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Happy New Year! This month’s cover celebrates Sharon Bruckman who launched the original Natural Awakenings magazine (in Naples, FL) 20 years ago in response to her local community’s eagerness for enhancing holistic health. Sharon has grown Natural Awakenings into an ever-expanding network spearheaded by 88 local magazine publishers throughout America and Puerto Rico. Because of her leadership, people around the globe can access more health and wellness information in print and online (with digital magazine issues, e-newsletters, community websites, social media, iPhone app, webstore, dating website and the NAN program of natural health practitioners/businesses). Thanks to Sharon and you, Natural Awakenings New Haven/Middlesex Counties edition also continues growing. The past seven years of local community involvement, which began with the monthly print publication, now also include a website (, with issues going back to September 2008 when I became publisher), Facebook and Twitter pages (, In thinking of the work it takes to reach such milestones, and as we enter the winter months, I realize I feel most well when I am balanced, bringing to mind Yin and Yang. Yin is represented by darkness, stillness and quiet, like winter, whereas yang is heat, noise, color, light and intensity, like summer. Each season has challenges. In winter, going out requires the extra effort of dressing in layers and making time to warm up/brush off cars. We wonder why we run out of steam and forget that certain imbalances come with different times of year. So how do we counter those seasonal affects? Knowing our emotional tendencies during different times can be key to recognizing where we are off-kilter and need to make adjustments. For me, in winter, exercise is vital. Although I still meditate, I need to exercise (swim, run, snowshoe…) to heat up, create energy, and feel more optimistic. This differs from my summer needs when I benefit from cooling down and having quiet time. Yet, doing the same things repeatedly over years doesn’t always work since we evolve, change and grow. The truth is we’re never done with this balancing act. It can help to eliminate “shoulds,” cultivate self compassion, and be mindful of being more mindful, rather than preoccupied with what remains unfinished. We can only be present to one thing at a time. So why not do that one thing without feeling like we have to do it all? Why not feel good about even the smallest details/accomplishments? In keeping with the idea of finding balance, this month’s edition includes discussions focused on the theme of health and wellness. Among them? Empowering children to read labels and make healthier food choices. Information about conscious eating. Suggestions for identifying soul-centered goals. Creating a team of integrative medicine practitioners for overall wellness, perhaps with a health coach (like advertiser Gina Ledwith, to catalyze sustainable change. Cultivating balance in home environments (e.g.: Astrid Uryson’s brief). And more… There’s a saying: “The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.” Throughout this New Year, when you want to regain or find new ways to achieve balance, may Natural Awakenings’ pages help you on that journey. P.S. LAST CHANCE to advertise in Natural Awakenings’ 2014 ANNUAL RESOURCE DIRECTORY (coming in February!) is January 12. Visit for details.

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13 CATALYST FOR CHANGE 13 Natural Awakenings Celebrates 20 Years by Sharon Bruckman


Five Tips Help Kids Choose Healthy Foods by Elisa Bosley



Take Your Health to the Next Level by Kathleen Barnes



A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good

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Feeling Our Way to Happiness

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Greater than the Sum of its Parts

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Anti-Aging Care Aids Youthful Vigor

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Filmmaker Katie Teague Uncovers Our Misperceptions by Linda Sechrist

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newsbriefs Nature as Healing Medicine


he Graduate Institute (TGI) is now enrolling for a new certificate program in Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability. Classes, beginning May 2014, will meet on weekends once a month at TGI’s main campus in Bethany, CT, as well as several nature centers and agriculture sites, including a sustainable farm and retreat center in Vermont. What is Ecotherapy? Ecotherapy is an emerging idea that is predicated on this simple philosophy: the presence or absence of nature is directly connected to our health. “Eco” is derived from the Greek word “oikos,” meaning “home.” The word “therapy” can be translated into “that which restores wholeness.” So in this sense, Ecotherapy is all about coming home into the natural world, recovering what indigenous people have known and practiced for thousands of years. The certificate program is dedicated to empowering students to find

Anita’s Angel Card Readings Help Find Answers


ngel Card Readings are a means for tapping into intuitive understanding through assistance from the angel realm. Anita Jones is a Usui and Karuna Reiki® Master, who has connected with the angels throughout her Reiki practice. She now works more directly with them through her intuition and angel cards. Having trained with Doreen Virtue, PhD, one of the foremost authorities worldwide in the field of angel therapy, she is a Certified Angel Card Reader™ and now offers Angel Card Readings as part of her healing practice. An angel card reading may help anyone seeking answers to deep questions about the self. Many people throughout the world believe in angels as beings from the spiritual planes who are here to guide and protect when asked. Angels are a gentle, loving source to tap into when individuals are seeking meaning. Initiating a connection with the angels through cards and an intuitive reader can make a difference in anyone’s life. The angels know exactly which cards will uncover the understanding that is sought and guide the reader to bring nuance to the reading. Tranquil Healing Reiki, LLC is located in Hamden, CT. For more information about Anita Jones’s angel card readings, Reiki, and other healing modalities, call 203.415.4791, email, or visit See ad on page 31.

Deepening Your Yoga Churning the Heart

their place in the natural world, while activating their ability to help others do the same. During a nine-month program of study, participants engage in a variety of activities that enhance their self-sufficiency and capacity for creating sustainable cultures. These practices include woodland and essential survival skills, permaculture, animal-assisted therapies, holistic gardening, social/environmental/food justice, natural healing and more. Students will earn 12 graduate credits, as well as a certificate to become practicing Ecotherapists. The program offers an opportunity for mental health and healthcare practitioners and educators, non-profit leaders, youth advocates, and anyone who wishes to develop and enhance their capacity for initiating eco-sustainable change. For information, contact 203.874.4252, admissions@learn. edu, or visit See ad on facing page.


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oganand Michael Carroll, Master Level Pranakriya Teacher and Dean of Kripalu’s teacher training programs, will be leading a transformative Yoga workshop “Churning the Heart,” from Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16 at Raven’s Wing Yoga in Branford. This workshop is open to teachers and practiced students of all yoga traditions and will delve into energies of the heart with Tantric Hatha Yoga. The practice of Tantric Hatha Yoga involves techniques that energetically disturb this persona. In Sanskrit, this consciously induced disturbance is called chalana, or churning. Each time the persona is churned, there is the possibility that it will reform a little closer to who one really is. When the difference between the persona and the true self grows small enough, individuals can let go of the persona and take refuge in the ultimate truth

of their being. Intermediate and advanced asana, pranayama (yogic breathing), and meditation will be practiced. Yoganand will also be starting a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Raven’s Wing in March 2014. Early Registration by February 1 ensures a discount. Raven’s Wing Yoga is located at 19 South Main Street in Branford, CT. For information or to register for this, or other, workshops, call 203.488.9642(YOGA), or visit See ad on page 33.

Manifesting with Feng Shui


ooking for ways to manifest or expand dreams and intentions? Astrid Uryson provides multiple customizable options for individuals or groups. Uryson, who received advanced certification in Denise Linn’s “Interior Alignment”™ Feng Shui discipline, offers consultations using this ancient art and science to balance the energies/chi in a client’s home. She helps identify what is going on in client’s spaces and suggests ways they may accomplish desired goals, such as: finding more joy, fun or relaxation; creating greater abundance; diminishing stress and chaos; becoming more healthful and focused; and, enhancing relationship. This might involve removing clutter or adding a creative enhancement using items already in the home or ones brought from Uryson’s studio. Additionally, she offers pottery art workshops at the studio and will work with small groups of up to eight participants who want to create a customized event that may include such aspects as: a Feng Shui discussion; a presentation; a creative project (e.g.: vision board, mobile, fountain, treasure box); yoga; and/or, ayurvedic nutrition/health. Uryson came from Argentina to live in a Pennsylvania ashram in the 90’s. In addition to her Feng Shui practice, over the last 30 years she has garnered experience in multiple disciplines including dance, yoga, aromatherapy crystals and art (specializing in pottery, painting murals and cloths) and Amadea Morningsar’s professional training in Ayurveda nutrition and self care. She moved from New Mexico to Connecticut a year ago. To arrange a free 30-minute consultation and/or event, contact 203.836.4195,, See ad on page 8.

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Alleviating Pain with Chiropractic Care


any people seeking relief from pain and injury choose the non-invasive healing practice of chiropractic care for restoring and/or retaining physical function. Dr. Victoria Rothenhausen is a Milford-based medical professional specializing in providing chiropractic care to alleviate physical pain and discomfort for patients of all ages from newborn to senior. Depending on individual patient’s concerns, she may utilize techniques such as the Diversified Technique for adjustments, Sacro-Occipital work and spinal Craniopathy (working with the skull to relieve nerve tension), among others. According to Rothenhausen, some newborns may have a fragile spine and the meninges around the spinal cord can be tight from the birth. She checks to ensure there’s no nerve interference and teaches parents techniques for helping to loosen that spinal cord outer covering. Another focus of her practice is helping pregnant women with the removal of low back pain, sciatica, and other pregnancy-related issues. After checking for spinal misalignment, she uses gentle techniques to eliminate problem aches and pains. Among her newest offerings is the FlexionDistraction technique, a means of easing low pack and sciatic pain utilizing a specially crafted table. Dr. Rothenhausen’s educational background includes receipt of multiple advanced degrees, including the Doctor of Chiropractic degree, as well as certification as a Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP). She hosts occasional workshops in her office on topics germane to current day health, including such subjects as “texting thumb,” ergonomic issues and more.

Dr. Rothenhausen’s office location is 374 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT. For information/appointment scheduling, call 203.877.4655.

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Women Transforming Their Relationship to Food


lizabeth Mauro is a Certified Health Coach who works with women who have struggled with food and weight for years. She helps the binge eaters, the emotional eaters, and the overeaters-- women with unwanted food habits. Mauro doesn’t see eating challenges merely as a sign that “something is wrong with you” – but as a place where individuals can learn to more fully explore some of the personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight, and health. She goes beyond classical nutrition by focusing on the fascinating connections between brain, body, and behavior. Mauro works with her clients on three key levels (mind, body, and soul) to catalyze lasting change and personal transformation and may also incorporate Reiki into sessions. Believing in a deeper, unseen framework of life, a soul’s journey, she assumes in her coaching that there are larger life lessons, soul lessons, at play and that food and body issues are doorways designed for finding healing. She empowers her clients to move from feeling guilt-ridden, shameful, and embarrassed to feeling liberated, confident, and in-control. Anyone struggling with weight, compulsive eating and/or negative body image is invited to contact Mauro for help. To see if one-on-one coaching feels right, or for a free 15-minute discovery session, call or email Elizabeth Mauro at 203.376.2887, Visit to get her free guide, “Ten Steps to Ending Self Sabotage with Food.”

Awareness for Ending Human Trafficking


he U.S. Department of State’s 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report begins with a President Obama quote, “It ought to concern every person, because it’s a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels vio-

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lence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name – modern slavery.” According to freetheslaves. net, there are 21-30 million people in slavery today who are forced to work without pay, under threat of violence and unable to leave. Estimates suggest 2 million children are sex trafficking victims annually. In an effort to raise consciousness about this issue and work toward eliminating modern day slavery, in 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Everyone is invited to take part in this initiative to reduce human trafficking on January 11 by reporting tips, becoming knowledgeable about human trafficking, learning about and contributing to, or volunteering for, area anti-trafficking services. A leading organization in this global fight is the Polaris Project (, which offers: action toward state and federal legislation; operation of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 24/7 hotline (1.888.373.7888); trainings; and, vital services for victims. Some local websites offering additional resources and information include:;;;; and,

Creative Options for Anti-Aging


reative Options will offer a health coaching workshop “Anti-Aging for Life: Keeping Physically and Mentally Fit” on Saturday, January 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 250 West Main Street, Branford. This workshop gives participants an opportunity to take charge of their physical and mental fitness as they move into the new year. “Our goal is to provide our peers with some tips and tools for maintaining good physical and mental fitness as the stressors of life increase - as well as our age,” says Georgette Wood, M.A., L.P.C., licensed professional counselor and coach and director of Creative Options. In their New York Times bestseller, Younger Next Year, Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. advise that the keys to a longer, healthier life include keep moving, conscientious eating, commitment and caring. Simple, but not easy! This workshop will help make these goals manageable for participants. Georgette Wood will present a coaching session, From Resolution to Reality: Materializing Your Goals, to help attendees achieve the results they’ve been looking for. This seminar will show how to succeed at attaining goals realistically. Integrating Movement and Healthy Eating into Your Busy Day will be offered by naturopathic physician Dr. Margot Longenecker, focusing on practical techniques and strategies for success. Cathy Dziekan, licensed professional counselor, will close the workshop with a Soul Collage session to help tap into intuition and deepen motivation.

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Climbing for Healthy Lungs and Clean Air


ccording to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in America. One in five people diagnosed this year have never smoked a day in their life. This year, over 430 people, per day, will die from lung cancer. The association works daily to save lives and aims to find a cure through research, education and advocacy. As part of that goal, they will host the third annual Fight for Air Climb New Haven fundraising event on Saturday, February 8, the “Scale 360 State Street” stair climb. Everyone is

and elite runners climbing first (9 a.m.), followed by walking participants. Then, firefighters from around New England will climb the 413 stairs in full gear. An after-party and award presentation at O’Tooles Irish Pub follows. Event proceeds support the American Lung Association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Climb location is 360 State Street, New Haven, CT. For event registration/volunteering/sponsoring this event, visit (New Haven link). Questions? Contact Danielle at 860.838.4371, See ad on facing page.

