chemical plants, which typically produce their own hydrogen from fossil fuels and face high costs for cleaning wastewater. 14

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Dangerous Dozen Produce to Avoid

The 2019 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce (Tinyurl. com/DirtyDozen-Clean15List) highlights increased pesticide use on up to 70 percent of conventionally grown U.S. produce. Several different types of pesticide, insecticide and fungicide residues are present on many fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. The clean 15 list includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melon. The EWG advises that eating organic produce, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, should be a national priority.

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The world’s oceans may be getting bluer, thanks to climate change. The effect is more likely to be detected by satellites than Earthbound people, and is caused by the depletion of marine phytoplankton as seawater warms. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published in the journal Nature Communications predicts that more than 50 percent of the oceans’ collective 140 million square miles of surface area will likely be affected by 2100. Marine ecologist and leader of the study Stephanie Dutkiewicz says, “These microscopic organisms live in the water and are the base of the marine food chain. If there are less of them in it, the water will be slightly bluer.” Phytoplankton serves as a food source for small sea creatures that are eaten by fish, squid and shellfish. If phytoplankton populations dip too low, vital fisheries in certain areas could be decimated.

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Midsummer is prime time for outdoor family meals, barbecues and picnics. Selecting the healthiest food, along with eco-friendly materials in preparing for the fun feasts, can fulfill a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle and conserve resources at the same time. n recommends using organic cloth, reusable mesh or string produce bags when grocery shopping; use bamboo utensil sets and plastic straw alternatives made of stainless steel, food-grade silicone, bamboo or glass.

n To keep uninvited flying pests like mosquitoes, flies and the like away from humans and food, apply natural repellents—many made of natural, essential oil; plant-based and foodgrade ingredients can be found at n According to, charcoal grilling of meat can expose us to two potentially cancer-causing compounds—polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that form when fat from meat drips onto hot coals and are “deposited on food courtesy of flame-ups and rising smoke,” and heterocyclic

amines that “are produced when red meat, poultry and fish meet highheat cooking.” Instead, consider using a closed-flame gas grill to reduce exposure to toxins and cook fresh and organic fruits and vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, onions and mushrooms. n Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warn against eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish due to high levels of mercury, and to consume no more than six ounces of albacore tuna per week for the same reason. Some studies point to avoiding farmed salmon due to potentially high amounts of PCBs. Bypass larger fish of the food chain; look for those that have earned the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Stewardship Council labels. n The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently estimated that between 30 to 40 percent of all food in the country is wasted. To improve this situation, use glass containers instead of plastic bags to store leftovers. Also consider sustainable food wraps like Bees Wrap (BeesWrap. com). Made from beeswax, organic cotton, jojoba oil and tree resin, they seal and conform to the shape of whatever food is being stored.

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business spotlight ing Parker Palmer, John Philip Newell, James Hollis, Krista Tippett and Ruth King. Their fall theme, “The Transformative Power of Inner Work”, will feature a keynote on Thursday, October 24 with Dr. James Doty, neurosurgeon, founding director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University and New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.



The Innerwork Center by Elizabeth Smartt

“Chrysalis time is a time of change. It is a vulnerable time. It is a sacred time. It occurs when we reflect on the meaning of our life stories and the Greater Story of which we are all a part. It is a time when we may discover what it means to form and live a meaningful, creative, compassionate life in the everyday world—to give birth to action, grounded in our own true self.” ~ Nancy Millner, Founder of Chrysalis (now The Innerwork Center)


hrysalis Institute, a Richmond nonprofit celebrating its 25th year, has rebranded as The Innerwork Center. “While Chrysalis was a beautiful and poetic name, we discovered that not many people know what a chrysalis is, or how to say it or spell it, or that it serves as a metaphor for personal transformation,” says Rachel Douglas, Executive Director. “We believe The Innerwork Center name conveys what we do with greater clarity, welcoming all Richmonders to do their inner work in a supportive environment. We’re evolving as an organization, just as we are evolving as individuals, as a community, and as humankind.” The Innerwork Center’s mission is to be a catalyst for wellbeing through programs that inspire curiosity, cultivate mindfulness and awaken the spirit. They envision an individual and collective human experience rich with compassion, authenticity and meaning. The center offers programs in Mindfulness, Creative Expression & Movement, Psychology & Consciousness and Wisdom Traditions & Spirituality. In addition to hosting classes, donation-based drop-ins, keynotes and retreats, the center also offers a walking labyrinth on Richmond’s Northside, free and open to the public. The organization has received accolades for its keynotes, bringing national and international speakers to Richmond includ16

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Douglas defines inner work as “the deep introspection that gives you clarity about what matters most in your life.” Inner work requires being brave enough to ask the hard questions of “Who am I? Why am I here? What happens when I die? Why do I believe what I believe? What matters most? How can I connect more meaningfully with others? How can I be more present? What exists beyond me?” Douglas says, “Inner work invites us to open ourselves to new physical, emotional and spiritual experiences, expanding our understanding of ourselves and how we fit into the bigger picture. It is not selfish ‘navel-gazing’, as tending to our inner selves establishes the foundation for doing the outer work of sharing our energy and gifts with the world.” The impacts of doing our inner work include: n Cultivating compassion for others, which has a positive effect on us. n Journaling to foster self-awareness, gain personal insights and track behaviors we seek to change. n Meditation to change the brain’s structure in powerfully positive ways. n Self-compassion practices that help us work with difficult emotions, motivate us with kindness versus criticism and combat caregiver fatigue. n Connecting with our subconscious to help us let go of unwanted or even unknown barriers that we place on ourselves. n Mindful movement practices that benefit us physically and psychologically, making us more relaxed and giving us greater equanimity, better concentration and improved mood. n Making and/or listening to music to reduce depression, anxiety and chronic pain. The Innerwork Center’s fall schedule will include programs such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), The Heroine’s Journey Weekend Retreat, Radical Self-Care, Giving Sorrow Words: Exploring Grief and Loss Through Writing, Compassion Cultivation Training and I’d Rather Be Whole Than Good: Intro to Jung. The Innerwork Center is located at 213 Roseneath Rd. For more information or to register for programs, call 804-359-0384 or visit See ads, pages 3 and 39.

Calling All Angels to

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fter more than 4,300 signs painted and given away, Gini Bonnell feels that she has found her calling. Now, she’d like others to help her continue her quest to spread kindness. It all started in 2017. Bonnell felt bogged down by all the negativity that bombards us. To counter that, she wrote positive messages on a white board in her front yard. People passing by would wave and honk, but then the board fell apart. In an “aha” moment, she realized that the world needed those uplifting messages. “Be Kind” signs were born. A scrap of wood, some paint, two hooks and hanging twine are all that make up a Be Kind sign—unless of course you count the love and intention Bonnell infuses with each stroke of her paint brush. With signs in Finland, Canada, Australia, Nova Scotia, Mexico and across the U.S., she’s still modest. “I’m just a messenger of a message that desperately needs to get out to the universe,” Bonnell says, adding, “Kindness has the power to change the trajectory of someone’s day.” She’s quick to point out that she’s not an artist, but she does admit that the popularity of the signs is validation that she’s doing the right thing. That is why Bonnell will continue to do everything she can to uplift people, one sign at a time. She has always given the signs away for free (asking for postage reimbursement when they are shipped). Six “angels” who are painting Bonnell’s design do the same. But there is no such thing as too many angels, so Bonnell would like to see this blossom into more people taking her design and spreading kindness. “Anyone that would like to paint, I talk with them to get them started on the basic design. I also explain the importance of giving the signs away and making personal connections,” says Bonnell. Julie Peterson is a freelance writer who has a Be Kind sign and is helping spread this campaign. Contact her at to become an angel in Gini Bonnell’s ‘Be Kind’ movement.

