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Coaching With Spirit

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he Graduate Institute welcomes back Guthrie Sayen, PhD, a former professor of history who left the groves of academe to launch a life coaching and workshop business. If you have ever thought about becoming a life coach, or wish to enhance your skills in your current profession, consider enrolling in the Coaching with Spirit Training Dr. Guthrie Sayen program. Earn an associate certified coach credential in a four-month, on-site program focusing on a transformative way of being while in relationship with self and others. The Bethany-based trainings will take place one weekend per month on March 15-17, April 13-14, May 18-19 and June 15-16. The inspiring and transformative modules include pathways to transformation; inner passion, vision and overcoming challenges; the exploration of perspectives; being in the present moment; sub-personalities and parts work (internal family systems); how to utilize somatic wisdom and read energy; and group and individual mentoring. Sayen, the coach trainer, is the co-founder and lead trainer of Coaching with Spirit Coach Training, senior faculty for Coaching for Transformation, and former faculty at True Purpose Institute. He has done trainings in internal family systems for voice dialogue, psychosynthesis, Four Archetypes coaching and more. Coaching with Spirit includes three one-on-one mentor coaching sessions (required for the associate certified coach credential) with Sayen. You will become qualified for the ACC Professional Coach designation from the International Coach Federation. For more information, call 203-874-4252, email Admissions@ Learn.edu or visit Learn.edu. Location: Bethany Connecticut Campus (near New Haven), CT. See ad on page 11.  

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earn to use quartz crystal singing bowls and vocal harmonics in their holographic sound form to heal and relax. The workshop is being taught by Paul Hubbert, with a Ph.D. in psychology, certified in grief recovery, hypnosis and addictions recovery. Hubbert blends crystal singing bowls and vocal harmonics to access the healing vibration of sound and music in its multi-dimensional, holographic form. This is known as Holographic Sound Healing. He will be teaching Level I and Level II Holographic Sound Healing Certification at The Red Barn in Durham from May 3-6. Level 1 will take place on May 3 from 2-7 p.m. and May 4 from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Level 2 will take place May 5 from 2-7 p.m. and May 6 from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 6

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ileen Anderson, RN, a Reiki master practitioner and teacher, will be offering Reiki Level 1 and 2 classes in two locations. Reiki is a healing practice originating in Japan. It restores balance to the body physically and emotionally, therefore promoting, rest, relaxation and stress reduction. For the Reiki Level 1/1st degree beginEileen Anderson, RN RMT ning level, learn benefits of Reiki treatments, what Reiki is used for, the history, Reiki precepts, and protocol hand placements for giving treatments on a table or chair and most important yourself. Reiki 1 is the foundation for Reiki practice and self-care. It will take place at Wallingford Adult Education (WallingfordAdultEd.org) on March 13, 20 and 27, and April 3 from 6:30-9 p.m. You will receive a certificate to practice Reiki 1 (must attend all sessions) at the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center (Buttonwood.org) in Middletown, Connecticut, on March 31 and April 7 from 2-7 p.m. For Reiki 1 practitioners who want to deepen their practice, there is Reiki level 2/2nd degree on March 12 and 19 from 6-9 p.m. (must attend both sessions). Learn how to use Usui symbols and send distant Reiki. You must be a Reiki 1 practitioner with four months of practice (on self or others). This will also take place through Wallingford Adult Education. On March 24 from 2-8 p.m., receive certificate to practice Reiki 2 at the Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center in Middletown. Anderson retired in 2017 after 32 years as a critical care nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital. Since 1999, she has been giving Reiki treatments to patients, families and staff until her retirement. She offers Reiki treatments at Orange Chiropractic Center, Wallingford Senior Center and Wallingford YMCA. For more information, call 203-314-5401, email Eilande@comcast.net or ReikiwithEileenAnderson.com.

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inter weather can bring snow shoveling and heavy lifting. Often times, this can lead to upper back knots and chest pain not associated with cardiac problems. If this has affected you and has not resolved on its own, take advantage of a complimentary 10-minute screening to get to the root of the cause and alleviate your pain. The 10-minute sessions, given by Phyllis L Quinn, PT, will be held at Physical Therapy Services of Guilford in Branford, Connecticut, on March 14 and 26 from 4 to 5 p.m.

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Group Acu-Wellness Ear Acupuncture Sessions Starts

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olutions for Wellness is now offering weekly group acu-wellness auricular/ ear acupuncture sessions to assist participants with relaxation and stress management as well as to support smoking cessation, weight release and more. The sessions cost $35, and are held at the Kos Chiropractic Center in North Branford, Connecticut, on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8 p.m. Upcoming groups will meet on March 6, March 13, March 20 and March 27. Additional dates will be posted on the Solutions for Wellness website at SolutionsforWellnessInc.com. Traditionally trained in nursing, Solutions for Wellness owner Julie Thackeray offers restorative mind-body services that help participants move toward an improved quality of life, empowered with an effective care plan that lets you take control of your wellness. You’ll learn how to quietly go within, listen to your body, identify your concerns, and discover your own path of health and healing through mindfulness, guided relaxation, reflexology, energy healing, hypnosis, and the use of essential oils. Acu-Wellness Auricular Acupuncture sessions focus on specific healing points located around the outer ear. This treatment follows the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association’s 5-Point AcuDetox Protocol: • Sympathetic – physical relaxation, used for relieving tension, centering • Shenmen or Spirit Gate – emotional relaxation and to improve spiritual connection used for calming and relaxing

• Kidney – assists us in dealing with the fear of change when changing habits, lifestyle used to strengthen the willpower and release unwanted toxins • Liver – helps us respond to events happening in our life as opposed to being reactive used to detoxify, as well as to relax and relieve anger and frustration, relieves muscle cramps • Lung – helps us connect with our feelings and deal with life’s changes, used to help respiration, as well as for detoxification Group participation is by appointment only as seating is limited each week. Register by contacting Julie Thackeray at 203-215-6087 or Julie@SolutionsforWellnessInc.com. For more information, visit SolutionsforWellnessInc.com. Location: Kos Chiropractic Center, 999 Foxon Rd., North Branford, CT.

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nimal Assisted Therapy Services (AaTs) is a non-profit organization with a mission to build the human/animal connection as a motivator for therapeutic and recreational purposes. While they work with children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities, they also offer non-therapeutic summer programs for the community. This summer, they are launching a program for youth aged 11- to 14-years old. The focus is learning more about the development, training and role of a credentialed therapy dog. Participants have the opportunity to work directly with AaTs’ credentialed therapy dogs at AaTs’ center in Milford, Connecticut. This hands-on experience includes training and care for the dog’s overall well-being. Participants will be engaged in practicing basic training skills, agility play, grooming, dental care and a

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arah Mayo of Southington is opening a new holistic center in downtown Southington, Connecticut. The Wellness Center has a variety of holistic health specialties and will also be hosting a Benefit Holistic Fair on April 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is a benefit for the Southington Dog Pound and the Southington Food Pantry. A $5 donation per person is requested. The fair will showcase all the practitioners currently part of the center, including a naturopath, massage therapists, a cranio-sacral practitioner and psychic readers. Additional vendors for the day include speakers on various topics beginning at noon. The benefit fair will accept vendors until March 25. For vendor applications; visit YourHolisticEvents.com or call Shirley R. Bloethe at 860-989-0033 to apply. The Wellness Center is offering classes and workshops weekly. The Spiritualist Church of Love & Light holds their services at the center on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.-noon with guest speakers; the service is followed by a fellowship hour. A wide variety of practitioners as well as the centers’ offerings are added each month to the calendar. For more information about The Wellness Center, email TheWellnessCenter@gmail.com or visit TheWellnessCenterCT. com. Location: 72 Center St., Southington, CT. 8

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he Northern Connecticut Vegetarian Society will host a vegan potluck with Dr. Joanne Kong as a featured speaker on plant-based nutrition on March 10 at 4 p.m. If You’ve Ever Loved An Animal, Go Vegan! is the title of Dr. Kong’s talk. Dr. Kong has given numerous presentations around the globe, including at the Veggie Pride Parade in New York City, Oakland VegFest, Green Food Fest in Norway, the 2018 North American Veg Summerfest and a two-week speaking tour of India this past summer as well as upcoming international presentations in Italy and Germany. For the potluck, bring a healthy vegan dish with serving utensils, a list of its ingredients and its recipe. Vegan food has zero animal ingredients (no honey, eggs, dairy, meat or fish). Bring your own place setting. A $9 donation is requested. Children are welcome and are free.

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myriad of other activities designed to increase bonding with the dogs and fellow peers. The emphasis is on the connection between nature, animals, farms, food and a healthy style of living. They will tend the garden at the center and prepare delicious, healthy food for both dogs and people in the kitchen. At the conclusion of the session, participants take the dogs on a therapy visit to an assisted living facility in the community under the supervision of AaTs trainers and therapists. Key components for the program include fostering love and care for animals, and acquainting participants with the field of training therapy, service and emotional support dogs. They will gain experience handling the dogs, learn how basic training skills shape a dog’s behavior, and understand the communication and body language between humans and animals. Session I and II will run from 9:30am to 2:30pm on July 8-11 and July 15-18, respectively. The cost per session is $250. Register by April 15 and receive a $25 discount. Beth Patella, a recreational therapist, certified professional dog trainer and registered PATH therapeutic riding instructor, is the co-founder and director of AaTs. She specializes in animalassisted interventions and is also a certified sound therapist. For more information and to register, call 203-804-5343, email Chris.Patella@AATSCT.org or visit AATSCT.org.

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For more information or reservations, contact coordinator Harry at 860-623-8082, VeggyHarry@aol.com or NorthCTVeg.org. Location: Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge St., Suffield, CT.

