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My New Year so far has been… well, interesting. On New Year’s Day, the server for my Natural Awakenings website and three email accounts was hacked—twice in one week. During transfer of my files to the new server, my website forms got corrupted and the email handler started stonewalling all of the submissions (Yikes!) The market also had a tumultuous ride. The Dow, which typically enjoys a rally between Christmas and the first week of January, had the deepest plunge during the first 7 days of the New Year in history, which left economists and traders scratching their heads—and small investors (like me) reeling. Then, there was my tax audit (about as much fun as having a root canal procedure). The end of January was punctuated by a blizzard. Friends and colleagues remarked that all of this instability was related to Mercury being in retrograde until January 25— felt more like all of the planets were in retrograde! All of that said, the first month of 2016 has actually been a gift, which has given a whole new meaning to the word “resilience” and the indispensability of connections with wonderful people, who have supported me through these somewhat tricky times. It has also been an opportunity for me to turn my attention away from unpleasant conditions that have been out of my control and instead, focus on all there is to appreciate and love—that has such power. Besides, everything is cyclical. You’ve just got to roll with it. In this month’s Natural Living Resource Directory edition, we celebrate the value of connections, particularly with friends and those who can help us create more balance in our lives (I am referring to our wonderful local holistic businesses, practitioners and educators—check out our Resource Directory section). As adults, we have a tendency to get so caught up in responsibility (and results) that we allow time to slip away without connecting with those special people in our lives who can help us lighten up, shift our perspective and reorganize the way we see our world and our place in it. In our fast-paced lives, many of us have given proficiency with multi-tasking a higher priority than relationship. Natural Awakenings publishers have access to listeserve email, which enables us to connect with each other 24/7. I was so delighted when one of the publishers suggested a weekly Well-Being call a few weeks ago. Publishers wear many hats and consequently, there is a tendency for us to get entrenched in details. Regardless of our occupation, it is vital to set time aside to get back to “being.” After all, this helps us get back in touch with “why” we do what we do for a living. If more corporations would recognize the importance of this, it would transform the workplace, and boost productivity and morale of the employees. Here in the northeast, winter can intensify the experience of isolation. Our special local feature: “Listening in the Dark: Reflections On Seasonal Affective Disorder,” by Licensed Psychologist and Registered Yoga Teacher, Dr. Laurie Edwards is a must read. Our New Haven and Middlesex edition of Natural Awakenings is entering its 10th year of publication in 2016! Now that is a reason to celebrate! We encourage you to explore the wide range of local holistic businesses, practitioners and educators, who provide avenues to wellness through classes, education, services and products in this special edition and in every edition. Wishing you a joyous journey and meaningful connections throughout 2016!


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oshua Summers, a yin yoga and meditation expert with over 20 years of experience, will be teaching his Yin Yoga Teacher Training: Mindfulness Module: Level 2 at Fresh Yoga in New Haven February 25-28. The training is recommended for any teacher or student wishing to bring a variety of approaches to mindfulness into their classes. Additionally, students who are interested in deepening their meditation practice may attend. Joshua Summers Building on Summers’ Foundations Module, the Mindfulness Module emphasizes the practice and teaching of mindfulness meditation within the discipline of yin yoga. In this immersive training, mindfulness meditation is practiced in both seated meditation and yin yoga sequences. Yin yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles that are predominant today. Floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body. Physically, it restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints. Energetically, it opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. As this practice emphasizes stillness and silence, Yin Yoga prepares both the body and the mind for deeper experiences in meditation. To try yin yoga, classes are offered Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9-10:15 a.m. at the 9th Square location at 49 Orange St., New Haven, Connecticut. In addition, classes are held Wednesdays 8:15-9:15 a.m. at the Erector Square location at 319 Peck Street in New Haven, Connecticut. For more information on the training, visit FreshYoga.com or call 203-776-9642. To find out more about Joshua Summers, visit JoshSummers.net.

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New Reiki Practice Opens in Orange


ileen Anderson, a registered nurse, critical care registered nurse and Reiki practitioner, has opened her Reiki with Eileen Anderson practice in Orange, Connecticut. Anderson hosts a monthly Reiki clinic in New Haven where she gives complimentary 10-minute treatments. The clinic is held the first Sunday of every month at Edge of the Woods, located at 379 Whalley Eileen Anderson Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut, from 1 to 5 p.m. Reiki balances the client’s whole system and they have reported improved sleep, increased concentration, better digestion and decreased pain, Anderson says. After Reiki treatment, medical professionals have observed stabilized blood pressure and heart rate, reduced side effects from chemotherapy, easier breathing and stabilized blood sugar, she continues. Anderson has been a critical care nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital for 30 years and a Reiki practitioner for 16 years. She has been offering Reiki treatments to patients, families of patients and hospital staff. She received training to be a Reiki practioner from various Reiki masters and studied medical Reiki with Pamela Miles in New York City. For more information and appointments, call Eileen Anderson at 203-314-5401 or email EilAnde@comcast.net or visit ReikiWithEileenAnderson.com. Location: Reiki With Eileen Anderson, Orange Chiropractic, 370 Boston Post Rd., Orange, CT. See Profile on page 35.

Get a Toe Hold on Your Foot Pain


hysical Therapy Services of Guilford will be offering free 10-minute foot pain screenings in its Branford location on February 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. and February 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. In addition, screenings are also available February 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. Your feet are an intricate and integral part of your body that

can easily be taken for granted until you are experiencing foot pain. Comprised of 26 bones and 33 joints, your feet are susceptible to over 50 different types of ailments and dysfunctions that can be challenging to correct. Let our team of biomechanical experts evaluate the way your body moves, and the effect it has on your feet, in order to determine how to make the corrections that will return them to being pain free. To reserve a spot, call 203-315-7727. Location: Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, 500 East Main Street, Suite 310, Branford, CT. See Profile on page 33 and ad on page 51.

Fight for Air Climb


he 5th annual Fight for Air Climb: New Haven stair climb is the American Lung Association’s premier fundraising event. Compete on March 5 in this unique “vertical marathon”; climbers will race, run or walk up 32 flights of stairs inside New Haven’s tallest, eco-friendly building at 360 State Street. You are invited to climb as an individual or to form a team. Each climber is responsible for payment of a $100 fundraising minimum per person, due by event day. Any climber that does not comply with national regulations will not be permitted to participate in the event. Racers and elite runners will climb first, followed by walking participants. Finally, firefighters from all over New England will climb the 531 stairs in full gear. Following the event there will be an after party and award presentation at The Trinity Bar & Restaurant to celebrate. Medals will be presented to highest fundraisers, fastest competitors and largest teams. The New Haven & Middlesex Counties edition of Natural Awakenings is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Fight for Air Climb: New Haven event. The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. Eighty-four cents of every dollar raised from the event support that mission.

Join Dr. Lauren Kempton and Robin Moore for this eye-opening look at the power of intergenerational stories. Location: Tower One/Tower East 18 Tower Lane, New Haven CT RSVP to Susan at susan@towerone.org (or) Ariel at ariel@towerone.org

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rtists for World Peace (AFWP) will be hosting The heArt of Inner Peace, a day-long event of workshops and presentations. The public is invited to “unplug” from their hectic lives and join on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mercy by the Sea (MercybytheSea.org) in Madison, Connecticut. AFWP will be offering 16 workshops and presentations designed to allow participants to experience a sense of wellbeing through their own creativity and intuition. The event will include a multicultural opening blessing and closing gathering and workshops such as T’ai Chi for Mind, Body and Spirit; Emotions in Sound and Color; Feng Shui Fit for a Good Night’s Sleep; Sound Meditation; Autobiographical Writing; Psychospiritual Counseling and Healing; Nutrition and healthy Eating; The Sound of Balance; Vibrational Heal-

ing; Chair Yoga; Introduction to the Art of Muscle Testing; World Peace Meditation with the Angels, and other topics of interest. Participants may register for a full day or half day of workshops, with or without lunch. The cost of the event ranges from $55 to $125. For more information and to register, visit ArtistsforWorldPeace.org. Location: Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd., Madison, CT. See ad on page 53.

New Programs Offered by Reaching The Harmony Within


resh programming from Reaching The Harmony Within includes Akashic Records Exploration, a six-session workshop where attendees will dive into diverse spiritual topics in the Akashic Records and gain clarity. Reaching The Harmony Within Founder Rosa Chyan will co-host with Lynne Grobsky, an Akashic Records Rosa Chyan teacher and consultant. The workshop, which costs $360 (early bird price of $300 by February 3), starts February 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. People can learn to access the Akashic Records for themselves and gain insights in the Akashic Records Foundation Course. Running February 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this course is $325 with early bird registration for $275 by February 22. Arcturian Group Healing Vortex is a four-week program to Lynne Grobsky raise vibration with Arcturian Healing Light, an upper dimensional light and frequency. It begins on March 8 2:30-4 p.m. The workshop series is $240, with an early registration price of $200 by February 29.

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“Many of my clients expressed desire in raising their energy and consciousness level,” says Chyan. “People are also searching for clarity on their spiritual journey. These new programs are developed in response to emerging needs of spiritual seekers.” For more information and to register: visit ReachingTheHarmonyWithin.com, email Rosa@ReachingTheHarmonyWithin.com or call 203-228-1777. Location: 93 Waterbury Rd., Prospect, CT.

One World to Show Uplifting Mythic Journeys Documentary


ne World Wellness & Yoga will be hosting a one­time screening of the documentary, Mythic Journeys, at the One World studio on February 19 at 7:30 p.m. A 45-minute gentle yoga class will be held prior from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Mythic Journeys is a fusion of documentary, story, artwork and animation. Every human being has asked themselves fundamental questions about who they are, what their purpose is and why they are here. The answers are in the myths that have been passed on from generation to generation. Mythology is a tool that can bridge cultures, communities and generations. This film seeks to inspire people to activism and show that by helping others we ultimately help ourselves. After the film, viewers can stay for a discussion to explore the importance of myth as a way of understanding ourselves. The suggested donation is $10$20. Proceeds

from the screening will benefit the East Haven Food Pantry, which serves hundreds of individuals in need. “Charity organizations like this inspire everyone to make a difference,” says Christine Ucich, One World Wellness’ director. “So I truly hope this touching film finds its way into people’s hearts and encourages more local humanitarianism.” To volunteer at the East Haven Food Pantry at Christ and the Epiphany Church, call 203-467-4668, or visit their location at 39 Park Place, East Haven, Connecticut, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. For more information and a trailer of the film, visit OneWorld-Wellness.com. Location: One World Wellness & Yoga, 967 North High St., East Haven CT. See ad on page 3.

Effective Advertising Event with Holistic Chamber of Commerce


he business education topic for the New Haven Chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce’s February meeting is How to Write Effective Ads. Presented by Gail Heard, publisher and owner of the New Haven/ Middlesex Counties edition of Natural Awakenings magazine, the informational session will be held during the chamber’s monthly business meeting on February 11 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting, which takes place at The Savvy Gourmet Tea in Madison, is free to chamber members and interested first-time guests. The regular fee is $15. To register, visit Meetup.com/HCC-New-Haven. The Chamber is sponsoring a Holistic Health and Wellness Fair on March 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Graduate Institute, located at 171 Amity Road, Bethany, 85 Wall Street Madison, CT 06443

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Connecticut. This fair will be open to the public and will feature a variety of services and products. Chamber members pay no admission fees. Contact Events Vice President Linda Ciotto, at Linda@LifesHealingEnergy.com for vendor application and fee information. The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is an expanding organization representing holistic professionals, practitioners and businesses. It is a welcoming community of like-minded individuals with the goal of helping to heal the world and the inhabitants that live within it by empowering members to build their business through business education, networking, and community events.

Najamy, CNM, and Paula Cate, CNM—with their decades of experience both in obstetrics and well women gynecology—to provide the clinical direction for the new St. Vincent’s Medical Centers Natural Child Birth Center, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It incorporates one-on-one care by the certified nurse midwives, water birth and a private homelike center with early discharge also an option. Similar to Circle for Life Midwifery’s mission, Wayman believes “in empowering women, by providing them with education, guidance and the necessary tools that will enable them to make appropriate decisions conducive to their lifestyles.”

For more information, visit NewHavenHolistic.org or contact New Haven Chapter President Rosa Chyan at 203-228-1777 or NewHaven@HolisticChamberofCommerce.com. Meeting location: The Savvy Gourmet Tea, 121 Samson Rock Dr., Madison, CT. See ad on facing page and on page 53.

For more information, visit WomensHealthCT.com/Circle_ for_Life_Midwifery or call 203-944-0264. Location: Circle for Life Midwifery, 2 Trap Falls Rd., Ste. 510, Shelton, CT.

New Midwife Joins Circle for Life Midwifery


ircle for Life Midwifery has added a new certified nurse midwife to its practice. Jemine L. Wayman, CNM, DNP, comes to the Shelton midwifery office with more than nine years of experience. “I have decided to relocate to Connecticut to allow me the opportunity to be closer to family while sharing my expertise and experience with women in a community that I have been a part of since childhood,” says Wayman, a native of Bridgeport, Connecticut and a nurse midwifery graduate of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Circle for Life Midwifery offers midwifery services, natural childbirth, well woman care and holistic gynecology to woman of all ages. Nutritional, homeopathic, herbal and lifestyle recommendations are an element of the patient consultation. The practice was founded by Sarah

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Taking to the Trails in February


he Sleeping Giant Park Association invites you to join their Winter Tree Identification Hike on February 7. Meet at the bulletin board by the kiosk near the park entrance at 1:30 p.m. The hike will involve traveling over uneven, rocky terrain, possibly with a degree of rock scrambling. Hikers should be in good physical condition. Dress warmly and wear comfortable, supportive shoes, with good traction. Snacks and water in a day pack are recommended. 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, check sgpaNews.wordpress. com or the breaking news link at sgpa.org. 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, please check sgpa.org. Inquiries can be directed to the SGPA Hiking Committee at Hike_the_Giant@yahoo.com.

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Thursday, Feb 11th 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Join Scholar, Educator and Social Activist Dr. Lauren Kempton and Award-Winning Author and Storyteller Robin Moore for this eye-opening look at the power of intergenerational stories.

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Kids Get Fewer Cavities When Mothers Chew Xylitol Gum


esearch published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry has concluded mothers that chew natural xylitol gum regularly will significantly reduce oral infections of mutans streptococcus bacteria in their infants. Five research teams and 11 randomized studies of 601 mothers and their children showed 46 percent fewer infections of the bacteria, which is the central species responsible for dental caries and periodontal disease. The studies included children that were 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months old. Other research supports the claim of xylitol’s beneficial nature. A study from the University of Manchester, in England, analyzing data from 4,216 schoolchildren, showed that using toothpaste containing xylitol with fluoride resulted in 13 percent less tooth decay than using toothpaste with fluoride only. Note: Xylitol is toxic to dogs; if ingested, consult a veterinarian.

Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells


esearchers from Rutgers University have found that an ingredient in olive oil will kill cancer cells in under an hour. The researchers tested a compound called oleocanthal, a central component of extra virgin olive oil, and found that it caused the premature death of cancer cells in the laboratory by puncturing cancer cell vesicles, called lysosomes. “We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die,” says Paul Breslin, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers and co-author of the study, published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. The research also found that the olive oil compound didn’t damage healthy cells. Breslin states that the compound merely “put them to sleep” for a day, after which they resumed their normal, healthy functioning. Senior author David Foster, Ph.D., of Hunter College, points out that additional studies are necessary to determine if the compound halts tumor growth. “We also need to understand why it is that cancerous cells are more sensitive to oleocanthal than non-cancerous cells,” he says.

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Bifidobacteria Probiotic Fends Off Colds and Flu


n a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that supplementing with bifidobacteria probiotics will reduce colds and flu. The study followed 581 college students for six weeks as they prepared for their final exams. During the study period, the students consumed a placebo or a daily supplement with one of three probiotics, including Bifidobacterium bifidum. The students given the bifidum supplement experienced significantly fewer cold or flu infections, and when they did succumb, the infection was generally less severe. The other probiotic supplements did not reduce colds or flu compared to the placebo for the six weeks.

Neti Pot Solutions for Sinus Problems


eti pots, used for centuries in Asian cultures to support nasal health and eliminate toxins from the nasal mucosa, have become increasingly popular in the Western world. People use the small Aladdin’s lamp-looking pots to help flush sinuses, usually by pouring a mild solution of unrefined sea salt and water from one nostril through the other (avoid common table salt because it can irritate mucous membranes). The process flushes out unwanted mucus, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Frequent nasal flushing is credited with preventing and relieving sinus infections. Some experts recommend a stronger remedy if an infection is present. “The bacteria and fungus stick rather well to the nasal mucosa and few are flushed out with saline flushes,” remarks Herbalist Steven Frank, of Nature’s Rite. LLC. “Most of these nasty pathogens adhere to the mucosa with what is called a biofilm. Within this slime layer, they are well protected and thrive within the warm moist sinuses, so a small saline bath once a day doesn’t bother them much at all.” To deal with stubborn sinus problems, Frank likes using the neti pot with a colloidal silver wash that is retained in the nostrils for ten minutes. This can be supported with regular intra-nasal spraying of the colloid throughout the day.

