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ll George Stoutt wanted to do was stop the merry-goround and get off. The walls in his home would spin when he began having vertigo, or dizzy spells, last year. Simple acts like standing up, lying down, getting out of bed, stretching, kneeling, or even picking up his head triggered the episodes. Each lasted from 20 minutes to two hours, and they were getting worse. “To avoid falling, I held onto rails going up and down stairs,” he says. “I walked deliberately, slowly, and was careful when leaning over. Sometimes, I could hardly stand.” It was more than annoying. It was dangerous. In fact, fall-related injuries, such as breaking or fracturing a hip that are caused by vertigo or imbalance are a leading cause of death and disability in the elderly. George’s experience is by no means unusual. Surveys conducted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that 35 percent of adults who are 40 or more years old, which totals about 69 million

Americans, experience some form of vertigo. Approximately 12.S million Americans over the age of 65 have a vertigo or balance problem that both significantly interferes with, and poses a major threat to, their lives, according to National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

As a full-time teacher for learning-and physically-disabled middle schoolers, George knew he had to find a solution quickly, otherwise he would miss work. So, he did what many people do and visited a neighborhood urgent medical treatment clinic and described his symptoms to the doctor on duty.

“I feel lightheaded, wobbly, every step I take has to be deliberate and I’m unable to focus. It’s like I had a glass of wine or two,” he said. The doctor arrived at a diagnosis and told George that he probably had an infection in his inner ear that was causing the problem. The physician prescribed an anti-histamine to dry up moisture in his ear canals. “But I didn’t want to take anything with side effects, like drowsiness,” he says. George simply didn’t believe medicines were the answer. He left traditional physical medicine and quickly decided to schedule a visit with the Sandoz Chiropractic practice in Mount Laurel. He didn’t know it at the time, but his ticket for the merry-go-round was about to expire. Dr. John Sandoz himself stayed late one evening to consult George and his wife, Linda. She always accompanies him on such visits, because as George says, “I’m 66 years old and she asks all the right questions. “Dr. Sandoz spent considerable time with us, listening

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to my experiences and symptoms,” George says. As part of a comprehensive examination, Dr. Sandoz performed a specialized series of x-rays of George’s head and neck. After extensively analyzing the images, Dr. Sandoz reviewed his diagnosis with George and Linda. “The Atlas vertebra at the top of my neck was way out of alignment,” George says. “It was clear to me that I didn’t have a problem with my inner ear, it was coming from the top part of my spine.” Dr. Sandoz explained how that particular vertebra, called the Atlas, supports the head and must be aligned and

“It was clear to me that I didn’t have a problem with my inner ear, it was coming from the top part of my spine.” centered over the spinal column. George’s x-rays showed that it wasn’t. The solution? Dr. Sandoz recommended a multi-phase treatment based on years of proven success across a wide range of vertigo diagnoses. Treatment began by aligning and centering George’s Atlas vertebra with percussion sound waves that gently ease the vertebra into place and restore body

Drs. Joshua and John Sandoz balance. There was no manual manipulation, no “twisting or cracking my neck,” George says. It was painless. As a supplemental treatment, Dr. Sandoz prescribed robotic muscle therapy that measures and targets muscle spasm trigger points. The therapy successfully relaxed

and lengthened the tight neck muscles that were pulling on the vertebra. The results? “I was amazed,” George says. He felt an improvement so believed he was finally on the right track. The merrygo-round stopped. Progressive improvement continued

during an ongoing course of treatment over the next few months. Now, George follows through, going once a month to protect and maintain his progress. If he feels a tinge of vertigo before a visit, treatment resolves that. “I’ve had no serious bouts of dizziness,” George reports. “I’ve gone from barely being able to stand without being dizzy to no symptoms.” Dr. Sandoz says, “If left untreated, vertigo and muscle spasms can affect other parts of a body, then the body starts to compensate, making things worse.” George encourages people who experience and suffer with dizziness and vertigo to

“I’ve gone from barely being able to stand without being dizzy to no symptoms.” contact Dr. Sandoz and discuss how this natural, non-invasive treatment may help them. The healing regimen of percussion sound wave treatment, robotic muscle therapy and, in some cases, laser light therapy, relieves symptoms and corrects the causes of vertigo. For more information about this unique treatment, contact Dr. John Sandoz or Dr. Joshua Sandoz and the Sandoz Chiropractic Center at 2057 Briggs Road, Suite 204, Mount Laurel. The phone number is 856-206-9560.

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Rutgers Offers Environmental Stewards Program

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utgers University has opened registration for their Environmental Stewards (RES) Program, which trains volunteers on important environmental issues affecting New Jersey. The program introduces nonscientists to the science of underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State. Leading researches from Rutgers will be joined by colleagues from government and the nonprofit sector to share knowledge and help Stewards make a difference in their communities. Stewards will attend classes once a week to learn about a variety of topics from climate change, soil health and energy conservation to water resource protection, invasive species management, habitat conservation and water resource protection. There will be optional field trips to environmentally significant sites around the state as well. After the classroom portion of the program, stewards will be asked to complete an internship project for certification. Classes will be held in Atlantic, Somerset, Union and Burlington counties. You do not have to live in those counties to attend. While the certification does not replace a science degree, the program does help citizens educate themselves on how to deal with real-world environmental problems. Cost: $250. Various locations. For more information, visit EnviroStewards.Rutgers.edu.

Paul Bond Paul Bond’s magic realism art illuminates a dreamlike world where anything is possible as he deftly juxtaposes and rearranges common elements to convey universal spiritual or metaphysical ideas. Sometimes his paintings are simply uplifting illusions, expressing the whimsical, surreal and fantastic sides of life. They are always soothing, visual meditations that delight the imagination and stir the soul. Rearranging familiar objects gives Bond the symbolic language to reflect an emotion or thought he’s entertaining at the moment. “Often, a painting is born from something randomly seen from a car window or a line in a novel or song,” he explains. “If it stirs my curiosity, it finds its way into my work.” About Happiness in Perpetuity, he says, “We create our experience and physical environment based on our beliefs and thoughts. Those who wait for outer experiences to make them happy are at a disadvantage— happiness is simply a choice, based on our desire for it.” View the artist’s portfolio at PaulBondArt.com. 6

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Tales About the Pine Barrens with Carl Ford

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he Willoughby House, in Deptford, invites you to cozy up by the fire and listen to Carl Ford discuss the Pine Barrens and Piney Tales starting at 2 p.m. on February 8. Generations of Ford’s family have lived in the Pine Barrens since before the 1700s, dubbing him a Piney. His wealth of information comes from his own experiences as well as tales from his family and friends. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of their Environmental Stewards Program as well. He has been an active member of the Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust since 2002, and currently serves as the treasurer and stewardship chair.

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Cost: Free. Location: 340 Pine Ave., Deptford. For more information, call Charles White at 856-217-9138. Carpooling recommended.

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urn beautiful calendula flowers into a healing herbal salve at the Seed to Sovereignty workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on February 11 at the Collingswood Library. Using organic oils and organically grown calendula blossoms, the hands-on class will teach attendees how to craft an herbal-infused oil and turn it into a soothing salve. Available in vegan or traditional beeswax, each participant will go home with a tin of salve to prepare their skin for spring.

Cost: $5. Location: 771 Haddon Ave., Collingswood. For more information call 856-425-2221 or visit GMOFreeNJ.com/Events.

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The Horticultural Society of South Jersey Presents Plants for Pollinators

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oin The Horticultural Society of South Jersey at 7:15 p.m. on February 13 at Carmen Tilelli Hall for a presentation of Milkweed for Monarchs and Other Plants for Pollinators. Environmental educator and executive director of Project HEAL (Human, Environment & Animal Links), Keara R. Giannotti, will join avid gardener Keith Monohan to talk about restoring the connection between children and nature.

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he Just Breathe Spiritual Community Center will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, at their Cinnaminson location. Guests will partake in complementary activities to still their mind, stretch their body and clear their energy. Spiritual teacher Rita Strough will start the day with a brief guided mediation, followed by ample time to sit in stillness and enjoy the peaceful relaxation. Stacey Reeves will then host an hour-long yoga practice for all levels. If you don’t have a mat, one will be provided. Following yoga, Christine Juckett will conduct an energy clearing workshop, teaching attendees how to wash off energies of the day and re-center after a stressful encounter. End the day by creating a 2018 vision board and attending an introduction to the healing sounds of crystal bowls by Shalini Breault.

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Pinelands Short Course To Feature 41 Educational Presentations

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n March 10, the 29th annual Pinelands Short Course will feature a record-breaking 41 presentations. Held at Stockton University, the event will feature 29 new programs that will explore the unique history, ecology, culture and music of the region. “The event continues to grow in popularity, and we want to build on our success by offering more programs than ever before,” says Nancy Wittenberg, the commission’s executive director. “Our main goal has always been to educate and John Bunnell inspire people to learn more about the Pinelands.” Members of the university’s environmental studies programs will share their expertise on the Pinelands, with presentations about the bald eagle population in New Jersey, carnivorous plants, mammal skull identification, the hidden world of glowing organisms in the Pinelands, and the recent archaeological excavation of Cedar Bridge Tavern. Other new courses include citizen-driven mosquito control, coastal flooding and the impact on Pinelands, ghost forests of the Mullica Valley, the impact of World War I on the Pinelands, and much more. Nelson Johnson, author and Atlantic County’s superior court judge, will host a workshop on the politics behind the Pinelands Protection Act. Three new field trips will also be offered this year including a daylong birding and nature walk at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, a van trip to see pygmy pine plains, and a tour about life along the Wading River in the 1800s. Denizen Pine and The Pitch Pines will be this year’s live musical entertainment. In addition, the Jersey Devil will also provide entertainment. Guests will enjoy Pinelandsthemed food, coffee and other refreshments that will be available at Stockton’s Campus Center. Location: 101 Vera King Farris Dr., Galloway. Registration required. For more information or to register, visit Stockton.Edu/Continuing-Studies/Conferences.html.

Artisan Healing Offered in Sewell

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ileen Toth believes her purpose in life is to use healing and art to deliver peace in her heart, and light in her soul. A certified traditional usui reiki master since 2000, she has a new skill set and understanding of integrating tuning forks with reiki energy, which has amplified the quality and results

of her work. A healing artisan, Toth offers reiki combined with south healing, jewelry made with natural gemstones known to have specific properties, and paintings and sculptures with a message of a higher consciousness, all of which are created to connect us with the ultimate source. Toth also provides energy work by appointment in her at-home Healing Studio in Sewell. She goes to hospitals, senior care facilities and patient’s homes, as well. For more information, visit HealingArtisan.com. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Rizzieri to Host a Natural Awakenings Networking Event

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n March 21, Natural Awakenings invites you to a holistic networking event, hosted by Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts. Held at Rizzieri’s School of Massage in Voorhees, the event will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet with integrative medical professionals, alternative health care practitioners, massage therapists, reiki and energy healers, yoga instructors, holistic wellness practitioners, nutritionists, herbalists and more. Enjoy complimentary mini-services provided by Rizzieri as well as light refreshments. Location: 8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees. Cost: Free. RSVP by calling 856-552-1445 or emailing Admissions@Rizzieri.com. See ad on page 13.

