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Happy Holiday Season! As the days grow shorter and colder, I delight in the last of autumn’s leaves swirling from the trees and the twinkly holiday lights that begin to dress many of the houses in the area. And while the holiday songs have already been playing for several weeks by now, they lift my spirit and I enjoy singing along to most of them. Even with all of the festivity, this is an easy time of year to settle into a funk and it is important to find ways to keep yourself grounded, centered and fulfilled. Take a look at our calendar of events to discover many opportunities for you to develop a skill, find community or learn new ways to live a healthy life. If you find yourself needing more— seek out one or more of the practitioners listed in our Community Resource Guide in the back of the magazine who can help you heal your body, mind and spirit. If you are like me, you may just like to hunker down with a good book to relax and take a break from the demands of the day. I seem to have an endless pile—I tend to gravitate towards non-fiction books about personal development, natural health and well-being (which is probably why Natural Awakenings was my favorite local magazine long before I became its publisher!). I am currently reading Courageous Woman by local author Laurel Holland, Start Here Now by Susan Piver and No Time Like the Present by Jack Kornfield (for a Chrysalis Institute book club). I love finding things in these books that I can incorporate into my own life to help me continuously evolve into the best me I can be. To cultivate the love of reading is a gift we can give the children in our lives and this issue includes an article about books kids will love—just in time for holiday shopping! Speaking of holiday shopping—our special Holiday Guide for Conscious Giving highlights local businesses offering ways to express your appreciation for loved ones with meaningful gifts of health, well-being and sustainability. In spite of the holiday season typically being a time of hustle and bustle and buying and busy, seasonally, wintertime is a time for quiet and reflection and slowing down. A time to go inward to contemplate that which we hope to cultivate and grow in the new year. Do you find times to be quiet and still? How does it feel? I found this poem by Pablo Neruda to be a beautiful reminder of the importance of quiet… Keeping Quiet Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on the face of the Earth, let’s not speak in any language, let’s stop for a second, and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines; we would all be together in a sudden strangeness. If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves and of threatening ourselves with death. Perhaps the Earth can teach us as when everything seems dead in winter and later proves to be alive. Now I’ll count up to twelve and you keep quiet and I will go. Enjoy your peace and quiet. Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

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newsbriefs Stem Cell Therapy Available at West End Foot & Ankle


est End Foot & Ankle is now offering stem cell injections. Dr. David Weiss states, “It is something that has been very successful in healing most problems that we encounter in foot and ankle medicine. It also is used in other fields of medicine, including neurology, general surgery, ophthalmology and dentistry. The stem cells are obtained from a placenta that is donated from the mother after a baby’s birth. The cells have a remarkable ability to heal tissue, as well as inhibit inflammation. The injections are typically done in the office, and are relatively painless.” Weiss is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon practicing medicine and surgery for more than 22 years. He says, “This new therapy is the most exciting thing that I have seen since I have been practicing. They are much safer than having a cortisone injection and have saved many people from having to undergo surgery.” Location: Medical Office Building 2, Ste. 215, 7650 Parham Rd. For appointments, call 804-346-1779. For more information, visit See ad, page 3.

Lakeside Wellness Now Offers Acupuncture, Yoga and More


akeside Wellness, in Henrico, is holding an Open House Celebration from 4 to 6 p.m., November 14, with door prizes, free sessions, acupuncture, wellness coaching, energy work, chakra balancing, yoga, classes, workshops and more. Lakeside Wellness, which began a year ago as a place where Richmonders could get a variety of alternative wellness services under one roof, now offers massage therapy, energy work (reiki and Healing Touch), acupuncture, wellness coaching, vascular therapy and yoga. Founder and owner, Alyson Schlobohm, LMT, says, “We are a growing community of wellness practitioners, and new services, classes and workshops are added daily. I started this wellness center to create a community-based center where wellness practitioners will thrive and offer different wellness alternatives to the public, all under one roof!” Location: 6924 Lakeside Ave., Ste. 306, Henrico. For appointments, call 804-516-4285. For more information, visit See ad, page 5.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey 8

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New Yoga School Offers Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training


he Mibo School of Yoga is opening one of the first East Coast Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training schools that includes classes, workshops and 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training programs. The school will also host weekly classes and serve the development of both new and experienced yoga teachers. Although the school is centered around personal intention and selfgrowth, its mission is to serve humanity as a whole. In particular, Mibo Yoga recognizes the need to bring love, light, laughter and healing to our country’s military personnel and veterans. The 501(c)3 Viva Standing Foundation’s Warrior Challenge is a continuing, 12-week Virginia Beach yoga and meditation class series designed for U.S. service members, especially those returning home from service overseas. Founder Jo Standing says, “Mibo is the meeting of the mind and body and the expansive human potential within each of us. We are each capable of our best only when we connect the mind and body with the intention of generating inner healing and personal development.” Standing is a recognized author and Harvard Faculty Club speaker on The Power of PTSD and Conquering Trauma Drama who travels often to speak. The next 200-Hour Trauma-Senstitive Yoga Training begins on February 2, 2018. Location: Virginia Beach. For more information or to register for the training, visit See ad, page 33.

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ndrew Stiles, a certified hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists and owner of Relief Hypnosis, is also an adjunct professor at John Tyler Community College where he has taught student development classes for 10 years. In teaching so many freshmen, he realized a need for helping his students with test-taking anxiety. Stiles found that teaching his students selfhypnosis techniques and mindfulness helped improve their test scores and overall college experience. Stiles, a life-long athlete, fly fishing instructor and golf and squash coach, also found that hypnosis and visualization can help athletes improve their game-day performance. Stiles specializes in smoking cessation, weight loss, test-taking anxiety and sports performance hypnosis. He uses hypnosis, positive visualization and relaxation techniques to help clients overcome obstacles and realize their highest potential. For appointments, call 804-389-0812. For more information, email Andrew. See listing, page 42.

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newsbriefs Meet the Staff and Midwives at Open House New Local Source Midwifery & Birth Center will for Natural Hair and EPiembrace hold their second annual Fall & Families Body Products Social on November 5 for all previous, current and prospective clients to gather and celebrate the season. There are also weekly tours and meet-the-midwife sessions at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Embrace is the area’s only freestanding, midwife-led, waterbirth center. At the open house, you can meet the staff, including Linsey Kornya, CPM, LM, who is joining the team as a staff midwife after running a successful midwifery practice and small birthing center in St. Louis, Missouri. Kornya is dedicated to combining the art of midwifery with evidence-based medicine, witnessing and supporting the hard, beautiful and private work it takes to bring new life to the world. She has a passion for physiological, out-of-hospital birth, which she believes can be safe, beautiful, empowering and sometimes even transformative. Kornya also loves supporting clients through the first tender weeks postpartum and helping every family transition to their new normal as smoothly Linsey Kornya, CPM, LM as possible.


abi Day launched Bright Body, a minority woman-owned natural hair and body product company, on October 1. She was inspired to create natural products in order to reduce her exposure to toxins while dealing with chronic illness. Bright Body has a variety of products designed for different hair and skin types, including hair cleansers and conditioners, hair styling products, toners, facial and body creams and deodorant. Day uses as many organic ingredients as possible, and every ingredient is given the safest possible rating by the Environmental Working Group. She says, “We firmly believe that you don’t have to give up performance when you go natural!”

