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mother’s intuition is a powerful thing. Even as a young boy I knew there was no tricking Mom. One glance in her eyes and I knew she knew what side of the bed I got up from that day. It made me an honest person because I thought everyone had the similar ability to decipher truth from fiction. I remember a time when my moral compass deviated and I knew it was better to fess up than to endure the scrutiny of those earnest eyes. I also intuited that the associated guilt would pass a lot faster if I simply admitted what I did. That boyhood intuition, further developed through years of trial and error, has delivered a pretty good track record. I believe that the ability to listen to the heart, or gut, taught to all children at an early age, would fill their lives with pure, conscious living and grateful moments. As our restless world rapidly transforms itself via the collective energies of 7 billion humans influencing one another’s lives, it becomes paramount to cut through the clamor by tapping deep into the most precious resource we have—our intuition. Some folks skillfully discover its value while others have a greater struggle finding it out, but all of us can do well to pay attention to the whispering wisdom within. During my mornings, and sometimes evenings too, I like to stop, look and listen to my heart’s innermost desires through meditation. The still moments clear my mind of interference from the onslaught of outside influences that would impose themselves and bring me closer to my natural flow, which is more attuned with my intuition. When you read Linda Sechrist’s article, “Trust Your Intuition,” you’ll see why connecting with your intuition is vital, a natural gift that keeps on giving. That inner voice we hear knows what we are here for and I have witnessed the gladness of many a friend and colleague that has accepted and acted on the direction their heart yearns to travel. They often start life anew and find more fulfilling work helping others in need. It renews one’s faith in the future of humanity when so many are finding new ways to contribute their talents and abilities toward a better world. Each month, Natural Awakenings writers and local contributors generously offer informative articles intended to forward our health, well-being and the sustainability of the planet. These writers also are people that are listening to their intuition. They typically write about subjects they are passionate about, eagerly research and ponder, and share for others to experience. It is always my hope that you will take away some new knowledge that resonates deeply on a personal level. As it does, it will likely stir intuitive insights ready to surface and apply. By sharing each issue, you can pay it forward so that others can benefit as well. Hope springs eternal,

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newsbriefs Live in Joy Yoga Celebrates Ayurveda


any of Live in Joy Yoga’s teachers are also ayurvedic health practitioners. Co-founder Janet Watkins is a master herbalist that consults privately with clients. She also leads group cooking classes at the studio. Massage therapist Julie Fischer offers ayurvedic bodywork. The treatment starts with the ancient ayurvedic practice of garshana (dry skin brushing exfoliation), which increases circulation and cleans the skin, to prepare it for abhyanga, a hot herbal oil massage that deeply soaks into the muscles and joints. According to Fischer, the herbal oil application nourishes the skin, aids in removing impurities, stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation, relaxes and balances the mind and body and promotes overall healing. “I’m thrilled with the results of this bodywork,” says Fischer. “My clients come out glowing and balanced. It’s amazing that this work is not widely known in the West, but I’m glad to see that it’s starting to gain some recognition for its incredible health benefits.” Location: 118 W. Merchant Street, Audubon, NJ. (856) 5461006. For more information, visit

Laughing Buddha Hot Yoga Adds West Berlin Location


aughing Buddha Hot Yoga has added a second location at 545 Route 73, in West Berlin. The new studio offers a 1,750-square-foot hot room, men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and a big community room furnished with a big, comfortable couch for lounging after class with a cup of tea or chatting with fellow yogis. The room is kept between 95 and 105 degrees with humidity between 50 and 75 percent. Its original location, at 943 Kings Highway, in West Deptford, remains open. “You can feel the love the minute you walk in the door,” remarks owner Myya Pavone, who has been teaching in Philadelphia and New Jersey for more than 12 years. “The amazing teachers here are truly overjoyed to share the gift of yoga with their students.” Laughing Buddha offers classes in ashtanga, power restorative and yin formats, as well as the traditional Calcutta method of hot yoga (based on the Bishnu Gosh lineage) and hot vinyasa based on the Barkan Method. For more information, visit 856-537-7423.

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newsbriefs First Spring Garden Fair at Camden County Environmental Center

The BioMat at NJBalance Wellness Center


utgers Master Gardeners of Camden County in cooperation with Camden County and Sustainable Camden County will present the inaugural Spring Garden Fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 17 at the Camden County Environmental Center. Organizers plan to host the event annually. Throughout the day, attendees can enjoy seminars on tips and techniques for a healthier garden, gardening with kids and organic and sustainable gardening. Activities include nature walks, a rain barrel demonstration and children’s projects. Sick plants can be brought to the Master Gardeners’ plant clinic for diagnosis. An onsite garden market will offer a wide variety of flowers, herbs, vegetables and more for sale.

JBalance Wellness Center, in Medford, is offering complimentary 15-minute sessions on its latest therapy tool, the BioMat, a pad that converts electricity into infrared rays. The BioMat also produces negative ions. These two components are transferred through amethyst quartz channels that cover the BioMat surface. “Once we experienced the health benefits of the BioMat, we knew we had to have it at the Center. We resonate with the use of amethyst crystals for healing,” remarks Susan Drummond, co-owner, who says that sleeping on the BioMat strengthens the cardiovascular system, relieves pain and joint stiffness, decreases hyperactivity, reduces inflammation and detoxifies cells. Clients can set up appointments for longer BioMat sessions at NJ Wellenss Center, and the BioMat can be purchased for home use. “Besides its ability to relieve both acute and chronic health issues, the BioMat is an excellent health preventive maintenance measure for the whole family including pets,” suggests co-owner Maryann Miller. “For some families with children, the return on investment could be realized very quickly.”

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Ag Center Teaching Kitchen Opens May 17

Yoga on Horseback Comes to Swedesboro

urlington County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders will unveil a new commercial teaching kitchen in the rear of the 1935 former Winner Farm House, adjacent to the Burlington County Farmers’ Market and part of the Burlington County Agricultural Center. A ribbon cutting and festivities will take place on the opening day of the market, May 17. Events include a cooking demonstration and talk by local celebrity chef Cyndi Stanimirov, a sous chef at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill in the Moorestown Mall who made it to the top four on the reality show Hell’s Kitchen. The 4-H Cloggers and April Mae and the June Bugs will entertain market shoppers. Cooking demonstrations will be held at the Farmers’ Market every Saturday from May 17 through October 25. The kitchen will be used year-round for classes on basic kitchen skills, nutrition, cooking and food preservation with a focus on using locally grown produce. In addition to the teaching kitchen, meeting rooms and a handicapped-accessible restroom are being added. The renovated facility can be rented for meetings and events.


ajaka Yoga is introducing its Yoga on Horseback program with an open house from 1 to 5 p.m., May 31, at Swedesboro Riding Stables, in Woolwich Township. Attendees can meet the horses and try the new class format. The open house also includes games, prizes, and refreshments. Previously not available anywhere on the East Coast, Yoga instructor Lumi Wroblewski has arranged the opportunity, for yogis to work with horses that are specially trained and safe; no experience with horses is necessary. There is no age limit, but there is a 200-pound weight limit for the safety of the horses. Horses are being used increasingly as part of psychotherapeutic experiences. Since horses mirror our emotions, actions and body language, they can help us recognize our fears, overcome our challenges and build confidence.

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newsbriefs Moorestown Natural Health and Acu-Health Center Workshops


oorestown Natural Health is collaborating with AcuHealth Center in Moorestown on a yearlong schedule of workshops and seminars about health and fitness. All classes will be instructed by Stefanie DeWysockie, a board-certified naturopathic practitioner and registered yoga instructor. Attendees will learn how to integrate natural health practices into their lifestyle for overall health maintenance and preventive care, as well as overcoming illness. This month’s seminars are Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis at 6:30 p.m., May 9, and Beginner Yoga Workshop at 6:30 p.m., May 23. Upcoming workshops include Aromatherapy and Yoga, Breath Work, Strong Core, Herbs and Essential Oils for the Cold and Flu Season, Reading Nutrition and Product Labels and Assisted Food Shopping Trip. Cost: Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, free; Beginner Yoga Workshop, $25. Location: 100 West Camden Ave., Moorestown. To register (required) or for more information, call 609-781-6623, email or visit or MoorestownNaturalHealth.

Kickstarter Campaign for Film about Mediums


oston-based filmmaker John Cole is using Kickstarter to fund the documentary Modern Mediums, which will be an objective probe into the world of mediums to uncover if they are clairvoyants, con artists or counselors. The planned film, to be filmed in and around Boston, will examine what draws so many people to mediums. Filming will include interviews with participants before readings are done, filming of the readings themselves and interviews with people after readings are over. Those receiving the readings will be strangers to the medium, selected by the film’s producers. Cole’s team will check the facts behind what the mediums say and interview experts about what attracts people to mediums. Particularly for non-partisan documentaries, more filmmakers are turning to crowdsourcing channels as a means of financing projects. “Kickstarter projects allow a freedom to create that is unmatched anywhere else,” Cole notes. “We will be able to explore mediumship without the constraints associated with traditional funding, which we believe will yield a significantly better film.” If successfully funded, Cole and Mark Stein expect to deliver the final cut by early December. For more information, call 603-821-2520, email Mark@ or visit



n support of the Sustainability Plan for 2018 set forth by the Camden County board of freeholders, the Cherry Tree Corporate Center has designed a plan to go green. The state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot office building kicked off a gas conversion and installation of a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with a ribbon cutting on April 28, attended by Mayor Chuck Kahn. When the project is complete, the center will decrease its dependency on coalfired electricity by 18 to 20 percent. Purchased in 2003 by Harvey Berk, president of Manhattan Management Company, the family-run Cherry Tree Corporate Center is conveniently located just off the Ben Franklin Bridge and boasts an occupancy rate of 92 percent. Since 2004, Berk has made steady strides towards including environmentalism in his business endeavors. He has retrofitted the center’s lighting and has installed a digital elevator that uses biodegradable vegetable oil in place of hydraulic oil. For the past five years, he researched the feasibility and cost effectiveness of replacing the building’s standard electricity power, which has come to fruition through this conversion. Location: 535 Rte. 38 E., Ste. 145, Cherry Hill. For more information, call 856-662-6050 or visit See ad, p. 8.


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Merciér Pelvic Massage Boosts Women’s Fertility


new, noninvasive infertility treatment has met with highly favorable results. In a recent study published in the journal Midwifery Today, 40 of 48 women between ages 28 and 42 that underwent two or more sessions of Merciér Therapy achieved pregnancy within the first year; 32 of those used the method alone (no other artificial fertilization/ insemination techniques). The four-year study was presented at the 2013 World Congress of Low Back and Pelvic Pain. The Merciér Method was developed by Jennifer Merciér, a midwife and holistic women’s health practitioner. The regimen includes six hours of pelvic organ massage manipulation, along with a supplement program and continuous monitoring. She explains, “Our protocol is a gentle and noninvasive visceral manipulation of the female reproductive organs that helps to increase general organ mobility and blood flow, which enhances optimal function.” A documentary on the protocol, Fertility: The Shared Journey with Merciér Therapy, premieres this month (

Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema


ew research has found that if a mother drinks cow’s milk during the period that she is breastfeeding, it raises her infant’s risk of experiencing skin allergies. The study, published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, followed 62 mothers and their infants from birth through 4 months of age. Researchers from Bangkok’s Mahidol University assembled the mothers and infants into two groups. Mothers in one group drank cow’s milk during the first four months of breastfeeding; the control group did not. Eight of the children with mothers drinking cow’s milk had skin allergies, versus two of the children in the control group. All of the mothers exclusively breastfed their infants throughout this period. An earlier study published in the British Medical Journal followed 124 mothers, 97 of which breastfed their babies. Of those that breastfed, 48 drank no milk or other dairy products and 49 drank milk. Infants in the milk-drinking group experienced 21 cases of eczema, while the no-milk group had only 11 cases. Overall, between the breastfed and non-breastfed infants, the breastfed infants had lower incidences of eczema regardless of the mother’s diet.

