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Our June edition focuses on health topics relating to men— Plus, insights on fitness—and another essential ingredient for optimal health—happiness! During this past winter, I managed to eat a healthy, balanced diet, avoiding processed and genetically modified food (most of the time). However, I was not so disciplined about getting regular exercise. So in April, I began weight lifting and running in my eagerness to get into better shape before June (bathing suit season). When I was in my twenties, thirties and forties, running was one of my favorite cardio workouts, because it provided an instant endorphin release and the pounds would melt away within a very short time—hence my recent decision to take up running again. However, this turned out to be not the best idea. After my runs, I noticed discomfort in my joints—I also realized that I wasn’t enjoying it much either—at least not like I used to. Then, I pulled a muscle in my lower back. A workout that is beneficial requires mindfulness, presence and paying attention to what your body is telling you. As I was lifting weights at the gym, I could hear myself thinking: “How many more repetitions do I have to do on this machine?” While running, I kept looking at the clock: “How many more minutes do I have left on this damn treadmill?” My constant preoccupation with wanting to be done with the workout was the antithesis of mindfulness, which can—and did result in an injury. For many people, running is their livelihood and a very effective way to get fit—It’s just not right for me—not at this time of my life anyway. Now I am back to doing more gentle types of workouts, such as swimming, biking and power walking (yoga and qigong are also on my list). According to an Ayurveda practitioner I consulted a while back, my mind/body type is predominantly Pitta Dosha (Heat! Heat! Heat!). These calmer workouts have a cooling and balancing effect on us Pittas—not just physically, but emotionally too. When we participate in exercise that is pleasurable for us, presence and mindfulness are practiced with greater ease and the workout feels less like—work. Since I started doing exercise that is better suited for me (I still do weight lifting in moderation), I feel calmer, more centered—and happier. On that balanced note, enjoy these informative reads and be sure to check out the abundant local resources and community happenings in this month’s issue. Whatever path you decide to explore on your your journey to enhanced fitness, remember to listen to and honor your body’s own unique rhythm. May you enjoy robust health and happiness this summer! Happy Father’s Day to all Dads and any man, who gives his time to help contribute to the wellness of the next generation!

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he nonprofit Branford Alps Farmers Market is returning on Thursday evenings from June 23 through October 27. Taking place from 4-7 p.m., the weekly event provides a vibrant, inclusive gathering place for vendors and customers of Connecticut-grown and produced products to interact under a decorative tent. Ample parking and a convenient bus route are available. Each week the market hosts live music, a food truck and creative programs for children.

The Branford Alps Farmers Market doubles food stamp (SNAP) dollars and the farmers accept WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers. “The artificially low price of an unhealthy diet conspires against public health, especially in lowincome communities—nutrition incentives create positive effects that benefit consumers and farmers, rippling across urban and rural communities,” explains Chef Michel Nischan. He is the founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, a national nonprofit promoting nutrition incentive programs. For more information, contact Market Manager Martha Maguire at 203-494-0227 or visit AlpsFarmersMkt.org. Location: Branford Alps Farmers Market, 17 Alps Rd., Branford, CT.

YogaWorks Teacher Training Program Presented


radipika Yoga’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program offers attendees time for self-reflection, self-expression and self-confidence. Come meet the trainer, enjoy a YogaWorks class and a Q&A on June 25 from noon to 2 p.m. “Since the start of our training school in 1990, YogaWorks alumni have gone on to become some of the world’s most renowned yoga leaders,” says Program Coordinator Angelli Robison.


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Jennifer Dahlgren, pradipikaYOGA’s owner and director, will lead the training with Senior Teacher Jim Conlan.   The training is split into eight separate weekend workshops so the casual and committed student alike can participate.  The meeting times will be Friday evenings for four hours, Saturday and Sunday for nine to 10 hours each for a total of for a total of 23 hours per weekend. There will be up to four hours of homework and self-study per week. The asana or physical part of practice will be about two to four hours per daily session.  Ideal candidates for the training will have been practicing yoga for at least one year, are open to exploration, have a playful attitude towards their practice, and are interested in learning more about yoga. For more information, visit PradipikaYoga.com/ TeacherTraining or call 860-669-9642.

Famous Folks for Student Share Day!


n June 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the auditorium at the Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford, Connecticut, will be transformed into a “living museum”. Students of the CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School will present and share interactive displays, dress in costume, and transform into significant people who have changed the world.

People of all ages are invited to attend this Famous Folks event to meet and speak with students in character as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Jane Goodall; Neil Armstrong; Gloria Steinem; and other historical figures. This event represents months of research and study by the CELC Middle School students. For more information, visit www.CTExperiential.org, email Mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. See ad on page 28.

Kamp Kandu for Tweens


anduBeads in Cheshire, Connecticut, is offering a unique camp experience for children aged 8-15 years. In Kamp Kandu, a crafting program for tweens, “kampers” are taught to design in creative ways using their hands, mind and eyes to make their own unique art. Group sizes are kept small with no more than 10 participants per group. Each session is deliberately choreographed to encourage young artists to deeply explore each medium while gaining an appreciation for nature and the involvement of each other in any creative process.

A tuition discount of 30 percent is being offered until June 15 for all five sessions. The five-day sessions, regularly $315, are being offered for $220.50. The four-day Potpourri session will be $199.50 instead of $285. July 5-8 – Session 1: Potpourri – $199.50 July 11-16 – Session 2: Strings and Knots – $220.50 July 18-22 – Session 3: Wire Wrappin’ – $220.50 July 25-29 – Session 4: Chains & Armor – $220.50 August 1-5 – Session 5: Polymer Clay – $220.50 For more information please visit KanduBeads.com. Location: Kandu Beads, The Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St., Cheshire, CT. See ad on page 15.

Tapping the Knowledge of Peers in Monthly Meeting


he New Haven Chapter Holistic Chamber of Commerce’s business education focus this month is on a round table discussion on digging deeper into the “why” of your business and setting boundaries in difficult situations. The informational session will be presented during the chamber’s monthly business meeting on June 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Graduate Institute in Bethany. The meeting is free to Chamber members and interested first-time guests. The regular fee is $15. To register, visit Meetup.com/HCCNew-Haven. In addition, the New Haven Holistic Chamber of Commerce is Member Spotlight is on Sound Journey, presented by Lynne Grobsky, CEH. Her unique method integrates the power of intention and high vibrational sound to induce

states of wellness and well-being. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on June 23, the event will be held at 58 Schwink Drive, Meriden, Connecticut. It is free to members and $25 for non-members. The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is an organization representing holistic professionals, practitioners and businesses. It is a community of like-minded individuals with the goal of helping to heal the world by empowering members to build their business through business education, networking and community events. For more information, visit NewHavenHolistic.org or contact New Haven Chapter President Jiayuh Chyan at 203-228-1777 or NewHaven@HolisticChamberofCommerce.com. Location: The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Rd., Bethany, CT. See ad on inside front cover.

Calling Gym Members Over 50 Experiencing Pain


hysical Therapy Services of Guilford is offering free 10-minute biomechanical assessments in Guilford to determine whether or not physical therapy will help alleviate the pain by correcting a possible biomechanical problem. The complimentary sessions will be held on June 14 from 1-3 p.m., June 22 from 4-5 p.m., and June 30 from 1-3 p.m. If you are over 50-years old, regularly work out, and experience neck, shoulder, back, hip or knee pain, don’t assume the problem is necessarily arthritis. The source of the discomfort could be biomechanical in nature. For more information and reserve a spot, call 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main St., Branford, CT. See ad on page 25.

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Behavioral Health Office Expanding to West Haven

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nna Haven Behavioral Health Services is now offering a variety of support groups at 377 Main Street in West Haven, Connecticut. These include Teen Haven, Girl Haven, Young Haven Sibling, Single Parent Haven, Woman Haven, Career Haven, Gender Dysphoria, Tough Haven, Resource, Child Removed Haven and LGBTQQ Haven.


In addition to their mental health counseling, Anna Haven is providing counseling for individuals, couples and family, children, relationships, grief and loss, anxiety and fear, PTSD, OCD, personal growth, depression and anger management. Anna Haven Behavioral Health Services is also located at 410 State Street, North Haven and 30 Hazel Terrace in Woodbridge.

For more information, visit HolisticMoms.org or Facebook. com/HMNNewHaven.

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air falling out? Nails weak or ridged? Skin constantly red and irritated? Beauty isn’t just skin deep; your hair, skin and nails offer clues about potential deficiencies, imbalances and underlying health issues that can be corrected. On June 21 at 6:30 p.m., the New Haven Chapter of Holistic Moms Network will hold its monthly meeting. Come learn to decipher what your body is trying to tell you by taking a closer look at how you look. You will hear more about simple ways to create healthy and beautiful hair, skin and nails with overall wellness to match. Elise Panza, ND, is a naturopathic physician at New England Naturopathic Center in Cheshire, Connecticut. After completing her undergraduate studies at Yale University, she went on to graduate with special recognition for academic excellence from University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. Panza also leads a monthly meditation group at New England Naturopathic Center. Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network that welcomes all people wherever they are on the holistic path in an environment that does not judge. The member chapter, open to the public, meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Woodruff Family YMCA, 631 Orange Avenue, Milford, Connecticut. Children are welcome.

Webster Technique Certification Discover Your True Colors n June 24 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., a mandala meditation Earned by Dr. Durso


avid Durso, DC, of Advanced Spine and Sport Family Wellness Chiropractic has received his certification in the Webster technique from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. The technique can be utilized throughout pregnancy to prepare mothers for a safer birthing experience. It is a specific chiropractic Dr. David Durso analysis and adjustment that corrects sacral misalignment and balances pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a

cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth. Although he sees patients of all ages, Durso’s focus is on pre/post-natal, pediatrics and family wellness. He is currently pursuing his diplomate in pediatrics. For more information, visit AdvancedSpineandSport.com. Location: Advanced Spine and Sport-Family Wellness Chiropractic, 501 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT.


and painting event will be held in Southbury, Connecticut. The class will be led by Matt Chabot, CHHP, a board-certified holistic healer, artist and energy healer with Heidi Vollmer, M Ed, CHT. She is a hypnotist, Reiki master and educator. Mandala is an ancient symbol for wholeness and harmony. Following a guided meditation, attendees will complete a colorful painting of their own. Using the

mandala as a guideline, experience the unfolding of your personal painting as a teaching to deepen your spiritual journey through art. No experience is necessary. All art supplies will be provided. The fee is $40 for new attendees and $20 for returning artists. Space is limited. To register, call 203-733-1805. Location: 1449 Old Waterbury Rd., Ste. 306, Southbury, CT.

