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letterfrompublisher September is Yoga Month and each year, local studios like to introduce new students to all of its myriad benefits. As Amy Likins ( expresses, “Anything can be considered yoga if you are fully mindful in what you are doing at the moment.” Likins’ asana teachings revolve around the exploration of breath and prana (energy) in the body and mind. She uses yoga postures and their form to explore the first layer of opening and resistance. Likins explains, “These may be felt as certain freedoms or tensions in the body or mind.” Laura Tyree, ( recalls she first became interested in yoga following an auto accident, and that experience led to the knowledge and determination to heal and be well. Over the years, her studies in energy healing, meditation, massage therapy and recently, jin shin jyutsu, continue to grow and develop into a more soulful practice. “I encourage my students to apply their yoga practice to their lives in a multitude of ways. Many deepen their awareness of self and open fully to their unique beauty and strength; both inner and outer,” says Tyree. Ed Dailey, ( combines a demanding, full-time position as an integral part of the operating room team at Sacred Heart Hospital with his 15-year yoga practice. Dailey explains, “Yoga has the ability to address us as humans on several levels; from a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual level of the mind. It helps us to harness our attention into the present moment, so we can truly begin to understand the meaning of ‘being present’. I am interested in teaching what some call ‘original yoga,’ not just the physical practice of asana. To me, yoga is the state where nothing is missing.” Felicia McQuaid, ( teaches a therapeutic style of yoga that is about conscious alignment, introducing and preparing students for meditation and the importance of breath awareness. “Yoga works on multi-dimensions simultaneously,” expresses Felicia. “As we open our bodies, we open our hearts; as we open our hearts, we open our minds; as we open our minds, we open to our spirits. Yoga by, definition, means union, to bring us back to a state of wholeness.” Dawn Brooks, ( ignites a spirit of playfulness through aerial yoga. “There is something about the dramatic, circus-like movements that takes you out of your mindset to a unique deeper connection with your body. Finding the power within you to go beyond everyday movements reconfirms our mind’s abilities to overcome fear and reach for the impossible.” LauraLynn Jansen, ( co-owner of Yoga Elements and founder of Strengthening From the Core, an integrative health coaching practice aimed at aligning life and wellness, began practicing yoga more than two-and-a-half decades ago as part of her healing regime to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Jansen’s journey has led to a passion for stand up paddleboard yoga. She noticed that after meeting the challenge of combining yoga postures and balancing on the water, students became mesmerized as they experienced the true feeling of yoga. She says, “I love being a catalyst as others discover their power, from the body’s surface to their deepest self.” Whatever your prior experience with yoga, there’s nothing to lose by starting a new practice or rekindling an old one—and everything to gain. Namaste’

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newsbriefs Dr. Bawa Opens New Location in Fort Walton Beach r. Bawa and Associates is currently accepting new patients at their new location at 907 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 211, in Fort Walton Beach. Offering general medicine, anti-aging medicine and wellness assessments, Dr. Nitin Bawa, board certified in internal medicine, states, “After 10 years of providing services in Destin and Santa Rosa Beach, we look forward to expanding Dr. Nintin Bawa our medical and urgent care services to the Fort Walton Beach area.” The practice’s holistic approach includes nutritional blood analysis, metabolic testing and food allergy and intolerance assessments to treat illnesses and disease, with a focus on optimal wellness. Bawa specializes in bio-identical hormone therapy and weight-loss aesthetics. For more information and appointments, call 850-534-4170 or visit See ad, page 2.

THE Healing Clinic Grand Opening in Fort Walton Beach September 6 elicia McQuaid, owner and director of THE Healing Clinic, located at 184 Brooks, Suite 1, in downtown Fort Walton Beach, knows that the time for healing— body, mind, and soul—is now. A huge grand opening celebration will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., September 6, with free demonstrations and promotions, booking specials, live music and a raffle. For all our pet lovers, H.E.A.R.T. Animal Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for homeless pets in our communities, will be there and a portion of the grand opening proceeds will be donated to their cause. Built around the message of "Get well. Stay well. Live in wellness," THE Healing Clinic will bring relief, balance and healing at all levels under one roof, with a who's who of holistic practitioners with more than two decades of experience in holistic healing. Together, McQuaid, Dragonfly Yoga Studies owner Laura Tyree, Caroline Cook, and Carla Musgrove will offer a mixture of massage therapy, Reiki therapy and training, ThetaHealing, Young Living Essential Oils Therapy, angel therapy, light therapy and Aqua Chi Detox. “I wanted to combine forces with other powerful healers in the community to be able to reach more, serve more and assisting in the healing of more individuals,” says McQuaid. “Conventional medicine tends to overlook the emotional, mental and spiritual nature of an illness and an individual. Holistic practices address the whole individual and work to create balance on all levels.” To schedule appointments, call 850-217-2771. For more information, visit See ad, page 21



Tammy Binkley Skincare Opens at Regatta Bay ammy Binkley has opened Tammy Binkley Skincare at 4476 Legendary Drive, Suite 202, inside The Reach Institute at Regatta Bay, in Destin. Binkley, an esthetician for 11 years in Destin, is offering her gifts of educating about natural skincare along with facials and waxing with a total Tammy Binkley mind/body wellness approach. Holistic services include Brazilian waxing, microdermabrasion and 100 percent organic facials. She also provides private yoga instruction with a heartcentered approach and a kind touch to everyone she meets, creating a more beautiful world, inside and out. For more information and appointments, call 850-246-1112, email or visit tammy.binkley. 6 Natural Awakenings of Northwest Florida


Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture in Shalimar ebecca Freeman, AP, MAOM, an acupuncturist for more than 12 years, now specializes in the Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture System, utilizing ancient needling to bring increased qi and blood to the face, improving the production of collagen and elastin. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture points on the body balance energies and remove blockages along the channels of blood and energy to achieve optimal health and prevent disease. Freeman practices by harmonizing the interior influence to beautify and revitalize the exterior. Visible results can often be seen after one or two treatments and will be consistent after six or seven sessions. Location: 60 2nd St., Ste. 202, Shalimar. For more information, call 850-651-0160. See ad, page 33.