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welcome to participate. This “vertical marathon” involves racing, running, or walking up 32 floors inside New Haven’s newest eco-friendly residential building (NOTE: Each climber is responsible for payment of $100 fundraising minimum due by the date of the climb). Health benefits of stair climbing include: improved heart and lung health; prevention of cardiovascular diseases; diabetes management; working muscles; increase in lung capacity; and, decreased risk of premature death. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with racers


he Audubon’s Coastal Center at Milford Point is offering a two-day Solo Wilderness First Aid course. Session I option is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12 and Session II will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13. Both courses will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in this SOLO 16-hour comprehensive introductory Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. Using mock rescue scenarios, skilled instructors will provide participants handson experience with first aid and long-term patient care in the backcountry. WFA is recognized by the American Camping Association, U.S. Coast Guard, and various guide and Connecticut summer camp licensing boards as meeting their first aid requirement. It is also accepted as a recertification course for WFR (80-hour First Responder-nominal additional fee). Payment is due upon registration. Early registration is requested ($195). CPR training is available for an additional fee. Other upcoming Audubon programs include: Rooted in Art: An Art-in-Nature Series (Thursdays, January 2 and 16 with stress-relieving art projects exploring how nature and art are intertwined); Seaside Stories (Saturday, January 4); Kids Night Out (Friday, January 17, ages 6-10); and, Tank Time live animal demonstration (Saturday, January 18 for all ages). Audubon’s Coastal Center at Milford Point is reachable at 1 Milford Point Road in Milford, CT, 203.878.7440. The adjoining 8-acre Smith-Hubbell Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk. For program details, visit Connecticut Holistic Veterinary Wellness Center

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Reading Running with Vince


onathan Kuiper is pleased to share the release of his third book, available in paperback or e-book, called “Running With Vince.” Influenced by his twin brother’s passing in 2005, Kuiper used the creation of this book as a way to work through the grief caused by his loss. The story follows twin brothers Vincent and Christian as they embark on a final road trip together, during which time they face inner demons, doubts, and questions. Together, the brothers find common ground, respect, love and a new appreciation for life. Kuiper says that in writing the book “Primarily, I moved beyond his physical passing and was receptive to receiving him and his love in a spiritual aspect.” Love is present in life and in death. Given his own healing in crafting the book, he hopes it will be a good source for also helping others deal with loss and grieving. “Running With Vince” is available in softcover for $8.99 and e-book for $4.99. Jonathan Kuiper is an educator, Navy veteran and a traveler who currently teaches math at Randolph Macon Academy in Virginia. A graduate of Stonehill College and Abilene Christian University, he has worked and lived in Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Maryland, and throughout New England. He is a former resident of both East Haddam and Madison, CT (where he taught and lived at the Grove School). For more information, or to purchase the book, visit, or email



Serving Community on MLK Day


he federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was first established in 1983. In 1994, Congress designated it as a national day of service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves the country closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” Taking place annually on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is said to be the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” It is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative, and asks Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems. This year’s events will take place on January 20. Services may meet a tangible need or one of the spirit. Anyone joining the MLK service network at can connect with hundreds of other organizations and share project ideas, collaborate, generate volunteers, and leverage resources on MLK Day and throughout the year. Those hosting a service event or activity are invited to join the network to: receive action updates and invitations to webinars and conference calls; be listed as a member of the MLK Day Service Network on; be considered for highlighting of local projects on CNCS communications; network with others planning and holding MLK Day of Service activities. The site also includes toolkits for planning the Day of Service.

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N E W Y E A R , N E W YO U : Step up and experience the climb of your life. The 3rd annual Fight For Air Climb: Scale 360 State Street stairclimb is not your average 5k. This vertical marathon will allow participants of all ages and fitness abilities to race, run, or walk to the 32nd floor of New Haven’s tallest, eco‑friendly building, while raising funds for healthy air and healthy lungs in the community. Looking for a fitness challenge to melt away the winter blues? Register today to secure your spot, and step up in our fight for healthy lungs and healthy air! Not ready to tackle the stairs? Volunteer! We can always use a helping hand. natural awakenings

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Travel to a House of Healing in Peru


s owner of Elm City Wellness in New Haven, providing massage, acupuncture, energy work, chiropractic services and more, Marissa Gandelman is committed to healing and wellness. While practicing and teaching massage in 2010, Gandelman journeyed to Peru as a volunteer. The experience changed her life, resulting in her moving to Cusco for over a year and helping to found an organization called the Healing House. Founder Niki Coate had begun offering lodging and wellness classes (Reiki and yoga training, massage, etc.) with the intention of creating a healing space for travelers and local Peruvians. The idea grew, with the addition of daily yoga classes, creativity and

healing workshops and wellness days. It has now become a destination for international travelers who leave with the idea of utilizing all types of healing to connect and unite the world. As part of a fundraising effort to secure a larger house and further expand this work, “changing the world one healing house at a time,” Gandelman will host a trip to Peru in March, 2014. Group acupuncture and massage treatments will be offered to all participants, along with yoga, meditation, an overnight in Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley tours, walks through Cusco, an Ayahuasca ceremony (optional), and all activities, room/board at the house. Anyone interested in the opportunity to travel to this sacred land while supporting and participating in this global healing vision, is invited to contact Gandelman for details. For information about Elm City Wellness, Healing House, or the Cusco trip: 203.691.7653,


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Holistic Holiday at Sea


he 2014 Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise will set sail from Miami, Florida, from March 1 to 8 on one of the world’s premier Italian luxury liners, the MSC Divina. Ports of call include St. Maarten, San Juan and Great Stirrup Cay. Guests will enjoy discussions on the benefits of a plantbased diet with a community of 1,500 like-minded people. Passengers can choose from more than 130 classes, lectures and workshops taught by 35 teachers. Renowned ultra-

endurance athlete Rich Roll will present the keynote address about the life-transforming benefits of plant-based nutrition. Additional presenters include Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Neal Barnard, as well as Chef AJ, one of several vegan chefs that will demonstrate how to make a plant-based diet taste delicious. For nighttime fun and relaxation, passengers can enjoy music and spirits at the Golden Jazz Bar aboard the MSC Divina or visit the 18,000 square-foot Aurea Spa for some luxurious pampering. For more information, call 828.749.9537, email or visit website:

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Natural Awakenings Celebrates 20 Years


health & wellness

plus: health coaches FEBRUARY

rethinking heart health plus: stress relief MARCH

by Sharon Bruckman, CEO/Founder

food & garden

plus: gluten-free foods APRIL


heartfelt shout out goes to the 90 U.S. cities and metro areas across the country, plus Puerto Rico, where Natural Awakenings is effecting positive change in people’s lives. For 20 years, this free community magazine has been loyal readers’ go-to resource for awakening America to the benefits of naturally healthy living. We thank our 3.8 million readers that devour these pages every month, typically from cover-to-cover. We voice gratitude to the thousands of committed advertisers that report multiplied business success as a result of our partnership. We extend kudos to the hundreds of editorial contributors that have generously shared their pioneering expertise with us via cutting-edge information and practical tips. Interviews and bylines of internationally recognized healers, teachers and leaders underscore the magazine’s primacy in its field. Collectively, we comprise a great movement embodying ways of living that are healthy for people and the planet. Together, we are producing a pay-it-forward chain reaction of positive energy and conscious living that benefits everyone. Each large and small choice in favor of natural health and environmental sustainability counts toward enhancing our own standard of living and supporting a higher quality of life on Earth. It all starts with individuals waking up to conscious living and connecting locally to make measurable differences

green living

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women’s wellness plus: bodywork JUNE

inspired living

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food watch

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transformative education plus: children’s health

in their own homes and communities. They are role models of wellness. They are eco-stars. They are visionaries that daily act on their passion for helping others live happier, healthier, more thriving lives. What started as a single print publication in Naples, Florida, in 1994, is now a growing network spearheaded by 90 local magazine publishers reaching out to share the message. Supportive media range from digital magazine editions, e-newsletters, community websites and social media releases to an iPhone app, webstore and dating website, topped by a nationwide network of local natural health practitioners. All embrace the original vision of bringing like-minded people together to help make life better. We are glad that you are joining us in celebrating 20 years together. We look forward to all the good that 2014 and beyond will bring to us all.


conscious caretaking plus: yoga


sustainable communities plus: chiropractic and acupuncture NOVEMBER

personal empowerment plus: beauty


awakening humanity plus: holiday themes

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January 2014



Produce Banishes the Blues


ew research from New Zealand’s University of Otago shows that consuming more whole fruits and vegetables increases peacefulness, happiness and energy in one’s daily life. Scientists discovered the strong relationship to be particularly apparent in countering winter blues. A total of 281 college-age students filled out an online food diary and mood survey for 21 consecutive days. Results showed that eating fruits and vegetables one day led to improvements in positive mood the next day, regardless of other key factors, such as body mass index. Other types of food did not produce the same uplifting effect. “After further analysis, we demonstrated that young people would need to consume approximately seven to eight total servings of fruits and vegetables per day to notice a meaningful positive change,” says Tamlin Conner, Ph.D., with the university’s department of psychology. “One serving of fruit or vegetables is approximately the size that could fit in our palm, or half a cup.” Study co-author Bonnie White suggests that this can be accomplished by having vegetables comprise half of the plate at each meal and snacking on whole fruit like apples. The American Psychiatric Association acknowledges that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects, at least mildly, as many as 20 percent of Americans.

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inging on sweets and soda in an effort to bone up for exams or presentations probably has the opposite effect, according to a new animal study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers found that eating or quaffing too much fructose, like that found in cane sugar and the highfructose corn syrups permeating many processed foods, can cause unclear thinking, poor learning and impaired memory. Scientists have long known that high-fructose diets increase the risk for diabetes, obesity and fatty liver. Now the UCLA team has discovered that only six weeks of a high-fructose diet slowed the animals’ brains. The good news is that eating omega-3 fatty acids like those found in cold water fish appear to counteract the negative effects of fructose, enabling the animals to think more clearly.

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ust looking at a painting by Picasso, Dali or Warhol can brighten the world for seniors, according to researchers at Britain’s Newcastle University. After just three visits to a gallery, the researchers found positive changes in the participating seniors’ opinions about their life experiences and abilities in light of their ages. The gallery visits further inspired participants to become more involved with others and their communities.


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s the evidence of the harmful effects of Tylenol increases, there is a growing call for it to be removed from the market. Its active ingredient, acetaminophen, once thought to be an effective and safe pain reliever for adults and children, turns out to have dangerous effects. A related study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers leads with the fact that each year, acetaminophen causes more than 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study implicates acetaminophen poisoning in nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure in this country. When taken with alcohol or without food, the effects on the liver are multiplied. Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, reports in that regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility and hearing loss, especially in men under 50. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking acetaminophen use to three rare and sometimes fatal skin conditions. “Can you imagine if the side effects and risks associated with acetaminophen were associated with a dietary supplement?” opines Murray. “It would be yanked from the market immediately.”

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White Resorts Go Even Greener As skiers flock to snow-covered trails this winter, more ski resorts are going greener to save energy and support the environment. Arapahoe Basin, in Colorado, recently received a National Ski Areas Association Sustainable Slopes grant for retrofitting its base area lighting that will annually slice off an estimated 53,000-plus kilowatt hours of usage. A-Basin, Vail Resorts and others in the area provide their restaurants’ used vegetable oil to outside companies for recycling into biofuels. Aspen, Vail, Copper Mountain and other Colorado resorts installed more photovoltaic solar arrays on buildings prior to the current season. Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, in Vermont, installed a 1,500-horsepower electric snowmaking air compressor last summer, replacing a diesel model. Purchased in consultation with the statewide energy utility Efficiency Vermont, it delivers more cubic feet of air per minute using less, and cleaner, energy. Since 2009, the state’s Bolton Valley ski area, plus Jiminy Peak and Berkshire East, both in Massachusetts, have all installed wind turbines to generate energy. Sarah Wojcik, director of public affairs at the Vermont Ski Areas Association, attests that resorts are doing their part to keep mountains green. Sources:,

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Citizen Action Wins Against Monsanto and More The Center for Food Safety (CFS), a national nonprofit advocating in the public interest, works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. It confirms that actions such as signing petitions really do make a difference. For instance, the CFS cites a hard-fought campaign that pushed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to a lawsuit and remove arsenic from chicken feed. They credit the thousands of consumers that joined the effort, saying, “Together, we forced the FDA to remove arsenic ingredients in animal feed used for our nation’s chickens, turkeys and hogs, and 98 of the 101 drug approvals for arsenic-based animal drugs will be withdrawn.” More recently, CFS reports that half a million citizen phone calls and emails had a significant effect in killing an extension of the so-called “Monsanto protection act” in the Senate. Formally named the Farmer Assurance Provision, the measure undermined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to ban genetically modified crops, even if court rulings found they posed risks to human and environmental health. Source:


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Smithsonian Exhibit Highlights Storied History This month’s exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Yoga: The Art of Transformation, comprises the museum’s first presentation of yogic art. Temple sculptures, devotional icons, vibrant manuscripts and court paintings created in India more than 2,000 years ago will be on view, as well as early modern photographs, books and films. The Washington, D.C., exhibition borrows from 25 museums and private collections in India, Europe and the United States. More than 120 works, from the third to the early 20th century, illuminate yoga’s central tenets, as well as its obscured histories. Through masterpieces of Indian sculpture and paintings, the exhibition explores yoga’s goals; its Hindu, Jain and Sufi manifestations; its means of transforming body and consciousness; and its philosophical foundations.

