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And just like that, another school year is coming to a close. That may not be the first thing on many of your minds, but I think it’s really starting to hit me now that my baby boy is finishing up his junior year of high school and we’ll just have one more year with him living at home full time. The term “emptynester” is not one I’m quite ready for! But, come it will, so I will savor our time together and relish the milestones. Change always likes to bear its little ol’ head, doesn’t it?! Luckily, I enjoy it and have learned the “new normal” sets in pretty quickly.

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VegFest Bigger Than Ever


he 16th annual Richmond VegFest will be held from noon to 6 p.m., June 23, in the Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park. There will be delicious food, dynamic speakers and live music in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. More than 20 local restaurants will provide food, including Yogi Dogs, Thai Top Ten, Vegan Soul and India K’ Raja, in addition to more than 100 vendors and nonprofit organizations. Speakers include Derek and Marcella from Vegan Muscle and Fitness. Animal rights and rescue organizations such as Gracie’s Guardians, Peaceful Fields Sanctuary and United Poultry Concerns will also be represented. Veggie juggler and magician Jonathan Austin will entertain the crowd in the Kid’s Patch and Twila Jane, an amazing veggie belly dancer, will perform between music sets. RVA’s favorite veg meteorologist, Mike Goldberg, will emcee. The festival is presented by Vegan Action and sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Richmond, Richmond magazine, My Vegan Sweet Tooth, India K’Raja, VegFund and Natural Awakenings Richmond. Admission is free. Currently vaccinated, leashed, dogs are welcome. For more information, visit VeggieFest.org. Take the seven-Day VegPledge at VegWeek.com. See ad, page 7.

Rolfing Provides Long-Lasting Pain Relief


est End Rolfing, a new business located at 10617 Patterson Avenue, offers therapy for the musculoskeletal system to release and rebalance fascia, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones. Being free from tension and habitual postures reduces chronic pain, heals injuries and renews the body’s grace and efficiency of movement. Owner and board-certified Rolfer, Maurizio Bartolini, says, “Rolfing Structural Integration is holistic, hands-on therapy that rebalances your body’s natural alignment to release tension, aches and pains. Feeling good in your skin again renews your sense of well-being and love of life.” Bartolini has immersed himself in many healing modalities over the years and attained certification from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, founded in 1971 Maurizio Bartolini by Dr. Ida Rolf. He says, “My clients and I meet the body on its own terms, increasing their awareness of the effort they expend in movement. This realization enhances Rolfing’s effectiveness and achieves realignment that’s maintainable for the long term.” For appointments, call 804-564-9005. For more information, visit WestEndRolfing.com. See listing, page 45.

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Feeling Fit With Laughter Yoga


aughter Yoga has a new home in Richmond at 213 Roseneath Road, Suite 102, thanks to a collaboration between Nora Vimala Pozzi, owner/director of the Integral Yoga Center of Richmond and Slash Coleman, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. Based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter, Coleman guides participants into prolonged voluntary laughter in one to ten minute intervals. Each 60-minute class utilizes yogic breathing, laughter exercises, eye contact and childlike playfulness. Classes are “pay-what-you-can” and run every Friday (except when they’re on Sunday). No prior yoga experience is necessary. Laughter Yoga was started in Mumbai, India, in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria as a way to promote the use of laughter as a form of physical exercise. For more information and specific dates, call 804-353-3799 or visit YogaHelps.com. See listing, page 45.

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Tibetan Monks Return to Richmond


ibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in the south of India will once again be visiting the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, from May 8 through 13. The visit is hosted through the generosity of the church, along with Chrysalis Institute. The monks will create a sand mandala and teach meditation throughout their visit, raising money for their monastery of 2,000 monks. Monasteries are the center of Tibetan life in India since the expulsion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1959. The opening ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., May 8, and meditation instruction will be held each day at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday. A Puja Healing Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., May 9, and a family-friendly Snow Leopard Pageant will be held at 7 p.m., May 10. The week will conclude with a closing ceremony at 10 a.m., May 12. The closing ceremony will begin at the church and end at the Japanese Garden in Maymont with blessings using sand from the mandala.

Admission is free, donations are encouraged. Location: 1000 Blanton Ave. For more information, call 804-355-0777 or email Megan.Nolde@RichmondUU.org.

Putting Mantras Front and Center


ichmond-based MantraDog has launched a new ecommerce platform to bring ecofriendly, sustainably sourced, non-toxic, personalized yoga mats to practitioners throughout the U.S. Co-founder Avi Gunzburg was inspired four years ago when he took up yoga to relax. “Yoga allowed me to center myself and realize what was important in life,” he says. However, “Everything about my practice centered me and took me deeper, except for my mat; it was the same mat as everyone else’s.” Gunzburg found the perfect solution—a premium yoga mat with a natural rubber base and cork top that he could personalize with a mantra. Natural rubber is sustainably harvested from the sap of trees and natural cork is the bark from a tree that can be continuously harvested over 25 years. The rubber base on the bottom provides superior staying power on the floor and the cork on top provides excellent non-slip traction—even in hot yoga (natural cork gets grippier the wetter it is). MantraDog lasers a mantra onto each mat, creating the personalized MantraMat. Lisa Rogerson, Gunzburg’s sister and long-time yoga practitioner, says, “Working together to help others find the power of yoga and using a mantra is such meaningful work.” MantraDog also sells an all-natural yoga mat cleaner, Mantratology, as well as yoga gear and mantra bracelets.

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Relieve Foot and Lower Limb Pain


rti Mehta, founder of ProStride Orthotics, LLC, is a board-certified pedorthist and orthotic fitter. ProStride is committed to providing high-quality orthotic treatments and alleviating foot and lower limb pain. Patients receive a detailed initial evaluation that includes range of motion, strength and functional tests; gait analysis; footwear analysis; 3-D casting and implementation of a non-surgical treatment plan. Personalized treatment approaches may include a combination of custom foot orthotics, bracing, compression therapy, footwear recommendations and footwear modifications. With a great deal of experience in fabricating custom foot orthotics for a wide range of foot and lower limb conditions, Mehta brings a unique approach to complex foot and ankle diagnosis after practicing in the specialized field of pedorthics since 2012. Location: Gayton Crossing Office Park, 9609 Gayton Rd., Ste. 102. For appointments, call 804-310-3894. For more information, visit ProStrideOrthotics.com.

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Second Annual Peace Love RVA Yoga Festival


eace Love RVA, a homegrown effort by Stephanie Quinby and Sue Agee, two local friends with deep ties to the Richmond yoga community, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 2, rain or shine at Maymont Farm. This family-friendly day of yoga classes led by many of Richmond’s finest instructors also includes workshops, music including Lobo Marino and The Ascendants, vegetarian food and local merchants. It’s a time and place for yoga teachers and studios, students, newcomers and local businesses to gather and experience a community united in this peaceful and authentic practice. Different styles of yoga classes can be sampled every hour as well as workshops on Mindfulness, Intro to Yogic Philosophy, Prenatal Yoga, Family Yoga, Laughter Yoga and more. Pre-registration suggested and donations accepted. Location: 1000 Spottswood Rd. entrance near Maymont Children’s Petting Barn. Links for sponsors, vendors, volunteers, schedule and to pre-register: PeaceLoveRVA.com. See ad, page 17.

Lucid Living Opens New Space on Grace


he holistic healing and wellness center, Lucid Living, has relocated downtown to 300 East Grace Street. Lucid Living, a place to find and create community and healing, was founded on a passion for helping others on their individual journeys of the self, through the self and to the self. Owner Natasha Foreman created Lucid Living to help people find a realistic approach to a mindful lifestyle and is happy to be a part of their journey, no matter what phase it is in. The new studio offers group yoga classes and sound concerts. Individual healing services may be booked with one of their gifted healing practitioners for intuitive massage, Thai bodywork, reiki healing, sound therapy, Aromatouch and yoni steams.