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A study of more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic by the Seventh-Day Adventist Loma Linda University, in California, found that those that made breakfast their largest meal of the day had lower body mass index (BMI) levels. Lunch as the largest daily meal showed the next best results. The researchers concluded that timing and frequency of meals play a role in predicting weight loss or gain. The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks were counted as extra meals) and making dinner the day’s largest meal.

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects. The purpose of the study was to address whether exercise protects against new-onset depression and anxiety and if so, the intensity and amount of exercise required. They concluded that regular leisure-time exercise of any intensity provides protection against future depression, but not anxiety. Thus, increasing the population of people exercising may provide public mental health benefits and prevent a substantial number of new cases of depression. 10

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Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days. She says, “Fruits and vegetables exert their protective effects through plant polyphenols found in cocoa, olive oil and apples. We found that eating small, daily portions of dark chocolate with added natural polyphenols from extra-virgin olive oil was associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile. Our study suggests that extra virgin olive oil might be a good food additive to help preserve our ‘repairing cells’.”

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Research from the University of Texas at Arlington reported in The FASEB Journal, published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has found that zinc supplements can inhibit or slow the growth of esophageal cancer cells. The research also found that zinc deficiency is common among throat cancer patients. Zinc-rich foods include spinach, flax seeds, beef, pumpkin seeds and seafood such as shrimp and oysters.

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THIRD-PERSON SELF-TALK AIDS IN EMOTIONAL CONTROL As reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the third person using statements like, “Why is John upset?” instead of, “Why am I upset?” can help improve our ability to control our emotions. Everyone occasionally engages in internal monologue, an inner voice that guides our moment-to-moment reflections. Now, scientists believe that the language used in the process influences actions differently. The premise is that third-person self-talk leads us to think about ourselves similarly to how we think about others, which provides the psychological distance needed to facilitate self-control.

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Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance

Last May, Germany’s renewable energy mix of solar, wind, hydropower and biomass generated so much power for a few hours that customers actually got paid for using electricity. The country’s renewable power sources generate 88 percent of total electricity demand, and growing wind power assets alone are expected to make the phenomenon a regular occurrence. When this happens, commercial producers either close power stations to reduce the electricity supply or pay consumers to take it off the grid.

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As we went to press, the fate of 90,000 wild horses and burros depended on Congressional action, as the U.S. Senate and House were hammering out differences in the delayed 2018 spending bill. The Senate version vowed to fund “humane and viable options” to the animal euthanasia allowed in the House bill. Last October, the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) achieve its on-range population goal of 26,715 wild horses and burros while also phasing out the use of long-term holding facilities within three years. Killing tens of thousands of healthy animals would “be a betrayal of millions of taxpayers that want wild horses protected as intended in the 1971 Wild FreeRoaming Horses and Burros Act,” says Neda DeMayo, president of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservation. BLM has been tasked by Congress with the responsibility of protecting wild horses and other wildlife. The agency has balked at using affordable fertility control, despite ample evidence that it’s a more than 90 percent safe and effective means of population control, critics charge. Instead, it spends 65 percent of its annual budget in capturing, removing and warehousing animals.

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eff Primack has brought qigong from the esoteric realm to the accessible world. Primack is founder of the Supreme Science Qigong Center and creator of and instructor at Qi Revolution, a conference he hosts all over the U.S. teaching his system of qigong, breathing exercises and food science. He’s brought Qi Revolution annually to cities across America since 2005, and will be at the Somerset Cultural Center, April 7 to 9. “Philadelphia has been a responsive area for us, but we’ve never been to New Jersey before. Between 300 and 400 people will be doing qigong under one roof, moving and breathing and practicing together, and that’s a powerful thing,” Primack said in a phone interview from Hawaii. “I think a lot of people, they show up because they know the energy’s going to be there.” 16

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Primack explained that qigong is controlled breathing along with slow, repetitive tai chi-like movements that help people unlock and build qi, or life force, within themselves, to promote health and energy. He said that by the end of the conference, attendees will have some knowledge to create and maintain good health. “We start out with a presentation about what qiqong is, most people don’t know what it is,” says Primack. “Then we’re doing qigong, standing style, Empty Force. It’s one of the most powerful kinds of qigong that I’ve ever learned. There’s this energy field— it’s a magnetic energy field, and you feel it. Many come in pain and before lunch they don’t have as much pain, and some people, they have no pain.” James Quail, an independent massage therapist and energy worker, went

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to see Primack’s Qi Revolution in Atlanta knowing nothing about it. “It was the most eye-opening experience. It was real,” Quail said. “I really respect Jeff. Nobody would have known this much about qigong unless they did historical research, but a whole bunch of people go “Oh well, three days of training for 149 bucks…” U.S. military veterans can attend for free. A week after Quail attended the Qi Revolution, he attended a Supreme Science Qigong Center certification program, and over the next several months earned level 2 and level 3 certifications. He began presenting with Primack and Qi Revolution. “That has probably been one of the most stabilizing things I’ve gotten into or been involved with, and it’s really been nice to pass it off and hand it to other people,” Quail said of practicing qigong and Qi Revolution. “The whole room seems to move at the same motion. There’ll be this power in the room; everyone just locks into their space. It’s even peaceful to talk about, and once experienced it can be brought back at any time.” Tina Rubke, a Brookhaven licensed massage therapist, said she went to her first Qi Revolution seminar several years ago, because it offered lower-than-averagecost continuing education credits for her profession. She went back a second time because there was more to the accessibility than price. “It’s also an amazing class, and that was what got me to go back the second time. It’s really fun,” Rubke said. “One of the things Jeff does that I think is really good, he helps those less fit people to feel comfortable to be there and still do it. There’s people in the back row in chairs. It’s an all-abilities class. He’ll show alternatives to moves.” Qi Revolution also includes Primack’s research into food-healing, which he conducts in consultation with Claudia Gabrielle, M.D. Much of that research has been published in Primack’s book, Conquering Any Disease. The book focuses on foods that are specific to healing, such as kiwi for aiding asthma and okra for helping with heart disease. Primack has created a recipe for sweet red pepper paste that is a concentrated form of phytochemicals, and he has started giving out samples to Qi Revolution


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ore Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life.

Universal Appeal “Meditation is for people of all spiritual backgrounds. As a tool to develop awareness, it can enhance what you already believe and practice,” assures Diana Lang, the Los Angeles author of Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach and a spiritual counselor who has taught meditation for 37 years. For Jackie Trottmann, a Christian author from St. Louis, Missouri, there is no contradiction between a meditation practice and her faith; rather, they complement one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.”

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mer Buddhist monk. “The key is to take baby steps, like going to the gym for the first time. Start by practicing a few minutes a day; just pay attention to something such as the sensations of breathing, without judgment.” “Having taught meditation to tens of thousands of people, I would say the most common issue is that beginning meditators don’t think they’re doing it right. It’s important not to judge yourself or have loaded expectations about the experience,” notes Lang. She suggests starting wherever we are right now, adding, “Whatever book, class or teacher you first stumble upon is a clue.” But that doesn’t call for rigidly adhering to a particular type of meditation forever.

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Mindfulness practices go by many names, from vipassana to MBSR, and can be done sitting or walking, but all are focused on cultivating moment-to-moment awareness. “Mindfulness is about being aware: deliberately paying attention to body sensations, thoughts and emotions. Focused attention is on the body, heart and mind,” explains Scheinman. Guided visualization differs from most forms of meditation in that the meditator is intentionally creating a mental image, typically one of a peaceful, beautiful place. Typically, the goal of a guided visualization is deep relaxation and stress reduction. Mantra meditations involve continuous repetition of a word, phrase or sound, drawing spiritual power from the sound’s vibration, as well as its meaning. Many mantras are uttered in a tradition’s native language, such as shanti, meaning peace in Sanskrit. Teachers like Lang prefer to use mantras in English that meditators can more easily grasp, such as, “Love is the way.” Breathing meditation. Meditation experts say our everpresent breath is a sound foundation for a meditation practice, as well as an easy place to start. “Tapping into the power of our breath is vital; it cleanses our system,” says Trottmann. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Meditation Techniques you might like to try: n Conscious connection: A long, slow, deep breath, taken with the thought of connecting to Spirit, and a long slow exhale taken with gratitude is a meditation. Can be done anywhere even when you are stopped at a red light. n Counting: Get comfortable; take a couple of deep breaths, consciously relaxing your body. Then count to four as you inhale; hold for two; exhale for six; repeat. Do for one minute. Increase time. n Mantra: Get comfortable, take a couple of deep breaths, consciously relaxing your body, repeat a word, like “love,” over and over on the exhale. Peace, joy, kindness, harmony… use any word that symbolizes what you want in your life, or… n Phrase mantra: On the inhale, think the words, “I am;” on the exhale, think the words, “at peace.” Keep repeating: “I am” on the inhale; “at peace” on the exhale. If your mind wanders, bring it back to your breath and the words. Continue. Use any phrase that resonates with you at the time. n Guided Meditation: There are many CD guided meditations on the market.

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he Collective Connection Meditation was given to Kiel Gerhard, Reiki Master and creator of Back To Nature Oils, while he was in deep meditation himself. Spirit guided him through specific visualizations, and from that, the Collective Connection Meditation was born. “I recognized the generation of light, and how to facilitate that,” he shares. “This meditation is designed specifically for each person’s divine healing. It varies slightly every time, as it is intuitively tailored to the group or the individual I am guiding, but it always keeps its focus on breath, the movement through the

different energy centers, and connecting into the line of light from which all creation stems. And it is this light that then generates around everyone, as we collectively connect.” He attests that, when practiced regularly, Collective Connection Meditation increases your contact to the internal knowing of your true self. Through practice, there’s an opportunity to discover who and what you are by unravelling old habitual thought processes and releasing stagnant energies that aren’t serving one’s Highest Self. “There is an innate wisdom that comes from feeling and experiencing the Spirit move through you,” he says. “It cannot be put into words. But Truth reveals itself in time.” This form of meditation is for everyone, Gerhard states, “for life, as we know it.” And he invites everyone to connect into this frequency, to come experience it, and to learn from it. “I have noticed that people often walk away with a sense of complete relaxation, a feeling of bliss, and an opening of the mind and the heart, which allows for great growth and new experiences, as well as an enhanced sense of self. Some people have even walked away with a sense of awe, or an out-of-body experience. In any case, it has a particular way of awakening each individual’s consciousness, as they surrender into the experience.” The Collective Connection Meditation varies in duration between 20 to 45 minutes, and for some, it may even last for more than an hour, depending on the person’s meditation stamina. “It’ll be exactly that which is required from whoever is there.” To experience and for information on availability and costs of the Collective Connection Meditation in a private group or one-on-one setting, email Contact@KielsHealing.com or visit KielsHealing.com. To experience the meditation at a yoga studio, sign up for one of his meditation sessions each first Friday evening of the month at Lavender Koi Yoga from 7:30-8:30pm. 220 S. White Horse Pk., Ste. C., Berlin. Visit LavenderKoiYoga.com. See ad on page 33.

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without arbitration or hesitation. Focusing primarily on the breath allows the mind to wander and acknowledge that it has done so before gently bringing one’s focus back to breathing. Should judgements arise, simply take note of them and bring focus back. The practice is returning again and again to the present moment. Many say that while mindfulness is very simple, it is not necessarily easy. Success is in consistency and in incorporating it into everyday life. So, instead of rushing to answer the phone the next time it rings pause, take a deep breath and concentrate on where you are before saying hello. It’s moments like these that expand your mindfulness and perfect your practice.


