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Behold, my friends, the spring is come. The Earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love. ~Sitting Bull

As we begin to welcome spring, my thoughts turn to the gardeners and farmers that have been busy at work planting the seeds that will yield marvelous bounty in the weeks and months to come. So much planning, labor and love goes into Jessica Coffey, Publisher the work of growing fruits, vegetables and flowers and responsibly and ethically raising animals on a farm or in a backyard. I have a great deal of awe and respect for those that truly bring the farm to the table for us—to our homes, the markets/businesses we shop at, the restaurants we dine in, the schools our children attend. I recently joined Real Local RVA, a local organization dedicated to educating, supporting and raising awareness of the local food movement and choices in the Greater Richmond area. I love how hard our community is working to increase awareness about and access to local, sustainable, healthy food. The March/April issue has become our annual food issue—in it, you will find a feature article about the world’s healthiest cuisines as well as articles on spicing up healthy cooking and sprouts for pets—yes, even your pets can benefit from garden-fresh grub! Be sure to check out our special page, Healthy Food in RVA, with a list of places to visit where you can find locally sourced, sustainable, organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and/or vegan options for eating and shopping. Always try to buy fresh and local whenever you can! Healthy eating is an important component of healthy living, but we must also take care of our mind and our spirit. One way of doing that is to find quiet moments of stillness—space to breathe and just be. This poem by Lenore Horowitz reminded me of the importance of creating that space while conjuring up images of spring: Savasana Between in and out is a place I want to go. So I listen and breathe, feel the air ripple and shimmer till I pause, and a space opens, and I open too, like a flower, knowing where it roots, how its branches spread, why its petals smell like lavender. Then I flow past,  rippling again, with only scent of lavender to hold me true. Happy Spring and Happy Reading! Warmly,

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Taking Dentistry to New Heights with Lasers


r. Olivia Hart, owner of Richmond Family Dentistry, has introduced a new laser technology that will make your next visit to the dentist a much more enjoyable experience. She has added both hard and soft tissue lasers into her practice because they allow her to provide patients with the best care available.   Dr. Hart uses pain-free, low-light laser therapy to put the body’s tissue into an optimum state of healing after a procedure has been performed. She can also provide inoffice laser treatment for gum disease and remove decay and fill teeth with no need for a local anesthetic. The laser also allows for more conservative tooth preparations and Dr. Olivia Hart less tooth reduction. Dr. Hart can even offer patients procedures that she used to have to refer out, including treatments for snoring and non-invasive, cosmetic wrinkle reduction without any outward signs of having the treatment.   Location: 10446 Ridgefield Pkwy. For appointments, call 804-404-8196. For more information, visit See ads, pages 2 and 41.

A New Home for Chrysalis Institute


his spring, Chrysalis Institute will move into a new space at 213 Roseneath Road in the heart of Richmond’s Museum District (behind Temple Beth-El at the intersection of Grove Avenue and Roseneath Road). A crowdfunding campaign raised more than $75,000 to renovate the building and improve the outdoor space. The new location will include an urban meditation garden on the front patio, a gallery showcasing art by Chrysalis members, staff offices and a 1,200-square-foot classroom and lecture space. It will be open, airy and welcoming, with abundant natural light. Chrysalis Executive Director Rachel Douglas says, “We wanted a place that would reflect the beautiful work going on inside of it. When we first saw our new space, which is an old school building, we saw the ample parking available on the interior of the block, the large brick patio and the huge bank of windows, and knew it had the potential to be gorgeous.” For more than 20 years, Chrysalis has fostered personal and spiritual growth through a wide variety of programs that enhance mindfulness, wisdom, creativity, compassion and well-being. It hosts an annual Mindful Parenting Conference, a six-month intensive Spiritual Paths program and a variety of classes, practice groups, retreats and lectures. For more information, visit See ads, pages 13 and 43.

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itchell Waskin, DPM, FACFAS, owner/founder of The Foot & Ankle Center, has taken his practice to a new level by teaming up with Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic (FASMA). As part of this highly respected group, Dr. Waskin offers wider insurance coverage; more efficient scheduling; expanded services, including in-house pathology and orthotics labs and collaboration Mitchell Waskin, with other FASMA DPM, FACFAS specialists to ensure the best treatment plan for complex foot issues.   Streamlined business practices and increased leverage in the rapidly changing healthcare environment free Dr. Waskin and his staff to focus on what they do best, providing high quality care to their patients. Established in 2004, patients find services at The Foot & Ankle Center they can’t find at other podiatrists, including PT, a certified pedorthist, laser treatments for pain and toenail fungus, a medicalgrade nail spa and on-site diagnostic ultrasound and digital X-ray.  Location: 1465 Johnston Willis Dr. For more information, call 804-320-3668 or visit See ad, page 8.

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Restore-PT Finds New Location


estore-PT has moved to 2418 East Franklin Street, Suite 115. The new location is in the historic Church Hill Gables building at the corner of North 25th Street. Derek Metzler, MPT, and Dustin Toth, PTA, CMT, provide therapy based on the principles and training of Fascial Counterstrain and Barnes Myofascial Release to help resolve simple and complex physical therapy issues. Metzler says, “At Restore-PT, we see the body as a whole; treating the fascia is a global way to look at the body. Our treatments are gentle and we treat in a non-forceful manner to help the body do what it does—healing naturally.” For appointments, call 804-644-1221. For more information, visit See listing, page 43.

Wirzba to Lecture on The Gift of Food


eal Local RVA and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church present Professor Norman Wirzba, from Duke University Divinity School, with The Gift of Food, an evening of enlightened conversation at 7 p.m., April 7, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Wirzba will discuss the importance of recognizing food as a gift to be treasured versus food Norman Wirzba as a commodity: a Q&A will be moderated by Real Local RVA co-chair Hunter Hopcroft. Following the program, there will be a book signing for Wirzba’s Food and Faith and a sampling of delicious local food.   Humans are creatures dependent upon food; it is the basis for our survival and it plays a major role in determining our health and well-being. Yet, most people have lost a very important connection to this thing that has such an impact on our daily lives. Wirzba’s work speaks to the importance of that connection. He writes: “To receive food as a gift, and to share it with each other, opens up a new way of imagining a community’s economic life together and forms a tangible connection to the natural world.”


he third annual Nurture RVA Birth and Baby Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21, at the Science Museum of Virginia. This event brings together prospective, expecting and new parents with more than 50 exhibitors representing local hospital systems, midwifery and pediatric practices, doulas, childbirth educators, perinatal mental health providers, childcare facilities, photographers, retail businesses, nonprofits and government agencies. The fair provides an opportunity to interact with multiple providers under one roof. Participants receive a swag bag full of information and goodies, as well as opportunities to win raffle prizes and participate in informative demonstrations. Leslie Lytle, executive director of Nurture, a nonprofit focused on improving the health and well-being of childbearing families, states, “The fair is an opportunity to speed date local providers and learn about birth and early parenting options available in the Richmond metro area. We especially recommend the fair for people who are contemplating a pregnancy. The festivallike atmosphere encourages communication that is more relaxed than in clinical settings.” Admission and parking is free. Location: 2500 W. Broad St. For more information, visit See ad, page 7.

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Cost is $20 for Real Local RVA participants and supporters; $25 general admission. Location: 6000 Grove Ave. For tickets and more information, visit See ad, page 23.

he E.A.T. Foundation, a local nonprofit seeking to promote food equity, is hosting a five-to-sevencourse pop-up fundraising dinner at 7 p.m. on March 15 at the Firehouse Theatre. Up to 30 guests will experience a multisensory dining experience with the goal of better understanding how “performances” comprise sharing a meal. Intentionally manipulating the sounds, sights, textures and aromas that accompany our food experiences, they hope to bring guests to a more highly conscious appreciation of the food we share and the aspects of dining that often go unnoticed. By taking an individualized approach to culinary and nutritional education, founded in social learning theory, the E.A.T. Foundation helps to build the foundational skill set, necessary understanding and community connections to make healthy use of food a lifelong habit. Food is a tool, and a more conscious appreciation of the tasks it can accomplish will elevate the quality of life for individuals across our society.