Multivitamins with Selenium Counter HIV


study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a daily multivitamin supplement with selenium significantly slows the advance of HIV among those with the virus. The researchers tested 878 asymptomatic, HIV-infected people over two years that had never taken antiretroviral medications. The test subjects were split into four groups, with members of each receiving separate medications—multivitamins, multivitamins plus selenium, selenium alone or a placebo—for five years. The multivitamins contained vitamins B, C and E. Those given multivitamins plus selenium experienced a 54 percent reduction in low counts of a critical immunity cell factor (called CD4) compared to the placebo group. This group also experienced a 44 percent reduction in other events known to accompany the progression of HIV, including AIDS-related deaths. The researchers concluded: “In antiviral, therapy-naive, HIV-infected adults, 24-month supplementation with a single supplement containing multivitamins and selenium was safe and significantly reduced the risk of immune decline and morbidity.”

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Healthy Homemade Infant Food Reduces Kids’ Allergies


study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reports that infants that were fed more homemade foods comprising a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop food allergies. In assessing youngsters of the same age, researchers from the University of Southampton Medical College, in the UK, followed 41 children that had developed food allergies by the age of 2, alongside 82 non-allergic infants. After tracking the toddlers’ diets with food diaries and conducting allergy testing, the researchers found that infants fed more of the healthier homemade diet had a significantly lower incidence of food allergies as toddlers.

Vitamin D No Help for Bone Mass or Hip Fractures


niversity of Pittsburgh researchers that followed 29,862 women for 11 years have found that supplementing calcium with vitamin D does not reduce hip fractures. The study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, found that women taking calcium plus vitamin D had as many hip fractures as women taking a placebo. Women supplementing with more than 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day also had a 28 percent higher incidence of breast cancer. Because hip fractures are linked to a reduction in bone density, these findings are compounded by a review of research published in The Lancet, which established that vitamin D supplements typically taken with calcium did not increase bone density among elderly adults. The review analyzed 23 studies among 4,082 participants, 92 percent of whom were women.

Roundup Toxin Accumulates in GM Soybeans


study published in the journal Food Chemistry tested soybeans grown from seeds that were genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. It compared these with organic soybeans and soybeans from non-GM seeds. The chemical and nutritional analysis of soybean samples from 31 different Iowa farms found the GM soy contained significantly higher levels of the toxin glyphosate, the central chemical in Roundup, than both the organic and the conventional non-GMO soybeans. The organic soybeans contained no glyphosate, plus significantly higher levels of protein and zinc, as well as lower levels of saturated fats. 10

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Thermography: Healthy, Safe and Comfortable


oncern about the use of mammography as a screening tool for breast cancer is growing. One limitation is false negative results in up to 20 percent of the cases, where the mammogram does not detect an existing cancer. Other documented problems include overdiagnosis and overtreatment that expose women unnecessarily to the adverse effects of cancer therapy. Another concern is the cumulative level of radiation to which the breasts are exposed. Many women are turning to thermography, a simple and graceful non-invasive procedure to assess breast health that uses infrared imaging. Thermography does not involved compression or radiation of the breasts and has no known adverse effects or contraindications. Thermography detects the physiologic changes in the breast tissue at a cellular level and has the potential to find breast abnormalities eight to 10 years before anatomic studies. This allows for a proactive approach to health, which includes diet and lifestyle changes that have been shown to forestall and prevent progression of breast disease. Today’s women have individual voices as well as a collective voice that says, “I am worthy; I want to be informed and I want to be heard regarding choices about my body.” Source: Liesha Getson, Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging, 100 Brick Rd., Ste. 206, Marlton. More information: 856-596-5834,,



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Cycling Gains Ground at Colleges and in Cities May is National Bike Month, and more universities continue to commit to bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious transportation choice. Recently, Harvard University joined Princeton and Yale as an official Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU), and the League of American Bicyclists designated 14 new BFU members, expanding the program to 58 colleges in 30 states across the U.S. with more to come. When New York City opened registration for a public bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Similar demand for more cycling options is happening across the nation where shared bicycle programs are taking root (see The popular Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare program began operating in September 2010, and is now the nation’s largest, with 200 locking docks able to accommodate more than 1,800 bright-red bicycles. As in many programs, people can sign up for a short-term stint or an annual membership using either a credit card online or at a station kiosk. Then they can unlock a bicycle and return it to any station within the system. All rides under 30 minutes are free, after which escalating fees kick in, encouraging people to make short trips and to keep more bikes available for other riders. For more information, visit

Solar Surge

Global Rise in Sun-Generated Power Last year, the U.S. joined Germany, Italy, China and Japan in producing more than 10 gigawatts of solar production nationwide. Now, other countries have awakened to the opportunity and are on their way to catching up. The popular Scandinavian retailer IKEA has sold $10,000 solar panels in 17 British outlets. Peru recently started a National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program to connect 2 million of its poorest residents with solar power. In the first phase, 1,601 solar panels were installed to power 126 impoverished communities. The plan is to install about 12,500 photovoltaic systems for 500,000 households at an overall cost of $200 million. Earth Hour India is helping citizens to switch to solar energy in villages that previously had no electricity. Woodlands stores, in partnership with World Wildlife Foundation-India, has launched a collection drive across the country, inspiring individuals to donate to help light up more than 100 households in three villages in Madhya Pradesh with solar power. The residents had traditionally depended on forest resources for their energy needs.

Passionate Pursuit Helena Rose Cover artist Helena Rose’s creations portray the power and beauty of nature and the female form. A student of astrology, tarot reading and numerology, Rose depicts a magical place where the tangible and ethereal meet through her art. “I am endlessly inspired by the world around me—vibrant, saturated colors; overly intense light; fluid forms; and jagged textures,” says Rose. “The luminosity of life, humanity and the cosmos often leaves me speechless.” Rose uses a wide array of materials in her creations, including pastels, colored pencils, clay and wood. She also creates wearable art, such as handbags made from salvaged leather and jewelry made from sea glass, meteorites, gemstones and other natural materials. The cover image, Passionate Pursuit, is part of a series of “collage to canvas” acrylic paintings. “I had been making collages for years and one day decided to try using those fun little pieces as sketches for my more serious painted works,” comments Rose. Born, raised and home-schooled in rural Washington state, Rose is a self-taught artist who makes her art and home in Thousand Oaks, California. View the artist’s portfolio at Facebook. com/LikeHelenaRoseArt. natural awakenings

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globalbriefs Harmful Harmonics


Whales Under Siege by Seismic Surveys



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The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is intensifying global efforts to safeguard whales and other marine species from the harm caused by powerful noises generated by seismic seafloor surveys by the oil and gas industry and others. In seismic surveys, air guns towed behind ships repeat powerful bursts of sound; sensors measure the return echo to reveal details of the sea floor and the underlying geologic structure to a depth of several kilometers. Whales rely on sound for communication, navigation and foraging. Exposure to loud noise from seismic surveys can result in stress and behavior changes, affect foraging and nursing or cause direct physical damage. In a study published in the journal Aquatic Mammals, the authors present the most thorough, robust and practical approach to minimizing and monitoring the risk of harm to vulnerable marine species when intense sounds are used. A step-by-step guide to reducing effects on whales and other marine species during seismic sea floor surveys is available from the IUCN Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (

Dangerous Additive

FDA Finally Regulates Triclosan The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, under a new court agreement with the Natural Resources Defense Council, has agreed to issue a new rule governing the use of Triclosan, a controversial antimicrobial agent used widely in consumer products, by 2016. The action was first proposed in 1978. Triclosan, a possible endocrine-disrupting chemical, has been found in three-quarters of people from whom blood, urine or tissue has been analyzed as part of bio-monitoring studies; it is also found in the environment after having passed through sewage treatment plants. Source:

Sinking Reptiles

World Turtle Day Sounds Alarm Since 2000, people around the globe have celebrated World Turtle Day, held this year on May 23, to increase respect for and knowledge of the world’s oldest creatures. Susan Tellem, co-founder with Marshall Thompson of American Turtle Rescue (ATR), states, “These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.” They believe that turtles may be extinct within 50 years and suggest ways to increase their chances for survival for future generations: n Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop; it increases demand from the wild. n Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured. n If a tortoise is crossing a street, pick it up and gently place it on the other side

in the same direction it was headed. n Write legislators about keeping sensitive habitats preserved. n Report cruelty or illegal sales to a local animal control shelter. n Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise less than four inches long, which is

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Greening Garbage

Forests Preserve Trees Rescue Urbanites from Dirty Air

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, poor air quality can irritate the respiratory system, reduce lung function, inflame and damage the cells that line the lungs, make lungs more susceptible to infection, aggravate asthma, aggravate other chronic lung diseases and cause permanent lung damage. U.S. Forest Service researchers have discovered that the urban forests in 10 cities across the country save on average one person a year from pollution-related death. In New York City alone, that number increases to eight people per year. The scientists recommend that people everywhere plant more trees. Source:

Activist Turns City Food Waste into Rural Soil Jeremy Brosowsky had an epiphany at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, greenhouse a few years ago that set him on a more sustainable path: “What if we could take our garbage and grow food in it?” He was in the Midwest to learn about urban agriculture at Growing Power, the pioneering urban farm of McArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen, and was considering starting a rooftop agriculture business. Allen’s emphasis on the importance and elusiveness of fertile soil intrigued him. “If you don’t dramatically improve the soil, you cannot grow food in cities,” Brosowsky realized. His solution was to create Compost Cab (, a Washington, D.C.-based service that picks up and delivers urban food waste to local farms for composting. Nearly 100 cities already divert food waste from landfills, but Brosowsky emphasizes, “Composting is not just about waste reduction. It’s about food production, education, jobs and creating social benefits.” He hopes to roll out Compost Cabs in other cities.

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Organic Food Labeling Causes Confusion A recent Harris Poll of 2,276 U.S. adults showed that concern for the environment is growing, but Americans may not be ready to spend more for organic food. More than half think that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more. Yet more than half of respondents also believe that organic foods are healthier than non-organic. At the same time, only 23 percent know what the term “dirty dozen” means in regard to organic food; it’s the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of foods consumers should always buy in organic form due to high pesticide levels in conventional farming.

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Three Automakers Roll Out Hydrogen Models Toyota has announced that it will market a hydrogen-powered car beginning with the 2015 model year, and Hyundai has also committed to rolling out its fuel-cell Tucson model next year. Honda has already begun leasing its hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity to customers in California. Each of these vehicles can travel about 300 miles without a refill (three times the range of the hybrid Chevy Volt in battery mode), and reach a top speed of about 100 miles per hour. A refill takes just a few minutes, and because the hydrogen is used to produce electricity, the cars drive without the roar of an internal combustion engine. The cost of hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles is expected to continue to fall and eventually match that of conventional cars by 2023. natural awakenings

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clothing design can align perfectly with the colors, shapes, substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.” Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”   

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Dressing with Conscious Intention by Gail Condrick


aking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way to dress?

