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hrysalis Institute is hosting the East Coast’s first conference on mindful parenting from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 25, on the Collegiate School campus. This inaugural event will feature keynote speakers Kay Davidson and Alex Peavey. The conference is geared to both new and experienced mindfulness practitioners that are also parents or playing a big role in a child’s life. Morning breakout sessions focus on different age groups and afternoon breakout sessions will highlight concrete tools to use with kids to have happier, healthier relationships. Lectures and workshops will offer substantive, evidence-based practices that parents can implement immediately. Topics include mindfulness with infants; mindfulness with children; mindfulness with tweens and teens; journaling as a mindfulness practice; conflict exercise for families; movement as mindfulness practice; and parent self-care/unpacking your stuff. The 1st Mindful Parenting Conference on the East Coast!

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osted by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond and Chrysalis Institute, the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery, in Southern India, will reside at the church from May 8 through 13, creating a sand mandala and teaching meditation, as well as hosting a puja healing ceremony and a ceremonial pageant. The events are free, but donations will be accepted to raise money for the monastery. 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 May 9 to 12. A Puja Healing ceremony will occur at 7 p.m., May 9, and a Snow Leopard Pageant will be held at 7 p.m., May 11. The week concludes with a closing ceremony at 10:30 a.m., May 13, beginning at the church and ending in the Japanese Gardens at Maymont Park. Location: 1000 Blanton Ave. For more information, call 804-355-0777.



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indful Mornings are free monthly meetings of like-missioned do-gooders working to make this world a better place. They will gather next at 8 a.m., June 9. A keynote address begins at 8:15 a.m. and it’s all over by 9:15 a.m.; perfect for those with busy schedules. Participants can learn from others working to overcome similar obstacles or just spend time among people with the instinct to give more than they take, all while appreciating good food, delicious drink and stimulating conversation. From yogis to nutritionists, nonprofit leaders and food access advocates, this meetup is meant to create a community of people willing and able to help one another achieve their goals in support of the bigger mission by breaking down the walls that exist between them. Founder Becky Crump states, “To me, being a do-gooder means being open, courageous, empathetic and kind. You have to be open to hear and feel where the universe wants and needs you.”

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egional artists will entwine art and nature from May 26 through October 1 on 50 acres of cultivated landscape at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to spark a new way of interacting with the natural world. Wild Art: a Journey Off-Canvas is a collaborative community art experience inspired by nature that combines the efforts of artists and Garden visitors to create a living tapestry of natural art. Wild Art features large-scale, multisensory art installations made from materials found in nature. Visitors may become part of the experience by making their own ephemeral art at Creation Stations located throughout the Garden. There are also children’s activities and special pop-up art installations for all ages.


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Festival for the Love of Our Precious Bees The nonprofit, Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association (RPBBA) will host the eighth annual Honey Bee Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 24, at the Rockwood Park Nature Center. The festival will include Buzz Talks on a wide range of bee-related topics. Visitors can ask questions of expert beekeepers and view displays of easyto-grow native plants and different styles of bee hives. New this year are two different ways to safely observe actual working honeybee colonies. There will also be honey for sale, face painting, storytelling, an activity table and the Drone Petting Zoo featuring a fuzzy, stinger-free bee. RPBBA President Paul Edens, says, “This is a fun environment for the entire community, from those with no knowledge of the intense challenges facing the honey bee to those thinking about starting a backyard hive to experienced beekeepers. To ‘bee smart’ is all about the simple choices each of us make each day—what chemicals we use in our yards, what kinds of trees and plants we grow and even what food we shop for can impact the lives of honey bees and other pollinators.”

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oncierge fitness company Peak Physique, which provides inhome and onsite personal training throughout the region, has formed a partnership with Diversity Richmond, an organization dedicated to creating a community where LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and dignity, and their unique gifts are championed and celebrated. With the idea of providing more Diversity Richmond members with Will Wright health and fitness opportunities, programming and education for the community, Peak Physique is hosting a series of free, biweekly workout classes at Diversity Richmond, including body weight training and yoga, community health screenings and informative workshops. Location: 1407 Sherwood Ave., Entrance #3. For more information, call 804-4824240 or visit and

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ourish, a seasonal workshop series founded by Allison Walton and Bethany Frazier, brings women together for a day of movement, self-care and powerful connection with other like-minded women. Their spring workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 21, at the Hofheimer Building loft space. Walton, Frazier and other local women will celebrate a spring awakening yoga plus restorative savasana with a temple massage; a nourishing, seasonal brunch; a skin food discussion plus face mask blending; and open dialogue around sacred femininity. The intention is to create an authentic, honest and safe space to nurture the seasonal shifts through mind, body and spirit-focused sessions. Individuality is honored and the workshop is open to all women, regardless of experience, physical state or spiritual openness. Cost: $65. Location: 2818 W. Broad St. For tickets, visit Nourish.

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Health Brigade is New Name for Virginia’s Oldest Free Clinic


or nearly 50 years, Fan Free Clinic has been providing medical care in Richmond to those that need it most. Because the organization provides much more than medical services, including a legacy of addressing the most pressing health issues of the day, its name has been changed to Health Brigade. Health Brigade provides medical care to the unemployed, underemployed and working poor. For years, the organization has provided community outreach and education services for HIV/ AIDS. Today, it also provides patient-focused, coordinated medical and mental health services to those that qualify, including the transgender community. Executive Director Karen Legato states, “Our willingness to take immediate action when faced with a crisis is reminiscent of historic ‘bucket brigades’, where community members rushed to line up and pass water buckets and help neighbors battle community catastrophes. That is exactly what we do each and every day.” For more information, call 804-358-6343 or visit



ell Into Life Massage & Bodywork continues to strive for excellence by expanding the credentials of their talented and professional staff. Licensed Massage Therapist Brittany Dunnavant has been certified in prenatal massage through the Institute of Somatic Therapies, which allows Brittany Dunnavant her to work with pregnant and postpartum women in a safe and effective manner. Dunnavant is also working to become a doula to provide information and emotional support, as well as massage, during labor. Licensed Massage Therapist Caitlin England has been certified in Thai massage, adding to modalities Caitlin England that include acupressure, myofascial release, deep tissue/visceral manipulation, table Thai, shamanism and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Location: 3001 Hungary Spring Rd., Ste. C. For appointments, call 804-205-6531. For more information, visit See ad on page 19.


he 200-hour teacher training program at Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center graduated a new class on March 26. Matriculating students include Rachel Baker, Martha Cummings, Meena Dasgupta, Judy Howlett, Louise Mason, Brian McBride, Michele Riedel, JoRoyce Robinson, Mariah Sinden and Debbie Stewart. Facilitators of the program were Carolyn Hazel, Kim Leibowitz, Nancy Glenmore Tatum and Sarah Thacker. This is Glenmore’s 13th year of offering the program, making it one of the longest-running of its kind in Richmond. Location: 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. For more information, call 804-741-5267 or visit See ad on page 9 and in the Community Resource Guide.