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New Book Depicts Spiritual Renewal


ichmond writer, teacher and energy healer Cheryl Pallant has published her 11th book, Ginseng Tango, a memoir about grief and spiritual renewal that chronicles living and teaching at a university in South Korea. It shows the joys and struggles of being a foreigner, her involvement with tango, Buddhism, shamanism, spirits and acupuncture while going through a divorce and coping with North Korean missiles. Ginseng Tango documents the challenges and awakenings that led Pallant to return to Richmond and become an energy healer. Specializing in reiki and Healing Touch, she founded The Wellness Space, where she offers sessions in energy healing, somatic and creativity coaching and intuitive guidance.

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We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. ~Dalai Lama


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ominion Women’s Health & Wellness Med Spa has relocated to The Shoppes at Westgate, 11739 West Broad Street. The innovative med spa’s total care approach includes individualized treatment plans to help each client achieve their health and beauty goals. The spa has five facial/massage rooms, one laser/Pelleve treatment room, one SculpSure body contouring treatment room, one bioidentical HRT room and a relaxation Zen room. Dominion Women’s Health & Wellness Med Spa continues to offer an array of natural skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction treatments, hair reduction and removal, massage therapy and energy work, hormone balancing and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, nutrition and weight-loss services, body sculpting, medical-grade skin care products and natural make-up. Badeha Hamze, spa director and master esthetician, says, “We offer a fresh approach to health and beauty by treating the whole person, inside and out. Our desire is for our clients to look younger and feel younger.”

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atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July; the new logo and cover design will now appear in all editions. Other design elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cutting-edge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers.

Beyond Maria: Coming Together to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico


uis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallabery are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s number one health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the most important annual health and wellness expo in PR and the Caribbean, created a natural health network of discounted services with more than 1,000 providers and 250,000 members and founded an alternative eco-school to serve PR’s western coast. They have been inspirational to their readers and clients, but also to other publishers in the Natural Awakenings family, who have benefited from their guidance, leadership and vision for the magazine. Publishers have created a GoFundMe account to support their efforts to rebuild PR’s holistic health and wellness community at a time when healing services are so desperately needed. Mendez and Sallaberry will be trustees of this fund and will disseminate the proceeds to the people and organizations in PR at their discretion. Donations will help not just one family, but an entire networked family of businesses and organizations that are part of the backbone of PR. “I’m inspired by the ways different publishers are responding to this need in our publishing family,” says Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation CEO Sharon Bruckman. “This campaign allows us to reach out to our readers, as well, and offer them a way to directly affect the natural health community in Puerto Rico, allowing for continued sustenance even after Puerto Rico cycles out of the news in the weeks and months to come.” For more information and to make a donation, visit


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cientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium). Using data from more than 12,000 people for an average of six years, researchers assessed their onion and garlic consumption using a food frequency questionnaire and compared those measurements with blood pressure and incidences of both cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. The scientists discovered the subjects that ate more onion and garlic regularly had risk reductions of 64 percent in cardiovascular disease, 32 percent in chronic kidney disease and 25 percent in hypertension compared to those that ate less of them.



Cranberry Prebiotic Promotes Gut Health


esearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the beneficial, naturally occurring bifidobacteria, enhancing the body’s microbiome. “A lot of plant cell walls are indigestible, just like we can’t digest the special sugars found in xyloglucans,” explains nutritional microbiologist and researcher David Sela, Ph.D. “But when we eat cranberries, the xyloglucans enter our intestines, where beneficial bacteria can break them down into useful molecules and compounds.” Sela emphasizes the importance of prebiotics. “With probiotics, we are taking extra doses of beneficial bacteria that may or may not help our gut health,” he says. “But with prebiotics, we already know that we have the beneficial guys in our guts, so let’s feed them with more nutrients and things that they like.” 14

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cientists from the Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, in Japan, examined the impact of a combination of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine on the rate of delirium in cardiovascular patients admitted into an intensive care unit. Of the 59 patients studied, 29 were treated with conventional care and 30 were given the same care, plus herbal medicine three times a day and acupuncture once a day. In the treatment group, incidental rates of delirium were 6.6 percent, significantly lower than the 37.9 percent rate found in the control group. This group also required fewer sedative drugs traditionally used to combat aggressive behavior in delirious patients.


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esearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, North Carolina, have found that aerobic exercise increases overall brain volume and gray matter, and helps improve brain function. Thirty-five adults with mild cognitive impairment were split into an aerobic group and a stretching group. The aerobic group participated in moderate-to-vigorous exercise four times per week for six months, while the others did stretching exercises at the same rate. The researchers used magnetic resolution imaging with each participant at the beginning of the study and after six months to determine potential changes in the brain. They found that both groups showed volume increases in gray matter regions linked to short-term memory, but the aerobic group displayed a larger preservation of overall brain volume. They also had greater improvements in cognitive function.

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esearchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, followed 108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality rates with the amount of vegetation around their homes. The researchers also accounted for related risk factors such as age, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and smoking behaviors. They concluded that subjects living in the greenest areas had a 12 percent lower mortality rate than those living in the least lush areas during the study period.


Black Cumin Oil Helps Control Asthma

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igella sativa oil (NSO), commonly called black cumin, is used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions. Researchers from University College London, in the UK, and King Abdulaziz University, in Saudi Arabia, studied the impact of this oil on patients with asthma. Scientists divided 80 asthmatics into two groups of 40. One group was treated with 500 milligrams of NSO twice a day for four weeks. The other was given a placebo. The researchers used an asthma control score to measure improvement, along with pulmonary function testing and the level of blood eosinophils, diseasefighting white blood cells that indicate inflammation and allergic reaction. The researchers found normal eosinophil levels and significant improvement in the average asthma control test score for those in the NSO group, plus improved pulmonary function, compared to the placebo group.




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This year, all REI outdoor outfitter stores will close on Black Friday and join hundreds of national and local organizations and like-minded brands to ask, “Will You Go Out with Us?” For the third year, the REI #OptOutside initiative will mobilize Americans to firmly establish a new tradition of choosing trails over sales on Black Friday, including camping under the stars instead of camping out at malls. For helpful ideas, visit opt-outside.

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Biodegradable Reeboks Help Solve Waste Problem Reebok is introducing a completely compostable sneaker designed to neither harm the environment when created nor potentially clog a landfill when discarded. The shoe’s upper section is made of sustainable organic cotton, while the sole is derived from industrially grown corn, harvested when it’s older and tougher. Even the eyelets are stitched, using no metal or plastic.