Flying High with Eagles and the Connecticut Audubon Society

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osted by Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education, Brian Hess, a DEEP wildlife biologist, comes to Connecticut Audubon Society, Center at Pomfret on March 17 from 2-4pm. He will discuss the conservation efforts surrounding the bald eagle in Connecticut. Horizon Wings will then present its eagle ambassadors along with other raptors. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door. There will also be two eagle-related raffle items. All funds raised will go toward the Feed Our Feathered Friends Fund. Horizon Wings is a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center specializing in birds of prey. All of their funding is provided by educational programs and donations. The center has several raptors that cannot be released back into the wild due to their injuries. They are able to keep these birds at the center and, with a special permit, use them for educational programs. For more information, visit HorizonWings.org or Facebook.com/Events/268401604097875. Location: Connecticut Audubon Society, Center at Pomfret, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center, CT.

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Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. 10

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A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.

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Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

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Light Pollution Disturbs Sleep Being exposed to high levels of artificial outdoor light at night contributes to insomnia and greater use of sleeping pills, reports a new study from South Korea’s Seoul National University College of Medicine. The researchers studied the records of 52,027 people without diagnosed sleep disorders—60 percent of them women—and correlated their sleeping pill use with their residential location relative to artificial outdoor light intensity. The brighter the outdoor lighting, the more likely were sleep issues and the greater and more frequent use of sleeping pills. The study joins other research that has shown that artificial nighttime lighting—outdoors and indoors—disrupts circadian rhythms, potentially leading to such metabolic and chronic diseases and conditions as cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Pine Bark Soothes Prostate Benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), a condition that affects half of men older than 60, is related to increased prostate gland size and a reduced flow of urine from the bladder. To test the effectiveness of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol on BPH, researchers from Italy’s D’Annuncio University divided 75 men with the condition into three groups: One was given 150 milligrams a day of Pycnogenol, another received standard non-drug management and the third was given conventional drug treatment. The researchers found that urination frequency, urgency, intermittency and nighttime occurrences significantly improved after 60 days of treatment among the pine bark extract group.

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yurveda, translated as “science of life” is the ancient natural wisdom of health and healing. It’s also the mother of all healing systems. It focuses more on root causes rather than symptomatic treatment. Ayurveda looks at health in terms of physical, mental and subtle aspects of the whole body. It goes really deep into considerations, such as cooking preparation, storage, times, seasons, age of the patient, environment, lifestyle and food habits (such as sequence of eating and pleasant eating atmosphere, and where and how food is grown). The modern, affluent lifestyle has taken us away from the use of fresh fruits and vegetables. The diet has become high in saturated fats, refined sugar, meat and commercially processed foods. These tasty, rich, heavy and sweet foods have little nutrient value. People substitute lack of nutrition in food by chemical supplements. Modern science only sees food value as calorie and bio-chemical content. There are many subtle aspects that Ayurveda recognizes. 12

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Eating is a sacred act that involves the entire self and needs to be done right. n Eat in moderation and only when there is real hunger. Do not eat food standing. Sit and eat silently. n Fast occasionally to detoxify the body and clean the gastrointestinal tract. Fasting also improves mental strength. Do not have a large meal when concluding the fast. n Eat simple. Too many kinds of foods in a meal will cause distraction to the mind. Eat food with love and care. It will increase life energy in the person. n Try to eat light and warm for dinner for good sleep and digestion. Eat about three hours before sleep. Avoid cheese, ice cream, yogurt, melons and cold foods for dinner. Warm milk is good when taken in the evenings. Largest meal should be taken during lunch time. Get up early before sunrise. Best time to eat is one hour after getting up in the morning until sunset. Chew food thoroughly. Digestion

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begins in the mouth with salivary action. Chewing also enables easy digestion. Eat one-third solid, one-third liquid and onethird air. Avoid overeating and know that a burp is a signal from the body to stop eating. Do not combine hot and cold foods in the same meal. Do not combine raw and cooked foods together unless they are small in amount, Avoid leftovers beyond one night and do not combine fresh foods with leftovers. Use mild spices in the meals for taste, overcoming bad combinations and also for improving digestion. n Use ghee or clarified butter instead of refined oils. Ghee is a healing food. It helps improve intelligence, memory and digestion. Use natural oils like coconut, peanut and mustard oils. Do not eat the same oil or, for that matter, the same dish every day. Create variety with different kinds of wheat, rice, lentils, vegetables and fruits in meals. n Use jaggery/unprocessed sugar directly prepared from the cane juice, instead of the white refined sugar. Use honey instead of white sugar. Honey is a good source of


heat and energy and is good for digestion. n Cumin and fennel help reduce gas when added to any cooked food. n Make a powder of fennel seeds and natural sugar in the ratio of 2:1. In the morning with an empty stomach, have one tablespoon of this mix with warm water for a month. This will help patients with migraine problems. n Ginger and garlic are best antiviral drugs. n Do not eat honey with an equal amount of ghee by weight. It becomes toxic. Use local honey. n Avoid melons with most foods including dairy, fried foods and starches. Melons are a full diet in themselves. They help in reducing weight. n Fruits should generally be eaten alone. Avoid mixing milk with fruits. Only mango and milk or dates and milk are exceptions. n Keeping a small piece of ginger in the mouth and gently chewing it helps with cough problems. n Guava, pears and papaya are useful against constipation. n Avoid eating radishes with milk. Radish is very good for diabetes patients. n Deep fried foods are not good for the eyesight. n Cooking or baking of honey is not recommended. n Have a small amount of green chilies in the diet. It is antibacterial and improves immune system. n Eating cashew nuts with honey every day enhances memory. n Mixing black pepper and ginger in warm yogurt/lassi is good for digestion and during cold weather. n Ajwain, or carom seeds, and cumin seeds are good against acidity. Roast any one of them and eat with natural salt. When jaggery/natural sugar is added to it, it will help fight constipation. Simply smelling carom seeds can open a blocked nose. n Lastly become a vegetarian. Avoid meat, fish, chicken and eggs. It’s good for health. Meat is high in cholesterol, uric acid and toxic chemicals from the use of hormones, antibiotics, unnatural feed substances, additives and preservatives.

Eating is a sacred act that involves the entire self and needs to be done right. Drinking

n Do not drink anything standing. Sit and drink silently. Drink water by slowly sipping small quantities of water to allow saliva to mix. Saliva is alkaline in nature. Stomach is acidic in nature. For good digestion, this neutralization will help. Birds and animals drink water slowly too and we should learn from them. n Drinking small amounts of water while eating stimulates digestion. Water taken after meals causes indigestion and obesity. Drinking excess water during meals is bad for digestion and dilutes nutrients content in the food being eaten. One should instead drink small amounts of water several times during the day. Completely avoiding cold water and cold soda drinks; instead, drinking warm water is very healthy for the body and will also help in reducing weight. Cold water shrinks large intestine and causes constipation. n Drink water that has been kept overnight as the first thing in the morning. It will cure constipation problem. Swallowing a piece of garlic with water in the morning will help patients suffering from blood pressure, heart and liver problems. n Drink butter milk for good digestion. Mix natural salt and mint leaves to enhance its properties, n It’s better to drink juice in the morning, buttermilk in the afternoon and milk in the night. n Drinking tea made from Cinnamomum tamala, or Indian bay leaf, helps people suffering from common cold and headache. Adding cloves, basil and ginger and cinnamon in the tea is helpful in protecting against cold in wintertime. n Drinking warm milk mixed with a half tablespoon of tumeric helps heal the body against any inflammation, Alzheimer’s and liver problems. n Drinking carrot juice daily helps relieve stress.

n Drinking aloe vera juice daily helps patients suffering from jaundice and weakness. n Avoid milk with banana. This sweet and sour combination creates toxins that can cause sinus congestion. Adding crushed cardamom helps improve the digestive power of milk. Having milk with sour fruits or meat causes milk to curdle in the stomach causing indigestion. Do not have milk with yogurt/lemon/tomatoes or cucumbers. n Drinking Azadirachta indica, commonly known as neem juice, is very good for blood purification and skin problems. When mixed with honey and applied on the face, it is good for the skin, removes dryness and pimples. Applying a mix of lemon juice and honey is also good for the skin. n Consuming milk and fish at the same time produces toxins that disturb digestion and cause skin disease. n Boil 5-6 cloves and a cup of water. Bring the temperature down to the room temperature and drink this water. It helps bring relief to bronchitis patients. n Vegetable juices have a calming effect and detoxify the body. It’s better if they are taken after the meal. Fruits and fruit juices should be eaten by themselves and not mixed with any meal. n Lemon fights against free radicals in the body, is an antioxidant and reduces chances of cancer. Use lemon juice in the diet. Mix few drops of lemon juice in a teaspoon of honey. Applying this paste on gums twice a day cures bleeding gums. n Alcohol is addictive and not helpful for evolving our consciousness and thus not recommended in Ayurveda. The modern lifestyle is such that we drink alcohol to get peace in the night and coffee to stimulate us during the day, n Do not have yogurt with milk, sour fruits, fish, cheese, banana and hot drinks Himanshu Bharadwaj, a designer by profession, teaches yoga, meditation and holistic cure. He also conducts meditation sessions for stress relief and creativity enhancement. Connect at YourCommunityYoga.com/Himanshu or Meetup.com/Yoga-Meditation-CT. March 2019

