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s I write this, we have had a pretty mild winter; yet still, I am ready for spring. I love going outside without a jacket on, seeing flowers beginning to bloom and birds building their nests. Though this year it will be a little bittersweet, as it is a strong reminder that my oldest son, Davis, will be flying from our nest pretty soon. A second semester high school senior, he is ready for his next chapter to begin—excited and curious about what the future has in store. I remember that time in my own life­—it was thrilling—equal parts scary and fun! As a parent to an almost adult, the letting go is the hardest part. Letting go of control and fear and sadness and making space for the universe to unfold exactly as it should. “Let go” is my mantra (words to live by) for 2017 and a very fitting one as it applies not only to my role as a mother, but by letting go, I can allow so much ease and flow into all areas of my life. Many of us tend to resist change and try to control our situations, but it gets difficult to find peace, joy and happiness when we are so focused on expectations and outcomes. Here’s a little exercise… Take in a deep breath right now. Hold it to the count of three. Now let it go, fully. Doesn’t it feel good to exhale? To let go? What are some areas in your life where you could let go just a little and make space for something wonderful to grow? In this issue, we let go of winter as we celebrate Agriberry Farm’s all-fruit bounty. Our feature article, “Fearless Eating,” provides tips to help move past food sensitivities and “Fit for Life” helps us let go of the mindset that “once we pass our 40th year, it’s all downhill from there.” I don’t know about you, but I feel more fabulous after 40 than I did before—it must be something about the wisdom and understanding that comes with life experience. That and the ability to let go. Dana Faulds says it beautifully, “Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold; the holding of plans or dreams or expectations. Let it all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go. Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes through your days whether you received it gently or with all your quills raised to defend against invaders. Take this on faith; the mind may never find the explanations that it seeks, but you will move forward nonetheless. Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry you to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams or destinations. Let it all go and find the place of rest and peace, and certain transformation.” Happy Spring and Happy Reading!

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newsbriefs hrysalis Institute’s spring keynote, the Art and Science of Happiness, will be presented by Catherine A. Sanderson, Ph.D., from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 16 at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Grace Street Theater. Sanderson will provide attendees with practical, easy ways to increase their own psychological well-being, including 10 specific strategies to use at home. Interest in the subject of happiness has recently soared; Catherine A. even the United Nations issues World Happiness Reports, Sanderson, Ph.D. and it has become a matter of intense study by social scientists, including Sanderson, often called the “Professor of Happiness”. With degrees from both Stanford and Princeton, she is the Manwell Professor of Life Sciences (Psychology) at Amherst College and ranked as one of the country’s top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. Admission is pay what you can (recommended: $25 member/$35 non-member). Location: 934 W. Grace St. To register, visit See listing on page 27.

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herapeutic Massage & Wellness Center now offers cupping therapy as an additional treatment to a bodywork session or individually to gently relieve pain, release fascial restrictions, improve mobility and increase blood circulation and lymph flow. Cups are strategically placed on areas of the body where there is a blockage of energy and toxin accumulation. In massage therapy, especially deep tissue massage, the technique is to press into the tissue, but with cupping, the tissue is lifted and stretched away from the body via negative pressure, or suction, creating increased blood and energy flow. It is this negative pressure that pulls toxins from the tissues, directing them into the lymphatic system to be eliminated. Cupping therapy, used for thousands of years in many cultures, has become popular among top athletes and celebrities seeking alternative therapy for their healing and well-being. The silicone or glass cups can easily be incorporated into a bodywork session. Other services include myofascial release, lymph detox massage, reflexology and therapeutic sports massage. Location: The Wellness Village, 1404 Starling Dr. For appointments, call 804-673-2936 or visit See listing on page 38.

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ocal nonprofit Nurture will host its second annual Nurture RVA Birth & Baby Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 1 at the Science Museum of Virginia. Fifty exhibitors, including local hospital birthing facilities, midwifery practices, pediatricians, doulas, infant sleep consultants, fitness, wellness and mental health resources and more will be on hand. Visitors will enjoy raffle prizes, giveaways, prenatal yoga and infant massage demonstrations, toddler activities and shopping. “The fair provides an outstanding opportunity to learn about a variety of local resources geared toward people who are thinking about becoming pregnant, pregnant or in the early stages of parenting, all under one roof,” says Leslie Lytle, executive director of Nurture. Nurture’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of childbearing families through fitness, education, social support and community engagement. For more information, visit See ads, pages 7 and 41.

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local Kabbalah study and discussion group is being formed by Jewish author and teacher Norton Richman. Practical principles inherent in the Kabbalistic liturgy will come to life in the discussion of questions such as life choices, self-worth, cause and effect, relationships, life after death and the power of assuming self-responsibility. Four classes will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month at All Paths Gathering Center, beginning March 19. Each participant will receive a copy of Richman’s book, A Kabbalist In Spirit, A Family Friend, endorsed by world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, author of On Death and Dying. Cost is $20 per class, drop-ins welcome. Location: 5405 Lakeside Ave. RSVP to Talia Moser at 804-399-3353.

Trinity School of Natural Health Comes to Norfolk


he nonprofit Trinity School of Natural Health will be holding a natural health education seminar from April 27 through May 3, in Norfolk, offering the most complete natural health education to provide people with hope, solutions and support to transform their lives and improve the world. This Foundational Event provides students with the knowledge of core natural health competencies needed to improve their health and the health of those around them. Curriculum for the Certified Natural Health Professional and Certified Health Specialist programs are taught throughout the week. Trinity’s live events are informative, hands-on learning experiences that serve as vocational intensives and offer the flexibility of earning specific Trinity designations or generally broadening an understanding of natural health. In addition to the educational components, the events provide the unique opportunity to get connected within the natural health community. For more information, call 800-428-0408 or visit See ad, page 11.


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nchors & Adventures is a womenowned wellness company created to help women find the daily anchors they need to have in place so they can free up time to start living their adventures. Co-founders Marietta Goldman and Ginger O’Neil have written a new book, Positively Intentional: A Journal for Rocking the Anchored Living Lifestyle. Anchored Living is all about being intentional in the key areas of self-care (nutrition, energy, sleep and stress), self-acceptance (movement, mindfulness, positivity and gratitude) and selfexpression (service, spirituality, community and connection). The Positively Intentional journal provides self-discovery activities to help get in touch with oneself and what we truly value, along with tips for setting weekly intentions and daily anchors to take us from where we are to where we want to be.

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n December 2016, Barbara Prema Brown, E-RYT 500, opened a private yoga studio to accommodate clients for her Aging Agelessly program, which encourages women and men to excel at any age and be happy and healthy by slowing down the aging process. The program entails breathing exercises that increase stamina, remove toxins and prevent disease, followed by a 45-minute Yoga Warrior practice that helps strengthen the body, improve focus and balance and encourage good circulation. Meditation follows, with techniques to reduce stress and improve concentration. A special part of the program uses techniques to help maintain a youthful look. Brown is accepting clients for an Aging Agelessly workshop in mid-August. For more information, email

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runo Groening, well-known in 20thcentury Germany for his extraordinary healing successes, showed people how to connect to a healing, higher power. At 7 p.m., May 5, at Unity of Richmond, Dr. Wolfgang Vogelsberger, a medical doctor and chronic pain specialist from Germany, will present this simple approach to spiritual healing and share documented, present-day reports of healings of severe, chronic and reportedly incurable diseases. People that have been healed will share their experiences and lecture attendees will be able to connect to and absorb this healing power for themselves. As a child, Groening possessed a deep spiritual connection that helped people find healing in his presence. He attracted wide public attention in 1949, after a grateful father announced that his son had been healed of muscular dystrophy through Groening’s help. Thousands of healings occurred throughout Germany in subsequent years. The healings continue to this day, and more than 80,000 people from 120 countries are practicing his teachings through the volunteer-staffed Bruno Groening Circle of Friends.

