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“Take a good look at myself and change what needs to be changed” A holiday wish to myself, and for my friends, and family. Remember that kindness works—for you and for others. Think how it might change your 2018. Remember to smile a lot, others will notice. Remember to look for what is good in every situation. If you do this for a year, think how different 2018 might look. And a few other “remembers.” – Take a drive with no destination. Do good. Be positive. Practice patience. Change your mind. Examine yourself. Mentor someone. Volunteer and make a difference. Nurture yourself. Lighten up. Forgive. Change. Inspire. Be more loving. Risk. Relax. Learn a card trick. Dream. Meditate. Take responsibility. Don’t fight. Laugh. Be grateful. Practice self-control. Set boundaries. Take the time to be extra clear. Talk on a phone. Talk in person. Pray more. Exercise. Don’t text and drive. Learn…and learn… and learn. From all of us at Natural Awakenings, may your holiday season be filled with peace, love and laughter. See you in 2018!

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.E. Smith, a local entrepreneur, has introduced Aunt Alberta’s Remedy, a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues, to the market. Several time-tested ingredients—oil of wintergreen, iodine, and castor oil—are combined to bring effective pain relief results. As old-timers would say, “it cures what

ails you.” Wintergreen has been used for rheumatoid arthritis and for respiratory conditions such as chronic mucus discharge, but is mainly employed for joint and muscular pain relief from conditions such as lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia, gout, and fibroblast. It is often added to liniments and ointments to help ease muscle and joint pains. Wintergreen should not be used by people who are allergic to aspirin and should never be ingested only used topically. Aunt Alberta’s Remedy combines oil of wintergreen with atomidine iodine, a natural product that influences physical and mental growth and nerve and muscle tissue function. lt is easily absorbed into the skin and is an essential nutrient. The active ingredients are combined with castor oil to penetrate deep into tissues, to soften and enrich the skin cells for renewed pliable skin. For more information, contact 973-715-9097 or See CRG on page 52.

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Zential Wellness will soon be expanding to a newly-remodeled, larger space in Branchburg. The new location will boast an inviting reception and lounge space with a retail boutique, two private treatment rooms for Reiki and other healing arts, and a calming studio space for yoga and mindfulness that will offer peace and quiet during classes. The grand re-opening will take place in January, along with a Weekend Open House event on Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14 from 1-5pm. Both days will feature mini presentations, workshops, prizes, free yoga classes and more. There will be grand opening promotions for the New Year, as well as new classes and events scheduled. eZential Wellness will continue to offer a calming space, away from the stressors of everyday life. They will be offering yoga and mindfulness classes for both adults and youth with special introductory rates for new students. Private appointments for Reiki are available. Additionally, Reiki Certification and Yoga Teacher Training courses begin in January. Experience a sense of mindbody harmony with the healing benefits of yoga, Reiki and more. Connect with others and foster both happiness and community at eZential Wellness. Location: eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Road, Branchburg. For more information, call 908-526-0002, email, or visit See Yoga Profile on page 35.

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Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health


igh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as milk chocolate candy. Harvard researchers followed 55,502 subjects for 13 years, comparing levels of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to lifestyle traits. They found those eating one to three servings of chocolate a month (including milk chocolate) displayed a 10 percent lower risk of irregular heartbeat than those eating an ounce or less a month. Eating one serving per week of chocolate yielded a 17 percent lower risk and two to six servings a week 20 percent, and then leveled off after eating one or more servings per day. “Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended, because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat, and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems,� advises Elizabeth Mostofsky, author of the study.

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erman researchers studied the correlation between cardiac arrhythmia and alcohol consumption by monitoring 3,000 middle-aged volunteers for 16 days during Oktoberfest. Portable electrocardiographs and breathalyzer machines tested for heart activity and breath alcohol concentration. Arrhythmia showed up in 30 percent of the participants, significantly higher than an estimated 4 percent or less among the general population according to an earlier study. An irregular heartbeat often causes discomfort in the short term and possible heart failure and stroke later.


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esearchers at Orebro University, in Sweden, conducted a review of research reported since 1965 on the incidence of glioma brain cancer with continued use of cell phones. They found that the highest cumulative exposures to cell phone radiation correlated with a 90 percent increase in the risk of glioma cancer. The risk increased with time; after 10 years of cell phone use, it increased by 62 percent and doubled after 20 years.

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Giving Thanks to Gratitude

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very year at Thanksgiving, we are reminded to acknowledge the goodness in our lives—the people and moments for which we are most grateful. It’s a wonderful tradition that sets the tone for a meaningful and authentic holiday season. Why stop there? Gratitude should be a daily practice, not just an annual ritual. It’s good for our spirits. It’s essential to our health. How many times have you said to yourself, “I will be happy once I … finish this assignment, lose five pounds, find a boyfriend, move to a new city, travel more, work less, get a new job” or any other dream or goal you have? Once you achieve that goal, do you find yourself satisfied, or chasing after the next one? We are driven to pursue new challenges and experiences. It’s how we succeed and grow in so many ways. Yet


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we can’t be truly happy until we also learn to appreciate the now—and to embrace feelings of gratitude. Instead of thinking about all the things you don’t have in your life, take time every day to celebrate what you do have. It’s such a simple concept. Why not give it a try? Write down the five things for which you are most grateful at this exact moment. Before you read another word, write them down. Before you answer another email, write them down. Before you let the weight of the daily grind consume your spirit, write them down. Do you notice a change, even a subtle shift, in your physical and emotional well-being? Feelings of gratitude can improve your mood, boost your immune system, release feel-good hormones, help you sleep at night, and reduce your blood pressure. They might even make you a nicer person! Many studies have shown that a daily gratitude practice can also make you a happier, healthier person. Researchers who have studied gratitude have noted that people who keep gratitude journals are more optimistic and have fewer physical symptoms. Researcher Robert Emmons of the University of California at San Diego has studied gratitude for many years. He has found that feelings of gratitude can help ease resentment, regret and depression. In one study, he reported that participants who kept a daily gratitude journal experienced a 23 percent reduction in stress hormones such as cortisol.

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Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.

