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ands Across the Sand—an international movement protesting invasive and damaging energy industry practices such as offshore and deep-water drilling—will come to Pensacola Beach and Santa Rosa Beach, among other coastal communities worldwide, on May 20. Coordinated inland events, Hands Across the Land, will take place across the United States and other countries as well. Founded in 2010, Hands Across the Sand/Land grew into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil, and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy. Now there’s a rising tide of grassroots activism advocating for a clean energy future over the dangerous and dirty fuels of the 20th century. Global movements like Hands Across the Sand are one way to bring the message of clean energy to local and world leaders, says founder Dave Rauschkolb. “We don’t have to drill our way to energy independence—in fact, we can’t,” he says. “What we can do is support clean domestic energy solutions to meet our energy needs with our own resources and our own people. When activists organize hundreds of events and join hands, that creates a powerful image to send to our elected officials.” Hands Across the Sand in Pensacola Beach, sponsored by 350 Pensacola, will protest offshore drilling. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 20 Casino Beach Boulevard. For more information, contact Christian Wagley at or 850-687-9968. The Santa Rosa Beach event, protesting offshore drilling, pipelines and fracking, will begin at noon at the Ed Walline Public Beach Access at the intersection of Route 393 and County Road 30A. For more information, contact Nancy Meehan at or 850-660-1132. For more information, visit


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he Global Big Latch On, a worldwide, coordinated event in which women gather to normalize breastfeeding by nursing their babies en masse in the supportive company of family, friends and community, will be take place August 5. Locally, a major participant in this event is Project Birth Center Pensacola (PBCP), a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to bringing a maternity-focused health center to the Pensacola area. With cesarean rates rising and more education on safe birth alternatives available, more families are choosing out-of-hospital birth. There’s increasing demand for more childbirth choices in the Pensacola area too, and so PBCP’s mission is to rally the community to expand local access to midwifery care as well as safe locations for birth outside the hospital. “For the past several years, families have struggled to locate midwives able to provide any out-of-hospital birth choices in Pensacola. This is something this project commits to changing,” says PBCP Vice President Jen Chendea. This year, PBCP is working on several community outreach events, including participation in free clinics offering women’s health care, and the Global Big Latch On, in an effort to expand not only exposure of the project, but awareness of the project’s goals, which are not directed only at birth. “Since birth starts with pregnancy, it is vital that women are healthy and strong before pregnancy, to reduce pregnancy risk factors,” Chendea says. “Women may be unable to access or afford well-woman care prior to pregnancy, increasing their risk factors for prematurity and other pregnancy- and birth-related complications. Improving access to women’s health care will improve birth outcomes for moms and babies. So this project is not just about birth, but about healthy women and families.” For more information or to help, visit PBCP on Facebook or PensacolaBirth

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he annual Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day—a familyfriendly combination of festival and tournament, with activities for divers and landlubbers alike—will be held May 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Plaza De Luna in Pensacola. Lionfish, which have venomous spines that are very painful, are native to the Indo-Pacific, but are now established in the waters along the southeast coast of the United States, in the Caribbean and in parts of the Gulf of Mexico. While the exact cause of their presence here is unknown, it’s likely that humans helped. Experts speculate that people have been dumping unwanted lionfish from home aquariums into the Atlantic Ocean for up to 25 years. Since lionfish are not native to Atlantic waters, these carnivores have very few predators. They feed on small crustaceans and fish, including the young of important commercial fish species such as snapper and grouper. How lionfish will affect native fish populations and commercial fishing industries has yet to be determined, What is known is that non-native species can dramatically affect native ecosystems and local fishing economies. Experts are still studying these invaders to better understand their role in, and potential threat to, Atlantic Ocean ecosystems. However, researchers with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have concluded that invasive lionfish populations will continue to grow and cannot be eliminated using conventional methods. The annual Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day is an opportunity for Floridians to take the task into their own hands. Divers removed 8,089 lionfish from Florida waters during the two-day tournament last year.

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ourish, a women’s mini-retreat featuring yoga classes, satsang, special meals and self-care activities, will be held at Navarre Living Yoga on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12 through 14. Led by Kathy Tabb and Natalie Davidson, the weekend event is scaled down to fit most women’s busy schedules, because regardless of their age or stage in life, women tend to be givers, Tabb says. “Women don’t always have the luxury of taking time to go on a retreat,” she says. “So we’re bringing the retreat to them. They can come to the studio for a weekend to unplug and get nourished—a gift they give themselves so they can continue to give to others.” The tentative retreat schedule begins Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., with restorative yoga, dinner and satsang; continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with open-level vinyasa yoga, a lunch-n-learn and self-care activities; and finishes Sunday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with yin yoga, a Mother’s Day brunch and a closing ceremony. “This is a weekend to honor women,” Davidson says. “If you are a mom with children in the home, a mom with grown children, a daughter who has lost her mom, a grandmother living away from her children and grandchildren, a sister who has helped raise her sibling, a woman struggling with infertility, a stepmom, an aunt, a friend—we celebrate you all and hold space for you to take much-needed ‘me time.’” Satsang, expected to be part of the Friday-night schedule, is a way of seeking enlightenment as part of a group. Satsang means “gathering together for the truth” or “being with the truth” in Sanskrit. The mini-retreat costs $185 and requires a nonrefundable deposit of $100. For further information or to sign up, email or call the studio at 850-346-3577.

im Mosby of Sunshine Yoga and Kristy Souto of Yoga Junkie Studios and their daughters are inviting other mother-daughter teams to join them on a special yoga retreat June 9 to 11 at Adventures Unlimited in Milton. The retreat is geared for girls ages 7 to 14 and their moms, but all ages are welcome, as are aunts, grandmothers or other female role models. “We designed this retreat for mothers and daughters to break barriers, build bridges and strengthen their bond while creating memories to last a lifetime,” Mosby says. The retreat will involve individual and partner yoga practices, themed discussions, walks in the woods and trust-building exercises. No yoga experience is necessary. The setting and accommodations have “a camping atmosphere with all the comforts of home,” she says. “Each room has hardwood floors, high ceilings, large windows and is furnished with antiques. Each room is air conditioned with a private bath, and four of the rooms have gas fire places. A small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker is in each room as well.” Shared accommodations hold two mother-daughter teams per room. Private accommodations are available for an additional $125. All meals are included, with healthy vegetarian and meat options, and special arrangements for those with food allergies or specific dietary needs. Activities will include an opening ceremony, campfire gatherings, daily yoga classes, guided meditation, a ropes challenge course, a mala-making craft and a closing circle. Optional activities available after the retreat for an additional fee include canoeing, kayaking and zip lining. Participants also have the option to stay extra nights for an additional fee. The cost for the weekend is $450 per mother-daughter team plus $125 for each additional child. The deadline for registration is May 30. To register or for more information, visit or call Kristy Souto at 850-678-8498.