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The easiest way to save money on airfare is by being flexible, because flying on certain days at certain times can be more affordable. Shopping among airports and carriers can also yield dividends, perhaps leaving from one airport and returning to another or combining airlines based on the lowest available rates for legs of the trip. Off hours for flying are very early in the morning or late at night; keep looking for deals right up to the deadline. Airlines send deals and special offers to those that sign up for email alerts. Stay updated on their social media platforms if they release special offers to online followers. To avoid incrementally increasing prices and falling victim to some packagers’ tactics of dynamic pricing and tracking computer searches, clear the browser’s cookies between searches. Try helpful Travel Apps for smartphones; not only are they mobile, they vary in service and scope to suit individual needs. Most are free. 16

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Pedestrian Power Smart Street Lights Powered by Footsteps Conventional street lights collectively emit more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The city of Las Vegas, a leader in municipal sustainability, has contracted with EnGoPlanet, a New York City clean tech startup, to install the world’s first Smart Street Lights powered by pedestrians’ footsteps via kinetic energy pads and solar energy. When someone steps on a kinetic tile, energy is created and goes directly to a battery. Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet, says, “Clean and free energy is all around us. Urban cities have to build the smart infrastructures of tomorrow that will be able to harvest all of that energy. This project is a small but important step in that direction.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman says, “Through our LEED-certified buildings, solar projects, water reclamation, alternativefueled vehicles and sustainable streetlights, Las Vegas continues to lead the way.” The company also cites Smart Street Light projects in Chicago, Detroit, Auburn Hills (Michigan), Asbury Park (New Jersey) and at stadiums such as the MercedesBenz Superdome, in New Orleans. View an illustrative video at Tinyurl. com/SmartStreetLights.


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Birds Die Flying Into Reflective Glass One night earlier this year, nearly 400 birds migrating north from Central and South America died in the midst of a storm from slamming into the 23-story American National Insurance Company skyscraper in Galveston, Texas. Among the victims were Nashville warblers, yellow warblers and ovenbirds. The American Bird Conservancy estimates as many as 1 billion birds die annually from colliding with glass in the U.S. as they see and therefore fly into the reflection of landscapes and the sky or inside vegetation. The exterior of the Galveston building, previously lit by large floodlights, is now illuminated only by green lights on its top level for air travel safety considerations. Other widely available means to protect birds include products to make residential and commercial windows less attractive to them. Specially placed tape or mullions creating stripes or patterns can help birds identify glass and avoid deadly crashes. Awnings, shutters and outside screens can also reduce bird collisions with buildings.

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Decaying Autumn Leaves Feed Gardens In many parts of the U.S., autumn and winter bring fallen leaves, and the benefits of composting can be extended via leaf molding. “You get new leaves every year. You don’t need to take leaves to a landfill or burn them,” advises Lee Reich, Ph.D., a garden and orchard consultant in New Paltz, New York ( Digging or tilling leaves into garden beds and containers, using them as mulch, fosters natural soil conditioning, supplies beneficial nutrients and enriches earthworm habitat. estimates that 50 to 80 percent of tree nutrients end up in their leaves. According to, “Leaf mold prevents extreme fluctuations in soil temperature, keeps the soil surface loose so water penetrates easily, retains soil moisture by slowing water evaporation and stimulates biological activity, creating a microbial environment that helps thwart pests.” One method comprises piling leaves in a corner of the yard or in a wood or wire bin at least three feet wide and tall. Thoroughly dampen the entire pile and let it sit, checking the moisture level occasionally during dry periods and adding water if necessary. Another option is to fill a large plastic bag with leaves and moisten them. Seal the bag, and then cut some holes or slits for airflow. Check every month or two and add water if the leaves are dry. Either way, the decomposition process for most leaves can take six to 12 months; reports that some leaves, like oak, can take up to three years to decompose. Hasten the process by mowing the leaves a couple of times before adding them to the pile or bag; turning them over every few weeks with a shovel or garden fork; or covering the contained pile with a plastic tarp to keep the leaves wetter and warmer.

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Safe, Fun Gifts for Kids During the holiday gift buying season, it’s good to recall the days of old-fashioned toys. Simple, wooden toys made with non-toxic paints are far safer than those sprayed with varnishes and paints containing lead and volatile organic compounds. Plastics can emit unhealthy chemicals used during manufacturing, which also produces environmental pollution. Pieces can break off, possibly injuring soft skin, or be consumed by toddlers with dangerous results. A report by Environment California, a research and policy center, found that products designed for babies and young children, such as soft plastic teethers, bath accessories and others, contain phthalates. Many toys require batteries containing heavy metals like mercury and cadmium. recommends eco-conscious makers of toys available at, including organic cotton stuffed animals;, featuring sustainably harvested cherry wood rattles and organic Egyptian cotton animals; and, with play meal cookware and serving pieces made from bioplastic, consisting of a corn and starch resin. Educational toys can “enhance language, conceptual understanding and numerical and spatial cognition,” according to a study in the journal Mind, Brain and Education. Six-to-8-year-olds can gain an appreciation for archaeology playing with Smithsonian toys available at Barnes & Noble and sells wood puzzles, solar-powered robots and board games from the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy. The Discovery Channel Store has safe toys and books for kids. Follow age guidelines in choosing gifts, advises Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Toy Industry Association. “Age-grading has nothing to do with how smart a child is— it’s based on the developmental skills and abilities at a given age and the specific features of a toy.” Practice conservation while saving money by canvassing thrift and consignment shops for classic card and board games.




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Ways to Focus on What Really Matters by Marlaina Donato

Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains us and gives meaning to life.

Share Good Food “I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we would purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the local food pantry when we shopped for our own, saying, ‘One for us, one for them.’” Nourishment of our emotional and spiritual selves often begins with choosing simple, whole food. Rocco DiSpirito, a New York City celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, reminds us, “Eat real food! Return to the basics of eating what’s produced by Mother Nature. You’ll become a better partner, parent and person.” Cooking is more enjoyable when shared; beyond partaking together, partnering in meal preparation is a fun way to nurture bonds with others any time of the year.

Bangor, Pennsylvania, has opened her doors for intimate community events through the years. “My former home, a converted church, was a perfect space for organizing and a way to give back,” says Caldara, who has hosted gatherings on local environmental issues, music performances, literary nights and annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Small living spaces can be just as welcoming and facilitate simple conversation, a valuable gesture. “The art of listening is such a beautiful, but rare act of kindness. I love technology, but there’s no denying that our devices have made us poor listeners,” says Michael J. Chase, of southern Maine, the founder of The Kindness Center, whose books include Am I Being Kind and Off: A Memoir of Darkness, a Manual of Hope. Each month, Chase makes it a point to visit friends and send some handwritten notes instead of using social media.

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Ohio, author of Kindness is Contagious, observes, “We are literally created to be kind; it’s well known that feel-good endorphins are released when we do an act of kindness. I think we often hold back because we predetermine that our resources are limited. Know your talents and gifts, and build your acts of kindness accordingly.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist (

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oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.