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by Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack Jeff Primack has practiced Qigong for 20 years and trained 50,000+ people at Qi Revolution seminars across the United States. 200 Veterans attended free last year and their profound transformation with Qigong inspired this article.


nergy is tangible in the hands like a magnetic field pulsing with life. Qigong stops mental thinking immediately and the mind becomes energy aware. Veterans who are missing an arm practice Qigong and feel the other arm’s Qi. Bullets that have passed through bone create lifetimes of real pain, yet Qigong allows people to eliminate pain in a matter of minutes with Qi holding postures. Battlefield memories are not erased, yet their grip on muscles, jaw and mind is temporarily lessened long enough for veterans to realize they have CONTROL over their mind and body via their breath. Our technique “9-Breath Method” oxygenates to the core creating a wave of peace that shuts down over-thinking. Alina Mayo, MD of the VA Bay Pines, FL Inpatient Unit says Qigong with our senior instructor, Todd Nichols, has been highly successful. When vets do Qigong breathing with him in a group, trust issues and whether he’s a vet or not becomes less important. Old mind patterns are temporarily bypassed as the FEELING OF QI is strong enough

to give a natural high. Many vets report this has been invaluable to replace harmful addictions. Todd is a brave teacher sharing “Breath Empowerment” with more than 1,000 veterans. Sometimes in lock down facilities where chairs are held down with bags of sand, it can be challenging to lead Qigong breathing. Frequent outbursts and flickering florescent lights compound the difficulties of teaching in the VA buildings themselves. Veterans are guarded and apprehensive. Todd draws them in and challenges them to take huge breaths, swallow it and hold it in their belly. A crammed room becomes momentarily silent, smiles and then scattered giggles. All it takes is participation and the vibration is assured. Nichols says without the breathing techniques, many veterans would give up. The speed which the Qi is physically felt spurs further interest. Teaching Qigong at the VA was not very respected in the beginning; now it has grown from a single class to two classes each week. We are also happy to report the doctors, nurses and social workers now respect the group. April 7th-9th, 2017 QI REVOLUTION comes to BALTIMORE Convention Center. $149 for 3 Days Training! Open to Public. Fire, Police and Military are free. Call 800-298-8970 or visit

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Licensing Raises the Bar for Massage Therapists


he state of Virginia has passed a requirement that all individuals performing massage services must be licensed through the DHP Virginia Board of Nursing. During 2016, all currently Certified Massage Therapists (CMTs) became Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs). The new state ruling requires massage service providers to complete minimum educational requirements and pass a state and federal background check, as well as a licensing exam prior to receiving their license. Customers can now be assured that their massage professional is educated and knowledgeable about their work. Placing a licensure requirement on massage therapy holds the industry to higher standards. Massage therapy has numerous benefits that can help people deal with problems that range from stress and chronic pain to sports injuries. Because the massage industry is a contributor to the maintenance of one’s overall health, it is a natural progression that practitioners in this field be held to higher standards like other health professionals. Without the proper knowledge and training to practice massage therapy, a massage therapist could unknowingly injure their clients, which presents a great liability. Licensure elevates the profession of massage therapy as a respected, credible field occupied by individuals dedicated to health and healing. Those LMTs that have more to give can further raise their professionalism through national board certification. For a list of licensed therapists, visit Carey Phillips, LMT, EEM-CP, BCTMB, is a licensed and board-certified massage therapist and owner of Well Into Life Massage & Bodywork. For more information, visit See ads, pages 20 and 37.

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ension, if left unchecked, can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, mental fatigue, lack of circulation and elevated stress levels. One of the simplest natural and holistic ways to quickly relax the eyes and decrease eyestrain is the gentle practice of palming. A 2013 study by the Department of Health Rehabilitation Sciences through the College of Applied Medical Sciences at King Saud University, in Saudi Arabia, found that palming for six weeks contributed to a significant improvement in visual acuity for patients with myopia (nearsightedness). To palm, sit comfortably with elbows resting on a table or desk. Rub both hands together briskly to create some heat through friction. Then, cup the palms and gently rest them over closed eyes with the fingers of one hand resting over the fingers of the other hand on the forehead. The center of each palm should be directly over the center of each eye. The hands are cupped so that there is no pressure on the eyes. Take a few deep breaths, relax the shoulders and imagine the darkest shade of black possible. The darkness soothes the optic nerves and the warmth relaxes the muscles of the eyes to encourage increased blood circulation and lymph flow. Begin to focus the mind on a pleasant, happy memory, like a beautiful place or joyful experience. Involve all five senses in this imagining to enhance and deepen the visualization. This process of mental relaxation replaces mental strain and enables the eyes to also relax. The more time spent palming the better; we cannot palm for too long. It’s okay to do it upon waking and right before going to sleep. Take frequent palming breaks throughout the day to prevent the accumulation of visual strain and to maintain relaxed eyes and a focused mind. Nathan Oxenfeld is a certified Bates Method teacher who offers individual coaching, group courses and online holistic vision programs for improving eyesight. For more information, call 910-859-1232 or visit See ad, page 17.

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esearchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, used data from previous studies to discern the association between dairy and animal fats and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in American adults. The study reviewed dairy fat and other fat consumption data using validated foodfrequency questionnaires from more than 43,000 men and 175,000 women during three different studies, each spanning at least 20 consecutive years. Of the subjects studied, 14,815 developed some form of CVD, close to 7 percent of the total. The researchers found that replacing dairy foods with foods containing polyunsaturated fats—primarily found in vegetables, nuts and fish—in just 5 percent of a subject’s diet reduced the risk of CVD by an average of 24 percent. But replacing the same percentage of dairy fats with other animal fats increased the incidence of CVD by 6 percent.


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new study from King’s College London has found that children’s use of electronic devices close to bedtime can reduce their chances of a good night’s sleep. Researchers examined 20 existing studies encompassing 125,000 children between the ages of 6 and 19. They found that youngsters using a device within 90 minutes of falling asleep had an increased likelihood of poor and inadequate sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness. Study author Ben Carter, Ph.D., says, “Sleep is an often undervalued, but important part of children’s development, with a regular lack of sleep causing a variety of health problems.” These can include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, reduced immune function and poor diet. Poor food choices and excessive eating can start young, as illustrated in a study from Colorado University, in Boulder, which found a link between sleep deprivation and poor diet choices in preschool children. The Colorado study followed five girls and five boys, ages 3 and 4, that were regular afternoon nappers. They were deprived of their naps for one day, during which their food and beverage consumption was monitored and compared with their choices on a day when their sleep routine remained intact. During the sleep-deprived day, the children ate 20 percent more calories than usual and their diet consisted of 25 percent more sugar and 26 percent more carbohydrates.

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Researchers from Iowa State University have developed a new form of synthetic leather using cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea, along with vinegar and sugar, made in shallow plastic tanks. When a colony of bacteria and yeast is added, the material grows on the top of the liquid’s surface, where it can be harvested and dried. The researchers have successfully used the material to make prototype garments, including shoes and a vest. It’s 100 percent biodegradable, so when the fabric gets wet, it softens and becomes less durable; in very low temperatures, it can become brittle. Young-A Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State University, in Ames, says, “Fashion, to most people, is an ephemeral expression of culture, art and technology, manifesting itself in practical form. Fashion companies keep producing new materials and clothing, from season to season, year to year, to fulfill consumers’ desires and needs. Think about where these items eventually go. They will take up tremendous underground spaces of the Earth, like other trash.” Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa has created Piñatex, another faux-leather product made from pineapple leaf fibers as a more sustainable and cruelty-free alternative. She acted after seeing how leather tanneries operate. Source:


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Oregano Oil Proves a Safe Antibiotic for Poultry In many large commercial chicken farms, the animals are fed antibiotics to keep them healthy and fight off infections. But due to consumer demand, McDonald’s has eliminated antibiotics used in human medicine from its entire restaurant chicken supply. Meanwhile, a farm in Pennsylvania owned by Scott Sechler is among the first to rely solely on a mix of oregano oil and cinnamon in the treatment and care of its chickens. In addition to being completely natural, oregano oil supplies the chickens with health advantages, producing a much higher quality of natural chicken in a far more humane method than that attained using antibiotics. Like antibiotics, the oil assists the chickens in battling any infections, reducing the number of birds lost to disease. Bob Ruth, president of another Pennsylvania farming business, has been testing oregano on his pigs for six months to see if it can outperform prescription antibiotics. Related problems arise when animals live in dirty conditions, making them more susceptible to infections and viruses, which can also be triggered by insufficient cleansing of slaughterhouses that must be hosed down and completely sanitized after each act of butchery. He thinks that drugs should not be a requirement if the farmers keep things tidy.


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t Agriberry Farm, pleasing the eye and delighting the palate with fresh picked berries and nourishing fruits is the first order of business. Beyond that, owners Anne and Chuck Geyer, along with their two adult children, Colleen and Pierson, are advocating for farmers, as well as helping young adults learn about the land, hard work and being fiscally responsible. With the farm’s Harvest Crew program, workers manually pick and pack crops and provide necessary plant care under careful supervision. For Anne, this is one of the top two most rewarding aspects of her job. “Knowing the difference we make for our three dozen-plus 14-to-22-year-old workers to experience berries, farm work and marketing is only a smidge ahead of how exciting it is for me watching children, especially, fall in love with our berries,” she says. The Geyers are career, legacy farmers. They protect their land, raise nourishing food and cultivate strong relationships with area farmers. With the motto, “Cultivate a taste for life,” their enthusiasm is apparent. Agriberry Farm offers the area’s only fruit-oriented Community Supported

Agriculture (CSA) program. With a CSA, members join ahead of the growing season to assist farmers with preseason cash flow. In return, a portion of the harvest is prioritized for members throughout the season. This, along with farmers’ markets and select specialty retailers, are the ways to access the fruits of the Geyer family’s labor. The investment CSA members make directly supports the farm’s Harvest Crew program. “Because most fruits are more expensive and unpredictable to grow than most veggies, fruit-based CSAs are still rare in the U.S.,” acknowledges Anne. When her family started Agriberry Farm in 2008, they were one of the first. “Knowing that fewer than 10 percent of the U.S. population consumes the recommended

three to five servings of fruit daily shows me how important it is for Agriberry Farm to be an ambassador for increasing daily fruit consumption,” she says. While the farm’s mission is to grow great berries and be a premier agriculture training facility, the Geyers are also passionate stewards of their land and their crops. Although it is not certified organic, Agriberry Farm uses many organic practices, and meets or exceeds all guidelines for safety, both on the field and on the table. Their approach focuses on working with nature’s resources and balances instead of seeking to control every aspect of the field environment. “With the mid-Atlantic heat and humidity, mold, bugs and pests are realities,” says Anne. They monitor their crops continuously using both organic and synthetic protectants. The idea is to help achieve healthful multiyear plantings with minimal intervention. The farm produces perennial fruits including raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums and apples on 25 acres in Hanover County, and strawberries on fields in Mosley, Virginia. Agriberry Farm serves Richmond, the Northern Neck and Williamsburg, as well as Annapolis, Maryland; they open the farm to visitors several times during the growing season so folks can tour the fields, speak with the owners and the Harvest Crew, stock up on goodies and if the conditions are right, pick berries. For more information about Agriberry Farm, call Anne Geyer at 804-537-0448, email or visit See ads pages 17 & 37.

