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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.
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spotlightartist Reconnecting with Mother Earth by Anni Betts Dynamic colors, fluid shapes and the occasional gentle dose of whimsy inform illustrator Anni Betts’ joy-filled images. Inspired by classic children’s books, vintage posters, 19th-century art and her travels, her imaginative works embrace myriad possibilities and invite us all to smile. Betts received a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1998, worked as a graphic designer for eight years, and then branched off to follow her passion to become a freelance illustrator. She has enjoyed drawing for a variety of media, including books, magazines, advertising, web sites and corporate communications. Working traditionally, with ink and colored pencil on paper, and also digitally, Betts employs the benefits of both techniques. “I draw my inspiration from many sources, such as Art Nouveau posters, the Arts and Crafts movement, Renaissance painting, technical drawing, theater costumes and sets and the cultures of other countries,” she says. “I strive to achieve fluidity, harmony and a joie de vivre personality in all of my pictures.” Anni Betts lives in Chicago, IL and is represented by Helen Ravenhill (www.ravenhill.net, 816-333-0744) View her portfolio at AnniBetts.com.
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have always been pro-active in terms of my health and inner well-being. My personal philosophy has always been to try to come up with as natural an approach as I can to treat any illnesses or dis-ease in the body. If it is alternative or holistic, I have probably done it! Different therapeutic modalities I have tried include, acupuncture, chiropractics, cranial sacral therapy, herbs, hypnosis, nutritional evaluations, dietary supplementation, chelation, massage, meditation, Reiki, etc. I enjoy opening my mind to new ideas and trusting my instincts on what is best for my health. I can say unequivocally that I can recommend any of the above therapies. Of course, different modalities are used for different reasons and for different courses of treatment, and each individual person is responsible for determining what is best for them at a given time. Women are known for their “intuitive” abilities, and I take pride in mine and follow where my instincts take me in what is best for my mind, body and spirit. Certainly our advertisers seem to feel the same way, and I assume so do the regular readers of this magazine. Each month, we try to bring you valuable information that you can use immediately in your life, to live a better and healthier life. We are blessed to live in an area that has so many great healthcare practitioners of all different kinds of modalities. Practitioners and therapists that live and work amongst us, and share their passions on healthy living each day. In honor of Women’s Health month, I salute each and every one of them. Each one of them who has chosen to help others live a better life, and in doing so, helps the world. Did you notice who was on the cover of our magazine this month? Because the Natural Awakenings family continues to grow, with a readership of 3 million nationwide in 78+ markets, we are able to get recognizable and noteworthy people who want to participate in our magazines and to have a medium that is specific to natural health and well-being. Dr. Christiane Northrup is one of those individuals. Her article on finding more pleasure in life, on page 16, is an exciting addition to our magazine, and I am thrilled to have her here. Each month, we also bring you local content. We have three local authors contributing this month. We have an article of page 6 explaining the basic components of Ayurveda by Leslie Hanks. On page 12 we have Dr. Darlene Treese assisting in ways to help us avoid giving in to the “frenzy” of our lives. Following on page 13, we have Alice McCall, who writes on how thoughts and emotions can impact our personal wellness. How does that sound my Tallahassee/southern Georgia friends? I think it sounds great and I hope after reading this month’s magazine, you will agree. Here is wishing you a safe, happy, abundant and healthy month!
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Women’s Mental Health Symposium Teaches Mental Health for all Ages
he Chi Theta Zeta Graduate Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has received a contract from the Region Four Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to host an event to bring awareness to women’s health issues during National Women’s Health Week, May 9-15, 2010. On Saturday, May 15, 2010, CTZ and its partners will host a Women’s Mental Health Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Florida A&M University (FAMU) New Pharmacy Building at 1415 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., in Tallahassee, Fla. CTZ is inviting females from ages 13 to senior women to come and be informed on mental health issues and how to seek help. The event will feature Dr. Yolanda Bogan, FAMU Counseling Services director; Dr. Cynthia Harris, FAMU Institute of Public Health director; Corine Mealing haron Liggett has been chosen as Sustainable Tallahassee’s Stancil, Florida Department of Health Women’s Health Coordinator; Christy new Executive Director by its Board of Directors. SustainCrump, Organizational Specialist of able Tallahassee is a non-profit community resource whose Administrative Professional Services mission is to transform the Tallahassee area into a capital and Solutions, LLC.; and others. for sustainability through best practices in business, technolFree health screenings and serogy and living. They are a catalyst for the partnership of job vices will be provided by the Leon creation and environmental responsibility, through education, County Health Department Mobile collaboration and innovation, and by identifying and celebrating sustainable efforts Health Unit, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, throughout the Tallahassee community. Sustainable Tallahassee’s goal is to help transform Tallahassee and the surround- Inc. (a professional nursing organization), and FAMU Counseling Services. ing area into a sustainable community with a vibrant green economy. They work to Other partners include the FAMU educate the public and change habits in many ways, but also to lay the groundwork College of Pharmacy and Pharmato create an organization with the ability to track multiple environmental issues and ceutical Services, FAMU Institute of communicate information to the public. Public Health, Florida Department of Sharon Liggett brings years of experience from local, regional, state and federal Health Women’s Health, and the Leon positions that will guide the future of this organization and this community forward County Health Department Office of in a sustainable manner. Liggett noted that “this position is a return to programs and Minority Health. issues where I began my career in then Gov. Bob Graham’s Energy Office and the This event is at no cost with a “Save It Florida” campaign. I am delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to completed registration form. The form a proactive sustainability agenda and work with creative catalysts who value the mis- can be found at www.doh.state.fl.us/ sion of this community organization.” womenshealth. Registration forms Jake Kiker, President of Sustainable Tallahassee expressed his confidence in Ms. are due by May 7, 2010. ExhibiLiggett’s selection saying “Sharon possesses the qualities that this organization needs tors and sponsors are also needed to move forward with our vision of being an organization that empowers all Tallahas- for this event. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Genae see citizens to participate in creating a world class sustainable community to meet Brown Crump at 850.251.2500 or the needs of present and future generations. I am very pleased to announce her email@example.com. pointment as Executive Director.”