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resolve. This Sankalpa is set at the beginning of a class; the practice of Yoga Nidra allows the Sankalpa to go very deep in one’s psyche, thus making it a call to awakening. It makes one able to direct consciousness through the chakras. Yoga Nidra fosters feelings of peace, calmness and clarity. The practice alleviates stress, decreases anxiety and eases insomnia. It reduces the effects of PTSD and chemical dependency, heightens awareness and focus, transforms negative habits, behaviors and ways of thinking, all while easing chronic pain. It is said by many that an hour of Yoga Nidra equates to four hours of sleep. Yoga Nidra is a relaxing yet extremely powerful practice. Yoga Nidra is offered locally at The Sanctuary for Yoga, in Medford. For more information, call 609-953-7800, email tbheiser1@verizon.net or visit TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. See ad on page 20.

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irtan Kriya is one of the most important meditations in Kundalini Yoga. It is often referred to as the “Sa Ta Na Ma” meditation. Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D., Master of Kundalini Yoga, says that if all other meditation technologies were lost, this one would be enough to clear our psyche and balance our body, mind and soul. What is meditation? When you empty yourself and let the universe come into you. ~ Yogi Bhajan In Kundalini Yoga, a kriya is a series of postures, breath and sound that works toward a specific outcome. Kirtan is a Sanskrit word that means “devotional song” or “praise.” The sounds “Sa Ta Na Ma” come from one of the oldest mantras Sat Nam which means “my true essence” and are designed to be uplifting. According to Psychology Today, the reason that this meditation is so powerful is that it stimulates many parts of our brain at one time, thereby creating a whole brain healing effect. The use of the tongue stimulates the 84 acupuncture meridian points on the roof of the mouth, sending a signal to different areas of the brain. Using the fingertips to accompany the sounds creates a balance in the electromagnetic projection of the aura. There are several studies that have been conducted over the years to prove the 24

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efficacy of this ancient yoga practice. Research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California included measuring cerebral blood flow in the brain to determine which areas are more active and which are less active during the practice. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., the president and medical director of The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, in Tucson, Arizona, has been studying the effects yoga and meditation have on the brain, and discovered that the Kirtan Kriya has immediate, long-term positive benefits. Khalsa and his colleagues have conducted a series of scientific studies revealing that practicing Kirtan Kriya for only 12 minutes can bring about many benefits. His work has specifically focused on reducing risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and total brain fitness, but it also shows how Kundalini Yoga and meditation benefits brain health which in turn benefits mind, body and spirit. The benefits shown include reduced stress, depression and inflammation. There is even a lengthening of telomeres, the end of chromosomes that control aging and reversed memory loss from improved blood flow. Sleep, mood and energy are increased as well. Spiritual, mental and emotional well-being are improved. Benefits show a clarity of purpose and an effectiveness in releasing emotional pain stored in our aura, the place where we hold love relation-

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Kirtan Kriya Instructions Posture: Sit in easy pose Focus: The eyelids are closed, gaze midpoint between the brows Breath: Your breath will come automatically as you chant… Mantra: Sa Ta Na Ma (Cycle of Creation) Sa = Infinity, Cosmos, Beginning Ta = Life, Existence Na = Death Ma = Rebirth Mudra: Elbows are straight and each finger touches, in turn, the tip of the thumb while chanting. On “Sa,” press index finger pad to thumb; on “Ta,” press your middle finger to the thumb; on “Na,” press the ring finger to the thumb; on “Ma,” press pinky to thumb. Continue moving your fingers through this meditation. Time: 12 minutes total. Chant in a normal voice for two minutes; chant in a whisper for two minutes; chant in your head for four minutes. Come back to a whisper for two minutes, then your normal voice for two minutes. End: Inhale and suspend breath briefly, and then completely exhale. Rest for one minute. Inhale, stretch the arms up as far as possible, spread the hands wide and exhale bringing arms down by sides. Take two more deep inhales and exhales. Relax.

ship wounds. The meditation also has been shown to balance a woman’s menstrual cycle, boost the immune system and have an anti-aging effect on the brain. Teja Shanti Kaur, Registered Nurse, is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master from Woodstown, NJ, and enjoys teaching Kundalini Yoga and meditation. For more information on classes and workshops, email TejaShantiK@gmail.com.


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en is the spiritual practice of nonattainment. The Buddha taught that, “There is nothing to attain, there is nothing ever lost.” That each of us without exception possesses “basic goodness”, and that never changes; it is never lost. Our basic human nature is “enlightenment, goodness, compassion, connection and love”. Practice is the realization of what is so and not so much about what we think is not so. We cannot see our basic goodness because it is covered over by years of conditioning which has convinced us that we

are lacking something that if only we could find it, then we will be happy. What follows is the belief that somehow the spiritual practices will improve us, by helping us find what is lacking. Zen Meditation, what the Japanese call “Shikantaza” (Just Sitting), is about creating a space within our awareness to allow for life to show up in any way it does, in order to see what we keep missing. When we meditate, we are not attempting to attain some “transcendental consciousness”, or perhaps more happiness, better peaceful-

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ness, or become someone different. We are not pursuing any idea of “more, better or different”. When we meditate, we “just sit” with ourselves just the way we are, with our lives just the way it is, and with the world just the way it is and the way it isn’t. Our awareness is focused inward, developing our inherent ability to “pay attention”, like a surgeon’s knife, cutting through our conditioning and preventing us from seeing the whole picture; cutting through our habitual unwholesome responses to our conditioning. Eventually, like “waking up”, we see something we have missed for most of our lifetime. Once discovered, we continue to “just sit” with it, until we become intimately familiar with it once again. At this point what we imagined to be an “object” a “destination”, transforms right before us until, we realize that what we are observing is “us”. What follows is what Christian mystics called, “Communion”. Meditation is the means by which we learn to let go of our chasing after external things as the solution to our discontentment, and return to presence. Meditation is a “way-of-being” in the world, on and off the cushion. Devoted meditation develops a means toward meeting daily challenges by returning to the depths of our original nature; finding refuge in our “true-self,” rather than some person, or some experience, or some-thing. When we mediate we step into the immenseness of life, detaching from limited and restricting points-ofviews and desires. Zen meditation is the practice of wholeheartedly embodying our lives, realizing our infinite and unlimited ability to meet any challenge no matter the circumstance or situation; an actively engaged responsive presence to our life before, it is “gone, gone, forever gone”. I love you. Seijaku Roshi is the founder of The Center for Spirituality and Contemplation, and spiritual director of the Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd., Shamong, NJ. He is a Zen-Buddhist Monk, parent, author, Life Coach and Abbot. Learn more at PineWind.org. See ad on this page.


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ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.

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t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring

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12 childhood surgeries, losing her mother at age 11 and four years ago, her husband. “All of the struggles and losses brought me here, now,” says Eckhoff. “Nobody ever said life was easy. We have greater appreciation for the things that we had to struggle to achieve.” Choosing self-directedness instead of self-pity in the face of challenges differentiates those that thrive from those that merely survive, observes Catherine Morisset, a life coach from Ottawa, Canada, who specializes in resilience. “It’s taking responsibility for life and managing the way you want to live it. We all have choices, even in the face of difficulty,” she says.

Mastering an Optimal Outlook

“Challenges don’t define you. How you respond does,” remarks Doug Hensch, an executive coach and author of Positively Resilient: 5½ Secrets to Beat Stress, Overcome Obstacles,


and Defeat Anxiety. He attests that having Forces instructors and civilians. They found a growth mindset is vital, focusing on people that rebounded strongly often shared strengths without disregarding areas needcommon attributes, including embracing a ing improvement. spiritual outlook and social network. Maintaining a balanced outlook that’s In 2013, Damon Redd, of Boulder, realistic, yet positive, enables individuals to Colorado, awoke to a severe flooding move on from trauma. For supersurvivors, event, with his home and business burbeing pragmatic serves them far better ied under five feet of mud and water that than a false sense of optimism about bad nearly wiped out his clothing business, situations, Feldman found, Kind Design, overnight. Parents do a saying, “They grieved loss“It was the hardest thing es, but thought realistically disservice to their I’ve ever gone through, about what to do next.” to lose everything I had kids when they “Optimism in the built. It also gave me a try to remove best sense is focusing on new perspective on what’s adversity from their important. It made me the positive without denying the negative, while aware that you can replace lives. When little focusing on what’s in your physical things, but you things go wrong, control,” notes Hensch. rather than rush to can’t replace memories. Martin Seligman, My mind was blown away fix it, let the kids known as the “father of by the support I received.” figure out a solution. positive psychology”, Redd ended up paying found that when people They’ll realize it’s not forward the kindness. “We take setbacks personthe end of the world. cleaned and repaired 1,500 ally, viewing them as pairs of gloves in our in~Doug Hensch permanent, pervasive and ventory that were damaged personal, they develop a that day, and are donating sense of learned helplessness that inhibits them to search-and-rescue teams and ski growth and happiness. “It’s important not patrols. The more good you do, the more to ‘catastrophize’ or generalize a failure and good other people will do,” Redd professes. extend it to other areas of life,” says Dr. Ste Altruism and owning a moral code is ven M. Southwick, a professor of psychiatry another common characteristic of resilient at Yale University School of Medicine who individuals, according to Southwick. Having focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder a purpose is a huge indicator of whether a and resilience. person will rise to the occasion. “You can endure almost anything if you have a mission, or believe what you are doing has meaning. Make Caring Connections It gives you great strength,” he says. Social networks are critical in the face of challenges, resilience experts agree. “When In 2016, Bobbi Huffman lost her high we are wronged or feel unsafe, it’s natural to school sweetheart and husband to suicide withdraw when we should do the opposite,” a few days before Valentine’s Day. As she says Feldman. “It’s also not the number of began to process the tragedy, she saw two friends you have, or even how much time choices ahead: “Drop into a deep depresyou spend with them, that matters. All you sion and give up or focus on our deep love need is at least one person you can count on.” for one another, get into therapy, and make “We are built to be connected with oth- a difference by inspiring, encouraging and ers. It has a significant impact in regulating helping others,” says Huffman. She chose the latter, asking for professtress,” says Southwick, a co-author of Resilsional help and signing up for the 16-mile ience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, from West Haven, Connecticut. Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention, Over the past two decades, Southwick and in New York City. “Getting into the best his colleagues have studied three groups shape of my life at age 50 became my that have come through harrowing events: passion. As I walked through the night, I being Vietnam War prisoners, Special reflected on our beautiful memories as a

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OptionB.org provides a supportive space online for survivors of trauma and adversity to share stories, connect with others and get help from experts. LearningConnection.Stanford.edu/ Resilience-Project normalizes setbacks and failures as part and parcel of professional and personal growth, and provides Stanford University students and faculty a platform to swap stories and coping strategies. Resilience.Education.UTexas.edu conveys an interactive e-learning platform developed by the University of Texas at Austin to foster a better understanding of resilience and develop related skills.

Films and Books

Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story documents the journey of chef and outdoorsman Eduardo Garcia, whose life changed irrevocably when he was jolted with 2,400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his hand, ribs and muscle mass, but survived the injury with the help of his former partner, and became an athlete and speaker for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Unbroken depicts the life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days on a raft after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, herself the survivor of a disabling chronic illness. The 33 tells the true tale of 33 miners trapped inside a mine in San Jose, Chile, for more than two months, the longest such entrapment in history. All were rescued alive. Wild is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her solo hike of 1,000-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail without any training, following the loss of her mother and marriage. February 2018

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couple. It was an amazing, healing experience,” reflects Huffman. Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.”

