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publisher’sletter Stress and Life


his month we celebrate YOGA. Throughout this edition, including our Annual Yoga Directory, you’ll read about the history and the many benefits of YOGA, asanas (poses), as well as the meditative benefits of the practice, which include: stress relief, lowered blood pressure, regained mobility and balance, and of course, a more peaceful outlook. Yoga, along with the numerous other modalities available today, helps us deal with daily stresses. Stress however, is inevitable in our lives, but it is how we deal with that stress that makes the difference between living a balanced and healthy life or not. Yes, as hard is that to believe, it is OUR choice. From family, to work, to friends and unforeseen situations, stress is the modern world’s constant companion, but not one that has to cause illness or disabilities. Kris Carr, New York and #1 Amazon best-selling author, wellness activist and cancer thriver, explains it this way, “If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend.” Carr’s advice is indicative of the stress and health problems we face today. We’ve heard it over and over again, but many of us continue to say “I’ll start tomorrow.” Well today IS your tomorrow! And it’s time to unite in spirit and consciousness to form a more stress-free, loving, supporting and healthy community for ourselves and generations to come. If you haven’t spoken to a love one for a while over a disagreement, for example, it’s up to you to forgive or ask for forgiveness, then regardless of the outcome, move through the problem with understanding and love. If you think you can’t get along with your co-workers or supervisors, go back to school, change careers or jobs, or forgive them for where they are on their path and yourself and move through it. Whatever it is, don’t procrastinate, stress over it or ignore it. Take life by the hand, and begin to truly LIVE it. Holding on to unresolved issues is the powerful underlying stress factor which destroys us. September 11th is a date on which we all experience some level of stress. Either through a direct or indirect connection we mourn and pray over the horrendous act we as a nation collectively experienced. It is a time when we honor our Heroes, those injured and lost. We can learn from the way the country came together on 9/12, and use that as an example of how our Nation and the world have learned to move through it. American poet Walt Whitman tells us to “Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.” As a people we are very resilient and in the face of controversy or undeniable stress our best qualities always tend to shine. It is our Love. Our love for family, friends, nation and the world which gives us the strength to continue onward with life, and that in turn, inspires us to keep looking for methods which gets us closer to ourselves and our heart. I lost my grandma on August 25th, a stressful situation for the entire family. But among the many phrases I learned from her, which today continues to shape my life is, “it’s not what you say, but the way you say it“that I will remember the most. By learning to express myself in a different way, I’ve averted many potential stress causing arguments and controversies. I might have lost a huge part of my life, but I’m left with the knowledge and wisdom her life gave me. Although a tough disciplinarian at times, she always met me with an unconditional loving sparkle in her eyes, a big smile, and a soulful hug. I’ll miss you grandma. But because of you, I’m better prepared to love life and others and move through stress. She was 99 years old and I was blessed to have her for so long. To Memories and lessons, 4

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newsbriefs Free Yoga Therapy Clinics


ommunity members are invited to experience firsthand how yoga can ease common health conditions at a series of free yoga therapy clinics conducted by AUM hOMe Shala, a yoga school located at 3104 Florida Avenue in Coconut Grove. The new Clinical Yoga Therapy component of AUM’s Yoga Therapy Certification gives recent graduates of the program an opportunity to work directly with local clients. Supervised by experienced yoga therapists and health-care providers, AUM’s yoga therapy candidates will provide treatment protocols for conditions including chronic pain, muscular and anatomical issues, migraines, sleep issues, allergies and more. Yoga “prescriptions” range from asanas (postures), breath work and meditation to recommendations for nutrition and lifestyle change. Melinda Atkins, AUM founder and director of the school’s Yoga Therapy Certification program, says these safe, non-invasive protocols can have a powerful effect on health and well-being. “Yoga therapy can assist individuals with health challenges to manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance and increase vitality,” says Atkins. “We are excited to be expanding our program to include the clinical component, which will offer great benefits for both our community members and our yoga therapy candidates.” To volunteer as a client for AUM’s yoga therapy clinics, e-mail For information on yoga therapy certification at AUM, visit See ad, page 35.

Yoga - A New Approach to Chronic Health Conditions


ertified Yoga Therapist, and owner of YogaWithBeatriz ®, Beatriz Osorio keeps expanding her services to apply Yoga as medicine for chronic conditions. In addition to her well-known program, Yoga for Back Conditions, Beatriz and her team of Certified and experienced Yoga Teachers are now offering Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, Yoga for Emotional Wellbeing, Yoga and 12 –Step Recovery, and Yoga for Stress Relief. The YogaWithBeatriz ® approach is to customize a yoga therapy routine, respecting the uniqueness of each client. Customization is then followed by a set of classes, to support the continued practice of the individual routines. “Yoga is a strong medicine, but it is a slow medicine. The healing power of Yoga accumulates over time and with a consistent practice. Our goal is to furnish the clients with yoga tools and support for them to awaken their natural healing power” explains Osorio. “It is gratifying to see the transformation and empowerment that our clients undergo, when Yoga Therapy improves their health conditions.” The studio is located at 8762 S.W. 133rd Street in Miami. For more information call 786-246-4787, email or visit See ad, page 36. 8

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The Chill Concept Opens in Wynwood


new space for art, innovation and wellness, will be part of the cultural agenda of Miami. The Chill Concept is a pop-up museum, a place to catalyze ideas and promote relationships with the community. The Chill Concept goes beyond ordinary wellness workshop programs, “The Salon*” (*salon: a meeting of intellectuals under the roof of an exciting host to increase the knowledge of the participants through conversations), is meant to enlighten and inspire. From September to November explore topics like: What’s in Your Roots?, The Art of Alchemy: A Creativity Workshop, Breath: The Master Key of Life’s Mystery, How To Find Your Soul Mate, The Art of Aromatherapy For Home, Health and Romance, Reiki Certifications, Backyard Boot Camp and OM Now yoga. Andreina Fuentes, creator of The Chill Concept, found her inspiration in author and well-know museum expert, Stephen Weil who proposes the idea of a museum conceived as a safe environment for unpredictable ideas. “I was always very interested in new museology”, explains Fuentes, “I’ve followed the ideas of the International Movement for a New Museology, for whom the museum is not just a physical space. A museum exists inside or outside, because art doesn’t have a need for walls. Our main interests at The Chill Concept are combining wellness, innovation, and contemporary culture with community” For a complete list of workshops visit the event calendar at: The Chill Concept, 114 NE 20 Terrace Miami, Fl 33137. (786) 442.8843. See ad, page 45.

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ibration of Life is back, and it looks like it will be bigger and better than last year. Celebrate alongside the local holistic community in this year’s headlining evening concert series featuring two well known sacred chant artists, Deva Premal and Miten with Manose and Friends and Jai Uttal. Additionally don’t miss the workshops, FREE presentations, vendors, food trucks and more. The festivities start each day at 1:00 pm. Saturday workshop schedule begins with Vish from the Mayapuris sharing his Rhythm of the Heart Workshop at 1:00pm. Sunday don’t miss Jai, coming back from the previous night’s concert to enlighten the audience with his Awakening Bhakti: A Celebration of Divine and Human Love Workshop at 1:00pm. This 2nd annual two day event is being held at the beautiful South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay. The vendors, which will be open from 1-7:00 pm each day, will include holistic merchandise and vegetarian food. Starting at 3:00 pm, there will also be nine holistic presentations held at the theaters beautiful educational rooms. Each presentation will last 45 minutes. Last year’s schedule included crystal bowl meditations, yoga, Ayurveda and others. This year they expect to have more of the same.

op on board the March 14-21, 2015 Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise for an event that Natural Geographic Traveler calls “one of the 100 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life.” Enjoy life-transforming discussions on the benefits of a plant-based diet aboard a luxurious Italian cruise liner with a community of friends. Meet others who share your vision of health as you nourish yourself with good food, good people, and good times. Among the 1,700-plus people attending will be an impressive list of doctors, instructors, and chefs speaking on all of aspects of holistic health, wellness, and plant-based and macrobiotic diets. Drs. Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell, Neal Barnard, and Michael Greger will present why such a diet serves you and the world. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Chef AJ, and several other vegan chefs will teach you how to make this life taste great. These are just a few of the 35 teachers offering over 130 classes, which include yoga, Pilates, and meditation. Evening parties will provide plenty of opportunity for fun and socializing. As you learn, you’ll also get to indulge in the many amenities of the eco-friendly MSC Divina. Make friends at the Golden Jazz Bar or enjoy solo time in the stunning Aurea Spa. Cruise itinerary includes Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.


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newsbriefs Last Month to Taste the Miami Flavors


he Miami Spice restaurant program is 12 years old and it’s still going strong. Attracting hundreds to participating restaurants, this event is a must for picky or adventurous eaters alike. As summer comes to an end it’s an opportunity to savor signature dishes at great prices. Every year from August 1st through September 30th, restaurants offer three-course meals featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs at reduced prices: lunch at $23 and dinner $39. Foodies can taste mouth-watering dishes from neighborhood restaurants all over Miami. It’s a fantastic way to gather and enjoy alongside family and friends as the program offers everything from exotic dishes, like beet root vichyssoise with lobster, to plain pizza. And don’t forget dessert is included in the pre-fixed prices. Whether you stick to what you know or try something new, Miami Spice will afford you a unique opportunity, one that will also satisfy your pocket. Visit for a list of restaurants, special offers, exclusive events and more. For offer availability or restrictions, contact restaurants directly as there are some locations which only offer the menus on weekdays or restrict participation to either lunch or dinner.

Wine on Harvest Moon


n Saturday, October 11th from 7:30 to 10:30 pm you will experience the Best of Bavaria at the 13th annual Wine On Harvest Moon at The Deering Estate at Cutler. Taste the fine wines, unique cuisine and celebrate the vibrant culture of Germany at this signature fundraising event. Top local restaurants serve their specialties and Rieslings and rare boutique wines are poured by Crown Wine & Spirits. A contemporary group art exhibition, performances of witty vignettes of Grimm Fairy Tales and high-end auction complete the evening. All proceeds from this signature fundraising event help to support the Estate’s educational programs, cultural events as well as conservation programs. Capacity is limited. Tickets are $150- General admission and $125 for Foundation members. But that’s not all. From 7:30am to 10:30am, take a Bird Walk tour! Are you anxious to cross the thick-billed vireo, mangrove cuckoo, or white-crowned pigeon off your life list? These are just 3 of the more than 170 species that you can encounter. Bird Walks take place the 2nd Saturday of the month; Free with Estate admission. And from 12:30pm - 2:00pm, special walking tour introduces the public to the Tequesta – a Native American people who canoed the waters of Biscayne Bay and hunted on the high ground of the Miami Rock Ridge on the land known today as the Deering Estate at Cutler. Naturalists guide you through protected natural areas as you visit a Tequesta habitation site and a burial mound, walk an ancient Tequesta trail, and handle Tequesta artifacts. Tequesta Trail Tour is the 2nd weekend of the month; Free with Estate admission.

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2014 Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival


itness the majesty of the Florida Keys’ spectacular fall bird migration during the 16th annual Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival from Tuesday, September 23, through Sunday, September. 28, and join more than a dozen birding and wildlife experts for a tour of one of Florida’s most precious ecosystems during the six-day festival that spans the 120-mile-long chain of islands. Events will include a Sunday excursion to Dry Tortugas National Park, guided birding and butterfly walks and talks, a photography workshop, a free, family-friendly all-day wildlife fair, citizen science with Florida Keys Hawkwatch and several backcountry excursions. In addition to workshops and presentations, Galvez and his fellow presenters will lead walks to experience the morning flights of migratory birds. Festivalgoers are also welcome to join the hawkwatchers daily as they monitor the flights of record numbers of peregrine falcons and other raptors from a perch at Curry Hammock State Park. This is the southernmost migration count in the continental United States, documenting as many as 25,000 diurnal birds of prey of 18 species and more than 120 species of waders, shorebirds and songbirds. The festival comprises many of the Florida Keys natural Festival participants will explore many great Keys natural wonders, including the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, the National Key Deer Refuge, the waters of the Upper Keys backcountry and half a dozen state parks, and will include the Wildlife Fair which occurs from 10am – 3pm on Saturday, September 27 at Curry Hammock State Park. The festival is sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. For more information, visit, or contact the Event Coordinator: Kristie Killam (cell) 305-304-9625 or

Group Acupuncture in Miami


n September 4th everyone is invited to participate in what is forecast to be an unbelievable experience. Acupuncturist Heather Hickson AP will conduct a group acupuncture session where participants will create an unbelievable energy connection surge between them, allowing everyone to relax and bring their body back into harmony and balance. All you need is your own yoga mat or comfortable blanket. The relaxing music and safe environment will be provided. “This is a wonderful way for the inexperienced to tried acupuncture, surrounded by friends, family or other like minded folks,” explains Hickson. The two sessions/treatments, 3pm and 6pm, are completely unique and last about an hour. Cost is only $35 and will take place at the Mirador at West Avenue Spa, 1000 West Avenue in Miami Beach. Hickson is also a Reiki Master. Her next class, Reiki 1, is on September 6 from 10am-3pm. Reiki 1 is a five hour course taught in one day in a small group setting. You will receive a lesson book, a mini demo Reiki treatment, two attunements through guided meditation, a certificate to be a Reiki practitioner and a surprise gift to take home with you. Cost is $150.

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Antioxidant Supplements Improve Eye Health


ye health may be improved by taking certain antioxidant supplements, according to researchers at Austria’s Medical University of Vienna. They studied 40 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 split into two groups, giving a control group a placebo pill and the other a supplement containing vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, copper, selenium, gingko biloba, flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-lipoic acid. The medical scientists tested the health and blood flow of the retinal artery, which feeds the eye with blood and nutrients. The results of the two-week trial showed the supplements significantly improved blood flow through the retinal arteries. The supplements also helped protect the retinal arteries from free radical damage. The scientists concluded that such supplementation can prevent a type of cellular dysfunction in the eye induced by oxidative stress that is assumed to play a role in age-related macular degeneration.

