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JOURNEY FROM SUFFERING TO WHOLENESS Transform and Heal the Root causes of Addiction

There is a universal energy and process behind all compulsive and addictive

behavior, a common source of suffering and a common path to freedom. Preoccupation with drugs, alcohol, food, sex, money, status, control, and physical appearance: all these attachments are the external manifestation of an internal struggle for spiritual growth. This workshop will explore the common roots of addiction and attachment, as well as the skills to freedom from both a clinical and spiritual perspective. Alex and Liz will blend evidence based healing and treatment skills with the narrative of personal healing and transformation including an integration of 12 step recovery and the Buddhist traditions of healing. At this beautiful setting on the Long Island Sound, participants will have an opportunity to be completely immersed in the experience of nature as well.

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Therapist, counselor, and addiction specialist with twenty-eight years of experience. Liz is a student of many spiritual paths with a reverence for Buddhist teachings and practice. She has taught at Harvard University CME, Liz D. Jorgensen Dartmouth, and numerous other venues. She is the owner of Insight Counseling, as well as a clinical and development consultant to Newport Academy. A devoted student of the vajrayana Buddhist path, Alex’s passion is the dialogue and integration of the sacred path of Buddhism and Western psychology. Alex is a licensed Professional Counselor in private practice Alex Boianghu at Insight Counseling. 3 natural awakenings September 2013


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Have you ever reached the point where exercise felt like a mundane task to endure while focusing on TV or other distractions, rather than something pleasurable in and of itself? What happened to exercise being the playing we did as children? We never complained about having to skip rope, run around and play tag... we loved and embraced these activities naturally! This month’s focus on fitness aims to help us all get back in concert with nature...both outer environment and inner. When we engage in activities that enhance our holistic fitness, it can be like a harmonious symphony...many different instruments playing their parts and yet it all comes together in one magnificent orchestration as we each connect with our core, our power center. As we round out the summer, I am excited to note, and share with you, diverse fitness opportunities in New Haven and Middlesex Counties. These include events that integrate activities and time outdoors with philanthropy and community, all of which enhance well-being. Natural Awakenings will have a presence at some of these events and we hope you’ll stop by so we can meet you! Come see us at the CT Folk Festival and Green Expo on September 7 (Edgerton Park), Milford’s Step by Step September 28 kickoff (Walnut Beach Pavilion), or the Hammonassett Festival celebrating nature and Native America (and the 100th anniversary of Connecticut’s parks!) on October 5 and 6. Are you a kayaker? Is walking or running your favorite exercise? Maybe you find serenity and strength by doing yoga, Zumba, or cross fitness training? There are myriad fitness modalities to select from and learn about in this (and every!) edition, as well as options for finding the right pediatrician or naturopath, healing with Reiki or massage, hearing Deva Premal and Miten, integrating fitness and spirituality in your workouts, healing trauma, or even beginning a class in sustainable nutrition, pastoral counseling, and much more. Another great (and free!) event I’m excited to share with you is Natural Awakenings’ collaboration with The Graduate Institute (TGI) on Thursday, September 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. Please join us for “Health Coaching & Patient Navigation: Empowering Better Health in CT,” a roundtable discussion w/presenters like Christi Holmes and Drs. Bernie Siegel and Catherine Wagner (at TGI’s Bethany campus). Learn how the Affordable Care Act is shifting the paradigm toward wellness and preventative medicine, discover the latest standards in health coaching and patient navigation and hear from experts at the forefront of healthcare reform. To register, call 203.874.4252, or visit (and while on their website, check out TGI’s cutting edge programs…). Hope to “See you in September” at these events!

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Deva Premal & Miten Bring MantraFest to Bridgeport


Free Roundtable Addresses Healthcare in Connecticut


atural Awakenings New Haven/Middlesex Counties edition is partnering with The Graduate Institute to host a free roundtable addressing how the Affordable Care Act and the emerging professions of health coaching and patient navigation are empowering improved healthcare delivery and patient outcomes in Connecticut. The roundtable will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the TGI campus in Bethany. Topics include the Affordable Care Act and its role in shifting the healthcare paradigm toward increased focus on wellness and preventative medicine, a discussion of current state and federal standards in health coaching and patient navigation, the function of complementary and alternative medicine in the changing healthcare landscape, and the new opportunities that are emerging for those who wish to work on the preventative and integrative side of the healthcare system. Among the featured speakers will be: Dr. Bernie Siegel, the renowned physician, author, and proponent of patient empowerment; Catherine Wagner, Vice President of Education for the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS); and, Christi Holmes, Executive Director of TGI’s Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation Certificate program. Attendees will be invited to share their thoughts and questions with the group. TGI’s location is 171 Amity Road in Bethany, CT. For information/registration, visit See ad on page 7.


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eva Premal and Miten will be in Bridgeport on September 19 to bring the sacred spirit of India’s ancient mantras to audiences at the Klein Memorial Auditorium. The Bridgeport concert is part of the MantraFest 2013 Tour, the duo’s 25-city North American tour, featuring special guests Manose, Maneesh de Moor and The GuruGanesha Band. The couple fell in love with each other while playing meditation music together at an Indian ashram and have been sharing their love of that music with eclectic audiences across the globe ever since. For Premal, who was raised in the mystical traditions of the East, the spaces between the sounds are just as important as the music itself. “Music is nourishment, but then you have to give yourself time to take it in so you can reap its benefits,” she observes. Manose, a bamboo flute virtuoso from Nepal, is also featured on the couple’s latest release, A Deeper Light. “If ever we were to doubt that we are supported by the divine, we just have to turn around and look to see who is with us,” says Miten. “Manose is a gift from God. Just wait until you hear it all.” Location: Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT. Tickets, starting at $30: Listen to samples: See ad on page 4.

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Kacye Jennings Keynotes at Idea Circle for Women


acye Jennings will be the keynote speaker at Anne Garland Enterprises’ fifth annual Idea Circle for Women Conference on Tuesday, October 1. Scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (registration: 8 a.m.), the event will be held at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven and include workshops by leaders in diverse fields. This year’s theme, for women seeking change, finding purpose and moving forward, is “Women Rising.” Women (40+) are invited to discover innovative ways to lead more healthful, vibrant lives. Jennings, co-founder of The Documentary Group, works with several non-profit organizations and is a board member of Women in Need and The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution. Other notable participants include: Leslie Singer, emcee; Kara Sundlun, Randye Kaye, and Camilla Ross on surmounting challenges; Claudette Fried, image expert; Dr. Dorothy Martin- Neville, international speaker/healer/author; Dr. Leigh White, naturopath; Dr. Megan Marco, acupuncturist; Kathy McAfee, America’s Marketing Motivator/ author; Bill and Kelly Kenney, “Test Your Perfect Pitch”; Leslie Karen Hammond, medicine woman/author; Catherine Ewing, dream coach/author; Heather Hansen O’Neil, business strategist/author; Susan Epstein, weight advisor; Joe Carabase, fitness coach for busy people; visionaries Priscilla Bengston, Barbara Herman and Catherine Steinberg; and, healthy living chefs Rachel Carr, Lisa Sobolewski and Sarah Jansen. There will be boutique offerings, a “Meet the Speakers” cocktail party and more A portion of the proceeds will benefit “Girl Rising,” the centerpiece of 10x10, a global campaign to educate and empower girls. Admission: $139 until September 15, or $159. Registration: See ad on page 15.

Kayak with ConnYak


n addition to time spent immersed in nature, kayaking is said to offer health benefits such as improved muscle strength and tone, cardiovascular fitness and diminished stress. ConnYak is a state-wide not-for-profit club devoted to sea kayaking. Membership is open to all paddlers. The group provides information on its website for education and safety, local launch sites and an events calendar. There are also public forums for paddling-related discussions, classified or commercial ads and networking opportunities. Throughout September there will be “Wednesday Night Practice Sessions” at two locations. Sessions, for all levels, include whatever items kayakers want to work on, from paddling to rolling, turning and more. Starting around 4 p.m., everyone is welcome to join weekly sessions at Cedar Lake in Chester. After paddling, feel free to join in conversation and a snackshare. The other weekly practice session begins around 5

Step by Step to a Healthier Milford

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p.m. on Lake Wintergreen in Hamden (if location is changed to Trolley Road in Guilford it will be announced on the Connyak bulletin board). Après paddle, the group convenes for pizza in Hamden Plaza. Additional September events include the Annual ConnYak Picnic on the Lower Moodus Reservoir in East Haddam (Sunday, September 15) and a trip on Four Mile River in Old Lyme (Saturday, September 21). For information, visit

Discover Your Soul’s Purpose & Transform Your Life


fter years of building her practice, Juliette Storch, a transformational and conscious living coach, is now widening the reach to help more people live a fully realized life. Her heart-centric programs and retreats offer clients different avenues to insight and empowerment. One day and half day LifesPath programs include: Change Your Money Mindset from Yuck to Yum; Unleash the Goddess Within and Birth Your Soul’s Calling, and more. Intuitive six or twelve-session coaching packages help clients break through to their soul’s

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purpose. Lose the Slipper Soul Work two-day workshops occur once each season (in October at Norwalk’s Dolce). Retreats/activations, a three-day “Initiatory Journey to Your Soul,” start in 2014. Courses help to: release focus on feeling inept or not fitting in; enjoy life now; change one’s life story by viewing the past differently; love parts of self heretofore unliked; and, more. Her paradigm involves trust, intuition, groundedness, humor, compassion, clarity, self-love and true potential, which parallels the four-step LifesPath system of self-love, spirit, optimal health and purpose. Storch’s Life Guides, a series of small books (Barnes and Noble/Amazon), focus on life’s touchstones, critical moments when life turns tragic (death, divorce, heartbreak), which offer a window to grow and change. Recognizing and acting at these moments is key to creating opportunity and manifesting dreams. She is also author of “How Cinderella Lost Her Slipper and Found Herself,” her personal story of overcoming obstacles (due out February 2014). Reach Juliette Storch, Chief Muse of Folklure Group, at 203.305.8091, See ad on page 44.

Stepping Up For Good Cause


he third annual Step by Step to a Healthier Milford will kick off on Saturday, September 28 at Walnut Beach Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This sixweek self-monitoring walking program was developed to inspire a user-friendly and practical way to maintain a healthier lifestyle. The goal is for each participant to increase the number of steps they take daily, thereby reaping positive health benefits associated with increased physical activity like: burning calories; strengthening back muscles; slimming the waist; and, more. Tracking the number of steps taken each day is easy with the provided pedometer, step tracking guide and tracking sheet.


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The goal is for each individual to achieve 10,000 steps per day (approximately five miles). Individuals and groups are invited and encouraged to participate. Registration deadline is September 12. Cost is $20, including pedometer and goodie bag. All registered walkers will also receive a complimentary six-week membership at Woodruff Family YMCA and LA Fitness. A portion of the proceeds funds an annual scholarship for college students and ongoing health and wellness educational programs developed and presented by the Health and Wellness Council. The September 28 kickoff will include health exhibits, physical activity demonstrations and the inaugural walk with participants, Mayor Benjamin G. Blake, Chamber CEO/President President Kathy Alagno and other dignitaries (Silver Sands Boardwalk – rain or shine!). A closing celebration will be held on Thursday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 203.878.0681, or visit See ad on page 11.

Finding Peace & Free Yoga at Joiya


ooking for a refuge from life’s hustle and bustle and a place to find some relaxation? Joiya Day Spa and its Yoga and Healing Center offer an array of services and classes to inspire wellbeing, peace and tranquility. In honor of National Yoga Month, Joiya’s Yoga and Healing Center will be offering free classes between September 23 and 29 in its Yoga Room, a 250 square foot room with clam blue walls and soft lighting on the second floor of the established Joiya Day Spa and Salon. The small boutique studio focuses on teaching yoga classes in a private setting to individuals and small groups. Smaller class size allows students to experience a more personal relationship with the teacher in which they receive individualized attention. A variety of classes are of-

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fered, including Vinyasa, gentle, and beginner styles of yoga, as well as Pilates and Zumba. The teachers are experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to providing a safe learning environment where students can deepen their practice and find peace of mind. The Healing Center also includes three massage therapy rooms and a quiet lounge to relax in while waiting for an appointment. The main floor of Joiya’s Spa and Salon offers a full service hair salon, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and more. Joiya Yoga and Healing Center’s location is 2349 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, CT. For information/schedule, visit See ad on page 35.

