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And just like that, we move into the season of back to school, football games and campfires as my oldest son moves out of the house and onto his next adventure—college. While he won’t be too far away (just an hour), life as we’ve known it for the past 18 years will be different. Our regular family dinners of four will now be three, a bedroom will sit empty until school breaks and holidays and my younger son will have full-time kitty litter, dinner time and lawn-mowing duties—as much as he will miss his brother, I know he’s not crazy about the extra chores or attention he’ll get from mom and dad! Change can be both stressful and exciting; I’m trying to focus on being excited because I know deep down that this is a good, important time in our lives. When I do feel stressed I turn to yoga and meditation, which is why this issue is always one of my favorites—our annual yoga issue. In it, you will find yoga profiles of local teachers and studios committed to the well-being of our community, an article about strategies yoga teachers use to maintain their practice on and off the mat and a spotlight on kundalini yoga, a type of yoga that always elevates my energy and mood in such a positive way. In addition to meditation and yoga, walking helps me find my calm—especially when I’m listening to a podcast that can distract, teach and inspire me. Lately, I have been enjoying local empowerment coach and spiritual feminist, Joni Advent Maher’s podcast, Trust Your Sacred Feminine Flow. With each episode, I learn about something I want to explore further or implement in my life. We all need ways to take ourselves out of the minutiae of our lives and see the bigger picture—what are some ways that you bring calm and clarity into your lives? A friend of mine recently shared this poem by Seth Godin and I feel it touches on the very heart of accepting change and purposefully enjoying what is. Life is about the journey. Life is change. It really makes you think…

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on Secours Richmond OB-GYN, an obstetrics and gynecology provider of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, has established a midwifery practice at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, in Richmond. Three certified nurse-midwives (CNMs)—Le-Ann Parker, Dana Taylor, and Julie Weathers—will provide round-theclock, high-quality midwifery care to women and their families. Certified nurse-midwives bring an understanding of the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women during pregnancy. They are registered nurses with master’s degrees, postmaster’s training and board certification by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. They will work with physicians at Richmond OB-GYN, including Alice Hirata, M.D., and Sarah Peterson, M.D., in a caring, collaborative and compassionate manner. Hirata says, “Midwives are a wonderDana Taylor, Le-Ann Parker and Julie Weathers ful addition to our Richmond OB-GYN West End practice.” Professional, state-of-the-art medical services include all areas of obstetrical and gynecological care, as well as high-risk pregnancies; urogynocology; three-dimensional and four-dimensional ultrasound; digital mammography; reconstructive surgery and pelvic medicine services. Location: Heart & Vascular Institute, 7001 Forest Ave., Ste 103. For appointments, call 804-320-2483. For more information, visit See ad and listings, pages 5 and 43.

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atchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, in Buckingham, is a unique cooperative community, spiritual center and Integral Yoga academy that offers yoga programs from world-renowned instructors and maintains a unique Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) temple, celebrating the unity in all religions. Now, they are implementing renewable solar energy to help power their campus. With a large meeting hall, two large dormitories, a library, a teaching academy and more than a dozen other facilities, energy costs comprise a large portion of Yogaville’s expenses. They found that solar energy had evolved enough over the past few years to become not only affordable, but a good investment for the future of the community. Generating an anticipated cost savings of $20,000 per year, the solar roof array designed for Sivananda Hall is also a solid expression of Yogaville’s principles in standing for a healthy planet through the use of clean energy. The pilot project is in the design stage and should be installed by the end of the year. For more information, visit See ads, pages 25 and 46.

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he nonprofit Chrysalis Institute, founded in Richmond more than 20 years ago, is offering a fall selection of programs entitled Living Fully, Dying Mindfully. Death is a part of life, and the ultimate mystery has a direct impact upon the quality and nature of our living. Fall programs include the October 10 keynote speaker, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, a national columnist and awardwinning author. From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center (JCC), Shapiro will present What’s Death Got To Do With It?, exposing how our beliefs about the afterlife greatly impact how we live while offering a healing understanding of birth and death. Additional programs include a discussion of neuroscience and death, an interfaith panel entitled Wisdom Perspectives on Life and Death, a Death Café community dialogue, and a four-evening series on Mindfulness and Compassion for Caregivers led by certified mindfulness instructors. Acceptance of our mortality offers a reckoning with beliefs, values and fears. At the same time, there is an opportunity to transform those fears surrounding death into inspiration for vibrant and purposeful living. That is the perspective Chrysalis seeks to explore with its fall programs.


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he Arts and Spirituality Center (ASC) at Emmanuel Church will soon be enrolling for fall classes, where creativity in its many forms can lead to an opening up of the spirit. Whether it’s doing something with our hands or moving through ritualized exercises, getting in the zone and focusing on the moment is a necessary component of a balanced life. Creating that awareness with a friendly community of people with similar interests is the goal of every class. ASC makes it possible to explore the connection between creativity and spirit with classes ranging from the purely creative to those that focus on deepening spiritual life—from yoga to painting, creative meditation and more. Location: 1214 Wilmer Ave., in the Bryan Education Center at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. For more information, call 804-266-2431 or visit See ad, page 37.

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he 52nd annual Gallery at First UU Fine Arts and Crafts show and sale opens at 5 p.m., September 20 and runs through September 24. Sponsored by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, this is one of the city’s longest-running juried fine arts and crafts exhibitions. The show features an eclectic mix of oil paintings, watercolors, lithographs, fiber art, lamps, photographs, prints, pottery, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, stained glass, paper, wood, wearable art and weaving from more than 175 local and regional artists. Prices range from $10 to several thousand dollars. Admission is free. Location: 1000 Blanton Ave. For more information, call 804-3550777 or visit See ad, page 15.

Therapists Move, but Nearby

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cupuncturist Ann Furniss, reflexologist Talia Moser and massage therapist Kitty Nadeau announce their “big move” to a new office suite across the Bryan Oaks parking lot. They invite everyone to come check out their new digs at 4807 Hermitage Road, Suite 204 starting in September. Furniss provides five element acupuncture weekdays by appointment. Moser, owner of Relaxation by the Foot, offers reflexology therapy six days a week by appointment. She also leads HealthySteps therapeutic movement classes and line dancing for fitness, and teaches Cajun and Zydeco dance for fun.

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ransformational Coach Joni Advent Maher, MSW, has introduced WomanSpeak, a groundbreaking program that has helped countless women around the world become powerful and effective speakers, to Richmond. It meets twice monthly in Midlothian, and guests are welcome the first Thursday of the month. WomanSpeak teaches women how to access their most inspired ideas in any setting and to communicate them with grace and confidence. Maher states, “Women and their voices blossom in this unique environment and culture. They feel safe to fully be themselves, to be seen and heard, to speak their truth and share their ideas.” In a departure from traditional public speaking training programs, WomanSpeak is highly effective in freeing women’s voices. It literally helps them rewire their nervous systems so that speaking up becomes an experience of safety, power, joy and freedom. For more information, email or visit See listing, page 42. 10

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Mindfulness at the Garden


he Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, recognized among the nation’s top botanical gardens by USA Today, regularly holds yoga classes and tai chi workshops, but is reaching out this fall with additional mindfulness offerings available through regular sessions, workshops and pop-up classes. A six-week tai chi-guided practice with Rie Monique Cherie on Tuesday evenings begins September 5; Mindfulness, Meditation and Health for beginners, led by Korantemah Pierce Williams, will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays starting September 20, and an introductory Capoeira Pop-Up session with Meoleaeke A. Jones will be held at 9:30 a.m. on September 17. Laura Baum leads off a threesession series on herbalism at 10 a.m., September 24, with a 2 p.m. talk and discussion of Folk History and American Herbalism: An Overview of Western Plant Medicine; more herbalism programs will follow in 2018. Regular yoga classes led by Jacqueline Gooding continue to meet for six-week sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Thursday evenings. Location: 1800 Lakeside Ave. For more information, call 804-262-9887 or visit

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ie Monique Cherie achieved certification through the International Association of Yoga Therapists on July 1. She previously received 200-hour and 300-hour yoga teacher certification through YogaWorks in 2009 and 2010 and she attended additional therapeutic training through Cross Country Education (now Vyne) in 2013 Rie Monique Cherie and 2014. Cherie began working with clients in 2012 integrating therapeutic yoga, somatics, tai chi and the Franklin Method to foster health and well-being. For appointments, call 804-382-5306 or visit See listing, page 46.

