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his year, like every other year, millions began the January pledge of regaining overall health and getting in shape. As I was mentioning to a friend, the endeavor is no different than any other year, but the strength of mind and spirit feels different. Like an airborne virus, it’s actually spreading and affecting everyone who needs it. At least that’s what I felt when the midnight bells rang and I welcomed 2016. It was different somehow. I felt a surge of brand new energy which I haven’t felt before. It made me smiled and filled me with a sense of purpose and resolve as it enveloped me. It was an amazing experience which is still with me. When the student is ready the teacher will appear. This proverb has impacted many. And although there’s still much discussion of whether or not it is actually from the Buddha, its point is simple. When you are ready to learn– or implement change as in the case of losing weight or recapturing your health– then you will. The concept of “teacher” is simply a metaphor for your own will and desire, and about your reality and approach to understanding and implementing the change. This year, a “teacher” has somewhat appeared. Someone so many identify with and who has gone on the airwaves to encourage us in making 2016 the year of our “best body.” Ophra Winfrey, regardless of her business transactions with this company, has put out an incredible message through Weight Watchers commercials that are inspiring thousands. “Nothing you’ve ever been through is wasted, so every time I tried and failed, every time I tried again, and every time I tried again, has brought me to this most powerful moment to say, ‘If not now, when?’” she explains in her mini-motivational segments that challenge us to be “ready” to join her on this venture of transformation. And that’s exactly what I felt as 2016 rang in, as if whatever I needed to achieve could be attained. Attracting the teachers, the experiences, and the challenges I require to learn was part of the equation. I once read that “only those open to be taught by anyone, anything, and any situation can indeed learn” and move forward. A friend, whom I consider a sister, got hit by a car crossing the street last December. Baba, as we all lovingly call her, is a loving, caring soul who never hesitates to help others. Through her openness to embrace others help, she’s amazed her doctors with a strong recovery. This has been no easy task for her as she’s not use to “receiving.” But as she shared with me not too long ago, “the experience has been humbling.” At some point in our lives, we are all teachers and students helping each other through countless acts of kindness and thoughtful consideration. In her case, as is her turn to receive, she’s opened her heart inward and has welcomed the support which has accelerated her recovery. We all need a helping hand as we traverse our spiritual path. 2016’s energy has just begun to affect us and if the beginning is any indication, it’s going to be a year beyond belief. Be open!

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here is a different kind of spa hidden in North Miami - Heavenly Organic Spa. When you get treatments, 50% of proceeds on selected services and 100% of guru products sold are donated to Community Outreach: Health, Touch and Heal. This outreach program conducts research studies and provides programs to U.S. Veterans, Domestic Violence victims, and those struggling with Cancer and H.I.V. Programs include Massage Therapy, Psychological Treatments, Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Faith Therapy. Research studies focus on pre and post analysis of Cortisol and Serotonin levels before and after massage treatments while providing psychological treatments. “Heavenly Organic Spa specializes in utilizing organic and natural products,” explains Patricia Romaniuk, founder of both Heavenly Organic Spa and Community Outreach: Health, Touch and Heal. “With the creation of some distinctive spa experiences, such as Bowl-less Manicure and Pedicure, which incorporates a treatment of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing from the nail tips to the forearm area; Manual Lymphatic Drainage Facial-Lift Treatments, which is an amazing anti-aging treatment with lifting benefits; and Whole Body Balancing Massage, which incorporated various massage modalities such as Swedish Massage, Deep-Tissue Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Chakra Balancing and Reiki all in one session, we truly create a heavenly experience.” Heavenly Organic Spa and Community Outreach: Health, Touch and Heal are located at 1683-1685 N.E. 123rd Street in North Miami. For more information or to make an appointment, call 305-892-0560 or visit, or www.

Return to Our Roots


endall residents who are looking to return to their nutritional roots need not look too far than Roots Juicebar. Working with raw and organic ingredients, Roots Juicebar and Cafe brings healthy, vegan, crueltyfree and sustainable choices to its customers. “There aren’t a lot of options for healthy choices readily available in the Kendall area,” explains Angela Prada-Moed, owner of Roots Juicebar and Cafe. “I want to change that, I want to start and be a part of something good for this community. I know first-hand how poor health can detract from all facets of life. It’s never too late to start a journey towards a lifestyle that can improve our long-term quality of life, and I know our community is craving this.” Roots Juicebar specializes in cold pressed juices that they bottle in their store daily. They blend super food smoothies, made to order using organic produce sourced locally. They offer a small, yet powerful plant-based food menu and a full coffee menu. “We are proud of ourselves on our effort to run a cruelty free establishment,” shares Angela. Colombian born, raised in Kendall, Angela Prada-Moed is a proud mother and the owner of Roots Juicebar and Cafe.  Roots Juicebar is located at 8530 S.W. 124th Avenue  #101, in Kendall. Operating hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm (closed Sundays). For more information call 786.534.5087 or email:

Kayak from Key Largo to Key West


oin American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors and award-winning authors Bill and Mary Burnham on their 2nd annual 100-mile kayak expedition from Key Largo to the Southernmost Point in Key West. Starting March 4th , launching on the 5th and paddling through the 15th, experienced kayakers can join them for either a full or a 1/2 marathon (halfway point, March 10th, Knight’s Key RV Resort and Marina, MM 47, Marathon) where they will have a rest day, optional massages, and a snorkel trip out to the reef. The 6 day, 60 mile half marathon option will “set up camp in time for a delicious dinner, often with some fresh Florida seafood, and watch the sunset. Camping is mix of primitive islands and state parks with hot showers!” This is a strenuous trip, for experienced paddlers able to kayak 12-17 miles per day, in potentially rough seas, and able to do a wet-exit and assisted re-entry. Costs include sea kayaks, camping gear, meals, & camping fee, but discounts are available for bringing your own gear and/or kayak as well as for groups. For specifics on the trip, lodging, transportation, post activities or to watch a video, call 305-240-0650, e-mail for reservations, or visit

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he business of fitness, nutrition and wellness has grown into a trillion dollar industry in the past 10 years. Still Health Pros Academy founder Andres Ospina wonders why we are still facing growing rates of childhood obesity, malnutrition and chronic illness in our communities today. The answer is simple, “bad sales strategy and marketing,” he explains. “Health Pros Academy moves forward with one mission in mind, ‘with access to strong marketing strategies and tools, the health and fitness professionals can reverse the global health epidemic facing our society today.’ ” For the past six years, Health Pros Academy has been working with and consulting personal trainers, yoga instructors, chiropractors, health coaches and others, to develop marketing campaigns that convert into lifelong clients and raving fans. They believe there is a planet to save from obesity, disease and all around unhealthiness and a health and fitness professional’s expertise is crucial to the overall solution. “But without the proper branding and marketing, no one will ever know the solution even exists,” Ospina says. “Find out how easy it is to avoid making the four most common industry mistakes. When you know what they are, it’s almost impossible to fall into their trap like most health and wellness service providers do,” he concludes. Text ‘HealthPro’ to 44222 to find out more information on the next Wealth in Health Online Workshop. See ad page 5.

Eco Chic Dining Series Food tasting while supporting a green environment


long with the rise of health food stores, juice bars, vegan restaurants, and green markets, people are looking for opportunities to support other like-minded businesses in their community. Join Third Eye Inspirations along with Miami’s Dinner Party Diva Noreen Ismail as they launch the premiere of their Eco Chic Dining series at Alta Mare restaurant, 1233 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. “This Eco Chic Dining Series is the first of its kind in Miami, emerging in a timely fashion, when we can see an expanding presence of healthy and sustainable businesses in Miami Beach and the surrounding areas,” explain the organizers. “This particular event will raise awareness and funds for “ECOMB,” a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to cleaning up and maintaining the splendor of Miami’s beaches, while catering to both vegetarians and omnivores alike.” Echo Chic Dining provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy an incredible meal, while contributing in the fight to preserve one of Miami’s most valuable assets, our beaches!

The dinner will take place on Sunday, February 7th , from 6 to 10pm. Event price is $49 and includes 3 course, pre fixe, organic, non GMO, locally sourced meal, a glass of wine for those 21 and over, and a complimentary gift bag featuring generous samples of products and services from local eco-friendly businesses. For additional information regarding this event contact Shelby Stone at (646) 246-7791, or email her at For information on ECOMB, visit Attire: smart casual. 10

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Key West Artisan Market


he Key West Artisan Market is a series of lively, energetic events filled with artistic energy. Held every 3 weeks on Sundays, these open air bazaars are filled with artists, authors, craftspeople, musicians, chef-made cuisine, fresh produce and seafood that represent the diversity of local products and creativity. Giving residents and visitors alike the unique opportunity to purchase fresh produce, each Artisan Market event features 50 local vendors selected on originality, exclusivity and uniqueness to the Lower Keys and Key West. It’s an eclectic mixture of entertainment, local author book signings, demonstrations and samplings. Wine and beer is available for purchase and consumption on-premise as well as food to go or eat in. The Artisan Market is held from 10:00 until 2:00pm on the property of The Restaurant Store and Cole’s Peace Bakery, at 1111 Eaton Street in Old Town Key West. Bicycling is encouraged because of limited parking which is available next door at the Strunk’s Ace Hardware/Manley DeBoer Lumber Company parking lot.

Vendors, because of location constraints, there are only 50 spaces available. A mix of booth locations and tent sizes are offered undercover in the parking pavilion. Free space for authors and musicians is offered. A limited amount of free or discounted spaces are available for non-profits. To participate Feb 21st, Mar 13th, or in future events, visit KWAM to fill out an application. For more information call 305-294-7994, visit, or www.

Celebrate “Monkey” Year!


t’s the year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle. And the celebrations are just as colorful! From Lion Dances, Dragon Parades and many cultural performances throughout South Florida, the over one million and a half Chinese community will celebrate their New Year over the traditional 15 days of observance! This is a communal celebration of one of China’s major holidays! Legends and stories explain its origins, but the main reason for this traditional celebration, which begins on February 8th and attracts families of Chinese descent and lovers of Chinese culture alike, is simple; to celebrate a year of hard work, have a good rest and relax with the family while wishing for luck and prosperity in the coming year. The largest celebration takes place February 14th from 11am-6pm at Miami Dade College, Kendall campus, 11011 S.W. 104th Street. Jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute and the Chinese Cultural Foundation in Miami, expect a huge festival with spiritual activities, cultural demonstrations, tai chi demonstrations, calligraphy, face painting, acrobatics, arts and crafts, bounce houses and slides, and of course, lots of food. The Sinoelite Performers spectacular stage show is at 12:30pm and 3:30 pm. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 children 6-12, under 5 FREE. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Education and Awareness and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information call 305-696-0651.

Grow Program Teaches Kids Cooking and Nutrition


new course in a series, titled “MyPalette: The Torah Edition,” offered at the Chabad Chayil - Highland Lakes Jewish Center in North Miami Beach is teaching kids about nutrition and food from a Jewish perspective. Students learn how to choose a balanced diet of colorful whole foods, based on the USDA’s “MyPlate” visual concept. They develop a sense of appreciation for their food and its purpose, and practice the Jewish concept of mindfulness by saying blessings of gratitude before eating. They create and prepare their own original recipes that are both healthy and kosher, and treat their parents to a special dinner cooked just for them! The ‘GROW’ series of supplementary education programs is designed to inspire kids to be the best people they can be. The courses cover meaningful topics that are relevant to kids’ lives—everyday concerns that children can relate to, and for which parents often seek help and support. The program, a project of CHAP & cKids International, has reimagined supplementary Jewish education as an experiential, arts-based learning adventure that challenges children with real-world problems to solve. Kids gain practical skills and develop creativity while working together to meet each challenge and become conscious, mindful eaters who are able to make intentional choices rather than relying on impulse or habit.