Money Talk Taboo “We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder, Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into the marketplace,” she says. Money is a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional


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territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of selfrealization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money. She recommends doing a “body checkin” to become aware of our physical

reaction to related issues, We have ups and ing what was spent on whether it’s going on a into the hours downs in life, and something reckless spending spree it took to earn the money. the same is true “This perspective can or bracing to ask for a how we raise. This stage paves the of our finances. transform allocate resources and way for the practical work what we’re of learning to manage our ~Bari Tessler willing to spend money money in alignment with on,” she says. our values, goals and dreams. It begins Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestwith developing practices to track, seller Your Money or Your Life, espouses review and reflect upon spending and a similar approach: thinking of money earning patterns. in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you Tactical Tools actually got fulfillment in proportion to Tessler recommends utilizing one of life energy spent in each subcategory many free financial tracking tools like awakens the natural sense of knowing, or MoneyMinder when enough is enough,” she writes. She also suggests we Tessler and Onerheim rename their preloaded budget categories both encourage rethinking the idea to reflect our personal relationships to that all earning is good and all spendthe areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” ing is bad: “It’s about balancing needs rather than mortgage; “my dream vacaand wants, and we need joy in life. It’s tion” for savings targeted for time off; not about saving every penny and not or “life happens” for late fees). enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim. For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translat-

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hile kids may list movies, kids 8 and up about math, science and video games, music downengineering—cultivates positive role loads and other media featur- models via inspirational personal stoing their favorite athlete, actor or music ries. She points out that most of those star as priority holiday gifts, books will depicted were not that well known, and expand their thoughts, curiosity and therefore can be emulated and more dreams by exposing them to a different readily related to. set of role models and aspirations. One of these is Katherine Coleman Reading takes kids away from tech Johnson, a black National Aeronauscreens and expands horizons in ways tics and Space Administration research that can improve their mathematician and physischool grades, maturity cist, portrayed in the recent Holiday gift and overall inquisitiveHidden Figures. Mabooks can inspire film ness. Many wise-hearted rine scientist Eugenie Clark, lifetime readers. known as the “shark lady” parents are recognizing the benefits, as children’s for her daring underwater book sales were up 5 percent in the research, and major pioneers in cartog12-month period ending in mid-Octoraphy, archaeology and other fields also ber 2016, according to the American stir inquiring minds. Booksellers Association. Humor, fantasy “I wanted to provide a variety and magic, classics, nonfiction, time of fields, backgrounds and ethnicitravel and participatory activities rank ties,” remarks Lawlor. “They were all among the most popular topics. determined, very smart and persistent, and made strides in opening Award-Winners’ Advice doors for women.” Lawlor’s 2012 “Children can’t be what they can’t see,” children’s book Rachel Carson and says author Laurie Lawlor, of Evanston, Her Book That Changed The World Illinois. Her 2017 book Super Women: describes how Carson’s seminal 1962 Six Scientists that Changed the World— book Silent Spring helped spawn the a nonfiction account designed to excite conservation and pro-environment 24

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movement by chronicling the dangers of pollution. Children’s fascination with nature and wildlife can also be met through the Dog and Bear series by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, out of Long Island, New York, and Vermonter Jim Arnosky’s scientifically sound wildlife chronicles ( Kelly Barnhill, of Minneapolis, whose latest work is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, characterizes children as quiet, yet highly active when reading. “They are encountering characters and then building, inserting themselves and more information into the stories, making it more relevant to them,” she says. The former middle school language arts teacher advocates parental reading aloud with children. “Make it a daily practice of turning to a separate book from what they may be reading on their own. You’re helping them develop cognitive structure by reinforcing and explaining. It’s a shared lens on life.”

Cultivate Reading 4 Know the child’s interests. “If they like horses or birds, you’re certain to find great related books,” advises Lawlor. 4 Lead by example. “Seeing you

reading or gardening or making things invites them to learn more about what they like,” says Lawlor.

4 Be flexible and share. There’s no clear-cut time to transition from reading aloud to having a child do it on their own. Try taking turns reading a paragraph and then a page with them. “Women tend to read more than men, so get Dad involved, as well,” says Barnhill. 4 Access quantity. “Make many

books available to kids,” advises Barnhill. “They’ll enjoy having a choice.” Thrift stores are stocked with heavily discounted used books.

4 Empower them. The interactive, hands-on format of Ellen Sabin’s new The Imagine It Book allows children to “dive in and see how they can make an impact, be innovative, play, fail and then succeed,” says Sabin. “Make them feel like they are ‘driving the bus.’”


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aunched in April, Reading Without Walls ( is a national initiative celebrating and encouraging reading, diversity and appreciation for those unlike ourselves. “We feel that this will change lives,” says Shaina Birkhead, strategic partnerships director with the Children’s Book Council, one of the program’s partner organizations. Under the program umbrella, libraries, bookshops, teachers, community youth groups and parents can host “challenge” events. An online guide includes tips on setting up displays and props; fun crafts and drawing activities; how to talk about reading; writing and design contests, word games and puzzles; and bookmark prizes. “Reading opens up minds and hearts to new people, places and things,” says Gene Luen Yang, a national ambassador of the program and author of the youthful tale American Born Chinese.

Welcoming diversity and providing a safe and reassuring community space for both confident and vulnerable youngsters, the American Library Association ( provides libraries with positive, unifying resources for children and families. They include a Storytime for Social Justice Kit; booklist for Hope and Inspiration storytime events; resource list on Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice for parents, caregivers and educators; and curated media list on immigration. The Barnes & Noble bookseller groups selected children’s books— including classics such as Dr. Seuss titles, poetry, nature, sports, history and science—in five age categories from newborn through teenage years. “It’s an amazing era for children’s books,” assesses Barnhill. “The success of the Harry Potter series reminded people that kids like real stories. There’s been a boom in creativity, vigor and technical skills in story construction.” Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

Grassroots Groundswell

“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, cof-

fee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded

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Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups

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Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist


ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

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Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes; latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.


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Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

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Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impul-

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were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a boardcertified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy processed foods, have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

~Louise L. Hay sive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy Kirshenbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat that circulates in the blood, and cholesterol, specifically the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

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Effective Diet Choices

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is

predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

Helpful Weight Loss

In The Diabetes Breakthrough, based on a scientifically tested way to reverse diabetes through weight loss, Dr. Osama Hamdy and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., explain a home-based version of the 12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achieve-

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ment and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidantrich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

No Quick Fix

Restoration of health begins with the most important lifestyle changes. n Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrient dense, whole foods. n Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. n Eat some protein with every meal. n Eliminate environmental toxins. n Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week. n Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing longterm goals of laying claim to the best possible health. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks.

“Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s

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Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and


Yoga for Bones Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.

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team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that

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five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.

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any pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.


Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.


Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.


Itchy, Irritated Paws Solution: Footbaths. About 50 percent of a dog’s foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by simply rinsing off allergens and other irritants from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of solution.


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Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.


Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch. During baths, pour diluted ACV of one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water over a freshly bathed dog (avoid the head) for a flea-preventive rinse. Massage the ACV solution into their coat and towel dry. Don’t rinse. Alternatively, add about two cups of apple cider vinegar to their bathwater.


Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, coldpressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the oil into the skin all over their body, especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about


Toxin Ingestion Solution: Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and give one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog weight. Add a little vanilla ice cream or honey to encourage swallowing, or simply syringe it down their throat, if necessary. Walk the dog for a few minutes— movement helps the hydrogen peroxide work—which typically occurs within 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t vomit in 15 minutes, give a second dose. If after another 15 minutes they still haven’t vomited, call a veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting if the dog is throwing up already, has lost consciousness or can’t stand, or it’s been more than two hours since they ingested the toxin. Harsh chemicals can cause burning both as they are swallowed and come back up. For these problems, seek veterinary care immediately. Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (Healthy


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Skunk Encounter Solution: Skunk rinse. In a pail, mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup of baking soda and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.

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I n t ro t o F u n c t i o n a l M e d i c i n e – 6 : 3 0 7:30pm. Tressa Breindel. $5. Ellwood Thompsons, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525. 