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A Walk amongst the Flowers in Branford


auren Brown will lead a flora walk on June 4 at 2 p.m. on Vedder to see and identify native plants and flowers. Meet in Stony Creek at the far end of West Point Road, which is across from the Willoughby Wallace Library in Branford.

Walkers should expect moderate terrain, with sloping trails and inclines, and rocky under footing. Bring water. Walking sticks welcome. The Nature Explorer Program began in 2009 to help Branford residents of all ages learn more about the natural environment of the town. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit BranfordLandTrust.org or call 203-415-1571.

Insects-of-the-Giant Hike


he Sleeping Giant Park Association will hold its Insects-ofthe-Giant Hike on June 26 at 1:30 p.m. Hike along and learn about the rich diversity of insects that can be found within the various habitats of the Sleeping Giant State Park. Representatives of many of the major groups of insects will be examined and aspects of their natural history explored. Meet at the bulletin board by the kiosk near the park entrance at 1:30 p.m. The hike is expected to last about three hours and involve traveling over uneven, rocky terrain, possibly with a degree of rock scrambling. Hikers should be in good physical condition. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes with good traction. It is advisable to bring water and snacks (preferably in a day pack). The hike is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not necessary; however, minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Out of consideration for other hikers, dogs are not permitted on the hike. For hike cancellations or rescheduling information, check the breaking news link at sgpa.org or the link at sgpaNews.wordpress.com. The Sleeping Giant Park is located on Mt. Carmel Avenue in north Hamden (off Whitney Avenue). The park entrance is directly across the street from Quinnipiac University. For additional information, visit sgpa.org. Inquiries can be directed to the SGPA Hiking Committee at Hike_the_Giant@yahoo.com.

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Creative Spirit Retreat at the Sanctuary: Quantum Forgiveness and Ecstatic Chanting


n June 11, the Sanctuary retreat center will be hosting Raj Earl Purdy, an internationally known teacher of A Course in Miracles and The Way of Mastery. He will focus on forgiveness, releasing judgment and practicing peace. His workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with vegetarian lunch served.

A gifted musician who has performed with Stevie Wonder and Al Green, Purdy brings music and humor to his teachings. Following the workshop, the retreat will continue with a special kirtan (chanting meditation) from 2 to 4 p.m. led by San Diego-based singer Shakti Ma. The cost for this retreat is $50 in advance or $60 at the door. On June 12, Purdy will broadcast his Course class from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sliding scale donation for this event will be $10-$20. The Sanctuary nonprofit organization offers sacred space and educational resources supporting community-based, sustainable, compassionate and creative living. To register, call 860-319-1134, email Info@OurSanctuary.org or visit OurSanctuary.org. Location: The Sanctuary at Shepardfields, 59 Bogel Rd., East Haddam, CT.

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Live Comedy Evokes Trust and Empathy


esearch from the UK University of Surrey has found that witnessing live comedy increases emotional interaction and bonding between the spectators and performer and enhances a general feeling of trust and intimacy among participants through the shared experience. Published in the journal Comedy Studies, the study was conducted by doctoral candidate Tim Miles, who analyzed surveys and interviews of audience members, as well as comedians, including some well-known performers. Miles found that comics and audiences connected through sharing of admiration and empathy. Bonds also formed as the audience began to identify with the observations and experiences of the comic. “Comedy has often been seen to be a bit frivolous, but it’s actually something really important. My work looking at comedians and comedy audiences has shown how live, stand-up comedy fulfills a need for feelings of truth, trust, empathy and intimacy between people, which is really important in a society where many people often complain about feeling isolated,” says Miles.

Omega-3s May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer


esearch published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has confirmed that high blood levels of DHA, EPA and DPA—three omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil supplements—are linked to prostate cancer. The study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center tested 834 men with prostate cancer and 1,393 healthy men; they found that such high concentrations were associated with a 71 percent increased risk of more serious prostate cancer and a 44 percent increase in the risk of less serious prostate cancer. The overall increased risk in all prostate cancers was 43 percent. The findings of this study confirm similar research in 2011 and another large European study. “What’s important is that we have been able to replicate our findings from 2011,” says one of the more recent study’s authors, Theodore Brasky, Ph.D.

Ashwagandha Pumps Up Testosterone


ow testosterone levels can be problematic for men as they age. Fortunately, Mother Nature produces her own form of testosterone booster: the herb ashwagandha. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested 57 men between the ages of 18 and 50. They were divided into two groups—one was given 300 milligrams of the herbal extract twice a day for eight weeks; the other ingested a placebo for the same period. Both groups underwent supervised muscle training programs for the duration of the study. The men that took the ashwagandha had significantly higher levels of circulating testosterone compared to the placebo group. The ashwagandha group also experienced an increase in muscle mass in the chest and arms, yielding an average arm muscle size of 8.6 centimeters, compared to the placebo group’s 5.3 centimeters. Those men in the ashwagandha group also exhibited faster reductions of creatine kinase, a marker for the type of muscle fiber injury that occurs during strenuous exercise, following workouts.

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E-Cigarettes Produce Free Radicals


lectronic cigarette use, or vaping, is on the rise as many consider it a healthier alternative to smoking. However, in a study published in the American Chemical Society journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, researchers from the Penn State University College of Medicine report that e-cigarettes produce considerable levels of reactive free radicals created by the high-temperature heating coils that warm up the nicotine solution. Dr. John Richie, a professor at Penn State and senior author of the research, says, “The identification of these radicals in the aerosols means that we can’t just say e-cigarettes are safe because they don’t contain tobacco. They are potentially harmful.” The researchers found that levels of free radicals in e-cigarettes are between 100 to 1,000 times less than the levels produced by tobacco cigarettes, still making them a better choice than traditional cigarettes although they still carry risk. Richie explains, “The levels of radicals that we’re seeing are more than what you might get from a heavily air-polluted area, but less than what you might find in cigarette smoke.” Previous research has found that e-cigarette smoke also contains aldehydes that can potentially cause cellular and tissue damage.

esearch from the University of Texas Medical School and Health Science Center has found that a medicinal mushroom extract may be able to eradicate human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease. Presented last fall at the 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, in Houston, the clinical study treated 10 women that tested positive for HPV with the mushroom mycelia extract called active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). The patients were given three grams of the AHCC once a day for six months or longer. Eight of them tested negative for HPV after the period, including three that were confirmed HPV-eradicated after stopping the AHCC treatment. The two other patients continued receiving the extract. A phase II clinical trial led by Dr. Judith Smith, a professor at the UT Medical School, will be conducted.

Awe and Wonder Prime Physical Health


wo related studies from the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that the act of admiring the beauty of nature with awe and wonder can decrease inflammation in the body. More than 200 adults reported their experiences of emotions on a particular day, including amusement, awe, compassion, joy, contentment and pride. Samples of the subjects’ gum and cheek tissues were analyzed for cytokines, and the researchers found those that cited emotions of awe, wonder and amazement had the lowest levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6). UC Berkeley professor and co-author of the research Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., says, “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions—a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art—have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.” 70 Wall Street-Rear Madison, CT 06443

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New Healthy Building Standard The WELL Building Standard, administered by the International WELL Building Institute, is the world’s first development criterion to focus exclusively on human health and wellness. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research, harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being. Pioneered by the Delos company and the culmination of seven years of research in partnership with leading scientists, doctors, architects and wellness thought leaders, WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where people spend more than 90 percent of their time and the health and wellness impacts on occupants. It sets performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and state of mind. WELL-certified spaces can help foster improvements in the nutrition, fitness, moods, sleep patterns and performance of occupants. WELL is independently certified by Green Business Certification Inc., which administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and associated professional credentialing program. Source: Delos.com

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More U.S. Cities Leaving the Grid Nassau, New York, a town of 5,000 outside Albany, plans to ramp up a combination of rooftop- and ground-mounted solar, wind turbine and landfill methane-capture technologies to generate 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. “If all goes as planned, within the next four years, all six of the town buildings will be disconnected from the grid,” says Nassau Supervisor Dave Fleming. The New York Department of Public Services wants this trend to grow through its Reforming Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is actively working to help municipalities, especially core towns and schools, move toward getting a significant portion of their power from renewable resources. Smaller, cleaner, power systems are less costly and cleaner alternatives to the traditional larger electrical stations. San Diego, California, recently committed to securing 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. It’s the largest American city to do so. Already, at least 13 U.S. cities, including San Francisco; Burlington, Vermont; and Aspen, Colorado, have committed to 100 percent clean energy. Las Vegas is among other major cities aiming to follow suit. Hawaii has pledged the same by 2045, the most ambitious standard set by a U.S. state to date. Source: EcoWatch.com 14

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Bye-Bye Dye

Mars and Others Abandoning Artificial Colors Mars Inc., the maker of many candies, chewing gum flavors and other food products, is phasing out artificial food dyes over the next five years. The decision came as a response to growing customer demand, says CEO Grant F. Reid. Nestlé, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s have also started eliminating artificial dyes from their products due to calls for more natural ingredients. Common shades of red 40 and yellow 5 are presently ubiquitous, as per capita production of artificial coloring approved for use in food has increased more than five-fold since the 1950s. According to a study of supermarket labels by the Center for Science in Public Interest, an estimated 90 percent of childoriented candies, fruit snacks, drink mixes and powders contain artificial colors, and many parents are concerned about their potential impact on developing brains. Several studies have scrutinized dyes’ possible link to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other effects on children’s behavior. When a study by a group of British scientists suggested a link between the consumption of certain food dyes and hyperactivity in kids, Europe and the UK began requiring food with artificial dyes to carry warning labels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to maintain that no causal relationship exists between color additives and hyperactivity in children, and doesn’t require warning labels.

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Nicolina Sandstedt, a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy expert with the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja, Mexico, observes, “The body awareness and alignment focus that the practice of yoga asanas [positions] offers helps bodybuilders find correct posture. Yoga also teaches elegance in transitions that improve competitive posing.” Peter Nielsen, a bodybuilder, yoga practitioner and world-class fitness guru in Detroit, observes, “Most bodybuilders haven’t fine-tuned their presentation. They often grimace and look uncomfortable, with their veins popping out.” He points out, “Yoga helps teach bodybuilders how to slow down, breathe into each posture and ultimately win posing competitions because of the grace, elegance and body awareness that yoga provides.”