Strengthening Our Resilience Muscle Experts point out that there isn’t any one perfect formula or single must-have trait for building resilience, and none we can’t develop. Learning a skill like mindfulness is an easy place to start. “Resilient people don’t try to avoid stress, but learn how to manage and master it,” says Southwick. “Mindfulness meditation requires practice, but through it, you can learn to regulate emotions and relax the nervous system.”

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Eckhoff practices mindfulness several times a day with a one-minute gratitude meditation. “I have five things I am most grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to

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be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just staying afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


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any young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight. University of Minnesota research following adolescents for 10 years showed that about half of the female participants had dieted in the previous year, twice the number of males. Tracy Anderson, a mother of two and fitness expert, has spent the last 18 years working with women seeking balance in their bodies. In her recent book, Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World, she observes, “Teens are depleted from comparing themselves to the shapes of others and from scolding themselves: ‘I should be thinner, I should be able to fit in those pants, I should be in better shape.’ But looking good on the outside must start with feeling good on the inside.”

Monitor Thoughts

Anderson believes we feel most happy and fulfilled and accomplish the most when our minds are calm, clear and alert. “If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops 32

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up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

Eat Well

“Most teens can eat junk food all day long and still wake up the next morning ready to take on the world,” Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson.

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Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

Move More

For some teens, exercise movements don’t feel comfortable or natural, which hinders them from doing healthful exercise. “I’ve found that if a young woman practices exercises for a while privately, she’ll become more comfortable and confident over time,” says Anderson. “It’s like learning a foreign language, musical instrument or any skill. You master the basics first and build on them. With practice, you start feeling more at ease.” In her book, Anderson offers many step-by-step, illustrated workout moves designed to daily tone arms, legs and abs, and increase strength and flexibility. Many incorporate fun dance components that work well with music. “Regular exercise releases endorphins—the hormones that make us feel happier and better about ourselves,” she

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ow do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning. Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health: Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.

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Cocoa powder. Cacao’s flavanols lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of stroke and act as antioxidants to prevent inflammation. Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, a physician, doctor of public health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, confirms, “Between 400 and 900 milligrams (mg) a day of cocoa flavanols may favorably affect several mechanisms and pathways related to cardiovascular disease prevention.” Not all chocolate is created equal. Manson recommends chocolate with cocoa or cacao as the first ingredient, not sugar. She 34

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Raspberries.

Just one-half cup of berries a day can provide plenty of phytonutrients and antioxidants for decreasing inflammation and preventing heart disease, says Wendy Bazilian, a doctor of public health and registered dietitian in San Diego, and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients. “Whirl them into a breakfast smoothie, add them to a green salad or combine them with dark chocolate for a tasty, heart-healthy dessert,” she advises.

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Salmon.

Full of omega-3 fatty acids, wild-caught salmon (about two six-ounce weekly servings) helps reduce systemic inflammation and risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and stroke, according to Dr. Josh Axe, of Nashville, Tennessee. Beyond prevention, omega-3s in oily fish are also

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Pumpkin seeds. High in mag-

nesium—about 764 mg per cup— roasted pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, top the list of heart-healthy nuts and seeds. Magnesium is an important electrolyte that helps the heart fire on all cylinders and not skip a beat. Improvements in lipid profiles can occur with a daily intake of 365 mg, or about a half-cup, of pepitas. Enjoy roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or scatter them in a salad, bowl of chili or soup for a delicious crunch.

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Avocados. Fresh avocados supply

magnesium, plus they’re a good source of potassium, another electrolyte the heart needs for optimum functioning. “You probably know bananas and citrus fruits are top sources of potassium, but I like avocados because they also supply healthy fats,” says Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, a board-certified cardiologist with the HeartMD Institute, in Manchester, Connecticut.

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Almonds. Sinatra recommends a handful of almonds a day to raise HDL, a form of “good” cholesterol he likens to a “lipid garbage truck” that picks up oxidized “bad” LDL in the bloodstream and carries it to the liver for processing.

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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil.

Cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil with a high phenol content can help lower blood pressure (via about two tablespoons daily), make more efficient and protective HDL cholesterol, and protect the inner lining of arteries.


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Beet Juice.

A 2015 study in the journal Hypertension found that two daily eight-ounce glasses of beet juice can help reduce high blood pressure. Beets contain a natural dietary nitrate found in previous studies to lower high blood pressure. Enjoy beet juice in smoothies, as a tart drink known as a “shrub” (beet juice with raspberry vinegar) or in soups like borscht.

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Garlic. Allicin, the sulfur com-

pound that gives garlic its distinctive aroma, helps keep blood thin and flowing optimally, says Sinatra. The freshest chopped garlic offers the best benefits, according to a study from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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one cup of pomegranate juice a day for three months can improve blood flow to the heart, reports a study in the American Journal of Cardiology.

The ultimate reason of all to keep our hearts in good working order was voiced by Helen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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What are the greatest misconceptions women have about men? Both genders face significant, yet different, challenges, and so believe the other gender has it easier. Men want to feel cared for and heard. Many are terrified to approach a woman; they fear rejection or not being a good enough provider. Often, when a woman perceives that a man needs space, it’s his fears and insecurities that are keeping him from deeper intimacy.

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to slow down and date multiple men to counter that tendency. It’s also good to “widen the funnel” and date different types of men, especially if you seem to attract the so-called “wrong” type. Keep deep emotions and commitments out of the courtship phase, while you discover who someone is and if they are right for you.

Why do both genders need to nurture their feminine energy? As a man, I can spend too much time on my masculine energy and be too logical and focused on end results. I can lose a sense of self, presence and connection with the present moment. Meditation is one entry point; I find practicing a martial art is grounding, as is spending quality time with a woman. If an individual spends too much time in either energy, imbalance occurs; everyone has to find their own equilibrium.

What are good ways to practice self-care while seeking and sustaining a relationship? Find activities in your day that make you feel nurtured, happy and good about your-


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Which signs indicate that a dating prospect wants to pursue a genuine relationship? Emotional momentum, combined with consistency, is an important sign. Anyone can put in effort for a little while; but do they periodically disappear? No one wants someone they feel a connection with to physically or emotionally wander away, or risk the object of their affection thinking they aren’t interested. Make sure they are reciprocating the effort you put in. Prioritizing is another sign; a person will find a way to see someone they care about. A key third sign is integration. They will want to respectfully integrate you into their world more and more, introducing you to friends, family and work colleagues. Look for this overall pattern to continue over time. It’s vital to let people prove themselves with their actions.

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The Rules “Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. “If the dog disrupts business, the person can be asked to remove the animal and then return. Emotional-support dogs are not provided for by the disabilities act, because the dog does not perform a specific task. “We get calls from people concerned about fake service dogs when owners try to bring them into places where pets generally aren’t allowed. Usually, they’re the ones that behave badly,” Sims says. Service animals are not required to wear a special vest or have documentation. 38

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Educating the Public A motorcycle accident left Matthew Smith dependent on using a wheelchair or crutches. An administrator at Comcast Cable, in Baltimore, Maryland, Smith relies on his pit bull, Jericho, to fetch dropped items, open doors and help him maintain balance. “Gravity is my specialty,” he jokes. “If I fall, he braces me so I can get up. Moving about stresses my shoulders, so Jericho pulls the wheelchair on days when I’m in pain.” Although working service dogs should not be petted or approached, Smith tells Jericho, “Go say ‘Hi,’” if someone asks to approach him. “Pit bulls have an undeserved bad reputation, so I’ll take a minute to let people meet him to change that perception. When Jericho is the subject of conversation, it also takes the spotlight off of me,” he says. Jericho was trained by Apryl Lea, a certified assistance dog trainer for the Animal Farm Foundation’s Assistance Dog Program, in Kingston, New York. She explains, “The pit bulls I train are from shelters, and must be good with people and other animals and be comfortable in social

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“When a counter is too high, a service dog can pass money to the cashier. Dogs will pull a rope to open a heavy door. In the event of seizures or fainting, our dogs react based on location; at home, they find another family member, but in public, will stay with their person,” Lea says. The muscles of a patient with Parkinson’s disease may freeze while walking. Dogs brace against a resulting fall or touch the person to help unfreeze the muscles. Tethered to an autistic child, the dog provides distraction from repetitive behaviors like flapping hands or crying, while

Service Dog Resources TO CONTACT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT CENTERS: Ten centers serve the U.S. and calls are directed to the one closest to the caller. Call 800-949-4232 or visit adata.org. TO SUPPORT THE TAILS OF HOPE FOUNDATION: This nonprofit provides critical and lifesaving help to veterans, first responders and search-and-rescue teams. Operating on donations, it covers the cost of purchasing a trained dog, as well as lifetime veterinary care when necessary. TailsOfHope.org LEARN ABOUT DOGS TRAINED FOR SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Parkinson’s disease – Davis Phinney Foundation at Tinyurl.com/HelpingPaw ForParkinsons Disabled children – 4PawsForAbility.org Alzheimer’s disease/dementia – Rover. com/canine-caregivers-dementia-alzheimers Sight-impaired – GuideDogs.org SAMPLE SERVICE-DOG VIDEOS: A pit bull-lab mix that saves a veteran having a seizure: Tinyurl.com/Dog SavesVeteran A pug that helps a veteran with post-traumatic stress: Tinyurl.com/DogCalmsPTSD


When someone brings a dog into a place of business, we can legally ask only two short questions: “Is this animal needed for a disability?” and “What tasks has the animal been trained to do in relation to the disability?” keeping the child in a safe area. Some dogs are trained to track the child, as well, in case of escape. Likewise, dogs can give Alzheimer’s disease patients a bit of freedom without getting lost.

Sounding Alerts Hearing dogs alert their hearing-impaired person to the sound of a doorbell or ringing phone. In the car, they’ll nudge the driver with a paw if they hear a siren. Riley the Chihuahua’s job is caring for Jennifer Wise, an aromatherapist and owner of Enchanted Essence, in Toledo, Ohio. Wise has a neurological disease that affects her legs and makes her prone to falls. “Riley’s trained to bark for help if I am unable to get up,” she explains. “If barking fails, he’ll grab someone’s pant leg or shoelaces and pull in my direction. He’s small, but determined.” Michelle Renard, a stay-at-home mom in Woodstock, Georgia, relies on Mossy, a goldendoodle trained by Canine Assistants, in nearby Alpharetta, to detect high- and low-blood sugar levels. “She’s never wrong,” says Renard.

Comfort and Joy Linda Blick, president and co-founder of Tails of Hope Foundation, in Orange County, New York, observes, “A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder may not show outward symptoms, but have anxiety. Dogs are trained to turn on the lights, lick their person’s face or apply reassuring pressure by lying across their person’s chest to bring them out of night tremors. “One of our veterans was so uncomfortable in public, it was difficult for him to even speak to the veterinarian about his dog’s torn knee ligament,” Blick explains. “For the sake of the dog, he managed to discuss care, a big step for him.” As Sims states, “True service dogs literally give people with disabilities their lives back.”