Folks on Spokes Ride Again


s dawn breaks on Sunday, September 15, hundreds of cyclists and walkers will trek to Milford’s Fowler Field for what has become a community tradition, the 22nd annual Folks on Spokes ride and walk to benefit Bridges…A Community Support System, Inc. This event raises awareness, funds and support for those on the road to recovery from mental illness and/or addiction. The non-competitive bicycle tour along the scenic coast allows riders to choose route distances of 5, 10, 20, 40, 50 or 66 miles. Routes are marked and include rest stops with water, fruit and energy bars. Tony’s Bike and Sports Shop of Milford helps cyclists with repairs. There is also a 5k walk/run from Fowler Field to Fort Trumbull Beach and back. Lunch and entertainment will begin at 11:30 a.m. Milford’s Fairfield Inn by Marriott is offering a discounted room rate, plus a donation to Bridges, for each booking by a participant looking to cut their morning travel time by staying overnight. T-shirts will be given to the first 200 riders and 100 walkers who pre- register. Prizes will be given to participants who raise additional funds from sponsors of their ride/walk. Pre-registration fees are $30 for cyclists ($40/day of) and $20 for walkers ($25/day of). Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are $10 for both events. To register, visit For information/ sponsorships, contact 203.878.6365x359, or

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Celebrate Native American Traditions & the Environment


riends of Hammonasset (FOH) is proud to present the fifth celebration of Native American traditions and respect for the environment to be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6. This year’s festival, which coincides with the 100th Anniversary of Connecticut’s state parks, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hammonasset Beach State Park. On both days at 10:15 a.m., Allan Saunders (Mohegan) will lead a Native American Opening Blessing and Smudging Ceremony. Event performers will include Erin Meeches Native Nations Dance Troup and, on Sunday, wandering magician/environmental sorcerer, Cyril May. A Place Called Hope and Meigs Point, Denison Pequotsepos and Ansonia Nature Centers will offer live creature exhibits and presentations. The Yale Peabody Museum, Museum of Natural History at UCONN, National Museum of the American Indian, Institute of American Indian Studies, Kellogg Environmental Center, Shoreline Outdoor Education Center and Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center will all have a presence at the event, as will the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary, Trout Unlimited, Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Watershed on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Shoreline Greenway

Trail and other environmental exhibitors. Also featured will be the World Atlatl Championships, authentic Native crafts and food from Sly Fox’s Den. This rain or shine event is presented by FOH, whose purpose is to provide environmental education, preserve natural resources and be an advocate of Hammonasset Park. Admission: $5, free/children under 10. For information, call 203.245.9192, or visit See inside front cover ad.

Get Active & Fit at FITWEEK


et ready to lunge, jump or run to The Second Annual FITWEEK Event. This fitness celebration will take place from September 30 to October 6 at participating gyms and studios located throughout Greater New Haven and Fairfield counties. FITWEEK aims to help local residents “turn their workweek into a FITWEEK” by raising awareness of the benefits of making a long-term commitment to an active lifestyle and encouraging people to find ways to incorporate fitness into their daily lives. The kickoff event, in conjunction with On9 New Haven, will be held on Friday, September 6 at 6 p.m. (Pitkin Plaza, New Haven). Festivities will include a free outdoor Zumba and Yoga class, giveaways and demos. The Fitweek Pass ($20) will be available for purchase on Fitweek. com, which also has fitness tips and videos from FITWEEK Founder, Shana Schneider. The pass provides free access to hundreds of classes at participating businesses throughout the area. These diverse classes include Jiu Jitsu, Pound, Zumba Fitness, Crossfit, Yoga, Boot Camp, Pilates, Kettlebell and more. Additional events taking place throughout the week include themed walks, happy hours and FITgroup. Proceeds from individual pass sales will be donated to the Closer to Free Fund supporting cancer research at Yale-New Haven’s Smilow Cancer Hospital. For details, visit,

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referred Pediatrics continues to grow as it begins its fourth year serving Connecticut community members seeking integrative care for their children. The practice, led by pediatrician Dr. Diana Lopusny and recently featured in the New Haven Advocate’s “Best of 2013,” focuses on blending traditional and natural medicine to provide optimal care for each patient. Staff works with like-minded practitioners, such as naturopaths, homeopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists and others to minimize the use of over-the-counter medications and maintain a preventative life style ensuring greater health. Every visit involves personal time spent with each family and there is a focus on proper nutrition for all patients, which staff believes is essential for healthfulness. As part of Preferred Pediatrics’ growth, Dr. Lopusny is delighted to welcome to the practice Nicole Casbarro, a holistic nurse practitioner. As a matter of introduction, she says “Casbarro has an extensive history in pediatrics and integrates a holistic lifestyle at home with her husband and two daughters and we are so proud to say she will do the same with us!” Preferred Pediatrics also offers a variety of classes, including: talks on homeopathic options; an un-cooking class giving Dr. Diana Lopusny and Nicole Casbarro parents options for dinners and snacks utilizing raw foods; sign language; CPR; and, partnerships with practitioners who can help with issues from breast feeding to behaviors. The practice is accepting new patients and offers free consultations with Dr. Lopusny to ensure the right fit for each family.

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Healing with Arts & Animals


ffering opportunities to engage with both arts and animals as forces for healing, the Therapeutic Recreation Center is a center for all children and adults, including those with disabilities. A variety of unique and innovative programs are administrated by the Beth Patella Center for Music. These include: early childhood music, music for persons with disabilities, drumming circles, and sound therapy. Among the programs administrated by Animal Assisted Therapy Services are therapy dog training, a variety of canine assisted therapy programs and educational/parent seminars. Therapeutic

riding, equine assisted learning programs, and a Wounded Warrior Equine Project for veterans and their families are located at farms in Woodbridge and Guilford. There will be a benefit for the project on Sunday, September 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Giant Valley Polo Club in Hamden. Bring the whole family to this event, which will include a polo match, music, kid’s games, tail-gate picnic and silent auction ($30/ car entrance fee). On Saturday, September 7, a new volunteer orientation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Anyone who would like to become a volunteer for Animal Assisted Therapy Services can come and learn more about their programs. On Sunday, September 8, information on all Therapeutic Recreation Center programs will be available at the center’s Open House scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Both events will be held at the center, located at 19 Hazel Terrace in Woodbridge. For information, call 203.804.5343, or visit See ad on page 29.

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Fresh & Local from Farm to Chef


ant to support Connecticut’s local farmers and businesses while enjoying time with friends and family? This year’s Farm-to-Chef Week will be held September 15-21, 2013. Once again, dining establishments around the state will be creating special Farm-to-Chef menus featuring Connecticut Grown ingredients in each dish. Participants include: restaurants; public and private schools, colleges/universities; healthcare facilities; country clubs; hotels; prepared food counters; ice cream/confection shops; farmers’ markets; and, more. Among past menu offerings have been Connecticut Grown beef, chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, seafood, vegetarian, vegan, and raw appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts, as well as wines and beverages made from Connecticut Grown fruit. Participants have flexibility in crafting their menus. They must offer at least four selections featuring one or more Connecticut Grown ingredients and one or more Connecticut Grown wines if they normally serve alcohol. Beyond that, chefs can be as creative as they wish. “We encourage participants to go above and beyond for Farm-to-Chef Week,’ said Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky. “Some are just beginning to use ingredients from local farms, while others have been partnering with nearby farmers for years. We encourage all of these chefs to try something new and to be creative, incorporating all types of Connecticut Grown products, including proteins, dairy, eggs, maple, honey, and more unusual produce items.” For information, visit, or FarmtoChef.

Honoring Heros at Run for the Fallen


he fourth annual Run for the Fallen CT will take place on Saturday, September 21, from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on roads surrounding Wilbur Snow Elementary School (299 Wadsworth Street, Middletown). This run serves as a memorial for servicemen and women who have lost their lives during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Those from Connecticut, 64 in all, will be specifically honored. The day will also be a tribute to all servicemen and women who have given their lives through history for the liberty and freedom enjoyed in this country. Participants will run an 8

KM course 8 times for a total of 64 KMs. Events will be happening at the school throughout the day, with a ceremony around 3 p.m. People can run as many laps as they’d like or participate in other events at the school. All volunteers, runners, and Gold Star families can register online ( There is no mandatory fee to participate, although participants are encouraged to fundraise for various military based scholarships and charities (visit Crowdrise. com/rftfct2013). Voluntary donations can be made when picking up runner/walker bibs or by purchasing event t-shirts. Participants may also raise money by obtaining pledges, with checks made out to “Run for the Fallen CT.” In addition, 100% of all food and beverage sales will be donated by various sponsors. This is a rain or shine event. Bring friends and families to help honor America’s fallen heroes. For information, visit, or on facebook.

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here are 240,000 children and adults living with Types I and II diabetes in Connecticut – 25.8 million people nationwide. Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, a disease said to be one of the top leading causes of death in America. Diabetes is also a leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, heart disease, stroke and new cases of adult blindness. So come join the American Diabetes Association and participants in the organization’s annual fundraiser, STEP OUT: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Across the United States people will gather in 125 cities to STEP OUT and walk to raise money and awareness in efforts to find a cure for diabetes. These events rally the local community around the cause during a fun-filled morning of diabetes education, exercise and entertainment. STEP OUT Connecticut Walks (with registration at 9 a.m. and walks beginning at 10 a.m.) include West Haven (Savin Rock Park) on Saturday, September 21, New London (Ocean Beach Park) on Sunday, September 29, Hartford (Bushnell Park) on Saturday, October 5, and Stamford (Westhill H.S.) on Sunday, October 6. Funds raised allow the American Diabetes Association to provide community-based education programs, help protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research to prevent, manage and cure diabetes. To register, visit For questions/support, contact Lori at 203.639.0385,


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slow jog around the block a few times a week can prolong life. The Copenhagen City Heart Study monitored 1,878 joggers for 30 years and found that 44 percent of these subjects are less likely to prematurely die from any cause than non-runners. Males and females that continued to jog regularly added 6.2 years and 5.6 years, respectively, to their average lifespans. It only takes 1.5 hours of slow-to-average-pace jogging a week to reap the longevity benefits. Walking is also beneficial; the National Institutes of Health says it can add up to 4.5 years to the average life expectancy. Seventy-five minutes of brisk walking a week can add 1.8 years to life expectancy after age 40, according to study results cited in PLOS Medicine.

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s the first school in the nation to go completely meatless, 400 students at New York City’s P.S. 244, the Active Learning Elementary School, are treated to eclectic fare that includes black bean and cheese quesadillas, falafels, and tofu in an Asian sesame sauce. “We’ve had a really great response from the kids, but they also understand it’s about healthy options,” says Principal Bob Groff. “Because we teach them to make healthy choices, they understand what is happening and believe in what we’re doing, too.” When the school opened in 2008, the cafeteria served vegetarian meals three days a week. “We started to try out recipes with small groups of students to see what they liked and didn’t like. It was a hit,” says Groff. All meals adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture standards, so students get plenty of nutrient- and protein-dense vegetables. Students are also welcome to pack their own lunches, including meat.

Yoga Relieves Back Pain


ould a simple yoga class ease chronic back pain? Yes, say researchers in two recent studies. Scientists at the University of Washington found that subjects reported a 61 percent decrease in back pain when practicing yoga in a 12-week period compared with doing simple stretching. The researchers attributed their findings, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to yoga’s physical and breathing exercises and how they increase awareness and relaxation. Another project, funded by Arthritis Research UK, showed that Britons with long-term back pain that took a 12-week yoga course reported 75 percent fewer sick days.


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Weightlifting Lowers Heart Disease and Diabetes Risks


ewer than 10 percent of Americans regularly lift weights, but perhaps more of us should, according to a study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Scientists at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, found that weightlifters had a 37 percent reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors linked to heart disease and diabetes. Previous research has linked having greater muscle strength and mass (results of weightlifting) to lower rates of metabolic syndrome. People with three out of five risk factors—a large waist (more than 40 inches for men, more than 35 inches for women), high triglycerides and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar—may be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. The researchers also analyzed data from the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which showed that young men were most likely to do regular weightlifting, while women, older people and Latinos were least likely. The survey statistics support the conclusion that non-weightlifters are more likely to exhibit metabolic syndrome.

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Online Mapping Points the Way Falling Fruit (, created by Caleb Philips, co-founder of Boulder Food Rescue, and Ethan Welty, a photographer and geographer based in Boulder, Colorado, uses a map to cite locations of fruits and vegetables that are free to forage around the world. It looks like a Google map, with reported locations marked with dots. Zoom in and click on one to find a description of what tree or bush is there. The description often includes information about the best season to pluck plant fruits, the quality and yield, a link to the species’ profile on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website and additional advice on accessing the spot. Welty compiled most of the half-million or so locations from various municipal databases, local foraging organizations and urban gardening groups. Additionally, the map is open for Wikipedia-style public editing. He says, “Falling Fruit pinpoints all sorts of tasty trees in public parks, lining city streets and even hanging over fences from the UK to New Zealand.” It also lists beehives, public water wells and even dumpsters with excess food waste.

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Neonicotinoid Pesticides Threaten Birds and Insects, Too Controversial neonicotinoid pesticides linked to catastrophic honeybee declines in North America and Europe may also kill other creatures, posing ecological threats even graver than feared, according to a new report by the American Bird Conservancy. It claims that dangers to birds and streamdwelling and soil-dwelling insects accidentally exposed to the chemicals have been underestimated by regulators and downplayed by industry. “The environmental persistence of the neonicotinoids, their propensity for runoff and for groundwater infiltration and their cumulative and largely irreversible mode of action in invertebrates raise environmental concerns that go well beyond bees,” according to the report co-authors, pesticide policy expert Cynthia Palmer and pesticide toxicologist Pierre Mineau, Ph.D., who both work for the nonprofit. They note that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency typically sets guidelines for bird exposures using laboratory tests on just two species, which ignores widely varying sensitivities among hundreds of other species. Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society, an invertebrate conservation group, says that integrated pest management (IPM), which combines precisely targeted chemical use with other, non-chemical means of pest control, can deliver industrial-scale yields in an environmentally sustainable way. To the detriment of wildlife, “[Our nation] has moved away from IPM, from scouting a farm, putting in habitat for beneficial insects and spraying only if there’s damage,” he warns. “With neonicotinoids, they don’t do that anymore,” instead returning to indiscriminate blanket spraying.