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ina Joy, the owner of the new local business Mindful & Intuitive Living, focuses her attention on helping women simplify their lives and cultivate more meaningful relationships by learning to mindfully listen to and trust their inner wisdom. She offers two programs, Mindful Self-C.A.R.E., where women learn how to be their own best friend instead of their own worst critic and Mindful EcoTherapy at Pocahontas State Park where she is offering two free Mindful Walks in the Woods each month. Other Mindful Walks in the Woods are also available throughout the Richmond area, as well as private Mindful Mentoring programs and Mindful Eco-Therapy Retreats.   Joy holds a doctorate degree in natural health and a bachelor’s degree in education, is a certified mindfulness and meditation teacher, certified mindful eco-therapy guide and master transformational life coach. On April 18, Joy will be interviewed on TuneIn Radio’s show, Professional Round Table, where she will share more about her programs and about how to create a higher quality of life through Mindful and Intuitive Living.   Park admission fee not included. For more information or to register for a Mindful Walk in The Woods, visit MindfulAndIntuitiveLiving.com.

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Learn How to Cook for Special Diets


aurel Herman, the “blissed-out chef ”, is also the “culinary medicine chef ”. Over the past several years, Herman has written and taught about the connection of food to the human spirit. She has partnered with area physicians, Good Foods Grocery and Mise En Place Cooking School to offer hands-on classes that address multiple dietary protocols and empower patients in their own healing journey. After the class in the kitchen, a communal meal is served. Over the years, people have come into the café at Good Foods, where Herman works, with lists of foods they can and cannot eat, but no direction as how to implement their protocols, and many feel inadequate in their kitchen skills. That’s where Herman teaches those skills, as well as how to navigate and succeed in their health goals. For more information, email Laurel@TheBlissedOutChef.com or visit TheBlissedOutChef.com.

Adiva Naturals Opens in Shockoe Bottom


diva Naturals, a local manufacturer of luxury hair and skincare products, has moved into Shockoe Bottom with a new showroom and manufacturing facility at 1802 East Franklin Street. Sourcing natural organic ingredients, this farm-to-table hair and skincare product manufacturer uses the highest-quality ingredients to provide customers with a total wellness experience. Products include hair and body refresher, milk and lavender face cleanser, coconut cream and Nadira Chase avocado conditioning shampoo, apple cider vinegar clarifying herbal rinse and more. New York native and Richmond entrepreneur, Nadira Chase gave birth to Adiva Naturals in 2002, from the kitchen of her former restaurant, Tropical Soul. There she would prepare heaping batches of her Ginger & Sugar Body Polish and her popular leavein hair and skin conditioner for restaurant clients as a hobby. “After years of battling psoriasis, I began to see significant improvements after making and using my first batch of natural skincare products. I began to share these products with my friends and family as gifts initially. They quickly became customers and assisted in growing my and establishing my initial client base. Through our 16-year history, our Adiva Naturals family has continued to grow based on this one simple concept,” says Chase.

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Tricycle is Urban Ag in Action


ricycle, Richmond’s leading urban agriculture nonprofit organization, is training the next generation of urban farmers to create a healthy future through urban agriculture. Tricycle offers healthy food access programs, the Corner Farm (Richmond’s healthy corner store initiative), cooking and nutrition education programs and the MCV Massey Cancer Farm Stand that reaches over 5,000 community members annually. Tricycle has partnered with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services to develop an innovative, 10-month certificate in urban agriculture and fellowship program that teaches the business and practice of urban agriculture. Spring classes include Plant Nutrition and the Nutrient Cycle on May 1; Urban Soils and Soil Safety for the Urban Grower on May 8; Vermicomposting on May 11; Market Flower Production on May 18; and Pollinators, Parasitoids & Predators: Farming with Beneficials on June 19.   Tricycle’s annual Down on the Farm Party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., May 10 at the RVA Urban Farm, in Manchester.   Individual classes cost $35 for Tricycle members and $45 for nonmembers. Location: Bon Secours Center for Healthy Living, 2600 Nine Mile Rd. For more information or to sign up, call 804-231-7767 or visit TricycleUrbanAg.org.

My Nourishing Kitchen Offers Plant-Based Meal Prep Workshops


aren Rountree has opened My Nourishing Kitchen a healthy, plant-based, meal prep business in the Ashland area. She knew the best way for her family to be healthy was to prepare healthy meals in her own kitchen, but dreaded grocery shopping, and figuring out healthy recipes took too much time. Most existing meal prep services didn’t offer the healthiest meals, were not allergen-friendly and were too pricey for her budget. As a result, Rountree became a Thrive4Mom meal prep coach and says, “My Nourishing Kitchen wants to make convenience healthy and family meal time nutritious, attainable and affordable. Our goal is to provide nourishing food that will nourish your family and your life. The meals in My Nourishing Kitchen will never contain processed chemicals or ingredients you can’t pronounce. They are always gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, corn-free and egg-free, and while they are plant-based, you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy them.” Cost per workshop is $159, which includes the groceries. For more information, call 804-928-5334 or visit MyNourishingKitchen.com.

Volunteers Needed at Hospice

A Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer and forgiveness. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

scend Hospice of Virginia is seeking compassionate individuals to join their End of Life Doula volunteer program. They should be eager and willing to accompany the dying and their families through an intensive, practically based model of care in which doulas provide emotional and spiritual support and guidance in the final days of life. End of Life Doula certificates are awarded once the training and required service are completed. For more information, call Sarah Rathburne at 804-572-9367 or email Sarah.Rathburne@AscendHealth.com.

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ell Into Life Massage & Bodywork has added Sabrina Cheatham and Colleen Parlante to their skilled team of therapists. Cheatham believes in connecting with the superficial layers of tissue first in order to manipulate the deeper layers. It is important to her to be thorough, soothing and effective. Sabrina Cheatham Some of her specialties include deep tissue, trigger point, stretching, myofascial release and aromatherapy. Parlante is a 2002 graduate of the Institute of Massage Therapies. In addition to massage therapy, she also has a passion for energy work.

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mbrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center has grown a lot over the past year and has some exciting staff changes to announce. Active in the birth community in RVA since 2003, Adrianna Ross began supporting families as a doula and became a midwife in 2014. She is finishing her studies as a clinical herbalist and offers consultations at the birth center and privately. Nurse midwife, Erin Parish-Gipson, provides care from menarche to menopause by offering well-woman care, birth control and hormone replacement therapies. They also congratulate and say goodbye to Jessica Jordan, CNM, who has taken a new position as Director of Midwives for Haiti. With all of the new energy and experience, Embrace is offering several new classes and support groups for parents and parents-to-be. Check their website for dates and times. Location: 130 Buford Road, North Chesterfield. For more information, call 804-596-2229 or visit EmbraceBirthVA.com.

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ONE Wellness Helps Richmonders Connect to Their Authentic Selves by Megan Wilson


thletes may refer to it as “being in the zone”. A writer may call it “flow”. In any professional or personal situation, this state of connecting passion to action will inspire a sense of peace and focus. This, says Elizabeth Krusen, owner of ONE Wellness, is what she defines as a person’s “authentic self ”, and she hopes to help Richmond residents discover their own authentic selves. “On the one hand, it means being able to calm your mind,” she advises. “The next step on the journey is being able to tune into your passion.” Krusen’s staff includes 20 instructors and practitioners. From a massage therapist with a Ph.D. to certified yoga instructors, there’s an expert for every mode of meditation. The New York transplant says she’s excited to be a part of the Richmond wellness community. “There’s a synergy we can create,” she says. “We can hopefully come together to create a mindful movement. Mindfulness is about heartfulness. We quiet our minds first and we cultivate our hearts. It’s about compassion for ourselves and for others. I think Richmond is ready.” Krusen opened ONE Wellness during the fall of 2017. It all started with her own personal journey. “I struggled from a young age with anxiety and addiction,” she explains. “I had unhealthy ways of coping with stress, as do a lot of people. I wasn’t able to find peace until I was able to find meditation.” 16

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We’ll help each person identify what they want to focus on, set those intentions and realize those intentions. When Krusen decided to quit drinking, she signed up for a silent meditation retreat. “That’s all it took,” she says, launching her own self-immersion program to explore and learn all the tools available. She enrolled in courses to advance her knowledge, connected with mentors across a variety of disciplines, and then decided it was time to share her knowledge.