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Fortunately, food allergies that trigger such a dramatic, fast, immune response are fairly rare, particularly in adults. “Most of what we’re seeing today is an uptick in food sensitivities and intolerances, terms that are often used interchangeably to describe foods that are not digested well and can challenge the immune system,” says Solana Beach, California, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet. Newark, Delaware, medical doctor and allergist Junfang Jiao, Ph.D., attests to increased levels of testing for food allergies and sensitivities in recent years. “I can’t say there are more allergies or sensitivities, but more doctors are aware of the wide-ranging symptoms and more people are getting referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky

FEARLESS EATING How to Move Past Food Sensitivities by Kathleen Barnes


omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wideranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

Food Allergies

Food allergies seem to be plaguing America’s children now more than in the past. We know that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, once standard lunchbox fare, have become a no-no. They’re often outlawed by schools to protect the students that experience extreme peanut allergies. 22

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The symptoms of food allergies in adults and children, often including hives, rashes and itching, can range from being annoying to life threatening. For extremely sensitive people, the tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain medications like penicillin can cause such a sudden strong allergic reaction that it results in anaphylaxis, which makes breathing passages swell shut. If untreated, such extreme allergies can even prove fatal, which is why people with severe allergies carry the antidote epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. Food allergies are diagnosed by blood and/or skin testing under the supervision of a medical professional, usually a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or naturopathy. Effective treatment, which must be customized to the individual, typically entails avoidance of allergy triggers.

gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer


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Roundup used on genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna,

As a gluten tolerance test, substitute an amount of non-gluten carbohydrates for the same amount of gluten-containing products. For example, instead of two pieces of bread, substitute three-quarters of a cup of brown rice—a rough equivalent in carbohydrate content. A positive difference in hunger, cravings and energy levels when gluten is eliminated indicates a condition of gluten intolerance. ~Fiona McCulloch last October. The report showed that a family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge

Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin.

Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

Other Approaches

People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed. Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a spore-forming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able

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to eat small amounts of certain foods with the assistance of dietary aids and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at 24

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Food Intolerances Self-Questionnaire by JJ Virgin Answer each question with never (0), seldom (1), sometimes (2) or often (3). 1. I need a cup of coffee or another caffeinated pick-me-up to jumpstart the middle of my morning or afternoon. _____ 2. I crave baked goods, pasta and other high-sugar impact foods. _____ 3. I have difficulty falling asleep or I awake during the night feeling anxious and struggle to get back to sleep. _____ 4. My bowel movements occur infrequently (less than one a day), which can sometimes be painful and involve straining. _____ 5. My mood can change swiftly and I take out my crankiness and irritation on coworkers and family members. _____ 6. I want to lay my head down on my desk mid-morning or afternoon because I have little motivation to remain productive. _____ 7. During meetings or conversations I zone out and struggle to concentrate for long periods of time on my work. _____ 8. After eating a big meal, I’m hungry and craving more of what I ate several hours later. _____ 9. Doing routine and important tasks takes all the energy and initiative I have. _____ 10. Even as an adult, I struggle with acne, rashes or blotchy skin, even though I use expensive skin cream. _____ 11. I head to the bathroom or step outside after a meal because of gassiness, bloating or other uncomfortable gut issues. _____ 12. The smell of a scented candle, perfume and detergent bothers me. _____ 13. Walking or moving around can create cramping, achiness or joint pain. _____ 14. I develop headaches that prevent me from enjoying the moment and leave me scrambling for a pain reliever. _____ 15. Even though I don’t have other cold/flu symptoms, I suffer from a scratchy throat or sinus trouble. _____ 6. I eat all the right foods in moderation, exercise religiously, and yet struggle 1 intensely to lose every pound. _____ Total Score: ______

What Scores Mean

18 or above – You most likely struggle with food intolerances that create many unpleasant symptoms and stall fat loss. By removing the seven target foods for just three weeks, you’ll see these symptoms disappear and the scales will start moving again. 10 to 17 – You display some of the symptoms that food intolerances can trigger. You would greatly benefit from eliminating target foods to lose symptoms and those last few pounds. Below 10 – While you suffer few of the symptoms brought about by food intolerances, you could still benefit from the same regimen. Even the healthiest person can take their game up a notch and ditch those last few stubborn pounds. Source: The Virgin Diet, by JJ Virgin

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he “old wives’ tale” about eating carrots for healthy vision wasn’t wrong, but fell far short of a holistic approach to eye health. Today’s holistically trained healthcare providers and ophthalmologists believe that properly maintaining the marvelous phenomenon of eyesight requires taking into consideration genetics, diet, toxin exposures, life environments and our belief systems. “The body does not work as a series of parts in isolation, but as a dynamically integrated living system,” says Marc Grossman, a doctor of optometry, licensed acupuncture physician and co-founder of Natural Eye Health, in New Paltz, New York. “The reductionist method of referring each symptom to the domain of a particular specialist, isolated from the whole person, is slowly being replaced with a complementary view of health care that may include acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are beginning to look at each person as an integrated being.” Progressive health providers now consider dietary preferences, general exercise regimens, environmental factors and physical, emotional and mental issues, as well as an individual’s particular symptoms, in determining treatment strategies. “To improve vision, the condition of the whole person needs to be addressed,” says Grossman, whose books include Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision. Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Homeopathic Doctor Edward Kondrot’s practice at Healing The Eye &

Wellness Center, which he founded in Zephyrhills, Florida, embraces traditional and alternative therapies. He uses microcurrent, ozone therapy and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord in treating serious eye disease. Kondrot, the author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, systemically understands the eyes as windows to overall health. For instance, his perspective is founded on the fact that a balanced diet is one of the best preventive measures for maintaining eye health. Systemic disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies are easily determined under the scrutiny of his holistic biomicroscope. According to science published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic spinal manipulation may also contribute to normal vision; in one case study, 20 treatment sessions helped an individual recover the function of optic nerves and normal vision. It’s generally accepted that chiropractic adjustment realigning the spinal column allows the nervous system to function properly, reduces tension and frees up the body to better transport blood to locations such as the eyes. Additionally, the second vertebra below the skull contains nerves that affect the eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves and sinuses. Common eye conditions generally develop so slowly that they may not present noticeable symptoms until deterioration has become severe. “Many factors can affect our eyesight, including



other health problems. Having a family member with eye disease may mean you’re genetically prone to having that condition as well, but living a healthy lifestyle may prevent the gene from being activated,” advises Kondrot. Viewing the condition of the eyes as a reflection of whole body health means that lifestyle and diet choices play major roles. The Vision Diet and supplement program recommended in Grossman’s Natural Eye Care has been shown to reduce the intraocular pressure in the eyes of study participants by five to seven millimeters, which generally equates to 10 to 15 percent. In general, a diet high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and sulfur-bearing amino acids can be helpful. Foods containing such nutrients include garlic, onions, beans, spinach, celery, turnips, yellow and orange vegetables, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, apples, oranges and tomatoes. Other dietary and lifestyle options recommended by Grossman are daily drinking one pint of juice made from mostly green vegetables and drinking eight to 10 glasses of purified water to keep eyes hydrated. Managing stress and doing palming and other eye exercises, such as those found at, as well as daily aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes, are also beneficial. Additionally, Kondrot’s use of multimodal protocols such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, homeopathy, and detoxification can be applied to reverse visual loss. Kondrot advises that avoiding foods that trigger allergic reactions is important. “A study of 113 patients with chronic simple glaucoma showed an immediate increase in pressure in the fluid inside the eye when they were exposed to foods to which they were allergic. Take up meditation, yoga, tai chi or any other practice that helps you manage stress and relax,” he advises. “Some consider glaucoma a stress-related condition.” The best strategy for healthy eyes is to have regular eye examinations. Early detection and prompt treatment can prevent significant vision loss. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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FIT FOR LIFE How to Stay Healthy, Flexible and Strong by Aimee Hughes


hen thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. “In our society, there’s a mindset that once we pass our 40th year, it’s all downhill from there. Our metabolism slows and we gain weight, lose mobility and flexibility, deal with more aches and pains, experience shortness of breath and the list goes on.” According to Spitzer, this all can happen, but it’s more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than destiny. “Research with

older people at both rehabilitation and nursing centers tells us that the human body wasn’t designed to begin a major decline in function until age 70, barring major illness or accidents along the way. Most of individual decline is due to lifestyle choices, not nature’s plan.” Spitzer teaches his clients that weight training is essential for every age group. “After age 30, most people lose between 0.5 to 1 percent of lean muscle fiber per year, which directly affects the basal metabolic rate. Much like a car engine, the more lean muscle mass we have, the more energy our ‘engine’ uses, even when idling. If not prevented, by age 50, for example, we may have