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n 2010, Gaye Hyre’s late mother’s friend (“my courtesy aunt”), then 84, was diagnosed with a cancer recurrence. Two weeks later, Hyre received her own cancer diagnosis. While supporting each other through simultaneous journeys, her friend, an artist, shared “When I’m in pain I add a ‘t’…I get up and paint.” She painted throughout her treatment. The arts heal. They help shift attitude and emotions, transform how we see ourselves and our world and help incur serenity. When Hyre was in treatment, her friend, Serena Hatch, a 20-year cancer survivor, mentioned shows, including Connecticut’s After the Storm, in which hand-decorated “Art Bras” were modeled and auctioned to fundraise for cancer patients. Inspired by the idea and the plethora of artistic citizens in New Haven, the duo felt the need to create a similar event locally, one in which survivors and their supporters would be the models. Given experience in professional theater and stage management, Hyre felt able to focus her passion. With the blessing of her hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, and while still in treatment, she and Hatch co-founded ArtBra New Haven with the aim “to provide emotional and financial support to the under- and uninsured breast-cancer patients in the Greater New Haven region.” Further cementing the mission was the cancellation of her insurance the day before she was supposed to 20

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start chemotherapy. Upon notifying the hospital she couldn’t accept treatment, she was told “we have funds for this,” get treated and, when well, she’d pay $25 a month for life. The insurance issue was ultimately resolved, though the experience confirmed her commitment that “No one should ever have to feel they can’t be treated because they don’t have insurance or their insurance is minimal and they can’t pay the rest of it. I don’t want anyone to ever feel that way if I can help it.”

Vibrant survivorship will be celebrated at ArtBra’s “Third Time’s Charming” on Sunday, October 6. This all-volunteer, third annual fundraiser will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at New Haven’s Omni Hotel (a generously donated space). Thirty pieces of wearable art will be auctioned in a modeled runway show, with other works sold in a silent auction gallery. $50 tickets include a tea luncheon. All proceeds will benefit under- and un-insured patients at Smilow’s Breast Center. WNPR’s Bruce Barber returns as emcee and bra auctioneer. Vendors are invited to purchase display tables (limited space: first-come-first-served). Exhibitions will include jewelry, bra/art display frames, Get in Touch Foundation, Smilow, Savvy Tea Gourmet (with an ArtBra-specific tea blend) and others. ArtBra New Haven now has 501(c)3 status, making tickets (and year-round donations) tax-deductible. Event sponsorships are available through September 20.

Anybody can donate an ArtBra or silent auction item until September 15. Camisoles, wigs/headpieces are encouraged, as are t-shirts and hats for men survivors. Pieces (serious or humorous) should speak to one’s cancer experience or that of a friend/family member. Hyre has created bras, like “Better Living through Chemistry” including the chemical formula and molecular structure for Taxol. After treatment, her wondering “how come I’m not glowing in the dark?” inspired “Madame Curie, You Look Radiant Tonight,” which was modeled by a three-time survivor who integrated glowsticks into the piece. This year’s designs include feathers, sequins, corks, flowers, a mermaid and one signed by actress Kathleen Turner. Each year, ArtBra New Haven selects a community advocate honoree. Previous honorees include Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (for No Drive-through Mastectomy legislation) and Dr. Nancy Cappello (Are You Dense Foundation and the driver of Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation legislation requiring clinicians to notify patients with dense tissue, which may mask tumors in mammograms). The 2013 honoree is Ellen Matloff, research scientist in genetics and Director of the Cancer Genetic Counseling Program at Yale Cancer Center.

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When survivors in the first-year audience were asked to stand, 70 of 130 attendees rose out of their seats. Hyre’s response to that statistic? “The fact is we have a fantastic, unbelievable resource here in the Smilow Center and the fact that we have that is part of the reason why 70 people were there to stand up.” One was a 92 year-old with metastatic cancer. “When she left she said ‘I had a great time – see you next year.’ And do you know she was there last year? It’s priceless!” In addition to creativity, visual imagery and other approaches to healing, Hyre asserts community is essential. “After a year of no fun, fun is a real priority and even given the basis for this, which is as nasty as it gets, I wouldn’t have missed this for the world. It’s lousy, but you can get more out of it than it takes out of you and you can find yourself in places you never expected, and probably never wanted to be, but it changes you. It really deeply changes you and, if you allow it, it’s in ways that are for the good.” She adds that it’s vital to laugh “and make a Bronx cheer at the disease” like when her hair was included with PetCo’s pet hair donation to clean the BP oil spill, or how, when concerned about chemo’s toxic effects on septic systems, she learned to pour a beer down the drain then have the tank pumped. Hyre has met incredible people and is grateful for their support, intelligence and humor. Pains from illness/loss have also been softened by the communal joie de vivre at ArtBra, which she hopes will become a New Haven staple. Creativity has always been part of Gaye Hyre’s life. From when her Grandmother would say “Come on, Darling! Let’s put on all our diamonds (Woolworth rhinestones) and have tea,” to theater, to ArtBra, she knows how imagination and the arts are powerful forces for healing and joy that ripple outward. In describing the paintings by her “courtesy aunt” after diagnosis, Hyre says the initial work was dark, but lightened as treatment progressed. When there was no evidence of disease (NED), she painted a brightly colored work with dancing figures, which she called “NED Dance.” The painting sold at ArtBra New Haven and the owner still says that seeing the picture every day makes her happy. After sharing this story, Hyre muses “That’s what it’s about.” For information: natural awakenings

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use the power of love, silence and the divine, and the result is the music of Deva Premal and Miten. For more than 20 years, the couple’s impassioned renditions of the sacred mantras of India have inspired an eclectic worldwide following. The pair’s shared journey, converging music and love, began two decades ago in an ashram dedicated to the Indian mystic and guru Osho, then known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Miten was searching for a different way of life with richer meaning after departing the British rock ’n’ roll scene, while the German-born Premal was reconnecting with the great Eastern musical and spiritual disciplines in which she was raised. Premal made a conscious decision early on to pursue two goals in life: “Enjoy every moment and do something meaningful.” In the music she found both, and more. One day, she simply sat down and began harmonizing with Miten while he played the ashram’s meditation music, effortlessly invoking the ancient mantras that had been her childhood lullabies. Miten discovered that Premal’s powerful voice completed his music, and her powerful presence completed him. The same was true for Premal, who sang in part because, “I wanted to find a way to be with him all the time.” Since their first star-crossed encounter in 1990, the duo has recorded some of the top-selling mantra albums in the world; most recently, A Deeper Light. Their personal histories and life together are depicted through words and sound in 22

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More Than Music: The Deva Premal & Miten Story, a book and compilation CD. Premal and Miten have sung for the Dalai Lama and to mark the life passing of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, author of the groundbreaking On Death and Dying. Their celebrity fans include Eckhart Tolle, Anthony Robbins and Cher, who performed their version of the Gayatri Mantra during her farewell tour. Miten sees their music’s growing popularity as a sign of people’s hunger for spiritual renewal and purpose. “You don’t need to know what the mantras mean for them to have their effect—it works like medicine in that way,” he says. Audiences at their performances are encouraged to withhold applause and naturally take in the expansive silence that fills the room after a mantra has been played. “It’s the reason we play, to feel that ‘alive’ silence, which is as tangible as the music,” says Miten. “That’s when it’s the most healing.” “Once you tune into that silence, you can hear it anywhere, even in a noisy place,” advises Premal. “It’s always underneath everything; the awareness of it becomes part of your life.” Deva Premal & Miten’s MantraFest tour across North America this fall features the legendary GuruGanesha Band and Nepalese musician Manose. For tickets, locations and dates, visit Deva, Premal & Miten will be performing in Bridgeport at the Klein Auditorium on September 19 from 7-10 p.m. See ad, page 4.


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school came into being, Founder Joan Palmer shared that “This was the program we were all looking for when we went to school, but it didn’t yet exist. We created the program we wanted.” They aim to offer comprehensive courses covering all aspects of food and herbs as they relate to health and well-being. Rather than being solely clinical or a new fad, courses look at food from a historical perspective, a sustainable perspective steeped in traditional knowledge and wisdom. Palmer, who has her Masters in Human Nutrition, is certified in herbs, has been an organic gardener for 30 years and teaches in an accredited Masters’ degree program in Connecticut. Other instructors and staff include: Alison Birks, botanist, herbalist and nutritionist; Terry Walters, awardwinning cookbook author and a community advocate for food-related programs; and, Nigel Palmer, engineer, certified soil consultant, organic gardener and presenter.

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WORKOUTS Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit by Lisa Marshall


t’s the Sabbath, a day of “Exercise can “the flail.” As the World Beat playlist picks up the prayer, and millions of be a powerful pace, Pierrat leads the people across America through a funky, raveare quietly sitting or kneelgateway to group like series of dance moves ing, humbly communing the spiritual.” aimed at “opening up” the with a power greater than hips and chest and somethemselves. ~ Chantal Pierrat thing less tangible deep But inside the Alchemy inside. By song five, the of Movement studio in Boulsweat is flowing and some are dancing der, Colorado, the Soul Sweat faithful unabashedly, eyes closed, lost in the are connecting with their higher power music. Others are smiling broadly, makin a different fashion. In bare feet, and ing eye contact in the mirror. wearing yoga pants and tank tops, they The sense of joy and interconnectfind a place before a wall-to-wall miredness in the room is palpable. “Exerror while a slow, Afro-Brazilian rhythm cise can be a powerful gateway to the vibrates the wooden floor. spiritual,” observes Pierrat, the founder At the urging of instructor Chantal of Soul Sweat, a highly choreographed, Pierrat, they let their arms and necks spiritually charged dance workout. go limp, shaking off the week’s stresses Twenty years after the yoga craze via a sensual, full-body writhe she calls


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introduced Westerners to the possibility that the two seemingly incongruous goals could be intertwined, the spirituality-fitness link has spread well beyond the yoga mat. It has spawned fusions ranging from Body Gospel, a Christian workout tape, and Jewish Yoga classes to triathlon programs rooted in Native American teachings and Buddhismbased running meditation workshops. In addition, creative instructors have been fusing body/mind/spirit classics like yoga and Pilates with hardcore cardio disciplines like spinning and boxing. Half of all U.S. fitness clubs now offer mind/body programming, according to the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and the portion of classes dedicated to “mind/spirit” versus just “body” is on the rise. “The newer programming is balanced 50-50, rather than the 80-20 body-mind split of the past,” estimates Sandy Todd Webster, editor in chief of IDEA’s publications. At a time when, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the number of people that identify with “no organized religion” continues to grow (topping one-fifth of Americans and one-third of U.S. adults under 30), more people than ever are exploring exercise as a path to both flatter abs and deeper self-discovery. “We have spent so long focusing on the mind and the brain… but that is not the whole story,” says Pierrat. “The somatic, or physical, expression of spirituality is the future.”

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The notion that intense dancing or a long run could spark what feels like a spiritual awakening makes sense to Philadelphia-based research neuroscientist and physician Andrew Newberg, author of How God Changes Your Brain. A pioneer in the field of integrative “neurotheology”, he has for years used brain imaging technologies to study the impact religious or spiritual practices like deep meditation, intense prayer and speaking in tongues have on the brain. Exercise, he says, provides many of the same effects. In addition to prompting a surge of feel-good endorphins, a highly strenuous workout is one of the few activities that can lead to simultaneous activa-

“God has created us with a body. Why aren’t we praying with our body?” ~ Marcus Freed tion of both sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (calming) nervous system reactions. “Normally, when one of these is active, the other one shuts down, but when people drive one or the other to a very heightened level of activity, there is some evidence that the other turns on too,” explains Newberg. That intense dual firing can paradoxically lead to an interruption in sensory information traveling to areas of the brain that control our sense of ourselves at any moment. “Not only do you have this great feeling of energy and calmness, but you tend to lose your sense of space and time,” he notes. Newberg’s own research also suggests that when people “surrender” themselves in a spiritual practice, the frontal lobe (the practical part of the brain that keeps our thoughts in check) quiets. He speculates that something similar may happen in the midst of, say, a marathon or intense dance, enabling out of the ordinary thoughts and feelings to surface. “It can allow for creativity—a blending of different, more intuitive ideas in ways you don’t normally mix things,” comments Newberg. So, is exercise able to only make us feel like we’re having a mystical experience, or is it somehow actually opening a channel to the divine? Newberg declines to go there, commenting that a brain scan tells what’s going on in the brain, not in the soul. Yet he has no doubt the two are inextricably linked. He says, “There are many well-known examples of intense experiences, like Sufi dancing, generating spiritual experiences for people.”