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additional benefits: “Incorporating yoga into your workout routine improves your core, giving you overall body strength in specific targeted muscle groups. It also increases flexibility, stability and mobility, allowing greater range of motion. Most importantly, it will keep you from being sidelined with injuries.” “Stretching a muscle can make it more aesthetically pleasing,” remarks Sandstedt. “In yoga, we often hold postures for a relatively long period of time, in a more isometric endurance workout, than the short, repetitive movements performed in bodybuilding. Bodybuilding develops fast-twitch muscle fibers for power and speed, while yoga develops slow-twitch muscle fibers for endurance. Both are important for tissues to stay healthy while building muscle mass.” Nielsen notes, “Bodybuilding makes me feel stronger; I look better and have loads of endurance. Yoga makes me feel more centered; it softens me so I can hear and surrender to what my body is telling me rather than me just telling it what to do.” Such listening is essential to preventing injuries that periodically plague bodybuilders. Slowing down into yoga’s present moment awareness teaches bodybuilders how to perform from a place of presence rather than on autopilot, which is when most injuries occur.

“Yoga works all the muscles, even the smaller, intrinsic muscles often neglected in bodybuilding,” Sandstedt says. “In addition to facilitating healthy posture, these small muscles help support balanced joint alignment.” She explains that the explosive, repetitive movements used to build muscle mass in bodybuilding make the muscles less elastic, which also inhibits range of motion. Less elastic muscles may be more prone to injury, as daily activities require both strength and mobility.” 

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For bodybuilders that want to give yoga a shot, Nielsen advises trying a structured, 30-day yoga challenge. He sees how after the first month with his clients, the positive effects become apparent and most bodybuilders don’t want to go back to life before yoga.

Sandstedt offers, “I advise newcomers to incorporate a light yoga routine into the beginning and end of each bodybuilding training session. Ending training sessions with a few yoga postures will help balance the body, bringing a sense of calm and equanimity to the workout experience.” “In my fitness career, I’ve found that yoga perfectly complements any strength training program as a form of stretching, flexibility and de-stressing,” says Nielsen. “Yoga focuses me, and helps me to isolate whatever muscle I choose. It helps me reach my fullest potential and simply makes me a better version of myself.” Aimee Hughes is a doctor of naturopathy and freelance writer in Kansas City, MO. Connect at ChezAimee@gmail.com.


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ncient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments and drugs to transplants and wigs. Yet hairloss science is imperfect; it’s riddled with misinformation that allows companies to sell products of varying efficacy. The average head holds about 120,000 to 150,000 strands of hair, and it’s normal for both men and women to lose 50 to 100 strands daily. We lose hair for several reasons. Chiefly, aging weakens hair and makes it more brittle; it also decreases hormone production, slowing hair growth. According to a study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, anything that interrupts the normal hair cycle can trigger diffuse hair loss. Triggers include physiologic trauma and emotional stresses, nutritional deficiencies, endocrine imbalances and illness, as well as genetics, including pattern baldness. Even air and water pollutants and sunlight’s phototoxic aging effects may facilitate alopecia (sudden hair loss).


While it’s impossible to completely stop natural hair loss catalyzed by aging and genes, the rate can be controlled and abnormal loss may be reversed while stimulating growth. Dietary Changes. The typical North American fat-, protein- and salt-rich diet fosters an acidic environment in the body which can lead to premature hair loss. Iron-rich foods like lean red meats and dark green veggies contribute to ferritin levels sufficient to increase the hair’s growth cycle. Iron also delivers oxygen to hair follicles, further inciting growth. In a review of related research, the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology reports that double-blind data confirmed the findings of a study in women with increased hair shedding in which a significant proportion responded to llysine and iron therapy. Because hair is made mostly of protein, and protein deficiency is thought to cause hair loss, it would seem that consuming more protein would stimulate growth, although moderation is the key. Too much protein may result in baldness, according to Dr. Michael Eades, who owns ProteinPower. com. The American Heart Association recommends against high-protein diets

because most Americans already eat more protein than they need. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, shellfish, nuts and seeds and their oils can facilitate the production and action of hormones and oily lubricants that effect a healthy scalp and follicles and bouncy, shiny hair. A-complex and B-complex vitamins also are said to promote vibrant, shiny hair; B12 to neutralize premature hair loss; vitamin C and zinc to help strengthen hair; biotin to avoid hair loss and premature graying; vitamin D to facilitate healthy follicular growth; and vitamin E to maintain a healthy, moisturized scalp. Eating whole foods like organic eggs, lentils, spinach, red meat, pumpkin seeds and salmon is ideal, including plenty of fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals. Most vegetable skins are also rich in silica, which helps strengthen hair. Drink More Tea. Green tea, saw palmetto (or its extract) and stinging nettle tea contain ingredients that inhibit the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a compound that’s been linked to thinning hair and pattern baldness, according to Medical News Today. These products are used in battling some forms of alopecia and concentrated ingredients of these teas are available in pill form. Detox. Eliminating alcohol, tobacco and coffee can help. Excessive booze and caffeine lead to dehydration, which makes hair dry and brittle, and also dramatically depletes the body’s iron

and zinc levels. Cigarette smoke contains toxins that accelerate hair loss, as well as premature graying. Chill Out. Stress is a widely known factor in hair loss, specifically of a condition called telogen effluvium (Principles of Dermatology, by James Marks and Jeffrey Miller). Meditation and exercise can relieve stress and create a better hormonal balance, thereby helping to prevent alopecia. Massage of body and scalp also may be beneficial. Adding oils such as almond or coconut infuses the scalp with essential vitamins and minerals. A study by the Journal of Dermatology shows that applying onion juice can lead to hair growth. Treat hair gently, air-drying rather than rubbing it with a towel. Don’t Fake It. Using extensions and weaves or wearing tight wigs or hairpieces daily may damage hair follicles by stressing their anchor to the scalp, accelerating hair loss. Also, hair straighteners, tight pony tails, blow dryers and heated rollers may damage or break off follicles. Consider natural hair dyes. Eschew Shampoo. Most commercial shampoos contain sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulphate because it’s inexpensive, lathers well and typically thickens hair via salt. SLS also corrodes follicles and impairs their ability to grow hair. Consider switching to organic shampoos and conditioners. Jody McCutcheon is a freelance editor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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“I pick one day a week to do meal prep,” she explains. “After a visit to our Sunday farmers’ market, I work in the kitchen for a few hours so I’m ready to go on Monday and for the rest of the week.” Whenever hunger threatens to derail her from a whole-foods, nutrientdense diet, Museles is equipped with options like protein balls and carrot hummus. She’s also learned that having naturally sweet foods at hand helps divert cravings, realizing, “You just want a sweet thing more if you think you can’t have it. Plus, I think better when my blood sugar is stable.” Museles combines naturally sweet dried fruits such as goji berries and tropical coconut to make a handy snack mix. “Like blending smoothies, this basic trail mix can have many variations,” she says. She also suggests maintaining a well-stocked freezer. Museles freezes berries in season to pop in the blender

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for smoothies; pitted and peeled avocados to thaw and mash over gluten-free toast; and frozen banana slices to layer over nut butter.   Canadian Ella Leché, a mother of two daughters best known for her website PureElla.com/blog, is the new author of Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough cookbook. She came to a plant-based lifestyle in 2008 after a whole foods diet helped her overcome a chronic illness. Her blog documents her journey to wellness—one healthy change at a time. Leché, a graphic designer and photographer in Mississauga, near Toronto, started an elimination diet four months after the birth of her first child, when she noticed puzzling symptoms. “I started to make small changes and slowly but surely, I began to recover,” she says. Today her diet is 90 percent vegan and gluten-free. “I had a sweet tooth, but I didn’t have the balance thing figured out,” Leché admits. Foregoing sugar was hard emotionally, even though her body had difficulties with sugar, which seemed correlated to frequent headaches and mood slumps. Slowly, she started emphasizing naturally sweet, pure foods like dates and fruits and found other ways to ease cravings. “Starting the day with a savory, healthy breakfast can cut sugar from your diet because the sweet taste on our tongue essentially sets the brain into craving sugar,” she says. Leché enjoys involving her children in making snacks like healthy turnip or kale chips. When she gets a hankering for something sweet, she chooses her special cranberry and chocolate protein balls, sweetened with dried fruit and bolstered with almonds and walnuts. They take minutes to make and keep in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to three months.   Having easy-to-prepare, whole food snacks on hand keeps families happily snacking on quick bites and on track with healthy eating. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle,” says Museles. “If you like recipes that are good for you, it’s a sustainable lifestyle.”  Judith Fertig is the author of the awardwinning Back in the Swing Cookbook and blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

Natural Quick Snack Recipes 2 cloves garlic, peeled ¾ cup water Juice of ½ lemon 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes ½ tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 300° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure the kale leaves are thoroughly dry. Tear them into large pieces and place in a large bowl. Rinse and drain the cashews. In a food processor, process the cashews, bell pepper, garlic, water, lemon juice, yeast flakes and salt until a smooth paste forms. Toss the kale leaves in the paste to fully coat, and then place them on the baking sheet in a single layer; don’t overlap any.

Turnip and Beet Chips Yields: Up to 4 servings 4 turnips, peeled 4 beets, peeled ¼ cup grapeseed oil or other neutral oil 1 tsp sea salt

Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the leaves and bake another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Note: Alternatively, dehydrate the kale leaves in a food dehydrator for 8 hours on a high setting (no need to turn them over).

Preheat the oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the turnips and beets using a mandolin and place in a large bowl. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables, sprinkle with the salt and toss to fully coat.

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Bake for 15 minutes, turning over chips halfway through the baking time. Then lower the temperature to 200° F and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until golden. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

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Superfood Trail Mix Yields: About 3 servings This trail mix is loaded with antioxidants. Pack up a mason jar and store it at the office or other work station or make individual serving packets to take along on hikes. ½ cup sunflower seeds 1 cup walnuts 1 cup goji berries ½ cup coconut flakes ¼ cup cacao nibs

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Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms. Turn off the processor, remove the blade and roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball using the palms of the hands. Repeat with all the dough. Enjoy between meals or after a workout. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months.

Freeze at least 3 to 4 hours until solid. Then, remove from the tray and store in the freezer in containers (for up to a month), or wrap individually for a graband-go option. Source: Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover, by Elise Museles

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Practice forward thinking and willingness to let go of the past. People with high EI are too busy thinking of future possibilities to dwell upon things that didn’t work out in the past. They apply lessons learned from past missteps in taking future actions. They never see failure as permanent or a personal reflection of themselves. Look for ways to make life more fun, happy and interesting. At work, at home and with friends, high EI people know what makes them happy and look for opportunities to expand the enjoyment. They receive pleasure and satisfaction from seeing others happy and fulfilled, and do whatever they can to brighten someone else’s day. Expend energy wisely. High EI folks don’t hold onto anger over how others have treated them, but use the incident to create awareness of how to not let it happen again. While they move on and forgive, they don’t forget, and are unlikely to be taken advantage of again in the same set of circumstances.