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Healing from the Outside In Topicals as Useful Health Tools by J. Garnet


odern medicine has made huge strides in identifying and treating disease and illness. It wasn’t that long ago, however, when physicians used leeches and maggots to help hasten the healing process. Don’t forget about bloodletting, where blood was drained from a patient to help balance the four humors of the body. Salves, ointments and poultices made from herbs and plants were also used to stave off infection and help in the recovery process. It may be hard to believe, but some variation of these practices are still used today. Bloodletting, leeches and maggots are used seldom, but are, under professional medical supervision, still used for some rare conditions. Topicals including lotions, oils, tinctures and poultices are not only still being used today, but are making a comeback in the holistic community. Topicals are a wondrous alternative to mainstream pharmaceuticals. It’s easy to imagine how medications are absorbed into the body when taken internally. They’re absorbed into the bloodstream through digestion or by being injected directly into the bloodstream. Swallowing or injecting medication delivers compounded chemicals directly into the body, which targets specific symptoms caused by disease. It’s perhaps a little more difficult to fathom the idea that effective medicine can be absorbed through the skin, the largest organ of the human body. Natural plant topicals are growing as an alternative means to administering medication. Everyone has at least one experience of putting something on the skin. Moisturizer, sunscreen, cosmetics and shaving cream are just several products that are used on a regular basis. We rarely think about the absorption that occurs when a substance is applied to the skin. When it comes to treating disease or illness, rubbing something on the skin is probably one of the last solutions people think of doing. Because the skin is so porous and absorbent, most of what is applied is quickly taken into the cells and enters the bloodstream. There are numerous topicals available for medi-


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cal treatment on the market today, but unfortunately many have man-made chemical compounds that can sometimes result in a dangerous product—especially the narcotic transdermal patches. In a time when millions of people are seeking safe and natural alternative medicine, organic, age-old topical treatments seem to be a perfect match. Ask any grandmother about homemade poultices and remedies that were used on them when they were young. One memory might be that of having a warm towel filled with fried onions and placed on their chests to help relieve congestion. A poultice is a paste-like substance typically made with plants, herbs and other organic material. The paste, normally warm, is wrapped in a cloth and placed on different areas of the body. Poultices have been used for thousands of years, and have been shown to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, draw out poison and other toxins and can enhance circulation to damaged areas of the body. Most kitchens have an inventory of items in the pantry that can be made into a poultice. A little water, vinegar, milk, olive oil and flaxseed, when prepared properly, can be made into a treatment that helps keep swelling and inflammation at bay. For injuries where severe pain is accompanied with the swelling, several heads of the poppy plant can be added to the poultice. Some poultices may not have the best smell, but when beneficial results are the desired outcome for treatment, it’s worth it. There is a topical treatment which has an array of wonderful scents: essential oils. Inhalation is considered a topical because the inhalants are absorbed into the mucus membranes within the nose or mouth. The popularity of essential oils over the last few years has been staggering. Using the essence of plants and flowers, oils are transformed into a medicinal treatment for many different diseases, illnesses and conditions. Smelling lavender, chamomile and basil can help calm the body and mind. The scent of rosemary can help with memory and clarity of thought. If an energy boost is needed because of a long, hard day, the crisp aroma of lemongrass will help. There are close to 100 different essential oils. Each has its own medicinal values and unique scents, usually pleasant. Essential oils can be applied to pressure points on the body, or they can be inhaled by diffusing them. The rising star in the holistic, alternative medicine movement cannot be forgotten either. CBD oil is the essence of the marijuana plant. When made into a salve, tincture or lotion, CBD can help with a number of different ailments. The non-psychoactive CBD agent enters the bloodstream, but is absorbed locally at the place of application first, and then interacts with the cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body. By stimulating the cannabinoid receptors, the body starts its balancing act of

Get your CBD oil at Bremo Pharmacy! In a time when millions of people are seeking safe and natural alternative medicine, organic, age-old topical treatments seem to be a perfect match. the endocannabinoid system. This is where the physiologies affecting the immune system are triggered, giving the body an added edge when fighting disease. There are studies that show CBD oil can help stop seizure activity in the body, fight certain types of cancer, eliminate anxiety and minimize depression. One of the most beneficial effects of CBD oil is the ability to lessen painâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even chronic pain. Research for alternative medical treatments continues in laboratories throughout the world. This is indicative of the direction that the population is moving toward: a time and place where natural, holistic treatments are mainstream.



J. Garnet, MA, is an educator and freelance writer. Garnetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studies have led him to the world of Plant Medicine and its many benefits. His work is centered on educating the public on alternative medicine. Garnet can be reached at 520-437-8855 or

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CBD FOR PETS What We Need to Know by Kajsa Nickels


ith the explosion of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the human medical scene, many pet owners are looking into this hemp plant derivative as a natural means of medicating their fourlegged family members. A study conducted by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca, New York, found that CBD can be effective in treating some of the same ailments in pets as it does in humans. “I’ve used CBD on dogs and cats suffering from arthritis, anxiety and seizures,” says Angie Krause, DVM, a veterinarian with Boulder Holistic Vet, in Colorado. “I’ve even used CBD to treat cats with chronic respiratory infections.” Unlike CBD from marijuana, which in most cases is a Schedule I narcotic that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers highly subject to abuse, CBD from industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive component THC. It is legal under federal law and can be sold nationwide, subject to state regulations. However, choosing the right CBD product is complicated by the number of confusing options. “There are so many products on the shelves with different concentrations and formulations,” says Krause, who considers the extraction method used during production to be one of the most important factors. She favors CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction over solvent extraction methods: “CO2 leaves no residue behind that could harm the bodies of small animals such as dogs and cats.” 22 22

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Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. ~Cindy Hesse Stephen Cital, a veterinary technician in San Jose, California, co-founded the Facebook group Veterinary Cannabis Academy. He agrees that the purity of the extraction method is significant. He also notes that price is not necessarily an indicator of quality. “A 30-cc bottle of CBD could cost $70 at a concentration of 700 milligrams [7 mg per cc]. However, it’s possible to find the same volume at the same price at a concentration of 1,000 milligrams [10 mg per cc].” Some products don’t contain CBD at all, only hemp extract, Cital explains. “For people who don’t understand the labeling, this can be very misleading.” CBD is one of 104 cannabinoids found in both industrial hemp and marijuana plants. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain the entire profile of cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum hemp extracts contain everything but the THC. Cital says

it’s always best to start with full- or broadspectrum products for the “entourage effect”, in which the cannabinoids work in concert. Isolates of additional cannabinoids can be added as needed, he says. When choosing a product to purchase for a pet, he recommends going with companies that are able to present the consumer with a certificate of analysis by a third party. “The certificate will show the complete profile of the CBD product, including cannabinoid, terpene, residual solvent, pesticide, bacteria, mycotoxin, fungicidal and elemental profiles,” he says. Cital notes that the elemental profile is especially important. “Hemp is very good at absorbing what is in its environment, including heavy metals such as lead.” Krause favors CBD products with minimal ingredients that “should be as simple as possible,” she says. “No xylitol, no artificial colors or sweeteners.” Cindy Hesse, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, also believes that CBD for pets should be as pure as possible. Her Cocker Spaniel, Reina, is both blind and deaf. Because of her handicaps, Reina experienced extreme anxiety to the point of destroying her metal crate, furniture and door frames. Reina’s vet put her on the antidepressant and antianxiety drugs Prozac and trazadone, but these only helped for a short period. After attending a CBD conference in Florida, her veterinarian decided to see if the compound might help the dog—his first patient to use CBD. The results, Hesse says, were amazing. “Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. I recommend CBD oil to everyone I know who has a pet with health issues.” When deciding whether to give CBD to a pet, Krause and Cital recommend working with a veterinarian to ensure the proper dosage. “People can certainly work with CBD on their own with their pets,” says Krause, “but it’s important to get the dosing and concentration right to make it worthwhile.” Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at fideleterna45@

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year, also show that VNS delays the brain’s response to pain signals in individuals with PTSD.


Mental Health, Trauma and the Gut

Toning the Vagus Nerve Relief for Pain, Anxiety and Inflammation by Marlaina Donato


esearch is helping doctors connect the dots between seemingly unrelated conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, revealing a common denominator: the multitasking vagus nerve, the longest in the autonomic nervous system. The superpower of this double-branched cranial nerve lies in transporting major neurotransmitters along what is known as the brain-gut axis. “The vagus nerve stems from the brain to the abdomen like a communication superhighway between your gut and brain,” says Hannah Aylward, an Orlando-based certified holistic health coach and gut health expert. “Studies show that the vagus nerve regulates inflammation throughout the body.”