“I started with my family,” Krusen says. “The whole process became a reflection on motherhood; the changing dynamics of marriage, the different roles you play as a mother, and how to discover and stay connected to your authentic self.” Krusen’s children are now 5, 8 and 11. Even her 5-year old meditates each night. ONE Wellness offers many pathways to a more mindful life, including yoga, qigong and meditation workshops, all with kid-friendly options. “If I’d had these tools when I was young, I wouldn’t have struggled with stress and anxiety as much as I have,” Krusen says. “Mindfulness also helps us cultivate the skills for healthy coping, moral leadership, honesty, compassion, generosity—most of the qualities we want to see in our kids.” At ONE Wellness, Krusen’s goal is to bring many different entry points to a mindful life under one roof. Each offering helps a person better connect their body, mind and spirit. “Some areas are stronger than others for some people,” she says. To help clients decide where to start, Krusen offers free consultations. “We’ll help each person identify what they want to focus on, set those intentions and realize those intentions,” notes Krusen. ONE Wellness hosts an open house on the first Saturday of each month where guests can explore free classes and membership options, in addition to complimentary classes each week. Location: 4110 Fitzhugh Ave. For more information, call 804-303-2869 or visit ONEWellnessRichmond.com. See ads, pages 5 and 41. Megan Wilson is a freelance writer and content creator in Richmond, VA. You can learn more about her and read more work at sweetsauceblog.com.

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by Amber Lanier Nagle

udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (Soundings.com), in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.


Stay Clear. Evenson contends that

children are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains,

“Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding. “It is

key to explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”

Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids typically push

to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson

always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.”

Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.” Don’t nag. “We all want children to develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.” Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you

correct or redirect a child in front of others, they will probably be focused on being

embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue one-on-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”

Maintain good habits. Evenson emphasizes the character strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life. Be patient with yourself. “No one is perfect,” Evenson remarks. “Just do your best. Guide, console and discipline while keeping a sense of humor.” Connect with the freelance writer at AmberNagle.com.

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or so long, too many of us have resisted using words that disclose our feelings. There are many reasons why—the greatest often being the fear of offending someone. Perhaps we are under the impression that what we say will negatively influence the listener. However, displaying one’s feelings can often pave the way for authentic conversation to occur; conversation that will lead to improved communication and better relationships. When we take the risk and share our feelings, it is important that we assure the listener that he or she is not the cause of the feelings. This is because the way we feel is an interpretation of our own experiences or reactions to people, places or events. Too often, feelings are used to blame or position ourselves above others

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stand emotionally, we could dramatically improve our communication and relationship skills. Many schools make little room for the unfiltered emotional self to express itself which can cause long-term negative effects as well as toxic environments. Given more opportunities to learn and integrate emotional intelligence, we could become better skilled at expressing ourselves emotionally and better equipped at understanding the emotional needs of others. Jo Standing is the founder and owner of Mibo Yoga. She is a 500-hr. Yoga Alliancecertified yoga teacher with a certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Mibo Yoga is offering yoga teacher certification beginning in June. For more information, visit MiboYoga. com. See ad, page 25. May / June 2018


HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 20

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“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.


Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they


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don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

website FloridaOilsRN.com that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

Resistance to Change

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Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

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MENOPAUSE Exercising Reduces Symptoms by Marlaina Donato


ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

Get Moving

Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony 26

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after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.

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hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and


transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.  

Foods that Go Easy on Water Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.   

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all man-

made greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meatlover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (SustainableTable.org).

Hopeful Developments

New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).


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Nature’s Remedies How Animals Self-Medicate by Sandra Murphy

Every species embodies a solution to some environmental challenge, and some of these solutions are breathtaking in their elegance. ~Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals


rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe. A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly 30

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Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever. While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make


a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals rely on plants to provide them with the essentials of life, making their health intimately dependent on plant chemistry to provide everything they need to grow, repair damage and reproduce.” She continues, “Wild animals carry diseases that affect livestock and humans. It’s sensible to explore why they’re successful in fending off the worst effects in order to find ways to improve our own health, instead of just trying to eradicate the disease. We can learn from behavioral self-help strategies animals employ.” Accomplishing this is more difficult than ever, she believes, because today’s severely shrinking habitat makes it hard to find truly wild animals and plants. “Over the last 100 years, we’ve done a horrible disservice to all life by destroying habitat and exploring only a small percentage of what nature has to offer,” agrees Pastor. “As patents expire, pharma has to change. It’s important to develop botanicals. We’re advised to vary our diet and exercise, yet take the same dose of the same pill daily. We’ve studied dead organisms under microscopes, but living organisms, even as small as microbes, can communicate helpful positive reactions.”

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Sealife Sanctuary Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost three-quarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife. The nonprofit has called for governments to show greater vision and ambition. Frida Bengtsson, head of the Greenpeace Antarctic campaign, states, “Over the next 12 months, we have an opportunity to make history: to create an Antarctic Ocean sanctuary which would be the largest protected area on Earth.” She notes that it would also ensure healthier oceans that soak up carbon dioxide to moderate climate change. The proposal, submitted by the European Union and promoted by the German government, will be considered in October by the governmental bodies responsible for managing the Antarctic marine environment. It follows the successful adoption of the Ross Sea sanctuary in 2016.

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TUESDAY, MAY 1 Plant Nutrition & the Nutrient Cycle – 9am-1pm. Instructor: Mark Schonbeck, researcher, consultant & educator in sustainable & organic agriculture. $45/non-mbr, $35/mbr. Bon Secours Center for Healthy Living, 2600 Nine Mile Rd. 804-231-7767. TricycleUrbanAg.org. X-Gentle Yoga – 10:30am. 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. $75/5 wks, $17/drop-in. Location near Byrd Park. Integral Yoga Ctr: 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 Nourishing the Mind: Lunch & Life – 12:30pm. Pat Shutterly, retired bank regulatory risk manager, “What Is Money Laundering and Why Should I Care?”. Free. Brown bag lunch at 12pm. Beverage & dessert provided. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282. TSCOR.org. X-Gentle Yoga – 2-3pm. See 5/1 description. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $75/5 wks, $17/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com. Let Your Soul Speak Journaling – 7-8:30pm. Includes centering, writing warm-up, in-depth journaling & brief sharing/reflection. Elaine Kiziah. $10 sug donation. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register: ChrysalisInstitute.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 A.R.E.’s Annual Reincarnation and Soul Life Conference – May 4-6. Visions Into Eternity: Birth, Death, Rebirth & Our Journey on the Other Side. Expert mediums, psychics, communicators, experiencers & researchers explore the nature of the soul, for people & animals. John Holland, Anita Moorjani, Rev Janet Nohavec, Joan Ranquet, Peter Woodbury MSW, Bruce Leininger, more. Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Virginia Beach. 800-333-4499. EdgarCayce.org/Conferences. Chrysalis Institute Spring Keynote: What Matters Most – 7-9pm. Featuring internationally renowned Jungian analyst & author, Dr. James Hollis. $35/non-mbr, $25/mbr. VCU Academic Learning Commons, School for Social Work, 1000 Floyd Ave. 804-359-0384. Register: ChrysalisInstitute.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Namaste for a Beer Yoga – 10am. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com. What Matters Most Workshop – 10am-12pm. With internationally renowned Jungian analyst & author, Dr. James Hollis. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register: ChrysalisInstitute.org.


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Beginning Breastfeeding – 11am-1pm. Avoid booby-traps. What to expect & how to prepare for the toughest & sweetest time. Sarah Doyle, RN, IBCLC. $25/couple. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center,  130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229. EmbraceBirthVA.com. Embracing the Journey – 6:30-8:30pm. Nutrition & life choices to make your pregnancy healthy & happy. Taught by Embrace Midwives. $25/ couple.  Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229.  EmbraceBirthVA.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Mindfulness for High Schoolers – 5/6-20 (threeweek series). 4-5:30pm. This series equips high schoolers w/concrete strategies to navigate the challenges of high school as well as tools to incorporate mindfulness into life beyond the classroom. Elizabeth Krusen. $100. ONE Wellness, 4110 Fitzhugh Ave. 804-303-2869. ONEWellnessRichmond.com.