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Super Bowl Eco-Stadium Gains National Spotlight

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The 50th Super Bowl will take place February 7 at the brandnew Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara, outside San Francisco, and the anniversary isn’t the only thing that’s historic. As part of a trend toward sustainability in athletic facilities, it’s the greenest and most technologically advanced professional football stadium in the U.S. The structure is designed to support sustainability, located on a site with accessible public transportation plus a bike path to encourage fans to pedal to and from games. Its predominantly open and airy, environmentally friendly building plan also takes advantage of the Silicon Valley climate. One outstanding feature is the green roof atop the suite tower on the west side of the stadium. Another is the three solar bridges connecting the main parking area to the stadium that generate energy from hundreds of solar panels. All of the wood used was repurposed from a local airplane hangar at Moffett Field, in Mountain View, California, and other reclaimed building products were used where possible. Reclaimed water sources serve potable and non-potable uses, including playing field irrigation. The local suppliers providing farm-to-table food menus also are required to practice composting and recycling to the greatest extent possible. For more information, visit LevisStadium.com.

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McCormick Going Non-GMO McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, plans to eliminate almost all genetically modified (GMO) ingredients from their product line by 2016. In response to increased consumer demand for healthier options, 80 percent of its overall gourmet herb and spice business in the U.S. will be both organic and non-GMO by 2016, as well as all McCormick-branded herbs, spices and extracts sold in the U.S. They will voluntarily label the updated products to inform consumers as part of a commitment to transparency and consumer education. The first product introduced, a non-GMO vanilla extract, is already available. McCormick also uses steam treatments in its processing to preserve the health benefits of spices instead of the ionizing irradiation used by competitors. Although food radiation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some studies link it to significant health problems. “Our consumers are increasingly interested in quality flavors with pure ingredients in their food,” says McCormick President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Kurzius. “Our efforts prove that we are listening to consumers and are committed to continuing to evolve.” Source: NaturalNews.com


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Lions Untamed

Shrine Circus Ends Wild Animal Acts Bill Cunningham, CEO of Dallas-based Fun Time Shows, the largest Shrine Circus producer in the country, says he’ll no longer produce shows featuring elephants, tigers, lions or other wild animals. Cunningham says, “These animals are very special; we cohabit the Earth with them and they are deserving of our respect and awe. They’re not here to perform tricks for our entertainment.” He says, “I’ve tried to listen to the mothers that said they didn’t want their kids to grow up and learn that the animals they saw had been probed, poked, prodded and chained to a floor.” The move has received an outpouring of support from outside the industry, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Cunningham’s Shrine Circuses will still feature high wire acts, human cannonballs, trapeze artists and motorcycle tricks, along with performing horses and dogs. “The horses and dogs act in true collaboration with their owners,” says Cunningham. “We feel the audience still wants to see domestic animals.” Source: GreenSourceDFW.org

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THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP It Sustains, Nourishes and Supports Us by Judith Fertig

For a reason, a season or a lifetime, friends help us cope with challenges, motivate our best work and celebrate life. Friendships take many forms, crossing generations and self-imposed boundaries, and even spring up between unlikely confidants.


hildhood friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck collaborated on the Oscar-winning screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Fierce tennis competitors Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki like to get together for a gal-pal getaway after a major match. Country music artists Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married following an 18-year friendship; “We had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did,” says Brooks. Rafts of research confirm how friendship enriches us. Carlin Flora, of New York City, spent years as a Psychology Today writer and editor before penning Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are. She notes that among the varied and perhaps unforeseen benefits, friendships can help us “shed pounds, sleep better, stop smoking and even survive a major illness.”


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An ongoing, two-decade-plus study of nearly 1,500 seniors by the Flinders University Centre for Ageing Studies, in Australia, found those with a large network of friends outliving others with the fewest friends by 22 percent. The University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center also reports people with five or more close friends as 50 percent more likely to describe themselves as “very happy” than those maintaining fewer confidants. “Friends past and present play powerful and often unappreciated roles in determining our sense of self and the direction of our lives,” says Flora. “Even in a supposedly meritocratic society, friends give jobs and assignments to each other, so having friends that share your career interests and aspirations can get you much farther than you could ever get on your own.”


Make New Friends, Keep the Old Today, making and keeping friends can be challenging, due to distance, frequent life changes, overprotective parenting and substituting social media for more intimate face time. It all makes friendship more fluid than we might realize, says Shasta Nelson, the San Francisco founder of GirlFriendCircles. com, a women’s friendship matching site and author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends, plus the upcoming book, Frientimacy, about deepening such relationships. “Most of us replace half of our close friends every seven years,” says Nelson. Although this might seem alarming, she considers it a natural ebb and flow. “We all need a couple of very close friends, while others that come and go might just be what we currently need—at work or school, among firsttime parents, in a new neighborhood, starting a job, in retirement or during some other life change,” she says. Canadian Greg Tjosvold, a married middle school teacher in Vancouver, Canada, has enjoyed great friendships with women, including his wife, partly because he doesn’t relate to men’s generally competitive nature and interest in sports. But when a close female friend moved away, he wanted to expand his circle to include men. He joined a group called The Barley Brethren that sample craft beers and talk about life. Although not into suds, he values “having a safe and enjoyable place to discuss deep issues, victories and temporary setbacks.” He admits, “That’s over-simplification, though.” Finding a group of men he can feel a part of has validated him, making this unique man still feel like one of the guys. Nelson categorizes the concentric circles of developing friendship as starting with a mutually agreeable acquaintance or contact, and then moving emotionally closer with someone that we find similarities with. Then the original bond can enter the confirmed friend category. A group of friends, like a longtime book club, can constitute a community. The highest level is the committed friend that has evolved into a trusted and valuable life companion.

Sarah Huntsman Reed, a medical counselor in Kansas City, Missouri, has such a lifelong friend. She met Doug Reed, now a pharmacist, when both were in their high school musical, Once Upon a Mattress. Reed had a great sense of humor, Sarah remembers. “He’s still the most honest yet kindest person I’ve met,” she says. Soon, their mothers became friends, too, and the two teens would pair up for family weddings. Then she went to college and married and he moved away; yet they stayed in touch through mutual friends and their moms, catching up in person when he returned to his hometown. Seventeen years after they first met, by which time Sarah was divorced, the two discussed taking their friendship to the next level and soon married. “It was a big decision to commit, because we knew so much about each other,” she says. “But we prefer each other’s company, and it was the best thing we ever did.”

Safety Net In trying times, friends can surround us with positive energy, says Madisyn Taylor, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the spiritual blog DailyOm, in Ashland, Oregon. “The people we love form a protective barrier that buffers and shields us from many of the world’s

Hallmarks of good friendship include staying in touch and being consistently positive and vulnerable, so as we reveal ourselves over time, we can be authentic with each other.

more crippling blows,” including receiving hurtful slights from others. How we make friends has been altered by today’s social landscape, which includes working parents and Amber Alerts. The days of children freely roaming their neighborhood discovering friends to play with are, unfortunately, over, says Jennifer S. White, a Toledo, Ohio, blogger and author of The Art of Parenting: Love Letters from a Mother. “My long-term friendships from childhood were all built around being neighbors and playing together just because we wanted to,” recalls White. With today’s safety concerns and work-life challenges, parents now set up playdates, a more structured, less organic way of fostering childhood friendships, and they must be proactive to ensure success. White has some misgivings about this modern-day approach. “When I think about that one little gleaming seed of truth at the heart of why, it’s often because I don’t think it’s fair that I have to be a popular ‘playdate mom’ for my kid to have some friends.”

Besties and Buddies Automatic playdates—with siblings—often enhance family ties through lifelong friendships. Sally Ekus is a culinary talent representative in Florence, Massachusetts. Her younger sister, Amelia, is the general manager of Twitter Cafe, in New York City, and lives in Brooklyn. Both foodies have knife-and-fork tattoos. Sally is more into meal ingredients and preparation, while Amelia loves pouring wine and making sure everyone is comfortable. “Together,” says Sally, “we create total hospitality, from lavish Passover seders to Friday nights with friends.” She notes that her sister is the only other person who understands what the world looks like through the Ekus girls’ perspective. Some adults might never meet faceto-face, but become friends via social media. American Jamie Schler, co-owner of the Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, with her native-born husband, says, “Social media [especially Facebook posts] is how I meet and make personal friends and keep in touch on a daily basis. As an expat, this is important because I often feel far from family and friends natural awakenings

How to Make Good Friends by Shasta Nelson

Three Necessary Ingredients

Both friendship and romantic bonds are developed when three things occur: We feel satisfied, which happens when an interaction has more positivity than negativity. We feel safe, which comes when we commit to consistent time with each other. We feel seen, which we experience when we practice revealing ourselves and expressing vulnerability. Here’s a formula for creating meaningful connections: Positivity + Consistency + Vulnerability = Frientimacy.

Two Steps

It usually takes most people six to eight interactions with someone new before they start feeling like friends. The sooner they schedule such occasions, the sooner the rewards. c Be open to making new friends. c Make the first move; repeat.

One Ratio

To keep a friendship going, remember that it has to have a positivity-to-negativity ratio of at least five-to-one. That means sharing five times more fun and feel-good moments than stressors that can range from disappointments and frustrations to jealousies. By definition, to be and keep a good friend requires that both parties bring satisfying positivity to the relationship. Source: Adapted from Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Intimacy by Shasta Nelson; scheduled for release in March.

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that understand me, share common interests and ideas and speak the same language—and I don’t necessarily mean English.” Her high-tech circle ranges from hometown pals to new friends in the food community and political forums. She raves, “It’s a place where I find them all at the same time!” Nelson remarks, “No one is saying Facebook should replace visits, nights out and phone calls, but in a world where most of us wish we felt closer to

a few more people, it doesn’t hurt to use every tool at our disposal for creating connections.” Differences in age needn’t be a hurdle in forging friendships. Candelaria Silva-Collins, an arts marketing professional in Boston, attended area social gatherings where she regularly encountered a museum director and his wife. “They seemed like a fantastic couple,” she says, and began a friendship with the older woman, despite their being from different generations. “My friend teaches me a lot about being vital and vibrant,” she says.

Expanding Circles

Becoming friends with people of different ages, languages and social standing gives us a spiritual workout, advises Nelson. With a master’s degree in divinity, Nelson views friendship as a type of health club in which we develop our empathy, forgiveness and compassion muscles through practice. “Friendships are the way we become better people,” she says. Furthermore, the process, especially with people unlike us, leads to a better world. “Being able to inherently care for people we know makes it easier to do the same for people we’ve not met yet,” says Nelson. World peace happens one friend at a time. Freelance writer Judith Fertig also blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot. com from Overland Park, KS.

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Our Wholehearted Attention Is Our Greatest Gift

Pay attention to the environment. Stop other activities to listen. Clear your desk. Turn off background noise or move to a quiet corner.

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erhaps one of the most precious and powerful gifts we give another person is to really listen to them with quiet, fascinated attention and our whole being; fully present. Deep listening occurs at the heart level, and we must ask ourselves how often we listen to each other so completely. Such listening is a creative force. We expand, ideas come to life and grow and we remember who we are. It brings forth our inner spirit, intelligence, or true self, and opens up the space for us to thrive. Sometimes we have to do a lot of listening before another’s inner being feels replenished. Some people just need to talk and go on and on, usually in a superficial, nervous manner. This often happens because they have not been truly listened to. Patience is required to be a listening presence for such a person long enough that they get to their center point of tranquility and peace. The results of such listening are extraordinary. Some would call them miracles. Listening well takes time, skill and a readiness to slow down to afford time

for reflection and to let go of expectations, judgments, boredom, self-assertiveness and defensiveness. When two people listen deeply to one another, we sense that we are present not only to each other, but also to something beyond our individual selves; something spiritual, holy or sacred. Once we experience the depth of being listened to like this, we naturally begin to listen to be present with another. We notice what occurs when we interrupt someone and when we don’t. We watch what unfolds when another stops speaking and we ask, “Is there anything else?” Listening is an art that calls for practice. Imagine if we all spent just a few minutes each day choosing to practice the art of listening; of being fully present with the person we are with. Being truly listened to and understood yields a sigh of contentment and joy. Kay Lindahl, of Long Beach, CA, is the author of The Sacred Art of Listening, from which this was adapted with permission from SkyLight Paths Publishing.

Be present. Listen with an open, appreciative and curious mind rather than evaluating what’s being said. Put your own agenda aside. Stop talking. One person speaks at a time without interruption. Listen for understanding. No one is required to agree with or believe what they hear. Let empathy and compassion take the lead; put yourself in their shoes. Ask for clarification. It can help a listener understand what’s being expressed. Pause before speaking. Allow the speaker to complete their thought, and then wait a few seconds before responding. Also ask, “Is there anything else?” There almost always is. Listen to yourself. Inquire of your inner voice, “What wants to be expressed next?” Signal that they’ve been heard. Encouraging body language includes empathetic facial expressions, nodding and sympathetic postures. Adapted from The Top Ten Powerful Listening Practices on the author’s website SacredListening.com.

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mericans are staying single longer these days. Instead of marrying in our early 20s like in the 1960s, today we’re more likely to be upwards of 27 before committing. Careers and family obligations are among the factors causing delays, allowing couples to learn what really matters before they walk down the aisle. “A good partner is someone that encourages you to be your authentic self,” says Jill Crosby, host of the online dating website NaturalAwakeningsSingles.com from Mount Shasta, California. “There are always some compromises, but similar core values and respect for each other make a good relationship even better.” Online dating isn’t just for the unmarried, post-college crowd. Widowed and divorced singles also find it a good way to ease into a renewed social life. According to a Northwestern University study, typical benefits include access to professional matching, a wider range of singles and better communications with potential partners.

finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Adding must-have characteristics such as an eco-friendly lifestyle might land an aspirant in the shallow end of the dating pool unless it is pre-screened by a conscious dating site. Discovering a potential partner via a dedicated online site enables members to refine their list of desired attributes versus deal-breakers, modifying their own profile accordingly. Elements of success stories usually include both prospects keeping an open mind while exploring a mutually compatible dating site. Honest communication is the most vital link in this get-to-know-you venue, but the goal is to meet, not become pen pals. When interest proceeds beyond onsite messaging, texting may follow, which tends to diminish fears of saying the wrong thing that could delay or prevent a more in-depth reply. Textpert, a free app that crowdsources text messages, comes to the rescue with suggested responses by other members to help anyone encountering writer’s block.

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Long distance isn’t often a deterrent when love is right. A California vegan that spent four years on multiple vegan dating sites found her match

thousands of miles away in New York through NaturalAwakeningsSingles. com. When an eventual first meeting is more than a quick coffee date, prior Skype or FaceTime chats can confirm that the photo is current and messages were more than pickup lines. “Technology has made a tremendous difference in price, accessibility and reach,” says Crosby. “Members now post selfies as headshots, shoot their own videos and can access potential matches anywhere in the world.”

Discerning Kindred Spirits

Not all online relationships are love matches. Sometimes it’s enough to find like-minded people. “Natural AwakeningsSingles.com is a safe place to talk about spiritual awakening without someone looking at you like you have three heads. I’ve met a number of people who speak my language,” says Sharmaine Monteith, a sales manager in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “When people care about the environment, it changes who they are and how they live. My profile maps my beliefs and my heart.” A University of Chicago study asked 20,000 people that married between 2005 and 2012 how they met. One third said online; half used another kind of dating service. Another telling statistic showed that those that met at work, in a bar or by blind date were 25 percent more likely

to divorce. Researchers think this is because online daters know each other better before meeting. When folks fudge a bit in their profile, it’s mostly about weight and height.

Green Hot Spots

“It’s easier to find a vegan date in the produce aisle of the grocery store than at the beach,” advises April Masini, a New York City author of four relationship books and the AskApril.com advice column. “Whether you’re looking in person or online for dates, focus on the areas where you’d naturally find others who are green like you.” Community gardens, river cleanups and Earth Day celebrations spring to mind. Make a green impression by wearing clothing made of sustainable fabrics and offering a small gift of a fair trade item, organic chocolates or native wildflower bouquet. The choice of going to a locally sourced restaurant will include an eco-friendly ride to get there. A 2014 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 50 percent of Americans over the age of 16 are unmarried—yet most believe marriage is extremely important. With all the people still looking for love, online meet-ups can dramatically improve success. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.

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ncient grains are making a comeback. Grown since Neolithic times about 10,000 years ago, varieties of barley, corn, millet and rice have helped assuage the hunger of many communities. Today, yellow millet, dark red wholegrain sorghum, brown quinoa and exotic black rice can help alleviate food shortages. According to Harry Balzer, an expert surveyor of food and diet trends with The NPD Group, concerns about grains and gluten have prompted about a third of Americans to try to cut back on both since 2012. About 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, estimates the Celiac Disease Foundation, but many more prefer not to eat gluten. Many ancient grains are naturally gluten-free, including amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice and teff.

“Some think that a grain-free way of eating is healthier and also better for the planet,” says food writer Maria Speck, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals and Simply Ancient Grains. “But that may be too simplistic, a characteristic of many diet trends.”