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icensed Professional Counselor Karla Helbert has attained certification in individual yoga therapy (C-IAYT) from the International Association of Yoga Therapists and states, “There is growing recognition of the credential among insurers, employers and the public. Yoga therapists have specialized training and practice in applying yoga asana, breathing practices and philosophy for individualized needs to address client specific concerns.� Helbert has been using yoga-specific techniques and philosophy as part of her psychotherapy practice since 2004. She is also the author of the recently published book, Yoga for Grief and Loss.

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Chinese Herbs Lessen Postpartum Blues


study from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, in Beijing, reports that Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) can be an effective treatment for patients with postpartum depression. Traditional Chinese Medicine advocates herbal treatments based on underlying issues. Researchers analyzed data from 47 clinical trials encompassing 3,795 participants between the ages of 18 and 43 suffering from postpartum depression. The study pooled results into three categories: CHM versus placebo, CHM versus routine treatments (antidepressants) and CHM plus routine treatments versus only routine treatments. The study found that using Chinese herbs combined with antidepressants is the most effective approach, noting that CHM is a safe, effective alternative for patients unable or unwilling to take antidepressants.

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Prenatal Omega-3 Reduces Kids’ Asthma Risk

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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—longchain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”

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uopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of food consumed. Reviewing data from four parts of the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in which participants were asked to recall their food and drink intake during two non-consecutive days, An determined the percentage of plain water drunk by each person. He found an association between a 1 percent increase in the subjects’ daily intake of plain water and an 8.6-calorie reduction in food intake. An also discovered a slight reduction in foods high in fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol with the change. Participants that increased their plain water consumption by one to three cups reduced their calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories per day. The same increase in water correlated with a daily reduction in sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams, five to 18 grams less sugar and seven to 21 milligrams less cholesterol.


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Balloon Doom

Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stomachs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biodegradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music performances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters.

Turtle Turnaround

Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtlefriendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules:


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Planting Progress

New Seed-Sharing Law in California California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting non-commercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.


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Designing Cabinets and Chairs Made from Recyclables Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that can be used in creating new and beautiful things. The Kungsbacka kitchen employs affordable, sustainable supplies that look stylish, including cabinet doors incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled wood; the entire cabinet is said to be 99.9 percent recycled. The Odger chair is 70 percent recycled plastic and 30 percent renewable wood. The design, available in a range of colors and wood finishes, is the result of collaboration between Swedish designers at Form Us With Love and eschews the environmentharming plastics of other chairs. IKEA also melts recycled glass to turn it into beautiful vases. Each mouth-blown vase is unique, thanks to the materials.

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any people associate floating with relaxation, but warm days, hours of free time and calm, open salt water are not always available. Luckily, Richmonders have Resonance Float and Sound, a spa-like setting where they can experience the calming benefits of buoyancy indoors. In a stateof-the-art float tank, patrons float in 10 inches of water loaded with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt in order to restore a natural state of balance and allow the healing effects of relaxation to occur. With additional sound therapy, clients can recline on a memory foam lounge chair and pillow embedded with six speakers. The idea is to envelop the client in healing, low-frequency vibrations that reach every cell. Owner Kathy Goodwin opened her collaborative healing arts business in response to her own experience seeking relief from sleeplessness and other health-related issues. When conventional treatment options did not help, she began researching alternative holistic approaches to wellness, stress reduction and life transitions. During this process, she also experienced firsthand the benefits of floatation therapy. Goodwin now wants to help others learn about and experience the benefits of alternative therapies. Resonance Float and Sound also offers aromatherapy and houses a boutique with custom essential oil blends, specialty herbal bath salts and reiki-infused crystal jewelry. With

space for additional healing arts practitioners, the business seeks to become a relaxation center where people have easy access to information, resources and alternative therapies. “My mission has been to increase awareness about the alternatives available that contribute to a healthier lifestyle and to help educate and make them more accessible, so that everyone can more easily find and utilize the combination of services and products that are right them,” says Goodwin. “My goal is to provide easy access to natural, healthy ways to achieve well-being and manage stress.” Her vision is to develop a community of holistic healthcare professionals in addition to offering her float and sound therapies. Along with the relaxation center concept, there is meeting space to host seminars, meet-ups, product launches and other informational programs that focus on natural health topics. According to Goodwin, the concept of a collaborative relaxation center is taking off quite well—referrals and repeat clients are filling her schedule and momentum is building. Goodwin even offers a membership plan for clients and businesses to receive reduced prices on a number of services for a monthly fee. Location: 1312 Sycamore Sq., Midlothian. For more information, call 804-464-2668 or visit on Facebook. See ad on page 9.

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etting to the core of the core is the focus of Pelvic Floor Yoga, a holistic approach to pelvic health created by Leslie Howard, a San Francisco-based yoga teacher. Pelvic Floor Yoga combines ancient yoga methodology with current understanding of the pelvis to address the pelvic floor issues and dysfunction that affect one in three women. The National Association for Continence estimates that over 25 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence, and while 80 percent of those affected can be improved, only one in 12 people will seek help. In a 2014 study published in Female Pelvic Medi-

cine & Reconstructive Surgery, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that women participating in a six-week yoga program specifically designed to improve pelvic health had a 70 percent improvement in urine leakage. The pelvic floor is a multilayered network of muscles, ligaments and tissues at the bottom of the pelvis that supports the pelvic organs, maintains urinary and fecal continence and helps manage abdominal pressure. Common problems related to the health of the pelvic floor may include hip or lumbar pain, pelvic or sciatic pain, prolapse (falling), incontinence and/or digestive,

menstrual or sexual difficulties. Sometimes there is too much tone in the pelvis, while other times there may not be enough. A healthy pelvic floor is not only strong, but is also able to relax. The therapeutic use of yoga for incontinence, prolapse and other pelvic floor conditions is a relatively new application of yoga. Pelvic Floor Yoga offers the same mind-body benefits that students find in their regular yoga practice. This yoga-inspired approach to pelvic health encourages mindful awareness of an area that is often ignored; integrates whole body movement; balances muscular strength with flexibility; improves the breathing relationship between the diaphragm and the pelvic floor; and incorporates relaxation as a way to relieve anxiety and stress often associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. A healthy pelvic floor involves more than just practicing Kegels at home or mula bandha (root lock) in yoga class. Pelvic Floor Yoga’s unique approach to pelvic health can help maintain core strength for active women, rebuild strength after pregnancy and address loss of tone during or after menopause. Susan Kratzer, E-RYT 500, is a certified Pelvic Floor Yoga teacher and owner of Moving Well Yoga. For more information, call 804-357-1737 or email