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fitbody lost as much as 20 percent of the lean muscle fiber we had when we were 30.” He also recommends regular cardiovascular exercise. “Do a good round of cardio inside your target heart rate zone for 30 minutes at least three times a week. It’s vital for lung and heart health, the primary benefit of cardio exercise as opposed to just burning calories.” “For those in their 40s, I recommend high-intensity interval training such as burst training, along with a mind-body practice like power yoga or budokon,” says Nelson Pahl, of Northfield, Minnesota, managing editor of Longevity Times. “Vinyasa yoga, tai chi and cycling are ideal during our 50s, while hatha yoga, tai chi, or qigong and hiking work well in our 60s.” “Most of my clients are 70 and up,” notes Gwyneth Jones, an active aging specialist at the Carriage Club, in Kansas City, Missouri, who also trains physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and movement educators. “They enjoy mixing up their daily exercise routines and look forward to the support and encouragement of their classmates. Discussions include lighthearted wordplay and questions about anatomy and physiology.” Pahl urges everyone at every age, “Consume only whole foods, always.” He rarely drinks alcohol and begins every day with yoga and qigong. “Also, be sure to stay well hydrated,” adds Jones. “This will keep your joints healthy, skin clear and moist, digestion more efficient and detoxification of organ systems more effective. Add fresh lemon if you like.”

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Physical fitness is only one aspect of aging gracefully. Spiritual growth lifts and lightens any mental and emotional load, while supporting physical well-being. Spitzer also recommends, “Reading, learning to play a musical instrument, crafting activities, computer strategy games or doing other activities that require concentration or new problem-solving skills; all help the mind stay tuned up and sharp.” It’s always healthy to break out of normal routines and comfort zones, venture into new worlds, volunteer and do what makes our heart soar. Jones advises, “Choose activities that feel good, refreshing, include people you enjoy, and are done in pleasant environments. Don’t forget to revel in sunshine or a good book on a rainy day. Listen to music, play music, sing and dance every day.” Maturity brings benefits we can embrace with delight when we bring loving attention and happy novelty to life.

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atural burials allow those that lived their principles of an environmentally sound life to complete their days in a planet-friendly, personalized way. “The number of U.S. cemeteries allowing natural burials has increased by 30 in the last year,” says Elizabeth Fournier, owner of Cornerstone Funeral Services, in Boring, Oregon. “More than 150 cemeteries allow them now. We encourage replacing cut flowers with plants. A multipurpose wooden casket can serve as a bookshelf until needed, or a casket can be made of natural wicker, paper or grass.” Formaldehyde-free embalming fluids made of non-toxic and biodegradable essential oils allow for a synthetic chemical-free burial. “Green burials tend to be unique and can last from one to four hours,” says Brian Flowers, green burial coordinator for Moles Farewell Tributes, in Bellingham, Washington. “One funeral had 50 Civil War re-enactors in blue and gray outfits, along with a 21-musket and two-cannon salute. Another was led by a shaman. Natural burial isn’t just for the Birkenstock/patchouli crowd. Our area is farm-rich, so a green burial fits with the idea of living close to the land.” The Moles’ four-and-one-half-acre meadow for natural burial will expand in the next two years to eight acres. Flowers explains, “It’s an ecological restoration site. We manage invasive


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species and plant three native plants for each burial.” In Houston, Terry Ward, president and CEO of Country Communities, notes how fast-paced lifestyles can prevent intimate connections among siblings. “At Indigo Fields, we’re able to implant an app-accessible microchip into an urn or stone. The information can include photos, details of the person’s life and stories that might otherwise become lost. It can be updated at any time and serves as a gift for anyone researching the family tree. It helps the living heal and talk about their fears, too.”

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Cremation has always been an alternative to burial, but is energy intensive; recycling medical parts helps green up this option. Many choices are available for the cremains, the ashes that remain after a cremation. Many states outlaw burying pet remains in a human cemetery, so Lisa Brambilla, of Yorba Linda, California, invented 100 percent biodegradable Bio Urns. “Before, pet lovers had few choices when it came time to say goodbye. Laying a cremated pet to rest this way makes a loss easier because

it’s a physical manifestation of a pet in plant form. It hurts a little less,” she says. Each urn comes with a seed for a tree or shrub and the proper soil to help it grow. “Maka, a keeshond, was the dog my son’s heart bonded with; he was 6 when she died,” Brambilla relates. “After she grew into a tree, he could smile when he talked about her. It teaches kids to create a new life and to treat the planet well. Death is nothing but a word. The only thing real is life.” Bio Urn expanded to include human clients after Brambilla’s father-in-law requested to be remembered via a redwood tree and her mother, a Christmas tree. Eternal reefs are made of ashes mixed with cement placed in the ocean in a military-style ceremony to help support marine life for at least 500 years. Family members retain the reef’s GPS coordinates and can boat or dive to visit it. Music lovers can choose to have their ashes compressed into a vinyl record. A live recording of goodbyes, a last will and testament or compilation of favorite songs can be prerecorded. Ashes can also be compressed into colorful memorial gemstones ready to be set into jewelry to keep a loved one close. Resomation, or bio-cremation, liquefies the body in a heated alkaline bath, using far less energy than traditional cremation and without environmentally harmful chemical emissions; afterward, the bones are ground, resembling cremains, and are returned to the family. Promession is a way to freeze-dry the body by immersion in liquid nitrogen at -321° F. When it becomes brittle, vibrations shake the corpse into small pieces, water is evaporated and the dust that remains can be used as compost. Invented by Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, she feels it’s the utmost Earth-friendly way to return a body to the soil. As people opt to avoid the higher costs of a traditional funeral and elect practical, eco-friendly ways to exit the human scene, natural burials can become more accepted ways to achieve Biblical dust-to-dust while doing no harm. Connect with the freelance writer via



Gentle Ways to Calm Allergies even just nibbles the eliminated food, you have to start all over again,” says Dohmen. Whether commercially prepared or home cooked, the number of ingredients can substantially extend a test period. Each item must be completely avoided for about six weeks for an accurate assessment. Environmental allergies, which encompass everything unrelated to food, range from common grasses to inhaled pollutants. New carpets or rugs, cleaning supplies, a neighbor’s pesticides, dust and pollen are among the culprits that can cause an allergic reaction. Common symptoms are itchy ears or skin, ear infections, sneezing, runny eyes, scratching, vomiting or diarrhea. Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner of Naturally Healthy Pets, in Clayton, New Jersey, also uses herbs in her practice to alleviate food and environmental allergy symptoms. “They can be tinctures or poultices; one herb or a blended mixture. Some are applied externally, some internally.” Giving the proper dosage for the size of the pet is vital. She particularly likes calendula for hot spots, despite its

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ather than routinely giving drugs to dogs and cats to relieve dry, itchy, skin or food allergies, consider more gentle natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key to finding the right remedy and preventing future outbreaks. With dogs, about 20 percent of itching and scratching can be attributed to food ingredients. Symptoms can show up as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years old, often combined with inhalant or contact allergies. Chronic ear infections are often traced to food allergies. “If a pet is suffering mightily, see your veterinarian for shots or pills for immediate relief. Then ask the vet to allergy test for the specific problem,” advises Veterinarian Laurie Dohmen, owner of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, in Hartly, Delaware. “This isn’t something you can do yourself. I’ve seen pet owners use what worked for a friend’s dog and make their own pets sicker, despite research and good intentions. What works for one pet won’t necessarily work for another.” While food elimination testing works, it’s a long process that must be done with precision. “If your pet

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odor, because it’s antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral, followed by witch hazel to dry them, and then coconut oil or aloe to soothe and soften affected skin—plus Echinacea to boost the immune system. She uses ginger or peppermint to counteract nausea. “Many people think an allergic pet should be switched to a lamb and rice diet. In some cases, that makes dry, itchy, skin worse,” she says. “That’s why it’s important to know what they are allergic to before trying out new foods or herbal remedies. Find a holistic vet to work with.” Morgan often prescribes a mixture of herbs for the best results. “I like licorice because it works like a steroid without the side effects. Probiotics help keep gut bacteria and the immune system healthy. Parsley works well for dry, itchy, skin caused by a blood deficiency, or imbalance. “Parsley brings a protein, as well as several vitamins, to the party,” notes Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger in Marysville, Washington. “It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and also great if your dog’s breath needs a freshness boost.” She suggests rosemary and thyme as ingredients in an antibacterial, antifungal salve; she mixes these essential oils with extra virgin coconut oil and beeswax to create paw balm. Morgan reminds us that essential oils can be harmful, even life-threatening, for cats. “If Kitty has itchy skin, lavender tea can be used as a rinse on cooperative cats,” she suggests. “For a less cooperative feline, chamomile tea as a drink or as leaves mixed into the food soothes itches.” Dohmen cautions, “Herbs and other homeopathic remedies or flower essences are medicine and should be given as a prescription by a qualified veterinarian.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@

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Yoga for Life: Cultivating a Conscious Relationship with Yourself – 3/1-5. Explore specific yogic teachings & practices that provide methods to help achieve your highest potential. Gary Kraftsow. $395. Add 4 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2 X-Gentle Yoga – 10-11:30am. Combines chair yoga w/yoga on the mat. For people w/some physical limitations or for those who enjoy a slow pace. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $105/7 wks, $17/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Introduction to Yoga Series – Thurs, 3/2-23. 6-7:30pm. Designed to be a foundation to build your yoga practice; each week explores basic concepts & builds familiarity w/yoga postures. Liz  Creasman. $60/4 classes. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.