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s many doctors will tell you, the basis of your immune system lies in your gut. After taking longterm antibiotics or other pharmaceuticals (especially steroids), patients can develop severe cases of digestive imbalances, yeast or Candida albicans overgrowth, ulcers and Leaky Gut Syndrome. This is also a perfect environment for parasites, which according to the New York Times, at least 50% of the population of the Western World has. The good news is that Mimosa Pudica seeds seems to be able drag these pathogens out of a person’s digestive tract without the damaging side effects of pharmaceutical antiparasitics and antibiotics. Mimosa Pudica is a flowering, creeping perennial native to South and Central America. It is nicknamed “Sensitive Plant,” “Touch-Me-Not” and “Bashful Plant” because of its unique reaction to being handled or disturbed. When touched, the plant’s leaves fold up and recoil almost immediately and then re-open a few minutes later. When taken in capsule form with water, the seeds of the plant expand in the gut and form an elastic, sticky paste that adheres to invaders of the intestines. Once parasites and antimicrobials are stuck to this gelatinous mass, they are dragged 14

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out of a person’s system in the next bowel movement. Because the digestive tract does not break down mucilaginous herbs like Mimosa Pudica seeds, the gel the seeds create can pass through the entire intestinal tract intact, dragging things that don’t belong with it. With repeated and steady use, the seeds also have the following benefits: Anti-ulcer and gut-healing properties: Because the seed gel can adhere to ulcer-causing bacteria like H. Pylori, it can remove the cause of the ulcer while also helping heal the wounds themselves. Those who frequently take pain medications and NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be prone to ulcers in the intestinal tract and Mimosa Pudica seeds can help remove the acid these drugs cause and restore the mucosal integrity of the intestinal walls. Immune Support: The fact that Mimosa Pudica seeds remove the agents that compromise the intestines is the first step to better immune system response. The second step involves Mimosa Pudica seeds’ ability to raise antioxidant levels in the body when poisonous toxins are present.

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Antidiarrheal: Patients with gut imbalances frequently have chronic diarrhea. If it persists, it can be dehydrating and eventually dangerous. Worse still, many patients take over-the-counter remedies like Imodium A-D that slow intestinal movement, creating constipation and thereby hindering the removal of the body’s toxins. Mimosa Pudica seeds, contain high amounts of tannins, flavonoids and polyphenols that are natural antidiarrheals with no adverse side effects. Antimicrobial: In a 2015 study, Mimosa Pudica was found to have “significant activity” against the bacteria E.coli, S.aureus, B.subtilis and S.typhi. The combination of the plant’s high flavonoid levels in combination with the stickiness of the seed gel make it a formidable disruptor of microbial activity in the intestinal tract. Gregg Kirk is a Lyme disease advocate, a former patient, and the current practitioner who runs the Lyme Recovery Clinic in Darien, CT, the Ticked Off Foundation nonprofit patient fund, and the Ticked Off Music Fest benefit concert series. He is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. Connect at 203-858-9725 or LymeKnowledge.com.


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his interview was conducted by Michelene Bell, publisher of “In Light Times Magazine”. Jeff Primack is a Qigong teacher that has studied with many Qigong masters from all over the world and has taught over 50,000 people in live seminars. MB: What benefits does Qi provide and HOW does it accomplish healing? JP: Say you’re a battery… and the Qi is the life force that keeps the battery going. When the juice inside is used up… the battery is lifeless. Qi is related to your lifespan. If people squander energy on arguing and negative pattern behavior than how can anyone increase energy? Qigong understands where people lose their energy and how to get it back. Yet, Qi has profoundly physical effects that unlock our potential.

5000 Years Ago Chinese Medicine said, “Qi Moves the Blood.”

Standing still relaxed in a Qigong posture a person can circulate as much blood as they could running for 3 miles!! Jogging releases a flood of Cortisol and negative stress hormones that close off small capillaries, but Qigong does not. There is no stress response from Qigong (it actually reduces Cortisol in studies) and the level of full body circulation is even greater. Qigong noticeably improves blood circulation, digestion etc. A pleasant heat builds in the navel center bringing a quiet confidence and power within. MB: Is this life force or Qi different in each person? JP: The Qi is one unified force. Some people have more than others. On an extreme example, say a person has enough energy that they don’t need to sleep anymore. This is a very high level of Qigong. Most people need six-eight hours of sleep, thus indicating our limited energy situation. Qi can be replenished by using breathing techniques, meditation, fasting, prayer, sun bathing etc. It is the same spirit or qi that moves through each person. Unity and oneness movements will take place all over the world and they will be based around Qi. It is all the same force in different amounts.

JP: Qigong theory states the “Ocean of Qi” in the navel can never be filled. It has a vast reservoir allowing a lifetime of Qi to be stored. Only if it is blocked can there be too much energy. When spine and nervous system are out of alignment it is important to open meridians and do stretching routines. One cannot have too much qi, but it can be blocked and qigong exercises will help to open up the channels. People with abundant Qi have a grace and power about them that attracts people. New students frequently find their skin clears up and their eyes whiten. Blood circulates better helping more toxins leave the system. The benefits to having more Qi are the same as having better blood circulation. The PULSE of your heartbeat is the foundation of life, but Chinese medicine has a dozen different pulses that Western medicine has not yet discovered. When people do Qigong for the first time they are often surprised to see their fingers pulsate and fill up with blood. The warmth people feel in the navel is also from the increased blood flow. MB: You speak about euphoric “highs” that can be attained from breathing techniques. What is the value of this in practical real world terms? JP: Everyone wants to feel good. Alcohol transforms our mental state, but also destroys the liver if taken too much. Qi has no side effect except making you feel full of vitality. Its highs are beyond words. Sometimes the Qi will vibrate throughout our body in such a blissful way as to feel we are being touched by God. All without chemicals or man made products that cost money. The Qi being free, abundant, right under our nose, makes it the ultimate ally to rise above life’s obstacles. Once you get the hang of the breathing techniques there comes the ability to have a natural high anytime. Sometimes euphoria is so profound that it can erase negative emotional patterns presently going on. The ability to drop bad Qi quickly trains the student to be without heavy emotional vibrations. MB: Jeff, you also teach a lot about Food-Healing at Qi Revolution. How do specific foods help to reverse disease? Fruits, vegetables and herbs contain phytochemicals that unlock our body’s endocrine system and act as sparkplugs to the immune system. Unfortunately, many people do not get enough of them. Vegetables like bitter melon contain a phytochemical that behave similar to insulin and can help in reversing Diabetes by helping the body naturally balance its blood sugar. Grapefruits, oranges and citrus are excellent to help reverse the cancer, but the “white pith” with abundant steroidal limenoids are what is so aggressive at killing cancer cells, not the juice. Consuming the right parts of the food brings out the real medicinal effects. Eating a more alive diet increases Qi. A true holistic approach to healing will balance body, mind, and spirit. The ancient healing technique of Qigong achieves all three through expanding our energy and empowering us to take charge of our health. (Part 2 of the interview appears next month)

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5 HEALTHY HABITS To Help Prevent and Heal Chronic Inflammation by Dr. Kathryn R. Ronzo

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uscle aches. Joint pain. Gastrointestinal discomfort. Stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. What do they all have in common? Chronic inflammation. How do we get chronic inflammation? When the body’s first line of healing refuses to turn off due to constant stress, the disturbance can be a physical, mental or emotional breakdown. Physiologically, the body’s blood vessels dilate to allow blood, immune cells, nutrients and other molecules that aid in cleaning up damaged tissues to easily access the area in need. While required to initiate the healing process, concerns arise when this process doesn’t stop, and pro-inflammatory immune cells continue to flood the body. This continual offense, or chronic inflammation, has been linked to the development of many health concerns, including arthritis, autoimmune diseases, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, gastrointestinal upset and even cardiovascular disease. But sometimes the diagnoses are 16

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not always evident, including symptoms such as brain fog, congestion, fatigue, and difficulties gaining or losing weight. Pharmaceutical interventions can be used to decrease irritations, but when it comes to avoiding chronic inflammation, preventive medicine plays a huge role. Here are five beneficial tips to combat chronic inflammation naturally.

Sleep

No matter the age, sleep is a necessity. During sleep, the body goes to work repairing tissues that have undergone any micro-traumas throughout the day. If difficulty sleeping through the night or waking exhausted is a common occurrence, here are some tricks to encourage a more restful night’s sleep. A sleep routine is essential. Set a bedtime and stick to it. A set bedtime trains our bodies to get used to “powering down” for the night, making sleep come more easily. Second, stop screen time two hours before bed. Screen time at bedtime wreaks

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As cliché as the saying is, you truly, “are what you eat.” Food, in the simplest term, is one of the greatest medicines on earth. Even simpler, when inflammation-causing foods are ingested, inflammation develops in the body. Increasing your anti-inflammatory food intake can help prevent the constant build-up of inflammation in the body. Some of the most common inflammatory foods are sugars, corn syrup, refined carbohydrates, heavily processed meats and cheeses, fried foods, and alcohol. These foods increase cytokine production (the inflammation messengers) and saturated fats, which elevate LDL-cholesterol levels. When this happens, inflammation balloons. Foods that are anti-inflammatory tend to contain a lot of natural antioxidants, which aid in the removal of cellular waste also known as free radicals. Dark chocolate contains natural antioxidants like resveratrol and epicatechin, and nutrients like magnesium and zinc, which help promote muscular relaxation and cellular repair. Wild-caught, cold-water fish like cod, salmon, tuna and sardines contain omega3s, EPA and DHA, which help with cognition, tissue repair and hormone production. And when we choose organic foods, we eliminate the pesticides, hormones and antibiotics that cause inflammation. These additional toxins overwhelm the liver’s detox pathways, increasing the overall physiological burden.

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havoc on the body’s circadian rhythm, our internal biological clock. Affected by light, it tells the body when to be awake, sleep and eat. Computers, cell phones, tablets and TV screens all emit blue wavelengths that mimic the sun’s natural emissions. So if your body still thinks its daytime at bedtime, pineal gland functions decrease, inhibiting the secretion of melatonin, a natural sleep hormone. Without melatonin, restful sleep is difficult to achieve, and the body’s healing/repair time is shortened. Turning off our electronics two hours before bed prepares our bodies for sleep while ensuring proper melatonin production and secretion.