New Fit Camps for Change from Blueprint Health Studio Benefit Local Charities


lueprint Health Studio, Destin’s premier personal training and fitness facility, is launching a new program, Fit Camps for Change, to help fund local charities. Owner Matt Staver has developed the program to benefit four local charities in the area that include Children in Crisis, EMERGE with the Emerald Coast Autism Society, Shelter House and the Sacred Heart Foundation. For each person that signs up for the Fit Camp program for a monthly fee of $199, the charity will receive 25 percent. Blueprint’s goal is to sign up 100 people in September in order to commit $5,000 each month to one of the charities on a rotating basis. A kickoff event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., September 4, at Elephant Walk at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. A representative from each charity will speak about the vision for their programs and what they plan to use their funds for. Fit Camps are hour-long small group sessions where members shift from station to station throughout the studio according to their personal fitness goals. Blueprint offers more than 25 different Fit Camp times throughout the week to accommodate all members’ schedules. Members also receive customized nutrition and dietary guidance, regular body index evaluation and more. As a bonus, each new member will receive a True Blue Rewards card good for special offers and discounts at local businesses and restaurants. Location: 4421 Commons Dr. E., Destin. For more information, membership or a tour, call 850-460-2588, visit or find Blueprint Health Studio on Facebook. See ad, page 33. natural awakenings September 2013


newsbriefs Esther's Garden of Healing Opens in Navarre sther's Garden of Healing, owned by Esther Terns and Diana Pereira, will hold a grand opening celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., September 4, at 8184 Navarre Parkway, in Navarre. Guests will be able to enter a drawing for gift certificates throughout the day and do not need to Diana Pereira, Esther Terns be present to win. Esther's Garden of Healing features more than 170 bulk herbs, 40 loose teas and herbal coffee, cross-contaminationfree, gluten-free foods, homeopathic remedies, locally manufactured gluten-free natural skincare line, and is an Off the Vine pick-up location. Their partnership with Mosier Farms biweekly brings in raw milk, grass-fed beef, farm-fresh eggs, fresh butter and cheese. Weekly workshops will be held on topics such as sustainable gardening, aromatherapy, herbal medicines, beekeeping, soap making and more. For more information, call 850-684-3230 or email See ad, page 17.



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Instruction Abounds at Unity of Panama City omen, Food and God— An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, is a four-week class based on Geneen Roth’s New York Times bestselling book. She says, “Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God.” We can move beyond food and feelings to the inner realm of Spirit. Geneen Roth’s 30 years of research will guide participants in learning how to drop the struggle and discover how to trust the body and change limiting beliefs. Daytime and evening sessions are available, beginning September 17. Healthy Cooking, with personal chef and nutrition coach Rob Repass, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., September 19. Repass shares more than recipes; he offers tips to create tastier healthy dishes. Curriculum for The Q Effect, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., September 22 through November 10, is based on The Art & Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You, by Rev. Dr. Gary Simmons and Rima Bonario. The Four Agreements, based on the book by Don Miguel Ruiz, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, September 21, taught by Certified Facilitator Augustine Peralta. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, this workshop will help provide an overview of the understanding of the Four Agreements. Some classes have fees. Location: 1764 Lisenby Ave., Panama City. For more information, call 850-769-7481 or See ad, page 25.


Twelve Oaks Appoints Kelley Business Director welve Oaks Recovery Center, in Navarre, has appointed Scott Scott Kelly Kelley as director of business development and marketing. He has a background in psychology and has worked in behavioral health for 20 years. Kelly formerly served as the company’s Central Florida community outreach representative/resource liaison, mental health technician, director of admissions, director of business development and chief administrative officer. With this experience, he can appreciate direct care and the daily operations of patient care, as well as the macro-level administrative functions of a facility, and how these both translate in interacting with the community and psychiatric/substance abuse community at large. Location: 2068 Healthcare Ave., Navarre. For more information, call 850- 939-1200 or visit See ad, page 10. natural awakenings September 2013




Jog or Walk to Live Longer slow jog around the block a few times a week can prolong life. The Copenhagen City Heart Study monitored 1,878 joggers for 30 years and found that 44 percent of these subjects are less likely to prematurely die from any cause than non-runners. Males and females that continued to jog regularly added 6.2 years and 5.6 years, respectively, to their average lifespans. It only takes 1.5 hours of slow-to-average-pace jogging a week to reap the longevity benefits. Walking is also beneficial; the National Institutes of Health says it can add up to 4.5 years to the average life expectancy. Seventy-five minutes of brisk walking a week can add 1.8 years to life expectancy after age 40, according to study results cited in PLOS Medicine.


Yoga Relieves Back Pain Could a simple yoga class ease chronic back pain? Yes, say researchers in two recent studies. Scientists at the University of Washington found that subjects reported a 61 percent decrease in back pain when practicing yoga in a 12-week period compared with doing simple stretching. The researchers attributed their findings, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, to yoga’s physical and breathing exercises and how they increase awareness and relaxation. Another project, funded by Arthritis Research UK, showed that Britons with longterm back pain that took a 12-week yoga course reported 75 percent fewer sick days.