Better for Our Health

Whole grains fill us up and provide fiber, both necessary for maintaining optimum digestion and weight, says Kathleen Barnes, a widely published natural health expert in Brevard, North Carolina. Eating more whole grains has been previously associated with a lower risk of major diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, based on studies by the University of Minnesota and Lund University, in Sweden. Qi Sun, assistant profes-

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sor in the Harvard School of Public Health department of nutrition, agrees that whole grains are one of the major healthful foods for prevention of major chronic diseases. He’s the lead author of a new Harvard study of data associating consumption of whole grains with a 9 percent reduction in overall mortality and up to 15 percent fewer cardiovascular fatalities during two 25-yearlong research initiatives that followed 74,000 woman and 43,000 men. The researchers cited substituting whole grains for refined grains and red meat as likely contributors to longer life. “Whole grains are nutritional powerhouses, packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beneficial fiber and even some protein,” observes Speck. With a German father and a Greek mother, she grew up in two cultures where grains are a part of everyday meals. “We eat them because they taste good.”

Better for Local Farmers

Sourcing and eating more organic and GMO-free whole grains (absent modified genetics) can help support local farmers, Speck maintains. Choose barley from Four Star Farms, in Mas-

sachusetts; heirloom grits from Anson Mills, in South Carolina; quinoa from White Mountain Farm, in Colorado; or heirloom Japanese rice from Koda Farms, in California.

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Ancient grains require fewer natural resources to plant, grow and harvest. According to the Water Footprint Network, a pound of beef, millet and rice require 1,851, 568 and 300 gallons of water, respectively, to produce. Substituting grains in diets is a sustainable alternative to meat, and they grow on grasslands that now inefficiently support livestock. According to University of Cambridge Professor of Engineering David MacKay, it takes about 25 times more energy to produce one calorie of beef than one calorie of natural grain. Ancient grains can add variety and flavor to meals and a wealth of them are as close as the gluten-free aisle of a neighborhood grocery or health food store. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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t’s best to cook up a batch of ancient grains ahead on the weekend for use during a busy week. To inject more color and flavor, add a pinch of saffron to turn the cooking water golden, or cook the grains in pomegranate juice. Cooked grain keeps in the refrigerator for up to seven days, ready to enhance salads, soups, yogurt or desserts. Amaranth. The seed head of pigweed, amaranth can be baked into a custard or added to a soup. Grown by the Aztecs, iron- and protein-rich amaranth can be popped raw in a skillet like popcorn, and then added as garnish to soups and salads. Buckwheat. The seeds of a plant related to rhubarb and grown in northern

climates, buckwheat can be ground into flour for savory French crepes or simmered whole in soup.

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Quinoa. Grown at high altitudes, quinoa has become a popular addition to salads or yogurt, as well as its own side dish. Millet. A tiny, drought-tolerant grain, millet can be added to bread dough for texture or cooked as a healthy breakfast with toasted almonds and cardamom. Teff. From Ethiopia, the flour of this tiny grain is fermented and used to make the flatbread known as injera. Try a teff waffle with caramelized pineapple. Source: Adapted from Simply Ancient Grains by Maria Speck. natural awakenings

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Cooking with Ancient Grains To make the soup, heat a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Swirl in the oil and wait until it shimmers. Add the onion and ¼ tsp of the salt. Stir occasionally, until the onion just starts to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes.

Buckwheat and Beet Soup 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1½ cups chopped red onion (1 medium) ¾ tsp fine sea salt 2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves) ¼ tsp dried thyme ¾ tsp dried savory or ½ tsp more dried thyme ¾ cup raw buckwheat groats (not kasha) 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 cups raw shredded beets, preferably red (1 large or 2 small) 1 to 2 tsp honey 1 cup purified water (approximately) 2 tsp sherry vinegar, or more as needed Horseradish Yogurt ¾ cup whole milk or 2% Greek yogurt 3 Tbsp retail horseradish, with liquid ¼ tsp fine sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 24

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Stir in the buckwheat groats and cook, stirring occasionally and monitoring, until the grains take on some color, about 2 minutes. Add the broth (beware of splatter), the remaining ½ tsp salt and the pepper and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan. Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the buckwheat is tender, about 15 minutes.

Yields: 4 servings

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Photo by Erin Kunkel © 2015

Stir in the garlic and the herbs thyme and savory, and then cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Watch closely, so as not to burn the pieces.

While it simmers, prepare the horseradish yogurt topping: Combine the horseradish, salt and pepper in a small bowl and beat until smooth using a fork. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. To finish, stir in the beets and 1 tsp of the honey and then add about 1 cup of water to reach a preferred consistency. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften. Add the vinegar and taste for seasoning. Depending on the beets’ sweetness, maybe add another teaspoon of honey and a bit more vinegar to balance it, and perhaps a tad more salt and pepper. The seasoning is forgiving because the topping will bring the flavors together. Ladle the soup into four bowls, garnish with a dollop of the yogurt topping and serve at once.


Cardamom-Infused Black Rice Porridge with Blueberries and Pistachios Yields: 4 to 6 servings Black Rice ¾ cup black rice 2 whole green cardamom pods 1½ cups boiling purified water Porridge 1 cup half-and-half, plus more as needed 3 Tbsp maple syrup, or more as needed ¾ tsp ground cardamom 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 4 to 6 Tbsp pomegranate seeds, for garnish 3 Tbsp lightly toasted chopped plain pistachios, for garnish Start the rice the night before: Add the rice and cardamom pods to a large, heavy saucepan. Pour over the boiling water, cover and let sit at room temperature or overnight (or chill, covered, for up to 2 days). The next morning, make the porridge: Add 1 cup of half-and-half, the maple syrup and ground cardamom to the saucepan with the rice, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Uncover, decrease the heat to retain a lively simmer, and cook, stirring once occasionally, until the rice is tender with a slight chew, 5 to 7 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat, sprinkle with the feta and cover to allow the cheese to soften. To prepare the shrimp (or tofu), season them with salt and pepper.

Remove the cardamom pods, if preferred. Add the blueberries and simmer gently until they are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes more.

Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat until it shimmers. Add the shrimp. Cook, undisturbed, until the shrimp or tofu pieces turn golden, 1 to 2 minutes, and then flip them with a spatula and cook until the shrimp are just opaque throughout or the tofu has warmed through, 1 to 2 more minutes, depending on the size.

To finish, add ¼ to ½ cup more halfand-half to reach a desired consistency. Taste for sweetness and adjust with more maple syrup if needed.

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Divide between 4 to 6 breakfast bowls. Top each bowl with 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds and 1 teaspoon of chopped pistachios. Serve warm.

Greek Millet Saganaki with Shrimp and Ouzo Millet 1¼ cups purified water ¾ cup millet 1 bay leaf Pinch of fine sea salt Saganaki 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (1 small) 1 clove garlic, peeled and slightly crushed 1 small hot green chili, minced (optional) ¼ tsp fine sea salt 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1 (28-oz) BPA-free can whole tomatoes, crushed in a bowl ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ½ cup green pimiento-stuffed olives, halved if large 4 oz coarsely crumbled Greek feta cheese (about 1 cup), preferably made from sheep’s milk Shrimp 1 lb jumbo shell-on shrimp from a reputable fishmonger, deveined and patted dry (or substitute firm tofu, cut into bite-sized pieces) Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /3 cup ouzo or other aniseflavored liqueur ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

To prepare the millet, bring the water, millet, bay leaf, and salt to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan.

Add the ouzo and cook until it’s syrupy, about 30 seconds. Using a spatula, briskly remove the shrimp from the pan and arrange on top of the millet. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve at once. All recipes adapted from Simply Ancient Grains or Ancient Grains for Modern Meals, by Maria Speck, courtesy of Ten Speed Press.

Decrease the heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit covered for 5 to 10 minutes. Uncover, remove the bay leaf and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, make the saganaki. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until it shimmers. Add the onion, garlic, chili and salt; cook, stirring frequently, until the onion softens and turns light golden, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it darkens, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with their juices and the pepper; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to maintain a light boil and cook, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir in the millet and green olives. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust (keeping in mind that olives and feta cheese are typically salty). natural awakenings

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Seasonal Affective Disorder by Dr. Laurie Edwards


easonal Affective Disorder (SAD)— now called “mood disorder with seasonal pattern” by the diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals—is characterized by symptoms of depression. These can include sleep and appetite disturbances, changes in energy levels, irritability, feelings of hopelessness or excessive guilt, difficulty concentrating, loss of interest in typically enjoyable activities, selfhatred, and thoughts of suicide—all of which begin in the fall and remit in the spring. For some, depression is replaced by anxiety as the spring and summer months arrive. Some individuals experience the flip side of depression—mania—during the warmer months. Severity can range from a mild case of the “winter blues” to symptoms that can significantly interfere with life functioning. The farther one lives from 26

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the equator, the greater the likelihood of suffering from SAD. Technically, to make the diagnosis, symptoms clearly should be attributable to changes in day length and not due to recurring psychosocial stressors; in reality, though, the impact of seasonal stressors is often difficult to parse out. Both day length and seasonal stressors can affect mood. Some suggestions can help with soothing symptoms without silencing the wisdom that is often birthed from discomfort. In other words, it is important to approach the subject in a way that neither demonizes nor deifies feelings of melancholy that sometimes arise in the dark time of the year. Developing the ability to observe the discomfort of SAD with self-compassion and to work skillfully with the symptoms can increase capacity to


cope with difficulties gracefully year round. Many traditions acknowledge the interweaving of light and darkness. The Taoist yin/yang symbol is a familiar representation of this idea. Our language contains idioms such as “the night is darkest before the dawn.” A fetus grows in the darkness of the womb. A seed needs darkness to germinate. The yoga tradition describes three primary energy channels, called nadis. The pingala nadi is associated with characteristics such as action, planning and light, while the ida nadi is associated with self-reflection, rest and darkness. The central channel, the shushumna, contains the homeostatic oscillations of ida and pingala, weaving them together with a larger life force, or prana, giving birth to those “aha” moments.

Taoist philosopher Dr. Yi Wu, at the California Institute of Integral Studies, tells the story of a student who said to him, “How wonderful that the Taoists can enjoy walking in the rain with no umbrella.” Wu corrected the student. “No. If it is raining, a Taoist stays indoors. If he cannot be indoors, he uses an umbrella. If he can’t stay indoors and doesn’t have an umbrella, then he enjoys walking in the rain with no umbrella. The important thing is to take care of your nature the best you can in the situation you are in.” How can we put this flexibility of mind into practice in the dark time of the year? Unlike bears, we don’t have to hibernate all winter. Few of us—even the most introverted and misanthropic— truly would wish to crawl into a cave and stay there for five months. We have some capacity to alter our surroundings to make them more comfortable. In the dark time of year, individuals and cultures find ways to bring in light, literally and metaphorically. We can turn on the lights and turn up the heat. We create celebrations and festivities, bringing a sense of abundance to an otherwise barren time of year. On the other hand, these activities, when done in excess, can be an example of what some psychoanalysts call a “manic defense” against discomfort. Holidays can bring up thoughts of lost loved ones. Visiting with friends and relatives can trigger tendencies to compare outselve unfavorably to others. Loneliness may be exacerbated when bombarded with images of happy families celebrating together. Simmering interpersonal conflicts may begin to boil when family members spend more time cooped up indoors together. In order to distract ourselves from discomfort, we may find ourselves spending more money than we really can afford or engaging in frenetic holiday preparations and parties that don’t truly nurture us. Everyone engages in this behavior from time to time; however, too much can contribute to even more distress in the future. Following are some suggestions for addressing SAD by accepting that some discomfort may be inevitable, exploring underlying thoughts and emotions, and soothing manifest symptoms. The

darkness of depression, when used as a starting place for compassionate self inquiry, can serve as a catalyst for growth.

Practice Self-Compassion

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., has defined and developed ways to measure self-compassion. Practicing self-compassion can do much to relieve SAD symptoms. As mentioned, holidays have a way of eliciting self-criticism if we aren’t able to live up to media images of perfection. After the winter holidays, we may find ourselves with debts larger than we would like or feeling lonely once the festivities have died down. We may judge ourselves for wanting to sleep more and for being less productive. What if it were okay to feel what we feel? What if it were okay to mourn a loss even when others are celebrating? What if it were okay to go to bed early in winter, take breaks from social interactions, or be a little less productive? Such changes are natural for many animal species. Does a bear judge itself for hibernating in the winter, or does the bear just do it? Human distress is often exacerbated by judging ourselves for having thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are quite natural given the situation. Establishing a daily practice of self-compassionate self-inquiry—such as mindfulness, meditation or free writing—can create space to experience disavowed thoughts and feelings and soften habitual self-criticisms and invalidations. Such practices can help differentiate between activities that are born from our authentic self from those that constitute a “manic defense.” Practicing self-compassion and clarifying our own thoughts and feelings can also help flush out misunderstandings that arise in interpersonal relationships. These practices can enhance our yearround quality of life.

Manage Energy

Developing compassionate self-inquiry practices can help discern the best use of personal energy. Spiritual teacher Carolyn Myss asks us to imagine that we are given a set amount of energy each day. When it is gone, it is gone. How will we put it to best use? Before the holidays, this may mean saying “no” to some activities. Afterwards, it natural awakenings

may mean reaching out to others and engaging in simple, inexpensive social activities, such as game or movie nights to ease winter doldrums.

Get More Sun Light

At this time of year, the sun rises around 7 a.m. and sets around 4:30 p.m. Although the sun is present in between, many of us go to work in buildings with little natural light, entering these spaces shortly after sunrise and leaving after the sun has set. The impact of so little contact with the sun can be profound. Getting up before sunrise and going for a walk may not sound like fun, but developing the habit can be a true act of self-compassion; it is arguably the single most effective approach to addressing the physiological impact of light deprivation. Going outside at noon can also help. A light box or dawn simulator may be used to supplement natural light. They are typically used for 30 minutes in the morning. A light box may be used in combination with meditating with eyes open, allowing the light to fall indirectly on eyes.

Recognizing our Connection to Nature

In the late 1950s, Pete Seeger wrote the song “Turn, Turn, Turn,” based on chapter 3 of the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted…” Recognizing that our own moods, thoughts and behaviors vary and turn along with the natural world can, perhaps paradoxically, help us to find a sense of inner calm no matter what the season. Laurie Edwards, Psy.D, RYT, is a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher. She is on the faculty at Yale University and has a private practice in Branford. She teaches yoga at Yoga on Whitney in Hamden. Connect with her at LaurieMEdwardsPsyd.com.

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Small • Exquisite • Authentic Rhonda Bielik, Founder 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 203-393-3100 wtmontessori.com wtmontessori.com

Jim Neilson Cheshire, CT 475-434-8229 Jim@liveyourpathllc.com LiveYourPathllc.com

Summary of Education offered: Willow Tree Montessori is an academic preschool serving children 2.9 to 5 years. Primary Mornings between 8:30am -11:45am, All Day Montessori (3 and 4 year olds) and Extended Day (Kindergarten) between 8:30am-3:30pm. Areas of study include Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, French, Yoga, and Violin. What is different about the education you offer? Willow Tree Montessori is both an educational philosophy and a vision of childhood. We believe independent choice and authentic interest are key elements in learning. A wholistic approach to the full development of the child— social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual is an essential element of our program. We understand that these spheres of a child’s personality and intellect must be integrated and balanced through their activities of self-construction. Area of special training/certifications: Rhonda Bielik, founder of Willow Tree Montessori, has over 20 years experience in the Montessori community. Her teaching credentials are through the Association Montessori Internationale, the only association founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929. Her studies include concentrated work at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota with world renowned Teacher Trainer Molly O’Shaughnessy. She is a designated Head Teacher and holds the Director qualification for the State of Connecticut. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? We support the child in his work to become the person he is meant to be and to belong in his particular place and time in history. Our goal is to activate those natural human tendencies that will allow him to fulfill his most basic human needs. This is the work of mankind. We passionately believe “it is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.”~Dr. Maria Montessori.

Practice Summary Wellness services offered: Life Coaching to guide people to reach their dreams and goals. Companionship for those who just want a face to face-friendly voice to talk with in this electronic age.

What first drew you to this profession? People always liked my suggestions and advice and sought me out for it. When I was laid off after 26 years I chose to follow my own advice, and instead of rolling over with the poor me’s, I chose to re-invent myself and reach a dream I always had of working for myself and helping people. I guess I am my first successful client. Credentials/Certifications: I became a certified Life Coach, but more important are the experiences of my own life that I bring with me. I am Veteran, I have been married, divorced and widowed, 20 plus years in animal rescue, a biker, over 10 continuous years in recovery. What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? While my clients are the ones that need to do the work, I will be with them step by step shoulder to shoulder as they achieve their goals. Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? No major changes for 2016. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? I believe in them and I am committed to guiding them to reach that dream they have had all their life.

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glossary ACUPRESSURE Based on the same system as Acupuncture, but fingers and hands are used, instead of stimulation with needles, in order to restore the balanced flow of the body’s life energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). This force moves through the body along 12 energy pathways, or meridians, which practitioners unblock and strengthen. Common styles of Acupressure include Jin Shin, which gently holds at least two points at once for a minute or more, and Shiatsu, which applies firm pressure to each point for three to five seconds.

