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I am fortunate enough to have memories of life on a Carolina family farm. We grew mainly tobacco, but also had extensive gardens that provided much of our food, which we picked and prepared ourselves. Those years, I was small enough to be the right height for picking peas and beans, reaching up as often as down; being short had certain advantages. I loved the smell of the soil, and often ate a portion of what I picked, raw, as I went along. Everyone should have the experience of growing what they eat, even if only a small share. In this month’s feature article on Urban Gardening, John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist report that more than 30 percent of US households are now growing food for their families (page 18). Even apartment dwellers are finding creative ways to raise helpful quantities of produce on balconies, patios and rooftops. You don’t need a farm to grow your own fresh foods, or even soil, as hydroponic growers will attest. South Carolina has of late been enjoying a renaissance of the small family farm, which, according to Department of Agriculture statistics, has become smaller, producing a greater diversity of products, and increasingly free range or organic. Farmers’ markets have exploded, with dozens of choices in every town, providing not only locally produced seasonal foods, but crafts, local delicacies and economic stimulus. While quite the fashion of late, some see the farm as a return to family roots, others as a rebellion against industrialized farming, and others as an expression of sustainable living. A few years ago, the University of South Carolina hosted Vandana Shiva, PhD, an environmental activist and anti-globalization author, to speak about the global transformational movement defined in part by ecological balance, sustainability and innovation. According to Shiva, 75 percent of the biological devastation on the planet is caused by industrial agriculture, which destroys everything from water sources and area soils to people’s livelihoods. Invested interests assert that without widespread, or even universal, use of genetic crop modification and industrial agriculture, it’s impossible to grow enough food to feed the planet’s unprecedented population. In contrast, Shiva highlights the statistics: 80 percent of the domestic food on the planet comes from small farms, while only 2 percent of that grown by large agribusinesses goes to human consumption—most of it becomes animal feed. Shiva’s touchstone message is a simple one: “The best way to grow well-being is to grow a garden.” She delights in the explosion of gardens in cities across our nation, and sees it as evidence of a grassroots change that will create truly living cities. Take part in the renaissance by planting some sort of garden this year of your very own.
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he Land of 2 Sands Retreat in Lugoff is where white sands and red sands meet, creating a spirit-filled healing place. Director Rev. Walks-With-Horses chose this location for lodges and a retreat space to contact the Creator. On the weekend of May 18 through 19, a Women’s Healing weekend will be held, and with the mission of a woman’s focus, is open to women as well as “men with woman’s spirit,” and couples. There are wigwams and spaces for camping for those who wish to stay for the weekend, and some may choose to come for just a day. There will be fire circles, pipe circles, drum circles, medicine wheel life paths, vision quests, horse healings, Reiki healers, and other energy healers. There will also be a safely managed sweat lodge. Attendance is limited to 100, and a waiver is required, due to the animals on site. There is a small fee for the healers and food, depending on your requirements. For more info, details, costs and camping arrangements, contact the retreat at 803-233-4388 or visit Facebook: Land of 2 Sands.
our dosha, or basic constitution, is like your DNA—it's unique to you. In Ayurvedic medicine, your dosha comprises your entire self: your physical, psychological and spiritual selves, your diet and lifestyle. Your path toward ultimate health and happiness should be just as unique. Recent Myrtle Beach transplant Dr. Patricia A. Dunning, E-RYT500, draws on many years of yoga therapy practice in the highstress Washington, DC, area. Her new wholistic wellness program, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Wellness, combines yoga therapy (a healing art and science that utilizes yogic practices and psychological counseling) with Ayurveda (a wholistic approach to well-being through the knowledge of a person's dosha). This program improves a person's physical, psychological and spiritual health, and brings a sense of connectedness, love and happiness. Dunning is a certified yoga therapist and Ayurveda health educator, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. She has 30 years’ experience, and has had advanced yoga training in India. In addition, she has a master's degree in psychology and a PhD in communication counseling. "My goal is to bring you an authentic, compassionate presence in a calm, safe and peaceful environment," Dunning says. "I believe in empowering people through a participatory style of yoga therapy, guiding them with yogic and Ayurvedic practices to seek their inner divine spirit to help resolve their own problems." I look forward to helping guide you on the path of selfhealing, discovering the wholeness and inner peace that is your true nature. Namaste!” For more info, contact Dr. Patricia A. Dunning, ERYT500,at 843-282-7939, or email@example.com, or visit Yoga-Namaste.com.
Author, Minister and Life Coach Felicia Searcy, March 10, at Unity
harles Fillmore, cofounder of the Unity Spiritual and Educational Movement, said, “We have within ourselves a greater capacity, an infinitely greater magnitude that stretches back to infinity itself.” Unity’s principles include the awareness that Jesus, and his life, served as an example of this “greater capacity” of what is possible for humankind. Celebrating this teaching during Lent, Unity Christ Church welcomes life mastery consultant Felicia Searcy as the Sunday Service guest speaker, March 10, at 11 am, with the topic Do Greater Things, based on her book Do Greater Things – Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus. There will be a vegan and vegetarian community potluck lunch right after service. Bring a dish, meet friends, and then stay for the afternoon Do Greater Things workshop from 1:30 to 4 pm. The workshop is presented on a love offering basis. Searcy, a student of New Thought since the 1980s, is a Unity minister, writer, speaker and certified by Mary Morrissey, of the Prosperity Plus Program, who is also her personal teacher and coach. Her writing has been featured in the Daily Word and Unity Magazine. In addition, she was a regular contributor to Unity.FM's Hooked on Classics. For more info, visit FeliciaSearcy.com. Unity Christ Church is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, in Surfside Beach. Call 843-238-8516 or visit UnityMyrtleBeach. org. See ad, page 12.
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Earth Day Music Fest Two-Day Event
he Earth Day Music Fest & Expo is set to make a major impact this year with its largest event to date: a two-day extravaganza at two of the best music venues on the Grand
Strand. On Saturday, April 20, the festivities will be taking place on the Sugar Shack Deck of the North Myrtle Beach House of Blues, at 4640 Hwy 17 S. The event kicks off at 4 pm, and you can expect the same great family atmosphere of the previous five years until 9 pm when the expo ends. The music fest, however, continues until midnight. On Sunday, April 21, the Earth Day Music Fest & Expo takes over the Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill with live music at 1 pm and all of the great vendors, artist and activities you have come to love. There will be four live bands playing throughout the day until 6:30 pm when the Boathouse will have the headliner band Rehab finish off the afternoon’s music entertainment. The Boathouse is located at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd, in Myrtle Beach. For more info, contact Kristi Falk, executive director of the Wellness Council of SC, 843-995-3199, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See ad, page 13.
Nutritional and Healthy Living at Low Country Herb Society
elly Snow, registered dietitian at Grand Strand Regional Hospital, will be the guest speaker for the Low Country Herb Society (LCHS) meeting at 10 am on Tuesday, March 12, at St. Paul's Waccamaw United Methodist Church, in Litchfield. The program is Nutritional and Healthy Living. The meeting begins with social time to welcome new and returning members, with refreshments provided by LCHS members. Membership in LCHS is open to all throughout the Grand Strand area. No experience is necessary. The LCHS meets from September through May, and the annual dues are $20, which includes a quarterly newsletter. You can join at the meeting at St. Paul’s at 180 St. Paul Place, Litchfield. For more info, visit LCHerbSociety.info.
Spring Programs at Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts
elf-awareness and self-healing, contemplation and regeneration are themes of programs during March at Springbank Retreat. Located near Kingstree in a quiet, rural setting, Springbank has been an ecumenical center for retreats, hospitality, healing, Earth education, and the arts for more than 50 years. Dream specialist Justina Lasley will present Bringing Dreams to Life: An Avenue to Authentic and Creative Living. Participants will discover ways to remember, record, understand and follow their dreams to gain new awareness and re-energize their lives. This experiential workshop allows them to use dreams that come as a gift each night to awaken their most authentic, creative and spiritual selves. Continuing education credits are available. Basketmaker Linda Szocik will lead Basketry: Weaving Balance and Beauty. She will show participants how to
enjoy the contemplative art of basket-making. Time will be available for personal reflection and communal prayer. No experience is necessary, and materials are furnished. Szocik is a family nurse practitioner and spiritual director who leads retreats on basket-making. The Christian season of Easter will be observed in Easter Triduum: Easter Hope in a Time of Ecological Decline. The workshop leader will ask the question, “Can we hear the cry of Jesus on the cross in the cry of Earth and experience the resurrection in the regenerative power of Earth?” The experience of Easter gives hope in a time of ecological decline. This retreat includes Holy Thursday, Seder/Eucharistic liturgy, Good Friday, Way of the Cross, prayer lodge, Holy Saturday, Great Easter Fire/Vigil, early Easter Sunday liturgy, daily theme talks, and personal time for reflection. Louise McCormick and Cindy Barkei will lead Healing Remedies: Self-Care. Participants can relax, experience and learn about therapies that will assist them with selfcare. This workshop includes experiences in aromatherapy, healing touch, herbals, nutrition, mindfulness techniques, guided imagery, and more. Participants will create their own herbal tinctures and aromatherapy combinations. A materials fee of $35 will be charged. McCormick is the co-founder and president of McCormick Green Center for Holistic Therapies and is certified in herbal and aroma therapies. Barkei is a certified healing touch practitioner and wholistic nurse. She integrates complementary/alternative healing into her nursing practice. The Springbank staff will present Pottery and Native Spirituality. Participants will share the ancient wisdom of Native Americans and experience prayer podge and spirit quest, while learning ways of relating to the natural world with greater reverence. They will create unique earthen vessels for ritual using a hand-building technique and a primitive firing process with leaves, pine straw and sawdust. No art experience is necessary. Program fees include lodging and meals. For more info, contact Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd, Kingstree, 843-382-9777 or SpringbankRetreat.org. See ad, page 35.
Prosperity Plus Creating a World that Works for All
tarting March 18, Unity Christ Church sponsors the Prosperity Plus Program on Mondays, from 6 to 7:30 pm. The 10-week DVD series and dialog group will be facilitated by Cathy Hatch, marketing specialist, founder of the jewelry company Bold by Kattour, and author of Finding Spirit. Also facilitating will be Rev. Margaret Hiller, spiritual leader at Unity, licensed Unity teacher, and co-author of Dare to Dream – Healing Fears, Creating Miracles and Living Your Dreams. This 10-week “experiment” will be the catalyst for greater self-awareness, deeper spiritual practice, more meaningful relationships, financial increase, and stronger
newsbriefs self-esteem. As with all Unity classes, participants can expect to make new friends, share successes, and finish the course feeling more committed and connected to what matters most in their lives. The Prosperity Plus Program was developed by speaker, best-selling author, and consultant Mary Morrissey, who is considered a master teacher in the human potential movement. Mary has spoken at the United Nations, met with Nelson Mandela, led meetings with the Dalai Lama, and authored two best-selling books, No Less Than Greatness and Building Your Field of Dreams. As a highly sought after inspirational speaker, Mary has 30 years of experience empowering individuals to achieve new heights of spiritual aliveness, wealth and authentic success. While she holds significant academic degrees, Mary says her two most important achievements are the two black belts she holds: one in success and the other in failure—both having been her powerful teachers. You must preregister for class by March 10 to receive materials, which include your Prosperity Plus Program package: 18 audio CDs and an interactive workbook. The cost is $49. Unity Christ Church is located at 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside Beach. Register and pay by calling Unity at 843-238-8516, or visit UnityMyrtleBeach.org. See ad, page 12.
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Carolina Power Yoga Thai Bodywork Certification Training and More
arolina Power Yoga (CPY), in North Myrtle Beach, is offering a Thai Yoga Bodywork Certification Training with Michael Sitzer, beginning March 9. This training prepares one in all the skills necessary to offer a complete and safe two-hour Thai massage. With a strong emphasis on proper body dynamics and how to use leverage, you will learn how to effortlessly apply pressure to sore muscles, energy lines and trigger points, as well as learn how to bring your partner through a series of assisted yoga stretches to fully open and relax him or her. This work is both dynamic and healing. After completing the course, all dedicated practitioners are able to offer a therapeutic and delightful treatment. For certification, one must complete all four days and 10 practice sessions. This course is approved by NCBTMB for 24 hours of continuing education (CE) hours. You can also choose to take individual days for six CE hours. Michael has been teaching Thai massage workshops for more than a decade. He teaches for the Kripalu School of Massage in Lenox, MA, and AB Tech College in Asheville, NC. For background on the training, visit ThaiYogaTrainings. com. CPY offers coaching in nutrition, wellness and health, with a variety of group yoga classes—Power Vinyasa, Forrest, Gentle, Relax and Restore—along with ones in Zumba, Qigong, Hooping and Tai chi. Wholistic health coach Joanna Ducey, MA, RYT, offers a Healthy Custom Cleanse Program with an individually tailored cleanse, taking into account your constitution, lifestyle and personal goals. The Radiant Health Program allows you to explore your unique nutritional needs through education, analysis and guidance for support in gaining and maintaining great health long term. Carolina Power Yoga is located at 81 Hillside Dr N, North Myrtle Beach. For more info, call 843-695-9642, or visit CarolinaPowerYoga.com.