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IVE! Juice Bar and More!—a multidimensional venue with an all-raw menu and juice bar; stages for musicians, poets and other performers; and a space for local artists to display their work— is set to open August 25. Inspired by similar venues in New Orleans and other cities, Pensacola local Ric Kindle is spearheading this endeavor to support the community through art, food, music and education, and he has launched a GoFundMe for those who 12

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share his vision and want to help bring it to fruition. Kindle, who teaches yoga and puts on local events and festivals, is well known around town. He is often seen tending to his community garden or delivering fresh veggies to friends. “I understand the value of a space for health-conscious folks in this area,” he says. “LIVE! will be a place for people to practice mindfulness through conscious eating, drinking and community involvement.”

That vision begins with a juice bar that delivers the health benefits of a variety of fresh, organic ingredients. “LIVE!’s menu will include several detox juices that help with digestion and the replenishment of healthy vitamins, nutrients and minerals that store-bought juices lack,” Kindle says. The live juice and raw food menu is being created by holistic chef Sara Yarbrough, who has a master’s degree in medical nutrition therapy from Stony Brook University and is also a musician, gong alchemist and raw foods instructor. “Our aim is to be different than most raw restaurants you find,” she says. “Of course you’ll find juices, salads, bowls and snacks on the menu, but we are looking to elevate raw plant-based foods to the next level. You aren’t just choosing it for the vibrancy, raw enzymes and probiotics that living foods offer. You are also choosing it for the flavor, the love and care that go into the preparation, the beautiful presentation and the satisfaction of having an absolutely incredible meal while having the confidence and empowerment that come from doing something better for yourself.” As for the ingredients, LIVE! will source its fruits and veggies from local gardens, markets, farms and other regional vendors whenever possible, Kindle says. “It is a community endeavor through and through, aiming to empower the local while giving visitors a healthy, colorful, delicious experience to remember.” In keeping with its name, LIVE! will also have a living wall inside on which herbs will grow to be used in juices.

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LIVE! will be located at 532 Garden Street—often referred to as “the old car wash off Garden.” Kindle used the space to host the art and music series Curated Compassion: Tolerance, Part II, benefiting local nonprofits such as the Children’s Home Society, the Beacon Shelter for Women and Children, and Westgate School. Turning this historic 1950s build-

NEW! ing into a useful space for community health and wellness as well as a haven for patrons of the arts will provide the opportunity for people of all walks of life to come together, he says. “People may come for the music and discover the delicious benefits of raw eating. Or they may come to grab a juice or one of Sara’s delectable raw creations and end up staying and dancing to the live music.” Among the educational events and entertainment planned for LIVE! are monthly art exhibitions and nonprofit fundraisers, as well as stage performances several times a week. Kindle also envisions the space as a headquarters for nutrition, meditation and yoga classes. Students will feel right at home at LIVE!, where they can feed their bodies and their brains,” he says. The venue will feature a rooftop deck with seating and a second stage where customers and performers can enjoy sunshine and sunsets while they eat, drink and listen to live music. “I’m really excited to bring this space to Pensacola,” Kindle says. “I feel the time is right for something like this. The combination of conscious food, art and music sounds like the perfect formula for success. The response we’re hearing from the community is already overwhelming—I can’t wait for opening day. In fact, I’ve already had someone call to try and order a juice.” For updates, visit LIVEPensacola. us. To donate, visit LivePensacola. Emmalee Sutton is a local poet, dance instructor and creator of eco-friendly, nature-based jewelry at Mariposa Mamma. She is director of content strategy and development for a digital marketing company based in Pensacola, and curator of Earth Conscious Pensacola, a Facebook Group and community movement dedicated to environmental activism and education.

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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—longchain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”


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study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires to measure alcohol consumption. Comparing the results to instances of melanoma among the participants, they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than nondrinkers. “The clinical and biological significance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated individuals, counseling regarding alcohol use may be an appropriate strategy to reduce risks of melanoma, as well as other cancers,” explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the university.

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elomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process. A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a followup examination and compared these results with the nutrition information. The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.

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esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players and the other half read a piece about the growing popularity of the sport. The players that read the negative article needed significantly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women.

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Local governments and hotels are struggling to come to terms with the growing phenomenon of Airbnb room rentals, which help residents find short-term paying guests that often provide an economic lifeline to help them pay their bills, rent or mortgage. It’s an affordable, convenient and comfortable alternative for travelers. Critics claim the service removes affordable housing units and official hotel rooms from the market by turning suitable apartments into unofficial hotels. Consequently, proposed ordinances are in the works in several U.S. metropolitan areas where Airbnb entrepreneurs and industry groups are also active in trying to shape future laws. Other on-demand grassroots industries such as ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, which have flourished in unregulated “gray areas”, have learned they need to employ teams of lawyers and lobbyists to fight a stream of restrictive laws and lawsuits. Source: CNN

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New Seed-Sharing Law in California California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting noncommercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.

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Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtlefriendly practices at seaside locations. Heed these rules: 4 Keep lights off on beachfront property during nesting season. 4 Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night. 4 Keep beaches and oceans clean. Litter such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food. 4 Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance. 4 Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to 1-800-9225431. Learn more about sea turtle conservation and how to get involved at Find an introductory video at OceanToday.noaa. gov/endoceanseaturtles.

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Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stomachs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biodegradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music performances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters.