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Movie: Symphony of the Soil – 7-8:45pm. An inspiring, eye-opening look at our health as affected by agriculture & the life cycles of our soil. Dr. Sherron Marquina, facilitator. Register by 4pm, 3/3. Free. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 Intro to Mysore Workshop – Learn the traditional method for practicing ashtanga yoga where students of all levels practice at their own pace while the teacher gives instruction on an individ basis.  Workshop & 8 Intro to Mysore classes inclu.  $125; you choose the day(s) that work for classes. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Thyroid Testing: You Need to Know – 11am12:15pm. Now that you understand how thyroid hormones work, what testing do you need and what can you do w/the info? Dr. Sherron Marquina. Register by 2pm, 3/3. $25. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222.

SUNDAY, MARCH 5 Sessions with the Crystal Skulls – 12-4pm. Readings, healings or coaching each 45 min available. Resonance Float and Sound, 1312 Sycamore Sq, Midlo. For appt: 804-405-3194.

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Continuing Yoga/Mixed-Level Yoga – 4:305:45pm. 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.

Continuing Yoga – 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 7 Happy Hour – 3/7 & 14. 5:15-6:15pm. Join us for a glass of wine after work & be a part of the conversation. A look at the major correlates of happiness at the intersection of science & spirit. Susan Wilkes, Chris Reina, Tammy Jackson. $10/mbrs, $20/nonmbrs. Ellwood Thompson’s Beet Café, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-0384.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 Primordial Qigong Movement Form – 5 Thurs, 5:30-7pm. A joyful, slow-moving form that gathers powerful energies from the Earth, heavens and four directions. The loose, free-flowing movements are easy to learn. Enhance your breathing, stamina, flexibility & energetic balance. Joy Black. $129. Richmond Natural Medicine, 2201 W. Broad St., Ste 107. 804-977-2634. Eat Yourself Pregnant: A Cooking Demo with Mama in the Makin’ – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn 3 easyto-make recipes that are specifically tailored to help women boost their fertility naturally. Alexandra Malecky, Holistic Health Coach.  $10. The Beet Cafe at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10 Yoga for Detox: Spring Cleaning for Body and Mind – 3/10-12. Get out of the doldrums & shed your winter coat, both physically & mentally. A weekend of gentle yogic detox in a pristine environment away from the world’s distractions. Satya Greenstone. $235. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. Speaker, 12pm: Celebrating Spring Equinox Professional Psychic & Creator or Evolutionary Revolutionary, Jamie Dawn, will share her insights & tolls for conscious, empowered, everyday living in an ever-changing world. Readers, healers, practitioners & vendors, 1pm. Donations. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook or Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit. Chaturanga Clinic: Yoga Anatomy Academy Edition – 3-6pm. Clinic looks not only at the pose, but also at the anatomy, biomechanics, potential for injury & ways to prevent injury & build strength. All levels. Ariele Foster. $45/advance, $50/day of. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 12 Hot Stone Yin Retreat – 2-4pm. Longer-held yoga poses release tension in the lower body and hot stones provide a focal point for the busy mind. Session includes spa-inspired snack. Linda Joynes & Cheryl Bergh. $75. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

Places of Attention Yoga Workshop – 1-3pm. Explore Tristana, the 3 pillars of ashtanga & examine how these points of focus relate to & deepen our physical practice. Leigh Kresge. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.


Mixed Level Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Yin Yoga, 6-7:15pm. Integral yoga class for students w/some or no experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nitya Lidya Griffith. $104/8 wks, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

Kabbalah Study Group – 2-3pm. 3rd Sun for 4 classes. Practical principals inherent in the Kabbalistic liturgy will come to life in discussion. Jewish author and teacher Norton Richman. Drop-ins welcome. $20/class, includes book. All Paths Gathering Ctr, 5405 Lakeside Ave, Ste 6, (corner of Anderson St, lower level, parking in front & back). RSVP & Info: Talia Moser, 804-399-3353.



Intro to Ashtanga 6-Wk Series – Mon, 7-8:15pm. Learn the foundations of ashtanga yoga including philosophy, breath, sun salutations & the standing sequence. Kyra Haigh. $84. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14 Happy Hour – 5:15-6:15pm. See 3/7 listing. Ellwood Thompson’s Beet Café, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-0384.

THURSDAY, MARCH 16 7 Keys to Total Nourishment – 6-7:15pm. Nourishing your body, mind and spirit is much more than good food & good friends. Discover 7 key nutrients to provide yourself multiple dimensions of nurture. Dr. Sherron Marquina. Register by 2pm, 3/15. $25. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222.

markyourcalendar The Science of Happiness Chrysalis Institute’s Spring Keynote. Delve into cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology & the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness. Learn practical ways to increase your own psychological well-being. Dr. Catherine Sanderson, often called the Professor of Happiness.

March 16 • 7-9pm Pay what you can. Suggested: $25 members, $35 non-members. Grace Street Theater 934 W Grace St.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. On White Fire Healing & other healing techniques plus Mediumship. LUCIA. Potluck lunch follows. River Rd Baptist Church, NW Corner River & Ridge Rds. Donna: 804-690-3310. Crystal Skull Soul & Energy Day 2017 – 10:30am5:30pm. Start Spring w/a wonderful day filled w/the Crystal Skull energies. Resonance Float and Sound, 1312 Sycamore Sq, Midlo. For appt: 804-405-3194.

Let Your Yoga Dance: Happiness Edition – 5:306:30pm. A fusion of yoga & energizing user-friendly dance movements, using music from around the world. Where joy & fun meet deep & sacred. No yoga or dance experience necessary. Martha Tyler. $10/mbrs, $15/nonmbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. The Scoop on Poop – 6-7:30pm. Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2) is poised & ready to raise the level of conversation about GI health & help community members prevent colorectal cancer. Marlisa Hurt, PhD. $10. The Beet Cafe at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525. TheBeet@

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 Intro to Qigong – Why Learn Qigong? – 6-7:30pm. Reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, improve flexibility & balance, & enhance the immune system. The slow, gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all age groups. Joy Black. $40. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd., Ste A2. 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center.

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 Relieving Anxiety: CBT & Yoga – 3/24-26. A practical & profound weekend investigating YogaBased Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety. Boris Bhagavan Pisman. $240. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Desire Mapping – Fri, 3/24-4/28. 5:30-7:30pm. Learn & utilize this holistic life-planning tool to awaken and live in alignment w/who you truly are. A process, a meditation & a system that can help. Christa Donohue. $150/mbrs, $300/nonmbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

MONDAY, MARCH 27 Mental Stimulation: Courses for Seniors – 8-wk morning classes & weekly lunch speakers. History and current events; the religious works of C.S. Lewis; genealogy for beginners; opera; travelogues; territorial changes after the world wars; French, Spanish & German. Lunch lecture, 12:30pm: Bill Lohmann on “On the Road Again: More People, Places and Pie Around Virginia.” Open Univ of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond.  St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy. Info: 804-355-7282 or

Week-long Raja Yoga Retreat –3/27-4/2. Dive deeply into The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the classical text on Raja yoga, & learn how to apply these teachings in your life. Topics: The Nature of the Mind, The Experience of Suffering, Attachment vs Non-attachment, Skill and Method in Spiritual Practice, & How to Overcome Obstacles. Sw. Karunananda. $595. Add 6 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28 Channeling with Lobos – 5-8pm. The Crystal Skull Lobos has a lot to tell. Discuss what the message includes as well as answer questions about the Crystal Skulls. $15. Aquarian Crystal Gallery, 3531 Ellwood Ave. Register: 804-257-5575.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 Nourishing the Mind: Free Lunch and Life Series – 12:30pm. Offered weekly for seniors. 3/29: Bill Lohmann, On the Road Again: More People, Places and Pie Around Virginia; 4/5: Ed Slipek, Richmond Architectural Gems;  4/12: Curtis Monk, Public Media in Central Virginia. 4/26:  Craig Reynolds, Trendsetter: Thomas Jefferson as Architect and Designer. Come at 12 w/bag lunch. Dessert & beverages provided. Open Univ of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. Info: 804-355-7282 or

THURSDAY, MARCH 30 Nourishing Body and Mind: Courses for Seniors – 8-wk courses & weekly lunch speakers. History and current issues; Commemorating the Reformation; short stories; the Raj: British Imperialism in India; Edgar Allan Poe; photography; Spanish, German, Latin & Japanese; gentle yoga & Feldenkrais. Speaker, 12:30pm: Ed Slipek, Richmond Architectural Gems. Open Univ of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond.  First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. Info: 804-355-7282 or

FRIDAY, MARCH 31 Yoga with Nitya Teacher Training – 3/31-4/2. Learn to teach kid’s yoga in schools in this weekend intensive workshop. Nitya Griffith. $680. 804-678-8568.