Healthy Bread

Not all bread is created equal! During recent years there has been a resurgence of artisan bakeries. As consumers have become more educated and health conscious, there has been a corresponding growth in the demand for tasty, nutritious, preservative-free artisan bread. In Old Town Key West tradition, Cole’s Peace Artisan Bakery and Deli has become a favorite for locals and visitors alike. They have fallen in love with the crusty loaves of hand-crafted breads— each one a culmination of careful, patient steps. Untreated flours, whole grains and live leavening cultures are mixed, shaped and allowed to slowly rise before finishing in their hearthstone oven. Their aroma, flavor and character represent the oldworld craft of baking bread with attention and care. “Our breads have inspired us to craft a selection of memorable sandwiches, our soups and sides are all homemade. Each item we produce is made with only the finest ingredients. We have become one of Key West’s favorite spots for a snack, a meal or carry out.” The bakery also offers soups, salads and hand-crafted sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Cole’s Peace, located at 1111 Eaton Street, on the corner of Eaton and White Street, bake fresh bread daily. Open from 8:00am until 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday and 8:00am until 2:00pm on Saturdays. They are closed on Sundays. Afterhours you can find their delicious baked goods next door in The Restaurant Store from 4:00pm until 6:00 or until they sell out, or at some of the finest restaurants throughout Key West. Questions or comments, call 305-292-0703, email info@, or visit www.colespeace. com.

MyPalette, GROW’s second course, continues CKids’ mission to provide effective, hands-on learning experiences that promote a message of self-GROWth based on Torah. For dates and schedule contact CHAP at (305) 770-1919 or visit Chabad Chayil, 2601 N.E. 211 Terrace, North Miami Beach. natural awakenings

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esearch published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry has concluded mothers that chew natural xylitol gum regularly will significantly reduce oral infections of mutans streptococcus bacteria in their infants. Five research teams and 11 randomized studies of 601 mothers and their children showed 46 percent fewer infections of the bacteria, which is the central species responsible for dental caries and periodontal disease. The studies included children that were 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months old. Other research supports the claim of xylitol’s beneficial nature. A study from the University of Manchester, in England, analyzing data from 4,216 schoolchildren, showed that using toothpaste containing xylitol with fluoride resulted in 13 percent less tooth decay than using toothpaste with fluoride only. Note: Xylitol is toxic to dogs; if ingested, consult a veterinarian.

Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells



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esearchers from Rutgers University have found that an ingredient in olive oil will kill cancer cells in under an hour. The researchers tested a compound called oleocanthal, a central component of extra virgin olive oil, and found that it caused the premature death of cancer cells in the laboratory by puncturing cancer cell vesicles, called lysosomes. “We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die,” says Paul Breslin, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers and co-author of the study, published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. The research also found that the olive oil compound didn’t damage healthy cells. Breslin states that the compound merely “put them to sleep” for a day, after which they resumed their normal, healthy functioning. Senior author David Foster, Ph.D., of Hunter College, points out that additional studies are necessary to determine if the compound halts tumor growth. “We also need to understand why it is that cancerous cells are more sensitive to oleocanthal than non-cancerous cells,” he says.


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Bifidobacteria Probiotic Fends Off Colds and Flu


n a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that supplementing with bifidobacteria probiotics will reduce colds and flu. The study followed 581 college students for six weeks as they prepared for their final exams. During the study period, the students consumed a placebo or a daily supplement with one of three probiotics, including Bifidobacterium bifidum. The students given the bifidum supplement experienced significantly fewer cold or flu infections, and when they did succumb, the infection was generally less severe. The other probiotic supplements did not reduce colds or flu compared to the placebo for the six weeks.


esearch published in the journal Cognitive Science has found that toddlers with parents that played with them using humor and fantasy gained increased skills for learning, imagining and bonding, along with thinking in abstract ways. The researchers tested children between 16 and 24 months old in two phases. The first utilized action play among 25 kids and the second utilized verbal play among 40 children. The parents and children pretended to do activities such as washing their hands with no soap or creating situations using a toy. During the second phase, the children and parents played around jokingly by using words, identifying things in funny ways and making believe they were doing things. The researchers found that joking and pretend play allowed the kids to distinguish cues that helped them communicate and develop skills to understand intentions. The study also found that older toddlers relied more on verbal cues to understand pretending and joking communications.

High-Fructose Sweetener Aggravates Asthma and Bronchitis


large study from the New York Medical College and the University of Massachusetts found that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is linked to a greater risk of asthma and chronic bronchitis. The research included 2,801 people between the ages of 20 and 55 years old. The scientists utilized health data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2003 to 2006 to compare people with a history of chronic bronchitis. The study measured the types of soft drinks consumed, eliminating risks related to known asthma relationships such as smoking. The researchers found those that drank five or more HFCS-containing sodas per week had an 80 percent increased incidence of chronic bronchitis. Greater intake of HFCS has also been linked with higher risk of other health conditions, including diabetes and obesity.

Mediterranean Diet Sustains More Youthful Brain Sizes

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s we age, our brains shrink, a condition linked to cognitive impairment. According to a study from Columbia University, a healthy diet can help reduce such occurrences. The researchers studied 674 adults with an average age of 80. They were divided into two groups, depending upon their diets, and given magnetic resonance imaging scans to measure total brain volume and thickness. It was found that those following diets that most closely resembled the Mediterranean diet—less meat and more vegetables and fish—had larger brain sizes with less shrinking. The researchers equated the average size difference between the groups to about five years of aging. Dr. Yian Gu, a neuropsychology professor at Columbia University, says, “This is another study consistent with previous studies that indicate the Mediterranean diet is an overall healthy diet.” natural awakenings

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McCormick Going Non-GMO McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, plans to eliminate almost all genetically modified (GMO) ingredients from their product line by 2016. In response to increased consumer demand for healthier options, 80 percent of its overall gourmet herb and spice business in the U.S. will be both organic and non-GMO by 2016, as well as all McCormick-branded herbs, spices and extracts sold in the U.S. They will voluntarily label the updated products to inform consumers as part of a commitment to transparency and consumer education. The first product introduced, a non-GMO vanilla extract, is already available. McCormick also uses steam treatments in its processing to preserve the health benefits of spices instead of the ionizing irradiation used by competitors. Although food radiation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some studies link it to significant health problems. “Our consumers are increasingly interested in quality flavors with pure ingredients in their food,” says McCormick President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Kurzius. “Our efforts prove that we are listening to consumers and are committed to continuing to evolve.” Source:

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Shrine Circus Ends Wild Animal Acts Bill Cunningham, CEO of Dallas-based Fun Time Shows, the largest Shrine Circus producer in the country, says he’ll no longer produce shows featuring elephants, tigers, lions or other wild animals. Cunningham says, “These animals are very special; we cohabit the Earth with them and they are deserving of our respect and awe. They’re not here to perform tricks for our entertainment.” He says, “I’ve tried to listen to the mothers that said they didn’t want their kids to grow up and learn that the animals they saw had been probed, poked, prodded and chained to a floor.” The move has received an outpouring of support from outside the industry, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Cunningham’s Shrine Circuses will still feature high wire acts, human cannonballs, trapeze artists and motorcycle tricks, along with performing horses and dogs. “The horses and dogs act in true collaboration with their owners,” says Cunningham. “We feel the audience still wants to see domestic animals.” Source:

Pioneering Aspen Ski Town Runs Entirely on Renewables

Athletic shoemaker Adidas has teamed up with New York-based Parley for the Oceans, a multidisciplinary organization with a passion for protecting the oceans, to make footwear out of garbage. Available soon, the soft upper part of the shoe is knitted entirely from waste and debris pulled from the ocean, including yarn and fibers—just some of the estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of trash in the sea. With no extra material left over, nothing goes to waste; the shoes also incorporate illegal fishing nets taken from poachers. Adidas executive Eric Liedtke suggests the technology could move beyond shoes and find its way to T-shirts, shorts and other apparel. A full line of similar consumer-ready products will be integrated into the Adidas line this year. The larger issue goes beyond recycling and repurposing to avoid waste altogether. Plastic takes more than 450 years to decompose, so conservationists and researchers at Parley for the Oceans hope to re-imagine plastics by designing a renewable solution. In cleaning up our oceans, we protect ecosystems, food sources, jobs and local economies.

Aspen, Colorado, with a population of 7,000, has become the third municipality in the country, along with Burlington, Vermont, and Greensburg, Kansas, to receive all of its power from renewable sources. Its energy portfolio now consists primarily of wind power and hydroelectric, with smaller contributions from solar and geothermal. The development reflects a decadelong effort made possible in part by a significant drop in the price of renewable energy and new government regulations that internalize some of the pollution costs of fossil fuels, making energy sources like coal increasingly uncompetitive. More than one-third of American coal plants have been shut down in the past six years and new carbon rules make it possible that no new coal plants will ever be built in the U.S.

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Weather Website Tracks Climate Change A new website,, published by the hybrid science and journalism nonprofit Climate Central, provides climate projections for a specific location along with the day’s weather. In addition to a typical forecast of highs and lows, UV (ultraviolet rays) index, wind and times of sunrise and sunset, it graphically shows if the area indicates a warming uptick and by how much. A 40-year-trend-to-date display offers a projection to 2050 and what the weather will be like for the next generation. Geoff Grant, director of digital media for Climate Central, says, “This is just putting weather and climate data together. There’s no spin to it. The weather is how everyone experiences climate.” WXshift draws from 2,000 weather stations across the country and 100 years of temperature, rain and snow data to create customized climate graphics. Tutorials explain such topics as the difference between dew point and humidity, along with news and information about relevant issues. Source:


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Reducing Coffee Shop Waste For many, getting a coffee to go at a favorite spot on the way to work or while dropping the kids off at school and running errands is a weekday ritual. It also warms up the body on cold mornings in northern regions this time of year. The java might taste even better if we reduce the amount of waste traditionally involved. Here are a few ways to better cherish Earth’s resources. Avoid the paper cup; carry a reusable thermos or insulated bottle instead as a matter of routine. Author and activist Beth Terry, in her book Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Habit and How You Can Too suggests both stainless steel beverage containers and mugs. She also recommends glass mason jars and points out that EcoJarz recently began making stainless steel caps and lids instead of plastic. Learn more at Terry further cites the

unhealthy aspects of continual use of paper cups because, “Many are lined with plastic, and the plastic lids are often the equivalent of Styrofoam.” If caught without a favorite reusable container,’s Katherine Martinko recommends at least giving an old paper cup one more turn. “It’s not a zero waste solution, but if you’ve already got a paper cup in your car or kitchen, you might as well extend its life. Wash and hand it over the next time you get a coffee,” she suggests. “It will still do the job.” For those that add cream, milk or sugar to coffee, consider the waste involved just in the plastic and wood stirrers provided by the shop that are tossed in the trash after serving their one-time function. “Avoid all of them,” advises Terry. “Carry a clean utensil in the car,” such as a bamboo tableware or a spork (combination spoon and fork). Cutting down or weaning off of dairy, sugar and especially sugar substitutes is another healthful move.