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Licorice Root Reduces Dangerous Fat


new study published in the journal Nutrafoods has confirmed that licorice extract helps reduce visceral fat in obese adults. The study tested 60 men and 60 women that were clinically obese with body mass index (BMI) scores of over 30. For three months, they were given either a placebo pill or 300 milligrams per day of licorice root extract. Then they were tested for visceral fat using CT scans and measured for waist circumference, waist-to-hip measurements and BMI scores. The licorice extract group had significantly fewer visceral fat cells, lower BMI scores and reduced waist circumference compared with the placebo group. Previous research with the extract also showed similar weight-loss effects among human subjects.

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esearchers from the University of Kentucky have determined that snacking on raisins can decrease high blood pressure and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. For 12 weeks, 46 men and women snacked on either processed snack foods or raisins. At the beginning and end of each month, the researchers tested for blood glucose, diabetic risk markers and blood pressure. Raisin snacking was found to reduce blood pressure while improving blood glucose and diabetic risk factors. The researchers concluded, “Regular consumption of raisins may reduce glycemia and cardiovascular risk factors, including blood pressure.”

Vitamin D3 Cuts Antibiotic Use by Elderly


esearch from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, in Australia, has found supplemental vitamin D3 reduces the incidence of infection among seniors. More than 600 subjects, ages 60 to 84, were divided into three groups and for one year took either 1,000 international units (IU) a day of vitamin D3, 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D3, or a placebo. Those given the 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day were 28 percent less likely to require antibiotics prescriptions than those taking the placebo. Those older than 70 years were 47 percent less likely to be prescribed antibiotics than the placebo group.

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Pre-K Education Linked to Better Health 26 Years Later


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n addition to an increased likelihood of achieving academic success, children that participate in game-based educational training also have a significantly lower risk of developing future cardiovascular disease, according to University of North Carolina researchers in a paper published this year in Science magazine. Launched in the 1970s, the Carolina Abecedarian Project studied more than 100 children beginning when they were just over 4 years old. Fifty-seven focused on language skills while also receiving nutritional and health services. A control group received the same nutritional and health services, but not the early language education. Early education turned out to be an indicator for significantly healthier individuals when they had reached the age of 30, with a lower average systolic blood pressure than those in the control group and no symptoms of metabolic syndrome—a condition related to diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Twenty-five percent of the control group had metabolic syndrome symptoms at age 30.

Mindfulness Meditation Can Hinder Onset of Alzheimer’s


pilot study from the Harvard Medical School indicates yet another benefit of meditation. The researchers tested 14 people with mild cognitive impairment, which often leads to Alzheimer’s disease, and provided them with either Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training or standard care. Brain imaging tests indicated that those engaged in meditative training had increased activity and connections among three areas of the brain—the posterior cingulate cortex, medial prefrontal cortex and left hippocampus. Although larger studies are needed, study authors remark, “These preliminary results indicate that in adults with mild cognitive impairment, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction therapy may have a positive impact on the regions of the brain most related to mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.” Available 10am - 8pm Eastern

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Radioactive Sea

Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown is Poisoning California Kelp Scientists analyzing kelp off the coast of San Diego have linked the presence of the radioactive isotope cesium to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, in Japan, which melted down in 2011. As part of the ongoing Kelp Watch 2014 project, government and academic institutions have begun receiving results from samples of bull kelp and giant kelp collected along the California coast. “We’re trying to figure out how much is there and how much is getting into the ecosystem,” says Matthew Edwards, Ph.D., of San Diego State University. “Things are linked a little more closely than sometimes we’d like to think. Just because it’s on the other side of the world doesn’t mean that it doesn’t affect us.” With experts predicting a 40-year-plus cleanup at Fukushima, the likelihood of increased cesium in the Pacific Ocean seems inevitable.

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Makers Agree Not to Use Cancer-Causing Chemical This year, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) reached legal agreements with 26 major companies to discontinue using a cancercausing chemical in shampoo and personal care products, and potential agreements with more than 100 additional companies are still pending. Cocamide diethanolamine (DEA), a synthetic chemical created from a chemical reaction between coconut oils and diethanolamine, has been used for decades in shampoos and other products as a foaming agent. In 2012, California listed the chemical as a known carcinogen, based on assessment by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, which evaluated skin exposure tests on animals. In 2013, the CEH brought lawsuits against companies selling products in California containing the substance without a health warning, as required under Prop 65, the state’s consumer protection law for toxic chemicals. Note: A Think Dirty app offers information about the potentially toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products and what not to buy. Source: ( 16

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U.S. Farmers Plant More GMO Crops Farmers in the U.S. added 12 million more acres of genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops in 2013, reports Clive James, with the International Service for the Acquisition of AgriBiotech Applications, and now lead the world in their production by volume. Even as many U.S. consumers reject foods containing GM ingredients, many farmers continue to embrace the technology. “In general, choosing GM seed is an economic decision for farmers,” says North Dakota Farmers’ Union President Mark Watne, who grows corn, soy and wheat in Minot. “If you give them a tool to battle weeds at a reasonable cost, they adopt it.” Source: USA Today

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Major University Offers Integrative Medicine Certificate The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is inaugurating an online Integrative Medicine Program in partnership with the Metabolic Medical Institute and accepting applications toward graduate certification in integrative medicine. Integrative medicine focuses on the whole person, and the curriculum includes prevention, self-care, nutrition, exercise prescription, dietary supplements and wellness-based therapies. Students also review advanced predictive diagnostics, biotechnology, and systems biology utilizing proteomics, genomics and metabolomics. Graduates will gain cutting-edge knowledge to make well-informed decisions with their patients about treating disease, promoting vitality and optimizing aging. To learn more and enroll in the program, visit

Cleaner Air

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Celebrating Pesticide-Free Orchards The nationally acclaimed Rodale Institute will celebrate its fifth annual Organic Apple Festival on September 21 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, more than 30 years after planting the trees. Organizers note that when growers select just one genetic variety of apple to reproduce and cultivate, they create a monoculture that easily becomes more susceptible to pests and diseases than an orchard that hosts several varieties. An array of insects and blights favor this all-American fruit, which is why standard apples are the single-most pesticide-contaminated produce item at conventional groceries. Large agribusiness operations typically grow fruit bred for durability and color during shipping and shelf life. Organic apples, by contrast, are chosen for flavor and regional adaptability. Source:

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Greenland a Big Contributor to Sea Level Rise New research by University of California-Irvine and NASA glaciologists published in Nature Geoscience shows that Greenland is more vulnerable to warm ocean waters from climate change than previously thought. Newly discovered deep valleys stretch for dozens of miles under the Greenland ice sheet in bedrock well below sea level. As subtropical Atlantic waters hit the fronts of hundreds of glaciers, their edges will erode much further than had been assumed and release far greater amounts of water. Ice melt from the subcontinent has already accelerated as warmer marine currents have migrated north, although older models predicted that once higher ground was reached in a few years, the ocean-induced melting would halt, Greenland’s frozen mass would stop shrinking and its effect on higher sea waters would be curtailed. Source: Environmental News Network (

The White House plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. Each state will have its own goal within the overall national pollution reduction effort, an attempt to be politically and practically flexible in its implementation. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy explains, “Each state’s goal is tailored to its own circumstances, and states have the flexibility to reach the goal in whatever ways work best for them.” States can renovate existing coal-fired plants with newer, cleaner burning technology; switch coal plants to natural gas, which produces much less carbon; and work to persuade residents to be more efficient in their use of electricity. States can also band together in cap-and-trade networks for emission reductions, in which companies buy and sell permits allowing them to produce a certain amount of carbon emissions. Clean producers can be sellers, dirtier producers buyers. The program represents an absolute reduction in U.S. carbon emissions of nearly one-third, rather than a simple slowing in the growth rate of emissions. Contrary industry groups, many Republicans and some coal-state Democrats oppose the proposal due to its anticipated costs and increased regulations. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Food Transparency

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Vermont Demands GMO Labeling Vermont Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge spearheaded efforts for Vermont to pass the nation’s first unrestricted mandatory labeling bill for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The state legislature’s collective efforts, lasting more than a decade, led to an unprecedented, gamechanging new law signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on April 23. Anticipating the current lawsuit by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Vermont has set aside $10 million for legal fees. The Organic Manufacturers Association is working to expand funding behind Vermont’s defense because the outcome could affect all 50 states. Unless legally overturned, starting July 1, 2016, products sold in Vermont that contain more than 0.9 percent GMO content contamination will require a statement on the label indicating that genetic engineering was used. Also, products that contain GMOs and are labeled as such cannot label their products as “natural”. The bill, however, does not apply to labels for milk, eggs and meat from animals fed GMOs. Donate to Vermont’s defense fund at Update to our July GMO Global Brief.


Planetary Push

Public Demands Climate Change Solutions People throughout the U.S. and worldwide, representing hundreds of grassroots and non-government organizations, will converge on New York City for the Peoples Climate March on September 21. As United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls for heads of state to mobilize at an historic U.N. Summit on Climate Change that weekend, the people will demand action via the largest-ever climate change citizens’ demonstration. Concerned groups and individuals expect to exchange ideas, articulate common challenges and address solutions. Learn more and sign up at Find a partial list of participating organizations at


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o the casual observer, Miami’s Bay Oaks Home looks like a charming country bed-and-breakfast, with a welcoming committee of lap-sized dogs. Lush landscaping graces the courtyard, where orchids bloom in the trees. Inside the home, at 435 NE 34th St., antiques furnish every room. A laundress irons residents’ clothes and sheets. A chef might be scrambling organic eggs from backyard hens or slicing mangoes from the orchard. Hidden among highrises north of downtown, Bay Oaks, a 501c3 nonprofit, is the assisted-living facility that anguished adult children looking to place aging parents can’t believe exists, having toured one dreary, impersonal institution after another. Founded by the women of the Soroptimist Club after World War II, Bay Oaks is largely supported by foundation money, grants and donations. Kathryn Reid Kassner became its administrator in 1998, bringing a singular vision for residents’ care, employee conduct, décor and menu. A preservationist, she initially got involved in restoring buildings on the five-acre campus, then embraced a broader mission: “To come up with a profile of who we could best assist in the whole process of aging and be able to have a resident guest come here and remain for the rest of his or her life.’’ From that evolved an operating philosophy deeply rooted in respect. “We are in service to the resident guests, not to the family,’’ Kassner says. “Residents appreciate that. They know they have the right to decline any suggestion.’’ “We want their lives to be stress free. When you remove anxiety from the equation

of life, everything is better.’’ All rooms are private, though some share baths. The base price is $4,500 monthly, but about a quarter of the residents receive “scholarships’’ and pay less. Kassner, 63, aims for a mix as ethnically, culturally and economically diverse as South Florida itself: veterans, teachers, executives, beauticians, waiters, doctors, lawyers, librarians. “You have what appears on the surface to be a random group of people, but they settle in and become part of a community [with] the same core values. That’s unique to us.’’ The ideal resident “is cognitive of the aging process and not in denial about it,’’ congenial and polite. Kassner feels that many ALFs seem more concerned with the staff’s convenience than residents’ quality of life, with “an emphasis on risk management. They don’t want a person to walk; they’d rather put them in a wheelchair to speed the process. We’re not in a hurry here.’’ Bay Oaks’ certified nursing assistants (CNAs) “must be problem solvers, well mannered, highly competent and responsible,’’ she says. “Empathy and patience are part of being responsible. Take one of those qualities out and it’s not going to work.’’ Smoking is forbidden; compliance with prescribed medications required. Kassner believes that a quality ALF should house no more than 50 residents – Bay Oaks aims for about 35 -- and have “an expansive physical plant so there are plenty of places to walk about. It should be a nonprofit…If there’s residual money, it should go back into the infrastructure or your employees.’’ Barring catastrophic illness, a resident should never have to leave a quality ALF for a nursing home, she says. “But it takes a ton of people to make it happen. We have a maintenance supervisor, chef, general manager, doctor, registered nurses, CNAs, an event coordinator, bookkeeper, administrator, cognitive therapist, yoga teacher, volunteers, board members.’’ Kassner’s advice to Baby Boomers planning for aging parents – and for themselves: Get long-term care insurance, because 24hour care is so costly. “It’s one of the first questions people ask: ‘What does Medicare pay toward housing?’ Nothing! They’re really stunned by that.’’ Although most families don’t confront aging loved ones’ situations until a crisis forces the issue, “prime time to move to assisted living is when the resident can participate in the choice,’’ Kassner says. For more information about Bay Oaks Home, call 305-573-4337, or visit bayoakshome. com. Elinor J. Brecher is a retired Miami Herald reporter who serves on the Bay Oaks Home board. natural awakenings

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Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself (, sought to keep her husband as engaged and active as possible. When she had difficult issues to discuss, she’d make a “talking date” with him, offering choices by saying, “I’d love to chat with you. Would Tuesday before dinner or Thursday after breakfast work for you?” Before the date, she’d select a comfortable room and clear her mind by meditating, napping or mindfully sipping herbal tea. The conversations would cover anything from how to work with their health professionals to plans for his end-of-life ceremony. They agreed on strategies and worked together as a team.

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f you’re depressed, tired or sick, your caregiving is likely to suffer,” counsels John Schall, CEO of Caregiver Action Network, in Washington, D.C., and a former family caregiver. “For the sake of your loved one, take care of yourself.” The AARP estimates that some 34 million family caregivers provide for someone that is ill or disabled in the U.S. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, in Bethesda, Maryland, caregivers generally struggle with finding time for themselves, managing emotional and physical stress and balancing work and family responsibilities. Experts suggest that the following seven steps can help people enjoy a healthier, less stressful and more conscious approach to care giving— and receiving.