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April 1 • 10am-3pm Free Event! Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W Broad St.

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Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. Speaker, 12pm: How crystal skulls changed my life. Kirsten Overath will share the healing powers of crystal skulls and will do a channeled reading from her guide Lobos. Readers, healers, practitioners & vendors, 1pm. Donations. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook or Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 FOR RENT/LEASE GREAT SPACE AVAILABLE! One-physician integrative practice to rent space to compatible caregiver. Colonial Hgts. 804-526-1130.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Mindfulness Through a Jewish Lens – Wed, 4/55/17. 12-1:30pm. 7-session course brings together mindfulness meditation w/Jewish understanding. Not a course in traditional Jewish mysticism or Kabbalah. Open to all; no meditation experience required. Lisa Halberstadt. $130/mbrs, $160/ nonmbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 Mindful Self-Compassion – Thurs, 4/6-5/2. 5:30-7:30pm. Based on the most current scientific findings, this 8-wk course will aid participants in cultivating the skills of self-compassion in their everyday lives. Susan Wilkes, PhD; Matthew Conover. $200/mbrs, $400/nonmbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 LifeForce Yoga to Manage Your Mood – 4/7-9. Maintain your optimum mental health & learn methods to safely release chronically held tension & repressed emotion in your physical and emotional body. Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression, Yoga Skills for Therapists. Program fulfills prerequisite for the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training. $260. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Movie: Fed Up – 7-8:30pm. The film the food industry doesn’t want you to see and it may change the way you eat forever. Dr. Sherron Marquina, facilitator. Register by 4pm, 4/7. Free. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Laser Therapy for Peak Performance and Rehab – 8:30am-5:30pm. Laser therapy seminar for clinicians with hands-on demonstrations. 8 CEUs for chiropractors. Dr. Nelson Marquina. Register by 4pm, 4/6. $255. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 877-423-6169. upcoming-seminars.

6-Wk Introduction to Herbal Healing – Tues, 4/11-5/16. 10am-12pm or 6:30-8:30pm. For beginners and those who want to deepen their knowledge and use of herbal medicine. Includes history, herbal actions, apothecary practices, recipes, sacred use of plants & more. Kathleen Maier, RH. More info:


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Part 1: Some Doors Open Only From the Inside – The healing power of transformational breath-work.


Part 2: Finding Your Life Purpose – Essential steps to reveal and/or launch one’s life purpose.

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The American Dream, Positivity & Existential Reality – 7-9pm. Explore, through lecture & experiential self-inquiry, the value of meeting our lower selves & our suffering, towards a fuller, moreengaged thriving. Jesse Rabinowitz, PhD. Pay what can; suggested: $10/mbrs, $20/nonmbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

RVA EARTHDAY – 12-7pm. An all ages outdoor street festival. Manchester.



What About Water Birth? – 7-8pm. Birthing under water is safe, gentle & has amazing benefits for mamas & babies. Learn about water birth from the midwife who loves them. Corina Hossle, Embrace Midwifery. Free. The Beet Cafe at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525. TheBeet@

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Carole Louie will speak on her new book, Conversations With a Hungary Ghost: Memoir of a Reluctant Medium. Potluck lunch follows. River Rd Baptist Church, NW Corner River & Ridge Rds. Donna: 804-690-3310.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Qigong Movement & Meditation - Guided Mind-Body Work – 5:30-7pm. Learn several qigong self-care practices to: ground yourself; clear negative energy from your body, mind, and spirit; enhance energy flow throughout your body; expand your energy field & develop your self-healing capacity. Leave feeling clear, calm, balanced & stronger. Joy Black. $35. Richmond Natural Medicine, 2201 W. Broad St., Ste 107. 804-977-2634.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Spring Silent Retreat: Budding Potential – 4/2023. Reconnect with your inner guidance & wisdom, unwind in the tranquil countryside, gain insight from the guidance of senior teachers, relax & strengthen the body & mind through classes in hatha yoga, restorative yoga, breathing practices & deep relaxation. Rev. Prakasha Shakti Capen. $250. Add 3 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

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markyourcalendar Natural Health Education Seminar Learn core competencies to improve your health and the health of others. Curriculum for the Certified Natural Health Professional and Certified Health Specialist programs taught throughout the week. Connect with natural health community.

April 27 - May 3 Trinity School of Natural Health. Norfolk, VA. Info: 800-428-0408

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W. Vogelsberger, MD, will present this simple approach to healing on the spiritual path and share information about documented healings.

May 5 - 7pm Free; donations. Unity of Richmond, 800 Blanton Ave. Info: 804-798-0063

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sunday Svaroopa Yoga – Daily, Indiv sessions. Meeting your body where it is w/poses selected for you. Improve flexibility, ease in movement, build strength & stamina. All levels, incl recovery from injury/ surgery. Anita Snellings, Cert Instructor. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. 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. Yoga4EveryBody – 10:30-11:45am. Mindful yoga postures, breathing techniques & 15-min yoga nidra. Carol Bodhini Mahan. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. 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. Life, Motherhood & the Pursuit of Sanity – 4-5:30pm. 3rd. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Reiki Exchange – 4-6pm. 4th. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Breast Cancer Support Meeting – 4:30pm. 3rd. Sisters Network Breast Cancer Survivors. SNCVA House, 105 E Clay St. 804-447-4027. Candlelight Prana Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. Open to all levels w/emphasis on growth. Recommended for yogis w/6 mo steady practice. Class gently heated. Pay what can. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl.

monday Embodyment Yoga Therapy – Indiv sessions. Mrng/eve/wknd. Supporting body, mind & more, at a deeper level. Experience the difference in your 1st session. Deeply restorative. Anita Snellings, Cert Instructor. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. Svaroopa Yoga – 9-10:30am & 6:30-8pm. Deeply restorative yoga classes for beg/continuing levels. Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT700. $16, $116/8wks. 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338-1105. Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15. Hatha yoga with props. No previous experience. Personal attention. Deborah Samson. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

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. Gentle/Beginner Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Yoga for everyone. Props to increase flexibility & strength, breathing instruction, deep relaxation. Kirsten Hale, CSYT500. $16 (discount for series). Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471. Mindful Monday Meditation – 6-6:30pm. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Mindful Motion Yoga – 6-7:15pm. For beginners or those recovering from injury, illness, inactivity or surgery; focus on balance & calm centered mental outlook. Mary Lou Bean/Mary Leffler. $17, $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Healing Touch Clinic – 6:30 & 7:30pm. 4th. Energy therapy to reduce stress & pain, speed up healing & give a sense of well-being. Sherry Price. Free, by appt. Mt. Pisgah UMC, 1001 Mt Pisgah Dr, Midlothian. Ginger Ripley: 804-378-8175. Nia – 7-8:15pm. $11/mbrs, $15/nonmbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

tuesday Ayurvedic Health Consultations – Using strategies from yoga’s sister science, learn to build diet, exercise & lifestyle routines customized for your constitution. Understand your imbalances to help improve health & wellbeing. Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Adya Yoga and Ayurveda, 1801 E Broad St. 804-775-2392. 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. Free. Round House/Byrd Park. Phoebe Antrim. Register: 804-358-1772. Yoga for Vibrant Aging – 9:30-10:30am. Mindful, active yoga practice that builds strength, flexibility & balance. For older adults & anyone wanting a mindful approach to their practice. 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. Tai Chi for Health & Arthritis – 3/7-4/25; not on 4/4. 1-2pm. Sun style tai chi. Uses gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. $10, $48/6-wk series. Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Cancer Caregiver Support Group –2-3pm. 1st. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info, Ann Petersen: 804-764-7201. Free Open Bereavement Support Group – 5:306:30pm. Open to all. Please come at least 3 times to benefit; no commitment req. Alane Cameron Miles, MDiv, Hospice Chaplain & Bereavement Care Coord. Metro Community Church, 2501 Park Ave. 804-353-9477. Tai Chi Chuan – 6-7:15pm. Learn the 37-posture form taught by Grand Master Cheng ManChing. $165/10 wks. Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. Floyd Herdrich: 804698-0225; Sondra Sealine: 804-690-9878. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd. Join fellow survivors thru & beyond your cancer journey in a nurse-facilitated group. Free. 601 Watkins Ctr Pkwy, Ste 200. 804-594-3130. Richmond Area Lymphedema Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 3rd. Free. Retreat Hospital Boardroom. Does not meet Nov/Dec/Jan. Contact: Angela Denny PT,CLT,804-281-8473/Patty Donovan 804270-9071. 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 location. 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. Let Your Yoga Dance – 3-4:30pm. 3rd. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079. Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15. See Mon listing. Deborah Samson. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

