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his spring’s Empowered Light Holistic Expo is just around the corner, running from 5 to 9 p.m., April 27, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 28 and 29, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Plenty of free parking is available. The expo’s focus is on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “People feel stressed and distracted, and they are looking for more connection and answers,” says the expo’s founder, Sue Greenwald. “The expo offers connection with new friends, new ideas and, most of all, a community where people feel supported in a fun way.” The April Expo will feature a Shamanic Sound Meditation and Healing Concert with Grammy nominee Dalien, aka 13 Hands, and The True Story of Jesus and Mary Magdalena with Grammy nominee David Young. Jessica DeLuise, founder of Eat Your Way to Wellness, will be a featured speaker, as will Ataana, author, intuitive and energy healer from Nashville. Empowered Light engages attendees with experiential types of classes, like yoga, dance, meditation and sound healing, or mini-treatments, such as reiki and massage. Attendees can choose from over 50 workshops and lectures over the course of the weekend. Guests can linger and shop in between presentations with more than 150 holistic vendors. Volunteers are needed. Interested vendors are encouraged to apply now for a space. Cost: General admission, $5-$20. Some presentations additional. Advance ticket purchases encouraged. For more information, call 484-459-3082, email EmpoweredLightExpo@gmail. com or visit See ad, page 31.

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oin Julie Pepper for a workshop which explores the feminine principle and its many expressions from 6-7 p.m. on March 30 at Gaia’s Gifts in Washington, New Jersey. Using guided meditation, Pepper takes particiants on a journey into the sacred feminine through symbolism and mythology. Additionally, Pepper includes a personally designed oracle deck, the Fountain of Trabazon, as a teaching tool. Composed entirely from her original paintings, Pepper’s artistry, and background as a farmer and yoga therapist, is reflected in her oracle deck. “My paintings were inpired by global feminine mythology and tell a story of the archetypes of women,” explains Pepper. The Fountain of Trabazon deck will be available for purchase at the workshop. Pepper is also available for private readings on March 31. Workshop: $30. Location: Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Avenue, Washington. Registration required. Please contact 908-223-1331, or in person at Gaia’s Gifts. See ad on page 13.


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he Hypnosis Counseling Center is proud to announce it has moved its King of Prussia office to Valley Forge Towers and opened its first office in Ft. Myers, Florida. In keeping with today’s digital times, clients throughout the U.S. and around the world may also receive counseling via Skype. Hypnosis is safe, medically approved and proven to work. “Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, reach your personal best or free yourself of anxiety, hypnosis can help,” states Director Barry Wolfson, MS, who has been in practice 32 years. “It’s also been proven to be the most effective way to lose weight by Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Mt Sinai, Dr. Oz and Dateline NBC.” The center also offers local classes to help people build confidence, overcome anxiety and quit smoking. “If you have the desire to change something in your life and the willingness to do it, explore what hypnosis can do for you,” invites Wolfson. Location: 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton. Additional offices in Flemington, Livingston, King of Prussia, PA, and Ft. Myers, FL. For more information call 908-303-7767 or visit See ad on page 7.

Qi Revolution to Host Three-Day Qigong Event


i Revolution is a three-day event designed to help attendees unlock their healing power and create their best lives. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 7 to 9 at the Somerset Cultural Center. Attendees will experience authentic qigong and will learn nutrition science and how to breathe powerfully. “We start out with a presentation about what qiqong is, since most people don’t know,” says Jeff Primack, founder of the Supreme Science Qigong Center and creator of and instructor at Qi Revolution. “Then we’re doing qigong, standing style, Empty Force. There’s this energy field—it’s a magnetic energy field, and you feel it..” The retreat offers a university-style education in natural healing arts—a history of qigong, traditional Chinese medicine, food-healing, foot reflexology and mastering five-element psychology for self-improvement. In addition, participants learn tui na massage with pressure points, the nine-breath method and qigong strength training. Qigong practitioners report it is both fun to practice and brings powerful benefits. Qi Revolution brings like-minded people together, whether novice or advanced, for an energy experience that past attendees say is not to be missed. Cost: $149. Location: 135 Davidson Ave., Somerset, NJ. For information, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad, back cover.

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new large classroom is but the latest addition at Dian’s Wellness Simplified’s new Morristown, New Jersey, location, which is conveniently located around the corner from exit 30B, off Rt. 287, on the border of Basking Ridge. With 30 tables that accommodate 60 students, and extra pull-out chairs, there is space to spare for overflowing attendance at her popular, six-month nutrition certification course. Once a student takes the course, they are welcome to take it as many times as they wish for free, and many of her students take advantage of this policy. Owner Dian Freeman explains, “Our record course enrollment was over 75 students for the fall semester of 2016, and we had to rent an amphitheatre! The new classroom will comfortably hold our normal class size of 40-45 students plus the extra seats we need for returning students. It is both heartwarming and a hopeful sign for the future that so many people are interDian Freeman in her ested in learning about nutrition and how their body works.” new classroom Freeman’s next certification course begins April 22, and deposits for the 2018 spring and fall courses are being accepted now. “Stay tuned,” says Freeman, “there’s more coming soon.” Location: 1500 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown, NJ. For more information, call 973-267-4816 or visit See ad on this page.

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Gooseberries are Good for the Gut Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an over-the-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry. The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.” 12

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Research from Duke University Medical School indicates that eating red meat and poultry increases risk for Type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 adults between ages 45 and 74 for an average of 11 years each. It was determined that meat and poultry consumption increased diabetes incidence by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.


Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to 18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K1 from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy, green vegetables, those with the lowest intake were more likely to experience vascular enlargement.

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DETERS ALZHEIMER’S According to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers discovered the risk of dementia can be halved by engaging in physical activities like walking, dancing and gardening, which significantly improve brain volume in the hippocampus region and the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes. The scientists studied 876 participants for 30 years and completed a longitudinal memory test of the patients, which were 78 years old on average, and followed up with MRI brain scans. They recorded their physical activity and logged caloric output every week. Two other studies found that any exercise that raises our heart rate and produces sweating for a sustained period will benefit cognitive health as we age. One meta-analysis of 36 studies from Australia’s University of Canberra found that exercise improved cognition by an average of 29 percent for those older than 50; another small group study from Germany’s Otto von Guericke University, in Magdeburg, specifically showed that dancing benefits seniors’ cognition.