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Celebrate RVA Earth Day in Manchester


he 2018 RVA Earth Day celebration will take place from noon to 7 p.m., April 21, in Manchester, just south of the Mayo Bridge. “The Manchester area continues to thrive as a creative and cultural hub in Richmond,” Style Weekly Publisher Lori Collier Waran says. “Renewed residences, refreshed artists’ studios and continued growth in restaurants and breweries ensure this is the perfect setting for what sustainability in Richmond encompasses.” The Earth Day celebration will include a host of environmentally conscious vendors and exhibitors, as well as programs for children, local bands, artwork by local artisans, local farmers and local food and beverages. Proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit FEED RVA, dedicated to educating communities in the Richmond region on the importance of food systems, healthy/lifelong nutritional habits and accessibility to quality food. For more information, visit

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ominion Energy’s Project Plant It! teaches kids of all ages about the game-changing role of trees in the ecosystem and gives them a free redbud tree seedling to plant for Arbor Day. This year, a new lesson plan about conservation of natural resources has been added to the Educator’s Guide section of the website. The engaging website also offers games, videos, fun outdoor activities and ideas for interactive learning about trees. For more information, visit

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Vibrational Sound Workshop with David Hulse


irginians for Health Freedom (Va4HF) is sponsoring an intensive 12-hour Phase I Vibrational Sound workshop introducing fifth-dimensional energy vitality techniques from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 28 and 29 at the Airport Hilton Garden Inn. The workshop is taught by Certified Vibrational Sound Master Teachers David Hulse and Tim Leach. Hulse combines decades of experience as a motivational speaker with years of research in metaphysics, science, sound and spirituality to present a unique and empowering experience. Leach holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and is currently the director of education for SomaEnergetics where he oversees the Vibrational Sound Certification program. Hulse says, “Sound can also be used for healing by accessing fifth-dimensional energy to free blocked energy, thereby creating openings in which novel choices are awakened and new-found energy becomes available for personal transformation and wholeness.” Reconnect your clients with their inner energy potential using the sounds of ancient frequencies to balance and impart harmony in their lives. These protocols may be used immediately after training for both personal and client-centered application. Location: 441 International Center Dr., Sandston. To register, visit For more information, call 800-808-7473.





elia Kormanec is the newest chiropractic assistant at Dominion Chiropractic Clinic. A Powhatan native, she brings a great smile and lots of energy to the office. Kormanec will assist with exams, patient therapy and scheduling.   Dominion Chiropractic offers spinal Lelia Kormanec rehabilitation and specializes in neck, back and low back pain. They are the chiropractor for the Richmond Spiders sports teams and treat many sports-related conditions.   Location: 3904 Meadowdale Blvd. For appointments, call  804-271-7920. For more information, visit See ads, pages 15 and 41.


ell Into Life Massage & Bodywork has added Shakia Padgett and Elizabeth Reckard to their skilled team of therapists. Padgett’s mission as a massage therapist is to help relieve her clients’ pains, strains and ailments and teach them how to prevent future injury. She offers customized sessions, address- Shakia Padgett ing the individual needs of each client. Her specialties include medical and sports massage. Reckard has learned and honed her massage and bodywork skills in a variety of medical settings, primarily chiropractic. She offers sports massage and stretching, myofascial release, trigger point, deep tissue, active isolated Elizabeth Reckard stretching, hot stone, reflexology and pregnancy massage. Location; 3001 Hungary Spring Rd., Ste. C. For more information, call 804-818-6281 or visit See ad, page 3.


ocal writer, storyteller, producer and mental health advocate Erin Mahone has written her first book, If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity. Several years ago, Mahone began writing the stories of her family, work, life with anxiety disorder and parenting adventures. Those stories became a one-woman show and then morphed into this book filled with hilarious and poignant accounts of a woman showing up everyday, learning the lessons life has to teach and embracing the beauty of imperfection. She states, “Mental illness impacts millions of Americans and their families. Historically, the stigma related to these diagnoses has kept people isolated and ashamed. Now is the time to speak up, come out of the darkness and love out loud.”   For more information, visit

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Eating Meat Raises Diabetes Risk Research from Duke University Medical School indicates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased diabetes incidence by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.



A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to 18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K1 from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy, green vegetables, those with the lowest intake were more likely to experience vascular enlargement. 14

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DETERS ALZHEIMER’S According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like walking, dancing and gardening, which significantly improve brain volume in the hippocampus region and the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. The scientists studied 876 participants for 30 years and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, which were 78 years old on average, and followed up with MRI brain scans. They recorded their physical activity and logged caloric output every week. Two other studies found that any exercise that raises our heart rate and produces sweating for a sustained period will benefit cognitive health as we age. One meta-analysis of 36 studies from Australia’s University of Canberra found that exercise improved cognition by an average of 29 percent for those older than 50; another small group study from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, in Magdeburg, specifically showed that dancing benefits seniors’ cognition.

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According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people today are regularly undernourished. By 2050, a rise of another 3 billion in global population is expected to escalate pressure on food supplies. The challenge means providing not just sufficient calories, but also a balanced diet for good health. Fish present a viable solution, but most of the world’s inventory is already overharvested. Some scientists propose “cutting out the middle fish” via the commercial production of marine microalgae as a staple food. They produce fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polymers and carbohydrates that humans need and that can be used to feed animals and farmed fish. Microalgae are found in both freshwater and marine aquatic systems. Only a handful of algal species are used commercially now, but hundreds of strains have similar potential. Meanwhile, innovators at Copenhagen’s future-living lab SPACE10 created the Algae Dome, a 13-foot-tall urban ecostructure powered by solar energy that pumps out oxygen and produces food in a closed-loop arrangement. This hyperlocal food system grows microalgae, which are among the world’s fastest-growing organisms and can thrive on sunshine and water almost anywhere.


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eal Local RVA is a grassroots group of local businesses working together to educate consumers in the Richmond area about the importance of buying locally produced food. They hold monthly meetings for members and nonmembers on the first Monday of each month at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church that feature networking opportunities and engaging speakers. Real Local RVA also hosts community events such as an annual farm tour and cookout and a reverse farmers’ market. The group often brings in prominent figures in the sustainable food movement, including Joel Salatin, of Polyface Farms. The organization is comprised of small, independent grocery stores, farmers, farmers’ markets, restaurants and value-added producers and supporters dedicated to creating a more sustainable local food economy in Richmond and the communities that surround it. The history behind Real Local RVA is deeply rooted in Richmond, with an effort to grow the local food movement. Its leadership includes Rick Hood, owner of Ellwood Thompson’s;

Donnie Caffery, owner of Good Foods Grocery; Sam Dortch, co-owner of Libbie Market; Sally Schwitters, executive director of Tricycle Urban Ag; and Michelle Williams, co-owner of the Richmond Restaurant Group. The group started as an informal round table in 2014, better known then as the Local Food Group. Over the course of Real Local’s evolution, the group has held strong to its core value of collaboration over competition. The unique collaboration between many local businesses that are often in competition is Real Local’s strength, and it’s that kind of collaboration that will help build a better local food system in RVA. Real Local RVA works to fulfill its mission of educating, supporting and raising awareness of the local food movement by encouraging collaboration between farms and local food businesses, and providing education to consumers about why buying local food is the path to both a healthy economy and a healthy soul. Meeting Location: 6000 Grove Ave. For more information, visit

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FARMERS MARKETS CAPITAL AREA FARMERS MARKET ASSOCIATION An all-volunteer organization of area farmers markets working together to increase access to local food, expand opportunities for local farmers and support the development of new local businesses. We believe everyone wins with a healthy thriving farmers market operating in their community. For the most up-to-date list of local farmers markets, visit:

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The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig


mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish supersized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

Traditional Japanese

Ingredients. The dietary benefits of green tea, fermented soy and mushrooms like shiitake and maitake are well documented. 18

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Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.”

South Indian

Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and

Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eata-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and glutenfree dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

Garden-to-Table Italian

Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia.

One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.


Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheesemaking,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. “Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazy-delicious meal.”


Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene and

lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at VietWorldKitchen. com and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See

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triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( March / April 2018


matory agent than aspirin or ibuprofen. Try adding a little turmeric and ground black pepper to soups, salads and sauces.