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number of clinics in the United States are using Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, or NAD, a naturally occurring co-enzyme found in all living cells, to treat disorders ranging from chronic fatigue and neurodegenerative disease to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. But in light of the national epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse, particularly opioid addiction, NAD’s potential as a treatment is particularly encouraging for patients and healthcare providers, says Jeanne Carson, a nurse and naturopath who is clinical director at Bridgeway Institute, an NAD treatment center in Pensacola. A former client who completed treatment at Bridgeway says NAD helped free him from the relentless grip of addiction: “NAD is one of God’s great blessings to the 21st century, especially to those suffering from a life-altering headlock delivered by one of the physically addictive drugs, like

opiates, heroin, alcohol and benzos. While it can do wonders as an antiaging product and help people work more quickly through PTSD or get over the hump caused by a mentally addictive substance like meth, weed or hallucinogens, even greater still, it’s the only real, life-saving solution that can, within days, enable a hardcore physically addicted person to truly get their life back. For me, it was the key that made my mind and body feel as if I had never taken that horrible wrong turn in the first place. In short, I found it to be the physical grace that enabled my mind and body to feel as if I had never tried opiates even one time. It was hard to believe this was real.” Responsible for more than 100 metabolic functions, NAD plays a critical role in the production of ATP, or cellular energy, Carson says. Insufficient amounts of NAD may manifest itself in many ways. The most common are chronic fatigue, neurodegenerative

“NAD is one of God’s great blessings to the 21st century, especially to those suffering from a life-altering headlock delivered by one of the physically addictive drugs, like opiates, heroin, alcohol and benzos. While it can do wonders as an anti-aging product and help people work more quickly through PTSD or get over the hump caused by a mentally addictive substance... disease, substance abuse/addiction, anxiety, depression and PTSD—all conditions that Bridgeway treats with NAD. While several US clinics use NAD in their treatment regimens, Carson says Bridgeway is different because it takes a holistic, “optimal delivery” approach by incorporating techniques such as mild hyperbarics, ultraviolet light therapy and far infrared sauna. “I’ve had the opportunity to treat over 1,000 patients with NAD, and I’ve improved the original delivery system by adding synergistic modalities of treatment that enhance the wellness experience,” she says. “The goal is to help individuals find balance through a holistic approach—treating not only the physical body, but also offering emotional and spiritual support as they embark upon their wellness journey.” Another critical element of Bridgeway’s treatment is its nonjudgmental, compassionate, confidential atmosphere, which caters to the individual’s needs, she says. Located minutes from the international airport in Pensacola, Bridgeway Institute serves clientele from all over the world. For more information, visit or call 850-471-8550. natural awakenings

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Nutrition Delivered NATURALLY Placenta Being Used to Ward Off Postpartum Depression by Daralyn Chase


he emotional crash some women experience after childbirth used to be dismissed as the “baby blues.” Now postpartum depression is recognized as a sometime debilitating mental health disorder likely connected to a sudden drop in hormone levels. As more women explore their options for postpartum wellness, placenta encapsulation—the process of dehydrating, powdering and preserving a woman’s placenta in capsules—is growing in popularity, says Amber Roman, a Pensacola doula and childbirth educator. “Placenta capsules, which a woman will take two or three of per day, are thought to contain the hormones and nutrients lost during childbirth,” Roman says. “The loss of hormones and nutrients can cause unpleasant postpartum symptoms, including mood swings, low thyroid function and decreased 22

iron levels. Turning the placenta into a nutritional supplement allows a woman to reintroduce her own hormones, iron and stem cells into her body as a way to reduce negative postpartum symptoms, increase breast milk supply and hasten healing.” A doula in the Pensacola area since 2011, Roman began encapsulating placentas in 2012, after training with a midwife who had been handling placentas for more than 40 years. “I have since safely prepared almost 100 placentas for new mommas,” she says. In 2015, she received Advanced Placement Certification with the Association of Placenta Preparation Arts and began implementing the APPA “gold standard” into her practice. “I feel that placenta encapsulation is integral to the postpartum recovery period and should be taken advantage

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Turning the placenta into a nutritional supplement allows a woman to reintroduce her own hormones, iron and stem cells into her body as a way to reduce negative postpartum symptoms, increase breast milk supply and hasten healing of whenever possible,” she says. “I’ve witnessed the positive impact on all the clients I have worked with who have chosen placenta encapsulation.” As owner of Pensacola Placentas, Roman offers a “boutique approach” to the process. She picks up the placenta from the birthplace within hours of the birth, and within three days, the client receives her capsules (usually 125 to 200) in a discreet gift box, along any add-ons she’s chosen, such as umbilical cord keepsakes, placenta prints or homeopathic tinctures. “I’ve found that demand for encapsulation is increasing as doctors and midwives are recommending it to their patients,” she says. Certification organizations like the APPA are working to eliminate concerns surrounding placenta encapsulation— such as food safety risks associated with storage and preparation, and cross contamination of blood-borne pathogens—by providing thorough training for encapsulation providers, Roman says. “The training involves requiring providers to maintain blood-borne pathogen and local food handling safety certifications, follow rigorous sanitization procedures, screen clients for blood-borne infection risks and provide safe preparation locations—either the family’s home or a workspace dedicated to only placenta preparation.” With safe encapsulation options now available locally, and increasing knowledge about the process, more families are taking advantage of this alternative postpartum therapy, Roman says. For more information, visit or

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Belly to Cradle Offers Comprehensive Birth Care by Allison Gorman


hildbirth has traditionally been a team effort. True, one team member does most of the work, but since ancient times, she’s been supported in her labors by a small but vital community of wise women—traditionally family members, friends or neighbors who had attended many births before. Only recently was that deeply personal, nurturing approach supplanted by the western medical trend of prenatal care happening exclusively in a doctor’s office, and childbirth in a hospital. And that trend is quickly reversing. That’s why Amber Roman, a doula who has provided birth care in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties since 2011, has expanded her one-woman company, Belly to Cradle, to include the services of three more doulas.

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Unlike midwives, who are clinical specialists for pregnancy and birth (monitoring mom’s blood pressure and baby’s heartbeat, checking the cervix, etc.), doulas do what wise women have done throughout human history.

“Doulas are the support specialists for pregnancy and birth,” Roman explains. “We provide the emotional, informational and educational support that layers on top of what clients receive from their other care providers. We develop a close relationship with them, help them figure out what they want for their birth and why, and then support them through the execution of those goals. We’re knowledgeable on options and alternatives for all the choices that clients may face—we provide them with ideas and information they might not know about.” Roman was inspired and in formed by having four children of her own—the last two with the help of a midwife, who “opened my eyes to what cooperative care could be like, and what informed consent in maternal care really was.”