Promising Research

Recent studies have shown that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can improve quality of life for individuals suffering from numerous conditions. One type is a device that can be implanted by a neurosurgeon, which sends electrical impulses to the vagus nerve in children that suffer from seizures and adults with depression as a supplemental treatment when surgery or medications are not possible or effective. There is also a handheld, non-invasive VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches. Its effectiveness for chronic pain management, as well as in cases of epilepsy and depression, was published in the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, M.D., and his colleagues with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain responsible for processing emotional pain. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE earlier this

When it comes to the vagus nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening. “Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

Vagus Power Everyone can benefit from increased vagal tone, which goes handin-hand with engaging the parasympathetic nervous system for optimum equilibrium at the cellular level. Acupuncture, chiropractic—with a focus on the cranial nerves—massage, meditation, singing, laughing loudly, chanting mantras, gentle yoga and exercise, positive social interactions, belly breathing and chanting all make the vagus nerve a happy camper. These activities promote relaxation and help to decrease inflammation. “As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest to a wide range of natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques, especially using the breath,” says Schwartz. “Diaphragmatic breathing creates a gentle massage across your digestive organs, releases the diaphragm and stimulates nerve fibers within the lungs. Heart rate is reduced.” Brief exposure to cold water or cold air improves vagal tone and is a good option when anxiety is high. Eating cold-water fish like wild salmon or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, seaweed, hemp, flax or chia seeds provides vagal nourishment. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at July/August 2019


~Wendy Coleman

Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms, works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities and corporate clients to set up aeroponic tower gardens, such as these kale and lettuce crops.

from elementary school gardens where kids learn to grow, cook and eat nutritious food to corporate gardens inside a new office building for lender Fannie Mae’s employee café. One of its crown jewels is a 6,500-square-foot rooftop garden on the Nationals Park baseball stadium, where edible flowers end up in cocktails and organic produce feeds fine diners and VIP ticket holders. Ray grew his business organically, fueled by passion and curiosity, rather than any horticultural background. “I grew up in NYC, where I had nothing to grow on. When I moved to Florida for grad school, I had a huge backyard to play around with,” says Ray.

CROPS IN THE CITY Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground by April Thompson


he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are 24

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forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into fresh opportunities.

A View From the Roofs

Take Niraj Ray, whose company Cultivate the City is working to transform urban food deserts in the nation’s capital into thriving local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C.,

Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy directly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

Growing Up With Vertical Farming

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City planners need innovative solutions like vertical farming to feed the growing population. We can grow at scale, with minimum space and environmental impact.

in cities. “City planners need innovative solutions like vertical farming to feed the growing population. We can grow at scale, with minimum space and environmental impact,” says Wendy Coleman, who began her California-based business LA Urban Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s team works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities, greenhouses and corporate clients like Google and Ikea to set up aeroponic tower gardens across the U.S. and Europe. With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched water is pumped through a garden tower to shower the roots of plants suspended in air. “It actually uses 90 percent less water than conventional growing, which is a huge benefit in a place like California, and avoids any kind of agricultural runoff,” says Coleman. In conjunction with urban farming partners, the business churns out 30,000 seedlings a month using aeroponic technology to grow for their diverse client base and working with chefs to plan seasonal menus around their produce. Aeroponics and other innovative farm technologies are transforming spaces in cities across the U.S., reclaiming peripheral and idle spaces like alleys and warehouses to grow herbs and vegetables in abundance, using 90 percent less land by growing vertically, notes Coleman. “With our gardens, diners can see their food growing at their table; they get such a personal connection with their food. It’s an interactive way for hotels and restaurants to demonstrate their commitment to local, sustainable food,” she says.

Breaking into Hives: City Beekeepers

“I had a backyard garden that wasn’t doing so well, and I thought it was the lack of pollinators, so I got bees; but then I realized I was just a bad gardener,” quips master beekeeper John Coldwell, of Fort Lauderdale. Since this humble beginning in 2012 with a few backyard hives, Coldwell and his wife Teresa have been leading a movement to repurpose public land for “microapiaries” and provide apiary education for youth and adults throughout South Florida. Through their entity The Urban Beekeepers, the Coldwells offer beekeeping classes, consult with local governments,

sell equipment and rescue “feral hives” to integrate into managed hives. They’ve worked successfully with parks, airports, golf clubs and country clubs to put honeybee habitats on site. Urban beekeeping works in synergy with city farms, as honeybees forage up to five miles for food, and in so doing pollinate a lot of crops. Seventy of the top 100 human food crops are pollinated by bees, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. “We often hear people say their garden is doing better than it has in years, thanks to the apiaries nearby,” says John Coldwell. The challenges of growing at scale are a recurrent theme among urban farmers. Ian Marvy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) outreach specialist for the greater New York City area, ran his own urban farm, grossing six figures for 14 years. However, Marvy says most farmers growing in the city aren’t operating at a profitable scale or producing enough for everyone to eat local. Even so, locally grown produce is a booming market in New York City. Greenmarket, founded in 1976, operates more than 50 farmers’ markets, limited to vendors that grow within a 200-mile radius, some of whom take home five figures on a good day, says Marvy. Interest in growing at the community level has also mushroomed, adds Marvy, who estimates that 90 percent of the city’s more than 500 school gardens weren’t there 15 years ago when he started this work. “The USDA has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed more people. I’m really excited and committed to that,” he says. While urban agriculture efforts are sometimes criticized for catering to upper income residents that can afford to pay top dollar for specialty items like microgreens, many businesses and organizations are working on multiple fronts, with lucrative specialty crops helping to subsidize programs serving families lacking access to healthy affordable food. Grow Ohio Valley takes an integrated approach to food sovereignty in Wheeling, West Virginia, and the Upper Ohio Valley.

“This part of the Appalachian Rustbelt has lost much of its population, jobs and economic base over the last generation. We want to promote health and wellness through fresh food, while helping to transform the urban landscape from falling-down buildings and vacant lots into productive community assets,” says founder Danny Swan. The operation’s food hub aggregates produce from small local farmers, providing a guaranteed market for their produce and the opportunity to reach a larger market, usually only served by food grown thousands of miles away. The produce is supplemented by four urban farm sites run by the organization, including an apple orchard on the site of a demolished housing project. Grow Ohio Valley also works to reach the “last-mile customers” that lack access to high-quality affordable produce via a mobile farmers’ market that goes to housing projects, senior communities and schools six days a week. Their latest project, the Public Market, is a retail location on Wheeling’s Main Street that will serve as a year-round farmers’ market. The organization is also building alliances between local farmers and healthcare providers through a project called The Farmacy. A partnership with a local free clinic, it targets people suffering from diabetes and other diseases linked to poor diets with a doctor’s prescription for organic produce offered free through the organization’s CSA. These urban agriculture pioneers are helping to not only grow food, but community, and are nurturing renewed connections to the Earth. City growing has so many benefits: decreasing packaging, costs and food miles traveled, making it easier to eat organic seasonal food and a more diverse diet. “The connection people feel when they plant seed and get to harvest the mature plant is transformative. Growing food is something we can all do to make a difference, for our health and the environment,” says Coleman. Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at July/August 2019


~Nathaniel Whitmore


The Herbal Connection by Kajsa Nickels


ummer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to any meal, they are also chock-full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing immune support, hydration, energy and healthy skin. Most people consider using herbs in small amounts as seasonings for recipes such as spaghetti sauce, soups or desserts. However, they are edible plants, just like kale and spinach. Although they tend to have strong flavors when dried, fresh herbs are usually quite mild and can be eaten in large amounts like any other vegetable.