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SPICE UP HEALTHY COOKING Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs by Amber Lanier Nagle


pices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo. 20

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“Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Dr. Lipi Roy, a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and blogger at SpicesForLifemd. com, considers turmeric the golden spice of life. “In addition to its role in Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat common ailments like stomach upset, ulcers, flatulence, arthritis, sprains, wounds and skin and eye infections,” she says. A study published in Oncogene concluded that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was a more potent anti-inflam-

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For maximum benefits, grind whole peppercorns directly onto food at mealtime.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum)

“One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine, subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues, including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educator at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research

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Herbs are not spices although the term spice is sometimes used to encompass them all. An herb is the leaf of a plant when used in cooking. Spices can be buds, bark, roots, berries, seeds or any other part of a plant, and are often dried. ~McCormick Science Institute

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noted that this spice also worked in alleviating migraines equal to the pharmaceutical sumatriptan (Imitrex). According to a study in the journal Arthritis, it’s an effective tool in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger adds a zing of healthy flavor to hot teas and stir-fried veggies such as broccoli, green beans, carrots or mushrooms.

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Paprika (Capsicum annuum)

A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses.


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Another benefit of this capsaicincontaining spice is its ability to control appetite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food. “Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.” Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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“To receive food as a gift, and to share it with each other, opens up a new way of imagining a community’s economic life together and forms a tangible connection to the natural world.” – Norman Wirzba

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THE GIFT OF FOOD Join us for an evening of enlightened conversation as we learn to explore food in a different way, followed by a Q&A. Guests are invited to stay for a book signing and light refreshments. Copies of Wirzba’s book Food and Faith will be available for sale at the St. Stephen’s book store prior to the event and also on hand that evening.

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Treats Patients as Individuals by Whitney Kiatsuranon and Beth Davis


ioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) treatments may sound foreign or redundant. However, understanding the hormones that play a role in our everyday health, and the treatment options available, is important to our sense of well-being. BHRT helps restore the body’s hormone balance through the use of supplemental doses of plant-based, non-synthetic hormones that have a chemical structure identical to the hormones that the human body naturally produces. Hormones are our body’s chemical messengers affecting our mood, appetite, energy level, metabolism, weight, physique, sex drive, immune system and even behavior. As we age, our hormonal system becomes less efficient and more imbalanced generally leading to changes such as female menopause and male andropause. BHRT includes estrogens (estrone, estrodiol and estriol), progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and pregnenolone. BHRT can help with painful menstruation, mood swings, premenstrual syndrome, infertility, endometriosis, fibrocystic breasts, premenopausal symptoms, weight gain, low libido, insulin resistance/dysglycemia, heart disease and osteoporosis. With BHRT, each patient is treated as an individual and their diet, lifestyle, exer-

cise, family history, thyroid, sleep habits, stress patterns, blood work and adrenal glands are looked at and monitored closely because no two individuals will qualify for the same hormone therapy. According to Dr. Rumki Banerjee, co-founder and medical director of Apex MD, “BHRT is more controllable than traditional hormone therapy in that the dosage can be prescribed as a trial and modified as needed.” Dr. Gregory Lynam, owner of RVA Health and Wellness, shares, “Synthetic hormones, which have most often been prescribed to menopausal women, can lead to many adverse effects such as blood clots, heart disease and cancer. It’s pretty amazing that BHRT is supported by evidence-based medical literature that shows it actually reduces heart disease, hip fractures, Alzheimer’s and many types of cancer. BHRT medications are also affordable and can be taken orally, topically or as injections.” Furthermore, he states, “While working toward your physical, emotional or mental health goals, once lab tests establish your need for BHRT, we will guide you through the entire process and prescribe medications from a compounding pharmacy where each prescription is based on the individual, not a generic recipe of what sells the fastest and makes the most money.”  Baylor Rice, pharmacist and owner

of South River Compounding Pharmacy, sees the correlation between hormone levels and disease on a regular basis, and states, “Take Type 2 diabetes, for example. There is not one male that has walked into my office and not needed some level of testosterone replacement therapy, and from there, we can start to manage the levels of sugar in the blood.” Testosterone plays a vital role in both males and females, and it is important to understand the dosage for each individual patient. “Men and women both have the same hormones; it’s the ratio and the levels that vary. While we have a product that is safe for males to use on the market, we must understand females need a product less potent than their male counterparts, and that’s when BHRT is an excellent alternative,” says Rice. “In fact, up to 65 percent of genetics are modifiable, which plays an essential role in understanding the chemical makeup within everyone. Varied amounts of testosterone, estrogen or progesterone may be suitable for one patient, while another candidate needs completely different levels to eradicate any dysfunctional symptoms which they may be producing,” says Rice, who adds, “Appreciating the value of BHRT is just as important as understanding the aging process; there is nothing better we can do than to keep the hormones properly balanced for optimal aging.” For additional information about BHRT, contact these local providers: Apex MD: 5310 Twin Hickory Rd., Glen Allen. 804-273-0010. See ads, pages 44 and 48. RVA Health and Wellness: 2008 Bremo Rd., Ste. 111. 804-493-4060. See ads, pages 7 and 42. South River Compounding Pharmacy: 3656 Mayland Ct., Henrico and 11420 W. Huguenot Rd., Midlothian. 804-897-6447, See ads, pages 43 and 47.

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Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation by April Thompson


choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. “Some26

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times when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes.

Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, selfcontrol and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This morning I got

Mindful Exercises

This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads:

Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.

This mindfulness instruction is excerpted from a starter lesson at

Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frustrated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and also to focus, whether in school or in sports. It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes and just sit like this for one minute.

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~Ali Smith mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Reclaim Your Magic Make Your World Wondrous Again


by Paige Leigh Reist

e are all born with magic, but somewhere along the way, life tends to stomp it out of us. When we are living in our magic, we become curious, passionate and energetic. We thrive. Here are five ways to begin to reclaim our own special vibrancy.


LIVE WITH EARTH’S CYCLES Our planet teaches by example how to live in harmony with the seasons. Rest in the winter, awake to new beginnings in spring and rejoice in summer’s bounty. Give extra thanks in autumn. Live by and with the land, and watch how goodness magically blooms into being.


EXERCISE INTUITION Trusting in our intuition is generally discouraged from a young age. We’re taught to ignore it in favor of logic, following social scripts and displaying expected behaviors. We’re told whom to look to for answers, definitions of right and wrong and true and false, and that grown-ups always know best. A powerful way to counteract this conditioning is to come to trust ourselves. Intuition is like a muscle—the more we use it, the more powerful it becomes. The spiritual “still small voice” won’t lead us astray.


COMMUNE Speaking our truth is transformative. To be heard, validated and supported is a

powerful catalyst of personal growth and supports self-worth. Whenever possible, make time to meet with kindred spirits and share personal stories, wisdom and struggles around the proverbial fire.


CELEBRATE Spend time thinking about what it is that comprises the essence of oneself and celebrate it—that is where magic lives. Often, the qualities that carry our magic may have been put down. Sensitivity can be considered weakness. Determination might be termed stubbornness. But if we unabashedly love and celebrate these qualities in ourself, we begin to re-conceptualize them as sources of strength and power, and magic seeps through.


STOP ACCEPTING THE MUNDANE Let go of anything that does more to limit rather than propel progress. Review media habits, relationships, jobs and character traits, and be ruthless in pruning what needs to go. Try to interact only with people, activities and things that produce glowing feelings of inspiration, fulfillment and buzzing vitality. Assess habits honestly and choose meaningful substance over comfort, ease and familiarity. Paige Leigh Reist is a writer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who blogs at March / April 2018


Try Some Stretches Four Ways to Flex Our Muscles by Marlaina Donato


hether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always mean you have good flexibility,” notes LaReine Chabut, a Los Angeles fitness expert and author of Stretching for Dummies. “If you do plenty of strength training and cardio, but you don’t do any stretching, you’re creating an imbalance in your body. Flexibility plays a big part in overall fitness.” Loosening up correctly not only fosters flexibility, but also improves muscle endurance and coordination. “Everyone should be stretching, especially as you age, to maintain range of motion and balance,” advises fitness trainer Ben Wegman, of The Fhitting Room, in New York City. “A personal workout regime can be enhanced with stretching, which also increases mobility, improves posture and performance, and reduces stress levels.” 28

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“Different types of stretches access different muscles and different types of flexibility, but together, can benefit everyone,” says Wegman. There are many ways to stretch, but knowing what to do and when to do it can be key to optimum results and injury prevention. Warming up to different types of stretches can be a little daunting, but the basic four (sometimes combined in terminology) are passive, static, active and dynamic. In the past, ballistic stretching was common and included potentially harmful bouncing techniques, but today dynamic stretching has become a favorite among trainers, consisting of specific, controlled movements that prepare the body for the demands of both engaging in sports and an average workout. “Stretches can be confusing, so as a rule of thumb, I suggest dynamic stretching for any workout that involves movement and passive stretching for cooling down after a workout to release the muscles,” says Chabut. Stretching also plays an important role in yoga, which generally complements different stretches by adding a mind-body connection. “Breath is the key difference between yoga and regular stretching,” notes Chabut.