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Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers delved into museum collections from around the world to confirm the current number of tree species recorded in the Amazon and assess possibilities of those yet to be discovered. “Since 1900, between 50 and 200 new trees have been discovered in the Amazon every year,” notes Nigel Pitman, a Mellon senior conservation ecologist with the Field Museum. “Our analysis suggests that we won’t finish discovering new tree species there for three more centuries.” The study relied upon the digitization of museum collections data— photographs and digital records—of the specimens housed there and shared worldwide through aggregator sites like “It gives scientists a better sense of what’s actually growing in the Amazon Basin, aiding conservation efforts,” says Pitman.

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THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig


inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most:

during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and

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lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group. Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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rom computers, cell phones, smart TVs, DVR players and programmable appliances to a seemingly endless list of other electronic gadgets, we are in constant contact with unnatural electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) generated by technology. In today’s 24/7 society, invisible EMFs are inescapable; they permeate our working and living spaces. What we may not know is how they negatively impact our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle: suppressing melatonin, the hormone that controls the natural circadian rhythm, disturbing slumber and even affecting weight gain, according to University of Tel Aviv research. On the brighter side, some new technological products promise to restore balance to the body, including deeper and more restful sleep. From the Philip Stein sleep bracelet, sleep number beds and portable sleep trackers to sleep-related

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2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into ¼- to ½-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 1½ cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen

Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane.

Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat until sizzling starts.

Slice each orange across the core into ¼-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core.

Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed.

Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter.

Add ¼ cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.

Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous

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When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms. Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.

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Do Nothing for 15 Minutes It’s amazing how refreshed we feel when we take a few minutes to sit in a comfortable chair and simply experience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.


Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.

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eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.

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Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.


Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and

Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.


Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline.


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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

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Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

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While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greens28

boro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

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“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA,

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an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic

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The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( ltc-models). “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese.

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orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Principles

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One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs to Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome”

that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane. Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.

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AWAKE PARENTING Raising Connected, Confident Kids by Judith Fertig


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How do parents know if they’re on the right track? To be awakened or conscious means to realize that we carry emotional bag-

gage and conditioning from childhood that affects our relationship with our children. Our old ways of thinking and being from our own childhood shape the manner in which we react and interact today. Awakened parents are constantly evolving into their truest and most authentic selves. When parents undertake a daily practice of mindfulness and awareness, they begin to extricate themselves from blind reactivity to see how every problem with their children is a call to their own awakening. Parents will know they are on the right track because they will connect more with their children, empowering them to think and live autonomously—separate from a parent’s fantasies and expectations.

How can each family member connect with their true self? Parents need to understand that the path to creating a connected relationship with their children is to first create one with themselves. Realizing this, they consider their own inner growth a high priority. Children need to learn who they are and what they really enjoy. Parents can help by allowing children to just sit by themselves. If inundated with activities and subjected to numerous lessons, how can young people hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this “doing”?

How do children benefit from conscious or awakened parenting? Conscious parenting mandates that we place the task of connecting with our children front and center, especially before correcting them. Admonish-


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ing and punishing them becomes secondary to the main imperative of conscious connection. It’s crucial we realize we aren’t raising a “mini-me”, but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. Thus, it’s vital to separate in our mind who we are from who each child is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor their raising to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs. Children raised in this way grow up to be fearless and infinitely resilient, knowing that their purpose in life is to live in their most authentic and true way. Conflicts decrease and conscious, connected communication increases.   

What can parents do when they fall back into old patterns, shaming children or doing other things that create distance?

When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn and shame my children?” In such introspection, they might discover triggers from old wounds that have nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they can begin to make the transformations they need. As a parent, I have learned that my role is to step aside, stay in infinite possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.  

How can closer, awakened families co-create a better world via the ripple effect?

When children grow up feeling connected with their parents and deeply seen by them, they march into the outer world feeling self-confident and aware of who they truly are, secure in their own inherent inner-connectivity. Children raised in this manner naturally help advocate for peace and harmony in all of their relationships; incidents of bullying, anxiety and discrediting one’s self and others decrease exponentially. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS (

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PETS ¤ MUSIC Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat by Sandra Murphy


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Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during

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Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for

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Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Holy Fire II Master Program-Dec. 1-3. Advanced class for Reiki healers. Highest Reiki training to date. 609-495-4229. Info:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Labyrinth Mindfulness Walking Meditation5:30-6:30pm. Slow guided walking mindfulness meditation around an authentic labyrinth. Instruction provided, calmness guarantee. Donations. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Free-Flowing Chant & Drum Circle-7-9pm. Chant/drum circle based on Kirtan practices. BYODrums and instruments, or use those provided. Donations. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Quantum Healing Meditation-6:30pm. New moon full moon meditation series. Activate intention and celebrate it based on natural cycle of the moon. Online or on-site. “Getting Stronger by Being in Greater Integrity with Your True Self”-10:30am. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. JourneyDance Session–1-2:30pm. Movement and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. $30/session. $20/with donation of items for food pantry. Mind Your Body Studio, 4

plantoattend QI HEALER SEMINAR Begins Friday, January 26 • 5:30pm

First weekend of the next 6-day amazing and life-changing Qi Healer Clinical Qi Gong Course. Clinic means a place where disorders are addressed. “Clinical Qi Gong Seminar” means learning how to use the methods of ancient China to address disorders, whether those disorders are ancient or modern.

January 26-28 & February 2-4

Friday evenings 5:30pm, Sats/Suns 9am-5pm. 30 CEU’s. No prior experience required. Tuition $850. Fran Maher and Brian Coffey, instructors. Qi Gong for Healing 67 Mountain Blvd., in Warren For more information: 908-647-1563 or