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Marcus Freed is one of those people. He grew up in a traditional Jewish family in London, England, and attended a rabbinical seminary in Israel. Still, he felt that something was missing in his spiritual life. “I thought, ‘God has created us with a body. Why aren’t we praying with our body?’” Freed says that Biblical text often references the body: King David, in the

Book of Psalms, says, “Let all my bones praise the creator.” The Jewish Talmud refers to a rabbi that “stretched his spine with a prayer of gratitude.” Yet, Freed observes, the physical elements of daily spiritual practice have been largely forgotten over the centuries. When he discovered yoga, it filled a gap for him. “I found a way to draw upon this incredible spiritual literature but ground it in the body, so that experience is not just in the head, but also in the heart.” Thus, Freed founded Bibliyoga, which launches each class with a Hebrew or Kabbalistic teaching, followed by poses that incorporate its themes, as reflected in his book, The Kosher Sutras: The Jewish Way in Yoga and Meditation. The practice, now taught in cities around the United States and Europe, has prompted the birth of similarly religion-infused classes, including Christ Yoga, and the Jewish Yoga Network. “A lot of people separate things, saying they’ll get their spirituality from one place and their exercise from somewhere else,” says Freed. “I think they are missing out.”

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The spirituality-exercise link likewise resonates through other traditionally solo pursuits such as triathlon activities and running, in which many athletes say a more mindful approach to training has infused their sport with more meaning, and in some cases, improved their performances. Ironman Marty Kibiloski, formerly a competitive marathoner and road racer, led what he terms a “high achievement, low contentment” life for years, measuring his self-worth by timed results that never quite satisfied him. In 2006, he attended a Running with the Mind of Meditation three-day workshop, based on Rinpoche Sakyong Mipham’s book of the same name. The retreat combined with his newfound interest in Buddhism, completely redefined running for him. Kibiloski prefers to steer clear of the word “spiritual” (which he sees as natural awakenings


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“Mobile meditation… trains you to have your mind be still when your body is active, which is how you are in everyday life.”


~ Marty Kibiloski somewhat ambiguous) when describing what he now experiences when running. Instead, he frames it as a vehicle for self-discovery, a mobile meditation that provides the intense focus and freedom from distraction that enables him to “awaken to how things really are.” He now leads the retreat that proved pivotal for him, drawing more than 100 runners each Labor Day weekend to the Shambhala Mountain Center, in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Participants learn to focus on the cadence of their footfalls, their breathing and their surroundings to, as he puts it, “move meditation beyond the cushion.” He remarks, “It trains you to have your mind be still when your body is active, which is how you are in everyday life.” Triathlete Mark Allen credits his work with Brant Secunda, a shaman and teacher in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico, for enabling him to overcome negative self-talk and physical stresses

and go on to win the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, six times in the late 1980s and early 90s. He notes, “In every one of my physical workouts, I also focused on training the spiritual aspect, so that when I got that chatter in my head, saying, ‘This is too hard’ or ‘I want to quit,’ I could go to a quiet place, rather than a negative one.” Based on their book, Fit Soul, Fit Body: Nine Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, the pair conduct workshops around the country on how to strengthen both soul and body by intertwining both. “Some people think you are only spiritual when you are praying, but when you are moving your body, that is an intensely spiritual experience, too,” says Allen. “It’s my way of saying, ‘Thank you for letting me be alive.’” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Drawing newcomers eager to break a sweat while staying true to their mind/body and spiritual roots is the aim of yoga, Pilates and tribal dance instructors that are busy introducing innovations. Here’s a quick look at just some of them. Aero boga: This approach to yoga-dance fusion is designed for older adults that follow the bhakti yoga philosophy. Buti: Teachers of this 90-minute, high-intensity workout that fuses yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics aim to unlock the shakti spiral and release the hips to help energy flow freely in the first and second chakras. Piloxing: Created by Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca

Jensen, Piloxing blends Pilates and boxing with powerful principles of femininity. Soul Sweat: Highly choreographed, yet accessible to beginners, dance movements are set to World Beat, African, Latin, hip-hop and rave music to enhance coordination, tone muscles, enhance energy flow and awaken creativity. Vinyasa on the bike: Conscious pedaling on a stationary bike integrates yoga principles of breathing, flowing and paying attention to what is happening in the body. YoBata: Fast-paced classes intersperse Vinyasa (or flow) yoga with tabata brief sets of high-intensity, fat-burning bodyweight or cardio exercises).


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Mindful Practices Enhance Any Routine by Casey McAnn When it comes to attaining fitness, several well-regarded recommendations increase the likelihood of success. Natural Awakenings canvassed online fitness sources for tips and techniques intended to keep workouts safe, fun and satisfying. Our favorites follow. Always stretch – Light stretching before and after workouts loosens muscles and increases circulation for quicker repair and healing. It can also help prevent injuries. It’s ideal to hold stretches for at least 30 seconds, breathing “into” the muscles that are being stretched and inviting a gentle release of tension on the exhalation. If any pain surfaces while stretching a certain area, stop. Start slowly – Begin and build workout routines slowly in order to avoid straining muscles and ligaments. Exercise at least twice a week, the bare minimum for staying physically fit. Be well rounded – Add leg and back exercises to crunches and bicep curls, and vary cardio routines to stay enthusiastic about workouts. Experiment with all the equipment available at a studio or gym, asking a trainer for guidance. Drink plenty of water – Drinking water helps to decrease appetite and eliminate cravings, while nourishing and hydrating the body. The goal is to drink half of one’s body weight number in ounces each day. Keep it regular – Making exercise a regularly scheduled part of the week eliminates excuses. Keep it on the calendar and show up as dutifully as for any other important appointment. Make up any days missed. Increase intensity – More intense workouts mean less time spent doing them while achieving the same level of benefits. It’s also important to keep endurance exercises in any routine, however, because they are vital for cardiovascular benefits and building stamina. Use weights – Adding muscle to the body increases strength, life expec-

tancy and fat burning. To tone muscles, use a weight that works for eight to 12 lifts. For bulk, use a weight suited to four to six lifts. Practice a weight training routine two to three times a week, keeping sessions under 45 minutes. Add interval training – Sprinting for about 50 yards boosts metabolism and heart health. Return to the starting point by taking a slow walk. Repeat as many times as possible, making sure to warm up before the interval training and cool down afterwards. Dress up – Energize a workout session and boost confidence by wearing something snazzy. Donning an exercise “uniform” gets us in the mood, and a new piece of clothing or footwear can make us excited to get moving again. Be a safe runner – Every six weeks, cut running mileage and frequency in half for a week. This allows the body to recover from workouts and helps to prevent injury. Make it meaningful – While walking or running, recite prayers or a gratitude list, or listen to inspirational podcasts and downloads. Volunteer for fitness – Many volunteer tasks involve some form of physical movement. It feels good to burn calories while helping others. Bring workout buddies – Friends and pets need exercise, too, and they provide restorative companionship. Working out with a pal adds support and motivation, which are keys to success. Seek out a human buddy with similar fitness goals. Go green – Research from the University of Essex, in England, shows that exercising in nature produces additional physical and mental benefits. The researchers found that “green exercise” improves mood, self-esteem, enjoyment and motivation. Casey McAnn is a freelance writer in Boston, MA.

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DEEP-HEALING YOGA Release Trauma, Build Resilience by Sarah Todd

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hen a woman separated from her husband last fall, she tried hard to shut down her emotions. A 30-year-old working mother of two young boys, she felt she couldn’t afford to be sad or angry, even as she contemplated divorce. But something shifted when she began taking yoga classes in her town in northern Michigan. “It was my one place to relax and let go,” says Emily, who asked that her real name stay private. “I used to go to class, get into a deep stretch and cry. It was like my muscles were connected with my heart. My instructor would warn us that certain poses would provide emotional releases, and sure enough, the tears would fall.” People suffering disruptive changes —from losing a loved one to coping with unemployment or striving for sobriety— often find yoga to be a healing force. Lola Remy, of yogaHOPE, a Boston and Seattle nonprofit that helps women navigate challenging transitions, attests that yoga makes them feel safe enough in their bodies to process difficult emotions. “The goal isn’t to make stressors go away, it’s to learn resilience,” Remy explains. “Irreparable harm isn’t necessarily the only result of experiencing stress. Even if I’m in a challenging position—like wobbling in the tree pose—I can see that I’m still okay.” The object

is to teach women that their bodies are strong and capable, giving them more confidence in their ability to weather obstacles off the mat.

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Research suggests that yoga can also be an effective therapy for people affected by some forms of severe traumatic stress. A study in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences that scanned the brains of trauma survivors after a reminder of the traumatic event revealed decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain that helps make sense of raw emotions and bodily experiences. While shutting down the connection between body and mind can help in coping with dangerous experiences, it also makes recovery difficult. “You need to have a high-functioning prefrontal cortex to organize the thoughts that come up and know that you’re safe in the present moment,” advises David Emerson, director of yoga services at the Trauma Center, in Brookline, Massachusetts. “Otherwise, you’re assaulted by memory sensory information.” Yoga appears to rewire the brains of trauma survivors to stop reliving past distress. “You can’t talk your prefrontal cortex into functioning well again,” Em-

erson observes. “But you may be able to do it with your body.” The study found that eight female Learning Living Leisure patients that participated in traumaLearning Living Leisure Well sensitive yoga saw significant deSunday Well creases in the frequency and severity September 8 of their post-traumatic stress disorder 2-4pm For all Children and Adults YOGA (PTSD) symptoms. In a study at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in ART MUSIC PROGRAMS Learning Leisure Living Boston, co-sponsored by the U.S. DeEarly Childhood Music, Beth Patella’s DRUMMING partment of Defense, military veterans Well Music for Persons with Disabilities Animal-assisted Center for Music enrolled in a 10-week yoga course services andDrumming more! Circles • SoundTherapy Therapy also showed improvement in PTSD (203) 804-5396 symptoms. A paper presented at YOGA a EQUINE & CANINE PROGRAMS recent International Society for TrauTherapy Dog training ART matic Stress Studies conference studPaws to Read • Love and Care • Leadership Skills iedBeth 64 people that had experienced Patella’s DRUMMING Therapeutic Riding • Wounded Warrior Program childhood and neglect; those Animal-assisted Center abuse for Music Therapy services and more! Horse Trails to Learning that participated in a trauma-sensitive (203) 804-5343 yoga course had a 33 percent reducAND MORE... tion in PTSD symptoms. Two months Yoga • Art • Dance • Educational Seminars • Parenting Workshops later, more than 50 percent in the yoga group experienced greater freedom Equine Program Locations: Therapeutic Recreation Center and were no longer diagnosed as sufTurning Point Farm Miles Hill Farm 19 Hazel Terrace fering from PTSD, compared to the 253 Newton Rd. 1250 Long Hill Rd. Woodbridge, CT 06525 control group’s 21 percent. Guilford, CT 06437 Woodbridge, CT 06525 Yoga can also transform traumatized lives in other ways. “For many traumatized people, being touched intimately can be a trigger,” Emerson remarks. “Yoga may let them feel ready for physical intimacy again. Others have mentioned victories such as being able to go to the grocery store and knowing exactly what foods their bodies crave.” Emerson notes that such programs emphasize choice and individual empowerment. “The beauty of yoga is that you reclaim your body as your own.”


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Once largely concentrated on the East Coast, trauma-sensitive yoga programs are spreading. Jennifer Johnston, a research clinician and yoga instructor at Boston’s Mind Body Institute, sees programs like these enriching our culture’s understanding of the physical and mental health connection. “In a country where drugs and surgery are often the first go-to,” she says, “it’s important to remember that things like yoga can change our chemistry, too.” Sarah Todd is an East Coast-based writer and editor. Connect at natural awakenings

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Schools Go Green Homework, Lunch, Buses Get an Eco-Makeover by Avery Mack

With paperless homework, bookless backpacks, zero waste lunches, plastic-free filtered water and classrooms without walls, today’s parents and teachers are bringing eco-friendly ways to schools and giving students an early appreciation of the importance of environmental health.


oing green goes both ways— home to school and school to home. Alysia Reiner, an actress and eco-advocate from New York’s Harlem neighborhood, became involved with the Bank Street School for Children when her daughter enrolled at age 3. “I’m green at home, so in my mind her school had to be green, too. With no programs in place, I made suggestions, which got me elected co-chair of the green committee,” says Reiner, with a smile. “Today, we have a school-wide composting program serving 1,500 students that has reduced previous levels of food waste by 75 percent. To raise awareness and funds to support it, we sold reusable snack sacks, stainless steel water bottles and home composting bags.” An innovative chef focuses on organic foods with vegetarian options for school lunches. The next step is a rooftop garden. When Sheila Hageman, an author, teacher and public speaker living in Milford, Connecticut, first read the memo requesting garbage-free lunches for