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hree-quarters of American women are interested in changing their hair color, particularly to cover gray, according to a Clairol study. But other studies show they should be wary of most traditional hair dyes and consider natural alternatives. A study from the University of Southern California published in the International Journal of Cancer, for example, identified women using permanent hair dyes at least once a month to be at the highest risk for bladder cancer. As early as 2007, the European Union banned 22 potentially dangerous chemicals in cosmetic and body care products, including hair dyes. In the journal Materials last year, British researchers warned of the increased cancer risk from toxic chemicals called secondary amines, found in European- and U.S.-manufactured permanent hair dyes, because they remain on the hair for extended periods long after application and can penetrate skin. Meanwhile, increasing demand by consumers for safer products has expanded the market for natural hair dyes containing henna, oils and extracts from berries and other fruits, plus vegetables. Many are now available at pharmacies, organic salons and online, including do-it-yourself recipes.

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eens with acne might consider cutting back on milk and other dairy products. Foods with a high-glycemic index (carbohydrates affecting blood sugar levels) are the leading causes of acne at all ages, according to a meta-review of studies and clinical trials published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Now, researchers at New York University say milk’s natural hormones may additionally stimulate the acne-producing hormones present at puberty. “Milk is designed to grow things—namely babies—and in the case of cows’ milk, calves,” comments Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The Blood Sugar Solution. “It’s naturally full of muscle-building anabolic hormones… which [also] cause bad acne.” Hyman considers cows’ milk “nature’s perfect food only if you are a calf,” and warns of “60-some hormones in the average glass of milk; even organic, raw and bovine growth-hormone-free milk.”

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Weightlifting Lowers Heart Disease and Diabetes Risks


Peace begins with a smile. ~Mother Teresa

ewer than 10 percent of Americans regularly lift weights, but perhaps more of us should, according to a study in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Scientists at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, found that weightlifters had a 37 percent reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors linked to heart disease and diabetes. Previous research has linked having greater muscle strength and mass (results of weightlifting) to lower rates of metabolic syndrome. People with three out of five risk factors—a large waist (more than 40 inches for men, more than 35 inches for women), high triglycerides and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar— may be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. The researchers also analyzed data from the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which showed that young men were most likely to do regular weightlifting, while women, older people and Latinos were least likely. The survey statistics support the conclusion that non-weightlifters are more likely to exhibit metabolic syndrome.


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globalbriefs Freebie Fruit Online Mapping Points the Way Falling Fruit (, created by Caleb Philips, co-founder of Boulder Food Rescue, and Ethan Welty, a photographer and geographer based in Boulder, Colorado, uses a map to cite locations of fruits and vegetables that are free to forage around the world. It looks like a Google map, with reported locations marked with dots. Zoom in and click on one to find a description of what tree or bush is there. The description often includes information about the best season to pluck plant fruits, the quality and yield, a link to the species’ profile on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website and additional advice on accessing the spot. Welty compiled most of the half-million or so locations from various municipal databases, local foraging organizations and urban gardening groups. Additionally, the map is open for Wikipedia-style public editing. He says, “Falling Fruit pinpoints all sorts of tasty trees in public parks, lining city streets and even hanging over fences from the UK to New Zealand.” It also lists beehives, public water wells and even dumpsters with excess food waste.

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Bivalve Farming May Purify Fouled Waters Scientists are investigating whether mussels can be grown in urban areas as a way of cleansing coastal waters of sewage, fertilizers and other pollutants. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has placed an experimental raft at the mouth of New York City’s Bronx River with long tendrils seeded with geukensia demissa hanging beneath it. The two-year experiment will test whether the ribbed mussel can survive in the industrial and organic effluent found there. If it does, that could have implications for cleaning up coastal waters all over the world. The idea of using bivalves like mussels, oysters and clams to purify waterways has been on the minds of conservationists and scientists for decades. If the creatures can absorb enough nitrogen from the polluted water, it will prevent algae blooms that deprive waterways of the oxygen needed to support life. Other researchers also are investigating the beneficial effects of raising seaweed and kelp in conjunction with bivalves to clean coastal waters. Source:

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Fair Trade Comes to Retail Clothing The revolution that started in food is expanding to clothing: origins matter. With fair trade coffee and organic fruit now standard on grocery shelves, consumers concerned with industry working conditions, environmental issues and outsourcing are now demanding similar accountability for their T-shirts. As a result, some retailers have started supplying information about how and where their products are made. “There’s real demand for sweat-free products,” observes Ian Robinson, Ph.D., a lecturer and research scientist at the University of Michigan who studies labor issues. “Consumers don’t have the information they need, and they do care.” The New York Times reported that a recent factory collapse in Bangladesh might play a part in changing that. Loblaw Companies Limited, the parent company of Joe Fresh, which produced clothing there, has vowed to audit factories more aggressively and compensate the victims’ families. “The apparel industry can be a force for good,” vows Galen G. Weston, Loblaw’s chairman. natural awakenings September 2013


globalbriefs Solar Socket Portable Power from Any Windowpane The Window Socket, a new device that attaches to any window using a suction cup, provides a small amount of electricity to charge and operate small devices from its solar panel. Inventors Kyuho Song and Boa Oh, of Yanko Design, note, “We tried to design a portable socket so that users can use it intuitively, without special training.” Even better, the charger stores energy. After five to eight hours of charging, The Socket provides 10 hours of juice to charge a phone, even in a dark room. The device is not yet available in the United States. Find more information at

Feathered Friends Food Shortages Guide Behavior A new report published in American Naturalist by a pair of ecologists, W. Alice Boyle and Courtney J. Conway, at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, has determined that the primary pressure prompting short-distance bird migrations comes from seasonal food scarcity, not their amount of eating or living in nonforested environments, as was previously thought. “It’s not just whether they eat insects, fruit or nectar, or where they eat them; it matters how reliable that food source is from day-to-day,” says Boyle. A universal assumption has been that short-distance migration is an evolutionary steppingstone to longer trips. The team’s work contradicts that idea by showing that the two are inherently different. They also found that species that forage in flocks are less likely to migrate. “If a bird is faced with food scarcity, is has two options,” Boyle notes. “It can either forage with other birds or migrate.”