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study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.

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esearchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, examined the effectiveness of tonsillectomies in children with recurring throat infections. Using data from nearly 10,000 studies of tonsillectomies, the scientists analyzed illness rates and quality of life for young patients following the surgery. The analysis found that children experienced a notable drop in school absences and infections in the first year after the surgery, but that these benefits did not persist over time. Dr. Siva Chinnadurai, an associate professor of otolaryngology and co-author of the report, believes, “For any child being considered a candidate for surgery, the family must have a personalized discussion with their healthcare provider about all of the factors that may be in play and how tonsils fit in as one overall factor of that child’s health.”

esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.

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esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for nonfamily members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”


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Yoga Lessens Back Pain and Opioid Use


ith the U.S. opioid epidemic reaching a boiling point, insight into the effectiveness of alternative methods of pain relief has become increasingly relevant. Scientists from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found yoga to be an effective technique to reduce back pain. The researchers divided 150 California veterans with chronic low back pain into two equal groups. One attended two yoga classes per week—comprising postures, movement and breathing techniques—for 12 weeks in addition to their more conventional treatment. The other continued such treatment without yoga. Scientists measured pain levels before and after the core study period and again six months later. After only 12 weeks, those that participated in the yoga practice experienced a 2.05 point reduction in Roland−Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, compared to a 1.29 reduction for those that received only usual care. After six months, this difference increased, with the yoga group’s scores decreasing 3.37 points compared to only an 0.89 reduction in the usual care group. In addition, pain intensity scores were reduced by 0.61 in the yoga group and 0.04 in the group receiving usual care after 12 weeks. Opioid medication use declined among all participants, from 20 percent to 8 percent after six months.

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The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.

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Gestalt-Based Curricula Emerging Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about language, economics and communication skills. “We need something to fit for the 21st century,” says Department of Education head Marjo Kyllonen. The system will be introduced for seniors beginning at age 16. They will choose which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions and capabilities. “Instead of staying passively in their benches listening to the teachers, students will now often work in smaller groups collaborating on projects, rather than just assigned classwork and homework.” Another new model of learning sparked by XQ: The Super School Project ( is underway at New Harmony High School, housed on a floating barge at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. They’ve received a $10 million grant to work on environmental issues when it opens in 2018. “High schools today are not preparing students for the demands of today’s world,” says XQ Senior School Strategist Monica Martinez; she notes that about a third of college students must take remedial courses and are not prepared to thrive as employees. Greater Richmond Edition

Computers Decipher Animal Language The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, discovered that the bats exchange information about specific problems in four categories. Ramin Skibba, at Nature, notes that besides humans, only dolphins and a handful of other species are known to address individuals, rather than making broad, general communication sounds. Studies allow that it may eventually be possible to understand nuanced communications in other species.

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The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens. The plant is roughly five times lighter than synthetic insulation and hypoallergenic. The Farm Between, in Cambridge, Vermont, harvests the plants and sends the material to Encore3. Co-owner John Hayden says, “Milkweed is grown as an intercrop between the rows in our apple orchard to increase biodiversity and provide a host plant for monarch caterpillars. Monarch populations are in serious decline, and the two things we can do to help on the land we steward are to not use pesticides and provide milkweed habitat.”


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Lasers Stamp Prices on European Produce Food retailers are aiming to cut plastic and cardboard packaging by ditching stickers on fruits and vegetables, instead using high-tech laser “natural branding” and creating huge savings in materials, energy and CO2 emissions. Pilot projects are underway in Europe with organic avocados, sweet potatoes and coconuts. The technique uses a strong light to remove pigment from the skin of produce. The mark is invisible once the skin is removed and doesn’t affect shelf life or produce quality. The laser technology also creates less than 1 percent of the carbon emissions needed to produce a similar-sized sticker. Source: The Guardian

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two with manmade structures like a slide and picnic tables, and one left completely natural. Founding Director Patti Bailie says the children spend most of their day outside and teachers can take them beyond the play areas to explore 185 acres of prairie, forest, wetlands and lakefront beach habitats.

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NATURE’S CLASSROOM Outdoor Learning Engages the Whole Child by Meredith Montgomery

Nature-based schools provide a child-centered, guided discovery approach to early learning that appeals to kids, parents and teachers and offers far-ranging benefits.


or youngsters at Tiny Trees Preschool, in Seattle, nature is their classroom— rain or shine; tuition even includes a rain suit and insulated rubber boots. At Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool, in Milwaukee, children use downed wood to build forts and fires. Students of Vermont’s Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) program use spray bottles of colored water to spell words in the snow.

Forest Schools Based on the publicly funded forest kindergarten model used by Scandinavian countries since 1995, Tiny Trees encompasses seven urban park locations throughout the city, ranging from 15 to 160 acres. With no buildings, playgrounds or commercially produced furniture and 30 percent less overhead, “We can make exceptional education affordable,” remarks CEO Andrew Jay. “Most of the day is spent exploring the forest. If children see salmon in the 16

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stream, we observe them from a bridge, and then search out the headwaters to see where they’re coming from,” explains Jay.

Nature Preschools The launch of Earth Day in 1970 and America’s nature center movement in the 1960s yielded another immersive nature-based model that includes indoor learning. The preschool at the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designcertified Schlitz Audubon Nature Center includes three nature-focused indoor classrooms and three outdoor areas—

Kindergarten means “children’s garden” and originally took place outdoors. It’s commonplace today in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

ECO currently collaborates with seven Vermont public schools from preschool to high school, offering year-long programs for students in inquiry-based outdoor learning for up to four hours a week. “We immerse ourselves in nature with a 10-minute hike into the forest,” says program coordinator Melissa Purdy. Students first learn safety protocols and how to set up camp. Introducing skill-appropriate tools, preschoolers whittle sticks, third-graders build teepees and lean-tos, and high school students build bridges across streams.

Building Resiliency Sharing space with insects and plants requires special safety protocols and preparation, but the injury rate of outdoor learning is no higher than that of indoor schools. “Children are building risk literacy—they climb trees, but only to safe heights; they step on wet rocks, but learn how to do so without falling,” says Jay. Classrooms without walls work because students have a sense of freedom within reasonable boundaries. “In winter, we dress warmly and do more hiking to generate body heat. We use picnic shelters in heavy rains. Children don’t have anxiety about the future—rain means puddles to splash in and snow means building snowmen,” says Jay.

Developing the Whole Child Outdoor learning naturally creates knowledge of local ecosystems, environmental stewards and a sense of place, but teachers also observe many other developmental benefits. At the Magnolia Nature School, at Camp McDowell, in Nauvoo, Alabama, Madeleine Pearce’s agile and surefooted preschoolers can hike three miles. Located in a rural county with a 67 percent poverty rate, the school partners with Head Start to secure tuition-free opportunities for families. Pearce attests

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how exploring the 1,100-acre property fosters language skills. “With less teacher instruction, children have more time to talk freely with each other.” Instead of loudly calling kids in, Purdy uses bird calls or a drum, which fosters a sense of peace and respect. During daily sit time students observe themselves as a part of nature. “As birds sing and wildlife appears, children see the rewards of quiet and stillness, so self-regulation becomes natural,” agrees Bailie. Bailie sees how children in forest kindergartens express better motor skills, physical development and cognitive abilities than those restricted to traditional playgrounds. Natural playscapes change with the season, are sensory-rich and provide extra oxygen to the brain—all factors that correlate to brain development. Such benefits are reported in Brain-Based Learning by Eric Jensen, Brain Rules by John J. Medina and the Early Childhood Education Journal. Outdoor preschools also foster microbial exposure, essential for

Parents and teachers often describe nature preschool students as being more observant, confident, inquisitive and engaged. healthy immune system development. “Without this exposure, children are at increased risk for developing allergies, asthma, irritable bowel disease, obesity and diabetes later in life,” says B. Brett Finlay, Ph.D., author of Let Them Eat Dirt, which cites supporting science. Kindergarten readiness is a goal of all preschools, but Pearce doesn’t believe a traditional academic focus is required. “By putting nature first, children are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten,” she says. “They know how to conquer challenges and are ready to take on academics.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

OUTDOOR PLAY “We are innately connected to nature, but need to provide opportunities to make that connection,” says Patti Bailie, former assistant director of Antioch University’s nature-based Early Childhood certificate program, in Keene, New Hampshire. Here’s how. Get wild at home. Hang bird feeders, grow wildlife-attracting plants, start a compost pile and designate an area of the yard for natural play where kids can dig and the grass isn’t mowed. Explore a forest instead of a playground. Without swing sets and toys, children create imaginative play, build forts and climb trees. Incorporate active transportation into the family routine. Walk, bike or paddle. Rain gear and flashlights enable rainy and after-dark explorations. Join a family nature club. At, connect with other families that value and use the natural world for playing, growing and learning via their Natural Families Forum.