Reframe Care

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initially felt she was the only family member that could help her. However, gradually, the Minneapolis-based international caregiver advocate and founder of learned to welcome help from others. “Being perfect gets in the way of true connections,” she observes. Although La Bey began her caregiving out of love, the volume of related tasks soon sparked stress. That’s when she taught herself to slow down and reframe her outlook: Before going into her mom’s room, folding her laundry, scheduling healthcare practitioners and delivering dinner, La Bey paused to consciously ask: “Is Mom safe, happy and pain-free?” Centering on those three questions reminded her that she was doing this work out of love. Psychotherapist Diana Denholm, Ph.D., of West Palm Beach, Florida, heightened her own consciousness by learning to see caregiving as a collaborative effort. Denholm, author of The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for

“I’ll carry your luggage for you, Dad, since you’re not feeling well”… La Bey still remembers her father’s downturned mouth as she tugged the suitcase out of his hands. “I was trying to be helpful, but instead I took away his dignity and power,” she later realized. “If I had packed his bag lighter, he could have carried it like always.” When are we helping and when are we doing too much? “Put yourself in the sick person’s shoes. Avoid doing something the person can do for himself,” agrees Denholm. Controlling behavior changes the dynamics of the relationship and can put the caregiver in a parental role. She recommends a holistic brainstorming exercise in which the caregiver writes answers to such questions as: What am I frustrated about? What really annoys me? Why am I angry with myself? The results offer a window to understanding our own feelings. “Feeling anger could mean we’re acting codependently and taking on too many responsibilities,” Denholm says. “The caregiver’s job isn’t to save the patient, but merely to support him or her in necessary ways.”

Ask for Help

“I don’t want to be a burden,” and “We’re afraid of losing our privacy,” and “I’m the only one who can take care of him; no one else can do it right,” are common concerns. “These

self-limiting beliefs prevent people from reaching out for help,” says family caregiver and life coach Yosaif August, founder of Yes To Life Coaching (, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and author of Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out. August quotes a recent Johns Hopkins study that reported caregivers might improve their health “… when caregiving is done willingly, at manageable levels and with individuals who are capable of expressing gratitude.” Accepting assistance makes caregiving more manageable. August understands how overwhelming the experience can be and advises caregivers to ask themselves: “What do I need help with right now?” Keep answers specific, such as, “I need someone to prepare dinner tomorrow night, mow the lawn and pick up our vitamins.” August also suggests creating a family Declaration of Interdependence, a personal statement documenting how the family prefers to be helped, along with the attitudes and behaviors they find especially supportive. Encourage family and friends to ask these two questions: “Are you open to advice?” and “Is this a good time to talk about your spouse’s condition?” Make much-needed breaks sacrosanct from such discussions.

Nurture through Nourishment

More than 50 percent of caregivers surveyed in a 21st-century study spearheaded by the National Alliance for

Caregiving reported, “I don’t have time to take care of myself.” That can translate to a lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and little or no respite. “If you aren’t healthy and strong, you can’t properly care for anyone else,” says Liana Werner-Gray, New York City natural lifestyle consultant and author of The Earth Diet ( To begin each day, she advises drinking one cup of warm water with juice from half a lemon, explaining that stress produces acid and lemon water metabolizes as alkalinity and helps keep the body’s pH balanced. For healthy snacks, Werner-Gray recommends easy and nutritionrich choices like fresh fruits, green smoothies, organic nut butters and a trail mix of raw nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Save time with the smoothies by making a large batch and freezing portions to enjoy later. A basic recipe might include two handfuls of greens, such as spinach and kale, a banana and other fruits, almond milk or purified water and maybe adding flaxseed, cinnamon or goji berries. When appropriate, share the same health-boosting foods with the loved one. Victoria Moran, of New York City, is the director of the Main Street Vegan Academy and author of a dozen books on health and well-being including Main Street Vegan and Living a Charmed Life. She offers such conscious eating tips as eating full meals of “real” food instead of snacks; selecting beautiful foods; and ritualizing indulgences, such as a special spot for relaxing with high-quality dark chocolate and tea using good china

Extending a Hand to Caregivers If your caregiving friends can’t articulate what they need, try these lovely offerings. n Send a cheerful card. n Gift a plant. n Weed their garden. n Cook a meal. n Schedule a walk together. n Sit with a loved one for several hours so they can run errands. n Volunteer to get their car washed. n Take them to a movie or out to dinner. n Buy a gift certificate to use online. n Treat them to a massage.

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Even though caregivers may feel they don’t have time to spare, Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, author of The Exercise Cure, says it’s vital to incorporate physical activity. He recommends starting by walking 30 minutes a day for one month. If necessary, it can be done in 10-minute increments. According to a study by Mayo Clinic Physician James Levine, Ph.D., in Scottsdale, Arizona, “Sitting is the new smoking.” Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns that


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Make a list of favorite ways to relax and renew during short respites, such as reading, listening to music, stepping outside, sipping coffee with friends or taking a hot shower, and refer to it often. include obesity, metabolic syndrome and increased risks of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer. The solution is to move more and sit less— walk while on the phone and stand up while reading. Metzl suggests a stretch break every 20 minutes. Three of his “commandments” for fitness are having fun, setting goals and minimizing sitting. “Schedule exercise and respite breaks and make them as inviolate as a doctor’s visit,” advises Schall.

Commune with Spirit

August suggests establishing a twofold consciousness-raising ritual to welcome and appreciate life. Begin each day by showing gratitude for being alive and end it focused on forgiveness and gratitude. “When you cultivate gratitude, you notice more things to be grateful for,” says August. La Bey concurs, and writes down at least five things she is grateful for every day. She mentally replays time with her mom and appreciates the little moments and signs of hope, like “the twinkle in Mom’s eye or the way she held hands and smiled.” This puts her in an upbeat frame of mind when she drifts off to sleep. She also writes out her intention for the day, envisioning positive outcomes. She might af-


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firm: “I am going to have a grace-filled day. Things will go smoothly.” Denholm centers herself by petting her cats. Some caregivers chant or practice meditation or mindful breathing, while others might take a walk, shop, or sit quietly in a church.

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La Bey discovered that her journey as a caregiver also dramatically enhanced her own life. “Mom taught me so much,” she relates. “I learned compassion and unconditional love on multiple levels. I learned to live in gratitude, instead of loss.” August notes, “Even in the tough times, I experienced an engaged, poignant and rich connection with my parents.” For Denholm, treasured gifts included strengthening her communication with her husband and working as a team. “Allowing yourself to reach out for assistance and make time for respite will deeply enrich your caregiving experience,” concludes Schall. Advocacy, peer support and other practical information

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The Science of Happiness: Why Three Blessings Works By Helene Leonetti, MD


t’s no secret that our brain tends to ignore what goes well in our life and focuses instead on what may go wrong. Dr. Martin Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and others developed a simple technique to address this, called the Three Blessings exercise. Researchers were surprised when they discovered how well this mental exercise works. In a 2006 study published in American Psychologist, many of the participants described the effect of positive psychotherapy exercises, which included the Three Blessings, as “life-changing.” Seligman, who spearheaded the study holds multiple PhDs and is highly respected among academics and scientists. In 2006, his focus shifted to promoting Positive Psychology, and that same year he conducted the randomly-assigned, placebo-controlled study referred to above. His research showed the effectiveness of certain positive

psychotherapy (PPT) exercises. This is how the study was set up: 500 thoroughly-tested participants received interventions for mild to moderate depression for one week: three PPT exercises or three placebo exercises. All three PPT exercises worked well, including the Three Blessings exercise. In an interview describing the study, Seligman remarked, “I do not think I ever heard the word ‘life-changing’ more often in my 40 years of teaching.” So what exactly is Three Blessings? The exercise is so simple, many wonder how it can possibly work. However, experience and science tell us it’s highly effective at relieving depression and stress, while simultaneously increasing a sense of joy and well-being.

Just follow these easy steps: 1. In the evening, take a moment to think about your day. 2. Find the three most positive things that occurred that day that made you feel happy. They do not have to be big things—maybe someone smiled at you or gave you a compliment. Of course, big things count too! 3. Write the three things down and think about why this good thing happened. By practicing the Three Blessings, it allows us to not only refocus our attention toward the positive, but also analyze and optimize their use, as well. Doctor Helene Leonetti’s practice is focused on joining the best of conventional medicine and holistic treatment, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, while awakening all women to the healing power of self-love and acceptance. For more information call 484-707-8927 or visit

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Dance Movement Integrates Souls “Dance therapy enhances connections in the brain and uses movement to integrate body, mind and spirit,” says Erica Hornthal, owner of Chicago’s North Shore Dance Therapy, a psychotherapy practice that helps individuals cope with the challenges of dementia. Hornthal often notices a real change after people experience movement therapy. Often, when she enters a memory care facility she sees people withdrawn or sleeping. After she guides them in specific movements designed to connect mind and body, participants are usually awake, more alert and making eye contact. “We might reach our arms up, then down, to connect with ourselves. We might give ourselves a hug and then stretch toward our neighbor,” explains Hornthal, a board-certified dance movement therapist. “All the movements have a psychosocial goal.” She suggests that care partners play familiar music and encourage their loved one to move as they wish to. The care partner might move her head or wiggle her fingers to the music, invit-

ing the other to do the same. “Focus on what your loved one can do and celebrate their abilities,” Hornthal advises.

Brushing Watercolor Memories “Even after memory and cognitive functions are damaged, the ability to create art can continue,” says Karen Clond, a licensed master social worker and dementia care specialist at the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America chapter, in Prairie Village, Kansas. “The organization’s Memories in the Making art program works because the amygdala, the part of the brain involved with emotions and memory that processes feelings like fear, also processes beauty, appreciation and attachment.” Sally Jenny developed the program in 1988, which now boasts more than 4,000 participant artists a week. Facilitators create a safe and encouraging atmosphere to explore painting with watercolors, which can unlock memories, stimulate thoughts and promote social interaction. The process also produces tangible pieces they’ve created and can revisit. “The artists have complete con-

trol over their work,” Clond comments. “It’s a failure-free activity.” For at-home painting activities, she suggests inviting guidelines: Provide good-quality supplies; have no expectations; find something good in every effort; ask them to title their piece and affix their artist’s signature; call them an artist and provide artistic respect.

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A Lovely Loo that’s All Green, Too Tips for Eco-Friendly Plants, Shades and Cleaners by Avery Mack


ey elements like low-flow faucets and showerheads, VOC-free paint, sustainable flooring and nonporous countertops form the foundation of an eco-friendly bathroom. Now let’s take a look at the softer side of green. Start by considering the use of honeycomb window shades and double-glazed windows to keep this most intimate room comfortable year-round and reduce utility bills. Periodically letting in fresh air helps keep the room dry and reduces growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. While the kitchen harbors the most germs in the house, the bathroom is a close second. Instead of harsh chemical cleansers, try white vinegar, a safe and economical alternative. Its acidity is effective in killing most germs. Madeleine Somerville, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, author of All You Need Is Less, uses heated vinegar misted on the shower door to remove soap scum. To achieve a shiny tub, she advises mixing one-quarter cup of baking soda, one tablespoon of natural dishwashing soap and enough water to make a paste. The baking soda also freshens the drain when the tub is rinsed. Toilet 26

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bowl ring stains can be scrubbed away with a pumice stone. “Cleaning faucet aerators and exhaust vents on a regular basis extends equipment life, maintains efficiency and prevents minor plumbing problems,” advises Keita Turner, a New York City area interior designer. Turner has also installed dual-flush toilets that necessitate less water and upkeep. Bathroom odors are another concern. A few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball placed inside the toilet paper roll freshens the air every time the roll turns—without the plastic waste byproduct from store-bought brands. Baking soda removes odors in the bath like it does in the fridge. Upgrade from a simple bowlful by designing a mini-Zen meditation spot using a flat, open wooden box and a doll housesized rake. Adding a smooth rock or two for texture heightens visual appeal. Green plants can chip in by absorbing odors, as well. Many, like the Boston fern, thrive in shower steam. Flowering plants add an inviting touch. Be sure to choose child- and pet-safe greenery. Even quick, water-saving showers eventually result in towels and wash-

cloths destined for the laundry. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute suggests that towels can be used up to four times before washing if they are hung to dry between showers, reducing both water and energy usage. To avoid spreading germs, personalize towels and washcloths for each child by color or marking with an initial or colored dot. Organic cotton towels are eco-friendly, comfy and widely available, as are organic cotton bath mats. For the crafty, make a mat from recycled towels or upgrade to a foot-massaging mat made from recycled wine corks. On special occasions when a soothing bath is called for, add a whimsical touch with Mr. Green, the world’s first rubber duck made in the U.S. from environmentally friendly, recycled and recyclable material. “Recycled materials call for different sculpting and molds, so designing Mr. Green was the hardest thing we’ve ever done,” says Craig Wolfe, president of CelebriDucks, in San Rafael, California. It’s a fun way to remind kids about going green while they spend a few extra minutes getting clean.

Cleaning Recipes Freshen drains and keep oils and lotions from clogging bathroom pipes by pouring one cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a cup of hot, white vinegar. After it foams, wait five minutes and then flush with hot water. Mix two tablespoons of salt with one teaspoon of white vinegar to form a paste effective for cleaning chrome faucets. Scrub chrome with a cut lemon to remove hard water stains. Use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to scrub grout. Periodically douse the toilet with a half-cup of lemon juice and swish with a toilet bowl brush to keep it fresh. Add a few tablespoons of lemon juice into a spray bottle filled with water to clean windows and mirrors. Primary Source:

To indulge in post-shower personal pampering, consider healthenhancing coconut oil for head-to-toe moisturizing. As a hair treatment, coconut oil blocks protein loss and reduces frizz. Make a home exfoliating sugar scrub by combining onehalf cup of virgin coconut oil, one cup of organic sugar and 20 drops of lime or another essential oil to gently scrub away dry winter skin. Dry skin and ragged cuticles also benefit from whipped coconut oil. Its antifungal properties help keep toenails healthy and sandal-ready. Goat’s milk soap can reduce symptoms of dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. Its alpha-hydroxy acids remove dead skin cells. Add honey as a natural antibacterial boost. Mixing in colloidal oatmeal produces a gentle exfoliator. Let the next upgrade of the bathroom be of a more personal nature aligned with our core values of being good to our family and our home planet. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

Recommended House Plants Plants on the counter or windowsill add green to the room and serve as air purifiers. Aloe—provides gel inside the leaves to soothe burns and shaving nicks Boston fern—can be challenging to grow, but absorbs humidity and moisture English ivy—can reduce airborne fecal matter particles Eucalyptus—adds its own fresh aroma Heart leaf philodendron—cleans the air; poisonous if eaten by kids or pets Peace lily—cleans the air; poisonous to pets, especially cats Snake plant—needs little light or water; cleans the air of chemicals used in personal products Primary Source:

n Never clean with sponges—they merely move the germs around; use a washable cloth wipe instead. n Turkish cotton towels dry faster than the Egyptian variety. n Always put the upper toilet lid down. Testing by scientists at Leeds University found airborne germs 10 inches above and around the commode. n Low-flow toilets use as little as 1.6 gallons per flush compared to older styles that use five to seven gallons. The average person flushes five times a day.

