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his month I will have a birthday. I never gave much thought to birthdays, but for the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about my life’s turning points. I have come to the conclusion that my life is and has been so very interesting. I just love living. So, here is a collection of my random reflective moments. Growing up in Brooklyn in the 50s, I hung out in candy stores, listened to juke boxes, ate 25 cent slices of pizza, and gathered in packs of 25 or 30 friends on street corners. Violence just happened, with or without warning. Everything was territorial. Streets marked territories, and nationalities. I never really fit, but I have to say, I wouldn’t trade my street education for a masters from Harvard. We moved to an isolated bungalow community in Breezy Point, Queens, NY. Barely 100 families lived there. I had no transportation, so I hitchhiked to high school every day, many miles away. Today my parents would be arrested for allowing that; back then it was normal and we thought nothing of it. A turning point came when I walked away from college and joined the service. I was 17. I had never been out of Brooklyn, and then found myself in Texas. What a culture shock! People didn’t understand what the hell I was saying—I was talking Brooklyn. And I didn’t understand Texans talking Texas. When I was shipped out to Taipei, Taiwan, I arrived as a kid in a man’s world. What I learned in those two years shaped my life. I started to see the world, understand differences, and know there is more than just Brooklyn. After my discharge, with nothing more that a speck of knowledge about marriage, I married. Back then it was almost expected, and everyone encouraged you to find a secure job, get married, and have some children. By 23, I was the father of two, and looking back, completely clueless. Naturally life changed with divorce, which was inevitable. Chaos followed, and I spent much time confused. I couldn’t figure out life, so I just wandered without purpose. When I lost my parents, the world seemed empty. I was particularly affected by my dad’s passing. I felt alone. The loss of the safety blanket of love and security of having him in my life left a giant void. This was another turning point, which is still shaping my life today. Who we become and where we are going is unknown, but the experiences and memories are ours to keep. There were other stepping stones of change, people who entered and passed through my life that made for interesting moments. Some good, some bad, and some really ugly (not the people, but the situations I encountered). Every life changing experience has been an adventure—being broke, having children, moving, re-marrying, and now my present wife, Asta, who in so many ways has shown me what a person with a pure spirit of love is really like. Speaking of turning points, buying Natural Awakenings has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. So far. I’m not planning on going anywhere, but you know what they say, man plans, God laughs. That’s why I believe today that every moment is a precious moment. A heart attack taught me that many years ago. And I still wear my “life is good” shirt to celebrate. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone. I thank you for reading Natural Awakenings.

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o you have foot pain or issues with your tissues? While cupping has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 3000 years to alleviate pain and eradicate stagnation, vacuum therapy—a modernization of this ancient tool—can be used to help alleviate foot pain. Known as pedicupping reflexology, gentle vacuum suction cups are moved on feet using gliding, shaking, popping, and rotating techniques. “The vacuum suction comfortably lifts, stretches, and separates fascia relieving the tightness, pain, and inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis. Pressure point techniques also release tension in feet and relieve heel pain,” says Reflexologist Chris Haase. “Pedicupping reflexology also enhances the body’s natural healing ability. It’s a catalyst for change in many foot health situations such as loosening scar tissue and post-surgery adhesions; increasing range of motion and flexibility in ankle and toe joints; and relieving muscle spasms and foot discomfort due to injury or ill-fitting shoes.” Pedicupping reflexology may also benefit those with diabetic neuropathy. Stimulation of reflex points (nerve endings) and vacuum suction helps balance the endocrine system and promotes water absorption and normal blood and lymph flow to undernourished and dehydrated tissue. February Special! Location: Main Street Massage, 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd/Ste. 404, Flemington. For info/appt.: 908-806-0266 or email See ad on page 24, and Special on page 47.

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s a Cuddlist-Certified practitioner, Karen Schweiger, owner of In Your Arms, LLC, offers the opportunity to safely explore the benefits of alternative touch and cuddle therapy. “Individuals who suffer from touch deprivation, which is also called skin hunger, may not even be fully aware that touch is what they crave. Instead, they assume that the deep ache, restlessness and/or loneliness they’re feeling may be something else entirely,” states Schweiger. “Skin hunger is typically defined as the overwhelming need for healthy touch. This touch is not sexual in nature; it is purely platonic and therapeutic. This type of touch helps reaffirm feelings of trust, security, and warmth.” Her clients enthusiastically affirm the healing benefits of Karen’s touch therapy sessions or a “not touching session” if one prefers to talk or sit quietly absorbing the calm, compassionate energy that Karen generates. With each visit, you feel welcome, comfortable and secure knowing the confidentiality and privacy you would expect from any therapeutic practitioner is protected. For the month of February, she’s offering an Introduction to Cuddling Special for new clients. See page xx for details. In Your Arms welcomes clients of all ages (18+), and serves Hunterdon County and surrounding area. February Special! For more information, contact Karen at, or See ad on page 36, and Special on page 47.

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lthough the gentle movements of Qigong have been practiced for centuries by seniors in China for health benefits, defining and explaining it can be confusing. Siobhan Hutchinson, accredited T’ai Chi Chih teacher at Next Step Strategies, explains. “The phone rings and a voice timidly asks, ‘Do I need a mat? Do we roll around on the floor, as I have trouble getting up?’ I can’t help, but gently respond “There’s no kicking, punching, screaming, rolling around on the floor, or backflips.” Then teasingly add, “No stilettos either.”” Most T’ai Chi forms in this country are considered to be a martial art or have a martial art base. However, T’ai Chi Chih®: Joy thru Movement, is a non-martial art that is more closely aligned with Qigong, the “granddaddy” or umbrella under which all types of “energy medicine” fall. Those who have experienced the gentleness of T’ai Chi Chih keep returning because of the health benefits and serenity that comes with practice. Even if one cannot stand or stand for long doing these movements, it can be done seated. Plus, its benefits have been confirmed by research, indicating that T’ai Chi Chih specifically helps with increasing immunity, improving sleep quality, and reducing the symptoms of depression. All are welcome to experience this self-empowering practice at Next Step Strategies’ new location at 1970 Hwy 33 in Hamilton, on Thursdays, beginning February 22 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is a must to 609-752-1048 or See ad on page 25.