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New Sweat Therapy Fitness Studio in Midtown Offers the Latest Evolution in Indoor Cycling
weat Therapy Fitness, Tallahassee’s newest boutique cycling studio, is challenging residents to take a new spin on traditional indoor cycling classes. The studio, which opened its doors on April 1, features RealRyder® indoor cycling bikes -- the innovative bikes that allow you to tilt, turn and lean as you ride. The result is a more comprehensive and functional cycling workout that improves strength, stability and coordination of the upper and lower body--with special emphasis on activating the core muscles. With 20 percent more calories burned per minute compared to conventional indoor bikes, members of Sweat Therapy Fitness say they are thrilled to have finally found a way to train that is both functional and fun. Kim Bibeau and April Hambrecht, owners of this new studio, have been teaching spinning classes in the Tallahassee area for many years. They agree that the RealRyder bikes take their class up another level. “As you turn and lean side-to-side, you’re forced to work your entire body as a unit—similar to how you move on an outdoor bike.” says Kim. “This workout is for every body - all ages and fitness levels,” adds April. Known for its unique articulating frame, which delivers a three-dimensional ride, the RealRyder® Indoor Cycle provides a low-impact workout that’s safe on the joints and effective for injury prevention. In addition to health clubs across the globe, RealRyder® bikes are being used in rehabilitative centers to help improve muscle and joint imbalances. Elderly clientele are also utilizing the bikes to improve balance, flexibility and coordination. With a full time bike mechanic on staff, and an online reservation system, the RealRyder Instructor team is proud to be the exclusive studio of the RealRyder bike in Tallahassee. The closest other RealRyder studio in the state of Florida is in Miami. Sweat Therapy Fitness is located at behind Kool Beanz Café, in Midtown. For more information, please visit: www.SweatTherapyFitness.com or call 222-1781. For more information on the RealRyder Indoor Cycling, please visit www.RealRyder.com 6
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by Leslie Hanks
yurveda is knowledge. It is the ancient yogic science of radiant good health and longevity. It is the oldest and original study of longevity. The word comes from the sanskrit, ayur meaning knowledge or science and veda meaning life. So Ayurveda means the study of life. It could be more exactly described as the study or knowledge of longevity, in a healthy, well-cared for body and one that is coordinated with the rhythms of nature. In this way we are most likely to enjoy good health throughout a lifetime and increased life span. Ayurveda begins with a description of the student’s body type. The information is always tailored to the unique needs of the individual. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are the three qualities that are used to identify each person’s tendencies and most useful health routines for physical and mental well-being. Vata “Air”: Slight build, small hands, wrists and feet. Very creative and imaginative. Tires easily Tends toward hyperactivity and fear or anxiety Pitta “Fire”: Moderate build. Overheats easily. Good appetite, does not like to miss a meal! Likes problem solving, doing things right. A strong sense of justice. May anger easily Kapha “Water”: Strong build, broad frame, well-muscled Great stamina Gains weight easily Kind and good natured Pleasant to be around As an example, the Vata body type should use only moderate to light exercise to have optimal good, health: walking, short hikes, light bicycling, yoga. The medium build
of the Pitta body type will have the greatest benefit from moderate exercise that is not too heating or competitive: brisk walking, hiking, swimming. Kaphas, because of a broader build, thicker muscles (an easy tendency to gain weight) and much greater stamina will benefit with more strenuous exercise: rowing, dance, running, aerobics. Of course, all of these activities can be modified, using these guidelines, to ideally suit your own body type. A Kapha could do more vigorous yoga and a Vata would want to do a gentle form of dance or aerobics. There are two more Ayurvedic terms to know for greater understanding. Prakruti is our ideal relationship with the Universe. This is when our body type is understood and well-managed. We appreciate our own uniqueness, finding the ideal foods and daily routines that bring joy and pleasure to life. Vikruti is imbalance. In Ayurveda, these tendencies can be understood, with attention to correcting any imbalance, using yoga postures, ideal food choices for our body type, and seasonal routines to be in harmony with nature. The gentle thoroughness of Ayurveda helps to stabilize systems in the body and the mind. In this way we correct any imbalances while they are only beginning, before they develop into disease or dysfunction. Ayurveda is gaining more acceptance in the West. The over reliance on pharmaceutical drugs and surgeries has caused many of us to be more interested in kinder, gentler systems of older cultures. Perhaps for the greatest level of health and well-being, we can appreciate full access to the modern advances of science AND the wisdom of our brilliant past. Leslie Hanks’ Yoga Unlimited is a yoga studio and nationally registered school RYS 200, offering Hatha yoga classes, Ayurveda and PanchaKarma classes, and “The Yoga Cooking Class.” Register with Leslie at 850385-6904 or www.leslieyoga.com.
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America Moves to Overturn Obesity Epidemic The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States during the past 20 years (cdc. gov/obesity/data/trends.html). In 2008, only one state (Colorado) had a prevalence of obesity less than 20 percent. Thirty-two states had a prevalence equal to or greater than 25 percent. Awareness of the vital need to counter this trend along with the wide range of associated health risks is on the rise thanks to educational efforts Jamie Oliver on many fronts. Here are some of the latest. This February, First Lady Michelle Obama launched her national “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign to end what she calls “the epidemic of childhood obesity” in a single generation. Her campaign is set to engage children, parents, governors, mayors, educators, school nutrition leaders and food manufacturers. In March and April, ABC-TV created a stir with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, a special series covering a case study bent on changing eating habits in the Huntington, West Virginia, metropolitan area. The tri-state region was labeled the unhealthiest place in the country in 2006, based on health habits and U.S. government statistics. Oliver has succeeded in transforming the school lunch system in Britain for the better; now he’s taking on America. “One thing I learned here in the States is that once you get in people’s homes, there’s a yearning for information and help,” says Oliver. “It’s as consistent as clockwork.” He says he’s never worked with a family of four that live on junk food that don’t end up spending less eating fresh. In his experience, “they save an average $100-$150 a week.” Now, Hunter Lussi, 15, the world’s youngest certified Olympic-distance triathlete, is challenging Americans to train this summer to establish a new record for the largest group ever to participate in a triathlon. He’s challenging Americans young and old to complete the equivalent of his first triathlon (at age 6) by attempting, as individuals or in a relay team, a 500-yard swim/paddle/float, 10-mile bike/spin/roll and 2.5-mile run/walk/roll this coming Labor Day and every Labor Day. “If I can go from being a chubby kid to where I am now, anyone can do this,” says Lussi. Sign up at AmericasTriForHealth.com.
Newborn Cries Don’t All Sound Alike From their very first days, the cries of newborns already bear the mark of the primary language their parents speak, according to research from the University of Würzburg, Germany, published in Current Biology. For example, French newborns tend to cry with rising melody patterns, slowly increasing in pitch, whereas German newborns seem to prefer falling melody patterns. The findings, which studied 60 newborns, are consistent with the differences between the two languages. natural awakenings
Christian Spirituality and Medicine A recent annual International Christian Medical Conference welcomed 400 doctors and other medical professionals from 30 countries who all believe in praying for their sick patients—with their permission, of course. They also believe that divine healing should be provable, which is why several presented their supporting medical data. “Despite the advancement of medicine, many people are still suffering from diseases… so many incurable and fatal diseases,” observes Rev. Dr. Vitality Fishbert, a physician from the Republic of Moldova, who now practices in New York City. “But there is one way where every kind of disease can be healed… that is when you meet the Almighty God. He can heal any kind of diseases that cannot be cured with science and medicines.” Source: ASSIST News Service
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Floridians can show support for Florida’s farm families and a healthy local food supply by becoming proponents of the Florida Food Freedom Act (S 1900). The bill was introduced in the current state legislative session, which ends April 30. The Florida Food Freedom Act of 2010 would help family farms remain profitable and viable by exempting them from many of the burdensome regulations and incumbent fees that are necessary for large agribusiness distribution chains. Instead, citizens would rely on their knowledge of how and where their food is locally raised, harvested and prepared to provide sufficient oversight and accountability. Current regulations make it tough for farm families to make a living, and as family farmers reach retirement age (the average age of today’s family farmer is 58) they are commonly opting to sell their land for development. Thousands of acres of farmland have been lost due to this trend. Get the facts at FarmToConsumer. org; click on “Legislation” in the left column, then “State Bills” for Florida. Identify and contact local legislators/representatives to voice support for S 1900 at http:// FlSenate.gov and http://MyFlorida House.gov.
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2010 Designated the Year of Florida State Parks Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, the Florida State Parks system has grown from eight to 160 parks that include 100 miles of beaches, eight National Historical Landmarks and 39 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as lakes, rivers and springs. Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service manages more than 700,000 acres of Florida’s natural environment. It stands as the National Recreation and Park Association’s first and only two-time Gold Medal winner for the nation’s best park service. “The 75th anniversary of the Florida State Parks system represents an important milestone in the state’s history, showing the foresight of Florida’s early leaders to preserve valuable pieces of the state’s landscape,” says Florida Park Service Director Mike Bullock. He speaks on behalf of the organization’s 1,000 staff, aided by 6,000 volunteers who last year contributed 1.2 million hours of service. They help maintain the system’s 3,400 campsites, 260 cabins and 14,000 park programs in the public lands enjoyed by 21.4 million park visitors last year. The annual economic impact is nearly $1 billion. Affordable, family-friendly activities encompass swimming, hiking, bicycling, paddling, diving, fishing, camping, birding, ranger-led tours and events. Everyone is invited to enjoy the 25 signature anniversary events scheduled throughout 2010. Find special events, contests and discounts at http://FloridaStateParks.org and http://Twitter.com/FLstateparks.