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Big Coal’s Big Plans to Hasten Climate Change Environmentalists are mounting an effort to stop the coal industry from exporting millions of tons of coal to China and keep the coal in the ground by halting the construction of huge new coal export terminals at ports in Oregon and Washington. The nation’s two largest coal companies want to strip-mine vast reserves in Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin, and then ship the coal by rail to the ports. “Based on our back-of-the-envelope calculation, the burning of this exported coal could have a larger climate impact than all of the oil pumped through the Keystone pipeline,” says Kimberly Larson, a spokesperson for the Power Past Coal campaign, a coalition of more than 100 environmental and community groups that oppose the coal terminals. Many U.S. coal-fired power plants still operate, but they’re being squeezed out of business by new federal standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxins that take effect in 2016. Also, the price of natural gas in America has fallen below that of coal. China already accounts for almost half of the world’s coal consumption, and demand continues to skyrocket for cheap, coal-fired electricity to power its growing industrial parks and mega-cities.

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Pivot Point

Solar Panels Almost Breaking Even At current growth rates, solar energy could be harnessed to produce 10 percent of the world’s electricity by 2020. But the greater benefit of clean solar power relies on first realizing an efficient initial payback for all the energy needed to produce the panels. To make polysilicon, the basic building block of most solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, silica rock must be melted at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, using electricity from mostly coal-fired power plants. Stanford University researchers believe that a tipping point when clean electricity from installed solar panels surpasses the energy going into the industry’s continued growth will occur by 2015. As the industry has advanced, it’s required ever less energy and silicon to manufacture and install solar PV panels, along with less wasted silicon, according to Stanford University’s Global Climate & Energy Project. Advances in solar cell efficiency requires fewer panels, and new thin-film solar panels leave out silicon altogether. Source: Sustainable Business News

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Climate Science Curriculum Update Millions of young Americans are beginning to learn about climate change and associated science in the classroom. Next Generation Science Standards (, which have been adopted by 26 states and are under consideration by 15 more, teach how and why fossil fuel emissions are a causal factor in overheating the world. The previous federal science teaching standards, published in 1996, avoided the issues of evolution and climate change. Scientists and educators jointly developed the new standards with states’ input to help students distinguish between scientific fact, religious beliefs and political opinion. Source:

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A Swirling Southern Patch of Plastic Trash The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and North Atlantic Garbage Patch have already been well documented, and the trashy family is growing. The South Pacific Gyre is an accumulation zone of plastic pollution floating off the coast of Chile. Scientists at the 5 Gyres Institute, which tracks plastic pollution in swirling subtropical gyres (vortices), discovered this latest mass of plastic by examining ocean currents. A new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin marks the first documentation of a defined oceanic garbage patch in the Southern Hemisphere, where sparse research on marine plastic pollution previously existed. View a map and find more information at 18

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Core Marine Food Source Faces Depletion Small, shrimp-like creatures that inhabit the world’s oceans, krill are one of the planet’s largest and least contaminated biomasses. The tiny crustaceans are the primary food source for a variety of fish, whales, penguins and seabird species. Krill are also used to make feed for livestock, poultry and farmed fish and in nutritional supplements—krill oil is a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and less likely than fish oil to be contaminated with mercury or heavy metals. Recent studies cited by National Geographic suggest that since the 1970s, Antarctic krill stocks may have dropped by up to 80 percent. Environmental groups and scientists worry that new fishing technologies, coupled with climate warming that removes ice algae, the crustaceans’ primary food source, could deplete krill populations and potentially devastate the Antarctic’s ecosystem. Denzil Miller, Ph.D., former executive secretary of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, advises, “There are a whole lot of dominoes that follow afterwards that just look too horrendous to contemplate.” Concerned consumers can opt to avoid farm-raised fish; choose organic, non-grain-fed meat and poultry; and substitute algae-derived omega-3 supplements for fish or krill oil capsules. Source: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (

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Families have three key weapons in combating America’s childhood obesity epidemic: keeping them active, reducing their soda and junk food intake and teaching youngsters how to read food labels.


ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity more than doubled in children ages 6 to 11 and tripled in adolescents ages 12 to 19 between 1980 and 2010. Nearly one in five youths in both age groups, plus one in eight preschoolers, are now considered obese and at increased risk for consequent health problems. By 2013, the Centers for Disease Control finally showed signs of hope, with some states reporting small reversals in the trend. Positive developments might continue if parents and teachers gently coach kids to better evaluate what’s going into their mouths and bodies by understanding food labels. Despite the intimidation factor (even for adults), “Once children know how to read, they are ready to start learning how to read food labels,” advises Jolly Backer, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending, a forward-thinking company actively increasing the presence of healthy-food vending machines in schools nationwide. He says, “The more kids know about what they’re eating, the more empowered they’ll be about making healthier food choices.” Here are five basic tips to increase

knowing what food labels really say that will benefit a youngster’s health for a lifetime. Visualize serving sizes. Assemble two or three packaged food items— preferably those that the child regularly eats, like cereal, oatmeal and applesauce—plus a measuring cup. Point out the serving-size number on the package label, and let the child measure out a single serving. This visually reinforces serving sizes, the first number anyone needs to consider on a food label. Try it with a single soda or juice bottle, too, which often says, “two servings.” Important note: Most nutrition label serving sizes are based on a 2,000-calorie adult diet. For kids ages 4 to 8, portion sizes are about two-thirds of an adult portion; for preteens, portions run 80 to 90 percent of the adult amount, says Registered Dietitian Tara Dellolacono-Thies, food coach for CLIF Kid nutrient-rich organic energy snacks. Evaluate numbers. Next, discuss the numbers noted for calories, fat, sugar, fiber and cholesterol. When evaluating a packaged food for an elementary school child, DellolaconoThies suggests aiming for 175 calories or less per serving; one gram or less

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structural; biochemical; and bioenergetic, a form of psychotherapy. Ideally, he says, conventional and integrative medicine, plus complementary practitioners, work together to provide the total care an individual patient needs. “Any problem on one level affects all levels, so we assess patients on all three with whatever tools we have,” he says. While conventional medicine may be able to treat structural problems well and biochemical problems to a certain extent, it falls short on the energetic level. That’s when it’s time to expand the team, counsels Yang. “‘Know yourself’ is the watchword. Get to know what to use and when to use it. It’s the practitioner’s job to educate patients in this way.” Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned as the father of the integrative medicine movement in the U.S., has remarked, “If I’m in a car accident, don’t take me to an herbalist. If I have bacterial pneumonia, give me antibiotics. But when it comes to maximizing the body’s natural healing potential, a mix of conventional and alternative procedures seems like the only answer.” Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, founding director and president of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, turns to the integrative realm of ayurvedic medicine for healing and wellness. The 5,000-year-old Indian healing tradition incorporates lifestyle changes, yoga and meditation, detoxification, herbs, massage and various other individually targeted healing modalities, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

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“We need to understand the value of an integrative approach because no single modality treats everything,” says Dr. Michael Jingduan Yang, the Philadelphia-based founder and medical director of the Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine. By way of example, he maintains credentials as a physician, a board-certified psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on classic forms of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Integrative practitioners see the human body on three levels, Yang explains:

“Wellness is a team effort,” advises integrative medicine specialist Dr. Vijay Jain, medical director at Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing, in Salt Springs, Florida. It’s not only a matter of knowing what needs the practitioners will address at specific times, it’s also knowing who can help when the going gets tough. “Modern medicine has the edge for early detection of disease,” Jain notes. “However, Ayurveda is excellent in determining the earliest imbalances in the mind and body that eventually lead to disease.”

Health insurance may not cover the services we want, and high deductibles may pose a financial challenge in maintaining comprehensive health care, so we need a personal wellness plan. Most experts consulted agree that a personal wellness program should include a practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a care plan to meet individual needs. Jain recommends that the foundation of the team be a licensed medical professional such as an integrative physician (MD), osteopathic doctor (DO) or chiropractor (DC). In most states, any of these professionals can function as a primary care doctor, authorized to order and read laboratory tests, prescribe drugs and access hospital services. In some states, a naturopathic physician (ND) can perform the functions of a primary care doctor in ordering and reading laboratory tests. As part of a personal wellness team, consider a functional medicine or integrative physician, chiropractor, osteopath, doctor of naturopathy, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor/ acupuncturist, herbalist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist and energy practitioner (such as in Reiki, medical qigong or polarity therapy). It’s not necessary to see all of them, sources say. Sometimes, one practitioner will be skilled in practicing several modalities, a bonus for patients. Other complementary practitioners may form a supporting team that works with the primary care team, depending on the challenges a patient faces. They will be identified as treatment unfolds and the team evolves over time.

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An ayurvedic practitioner likely will begin by helping to define healthful lifestyle changes, depending on one’s dosha, or energetic temperament. Yoga and meditation would be a likely recommendation, plus specific herbs and perhaps detoxification, says Annambhotla. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture often go handin hand with Ayurveda in accordance with the view that illness and disease are caused by imbalances in the body’s energetic flow. Diagnostic techniques

employ intuition and pulses to assess and smooth blocks in energy circulation. Craniosacral therapy is another way to unlock energetic blockages caused by lifestyle stress and other factors that restrict and congest the body’s innate ability to self-correct and remain healthy, says Joyce Harader, a registered craniosacral therapist in Cave Creek, Arizona, and secretary of the board of the Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of North America. She relied on a whole team to realize a natural way back to health after being diagnosed with lupus in 1992. “Members of my health team fluctuate, depending on what is going on in my life and where I am focusing,” comments Harader. She points out, for example, that nutrition education and general deep-tissue massage can both be helpful as part of a foundational plan toward obtaining and maintaining optimal health. In fact, many of our experts recommend both a monthly chiropractic adjustment and/or massage, as well as daily yoga and an ongoing meditation practice for wellness and total well-being. Naturopathic practitioners operating in states where they are licensed can be good sources of nutrition counsel and often recommend herbal remedies for relief. “For chronic illness, you need a chiropractor or drug-free physician like a naturopath on your team. Conventional medicine is generally poor at dealing with chronic illness,” observes Naturopath and Chiropractor Michael Loquasto, Ph.D., who practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Loquasto should know. He has practiced integrated modalities for 50 years, employing the knowledge gained through his practice and triple doctorates, which include one in nutrition. Also a master herbalist, he strongly advocates that people start by working with a good integrative or functional medicine medical doctor. “In some states, like Pennsylvania, chiropractors and osteopaths can perform routine diagnostic work, but in


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Intuitive listening and observant selfknowledge are crucial parts of any wellness plan. Most people are aware when something doesn’t feel right in their body. “Libido is a great barometer of health,” suggests Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician, gynecologist and hormone specialist in San Diego, California. “If you’re not interested in sex, it’s probably a sign that you need to do some investigating.” Reasons for such a decline of interest are wide-ranging says Hoppe. “For men and women, it might be due to hormonal changes, lack of self-esteem, medications, stress, relationship issues, job, family life or lack of sleep. It means that somewhere, things are out of balance,” she says.

and mental toxins is a substantial, yet worthy, investment. It’s far better than the costly alternative of dealing with regular bouts of sickness or escalating disease. In that light, maintenance looks affordable: an ayurvedic diagnostic session starts at around $100, a consultation with a licensed naturopath at $75 and acupuncture at $100; a massage typically costs about $80 an hour. While insurance is unlikely to pay for treatments outside the realm of conventional medicine and sometimes, chiropractic, “The cost of these preventive therapies will be much less than the cost of treatment for a serious disease,” advises Loquasto. “You’re worth it.” Kathleen Barnes is author of more than a dozen natural health books. Her latest is The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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A personal multifaceted wellness program can be expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost. “In the new world of high insurance deductibles, people get more for their money from an alternative doctor, especially one knowledgeable in a variety of healing therapies, than a conventional one,” Loquasto advises. Costs for tests may also be lower; plus patients are not expected to pay $150 or more just to walk in the door. A current trend has medical doctors and chiropractors participating in “umbrella” practices and wellness centers, where several types of practitioners collaborate in one facility. They find that sometimes insurance will pay for certain complementary services, including massage and nutrition education, when doctors or chiropractors prescribe them. Maintaining wellness in an environment filled with chemical, biological

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or many, the recent economic downturn has affected the way we shop for food. Even families that cook dinner at home most nights are struggling to afford the ingredients to make healthy meals, says Laura Seman, a senior manager for Cooking Matters, a national program that educates families in need about reaping the most from local food resources. “Putting good food on the family table on a five-or-six-dollar-a-day per person budget is tough, but it’s possible,” advises Nutritionist Dawn Undurraga, a registered dietitian and coauthor of the Environmental Working Group’s online publication, Good Food on a Tight Budget. “Even eating for one is doable for under $200 a month.” Researchers examined 1,200 foods to help people get beyond the common perception that eating healthy is expensive. “We looked at food prices, nutrients, pesticides, environmental pollutants and artificial ingredients,” says Undurraga. “Then we chose the top 100 or so, based on balancing all of those factors.”