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As the name implies, Belly to Cradle is about more than just the birth experience. Instead it provides a comprehensive approach, with services encompassing the whole year surrounding

Unlike midwives, who are clinical specialists for pregnancy and birth (monitoring mom’s blood pressure and baby’s heartbeat, checking the cervix, etc.), doulas do what wise women have done throughout human history. birth. (“Sometimes clients need more support after they have their baby than before,” Roman notes.) Now, with four doulas with a combined eight years’ experience providing doula support, childbirth education and placenta encapsulation, Belly to Cradle can give clients the benefit of deeper and broader experience. Roman also plans to add professional breastfeeding consultations to its services. “Clients can choose which services are best for them and the type of doula that’s best for them, and then continue to benefit long after the doula’s services are complete,” she says. “From our collaborative relationships with other service providers, to our community support systems like our Thursday Mom-Baby Circle, the care clients receive from us can last months or even years after baby arrives. We help moms build their villages.”

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Roman obviously enjoys being part of that village; she’s planning to broaden her own role in it, which will mean even more choices for local women. “Part of the goal of expanding Belly to Cradle has been so that I can seamlessly pass the work on to these other fantastic ladies as I move on to midwifery school,” she says. “I believe women deserve as many options for health care as possible. No one should be pigeonholed into choosing a certain type of care or place for childbirth simply because there aren’t enough choices.” For more information, contact Amber Roman at 850-324-5393 or, or visit BellyTo natural awakenings

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can


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Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy and birth. Examples include: “Birth is a safe and wonderful experience. Keep Moving with Intention I am choosing the right path for my Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, birth. I trust my body and my inwalking or light jogging three to five stincts. I have all the support I need.” times a week, for 20 minutes a day. Wilson recommends choosing two “Squatting like a child on your haunches to four that resonate, repeating them is a great exercise for childbirth,” she every morning while gazing into the says, noting that 20 squats daily will mirror, placing them on the refrigerastrengthen core muscles. Sitting on an tor door and even having them pop exercise ball instead of a desk chair or up on a smartphone. couch also engages core muscles, while “Meditation prepares you for childimproving posture. birth and can also be soothing during “Regular exercise brings more enlabor by offering tools that push away ergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this manspirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster tra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Being post-delivery recovery and reduced risk of Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myself, gestational diabetes and high blood presThe connections established breathing out, I smile.” sure during pregnancy,” Bregman finds. To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet between mother and She recommends a prenatal yoga practice room with eyes closed. For women that includes breathing and visualizachild are much stronger new to meditation, Wilson suggests tions. This restorative form of yoga offers a scented or colored candle when she progresses through lighting gentle stretching, promotes good circulaand noticing the colors and movement tion and naturally supports relief or healpregnancy and birth from of the flame for something physical ing of many possible pregnancy ailments. to focus on. “This calming practice is a natural perspective. “To alleviate physical distress, try important because labor becomes like chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. a meditation,” she says. The mother ~Kristy Wilson Light finger contact from an expericopes through the contraction, then enced practitioner helps realign bony uses her meditation skills to reset, segments and restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal refocus and ground herself before the next contraction. expert can adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers and the baby is free to move.” to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the memexperiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

Prepare the Mind

“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the natural awakenings

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“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

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he blessingway ceremony helps a woman prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing, opening her to instinctive abilities that will guide her in mothering,” says Donna Miller Watelet, interfaith minister and coauthor of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood. Miller Watelet, a facilitator of dozens of blessingway rituals, shares an example of a nourishing gathering: In a comfortable and safe room, a group of friends circles the mother-to-be, signifying their support. They discuss the intention for the blessingway and invite the mom to symbolically let go of any fears blocking a harmonious experience. Once her fears are emptied out, they fill her up with affirmations, appreciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”


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A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end,


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began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing— and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the development of their mind,” says Rose.

Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art,

leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent selfdefense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at

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Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 34

450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

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Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We

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can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrat-

ing the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues.

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eing a grandparent can be magical; an opportunity to create both lifelong memories and formative experiences for grandchildren. However, it can also pose challenges that need to be managed mindfully, say experts. For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoniously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; however, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents seeking therapy. “In working with 38

new mothers, I’ve found that a common area of friction is too little or too much support from grandparents. I thought it wise to help prepare them,” says Tucker. She helps grandparents develop realistic expectations of their role. “It’s easy to revert to what you know—the parenting role—so it’s important to set mindful intentions,” she observes. Tucker encourages grandparents to make mindful memories during time spent with the grandchildren. “You can find joy by being still and marveling at a grandchild’s beautiful little hands and dimpled knees while registering how the air in the room feels to create a vivid mental snapshot of the moment. “Parents and kids can become too busy, and grandparents can help them slow down. Lie on the grass together and look at cloud shapes or blow a dandelion. To me, that is the romance of grandparenting, and mindfulness allows the romance to blossom,” she says. Susan Moon, a Berkeley, California, author and grandmother who has practiced Zen Buddhism for nearly 40 years, sees grandparenting as an opportunity to release expectations; this feat can be difficult for parents caught up in their youngsters’ identities.

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“It’s easier for grandparents to accept grandkids for who they are and just be joyful with them. They get to be in the moment with the kids without worrying about the day-to-day details of caregiving that can consume parents.” She explores such ideas in her book This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. Being past their working years, grandparents are often more accepting and peaceful themselves, which can be inspiring for younger generations, adds Salem. For Moon, it’s vital to be mindful of the image of aging that’s projected; “I try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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Create new memories, but also share old stories. “Kids want to hear about how their parents were as children, and it gives them a sense of history,” advises author Susan Moon. Be open to learning new technology to communicate across the generational divide. “While grandparents learn about the world of social media from their grandchildren, they can also encourage them to cut back on checking their cell phones in favor of interpersonal activities,” says art therapist Patricia Salem. When visiting grandkids, especially if they live in different cities, “Always have some ‘grandma magic’ up your sleeve—like games, puzzles or craft projects that can be collaborated on—to maximize precious time together,” suggests Moon. Invite grandchildren to try out meditation or breathing techniques practiced by their elders. “It can help lessen the stresses they encounter in school and at home,” says Salem. “Be careful to foster cooperation rather than competition in any shifting relationship with a child-turned-parent,” advises psychotherapist Carolyn Tucker. Otherwise, it can create chaos, undermine a parent’s confidence and strain relationships.

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amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s 40

likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs:

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“Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as self-calming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine (

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ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

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“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purpleleafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who

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for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

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Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid

conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

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In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great longterm performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

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Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to rehydrate the roots. Always grow herbs in pots with large drainage holes, so excess water can drain quickly.