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n Saturday, February 24, all are invited to spend the day sampling free classes, programs and activities at locations throughout Flemington. In addition, borough businesses will be offering free events for participants of all ages. Festivities and more will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. If you’ve ever wanted to explore one of the many wellness avenues, now is the time to give art or yoga a try. Find out more about the benefits of holistic nutrition, energy medicine or chiropractic. Try a free kung fu class or a free mini-acupuncture session. Dine at borough cafes offering healthy menu offerings. Meet experienced practitioners. And don’t miss the chance to enter your name to win door prizes all around town. For a complete list of participating businesses and their offerings, visit our Facebook page, Flemington Health and Wellness Community. Flemington Health and Wellness Day is sponsored by the Flemington Community Partnership with kind support from Natural Awakenings. For more information contact Nicole at 908.237.1076 or or Karen at 908.642.0989 or karen@ See ad on page 46.

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or those who have found that talk therapy is not enough, or who believe that the body and mind are essentially one, The Rubenfeld Synergy Method of body-centered psychotherapy may be just what the doctor ordered. The Rubenfeld Synergy Method is an elegant, powerful system for the dynamic integration of body, mind, emotion and spirit. It is a powerful, noninvasive therapy that combines talk, gentle touch and movement. The method respects the uniqueness of each individual, and puts clients in charge of finding their own inner wisdom and healing. This method offers exciting prospects to: deal with and resolve painful issues and experiences; increase body-mind awareness; gain inner peace and calm; recover from physical or emotional traumas; explore where emotions are held in the body; and explore memories, emotions and thoughts that have awaited self expression. Patti McDougall, BSN, PRS, Integrative RN at Princeton Integrative Health was trained and certified by Ilana Rubenfeld, the founder of the program. Location: 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawrenceville. For information, please contact or 609-5121468. See ad on page 33.

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


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

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

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

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants. Depression is common in women of childbearing age, with 3 to 8 percent of pregnant European women prescribed antidepressants. But with 95 percent of them bearing children without autism, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed, say researchers.

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As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE. As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

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Today I call it SIMPLICITY. As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health—food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY. As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT. As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know that is LIFE. Chaplin’s World museum, in Switzerland, opened in 2016 (

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COURAGE By Dr. Jason Frigerio


ourage, as defined by MerriamWebster, is the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Anxiety, on the other hand, is the antithesis of courage. It is synonymous with fear, worry, apprehension, and angst, and its prevalence in our youth can now be described as an epidemic. Anxiety disorders have become the most common psychiatric disorders diagnosed in childhood and adolescence, and are the number one reason college students seek counseling. Why is this happening? Several recent studies are pointing to what is referred to as “helicopter parenting”, an overprotective, over-involved style of parenting that, while well-intentioned, is undermining the very magic of childhood. If children are not allowed to take risks and explore the boundaries of danger and uncertainty, they may very well be robbed of the self-confidence, creativity, and courage that were once a normal part of growing up. “The strongest predictor of anxiety at age nine was the child’s anxiety levels at age four,” states Professor Jennifer Hud-

son of Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health. “Our study found that children who show signs of anxiety and who are inhibited (such as being unwilling to talk or reluctant to explore new situations) as preschoolers are more likely to have mothers who help too much.” Try to remember a moment in your own childhood when you took a risk: reached for a branch that you might not have been able to grab, walked to a friend’s house just beyond your usual geographic comfort zone or finally mustered up the courage to tackle the rope swing from the tippy top. Those are the kind of moments that shape consciousness and resilience. If you found yourself nodding at the above description there is a good chance that you grew up in the 70’s or earlier. A time before a playground injury transformed our definition of a “safe playground” and before the devastating abduction of Etan Patz, both of which dramatically shifted the conscience of parenthood. As it turns out, playgrounds are not any safer than they were in 1971, and abduction is still virtually nonexistent, regardless of what the milk cartons told us back then.

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The truth is that life is risky business, and we can either embrace it, or be afraid. And what we teach and model for our children influences their perception in far more subtle ways than we imagine. Ellen Sandseter, a professor of earlychildhood education at Queen Maud University College in Trondheim, began observing and interviewing children on playgrounds in Norway. In 2011, she published her results in a paper called “Children’s Risky Play from an Evolutionary Perspective: The Anti-Phobic Effects of Thrilling Experiences.” Children, she concluded, have a sensory need to taste danger and excitement; this doesn’t mean that what they do has to actually be dangerous, only that they feel they are taking a great risk. That scares them, but then they overcome the fear. “When they are left alone and can take full responsibility for their actions, and the consequences of their decisions, it’s a thrilling experience,” states Sandseter. The evidence is clear. Children are spending less time outdoors playing and they are suffering because of it. The resulting decrease in their physical activ-

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Renewable Payoff Germany Undergoes an Energy Renaissance

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

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

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China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers. General Motors is promising to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles in the next six years. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development. The falling cost of lithium-ion batteries also brings a tipping point into view, observers say. By 2025 it’s possible that electric drivetrains will have no cost disadvantage compared with internal combustion engines. Technology is fast resetting the outlook for what cars can do, how consumers use them and how much an EV will cost. Tesla, Ford and Japanese and European companies are also responding to what’s being called both “the age of electricity”, and “the age of personalized transportation”.