Think Outside the Box Some of the EWG findings might surprise many of us: 4 Raw cabbage is the top-ranked food because of its price and high nutritional value as a cruciferous vegetable. For less than

always cost less than their fresh equivalents and are just as nutritious. 4 A serving of oatmeal is half the cost of sugary processed cereals, plus it’s more filling and causes less fluctuation in blood sugar levels. 4 Canned salmon is almost always wild caught and is much cheaper than fresh, but be wary of BPA (bisphenol-A) migration from the can. 4 Queso blanco, a mild, soft, white cheese common in Latino cooking, is both less expensive and less processed than many other cheeses.

10 cents a serving, it poses far fewer calories than potatoes and is a worthy addition to salads, soups and stir-fries. 4 The next highest marks for price and nutrition spotlight carrots, bananas, pears, watermelon and frozen broccoli, each at less than 30 cents a serving. 4 Bananas and pears usually cost less than apples, plus they customarily endure fewer pesticide applications. 4 The best animal protein award goes to roasted turkey; hot dogs ranked last. 4 The next-best animal protein identified is a whole chicken, roasted at the beginning of the week and used in various ways for future meals. 4 Fresh, whole carrots and sweet potatoes are among the best produce buys, but frozen corn and broccoli almost

Change Our Routine Tracie McMillan, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, author of the bestselling book, The American Way of Eating, learned how to eat on a tight budget as an undercover journalist. “Time and energy are key ingredients when cooking from scratch,” notes McMillan. Without disposable funds for the fast-food route, cooking from scratch was mandatory. She learned how to soak beans overnight, cook a large pot of them and freeze helpings to reheat later. The cost was about 50 cents a meal, compared with $3 for two or three servings from a can. Eggs, brown rice and sweet potatoes became an important—and healthy—part of her weekly diet. McMillan also gained a lasting affection for roasted vegetables, both as part of meals and as snacks. “I just cut up a couple of sweet potatoes, add some broccoli or beans or whatever is cheap at the supermarket or farmers’ market, toss in a tablespoon of olive oil and I’m set for two or three days,” she says. Also, “I learned to use meat more as a seasoning than as a main course.” Find more tips and pages of recipes at Kathleen Barnes has authored many books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at

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A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good by Lauressa Nelson

A health or wellness coach integrated into a personal healthcare team can be critical to catalyzing sustainable change. Many people understand they need to modify their self-care, yet fail to take the optimal steps to make such a transformation happen.


hat we’ve discovered is that people don’t routinely change behavior due to education alone or out of fear. They change through partnership,” explains Linda Smith, a physician’s assistant and director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. Coaching partnerships supply a supportive bridge between provider recommendations and patient implementations, she says, “significantly increasing the client’s ability to make changes successfully.” “Health coaching was absolutely essential to my health,” says Roberta Cutbill, a 72-yearold retired registered nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina, who considered her lifestyle relatively healthy when in her late 60s she experienced autoimmune and cardiac problems. “I have an excellent primary care doctor who, when these issues came up, told me that I needed to change my diet, thoughtfully downloaded a list of recommendations and sent me on my way. I still needed help with many things New Haven / Middlesex 26

in order to make the changes,” recalls Cutbill, which is why she turned to a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, in Belmont, Massachusetts, identifies two primary forces that enable behavioral change: autonomous motivation (people want to do something for their own reasons, not because someone tells them to) and confidence (they believe they can do it). “The most powerful motivating forces of all are what you treasure most in life, your life purpose and contribution,” she remarks. Both Smith and Moore emphasize that the priorities in any health coaching relationship are client driven, based on the client’s chosen goals and personal intrinsic motivators. Confidence in attaining ultimate success is built through positively framed experiments and experiences. “A health coach is trained to help clients break up their goals into manageable steps, focus on strengths, track progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” explains Dr. Karen Lawson, an integrative physician and director of integrative health coaching at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, in Minneapolis. A helpful approach sets goals that can be met and exceeded, not insurmountable ones. “The key is always keeping a positive lens, helping clients see the progress they achieve,” continues Lawson. This involves speaking in terms of growth through trial and error, in which outcomes are explored without judgment and clients feel empowered to modify. This is vital, explains Moore, because experiencing at least a three-to-one ratio of positive to negative emotions creates the conditions for the brain to learn, change and thrive, making people feel more capable of taking care of their health. Mindful awareness is another essential tool; being self-aware and reflecting on what we are doing while it is happening. Unlike thinking, analyzing and planning, mindfulness involves observing while experiencing. During sessions, coaches use it to give their full attention in a non-judgmental way, modeling how clients can bring such compassion to themselves. A mindful state calms mental noise and puts reflective distance between individuals and their beliefs, emotions and behaviors. It improves their ability to handle negative emotions and to make a conscious choice to respond with a different attitude or new behavior, according to Moore. For Cutbill, maintaining a personal relationship with her coach over time has been the most significant factor in the improvement of her health. “The relationship was healing, because my coach regularly pointed out my progress with profound encouragement and validation. I wish all primary care doctors had health coaches on staff to help them and their patients attain the success they both are aiming for.” Lauressa Nelson is an editor and contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at



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any of us have our relationship to success inside-out. We busy ourselves so much with do-or-die goals we “should” achieve that we drown out the crucial signals life is sending our way—both from our own instincts and from others that can objectively see what we truly need. According to Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, knowing how we want to feel inside yields the most potent clarity in identifying what’s critical to us. “We need to have soulcentered goals, and if we get clear on defining our core desired feelings—the way we most want to feel—then all of our goals are a means to create those feelings,” she says. “It’s that simple.” The external things we want to have and experience are secondary goals, provided they contribute to the first. LaPorte’s Desire Map process is a holistic life planning tool that helps spur our thinking about our core desired feelings and how to use them to start creating some goals with soul. At heart, it involves the following four highly personalized steps. How do you want to feel? Engage in a stream of consciousness, allowing each query to lead to the next and letting your desired feelings flow. Do you want to, for example, feel continuously energized, connected or prosperous? Consider areas such as livelihood and lifestyle (career, money, home, travel), health and wellness (healing, fitness, leisure, mental health) and relationships and community (romance, friendship, family).

Recognize patterns. Look for patterns in the desired feelings in order to distill your list to determine key, repeating words. Individuals tend to reach for the same feeling states across all areas of their lives. If you want to feel “vitality” within livelihood, then you likely wish to feel the same way in the context of wellness and relationships. Declare your core desired feelings. Now zero in on three to five core feelings that resonate most strongly inside. Ask yourself what’s beneath each feeling. For you, perhaps “success” is really about freedom, creativity or excellence. Look up the definitions of words—every word is its own world. Which feelings do you find to be the most uplifting, positive, satisfying and compelling? Ask yourself: “What do I want to do, have or experience to create my core desired feelings?” Thus, you begin setting goals with soul. You see and make connections between how you want to feel and what will actually help you feel that way. This is where you turn your ambitions truly inside-out and right-side-up to hitch your intentions to deeper and more nurturing meaning. This is the revolutionary beginning of realizing the ongoing success of a lifetime.

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estern science is obsessed with deconstructing food, researching and analyzing its component parts, isolating the active ingredients, repackaging them in pills or powders and prescribing them in daily doses. But according to Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., author of Food and Healing, this chemistry-based theory of nutrition is upside-down. Colbin, founder and CEO of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, in New York City, has crafted her own nutrition theory based on more than 30 years of nutrition practice, teaching from a foundation that a whole food, like the complex human being consuming it, is greater than the sum of its parts. She defines whole foods as “those that nature provides and all the edible parts.” She limits them to those comprising one ingredient, such as plants, whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Animal foods are more challenging to categorize. Eggs are a whole food, but steaks are not, because they are one

part of the entire animal. She includes small fish if we eat the head and bones, and small birds like quail. Whole milk is included, but not low-fat dairy. Colbin maintains that our bodies know the difference between a whole food and an aggregation of isolated nutrients. We have evolved over thousands of years to eat the food that nature presents to us, and if that food has been fragmented, the body realizes it and seeks what’s missing. For example, if we eat fragmented wheat like white bread, in which the bran and germ of the whole grain have been removed, the body will still be hungry and seek the missing part of the food, something with fiber or crunch. Likewise, health enthusiasts that devour wheat germ or wheat bran in isolation will also feel something is missing and may find themselves craving refined flour in the form of cake or other baked goods. Table sugar is another example, a fragment of sugar cane. Colbin calculates that it takes 17 feet of sugar cane to make one cup of sugar. What’s miss-

ing is mostly the cane’s water content and the result, she says, is that sugar makes you thirsty. It’s a big reason why when we drink a soda, ingesting an average equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar, we’re thirsty afterward and drink even more, creating a vicious cycle. Fruit juices are, by definition, a fragmented food. When we drink orange or grapefruit juice, all or most of the fiber from the raw fruit is obviously missing. Craving something to chew, we may reach for chips or something crunchy. Vegetable juices may yield the same result. Colbin cautions that while vitamin and mineral supplements can be helpful in treating specific conditions or deficiencies, they nevertheless comprise fragments of food at best. She notes that the body may have difficulty processing these isolated nutrients outside of the whole food. Supportive studies include Kentucky’s University of Louisville School of Medicine comparison of the effects of the spice turmeric with those of its active ingredient, curcumin. Adding the whole food turmeric to the diet of rats reduced inflammation significantly, while curcumin alone was ineffective. Results suggested the difference may be explained by turmeric’s higher bioavailability. A Pennsylvania State University research review determined that although

population studies consistently report that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables protects against cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, studies of antioxidant supplements did not show the same benefits. The difference may be that a whole foods diet naturally contains not only antioxidants, but a wide range of nutrients and compounds that may act synergistically to protect against diseases. Colbin goes further, suggesting that supplements may even make us less likely to want to eat vegetables and set us up for junk food cravings to balance out too many vitamins or minerals. Her advice is to use vitamins and supplements if medically required, but not every day and not for a lifetime. Her views are all about maintaining the natural balance in the foods that nature provides without worrying about striving for perfection or radical changes in diet. Colbin recommends aiming for 70 percent whole foods overall to keep everything in balance. Start by taking a few small changes, listen to the body to see if there’s a noticeable difference and adjust accordingly.

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January white sales present a prime opportunity to change to organic cotton sheets and dry-fast towels to reduce energy usage. Local animal shelters welcome old towels and blankets. Homeless shelters also accept gently used clean linens and outgrown coldweather gear. Replace family toothbrushes with eco-friendly models made from renewable castor oil plants instead of petroleum. The Naturally Clean Toothbrush is BPA-free and recyclable ( Each day, Americans use 500 million disposable straws, reports Milo Cress, founder of the Be Straw Free Campaign ( Discarded plastic straws and stirrers are on the Ocean Conservancy’s top 10 list of debris littering beaches. Cindy Schiff Slansky, CEO of GreenPaxx, in New York City, suggests using a reusable silicone straw. “The bright colors help keep track of each person’s drink. They’re in my purse for when I eat out with my kids,” she

says. “We always say no to disposable straws.” Also consider paper straws that compost within 45 to 60 days. Plug electronics into power-saving energy strips that can be turned off when machines aren’t in use. Completely shutting down computers saves more energy than using sleep mode. When it’s time for a more energyefficient fridge or freezer, call the electric company. The Appliance Recycling Centers of America work with utilities to pick up and recycle working appliances. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are accepted with a qualifying fridge or freezer. Alternatively, call a local recycling company for a curb pickup of broken appliances; even easier, confirm that the company delivering a new appliance will take away and recycle the old one. Upgrade to a greener model when the need arises to change cars. California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont have pledged to speed the construction of charging stations in their states and project collectively having 3.3 million batterypowered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on their roads by 2025. To make clean and renewable home energy affordable and increase property values, Sunrun installs and maintains home solar power panels in

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One-pot, slow-cooked hearty stews and soups—especially made with seasonal, locally grown vegetables—use less energy and need less water to wash. A slow cooker can also steam rice, make yogurt or bake simple, whole-grain breads ( Dave Feller, CEO of, in Redwood City, California, adds, “Slow cooking tenderizes meats and brings out flavor, even in less expensive cuts. It’s also a timesaver.” Yummly recipes detail ingredients, cooking times and nutritional values. For family snacks, Terry Walters, the Avon, Connecticut, author of Clean Food and Clean Start, advocates going untraditional. “Get closer to the green plant than the processing plant,” she advises. At least once a week, she likes to try a new food. “Roasted chick peas, kale chips or a ‘pizza’ made from a

rice tortilla, pasta sauce or pesto, and veggies all make ‘clean-food’ snacks.” (Recipes at Keeping produce fresh can be a challenge, especially when the average fridge can harbor millions of bacteria, according to testing by Microban Europe, UK. The BerryBreeze in-fridge automated device periodically circulates activated oxygen to prevent mold, keeping produce fresh longer and reducing spoiling to save grocery dollars ( Hannah Helsabeck, president of eco-friendly, shares can-free meal tips online. “It takes a little planning, but we can now avoid all the toxic chemicals used in processing foods and making cans. Let’s kick the can!” Also, check out local food Meetup groups. Penny Miller, of Wichita Falls, Texas, says, “At our first meeting, we saw examples of raised-bed gardens, rainwater harvesting, composting, native landscaping and container plants.”