calendarofevents All calendar events for the January 2018 issue must be received by December 10th and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. Park Ave., 2nd Floor, Madison. Info: 917-405-0596. Reiki Share Celebration–2–5pm. Speaker: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong and chants. $10. eZential Wellness Center, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave., Bridgewater. 908-526-0002. Cozy Yin Yoga and Tea Talk-2-4pm. Instructor: Ryah. Welcome winter with yoga and tea talk. Practice the pause. $25. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@ Yoga of Sound & Chakras Workshop-2-3:30pm. Instructor: Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar, Naada Yoga and founder of Chakra Institute. Live webstream available. $30. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 Natural Awakenings and Valley Integrative Pharmacy Networking Party-6-8pm. Open to public and practitioners. Meet the holistic, integrative community and celebrate all it has to offer. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900. Janet@ Valley Pharmacy Beauty Week-Dec. 4-8. Each day features a new special. 20% off $100+ beauty bar purchase. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900. Jurlique and MyChelle Dermaceuticals- Receive a free 10 minute “skin glow with vitamin C” masque with your $120 purchase and 20% off product. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 John Masters and Organic Nation- Receive a free 10 minute “detox masque” with your $120 purchase and 20% off product. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-6584900.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Avene, Klorane and Intelligent Nutrients-Receive a free 10 minute “anti-aging” masque with your $120 purchase and receive 20% off product. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900. Beating the Holiday Blues Workshop-6pm. Learn how to relax and enjoy the holidays. Instructor: Patti McDougall, BSN, RN, Health Coach. Free. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawrenceville. 609-512-1468.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 Holiday Anxiety/Digestion and Homeopathy-

Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon Co. Edition

7pm. Instructor: Virangini Cindy Rounsaville. Learn remedies and how to take them. $20. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900. Cindy: 908-996-6761. Sanitas and Spa Ritual- Receive a free 10 minute “enzyme” masque with your $120 purchase and 20% off product. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Jane Iredale- Learn the basic steps of applying makeup. 20% off your $100 purchase. To reserve your 10 minute mini masque, call Imane: 908462-4270. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Community Yoga Day & Open House – Free arieal and floor yoga, all day long. Meditation, refreshments and snacks, library, reading room and Oasis Meditation Atrium. Space is limited. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Register: Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Food Sensitivity, Connective Tissue Panel – 9:3011:30am. Blood Testing by Vibrant Wellness Labs. 99% sensitive and specific. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@ Open House –11am-3pm. Free sample classes, local vendors, jewelry, woodworking, note cards, bath items plus a drum circle! Awakening Point Yoga Studio, 254A Mountain Ave., Ste 2A, Hackettstown. 973-670-7421.


Food for Healing, Mind for Clearing, Spirit for Understanding, & Body for Movement

January 14, 2018 • 9am-4pm Rutherfurd Hall 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy, NJ 07820 $89 / Program and lunch included. Yoga, Acupuncture Demo, T’ai Chi, Native Journey Drumming and more. Visit to pre-register or contact Jean Marie 908-850-6475 or for more information.

Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Information Session – 1-2pm. For 200, 300, 500 Hour Certifications + Yin Yoga & Restorative Yoga Certifications. Comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training for instructing Integral Hatha class (utilized by Dr. Dean Ornish in his groundbreaking work in reversing heart disease) including Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga Certifications. Information Session is free. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Register at Wake up to the Wisdom of the Body Workshop2-4pm. Hanna Somatic Movement Eduation. Instructor: Gena Rho Smith. $35/pre-register. $40/at the door. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Emotional Self-Healing Workshop – 3-6pm. Introductory workship with Carlo Monsanto, PhD. Using ayurvedic psychology to explore hidden language of inner-feel emotion, release negative habits and release painful past memories. Free. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Register at Shamanic Sound Journey-7:30-9:30pm. Instructor: Lois Harrison. Journey into sacred soundscape of shamanic chant, gongs, Native American flute, chimes, bells and other world instruments. $30. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton.


their networks and share skills that help clients. Restorative Yoga-12-1:30pm. Instructor:m Deb Vari, E-RYT. Open the body deeply and gently. $20. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Questions: Gentle. SandHillsWellness@gmail. com. “Feeling the Joy of the Season, or Making the Season Joyous”-10:30am. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. Yoga of Sound & Chakras Workshop-2-3:30pm. Instructor: Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar, Naada Yoga and founder of Chakra Institute. Live webstream available. $30. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton.   

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 The Science of Stress-6pm. Learn how it works and how to beat it. Instructors: Jenna Richardson and Patti McDougall. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawrenceville. 609-512-1468.


Reiki Share-Instructor: Makiko Suzuki Fliss, Reiki Master. All levels. Practitioners will work in small groups and exchange energy healing. Learning, positive vibes, and fun! $15. Master: $10.

Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR, Food Sensitivity Testing-3-6:15pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@

Monthly Reiki Mentoring Meetup-Reiki healers and energy practitioners who wish to expand

Meditation Class-6:30-7:30pm. Brief lesson, silent

meditation, Q&A. $15. Rutherford Hall, 1686-R Rt 517, Allamuchy. 908-852-1894. Jean Marie Duhamel: 908-850-6475.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 Reiki Share-Dec. 14, 18. 7pm. Instructor: Reiki Master, Diana Davis. All welcomed. $10. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 KaraYogi: Family-Friendly Karaoke-8-9:30pm. All-ages family-friendly alcohol-free Karaoke party. You pick a song, everyone sings along! Safe for teens and families. Free. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 “Women, Power and Freedom”-10am. Open to all women. Share fears, weaknesses in supportive place. Connect with other women and feel loving acceptance and support. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton’s Office, 812 Rt. 206 S, Ste 220, Princeton. 609-924-8422. Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga and Cello4pm. Instructor: Jen Warakomski. Take a break from holiday stress with two-hour restorative yoga and live cello class. $48. Preregistration requested. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 “Holiday Reds, Greens and Blues”-10:30am. Rev. Frankie Timmers. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by



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I Make Them Better!

There are two primary reasons a healing practitioner looks for additional patients: It’s a new practice, or all your patients got better. Well...I’m not new. Helping my patients return to health is my mission in life (and yes, there is a story behind that). But it’s also about helping them stay healthy through teaching them how to look after themselves going forward.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

> Need a 2nd opinion for a health related issue > Not getting results from pharmaceutical drugs > Desire for a more natural approach to health

Dr. Rodger (ND) also teaches courses on NUTRITION and preparation for obtaining the Certified Nutrition Consultant (CNC) qualification.