SustainSC 2013 Green Building Expo in Myrtle Beach
he US Green Building Council South Carolina SustainSC 2013 Expo will be held in Myrtle Beach this year, April 24 through 26, at the Hilton Resort at 10000 Beach Club Dr, Myrtle Beach. This fifth annual green building and sustainable community conference and expo will draw hundreds of professionals and industry leaders from across the state and around the Southeast region, highlighting the latest green building products and services. The conference offers 18 educational sessions offering GBCI, AIA and PDH continuing education credits that address a range of issues and topics pertinent to various levels of green building professionals and citizens. For more info, visit USGBCSC.org.
Earth Hour Conway Goes Dark
onway joins 1.8 billion people in 135 countries by turning off lights at Riverfront Park to show support for the Earth Hour Movement for sustainability. This symbolic effort of turning off lights for one hour, along with the Eiffel Tower, Vegas Strip, Empire State Building, and other visible landmarks, brings attention to our decisions and ability to effect change. We can turn off energy use and reduce energy demands to save resources and the planet. Lights go off Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. The event is presented by The Wellness Council for South Carolina, in partnership with the City of Conway and Conway Downtown Alive. Along with the lights-out demonstration, there will be â€œglowin-the-darkâ€? games for kids, yoga and meditation, a drum circle, live acoustical music, and more. For more info, contact Kristi Falk, executive director of the Wellness Council of SC, 843-995-3199, or email email@example.com. See ad, page 13.
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Battle of the Bulge
ccording to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese today, nearly triple the rate in 1963. A new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation advises that if adult obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have rates above 60 percent; 39 states above 50 percent; and all 50 states above 44 percent. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity, based on research at 10 universities, points to the use of hormones in factory meat production as a major reason for this trend. Pesticides are another culprit; the average American is exposed to 10 to 13 different types each day via food, beverages and drinking water, and nine of the 10 most commonly used are endocrine disrupters linked to weight gain. Genetically modified US food crops are also sprayed heavily with biocides. Findings presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science linked bisphenol A (BPA)—an industrial chemical contained in plastic soda, drinking and baby bottles—with abnormal estrogen function. To win the battle of the bulge, Americans need to eat balanced diets and exercise regularly, but additional steps can further help: choose organic, grass-fed meat instead of corn-fed; use glass instead of plastic containers for beverages and food storage; avoid canned food unless the label states BPA-free; and consume yogurt daily or take a high-quality probiotic to help restore healthy intestinal flora.
Drinks Tied to Tooth Trouble
hen replacing lost fluids during or after a workout, consider how beverage choices can affect the health of teeth. A recent study published in General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that increased consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth, especially among adolescents. A reported 30 to 50 percent of US teens regularly imbibe energy drinks, and as many as 62 percent down at least one sports drink a day. “Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ than soda,” says associate professor Poonam Jain, lead author of the study, who serves as director of community and preventive dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that the drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.” In testing the effect of acidity levels on samples of human tooth enamel immersed in 13 sports and nine energy beverages, researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure. Moreover, energy drinks were twice as harmful as sports drinks. “These drinks erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity,” says Jain.
Why We Might Need More Vitamin C
esearchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a leading global authority on the role of vitamin C in optimum health, forward compelling evidence that the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised to 200 milligrams per day for US adults, up from its current levels of 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. The RDA of vitamin C is less than half of what it should be, scientists argue, because medical experts insist on evaluating this natural, but critical, nutrient in the same way they do for pharmaceutical drugs, and consequently reach faulty conclusions. The researchers base their recommendations on studies showing that higher levels of vitamin C could help reduce chronic health problems, including heart disease, stroke and cancer, as well as underlying causal issues, such as high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, poor immune response and atherosclerosis. Even at the current low RDA, US and Canadian studies have found that a quarter to a third of the total population is marginally deficient in vitamin C and up to a fifth of those in such groups as students, smokers and older adults are severely deficient in it.
Yogurt Hinders Hypertension
ating yogurt could reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association 2012 Scientific Sessions. During their 15-year study, researchers followed more than 2,000 volunteers who did not initially have high blood pressure and reported on their yogurt consumption at three intervals. Participants who routinely consumed at least one six-ounce cup of low-fat yogurt every three days were 31 percent less likely to develop hypertension.
Not So Nice Rice
ew research by the nonprofit Consumers Union (CU), which publishes Consumer Reports, may cause us to reconsider what we place in our steamer or cookpot. Rice—a staple of many diets, vegetarian or not—is frequently contaminated with arsenic, a known carcinogen that is also believed to interfere with fetal development. Rice contains more arsenic than grains like oats or wheat because it is grown in water-flooded conditions, and so more readily absorbs the heavy metal from soil or water than most plants. Even most US-grown rice comes from the south-central region, where crops such as cotton were heavily treated with arsenical pesticides for decades. Thus, some organically grown rice in the region is impacted, as well. CU analysis of more than 200 samples of both organic and conventionally grown rice and rice products on U.S. grocery shelves found that nearly all contained some level of arsenic; many with alarmingly high amounts. There is no federal standard for arsenic in food, but there is a limit of 10 parts per billion in drinking water, and CU researchers found that one serving of contaminated rice may have as much arsenic as an entire day’s worth of water. To reduce the risk of exposure, rinse rice grains thoroughly before cooking and follow the Asian practice of preparing it with extra water to absorb arsenic and/or pesticide residues; and then drain the excess water before serving. See CU’s chart of arsenic levels in tested rice products at Tinyurl.com/ ArsenicReport.
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Solving Wind Power’s Hidden Pollution Problem The US Department of Energy reports that although wind power accounts for just over 4 percent of domestic electrical generation, it comprises a third of all new electric capacity. Even with the freedom from coal or oil that wind power creates, a major component of the generating devices, the turbine blades, has its own carbon footprint that needs examining. Some of the blades are as long as a football field, and the metal, fiberglass or carbon composites must be mined, refined, manufactured and transported, all consuming energy and creating materials that are difficult to recycle when they reach the end of their usefulness and are replaced. Christopher Niezrecki, a member of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Wind Energy Research Group, estimates the United States will have as many as 170,000 wind turbines by 2030, creating more than 34,000 discarded blades each year. The next generation of blade material may come from natural cellulose fibers and bio-based plastics derived from soybean, linseed and other vegetable oils, instead of oil-based polymers. A $1.9 million National Science Foundation grant is funding the research. Source: FastCoexist.com.
Waste Water Cuts Fertilizer Use The effluent created by household sinks, washing machines and showers, known as gray water, could provide a new, lowcost source of irrigation for landscape plants that cuts down on the amount of fertilizer required to maintain them. The nonprofit Water Environmental Research Foundation’s (WERF) new report shows that many plants used for landscaping benefit from the use of gray water (Tinyurl.com/graywaterreport). The study looked at seven homes in Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas with new and longstanding gray water systems that recycle wastewater to irrigate outdoor plants. Although the soil irrigated with gray water showed higher levels of cleaners, antimicrobials and sodium compared with areas irrigated with fresh water, there was enough nitrogen present in gray water to reduce or eliminate the need for additional fertilizers. Not all plants responded positively, but WERF Communications Director Carrie Capuco says, “Gray water can be successfully used with the right plant choices.” Guidelines include heavily mulching the area where gray water is supplied to minimize contact with pets.
Critters Becoming New Urban Pioneers
Organic Farming Sustains Earth’s Richness Famed as the happiest country on Earth, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is now aiming to become 100 percent organic, phasing out artificial chemicals in farming in the next 10 years. Agence FrancePresse reports that Bhutan currently sends rare mushrooms to Japan, vegetables to up-market hotels in Thailand, its highly prized apples to India and red rice to the United States. Jurmi Dorji, of southern Bhutan’s 103-member Daga Shingdrey Pshogpa farmers’ association, says their members are in favor of the policy. “More than a decade ago, people realized that the chemicals were not good for farming,” he says. “I cannot say everyone has stopped using chemicals, but almost 90 percent have.” An international metastudy published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that analyzed 74 studies on soils in fields under organic or conventional farming practices has found that over time, the carbon content in the organic fields significantly increased. For farmers everywhere, that means organic agriculture results in a richer, more productive soil, with plenty of humus, which is conducive to higher yields. Peter Melchett, policy director at Britain’s Organic Soil Association, says a primary benefit of a country becoming 100 percent organic is an assurance of quality to consumers that creates both an international reputation and associated market advantage.
Stray dogs and feral cats in our cities may be supplanted by raccoons, foxes and coyotes if current trends continue. Even mountain lions and bears are unexpectedly showing up in urban landscapes. Evidence suggests that clashes between humans and other predators will increase and potentially intensify. Ohio State University biologist Stan Gehrt stated, “The coyote is the test case for other animals,” at an EcoSummit 2012 conference in Columbus, OH. “We’re finding that these animals are much more flexible than we gave them credit for, and they’re adjusting to our cities.” Coyotes, commonplace around many metropolitan areas, don’t seem to mind the density, with some packs each confining themselves to a one-third-square-mile territory. Eradication efforts have sometimes faltered, partially because of public backlashes sympathetic to wild animals, plus a pattern in which new coyotes tend to quickly move into areas where other animals have been evicted. Gehrt poses the question, “Are we going to be able to adjust to them living with us or are we not going to be able to coexist?” Source: The Christian Science Monitor.
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Restaurant Ambiance Affects Diners’ Appetites School Lunches Improving Nationwide
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) 2012 School Lunch Report Card found that public school districts in Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Nebraska rose above federal guidelines for serving healthy school lunches, with some in Georgia and Missouri also receiving good marks. But most schools nationwide can improve. PCRM dietitians analyzed elementary school meals at 22 districts participating in the National School Lunch Program. The average grade is now a B (84.4) compared with the national C+ average (78.7) in 2008. Schools delivering poor grades still offer chickenfried steak fingers, breaded catfish, pork nuggets and other high-cholesterol menu items. To read the complete report, visit HealthySchoolLunches.org.
School Safeguard How to Build a Bike Train
In 1969, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, 48 percent of kids ages 5 to 14 regularly walked or biked to school. In 2009, it was just 13 percent. One major reason for the change is that parents don’t feel safe letting kids bicycle around town on their own. Bike trains—in which an adult chaperone rides a predetermined route, adding children along the way—can make it easier and safer for kids to get to school. To start a DIY bike train, find a group of interested parents through school and neighborhood message boards and newsletters; assess the area to create routes; distribute flyers and get feedback; determine bike train dates and times; host a community meeting; and post selected routes online. Source: Yes magazine.
The mood in a restaurant can help diners enjoy their meals more and eat less, according to study results published in the journal Psychological Reports. After transforming part of a fast food Hardee’s restaurant in Illinois with milder music and lighting, researchers found that customers ate 18 percent fewer calories than diners in an unmodified seating area. Brian Wansink, PhD, a professor of marketing and consumer behavior at Cornell University, in New York, explains, “It didn’t change what people ordered, but what it did do was lead them to eat less and made them more satisfied and happier.” Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, asks, “If softer music and softer lighting seem to get people to eat less in a fast food situation, why not try the same thing at home?”