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is typically filtered three to five times between each session and sanitized using UV light; some also use peroxide and ozone gas to purify the water. Without any sensory input—no sight, sound or tactile sensations—the floater typically enters a profound deeply calm state of theta brain waves that tends to bring the subconscious to the surface. It can take experienced meditators years to learn to consistently achieve this condition, remarks Bryan Gray, of Float North County, a spa in Solana Beach, California.

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ensory isolation in a floatation tank is known for inducing deep relaxation with subsequent improved health. A 2014 study published in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry investigating the effects of a series of flotation tank treatments for 65 participants, showed it to be an effective measure in decreasing stress, depression, anxiety and pain, while enhancing a sense of optimism and quality of sleep. The Book of Floating: Exploring the Private Sea, by Michael Hutchison, reports on 20th-century research sug-

gesting the therapy can help allay ailments like chronic pain, migraines and sore muscles. There’s also evidence for enhanced meditation, creativity and spiritual experiences. Float therapy was invented by Dr. John C. Lilly, a neurophysiology specialist. The individual enters an enclosed tank containing 11 inches of water heated to 93.5 degrees—a normal temperature for human skin— and some 1,000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salt. The effect is like buoyantly floating in the Dead Sea, but in a clean, quiet, private realm. The water

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Scientific research has shown that floating can release the feel-good neurotransmitters endorphins and dopamine, and lower the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Studies performed by the Laureate Institute of Brain Research, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which maintains a float clinic, have found the therapy is an effective treatment for patients with anxiety disorders. “It frees your mind of distraction and puts it in a zone,” explains Gray. “It removes the need for fight or flight, so those hormones are reduced. That part of the brain mellows out.”

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Lying for an hour in water infused with Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, the body receives a huge infusion of magnesium, a mineral essential to optimal health. While calcium and vitamin D deficiencies get more attention, it’s even more likely most of us are low on this element due to magnesiumdepleting drugs and inadequate farm soils. Many ailments shown by research to be helped by floating have also been linked to magnesium deficiency.The mineral is also essential for heart health, strong bones and central nervous system function, as reported in The Magnesium Miracle, by Dr. Carolyn Dean, a physician and naturopath in Kihei, Hawaii.

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Chronic pain sufferers often find relief through floating because the lessened gravity allows the body to fully relax.

The accompanying serenity releases the brain’s natural endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, into the bloodstream, reports Hutchison. The sheer tranquility of floating can alleviate some mental health issues. “We’ve had several people with post-traumatic stress disorder. One man has returned six times and says he’s advanced more in the last three months while floating than he did in the prior five to 10 years,” says Andy Larson, owner of Float Milwaukee. Athletes also appreciate floating because it shortens injury recovery periods through enhancing blood flow, helping to heal sore muscles. The way it facilitates a calm state ideal for implanting ideas into the subconscious mind enables them to better visualize improved performance.

meaning they are apt to have lucid dreams while awake. Also known as Stage 1 sleep, it is the drowsiest condition we experience while still consciously aware. This is the scientific explanation for reports of visions or “Eureka!” problem-solving moments in the tank, says Hutchison. This phenomenon can be especially beneficial for creative artists. “We have a girl that always emerges from the tank with an idea for a new painting,” says Gray. He also regularly hosts a composer that has worked with famous singers, who has experienced innovative musical breakthroughs while floating. Floating is among the rare healing modalities that can benefit body, mind and spirit in just one hour, with repeat benefits.

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

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While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 20

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For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.


At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him— its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

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The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.”

The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose Older people are our Upon retirement some people feel greatest resource. We need purposeless and lost. They yearn for to nurture them and give something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people them a chance to share to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?

who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida.

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Acknowledge Our Shelf Life

“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She

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asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and

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Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

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Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life Simple Strategies for Staying on Track by Marlaina Donato


enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Lee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.”


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Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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ichmond is home to many dedicated yoga teachers with passion to sustain their practice and live it off the mat. With the complexities of modern life, here is how several local yoga teachers recognize that their practice is a major contributor to maintaining balance and clarity in mind body and spirit: “I started practicing 16 years ago and have had a very consistent practice over all the years. I can’t image life without a practice. A nurturing practice allows us to find balance in our busy lives. Our bodies have strength to heal, cure and realign if treated with care. Yoga’s holistic path is a journey of ‘Love of Self’­—we start each day deciding the direction of our attitude and self love allows us to think positively. A regular practice gently reminds us to be present in a yoga class and in daily life.” - Kathleen Baker, owner of Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center. “Living yoga is living your truth, it is applying all of the philosophy of yoga into your daily life. This includes not stealing, not harming self or others, being truthful, not being greedy, living in moderation, being in the now with contentment and being clean in body, mind and environment. Beyond that there is daily hatha, meditation and journaling that is essential to building your relationship with Self. As a teacher and mentor, all I can do is inspire and encourage my students while ensuring I am walking the path of yoga authentically in my own life.” - Lydia Nitya Griffith, yoga teacher, author, owner of Yoga With Nitya. “If yoga is not incorporated into daily life, it’s an exercise just for the

body with a selfish or ignorant motive and does not meet the ancient definition of yoga—from the word yoke which is to unite—meaning we are one body-mind-spirit and one with the ‘cosmic consciousness’, known also as peace, stillness, Universe, Divinity, God... My teacher Swami Satchidananda, founder and spiritual leader of Yogaville, in Buckingham County, taught us that the goal of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual, is to realize the spiritual unity behind all diversity in the entire creation and to live harmoniously as members of one universal family.” - Nora Vimala Pozzi, director, Integral Yoga Center of Richmond. “This may sound strange, but to me it is far easier to maintain living the practice off the mat, in terms of how I conduct myself, my interactions with others, observing compassion, limiting my excess and generally continuous effort to be a good person. This is the real yoga practice. These are the things that allow one to navigate the world with a bit of grace and a lot of confidence. It helps me to maintain clarity and stability mentally. So daily, you could say I work on living the most peaceful existence possible. The physical practice is necessary because physical health is a necessary component of total wellness. It’s difficult to maintain peace of mind if the actual body is wracked with pain or full of disease. Staying nourished inside and out, moving to be able to move and working diligently to maintain personal peace becomes second nature, whether I roll out the yoga mat or not.” - J Miles, co-founder of Project Yoga Richmond and creator of Maha Vira Yoga.

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GLENMORE YOGA In 1999 we opened one of the first yoga studios in Richmond with the simple belief that yoga is for everyone. That has always been our guiding principle. Glenmore has expanded three times and our current space occupies 4,800 square feet in Glen Eagles Shopping Center with two large, carpeted yoga studios, three massage treatment rooms, a lounge with a library, and a gift shop offering products to support your yoga and meditation practice as well as jewelry and gift certificates. Yoga is for every body and we offer a wide variety of 30 ongoing classes to meet your needs each week. Annually, we offer our 200- and 300-hour teacher training programs. Location: 10442 Ridgefield Pkwyy, Henrico. For more information call 804741-5267 or visit See ads, on this page and 42.