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Bureaucratic Bungle Monsanto Still Gaming the System

Monsanto, the company that makes the controversial weed killer Roundup, is setting farmer against farmer and state against state with its newest product, dicamba. Amid claims and counterclaims over effectiveness and safety of crops and humans, the debate is shedding new light on how new agricultural products are introduced, tested and regulated. One major difference with dicamba is the gaseous vaporization it uses to treat crops, causing the poison to spread onto neighboring plants via wind. Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer, says that leaves on trees were “so deformed you couldn’t even really identify the differences between them.” The manufacturer claims that proper usage protocols are not being followed. Some farmers agree, while others report crop damage and human health issues. One pivotal point of debate is which federal and state agencies have jurisdiction and the power to set enforceable guidelines. At stake are millions of acres that have already been sprayed, along with the future of non-GMO farms inadvertently contaminated by the dicamba sprayed on genetically modified crops that need the poison to survive.


re you always juggling a million different tasks, spinning your wheels and getting nothing done? Being organized helps you have time to focus on what is most important in your life. Use the New Year as an opportunity to create new processes in your life to keep your personal life running smoothly. Successfully making changes is about more than resolutions; it is about creating new habits cultivated by clearly defined steps and measurable outcomes. The key to managing all that you have to get done is to put systems in place for navigating daily tasks. By putting as many simple tasks and processes on autopilot, you will simplify your daily life. Take a step back and think about the two or three most challenging areas of your life as far as processes. They can be simple activities, but ones that take up a lot of brainpower. List the tasks, and think through how to do them in a simpler, more consistent way each day. Some examples of tasks that take up time, but can be easily streamlined are: weekly meal planning, grocery shopping, morning routines or setting up a monthly family calendar. If your New Year’s goal is to have a simplified morning routine, your

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one another. For her, “Prayer is like talking to God, whereas meditation is listening to God. Before I came to meditation, I had been doing all the talking.” She came to meditation during a trying period working in sales and marketing. “When a friend gave me a meditation CD, I popped it in after a stressful conference call and felt instantly calmed. Ten years later, meditation has gone beyond quieting the mind; it’s sunk into my heart and spirit,” says Trottmann, who went on to publish her own CDs at “I came to meditation tired of habitual suffering and stress, and wanting to be happier,” says Bill Scheinman, a coach in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which he refers to as “mindfulness practice without the Buddhist jargon.” The Oakland, California, instructor has taught mindfulness in settings ranging from corporations to prisons, drawing from a range of meditative disciplines and 23 years of intensive practice.

“Shop around and try different things, but at some point, you will begin to discover what works for you,” advises Scheinman.

In trying to decide which meditation practice is right for us, “Go with what feels juicy,” says Fargo, who founded, offering 1,500 free mindfulness meditations, worksheets and talks. “You’re more likely to do what feels alive and enlivening.” The act of meditating can be uncomfortable, but the challenges are part of its power. Scheinman remarks. “If you establish a daily practice, eventually, you will become more clear-headed, kinder and happier. That’s how you know your practice is working—not how you feel during meditation itself.” Consistency is key. It’s not effective to only meditate when you feel good, he says.

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

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Recovery from Infidelity

Additionally, anger, hurt, and suspicion will be forthcoming and must be endured.

Step 5. Healing: Building trust and a new vision

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Once the relationship is reestablished, it will take time for safety and trust to rebuild. The affair does not get forgotten, and it will be some time before it recedes from a prominent position. It should be used to inform and establish a relationship that satisfies the needs of each partner, and as a reminder of circumstances that create the possibility of an affair. It is a good idea to consciously plan how to keep their relationship alive and satisfying, and how to keep communicating closely.

Step 6. Give it Time


iscovery or confession of an affair is a heartbreaking experience. Your whole world seems to be coming apart, and suddenly your life feels like a cruel joke. It is often viewed as the end of a relationship, but this need not be the case. With the right guidance, many relationships that seem hopeless can be revived and become strong. The following steps are necessary, and can be accomplished with appropriate professional guidance.

Step 1. Awareness: Coming to terms with the situation Review the current state of your relationship, including your status, the position of each partner, the current interaction between the partners, the role of the third party, the threats to the relationship and options being considered. Reconstruct a timeline and a narrative of the relationship history, and determine the strengths and weaknesses in the relationship.  

Step 2. Assessment: How did we get to this place? This phase explores the issues leading up to the current situation, or that are recurrent within the relationship and the reasons for the current situation. Assess the life vision

and relationship vision of each partner and compare to each other’s and to the current situation. Determine the needs being fulfilled through the extramarital relationship.

Step 3. Possibilities: What now?

Once there is awareness and assessment of the situation, consider options for the future of the relationship. At this time there is no decision to be made. Explore what each option would look like, and what impacts there would be to not only the parties involved, but also others who interact with them. There are no “rules” for this phase, and it is a very dynamic time when support is critical. Do not determine any expectations, as it is important for each partner to use this time to sort out their feelings and figure out what they want for the future. If it is decided to try to recover the relationship, continue on to Step 4.

Step 4. Repair and Restore: Where to start and what to do To repair a relationship scarred by infidelity, several steps need to occur. The first and most important of these is to be completely open about what has happened in the affair. This is beneficial for several reasons, including restoration of trust, and reconciling past comings and goings or lies.

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The process discussed here can take several months. That does not mean that things are suddenly okay. It will probably take a couple of years to completely recover. Luckily, you have gotten through the hard part, and you know how to manage the future. Rhoda Ondov, MS, MFT, CPC, is a Certified Professional Coach, with a background in Marriage and Family Therapy and advanced training in couples counseling. She has been helping couples and families to repair and strengthen their relationships for over 10 years. She is an authorized leader of the Weiner-Davis’ divorce-busting program Keeping Love Alive. For more information, call 908-642-6256 or visit See ad on page 15.