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omesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading, in Oakland, California, a decade ago (iuhOakland.com). She’s also co-author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. Blume was recently engaged to invite speakers and coordinate presentation content for the three-day online Gardening and Homesteading Skills Summit hosted by The Shift Network. Last October, 20 leading farmers, master gardeners, homesteaders and other experts shared innovative, environmentally friendly advice for providing food and adopting eco-friendly practices. Blume, who grows fruit and vegetables and raises chickens, sheep and bees on 22 acres, plans to launch her Fantastic Farm Store this month, and will offer spring classes at her institute, as well as at 40

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the Rogue River Community Center, in southern Oregon. “Everyone should grow their favorite vegetable from seed; think about the animal if eating meat; and take a nature field study class. These all connect us to nature and our world,” advises Blume.

Food as Medicine David Crow, teacher, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures (Floracopeia.com), is a leader in research and development of growing herbs for medicine, working from Grass Valley, California. He extols the importance of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eye-opener for youngsters, and they take pride in ownership.” People without a garden plot can place a pot inside or on a balcony or find a community garden. “Medicinal plants don’t have to be a luxury of the wealthy. You can spend a fraction of the $30 for a drug prescription

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in growing most of them, and then trade for others with neighbors,” says Crow. He particularly values oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender and basil. To increase yields, home gardeners may consider daily drip irrigation—a system of tubes positioned just above the soil, with tiny holes spaced at regular intervals. It can conveniently work on a timer with an automatic shutoff during rain. Other benefits include water conservation and better soil structure by avoiding puddles from manual watering. “Drip irrigation can be especially helpful during dry spells, which can run two to four weeks in many climates,” says Robert Kourik (RobertKourik.com), landscape consultant, horticultural researcher and author of Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and Climate, and last year’s Understanding Roots. “It can be effective for virtually any fruit or vegetable, except water crops like rice and cranberries.”

Green Living Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, (ComeHome ToNature.com) has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.” It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy,


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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Clinic: Winter Outdoor Survival Skills – 7-8pm. Our experts will teach you the basics of wilderness fire building, identifying or creating shelter, signaling for help and other techniques to help you survive the night. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Angelic Sound Journey – 7-8pm. Join Jody and Melissa as they combine mantra, angelic toning and instruments to bring you to a deep state of relaxation and light body activation. Remove disharmony and tension, raise your energetic vibration as you embrace a sense of inner peace. $30. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Let Your Yoga Dance: Healing Through Joy – 1-3pm. With Suzie Graefen. Join us in this funky, sacred, inspirational dance of yoga that is for every body. Enjoy a mix of yoga, dance, meditation, breath work, and evocative world music. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Back to the Mat with Big Beginnings – Sundays, Feb 4-25. 9-10:15am. It is never too late to start or come back to yoga. Registered Yoga Teacher Melody will help you to gently and safely move through asanas (yoga poses). $50/series, $15/dropin. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Usui Reiki Levels 1 & 2 Certification Class – 11am-6pm. Both levels in a 1-day class. Become attuned to both levels, learn history and principles of reiki, chakra and aura scanning, self- healing and healing others, distant healing, and give first reiki session. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: GenesisSpiritualHealing.com. Cut Ties to the Past & Write a New Story for 2018 – Sundays, Feb 4-Mar 11. 12-2pm. Ronna Stedman guides this 6-wk empowerment group. Use Emotional Freedom Technique to sever limiting beliefs and create a new experience. This is a closed group with limited seating. $175. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Reservation required by Feb 3: Info@JustBreatheCenter.org or JustBreatheCenter.org/reservations. Tuning Fork Presentation, Chakra & Sound Meditation, Sample Tuning Fork Treatment – 1-3pm. With Healing Artisan’s Eileen Toth. $20. Holistic Passages, 304 Parkville Station, Ste 258, Mantua. Reserve seat in advance: 856-384-9256.

Interpretive Trail Hike – 1:30-2:30pm. Join an RNC naturalist for an interpretive hike through our varied habitats. Pace is easy and suitable for adults and teenagers. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Preregister: 609-261-2495. RancocasNatureCenter.org. Candlelight Restorative Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Linda Sheehan. Using blankets, bolsters, pillows, blocks, straps and other props to support the body, restorative yoga works to bring profound shifts to the central nervous system, promoting deep restfulness, physical healing and greater well-being. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Improve Your Balance Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Improving your balance isn’t difficult and it can be fun too. Join Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman and experience it for yourself. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 How to Combat the Winter Blues – 7pm. Join us as Susan Drommond, LMT, Reiki Master, shares simple yet powerful energy healing techniques. Hosted by Women’s Wellness Connection of SJ. Sponsored by DeCotiis Chiropractic Wellness. LourdesCare, 1 Brace Rd, Cherry Hill. RSVP, Judy: 609-221-2285 or Tammy@Wellness4Living.com. A Course in Spirituality: The Path of the Spiritual Warrior – 7-9pm. An overview of Zen and what it means to live a Zen-inspired life by cultivating awareness in daily living through meditation, mindfulness, wisdom and living ethically. $15/ individuals; $25/spouses, partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Sledding and the History of the Flexible Flyer – 6:30-8pm. With local sled collector and Flexible Flyer Museum Curator Phil Snow. Learn about best local sledding spots and how to dress comfortably. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html. Psychic/Spiritual Protection Class – 6:309:30pm. Learn methods of protection against negative energy using spiritual methods, oils, sprays, crystals and more. All people are prone to picking up negative energy, but can be even more overwhelming to those who are considered empaths or sensitives. $65. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: GenesisSpiritualHealing.com.

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Call Ahead Crystal Bracelet Workshop – 7-9pm. Create a crystal bracelet and a Mala necklace. Choose the perfect crystals for your unique needs. Learn how to activate your jewelry and how to keep the energy of your crystals clean, ready for wear. $45 Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Registration required: Info@JustBreatheCenter.org or JustBreatheCenter.org/reservations.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 True Love is You Love – 7pm. Learn authentic self-love processes which can fill you to the brim and overflow to others, the Earth and the Divine in and as all things. Thus creating a perpetual cycle of loving and being loved in the day to day. $25/ advance, $35/at door. Cherry Hill. For details & to register: 856-904-5566.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 The Zen of Relationships: Creating Sustainable and Fulfilling Relationships – 9am-4pm. Led by Seijaku Roshi, this day-long exploration on creating and sustaining meaningful, loving relationships promises to be a game-changer. $125/spouses, partners; $75/individuals; includes lunch. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. Registration required: 609-268-9151. PineWind.org. Cleanup and Invasive Plant Removal at Hidden Lake – 10am-12pm. With South Jersey Land and Water Trust. Clean up and eliminate invasive plants along the roadside and in the woods, then take a walk in the woods to see the Hidden Lake and native plant life. Meet on Little Mill Rd, Gloucester Township. RSVP: MHogan@SJLandWater.org.

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Past Life Regression Workshop – 1-4pm. Bring past life memories and traumas to the surface to experience profound healing, transformation, and confirmation of life after death. Regression will be done in a group setting with time for sharing and community. Limited space. $65. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: GenesisSpiritualHealing.com. Valentine Spirit Paint, Mediumship and Dinner – 6-9pm. Internationally known Psychic Medium Kimara will bring personal messages to as many audience members as possible during a delicious “family-style” dinner. After dinner, paint with local artist Tracey Joy from Spotted Frog Art Studio LLC. $75/person (includes dinner/dessert, group reading and paint session). The Red Lion Inn, 101 Red Lion Rd, Southampton. Register and more info: TheBlessedSelf.com/events.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Sunday Morning Circle – Feb 11 & 18. 9-10:30am. Includes seated and walking meditation followed by the chanting of sutras and other prayers. Tea and Q&A. Persons of all faiths and no faith affiliation are welcome. Registration not required. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org. Yin/Vin: The Kidney and Bladder Meridian – 9am-1pm. Brings awareness to and target the health of the kidneys and bladder. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or liws.org. Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am-12pm. Service includes a reading, singing HU, followed by a discussion on this month’s topic: Are You Looking for Inner Peace? Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139 or Spirituality@Eckankar-NJ.org. Women’s Fitness Walk at Rancocas Nature Center – 12-2pm. Join our women’s group as we support and encourage each other to stay healthy on these beautiful trails. Activity level: easy. Meet at Rancocas Nature Center, Main Parking Lot, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westhampton. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton. Make & Take Herbal Salve – 1-3pm. Using organic oils and organically grown calendula blossoms learn how to make the herbal infused oil needed to make this soothing salve. $5 materials fee payable when register. Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. 856-4252221. gmofreenj.com/events. Registration required: Calendula2018.brownpapertickets.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Functional Fitness Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Test and improve your functional fitness with gentle, effective stretches and exercises. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net. Milkweed for Monarchs and Other Plants for Pollinators – 7:15pm. Presented by Presented by the Horticultural Society of SJ. Speakers: Keara R. Giannotti, environmental educator and Executive Director of Project HEAL and Keith Monahan, an avid gardener. Free. Carmen Tilelli Hall, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill. 856-287-5959. HSSJ.org.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Zazen (Meditation) and Dharma Teaching – 7-9pm. Includes quiet contemplation and reflection, both sitting and walking meditation followed by a teaching. Registration not required. $15/individuals; $25/spouses, partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Awakening with the Angels – 7-9pm. Each month explore with the Angels as Rita takes you through meditations, invocations and attunements with various beings of a high vibration. Wisdom downloads, and interactive messages activate the class to receive blessings and healing. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. RSVP: Info@JustBreathe Center.org or JustBreatheCenter.org/reservations.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Spiritual Wisdom Discussion Class – 11am-12pm. Learn techniques to open your awareness of your spiritual life beyond the physical. Join us in this month’s topic: The Spiritual Law of Grace. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Rm 4, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139 or Spirituality@Eckankar-NJ.org. The Thru-Hiker’s Secret – 6:30-8:30pm. Explore the physical, psychological and logistical secrets that can help you earn the coveted moniker of ThruHiker. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI.com/stores/marlton.html. Relaxing Yoga with Crystal Bowls – 7pm. Anna Castro leads this special yoga class where, with the help of bolsters and the healing sounds of the singing crystal bowls, be guided into supported and relaxing yoga poses that will assist you to unwind, de-stress, cleanse and refresh body, mind and spirit. $20. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Register: AnnaSCastro@yahoo.com. JustBreatheCenter.org.

markyourcalendar Open House at Just Breathe Spiritual Community Center Saturday, February 17 10am-4:30pm Come experience the energy at Just Breathe with a full day of activities: 10am, Meditation; 11:15am, Yoga; 12:45pm, Energy Clearing Workshop; 2:30pm Vision Board Workshop and Crystal Bowls. All activities free, but registration required. Please BYO poster board and a craft supply to share for Vision Board Workshop; we’ll have all other supplies.

2800 Rte 130, Ste 100 Cinnaminson. JustBreatheCenter.org/reservations. Naturalist-Led Saturday Walk – 10:30-11:30am. Join an RNC naturalist for a themed hike around the preserve. Suitable for adults and interested teenagers. Free, but donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Preregister: 609-261-2495. RancocasNatureCenter.org. Meditative Hike at Smithville – 12-2pm. Experience the outdoors by stopping at a few scenic locations to take in the scenery, sounds and scents around you. Activity level: easy. Meet at Smithville Park, 803 Smithville Rd, Eastampton. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton. Twist & Release: Yoga for your Back – 1-3pm. With Janet Watkins. Twisting poses restore the spine’s natural range of motion, easing tension in the back. Play and twist and release while in sitting, standing, lying down and upside down poses to detoxify and energize. All levels. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

Mantra & Chanting for Beginners & Beyond – 7-9pm. With Julie Fischer. Experience the energies of mantra and explore your true nature through some simple yet powerful chanting practices. No experience or musical ability necessary. Donation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

Spirit Guide Workshop – 1-4pm. Attendees will meet and learn to develop a relationship with their Spirit Guides through instruction, guided meditations & writing exercises. Spirit Guides assist us with daily decision making, life purpose, spiritual development and more. $65. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: GenesisSpiritualHealing.com.