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HANOVER YOGA & WELLNESS Hanover Yoga is located in Mechanicsville, offering a range of traditional hatha, vinyasa, and meditation classes for beginners and experienced practitioners. Hatha is an alignment-based practice balancing strength and flexibility while focusing on the breath. Vinyasa is an energizing practice connecting breath, movement, and awareness of mind and body. Meditation focuses on restoring the body through mindful stillness. We also offer Prenatal Yoga, Kids’ Yoga and Continuing Education workshops to expand the practitioner’s mind. We invite you to learn, practice, and grow with us. Namaste! Location: 10962 Richardson Rd., Ste. E, Ashland. For more information, call 804690-5650 or visit


Nora Vimala Pozzi, IYCoR’s director and yoga therapist, has been teaching yoga since 1992. Pozzi is an ordained Integral Yoga Minister and a Phoenix Rising and Integral Yoga Therapist, certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is also certified in Yoga for Cancer and Chronic Illnesses, Yoga Philosophy, Stress Management and the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for Health Care Practitioners. Pozzi empowers her students to start where they are and progress at their own pace through postures, breath and relaxation. Since 1999, she has offered a 200-hour yoga teacher training, following Yogaville’s Integral Yoga Teacher Training program, and is currently enrolling for the fall teacher training program. Location: 213 Roseneath Rd., Ste. 102. For more information, call 804-3421061 or visit See ads, pages 25, 26 and 46.

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MOBILE OM The Mobile OM launched in June offering yoga, yoga therapy, wellness classes, lectures, workshops and retail. Shannon Somogyi, C-IAYT, has renovated a 1990 34’ RV and turned it into a studio on wheels. Somogyi travels to events, festivals and parties offering wellness and yoga services. Retail features yoga and wellness-related products made locally. Inside classes are offered and space is available for all modalities. Schedule filling fast, book now! For more information or to book your next private, corporate or wellness event/class, contact Shannon@


As the owner of one of Richmond’s most relaxed and friendly yoga studios, Rose Maghdouri’s welcoming spirit, playful energy and sense of adventure are what make Shockoe Slip Yoga (SSY) a fun place to deepen your yoga practice. Maghdouri opened SSY to give students of all ages, bodies and experience levels a space to feel at home. In addition to SSY’s daily classes, Maghdouri puts her love of adventure into a calendar of yoga-inspired events—taking students skydiving, boating, wine tasting and even to Costa Rica! Location: 1307-A East Cary St. For more information, call 804-343-2010 or email

THE YOGA DOJO The Yoga Dojo is Richmond’s only studio dedicated to the practice of Rocket Yoga and movement exploration, located in vibrant Scott’s Addition. Rocket Yoga is a dynamic and fast-paced form of vinyasa yoga, linking a sequence of postures with the breath. In addition to Rocket, we also offer ashtanga, yin, restorative, vinyasa, kids’ and prenatal/postnatal yoga, along with flexibility and hand balance training. We host spring and fall 200-hour teacher training sessions, Rocket teacher training and a range of special classes and workshops led by internationally acclaimed instructors. Location: 1219 Highpoint Ave. For more information, call 804-367-4090 or visit

YOGA SOURCE Founded in 1998, Yoga Source has offered the Richmond community a peaceful yoga oasis in the heart of Carytown for 17 years. The studio continues to offer a wide variety of yoga styles, including iyengar, Yogabasics, Yogabarre, YogaWorks Flow and prenatal classes for students of all ages and abilities. Yoga Source is an exclusive host of the YogaWorks teacher training programs celebrating 10 years of partnership this fall. Yoga Source’s mission is upheld by the belief in transformation

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Since 2005, Nitya Griffith has been sharing yoga with children throughout the Richmond community and is considered a master at teaching children’s yoga. There are now over a dozen Yoga with Nitya teachers in the Richmond community, Norfolk and New York. There are kids’ yoga teacher trainings held biannually. Nitya has developed a unique approach using imaginative yoga adventures with breathing, fun yoga poses, mindfulness meditation and original songs. She also runs an annual summer camp and women’s retreats. Griffith has released the Yoga with Nitya DVD, A Child’s Journey Into Yoga, The Yogaville Coloring Book, and The Yoga with Nitya Cookbook; Seasonal, Local, Vegetarian Recipes for a Healthy Family. For more information, call 804-6788568 or visit Instagram: LydiaNitya, FB: Yoga with Nitya. See listing, page 46.

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ong known to Westerners is the idea that yoga is good for the mind, body and spirit, and we can build strength, balance and flexibility relatively quickly by attending class regularly. From vinyasa to power yoga, hot yoga and yin yoga, locals have access to a wide array of classes in RVA. A lesserknown type of yoga—kundalini yoga— directly targets energy flow in the body, benefiting the central nervous system. Subtle and profound shifts occur on an energetic level that can reduce stress and anxiety and increase joy. Local yoga teacher Holly Henty, who is specially trained in kundalini yoga, says it is known as the yoga of awareness. It is a fast and effective way to clear the mind, energize the body and uplift the spirit. For Henty, kundalini yoga is an opening to the awareness that we are already whole. “The first time I tried kundalini yoga, I felt my heart had come home,” says Henty. “It helped me become open, present and joyful—not because of an outside circumstance, but through a process of remembering my true nature. The classes are designed in such a way that we become aware of what we have always been—pure love and joy.” As taught by Yogi Bhajan, who brought this form of yoga to the U.S. in 1968, kundalini yoga opens a path to deliver an experience of the highest consciousness

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to find sacred purpose in life. Practicing kundalini yoga keeps the body in shape, increases vitality and trains the mind to be strong and flexible when faced with stress and change. To some,

it can feel like a therapy session, because it raises awareness of imbalances in the body, brain and spirit, while helping to rebalance. Classes consist of at least one kriya followed by deep relaxation and meditation. Each kriya, or yoga set, is a complete practice that can include a guiding theme along with a dynamic blend of breathwork, chanting and postures. According to Bhajan, kundalini yoga balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system and enhances creative potential, self-healing, heightened intuition and emotional peace. No experience is necessary and everyone can fully participate at their own level. With focus on moving breath throughout the body, kundalini yoga directly targets the central nervous system. Local kundalini yoga teacher Wendy Morgan had a conventional Westernized hatha yoga practice where she gained strength and flexibility when she realized she was only experiencing one aspect of what yoga is all about, the physical. “Kundalini yoga touches us on the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic levels of being human all in a fun, interesting and challenging package,” she says. For her, kundalini yoga is a complete and authentic practice in which she feels more clear and less frazzled. Kundalini yoga classes are available at a number of area studios, including Adya Yoga and Ayurveda, Health Link, Healthy Life Yoga, Project Yoga Richmond, Studio D and Yoga Source. For more information, contact Henty at HollyHenty@gmail.

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FABULOUS FAN FARE Healthy Tailgating Foods to Cheer For by Judith Fertig


at, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate annually. Whether we’re on the road or at home, making the menu healthy is a winning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, two experts divulge their winning ways. Says Debbie Moose, author of Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home, Ivy League schools like Princeton and Yale claim credit for pregame picnics that 19th-century sports fans packed into their horse and buggy for

local road trips. Moose lives in the tailgate trifecta of the North Carolina triangle, home to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest universities. She enjoyed discovering that University of Washington sports fans from the Seattle area like to sail to their chosen picnic spots, while University of Hawaii folks grill fish on hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, which can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. “At the game or at home, your guests will be moving around, so go for foods that can be eaten with one hand,” she suggests. She also plans her menu around color, universal appeal and variety

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

because it’s healthier than just serving a mound of barbecued chicken wings and a big bowl of potato chips. She likes recipes that can do double duty; her black bean summer salad with cherry tomatoes and corn can function as a colorful side dish or as a salsa for nonGMO blue corn chips. “Recipes that you can do ahead of time make things easier on game day; just pull them from the fridge and go,” says Moose. Daina Falk, of New York City, grew up around professional athletes because her father, David Falk, is a well-known sports agent. Excitement-generating sports are in her blood and inspired her to write The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook. She knows that most of the tailgating in her area takes place for football and baseball games and NASCAR races. On, Falk serves up tips for every fangating/homegating occasion, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl. “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each team. For instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama versus Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish with white sauce and oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the local foods in the universities’ respective hometowns.” Falk recommends buying more local beer than needed to make sure not to run out. Game day guests can get hot and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of filtered water in non-breakable containers. For easy entertaining, Falk recommends biodegradable dishes and cups. “Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, a glass will likely be broken,” she says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk of glass shards by committing to temporary cups and plates that are Earth-friendly and compostable.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Healthy Tailgating Recipes Vegetarian-Friendly Barbecue Cauliflower Nuggets Yields: 8 appetizer servings Plant-based barbecue is a home run or touchdown.