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hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

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Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about

450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

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Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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With fresh ingredients, a high-speed blender and a reusable nut milk bag or strainer, we can make our own alternative milk in minutes at home. Pour into a container and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Coconut Milk Yields: About 3 cups 2 cups hot water 1 cup fresh organic, unsweetened, shredded coconut

Almond Milk Yields: About 4 cups

Place hot water, and then shredded coconut, in a high-speed blender, starting on low speed and increasing to high for a total of three minutes.

1 cup raw, unsalted organic whole almonds ½ tsp sea salt 4 cups pure filtered water Sea salt, stevia, agave nectar, honey, a date, vanilla bean or lemon juice

Strain the coconut milk through a nut milk bag into a container.

Soak the almonds in salted water for at least 12 hours before blending. Using a high-powered blender, start blending on low and increase to high to reach a smooth milk consistency. Strain through a nut milk bag to remove any almond skin or pieces. Optional: Add a preferred flavoring.

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Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can


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she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

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almonds, avocados, legumes, kale and spinach. To increase milk production, add fennel to meals or smoothies, or turn to capsules.

Keep Moving with Intention

Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, walking or light jogging three to five times a week, for 20 minutes a day. “Squatting like a child on your haunches is a great exercise for childbirth,” she says, noting that 20 squats daily will strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair or couch also engages core muscles, while improving posture. “Regular exercise brings more energy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher spirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. She recommends a prenatal yoga practice that includes breathing and visualizations. This restorative form of yoga offers gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief or healing of many possible pregnancy ailments. “To alleviate physical distress, try chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. Light finger contact from an experienced practitioner helps realign bony segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby is free to move.” Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the membranes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord.

Spark the Spirit

The connections established between mother and child are much stronger when she progresses through pregnancy and birth from a natural perspective. ~Kristy Wilson “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife,

Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. I am choosing the right path for my birth. I trust my body and my instincts. I have all the support I need.” Wilson recommends choosing two to four that resonate, repeating them every morning while gazing into the mirror, placing them on the refrigerator door and even having them pop up on a smartphone. “Meditation prepares you for childbirth and can also be soothing during labor by offering tools that push away fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, breathing out, I smile.” To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet room with eyes closed. For women new to meditation, Wilson suggests lighting a scented or colored candle and noticing the colors and movement of the flame for something physical to focus on. “This calming practice is important because labor becomes like a meditation,” she

Prepare the Mind

“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed.

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says. The mother copes through the contraction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for lowCaesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal

birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a

Blessing the Birth T

he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up


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with affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”


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doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

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MASTERING SELF-DEFENSE Staying Aware Avoids Problems by Aimee Hughes


began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing— and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in

this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose. Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature

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works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent self-defense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at Aimee@

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ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

Reliable Basils

“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purpleleafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who 28

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for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

Mediterranean Flavors

Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid

conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

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In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great longterm performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

Growing Tips

Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should contain-

ers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly. Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily.

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Following eco-friendly laundry tips can save on energy, water usage and utility bills, making it good for both the planet and the bank account. The laundry results, too, may be better for some loads. advises that 90 percent of the energy consumed while running a wash load is used to heat the water, so the average household can eliminate as much as 350 pounds of carbon emissions and save about $40 annually by turning the knob to cold. It also notes that some protein-heavy stains, like perspiration and blood, can become more set into the fabric when washed in hot water, which can also shrink synthetic fibers. For sweat stains, suggests combining two tablespoons of cream of tartar, a few drops of lemon essential oil and water to make a paste. Mix and spread it on the stain, and then rub it in and let dry. Another pre-laundry option is to pour or spray a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and then soak for about 30 minutes. Mildly soiled laundry doesn’t necessarily need hot water for adequate cleaning, reports the Mother Nature Network. It advises pre-soaking heavily soiled laundry in cold water for about an hour, adding four tablespoons of baking soda to loosen dirt and grime. “Responding quickly to stains always helps,” says Steve Boorstein, a Boulder, Colorado, clothing-care expert on his website. “For washable clothing, flush the stained area with cool water to remove any solid matter. Never rub the stain in order to avoid driving it deeper into the fabric.” Conserve more energy as well as water by always assembling a full load of laundry. Appliance performance can also make an eco-difference. Energy Star estimates that water savings of between 40 and 75 percent can be achieved with frontloading machines instead of top-loaders. Line drying wins over a clothes dryer in terms of freshness, energy use and kindness to the environment. Start with biodegradable and phosphate-free detergents made from plant- and vegetable-based ingredients.

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Hopewell Farmers’ Market Sat, May - Aug; 2-5pm 206 Appomattox St

Powhatan Farmers’ Market
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South of the James Market * Sat, May - Oct; 8am-12pm Forest Hill Park

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Manakin Market Sat, May - Oct; 9am-1pm 68 Broad St Rd, Manakin Sabot

Farmers’ Market at St. Stephen’s * Sat, Apr - Nov; 8am-12pm 6000 Grove Ave

Montpelier Center Farmers’ Market Thurs, June 16 - Oct 20; 4-7pm 17205 Mountain Rd, Montpelier

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DECODING DOG BODY TALK Three Signals of Anxiety by Susan Briggs


amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture


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when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment.

Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as selfcalming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine (

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 Batch Cooked Basics – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn to simplify your kitchen routine & embrace a healthier you. Batch cooking is your blueprint to a healthy, vibrant life. Michelle Kabler. $10, $15/2. The Beet Cafe at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525.

FRIDAY, MAY 5 Spiritually Fly: Master Your Soul – 5/5-7. Yoga, meditation, breath work, mantras & journaling will help you sink beneath the surface of the body & mind, reconnect to the heart’s Divine wisdom, release negative thought patterns & learn to live from an intuitive state of being. Faith Hunter, ERYT500. $260. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Patient Appreciation Day – 8:30am-2pm. Enjoy the celebration at Dominion Chiropractic Clinic! Chair massages w/Tully Parker & BEMER therapy w/Pamela Losada. Door prizes & refreshments. Pinata party, 1pm. Free for patients & guests. 3904 Meadowdale Blvd. 804-271-7920.