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USF Launches First School of Global Sustainability The University of South Florida (USF) has become the first of its kind to establish a School of Global Sustainability. Course concentrations are expected to address issues such as water, food security and health, climate change, wetlands, marine life, megacities and urban life, transportation, cultural diversity and history, environmental health, civic responsibility and global citizenry. The world’s first graduate degree in global sustainability is a master’s of arts program now accepting students for fall 2010. Courses will be delivered primarily online, with two residence periods, one at USF and the second at one of its global partner universities. The degree will prepare students to address complex regional, national and global challenges, with the ability to innovate in diverse cultural, geographic and demographic contexts. Integration of disciplines is key, ranging from basic, natural and social sciences, engineering and health to economics, governance policy and diversity The school, which will use existing classrooms on campus, targets working professionals in positions that already focus on sustainability. The intention is to “harness the intellectual powers of students and faculty and… create a new generation of green economy thinkers and doers,” says USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. Employment data projects ever-increasing job opportunities for those with advanced degrees in sustainability. “Most of the interesting work today is done at the interstices of disciplines,” remarks Robert Reich, a former U.S. labor secretary and a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Learn more at Grad.USF.edu/global.asp or call Malcolm Randolph at 813-974-7207.
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new study presented at this year’s Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting showed that acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment for depression during pregnancy. This is especially good news because expectant women are naturally reluctant to take medications and understand that the use of antidepressants during gestation poses risks for the developing fetus. About 10 percent of pregnant women meet criteria for major depression and almost 20 percent report increased symptoms of depression during pregnancy. The eight-week study involved 150 participants, in which half received depression-specific acupuncture treatments.
Cruciferous Veggies Help With Cystic Fibrosis
cientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Health System discovered that a dietary antioxidant found in vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower helps protect cells from damage caused by chemicals generated during the body’s inflammatory response to infection and injury. The finding has implications for inflammation-based disorders including cystic fibrosis, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegeneration.
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Yoga May Decrease Dowager’s Hump
ew research suggests that, for those prone to contracting it, dowager’s hump (hyperkyphosis) “is not a fait accompli,” advises Dr. Gail Greendale, a physician who specializes in women’s health with an interest in alternative and complementary therapies. Results of a pilot study she led at the University of California, Los Angeles, showed that elderly participants who practiced yoga for six months saw their upper spine curvature lowered by about 5 percent, compared to those who did not. Those with greater spinal flexibility at the start showed a 6 percent improvement. More than 100 otherwise healthy individuals with indicators of moderate hyperkyphosis participated. The study group was 81 percent female, with an average age of 75 years. During the six-month study period, the yoga group also showed significant relief from upper back pain, were less likely to report early wakening or insomnia and needed less time to stand up from a chair. Many members of the control group experienced increases in the curvature of their spines during the same period. Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Aromatherapy Spices Kitchen Duty
regano, allspice and garlic have multiple uses in any kitchen; now, research published in the Journal of Food Science reveals that when they are used as essential oils (commonly known as aromatherapy oils) they also serve as powerful natural barriers against harmful bacteria. Investigating the effectiveness of these oils by testing lab samples, the
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scientists discovered that oregano oil consistently inhibited the growth of E. coli, salmonella and listeria; garlic was most effective against listeria; and allspice displayed antimicrobial action against E. coli and salmonella. A separate study by the same researchers showed that cinnamon also offered protection against all three types of bacteria. Many essential oils are safe to use in the kitchen as flavoring agents, but because of their potency, they should be used with care. To learn more about the uses and safety of essential oils, consult with a qualified aromatherapist.
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Cautionary Note on Low-Carb Diets
ome people swear by a low-carbohydrate diet, but what about the long-term effects? A first-time study by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has now revealed that following a low-carb diet for three months or more may increase atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart attacks and stroke. Mice placed on a 12-week, low-carbohydrate/high-protein diet showed a significant increase (15.3 percent) in plaque in their hearts’ arteries and a decreased ability to form new blood vessels in tissue deprived of blood flow, as might occur during a heart attack. Interestingly, the study also found that standard markers of cardiovascular risk, such as cholesterol levels, were unchanged in the animals fed the low-carb diet. The researchers suggest that even if low-carb/high protein diets have proven successful in helping individuals rapidly lose weight, a more balanced approach to weight management, such as moderate, balanced food intake, coupled with exercise, is probably best for our heart and overall health.
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ontrary to more conservative customs, exercising up to the end of pregnancy has no harmful effect on the weight or size of the baby, suggests new research from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology. On the contrary, formerly sedentary women who began an exercise program that continued throughout their pregnancy gave birth to babies of a healthier birth weight, while maintaining a healthier weight themselves.
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Feeding Your Frenzy By Dr. Darlene Treese
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” -Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
hat frenzied times we are living! It seems as if we are constantly being told what to fear, what to believe and what to do – and to blindly trust information and direction that contradict everything that we had hoped to accomplish as individuals, as a community and as a nation. How then can we regain a sense of moral balance and peacefulness in times of chaos? Notice where you are “feeding your frenzy”: Seeking security. Robert Anthony has said “If you are looking for security, you were born on the wrong planet”.
Life by its very nature is unpredictable. It is wise to follow common sense and make good choices. It is insanity to live in a constant state of hypervigilance and mistrust of everything and everyone and listen to rumors and half-truths. The more you try to control every situation, experience and person who enters your environment, the more you will foster the sense of insecurity that drives you wild with suspicion and terror. Your common sense and intuition will not operate well in a paranoid mind. Learn to trust yourself again and avoid those who have ulterior motives to control you by keeping you in a state of fear. Do not react to events and people; thoughtfully respond to them. Seeking drama. Have you entered a contest to be the most dysfunctional martyr, victim or savior in your family or among your peers? It’s easy to become addicted to drama if you grew up in it or if you get a lot of attention for “your story”. Some people learn to become bored after just a few minutes of peacefulness. Challenging and upsetting events that create disappointment and distress will happen to everyone. Notice how often you tell the same story and how much mileage you get out of it. Turning a momentary upset into a life defeating trauma completely robs you of your personal power and ability
to survive and thrive anything. Every challenge you go through is designed to bring out a better part of you. Keep the lesson and let go of the experience. Seeking perfection. How would your life be different if you did not need to prove yourself to anyone? Some of the ideals that you have been told to attain are absolutely impossible. Celebrate your imperfections on the way to achievement. Let the process be the reward and don’t postpone your happiness until you have “arrived”. Demanding perfection in others is just as foolish. Trying to “fix” them assumes that you have the right and power to make them different. This is a losing battle and an outrageous ego trip on your part. The goal to make everyone a member of the same religion or have the same political viewpoint stems from immaturity and emotional insecurity. The more enlightened a person is, the more compassion, tolerance, love and appreciation they have for other people and other points of view. You are living a magnificent adventure. If you are true to your highest visions, dreams and values, your life will shine. Contribute to the stream of thought that carries humanity into an ocean of answers and possibilities rather than a deadly whirlpool of hate and fear. Every thought that you think leads to freedom or bondage. You may not have control over what happens in the world around you, but you always have total control of how you respond to it. Dr. Darlene Treese has been in private practice in hypnosis and counseling since 1983. She is a Diplomate in Counseling with the National Institute of Sports, and has served as President of the American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association and Vice President of the Rotary EClub of Southwest USA. Darlene has been internationally acknowledged for her positive action and solution-based therapies and work with corporations. “A person for the people”, Dr. Dar is always available to help with your questions and dilemmas through office visits, email or telephone consultations.