Cool Benefits “Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings,” says Nathaniel Whitmore, a Chinese medicine herbalist and shiatsu massage practitioner in Milford, Pennsylvania. An herb that he recommends for this time of year is American ginseng, which, unlike its Chinese namesake, is considered a “cooling” herb and helps keep the body moist. When combined with fresh chrysanthemum flowers, the result is a powerful elixir that both hydrates and energizes. “A piece of American ginseng root and a few chrysanthemums placed in a jar of water and set on a windowsill for a few days makes a great cold infusion,” says Whitmore. “You can store it in the fridge for a few days and drink it in small amounts at a time to benefit from its energizing and hydrating properties.” 26

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Soft-stemmed herbs such as parsley and dill can be used in large amounts in salads and summer sandwiches. Other heat-tolerant herbs that are easy to grow include lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint and basil. “Lemon balm is great for headaches and insomnia that are common during summer heat waves,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D., an herbalist and doctor of natural medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “Basil can help reduce summer achiness, while lavender serves as a relaxant and an excellent bug repellant.” In addition to relieving headaches and restlessness, lemon balm is also beneficial for those that suffer from high blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine reports that it is helpful in reducing blood pressure in patients with chronic stable angina. Rosemary, another herb used for sleep disorders, was found to also help improve memory and decrease anxiety in a study conducted in Iran at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. One study in 2009 by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Allahbad, in India, revealed that polyphenols found in herbs and plants harbor antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative disorders.

Fresh Is Best While herbs can be used in their extracted and dried forms, the most significant health benefits are often found in the raw, organic plant. “Fresh is better,” says Whitmore. “This is especially true when it comes to the more aromatic plants such as basil and lavender. A lot of the more volatile constituents are lost during the drying process.” Most herbs grow best in dry garden areas that receive at least eight hours of sun each day. Although some herbs can grow in partially shaded locations, they won’t be as flavorful. Many herbs can also be grown in containers or pots. Maria Noël Groves, a clinical herbalist in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being, lists lemon balm, Korean mint, anise hyssop and purple basil as among her favorite summer culinary and beverage herbs that are easy to grow in pots. These make easy pickings for wraps, salads, sandwiches and more. “Lemon balm can also be used to make infused water,” says Groves. “With lemon verbena, lemon grass or holy basil, the result is refreshing and calming.” Just take a few sprigs and place them in either plain or seltzer water. The result is a delicately flavored beverage that’s also healthy and hydrating. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at


Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings.

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Lemon Balm Vinegar This infusion can be used in place of plain vinegar in summer salad dressings. According to the Journal of Medicine, lemon balm is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Combining it with apple cider vinegar adds extra health benefits to the mix, including digestion enhancement, detoxing and inflammation reduction. 2-3 cups fresh lemon balm, washed 1 qt apple cider vinegar Add coarsely chopped lemon balm leaves and stems to a 32-ounce mason jar. Add vinegar until lemon balm is completely covered.

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Dandelion and Violet Greens Pesto 1 bunch dandelion leaves 1-2 handfuls violet leaves 1-3 garlic cloves 1-3 oz Parmesan cheese 1 cup toasted, salted/tamari pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Juice of ½ lemon ¼ cup olive oil Coarsely chop the herbs and the garlic. Combine with a mortar and pestle, food processor or blender and blend until minced. Add the liquids and blend to a puree. Serve with organic tortilla chips, crackers or veggie sticks. Will keep for a few days in a tightly sealed container or frozen. From the book Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies by Maria Noël Groves. Used with permission from Storey Publishing. July/August 2019


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The Pure Joy of Play

Why Kids Need Unstructured Fun


by Ronica O’Hara

ot so long ago, kids would be shooed out the door to play and told to return home at meal time. But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school activities, as well as parental fears about safety, has made that kind of unstructured play rare—with resulting drops in children’s independence, resilience and creativity, experts say. In fact, play has been shown to be so critical to children’s development that an American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 clinical report, “The Power of Play,” recommends that doctors write prescriptions for it. “Play is not frivolous; it is brain building,” concludes the report. It defines play as voluntary, fun and spontaneous activities that engross a child, often resulting in joyous discovery, and includes imaginative make-believe, experimenting and risk-taking. It cites 147 studies showing that play builds skills critical for adult success such as problem solving, collaboration and creativity; decreases stress, fatigue, injury and depression; and 28

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increases range of motion, agility, coordination, balance and flexibility. Here are some ways to up the play in children’s lives:


Give them lots of free time away from devices. Yes, they

might be bored at first—but boredom enhances creativity, partly by allowing for daydreaming, concludes a study from the UK’s University of Central Lancashire.

of American boys and 47 percent of girls are participating on organized sport teams, but three out of four kids quit sports by age 13—one major reason being, “I was not having fun.” Play, on the other hand, is based on pure enjoyment and spontaneous collaboration among kids, minus overanxious adult “sidelining”. “When children play in their own ways, they generally play cooperatively. We adults impose competition, unfortunately. Yet even in our competitive society, the really successful and happy people are the ones who are oriented toward cooperation,” says Peter Gray, Ph.D., a Boston College psychology professor and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.


Encourage them to take the lead. Let kids decide whether they

want to play with friends, siblings or alone. They will happily make up their own games with lots of raw materials that are on hand—blocks, balls, puzzles, crayons, boxes, wooden spoons, old costumes and hats, sand, water, tarps and shovels. “Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problems independently of adults,” says Gray. “Stated differently, it is how children learn to become adults. This value is destroyed when adults take charge of children’s activities.”

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own childhood adventures and figure out a plan they feel comfortable with for their children’s unstructured “risky play”. Preliminary study data show that by three months, 93 percent of parents using the quiz had accomplished their goals.

“The Power of Play”: This study by the Ameri-

can Academy of Pediatrics lays out the body of research on the benefits of unstructured play for children.

“Say Yes to Play”: A Psychology Today online article offers 12 strategies to encourage play, as well as additional references.

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Encourage fun, rather than competition. By age 6, 60 percent


Back off from hovering supervision. It can rob them

of a sense of ownership and accomplishment. Leigh Ellen Magness, a clinical social worker and registered play therapist in Athens, Georgia, grappled with anxiety as she watched her 5-yearold son clamber up a roadside sculpture designed for climbing. “He climbed so high that my stomach flip-flopped to see him so far from me. But I knew there was no better way for him to learn the limits of his own body than to test them,” she says. Mariana Brussoni, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada, concurs: “When they’re given the chance, even very young children show clear abilities to manage risks and figure out their own limits. The potential for learning is enormous.”


Don’t worry. “The data show that children are far more

likely to get injured in adult-directed sports, where they are pushed to compete, than in free play,” says Gray. “Moreover, the kinds of injuries that occur in free play are relatively easy to recover from.” As for the fear of kidnapping by strangers, the odds are very small—one in a million, according to the latest U.S. Department of Justice data. “Weigh the effect of the limits you place on your kids to prevent that very, very, very unlikely possibility versus the fundamental importance for their own health and development of exploring freedom,” advises Brussoni. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at



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MONDAY, JULY 1 Mindfulness Yoga II – Mon, 7/1-8/26. 6-7:30pm. Includes mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Yoga philosophy applied to the mat. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $91/7-wk session, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061.

TUESDAY, JULY 2 X-Gentle Yoga – Tues, 7/2-8/27. 11am-12pm. 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. $135/9 wks, $17/ drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. People of Color Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Open to anyone who self-identifies as a person of color, this mindfulness group is a safe space to honor, celebrate & share our experiences. John Taylor, Elisa Bennett, Carolina Bautista-Velez. $10 sug donation. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384.

THURSDAY, JULY 4 Outdoor Yoga at the VMFA – 9-10am. Kundalini yoga w/Holly Henty. Donate online in advance. Your donation helps increase access to yoga and mindfulness for the Richmond community. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Belvedere Deck, 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd. Donate:

CBD Yoga – 6-8pm. Led by C-IAYT Shannon Somogyi. $25/Early Bird, $30/reg, $35/ day of. Limited space avail. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. Register: Joseph Campbell Mythological RoundTable Meet-Up Group – 6:30-8:45pm. Watch 30-min selections from The Power of Myth series followed by discussion. A group of Campbell newbies & advanced followers. Glen Allen Public Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd, Glen Allen.