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ADVERSITY How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle by April Thompson

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


t’s an incredibly hopeful message: We can go through the most terrible things imaginable and still get through to a better place,” says David B. Feldman, associate professor of counseling psychology at California’s Santa Clara University and co-author with Lee Daniel Kravetz of Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success. Such researchers have found that, like elastic stretched beyond its normal limits, people often don’t just bounce back to their old form, but stretch and expand in new ways. The pair conducted in-depth case studies of survivors of extreme traumatic experiences that went on to do bold things. Just one case in point: After losing a leg in a car accident, college basketball player Casey Pieretti reinvented himself as a successful Hollywood stuntman. According to many studies, 60 to 80 percent of people grow in some way from personal trauma, known as “post-traumatic growth”, according to Feldman. “It can be as simple as appreciating each day more. It can mean deepening relationships. It may result in a renewed sense of spirituality. Or, it might take one’s life in a dramatically different direction,” he says. Ila Eckhoff, a financial executive in New York City, has experienced more than her share of challenges: developing cerebral palsy as a toddler, enduring 2828Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon NA Edition/Location website address Co. Edition

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

grateful for. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say them. It brings me focus, reduces stress and reminds me of how lucky I am,” she says. Morisset suggests making incremental changes to strengthen our resilience muscles. “Success builds success and failure builds failure, so do something you know you can accomplish and build on that,” she counsels. Writing can also be a good coping tool, according to Hensch. “Just write about your emotions. It’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself and how calming it can be.” Good times are the best times to begin “resilience training” notes Hensch. “I sought out a therapist once I had turned the corner after my divorce and was dating someone and my business was taking off. It was precisely because I knew something else would likely happen, and I wanted to be better prepared for it,” he recalls. Applying positive self-talk when something blindsides us helps, as does not expecting to handle things perfectly. “There’s nothing wrong with just stay-



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Forgiveness—whether for others or ourself—is another key to help us move forward, reports Feldman. “Often, people can get stuck in blame, but resentment keeps people shackled to the past. If and when a person is ready to forgive, widespread research indicates that it can lead to better health outcomes.” ing afloat when you’re in the middle of trauma or adversity. One key to happiness in life is just managing expectations. It’s okay to be anxious, sad and worried at times—in fact, it’s healthy,” says Hensch. Hardships are just that: hard. However, with time and experience, resilient individuals come to trust their ability to get through them, large and small. “Resiliency is not about how you bounce back from a single traumatic event; it’s how you respond every day to the challenges that life presents,” Eckhoff has learned. “Repetitive use of this ‘muscle’ builds strength and enables you to do more and sometimes, the impossible.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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Lymph Matters The Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage By Vanessa Galati-Drew


he lymphatic system touches almost every part of your body with a complicated network of fluid-filled nodes, vessels, glands and organs. Although we don’t feel or see it, the lymph is one of the most important systems in the human body! It is a key detoxification pathway, tackling environmental toxins as well as body waste. The lymphatic system works by carrying these toxins away from body tissues and into the bloodstream. It is important to keep the fluids of these systems moving properly to ensure that oxygen and other nutrients reach the tissues through the circulatory system, and for the wastes to be carried away from the tissues through the

lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system can easily become sluggish, especially when it becomes overwhelmed with toxic debris. Factors leading to lymph congestion are poor nutrition, injuries, constipation, environmental toxins, lack of exercise, stress, hormone imbalances and the normal aging process. A clogged lymphatic flow not only leads to impaired immunity and disease, but the development of cellulite (lymph lumps), edema (fluid retention), chronic pain and fatty deposits. It can also be a root cause of chronic sinusitis; swollen glands, ankles and eyes; eczema; arthritis; upper respiratory, sinus and ear infections; throat problems;

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

“If young women learn to connect with their mind, identify when their thoughts are anxious or stressed, and practice conscious breathing and meditating to regain a calm, centered state, they’ll be able to rebalance themselves for the rest of their lives,” she says. “By keeping a thought journal for a while and noticing when their thoughts have negative undertones, they can retrain their attitude.” Live a complaint-free day once each week. Every time a negative thought pops up, expel it and focus on a positive aspect of the idea or experience. Also invest a few moments each day feeling thankful for successful aspects of life. “After a while, these exercises become habitual,” says Anderson. “Happy, high-achieving people fill their minds with positive, uplifting thoughts, affirmations and sincere gratitude. It’s widely proven to work.”

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Anderson says. But such an unhealthy routine “shapes eating patterns for the rest of their lives, eventually catching up with them.” She strongly believes every young woman should routinely ask herself, “Is this real food?” “A potato is a real food, or whole food, but instant mashed potatoes are processed. A fresh ear of corn is a whole food; corn chips are processed. If you want to feel strong and healthy and look great, eat whole foods,” says Anderson. Also, note how the body responds to eating specific foods. Here again, a journal can help. “Jot down how a food made you feel after 15 minutes, an hour and two hours. Are you alert or sluggish? What signals are your stomach and brain sending? It’s useful information to make better ongoing food choices,” Anderson advises. She also advocates drinking plenty of water and eating organic foods when possible, and warns teens against skipping meals or snacks when their developing bodies feel the need for fuel.