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An Evening with Seijaku Roshi – 7-9pm. Thoughtprovoking, heart-opening and life-changing discussion. Registration not required. Pay at door: $15/individuals, $25/spouses, partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

Psychic & Healing Fair – 10am-2pm. Looking for New Year guidance; new to alternative healing? Fair offers different healing modalities and free talks. Try one or more. Intuitive/psychic readings, energy healing sessions, reiki, numerology: $30/20-min; BioMat-$10/20-min. Appointments booked on hr and half hr. Walk-ins welcome. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Sunday Morning Circle – 9-10:30am. See Feb 11 listing. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

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Connect with Nature: Maple Sugaring – 1:303pm. Learn about the sugar maple tree and the history of maple sugaring, observe a tapping demonstration, and enjoy a maple syrup tasting. RNC members: $7/person, $15/family (limit 5); nonmembers: $9/person, $21/family (limit 5). Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Preregister: 609-261-2495. RancocasNatureCenter.org. Piney Tales about the Pine Barrens – 2pm. Carl Ford is a legitimate “Piney” as his paternal grandfather’s family has lived in the Pine Barrens since before 1700. He has a wealth of information from his own experiences, along with tales from his father and grandfather as well as other relatives and friends. Free. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To register: 856-217-9138. OldPineFarm.org. Let it Go: Kids’ Yoga Frozen Themed Mini-Retreat – 2-5pm. With Cindy Irvin. Children will enjoy a 1-hr restorative yoga session followed by a hand and foot massage using homemade butters and balms. $30/1st child, $15/additional sibling. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Valentine Spirit Night Group Reading – 7-10pm. Join Psychic Medium Kimara for a special evening and receive personal, specific messages and evidence from your loved ones in Spirit. Everyone gets a reading. 12 seats only. Online sales only: $55. Church St Art & Craft, 2 Church St, Mt. Holly. TheBlessedSelf.com/events.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Neck Pain and Stiffness Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Experience how working with your lower body brings relief to neck pain and stiffness. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Map & Compass Navigation Basics Class – 6:308:30pm. Learn basic navigation skills using map and compass to find your way. In this in-store class earn the parts of a compass, how to read a topographic map and how to use them in tandem. $30/member, $50/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. rei.com/stores/marlton.html. Bear Aware and Shark Smart: Enjoying the Outdoors Safely Amongst Predators – 7-8pm. Learn about wildlife biology from our guest speaker Cindy Slawski. Through this presentation of facts, experiences and videos, you’ll come to feel more prepared to share the outdoors with these creatures. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton Soshin: Beginner’s Mind Meditation – 7-9pm. Includes instruction on Zen meditation, mindfulness practices and Zendo etiquette. Designed for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. $15/ individuals, $25/spouses, partners Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Beginner Yoga – 10-11am. Start with the basics: alignment, pose names, breathing and meditation techniques. No experience required. 4 Saturdays. $50/4 classes. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. RSVP: Info@JustBreatheCenter.org or JustBreatheCenter.org/reservations. Matt’s Landing Walk on Delaware Bay – 10am1pm. With South Jersey Land and Water Trust. Take a 2-hr guided hike through the Heislerville Wildlife Management Area to see bald eagles and other bayshore birds. Bring camera and binoculars. Free/SJLWT members $3/nonmember. RSVP: HoganPhoto@verizon.net. Reiki 1 & 2 Certification Class – 12-2pm, Reiki 1; 3-5pm, Reiki 2. Attune to both levels in 1 day. Join Lisa for reiki certificate classes. $75/Reiki 1; $175/Reiki 2; $222/Reiki 1 & 2. Majaka Yoga, 377 S Main St, Williamstown. Must register by Feb 10: 609-231-6706 or MajakaYoga.com.

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Yoga for Stronger Bones – 2-6pm. Focuses on postures which support bone health and increase their density. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or LIWS.org.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 The Lymph System: Our Guardian Angel – 9am-1pm. Focuses on moving lymph and creating rest to facilitate immune system response. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or liws.org. Usui Reiki Level 3 Master/Teacher Certification Class – 11am-6pm. Pre-requisite: Reiki Level 2. Be attuned to the Master symbol, learn to attune others to reiki, how to incorporate crystals with reiki, advanced reiki techniques, and give first session and attunement as a Reiki Master Teacher. $425. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: GenesisSpiritualHealing.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Is Your Pelvis Functional? Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Loss of pelvic function leads to musculoskeletal compensations that result in pain, injury and physical limitations. Experience gentle stretches and exercises that can restore lost pelvic function. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net. Clinic: Introduction to Tenkara Fishing – 7-8pm. Tenkara is a rapidly growing style of fly fishing that originated in the mountains of Japan. This simple but highly effective method uses only a rod, line and fly. It’s an intuitive and fun new way to fly fish. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton.

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Free Veggie Fermentation Workshop – 1-2pm. Learn about the process of fermenting your veggies. We’ll discuss various techniques and recipes. No reservations required. Fermented, 900 Rte 54, Ste A-4, Hammonton. 609-666-5274.

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Chair Yoga Teacher Training – 12-6pm. With Shiva Das. A 1-day intensive focused on training teachers to deliver a chair based hatha yoga class. It is a wonderful way to make the healing practice of hatha yoga accessible to those with limited strength, flexibility and mental health issues. $130; 6 Yoga Alliance CEUs. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 10 29th Annual Pinelands Short Course – 9am5pm. Featuring 41 presentations, including 29 new programs that will explore the unique history, ecology, culture and music of the Pinelands. $50, $45/seniors (65+) & students. Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Dr, Galloway. More info & registration: 609-894-7300 x 125 or Stockton.edu/ continuing-studies/conferences.html.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Candlelight Restorative Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Linda Sheehan. Using blankets, bolsters, pillows, blocks, straps and other props to support the body, restorative yoga works to bring profound shifts to the central nervous system, promoting deep restfulness, physical healing and greater well-being. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 For the Love of Chocolate: A Chocolate and Yoga Experience for Kids – 2-5pm. With Cindy Irvin. Children will sample some of the best chocolates our area has to offer, some local and some imported. Includes a 1-hr yoga session, the chocolate workshop, a take-home lip balm and chocolate samples. $35/1st child, $15/additional sibling. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

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Rizzieri School of Massage 8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees. RSVP: 856-552-1445 or Admissions@Rizzieri.com.

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markyourcalendar Made & Found Market at Rancocas Woods

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A monthly outdoor market featuring an eclectic mix of local handmade, vintage, and antique goods, food trucks, live music and more.

118 Creek Rd, Mt. Laurel. For vending opportunities, Michael: MadeAndFoundMkt@gmail.com. More info: Facebook.com/madeandfoundmkt.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25 Psychic & Healing Expo – 10am-6pm. 50 diverse exhibitors representing mind, body and spirit. $5/ adult, free/kids under 12. Holiday Inn, 2175 Marlton Pike Rd W, Cherry Hill. PsychicExpo.org.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 A Weekend of Bhakti & Bliss – Apr 20-22. 6-10pm, Fri; 9:30am-10pm, Sat; 10am-4pm, Sun. With Yvette Om. Immerse in a retreat-style weekend of Bhakti, and its devotional practices of mantra, kirtan and vibration. Discussion, meditation, contemplation, nature walks, movement in music, yoga, delicious vegetarian meals and making lots and lots of music. Newtown Square, PA. More info: 856-546-1006 or LiveInJoyYoga.com.

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tai chi Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) for Beginners – Ongoing classes. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Bruni Square, 1351 Rte 38, Hainesport. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStepStrategiesLLC.com.

daily Early Morning Meditation and Morning Prayers – 5:30-6:30am. Weekday meditation. A wonderful way to start your day. Join us in the beauty of our Pineland home and experience the serenity found within our traditional Zen meditation hall. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. For days & dates: PineWind.org.

sunday Meditation – 10am. Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center, 215 Highlands Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township. 856-780-5826. Wild Soul Movement with Christine – Feb 4-25. 10-11:30am. 4-wk series. A women’s self-love movement class that incorporates yoga poses, meditation, mantras, discussion, oracle cards, crystals and kinship designed to allow release of negative or low vibrating energy while imprinting high, positive energy. $80/series, $25/drop-in. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com.

monday Beginners & Beyond – Mon, Tues Fri, 9:3010:45am. Also Tues, 6-7:15pm. For the beginner as well as those wanting to deepen into the fundamentals of ayurvedic yoga. Explore fundamental yoga postures and philosophies. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Living in Oneness – 6:30-7:30pm. 4th Mon. Discussion around the new energy concepts for the conscious shift into oneness. Learn how to make practical application of the concepts to your everyday life. Based on the book, The Oneness of It All by Maryann Pino Miller. Free. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com.

Working Session Meeting: Sustainable Haddon Heights – 7pm. 1st Mon. Meetings are open to all interested volunteers. Haddon Heights Public Library, lower level, 608 Station Ave. SustainableHaddonHeights.org. Wild Soul Movement – 7-9pm.Unique movement class incorporating mantra, meditation, stretching and yoga to promote self-love and healing. With Christine Juckett of Lady of Sanctuary. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. JustBreatheCenter.org. Yoga Flow – 7:15-8:15pm. With Katie. An all-levels yoga practice that links breath and movement as you flow from pose to pose. Awaken your strength, energy and flexibility in a relaxed atmosphere. $10. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. SolYogaNJ.com.

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Begins February 6, 9:30am For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Space limited.

Country Lakes Clubhouse 69 Tensaw Dr, Browns Mills. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStepStrategiesLLC.com. Kids’ Yoga – 4-5pm. 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. Non-competitive. Ages 4-11. First class free. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Tranquil Tuesdays – 6-7pm. Take a break from the stress of the week and join us for a tranquil hour of meditation and mindfulness practices with nurturing aromas of pure essential oils. Free. Infuse, 107 S Rte 73, Marlton. 856-452-5511. InfusedHere.com.

Monthly Meditation/Mini-Workshop – 6:308:30pm. 1st Mon. Explore meditation, energy education/topics and reiki. Please arrive on time so the meditation is not disturbed, and refrain from alcohol the day of the workshop. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com.

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Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Also 11am-12:30pm, 1st Thurs. Proven, simple, self-massage technique teaches you how to eliminate knee pain immediately. Massage applied to your thigh (quadriceps) muscle, while in a seated position. Wear comfortable clothes with easy access to your thigh. No jeans please or bring shorts. Easy to learn, immediate benefits. $15/drop-in. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Dr.DottyAtkins@gmail.com. Down to Earth Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. A practical and realistic practice, using straightforward poses and clear alignment cues to developmental and physical confidence and awareness. Class touches on the natural world and its seasonal changes. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. SolYogaNJ.com.