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Ceremonies for Love: Creating Intimacy in Your Relationship

by Diana Daffner


ituals are part of everyone’s life, whether they are formally created or simply performed out of habit or tradition. My mom can’t imagine a birthday without a cake, even for my Dad when he could no longer eat it! Couples often have anniversary or New Year’s or Valentine’s Day rituals of dining at the newest restaurant, or a forever favorite one. Bridal showers, baby showers… we celebrate upcoming events with intentional gatherings. There are rituals for graduation ceremonies and memorials. Babynamings, even ship-namings, are cause for a ceremony. Families have holiday rituals, and many of us have daily patterns that also qualify. This could be a cup of coffee or tea and a morning meditation. For me, it’s a morning soak in my hot tub (yes, even here in warm Florida!) Weddings and vow renewals are usually orchestrated by an Officiant, who must create and hold a sacred ceremonial space for the couple, in the presence of family and other well-wishers. Ceremony sets an activity apart from the mundane ongoings of daily life. When the candles on the birthday cake are lit, the hubbub and chit-chat among guests cease, and all attention is focused on the birthday person. This attention is exactly what couples need to give one another, to bring their relationship to a higher level. My husband and I find that having a ceremonial attitude toward our lovemaking awakens a profound sense of mindful and intimate attention. We have shared many of our


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practices in our book, (Tantric Sex for Busy Couples: How to Deepen Your Passion in Just Ten Minutes a Day) and introduce couples to them at our vacation/workshops called “Intimacy Retreats”. So this New Year’s, at home alone in advance of the midnight hour, we were prepared to engage in a sacred, focused and fun time in our bedroom. As I dimmed the lights and prepared the room, I noticed two sets of mala on the nightstand. A mala is a string of 108 wooden beads, used in Hindu and Buddhist traditions as an aid to chanting the names of God or another Japa practice of mantra (sacred sound or prayer) repetition. I invited Richard to welcome the new year by doing a mantra practice together. We sat on the bed facing each other and allowed a chant to develop organically. As each bead on the strand was fingered, words flowed from us in the most amazing and synchronized way, crystallizing into the phrase “You are My Beloved, I Love You as I Love Myself.” Eyes open, softly gazing at each other from the center of our hearts, we said this over and over again. Occasionally the phrase would change. “I am Your Beloved, You Love Me as You Love Yourself.” Other variations arose and fell away. We stayed steady with the sense of presence, honor and love that these words evoked. This was the best foreplay ever. As always, I am delighted to share it with others, in the hopes that they too will experience this intense joy of intimacy. What a wonderful Valentine’s Night ceremony this would be! Diana Daffner, with her husband Richard, authors and workshop leaders, are the creators of the ritual movement practice of Tantra Tai Chi. They can be contacted via www. or by phone at 941 349-6804.

S.T.E.M. Education

Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers by Dori Roberts


TEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, versus other occupations which are growing at 9.8%. STEM degree holders have a higher income even in non-STEM careers. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future. STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas. It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. Despite these compelling facts, mathematics and science scores, on average among U.S. students, are lagging behind other developing countries. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives. By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue a job in a STEM field. A

curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life applications that help students learn. Programs like Engineering For Kids integrates multiple classes to provide opportunities to see how concepts relate to life in order to hopefully spark a passion for a future career in a STEM field. STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student. Making math and science both fun and interesting helps the student to do much more than just learn. The National Science Foundation states that “in the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” Everyone benefits from STEM Education. It helps to bridge the ethnic and gender gaps sometimes found in math and science fields. Initiatives have been established to increase the roles of women and minorities in STEM-related fields. STEM education breaks the traditional gender roles. In order to compete in a global economy, STEM education and careers must be a national priority. Each and every decision made uses an aspect of STEM to understand the implications. On the world stage STEM education is critical to help the Unites State remain a world leader. If STEM education is not improved, the US will continue to fall in world ranking with math and science scores and will not be able to maintain its global position. STEM education in schools is important to spark an interest in students in pursuing a STEM career. However, teachers do not carry the whole burden of STEM education. Parents also must encourage their children to pursue STEM activities and increase awareness and interest at home and in extracurricular activities of the merits of STEM education. Programs outside of school can help children to see that STEM is more than a class to finish. Having activities that show real-life implication of STEM can pull together the ideas presented in school and help to show how they benefit our society and even our world as a whole. Children can see that what they are learning now is pertinent to their future and the future of the whole world, creating an interest often lacking when learning new concepts that do not seem to carry real-world application. Dori Roberts is the founder and CEO of Engineering For Kids. With 145 locations in 21 countries and over 150,000 students that have graduated since its inception, Engineering For Kids offers a suite of STEM enrichment programs for children ages 4 to 14. Roberts has an extensive educational background in math and technology education. She is a High School educator for 11 years, and the organizer of an afterschool club that participated in various engineering and science-based competitions. This rapidly growing and successful club was the inspiration for today’s Engineering For Kids program. For more information, call 305-570-1243, visit natural awakenings

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THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us by Judith Fertig

For a reason, a season or a lifetime, friends help us cope with challenges, motivate our best work and celebrate life. Friendships take many forms, crossing generations and self-imposed boundaries, and even spring up between unlikely confidants.


hildhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck collaborated on the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Fierce tennis competitors Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki like to get together for a gal-pal getaway after a major match. Country music artists Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married following an 18-year friendship; “We had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did,” says Brooks. Rafts of research confirm how friendship enriches us. Carlin Flora, of New York City, spent years as a Psychology Today writer and editor before penning Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are. She notes that among the varied and perhaps unforeseen benefits, friendships can help us “shed pounds, sleep better, stop smoking and even survive a major illness.” 22

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An ongoing, two-decade-plus study of nearly 1,500 seniors by the Flinders University Centre for Ageing Studies, in Australia, found those with a large network of friends outliving others with the fewest friends by 22 percent. The University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center also reports people with five or more close friends as 50 percent more likely to describe themselves as “very happy” than those maintaining fewer confidants. “Friends past and present play powerful and often unappreciated roles in determining our sense of self and the direction of our lives,” says Flora. “Even in a supposedly meritocratic society, friends give jobs and assignments to each other, so having friends that share your career interests and aspirations can get you much farther than you could ever get on your own.”

Make New Friends, Keep the Old Today, making and keeping friends can be challenging, due to distance, frequent life changes, overprotective parenting and substituting social media for more intimate face time. It all makes friendship more fluid than we might realize, says Shasta Nelson, the San Francisco founder of GirlFriendCircles. com, a women’s friendship matching site and author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends, plus the upcoming book, Frientimacy, about deepening such relationships. “Most of us replace half of our close friends every seven years,” says Nelson. Although this might seem alarming, she considers it a natural ebb and flow. “We all need a couple of very close friends, while others that come and go might just be what we currently need—at work or school, among firsttime parents, in a new neighborhood, starting a job, in retirement or during some other life change,” she says. Canadian Greg Tjosvold, a married middle school teacher in Vancouver, Canada, has enjoyed great friendships with women, including his wife, partly because he doesn’t relate to men’s generally competitive nature and interest in sports. But when a close female friend moved away, he wanted to expand his circle to include men. He joined a group called The Barley Brethren that sample craft beers and talk about life. Although not into suds, he values “having a safe and enjoyable place to discuss deep issues, victories and temporary setbacks.” He admits, “That’s over-simplification, though.” Finding a group of men he can feel a part of has validated him, making this unique man still feel like one of the guys. Nelson categorizes the concentric circles of developing friendship as starting with a mutually agreeable acquaintance or contact, and then moving emotionally closer with someone that we find similarities with. Then the original bond can enter the confirmed friend category. A group of friends, like a longtime book club, can constitute a community. The highest level is the committed friend that has

evolved into a trusted and valuable life companion. Sarah Huntsman Reed, a medical counselor in Kansas City, Missouri, has such a lifelong friend. She met Doug Reed, now a pharmacist, when both were in their high school musical, Once Upon a Mattress. Reed had a great sense of humor, Sarah remembers. “He’s still the most honest yet kindest person I’ve met,” she says. Soon, their mothers became friends, too, and the two teens would pair up for family weddings. Then she went to college and married and he moved away; yet they stayed in touch through mutual friends and their moms, catching up in person when he returned to his hometown. Seventeen years after they first met, by which time Sarah was divorced, the two discussed taking their friendship to the next level and soon married. “It was a big decision to commit, because we knew so much about each other,” she says. “But we prefer each other’s company, and it was the best thing we ever did.”

Safety Net In trying times, friends can surround us with positive energy, says Madisyn Taylor, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the spiritual blog DailyOm, in Ashland, Oregon. “The people we love form

Hallmarks of good friendship include staying in touch and being consistently positive and vulnerable, so as we reveal ourselves over time, we can be authentic with each other.

a protective barrier that buffers and shields us from many of the world’s more crippling blows,” including receiving hurtful slights from others. How we make friends has been altered by today’s social landscape, which includes working parents and Amber Alerts. The days of children freely roaming their neighborhood discovering friends to play with are, unfortunately, over, says Jennifer S. White, a Toledo, Ohio, blogger and author of The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother. “My long-term friendships from childhood were all built around being neighbors and playing together just because we wanted to,” recalls White. With today’s safety concerns and work-life challenges, parents now set up playdates, a more structured, less organic way of fostering childhood friendships, and they must be proactive to ensure success. White has some misgivings about this modern-day approach. “When I think about that one little gleaming seed of truth at the heart of why, it’s often because I don’t think it’s fair that I have to be a popular ‘playdate mom’ for my kid to have some friends.”

Besties and Buddies Automatic playdates—with siblings— often enhance family ties through lifelong friendships. Sally Ekus is a culinary talent representative in Florence, Massachusetts. Her younger sister, Amelia, is the general manager of Twitter Cafe, in New York City, and lives in Brooklyn. Both foodies have knife-and-fork tattoos. Sally is more into meal ingredients and preparation, while Amelia loves pouring wine and making sure everyone is comfortable. “Together,” says Sally, “we create total hospitality, from lavish Passover seders to Friday nights with friends.” She notes that her sister is the only other person who understands what the world looks like through the Ekus girls’ perspective. Some adults might never meet face-to-face, but become friends via social media. American Jamie Schler, co-owner of the Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, with her native-born husband, says, “Social media [especially Facebook posts] is how I meet and make personal friends and keep in touch

How to Make Good Friends by Shasta Nelson

Three Necessary Ingredients

Both friendship and romantic bonds are developed when three things occur: We feel satisfied, which happens when an interaction has more positivity than negativity. We feel safe, which comes when we commit to consistent time with each other. We feel seen, which we experience when we practice revealing ourselves and expressing vulnerability. Here’s a formula for creating meaningful connections: Positivity + Consistency + Vulnerability = Frientimacy.

Two Steps

It usually takes most people six to eight interactions with someone new before they start feeling like friends. The sooner they schedule such occasions, the sooner the rewards. c Be open to making new friends. c Make the first move; repeat.

One Ratio

To keep a friendship going, remember that it has to have a positivity-tonegativity ratio of at least five-toone. That means sharing five times more fun and feel-good moments than stressors that can range from disappointments and frustrations to jealousies. By definition, to be and keep a good friend requires that both parties bring satisfying positivity to the relationship. Source: Adapted from Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Intimacy by Shasta Nelson; scheduled for release in March.

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The New Chinese Medicine Handbook by Misha Ruth Cohen, O.M.D., L.A.C.,


elebrate the year of the Red Monkey (2016) by picking up The New Chinese Medicine Handbook. This handbook is a must have tool filled with wisdom to help us ward off any health challenges. It’s a pot of gold comprehensive and practical user guide to traditional Chinese medicine which integrates both Eastern wisdom and Western practices, showing us the most effective therapies we can implement to achieve a healthier life. You learn how to understand the mind, body, spirit connection; which questions to ask a Chinese Medicine practitioner; basics to Chinese Medicine; Chinese Herbal therapy; Acupuncture and Moxibustion; exercise; the four principles of Chinese dietary practices; the roots of disharmony, and so much more. It is an essential resource that will support your first steps, and every step after that, towards natural healing and a longer life. Misha Ruth Cohen, is a Doctor in Oriental Medicine licensed Acupuncturist who has practice traditional Asian medicine for over 40 year. She is the Director of Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine and a Research Specialist of Integrative Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco. She has collaborated with Western university and community based research teams in the areas of HIV/AIDS, HPV, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and breast cancer. Cohen has authored 7 books.