Next courses forming now—Call for dates. For details visit

JourneyDance Session–1-2:30pm. Movement and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. $30/session. $20/with donation of items for food pantry. Diamond Studio, 450 Hamburg Turnpike, 2nd Floor, Wayne. Info: 917-405-0596. Heartscapes: Concert Experience with Don Slepian-5-6:30pm. Preeminent Classical Electronic Keyboardist. Includes a Performance by Poetess & Vocalist  Meryl Niranjani James and  Singer Songwriter Kyrie London. Donation: $10-20. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. 


Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. As a distinct primary health care profession, it emphasizes prevention, treatment and The Healing Power of Nature. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to support the self-healing process.

Reasons to visit a Naturopathic Physician

refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-9248422.

Family Constellations Workshop-7-9pm. Facilitator: Kerry Kay. It’s possible that issues you struggle with have roots in hidden dynamics within your family system. See how the past influences today in order to heal and to move forward. $10. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: or 609-273-1378.

Many conditions can be treated or improved through naturopathic care: From Asthma, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, Angina— and that’s just part of the “A’s.”

Dr. Derek Rodger

Naturopathic Doctor 908-223-8899 •

Call for speaking engagements on Nutrition, Preventative Medicine, or Understanding STRESS.

Thermography is “Health Discovery” a very important part of your preventive wellness program.

Radiation Free Breast and Full Body Thermography for Both Women & Men

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 JourneyDance Session–7-8:30pm. Movement and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. $30/session. $20/with donation of items for food pantry. American Legion, 20 Yates Ave., 2nd Floor, Newtown. Info: 917-405-0596. JeanFedora@ Holy Fire II Reiki Level 1-4 (Master) ProgramDec. 21-25. Advanced class for Reiki healers. Highest Reiki training to date. 609-495-4229. Contact@ Info:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 Holiday Dinner and a Movie-7-9pm. Bring a vegetarian dish, watch and discuss an inspirational movie. Free. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 “The Birth of the Christ Consciousness, or the Awareness of Your Own Higher Self”-10:30am. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. “12 Living Lights” Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service–10am. One tiny light can dispel darkness. Merge many lights to illuminate the way this Christmas Eve. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. 908-730-8792.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26 Find out if you have inflammation before it becomes a problem. Non-Invasive-Pain Free Imaging World class state of the art Infrared technology high quality images. All reports approved and written by Board Certified M.D.s ~ Visit Website for Test Locations in NJ & NY ~

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Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR, Food Sensitivity Testing-9:30am-12:30pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@ Holy Fire II Karuna Master Program-Dec. 26-28. Advanced class for Reiki healers. Highest Reiki training to date. 609-495-4229. Contact@ Info:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 Thermography Imaging-9am-7pm. Thermographer: Lisa Mack, CCT, CNC, HH. Breast Imaging, men’s and women’s health screening, full body imaging. Lisa: 609-618-6545. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 “Annual Burning Bowl Ceremony”-10:30am. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. New Year’s Burning Bowl Ceremony–10am. Sunday Service. Participants write down (and burn) limiting beliefs, unforgiving attitudes, regrets, people, event to be released as we enter a new year. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. 908-730-8792. New You Eve Party-5pm-midnight. Enjoy intention setting, meditation, Glitter and GLOWGA, kirtan and so much more. $40/pre-register. $50/at the door. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St., Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. RSVP:  

planahead WEDNESAY, JANUARY 3 EFT Workshop-7pm. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Easy to learn, safe and effective way to eliminate stress. Free. Presenter: Carol Bemmels, M.Ed. Hopewell Train Station, 2 Railroad Pl., Hopewell. 609-564-0555. Cell: 609-306-1711.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 New Year’s White Stone Ceremony-10am. Sunday service. Receive a new name for the New Year. Represents new beginnings, opportunities and approaches. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. 908-730-8792. UnitySpiritualCenter. org.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 Heart Journal Club-6-7pm. Write your life story from your heart. 8-week love authorship class. Online or on-site.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 Qi Healer Seminar- Fri: 5:30pm. Sat/Sun: 9am5pm. Jan. 26-28. Feb. 2-4. 6-day Qi Healer clinical course. Instructors: Fran Maher and Brian Coffey. Learn how to use methods of ancient China to address disorders. 30 CEUs. No experience required. $850. Qi Gong for Healing, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563.

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12/3 Yoga of Sound & Chakra - 12/9 Shamanic Sound Journey 12/17 The HeartScapes Concert - 12/31 NEW YOU EVE PARTY! Your Spirit Uplifts Your Mind Sustains Your Body… Princeton IYCC - the Place for Yoga in Princeton! 301 North Harrison Street - Princeton Shopping Center, Princeton, NJ / (609) 454-3140

“The compassionate touch of a hand or a reassuring hug can take away our fears, soothe our anxieties, and fill the emptiness of being lonely.” — Randi G. Fine

Therapeutic, Fully-Clothed, Strictly Platonic Cuddle Sessions Ages 18+ welcome.

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ongoingevents Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759.

daily Foot Reflexology – 8am-8pm. Certified Reflexologist: Christel Haase. Foot soak and Reflex FootCare with essential oils. Reduce stress, improve circulation, relieve foot discomfort and pain. $38/30-min. Main Street Massage, 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd, Ste 404, Flemington. 908-806-0266. ChristelHaase8@

sunday Bhagavad Gita Study Book Club – Dec. 3, 10, 17. 6-8pm. Instructors: Jayadeva Mandelkorn & Ron Cohen. Weekly discussion of the Bhagavad Gita, understanding why we make the decisions we make, improving the self and cultivating resilience and discernment. Free. Register: IYCCPrinceton. org. Spiritual Awakening Sunday Service – 10:30 am. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Mingle afterwards with refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd, Princeton. 609-9248422. Unity Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10am. Rev. Carmela Vuoso-Murphy. Join us for prayer, meditation, song, uplifting spiritual message and fellowship afterwards. Exceptional youth programs during the service for children, pre-teens and teens. Outdoor labyrinth open dawn to dusk. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. For info: 908-730-8792.

monday Beginner Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Instructor: Beth Youmans, E-RYT500. Feel more relaxed and calmer with yoga. $16. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Yoga for Every Body – 7:30-8:45pm. Instructor: Becky Moates, E-RYT500. Emphasizes alignment and working with your body, not against it. $16.