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Also consider pickled vegetables, known as achar. “Naturally fermenting vegetables can turn some of them into superfoods, with enhanced properties that are rich in healthy bacteria and support digestion and immunity,” says Hubbs, citing studies in the Journal of Nutrition and Clinical Microbiology Reviews. Daals, or lentils, including Indian diet staples peas and beans, provide a good source of protein that is also high in fiber, he says. Lentils—highly versatile and available with or without the skin, whole or split—can be eaten thick and creamy, soup-like or dry, cooked with other vegetables or simply enhanced with basic Indian spices. Popular legumes include black-eyed peas and garbanzo beans. Different regions in the Indian subcontinent have their preferred daal spices and cooking methods, but all citizens often serve them with boiled rice or Indian bread, called chapatti.

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and aromatic e are now Indian dishes offer leaves seeds from the pea famseeing 20 tantalizing options in a ily have become compercent American crops. non-Indian customvegetable-rich diet. mon Tindura, a gourd used in ers in our store,” says curry, and daikon, often Vipul Patel, owner of the eaten raw in salads or seasoned as stuffLouisville, Kentucky, branch of Patel Brothers, the largest Indian U.S. grocery ing in flatbread, are relatively new here. “By eating a larger variety of store chain. “Usually, new customers vegetables, consumers benefit from an come in with an Indian recipe and we increased array of vital nutrients and spehelp them find the ingredients.” cialized phytochemicals that have healing and medicinal qualities,” says Ronald Indian Veggies Hubbs, a practitioner at NW NaturopathVegetarianism has been a way of life in ic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon. He India for millennia. Some Indian vegetaadvises against overcooking vegetables to bles may already seem familiar; winter maintain their nutritional qualities. melon, or white pumpkin, for example, Hubbs notes that bitter gourd is is a squash that cooks and tastes like its probably one of the most underappreciorange counterpart. Eggplants native to ated Western foods, yet studies on mice India are egg-shaped and smaller than sponsored by the Garvan Institute of the American variety; they cook in less Medical Research, in Sydney, Australia, time and have a less bitter taste. and the Chinese government show that Other popular Indian vegetables, it contains four compounds that are efsuch as okra seedpods (eaten as a curfective in reducing blood glucose levels ried entrée or side dish and also used in diabetic patients. to thicken stews and soups), fenugreek 28

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blend of aromatic herbs and spices used in many Indian dishes, including those incorporating dairy, can be layered in for tantalizing flavors without necessitating frequent water breaks. Many commonly used herbs and spices have proven medicinal properties, historically recognized for

EZ Garam Masala Authentic garam masala is made with whole spices that have been roasted and ground, but this quick and easy substitute will add a warm, sweet flavor to vegetables, rice and other foods. 2 Tbsp ground coriander 1 Tbsp ground cumin 1 Tbsp ground cardamom 1 Tbsp ground black pepper 1 Tbsp ground fennel seed 1 tsp ground mustard ½ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground cayenne red pepper 2 Tbsp ground turmeric Mix the spices in a small bowl, place in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.

their healing properties in ayurvedic therapies and more recently, in Indian alternative medicine. According to University of Illinois research, fennel flower (black seed) and fenugreek improve lactation. University of Maryland Medical Center research shows that fennel seeds aid digestion. Further, the Journal of Phytopathology reports that carom seeds have antiseptic properties. Recently, researchers at Penn State University found that antioxidant spices such as turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, cloves and paprika reduced triglycerides in the blood by 30 percent, helping to reduce the risk of chronic disease. “That’s because adding spices LEED: to a meal decreases the amount of 5 x 11.25 fat in the bloodstream after eating,” x 10.75 explains study leader Ann Skulas-Ray, 10.25Ph.D. “There are clear benefits to adding spices to your meal, even if you’re only adding them occasionally.” 75 Sprinkling a little turmeric and ginger 5 on legumes or other vegetables while boiling or sautéing them can create a palate-pleasing dish with health benx 9.75efits. Numerous studies, including those from the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota, show that these 5 ingredients may help fight several kinds of x 3.25 cancer, reduce inflammation and relieve x 4.5 arthritis pain, among other benefits. Americans can easily learn to bring 75 out the best in their own Indian cuisine x 3.25with the subcontinent’s alluring blends of herbs and spices delivering both unforx 2.25 gettable flavor and nutrient-rich fare. x 4.5 Bushra Bajwa is a freelance writer




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Spicy Indian Family Recipes Basic Okra 3 Tbsp olive oil 2 finely chopped medium yellow onion 2 finely chopped vine tomatoes 18 oz okra (about 50 pieces), washed, dried, ends trimmed and then cut into ½-inch pieces Sea salt to taste Red chili powder to taste ½ tsp coriander powder ½ tsp turmeric powder Fresh cilantro for garnish Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan to lightly brown the onions. Add salt, chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric. Mix. Add tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes, covered. Add the okra, mix well and simmer for another 8 to 10 minutes. Serve garnished with cilantro.

Organic Baby Potatoes and Chickpeas 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 cups chickpeas, cooked, drained and rinsed 3 baby potatoes, washed and diced

Maash Daal 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cups maash (urad) lentils 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 tsp ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp coriander powder 2 cups purified water Sea salt to taste Chili powder to taste 2 tomatoes, finely chopped Fresh cilantro and chilies for garnish Wash lentils and soak in warm water for 1 hour.

1 finely chopped tomato Sea salt to taste 1 tsp garam masala blend of ground spices 1 jalapeño finely chopped (optional) ¼ tsp baking soda 2 Tbsp purified water Fresh cilantro for garnish Heat oil in saucepan before adding ingredients. Add chickpeas, potatoes, tomatoes, salt and garam masala to saucepan and bring to a boil. Add baking soda and water, and then simmer for 7 to 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Heat oil in saucepan to brown onions. Add ginger and garlic, spices and tomatoes and stir for a few minutes to make a paste. Add lentils and water, and then bring to boil. Simmer on low to medium heat for 30 minutes.

Bitter Gourd 2 Tbsp olive oil 5 bitter gourds 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced finely 2 tomatoes, chopped finely 1 tsp turmeric Sea salt to taste Wash and trim bitter gourd ends. Cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Slice the halves into ¼-inch pieces. Rub salt into the pieces and set aside for 20 to 30 minutes (to remove the bitterness). Rinse out the salt and dry the bitter gourd. Heat oil in saucepan and then add bitter gourd, turmeric and salt. Sauté on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add onions and sauté for another 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, mix well and cook on medium heat for another 5 minutes. Recipes courtesy of Bushra Bajwa.


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ost people I talk to are downright confused and frustrated about what to eat and why. Is whole grain the staff of life, or can it damage the brain or the gut? Is wheat a particularly scary bogeyman or not? Is eating an egg really as bad as smoking a cigarette? What about meat? Dairy? Fish? Soy? My intention in The PlantPlus Diet Solution is to give you the real science you need to decide which of these are right for you. For our purposes here, I’ll tell you how to begin on the path to personalized nutrition by rebooting your metabolism and your health with three simple steps. But first, what’s wrong with the way our nation eats anyway?

A Brief History of How America Got Fat and Sick Ever since President Dwight D. Eisenhower was diagnosed with heart disease in 1961 and put on a low-fat diet, lowering dietary fat while increasing carbohydrates became nutritional dogma in spite of some mighty sketchy research. Yes, the rates of heart disease have gone down, but the experts don’t think that diet was involved. Less smoking, better emergency medicine, more longterm care, fewer cases of rheumatic fever, and healthier moms who bore higher birth-weight babies are the likely causes of the decrease in heart disease over the past 60 years. Ironically the very dietary changes that were put in place specifically to reduce the incidence of heart disease, which still claims the lives of one in four Americans, ignited an epidemic of chronic health problems. In 1960 the United States was 16th in life expectancy compared to 191 other countries worldwide. By 2012, the United States ranked 51st in life expectancy, behind Bosnia and Herzegovina, barely nosing out Guam. We’re at a turning point where children now being born in the United States are the first generation whose life span is on track to be shorter than that of their parents. They are slated to live, on average, an alarmingly short 69 years. Yikes! We can do much better than that.

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ditional low-fat/high-carbohydrates diet?” That’s the opener to an article in The Jerusalem Post that highlights a study performed at Ben-Gurion University. The article concludes that there is no one-size-fits-all diet; however, “those on the low-carb diet did the best at keeping the weight off. . . . But the differences in the results between the three diets’ menus were less important than how much of their diet consisted of vegetables.”1 In the original article the authors write: “Universal predictors of successful weight loss in the rapid weight loss phase across all diet strategies are increasing the weight of intake of vegetables and decreasing the weight of intake of sweets and cakes.”2 A diet rich in vegetables and at least some fruit is good for almost everyone. But it doesn’t have to be—and in many cases, shouldn’t be—all we eat. Whether you’re one of the 0.5 percent of Americans who prefer to be vegans (no animal products, including dairy or eggs), the 3.2 percent who are vegetarians (dairy and eggs but no animal flesh), or a member of the Great Omnivorous Majority, a diet based on whole, unprocessed foods with lots of nutrient-rich, calorie-sparse vegetables is a good starting point. Until very recently there was no reliable way to know what your unique dietary needs were. Various writers suggested that your blood type or how fast you oxidized fats could be used to choose foods that were right for your body type, but those ideas haven’t stood the test of time. Consider this fact: When people are randomly assigned to specific diet types that vary in the amounts of carb, fat, and protein, some people lose a lot of weight. Others lose little or none, and a few even gain weight. The factors that create so much variation comprise the promising new field of personalized nutrition. Christopher Gardner, Ph.D., director of nutrition studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and associate professor of medicine at Stanford University, carried out a couple of landmark studies that shed light on which people will lose the most weight on diets that vary in carb and fat content. His data suggest that insulin-resistant people lose more weight on a low-carb diet, while people who aren’t insulin resistant do just as well on any of the major weightloss diets.

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elcome to your 2014 Natural Awakenings Yoga Guide. Celebrate this year’s National Yoga Month by supporting and recognizing those teachers And centers committed to the wellbeing of our community.



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A 5,500 sq ft Baptiste Yoga Affiliate studio and 200Hr / 500Hr RYS (Registered Yoga School) offering daily classes for all levels, workshops, private sessions and massage therapy. BV Boutique offers yoga clothing and props. See ad, page 2.


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Ongoing Yoga Sunday Power Vinyasa All Levels – 10:3012:00pm with Luca Richards, Certified Baptiste Teacher, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709.


Power Yoga Basics – 11:00-12:15pm with Virginia Ansaldi, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Garden Yoga – Hatha yoga class themed around horticulture tidbits and life lessons from the natural world with Terra-Nova (RYT) in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 6:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. 305-673-7256.


Power Vinyasa All Levels – 5:156:15pm with Cristina Ramirez, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786953-7709. Kids Yoga (4-8 Years) – 5:156:15pm with Morgan Soumah, RYT. $10 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786953-7709. Babywearing Yoga at Dante Fascell Park, 9:30am - 88th St and Red Rd., $10 intro special, 305-299-7826 Yoga at Earth ‘N Us Farm - : 6:15 p.m. $10. 7630 NE 1 Ave. Miami. Contact Leslie: 786-282-3000. Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616.

Garden Hatha Yoga – with TerraNova, RYT in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 12:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. 305673-7256 Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm – Free - King David Foundation, 17971 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL Suite #117. Bennett - 305-949-0950. Yoga and Meditation Class-78:30pm. Free. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. RSVP Lawrence 305-926-3578.


Power Vinyasa All Levels – 12:001:00pm with Salvatore Talarico, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709 Weekly Yoga Classes $10 per Class! - 5:30-6:45pm Five Sisters…a spiritual journey. 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170 Postpartum Yoga at Key Biscayne, 10:15 - $20, 305-299-7826 Yoga For Mature Bodies – $18/ class or package. 10:30 AM. Better Health Care Center, 7520 Red Rd. South Miami. 305-788-0777 Yoga with Drishti- 6:30pm at Biscayne Park Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Court. 305-335-7618.

Friday Power Vinyasa Vibes – 8:00-9:00pm with Julianne Arhee, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709.


Yoga for Beginners – 7-9pm. $15. Acupuncture & Massage College, 10506 N. Kendall Dr. 305-5959500.

Yoga-Style* Exercise, Prenatal - South Miami Hospital. 10:45 am-12:15 p.m. and 5:30-7pm. $10. 786-662-8106.

Iyengar Yoga class with Liora Haymann. 7:15-8:30 a.m. - $18 drop-ins/$75 for a 5-class series. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305441-9441

Kundalini Yoga em Espanol! Todos los sabados a las 5:30 em Synergy Yoga Center, 844 Alton road, 2nd Floor, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Yoga and Qigong for Seniors - 11am -12:30pm. Acupuncture & Massage College, 10506 N. Kendall Dr. 305595-9500. $15.

Wednesday Power Vinyasa All Levels – 9:0010:15am with Lizzett Chiappy, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786953-7709.

florida keys Monday Yoga/Meditation – 8am. $7 Key Largo Community Park, MM 100 ocean side. 1-305-853-1003.