Everyone from contemporary scientists to ancient philosophers agrees that having strong social bonds is probably the most meaningful contributor to happiness. ~Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project on a daily basis. As an expat, this is important because I often feel far from family and friends that understand me, share common interests and ideas and speak the same language—and I don’t necessarily mean English.” Her high-tech circle ranges from hometown pals to new friends in the food community and political forums. She raves, “It’s a place where I find them all at the same time!” Nelson remarks, “No one is saying Facebook should replace visits, nights out and phone calls, but in a world where most of us wish we felt closer

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Expanding Circles

Becoming friends with people of different ages, languages and social standing gives us a spiritual workout, advises Nelson. With a master’s degree in divinity, Nelson views friendship as a type of health club in which we develop our empathy, forgiveness and compassion muscles through practice. “Friendships are the way we become better people,” she says. Furthermore, the process, especially with people unlike us, leads to a better world. “Being able to inherently care for people we know makes it easier to do the same for people we’ve not met yet,” says Nelson. World peace happens one friend at a time. Freelance writer Judith Fertig also blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot. com from Overland Park, KS.

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onventional dentistry can be extremely toxic and can contribute to your health problems by causing heavy metal toxicity, autoimmune disease, heart disease, even cancer - and these are really just a very few diseases that can be caused by dental issues. I have personally seen the damage that my clients have suffered due to conventional dentistry, and the cost of reversing dental work. One uninformed visit to the wrong dentist can cost you tens of thousands of dollars to correct, and can never really be totally reversed. Your best defense is to educate yourself and choose a good biological dentist with years of experience who would do a Clifford Test plus be accredited.

tolerate metal well in or on my body, and have been waiting for 25 years until the zirconium implants that were being used in Europe were available here! I was finally having serious enough symptoms, and my thermography of face, neck, and breasts was showing that I had to get this resolved. After going to over a dozen dentists in the last ten years, I finally found Dr. Cintron. Her office is four hours away from me, but that was a small inconvenience for the phenomenal quality of care that I was able to receive!

When the root canals were removed, the infection was massive. Having the infection out of my mandible and maxilla, I was able to start recovering from the long uphill battle of barely managing my chronic symptoms. Life looks a lot brighter today with an infection free mouth, I’ve personally healthy gums, and siinvested in revershen the root canals were nuses, and my new ing the damage that removed, the infections were implants and teeth! conventional denmassive. Having the infection tistry did to me as There are many, many a child and young health-promoting out of my mandible and maxilla, adult, and there solutions for safely I was able to start recovering are no words to whitening teeth, keepfrom the long uphill battle of describe the toll to ing your teeth clean, barely managing my chronic my health, and the reducing pathogenic physical, mental, symptoms.” infection in the mouth and emotional cost and gums, and restorincurred as a result of this very bad treatment. I was fortunate to find Dr. Yolanda ing the micro biome in the mouth, gut Cintron at The International Center for and sinuses. Dental Excellence in Ft Lauderdale. For Dr. Cintron’s treatments are cusyears I had tried to find a biological dentist who could extract three root canals tomized for each patient’s needs or and place zirconium implants. I don’t medical histories, with a combination


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Mindful Minutes for Little Ones Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax by Julianne Hale


merican kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this. Most adults take to their yoga mat to create harmony in their body and mind, increase flexibility and balance, build muscle tone and strength, and because it makes them feel great. These same benefits apply to children as their developing bodies and minds respond to yoga on a deep level, both on and off the mat.

Start with Watching Breath

“Breathing and mindfulness practices are important for children,” explains Mariam Gates, the Santa Cruz, California, creator of the Kid Power Yoga Program and author of Good Morning Yoga and the upcoming Good Night Yoga. “There is so much that children are not in control of in their everyday lives; to give them a way to 26

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physically process their experience, to self-soothe and find their own internal source of strength, is crucial.” “Having kids experience simply paying attention to their breath as it comes all the way in and moves all the way out can serve them well in every area of their lives going forward,” says Gates. In the classroom, it transfers to learning skills benefited by the ability to focus. From toddlers to teens, children can have a difficult time processing and controlling their emotions, which are vital life skills. Carla Tantillo, founder of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-area wellness organization, has found that yoga and the practice of mindfulness help children express themselves in constructive ways. She observes, “In any situation, especially in communities where reactivity, impulsiveness and violent solutions are

modeled, yoga empowers children to pause and take a breath so they can own what’s happened, move through it and move on.” “I like yoga because it makes me feel like there is calm all around me,” says 8-year-old Biko Cooper. Dee Marie, the Boulder, Colorado, founder and executive director of Calming Kids, a nonprofit program that integrates yoga into the classroom to foster a nonviolent atmosphere, says, “When a child learns through yoga how to feel a sense of themselves and begins to understand their self-worth and stand tall in their power, they can begin to regulate their breath and their emotions.” These invaluable skills stay with children through adulthood.

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Educators are starting to take notice of yoga’s benefits for children, including those with attention deficit disorders or autism, but yoga practice is still rare among school-age children. As encouragement, “Make it fun,” advises Gates. “It’s essential to create experiences that feel accessible and enjoyable for kids. They must feel empowered to do it themselves and take over the experience.” Six-year-old Carmen Wheeler likes doing yoga with her dad. “Yoga gets me feeling strong and it really calms me down,” she says. Music can help children relax and focus during their practice. Soothing basic instrumentals are good to start; an Internet search for yoga music for kids reveals many options. Parents can assist by incorporating yoga into a child’s daily bedtime ritual. “Do whatever they are willing to do with them,” counsels Marie. “Start by lying on the bedroom floor, doing stretches and focusing on breathing. Then move to the bed and teach some relaxation and visualization techniques.” Marie cautions parents against insisting that their child’s yoga practice mirror their own. “We have to meet children where they are.” Adults think that yoga has to look a certain way, but sometimes children don’t necessarily want to do the postures we’re familiar

with. The best teaching reaches each individual child in a way that resonates with them because yoga is a lifestyle, not an exercise regimen,” she says. Yoga novices and parents that prefer specific guidance can take advantage of local studio classes for children and families or use DVDs, online streaming services and instruction books. Kevin Day, age 5, regularly starts his days with a Boat pose. “I like it because you can do it with a friend,” he says. Lisa Flynn, the Dover, New Hampshire, founder and chief executive officer of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, is optimistic about the future. “In 10 years, I envision social and emotional learning, yoga, and mindfulness integrated at every school and mandated by educational policy,” she says. In addition to improved physical, social, emotional and cognitive health and wellness of the students, teachers and parents, she foresees “a positive shift in the overall school climate.” Julianne Hale is a freelance writer and Natural Awakenings franchise magazine editor in Cleveland, TN.

Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom by Julianne Hale


hen Scott Frauenheim, director of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, noticed that some students in his kindergarten through eighth grade urban classrooms were not fully engaged, he decided to focus the 2014-2015 school year on mindfulness for both students and faculty. He enlisted the help of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-based school wellness organization founded by Carla Tantillo. Using the strategies Tantillo recommends in her book Cooling Down Your Classroom, teachers were taught to involve students in mindful minutes—short bursts of simple yoga poses, breathing exercises and other techniques—to cultivate

mindfulness. The initiative proved to be powerful and helpful, explains Frauenheim. “Soon students were able to identify areas of personal need throughout the day and cultivate mindfulness within themselves using what they learned.” The program concluded last year, but CICS West Belden teachers and students continue to use designated time to practice mindfulness in the morning and as a classroom mental reset when they notice that students are distracted or unfocused during the day. Mindful Practices’ innovative programs have achieved similar success in other elementary, middle and high schools in the Chicago area.

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he focus of functional medicine— whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health. American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie Delsasso was a periodontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might indicate about their body’s health,” she says. While the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall well-being, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn adequate basics of nutrition in medical schools,” she notes.

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Beyond nutrition, academy curricula for dentists now include such titles as Arteriology and Vascular Inflammation – The Oral/Systemic Connection, based on a course designed for medical professionals by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced

registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method for the prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal disease and abscessed teeth. Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for periodontal diseases, provides clinical proof that supports the growing association between medicine and dentistry. “Since our inaugural AAOSH conference [in 2010], Bradley, Amy and Tom have continued to provide the current science and clinical backdrop to the oral/systemic connection to cardiovascular wellness,” says Milligan.

Respiratory Health Links

Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth, resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan. In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe. Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go undiagnosed. To help, Milligan suggests that before going to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television

or working on a computer. Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book The Oxygen Advantage. An authority on the Buteyko Breathing Method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and well-being. Muscle retraining using orofacial myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporomandibular joint disorders. This new field is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, their status 95 percent of each day and night. It also retrains muscles to keep the tongue at the roof of the mouth and the lips together to prevent breathing through the mouth, correct swallowing function and eliminate poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. Three mechanical treatments for sleep apnea include mandibular advancement oral devices used to move

the lower jaw forward, a continuous positive airway pressure machine to aid airway functioning, or surgery, which is the last resort. “The real opportunity for catching and preventing this is with children 5 to 10 years old, when their jaws are developing,” says Milligan. He further cites links discovered between the mouth and brain. “Oral spirochetes, which normally live in the mouth, have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Judith Miklossy, from the International Association for Alzheimer’s, spoke at an AAOSH conference about the link between oral bacteria and dementia, and Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, immunology and otolaryngology at Drexel University College of Medicine, addressed rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancers. All of these links are more than enough reasons why good oral hygiene is essential to good health,” says Milligan. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Ancient Grains for Modern Palates Gluten-Free and Eco-Friendly Grains Gain Favor by Judith Fertig


ncient grains are making a comeback. Grown since Neolithic times about 10,000 years ago, varieties of barley, corn, millet and rice have helped assuage the hunger of many communities. Today, yellow millet, dark red wholegrain sorghum, brown quinoa and exotic black rice can help alleviate food shortages. According to Harry Balzer, an expert surveyor of food and diet trends with The NPD Group, concerns about grains and gluten have prompted about a third of Americans to try to cut back on both since 2012. About 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, estimates the Celiac Disease Foundation, but many more prefer not to eat gluten. Many ancient grains are naturally glutenfree, including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice and teff.

“Some think that a grain-free way of eating is healthier and also better for the planet,” says food writer Maria Speck, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals and Simply Ancient Grains. “But that may be too simplistic, a characteristic of many diet trends.”

Better for Our Health

Whole grains fill us up and provide fiber, both necessary for maintaining optimum digestion and weight, says Kathleen Barnes, a widely published natural health expert in Brevard, North Carolina. Eating more whole grains has been previously associated with a lower risk of major diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, based on studies by the University of Minnesota and Lund University, in Sweden. Qi Sun, assistant professor in

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the Harvard School of Public Health department of nutrition, agrees that whole grains are one of the major healthful foods for prevention of major chronic diseases. He’s the lead author of a new Harvard study of data associating consumption of whole grains with a 9 percent reduction in overall mortality and up to 15 percent fewer cardiovascular fatalities during two 25-year-long research initiatives that followed 74,000 woman and 43,000 men. The researchers cited substituting whole grains for refined grains and red meat as likely contributors to longer life. “Whole grains are nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beneficial fiber and even some protein,” observes Speck. With a German father and a Greek mother, she grew up in two cultures where grains are a part of everyday meals. “We eat them because they taste good.”

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Sourcing and eating more organic and GMO-free whole grains (absent modified genetics) can help support local farmers, Speck maintains. Choose barley from Four Star Farms, in Massachusetts; heirloom grits from Anson Mills, in South Carolina; quinoa from White Mountain Farm, in Colorado; or heirloom Japanese rice from Koda Farms, in California.

Better for the Planet

Ancient grains require fewer natural resources to plant, grow and harvest. According to the Water Footprint Network, a pound of beef, millet and rice require 1,851, 568 and 300 gallons of water, respectively, to produce. Substituting grains in diets is a sustainable alternative to meat, and they grow on grasslands that now inefficiently support livestock. According to University of Cambridge Professor of Engineering David MacKay, it takes about 25 times more energy to produce one calorie of beef than one calorie of natural grain. Ancient grains can add variety and flavor to meals and a wealth of them are as close as the gluten-free

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Amaranth. The seed head of pigweed, amaranth can be baked into a custard or added to a soup. Grown by the Aztecs, iron- and protein-rich amaranth can be popped raw in a skillet like popcorn, and then added as garnish to soups and salads. Buckwheat. The seeds of a plant related to rhubarb and grown in northern climates, buckwheat can be ground into flour for savory French crepes or simmered whole in soup. Quinoa. Grown at high altitudes, quinoa has become a popular addition to salads or yogurt, as well as its own side dish. Millet. A tiny, drought-tolerant grain, millet can be added to bread dough for texture or cooked as a healthy breakfast with toasted almonds and cardamom. Teff. From Ethiopia, the flour of this tiny grain is fermented and used to make the flatbread known as injera. Try a teff waffle with caramelized pineapple. Source: Adapted from Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck.