AcroYoga! – Dec. 4, 11, 18. 7:30-9pm. Instructors: Leyne Love Muktadevi Schaeffer & Tiffany Wright. Blended wisdom of Thai massage, yoga and partner acrobatics. Learn fundamentals, inversions and more. Register: Judo Program for Kids – Mon. 4:30-5:30pm, 5:40-6:40pm. Sat. 10:30-11:30am. Instructor: Edwin Calvache, Sandan Black Belt. 10 sessions/$125. 20 sessions/$200. Mat fee: $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. RSVP: for details. Mommy and Me Yoga – 10-10:45am. Ages 6 weeks to crawlers. Unique class allows both you and baby to experience the benefits of yoga. Preregistration required. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-754-5901. Teens-Only Yoga – 5-6pm. Instructor: Elijah Okoye. Meditation and mindfulness for the new school year. First class free. Work-exchange available. Registration recommended. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. Prenatal Yoga Workshop – 6:30pm. Class focuses on helping the moms-to-be relax and to prepare their bodies and minds to welcome new life into this world. Registration required. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  Beginner Sun Style Tai Chi – 11am-12pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Call to reserve your place: 908-392-1313. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at Swimming Dragon Qi Gong with Patty Pagano – 12-1pm. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-647-1563 or Tai Chi Chih with Dr. Janet Oussaty – 6-7pm. Gentle, moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. Series of 6 classes, $75. Qi Gong for Healing

7,000 * Reflex Footcare w/ Essential Oils * Thai/Rwo Shur Foot Reflexology EACH only $38 for 30 minute treatment

Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Contact Janet: 908-635-1822. More information at

That’s how many nerve endings there are on each foot.

Foot pain and discomfort reveals more than the fit of your shoes—it’s also a stress signal from your glands, organs and body parts. Reflexology targets the foot/body connection, which helps ease the discomfort allowing your body to function in a more balanced way.

Christel Haase, Ph.D. Certified Reflexologist

Make an appointment today:

908-806-0266 or

Christel Haase


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Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner 1 – 7pm. For student new to Tai Chi or new to the Wuji form. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in.. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908647-1563. More information at QiGongforHealing. com.


Classical Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. Instructor: Carol Cook, PhD, E-RYT. All levels. $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Questions: 732-419-3551. Yoga with Jean Marie – 4:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm. $12. Hackettstown Health Foods, 106 Moore St., Hackettstown. 908-850-6475. Wuji Tai Chi Beginner 1 – 10:30-11:30am. Beginning moves of this beautiful flowing “water” form. Intro to the form, alignment, and principles of movement. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in.. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at Pilates Mat with Props – 9:30am, 6pm. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-7545901.  Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 7pm. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. 

wednesday Kids! Yoga! – Dec. 6, 13, 20. 4:30-5:15pm. Instructor: Marie Stiglic. Fun and joyful yoga class for kids to learn breathing, stretching and calming strategies. Ages 3-9. First class free. Register: Wuji Jing Gong Forms: Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 1:30-2:30pm. 30 minutes of Qi Gong, 30 minutes of Tai Chi. Instructor: Brian Coffey. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at Wuji Qi Gong All Levels – 5:30pm. Explore the 16 peaceful, relaxing Qi Gong movement methods as developed by Master William Ting.  No experience required. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at Reiki Share and Healing Circle – 5:30-6:45pm. Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Suggested donation: $5. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. SandHillsWellness. com. Swimming Dragon Qi Gong with Patty Pagano –

7:30-8:30pm. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-647-1563 or A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-8:30pm. This is an ongoing group whose purpose is to support students of the Course and answer any questions they have whenever the need arises. This group meets offsite. 908-730-8792. Yoga for Stress – 7-8:15pm. Poses, breath awareness, rest and guided meditation. BYOMat. $14. Seniors: $12. Middlesex Elks Lodge, 545 Bound Brook Rd., Middlesex. Kathy: 732-968-0179.


Classical Yoga – 9:45-11:15am. Instructor: Carol Cook, PhD, E-RYT. All levels. $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Questions: 732-419-3551. SandHillsWellness. com. Yoga with Jean Marie – 4:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm. $12. Hackettstown Health Foods, 106 Moore St., Hackettstown. 908-850-6475. Restorative Yoga & Healing Meditation – Dec. 7, 14, 21. 1:30-3pm. Instructor: Mireille Delman. Presented by Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC). Register: Multi-level Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Instructor: Donna McMullin, RYT200. Miss rush-hour traffic and get totally relaxed. $16. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Community Acupuncture with Michael Gonzales – 4:30-7pm. Not a class- instead a time to lie down and experience a relaxing, affordable, healing acupuncture session.  Sliding scale, minimum $25. Michael Gonzales: 908-392-3468. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at

friday Classical Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Instructor: David Thurn, PhD, E-RYT. All levels. $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Questions: 732-419-3551. SandHillsWellness@

saturday Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 10am. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Teens-Only Yoga – 12-1pm. Instructor: Elijah Okoye. Meditation and mindfulness for the new school year. First class free. Work-exchange available. Registration recommended. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. Meditation: Finding Peace, Cultivating Kindness – Dec. 2, 9, 16. 11:30am-12:30pm. Instructor: Beth Youmans, PhD, E-RYT500. Class combines mindfulness and meditation focused on developing loving kindness. $16. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759.

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SPACE FOR RENT PRACTITIONER SPACE FOR RENT: Luxury space perfect for all types of wellness practitioners in the heart of downtown Warren. Wellness of Warren is designed to provide our community with an array of holistic and natural wellness services. Convenient lease terms which include utilities, CAM charges, internet and more. Good parking. Additional space available for conference/education offerings. Visit today to see what Wellness of Warren can do for you and your clients. Contact Stacey Beer at 908755-2723 or

Judo Program for Kids – Sat. 10:30-11:30am. Instructor: Edwin Calvache, Sandan Black Belt. 10 sessions/$125. 20 sessions/$200. Mat fee: $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. RSVP: EdwinCalvache@ for details. Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 10am. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.

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Joel S. Goldsmith/Infinite Way Study Group – 10-11:45am. For mystics at heart seeking a conscious union with God. Weekly discussion based on teachings of mystic Joel S. Goldsmith. Followed by optional meditation.  Love offering.  Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792. ‘ Serving the NJ Area for over 15 years. ‘Complementary with Conventional Medicine.