Make a habit of pinching off a few herbal leaves, crushing them between the fingers and inhaling their fresh aromas. For maximum benefit, repeat daily. Author Barbara Pleasant’s new book, Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, is now available (Storey Publishing). Connect at

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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap

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about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and


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TUESDAY, MAY 9 Auric Field Healing Meditation with Alice McCall – 6-7:30pm. Meditation event to clear and repair all 12 auric field layers. Important for health and protection. Teleconference. $20. Reservations Required. Alice@ 850-585-5496.

FRIDAY, MAY 12 Hand Reflexology with Essential Oils – 6:307:30pm. Two- hour class to discuss the history of reflexology, supporting body systems with hand reflexology, and getting the most out of reflexology with essential oils plus teaching techniques to complete hand reflexology on yourself or loved ones to maximize your essential oil use. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.


MONDAY, MAY 1 Perfect Health­– An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Workshop – 6:30-7:30pm. A 5-session Deepak Chopra developed workshop given on Thursdays to teach the basic principles of Ayurveda, the Science of Life. By practicing the techniques learned, you will be able to reduce stress, identify your mind-body personality, improve your digestion and sleep patterns, release emotional toxicity, restore vitality, and re-awaken the senses. $395. Manifest Mind Body Medicine, 155 Crystal Beach Dr., Destin. 850-974-9242.

TUESDAY, MAY 2 Essential Oils Education – 5:30-6:45pm. free monthly community gathering to learn and share information about Young Living essential oils. May Highlight is essential oils for digestive health. Free. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. Suite 1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 Paws and Pilates – 9am-3pm. Pilates day classes will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis with pre-registration opening on Monday, May 1. Classes are complimentary with a donation to the Pensacola Humane Society. The Pensacola Humane Society wish list can be found online at Monetary donations for the Pensacola Humane Society will also be accepted. Free. Pure Pilates, 426 South Palafox , Pensacola. 850-607-2772. Primordial Sound Meditation Instruction – 12-4pm. Four-session Deepak Chopra developed workshop over three Mondays to teach the Primordial Sound Meditation technique. Simple and easy technique for stress relief. Best tool to experience higher levels of consciousness and connectivity with the universe. $350. Discounts available. Manifest Mind Body Medicine, 155 Crystal Beach Dr., Destin. 850-974-9242.

Structural Integration Massage CEU Course – 12-5pm. 12 CEU Hours; Florida and Nationally Certified. Dynamic fascial release techniques. Pelvic Stabilization & Postural assessments to identify root causes of pain. Active engagement techniques and PNF stretching utilized to enhance structural balance. Fascia and how it effects movement & pain in the human body. Emphasizes proper body mechanics for the therapist and most importantly pain-free techniques for the client. The objective of this 12 hour hands-on class is to stabilize the pelvis, release and lengthen soft tissues along defined fascial meridians. $145. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. 850-684-1065. navarrelivingyoga@gmail. com. Cooking with Essential Oils – 5:30-7pm. Prepare a refreshing spring dinner utilizing essential oils to provide both a culinary and health conscious experience. End with a coconut tangerine whipped cream fruit salad and Lavender Lemonade. $5. Pereira Produce & Health, 2109 Casa de Oro St, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Natural Gardening with Essential Oils – 2-3pm. Protect the harvest from Florida pests using essential oils and natural pesticides. Create natural DIY sunscreen, bug spray, and after sun solutions. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing. 8184 Navarre Pkwy. , Navarre. 850-499-3670.

Nourish - A Mini Retreat for Women – Kathy Tabb and Natalie Davidson are providing a weekend retreat to “nourish” every woman. Activities included from Friday evening throughout Sunday afternoon of Mother’s Day weekend. $175 if paid before April 14; $185 if paid afterwards. Registration will close May 8. For further questions, please email or call (850) 684-1065. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. .

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Natural Support for Athletes – 6:30-7:30pm. Discuss nutrition and supplement recommendations, herbal assistants, and essential oil relief for the athlete that wishes to train naturally. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Reiki for Animals – 10:30am-2:30pm. Learn how to effectively share Reiki with animals that are calling for healing. Course covers sharing Reiki with animals, animal communication, appropriate boundaries for animals, treating domesticated vs. wild animals, hand positions, distance Reiki treatments, Chakra systems and reading cues and signals. Pre-requisite: Level One Usui Reiki training. $135. The Healing Clinic, 184 Brooks St. #1, Fort Walton Beach. 850-217-2771. TheHealingClinicFWB@ Naturally Simple Pregnancy & Baby Care – 5:30-7pm. Class details how to use essential oils in dealing with the many discomforts of pregnancy, the birthing process, and new baby care. Create complimentary essential oils roller balls to assist in supporting body systems. Demonstrations on natural diaper cream, baby powder, baby wash, baby wipes and other important baby care necessities. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 Ear Healing and Prevention Meditation with Alice McCall – 6-7pm. Focuses on transforming the emotional/belief density held in your ears. Teleconference. Reservations Required. Email alice@ healingpath. $15. 850-585-5896. alicemccall@

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SATURDAY, MAY 27 Kombucha 101 – 11am-12pm. Learn how to make Kombucha (fermented sweet tea) and apple cider vinegar. Participants will leave class with a recipe to make pro-biotic root beer flavor for Kombucha. Free. Ever’mans Co-operative, 315 W Garden St, Pensacola. 850-499-3670.

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TUESDAY, MAY 30 Cleaning with Thieves – 7-8:45pm. Discuss how to use Thieves essential oil to replace the cleaning products currently in your home with natural options. $5.00 at the door. Unity of Pensacola Fellowship Hall, 716 North 9th Ave, Pensacola. 850-380-4943.

upcoming FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Naturally Simple Hormone Balance – 6:307:30pm. Discuss the main hormones and a new approach to controlling fluctuations, imbalances, hot flashes, and chronic fatigue naturally. Other female concerns will also be covered. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training – 5:30-8:30pm. Sept. 2017 - June 2018. Tuition includes 200 hours of Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training with qualified yoga instructors. Includes unlimited yoga classes at Sunshine Yoga for the duration of the course. Studies include Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy & Physiology, the Chakra System, an introduction to styles including Ashtanga, Prenatal/ Postnatal, Kids Yoga and Bhakti. $2,850. Sunshine Yoga, 211-E Main Street, Destin. 850-687-8603. DIY Candle Basics – 6:30-7:30pm. Standard candles are petroleum based with synthetic scents. Learn how to create your own soy wax candles with essential oils. Bring your favorite container to turn into a candle for this hands-on workshop. $10. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 504-499-3670.