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Cooking with Ancient Grains To make the soup, heat a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Swirl in the oil and wait until it shimmers. Add the onion and ¼ tsp of the salt. Stir occasionally, until the onion just starts to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the buckwheat groats and cook, stirring occasionally and monitoring, until the grains take on some color, about 2 minutes. Add the broth (beware of splatter), the remaining ½ tsp salt and the pepper and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan.

Buckwheat and Beet Soup

Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the buckwheat is tender, about 15 minutes.

Yields: 4 servings

While it simmers, prepare the horseradish yogurt topping: Combine the horseradish, salt and pepper in a small bowl and beat until smooth using a fork. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1½ cups chopped red onion (1 medium) ¾ tsp fine sea salt 2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves) ¼ tsp dried thyme ¾ tsp dried savory or ½ tsp more dried thyme ¾ cup raw buckwheat groats (not kasha) 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 cups raw shredded beets, preferably red (1 large or 2 small) 1 to 2 tsp honey 1 cup purified water (approximately) 2 tsp sherry vinegar, or more as needed Horseradish Yogurt ¾ cup whole milk or 2% Greek yogurt 3 Tbsp retail horseradish, with liquid ¼ tsp fine sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 32

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Stir in the garlic and the herbs thyme and savory, and then cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Watch closely, so as not to burn the pieces.

To finish, stir in the beets and 1 tsp of the honey and then add about 1 cup of water to reach a preferred consistency. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften. Add the vinegar and taste for seasoning. Depending on the beets’ sweetness, maybe add another teaspoon of honey and a bit more vinegar to balance it, and perhaps a tad more salt and pepper. The seasoning is forgiving because the topping will bring the flavors together. Ladle the soup into four bowls, garnish with a dollop of the yogurt topping and serve at once.

Cardamom-Infused Black Rice Porridge with Blueberries and Pistachios Yields: 4 to 6 servings Black Rice ¾ cup black rice 2 whole green cardamom pods 1½ cups boiling purified water Porridge 1 cup half-and-half, plus more as needed 3 Tbsp maple syrup, or more as needed ¾ tsp ground cardamom 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 4 to 6 Tbsp pomegranate seeds, for garnish 3 Tbsp lightly toasted chopped plain pistachios, for garnish Start the rice the night before: Add the rice and cardamom pods to a large, heavy saucepan. Pour over the boiling water, cover and let sit at room temperature or overnight (or chill, covered, for up to 2 days). The next morning, make the porridge: Add 1 cup of half-and-half, the maple syrup and ground cardamom to the saucepan with the rice, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

boil and cook, uncovered, for 3 minutes.

Uncover, decrease the heat to retain a lively simmer, and cook, stirring once occasionally, until the rice is tender with a slight chew, 5 to 7 minutes.

Stir in the millet and green olives. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust (keeping in mind that olives and feta cheese are typically salty).

Remove the cardamom pods, if preferred. Add the blueberries and simmer gently until they are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes more.

Remove the pot from the heat, sprinkle with the feta and cover to allow the cheese to soften.

To finish, add ¼ to ½ cup more halfand-half to reach a desired consistency. Taste for sweetness and adjust with more maple syrup if needed.

To prepare the shrimp (or tofu), season them with salt and pepper.

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Divide between 4 to 6 breakfast bowls. Top each bowl with 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds and 1 teaspoon of chopped pistachios. Serve warm.

Greek Millet Saganaki with Shrimp and Ouzo Millet 1¼ cups purified water ¾ cup millet 1 bay leaf Pinch of fine sea salt Saganaki 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (1 small) 1 clove garlic, peeled and slightly crushed 1 small hot green chili, minced (optional) ¼ tsp fine sea salt 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 (28-oz) BPA-free can whole tomatoes, crushed in a bowl ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ½ cup green pimiento-stuffed olives, halved if large 4 oz coarsely crumbled Greek feta cheese (about 1 cup), preferably made from sheep’s milk Shrimp 1 lb jumbo shell-on shrimp from a reputable fishmonger, deveined and patted dry (or substitute firm tofu, cut into bite-sized pieces) Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /3 cup ouzo or other anise-

flavored liqueur ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley To prepare the millet, bring the water, millet, bay leaf, and salt to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit covered for 5 to 10 minutes. Uncover, remove the bay leaf and set aside to cool.

Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat until it shimmers. Add the shrimp. Cook, undisturbed, until the shrimp or tofu pieces turn golden, 1 to 2 minutes, and then flip them with a spatula and cook until the shrimp are just opaque throughout or the tofu has warmed through, 1 to 2 more minutes, depending on the size. Add the ouzo and cook until it’s syrupy, about 30 seconds. Using a spatula, briskly remove the shrimp from the pan and arrange on top of the millet. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve at once. All recipes adapted from Simply Ancient Grains or Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, by Maria Speck, courtesy of Ten Speed Press.

Meanwhile, make the saganaki. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until it shimmers. Add the onion, garlic, chili and salt; cook, stirring frequently, until the onion softens and turns light golden, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it darkens, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with their juices and the pepper; bring to a boil over mediumhigh heat. Decrease the heat to maintain a light natural awakenings

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Gliding Across Snowscapes

Cross-Country Ski to Explore Winter’s Wonders by Randy Kambic


hile downhill Alpine skiing offers spurts of intense action in-between times spent driving to and from resorts and standing in line at lifts, all that’s needed for Nordic cross-country skiing is a few inches of snow and strap-on skis to transform any nearby park, wooded trail or spacious backyard into a quiet, serene eco-playground. The similar dryland recreation of Nordic walking that uses poles can be enjoyed year-round.

Ski Season Techniques

Both the standard Nordic form of what’s also known as free-heel skiing and the more challenging Telemark style, able to incorporate hilly terrains, have northern European roots. Cross-country skis are longer and thinner than downhill versions. Instead of placing the entire foot in a bulky, stiff boot affixed to an alpine ski, only the toe section of a sneaker-like boot adheres to a crosscountry ski, enabling a fuller gliding motion. Gliding over relatively flat terrain while leaning slightly forward, it’s important to keep weight evenly distributed over both skis. Continuously 34

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moving ahead in a left-right-left-right motion with a long gait creates a fullbody workout as each opposing arm plants a pole and pushes on it to carry the skier into the next step. Cross-country skis aren’t made for sudden stops, so stay alert; gentle, sideto-side skidding employing both legs or turning the front of both skis inward to form a triangle effects stopping. With experience, the skis can be used more like long ice skates, pushing both ahead and outward on them to move slightly faster on wide, groomed, flat surfaces. Vermont native Bill Koch, the only American to win an Olympic crosscountry ski medal—silver at the 1976 Innsbruck Games—helped popularize the recreational sport in America. On February 20, the 2016 Slumberland American Birkebeiner, North America’s largest annual cross-country ski race, is expected to attract about 10,000 participants on a 55K course from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin (Birkie. com).

Any Season Warm-ups

“Many of the movement patterns of Alpine and Nordic skiing are similar,”

explains Michael Wood, chief fitness officer of Koko FitClub (, which is reflected in a new eight-week Snow Sports program at many of its 130 locations in 30 states. “Our Smartraining equipment offers more than 100 different exercises, many of them ideal for preparing for cross-country skiing, like the squat, hip extension, and trunk and hip rotation.” For post-ski stretching, he and club coaches often recommend yoga-type flows like downward dog, child pose and the one-legged pigeon move. “We like to customize programs to enhance dynamic stretching, intensive knee analysis and specific routines to improve individual performance,” says Wood.

Winter Weight Loss

Outdoor winter recreation can help shed pounds. Harley Pasternak, a celebrity trainer, nutrition expert and author, recently reported in Health

magazine, “Being outdoors in the cold air enables your body to burn more calories as it makes an effort to warm up. When you’re chilled, you shiver and shake, which is your body’s way of warming itself by increasing its resting metabolic rate.” Pasternak says that spending time outdoors in cold weather can increase calories burned by as much as 30 percent and advises, “Take up ice skating, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.”

Anytime, Anywhere Walking Nordic walking, launched in Finland in the late 1990s and since spread throughout Europe, incorporates some motions similar to cross-country skiing. Walking while using special poles on dry land or at the beach extends associated health and fitness benefits year-round. Initiated 11 years ago, the American Nordic Walking Association

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nthusiasts that have built up stamina might consider taking a multi-day backcountry or mountainous trek along marked trails. Overnight stays are offered in lodges, huts or cabins, with many providing cross-country equipment and showshoes. Here are some examples of the awaiting adventures. California and Nevada Many clubs in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas offer overnight bus trips to cross-country trails in the Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada areas. ( Colorado The nonprofit 10th Mountain Division Hut Association was one of the first to establish a hut-to-hut system, encompassing 350 miles of trails in the Rocky Mountains. ( Minnesota Boundary Country Trekking offers stays at various lodges along cross-country trails in northern Minnesota. ( Quebec A few hours’ drive from New England borders lies plenty of ungroomed backcountry terrain with stunning views along the 78-mile, 15-hut network in the Chic-Chic Mountains, near the Gaspé Peninsula Gaspésie Park. ( Vermont Try Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center, in East Warren. ( Wisconsin Visit Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy, in Reedsburg. (

(, based in Palisades, California, conducts classes and other events nationwide. Founder, president and master coach Bernd Zimmerman reports significant growth in its popularity in recent years. “Both cross-country skiing and Nordic walking are great full-body workouts that use 90 percent of your muscles and treat both the upper and lower parts of the body like machines.” Suitable for all ages, including those that have balance or health issues or can’t run anymore, the walking poles act as extensions of the hands. Their rubber or metal tips work on any surface, such as streets, sidewalks, gravel, sand, dirt or grass. Compared to regular walking, Zimmerman says the Nordic style burns up to 40 percent more calories, tones the arms and upper body, reduces stress on knees and joints, and safely boosts the intensity of exercises to yield additional heart and lung benefits. Ski and general sports equipment retailers that sell and rent equipment also host informative clinics. Check out local retailers for local ski club group outings. Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor, including for Natural Awakenings.

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mericans are staying single longer these days. Instead of marrying in our early 20s like in the 1960s, today we’re more likely to be upwards of 27 before committing. Careers and family obligations are among the factors causing delays, allowing couples to learn what really matters before they walk down the aisle. “A good partner is someone that encourages you to be your authentic self,” says Jill Crosby, host of the online dating website from Mount Shasta, California. “There are always some compromises, but similar core values and respect for each other make a good relationship even better.” Online dating isn’t just for the unmarried, post-college crowd. Widowed and divorced singles also find it a good way to ease into a renewed social life. According to a Northwestern University study, typical benefits include access to professional matching, a wider range of singles and better communications with potential partners.


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Identifying Candidates

Dates can still spring from chance meetings, fix-ups by friends and family or workplace encounters, but these generally have the same success rate as finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Adding must-have characteristics such as an eco-friendly lifestyle might land an aspirant in the shallow end of the dating pool unless it is pre-screened by a conscious dating site. Discovering a potential partner via a dedicated online site enables members to refine their list of desired attributes versus deal-breakers, modifying their own profile accordingly. Elements of success stories usually include both prospects keeping an open mind while exploring a mutually compatible dating site. Honest communication is the most vital link in this get-to-know-you venue, but the goal is to meet, not become pen pals. When interest proceeds beyond onsite messaging, texting may follow, which tends to diminish fears of saying the wrong thing that could delay or prevent a more in-depth reply. Textpert,

Long distance isn’t often a deterrent when love is right. A California vegan that spent four years on multiple vegan dating sites found her match thousands of miles away in New York through NaturalAwakeningsSingles. com. When an eventual first meeting is more than a quick coffee date, prior Skype or FaceTime chats can confirm that the photo is current and messages were more than pickup lines. “Technology has made a tremendous difference in price, accessibility and reach,” says Crosby. “Members now post selfies as headshots, shoot their own videos and can access potential matches anywhere in the world.”