MONDAY, MAY 7 Mindfulness Yoga: A Continuing Yoga Class – 4 & 6-7:30pm. Integral yoga class for students w/ some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $52/4 wks, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com.

What You Need To Know – 12:30pm. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond presents Paul Izzo, attorney-at-law, ThompsonMcMullen, PC, “Elder Law: When Should I Call an Attorney?”. A brown bag lunch at 12pm; drinks & dessert available for purchase. First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282. TSCOR.org. Down on the Farm Party – 4-7pm. Meet Tricycle Urban Ag staff & fellows, explore the farm through a Way to Grow. Tour & browse our selection of seedlings grown in the heart of Church Hill, all while enjoying live music, beer & selections from local food trucks. Free. RVA’s Urban Farm, Manchester. TricycleUrbanAg.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training Program – Advance your studies in our 300-hr Teacher Training Program for 500 RYT Certification! Jennifer Elliott/Sue Agee/Kelly Kostecki/other guest instructors. Cost starting at $3,800. Om On Yoga, 320 Libbie Ave. 804-282-9642. OmOnYoga.com. Healthy Mornings – 8-9am (doors open at 7:50am). Join us for a networking/speaker series sponsored by Natural Awakenings and Wellness Collective RVA. Every second Friday of the month we will offer a wonderful opportunity to learn and network with other wellness-minded folks. There is no cost to attend, but you must register in advance. Location: Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. See Healthy Mornings RVA on Facebook for details.   Vermicomposting – 9-10:30am. Instructor: Ryan Owenby, Owenby Organics. $45/non-mbr, $35/ mbr. Bon Secours Center for Healthy Living, 2600 Nine Mile Rd. 804-231-7767. TricycleUrbanAg.org.

Intro to Ashtanga 8-Wk Series – 7-8:15pm. Intro to the philosophy, breath, sun salutations, standing sequence & some seated poses. Kyra Haigh. $112/8 wks. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. AshtangaYogaRichmond.com.

Inner Wonder: Vinyasa Flow with Druminyasa – 6-8pm. Feel the rhythm as you connect breath, heartbeat & mind w/the healing instincts of your body during this primal vinyasa flow. Becky Eschenroeder/Brad Ellsworth. $20/ adv. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. ProjectYogaRichmond.org.



Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery – 5/8-12. Opening ceremony: 5/8 at 7pm. Meditation instruction, 5/9 – 5/12 at 11am & 4pm. Puja Healing ceremony, 5/9 at 7pm & Snow Leopard Pageant, 5/10 at 7pm. Closing ceremony: 5/12 at 10am starting at First UU & ending in the Japanese Gardens at Maymont. Donations. Hosted by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond & Chrysalis Institute. 1000 Blanton Ave. Info: 804-355-0777. Urban Soils & Soil Safety for the Urban Grower – 9am-1pm. Instructor: Greg Evanylo, PhD, Professor & Extension Specialist, Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences. $45/non-mbr, $35/mbr. Bon Secours Center for Healthy Living, 2600 Nine Mile Rd. 804-231-7767. TricycleUrbanAg.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Wellness Wednesday Yoga – All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Trapezium Brewing, 423 3rd St, Petersburg. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com.


Newborn & Postpartum Care Class – 11am1pm. Learn how to thrive, not just survive, those first 2 wks. Taught by Embrace Midwives. $25/ couple. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229.  EmbraceBirthVA.com. Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am-4:44pm. At 12pm, join Cheryl Pallant, award-winning author, poet, dancer, healer, writing & somatics coach, professor & workshop leader, for a talk about “High Sense Perceptions, Energy Healing & Shamanism.” 1:44-4:44pm: Karma Cafe, private sessions w/readers & practitioners. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. RichmondMindBodySpirit.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 13 Mother’s Day Yoga for Mothers, Daughters & Grandmothers – 3-5pm. Celebrate & deepen your relationships w/a focus on the power of intention to improve your relationships on every level. Mary Beth Ansell. $20 by 5/1, $25 after. Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd. Register: 804-305-2297. TheArtOfBalanceRVA.com.



Topics of Interest to Virginians – 12:30pm. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond presents Craig Reynolds, professor of art history, Germanna Community College; writer & researcher, on Virginia Architecture in Six Buildings. Brown bag lunch at 12pm; drinks & dessert available for purchase. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy. 804-355-7282. TSCOR.org.

Breathe Deeply – 12:30pm. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond presents Maria Howard, columnist, Richmond Times-Dispatch; fitness instructor, on the topic: Moving into Summer with Some Warm Weather Exercises. Brown bag lunch at 12pm; drinks & dessert available for purchase. First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282. TSCOR.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 The Ketogenic Way – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy health seminar. Baylor Rice. Free. West End location, 3656 Mayland Ct. 804-897-6447. SouthRiverRx.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Doula Meet & Mingle – 7pm.  Everyone welcome. Come find your perfect doula. Facilitated by Heidi Blanton-Pohl. Free. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229. EmbraceBirthVA.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 The Ketogenic Way – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy health seminar. Baylor Rice. Free. South Side location, 11420 W Huguenot Rd. 804-897-6447. SouthRiverRx.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 Aging Agelessly – 5/18-20. Want to turn back the clock? Explore breathing exercises, restorative yoga for relaxation, meditation to reduce stress & natural techniques to reduce wrinkles, create beautiful skin & give you a youthful look. Barbara Prema Brown/ Satya Greenstone. $240 + 2 nights accommodations. Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Yogaville.org. Market Flower Production – 9am-1pm. Instructor: Clara Stokes. $45/non-mbr, $35/mbr. Bon Secours Center for Healthy Living, 2600 Nine Mile Rd. 804-231-7767. TricycleUrbanAg.org. 2018 Lebanese Food Festival – 5/18-20. 10am10pm, Fri/Sat; 10am-8pm, Sun. Just wait until you taste the incredible flavors of our Lebanese cuisine. Something for everyone. Rain or shine. No pets. Free. Free shuttle & offsite parking, Markel Inc, 4521 Highwoods Pkwy. StAnthonyMaroniteChurch.org. Free Integral Yoga Teacher Training Info Meeting – 2-4pm. Learn about the 6-month (Oct 30-May 4, 2019) Yoga Alliance 200-hr approved program, the syllabus, the manual & text books & the 4-day Yoga Immersion Retreat at Yogaville (Dec 6-9). Meet the staff, graduates & the director & lead instructor, Nora Vimala Pozzi. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com. Kirtan: Ecstatic Chant – 6-7pm. No prior experience required. Bring percussion instrument. Experience the bliss of Japa yoga & Bhakti yoga in action. Renata Gregory Sullivan. $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com. Ayurveda, Nutrition & Yoga Workshop – 7:159pm. With Dr. Muktan Michael Sullivan, founder & director of Riverview Spa, the Ayurveda, Yoga and Chiropractic Health Care Center near Yogaville. $30. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com.