“The use of breath allows you to get deeper into the muscle. Yoga also places particular emphasis on core muscles: the abdominals, lower back and spinal muscles. Through focus and deep breathing, yoga allows you to move beyond stretching into a deeper physical experience that both strengthens and focuses your body.”

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Nancy Whelan, a physical therapist and owner of The Physical Therapy Center, in West Palm Beach, Florida, emphasizes the importance of proper technique for clients to avoid further injury, especially individuals that had a torn Achilles tendon. “Stretching is important when doing any exercise, and especially important following surgery or injury, because the body’s reaction to either one is to contract, which can cause secondary problems,” explains Whelan. “I think the body has an intelligence we must listen to. We must acknowledge our limitations and the signals our body sends us to let us know that something is harmful or painful,” she notes. “When you take responsibility to take care of your body, it will take care of you.”

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For injury prevention, dynamic stretching offers many benefits. “It’s the best because it ensures that all major joints have full range of motion and sufficient muscle length,” says Wegman. She advises never to stretch an injured muscle or stretch too forcefully. “Introduce low-intensity stretching back into a regime only under a doctor’s supervision,” she cautions.

Daily Moderation

For Chabut, moderation is everything. “Gently warm up the body before moving into deeper stretches. Build heat in the muscles slowly to avoid potential injury,” she advises. Proper stretching is beneficial, but not doing so can foster bad habits and cause muscle or tendon tears. “Stretching cold muscles

or using improper techniques such as bouncing when holding a stretch position are common mistakes,” observes Whelan. Stretching doesn’t have to be reserved for workouts, and with a little discipline, its benefits can easily be attained at home or the office. “Take 10 minutes during your favorite TV program and perform a couple of stretches,” suggests Wegman. “Make it a point to get up every half-hour and stretch for five minutes before resuming work. If you aren’t being pushed or pushing yourself, you won’t see results or make improvements. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Notorious for being picky eaters, cats might balk at sprouts being added to their regular diet. Rather than upsetting the status quo, grow sprouts like alfalfa or barley on a handy windowsill for grazing. “My cats prefer self-serve,” observes veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “Now they leave my house plants alone.” Both cats and dogs may show improved gastric intestinal health as a result.

Dogs Dogs are more accepting of new content in their food bowl. “Add just a few sprouts so a dog gets used to the slightly bitter taste. Once acclimated, one-eighth to

quarter cup daily per 20 pounds of the pet’s weight is the rule of thumb,” says Osborne. She counsels against serving Fido onion, garlic, corn or mushroom sprouts. Peas, sunflowers, radishes, alfalfa and clover are suggested; they are all tasty and easy to grow.

Birds “We encourage people to make their own sprouts. It’s easy to get quality seeds for legumes or grains from Whole Foods, or,” says Ann Brooks, president of the all-volunteer Phoenix Landing Foundation, in Asheville, North Carolina. They provide educational activities and facilitate adoption of birds, from parakeets to macaws. Sprouts from the store can be risky, because of bacteria, she cautions. “If not growing your own, the only one I recommend is the organic

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crunchy mix from Be sure to get the freshest date possible.” “One of my favorite sprouts is mung beans, because they appear in two days or less. Birds like the crunch,” says Brooks. “Sprouts are safe to leave in the cage all day because they are live foods.”


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Instead of sprouting one kind of seed per jar, consider creating a mix.

Horses When adding sprouts to a horse’s regular diet, it’s important to balance the intake. “A lot of barns feed forage three times a day. I know of a couple that feed one meal

of sprouts and the other two of hay,” says Clair Thunes, Ph.D., a consulting equine nutritionist with Summit Equine Nutrition in Sacramento, California. “Several companies sell systems for large-scale growing.” The sprouts grow with matted roots in what is called a biscuit, weighing about 18 pounds. Difficult to mix with other feed, the biscuits are fed separately, roots and all. “Because of sporadic drought conditions, the idea of growing your own fodder became more popular, thinking it might make forage supply more dependable and possibly cheaper after initial startup costs,” Thunes explains. “Owners have a sense of control over what the horse eats, there’s less reliance on a supplier and the seeds are less expensive than hay. Due to moisture and nutritional differences, you can’t swap sprouts and hay pound for pound. It’s best to consult a veterinarian or nutritionist.” Sprouts contain a lot of moisture and have an inverted calcium phosphorus ratio that has to be accounted for she says. Horses enjoy barley, sunflower and flax sprouts for variety. The high moisture content may help reduce the risk of intestinal impaction and resulting colic.

Good for All “Sprouts are a healthy form of nutrition and a hip way for both pets and people to enjoy greens,” says Osborne. “They’re a

Sprouting Tips 4 Always use organic seeds. and are additional sources. 4 Seeds sprout in water or soil. Avoid direct sunlight. 4 Practice good hygiene to avoid bacteria. Rinse seeds several times a day to prevent mold. Once the sprouts show a bit of green, dry them to remove excess moisture before refrigerating. 4 Refrigerate for up to a week for peak freshness, but no longer. 4 Use a mix of seeds or one kind at a time. Discard any seeds that don’t sprout with the rest. 4 Sunflower seeds produce a particularly high volume of sprouts. great go-to powerhouse of nutrition, often more nutritious than the adult plant.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Mind Body Soul Sunday – 10:30am. All levels yoga class. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Three Notch’d, 2930 W Broad St.


Sandra Tan. $500/non-mbrs, $320/mbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Register:

Beginners/Mixed Level Yoga – Thurs, 3/1-4/12. 6-7:15pm. Integral yoga class for students w/some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Melinda Uma Nolen. $70/7 wks, $152/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

Wellness Wednesdays Yoga – 6:30pm. All levels yoga class. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Trapezium Brewing, 423 3rd St, Petersburg.



Beginners/Mixed Level Yoga –  Sat, 3/3-4/14. 10:30-11:45am.  See Mar. 1 description. Anne Bhudevi Fletcher. $70/7 wks, $152/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-3421061. Introduction to the MELT Method – 12-1pm. Learn to decrease the negative effects of aging w/soft balls & a soft roller. It will help you feel, look & perform better. Heather Umberger, MS, Integrative Wellness Practitioner. Free. One Wellness, 4110 Fitzhugh Ave. Register: 804-303-2869. Intro to Nia – 1:15-2:15pm. This fitness & lifestyle practice combines dance, martial arts & healing arts. Adaptable to all levels. Heather Umberger, MS, Integrative Wellness Practitioner. Free. One Wellness, 4110 Fitzhugh Ave. To register: 804-303-2869.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Align to Advance Series – Sun, 6 wks. A 6-week series using biomechanics as a launchpad for progress. Izzy Shurte, ERYT500. Cost starting at $90 for series. Om On Yoga, 320 Libbie Ave. 804-282-9642.