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

or tennis, teens need to find “some kind of movement and activity to become part of their everyday life.” A University of Wisconsin metaanalysis of 77 studies examining women’s body images suggests body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for eating disorders and a significant predictor of low self-esteem, depression and obesity. Helping young women build, strengthen or regain their positive body image and self-esteem works to empower a new generation and enables them to enjoy happier, healthier lives. Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia (

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Food as Medicine David Crow, teacher, author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures (, is a leader in research and development of growing herbs for medicine, working from Grass Valley, California. He extols the importance of gardens of all types—backyards, schools, neighborhoods and public spaces. “They can strengthen communities, beautify life and reduce crime,” he says. In his home state, he helped launch The Learning Garden, at Venice High School, in 2001. “It’s an eye-opener for youngsters, and they take pride in ownership.” People without a garden plot can place a pot inside or on a balcony or find a community garden. “Medicinal plants don’t have to be a luxury of the wealthy. You can spend a fraction of the $30 for a drug prescription in growing most of them, and then trade for others with neighbors,” says Crow. He particularly values oregano, thyme, rosemary, lavender and basil. To increase yields, home gardeners may consider daily drip irrigation—a system of tubes positioned just above the soil, with tiny holes spaced at regular intervals. It can conveniently work on a timer with an automatic shutoff during rain. Other benefits include water conservation and better soil structure by avoiding puddles from manual watering. “Drip irrigation can be especially helpful during dry spells, which can run two to four weeks in many climates,” says Robert Kourik (, landscape consultant, horticultural researcher and author of Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and Climate, and last year’s Understanding Roots. “It can be effective for virtually any fruit or vegetable, except water crops like rice and cranberries.”

Green Living Carol Venolia, author, speaker and architect in Santa Rosa, California, (ComeHome has designed homes of straw, earth and sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood throughout the West. She consults on greening schools, healing centers, camps and eco-villages, and stresses the benefits of sunlight as in her new e-book, Get Back to Nature Without Leaving Home. She says, “Sunlight’s many wavelengths, shifting directions and intensities render biological effects that keep us functioning well. Watch how it enters your home; changes occur daily and seasonally.” It’s easy to move furniture to align with sunshine. In warmer climates, attach plant trellises or fabric awnings outside windows to filter or direct reflected light. “Add a potted plant to a window and a picture of a natural scene on a wall. Take the time to get out into woodlands,” advises Venolia. She commends Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as a green building leader who “brings a soulful approach, as well as engineering, data and technology efficiencies, to a project.” Along with green building goals like zero net energy, Rosenbaum strives to create homes that are healthy, comfortable, resource-efficient, durable and adaptable by the people that inhabit them. Along with being part of the slow food movement and do-it-yourself trends, Blume believes, “Homesteading gives people the feeling they are making a positive difference by making sustainable changes in their lifestyle and home.” For summit recordings or transcripts and notices of upcoming events like the online annual Plant Medicine Telesummit in March, visit Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 Bridal Show at Czig Meister Brewery- 7-10pm. Community expo Bridal Show. Free. A Bridal Solution, Czig Meister, 106 Valentine St., Hackettstown. Preregistration required: 862-324-4895.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Let Your Heart Shine in a Himalayan Salt Room7pm. Instructor: Csilla Bischoff. Discover ways to protect your heart through healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices, as well as receiving benefits of Himalayan salt therapy. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. RSVP: 609-285-3115. Monthly Open Mic Night – 7pm. Fun, relaxing evening of music and refreshments at monthly Open Mic Night. Free. Food and beverages available for a love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (Pattenburg). Performers and audience members RSVP: 908-7308792.

SATUDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Labyrinth Mindfulness Walking Meditation- 5:306:30pm. Guided meditation into authentic labyrinth. Donations. Princeton IYCC, 301 N. Harrison St., Bldg. A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Community Vegetarian Potluck & Kirtan Chanting- 6:30-8pm. Community dining followed by Kirtan. BYO instruments or use those provided. Donations. Princeton IYCC, 301 N. Harrison St., Bldg. A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Community Musical Kirtan Jam-7:30-9pm. Bring your own drums & musical instruments, or use ours! Donations. Princeton IYCC, 301 N. Harrison St., Bldg. A, Ste 1E, Princeton.

savethedate QI HEALER INTENSIVE SEMINAR March 16-18 & 23-25 Friday 5:30-9pm, Sats/Suns 9am-5pm. 25+ powerful methods of self practices and workshops for accessing Qi, emitting Qi, cleansing Qi, moving Qi, and more, for yourself and others. You will be very pleasantly amazed. Fran Maher and Brian Coffey, instructors. 30 CEUs available from NCCAAOM. Tuition $850. Qi Gong for Healing 67 Mountain Blvd., in Warren For more information: 908-647-1563 or

calendar of events All calendar events for the March 2018 issue must be received by February 10th and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. Advanced Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease11am. Learn the latest in advanced lifestyle medicine, using specialized risk assessments and effective options beyond standard cholesterol medications. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawreceville. Register: 609-512-1468.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 JourneyDance Session– 2-3:30pm. Moving and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. $30 or $20 w/donation of items for food pantry. Mind Your Body Studio, 4 Park Ave., 2nd Fl, Madison. 917-405-0596. “Are You Still Reliving Groundhog Day or Are You Facing Your Fears and Moving Forward”10:30am. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Essential Oils 101: Cold and Flu Season- 5:30pm. Learn more about essential oil to help you through the coughing and sneezing. Make and take item included. Free. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@ BeHereNowYoga108. com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Healthy Weight for Life- 6pm. Learn how to avoid pitfalls and embrace lifestyle choices that create lifelong healthy weight and prevent chronic disease. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawreceville. Register: 609-512-1468.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Reiki Share with Diana Davis- 7pm. All welcomed, Reiki practitioners and non-practitioners alike. $10. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Alignment Refinement in a Himalayan Salt Room- 7pm. Allow your mind, body, and soul to align together through yoga and sound healing therapy with the help of instructor, Bob Miller. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. RSVP: 609-285-3115. 4ElementsWellnessCenter. com.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Food Sensitivity, IBS Testing-9:30-11:30am. Blood Testing by Vibrant Wellness Labs. 99% sensitive. Most insurances accepted. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900.