Shamanic Drum Circle – 7:15-9:15pm. Percussive rituals, ceremonies & healing techniques that celebrate seasons & life cycles. Polly Lazaron. $20 sug donation. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register: ChrysalisInstitute.org.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Walk to Cure Arthritis – 8am, register; 9am, walk. Sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation of VA. Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W Broad St. For info on becoming a sponsor, team captain or volunteer, contact Christian O’Hara at 804-462-9666 or COHara@Arthritis.org. Intro to Mindfulness – 9am-12:30pm. Learn the benefits of mindfulness & tools to incorporate practices into your daily life. Sandra Tan & Kristina Aschenbach. $90/non-mbr, $45/mbr. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register: ChrysalisInstitute.org. Yogic & Psychological Foundations – 10:30am6:30pm. This 8-hr module deepens knowledge of working therapeutically w/mental health conditions thru yoga. Sarah Thacker. $250. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. GlenmoreYoga.com. Breastfeeding Support Circle – 11am-1pm. Everyone welcome. Come for community & support. Facilitated by Sarah Doyle, RN, IBCLC. Free. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229. EmbraceBirthVA.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Chronic Pain & Chakras – 10am-6pm. This 8-hr module introduces the concept of combining Eastern & Western practices to improve health & well-being. Kim Leibowitz & Jennifer Hays. $250. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. GlenmoreYoga.com. Mind Body Soul Sunday Yoga – 10:30am. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Three Notch’d, 2930 W Broad St. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com. Chakras Intensive – 10:30am-1:30pm. Understanding, sensing, diagnosing & treating chakra imbalances plus techniques to maintain your chakra health. Remee Gemo. $90. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. RSVP: 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center.

MONDAY, MAY 21 OMmonday Yoga – 6:30pm. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com.

Outdoor Yoga – 5:30pm. All levels. Weather permitting. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Fine Creek Brewing, 2425 Robert E Lee Rd, Powhatan. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 25 Foundations Yoga Teacher Training – 5/25-29. Learn the most important poses of Svaroopa Yoga, the Primary Spinal Openers, which are used at all levels of practice from intro thru advanced. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471. BonAirYoga.com. Birth & Parenting Circle –  9:30am.  Everyone welcome. Share your story, support your community. Facilitated by Embrace Midwives. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229. EmbraceBirthVA.com.


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Saturday, June 2 from 10am-4pm Maymont Farm, 1000 Spottswood Road PeaceLoveRVA.com Intro to Mysore Workshop + 8 Intro Classes – 10:30-11:30am. Students of all levels practice at own pace & teacher gives individual instruction. Includes intro classes that provide individual guidance & attention. Kyra Haigh. $125. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. AshtangaYogaRichmond.com. Beginning Breastfeeding – 11am-1pm. See 5/5 description. Sarah Doyle, RN, IBCLC. $25/ couple.  Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229.  EmbraceBirthVA.com. Embracing the Journey – 6:30-8:30pm. Nutrition & life choices to make your pregnancy healthy & happy. Taught by Embrace Midwives. $25/ couple.  Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229.  EmbraceBirthVA.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Yoga for Your Eyes Workshop – 1-3pm. Learn how to heal your eyes holistically by combining yoga, breathing, The Bates Method & more. Nathan Oxenfeld. $30. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. Pre-registration recommended: 804-342-1061 or YogaHelps.com.

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True Nature: Self-Discovery Through Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – 2-8pm. Learn core concepts in yogic philosophy & crucial Sanskrit vocabulary, then apply these principles practically as a group thru meditation, asana, pranayama & kirtan. Izzy Shurte. $125 by 5/9, $150 after. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. ProjectYogaRichmond.org.


MONDAY, JUNE 4 OMmonday Yoga – 6:30pm. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 Let Your Soul Speak Journaling – 7-8:30pm. Includes centering, writing warm-up, in-depth journaling & brief sharing/reflection. Elaine Kiziah. $10 sug donation. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register: ChrysalisInstitute.org.

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


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Saturday, June 9 from 9am-5pm $50-$75 The Collegiate School, 103 North Mooreland Road 804-359-0384 Register: ChrysalisInstitute.org Newborn and Postpartum Care Class – 11am1pm. See 5/12 description. Taught by Embrace Midwives. $25/couple. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center,  130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229. EmbraceBirthVA.com. Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. At 12pm, Terri McDowell, OTR/L & Integrative Health & Wellness Coach, will give us the scoop on “Leaky Gut 101: The Road to Health is Paved with Good Intestines.” 1:44-4:44pm: Karma Cafe, private sessions w/readers & practitioners. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. RichmondMindBodySpirit.com.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Diabetes Type II – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy health seminar. Baylor Rice. Free. West End location, 3656 Mayland Ct. 804-897-6447. SouthRiverRx.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Diabetes Type II – 7pm. South River Compounding Pharmacy health seminar. Baylor Rice. Free. South Side location, 11420 W Huguenot Rd. 804-897-6447. SouthRiverRx.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 Outdoor Yoga – 5:30pm. All levels. Weather permitting. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Fine Creek Brewing, 2425 Robert E Lee Rd, Powhatan. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com. Kirtan – 6-7pm. Different chant leaders & kirtan chanters each mo. No prior experience required. Bring percussion instrument. $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com.


Chrysalis Institute & Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation partner to provide keynotes, workshops & all-day practice opportunities for mindful parenting techniques that can be implemented immediately.


Acupressure Healing w/Crystals – 10:30am12pm. Combine the ancient art of acupressure w/ crystal therapy to enhance physical & emotional healing. Remee Gemo. $45. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. RSVP: 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center.

Awakening Your Energy Body: Blending Shamanic Traditions with Edgar Cayce’s Wisdom – Nancy Pohle Chrisbaum helps you discover your highest spiritual potential by awakening your soul’s co-creative purpose as you “dream your world into being” with a blend of Shamanic traditions & the Cayce readings. Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Virginia Beach. 800-333-4499. EdgarCayce.org/Conferences. Namaste for a Beer Yoga – 10am. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Rd. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com. Breastfeeding Support Circle – 11am-1pm. Everyone welcome. Come for community & support. Facilitated by Sarah Doyle, RN, IBCLC. Free. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229.  EmbraceBirthVA.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Pollinators, Parasitoids & Predators: Farming with Beneficials – 9am-1pm. Instructor: Nancy Adamson, PhD, Xerces Society & NRCS. $45/non-mbr, $35/mbr. Bon Secours Center for Healthy Living, 2600 Nine Mile Rd. 804-231-7767. TricycleUrbanAg.org.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Wellness Wednesday Yoga – All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Trapezium Brewing, 423 3rd St, Petersburg. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com. Let Your Yoga Dance – 6-8pm. Yoga-inspired dance class for everyone & every body, including those w/physical limitations. No yoga or dance experience required. Martha Tyler. $25 donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. Pre-registration recommended: 804-342-1061 or YogaHelps.com. Doula Meet & Mingle  – 7pm.  Everyone welcome. Come find your perfect doula. Facilitated by Heidi Blanton-Pohl. Free. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229. EmbraceBirthVA.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Birth & Parenting Circle – 9:30am.  Everyone welcome. Share your story, support your community. Facilitated by Embrace Midwives. Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, 130 Buford Rd, N Chesterfield. 804-596-2229. EmbraceBirthVA.com.


savethedate Richmond Vegetarian Festival Now in its 16th year, the Veggie Fest continues to grow each year and has become a favorite family outing for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Saturday, June 23 from 12-6pm Rain date: June 30. Azalea Gardens, Bryan Park, 4308 Hermitage Road 804-822-7350 - VeggieFest.org Visit Agriberry Farm – 2-4pm. Get a look at where your favorite berries live & meet the Geyer family. Pick-your-own available, harvest conditions permitting. Details & directions for this rain-or-shine event at Agriberry.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Mind Body Soul Sunday Yoga – 10:30am. All levels. Shannon Somogyi, Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness. $12 advanced tickets thru Eventbrite. Three Notch’d, 2930 W Broad St. Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com. Eastern Food Therapy for Common Ailments – 10:30am-12pm. Use food as medicine to address ailments like fatigue, hormonal issues, digestive disorders & more. Remee Gemo. $45. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. RSVP: 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center. 

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savethedate Spring Wild Mushrooming Course Expand your world by learning about the hidden gems of Virginia forests, mushrooms! Join an experienced mushroom collector, Mackenzie Sanders, at Robious Landing & hunt for mushrooms. Learn about where mushrooms grow, how to find them, & which ones can be safely harvested.

Saturday, June 30 10am-3pm $65 Robious Landing, Midlothian Register: TracksAndRoots.com Yoga for the Feet – 2-4pm. Discover your feet physically, energetically & symbolically to create a strong foundation for your body, mind & spirt. Explore poses & techniques to help develop a new respect & love for the foundation of the body. $20. Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd. Register: 804-305-2297. TheArtOfBalanceRVA.com.