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Focus on the positive. While not ignoring bad news, EI people have made a conscious decision to not spend much time and energy focusing on problems. Rather, they look at what’s positive in a situation and seek solutions. They focus on what can be done and what’s within their control. Associate only with positive people. High EI people regard complainers and negative people as energy drains. They tend to avoid them to maintain their own vitality. Instead, they spend time with those that look on the bright side of life. They tend to smile and laugh and attract other positive people. Their warmth, openness and caring attitude leads others to regard them as more trustworthy. Set boundaries and assert a position. Although their friendly, open nature may make them appear as pushovers to some, people with high EI are able to set boundaries and assert themselves when necessary; they demonstrate politeness and consideration, yet stay firm. High EI people guard their time and commitments and know when they need to say no. They don’t make needless enemies. Their response to potentially volatile situations is measured, not inflated, and managed appropriately. They think before speaking, allowing themselves time to calm down if their emotions start to feel overwhelming.

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hen we think of fitness, what first comes to mind? How fast and far we can run? How much weight we can lift in the gym? How fast we can finish those intervals? Common thought is physical fitness is only achievable through hard effort, but cardiovascular and weight lifting activities are only a small component of it. Mobility and myofascial release are becoming more common buzz words in fitness communities. Mobility is having the entire range of motion through a joint, whether it is the shoulder, ankle, hip or spine. What part does mobility play in overall fitness? A test can help determine your mobility. Lift your arms as far overhead as you can go without arching your back. Can your arms go straight up and past your ears? If they do without arching your back, the shoulders exhibit full range of motion. If your back arches or arms do not go past your ears, the shoulders lack full range of motion. When full range of motion is lack-


ing, it may open up your body to unwanted injury and compensation. Those injuries may not occur only in the gym; performing a simple everyday task such as reaching overhead into a high cabinet with an arched back can lead to back or shoulder injury. When the shoulders have full range, the chance of injury is reduced. It’s easy to change your mobility with a little time, persistence and patience. Think back to the stretching you learned in elementary and middle school with the obligatory 30-second hold after doing a quick walk or jog around the gym or track. You were instructed to complete stretching all the main muscle groups and then move into the true workout or activity. But what about stretching for change, to achieve the full range of motion you are seeking? This is where myofascial release comes in. John F. Barnes is a physical therapist, the founder of the myofasical release approach, and has been teaching the

technique for over 40 years. He continues to update his teaching based on what works in clinic and what the research shows. His approach can help provide effective change to minimize risk of injury and rid the body of pain. The fascia is the three-dimensionsal spider web that holds the body together with fluid moving through it. When fascial restrictions happen with either repetitive motion or injury, the fluid hardens like cement, not allowing movement through this spider web. This results in decreased range of motion and possibly discomfort and/or pain. The principles of myofascial release are easy and research supports it; a fiveminute hold at 3 percent sheer force— pressure to the first resistance felt in the body—results in permanent change in the fluid, causing the cement to melt into liquid. This is done either with direct pressure to a tender area of the body using a ball or through a stretch, elongating the fascia for five minutes. However, this type of stretching or self-myofascial release is not to take the place of the 30-second stretching recommended to be done before activities. It is done at the end of the workout to provide lasting change. Here are two elongation stretches to try at home:

Posterior fascia elongation (whole back of body release):

n Sit against the wall with a pillow behind the back, hips against the wall. Let legs straighten in front, relaxing into a comfortable position. n Place hands at side of your body, letting the shoulders slump forward. n Beginning with the head, slowly bring it forward, moving down the spine vertebra by vertebra like a strand of pearls. n When the body begins to feel the first pull, pause and settle into the stretch, letting it soften and then increase the forward fold as the fascia releases. n Continue for five minutes, stretching further with each release, breathing and settling into the body. n Slowly return to sitting upright.

Anterior fascia elongation (whole front of body release):

n Using a 36-inch foam roller, lie with it vertically along the spine with the pelvis and head supported. n Keeping knees bent and the low back on the foam roller, place hands at your sides on floor, palms up. n Begin to elongate out through finger tips, keeping the hands on the floor. n Bring your arms out to the side and up towards the head. n When the body begins to feel the first pull on each side, and it may not be symmetrical, stop and wait, allowing it to soften. n Continue to raise hands towards the top of your head without losing the elongation, increasing the stretch as the fascia softens and releases. n Continue for five minutes, stretching further with each release, breathing and settling into the body.

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HAPPY ALL DAY Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Judith Fertig

in the mind, he says, conscious selfobservation introduces a space between our perceptions and responses, allowing us to view our thoughts as separate from the person we really are. Complementary methods may include breathing techniques or body awareness that help shift us away from anxious, “What if?” speculations into the ever-present now. With just a few minutes of mindfulness a day—the first thing in the morning or at night before retiring—according to Verni, “We can shift our relationship to ourselves and our life experiences in a way that allows for greater spaciousness, acceptance and compassion, and in doing so, can dramatically improve the quality of our lives.”

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hroughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment. What we want to know now is how to instill happiness into daily practices. In her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin fleshes out the needed details. She maintains that the shift into a happier way of being can be as simple as changing our habits, which she terms the invisible architecture of daily life. Rubin found, “We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” We can start small in sometimes surprising ways that encourage personal, family, workplace and community well-being.

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854 students enroll in one of his pioneering classes on happiness in 2006, the highest enrollment for any class at the time. “Students explored ways to apply these ideas to their life experiences and communities,” he says. Today, he lectures and consults worldwide on the science of happiness, or “optimal being and functioning”. Ben-Shahar suggests we cultivate three personal habits. The first one is to simplify, saying, “We need to turn off our phones, email and other distractions at home, so we can fully be with the people we care about and that care about us. Time affluence—time to enjoy and appreciate—is a predictor of happiness.” The second is to exercise. “We were not meant to be sedentary,” he says. The third is to meditate. “Meditating helps us to develop extreme resilience to negative emotion.” Ken A.Verni, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Highland Park, New Jersey, endorses the importance of a mindfulness habit. In his new book, Happiness the Mindful Way: A Practical Guide, Verni outlines easy, step-by-step actions to form a new happiness habit that concurrently reduces stress and increases enlightenment. He starts with what he calls “compassionate attention”; being fully awake or present in our lives without judging what we’re thinking. When we view our thoughts as events


Another way to improve the quality of our life is to reverse one habit. Shonda Rhimes, creator of TV dramas that include Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, admits that she’s a driven, Type-A person in her new book, Year of Yes. A busy career in Los Angeles, three children and little leisure left her feeling unhappy, so instead of reciting her habitual, “No” to anything extraneous—like parties, eating chocolate chip cookies or spending a lazy afternoon chatting with an old friend—she decided to change that habit to, “Yes.” One of Rhimes’ most profound revelations occurred after she responded positively when her children asked her to play. She observes that kids don’t want that much from us and playtime rarely involves more than 15 minutes; when we give them access and attention, it makes everyone feel good. Rubin agrees that it’s the little things that can contribute to family happiness. As a New York City mother of two, she decided that she’d be happier if she knew she was creating family memories. She started regularly preparing “special occasion” family breakfasts, a relatively easy meal to customize. She says, “Studies show that family traditions support children’s social development and strengthen family cohesiveness. They provide the connection and predictability that people crave. I know that I enjoy a holiday more when I know exactly what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it.”

Take the Secret Society of Happy People’s personal happiness inventory at Tinyurl.com/HappinessCheck. Tinyurl.com/ DefiningOurHappiness provides an introduction. Home for Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk, could be a Nepalese monastery or a seat at scientific conferences around the world. As the author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, he defines happiness as a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. “It’s not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion or a mood, but an optimal state of being,” he says. In order to nurture it, Ricard recommends taking some time each day for quiet reflection, noting, “The contemplative approach consists of rising above the whirlpool of our thoughts for a moment and looking calmly within, as if at an interior landscape, to find the embodiment of our deepest aspirations.” By cultivating attention and mindfulness, the cares of everyday life

become less burdensome. Such a spiritual practice of just sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day, observing the thoughts that randomly cross our minds, and then gently shooing them away, can be enormously beneficial, he says, as it helps us put things in perspective and aim for continuous calm.

Flipping the Switch

Changing thought habits to focus on the good things in life is an approach that works for clients of Mary Lynn Ziemer, a life coach in Estero, Florida. Ziemer suggests we “flip the switch” from negative thinking and make a habit of starting our day being positive and grateful for 10 minutes. She recommends we start by doing deep breathing—four seconds breathing in, hold for seven seconds, eight seconds breathing out— repeated four times. Next, we ask our-

selves how we feel in the moment and identify the emotion, and then ask what thoughts we can think to feel better. The last step of the exercise is to frame a positive outlook in an affirmation, such as, “I am so grateful that I know I am doing the best I can and everything will work out. Everything is fine.” Ziemer adds, “Remember that happiness comes from love and takes you to a place of peace and calm. It is such emotions that beget success in relationships, health, supply, and clear purpose. Plus, it benefits everyone around you.”

Happiness Habits at Work

Dallas happiness researcher Shawn Achor, founder of Goodthink, Inc., and author of The Happiness Advantage, applies the science of happiness to the workplace. His research echoes the personal positivity of Ziemer, Verni and Ben-Shahar’s approaches to nurturing happiness. “Happiness is such an incredible advantage in our lives,” says Achor. “When the human brain is positive, our intelligence rises and we stop diverting resources to think about anxiety.” The Harvard Business Review published his



appy people don’t find happiness like you’d find a penny on the ground; they make it happen, with action. Cultivating happiness habits can make a marked difference in your life. 4 Be deliberately optimistic. Optimism is imperative to emotional wellness. 4 Prioritize mindfully. Consistently align choices, intentions and actions with the top priorities of love, happiness and health. 4 Keep uplifting resources on hand. A few surefire mood-lifters may include a green smoothie, mani-pedi and solo dance party to at least one get-your-feetmoving song by a favorite artist. 4 Put yourself first. It’s the best way to bring your A game to everyone else. 4 Be a prolific seeker. Seek beauty, joy, adventure, pleasure, growth and power-

ful meaning in all areas of life. Let life move you to possibility, opportunity and gratitude. 4 Don’t make things personal. Absolutely nothing others say or do is about you, ever. 4 Examine the worst that can happen. Many of the limitations you’re placing on yourself aren’t real—they’re illusions.

4 Practice loving-kindness. Making this a habit changes the vibration of your life and the lives of those around you. Plus it feels great. 4 Be aware of your energy. Tune in to surrounding energy, as well as the energy you’re emitting and notice what needs to be adjusted or abandoned. 4 Be wary of media consumption. Limit messages in everything from email and news to books and music that take you away from the calm, open space within that revels in joy and wonder. Conversations count, too. Kristi Ling is the author of Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss. The life and business coach shares more at KristiLing.com/ operationhappinessresources.