Saturday Yoga/Meditation – 8:30am. $7 Key Largo Community Park, MM100 Oceanside. 1-305-853-1003.

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Say Yes to Yoga It Boosts Health, Peace, Community and Spirituality by Lynda Bassett


Oct. 3, 2014 – Jan. 10, 2015



ois Parker Carmona first stepped into a yoga studio looking for better physical health. “I was doing hot vinyasa because I wanted to sweat. I wanted to feel better,” she recalls. Many people on a similar quest try yoga for the first time during September’s National Yoga Month (YogaHealth, founded by Johannes Fisslinger. “This year, more than 2,200 yoga studios will offer informative public events or a free week of classes to new students to educate everyone about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle,” says Fisslinger. “Yoga and mindfulness are an essential part of America’s newly emerging health paradigm.” Like many others, as Carmona deepened her practice, she discovered that yoga’s benefits transcend the physical. Then she went further, becoming a certified Baptiste yoga instructor and co-owner of Melrose Yoga, in Melrose, Massachusetts. “Many of us are so busy and consumed with the constant motion of day-to-day activities that we lose complete track of who we are, along with the state of our bodies,” she says. “Yoga reconnects me with myself.”


One reason that people try yoga is to improve their flexibility. A recent report from Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit association based in Arlington, Virginia, states that it can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion over time as ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen and become more elastic. It also helps relieve muscular tension throughout the body. The Alliance’s Danica Amore notes that flexibility means different things to different people. “A senior might define flexibility as being able to pick up the grandkids, while young people might consider it essential to their athletic abilities.” Flexibility can also mean being able to turn around easily while backing out of the driveway or running with fewer injuries, adds Carmona. Improvements in flexibility generally depend on an individual’s age, health and commitment to practicing yoga, as well as the style chosen. “There are so many different lineages of yoga, and each teacher has his or her own style. Plus, each individual progresses at their own pace,” Amore explains. “It’s really a question of where you want this personal practice to take you and how you embrace it in your private life.” The bottom line is that everyone’s journey is different.

Many experts concur that yoga can be effective in reducing stress. As students continue their practice, they feel less stress and an increased sense of peace and relaxation, along with other mental health benefits. “Yoga gives you what is often called a ‘witness consciousness’,” says John Kepner, executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Being able to observe the external events around you, but not being caught up in the drama. In modern terms, it’s an increased ability to stay cool, calm and collected. After a good yoga class, your troubles can appear further away.”

Improved Relationships

When stress is reduced, an increased sense of calm tends to permeate all areas of one’s life, observes Kepner. “Based on my experience, yoga also helps improve relationships.” He has taught the same group of students for 10 years and notes their special relationship: “If one goes to the same yoga class regularly, a friendship tends to develop with others in the class, called Songhai. After a while, practicing together becomes one of the most valuable parts of the practice,” he says. This beneficial, deeper sense of community—a major allure of a longterm yoga practice—develops mainly from the intangible sense of working together in terms of physical, mental and spiritual support.


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Yoga Boosts Hearts, Shrinks Waistlines


wo scientific reviews of human clinical research have found that hatha yoga significantly reduces heart disease risk factors. Researchers from Germany’s University of Duisburg-Essen reviewed 44 studies involving more than 3,000 people. Overall, the studies found that hatha yoga significantly reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Yoga participants also showed lower respiratory and heartbeat rates, significantly reduced triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, and increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol. Several important diabetes risk markers decreased among the yoga participants; they also realized smaller waistlines. Similar results were reached by scientists from the United Kingdom’s Warwick Medical School. In analyzing 11 studies involving 800 people, they found that regular yoga exercise both reduced diastolic blood pressure and triglycerides and increased beneficial HDL cholesterol levels.

Spirituality and Connectedness

“Even beginning students quickly realize how connecting with their bodies and their breath helps them in their everyday lives,” says Carmona. “It adds a transcendent dimension to everything you do in life.” In addition to its more immediate tangible benefits, other long-term benefits experienced by students may be harder to define or quantify. Carmona observes, “People generally say that yoga has changed their life, physically, mentally and spiritually.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer outside Boston, MA. Connect at natural awakenings

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Kamini Desai Explores a Yogic Life

Inner Calmness Leads to Self-Mastery by Linda Sechrist


amini Desai’s Ph.D.-worthy versatile body of teachings combines her lifelong interests in Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. Trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, she develops and leads core programs for Florida’s Amrit Yoga Institute, providing advanced studies dedicated to the science and system of integrated human development. A resident of Salt Springs, Florida, and the Netherlands, she teaches in 10 countries on three continents.

What is a yogic lifestyle? It means being focused on inner peace. Through the study of yoga as a complete science of self-mastery, I’m cultivating the realization of my highest self beyond body and mind. This intention is the director of my unfolding life. I like to use the metaphor of a ship. If this higher self as a wise captain isn’t steadily setting the course at the helm, then on any given day, the happy, sad, grieving, enthusiastic or depressed me will likely be steering my life in a contrary direction and I’ll just be going in circles. In the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga, along with the integrative method of yoga nidra 38

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that I practice and teach, my focus is on the release of body energy, rather than any physical pose. Energy is healing. When energy is freed up, it naturally calms the mind and creates a spontaneous, meditative state in which the highest self can be experientially known. To free energy, I attune to the sensations resulting from the physical alignments in any yoga posture. Each pose focuses attention on sensations occurring along the meridian lines in the body, allowing areas that are blocked and limited to open up and energy to optimally flow. Then, in what Amrit yoga describes as the “second half of the posture,” I close my eyes and feel that released energy becoming magnified through my attention. The stronger the energy becomes, the more the mind organically dissolves into a meditative state where mental, emotional and physical healing can happen spontaneously.

What was it like to grow up as the daughter of Yogi Amrit Desai, a well-known guru? I feel blessed that I was exposed to my father’s teachings from a young age. His message that I first embraced was that people and things will always change, and if I rely on either of them for hap-

piness and peace of mind, I’m depending on the undependable. The need is to find internal stability in the midst of every polarity. My dad, now approaching 82, has always been an example of one whose entire life is about moving towards a changeless state of being and of what it means to remain a nonjudgmental witness to all that happens in life. Still, I had to learn my own lessons.

How have you benefited from yoga? I began studying with my dad when I was 16. Now, at 46, I more fully value the depth of yoga. The longer I practice, the more grateful I am that my mind is less fragmented than it otherwise would be. I’m progressively able to deal with situations that would have sent me over the edge before. I more naturally avoid wasting a lot of mental energy in internalized, “If they say this then I’m going to say that,” conversations. With less mental chatter, I have more energy and stamina to focus on what is in front of me. I can be totally absorbed in each present moment for a deeper sense of fulfillment in what I’m doing.

How do you feel about the Westernization of yoga? Individuals that begin any style of yoga for its physical benefits are off to a good start, but anyone that maintains a regular practice becomes curious about yoga’s other benefits, like relaxation, more peace and a sense of happiness that arises without any apparent cause. Eventually they ask, “Why is this good thing or greater bliss happening to me? What else is there besides postures?” Although everyone eventually learns many life skills, we rarely learn how to live our lives well, manage our emotions and relate to others in ways that create more peace and happiness within. These are the uncaused benefits of yoga that people come to love. Find more of her words of wisdom in articles posted at Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interview.



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Om Sweet Om

Oct. 3, 2014 – Jan. 10, 2015

Sounding the Key Note of the Universe by Sam Saunders


m” is a Hindu sacred sound considered the greatest of all mantras, traditionally used in prayers, chants and meditation— possessing high spiritual and creative power, it can be recited by anyone. Om is both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth. When pronounced correctly, it is actually “AUM.” Aum consists of four syllables: A, U, M and the silent syllable. The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged “awe.” The sound starts at the back of the throat and is stretched out; sense the feeling of the solar plexus and chest vibrating. The next is U, pronounced as a prolonged “o-o-,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along the upper palate and vibrating the throat. The third syllable, M, is pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm,” with front teeth gently touching. Start to feel the top of the head vibrate. The last syllable is the deep silence of the infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, merge the chant from the M to the deep silence.

Why do we chant it?

Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating—with nothing standing still. The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at 432 Hz, the same vibrational frequency found throughout nature. By chanting the keynote sound of the uniD.O.Yoga’s program verse, we are symbolically and physically tuning in will to andtransform acknowledging your our connection to all other living life! beings, nature and the universe. The universal vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also physically affect the body by slowing the nervous system and calming the mind, similar to the effects of meditation. When the mind relaxes, blood pressure decreases and ultimately, heart health improves. Finally, chanting AUM is wellsuited to mark the beginning or end of a yoga practice or meditation session or as a respite from regular daily activities. It signifies that this is a special time to care for ourselves and practice being mindful. Sam Saunders lives and teaches yoga in Dubai. Connect at

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their chest and belly and lie still. Ask them to notice their breath, and then have them stand up and jump up and down before noticing their breath again. After hard play, tell them, “Your breath is moving so fast because you were running hard.” At bedtime, soothingly note, “Your breath is getting sleepy and slow.” Remember to be a witness, rather than a judge. Play is an excellent way to discover how breathing changes. Partner with a child to try to simulate how favorite animals breathe. Invite them to try sustaining a sound, such as chanting a vowel letter, and time how long they can do it.

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Mindfulness for Little Ones Teaching Kids to Be Calm and Focused by Traci Childress


indfulness, simply defined, is being in the moment. Using simple tools can help us consciously notice our breath, bodies and sensations, as well as what is happening around us. As we practice noticing, we can more readily return to the moment and more immediately connect with ourselves and others. Integrating five mindfulness practices into our young children’s lives is easy and yields powerful dividends.

Build Relationship with Breath

Connecting the rhythm of breathing to experiences helps children understand how to calm down. (Older children might enjoy learning the effects of breathing throughout their system.) First, ask children to notice their breath. Invite them to put a hand in front of their nose and breathe and say, “This is breath. All living things breathe.” Encourage them to share their response to the experience. Next, move to modeling breathing patterns in relation to experiences and feelings such as, “I feel so frustrated that my breath is moving fast. Look at my chest.” Then model returning to calm breathing with, “I am putting my hand on my chest and reminding myself to take longer breaths.” Help children notice how their breath changes throughout the day. Games can support this increased awareness. Ask the child to lie down, place their hands on 40

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Practice a regular mind/body check-in. At breakfast, inquire, “How are you feeling today?” or “Feelings check! At the moment, I am feeling tired and excited. What about you?” The idea is not to change or fix anything, just to notice, allowing a broadly defined perspective. Children might be able to describe a specific feeling or only an overall sensation like jumpy or buzzing.

Cultivate Sensory Awareness

Paying attention to sensations can bring children and adults into the moment. Integrate sensory awareness into daily life with simple questions like, “What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell?” We can bring this practice with us everywhere—into the waiting room at the dentist’s office, in the car or on a plane.

Practice Moments of Quiet

Intentionally quiet moments support the development of mindfulness and empower children to consider “not doing” a valid part of everyday life. When they are given the opportunity for quiet time, they often love it. Try asking the child to get so quiet that they can hear a particular sound in the room—their breath, the tick of a clock or the hum of a computer. Once they hear it and you do too, you can dismiss the practice session with a bell, gentle clap or another soft sound.

Send Well Wishes

The traditional Buddhist practice of mettha, or loving kindness, meditation involves reciting phrases that we direct first to ourselves and then outward toward others. For example, think, “May I be safe. May I be well. May I be at peace,” and then repeat the same phrases for someone we love, someone we don’t know personally and ultimately, all beings. When, for example, children ask why ambulances emit such loud, wailing sounds, we might explain, “Emergency rescue workers are helpers. Their sirens mean they are going to help someone. When we hear the sirens, we can wish them well by saying, ‘May they be safe.’” Traci Childress, co-founder and executive director of the Children’s Community School, in Philadelphia, PA, teaches mindfulness practices and yoga. Learn more at

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Blossom into Yoga Melody Owens “My love for yoga runs deep,” says cover artist Melody Owens, a longtime yoga teacher and practitioner. Blossom into Yoga was the featured artwork for a fundraiser Owens and the painting’s model organized for Me Siento Nuevo, a yoga community in Peru started by a mutual friend serving in the Peace Corps. While Owens enjoys painting with the luminescent colors of oils, she has a special love for black-and-white art, especially through a medium developed by one of her first teachers, combining pencil, charcoal and an erasable acrylic paint called liquid lead. The artist has used it to paint portraits of classic beauties like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, creating a photorealistic look that recalls the elegance and glamour of vintage Hollywood. A mostly self-taught artist, Owens apprenticed with several renowned artists in her home state of Utah before opening her own studio teaching art in Las Vegas, Nevada. Today, she lives in Newport Beach, California, where she hopes to open up a wellness/art center to combine her passions for yoga and art. In addition to creating fine art portraits, Owens paints freelance and commissioned works for clients across the United States. View the artist’s portfolio at


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The Yoga Bible

The Definitive Guide to Yoga Postures


ne of the best exercises that I have ever done that has helped me over all with my mind, body and spirit health has been yoga. From my first set of classes, I felt very different than any other workout I had experience before. It was slow moving, set at your own pace and non competitive. It was something that I had been searching for most of my life. Once I started my regular routine my joints became more fluid, my back became straighter and my focus was sharp. As I progressed on my journey for that next year I pushed myself into handstands and full inversions. Something I had no idea I had the ability, at 40, to do. To look deeper into the practice of yoga I wanted to find a handbook or source book small enough to be a hands on guide to help push my limits as well as obtain the knowledge to help with areas that needed attention. I drove to the local bookstore, and browsing up and down the many books written on the

subject, one caught my eye; The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown. This compact book contains a large supply of illustrations and instruction to bring anyone’s practice to a whole new level. Broken down into four parts, this step by step instructional guide instructs the reader/practitioner through the proper procedure of each asana or position. The book is divided into four parts: Introduction, Positions, Yoga with a Purpose and Finding your Yoga. The introduction gives you a basic rundown of what yoga is and the meaning of common key phrases. This section also includes proper breathing techniques. Positions provides over one hundred seventy fully illustrated positions, showing how to achieve the desired position. It explains how to hold our gaze, build up poses, counter poses, lighter forms for injuries, and the effects of each position. Yoga with a Purpose delves deeper into yoga processes. This leads into Finding your Yoga, which helps you find the specific yoga and practice that fits you. From a personal standpoint, this book is an excellent tool for those just starting out or wanting to push themselves to the next level. The Yoga Bible is a great reference to bring with you to class that can help you stay connected with the instruction and practice. Author : Christina Brown the author of numerous books on yoga and natural medicine. With more than 20 years yoga experience, she has been teaching classes and workshops internationally for 15 years, and has over a decade experience in running corporate classes. Through her teacher trainings, she has helped many students become adept teachers. Her retreats have been voted in the top 3 in Australia where she contributes to the Ask the Expert column for Yoga Journal. For many years, Christina was the force behind Life Source Yoga and Health in North Sydney. Inspired by the traditions of Vanda Scaravalli, BKS Iynegar, Astanga Vinyasa and Resorative Yoga, Brown has receive teachings by fabulous teachers around the world including the Yoga Therapy Centre in London, Franciose Freedman, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, John Friend, and Simon Borg Oliver. For more information, visit www.christinabrown. com. Review by Susan McCann, founder of GDSM Productions, and graphic artist of Natural Awakenings Miami/Fl Keys and others around the nation. Contact Mc2graphicdesign@ Walking Stick Press, Cincinnati, Ohio. Paperback. Published May 29th 2003 by Walking Stick Press (first published 2002.) ISBN: 1582972427. $19.99.