The Better Brain Diet Eat Right To Stay Sharp by Lisa Marshall
ith 5.4 million Americans already living with Alzheimer’s disease, one in five suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the 2012 failure of several targeted pharmaceutical drug trials, many brain health experts are now focusing on food as a critical defense against dementia. “Over the past several years, there have been many well-designed scientific studies that show you are what you eat when it comes to preserving and improving memory,” says Dr. Richard Isaacson, associate professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author of The Alzheimer’s Diet. In recent years, studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Archives of Neurology have shown that people on a Mediterranean-type diet—high in antioxidantrich fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish and low in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats—tend to fend off cognitive decline longer and be less prone to developing full-blown Alzheimer’s. Several small, but promising clinical trials further suggest that
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even people who have already begun to suffer memory loss may be able to slow or mildly reverse it via nutritional changes. Here’s how. Switch to slow-burning carbs: Mounting evidence indicates that the constant insulin spikes from eating refined carbohydrates like white bread or sugar-sweetened sodas can eventually impair the metabolization of sugar (similar to type 2 diabetes), effecting blood vessel damage and hastened aging. A high-carb diet has also been linked to increased levels of betaamyloid, a fibrous plaque that harms brain cells. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study of 1,230 people ages 70 to 89 found that those who ate the most carbs had four times the risk of developing MCI than those who ate the least. Inversely, a small study by University of Cincinnati researchers found that when adults with MCI were placed on a low-carb diet for six weeks, their memory improved. Isaacson recommends switching to slow-burning, low-glycemic index carbohydrates, which keep blood
sugars at bay. Substitute whole grains and vegetables for white rice, pastas and sugary fruits. Water down juices or forego them altogether. Choose fats wisely: Arizona neurologist Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, co-author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook, points to numerous studies suggesting a link between saturated fat in butter, cooking oil, cheese and processed meats and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. “In animals, it seems to promote amyloid production in the brain,” he says. In contrast, those who eat more fatty fish such as herring, halibut and wild-caught salmon that are rich in the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid DHA, are at lower risk. Sabbagh notes that DHA, when it’s a steady part of the diet, plays a critical role in forming the protective “skin of the brain” known as the bilipid membrane, and may possibly offset production of plaque in the brain, thus slowing its progression during the earliest stages of dementia. Aim for three weekly servings of fatty fish. Vegetarians can alternatively consider supplementing meals with 1,000 to
1,500 milligrams daily of DHA, says Isaacson. Eat more berries and kale: In general, antioxidant-rich fruits (especially berries) and vegetables are major preventers of oxidative stress—the celldamaging process that occurs naturally in the brain as we age. One recent study published in the Annals of Neurology found that women eating high amounts of blueberries and strawberries were able to stave off cognitive decline 2.5 years longer than those who did not. Rich in antioxidant flavonoids, blueberries may even have what Sabbagh terms, “specific anti-Alzheimer’s and cell-saving properties.” Isaacson highlights the helpfulness of kale and green leafy vegetables, which are loaded with antioxidants and brain-boosting B vitamins. One recent University of Oxford study in the UK of 266 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment found that those taking a blend of vitamins B12, B6 and folate daily showed significantly less brain shrinkage over a two-year period than those who did not. Spice up: Sabbagh notes that India has some of the lowest worldwide rates of Alzheimer’s. One possible reason is the population’s love of curry. Curcumin, a compound found in the curry-flavoring spice turmeric, is another potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. He recommends sprinkling one teaspoon of curcumin on our food every day and cooking with antioxidantrich cloves, oregano, thyme, rosemary and cinnamon. A 2011 Israeli study at Tel Aviv University found that plaque deposits dissolved and memory and learning behaviors improved in animals given a potent cinnamon extract. Begin a brain-healthy diet as early as possible. “Brain changes can start 25 years before the onset of dementia symptoms,” says Sabbagh. “It’s the end result of a long process, so don’t wait. Start your prevention plan today.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer outside of Boulder, CO. Connect at Lisa@LisaAnnMarshall.com.
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How Triglycerides Take a Toll by James Occhiogrosso
or many adults, an annual physical involves routine blood tests, followed by a discussion of cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, along with prescribed treatment ranging from improved nutrition and exercise to drugs. Triglycerides tend to be relegated to a minor mention—if they are discussed at all—yet regulating triglyceride levels can improve health.
Why Triglycerides Count
“High triglyceride levels usually accompany low HDL (good) cholesterol levels and often accompany tendencies toward high blood pressure and central (abdominal) obesity. These are the markers of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, very common disorders underlying obesity and increased risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes,”
explains Dr. Andrew Weil on his website, DrWeil.com. While high triglyceride levels are not conclusively linked to the development of any specific disease, they are associated with the narrowing of arteries and impaired blood flow associated with cardiovascular disease. (Impaired blood flow also affects male erectile function.) Several recent studies, including one in the Annals of Internal Medicine,
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also suggest these could instigate the metabolic syndrome associated with the onset of diabetes and atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke and cardiovascular disease.
What Creates Triglycerides?
Triglycerides, a normal component of blood, are introduced into the body by the fat in foods. Some are produced in the liver as the body’s response to a diet high in simple sugars or carbohydrates—especially hydrogenated oils and trans-fats. Evidence reported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute suggests that very high intakes of carbohydrates are accompanied by a rise in triglycerides, noting, “Carbohydrate intakes should be limited to 60 percent of total calories.” Many research scientists agree that the main cause for high triglyceride levels is the Standard American Diet, notoriously high in sugars and simple carbohydrates, trans-fats and saturated animal fats, and far too low in complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals; specifically, vitamins A, B, C, D and especially E, plus the minerals selenium, magnesium, silicon and chromium. Sugars added to soft drinks and food products, especially those containing high-fructose corn syrup, also raise triglyceride levels significantly. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! and national medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, observes, “The average American gets about 150 pounds of sugar added to his/her diet each year from processed food, causing fatigue, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and a host of other problems.”
Animal fats, like those in farmraised red meats, typically contain a skewed ratio of the fats known as omega-3 and omega-6, with the latter dominating by nearly 20:1; a ratio also found in commercial packaged foods and baked goods. Many studies show such a high omega-6/omega-3 ratio tends to promote disease. Eating oily fish and healthy plant oils such as cold-pressed virgin olive and coconut oil, nuts, seeds and minimally prepared foods provides a more balanced ratio of omega fatty acids.
Lowering Triglyceride Levels
Part of today’s medical paradigm focuses on lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. As a result, many patients and doctors worry about cholesterol levels, but ignore triglycerides. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a triglyceride level of 100 milligrams per deciliter or less; about one-third of the population currently exceeds this. While drugs can help, the AHA does not recommend drug therapy except for people who have severe levels (more than 500mg/dL), which can increase the risk of acute pancreatitis. For those with high, but not severe levels, dietary and other lifestyle changes can be effective in lowering triglyceride levels. Logically, reducing consumption of red meat and processed foods, especially those containing trans-fats, and increasing consumption of complex carbohydrates from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes is recommended. AHA studies further show that daily supplementation of fish oil and full-spectrum vitamin E can
reduce serum triglyceride levels significantly. In one study, fish oil containing at least 1,000 to 3,000 mg of omega-3 decreased such concentrations by 25 to 30 percent. In a 2009 study of a nationally representative group of 5,610 people published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr. Earl S. Ford, of the US Centers for Disease Control, found that about one-third had triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dL—considered somewhat high—while almost another 20 percent had high levels of 200-plus mg/ dL. Always consult a knowledgeable health practitioner prior to beginning a new regimen. Just as with managing any aspect of health, care is required and knowledge is power. James Occhiogrosso, a natural health practitioner and master herbalist, specializes in salivary hormone testing and natural hormone balancing. His latest book is Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life. Find relevant articles at HealthNaturallyToday.com. Connect at 239-498-1547 or DrJim@ HealthNaturallyToday.com.
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Feeding Ourselves Well
Urban Gardening Takes Root
more have since the economic downturn. Bruce Butterfield, the association’s research director, estimates that nearly 70 percent of these gardens are in urban or suburban areas. “We’re seeing a new crop of farmers that defy stereotypes,” observes David Tracey, owner of EcoUrbanist environmental design in Vancouver, Canada, and author of Urban Agriculture. “Some are office workers leaving unsatisfying jobs, techie types learning the trade in universities and back-to-theland folks that happen to live in cities. Others are activists taking on the industrial farm system, folks adopting trends or entrepreneurs that see opportunities in the rising prices of quality food and the proximity of millions of customers.”
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by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist
n just one-twelfth of an acre, including lots of paths and a compost heap, our family grows the vast majority of the fresh vegetables we need, plus a decent chunk of our fruits and berries,” says Erica Strauss. “It’s not a huge garden, but we still feel nearly overwhelmed with the harvest in late August.” Her family of four tends a diversity of edibles on their urban lot in a suburb of Seattle, WA. Word has spread because Strauss writes about her experiences via Northwest Edible Life, a blog about food growing, cooking and urban homesteading. “Every kid on the block has picked an Asian pear off my espalier and munched on raw green beans,” she notes. “Even picky eaters seem pretty interested when they can pick tasty treats right from the tree or vine.” We don’t need to live in a rural area or on a farm to grow our own food. By the close of World War II, nearly 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables supplying Americans stateside were grown in victory gardens in the communities
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in which they were consumed. Today, these small plots are often termed kitchen gardens, comprising parts of household lawns, schoolyards, balconies, patios and rooftops. Fresh taste and the security of local food supplies in case of manmade or natural upheavals are drawing more people to gardening.
“Urbanization, a major demographic trend, has implications for how we grow and consume food,” observes Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International. “If we agree that feeding more people fresh, local foods is a priority, we’re going to need to landscape and, in many cases, retrofit urban and suburban areas for increased food production.” Millions of Americans now participate in growing mainstay foods. According to a 2009 study by the National Gardening Association, 31 percent of all US households grew food for their families in 2008, and
Urban gardening has unexpected advantages in its use of organic waste like coffee grounds from a local coffee house and rainwater from area rooftops. Converting lawns at schools, churches and empty city lots into community gardens fosters community connections, improves access to affordable nutritious foods and creates employment opportunities. A widespread challenge to the trend is dealing with the quality of urban soil and testing for possible toxins. Often, urban soil must be improved using compost and other nutrients before plants can prosper. A nearby irrigation source is also required. “One potential problem for urban gardeners may be the community reaction to an edible landscape,” admits Strauss. “In some cities, edible gardens in the front yard or even the common parking strip are celebrated and even officially encouraged. But in communities where lawn is still king and city codes regarding vegetation are vague and open to interpretation, one complaint from an anonymous neighbor can become an exhausting political and legal fight.”
Community gardens often transform vacant lots and other marginal land into green growing places. In Chicago, The Peterson Garden Project, an
award-winning nonprofit program, has been turning unsightly empty lots into raised-beds in which residents learn to grow their own food since 2010. “Nationally, it’s been found that having a community garden on unused land increases property values, decreases crime and promotes a sense of unity with neighbors and others,” explains LaManda Joy, president and founder of the project. “We work with property owners on the short-term use of their land to enhance the community in which they eventually plan to develop.” “Participating in a community garden serves up a lot of individual victories,” says Joy. “Improved health and nutrition, learning a new skill, teaching kids where food comes from, productive exercise, mental well-being, connecting with others and saving money—community gardens help make all of this possible.”
“How many recalls have we seen because some food item has been contaminated and people have suffered or died as a result? I am concerned about the safety and security of our food supply,” says Wendy Brown, whose family tends a quarter-acre garden with raised and landscaped beds and containers wrapped around their home plus an onsite greenhouse in a beach resort suburb of Portland, ME. “As a mother, it concerns me that I might feed my children something that will hurt them. High-fructose corn syrup, genetically engineered crops and BPA-lined cans are all making headlines. It just seems smarter to grow it myself; that way, we have more control over what our family is eating.” Brown is one of more than 3 million Americans who are following FEMA recommendations in preparing for any event that might disrupt food supplies. Her book, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs, shares everything her family has done to safeguard themselves, including growing produce, caring for animals and canning, freezing, drying, cold storage or fermenting foods for later use. “For me, it’s more about being
Helpful Resources Green Restaurant Association, DineGreen.com Kitchen Gardeners International, KGI.org Northwest Edible Life, NWEdible.com The Peterson Garden Project, PetersonGarden.org Uncommon Ground, UncommonGround.com Urban Farm Online, UrbanFarmOnline.com Urban Garden Magazine, UrbanGardenMagazine.com Urban Gardens, UrbanGardensWeb.com
prepared for the everyday things that are happening, like increases in food and fuel prices or a loss of family income,” Brown says. “If we’re growing at least some of our own food, I have a lot less to worry about when such things happen.” The family also keeps rabbits and ducks, plus egg-laying and meat-providing chickens that can total 40 animals in the summer at their “nanofarm.” These also supply natural fertilizer for the crops. Nearby beehives provide 20 pounds of honey each year. Because the foods they produce are solely for their personal use, the Browns are exempt from regulatory restrictions. “Our neighbors love what we’re doing,” says Brown, whose house is close enough they can chat across their front porches. “One says our initiative reminds him of growing up in Maine pretty much self-sufficient. The other tells friends and coworkers they aren’t worried if things really go bad because they have us as neighbors.”
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“With some effort, urban gardeners can grow great vegetables anyplace that affords enough light and warmth,” advises Strauss, who gardens primarily in raised beds in her front and back yards. “I garden on the scale I do
because I love it. It’s both relaxing and challenging, and we eat well.” Urban gardening methods are as diverse as the growing conditions, space limitations and financial resources of the gardener. “Lasagna” gardening—layering newspaper or cardboard and other organic materials on top—can be effective in urban areas because it involves no digging or tilling. Just as with making compost, alternate between brown and green layers. Once the materials break down, add plants to the newly created growing bed. Urban dwellers with limited space may employ square-foot gardening, intensively growing plants in raised beds using a growing medium of vermiculite, peat moss and compost. This method can yield fewer weeds and is easier on the back. “It’s an easy concept to grasp for new gardeners,” remarks Joy. “We use it to both maximize output in a small area and ensure healthy, organic, contaminant-free soil.” Rooftop gardens are becoming more common as larger agricultural operations use them to grow income crops. The US Department of Agriculture considers anyone who sells more than $1,000 of produce to neighbors or area restaurants a farmer, rather than
a gardener, so regulations may apply. For renters, just a few tomato plants in a well-maintained container on a patio or deck can yield as much as 50 pounds of tomatoes by taking advantage of its microclimate, influenced by wind blocks, heated surfaces and reflected light from windows. Urban gardening is also thriving indoors in terrariums, window boxes and small greenhouses. Even partially lit rooms can support certain vegetables or herbs with grow lights. Aquaponic gardening, a closed-loop system that involves both fish and vegetables, expands the self-sufficient possibilities of a hydroponic system of growing plants fed by liquid nutrients.