THURSDAY, JULY 11 Glenmore Yoga Teacher Training Informational – 2-5pm. Learn about Glenmore’s teacher training programs that start in Sept. Early Bird discount of $100 offered to those registering by July 15. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Mindfulness Yoga: Beg/Mixed – Thurs, 7/118/29. 6-7:15pm. Integral yoga class for students w/some or no experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Uma Melinda Nolen. $70/7 wks; $12/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061/677-3199. Cathy Williams, a Woman’s Historical Legacy of Courage – 7-9pm. Unity of Bon Air’s Sizzling Summer Series. Speaker: Reverend Sandra Campbell. Love Offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

TUESDAY, JULY 16 FemFULL Moon – 6-9pm. Women’s gathering. Celebrate the full moon. Potluck; all ages welcome. Free. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. More info: Learn Why You Feel Not So Good & How to Feel Much Better – 6:30-7:30pm. W/Klinton J. Kranski, DC, CAN. Ellwood Thompson, 4 N Thompson St. Register: 804-897-0008


Heart Coherency at a New Octave – 7-9pm. Unity of Bon Air’s Sizzling Summer Series. Speaker: Antonia Albano. Love Offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

FRIDAY, JULY 19 Yoga Teacher Training Free Orientation – 3-5pm. Nora Vimala Pozzi. Informational meeting for the Fall 2019-2020 Integral Yoga 200-hr Yoga Alliance-approved 6-mo weekly training. Meet our staff & details about the program. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. Kirtan – 6-7pm. Offered monthly. Led by Integral Yoga Teachers or special guest. Experience the bliss of sound vibration leading to meditation. No previous experience required. Donation $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061.



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Healthy Mornings – 8-9:15am. Networking/ speaker series offering tools & conversation around what it means to live well. Connecting, educating and inspiring folks in around RVA who are seeking healthier, more balanced lives. Sponsored by Natural Awakenings. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. Info:

IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Featured speaker: Lynn Sparrow Christy, VA Beach author & regular mentor for A.R.E.’s online learning programs, on her book, Beyond Soul Growth: Awakening to the Call of Cosmic Evolution. Potluck lunch follows. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 12291 River Rd. Donna: 804-690-3310.

Mindfulness Yoga: Beg/Mixed – Sat, 7/6-8/31. 9:30-10:45am. Integral yoga class for students w/ some or no experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Anne Bhudevi Fletcher. $70/7 wks; $12/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061/677-3199.

Reception for Artist Coakley Brown – 5-7pm. Art exhibit runs 7/10-9/6. Coakley Brown uses expressive brushstrokes in celebration of light & color. Light refreshments served. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.



Beyond Alignment: Day of Yoga Therapeutics – 11am-12:30pm, Master Class: Bare Feet; 1:304:30pm, Workshop: Seeing Bodies. Join Yoga Anatomy Academy’s Dr. Ariele Foster for a day of experiential anatomy-based yoga therapeutics to re-imagine your relation w/your body. $75/ both, $30/Master class, $50/workshop. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. Register:

FRIDAY, JULY 5 Open Your Heart: A Bhakti Yoga and Creativity Immersion – 7/5-7. Join critically acclaimed spiritual music artists for a weekend of devotional chanting & creativity immersion. Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band. $260 + accom. Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.


Free Yoga Self-Care Sunday – 9am. Open to everyone. Kids too. Taught by Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Sponsored by Kultivate Wellness. Walton Park Community Center’s Soccer Field, Midlo. For more info:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Wed, 7/10-8/28. 5:30-7:45pm. Retreat day: 8/17. Learn to identify stress in your body then use practical techniques to reduce it on a regular basis. Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD; Sherry Klauer. $320/mbr, $480/ non-mbr. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register:


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Saturday Salutations at the VMFA – 9-10am. Carrie Puryear/KC Whitsett. Donate online in advance. Your donation helps increase access to yoga and mindfulness for the Richmond community. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Belvedere Deck, 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd. Donate: SpiritMindBody-RVA Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. 12pm: Explore “Aware Listening Counseling Skills for Everyone” w/Susan Archer, LCSW, to reclaim your mind, heal your hurts, find deep connection & closeness that can lead to a bigger life. 1:44-4:44pm: Karma Café, our mini-psychic fair with readers & practitioners. 1007 Peachtree Blvd.

SUNDAY, JULY 21 Free Yoga Self-Care Sunday – 9am. Open to everyone. Kids too. Taught by Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness & sponsored by Kultivate Wellness. Walton Park Community Center’s Soccer Field, Midlo. For more info: Laughter Yoga – 10-11am. Great physical, mental & emotional benefits. No experience necessary. Slash Coleman, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. $10 donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-353-3799.

Sacred Sound & Yoga Nidra – 5:30-7pm. Come and unwind as Shana Latia invites you to relax & feel the healing sounds of crystal singing bowls & yoga nidra. No experience required. Only 6 spaces avail. $25/adv, $30/day of. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. Register:

TUESDAY, JULY 23 The Ketogenic Lifestyle – 6pm. Learn how the ketogenic diet can help with multiple health conditions inclu Type 2 diabetes, cancer, epileptic seizures & obesity. It also enhances athletic performance. South River Compounding Pharmacy, 3656 Mayland Ct. 804-897-6447. Learn Why You Feel Not So Good & How to Feel Much Better – 6:30-7:30pm. W/Klinton J. Kranski, DC, CAN. 555 Southlake Blvd. Register: 804-897-0008

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Dream Group – 9:30-11:30am. What do your nightly dreams mean? Bring a dream, pen & paper. Carrington Brown; Kim Vann. $10 sug donation. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. The Shavasana Course – 7/25-27. 6-9pm, Thurs; 8:30am-5pm, Fri; 9am-4:30pm, Sat. Five Shavasanas will take you progressively deeper, interwoven with chanting, other yoga poses & meditation. Vidyadevi (Cathy) Stillman. $325 by 7/18, $385 after. Unity of Richmond, 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338-1105.

New Earth: A Parallel Reality – 7-9pm. Unity of Bon Air’s Sizzling Summer Series. Speaker: Albert Moore. Love Offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

SATURDAY, JULY 27 Saturday Salutations at the VMFA – 9-10am. JaVonne Bowles. Donate online in advance. Your donation helps increase access to yoga and mindfulness for the Richmond community. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Belvedere Deck, 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd. Donate:

SUNDAY, JULY 28 Sacred Sound Bath & Yoga Nidra – 6-7:30pm. Shana Praneshwari Latia. Sound therapy is so effective because it influences our emotional bodies as well as our physical bodies by penetrating every cell in our bodies with vibration. $10 donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061.

TUESDAY, JULY 30 CBD and You – 6pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy, 3656 Mayland Ct. 804-897-6447. Emotional Empowerment: Turn Your Negative Feelings into Your Greatest Allies – 6pm. Learn key components of the empowered language of our negative emotions to improve your quality of life. Pamela Biasca Losada, MS Certified Health & Emotional Empowerment Coach. $10. The Beet at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St. bit. ly/2YWoddx.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 Hemp-Based CBD Oil – 5:30pm. We will review how CBD oil can benefit you & review laws & products. Tana Kaefer, PharmD. Free. Bremo Pharmacy Training Center, 2002 Staples Mill Rd. 804-288-8361 x 130. CBD and You – 6pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy, 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlo. 804-897-6447.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 Let Your Soul Speak Journaling – 7-8:30pm. Connect with your deepest self through journaling prompts, meditation, poetry & more. $10 sug donation. Elaine Kiziah, PhD. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Music, Comedy & Chocolate – 7-9pm. Unity of Bon Air’s Sizzling Summer Series. Speaker: Ventriloquist Lesley Smith & Company. Love Offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 Stability and Freedom – 8/2-4. Weekend w/ Rolf Gates. Experience a dynamic weekend of workshops as we explore the practices that create a life that works. $225/full weekend, $65/single workshop. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. Register:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 Free Yoga Self-Care Sunday – 9am. Open to everyone. Kids too. Taught by Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness & sponsored by Kultivate Wellness. Walton Park Community Center’s Soccer Field, Midlo. For more info:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 Learn Why You Feel Not So Good & How to Feel Much Better – 6:30-7:30pm. W/Klinton J. Kranski, DC, CAN. Good Foods Grocery Store, 3062 Stony Point Rd. Register: 804-897-0008


The Forgotten Sense and the Ignored Tissue: The Emotion-Body Connection – 7-9pm. Unity of Bon Air’s Sizzling Summer Series. Speaker: Wilma Langeveld. Love Offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 10-Day Silent Retreat: Look Within, Find Your Truth – 8/9-18. Realign yourself w/your own inner guidance during Yogaville’s annual 10-day silent retreat. Rev. Sam Rudra Swartz & Senior Staff. $495 + accom. Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Healthy Mornings – 8-9:15am. Networking/ speaker series offering tools & conversation around what it means to live well. Connecting, educating and inspiring folks in around RVA who are seeking healthier, more balanced lives. Sponsored by Natural Awakenings. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. Info: Filipino Festival – 8/9-10. 5-10pm, Fri; 10am10pm, Sat. Filipino food, fun & dance. Proceeds support charities. Free admission. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Rd, Henrico. 804-240-1832.