MONDAY, MARCH 5 Continuing Yoga – 4 & 6-7:30pm. Integral yoga class for students w/some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $91/7 wks, $15/ drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Tues (3/6-4/24). 12:30-2:30pm. Learn to use mindfulness techniques to reduce stress, chronic pain & other issues. Susan Brock Wilkes/Sherry Klauer. $500/non-mbrs, $320/mbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Register:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 X-Gentle Yoga – 2-3pm. Combines chair yoga w/ yoga on the mat. For people w/some physical limitations or for those who enjoy a slow pace. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $105/7 wks, $17/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Mindful Self-Compassion – Wed (3/7-5/2, except 4/25). 5:30-7:30pm. Enhance emotional resources thru strengthening self-kindness, a sense of common humanity & mindful awareness. Lisa Halberstadt/


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Chrysalis Spring Book Club – 12:30-2:30pm. Why Good People Do Bad Things: Understanding our Darker Selves by James Hollis. Victoria B. Saunders/Jessica Coffey/Clair Norman. Free/donations accepted. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Avenue. 804-359-0384. Register: Kids’ Yoga – 4-4:45pm. Children 4-9 (pre-teens welcome). Enjoy a fun class that incorporates yoga poses w/breath, mindfulness meditation & ends w/ an inspiring story. 4-wk session; drop-in available. Nitya Lydia Griffith. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Dominion Chiropractic Clinic Patient Appreciation Day – 11am-5pm. Open to the public. Join us for chair massages, door prizes, face painting for the kids, multiple vendors, food & music. 3904 Meadowdale Blvd. 804-271-7920.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Teaching Yoga to Older Adults Training – 10:30am-6:30pm.  This 8-hr module qualifies for continuing education credits for certified yoga teachers. Nancy Tatum. $250. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-7415267. Namaste for a Beer – 11am. All levels yoga class.  Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd. Shannon@ Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. 12pm: Danielle Fouche Leonard, Spiritual Life Coach & Certified Associate Pranic Healer on “Why energy healing is an integral part of long-term human health and wellness.” 1:44-4:44pm: Vendors, private sessions w/readers & practitioners. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Freedom Yoga: Yoga for Special Needs – 12:301:30pm. For youth and adults w/intellectual disabilities. All levels & abilities welcome. Drop-in. Pay what can. Carrie Puryear. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. Anatomy Workshop: Fluidity & Function – 3-6pm. We’ll unpack the meaning of the word function and dedicate time to functional movements that compliment a yoga practice. Strengthen your yoga or movement teaching. Instructor: Dr. Ariele Foster of Yoga Anatomy Academy. $45/adv, $50/ day of. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl.

Teen/Tween Self-Inquiry Workshop – 3-4:30pm. Alex Ginsberg & Nitya Griffith. Sugg donation: $20. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Mixed Level Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Integral yoga class for students w/some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nitya Lydia Griffith. $104/8 wks, $15/ drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Intro to Ashtanga 8-Wk Series – 7-8:15pm. Learn ashtanga system in a group setting; have potential to transition into a self-practice. Intro to the philosophy, breath, sun salutations, standing sequence & some seated poses. Kyra Haigh. $112/8 wks. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Chronic Pain & Float Therapy – 6-7pm. Dr. David Berv of The Float Zone discusses the evolution of floatation therapy or R.E.S.T. (restricted environmental stimulus therapy). $5. Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, 4 North Thompson St. 804-359-7525.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 Mandala Drawing as Self-Inquiry & Healing Meditation – 6-8pm. A meditation technique, tool for self-exploration, manifestation of our creative self and opportunity for transformation. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $30 plus $5 mat’l. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 E.A.T. Foundation Presents: Perform – 7pm. A 5-7-course multi-sensory, interactive dining fundraiser to uncover the “performance” of eating a meal. Facilitator: EAT Foundation & Firehouse Theatre. $93. Firehouse Theatre,  1609 W Broad St. 804-245-0730.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Ty Landrum Weekend Workshop – 3/16-18. Focus on the breath while exploring alignment, based on 5 distinct patterns of breath & movement that recur throughout the ashtanga system. Ty Landrum. $240/ weekend or pay by day. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Kirtan – 6-7pm. Different chant leaders & kirtan chanters each mo. No prev experience required. Bring percussion instrument. $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. Overview of Love Cycles – 7-8:30pm. Renowned relationship expert, Linda Carroll, MS, will outline her Love Cycles concept: The Five Cycles & how they relate to our most intimate connections as well as to friendships, work and family. $25. ONE Wellness Center, 4110 Fitzhugh Ave. 804-303-2869. Register:

Yin/Yang & Tibetan Rites Training – 10:30am6:30pm. This 8-hr module qualifies for continuing education credits for certified yoga teachers. Kim Leibowitz. $250. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 8th Anniversary Celebration – 9am-1:15pm. 9-10am: Power Hour w/Mackenzie Cherry; 10:3011:45am:  Spring Equinox Flow Celebration w/ Live Drumming led by Kelly Kostecki + Druminyasa; 12:15-1:15pm: Restorative Flow w/Twylah Ekko. Cost: regular class price. Om On Yoga, 320 Libbie Ave. 804-282-9642. Love Cycles – 9am-12pm. Linda Carroll, MS, will dive deeper into her relationship expertise to provide education on the importance of connection rituals, how to establish unique ways to stay in tune w/your partner on a regular basis & how to break infinity loops, or destructive patterns of communication, to bring safety & intimacy back into your relationships. $75. ONE Wellness Center, 4110 Fitzhugh Ave. 804-303-2869. Register: Central VA IONS Community Group Meeting – 10am-1pm. Jim McCarty is one of three people who, in collaboration w/Don Elkins & Carla Rueckert, brought The RA Material/Law of One series (Vol.15) into the world between 1980-82. He is the sole survivor of that group of Wisdom Seekers. Potluck lunch after. Free. River Road Baptist Church, 8000 River Rd. Info: 804-690-3310 or

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 Interpreting Personality Through Five Body Types & Body Language According to Chinese Five Element Theory – 11am-12:30pm. Predict personality traits, translate body type & movement into reliable information w/a glance. Remee Gemo. $45. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. RSVP: 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center. Spring Cleaning Space Clearing: Techniques Beyond Sage – 1:30-3pm Learn methods to replace residual stuck energy w/a vibrant flow of clearer energies. Remee Gemo. $45. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. RSVP: 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center. Free Beginner’s Svaroopa Yoga Class – 2-3:30pm. Bring a friend and check out Svaroopa Yoga. Pose instruction, breathing & guided awareness. All levels welcome. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. Registration required: 804-519-7471.

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 Tuesday Yoga in the Garden – Tues, 3/204/24. 9-10am. Learn yoga’s calming rhythms of breathing, movement & posture. Jacqueline Gooding. Series offered every 6 wks. $153, $75/Garden mbrs. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Register: 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 Hemo-Derived CBD: 10 Things You Should Know – 6-7pm. Find out how CBD was discovered, its natural sources, differences between psychoactive THC & non-psychoactive CBD, interactions of CBD & the human endocannabinoid system & more. $5. Ellwood Thompsons Local Market,  4 North Thompson St.  804-359-7525.

Failure is success if we learn from it. ~Malcolm Forbes

Namaste for a Beer – 11am. All levels yoga class. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd.

MONDAY, MARCH 26 OMmondays Yoga – 6:30pm. All levels yoga class. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Nia FreeDance Class – 6:30-7:30pm. What if listening to your body & moving it in its own way was the way to greater conditioning & healing? No steps or dance experience needed. $15/dropin. Heather Umberger, MS, Integrative Wellness Practitioner.  StudioD Yoga 1811 Huguenot Rd.

MONDAY, APRIL 2 Mental Stimulation: Courses for Seniors – 8-wk morning classes on Mythology, History, Literature, Religion, Opera, Memoir Writing, French, German & Spanish. Lunch lecture, 12:30pm: “The Extremes of Virginia: Two Commonwealths, Separated and Unequal” by August Wallmeyer, former radio & TV news reporter; government speech writer; energy lobbyist. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy. 804-355-7282.

THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Nourishing Body and Mind: Courses for Seniors – 8-wk morning classes in Genealogy; Gentle Yoga, Feldenkrais, History, Literature, Musical Theatre, Current Topics, German, Japanese, French, Latin, Russian & Advanced Beginning Spanish. Lunch lecture, 12:30pm: “Antonin Mercier, Sculptor of the Lee Monument” by Joseph T. Knox, retired educator & art historian. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282. The Art of Forgiveness – Thurs (4/5-26). 6-8pm. Learn techniques & practices to help forgive others & yourself. Everett Worthington. $200/non-mbrs, $100/mbrs. Chrysalis Institute. Call for address. 804-359-0384. Register: Acoustic Vinyasa Flow – 8-9:15pm. Uplift your practice w/the sweet melodies of master guitarist, Christie Lenee, as you enjoy a creatively inspired all levels Vinyasa Flow class & melt into a soothing savasana. Becky Eschenroeder. Cost starting at $25. Om On Yoga, 320 Libbie Ave. 804-282-9642.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Intro to Mysore Workshop + 8 Intro Classes – 10:30-11:30am. Students of all levels practice at own pace & teacher gives individual instruction. Includes intro classes that provide individual guidance & attention. Kyra Haigh. $125. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

markyourcalendar The Gift of Food Professor Norman Wirzba will discuss the importance of recognizing food as a gift vs. food as a commodity.

Saturday, April 7 at 7pm  $20-$25 Real Local RVA St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church  6000 Grove Avenue

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Therapeutic Yoga for Special Conditions Training – 10am-6pm. This 8-hr module qualifies for continuing education credits for certified yoga teachers. Nancy Tatum, Carolyn Hazel & Sandy Axelson. $250. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Mind Body Soul Sunday – 10:30am. All levels yoga class. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Three Notch’d, 2930 W Broad St.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Nourishing the Mind: Lunch and Life – 12:30pm. David Gompert, senior fellow, the RAND Corp; distinguished adjunct prof, VCU, on “North Korea: Dangerous End Game”. Free. Brown bag lunch at 12pm. Beverage & dessert provided. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Chrysalis Spring Book Club – 12:30-2:30pm. Living an Examined Life by James Hollis. Victoria B. Saunders/Jessica Coffey/Clair Norman. Free/donations accepted. Chrysalis Institute. Call for address. 804-359-0384. Register: Kids’ Yoga – 4-4:45pm. Children 4-9 (pre-teens welcome). Enjoy a fun class that incorporates yoga poses w/breath, mindfulness meditation & ends w/ an inspiring story. 4-wk session; drop-in available. Nitya Lydia Griffith. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Right Speech: Mindfully Choosing the Words We Use – 9-11am. Discover communication techniques based on Buddha’s Five Keys to Right Speech. Mimi Weaver. $50/non-mbrs, $25/mbrs. Chrysalis Institute. Call for address. 804-359-0384. Register:

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markyourcalendar Balancing Heart & Sexual Energy With Qigong For Women Learn how Qigong cools the Fire and balances Fire and Water energies within your body, mind and spirit. Explore these loving practices that cultivate vitality and release negative energy. Instructor: Joy Black

Saturday, April 14 9:30am - 5:30pm $169 ONE Wellness, 4110 Fitzhugh Avenue 804-303-2869 Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am-4:44pm. Join Dan O’Neal, massage therapist, Young Living Essential Oils distributer and musician for “The Healing Gifts of Massage, Essential Oils and Music.” 1:44-4:44pm: Vendors, private sessions w/readers & practitioners. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Freedom Yoga: Yoga for Special Needs – 12:301:30pm. For youth and adults w/intellectual disabilities. All levels & abilities welcome. Drop-in. Pay what can. Carrie Puryear. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl.



Central VA IONS Community Group Meeting – 10am-1pm. Shepherd Hoodwin, Los Angeles-based Michael Group Channel & author of Journey of Your Soul & other books. Potluck lunch after. Free. River Road Baptist Church, 8000 River Rd. Info: 804-690-3310 or

Brew Your Own Kombucha w/Blue Ridge Bucha – 6-7:30pm. Ethan, founder of Blue Ridge Bucha, shares recipes & expertise from his tried & true home-brewing  method. $8-$18.  Ellwood Thompsons Local Market, 4 North Thompson St. 804-359-7525. brew-your-own-bucha-with-blue-ridge-bucha.


OMmondays Yoga – 6:30pm. All levels yoga class. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd.

Nurture RVA Birth & Baby Fair Don’t miss this third annual event, bringing together expecting and new families with the area businesses, care providers and nonprofit organizations that serve them during this exciting and challenging time in their lives. 

Saturday, April 21 10am - 4pm

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 Nourishing the Mind: Lunch and Life – 12:30pm. Randee Humphrey, director of education, Lewis Ginter, “Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Unearthing Potential”. Free. Brown bag lunch at 12pm. Beverage & dessert provided. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282. Wellness Wednesdays Yoga – 6:30pm. All levels yoga class. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Trapezium Brewing, 423 3rd St, Petersburg.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Kirtan – 6-7pm. Different chant leaders & kirtan chanters each mo. No prev experience required. Bring percussion instrument. $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

Free, Science Museum of Virginia 2500 West Broad Street RVA Earth Day – 12-7pm. Manchester, just south of the Mayo Bridge. Be a part of the celebration with environmentally conscious vendors/exhibitors, programs for children, local bands, local artwork, local farmers & local food/beverages. Proceeds from event will benefit FEED RVA. Along Hull Street just south of the Mayo Bridge.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 All About Auras Intensive – 1-4pm. Auras are energetic fields around the body. Practice exercises in feeling, seeing, interpreting & maintaining auras. Remee Gemo. $90. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. RSVP: 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Nourishing the Mind: Lunch and Life – 12:30pm. Cyane Crump, of Historic Richmond Foundation, “Preserving the Best of the Past for the Future”. Free. Brown bag lunch at 12pm. Beverage & dessert provided. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Fine Creek Yoga – 4:30pm. Outdoor all levels yoga class (weather permitting). Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Fine Creek Brewing, 2425 Robert E Lee Rd, Powhatan.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Annual Women’s Retreat – 4/29-5/4. Listen to your inner self & tune out distractions in a sacred circle of women. Includes discussion, dreamwork, journaling, body awareness, art expression & voice. Carol A. Jacobs. Chrysalis Institute retreat held at Shalom House, 15340 Robert Terrell Rd, Montpelier. 804-359-0384. $2625/non-mbrs, $1375/mbrs (incl meals & lodging). Register:

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plan ahead WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Nourishing the Mind: Lunch and Life – 12:30pm. Pat Shutterly, retired bank regulatory risk manager, “What Is Money Laundering and Why Should I Care?”. Free. Brown bag lunch at 12pm. Beverage & dessert provided. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282.


savethedate Chrysalis Spring Keynote James Hollis, PhD, presents What Matters Most. Jung observed that “Life is a short pause between two great mysteries.” What matters most is how we live that pause. What attitudes and practices allow us to live more fully?

Friday, May 4 at 7-9pm $25/mbrs, $35/non-mbrs Grace Street Theater, 934 W Grace Street 804-359-0384 Register:

FRIDAY, MAY 11 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training Program – Advance your studies in our 300-hr Teacher Training Program for 500 RYT Certification! Jennifer Elliott/ Sue Agee/Kelly Kostecki/other guest instructors. Cost starting at $3,800. Om On Yoga, 320 Libbie Ave. 804-282-9642.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 Aging Agelessly – 5/18-20. Want to turn back the clock? Explore breathing exercises, restorative yoga for relaxation, meditation to reduce stress & natural techniques to reduce wrinkles, create beautiful skin & give you a youthful look. Barbara Prema Brown/ Satya Greenstone. $240 + 2 nights accommodations. Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

FRIDAY, MAY 25 Foundations Yoga Teacher Training – 5/25-29. Learn the most important poses of Svaroopa Yoga, the Primary Spinal Openers, which are used at all levels of practice from intro thru advanced. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471.

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Indoor Greenery Removes Airborne Toxins

Along with naturally beautifying a home, many indoor plants help purify air quality often contaminated by chemicals found in common household products and furnishings. A recent study by the State University of New York at Oswego found that bromeliads absorbed up to 80 percent of pollutants from volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by paint, furniture, printers, dry-cleaned clothes and other household products. Other plants that scored highly for purifying the air of VOCs in airtight container tests were dracaena and spider plants ( In related news, peace lilies have been shown to be effective in reducing airborne ammonia. NASA scientists have discovered that Boston fern, rubber plants, English ivy, devil’s ivy, peace lily, mum and gerbera daisies help clear the air of the formaldehyde often used in insulation, carpeting and particleboard furniture. ( Environmental scientist B.C. Wolverton’s book How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office cites ferns as another good plant for removing formaldehyde from the home. Ferns are nontoxic, making them good indoor plants for pet owners per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Indoor levels of formaldehyde can also be reduced by potting areca palm, amstel king ficus and weeping fig plants, according to MotherEarthLiving. com. The website also cites how dragon tree plants can help remove xylene (used in solvents), trichloroethylene (found primarily in adhesives) and toluene (a solvent and gasoline additive) from the air. Beyond improving air quality, indoor plants also boost ambient oxygen levels, lower mold counts and serve as a natural humidifier and mood enhancer.