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ew words today can bring about more discussion and debate than the word “cholesterol.” The discussion generally centers around how high or how low one’s personal cholesterol levels are, while the debate generally addresses the best way to lower those numbers or even on how to eliminate cholesterol altogether. Such discussions and debates are based both upon misinformation and the lack of information about the value of cholesterol to the body. Why do we have cholesterol in the first place if it is so bad? Surely the design of the human body, one that has thrived for tens of thousands of years, is not as flawed as we are led to believe. The brilliance of that design is being secondguessed by those in medicine who continually attempt a re-design. Common sense should tell us that if cholesterol weren’t needed for human survival it would not have been part of the human design in the first place. Modern medicine’s concern is to lower cholesterol levels without understanding and treating the cause of why cholesterol might be high. This action often lowers cholesterol to levels below its ability to fulfill its various functions for the health of the body. The liver produces cholesterol at a rate dictated by the body’s need. When toxins are present in the blood stream the liver manufactures Low Density Lipoproteins, LDLs, (often called “bad cholesterol”) and sends them out into the blood stream to attach to the toxins and bind to them so that the toxins will be unable to cause damage to the body. The HDL, 16

High Density Proteins, known as “good cholesterol,” is then sent to sweep up the toxin-loaded LDL so it can be cleared out of the body by way of the liver and bowel. Toxins eliminated, LDL levels can then return to normal. Thus, a high LDL level can be indicative of a high toxicity level in the body. This is a situation best alleviated by the natural clearing processes of the body. Other valuable services performed by cholesterol include the patching of cracks in arterial walls. Arteries are lined with muscle that must remain flexible for proper circulatory function. When the body senses an arterial crack, the liver sends cholesterol, a waxy flexible substance, to plug the crack, which, in turn, enhances arterial flexibility and circulation. Since sexual hormones are made in the cholesterol, lowering its levels often leads to impotency and infertility. Russian and Scandinavian studies have shown that men with low cholesterol have higher suicide rates and that severe depression is alleviated when low cholesterol returns to normal levels. Some forms of dementia have reportedly become reversed when low cholesterol levels return to normal, at which time brain function also often improves. This may be due to the fact that cholesterol-lowering programs include the avoidance of fat, a substance necessary for optimal brain function. A final result of artificially lowering cholesterol levels is exemplified in studies from Canada, Europe and Japan. These studies show that people with total cholesterol levels below 150 or 160 have triple

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the chance of getting cancer. The protective properties and functions of cholesterol are rarely, if ever, discussed or debated in the U.S. The statistics on the rate of damage from the side effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are also rarely discussed. Both the side effect rates and the detrimental effects of low cholesterol should be part of a patient’s informed choice equation. All current statistics show that the rate of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes have not improved since the advent of statin use. In fact, the hearthealth benefits being claimed for the use of statin drugs stipulate that those benefits are designated only for those at high-risk for heart disease. Drug commercials for statin drugs state as much in voice-over disclaimers. Yet, if asked, almost everyone who admits to taking cholesterol-lowering drugs will say they are doing so for their heart health. Years from now, historians may look back at the current cholesterol-lowering trend as detrimental to the health of the human body as the once touted medical practice of blood-letting and tonsil, uterus and gall bladder removal. Acute care, replacing and repairing broken parts, maintaining body fluids and functions and organ transplants are where medicine excels. The prevention of disease and reversal of chronic disease by living a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy food and using effective supplements is where self-responsible humans can excel. It is in the attempt to redesign natural processes that humans and medicine continually fail. The true debate over cholesterol should be whether to lower it at all and the discussion should be on how we can help cholesterol better fulfill its protective functions—naturally. Dian Freeman, certified in clinical nutrition, has a private practice in Morristown, teaches a nutritional certification course and is certified in and practices frequency biofeedback. For more information, call 973-267-4816, email or visit See ad on page 11.

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hen life makes a long workout impossible, a 10-minute, totalbody fitness routine can be super-efficient and effective, if done right. To maximize results, strategically order the exercises to work different muscles each time, allowing one set of muscles to rest while working another. This is the basis for a 10-step workout that Franklin Antoian, an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and founder of iBodyFit, created for SilverSneakers. The steps can be part of a regular routine or done on their own three times a week every other day, gradually working up to five days a week. Needed equipment includes a chair, light dumbbells (or filled water bottles or food cans), a yoga block (or small soft ball or pillow) and a watch or timer. Given extra time, warm up by walking in place for five minutes, and then perform each exercise in order for one minute, doing as many reps as possible. Try not to rest between exercises. If a full minute feels too challenging, start with 45 seconds of exercise and 15 seconds of rest.

trying to touch the earlobes. Pause, and then lower and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it easier by doing slow and controlled reps without dumbbells.


WALL PUSHUPS. Stand at arm’s length away from a wall with feet hip-width apart. Place palms shoulderwidth apart on the wall. Bend elbows and lower the upper body toward the wall, keeping the core tight and straight. Pause, and then press back to the starting position and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it harder by taking a step back from the wall, pushing out


ARM CIRCLES. Stand with feet hipwidth apart. Extend arms straight out to each side at shoulder height with palms facing down. Swing arms forward in a circular motion for 30 seconds, and then backward for 30 seconds. Keep shoulders down and back and elbows slightly bent.


SHOULDER SHRUG. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold dumbbells with arms down, palms facing inward. Slowly raise shoulders as if

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from a kneeling position.


SEATED ADDUCTION. Sit in a chair with a yoga block between the knees. Press knees together to squeeze the device, pause for three seconds. Relax and repeat. Continue for one minute.


HIP EXTENSION. Start on hands and knees with palms flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Align the neck and back while looking down or slightly forward. With foot flexed and knee bent, slowly raise the right foot toward the ceiling until the thigh is parallel with the floor. Pause, and then lower. Continue for 30 seconds, and then repeat with the left leg. To make it easier, try it while standing, keeping the lifted leg straight, and hold the back of a chair for support.


BRIDGE. Lie face-up on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. Press heels firmly and raise hips to form a straight line from shoulders to knees. Pause for three seconds in this position,

and then lower and repeat. Continue for one minute.


CLAMSHELL. Lie on the floor on the left side, with hips and knees bent 45 degrees, the right leg on top of the left, heels together. Keeping feet together, raise the top knee as high as possible without moving the pelvis or letting the bottom leg leave the floor. Pause, and then return to the starting position. Continue for 30 seconds; switch sides and repeat.

bells as close to the shoulders as possible. Pause, and then slowly lower and repeat. Each time arms return to the starting position, completely straighten them. Continue for one minute. Make it easier with slow and controlled reps without using dumbbells.