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Global Yoga Therapy Day – A day full of yoga therapy lecture & classes. C-IAYT Shannon Somogyi of Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. Details: Joseph Campbell Mythological RoundTable Meet-Up Group – 6:30-8:45pm. See 7/10 listing. Glen Allen Public Library, 10501 Staples Mill Rd, Glen Allen.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Right Speech – 9am-12pm. How do words affect us & others? Explore the 5 keys to Right Speech & how to incorporate them into your daily life. Mimi Weaver. $60/mbr, $120/non-mbr. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Saturday Salutations at the VMFA – 9-10am. Sue Agee. Donate online in advance. Your donation helps increase access to yoga and mindfulness for the Richmond community. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Belvedere Deck, 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd. Donate: Chair Yoga for Active Agers – 10:30-11:30am. Gentle class combining chair yoga w/yoga on the mat. Designed for people w/some physical limitations or those who enjoy a slow pace. Linda Suguna Dunn. $12/drop-in; $40/5 wks. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061. SpiritMindBody-RVA Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. 12pm: Explore “The Power of Breath: Healing the Past, Present & Future” w/Rebirthing Breathwork Facilitators/Coach, Nancy Orr/Ken Kizer. 1:44-4:44pm: Karma Café, our mini-psychic fair with readers & practitioners. 1007 Peachtree Blvd.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 Cognitive Health – 6pm. Learn about a multifaceted approach to improve cognitive function for ASD, ADD, Alzheimer’s & dementia, Parkinson’s disease & even patients that are just feeling mentally burned out. South River Compounding Pharmacy, 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlo. 804-897-6447.

LL Moon – 6-9pm. See 7/16 listing. Free. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. More info:

Scientific Sound Healing for the 21st Century – 7-9pm. Unity of Bon Air’s Sizzling Summer Series. Speaker: Dan O’Neal. Love Offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Kirtan – 6-7pm. See 7/19 listing. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 A l e - N - A s a n a F re e Yo g a – 1 0 a m . L e d by Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd. More info:  IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Featured speaker: Frank Pasciuti, PhD, Charlottesville psychotherapist & author, on his new book, Chrysalis Crisis, that explains how you can use your life ordeals to bring about personal & spiritual growth. Potluck lunch follows. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 12291 River Rd. Donna: 804-690-3310.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 Free Yoga Self-Care Sunday – 9am. Open to everyone. Kids too. Taught by Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness & sponsored by Kultivate Wellness. Walton Park Community Center’s Soccer Field, Midlo. For more info: Laughter Yoga – 10-11am. See 7/21 listing. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-353-3799.

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Realizing the Power Within Us – 1-5pm. Free yourself from the unwanted barriers holding you back from the life you want to live. Rev. Cathie Stivers, PhD, M Div. $50/mbr, $100/non-mbr. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Sacred Sound Bath & Yoga Nidra – 6-7:30pm. See 7/21 listing. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-342-1061.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 Asana Unlocked: Reframe Your Understanding, Renew Your Practice – 8/22-25. Gain a deeper understanding of asana (yoga posture) & learn how adaptations can move you towards transformation. Gary Kraftsow, MA. $340 + accom. Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Hemp-Based CBD Oil – 12pm. See 7/31 listing. Free. Bremo Pharmacy Training Center, 2002 Staples Mill Rd. 804-288-8361 x 130. Would You Like to Partner With Nature Spirits? And Yes, The Fairies Are Real – 7-9pm. Unity of Bon Air’s Sizzling Summer Series. Speaker: Terry Frank. Love Offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 CBD Yoga – 6-8pm. Led by C-IAYT Shannon Somogyi. $25/Early Bird, $30/reg, $35/ day of. Limited space avail. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. Register:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 Saturday Salutations at the VMFA – 9-10am. J Miles. Donate online in advance. Your donation helps increase access to yoga and mindfulness for the Richmond community. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Belvedere Deck, 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd. Donate: Journaling for Personal Transformation – 9am4pm. Use journaling to explore what matters most to you. Bring your journal, pen/pencil. Elaine Kiziah, PhD. $87.50/mbr, $175/non-mbr. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 Ancient Alchemy: Hydrosol Distillation – This herbalism class will expose you to the wonderful world of distilling & hydrosols. Nycol Chapman of Windblown Sister Botanicals. Kultivate Wellness, 13140 Midlothian Tpk, Midlo. Register:


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Restoration: Healing the Past, Causing the Future – 7-9pm. Unity of Bon Air’s Sizzling Summer Series. Speaker: Larry Bennett. Love Offering. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. 804-320-5584.

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daily SilverSneakers Group X Classes – Come out & play with us while making your body healthier with exercise & see if you can continue for free w/ the SilverSneakers benefit. Free to try the classes & check eligibility. Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Supporting Body, Mind & More – Daily appts. Yoga, Embodyment Yoga Therapy, healing touch, reiki, PSYCH-K. Clear, energize & restore balance to the biofield that surrounds & interpenetrates the human body; essential to the healing process. Relieve chronic pain, stiffness, illness, stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue. Melt through deep internal tension easily & gently. Anita Snellings, Certified Instructor. Peaceful Body Yoga & Wellness, 3111 Northside Ave, Ste 101. For appt: 804-356-7477. Volunteers Needed – The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond (TSCOR) provides free transportation to doctors’ appointments or the grocery store for older citizens (60+) at no cost. Volunteer drivers needed. Handymen/women also welcome. For more details or to sign up: 804-355-7282.

monthly Past Life Group Regression – Meets monthly. $25. Clover Hill Holistic Arts Ctr, 11932 Winterpock Rd, Chesterfield. 804-247-4667. Specific time & date:

sunday Overeaters Anonymous – 13 wkly mtgs. Is food a problem for you? No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins, no diets. 804-362-9400. 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. 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. Intuitive Instruction & Development for Kids & YA – 1pm. Last Sun. Clover Hill Holistic Arts Ctr, 11932 Winterpock Rd, Chesterfield. 804-2474667. For more info: Mediumship-Intuitive-Development-Circle/events.

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. 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.

monday 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. Realign Your Spine & Mind Flow – 9:30-10:45am. Experience sequences that promote healing & relief for the physical & mental bodies. Andy. Coconut Elephant Yoga, 2949 Fox Chase Ln, Ste B, Midlo. Register: Tai Chi – 10am, Beg; 11am, Intermed. Yang 24 Form & Sun 31 Form taught in each class. Sun 31 is a 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. Svaroopa Yoga  Classes  – 11am-12:30pm & 6-7:30pm. Gently move past pain & stiffness; improve flexibility, ease in movement; build strength, stamina, vitality; calm & clear your mind. Breath, yoga, awareness meditation. Anita Snellings, Certified Instructor. Peaceful Body Yoga & Wellness, 3111 Northside Ave, Ste 101. Register: 804-3567477. 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.