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With more than 80 percent of Americans currently living in urban and suburban areas, the questionable nutrition of many mass-produced foods, increasing pesticide and herbicide use by non-organic farmers, greenhouse gas emissions from food transport and weather patterns altered by climate change, it’s past time to take back some control. Operating our own gardens and preparing our own meals turns us back into producers, not merely consumers. “For the most part, we’re just average suburbanites,” concludes Brown. “We just choose to have less lawn and more garden. A huge benefit is that we need less income because we’re buying less at the grocery store. Our goal is to semi-retire in our mid-50s— not because we’ve made a bunch of money, but because we’ve needed less money to live along the way.” John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of Farmstead Chef (FarmsteadChef. com), ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance, operate the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, in Browntown, WI. They grow 70 percent of their organic food; the cost savings helped them become mortgage-free in their mid-40s.
warm asphalt mix for roads because it uses less fuel to keep the tar at a pourable temperature. Switching from traditional hot asphalt technology also reduces emissions.
Transforming Aluminum and Glass
RECYCLING EVERYDAY REFUSE What Happens after the Blue Bin Is Emptied by Avery Mack
ach blue recycle bin filled with plastic, aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard helps the environment, because it reduces landfill, takes less energy to repurpose materials than to make new ones and gently reminds us that thoughtful consumption is healthier for people and the planet. But what do all those recyclables turn into?
Plastic milk jugs turn into colorful playthings at Green Toys, of Mill Valley, CA. Repurposing one pound of recycled milk jugs instead of making new plastic saves enough energy to run a computer for a month. All packaging is made from recycled content and printed with soy ink, so it can go into the blue bin again. GreenToys.com’s online counter shows the number of containers recycled—more than 10 million to date. Fila golf’s principal designer, Nancy Robitaille, says, “Re-
cycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a core Fila cooling fabric, is used throughout our collection. Each fully recycled PET garment reuses about two-and-ahalf 20-ounce plastic pop bottles.” Patagonia customers are encouraged to return their old coat when buying a new one. Coats in good condition are given to people in need; the PET fleece lining from retired coats is sent to ReFleece, in Somerville, MA, where it is cleaned and turned into recyclable protective cases for iPads, e-readers and cell phones. “We expect to make 10,000 cases this year from 2,000 jackets,” says Jennifer Fellers, ReFleece’s CEO. “We use low heat to press the cases into shape.” Vancouver, Canada, which plans to be the greenest city in the world by 2020, includes recycled plastic from bags and water bottles in laying down
In 2012, Do Something.org partnered with Alcoa to challenge teens to recycle aluminum cans. For every 50 cans collected during a two-month period, they were awarded a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. The sponsors note that recycling one can saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours. The final total was 1,152,569 cans kept out of landfills. “Aluminum can be recycled an infinite number of times,” says Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa, which has centers nationwide and cash-back programs for community fundraisers. “We re-melt the collected cans, then roll out coils of new can sheets. This process can be repeated without any loss of strength—that’s why we call aluminum the ‘miracle metal.’ If every American recycled just one more can per week, we would remove 17 billion cans from landfills each year.” Wine bottles become designer drinking glasses at Rolf Glass, in Mount Pleasant, PA. “Our designs give used bottles a second life,” says owner Rolf Poeting. Refresh Glass, of Phoenix, AZ, salvages and preps the bottles. “Then, our glass-cutting and diamondwheel engraving technology transforms them into sophisticated Glacier Glass,” continues Poeting. “This seems to be a trend in many industries, to find additional uses for another company’s recycled products.”
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Rewined, of Charleston, SC, also exemplifies this principle. It uses wine bottles to hold its soy-based, cotton-wicked candles, which provide 60 to 80 hours of wine-scented burn.
Second Life for Paper
Purina’s Yesterday’s News and Second Nature litter for cats and dogs, respectively, is made from recycled paper and absorbs waste upward from the bottom of the litter box for easier cleaning. The unscented litter pellets are three times as absorbent as clay, non-toxic and nearly dust-free. Hedgehogs, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and reptiles also like Yesterday’s News for bedding. On average, 44 million pounds of paper are annually recycled for these products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States annually generates 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste, mostly from re-roofing tear-offs and new installation scrap, comprising 8 percent of construction waste. Each recycled ton saves a barrel of oil. OFIC North America, of Fredericksburg, VA, creates its Ondura corrugated roofing from old newspapers or magazines and cardboard, made durable by infusing it with asphalt. It’s placed atop existing roofs, which means no discarded shingles. Each day, 40 to 50 tons of recycled paper goods find new life in Ondura products, available at most home improvement stores. Sound inside Buick Lacrosse and Verano vehicles is dampened via a ceiling material made partly from reused cardboard shipping boxes. Paint sludge from General Motors’ Lansing, MI, Grand River assembly plant becomes durable plastic shipping containers for Chevrolet Volt and Cruze engine components. Some 200 miles of absorbent polypropylene sleeves, used to soak up a recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, were converted into air deflectors for the Volt, preventing 212,500 pounds of waste from entering landfills. As part of its community outreach, 250 shipping crates from GM’s Orion assembly plant became raised garden beds for a Southwest Detroit community garden. 22
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Old Tires Transformed
The Rubber Manufacturers Association reports that Americans discard 300 million tires each year, each one having consumed about seven gallons of oil in its manufacture and poised to add to Earth’s landfills. Lehigh Technologies’ micronized rubber powder (MRP), made by freeze-drying discarded tires and pulverizing them into a fine powder, changes the equation. MRP is now used in many items, from new tires, roads and building materials to shoes. It feels good to place used items in the blue bin instead of the trash, knowing that more and more companies are helping to put these resources to good use. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@ mindspring.com.
Cultivating Qi and Higher Spiritual Teachings An Interview with Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack by Tanya Storch Taoist practices of acupuncture and Qigong are said to store energy over time for enhanced longevity. Can you tell us about the concept of “storing qi in the dan tien”? Ancient Chinese medical texts, like the “Nan Ching,” say your belly button area, called the “dan tien,” is the primary location for vital energy in your body. It says breath reaches inside your abdomen to mix with qi, growing in light, and eventually qi becomes solid. This protects against evil or cold injuring the body. After doing the “9-Breath Method” for a few days, nearly all people feel qi pulsing very warm-to-
hot inside their abdomen. It is said all acupuncture meridians meet in your navel center. Many effects are instantly noticeable, such as increased appetite, sexual performance, better bowel movements/digestion, and heightened awareness of hearing, vision, etc. How does qi influence bodily functions? And how does qi become solid? That is particularly interesting, since I’ve always understood qi to be a nonphysical force. Over years, a Qigong master can condense qi into a small area of his/ her body. Some can direct this “ball of qi” to the site of where a weapon will
strike to deflect its energy. This light is packed over many years, creating a buildup of qi vapors that actually begins to have physical density. Some ancient books describe it as a living seed or embryo in your navel. As for how qi affects bodily functions, Chinese medicine says, “Qi is the ‘leading force’ behind blood circulation.” I feel this is the best way to explain qi to the Western audience. It is a pulse that moves blood to vital organs, endocrine glands, etc. Your forehead will gently pulsate in a deep Qigong meditation. Qi is increased gently, like blowing the embers on a fire. Chinese
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medicine has 12 pulses, because each organ pulses according to how healthy its circulation is. Breathing techniques, especially ones that “hold breath,” are scientifically proven to increase blood to the frontal lobe of the brain. Bliss and higher states of consciousness are usually experienced within the first hour of doing the 9-Breath Method breathing technique. Once mastered, a full-body pulse of energy can be brought into the abdomen to keep warm in a cold environment. Are there published medical studies on Qigong’s effects? Could it help with the epidemic of circulatory diseases?
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Dr. Mehmet Oz, from the Oprah Winfrey Show, said, “If you want to live to be 100, do Qigong!” His endorsement has fueled more studies. Some research suggests that Qigong increases cytokine production, boosting immunity. Other studies show Qigong lowers cortisol when it is high. Cortisol is believed to be the most destructive hormone, known as the death hormone at longevity conferences around the country. If Qigong slows production of catabolic hormones and boosts immune-stimulating antibodies in our blood, I would say that Qigong has enough clinical evidence that it should be seriously investigated by the scientific community. Beyond science, I find that when practicing Qigong, my legs, calves and feet begin pulsating while I am in meditation, and I see the effects of circulation immediately. This fast-acting effect is more important than published studies to grow Qigong. People are impatient, and studies will not motivate society to practice Qigong, even if it is good for them. What makes people practice is getting addicted to feeling good and seeing fast changes. What is your motivation to train people four days for only $129, which seems low for a four-day program? I believe in the power of large groups. The more people who come for Qigong, the stronger the group energy field will be. Low price is obviously a key to our success, but it’s not the only secret. Some of our Qi Revolu-
tion events draw over 2,000 people for four days, and I can’t even describe to you what the energy is like when thousands of people all inhale at the same second in a coordinated and precisely timed effort. There’s a huge “group energy effect” to Qigong. To reach an even larger group, we also have a nonprofit 501c3 branch to our organization called Supreme Science Qigong Foundation. Its focus is to get Qigong into the public school system. So far, we have done several successful programs in elementary schools. Sometimes we teach the school kids about food-based healing. I have personally received dozens of testimonials from people reversing diabetes using this knowledge. So many kids are getting obese and ending up with diabetes. It’s like, why don’t more people know about Qigong and food healing? Well, our job is to make sure more people do know about it. Professor Tanya Storch is head of religious studies at University of the Pacific and a highly respected scholar in the field of Taoist, Buddhist and Hindu religious studies. Jeff Primack teaches Qigong seminars to thousands of people each year and hosts Qigong. com. Qi Revolution comes to the TD Convention Center, in Greenville, SC, March 23 through26. Primack and 25 certified instructors teach four days of Qigong training for $129. For tickets and more info, call 800-298-8970 or visit QiRevolution.com. See ad, back page.
It is easy to sit up and take notice; what is difficult is getting up and taking action. ~Honoré de Balzac
The Healing Power of Silence by Robert Rabbin
When I return from silence I am less than when I entered: less harried, fearful, anxious and egotistical. Whatever the gift of silence is, it is one of lessening, purifying, softening. The “I” that returns is more loving than the “I” who left. ~ Rabbi Rami Shapiro
ne day I disappeared into Silence…
It was more than grace, an epiphany or a mystical union; it was my soul’s homecoming, my heart’s overflowing love, my mind’s eternal peace. In Silence, I experienced freedom, clarity and joy as my true self, felt my core identity and essential nature as a unity-in-love with all creation, and realized it is within this essence that we learn to embody healing in our world. This Silence belongs to us all—it is who and what we are. Selfless silence knows only the present moment, this incredible instant of pure life when time stops and we breathe the high-altitude air we call love. Let us explore Silence as a way of knowing and being, which we know, which we are. Silence is within. It is within our breath, like music between thoughts,
the light in our eyes. It is felt in the high arc of birds, the rhythm of waves, the innocence of children, the heart’s deepest emotions that have no cause. It is seen in small kindnesses, the stillness of nights and peaceful early mornings. It is present when beholding a loved one, joined in spirit. In Silence, we open to life and life opens to us. It touches the center of our heart, where it breaks open to reveal another heart that knows how to meet life with open arms. Silence knows that thoughts about life are not life itself. If we touch life through Silence, life touches us back intimately and we become one with life itself. Then the mystery, wonder, beauty and sanctity becomes our life. Everything but wonderment falls away; anger, fear and violence disappear as if they never existed.
Knowing Silence is knowing our self and our world for the first time. We only have to be still until that Silence comes forth from within to illuminate and embrace us, serving as the teacher, teaching and path, redeeming and restoring us in love. In this truth-filled moment, we enter our Self fully and deeply. We know our own beauty, power and magnificence. As the embodiment of Silence, we are perfection itself, a treasure that the world needs now. Right now the Universe needs each of us to be our true Self, expressing the healing power of our heart, in Silence. As a lifelong mystic, Robert Rabbin is an innovative self-awareness teacher and author of The 5 Principles of Authentic Living. Connect at RobertRabbin.com.