SEATED KNEE RAISE. Sit at the front of the chair with knees bent and feet flat, holding onto the sides for balance. Keeping the knee bent, lift the right leg about six inches off the floor. Pause for three seconds, and then lower and repeat with the left leg. Continue alternating for one minute.

TRICEPS EXTENSION. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold the end of one dumbbell with both hands. Position arms so elbows are pointing up, with upper arms by the ears and the dumbbell behind the head. The neck is aligned with the back; with shoulders down and back. Keeping upper arms still, straighten the elbows until the dumbbell is overhead. Pause, and then slowly lower and repeat. Continue for one minute. Make it easier by sitting in a chair.

BICEPS CURL. Stand with feet hip-width apart. Hold dumbbells with arms at each side, palms facing forward. Keeping the upper arms still, bend both elbows to bring the dumb-

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requires vitamin D to function properly,” says Michael Holick, Ph.D., a medical doctor who has pioneered vitamin D research at the Boston University Medical Center. A 40-year professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, he’s a fervent advocate of sensible sun exposure. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, essential for bone and muscle health. It plays a significant role in reducing the risk of infectious diseases, including cardiovascular problems and certain cancers, contributes to brain function and memory, and elevates mood, all while reducing early mortality,” explains Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem. Yet, he says, about half of all Americans are among the 1 billion people worldwide that are vitamin D deficient. Published vitamin D research in the U.S. National Library of Medicine turns up 74,486 studies and citations dating back to 1922, with nearly half done in the past 10 years; 478 of the total were authored or co-authored by Holick or cited his research. His work confirms that sensible sun exposure and supplementing with natural vitamin D3 brings vitamin D levels to the optimal 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). New research from the University of Surrey, in the UK, found D3 twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels as D2, which is often synthetically produced. While the human body manufactures vitamin D as a response to sun exposure, eating certain foods like fatty fish, egg yolks and cheese can help. Fortifying foods with the vitamin is controversial. “It’s interesting that the right sun exposure will correct D deficiency rapidly, but won’t create an excess. Our bodies stop producing the hormone vitamin D once we have enough,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, an obstetrician, gynecologist and nutrition specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know.

Bare Minimum Holick, who differentiates between unhealthy tanning and healthy sun exposure, recommends exposing arms and legs to noonday sun for five to 10 minutes three times a week for most people. He adds,

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“Everyone needs 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 [supplements] a day year-round, and obese people need two to three times that much, because their ability to manufacture vitamin D is impaired.” Penckofer’s research confirms that fair-skinned people absorb the sun’s rays easily and quickly, while darker-skinned people have a natural sunblock, so they need much longer sun exposure to absorb the UVB rays that trigger the production of vitamin D. She remarks that inadequate vitamin D is a possible explanation for the greater risk of high blood pressure observed in African-Americans. Holick contends that anyone living north of Atlanta, Georgia, cannot get enough winter sun exposure to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. “While vitamin D can be stored in the body for up to two months, a winter-induced deficiency is a convincing explanation for the seasonal affective disorder that strikes many in northern states in January, just two months after the weather turns too cold to get sufficient sun exposure,” explains Penckofer. “In Alaska, we eat lots of fatty fish and take D supplements in winter. We know there’s no chance we’re getting the D we need from the sun, even when we’re sunbathing in negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures,” quips Thompson.

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eff Primack has brought qigong from the esoteric realm to the accessible world. Primack is founder of the Supreme Science Qigong Center and creator of and instructor at Qi Revolution, a conference he hosts all over the U.S. teaching his system of qigong, breathing exercises and food science. He’s brought Qi Revolution annually to cities across America since 2005, and will be at the Somerset Cultural Center, April 7 to 9. “Philadelphia has been a responsive area for us, but we’ve never been to New Jersey before. Between 300 and 400 people will be doing qigong under one roof, moving and breathing and practicing together, and that’s a powerful thing,” Primack said in a phone interview from Hawaii. “I think a lot of people, they show up because they know the energy’s going to be there.” Primack explained that qigong is controlled breathing along with slow, repetitive tai chi-like movements that help people unlock and build qi, or life force, within themselves, to promote health and energy. He said that by the end of the conference, attendees will have some knowledge to create and maintain good health. “We start out with a presentation about what qiqong is, most people don’t know what it is,” says Primack. “Then we’re doing qigong, standing style, Empty Force. It’s one of the most powerful kinds of qigong that I’ve ever learned. There’s this energy field— it’s a magnetic energy field, and you feel it. Many come in pain and before lunch they don’t have as much pain, and some people, they have no pain.” James Quail, an independent massage

therapist and energy worker, went to see Primack’s Qi Revolution in Atlanta knowing nothing about it. “It was the most eye-opening experience. It was real,” Quail said. “I really respect Jeff. Nobody would have known this much about qigong unless they did historical research, but a whole bunch of people go “Oh well, three days of training for 149 bucks. . .” U.S. military veterans can attend for free. A week after Quail attended the Qi Revolution, he attended a Supreme Science Qigong Center certification program, and over the next several months earned level 2 and level 3 certifications. He began presenting with Primack and Qi Revolution. “That has probably been one of the most stabilizing things I’ve gotten into or been involved with, and it’s really been nice to pass it off and hand it to other people,” Quail said of practicing qigong and Qi Revolution. “The whole room seems to move at the same motion. There’ll be this power in the room; everyone just locks into their space. It’s even peaceful to talk about, and once experienced it can be brought back at any time.” Tina Rubke, a Brookhaven licensed massage therapist, said she went to her first Qi Revolution seminar several years ago, because it offered lower-than-averagecost continuing education credits for her profession. She went back a second time because there was more to the accessibility than price. “It’s also an amazing class, and that was what got me to go back the second time. It’s really fun,” Rubke said. “One of the things Jeff does that I think is really good, he helps those less fit people to