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This year, many Americans are set to rock the charts by turning over a new leaf and morphing from more conventional workout modes to fresh takes on fitness.

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Activities high on people’s lists these days reflect a perceived scarcity of time and money. The top picks, according to the Indianapolis-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014, will be high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and body weight training. Both pursuits have been contenders in recent years, but are cresting the survey for the first time. A HIIT session, typically involving rapid bursts of activity interspersed with brief rest periods, usually takes less than 30 minutes. Body weight training’s appeal stems from its effectiveness and minimal need for fancy equipment or special gear. The survey—involving hundreds of personal trainers, gym owners and other fitness insiders—further notes an increasing diversity in fitness offerings, plus some contradictory trends. Not everyone, for instance, is cost-conscious;

fitness professionals anticipate the continued rise of boutiques specializing in niche activities. Those with momentum range from ballet-inspired barre workouts to Pound and Drums Alive sessions, in which people “rock out” while they work out. Grace DeSimone, an ACSM spokesperson, equates specialized offerings to an à la carte menu, with individuals choosing tasty workout modes. “It’s like a buffet,” she says. While a single class can cost up to $25, there seldom are membership fees. Muscles are treated to varied workouts, even if only once a week in a “boutique” treatment. “It’s good for your body to crosstrain; if you do the same thing over and over again, your body adapts,” DeSimone advises. Unless a competitive athlete is looking to improve performances in a given sport, repeating the same exercise daily can lead to injury and

lessen the desired positive impact, she says. “Your body likes change.” Spinning spin-offs like Soulcycle, Flywheel and Kinetic Cycling represent an evolution of indoor classes and oldschool outdoor cycling. Meanwhile, fitness instructors and wellness consultants note that Zumba has set the stage for dance-oriented workouts, diverging from Latin rhythms into hip-hop and other music genres. If workouts are increasingly encroaching on “social” activities like dancing, it’s because the nation—or at least the expanding population trying to live healthier lifestyles—is undergoing a broader lifestyle transformation, says Jim White, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The registered dietitian, award-winning fitness pro and national spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics observes, “There’s a shift in culture.” He says, “People are sick of ‘yo-yoing’ with fad diets and exercise routines, and they are looking for effective new approaches, whether for dieting, social life, accountability or competition.” He sees this new mindset fueling the proliferation of websites and phone

apps that facilitate everything from counting calories and steps walked daily to on-the-go workouts.

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Interval Training: Both high- and low-intensity variations can resemble a fountain of youth for older adults, says DeSimone. These can range from integrating a few five-minute sprints to enhance a half-hour walk to engaging in formalized Asian-influenced Tabata classes and boot camps. High-intensity workouts aren’t for everyone. “HIIT is best delivered when it does not use the one-size-fits-all approach,” says Tony Ordas, a kinesiology lecturer at California State University, San Marcos. “Participants need to have an established level of cardiovascular endurance before increasing intensity.” Body Weight Training: The natural, timeless exercise approach of using our own body weight instead of equipment can, if done right, hone muscles and build core strength, often in creative ways. Personal Training, Small-Group Training and Wellness Coaching: Rising demand by individuals for support

in achieving their desired results is propelling growing numbers of trainers and coaches to obtain health and fitness college degrees and postgraduate certifications. Specialized Fitness Programs: Programs geared to the needs of particular groups such as pregnant women, older adults, dog owners and those interested in losing weight remain popular. Activities vary in approach and intensity, but often emphasize “functional fitness”, focusing on building strength and balance useful in everyday life, rather than more athletic or competitive training. Yoga: This ancient mind-body workout continues to extend from East to West, building on a host of classical forms such as hatha, ashtanga, kripalu, kundalini and Vinyasa. Relatively new forms also are extensive, from power yoga, Bikram and Yogalates to emerging hybrids like the yoga/surfing combination of Yoga Board. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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LONG-LIVED PETS Anti-Aging Care Aids Youthful Vigor by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


n human health care, naturopathic doctors offer a specialty called antiaging medicine. The goal is to restore optimal health to those at midlife and older that seek to prevent or reduce the incidence of diseases often associated with aging. But when it comes to aging pets, most veterinary doctors fail to focus on the necessary specialized care. In fact, some traditional vets may decline to treat older pets at all. Often, these animals are suffering from chronic diseases and when they are treated, prescriptions may include numerous drugs. As many know, drugs can entail serious, even debilitating side effects, further deteriorating the prospects for sustained health. Owners may thus find themselves spending a lot of money maintaining their pets in a chronic state of ill health with little hope for improvement. Animals that might benefit from surgery for problems ranging from dental disease to tumors may not receive ameliorating care when the family vet simply consid-


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For an enlightened holistic vet, no pet is too old to warrant and benefit from proper health care. By instituting the correct care and focusing on anti-aging efforts, health can be improved and often restored, with the added advantages of reducing unnecessary medications and increasing their lifespan. As an example, most doctors expect larger breeds of dogs to live 10 to 12 years, but with informed care, these same dogs can typically live 15 to 16 years. Smaller dogs and cats typically have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years; using an anti-aging approach, such pets routinely live 18 to 20 years or longer, in good health and with a good quality of life.

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Here’s how the team at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, in Plano, Texas, successfully approaches anti-aging medicine.

Beginning at 5 years of age, all pets—including dogs, cats, other small mammals, birds and reptiles—are screened via a physical examination and special blood and urine tests twice a year, with a focus on bionutritional analysis of results. Abnormal results indicating some risk, even slight ones, often ignored by mainstream medicine, are treated using vet-specified natural medicines that help return biometric values to normal and slow down the progression of problems that could, if untreated, turn into serious diseases. Dietary evaluation, including a bionutritional analysis, ensures that the pet is eating what’s most appropriate for its age, breed and health status. Potential dental and other oral issues are treated aggressively and early, because they are the most common source of infection and inflammation contributing to poor bodily health, including diabetes and diseases of the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. A review of prior medications confirms or adjusts proper use. In most cases, some of these medications can be eliminated or replaced as needed with natural therapies that have the same clinical effect, but without the possible side effects associated with chronic use of medical therapies. Natural supplements, which can benefit all pets, also are reviewed and/ or prescribed. Most older pets benefit from supplementation with phosphatidylcholine, vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, glucosamine and other elements to support thyroid and adrenal functions. Paws & Claws also favors the herbal remedy Healthy Qi to support the immune system of any ill or older pet; astragalus, green tea, gotu kola and ginseng ingredients give an extra boost toward achieving homeostasis and improved quality of life. Like human senior citizens, pets in their golden years deserve dignified specialized care that allows them to live more happily and peacefully. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit


Money Myths

Filmmaker Katie Teague Uncovers Our Misperceptions by Linda Sechrist


atie Teague’s inspiring documentary, Money and Life (MoneyAndLifeMovie. com), provocatively asks: Rather than disastrous, can we view economic crises as brimming with opportunities to shift our thoughts about money and thereby improve models of economic exchange?

Why did you produce a documentary on the subject of money? As an in-depth psychotherapist familiar with observing humanity, I felt that I could use the simple lens of storytelling to chronicle the complexity of money and economics. Because I had no experience in economics or filmmaking, I was often brought to my knees in the crucible of all I was learning, a virtual crash Ph.D. course. In interviewing David Korten, economist, author and former professor at the Harvard Business School, he soothed my worries by pointing out that because I hadn’t been indoctrinated into the world of economics and its jargon, my language of metaphors and analogies would help lay people better recognize and understand convoluted economic concepts. As a therapist, I repeatedly see how disconnections due to eroding relationships with ourselves, our natural world and each other are wreaking havoc on people and the planet. I routinely see that money isn’t a root cause of a person’s issues, just the container for them. Most frequently the issues I hear about result from setting dreams aside “for later” and squelching the sparks of individual genius, usually because

of a perceived scarcity of money. I became curious about what role our relationship to money plays in such disconnections.

What are the effects of awaking to what money is and isn’t in our lives? In considering this from the perspective of healing and tending the soul, asking, “Where are we most wounded in our modern world?” I had my own quantum awakening to the fact that I’m not separate from the subject matter I’m exploring: What is my own story with money? Have I given up healthy selfgovernment to the money god? What are my opportunities to reclaim my own power? I discovered that the core principle of the economy, money and currency is relationship itself, and that we’ve unwittingly disempowered ourselves by entrusting too much power to middlemen like central banks and financial consultants, but are now realizing that we don’t need them. One clear example is that more individuals are having a direct experience of the divine. Also, entire communities are investing their time, energy and money in their local economies, where they have established relationships and can see the results. I believe that the technologies supporting our emerging new economy reflect our own consciousness coming online.

Were you surprised at what you learned? I did not know that the U.S. and global economies are based on debt and scar-

city nor understand beforehand that our perceptions of scarcity and separation from one another are only illusions. While the majority of economists say that money is an exchange, Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money, states, that is what money does but not what it is. Fundamentally, money is a human agreement—a form of currency via an artifact designed, engineered and built by humans. This is something we have forgotten and it’s hurting us.

How did you approach the universally sensitive subject of money? The film is purely a starting place and a tool that individuals can use to educate themselves and spark conversations. I kept the tone of the film as non-polarizing as possible so that conservative family members could cull compelling concepts that inspire further exploration, rather than walk away feeling a need to defend their beliefs. Awareness and knowledge breeds empowerment and innovative perspectives so that we all can better participate in whatever is emerging.

Will a new economy replace or parallel the existing one? A new economy is emerging and operating in parallel. Beyond being based on gifting, alternative money, barter or other buzzwords, it’s coming online from a previously unknown place. This is one of the reasons I term the film emergent-oriented, rather than solution-oriented. A quote by Richard Buckminster Fuller, systems theorist, architect and inventor, eloquently applies: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” The fact is that the old economy, based on debt and scarcity, is designed to collapse. The more innovative we can be in participating in the emerging economy, the more conscious awareness we can bring to bear, improving the chances for increasingly positive impacts. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for recorded interviews.

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calendarofevents WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 Free Foot Screening at PT Services of Guilford – Call today to find out more about Anodyne Therapy for foot pain. Increase circulation, reduce pain & stiffness. Feel better! PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727. New Year’s Day Hike – 10am. Ranger Marty will lead a brisk hike through the park’s frosty landscape. Start the New Year off on the right foot & resolve to spend more time outside. Free. Reg. req. Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. 203.736.1053.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 New Haven Community Circle Dance – 7:309:30pm. Move in footsteps of ancestors by enjoying traditional cultural dances & pieces choreographed in the spirit of ancient folk dance. No exper. nec. $8/sugg. Friends Meetinghouse. 225 East Grand Ave. New Haven. 203.467.1069,

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 Nature’s Child: Snow – 10:30am. Come learn all about snow & take a brisk walk w/naturalist Wendy Sabol. Then create a winter craft & warm up w/ hot cocoa. $6/family ($4/Ans. Res. or family-level FANCI membs.). Pre-reg. req. Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. 203.736.1053.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 Yoga for Healing: Restoration & Manifestation – 10am-12pm. A relaxing journey into restorative yoga, ayurveda seasonal insights & meditation. Class will help melt stress & slow down connecting w/the exhale to create space for manifestation. $25. THE NEST. 1008 Main St. Branford. FREE Reiki Clinic w/Anita Jones, RMT – 11am3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 min. session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. Info: 203.415.4791. Reiki Certification Level I – 1-4pm. Facilitated by Reiki Master, Craig Gilbert. $100. Therapeutic Recreation Center. 19 Hazel Terr. Woodbridge. 203.804.5343,


Chakra Yoga with Sound Medicine – 3-5pm. A deep yoga journey into the center’s quiet. With yoga, breath & vibrational love from crystal singing bowls, delve into each chakra to release what no longer serves & welcome in love. $30. THE NEST. 1008 Main St. Branford. 203.488.9642.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 PT Services of Guilford Offers Free Hand Pain Screening – Hands always aching? Want to find relief without injections or medications? Come in for a FREE hand pain screening. Feel better! 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727. Qigong for Health – 7-8 pm. Learn an easy practice to connect the mind and body, invigorate the internal energy, and relieve stress with focused intention. 4-week series. $55. Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts 860.301.6433.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 “You Too Can Read Palms w Susan Margaret” – 6:30-8pm. Learn to read palms using Susan’s simple method! Written instructions. $20. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000, New Tools & Techniques for the New Year w/ Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8:30pm. 2014-a New Year, with new energies and new accessibilities. Learn tools and techniques that allow creating with ease and limitless possibilities. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. 203.265.2927,

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 Get Winter-Ready at Lock Stock & Barrel! – Come in for a large selection of pet food & accessories (including grain-free, holistic, & frozen raw food) + winter items for houses & farms (snowblowers, generators, power equipment & more). 770 Amity Rd. Bethany. 203.393.0002, Guided Meditation w/Barbara D’Addio – 6:30-8:30pm. Guided meditation on the projection to the future. Finance, love, work. $20. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000,

Largest Loser Competition – Now accepting applications for the 10th season of a weight loss and healthy lifestyle program one can’t find anywhere else! Prizes awarded to male and female participants with the largest percentage of weight loss and winners of team competitions. More Info.:

Pet Partners Therapy Dog Course – 7-8pm (January 8-February 26). $200. Therapeutic Recreation Center. 19 Hazel Terr. Woodbridge. 203.804.5343,

Reiki I Class w/Anita Jones, RMT – 1-6pm. Learn about Reiki energy, its history and how to use it for self and others. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $125. Hamden. Info and registration: 203.415.4791.