sunday Full Moon Group Meditation Workshop – 6:157:30pm. 3rd Sun. A dynamic, scientific service to the world in cooperation with the masters of wisdom. Very simple method of strengthening your spiritual connection. Followed by group meditation. Free. Everman’s Co-op Educational Center, 327 West Garden St, Pensacola.

monday Energize Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Vinyasa flow class, to get hearts pumping and challenge muscles while maintaining focus on alignment and breathing, is appropriate for students familiar with basic yoga, with a challenge for experienced students as well. $12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065. Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 9:4510:45am. For those with conditions such as osteoporosis, disc pathologies, arthritis and joint replacements. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850287-5836. Mommy and Me Yoga – 12-1pm. This mommy and baby gentle yoga class is designed to build strength and flexibility in your post-pregnancy body and is a supportive and nurturing environment for new mothers and babies ages 6 weeks to 12 months.Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065.

Pilates Equipment Class – 12-1pm. For those individuals who have attended an intro to equipment class, or have prior experience on Pilates equipment. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates Multi-Level Mat Fusion Class – 5:156:15pm. A fusion of Pilates mat exercises, myofascial release stretches and body rolling. Release restrictions causing pain, fatigue and stiffness then align and strengthen with Pilates. $15 drop in, $10/ account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates Pilates Intermediate Equipment Class – 5:306:30pm. Challenging exercises for those who have a foundations in the Pilates fundamentals. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. PilatesCore

tuesday Pilates Multi-Level Mat Class – 8:30-9:30am. For those who have basic understanding of fundamentals of Pilates mat. Uses a variety of different props; stability balls, rollers, rings, etc. to strengthen and increase flexibility. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates Beginning Level Mat Class – 9:4510:45am. Increase strength and flexibility and love how your body feels after just one hour of corrective movement exercises. $15 drop in, $10/account rate.

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Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Meditation – 6pm. Meditation offers innumerable benefits for your body, mind and spirit. The rest you gain in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep. The deeper your rest, the more dynamic your activity is. Reverend Jamie Sanders leads. Love Offering. Unity of Pensacola, 716 North 9th Ave, Pensacola. 850-438-2277. Twin Hearts Meditation and Healing Clinic – 7:15-8:15pm. Promoting stress reduction and general wellness. Protocols for most physical and emotional ailments. Thanks for bringing canned food for Manna. Free. Ever’man’s Natural Foods community Room, 315 W Garden St, Pensacola. 850-433-2042. .


Pilates Advanced Equipment Class – 8:309:30am. For those with a strong core and strong foundation in the Pilates fundamentals. Challenging exercises using the reformer, tower, jumping board and Pilates chair. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates Multi-Level Mat Fusion Class – 8:309:30am. A fusion of Pilates mat exercises, myofascial release stretches and body rolling. Release restrictions causing pain, fatigue and stiffness then align and strengthen with Pilates. $15 drop in, $10/ account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Foundations of Yoga – 9am. 75 mins with Willow. This class is for students new to yoga and students refreshing their practice. Basic asanas (poses) are taught in a slow flowing class, with emphasis on alightment, safety, and use of props when needed.$12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065. Pilates Modified Equipment Class – 9:4510:45am. For those with conditions such as osteoporosis, disc pathologies, arthritis and joint replacements. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850287-5836. Gyrokenisis Mat Class – 2-3pm. This movement system allows the entire body to be worked through spinal movement. Gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic and undulating movements. $15 drop in, $10/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-2875836. Transmission: Group Meditation for the New Age – 7:15-8:30pm. A dynamic, scientific, impersonal, group meditation. Transmission Meditation is both a world service (Karma yoga) and a potent technique of personal development (Laya yoga). Simple, non-denominational. Free. Everman’s Educ. Center, 327 West Garden St, Pensacola.

thursday Energize Yoga – 2:30-3:30pm. Vinyasa flow class, to get hearts pumping and challenge muscles while maintaining focus on alignment and breathing, is

appropriate for students familiar with basic yoga, with a challenge for experienced students as well. $12. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065. Kids Nia: Movement, Dance and Play – 4pm by Shawn S. A fun, mindful movement that incorporates martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts. Kids enjoy a playful way to express themselves while moving their body in a creative and natural way that engages the whole child with guided and free movement encouraging listening, balance, and coordination. For kids 4 and older. Navarre Living Yoga, 8162 Navarre Pkwy. 850-684-1065.

friday Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast - Gulf Breeze Networking Meeting – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Fri. Women’s networking group in the Gulf Coast area. Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast has been meeting for over 10 years connecting women together to utilize resources and connections to help them grow personally and professionally. Donation. Hampton Inn & Suites, 311 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze. Info: 850-529-0908. Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast - Pensacola Networking Meeting – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Fri. Women’s networking group in the Gulf Coast area. Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast has been meeting for over 10 years connecting women together to utilize resources and connections to help them grow personally and professionally. Donation. Gulf Coast Kid’s House, 3401 N 12th Ave, Pensacola. Info: 850-529-0908.

saturday Pilates Advanced Equipment Class – 7:458:45am. For those with a strong core and strong foundation in the Pilates fundamentals. Challenging exercises using the reformer, tower, jumping board and Pilates chair. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Pilates Beginning Equipment Class – 9-10am. Learn the basics of reformer and tower exercises along with alignment fundamentals. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836. Intro to Pilates – 10:15-11:15am. Learn the basics of Pilates exercise, including use of the reformer and basic alignment fundamentals. $30 drop in, $25/account rate. Pilates Core Training, 1308 Dunmire St, Pensacola. 850-287-5836.

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EVENT SPACE UNITY OF PENSACOLA FACILITY RENTAL AVAILABLE – Beautiful historical sanctuary that seats up to 300 and/or our Fellowship Hall with tables, chairs and stage for up to 65. For more information, call 850-438-2277.