WALKING THE TALK Marlane Barnes Fosters Rescue Dogs by Sandra Murphy
ctress Marlane Barnes recently made her feature film debut as Maggie of the Irish Coven, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, building on a growing resume of films, TV and theater credits. A current resident of Los Angeles, she actively supports the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society, a local no-kill facility, and serves as national spokesperson for Spay First. To date, her foster dogs include India, Birdie, Archie and Wally, with more to come.
Why is fostering rescue dogs important? Fostering is a good way to find the right dog for your personality and circumstances. Dogs aren’t accessories, chosen on looks alone. Fostering allows you to see what breed, size, temperament and activity level works best. When India, the first dog I fostered, was adopted, she went to a home that suited her nature and needs. Birdie, a 6-year-old golden retrieverbeagle mix, came to me when her shelter time was up. After two months, Birdie was placed with a family that was willing to deal with an older dog’s health issues, and it’s worked out well for all parties.
What do you try to teach the dogs to make them more adoptable? We take a lot of walks during our six to eight weeks together. Teaching them to 26
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sit, be petted, take treats gently and behave well on a leash all helps. I also expose them to new experiences. We visit the coffee shop, meet kids and take hikes; in these ways, I learn what the individual dog enjoys. It takes some of the guesswork out of the equation. Fostering is like a halfway house for dogs; after living with them, I can vouch for them, as well as voice any concerns about the family situation. I feel strongly that the dog must be treated as part of the family, whose schedule has to work with having a dog, and that dog in particular. It’s a matter of finding the right person for the animal. We want every adoption to be the best match possible.
ters. Every year, taxpayers spend billions of dollars to house, euthanize and dispose of millions of animals. Spay/neuter is a commonsense way to permanently solve the problem. Spay First works to keep the cost less than $50, especially in rural and lower income areas, and actively campaigns to make this a community priority around the country.
How can caring people help? Donate money or items found on a shelter or rescue unit’s wish list. Walk a shelter dog to keep it social and active. Foster a dog to see if having a dog fits and enhances your life. The rescue group pays the bills, support is available and it’s a good way to explore the possibility of adoption. Once you know for sure, adopt. Also talk about the benefits of fostering and adopting dogs and the importance of affordable spay/neuter programs for dogs and cats in your community. Spread the word that it is not okay to buy a puppy or kitten in a store when we are discarding millions of shelter animals each year that desperately need homes. Puppies are cute, but older dogs already are what they’re going to be—what you see is what you happily get. For more info or to make a donation, visit SpayFirst.org. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines.
Who takes care of your foster dog when you are at work? I have a group of creative friends who jump in to help. It’s easy to ask them to help with a foster dog because it lets them be part of the rescue. That way, they are doing a favor more for the dog than for me.
How do spay/neuter programs benefit shelter animals? When I was 10, I volunteered at the Humane Society in Fort Smith, AR, so being the spokesperson for Spay First is a natural fit. High volume/low cost spay/neuter programs are the fastest way to reduce pet overpopulation and the number of animals ending up in shel-
Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms. ~George Eliot
dumbbells and not much more. Borrow an exercise video or DVD from the library or follow one of the many television fitness shows. “People can save thousands of dollars by combining five to 10 exercises into a burst-training workout routine,” which will burn calories and increase muscle mass, says Joe Vennare, co-founder of the Hybrid Athlete, a fitness website.
Myth 4: Too Late to Start
DEBUNKED 11 VITAL TRUTHS by Lynda Bassett
he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that more than a third of Americans today are overweight. Yet it also reports that at least 30 percent of us don’t exercise at all, perhaps partly due to persistent fitness myths.
Myth 1: Lack of Opportunity Even the busiest person can fit in some exercise by making simple changes in their daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, do squats while watching television, deliver a message in person instead of via email, take a desk break to stretch or stand while talking on the phone. Even fidgeting is beneficial. The point is to be as active as possible during otherwise sedentary hours.
Myth 2: No Time The CDC recommends that each week, adults should exercise 150 minutes—the average duration of a movie—but not all at once. To make it easy, break it up into various exercise activities in daily, vigorous, 10-minute chunks.
Myth 3: Unaffordable Activities like walking, bicycling and even jumping rope can be done virtually anywhere, anytime. Individuals can create a basic home fitness center with a jump rope, set of
Many people feel they are too old or out-of-shape to even begin to exercise, or are intimidated by the idea of stepping into a yoga studio or gym. “Stop wasting time reading diet books and use that time to go for a walk,” advises exercise physiologist Jason Karp, PhD, author of Running for Women and Running a Marathon for Dummies. “In other words, get moving any way you can.”
Myth 5: No Pain, No Gain Suffering isn’t required. In fact, feeling pain can indicate possible injury or burnout. Still, consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program. “Do not hurt yourself,” says Charla McMillian, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, attorney and president of FitBoot – Basic Training for Professionals, in San Francisco. “Rather, aim for a point of gentle discomfort,” she advises.
Myth 6: Must Break a Sweat Perspiring is related to the duration and intensity of the exercise, but some people just sweat more than others. “How much (or little) you sweat does not correlate with how many calories you are expending,” assures Jessica Matthews, an experienced registered yoga teacher and an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise.
Myth 7: Dieting is Enough Women especially fall prey to the myth that they don’t need to exercise if they are a certain dress size. Even those at a healthy weight can be in greater danger of contracting disease and shortened lifespan than obese individuals that regularly participate in physical activity, according to a recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in Bethesda, MD. Health experts recommend combining regular activity with consuming lean proteins, healthy fats, limited starches and no added sugars.
Myth 8: Stretch Before Exercising New research from the American Council on Exercise recommends stretching at the end of a workout. “It is safer and more effective to stretch muscles that are properly warmed and more pliable,” says Matthews, who also recommends beginning a workout with simple movements such as arm circles and leg swings. She notes, “Stretching can help to improve posture and flexibility, plus reduce overall stress.”
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SPECIAL ISSUE GREEN LIVING Celebrate the possibilities of sustained healthy living on a flourishing Earth. Myth 9: Crunches Cut Belly Fat There’s no such thing as spot reducing. While crunches strengthen abdominal muscles, they will not shrink your waistline, says Karp. Instead, try exercises such as squats, lunges and yoga plank holds or kettlebell repetitions to lose stubborn belly fat.
Myth 10: Women Using Weights Get Bulky The truth is that most weightlifting women won’t end up with a big, bulky physique because they have less testosterone, are smaller in size and have less muscle tissue than men, advises Matthews. “Any kind of strength training will help improve bone density, increase muscle mass and decrease body fat in both men and women.”
Myth 11: Exercise is Hard
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Physical activity should be fun. It’s best to start simply, add a variety of physical activities and challenges and keep at it. Schedule time for exercise and treat it like any other daily appointment; don’t cancel it. Alexander Cortes, a nationally certified strength and conditioning coach with Ultimate Fighting Championship Gym, in Corona, CA, concludes, “When health is a priority, exercise is the most important appointment you can keep.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at LyndaBassett. com.
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MARCH 1-31 Massage & Facial 3 Pack Sale w/Amanda Powell Wooten .Elements Day Space at Inlet Yoga: March special 3 pack of 1 hour massage regularly $210, on sale at $160. 3 pack 1 hour facial regularly $240, on sale at $170. Prepayment req, book appt in advance. Elements at Inlet Yoga, 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-685-4758, InletYogaStudio.com
& doulas) and their modern-day roles; how to create sacred space for one transitioning in hospital, hospice facility, home or anywhere; the transition process and therapies appropriate for each stage. A Hospice nurse & Naturopath will also speak. $40 at the door / $35 pre-registered. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
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How to Balance Your Heart Chakra w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher, IHAI−6-8pm. We will do powerful meditations to open the heart chakra and let the energy of Love be present in our energy field. You will also receive powerful visualization exercises which you can practice every day. We will create an energy connection with our Soul Mates, and much more… Admission: $30 ($25 if pre-registered). Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-4216717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2 And So It Is…Heal Your Life® Vision Board Workshop w/Kristi Thompson, Heal Your Life® instructor−10am-Noon. Fun-filled evening of visualization and creation. Guided visualization, exploring what you would like to attract in your life. Be coached on using your vision board, affirmations and visualizations to unfold the life you’ve been dreaming. All supplies provided. $15. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Learn to Perform an At-Home Cleansing & Blessing w/Sandra J Walter–2-4pm. Cleanse and bless your home using crystals & gemstones, traditional smudging herbs and prayer. Receive a blessing packet containing crystals and herbs. Admission: $35. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 3 ICRT Reiki II Certification w/Renee Lewis−102pm. Reiki I Certification prerequisite. Advanced level Reiki training for distance energy work. Learn the 1st 3 symbols used in Reiki healing, their meanings and how they are used. 2nd attunement will be given and 2nd Degree Certificate. Bring your manual from Reiki I. $250. Preregistration req. Alternative Health Clinic, 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB Ste 5, 2nd flr, 843-241-0609 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gift of Saying Goodbye w/Rev. Cathy Andrews−1:30-5:30pm. Cathy will share her experiences as a midwife, and give you guidelines to create a space for your loved one that is dignified and sacred. In this 4 hour workshop learn the definition & history of psychopomps (midwives
Opening Your Third Eye w/Reneé Lewis−5-7pm. (Continues 3/18) Interactive workshop will help you develop your Third Eye or open it for the first time. Learn to activate to connect to your Higher Consciousness. All skill levels welcome. Bring a blanket & pillow. $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
MARCH 5-6 T’ai Chi Chih: the Joy of Movement w/Trina McCormick. A moving meditation with far-reaching benefits, works with the chi. Developed by Justin Stone, this valuable exercise affects inner organs as well as the muscular structure. The slow, soft movements of T’ai Chi Chih have real effects on blood pressure, weight control, and other physical elements. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $200 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777, SpringbankRetreat.org.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Unity Healing & Prayer Service w/Olivia Rose−6:30-7:30pm. Meditation, prayer, hands-onhealing. Love offering. Unity Peace Chapel, Unity Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
MARCH 8-10 Munay ki Training at The Yoga Room−9 am8pm. If you are drawn to learn and practice energy healing, or if you are drawn to the way of the Shaman, find your path to training and certification at the Yoga Room. Create a flourishing self sustaining client practice, to help your clients clear imprints and release issues that no longer serve them. $400 196 C Stonebridge Dr, MB, 843-450-9402, Mbyogaroom@gmail.com. Bringing Dreams to Life: Avenue to Authentic & Creative Living w/Justina Lasley. Discover ways to remember, record, understand, and follow your dreams to gain new awareness and re-energize your life. In this experiential workshop, you will learn to use dreams that come to you as a gift each night, awakening your most authentic, creative, and spiritual self. CEU credits avail. Springbank Retreat, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $275 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777, SpringbankRetreat.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Gallery Readings: An Afternoon with Spirit Messages w/Mediums Sandra Walter & Deborah Broad−1-3pm. Personal intuitive messages delivered to a gallery of attendees. Messages may be a reading from a past life, a message from your Spirit Guides, Totem Guides, or angels pertaining to the present or the future, or possibly from a loved one who has crossed over to the other side. Admission: $40 ($35 if pre-registered). Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Anyone Can Meditate w/Kristi Marie Thompson−3-5pm. Join Heal Your Life® Instructor to learn and practice, simple methods of meditation and imagery that have powerful results. Learn about the psychological and physical benefits of meditation. $15. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-4216717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10 “Do Greater Things”11am Unity Service w/ Guest Speaker Felicia Searcy, Unity minister, writer, and certified Life Mastery Consultant. Community Potluck Lunch at noon after service, vegan & vegetarian dishes appreciated. All are welcome. 843-238-8516, Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Numerology 101 w/Stefanie Campione−1-3pm. When your desire to change becomes a stronger desire than the bad circumstances you’re in, it's time to learn your numbers. Learn the 3 things that really matter that come from your birthdate. Life Path/Birth Day/Attitude. Stefanie will reveal your personal year number, your natural matches. Learn how to calculate these numbers, learn their meanings and why they are important. $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Do Greater Things Workshop w/Felicia Searcy−1:30-4pm. Unity minister, writer, and Life Mastery Consultant certified by Mary Morrissey (Prosperity Plus), leads workshop. Love Offering. 843-238-8516, Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Angel Light Initiation w/Rev Cathy Cartisano Andrews−3-5pm. Receive a wonderful Autumn Blessing by sharing an Afternoon of Grace. Angel Light Healing will balance, purify, and integrate your energy centers, open and align all your physical and etheric bodies with the Angelic Realms. Please eat before attending; Wear all white or bring white sheet; bring 2 pillows, a blanket, and bottled water. Registration req. Love donations. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
MONDAY, MARCH 11 Managing Your Empathy w/Margo Ross Sears−6:30-8:30pm. Learn the difference between pity, sympathy, empathy, intuition, etc; learn how and why this started psychologically in babyhood; identify the challenges and gifts of empathy; practice several techniques, both sociological and metaphysical, to manage this powerful skill. $35. Seating limited to 10. Registration req. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Nutritional and Healthy Living w/Kelly Snow−10am. Low Country Herb Society March Meeting presented by Registered Dietician of GS Regional Hospital. St. Paul's Waccamaw United Methodist Church in Litchfield. Members free with $20 annual membership. Join at meeting or email HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com" lcherbsociety.info.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Top 10 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera w/Inlet Nutrition −11:30-12:30pm. Munch & Learn monthly workshop. Learn how to soothe the digestive system. Sample 4 flavors and vote on your favorite. After one use, improve skin’s moisture by 100% or strengthen hair by 90%. Free, includes lunch. Must register. Bring a friend & receive a $10 gift; 2 friends and receive a $20 gift. Inlet Nutrition, 3556B Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet. Linda, 843-424-9586.