Free Integral Yoga Teacher Training Info Mtg – 5:30-7pm. Learn about the 6-mo (Nov 21-May 2018) Yoga Alliance-approved 200-Hr program, syllabus, staff & 4-day Retreat at Yogaville (12/7-10). Meet the director & lead instructor, Nora Vimala Pozzi, mentors & alumni from program. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

Light refreshments. Free yoga classes, 1:30-2:15pm & 2:45-3:30pm String quartet, 1:30-3:30pm Chair massage 

An Interfaith Panel: Wisdom Perspectives on Life and Death – 7-9pm. Have you ever wondered how different faith & wisdom traditions view death? Our panel looks at death through the lens of Buddhism, Judaism, Hindu, Muslim, Native American and Christian spirituality. Listen, consider & dialogue w/others about one of the central experiences of life. Chrysalis Institute. Chrysalis Gathering Space, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. 

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 What Is Money Laundering and Why Should I Care? – 12:30pm. Pat Shutterly, retired bank regulatory risk manager. Brown bag lunch at 12pm w/drinks & dessert avail for purchase. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282. Holistic Skincare How-To – 5:30-8:30pm. Ever wonder what the craze around “organic-this” and “natural-that” is when it comes to your beauty products? Join us for a fresh approach to clean living. Complimentary mini-facials & skin assessments. Taylor Kirby. Apex-MD, 5310 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen. 804-273-1066. Total Nourishment – 5:45-7pm. Discover how to provide multiple dimensions of self-care & nurture to deliver your best energy & healing. Dr. Sherron Marquina. Register by 2pm. $25. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Awakening Bhakti: A Celebration of Divine & Human Love – Nov. 3-5. Demystify some of the secrets of kirtan. Jai Uttal w/Visvambhar ‘Vish’ Sheth. $275. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Breaking Barriers: Exploring Personal Samskaras – Nov 3-5. 6-9pm, Fri; 10am-4pm, Sat; 10am3pm, Sun. 3-day intensive examines the root of codependency & presents tools for healing through a process of awareness, self-love & creativity. All levels. Nikki Myers. $300. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Teen/Tween Self-Inquiry Workshop – 3-4:30pm. Alex Ginsberg & Nitya Griffith. Sug donation: $20. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Crowdsourcing the 21st-Century Library – 12:30pm. Sonya Coleman, digital collections specialist at the Library of Virginia. Brown bag lunch at 12pm w/drinks & dessert avail for purchase. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy. 804-355-7282. Continuing Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Integral yoga class for students w/some experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, yoga nidra & meditation. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $104/8 wks, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 New Art Exhibit of Serene Works – 9am-3pm. Available to view Mon-Fri, 11/8-1/10. Wednesday Night Paint Group. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. CoolEvent at ApexMD – 5:30-8:30pm. Been interested in all these ads for CoolSculpting? Come meet w/our experts, receive a complimentary assessment, & 1-night only special pricing. Taylor Kirby. Apex-MD, 5310 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen. 804-273-1066.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 North Korea: Dangerous End Game – 12:30pm. David Gompert, senior fellow of the RAND Corporation & distinguished adjunct professor of VCU. Brown bag lunch at 12pm w/drinks & dessert avail for purchase. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Ctr of Richmond. First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Minding, Mending, Tending the Brain – 10:3011:45am. Learn how to improve your cognitive function, protect your brain health & prevent typical brain decline associated w/stress & aging. Dr. Sherron Marquina. Register by 2pm, 11/10. $25. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222. Anchor, Align, Arise: Yoga & Aromatherapy Workshop – 10:30am-12:30pm. Explore the specific emotional aspects of dōTERRA essential oils specifically chosen to support your journey. Leave refreshed & empowered. Limited to 15 people. $30. Fighting Gravity Fitness. For more info or to reserve a spot: Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. Speaker Series: A Cornucopia for Your Mind, Body and Spirit w/free demos by alternative energy healing practitioners & intuitive readers. Donations accepted. Private mini-sessions w/readers, healers, practitioners & vendors. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit.

Art exhibit of serene works by Wednesday Night Paint Group. 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy 804-741-5267 • Intro to Qigong: Why Learn Qigong? – 2-3:45pm. Qigong reduces stress, builds stamina, increases vitality, improves flexibility/balance & enhances the immune system. Anyone can benefit. Joy Black. $40. Resonance Float & Sound, 1312 Sycamore Sq, Midlo. Register: 804-971-7135. Qigong Tips for a Relaxing Holiday – 4:155:30pm. Qigong reduces stress, builds stamina, increases vitality, improves flexibility/balance & enhances the immune system. Anyone can benefit. Joy Black. $45. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A. Register: 804-971-7135.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Restorative Flow – 4-5:15pm. A guided meditation w/gentle sequence of postures emphasizing breath awareness, grounding & restorative poses w/props; includes candlelight meditation. Randi Weiss. $17 or use a class from a package. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Making Fear Your Friend – 6:30-7:30pm. Brian Muka, Fear Sherpa. $5. Ellwood Thompsons, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525.  Intro to Ashtanga 6-Wk Series – 7-8:15pm. Learn the ashtanga system in a group setting; have the potential to transition into a self-practice. Be introduced to the philosophy, breath (pranayama), sun salutations, standing sequence & some seated poses (asanas). Kyra Haigh. $84/6 wks. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Lakeside Wellness Open House – 4-6pm. Meet the practitioners, experience some of our services, win free sessions. 6924 Lakeside Ave, Ste 306. 804-5164285. Mindfulness and Compassion: The Practice of Caregiving – 5:30-7:30pm (Tues, 11/14-12/5). Caregiving is hard. It’s easy to become overwhelmed w/the work involved & difficult to be cheerful & patient. Learn how the practice of mindfulness helps you develop greater compassion & resiliency. Chrysalis Institute. Chrysalis Gathering Space, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. 


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Join us for this free event to connect with local practitioners and business owners interested in natural health and wellness. Do some holiday shopping.

November 15 • 6:30-8:30pm We hope to see you there! Alchemists Books and Gifts 9200 Stony Point Pkwy 10% off all purchases for attendees! Raffle prizes!

Relax & Rejuvenate w/Restorative Yoga – Nov 24-26. Experience gentle yoga poses w/support of props. Chitra Kate McDevitt, RYT500, CIAYT. $235. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Thanksgiving Cleanse – 10am-12pm. A mindful & cleansing practice around the busy time of the holidays. This flowing ashtanga improv class will be followed by a guided meditation into silence. Kyra Haigh. $30 by 11/17; $40 after. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Kirtan – 6-7pm. Different chant leaders & kirtan chanters each mo. No prev experience required. Bring percussion instrument. Pay what can; sug $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Elena Mustakova-Possardt, LPC, Arlington counselor and co-author of Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era. Potluck lunch follows. Free. See website for location: Donna: 804-690-3310.




Aromatouch Technique – 1-7:30pm. Anyone who has a passion for dōTERRA essential oils can use the Aromatouch Technique to provide an uplifting experience for the lives of those they care for. Training includes the 8 oils used in the technique. $149. For more info & registration:

Four Elements Hot Stone Massage Class – Dec 2-3. 9am-6pm. For licensed massage therapists only. Learn a unique & in-depth way of working w/the stones & the energies of Earth, air, fire & water. Covers stone basics, layout, massage techniques, harvesting own stones & more. 16 CEs. Lili Gill. $365; $325 paid in full by 11/18. Lotus School of Integrated Professions, 10960 Three Chopt Rd, Ste A. 434-227-8305. Intro to Mysore Workshop + 8 Intro Classes – 10:30-11:30am. Students of all levels practice at own pace & teacher gives individual instruction. Includes intro classes that provide individual guidance & attention. Kyra Haigh. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Energy Shift w/Qigong – 2-3pm. Experience a positive energy shift almost as soon as you begin. Learn simple, yet powerful, movement practices that incorporate healing mind-body connections, breathing, smiling & more. Joy Black. $35. Resonance Float & Sound, 1312 Sycamore Sq, Midlo. Register: 804-971-7135.