ACUPUNCTURE Acupuncture is an ancient Oriental technique which stimulates the body’s ability to sustain and balance itself. It is based on the theory that an electromagnetic life-force is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body in a network of “meridians.” Disease is understood as an imbalance in the meridian system. Needles are inserted at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse the flow of life-force, in order to correct the imbalance. The systems of diagnosis used read the pulse, face, tongue and body energy. Acupuncture principles include the yin and yang polarities and the five elements’ associations with bodily organs.

AKASHIC RECORDS The Akashic Records are an energetic imprint of every thought, action, emotion and experience that has ever occurred in time and space. The Akashic Records can also be understood as the imprint of all experiences of all lifetime in all realities. They are an etheric, holographic, repository of information for human consciousness for the past, present and potentials for the future. The knowledge contained in the Akashic Records is imprinted upon a subtle substance called the Akasha, which describes the energy of Love that permeates and creates everything in the Universe.

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE A system of re-educating the body and mind to support and facilitate proper posture and ease of movement. Through gentle manual guidance, accompanied by verbal directions, the Alexander teacher coaches the student to become aware of unnecessary tension and to unlearn longstanding patterns of movement. The Alexander Technique is an established method for helping to improve chronic conditions such as back, shoulder or neck pain, nervous tension, poor coordination, breathing problems and vocal strain. It is frequently used by athletes and performing artists to improve performance level.

A R O M AT H E R A P Y Aromatherapy is an ancient healing art utilizing the essential oils of herbs and flowers to treat emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety, as well as a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin, inhaled, or placed in baths. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Herbology, Chiropractic, and other holistic treatments. New Haven / Middlesex NaturalNewHaven.com 30

ART THERAPY Uses the creative process of making art to improve and enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being and to deepen selfawareness. The therapist works with clients and encourages them to express their feelings and unconscious thoughts through the nonverbal creative process and by observing the forms and content created.


A system of traditions and beliefs which holds that the relative positions of celestial bodies either directly influence life on Earth or correspond to events experienced on a human scale. Modern astrologers define Astrology as a symbolic language, art form and type of divination that can provide information about personality and human affairs, aid in the interpretation of past and present events, and predict the future.

AY U R V E D A Practiced in India for thousands of years, Ayurveda is an ancient medical system combining physical, psychological and spiritual therapies. It focuses on disease prevention and natural maintenance/protection of the whole person (mind, body and soul), achievable through the balancing of five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth). Various combinations of these elements form three energies known as Doshas: Vatha; Pitta; and, Kapha. Every body is some amalgamation of the Doshas, an imbalance of which disrupts health or causes illness. Depending on the individual, treatments may include Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy, Detoxification, Massage, Nutritional Counseling, stress reduction, exercise, behavioral modification, and more.

BIOENERGETICS Bioenergetics is a psychotherapy that works through the body to engage the emotions. Specific postures and exercises create a condition where the body cannot continue both the exercise and the chronic muscular tension and defensiveness (known as body armoring). Continuing the exercise causes the release of layers of body armor. As feelings are unlocked, this creates the opportunity for understanding and integrating those feelings.

BIOFEEDBACK Biofeedback is a relaxation technique that involves careful monitoring of internal body states. Used especially for stressrelated conditions such as asthma, migraines, insomnia, and high blood pressure, Biofeedback is a way of monitoring minute metabolic changes in one’s own body (e.g., temperature changes, heart rate, and muscle tension) with the aid of sensitive machines. By consciously thinking, visualizing, moving, relaxing, etc. one learns which actions produce desirable changes in the internal processes being monitored.

practitionerprofile ElizabethHope Wellness

I Bring the Calm

Beth DeGennaro 401 Center Street, Wallingford, CT 203-817-2015 Beth@elizabethhopewellness.com ElizabethHopeWellness.com

Eileen Gorham, RMT 203-560-9601 Ibringthecalm@yahoo.com IBringtheCalm.com Practice Summary Wellness services offered: I provide hands on or off Reiki treatments to reduce anxiety and promote wellness. Reiki is designed to enhance the movement of life force energy throughout the body to help the individual or animal to feel better.

Practice Summary Wellness services offered: ElizabethHope Wellness offers private, individualized Intuitive Energy Healing, Reiki, Holographic Sound Healing, Guided Meditation Healing Sessions and Group Guided Meditation. What first drew you to this profession? My personal journey with childhood trauma drew me to healing. Twenty years ago, I was compelled to re-connect to my true self and forever change my life. I sought practitioners who “got it,” were present and would support me through my deep healing. At ElizabethHope Wellness, I continue my passion for self-healing. I invite my clients to allow healing energy to touch their unfinished places so they may come to know the magnificence of who they most deeply are and why they are here. Credentials/Certifications: I hold Usui Reiki Master Cert. Level 1 &2 Intuitive Energy Healer (Wendy DeRosa School of Intuitive Studies). Level 1 Body Centered Gestalt therapy. Level 1 & 2 Holographic Sound Healing Cert. MS in Speech/Language Pathology (MS, CCC/SLP) - experience with adults and children in Schools, Acute and Long Term Care. What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? Clients can expect to completely relax, be truly seen and heard in the heart-centered, grounding energy at ElizabethHope Wellness. Clients experience a deeper connection to self, better friendship with their body, receiving/allowing joy and trusting their own intuition and wisdom. Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? ElizabethHope Wellness is offering Reiki Level I Training in March and Reiki Level 2 Training in May 2016. Adult Education classes in Wallingford (Feb-April) on various Guided Meditation topics.

What first drew you to this profession? My daughter, who had issues with her stomach, and I went to our first Reiki class together. After being at the Reiki class for two hours, my daughter told me that the knot she had experienced in her stomach for a year was gone. That was when I knew I had to become a Reiki Master Teacher. Credentials/Certifications: I am a Reiki Master Teacher and an affiliate member of the International Center for Reiki Training. What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? I have been able to calm an anxious cat; helped seriously ill dogs in their final days of life transition peacefully; helped a pregnant woman’s stress level; enabled a young man with pancreatitis to recuperate at home during his illness, and helped a young woman deal with serious depression. Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? I am moving to a more centralized location and offering classes for all Reiki levels and will be teaching introductory classes on the healing properties of rocks and crystals. Rocks and crystals will be available for purchase. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? Reiki is very helpful in reducing anxiety and can clear our thoughts and lessen pain in individuals. Reiki can do no harm and is drawn to the place in a person’s body where it is needed the most. See how much better Reiki can help you feel!

What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? I dream of being able to meet each and every client exactly where they are on their healing path with heart centered presence. natural awakenings

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B O DY WO R K A general term referring to therapeutic techniques involved with manipulation and realignment of the body in order to improve its function. Massage and Yoga are perhaps the best known types of Bodywork, both having proven success in relieving tension/stress, promoting blood flow, loosening stiff muscles and stimulating the organs. There are countless Bodywork techniques within Massage (e.g.: Swedish, Shiatsu, Rolfing), Yoga (e.g.: Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini), and otherwise (e.g.: Aikido, Alexander Technique, Bowen, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Rosen Method, T’ai Chi Chuan, and Trager). Finding Bodywork that improves mental and physical health is a very individual process and several can be combined for the greatest benefit.

C H E L AT I O N T H E R A P Y Chelation Therapy is a non-surgical medical procedure that improves metabolic and circulatory function by removing undesirable heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, copper and others from the body. Typically administered in an osteopathic or medical doctor’s office, Chelation Therapy is a series of intravenous injections of the synthetic amino acid EDTA. Once in the bloodstream, EDTA blocks excess free radical production, protecting the tissues and organs from further damage. Over time, injections aim to halt the progress of the underlying condition that triggers the development of many degenerative diseases. More recently, Chelation Therapy has also been used to help reverse symptoms of atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) by removing the obstructive plaque that has built up in the circulatory system.

CHINESE MEDICINE Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the world’s oldest complete systems of holistic health care. It combines the use of medicinal herbs, Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Massage, and therapeutic exercise, along with the recognition that wellness in mind, body and emotions depends on the harmonious flow of life force energy known as qi.

CHIROPRACTIC Chiropractic is based on the premise that proper structural alignment will permit free flow of nerve activity in the body. Since the spine is literally the backbone of human health, when spinal vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on the spinal cord (and nerves extending from the spinal cord), resulting in diminished function and illness. Misalignment can occur in a variety of ways including physical trauma, poor posture and stress. The chiropractor seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments through spinal manipulation or adjustment.


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Colon Therapy is an internal bath that washes away old toxic waste accumulated along the walls of the colon. It is given with pressurized water by a professional using special equipment. One colonic irrigation is the equivalent of approximately four to six enemas. Colonic irrigations reach every part of the intestinal tract, cleaning out matter that collects and remains for years in the pockets and kinks of the colon. The treatment is used as a corrective process, and for prevention of disease. Colonics are recommended for ailments such as constipation, psoriasis, acne, allergies, headaches and the common cold, to name a few.

COLOR THERAPY and COLORPUNCTURE The impact of color on mood is widely recognized. Color Therapists believe that different hues can treat illness and improve physical, emotional, and spiritual health. According to the theory, the vibrations of color waves can directly affect body cells and organs. Many practitioners also claim that the body emits its own “aura,” or energy field, the colors of which reflect a person’s state of health. Color Therapists apply color through lights or mental suggestion to restore both the body’s physical and psychic levels. Colorpuncture is a system that combines the insights of light physics with the knowledge of the meridian points emphasized in Acupuncture. This non-invasive technique is used to clear blockages and restore healthy energy flow in the meridians. Kirlian photographs track improvements. Another sensory healing technique is light therapy, which attempts to restore well-being and can be successful in treating the depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

CORE ENERGETICS A path of personal growth employing physically expressive techniques for emotional release and psychological process work. Developed by John Pierrakos, MD, Core Energetics is a marriage of Body Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development. The work brings consciousness to places of blocked energy in the body/mind, and recreates the defense patterns learned in childhood that keep people limited and disempowered. Those who experience Core Energetics can be awakened to the fullness of their life-force, feel their hearts open, and become grounded in the integrity of who they really are.

C O U N S E L I N G / P S YC H O T H E R A P Y Counseling and Psychotherapy encompass a broad range of practitioners, from career counselors who offer advice and information to psychotherapists who treat depression, stress, addiction, and emotional issues. Formats can vary from individual counseling to group therapy. In addition to verbal counseling techniques, some holistic therapists may use bodywork, ritual, energy healing, and other alternative modalities as part of their practice.

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Physical Therapy Services of Guilford

Laurie Edwards, Psy.D, RYT 203-747-5320 LauriemEdwardspsyd.com

500 East Main Street, Suite 310 Branford, CT 203-315-7727 (phone) 203-315-7757 (fax) ptservicesguilford@yahoo.com GuilfordPhysicalTherapy.com

Practice Summary Wellness services offered: I am a licensed psychologist and registered yoga teacher. My graduate training emphasized combining Eastern and Western approaches to wellbeing. In that spirit, I provide treatment tailored to the individual, combining “talk therapy” with mindfulness and yoga.

Practice Summary/Wellness services offered: We offer highly skilled manual therapy that is effective for orthopedic/sports injuries, balance/mobility dysfunction, TMJ, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, arthritis, incontinence, headaches, dizziness, concussions and fibromyalgia. What first drew you to this profession? The fact that manual, hands-on therapy techniques help the body’s natural healing process overcome dysfunction and provide lasting pain relief without the use of medication drew Physical Therapist (and owner of Physical Therapy Services of Guilford), Phyllis Quinn to this profession. By using these techniques, she has found the perfect way to help people and transform their lives. Credentials/Certifications: Our therapists are thoroughly trained in muscle energy, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy. We are committed to remaining on the cutting edge of our profession by attending continuing education courses given by top educators in the country. What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? Our patients can expect to meet with a therapist for individual, forty minute sessions of highly skilled manual therapy in our friendly, family-like atmosphere. All the joints in the body will be screened to identify the source of a patient’s problem, which may not be where they are experiencing pain. An individualized home exercise program will also be provided to compliment and enhance the work performed by the therapist.

What first drew you to this profession? My father drove a city bus. As a child, I rode with him, watching all sorts of people get on and off the bus, wondering why some seemed happy and some didn’t. Credentials/Certifications: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology; Master’s in Community Development; BA in Sociology and Philosophy. What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? Initially, I listen to an individual’s description of current concerns and gather information about life history in order to understand contributing factors. I endeavor to help individuals to develop an attitude of self-compassion and build on their unique strengths. Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? I will complete my 500 hour yoga teacher training in March and look forward to incorporating more movement and yoga philosophy into treatment. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? I am passionate about supporting individuals in discovering their inner wisdom and living self-compassionate, authentic, meaningful lives.

Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? In 2016, we will be expanding our pediatric pain services. Manual therapy is an effective alternative to pain medication that has proven to rapidly reduce the pain levels in children. natural awakenings

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CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY ( CST ) A manual therapeutic procedure to remedy distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral mechanism — the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum and interconnected membranes. Craniosacral work is based upon two major premises: that the bones of the skull can be manipulated, because they never completely fuse; and that the pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid can be balanced by a practitioner trained to detect variations in that pulse. CST is used to treat chronic pain, migraine headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), ear and eye problems, balance problems, learning difficulties, dyslexia and hyperactivity.

The practice of resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. According to some holistic practitioners, accumulated toxins can block or drain the body of energy and make it more susceptible to disease. Detoxification techniques may include fasts, special diets, sauna sweats and colon cleansing.

DOULA A person who supports an expectant mother through pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period. Studies indicate that support in labor has profound benefits, including shorter labor, less desire for pain medication, lower rate of Caesarian delivery and more ease in initiation of breast feeding. Fathers have reported that they were more relaxed with a Doula present because they felt reassured, and therefore freer to support their mates. (Also see Midwife).



Crystal and Gem Therapy involves the use of quartz crystals and gemstones for therapeutic and healing purposes. Crystals have their own unique energy frequencies. They have the capacity to amplify other frequencies which may assist with healing. They also absorb and store frequencies and can be programmed to carry healing intention. In the ancient art of “laying-on of stones,” practitioners place crystals and gemstones on various parts of the body, corresponding to chakra points, to balance energy flow.

A self-help procedure founded by Gary Craig that combines fingertip tapping of key Acupuncture meridian points while focusing on an emotional issue or health challenge and repeating key phrases. Unresolved, or ‘stuck,’ negative emotions, caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system, are seen as major contributors to most physical pains and diseases. These can remain stagnant and trapped until released. EFT enables that release, is easy to memorize, free and can be done anywhere.



A method of expressing thoughts and feelings through movement, Dance Movement Therapy as practiced today was developed in the United States in the 1940s. Participants attend sessions given by trained therapists in which they are encouraged to move freely, sometimes to music. Dance Movement Therapy can be used by people of all ages to promote self-esteem and gain insight into emotional problems, and it is also practiced to help those with serious mental and physical disabilities. As such, it is widely used in the United States, and is becoming established around the world.

Energy Field Work is the art and practice of realigning and reattuning the body between the physical and the etheric and auric fields to assist the body’s natural healing processes. Working directly with the energy field in and around the body, energy is channeled through the practitioner and directed into the cells, tissues, and organs of the body. In this way, healing occurs on physical and non-physical levels at the same time. Sessions may or may not involve the physical laying-on of hands.


The term refers to psychological methods that change the human vibrational matrix (meridians/acupoints, chakras, biofields) by stimulating specific Acupuncture points. This is often done by tapping these points in a set protocol. Energy Psychology (EP) is frequently used to treat trauma, anxiety, depression, limiting beliefs, sports and work performance, addictions/compulsions, phobias and stress. It is particularly gentle with trauma, eliminating the risk of flooding, or being overwhelmed by traumatic memories. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is perhaps the most well-known of the EP methods.

Based on the theory that clutter drains both physical and mental energy. Decluttering involves two components. The first focuses on releasing things (clothing, papers, furniture, objects and ideas) that no longer serve a good purpose in one’s life. The second focuses on creating a simple system of personal organization that is easy to maintain and guards against accumulating things that are neither necessary or nourishing.

DENTISTRY ( HOLISTIC ) Dentistry from a holistic approach regards the mouth as a microcosm of the whole body. The oral structures and the body are seen as a unit. Holistic dentists often incorporate such methods as Homeopathy, biocompatibility testing and nutritional counseling. Most emphasize wellness and preventive care while avoiding (and often recommending the removal of) silver-mercury fillings. 34

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Reiki With Eileen Anderson

Rosa Chyan Prospect, CT 203-228-1777 Rosa@ReachingTheHarmonyWithin.com ReachingTheHarmonyWithin.com

Eileen Anderson, RN, CCRN, Reiki Practitioner 370 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT 203-314-5401 eilande@comcast.net ReikiwithEileenAnderson.com

Practice Summary Wellness services offered I provide Akashic Records Consultation and Certification classes, Arcturian Healing and Healing Touch Energy Therapy in addition to group workshops. What first drew you to this profession? My journey started in 2006 when sorrow from life events became unbearable so I tried energy therapy. Blown away by the experience, I went to classes and started doing Healing Touch energy therapy on myself. Credentials/Certifications I am a Certified Teacher and Advanced Practitioner of the Akashic Records, an Arcturian Healing Practitioner, a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, and a Meridian Therapy Practitioner. What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? My passion is helping people to help themselves. In my energy therapy sessions I teach clients the techniques that are best suited for their individual situations so that they can take care of themselves. With Akashic Records Consultation, my clients connect to the wisdom of their souls and gain insights and healing. Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? I am adding new Akashic Records Certification classes to learn to access the Akashic Records for yourself and others. Akashic Records Exploration series to dive into spiritual truth and Group Healing series with Arcturian Healing Method are also among new programs offered. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? As a former actuary working with numbers under tight deadlines, I know how stress can hinder our overall well-being. I love to share with people the tools I have learned that can help us move toward a peaceful, happy, and effective life.