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

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

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Crystal Skull Healings/Readings or Coaching Sessions - 12–4pm. Kerstin Ajasha Overath. $45/30 min, $65/60 min. Resonance Float and Sound, 1312 Sycamore Square. 804-405-3194. Free Intro Session: Healing Through the Teachings of Bruno Groening – 4-5pm. “There is no incurable.” Learn how to “tune-in” to the healing power that has helped countless people regain their health. Rick Laird & Mary Rowe. Donations. Unity of Richmond, 800 Blanton Ave. 804-798-0063.

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


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Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery – 5/8-13. Opening ceremony: 5/8 at 7pm. Meditation instruction, 5/9 – 5/12 at 11am & 4pm. Puja Healing ceremony, 5/9 at 7pm and Snow Leopard Pageant, 5/11 at 7pm. Closing ceremony: 5/13 at 10:30am starting at First UU and 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.

TUESDAY, MAY 9 The Enneagram as a Tool of Compassionate Insight – 7-9pm (5/9-6/6). An intro 5-wk interactive workshop to learn your Enneagram type to become more present and develop a deeper compassion for yourself and others. Donations. Unity of Bon Air, 923 Buford Rd. Register: 804-320-9584.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 New Art Exhibit by Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society – 5/10-7/19. Viewable Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Working with the Crystal Skulls and Clearing Channels - 7-9pm. How to feel and work with the energy from the Crystal Skulls + special meditation to clear out blockages in your channels. Kerstin Overath. $22. Stonegoddess Rock Shop, 10017 Jefferson Davis Highway. Sign-up: 804-279-0780 or

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Getting the Sleep Advantage – 6-7:15pm. Discover 50 different ways to improve sleep & how to personalize them for your sleep success. Dr. Sherron Marquina. Register by 5pm, 5/10. $25. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222. New Moms Group – 6-7:15pm. Learn what to expect the first year after giving birth and how to optimize your emotional well-being, build a community of fellow moms & make a smooth transition into motherhood. Elizabeth Theriault. $80. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Qigong: Six Healing Sounds – 6-7:30pm. Promotes optimal health for the organs, emotional balance and prevention of illness. Also minimizes the discomfort of hormonal hot flashes and hot flashes caused by some medications. Joy Black. $45. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center.

FRIDAY, MAY 12 Eating for Two: Insights into the Key Nutrients Required in the First Trimester – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn 3 easy-to-make recipes that have been carefully curated and are tailored to women in their first trimester of pregnancy. Sample the dishes & learn about the ingredients. $10. The Beet Cafe at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. Celebrating Mothers. Speaker, 12pm: Sandy Ward, Certified Medium by the James Van Praagh School of Mystical Arts. 1pm: Readers, healers, practitioners & vendors. Donations. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit.

MONDAY, MAY 15 Qigong: Inner Smile Meditation & Microcosmic Orbit – 10am-12pm. Focuses gratitude and joy on internal organs to resolve physical and mental tensions that can lead to illness. The Microcosmic Orbit practice circulates chi in a figure-8 loop through the body to balance yin & yang energies. Joy Black. $49. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center. Eating Well – 12:30pm. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond presents Clare Osdene Schapiro, food columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, speaking on “The Wisdom of Clare’s Kitchen.” Copies of her new book, Stories and Recipes from Clare’s Kitchen, available for sale & signing. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy. 804-355-7282.

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Learning More about Putin – 12:30pm. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond presents George E. Munro, professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, on the topic, “Vladimir Putin: World’s Most Powerful Leader?” First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282. 7 Keys to Total Nourishment – 6-7:15pm. Discover 7 key nutrients to provide yourself multiple dimensions of nurture. Dr. Sherron Marquina. Register by 5pm, 5/17. $25. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222.

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Peaceful Weight Loss Workshop/6-Day Retreat – 5/19-21 or 24. Explore easeful, breath-based hatha yoga to help you find your balance. No yoga experience required. Brandt Bhanu & Anna Neiman Passalacqua. $240/workshop, $495/retreat. Add 2 or 5 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. 2017 Lebanese Food Festival – 5/19-21. 10am10pm, Fri & Sat; 10am-8pm, Sun. Rain or shine. Voted The Area’s Favorite Festival. Taste the incredible flavors of Lebanese cuisine. Something for everyone. No pets. Free. 4521Highwoods Pkwy. Yoga with Nitya Kids Yoga Teacher Training – 5/19-21. 5:30-9pm, Fri; 9am-8pm, Sat; 8am-9pm, Sun. If you have a passion for yoga & for teaching kids, this training is for you. Nitya arranges classes in daycares and schools where you can teach mindfulness meditation and kid’s yoga. Nitya Griffith. $680. Unity of Richmond, 800 Blanton Ave. 804-678-8568. Kirtan – 7-8pm. Sacred chanting (lead & response) leading to meditation. Different chant leaders & kirtan chanters each month. No previous experience required. Bring a percussion instrument. Pay what can; sug $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.



IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Speaker: Christina Maria Kramer, MA, Santa Barbara-based healer and a channel of Mother May. Potluck lunch follows. River Rd Baptist Church, NW Corner River & Ridge Rds. Donna: 804-690-3310.

10-Day Silent Retreat: Nurture Your Connection Within – 6/9-18. Daily hatha yoga, breathing practices, deep relaxation & meditations. Nourish yourself, reflect in the natural beauty of our sacred spaces & learn from our most experienced teachers. May attend 1st weekend of retreat. Integral Yoga Retreat Directors with Senior Staff. $235/1st weekend, $475/10-day retreat. Add 2 or 9 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

Overcoming the Blame Game: Seriously Thinking About Karma Workshop – 1-5pm. Deepen your conviction in the laws of karma to create happiness and abandon suffering. Taught by American Buddhist nun, Kelsang Kalden. $30; see website for discount details. Richmond Friends Meeting, 4500 Kensington Ave. 757-504-4425.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Nourish Workshop – 10am-2pm. A spring awakening to nourish the mind, body and spirit through this seasonal transition. Physical movement & restoration, self-care rituals & holistic wellness practices, & conversation & connection with like-minded women. $65. The Hofheimer Building Loft, 2818 W Broad St. Soul Food Sunday: Workshop for Mind, Body & Spirit – 10am-3pm. Yoga, intuition & mindfulness practices. $95 before 5/10. Four Winds at North Mountain, Swoope. For more info or to reserve a spot, contact Wendy Gray: or Find Your “Powerhouse” – 1-3pm. A yoga & Pilates (yogalates) workshop to learn how to firm your core through these effective & complementary disciplines. Celine Burn. Spiritual Flow Yoga Studio, 13354 Midlothian Trpk, Ste 201, Midlo. Register:

MONDAY, MAY 22 Being Better Informed – 12:30pm. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond presents award-winning professor of political science at the University of Richmond, Don Palazzolo, on “Governing in the New Congress.” St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy.  804-355-7282.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 Channeling from Lobos - 6:30–8pm. Providing the Crystal Skull Lobos’ monthly message to you. Kerstin Overath. $15. Resonance Float and Sound, 1312 Sycamore Square. Sign-up: 804-4053194 or

THURSDAY, MAY 25 Promoting Change – 12:30pm. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond presents David Coogan, professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, on the topic, “Writing and Teaching for Social Change.” Dr. Coogan is editor of the book, Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, which will be available for purchase. Some contributing authors will appear w/him to share their stories. First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282.

FRIDAY, MAY 26 Yoga of Devotion: A Retreat with Krishna Das – 5/26-29. An experiential weekend filled w/kirtan. Immerse yourself in chanting holy mantras with the world-renowned musician who bridged the East and West through music. $395. Add 3 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

THURSDAY, JUNE 1 Yin Yoga Foundational Journey: Yin Yoga Teacher Training – 6/1-4. 8am-6:30pm. Get a deep understanding of yin, Indian tantric & Chinese taoist traditions as they apply to practice, as well as focused, anatomical study of yin-based asana. RYTs get 50 CE credits upon completion. Twylah Ekko, E-RYT. $425 before 6/16, $500 after. Synergy Yoga Studio, 11000 Three Chopt Rd, Ste G.

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June 1 • 6:30-8:30pm $5 donation • See you there! Richmond Family Dentistry 10446 Ridgefield Pkwy.

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 The Spiritual Art of Memoir: Discovering the Invisible Thread of Grace – 6/2-4. With Joan Borysenko, PhD, the New York Times bestselling author of 16 books & Harvard-trained cell biologist, licensed psychologist & spiritual educator. Write about authentic emotion & experience, identify one or more narrative arcs in your life & find your voice. $270. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Ashtanga Yoga Intro to Mysore Workshop – Learn the traditional method for practicing ashtanga yoga where students of all levels practice at their own pace while the teacher gives instruction on an individ basis. Workshop & 8 Intro to Mysore classes inclu. $125; you choose the day(s)/time(s). Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Embody Truth: The End of Pretending – 2-5pm. Harness psychology and vinyasa flow to make it safe to reveal your most authentic self to yourself and then to others. All levels. Melody Moore. $60/ advance, $70/day of. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl.

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 I Believe I Can Fly Workshop – 10:30am12:30pm. Explore the connections between upper body strength & alignment, core strength & lower body control while playing w/different ways to build “flight” into your practice. Mandie Williams. $30 by 6/3, $40 after. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am-4:44pm. Celebration Tai Chi. 12pm: award-winning, level 4, black belt tai chi Instructor, Jenny Barone. Discover the benefits of tai chi for your health, serenity, strength & balance through demonstration & participation. 1pm: Readers, healers, practitioners & vendors. Donations. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit.

MONDAY, JUNE 12 6-Wk Intro to Herbal Healing – Mon, 6/127/17. 10am-12pm or 6:30-8:30pm. For beginners & those who want to deepen their knowledge & use of herbal medicine. Includes history, herbal actions, apothecary practices, recipes, sacred use of plants & more. Kathleen Maier, RH. More info:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 Preparing For Your Babymoon – 7-8pm. Learn how to thrive, and not just survive, the first 2 weeks. Come talk to a midwife who has seen hundreds of women through those early weeks. Corina Hossle, Embrace Midwifery. Free. The Beet Cafe at Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16 That Vitamin Movie – 7-8:30pm. With prescription medications now in the top 10 killers of Americans, this documentary shows a safer, more effective and cheaper way to tackle illness. Free. Dr. Sherron Marquina, facilitator. Register by 4pm. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Speakers: Vandorn Hinnant & Ana Maria Walle from Durham, NC. Presentation on sacred geometry & the effects of shapes on consciousness. Art will be involved. Potluck lunch follows. River Rd Baptist Church, NW Corner River & Ridge Rds. Donna: 804-690-3310.

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Yoga for Lower Back Pain – 6/23-25. Explore ways to relieve lower back pain with the lowest risk of harm, learn methods rooted in physiology & anatomy; get hands-on experience. Join Dr. Loren Fishman, Oxford graduate & lifelong yogi. $260. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 8th Annual Honey Bee Festival – 10am-2pm. Entertaining, informative and fun for the entire family, whether your interest is in starting your own hive, planting a pollinator-friendly landscape, doing something to help the environment or simply purchasing a jar of delicious local honey. Rockwood Park Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Rd. 804-404-2329. Richmond Vegetarian Festival - 12-6pm. Enjoy vegetarian food, cooking demos, speakers, kids’ activities, vendors, live music & more. Presented by Vegan Action. Bryan Park. Visit Agriberry Farm – 2-4pm. Rain or shine. Tour the fields, talk with the Geyer family and workers, stock up on farm goodies, pick some berries. 6289 River Rd, Hanover. 804-537-0448.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Chrysalis Institute Mindful Parenting Conference – 9:30am-4:30pm. The first Mindful Parenting Conference on the East Coast. Learn tools that will help you have happier, healthier relationships with your children. Keynote Speakers: Kay Davidson and Alex Peavey. Cost: Sliding scale, $50-$100. Collegiate School Campus, 103 N Mooreland Rd. Register:

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ongoingevents daily A Million Blooms – Thru 6/1. 9am-5pm. Events throughout the season include Butterflies LIVE!, Mother’s Day Weekend, Spring PlantFest & plant shows and activities in the Children’s Garden. $13/ adults, $8/ages 3-12, free/under age 3 & members. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Butterflies LIVE! – Thru 10/15. 9am-5pm. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter & take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats & life-cycles. $13/ adults, $8/ages 3-12, free/under age 3 & members. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas – 5-26-10/1. 9am-5pm. Explore as works by regional artists come alive in displays using live plants & natural materials throughout the Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. Design own masterpieces in Creation Stations. $13/adults, $8/ages 3-12, free/under age 3 & members. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave.

sunday Svaroopa Yoga – Daily, Indiv sessions. Meeting your body where it is w/poses selected for you. Improve flexibility, ease in movement, build strength & stamina. All levels, incl recovery from injury/ surgery. Anita Snellings, Cert Instructor. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. Overeaters Anonymous – 13 wkly mtgs. Is food a problem for you? No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins, no diets. 804-933-0480. Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 9am. Free. Deep Run Park, Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Richmond Zen – 9-10:20am, meditation; 10:3011:30am, study group. Meditation instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546.