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Sleep, Precious Sleep – 5:45-7pm. Insufficient sleep puts you at risk for dementia, diabetes, accelerated aging & other degenerative conditions. Discover how to sleep better easily. Dr. Sherron Marquina. Register by 2pm. $25. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222.

GivingTuesday Yogathon – Community Yoga: Our Practice Has Power at Project Yoga Richmond. Classes open to all levels to support PYR’s programs on the Global Day of Giving. Donation to PYR online or in studio. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. Schedule details:



Holiday Open House – 5-7pm. Door prizes, gift certificates, demonstrations & gifts for purchase. Boulders Acupuncture & Natural Healthcare, 7315 Boulders View Ln. 804-272-1224.

Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. Speaker Series: A Celebration of Light. Donations accepted. Private mini-sessions w/ readers, healers, practitioners & vendors. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit.

Is It My Thyroid? – 10:30-11:45am. Why those “normal” test results may not be telling your thyroid’s story. What tests to order to get the story; how to support your thyroid health, w/or w/out medications. Dr. Sherron Marquina. Register by 2pm, 11/17. $25. Health InSyncs, 9210 Forest Hill Ave, Ste B-3. 804-377-2222.

Brew Your Own Probiotics – 6-7pm. Emma Moyer, Brewed Well. $5-$15. Ellwood Thompsons, 4 N Thompson St. 804-359-7525. 


New Year’s Silent Retreat: Reaching Healthy New Heights – Dec 28-Jan 1. Unwind from the holidays in silence w/Hatha yoga, meditation & yoga philosophy. Retreat Director w/Senior Staff. $350. Add 4 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

Neuroscience and Death – 6-8pm. What happens when you die? Not many of us take the time to consider this question. Yet, it will happen to all of us. Recent discoveries in neuroscience shed new light on the process of death. These discoveries can help us accept death while living life to the fullest. Chrysalis Institute. Chrysalis Gathering Space, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.


Teen/Tween Self-Inquiry Workshop – 3-4:30pm. Alex Ginsberg & Nitya Griffith. Sug donation $20. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

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

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Aromatouch Technique – 9:30am-4pm. See 11/19 listing. $149. For more info & registration: IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Tom Coates, “Other Life Memories, a Longer View,” the next installment in his Discovery of Self Series. Potluck lunch follows. Free. See website for location: Donna: 804-690-3310.


savethedate Living in a Mindful Universe & Into the Heart of Consciousness Join us for two exciting events with Eben Alexander, MD, and Karen Newell, co-authors of a new book release, Living in a Mindful Universe. 

Friday, January 19:

Introduction to Living in a Mindful Universe

Saturday, January 29:

Into the Heart of Consciousness Workshop Sponsored by: Central VA IONS Community Group & Richmond MindBodySpirit St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Ave. For more details: Meetup, Central VA IONS Community Group or; Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit or

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

sunday Svaroopa Yoga – Daily, indiv sessions. Improve flexibility, ease in movement, balance; build strength & stamina. All levels, incl recovery from injury/surgery. Anita Snellings, Cert. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. 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. Preteen Yoga Class – 1-2pm. Ages 9-13. Basic yoga postures, breath awareness & a deep relaxation adapted to preteens. Natalie Padmasri Turley. $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Richmond Lotus Sangha – 1-2pm. Mindfulness Meditation group in tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Sitting, walking meditation, discussion. McKenzie Casad. Free. 1312 W Main St. 757-553-2780. Prenatal Yoga – 1:30pm. Prepare your body & mind for the birth of your child. Laura Grace Zetlan. $112/8 classes/80 days, $17/class. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Breast Cancer Support Meeting – 4:30pm. 3rd. Sisters Network Breast Cancer Survivors. SNCVA House, 105 E Clay St. 804-447-4027. Mixed Level Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Includes mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises & 15-min yoga nidra in a meditative setting. Beginners & teens welcome. Nitya Lydia Griffith. $15. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

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

Digestive Health Consultations – Daily; mrng/eve/ wknd. Improve digestion, absorption, assimilation & elimination. Identify nutritional deficiencies/stress affecting health, restore homeostasis for optimal health w/use of diet & nutrition. Anita Snellings, Digestive Health Professional. Multi Prof Offices. 804-356-7477. Svaroopa Yoga – 9-10:30am & 6:30-8pm. Deeply restorative yoga classes for beg/continuing levels. Deborah Woodward, RYT, CSYT700. $16, $116/8wks. 800 Blanton Ave. 804-338-1105. Tai Chi – 10am, Beg; 11am, Intermed. Yang 24 Form & Sun 31 Form taught in each class. Sun 31 = restorative form to help alleviate probs assoc w/ arthritis, diabetes, ortho concerns/rehab & other physical challenges. Jenny Barone. $10. First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave. 804-382-8103 or 804-355-8637. Open Studio Art – 10am-12:30pm. Bring your own art projects to Susan Singer’s studio to create w/Susan’s instruction & support. $35/ session. 3440 Northridge Rd. 804-267-3455. Gentle/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. Mindfulness Mondays – 6-6:30pm. A mindfulness practice to start your week. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Healing Touch Clinic – 6:30 & 7:30pm. 4th. Energy therapy to reduce stress & pain, speed up healing & give a sense of well-being. Sherry Price. Free, by appt. Mt. Pisgah UMC, 1001 Mt Pisgah Dr, Midlo. Ginger Ripley: 804-378-8175.

tuesday Ayurvedic Health or Lifestyle Consultations – See Mon listing. More info, Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor: 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 yoga practice for older adults. Focused on gentle poses that help build strength, flexibility & balance. Kay Franz. St. Stephen’s Church, Grove & Three Chopt. Details: 804-305-6374 or