Dressing Our Essence

Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and 14

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For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. Gail Condrick is an archetypal consultant and Nia Technique faculty member. Connect at



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Small, Simple, Sustainable Every couple wants their wedding to reflect their values. Concern for the environment prompts planning that supports eco-friendly local businesses and avoids generating the considerable waste and carbon footprints of traditional events. Veteran green wedding planner and environmentalist Kate Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide, who blogs at, assists couples through the process. “I advise couples to look at simple substitutions in line with their style and budget,” says Harrison. “Every choice adds up.” By invitation only. Digital invitations cost just pennies apiece; options like offer the appearance of a paper invitation, arriving in an envelope that “opens” on the screen. Also consider elegant renditions of more conventional invitations made of recycled, upcycled or organic papers. For the invite that keeps on growing, try seed-studded paper creations that guests can plant in their backyards. Where the guests are. Selecting a location central to most of the guests minimizes the celebration’s carbon footprint, reduces travel expenses and maximizes attendance. “Consider picking a venue with natural beauty already present, such as a beautiful garden or ballroom,” advises Harrison. “You’ll cut down on the amount and cost of décor you’re buying just for the wedding.” Let them eat cake. Food and flowers are among the most costly components of a wedding, yet sustainable options can be just a worthy fraction more. A cake made with organic flour, a natural sweetener and local cage-free eggs, for example, can cost just $5 more. The key is finding a vendor willing to work with the couple’s values, says Harrison. Simple gifts. Americans spend an estimated $20 billion annually on wedding gifts, a high-impact opportunity to support local green economies. Harrison recommends establishing registries for experiences, charities and products (select sustainable options like recycled glass dishes or organic linens). Consider a local, seasonable wedding favor that guests can eat or reuse, such as maple syrup for a fall wedding in Vermont. Generally, keep all elements small, simple and local—and your own—for an occasion that truly cherishes both loved ones and our planet.

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pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments.

Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

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For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” 16

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“Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As

the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body alMethod of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, lows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identiand freedom.” fied as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as She relates how she is led to direct a client’s attention “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and to their own body’s intuition, which works best when she life-giving processes in nature. is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After one “It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses session, my client, who had been silently experiencing and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs numerous feelings in her stomach, asked me why I had us what feelings, thoughts and actions are moving us into touched her abdomen. I was just intuitively led to that part alignment with our source and what of her body.” is moving us out of alignment.” Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a Quieting the mind and strengthPh.D., medical intuitive and co-author ening the directives of prana through of All is Well, notes that everyone has a meditation, yoga and being in nature connection to intuition. “We get a gut moves us away from what we tell feeling and sadness in our heart from ourselves and back to directly respondour inner intelligence that we don’t ing to its promptings. “Absorbed in the know what to do with. While some present moment and bodily sensations, individuals consult a practitioner, we connect with inner guidance,” exothers listen to their body’s intuitive plains Desai. “With practice, our mind language and reflect on their insights becomes a servant to inner intelligence. and dreams—the language of soul,” It can both direct our lives and make us says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly sensitive to early symptoms suggesting through symptoms,” she observes. oncoming illness,” she adds. “Eventually, when disregarded, it can “There is growing interest in become a full-blown illness.” energy medicine and developing Biochemist and author of Secrets a deeper connection to the body’s of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s intelligence through yoga and energy Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, practices like qigong and tai chi Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular because people are tired of taking intelligence. “Our cells are invisimedications that don’t heal the root ble, so we don’t think of ourselves as Fearlessly following cause of health problems,” comcellular beings. However, a deeper ments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of understanding of our constitution and our intuition frees us to Morter Health Center, near Indianapthat our cells speak to each other and fully live an authentic olis, Indiana, and the healing phecollaborate harmoniously could inspire nomenon she terms Energy Codes. us to befriend our body’s intelligence and satisfying life. A regular practice of any one of for life,” she says. “We might shift from these disciplines expands sensory wanting to fix an ache or pain to underfunction to encompass internal recognition and referencing standing that our cells are warning us of something.” of subtle information. Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in purseveral books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidcelebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift ance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuPlan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, ition and distracting chatter. inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and life,” says McCammon. pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guid Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi ance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, natural awakenings

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The ABC s of Happiness By Liza Bertini, MS, Life Coach

Everyone’s ultimate goal, when you consider the reasons for our every desire, is that we all just want to be happy.


he science of happiness is called positive psychology. Defined as “the scientific study of optimal human functioning”, it provides practical tools for better living. The endless research on happiness draws unsurprising conclusions; for example, lasting happiness is said not to come from possessing material things but from pursuing positive experiences. We derive greater long-term happiness from acquiring experiences rather than goods. So when you have the choice, go on that vacation instead of buying that new couch. In Sonja Lyubomirsky’s The How of Happiness, she concludes that 50 percent of a person’s happiness level is genetically determined, 10 percent is affected by life circumstances and situation and the rest of happiness is subject to self-control and attitude. While some of us may focus on changing our circumstances, successfully doing so would only increase or decrease our true level of happiness by 10 percent. What we should focus on is the 40 percent that is under our control. By combining teachings from yoga philosophy and information gathered from researching positive psychology, I 20

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or reaction to your circumstances by finding the lesson and seeing the good within each situation. Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., and expert in positive psychology, says, “Things do not necessarily happen for the best but I can choose to make the best of things that happen.” When we are faced with hardship, we have a choice. We can treat it as a purely negative experience or we can actively seek to identify and understand the lesson within it. We don’t have to be happy about every situation but when a challenging one presents itself, we can use it as an opportunity for growth and development. To help turn things around, make a habit of finding something positive in every situation.


put together a “happiness formula”. Let’s call it the ABC’s of Happiness. I believe that if you incorporate the following into your life as best you can on a daily basis, you will simply be happier. Give it a try—you have nothing to lose.

Start loving and caring for yourself. Stop judging and putting yourself down. Notice how you speak to yourself. The more we can accept who we are and our life as it is, the more happiness will fill our lives. The Yoga Sutra by Patanjali states that “yoga is seeing life the way it is.” Lose the judgment and cynicism and accept as much as you can. Life is already hard and the more we resist it, the more we will struggle.

The A’s of Happiness Authenticity

The B’s of Happiness Balance

It’s said that living authentically is when what you think, feel, say and do are all in alignment. Though it is a hard task, the more we practice living authentically, the more whole and fulfilled we will feel. Being authentic is a product of uncovering the true Self, knowing what you want, living your soul’s purpose, speaking your truth and living with integrity. Yoga facilitates being in touch with one’s inner wisdom so that authenticity may blossom. Take time each day to be quiet and watch your breath, thoughts and emotions with non-judgmental awareness. In this quiet, let your inner wisdom be revealed.


If 40 percent of our happiness is a result of our attitude, then by God… work on this one! Change your perspective of

Yoga is about finding balance—not just in postures, but of the mind, body and spirit. The Buddha taught that to reduce suffering, one must find the middle path. Take a serious look at all areas of your life, including work, fun, family, friends, relationships, spirituality, finances, home and health and note which areas need more of your energy and attention. Consider all areas in order to feel balanced and fulfilled. Consider letting go what no longer serves you. Consider striving what you yearn for. Have some fun, stop worrying and breathe.

Be Present

Immerse yourself in the moment. Treat all activities as “yogic activities”—stay present in each detail of the task. Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Do the dishes as though you were washing the baby Buddha.” When you brush your teeth, do just that; don’t think of what you must do next. When you listen to a friend, just listen; don’t think of what

you’ll say next. Monotasking creates time for space in the mind. Impatient thoughts, rushed actions, boredom and frustration cease when you give your attention to every detail. Stay present to keep you from brooding over the past or worrying about the future—this will only cause unhappiness. Savor life. No event or activity, no matter how potentially enjoyable, will bring us pleasure if we are hurrying on to the next task.


Each day, think of three things for which you are grateful. Cultivating gratitude reminds us of the good things in our life and how much we already have. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, suggests writing down your happiest moment of each day, no matter how small. Keep this in a journal and notice what brings joy to your life.


Buddhism teaches that the best way to reduce suffering is to have compassion for yourself and others. Yoga teaches to be kind to yourself, have patience with others and try to see people for who they really are without prejudgment. Plato said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Notice the beauty within each person you meet. Remember that the way you treat others will create a ripple effect. Forgive and know that no one is perfect. Cultivate a life of service and give more than you receive. Smile at a stranger, help a friend, do a good deed… every day.

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We must notice when we are influenced by others’ expectations, behaving according to habitual patterns or passively reacting rather than actively creating the life we truly want. We each have the ability to choose our own path. When we forget this, we risk losing happiness. Choosing to choose is not always easy and it takes courage and effort. The journey is sometimes full of uncertainty but resist choosing unhappiness over uncertainty. There are far more possibilities than we are aware of and remembering that will contribute to greater happiness and wholeness.

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Whoa! to Limitations Therapeutic Horseback Riding Strengthens Kids by Cyndee Woolley


ach “Zachman” Aldridge was born healthy, but at just 10 weeks, he was hospitalized at the hands of his birth father. Suffering from a brain aneurism, partial paralysis and multiple broken bones from shaken baby syndrome, Zach’s mother, Rebekah, was told that he might live for a year. Rebekah’s hope for a miracle was granted as her son’s life extended into weeks, months and years. Yet, at 4, the effects of the injury still prevented Zach from walking or talking like other children. “While some people are resigned to leave special children like Zach confined to a wheelchair, therapeutic horseback riding gives them more options and improves their quality of life,” advises Kim Minarich, executive 22

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director of Southwest Florida’s nonprofit Naples Equestrian Challenge therapeutic riding program. A medical examination ensures a child is qualified for safe participation. During his first lessons, riding instructors had to prop up Zach’s head using “boppy pillows”. However, after just a few months, the Aldridge family saw dramatic improvements as the boy began speaking and telling his horse to “trot on.” Next, Zach began walking, a surprise to all. His growing strength had worked to overcome the paralysis and the gentle rocking motion of his therapeutic riding sessions gently pushed his displaced hip back into place, ultimately enabling him to take steps on his own. Zach’s achievements are not unique. Life-changing milestones like

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this are common occurrences at the 850 nationwide therapeutic riding centers registered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. Now in its 21st year, Dream Catchers, at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, in Toano, Virginia, is one such center celebrating its many success stories. Kendall Lecker, a PATH International-certified advanced instructor, describes the rapid progress of a new 6-year-old student living with autism as illustration. In his first session, he slumped over in the saddle and struggled to hold himself up; by his third session, he was sitting up straight and confidently giving commands to his horse. “Often, our riders start with insufficient core strength and may not be able to hold themselves upright, something the average person takes for granted. But, in a relatively short time, most riders can see dramatic improvements,” says Lecker. Both Naples Equestrian Challenge and Dream Catchers have achieved premier accreditation by demonstrating the highest levels of training, safety standards and quality controls in the industry developed to protect the riders, staff and volunteers. Feedback from approximately 56,000 participants nationwide, including nearly 41,000 under the age of 18, show that therapeutic horseback riding helps participants in five key areas: Normalizes muscle tone. Riding a horse helps children of all abilities build core strength and exercise muscles that they may not be able to work from the confines of a wheelchair. Increases flexibility and relaxation. The natural rhythm of a horse’s gait provides a relaxing effect on tense muscles and can gently rock joints back into place. It’s a unique therapeutic benefit not easily achieved through traditional physical therapy. Improves coordination, balance and strength. Completing tasks like picking up an object, riding across the arena and placing it in a bucket helps riders develop hand/eye coordination. The movements also help improve balance and strength. Promotes spatial orientation and fine motor skills. Working side-by-side with their assigned volunteers and

~ Tiffany Billings, a college student with cerebral palsy horses and reaching for objects from a different perspective than usual helps youths develop their spatial sense and fine motor skills. Enhances self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control. Riders are encouraged to give verbal commands to their horse during sessions, which effects a command of vocabulary and boosts confidence while they bond with the horse. While the documented benefits are derived from personal testimonials rather than clinical studies, the positive results for children like Zach are

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“The riding center gave me a place to realize I wasn’t the only one with challenges. It was a place that I could go to and be normal for part of the week.”

indisputable. Meanwhile, therapeutic horseback riding is gaining increased acceptance in the medical community as more doctors are recommending this life-changing activity for their patients. PATH International spokesperson Cher Smith says, “Our mission is to help certified centers provide safe access for all individuals living with special needs.” For more information, visit Cyndee Woolley works as an advocate for therapeutic riding centers.