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feel comfortable to be there and still do it. There’s people in the back row in chairs. It’s an all-abilities class. He’ll show alternatives to moves.” Qi Revolution also includes Primack’s research into food-healing, which he conducts in consultation with Claudia Gabrielle, M.D. Much of that research has been published in Primack’s book, Conquering Any Disease. The book focuses on foods that are specific to healing, such as kiwi for aiding asthma and okra for helping with heart disease. Primack has created a recipe for sweet red pepper paste that is a concentrated form of phytochemicals, and he has started giving out samples to Qi Revolution attendees. “The main thing that is new, always new with every year and that’s why we get a lot of people who come every year, is that the food-healing science that we share is pretty groundbreaking. And now we talk about oxidation and cholesterol, oxidation and heart disease and cancer, foods for cancer, and food for diabetes. We back it with science,” Primack said. “We’ve always talked about those things, but I’m always learning new things.” Rubke bought a three-horsepower blender after attending a Qi Revolution, and she took Primack’s advice about using avocado pits in smoothies. She also practices his breath work when she’s angry or stressed. Primack wants readers to try Qi Revolution in New Jersey in April. “I know everybody’s busy right now and it’s 2018; everybody’s going to go full speed with their goals and aspirations, and I would say, ‘Breathe, breathe deeper than you’ve ever breathed, get training and become healthier so that you have more energy to make more money and you don’t just go forward with no-Qi in your hands,” Primack said. “Get real energy going into the new year.” Jeff Primack’s weekend workshop will be held at the Somerset Cultural Center, in Somerset, for three days of training April 7 to 9. Open to the public, the cost is $149 for all three days. Members of fire and police departments and military are admitted free. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad on back cover.

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mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish supersized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

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Ingredients. The dietary benefits of green tea, fermented soy and mushrooms like shiitake and maitake are well documented.

Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.”

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Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and

Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eata-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and glutenfree dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

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Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia.

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Step Three: Specify What Went Wrong Don’t be tempted to try to solve the huge problem initially presented, such as, “I hate my life, everything is terrible, I can’t do anything right.” The goal is actually much smaller, so teach a child to shrink it by narrowing down from some global form to the specific offending thought or situation that needs to be addressed. With young children, frame this approach as doing detective work to locate the source of the problem; with older children, explain that it’s usually a triggering event that makes us feel really bad—the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s key to helping them know what to do to feel better.

Step Four: Optimize and Rewire When a child is thinking negatively, their thoughts stall, their strengths and resources lock up, and their energy, motivation and hopefulness are drained. Try different settings or perspectives on the specific problem the child has identified and choose the version or interpretation that works best for them, one that is the least damaging, most accurate and gets their system moving in a new direction.

Step Five: Mobilize to Be the Change When we can’t think our way out of a mood, we can move ourselves out of it. Like picking up the needle on a skipping record and putting it down elsewhere,

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doing something active helps the brain engage in something enjoyable until our nervous system recovers. Thoughts, like a windup toy with its wheels against a wall, can keep spinning fruitlessly in place until manually turned in a new direction. Redirecting differs from distracting ourself from negative thoughts. Distractions play hide-and-seek with negativity; eventually, it will find us again. The master plan in caring for a child calls for us to first dismantle the power of whatever perspective is bullying them, correctly value ideas and then focus on what matters most. Whether we’re accepting or dismissing thoughts that suggest themselves, either way, we’re the boss because thoughts have only the power we give them and we are equipped to let them float on by or to amend, correct or replace them. Psychologist Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Her many books include Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking. For more information, visit

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Certain events listed in our calendar might be subject to change. Please call in advance to ensure that the event you’re interested in is still available.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Yoga Nidra Meditation in a Himalayan Salt Room- 7pm. Instructor: Adnan Shamsi. Unwind with body scan, breath awareness and observation of your inner being. Preregister. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. RSVP: 609-285-3115. 4ElementsWellnessCenter. com. Enlightened Readers Book Club- 12-1:30pm. Mindful and self-aware reading group to eaet and discuss “Roundhouse” by Louise Erdrich. Facilitator: Lyn Sirota. Donations. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. First Friday Healing Circle– 7-8pm. Instructor: Gail Belluardo, licensed Science of Mind practitioner. Affirmative prayer, music, mediation and sacred conversation. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-879-6476. Monthly Open Mic Night– 7pm. Fun, relaxing evening of music and refreshments. Food/beverage available for love offering. Free. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave, Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). Performers and audience members, RSVP: 908-730-8792.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 “Moving from Fear to Faith: A Sacred Healing Service”- 10am-12pm. Discover what beliefs are running your world without your awareness. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living, 812 Route 206 S, Ste 220, Princeton. 609-924-8422. CSLPrinceton. org. Introduction to Concept Therapy- 10:30am-12pm.

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Friday 5:30-9pm, Sats/Suns 9am-5pm. Fran Maher and Brian Coffey, instructors. Weekend 1: The health and wellbeing of you, the student, the ability to gather, store, cleanse and move Qi for your own benefit. Weekend 2: Methods and workshops that equip you to acquire and use the skills to effect the health of others. Distant Healing will be taught. $850 for entire course. 30 CEUs available NCCAAOM. Qi Gong for Healing 67 Mountain Blvd., in Warren For more information: 908-647-1563 or

calendar of events All calendar events for the April 2018 issue must be received by March 10th and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. Presenter: Cara Gutentag. Attain better health, a better job, harmony in your life and family and a sense of peace. Samsara Chiropractic Wellness Center, 1 Eastern Ave., Somerville. 908-300-8800.

basics of Feng Shui, creating harmony in your home or workplace. $30. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave, Washington. RSVP by 3/4: 908-223-1331 or

Introduction to Mindful Eating & Stress Management Workshop- 1:30-2:30pm. Instructor: Dr. Joseph Wieliczko. Experience how to eat mindfully, why diets don’t work and how stress affects eating. Free. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton.


Labyrinth Mindfulness Walking Meditation5:30-6:30pm. Instructor: Adnan Shamsi. Guided meditation into a labyrinth, instruction provided, calmness guaranteed, followed by community dinner and musical kirtan jam. Donations. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Community Vegetarian Potluck Dinner- 6:308pm. Dinner preceded by labyrinth walking meditation and followed by musical kirtan jam. Donations. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Community Musical Kirtan Jam- 7:30-9pm. Instructor: Ron Cohen. Bring your own drums & musical instruments, or use ours! Preceded by labyrinth walking meditation and community dinner. Donations. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. West Windsor Community Farmers Market10am-1pm. Indoor market featuring local regional agriculture and musical guests. Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor Township. Info: Chris Cirkus, 609-933-4452. Experiencing Electromagnetic Energy Tools– 11am-3pm. Demonstrations with application and testing of modern electronic tools used in the elite healing clinics of Europe. Instructors: Dian Freeman and Dan Lewis. $50/WS student. $75/non-student. Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt. Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP: 973-267-4816. Info@

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 “Thinking About Life: Denials and Affirmations”10:30am. Inspired by Emilie Cady’s book, Lessons in Truth. Warm, dynamic community of spirituallyminded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton.  609-924-8422. Intuition Development in a Himalayan Salt Room- 2-3:30pm. Instructor: Susan Sprecher. Listen to the voice of your soul while incorporating yoga to understand your intuition as a natural spiritual guide. Preregister. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N Harrison St., Princeton.RSVP: 609-285-3115.  