Practice Summary Wellness services offered: I provide Reiki which is a vibrational healing practice using light hand placements on the head, torso, back and extremities.

What first drew you to this profession? I have always been interested in a holistic approach to health care. I had the opportunity to become a Reiki Practitioner by taking a course offered by one of my co-workers who was a Reiki Master and teacher. Her goal was to establish a restful environment within the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit where we cared for patients. I have since then been offering Reiki Treatments to patients, staff, and visitors within the hospital. I give Reiki Treatments to clients, who are in good health and plan to remain that way. Credentials/Certifications: Critical Care Nurse RN 2006 Reiki 1st and 2nd degree May 2000 What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? There is no preparation or reason to believe in anything. The client will experience and enjoy a Reiki treatment in a calm, relaxing environment. During a treatment a client could feel warmth, coolness, or tingling. Most people feel very relaxed and fall asleep Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? I will be hosting a monthly Reiki clinic in New Haven where I will give complimentary ten-minute treatments. The clinic is held the first Sunday of every month at Edge of the Woods, located on 379 Whalley Avenue in New Haven from 1pm to 5pm. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? My work as a Critical Care Nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital has inspired me to take a holistic approach to health care. My goal with patients is to help restore balance physically and emotionally while promoting rest and relaxation.

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glossary E N V I R O N M E N TA L M E D I C I N E Environmental Medicine explores the role of dietary and environmental allergens in health and illness. Factors such as dust, mold, chemicals, and certain foods may cause allergic reactions that can dramatically influence diseases ranging from asthma and hay fever to headaches and depression.

ENZYME THERAPY Enzyme Therapy can be an important first step in restoring health and well-being by helping to remedy digestive problems. Plant and pancreatic enzymes are used in a complementary way to improve digestion and absorption of essential nutrients. Treatment includes enzyme supplements coupled with a healthy diet that features whole foods.


inflammation, improving muscle and nerve function and preventing artery hardenings. The sulfates found in Epsom salt also assist with flushing out toxins and heavy metals. The use of essential oils in a soaking bath will intensify the cleansing effects for the body and its systems.

GUIDED IMAGERY C R E AT I V E V I S U A L I Z AT I O N Guided Imagery and Creative Visualization involve the effective use of images or symbols to focus the mind on the workings of the body in order to cause real physiological changes. In practice, Creative Imagery is the conscious creation of positive thoughts and images and the communication of them to the body to accomplish a desired outcome. It can be utilized for the relief of pain, the curing of disease, or to affect behavioral change. Imagery can take on many forms. It is a flow of thought involving all five senses. An important part of the visualization process, imagination is the ability to create a mental picture of what is desired and transform circumstances of life.

This experiential, energetic, and expressive approach to couples work was developed by Marcia and Brian Gleason. The goal is to assist couples in using their relationship as a vehicle for fulfilling each person’s potential. Exceptional Marriage Mentoring (EMM) helps couples move from self-protective feeling states to expansive, self-fulfilling emotions that allow each partner to become more fully human. The EMM model invites, in a very structured way, full expression of the passionate self, which includes anger, laughter, longing, fear, sexuality, grief, remorse, empathy, gratitude, compassion and love.



An herb is a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities. Herbal Medicine, by far the oldest form of medicine practiced by mankind, uses natural plants in a wide variety of forms for their therapeutic value. Herb plants produce and contain a variety of chemical substances that act upon the body to strengthen its natural functions without the negative side effects of synthetic drugs. Herbs are prepared for internal and external use in a variety of ways, including teas, tinctures, extracts, oils, ointments, compresses, and poultices.

The Feldenkrais Method is a form of somatic education aimed at achieving mental and physical coordination. It involves gentle movement sequences, focused attention, and awareness of entrenched patterns. Approaches include Awareness Through Movement lessons typically taught in groups, and Functional Integration hands-on personalized care given to an individual by a practitioner. Physics, biomechanics, creative learning, and human development are at the core of this method, which aims to increase ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and coordination, aid in rediscovery of the body’s natural capacity for pleasurable efficient movement, and expand self-awareness.

FENG SHUI Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art and science of mindfully arranging objects in order to create or facilitate harmonious energy flow (qi) in environments (building placement, office, home, garden…). Energy is tempered or enhanced so as to positively affect one’s relationships, prosperity, and wellness.

F L O ATAT I O N C E N T E R S Floatation centers use up to 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt—a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate—mixed with a warm solution of water in float tanks to produce a high buoyant effect. Soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom salt has been shown to increase magnesium and sulfate levels in the body. Magnesium can help with reducing 36

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A non-invasive, relaxing and nurturing energy therapy that helps to restore physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance and support self-healing. A gentle touch is used on or near the fully-clothed client to influence the body’s inner energy centers and exterior energy fields. Healing Touch is used to ease acute and chronic conditions, assist with pain management, encourage deep relaxation and accelerate wound healing.


H O L O T R O P I C B R E AT H W O R K Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful technique of selfexploration that combines breathing, evocative music, and a specific form of bodywork. It includes and integrates the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. Presented in a two-day workshop by certified facilitators, participants try to access the four “levels” of experience that are available during breathing; sensory, biographical, perinatal, and transpersonal. By accessing buried memories, an individual can relive their own birth experience or traumatic life events, free up “stuck” emotional or viewpoints, or in some cases experience a mystical state of awareness.

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Lynne Grobsky 203-213-6011 Meriden, CT Lynne@rhythm-of-your-soul.com Rhythm-of-Your-Soul.com

Therapeutic and Sports Techniques, LLC 2489 Boston Post Road, Suite F Guilford, CT 203-500-6950

Practice Summary Wellness services offered: My offerings include Akashic Record readings and classes, energy healing, sound healing, Sound Circle sessions, drum circles and custom-made healing quilts.

What first drew you to this profession? I credit my autistic son for being the main catalyst for motivating me to find answers to why we are presented with so many challenges and so much suffering. Learning that all the power to heal and change lies within me changed not only my life, but the lives of those around me. My passion is to share my knowledge so that others may find peace and joy. Credentials/Certifications: B.S. Physical Education, MA in elementary education, MBA, certifications in energy healing, Akashic Records, drum circle facilitation, certificates earned in Sound Healing and Sound Circles. What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? Greater self-knowledge increases clarity about how to work with life’s challenges for personal and spiritual growth. Tools for facilitating healing bring enhanced peace and joy.

Practice Summary Wellness services offered: Stress is the plague of the 21st century and the cause of physical and emotional woes. Because of this, my sessions combine my ability to see auras with Reiki, Theta Healing®, Acupressure, and Sound/ Vibrational Healing to provide deep relaxation and balance. “Tension out! Wellness in” is more than a phrase. For my clients it is a statement of fact. What first drew you to this profession? My chronic pain from Lyme Disease was alleviated by a Reiki Practitioner, which made a believer out of me. Credentials/Certifications: M Ed. Founder and Former Director of Complementary Therapy at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford 1998-2009, Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher. Theta Healer.® What should a client or patient expect from working with you and/or your program? Each session is individually tailored to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of my client. During the session, the chakras are balanced and the aura cleansed of blockages. The deep relaxation that follows provides focus and tranquility.

Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? I will be expanding my offerings in Akashic Records classes and Sound workshops.

Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? I’ve added the dimension of sound, sympathetic resonance, to my practice via Tibetan singing bowls. Theta Healing® has also been integrated to add another dimension to chakra maintenance and well being.

What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? The tools I teach and use personally have profound effects on managing the paradox that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. When we follow our hearts and tap into the wisdom of our souls, we reach our highest potential.

What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? It is an honor to provide relaxation therapy for my clients. Working with them to maintain and strengthen their aura is my primary goal. I love watching an energy signature go from ragged and wispy to whole and vital.

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H O M E O PAT H Y Homeopathy is a highly systematic therapy that uses small doses of specially prepared plants and minerals to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and healing processes in order to cure illness. The word “homeopathy” is taken from the Greek homeos meaning “similar” and pathos meaning “suffering.” Thus, Homeopathy means “to treat with something that produces an effect similar to the suffering.” This “law of similars,” the concept of “like cures like” is the basic principle of Homeopathy. A remedy is individually chosen based on its capacity to cause, if given in overdose, physical and psychological symptoms similar to those a patient is experiencing.

HYDROTHERAPY Hydrotherapy is the use of water, ice, steam, and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation, and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program.

HYPNOTHERAPY Hypnotherapy refers to a range of hypnosis techniques that allow practitioners to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious. The altered state that occurs under hypnosis has been compared to a state of deep meditation or transcendence, in which the innate recuperative abilities of the psyche are allowed to flow more freely. The subject can achieve greater clarity regarding their own wants and needs, explore other events or periods of life requiring resolution, or generally develop a more positive attitude. It is often used to help people lose weight or stop smoking, and in the treatment of phobias, stress, and illness.

I N T E G R AT I V E M A N U A L T H E R A P Y ( I M T ) This comprehensive treatment approach views all of the body’s structures and systems in an interrelated manner, addressing anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and energetics to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Through manual diagnostics, the practitioner perceives and interprets the body’s subtle rhythms and signals to identify the causes of pain, disease or disability. Interacting with these subtle energies and reflexes, the practitioner facilitates corrective responses from the body to bring about healing. IMT techniques include very gentle forms of deep tissue work, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, joint mobilization, lymphatic drainage, and positional release, as well as Guided Imagery, deep relaxation, Biofeedback, Applied Psychosynthesis, Detoxification, energetic healing and functional recovery.


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This holistic approach combines conventional Western medicine with complementary alternative treatments in order to simultaneously treat mind, body and spirit. Geared to the promotion of health and the prevention of illness, it neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies, without serious evaluation.

INTUITIVE ARTS Intuitive Arts is a general term for various methods of divination, such as numerology, psychic reading, and tarot reading. Individuals may consult practitioners to seek information about the future or insights into personal concerns or the personality. Among the modalities: Numerology emphasizes the significance of numbers derived from the spelling of names, birth dates, and other significant references; psychics may claim various abilities, from finding lost objects and persons to communicating with the spirits of the dead; and tarot readers interpret a deck of cards containing archetypal symbols.

IRIDOLOGY Iridology is the art and science of analyzing the delicate structure of the colored portion of the eye, or the iris. Over 90 specific areas on each iris have been “mapped,” making a total of over 180 zones, which act as a readout gauge to reflect conditions in the corresponding area of the body. Physical weaknesses can be noticeable in the iris long before they would be discernible through blood work or laboratory analysis, thus making Iridology one of a number of tools for preventative selfcare.

J I N S H I N ( J I N S H I N LY U T S U ) A gentle, non-invasive energy-balancing art and philosophy that embodies a life of simplicity, calmness, patience and self-containment. Practitioners employ simple Acupressure techniques, using their fingers and hands on a fully-clothed client to help eliminate stress, create emotional equilibrium, relieve pain and alleviate acute or chronic conditions.

KINESIOLOGY / APPLIED KINESIOLOGY Kinesiology is the study of muscles and their movement. Applied Kinesiology uses the relative strength and weakness of selected muscles to indicate whether there is decreased function in any bodily organs or systems, or whether there is an imbalance or restriction in the energy flow. Much of Applied Kinesiology is based on the observed relationships between specific muscles and organs. Testing makes use of Acupuncture meridians and/or interrelationships among muscles, organs, the brain and the body’s energy field. Applied Kinesiology is also used to check the body’s response to a treatment that is being considered.

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Sharon A. See Certified Holistic Health Counselor Certified Holistic Nutrition Counselor Shelton, CT 203-922-1562 Sharon@vitalizedwellness.com VitalizedWellness.com

Health & Wellness Council 5 Broad Street, Milford, CT 203-878-0681 Chambercommunications@milfordct.com MilfordCT.com Business Summary Wellness services offered: The Milford Regional Chamber’s Health & Wellness Council was founded seven years ago. It is a non-exclusive specialty group, comprised of Milford Chamber of Commerce members in the health and wellness industry.

Practice Summary Wellness services offered: Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor offering health and nutrition programs.

What first drew you to this profession? I grew tired of seeing women stressed out, overwhelmed, eating on the fly, battling cravings, struggling with weight, and having no time or energy to plan healthy meals at home. This isn’t the path to the healthy vibrant life that all women deserve. I want women to know that there is a better way, and that I can help them get there. Credentials/Certifications: Certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. What should a client expect from working with you and/or your program? My clients gain a renewed sense of self worth. They enjoy healthy foods, increased energy and weight loss, play time, and improved connection with loved ones. It’s life changing. Together, we awaken awareness to patterns and habits that no longer serve them, simplify their life to make room for self care and quality family time, nourish their bodies with healthy foods, and energize with fun and play. Are you planning any practice/service enhancements or changes in 2016? New programs include a lecture series on Eating Locally Grown Seasonal Foods, Eating for Energy & Vitality, Gluten Free Living and Simplifying Food Allergies and Sensitivities. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? I’ve been there. I know how difficult it can be to make changes or to even know where to start. It’s hard to see our own patterns without the help of an outside perspective. I can be that perspective.

Credentials/Certifications: Educational health and wellness workshops are presented throughout the year, along with monthly meetings. What is different about the services you offer? The HWC provides a forum for businesses in the health and wellness industry to share information on services, upcoming events, special opportunities, and industry trends and updates. Group presentations via ‘lunch and learns’ are in development to present in 2016, as well. Are you planning any service enhancements or changes in 2016? At each month’s meeting, held on the second Thursday at 8:30 a.m., there will be a special guest speaker, panel discussion, or member Spotlight. The HWC’s key event, the Annual Step by Step to a Healthier Milford, will take place in September. This is a six-week self-monitored walking campaign. What do you most want Natural Awakenings’ readers to know about you and your work? The group is inspired by and dedicated to its mission, “To empower Milford business community to foster positive changes through education, health and wellness,” and its vision is “To make Milford, Connecticut the healthiest community in the nation.”

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MACROBIOTICS Macrobiotics is an Eastern philosophy that is perhaps best known in the West through its dietary principles. Macrobiotic theory begins with the realization that there is a natural order to all things and we can achieve a fuller sense of balance, both within ourselves and with the world around us, by synchronizing our eating habits with the cycles of nature. Low-fat and high-fiber foods, whole grains, vegetables, sea vegetables, and seeds cooked in accordance with macrobiotic principles are stressed.

MAGNETIC FIELD THERAPY Electromagnetic energy and the human body have a valid and important interrelationship. Magnetic Field Therapy can be used in both diagnosing and treating physical and emotional disorders. This process has been recognized to relieve symptoms and may, in some cases, retard the cycle of new disease. Magnets and electromagnetic therapy devices are now being used to eliminate pain, facilitate the healing of broken bones, and counter the effects of stress.

A Medium professes to sense and communicate with spiritual entities, conveying messages from those who are no longer incarnate to people in the physical world. Readings focus on those evidential messages, which are said to be delivered for one’s “highest good.”

MIDWIFE A birth attendant who assists a woman through the prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum stages of pregnancy. The mother is encouraged to be involved and to feel in control of her birthing experience. Midwives are knowledgeable about normal pregnancy, labor, birth and pain relief options. They respect the process of birth as an innate and familiar process. Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses who have received advanced training and passed a national certification exam. Nurse-midwives collaborate with physicians as needed, especially when problems arise during pregnancy. (Also see Doula).

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A gentle, non-invasive, rhythmical whole-body massage aimed at stimulating the lymphatic system to carry away excess fluid in the loose connective tissue, which helps remove toxins. Blockage or damage within the system may lead to conditions like edema, acne, inflammation, arthritis and sinusitis. The therapy stimulates one of the body’s natural cleansing systems to help bring tissues to a healthier state.

The field of behavioral medicine which recognizes the relationship between the mind and body, the body’s innate ability to heal and the partnership between the patient and healer in restoring health. It is strongly research-based and encompasses the field of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). Mind/Body Medicine is used for those conditions, which may be exacerbated by the patient’s emotional stress, such as heart disease, cancer, preparation for medical procedures, autoimmune diseases, pain management, asthma, diabetes, gastrointestinal upsets (such as IBS), trauma and insomnia. Treatment commonly includes a blend of Hypnosis, Guided Imagery, Biofeedback and other methods.



A general term for the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. Massage Therapy incorporates various disciplines and involves kneading, rubbing, brushing and/or tapping the skin, muscles and connective tissues. Its goal is to increase circulation and detoxification in order to reduce physical and emotional stress and increase overall wellness.