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her three children at the New England School-Montessori, she couldn’t imagine packing food without the use of plastic wrap, sandwich bags or paper napkins, but, “Now, it’s no big deal,” she says. “I use glass containers and cloth napkins. The kids eat better quality food. It costs less, too, because prepackaged snacks are out.” She notes that the governing rule is one protein, one fruit and one vegetable. The school even has a natural composter—a class guinea pig that loves to eat leftover veggies. Students often bring the first of their homegrown vegetables each season for show and tell in the classroom, where they normally eat lunch. It’s a neat way to avoid massproduced food; the school has no cafeteria. “A little change becomes part of a

lifestyle,” remarks Hageman. Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, for grades nine through 12, in West Palm Beach, Florida, provides a near-paperless experience for students, all of which are issued computers. Homework is assigned, completed, graded and returned; tests are given and graded; report cards are sent and textbooks studied—all online. “We buy one set of print books, since not all students learn the same way. But e-books can be updated electronically each year, saving the educational costs of outdated materials and financial costs of replacement,” says Teresa Thornton, Ph.D., the science teacher who spearheaded many of the school’s green initiatives. “By the end of the year, they know how to use software programs to organize and analyze information.” In Pittsburgh, Chatham University follows the example of eco-pioneer and Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, a class of 1929 alumna, to preserve, maintain and restore nature. With the goal to be carbon neutral by 2025, sustainability becomes part of every decision. The Chatham Eastside facility, located in a revitalization area, reclaimed a former manufacturing complex. “We are the first school in Pennsylvania to have a solar hot water system,” says Mary Whitney, the school’s sustainability coordinator. “Bottled water was banned in 2011 and filtered water stations provide free refills for stainless steel bottles. The rent-a-bike program is especially popular with international students.” The two campus Zipcars shared by students can be reserved for a fee. Students also ride free on public transportation. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, students gain the knowledge and experience to extend the difference they make beyond greening their school. Anne Vilen, a designer for expeditionary learning schools like Donaldson, says, “It’s empowering for students to discover they can make a real impact.” Connect with Avery Mack via

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Maintaining one’s own fitness program can prove a challenge when the will to work out fizzles. Many people are getting help conquering roadblocks and staying on an effective path of regular exercise through an enduring relationship with a personal trainer.


pproximately 6.4 million Americans now engage personal trainers, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, including some in less traditional locations, like community centers and corporate workplaces. When a client sticks with a personal trainer over the long haul, the relationship can evolve beyond a caring coach into a steadfast mentor, producing benefits that transcend basic fitness. “I have individuals I’ve worked with for 10 years, and have come to know them and their bodies and habits well,” says Kristin McGee, a New York City trainer who counts celebrities like Steve Martin and Tina Fey as clients. By understanding all aspects of each of her clients, she says she can better tailor programs to meet their needs. When nine-year client Bebe Duke, 58, faced a lengthy rehabilitation after

tripping and shattering a shoulder, McGee helped lift her spirits, ease her back into full-body fitness and even slay some psychological dragons. “We worked her lower half; we kept her strong and her moods steady with meditation and yoga,” McGee says. “The physical therapist knew how to work with her shoulder joint, but not with the rest of her body and the rest of her life.” Duke felt, as she puts it, “a significant fear of falling” after the accident. “So we spent an enormous amount of time on balance and making sure I didn’t feel nervous.” McGee was able to help Duke prevent fitness loss, which can happen to anyone that goes four weeks without exercising, reports Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal. Maintaining regular exercise can also deter depression, confirmed by a study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

“Group training can cost as little as $15 an hour. Women especially enjoy combining fitness with socializing. Working together and growing together, they feed off and rely on each other to show up.” ~ Kristin McGee Three years after the injury, Duke can now hold a downward dog yoga pose and do a headstand. “I’m also running again,” Duke adds. “I’m signed up for a half marathon.” Richard Cotton, a personal trainer in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the American College of Sports Medicine’s national director of certification, agrees that a good long-term trainer often serves as a fitness, nutrition and even life coach. “You can’t metaphorically cut off people’s heads and only train their bodies. Then you are just a technician,” he observes. Building a true foundation for health requires understanding the importance of each building block, not

just working with a trainer for a few sessions and afterwards going blindly through the motions, attests Sandra Blackie, a former professional bodybuilder, certified nutritionist and current personal trainer in San Diego, California. “I want to educate my clients.” During extended periods, good trainers also revise routines at least once every four weeks to prevent adaptation, another problem that can hinder reaching fitness goals. “Without trainers, people often get stuck in a rut and lose motivation,” remarks Blackie, who also adapts exercises according to bodily changes due to aging or other conditions. Long-term relationships also allow trainers to focus on the individual’s bottom-line goals, Cotton notes. For instance, “I want to lose 10 pounds,” might really mean, “I want the energy to play with my kids,” or “I want to feel more alert at work.” “Achievable goals evolve from values,” Cotton explains. “It’s not about getting in super great shape for six months and then stopping. It’s about creating a foundation for life.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra or



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ongtime supermodel Sarah DeAnna believes in our ability to shape both our life—and our looks. Raised by a single mom in the small farm town of Jefferson, Oregon, DeAnna made her way to Los Angeles after putting herself through college, earning a degree in international business marketing from Oregon State University, in Corvallis. While she planned to pursue a graduate degree in business at the University of California, a chance meeting with a photographer at a Hollywood café instead launched her career as an international fashion model, realizing a childhood dream. This natural health trendsetter has since appeared in Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, and walked the runway for such internationally renowned designers as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Stella McCartney. DeAnna credits her success to her commitment to modeling a healthy, balanced lifestyle. In her new book, Supermodel You, she debunks myths about modeling, fitness and beauty, explaining how beauty emanates from the inside out.

How does self-awareness bring out one’s natural beauty? Self-awareness starts with being aware of your actions and their effects. For example, if you’re not paying attention to what you eat and how you feel afterward, you won’t realize that your body may be sending you signals about the quality of what you’re eating. How you walk also affects your body in more ways than you realize. 34

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Being alert to little things that may be throwing you off balance—like carrying more weight on one foot or turning a foot out when you walk—are small steps to developing self-awareness. When a Harvard University study informed a group of hotel housekeepers that didn’t consider themselves physically active that they were actually exercising all day long, they all lost weight. The only difference was their awareness of their work as exercise.

Why do you believe that models that follow less severe diets and workout regimens are better off? Restrictive extremes put enormous stress on your body, which is a leading cause of unhealthy weight gain. When I first started out, I didn’t know that I was eating too little and working out too much and too hard. Then my agent told me to ease my exercise and start eating some healthy fats again, which the body needs. When I stopped overdoing it, I both felt better and achieved my target weight. There isn’t any one kind of diet or exercise practice that’s right for everyone; it’s all about having a positive relationship with food and your body.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 REGISTER NOW! Journey from Suffering to Wholeness Workshop on 9/14 – 8:30am-4:30pm. w/Liz Jorgenson & Alex Boianghu. Explore common roots of addiction & attachment + skills to freedom from clinical & spiritual perspectives. $135. Mercy Ctr. Madison. Register: 203.431.9726,

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Happy 100th to Connecticut’s State Parks! – Celebrate CT’s great outdoors. Activities continue throughout the remainder of 2013 & into 2014, so there’s ample opportunity to join the fun. Info: (click on the CT state parks 100 link page right).

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Free Shoulder Consultation – Why suffer with shoulder pain when something can be done about it? Come see staff for a FREE shoulder consultation. Find pain relief without medication! PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 New Haven Bird Club 1st Wednesday Walk: CT Audubon Coastal Center, Milford – 8am. Excellent location for migrating shorebirds and passerines. Free. Meet at Coastal Center parking lot. Tina Green 203.247.2660. Wilderness Workout Honing Athleticism – 5:30pm/Wed. & 9am/Sat. (9/4-28). w/Tony Montarro. Core conditioning, spine/joint strengthening, primal fitness skills! Restore fitness/balance. Work w/nature. Become a resilient athlete! Reg. by 9/1. 1st sess. FREE! $65/8 sess. Ansonia Nat. Ctr. 203.736.1053. Healing Circle and Reiki Share – 6-7pm (9/4 & 9/18). Recharge body and Spirit! Enjoy an evening of meditation and positive wellness. Free. Explore it at Amazing Retreat Therapeutic Massage LLC. 35 Porter Ave. Suite 5B. Naugatuck. 203.729.2786,

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Junior Rangers Registration Day – 9am. Calling all kids 11-14 yrs. old (& their parents) who love the park & want to help make it the best it can be! Expect dedication, hard work, environmental awareness & FUN at after-school sessions, which begin 9/12. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr. Info: 203.736.1053. Yoga & Fitness – 6:30pm (begins 9/5). w/Pamela Mellitz. Stretching & toning, balance & awareness of the critical importance of correct breathing for better physical & mental health in 90-minute sessions. $7/class. Ansonia Nature Ctr. Reg.: Pam 203.888.4124.


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New Haven Community Circle Dance – 7:309:30pm. Move in footsteps of ancestors. Enjoy traditional cultural dances/contemporary pcs. choreographed in the spirit of ancient folk dance. No exp. nec. $8/sugg. Friends Meetinghouse. 225 East Grand Ave. New Haven. 203.467.1069,

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Nature’s Child: Goldenrod Jungle – 10:30am. w/ Ranger Wendy. Discover the critters who live on the park’s beautiful yellow flowers. $6/family ($4/ Ansonia residents or family-level FANCI members). Advance registration requested. Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. 203.736.1053. Breathe On9 – 6-8pm. Breathe On9 supports the many lifestyle businesses located in New Haven’s Historic 9th Sq. & provides the opportunity to sign up for a FITWEEK pass. Free yoga & zumba classes. Healthy tastings. Meet wellness practitioners. 71 Orange St. New Haven. 203.401.4245, FREE Yoga All Weekend: Sept. 6-8 – 6-8pm (Fri.) w/Zumba & Yoga (Pitkin Plaza). 9am-6pm (Sat. & Sun.) w/a mix of classes to explore & have FUN! Try out Breathing Room’s teachers & classes all weekend long...for FREE! Over 10 classes to choose from & find the most suitable one(s)! Holographic Sound Healing Concert – 7:308:30pm. Vibrational sound used w/intention can shift the energy in/around the body to help reestablish physical, emotional, mental & spiritual health & well-being. $10. Shoreline Ctr. for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Randeane Tetu 860.345.4226.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Muscle Relief & Body Wraps with Dr. Anastasio at CrossFit-Tri Town Gym Open House – Be ready for the next Tough Mudder to prevent and treat muscle pain and strain! Shed those extra inches that just won’t come off! Sample products and services. 477 Main St. Monroe. 203.261.8627. Introductory Workshops to Understanding and Changing Yourself and Your Relationships – 9am-12pm. Attend an introductory workshop for HFI’s Human Relations Training Program. Free. CEUs available for $35. Hartford Family Institute. 17 S Highland St. West Hartford. Register: 860.236.6009. Intro Workshop to In-Depth Body Psychotherapy & Subtle Energy Healing Programs – 9am1pm. Get a flavor of HFI’s Professional Training Program & new non-traditional Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling. Free. CEUs avail./$35. Hartford Family Inst. 17 S Highland St. West Htfrd. Reg.: 860.236.6009.

Free Reiki Clinic with Anita Jones, RMT of Tranquil Healing Reiki – 11am-3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 min. Reiki session and learn about healing energy. 1st & 3rd Sat. every month! No reservation. Thyme & Season Natural Market. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. New Volunteer Orientation – 1-4pm. Become a volunteer for Animal Assisted Therapy Services and learn more about their programs! No cost. Therapeutic Recreation Center. 19 Hazel Terr. Woodbridge. Info: Chris Patella 203.804.5343, Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation Workshop with Priscilla Gale – 3-4:30pm. Attendees enjoy this highly healing encounter with some big, CRYSTAL singing bowls & allow the vibration to sooth, calm, & re-align their truest form. $25. The Nest. 1008 Main St. Branford. 203.488.9642,

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Reiki I w/Anita Jones, RMT – Learn about Reiki energy, its history and how to use it for self and others. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. Hamden. $125. Register: 203.415.4791. ECKANKAR Religion of the Light and Sound of God Invites You to Our Worship Service – 10am. Hear inspirational talks and uplifting music to awaken spiritual understanding in everyday life. Free. Eckankar Temple. Rt.66 & Harvest Wood Rd. Middlefield., Therapeutic Recreation Center Open House – 2-4pm. Come check out Canine Programs, Therapeutic Riding, Music, Drumming, and meet the Therapy Dogs! No cost. Therapeutic Recreation Center. 19 Hazel Terr. Woodbridge. Info: Chris Patella 203.804.5343, Yoga Nidra – 5-6pm. Enjoy this gentle, non physical, meditative, relaxing class w/Betty Hamilton of Hypnosis for Health, LLC. It’s known that 20 minutes of Yoga Nidra is as beneficial as 3 hrs. of sleep! Shoreline Ctr. for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Info: 203.804.8897 or just drop in!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Free Foot Screening – PT Services of Guilford is offering a FREE foot screening. Call today to find out more about Anodyne Therapy for foot pain. Let staff help with feeling better! PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727. Fall Programs Begin at the Therapeutic Recreation Center! – For more information on programming, costs, and times, please contact Chris Patella 203.804.5343, or visit Circle of Love/Spiritual Empowerment Group w/ Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8pm. Delve within to enhance the ability to tap into divine energy. Join the unconditional loving energy of this open and evolving group lead by spirit. $15. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. 203.265.2927,

Qigong for Health – 7-8pm. Learn an easy practice to connect the mind and body, invigorate the internal energy and relieve stress with focused intention. 4-week series. $55. Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts 860.301.6433,

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 “Coins for a Cause” – Each month, Claire’s Corner Copia designates a charity to benefit from its “Coins for Causes” collection jar by the cash registers. Come on by to enjoy healthy, delicious food while simultaneously supporting a local charity! 1000 Chapel St. New Haven. Connect w/Guides & Angels: 5 Classes w/ Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8:30pm (begins 9/10). Listen/communicate w“helpers” to guide & protect. Easily & safely connect, tune into their vibrations/recognize them in future. $97/ series. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. 203.265.2927, Angelspeake™ Class w/ASpke™ Facilitator Diane Esposito – 6:30-8:30pm. Communicate w/angels, guides, loved ones. Receive support, guidance, mini-readings. Develop clairaudience, clairvoyance, clairsentience. $33/1st cls. & materials. $25/after. Wlfgd. Reg.: 203.284.1204,

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Energy Healing w/Barbara D’Addio – 6:308:30pm (2-day class: 9/11 & 18). Shamanic breathing, grounding, protection, sacred geometry. Channel light/feel, see, transfer energy. Learn to clear chakras. Hands-on healing w/Hawaiian Kahi tradition. $20. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Glfrd. 203.453.4000. Guided Meditation w/Emotional Freedom Technique – 6:30-8:30pm (& 10/1). w/Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach. Relax/rejuvenate/ balance emotions. Strengthen self-esteem. Clear aura/chakras-Feel Better. Connect w/angels/guides. $20; 5@$15/cls. Wlgfd. Reg.: 203.284.1204,

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Yoga and Guided Healing Meditation with Marcie – 5:30-7:30pm (Sept. 12 & 26). $10. Shoreline Wellness Center. 415 Main St. West Haven. Info: 203.931.1184. Develop Your Intuition: 5 Classes w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8:30pm (begins 9/12). Tap into innate ability of “knowing.” Through meditation/sharing/experiential exercises master techniques to access creativity/intuition. $97. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. 203.265.2927, Thyme & Season Free Health Talk – 7pm. Arthritis, Really? w/Dr. Aviva Werkin, N.D. of Natural Health Assoc. Safe, effective, natural remedies to correct problems. Thyme & Season Natural Market (Nutrition Counselor on staff). 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. Frank Mantlik: Confusing Fall Warblers – 7pm. New Haven Bird Club program features identification of warblers in their fall plumage. Free. Whitney Center Cultural Arts Center. 200 Leeder Hill Dr. Hamden. Craig Repasz 203.230.1697.