Discerning Kindred Spirits

Not all online relationships are love matches. Sometimes it’s enough to find like-minded people. “Natural is a safe place to talk about spiritual awakening without someone looking at you like you have three heads. I’ve met a number of people who speak my language,” says Sharmaine Monteith, a sales manager in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “When people care about the environment, it changes who they are and how they live. My profile maps my beliefs and my heart.” A University of Chicago study asked 20,000 people that married between 2005 and 2012 how they met. One third said online; half used another kind of dating service. Another telling statistic showed that those that met at work, in a bar or by blind date were 25 percent more likely to divorce. Researchers think this is because online daters know each other better before meeting. When folks fudge a bit in their profile, it’s mostly about weight and height.

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Alyssa Milano’s Anti-Aging Secrets Her Natural Lifestyle Choices Keep Her Young by Gerry Strauss


lyssa Milano has grown up, and most of us have grown up with her. From her days as preteen tomboy Samantha Miceli on Who’s the Boss? to witchy woman Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed, the actress has been a vibrant, relatable and beautiful persona we’ve come to know via television. She was even named a UNICEF ambassador in 2004. Today, with a young family, her Touch licensed sports apparel line, and the wisdom that accompanies adulthood, her commitment to a natural, eco-friendly lifestyle has become another hallmark of her life.

What connection do you see between eating organic foods and maintaining the energy level that your busy life requires?

I think everything that you put into your body has a connection to how well we function in daily life. As a mom of two, eating organic is a priority; when organic is not an option, it’s about finding the healthiest accessible choices. I eat tomatoes like other people eat fruit and love papaya. I would put avocado on anything. I also like to cook with healthful herbs and spices like garlic and onions, which is natural for an Italian like me. We keep genetically modified foods out of our house.  

Which fitness habits embodied by others have you made your own?

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and athletic. Tony would bring in a tap dance teacher and Judith a private trainer during lunch breaks. Being tutored on the set, I had no physical education classes or sports activities, so it was superimportant for me to see how self-motivated they were to stay fit and in shape. Their example instilled a desire to take care of myself as an adult.

What role does nature play in your daily life?

I love being outside in my organic garden three or more times a week. Also, the kids and I regularly head outside, which is an easy place to keep them happily and healthfully occupied without my having to jump through hoops.

As an advocate of breastfeeding, which benefits do you think are especially good for mother and child?

In the beginning, a primary benefit is giving your child quality nourishment, including healthy antibodies and other goodies to support health. As they start eating solids, it’s still about maintaining that intimate connection until they’re ready to be weaned and you’re ready to surrender this last physical bond.

How do you balance family life with your acting career? It’s a hard balance for anyone, especially one who’s detail-oriented and a bit of a perfectionist, like me. The most important thing is to be in the moment, doing the best I can

every day. I’ve also learned to be kind to myself when I’m failing to do so or something is annoying me due to some unfortunate imbalance.

How do you and your husband keep both your friendship and love vibrant? We work hard at maintaining a good and healthy marriage, which can be tested in tough times. I believe that it’s vital to have the ability to laugh; you have to find humor in things, reminding yourself and each other that there is something funny in every daily activity, no matter how mundane or hard. When there’s no time to eat together or be intimate, shared laughter is an easy thing to achieve together. Done daily, it can only make the marriage stronger. We enjoy date nights once or twice a week when my parents take care of the kids. I’ll put on mascara and change out of yoga pants, even if we’re just hanging out together. Then we do little things like asking how each other’s day went and caring about the answer. We also look for ways we can help each other throughout the week.

What actions does your family emphasize in being stewards of the Earth? We try to be as eco-friendly as possible, including having lights on timers, conserving water and being kind to animals. I cannot stress how important it is to visit a farm and organic gardens and orchards with children so that they see where their food comes from. We can’t take good food for granted.

In addition to a naturally healthy lifestyle, what else do you credit for your enduring youthfulness? My secret is happiness. I’ve always said that as long as my laugh lines are deeper than my frown lines, I’m living a good life.

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erhaps one of the most precious and powerful gifts we give another person is to really listen to them with quiet, fascinated attention and our whole being; fully present. Deep listening occurs at the heart level, and we must ask ourselves how often we listen to each other so completely. Such listening is a creative force. We expand, ideas come to life and grow and we remember who we are. It brings forth our inner spirit, intelligence, or true self, and opens up the space for us to thrive. Sometimes we have to do a lot of listening before another’s inner being feels replenished. Some people just need to talk and go on and on, usually in a superficial, nervous manner. This often happens because they have not been truly listened to. Patience is required to be a listening presence for such a person long enough that they get to their center point of tranquility and peace. The results of such listening are extraordinary. Some would call them miracles. Listening well takes time, skill and a readiness to slow down to afford time for reflection and to let go of expectations,

judgments, boredom, self-assertiveness and defensiveness. When two people listen deeply to one another, we sense that we are present not only to each other, but also to something beyond our individual selves; something spiritual, holy or sacred. Once we experience the depth of being listened to like this, we naturally begin to listen to be present with another. We notice what occurs when we interrupt someone and when we don’t. We watch what unfolds when another stops speaking and we ask, “Is there anything else?” Listening is an art that calls for practice. Imagine if we all spent just a few minutes each day choosing to practice the art of listening; of being fully present with the person we are with. Being truly listened to and understood yields a sigh of contentment and joy. Kay Lindahl, of Long Beach, CA, is the author of The Sacred Art of Listening, from which this was adapted with permission from SkyLight Paths Publishing.

Pay attention to the environment. Stop other activities to listen. Clear your desk. Turn off background noise or move to a quiet corner. Be present. Listen with an open, appreciative and curious mind rather than evaluating what’s being said. Put your own agenda aside. Stop talking. One person speaks at a time without interruption. Listen for understanding. No one is required to agree with or believe what they hear. Let empathy and compassion take the lead; put yourself in their shoes. Ask for clarification. It can help a listener understand what’s being expressed. Pause before speaking. Allow the speaker to complete their thought, and then wait a few seconds before responding. Also ask, “Is there anything else?” There almost always is. Listen to yourself. Inquire of your inner voice, “What wants to be expressed next?” Signal that they’ve been heard. Encouraging body language includes empathetic facial expressions, nodding and sympathetic postures. Adapted from The Top Ten Powerful Listening Practices on the author’s website

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Bird-Watching for Beginners Start with a Bird Feeder and Binoculars by Sandra Murphy


or those that love animals but can’t provide a home to a domestic pet, wild birds are just outside the window. Between 50 and 60 million Americans list birdwatching as a hobby. To start, all we need is a bird feeder. For safety and comfort, position feeders near a tree or bush at least 15 feet from windows. Scott Logan, an Audubon Society board member in Sherman Oaks, California, cautions, “Birds stay alert for predators. An unmarked window looks like an escape route. They won’t see the glass.” Products like Window Alert, a decal that reflects ultraviolet rays birds see but humans don’t, can prevent a crash. A book on local birds will describe the best food to attract them, whether residents or just passing through. Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars and orioles prefer citrus flavors. Cardinals and jays dine on sunflower seeds. Always provide unseasoned, unsalted seeds. In cold weather, also remember to hang homemade suet combining one part organic regular fat peanut butter with five parts organic, nonGMO (genetically modified) corn meal. Pour fresh water in the birdbath daily, change hummingbird nectar every three days and discard moldy seeds and old suet. Feeding year-round doesn’t interfere with migration, according 40

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to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York. Migration, nest building, feeding a new family and staying warm in colder weather require substantial calories. “American goldfinches are social and will stay to eat,” adds Logan. “Blue jays and titmouses are ‘grab-and-go’ birds.”

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In Arlington, Texas, Cathy Stein, owner of, will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year from February 12 to 15 ( “One easy resource for identifying birds is Merlin, the free app from Cornell Lab,” says Stein. “Take the bird’s picture, which is helpful in identifying details that can be overlooked or forgotten otherwise.” Merlin works like facial recognition for birds, comparing eyes, beaks and tails to species in its database by location ( Audubon’s free app includes birdcalls (Tinyurl. com/AudubonFreeBirdApp). Jon Weber-Hahnsberg, a 12-yearold volunteer at the Dallas Zoo, and his seven-member team won last year’s statewide birding competition hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by identifying 72 species in 12 hours. “Now I’m hooked,” he says. “Outside the city, there are snowy egrets, waterfowl, hawks and owls to see.” National wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are suitable birding sites for both

novices and pros. Here are some tips for beginners. Focus on big, easy-to-see birds. Sandhill crane tours are a hit in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states ( Sandhill_Crane). Concentrate on birds that travel in flocks. Common redhead ducks migrate in great numbers to the Texas coast each winter ( LagunaAtascosaBirdlife). Look for standouts, birds with characteristics that capture the imagination, like the speed of a peregrine falcon, large wingspan of a California condor or unusual color of Florida’s roseate spoonbills. (Visit fws. gov/refuge/Cape_Meares and refuge/JN_Ding_Darling.) In Maine, see puffins at the only colony that allows visitors to go ashore for a close-up look (MaineBirdingTrail. com/MachiasSealIsland.htm). Not a

I think the most important quality in a birdwatcher is a willingness to stand quietly and see what comes. Some people are very competitive in their birding. Maybe they’ll die happy, having seen a thousand species… but I’ll die happy knowing I’ve spent all that quiet time being present. ~Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Memoir

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“Keeping a life list of birds you’ve seen, when and where, is not only fun,” says Nate Swick, author of the recent Birding for the Curious, in Greensboro, North Carolina. “It brings back memories of a time and place. Birding takes you places you wouldn’t think of. I’ve bird-watched in local landfills, as well as in India and Central America.” A particularly impressive sight was a shearwater, found 30 to 40 miles into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast, a species that only comes to land during breeding season. “Each bird has an incredible story,” he says. “Migrating birds that arrive exhausted and hungry after flying hundreds of miles will often look for local birds like chickadees that act as the welcome wagon, showing where food, water and a safe rest area can be found.” Erika Zar, a catalog copywriter in Madison, Wisconsin, happened upon the nearby Horicon Marsh Bird Festival ( “Everyone seemed so meditative, hiking in quiet groups. It was peaceful,” she says. “Listing the birds they saw on checklists was like a scavenger hunt for adults.” Zar immediately bought binoculars, but soon traded them for a better pair. “Bird-watching opened my eyes to a new world right in front of me,” she says joyfully. “I’d just never looked or listened closely enough before.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at Top sighting spots, next page.

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hris Santella, author of Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die, offers these top sighting spots.

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n Pointe Reyes National Seashore, California, is on a migration route between Alaska and Mexico and renowned as a resting spot for upwards of 500 species. n Tucson, Arizona, welcomes hummingbirds and exotics like the brilliantly plumed elegant trogon from the tropics. n High Island and Galveston, Texas, are the first stop for birds crossing the Gulf of Mexico. n Cape May, New Jersey, hosts shorebirds year round plus it’s en route to Canada. n Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, in Chatham, Massachusetts, yields sightings of shorebirds such as plover, sandpipers and terns. n Prairie Pothole Region stretching from Iowa to Minnesota, Montana and the Dakotas is especially good for watching waterfowl. n Cleveland, Ohio, near Lake Erie, celebrates hundreds of species flying to Canada in May. “It’s great for anybody with a life list,” says Santella. “You can add scores of species to your list in one day.” In the fall, raptors migrate and Birds lists some of the best spots to watch hawks. n Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, in Kempton, Pennsylvania n Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, in Sausalito, California n Hazel Bazemore County Park, in Corpus Christi, Texas n Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, in Duluth, Minnesota n Florida Keys Hawkwatch, Curry Hammock State Park, in Marathon, Florida n Cape May Hawk Watch, Cape May Point State Park, in New Jersey. As rivers freeze over, eagles migrate south to follow the food supply, often near dams where fish gather. During the spring thaw, they return north to nest. Prime Wisconsin eagle watching sites include Lake Pepin, Necedah Wildlife Refuge, La Crosse, Prairie du Sac refuge, Sauk City and Wyalusing State Park. Alton, Illinois, is also along the Mississippi Flyway for eagles. Florida eagles tend to stay year-round.