Yoga & Fitness – 6:30pm (begins 1/9). w/Pamela Mellitz. Stretching & toning, balance & awareness. Also learn the importance of just breathing correctly for better physical & mental health. 90-minute sessions. $7/class. Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. Register: Pam 203.888.4124.

Free Yoga Class!! –2:30-4pm. Taught by Fresh Yoga teacher trainees. All levels. No need to preregister - just show up early. Props, mats provided. Lots of hands-on assists & good instruction to get participants breathing & in their body! Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven.


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 Teen Yoga Series with Kami Mikelis – 4:305:30pm. 6-wk session: Jan 10 - Feb. 14. This intro to yoga class is designed to inspire & empower the

student through self expression & a sense of belonging. $72. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven. Holographic Sound Healing w/Randeane Tetu – 7:30-8:30pm. Vibrational sound assists the body’s natural healing ability, nourishes emotional self & nurtures the soul’s highest purpose. Release old patterning/balance energy/stimulate healing. $15. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Reiki I Certification w/RMT, Intuitive Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm (or two ½ days/eves). Receive empowering foundation to self-healing, treating others w/balance, love & support for personal challenges/goals. $150. Wlgfd. Pre-class cons./Reg.: 203.913.3869, Redwing Pond House Open House – 10am-12pm. Come visit the Redwing Pond House Preschool! It is a unique, licensed, nature-based preschool offering high quality education for 3- to 5-year-olds at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. 203.736.1053. Gluten-Free Cooking – 1pm. w/certified holistic health coach & personal chef Kari Doering from Body Awareness. Learn easy & healthy gluten-free recipes that taste good. Enjoy tasting samples! Pre-reg. $5. Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. 203.736.1053. Middle School Open House – 1-3pm. Find out about CT Experiential Learning Center. Exceptional academics, small classes, hands-on and real-world learning experiences for the 5th-8th grade student. 28 School St. Branford. Contact: 203.433.4658, Volunteer Orientation – 2-4pm. Therapeutic Recreation Center. 19 Hazel Terr. Woodbridge. 203.804.5343, Renew & Restore – 2-4pm. Take a two hour break from the fast pace of the world! Enjoy a meditative and gentle vinyasa practice w/an extra long savasana. Leave feeling relaxed and peaceful. Feldenkrais® Awareness through Movement: Softening the Ribs – 2:30-4:30pm. No experience necessary. Improve flexibility, strength, & breathing while “softening” the ribs, chest & upper spine w/gentle, small, subtle movements. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347.YOGA(9642),

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 New Haven Bird Club Stratford/Milford Birding Tour – 7:30am. Bird the marshes and beaches in Stratford and Milford looking for waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds. Free. Meet at commuter lot just south of Exit 35 on I-95.  Chris Loscalzo 203.389.6508. Cross-Country Skiing – 10am (snow date: 2/9). Learn about cross-country skiing. No snow? Take a hike & learn local natural history. Pre-reg. 1 wk. before prog. req. Free w/own equip (or rent at Rotary Ski Shop, Stratford, 203.375.5261). Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. 203.736.1053.

Reiki II Class w/ Anita Jones, RMT – 1-6pm. Increase Reiki knowledge and energy. Learn the basic Reiki symbols and distant healing. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $150. Hamden. Info and registration: 203.415.4791. Open House – 2-4pm. Therapeutic Recreation Center. 19 Hazel Terr. Woodbridge. 203.804.5343,

MONDAY, JANUARY 13 Free Shoulder Consultation at PT Services of Guilford – Why suffer with shoulder pain when something can be done about it? Come see staff for a FREE shoulder consultation. Find pain relief without medication! PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727. Four Desires Workshop – 6:30pm (Fri. thru Sun.). Uncover life dreams, know hidden aspects of self, receive a map by which to live the rest of life based on the true desires of one’s soul. Change the course of life. $195/adv., $225. 39 Putnam Ave. Hamden. 203.287.2277, Circle of Love/Spiritual Empowerment Group w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8pm. Delve within to enhance ability to tap into divine energy. Join the unconditional loving energy of this open and evolving group lead by spirit. $15. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. 203.265.2927,

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 Needlework Social Circle – 10am-12pm (January 14, 21, 28). Knit/crochet scarves/hats for homeless veterans. $60. Therapeutic Recreation Center. 19 Hazel Terr. Woodbridge. 203.804.5343,

Free Marketing for Small Business Workshop at The Graduate Institute – 7pm (following a 5:30pm Open House). Learn how to use LinkedIn and mobile marketing to promote a small business or practice. 171 Amity Rd. Bethany. RSVP: 203.874.4252, A Circle of Women – 7-9pm. Join in sacred space to discover & strengthen authentic self, celebrate “womens’ ways,” live in rhythm with the seasons. Fifth Anniversary! Healing the world one woman at a time. $25. Wallingford. Call Susan to reserve space: 203.645.1230.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Hosts National Geography Bee For Connecticut Homeschoolers Grades 4-8 – 10 a.m. Free and open to public. Blackstone Memorial Library. Branford. Info: 203.433.4658,, Soulcraft Art Workshop w/Karen – 6:30-8:30pm (1/16, 1/30). Healing selves through artistic expression. Collage & painting. Become aware of inner talents. Be creative in a fun, relaxed workshop. All supplies provided. $35. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000. Full Moon Meditation w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8:30pm. Align w/new energies of full moon. Opportunities for allowing spiritual energies to reach human hearts and minds. Tap into this vast pool of energy. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. 203.265.2927,,


Classic Card Reading Workshop w/Susan Margaret - Amaze Yourself… – 6:30-8pm (1/14, 1/21, 1/28). Learn to give readings using a classic, traditional card deck. $25. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000,

Yin Yang Monthly Intensive w/Melissa Hall – 9:30-11am. Strengthen muscles w/45 minutes of vinyasa. Poses are held for one to five breaths. Then, stretch & restore connective tissue & joints w/45 minutes of yin. $19/drop in or class card. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven. Info@

Shine w/Angelspeake™ w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30-8:30pm. Rec.$8 in crystals/stones or chakra floral w/prepay by 1/8. Rec. loving messages/guidance from angels, guides, loved ones. Develop spiritual senses. $33/ cls. & materials. Wlfgd. Reg.: 203.913.3869,

Full Moon Hike: Full Wolf Moon – 7pm. Join Nature Ctr. staff on a hike by the light of the moon! Use night vision & other senses for this after-dark park expedition. Listen for coyotes howling & roast marshmallows. Free. Pre-reg. req. Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. 203.736.1053.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 Thinking About Middle School? Consider CT Experiential Learning Center – 8:45-10:30am (Wed.: Jan. 15 & 29, Feb. 12 & 26). See staff in action! Attend an information session. Meet the teachers, speak with students, observe classes. Reservations: 203.433.4658,

Abundance 101 w/Susane Grasso – 7-8:30pm. Attendees explore their home’s magical potential starting with the 1st floor. Learn to use simple household items to create a prosperous and productive 2014. $25. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000, 


Open House at The Graduate Institute (TGI) – 5:30pm. Prospective students are invited to learn about TGI’s holistic MA degree and certificate programs for adult learners. 171 Amity Rd. Bethany. RSVP: 203.874.4252,,

Reiki II Cert. w/RMT, Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm (or two ½ days/eves). Receive empowering keys to mental-emotional clarity & balance and love that transcends time & space w/support for empathic challenges. $175. Wlgfd. Pre-class consult/Reg.: 203.913.3869,

Meditation & Feng Shui for the Chakras w/ RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:308:30pm (& Tues. 1/28). Engage w/[+]Energy insights/skills/habits for lasting, healthy transformation. Create more love for self & others. $25. 2@$20/cls. Wlgfd. Reg.: 203.913.3869,

YogaTuneup Workshop for Keyboard Warriors w/Lillee Chandra – 10am-12pm. Playful & challenging movements coupled with soothing self-massage techniques will take attendees on a transformative tour from the top of the spine to the fingertips. $40. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven.

FREE Reiki Clinic w/Anita Jones, RMT – 11am3pm. Enjoy a 10-15 min. session of Reiki and learn about healing energy. Thyme and Season. 3040 Whitney Ave. Hamden. Info: 203.415.4791. Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings w/ Lisa Morrison – 12-4pm. Lisa believes that readings should be a balance of humor, healing and inspiration. Her goal is to help restore balance and encourage wholeness of self. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000. Intro to Photo Class at KanduBeads – 2-4pm. Learn the basics of digital photography, lighting and composition for product and jewelry photography. Bring a digital camera and a product to photograph. KanduBeads. 346 Quinnipiac St. Wallingford. 203.793.7348,

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Visit the Ansonia Nature Ctr. at Martin Luther King Day at the Peabodv Museum – Sun. & Mon. 1/19 & 1/20. 170 Whitney Ave. New Haven. Reiki III Class w/Anita Jones, RMT – 1-6pm. Deepen Reiki knowledge. Learn meditations and techniques for enhancing Reiki energy. Attunement given. Certificate and manual included. $250. Hamden. Info and registration: 203.415.4791.

MONDAY, JANUARY 20 Free Manual Therapy Therapeutic Consultation – Had physical therapy w/o relief? Try manual therapy, hands-on treatment. 40 minutes one-on-one w/staff. Feel better. Experience the difference! Call for FREE consultation. PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727. Practice EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique Fundamentals w/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 6:30-8:30pm. Relax/release/refresh w/ group energy, take-home techniques for healthy response to “stress.” Feel better, obtain healing insights/free-spiritedness. $33. 203.913.3869,

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 Group Past Life Regression w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8:30pm. Difficulty breaking thru fears? Repeating unwanted behaviors? PLR is an effective way to discover the answers & helps w/ moving forward in life. $20. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford. 203.265.2927,,

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 Guided Meditation w/Barbara D’Addio – 6:308:30pm. Learn the shapes of the body and their powerful meaning. How to use Sacred Geometry in healing. $20. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000,

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 Community Acupuncture with Dr. Jennifer Botwick, ND – 6pm. Curious about Acupuncture? Looking for a way to manage stress and chronic pain? Experience acupuncture in a safe, clean, educational environment of healing and well-being. $25/person. 260 Amity Rd. Woodbridge. RSVP: 203.397.7767.

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January 2014


Working with Energy w/Christine McGrath – 7-8:30pm. Exploring Energy in all forms. Learn about frequencies or vibrations. Balance, dowsing, redirect energy to assist with healing. $20. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000,

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 Navigate the Sea within w/Aile Hepburn – 6:457:45pm. Learn to be more conscious, joyful, and present in life. Live from essence rather than reactive ego. Guided meditation. $20. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. 203.453.4000. Dance to Freedom w/Nancy Melillo – 7:459pm. DTF is all about moving and breathing. It is a low-pressure dance party with a soulful soundtrack. No experience required. Be prepared to sweat, have fun & let go! $19/drop-in or use of class card. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Reiki III ART Cert. w/RMT Holistic Coach Diane Esposito – 9am-3pm (or two ½ days/ eves). Promote/deepen personal & client lasting, healthy transformations. Advanced techniques w/ crystal/stone healing & manifesting grids. $200. Wlgfd. Pre-class consult/Reg.: 203.913.3869, Anti-Aging for Life: Keeping Physically & Mentally Fit – 10am-2pm. Materializing Your Goals by Georgette Wood, LPC; Integrating Movement & Healthy Eating into Your Busy Day by Margot Longenecker, ND; Soul Collage by Cathy Dziekan, LPC. $39. 250 W. Main St. Bfd. 203.481.3757, Back to Basics: Natural Lip Balms – 1pm. w/ Ranger Dawn. Learn how to make lip balm w/ natural ingredients such as beeswax & essential oils in this easy & fun workshop. Take home several samples! $10/materials fee. Please register. Ansonia Nature Ctr. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. 203.736.1053. Reiki Certification Level II – 1-4pm. Facilitated by Reiki Master, Craig Gilbert. $100. Therapeutic Recreation Center. 19 Hazel Terr. Woodbridge. 203.804.5343, Wire Sculpting Class – 2-4pm. Learn how to wire wrap healing stones and crystals in strands of sculpted wire to wear everyday. Taught by Tony Thibodeau at KanduBeads. Session fee: $50. Pre-reg required. KanduBeads. 346 Quinnipiac St. Wallingford. 203.793.7348, Gong Meditation Concert by The Conduit Center – 3-4:15pm. Come let the gongs and singing bowls help with reaching a state of deep relaxation. Be taken on a sound journey to help retune and rebalance for 2014.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Iyengar Yoga: Insight from India – 12-3pm. Deepen practice with Jarvis Chen as he teaches a master class inspired by his annual visit to study with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347.YOGA(9642), Yoga Tune Up® Self Care Workshop ~ Jennifer Cook – 1-3pm. Learn how to use the YTU® therapy balls for self-massage & trigger point therapy. Treat painful & stubborn areas in the body. Find