Rituals for Autumn Solstice w/Susane Grasso – 7-8:30pm. Attune to the moon! What better time than the Autumnal Equinox-the gateway to moon magic to explore one’s relationship to lunar energy? Use the fall season to bring out the best in self. $20. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Glfrd. 203.453.4000.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Holographic Sound Healing w/Randeane Tetu – 7:30-8:30pm. Vibrational sound assists the body’s natural healing ability, nourishes emotional self & nurtures the soul’s highest purpose. Release old patterning/balance energy/stimulate healing. $15. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 New Haven Bird Club Fitzgerald Property & Community Gardens, Woodbridge – 7am. Good location for fall warblers and migrating passerines. Free. Meet at parking lot at entrance on Beecher Rd. Chris Loscalzo 203.389.6508. Journey from Suffering to Wholeness – 8:30am4:30pm. w/Liz Jorgenson & Alex Boianghu. Explore common roots of addiction & attachment + skills to freedom from clinical & spiritual perspectives. $135, incl mats./lunch. Mercy Center. 167 Neck Rd. Madison. Info: 203.431.9726, GRAND OPENING: Vibrance Day Spa – 9am12pm. Fresh vegetable juicing, herbal tea, skin product matching, meet practitioners, raffle for services, holiday gift previews and more! 288 Highland Ave. Cheshire. 203.271.1105. Join the guest list on facebook!


FREE WEEK SEPT 23 - SEPT 29 Joiya Yoga & Healing Center Vinyasa Gentle Yoga Basics Yoga Amrit Yoga Kripalu Yoga Pilates Zumba® willPower & grace® Yoga Tune Up® Buy a 12 Class Card or Monthly Unlimited And Receive a FREE

Express Mani and Pedi OR Blow Dry (with select technicians only) 2349 Whitney Ave Hamden, CT


Reiki I & II Certification w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm. RI: 9/14, $150. (RII: Sat 9/21 $175; RIII: 9/28 $200) or request 2 halfdays/evenings. Mastership & Reiki sessions by appt. Wlgfd. Register & free pre-class consult: 203.284.1204,


Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/ Lisa Morrison – 12-4pm. Lisa believes that readings should be a balance of humor, healing and inspiration. Her goal is to help restore balance and encourage wholeness of self. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000.

Savor Summer/Eat Healthfully: Basta Trattoria – Family owned/operated. Dedicated to using organic & sustainable ingredients, locally sourced & prepared in the true Italian tradition w/modern interpretations. Basta Trattoria. 1006 Chapel St. New Haven. Summer hours: 203.772.1715,

Elm City Market’s Love Your Body – Health + Wellness Fair – 1-4pm. Elm City Market’s annual fair will feature wellness vendors, massage therapists, wellness-based services, raffle prizes and more! 777 Chapel St. New Haven. Back to Basics: Herbal Teas – 2pm. w/Sue Robinson from Kellogg Center in Derby. Late summer is the time to gather the ingredients for making delicious teas. Make some to drink now, then take some home to enjoy later! Free. Reg. required. Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. 203.736.1053. Feldenkrais ®Awareness through Movement: Softening the Ribs – 2:30-4:30pm. Learn gentle ways to mobilize ribs and chest for improved breathing, strength and posture. No experience necessary. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347.YOGA (9642),

Reiki II w/Anita Jones, RMT – Increase Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic symbols and distant healing. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. Hamden. $150. Register: 203.415.4791.

Tantric Vinyasa with Joe Somodi – 10:30am1:30pm. The word “vinyasa” means “to place something in a special way.” The word “Tantra” translates “to weave,” referring to weaving together the material & spiritual worlds. $35 by 9/8,$45/ thereafter. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven. A Taste of Country Benefit Polo Match – 3-8pm (12pm: Gates open). Enjoy a Yale polo match & help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Equine Project! Other activities incl.: tailgate contest, kid’s games, live music. $30/car, $15/individ. Giant Valley Polo Grounds. Hamden. Chris Patella 203.804.5343.

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Fall Therapeutic Riding Programs Begin! – Turning Point Farm. 253 Newton Rd. Woodbridge. AND…Miles Hill Farm. 1250 Long Hill Rd. Guilford. Info: Chris Patella 203.814.5343,

Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of full moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. 203.265.2927,,

Free Manual Therapy Therapeutic Consultation – Had physical therapy w/o relief? Try manual therapy, hands-on treatment. 40 minutes one-on-one w/staff. Feel better. Experience the difference! Call for FREE consultation. PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727.

Health Talk: Inflammation – w/Elise Panza, ND Candidate – 7pm. Understand causes of & recognizing inflammation. Be able to move again! Free. No reservation. Thyme & Season Natural Market. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. 203.407.8128,


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Claire’s Corner Copia Celebrates its 38th Anniversary – Everyone is invited! Stop in to celebrate & choose a present from the “goodiejar!” Breakfast, lunch & dinner. No minimum on credit cards. No maximum on Love. Free Wi-Fi. Claire’s Corner Copia. 1000 Chapel St. New Haven. Healthy Cooking Class – Trying to cook healthy & don’t know how? Learn how to use the internet to analyze recipes’ nutritional content, basics of recipe modification & some healthy food-preparation shortcuts. $20, $35 if interested in nutritional analysis. The Life Ctr. North Haven. 203.239.3400. Self Healing Tai Chi – 6:30-7:30pm (9/17-10/8). w/Susan Margaret, 3rd degree black belt in Dragon Style Kung Fu + certified instructor of Kung Fu + Tai Chi. Tai Chi- meditation in motion, considered the fountain of youth in China. $25/class. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000. Tai Chi Chuan – 7:35-8:35pm. Beginner class starting. Learn a series of relaxed movements to help focus the mind, reduce stress, strengthen the body and improve balance and overall well-being. 10 weeks. $150. North Haven/Hamden. Info: Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts 860.301.6433,

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Healing Circle and Reiki Share – 6-7pm. Meditate and Harmonize the Body! Come and enjoy the energetic fields that surrounds everyone. Free. Experience it at Amazing Retreat Therapeutic Massage LLC. 35 Porter Ave. Naugatuck. 203.729.2786, A Circle of Women – 7-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen authentic self, celebrate “womens’ ways,” live in rhythm with the seasons and cycles of life. Healing the world one woman at a time! $25. Holistic Therapies. 15 South Elm St. Wallingford. Register: Susan 203.645.1230.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Juliette Storch Reading at Enchanted – 11am3pm. Through sacred listening, soul whispering & messages from loved ones on the other side, Juliette guides the process to unblock energy affecting them physically, emotionally & spiritually. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000. Soulcraft Art Workshop w/Karen – 6:15 meditation, 6:30-8:30pm workshop. Healing selves through artistic expression. Vision quest painting w/ collage is stress-free. Join in this creative evening of fun! $35. All supplies included. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000.


New Haven / Middlesex

Twilight Hike/Harvest Moon – 7pm. Farmers & vegetable gardeners come continue the harvest long into the night by the light of this moon! Free, but please register in advance. Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. 203.736.1053. MANTRAFEST 2013: An evening with Deva Premal & Miten with special guests The Guruganesha Band – 7pm. Experience the beauty and bliss of the world’s most sacred mantras. Klein Memorial Auditorium. 910 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport. $30-$108. Reserved seating only. Tickets:


Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. Info: 203.265.2927, Laughter Yoga – 11am. New exercise: simulated laughter/gentle breathing techniques. Revolutionary body/mind therapy promotes peace at work/ home/world through laughter. Limited space. 1st class free. The Life Center for wellness/weight loss. 2 Broadway. N. Haven. 203.239.3400, Free Reiki Clinic with Anita Jones, RMT of Tranquil Healing Reiki – 11am-3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 min. Reiki session and learn about healing energy. 1st & 3rd Sat. every month! No reservation. Thyme & Season Natural Market. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. BENTFEST 2013 – 2-6pm. Family festival features live music, meadow picnic, nature walks, hay ride, kids’ activities, bird watching, raffles & more. $12, $8/6-18 yrs., free/6 & under, $25/family. Audubon: Bent of the River. 185 East Flat Hill Rd. Southbury. 203.264.5098, Transformational Breath Workshop – 7-9pm. Bring peace & fulfillment into life. Learn to breathe openly & fully! Breathing patterns can tap into creativity, increase energy levels & well-being. $40. Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Roxy Pickering 203.457.9585.

Leadership Training in Yoga for 12 Step Recovery – (9/20-22). Led by creators of Yoga of Recovery work featured in NY Times & Yoga Journal Magazine/Conference. Equips attendees to create, facilitate & guide these classes in the community. Great opportunity! Breathing Room Yoga.


Aura Class w/Margaret Mather, Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner – 6:30pm. A healthy, well functioning aura is vital to well-being. Learn simple methods that can immediately bring one into a higher level of health--body, mind, spirit. $20. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. Info: 203.453.4000.

“Coming Home to Flanders” Annual Fall Fundraiser – Lunch by New Morning, drinks by “the Cocktail Chemists,” live jazz music & auction. $75. Free off-site kid’s prog. ages 3+. Proceeds benefit Flander’s environmental education & land preservation programs. 203.263.3711x11,

FREE! Be My Guest at the Edge Fitness Club, Hamden Plaza – 6pm (9/20). Must be 18 or older and must register on the guest list. Contact: Venice 203.507.0889,,

Migration Festival at Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven – 8am-3pm. Sponsored by New Haven Parks Dept., NHBC & other organizations. Hawk watching, bird banding, live raptors, bird walks, other activities. Dan Barvir 203.946.6086.

Pesticides and Our Children – 7pm. w/Jerry Silbert & Nature Center staff. Learn about the use of pesticides on the home front and in public places. Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. 203.736.1053.