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a process for helping people live happier and more fulfilling lives, regardless of circumstances. Mr. Cole and his team identify and help redirect areas of the psyche that have developed and are performing in a manner contrary to the ability of optimal function at the highest level. The secondary purpose is to improve oneself at a functional level by creating the optimal belief systems for overall health, healing and the rejuvenation and/or curing process. Cole integrates Biofeedback, Functional Medicine and Psychology to provide this evidence-based modality and teach people how to perform this process on themselves for lasting benefits. HOW WAS THE PATHWAVES PROCESS OF NEURAL EMPOWERMENT DEVELOPED? I created Neural Empowerment utilizing the below facts and advanced Neurofeedback equipment integrated with functional medicine to identify problematic patterns and their causes and then teach the brain and body how to process and create the healthiest pathways for living life at the highest level a person can obtain. “Balance is power.”

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 A person’s neurological systems are directly affected by genetic encoding causing predispositions for imbalances which manifest physically, cognitively and behaviorally which can then lead to any of the disorders outlined in the DSM-V and many physical conditions. Many people are born with imbalanced neurological blueprints. Accordingly, a person’s mind, brain, and neurological systems do not have an optimal pattern to utilize as a benchmark for optimal functioning. These imbalances manifest as anxiety issues, A.D.D/A.D.H.D, sleep issues, depression and many other behavioral and clinical conditions.  Genetics, our environment, our perceptions, our behaviors and actions develop condition and entrain our neurological systems; especially our autonomic (automatic) nervous system. For optimal functioning, it is vitally important to self-train our autonomic nervous systems and our other neurological systems. It is dangerous to allow genetic, environmental conditions and our belief systems to be solely responsible for our neurological development and function. This is especially true of the autonomic nervous system. Many people are stuck in their cyclical maladaptive patterns as a direct result of following these sudden, strong and unreflective urges and desires to act.  In every aspect of our life, especially in training our autonomic nervous systems we need to distinguish needs from wants and likes. The autonomic system is responsible for bodily functions such as the heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, and sexual arousal. This system is the primary mechanism in control of the fight-or-

flight response and the freezeand-dissociate response. The autonomic system is constantly changing to give us the automatic functioning we “want-need” based on what we demand over any period of time. Accordingly, if/when we confuse “needs and wants”, our autonomic system will be confused and then provide our automatic functions and responses on the basis that if we do not get what we want, we will not survive (this requires finetuning regarding performance).  Accordingly all psychological change is coupled with physiological change and viceversa. a: Belief systems play a critical role in the creation, entrainment and use of sensory and motor neurons. The ionic channels are created based on belief systems, which then govern the use of that sensory-motor neuron synapse. Belief systems therefor exist at all levels of our psyche and neurological anatomy. Accordingly, belief systems should be entrained from the top down or as simultaneously in our psyche as possible to allow us to live happier, higher functioning and more fulfilling lives.

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ccording to a study performed at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute when your home or office is cluttered your ability to focus diminishes. In the article “Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex” researchers stated that “ Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.” In other words, when your environment is cluttered and unorganized it not only distracts you, but actually affects the brain’s ability to process information. Therefore, when your home or office is unorganized or cluttered you are not able to focus as well as you would if you were in an organized, uncluttered and tranquil environment. Clutter wears down your mental resources and makes you prone to being more irritable. Researchers used “functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and other physiological measurement tools to map the brain’s responses to organized and disorganized stimuli and to monitor task performance” and they concluded that if you want to be able to focus and process information at an optimal level it is necessary to clear the clutter from your home or office environment. 50

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Start by decluttering one room at a time, it may be that when you see your bedroom, office, garage or kitchen you feel overwhelmed; tackle that room first. Depending on the severity of the clutter and unorganized room this may take you a couple hours or days. Divide the items into sections: recycle, donate, throwaway or keep. Recycle old magazines, newspapers, advertisement, cans and bottles. Donate clothing that you know you will never use or have not used in over a year. You may also donate bed linens, shoes, kitchen items, decorations or furniture. Your donations can be made to your preferred institute which may be your local Goodwill or place of worship. Many of these organizations will actually pick-up these items at your door for no additional cost, and best of all, you know you are helping someone who will use the items. And as an added bonus your donations are tax deductible. Throw away items that are expired or no longer useful because they are in really bad shape or broken. In the pile where you are putting the items that you will keep make sure that you are keeping items that you will actually use or items that have extreme sentimental value. Make sure your “keep” pile is not bigger than your donation, recycle, and throw away piles combined. That would mean that you are not progressing in decluttering. Think of the end goal of being in a peaceful, organized, decluttered environment where you can actually focus and be more productive, and helping others.

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hildren are our most precious resource. As a parent, you want to agree with that statement. There are moments, however, when we doubt our own parenting skills getting frustrated with our own children. Children are born with unlimited potential; however immaturity or lack of focus can inhibit those talents at home, with their peers and at school. Scientific research is showing that children want to be their best, to spontaneously learn new things, and interact. If this does not happen, traditional methods (medication, smaller classes, etc.) have been used to treat symptoms. But first, we really need to understand brain imbalances and how functional disconnect affects maturity to permanently address improvement by more than global sensory-motor activities or tutoring. We need to be specific as to the side and cause of their weaknesses. It may not necessarily be a disability, but an uneven development that can be targeted to remove the symptoms without increasing a child’s frustration levels or to bridge the gap between good therapy/tutoring and application of those improved abilities. When we do that, results can skyrocket, even without the overuse of medication. And that can also substantially increase their self esteem. It may not be an issue of genes, but of epigenetic factors that allow a nonconducive environment (poor diet, stress, pesticides, lack of correct movement as a child) to trigger those weaknesses. By addressing the root cause of foundational imbalances to train natural brain development, we can accomplish this quicker, easier, and without “overwhelm syndrome”. A natural progression takes place and learning and interaction can become fun again!

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Free healing session with Cristovao Brilho –– 7:00pm – Instituto Cristovao Brilho – 2811 Coral Way – 33145 - call 786-295-8665 must arrive by 7:00pm

Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce February’s Signature Event: Relationships & Communication Panel. 6:30pm. Greater Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce hosts a moderated panel of heart-centered relationship and interpersonal communication coaches. $5.00 for members, $10 for non-members in advance. For more information, contact Alexandra Figueredo at 786-390-1722

FEBRUARY 2 & 16 Tibetan Institute and Library members study Beyond Religion by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama - 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. -at South Miami Library, 6000 Sunset Drive, South Miami, FL 33143, contact 305667-6121 or 305-271-2772. Free and open to Public.  Free parking at South Miami City Hall parking lot.

FEBRUARY 5 - 7 Miami International Map Fair - Peruse and purchase antique maps from some of the finest map dealers in the world. Learn about maps through a series of lectures by experts in the field and enjoy special events held throughout the weekend. Proceeds from Map Fair go toward maintaining and improving the exhibitions, educational programming and community outreach. HistoryMiami Members: $5 Non-Members: $10. History Miami, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130, 305-375-1492

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Free healing session with Cristovao Brilho –– 5:00pm – Instituto Cristovao Brilho – 2811 Coral Way – 33145 - call 786-295-8665 must arrive by 5:00pm

FEBRUARY 11 - 15 Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami International Boat Show is one of the largest boat shows in the world. View the showcases of more than 2,000 exhibitors, including the latest powerboats, sailboats, engines, electronics and accessories. Events are held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Strictly Sail, the sailing section of the show, is held at Marina at Bayside. Visit website for more information.

FEBRUARY 11-15 Art Wynwood - in its fifth year, is a relative newcomer to Miami’s art show scene but quickly gaining recognition among contemporary art lovers, collectors and connoisseurs. It is completely reflective of the District’s cutting edge and dynamic environment, highlighting its hallmark street art and murals. Free shuttle buses will run every 30 minutes from the Marriott Marquis, and the Yacht & Brokerage Show at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami BeachArt Wynwood Pavillion at the Wynwood Art District - 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 (formerly the Art Miami Pavillion), One day fair pass $25, Multi-day $55, Students 12-18 $15, Seniors $15, under 12 Free

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Kite Day at Haulover Beach - This family-friendly event offers free kiting activities for all ages, such as kite-building classes, kite-flying demonstrations and kite competitions. Expect to see a return of the “monster kites” including a 100-foot squid, a 30-foot scuba man, a 30-foot Nemo and more. Haulover Beach Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami Beach


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FEBRUARY 13 - 15 Coconut Grove Arts Festival- Meet with exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine, enjoy live entertainment and take a walk through history. 3390 Mary St, South Bayshore Dr. in Downtown Coconut Grove. $10 per person per day. Children 12 & under, Metrorail Golden Passport and Patriot Passport holders are free. 3-day passes available for $17. Residents of Coconut Grove in the 33133 zip code can enjoy the Festival all 3 days for $5 with a 33133 pass (proof of residency required)

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FEBRUARY 20 - 21 South Miami Rotary Art Festival - 10am- 6pm. Free. Proceeds from the show fund Rotary scholarships as well as international and local community service projects. 5750 SW 72 ST. (between Red Road and US1 in South Miami) Contact 305-7695977.



Chinese New Year Festival - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm - Chinese New Year is the largest festival in the Asian community calendar. Colorful celebrations featuring Lion Dances and Dragon Parades as well as cultural performances will take place over the traditional fifteen day holiday period all throughout South Florida. The largest celebration takes place at Miami Dade College, Kendall campus, jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute and the Chinese Cultural Foundation in Miami. Miami Dade College Kendall Fred Shaw Plaza, 11011 S.W. 104th St. Miami, $10/ adults, $5/children 6-12, under 5 Free

First Ladies Tea Afternoon Teas at Fairchild - A memorable event where guests are treated to scones, savories and sweets served by delightful Garden volunteers, served at beautifully set tables by delightful volunteers. Tea service begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Ballroom & Veranda. $27 each for members, $37 for non-members and $17 for children 12 and under. 305-667-1651, 10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables, FL 33156.

Barnacle Under Moonlight- A monthly concert held on full moon nights at the Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove, 3485 Main Highway. Bring a picnic, bring your friends and enjoy a lovely evening. Gates open at 6 pm. Music lasts from 7-9 pm. No pets and no alcohol are allowed. $7 for ages 10+, $3 for ages 6 - 9; and those under 6 are free. 305-442-6866.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Treating Cancer-Related Pain 6-8 pm. Expert in the field, Dr. Moises Lustgarten, says that cancerrelated pain can be well-controlled in the vast majority of patients if evidence-based guidelines are applied, and patients in informed decision making for managing their pain. Please join us for this important and informative program.  Free and open to the general public. Call 305-668-5900. Cancer Support Community, 8609 South Dixie Highway, Miami.  

FEBRUARY 24 - 28 South Beach Wine & Food Festival: Join your favorite Food Network hosts including Rachael Ray, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence and many more for cooking demos and book signings at the American Express Grand Tasting Tents. Visit the web site for a complete listing of events and to purchase tickets. Various locations throughout South Beach. 877-762-3933

FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 1 Level I & II Reconnective Healing Training Program: Recognized around the world as the leader in energy healthcare, RH has been validated by science, and the benefits effect positive change on all levels of health. Learn how simple Reconnective Healing really is!  $1428 (10% off until February 19) Deauville Beach Resort,  6701 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33141, (305) 865-8511.