The Montessori method of early childhood education (age range 2.5 to 6 years) was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator, who served in special education. Montessori programs utilize a child-centered approach, based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. The teacher, child and environment create a learning triangle where students are encouraged to learn at their own unique stages of development and cultivate their natural abilities through practical play. Children learn through discovery rather than traditional direct instruction. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Components necessary for a program to be considered authentically Montessori include multiage groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time and guided choice of work activity.


M E D I TAT I O N Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus/contemplation used to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth. There are many different types of Meditation practiced (e.g.: Buddhist, Mindfulness, Transcendental, Walking), which include a variety of techniques for achieving harmony such as imagery, mantras, observation/awareness and deep breathing. Some meditators seek a mystical sense of oneness with a higher power or the universe, while others utilize it to gain serenity, alleviate anxiety or high blood pressure, or heighten focus, creativity and/or self-awareness. Research has shown that Meditation can contribute to an individual’s psychological and physiological well-being.


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Beth, an Intuitive Energy Healer, Usui Reiki Master, Holographic Sound Healer and Speech/ Language Pathologist, uses her combined 25 years experience to support your healing journey. Treating anxiety, depression, self esteem/power issues, stress, pain, childhood trauma and chronic illness, using energy, vibrational and intuitive healing and guided meditation. Feel your courage rise as you create a loving connection to yourself. Receive the gift of YOU. See Profile on page 31.


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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 ads on pages 13, 15 and 21.


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willow tree montessori Small • Exquisite • Authentic Rhonda Bielik, Founder 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 203-393-3100 WTMontessori@gmail.com WTMontessori.com

Academic preschool serving children between the 2.9 and 5 years. Programs include Primary Mornings between 8:30am -11:45am, All Day Montessori (3 and 4 year olds) and Extended Day (Kindergarten) between 8:30am - 3:30pm. Classic areas of study include Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, French, Yoga, and Violin. See Profile on page 29.



Sharon See Certified Health & Nutrition Counselor Shelton, CT 203-922-1562 Sharon@vitalizedwellness.com VitalizedWellness.com


28 School Street, Branford, CT 06405 203-433-4658 mandm@CTExperiential.org http://CTEXperiential.org Connecticut Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford combines intellectually challenging academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences for 5th-8th grade students. CELC offers an experiential environment within right-sized classes designed to personalize learning. Middle school becomes an exciting adventure when the academics are integrated with field experiences, within and beyond the classroom walls. Our students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning, where their children thrive during these important and impactful 5th-8th grade years. See ad on page 55.

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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 7.

Health coaching programs supporting women with natural weight loss, eating for energy, gluten-free living, food sensitivities & allergies, releasing cravings, personalized nutrition programs, enhanced immunity and overall increased health and vitality. All appointments conducted by phone. See Profile on page 39.

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MUSIC THERAPY Music therapy is an established healthcare profession available for all ages in multiple settings. It is utilized by trained professionals who integrate music interventions in therapy sessions to help address, restore, and/or enhance physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. No musical ability is needed for clients to benefit.

M YO FA S C I A L R E L E A S E ( M F R ) This holistic form of bodywork is used for reducing pain, improving movement and function, and restoring emotional tranquility. MFR is labeled holistic because it involves treating the whole body as a connected organism, recognizing that symptoms in one place may be caused by tight connective tissue elsewhere. This tightness places pressure on pain sensitive structures like muscles, nerves, bones, joints, blood vessels or organs. Such ischemic pressure results in symptoms like pain, tingling, stiffness, and lethargy. MFR is most commonly practiced by licensed Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists who have taken specialized training in this technique. The goal of treatment is to restore balance and alignment to the human structure, and enhance optimum flow throughout the entire system.

N A M B U D R I PA D ’ S A L L E R G Y E L I M I N AT I O N T E C H N I Q U E S ( N A E T ) A non-invasive, drug free, natural modality that tests for and eliminates allergies. NAET uses a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from Acupuncture, Acupressure, Allopathy, Chiropractic, Kinesiology and Nutritional Medicine. One allergen is treated at a time.

N AT U R O PAT H I C M E D I C I N E Naturopathy is a comprehensive and eclectic system that incorporates the use of a broad range of natural substances and natural means to promote health. Naturopathic Doctors work in harmony with the body’s natural healing abilities. Training may include the study of specific approaches such as Massage, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Counseling, Applied Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, minor surgery and basic Obstetrics for assistance at natural childbirth.

NETWORK CHIROPRACTIC Network Chiropractic is a form of chiropractic that views the spine as a powerful “switchboard of consciousness.” The method is based on the belief that spinal adjustment can serve to unify the physical, emotional, and mental body with a universal intelligence or consciousness.


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NLP is a systematic approach to changing limiting patterns of thought, behavior and language. In conversation, practitioners observe the client’s language, eye movements, posture, breathing, and gestures in order to detect and then help change unconscious patterns linked to the client’s emotional state.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING Embracing a wide range of approaches, nutrition-based complementary therapies seek to alleviate physical and psychological disorders through dietary modification and food supplements, and involving either macronutrients or micronutrients. Macronutrients are carbohydrates, fats, proteins and fiber. Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that cannot be manufactured in the body. Nutritional therapy often uses dietary or food supplements, which may include tablets, capsules, powders or liquids.

ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE Employing vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to create nutritional content and balance in the body, Orthomolecular Medicine targets a wide range of conditions, including depression, hypertension, schizophrenia, cancer, and other mental and physiological disorders.

O S T E O PAT H I C P H YS I C I A N S Osteopathic Physicians are trained to help the body stimulate and restore its own immune system naturally. Osteopathy utilizes generally accepted physical, pharmacological, and surgical methods of diagnosis and therapy, with strong emphasis on body mechanics and manipulative methods to detect and correct faulty structure and function. Doctors of Osteopathy (DO’s) offer a hands-on approach to the diagnosis and treatment of selected ailments involving bones, muscles, tendons, tissues, and the spinal column through the use of palpation, manipulation, and physical therapy.

O X YG E N T H E R A P I E S Oxygen Therapies alter the body’s chemistry to help overcome disease, promote repair, and improve overall function. These therapies are effective in treating a wide variety of conditions, including infections, circulatory problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, allergies, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. The major types of Oxygen Therapy used to treat disease are Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Ozone Therapy, and Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy.

PA S T L I F E / R E G R E S S I O N T H E R A P I E S Past Life and Regression Therapies operate on the assumption that many physical, mental, and emotional problems are extensions of unresolved problems from the past — whether from childhood traumas or experiences in previous lifetimes. The practitioner uses Hypnosis (or altered states of consciousness) and relaxation techniques to access the source


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Monthly meditation workshops and guided meditation circles. Learn to meditate from a certified instructor. Learning to meditate the correct way will insure a successful practice.This will lead to a less stressful and more productive life. See ad on page 9.



Amy Johnson, BSN, RN, ND 3018 Dixwell Ave, Suite 3, Hamden, CT 32 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 203-747-8080 CharterOakWellness.com Dr. Amy offers affordable, effective, compassionate care for all ages. Using traditional and innovative natural therapies Dr. Amy treats acute and chronic conditions. Her emphasis on healing the root causes of disease creates room for true wellness.


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Return to The Fire provides a variety of opportunities for men seeking to break down the barriers of isolation, thus living an impassioned and authentic life. Events include: 9-week workshops (Fall & Spring), Wilderness Canoe Trips for men, fathers & sons, weekend retreats on private island in New Milford CT, Ceremonies: rights of passage, sweats.

Branwen, a LCSW, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Sound Healer, Healing Touch Practioner, and Intuitive has 17 years experience as a holistic counselor. Utilizing Yoga, Talk Therapy, Sound Healing, Meditation, and Energetic Wellness. Treating trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, pain, and stress in children and adults.

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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 51.

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of this “unfinished business,” and helps clients to analyze, integrate, and release past traumas that are interfering with their current lives.

PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER A Personal Fitness Trainer is a certified professional who designs fitness programs for individuals desiring one-on-one training. Trainers offer their services in the privacy of ones home or at various locations (club, office, etc.).

P H YS I C A L T H E R A P Y Evaluates difficulties with mobility or function and focuses on rehabilitation through a restorative treatment program and instruction on how to make efficient use of the body in daily activities. Physical Therapists use massage, exercise, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and other means to help the patient regain functional movement.

P I L AT E S A structured system of small isolated movements that demands powerful focus on feeling every nuance of muscle action while working out on floor mats or machines. Emphasizes development of the torso’s abdominal power center, or core. More gentle than conventional exercises, Pilates, like Yoga, yields long, lean, flexible muscles whose gracefully balanced movements readily translate into everyday activities like walking, sitting and bending. Can help in overcoming injuries.

POLARITY THERAPY Polarity Therapy asserts that energy fields exist everywhere in nature and that the free flow and balance of this universal energy in the human body is the underlying foundation of good health. Practitioners use gentle touch and guidance to help clients balance their energy flow, thus supporting a return to health. The practitioner’s hands do not impart energy, but redirect the flow of the receiver’s own energy in order to recharge and achieve balance.

Q I G O N G A N D TA I C H I Qigong and Tai chi combine movement, meditation and breath regulation to enhance the flow of vital energy (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) in the body , improve circulation and enhance immune function. Qigong traces its roots to traditional Chinese medicine. Tai chi was originally a self-defense martial art descended from Qigong and employed to promote inner peace and calm.

Also known as Conscious Connected Breathing (or by some practitioners as Vivation), Rebirthing is a means to access and release unresolved emotions. The technique uses conscious, steady, rhythmic breathing without pausing between inhaling and exhaling. Guided by a professional Rebirther, clients re-experience past memories ­­— including birth — and let go of emotional tension long stored in the body.

RECONNECTIVE HEALING Utilizes light and dimensional frequencies to reduce stress, foster relaxation, and enable holistic healing. Practitioners use their hands to focus a flow of energy into the client’s aura/ energy field. This stimulates meridians and DNA strands, causing a shift that releases old patterns and reconnects clients to their essence and universal energy.

REFLEXOLOGY A natural healing art based upon the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond to different parts of the body. Correctly stimulating and applying pressure to the feet or hands increases circulation and promotes specifically designated bodily and muscular functions in those corresponding areas.

REIKI Reiki, meaning “universal life-force energy” is a method of activating and balancing the life-force present in all living things. Reiki practitioners use light hand placements to channel healing energies to organs and glands or to align the chakras (energy centers). There are techniques for emotional and mental distress, chronic and acute physical problems, and for achieving spiritual focus and clarity. Reiki is increasingly being integrated into the work of Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Nurses, and others for whom the use of touch is essential or appropriate.

ROLFING Rolfing is a deep tissue massage technique. It re-organizes and improves alignment through connective tissue manipulation.

S A LT H E A L I N G T H E R A P Y Himalayan rock salt has been found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Salt caves offer healing benefits of a rock salt rich in trace elements and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iodine, bromine, copper, selenium and iron. Salt caves combine speleotherapy—the use of salt cave and mine microclimates to treat diseases—and halotherapy, which utilizes a salt vaporizer to push dry aerosol salt vapor into the air to help with various respiratory and skin issues, allergies and other conditions.

SHAMANISM Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition that dates back 40,000 years or more. It is based on the belief that all healing includes the spiritual dimension. Shamanic healing usually


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Laurie Edwards, Psy.D, RYT 1 South Main Street, Suite 3 Branford, CT 203-747-5320 LauriemEdwardspsyd.com

As a licensed psychologist on the faculty at Yale University and a registered yoga teacher, I use a variety of approaches to offer support through struggles with anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction, depression, workaholism, and stress related health problems. I aim to create a sacred space in which the ups and downs of life can be experienced within a container of selfcompassion. See Profile on page 33.

Kaia Yoga Studio, Westport and Fairfield Near Merrit, Exit 46 Sachi 203-216-9720 Sachi@westportrolfing.com Mikel 203-216-9770 Mikel@westportrolfing.com Providing Rolfing Structural Integration to Fairfield County and surrounding areas. We provide soft tissue manipulation and movement re-education for postural, functional and chronic pain issues with offices in Westport and Fairfield.

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500 East Main Street, Suite 310 Branford, CT 203-315-7727 (phone) 203-315-7757 (fax) GuilfordPhysicalTherapy.com At Physical Therapy Services of Guilford, we specialize in manual therapy using hands-on techniques to help the body’s natural healing process. We also incorporate the proper exercise regimen to maximize health. See Profile on page xx and Profile on page 33 and ad on page 51.

PRESCHOOL REDWING POND HOUSE PRESCHOOL Jacqueline Lema, Director 21 Milan St, Ansonia, CT 203-734-7974 RWPHPreschool.org

The Redwing Pond House is a licensed, naturebased preschool offering high quality education in a beautiful setting for your 3 to 5 year old. Daily outdoor exploration and adventures on the grounds of the Ansonia Nature Center with our professional and loving staff are at the core of our program.


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Hands-on anxiety reducing Reiki treatments have been used to manage pain and lessen depression. Work done to remove blockages in energy and lessen negativity. Pets seen. Classes available. See Profile 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 19.



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SHARON RINALDO, MA Certified LifeLift Coach 203-494-7110 sarinaldo@yahoo.com

A leading spirituality retreat and conference center. Located directly on the Long Island Sound. We offer personal, professional as well as spiritual growth and renewal programs for people of all ages and faiths. We also offer meeting facilities for your company, group or event with overnight accommodations and delicious meals.

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Certified LifeLift coach and Reiki Master Sharon Rinaldo facilitates Life Enhancement Groups, does individual, group and grief counseling, and is a Justice of the Peace/Ordained Minister. She helps plan and officiate unique, personalized wedding ceremonies for all genders and faiths.

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involves induction into an altered state of consciousness and journeying into the spirit world to regain personal power and access the guidance of nature and of teachers. This approach may be taken literally or employed symbolically.

SOUND HEALING Sound Healing involves the use of vocal and instrumental tones, generated internally or externally. When sounds are produced with healing intent they can create sympathetic resonance in the physical and energy bodies. Sound healing can bring discordant energy into balance and harmony.

SPIRITUAL HEALING / COUNSELING Spiritual Healing/Counseling comes in two forms. In one, the healer uses thought or touch to align their spiritual essence with the spirit of the client. The healer works to either balance the spiritual field or shift the perceptual base of the client to create harmony between mind and body and draw the client into the active presence of a Divine Healing Force. In the other, the healer transforms healing energy into a vibrational frequency that the client can receive and comfortably assimilate, gently reminding the person’s intuitive core of its inherent healing ability and imparting a vision of health. Spiritual Healers often work within a particular spiritual tradition, seek guidance from “spirit helpers,” and rely on some form of prayer or meditation.

TA N T R A Tantra has emerged as a modern spiritual path of embodied consciousness, with roots in ancient Hindu and Buddhist traditions. It views the “spiritual” as being directly present within the “physical” and respects sensory experience as a vehicle for accessing higher states of awareness. Tantra practices balance the chakras (energy centers) and can contribute to a sense of presence, intimacy and fulfillment in all aspects of living.

TA N T R A TA I C H I Tantra Tai Chi is a recently developed practice of Tai Chi/ Qigong-style body movements designed to be performed with a partner. It can enhance intimacy by sequentially and simultaneously focusing attention on the root or sexual center near the base of the spine, the heart or love center in the midchest region, and the upper spiritual center in the head. The cycling of energy through these chakra centers encourages a blended experience of intimate presence with one’s own internal being and one’s partner.

THERMAL IMAGING A diagnostic technique that uses an infrared camera to measure temperature variations on the surface of the body, producing images that reveal sites of inflammation and abnormal tissue growth. Inflammation is recognized as the earliest stage of nearly all major health challenges.


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Traditional Thai Therapy (also known as “Thai yoga massage”) is an ancient healing system that integrates reflexology, acupressure, conscious breathing and assisted yoga postures with Indian Ayurvedic principles—the combination of which relieves tension, relaxes the mind & body, and provides lasting benefits to the overall health & well-being of the receiver. It has been referred to by many as “yoga for lazy people” because rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed and gently stretched. A traditional session typically lasts two hours in duration and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. Clients wear comfortable clothing while receiving on a floor mat during the session, and no oils or lotions are used.

TRAGERWORK Tragerwork uses passive movement to encourage progressive, generalized release of deep body tension. The client receives a blend of rhythmic, rocking movements, elongations, and gentle compressions so body and mind relax into new and freer movement patterns. Tragerwork helps with stress and specific pain, such as sciatica, back, neck and shoulder pain, and TMJ. It can improve results in Physical Therapy, Psychotherapy, athletic and artistic training, and treatment of disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Post-polio Syndrome, and Multiple Sclerosis.

T R A N S C E N D E N TA L M E D I TAT I O N Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a simple, effortless technique of meditation practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. Through the use of a mantra, TM allows the mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought-pure awareness, the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness. In this state of restful alertness, the brain functions with significantly greater coherence while the body gains deep rest.

YO G A Yoga is the practical application of the ancient Indian Vedic teachings. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj which means “union” or “to join,” and refers to the joining of man’s physical, mental, and spiritual elements. In Yoga, the goal of good health is accomplished through a combination of techniques including exercises called “asanas” or postures, controlled breathing, relaxation, meditation, and diet and nutrition. Although Yoga is not meant to cure specific diseases or ailments directly, it has been found effective in treating many problems.