MARCH 13-15 Basketry: Weaving Balance & Beauty w/Linda Szocik. Enjoy the contemplative art of basketmaking. Time for personal reflection and communal prayer. No experience req; materials furnished. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $275 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777, SpringbankRetreat.org.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Top 10 Reasons to Use Aloe Vera w/Inlet Nutrition −11:30-12:30pm. Munch & Learn monthly workshop. Learn how to soothe the digestive system. Sample 4 flavors and vote on your favorite. After one use, improve skin’s moisture by 100% or strengthen hair by 90%. Free, includes lunch. Must register. Bring a friend & receive a $10 gift; 2 friends and receive a $20 gift. Inlet Nutrition, 3556B Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet. Linda, 843-424-9586.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Get Green for Spring w/local gardening experts−9:30-Noon. Reps from Clemson Extension, Brookgreen Gardens, Inlet Culinary Garden, members of Low Country Herb Society, a local organic produce farmer, a Master Gardener, an irrigation contractor and more, serve on panel to answer herb, flower, vegetable gardening and outdoor questions. Free. Waccamaw Public Library, Library Lane, Pawleys Island. Hosted by LCHS. lcherbsociety.info. Chios Class w/Renee Lewis−10-2pm. Take your energy healing to the next level. Chios gives you
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more control by focusing on specific problems with intense treatments. Receive a Chios attunement, Chios manual, workbook, instruction/practice time and a frameable certificate. No experience req, but pregregistration is. $200. Alternative Health Clinic. 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB Ste 5, 2nd flr, 843-2410609 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Psychic Fair−10am-4pm. Mediums, Psychics, Medical Intuitives, Tarot Cards, Angel Cards, Numerology, Past Life Readings, Spirit Guide Readings, Aura Photography, Reflexology, Reiki & more. Door prizes. Free admission. Check out the expanded Metaphysical Bookstore. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 17 Reiki/Chios Practitioner Share w/Renee Lewis−10am. Visitors welcome. RSVP appreciated. Free, donation appreciated. Alternative Health Clinic . 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB Ste 5, 2nd flr, 843-241-0609 or email@example.com. Renew To Be You w/Anahata−4-6pm. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation set for cleansing and renewing the body, teachings from Yogi Bhajan and ancient healing ways regarding the simple foods, commonly used nutritional supplements, and herbal teas for eliminating toxins and refreshing the system for the spring season. $15 prepay $20 at the door. The Yoga Room, 196 Stonebridge Dr, MB, 843-450-9402. The Power of You w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher, IHAI−5-7pm. Explore, create and journey towards personal Ascension and healing. Recognize triggers, and move past them to find how to work with Ascension symptoms and how to prepare for the Big Shift. Balance energy field with a few powerful DNA Activations and Ascension energy attunements. $30. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Breaking Free From Manifestation Blocks w/ Anaswara Erica, Certified ThetaHealing® practitioner, owner of Prasad Healing−7-9pm. Find the many surprising and deeply hidden blocks standing between you and your goals. Dig deep to clear them; learn about intention and Divine Timing, how to make everything in your life work for you. $30. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
MONDAYS, MARCH 18-MAY 20 Prosperity Plus Program w/Cathy Hatch & Rev. Margaret Hiller. 10 weeks of Monday classes 3/18-5/20. Series addresses personal prosperity of health, well being, relationships, joy of living and financial abundance for self, family and community. Love Offering. 843-238-8516. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Public Reiki Share−7-9pm. Open to all. Gathering of Reiki practitioners for a combination social/healing session, to gaining confidence and make friends. New and experienced practitioners participate in giving and receiving Reiki in an atmosphere of friendship and love to each other and attendees. Honors one another as healers. R.S.V.P.
Love donations accepted. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Entanglement Dinner & Movie at Unity−5:30pm. Part of a 4-film series produced by Hay House based on the writings of best-selling author and visionary scientist, Gregg Braden, Entanglement explores the possibility of quantum entanglement and our connection to "the Divine Matrix." Vegetarian dinner, movie at 6:30. Donation: $10, must prepay. Charlene, 843-238-8516. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Balance Your Life and Clear Your Energy w/ Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher of the IHAI−6-8pm. Energy of the Sacred Heart Healing, sound healing and meditation will help you to balance your chakras, release the pain, feel harmony and peace, feel better fast and live happier, abundant and productive lives. Receive Sacred Heart Healing blessing/energy & a recorded CD with balancing meditations. $35 ($30 if pre-registered) Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Past Life Workshop w/Sandra J Walter, Intuitive Healer & Certified Hypnotherapist−1-3pm. Receive a mini past life reading from Sandi. Afterwards, everyone will heal their past through a Light Meditation. Information on karma and future personal events will be covered as well. $35 ($30 for pre-registered). Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Living a Life Without Limits w/Kristi Thompson−3-5pm. Certified and Licensed Heal Your Life® instructor teaches intro course, based on the work of Louise L. Hay. Learn how to truly love yourself through mediations, visualizations, affirmations, discussions and exercises. Bring a journal/notebook and pen. $20. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Earth Hour in Conway−8:30-9:30pm. The City of Conway joins with 1.8 billion people in 135 countries to turn out their lights for one hour and go dark to show support for environmentally sustainable action. The Vegas strip, Eiffel Tower, Empire State building all join downtown Conway at Riverfront Park in simultaneous blackout.. Events for all ages, including yoga/meditation, drum circle, live acoustic music, glow in the dark games and more fun for the entire family. Free and open to the public. Wellness Council of SC. Info: Kristi Falk, 843-995-3199, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Palm Sunday Service at Unity w/Rev. Margaret Hiller−11am. “Our Own Mount of Transfiguration”. Unity Communion included. 843-238-8516. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Learn to Move Your Energy Fields w/Rev. Cathy Andrews−1:30pm-3pm. See energy fields using dowsing rods and watch your own energy field expand and contract by changing your own
thoughts. Learn how to improve the quality of the foods you eat by your focused thoughts. See how different vibrational forms affect the energy fields of all matter. Receive your own dowsing rods. $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. Info: 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Intro to Toning w/Rev. Cathy Andrews−3:30-5pm. Toning is an intonation, pitch, modulation, etc. of the voice that expresses meaning or feeling of the speaker. Learn the history of toning & chanting, appropriate sounds for particular manifestations. Find your own signature tone. Will listen/participate in The Ghandarva Experience with Tom Kenyon (founder of Acoustic Brain Research, author, scientist, sound healer). $35 ($30 Member). Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Séance & Readings w/Margo Ross Sears−6:308:30pm. Margo & David are back for another round of blessing and channeling your deceased loved ones in a fun, upbeat, loving, positive and entertaining event. Admission $25. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org.
MARCH 28-31 Easter Triduum: Easter Hope in a Time of Ecological Decline. Can we hear the cry of Jesus on the cross in the cry of Earth and experience the resurrection in the regenerative power of Earth? Our experience of Easter gives us hope in a time of ecological decline. This retreat includes Holy Thursday, Seder/Eucharistic liturgy, Good Friday, Way of the Cross, Prayer Lodge, Holy Saturday, Great Easter Fire/Vigil, early Easter Sunday liturgy, daily theme talks, and personal reflection time. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $375 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777, SpringbankRetreat.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30 Our Hidden Power–A Chakra Journey Workshop & Yoga Class w/Mimi Rose−4-6pm. Explore the basics of the chakra system(energetic centers), learning the properties and how they align with body, mind and spirit. Focus on main 7. Will practice cleansing and balancing each chakra. Includes a meditation and yoga. Designed to release energy blocks and balance chakras to natural state. All levels, pre-registration req. $25 non-members, $20 members. Inlet Yoga, 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272, InletYogaStudio.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Easter Sunday Service at Unity w/Rev. Margaret Hiller−9am & 11am. “Soul Evolution and Resurrection” 843-238-8516. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside Info, UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
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Unity Healing & Prayer Service w/Olivia Rose−6:30-7:30pm. Meditation, prayer, hands-onhealing. Love offering. Unity Peace Chapel, Unity
Christ Church of MB, 1270 Surfside Industrial Park Dr, Surfside, 843 238-8516,UnityMyrtleBeach.org.
APRIL 5-7 Healing Remedies: Self Care w/Louise McCormick & Cindy Barkei. Relax, experience, and learn about therapies for self care. Includes aromatherapy, healing touch, herbals, nutrition, mindfulness techniques, guided imagery, and more. Create herbal tinctures and aromatherapy combinations. Materials fee: $35. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $275 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777, SpringbankRetreat.org.
APRIL 8-19 Pottery & Native Spirituality w/Springbank staff. Share the ancient wisdom and learn ways of relating to the natural world with greater reverence. Experience Prayer Lodge and Spirit Quest. Create unique earthen vessels for ritual using a hand-building technique and a primitive firing process with leaves, pinestraw, and sawdust. No art experience req. Springbank Retreat for Eco-Spirituality and the Arts, 1345 Springbank Rd., Kingstree. $650 fee includes lodging and meals. 843-382-9777, SpringbankRetreat.org.
APRIL 12-14 Montreal-Style ACRO Yoga Weekend Intensive w/Joe Yonek, RYT. Weekend intensive appropriate for yogis, gymnasts, Pilates students, anyone enjoying physical challenge and fun. No prior experience with Acro Yoga needed. Will be taught postures and safety. Must attend all sessions to be included in the weekend. Hosted at Yoga in Common, 3080 DeVille St, Market Common, MB, 843-839-9636. YogaInCommon.com. Early bird registration discount ends 3/12: $125. Register online at MindfulDestinations.com.
YogaInCommon.com. Early bird registration discount ends 3/19: $125. Info: Jodi, 312-806-5635. Register online at MindfulDestinations.com.
APRIL 20-21 Art in the Park at Valor Park w/Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild−10am-4pm. 41st Year. Over 60 artists from the East Coast with about 20 from our local area. Paintings, woodworking, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone. 1120 Farrow Parkway, Market Common, MB. Free admission. Child and pet friendly. Info: JoAnne Utterback 843 446-7471, ArtsyParksy.com. The Earth Day Music Fest & Expo. Expanded to two days and two locations. Whole family entertainment, fun and education. Sat: 4-9pm live local band music and expo at House of Blues Sugar Shack deck with entertainment continuing to midnight. Sun: 1-6:30pm, more music and expo vendors at the Boathouse with 4 live bands. Wellness Council of SC. Info: Kristi Falk, 843-995-3199, email@example.com.
APRIL 26-JULY 25 Return to Our Roots Advanced Yoga Teacher Training w/Lucia Cordeiro Drever E-RYT 500. An in-depth study of yogic philosophy and yoga therapy. Takes you back to the roots of Yoga, your own personal roots, as you guide others to explore their own roots. Monthly meeting with your mentor, who guides you personally and professionally. Certification Track: A 300 hour program for teachers with a 200 hour certification, looking to gain a 500 hour Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification, OR Immersion Track: A 300 hour program for those seeking to immerse themselves in yogic philosophy for personal knowledge. Payment plans avail. Lucia will be avail 4/1 to answer questions. Yoga in Common, 3080 DeVille St, Market Common, MB, 843-839-9636. YogaInCommon.com.
APRIL 13, 14 Art in the Park at Chapin Park w/Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild−10am-4pm. 41st Year. Over 60 artists from the East Coast with about 20 from our local area. Paintings, woodworking, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone. 1400 N. Kings Hwy. MB. Free admission. Child and pet friendly. Info: JoAnne Utterback 843 446-7471, ArtsyParksy.com.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19 Feldenkrais & Interrupting Patterns of Stress w/Heidi McGovern PT, GCFP, BFLT−1-4:30pm. Explore through gentle, easy movement, using the science based Feldenkrais Method, subtle cues of stress. Learn to discover and interrupt habitual patterns of stress. Live a freer and empowered life. $35. Discount to $30 for class students and workshop repeaters. Bring a mat to be on the floor. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. Register at the Possum Trot Rec Center. 843-280-5584. Info: Heidi at 843-361-8436, firstname.lastname@example.org, HeidiMcGovern.com.
APRIL 19-21 Never Done Yoga Before Yoga Weekend Immersion w/Jodi Geoghan, RYT. weekend is appropriate for anyone in the early stages of creating a regular yoga practice. Hosted at Yoga in Common, 3080 DeVille St, Market Common, MB, 843-839-9636.