MONDAY, MARCH 5 AED/CPR Training Certification- 2-5pm. MedServ. $70. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Basics of Feng Shui with Athena– 7-9pm. Learn the

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Essential Oils 101: Lemon, Peppermint and Lavendar- 5:30pm. Learn about these go-to oils. Includes “make and take.” Free. Registration recommended. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@ BeHereNowYoga108. com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Protecting Your Heart: The Blood Sugar/ Insulin Connection- 6pm. Balancing blood sugar and insulin is the key to controlling diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, cardiovascular and weight issues. Free. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawrence. 609-5121468.

THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Laser Therapy Dinner Workshop- 6:30pm. MLS Laser Therapy is a comfortable, effective, convenient treatment for old or new injuries. Free. Trattoria Rosa Bianca, 94 S Main St., Yardley, PA. RSVP: Pat or Lori, 215-493-6589. DrBizzaro@ Reiki Share with Diana Davis- Mar. 8, 26. 7pm. All welcomed, Reiki practitioners and non-practitioners alike. $10. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@ BeHereNowYoga108. com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Yoga 101: The 8 Limb Path in a Himalayan Salt Room- 7-8pm. Instructor: Olga Barsky, RYT. Explore Patangali’s Eight Limb Path to gain insight into living a meaningful and purposeful life. Preregister. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. RSVP: 609-2853115.

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Raise Your Vibe Event- Mar. 9-11. Immersion into self and spiritual development via engaging workshops. All-inclusive weekend. Sponsored by Empowered Light Holistic Expo. Woodloch Resort, 731 Welcome Lake Rd., Hawley, PA. Info: Deanna, 484-498-5726. EmpoweredLightHolistics@gmail. com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 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. The Six Overlooked Causes of Autoimmunity10am. Learn ways that Functional Medicine testing and interventions can help with autoimmune conditions for a lifetime of better health. Free. Sante Integrative Pharmacy, 200 Nassau St., Princeton. 609-512-1468. Spring Cleaning- 9-11am.Workshop for inspiration and practical tips to get your spring cleaning project underway. Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA. $49 Register: Enrichment/History/. Community Free Yoga Day/Open House- Free aerial and floor yoga all day. Café refreshments, reading room and Oasis Meditation Atrium. Space is limited. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Princeton Adult School Meditation Workshop10-11am. Instructor: Ryan Coulter. Learn purpose and benefits of meditation, while experiencing several techniques. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Register: Yoga & Meditation Workshop: Awakening the Chakras- 1-6pm. Instructor Jayadeva Mandelkorn guides participants into opening deeper healing awareness of the chakras by using asana, visualization, sound and breath work. $45/ in advance. $50/at the door. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. JourneyDance- 7-9pm. Joy Okoye leads this transformational experience requiring no prior movement or dance experience. Influence healing and improve emotional wellbeing. $20. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Crystal Reiki Class Level One & Two- Mar. 10, 11. 9am-5pm. 2-day workshop qualifies participants to practice Reiki with healing crystals. Location: Cranbury.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Yoga & Aromatherapy Workshop- 11am-1pm. Soulful vinyasa with high vibrations of Reiki and essential oils. Followed by workshop discussing 10 essential oils and their uses. Create a take-home blend. $45. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: Events. This Is How Love Works– 2pm. Ali Skylar’s musical, “Life Sucks...Just Kidding!” follows the humorous and heartwarming journey of a working mom on the verge of an existential suburban breakdown. $25/in advance. $30/at door. Center

for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Connie Weiss: 973-539-3114 or “Faith and Spiritual Understanding”- 10:30am. Inspired by Emilie Cady’s book, Lessons in Truth. Warm, dynamic community of spirituallyminded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Mindful Meditation in a Himalayan Salt Room-  7-8pm. Instructor: Cindy Morhouse. Mindfulness is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. Preregister. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton. RSVP: 609-285-3115. Princeton Adult School Meditation Workshop- 1011am, 7:15-8:15pm. Instructors: Ryan Coulter and Jayadeva Mandelkorn. Learn purpose and benefits of meditation, while experiencing several techniques. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Register:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 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. Kundalini Yoga– 6:30-7:45pm. 2nd Weds/month. Instructor: Stephen Tarsitano. $5 love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Connie Weiss: 973-539-3114 or

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 The Six Overlooked Causes of Autoimmunity6pm. Learn ways that Functional Medicine testing and interventions can help with autoimmune conditions for a lifetime of better health. Free. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawrence. 609-512-1468. Home Preparedness- 6pm. Getting organized for disaster is one of the vital ways you can protect your family in an emergency. Somerville Library, 35 West End Ave., Somerville. Register: SCLSNJ. Libnet.Info/Events. Yin Yoga with Aromatherapy in a Himalayan Salt Room- 7-8pm. Instructor: Olga Barsky, RYT. Passive poses held for 3-5 minutes will reduce stress, improve circulation and increase flexibility. Preregister. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St, Princeton. RSVP: 609-285-3115.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 A Journey Through the Chakras- 6-7:15pm. Instructor: Donna Pollin, RYT, Reiki Master. Class uses yoga poses, visualization and breathing techniques to balance chakras, energy centers, of the body. Preregister. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Route 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Reiki Experience- 7:30-8:45pm. Instructors: Donna and Terry Pollin, RYT and Reiki Masters. Align your

body, mind and spirit with balancing meditation and stretch, led into a series of releasing poses and Reiki. Preregister. $20. Yoga Central, 953 Route 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. KARAYOGI: Family-Friendly Karaoke8-9:30pm. All ages, alcohol-free Karaoke party. Pick a song and everyone sings alone. Safe for teens and families. Free. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Qi Healer Intensive Seminar- Mar. 16-18, 23-25. Fri: 5:30-9pm. Sat/Sun: 9am-5pm. Instructors: Fran and Brian. 6-day course. Learn how to gather, store, cleanse and move Qi in your body and those around you. Distant Healing will be taught. 30 CEU’s available. $850. Qi Gong for Healing, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Register: 908-647-1563. Info:  Spring Equinox Drumming Celebration-7-9pm. Bring your drums, taiko, noise makers and smile! Welcome spring and honor Gaia with like-minded people. $15. (Reiki masters: $5). Location: Cranbury. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 The Foundations of Chair Yoga- 1-4pm. Workshop designed for professionals to receive CE credits, or students curious about chair yoga. $99. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: Basic Life Support (BLS) Training Certification2-6pm. MedServ. $90. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. T’ai Chi Chih Open Practice- 1-2pm. 19 movements and one pose. All welcomed. Instructor: Janet M Oussaty. $12. Yoga Central, 953 Route 202 N, Branchburg. Register: 908-635-1822.