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


Kristin A. Dudley L.Ac. 84 Park Ave, STE G-103C, Flemington, NJ 08822 973-979-1652 Gentle acupuncture with Kristin Dudley L.Ac. can be both very relaxing as well as healing. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to ease muscle and arthritis pain, relieve stress, increase energy and improve sleep. Welcome everyone and de-stress in a nurturing and healing enviroment. See ad on page 40.


Brian Coffey LMT, and Fran Maher CA 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren 908-647-1563 Specializing in T’ai Chi and Qi Gong classes, as well as private session clinical Qi Gong and acupuncture since 1994. Chinese Medicine weekend seminars teach how to apply clinical Qi Gong remedies to specific disorders. Excellent for the lay person and healthcare providers. All are welcome to observe or join a class. See ad on page 20.


2070 Route 1, 2nd Floor, North Brunswick 732-658-6122 Experience the personalized body-mind-spirit approach of Ayurveda, a 5000 year old healing science from India and one of the oldest system of medicine in the world! Ayurveda consultations and Panchakarma (detox) therapies by experienced and trained Ayurvedic practitioners. We specialize in pain management, hormonal imbalance, auto-immune disorders and pediatric wellness. Mention “NaturalAwakenings” and get 25% OFF your initial consultation! See ad on page 17.

BODYWORK HOLISTIC CONSULTANT Craig Reichert Bordentown 917-280-2648

Offering a unique approach to wellness through combined modalities. Active in the Holistic Healing Field for over 30 years, working with clients on Body, Mind, and, Spirit by reducing stress and balancing Chakras through Reiki, Guided Meditation, and Self Hypnosis (Certified Hypnotherapist). Experience with previous life explorations. “Now” is the time to make changes and work on mindfulness. Free half hour consultation.




Paul B. Taubman II 908-219-8018 Your website should bring in customers 24/7. Schedule a free consultation to discuss how your website can be working more effectively. You will see results immediately. See ad on page 13.


Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 Body, Mind, Soul Healing, Living Mastery, Medical Intuitive, Reiki @ Energy Medicine, Meditation, Coaching, Spiritual Guide, Shamanism, Be The Medicine—A new paradigm to Living & Healing.

Visit to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad on page 56.


2 Bridge Ave Red Bank, NJ 07701 inside the Galleria 732-741-2444 Cleansing Concepts is New Jersey’s exclusive facility for Cleansing & Detoxification. Specializing in Colon Hydrotherapy, BELD Lymphatic Drainage, Infrared Sauna Therapy, Ionic Foot Detox. See ad on page 7.


1040 Pennsylvania Ave, Trenton 609-695-5800

Commercial kitchen for chefs and food entrepreneurs with modern, pleasant and ample space for hourly/daily rentals. Large 1-story with 4 cooking bays including bakery, plus cart and pallet storage. Must be friendly, clean, and cooperative. Rte.1 access, borders Lawrenceville.

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EDUCATION/SCHOOLS WALDORF SCHOOL OF PRINCETON 1062 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton 609-466-1970 x115

The Waldorf curriculum, used in 1,000+ schools worldwide, School integrates arts, academics, of Princeton movement, and music, emphasizing social and environmental responsibility. The hands-on approach is screen free.


ENERGY HEALING EFT (TAPPING) PRACTITIONER Carol Bemmels, M.Ed. Hopewell 609-306-1711

Tapping quickly addresses underlying trapped emotions in most illness and psychological problems. Private sessions in Hopewell or by Skype. Call or email for free 20-minute consultation. See ad on page 30.


Phone/text: 609-495-4229

Explore how the human body and mind are interconnected, and how to maintain perfect harmony to stay young and healthy. Focus with Quantum Healing, Reiki, and Wellness Education. Private and corporate settings. See ads on

pages 27, 29.


Ellen Perkins 76 E. Washington Ave., Washington, NJ 908-223-1331 • Local, handcrafted items including wall art, fiber art, jewelry, small furniture, leather work, soaps, lotions, local honey, loose tea and flower vibrational essences. Variety of rocks and crystals in personal size or display pieces, Himalayan salt lamps and so much more. See ad on page 39.


81 S. Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 • My mission is to educate people from the minute they come through my door, to the many benefits of Chiropractic, Nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Having over 40 years experience (personal and professionally), allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include non-force chiropractic, complete nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed! Call 215-493-6589 to get “back on the way to Health!” See ad on page 4.

The Center for Advanced Health Through Dentistry Our aim is to restore you to health and vitality by eliminating dental road blocks.

Our patients come from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other states...some have even traveled from outside the United States! Why? Because quality biocompatible dental care provided by a warm, caring dental team in a comfortable, relaxed setting is worth the trip.

Joseph R. Mele


- Fellowship in Institute for Natural Dentistry - Diplomate Member in American Association of Nutritional Consultants - Member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology - Member of The Holistic Dental Association

We offer the highest quality dental services including... • Safe removal of amalgam restorations (fillings) following OSHA and EPA guidelines • Biocompatible dental materials selection based on serum analysis and clinical assessment including BPA-free restorations • Individualized protocols to treat oral systemic infections • Non-surgical, natural and nutritional therapies to treat periodontal disease and dental decay • Effective treatment of TMJ and teeth grinding issues • Myofunctional therapy to treat bad breath, snoring, sleep apnea, and mouth breathing.

We Cater to Children with a Holistic Approach

Crowded or crooked teeth should be addressed at an early age (between the ages of 6 and 11). By using comfortable removable appliances, the jaw can grow to accommodate the teeth as well as improve breathing. For information, please visit our website.

215 Union Avenue — Suite D, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

(908) 526-2266


Dr. Eric Evans 3679 Nottingham Way, STE A, Hamilton 609-586-9199 We provide a Holistic based wellness

service. I have found that a direct, EVANS CHIROPRACTIC hands-on approach with consistent

awareness and education yields the best results for those who come to me for help with a wide variety of health issues. Our goal is to tailor a programs to your individual needs, unleashing your own healing potential so that you can go through life with the absence of dis-ease. See ad on page 15. HEALTH &WELLNESS FROM WITHIN

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Dr Jennifer Redmond 1 Eastern Ave., Second Floor East Somerville, NJ 08876 908-300-8800 We believe that the body is designed to heal itself but structural issues, toxins, lack of nutrients, or an emotional component can affect overall health. We offer Whole-istic healing techniques including Neuroemotional Technique, Active Release techniques, Activator, Flexion Distraction and more! See ad on page 36.