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Couples Yoga- 5-6:30pm. Instructor: Courtney Downey. Dig Yoga, 204 N Union St., Lambertville. Community Yoga Day & Open House- All day. Free aerial and floor yoga. Refreshments, reading room, Oasis Meditation Atrium. Space is limited. Free. Princeton IYCC, 301 N. Harrison St., Bldg. A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Valentines Partner Yoga/ Thai Massage- 4-6:30pm. Guided giving and receiving of Thai Massage. Release tension and encourage relaxation in your partner and yourself simultaneously. $60. Princeton IYCC, 301 N. Harrison St., Bldg. A, Ste 1E, Princeton. JourneyDance “Sensual Soul”- 7:30-9:30pm. Instructor: Joy Okoye. Dance and movement influence healing and improve emotional wellbeing. No experience required. $25. Princeton IYCC, 301 N. Harrison St., Bldg. A, Ste 1E, Princeton. The Magic 15 Workshop- 1-2pm. Learn how 15 minutes a day can transform your life. Bend time to create more of it. Never be late again. Instructor: Time Shaman Amara Willey. Somerville Library, 35 West End Ave., Somerville.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 “Committing to Love Yourself!”- 10:30am. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-9248422.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing- 3-6:15pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900.

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“Tessarakonta Begins!”- During the 40 days of Lent, you can participate in a daily spiritual practice from your home which will support you in meeting your goals. Info/registration:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 KARAYOGI: Family-Friendly Karaoke8-9:30pm. All-ages. Alcohol-free karaoke party. Free. Princeton IYCC, 301 N. Harrison St., Bldg. A, Ste 1E, Princeton. New Moon Sound Journey in a Himalayan Salt Room- 7pm. Instructor: Lois Harrison. Clear negativities while experiencing deep level of relaxation from the vibrations and harmonic sounds of worldly instruments. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. RSVP: 609285-3115.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Healthy Weight for Life- 11am. Learn how to avoid pitfalls and embrace lifestyle choices that create lifelong healthy weight and prevent chronic disease. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawreceville. Register: 609512-1468. “Women, Power and Freedom”- 10am. Meeting open to all women. A safe space to share your fears, weaknesses and hearts. Connect with other women or just feel loving support and acceptance. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton’s office, 812 Rt. 206 S, Suite 220, Princeton. 609-924-8422.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 JourneyDance Session– 1-2:30pm. Moving and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. $30 or $20 w/donation of items for food pantry. Diamond Studio, 450 Hamburg Tpke, 2nd Fl, Wayne. 917-405-0596. Detox your Diet: Build your Immune System3-5pm. Healthy is Delicious: a gluten free, dairy, sugar and soy free cookbook/nutrition guide. Lambertville. 858-401-3144. CoreLevelHealing@ Transform My Life Workshop- 2-6pm. Transform your health and find yourself with more love, better health, greater success and happiness. $85. Preregistration required. Wellness Rocks!, 178 Center St., 2nd Fl, Clinton.

908-642-0989. T’ai Chi Chih for Beginners & Seniors- 6:307:30pm. Starts Feb. 22. Discover serenity, better balance, quality sleep and reduction in blood pressure. 8-week course. $125. Space is limited. American Legion, 2 Meadowbrook Ln, New Egypt. Info/registration: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Protecting Your Heart: The Blood Sugar/Insulin Connection- 6pm. Balancing insulin is the key to dealing with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and weight issues. Regain control of your health. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawreceville. Register: 609-512-1468. Organize Your Paperwork for Tax Time- 7pm. $29. Pre-registration required. Warren County College, 445 Marshall St., Phillipsburg. $29. 908-689-7613.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 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. Moving Through Grief- 7pm. Gentle and safe practice of yoga, meditation and discussion for those experiencing grief Sponsored by Wright & Ford Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Free. Preregistration required. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@ BeHereNowYoga108. com. T’ai Chi Chih for Beginners & Seniors- 6:307:30pm. Starts Feb. 22. Discover serenity, better balance, quality sleep and reduction in blood pressure. 8-week course. $125. Space is limited. 1970 Hwy 33, Hamilton. Info/registration: 609-752-1048 or Shamanic Journey Study Group- 7pm. Meet spirit guides using the vehicle of the drumbeat. $15. Wellness Rocks!, 178 Center St., 2nd Fl, Clinton. Register: @AmaraHeals on Facebook.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Dinner and a Movie- 12:30-2:30pm, 7-9pm. Bring vegetarian dish and discuss inspirational movie. Free. Princeton IYCC, 301 N. Harrison St., Bldg. A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Manifesting Your Love in a Himalayan Salt Room- 7pm. Instructor: Cindy Morhouse. Manifest the love you desire all throughout your life with guided meditation and Himalayan salt therapy. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. RSVP: 609-285-3115.

savethedate EMPOWERED LIGHT HOLISTIC EXPO April 27-29 Fri 5-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, and purchase natural products for personal and home care. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care.

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“Bondage or Liberty, Which Are You Living? Which Are You Choosing?”- 10:30am. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Food Sensitivity, IBS Testing-4:30-6:30pm. Blood Testing by Vibrant Wellness Labs. 99% sensitive. Most insurances accepted. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Crystals and Angels with Diana Davis- 5:30pm. Connect with your heart chakra with healing crystals and angels cards. $15, includes crystal. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 JourneyDance & Nia Special Event– 7-8:30pm. Special event: “Conscious Dance Through Form and Freedom.” Bring awareness to the body while allowing expression and moment to unfold. $40 or $35 w/donation of items for food pantry. YogaCentric, 238 Colfax Ave., Clifton. 917-4050596. Health and Wellness Day at Be Here Now Yoga8am-5pm. Free classes all day, including yoga for beginners, prenatal yoga, Prime of Life Yoga, kids yoga, reiki, Yoga for Strength (Intermediate Level) and more. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@ BeHereNowYoga108. com.