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Thoughts & Emotions Impact Wellness
By Alice McCall
ll living and non-living things consist of energy. Our thoughts, intentions, and beliefs are energy. This energy is a powerful source that can be used to manifest and live an abundant life. Yet over a lifetime we often develop blockages, which are stored within our body, keeping us from our potential.
When you hold on to a strong negative thought or emotion, it can be buried in your body. The memory of it is held in your cells as negative, dense energy. If this is not cleared or changed, over time, it can cause health problems. How does this happen? It happens because your thoughts and emotions are powerful. Have you ever woken up with the feeling that it is going to be a great day
– and it is! On the reverse, have you thought something similar to, “I ‘m concerned about getting everything done today, and I am starting to feel overwhelmed.” Is it surprising that your day ends up feeling like you are on a roller coaster with no end in sight? There is a reason for this; what you focus on is what you get. If you say I am overwhelmed, your experience will be overwhelming. Try switching your thoughts the next time worry sets in to “I am not overwhelmed. All happens easily today. I complete what I need to easily and on time.” Watch what happens, as all will start to flow easily for you. It is that simple and that powerful. You have so much control by just being conscious of your thoughts and emotions! Your thoughts and emotions do more than create your life experiences; they impact the health of your body. I have learned from working with my clients that when someone does not like a certain part of their body and obsesses with the dislike, it can actually make that part of their body sick or diseased, due to all of the negativity that has
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been aimed at it. Your body takes direction from your thoughts and emotions. Always love your body and tell it is healthy. Anytime you hold onto a negative thought or emotion, it is automatically buried in the cells of your body. It is held as dense dark energy, versus the light bright energy that you were born with. Your body was not designed to carry this density and it can lead to a malfunction or health issue in the part of your body where it is primarily stored. The location of the stored density is determined by the type of negativity you are experiencing. Sadness, for instance, automatically becomes buried in the heart, and a lack of emotional nourishment usually finds a home in the breast, potentially causing breast cancer. Intuitively you know that there is a connection between having an obsessive thought and feeling your heart racing or your stomach turning in knots. For women this concept is more easily embraced, as women tend to be more aware of their body and their emotions. Always focus on the positive. However, there is good news! Doing the work of identifying the mental/emotional cause of the density in your body and shifting it can bring glorious health and a sense of well-being. When the work is properly accomplished, it can even eliminate the prospect of taking medications or unwanted surgery. Alice McCall (BS Psychology, MBA, Certified Hypnotherapist) is a successful author, counselor, and transformational energy healer, where she assists her clients in transforming dense blocks of energy using the mind, body, spirit connection. Her specialty is helping those with serious diseases. She healed herself of breast cancer without medical intervention in ’07. For more information on Alice, her practice, and her popular book ‘Wellness Wisdom’ visit www. healingpath.info.
RECLAIM VITALITY! Reap the Benefits of Enhanced Life Force by Catherine Guthrie
e know Click on “Vitality Compass” understand and cultivitality when at BlueZones.com to take vate this sort of vitality. Yet in America, we see it. a free longevity quiz based vitality is still viewed People with vitality overflow with that on vitality indices ranging as the frosting on the cake of life—and not, special something; they from diet and exercise as in Eastern cultures, stand out from the rest its main focus. like shiny pennies. to spiritual practices and While good health Why do some connection with family enhances and helps people have more and community. signify vitality, it can’t vitality than others? Videliver all of vitality’s tality is often broadcast benefits. So, what is via physical traits— the secret to sustaining our vitality or sparkling eyes, radiant skin or an energetting it back? getic demeanor. It’s tempting to chalk it all up to good health, but there’s more to vitality than robust physiology. Not Reconnecting with all clinically healthy and ostensibly What Nourishes fit people seem especially vital, while Dan Buettner, bestselling author of The some physically frail individuals still Blue Zones, is an expert on human manage to emanate an extraordinary longevity and vitality. He’s found that life force and joie de vivre. In the West, vitality is often associ- vitality has as much to do with social, emotional and mental health as with ated with a strong supply of physical energy, vigor and resilience. In the East, physical habits. For instance, diet and what the Chinese call chi and healers in exercise play a big part in vitality, but India call prana relates more to an inef- so do things like a sense of life purfable life force, currents that suffuse and pose, spirituality and community. Identifying vitality zappers is sustain both the physical and nonphysi- equally important. Constance Grauds, cal aspects of every living thing. a registered pharmacist, shamana The popularization of Eastern (female shaman) and author of Jungle practices such as yoga, Tai chi and meditation now offers more Americans Medicine, explains that traditional medicine men believe human disease a taste of life habits that can help us
and suffering is caused by disconnection and that its root is a core fear, or susto. She believes that most Americans are chronically afflicted by susto, living in the grip of one type of fear or another virtually all the time. Grauds suspects that Americans’ excess susto has something to do with chronic anxieties, pressures and “little fears” they face every day: job stress, money worries, social pressures, relationship troubles and so on. The net outcome is a massive vitality drain. To plug “energy leaks,” we need to build connections to the things that energize and sustain us, such as meditation or prayer, healthy food, loving relationships and mindful exercise, says Grauds. “Energy and vitality come from the joyful things we do in life that are simple, free and right under our noses,” she observes, “like petting your dog, watering your garden and taking a few deep breaths. “Vitality is a measure of the life force within you,” she continues. “When we’re connected to our sources of vitality, not only do we have more energy to be more active and get more done, but we’re engaged, we’re present. We feel that flow of life force pumping through us.”
Where to Start Americans are slowly waking up to the fact that we need to value our vitality more deeply or we risk losing it. It’s best to review vitality zappers and enhancers daily or weekly and repair minor leaks before a trickle becomes a torrent. We can start by finding a place of stillness. Consider meditating, keeping a journal, praying or just walking in the woods while asking our self how we are doing and feeling and what we are missing or longing for. Listen for the signals that say certain connections may have come loose, and that other factors may be pulling too strongly. “Plugging into life is the key to more vitality,” says Grauds. “Find ways to connect to the world outside yourself.” Catherine Guthrie is a freelance writer based in Bloomington, IN. Connect at CatherineGuthrie.com.
Finding More Pleasure in Life A Conversation with Dr. Christiane Northrup by Ellen Mahoney
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hristiane Northrup, a respected obstetrician/gynecologist and visionary in women’s health and wellness, is renowned for the practical medical and emotional counsel she generously shares in her many bestselling books. Among her best known are Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom. Now Northrup is focused on another aspect of women’s health in The Secret Pleasures of Menopause. The idea is to help women of all ages achieve vibrant health by tapping into their inner wisdom in order to experience joy and fulfillment throughout life. Why do you believe the pursuit of pleasure is just as vital for a vibrant life as a healthy diet and exercise? You will not stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan unless you find pleasure in the pursuit of it. You must come to this by yourself and discover that the moment-to-moment way you live your life has to be pleasurable, because there’s not a happy ending to an unhappy journey. For years, I’ve watched people foregoing various foods to look a certain way; I see people who have perfect bodies, but absolutely no joy or life force shining behind their eyes. The joy and pleasure have to come first; then the lifestyle supports this. We consider a www.natallahassee.com
narrow waist beautiful because it is generally healthy. Too much belly fat is unhealthy, because it produces an abnormal hormonal milieu and can lead to an earlier death from cancer, heart disease and/or diabetes. You have to exercise your body and eat well on a sustainable basis to look healthy— there’s just no way around it. The more you take care of yourself, the more pleasure you experience.
How do we enhance our pleasure in life at any age? One of the biggest keys to enhancing your pleasure is to pay attention to what feels good. This is your vital guiding factor. Simple things, like enjoying a bouquet of flowers, are important. Pleasure begins with awakening the senses. I also recommend that you start to appreciate your skin, as well as the other parts of your body that serve you well. One of my older patients told me, “I’m no longer concerned with how my legs look. What I love is that when I get up in the morning, my knees work.” I hold the position that pleasure and happiness are actually the only things that work for us and are sustainable. What is the relationship of pleasure to the health-enhancing effects of nitric oxide? Nitric oxide is an odorless, colorless gas that’s produced by the lining of every blood vessel in the body. It passes through cell walls instantaneously and can simultaneously boost circulation.