Cancer Support Group – 9:30-11am. 1st & 3rd. You are not alone. Open to anyone touched by cancer. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info, Ann Petersen: 804-764-7201; Mary Baker: 804-893-8711. SilverSneakers Group X – 10 & 11:30am. Strength & balance classes. Free for Humana & other Healthways (SilverSneaker)-eligible Medicare recipients. Details & locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Sun Style 73 Movements Tai Chi – 11/7, 14, 28; 12/5, 12, 19. 1-2pm. Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. $10, $48/6-wk series. Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Cancer Caregiver Support Group – 2-3pm. 1st. Free. Cancer Resource Ctr, Rm 1110, Mem Reg Med Ctr, 8260 Atlee Rd, Mechanicsville. Info, Ann Petersen: 804-764-7201. CancerSurvivorship. Free Open Bereavement Support Group – 5:306:30pm. Weekly group for all kinds of loss: spouse, parent, friend, child & more. We order off-the-menu and support each other w/thoughtful discussion. Led by hospice bereavement coordinator, Alane Cameron Ford. Drop-ins welcome. Robin Inn Restaurant, 2601 Park Ave. 804-272-3300. Grit with a Side of Grace – 5:30-6:45pm. A strong but tender mixed-level hatha practice blending elements of the 8 limbs of yoga. Class will foster a deeper connection w/your true essence through active & restorative poses. Nitika Achalam. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Place. Prenatal Yoga – 5:45pm. See Sun listing. Laura Grace Zetlan. $112/8 classes/80 days, $17/ class. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Tai Chi 5 Elements Form Guided Practice – 5:45-7pm. Experience the grace & beauty of movement meditation. Learn qigong exercises to build strength, foster mobility & increase balance. Rie Cherie. Signup for a 6-pack or more. $153, $75/mbr. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave.  804-262-9887 x 320. Sound Concert w/Himalayan Singing Bowls – 6-7pm. Healing sounds from 18 hand-hammered & blessed metal singing bowls & a gong will fill you w/calming vibrations to help reduce stress, induce full-body relaxation & balance your chakras. Natasha Foreman, Lucid Living RVA. $15. Glave Kocen Gallery, 1620 W Main St. 804-592-0747. Tai Chi Chuan – 6-7:15pm. Learn the 37-posture form taught by Grand Master Cheng ManChing. $165/10 wks. Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. Floyd Herdrich: 804698-0225; Sondra Sealine: 804-690-9878. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd. Join fellow survivors thru & beyond your cancer journey in a nurse-facilitated group. Free. 601 Watkins Ctr Pkwy, Ste 200. 804-594-3130. Diversity Richmond Fitness – 7pm. Bi-weekly. Fullbody workout class. Peak Physique facilitators. Free. Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave, Entrance 3. 804-622-4242 x203.


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

wednesday Assisted Explorations of the Inner Self – Use journeying, dreamwork & journaling to explore & understand your life’s purpose & journey. Linda Anson. $30/90-min. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For spaces & dates: 804-337-5197. Ayurvedic Health or Lifestyle Consultations – See Mon listing. More info, Kay Franz, Ayurvedic Health Counselor: Walk w/Certified Instructor – See Tues listing. Details/locations, Vanessa: 804-350-6721. Beginners Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises & 15-min yoga nidra. Emily Ishwari. $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079. Yoga & You: An X-Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Combines chair yoga w/yoga on the mat. Designed for people w/some physical limitations. Pat Aramati Reams. $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Intermediate Level 3 Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. A challenging class w/more advanced postures focusing on form, core strength, integrating breath & movement, yogic techniques. Randi Weiss & Liz Creasman. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo; senior discount: $90/8 classes/mo, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Richmond MindBodySpirit Healing Circle – 6-8pm. 3rd. Healers working on healers thru various modalities. Even if new to holistic healing, come & experience an alt way to wholeness. Quantum touch, reiki, healing touch & emotion code. Donations. 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit. Tai Chi – 6:30-7:45pm. Warm-ups & meditation (w/short 13-movement form). Lili Just Simons, Divine Therapy. $20, $60/mo. Humphrey Calder Comm Ctr, 414 N Thompson St. 804-257-5573. Embodied Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Explore & become informed of the physical body, mind & spirit. Class steeped in anatomy & physical experience. All levels. Class size limited; registration required. Instructor Rie Cherie. $10 (cash or check). 9018 Hidden Nest Dr, Midlo. 804-382-5306. Richmond Zen – 7-8:20pm. Meditation. Instruction avail. 3411 Grove Ave. 804-366-5546. Adyashanti Gathering – 7-9pm. 30-min meditation followed by recorded Adyashanti talk & discussion. Info:

English Country Dancing – 7:30-9:30pm. Colonial Dance Club. Belmont Rec Ctr, 1600 Hilliard Rd. 804-744-3264.

thursday Embodyment Yoga Therapy – Indiv sessions. Mrng/eve/wknd. Melt through layers of tension more easily & quickly than yoga poses alone. Rest in relaxation pose while therapist works w/ key areas of spine. Deeply restorative. Experience the difference in 1st session. Anita Snellings, Cert. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. SoulCollage Group – 2x/mo. Come to any/all sessions. $25/session incl supplies. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For schedule/reserve space: 804-901-4583, WomanSpeak Circle – 1st & 3rd. Learn the art & soul of public speaking in a supportive, fun circle of women committed to unleashing their brilliance. Midlo. Membership info: WomanSpeak-Circles. Beginners/Mixed Level Yoga  – 9:15-10:30am. Posture, breathing techniques & 15-min yoga nidra. Shanna Praneshwari Latia. $10. 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. Zentangles Galore! – 10am-12:30pm. Ongoing group exploring & learning about the ever-fascinating art form, Zentangles. $35/session. Instructor Susan Singer. 3440 Northridge Rd. 804-267-3455. Mom & Baby Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Restore & relax while taking time to connect w/your baby. Focus on rebuilding strength in abdomen, back & pelvic muscles, opening the chest & releasing tension throughout the body. $60/4 classes/60 days; $17/class. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Level 2 Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Incorporate new postures & more challenging options w/longer length of vinyasa/sun salutations. Kerry Shultz/Sarah Thacker. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Sun-Style Tai Chi for Health and Arthritis – 11/2, 9, 16, 30; 12/7, 14, 21. 6-7pm. Tai chi using gentle movements that improve physical strength, flexibility, balance & well-being. Jo Ann Widner, RN, Tai Chi for Health Inst. Class meets by demand; call same day. $10/class. Covenant Woods Fitness Ctr, 7090 Covenant Woods Dr, Mechanicsville. 804-370-3906. Beginners/Mixed Level Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Posture, breathing techniques & 15-min yoga nidra. Melinda Uma Nolen. $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Beginner/Level 1 Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Balanced practice incorporating basic yoga postures, breath awareness & relaxation. Sarah Thacker/Kerry Shultz. $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/ drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

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FOR RENT/LEASE SHARED ROOM FOR RENT. Natural Healthcare clinic located in the Boulders Office Park next door to LabCorp. Starting at $100/month. Email or call 804-272-1224.

SERVICES OFFERED PERSONAL GUIDING CATALYST. A John of God healing transformational experience in Brazil. Go within and be a co-creator in your healing destiny. Contact: Trenka w/Bodycosmos,, 804-201-9944. Suicide Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 3rd. Connect w/community mbrs suffering from suicide loss & receive emotional support. Peer-facilitated; no mental health professionals guide group. Safe grieving environment, free of stigma & judgment. Pusey House/First Baptist, 2705 Park Ave. Essential Oils Education – 7pm. Learn more about using dōTERRA oils in the home. Lisa Cusano. RSVP: FB page: Earth Essentials RVA. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st. Traditional Tibetan Buddhist instruction & practice led by Lama Chodron. All welcome. Free. Kagyu Shenpen Tharchin at Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-554-1162. VBAC Support Group – 7:30pm. 2nd. Mary Callender. Better Bodies Chiropractic, 1570 Early Settlers Rd, Chesterfield. 804-382-8222.

friday Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info: 804-901-4583, Peaceful Flow – 9:30-10:45am. Practice carrying peace w/in you, despite the chaos that surrounds you, by connecting w/your body, breath & mind. Breathwork, asana & support to integrate the practice off the mat & into daily life. All levels. Holly Zajur. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Place. Menopause Group – 10:30am-12pm. Celebrate & find support through writing, meditation & energetic exploration. Peri- through post-menopause. Allyson Rainer. $240/8 wks. 2000 Bremo Rd, Ste 200. Register: 804-625-2767 or Mindfulness & Progressive Relaxation – 121:30pm. Includes simple stretches. Sandy Goolsby, LCSW. $18. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-836-8680.