MAY 18-19 Women’s Healing Weekend w/Rev Walks-withHorses & Dot Goodwin. Spiritual weekend with fire circles, pipe circles, drum circles, medicine wheel, life paths, vision quests, horse healings, Reiki healers, and energy healers. Event for women and for men that have women’s spirit. Safe sweatlodges. Limited to 100 attendees, must reserve spot. Single day or weekend. Camping spots and wigwams avail. Small fee for food and healers. At Land of 2 Sands Retreat, 1997 Fox Hill Rd, Lugoff. Info and details: Rev Walks-with-Horses, 803-233-4388. Facebook: LandOf2Sands.
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ongoingevents sunday All levels Ashtanga Vinyasa w/Todd Geiser−910:45am. Breath work and a powered up flow of postures linking mind and body together for a mindful moving meditation. All levels with knowledge of sun salutations, be prepared to sweat and detoxify. $15 or class passes accepted. 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, (upstairs), MB. lyndsay@secretlotusyoga. com; 843-333-2656; secretlotusyoga.com Unity Church Sunday Morning Circle w/Susan Boles, LUT & Lesta Sue Hardee, Teacher of Metaphysics−9:30-10:30am. Love Offering. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Bookstore for the Miracle Minded–10am-1pm. Books on healing, spirituality, personal growth, wellness; metaphysics as well as beautiful, unique gift items. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8616, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Unity Church Celebration Service w/Rev Margaret Hiller & guest speakers−11am. Prayer, meditation, song, messages & family. Music with the Unity Band. Youth programs every Sunday. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Oneness Blessing w/Unity Blessing Givers– 12:20pm. Held in Peace Chapel after the regular service. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270
Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Restorative Yoga w/Donna Stead−3-4:30pm. Yoga poses while the body is supported by bolsters, pillows, blankets, and blocks. Soft Music, low lights, candles, aromatherapy, and visualizations are used. Supports conscious body/mind relaxation, helps conditions ranging from insomnia, asthma, migraines, to chronic ailments such as fibromyalgia, sciatica, and arthritis. $20. Call ahead to attend. 196 C Stonebridge Dr, MB. 843-450-9402, Mbyogaroom@gmail.com
monday Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 9:30-10:30am. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dance-fitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com.
Zumba Fitness® classes at Brickhouse Cardio Club–3-4pm. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dance-fitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com.
Gentle Yoga w/Page Payne, RYT−10:45-11:45am. Challenging Vinyasa flow through sun salutations, warrior and balance series. Harmonizing moving meditation to strengthen, lengthen, detoxify, calm the mind and inspire the spirit. $12 walk-in, passes available, $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga, 843-695-9642, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. CarolinaPowerYoga.com
Business Opportunity of the 21st Century w/ Tina Rastorguieva–7pm. Are you satisfied with your health, wealth? Want to spend more time with family? Join weekly meetings, to find answers to these questions. Sample products, and meet people who are making their dreams a reality. For individuals, seeking physical and financial fitness. Free. Location in NMB varies. Info: 954-802-6300, Tinarastorguieva@yahoo.com
A Course in Miracles w/Elaine Miller–1–2:30pm. (1st and 3rd Mon 3/4, 3/18). Total health is a balance of body, mind and spirit. A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a personal trainer in how to be mentally and spiritually fit by exercising the part of us which already knows how to live as peace, love and joy – a natural awakening. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510C Highway 17, Surfside Beach (next to Surfside Bowlelainemiller@sc.rr.com. Boomer Yoga w/Maribeth−5-6:15pm. A yoga practice, created for golfers to gardeners in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who are active, vital, and adventurous. Props and variations of postures, simple breathing and meditation to combat aging, and stress. All
levels. 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843655-6272, InletYogaStudio.com. Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 6-7pm. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dancefitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com. A Course in Miracles w/Marc Breines–6:30-8pm. (2nd &4th Mon, 3/11, 3/25) Brienes helped with the first printing of ACIM and the first groups worldwide for ACIM. Love Offering information call 704 309-2415. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Kripalu Yoga w/Penny–7-8:15pm. Gentle stretching & Restorative yoga, with breathing techniques, warm-ups, postures, meditation & relaxation. Kripalu teacher. Suggested $10 love offering. Unity Christ Church, Surfside. 843-902-1416, email@example.com. Buddhist Study Group−7:30pm. Myrtle Beach Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist study group offers a 7 wk course, “Intro to Buddhism”. Group meditation & meditation instruction. Free, donations accepted, not req. Forestbrook Area, MB. Info: 843-655-8056, firstname.lastname@example.org, KagyuStudySC.info.
tuesday Weight Loss Challenge w/Inlet Nutrition. AM and PM classes avail. Weekly prizes, coaching support, nutritional topics, free metabolism test and more. $35 fee to join. Cash prizes awarded at the end of the challenge. Rules in place for accountability. 2 locations: Murrells Inlet & Georgetown. You can join any week. Linda: 843-424-9586. Gentle Yoga for Seniors/Beginners w/Donna Stead−9am. For flexibility, improved circulation, and strength. Learn breathing, therapeutic postures to help open, align, and stabilize the joints, and strengthen the body. Class moves slow and emphasizes linking breath to movement. For those without physical restrictions, no experience needed. $15 or $10 for seniors. 196 C Stonebridge Dr, MB. 843-450-9402, Mbyogaroom@gmail.com. Forrest Yoga w/Joanna Ducey, RYT−9:3010:30am. Forrest Yoga pays special attention to abdominal work and breathing. Vigorous sequences of poses are intended to build heat in order to sweat out toxins and release emotions stored in the body. $12 walk-in, passes available, $9/class. Carolina Power Yoga, 843-695-9642, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. CarolinaPowerYoga.com. Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 9:30-10:30am. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dance-fitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com. Awareness Through Movement, Feldenkrais® Method w/Heidi McGovern PT GCFP−10-11am. To feel better, move easier, look younger & release stress. Scientifically based non-habitual movements capitalize on the brain’s capacity to change. $10 per class or pay by month for $10 discount. Bring a mat. Possum Trot Rec Center in NMB. 843-361-8436, email@example.com, HeidiMcGovern.com.
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Joseph Campbell Series: Myths, Symbols and Human Consciousness−5:30-6:30pm. Coffee, dessert & dialog follow 1 hr. DVD. Love Offering. Info: Charlene, 843-421-0035. Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Meditation Circle w/Galina Ross, Sacred Heart Healer/Teacher, IHAI−6-8pm. To share love & support each other & to feel that we are together in the ascension. Galina is an Energy Attunement, Reiki, and certified Hypnotherapist, inviting you to share this sacred space. Bring blanket & pillow. Love donation appreciated. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Restorative Yoga w/Donna Stead−6-7:15pm. Yoga poses while the body is supported by bolsters, pillows, blankets, and blocks. Soft Music, low lights, candles, aromatherapy, and visualizations are used. Supports conscious body/mind relaxation, helps conditions ranging from insomnia, asthma, migraines, to chronic ailments such as fibromyalgia, sciatica, and arthritis. $15. 196 C Stonebridge Dr, MB. 843-450-9402, Mbyogaroom@gmail.com. Hot Vinyasa w/Dawn−6:30–7:30pm. Using heat to move deeper into asanas, explore the limits of the body while challenging your strength. It’s hot, it’s hard, leave humbled. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com. Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 6-7pm. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dancefitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com. Ashtanga Short Form w/Lyndsay Bahn Trimble−6:30-8pm. Breath work and a powered up flow of postures linking mind and body together for a mindful moving meditation. All levels, be prepared to sweat and detoxify. $15 or class passes accepted 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, (upstairs), MB. firstname.lastname@example.org; 843-333-2656; secretlotusyoga.com Wholistic Childbirth Class w/Pat Burrell, RN, CHT, CLC, CD (DONA)−6:30-8:30pm. Have the birth you deserve. Comprehensive, informative, empowering, supportive & welcoming. Call to reserve. $350 for 10 2hr sessions. Payment plans available. Info: Pat, 843-213-1393, BeachBabys. org. Mommy's Solstice Yoga w/Amanda Reyelt Masterpaul−7-8pm. Yoga for hard-working moms and a prenatal class for moms-to-be; for all women who want rejuvenation, strength, and energy. Yoga in the Forest, 4006 Postal Way, Carolina Forest MB, 843-385-6176, YogaInCommon.com. Essential Oil Class w/Beth Good−6:15pm. Learn how to use doTERRA Essential Oils in your everyday life. Ward off colds and flu, bring yourself up when you are feeling blue, heal a cut in half the time, help hot flashes and bad breath, too. See us at Modern Cleansing Wellness so we may educate you! Free & free gift. 843-828-4665.
wednesday Free Metabolism Test w/Linda Sacchetti. Find out your body fat %, pounds of body fat, lean body weight & what your targets should be, by individual appt in MB. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. Free Spa Beauty Facial w/Linda Sacchetti. Learn the 7 signs of aging and discover the solutions Defy aging for younger-looking skin with antioxidants, aloe vera & glucosamine. By individual appt in MB. Info: Linda, 843-424-9586. Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 9:30-10:30am. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dance-fitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com. Bookstore for the Miracle Minded–11am-4pm. Books on healing, spirituality, personal growth, wellness; metaphysics as well as beautiful, unique gift items. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8616, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Brown Bag Lunch & Book Group w/Rev. Margaret Hiller & Friends–12:30-1:30pm, based on book A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Love Offering. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, 843-238-8516, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Ashtanga Short Form w/Dawn−5:15–6:15pm. Ashtanga is a sequence that is available and yet challenging for all levels. This practice is an amazing foundation for any practitioner who finds assists and adjustments helpful. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com. Contemplative Mid-Week Unity Service–5:306:30pm. Through 3/30. Meditative Music, Silence, Brief Message, Meditation. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr, Surfside, 843-2388616, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Boomer Yoga w/Maribeth−6-7:15pm. A yoga practice, created for golfers to gardeners in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who are active, vital, and adventurous. Props and variations of postures, simple breathing and meditation to combat aging, and stress. All levels. 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843655-6272, InletYogaStudio.com. Centering Meditation w/Angel Grant−6-6:30pm. Enjoy benefits of time spent in meditation long after the session is over. No prior experience necessary. Love offering accepted. Yoga in Common, 3080 Deville St, The Market Common, MB Info: Linda, 843-385-6176, YogaInCommon.com. Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 6-7pm. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dancefitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com. Oneness Blessing−6:30–8pm. (not 1st Wed of the mo), Unity Peace Chapel, Love Offering Unity Church, 1270 Surfside Ind Pk Dr, Surfside, 843238-8516 UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Law of Attraction, Spirituality & All Things Metaphysical Meetup−7-9pm. DVDs, Presentations and discussions. Admission: $1. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter. org.
thursday Gentle Morning Yoga w/Penny–9-10:15am. For all levels & all bodies. Variations on postures for those with medical problems. Suggested love offering $5. Call Penny, certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, 843-902-1416, email@example.com. Unity Christ Church, 1270 Surfside Industrial Pk Dr., Surfside, UnityMyrtleBeach.org. Vinyasa w/Dawn−9:30-11am. All levels practice that is challenging, while giving modifications if needed. If you feel like its time to take your practice beyond the asana, Shanti Yoga combines physical discipline with meditation to heal on all levels. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com. Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 9:30-10:30am. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dance-fitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com. Bones for Life™ w/Heidi McGovern PT, BFLT−10-11am. Support your bones with easy to learn exercises developed by Ruthy Alon. Learn what your bones respond to & have fun doing it. $10 per class or pay by the month for $10 discount. Possum Trot Rec Center. Bring a mat. 843-3618436, firstname.lastname@example.org, HeidiMcGovern. com. Light of Day Metaphysical Meetup w/Rev Jeanne Porter Ashley & others−10am-Noon. Informal group: friendly, loosely structured environment, open to appreciate the many pathways to enlightenment, fulfillment and a vibrant life. Various Metaphysical and Spiritual topics explored. Love offerings appreciated. Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Zumba Gold w/Heidi Burke−10:45-11:45am. The Zumba formula modified moves and pace to suit the active older participant and it’s perfect for beginners yet all levels will enjoy Zumba Gold, always friendly, and Fun. $7 walk-in, passes available, $5/class. Carolina Power Yoga, 843-695-9642, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. CarolinaPowerYoga.com. Gentle Vinyasa Yoga w/Karley Lott−11am12:15pm. A gentle and indulgent flow of standing and seated poses designed to relax and rejuvenate. For all levels, ages and bodies. $15 or class passes accepted 417 79th Ave N, Ste E, (upstairs), MB. email@example.com; 843-333-2656; secretlotusyoga.com Ovis Hill Farmers Market in Florence−4-7pm. Local farm products, grass-fed beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, dairy & seasonal organic vegetables. At parking lot, 2519 W Palmetto St, Florence. Info: Charlie, 843-992-9447, OvisHillFarm.com. Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 6-7pm. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dancefitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com. Business Opportunity of the 21st Century w/ Tina Rastorguieva–7pm. Are you satisfied with your health, wealth? Want to spend more time
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with family? Join weekly meetings, to find answers to these questions. Sample products, and meet people who are making their dreams a reality. For individuals, seeking physical and financial fitness. Free. Location in NMB varies. Info: 954-802-6300, Tinarastorguieva@yahoo.com Don't Just Do Something, Sit There! w/Mona Lee−7-7:30pm. A meditation class with hypnotherapist. No experience req. All welcome. Love offering accepted. Info: Mona, 843-455-4321. Yoga in the Forest, 4006 Postal Way, Carolina Forest MB, YogaInCommon.com.