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HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com/ Moorestown. Weight-Loss Seminar – 7pm. With Dr Mike Lanzilotta. Lose weight, be healthy, feel good. Make the decision to improve your health and regain your energy. Our program gives you the tools for long-lasting results. Come to our seminar and learn about the entire process. Doctor supervised, oneon-one personal evaluations. No drugs, surgery or injections. No special shakes or prepackaged food. Lose up to 20-35 lbs in 6 wks. South Jersey Spine Center & Weight Loss Clinic, 133-B Jackson Rd, Medford. To reserve a spot: 609-654-1330. Serene Meditation and Evening Prayers – 7-8:30pm. Also Thurs. Includes meditation instruction with seated and walking meditation plus evening prayers. Check this month’s calendar to verify dates. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

wednesday Natural Health: Fresh Organic Produce Delivery – Wed & Fri. Delivery times vary. Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood-Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. For more info: 856-784-1021.  NaturalHealthNJ.com. Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. Also held Fri. Join us for a 10-min meditation. On Wed the focus is love; on Fri, peace. Each week we raise the love and peace vibration personally and globally. Treat yourself to a mid-week refresher. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.


Friday Nite Fitness Hike – 7pm. Brisk pace, 8-10 miles. Work up a sweat exploring the sand roads and trails of Brendan Byrne State Forest. Be prepared to walk at an average of 3.5 mph, with few breaks. Meet at the Campground, Glass House and Coopers Rd, Woodland Township. Leaders, Bob Hodges: RLHHLR@aol.com. ocsj.org.

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Begins February 7, 1pm For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Space limited.

$64/8-wk class; $12/drop-ins. Hainesport Twp Bldg, Hainesport. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStepStrategiesLLC.com. Kick your Asana Yoga: Beginners Class – 4:30pm. Gentle yoga classes focus on breath, alignment and building core strength in a small cozy setting. $15. Creek Mercantile, 118 Creek Rd, Mount Laurel. 856-235-1830. 609-444-9069. Yoga with Stacey – 6-7:15pm. All-levels yoga for flexibility, relaxation and well-being. $10. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. JustBreatheCenter.org. org

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Yoga Flow with Tricia – 7:30-8:45am. Be guided through a flow of yoga postures to warm the body, then move to the floor for deeper stretches. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 11am12:30pm. 1st Thurs. Also 6-7:30pm, 2nd & 4th Tues. See Tues listing. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Dr.DottyAtkins@gmail.com. Lunch Yoga – 1-2pm. With Katie. Relax the mind and body with a mid-day stretch and gentle Yoga practice. Leave the class feeling refreshed and recharged for the remainder of the day. $10. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. SolYogaNJ.com.

Gentle Vinyasa Flow Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Promotes balance and relaxation through slow mindful movement with an emphasis on body and breath awareness. Begins with centering and breath awareness, slowly moving into poses and sequences that match breath to movement creating a moving meditation that slows the mind and relaxes the body. Ends with deep relaxation and meditation. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. SolYogaNJ.com. Yoga Basics and Restore – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. With Nicole. A sweet and calming class designed to gently increase strength and flexibility. Combines basic postures with restoratives focused on breath and body awareness. Leave with a calm mind and lifted spirit. Suitable for all levels. $10/ drop-in. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. SolYogaNJ.com. Serene Meditation and Evening Prayers – 7-8:30pm. See Tues listing. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

Shaman-Based Cosmic Sounds Class – 7pm. For pranic power, well-being and family healing. Sei Jun Kan Korean Karate Studio, Cooper Corner Plaza, 201 Kresson Gibbsboro Rd, Voorhees. More info, Dana Reynolds: 856-993-1786 or  MtMeruHolistic.com. Essential Oils 101 – 7-8pm. Learn the basics of essential oils. Attendees receive 10% off all customized purchases. Excludes merchandise. Free. Infuse, 107 S Rte 73, Marlton. 856-452-5511. InfusedHere.com. Collective Connection Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. 1st Fri. With Kiel Gerhard. Come and experience a Reiki Master’s guided meditation, given to him while in deep meditation himself. Surrender to the experience, awaken your consciousness, and walk away with a deep sense of bliss, an opening of the mind and heart, and an enhanced sense of self. Ends with satsang (spiritual talk). Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pk, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304.  LavenderKoiYoga.com.

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Yoga with Props – 11am-12pm. A gentle form of yoga using a variety of props, including chairs, the wall, blocks, straps and bolsters. Props helps participants find more space, freedom and stability. $10/ class. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com.

Aikido Class: Ages 8-14 – 10am-12pm. Learn coordination and focus in this unique Japanese martial art of self-defense. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Haddon & Fern, Collingswood. Info: 856-435-2667 or AikidoAgatsuDojos.com.

Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Happy Hour Yoga with Dana – 6-7pm. Take time at the end of the week to relax your mind, reconnect with the breath and realign your energy. Unique theme each week. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com.

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BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE RESTORATION THERAPY

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ACCESS CONSCIOUSNESS RENEÉ ROBERTSON, LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST Restoration-You Inc. 720 E Main St, Ste 1-D Moorestown, NJ 856-437-0430 Restoration-You.com

What if there was a much easier way to deal with stress and anxiety? Have your Bars run, gentle touch on 32 points on the scalp that starts a flow of energy and erases years of fixed points of view, judgments, negative feelings and limiting beliefs that hold us back. Sessions include powerful tools to use in everyday situations. Energetic Massage and Bodywork for Women.

ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE MARK JAMES BARTISS, MD

Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900 ICAMBartissMD.com Dr. Bartiss is both conventionally and holistically trained giving patients the best of both worlds and the freedom to choose. ICAM’s HEART Program addresses the body’s basic needs in terms of hormone rejuvenation to include adrenal, thyroid, sex and growth hormones as well as the essential neurotransmitters. As an active and founding member of the American Association of Ozonotherapists, Dr. Bartiss is an expert in various forms of bio-oxidative therapies that include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, ultraviolet phototherapy and highdose vitamin C. These and other powerful therapies are offered by only a few hundred medical practitioners throughout the country. See ad on page 21.

ANCESTRAL HEALING DANA REYNOLDS, MA/M ED Mount Meru Holistic Earth South Jersey & Tri-State area 856-993-1786 MtMeruHolistic.com

Need generational healing? Inhome or in studio treatments available. Won Ki channeling sessions immediately begin to address disharmony, blockages, imbalance and lack in the mind-body continuum. Learn to release and heal your entire family of life’s stresses, conflict, chronic pain/illness, accident, addiction and negativity by tapping into nature’s vital Ki or Qi energy. Shaman sounds classes for ancestral elevation and healing held weekly at Sei Jun Kan Karate Studio in Voorhees. Call for info on Qi sessions or sound classes. Visit website for testimonies.

ANGELIC CONNECTIONS KRISTY MCADAMS

Angel Intuitive, Medium, Artist, Author, Reiki/IET The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford, NJ 08055 Ph/text: 856-220-2955 EnergyofAngels.com Facebook: Energy of Angels Got Angels? Yes, you do! Find out more by connecting with them via your own customized Angel Art, private Crystal Singing Bowls with the Angels session or Angel Crystal Grid Reading. Using art and sound, Kristy McAdams helps you deepen into your connection with the angels to enhance your life. See ad on page 9.

AYURVEDIC HEALING PRACTITIONER JANET WATKINS, RYT, CRM

Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner Registered Yoga Teacher Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St Audubon, NJ 08106 856-816-4158

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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. See ad on page 22.

DR. CAMILLE SEMPLE-DALY, DO Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330 Info@ReplenishHormones.com ReplenishHormones.com

Don’t wait any longer to restore your hormone balance. Symptoms due to menopause, andropause, PMS, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, etc., should not negatively impact your quality of life. Regain your vitality and zest naturally with individualized Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT). Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine for over a decade and has helped thousands of men and women restore balance with BHRT. See ad on page 25.

MARK JAMES BARTISS, MD

Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900 ICAMBartissMD.com Dr. Bartiss is among a small group of physicians that pioneered the early “integrated” health care system. As a conventionally and holistically trained physician, he offers the best of both schools of medicine. Dr. Bartiss’ “HEART” Program (Hormone, Endocrine, Adrenal Rejuvenation Therapy) addresses hormone imbalance and focuses on restoring his patients to optimal levels. The simple explanation of this program is that when the endocrine system is balanced, a person is less likely to become ill, over-weight and emotionally imbalanced. ICAM patients report an improved quality of life, both emotionally and physically. See ad on page 21.

CHIROPRACTOR DECOTIIS CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS 30 W Holly Ave, Pitman, NJ 08071 856-218-1330 Fddec@WellnessSpeakers.org

Dr. DeCotiis specializes in wellnessbased Chiropractic care: helping the body to function at its personal best while reducing internal and external stresses. We individualize care to optimize performance of body systems by reducing nerve damage, improving spinal alignment, posture, ergonomics, sleep habits, hormone balance and improving overall health through exercise, weight loss, detox and supplementation.


DR. SYLVIA BIDWELL BIDWELL CHIROPRACTIC

The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 DrSylviaBidwell@verizon.net Bidwell-Chiropractic.com 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 on page 23.

DOWSING ROBERT EGBY CH, DHP

13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Robert-Egby.com Feeling sick, uncomfortable at home and no one has answers? Could be Geopathic Stress Zones. We dowse and remotely transmute and convert to positive, uplifting energy, permanently! Privacy guaranteed. Details at Robert-Egby.com: “Geopathic Stress: Fast and Effective Clearance.”

ENERGYWORK DR. KEVIN GYURINA, DC, CCWP, RM The Healing Space Wellness Center 504 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08107 609-361-4401 • DrKevinG.com

As above so below. Whatever the challenge or problem may be, it is expressed throughout all the layers of your body, mind and spirit. Dr Kevin combines advanced chiropractic techniques with life coaching, quantum energy healing, reiki and advanced detox, vitamin, mineral and herbal protocols to address multiple areas related to the pain. Unique, exciting and impactful results provided in one place from one doctor.

LISA O’BRIEN, E-RYT, CRM

Experienced Energy Intuitive and Yoga Teacher 856-261-0554 BlissBodyNJ.com Lisa O’Brien is an experienced yoga teacher, Reiki Master and energy intuitive offering private and group sessions. She specializes in clearing blockages and negative programs out of the energy system for healing and advancement on one’s path.

MARILYN EPPOLITE

The Wisdom Within Moorestown office/Skype or phone sessions 856-236-5973 TheWisdomWithin.net Transform your Chaos to Calm! Calm your worried mind, manage your inner critic, and connect to your Wisdom Within, through drugfree energy techniques, mindfulness and spiritual counseling. Clarify and accomplish goals, guided by your deepest Wisdom. Schedule your complimentary 21-min Call to Transformation on website.

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FENG SHUI & ENERGY WORK KARIN HIRSCH

Lotus Living Space Feng Shui, Physical Radiesthesia, Energy Therapy, Shamanic Healing 201-993-6588 Info@LotusLivingSpace.com LotusLivingSpace.com A healthy body, mind and spirit need a balanced and positive environment. Karin is a certified Feng Shui Master and Professional Dowser for Geopathic Stress, Electromagnetic Frequencies, Energy Intrusions and Product Sensitivities. She also offers IET, Shamanic Healing and Psychopomp work to heal mind and spirit.