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Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 12:30-1pm. Free. Capitol Grounds, downtown. 804-747-1215. Caregiver Support Group – 2-3:30pm. 3rd. Free. Jewish Family Services, 6718 Patterson Ave. Register: 804-282-5644 x 254. Insight Meditation – 5:45-7:30pm. See Tues listing. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. Feel Good Friday Flow – 6-7:15pm. Build a yoga practice that is strong, steady & soul-filling. Start the weekend off right w/an energetic & uplifting vinyasa flow class focused on breath connection, mindfulness & alignment. All levels. Elisa Hayden. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Pl. Mom’s Healing Circle – 7-9:30pm. 3rd. Creating space to witness our stories & emotions intentionally thru Council Share & Toning Circle w/vocalization & energetic healing. Open to all mothers (preconception to grandmother). Pam Karthik. Free. Heart of Yoga, 1903 Manakin Rd, Manakin. 804-551-1615. FB: Mom’s Healing Circle.

saturday Mommy & Baby Yoga – 10am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. PrenatalYoga@ Beginners/Mixed Level Earth Yoga – 10:3011:45am. Moving meditation to connect us to our life source while connecting to our infinite universal source. Anne Bhudevi Fletcher. $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. Prenatal Yoga – 12:30pm. Learn how yoga can make your pregnancy more comfortable & your birth calmer. Embrace Maternal & Baby Wellness Collective, 124 Buford Rd. Jessica Turner: Contra Dance – 7-11pm. 2nd & 4th. $7. Contra Dance Group. Lewis Ginter Rec Ctr. 804-247-9247; Linda Salter: 804-266-7355.


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.



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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!

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.

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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.


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 32.

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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.

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.


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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 13.

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

Chiropractic, massage, spinal/postural rehabilitation and nutritional consulting. Providing pain relief to wellness care for all ages; individualized care programs since 1984. Voted Richmond’s Top Chiropractor in Richmond Magazine’s annual survey. See ad, page 11.


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


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 11.


Emily Pels, BFA, CHTP, RoHun Doctor 804-740-0509, West End Working together to help you to remember what an awesome gift you are to this world. Experience a powerful healing restoring Joy, Balance, Harmony, Pain Release. Offering Healing Touch, Energy Medicine, RoHun, Crystal Healing, Past Life Regression, Spiritually Guided Art, Akasha Angel Readings, Meditation Therapy.   


6289 River Road Hanover, VA 23069 804-314-7517  Love berries and other seasonal fruit? The Geyer Family Farm has over 30 years of experience growing & sustainably caring for dozens of fruits. Join our 2018 CSA. See ads, pages 7 and 21.


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 3.


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 ads, pages 21 and 23.


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 15 years of experience with hundreds of clients all over the U.S. Free Astrology Readings with every home or office consultation.


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 pre-conception planning, integrative fertility enhancement, pregnancy support and more.


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


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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 29.

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 29.




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. See ad, page 13.


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.

Transformational Coach 804 539-8048 Joni is an expert at guiding women to cultivate ease and empowerment in their relationships, finances, business and life. She has 20+ years of transformational experience as a psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, workshop leader and guide.

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.

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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:



Lee-Ann Parker, RN, MSN, CNM 7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 103 804-320-2483, Richmond Lee-Ann obtained her master’s in nursing, specializing in midwifery, from Frontier Nursing University. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife, board certified with the American Midwifery Certification Board. See ad, page 5.

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Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Providing Therapeutic Massage for 30+ years. Tailored to your needs – Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Prenatal/Postpartum, Therapeutic, Hot Stone, Swedish, Sports, Chair, Couples and Infant Massage. Thai Massage, Reflexology, Healing Touch. Gift certificates available. See ad, page 19.


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


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. 


Dana Taylor, RNC, MS, CNM, WHNP BC 7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 103 804-320-2483, Richmond Dana is board certified as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife and has additional training in advanced fetal monitoring and colposcopy. See ad, page 5.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. ~Albert Einstein


Julie Weathers, CNM 7001 Forest Avenue, Suite 103 804-320-2483, Richmond Julie attended the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. She completed the program in 2004 and has been practicing full-scope midwifery ever since. Julie is a board certified nurse midwife. See ad, page 5.


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.



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.


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


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


3527 Ellwood Ave, Carytown Chrysalis Institute is a resource and learning center that explores the insights and practices of the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies, and contemporary sciences. Chrysalis encourages curiosity, compassion, community and the cultivation of skills so that we might act mindfully in the world. See ad, page 17.



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 47.


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 47.


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 for over 20 years. Our specialties include: bio-identical hormone replacement, pain management, sterile and veterinary preparations, supplements, and traditional pharmacy services.

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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.


Partners in Family Medicine 430 Claremont Ct Colonial Heights 23834 804-526-1130 Family medical practice specializing in complex symptomatology, chronic Lyme disease and geriatrics. Offering a holistic, open-minded and preventative approach to healthcare that focuses on the root cause of illness, not just the symptoms.


Thermographer The Wellness Village 1404 Starling Dr, Richmond 804-683-7774 Safe, non-invasive, radiation-free image screening. Preserve your breast, heart health and much more. Live happier and healthier longer! Interpreted by Matthew Lee, MD, RPh. See ad, page 35.



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.

Qigong & Mind-Body Practice Qigong Instructor & Medical Qigong Practitioner 804-971-7135 • Qigong is an ancient Chinese healthcare system for self-care. Medical Qigong is Qigong therapy. Learn movement forms and meditations to release stress and emotional buildup, strengthen internal organs, increase energy flow, achieve mind-body balance and feel better overall. Improve sleep, digestion, relaxation, flexibility and strength. Offering classes and therapies at 3 locations.



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 29.

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.


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


Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Richmond Tuesday Evenings, 6-7:15pm 804-698-0225 At Battery Park Christian Church, Ginter Park. Classical-style Tai Chi Chuan, the 38 posture short form. Essential movements to strengthen/enhance health and develop spiritual practice. See ad, page 32.


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


Far West End Location 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico 804-741-5267 Incorporate yoga into your life at Glenmore. 30 student -focused, multi-level classes from Gentle and Ageless to Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Meditation. Yoga Therapy. 200-and 300Hour Teacher Training. Voted best Yoga Center. See ad, page 19.


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. Kid’s Yoga Teacher Training, November 10-12.


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

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.


320 Libbie Ave. 804-282-9642 Richmond’s Premier 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. See ad, page 19.


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 9.

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.


FME, ERYT, Tai Chi Instructor 9018 Hidden Nest Drive, Midlothian 804-382-5306 Body-based Yoga Therapy Services, helping people to move better and feel good. Offering integrative therapeutic techniques to alleviate chronic pain, accelerate injury and surgical recovery, specializing in pelvic and shoulder girdles. Fee’s negotiable.


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


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Natural Awakenings Richmond, Nov/Dec 2017  

Natural Awakenings Richmond, November/December 2017

Natural Awakenings Richmond, Nov/Dec 2017  

Natural Awakenings Richmond, November/December 2017