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Mind-Body Techniques

Inflammation isn’t always due to physical trauma; it can also develop from mental/emotional trauma, like stress. Stress can trigger the inflammatory cascade as easily as a poor diet or a muscle strain. When the body encounters stress, it releases cytokines, which also help to regulate metabolism. When cytokines are released, anxiety and depression can occur along with a physiological inflammatory response in our bodies. Take control of how the body processes life and become more mindful. Meditation, journaling, breath work and coloring are some of the few mind-body techniques that help improve mindfulness while cultivating a more efficient way to process through stressful life events.

Exercise

Physical exercise is paramount, and cannot be left off the list. When it comes to inflammation, exercise aids the body on so many levels. It helps to decrease physical and mental-emotional inflammation. For those who do not already have a workout routine, incorporating just 30 minutes of heart-pumping exercise a day will increase endurance, cardiovascular circulation, lymphatic drainage, cellular repair and detoxification, while also improving body fat percentages. Exercise releases endorphins that improve how people handle stress, anxiety and depression and, in turn, decreases cognitive chronic inflammation. Inflammation is an inevitable part of life, but there are many ways to reduce it naturally and keep it under control. Pick one small change to incorporate daily and slowly build from there to help fight the war against chronic inflammation. Kathryn R. Ronzo, MS, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist and the assistant director of operations at Elm City Wellness. She offers monthly public speaking engagements on wellness-related topics at Elm City Wellness in New Haven on Monday nights at 6:30pm. Connect at 203-691-7653 and ElmCityWellness.com. See ad on page 19.

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nflammation is quite the buzzword these days and there are good reasons for that. Most modern-day Western diseases are rooted in excess inflammation in the body. This may include diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders, asthma, arthritis, ulcerative colitis, periodontitis, eczema, psoriasis and many other ailments. Turmeric is a buzz-worthy herb in the same conversation because the pungent root of turmeric is thought to help modulate inflammation in the body. For centuries, medicine people have known that this common culinary spice can do far more than flavor our favorite dishes. Turmeric, a close cousin to ginger, has a spicy, warm and bitter flavor. This popular herb is best known as one of the main spices in curry. One little known fact is that turmeric is also what gives bottled mustard its bright yellow color. Throughout history, turmeric has had a plethora of important uses, including extensive use as a culinary spice, healing remedy and textile dye. The part of turmeric that is used is the root, easily identified by its brown skin and a bright orange flesh. It is currently one of the most popular treatments for inflammation in modern herbalism. It dates back thousands of years in both traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as a potent anti-inflammatory. A plant with a very long history of medicinal use throughout Southeast Asia, turmeric was

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used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies. Because of its bright yellow color, turmeric is often referred to as “Indian saffron.” Modern medicine has begun to recognize the importance of this common herb; in fact, within the last 25 years there have been over 3,000 publications referencing turmeric. Curcumin is the primary medicinal agent in turmeric. Numerous studies have proven curcumin’s antiinflammatory effects are comparable to many pharmaceutical drugs. Unlike these drugs, which often have dangerous side effects, curcumin produces no toxicity. Although turmeric is considered warming and mildly drying, we need to consider our own individual constitution or work with a local herbalist to determine how much is right for you. Turmeric also has a long history of treating and supporting liver and gallbladder disorders. Some studies suggest that turmeric has anti-carcinogenic properties. Its bitter quality also aids in digestion.

Ways to Use Turmeric

There are numerous simple ways that we can begin to add this important spice into our lives. Cooking with it is beneficial and tasty; it can be added to egg dishes, soups, stews, stir fries and more. If chronic inflammation needs to be addressed, possibly go a step further by taking capsules, adding powdered herb in water or making


a tea with the fresh root. Both fresh and powdered turmeric can be found easily in most grocery stores, apothecaries and specialty markets. The best quality turmeric will be a magnificent bright orange; this color tells us that in addition to being a powerful anti-inflammatory, it also has antioxidant effects because it is fresher. If turmeric does not have a bright vibrant color along with a spicy and pungent smell, it may not be fresh; it may be time to replace that jar of spice. It is believed that adding a very small amount of black pepper to turmeric dramatically increases the bioavailability. This tradition stems from Ayurveda, and science has proven that the black pepper extract called piperine increases the bioavailability of curcumin by as much as 2,000 percent. Turmeric is an invaluable herb to get to know and incorporate into self-care and healing regimens. One way to ingest turmeric is with a warm cup of golden milk. This tasty and popular herbal beverage blend is a good way to add the numerous healing benefits of turmeric into our bodies.

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Toss and Transfer

The Spice Drawer Challenge Discover the Superpowers in Small Jars

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pring brings a sense of renewal and freshness and a desire to shed the layers of heavy coats and sweaters, extra pounds of sluggishness, the winter debris from the yards, and the old clutter from our homes. One little space that tends to get overlooked in the grand swirl of spring cleaning is the spice drawer. Five rows into it—if we dare to look—we may find an old plastic container with some withered and faded powder that may once have been marjoram, at least according to the label. It is also quite possible that the pumpkin spice has found a way to clone itself, and we now have a couple of identical twins with round tops waiting for the next pumpkin season. Even if a spice drawer is in a perfect order, it is worthwhile to go through its contents and toss the old items. It’s an opportunity to pick a few new herbs and spices that may better serve the evolving needs and health goals of the household. We often choose spices because we like their taste or a recipe may call for a specific blend. It might also just be a matter of traditional common use, like Italian seasoning in a pasta sauce. Spices, how20

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ever, offer much more than flavor. They are both “thy food” and “thy medicine.” Spice drawers can be turned into a delicious addition to our home medicine cabinets if we take into account some important considerations for buying and storing herbs and spices.

Source and Store

When purchasing herbs and spices, some factors to consider include: quality, sustainability, organic farming and fair trade. We don’t want to buy herbs that are polluted, sprayed, improperly stored, moldy or too old. We may want to protect medicinal plants that may be overharvested and endangered. In other words, it is important to trust our sources. We can grow our own herbs too. If that’s not our thing, we can check out local herb growers, herb farms and farmers markets to source herbs locally. There are many reputable organic herb suppliers online as well. What would an ideal spice drawer system look like? A good storage system should protect spices from air, heat, humidity and light to keep them fresh and potent longer. Small glass containers or

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The process is simple; open that spice drawer, examine the spices and get rid of anything that is: 1. Past expiration date or clearly old. 2. Has damaged containers or is improperly stored by being exposed to too much air, heat, humidity or light. 3. Impossible to identify the contents or the expiration date. 4. Faded in color, lost its fragrance or has other signs of damage. View this task as an opportunity to learn how to identify fresh herbs from stale ones. Using spices is a sensory experience so engage the senses of vision, smell and touch while examining the herbs. Next, transfer spices worth keeping into new containers and label each container immediately. When pouring the herbs from one container to another, study their appearance and smell them. Don’t rush. Many herbalists would attest that they love sorting herbs, making herbal remedies and engaging with plants because the process feels soothing, nourishing and meditative. Remember not to breathe in hot peppers, powders and other small particles as they can irritate delicate mucous membranes. An earloop face mask can be helpful in this situation. Now that we have covered the basics of handling herbs and spices, let’s look

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mason jars with air-tight lids are the best when it comes to keeping air and humidity out. The contents are also visible through the transparent glass. Glass containers will need to be stored in a dark, cool place, like a drawer or a cabinet. Metal containers with tight lids can also work well. It is better to avoid the store-bought plastic containers. We must label our spices even if we think we can recognize what is inside the container. Along with the ingredients, we want to include the expiration date or the date of purchase. Most dried herbs will lose their potency after a year of proper storage. Seeds go rancid much faster due to the higher oil content.


Most dried herbs will lose their potency after a year of proper storage. Seeds go rancid much faster due to the higher oil content. at some common spices with surprising health benefits. They can be a good start for any culinary apothecary.

The Wise Sage

Sage is not just for turkeys. According to Systematic Review of Clinical Trials Assessing Pharmacological Properties of Salvia Species on Memory, reported in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, a single dose of sage (Salvia officinalis) extract or dried leaf is capable of increasing memory capacity and improving mood. In addition, sage moistens and nourishes dry skin and connective tissues as well as improves circulation, supports joints, muscles and tendons. A recent randomized clinical trial demonstrates that it can even reduce bacterial colony count when it is used in a mouthwash. Consider this spice an aromatic health ally.

Rosemary for Memory

This member of the mint family is another brain booster. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is warming, drying, stimulating and restorative. It increases blood flow to the brain, enhancing cognitive function and memory. In her book, Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic SelfCare, Maria Noel Groves reports that “in ‘seasoning’ doses of around 750mg, rosemary has been shown to improve memory recall speed in elderly patients.” Rosemary also restores the nervous system, bringing relaxation and uplifting the spirit. The volatile oils in rosemary account for its antimicrobial action. Whether in a cup of tea, a pot of soup, inside a roasted chicken or in bottle of a household disinfectant, this multi-faceted herb gets the job done.

Are You Having a Good Thyme?

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has long been associated with the theme of courage and protection in many traditions. The Greeks

and Romans burned thyme to evoke courage as well as to purify their homes and temples. The protective nature of thyme can be attributed to its antibacterial and antioxidant actions. The primary chemical constituent of thyme, thymol, is expectorant, antispasmodic and antimicrobial, making thyme effective for chest colds, cough and congestion. It helps to break up mucus and expel it from the body. Even though we primarily use thyme as a spice for soups, sauces, meats and poultry, a cup of thyme tea can be protective in the cold and flu seasons.