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The Natural Healing Essence of Ayurveda By Janet Watkins, Co-founder Live In Joy Yoga


yurveda, “the science of life”, is the traditional medicine, the natural healing system of India dating back more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda is one of the most comprehensive healing systems in the world, dealing integrally with body, mind and spirit. It is a science or a way of knowledge about life, its powers and its resources, teaching us to take responsibility for our own health. It is a humanistic and person-centered medicine that teaches us how to find our own natural health by concentrating on the individual and

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balancing the life force within instead of focusing on the external, or just treating the symptoms. The sages of ancient India created the system of yoga to deal with spiritual suffering and ayurveda to deal with mental and physical suffering. According to the Vedic seers, there are three basic forces in existence: a principle of energy that gives movement (Vata, elements of air and space); the principle of light (Pitta, elements of fire and water); and the principle of cohesion (Kapha, elements of earth and water). They are the body’s

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three primary life forces or the three biological humors which correspond to the five elements. Vata is the prime force of the nervous system—it is the life force deriving primarily from the breath that is the energizing force for the entire body. Pitta is responsible for chemical and metabolic transformations in the body, governing both our digestion of food and our mental digestion, our capacity to perceive things as they are. Kapha gives nourishment, provides substance and gives support, making up the bulk of our bodily tissues and also governs positive emotions such as love and forgiveness. Primarily we have two of the humors as our primary life force, some people have all three and some will only have one but all three exist within us. There are different methods of discovering the biological humors (doshas) governing each of us. The one most popular is completing an online questionnaire and will only really provide an answer to one’s mental constitution. The most accurate way is by visiting an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, Practitioner, that may ask questions but will also employ other methods such as taking a pulse reading, looking at the eyes, listening to the client and more. The drugs used in modern medicine have been changing rapidly since their inception while the basic nature of the human body remains the same. The medicine of one generation can sometimes become useless or even harmful for the next. Ayurvedic principles and methods have remained constant throughout time unlike the variability of modern medicine. Ayurveda is both a system of medicine in the conventional sense of treating disease and a way of life that teaches how to maintain health and improve self-awareness. It is not a passive form of treatment—it does not give the patient a treatment or remedy and send them away. It requires that the patients themselves must take active roles in their treatment. Janet Watkins, co-founder of Live In Joy Yoga, located in Audubon, NJ, conducts ayurvedic cooking classes at the studio. For information, call 856-546-1006. Visit


Got Frack Waste? by Emily Reuman


ith no hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, wells in New Jersey yet, we at Food & Water Watch are often asked, “How can fracking affect me and my family?” One might be surprised to know the effects of fracking have already entered our state— quite literally—in the form of heavily polluted, radioactive, fracking waste shipments. Without rules to govern safe handling of this toxic, carcinogenic waste, companies are left with few options for safe disposal. Ultimately, this endangers the workers that handle it, communities along the waste disposal route and the families in areas that receive the waste. Fracking waste is the polluted brine that’s produced by the process. Fracking a shale gas well requires millions of gallons of fracking fluid. Drillers pump a cocktail of water, sand and a mix of corrosive chemicals into each well, some over two miles underground. The mix is shot at high pressure into the shale rock to break into small pockets of gas which flows up the well. Twenty-five to 75 percent of fluid pumped down stays below and

the rest returns to the surface as brine or “produced water.” Exempt from hazardous waste and environmental laws like the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Air Act, drillers have sent this waste to water treatment facilities and landfills in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, reinjection wells in Ohio and landfills in New York. Efforts to restore clean water and air protections have been stymied. Fluid ‘recipes’ are proprietary—companies aren’t required to disclose the chemicals permanently left in the ground or what’s disposed of in other ways. Frack waste has been shown to contain amounts of carcinogenic naphthalene, benzene and acrylamide, plus may include toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes. It also contains traces of radium-226 radioactivity from bedrock, and conventional treatment facilities aren’t equipped to treat it. A Duke University study found dangerously elevated levels of radioactivity and salinity in both sediment and aquatic life downstream from facilities treating frack waste, contaminating drinking water and harming aquatic life essential for recreation and com-

mercial fishing. These water supplies feed into water sources for Pittsburgh and the region. According to Pennsylvania DEP records, over 100 shipments of frack waste have been sent to facilities in Carteret, Kearny and Elizabeth, and South Jersey’s DuPont facility in Deepwater for disposal. Without adequate cleansing techniques, these chemical contaminants may end up in New Jersey water, soil, and ultimately, the bodies of state residents. Companies like American Water Works Co., of Voorhees, have said that frack water treatment could play a significant role in growing their business, potentially at the expense of clean New Jersey water supplies. New Jersey is not a dumping ground for toxic waste. Already, the state hosts the highest number of toxic-contaminated Superfund sites in the county. In 2012, New Jersey passed legislation to ban frack waste from entering the state, but Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the bill with the justification that it violates the Interstate Commerce Clause. However, the bi-partisan Office of Legislative Services confirms the legislation is constitutional as all frack waste is treated equally, regardless of source. Taking action is easier than ever! Contact Senator Stephen M. Sweeney at 856-251-9801 and tell him that New Jersey is the Garden State, not the Toxic Waste State. Attend a meeting of our local Cooper River Group at the Collingswood Public Library the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. or the Gloucester County Group at the Glassboro Public Library the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

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n 1886, Dr. William Murrell stated in the British Medical Journal, “Massage is of such inestimable value in the treatment of many intractable diseases that it is regretted that so little is known about it in this country, and that it is so rarely employed as a therapeutic agent.” A 2013 survey by the American Massage Association (AMTA) showed that a majority of us are choosing massage therapy to treat such conditions as stress and pain management, according to Winona Bontrager, the association’s immediate past president. Of 1,007 adults surveyed, 75 percent opted for it within the previous year for stress or medical reasons, and 88 percent view massage as effective for pain relief. “A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions,” reports Bontrager, adding that massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness. Cody Landis, a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences, in New York City, explains, “In the last few

years, massage therapy research has been focusing more on the mechanisms by which the potential health benefits may be occurring—looking at the response of the brain, the immune system and the mechanisms of repair inside of muscle cells themselves.”

Relieves Stress

An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle tension following heart surgery among 152 cardiac surgery patients. A study from Japan’s Toho University School of

Pharmaceutical Sciences showed that aromatherapy massage significantly reduced psychological stress among elderly nursing home residents.

Reduces Depression

A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection, while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

Relieves Pain

Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropeptide] which causes pain, and that it increases serotonin, the body’s natural pain killer. We also know that deep sleep is critical to lowering substance P, increasing serotonin and reducing pain.”

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“Perhaps most importantly,” she adds, “research is offering us guidance in our work as massage therapists in how to provide the most effective care for chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems, during cancer treatment, during the changes of pregnancy or for any number of other health-related issues.”

Lucy Liben, dean of massage therapy at the Swedish Institute, affirms the recent research as evidence documenting the numerous health benefits of massage therapy. “More and more consumers are seeking massage therapy for help with a variety of medical issues and conditions. Doctors are increasingly referring patients for such treatment and hospitals are enlisting more therapists to provide care for patients,” says Liben.

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Exercise Is not An Option But We Need Options For Exercise By Sylvia Byrd-Leitner, Master Pilates Teacher of Pilates Core Center


ould we forgo brushing our teeth? Would we allow our children to forgo brushing their teeth? Jonathan Hoffman used this analogy while teaching a group of teacher’s teachers to drive home the fundamental concept that we as humans must exercise. Movement is essential. Proper motion is lotion. Use it or loose it. Our joints need to be exercised to remain optimally functional. Our bodies need to be moved. Moving our bodies facilitates chemical changes that are necessary for regulating many of our bodily functions, from breathing to elimination. I worked as a physical therapist’s aid at Moss Rehabilitation Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during undergraduate school. One of my responsibilities was to exercise clients that had contractures. I was blown away when I saw my first contracture, defined as “a shortening or distortion of muscular or connective tissue due to spasm, scar or paralysis of the antagonist of the contracting muscle.” A patient had been in a coma for three weeks; lying in a fetal position, not only could he not straighten both his arms and legs, his elbows and knees were locked tight in toward his body. It was my job to help him unfold his limbs but trying to straighten his arm was like trying to pry apart something that had been completely fused together. Again, this was a consequence of being immobile for just 21 days. That is how quickly we can lose our ability to open 28

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and close the arm at the elbow, like a bicep curl or lifting a glass to your mouth. To a lesser degree most of us can relate to how after driving for a couple of hours we get out of the car and feel stiff or when we get up in the morning we take it slowly at first and then by movement, more movement becomes easier.

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~ Plato There is also a natural tendency for us to conserve effort. Maybe we know intuitively that locomotion is good but as we age we seek short cuts and then pat ourselves on the back (if we can reach that far) for doing less under the guise of it being more efficient. When we get a front row parking space at the supermarket, it’s like winning a prize. Years ago, prior to TV remote control, my father often called on his children to change the channels.

If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all. ~ Joey Adams There are countless articles on how exercise staves off the aging process. We know it’s good for us physically

and psychologically allowing us to lead richer and fuller lives. So why do we so often resist? Why is it so hard to get up and exercise? Why do we talk ourselves out of it? What stops us from exercising? Inertia? Fear? Time constraints? Budget limitations?

Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart. ~ Gene Tunney

What will help to get you exercising is finding the right format in which the act itself feels good. The classic athlete may have fallen into the habit of a particular form of movement because they started it at an early age. Maybe they were considered gifted— nothing like being rewarded from mom or dad or your peers to keep you going. What if you were not the “athletic type”? What if your relationship with your body is one of constant struggle maybe because you didn’t fit into a particular sport maybe because you don’t look like the images in magazines and movies.

“Mr. Duffy spent most of his life living a short distance from his body.” ~ James Joyce The secret that keeps the athlete going is that he or she knows that exercise is empowering. It feels good. No matter your age, body type or size, exercise will empower and make you feel better. The athlete understands the empowerment of exercise. Can we non-athletes find that same empowerment? Absolutely. Do you see your body as your enemy? Are you constantly struggling against yourself? When your body “smarts”, do you listen? There are many people that seem to carry their bodies around like it is unnecessary baggage. Learning to befriend our bodies by engaging in safe and intelligent exercise is possible. Sports has become a multi-billion-dollar business but the games of youth, running, jumping and skipping that have fostered most sports started with the idea of play. It was fun. Then it became about community and teams and then was finessed into competitive sports. The bottom line is that playing physical games was first seen as play… because, again, the secret the athlete

Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase. ~ Joseph Pilates Dare to empower yourself through exercise, not because you’re going to be an Olympic athlete or so that you can fit into a size 0 pair of jeans but so that you’ll get more pleasure out of doing all that you do… from shopping for whatever size jeans you wear, to climbing a flight of stairs, to playing with your children and grandchildren or to living life as fully as possible with your partner. I have been repeatedly told that exercising has revitalized a person’s sex life. Referring to Jonathan Hoffman Movement Concepts, he cites FFF—Fix, Foundation and Fun. If it’s broken, we seek out the necessary specialist and work towards healing; that is Fix. From there we do foundational exercises that will strengthen us and help prevent us from needing Fix; this is Foundation. Fun is when we do those things we like recreationally like skiing, shooting hoops, golfing, surfing and I’d like to add couch potato-ing. With the proper foundations,

we can do the Fun Shane Rutkowski with a little more abandon. For example, a dancer attends daily technique classes but once the performance comes around trusts the foundations that the classes have taught his or her body and just dances. Whether you need the community of a group to aid with motivation or prefer the privacy of your home, the options for exercise are many. They allow for varied budgets of both money and time. Alan Watts eloquently said, “A living body is not a fixed thing but a flowing event.”

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knows is that playing—moving the body—feels good.

Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. ~ Lee Haney OK, so what are some options for feel good exercise? How about Pilates, yoga, CoreAlign, tai chi, swimming, walking, hikes in nature, spinning,

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Funny Tummy? Probiotic Foods Can Fix a Troubled Gut by Kathleen Barnes

of California-Berkeley warn against long-term exposure to antibiotics through their widespread use in the dairy and meat industries. One animal study from Washington University, in St. Louis, showed that intestinal bacteria tend to extract more nutrients—and more calories—from the same foods when eaten by obese animals than when ingested by thinner ones. This helps explain why obese people tend to stay obese without heroic measures.