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I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.

day to go from multitasking to simply focusing on their breathing. This drops their stress levels and raises accuracy rates. It improves levels of happiness and it takes just minutes.”

~Voltaire research results: “Creativity triples and productive energy rises by 31 percent. Sales rise by 37 percent and the likelihood of promotion rises by 40 percent.” Achor’s method is helping people rewrite the way they think by first looking for positives at work. Workers write down three highly specific, positive things about their workday for 21 consecutive days. Rather than just, “I love my job,” acknowledge, “I love my job because I get to help people every day.” Or, “I love my morning tea because it gets me going.” Achor reports that at the end of the period, “Their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.” Taking a work break for two minutes of mindfulness is also effective. “We did this at Google,” he says. “We had employees take their hands off their keyboards for two minutes a

HAPPIER IN JUST MINUTES n Journaling for two minutes about one positive experience we’ve had over the past 24 hours allows our brain to relive it.

Happiness in the Community We can foster happiness habits at home, at work and in the community. Rubin suggests starting such a group, akin to a self-help book club or bridge group, but with extra benefits. She even offers a free starter kit for those that want to try it, available via Gretchen Rubin.com/habits/start-a-habits-group. In addition to the happy exchange of ideas and success stories, happiness habits group members also have the benefit of being accountable to each other. Others can help us continue to color in the details supporting and forwarding the broad brushstrokes of positive emotions, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishments in a down-to-earth, fun way.

n Meditating for even a few minutes at a time relieves an overloaded brain and allows it to focus on one thing at a time. n Writing one quick email in the morning praising or thanking someone we work with or just to make them happy will make us feel a sense of social support, a great predictor of happiness. Source: The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor

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Hot Days Are Hard on Pets How to Prevent, Detect and Treat Heatstroke by Shawn Messonnier


s outdoor temperatures heat up, pets may suffer from the effects of increased ambient temperatures. While problems such as squamous cell carcinoma and moist dermatitis (skin hot spots) increase along with temperatures and amount of sun exposure, the most serious heat-related health issue is heatstroke. Holistic vets recommend some simple, commonsense steps that will help and also possibly save a pet’s life. Heat stroke in both people and pets develops when core body temperature rises and stays above a certain level. In dogs and cats, the tipping point tends to be a body temperature higher than 106 degrees Fahrenheit. This can happen more quickly in overheated dogs and cats because they don’t have the ability to sweat in order to cool off like people do; this is due to a lack of eccrine sweat glands over most of their body surface. Panting can reduce body temperature, but is inefficient and easily

overwhelmed if their temperature rises quickly and a pet can’t remove itself from the surrounding warm environment. Dogs such as pugs and bulldogs that have a short, broad skull are especially at risk due to genetically impaired breathing structures; they can easily overheat even in mildly warm weather. Ferrets and rabbits are especially prone to heatstroke because they typically dwell in cooler temperatures. As a result, these small mammals do best when housed indoors rather than outside; outdoor time should be limited and supervised. Heatstroke in pets is usually easy to detect for a pet with a history of being in a hot environment from which it cannot escape to cool itself in shade or water or take a refreshing drink. Excess panting, dark red gums and a “hot feel” to the ears and hairless skin of the abdomen are clues. First-aid involves quickly cooling the animal and notifying the veterinarian that a pet suffering from heatstroke

is on the way. Wetting it will begin the process. Applying either ice packs or ice cubes in a plastic bag wrapped in a towel to avoid freezing the skin also helps. Recommended spots for the packs are on the back of the neck, armpits and groin, as these areas have large arteries and veins close to the surface. If possible, don’t spend much time on these actions, because getting the pet to the doctor quickly is the overriding goal. Administering homeopathic drops of arnica and hypericum via the mouth from a natural home first-aid kit while en route to the vet may assist healing. Treatment at the veterinary hospital involves continued cooling, including intravenous fluids and cool water enemas. Cooling the pet must be done quickly in order to restore enzyme systems to normal functioning. Hospitalization will likely be required to evaluate the patient for potential serious complications, including cardiac arrest, shock, septicemia, bloody diarrhea, and disseminated intravascular coagulation to ensure against a usually fatal disorder involving the pet’s blood-clotting mechanisms. With prompt assistance, most pets with heatstroke will recover, but treatment can be extensive and expensive. The most important aspect is initiating it early to prevent permanent organ and brain damage. Prevention is ideal and preferred over the need for treatment. Guard against leaving furred pets outdoors for extended periods of time during hot weather. Pets that must be outside need protection from the heat and sun in shaded areas with access to plenty of fresh cool water; provide several water bowls. Opinion is divided about whether longer-haired pets seem more comfortable and have fewer weather-related problems if their hair is cut short, but don’t cut it down to the skin, as that removes their protective coat and predisposes them to sunburn. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s too hot for the pet’s person, it’s too hot for the pet. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.

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Gay Hendricks on Nurturing Love in Midlife Why Growing Up Can Mean Loving Better by S. Alison Chabonais


Probably the biggest ay Hendricks factor is that people and his wife, in the second half of Kathlyn, have life tend to be open to discovered through learning and trying new working on their own things, such as adopting relationship and counour practice of schedulseling hundreds of other ing two, 10-minute concouples that the time versations a week to take from midlife onward ofcare of relationship busifers the greatest opporness: one covers “stuff tunity of any other petalk”, the other is “heart riod to grow love. At a talk”. Often, it only takes mutual low point, they a few minutes of trying made the life-changing out a brand-new activity decision to rebirth their Gay Hendricks and to spark a major rebirth marriage, tapping into his wife, Kathlyn of intimacy. a new source of energy and rejuvenation that’s producing How pivotal is self-love, a tough extensive and surprising benefits. concept for many, in securing The Ojai, California-based couple, a healthy relationship? both with Ph.D. degrees, co-authored their first trailblazing bestseller, Conscious You can only love another person to Loving, more than 20 years ago and have the extent that you love yourself. After published 30 other books, including their we take people through a process delatest, Conscious Loving Ever After. The signed to give them a clear experience Hendricks Institute that they founded of loving themselves unconditionally, annually offers workshops and seminars they often tell us that the experience in North America, Europe and Asia. Their changed everything in their relationnonprofit Foundation for Conscious Livship. It’s powerful because so many of ing funds research, films and scholarships us enter a relationship in an attempt to related to relationship well-being. get the other person to love some part of ourselves that we don’t know how to love, which never works. Learning to Why do you say the best relalove ourselves is an inside job. tionships are possible in the

second half of life, including the greatest sex?

Childrearing responsibilities often decrease in our 40s and 50s, affording more time and resources to invest in the quality of the relationship. Psychological and spiritual maturity also comes into play—the more deeply we know ourselves, the more able we are to communicate meaningfully with our partner. 30

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What would you say is the biggest challenge for midlife couples in a longterm relationship? It’s vital to get out of the rut of recycling conflicts and predictable routines in order to liberate a new creativity. Creativity doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It might be a matter of giving a

new way to communicate a whirl or taking a walk together instead of watching TV. Ultimately, relationships only thrive when both people make an ongoing commitment to investing time and energy to explore their own creative nature. One may elect to learn to play a musical instrument, while the other might take up gardening. The only requirement is that we take on new activities that have the capacity to surprise us. Angel Card Readings

What tips do you have for those that are single during the second half of their life? Enjoy your singularity! Singlehood affords great opportunities. You can choose whether or not you wish to invest time and energy manifesting a mate. No law requires that everyone has to have an intimate relationship, but if you’d like to, go about the process consciously. First, work on learning to love yourself, because it’s wise not to depend on anyone else to do it for us. Second, figure out what we call your Three Absolute Yesses and Nos, the three most important qualities you want in a mate, and equally important, the three most important things you don’t want in a mate. It’s a good way to avoid mistakes.

Why do you call blame “the crack cocaine of relationships”? When you blame another person for something, you fire up adrenaline both in yourself and the other person. Adrenaline is manufactured by our bodies and is highly addictive. Blame also typically produces a defensive reaction, causing a harmful cycle of two-way criticism and defensiveness that can go on for years. One couple we counseled had been having essentially the same argument since their honeymoon 29 years earlier—so addicted to the adrenalized “cocaine” of blame that it had become a permanent feature of their relationship. The answer is for each person to take healthy responsibility for issues in the relationship and together seek ways to both break unhealthy habits and replace them with mutually satisfying ways of relating. S. Alison Chabonais orchestrates national editorial content for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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Confronting the Epidemic of Gynecomastia Hormonal Shifts and Toxicity Cause New Concerns for Men by Kurt Waples


t is no secret that the United States is the heaviest nation on Earth. Of the developed nations, we are among the sickest and consume the most processed, ultra-processed, genetically modified, non-organic, toxin-laden foods. Yet, despite our poor health habits, we are still surprised by the rate of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and overall lack of health and our morbidity rates. We consume almost 50 percent of the world’s prescription drugs; these drugs are designed to prevent symptoms of disease, not necessarily to promote and maximize health. One issue arising from this cultural

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pattern is a new epidemic: Gynecomastia, commonly known as “man boobs.” Yes, you read that correctly. This condition is characterized as excess pectoral fat—or fat around the pectoral region—and a circumstance that is extremely damaging, both to the ego and the body’s biochemistry. It is an indicator that a man’s body is converting testosterone into estrogen, thus creating the internal hormone profile of a woman. When a man has excessive fat tissue in the pectoral area, he now officially has more similarities than he would like to the hormone profile of a woman. You must have high estrogen levels and low testosterone levels in the body to grow breasts. A man needs testosterone to function and live. Low ‘T’ levels is an epidemic and simply giving men prescription testosterone has not helped the problem. The numbers all indicate this problem is only growing.

Focused Detoxification is Key This is not solely an obesity issue; pectoral fat does not discriminate between larger and skinnier men. However, it does have a link to toxicity


in the body—specifically, heavy metal toxicity. One major problem with this specific type of toxicity—which leads to this condition—is that a healthy lifestyle will not entirely be corrective. Eating an organic, Paleo-style diet with minimal grains and high fruits and vegetable content is a must. And, if coupled with a weight training, interval-type workout plan, the excess pectoral fat can lessen slightly. However, dietary and lifestyle modifications will not completely correct the excess pectoral fat issue as we cannot work out toxins. Those must be forced out with a focused detoxification plan. In the case of heavy metals, toxicity must be pulled out through either chelation therapy or with a heavy metal-focused detoxification plan which seeks to increase the num-

By supporting metallothione production and heavy metal detoxification, pectoral fat disappears. ber and effectiveness of metallothione. Metallothione is a zinc-dependent molecule associated with the body’s own internal heavy metal detoxification process. By supporting metallothione production and heavy metal detoxification, pectoral fat disappears. Testosterone numbers, focus and drive, sexual function and overall manliness all improve alongside one another. If more than 3-6 millimeters of fat is present when we pinch our pectoral area, then we have too much pectoral fat. Men need and thrive on an atmosphere with high testosterone and low estrogen so the focus ought to be on creating the right environment in the body for the hormones to balance. Kurt Waples, DC, is founder and clinical director of Bluestone Health Group, a detoxification-focused natural medicine clinic located in Stamford. Connect with him at BluestoneHealthGroup.com or 203-220-6488.