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Elizabeth Zosman, Founder 8805 S.W. 132nd Street, Miami, Fl. 33176 786-250-4170. Store opens daily at noon, closing time varies. pened in 2007, the Five Sisters Spiritual Shop began as a vision. Mother of five and founder Elizabeth Zosman credits her five daughters (Alexandra, Raquel, Aurora, Estee & Hannah) for her inspiration. Located in the Shops by the Falls warehouse district, a short block and a half west of US1 and S.W. 132nd street, Five Sisters Spiritual Shop is an inviting and spacious store where people gather to join a variety of workshops, lectures, circles, book talks, as well as everything from meditations, drum circle and Psychic Gallery Forums to Reiki healing circles. The private healing room has a fleet of amazing healers offering an array of holistic modalities as well as spiritual advisors available on a daily basis to help guide you on your journey. Among the many merchandise items visitors will delight in products like candles, incense, clothing semi-precious natural stones, metaphysical products and books, collectibles, music, canvas and cotton bags-burlap, tapestries, religious, oriental, native American and Indian goods and novelties. After starting her own spiritual journey and reaching out for a special something in her community which she could not find, Elizabeth was filled with a strong desire to create that very place. She visualized a space where people could come together to grow, learn, teach and most importantly, to heal. Through her determination and hard work The Five Sisters Spiritual Shop came to be. “Constantly changing and flowing, just as all things in life do, the shelves are always filled with special treasures and products to promote peace, love and happiness,” Zosman explains. “The most unique and beautiful gifts can be found here. The feeling of love and compassion that is unanimously felt here has been the leading factor which brings such success to this shop.” As a Spiritual-New Age Retail Shop and Studio, five Sisters offer weekly beginner-friendly yoga classes as well as Kundalini Yoga.


Kundalini Yoga is a technology designed to awaken your awareness and infinite consciousness through the awakening of the Kundalini energy within us. Kundalini Yoga utilizes many tools such as Asana (postures), Pranayam (breath patterns), Mudras (hand positions), Mantras (sound currents) and Meditation. All of these tools are used in specifically designed ways through Kriyas (exercise sequences) to help the student not only develop muscle strength and flexibility, but most importantly develop a strong immune system, nervous system and properly balanced glandular and lymphatic systems. Kundalini Yoga also helps to develop a calm mind by creating a space where one can unburden and cleanse the subconscious and access the neutral and intuitive mind. This direct experience –of body and mind– provides the understanding of our relationship with the infinite energy, with our infinite potential and with the spirit within us. The Kundalini energy is our inner energy and infinite potential which needs to be awakened. It is dormant and coiled at the base of our spine, and once awakened, it will make its way up the spine through each chakra, clearing the blocks and subconscious attachments that affect us at every level of our existence (body, mind and spirit). Once these blocks begin to be released we gain a deeper awareness of our holistic nature. Every Thursday at 5:30pm, experience Kundalini Yoga with Tatiana Daversa (Siri Deva Kaur). No late entries please. Mention “Natural Awakenings” and receive a week of yoga classes free!

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THE GREAT CLASSROOM PET DEBATE Kids Like Classroom Pets, Animal Lovers Raise Doubts by Sandra Murphy


classroom pet can help students learn about caring for another species, but is it the best way to teach? “A classroom pet can be a great opportunity to teach children gentle behavior. Many kids take pride in caring for the pet,” observes Terry Manrique, now a professional parent coach in Columbus, Ohio, who earlier worked with children ages 5 and 6 at Little People’s Country, in LaGrange, Illinois. To prevent jealousy, students can rotate responsibilities for animal care in the classroom and during school breaks. Pet Care Trust, which awards

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(Find more information via Avoid PassingDisease.) The ASPCA advises that the pet’s environment shouldn’t be stressful and care should meet its specific needs. For example, keep handling of an animal to a minimum, and then only with adult supervision. Provide food, clean water and basic veterinary care, including vaccinations and parasite control, grooming, exercise and social interaction. Diligence in finding and eliminating hazardous substances and situations is equally vital. Susan Tellem, co-founder of American Tortoise Rescue, in Malibu, California, elaborates on her area of expertise—turtles and tortoises. “A tank isn’t a natural environment for a reptile and doesn’t allow enough room for exercise. It’s like asking a human to live in a bathtub,” says Tellem. She points out that they also need a proper diet and natural sun, not artificial light. Tellum used to take rescued turtles for classroom visits until a particularly large specimen staged a protest to the unnatural environment by making a mess, tearing up school papers and posters. Tellem further warns that a turtle might bite (and not let go until the person relaxes) or pinch small fingers when retreating back into its shell. These days, she prefers to share an educational DVD that shows turtles at their best—in their own habitat. (Find more information at “Constant artificial lighting goes against the natural sleep cycle of an animal,” comments Veterinarian Amber Andersen, in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. “You can see it at shelters—dogs and cats are unable to achieve a restful sleep and become agitated.” Too often, the responsibility for caring for a classroom pet falls on the teacher during holiday breaks and summer months. “We had a popular chinchilla that was usually nocturnal, but also made appearances during the day,” says Manrique. “Then one of the teachers brought her dog to school, which caused stress for the chinchilla.

When a new student had an allergic reaction to the furry creature, we had to find a new home for him. Our next pets were fish.” Manrique’s students have also secured fertilized eggs from a local farmer to watch them hatch before the chicks returned home to the farm. “When we had caterpillars that turned into butterflies, a fun field trip to the park became the official winged release party,” she says. There is always the chance a pet might die during the school year. Parents are advised when a classroom pet dies and students have a classroom discussion to help them work through their grief. Lisa Cohn, co-author of Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence, in Portland, Oregon, wrote the book with her son, Michael, after the sudden death of their dog, Lucy, as a way to help them deal with their sadness. The Humane Society of the United States is not in favor of classroom pets. To avoid being vulnerable to predators in the wild, animals often hide symptoms of illness or injury. In captivity, that behavior can delay veterinary help. Recommended alternatives to bringing animals into the classroom include field trips to nature centers, wildlife refuges and animal shelters. The society’s Kind News magazine for students from kindergarten through sixth grade shares stories of rescued animals, pet care tips and how-tos for nurturing backyard wildlife (Humane Before deciding on a classroom pet, consider life from the pet’s point of view—how loud is the class, how old are the kids, how much maintenance will be needed and how much space is needed for a proper habitat. There might be a better way to learn—and teach.

9 Worst School Pets Birds—can be messy and noisy, bite when handled too much or roughly, are stressed by too much noise and can pass salmonella. Chinchillas—nocturnal; need cool, constant temperatures of less than 85 degrees and don’t like to be handled. They need time out of the cage daily (subject to being stepped on by eager children) and require an allergen dust bath to remove oil from their fur. Ferrets—emit a strong odor and have a tendency to nip. Frogs—petting can transmit salmonella. Hamsters—nocturnal; poking can lead to a bite. Iguanas—can grow to over six feet long and a tail-swiping can be painful; generally not friendly and have highly specific dietary needs. Rabbits—don’t like to be handled, can bite or scratch; need a calm and peaceful environment to avoid potential stress-

induced heart attacks. Dr. Clark Fobian, of Sedalia, Missouri, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, says they require hay or grasses, fresh greens, vegetables and a highgrade pellet food, plus toys to prevent boredom and excessive tooth growth. Snakes—can be aggressive during molting. Turtles—need sunlight, specific diet and more exercise space than a tank can provide; salmonella may be transmitted through their drinking water or by touch.

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Fish—relaxing to watch and easy to feed. Guinea pig—larger than a hamster and more easily handled; need space to move around and another companion guinea pig. Fresh food, high in vitamin C, is necessary, according to Fobian. Mites can be a problem requiring a vet visit. Source: Adapted from

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Hal Martin: Stop. Breathe. Smile. An ‘accidental producer’ causes good vibrations all over South Florida By LeGrande Green


al Martin, 58, is out to save lives–which is nothing unusual for this firefighter/paramedic turned event producer. “The only thing is,” he smiles, “my tools have changed. Where I used to employ hoses and ladders, I now use music and meditation. Life is good.” It sure is. Hal, along with his wife Marcia, is a co-founder of Stop, Breathe and Smile, a Miami not-for-profit organization responsible for a successful string of concerts and holistic events since 2007. Its website announces it is “inner-tainment for peace, a place to enlighten yourself to soulful happenings in the South Florida area.” Events have ranged from gatherings with spiritual luminaries to “conscious” movie nights to sold-out experiences with kirtan, a chant-based form of devotional music. “At its core, Stop, Breathe and Smile is about healing,” Martin explains. “If you look around, our health care system is broken. Our Western approach has its share of problems. So many people are looking for something more than popping magic pills in our mouths. We’re trying to heal hearts and minds with inspiration and entertainment.” Stop, Breathe and Smile’s biggest event ever is just around the corner. Slated for September 27-28, 2014 at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Vibration of Life is a two-


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day festival featuring music, inspiring messages and even massages from South Florida’s leading holistic providers and energy practitioners. Headliners include Jai Uttal, a Grammynominated singer/composer, and Deva Premal and Miten, one of the world’s most popular sacred chant groups. “Last year–our first year out–we attracted nearly 2000 people over the weekend. We had everything from reiki, meditation, singing bowls, Christian spirituality, and a lot of different angles. This year’s theme is ‘Mantras for Life.’” So what’s his personal mantra? “Funny you should ask,” Martin laughs. “It’s simple: stop, breathe and smile.” But that didn’t come easy. A native Floridian, Hal first became a fireman in 1984, working for the Hallandale Beach Fire Department before moving to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue a few years later. “Over the past twenty years, I saw more than my share of pain and suffering on a daily basis. I think, in a profound way, it insulated me from my own feelings. Until it didn’t.” Weighed down by a string of bad relationships and what he says were worse life choices, he was 36 and lost. “I was thrown into the mix of life and spit out. My parents were getting so much older very quickly. It was like. “Who do I turn to? Where do I go?” His mother Eleanor gave him a book that changed his life. “It was Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky. It sat on my shelf for years before I finally pulled it down. I got 33 pages into it–and that was it.” Off to the races, Martin’s journey began in earnest at a meditation retreat in North Carolina where the teachings of Ramana Maharshi gave him clarity and purpose. His quest for truth eventually took him to India, a spiritual motherland he still cherishes today. Along the way, he fell in love and met his wife at the most unlikely place–a

church right here in Miami. “At that time, I was definitely anti-church. I found my way to Unity on the Bay by way of a Course in Miracles class. I wound up crying my way through the first six months of services. Everything the minister said spoke to me.” One Sunday, he spotted a pretty blonde from Texas attending that church for the very first time. “I asked her out to lunch and she said yes.” Marcia, 60, remembers it differently. “I think what he actually did was ask me to take the kids to the fair,” she chuckles. “But if that’s a date, that’s a date.” Whatever it was, it worked. Married twelve years now but together more than eighteen, their union is based on mutual respect and an acknowledgment of the other’s spiritual growth. “There is nothing more powerful than watching the person you love do something they love,” says Marcia. “Hal’s just beginning to realize there’s a whole world out there that is passionate about the things he loves. Stop, Breathe and Smile feeds him. That feeds me.” “I guess you could call me an ‘accidental producer,’” says Hal. “I fell into this by just following my heart. I had no idea what was ahead. I still don’t.” Statistics show the appeal of Stop, Breathe and Smile is part of a much larger movement. One-fifth of the U.S. public – and a third of adults under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever polled (Pew Research Center, 2013). As this number grows at a rapid place, the nones– also self-identified as spiritual but not religious, desire exciting new ways to express faith and a communal call for fellowship. “It doesn’t matter if it’s yoga or chanting or even going to a church,” Hal explains. “It’s about that space between the moments that connects us all. My 95-year young mother who is very Bible-based has come and really enjoyed our events.” Asked what Stop, Breathe and Smile really means, Marcia keeps it simple: “It’s not so much what it means to me but rather what it does for me. Every event or concert is a reminder to get in touch with the inside. To realize there is no difference between the inside and the outside. We offer people a place to let go of the story and the drama and the words and just experience life in this moment.” “What could be better than that?” Hal jumps in. “Like I said, ‘Life is good.’” You’re right, Hal. It sure is. See ad, page 43.