It’s also the über neurotransmitter that signals all body cells to balance out levels of serotonin, dopamine and betaendorphins, which produce feelings of well-being. Nitric oxide is not stored in the body, so exercise, especially aerobics, helps raise its levels in the body at any age. When someone wins an Olympic gold medal, you can be sure he or she is at the height of a nitric oxide burst. Why do you believe that “life has just begun” after menopause? When you are in midlife, you obviously have the same soul as when you were 12. However, if you have negotiated midlife skillfully by getting rid of excess baggage, thinking positively, moving into relationships that support you and making peace with those that haven’t— then you have access to the dictates of your soul. Menopause is a wakeup call. We’re waking up to who we are and to what we love. You find that you don’t care what other people think nearly as much as you used to, and yet you are
able to better appreciate others because you appreciate yourself. Now that I’m over 50, everything I’m drawn to and everything my body wants to do brings me more pleasure. This goes against everything we’ve been taught—that we’re designed to disintegrate with age, get osteoporosis and decline into chronic degenerative diseases. As of midlife, I feel like I’ve come home to myself. For example, I’ve been dancing Argentine tango for a year and loving it. I’m also happy to report that my daughters have come home to themselves more quickly than I have. I would like to egg all women on with this concluding thought: A woman’s body is designed for pleasure, and when we invite it into our own lives, we are a gift to the world. For more information, visit DrNorthrup. com. Ellen Mahoney teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email evm@Infionline.net.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE THERAPY
A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO
HEALTH It Starts with Trusting Your Intuition
by Lisa Marshall
ne midnight, serving behind the counter of a Dunkin’ Donuts, Jen Smith could see the future—and it terrified her. She was working the graveyard shift at a job she hated, living in a cramped apartment and knew nothing about entrepreneurship or investment strategies. When a homeless woman clad in rags wandered in for a warm cup of coffee, Smith shivered. “The only thing standing between her and me was one paycheck and that counter,” recalls Smith, 45, of Fort Collins, Colorado. “I realized that I was in a vulnerable spot, with no backup plan.” Fast forward two decades to today; Smith now boasts a $2 million net worth and the financial independence to work only when she wants to. When you ask for her secret, she makes little mention of how to create a winning stock portfolio. Instead, she says, her decisions about how to earn and how to spend have come from a deeper, more esoteric source. Says Smith: “I asked myself: ‘What is it that I love to do?’” Then she went to work investing in herself and a succes18
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“A wealthy woman absolutely has money, but she also has happiness, courage, balance and harmony. A wealthy woman is generous, clean, wise and therefore, beautiful. It’s my wish that you will carry these eight qualities within you wherever you go and that they will serve as your guideposts to make sure you are always walking toward wealth, rather than walking away from it.” ~ Suze Orman sion of six small businesses, starting with $1,500 per bootstrap operation. Initially, she earned her way working with animals while investing her dollars with an eye toward environmental stewardship. In 2007, she founded a personal finance blog, MillionaireMommyNextDoor.com. Along the way, she discovered that, “Mindfully identifying what truly makes you tick, and then aligning your decisions with your own personal values, is key to financial well-being.” Smith is among a growing number of women looking beyond the traditional world of personal finance to www.natallahassee.com
summon emotions, spirituality, intuition and personal values in the pursuit of economic abundance. Many books, blogs and magazines, too, have begun to explore the unlikely intersection of right-brain, inner voice consciousness and personal finance. “Our culture has always been very much focused on facts and research, but people are starting to realize we can’t just continue to rely solely on what we have relied on before, because it doesn’t work,” remarks Lynn Robinson, a Massachusetts-based “business intuitive” who advises executives
on how to use their intuition to make better business decisions. “We are all looking for a deeper knowledge base, and that means looking within.”
Setting the Stage The shift comes at a time when, according to national statistics, women are facing unprecedented financial responsibility. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2010 marked the first time in U. S. history that women comprised more than half (50.3 percent) of the workforce. Fiftyseven percent of all current college students are women, according to the American Council on Education. Thirtyeight percent of all working wives earn as much or more than their husbands, as of the 2009 Shriver Report. Nearly 16 percent of wives are the sole family breadwinners. Meanwhile, women continue to do the bulk of the housework (97 minutes per day for married women, versus 29 minutes per day for married men, according to a 2009 study by Vanderbilt University).
Despite these employment trends, women still make roughly 80 percent of what men do for the same work. Complicating the situation, when it comes to making financial decisions, many females still tend to be fearful, naïve and disempowered, according to financial health guru Suze Orman. “Women have been thrust into an entirely new relationship with money that is profoundly different than anything we have ever encountered before… Yet when it comes to navigating the financial ramifications of this new world, they are using old maps that don’t get them where they want to go,” writes Orman, in Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny. Orman notes that only 12 percent of women feel confident about retirement and many continue to either leave their financial decisions in the hands of a male or ignore them altogether. This may be due to feeling embarrassed about their lack of knowledge, or a sheer lack of time. New female graduates are facing a brutal job market; many laid-off women
find themselves in a mid-career job search and widows and divorceés are facing retirement with a smaller-thanexpected nest egg. All these women want to know, “How can I confidently embrace my new role in the evolving economy in a way that leads to financial independence?”
First Steps to Solvency Understand the Underlying Emotions Few heard in high school economics class that our relationship with money is intricately intertwined with emotion, comments Julie Murphy Casserly, a Chicago-based certified financial planner. Some of us are spenders, whipping out the credit card at the mall to ease some inner pain. Some are givers, picking up the tab at group events in an effort to feed a need to be liked. Others—perhaps those who grew up in poverty—are hoarders, holding on so tightly to their money that they cease to enjoy it or
Tips for Choosing a Financial Advisor n Look for a licensed certified financial planner, who must abide by a code of ethics, take a difficult test that covers everything from taxes to investments to estate planning, and keep up with continuing education credits.
someone with at least several years of experience, but one whom you can also grow with. You do not want someone who may retire just when you need him or her the most.
n Look for a fee-only advisor, not one paid a commission to sell you a certain investment product. They will work at an hourly rate, charge a percentage of the assets they are managing for you, or a combination of the two.
n Ask how they will incorporate your values and lifestyle to inform the advice they give you.
n Just because someone is a good self-marketer doesn’t mean they are a good money manager. Get three referrals from people whom you respect and who have done well financially during both up and down markets. Call all three of them.
n Choose someone you can understand. If he or she speaks in jargon and makes you feel intimidated, it is not a good fit.
n Ask how long the individual has been a financial advisor. You want
n Ask if they have ever been involved in any lawsuits. The answer should be a resounding, “No.”