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Cinnamon is a well-loved, delicious spice made from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum. There are two main types of cinnamon: Ceylon, or the “true” cinnamon, and Cassia, which is comparable but less sweet. While the more common Cassia cinnamon is safe to eat in small to moderate amounts, it may cause problems in large doses due to the coumarin content, a compound that has been linked to liver toxicity in excess. Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant. In a study of antioxidant capacity of 26 common spice extracts, cinnamon came out as a spice with the highest antioxidant capacity. Cinnamon decreases inflammation in the body. It may also cut the risk of heart disease. Studies show its capacity to lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes, as well as reduce insulin resistance and lower blood sugar. Most studies used the dose of 1 to 6 grams per day of powdered cinnamon. Try a cup of cinnamon tea after dinner to stimulate digestion and help regulate blood sugar. Small spice jars hide many superpowers, waiting to be released as we sprinkle, boil and brew. Are we ready to take on the spice drawer challenge and discover the health benefits common spices have to offer? Anastasia Pryanikova is an herbalist and certified wellness coach. She offers herbal workshops, herbal remedies, consultations and custom formulations. Connect at 203354-9808 or MudRootsandMoonlight.com.

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calendar of events FRIDAY, MARCH 1 Family Yoga – 5:45pm-6:30pm. Join a fun, familyfocused yoga class that helps strengthen our community in addition to our bodies & mindfulness. This monthly class is $16 for parent and child or $25 for families of three or more. Proceeds support IRIS. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Crown St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE. BreathingRoomCT.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Kids Yoga Teacher Training – 9am-7pm. (March 2 & 3). Geared toward teachers, caregivers, OT’s, PT’s and yogis, this 20hr training incorporates music, stories, games and props in a playful and educational way that engages toddlers to tweens! $595. Breathing Room Yoga Center, 216 Crown St, New Haven. 203-562-LOVE, BreathingRoomCT.com. Maple Syrup Program for Families – 1pm. A very long time ago, the Native people of the northeastern part of our country shared their sweet tree knowhow with the newcomers from Europe. Join us as the Nature Center staff presents an introduction to making maple syrup the old-fashioned way, and help us to choose just the right tree for tapping into this sweet treat! Fee: $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 Reiki Master Training: 3 Sundays – (March 3, 17 & 24). Steph Rosally-Kaplan has been a Reiki master for over 20 years. Please email her for more information: RosallyKaplan@gmail.com. The Red Barn in Durham. 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com. Four/Five Agreements Intensive w/Gayle Franceschetti – 10am-5pm. This Intensive will deepen your understanding and practice of The Four/Five Agreements and guide you toward the life you really want to live. $175. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. 203-265-2927, Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com. Reiki 1 Training– 11am-5pm. Taught by Thema Haida, Reiki Master and teacher, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s administered by laying on hands and can be easily learned by anyone. $175 space limited. Elm City Wellness, 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653. Elmcitywellness@gmail.com. ElmCityWellness.com. Restorative Yoga Workshop w/ Saskia Bergmans Smith – 2pm-4pm. Relax and retreat from everyday life, using guided passive stretching to release tension and nurture the body from the inside out. $27adv./$33 – Pre-Registration Recommended. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. YourCommunityYoga.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 Young Living Essential Oils – 9:30am-11am. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of your health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. Gayle Franceschetti, 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, 203-265-2927, or Return2love3@gmail.com, Return2Love.com.

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CBD 101 – 6:30pm. Join Dr. Kathryn Ronzo, Naturopathic doctor as she explains the health benefits of CBD while answering any questions you may have on the topic. FREE class with goody bag included. Space limited. Elm City Wellness 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653. Elmcitywellness@gmail.com. Elmcitywellness.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5 Group Past Life Regression – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Discover reasons for current fears, recurring dreams or personality tendencies. Attendees explore past lives, learn reasons for repeat patterns or why they were born to a certain family. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Gayle 203-265-2927, Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Junior Explorers – 3:30pm-5pm. Join us for this 6-week program for children ages 6-10. Participants will have fun exploring nature every week in these outdoor classes. Children may also have the opportunity to learn about and handle the Nature Center’s Animal Ambassadors! We will go outside for a hike and to explore nature every class so please dress for the weather. Tuition: $60 for all 6 weeks, cash or check payable to Ansonia Nature Center, due at first class. Class is limited to six 6 to 7-year-olds and eight 8 to 10-year-olds. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

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Evolution Revolution with

Ravi Singh Begins

MARCH 8-10, 2019

This training is for students who are ready to take their path and practice to a next level, grow in consciousness, come into Spiritual and personal maturity, and make a life-changing impact in the lives of those they serve. Raven’s Wing Yoga/Love Tribe Center Branford

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THURSDAY, MARCH 7 Small Wellness Business Networking Meeting – 6pm-8pm. Come learn more about effective advertising strategies, how to create impactful advertisements and campaigns to boost your business. $10 donation. Mountain View Wellness, 4193 Whitney Ave, Hamden, 475-202-6155. MountainViewWellnessct@gmail.com. MountainViewWellnessct.com. 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. Friends Meetinghouse, 225 East Grand Ave, New Haven. 203-467-1069, NHCircleDance.yolasite.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 DrumSpeak For Awakening: Monthly Drum Circles – 7pm-9:30pm. De-stress, relax, release, have fun and awaken to your full potential! After drumming to our heart’s content, we explore the nature of reality with a guided journey of awakening entrained by the rhythm of the drum. $20 donation appreciated. Walnut Beach Wellness Center, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. WalnutBeachWellness.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Iyengar: Back from India – 1pm-4pm. With Sheila Bunnell. A talk about the late Geeta Iyengar’s last intensive will be followed by a two hour practice session. All Levels welcome. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. , 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. s Acne Care: Feed Your Mind, Body, & Skin – 6pm-8pm. Learn from a licensed esthetician, herbalist, and registered yoga instructor why your body & skin react in the form of acne and inflammation and how to take care of problem from the inside

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out. By the end of this workshop you will be able to acknowledge the importance of how mental clarity, a nourishing diet, and physical health all play hand in hand in true organic skin care. $30 per person. Walnut Beach Wellness Center, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. WalnutBeachWellness.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 Reiki 2 Training – 11am-5pm. Taught by Thema Haida, Reiki master and teacher. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It’s administered by laying on hands and can be easily learned by anyone. $225. Space limited. Elm City Wellness, 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653. Elmcitywellness@gmail.com. Holistic Benefit Fair – 12pm-4pm. 45+Readers & Vendors! Vendors: Readers, HGH Gel, Aura Photos, Health Resources, Bemer Therapy, Naturopath, Therapist, Home Services, Healing Modalities, Local Art, Jewelry, Chiropractor, Essential Oils, Clothing, Home cleaning, Natural and Personal Care Products, Natural Supplements, Crystals, Skincare, Reflexology, and more. FREE Admission: Requested donation to Benefit The Plainville Food Pantry FREE raffles. Veteran of Foreign Wars Hall, 7 Northwest Dr, (Off RT 10 on Farmington town line) Plainville. Contact: Shirley R Bloethe: 860-989-0033 or YourHolisticEvents@gmail.com for Vendor Information. YourHolisticEvents.com. Rainbow Theme Family Yoga w/ Sherri Sosensky – 1pm-2pm. (& April 7, May 5). Faces light up, children sing, jump, strike poses and play musical yoga games in this first of our Spring Fling 3 Sunday series. $20/per family. $55/per family for all 3 sessions. Preregistration required! Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. 203-287-2277. YourCommunityYoga.com.


Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals: Dinner – 3:30pm-5pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information and in case of inclement weather, call for updates. Dinner will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792. MastersTableMeals.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 11 Join CELC and Bushy Hill for an exciting array of educational experiences, held at the Bushy Hill Nature Center – 9am-12pm. for ages 10-14. Classes include: Nonviolence Youth Leadership, Current Events; Wilderness Wanders & Wonders. Cost: $25 per session per attendee. Contact Brendan. Ivoryton. 860-767-2148. bhylan@bushyhill.org. CBD & The Inflammation Diet – 6:30pm. Join Dr. Kathryn Ronzo, Naturopathic doctor as she discusses the benefits of pairing CBD and functional nutrition to reduce inflammation in your body. $15. Space limited. Elm City Wellness, 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653. Elmcitywellness@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Herbal Happy Hour: Spring Tonics – 6pm7:30pm. New England Naturopathic Center, Cheshire. Dr. Debra will teach you how to use botanical bitters for digestion and herbal tonics for allergies. MYO Spring Allergy Tonic Kits sold separately. $30 per person. 203-271-1311. Register at DrAnastasio.com/events. Reiki 2 Practitioner Class – 6pm-9pm. (3/12 & 3/19. Must attend both sessions to receive certificate). Taught by Eileen Anderson RN Reiki Master Teacher. WallingfordAdultEd.org (2nd season 3/19) For Reiki 1 Practitioners who want to deepen their practice. $130 Wallingford residents. $140 non Wallingford residents. Location: Wallingford Adult Education. Call Eileen at 203-314-5401, ReikiwithEileenAnderson.com. The Graduate Institute Information Sessions! – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Enrolling now! Master of Arts and Certificates in Integrative Health & Healing, Learning and Thinking (an ideal program for teachers), Organizational Leadership, Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology, and Writing and Oral Traditions, Ecotherapy, Coaching With Spirit. The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Rd, Bethany. Register on website: Learn.edu.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Reiki 1 Practitioner Classes – 6:30pm-9pm. (4 sessions: 3/13, 3/20, 3/27 & 4/3. Must attend all 4 sessions to receive certificate). Taught by Eileen Anderson RN Reiki Master Practitioner. Learn Reiki for treatment of self and others. $155 Wallingford resident, $160 non-resident. Wallingford Adult Education. WallingfordAdultEd.org. Call Eileen at 203-314-5401. ReikiwithEileenAnderson.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Thinking About Middle School? Activity Day and Open House at Connecticut’s Only Experientially-based Middle School – 11am1pm. 28 School St, Branford. Come meet teachers and students, stay for the art, music, and science activities, and enjoy some refreshments! RSVP: 203-433-4658 or mandm@CTExperiential.org.