friday Ashtanga Primary Series w/Dawn−9:30–11am. A sequence that is available and yet challenging for all levels. An amazing foundation for any practitioner who finds assists and adjustments helpful. 38th Ave N, North Kings Hwy, MB. 843-467-5444, ShantiMyrtleBeach.com. Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 9:30-10:30am. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dance-fitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com. Drop-In Reiki Sessions w/Patsy Wixson Reiki Master−2-6pm. Drop in for a 20 minute Reiki session. Love donations gratefully accepted! Life in Balance Spiritual Wellness Center, 4347 Big Barn Dr, Little River. 843-421-6717, LifeinBalanceCenter.org. Candlelight Love Flow w/Rotating Instructors−67pm. A Vinyasa yoga community class for singles and couples that want to get their love flowing. Fun yet mindful yoga focused on expanding your prana and lightening your heart, mind and body. All levels welcome. Community class by donation. Carolina Power Yoga, 843-695-9642, 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB. CarolinaPowerYoga.com. Friends and Family Class at Inlet Yoga−6-7pm. Class with your friend, partner or spouse to try yoga. All levels, class not too challenging-just feel good and let go for the weekend. 1st person pays $10, each friend pays $5. 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272, InletYogaStudio.com.
saturday Golf Fitness through Yoga w/Pat Dunning, Ph.D, E-RYT500. A total golf conditioning program and body-mind approach to golf fitness. Will enhance power and distance through increased flexibility, strength, speed, endurance, balance, core conditioning and mental focus. Free, offered at The Lakes Rec Center or your golf clubhouse. For group or individual appt time & location best for you, call Pat, 843-282-7939, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ovis Hill Farmers Market in Florence−9am2pm. Local farm products, grass-fed beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, dairy & seasonal organic vegetables. At parking lot, 2519 W Palmetto St, Florence. Charlie 843-992-9447, OvisHillFarm.com. Zumba Fitness® at Brickhouse Cardio Club– 9:30-10:30am. Ditch the workout for Latin-based, dance-fitness program. Party yourself into shape. No prior dance or fitness experience req. $5. Brickhouse Cardio Club, 510-C Hwy 17, Surfside. Linda Calvanico, 843-655-0839, FitnessPartieZ.com. Forrest Yoga Fundamentals w/Joanna Ducey, RYT, MA−10-12pm. Energizing yet calming Forrest Flow class first hour, blending Vinyasa and Forrest styles. Second hour, yoga workshop to explore the fundamentals of Forrest Yoga, a transforming, healing, deep style of yoga. Forest theme workshop each week. $12 for class or $20 for class and workshop. Carolina Power Yoga 81 Hillside Dr N, NMB, 843-695-9642, CarolinaPowerYoga.com. Community Class w/Maribeth−10:45-11:45am. Free guided meditation follows. Inlet Yoga’s way of giving back to the community. $5 per class, portion of proceeds benefit Carolina Animal Rescue. Our hope is to provide affordable classes to encourage students to come to yoga on a regular basis. Appropriate for all levels. 637 D Bellamy Ave, Murrells Inlet, 843-655-6272, InletYogaStudio.com.
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ACUPUNCTURE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC Suzanne Swearengen, DOM, AP 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243 AlternativeHealthClinicMB.com
Suzanne Swearengen, AP, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), is a licensed acupuncture physician and is board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. In her work, she strives to provide compassionate care for individuals seeking wholistic solutions for ailments, illnesses and maintenance of good health. Additional modalities include, but are not limited to, craniosacral therapy, homeopathic medicine and cold laser. Over the course of 15 years, she has developed her professional skills through credited courses and seminars in order to best serve her patients. See ad, page 33.
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Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner Bones for Life® Teacher/Trainer 843-361-8436 email@example.com HeidiMcgovern.com One can always improve posture and mobility. Bones for Life® and Awareness Through Movement® classes, workshops and private Functional Integration® sessions are offered on the Strand and Florence. CE units available for “Bones” workshops. Heidi brings to her practice 30 years experience and a strong focus on the human drive to live a life of harmony with one’s self and others. See ad, page 11.
CHIROPRACTIC ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CLINIC Linda Audino, DC 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-692-9243 AlternativeHealthClinicMB.com
A g r a d u a t e o f Pa l m e r C h i r o p ra c t i c C o l l e g e i n 1994, Dr. Linda Audino has practiced in New York, New Jersey, Arizona, and, in South Carolina, since 2003. She has treated newborns to geriatrics and everyone in between. It is Audino’s desire as a chiropractor to educate the public about
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what true health care is. The main focus of her message: There are no secrets or shortcuts to achieving health, but rather using good sense and knowledge to make the right choices in life. See ad, page 33.
ENERGY HEALING & AURA READING RENÉE LEWIS, CCMT, RMT, RT(R) (M)(MR)ARRT Aura Photographer/Reader Usui Reiki Master/Teacher Chios® Master/Teacher Crystal Healer 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-241-0609 InnerLightOuterLove.com
MASSAGE THERAPY JENNIFER OLSEN, LMT, MIRANDA SARVIS, LMT SC Wellness and Fitness 3260 Holmestown Rd, Myrtle Beach 910-231-3958/843-685-8408
Making massage feel like a luxury spa experience, while getting medical therapeutic results. Alleviate back pain, reduce scars and stretch marks, improve post-surgery healing, and reduce the discomfort of fibromyalgia. Call for appointment.
NATURAL CHILDBIRTH BEACH BABY’S DOULA SERVICES INC
Pat Burrell, RN, CD, (DONA), WCBE, CLC, CHT 843-213-1393 BeachBabys.org
Renée Lewis brings new modalities to the Grand Strand area with the introduction of Chios energy field healing and aura photography readings. Renée is also a Reiki master and member of the International Center for Reiki Training. She specializes in crystals with her energy work and utilizes her medical background in her teaching by incorporating physics and biology for easier comprehension. She teaches certification classes for Reiki and Chios, and is available for workshops and private sessions or readings.
Beach Baby’s provides services to assist families throughout pregnancy, as well as assistance with caring for baby after birth. It provides doula services and baby nurses in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Its services also include rebirthing, wholistic childbirth education and massage. See ad, page 28.
KENNETH LUX, PHD
Mike Oglesbee has developed the most powerful and effective system to boost you to success. Mike utilizes hypnosis, NLP, life coaching, and other traditional Psychology methods to provide immediate, positive change within the 90% of the mind known as the subconscious where the root of problems actually exist. Success begins within. Call Mike for a free consultation, or visit MaximizedMind.com for more information.
I work with individuals and couples. My approach focuses on trauma resolution. And by trauma I do not mean only major blows and abuses, but also lesser personal shocks, such as humiliations and embarrassments, especially if these have occurred in one’s earlier years. From a spiritual perspective I also try to bring the idea of karma into the picture, and call this karma sensitive psychotherapy. I use a natural conversational approach that is not based on what is referred to as the medical model with its categories of diseases or illnesses, and I have little or no need for psych drugs. Call me for a free phone consultation.
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Alternative Health Clinic 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB 843-712-2330
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WELLNESS COACH LINDA SACCHETTI
Personal Wellness Coach Murrells Inlet 843-424-9586 or 843-651-9350 As a personal wellness coach, Linda Sacchetti has served the Grand Strand for seven years. My mission is teaching nutrition to promote health and well-being. I provide many services: weight-loss challenge facilitating, wellness evaluations, free metabolism tests, healthy breakfast in-services for businesses, and free personal 1-1 coaching for weight loss or weight gain. Join my team! Training provided. See ad, page 7.
YOGA CAROLINA POWER YOGA 81 Hillside Dr N North Myrtle Beach 843-695-9642 CarolinaPowerYoga.com
C a r o l i n a P o w e r Yo g a specializes in inspiring Power Vinyasa yoga, Hot yoga, Gentle yoga, and Beach yoga. An uplifting Power Vinyasa class links breath with asanas, flowing through sun salutations, backbends, inversions, restorative, and balancing poses. Vinyasa yoga harmonizes the body, mind and spirit while achieving optimal health, and cultivating compassion, peace, energy and joy. “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” ~Buddha
INLET YOGA STUDIO 637 D Bellamy Rd Murrells Inlet 843-655-6272 InletYogaStudio.com
Breathe. Empower. Transform. Inlet Yoga is dedicated to serving yoga students at every level of their personal practice, offering classes seven days a week, from beginner to advanced. Classes include Ashtanga, Power, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Yoga for Golf and Sports, Iyengar, Restorative and Hot. $5 Community Class at 6 pm Fridays benefits the Coastal Animal Rescue of Murrells Inlet. Come breathe, empower and transform yourself through practice.
LIVE OAK YOGA STUDIO
Karyl Tych, Certified Iyengar Teacher 9904A N Kings Hwy Myrtle Beach 843-340-YOGA (9642) LiveOakYogaStudio.com Come to Live Oak Yoga Studio to study Iyengar yoga known for its emphasis on clear methodical instruction, correct alignment, and the use of props. You’ll receive individual attention in each class. The studio is fully equipped including a rope wall. Karyl Tych, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, has studied with B.K.S. Iyengar in India.
SECRET LOTUS YOGA & HEALING ARTS
417 79th Avenue N, Ste E (upstairs) Myrtle Beach 843-333-2656 SecretLotusYoga.com Secret Lotus offers Ashtangabased yoga classes ranging from beginner to advanced, challenging the breath, mind and body to connect in a powerful union. Brand new or experienced practitioners welcome! In addition to Ashtanga classes, we offer Ashtanga-influenced prenatal, gentle and Mommy & Me yoga. Also offering massage and Reiki. Mention this ad, and your first class is free.
196C Stonebridge Dr, MB 843-450-9402 MyrtleBeachYogaRoom.com Come grow with us! We are now a “full-service” stop for body, mind and spirit ! We offer several classes in a variety of yoga styles to suit your body type, age, ability or health issues. Why not begin your yoga journey with us? After yoga, you may want to enroll in a workshop in our Healing Arts Co-operative! Stop in any Tuesday or Thursday, 10 am-7 pm, to visit our wonderful space and all that we offer, or visit our website at MyrtleBeachYogaRoom.com.
YOGA IN COMMON
3080 DeVille St (same as cinema) The Market Common, MB 843-839-9636, 843-385-6176 YogaInCommon.com YOGA in COMMON offers classes during a wide variety of hours, seven days per week. We welcome all students—new or those returning to yoga. Our schedule is also great for those who want to practice daily. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook to keep up with our wellness gatherings and special events.
YOGA THERAPY PATRICIA A. DUNNING, PhD, E-RYT500 Namaste Yoga Studio Myrtle Beach firstname.lastname@example.org Yoga-Namaste.com
Free phone therapy consultation. Heal your body, mind and spirit. My yoga therapy and Ayurveda wellness program (a combination of yoga, body-mind psychology and Ayurvedic practices) will help you to heal yourself. Using your basic Ayurvedic constitution–your physical, psychological, spiritual, diet and lifestyle–I develop a yoga therapy program that is unique to you. I look forward to helping guide you on your unique journey toward health and wholeness! See ad, page 20.
3901 N Kings Hwy, Ste 20-A 843-467-5444 ShantiMyrtleBeach.com Shanti Yoga offers Ashtanga (led and mysore), Vinyasa and Hot yoga classes. Free community class every Sunday; all donations benefit h.e.a.r.t. of Myrtle Beach. Each class explores breath, movement and perception. Emphasis on both theory and practice provides students with the necessary foundation to expand in a personal and profound way.
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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein March 2013
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VOLUNTEERS SC-CARES SANCTUARY VOLUNTEERS willing and able to do odd jobs for lots of furry hugs and kisses as payment...18 years or older or with chaperon. SC-CARES is a nonprofit no-kill shelter for exotic animals. Support by donating time and love. Lisa 843-546-7893, firstname.lastname@example.org. VO L U N T E E R W I T H T H E W E L L N E S S C O U N C I L f o r S C t o d a y. WellnessCouncilcSC.org. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to be subjects for Chios or Reiki healing classes from supervised students. Renee, 843-241-0609, 4810 N Kings Hwy, MB
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