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Bio-Breakthrough Can Reduce Fossil Fuel Use Researchers at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, attest they have succeeded in using xylose, the most abundant simple plant sugar, to produce a large quantity of hydrogen in a method that can be performed using any source of biomass. “Our new process could help end our dependence on fossil fuels,” projects Y. H. Percival Zhang, the associate professor of biological systems engineering who is spearheading the initiative. This environmentally friendly method of producing hydrogen utilizes renewable natural resources, releases almost zero greenhouse gases and doesn’t require costly heavy metals. Most hydrogen for commercial use is produced from natural gas, which is expensive to manufacture and generates a large amount of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. “It really doesn’t make sense to use non-renewable natural resources to produce hydrogen,” says Zhang. “We think this discovery is a game-changer in the world of alternative energy.” 16 Natural Awakenings of Northwest Florida

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eventspotlight The Mahabhuta Yoga Festival 2013: Year of the Water Serpent


t’s time to shed old skins and transform at the second annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival, from November 15 to 17, at the Sanders Beach Community Center, in Pensacola. The Mahabhuta Yoga Festival's mission is to celebrate yoga, elevate consciousness, unite communities, create abundance and inspire greatness. This second annual festival highlights the talents of regional yoga teachers, artists, healers and musicians from New Orleans to Seaside. Twenty-four regional yoga studios will present workshops over the weekend, along with LED hoop performances, a marionette show, henna artists, numerous artists and yoga-inspired vendors. The Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band will offer Kirtan on Friday evening and on Saturday evening, Rising Appalachia will perform. Other highlights include yoga, meditation, aerial swing and silk classes, kirtan and ecstatic dance, organic healing foods, artisan vendor village, featured artist Olivia Curry, of, a holistic healing spa and a kids’ tent sponsored by Galaxy Child Yoga. The serpent is a spiritual sign of wisdom, rebirth, and spiritual growth, so what is of value this year are deep experiences and breakthroughs. In India, the wise serpent is said to be the guardian of the yogi and gains immortality by continually shedding its skin, always ready to spring into a new version of itself. A portion of the proceeds will fund the Mahabhuta Yoga Foundation, which is providing one scholarship for a Gulf Coast resident to participate in a local yoga teacher training from a participating studio. Admission to the outdoor festival grounds is free. Readers of Natural Awakenings may receive exclusive early bird workshop pricing until Sept. 30 by emailing and using the discount code “Serpent”. Eight workshop pass $200 (reg. $270); six workshop pass $150 (reg. $200); four workshop pass $100 (reg. $135). Location: 13 S. I St. For more information, visit See ad, page 15.

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Complementary Care at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast by Daralyn Chase and Martin Miron

fied. Other components of Urban Zen include breath awareness techniques and meditation techniques. Urban Zen is being utilized at UCLA, in Los Angeles, which is currently training their staff. A new training center is launching in Columbus, Ohio, as well as this spring in Fort Walton Beach, at Dragonfly Yoga, which will be a yearlong training. UCLA CEO David Fienberg states it is his vision to train at least 500 people. Dailey says, “We are seeing a growing facet of these things that have come into play utilizing the Urban Zen modalities. The beauty is that it is applicable across the board; in an inpatient

Joint commission has ashion designer Donna Karan brought together some of the most brilliant minds in Western medicine and ancient philosophy thinking in regard to health care at a forum in Manhattan and asked, “How do we begin to merge these two systems into a system that treats the patient, not the disease?” Out of that meeting grew the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy forum in 2009 ( Ed Dailey, a registered nurse with nearly 20 years of experience, who spent more than a decade studying yoga with acclaimed teacher Rodney Yee, is a registered yoga teacher and Urban Zen integrative therapist. Dailey has practiced complementary care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut. He says, “I was one of the first group of [100] people to go to through Beth Israel Medical Center, where I treated patients from a yoga therapy standpoint, and we were filtering in all these other modalities that came into play that were part of the Urban Zen package.” Nina Jeffords, chief operating officer/chief nurse officer of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, recalls, “Our leadership was looking for better ways to lessen pain other than using drugs for pain management, and in my research I found that we had a staff member who was already versed 20


in complimentary care. I contacted Ed Dailey and we had some in-service for our staff, then during our leadership retreat, Ed did a presentation on the program educating our leaders, and shortly afterward we put the program in place.” Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast’s Complementary Nursing Care Program blends the science of traditional medicine with the art of healing. Complementary therapy services are used with conventional medical treatments to enhance the level of care for patients and promote healing. These approaches can be used to help inpatients with pain, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, immobility and constipation. To avoid erroneous connotations of yoga as a religious practice, Urban Zen describes yoga therapy as in-bed movement for circulation. “I say we are going to do some in-bed movement for circulation to help prevent against blood clots, pneumonia and skin breakage, which are all clinically proven to be what happens if you don’t move your body. This is especially important for a patient that may be very ill and bedridden,” says Dailey. Another part of Urban Zen is restorative postures, which pays specific attention to the architecture of the body to promote a sense of relaxation. Aromatherapy, using pure essential oil, and nutrition for contemplative care or care of the dying patient, is different from hospice, and that needs to be