FOR SALE MEDICAL OFFICE SPACE FOR SALE BY OWNER – Custom finished medical office space in the Heart of Destin. 8 treatment rooms, conference room, large reception area, office space, 3 restrooms, kitchen. Serious inquiries only to:

HELP WANTED COMPREHENSIVELY TRAINED PILATE’S INSTRUCTOR WANTED – Join Barbara Bruni’s team at her busy studio, Pilates Core Training, Pensacola. The studio encompasses a warm and caring environment for clients specializing in Pilates, Gyrotonics, Myofascial Release and Structural Integration. Minimum of three years Pilates experience required; preferably trained in Contemporary Pilates with a rehabilitation background. Must be a team player with the ability to retain and recruit new clients. Send resume to

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The Path to Recovery and Restoration 4709 Scenic Dr, Pensacola 850-471-8550 A premier NAD treatment center restoring wellness at the cellular level. Effectively treating PTSD, depression, addiction, alcoholism, anxiety, chronic fatigue, stress, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer and Parkinson Disease. See ad, page 9.


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Offering exclusively created natural skincare, body care, and bath products, both for sale and for all spa services including manicures, pedicures, specialized facials, personalized massage, waxing, and make-up instruction. Pet and children’s services are also available. All products are cruelty free without animal testing. See ad, page 4.


Teresa Brown-Konell 1211 E Strong St 850-776-1076

Author of Peace Within, Michael DeMaria is an Integrative psychologist, poet, author, speaker and 4-time Grammy nominee with over 33 years of guiding others on their life journeys. He is also a meditation/ mindfulness/yoga teacher who integrates creativity (music, poetry, art, movement, etc.) in the healing process.

Can benefit those with anxiety or depression, increase well being, mental focus and concentration. L.I.F.E. System biofeedback a quantum device is designed to reduce stress, restore balance and allow the mind, body and spirit to heal naturally. Teresa is a biofeedback practitio. See ad, page 18.


609 West Chase St, Pensacola 850-582-0177 • Providing an organic solution to beauty in a world full of chemicals. Organic Salon Systems gives you clean and healthy hair with ammonia free hair color and chemical free styling products. See ad, page 5.


Comprehensive birth support for the whole family, including doula care, childbirth education, and placenta encapsulation in the Greater Pensacola Area. ee ad, page 28.





Rika Edge, Venus Legacy Master Technician and Wellness Coach 210 E Intendencia St, Pensacola 850-725-8746 • We offer non-invasive solutions for face lift, tummy tuck, liposuction and cellulite. Other services include M’lis Body Contour Detox Wraps and Infrared Jade Sauna Therapy. See ad, page 54.


Pregnancy and pediatric-focused chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy in Pensacola. Dr. Kaitlin M. Ross Kaitlin was born, raised and educated in the Pensacola community earned her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. See ad, page 28.


(Formerly Skindeep) Cindy Butler, Owner/Therapist • 850-269-1414 Body & Mind Wellness Services including colonics, total body detox footbath, skin rejuvenation treatments, infrared sauna, transcendental meditation training, Lifestyle transition coaching, Proven weight-loss program. MA49032/MM27113.


Intuitive Spiritual Center 700 Beal Pkwy, Unit D, FWB • 850-533-6565 Fort Walton’s newest eclectic intuitive center. Locally made crafts by local artisans. Intuitive readings, jewelry, paintings, incense, crystals, pottery, semi-precious stones, wind chimes, diaper cakes, hand-painted furniture. See ad, page 31.

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Get out of pain once and for all. Treat the source, not the symptom. Enjoy moving freely in a more organized, comfortable and balanced body. See ad, page 7.



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An educated and friendly staff, quality vitamins and supplements.Essential oils for a healthy lifestyle. Natural holistic health assessments: iridology, tongue and fingernail assessment, reflex nutrition assessment. By appointment, $60. See ad, page 15.

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DINING SYNERGY ORGANIC JUICE BAR AND CAFÉ 120 Miraclestrip Pkwy SE 850-865-4919

Experience the benefits of cryotherapy, a wholebody exposure to sub-zero temperatures used to promote the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response, release endorphins, reduce pain and promote overall health.

Juice Bar and Café offers farm-to-table meals prepared with regionally sourced organic produce and pantry items; gluten-free, dairy-free. Whole food cooking, juicing, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available. See ad, page 33.




IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 251-943-2471 • Free book: Mercury Free Dentistry. Ozone, laser no-suture gum surgery, test for compatible materials, cavity-causing bacteria. Examine for gum disease bacteria. Laser cavity diagnoses, saliva, ph check, oral galvanic screening; no fluoride. See ad, page 4.


106 Wright Pkwy SW, FWB 850-243-1534 Healthy digestion, well aligned physical structure, proper breathing and a good nights sleep begin with a healthy mouth. We treat snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. Plus crowns,teeth whitening, bridges,veneers, implant restorations, aligner orthodontics, cleanings, digital X-ray imaging, CO 2 Laser periodontal treatment. No mercury fillings. See ads, pages 15 and 43.




Young Living Educator, Sponsor #327923 850-380-4943 Experience the healing, uplifting and detoxifying benefits of therapeuticgrade essential oils and supplements. Contact us for personal consultations, in-home classes, household products, health supplements, diffusers, group presentations and business training. See ad, page 11.


3101 E Cervantes S, Pensacola 850-454-4082 It’s time to take better care of yourself. Start by doing nothing. Experience float therapy and start living life without pain, anxiety and stress. We provide efffective wellnes with state-of-the art science and technology with WholeBody Sonic Vibe, Infrared Sauna, Float Therapy and Magnesphere Magnetic Resonance Therapy. See ad, page 7.

5533 Highway 90 850-994-3606 Alternative Health Food Store Since 1998.

ESTHER’S GARDEN OF HEALING 8184 Navarre Pkwy Navarre FL 32566 850-865-7014

Offering complimentary health consultations with recommendations including nutrition, essential oils, and natural remedies. Additionally carrying vitamins, tinctures, essential oils, natural body care products, health foods and homeopathics. See ad, page 39.

EVER’MAN COOPERATIVE GROCERY & CAFE 315 W Garden St, Pensacola 850-438-0402 •

Natural and certified organic products, vitamin supplements, local and organic produce, whole-some baked goods, hot deli lunches, environmentally friendly products, and educational classes and events. Mon-Sat, 7am-9pm; Sun, 10am-7pm. See ad, page 23.


Theresa Ellis and Beth Workman 2475 E 9 Mile Rd, Ste E, Pensacola 850-912-6996 • Offers more than 200 varieties of loose herbs, top brands of essential oils, tools and accessories, herbal formulas and homeopathics, ionic foot detox and infrared sauna. Kangen water is also available. See ad, page 19.