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. ~Khalil Gibran March / April 2018



Pre-Diabetic? Diabetic? What Can I Do? – 1011am. How can you take charge of diabetes? Are you diabetic, prediabetic or care about someone that is? Do you wish you had better tools to take charge of your health? Learn about how to improve insulin regulation and sensitivity w/out drugs. Tressa Breindel, LAc. Dipl. OM. South River Compounding Pharmacy, 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlo. 804897-6447.

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Volunteers Needed – The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond provides transportation to doctors’ appointments or to the grocery store for older citizens, 60 & above, at no cost. Volunteer drivers who can give time once a month, are needed. Handymen/ women also welcome. For more details or to sign up: 804-355-7282.

Digestive Health Consultations – Daily; mrng/eve/ wknd. Improve digestion, absorption, assimilation & elimination. Identify nutritional deficiencies/stress affecting health, restore homeostasis for optimal health w/use of diet & nutrition. Anita Snellings, Digestive Health Professional. Multi Prof Offices. 804-356-7477.


Svaroopa Yoga – 9-10:30am & 6:30-8pm. Deeply restorative yoga classes for beg/continuing levels. Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT700. $16, $116/8wks. 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338-1105.

Svaroopa Yoga – Daily, indiv sessions. Improve flexibility, ease in movement, balance; build strength & stamina. All levels, incl recovery from injury/ surgery. Anita Snellings, Cert. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. ANatureLight@ Overeaters Anonymous – 13 wkly mtgs. Is food a problem for you? No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins, no diets. 804-933-0480. Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 9am. Free. Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Richmond Zen – 9-10:20am, meditation; 10:3011:30am, study group. Meditation instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. 5Rhythms Movement Meditation – 11am12:30pm. A movement meditation practice devised by Gabrielle Roth. Draws from indigenous & world traditions using tenets of shamanistic, ecstatic, mystical & Eastern philosophy. Jeffrey Boynton/Samantha Lane. $15; $12/student, hardship. TurnRVA, 3105 W Moore St. 804-387-5549. Richmond Lotus Sangha – 1-2pm. Mindfulness Meditation group in tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sitting, walking meditation, discussion. McKenzie Casad. Free. 1312 W Main St. 757-553-2780. Prenatal Yoga – 2-3:30pm. 2x/mo. Therapeutic approach to prenatal yoga focusing on the individual to support a home practice. $60/3 sessions. Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd. 804-305-2297. Svaroopa® Yoga for Beginners – 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. 804-519-7471. Breast Cancer Support Meeting – 4:30pm. 3rd. Sisters Network Breast Cancer Survivors. SNCVA House, 105 E Clay St. 804-447-4027.

Tai Chi – 10am, Beg; 11am, Intermed. Yang 24 Form & Sun 31 Form taught in each class. Sun 31 = restorative form to help alleviate probs assoc w/ arthritis, diabetes, ortho concerns/rehab & other physical challenges. Jenny Barone. $10. First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave. 804-382-8103 or 804-355-8637. Open Studio Art – 10am-12:30pm. Bring your own art projects to Susan Singer’s studio to create w/Susan’s instruction & support. $35/ session. 3440 Northridge Rd. 804-267-3455. Gentle Yoga: Poses for Spinal Release – 4-5:15pm. Learn how to use yoga to release back pain. Regain flexibility and freedom of movement. Tirtha Hale, CSYT 700. $16 or series discount. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471. Healing Touch Clinic – 6:30 & 7:30pm. 4th. Energy therapy to reduce stress & pain, speed up healing & give a sense of well-being. Sherry Price. Free, by appt. Mt. Pisgah UMC, 1001 Mt Pisgah Dr, Midlo. Ginger Ripley: 804-378-8175. Mindful Mondays – 6-6:30pm. 30 mins of meditative silence & intention-setting to start your week. Various facilitators. Free/donations accepted. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Mindful Motion Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Lengthen, strengthen, improve range of motion & find balance; ideal for anyone in rehab. Mary Leffler/Sandy Axelson. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/ drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Nia – 3/5-4/23. 7-8:15pm. 8-week class. Sensorybased movement combining martial arts, dance & healing arts. GeGe Beall/Jessica Forsythe/Janie Peterson. $15/non-mbrs, $11/mbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Register:

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Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info, Cassandra: 804-901-4583, Walk w/Certified Instructor – Mornings & afternoons (times vary). Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Qigong – 9:30am. Phoebe Antrim. Small sliding scale fee. Round House/Byrd Park. Register: 804-358-1772. Yoga for Vibrant Aging – 9:30-10:30am. Mindful yoga practice for older adults. Focused on gentle poses that help build strength, flexibility & balance. Kay Franz. St. Stephen’s Church, Grove & Three Chopt. Details: 804-305-6374 or Cancer Support Group – 9:30-11am. 1st & 3rd. You are not alone. Open to anyone touched by cancer. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info: Ann Petersen, 804-764-7201; Mary Baker, 804-893-8711. SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. Strength & balance classes. Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Sun Style 73 Movements Tai Chi – 3-13-4/17. 1-2pm. Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & wellbeing. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. $10, $48/6-wk series. Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Cancer Caregiver Support Group – 2-3pm. 1st. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info, Ann Petersen: 804-764-7201. CancerSurvivorship. 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. Tai Chi Guided Practice – Thru 4/10. 5:45-7pm. Learn qigong exercises to build strength, foster mobility & increase balance. Rie Monique. Series offered every 6 wks. $153, $75/Garden mbrs. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Register:  Sound Concert w/Himalayan Singing Bowls – 6-7pm.  Healing sounds from 18 hand-hammered & blessed metal singing bowls & a gong will fill you w/calming vibrations to help reduce stress, induce full-body relaxation & balance your chakras. Natasha Foreman, Lucid Living RVA. $15. Glave Kocen Gallery, 1620 W Main St. 804-592-0747. Tai Chi Chuan – 6-7:15pm. Learn the 37-posture form taught by Grand Master Cheng ManChing. $165/10 wks. Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. Floyd Herdrich: 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. Richmond Area Lymphedema Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 3rd. Free (Feb-Oct). Retreat Hospital Boardroom. Contact: Angela Denny PT, CLT, 804-281-8473/Patty Donovan, 804-270-9071. Falun Gong Book Study – 7pm. Free. 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Insight Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 40-min meditation followed by recorded dharma talk & discussion. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. Using the Violet Flame to Heal Your Chakras – 7:30pm. West End. Rosemary: 804-926-9127.

wednesday Assisted Explorations of the Inner Self – Use journeying, dreamwork & journaling to explore & understand your life’s purpose & journey. Linda Anson. $30/90-min. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For spaces & dates: 804-337-5197. Walk w/Certified Instructor – See Tues listing. Details/locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Ageless Mixed Level Yoga – 9-10:15am. Weekly anatomy focus on neck, shoulders, back, hips or balance; for students ages 60+. Mary Lou Bean/JoRoyce Robinson. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/ drop-in; senior discount: $90/8 classes/mo. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079. 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. Richmond MindBodySpirit Healing Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. 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: Let Your Soul Speak Journaling – 7-8:15pm. 1st. Includes centering, writing warm-up, in-depth journaling &brief sharing/reflection. Free/donations accepted. Elaine Kiziah. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Register: 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:

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Embodyment Yoga Therapy – Indiv sessions. Mrng/eve/wknd. Melt thru layers of tension more easily & quickly than yoga poses alone. Rest in relaxation pose while therapist works w/key areas of spine. Deeply restorative. Experience a difference in 1st session. Anita Snellings, Cert. Peaceful Body Yoga, multiple locations. 804-356-7477. SoulCollage Group – 2x/mo. Come to any/all sessions. $25/session incl supplies. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For schedule/reserve space: 804-901-4583, WomanSpeak Circle – 1st & 3rd. Learn the art & soul of public speaking in a supportive, fun circle of women committed to unleashing their brilliance. Midlo. Membership info: SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. See Tues listing. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Thursday Yoga in the Garden – Thru 3/29. 1011am or 6-7pm. Learn yoga’s calming rhythms of breathing, movement & posture. Jacqueline Gooding. Series offered every 6 wks. $153, $75/ Garden mbrs. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Register:  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. 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. Sun-Style Tai Chi for Health & Arthritis – 3/154/19. 6-7pm. Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. Class meets by demand; call same day. $10/ class. Covenant Woods Fitness Ctr, 7090 Covenant Woods Dr, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Beginners/Mixed Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Posture, breathing techniques & 15-min yoga nidra. Uma Melinda Nolen. $12. Yoga Helps, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

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.

Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) – 5:30-7pm. 1st. A group sharing circle followed by an intentional, themed meditation and/or breathwork and a yoga class. Jason Spicer. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl.

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.

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

Essential Oils Education – 7pm. Learn more about using dōTERRA oils in the home. Lisa Cusano. RSVP: FB page: Earth Essentials RVA. 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.

friday Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info: 804-901-4583, Meditation Class – 9-10:15am. Explore, discuss & practice different styles of meditation & close w/silence so individuals may practice the style that works best for them. Heather Rutherford/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. 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 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.

Laughter Yoga – 6-7pm. Every Fri except when on Sun (check website). No experience necessary. Very limited space. Slash Coleman, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. Pay what can; sug donation $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-353-3799. Mom’s Healing Circle – 7-9:30pm. 3rd. Creating space to witness our stories & emotions intentionally thru Council Share & Toning Circle w/vocalization & energetic healing. Open to all mothers (preconception to grandmother). Pam Karthik. Free. Heart of Yoga, 1903 Manakin Rd, Manakin. 804-551-1615. FB: Mom’s Healing Circle. Shamanic Drum Circle – 7:15-9:15pm. 3rd. Percussive rituals, ceremonies & healing techniques that celebrate seasons & life cycles. Polly Lazaron. Pricing: Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Register:

saturday Yoga Therapy – Select Sat/Sun. Various times avail. Private yoga therapy sessions w/a lifestyle approach; learn how to apply your personal yoga to your daily life. Mary Beth Ansell. Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd. 804-305-2297. Mommy & Baby Yoga – 10am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives for Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. PrenatalYoga@ Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. 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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Ariya Family Chiropractic Center provides a natural path to wellness through chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy. We take pride in the peaceful, nurturing environment we create to provide excellent care and outstanding service. See ad on page 25.

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Chiropractic, massage, spinal/postural rehabilitation and nutritional consulting. Providing pain relief to wellness care for all ages; individualized care programs since 1984. Voted Richmond’s Top Chiropractor in Richmond Magazine’s annual survey. See ad on page 15.

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.  

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


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

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours. ~ Mark Twain


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

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


Laura Alberg, CNM, WHNP-BC 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-409-8442, Midlothian MyBonSecoursBaby/ Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and went on to complete her postmaster’s certificate in nurse midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.


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


Jean Curtacci, RN, CNM 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-409-8442, Midlothian MyBonSecoursBaby/ As a certified nurse-midwife, Jean provides holistic care for women through all life stages. Jean has over 10 years of experience in women’s health care and is a strong proponent of disease prevention and wellness, patient education, informed decision making, and practicing evidence-based health care.


James River Myofascial Release 8550 Mayland Drive, Ste 208 Henrico, VA 23294 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!

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.



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


South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447 Our expert staff offers Counseling for: Weight Loss, Nutrition, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Stress, Pain Management, Autism, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Respiratory Conditions, Anti-Aging (Optimal Aging), Allergies, Skin Ailments, Auto-immune disorders, GI Issues, Chronic Disease (ie: CFS/FM, RA, MS, etc.)… call today. We can help you get back on track. We also offer workshops, group and corporate programs. See ad on page 47.

3527 Ellwood Ave, Carytown 804-359-0384 Chrysalis Institute is a resource and learning center that explores the insights and practices of the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary sciences. Chrysalis encourages curiosity, compassion, community and the cultivation of skills so that we might act mindfully in the world. We are moving to 213 Roseneath Road in the Museum District in March! See ad on page 13.


South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447 Richmond area residents have chosen South River to be their preferred provider of customized medications for 17+ years. A compassionate experienced staff, paired with state-of-the-art facilities and national ACHC accreditation, make us the true specialists in BHRT, Pain Management, Upper & Lower Respiratory, and Topical Anti-Infective medications. In addition, we offer our patients the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements available. See ad on page 47.

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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 on page 9.


Family Practice and Integrative Holistic Medicine Apex-MD 5310 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen 804-273-0010 Trained and certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Specialties: Primary care and Chronic disease management by integrative holistic approach. Weight loss and medical nutrition counseling, skin care, IV nutrition, Ayurveda, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. See ad on page 48.


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

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

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

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

Integrative approach to medicine, optimizing a realistic plan for your health/disease management. As a pharmacist, I review your medications to determine which ones are needed. Implement alternative therapies. Web visits available for established patients. See ad on page 25.


Thermographer The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Dr, Richmond 804-683-7774 Safe, non-invasive, radiationfree image screening. Preserve your breast, heart health and much more. Live happier and healthier longer! Interpreted by Matthew Lee, MD, RPh. See ad on page 11.

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

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


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


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Incorporate yoga into your life at Glenmore. 30 student focused, multi-level classes from Gentle and Ageless to Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Meditation. Yoga Therapy. 200- and 300-Hour Teacher Training. Voted best Yoga Center. See ad on page 11.





Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Tuesday Evenings, 6-7:15pm 804-698-0225, Richmond At Battery Park Christian Church, Ginter Park. Classical style Tai Chi Chuan, the 38 posture short form. Essential movements to strengthen/enhance health and develop spiritual practice. See ad on page 22.

13565 Midlothian Tnpk, Midlothian 804-423-8600 Offering a diverse selection of classes to suit any style—hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, prenatal yoga, kid and tween yoga, gentle yoga, yin yoga, kundalini yoga and meditation classes. Check the schedule for our current listing of classes, workshops & teacher trainings. Ask about our community outreach offerings, corporate classes & private instruction.

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YOGA cont’d

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

MOBILE OM YOGA & WELLNESS Shannon Somogyi, C-IAYT 804-833-9044

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


Specializing in Yoga for Children 804-678-8568, Richmond Yoga with Nitya is now Nitya Living™ offering kid’s yoga programs that engage the whole child; body, breath and mind in yoga poses, breathing exercises and mindfulness meditation. We offer afterschool classes, mindfulness yoga programs, women’s retreats, private classes for adults and children, kid’s yoga camp in spring and summer, teen self-inquiry workshops and teacher trainings. Enrolling now for the 12th Nitya Living Summer Camp for Kids and Teens running for 5 weeks July thru August.

Richmond’s Premiere Yoga Studio and Clothing Boutique located in Libbie & Grove Neighborhood, with 35+ classes/week including Beginner, Vinyasa, Kids, Teens, 200- and 300-hour Teacher Training, as well as Annual Wellness Retreats.


6517 Dickens Place Richmond, VA 23230 Project Yoga Richmond is a 501 (c3) non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that makes Yoga instruction accessible and affordable to practitioners of all abilities and income levels through its pay-what- you-can studio classes and outreach programs. Project Yoga Richmond partners with local groups, agencies, schools, and community centers to provide free and/​or lowcost yoga and mindfulness services throughout Greater Richmond. See ad on page 25.

YOGA THERAPY MARY BETH ANSELL, C-IAYT, RYT 500 2828 Chapelwood Lane, Henrico 804-305-2297 FB: Comprehensive.Yoga.Therapy

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

PHOENIX RISING YOGA THERAPY Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT 500, PRYT 804-342-1061

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



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.

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

Kirsten Hale, CSYT 700 hrs. 804-519-7471, Anita Snellings, CEYT, CSBT 300 hrs. 804-356-7477, Deborah Woodward, CSYT 700 hrs. 804-338-1105, Lisha Reynolds, CSYT, 347 hours 804-873-4711,

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