Mom & Baby Yoga – 3pm. Restore and relax while taking time to connect with your baby. Focus on rebuilding strength in the abdomen, back & pelvic muscles, opening the chest & releasing tension throughout the body. $112/80 days; $17/ class. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Life, Motherhood & the Pursuit of Sanity – 3rd, 4-5:30pm. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Reiki Exchange – 4th, 4-6pm. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Breast Cancer Support Meeting – 3rd, 4:30pm. Sisters Network Breast Cancer Survivors. SNCVA House, 105 E Clay St. 804-447-4027.

monday Embodyment Yoga Therapy – Indiv sessions. Mrng/eve/wknd. Supporting body, mind & more, at a deeper level. Experience a difference in your 1st session. Deeply restorative. Anita Snellings, Cert Instructor. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. Svaroopa Yoga – 9-10:30am & 6:30-8pm. Deeply restorative yoga classes for beg/continuing levels. Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT700. $16, $116/8wks. 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338-1105. Tai Chi – 10am, Beg; 11am, Intermed. Yang 24 Form & Sun 31 Form taught in each class. Sun 31 = restorative form to help alleviate probs assoc w/ arthritis, diabetes, ortho concerns/rehab & other physical challenges. Jenny Barone. $10. First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave. 804-382-8103 or 804-355-8637. Ageless Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Focus on gentle yoga stretches, postures, breath awareness & relaxation to improve flexibility, strength & energy. Mary Lou Bean, Carolyn Hazel, Nancy Tatum, Sandy Axelson. $17, $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo; senior discount: $90/8 classes/mo. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

Yoga4EveryBody – 10:30-11:45am. Mindful yoga postures, breathing techniques & 15-min yoga nidra. Carol Bodhini Mahan. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

Gentle/Beginner Yoga – 4-5:15pm. Yoga for everyone. Props to increase flexibility & strength, breathing instruction, deep relaxation. Kirsten Hale, CSYT500. $16 (discount for series). Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-519-7471.

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.

Continuing Yoga/Mixed Level Yoga – 4:305:45pm. Integral yoga class for students w/some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $78/6 wks, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

Prenatal Yoga – 1:30pm. Prepare your body and mind for the birth of your child. $112/80 days, $17/ class. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

Mindful Monday Meditation – 6-6:30pm. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

Mindful Motion Yoga – 6-7:15pm. For beginners or those recovering from injury, illness, inactivity or surgery; focus on balance & calm centered mental outlook. Mary Lou Bean/Mary Leffler. $17, $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Continuing Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Integral yoga class for students w/some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $78/6 wks, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Healing Touch Clinic – 4th, 6:30 & 7:30pm. Energy therapy to reduce stress & pain, speed up healing & give a sense of well-being. Sherry Price. Free, by appt. Mt. Pisgah UMC, 1001 Mt Pisgah Dr, Midlothian. Ginger Ripley: 804-378-8175. Nia – 7-8:15pm. $11/mbrs, $15/nonmbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

tuesday Ayurvedic Health Consultations – Using strategies from yoga’s sister science, learn to build diet, exercise & lifestyle routines customized for your constitution. Understand your imbalances to help improve health & wellbeing. Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Adya Yoga and Ayurveda, 1801 E Broad St. 804-775-2392. Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info, Cassandra: 804-901-4583, Walk w/Certified Instructor – Mornings & afternoons (times vary). Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Qigong – 9:30am. Free. Round House/Byrd Park. Phoebe Antrim. Register: 804-358-1772. Yoga for Vibrant Aging – 9:30-10:30am. Mindful, active yoga practice that builds strength, flexibility & balance. For older adults & anyone wanting a mindful approach to their practice. Kay Franz. St. Stephen’s Church, Grove & Three Chopt. Details: 804-305-6374 or Cancer Support Group – 1st & 3rd, 9:30-11am. You Are Not Alone. Open to anyone touched by cancer. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info, Ann Petersen: 804-764-7201; Mary Baker: 804-893-8711. SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. Strength & balance classes. Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721.

classifieds Free Open Bereavement Support Group – 5:306:30pm. Open to all. Please come at least 3 times to benefit; no commitment req. Alane Cameron Miles, MDiv, Hospice Chaplain & Bereavement Care Coord. Metro Community Church, 2501 Park Ave. 804-353-9477.

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Live Your Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. All levels. Enjoy this balanced, slow flow class. Each week will feature a different theme woven throughout the practice that you might take with you beyond the studio. Pay what can. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl.

SHARED TREATMENT ROOM FOR RENT in Natural Healthcare clinic at The Boulders. For more information call 804-272-1224 or email

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.

RE-BALANCE, RECOVER, RELEASE AND RELIEVE CHRONIC PAIN AND TENSION. Learn to ‘feel good’ in your body with simple movement exercises from Franklin Method, Tai Chi and yoga. Accepting clients, offering workshops; Rie Monique Cherie, FME, ERYT. 804-382-5306.

Breast Cancer Support Group – 1 st & 3 rd , 6-7:30pm. Join fellow survivors thru & beyond your cancer journey in a nurse-facilitated group. Free. 601 Watkins Ctr Pkwy, Ste 200. 804-594-3130.


Richmond Area Lymphedema Support Group – 3rd, 6:30-8pm. Free. Retreat Hospital Boardroom. Does not meet Nov/Dec/Jan. Contact: Angela Denny PT, CLT, 804-281-8473/Patty Donovan, 804-270-9071.

Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15. Hatha yoga with props. No previous experience. Personal attention. Deborah Samson. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

Diversity Richmond Fitness – Bi-weekly, 7pm. Full-body workout class. Peak Physique facilitators. Free. Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave, Entrance 3. 804-622-4242 x203. DiversityRichmond. org.

Richmond MindBodySpirit Healing Circle – 1st & 3rd, 6-8pm. Healers working on healers thru various modalities. Even if new to holistic healing, come & experience an alt way to wholeness. Quantum touch, reiki, healing touch & emotion code. Donations. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit.