Beekeeping for Beginners – 1:30pm. This class is an introduction to the fascinating hobby of beekeeping. Join Ranger Dawn to learn about beekeeping tools and equipment, how to begin a starter hive, and how to identify honey bees and what they are doing. Our observation hive at the Nature Center is a great place to see this incredible system. For ages 14 and up. Fee: $6 per person. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

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Rhapsodic gathering silent free style dancing – 2pm. Every other Saturday starting March 16th. 243 Captain Thomas Blvd, West Haven. Call Sharon Bailey at: 203-690-8501.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 17 Metallphonic: Deep Gentle Yoga with Live Himalayan Singing Bowls with Priscilla Gale and Sally Noel – 4pm-5:30pm. Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Dive into a deep, nourishing quiet as we move just enough to open the body and breathe in the vibrational healing. Raven’s Wing Yoga, 19 S Main St, Branford. 203-488-9642. RavensWingYoga.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 18 Core Cleansing Intensive- Medical Cleanse & Detox with Dr. Debra – 6pm-8pm. Prepare for, conduct & transition out of a cleanse to carefully addresses digestion, liver, gallbladder & lymphatics over a week + 2 classes. Early bird registration $100 includes kit. Location: The Wellness Center, 72 Center St, Southington. Register at DrAnastasio.com/events. Self-Care with CBD – 6:30pm. Annie Crocker, LMT shares her experience w/ CBD & CBD massage. She walks you through a self-care massage to help lengthen muscles that are stuck in chronic tightness due to repetitive strain. Goody bag included. $25. Space limited. Elm City Wellness, 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653. Elmcitywellness@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

QI REVOLUTION

Experience More Energy! Reverse Disease with Food! through

Monday, April 15

3-Days of Amazing Qigong Healing

for $199 Learn powerful Qigong exercises, breathing techniques, strength training and a proven system of food-healing. Amber Room Colonnade • Danbury

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Sunday, May 5 2019 10am-4pm

Young Living Essential Oils – 6:30pm-8pm. Help align your mind, body, spirit. Learn to take control of you and your pet’s health with therapeutic grade oils. Free class. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford 203-265-2927 or return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

The DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol, CT

Spring Equinox – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Access the new Spring energies that facilitate manifesting opportunities and initiating new endeavors. These energies also facilitate the balance of the masculine and feminine within each of us. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford. Contact Gayle at 203-265-2927, email Return2Love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com. Past Life Exploration Workshop – 7pm-8:30pm. Experience your wisdom past life, which can make your present life a better place to be. This is not a regression - Christie and Great Bear tune into your wisdom past life and give you all the information. Come and enjoy expanded knowledge of you. With Christie, a clear intuitive, and her Spirit Guide Great Bear. $25. Limited to 6 people. At Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society, 297 Boston Post Rd, Madison. For more information or to secure your space call 203-481-8827.

Benefit Holistic EXPO Presented by

Held at

75 Vendors & Readers, Free Raffles, & GRAND PRIZE Closing EVENT (4pm-5pm) FREE SOUND HEALING & Drumming on the Patio Door Proceeds will benefit The CT Children’s Medical Center and Hartford Hospitals’ Integrative Medicines’Angie’s Spa fund. CONTACT: Shirley R Bloethe 860-989-0033 EMAIL: yourholisticevents@gmail.com

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calendar of events Circle of Women – 7pm-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover and strengthen your authentic self, learn to listen and speak from the heart. Celebrate Spring Equinox by bringing yourself info balance with your vision for 2019. Women’s Ways are compatible with all spiritual paths. $25. Central Wallingford. Call Susan to explore/reserve space. 203-645-1230.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of Full Moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford 203-265-2927, or Return2love3@gmail.com. Return2Love.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Owl Prowl: Raptor Woods Hike – 6pm. Whoooo’s awake in our forest? Join Ranger Jess for this adventure! We’ll test our eyes by walking flashlight-free through the dark forest, our ears listening for the “Whooo’s awake? Me tooo?” of the Great Horned Owl. We may even stumble upon an owl nest! For adults and children 9 and older. Dress for the weather and wear footwear appropriate for hiking. Fee: $3 per person. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053. Spring Equinox Honoring! – 6pm-7:30pm. Lovelight Yoga and Mantra is an uplifting session to rejuvenate and joyfully center. Sally will lead a hatha and kundalini inspired class while Sal holds the space with live music, mantra meditation will be weaved throughout class. All Welcome. Raven’s Wing Yoga 19 S Main St, Branford. RavensWingYoga.com. Viriditas: The Greening Power Labyrinth Journey – 7pm-8:30pm. Celebrate the arrival of spring and St. Hildegard’s teachings on The Greening. Dr. Debra will take you on a meditate labyrinth walk for body and soul. Includes tea, aromatherapy and spring gift! $40 per person. Location: Mt. View Wellness, Hamden. Register at: DrAnastasio.com/events.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 A Day of Mindfulness with Dr. Jerry Silbert, MD – 9:30am-3:30pm. There will be reflections, mindful dialogue, kindness and compassion practice. No experience is necessary and this is open to anyone who wants to experience the practice and benefits of mindfulness. $50 includes program and lunch. Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. To register call 203-245-0401 or visit MercyBytheSea.org. Beautiful Bird Houses – 1:30pm. Join Ranger Amie and paint a bird house for spring! Children and adults will paint simple bird houses for our feathered friends. Each finished bird house will include hanging hardware and cordage. Ages 8 and up. Materials fee: $6 per person. Class size limited. Ansonia Nature Ctr, 10 Deerfield Rd, Ansonia. Preregister: 203-736-1053.

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Ayurveda: Discover the Doshas – 2:30-4:30pm. Discover your unique constitution and deepen your understanding of “the science of life.” We will learn daily routines and discuss spring rejuvenation practices to restore health, balance and vitality in your life. $30. Melissa Pytlak. BE here Now Studios, 134 Elm St, Cheshire. 203-250-0860. BEhereNowStudios.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Reiki 2 Practitioner Training – 2pm-8pm. Taught by Eileen Anderson RN Reiki Master Teacher. Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, 605 Main St, Middletown. Buttonwood.org. For Reiki 1Practitioners who want to deepen their Practice. $130 members 140 nonmembers. Call Eileen: 203-314-5401. ReikiwithEileenAnderson.com. Free Community Meals Presented by Master’s Table Community Meals: Dinner – 3:30pm-5pm. Free. Open to the public. No RSVP. Donations graciously accepted. Assumption Church Hall, 61 N. Cliff St, Ansonia. For more information and in case of inclement weather, call for updates. Dinner will not be rescheduled. 203-732-7792. MastersTableMeals.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 CBD & The Candida Diet – 6:30pm. Join Dr. Kathryn Ronzo, Naturopathic doctor as she discusses the benefits of pairing CBD and a well-balanced diet to improve gut health and decrease candida overgrowth. $15. Space limited. Elm City Wellness. 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653. Elmcitywellness@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 In the Kitchen with Dr. Debra – 6pm-7:30pm. Spring Green Cuisine. New England Naturopathic Center, Cheshire. Embrace the seasonal offerings of spring as a way to cleanse and renew your body after winter. Recipes with shoots, sprouts, microgreens and more! Vegetarian and gluten-free. $30 per person. Register at DrAnastasio.com/events. The Graduate Institute Information Sessions! – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Enrolling now! Master of Arts and Certificates in Integrative Health & Healing, Learning and Thinking (an ideal program for teachers), Organizational Leadership, Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology, and Writing and Oral Traditions, Ecotherapy, Coaching With Spirit. The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Rd, Bethany. Register on website: Learn.edu.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30 Farmhouse Facial Party: MYO Botanical Steams & Masks – 9am-11am. New England Naturopathic Center, Cheshire. Create floral facial steams and customize face mask using clays, waters, and purifying and nourishing oils to draw out impurities. Recipes specific to your skin type- take home your creations! $40 per person. Register at Dr.Aranastasio.com/events. Day Program with Creative Focus on Divine Feminine – 9:30am-3:30pm. “The Divine Feminine, a Mirror in the Soul” A Journey Circles.™ This creative process allows you to travel along the edges of your soul in creative exploration. $110 includes program, materials and lunch. Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison. More information and registration, call 203-245-0401 or visit MercyBytheSea.org.