Sources: Julie Murphy Casserly, certified financial planner; and Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny by Suze Orman natural awakenings
TEN STEPS TO FINANCIAL SUCCESS Set a goal: Ask yourself what financial independence means to you and determine your “enough” point. If you’ve already reached it and continue to work long hours to buy more stuff, it may be time to re-evaluate your priorities. Keep good records: Balance your checkbook every month and use that account only for ready cash and bills (the rest goes into savings). Create a bill file and pay them on time. Knowing how much money is coming in and out is critical to relieving anxiety and will save on fees and fines. Save: Every woman needs a safety net in the form of her own savings account. Remember that on average, half of all marriages end in divorce, women tend to outlive their husbands and other relationships often end. Ultimately, you should have living expenses for six to eight months saved. Put something in the account each month, even if it means making a lower payment on a household credit card. Get out of debt: Pay off the highest interest rate credit card first; once it’s at a zero balance, shift all that money to another one. To avoid racking up debt again, envision what you would do if you didn’t have that monthly payment and put a picture depicting it on your refrigerator or stick a Post-it note describing it on your credit card as a reminder. Spend thoughtfully: Consider money spent as “life energy.” Every time you spend, ask yourself: Is it worth the life energy (or time spent working) it will take to earn this amount back? Open a retirement account early: As with savings, many women tend to leave the couple’s retirement account up to their husband, but you need
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your own. Start today by socking away a reasonable portion of your income each month. Depending on the investments you choose and what the market does in coming decades, that could amount to a nice nest egg by retirement age. Invest wisely: Be prudent, but not too prudent. If you’re young, invest the bulk of your retirement in stocks, which tend to outperform bonds. If you are closer to retirement, shift to stable-value funds. Consider joining or starting an investment club. These meet regularly, pool $25 to $100 per member per month, discuss investment strategies and collectively choose stocks to invest in as a group. Of the 8,600 clubs in the United States, about one-quarter are womenonly, according to the nonprofit Better Investing. Learn more at BetterInvesting. org or ChicksLayingNestEggs.com. Think in thirds: Think of your money in three segments: “past, present and future.” Spend some of it paying for the past (getting out of debt), use some to treat yourself in the present (to keep yourself from feeling deprived) and invest some for the future. Show gratitude: It is interesting what begins to happen when you start to say “Thankyou,” to people, observes financial advisor and workshop leader
Rosemary Williams. Your employees work harder. Your banker might waive a fee or make a courtesy call to let you know an overdraft is pending. More importantly, it forces you to take stock of what you do have right now—and appreciate it. Trust your instincts: If it doesn’t feel right, whether it’s an investment or a new business partnership, don’t do it. If it does feel right, do your homework first before making a decision. Sources: Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin, Women and Money, by Suze Orman, and Rosemary Williams, author of The Women’s Book of Money & Spiritual Vision
make it grow via sound investments. Recognizing which type we are, and when our emotions are sabotaging good financial decisions, is an important first step to attracting wealth. A tip for spenders and givers, who both tend to end up carrying debt, is to cut up credit cards and start using cash. “There is no emotional connection with sliding a debit or credit card, but when you physically hand over $200 in cash, you feel that,” says Casserly.
Create a Life Map With her Dunkin’ Donuts job behind her and a blank slate ahead, Smith took a serious self-inventory. When she concluded that she wanted to work with animals, she called a kennel and agreed to groom dogs a few hours each day in exchange for an education in dog training. Within a few years, she owned a lucrative dog training and boarding business. “Our lives are the stories we narrate for ourselves,” she says. “If we don’t like the story our life has become, we can tell our self a better one… and act on it.” Smith recommends making a “Treasure Map to a Rich Life” out of poster board as a visual reminder of what’s important to us (e.g., travel, family, a career in a specific field). When life circumstances derail those aspirations, which often happens, we can take a reminder peek. Say our leading aspiration is getting out of debt. Imagine what the day would look, feel and taste like absent that nagging credit card bill. Would we start saving for a son or daughter to go to college or quit that second job? Write it all down and post the intention in full view. “Surround yourself with all the things you are trying to create,” advises Casserly. “Persistently replace any shame, blame and guilt with dreams and desires.”
Earn with Our Spirit in Mind As Rosemary Williams, founder of Women’s Perspective (WomensPerspective.org), puts it: “Spirituality and money come together easily when we realize that we cannot live a satisfactory life when we don’t engage our own
For the first time, half of all U.S. day to listen for the answer, which can workers are women, and that changes everything. Not just for women, but also for spouses, families, bosses, coworkers and
come when we least expect it. “I often find that when a woman asks these questions, it primes the pump, and when she is walking the dog or doing the laundry, she may hear an inner voice speaking,” Robinson says. “Pay attention.”
society. This is a permanent Spend According to change in our culture that’s Personal Values affecting nearly every aspect of our lives—how we work and play and care for one another. ~ The Shriver Report
spirits or when we operate against our soul’s purpose.” No one would argue that we all tend to do our best work when we choose jobs we are passionate about, and that when we invest in things contrary to our beliefs, they are never as satisfying. “Part of what the chaos of the current economy is bringing up for people is the question, ‘What am I here to do and what calling do I have?’” says Robinson, noting that the root of the word enthusiasm is entheos, or “God within,” in Greek. “Try to figure out what it is that enthuses you,” she counsels, “and then ask, ‘How can I make a living at this?’ at least part of the time.”
Trust Gut Wisdom Whether deciding in which stock to invest or whether to trust a potential business partner, the power of intuition cannot be understated, advises Robinson. Some view a gut instinct as the subconscious synthesis of past knowledge that rises to the surface when our brain needs it. Others see it as a manifestation of a Higher Power. Either way, it’s worth listening to, as a critical adjunct. A good way to start each day is with a 10-minute prayer/meditation, asking that inner voice to provide three ways to help advance our financial health, and staying alert the rest of the
To Washington-based writer Vicki Robin, author of The New York Times best seller, Your Money or Your Life, financial independence is as much about spending less as making more. “It’s not about going out and getting a financial advisor or turning over your savings to the stock market. It’s about living within your means, saving money and getting out of debt,” she observes. “Every financial decision you make is a chance to say ‘What are my values, really, and how does this serve them?’” Robin recommends viewing money as “life energy” and assigning value as such to each purchase we make. Is that high-end haircut and coloring really worth the stress or time away from family for what it costs? What is worth that much to us? Once we start aligning our spending with that inner conversation, we will inevitably spend less, which results in less debt, more savings and ultimately, more freedom, she says. Smith agrees. With the money she made working with animals, she invested first in real estate, and then in stocks. When she acknowledged her four-bedroom, three-bath home didn’t jive with her Earth-conscious values, she downsized. She still drives a 12-year-old car, frequents Craigslist and sticks with a frugal but gratifying “values-based budget.” The payoff for her, her husband and her young daughter has been huge. “We spend very little on housing or transportation, but we buy organic food. We travel when we want to, we homeschool our daughter and we spend as much time as we want together,” she smiles. “Probably the biggest thing this has all bought us is time.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer who lives in Lyons, Colorado. Contact her at LisaMarshall08@gmail.com.
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GENTLE KRIPALU YOGA RESTORATIVE YOGA yoga student since 1985, Charlene began teaching classes in 2000. Her Gentle Yoga classes follow the Kripalu tradition with Viniyoga overtones. She uses an organic approach that encourages students to honor the wisdom of their own bodies and unique individual needs. Charlene’s Restorative Yoga classes are designed for students who need deep relaxation due to stress, injury or illness. Postures are fully supported and designed to promote healing and wellbeing. A co-owner of Namaste Yoga, Charlene has two 200-hour certificates one from Loretta Armer and the other from Kripalu Yoga Center. She also is registered with Yoga Alliance, is a certified Relax and Renew™ teacher from Judith Lasater, and has studied Viniyoga techniques with Gary Kraftsow. To learn more about her classes, contact Charlene at cappellini@ nettally.com or call 997-4534, or see www.namaste-tallahassee. com.
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hantel is an enthusiastic and lighthearted teacher who was drawn to yoga while living in Hawaii. After moving to Tallahassee, she returned to Oahu in the summer of 2005 to complete her yoga teacher training. Chantel taught two Ashtanga classes a week before going to massage therapy school in 2008-2009. Now that she is a licensed massage therapist, she is back on a regular yoga teaching schedule. After taking some advanced coursework in CORE Myofascial Release, Chantel is fascinated with the potential for healing in a combination of myofascial release work and Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga consists of mostly seated postures with long holds meant to stretch the fascia and release blockages in the meridians of the body. Chantel teaches Yin Yoga Thursday evenings and hopes to have students rotate through to receive myofascial release work on a regular basis. To register for classes or for questions, call 850459-5717 or email Chantel@ divyayogaandmassage.com.