Falun Gong Book Study – 7pm. Free. 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-747-1215. Insight Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 40-min meditation followed by recorded dharma talk & discussion. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. Using the Violet Flame to Heal Your Chakras – 7:30pm. West End location. Rosemary: 804-926-9127.

wednesday Assisted Explorations of the Inner Self – Use journeying, dreamwork & journaling to explore & understand your life’s purpose & journey. Linda Anson. $30/90-min. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For spaces & dates: 804-337-5197. Walk w/Certified Instructor – See Tues listing. Details/locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721.

Tai Chi for Health & Arthritis – 5/2-6/27 (not on 5/23 or 6/13), 1-2pm. Sun style tai chi. Uses gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. $10, $48/6-wk series. Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906.

Let Your Yoga Dance – 3rd, 3-4:30pm. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

Cancer Caregiver Support Group – 1 st , 2-3pm. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info, Ann Petersen: 804-764-7201.

Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079.

Ageless Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. See Tues listing. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

Prenatal Yoga – 5:45pm. See Sun listing. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

Prenatal Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Allows moms-to-be to practice yoga safely throughout pregnancy. Christina Evans. $17, $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/ mo. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Tai Chi – 6:30-7:45pm. Warm-ups & meditation (w/short 13-movement form). Lili Just Simons, Divine Therapy. $20, $60/mo. Humphrey Calder Comm Ctr, 414 N Thompson St. 804-257-5573. Let Your Soul Speak Journaling Group – 1st, 7-8:15pm. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Richmond Zen – 7-8:20pm. Meditation. Instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. Adyashanti Gathering – 7-9pm. 30-min meditation followed by recorded Adyashanti talk & discussion. Info: Continuing Yoga – 7:30-9pm. For students w/some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nitika Achalan. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. English Country Dancing – 7:30-9:30pm. Colonial Dance Club. Belmont Rec Ctr, 1600 Hilliard Rd. 804-744-3264.

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

Ayurvedic Health Consultations – See Tues listing. Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Adya Yoga and Ayurveda, 1801 E Broad St. 804-775-2392. Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info: 804-901-4583, 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 – 3rd, 2-3:30pm. Free. Jewish Family Services, 6718 Patterson Ave. Register: 804-282-5644 x254. Insight Meditation – 5:45-7:30pm. See Tues listing. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. Kirtan – 3rd, 7-8pm. Different chant leaders & kirtan chanters each month. No previous experience required. Bring a percussion instrument. Pay what can; sug $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Mom’s Healing Circle – 3rd, 7-9:30pm. Creating space to witness our stories & emotions intentionally thru Council Share & Toning Circle w/vocalization & energetic healing. Open to all mothers (preconception to grandmother). Pam Karthik. Free. Heart of Yoga, 1903 Manakin Rd, Manakin. 804-551-1615. FB: Mom’s Healing Circle. Shamanic Drum Circle – 3 rd, 7:15-9:15pm. Donation. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

Svaroopa Yoga – See Sun listing. Anita Snellings, Cert Instructor. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. SoulCollage Group – 2x/mo. Come to any or all sessions. $25/session incl supplies. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For schedule/reserve space: 804-901-4583, WomanSpeak Circle – 1 st & 3 rd . Learn the art & soul of public speaking in a supportive, fun circle of women committed to unleashing their brilliance. Midlo. Membership info: Mixed Level Yoga – 9-10:15am. Posture, breathing techniques & 15-min yoga nidra. Sylvia Durga Nofsinger/Nora Vimala Pozzi. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. See Tues listing. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. X-Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Combines chair yoga w/yoga on the mat. For people w/some physical limitations or for those who enjoy a slow pace. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $90/6 wks, $17/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

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Mom & Baby Yoga – 11:30am. See Sun listing. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Tai Chi for Health & Arthritis – 5/4-6/29 (not on 5/25 or 6/15), 6-7pm. See Tues listing. $10, $40/5wk series. Covenant Woods Fitness Ctr, 7090 Covenant Woods Dr, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Beginners/Mixed Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Posture, breathing techniques & 15-min yoga nidra. Melinda Uma Nolen. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Suicide Support Group – 3rd, 6:30-8pm. Connect w/community mbrs suffering from suicide loss & receive emotional support. Peer-facilitated; no mental health professionals guide group. Safe grieving environment, free of stigma & judgment. Pusey House/First Baptist, 2705 Park Ave. Essential Oils Education – 7pm. Learn more about using dōTERRA oils in the home. Lisa Cusano. RSVP: FB page: Earth Essentials RVA. 804.405.6724 38

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

saturday Saturday Salutations at the VMFA – 5/13, 27; 6/10, 24. 9-10am. Open to all levels, beginner appropriate, family-friendly & support PYR’s yoga and mindfulness outreach programs. Pay via website; cannot pay at event. Pay what can. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Belvedere Deck, 200 N Blvd. Mommy & Baby Yoga – 10am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. Meetup. com/Prenatal-Yoga-Richmond. Earth Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. A moving meditation to connect us to our life source while connecting to our infinite universal source. Beginners/mixed. Personal attention. Anne Bhudevi Fletcher. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. Prenatal Yoga – 12:30pm. Learn how yoga can make your pregnancy more comfortable & your birth calmer. Embrace Maternal & Baby Wellness Collective, 124 Buford Rd. Jessica Turner: Jess. Contra Dance – 2nd and 4th, 7-11pm. $7. Contra Dance Group. Lewis Ginter Rec Ctr. 804-247-9247; Linda Salter: 804-266-7355.

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

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



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


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


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

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


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


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

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Floyd M. Herdrich, M.Ac., L.Ac., MAP™ 804-698-0225 Family Practice Acupuncture, since 1985, now in Ginter Park. Complementary & Alternative treatment for medical conditions: overriding emphasis on Wellness, Body-Mind-Spirit and quality of life. See ad, page 27.


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


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


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


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


Bradley Richmond, DC Elliot S. Eisenberg, DC 3904 Meadowdale Blvd, Richmond 804-271-7920 Chiropractic and Massage. Providing pain relief to wellness care for all ages; individualized care programs since 1984. Voted Richmond’s Top Chiropractor in Richmond Magazine’s annual survey. See ad, page 8.


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


Charlene Dortch, CH, CHTP, ATP® Richmond 804-839-3123 Clear blocks and restore balance to your life. Services include Spiritual Response Therapy, Hypnosis, Healing Touch, Reiki, ThetaHealingTM Emotional Freedom Techniques, life coaching, ATP®. See ad, page 5.


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

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

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


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



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


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


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


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

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



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


Sherron Marquina, DC, PAK 9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 Board-Certified Professional Applied Kinesiologist. Individualized care using functional diagnostics, gentle balancing methods, clinical nutrition, advanced therapies to solve difficult health problems or optimize your health. See ad, page 8.