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body blind spots. $30/25 Earlybird. Your Community Yoga Center. 39 Putnam Ave. Hamden. Early Childhood Music Workshop for Educators – 1-4pm. Facilitated by Beth Patella. $100. Therapeutic Recreation Center. 19 Hazel Terr. Woodbridge. 203.804.5343,

MONDAY, JANUARY 27 Experiencing Back Pain? Come in for a FREE Back Consultation w/PT Services of Guilford – Stop back pain NOW! Come visit for a FREE consultation. Find pain relief without medication! PT Services of Guilford. 500 East Main St. Ste. 310. Branford. 203.315.7727. Ecotherapy Interest Group – 6-8pm. Open to those from the community who wish to deepen their connection to the natural world! The Graduate Institute. 171 Amity Rd. Bethany. RSVP: 203.874.4252 or Circle of Love/Spiritual Empowerment Group w/Gayle Franceschetti – 6:30-8pm. Delve within to enhance ability to tap into divine energy. Join the unconditional loving energy of this open and evolving group lead by spirit. $15. 36 Cheshire Rd. Wallingford.203.265.2927, Detox Your Life Workshop: Improve Your Health! – 6:30-8:30pm. Attendees learn where toxins come from & simple ways to detox their body & life! Presented by Certified Holistic Health Coach, Gina Ledwith. Holistically Well. 7 Orchard Park Rd. Unit 5. Madison. 203.278.2195,

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 Tech Tuesdays – 10am-12pm. Want to learn to set up an email account? Start a Word document? Download an ebook? Get tips on searching databases? Reserve a one-on-one session for help w/ tech-related questions. James Blackstone Memorial Lib. 758 Main St. Bfrd. 203.488.1441x 318,

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 Bald Eagle Viewing – 9am-1pm (Wed., Sat. & Sun. thru 3/5). Specialists on site w/high-powered telescopes & info. on America’s national symbol. Res. req. Handicap-access. Free. Shepaug Dam Bald Eagle Observation Area. River Rd. Southbury. 800.368.8954,

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance – 9am4pm. Get free, one-on-one help from certified assisters w/Margaret R. Sessa, RN & the Rev. Esther Jones. Appointment required. Griffin Hospital’s Health Resource Ctr. 130 Division St. Derby. Schedule appt.: 203.732.1136,

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 Explore Past Lives – 6-8:30pm. w/Lisa Morrison. Discover how Past Life Regression is used to identify, release and heal imbalances from within. Several attendees will experience a regression. A forum-style event. $25. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. Call for more info.: 203.453.4000.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Meditation as Medication – 8:30-9:30am. 6-week series for beginners & experienced meditators. Become more empowered in life! Learn simple meditation techniques to manage stress & anxiety triggers, to calm & control the mind. $72. 39 Putnam Ave. Hamden. 203.287.2277, Polymer Amulet Class with Diane Villano – 2-5pm. Learn to create a wearable polymer clay box pendant in which to carry energy healing stones! Class fee: $65. Pre-reg. required. Seats limited. KanduBeads. 346 Quinnipiac St. Wallingford. 203.793.7348,

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 The 7th Annual Run for Refugees – 5K run/walk through East Rock Park, New Haven + plus postrace party. Benefits Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) who help refugees & other displaced people establish new lives, regain hope & contribute to CT’s vitality.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Parkinson’s Support Group – 12:30-2pm. Open to individuals w/Parkinson’s Disease & caregivers. Group meets the 1st Tues. of every month & features presentations on varying educational topics. Griffin Hospital. 130 Division St. Derby. Info: Heather 203.732.7445.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Diamonds and Purls Knitting Group – 4-5pm. Classes for beginners, company for experienced knitters. Learners should bring a pair of Number 9 or 10 size needles. Essex Library. 33 West Ave. Essex. 860.767.1560,

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Fundamentals of Natural Science Illustration II – 1-4pm (Feb. 5-Mar. 26, Wed.) w/Dorie Petrochko (& 5/10-6/28 w/C. Gilbane). Draw from real life specimens from museum collection. Alternative b&w media will be introduced along w/color & its basic principles. Prereq.: Fundamentals I. $350.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 OCD Support Group –3-4pm (1st & 3rd Thur. to 2/27). Primarily peer support moderated by clinic staff. Share experiences, struggles, coping strategies, successes. CT Mental Health Ctr. Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit. 3rd fl. conf. 34 Park St. New Haven. 203.974.7523,

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 The Secrets of Successful Artists – 8-9:30pm. Tony J. will discuss how he makes a career as an artist. Art issues incl.: submissions; marketing; press/grant writing; producing; mingling; getting funding; and, more. $10. Never Ending Books. 810 State St. New Haven. 203.215.5456, SAVE THE DATE: Filigree Class with Tony Thibodeau 2/8/14 + 2/15/14 – 2-4pm. Three part class. Learn how to create unique jewelry using ornamentally twisted wire at KanduBeads. Pre-Reg required. Fee: $145. KanduBeads. 346 Quinnipiac St. Wallingford. Call for more info: 203.793.7348,


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

Intuitive Readings w/Susan Margaret – 11am3pm (Tues. & Thurs.). Susan is a medium who has been doing psychic readings for 43 years. She uses playing cards, reads palms and uses basic astrology in her readings. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000.

Pre & Postnatal Yoga – 9:30-11am. Practice poses & movements that appropriately stretch & strengthen the body while preparing for delivery physically & psychologically. New mothers recover from birth. No yoga exper. nec. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347.YOGA (9642),

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

Guided Hikes – 1pm. Ansonia Nature Center. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. Info: 203.736.1053.

Open Studio: Take Advantage of Open Studio Jewelry Making Hours at KanduBeads – 4-7pm (every Tues.). Choose from a wide selection of natural crystals, gems & stones from which to make healing jewelry by hand. Studio fee: $10. KanduBeads. 346 Quinnipiac St. Wallingford. 203.793.7348,

monday Vinyasa – 9:30-10:45am. w/Melissa. Move, flow and refresh for the rest of the day! New student special: $30/2-weeks unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven. 203.776.9642. Yoga with Marlene – 10:30am/7:15pm (classes also offered Tues. 9:30am/6:30pm, Wed. 6:30pm, Thurs.10am/6:30pm, & Fri. 9:30am). Yoga classes for all ages and problems in a serene atmosphere with emphasis on stress-management. 1221 Village Walk. Guilford. Info: 203.453.5360. $5 Community Flow at Fresh Yoga – 12:151:15pm. All are welcome. All students will be encouraged to move mindfully, feel every breath and explore their own unique expression of each yoga pose. No experience necessary. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven. 203.776.9642.  Yin Yoga for Balance & Health – 5:30pm. Allow gravity to help forgive tensions/soothe the entire energy of mind & body w/deep poses, long holds & healing insights. Yin works on a deep level of fascia & bone. $17/drop in or class card. Raven’s Wing Yoga. 19 South Main St. Brnfrd. Qigong – 7-8pm. Learn a practice that invigorates the internal energy, relieves stress, tones and stretches the muscles, and connects the mind and body. $15/class. Shoreline Center for Wholistic Health. 35 Boston St. Guilford. Call Tranquil Mountain Internal Arts to confirm info: 860.301.6433.


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Yin Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Take a shape, relax deeply into stillness, learn how to be w/self. Class creates positive stress on the body’s connective tissue to help rejuvenate & find a new experience of flexibility. $30/2-wks. unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven. 203.776.9642. Power Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. A yoga class that will MOST CERTAINLY make one SWEAT! A circuit based workout incorporating cardio bursts and light weights within a yoga practice. Take practice to a whole NEW level! IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. Info: 860.961.4507.

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

wednesday Introductory Massage Special! – Massage Savvy offers affordable, quality massage. Introductory special: $49/one hour Swedish or firm, $59/deep muscle. Loyalty program w/discount on multiple massages. 2514 Boston Post. Rd. Guilford. (rear entrance). Sched. an appt.: 203.453.8667, Yoga Tune Up® – 9-10:10am. Strengthen and stretch the entire body. This class will dig deep into proper alignment and therapeutic movement techniques with breath to help improve posture, eradicate pain and enhance performance. Your Community Yoga Center. 39 Putnam Ave. Hamden. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 12-1pm. Experience a qigong form to rebalance/strengthen body/mind/spirit. All abilities/health levels. 1st class free (reg. $5). Holistic Therapies Classrm. 15 S. Elm St. Wlgfrd. Qi gong – 7:30-8:15am. Exercise system including mvmt., healing posture, self massage, breathing techniques, relaxation, energy meditation. All ages/levels. Beneficial for many illnesses/disorders/dysfunctions. Helps release deep emotions/ stress.  IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. 860.961.4507. Moderate Yoga – 8:45-9:45am & 6-7pm. A Kripalu inspired class that unites breath with movement. This is a well-rounded class that both tones and stretches the body. IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. Info: 860.961.4507. Library Yoga at New Haven Public Library – 1-2pm. Drop-ins welcome. Bring a mat. Instructors vary. 133 Elm St. New Haven. Call for details and to ensure class will take place as scheduled: 203.946.8835,

Holistic Moms Network, Middlesex County CT – 7-9pm (last Tuesdays). Nonprofit organization connecting parents interested in holistic health and green living. 1st meeting free. United Church of Chester. 29 West Main St. Chester. To contact, confirm dates or see topics, visit

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

Restorative Yoga w/Ellen – 7:15-8:30pm. Restorative yoga is about moving mind/body away from normal activity and into a relaxed state of being. Poses held for 5-20 minutes w/props. New students $30/2-weeks unlimited classes. Fresh Yoga. 319 Peck St. New Haven.203.776.9642.

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

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

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



The Milford Chamber’s ‘Health & Wellness Council’ – 8:30-9:30am. (2nd Thurs. monthly). Group is comprised of businesses in the health and wellness industry. 5 Broad St. Milford. 203.878.0681,,

Introductory Massage Special! – Massage Savvy offers affordable, quality massage. Introductory special: $49/one hour Swedish or firm, $59/deep muscle. Loyalty program w/discount on multiple massages. 2514 Boston Post. Rd. Guilford. (rear entrance). Sched. an appt.: 203.453.8667,

Healthy-Steps, The Lebed Method – 3-4pm. w/Susan Sandel. Gentle therapeutic exercise/mvmnt prog. Helpful for breast cancer survivors/chronic health conditions. Free. Sponsor: Mddlsx. Hosp. Ctr. for Survivorship & Integrative Medicine. Middletown. Details: 203.457.1656. Iyengar Yoga – 5:30pm: Back Care & Fundamentals, ongoing, 7pm: Levels I & II. Start Jan. 9. Align and awaken self while deepening understanding of Yoga. Yoga in Middletown. 438 Main St. 860.347. YOGA (9642), Spin/Yoga Class – 5:45-6:45pm. Spend 30 min. on the indoor cycle working up a great sweat with energizing music. The 2nd half of the class is strengthening, stretching yoga moves with a final relaxation period. Truly a mind/body workout! IFoundFitness. 190 Main St. Deep River. Info: 860.961.4507. Process Free Group – 6:30pm (1/9: meets 2nd Thurs. of the month). 1449 Old Waterbury Rd. Southbury. Info/Register: 203.733.1805 or look for the group on Yoga for Your Health – 6:30pm. Ansonia Nature Center. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. Call to confirm details: Pam 203.888.4124. Emei Wujigong Qigong Group Practice – 6:307:30pm (1/9 & 1/23). Schedule available online. 1st class free, regularly $5. Holistic Therapies Classroom. 15 South Elm St. Wallingford. Info:

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

Reiki Practitioner Cert. – With RMT/Holistic Coach Diane Esposito. Why Reiki? When mental/emotional/energetic clarity & balance are awakened w/the power of love, anything is possible, even w/prickly people/challenges/changes. Wlgfd. Free Pre-class consult: 203.913.3869,

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn

Stony Creek Intermediate Level Hatha Yoga Classes with Gina Macdonald MA, LPC – 8:3010am. Walk-ins welcome. $10/session. Willoughby Wallace Library. 146 Thimble Island Rd. Stony Creek. Contact: Gina 203.710.6665. Saturday Skill Builder Jewelry Making Class – 11am-12pm (every Sat.). Learn an easy, basic jewelry making technique every week. More fun with friends! Full jewelry studio and classroom workspace. $10. KanduBeads. 346 Quinnipiac St. Bldg 1, Flr 2. Wallingford. 203.793.7348, ReikiShare: The Universal Reiki Plan – 11am1:30pm. Pre-register to share Reiki & join in a FREE workshop to make it a Reiki day! The 3rd Sat. of every month. Free (“love offering”). Bloodroot Rest. 85 Ferris St. Bridgeport. Reservation only: Jim or Jeannette 203.254.3958, Creature Features – 12pm. Ansonia Nature Center. 10 Deerfield Rd. Ansonia. Info: 203.736.1053. Intuitive Readings w/Lisa Morrison – 12-4pm (Jan. date: 1/18). Goddess, Tarot, Rune & Past Life Readings. Lisa believes readings should balance humor, healing & inspiration. Her intention is to help restore balance/encourage wholeness. $1/ min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000.