Health & Wellness Day in Flemington – 8am-6pm. Spend the day sampling free classes, programs, and activities. All ages. Enjoy art, yoga, Kung Fu or acupuncture. Learn benefits of holistic nutrition, energy medicine or chiropractic. Info: Nicole, 908-237-1076 or Karen, 908-642-0989 or Refresh, Renew and Re-Align with Adrienne Gammal- 2-4pm. Heal through the power of sound, vibration, meditation and crystals. $45. Preregistration required. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register/info:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Monthly Oneness Blessing– 11:30am. The Oneness Blessing is a direct transfer of Divine energy, from one person to another, for the unique purpose of awakening to the experience of Oneness. Free. Love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (Pattenburg). 980-730-8792. “What’s Your Personal Statement for Being?”10:30am. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. Restorative Yoga-12-1:30pm. Instructor: Deb Vari, E-RYT. Open the body deeply and gently. $20. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Questions: Gentle.Yoga@

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 The Connection Between Gut Health and Brain Health- 7pm. Presenter: Naturopath, Dr. Nikki Conte. Your gut health affects your entire body. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900. Janet@ Reiki Share with Diana Davis- 7pm. All welcomed, Reiki practitioners and non-practitioners alike. $10. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. 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: KerryKayHealing@gmail. com or 609-273-1378.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR 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.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Spring Cleaning Workshop– 6:30-8:30pm. Get inspiration and practical tips to get your spring cleaning project underway. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, PA. Register/info:

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sunday Aerial Yin Restore- 4-5:30pm. Instructor: Leyna Schaeffer. Low-hanging silk hammocks with soft music and low lights. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-4543140. Bhagavad Gita Study Book Club-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: IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. Pilates Mat with Props— 9am. 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. 908-754-5901. 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 AcroYoga/AcroJAM- 7:30-9pm. Instructors: Leyna Schaeffer & Tiffany Wright. 7:30-9pm with Leyna Schaeffer & Tiffany Wright. Blend of Thai massage, yoga and partner acrobatics, building trust, communication and courage. $15. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140.

Beginner Yoga-6-7:15pm. Feel more relaxed and calmer with yoga. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. 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. Easy and fun. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $50/month. 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 Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Contact Janet: 908-6351822. More information at Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner 1– 7-8pm. 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.

tuesday T’ai Chi Chih for Beginners & Seniors- 6:307:30pm. Starts Feb. 22. Discover serenity, better balance, quality sleep and reduction in blood pressure. 8-week course. $125. Space is limited. American Legion, 2 Meadowbrook Ln, New Egypt. Info/ registration: 609-752-1048 or Reiki Level 1 Class with Anne Koenig- 6:308:30pm. Japanese stress-reduction technique to promote wellness. Sooth emotional distress and relax muscle tension. $60. Preregistration required. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Info/registration: Ann Koenig, 732-619-9184 or

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Yoga with Jean Marie- 4:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm. Gentle, restorative, level one, Yin yoga. $12. Hackettstown Health Food Store, 106 E Moore St., Hackettstown. RSVP: 908-850-6475. Stress, Hormones & Health (The True Cause of Belly Fat)– 6pm. Select Tuesdays. Presenter: bestselling author & speaker, Jean Golden-Tevald. Learn about hormone imbalances. Free dinner seminar. Registration required. For dates and restaurant location: Carol May, 908-528-8121. MorningStarFHC. com. Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner 1– 10:30-11:30am. Intro to form, alignment and principles of movement. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/ drop-in.. Starts Jan. 9. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at Beginner Yoga-7:30-8:45pm. It’s the perfect time to start a yoga practice. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. 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. 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!-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. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. 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 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: 908-3921313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-6471563 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.

thursday T’ai Chi Chih for Beginners & Seniors- 6:307:30pm. Starts Feb. 22. Discover serenity, better balance, quality sleep and reduction in blood pressure. 8-week course. $125. Space is limited. 1970 Hwy 33, Hamilton. Info/registration: 609-752-1048 or Yoga with Jean Marie- 4:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm. Gentle, restorative, level one, Yin yoga. $12. Hackettstown Health Food Store, 106 E Moore St., Hackettstown. RSVP: 908-850-6475. Restorative Yoga & Healing Meditation- 1:303pm. Instructor: Mireille Delman. Presented by Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC). Register: Qi Gong with Jeffery Starbuck- 5:15-6:15pm. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. Beginner/Multi-level Yoga- 4:30-5:45pm. Instructor: Donna McMullin, RYT200. $18/drop-in. Release tension, improve balance, strengthen and stretch your body. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Yoga Fit and Flow- 7:30-8:45pm. Instructor: Donna Pollin, RYT. Increase flexibility and strength while opening the mind, body and spirit. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Gentle Yoga-9:30-10:45am. Instructor: Donna McMullin. $18. Slow-paced, mindful practice connects participants with their own unique physical self. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. 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.