Z E N S H I AT S U Zen Shiatsu, sometimes referred to as “Acupuncture without needles,” uses gentle but firm finger and palm pressure to activate the body’s energetic channels and acupoints to bring the body back into balance and harmony on the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual levels. Clients remain fully clothed and receive treatment in a relaxing, comfortable and supportive environment.

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Discover the health aspects of the soft -style martial art Taijiquan and the healing practice of Qigong. Increase vitality and improve overall physical and emotional health, balance and well-being using the relaxed movements of Tai Chi and the comprehensive methods of Qigong.

Offering classes and workshops in the Akashic Records and Sounding Circles (using the voice for self-healing and empowerment), sound journeys and drum circles. I also offer custom-made healing quilts. See Profile on page 37.




Traditional Thai Therapy New Haven & Surrounding Area Therathai.com Traditional Thai Therapy ( a . k . a . “ T h a i Yo g a Massage”) is a unique combination of reflexology, acupressure, breathwork and facilitated yoga stretching. Clients wear comfortable clothing while receiving on a floor mat. Trained in Thailand since 2004. Now accepting clients and students in the New Haven & surrounding area.



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Fresh Yoga offers a variety of yoga styles, workshops, and teacher trainings in a beautiful space. One membership allows for classes to be taken in 2 different locations. The Fresh philosophy is to find what works for you. All of our classes are taught by highly trained professionals and have an emphasis on healthy alignment for a safe, enjoyable yoga practice. We encourage a non-competitive attitude among our students, with a higher priority placed on internal development than outward achievement. See back cover ad.


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Rooted in the sacred teachings of yoga, Raven’s Wing is an inviting & safe place for all who desire positive change. Gentle, beginner, moderate and vigorous classes offered, as well as monthly workshops, kirtan and seasonal celebrations. Ayurveda and private instruction also offered. See ad on page 55.

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and violent solutions are modeled, yoga empowers children to pause and take a breath so they can own what’s happened, move through it and move on.” “I like yoga because it makes me feel like there is calm all around me,” says 8-year-old Biko Cooper. Dee Marie, the Boulder, Colorado, founder and executive director of Calming Kids, a nonprofit program that integrates yoga into the classroom to foster a nonviolent atmosphere, says, “When a child learns through yoga how to feel a sense of themselves and begins to understand their self-worth and stand tall in their power, they can begin to regulate their breath and their emotions.” These invaluable skills stay with children through adulthood.


Mindful Minutes for Little Ones Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax by Julianne Hale


merican kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this. Most adults take to their yoga mat to create harmony in their body and mind, increase flexibility and balance, build muscle tone and strength, and because it makes them feel great. These same benefits apply to children as their developing bodies and minds respond to yoga on a deep level, both on and off the mat.

Start with Watching Breath “Breathing and mindfulness practices are important for children,” explains Mariam Gates, the Santa Cruz, California, creator of the Kid Power Yoga Program and author of Good Morning Yoga and the upcoming Good Night Yoga. “There is so much that children are not in control of in their everyday lives; to give them a way to physically 48

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process their experience, to self-soothe and find their own internal source of strength, is crucial.” “Having kids experience simply paying attention to their breath as it comes all the way in and moves all the way out can serve them well in every area of their lives going forward,” says Gates. In the classroom, it transfers to learning skills benefited by the ability to focus. From toddlers to teens, children can have a difficult time processing and controlling their emotions, which are vital life skills. Carla Tantillo, founder of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-area wellness organization, has found that yoga and the practice of mindfulness help children express themselves in constructive ways. She observes, “In any situation, especially in communities where reactivity, impulsiveness


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Educators are starting to take notice of yoga’s benefits for children, including those with attention deficit disorders or autism, but yoga practice is still rare among school-age children. As encouragement, “Make it fun,” advises Gates. “It’s essential to create experiences that feel accessible and enjoyable for kids. They must feel empowered to do it themselves and take over the experience.” Six-year-old Carmen Wheeler likes doing yoga with her dad. “Yoga gets me feeling strong and it really calms me down,” she says. Music can help children relax and focus during their practice. Soothing basic instrumentals are good to start; an Internet search for yoga music for kids reveals many options. Parents can assist by incorporating yoga into a child’s daily bedtime ritual. “Do whatever they are willing to do with them,” counsels Marie. “Start by lying on the bedroom floor, doing stretches and focusing on breathing. Then move to the bed and teach some relaxation and visualization techniques.” Marie cautions parents against insisting that their child’s yoga practice mirror their own. “We have to meet children where they are.” Adults think that yoga has to look a certain way, but sometimes children don’t

necessarily want to do the postures we’re familiar with. The best teaching reaches each individual child in a way that resonates with them because yoga is a lifestyle, not an exercise regimen,” she says. Yoga novices and parents that prefer specific guidance can take advantage of local studio classes for children and families or use DVDs, online streaming services and instruction books. Kevin Day, age 5, regularly starts his days with a Boat pose. “I like it because you can do it with a friend,” he says. Lisa Flynn, the Dover, New Hampshire, founder and chief executive officer of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, is optimistic about the future. “In 10 years, I envision social and emotional learning, yoga, and mindfulness integrated at every school and mandated by educational policy,” she says. In addition to improved physical, social, emotional and cognitive health and wellness of the students, teachers and parents, she foresees “a positive shift in the overall school climate.” Julianne Hale is a freelance writer and Natural Awakenings franchise magazine editor in Cleveland, TN.

Cultivating Mindfulness in the Classroom by Julianne Hale


hen Scott Frauenheim, director of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, noticed that some students in his kindergarten through eighth grade urban classrooms were not fully engaged, he decided to focus the 2014-2015 school year on mindfulness for both students and faculty. He enlisted the help of Mindful Practices, a Chicagobased school wellness organization founded by Carla Tantillo. Using the strategies Tantillo recommends in her book Cooling Down Your Classroom, teachers were taught to involve students in mindful minutes—short bursts of simple yoga poses, breathing exercises and other techniques—to

cultivate mindfulness. The initiative proved to be powerful and helpful, explains Frauenheim. “Soon students were able to identify areas of personal need throughout the day and cultivate mindfulness within themselves using what they learned.” The program concluded last year, but CICS West Belden teachers and students continue to use designated time to practice mindfulness in the morning and as a classroom mental reset when they notice that students are distracted or unfocused during the day. Mindful Practices’ innovative programs have achieved similar success in other elementary, middle and high schools in the Chicago area.

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Alyssa Milano’s Anti-Aging Secrets Her Natural Lifestyle Choices Keep Her Young by Gerry Strauss



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lyssa Milano has grown up, and most of us have grown up with her. From her days as preteen tomboy Samantha Miceli on Who’s the Boss? to witchy woman Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed, the actress has been a vibrant, relatable and beautiful persona we’ve come to know via television. She was even named a UNICEF ambassador in 2004. Today, with a young family, her Touch licensed sports apparel line, and the wisdom that accompanies adulthood, her commitment to a natural, ecofriendly lifestyle has become another hallmark of her life.

and athletic. Tony would bring in a tap dance teacher and Judith a private trainer during lunch breaks. Being tutored on the set, I had no physical education classes or sports activities, so it was super-important for me to see how self-motivated they were to stay fit and in shape. Their example instilled a desire to take care of myself as an adult.

I think everything that you put into your body has a connection to how well we function in daily life. As a mom of two, eating organic is a priority; when organic is not an option, it’s about finding the healthiest accessible choices. I eat tomatoes like other people eat fruit and love papaya. I would put avocado on anything. I also like to cook with healthful herbs and spices like garlic and onions, which is natural for an Italian like me. We keep genetically modified foods out of our house.  

As an advocate of breastfeeding, which benefits do you think are especially good for mother and child?

What connection do you see between eating organic foods and maintaining the energy level that your busy life requires?

Which fitness habits embodied by others have you made your own?

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What role does nature play in your daily life?

I love being outside in my organic garden three or more times a week. Also, the kids and I regularly head outside, which is an easy place to keep them happily and healthfully occupied without my having to jump through hoops.

In the beginning, a primary benefit is giving your child quality nourishment, including healthy antibodies and other goodies to support health. As they start eating solids, it’s still about maintaining that intimate connection until they’re ready to be weaned and you’re ready to surrender this last physical bond.

How do you balance family life with your acting career? It’s a hard balance for anyone, especially one who’s detail-oriented and a bit of a perfectionist, like me. The most important thing is to be in the

moment, doing the best I can every day. I’ve also learned to be kind to myself when I’m failing to do so or something is annoying me due to some unfortunate imbalance.

How do you and your husband keep both your friendship and love vibrant? We work hard at maintaining a good and healthy marriage, which can be tested in tough times. I believe that it’s vital to have the ability to laugh; you have to find humor in things, reminding yourself and each other that there is something funny in every daily activity, no matter how mundane or hard. When there’s no time to eat together or be intimate, shared laughter is an easy thing to achieve together. Done daily, it can only make the marriage stronger. We enjoy date nights once or twice a week when my parents take care of the kids. I’ll put on mascara and change out of yoga pants, even if we’re just hanging out together. Then we do little things like asking how each other’s day went and caring about the answer. We also look for ways we can help each other throughout the week.

What actions does your family emphasize in being stewards of the Earth? We try to be as eco-friendly as possible, including having lights on timers, conserving water and being kind to animals. I cannot stress how important it is to visit a farm and organic gardens and orchards with children so that they see where their food comes from. We can’t take good food for granted.

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In addition to a naturally healthy lifestyle, what else do you credit for your enduring youthfulness? My secret is happiness. I’ve always said that as long as my laugh lines are deeper than my frown lines, I’m living a good life.

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calendarofevents THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Beaded Pharaoh’s Jewelry Class – 6pm-8pm. We will teach you the artistry of one of the oldest wire chain techniques in recorded history. $30 + materials. Advance registration required. KanduBeads, Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com. Young Living Essential Oils – 6pm-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. Sunnispirit@sbcglobal.net. New Haven Community Circle Dance – 7:30pm9:30pm. Move in the footsteps of our ancestors as we enjoy traditional dances from many cultures, as well as contemporary pieces choreographed in the spirit of ancient folk dance. All dances are taught and no experience is necessary. Suggested donation $8. Location: Friends Meetinghouse, 225 East Grand Ave, New Haven. 203-467-1069.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Nature’s Child: Groundhogs – 10am. If groundhogs in Connecticut could talk, they’d ask why people are waking up their relative in Pennsylvania! Learn about their sleeping habits and hear a short story, make a craft, and walk to their den site. Tuition: $6 per child ($4 for family-level FANCI members and Ansonia residents). Adults come for free. Class for preschoolers and their adults. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 FREE Reiki Clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Snowshoe Sunday: Animal Tracking – 1pm. Become an animal detective! Learn to look for clues in nature and uncover some fascinating signs that our local wildlife left behind. Dress for cold weather and bring your snowshoes too. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Akashic Records Explorations with Rosa Chyan and Lynne Grobsky – 1pm-3pm. (This is an exciting 6-part series. Dates: 2/7, 2/21, 3/13, 4/3, 4/24, 5/1). Are you a spiritual seeker yearning for truth? Join us as we delve into diverse spiritual topics in the Akashic Records. Expand your awareness and gain more clarity!  $360.  Early Bird $300 paid by 2/3. 93 Waterbury Road, Prospect. Registration required: 203-228-1777 or Rosa@ReachingTheHarmonyWithin.com. Usui Holy Fire Reiki I class 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. Hamden. $125. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791. TranquilHealingReiki.com.


New Haven / Middlesex

Heather’s Korner Sewing Classes: Sewing a Fox - Pillow (Class 2) – 2pm.These sewing classes are for children 7–10 years old accompanied by an adult. In today’s class, each child will sew a fox pillow. Fee: $15. Materials are included. Space is limited. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Circle of Love/Spiritual Empowerment Group w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8pm. Enhance your ability to tap into divine energy from the new moon. Join the unconditional loving energy of this open and evolving group lead by spirit. $15. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford 203-265-2927. Sunnispirit@sbcglobal.net.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Readings w/ Susan Margaret – 11am-4pm. Susan is a medium (messages from those that have crossed over) who has been giving readings for 44 years. She has given readings with the Astrological Society of CT for over 20 yrs. Susan uses classic playing cards, reads palms, and uses basic astrology. $1/ minute. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, 203-453-4000. EnchantedGuilfordCT.com Sound/Guided Meditation Infusion – 6:30pm8pm. Connect deeply allowing sound vibrations and Beth’s soothing voice to guide your personalized healing. Percussion instruments and Tibetan bowls will aid in cleansing and balancing your Chakras. $15. 401 Center St, Wallingford. Register: 203-8172015. ElizabethHopeWellness.com. Angelspeake™ Class w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ask empowering questions, awaken intuitive senses. Receive signs/loving messages/guidance from angels, guides, loved ones.  $33/cls./materials $25. Returning Students bring Manuals.  Wallingford. Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Group Past Life Regression – 6:30pm-8-30pm. (Snow date – 2/16). Discover reasons for current fears, recurring dreams or personality tendencies. Explore past lives, learn reasons for repeat patterns or why you were born to a certain family. $20.  Wallingford. Call Gayle: 203-265-2927. Sunnispirit@sbcglobal.net.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Forged Torque Bracelet Class KanduBeads – 6pm-8pm. Have fun Learning the ancient art of metalsmithing w/ designer Deborah Jaffe to create a beautiful one of a kind hand forged copper bracelet. $35. Advance registration required. Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St. Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com. Monthly Pure Life Talk: Medicinal mushrooms are the new intelligence of our time – 6:30pm. Learn how they can guide us back to balance and optimal health. Colleen’s passion is to inspire and educate people to live their highest potential through food and self-mastery. Samples provided. Cost: $22. Pure Alchemy Juice Bar Café, Wallingford. PureAlchemyJuice.com.


New Haven Chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Savvy Gourmet Tea, 121 Samson Rock Dr, Madison. Information/RSVP: NewHaven@holisticchamberofcommerce.com or visit Learn.edu/events. Chocolate Tasting & Fine Teas – 7pm-9pm. Enjoy an evening of sampling hand-made chocolates, sipping elegant loose-leaf teas and listening to a local chocolatier’s talk on candy-making. $20. One World Wellness & Yoga Studio, East Haven. 203-998-5688. OneWorld-Wellness.com. Roots and Wings – Exploring the Power of Intergenerational Stories Workshop – 7pm-9pm. Tower One, 18 Tower Lane, New Haven. Information/RSVP: 203-874-4252, email info@learn.edu or visit Learn.edu/events.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Back Massage for Beginners – 6pm-8pm. Group class where couples will learn how to give a basic Swedish back and neck massage. Teacher is a licensed MT with 20+ years experience. Class limited to 3 couples. $80/couple. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Call Carol: 203-415-8666. 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, FEBRUARY 13 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. Gaia Crystal Cuff Bracelet Jewelry Class – 11am-12pm. Learn wire wrapping skills to make a bracelet featuring a natural crystal centerpiece. Free w/ $15 minimum material purchase. Advance registration recommended. KanduBeads, Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com. Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/ Lisa Morrison – 12pm-4pm. Treat yourself to a reading for the new year! Receive a love and happiness reading for St. Valentine’s Day! Lisa’s readings are a balance of healing, inspiration and humor. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

Yoga & Divorce w/ Thea – 12:30pm-3:30pm. Experience asana and relaxation techniques specifically designed for people going through divorce and the major life changes it brings. You will leave more informed, grounded and ready to move forward- one breath at a time. Designed for people at any stage in the divorce process. No previous Yoga experience necessary. $25. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. YourCommunityYoga.com. Talking Feathers Workshop – 2pm. In American Indian culture, the Talking Feather was and is still used. The feather is passed from one person to the next, allowing the person who holds it the privilege of speaking. Join Ranger Dan in constructing this item that can be incorporated into your family’s tradition. Materials fee: $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult who can assist in the construction. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Valentine Partner Yoga w/ Kristin & Bill – 5:30pm-8:30pm. Connect with your partner through yoga and massage. Create joy and laughter as you relax together while building intimacy and trust in a safe environment. “Just Friends” partners welcome! No yoga experience needed. $90 per couple includes delicious Indian dinner! Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. YourCommunityYoga.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Pet Loss Grief Support Group – 11am. Losing a beloved animal can be tragic and a very emotional time for humans. Susan Wilson has created this support group for those who have lost an animal or have one in the process of moving on. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. 203-736-1053. Eco-Art Valentine Workshop – 12pm. Create gifts for your loved ones out of recycled magazines. Transform your old magazines into new valentine storage baskets. This will be a fun day to share with your family and friends! Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Usui Holy Fire Reiki II class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1pm-6pm. Increase your Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn basic Reiki symbols and distant healing. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. Hamden. $150. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15 President’s Day Creature Feature – 12pm. Learn about the Nature Center’s resident animals. The staff will talk about the different types of mammals, reptiles, insects, and birds we have on display. We will also teach the children how to touch and handle some of these soft, scaly and feathered friends. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Young Living Essential Oils – 6pm-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. Sunnispirit@sbcglobal.net.