Gain Strength and Confidence with Aerial Arts by Ashley Popoli and Ariana Rawls Fine


he words “pole dancing” typically spark mixed emotions and pre-conceived notions; some jump right to stereotypical stripping, while others tend to be a bit more open minded that it is a form of fitness. Since Demi Moore’s debut in the movie Striptease, pole dancing has been gaining popularity as a serious form of fitness. Year after year, more pole fitness studios are popping up across the world, enticing new students to get in shape. The unique thing about the aerial arts industry is that there are people from all walks of life who take part in this exercise regimen: moms who want to get their sexy back, teens who are looking for more than typical high school sports, and young women who need a boost of self-confidence. The workout itself is intense, offering serious core and upper body strength building, muscle definition and weight loss. But the mental and emotional benefits are important as well, helping participants feel confident and empowered. “This form of fitness allows students to tap into something deeper, more private and protected so they can let down their walls,” explains Ashley Popoli, owner of the Stamfordbased Vertical Addiction aerial arts studio. “It’s emotionally and physically liberating to move in a way that feels natural for your body without judgment. This continual selfexploration coupled with an amazing workout keeps students coming back for more.” A student of Popoli concurs: “I feel empowered and I have

a sense of accomplishment that carries over to everything else I do; it doesn’t hurt that it is the most fun workout I have ever done!” Last year, in an effort to promote awareness of this sport within the community as well as offer local athletes a platform to showcase their abilities, Popoli hosted Fairfield County’s FIRST EVER pole fitness showcase with over 20 performers. With all the positive momentum this industry is experiencing, comes a need for serious recognition and respect on a larger scale. The International Pole Sport Federation (IPSF) is taking the lead to engage in conversations with the Olympic committee to strive to have pole fitness become a recognized sport in the games. Next time you hear the words pole dancing or pole fitness don’t be quick to brush it off. Try out a class and experience a sport that not only gets you in shape, but also makes you feel confident and empowered. Local studios include Stamford’s Vertical Addiction (VerticalAddictionCT.com), Milford’s The Girl Spot (TheGirlSpotCT.com), Norwalk’s Work It Dance and Fitness (WorkItFit.com) and Bridegport’s Elite Dance Corp. (ElitePoleFitness.fullslate.com).

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calendarofevents WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 The Caring Network – 6pm-8pm. (meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday). A free ongoing support group for adults who have lost a loved one through death. Facilitated by a Bridges counselor and is sponsored by Bridges—A Community Support System, and Cody-White Funeral Home. Free. Adults do not need to register. Location: The Bridges campus, at 949 Bridgeport Ave, Milford. For brochure/ information, call: 203-874-0268 or the group facilitator, Cynthia Dodd: 203-878-6365 ext 344. Bead-N-B!tch Jewelry Making Meetup! – 7pm-9pm. Come make new friends while crafting. Need an excuse to get out midweek? Join our craft party. Adults ONLY! Grab a friend, and BYO anything! $5. KanduBeads, Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com.

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 Introduction to Soldering, Seaglass Prong Setting – 5:30pm-8:30pm. Learn the basics of soldering metals with a hand held torch from Metalsmith and Jewelry Designer, Deb Jaffe. She will show us how to properly prepare metals for soldering and the technique of head pin making and wire prong setting. No experience necessary. KanduBeads, The Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. Advanced Registration Required. $50 + required materials. KanduBeads.com. Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927 or Return2love3@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 Nature’s Child: Creatures of Redwing Pond – 10am. Join the Nature Center staff for a fun morning catching frogs and other creatures of Redwing Pond. We’ll start with a small talk on the animals that inhabit the pond. Then we will use our collection equipment to catch, observe, and release these critters. $7 per child ($5 for family-level FANCI members and Ansonia residents). Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Pre-register for this class for preschoolers and their adults: 203-736-1053.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4 CT Trails Day – 9am. Join Nature Center director Alison Rubelmann and Ranger Dan Bosques for this morning walk. Discover the flora and fauna of our typical New England woodland. This moderate hike will also visit the settlement of the Paugasucks. Bring water and snacks, and wear sturdy shoes. Suitable for older children and adults. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. BioSpiritual Focusing: A Day of Presence – 9:30am-3pm. With Elizabeth Oleksak, Sp., Kathy Irr and Donna O’Connor. This workshop is an overview and introduction to the history and practice of BioSpiritual Focusing. Day includes prayer, presentations, experiential exercises, reflection, and discussion. $25. To register, call: 203-245-0401 or visit MercyBytheSea.org.


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You will learn how to make a variety of wire wrapped rings. Everyone loves this class and raves about it! Early sign up is recommended. The Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. Free with $15 min purchase. KanduBeads.com. Free Reiki clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm-3pm. (1st & 3rd Sat of every month). Enjoy a 10 minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. No reservation. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791. ThymeAndSeasonNaturalMarket.com. Gokhale Method Foundations w/ Linda H. Congdon – 12:30pm-6pm. (Sat 6/4 & Sun 6/5). Back still hurt? Think you’ve tried it all? Learn lifelong tools for healthy, pain-free posture and movement. No special equipment/exercise required!  $450. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. YourCommunityYoga.com. Reclaim Your Memory, Focus & Joy Using Eden Energy Medicine Techniques w/ Cate Sibley – 6:30pm-7:30pm. More and more people are feeling distracted, forgetful or simply not like themselves. Does this sound familiar? If so, join us for a hands-on Eden Energy Medicine class to learn self-healing techniques that will help you sharpen your memory and improve your focus so you can function at optimal levels. $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.  

SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/ Lisa Morrison – 12pm-4pm. (Sun 6/5; 6/12 & Thu 6/23). Celebrate summer! Restore inner balance and well being with an intuitive reading.  Lisa offers readings that are a combination of healing, inspiration and humor. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. Intro to Equine-Assisted Learning at Hidden Acres Farm, Naugatuck – 12pm-4pm. Workshop geared towards wellness professionals and others interested in this approach and provides an introduction to an effective experiential learning approach of partnering with horses to help individuals with emotional challenges. Attendees will experience a series ground exercises (not riding), to gain an understanding of the benefits of EAL. Four NESW CEUs for LCSW and therapists. No horse experience required. $125/pp. Register/info: 203-723-0633. Tree I.D. Hike – 1pm. The towering giants that fill our forests have many uses and many names. Learn all about the trees we have here in CT, what they are used for, where they grow, which ones you can use for food, and which ones are best for lighting fires. You’ll learn not only how to I.D. trees by their leaves, but also by their bark! Free. Wear appropriate shoes. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Usui Holy Fire Reiki I w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Learn about Reiki energy, its history and how to use it for yourself and others. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $125. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791.


Past Life Quantum Hypnotherapy Party – 5pm-7:30pm. Group regression led by two gifted healers, Ellen Pavent and Lisa Shustra, trained in QHHT and with unique healing gifts. The Sanctuary, 59 Bogel Road, East Haddam. 860-319-1134. info@oursanctuary.org. OurSanctuary.org.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 FANCI Annual Meeting – 5:30pm. Join the Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. to see what new and exciting projects they’ve been working on. Bring your own table setting and a casserole, salad, dessert, or other dish to share. Election of FANCI officers will take place at this meeting. Bring ideas for next year’s programs and projects. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9 Silver Bezel Setting Class – 5:30pm-8:30pm. Silversmithing Class: Learn to make a sterling silver bezel from scratch and set a gemstone cabochon. Jewelry Designer and Silversmith, Deb Jaffe. She will teach how to properly make a sterling silver bezel and solder it. KanduBeads, The Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. Advanced Registration Required $50 + required materials. KanduBeads.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 10 Student Share Day! – 12:30pm–4:30pm. Blackstone Memorial Library of Branford. Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School will present and share interactive displays, dress in costume, and become significant people who have changed the world! Free. Info at CTExperiential.org. Free Workshop and Book Signing: “There is More to the Sugar Story” w/ Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D. – 7pm. The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Road, Bethany. Call: 203-874-4252, email: info@learn.edu or visit Learn.edu/events. Holographic Sound Healing Concert w/ Randeane Tetu – 7:30pm-8:30pm. Sound used with intention can shift your energy to help reestablish physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and well-being. Randeane brings Hathor, Tibetan, Japanese, and Mechizedek healing energies to her work w/ Quartz Crystal Bowl and voice toning to help you release outworn patterning, balance your energy centers, and stimulate healing. $15. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, JUNE 11 Free Breakfast Provided by Assumption Church Breakfast Club & Masters Table Community Meals – 9am-10:30am. Join us for a hot breakfast or a cup of coffee. All are welcome! Assumption Church Hall, 61 N Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information call 203-732-7792. Reiki I Certification w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/ Eves. Provides empowering foundation for selfhealing, support for personal challenges/goals/ relationships and treating others. Wallingford. $150. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com.