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hronic digestive discomfort is distressingly common. More than 60 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), notes Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, in Los Angeles, and author of A New IBS Solution. Many are too embarrassed to mention it to their doctor, so they suffer silently and learn to live with it.

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While digestive distress can visit most of us occasionally, regular bouts have increased due to high-stress lifestyles and unhealthy diets, according to Dr. Dustin James, a St. Louis, Missouri, gastroenterologist and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health. “Getting home late after a stressful day, eating a high-fat meal and then going to bed is a recipe for problems,” he says. James advises a food-free interlude of four to six hours before bedtime and notes that prescription and over-thecounter heartburn medications can actually worsen the problem over time. Pimentel, citing his own research, also suggests that even a minor case of food poisoning may unbalance digestive bacteria enough to cause problems for years. “We think food poisoning leads to bacterial overgrowth,” says Pimentel. In his clinical experience, James says about 10 percent of IBS cases can be connected to the food poisoning theory. Although such cases are typically treated with an antibiotic, rifaximin, many experts ironically attribute bacterial overgrowth to the 30

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use of antibiotics. All antibiotics, taken for any reason, indiscriminately kill both good and bad intestinal bacteria, ultimately creating unbalanced bacteria colonies in the digestive tract, says James. “There can be bad long-term effects,” he advises. James’ antibiotics theory is affirmed by a major Australian review of current research on the links between antibiotics and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Sugar is another culprit as are antibiotics in dairy products and meats, which can also aggravate digestive problems. Sugar feeds the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast and antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, contributing to imbalances. The U.S. obesity epidemic has even been linked to digestive problems. In a study published in the journal Frontiers of Public Health, researchers at the University

probiotics—live bacteria such as those contained in fermented foods like quality yogurt—help rebalance beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and ease ailments that include IBS. Due to U.S. food regulations, yogurt is routinely pasteurized, which kills its probiotic benefits; conscientious suppliers then add active digestive microorganisms, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, back into their products. “Check yogurt labels for specific names of the species and a certification that it contains live cultures,” counsels Maria Marco, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science at the University of California-Davis. Coconut yogurt may be preferred by those with dairy-free diets. Dairy is acid-forming and can be difficult to digest. Many fermented foods can provide the same probiotics to ease digestive woes and restore a healthy balance of the right bacteria. Sauerkraut, rich in Lactobacillus and other strains of healthy bacteria, is at the top of the list. It’s easy to make super-healthy sauerkraut at home with shredded organic cabbage and salt. Other fermented foods to put high on a natural probiotic list include: miso, kefir, tempeh, soft cheese, kimchi, sour pickles and sourdough bread. James recommends two daily servings of high-quality yogurt or other fermented foods to obtain the 2 to 5 billion live bacteria needed to restore gut health. “Every human is unique; try different products in search of what works,” he says.

Probiotic supplements may be more effective for people with serious digestive distress that need higher bacterial counts and the product label may provide specifics of the bacteria and strains. “For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a strain that has been proven to be effective against antibiotic-induced diarrhea,” Marco explains. High-quality probiotics usually require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. In addition, there are many non-fermented foods, including certain juices, candies and energy bars, with specific strains of bacteria added that have probiotic effects. Kathleen Barnes is the author of a wide variety of natural health books including 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, with Dr. Hyla Cass. Connect at

Safe Digestive Relief In addition to fermented foods, these foods offer digestive relief. Ginger: Safe enough to quell the nausea of early pregnancy, ginger can offer relief from nausea, gas and even colic in babies. Peppermint Oil: A traditional remedy now validated by science, peppermint oil can relieve irritable bowels and heartburn. Consider enteric coated (acid resistant) capsules that can impact the small intestine, where relief is needed. Fennel: This mildly licorice-flavored seed hasn’t been extensively studied, but lovers of Indian cuisine have traditionally used it to promote smooth digestion after consuming curry-laden meals. Sources: American Botanical Council; Mayo Clinic, MN; Baylor University, TX; University of Michigan; University of Rochester, NY


What the World Needs Now By Seijaku Roshi, Founder and Spiritual Director of the Zen Society


ven in this increasingly complicated world, there lives within each of us an astonishing and wondrous potential for greatness. It’s an inherent force—a pure potentiality, a healing and creative power, realized through you in all of your actions—and because there is only one of you and there will never be another you, the realization of your complete and true self, what Buddhists refer to as your “original self”, is immeasurably valuable and imperative. That true self is most evident in those moments whenever we express love, compassion and a genuine concern for the well-being of all sentient forms of life—what we offer each other, seemingly without second thought, in those most desperate times of life. Whenever we ask the question, “What does the world need?” especially now as the future grows increasingly uncertain and perilous, the resounding answer is “You.” You are the missing link. “You are what the world needs now.” If you never realize this for yourself and actualize it in your lifetime, it will never exist in any other medium and will be lost forever, and in the words of William Shakespeare, in the end, “All are punished; all are punished.” To never lose your passion for learning, especially the knowledge that leads

to self-realization; to fully realize your own strengths so that you may achieve your personal vision, while helping others achieve theirs; to always choose to be a bold participant in life, rather than a timid, feverish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy, so that you may develop the self-confidence you will need to meet all the challenges life will throw at you; to always remember that the only true happiness comes from loving others and living your life as a benefit for others; to have the fortitude that comes from resisting impulses to criticize yourself and judge others; to refuse to discriminate with your gifts and talents or to harm what you may not yet understand; and to dedicate your life to cultivating the finest virtues and character of a fully realized human being, what Buddhists call “Buddha”, this is the real meaning of “being spiritual”, of living a Zen-Inspired Life. But most of all: “What the World Needs Now!” Be bold. Be you. Listen to Rumi when he writes: “Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.” Hurry, there is no time to waste!

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The Benefits of

Walking by Robin Shreeves


fter the seemingly never-ending winter, the sun is finally shining, trees and flowers are beginning to bud and bloom, and everyone is clamoring to get outdoors and soak up nature’s warmth and beauty. One way to combine this desire with your pursuit for better health is with regular brisk walking.


Exactly what pace is a brisk walk? Collingswood’s Peggy Jubb, a certified ACE personal trainer, says to get the benefits of a brisk walk, you should aim for 15-minute miles, or the equivalent of setting a treadmill to 4.0. When you’re walking at a brisk pace, you’ll feel your heart rate increase and you may even break out in a light sweat. At that pace, the benefits of walking are substantial. “The number one benefit is it makes the heart stronger,” says Jubb. “The heart is the most important muscle, and a brisk walk strengthens it while increasing blood flow and oxygen rate.” When the heart gets a workout, it could lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and help control high blood pressure. “Also, walking can lower stress levels,” says Jubb. Most forms of physical activity in which heart rate is increased will boost the production of endorphins—hormones released in the brain that naturally kill pain and improve mood. 32

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For people who want to drop some pounds, regular brisk walking can help accomplish that. “A 160-pound person will burn about 89-100 calories a mile when walking at a 15-minute mile pace,” says Jubb. That means a one-hour brisk walk can burn about 350-400 calories an hour. Even after the walk is finished, your heart rate will stay elevated for a while and continue to burn more calories than if you hadn’t taken the walk. It takes a reduction of about 3,500 calories for the average person to lose a pound. To lose weight at a safe, slow pace (which is recommended if you want to keep it off), combine one hour of brisk walking five days a week with a 350-calorie reduction on those five days, and you could lose one pound each week. Walking also tones your lower body. Calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes all get a good workout when you walk briskly, especially if you choose to tackle some hills during the walk. In choosing between going uphill or downhill, remember that the uphill path will help you look better in summer’s shorts and bathing suits. “If you can add some uphill climbs into your brisk walk, you’ll be getting some of the same benefits as running,” says Jubb. Changing up terrain adds intensity to the walk and increases the heart rate even more.

Brisk walking is one of the best things that can be done for health, and its one of the least expensive. A good pair of walking shoes is the biggest expense. “Walking shoes,” Jubb advises, “should be a half- to a full-size larger than your regular shoe size to accommodate for the slight swelling that takes place when increased blood flow travels down legs and into your feet.” Also, a water bottle to help hydrate before, during and after the activity is an inexpensive but important piece of equipment. For women, a supportive sports bra is beneficial during a brisk walk, too. That’s all the special equipment you need to get outside and start your brisk walk.

The Best Places

When planning for a one-hour brisk walk at a 15-minute mile pace, it’s important to know the distance you’ve walked. Fortunately, there are many walking trails in our region that are long enough to help you achieve the distance.

Cooper River Park, Camden County

This park runs through Pennsauken, Cherry Hill, Collingswood and Haddon Township, but don’t be overwhelmed by the number of towns. The paved trail that circles the river is a 3.8-mile loop, almost perfect for an hour brisk walk. Within the park, there is a separate track that runs 1.25 miles around Jack Curtis Stadium.

Haddon Lake Park, Camden County

Haddon Lake Park runs through Haddon Heights, Audubon and Mt. Ephraim. Start at the playground in Haddon Heights on South Park Avenue where there’s plenty of parking if you need to drive there. A full loop around—walking further into Haddon Heights to Station Avenue and then coming back past the playground and into Audubon, then Mt. Ephraim and back to the park—is about 3.2 miles.

Smithville Park, Burlington County

There are 4.4 miles of marked trails on various terrains at this park in Eastampton Township. Walkers share the trail with bicyclists, and in the winter, with cross-country skiers.

Washington Lake Park, Gloucester County

This park has many paved walkways, including a 1.56-mile trail that takes walkers in a circle so they can take as many laps as desired. Walkers need to be aware that vehicles are allowed in the park also so they should take caution before going across cross paths.

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Your own neighborhood Want to find more walking and hiking Just step outside your front door and start walking. Mapping out the perfect fourmile trail that takes you from your home and back again in your neighborhood is easy using Google Maps. Build in a few good hills to maximize the benefits. If you don’t achieve 15-minute miles your first time out, don’t fret. The more you walk, the stronger your heart and the rest of your muscles will become. You’ll eventually work your way up to the brisk pace that’s needed for maximum benefit.

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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human 34

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carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The gravity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton.

Filches Vitamins

“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The

Nutrients Women on The Pill Need 4 BHRT* 4 Chrysin 4 Coenzyme Q10 4 DHEA 4 Folic acid 4 L-methlyfolate 4 Magnesium

4 Melatonin 4 Natural progesterone 4 Nettle root 4 Omega-3 oils 4 Probiotics 4 Selenium 4 Tyrosine

4 Vitamin B2 4 Vitamin B6 4 Vitamin B12 4 Vitamin C 4 Zinc

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Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.

Natural Contraceptives

Although no natural forms of estrogen are suited for birth control, safe and effective natural forms exist, advises women’s health expert Holly Lucille, a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including the Basic Health Publications User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement. Connect at


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LIVE YOUR SONG It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourself by Jill Mattson


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Frog Calls: Rancocas State Park – 6am. Come out and help us survey the parks by listening to frog calls with our staff and learning the wide variety of frog species that live in our parks. Free. Deacon Rd, Hainesport. Registration required: 609-265-5858.


Yoga Nidra – 7:30-9pm. With Janet Watkins. A rejuvenating, restful practice for inducing mental, emotional and physical relaxation with the power to expose our innate reservoirs of creativity, clarity and self understanding. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006.