Black Bean Summer Salad

1 head of cauliflower 1 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour 1 Tbsp barbecue spice blend 1 cup nut milk of choice 1 cup tomato-based barbecue sauce

Yields: 8 side dishes or 4 light meals This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd. 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and well drained 5 or 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 large sweet banana pepper, seeded and chopped 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp lime juice 2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp chili powder Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 /3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Accompaniment: Dipping sauce of choice Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and separate cauliflower florets into small- to medium-sized pieces. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the barbecue spice, flour and nut

milk until smooth. Dredge each piece of cauliflower in the batter before placing it on the baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the cauliflower with barbecue sauce and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the cauliflower from the baking sheet and plate alongside a dipping sauce of your choice. Adapted from Daina Falk’s

In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro. Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together. Note: If using frozen corn, drain it well and lightly sauté in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil before adding it to the salad. This removes moisture that may make the salad watery. Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Southern Holidays: A Savor the South Cookbook. natural awakenings

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n 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study, remarks, “A failed regulatory system and suspect practices by some in the pet food industry puts countless dogs at risk of ingesting excessive fluoride.” Fluoride occurs naturally in rocks, soil and thus some food plants and water supplies. More enters food via use of fluoride-based pesticides and commercial processing facilities. The EWG advises that two-thirds of all Americans, along with pets and farm animals, are exposed to artificially fluoridated tap water.

Fluoride Dangers to Humans While fluoride exposure hasn’t been studied in dogs or cats, according to

Dr. Joseph Mercola, ample research points to the dangers of fluoride to human health, including: n Arthritis n Bone cancer (osteosarcoma) n Bone fractures n Brain damage and lowered IQ n Damaged sperm and increased infertility n Deactivation of 62 enzymes n Dementia n Disrupted immune system n Disrupted synthesis of collagen n Genetic damage and cell death n Hyperactivity and/or lethargy n Impaired sleep (inhibits melatonin produced by the pineal gland) n Increased lead absorption n Increased tumor and cancer rate n Inhibited formation of antibodies n Lowered thyroid function n Muscle disorders

Fluoride Dangers to Canines Dogs are at substantial long-term risk for exposure to unacceptably high levels of fluoride. They are, for example, at

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significantly higher probability for bone cancer than humans, with more than 8,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., compared with about 900 human cases. According to the EWG, a dog drinking normal amounts of tap water would be exposed to 0.05 to 0.1 milligram (mg) of fluoride per kilogram (kg) of body weight daily. A 10-pound puppy that daily eats about a cup of dog food would ingest approximately 0.25 mg fluoride per kg body weight a day, based on average fluoride content in the eight contaminated brands it tested. Altogether, the puppy could be exposed to 3.5 times more fluoride than the EPA allows in drinking water. Large breed puppies may be exposed to even more fluoride due to higher water intake. Whatever the size and the appetite of a dog, combined fluoride exposure from food and water can easily become unsafe. Eating the same food every day, they may be constantly consuming more fluoride than is healthy for normal growth, leading to health problems and higher veterinary bills later in life.

other meals made from animal byproducts. It also suggests that government set fluoride limits in pet food that protect both puppies and large breeds most at risk for bone cancer. Dr. Michael W. Fox, an internationally recognized veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, recommends providing pets with fluoride-free water; spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water also works well. In preparing homemade food for a pet, make sure any added bone meal is free of fluoride and lead. Ethical bone meal producers will test for these contaminants; verify with the source. Fox suggests a good bone meal substitute might be fossilized oyster shell, dolomite or a synthesized or refined calcium supplement like calcium citrate, ascorbate, stearate or gluconate. Or, consider a

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BEING BEAUTY What Makes Us Glow by Glennon Doyle Melton


lenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow. That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what we’re made of and being “full of beauty” on the inside. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty is on this Earth. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day. When we are with a beautiful woman, we might not notice her hair, skin, body or clothes, because we’ll be distracted by the way she makes us feel. She is so full of beauty that some of it overflows onto us. We feel warm and safe and curious around her. Her eyes typically twinkle a little and she’ll look at us closely—because a beautiful, wise woman knows that the quickest way to fill up with beauty is to soak in another’s beauty. The most beautiful women take their time with other people; they are filling up. Women concerned with being pretty think about what they look like, but women concerned with being beautiful think about what they are looking at, taking in the loveliness around them. They are absorbing the whole beautiful world and making all that beauty theirs to give to others. Source: Adapted excerpt from Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (Flatiron Books). She’s the founder and president of the nonprofit Together Rising. Read more at 34

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Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent high-rise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public transportation such as people-mover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes (EverybodyWalk. org). States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to free-flowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (, encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneering a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.”

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Genworth Free Community Day – 9am-5pm. All visitors to the Garden receive free admission, including admission to Butterflies LIVE! Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave.  804-262-9887.

LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Depression and Anxiety Level I – 9/10-17. Empowering, evidence-based yoga protocol to help students & clients focus, relax & have greater access to their feelings. Amy Weintraub; Rose Kress; Dr. Rickie Simpson. $995. Add 7 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 TriYoga: The Ancient Yoga for Modern Times – 9/8-10. A practice uniting dynamic & sustained physical postures, breathing practices, hand gestures & meditation, woven together by yoga wisdom. Yogini Kaliji. $260. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 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.


4th Annual SpeakUp5K – 9am. Signature event of the Cameron K. Gallagher Memorial Foundation whose mission is to cultivate awareness & understanding for those suffering from teenage depression & anxiety. Carillon/Byrd Park.

X-Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Combines chair yoga w/yoga on the mat. For people w/some physical limitations or for those who enjoy a slow pace. Nora Vimala Pozzi. $120/8 wks, $17/drop-in. Location in Byrd Park area. Integral Yoga Ctr: 804-342-1061.

Qigong Movement & Meditation – 10-11am. Get grounded & enjoy 30 min of qigong movement, followed by a relaxing guided meditation. All levels. Joy Black. $40. Energy Medicine Center, 4100 Brook Rd, Ste A2. 804-931-0979. EnergyMedicine.Center.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 8-wks, 9/12-10/31. 12:30-2:30pm. MSBR gives proven techniques for living in the present & reducing worries and fears. Susan Brock Wilkes. $250/ mbrs, $450/nonmbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. Sacred Money Archetypes & Aligned Business Success w/Joni Advent Maher, MSW, an Empowered Living & Sacred Money Archetype Coach. 1:30pm: Readers, healers, practitioners & vendors. Donations. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit. African American Shamanic Death Rituals: Collective Grief Holding and Trauma Transformation – 4-6pm. Explore African diasporic healing traditions, modern Black folk knowledge, drumming as prayer & other embodied rituals. Richael Faithful. $25/mbrs, $35/nonmbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

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Continuing/Mixed Level Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. 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, SEPTEMBER 13 Fall Book Club – 12-1:30pm. Chrysalis is starting a new book club. The first book is The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us about Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski. Led by Vicki Saunders, Jessica Coffey & Clair Norman. Donations accepted. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