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YOGA for TRANSFORMATION oga is a portal into expanded consciousness and personal and global transformation. Ellen’s passionate mission as a yoga teacher is to empower and inspire her students to connect with their inner aliveness and embrace their whole selves. Her teachings emphasize the active practice of self-awareness and compassion for self, while challenging students to move through perceived limitations of body and mind. Precise technical instruction combines with energy awareness to create a full mind-body experience. Ellen’s style is warm and welcoming, and students of all levels enjoy her classes.
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Geralyn Russell, B.S., R.R.T.
DOGA & Solitude Retreats fter 25 years of yoga and meditation practice with several of the finest yoga practitioners in the world including Lilias Folan, Angela Farmer and Judith Lasater, Geralyn has expanded her teaching to include DOGA – yoga with your dog. Every doga class provides an opportunity to deepen your bond with your dog as you are guided through gentle yoga stretches. She says, “Our dogs seem to love to do yoga with us. They watch us, we touch them, and we both have fun!” Most recently, Geralyn has extended her yoga and meditation teaching to Solitude Retreats, which offer opportunities for busy, stressed out people to experience rest and renewal in a variety of settings. As little as one yoga class per week can help you feel more relaxed, sleep better, and experience peaceful stillness. Geralyn offers weekly yoga classes –has regular DOGA sessions, Solitude Retreats and individual Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions by appointment. Contact her for more information at Geralyn@SolitudeRetreats.com or 850-878-2843.
YOGA for MID-LIFE is a nationally registered yoga instructor and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has had in-depth training at Duke Integrative Medicine, Duke University Medical Center and is continuing advanced yoga teacher and yoga therapy instruction at the Healing Yoga Foundation, San Francisco – the US flagship affiliate of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Healing Center, Chennai, India. Catherine specializes in yoga for mid-life and beyond with a focus on therapeutic yoga for illness and injury recovery and total wellness. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, Catherine holds small-group Yoga for Wellness workshops - which include yoga for lower back pain, yoga for chronic pain, yoga for athletes and yoga for osteoporosis. Heart of Yoga workshops, including meditation workshops and the yoga of breath workshops, held quarterly. For a private assessment, call Catherine at 850-508-2182 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marianna Tutwiler, MSW, MPA KRIPALU YOGA
yoga practitioner since 2001 and certified as a Kripalu Yoga teacher, Marianna’s intention is to help others attain the many benefits that yoga offers through a consistent personal practice. She shares her enthusiasm for yoga with a down-to-earth teaching style that allows encourages each student to accept and appreciate where their body is in the present moment. Keeping it simple, Marianna de-mystifies the practice and teaches students that yoga is truly for every-body. Her Yoga Flow class on Tuesday evenings 5:30 – 7:00, will de-stress you after a long day at work and you’ll leave class feeling re-energized. Beginning April 5th, join Marianna at 6:30 am on Mondays for “Morning Java Yoga” to start your week feeling invigorated. Both classes are suitable for all levels, including beginners as she individualizes instruction for each student. Marianna is a teacher and co-owner at Namaste Yoga. 850566-6813. www.namaste-tallahassee. com
HATHA YOGA in the Kriya Tradition eslie is the founder and director of Yoga Unlimited, studio and RYS 200 School. Our yoga is classical, traditional yoga. All classes take place in a studio set in the midst of our Yoga Gardens. Always gentle and self-paced, we never force or strain the body. This is ideal for beginners as well as those looking for a deeper connection to the roots and foundation of classical yoga. Hatha yoga energizes and calms the body at the same time. This is the original stress management tool and the ideal way to aid the student who is interested in meditation. Her studio was founded in 1989 and in 2004, the school was entered into the nationally registry of Yoga Alliance. With many years of yoga experience, Leslie has added a Yoga Cooking Class, The Joy of Eating & The 6 Tastes of All Foods, Yoga Gardens, Ayurveda and PanchaKarma instruction and Meditation classes. Each offering can easily be taken by beginners separately or credited toward RYT 200 hours and CE hours. Yoga is the perfect tool for our modern lives. Yoga Unlimited 850-3856904, or www.leslieyoga.com.
Delicious Nutritious Choices for People and Pets
by Greg Tilford
Uses: Use as a tea or tincture. Fights infection and speeds healing of minor cuts, insect bites, abrasions or post-surgical incisions. When the dried flowers are boiled as a tea and cooled, it serves as a refreshing rinse for itchy skin.
n the North, spring’s balmy weather is a perfect time to plant that dream herb garden we have been thinking of all winter. In the South, it’s a good time to move container gardens inside the lanai to protect them from the intense summer sun. If experimenting with herbs for the first time or if garden space is limited, start with these four easy-to-grow herbs. All do well anywhere in North America and can do double duty by serving pets’ health needs, too. Many of the herbs we use to liven up our foods or supplement our bodies prove to be powerful medicines for our furry and feathered friends.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, et al) Nine species of this “must have” member of the sunflower family are native to North America, growing to three feet. Brilliant flowers range from pink to dark purple. Echinacea purpurea is the easiest species to grow. Hardiness: Zone 4. Mulch the plants deeply in the fall in areas where winters are severe.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Commonly known as pot marigold, calendula’s bright yellow, orange or red-orange flowers are a familiar sight in gardens and landscape designs everywhere. Hardiness: Zone 4 (cold-hardy to -30 degrees F). Growing tips: Sow seeds in early spring, or transplant after the danger of frost is past. Regular watering will produce blooms throughout the year.
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Parts used: Harvest roots after the plant is at least three years old. The leaves, stems and flowers are useful, as well.
Most herbs should root in two to four weeks.
Parts used: Harvest the flowers whenever they are in full bloom. Make into herbal preparations while fresh or air dry and store in sealed plastic bags. 24
Growing tips: Sow seeds in early spring (or fall in the South) by scattering them atop the ground and covering with just a dusting of soil. Keep them damp throughout germination—or plant starts from a nursery. They need full sun.
Uses: Echinacea is often used to boost the immune system to help ward off indicated bacterial or viral infections, notes a study in the journal Phytomedicine. It is most commonly used for upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold in humans or kennel cough and other forms of bronchitis in dogs and cats. It is best used at the first indication of impending illness. It can be used in various forms; strong teas or tinctures low in alcohol work especially well with animals.
Parsley (Petroselium crispum) The most common varieties have tightly curled leaves. All are useful and produce clusters of white flowers at the top of the stem. Most will grow to about three feet. Hardiness: Zone 4. Mulch the plants deeply in the fall in areas where winters are severe. Growing tips: Plant seeds or transplants in spring, as soon as the ground can be worked. Parsley requires deep, well-drained soil and daily watering when the weather is hot and dry. Parts used: The leaf, root and seeds are all good. General Uses: Parsley is a nutritious supplement that may be added liberally to a companion animal’s raw or canned diet. The leaf juice is rich with the antioxidant chlorophyll and useful as a breath freshener. The oils in the leaves and seeds are thought to stimulate appetite while improving digestion. The seeds also contain trace amounts of limonene, a compound that can be effective in repelling fleas. Teas or tincture preparations of the long (hard to dig) taproot are often used by veterinary herbalists as a diuretic to help rid the body of excess waste. It is also frequently used in the holistic treatment of arthritis.