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markyourcalendar Family Summer Wild Edible Plants in Forest Hill Park Come learn at least 12 wild edible plants available in Central Virginia from experienced foragers. We’ll cover as many plants as we can in 2 hours while still having fun! Kids welcome with the supervision of a guardian.



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

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

sunday Overeaters Anonymous – 13 wkly mtgs. Is food a problem for you? No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins, no diets. 804-933-0480. RichmondOA.com. 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. RichmondZen.org. 5Rhythms Movement Meditation – 11am12:30pm. A movement meditation practice devised by Gabrielle Roth. Draws from indigenous & world traditions using tenets of shamanistic, ecstatic, mystical & Eastern philosophy. Jeffrey Boynton/Samantha Lane. $15; $12/student, hardship. TurnRVA, 3105 W Moore St. 804-387-5549. 5Rhythms.com. 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. McKenzie.Sangha@gmail.com. Prenatal Yoga – 2-3:30pm. 2x/mo. Therapeutic approach to prenatal yoga focusing on the individual to support a home practice. $95/5 sessions. Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd. 804-305-2297. SynergyYogaStudio.com. Prenatal Yoga – 3:30pm. Prepare your body & mind for the birth of your child. Meet other pregnant women in the area to create a community of support throughout your pregnancy, birth & beyond. $112/8 classes/80 days. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. AshtangaYogaRichmond.com. Svaroopa Yoga – 4-5:30pm. Learn how powerful the basics can be. Guided relaxation, breathing & wellsupported poses designed to melt away tension. Lisha Reynolds, CSYT 200. $16 or series discount. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471. BonAirYoga.com.

Saturday, July 28 10am-12pm

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

$25/adults & kids 14 & up; $10/kids 9-13; free/ kids 8 & under

Ashtanga Basics – 5-6pm. Learn the basics of ashtanga yoga with tons of verbal instruction & hands-on guidance. Jill Wiedemann. $30/3 classes/30-day exp; $17/drop-in. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. AshtangaYogaRichmond.com.

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Supporting Body, Mind & More – Mon-Fri. Restore your sense of Self, dissolve self-limiting beliefs/behaviors, cultivate a peaceful mind & body w/energy & mind therapies to live more consciously. Embodyment, healing touch, reiki, PSYCH-K, Mindfulness, yoga, digestive health. Indiv sessions. Certified. 804-356-7477. AnitaSnellings.com. 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. Art1Am@verizon.net. 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 804355-8637. Burgess@FBCRichmond.org. Open Studio Art – 10am-12:30pm. Bring your own art projects to Susan Singer’s studio to create w/Susan’s instruction & support. $35/ session. 3440 Northridge Rd. 804-267-3455. SusanSingerArt@msn.com. Gentle Yoga: Poses for Spinal Release – 4-5:15pm. Learn how to use yoga to release back pain. Regain flexibility & freedom of movement. Tirtha Hale, CSYT 700. $16 or series discount. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471. BonAirYoga.com. Mindful Mondays Open-Sit Meditation – 5/7-6/25. 6-6:30pm. 30 mins of meditative silence & intentionsetting to start your week. Various facilitators. $5-$10 sug donation. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. ChrysalisInstitute.org. Mindful Motion Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Lengthen, strengthen, improve range of motion & find balance; ideal for anyone in rehab. Mary Leffler/Sandy Axelson. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/ drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. GlenmoreYoga.com.


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Healing Touch Clinic – 6:30 & 7:30pm. 4th. Energy therapy to reduce stress & pain, speed up healing & give a sense of well-being. Sherry Price. Free, by appt. Mt. Pisgah UMC, 1001 Mt Pisgah Dr, Midlo. Ginger Ripley: 804-378-8175. Nia – 5/7-6/25. 7-8:15pm. Sensory-based movement combining martial arts, dance & healing arts. GeGe Beall/Jessica Forsythe/Janie Peterson. $15/non-mbr, $11/mbr. Chrysalis Institute, 213 Roseneath Rd. 804-359-0384. Register: ChrysalisInstitute.org.

tuesday Ayurvedic Health or Lifestyle Consultations – See Mon listing. Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor: KHFranz@mac.com. Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info, Cassandra: 804-901-4583, CMatt@DreampathLLC.com. Walk w/Certified Instructor – Mornings & afternoons (times vary). Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Qigong – 9:30am. Phoebe Antrim. Small sliding scale fee. Round House/Byrd Park. Register: 804-358-1772. Yoga for Vibrant Aging – 9:30-10:30am. Mindful yoga practice for older adults. Focused on gentle poses that help build strength, flexibility & balance. Kay Franz. St. Stephen’s Church, Grove & Three Chopt. Details: 804-305-6374 or KHFranz@mac.com. 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. BonSecours.com/CancerSurvivorship. SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. Strength & balance classes. Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Yoga Class – 10:30-11:45am. Beg/Cont. Experience safe, gentle, reliable changes in your body w/ personal attention & supported poses. Cert Instr. Hanover. Registration required: 804-356-7477 or AnitaSnellings.com. Sun-Style 73 Movements Tai Chi – 5/1-6/26; not held 6/12. 1-2pm. Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. $10, $48/6-wk series. Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. JoWidner@comcast.net. 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. BonSecours.com/ CancerSurvivorship. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm.  Every other Tues. Cultivate a focused mind & body awareness, positive intentions & an improved sense of well-being for both mother & baby. $90/5 sessions Coconut Elephant Yoga, 2949 Fox Chase Ln, Ste B, Midlo. 804-239-9047.

Free Open Bereavement Support Group – 5:306:30pm. Weekly group for all kinds of loss: spouse, parent, friend, child & more. We order off-the-menu & support each other w/thoughtful discussion. Led by hospice bereavement coordinator, Alane Cameron Ford. Drop-ins welcome. Robin Inn Restaurant, 2601 Park Ave. 804-272-3300. Richmond Area Lymphedema Support Group – 5:30-6:30pm (Feb-Sept). 3rd. Free. Retreat Hospital Board Room. Contact: Angela Denny PT, CLT, 804-281-8473/Patty Donovan, 804-270-9071. Prenatal Yoga – 5:45-7pm. See Sun listing. $112/8 classes/80 days. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. AshtangaYogaRichmond.com. Tai Chi Guided Practice – 5:45-7pm. Learn qigong exercises to build strength, foster mobility & increase balance. Rie Monique. Series offered every 6 wks. $153, $75/Garden mbrs. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Register: LewisGinter.org. 

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Tai Chi Chuan – 6-7:15pm. Learn the 37-posture form taught by Grand Master Cheng Man-Ching. $165/10 wks. Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. Floyd Herdrich: 804-698-0225; Sondra Sealine: 804-690-9878. TaiChiRichmond@gmail.com. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd. Join fellow survivors thru & beyond your cancer journey in a nurse-facilitated group. Free. 601 Watkins Ctr Pkwy, Ste 200. 804-594-3130. Falun Gong Book Study – 7pm. Free. 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Insight Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 40-min meditation followed by recorded dharma talk & discussion. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. n_hsu@msn.com. Using the Violet Flame to Heal Your Chakras – 7:30pm. West End. Rosemary: 804-926-9127.

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wednesday Assisted Explorations of the Inner Self – Use journeying, dreamwork & journaling to explore & understand your life’s purpose & journey. Linda Anson. $30/90-min. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For spaces & dates: 804-337-5197. Walk w/Certified Instructor – See Tues listing. Details/locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079. Chi Fit for Life Qigong Classes – 6:15pm. Learn a series of qigong exercises especially designed for spring. You don’t have to be fit or flexible. Sondra Sealine. Contact Sondra for specific dates. True North Yoga and Wellness, 4025 MacArthur Ave. 804-690-9878. ABalancedHealthyLife.com. Hatha Flow: Level 2 & 3 – 6:30-7:45pm. A challenging class with more advanced postures focusing on form, core strength, integrating breath & movement, yogic techniques. Randi Weiss/Brier King.  $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/ drop-in; senior discount: $90/8 classes/mo. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. GlenmoreYoga.com.