come together to say, ‘Every hospital in the U.S. needs to have some type of investigation into alternative pain management, other things that might work for our patients.’ setting, people are using it in radiation therapy. In oncology centers on outpatient basis, we are utilizing it at the Dragonfly Yoga Center, where people come to a group program on Sunday mornings, or I can be referred to a patient in their home. Some are being treated in nursing homes.” As for prospective trainees, Dailey says, “We are looking at people who have some sort of medical background, who are interested in self-care or are taking care of love ones. We will be looking to train occupational therapists, massage therapists and yoga instructors. The course will include medical knowledge and yoga training. My goal is to have a least four or five colleagues go through this training and have them be able to replicate what I do, so we have a sustainable program.” Dailey continues, “When I came

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here, as with many hospitals, there were a lot of issues around pain management. Joint commission has come together to say, ‘Every hospital in the U.S. needs to have some type of investigation into alternative pain management, other things that might work for our patients.’ Nina Jeffords got word from my boss that I was coming to the area, so I was contacted and asked to give a presentation. Although we don’t call it Urban Zen, it is referred to as the Complementary Care Program.” It is a nonbillable service, but a way Sacred Heart can go above and beyond. Jeffords recognized this and became the visionary behind bringing this option to the northwest Florida area. Dailey explains, “On a national level, the health care field is ripe. Surgeons are worked very hard and everyone in my profession is worked very hard, and I think Urban Zen is only going to get bigger. The state of healthcare is changing and the time is right for this change. Sacred Heart and Urban Zen are people and programs that are on the forefront of this change. People like Nina Jeffords and Donna Karan are visionary for a better way in health care.” There is a very personal side to the dedicated practitioners in the field. As Dailey states, “For people like me, who are actually applying and teaching these modalities, what makes it even more effective is that I am doing what I teach every day before work and every night. Traditional pain management begins with asking the patient, “On a scale of one to 10, can you tell me where your pain is?” After medication, the doctor or nurse goes back to ask, “Now where is your pain?” Jeffords says, “We do the same thing with the complementary program to make sure the treatment we are giving them is working.” For patients, the empowerment enabled by comple-

mentary care is significant. As Dailey reports, “Psychologically, that is huge, they feel like they having something else they can do to help them get better. They actually have a say in what they do in the hospital. At Yukon Health Center, I treated 1,200 patients in a year; 60 percent reported pain and over 700 self-reported reduced pain scores of 3.1. From an anesthesia point of view, 2 or greater is considered significant. Jeffords adds, “I have to emphasize that if we can give them something that they can take away with them and use in other parts of their lives, if it helps even one person, we feel we have made a difference. We offer our staff tuition reimbursement, so once the training is in place, I will be looking at how we can give some scholarships for this program.” Jeffods continues, “Patients can self-refer themselves, or physicians or nurses can make a referral if the patient has unrelieved pain from medication or intermittent pain. But complementary care is not only for pain, it’s also for relaxation. When you’re in a hospital, facing surgery or going through cancer treatment, it just helps alleviate the anxiety some patients have.” On the administrative side, Jeffords says, “Hopefully, complementary care will help decrease costs for the patient and decrease what stress does to the body. Overall, we hope to improve the patient’s health and lifestyle, which in the long run is going to decrease healthcare costs.” Ed Dailey is a graduate and faculty member of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program ( For more information about Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, visit

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WORKOUTS Moving the Body Opens the Door to Spirit by Lisa Marshall


introduced Westerners to the possibility that the two seemingly incongruous goals could be intertwined, the spirituality-fitness link has spread well beyond the yoga mat. It has spawned fusions ranging from Body Gospel, a Christian workout tape, and Jewish Yoga classes to triathlon programs rooted in Native American teachings and Buddhismbased running meditation workshops. In addition, creative instructors have been fusing body/mind/spirit classics like yoga and Pilates with hardcore cardio disciplines like spinning and boxing. Half of all U.S. fitness clubs now offer mind/body programming, according to the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and the portion of classes dedicated to “mind/spirit” versus just “body” is on the rise. “The newer programming is balanced 50-50, rather than the 80-20 body-mind split of the past,” estimates Sandy Todd Webster, editor in chief of IDEA’s publications. At a time when, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, the number of people that identify with “no organized religion” continues to grow (topping one-fifth of Americans and one-third of U.S. adults under 30), more people than ever are exploring exercise as a path to both flatter abs and deeper self-discovery. “We have spent so long focusing on the mind and the brain… but that is not the whole story,” says Pierrat. “The somatic, or physical, expression of spirituality is the future.”

t’s the Sabbath, a day of “Exercise can “the flail.” As the World Beat playlist picks up the prayer, and millions of be a powerful pace, Pierrat leads the people across America group through a funky, raveare quietly sitting or kneelgateway to like series of dance moves ing, humbly communing with a power greater than the spiritual.” aimed at “opening up” the hips and chest and somethemselves. thing less tangible deep But inside the Alchemy ~ Chantal Pierrat inside. By song five, the of Movement studio in Boulsweat is flowing and some are dancing der, Colorado, the Soul Sweat faithful unabashedly, eyes closed, lost in the are connecting with their higher power music. Others are smiling broadly, makin a different fashion. In bare feet, and ing eye contact in the mirror. wearing yoga pants and tank tops, they The sense of joy and interconnectfind a place before a wall-to-wall miredness in the room is palpable. “Exerror while a slow, Afro-Brazilian rhythm cise can be a powerful gateway to the vibrates the wooden floor. spiritual,” observes Pierrat, the founder At the urging of instructor Chantal of Soul Sweat, a highly choreographed, Pierrat, they let their arms and necks spiritually charged dance workout. go limp, shaking off the week’s stresses Twenty years after the yoga craze via a sensual, full-body writhe she calls Natural Awakenings of Northwest Florida