RULES OF THUMB Safe and Effective Herb Use
1. Herbs are generally best used as part of a holistic healing effort, where all aspects of an animal’s health, not just symptoms, are considered. 2. Use herbs carefully and with common sense. Although herbs tend to be gentler and safer than conventional drugs, some are strong medicine and can cause harm if misused. 3. More is not necessarily better. No two animals are alike, and some will require a larger dose than others, but always start small. 4. Avoid using a specific herbal product until you know something about the herbs that are in it. Just because an herb works well for your neighbor’s cat doesn’t mean it’s necessarily appropriate for yours. 5. Buy products from well-established, reputable manufacturers. Consult with your veterinarian. 6. Always test for allergic reactions before using any herb for the first time. Place a small dab onto your animal’s skin. If redness or swelling occurs, the animal may be allergic to it. Also watch for watery eyes, sneezing, scratching, rashes, stomach upset or anything else out of the ordinary. Source: AnimalEchoes.com
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) With its lance-shaped leaves and clusters of small, white to pink blossoms, valerian is attractive to us as well as to bees and other pollinators. Roots are stringy, brown and earthily pungent. Plants can grow in excess of five feet, lending themselves as shade-bearing companions to shorter plants that need respite from afternoon sunshine. Hardiness: Zone 4. This hardy herb can survive even the harsh winters of southern Canada and maritime Alaska. Growing tips: Put it in the middle of the garden, where it can stand and demand attention from pollinators. Valerian is easy to grow from transplants and needs full sun. Parts used: Preparations primarily involve the fall root. The upper parts of the plant make weaker medicine. Uses: Long regarded by herbalists as one of the most reliable calming agents in the herbal realm, reach for it when the dog is freaking out due to thunderstorms, a trip to the groomer
or the dreaded holiday fireworks (Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology). Valerian helps calm their stomachs, as well as their moods. It is also useful for cats that manifest their anxieties in the form of digestive upset.
Dandelion Bonus (Taraxacum officinale) Think twice before yanking dandelions, which are among Earth’s most useful herbs. The literature reports impressive nutritive, liver supportive and digestive properties that virtually every animal needs to maintain good health. Greg Tilford, an expert in the field of Earth-conscious veterinary herbal medicine, is the author of Herbs for Pets. He serves as the formulating herbalist and president of Animal Essentials, a line of herbal remedies (AnimalEssentials.com). For more information, see TheAnimalHerbalist.com and SavvyGardener.com/Features/herbs.html. natural awakenings
reactions with one another. For example, combining bleach and ammonia creates deadly chloramine fumes. Use less toxic products. Avoid products marked “Danger” and “Poison,” and reduce the use of those labeled “Caution.” • Avoid products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), especially if anyone in the home has asthma. Aerosol sprays, cleaners and disinfectants, moth repellents and air fresheners are likely to contain VOCs.
The Dirt on Cleaning Choose to Have a Green, Clean, Toxin-free Home by Erin Switalski
The Environmental gredients. To safely espite what power through our mothWorking Group’s analysis household dirt and ers told us, of 20 common cleaning bacteria without a clean home isn’t products used in California using questionalways a healthy able chemicals, try one. The laundry schools found hundreds WVE’s green cleandetergents, tub and of airborne contaminants ing tips. tile sprays, air freshnot listed as ingredients by eners, drain cleaners and antibacterial manufacturers. A test that Use fewer products. An all-purpose soaps that promise chose three green-certified cleaner can handle “fresh and clean” classroom cleaners versus many cleaning jobs may hide unseen and undisclosed three common conventional around the house. It is not necessary dangers. cleaners cut the total to use a different According to number of air contaminants product for each Women’s Voices for room (bathroom the Earth (WVE), a detected from 66 to 15. cleaner, kitchen national women’s cleaner, etc.). environmental Check out the National Geographic organization, there are some 85,000 Green Guide list of all-purpose cleanchemicals contained in products in the consumer marketplace, and only a frac- ers at TheGreenGuide.com/buyingguide/all-purpose-cleaners. tion have been tested for their impact on human health. Labeling on cleaning products is not regulated, and not every Never mix products. Chemicals in cleaning products can have dangerous manufacturer voluntarily discloses in26
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• Avoid chemicals linked to reproductive harm. Products that contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as butoxyethanol and other glycol ethers include: all-purpose, glass, oven, tub/ tile, carpet and floor cleaners; degreasers; stain removers; floor strippers; and metal polishes. The surfactant alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APE) is found primarily in: laundry detergents; non-chlorine sanitizers; deodorizers; floor care products; and multi-purpose, carpet and toilet bowl cleaners. • Seek products that have been certified by an independent institution such as Green Seal (GreenSeal.org) or EcoLogo (EcoLogo.org). Avoid air fresheners. They contain fragrances and other irritants associated with watery eyes, headaches, skin and respiratory irritations, asthma and allergic reactions. They may also contain VOCs and the known carcinogens, benzene and formaldehyde. Reduce the use of disinfectants. Exposure to antimicrobial chemicals has been linked to potential health impacts, and their overuse has contributed to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs.” Scientists agree that soap and water are effective for most routine cleaning jobs, and research has demonstrated that safer alternatives, such as vinegar and borax, have antibacterial properties. Two simple solutions to prevent bacteria growth on sponges and cloths are microwaving sponges for one minute and regularly laundering washcloths.
Non-toxic Cleaning Recipes ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER Suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors. 2 cups white distilled vinegar 2 cups water 20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional) Tip: Warm in microwave until barely hot to boost cleaning power for tough jobs. (Only microwave in a glass container.) CREAMY SOFT SCRUB Suggested uses: kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc. 2 cups baking soda ½ cup liquid Castile soap* 4 tsp vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative) 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any other scent preferred (optional). Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar; shelf life is two years. Tip: For exceptionally tough jobs, spray with vinegar first—full strength or diluted, scented—let sit and follow with scrub. *WVE recommends using a liquid Castile soap that does not contain sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate (SLS) or diethanolamine (DEA), which may have harmful side effects. TOILET BOWL CLEANER Option 1 – Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes, then scrub with toilet brush. Option 2 – Put ¼ cup borax in toilet bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Swish with a toilet brush, then scrub. Add
a few drops of pine oil to increase disinfecting. (Note: Some people are allergic to pine oil.) Tip: Let ingredients soak longer for even easier scrubbing, especially on persistent stains like toilet bowl rings. DRAIN OPENER ½ cup baking soda ½ cup vinegar Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water. Tip: Prevent the shower from clogging by using a drain trap to catch hairs. LAUNDRY DETERGENT 1 cup soap flakes ½ cup washing soda ½ cup borax Make soap flakes by using a cheese grater to grate a favorite pure vegetable soap. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry) and wash in warm or cold water.
Make nontoxic cleaning products. Simple and inexpensive ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and borax can be used in many different ways for effective cleaning. Adding essential oils such as lavender or rosemary infuses a fresh scent and boosts antibacterial properties. Have fun learning to make natural cleaning products by buying ingredients in bulk and throwing a green cleaning party with friends (free Green Cleaning Party Kit at Women AndEnvironment.org). Finally, WVE suggests we buy products from manufacturers that disclose ingredients on the label. If the ingredients aren’t listed, call the product’s customer service number and ask the company to disclose them. It’s a good way to ensure that our homes stay clean—and healthy. Download a free Safer Cleaning Products fact sheet at WAToxics.org/files/ cleaningproducts.pdf. Erin Switalski is the executive director of Women’s Voices for the Earth (WomenAndEnvironment.org). WVE’s Safe Cleaning Products Initiative is a national effort intended to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in cleaning products. Sign the petition at http:// tinyurl.com/yln44bt. For more information on chemical policy reform, visit SaferChemicals.org.
Adjust for soft water by using 1 cup soap flakes, ¼ cup washing soda and ½ cup borax. For hard water, use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax. Tips: Add ½ cup white distilled vinegar to the rinse as a fabric softener. For a whitener, use hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. Soak dingy white clothes for 30 minutes in the washer with ½ cup of 20 percent peroxide. Launder as usual. Source: WomenAndEnviron ment.org; for additional recipes, visit EarthEasy.com/ live_nontoxic_solutions.htm
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