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FEBRUARY 6 - 7 Annual Pigeon Key Art Festival- 10am-5pm in the Marathon Community Park MM 49. The art festival is a juried show with over 85 locally and nationally selected fine artists and craftsmen in 9 different

categories. Proceeds from the festival benefits the Pigeon Key Foundation. Tickets can be purchased on festival day: adults $7, students $3 and free for children under 12 years. Contact: 305-289-9555.

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Gigantic Nautical Flea Market - The Gigantic Nautical Flea Market is a super place to get great bargains on boating fishing, diving, and nautical themed gear with over 200 vendors. The event raises money for college scholarships for Upper Keys youth. The event starts each morning by 8AM with a $5 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, so get there early and spend the day. 305-712-1818

Winter Star Party – Approximately 600 astronomers from around the world gather to view southern constellations, comets and stars in the Lower Keys’ clear night skies – virtually the only place in the continental U.S. where they can be viewed. Lectures, programs and workshops round out the event.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Annual Garden Walk - The Garden Walk is a unique, self-guided tour showcasing properties in the Upper Keys. Several distinctive, private gardens, each with its own personality and charm are located between MM 82 and MM 102, include a hammock with native plants and trees as well as landscapes of lush exotics and salt-tolerant seascapes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by the Upper Keys Garden Club. Tickets are available for a $25 donation. 305-332-0535.

FEBRUARY 27 - 28 Annual Old Island Days Festival - Free. The art show is a highlight of Key West’s Old Island Days, a celebration of local arts, culture and history that began in 1960 under the auspices of the Old Island Restoration Foundation. Fine art aficionados can discover the work of approximately 100 artists. Whitehead and Caroline Streets, in the Old Town district. 1-305-294-1243.

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A Free Teleclass: Meditation and Meaningful Conversation. 9pm – 10am.Call 312 757 3121. Access Code 698 805 965.

Shiva’s Circle of Fire: Yoga and Meditation in Motion. 3:00pm - 5:00pm. 1760 NE 144th St, North Miami, FL 33181. Call to schedule. 305.710.0516. Donation only.

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. 954-4443942

Women Only – Free Chi gong for cancer survivors and voice lessons for healing and empowerment. 2:30 - 4:30, N & S Miami locations. Call 305948-6878 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 305-666-5457. Miami Center for Spiritual Living- 10:30am- Free. Non-denominational. 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. 305-221-6516.

monday Support group for Co-Dependency - 7:30 to 9:00pm $30 fee - Insurances accepted Zenith Miami Counseling and Coaching Center in Coral Gables, 260 Palermo Ave #12, Coral Gables, FL 33134, Dr. Cheour at 786-230-6591 Mindfulness for Stress Alleviation - $20/session - 6 to 7:20 pm 260 Palermo Ave # 12 Coral Gables 33155. Changes guaranteed after 4 sessions. Course in Miracles - 8pm. Free. 7855 SW Coral Way. Contact Mercedes 786-200-8410 or Nimia 305-261-3190. Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. 5:30-6:15 pm - Sampoorna Yoga Miami, 10107 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173 Power of Meditation – 9 - 9:45pm – 2nd & 4th Monday. Conference Call – 312-757-3121 code: 698805965. Free. 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.

Bereavement & Grief Support- 7pm, during school year. Children’s Bereavement Center, 7600 S. Red Rd, Suite 307. To register: 305-668-4902. Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)- Bilingual Support group. 305-666-1778. Self-Defense for Women classes- Free. Also Wed. 7:15 – 8:30 pm at Bayfront park in downtown Miami. 305-358-7550

tuesday Support Group for Anxiety and Depression - 7:30 to 9:00pm $30 fee. Insurances accepted. Zenith Miami Counseling and Coaching Center in Coral Gables, 260 Palermo Ave #12, Coral Gables, FL 33134, Dr. Cheour at 786-230-6591 Meditation and ethical discussion - 6:15 - 7:45 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami.  7701 SW 76 Ave. Miami  305-546-1556. Donation Kripalu Yoga with Kevin O’Brien. - 10:30-12:00 PM- 7520 SW 57th Ave. Suite K, South Miami 33143. For more info call 305-788-0777 Yoga and Meditation Class – 7 – 7:45. Free. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way. RSVP Lawrence 305-926-3578. Are you a VET living with PTSD? If so, call Banyan Holistic Healthcare Center for help, Miami Lakes or Pinecrest location.  Call now to schedule, (305) 663-5696. 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. 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.

wednesday Mind Body Weight, you are not a willpower weakling, 7-8pm - Group session nutrition coach/ counselor Susan Gerrish. Limited space, 8 week commitment. Call to schedule, 305 333 4703, Coral Gables. Free Meditation - 1:15pm. Acupuncture and Massage College. 10506 N Kendall Dr, Miami, FL 33176. You must check in at the front desk. For more information please call 305-595-9500 Guided Meditation - All levels welcome- 7 pmDonations-3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627 Kripalu Yoga & Meditation for Beginners.  7:008:30pm - $20 or discount pkg. First class Free.  Kevin O’Brien Wellness, 7520 Red Road, Suite K, South Miami, 33143 Tel 305-788-0777 Aromatherapy Workshop – 6PM – Free. For reservations, 305 598-2822. American Apothecary of Kendall 12232 SW 132 Court, Miami FL 33186.  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. Connected Warriors - Free Yoga Classes for Veterans and Families of Veterans - 3pm at Brickell Hot Yoga 301 SW 17th Road, 33129 305-856-1387.  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. Freedonations 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. 786-662-8106. Jazzercise® - $5. M&W 6:30pm. South Miami Community Center 5800 SW 66 St. Ongoing classes available all week. Call Cathie 305-666-5457. Meditation for overall well-being- 7:30- 9pm. 8150 SW 92 St, Miami. 786-556-7318. Donation. Healing Meditation – 6pm – American Apothecary, $5, 12232 SW 132 CT. Miami, FL 33186, 305598-2822

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Yoga with Drishti- 9:00 am - at Biscayne Park Recreation Center, 11400 NE 9th Court. 305-3357618.  

Support group for Women Recovering from Divorce - 7:30-9:00pm. $30 fee. Insurances accepted. Zenith Miami Counseling and Coaching Center in Coral Gables, 260 Palermo Ave #12, Coral Gables, FL 33134, Dr. Cheour at 786-230-6591

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

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.

A Course In Miracles (In Spanish) at 8 pm. Free Study Group at 7855 S.W. 24 St. (Coral Way). Contact Nimia 305 -261-3190 or Mercedes 786-200-8410  Connected Warriors Free Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and Families. Chair Yoga – 10-11am - Sampoorna Yoga Miami, 10107 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173 Mind Body Weight, you are not a willpower weakling, 7-8pm - Group session nutrition coach/ counselor Susan Gerrish. Limited space, 8 week commitment. Call to schedule, 305 333 4703, Coral Gables Introduction to Bach Flowers - 3rd Thursdays - 10 am-11:30 am - Free - 3390 Mary Street Suite 116, Coconut Grove- Please RSVP 305-607-8627 Nutrition Solutions for IBS, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis & Migraines - $15, 7-8PM, Coral Gables, Alison Grewal, RD: 786-546-6800. Weekly Yoga Classes $10 per Class! - 5:30-6:45pm Five Sisters…a spiritual journey. 8805 SW 132 ST, 786-250-4170

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. Free Acupuncture for Combat Veterans – 1-2pm, Acupuncture for Wellness Center, Inc., 7550 SW 57th Avenue, Suite 116, South Miami, FL 33143, 305-669-6699. Dharma Meetings – 8pm. Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center 3239 West Trade Ave., Unit 10, Coconut Grove. FREE. 305-775-7541. Family Night- 3rd Friday of the month. 3-9pm. Free admission & parking. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Cswy. 305-373-5437. Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) - Free jazz concerts on the last Fri. Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125 St. 305-893-6211. Coral Gables Art Walk – An art walk centered around downtown Coral Gables, with all the galleries between Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon Rd. Free trolly transportation. 

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


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

Yoga Therapy for 50+ - 10am-11:15am - 1760 N.E. 144th St, North Miami, FL 33181.  Call to schedule.  305.710.0516. $10.00 Donation.

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

Intermediate Iyengar Series 8:30am to 10:30am. Experienced practitioners only, with Katrin Loveland. $29 per class. Prana Yoga, 247 Malaga Ave, Miami, 305 567 9812.

Open House/Exhibitions – 2nd Sat. Meet ArtSouth studio artists & staff. Free. Refreshments. 240 North Krome Ave. 305-247-9406. Miami Art Museum - 1pm. Free. 2nd Sat. 101 West Flagler St. 305-375-3000. Yoga-Style* Exercise, Prenatal - South Miami Hospital. 10:45 am-12:15 p.m. and 5:30-7pm. $10. 786-662-8106.  

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.


Cardio-Sculpting Class 8:30-9:20am. Pirate Wellness Center, MM21.4 Cudjoe Key.  1-305744-3348 Aerobic Dance - 1-1:55pm. CoffeMill Dance. 916 Pohalski St. 1-305-296-9982.


Healing Yoga/Meditation – 9am. donation The Village Square, MM81 Bayside. 1-305-853-1003. 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. 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. 


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Meditation- Free. 7pm. Unity Church, 9591 Overseas Highway, Marathon. Tai Chi – 7pm. $15. Coffee Mill Dance and Yoga Studio, 916 Pohalski St, Key West, 1-305-2969982; 1-305-735-3519.

wednesday Ancient Indian Meditation - 6:30-8:30pm. 1-305292-6958.

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. 

thursday The Long Walk Home Interactive Workshops for Veterans & Family– 6 – 7:30pm – Free – Transition to Civilian Life. Open to public. 97.671 Overseas Hwy. Oceanside. 305-504-3795

Belly Dancing Class - $10. 7:30pm. All levels welcome. Tai Chi for Inner Harmony - 9:30-11am on Sugarloaf Key. Call Lydia at 1-305-745-2811.

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


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Minsu’s Healing Oasis, a holistic physical therapy practice, dedicated to eliminating your back and neck pain. We combine Energy Medicine with traditional physical therapy and CranioSacral therapy to help you live pain free!


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Dr. Mesch provides psychotherapy services including hypnosis and regression therapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Call to participate in our regression group. We provide services in Spanish, English and Hebrew. See ad, page 14.

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SELLING 3 OAKWORKS ELECTRIC MASSAGE/CHIROPRACTOR TABLES. $2500.00 each. Nancy 561.350.6866. 5 ACRE BOTANICAL HOME FOR SALE CALOOSA - Ever wanted a chance to enjoy herb gardening, butterfly arbors, fruit trees (mango, avocado, mulberry, almond etc) galore and exotics like Rainbow Eucalyptus and Ylang- Ylang trees? This gorgeous 4 bedroom 3 bath home perfectly positioned on five acres in beautiful equestrian Caloosa Palm Beach Gardens offers all this and more in a park-like setting with an extra large covered wrap-around deck overlooking all. The home has extras like an extra large swimming pool, two Rv pads or water craft/truck pads with electricity and water and a fenced animal yard with poultry cage and dog run. Bargain price call Doug Martin asap 859-489-4482.


LATA SONPAL, PH. D., Laura FCHT., PA Studio. Quiñones - Certified Travel YOGA Agent - ID# A1591039 Past Life Regression & Progression 7700 N. Kendall Dr., # 404,Call MiamiToday: 407.486.8895 • ROOM FOR RENT JUST OM YOGA STUDIO 9999 NE 2nd Ave., # 100, Mia Shores 305-271-2772,

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New & unique studio offering various yoga styles, including Therapeutic and Suspension, for all ages and experience levels. The intimate, inviting setting is combined with kind & highly qualified yoga teachers committed to your personal physical improvement and spiritual growth. FREE Parking + Mat + Towel + Tea. See ad, page 39.

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