Free Guided Relaxation Meditation Circle for those Living with and Surviving Cancer – 6:30pm-7:30pm. This meditation circle requires no experience. You will be guided through a breath and body awareness meditation to bring about peace and allow for healing. Healing Room, 85 Wall St, Madison. 203-245-5137. HealingRoomllc.com. Tao Yoga Introductory Class – 7pm-8:15pm. Experience yoga with breath meditation as the focus of class. Gentle stretches and postures for beginners. Quiet the mind, relax the body. $15. One World Wellness & Yoga Studio, East Haven. 203-998-5688. OneWorld-Wellness.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Fun in the Snow – 11am. The Nature Center has awesome hills for sled riding, as well as plenty of space for making a snow animal and even building a snow fort or two. Enjoy hot cocoa around our outdoor fireplace too! Dress for the weather—hats, gloves, and snow pants and boots are a must. Free. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Arcturian Healing Light W/Rosa Chyan – 2:30pm-4pm. Arcturian Healing Light is an upper dimensional light and frequency. The light and frequency is multi-dimensional and can work on many levels of our energy system. Cost $25/$20 pre-paid. 93 Waterbury Road, Prospect. Registration required: 203-228-1777 or Rosa@ReachingTheharmonyWithin.com.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Communicating with Animal Spirits – 6pm7:30pm. (Every 3rd Wed). Ever wonder what happens to your animal’s spirit, how they are, and where they go once they pass away? Do you have questions about their behavior, spirituality and their Universal Law? Would you like to be able to communicate with your animal(s) in the Life Hereafter? Join Susan Wilson, Animal Communicator and Spirit Channelor. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Mindful Healing Meditation & EFT w/ RMT/ Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30pm-8:30pm (or Tues. 2/23). 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, celebrate “women’s ways” and living in rhythm of the seasons. Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore further/reserve space: 203-645-1230.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Information Session – 5:30pm-6:30pm. The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Road, Bethany. Call: 203-874-4252, email info@learn.edu or visit Learn.edu/events.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 6 11:30am-4:30pm

The Graduate Institute 171 Amity Rd, Bethany

$5 admission fee for non-members. Free for chamber members. Vendor fees:

For HCC members: $50 deposit before February 1st, to be returned at fair. Non-members: $100 deposit before February 1st, $150 after.

Request vendor applications or direct questions to: Linda Ciotto, Events VP at:


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THE HEART OF INNER PEACE A daylong event of workshops and presentations

SATURDAY MARCH 19 9am-4:30pm

Mercy by the Sea Madison, CT Sixteen uplifting and powerful workshops such as: T’ai Chi for Mind, Body & Spirit; Emotions in Sound and Color; Art of Placement Fit for a Good Night’s Sleep; Sound Meditation; Autobiographical Writing; Psychospiritual Counseling and Healing; Nutrition and Healthy Eating; The Sound of Balance; Vibrational Healing; Chair Yoga; Introduction to the Art of Muscle Testing; World Peace Meditation with the Angels; among others.

Join us for a full day or half day of workshops.

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ThetaHealing®: Igniting Your Inner Light to Live Your Soul’s Purpose w/ Tami Reagor – 7pm8:30pm. You know you have a soul purpose, and that you are supposed to be doing something that gives more meaning to life, but you think: “I can’t do that!” Join us for a night where we break through excuses that are holding you back, release excuses and replace them with positive empowering beliefs using ThetaHealing® so you can start embracing your soul’s purpose and create the life your soul yearns for! $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Mythic Journeys: Friday Yoga & Movie Night – 6:30pm-9:30pm. Mindful yoga and meditation from 6:30pm-7:15pm. Film showing at 7:30pm... Learn how myths help us connect to ourselves and community. Donation. One World Wellness & Yoga Studio, East Haven. 203-998-5688. OneWorld-Wellness.com. Tarot & Your Soul Purpose – 7pm-8:30pm. Discover the cards that are unique to you in this special evening of personal pathworking. Learn how these cards can reveal and clarify your soul purpose. Bring home an individualized Tarot profile of yourself! $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Reiki II Cert. w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm or two 1/2-Days/ Eves. Receive empowering keys to mentalemotional clarity, balance; support for empathic challenges/relationship healing. Wallingford. $175 Pre-Class Consult/Register: 203-913-3869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Mala Making Class – 11am-12pm. Learn the secrets of making a personal mala prayer bracelet or necklace using gems or other traditional materials. Free w/ $15 minimum purchase. Advance registration recommended. KanduBeads, Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com. FREE Reiki Clinic w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 12pm-3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 minute session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season, 3040 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. Info: 203-415-4791. TranquilHealingReiki.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21 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. Hamden. $250. Info/Registration: 203-415-4791. TranquilHealingReiki.com. Sound/Guided Meditation Infusion – 4pm5:30pm. Connect deeply allowing sound vibrations and Beth’ssoothing voice to guide your personalized healing. Percussion instruments and Tibetan bowls will aid in cleansing and balancing your Chakras. $15. 401 Center St, Wallingford. Call to Register: 203-817-2015. ElizabethHopeWellness.com.


New Haven / Middlesex

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Violet Flame Workshop with Jennifer Jean – 7pm-8:30pm. Learn the technique of Violet Flame utilizing visualization and decrees to calm and heal through forgiveness and self-love. The benefits are mental and physical wellness. In addition, this will help raise your vibration to allow self-trust to improve intuition and clairvoyance. $20. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 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. Akashic Records Foundation Course w/Rosa Chyan – 9am-5pm. (Sat 2/27 & Sun 2/28). Akashic Records is the story of your soul. Connect to the wisdom of your soul. Gain insights. Heal and transform your life. Cost $325, $275 early bird by 2/22.  93 Waterbury Road, Prospect. To register call: 203-228-1777 or email: Rosa@ReachingTheHarmonyWithin.com. Create a Vision Board – 10am. Create a vision board and retrain your brain to start believing that you can achieve all your goals and dreams. Then, the universe will work its magic! This Free class is for ages 12 and up. Supplies will be provided, but please feel free to bring magazines of things that interest you. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Guided Meditation Circle – 10am-11am. This circle is for the beginner and the seasoned meditator. Just bring your willingness to meditate. Relax and find the peace and quiet within. $10. Healing Room, 85 Wall St, Madison. 203-245-5137. HealingRoomllc.com.

Tea Leaf Reading Work Shop with Deborah – 7pm-8:30pm. Join us to learn the lost art of Tea Leaf Reading for yourself and others. Take control of your heart’s pursuits and allow the Tea Leaves to guide you. What will you choose this year to nourish and replenish your soul? $20. Enchanted 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203-453-4000.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Community Dinner Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals, Inc – 3pm-5pm. Free. Open to public. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 North Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information, call: 203-732-7792. Yin Yoga by Candlelight – 7pm-8:30pm. An Aromatherapy and Chakra Meditation Experience ... immerse yourself in essential oil scents that bring the body, mind and spirit into balance. $15. One World Wellness & Yoga Studio, East Haven. 203-998-5688. OneWorld-Wellness.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29 Four Agreements Series: Mondays – 6:30pm8pm. (March 28 & April 18). Begin the process of acquiring tools for personal empowerment and enlightenment using intuitive guidance, meditations, journaling and ritual. $75 for series. Wallingford. Gayle: 203-265-2927. Sunnispirit@sbcglobal.net.

MONDAY, MARCH 8 Arcturian Healing Vortex W/Rosa Chyan – 2:30pm-4pm. The Arcturian Healing Vortex consists of spiritual beings assisting in the healing while Arcturian Healing Light is run. This is a four weekly group healing series. Dates: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29. Come and raise your vibration with this upper dimensional light and frequency. Cost $240.  Early Bird $200 by 2/29. 93 Waterbury Road, Prospect. Registration required: 203-228-1777 or Rosa@ReachingTheHarmonyWithin.com.

Tao Yoga Introductory Class – 10:30am-11:45am. Experience yoga with breath meditation as the focus of class. Gentle stretches and postures for beginners. Quiet the mind, relax the body. $15. One World Wellness & Yoga Studio, East Haven. 203-998-5688. OneWorld-Wellness.com. Chakra Charm Bracelet Making Class – 11am12pm. Learn to make a charm bracelet that is all your own. Free with $15 minimum purchase. Advance registration recommended. KanduBeads, Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com. Introduction to Meditation – 2pm-3:30pm. If you have always wanted to meditate or are having trouble sticking with your practice, this class is for you. This very informative class will provide you with everything you need to succeed with your practice. $35. Healing Room, 85 Wall St, Madison. 203-245-5137. HealingRoomllc.com. Faux Cinnabar Polymer Clay Pendant – 2pm-5pm. Trick your friends into believing you carved cinnabar. Renowned artist D.Villano guides you through making spectacular wearable art. $65. Advance registration required. KanduBeads, Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com.


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(MA) she works with a natural wellness pharmaceutical. Spiritual blessings/cleansings. $1/ minute. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. EnchantedGuilfordct.com.

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.

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. 203-267-4417. KneadingHands.net.

Readings with Fannie – 11am-3pm. Certified Crystal Healer, Reiki Practitioner and for contacting our Spirit Guides, the Book of Life and Astral Traveling. Assists you in connecting to the deep inner being of your soul. Assists/connects with your higher self and acts as a catalyst to bring forth what is for your highest good (ie. connecting you with a loved one or just clearing your field). $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000.

monday Readings w/ Jennifer Jean: Medium, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Certified Angel Card Reader (TM), trained in Anglespeake ™ – 11am-3pm. Uses Crystal therapy and enjoys leading guided meditations to help others to heal and communicate with the angels, performs building cleansings and clears spiritual attachments, plus as a toxicologist

Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am/7:15pm. (classes also offered Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Wed. 6:30pm, Thurs.10am/6:30pm, & Fri. 9:30am). Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk, Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Astrological Readings w Lou Valentino – 4pm7pm. (Feb 1, 15 & 29). We will see an increase in the economy this year, it will not be a large advancement but it will be a step forward. 2017 looks like a big step forward for the economy, but 2016 will be a better year than what we have experienced over the last 8 years*AstrologicalVarieties.com. Have you ever wondered what your astrological chart says about your personality, vocation, relationships and future? 30-min readings. $1/min. Enchanted,1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. 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.

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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.

tuesday Reiki Readings Tarot Card Tuesday Event – 9:30am-7:30pm. (Jan 6, 13, 20 & 27). Have a Goddess Tarot Card reading with Chrystyne McGrath. Chrystyne is a Psychic/Trance Medium, Reiki Master and Dowser. She uses the Goddess Tarot Card deck at this event. Limited spaces left, 30 minute reading for $25. Health Options Wellness Center, 133 State St, Guilford. For availability, call 203-415-0704 or email chrystynem@yahoo.com. Awareness Through Movement Basics: Feldenkrais 101 – 12pm-1pm. Relearn the simplicity of authentic moving and transcend your personal patterns of limitation. $13. Drop-in. Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. Contact Carol Meade: 203-415-8666 or info@massage2movement.com. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. 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.

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Free weekly Tuesday Meditation classes – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Open to all and fully accessible. Instruction provided for beginners.  No reservations necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Program offered in cooperation with New Haven Shambhala Center. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-8130 x200. 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. sinfo@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.

wednesday Wellness Wednesdays – Pamper your self with a Spa Aromatherapy Facial with Alberto ($35). Also shop our eco-friendly, fair trade boutique. Receive 10% off with this ad. Avant Garde Holistic Center Salon Spa Boutique (Body Mind & Soul Experience), 328 E Main St, Branford. 203-481-8443. AvantGardeCT.com. Readings and/or Crystal Chakra Balancing w/ Deborah – 12pm-3pm. (& Sat. Feb 6). 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. 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. Weekly Wednesday Library Yoga Classes at New Haven Free Public Library – 1pm-2pm. $5, payable to instructor. Bring your own mat. Various instructors. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-7091. Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm7pm. 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. Intermediate/Advanced Yoga w/ Lyengar 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.


New Haven / Middlesex

Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm. (classes also offered Mon. 10:30am/7:15pm, Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Thurs.10am/6:30pm, & Fri. 9:30am). Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk, Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Sounding Circle with Lynne Grobsky Starting 2/10 – 6:30pm-8pm. (every other Wednesday: 2/10, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23 & 4/6).  Open your throat chakra and have fun freeing your voice for enhanced empowerment, creativity and healing! Cost $300/$270 prepaid. Rhythm of Your Soul, Meriden. Registration required 203-213-6011 or email Lynnegrobsky@cox.net. Jewelry Making Party! Come Make new friends while making jewelry! We call it Bead-N-B!tch – 7pm-9pm. Need an excuse to get out midweek? Join our weekly crafty meetup. Adults only! Grab a friend and BYO anything! $5. KanduBeads, The Watch Factory Shoppes, 116 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-439-8689. KanduBeads.com.

thursday 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. 203-8780681. prisco@priscopr.com, 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. Readings w/ Sean David – 11am-5pm. A natural intuitive and empath, my focus as a reader is to help individuals to connect to the healing energies that lie within, and to assist in aligning with their internal guidance.  Through establishing an empathic connection, I can help you embrace the ‘lesson in the mess’, and focus on the clearer path that is already within you. Lecturas psíquicas disponibles en Español. $1/min. Enchanted, 1250 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 203-453-4000. EnchantedGuilfordCT.com. Pre & Postnatal & Women’s Yoga – 6pm-7:15pm. Students practice poses and movements that appropriately stretch and strengthen the body while preparing for, or recovering from, delivery. Call or visit website for start date. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. 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. 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. (classes also offered Mon. 10:30am/7:15pm, Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Wed. 6:30pm, & Thurs.10am/6:30pm). Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk, Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm (& Sat Feb 20). 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.

saturday 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: 203-9133869. PersonalHarmonyandHealth.com. Simple Moves:Easy Chi Kung & Feldenkrais exercises that focus on movement around the central axis of our skeletons – 9am-10am. (Feb 9, 16, & 27).  The movements are designed to invigorate and align our bodies for a natural feeling of comfort and ease. $30. 15 South Elm St, Wallingford Call Carol: 203-415-8666. 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. New Canaan Winter Farmers Market – 11am2pm. (Jan 9 through March 26). Fresh farm products, prepared foods, and a whole lot of fun! New Canaan Nature Center, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan. Lexi@NewCanaanFarmersMarket.net.   Stony Creek Yoga for Stress Relief – 5:45pm7pm. 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.

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BHcare – A state-licensed, non-profit behavioral health care provider serving Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities. It provides comprehensive behavioral health, prevention and domestic violence services to improve the lives & health of individuals, families and communities. 203-736-2601. bhcare.org.

HYPNOSIS THERAPY CENTER – Providing the help you need to Relax & Resolve: stress, anger, anxiety, emotional issues, bad habits or the past. Life Coaching for personal & professional development. Psychic Readings for insights or Music Therapy to re-balance the mind & body. Madison. 203-245-6927.

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Kelly Ann Matuskiewicz 203-747-8444 KellyAnnCory.com

Adam Church, D.C. 203-466-1111 Dr.Church.com



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Christopher Chialastri, LMT#005812 Home Visits for Massage Therapy 203-430-3163 EmpowerMassage.abmp.com





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Psychotherapy-Adults in Transition Emotional & Spiritual Aspects in Health Care 860-461-7569 DrDorothyct.com

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Anita Jones, RMT 203-415-4791 TranquilHealingReiki.com


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Keith Mirante, D.C. 203-245-8217 DrMirante.com



860-986-2017 CTYogaCenter.com

YOGA IN MIDDLETOWN 860-347-YOGA (9642) YogainMiddletown.com

MILFORD CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER OF MILFORD Elizabeth Rumley, D.C. 203-713-8600 CWCofMilford.com

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ORANGE ADVANCED SPINE & SPORT David Durso, D.C. 203-553-9300 AdvancedSpineAndSport.com

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Letting the Light in: A Vinyasa Workshop and Book Signing

with Rolf Gates March 5th 9 AM - 12 PM

$65; $55 Earlybird by Feb 24th

Fresh Yoga

Erector Sq Location 319 Peck St New Haven, CT “In our fear we believe that we must make things happen; in our practice we learn to let things happen.� -Rolf Gates Join Rolf Gates as we explore the practice of letting the light in on our mat and in our lives. This experience will be a blending of dynamic vinyasa practice, meditation, pranayama, and self-study as we explore practices that create a visionary and expansive relationship to life. The intensive is intentionally challenging, but is open to all who wish to explore yoga as an evolutionary journey. The only 'requirement' is that you show up, do your best and let your best be good enough. Book signing for Rolf's new book Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness & Compassion to follow the workshop!

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Rolf Gates, author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga and now Meditations on Intention and Being, conducts 200/500 Vinyasa Intensives, Retreats and 200/500 Teacher Trainings throughout the US and abroad--and now Online! Rolf and his work have been featured in numerous magazines to include ORIGINS, Yoga Journal, Natural Health and People Magazine and as one of Travel and Leisures' Top 25 Yoga Studios Around the World. Rolf is also the co-founder of the Yoga Meditation and Recovery Conference at Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA and Kripalu Center, Lenox, MA.

Register at www.freshyoga.com


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