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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1 Robertson Dr, Ste 13, Bedminster 973-440-2076 See ad on page 13. West Windsor Community Farmers Market10am-1pm. Indoor market featuring local regional agriculture and musical guests. Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor Township. Info: Chris Cirkus, 609-933-4452. Overview of Chinese Traditional Medicine: 14 Formulas– 11am-1:30pm. Use Chinese herbal formulas to balance the meridians of the body. Instructor: Dian Freeman. $35/WS student. $50/non-student. Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt. Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP: 973-267-4816. Dowsing Beyond Duality– 2-4:30pm. Use the pendulum to access inner wisdom and learn how it can be used for divination, healing and manifestation. Pendulums available to borrow or purchase. Instructor: Dian Freeman. $35/WS student. $50/non-student. Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt. Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP: 973-267-4816. Holy Fire II REIKI Level One- 8:30am-5pm. Higher consciousness healing for your life and others. Become a certified Reiki healer by completing both levels. $265/one. $465/both levels. Location: Cranbury.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18 “Your Secret Place and How to Find It”- 10:30am. Inspired by Emilie Cady’s book, Lessons in Truth. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. The Foundations of Chakra Yoga- 1-4pm. Discuss

chakra system, yoga postures, breathing exercises, hand mudras, essential oils, meditation, gemstones and more. $99. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: Holy Holy Fire II REIKI Level Two- 8:30am5pm. Higher consciousness healing for your life and others. Become a certified Reiki healer by completing both levels. $265/one. $465/both levels. Location: Cranbury.

MONDAY, MARCH 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. Janet@ Naada Yoga in a Himalayan Salt Room- 7pm. Instructor: Joseph Gandharva. Quiet the self-talk that is going on in your mind with yogic science of sound. Preregister. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N Harrison St., Princeton. RSVP: 609285-3115. Finding Your Organizing Style– 7-9pm. Discover your learning style and how to navigate the world better with tips and tricks specifically designed for you. $35. Westfield High School, 550 Dorian Rd., Westfield. Register:

TUESDAY, MARCH 20 Teen Brain Health and Depression Workshop7pm. Instructor: integrative nutritionist, Kirstin Nussgruber. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900 or Astrology 101 with Natal Chart– 6-8pm. Astrologer Trudy Carol gives a full exploration of the planets, signs, and zodiac chart wheel. $35. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave, Washington. RSVP by 3/17 with time, date and place of birth for natal chart to 908223-1331 or 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. 908-642-0989.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 The Six Overlooked Causes of Autoimmunity10:30am. Learn ways that Functional Medicine testing and interventions can help with autoimmune conditions for a lifetime of better health. Free. West Windsor Senior Center, 271 Clarksville Rd., Princeton Junction. 609-512-1468. Spring Clean Your Daily Routine with Essential Oils– 6pm. Learn ways to avoid harsh chemicals in both beauty and cleaning products. Explore alternatives using essential oils for yourself, your family and your home. Free. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawrence. 609-512-1468. Spring Equinox Holy Fire II Karuna Master Training- Mar. 21-23. 8:30am-5pm. One of the highest levels of Reiki healing systems. Receive nine sacred symbols, attunements and ignitions.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22 Shamanic Journey Study Group– 7-8:30pm. Journey with us to the lower world to meet our animal totems. $15. Wellness Rocks, 178 Center St., Clinton. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis- 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved. Eliminate craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $59. Caldwell High School, Westville Rd. W, Caldwell. Lose Weight with Hypnosis- 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily achieved. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off. Safe, effective. $59. Caldwell High School, Westville Rd. W, Caldwell. Better Sleep with Hypnosis- 8:30-9:15pm. Fall asleep and stay asleep- leave life’s cares and worries behind each day. $59. Caldwell High School, Westville Rd. W, Caldwell. 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. 908642-0989. 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. Fevers and Homeopathy Workshop- 7pm. Fevers indicate that there is something amiss in the body. Instead of suppressing it, act on the cause of it. Instructor: homeopath Virangini Cindy Rounsaville. Free. Valley Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900 or Janet@

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 Suppers Program- 6:30-8:30pm. Theme: antiinflammation. Cook, taste, and feel your way to vibrant health by running food experiments, c o o k i n g t o g e t h e r, a n d e n j o y i n g a m e a l accompanied by a discussion. Shared cost of meal plus small donation. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Maryann: 732-419-3551. Dinner-And-A-Movie- 7-9pm. Bring vegetarian dish, watch and discuss inspirational movie. Free. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24 The Six Overlooked Causes of Autoimmunity11am. Learn ways that Functional Medicine testing and interventions can help with autoimmune conditions for a lifetime of better health. Free. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd., Ste 101B, Lawrence. 609-512-1468. “Women, Power and Freedom”- 10am-12pm. Open to all women. Safe space to share your fears, weaknesses and hearts. Connect with other women, or just feel loving support and acceptance. Coffee. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, 812 Rt 206 S, Suite 220, Princeton.  609-924-8422.