KIEL GERHARD

Kiel’s Healing & Back To Nature Oils 856-491-6422 Contact@KielsHealing.com KielsHealing.com Reiki & reiki certifications, molecular light therapy, hand-blended essential oils, elixir, wild-foraged medicinals, guided meditations, crystal singing bowls, Himalayan retreats. Come back to your true nature, accelerate your life path! Kiel Gerhard is a certified Reiki Master, plant medicine maker, and a service-driven spiritual practitioner, who has catapulted thousands of people onto a life-changing journey of spiritual awakening and growth. Contact Kiel to schedule an appointment to realign the self, connect to Source, and activate your Highest Service. See ad on page 41.

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GYROTONIC FITNESS & HEALING NAGARE

Lisa Roche, Owner/Certified GYROTONIC Trainer Haddonfield, NJ 609-929-4421 NagarePrivateStudio@gmail.com NagarePrivateStudio.com Learn how to work your body in a way you’ve never experienced. Gyrotonic works for any and every type of body. From high level athletes to those healing from injury, those looking to balance a current exercise regimen or for a complete work out; a Gyrotonic session can be customized to suit your specific needs. Gyrotonic offers movement and healing on every level—stimulating the nervous system, massaging the organs, increasing blood flow and stretching and strengthening every muscle. Lisa Roche is a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor and offers private sessions by appointment only. See ad on page 33.

HEALING MODALITIES SARAH OUTLAW, CBHC, MH, NRT Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey 1050 N Kings Hwy, Ste 200 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-667-6805 NHICSouthJersey.com

Safe, natural solutions for many health problems. Get to the root of your symptoms and heal your body with Nutrition Response Testing™. Sarah Outlaw is a Master Herbalist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner offering a non-invasive, advanced form of muscle testing for food sensitivities, chemical and metal toxicity, and immune system issues for all ages. Individualized, targeted nutrition programs designed for every client. See ad on page 19.

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HEALTH COUNSELING LIESHA GETSON, BCTT, HHC Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton 856-596-5834 HealthThroughAwareness.com

INTEGRATIVE/HOLISTIC MEDICINE DR. STEVEN HORVITZ

Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590 • DrHorvitz.com

Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified Thermographic Technician, 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 on page 25.

HEALTH FOOD STORE NATURAL HEALTH

Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood- Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. 856-784-1021 NaturalHealthNJ.com For a complete selection of vitamins, homeopathics, body care, bulk herbs, bulk grains, packaged foods, frozen foods, organic produce, snacks. Open 7 days. Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. See ad on page 27.

HYPNOTHERAPY DR. JAIME FELDMAN, DCH

Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 • DrJaimeF@aol.com PartsTherapy.com 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 on page 11.

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PHILIP GETSON, DO

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 boardcertified 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 infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad on page 25.

LAW OF ATTRACTION COACH DAVID BARTKY

Phone coaching at its best 973-444-7301 • Info@LifeCoachDavid.com I am an experienced and certified Law of Attraction life coach. I can coach you on how to attract what you want - both materialistically and emotionally, and how to feel happier and more excited about life!

ROBERT EGBY

Hypnosis Healing and Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Robert.Egby@hotmail.com Hypnoanalysis and Sound Healing can be of great help with stress and anxiety relief, memories, limitations, blocks, fears and obsessions. We rebuild positive values including self-confidence, self worth, living now and imaging goals. Help provided with mindfulness and selfhypnosis training, higher self and spirit communication. Appointments: days, evenings, weekends.

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MASSAGE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT DOROTHEA ATKINS, TH.D., RN, LMT Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-546-7500 Dr.DottyAtkins@gmail.com HolosTouchLLC.com

Experience and learn simple yet effective pain relief methods in individual or group sessions. Dr. Atkins’ advanced muscle release treatment and self-care education has proven published results for the past decade. Other services include certified manual lymph drainage, and relief for various chronic conditions. See ad on page 43.

MASSAGE THERAPY SERVICES RIZZIERI AVEDA ALUMNI SPA

8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-983-1680 Facebook: Rizzieri Alumni Spa Affordable relaxation offered at Rizzieri’s Alumni Spa. Staffed by recent Rizzieri graduates, the Alumni Spa is the perfect place to make an appointment with a Licensed Massage Therapist at an attractive price point. Spa experiences are offered in 50-min or 80-min sessions and are customized based on personal needs and preferences. Services include: Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone, maternity massage, deep tissue, and stress relief wraps. Open on Wed and Fri, 4:30-9pm; Sun, 9am-4pm with prices starting at $45. Call for an appt. See ad on page 13.

WE ARE HUMAN MASSAGE THERAPY & ENERGY WORK

Lori Dye, LMT, Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner Washington Professional Campus 860 NJ-168 Blackwood, NJ 08012 Located inside Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center 856-401-9550 WeAreHumanMasssage.com We are not machines, we are human! Even though we are certainly built like them. We need to treat ourselves with a little extra TLC from time to time. It is important to listen to our aches and pains & emotional stress. It is our body’s natural way of saying “I need attention!” Allow yourself to follow your intuition and set aside some time for healing and regeneration today. I look forward to meeting you and helping to guide you along in your journey healing mind, body and spirit.


MEDIUMSHIP EXTREME COMMUNICATION Lisa Miliaresis, Medium & Author 856-439-6475 Lisa@2Communicate.net 2Communicate.net

Lisa offers private channeling, group channeling and private counseling session for those looking for direction to develop their own personal practice.

NATURAL HEALTH STORE NUTRITION WORKS

Open Tues-Fri, 10am-7pm & Sat, 10am-3pm 703 Stokes Rd, Store #4, Medford, NJ 08055 609-714-8666 Facebook: Nutrition Works of Medford Natural health store supplying supplements, sports nutrition, pain management, gluten-free and vegan items, health/beauty, homeopathics and so much more. See ad on page 19.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR MENOPAUSAL AND SEXUAL HEALTH WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019 • w4wma.com

It is a known fact that millions of women after the menopausal transition, undergo changes in their vaginal health and suffer from vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The changes in vaginal health is due to declining estrogen levels. Current management of these symptoms include Estrogens and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Not all women can take estrogens for symptomatic relief. The MonaLisa Touch therapy is an effective in-office, non-hormornal therapy, with no downtime. Most women have called it life changing. It is similar to the annual pelvic exam. Many women have reported symptomatic relief after the first treatment. See ad on page 15.

MELISSA JOSSELSON, ND Naturopathic Doctor Marlton & Haddonfield, NJ 856-472-9495 MyNaturalDoctor.com

Holistic health care for all ages and a variety of health conditions. Find the cause of your health issues and heal using safe, natural and nontoxic therapies. See ad on page 49.

Intuitive Advisor, Medium & Soul Coach The Blessed Self 609-353-7210 Facebook: The Blessed Self Twitter: @Kimara_Medium TheBlessedSelf.com Internationally recognized Psychic Medium, Reiki Master and Soul Coach, Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition, and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over to experience joy, healing, closure and forgiveness. Phone, video, and in-person sessions, workshops, retreats, private and group readings are available.

HEALERS UNIVERSE

Andrea Regal Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566 Andrea@HealersUniverse.com HealersUniverse.com You are so much more than you know! Discover how your greatest challenges reveal your Soul purposes! Learn how to move past the defenses (no longer needed) in your mind, body and energy field to live from your authentic Self. Transmute the fears and pains opening the portals to you multidimensionality. For as you evolve, you evolve the planet! 30+ years’ experience counseling and teaching the energetics of mind, body and soul interconnection. See ad on page 45.

REIKI & INTEGRATED ENERGY THERAPY EILEEN TOTH

NUMEROLOGIST TRACI ROSENBERG, MA

Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 TraciRosenberg@gmail.com SoulTalkWithTraci.com 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.

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PREVENT OR ELIMINATE CHRONIC PAIN DEB FREEMAN, PAS

Marlton and Cherry Hill, NJ 856-495-6604 AlignedByDesignInc.com There’s hope and healing for chronic and recurrent pain. Stop treating your symptoms, get to the root cause of your pain, and get back to living a pain free lifestyle without drugs or surgery. Contact Deb Freeman, Postural Alignment Specialist certified by Egoscue University for information. Proven. Effective. Life changing. See ad on page 20.

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Usui Reiki Master & Tuning Fork Sound Professional 856-383-1004 HealingArtisan@comcast.net Healingartisan.com Eileen Toth, Usui Reiki Master & Tuning Fork Sound Professional. Integrated energy work at the Sewell, NJ Healing Studio. Includes treatment and intuitive after review. Contact her to schedule.

MICHELLE TROUPE

Earth Angel Healing, LLC 1500 Kings Hwy N, Ste C211, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-693-3411 EarthAngelHealingLLC.com Michelle is a certified Reiki Master/ Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET) Master/Teacher, Spiritual Mentor, Sound Healer, Crystal and Energy Intuitive Healer for all ages. Michelle assists her clients with discovering their own innate ability to heal their mind, body and spirit. She offers several classes, one-on-one sessions, group sessions, distance energy healing sessions and much more.

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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT DR. CAMILLE SEMPLE-DALY, DO Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330 Info@ReplenishHormones.com ReplenishHormones.com

End yo-yo dieting with our safe and effective Physician-Supervised Weight-Loss Program. Our program is designed to identify the root causes of your weight concerns, individualize a plan to reverse the imbalances identified, and help you to quickly and safely lose the excess weight. Finally, we will transition you to a healthier lifestyle to keep you at a healthier weight. Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/ GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative medicine for over a decade. See ad on page 25.

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THE CENTER…LIFE IN BALANCE 609-975-8379 TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com TheCenterLifeInBalance.com

Aw a r e n e s s Coaching, with Maryann Miller, and Intuitive Guidance, with Susan Drummond, are offered at The Center and 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 on page 9.

DOROTHY’S HEALING CENTER

1368 Rte 38 E, Hainesport, NJ 08036 609-261-1955  DorothysHealingCenter.com  A transformational holistic wellness center designed to assist you with symptoms from physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stressors in life. Dorothy, a holistic health facilitator, hosts educational lectures, seminars and meditation sessions to assist in your healing process. Symptoms we work with include: stress, depression, anxiety, migraines, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, ADD, ADHD, arthritis. A wellness massage therapist and yoga therapist are also available.

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WILD SOUL MOVEMENT CHRISTINE JUCKETT, LADY OF SANCTUARY

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Wild Soul Movement is a program that uses sensuality, movement, and mantras to cultivate body connection, trust, love and acceptance. Become the living, breathing embodiment of feminine truth and power. Group and private classes available. See website for class locations and

YOGA AND ENERGY HEALING TRICIA HEISER

The Sanctuary for Yoga 43 S Main St, Medford, NJ 609-953-7800 TheSanctuaryForYoga.com Tricia Heiser, founder of The Sanctuary for Yoga, is an experienced yoga teacher, reiki master, certified angel card reader and intuitive soul coach. She helps people who feel lost or out of sorts to regain balance in their lives so that they can live with clarity, wisdom and purpose. Group and private yoga classes/reiki sessions and reiki attunements available.

ZEN LIFE COACHING

Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019 w4wma.com

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Dr. Jewel Amui-Bellon is a well-respected board-certified OBGYN in Marlton, NJ. She provides excellent individualized gynecologic and preventative care for women. In addition, she is committed to providing a wholistic, gentle, and compassionate way to conception for women who have been told they cannot carry out successful pregnancy outcomes. The oldest women was 56 years old at conception and successfully delivered a bouncy baby boy. See ad on page 15.

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 and mindfulness in the workplace. See ad on page 26.

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