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The notion that intense dancing or a long run could spark what feels like a spiritual awakening makes sense to Philadelphia-based research neuroscientist and physician Andrew Newberg, author of How God Changes Your Brain. A pioneer in the field of integrative “neurotheology”, he has for years used brain imaging technologies to study the impact religious or spiritual practices like deep meditation, intense prayer and speaking in tongues have on the brain. Exercise, he says, provides many of the same effects. In addition to prompting a surge of feel-good endorphins, a highly strenuous workout is one of the few activities that can lead to simultaneous activa-


“God has created us with a body. Why aren’t we praying with our body?” ~ Marcus Freed

tion of both sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (calming) nervous system reactions. “Normally, when one of these is active, the other one shuts down, but when people drive one or the other to a very heightened level of activity, there is some evidence that the other turns on too,” explains Newberg. That intense dual firing can paradoxically lead to an interruption in sensory information traveling to areas of the brain that control our sense of ourselves at any moment. “Not only do you have this great feeling of energy and calmness, but you tend to lose your sense of space and time,” he notes. Newberg’s own research also suggests that when people “surrender” themselves in a spiritual practice, the frontal lobe (the practical part of the brain that keeps our thoughts in check) quiets. He speculates that something similar may happen in the midst of, say, a marathon or intense dance, enabling out of the ordinary thoughts and feelings to surface. “It can allow for creativity—a blending of different, more intuitive ideas in ways you don’t normally mix things,” comments Newberg. So, is exercise able to only make us feel like we’re having a mystical experience, or is it somehow actually opening a channel to the divine? Newberg declines to go there, commenting that a brain scan tells what’s going on in the brain, not in the soul. Yet he has no doubt the two are inextricably linked. He says, “There are many well-known examples of intense experiences, like Sufi dancing, generating spiritual experiences for people.”

Freed says that Biblical text often references the body: King David, in the Book of Psalms, says, “Let all my bones praise the creator.” The Jewish Talmud refers to a rabbi that “stretched his spine with a prayer of gratitude.” Yet, Freed observes, the physical elements of daily spiritual practice have been largely forgotten over the centuries. When he discovered yoga, it filled a gap for him. “I found a way to draw upon this incredible spiritual literature but ground it in the body, so that experience is not just in the head, but also in the heart.” Thus, Freed founded Bibliyoga, which launches each class with a Hebrew or Kabbalistic teaching, followed by poses that incorporate its themes, as reflected in his book, The Kosher Sutras: The Jewish Way in Yoga and Meditation. The practice, now taught in cities around the United States and Europe, has prompted the birth of similarly religion-infused classes, including Christ Yoga, and the Jewish Yoga Network. “A lot of people separate things, saying they’ll get their spirituality from one place and their exercise from somewhere else,” says Freed. “I think they are missing out.”

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Marcus Freed is one of those people. He grew up in a traditional Jewish family in London, England, and attended a rabbinical seminary in Israel. Still, he felt that something was missing in his spiritual life. “I thought, ‘God has created us with a body. Why aren’t we praying with our body?’”

The spirituality-exercise link likewise resonates through other traditionally solo pursuits such as triathlon activities and running, in which many athletes say a more mindful approach to training has infused their sport with more meaning, and in some cases, improved their performances. Ironman Marty Kibiloski, formerly a competitive marathoner and road racer, led what he terms a “high achievement, low contentment” life for years, measuring his self-worth by timed results that never quite satisfied him. In 2006, he attended a Running with the Mind of Meditation three-day workshop, based on Rinpoche Sakyong Mipham’s book of the same name. The retreat combined with his newfound

interest in Buddhism, completely redefined running for him. Kibiloski prefers to steer clear of the word “spiritual” (which he sees as somewhat ambiguous) when describing what he now experiences when running. Instead, he frames it as a vehicle for self-discovery, a mobile meditation that provides the intense focus and freedom from distraction that enables him to “awaken to how things really are.” He now leads the retreat that proved pivotal for him, drawing more than 100 runners each Labor Day weekend to the Shambhala Mountain Center, in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Participants learn to focus on the cadence of their footfalls, their breathing and their surroundings to, as he puts it, “move meditation beyond the cushion.” He remarks, “It trains you to have your mind be still when your body is active, which is how you are in everyday life.” Triathlete Mark Allen credits his work with Brant Secunda, a shaman and teacher in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico, for enabling him to overcome negative self-talk and physical stresses and go on to win the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, six times in the late 1980s and early 90s. He notes, “In every one of my physical workouts, I also focused on training the spiritual aspect, so that when I got that chatter in my head, saying, ‘This is too hard’ or ‘I want to quit,’ I could go to a quiet place, rather than a negative one.” Based on their book, Fit Soul, Fit Body: Nine Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, the pair conduct workshops around the country on how to strengthen both soul and body by intertwining both. “Some people think you are only spiritual when you are praying, but when you are moving your body, that is an intensely spiritual experience, too,” says Allen. “It’s my way of saying, ‘Thank you for letting me be alive.’” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer near Boulder, CO. Connect at September 2013