Acting and Voice Classes (Adults)- Empowerment through creativity. Experienced teachers can help you find your voice, your future. 243 N. Union St., Lambertville. 858-401-3144.

saturday OSHO/Zen/Buddha Meditations – 9-11am. $0. 60 mins Meditation, 30 mins Tea/Snacks, 30 mins Discourse at OSHO Amritam Meditation Center, 58 Stephenville Parkway, Edison, NJ, 08820. Swami Prem Vivek 732-604-9372 Acting and Voice Classes (Children)- Empowerment through creativity. Experienced teachers can help you find your voice, your future. 243 N. Union St., Lambertville. 858-401-3144. DowneyActingAndVoice. com. Teens-Only Yoga 12-1pm. Ages 12-18. 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. Beginner Yoga-9:30-10:45am. It’s the perfect time to start a yoga practice. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. YogaCentralNJ. com. 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. Meditation- Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24. 11:30am-12:30pm. Instructor: Beth Youmans, PhD, E-RYT500. Class combines mindfulness and meditation focused on developing loving kindness. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. 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.

classifieds $30 up to 30 words, extra words $1 each. To place listing, email content to Joe@ Deadline is the 10th of the month. PROFESSIONAL SPACE AVAILABLE Acupuncturist has two treatment rooms (one small, one large; both with massage tables) available for rent on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Would be perfect for massage therapist, reflexologist, nutritionist, holistic counselor, etc. Located in Flemington. For details, call Kristin at 973979-1652 or SPACE FOR RENT: Beautiful office space in Wellness Center in Downtown Warren Twp. in Somerset County. Square footage varies from 100 for an individual office to 2,000 for multiple offices. Space includes a waiting room for clients, a beverage bar, a file room, practitioner room and separate entrance and coat closet as well as opportunities for conference room/lecture/ workshop room as well as a future kitchen and open area for yoga or clinics. Your monthly check will include rent, CAM, cleaning services, internet, heating and electric. Plenty of parking and centrally located to major highways. Email Stacey at or call 908-7552723 for more information.

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 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.

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

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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.



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 48.


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 37.



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.


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 11.


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 33.

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Founder/Creative Director MommyEvolve Usui Reiki Practitioner/HMI Certified Healing the Inner Child hypnosis/Madriella PostPartum Doula 732-798 5639 Assisting individuals in reconnecting to self trust, self awareness, energy and creativity through accessing tools - both inner and outer for self healing and empowerment. Cecile Offers mobile reiki, mentoring/coaching sessions via skype phone, and in person. Cecile also conducts public speaking on intergenerational healing, ancestral healing, mother wound, inner child, and mothering.


Phone/text: 609-495-4229

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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 ad on


MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See ad on page 7.


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 41.

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.

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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 23.


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 37.


We offer the highest quality dental services including... • Safe removal of amalgam restorations (fillings) following OSHA and EPA guidelines • Biocompatible dental materials including BPA-free restorations • Non-surgical natural and nutritional therapies to treat periodontal disease and dental decay • Effective treatment of TMJ, teeth grinding, bad breath, snoring, sleep apnea, and mouth breathing

We Cater to Children with a Holistic Approach Does your child (up to age 10) show signs of:

• Crowded baby or permanent teeth • Mouth breathing (lips are apart most of the time) We can help by fitting your child with a corrective, colorful, comfortable removable appliance that they will love to show to their friends.

Come in for a complimentary Meet and Greet, or visit our website for further information. 215 Union Avenue — Suite D, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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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 42.


- 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



Swelling? Could it be lymphedema? Specializing in lymphedema, pain relief and pre- and post-surgery treatment. Complementary new client consults.

Ashley Nagrocki

24 N 3rd Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904 after • (732) 841-0142

Medical Massage • Manual Lymphatic Drainage • Ayurveda • Yoga February 2018



1 Lamington Road Branchburg, NJ 08876 908-526-0002 Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, & Ashtanga Yoga for all levels. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for a while, we see each of you as unique individuals who deserve to feel happy, healthy & welcome! Also offering, Mindfulness classes, Reiki certification, and Yoga teacher training. See Yoga Profile on page 55.



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.

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 33.



Michelle Cilio, CRT, LE, CALC Basking Ridge, NJ 551-200-0548 Nature’s Touch – Relaxing and Balancing Therapies for your mind, body and spirit with a gentle touch of nature. See ad on page 19.


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SUNNY VAN VLIJMEN 4444 Rte 27, Kingston 609-275-3881

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 40.


Need Relief from Arthritis? Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease muscular aches and joint pain. Her Remedy is a homeopathic pain relief cream that penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Get beneficial relief from sciatica, fibromyalgia, arthritis, neuralgia, gout, and more. All-natural ingredients! Do you want to feel a real difference from the nagging aches of arthritis? Feel less pain & have more range of motion? Use Aunt Alberta’s Pain Relief Cream! Get relief today! Great buy, get a 4oz jar for $15! See website for other options. See what people say about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy and Purchase Now on our website.

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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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 19.


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.

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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.

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 23.


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 51.


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.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. ~William Shakespeare




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 10.


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 15.


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 45.


Naturopathic Doctor & Nutritionist 888-234-7685 |


Sherry Onweller-Professional Organizer Serving NJ 908-619-4561 / email: Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry provides sympathetic and nonjudgmental organizing and decluttering services to residential and business clients, as well as helping female adults with ADD get their physical space/ time management in order and helping children and teens to get organized.

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.

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 35.

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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.

BOBBIE LYNN EDWARDS, M.ED, LPC 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.



“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.



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.


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 6.


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 24.


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 35.

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301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton NJ 08540 609-285-3115 Escape from your daily life at 4 Elements Wellness Center where nature and cutting-edge science are combined for overall wellness and positivity. Our unique therapies are designed to embrace your curiosity and lift your spirits while promoting renewal of the mind and body. Immerse yourself in the healing powers of cryotherapy, infrared sauna, floatation therapy, low-level light therapy, and halotherapy. Rejuvenate from the inside out at 4 Elements Wellness Center. See ad on page 6.

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February 2018


Natural Awakenings Central NJ / February 2018  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green lifestyle for people and pets. This month: Rising Above Adver...

Natural Awakenings Central NJ / February 2018  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green lifestyle for people and pets. This month: Rising Above Adver...