Intuitive Readings w/Susane Grasso – 11am-3pm (plus: Sat. 1/4, 11am-3pm; & Sun. 1/29, 12-4pm). Usui & Karuna Reiki Master & Clairvoyant Susane sees auras/mirrors of soul/emotions & physical being. $1/min. Enchanted. 1250 Boston Post Rd. Guilford. 203.453.4000, Power Vinyasa – 4:30-5:45pm. Heated (80+ deg.) flowing class based on Baptiste Vinyasa Power Yoga. Vigorous, fast-paced series of poses condition the whole body, offer peace of mind & the ability to move more powerfully/authentically. Fresh Yoga. 49 Orange St. New Haven. 203.776.9642,

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EMERGENCY SHELTER WALLINGFORD EMERGENCY SHELTER – Provides temporary housing/warm meals during winter months to those who are in a state of emergency as the result of a crisis situation or extreme difficulty. Vltrs. desired, as well. 203.294.0102,

FOOD ISSUES ADDICTION RECOVERY APT FOUNDATION – Outpatient & residential substance use disorder treatment, primary healthcare, outpatient mental health treatment services, medication assisted treatment, family counseling services, adult education & vocational services to all. 1 Long Wharf Dr. New Haven. CONNECTICUT COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING – Mission: to reduce the prevalence and impact of problem and pathological gambling on individuals, families, and society. 888.789.7777,

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

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BHcare – A state-licensed, non-profit behavioral health care provider serving Lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven & Shoreline communities. It provides comprehensive behavioral health, prevention & domestic violence services to improve the lives & health of individuals, families & communities. 203.446.9739, CONNECTICUT WOMEN’S CONSORTIUM – Aim: ensure the behavioral health system responds to the needs of women & the people & organizations that affect them. Eliminate discrimination/promote excellence in care for women through educ., training, advocacy & policy dev. 203.909.6888,

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES SAFE HAVEN OF GREATER WATERBURY – Offering a Safe Haven for victims of domestic violence & sexual assault w/free, confidential services in a safe, caring environment & raising awareness w/community educ./outreach. Restoring hope & helping people reclaim their lives. 203.575.0388,

T H E N E W H AV E N F O O D P O L I C Y COUNCIL – A volunteer advisory board addressing local & regional food issues & impacts on individuals, communities, businesses, the environment & local government. Meets 3rd Wed. 8-9:45am/ City Hall – public welcome. 203.773.3736, NEW HAVEN FARMS, INC. – Promotes health & community dev. through urban agriculture. Affordable fresh fruits/vegetables for those affected by diet-related chronic disease. A community response to intersecting crises: diabetes/obesity/ environmental degradation/poverty. 203.915.1892,

HOME HEALTH CARE MASONICARE – “An ageless commitment to caring.” Enhances the quality of life by providing health, social and spiritual care throughout an individual’s lifetime with emphasis on the needs of older persons.

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

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OFFICE FOR RENT OFFICE SPACE AMITY – Dynamic, integrative practice expanding, currently ND LMT Bowen Reiki. Looking for like-minded practitioners. Newly renovated well lit w/ground level entrance, views of West Rock. Easy access to Routes 15, 69, 63 Whalley Ave. Searching for Integrative Medicine, NP, CNM, DO, PA or MSW, etc. Please contact clinic director Dr. Lou Cofrancesco.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide visit our website and click our Advertise menu. ALLERGY



Kevin Healy, DC

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

Applied Kinesiology is neurological evaluation to find dysfunction. It addresses problems instead of chasing pains. Dr. Healy tests if a therapy benefits the dysfunction and finds immediate answers about which result in the most improvement. Chiropractic, craniosacral, myofascial, and acupressure are among the therapies Dr. Healy uses. No single cure exists since disease (which includes a state of dysfunction) typically involves many areas of the body. The goal of any therapy-physical, chemical, or emotional-is to improve function, and a combination of therapies has the best results. See ad on page 33.

Anne Mitchell, ND North Haven and West Hartford Offices 203.239.3400

Shoreline Natural Health Care, LLC

Specializing in Advanced Allergy Therapeutics Betty Brainerd, ND Guilford, CT 203.738.0020


Are you suffering from allergies or sensitivites? Would you like to live life without medications or the need to avoid certain foods, animals, or other offending substances? We can help you. Our Advanced Allergy Therapeutics results in elimination of allergic reactions. Noninvasive, no needles, safe for all ages.


Improve your quality of life w/ empowering guidance & support. Move to the Heart of Healing w/ Diane Esposito, RMT/Holistic Coach/author of Play, Heal, Love! The Art of Creating Healthy Relationships. Be inspired; create habits & boundaries that heal w/in-person or phone Readings, Reiki, Reflexology, EFT, Angelspeake, Meditation. See ad on page 33.


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Madison, CT 203.245.9317

CONNECTICUT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CENTER 28 School Street Branford, CT 06405 203.433.4658

CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) of Branford is a dynamic middle school program that provides small classes and combines exceptional academics with hands-on and real-world learning experiences to fit the academic, social, and emotional needs of the 5th–8th grade student. Contact us to schedule a visit or for more information at: or call 203.433.4658. See ad on page 9.


Accredited, Non-profit Graduate School offering holistic programs in contemporary and emerging fields 203.874.4252 The Graduate Institute offers holistic master’s degrees and certificate programs for adult learners. Programs include Integrative Health and Healing, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability, Writing and Oral Tradition, Organizational Leadership, Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation, and more. See ad on page 7.


Gina Ledwith 7 Orchard Park Road, Unit 5 Madison, CT 06443 203.278.2195 Ready to be free of dieting restrictions and deprivation? Gina will show you how to easily lose weight with a whole foods approach that will leave you feeling satisfied and amazing! She specializes in weight loss, digestive health and healing with food. Change your life! Call today for a free session! See ad on page 9.

HEALTH FOOD thyme and season natural market

3040 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06518 203.407.8128 Our 16th year! Open 7 days : M-F 8:00-7:30; Sat 9-7; Sun 10-5 One of the largest selections of natural, organic, non-GMO, glutenfree & vegan foods in the area - local produce, organic & free-range meats / p o u l t r y, l o c a l artisan cheese, sustainable fish, organic baby food, quality pet food & remedies, safe cleaning & paper products, fair trade chocolate & coffee. Vitamin, mineral, herb and whole food supplements, homeopathic & ayurvedic remedies and a Certified Nutrition Counselor to assist you; Health Talks by health profs Thurs eves Spring & Fall. Pick up a healthy hot breakfast or lunch Mon-Sat: 4 entrees & 6 soups plus salads, sandwiches, sushi, & wraps. A dedicated helpful staff.






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Dr. Mark A. Breiner is a pioneer and recognized authority in the field of holistic dentistry. With over 30 years of experience, he is a sought after speaker and lecturer. His popular consumer book, Whole-Body Dentistry, has been sold worldwide. See ad on page 21.

A dynamic network of licensed therapists offers quality massage to reduce tension/anxiety, relax body & mind, enhance immune system, lessen muscle pain/tension, offer headache relief, improve sleep. Programs include: Intro. special $49/one hour, multiple massage discounts & corporate on-site chair/event massage. See ad on page 15.




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


PAT I E N T A D V O C AT E . Dr. Clark Springgate has over 25 years experience as a Patient Advocate. To get the right diagnosis and treatment in America in 2013 you definitely need a patient advocate. To Schedule an Appointment, call 203.887.6441.


Shoreline Natural Health Care, LLC

Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of ill or non-optimum health. Causes include foods, metals, chemicals, immune challenges, allergies, and more. The doctor works one on one to make meaningful and educated changes as needed in the patient’s diet. The majority of supplements used are organic whole food. The system determines when supplements are needed or no longer needed. Results have been outstanding!

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Betty Brainerd, ND Guilford, CT 203.738.0020

New breakthrough advanced allergy treatment for the whole family! ADD/ADHD, digestive, skin and respiratory problems, PMS/menopause, fatique, high cholesterol, and more. Cleansing and detox programs. Therapeutic far infrared sauna. Botanical medicine, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, Bowen therapy (the homeopathy of bodywork).


Adam Breiner, ND, Director Elena Sokolova, MD, ND David Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN Fairfield/Trumbull town line 203.371.8258 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 ability to 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 P h o t o t h e r a p y, F u n c t i o n a l Medicine, Herbal Medicine, H o m e o p a t h y, H o r m o n a l Balancing, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Metabolic Typing, Nutritional Assessment, RealTime EEG Neurofeedback, and other therapies. See ad on page 21.

Certified Nutrition Counselor, FiFHi Thyme and Season Natural Market 3040 Whitney Avenue Hamden (Rt. 10, Mt Carmel) CT 06518 203.407.8128 Ext. 2 Complimentary Counseling Mon. through Fri. 9am – 4:30pm. Nutrition plus vitamin, mineral, herb and whole food supplements, homeopathic & ayurvedic remedies; Fellow of the Institute for Human Individuality. Supplement and H&B Manager; Director of our Wellness Outreach Lecture Program now in its 30th series, offered free, most Thursday evenings each Spring and Fall. Call for possible participation; check website for schedule.


Everlastings, by Arlene Bouley The Carriage House At The Gate House West 2614 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 203.458.1298 Everlastings offers a Full Service, Holistic, and Organic Approach to Hair and Body, and Features, Organic and Dimensional Color, Highlights, Bodywaves, Relaxers and Razor cuts. Please call for your individual consultation. See ad on page 10.

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Linda Maude, PT 111 New Haven Ave. Derby, CT 06418 203.735.8336


Specializing in evaluation & treatment of musculoskeletal imbalance & injuries. Results achieved that traditional physical therapy may not. Therapeutic approaches such as manual therapy, craniosacral, visceral manipulation and vestibular rehab. State of the art facility for strengthening and overall rehabilitation.


Center unites Beth Patella Center for Music & Animal Assisted Therapy Services. Innovative programs for all children & adults, including those w/disabilities. Early Childhood Music; Music for persons w/Disabilities; Drumming; Sound Therapy; Canine/Equine Assisted Therapy; Veterans Wounded Warrior Equine Project & more. See ad on page 21.

EVERRITE HEALING THERAPY Debbie Dobieski 203.510.8555

Debbie is a Reiki Master Practitioner and Intuitive Empath with a unique blend of techniques that provide deep healing and insight to inspire growth and clarity to help you move forward on your path and embrace life with a positive outlook. She gets to the core of your issues and unblocks what is holding you back. Start a session and change your life.

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Robert De Matteo Integrative Health & Wellness Coach The Healthy Mind 900 Straits Tnpk, Suite D Middlebury, CT 860.490.2538



Juliette Storch is a Certified Intuitive Healer and Life Coach. As a Modern Mystic, Muse & Medium her method is untraditional, powerful, and rooted firmly in the tradition of her Huguenot forebears—witches and wise women. With an open channel to dimensions beyond this one, Juliette brings messages of those who have passed from this life, connects you with your guides and uncovers negative energies that still affect you from past millennia. By magically blending Eastern essences with Spirit, she activates your chakras and channels the beings and voices that are the pieces of the puzzle of you. Sharing space and words with Saints and Archetypes, Juliette tells the story of your heart, your essence, your very Soul… and opens the gateway to flowing Spirit, ready to guide you to your next elevation. Working with Juliette is an unexpected experience. It’s a leap into the darkness... because you must change the dark before your heart can fill with light. Take the veil away from your eyes and see the magical life that you want...Let Juliette open the door to manifest your ABUNDANT LifesPath! See ad on page 29.

Finding Balance – Wellness Group, 7-8:30 pm every WED. Learn stress reduction techniques and create more joy and peace in your life. Come join in & explore philosophies of healing. $20 / session. The Healthy Mind. 900 Straits Tnpk. Suite D. Middlebury. Call for details: 860.490.2538.


Jenna Henderson, ND 2 Broadway, North Haven, CT 1007 Farmington Ave, Suite 7A, West Hartford, CT 203.239.3400 Get off the dieting merry-goround and FINALLY achieve your ideal weight. We offer a medically supervised weight loss program with whole foods, individualized nutrition, emotional eating support, meal planning and weight loss coaching. MOST INSURANCES ACCEPTED See ad on page 15.


19 South Main St. Branford, CT 203.488.9642 Rooted in the sacred teachings of yoga, Raven’s Wing is an inviting & safe place for all who desire positive change. Gentle, beginner, moderate and vigorous classes offered, as well as monthly workshops, kirtan and seasonal celebrations. Ayurveda and private instruction also offered. See ad on page 33.


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