Reiki I Training & Certification– Mar. 24-25. 1:30–6:30pm. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. 2-day class teaches ancient art of healing and self-empowerment. Beginner level. $200. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: Info: Meetup. com/New-Jersey-Reiki-Circle. Lori Arrechea: Lori. P a r t n e r Yo g a & S o u n d T h e r a p y i n a Himalayan Salt Room- 4:30pm. Instructor: Bob Miller. Practicing yoga with another person creates an entirely new energy. Crystal Singing bowls allow you to relate to one another on an entirely different level. Preregister. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St, Princeton. RSVP: 609-285-3115. Aerial Yin Vin Detox Workshop- 1:30-3:30pm. Instructor: Leyna Schaeffer. Reinvigorate the circulatory system and entire body aerial yin yoga postures using silk hammocks. Closes with guided Yoga Nidra meditation and deep relaxation. $25. Princeton IYCC, 301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E, Princeton. Soul Reading and Healing Sessions – 5pm. Soul Coach Lori Chrepta helps you connect with your soul’s guides through accessing the Akashic records. Explore events, relationships, patterns or emotions in your life, and heal what needs to be healed. Location: Chester, NJ. To schedule, contact yoursoulsprings@ or 973-615-9261.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25 “Spiritual Gifts and the Unity of Life”- Inspired by Emilie Cady’s book, Lessons in Truth. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.  Chakra Cleansing Meditation in the Himalayan Salt Room- 2-3pm. Instructor: Susan Sprecher. Intro to the 7 Chakras through guided meditation. Feel grounded, connected and inspired. Preregister. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N Harrison St., Princeton. RSVP: 609-285-3115. 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@ Prayers for Peace- 11am. Now is a time for healing and unity. Our thoughts are powerful, and we can change the world with them. Release fear and send prayers and light to Washington. $5. The Room at Meadowbrook, Ottsville, PA. Register: OrganizeNJ. com/Events.

MONDAY, MARCH 26 Family Constellations Workshop-7-9pm. Facilitator: Kerry Kay. It’s possible that issues you struggle with have roots in hidden dynamics within your family system. See how the past influences today in order to heal and to move forward. $10. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: or 609-273-1378. Reiki Share with Diana Davis- Mar. 8, 26. 7pm. All welcomed, Reiki practitioners and non-practitioners

alike. $10. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@ BeHereNowYoga108. com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 27 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing-9:30am-12:30pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Valley Integrative P h a r m a c y, 7 5 Wa s h i n g t o n Va l l e y R d . , Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@

relationships. Vendors use promo code NANJ when registering. Quaker Bridge Mall, 150 Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrence Township. For information, contact Roger at 267-847-8661 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Qi Revolution- Apr. 7-9. 9am-6pm. Experience real Qi Gong, learn nutrition science, breathe powerfully. Qi Gong and food healing. Space is limited. $149. Somerset Cultural Center, 135 Davidson Ave., Somerset. 800-298-8970.

Manifesting Intentions Spiritual Healing Seminar– 7-9pm. Instructor: Dr. Robert Kandarjian DC, HTP, a gifted intuitive and hands-on healer. Heal yourself, discover life lessons and purpose, connect with Spirit and intuition. $30. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Connie Weiss: 973-539-3114 or DrRobertKandarjian. com.

Gary Renard Returns to Unity Spiritual Center– Apr. 7, 8. A Course in Miracles immersion weekend with Gary Renard and Cindy Lora-Renard. $155. Preregistration required. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave, Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). Register:



Introduction to the Benefits of Young Living Essential Oils- 6:30pm. Presenter: Joyce Shotwell. Samsara Chiropractic Wellness Center, 1 Eastern Ave., Somerville. 908-392-3188. Finding Your Organizing Style7-9pm. Discover your learning style and how to navigate the world better with tips and tricks specifically designed for you. $35. Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Ave, Madison. Register:

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 Thai Partner Yoga Massage in a Himalayan Salt Room- 7pm. Instructor: Mireille Delman. Stretch, release tension and encourage relaxation by assisting each other through Thai massage. Preregister. $50. 4 Elements Wellness Center, 301 N. Harrison St, Princeton. RSVP: 609-285-3115.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Oracle Deck: Fountain of Trabazon Workshop– 6-7:30pm. Julie Pepper will use her oracle deck, The Fountain of Trabazon, on a journey of the sacred feminine. $30. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave, Washington. Register by 3/28: 908-2231331 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 Medium or Soul Connection Sessions – 5pm. While in a relaxed, meditative state, Certified Hypnotist Lori Chrepta, guides you into connection with a loved one in spirit or with your soul/Higher Self. A truly transformative experience. Bring a phone/recorder to record the session. Location: Chester, NJ. To schedule, contact yoursoulsprings@ or 973-615-9261.


Qi Gong for Healing Open House- 12-4pm. Michael Gonzales: Acupuncture. Patty Pagano: Qi Healing samplers. Karen Cheney: massage therapy. Fran Maher: Qi Healing, BEMER, acupuncture. Michelle Cilio: Asthetician services. Free. Qi Gong for Healing, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Info and schedule: QiGongforHealing. com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Signs and Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies11am-1:30pm. Part one: face and tongue reading. Instructor: Dian Freeman. Learn about the status of emotional and physical health. Bring hand mirror and small flashlight. $50. $35/WS students. Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt. Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP: 973-267-4816. Exploring Alternative Cancer Treatments2-4:30pm. Common sense ways to cut through the hype and evaluate natural treatment options. Instructor: Dian Freeman. $50. $35/WS students. Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt. Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP: 973-267-4816.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 Qi Healer Intensive Seminar- Apr 27-29, May 4-6. Become a Qi Healer and discover the rich, time-honored teachings of Classical Chinese Medicine. Instructors: Joe Zakszewski and Dr. Janet Oussaty. Info: Jean Marie at 908-850-6475 or Empowered Light Holistic Expo- Apr. 27-29. Fri: 5-9pm. Sat/Sun: 10am-6pm. Inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments, readings. Healthy food and natural products. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E, Oaks, Pennsylvania. Info: EmpoweredLightExpo@, Sue Greenwald: 484-459-3082.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Health & Wellness Expos USA – Apr. 6-8. Meet and talk with local physicians and dentists, fitness and wellness professionals and holistic health practitioners to learn about their unique offerings. Create personal relationships with people in the community and forge new business

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on going events


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.

Quantum Healing Meditation- 6-7pm. Shift your energy and activate your full body from DNA to your entire being. Start manifesting your future. $15. RAYKISchool. com.

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

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.

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

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. Sunday Celebration Service- 10:30am. Rev. Frankie, pracitioners and musicians create inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living of Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. 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 Judo Program for Kids – Mon. 4:30-5:30pm, 5:406:40pm. Sat. 10:30-11:30am. Instructor: Edwin Calvache, Sandan Black Belt. 10 sessions/$125. 20 sessions/$200. Mat fee: $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. RSVP: for details. Book Club- DATE: TBD. 7pm. Book: Barbara Sher’s I Can do Anything if I Only Knew What it Was. Free. Registration recommended. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. 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.