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Star Goddess Tribe: Monthly Women’s Gathering – 2pm-4pm. A women’s circle is a safe and sacred space for women to come together, be seen, and be heard. The Star Goddess Tribe invited those who are dedicated to their personal journey of healing and self-discovery. Open to all who identify as women to co-create a sacred space for each woman to feel empowered in her own healing journey. $5-$15 sliding scale. Walnut Beach Wellness Center, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. WalnutBeachWellness.com. Free lecture and $20 mini samples of the MARCONIC energy – 6pm-8pm. Activate DNA and attune to Pleiadian Ascension Frequencies with: Marconics-The Human Upgrade. Raise vibrations through the integration of multiple versions of Higher Self, in the true evolution of Lightbody. Essential Healing Arts in Watertown. Register/Info: Julie 203-533-9633.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Wellness Psychic Fair – 12pm-5pm. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com. Reiki 1 Practitioner Class – 2pm-7pm. (3/31 & 4/7. Must attend both sessions to receive a certificate). Taught by Eileen Anderson RN Reiki Master Teacher. Learn Reiki for Treatment of self and others. $150 members and 160 nonmembers. Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, 605 Main St, Middletown. Buttonwood.org. Call Eileen at 203-314-5401. ReikiwithEileenAnderson.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Southington Fair Benefit – 11am-4pm. 45+Readers & Vendors! Vendors: Readers, HGH Gel, Health Resources, Bemer Therapy, Naturopath, Therapist, Home Services, Healing Modalities, Jewelry, Chiropractor, Essential Oils, Clothing, Home cleaning, Natural & Personal Care Products, Natural Supplements, Crystals, Skincare, Reflexology and more $5 p/p- Requested donation: To Benefit The Southington Food Pantry and Dog Pound. FREE raffles. The Wellness Center, 72 Center St, (Off RT 10) Southington. Vendor info, contact: Shirley Bloethe at: 860-989-0033 or YourHolisticEvents@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Marconics Level I ‘No Touch’ Practitioner Training. Watertown – (April 13-14). Marconics is the “Evolution of Energy Healing” hailed by Spirit as: “The Vehicle of Ascension.” This practitioner training takes place over 2 days. Receive your own personal upgrade, the Quantum Recalibration, before or after class. Class Fee $450. Recalibration $333. Julie 203-533-9633. More details and to register: http:// www.marconics.com/level_1_watertown_ct.html.


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sunday Mask Making Class – 1pm-5pm. (March 3 & 10). At this time of Mardi Gras lets use our imaginations to create masks to express parts of ourselves that we do not ordinarily show publicly. Blank masks will be provided as well as many different materials: feathers, cloth, paints, paint brushes, glitter etc. The process will be an opportunity to be creative and a time to explore our potentials. Must RSVP per class. $25 at janmjuliano@yahoo.com. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com. Mystical Market and Craft Fair – 11am4pm. (The 3rd Sunday of every month). Psychics, vendors, artisans, holistic practitioners & more. Free admission, vendor’s fees vary. The Ruby Tree, Sherman Village Shopping Center, 670 Main St South, Woodbury. 203-586-1655, Christina@therubytreect.com, TheRubyTreeCT.com. Meditation to reduce stress + learn to cure one ailment each week – 5pm-6pm. Your Community Yoga Center, 39 Putnam Ave, Hamden. https://www. meetup.com/Yoga-Meditation-CT. Queer Dharma – 7:30pm-9pm. A forum for practice and discussion relating all dharma traditions and the experience and concerns of LGBTQI individuals and their friends. All are warmly welcome regardless of experience, spiritual tradition, age, sex, gender identity, or sexual/affectional orientation. Each meeting will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow Street, New Haven, Building B. NewHaven.Shambhala.org.

monday Pilates/Barre Community Class – 8am. This class is a mix between pilates moves to strengthen core muscles and the Barre technique to sculpt and lean our arms and legs. Discount price of $10.00 cash/ check or $12.00 credit card. Kneading Hands Yoga & Massage, 760 Main St S, Unit F, Southbury. 203-267-4417. KneadingHands.net. C o m m u n i t y A c u p u n c t u re a t E l m C i t y Wellness – (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday, and Saturdays). Community Acupuncture is done in a traditional Chinese-style group setting, which amplifies the healing power of the work with the presence of others. Initial $50. Returns $30. Elm City Wellness- 774 Orange St New Haven. 203-691-7653. Elmcitywellness@gmail.com. ElmCityWellness.com. Mondays at the Red Barn in Durham Meditation – 9am & 7pm, Magnified Healing Energy Circle 10:30am. Reiki Share 12:30pm. Yoga 6pm please Look at our Facebook page to make sure the class was not cancelled. The Red Barn in Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com.

Find Out About CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School of Branford: Come See CELC in Action – 9:45am-11am. Academically rich real-world learning, where students engage and soar! Apply now for 2019-20. 28 School St, Branford. RSVP mandm@CTExperiential.org or call 203-433-4658. CTExperiential.org. Guided Meditation Circle – 10am-11am. A weekly meditation Circle in a very relaxed setting using mindfulness meditations, discussions about mindfulness and how to have a successful practice. No experience necessary. $10 Investment. Healing Room, 10 Carina Rd, North Haven. Please call: 203-214-9486. Alignment Yoga – 10am-11:30am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am & 7:15pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Reiki Share – 12:30pm with Gina Restorative Yoga with Lisa Parker 6pm-7pm. $20. Vinyasa Yoga with Meg Geyser 7pm-8pm. $10. The Red Barn In Durham, 352 Main St, Durham. Please visit our FB page for up to date information. TheRedBarnInDurham.com. Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events. Boutique Yoga Therapy, Kundalini and Meditation with Leesa Sklover Ph,D, LPC, C-IAYT – 5:30pm-6:30pm. Short Beach Union Church,14 Pentacost St., Branford. $18. By reservation or text 917-860-0488 by 4:30pm. Reservation for first and all classes/questions: Drsklover@gmail.com. Kundalini Yoga Class at Guest House Retreat – 6pm-7:15pm. Through physical movement, breath work and meditative practice, Kundalini Yoga builds strength, stability, and balance. This practice gives us the tools to drastically change our physical, psychological, and spiritual condition. Consider it a full mind/body upgrade. By Donation, no set fees. 318 West Main St, Chester. Monday Reiki Meditation – 6:30pm. (Mondays in February). Reiki Master and Teacher Thema Haida will take you on an inner journey through the Chakra systems. Explore the ancient energy centers of the body while receiving Reiki to deepen relaxation and connection to self. $5. Elm City Wellness. 774 Orange St, New Haven. 203-691-7653. ElmCityWellness.com. Qigong for Health – 7pm-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts. Location: Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health, 35 Boston St, Guilford. Info: 860-301-6433. tmiarts.com.

tuesday Traditional Vinyasa Yoga – 9:30am & 3pm. Tuesday’s Full, traditional vinyasa flow at the Red Barn in Durham please look at our Facebook page to make sure it was not canceled. 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com. Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am & 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method w/Susan Sandel – 3:45pm-4:45pm. (Every Tuesday). Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsored by Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center of Integrative Medicine. Location: Madison House, 34 Wildwood Ave, Madison. Details: 203-457-1656. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 5 Week Class Series – 6pm-7pm. Learn to move easily with simple movements that help to relieve pain and restore your body to its natural ease. $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or info@massage2movement.com. Free weekly Tuesday Meditation classes – 6pm7pm. (those who would like instruction can come at 5:45pm). Open to all and fully accessible. Instruction provided for beginners. No reservations necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Program offered in cooperation with New Haven Insight and the New Haven Zen Center. New Haven Free Public Library. 133 Elm St, New Haven. 203-946-8138. Free Reiki Sessions: The Universal Reiki Plan – 7:30pm-8:30pm. (& 8:30pm-9:30pm Thurs). Reiki teachers Jeannette and Jim of ReikiOvertones and students offer free Reiki sessions. Appt. only. Love offering appreciated. 95 Harris St, Fairfield. Details: Jim and Jeannette 203-254-3958. info@ReikiOvertones.com.

wednesday Be Uplifted by Unconditional Loving Spirit – Release what holds you back. Learn from Loving Spirit about who you are on a deeper level. Be supported and encourage to grow. Christie, a clear intuitive, and her Spirit Guide Great Bear, can make this happen for you. For more information or an appointment call 203-481-8827. 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. Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup. com/New-England-Meditation-Center/events.

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ongoingevents The Caring Network: Free Support Group for adults who have lost a loved one – 6pm8pm. (3/6 & 3/20). Free support group for adults who have lost a loved one. Information about loss and grief with facilitated open discussion. Bridges Healthcare, 949 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. Sponsored by Cody-White Funeral Home, 203-874-0268 or Bridges Healthcare, 203-878-6365. Alignment Yoga – 6pm-7:30pm. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible, and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. Yoga with Marlene – 6:30pm. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Meditation In the World at Guest House Retreat – 7pm-8pm. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced meditator, join us every week as we are led in the practice of focusing our awareness. Helping you find calm within everyday demands and stress. Free. 318 West Main St, Chester. 860-322-5770.

thursday Boutique Yoga Therapy, Kundalini and Float Yoga and Gong Bath with Leesa Sklover Ph,D, LPC, C-IAYT – 8:30am-9:30am. By reservation. Text 917-860-0488 by 10pm the night before. Little Bay Annex- Branford. $18. Reservation required for first and all classes/questions: Drsklover@gmail.com. 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. Milfordct.com. Ropes Yoga – 8:50am-9:50am. With Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate. Experience yoga poses in new and liberating ways. Therapeutic and challenging. Great for scoliosis and back problems. Expert instruction since 1991. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown, 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com.

Yoga with Marlene – 10am & 6:30pm.Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Spiritual Awakening (spirit whisper) – 6pm-7pm. Join us in a safe space to talk about your Paranormal / Pychic experiences . We will do a different exercise to help you grow. 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.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. Women’s Guided Meditation and Healing Circle – 7pm-8pm. Come sit in a safe space, learn to breathe and set intentions to help focus and regroup. All levels welcome. Meditations run 30-45 minutes in length. Thursdays/ $5. Location: Now n’ Then Therapeutic Massage, 187 Montowese St, Branford. Contact Anna to register 203-871-9367 or register online at DandelionWellnessCT.com. The Heart of Recovery – 7:30pm-9pm, a weekly meditation and recovery group for those recovering from addictions of all kinds. We will honor the traditions of anonymity, confidentiality and no cross-talk. Meetings will include meditation instruction, practice, readings and discussion. Free. The Shambhala Center of New Haven, 85 Willow St, Building B, NewHaven.Shambhala.org.

friday Yoga with Marlene – 9:30am. Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203-453-5360. Traditional Vinyasa Yoga – 9:30am & 3pm. Full, traditional vinyasa flow at the Red Barn in Durham. Please look at our Facebook page to make sure it was not canceled. 352 Main St, Durham. TheRedBarnInDurham.com.