Reiki I certification w/ Tracey Sullivan Usui/ Holy Fire, Karuna RMT – 9am-5pm. Learn Reiki (ray-key), a technique for relaxation that also promotes healing. $127 (includes lunch, manual, and certificate). Mariner’s Point, East Haven. 203-927-0672. ReikiIntegration.com. Grounding – 9:30am-1pm. Experiential workshop. The more grounded to Earth, the easier it is to access other dimensions and shield the body from electromagnetic interference enabling a life filled with a secure, rational and loving manner. $75. Wallingford. 203-265-2927. Return2love3@gmail.com. Primitive Fire Skills – 10am. Join Tom Nedweden, primitive technologist, in the art of fire making. Learn where to find the best firewood when you’re stranded in the wilderness, the types of trees and other plants used to make tinder bundle, and how to create our very own coals to ignite the blaze! $5 per person. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Way of the Heart Retreat with Raj Earl Purdy – 2pm-7pm. Workshop with renown and hilarious Course in Miracles / Way of Mastery teacher/astrologer. Kirtan with Shakti Ma before, vegetarian dinner included. $25. The Sanctuary, 59 Bogel Road, East Haddam. Register/info: OurSanctuary.org. The Practice of Mantra w/ Paul Martinez: Introduction to Mantra Meditation – 7pm-8pm. The talk will introduce the simple utterance of Aum. Will learn about the importance of meditation (body posture and hand mudra), an explanation of Aum for a deeper understanding resulting in more benefits in daily practice, and participate in a short session of Aum chanting through the technique of Pranayama (Breath Control Concentration). $5. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 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 at Rt.66 & Harvest Wood Rd, Middlefield. Eckankarct@gmail.com. CT-Eckankar.org. The Psychology of Healing – 10am-4pm. Learn to be present for deep healing and radical acceptance of any fears or changes brought about by yoga, meditation or other healing practices. $79 by June 10. One World Wellness, East Haven. Oneworld-Wellness.com. A Course in Miracles Live Broadcast – 1pm2:30pm. Picnic and wander the Sanctuary’s 40 acre land trust while catching Earl Purdy live in a yurt. Sliding scale donation: $10-$20. The Sanctuary, 59 Bogel Road, East Haddam. Info: OurSanctuary.org. Free Reiki Clinic w / Eileen Anderson: Critical Care Nurse, Reiki Practitioner – 1pm-5pm. Relax and Revive with a 10 minute chair treatment. Edge of the Woods, 379 Whalley Ave, New Haven. ReikiWithEileenAnderson.com. Usui Holy Fire Reiki II w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Increase your Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic Reiki symbols and distant healing. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $150. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791. TranquilHealingReiki.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14 Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd Wallingford 203-265-2927 or Return2love3@gmail.com. Angelspeak e ™ C l a s s w / R M T, H o l i st i c Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ask empowering questions, awaken intuitive senses, receive signs/loving messages/guidance from angels, guides, loved ones. $33/class. ($25 Returning Students bring Manuals). Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15 June 15 KanduKamp Registration discount ends – KanduBeads in Cheshire CT is offering a unique Kamp experience for tweens ages 8-15 years Kamp Kandu is a creative crafting program for young adults who want a challenge this summer. Session 1: Potpourri: July 5-8; Session 2: Strings and Knots July 11-16; Session 3: Wire Wrappin’ July 18-22; Session 4: Chains & Armor: July 25-29; Session 5: Polymer Clay: August 1-5. For more information, go to: KanduBeads.com/pages/camp. The Caring Network – 6pm-8pm. (meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday). A free ongoing support group for adults who have lost a loved one through death. Facilitated by a Bridges counselor and is sponsored by Bridges—A Community Support System, and Cody-White Funeral Home. Free. Adults do not need to register. Location: The Bridges campus, at 949 Bridgeport Ave, Milford. For brochure/information, call: 203-874-0268 or the group facilitator, Cynthia Dodd: 203-878-6365 ext 344. Mindful Healing Meditation & EFT w/ RMT/ Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm8:30pm. (or Tues 6/28). Engage in [+] Energy insights and create lasting, healthy transformations. $25. Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869 or PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. A Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self. Prepare to align with energies of Summer Solstice. Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore further/reserve space 203-645-1230.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17 Journey Into Awareness—With Horses! – 12pm4pm. At Hidden Acres Farm, Naugatuck. Horses are dynamic, graceful and gentle creatures that provide valuable information about ourselves. Workshop takes attendees on a “journey” with the horse through a series of un-mounted (not riding) activities designed to build greater self-awareness and apply what is learned in daily life. No horse experience required. $125/pp. Register/info: 203-723-0633. Crystal Healing Workshop with Jennifer Tung – 7pm-8:30pm. Crystals were placed in the earth to provide healing. We will discuss several methods to cleanse and re-energize crystals, some simple methods to apply crystals for grounding, chakra balancing, spiritual attachment removal, increasing intuition and a healing session. $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

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Full Moon Gong Kundalini & Meditation w/ Barbara and Steve Chillemi – 7pm-9pm. Experience live gong sound healing tones, Kundalini, and meditation to put mind/body at ease $22/session, $60/3. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. YourCommunityYoga.com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18 Homeopathy Study Group: Sponsored by Connecticut Homeopathy – (meets every 3rd Sat). Learn homeopathy for first aid & acute illness; End confusion about which blue tube is best; Prevent use of OTC or prescription meds.  Reservation and $5 fee required. Connecticuthomeopathy@gmail.com. Reiki II Cert. w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/Eves. Receive empowering keys to mental-emotional clarity, balance; support for empathic challenges/relationship healing. Wallingford. $175. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Nature Journaling: The Wisdom of Trees w/ Jan Blencowe – 9:30am-3:30pm. In this nature journaling day, participants will learn to listen to the wisdom of trees. Simple, easy pen and watercolor techniques will be taught. $50. To register, call: 203-245-0401 or visit MercyBytheSea.org. Outdoor Living Skills: Lashing Project III – 10am. Join Ranger Dan for the final session of his Lashing Projects. Hike into the forest, find a suitable group of trees, and build a raised platform using what we find in nature! Our goal is to build a tree house using our lashing skills. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

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Yoga Nidra – 11am-12pm. A beautifully guided meditation for deep relaxation. This meditation is done lying down. Bring a mat if you like. $10. Healing Room, 70 Wall St-Rear, Madison. Register: 203-245-5137. Free Reiki clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm-3pm. (1st & 3rd Sat of every month). Enjoy a 10 minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. No reservation. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791. ThymeAndSeasonNaturalMarket.com. Summer Solstice Drumming w/ Che Cartafalsa – 2pm. Che Cartafalsa is a musician, instrument maker, and educator whose work has ranged from concert halls and orchestras to rock bands and West African street weddings. Che passes on to his students what he has learned from African percussion masters, emphasizing instrumental technique, listening skills, and multilayered rhythms in percussion. Authentic instruments will help us learn traditional African rhythms. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister for this family program: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 Usui Holy Fire Advanced Reiki Training w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Become a Master practitioner. Deepen your Reiki knowledge. Learn meditations and techniques for enhancing Reiki energy. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $250. Hamden. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791. TranquilHealingReiki.com.



Guided Meditation Circle – 6:30pm-7:30pm. No experience necessary, just your willingness to meditate. Leave it all at the door as we journey to just be. Nowhere to go, nothing to do—just be! $10. Healing Room, 70 Wall St-Rear, Madison. Please register: 203-245-5137.

Respite Ranch – A Rejuvenation Session with Horses – 2pm-5pm. Treat yourself to an afternoon of rejuvenation with Hidden Acres therapy horses. Relax, de-stress, and reconnect with your authentic self and the environment. Attendees will participate in a series of activities designed with and around the horses (not riding) to practice mindfulness, self-expression and relaxation. $75/pp. Register/Info: 203-723-0633.

Epona: The Horse Goddess—Ancient Goddess Workshop w/ Lisa Morrison – 7pm-9pm. For 7,000 years, horses have lived among humans. One name, Epona emerges from the mists of time.  Stories of her hint at the possibility of a real woman. Epona is the first horse whisperer.  Join us for a special evening of Epona and take the journey west with her from the Russian steppes to the Mediterranean Basin and across the sea to North America. $25. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 Yoga Art Glitter – 6:30pm-9pm. Gentle yoga class and guided meditation on the celestial sky, then create your own glitter art images of the constellations! $15. One World Wellness, East Haven. Register online: Oneworld-Wellness.com. Hu Chant – 7pm-7:30pm. (4th Fridays). Join us for a group chant of HU a love song to God. Singing HU can open your heart to God’s love and transform your life. It can help you experience more divine love, joy, and spiritual freedom. Free. Eckankar Temple, Rt 66, Middlefield. CT-Eckankar.org.



Summer Solstice Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align with the energies in nature when they are at their fullest and the Divine energies touch your mind/body and soul of all living things. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford.  203-265-2927. Return2love3@gmail.com.

Reiki III ART Cert. w/RMT Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days or Eves. Promote/Deepen personal and client lasting, healthy transformations Advanced Techniques w/Crystal/Stone healing and manifesting grids. $200. Wallingford. Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com.

Full Strawberry Moon Hike – 8pm. The Algonquin tribes knew this moon as a time to gather the ripening strawberries (also known as the Rose Moon). Join the Nature Center rangers for this nighttime exploration of the park’s trails as we follow the scents of the summer through the forest and fields. This adventure is geared toward adults and children. Wear sturdy shoes. Enjoy the summer fire too! Fee: $1. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

Community Dinner Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals, Inc – 4pm-5:30pm. Free. Open to public. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 North Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call: 203-732-7792. MasterTableMeals.org.

MONDAY, JUNE 27 Join us for a discussion on: The Secret Wisdom of Dreams – 6:30pm-8pm. Free. New Britain Library, 20 High St. Contact Chris 860-707-9402. Eckankarct@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 7 Sugar: The Bitter Truth: Free Talk at Thyme & Season – 7pm.  Learn why sugar is so detrimental to health, why artificial sweeteners are not the answer, and learn to identify hidden sugars in food.  Speaker Nancy Boudreau, Certified Holistic Health Coach. Thyme & Season Natural, 3040 Whitney Ave, Hamden. ThymeAndSeasonNaturalMarket.com.

YogaWorks 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Information Session – 12pm-2pm. Join us for a FREE YogaWorks style class, meet your teacher trainer, get an overview of the program curriculum, and learn the benefits of being a student of YogaWorks. Begins with an hour-long practice taught in the YogaWorks method followed by a Q&A session. pradipikaYOGA, 36 Nod Rd, Clinton. RSVP Angelli at 310-664-6470, ext 137 or angellir@yogaworks.com. Learn more at: PradipikaYoga.com/teachertraining.

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ongoingevents sunday EFT Emotional Freedom Technique w/RMTHolistic Coach Diane Esposito – By appt. 7 Days/week. Relax, refresh w/take-home techniques and insights to “release stress/pain,” heal and expand free-spiritedness. Register/Complimentary Pre-Session questions: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Mindfulness at the Sanctuary: Lovingkindness Meditation – 12pm-1pm. Way of Mastery/Course in Miracles Discussion (1pm-2:15 pm), Kundalini Yoga (3pm-4:15), Therapeutic massage and wandering in the forest with goats (10am-4pm). The Sanctuary, 59 Bogel Road, East Haddam. OurSantuary.org.

monday Pilates/Barre Community Class – 8am. This class is a mix between pilates moves to strengthen core muscles and the Barre technique to sculpt and lean our arms and legs. Discount price of $10.00 cash/ check or $12.00 credit card. Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, 760 Main St S, Unit F, Southbury. 203267-4417. KneadingHands.net. Find Out About CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford: Monday Open House Visit Days – 9:45am11am. Come see us in action! CELC combines engaging academics with real-world learning for 5th-8th graders—fall in love with middle school! 28 School Street, Branford. RSVP Requested: mandm@CTExperiential.org. CTExperiential.org. Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am & 7:15pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360.