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Intro to Yoga – 9/13, 20, 27. 5-6:15pm. A foundation to build your yoga practice, explore concepts & learn new yoga postures. Liz Creasman. $45/3 classes. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. X-Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Combines chair yoga w/ yoga on the mat. For people w/some physical limitations or for those who enjoy a slow pace. Pat Aramati Reams. Pay what can: sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Fall PlantFest – 9/14-16. 4-7pm, Thurs; 9am-5pm, Fri; 9am-3pm, Sun. Plants ranging from wellknown favorites to rare exotics. No admission fee; regular admission to visit Garden. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 804-262-9887. Dragon Energy – 7-9pm. Dragon energy is increasing and it is now time to connect. Info & guided meditation incl. MP3. Kerstin Ajasha Overath. $22. Aquarian Bookshop. 804-257-5575. Paying Attention to Dying While Living – 7-9pm. Learn how Death Doulas can help change the way we process death while we are living. Shelby Kirillin. $25/mbrs, $35/nonmbrs. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Basic Meditation – 9/15-17. Discover a variety of meditation approaches, ways to develop a “behere-now” consciousness & how daily life can serve as preparation for meditation. Swami Gurucharanananda “Mataji.” $235. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642. Free Integral Yoga Teacher Training Info Mtg – 4-5:30pm. Learn about the 6-mo long Yoga Alliance 200-Hr approved program, syllabus, staff & 4-day Retreat at Yogaville. Meet the director & lead instructor, Nora Vimala Pozzi, mentors & alumni from the program. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Additional dates: 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.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Featured speaker Shay Martin, Richmond Numerologist & Intuitive, “Using Numerology to Find Your Purpose in Life.” Dave Miller, Richmond author of The Sibold Effect, about spirits on his ancestral land in southwest VA. Potluck lunch follows. Free. River Rd Baptist Church, NW Corner River & Ridge Rds. Donna: 804-690-3310. Tai Chi 5 Elements Form – 10am-2:30pm. This short form can be practiced in 5 mins, it’s easy to learn & can be incorporated into your daily routine. All physicalities welcome; taught in both seated & standing variations. Rie Cherie. Lunch inclu. $88, $75/mbrs. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 804-262-9887 x 320. A Smorgasbord of Alternative Modalities – 10am-4pm. A sampling of alternative therapies, treatments & programs from the area’s finest alternative health practitioners & teachers, centers for growth & awareness, spiritual readings, artists & crafts, speakers & presenters. $5. The Alliance for Spiritual Understanding. Holiday Inn at Richmond Airport, 445 International Ctr Dr, Sandston. Info.: 804-240-0412. Channeling and Clearing with the Crystal Skulls – 10:30am-5:30pm. Clear the channels, connect w/ spirit guides and the Akashic records & more. Kerstin Ajasha Overath. $149. Resonance Float and Sound, 1312 Sycamore Square, Midlo. 804-405-3194. First Day of Glenmore Yoga’s 200-Hr Teacher Training Program – 10:30am-6pm. Teacher Training runs as 7 weekend modules through March 2018. Details: Cosmic Flow: Movement and Meditation Workshop – 3:30-6pm. Yoga Nidra, mystic slumber, is a form of guided meditation that saturates the subconscious mind w/powerful, transformative messages. Theme = how we find equanimity and poise by elevating our consciousness. Hari-Kirtana Das. $40 in advance, $45 day of. Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Place.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Mental Stimulation: Courses for Seniors – 8-wk morning classes on Genealogy; Gentle Yoga; Topics in Literature; Religion & Politics; Geography of the Great Plains; Opera; French & German. Lunch lecture, 12:30pm: “Richmond and World War I” by Ed Slipek, architectural historian and senior contributing editor of Style Weekly. Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham Pkwy.  804-355-7282.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Intro to Qigong – Why Learn Qigong? – 6:158pm. Qigong reduces stress, builds stamina, increases vitality, improves flexibility/balance & enhances the immune system. Anyone can benefit. Joy Black. $45. Resonance Float & Sound, 1312 Sycamore Sq, Midlo. Register: 804-971-7135. Unicorn Energy – 6:30-8pm. Unicorns are here to support us on a soul level. Info & guided meditation incl. MP3. Kerstin Ajasha Overath. $22. Resonance Float and Sound, 1312 Sycamore Square, Midlo. 804-405-3194.


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Danger! Mold, CIRS, Bio-Toxin Illness – 7pm. Free. Southside location. South River Compounding Pharmacy, 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlo. 804-897-6447.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Nourishing the Mind: Lunch & Life – 12:30pm. Free series of 4 lunch speakers begins w/Father Michael Renninger, pastor, St. Mary Catholic Church, “Angels, Saints and Old Blue Eyes: Spiritual Themes in Popular Lyrics.” Other speakers include Eric Philips, news anchor, Channel 12 & former CNN correspondent: “A Snapshot in the Life of a News Anchor” (9/27); Ed Slipek, architectural historian & senior contributing editor of Style Weekly: “Richmond and World War I” (10/4); Dr. Edward Ayers, president emeritus, University of Richmond: “Richmond’s Civil War Legacy” (10/11). Brown bag lunch precedes speaker; beverage & dessert provided. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. 804-355-7282.

markyourcalendar 52nd Gallery at First UU A visual feast for the eyes, this is not your grandma’s church-basement craft show! Sponsored by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, Gallery at First UU is one of Richmond’s longest running juried fine arts and crafts exhibition and sale. The show features an eclectic mix of oil paintings, watercolors, lithographs, fiber art, lamps, photographs, prints, pottery, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, stained glass, paper, wood, wearable art and weaving from more than 175 local and regional artists!

September 20-24 • 5pm Free admission. 1000 Blanton Ave. For more information, call 804-355-0777, email or find us on Facebook at GalleryAtFirstUU.

Nourishing Body & Mind: Courses for Seniors – 8-wk morning classes in Genealogy; Gentle Yoga; 20 Great Short Stories; Topics in Religion, History and Current Events; Musical Potpourri; Faith of the Founding Fathers; Political Lessons From the Puritans; Feldenkrais; German, Japanese, Latin; & Advanced Beginning Spanish. Lunch lecture, 12:30pm: “The Dooleys of Richmond: An Irish Immigrant Family in the Old and New South” by Mary Lynn Bayliss, author, historian, lecturer. The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond. First Presbyterian Church, 4602 Cary St. 804-355-7282.


markyourcalendar Remembering Your Essence An experiential day of self re-connection through stillness, sensing and moving with Joy Black & Lili Just Simons. Understand Essence from the Taoist and Chinese Medicine perspectives.

September 23 • 9:30am-5:30pm $149. Resonance Float & Sound, Midlothian We’re on Facebook: remembering your essence Contact: or 804-971-7135

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Mixed-Level Yoga – 5-6:15pm. Integral Yoga for students w/some or no experience. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises, 15-min yoga nidra (deep relaxation). Nitya Lydia Griffith. Beginners and teens welcome. $104/8-wk, $15/drop-in. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Yoga with Nitya Kids Yoga Teacher Training – 9/29-10/1 (Fri eve & all day Sat & Sun).This intensive training will license you to use all of Yoga with Nitya’s class scripts, songs & curriculum for teaching kids yoga classes. Nitya’s approach is personable, fun & inspiring as she shares her wisdom & expertise in an intimate setting. Early Bird: $580. Location TBA. 804-678-8568.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Yoga for Birth: A Couples Workshop – 7:309:30pm. Fun & informative workshop that sets the foundation to cultivate awareness in your birthing body & connect w/your partner. Hilary Scribner. $60. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

Get Away for a Day of Yoga & Wine Retreat – 11:30am-4:30pm. Unplug from the frenetic energy of daily life & nourish your soul in this 1-day retreat w/lunch, wine tasting, yoga & more. Adya Yoga and Ayurveda. White Oak Lavender Farm, 2644 Cross Keys Rd, Harrisonburg. For more info:



Kirtan College: A Weekend Chanting Intensive – 9/21-24. Explore kirtan (sacred song) & Bhakti Yoga (path of devotion). Open to all. No musical background required. David Newman “Durga Das” & Mira. $290. Add 3 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