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 10:30am-11:30am. It only takes an hour to feel good again. Aren’t you worth it? $15 drop in or class cards. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or info@massage2movement.com. Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm. 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. EnchantedGuilford.com.

saturday Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement 5 Week Class Series – 9am-10am. Learn to move easily with simple movements that help to relieve pain and restore your body to its natural ease. $50 for 5 weeks or $15 drop in. Carol Meade Holistic Therapies Classroom, 15 South Elm St, Wallingford. 203-415-8666 or info@massage2movement.com. Alignment Yoga with Iyengar Teacher Training Graduate – 9am-10:30am. Refine your yoga practice with optimal alignment practices that make you stronger, more flexible and more emotionally stable. Yoga in Middletown, 438 Main St, Middletown. 860-347-YOGA (9642). YogaInMiddletown.com. 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. Women’s Boutique Yoga Therapy, Kundalini, Float Yoga and Gong Bath with Leesa – 11:30am12:30pm. $18. By reservation. text 917-860-0488 by 9 am. Reservation for first and all classes/questions: Drsklover@gmail.com. At Annex. Register for address. Meditation – 1:30pm. Silent, sitting meditation for anyone to attend. For all levels. Beginners welcome! Meditation begins and ends promptly on time. Lecture every other Saturday. Donation-based event; no set fees. New England Meditation Center, 455 Boston Rd, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit: https://www.meetup.com/New-EnglandMeditation-Center/events/.

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

Applied Kinesiology is a neurological evaluation to find and treat dysfunction. Different because it addresses causes instead of chasing pains, Dr. Healy tests if a therapy alleviates dysfunction, finding immediate answers as to which provides the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. Generally, no single cure exists as disease and dysfunction typically involve multiple areas of the body. The goal of any therapy—physical, chemical, or emotional—is to improve function; a combination of therapies typically yields the best results. See ad on page 11.

EDUCATION CONNECTICUT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CENTER (CELC) MIDDLE SCHOOL 28 School Street, Branford, CT 203-433-4658 mandm@CTExperiential.org http://CTEXperiential.org

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School provides experientially-based education with a personalized approach to learning, designed to empower young people to thrive. Our students come from a variety of towns throughout Connecticut, from families looking for a program that engages and deepens learning, where their children can flourish during these important and impactful 5th - 8th grade years. See ad on page 11.

THE GRADUATE INSTITUTE (TGI)

Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary & emerging fields 171 Amity Road, Bethany, CT 203-874-4252 Learn.edu

GREEN HOUSING ROCKY CORNER COHOUSING 203-903-2646 Homes@RockyCorner.org RockyCorner.org

Are you looking for a sustainab le, fr ien dly, multigenerational neighborhood? Rocky Corner is an organic farm-centered community of 30 energy efficient homes on 33 acres. We care about community, conservation and cooperatively maintaining our neighborhood together. Construction has started in Bethany, just 5 miles north of New Haven. Affordable and market rate homes for sale now. Ready in Spring 2019. For more info, visit RockyCorner.org.

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community resource guide NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS KARENMARIE LACONTE, ND Office Locations in Bridgeport, Shelton and Orange, CT 203-260-0078 AskDocLaConte@gmail.com TheNaturopathicApproach.com

Dr. LaConte, a Naturopathic Physician, is a UBCNM graduate. Her mission is to facilitate better mind body connections with patients, using only natural remedies, (herbals, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, natural supplements, Far Infrared Sauna). Areas of concentration: Endocrine (thyroid disorders, diabetes: type 1 and 2), GI conditions, allergy testing, stress and anxiety management.

WHOLE-BODY MEDICINE, LLC

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, RealTime EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 19.

PHYSICAL THERAPY PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES OF GUILFORD 500 East Main Street, Suite 310, Branford, CT 203-315-7727 (Phone) 203-315-7757 (Fax) PhysicalTherapyGuilford.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 traditional programs and modalities to maximize health. 40-minute sessions are conducted one-on-one in private treatment rooms. See ad on page 19.

REIKI SUSANE GRASSO, RMT 2489 Boston Post Road Guilford, CT 203-500-6950

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. See ad on page 21.

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Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 203-980-0022 LifeDesignHypnosis.com A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 17.

SUSTAINABLE NUTRITION CERTIFICATION PROGRAM THE INSTITUTE OF SUSTAINABLE NUTRITION

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We offer a unique certification program blending the science of nutrition with the hands-on components of sustainable gardening practices. We use food and herbs to make kitchen medicine, teach basic culinary skills, and practice foraging for and using nutrient-rich wild food. Now enrolling for fall 2019. See ad on, page 7.

SALT OF THE EARTH THERAPEUTIC SPA

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

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An organic, holistic wellness center for supportive, preventive care. Experience the highest quality care though massage, Ashiatsu, manual lymphatic drainage, cranial sacral therapy, Reiki, Thai bodywork, Chinese medicine including acupuncture, Tui na, cupping, Naturopathic medicine, yoga therapy and classes, and holistic skincare. Find your support network through our community circles. Gain knowledge and empowerment through our workshops and classes to gain control of your life, health and happiness. Our store is stocked with organic bulk herbs, supplements, essential oils, raw ingredients and more to support your journey to optimal health.

WHOLE BODY WELLNESS CBD MASSAGE ELM CITY WELLNESS 774 Orange Street New Haven, CT 203-691-7653 ElmCityWellness.com

Elm City Wellness is an independent, womanowned wellness center with a focus on community healing. Services include a variety of skilled massage, CBD massage, community and private acupuncture, Reiki, craniosacral therapy and organic skin care, including signature, microderm and high frequency facials. Skilled therapists specifically tailor each and every session. Our wellness store features local products, candles, wellness supplies and books, smudge kits and a large range of third-party tested, pharmaceutical grade CBD products. See ad on page 19.

YOGA & AYURVEDA WEIGHT LOSS LIFE DESIGN HYPNOSIS, LLC

Patricia Babey, BS Certified Hypnotist Certified Pain Management Specialist Certified Reiki II Practitioner Madison, CT 203-980-0022 LifeDesignHypnosis.com A client centered practice created to assist you in improving every aspect of your life by tapping into the natural power of your brain. Release weight, stop smoking, reduce stress, and manage pain. You can change just about anything with hypnosis. Each session is personal, customized and tailored for you. Don’t let your brain hold you back any longer from achieving the lifelong dreams you deserve. Free consultations. See ad on page 17.

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Melissa Pytlak Yoga Instructor Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 203-305-5531 SeekLifeBalance@gmail.com BalanceByMelissa.com Melissa invites you to come home to yourself and awaken the healer within. Offering private and group instruction in yoga and Ayurveda, Melissa guides you to connect with your True Self and to trust that you already possess all the wisdom you need to heal yourself in order to return to your innate state of harmony and health. Melissa enjoys teaching group classes but particularly loves the magic that unfolds in helping people one on one. If you need a little guidance on your path of wellness, please reach out for a free 10-minute consultation.


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Copper in new device prevents cold and flu last holidays,” she said. “The kids had colds going around, but not me.” Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if used just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Copper may even stop flu if used earNew research: Copper stops colds if used early. ly and for several days. Lab technicians ew research shows you can went away completely.” It worked again placed 25 million live flu viruses on a stop a cold in its tracks if you CopperZap. No viruses were found alive every time he felt a cold coming on and take one simple step with a soon after. he hasn’t had a cold since. new device when you feel a cold about People have used it on cold sores He asked relatives and friends to try to start. and say it can completely prevent ugly it. They said it worked for them, too, so Colds start when cold viruses get in outbreaks. You can also rub it gently he patented CopperZap™ and put it on your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you on wounds, cuts, or lesions to combat the market. don’t stop them early, they spread in infections. Soon hundreds of people had tried it your airways and cause misery. The handle is curved and finely texand given feedback. Nearly 100% said But scientists have found a quick tured to improve the copper stops way to kill a virus. Touch it with copper. colds if used withcontact. It kills in 3 hours after the Researchers at labs and universities germs picked up first sign. Even up agree, copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills on fingers and to 2 days, if they microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, hands to protect still get the cold it just by touch. you and your That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- is milder and they family. tians used copper to purify water and feel better. Copper even heal wounds. They didn’t know about Users wrote kills deadly germs Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. that have become viruses and bacteria, but now we do. things like, “It Scientists say the high conductance stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it resistant to antibiotics. If you are near of copper disrupts the electrical balsupposed to work that fast?” sick people, a moment of handling it ance in a microbe cell, destroying it in Pat McAllister, age 70, received one may keep serious infection away. It may seconds. as a gift and called it “one of the best even save a life. Tests by the Environmental Protecpresents ever. This little jewel really The EPA says copper still works tion Agency (EPA) show germs die fast works.” Now thousands of users have even when tarnished. It kills hundreds of on copper. Some hospitals tried copper stopped getting colds. different disease germs so it can prevent for surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. People often use CopperZap preserious or even fatal illness. ventively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci This cut the spread of MRSA and other CopperZap is made in the U.S. of used to get colds after crowded flights. illnesses by over half, and saved lives. pure copper. It has a 90-day full money Though skeptical, she tried it several The strong scientific evidence gave back guarantee when used as directed times a day on travel days for 2 months. inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When to stop a cold. It is $69.95. Get $10 off “Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” he felt a cold coming on he fashioned each CopperZap with code NATA9. a smooth copper probe and rubbed it Businesswoman Rosaleen says when Go to www.CopperZap.com or call gently in his nose for 60 seconds. people are sick around her she uses Cop- toll-free 1-888-411-6114. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold perZap morning and night. “It saved me Buy once, use forever.

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