HOLISTIC DENTISTS PRINCETON CENTER FOR DENTAL AESTHETICS Dr. Ruxandra Balescu, DMD Dr. Kirk Huckel, DMD, FAGD 11 Chambers St, Princeton 609-924-1414

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. Please contact us to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad on page 36.


1300 Prince Rodgers Ave, Bridgewater 908-526-0002 • Body-healing and mind-balancing yoga classes. Knowledgeable certified Yoga Alliance and IAYT instructors. Reiki shares and classes, nutrition workshops, private yoga therapy, monthly events, and 200 or 500 hour yoga therapist training programs. See Yoga Profile on page 35.


Michelle Cilio Basking Ridge, NJ 551-200-0548

HOMEOPATHIC CARE AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 

Need relief from arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. This homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues for beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout, and more. All-natural ingredients! Get relief today! 4oz jar for $15! See website for other options.


Barry Wolfson 28 Mine St, Flemington 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton 2 East Northfield Ave., Livingston 3000 Valley Forge Circle, King of Prussia, PA 908-303-7767 • With 30 years experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of NJ utilizes traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. Regularly hold adult education seminars, work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals wanting to better their lives. Specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. ad on p


Sunny van Vlijmen 4444 Rte 27, Kingston 609-275-3881

INTEGRATIVE/FUNCTIONAL MD INTEGRATIVE HEALTH & WELLNESS ASSOCIATES Minal Vazirani, MD 112 Town Center in Warren (844) 5-HEALER • (844) 543-2537 ; Facebook: DrVazirani

Dr. V is triple board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and integrative medicine, plus additional training in Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine, and Yoga Therapy. She has published on integrative approaches to gut health. Commited to helping patients get to the root cause of health concerns to create an individualized integrative lifestyle prescription for optimal wellness. Functional Medicine Testing and Nutritional Testing is performed when indicated. See ad on page 33.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE PRINCETON INTEGRATIVE HEALTH Vincent Leonti, MD Jenna Richardson, CIHC, FDN-P 134 Franklin Corner Rd, STE 101B, Lawrenceville 609-512-1468

Father/daughter team focused on uncovering the root cause of disease and dysfunction, identifying true healing opportunities and co-creating health with their patients. See ad on page 15.


Do you want real and lasting change? My professional background of 20+ years in alternative healing and personal development has taught me what works and what doesn’t. If you’re ready for change, schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation, today. See ad, page 26.

Nature’s Touch – Relaxing and Balancing Therapies for your mind, body and spirit with a gentle touch of nature. See ad on page 25.

Donna Russo Soul Drawing readings for people and pets. Starting with your question for your Soul, I talk to your Soul and get a message for you. I combine this message with a custom drawing of the vision I am shown, containing your Soul’s energy vibration. Illustrations are professionally drawn in colored pencil. Each drawing is original and uniquely yours. Oracle card readings also available. Readings are done over the phone. See website for details.

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Barbara Steingas, BS, MA 908-391-4463 Through her own experience of restoring her health from Crohn’s Disease (deeemed incurable by traditional medicine) and being a physical therapist for almost 30 years, Barbara is able to help clients find the missing pieces of what she calls their healing puzzle to improve their health in a more natural and holistic manner. She does this by helping people identify the physical, emotional, mental and spritual strategies best suited to achieve their results faster, in a more cost and time effective way, ultimately eliminating a life of pain and suffering behind, just as she did.



AMARE HEALING ARTS LLC Ashley Nagrocki, Owner Highland Park, NJ 08904 732-841-0142

Amare Healing Arts offers pampering with a purpose. All services approach the body as a whole working with and enhancing the healing and rebalancing already taking place. Amare offers Medical Massage as an alternative healing path for conditions like plantar fasciitis, Manual Lymphatic Drainage for lymphedema and detoxification, Ayurveda, Holistic Health Consultations and Yoga to better connect and understand the mind, body and spirit helping you learn about your body’s ability to naturally heal while gently relaxing and unwinding. See ad on page 27.

Dr. Sue Massie 211 Broad Street, Suite 101, Red Bank 732-933-4011

Dr. Massie is well versed in holistic, drug-free health programs, with lasting results and specializes in degenerative, neurological diseases with Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue being at the top of her list. Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Certified Natural Health Professional plus numerous healthcare certifications. Dr. Massie’s passion is to not ‘treat’ her patients but instead she identifies the ‘root’ cause of someone’s symptoms and then teaches the patient how to detox, cleanse, nourish and rebuild their health. See ad on page 24.


Lauren Curtis, LMT 615 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, 07069 908-333-7746 | Lauren Curtis, LMT is a New Jersey State Licensed massage therapist, who specializes in various forms of massage, including Oncology, Pregnancy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical, Aromatherapy, and Chair massage. She is also trained in Foot Reflexology and Reiki.

Dr. Jason Frigerio, ND, LAC, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist 4 Village Road, New Vernon, NJ 973 267 2650 New office in Bedminster NJ opening soon! Since opening in 2004, NJNM has seen and treated countless patients with Naturopathic, Chinese and Biological Medicine. Some come to NJNM to improve and maintain their health, while others come seeking treatments outside of the traditional medical sphere. Regardless of the reason the guiding principal remains constant: to observe and treat the whole person, not just his or her symptoms. Using this approach, NJNM is better able to identify and treat the root cause of illness, help restore balance and promote optimal health. See ad on page 16.




Trudy Ringwald Country Herbalist & Certified Reboundologist 553 Rte 130 N, East Windsor 1100 Rte 33, Hamilton 609-448-4885/609-586-6187 BlackForestAcres.Net


Phyllis Livera 732-882-9676 Are you seeking deeper meaning in your life? Are you stressed and ready for a change? Tired of being in both physical or emotional pain? We offer spiritual development, meditation and mini-me yoga classes, which have been helping people live more productive, happier lives.