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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. DivineTherapy.net. Prenatal Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Allows moms-to-be to practice yoga safely throughout pregnancy; learn to use breath & relaxation to maintain strength, calmness while preparing for birth. Christina Evans/Lauren Mullins. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. GlenmoreYoga.com. Embodied Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Explore & become informed of the physical body, mind & spirit. Class steeped in anatomy & physical experience. All levels. Class size limited; registration required. Instructor Rie Cherie. $10 (cash or check). 9018 Hidden Nest Dr, Midlo. 804-382-5306. Rie@DesignsForBodyAndMind.com. Richmond MindBodySpirit Healing Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st & 3rd. Healers working on healers thru various modalities. Even if new to holistic healing, come & experience an alt way to wholeness. Quantum touch, reiki, healing touch & emotion code. Donations. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Info: RichmondMindBodySpirit.com. Richmond Zen – 7-8:20pm. Meditation. Instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. RichmondZen.org. Adyashanti Gathering – 7-9pm. 30-min meditation followed by recorded Adyashanti talk & discussion. Meetup.com/Focus-on-Awakening. Info: Adyashanti.org. English Country Dancing – 7:30-9:30pm. Colonial Dance Club. Belmont Rec Ctr, 1600 Hilliard Rd. 804-744-3264. org

Svaroopa Yoga: Decompress – 5:30-7pm. Support for all levels of practice. Increase flexibility, strength & stamina. Promotes well-being. Tirtha Hale, CSYT 700. $16 or series discount. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471. BonAirYoga.com. Core Strengthening Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Focus on the body’s core w/an emphasis on alignment & strength-building asanas. Cultivates both physical & mental strength. Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd. 804-305-2297. SynergyYogaStudio.com. Mindfulness Yoga: Beginners/Mixed Level – 6-7:15pm. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Melinda Uma Nolen. $10/advance package, $12/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com. 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. soslrva.wordpress.com. Essential Oils Education – 7pm. Learn more about using dōTERRA oils in the home. Lisa Cusano. RSVP: EarthEssentialsRVA@gmail.com. FB: Earth Essentials RVA. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st. Traditional Tibetan Buddhist instruction & practice led by Lama Chodron. All welcome. Free. Kagyu Shenpen Tharchin at Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-554-1162. Kagyu-Richmond.org. VBAC Support Group – 7:30pm. 2nd. Mary Callender. Better Bodies Chiropractic, 1570 Early Settlers Rd, Chesterfield. 804-382-8222. VBACMom. CPM@gmail.com.



Ayurvedic Health or Lifestyle Consultations – See Mon listing. Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor: KHFranz@mac.com. SoulCollage Group – 2x/mo. Come to any/all sessions. $25/session incl supplies. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For schedule/reserve space: 804-901-4583, CMatt@DreampathLLC.com. WomanSpeak Circle – 1st & 3rd. Learn the art & soul of public speaking in a supportive, fun circle of women committed to unleashing their brilliance. Midlo. Membership info: KCBaker.com/ WomanSpeak-Circles. SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. See Tues listing. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721.

Laughter Yoga – Every Fri except when on Sun (check website). No experience necessary. Slash Coleman, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. $10 sug donation. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. LaughterYogaRVA@gmail.com. YogaHelps.com. Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info: 804-901-4583, CMatt@DreampathLLC.com. Menopause Group – 10:30am-12pm. Celebrate & find support thru writing, meditation & energetic exploration. Peri- thru post-menopause. Allyson Rainer. $240/8 wks. 2000 Bremo Rd, Ste 200. Register: 804-625-2767 or AllysonRainer.com.

Zentangles Galore! – 10am-12:30pm. Ongoing group exploring & learning about the ever-fascinating art form, Zentangles. $35/session. Instructor Susan Singer. 3440 Northridge Rd. 804-267-3455. SusanSingerArt@msn.com. Sun Style Tai Chi for Health & Arthritis – 5/36/28; not held 6/14. 1-2pm. Tai chi for beginners using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. $10, $48/6-wk series. Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. JoWidner@comcast.net.


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Yoga Class – 11:30am-12:45pm. Beg/Cont. Experience safe, gentle, reliable changes in your body with personal attention & supported poses. Cert Instr. Hanover. Registration required: 804-356-7477 or AnitaSnellings.com. Mindfulness & Progressive Relaxation – 121:30pm. Includes simple stretches. Sandy Goolsby, LCSW. $18. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-836-8680. Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 12:30-1pm. Free. Capitol Grounds, downtown. 804-747-1215. Caregiver Support Group – 2-3:30pm. 3rd. Free. Jewish Family Services, 6718 Patterson Ave. Register: 804-282-5644 x 254. Insight Meditation – 5:45-7:30pm. See Tues listing. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. n_hsu@msn.com.

saturday Saturday Salutations at the VMFA – 5/12, 26; 6/9, 23. 9-10am. Join PYR on select Saturdays from May-Sept to increase access to yoga. Each class highlights and supports our community yoga & mindfulness community partnership programs across the Greater Richmond region. VMFA, Belvedere Deck, 200 N Boulevard. ProjectYogaRichmond.org. Mommy & Baby Yoga – 10am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives for Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. PrenatalYoga@ MidwivesForHaiti.org. Meetup.com/Prenatal-YogaRichmond. Mindfulness Yoga: Beginners/Mixed Level – 10:30-11:45am. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Anne Bhudevi Fletcher. $10/advance package, $12/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. YogaHelps.com. Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. PrenatalYoga@ MidwivesForHaiti.org. Meetup.com/Prenatal-YogaRichmond. Prenatal Yoga – 12:30pm. Learn how yoga can make your pregnancy more comfortable & your birth calmer. Embrace Maternal & Baby Wellness Collective, 124 Buford Rd. Jessica Turner: Jess.Turner.Yoga@gmail.com. Contra Dance – 7-11pm. 2nd & 4th. $7. Contra Dance Group. Lewis Ginter Rec Ctr: 804-247-9247; Linda Salter: 804-266-7355.

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CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE & HERBS Xiaoyan Wang, L.Ac., MD (China) 3721 Westerre Pkwy, Ste C, 23233 804-301-1784 AcupuncturistWang.com

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

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


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

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

Ariya Family Chiropractic Center provides a natural path to wellness through chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy. We take pride in the peaceful, nurturing environment we create to provide excellent care and outstanding service. See ad on page 27.

DOMINION CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC Bradley Richmond, DC Elliot S. Eisenberg, DC 3904 Meadowdale Blvd, Richmond 804-271-7920 DominionChiro.com

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

EMPRESS ACUPUNCTURE AND HEALING ARTS Remee L Gemo, L.Ac., MSAOM 4100 Brook Rd, Suite A 1507 Huguenot Rd, Suite 200 804-501-8060 LiftFacialAcupuncture.com

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

We treat pain, migraines, digestive and emotional issues with acupuncture, herbs, massage and reiki. Mention this ad for a free herbal consultation.  

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. See ad on page 22.

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

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

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

6289 River Road Hanover, VA 23069  804-537-0448  Agriberry.com

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

Eat healthy this summer with a weekly box of nutritious, delicious berries & fruit from area family farms via our 2018 CSA program and weekly markets, plus a variety of farm-made fruit snacks and pantry items. See ad on page 29.



Charlene Dortch, CH, CHTP, ATP 804-839-3123, Richmond DortchAndAssociates.com


Clear blocks and restore balance to your life. Services include Spiritual Response Therapy, Hypnosis, Healing Touch, Reiki, Emotional ThetaHealingTM, Freedom Techniques, life coaching, ATP®. See ad on page 15.

804-678-8568, Richmond NityaLiving.com Outstanding personal attention. Get back into the healthy flow of life! Certified Traditional Feng Shui Consultant and Master Chinese Astrologer. Over 15 years of experience with hundreds of clients all over the U.S. Consultation for home or office. Mention this ad for a Free Astrology Reading.