Young Naturalist Program: Boundary Creek Park – 9:30am. A free program for teenagers with an interest in the environment to develop a greater appreciation of the outside world. Enjoy the amazing diversity of life in the middle of spring. Bring binoculars (provided if do not have own). Boundary Creek, Creek Rd, Moorestown. Register: 609-265-5858. Chakra Journey Retreat Day: Art, Meditation & Anatomy & Physiology of the Subtle Body – 1-6pm. With Janet Watkins, Julie Fischer and artists Dawn Laggy & Stacey Feehan. Learn how the chakras direct and guide the physical body, and how to open more fully to life through poses, art, meditation, mantra and pranyama. $55. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. On the Wild Side of the Park – 1:30-3pm. Many wild animals call Rancocas home. Learn about the different groups and take a hike to find where they live in the park. RNC members: $7/person, $15/ family (limit of 5); Nonmembers: $9/person, $21/ family (limit 5). Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-registration required: 609-261-2495 or Shiatsu Facial Massage – 2-4:30pm. Need to release tension? Enjoy this relaxing facial technique. Learn how to give yourself or a friend a relaxing facial massage using acupressure points to help release emotional tension and assist in relieving headaches and/or sinus problems. A wonderful way to nurture yourself and others. Handouts included. 2.5 NCTMB hrs. $35. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. To register: 856-5744433.


Interpretive Trail Hike at Rancocas – 1-2pm. Join a Rancocas staff person or associate naturalist for an interpretive hike through our varied habitats. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-registration required: 609-261-2495 or Light Practice – 2:30-4:30pm. With Lisa Miliaresis, psychic medium and author. In this interactive workshop, learn how to tap in to your intuition and inner guidance. Experience the many benefits to increasing awareness of this wonderful internal language and awakening to a new spiritual journey. $35. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. Register: 609-953-7800, Tibetan Energy Yoga – 7:30pm. With Janice Gilpin Experience a breath-work practice to balance, center and align your energy field. Incorporating gentle, seated movement, chanting mantras and mudras with 20 mins of meditation. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.


Bike Maintenance Basics – 6:30-8pm. Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7:30-9pm. With Michele Halliwell of Healing Harmonies. Experience the beautiful singing bowls. Michele will  first balance the chakras, then take you through a medley of sound to soothe your soul. $20/advance, $25/at door. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. Register: 609953-7800,


Eden Energy Medicine Study Group – 7-8:30pm. Based on Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine book, each class has a theme, with plenty of time for questions and practice. Led by Elsie Kerns and Paula Anderson, EEM Advanced Practitioners. No prior experience needed. $15. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. Paula: 856-2229444.


Ranger Bill’s Nature Hikes: Preschoolers – 1011am. For ages 3-5 and parent or guardian. Each session features a seasonal topic, an age-appropriate short hike, and a craft. Free. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. 609-2612495.

Community Yoga: Donation Based – 9-10:15am. Open to all levels of participants, beginners and experienced. Once a month we extend an open invitation to a free yoga class for members, $5 donation for guests. Level 1 Yoga is held all other Sundays. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609-654-9400.

Restorative Yoga – 7pm. Experience an evening of deep relaxation through gentle yoga stretches and supported postures, accompanied by the soothing sounds of Crystal Bowls, as we honor all Goddesses over this Mother’s Day weekend. $15. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. Register: 609-6549400 or

Reiki Level III – 10am-4pm. With Lisa O’Brien, CRM, ERYT. $175 includes manual. Bliss Body Studio, Collingswood. Pre-register: 856-2610554.

Pineal ToningTM – 7-9pm. A series of Pineal Gland Tones for Personal and Global Transformation, which can magnify intention and synchronicity in your life, amplifying your personal abilities and

gifts. An activation of the 24 multidimensional levels of your DNA. Donations benefit Camden Rescue Mission. To register, Andrea Regal: 856904-5566.


Spring Zazenkai: Establishing a Spiritual Practice – 8am-12pm, lunch offered or 8am-5pm, includes vegetarian lunch & dinner. Join us for a morning of tranquil meditation, chanting, and a teaching from Seijaku Roshi, followed by an afternoon of work practice, a Q&A discussion with Roshi and dinner. Registration required. Half day: $35 with lunch, $25 no lunch; Full day with contributing to work practice: $45 includes lunch and dinner. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609268-9151. RSVP: Reiki Share – 5:30pm. Join us to share the light within and the gift of healing. All levels practitioners are welcomed. Must confirm attendance: 856-701-5692, Pajamarama – 6-7pm. For kids 7-9 years old. Enjoy a nice dinner out while we share yoga and games with the children. Bliss Body Studio, Collingswood. 856-261-0554. Drum Circle with Shaman Al Bennett – 7-9pm. Drum, sing, heal and bring your intentions forth in this drum circle to honor the sacred feminine. $15 suggested offering. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.


Mother’s Day Yoga – 9am. Share your yoga love to all of those who have served in the role of “Mother” in our lives. Bring your mother, children or those you love as a mother to participate in a very special soft and gentle yoga class. All abilities and ages welcome. $20 or class card. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609654-9400. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am-12pm. Celebrate the experience of the Light and Sound of God through the Eckankar Worship Service. Service includes singing HU, followed by a discussion on month’s topic: “Transform Your Life with Spiritual Exercise.” Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 609-261-0019.


Herbal Tea Gardens: Therapeutic Teas from the Garden – 7pm. Monthly Horticultural Society of South Jersey meeting. Speaker: Elaine Shaughnessy has served as Director on the Board for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and as Vice Chairperson of the Herb Society of America-South Jersey Unit. Learn about the uses of various herbs that you can grow in your own garden. Free and open to the public. Carmen Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill. For more info: Women’s Full Moon Sadhana – 7:30-8:30pm. With Maureen Heil. Come together and share in a satsung, or gathering of like-minded individuals, experience guided meditation, support each other through our visions and create the sacred space of community. Donation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006.


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will help you get in the groove, and provide training and technique insights to get you back in shape and/or prepare for your upcoming 5-10K or more. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856810-1938. Meditation and Messages through Mediumship – 7pm. Alchemy exists with medium, Alaine Portner, E-RYT, in combination with meditation, messaging and Crystal Bowls. She communicates with the energies of loved ones and symbolic messages that are both personal and purposeful to you. Limited to 8 participants; pre-registration required. $65. Skype sessions and Mother’s day gift certificates available. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609-654-9400. Tibetan Energy Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. An ancient breathwork practice to support and enhance meditation. Experience for yourself the many benefits for body, mind and spirit. With Janice Gilpin. $15. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. Register: 609-953-7800,


The ABCs of GMOs – 6:30-8pm. Join GMO Free NJ to explore the basics: A) All About GMOs, B) Be the Change by taking action, and C) Connect with Community. Once you learn more you’ll want to tell your family and friends. This lively discussion will empower all to make a difference for self, family, and the sustainability of the Earth. Free and open to the public. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave. RSVP: GMOfreeNJ@gmail. com. Learn more: 


Sacred Sound Healing: Crystal Singing Bowls and Didgeridoo – 7-8:15pm. Enter into the harmony of loving intentions as your body relaxes with Kristy McAdams on the crystal singing bowls and Michael Gibbs playing the grounding sounds of the didgeridoo. Dress comfortably as you will be meditating. $20. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Moonlit Walk: Boundary Creek, Moorestown – 9pm. Join park staff on a moonlit walk through the park to look for signs of nocturnal animals and gaze at the stars. Bring binoculars if have them. Free. Creek Rd, Moorestown. Registration required: 609-265-5858.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 Burlington County Farmers’ Market: Opening Day! Armed Forces Day – 8:30am-1pm. Seneca ROTC, 4H Cloggers. Special cooking demonstration with Cyndi Stanimirov from Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Top Four in Season 11 of Hell’s Kitchen. Music throughout the day with April Mae and the June Bug. 500 Centerton Rd, Moorestown. 856-642-3850. 1st Annual Spring Garden Fair – 9am-3pm. Includes seminars with tips to a healthier garden, gardening with kids, and organic and sustainable gardening tips and techniques. Nature walks, a rain barrel demonstration, activities for the kids and the Master Gardeners Plant Clinic so bring sick plants for diagnosis. Also a Garden Market with a wide variety of flowers, herbs, vegetables and more for sale. Free. Camden County Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill.856-216-7130. Camden.njaes.


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Energy Medicine Class with Credit – 9am-5pm. Empower yourself with Energy Medicine (Donna Eden’s way). Energy Medicine 101 is great for beginners and is a foundation before taking Donna Eden’s Certification classes. CEs available for RNs, Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers. Toms River. Must register: 609-752-1048 or Usui Reiki Level I Certification Class – 9:30am-5pm. $135. If register for both Level I and Level II (June 21) together, the fee is only $295. 7 NCTMB hrs. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. To register: 856-574-4433. Yoga Teacher Training Informational Meeting – 11:30am. Enrolling for 2015 graduation. Are you ready for the journey of a lifetime? Our 200-hr Teacher Training Program is open to those who are dedicated to yoga practice, as an upcoming yoga teacher or to deeply enhance a personal practice. The requirements for joining the program, the incredible offerings from our talented teachers, and the wonderful YCOM community will be unveiled. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609-654-9400. Ayurveda and You – 1-4pm. With Janet Watkins. Are you Vata, Pitta or Kapha? Learn your body’s constitution, how to detect imbalances, and easy ways to reach and maintain vibrant health. $30. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. An Evening with Seijaku Roshi – 7-9pm. Join Seijaku Roshi, Abbot of Pine Wind Zen Center, as he discusses the ways in which our culture fosters distraction, and Buddhist principles and practices for establishing calm and equanimity amidst it. $15-$20 donation. Yoga For Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 609-268-9151.

Meditation and Messages through Mediumship – 6pm. See May 14 description. $65. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609-6549400.


Restorative Yoga – 1-3pm. With Shazz. Using blankets, bolsters, pillows, blocks, straps and other “props” to support the body, restorative yoga creates profound shifts in the nervous system, allowing a physiological shift to deep restfulness and well-being. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

Halo Wellness Center - Free services for cancer patients - Halo Wellness Center in Marlton will host their first “Hope and Healing Circle”. Free massage, reiki, shiatsu, or reflexology to aid those with cancer in their journey back to wellness. Caregivers will receive 20% off any service! Must call to reserve; space is limited. 856-574-4433 Breast Health Awareness Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Speaker: Teresa Lopez, LPN. Ever feel stressed, with too much to do in a day? How does this affect your body and health. Learn how to de-stress and improve your health by utilizing far-infrared heat. Teresa will explain the benefits of far-infrared and how it can enhance your health. Free. William G. Rohrer Center for Healthfitness, Rooms 2 & 3, 2309 Evesham Rd, Voorhees. Register; seating limited: 856-596-5834, Tammy@ Lightweight Backpacking Basics – 6:30-8pm. Join an REI backpacking expert who will provide excellent tips on lightweight backpacking techniques. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI. com/Stores/94. Community HU Song – 7-7:30pm. Learn about, experience and share the spiritual insights and upliftment gained by singing HU, a love song to God. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Light refreshments & fellowship follow. Free. Moorestown Community House, 16 E Main St, Moorestown. More info: 609261-0019. Sacred Sisterhood Circle: The Cosmic Mother – 7-9:30pm. The Mother is the presence of this divine creative force in all things. Using creation energetics from various traditions and the forces of Mother Nature we’ll “quicken” your creative forces. Connect in sisterhood to discover and heal from and through the wealth of wisdom within and around us. $25. To register, Andrea Regal: 856-904-5566. Eckankar Spiritual Wisdom Discussion Class – 8-9pm. This month’s topic is “Spiritual Wisdom on Health and Healing.” Future classes include: Dreams, Conquering Fear. Moorestown Community House, 16 E Main St, Moorestown. For more info: 609-871-8615.

Connect with Nature: Turtle Talk and Trek – 1:303pm. Before taking a hike to find the turtles in their favorite habitat, learn about their interesting biology. RNC members: $7/person, $15/family (limit of 5); Nonmembers: $10/person, $21/family (limit 5). Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-registration required: 609261-2495 or

Tibetan Energy Yoga – 7:15pm. This breathwork practice balances, centers and aligns your energy field. Envision gentle seated movements, while chanting mantras and mudras, accompanied by 20 mins of meditation. $15. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. Pre-register: 609654-9400.