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am encouraged. And you should be too! Why? Because the majority of diseases that kill us are preventable. Yes, age-related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, Alzheimer’s dementia and even cancer are, to a great degree, preventable. They are a product of our cumulative exposure to environmental “toxins.” Some have direct impact on our cells (UV rays, for example, mutate DNA), while others induce inflammation, dramatically accelerating age-related degeneration of our tissues. We are very much aware of these “offending agents of disease,” and because of that, we can do something about them! Contrary to popular belief, you are not a victim of your genes. You are not destined to die of cancer despite a positive family history. In fact, 80 to 85 percent of cancers are environmental in origin. We are doing this to ourselves! Excess stress, poor diets laden with processed foods and outright laziness are the underpinnings of age-related disease, not only sparking bodily inflammation but concomitantly wreaking havoc at the genetic level. Yes, your food inter-


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acts with your genes! Exercise or the lack thereof does similarly. You must choose to be healthy, because you can. You are in control! Assuming control of one’s health requires knowledge. One must understand the inherent flaws of the healthcare system (why it fosters disease not health), the role of nutrition and exercise, and the malignant effects of unchecked stress on the body. There is money in disease, not health. We treat diseases “after-thefact.” Diagnose and treat instead of prevent. Truth be told, the pharmaceutical companies are laughing all the way to the bank. Take type II diabetes, which is skyrocketing. As manufacturers of oral hypoglycemic agents and the insulin utilized to treat diabetes, there is ZERO motivation for those companies to produce a preventive agent. Does a radiation oncologist wish for a precipitous reduction in cancer incidence? As a doctor, yes. As a businessperson, no. We must assume that our healthcare providers are less concerned about preventive care and more about filling their waiting rooms with patients

in need of treatment for existing diseases. You must take matters into your own hands and make every effort to optimize your health and prevent disease. How? It’s easy… Optimize your nutrition in order to create a bodily milieu replete with antioxidants. An excess of free-radicals,

normal byproducts of human metabolism, can punch holes in the walls of our cells. Intact and fluid cellular membranes are integral to health. Kill two birds with one stone by consuming large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, obtained from small coldwater fish, flax or, as a last resort, purified omega-3 supplements. These are immediately integrated into your cell membranes and maintain their fluidity, inducing an environment in which cell surface receptors function optimally. . Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia; are used as powerful anti-arrhythmics, and have proven benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. And the list goes on … Additionally, augment your consumption of protein and reduce or eliminate simple carbohydrates from your diet. This insulin-lowering scheme will reduce bodily inflammation, thereby thwarting the progression of the degenerative disease known as “aging.” Yes, aging is a degenerative disease. Its underpinnings? Inflammation and free-radical damage. How else can we lower bodily insulin levels and by virtue lower our risk of type II diabetes (which predisposes us to a whole host of diseases)? Simple. Exercise. I ‘m talking about strength training. Lifting weights. Do not search for the latest and greatest fitness trend or gimmick. Stick to the basics. Learn the proper techniques to perform the “pillar” exercises: bench press, squat, deadlift, overhead press and pull/chin-up. Find an experienced trainer and incorporate strength training into your regimen 2 to 3 times weekly. And remember, safety first, get strong second. You cannot afford an injury that will set you back months.

One way to avoid injury, contrary to thr activity-based exercise schemes such as Crossfit, which advocate five workouts per week, is to rest adequately between workouts. Allow yourself time to recover from the stress/trauma of a heavy weight-training session. Give yourself two to three days minimum between strength-training sessions. It’s also crucial to incorporate stress relief techniques into your life. Make them a priority. Create the time for yoga, meditation and dedicated reading time – and seven to eight hours of nightly rest. Sleep “washes the brain” free of toxins. Remaining disease-free into our later years is easier than you think. Acquiring a rudimentary knowledge of the risk factors that predispose you to age-related disease is the first step. And no, you don’t have to be a neurosurgeon to understand the concepts. Read, discuss preventive modalities with your doctor and act upon the information you have gleaned. Inertia will kill you. So get going! About Dr. Brett Osborn: Brett Osborn is a New York University-trained, board-certified neurological surgeon with a secondary certification in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, Diplomate; American Bard of Neurological Surgery, Diplomate; American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He holds a CSCS honorarium from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Osborn specializes in scientifically based nutrition and exercise as a means to achieve optimal health and preventing disease. He is the author “Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness,”

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Here are three ways hyperflexibility can affect women runners, and what you can do about it: 1. Warm Up with Fitness Walking: Fitness walking is a very balanced, smooth form of walking using a full-footed, heelto-toe stride, coordinated arm swings, and vertical posture. It’s great for warming up the muscles and cardiovascular system before your run, and it’s also great for cooling down after a run. Everyone should warm up with about 10 minutes of fitness walking, but this is especially important for women who tend to be hyperflexible. To protect their joints, women need to ease carefully into every run - more carefully than men need to. 2. Stretching for Symmetry: Running causes asymmetrical muscle stiffness. That means your muscles tend to stiffen up and become tighter on one side than on the other. If you don’t stretch that out until you achieve symmetrical flexibility - meaning the same amount of mobility and range of motion in both legs - then that can affect your running and cause an injury. For women who have hyperflexible joints, asymmetrical muscle stiffness can throw those joints out of proper alignment. Women who are hyperflexible actually need to pay more attention to their stretching than men in order to maintain symmetrical mobility. When women suffer a running injury, they also have to work harder than men to regain the flexibility of the injured structure.

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here are many differences between women and men that affect their running. One major difference is that women have more joint flexibility than men. The average woman is more flexible than the average man. Hyperflexibility (having very flexible joints) can lead to a problem I see in my PT practice called hypermobility syndrome, and it affects women runners more than men. The thing is, a little bit of muscle stiffness is not as much of a problem for a man with inflexible joints as it is for a woman who has very flexible joints. When you have stiff muscles around flexible joints, it creates an imbalance that hurts the joint. Take kneecaps for example: If you have running injury stiffness around the tissues of the kneecap, that will throw your kneecap off more if you have flexible joints than if you have stiff joints. Stiff muscle injuries around hyperflexible joints can cause a severe imbalance, making these injuries generally worse in women than in men.

3. Choosing Proper Footwear: Women’s feet are more flexible than men’s feet. Feet with flexible joints suffer more deformities, such as hammer toes and bunions, than feet that have stiffer joints. Women are also more likely to have narrower feet, higher arches, and overpronation (ankles that roll inward) than men. Because women have more flexible feet, they need to be more careful about choosing their running shoes to make sure they have the right kind of support. Running shoes should always be selected for proper fit and function, not for color and style! I have treated many women who got running injuries because they bought fashion footwear instead of functional footwear. Fit is about the shape of the shoe matching the shape of the runner’s foot. For women who are more flexible and/or overpronate, additional support is needed. Unfortunately, this combination is a foot type that few manufacturers make running shoes for. Many people, including some coaches and healthcare professionals, don’t realize how often hypermobility (very flexible joints) contributes to running injuries in women. If your joints are flexible, take extra care with your warmup, stretching, and shoe selection, and you’ll reduce your risk of running injuries. Bruce R. Wilk, PT is the Director of Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists and the author of The Running Injury Recovery Program. Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists is located at 8720 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 206, Miami, Fl. 33176. For more information call 305-595-9425 or visit www.wilkpt. com. natural awakenings

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D.o.Y 200Hr teacher training will transform your life! - Join our TT Open House to learn more - 4pm, 6901 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138, 305-206-9773

Barnacle, Books, Birds, and Boats- 11am-3pm. Help celebrate Florida Literacy Month at The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway in Coconut Grove. Children will earn a book for completing a series of reading-related activities on the lawn of The Barnacle. Or, pack a picnic and a good book and spend the day just reading in this quiet oasis. Admission is free with a library card or the donation of a gently used book. 305442-6866.

TUESDAY, SEPTEmBER 2 200 Hour teacher training open House – 5:006:15pm with Luca Richards. Meet the teaching team and learn about curriculum specifics. Be up to something BIG to transform your life and make a difference in the lives of others! (The next Training will begin in Fort Lauderdale September 12) Bala Vinyasa Yoga 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709.

SEPTEmBER 2, 16, & 30 tibetan Institute and Library. studying “Essence of the Heart Sutra” by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa - Upon completing His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s “Cultivating a Daily Meditation” - 7:00 - 8:45 p.m. at South Miami Library, 6000 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL , Ph. # 305-667-6121, & 305-271-2772. Free and open to Public. All are welcome. Free parking at South Miami City Hall parking lot.

SATURDAY, SEPTEmBER 6 200 Hour teacher training open House – 5:006:15pm with Luca Richards. Meet the teaching team and learn about curriculum specifics. Be up to something BIG to transform your life and make a difference in the lives of others! (The next Training will begin in Fort Lauderdale September 12) Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709.

markyourcalendar SATURDAY, SEPTEmBER 6 Unconventional talks – Using Intentional Design to inspire Healing in your Home. Selections from a simple life Perez Art Museum Miami - 1103 Biscayne Blvd. 7-9 PM – Featuring: Chad Oppenheim, Joshua Becker, Andrei Nana, Nicholas Gillespie & Gio Henao Basic Vegetable Gardening- 9am - Noon. This workshop will cover the techniques needed to produce a successful vegetable garden. Included will be information on soil, pests, diseases, raised beds, container gardening, irrigation, fertilization, seasons and vegetable varieties. Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave. Fee: $25. Instructor: Chris Rollins. For more info contact 305-247-5727. reiki 1 - $150 - Mirador at West Avenue Spa, 1000 West Avenue in Miami Beach. 954-461-7529 or book your space online at, under class schedule.


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mONDAY, SEPTEmBER 8 Full Moon Nadabhrama Meditation w/ Vic - This is the meditation of emptiness, giving, and receiving. Join us to let go of your baggage, give away sorrows, and receive miracle blessings. 7 pm. CitiZEN Yoga,1040 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4002, Miami, FL 33132. Rsvp via txt 305.588.3521. Grow Your Holistic Business with Social Media & Email Marketing - Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce presents an evening of networking, connecting and education with an engaging presentation by speaker Simone Kelly. 7:00PM. $10.00 for members in advance, $20.00 for non-members in advance. For more information, contact Chapter President Marbeth Dunn, 305-968-8348.

SEPTEmBER 13 regression and Progression through relaxation” with Dr. Lata Sonpal, trained by and worked for Dr. Brian L. Weiss the author of Many Lives Many Masters, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.. Dr. Sonpal will explain benefits of Regression and Progression through Relaxation at Pinecrest Library, 5835 SW 111 St., Pinecrest, FL 33156. Ph. 305-668-4571 or 305-271-2772. Free and Open to public. How to Make your own Mala Beads Workshop 4-7 pm. While chanting your own mantra learn how to focus, concentrate and elevate your vital energy bringing your awareness to your inner self, opening a space for observation and meditation. Materials Included. $40. Just OM Yoga Studio, S Red Road, Suite K, South Miami. (305) 665-4982

wEDNESDAY SEPTEmBER 17 Connect, Unite & Play – 6:30-8:30pm with Virginia Ansaldi. With the omnipresence of technology and increasingly fast pace of life, its easy to feel disconnected from ourselves and others. Through meditation, asana, partner work and group exercises, we will work towards reestablishing a strong connection to our own bodies and the hearts of others. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709.

FRIDAY, SEPTEmBER 19 Communicate with your Angels and Guides with Ana Maria Pineda 7-8:30pm - Experience a powerful meditation, Angel reading, healing


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September 27 & 28 Come join us as we celebrate our local holistic community with this year’s headlining evening concert series, workshops, FREE presentations, vendors, food trucks and much more. For more info: and chakra balancing on this special evening.$20 Five Sisters 8805 SW 132 ST Miami, FL 33176 786-250-4170 , Young Breast Cancer Survivors Survive & Thrive 9am-12noon. Fertility preservation and breast reconstruction techniques presented by leading experts, Drs. Polo and Hernadez-Rey. Free and open to the public. Call to register, 305-668-5900. Cancer Support Community, 8609 South Dixie Highway, Miami. Couples Weekend Getaway & Workshop: 7:00pm – Sun 2pm. Join Richard & Diana Daffner, authors of “Tantric Sex for Busy Couples,” for a romantic beach getaway. Bring greater joy, intimacy and passion to your relationship. Celebrate your love. Connect with your beloved on a soul level. $695/ couple. Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, FL. More info, other dates & locations, brochure. 941-349-6804.

SATURDAY, September 20 7-8:30pm “Reprogramming the Mind and Body through Sound” Join Jeff Deen on this journey into the power of sound and rhythm for healing. Five Sisters, 8805 SW 132 ST Miami, FL 33176 786-250-4170 Unlock Your Inversion Workshop 3-5 pm. Join Alex Urvina and Zarid Urbina for a fun, challenging and invigorating class that’s suitable for all yoga levels. Learn new techniques and dynamic variations for arm balances and inversions. $30. Just OM Yoga Studio, S Red Road, Suite K, South Miami. (305) 665-4982

WEDNESDAY, September 24 New Moon Sound Healing Bath w/Vic - Be bathed in the divine and harmonizing sound vibrations of Tibetan Singing Bowls and Koshi Chimes, while being guided in a journey of self-healing. 7 pm. CitiZEN Yoga,1040 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4002, Miami, FL 33132. Rsvp via txt 305.588.3521.

SATURDAY October 25 Global Shakipat Intensive entitled Chanting Is the Way - Siddha Yoga Meditation Center 3119 Coral Way. Call 305 446 2020 for registration

October 31 – November 2 Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda workshop with Jim Bennitt at Daily Offering Yoga - Jim is a popular presenter in the US and abroad. He has studied with Rod Stryker and other renowned teachers, 6901 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33138, 305-206-9773

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Group Acupuncture. A Unique Experience. Two Sessions: 3 & 6pm. $35 pp Mirador at West Avenue Spa, 1000 West Avenue in Miami Beach. 954-461-7529 or book your space online at, under class schedule.

floridakeys AUGUST 28 - SEPTEMBER 1 Key West Brewfest - What better way to spend a weekend than combining sun, fun, beer and a great cause? All proceeds will benefit the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary of the Conch Republic. Beer tastings, food and reggae rhythms round out the Labor Day Weekend activities at The Southernmost Hotel Collection in Key West. For ticket info please call 1-800-354-4455. Prices vary.

AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 1 Labor Day Weekend Heroes Welcomes Event Each fall, Hawks Cay Resort hosts an annual Heroes Welcome program, this year from Aug. 20 - Nov. 18, to honor military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel; a special event is planned to include an All-American barbecue, heroes tribute and country music concert featuring Nashville recording artist Daniel Lee Martin. For rates and details, visit website. Contact: 1-888-313-5749.

SEPTEMBER 4 – 7 Womenfest Key West - Womenfest offers a wide range of activities guaranteed to appeal to a broad range of interests. Golfing with palm trees and iguanas, clothing-optional pool parties, a sizzling dance club scene, and women-only water excursions that range from jet skis to dolphin watching all promise to pique the interest of the more adventurous while film, live music, and special comedy shows offer the opportunity to enjoy paradise at a slower pace. All of this on a tropical island that is “close to perfect but far from normal Contact: 800-535-7797; 305-294-4603

SEPTEMBER 18 to 21 41st Annual Key West Poker Run – Benefitting the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. After taking the scenic trek from Miami to Key West, stopping along the way to draw what will hopefully be a winning poker hand, revelers will enjoy a fun-filled weekend in an 8-block area of Duval Street closed off for biker-style merrymaking, including food, drinks, a myriad of contests and the ever-popular custom bike show. We request a $10 donation per hand, and there is no limit to the number of hands you can play. For more info, call 305-235-4023.

SATURDAY, September 20 Join the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup - Be an active part of an international volunteer effort to cleanup our world’s shores and

coastal waters, even many of the most commonly found pieces of trash items we use every day from food wrappers to beverage containers to plastic bags. Discover Saturday Educational Series: Our Flying Friends - Presented by the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center, this family-friendly and educational series invites kids in kindergarten through fifth grade from 10-11 a.m. to play games and make crafts while learning about a new topic of interest and the marine ecosystems of the Keys. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is free and free parking is available. Contact 305-809-4750

SEPTEMBER 23 - 28 Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Fest - Curry Hammock State Park, MM 56.2, in Marathon. For more info contact Jim Bell at the National Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center at 305-872-0774 or Curry Hammock State Park at 305-289-2690.

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sunday Power Vinyasa All Levels – 10:30-12:00pm with Luca Richards, Certified Baptiste Teacher, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Dharma Meetings – 2pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave. Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Family Fundays at Fairchild- 9:30am-5pm. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 1st Sunday of the month 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. 305-667-1651. Jazzercise® - $5. 10am. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Call Cathie 305-6665457. Miami Center for Spiritual Living- 10:30amFree. Non-denominational spiritual message. 2490 Coral Way, Miami, 786-206-6355. Sunday Services at SoUL Church – 11am at the SOUL Service at the Elks Lodge, 6304 SW 78th St in South Miami. Free pot-luck lunch. 305-2216516. Emei Qigong’s Moving Meditation - Free - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. at A.D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72 Avenue, Miami FL. 305-335-7618 Women only - Free Chi gong and voice lessons for breast cancer survivors. 2:30pm - 1330 NE 125 ST, North Miami, 33161. 305-981-7780 Women only - Free Chi gong and voice lessons for breast cancer survivors. 4:30 pm - 6200 SW 73 ST, Coral Gables, 33143 - 305-981-7780 Community Acupuncture and Meditation - every second Sunday of the month at 5:30pm. Synergy Yoga Center, at 844 Alton road, 2nd Floor, Miami Beach, FL 33139

monday Power Yoga Basics – 11:00-12:15pm with Virginia Ansaldi, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Garden Yoga – Hatha yoga class themed around horticulture tidbits and life lessons from the natural world with Terra-Nova (RYT) in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 6:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. 305-673-7256. tai Chi – Authentic tai chi with ordained Taoist Monk, Arthur Rosenfeld at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 7:30-9:00 p.m. $25. 305-673-7256.

MELt roller Series: 5:30-6:45 pm - Reduce joint pain and muscle tension. 5 classes for $90 or $22/ class for drop-ins. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441.

Yoga for Beginners – 7-9pm. $15. Acupuncture & Massage College, 10506 N. Kendall Dr. 305595-9500. Iyengar Yoga class with Liora Haymann. 7:158:30 a.m. - $18 drop-ins/$75 for a 5-class series. Aum Home Shala, 3104 Florida Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. 1-305-441-9441 Yoga and Qigong for Seniors - 11am -12:30pm. Acupuncture & Massage College, 10506 N. Kendall Dr. 305-595-9500. $15.


Expressions Performing Arts offering Ballet 4Pointe - for Teens, $15 per class and class time 6-7:15pm, at the Miami Beach JCC 4221 Pine Tree Drive-786-512-8783

Chanting and Meditation. Siddha Yoga Meditation Center 3119 Coral Way. 305 446 2020

Massage relief for Combat Veterans - 50% off therapeutic massages for our combat service personnel. Call 305-351-0819. Shala Spa 1119 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.

Power Vinyasa All Levels – 9:00-10:15am with Lizzett Chiappy, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709.

Military Mondays at Hirooka’s - 50% off Kitesurfing or Paddleboarding for all Military and Public Service Personnel - Hirooka Surf & Sport, 2377 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL. 954-444-3942

Aromatherapy Workshop – 6PM – Free. For reservations, 305 598-2822. American Apothecary of Kendall 12232 SW 132 Court, Miami FL 33186.

Ballroom Dance w/Lessons- $2 donation. 7-9:30pm. (lessons from 7:30-8) St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, 7410 SW 72 St. For more info: 305-6677715.

Free Children’s Art Camp - Ages 6 and up, in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 10 am-1 pm. Call 305673-7256 to register.

Course in Miracles - 8pm. Free. 7855 SW Coral Way. Contact Mercedes 786-200-8410 or Nimia 305-261-3190.

Garden Hatha Yoga – with Terra-Nova, RYT in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. 12:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. 305-673-7256

Bereavement & Grief Support- 7pm, during school year. Children’s Bereavement Center, 7600 S. Red Rd, Suite 307. To register: 305-668-4902.

Connected Warriors - Free Yoga Classes for Veterans and Families of Veterans - 3pm at Brickell Hot Yoga 301 SW 17th Road, 33129 305-856-1387.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)- Bilingual Support group. 305-6661778. Self-Defense for Women classes- Free. Also Wed. 7:15 – 8:30 pm at Bayfront park in downtown Miami. 305-358-7550

tuesday Power Vinyasa All Levels – 5:15-6:15pm with Cristina Ramirez, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Kids Yoga (4-8 Years) – 5:15-6:15pm with Morgan Soumah, RYT. $10 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709.

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Yoga at Earth ‘N Us Farm - : 6:15 p.m. $10. 7630 NE 1 Ave. Miami. Contact Leslie: 786-282-3000. NAMagazineMiami

Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616.

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Free orientations for PTSD and pain relief with discount services for military or vets. The Banyan Holistic Please call 305-663-5696 to schedule Free Veterans Sailing – with Team Paradise, the Paralympic Sport Club of Miami. 12 – 12pm Team Paradise Sailing, Inc. 2620 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami 33133. 305-776-8778. Drub-Dhe Meditation- 7:25-9:30pm. Free-donations are welcome. Regency House 353 West 47th St., Flat 7A, Miami Beach. Contact: Robert Phuntsog Ngo-drub 305-213-2577. Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm – Free - King David Foundation, 17971 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL Suite #117. Bennett - 305-949-0950. Free Acupuncture for Combat Veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture Center for Wellness, Inc., 16663 NE 19 Avenue, Suite 111, North Miami Beach, Fl. 33162, (305) 940-7763. Healing With Dance - South Miami Hospital for physical limitations from illness/surgery. No dance experience necessary. 9:30-10:30am. $5. 786-6628106.

Yoga For Mature Bodies – $18/class or package. 10:30 AM. Better Health Care Center, 7520 Red Rd. South Miami. 305-788-0777

Lincoln Road Art Walk- 1st Sat. of the month. 7-10pm. 40+ local artists, museums and galleries in South Beach. ArtCenter/South Florida 800, 810 & 924 Lincoln Road. 305-674-8278.

Laughter Yoga Sessions - $5.00 each - 9:30-10:15 AM, North Shore Youth Center 501 72nd Street, Miami Beach 33141, 305-861-3616

Open House/Exhibitions – 2nd Sat. Meet ArtSouth studio artists & staff. Free. Refreshments. 240 North Krome Ave. 305-247-9406.

Overeaters Anonymous - Beginner Meeting - 7:30 pm Riviera Presbyterian Church 5275 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33143

Miami Art Museum - 1pm. Free. 2nd Sat. 101 West Flagler St. 305-375-3000.

Course in Miracles (Spanish) - 8:00 p.m. FREE. 7855 SW Coral Way. Contact Mercedes (786) 2008410 or Nimia (305) 261-3190

Meditation for overall well-being- 7:30- 9pm. 8150 SW 92 St, Miami. 786-556-7318. Donation.

Monthly Free Reiki Healing Circle - 2nd Friday of the month at Five Sisters…a spiritual journey, 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170

Kripalu Yoga For Busy Professionals - 6:45 PM. $18 or discount package. Kevin O’Brien Wellness, 7520 Red Rd. Suite K, South Miami, 305-788-0777

Power Vinyasa Vibes – 8:00-9:00pm with Julianne Arhee, RYT. $20 drop-in or packages available. Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 786-953-7709. Chair massage – 5-9pm - Enjoy 5 minute complementary chair massage every Friday Pecan’s Day Spa, 305-284-8636, 7800 SW 57th Ave Suite 120, Miami, FL 33143,

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floridakeys sunday Big Pine Key Flea Market- 8am. South of the only traffic light in town on U.S. 1. Family Swim YMCA. 2-4pm. $3 Adults, $2 Kids. FKCC swimming pool. 1-305-295-9622. Movies at The Spiritual Garden - Spiritual up lifting movies. 1st and 3rd Sun. 7pm. Good will offering is $5. Unitarian Universalist fellowship 801 Georgia St. 1-305-394-2005. Nightly Sunset Celebration - Free. Enjoy a spectacular sunset entertained by the various carnival performers and vendors. Mallory Square, Key West. 1-305-292-7700.

monday Cardio-Sculpting Class 8:30-9:20am. Pirate Wellness Center, MM21.4 Cudjoe Key. 1-305744-3348

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Metaphysical Bible Study & Meditation – 8–9am am Gables Optimal Health, 195 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables 305-567-1973 By donation

Yoga with Drishti- 6:30pm at Biscayne Park Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Court. 305-335-7618.


Healing Meditation – 6pm – American Apothecary, $5, 12232 SW 132 CT. Miami, FL 33186, 305-598-2822


Postpartum Yoga at Key Biscayne, 10:15 - $20, 305-299-7826

Jazzercise® - $5. M&W 6:30pm. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Ongoing classes available all week. Call Cathie 305-666-5457.

Yoga and Meditation Class-7-8:30pm. Free. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. RSVP Lawrence 305-926-3578.

between Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon Rd. Free trolly transportation.

Kripalu Yoga For Mature Bodies - 10:30 AM. Beginners welcome. $18 or discount package. Kevin O’Brien Wellness, 7520 Red Rd. Suite K, South Miami, 305-788-0777

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Aerobic Dance - 1-1:55pm. CoffeMill Dance. 916 Pohalski St. 1-305-296-9982.

tai Chi for Inner Harmony - 9:30-11am on Sugarloaf Key. Call Lydia at 1-305-745-2811.

Yoga/Meditation – 8am. $7 Key Largo Community Park, MM 100 ocean side. 1-305-853-1003.

toddler Playtime Stories- Ages 10 months to 2 years and their caregivers. Free. 10:30am-12:30pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming Street, Key West. 1-305-292-3595.

tuesday Free Guided relaxation Class - 7 -8 PM at Islamorada Fitness MM 85.9 bayside. Bring a towel or exercise mat and a pillow. (Sponsored by Keys To Peace. 305-619-0534. Mothers and Babies Group - for new moms, their babies and expecting mothers. Free. 1-3 p.m. Healthy Start, Gato Bldg, 1100 Simonton St., Key West. 1-305-293-7516 or 1-305-293-7511.

thursday Water Wellness Program - 8am. $5. Yoga, Pilates and Meditation. MM 92 Oceanside. 1-305-393-1162.


Stories for Children - 10:30am. Key Largo Library, 101485 US1. 1-305-451-2396. Also Thur, 10:30am, Stories for children ages 2 ½ -6.

Salsa Dance Lessons- 7:30-9pm. Paradise Health & Fitness. 1796 N.Roosevelt Blvd. 1-305-296-6348.

Meditation- Free. 7pm. Unity Church, 9591 Overseas Highway, Marathon.


tai Chi – 7pm. $15. Coffee Mill Dance and Yoga Studio, 916 Pohalski St, Key West, 1-305-296-9982; 1-305-735-3519. Water Wellness Program- 8am. $5. Yoga, Pilates and Meditation. MM 92 Oceanside. 1-305-393-1162.

wednesday Ancient Indian Meditation - 6:30-8:30pm. 1-305292-6958. Belly Dancing Class - $10. 7:30pm. All levels welcome.

Family Hour- Special programs for children of all ages. Free. 1pm. Key West Library, 700 Fleming St, Key West. 1-305-292-3595. Story Hour - ages 5 years & up. 10:30-11:30am. Games & stories. Marathon Library, 3251 Overseas Hwy. 1-305-743-5156. Key West WPA Walking tour – Old Town Key West. 10am. $20. 1-305-296-3573. Yoga/Meditation – 8:30am. $7 Key Largo Community Park, MM100 Oceanside. 1-305-853-1003.

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