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DEEP-HEALING YOGA Release Trauma, Build Resilience by Sarah Todd


hen a woman separated from her husband last fall, she tried hard to shut down her emotions. A 30-year-old working mother of two young boys, she felt she couldn’t afford to be sad or angry, even as she contemplated divorce. But something shifted when she began taking yoga classes in her town in northern Michigan. “It was my one place to relax and let go,” says Emily, who asked that her real name stay private. “I used to go to class, get into a deep stretch and cry. It was like my muscles were connected with my heart. My instructor would warn us that certain poses would provide emotional releases, and sure enough, the tears would fall.” People suffering disruptive changes —from losing a loved one to coping with unemployment or striving for sobriety— often find yoga to be a healing force. Lola Remy, of yogaHOPE, a Boston and Seattle nonprofit that helps women navigate challenging transitions, attests that yoga makes them feel safe enough in their bodies to process difficult emotions. “The goal isn’t to make stressors go away, it’s to learn resilience,” Remy explains. “Irreparable harm isn’t necessarily the only result of experiencing stress. Even if I’m in a challenging position—like wobbling in the tree pose—I can see that I’m still okay.” The object

is to teach women that their bodies are strong and capable, giving them more confidence in their ability to weather obstacles off the mat.

Supporting Science

Research suggests that yoga can also be an effective therapy for people affected by some forms of severe traumatic stress. A study in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences that scanned the brains of trauma survivors after a reminder of the traumatic event revealed decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain that helps make sense of raw emotions and bodily experiences. While shutting down the connection between body and mind can help in coping with dangerous experiences, it also makes recovery difficult. “You need to have a high-functioning prefrontal cortex to organize the thoughts that come up and know that you’re safe in the present moment,” advises David Emerson, director of yoga services at the Trauma Center, in Brookline, Massachusetts. “Otherwise, you’re assaulted by memory sensory information.” Yoga appears to rewire the brains of trauma survivors to stop reliving past distress. “You can’t talk your prefrontal cortex into functioning well again,” Em-


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erson observes. “But you may be able to do it with your body.” The study found that eight female patients that participated in traumasensitive yoga saw significant decreases in the frequency and severity of their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. In a study at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, military veterans enrolled in a 10-week yoga course also showed improvement in PTSD symptoms. A paper presented at a recent International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference studied 64 people that had experienced childhood abuse and neglect; those that participated in a trauma-sensitive yoga course had a 33 percent reduction in PTSD symptoms. Two months later, more than 50 percent in the yoga group experienced greater freedom and were no longer diagnosed as suffering from PTSD, compared to the control group’s 21 percent. Yoga can also transform traumatized lives in other ways. “For many traumatized people, being touched intimately can be a trigger,” Emerson remarks. “Yoga may let them feel ready for physical intimacy again. Others have mentioned victories such as being able to go to the grocery store and knowing exactly what foods their bodies crave.” Emerson notes that such programs emphasize choice and individual empowerment. “The beauty of yoga is that you reclaim your body as your own.”

Spreading the Word

Once largely concentrated on the East Coast, trauma-sensitive yoga programs are spreading. Jennifer Johnston, a research clinician and yoga instructor at Boston’s Mind Body Institute, sees programs like these enriching our culture’s understanding of the physical and mental health connection. “In a country where drugs and surgery are often the first go-to,” she says, “it’s important to remember that things like yoga can change our chemistry, too.” Sarah Todd is an East Coast-based writer and editor. Connect at

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all migration literally brings birds of a different feather than in springtime. Spring migration brings a glorious burst of song and color as millions of tiny feathered gems pour northward, singing their hearts out, flitting about with the excitement of arrival at their breeding grounds. They are relatively easy to spot and identify by their voices and bright plumage. In the fall, birdwatching is trickier. To survive, migrating birds need to go to warmer climes for food, because insects do not thrive in cold temperatures. Males molt their bright plumage, needing fresh feathers for the long flight. Most retain some color, but generally, they are duller and look similar to the females. Identification becomes harder because some species are similar in appearance and the singing gives way to an occasional, subtle call, emitted as little chipping sounds at most. The Internet offers a comprehensive range of data that can suggest which days are best for early morning viewings. Experienced birders know the best local spots, and weather forecasts are good indicators of timing. Sid Gautreaux’s pioneering study of bird migration in the 1960s using weather radar, still ongoing at the Radar Ornithology Lab at South Carolina’s Clemson University, is available to birders on regional websites via

While radar can confirm the magnitude and direction of the migration over the previous night, weather predictions help forecast when big flights will occur. So, the next step is to hold a wetted finger up to the wind. A big cold front will hold up birds from moving south because the associated low pressure brings southerly winds and storms. Birds wait it out, storing fuel. Then, when the front clears and a tailwind comes from the north, a floodtide of birds pours southward. Eager birders, having arrived shortly after dawn, await at selected spots 200 to 300 miles south of the leading edge of the former front. On days like these, the skies are brimming with birds. Grassroots monitoring reports on the birds’ progress from mid-August through October are posted at eBird. org, sponsored by New York’s Cornell Lab of Ornithology ( As Joni Mitchell sang, we rejoice that, “They’ve got the urge for going now, and they’ve got the wings to go.” Timothy Boucher is a senior conservation geographer at The Nature Conservancy (, focused on ecosystem services, land use, habitat conditions and links between conservation and human well-being. His fieldwork spans six continents, encompassing local and global issues.