Carey Phillips, LMT, EEMCP, NCTMB 3001 Hungary Spring Rd, Ste C 804-205-6531, West End WellIntoLife.com Intuitive and integrative bodywork. Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, Structural Integration and massage therapies. Bringing balance and healing to body, mind and spirit. Empowering individuals to live more vibrant lives! See ad on page 3.

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


doTERRA Wellness Advocate, 212455 804-296-9284 MyDoTerra.com/LisaCusano Facebook.com/EarthEssentialsRVA Looking for alternatives? Find out why dōTERRA is committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oilenhanced wellness products with the world. Join the vibrant community of Wellness Advocates in the Greater Richmond area as we learn together. Weekly classes offered on all aspects of use. See ad on page 24.


Sherron Marquina, DC, PAK 9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 HealthInSyncs.com Board-Certified Professional Applied Kinesiologist. Individualized care using functional diagnostics, gentle balancing methods, clinical nutrition, advanced therapies to solve difficult health problems or optimize your health. See ad on page 27.


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


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

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

BHRT is a safe treatment that helps restore the natural balance of hormones within the body for regained vitality and improved quality of life. If you are suffering from negative effects of fluctuating or decreasing hormones, call us to learn more. See ad on page 23.


Andrew Stiles, Certified Hypnotist 804-389-0812 Andrew.Stiles@verizon.net StopSmokingRichmond.com Certified hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists specializing in smoking cessation, weight loss, sports performance and testtaking anxiety. Effectively utilizes hypnosis, relaxation techniques and positive visualization to help clients attain their goals and realize their highest aspirations.

A drawing is simply a line going for a walk. ~Paul Klee May / June 2018




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Elvetta Wilkins Vasquez, LMT, CNA 2505 Pocoshock Pl, Ste 203 804-839-9290 Attevle.com

River City Hydration Station is Richmond’s premier IV hydration bar! IV hydration is the most effective way of hydrating the body and provides 100% absorption of vitamins and minerals. Our customized IVs are designed to improve fatigue, immunity, athletic training recovery and more. See ad on page 23.


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


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Laser therapy can reduce pain and swelling of strained muscles, tendonitis, irritated discs, inflamed nerves; can stimulate tissue repair and regeneration from old and new injuries. See our website for more information about laser therapy. See ad on page 27.

LIFE COACH JONI ADVENT MAHER, MSW Transformational Coach 804 539-8048 RevolutionaryHeart.com

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

Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Info@GlenmoreYoga.com GlenmoreYoga.com Providing Therapeutic Massage for 30+ years. Tailored to your needs – Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Prenatal/Postpartum, Therapeutic, Hot Stone, Swedish, Sports, Chair, Couples and Infant Massage. Thai Massage, Reflexology, Healing Touch. Gift certificates available. See ad on page 15.

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

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: Martha@StillPointRichmond.com.


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


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Dana Taylor, RNC, MS, CNM, WHNP BC 7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 103 804-302-5735, Richmond RichmondOBGyn.com/BonSecours.com

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

BON SECOURS RICHMOND OB-GYN Julie Weathers, CNM 7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 103 804-302-5735, Richmond RichmondOBGyn.com/BonSecours.com

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


Laura Alberg, CNM, WHNP-BC 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-409-8442, Midlothian MyBonSecoursBaby.com 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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BON SECOURS RICHMOND OB-GYN Lee-Ann Parker, RN, MSN, CNM 7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 103 804-302-5735, Richmond RichmondOBGyn.com/BonSecours.com


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


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


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


Brenda Radford, CNM 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 804-409-8442, Midlothian MyBonSecoursBaby.com 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 JamesRiverMFR.MassageTherapy.com James River MFR is a John F. Barnes Myofascial Release practice that helps Richmond, VA stay active and pain-free. MFR is the missing link in your healing journey!


Oriental Medicine Specialists, P.C. 5500 Monument Ave, Ste R 804-358-7071 OMSPC.com OrientalMedicineSpecialists.com As a Certified Holistic Health Coach & Lifestyle Educator, Josh brings years of experience & unique insight to support & empower clients in achieving their goals, improving their health & living an inspired life.


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


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

RVA PHYSICAL THERAPY & SPORTS REHAB 5388 Twin Hickory Rd 804-396-6753 Ramky@RVAPhysicalTherapy.com RVAPhysicalTherapy.com

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

CHRYSALIS INSTITUTE 213 Roseneath Road ChrysalisInstitute.org 804-359-0384

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




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


12230 Ironbridge Rd, Ste C, Chester 11934 W Broad St, Henrico Ph: 804-717-5000, Fax: 804-717-8300 Rx3Pharmacy.com 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.


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

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

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


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

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

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


Talia Moser, Reflexologist, IIR certified  By appt., TMoser8@verizon.net 804-399-3353, Richmond TaliaMoser.com 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.


Maurizio Bartolini, Certified Rolfer™ 10617 Patterson Avenue 804-564- 9005 WestEndRolfing.com Rolfing Structural Integration is holistic hands-on therapy that rebalances your body’s natural alignment to release tension, aches and pains. Feeling good in your skin again renews your sense of well-being and love of life.


Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Tuesday Evenings, 6-7:15pm 804-698-0225, Richmond At Battery Park Christian Church, Ginter Park. Classical style Tai Chi Chuan, the 38 posture short form. Essential movements to strengthen/enhance health and develop spiritual practice. See ad on page 18.


Thermographer The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Dr, Richmond 804-683-7774 EleetePhysicians.com/thermography.php Safe, non-invasive, radiationfree image screening. Preserve your breast, heart health and much more. Live happier and healthier longer! Interpreted by Matthew Lee, MD, RPh. See ad on page 24.

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

Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic offers traditional as well as holistic and herbal remedies. Please see our website for information on all services offered. See ad on page 31.


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Info@GlenmoreYoga.com GlenmoreYoga.com Incorporate yoga into your life at Glenmore. 30 student focused, multi-level classes from Gentle and Ageless to Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Meditation. Yoga Therapy. 200- and 300-Hour Teacher Training. Voted best Yoga Center. See ad on page 15.


13565 Midlothian Tnpk, Midlothian 804-423-8600 HealthyLifeYoga.com 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.


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

MOBILE OM YOGA & WELLNESS Shannon Somogyi, C-IAYT 804-833-9044 Shannon@MobileOmWellness.com MobileOmWellness.com

Mobile OM Yoga & Wellness offers privates, yoga therapy, small group classes, kids yoga and workshops for corporate, events or even just a group of friends. Provides services INSIDE the Mobile OM or at your home or office in Midlothian and RVA.  See ad on page 15.


Specializing in Yoga for Children 804-678-8568, Richmond NityaLiving.com Nitya Living™ offers kid’s yoga programs that engage the whole child; body, breath and mind in yoga poses, breathing exercises and mindfulness meditation. We offer after school classes, mindfulness yoga programs, women’s retreats, private classes for adults and children, camps, teen self-inquiry workshops and teacher trainings. Announcing the Reboot Women’s Yoga Retreat in Yogaville, June 27-July 1. Spaces still available for the 12th Nitya Living Summer Camp for Kids and Teens running for 5 weeks July thru August. Use the Code Namaste4Me to save $100 off any week of camp!


320 Libbie Ave. 804-282-9642 Info@OmOnYoga.com OmOnYoga.com 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.

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6517 Dickens Place Richmond, VA 23230 Info@ProjectYogaRichmond.org ProjectYogaRichmond.org 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 on page 11.

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

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

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



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

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.

SHANNON SOMOGYI, C-IAYT, E RYT500, RCYT Mobile Om Yoga & Wellness 804-833-9044 MobileOmWellness.com 

Offering private and small group yoga therapy sessions in your home or office, or we can come to you for sessions inside the Mobile OM. Yoga Therapy is a holistic approach to healing with evidence-based practices catered to your individual needs or ailments. We will look at all aspects of your life including diet & nutrition, sleep, relationships, past and present situations, and more. Let us help you on your path to wellness by becoming the master of your own health and healing. Contact us today! See ad, Page 15. 

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