Readings w/ Jennifer Jean: Medium, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Angel Card Reader (TM), Trained in Anglespeake ™ – 11am-3pm. (Thu 6/2 & Tues 6/28). Uses Crystal therapy, enjoys leading guided meditations to help others to heal and communicate with the angels, performs building cleansings and clears spiritual attachments. As a toxicologist (MA) she works with a natural wellness pharmaceutical. Spiritual blessings/cleansings. $1/ minute. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. EnchantedGuilfordct.com. Iyengar Yoga – 6pm-7:15pm. Align and yourself as you deepen your understanding of yoga. Individual attention given. Expert instruction. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. Qigong for Health – 7pm-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. Location: Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St, Guilford. Info: 860-301-6433. tmiarts.com.


Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 6pm-7pm. Learn to free your shoulders and pelvis effortlessly. All levels welcome. 5 Week Series $50 or $13 drop in. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Call Carol 203-415-8666. Free weekly Tuesday Meditation classes – 6pm-7pm. (those who would like instruction can come at 5:45pm). Open to all and fully accessible. Instruction provided for beginners.  No reservations necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Program offered in cooperation with New Haven Insight and the New Haven Zen Center. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-8138. Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm. (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958. info@ReikiOvertones.com. Qigong for Health – 7:45pm-8:45pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts, Location: MECA, 28 Washington St, North Haven. Info: 860-301-6433. tmiarts.com.


Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am & 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. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 12pm-1pm. Learn to move efficiently and effortlessly with everyday functional movement patterns. All levels welcome. $13 drop in or class cards. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Carol Meade: 203-415-8666. info@massage2movement.com. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/ Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. (meeting every Tuesday). Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsored by Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center of Integrative Medicine. Location: Madison House, 34 Wildwood Ave, Madison. Details: 203-457-1656.

Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12pm1pm. Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: EmeiQigongChan.com. Readings and/or Crystal Chakra Balancing w/Deborah – 12pm-3pm. (& Sat. 6/11, 11am-3pm). RMT, IET (Integrated Energy Therapy), Hypnotherapist, EFT and Quantum Touch Practitioner. Offers Tarot card, Tea Leaf and Couples Readings, House Blessings and Clearings, Reiki, Crystal Chakra Balancing, Hypnosis Therapy Specializing in Addictions, Phobias and Past Life Regression. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

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Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm7pm. Classes led by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Sessions include breathing techniques, yoga poses and relaxation techniques. Emphasis on movement, flow and release of tension.. Beginning yoga experience recommended along wit loose clothing and a yoga mat. Newcomers please arrive early. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665. Intermediate/Advanced Yoga w/ Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate – 6pm-7:30pm. Refine and renew your practice with sophisticated sequences and expert instruction. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. Yoga with Marlene – 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. Meditation In the World @ Guest House Retreat – 7pm-8pm. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, join us every week as we are led in the practice of focusing our awareness. Helping you find calm within everyday demands and stress. Free. 318 West Main St, Chester. 860-322-5770.

Qigong Group Healing & Silent Meditation – 6:30pm-8pm. (1st Thurs. 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 this is 1st attendance: 203-500-6492.

friday Yoga with Marlene – 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. Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm (Sat 6/4; Tues 6/14; Thu 6/16 & Sat 6/25). Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions and physical being. Now also a certified Doreen Virtue Angel Reader. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. EnchantedGuilfordct.com.


thursday Be uplifted by Unconditionally Loving Spirit – Release what holds you back. Learn from Loving Spirit about who you are on a deeper level. Be supported and encouraged to grow. Christie, a clear intuitive, and her Spirit Guide, Great Bear Can make this happen for you. Find them at: Health Options, 133 State St, Guilford. For information or an appointment, call: 203-481-8827. The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30am-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St, Milford. 2 0 3 - 8 7 8 - 0 6 8 1 . p r i s c o @ p r i s c o p r. c o m , Milfordct.com. Ropes Yoga – 9am-10am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Experience yoga in new and liberating ways with the use of wall ropes. All levels welcome. Expert instruction. Individual attention. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com.

Akashic Record or Angelic Reading w/RMT, Diane Esposito – By Appt. 7 Days/week. Phone/ In-Person. Ask empowering questions, awaken to signs, receive loving messages/guidance from masters, teachers, loved ones, angels/guides. Develop spiritual senses.  Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Simple Moves – 9am-10am. Learn to balance your pelvis with simple movements based on Feldenkrais Method. 4 Week Series $40 or $13 drop in. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Call Carol 203-415-8666. info@massage2movement.com. Alignment Yoga – 9am-10:30am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Align and awaken yourself as you deepen your understanding of yoga. Expert instruction. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com.

Yoga with Marlene – 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.

ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki and 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. info@ ReikiOvertones.com.

Yin Yoga/Guided Meditation – 6pm-7:15pm. Long, deep stretching held for 3-5 minutes. $18/drop in; 10 & 5 class cards available at a reduced rate. Yoga Up the Stairs, 87 Whitfield St, Guilford. Contact Michele: 203-444-5007 or clearlightyoga@gmail.com. YogaUptheStairs.com.

S t o n y C re e k Yo g a f o r S t re s s R e l i e f – 5:45pm-7pm. Classes taught by Gina Macdonald MA, LPC. Will emphasize the breath with flowing movement. $10/session. Walk-ins welcome. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd, Stony Creek. Contact Gina: 203-710-6665.

Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 6:30pm7:30pm. (Every Thurs. except the 1st Thurs. of month). Experience a qigong form for rebalancing and strengthening body, mind and spirit. For all abilities and levels of health. Schedule Available online. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Info: EmeiQigongChan.com.


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DANCING WITH ANGELS LIFE COACHING Diana R. Carr 860-349-9542 DianaCarr.wordpress.com


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themes JANUARY detoxification

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green planning and planting

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everyday sustainability plus: seasonal allergies

women’s wellness

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men’s health


food integrity


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plus: natural beauty

empowering youth plus: creativity

healing music plus: yoga

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mental wellness


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communityresourceguide APPLIED KINESIOLOGY

ALLERGIES ADVANCED ALLERGY RELIEF OF CT Anne Mitchell, ND North Haven and West Hartford Offices 203-239-3400 aarct.com

Do you have asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, excema or other allergy symptoms? Are you careful about what you eat because of food allergies or intolerances? At Advanced Allergy Relief, we offer a safe, rapid elimination of allergic reactions. No medication, No Needles, Child friendly, Effective. See ad on page 19.


Specializing in Advanced Allergy Therapeutics Betty Brainerd, ND Guilford, CT 203-738-0020 DrBrainerd.com Are you suffering from allergies or sensitivites? Would you like to live life without medications or the need to avoid certain plants, foods animals, etc.? Our Advanced Allergy Therapeutics is a safe and effective solution for the elimination of symptoms in all ages (no needles!).


Improve your quality of life w/ empowering guidance & support. Move to the Heart of Healing w/ Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach/author of Play, Heal, Love! The Art of Creating Healthy Relationships. Be inspired; create habits & boundaries that heal w/in-person or phone Readings, Reiki, Reflexology, EFT, Angelspeake, Meditation. See ad on page 11.

KC CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS Kevin Healy, DC 17 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 203-245-9317 KevinHealy@sbcglobal.net DrHealMe.com

Applied Kinesiology is a neurological evaluation to find and treat dysfunction. Different because it addresses causes instead of chasing pains, Dr. Healy tests if a therapy alleviates dysfunction, finding immediate answers as to which provides the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. Generally, no single cure exists as disease and dysfunction typically involve multiple areas of the body. The goal of any therapy—physical, chemical, or emotional—is to improve function; a combination of therapies typically yields the best results. See ad on page 8.


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Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary and emerging fields 203-874-4252 Learn.edu The Graduate Institute offers holistic master’s degrees and certificate programs for adult learners. Programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability, Writing and Oral Tradition, Organizational Leadership, Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation, and more. See ad on page 11.


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Anna Martin, BSW, MSW, LCSW 410 State St, North Haven, CT 30 Hazel Terrace, Woodbridge, CT 377 Main St, West Haven, CT 203-606-2071 CounselingWithAnnaMartin.com

YOU deserve to be happy. AHBHS helps with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Obesity, agarophobia, domestic violence, ADD, ADHD and anger management. Phone,internet,skype and office sessions. Evening and weekend hours are available. Most insurance accepted, including Medicaid, Medicare and Husky.




Everlastings, by Arlene Bouley The Carriage House At The Gate House West 2614 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 203-458-1298 EverlastingsSalon.com


787 Main St, S Woodbury, CT 203-586-1172 NaturalSaltHealing.com

Everlastings is a full-service hair salon & spa whose passion and mission is to provide healthier, more natural organic alternatives to salon services. All products are chemical-free. You will leave feeling fulfilled, refreshed and cared for. See ad on page 8.





Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN 501 Kings Highway East, Suite 108 Fairfield, CT 203-371-8258 WholeBodyMed.com Using state-of-the-art science combined with centuries-old healing modalities, our caring naturopathic doctors correct underlying imbalances and address issues which may interfere with the body’s abilityto heal itself. Treatment protocols or therapies include: Abdominal Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Allergy Desensitization, Chinese Medicine, Colonics and other Detoxification Protocols, Electro-Dermal Screening, Energy Medicine, FDA-cleared Phototherapy, Functional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Hormonal Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 31.

Combining an array of natural therapies that have been used since ancient times with today’s technology, Salt of the Earth Spa provides a sanctuary for deep transformations, healing and grounding for Mind, Body and Spirit. See ad on page 10.

Dr. Kia Walker Offices in North Haven and West Hartford 203-239-3400 TheLifeCenterofCT.com Getting to the root of your pain. Whether it’s structural, inflammatory, or related to injury, there are options that can significantly improve or eliminate your pain naturally. Here at The Life Center, we identify the pattern and employ a number of therapies such as Gua sha, Massage therapy, Bowen, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Botanical Medicine, Emotional Freedom Technique, Egoscue exercises, Laser therapy, nutritional supplements, and dietary changes to manage pain. We are not interested in covering pain up but fixing it and to helping you to understand it. In this way, you will have some say over the way you feel and be empowered to be pain free.


Critical Care Nurse, Reiki Practitioner 370 Boston Post Road Orange, CT 203-314-5401 eilande@comcast.net ReikiwithEileenAnderson.com Healing practices offered by light touch with documented health benefits. RELAX/REVIVE in a restful environment while restoring balance both physically and emotionally to the body. Offering one-hour and half-hour table sessions, 20-minute chair sessions to clients of all ages.


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Dr. Jenna Henderson 2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 1007 Farmington Ave, Suite 7A, West Hartford, CT 203-239-3400 info@thelifecenterofCT.com TheLifeCenterofct.com Medically supervised weight loss program. Get off the dieting merry-go-round and F I N A L LY a c h i e v e y o u r ideal weight. We offer a whole foods diet, individualized nutrition, emotional eating support, meal planning and weight loss coaching. COVERED BY MOST INSURANCES.

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