Intro to Ashtanga Yoga 6-Wk Series – 7-8:15pm. Learn the philosophy behind ashtanga yoga, breath (pranayama), sun salutations, the standing sequence & some seated poses (asanas). Designed for students new to yoga or to the ashtanga system. Kyra Haigh. $84/6 wks. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 Fall Silent Retreat: Even Nature Takes Time to Renew – 10/5-8. Autumn is a season of introspection and the perfect time for us to go within, reflect & apply daily learning to daily living during Yogaville’s annual silent retreat. Open to all. Swami Gurucharanananda “Mataji.” $260. Add 3 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Intro to Mysore Workshop + 8 Intro Classes – 10:30-11:30am. Students of all levels practice at their own pace & the teacher gives individual instruction. Includes lecture & 8 intro classes (taken during a variety of days/times). Do not need to know primary series to attend. Kyra Haigh. $125. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 RoseFest – 12-3pm. See the Louise Cochrane Rose Garden in full bloom w/performing arts presentation. Regular Garden admission. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 804-262-9887. Teen/Tween Self-Inquiry Workshop – 3-4:30pm. Led by Alex Ginsberg and Nitya Griffith. Sug donation $20. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Keynote Rabbi Rami Shapiro: What’s Death Got To Do With It? – 7-9pm. Rabbi Rami will highlight his personal discoveries about the nature of death & how one’s beliefs about the “next life” greatly reflect how our current lives are lived. $25/mbrs, $35/nonmbrs. Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave. 804-359-0384.

Richmond MindBodySpirit Gathering – 11:44am4:44pm. Explore the connections between energy, beliefs & spirit w/Susan Archer, LSW & Emotion Code Practitioner. 1:30pm: Readers, healers, practitioners & vendors. Donations. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 1007 Peachtree Blvd. Facebook/ Meetup: Richmond MindBodySpirit. Delete Low Back Pain – 2:30-4:30pm. Simple pelvic floor conditioning exercises to alleviate low back pain & foster continence & sexual vitality. Easily integrate exercises & tools learned into your daily routine for continued benefits. Rie Cherie. $15. Home Studio, 9018 Hidden Nest Dr, Midlo. More info & register: 804-382-5306.

these points. Gina Romagnoli. $30 by 10/14; $40 after. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Fall Book Club – 12-1:30pm. The second book is No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are by Jack Kornfield. Led by Vicki Saunders, Jessica Coffey & Clair Norman. Donations accepted. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.


Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) – 7pm. Free. Southside location. South River Compounding Pharmacy, 11420 W Huguenot Rd, Midlo. 804-897-6447.

Intro to Yin Yoga – 10/27-29. Explore how this ancient yogic practice can promote the flow of energy through the energy channels of your deep yin core. Learn how to incorporate yin postures & philosophy into any yoga practice. Biff Mithoefer. $250. Add 2 nights accom. Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Buckingham. 800-858-9642.




Kirtan – 6-7pm. See 9/15 listing. Pay what can; sug $10. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 IONS (Inst of Noetic Science) – 10am-12pm. Featured Speaker Joanne DiMaggio, Charlottesville author, on her latest book, Karma Can Be a Real Pain: Past Life Clues to Current Life Maladies. Potluck lunch follows. Free. River Rd Baptist Church, NW Corner River & Ridge Rds. Donna: 804-690-3310. Finding Space & Moving Beyond Workshop – 11am-1pm. Learn the anatomic & energetic grounding points for both standing & seated postures, & the lines & circuits that grow from

OktoberFest – 11am-4pm. Live music, local food & beers for purchase; games & prizes. Bring canned goods to benefit FeedMore. Sponsored by Meriwether Godsey. Regular Garden admission. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 804-262-9887.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 Yin Yoga & Thai Massage Retreat – 2-3:30pm. Retreat combines longer-held poses with massage to relieve stress and restore vitality, ending w/a contemplative ceremony. Linda Joynes, RYT200/Cheryl Bergh, CMT, RYT500. Limited space. $65. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Rabbi Rami Shapiro: A Deep Dive into Perennial Wisdom – 9-11am. Enjoy a catered lunch & join a rich roundtable discussion w/Rabbi Rami Shapiro to intimately discuss what being spiritually independent means to you. $40; $65/nonmbrs (admission + 50% off Chrysalis annual membership). Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 It’s All About Your Heart! – 10am. Free. West End location. South River Compounding Pharmacy, 3656 Mayland Ct. 804-897-6447.

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Butterflies LIVE! – Thru 10/15. 9am-5pm. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter & take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats & life-cycles. Regular Garden admission. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave.

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:

Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas – Thru 10/1. 9am-5pm. Explore as works by regional artists come alive in displays using live plants & natural materials throughout the Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. Design own masterpieces in Creation Stations. Included w/regular Garden admission. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave.

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


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

Svaroopa Yoga – Daily, indiv sessions. Meeting your body where it is w/poses selected for you. 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.

Tai Chi – 10am, Beg; 11am, Intermed. Yang 24 Form & Sun 31 Form taught in each class. Sun 31 = restorative form to help alleviate probs assoc w/ arthritis, diabetes, ortho concerns/rehab & other physical challenges. Jenny Barone. $10. First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Ave. 804-382-8103 or 804355-8637.

Overeaters Anonymous – 13 wkly mtgs. Is food a problem for you? No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins, no diets. 804-933-0480.

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.

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 – 1pm. Ages 9-13. Basic yoga postures, breath awareness & a deep relaxation adapted to preteens. Natalie Padmasri Turley. $10 sug donation. 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. 8 classes/$112/80 days, $17/class. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Mom & Baby Yoga – 3pm. 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. 4 classes/$60; 8 classes/$112/80 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.


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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. Bliss@ Mindfulness Mondays – 6-6:30pm. A mindfulness practice to start your week. Chrysalis Institute, 3527 Ellwood Ave. 804-359-0384. Mindful Motion Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Focus on shoulders, back, hips, front body & lower torso, always connecting w/the breath. Mary Lou Bean, RYT500/ Mary Leffler, RYT500.  $60/4 classes/mo, $110/8 classes/mo, $17/drop-in. Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Ctr, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy. 804-741-5267. Healing Touch Clinic – 6:30 & 7:30pm. 4th. Energy therapy to reduce stress & pain, speed up healing & give a sense of well-being. Sherry Price. Free, by appt. Mt. Pisgah UMC, 1001 Mt Pisgah Dr, 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: 804893-8711. 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 – 9/5-10/31; not on 9/26, 10/3. 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. 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. Prenatal Yoga – 5:45pm. See Sun. listing. 8 classes/$112/80 days, $17/class. Ashtanga Yoga Richmond, 2902 W Cary St. Tai Chi 5 Elements Form Guided Practice – 5:457pm. Experience the grace & beauty of movement meditation. Learn qigong exercises to build strength, foster mobility & increase balance. Instructor 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 Man-Ching. $165/10 wks. Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Rd. Floyd Herdrich: 804-698-0225; Sondra Sealine: 804-690-9878. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd. Join fellow survivors thru & beyond your cancer journey in a nurse-facilitated group. Free. 601 Watkins Ctr Pkwy, Ste 200. 804-594-3130. Richmond Area Lymphedema Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 3rd. Free. Retreat Hospital Boardroom. Does not meet Nov/Dec/Jan. Contact: Angela Denny PT, CLT, 804-281-8473/Patty Donovan, 804-270-9071. Diversity Richmond Fitness – 7pm. Bi-weekly. Full-body workout class. Peak Physique facilitators. Free. Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave, Entrance 3. 804-622-4242 x203. DiversityRichmond. org. 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. Ageless Level 1 & 2 Yoga – 9-10:15am. Focus on shoulders, back, hips, front body & lower torso, always connecting w/breath. Mary Lou Bean/Kim Leibowitz. $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.  Beginners Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Mindful yoga postures, breathing exercises & 15-min yoga nidra. Emily Ishwari. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Mary Jo Lowery. St Mary’s Hospital. 804-814-7079. Richmond MindBodySpirit Healing Circle – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd. Healers working on healers thru various modalities. Even if new to holistic healing, come & experience an alt way to wholeness. Quantum touch, reiki, healing touch & emotion code. Donations. Archstone Counseling & Treatment Ctr, 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 of yoga experience welcome. Class size limited; registration required. Instructor Rie Cherie. $10 (cash or check). Home Studio, 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. Melts through layers of tension more easily & quickly than yoga poses alone. Rest in relaxation pose while therapist works w/key areas of your spine. Deeply restorative. Experience the difference in your 1st session. Anita Snellings, Cert. Peaceful Body Yoga, mult locations. 804-356-7477. SoulCollage Group – 2x/mo. Come to any or all sessions. $25/session incl supplies. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. For schedule/reserve space: 804-901-4583, WomanSpeak Circle – 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. 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. See Sun. listing. 4 classes/$60; 8 classes/$112/80 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. Flowers After 5 – 9/7 & 14. 5-9pm. Stroll thru the gardens; enjoy live music, wine & beer, dining & shopping. Garden partners w/Richmond SPCA on 2nd & 4th Thurs of each month & allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5). $13/adults, $8/kids 3-12, free/ under 3, mbrs. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave. 804-262-9887.