Crystal Bowls and Chakra Balancing Meditation – 7pm. Experience the healing sound of crystal bowls combined with Reiki energy to help you clear and balance the main energy centers of your body (chakras) that brings you to a state of relaxation, a clear mind, and a sense of well-being. A series of affirmations accompany this meditation to allow your subconscious mind to help you release negative mental patterns. $15. Pre-registration required:


Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis – 9am. Dr. Joshua Sundhar will share information to help you understand the symptoms and treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis. Free. Virtua Center for HealthFitness – Washington Township. 1-888-Virtua3.



Burlington County Farmers’ Market: Military Week – 8:30am-1pm. “Cooking on the Go” cooking demonstration. Blues sounds during the day from Opus Soul. 500 Centerton Rd, Moorestown. 856-642-3850. Insomnia Sufferers – 1-4pm. Do you have problems sleeping at night? Learn the Brazilian Toe Technique along with some acupressure points to assist you in obtaining restful sleep. 3 NCTMB hrs. $40. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. To register: 856-574-4433.


Hands-On Bike Maintenance: Drive Train – 6:308pm. Join REI’s certified bike techs to learn about

your drive train as well as how to inspect, maintain and adjust front and rear derailleurs to make sure your ride is as smooth as possible. $45/member, $65/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.


Nature Journaling – 9:30am. Explore and write about the flora and fauna of Burlington County parks in a nature journal, a keepsake you can treasure forever. Series meets once a month for nature walks and journaling. Free. Long Bridge Park, County Rd 541, Hainesport. Registration required: 609-265-5858. GoPro Video Editing Basics with GoPro Studio – 6:30-8:30pm. Join us for an inside look at GoPro’s revamped video editing software and get ready to make your videos pop. Bring your laptop with GoPro Studio and video files to edit. $20/member, $40/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Meditation Circle – 7:15pm. This Meditation Circle follows a soft and gentle yoga class, as we delicately define the body and mind as love, compassion, patience, generosity and forgiveness to send out to the world. $20 or class card. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609654-9400.

FRIDAY, MAY 30 Burlington County Farmers’ Market: Kids Week – 8:30am-1pm. “Kids in the Kitchen” cooking demonstration. Storytelling with the Moorestown Library. Music from Caveman Dave. 500 Centerton Rd, Moorestown. 856642-3850. NeoLife Experience Meet & Greet – 7-9pm. 50+ year International wellness company expands in the U.S. with the NeoLife Club. Taste and see the NeoLife difference in whole-food, beyond organic snack bars, shakes, juice, tea and much more. Aquatrols, 1273 Imperial Way, West Deptford. Karen Thomas: 856-275-1769.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 Reiki 1 Workshop – 9am-5pm. CEs for RNs & MTs. Clare’s Corner, Bordentown. Must register: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@Next How to Intuitively Read Buttons & Bows Workshop – 1-3pm. With Rhonda Magner. An interactive class where your intuitive abilities will be encouraged and gently guided using the simple tools of button and bows. $25, materials provided. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Yoga on Horseback Open House – 1-5pm. Come and join us for the newest trend of yoga: Yoga on Horseback. Get to know the horses, instructor, horse safety, and learn about our program. Games, prizes and refreshments $10/person. Swedesboro Riding Stables, 382 Asbury Station Rd, Swedesboro. For more info & pre-registration: 609-2316706 or My Beautiful Chakras Workshop – 3pm. Learn information about the main energy centers of your body (chakras), their functionality, purpose and how to clear out, open and balance them through different methods as essential oils, energy color, musical notes, and crystals that will allow you to do it on your own. $25. Pre-registration required:

plan ahead ongoing events SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Usui Reiki Level II Certification Class – 9:30am-5pm. $190. If register for both Level I (May 17) and Level II together, the fee is only $295. 7 NCTMB hrs. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. To register: 856-574-4433.


savethedate Earth Fair – 10:30-4pm. Enjoy a day featuring green vendors, crafters, artists and performers. Individuals requiring special accommodations are requested to give 2 wks advance notification to Burlington County Parks Dept. Historic Smithville Park, Smithville Rd, Eastampton. 609265-5858. Co.Burlington.NJ.US/Parks.

trainings SATURDAY, MAY 5

Learn to Play the Crystal Bowls – 1-5pm. With Anna Castro. Learn the history of why playing the bowls are so healing along with technique to share with private clients, classes or just for your own healing. $135, manual included. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Registration required: 856-404-7287.


Usui Reiki Master Level III Training – 1pm. Reiki Master Teacher, Janice Gilpin, will guide you along your empowerment journey. Preregistration and prepayment required. $400. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609654-9400.

retreats THURSDAY, MAY 15

Sacred Immersion Retreat – May 15-18. With Kathy Milano, PhD. Awaken your WholeHeart during a transformative weekend retreat at The Country Place, Poconos. Wisdom transmissions from Angelic Realm and Divine Feminine, Angelic Energetics, yoga with Julie Fischer, RYT, energy psychology, labyrinth, inspired art, laughter, and sacred ceremony empower you to embody your precious Sacredness. More info: KathyMilano. com,


Bimini, Bahamas Dolphin Yoga Adventure – Create your human pod of like-minded sea seekers on this Yoga Retreat to Bimini Bahamas. Discover the alternative to a caged dolphin experience. Release your own boundaries of adventure. Yoga, dolphin, magic, Atlantis, energy transformation. The trip always fills to capacity. For more info: 609-654-9400, or

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daily Daily and Weekly Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation and Dance Movement Classes – As well as special workshops and events that supports your overall mind, body and spiritual well-being. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-4047287. Dawn Meditation – 6-7am, weekdays except Thursday. Start your day with a healthy mental breakfast, which nourishes and prepares your mind and body to meet the day’s challenges. No registration required. $5 donation appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. Daily Yoga Classes – 10am-6pm, Mon-Fri; 10am, Sat & Sun. Small classes ensure you are getting the most out of your practice. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. To register: 856-574-4433. For schedule: Free Fit Camp – 5:30-6:30pm. Come experience the community Fit Camp Phenomenon. All fitness levels are welcomed to join. 3 times weekly physical training. Fitness evaluation and coaching. Complete body transformation. Free. GNP Nutrition, 106 Bridgeboro St, Riverside. Gaveth: 609-923-1203.

sunday Haddon Heights Farmers’ Market – May 4-Oct. 10am-1pm. Station & East Atlantic aves, Haddon Heights. Meditation – 10:30am. Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center, 215 Highlands Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township. 856-780-5826.

monday Group Hypnosis & Discussion – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Mon. While in a relaxed state, your subconscious is coached to accept new positive and uplifting thoughts about yourself and your life and filled with thoughts of hope and trust, opening your mind to infinite possibilities. $15. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609975-8379.

tuesday YShakit Yoga – 9-10:15am. With Shawn Swift. Shakti is the Sanskrit word for power. Come to to be challenged (in a good way), and feel the power of yoga. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Gentle Yoga with Bonnie Hart – 10-11am. For beginners and experienced students. Includes meditation and gentle movement to release tension and cultivate peace and vitality. Yoga For Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. or

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Kid’s Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. A fun and engaging class exploring yoga poses, cooperative games, breathing and relaxation exercises and convey lessons in self-expression, body-awareness and social skills. For ages 5-11. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Mindfulness Meditation Class – 6-7pm. Looking to incorporate more meditation into your life? An introductory class to meditation and Zen living. Includes a period of seated Serene Meditation followed by a teaching given by Seijaku Roshi, Abbot of Pine Wind Zen Center, or a Senior Ordained Priest. $15 or YFL Card; $5/Pine Wind members. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 609-268-9151. Beginner’s Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Class designed for the true beginner. Explore fundamental yoga postures and philosophies. An ntroduce yoga in an easy, informative, safe and relaxed way. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006. All Level Yoga with Sandy – 7pm. New class. Vital Yoga, 836 Broadway, Westville. 609-922-2484. Metaphysical Sharing Circle – 7-8:30pm. 3rd Tues. This group is a safe and fun place to share your metaphysical experiences and ask questions. An informal gathering discussing and using different tools and concepts to enhance, enlighten and develop our intuition. Walk-ins welcome. $15. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. Register: 609-923-3154 or Community Acupuncture Clinic – 7-9pm. An effective introduction to the wealth of Chinese Medicine with Ruth Dalphin, L.Ac. An affordable, accessible and relaxing experience. $35 first visit, $25 follow-ups. Logos Wellness, 1 Sheppard Rd, Ste 703, Voorhees. For more info and to schedule appt, Mon-Thurs: 856-985-8320.

wednesday Vedic Chanting for Beginners – 9-10am. Learn simple Vedic Chants that open heart and mind. Change the way we think and feel and increase mental clarity. With Linda Cope. Also Yoga Therapy by appointment. Temenos Center, Moorestown. 856722-9043 x 7. Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. Join us for a 10-minute meditation. Focus of this meditation is love. Each week we will raise the love vibration for 2014. Bring your lunch to eat mindfully after the meditation. Treat yourself to a mid-week refresher. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Westmont Farmers’ Market – May 7-Oct 29. 4-7pm. Haddon & Stratford Ave, Haddon. West Prenatal Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Enhance your pregnancy with prenatal yoga and keep the body healthy, the mind stress free and promote a deeper connection between mother and baby. With Tricia Heiser. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609953-7800. Food & Water Watch of Gloucester County – 6pm. 2nd Wed. Ensure that the food and water we consume are safe, clean, accessible and sustainably produced. We can do it together. Glassboro Public Library, 2 Center St. Info, Emily Reuman: 732-8390878,


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Gentle Yoga with Bonnie Hart – 6-7pm. For beginners and experienced students. Includes meditation and gentle movement to release tension and cultivate peace and vitality. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. or Cooper River Group of Food & Water Watch – 6:30pm. 1st Wed. Ensure that the food and water we consume are safe, clean, accessible and sustainably produced. We can do it together. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave. Info, Emily Reuman: 732-839-0878, EReuman@ Metaphysical Development Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Higher awareness, meditation, mindfulness, spirit communication, dowsing and more. Medium and author Robert Egby. Drop-ins welcome. Donations appreciated. 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton. Seating limited: 609-351-5878. Check “Bulletin Board” at Meditation & Zen Class – 7-8:30pm. 1st 3 Wednesdays. Consists of periods of seated and walking meditation, and a talk by a Senior Ordained Priest. $10 donation appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. Open Studio – 7-9:30pm. Helping you find the time to paint. If you need a place for your creativity to shine or just a little down time to put a little paint to canvas without the crowd than we have the solution. $10/drop-in; $50/6-pass. Eilandarts Center, 21 S Centre St, Merchantville. Eilandarts@yahoo. com.

thursday Yoga for Kids – 4-4:45pm. Children ages 5-10 explore yoga through games, crafts and poses. The purpose of kids’ yoga is to help them with balance and coordination. Teach individual poses and partner poses to help build communication skills and to learn how to help others. $60/6 wks. Eilandarts Center, 21 S Centre St, Merchantville. Eilandarts@ Evening Meditation and Chanting – 7-8:30pm. 1st 3 Thursdays. Includes a period of quiet meditation and chanting. Chanting Sutras is a powerful means toward realizing intention. Chanting is a Buddhist form of prayer. Prayers offered for global peace, healing and reconciliation. Donation appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

friday Aikido Class – 6:30am. Come and get centered and find your power. Aikido Agatsu Dojos, 217 Chester Ave, Moorestown. 856-309-9526. Gentle Yoga with Bonnie Hart – 9:30-10:30am. For beginners and experienced students. Includes meditation and gentle movement to release tension and cultivate peace and vitality. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. or Beginner Friendly, Small Yoga Classes – 5-6pm. Explore mind, body, emotions deeply connected with breath. With Linda Cope. Also Yoga Therapy by appointment. Temenos Center, Moorestown. 856-722-9043 x 7.

saturday Collingswood Farmers’ Market – May 3-Thanksgiving. 8am-12pm. Rain or shine. Between Collings & Irvin aves along Patco. Burlington County Farmers’ Market – May 17Oct 25. 8:30am-1pm. Rain or shine. 500 Centerton Rd, Moorestown. Saddler’s Woods Open House Day – 1-5pm. 2nd Sat. Features a variety of environmental and historical programs. Can also drop off your Terracycle items and find out the many ways you can participate in the environmental and historical issues in your community. Haddon Township Environmental and Historical Center, 143 E Ormond Ave. 856-8697372.