9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 Laser therapy can reduce pain and swelling of strained muscles, tendonitis, irritated discs, inflamed nerves; can stimulate tissue repair and regeneration from old and new injuries. See our website for more information about laser therapy. See ad, page 8.



201 North Robinson Street Richmond, VA 23220 804-353-1733 A vibrant, environmentally friendly salon located in the heart of Richmond’s Fan district. We work together with our clients to find effective ways for them to join in our journey of healing the planet one head at a time.


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


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


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Providing Therapeutic Massage for 30+ years. Tailored to your needs – Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Prenatal/Postpartum, Therapeutic, Hot Stone, Swedish, Sports, Couples and Infant Massage. Thai Yoga Massage, Reflexology, Reiki. Gift certificates available. Member BBB. See ad, page 9.


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




Medial Shaman, Healing Teacher & Crystal Skull Guardian 804-405-3194 As a Medial Shaman, I am extremely pleased to show you the way to yourself, support your selfhealing and help guide you in finding your soul with small “suitable-for-daily-use” aids.


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


Laura Alberg, CNM, WHNP-BC 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 MyBonSecoursBaby/ Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and went on to complete her postmaster’s certificate in nurse midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.

Only do what your heart tells you. ~Princess Diana 42

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Kimberly Caylor, CNM, MSN 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 MyBonSecoursBaby/ Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green State University in Huron, Ohio, and obtained her Master of Science in Nursing-midwifery from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.


Derek S. Metzler, MPT 211-A N 18th St, Richmond 804-644-1221 • Our Physical therapy practice focuses on healing and well-being. Trained in Jone’s Institute Fascial Strain-Counter-Strain, John F. Barnes method of Myofascial Release, we treat the whole body to resolve complex issues.


Jean Curtacci, RN, CNM 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 MyBonSecoursBaby/ As a certified nurse-midwife, Jean provides holistic care for women through all life stages. Jean has over 10 years of experience in women’s health care and is a strong proponent of disease prevention and wellness, patient education, informed decision making, and practicing evidence-based health care.

South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447 • Our expert staff offers Counseling for: Weight Loss, Nutrition, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Stress, Pain Management, Autism, BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Respiratory Conditions, Anti-Aging (Optimal Aging), Allergies, Skin Ailments, Auto-immune disorders, GI Issues, Chronic Disease (i.e.: CFS/FM, RA, MS, etc.)… call today. We can help you get back on track. We also offer workshops, group and corporate programs. See ad, page 3.

James River Myofascial Release 8550 Mayland Drive, Ste 208 Henrico, VA 23294 804-543-5261 James River MFR is a John F. Barnes Myofascial Release practice that helps Richmond, VA stay active and pain-free. MFR is the missing link in your healing journey!

3527 Ellwood Ave, Carytown Chrysalis Institute is a resource and learning center that explores the insights and practices of the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies, and contemporary sciences. Chrysalis encourages curiosity, compassion, community and the cultivation of skills so that we might act mindfully in the world. See ads, pages 7 & 13.


South River Compounding Pharmacy 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian 3656 Mayland Ct, West End 804-897-6447 • Richmond area residents have chosen South River to be their preferred provider of customized medications for 17+ years. A compassionate experienced staff, paired with state-of-the-art facilities and national ACHC accreditation, make us the true specialists in BHRT, Pain Management, Upper & Lower Respiratory, and Topical Anti-Infective medications. In addition, we offer our patients the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements available. See ad, page 3.


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





Brenda Radford, CNM 13700 St Francis Blvd, MOB Ste 510 Midlothian 804-423-8462 MyBonSecoursBaby/ Brenda received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University and a Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University. In addition, Brenda is a board-certified lactation consultant.




12230 Ironbridge Rd, Ste C, Chester 11934 W Broad St, Henrico 804-717-5000 • Fax: 804-717-8300 Virginia’s First Nationally Accredited Compounding Pharmacy. RX3 is an industry leader for innovation and quality or over 20 years. Our specialties include: bio-identical hormone replacement, pain management, sterile and veterinary preparations, supplements, and traditional pharmacy services. See ad, page 11.


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

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There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~Celia Thaxter natural awakenings

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

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




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

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



5700 Old Richmond Ave, Ste A-5 (Off Libbie, near St. Mary’s) 804-358-1492 Integrative approach to medicine, optimizing a realistic plan for your health/disease management. As a pharmacist, I review your medications to determine which ones are needed. Implement alternative therapies. Web visits available for established patients. See ad, page 21.

Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Richmond Tuesday Evenings, 6-7:15pm 804-698-0225 At Battery Park Christian Church, Ginter Park. Classical-style Tai Chi Chuan, the 38 posture short form. Essential movements to strengthen/enhance health and develop spiritual practice. See ad, page 27.



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

Thermographer The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Dr, Richmond 804-683-7774 Safe, non-invasive, radiation-free image screening. Preserve your breast, heart health and much more. Live happier and healthier longer! Interpreted by Matthew Lee, MD, RPh. See ad, page 9.


5322 Patterson Ave, Richmond 804-288-7387 Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic offers traditional as well as holistic and herbal remedies. Please see our website for information on all services offered. See ad, page 33.


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Incorporate yoga into your life at Glenmore with 30 student-focused, multi-level classes from Gentle and Ageless to Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative and Prenatal. 200- and 300-Hour Teacher Training. Voted best Richmond Yoga Center. See ad, page 9.


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


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

The grass is always greener where you water it. ~Unknown 44

Greater Richmond Edition


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


320 Libbie Ave. 804-282-9642 Richmond’s Premiere Yoga Studio and Clothing Boutique located in Libbie & Grove Neighborhood, with 35+ classes/week including Beginner, Vinyasa, Kids, Teens, 200- and 300-hour Teacher Training, as well as Annual Wellness Retreats.



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


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

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


Nora Vimala Pozzi, E-RYT 500, PRYT 804-342-1061 A unique body-mind healing practice that combines gentle yoga with active listening to facilitate self-discovery and exploration of the relationship between our body, mind and life.


6517 Dickens Place Richmond, VA 23230 Project Yoga Richmond is a 501 (c3) nonprofit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, that makes Yoga instruction accessible and affordable to practitioners of all abilities and income levels through its pay-what-you-can studio classes and outreach programs. Project Yoga Richmond partners with local groups, agencies, schools, and community centers to provide free and/​or low-cost yoga and mindfulness services throughout Greater Richmond. See ad, page 8.

You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day-unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour. ~Old Zen Adage

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