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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.

Sun-Style Tai Chi for Health and Arthritis – 9/7-10/26; not on 9/21,28, 10/5. 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 if you’d like to attend. $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. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Yoga for Arthritis and Chronic Pain with Nitika Achalam – 8-wks, 9/14-11/9; 6-7:30pm. Combining traditional Yoga practices with modern medical knowledge. Improve stamina, balance & flexibility. Modifications for those w/joint strain, stiffness, chronic pain and other related conditions. Nitika Achalam. $150 (plus 5 free studio classes). Project Yoga Richmond, 6517 Dickens Place. Suicide Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 3rd. Connect w/community mbrs suffering from suicide loss & receive emotional support. Peer-facilitated; no mental health professionals guide group. Safe grieving environment, free of stigma & judgment. Pusey House/First Baptist, 2705 Park Ave. soslrva. Essential Oils Education – 7pm. Learn more about using dōTERRA oils in the home. Lisa Cusano. RSVP: FB page: Earth Essentials RVA. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st. Traditional Tibetan Buddhist instruction and practice led by Lama Chodron. All welcome. Free. Kagyu Shenpen Tharchin at Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-554-1162. VBAC Support Group – 7:30pm. 2nd. Mary Callender. Better Bodies Chiropractic, 1570 Early Settlers Rd, Chesterfield. 804-382-8222.

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friday Ongoing Dream Groups – Mornings. Cassandra Matt. 8401 Patterson Ave, Ste 204. Time & cost info: 804-901-4583, 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 go to


Falun Gong Exercise Practice – 12:30-1pm. Free. Capitol Grounds, downtown. 804-747-1215.

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.

Caregiver Support Group – 2-3:30pm. 3rd. Free. Jewish Family Services, 6718 Patterson Ave. Register: 804-282-5644 x 254.


Mindfulness & Progressive Relaxation – 121:30pm. Includes simple stretches. Sandy Goolsby, LCSW. $18. Bon Air Yoga, 2703 Tinsley Dr, Ste 204. 804-836-8680.

Insight Meditation – 5:45-7:30pm. See Tues listing. Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, 3411 Grove Ave. 804-852-2976. Mom’s Healing Circle – 7-9:30pm. 3rd. Creating space to witness our stories & emotions intentionally thru Council Share & Toning Circle w/vocalization & energetic healing. Open to all mothers (preconception to grandmother). Pam Karthik. Free. Heart of Yoga, 1903 Manakin Rd, Manakin. 804-5511615. FB: Mom’s Healing Circle.

saturday Saturday Salutations at the VMFA – 9/9, 23, 30 & 10/7; 9-10am. Classes are open to all levels, beginner appropriate, family-friendly, and support PYR’s yoga and mindfulness outreach programs! PayWhat-You-Can in advance online. VMFA Belvedere Deck, 200 N Blvd. M o m m y & B a b y Yo g a – 1 0 a m . M o k sha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. Beginners/Mixed Level Earth Yoga – 10:30am12pm. Moving meditation to connect us to our life source while connecting to our infinite universal source. Anne Bhudevi Fletcher. Pay what can; sug $12. Integral Yoga Ctr, 213 Roseneath Rd, Ste 213. 804-342-1061. Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am. Moksha Yoga/Midwives For Haiti. $10. Bon Secours. Prenatal Yoga – 12:30pm. Learn how yoga can make your pregnancy more comfortable & your birth calmer. Embrace Maternal & Baby Wellness Collective, 124 Buford Rd. Jessica Turner: Contra Dance – 7-11pm. 2nd & 4th. $7. Contra Dance Group. Lewis Ginter Rec Ctr. 804-247-9247; Linda Salter: 804-266-7355.


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.




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.

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

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


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 11.

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


Six locations in the Richmond area 804-526-7125 Ariya Family Chiropractic Center provides a natural path to wellness through chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy. We take pride in the peaceful, nurturing environment we create to provide excellent care and outstanding service. See ad, page 23.

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 9.


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


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.   


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.


doTERRA Wellness Advocate, 212455 804-296-9284 Looking for alternatives? Find out why dōTERRA is committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oil-enhanced wellness products with the world. Join the vibrant community of Wellness Advocates in the Greater Richmond area as we learn together. Weekly classes offered on all aspects of use. See ad, page 8.

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

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




Carey Phillips, LMT, EEMCP, NCTMB 3001 Hungary Spring Rd, Ste C, West End 804-205-6531 • Intuitive and integrative bodywork. Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, Structural Integration and massage therapies. Bringing balance and healing to body, mind and spirit. Empowering individuals to live more vibrant lives! See ad, page 17.

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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 preconception planning, integrative fertility enhancement, pregnancy support and more.

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



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



Sherron Marquina, DC, PAK 9210 Forest Hill Ave B-3, Richmond 804-377-2222 Board-Certified Professional Applied Kinesiologist. Individualized care using functional diagnostics, gentle balancing methods, clinical nutrition, advanced therapies to solve difficult health problems or optimize your health. See ad, page 9.



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.


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.


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 9.


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


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.


Elvetta Wilkins Vasquez, LMT, CNA 2505 Pocoshock Pl, Ste 203 804-839-9290 • Attevlé Massage Therapy’s focus is to maximize the potential of caregivers and those they serve. Our space is fully ADA compliant, offering a haven for caregivers as well as those who typically aren’t able to experience massage. 


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


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:

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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


3527 Ellwood Ave, Carytown Chrysalis Institute is a resource and learning center that explores the insights and practices of the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies, and contemporary sciences. Chrysalis encourages curiosity, compassion, community and the cultivation of skills so that we might act mindfully in the world. See ad, page 15.

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


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 3.


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


5700 Old Richmond Ave, Ste A-5 (Off Libbie, near St. Mary’s) 804-358-1492 Integrative approach to medicine, optimizing a realistic plan for your health/disease management. As a pharmacist, I review your medications to determine which ones are needed. Implement alternative therapies. Web visits available for established patients. See ad, page 23.


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.


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.


Qigong & Mind-Body Practice Qigong Instructor & Medical Qigong Practitioner 804-971-7135 • Qigong, an ancient Chinese healthcare system, balances your energy. 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. Qigong self-care classes and Medical Qigong therapy.


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 11.


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.


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

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


Specializing in Yoga for Children Richmond 804-678-8568 Locally renowned yoga instructor offering classes and private instruction for children; Yoga with Nitya  DVD;  children’s book,  A Child’s Journey into Yoga; and the newly released,  Yoga with Nitya Cookbook. Join our team – Kid’s Yoga Teacher Training, September 29 – October 1 (see website for details).


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. See ad, page 25.


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


6517 Dickens Place Richmond, VA 23230 Project Yoga Richmond is a 501 (c3) 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.


Buckingham, VA 1-800-858-YOGA (9642) Serene Yoga Center in rolling Virginia Woodlands. Integral Yoga Teacher Trainings. Silent and Individual Retreats. Workshops. Yoga classes. Meditation. Guest Stays. Welcome Weekends. Vegetarian Meals. See ad, page 25.


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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