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Richmond MindBodySpirit Healing Circle – 6-8pm. 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. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit. Prenatal Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Allows moms-to-be to practice yoga safely throughout pregnancy. Christina Evans. $17, $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/ mo. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. 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. Let Your Soul Speak Journaling Group – 7-8:15pm. 1st. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. 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: Continuing Yoga – 7:30-9pm. For students w/some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nitika Achalan. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. English Country Dancing – 7:30-9:30pm. Colonial Dance Club. Belmont Rec Ctr, 1600 Hilliard Rd. 804-744-3264.

thursday Ayurvedic Health Consultations – See Tues listing. Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Adya Yoga and Ayurveda, 1801 E Broad St. 804-775-2392.

brilliance. Midlo. Membership info: WomanSpeak-Circles. Mixed Level Yoga – 9-10:15am. Posture, breathing techniques & 15-min yoga nidra. Sylvia Durga Nofsinger. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. See Tues listing. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Alignment Based Yoga – 5:15-6:30pm. All levels. Rooted in the principles & teachings of Iyengar yoga. Emphasis placed on standing poses that help open up the hips & shoulders & poses w/breath work. Pay what can. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. Tai Chi for Health & Arthritis – 3/2-4/27. 6-7pm. See Tues listing. $10, $40/5-wk series. 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. Melinda Uma Nolen. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Suicide Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 3rd. Connect w/community mbrs suffering from suicide loss & receive emotional support. Peer-facilitated; no mental health professionals guide group. Safe grieving environment, free of stigma & judgment. Pusey House/ First Baptist, 2705 Park Ave. Essential Oils Education – 7pm. Learn more about using dōTERRA oils in the home. Lisa Cusano. RSVP: FB page: Earth Essentials RVA. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st. Traditional Tibetan Buddhist instruction and 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.

Svaroopa Yoga – See Sun listing. Anita Snellings, Cert Instructor. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477.


SoulCollage Group – 2x/mo. Come to any or all sessions. $25/session incl supplies. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For schedule/reserve space: 804-901-4583,

Ayurvedic Health Consultations – See Tues listing. Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Adya Yoga and Ayurveda, 1801 E Broad St. 804-775-2392.

WomanSpeak Circle – 1st & 3rd. Learn the art & soul of public speaking in a supportive, fun circle of women committed to unleashing their

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. Heather Rutherford/Mary Lou Bean/Erin Forsyth. $17, $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. 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 x254. Insight Meditation – 5:45-7:30pm. See Tues listing. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. 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. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

saturday Mommy & Baby Yoga – 10am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. PrenatalYoga@ Earth Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. Mindfulness in the Natural World. For Earth lovers & gardeners. Beginners/mixed. Moving meditation to connect us to our life source & universal source. Anne Bhudevi Fletcher. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. 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 Sat. $7. Contra Dance Group. Lewis Ginter Rec Ctr. 804-247-9247; Linda Salter: 804-266-7355.

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Ruiping Chi, L.Ac., MD (China) 3924 Springfield Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 804-308-3561; 804-387-7651 Trained and practiced in China since 1985. Specialties: pain management, allergies, fertility, gastro-intestinal disorders, insomnia, women’s health, emotional issues, chronic medical conditions, cosmetic acupuncture.

3900 Springfield Rd Glen Allen, VA 23060 804-513-4408 • Coming from a family of Chinese doctors, John started apprenticing in Taiwan in 1995 before earning a Masters of Oriental Medicine from Meiji College. He treats a wide range of health issues, and specializes in infertility, mentalemotional disorders and gastrointestinal problems.



Remee Gemo, L.Ac., MSAOM Monte Jackson, L.Ac., MSAOM 1507 Huguenot Rd, Ste 200 Midlothian, VA 23113 804-754-5108 • Voted one of the Best Alternative Health Centers by Style Weekly 2011-2015! Specialties: Women’s Health, IVF/ART Support, Infertility, Pain Management, Sports Injuries, Weight Loss, Acupuncture Facelift, Bells Palsy, Chronic Diseases. Appointments Monday-Sunday.


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


Xiaoyan Wang, L.Ac., MD (China) 3721 Westerre Pkwy, Ste C, 23233 804-301-1784 Trained and practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in China since 1983. Has extensive experience working as a doctor in Chinese hospitals, treating 30-40 patients per day. Your healthcare solution!

Parham Henrico Doctor’s - MOB I 7660 E. Parham Road, Ste 104A 804-592-0853 Nationally certified in acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping and gua sha. Trained in California and Zhejiang Medical University, China, Satori provides personalized and complete care of pain management, allergy, sinus issues, women’s health, infertility, insomnia and more.


1906 N Hamilton St, Ste E 804-200-4054 We treat pain, chronic illness, support fertility and more! With community acupuncture, you can afford to get better. New patients: $60; return visits: $40. Cash, checks, FSA/HSA or credit card. Schedule online anytime!


Health Offerings, Inc. Richmond 804-497-8860 Nationally certified in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Since 1998, I offer individualized, constitutional health care using Western and Chinese herbs, diet and food therapy, cupping and moxibustion.

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Floyd M. Herdrich, M.Ac., L.Ac., MAP™ 804-698-0225 Family Practice Acupuncture, since 1985, now in Ginter Park. Complementary & Alternative treatment for medical conditions: overriding emphasis on Wellness, Body-Mind-Spirit and quality of life. See ad, page 10.


Remee Gemo, L.Ac., MSAOM Richmond 804-501-8060 Remee Gemo, L.Ac., originator of L.I.F.T. Facial Acupuncture, provides effective, customized, anti-aging treatments to enhance beauty and youthfulness by utilizing natural, non-surgical methods to diminish wrinkles, lift sagging skin, brighten and improve the complexion.


105 Berrington Court 804-201-3166 With greater body awareness you can undo unnecessary habits of tension, relieve pain in movement & connect more deeply with your body’s wisdom. This is my 30th year helping clients improve their quality of life. I specialize in The Alexander Technique, CranioSacral Therapy and Trager® Movement Education.


Cathy S. Phillips, CTT 13354 Midlothian Tpke, Ste 100 804-748-7401 • Breast Thermography uses infrared sensors to detect heat and increased blood flow around abnormal tissue. An abnormal thermogram indicates a future risk of breast disease. Interpreted by Jeanne Stryker, BoardCertified Radiologist.


Six locations in the Richmond area 804-526-7125 • Ariya Family Chiropractic Center provides a natural path to wellness through chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy. We take pride in the peaceful, nurturing environment we create to provide excellent care and outstanding service. See ad, page 17.


Charlene Dortch, CH, CHTP, ATP® Richmond 804-839-3123 Clear blocks and restore balance to your life. Services include Spiritual Response Therapy, Hypnosis, Healing Touch, Reiki, ThetaHealingTM Emotional Freedom Techniques, life coaching, ATP®. See ad, page 43.


Bradley Richmond, DC Elliot S. Eisenberg, DC 3904 Meadowdale Blvd, Richmond 804-271-7920 Chiropractic and Massage. 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, page 34.


Elizabeth Sexton, MA, MS, RMT 1727 West Main Street, Richmond 804-677-4539 • Offering a complete Wellness Center to support your overall well-being. Integrated therapies include: reiki, Healing Touch, Chakra Balancing, Life Coaching, and Intuitive Advising. Holistic Products include: Nature’s Sunshine supplements, essential oils, custom soaps and lotions. 


doTERRA Wellness Advocate, 212455 804-296-9284 Looking for alternatives? Find out why dōTERRA is committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oil-enhanced wellness products with the world. Join the vibrant community of Wellness Advocates in the Greater Richmond area as we learn together. Weekly classes offered on all aspects of use. See ad, page 26.

FARM / CSA AGRIBERRY FARM & CSA 6289 River Road Hanover, VA 23069 804-314-7517 

Love berries and other seasonal fruit? Reserve your share of the 2017 harvest now. See ad, page 17.


10446 Ridgefield Pkwy Near Short Pump 804-740-4485 Accreditation with the International Academy of Oral Medical Toxicology. Member of International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAMOT). Certified provider of Oral Cancer screening with Velscope. Mercury-free dental practice. Family and cosmetic dentistry. Sedation dentistry-certified practice. Teeth whitening. Invisalign braces. See ad, page 2.


Pamela A. Waitkus, Ed.S., LPC, LMFT Offices in Colonial Heights & Richmond 804-526-9885 Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) offers rapid, effective relief from many emotional problems, including trauma, anxiety, phobias, anger, sadness and grief, and is effective in weight release and overcoming self-sabotage. See ad, page 14.


5318 Patterson Ave, Richmond 804-291-7785 Unique combination of intuitive mentoring and energy healing with a focus on living with intention. Offering energetic support and grounded guidance for healing and transformation. In private practice in Richmond since 1998.