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 10th of the month.

COUNSELING DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING – Family/Individual, AETNA accepted, $65/ fee service. Oaklyn. J. Lang, LCADC: 609980-3514.

CREATIVE MUSIC PSYCHOTHERAPY CREATIVE MUSIC PSYCHOTHERAPY – Achieving emotional, mental and physical health through the creative process. No musical experience necessary. Adults, individual, couple, family. Amanda MacRae, MMT, MT-BC: 609-346-3995.

FOR RENT BEAUTIFUL YOGA STUDIO/COUNSELING SPACE FOR RENT, CHERRY HILL – Looking for a great space and location to hold your workshop, class, private therapy or counseling session. The Yoga for Living studio is available for rental. Counseling room, $15/hour or $75/day. Call 856-404-7287.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS PRODUCTS THE BEST FOR HOME AND HEALTH – Health and wellness products direct to your door! Scientifically designed with nature’s ingredients. Also, an opportunity for pride and pleasure from helping others while you create a part-time income. 610-733-4514.   

LABYRINTHS CLASSICAL CHARTRES LABYRINTH DESIGNS – Manufactured for residential, commercial, and institutional settings. These beautiful labyrinths are made from concrete pavers, individually created with your choice of size, color and design, to pass the test of time. Landscape design services and consulting available to help with placement, installation and supporting landscape. TAKE THE FIRST STEP. To learn more, call: 856-546-09455.

communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.

Access consciousness RENEE ROBERTSON Restoration-You Inc. Moorestown, NJ 856-437-0430

What if there was a much easier way to deal with stress? Enjoy an Energetic Facelift, a wonderful way to rejuvenate the face. This is an economical, totally blissful, lightenergetic-touch, hands-on technique that feels amazing and can lift, smooth, tighten and awaken your face. $45 for your first 1-hour session. Offering certification classes for Access Energetic Facelift™ and Access Energetic Bars™.

Acupuncture ROSE MULLEN, APN, MAC, LAC 5 Element Acupuncture 117 Haddon Ave Westmont, NJ 08108 609-214-6492

Come to life more fully. Nurse practitioner, masters in acupuncture Maryland University of Integrative Health, nationally Board Certified. When chi is blocked or obstructed, disease will occur on any level. Treatment eases energy flow and nourishes your body-mind-spirit. This manifests the inner glow of vibrant health throughout all aspects of your life.



The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 • 856-273-1551 Dr. Bidwell is dedicated to providing patients the best possible spinal healthcare including chiropractic adjustment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, cervical and lumbar traction, and stretching and strengthening exercise instruction. Her adjustments techniques consist of diversified, activator, arthrostim, SOT blocking, craniosacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad, page 23.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Allergy & Health Solutions Center Carylann Bautz, CNC, CMT

“Naet” 24-Hr Allergy Elimination Therapy Colon Hydrotherapy, Crystal Light Bed Healing 609-654-4858 Since 1982, we have been blending Eastern and Western therapies. Boost the immune system, balance the mind and body, safely cleanse toxins and waste. Far Infrared Sauna Chelation Therapy. Rejuvenate and reconnect the body, mind and spirit. Namaste.


Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner Registered Yoga Teacher Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St Audubon, NJ 08106 856-816-4158 Utilizing the principles of Ayurveda, nutrition, yoga, meditation, and herbs for natural healing and self-care to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions.


Stress-Relief Specialist, Ecopsychologist, MA Transpersonal Psychology Yoga For Living 1926 Greentree Rd Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 One-on-one counseling to unravel the worries of the mind and move into the wisdom of the heart. Offering knowledgeable, caring guidance. $75 for 1 hour. for info. See ad page, 15.


Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford, NJ 609-654-9400 A gifted medium, yoga teacher, spiritual guide and guardian of the Yoga Center of Medford. The Center has enriched the lives of the community for over a generation. During the course of her professional journey, Alaine has fine-tuned her ability as a medium and then fused it with her love of meditation to offer a unique and transformative experience. Individual and group sessions are now available. See ad, page 27.


Angel’s Hands LLC 100 West Camden Ave Moorestown, NJ 08057 609-760-8410 Reiki is a powerful energy healing technique that can be used to treat the whole person: body, mind and spirit. It is a technique that truly needs to be experienced to understand the full impact of its healing capabilities.


508-808-3066 Energy master and healer Jason Taylor Morgan helps spiritually and consciously advancing people to Heal the Past, Shift the Present and Evolve into the Future by providing beautiful and powerful paths to profound life change on every level of one’s being—to live an Ascending Life.


The Wisdom Within Energy healing, flower essences, akashic readings and spiritual counseling 856-236-5973 New website: video meditations and tips on living a balanced emotional life.

A balanced energy system is the foundation of health. Marilyn, a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and a certified flower essence therapist, guides you to an experience of a balanced energy field as the secret to emotional balance and in finding solutions to the challenges of life. Children, teens, adults. Inperson or phone/Skype sessions.

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HEALTH COunseling LIESHA GETSON, BCTT, HHC Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton 856-596-5834

Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified T h e r m o g r a p h i c Te c h n i c i a n , Holistic Health Counselor, a Reiki Master and Energy Practitioner. Liesha is a founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Reiki, thermography, infrared detoxification and biopuncture. See ad, page 5.


1000 Maplewood Dr, Ste 209 Maple Shade, NJ 08052 866-300-0736 Programs include health coaching, Zumba, yoga classes, essential oils, organic supplements and Shea butters. Our s t a ff s p e c i a l i z e s i n coaching hypertensive and diabetic clients, which include private yoga sessions which incorporate restorative exercise. We specialize in coaching and providing exercise classes for bariatric patients, pre/post-surgery.


Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 • Dr. Jaime Feldman, one of the pioneers in an advanced technique called “Advanced Parts Therapy,” has been able to unlock the subconscious and remove unwanted behaviors: stop smoking (guaranteed), weight loss, stress, depression, pain and anger management, and more. Outstanding success in curing phobias and deep-seated trauma, and treating the immune system to put cancer into complete remission. See ad, page 15.


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Kahuna Healing Hypnosis 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown, NJ 08052 609-458-6282 Discover the healing power of past lives. Learn stress, anxiety and pain management. Barbara is a Certified Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists, and the area’s leading past life expert. She offers guidance and healing to both children and adults in a warm, joy-filled space.


Hypnosis Healing & Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Stress relief, releasing blocks and fears, mindfulness and meditation training, smoking cessation, sound healing, higher self and spirit communication. Dowsing training and clearing negative energies.


Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown 856-231-0590 Board-Certified Family Medicine blending traditional family care with a holistic focus and preventive, nutritional and integrative approach. We look for causes and triggers for disease before reaching for the prescription pad. Same and next day appointments are available. See ad, page 29.


Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834 Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Dr. Philip Getson is a Board Certified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infra red detox sauna (The POD), Reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad, page 5.


Yoga Inspired Life Coaching for Women Haddonfield, NJ 201-446-0282 This unique method of coaching combines the profound wisdom of yoga philosophy, guidance, inspiration, and effective tools to help you live your ideal life. You will be empowered live authentically, achieve specific goals, and attain happiness, health, and balance. Explore what you want in life and develop an action plan to achieve it.

MASSAGE tHERAPY BARBARA A TORITTO, NJLMT, REIKI MASTER Angel’s Hands LLC 100 West Camden Ave Moorestown, NJ 08057 609-760-8410

Specializing in Pain Management through the use of C.A.P.R. Muscle Therapy and Deep Tissue Massage. Please visit website for testimonials and a video explaining C.A.P.R. and how it can work for you. Area Health Care Providers refer their patients for C.A.P.R. therapy.

JULIE FISCHER, CMT, RTT, RYT-500 Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St, Audubon 110 Marter Ave, Moorestown 609-504-2783

Julie uses massage therapy, yoga and meditation to restore health through the body’s own healing ability and maintain wholeness to the body. Using a fusion of teachings and energetics from shamanic, Eastern and Western tradition, her sessions bring forth the natural balance of mind, body and spirit. Choose from ayurvedic hot oil treatment, Thai massage, Swedish massage, or private and group yoga and meditation sessions. See ad, page 24.

I think any time people behave in a way that’s truly them, they’ll never fail. You get in trouble when you try to copy others. ~Gabrielle Reece

numerologist TRACI ROSENBERG, MA

Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 Join the region’s leading numerologist as you discover your life’s purpose. Encoded in your name and birth date are your lessons, talents and desires. Traci will help you realize your full potential.


Certified Nutritionist Health Haven, 1381 New Jersey Rte. 38 Hainesport, NJ 08036 609-346-7696 Donna Wood, a certified nutritionist, focuses on nutritional counseling and dietary guidance. Disease does not occur without a cause or imbalance. Discover the “root” of your imbalance. Learn to make better food and lifestyle choices. Gain self-awareness through our services. Call for an appointment. See ad, page 33.



Riverton Health and Fitness Center 600 Main St, Ste 8, Riverton, NJ 08077 856-834-0883 Reflexology, Herbalist RH(AHG), Reiki, Medical Intuitive, Detoxing Coach, Master Gardener and Life & Diet Coach.



Aw a r e n e s s Coaching, with Maryann Miller, and Intuitive Guidance, with Susan Drummond, are offered as private sessions in your home or over the phone. If you are feeling out-of-sorts, have a free consultation to determine the unique approach for your unique journey. See ad, page 6.

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zen life coaching SEIJAKU ROSHI


Virtua Center for HealthFitness-Moorestown 401 Young Ave, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-291-8806 Bonnie DuBoff, RD, BS in Food Science & Human Nutrition-Dietetics, Pennsylvania State University. Certification in Adult Weight Management. At The Center for Weight Management, Virtua Health Care Systems she coaches adults and children individually or in family or group settings. She provides nutrition wellness coaching for individuals who want to improve their health, lifestyle and lose weight. See ad, page 2.



Andrea Regal Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566


A Sacred healing modality based on a dynamic intersection between the psychoemotional aspects of human experience and the energetic dimensions of the Self. By addressing the primary root causation of the underlying issue, this evolutionary and integrative process is effective and sustaining. 30+ years experience counseling and teaching mind, body, soul alignment. Each session uniquely attuned to your energetic resonance.

“When you heal the soul first, the mind and the body will follow”. Kerrie is a Certified Reiki Master. A healer at heart, she was gifted with the ability to heal with her hands. She believes in energetically healing the impact that trauma has had on your soul. By doing this you begin to heal from the inside out. Serving the South Jersey area.

Kerrie Sullivan 856-357-6596

Pine Winds Zen Center Cherry Hill & Shamong locations 609-268-9151 A unique opportunity to work with an American Zen Master. One-onone private sessions with one of today’s most popular pioneers and expert in the field of human potential and Mindfulness Meditation Stress Reduction Training (Zen Training). Adults, couples, families, executives, professionals, caretakers and clergy. Stress management, relationships, grief, loss, mindfulness in the workplace. See ad, page 31.


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IMMUNOGENIC A New Jersey nonprofit corporation This healthy formula contains a blend of more than 26 medicinal plants that stimulates the production of immune reply mediators and stops malign cells. See ad, page 12.


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