MLS LASER THERAPY MLS LASER THERAPY Dr. Paul Bizzaro, DC 81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589

Get permanent relief for you pain without drugs, shots or surgery with FDA approved Laser Therapy. Benefits include Speedy healing process, pain free, extremely safe with no known side effects. Don’t live in pain anymore. See ad on page 4.

Caesar instituted January 1 as the first day of the year, partly to honor the month’s namesake: Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past and forward into the future.

Two locations for the natural connection to live well and eat right. Natural and organic foods, vitamins, supplements, groceries and most important, free consultation.


3200 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville 609-219-0053

Organic and natural products including farmstead cheeses; Buttercup Brie, seasonal Jacks, Rosedale, Herdsman, Toma, Havilah and Cheddar Curds. Additional products include wheyfed pork, grass-fed lamb and beef, pasture-raised eggs and myriad locally sourced goods. See ad on page 21.


Naturopathic Doctor & Nutritionist 888-234-7685 | Dr. Rodger (ND) became a nutritionist and later a Naturopathic Doctor after learning that many people can and have cured themselves using nutrition and herbs as their healing products. Today through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, he prepares students to pass the Certified. See ad on page 46.

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Amara Willey, CPO® 28 Center St., Clinton, NJ 08809 908-868-4311 Home Organizing: Business Organizing: Certified Professional Organizer® Amara Willey has a supportive, non-judgmental approach toward time management and sustainable organizing, which is based on your learning style, how your brain works, and how you move through the world and is designed to create lasting change. See ad on page 17.

BRIANNA’S NUTRITION KITCHEN LLC Brianna Sebasto 973-975-8341

“Brianna’s Nutrition Kitchen, LLC” is a personal chef service that is dedicated to helping you and your family live healthier and less stressful lifestyles.


PAIN RELIEF/MANAGEMENT EAST COAST SPINE, SPORTS, AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Edward Magaziner, MD 2186 Route 27, Suite 2D, North Brunswick 877-817-3273

Dr. Magaziner’s goal of treatment is to repair, regenerate, and eliminate injury or pain, and it’s causes. Specializing in: Orthopedic Regenrative Medicine, Endoscopic Spinal Discectomy, PRP, Stem Cell Grafts & Prolotherapy. See ad on page 2.


Past Life Therapist, Holistic Counseling Soul Retrieval, Nutritionist, Yoga teacher Lambertville, NJ and worldwide by Skype 858-401-3144 Offering a unique experiential therapy developed over 25 years. Resolve emotional issues with a first-hand experience that is life changing and empowering. Author of Healthy is Delicious nutritional, herbal/ supplemental compassionately supporting the whole person.

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Zophie, Psychic Reader, Advisor, Life Coach 990 Towne Plaza/Route 202 South Branchburg, NJ 908-231-0808, 908-397-7797 Naturally gifted, Zophie reads palms, auras, tarot cards, and uses crystals and healing pyramids. Individual sessions, workshops and parties. Gallery showcases crystals, antiques and other gifts. See ad on page 19.


Licensed Psychotherapist Hunterdon County 908-892-8978 Looking for clarity and focus on the direction of your life? My approach integrates 35 years of traditional psychotherapy techniques with spiritual philosophies to assist in your healing. I work with all ages, couples and families dealing with challenges such as anxiety and depression, behavior difficulties, and general dissatisfaction of current life situations. Call for information on workshops and speaking engagements.


Alice Rich, Certified Master Teacher Usui Reiki Ryoho, Karuna Reiki®, Crystal Healing Certified Hypnotist 732-501-7628, Reiki, Crystal Healing and Integrated Energy Therapy® or Hypnosis sessions can help reduce pain physically, mentally and emotionally, promote a healthy lifestyle, achieve personal and professional goals, create balance and harmony and advance your spiritual journey. Private sessions and classes. Certification classes on Reiki, Crystal Healing and IET.

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RELATIONSHIP COACH ONDOV RELATIONSHIP COACHING Rhoda Ondov, MS, MFT, CPC 12-14 E. Main St., Suite 8, Somerville NJ 908-642-6256

If you are in a troubled relationship, or dealing with infidelity, or facing possible divorce, you do not need Therapy. You are not mentally ill. You just need guidance and solutions. Relationship Coaching can help you repair these difficult situations, bringing clarity and restoring harmony. 8 years experience helping couples successfully navigate relationship crises. Does not require participation by both partners. See ad on page 12.


Christel Haase, Ph.D., Certified Reflexologist Main Street Massage 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd/Ste. 404 Flemington - 908-806-0266 Foot Reflexology applies pressure to reflex points to remove toxins, clear neural pathways, and improve internal organ and system functioning. Other benefits: stress/pain reduction, increased circulation, relief from insomnia, headaches, allergies, PMS, and Plantar Fasciitis. Also addresses foot discomfort from injury, tight muscles, and ill-fitting footwear. See ad on page 48.


Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 Thermography gives a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad on page 46.

When all else is lost, the future still remains. ~Christian Nestell Bovee

Networking Party! Valley Integrative Pharmacy invites you to a Networking Party Monday December 4th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Featuring natural products and supplements. What an incredible opportunity to meet holistic nutritionists, naturopathic doctors, holistic veterinarians, homeopaths, holistic estheticians, integrative doctors, herbalists, thermographers, health coaches, holistic dentists, energy-medicine practitioners, integrative chiropractors, compounding, integrative pharmacists, acupuncturists, Spectracell Labs, Vibrant Wellness Labs, and other like-minded people who share in the joy of our wellness community. Open to the public, as well as professionals. Exchange information, find a business link, and celebrate all this community has to offer. Free. Light refreshments and beverages served.

RSVP to or call 908-658-4900

75 Washington Valley Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921 â&#x20AC;˘ 908.658.4900 â&#x20AC;˘ Located next to Fresh Market Hours: Mon-Thu 9am - 8pm, Fri 9am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 4pm, Sun 10am - 3pm Natural Awakenings

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Natural Awakenings Central NJ / December 2017  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green lifestyle for people and pets. This month, join us for our Upl...

Natural Awakenings Central NJ / December 2017  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green lifestyle for people and pets. This month, join us for our Upl...