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PENSACOLA NATURAL FOODS, INC 916 W Michigan Ave, Unit C, Pensacola 850-433-8583

1 0 % o ff v i t a m i n s , h e r b s , homeopathics. 10% off groceries for military. 15% off bulk special orders. Natural, organic groceries. Dairy, gluten & nitrate free foods. Organic wine, beer, jewelry, gift items. See ad, page 20.


Mundy and Diana Pereira 850-499-3670 or via Facebook A holistic approach incorporating nutrition, herbalism, and essential oils to find renewed vitality and energy. Offering, complimentary health consultations with personalized recommendations. certified Aromatouch sessions, wellness educational classes throughout NW Florida. Organic produce share program with a flexibity, non-committal service available weekly via Facebook or our website. See ad, page 2.


1211 E Strong St, Pensacola 850-206-1853 Experienced intuitive medium, public speaker and author. Find peace, healing and renewal of energy through energetic clearing, past life regression and spiritual counseling. Consultations in person or by phone. See ad, page 18.


Transformational Energy Healer/Counselor BS Psychology, MBA, Hypnotherapist 850-585-5496 • Phone sessions to heal serious health issues, unwanted patterns, and more. Authored Wellness Wisdom on natural health and healing; inspired by her journey with cancer.





Offers more than 200 varieties of loose herbs, top brands of essential oils, tools and accessories, herbal formulas and homeopathics, ionic foot detox and infrared sauna. Kangen water is also available. See ad, page 96.

Author of Peace Within, Michael DeMaria is an Integrative psychologist, poet, author, speaker and 4-time Grammy ® nominee with over 33 years of guiding others on their life journeys. He is also a meditation/mindfulness/ yoga teacher who integrates creativity (music, poetry, art, movement, etc.) in the healing process.

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Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 Board Certified Gynecologist MD, offering full GYN services and proud to feature MonaLisa Touch Laser, a non invasive treatment for symptoms of low hormones or menopause. Stop suffering and startlLiving. Call for appointment. Offices in Gulf Breeze and Navarre. See ad, page 37.


Board Certified Gynecologist 1118 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, GB 7552 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre 850-916-7766 Board Certified Gynecologist MD, offering full GYN services and proud to feature MonaLisa Touch Laser, a non invasive treatment for symptoms of low hormones or menopause. Stop suffering and start living. Call for appointment. Offices in Gulf Breeze and Navarre. See ad, page 37.


Venus Legacy Master Technician Wellness Coach 210 E Intendencia St, Pensacola 850-725-8746 • We offer non-invasive solutions for face lift, tummy tuck, liposuction and cellulite. Other services include M’lis Body Contour Detox Wraps and Infrared Jade Sauna Therapy. See ad, page 54.

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Pilates Core Training 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT # MA64267. See ad, page 3.


Theresa Ellis and Beth Workman 2475 E 9 Mile Rd, Ste E, Pensacola 850-912-6996 • Offers more than 200 varieties of loose herbs, top brands of essential oils, tools and accessories, herbal formulas and homeopathics, ionic foot detox and infrared sauna. Kangen water is also available. See ad, page 19.


Barbara Bruni, Owner 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • Mat, gyrokinensis and equipment classes, or private sessions for a personalized experience. Website lists instructors, class schedule and prices. See ad, page 3.

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Gulf Breeze Proper 221 Gulf Breeze Pkwy • 850-932-3424 Downtown Pensacola 426 S Palafox • 850-607-2772 Join us at Pure to experience the largest Pilates studio on t h e c o a s t . Va r i e t y o f equipment and mat classes are offered 6 days a week. Tone your core with Pure.

ROLFING SHARALEE HOELSCHER, RCST Certified Rolfer (MA34039) Registered Craniosacral Therapist 850-450-8508

Get out of pain once and for all. Treat the source, not the symptom. Enjoy moving freely in a more organized, comfortable and balanced body. See ad, page 20.



106 Wright Pkwy SW, FWB 850-243-1534 Healthy digestion, well aligned physical structure, proper breathing and a good nights sleep begin with a healthy mouth. We treat snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders, plus crowns, teeth whitening, bridges, veneers, implant restorations, aligner orthodontics, cleanings, digital x-ray imaging, CO2 Laser periodontal treatment. No mercury fillings See ads, pages 15 and 43.


Jamie Sanders, Minister 716 N 9th Ave, Pensacola 850-438-2277 • Unity of Pensacola offers spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living. We provide philosophy that is spiritual, not religious, and love-based, not fear-based. Rev. Jamie Sanders offers spiritual counseling. See ad, page 9.

THE SPA NAVARRE Jessica Glenn 1814 Alpine Dr, Navarre 850-226-2260

Located inside the Kat House Salon. Offering a non-toxic, natural alternative to standard beauty treatments that pamper both the body and the mind. Services offered include: anti-aging facials, manicures & pedicures, anti-aging skin treatments, hot stone massage, waxing and more. Packages available for those that desire “not a treatment but an experience”. See ad, page 7.


Pilates Core Training 1310 B Dunmire, Pensacola 850-287-5836 • Myofascial release treats the entire myofascial mind/body complex, eliminating the pressure of the restricted myofascial system (the straight-jacket) that causes painful symptoms. LMT # MA64267. See ad, page 3.

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YOGA (PRIVATE) PRIVATE YOGA SESSIONS & HEALTH COACHING BY KIM DEMOSS Navarre area or Mobile Group/Individual Sessions 727-420-4279

Offering private individual and group yoga sessions or health coaching to assist in reaching personal goals. Personalization included in each session based on needs of client utilizing therapeutic essential oils. Certified trauma sensitive yoga instructor. Sessions available at private studio in Navarre or at location of choice. See ad, page 31.

YOGA STUDIOS DRAGONFLY YOGA STUDIES 184 Brooks St, SE, Bldg 2 Downtown FWB • 850-244-0184

Serene environment for the study and practice of hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/ Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 48.


222 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Unit A Downtown FWB 850-430-9434 • Hot Yoga Om features far infrared heat, radiant heat, radiant life. Daily classes, amazing teachers experience it for yourself. See ad, page 48.


Navarre Living Yoga and Health Center 8162 Navarre Pkwy 850-684-1065 • A full service yoga studio with classes for all levels and all ages, including: hot yoga, yin yoga, restorative and gentle yoga, prenatal yoga, aerial yoga, meditation, yoga teacher training, private yoga, reiki, massage, ayurvedic consultation and more. MM#25136. See ad, page 13.

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