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. 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@NextStepStrategiesLLC. com. Tai Chi Chih with Dr. Janet Oussaty- 12:30-1:30pm. Begins March 13. 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: 908-635-1822. JOussaty@ More information at 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. 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 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. 

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Divine Tarot Readings by Cheryl– 3-7pm. Answers will be revealed to you through the cards. Full 13 card spread reading. $30. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave, Washington. Appt or walk-in: 908-223-1331. T’ai Chi Chih: Beyond Beginners- Mar. 7-Apr. 11. 6-7:15pm. 6-class Joy Thru Movement series instructed by Dr. Janet M. Oussaty. Practice of 19 gentle, fluid movements for stress and pain relief. $88. Yoga Central, 953 Route 202 N, Branchburg. Register by 3/6: 908-635-1822. T’ai Chi Chih: Beginners- Mar. 7-Apr. 11. 7:30-8:30pm. 6-class Joy Thru Movement series instructed by Dr. Janet M. Oussaty. Practice of 19 gentle, fluid movements for stress and pain relief. $75. Yoga Central, 953 Route 202 N, Branchburg. Register by 3/6: 908-635-1822. Healing Meditations with Rev. Frankie– 12pm. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Free. 973-539-3333. CSLMorristown. org. 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 Divination-Creativity with Patricia– 2-7pm. Animal guide sketches or soul painting based on your energy. Communicative compassion through tarot and other divination tools available. $25-$45. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave, Washington. Appt or walk-in: 908-223-1331. 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. 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. 908-7070759. 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. Classical Yoga-9:45-11:15am. Instructor: Carol Cook, PhD, E-RYT. All levels. $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Questions: 732-419-3551. SandHillsWellness. com. C o m m u n i t y A c u p u n c t u re w i t h M i c h a e l 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.

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 New LGBTQ+ Adult Group- 1-3pm. 1st & 3rd Sat/month. GLBT of Hunterdon County. Adults aged 19+. Safe, judgement-free environment. Flemington Library, Media Tech room, 118 Main St., Flemington. Info: Matthew Loscialo, 908-3235721. LGBTQ+ Youth Group- 1-3pm. 2nd & 4th Sat/ month. Safe, judgment-free environment. Flemington Library, Media Tech room, 118 Main St., Flemington. Info: Matthew Loscialo, 908-323-5721. “Men Who Care” Men’s Meeting– 8:30-10am. First Sat/month. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Spiritual Cinema– 7pm. 2nd Sat/month. Free. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3333. CSLMorristown. org. Teens-Only Yoga and Meditation-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. 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- 11:30am-12:30pm. Instructor: Beth Youmans, PhD, E-RYT500. Class combines mind-

fulness 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 973-979-1652 or pointdoctor@ 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 908-755-2723 for more information.

friday Guided Inner Child Healing Meditations7:30-8:30pm. Instructor: Cecile Edwards, MommyEvolve. Practice ancient techniques to experience calm, relaxation, focus, better sleep and emotional/mental healing. $15. Somerset. RSVP: 732-798-5639. Gentle and Restorative Yoga- Mar. 2, 9, 23, 30. 6:30-7:45pm. Instructor: Kathy Kelly, RYT. Gentle stretches balanced by restorative poses encourage body to relax, rest and heal. Preregister. $18. Yoga Central, 953 Route 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759. 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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community resource guide


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


Kristin A. Dudley L.Ac. 84 Park Ave, STE G-103C, Flemington, NJ 08822 973-979-1652 Gentle acupuncture with Kristin Dudley L.Ac. can be both very relaxing as well as healing. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to ease muscle and arthritis pain, relieve stress, increase energy and improve sleep. Welcome everyone and de-stress in a nurturing and healing enviroment. See ad on page 5.


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 35.


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 15.


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.


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.

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

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

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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 9.


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 13.


81 S. Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 • My mission is to educate people to the benefits of chiropractic, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Over 40 years experience (personal and professionally), allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include nonforce chiropractic, nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed! See ad on page 23.

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

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

Joseph R. Mele


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 35.

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

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. Please contact us to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad on page 41.


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.


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

We offer the highest quality dental services including... • Safe removal of amalgam restorations (fillings) following OSHA and EPA guidelines • Biocompatible dental materials 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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Swelling? Could it be lymphedema? Specializing in lymphedema, pain relief and pre- and post-surgery treatment. Complementary new client consults.

Ashley Nagrocki

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



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 20.

In order to power the entire earth on renewable energy, we would need to install solar panels on over 191,000 square miles. There is over 57million square miles of land on earth, so we have room to spare. np


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Barry Wolfson 28 Mine St, Flemington 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton 2 E. Northfield Rd., Livingston 3400 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. See ad on page 7.

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 32.

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 14.

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.

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


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.


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.

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

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

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Dr. Jason Frigerio, ND, LAC, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist 4 Village Road, New Vernon, NJ 973 267 2650

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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 17.

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 37.


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Naturopathic Doctor & Nutritionist 888-234-7685 | Dr. Rodger (ND) became a nutritionist and later a Naturopathic Doctor after learning that many people can and have cured themselves using nutrition and herbs as their healing products. Today through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, he prepares students to pass the Certified. See ad on page 42.

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

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


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

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Fun Fact:


When cranberries are ripe, they bounce like a rubber ball.

Brianna Sebasto 973-975-8341

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


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.

PSYCHOTHERAPY/ENERGY HEALING/COUNSELING 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.


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.

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

If you are in a troubled relationship, or dealing with infidelity, or facing possible divorce, you do not need Therapy. You are not mentally ill. You just need guidance and solutions. Relationship Coaching can help you repair these difficult situations, bringing clarity and restoring harmony. 8 years experience helping couples successfully navigate relationship crises. Does not require participation by both partners. See ad on page 13.


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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 36.

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SPIRITUAL HEALING, TEACHING BE THE MEDICINE Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 Shamanic Healing, Energy Medicine, Past Life Regression, Medical Intuition, Coaching Sessions, Astrology Readings, House and Land Clearings. In person, phone or Skype. Professional Reiki, Shamanism, and Medical Intuitive Training. Ongoing Be Your Own Guru Class.


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 42.


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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Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green living lifestyle for people and pets.