Gut health is the key to overall health. ~Kris Carr

Open-Sit Meditation – 7/1-8/26. 6-6:30pm. Dropin & experience 30 min of silence to start your week w/clarity & meditate in community. Weekly rotation of meditation leaders. $10 sug donation. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Gentle Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Includes poses to lengthen, strengthen, improve range of motion & find balance; great for beginners & those in rehab. Mary Leffler/ Louise Mason. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/ mo, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Yin Yoga – 6-7:30pm. A quiet practice focused on the deep connective tissue in the lower back, hips & pelvis; poses are usually seated or reclined & held 3-5 min. Mary Lou Bean. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Healing Touch Ministry – 6:30 & 7:30pm. 4th. Energy-based, heart-centered healing session. Sherry Price. Free, by appt. Mt. Pisgah UMC, 1001 Mt Pisgah Dr, Midlo. 804-920-8066. Beginner’s Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. For people who don’t like yoga & for those who want to learn more about the terms & reasons for doing yoga. $14/drop-in or class packs & monthly unlimited mbrshp. Nadeya Ward. Downward Dog Dance, Yoga and Wellness, 2843 Hathaway Rd. MyBirth Prenatal Yoga – 7:15pm. Help prepare your mind & body for the journey of birth. Laura Grace Zetlan. $16. MyBirth, 1726 Altamont Ave, Ste 2.

tuesday Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info, Cassandra: 804-901-4583, Qigong – 9:30am. Phoebe Antrim. Free. Round House/Byrd Park. Register: 804-358-1772. 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 Classes – 10, 11am, 12pm. Enjoy fun activities like luncheons, walks, crafts, nutrition & socialization classes. Free to try 1st class to find out if you have the SilverSneakers benefit that makes future classes free or $10/mo for those w/out the benefit. JenCare, S Park Blvd, Colonial Heights. Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Sun-Style 73 Movements Tai Chi – 7/9-8/27. 1-2pm. Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & wellbeing. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. Call ahead if drop-in. $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.

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Dance for Preschool-Age Children – 4:305:30pm. Geared towards ages 2-5. We will rond de jambe around the garden & jete across the room. Virginia & Nadeya. $14/drop-in or class packs & monthly unlim mbrshp. Downward Dog Dance, Yoga and Wellness, 2843 Hathaway Rd. 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. 3rd. Free. Retreat Hospital Board Room. Angela Denny PT, CLT: 804-281-8473, Patty Donovan: 804-270-9071. Yoga & Meditation for Women – 5:30-6:30pm. A gentle, mindful practice for beginners, to experience slow vinyasa relief of mind & body blocks. Malikah Karim. $10-$12/class. Saadia’s Juicebox & Yoga Lounge, 402 1/2 2nd St. 804-621-5111. Tai Chi Chuan – 6-7:15pm. Learn the 37-posture form taught by Grand Master Cheng Man-Ching. $165/10 wks. Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. Floyd Herdrich: 804-698-0225; 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. Sound Meditation Concert – 6:15-7:15pm. Community-based aural healing therapy sessions that provide science-based sound frequency healing & chakra balancing. Natasha Foreman. $17, 20% discount for Lucid Living members. Lucid Living, 300 E Grace St. 804-592-9747. VinYin – 6:30-7:45pm. Class combines the movement of a vinyasa flow followed by the long holds of a yin practice. Rodney Bradley/Kerry Shultz/Randi Weiss. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/ drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Falun Gong Book Study – 7pm. Free. 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Restore, Revive, Renew – 7-8:15pm. A blend of restorative, yin, gentle & meditative slow flow yoga for a peaceful & centered week. All levels. Pay what can. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. 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.

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. 30-Minute Guided Meditation – 9:30am. Start your morning off right w/this small group guided meditation. Marsha Hauck. $10. Boulders Acupuncture & Natural Healthcare, 7315 Boulder View Ln. Registration required: Parent & Me Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Intro to kids yoga w/music, movement, stories & games. Ages 3-6. Family pricing. Location: Mongrel Fitness, 11617 Busy St. Sunshine Yoga for Children and Families. Details, Kim:  or on FB. Beginning Sun-Style Tai Chi for Health & Arthritis – 7/10-8/28. 11am-12pm Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. Call ahead if dropping in. $10, $48/6-wk series. Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Intuitive Development Circle – 11am-12:30pm. $10 sug donation. Clover Hill Holistic Arts, 11932 Winterpock Rd, Chesterfield. 804-247-4667. More info: Essentially Well with dōTERRA Essential Oils  – 6pm. Looking to incorporate essential oils & natural solutions into your life? Join us for the basic what, why & how of these amazing oils. Suitable for individuals & practitioners alike. Lisa Cusano. Al mismo tiempo clase en español traducida Diego Cusano. Check our Facebook page Essentially Well RVA for DIY Workshop calendar. Gather Short Pump, 2400 Old Brick Rd. RSVP required: 804-296-9284 or Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079. Y12SR: Yoga for 12-Step Recovery – 6-7:30pm. Combines the somatic approach of yoga w/the cognitive approach of the 12-step recovery model. Open to anyone dealing w/their own addiction or affected by the addiction of others. Billie Carroll. Donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. Chi Fit for Life Qigong Classes – 6:15pm. Learn a series of qigong exercises especially designed for the season. 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.

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. SpiritMindBody-RVA Healing Circle – 6:308:30pm. 1st & 3rd. 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: smb.rva or Richmond Zen – 7-8:20pm. Meditation. Instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. 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.

thursday 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 or 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 Classes – 10 & 11am, 12pm. See Tues listing. JenCare, S Park Blvd, Colonial Heights. Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Svaroopa Yoga Classes – 10-11:30am. See Mon listing. Peaceful Body Yoga & Wellness, 3111 Northside Ave, Ste 101. Register: 804-356-7477. 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. Compassion Meditation – 7/4-8/29. 12-12:45pm. Guided heart-opening meditation followed by a brief sharing. Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD; Martha Tyler, BSN, LMT. $10 sug donation. The Innerwork Center, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. 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.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. ~Alfred Austin 34

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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. MyBirth Prenatal Yoga – 6:30pm. Help prepare your mind & body for the journey of birth. Katie Painter. $15. Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Women’s Pavilion, Nelson Education Room. Meditative Power Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. Experience yoga sequences designed to release pent-up energy & create an internal calmness. Coconut Elephant Yoga, 2949 Fox Chase Ln, Ste B, Midlo. Register: 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. 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.

Insight Meditation – 5:45-7:30pm. See Tues listing. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976.

friday Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info: 804-901-4583, Fridays at PYR – 9:30-10:45am, Peaceful Flow; 6-7:15pm, Feel Good Friday Flow. All levels. Pay what can. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. MyBirth Prenatal Yoga – 10am. Help prepare your mind & body for the journey of birth. Laura Grace Zetlan. $16. MyBirth, 1726 Altamont Ave, Ste 2. 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 MyBirth Postnatal Yoga – 11:30am. Create community & get your body moving safely. For birthing people & babies. Laura Grace Zetlan. $14. MyBirth, 1726 Altamont Ave, Ste 2. Mindfulness & Progressive Relaxation – 121:30pm. Includes simple stretches. Sandy Goolsby, LCSW. $18. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-836-8680. Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 12:30-1pm. Free. Capitol Grounds, downtown. 804-747-1215. Caregiver Support Group – 2-3:30pm. 3rd. Free. Jewish Family Services, 6718 Patterson Ave. Register: 804-282-5644 x 254.

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Laughter Yoga – 6pm. Every Fri except when on Sun at 10am (check website). Great physical, mental & emotional benefits. No experience necessary. Slash Coleman, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. $10 donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 102. 804-353-3799.

saturday Mommy & Baby Yoga – 10am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives for Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. PrenatalYoga@ Intuitive Development Circle – 10am-12pm. $10 sug donation. Clover Hill Holistic Arts Ctr, 11932 Winterpock Rd, Chesterfield. 804-2474667. More info: Mediumship-Intuitive-Development-Circle/events. Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am. Moksha Yoga/ Midwives for Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. Meetup. com/PrenatalYoga-Richmond. 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: Contra Dance – 7-11pm. 2nd & 4th. $7. Contra Dance Group. Lewis Ginter Rec Ctr: 804-247-9247; Linda Salter: 804-266-7355.

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Melissa utilizes the holistic noninvasive practice of Breathwork (a gentle active respiratory therapy), reiki, energy work, Craniosacral and Shamanic practices to heal trauma, stress, insomnia, PTSD, addiction and more.