Carey Phillips, LMT, EEMCP, NCTMB 3001 Hungary Spring Rd, Ste C, West End 804-205-6531 • Intuitive and integrative bodywork. Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, Structural Integration and massage therapies. Bringing balance and healing to body, mind and spirit. Empowering individuals to live more vibrant lives! See ad, page 20.


Robyn Bentley 804-241-1685 Outstanding personal attention. Open up the energy in your home to flow for improved health, work, relationships and money!  Certified Traditional Feng Shui Consultant and Master Chinese Astrologer. Over 14 years of experience with hundreds of clients all over the U.S. Free Astrology Readings with every home or office consultation.


Richmond 804-678-8568 Outstanding personal attention. Open up the energy in your home to flow for improved health, work, relationships and money!  Certified Traditional Feng Shui Consultant and Master Chinese Astrologer. Over 14 years of experience with hundreds of clients all over the U.S. Free Astrology Readings with every home or office consultation.

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


Parham Henrico Doctor’s - MOB I 7660 E. Parham Road, Ste 104A 804-592-0853 Satori provides individualized and patient-centered treatments to enhance, improve and maintain fertility and pregnancies. She has experience treating recurring miscarriages, “unexplained infertility,” irregular cycles and assisting women as they proceed through various ART treatments.


Sherron Marquina, DC, PAK 9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 Board-Certified Professional Applied Kinesiologist. Individualized care using functional diagnostics, gentle balancing methods, clinical nutrition, advanced therapies to solve difficult health problems or optimize your health. See ad, page 14.

Holistic Health Coach 804-937-2177 Darlene specializes in rapid results weight loss, stress, pain and skincare. Certified in Nutritional Health Coaching, AromaTouch (essential oil technique), and Schwinn Cycle Training. She uses  EAV Technology with bioenergetic Medicine and redox signaling products.


Located at The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Drive, Richmond 804-673-2936 We specialize in bodywork for pain relief, relaxation, wellness, and injury prevention. We work with our clients to help diminish their chronic physical pain, mental exhaustion, and stress through therapeutic massage and infrared heat therapy treatments.


9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 Laser therapy can reduce pain and swelling of strained muscles, tendonitis, irritated discs, inflamed nerves; can stimulate tissue repair and regeneration from old and new injuries. See our website for more information about laser therapy. See ad, page 14.



Certified Holistic Health Coach 5500 Monument Ave, Ste T 804-399-3649 Tired all the time? Stressed? Digestive issues? Can’t lose the weight? Let’s talk about how your food choices and lifestyle impact your health and well-being. Certified Health Coach with 10 years of experience helping women help themselves. See ad, page 34.


Empowerment & Sacred Money Archetype Coach 804-539-8048 Fortune favors the Bold! I guide women like you who are ready to: stop settling & take command of their lives; powerfully express their wisdom in the world; and create successful relationships, businesses and finances.


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


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Providing Therapeutic Massage for 30+ years. Tailored to your needs – Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Prenatal/Postpartum, Therapeutic, Hot Stone, Swedish, Sports, Couples and Infant Massage. Thai Yoga Massage, Reflexology, Reiki. Gift certificates available. Member BBB. See ad, page 26.


Martha B. Tyler, RN, CMT 5318 Patterson Ave, Ste E 804-350-7647 Martha draws upon 20 years of experience as a nurse and educator to promote health and wellness through loving bodywork. Multiple modalities and flexible scheduling offered. Email:


Laura Alberg, CNM, WHNP-BC 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 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.

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Kimberly Caylor, CNM, MSN 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 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.


Derek S. Metzler, MPT 211-A N 18th St, Richmond 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.



3527 Ellwood Ave, Carytown Chrysalis Institute is a resource and learning center that explores the insights and practices of the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies, and contemporary sciences. Chrysalis encourages curiosity, compassion, community and the cultivation of skills so that we might act mindfully in the world. See ad, page 27.



Jean Curtacci, RN, CNM 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 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 healthcare.

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, BioIdentical 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, page 3.


Brenda Radford, CNM 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 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.

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!


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, page 3.


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.





12230 Ironbridge Rd, Ste C, Chester 11934 W Broad St, Henrico 804-717-5000 • Fax: 804-717-8300 Virginia’s First Nationally Accredited Compounding Pharmacy. RX3 is an industry leader for innovation and quality or over 20 years.  Our specialties include: bio-identical hormone replacement, pain management, sterile and veterinary preparations, supplements, and traditional pharmacy services. See ad, page 13.


Certified Past Life Regression Therapy 804-481-5555 Carole Louie integrates her gift as a medium with training in Past Life  Regression Therapy (Brian Weiss and Carol Bowman) to help you heal the past, explore your life purpose, and promote your spiritual growth.

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5388 Twin Hickory Rd 804-396-6753 At RVA Physical Therapy, our mission is “Excellent Care, Exceptional Results”. We specialize in Dry Needling, Manual Therapy,  Soft Tissue Mobilization,  Myofascial Release,  Vacuum Therapy and Sports Rehab. We accept all major insurances. See ad, page 7.


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, back cover.


5700 Old Richmond Ave, Ste A-5 (Off Libbie, near St. Mary’s) 804-358-1492 Integrative approach to medicine, optimizing a realistic plan for your health/disease management. As a pharmacist, I review your medications to determine which ones are needed. Implement alternative therapies. Web visits available for established patients. See ad, page 19.


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.  


Thermographer The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Dr, Richmond 804-683-7774 Safe, non-invasive, radiation-free image screening. Preserve your breast, heart health and much more. Live happier and healthier longer! Interpreted by Matthew Lee, MD, RPh. See ad, page 21.


Medical Qigong Practitioner/Instructor Energy Work Practitioner 804-971-7135 Medical Qigong is Chinese healthcare without acupuncture or herbs – holistic, natural, medical treatment for discomfort and disease in internal organs/organ systems and glands, the digestive system, the nervous and immune systems, and various body tissues. Find relief from stress and anxiety. Release negative emotions and injuries. Sleep better. Feel grounded, balanced energy.


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


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.


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Incorporate yoga into your life at Glenmore with 30 student-focused, multi-level classes from Gentle and Ageless to Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative and Prenatal. 200- and 300-Hour Teacher Training. Voted best Richmond Yoga Center. See ad, page 26.



River’s Way Healthcare of Virginia, PLLC 1791 Cambridge Dr, Ste 203, Richmond 804-658-0435 Providing traditional and alternative approaches to support the body’s ability to heal itself. Health assessments, management of health problems through a functional approach.


Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Richmond Tuesday Evenings, 6-7:15pm 804-698-0225 At Battery Park Christian Church, Ginter Park. Classical style Tai Chi Chuan, the 38 posture short form. Essential movements to strengthen/enhance health and develop spiritual practice. See ad, page 10.

Specializing in Yoga for Children Richmond 804-678-8568 Locally renowned yoga instructor offering classes and private instruction for children; Yoga with Nitya  DVD;  children’s book,  A Child’s Journey into Yoga; and the newly released,  Yoga with Nitya Cookbook. Join our team – Kid’s Yoga Teacher Training March 31 – April 2. Enrolling now for Yoga with Nitya Summer Camp for Kids ages 5 - 13 – see details online.

The sweetest of all sounds is praise. ~Xenophon 40

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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.



320 Libbie Ave. 804-282-9642 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 low-cost yoga and mindfulness services throughout Greater Richmond. See ad, page 12.



Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT 500, PRYT 213 Roseneath Rd. (behind Temple Beth-El) 804-342-1061 • Teaching since 1992. Training since 1999. Yoga for balancing life challenges + experiencing peace. Expert in Yoga Philosophy, Cancer, Arthritis, Anxiety, PTSD + other health conditions. On faculty at Yogaville, national/international speaker. Classes include asanas, breathing, chanting, meditation, relaxation, philosophy. Personalized attention. See ad, page 15.

804-612-6366 Nurture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving the health and well-being of RVA’s childbearing families, offers donation-based prenatal and postpartum yoga classes. Pay what you can, or pay it forward for someone else. See ad, page 7.

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13354 Midlothian Tpke, Ste 201 804-909-0955 Yoga in Midlothian! Join Sonja Stoeckli and her certified, experienced staff for all levels and styles of yoga classes in a safe and friendly studio environment. Vinyasa, Hatha, and Prenatal yoga plus meditation and more.


Kirsten Hale, CSYT 700 hrs. 804-519-7471 • Anita Snellings, CEYT, CSBT 300 hrs. 804-356-7477, Peaceful Body Yoga Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT 700 hrs. 804-338-1105 • Experience the immediate, reliable results of this restorative yoga that releases deeply held tensions in core muscles along the spine. Small classes for all levels of fitness, meeting your body right where it is. Embodyment Yoga® Therapy, meditation classes and workshops.


Buckingham, VA 1-800-858-YOGA (9642) Serene Yoga Center in rolling Virginia Woodlands. Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings. Silent and Individual Retreats. Workshops. Yoga classes. Meditation. Guest Stays. Welcome Weekends. Vegetarian Meals. See ad, page 15.

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.

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