Readings w/Jessie – 11am-3pm. Clairvoyant/Intuitive/Spirit Guide Artist Jessie offers readings & is avail. to present a drawing of one’s Spirit Guide, intro to one’s power animal & the natural gem for heightened energy. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Glfd. 203.453.4000,

Body Wrap Party – 7pm. Bring a friend & have fun while losing inches! $20/Natural botanical Face Firming Wrap, $20/Body Wrap, $40/Face & Body. Enjoy Skinny Girl Cocktails & goodies! Join New England Naturopathic facebook guest list for updates! 288 Highland Ave. Cheshire. Register: 203.271.1105.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 New Haven Bird Club Sandy Point “Important Bird Area” Clean Up, West Haven – 9am. Beach clean-up. Bring work gloves, sunscreen, water. Meet at Savin Rock pkg. lot. 183 Beach St. Craig Repasz 203.230.1697. L.O.V.E. Institute Healing Series w/Gayle Franceschetti – 9am-2pm (begins 9/21). Yearlong healing wkshp./every other mo. Learn healing techniques/personal growth on many levels. New technique introduced ea. class. $250/cls. 36

Reiki III w/Anita Jones, RMT – Deepen Reiki knowledge. Learn meditations and techniques for enhancing Reiki energy. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. Hamden. $250. Register: 203.415.4791.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Free Back Consultation – Stop back pain NOW! Come visit for a FREE consultation. Find pain relief without medication! PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727. Fall Equinox w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:308:30pm. Tap into Autumn’s new energies-facilitate purifying one’s life, planting new seeds and endeavors, develop new values and make new decisions and goals. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. 203.265.2927,,

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 FREE Week – From 9/23 to 9/29. Vinyasa, Gentle, Basic, Amrit & Kripalu Yogas + Pilates, Zumba®, willPower & grace®, Yoga Tune up®. Buy a Yoga 12 class card or monthly unlimited & receive a FREE Express Mani & Pedi OR Blow Dry. Joiya Yoga & Healing Center. 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Events, Eco-consciousness & Eating Local/ Sustainable Foods at Claire’s Corner Copia – Breakfast/lunch/dinner. Gift cards, t-shirts, mugs & Chef Claire Criscuolo’s cookbooks available. Free wi-fi. Claire’s Corner Copia. 1000 Chapel St. New Haven. Info: 203.562.3888,

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Yoga and Guided Healing Meditation with Marcie – 5:30-7:30pm (Sept. 12 & 26). $10. Shoreline Wellness Center. 415 Main St. West Haven. Info: 203.931.1184. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8-week Series Begins with Kate Mitcheom – 6-8pm (through 11/14). Series includes a day of Mindfulness Retreat (11/2, 10-4pm). Come learn new ways of being and start on the path to improved health and happiness. $315. The Nest. Branford. Nourishing Our Children – 6:30-8pm (4-part series-Thurs.). Be guided through an eye opening presentation on the food bodies need & why. Learn to increase fertility, grow beautiful/robust babies & feed children so they grow up healthy & disease free. $120. The Life Ctr. North Haven. 203.239.3400.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Monthly Forrest Intensive w/Heidi Sormaz – 9:30-11:15am. Each Forrest Yoga Intensive class is designed and sequenced w/a specific focus area in order to help move one’s practice to the next level. $19/drop in or class card. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven. FREE! Be My Guest at the Edge Fitness Club, Hamden Plaza – 6pm. Must be 18 or older and must register on the guest list. Contact: Venice 203.507.0889,, Hu Chant – 7-7:30pm. Every 4th Friday. Join in a group chanting of HU a love song to God. Singing HU can open one’s heart to God’s love and transform one’s life. It can help w/experiencing more divine love, joy and spiritual freedom. Eckankar Temple. Rt. 66. Middlefield. Intro to Tarot – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to read the Tarot for self and friends without a book! Develop interpretive and intuitive skills in fun and creative ways in this 4-week intro. $70. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. Info: Enchanted 203.453.4000.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Common Ground’s 6th Annual Feast from the Fields – Celebrate community, sustainability & the harvest season. The peak of the harvest from their urban farm, New Haven’s most creative chefs, tastings, auctions, music & more. Limited seating-$60. RSVP: 203.389.4333x1219,

Reiki I w/Gayle Franceschetti – 9am-1pm. Reiki is the science and art of activating, directing and applying natural, universal life energy to promote energy balancing, healing and wholeness. Materials/ certificate included. $125. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. 203.265.2927, Reiki III ART Cert. w/RMT Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm (or request 2 half-days/eves). $200/ cert. advanced techniques/crystals/stones. (RI: 9/14 $150/Cert.; RII: 9/21 $175/Cert.). Mastership/Reiki sessions by appt. Wallingford. Reg. & Free pre-class consult: 203.284.1204, Jinny Hill Tastings at Gouveia Vineyard, Wallingford – 11am-12pm. A meet & greet w/ Dr. Anastasio to bring a healthy tasting party into one’ own home! Food samples provided. Wine & glass at cost of participant. Limited to the first 20 people. MUST JOIN GUEST LIST on facebook-New England Naturopathic. Chocolate Chakra Yoga is Back! – 2-5pm. A special meditation & asana practice designed to dive deep into the chakra system while indulging in unique chocolates from around the world specially paired w/the corresponding element of each chakra! Explore senses in a whole new way!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s - New Haven – 9am Reg., 10am Walk. The nation’s largest event to raise awareness & funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Lighthouse Point Park. 1 Lighthouse Rd. New Haven. Info: 860.828.2828, 21-Day Yoga Body: Workshop & Book Signing w/Sadie Nardini – 2-4:30pm. Move, sweat and celebrate Sadie’s brand new Random House book, The 21-Day Yoga Body. 1-hour lecture, 1-hour flow, 30-minute book signing. $50. $40/earlybird by September 22. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven. Restorative Yoga Workshop – 3-5pm. Discussion and lecture on how Ayurveda & yoga can aid in weight loss & heal the body from the inside out. Come find a mind-body balance by melting stress away & eating for one’s body type. Restorative pose for all levels. IFoundFitness. Deep River. 860.961.4507.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Free Hand Pain Screening – Hands always aching? Want to find relief without injections or medications? Come in for a FREE hand pain screening. Let staff help with feeling better! PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 5th Annual Idea Circle for Women – 8am5pm. For women 40+ seeking change, finding purpose, moving forward. Keynote: Kacye Jennings. Workshops, food/drink, boutique offerings & more for a healthy, vibrant life. Benefits “Girl Rising.” $139 (to 9/15), or $159. Register:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Claire’s Corner Copia’s Artist in Residence Program – This program opens the walls at Claire’s Corner Copia to local artists as a gallery space for three months. Claire’s Corner Copia (since 1975). 1000 Chapel St. New Haven. Info/Current Artist Details: 203.562.3888,

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 Thyme & Season Health Talk: MINERALS - What You Don’t Know About Them CAN Hurt You – 7pm. w/Dr. James Sensenig, ND of Natural Health Assoc. Free, no reservation. Thyme & Season Natural Market. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. 203.407.8128,

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 Salt Marsh Opera presents: Don Pasquale – Oct. 4-6. A comic masterpiece at its 1843 Paris premier, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale remains equally fresh & funny today. Full orchestra. Talented singers. Enchants audiences of all ages. $55/$65. Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Ctr. Old Saybrook.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Hammonassett Festival Celebrates Nature & Native American Culture & Tradition – (Oct. 5&6). Opening smudging ceremony. Live creature shows, drumming, dancing, crafts, World Atlatl event, hands-on demos, environment & museum exhibits, food. Great for the whole family! 203.245.9192, Rainbow Reiki Professional Practitioner – 9am5pm (Oct 5&6). Initiation into symbols & mantras of Five Medicine Animals for mystical healing energy work & into the Laya te yan, powerful radionic crystal that holds numerous healing programs. Usui I&II req. $400. North Haven. Free Reiki Clinic with Anita Jones, RMT of Tranquil Healing Reiki – 11am-3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 min. Reiki session and learn about healing energy. 1st & 3rd Sat. every month! No reservation. Thyme & Season Natural Market. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 ArtBra New Haven – 2-5pm. 3rd Annual live auction of Art Bras made/modeled by survivors/ supporters. Honoree: Yale Geneticist Ellen Matloff who researches BRCA I & II mutations. Proceeds to under/uninsured patients at The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Omni Hotel. $50.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 “Focus on Our World” – Exhibit through 10/28. Photographers Dan Mead & Sally Eagle offer a global perspective of wildlife, landscapes & cultures from around the world. Free. Paul Mellon Arts Center. 332 Christian St. Wallingford. 203.697.2398,

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sunday Sunday Morning Yoga – 8-9am. This Kripalu based practice will stretch & tone muscles, relieve stress & anxiety. Class geared toward all levels, modifications always given. Hour-long class will leave attendees feeling restored & replenished. IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. Info: 860.961.4507.

Pilates – 8:30am. w/Melissa Daniele. A mind/body workout designed to strengthen/stretch the core, essential for spinal stability. This holistic body conditioning can promote balance/harmony & improve flexibility/muscle tone. Joiya Yoga & Healing Ctr. 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden. Vinyasa – 9:30-10:45am. w/Melissa Hall. Move, flow and refresh for the rest of the day! New student special: $30/2-weeks unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven. 203.776.9642.

Mellow Prana Flow – 9am. Awakening the whole body with pranayama and invigorating meditative holds that allow deep energy inside to rise and gift energy. A lovely practice to connect, heal & go deeper. $17 or card. Raven’s Wing Yoga. 19 S. Main St. Branford. 203.488.9642,

Yoga Basics – 9:45am. w/Jen Cook. This class is designed for those new to yoga or those who want to explore the foundations. Learn about proper alignment, learn how to move safely, and develop a practice. Joiya Yoga & Healing Ctr. 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden.

Prenatal Yoga – 9:30-11am. Students practice poses and movements that appropriately stretch and strengthen the body while preparing for delivery physically and psychologically. No yoga experience needed. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347. YOGA(9642),

Homeschool Mondays at CT Experiential Learning Center (for Homeschoolers Ages 10-14) – 9:45am-3pm. Variety of classes including science, writing workshop, music and more begin Sept. 2013. Limited openings. Info/Register: 203.433.4658,

Buddhist Faith Fellowship Gathering and Family Sunday School, Middletown, CT – 10am-12pm. Mother Dharma program for mommy and baby, Montessori inspired classes for children 15 mos.-15 yrs., Dharma Buddies for young adults, and classes at NE Institute for Buddhist Studies by donation.

Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am/7:15pm (classes also offered Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Wed. 6:30pm, Thurs.10am/6:30pm, & Fri. 9:30am). Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203.453.5360.

willPower & grace® – 10:30-11:30am (starts 9/8). w/Lauren Henrici. Experience a unique, full-body, barefoot cardio-sculpting workout w/the intensity of boot-camp, self-awareness of yoga & discipline of Pilates. All levels welcome. Joiya Yoga & Healing Ctr. 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden. Guided Hikes – 1pm. Ansonia Nature Center. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. Info: 203.736.1053.


Yoga and Guided Healing Meditation with Marcie – 12-2pm. $10. Shoreline Wellness Center. 415 Main St. West Haven. Info: 203.931.1184. $5 Community Flow at Fresh Yoga – 12:151:15pm. All are welcome. All students will be encouraged to move mindfully, feel every breath and explore their own unique expression of each yoga pose. No experience necessary. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven. 203.776.9642. Gentle Yoga – 5pm. w/Lauren Henrici. This class is a slow pace flow designed for relaxation, awareness, balance and healing. A mindful practice that releases tightness & tension while clearing the mind. Joiya Yoga & Healing Ctr. 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden.

Angelic/Intuitive Readings, Reflexology, Reiki, EFT, Guided Imagery w/RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – Mon.-Sat. Includes Aromatherapy. Most sessions also by phone. Reiki practitioner certifications wkly. Mention ad for $10 off 1st session. Wallingford. 203.284.1204,

Zumba® – 6:15pm. w/Marissa Giordono. Zumba® is an energetic and exciting way to sculpt muscles and burn fat while having fun! The hour-long class blends Latin and international rhythms with easyto-follow, fun dance moves. Joiya Yoga & Healing Ctr 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden.

Sunrise Flow Yoga – 6:30-7:30am (starts 9/9). A fast paced Vinyasa flow inspired class including sun salutations, warrior sequences and balancing poses. This class will energize and revitalize attendees - a great way to start a Monday! IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. Info: 860.961.4507.

Qigong – 7-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles, and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Info: Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts 860.301.6433,


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Spirit of Happiness Salon: Walk Your Life’s Path with Light and Purpose – 7-9pm (2nd Mon.). Each month, join a different conversation re: the spirit of happiness. Upcoming: Build the bridge for conscious living/organic spirituality. Milford Barnes & Noble. 203.305.8091,

tuesday Join in Fun and Games This Fall at CT Experiential Learning Center!! – (Tuesdays: Sept. 10 & 17). More players needed for a variety of sports and games including softball, kickball, Frisbee, teambuilding games and more. Ages 9-14. Free. Contact: 203.433.4658, Kripalu Yoga – 8:45am. w/Allison Shapiro. Yoga that brings presence in the moment. Breath, relaxation & emphasis on feeling. Self-observation allows a state of awareness to arise, physical healing, psychological growth & spiritual awakening. Joiya Yoga Ctr. 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden. Intuitive Readings w/Susan Margaret – 11am3pm. Susan is a medium who has been doing psychic readings for 43 years. She uses playing cards, reads palms and uses basic astrology in her readings. $1/ min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000. Yin Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Take a shape, relax deeply into stillness, learn how to be w/self. Class creates positive stress on the body’s connective tissue to help rejuvenate & find a new experience of flexibility. $30/2-wks. unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven. 203.776.9642. Yoga with Marcie – 5:30-6:30pm. Shoreline Wellness Center. 415 Main St. West Haven. Info: 203.931.1184. Power Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm (starts 9/10). A yoga class that will MOST CERTAINLY make one SWEAT! A circuit based workout incorporating cardio bursts and light weights within a yoga practice. Take practice to a whole NEW level! IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. Info: 860.961.4507. Deep Gentle Yoga – 5:30-7pm. A healing, gentle stretch yoga practice to help open up tensions in a mindful way. Great for beginners, those healing injury, and those getting back into practice. A treat for the soul! $17 or card. Raven’s Wing Yoga. 19 S. Main St. Branford. 203.488.9642. Shanti Meditation, Mantras & Music w/Maitreya – 7-8:30pm. Shanti meditations are healing & enlightening. Group energy healing assisting w/meditation. Shanti Mission/”Peace Mission.” Donation. Held at The Gables of Guilford. Register through Enchanted: 203.453.4000. Holistic Moms Network, Middlesex County CT – 7-9pm (last Tuesdays). Nonprofit organization connecting parents interested in holistic health and green living. 1st meeting free. United Church of Chester. 29 West Main St. Chester. To contact, confirm dates or see topics, visit Restorative Yoga w/Ellen – 7:15-8:30pm. Restorative yoga is about moving mind/body away from normal activity and into a relaxed state of being. Poses held for 5-20 minutes w/props. New students $30/2-weeks unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven.203.776.9642.

Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30-8:30pm (& 8:30-9:30pm Thurs.). Reiki teachers Jeannette & Jim of ReikiOvertones & students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St. Fairfield. Details: Jim & Jeannette 203.254.3958,

Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:457pm. Classes taught by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC will emphasize the breath with flowing movement (pranayama). $10/session. Basic yoga required. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd. Stony Creek. Contact: Gina Macdonald 203.710.6665.


T’ai Chi Ch’uan/Qigong – 7:35-8:35pm. Beginner class. A martial art w/relaxed movement helps to focus mind, reduce stress, improve balance, and strengthen the body. East/West Healing Arts Center. 410 State St. North Haven. Call to confirm details: Bob 860.301.6433.

Zumba® – 6:15pm. w/Marissa Giordono. Zumba® is an energetic and exciting way to sculpt muscles and burn fat while having fun! The hour-long class blends Latin and international rhythms with easyto-follow, fun dance moves. Joiya Yoga & Healing Ctr. 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden.

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wednesday Introductory Massage Special! – Massage Savvy offers affordable, quality massage. Introductory special: $49/one hour Swedish or firm, $59/deep muscle. Loyalty program w/discount on multiple massages. 2514 Boston Post. Rd. Guilford. (rear entrance). Sched. an appt.: 203.453.8667, Qi gong – 7:30-8:15am. Exercise system including mvmt., healing posture, self massage, breathing techniques, relaxation, energy meditation. All ages/levels. Beneficial for many illnesses/disorders/dysfunctions. Helps release deep emotions/ stress. IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. 860.961.4507. Moderate Yoga – 8:45-9:45am & 6-7pm. A Kripalu inspired class that unites breath with movement. This is a well-rounded class that both tones and stretches the body. IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. Info: 860.961.4507.

Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm (classes also offered Mon. 10:30am/7:15pm, Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Thurs.10am/6:30pm, & Fri. 9:30am). Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203.453.5360.

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The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St. Milford. 203.878.0681,, Yoga Flow – 9:15-10:15am. w/Lauren Henrici. Multi-level Iyengar Yoga w/breath awareness to create a dynamic/challenging flow. Enjoy benefits of increased muscle strength/awareness/flexibility/balance. Leave energized/peaceful. Joiya Yoga & Healing Ctr. 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden.

Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12-1pm (& Thurs. other than 1st one of month 6:30pm). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing & strengthening body/mind/spirit. All abilities/ health levels. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classrm. 15 South Elm St. Wallingford.

Teen Yoga – 4-5pm (starts 9/12). Aside from the physical benefits, yoga teaches teens techniques for coping w/the unique issues they’re faced w/ everyday. Class is geared toward ALL LEVELS, ages 12-18, even those w/no prior yoga experience. IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. Info: 860.961.4507.

Yoga with Marcie – 12-1pm. Shoreline Wellness Center. 415 Main St. West Haven. Info: 203.931.1184.

Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method – 3-4pm/ Mddltwn, 5:45-6:45pm/Madison. w/Susan Sandel. Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsor: Mddlsx. Hosp. Ctr. for Survivorship & Integrative Med. 203.457.1656.

Intuitive Readings w/Barbara D’Addio – 2:305pm. Psychic/Intuitive, Shaman practitioner, Energy worker, Reiki Master, National Certified Hypnotist, Cert. Past Life Regression Therapist, EFT, Numerology, In Touch Therapy. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000.


Dissolving Barriers: Slow Flow Yoga for Bliss with Sally Noel – 7-8:30pm. Use breath & slow flow deep yoga postures & sequencing to create the intention to calm, listen inside & release. All welcome, some yoga experience helpful. $17 or class card. The Nest. 1008 Main St. Branford. 203.488.9642.

All Levels Yoga – 10am. w/Marian Wittink. The Integrative Amrit Method encompasses a range of poses/nidra/breath work/meditation. Individually & together, the technique facilitates ability to be in the moment while enhancing well-being. Joiya Yoga & Healing Ctr. 2349 Whitney Ave.

Library Yoga at New Haven Public Library – 1-2pm (every Wednesday). Drop-ins welcome. Bring a mat. Instructors vary. 133 Elm St. New Haven. Details: 203.946.8835,


Iyengar Yoga – 5:30pm: Back Care, ongoing, 7pm: Restorative Yoga (starts Sept. 12). All levels. Align and awaken self. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347.YOGA (9642), Gentle/Moderate Yoga with Heather Falzano – 5:30-6:45pm. For the beginner and beyond. Taking basic postures and expanding out into more invigorating strengthening & core awakenings in a mindful, centering way. $17 or card. Raven’s Wing Yoga. 19 S. Main St. Branford. 203.488.9642,

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Spin/Yoga Class – 5:45-6:45pm. Spend 30 min. on the indoor cycle working up a great sweat with energizing music. The 2nd half of the class is strengthening, stretching yoga moves with a final relaxation period. Truly a mind/body workout! IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. Info: 860.961.4507. Qigong Group Healing and Silent Meditation – *NEW TIME: 6:30-8pm (1st Thursday of the month). All levels of health addressed. No experience necessary. Fee: donation. Holistic Therapies Classroom. 15 South Elm St. Wallingford. Contact Pat for more information if 1st attendance: 203.500.6492. Distraction/Disorganization to Focus/Flow w/ Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30-8:30pm. Create habits to help w/feeling connected, clear & progressive even amidst a plethora of urgent matters/expectations. $44, $33/cls. w/mention of this ad. Wlgfrd. Reg.: 203.284.1204,

friday Bring Your Passions, Skills & Talents on Fridays to CT Experiential Learning Ctr.!! – Students, parents, teaching artists & people of all ages who would like to teach & present short courses/workshops geared toward middle school-aged students. Contact: 203.433.4658, Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am (classes also offered Mon. 10:30am/7:15pm, Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Wed. 6:30pm, & Thurs.10am/6:30pm). Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203.453.5360.

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ongoingevents Vinyasa Yoga – 10-11am. w/Lauren Henrici. This class is designed to open the door of yoga to everyone by gently exploring basic yoga poses. Movement w/breath (pranayama) w/emphasis on alignment. Joiya Yoga & Healing Ctr. 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden. Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm (Readings also avail. Sat. 9/21 & Sun. 9/1, 9/29). Usui & Karuna Reiki Master & Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions & physical being. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000, REGISTER NOW FOR OCT.: Drama Classes for Students Ages 10-14 w/CELC & Long Wharf Theater New Haven – 12:30-2:30pm (9-wk session: Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, Dec. 6, 13). Students will explore the fundamentals of acting & improvisation. $160. Info: 203.433.4658, Power Vinyasa – 4:30-5:45pm. Heated (80+ deg.) flowing class based on Baptiste Vinyasa Power Yoga. Vigorous, fast-paced series of poses condition the whole body, offer peace of mind & the ability to move more powerfully/authentically. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven. 203.776.9642, Soul Chill Yoga & Meditation with Sally Noel – 6-7:30pm. A practice to chill out after the week while gifting a bit of welcome challenge to move prana! Yin/Restorative poses integrated w/in a slow flow sequence is very luscious. $17 or card. Raven’s Wing Yoga. 19 S. Main St. Branford. 203.488.9642.

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ALS SUPPORT THE ALS ASSOCIATION CONNECTICUT CHAPTER – Leading the fight to treat & cure ALS through research & advocacy while empowering people w/Lou Gehrig’s Disease & their families to live fuller lives w/compassionate care & support. 4 Oxford Road, Unit D4. Milford. 203.874.5050,

FAMILY WALKS FAMILY RAMBLES WITH WALKCT – WalkCT Family Rambles, led by trained guides, bring families, fun & the outdoors together. Outings offered on the last weekend of every month, January through December. Info: CT Forest & Park Assoc. 860.346.2372,


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saturday Introductory Massage Special! – Massage Savvy offers affordable, quality massage. Introductory special: $49/one hour Swedish or firm, $59/deep muscle. Loyalty program w/discount on multiple massages. 2514 Boston Post. Rd. Guilford. (rear entrance). Sched. an appt.: 203.453.8667, BaGua & XingYi in Shelton – 8am (Meet at the Slab). BaGua (PaKua) is a Chinese art of moving meditation and self-defense based on the Book of Changes (the IChing). BaGua emphasizes the use of circular movements and the open palm. XingYi (Hsing-I) emphasizes the use of vertical actions and the fist. Free. Info: 985.210.8089. Stony Creek Intermediate Level Hatha Yoga Classes with Gina Macdonald MA, LPC – 8:3010am. Walk-ins welcome. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd. Stony Creek. Contact: Gina 203.710.6665. Reiki Practitioner Certification – 9am-3pm w/Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach. $150/ Reiki I: 2nd Sat.; $175/Reiki II: 3rd Sat.; $200/ Reiki III: 4th Sat. $450/mastership by appt. Reiki & angels, private cls/sess. avail. Wlgfd. Reg./free pre-class consult: 203.284.1204,

ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki & join in a FREE workshop to make it a Reiki day! The 3rd Sat. of every month. Free (“love offering”). Bloodroot Rest. 85 Ferris St. Bridgeport. Reservation only: Jim or Jeannette 203.254.3958, Creature Features – 12pm. Ansonia Nature Center. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. Info: 203.736.1053. Intuitive Readings w/Lisa Morrison – 12-4pm (Sept. date: 9/14). Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings. Lisa believes readings should balance humor, healing & inspiration. Her intention is to help restore balance/encourage wholeness. $1/ min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000. Pilates – 1-2pm. w/Certified Pilates Instructor. Pilates exercises develop strength, flexibility and breath control as they address both spinal mobility and stability. Beginners welcome. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347.YOGA (9642), Zumba® – 6:15pm. w/Marissa Giordono. Zumba® is an energetic asnd exciting way to sculpt muscles and burn fat while having fun! The hour-long class blends Latin and international rhythms with easyto-follow, fun dance moves. Joiya Yoga & Healing Ctr. 2349 Whitney Ave. Hamden.



IS YOUR CHILD GETTING THE GRADES S/HE NEEDS TO SUCCEED? – Tutor Doctor is CT’s premier in home tutoring service. We specialize in working with students of all ages in a oneon-one environment with a customized curriculum to meet each individual’s needs. We have qualified tutors available to assist students in all subjects, test prep and overall organization & study skills. 203.283.4039,

INTEGRATIVE PRACTICE EXPANDING – Newly renovated well-lit space with view of West Rock. Easy access to 15, 69, 63 & Whalley. Looking to expand our family with Integrative MD, Nurse Practitioner, Midwife, DO, PA or MSW, etc. Contact director Dr. Lou Cofrancesco at

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING ANNAHAVEN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES – Provides treatment for depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), ADHD, Obesity, spiritual counseling and anger management for adults and children. Call now to schedule an appointment. 203.606.2071. You have the right to be HAPPY.

TRANSPORTATION ISSUES TRANSFORMCT.ORG – Site launched to offer residents a place to comment & share ideas on the transportation issues facing CT. Visitors can sign up for updates & public meeting schedules. An opportunity to provide input on ways to make CT a safer, better place to travel, bike & walk.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT HIGHER HEIGHTS YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS, INC. – Mission: to change the lives of under-represented college bound students to empower, encourage & equip them to obtain a post-secondary education. “Inspiring Young Minds, Elevating a Community.” New Haven. 203.859.6647,

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Diana Lopusny, M.D., F.A.A.P. 88 Noble Avenue, Suite 101, Milford, CT 203.874.2800 Dr. Diana Lopusny, a board certified pediatrician, has years of hands-on experience with infants and children ages 0-22. Her personalized blend of conventional and homeopathic medicine offers her patients traditional, loving, and modern care.


CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) of Branford is a dynamic middle school program that provides small classes and combines exceptional academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences to fit the academic, social, and emotional needs of the 5th–8th grade student. Contact us to schedule a visit or for more information at: or call 203.433.4658. See ad on page 12.

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FRESH WEEK 9/16-9/22

FREE CLASSES: 9th Square: 49 Orange St. M 9/16 Kami 12:15-1:15 Moving Toward Splits T 9/17 Heidi 9:30-11 AM Lengthen Your Spine W 9/18 Ed 6:30-7:30 AM Full Body Wake Up Th 9/19 Iris 5:45-7:15 PM How to Headstand F 9/20 Christina 12:15-1:15 Find Your Strength Sa 9/21 Nancy 11:30-12:45 Get Upsidedown Su 9/22 Melissa 9-10:30 AM Free Your Hips

Erector Square: 319 Peck St. M 9/16 Cindy 6:45-8 PM Back and Hip Care T 9/17 Ellen 7:15-8:30 PM Relax and Renew W 9/18 Mike 7:15-8:30 PM Salute the Sun Th 9/19 Doreen 5-6:15 PM Balancing Poses F 9/20 Kami 6-7:15 PM Prenatal Yoga Sa 9/21 Julie 11:15-12:30 Empowerment Flow Su 9/22 Brooke 8:30-9:30 AM Get Coreganized

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