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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, menstrual problems, menopause, endometriosis, anxiety, depression, insomnia and more.

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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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CHIROPRACTOR ARIYA FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC CENTER Six locations in the Richmond area 804-526-7125

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, page 7.

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.  

COACHING / SPIRITUAL COUNSELING COACHING/SPIRITUAL COUNSELING/ MEDITATION Call Joyce for an Appointment 804-920-9809 Location: Midlothian/Bon Air

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DENTISTRY 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, 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 15.


Down Under Doula 928-502-1293 Chris is a certified (Australia and U.S.) birth doula and newborn care specialist, providing birth and postpartum support for the whole family.  Professional, personalized support during your pregnancy, labor/delivery and throughout the 4th trimester.


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Now open! Kultivate Wellness brings you the area’s first dedicated hemp and wellness boutique! Offering wellness classes, yoga, yoga therapy, CBD oil, hemp products, herbs, local honey, tea, crystals, workshops, lectures, films and more. See ad on page 21.




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Stephen D. Saunders, M.Ed 804-405-5216, Richmond Cecilia B. Thomas, M.Ed, M.Ht 804-432-1109, Richmond Gain more life balance in a relaxed, strictly confidential setting. Goal and results oriented. Free 30-minute consultation. Further information available on our website.



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

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 viAttevlé Massage Therapy’s focus tality and improved quality of life. If you are sufis to maximize the potential of fering from negative effects of fluctuating or decaregivers and those they serve. creasing hormones, call us to learn more.  Our space is fully ADA compliant, offering a haven See ad, page 5. for caregivers as well as those who typically aren’t able to experience massage. 

IV HYDRATION THERAPY Mint, A Boutique Spa 1811 Huguenot Rd, Bldg 406, Midlo 804-882-0009

2008 Bremo Rd., Suite 111 Richmond, VA 23226 804-493-4060 Quench IV Bar 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, page 5.

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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 17.

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

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


Embrace is RVA’s first free-standing, midwifeled birth center. Specializing in healthy women expecting healthy babies, we offer evidence-based prenatal, birth and postpartum care with an experienced, licensed midwife. Beautiful water birth suites and a deep belief in low-tech, high-touch options combine to make the birth of your new baby safe, gentle and affordable. We also offer preconception counseling, childbirth education, a doula internship program, and much more. Tours/“Meetthe-midwife” sessions Tuesdays at 1pm and Saturdays at 10am. Call for your consultation today!





Licensed massage therapist with six years of experience helping clients become pain-free. Specialties include deep tissue work, cupping and prenatal massage. I do everything with passion and love. Let me help you heal.


Richmond Music Therapy, a private practice founded by Allie Longworth, MS, MT-BC, actively serves ages 11 to 104 with mental health and rehabilitative needs through a combination of talk and music with a board-certified music therapist. See ad on page 17.


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: Ketogenic 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). We also offer on-going free educational health seminars addressing the issues listed above. Just go to our website to view our complete seminar schedule and register for all that are of interest or applicable to you. See ads, pages 19 and 43.


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 on page 5.

PERSONAL GROWTH THE INNERWORK CENTER 213 Roseneath Road 804-359-0384

The Innerwork Center is a resource and learning center that explores the insights and practices of the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary sciences. The Innerwork Center encourages curiosity, compassion, community and the cultivation of skills so that we might act mindfully in the world. See ad on page 3.

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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 20+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, Topical Anti-Infective medications, and Veterinary compounded medication for pets. In addition we offer our patients the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements available. We also offer an affordable, wide range of comprehensive tests designed for individuals whose health insurance does not cover testing. See ads, pages 19 and 43.


2024 Staples Mill Rd, Richmond 804-288-8361 • We are a full-service pharmacy focused upon health and wellness. As a nationally accredited compounding pharmacy, we customize medications for both humans and pets. Ask our pharmacists how they can help you with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, pharmacogenetic testing and hemp-based CBD oils. See ad, page 21.


12230 Ironbridge Rd, Ste C, Chester 11934 W Broad St, Henrico Ph: 804-717-5000, Fax: 804-717-8300 RX3, Virginia’s First Nationally Accredited Compounding Pharmacy, has been an industry leader for 23+ years. Specialists in customized compounding,  bio-identical hormones, veterinary/equine compounding, traditional pharmacy, palliative care, professional quality supplements, CBD experts, Food Inflammation Testing, and more. See ad, pages 13 and 18.




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.


2620 Gaskins Road, Henrico 804-396-6753

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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, page 3.

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Partners in Family Medicine 430 Claremont Ct Colonial Heights 23834 804-526-1130


Family Practice and Integrative Holistic Medicine Apex-MD 5310 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen 804-273-0010

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

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, back cover.

Talia Moser, Reflexologist, IIR certified  By appt., 804-399-3353, Richmond

5700 Old Richmond Ave, Ste A-5 (Off Libbie, near St. Mary’s) 804-358-1492

Integrative approach to medicine, optimizing a realistic plan for your health/disease management. As a pharmacist, I review your medications to determine which ones are needed. Implement alternative therapies. Web visits available for established patients. See ad, page 9.


Reflexology is a holistic healing art. Applying pressure to points on the feet and hands stimulates a healing response in glands, organs and systems, resulting in better circulation, vitality and peace. Hot stone massage with essential oil included at end renews tired feet. International Institute of Reflexology certified. Wheelchair accessible.


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.

Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Tuesday Evenings, 6-7:15pm 804-698-0225, Richmond

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Thermographer The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Dr, Richmond 804-683-7774 Safe, non-invasive, radiation-free image imaging. Preserve your breast, heart health and much more. Live happier and healthier longer! Interpreted by Matthew Lee, MD, RPh. See ad, page 17.




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, page 31.

VETERANS RESILIENCY HOLISTIC CLINIC 800 Blanton Avenue, Richmond 804-448-9955

The VRHC in Richmond is for Veterans and their families. Our clinic includes 10 alternative holistic modalities to help you relax your nervous system. Donation based. 4th Wednesday of the month. Visit the website for details.


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, page 11.


of Richmond Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT500, C-IAYT 213 Roseneath Rd.  804-342-1061  25+ years teaching Integral Yoga®; 18+ years offering Teacher Training & Yoga Therapy. An educational & training center with certified teachers offering classes in a safe, non-competitive environment with personalized attention, including Mindfulness and Raja Yoga–yoga philosophy–leading to transformative experiences and a more meaningful and peaceful life. Specialized classes and private sessions for those with physical limitations or emotional issues. Affiliated with Yogaville.


Specializing in Yoga for Children 804-678-8568, Richmond Nitya Living™ specializes in kids› yoga programs that engage the whole child plus mindfulness yoga programs, women’s retreats, private classes for adults and children, kids› yoga camp, Yoga and Feng Shui workshops and teacher trainings. Enrolling now for Nitya Living Summer Camp for Kids and Teens running for 4 weeks July into August. Plus a Family Yoga Retreat in Yogaville.  Use promo code KK20 to save 20% off some programs.


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 community partnership 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, page 9.


Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT 804-342-1061 Offered since 1999, the first Yoga Teacher Training program in Richmond meets Yoga Alliance & Yogaville training standards. Supported by a team of qualified teachers from RVA & Yogaville, the 6-month intense & comprehensive weekly course includes 3 months of yoga philosophy, a 4-day Yogaville retreat, daily homework, personal practice & serving special populations. Emphasis on personalized attention, authenticity and dedication to serve. Its foundation is Sri Swami Satchidananda’s Truth is One, Paths are Many. Course limited to 12 students.


Kultivate Wellness 13140 Midlothian Turnpike 804-464-2238 • IG@KultivateWellness Kultivate Wellness brings you the area’s first dedicated hemp and wellness boutique! Offering yoga therapy, yoga and wellness classes, CBD oil, hemp products, herbs, local honey, tea, crystals, workshops, lectures, films and more. See ad, page 21.


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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Offering private and small group yoga therapy sessions in your home, office or INSIDE our 34’ converted RV. 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 injuries, 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, page 17.

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