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Schools Go Green Homework, Lunch, Buses Get an Eco-Makeover by Avery Mack

With paperless homework, bookless backpacks, zero waste lunches, plastic-free filtered water and classrooms without walls, today’s parents and teachers are bringing eco-friendly ways to schools and giving students an early appreciation of the importance of environmental health.


oing green goes both ways— home to school and school to home. Alysia Reiner, an actress and eco-advocate from New York’s Harlem neighborhood, became involved with the Bank Street School for Children when her daughter enrolled at age 3. “I’m green at home, so in my mind her school had to be green, too. With no programs in place, I made suggestions, which got me elected co-chair of the green committee,” says Reiner, with a smile. “Today, we have a school-wide composting program serving 1,500 students that has reduced previous levels of food waste by 75 percent. To raise awareness and funds to support it, we sold reusable snack sacks, stainless steel water bottles and home composting bags.” An innovative chef focuses on organic foods with vegetarian options for school lunches. The next step is a rooftop garden. When Sheila Hageman, an author, teacher and public speaker living in Milford, Connecticut, first read the memo requesting garbage-free lunches for

her three children at the New England School-Montessori, she couldn’t imagine packing food without the use of plastic wrap, sandwich bags or paper napkins, but, “Now, it’s no big deal,” she says. “I use glass containers and cloth napkins. The kids eat better quality food. It costs less, too, because prepackaged snacks are out.” She notes that the governing rule is one protein, one fruit and one vegetable. The school even has a natural composter—a class guinea pig that loves to eat leftover veggies. Students often bring the first of their homegrown vegetables each season for show and tell in the classroom, where they normally eat lunch. It’s a neat way to avoid massproduced food; the school has no cafeteria. “A little change becomes part of a

lifestyle,” remarks Hageman. Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, for grades nine through 12, in West Palm Beach, Florida, provides a near-paperless experience for students, all of which are issued computers. Homework is assigned, completed, graded and returned; tests are given and graded; report cards are sent and textbooks studied—all online. “We buy one set of print books, since not all students learn the same way. But e-books can be updated electronically each year, saving the educational costs of outdated materials and financial costs of replacement,” says Teresa Thornton, Ph.D., the science teacher who spearheaded many of the school’s green initiatives. “By the end of the year, they know how to use software programs to organize and analyze information.” In Pittsburgh, Chatham University follows the example of eco-pioneer and Silent Spring author Rachel Carson, a class of 1929 alumna, to preserve, maintain and restore nature. With the goal to be carbon neutral by 2025, sustainability becomes part of every decision. The Chatham Eastside facility, located in a revitalization area, reclaimed a former manufacturing complex. “We are the first school in Pennsylvania to have a solar hot water system,” says Mary Whitney, the school’s sustainability coordinator. “Bottled water was banned in 2011 and filtered water stations provide free refills for stainless steel bottles. The rent-a-bike program is especially popular with international students.” The two campus Zipcars shared by students can be reserved for a fee. Students also ride free on public transportation. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy, students gain the knowledge and experience to extend the difference they make beyond greening their school. Anne Vilen, a designer for expeditionary learning schools like Donaldson, says, “It’s empowering for students to discover they can make a real impact.” Connect with Avery Mack via


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Pre-K to College Eco-Lessons n San Francisco was the first city in the nation to put green bins in school cafeterias. Currently, more than 85 percent of its schools participate in SF Environment’s Food to Flowers! lunchroom composting program. Leftover food and empty milk cartons are turned into compost, and then sold to area farmers. Schools can receive free compost for their own gardens. n The Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, conducts a PowerSave Schools Program that teaches kids how to conduct energy audits at school and home. Participating schools typically realize 5 to 15 percent reductions in energy costs, and students learn math and science skills. n The National Wildlife Federation shows K–12 students how they can actively support nature by establishing schoolyard wildlife habitats. Pupils evaluate the environment, make a plan and then implement it. They can grow food and create shelter for wildlife such as bird feeders and baths and observe the results. A habitat can be as small as 20 square feet or as large as students are able to maintain. n In Tennessee, Ivy Academy Chattanooga strives to integrate nature into every class, with many sessions taught outdoors in the nearby forest. Pupils also work with the region’s forestry division to treat diseased hemlocks and monitor growth, then upload the information to the Smithsonian. Daily hikes improve fitness and emphasize how alternative means of travel reduce the harmful impacts of burning fossil fuels. Many students walk to school while several teachers run up to 10 miles to class. n Schools should be as clean as possible to prevent the spreading of germs, but traditional cleaning agents contain harmful chemicals. Makers of the ZONOsanitech machine attest that it kills nearly all common bacteria and viruses and meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. Using super oxygen (ozone) and less than eight

ounces of water per day, the ZONO can clean and sanitize most types of school furniture and materials within 30 minutes, while drawing less than three cents worth of electricity. n “Studies show that 70 percent of ambient air pollution comes from diesel emissions alone,” says Ron Halley, vice president of fleet and facilities at Student Transportation of America (STA), of Wall, New Jersey, with offices in America and Canada. “STA will have a fleet of more than 1,000 alternative-fueled school buses operating in California, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Texas this coming school year.” Propane-powered buses emit virtually no particulate matter. STA estimates a savings of more than $2,600 per year for each bus with the use of propane; it historically costs 30 percent less than diesel fuel. Omaha, Nebraska public schools have 435 propane-fueled buses, so the fuel and maintenance savings could exceed a million dollars annually. “Omaha Public Schools’ buses will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2.3 million pounds a year,” says Halley.

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The Allure of Confidence Supermodel Sarah DeAnna’s Universal Beauty Secrets by April Thompson


ongtime supermodel Sarah DeAnna believes in our ability to shape both our life—and our looks. Raised by a single mom in the small farm town of Jefferson, Oregon, DeAnna made her way to Los Angeles after putting herself through college, earning a degree in international business marketing from Oregon State University, in Corvallis. While she planned to pursue a graduate degree in business at the University of California, a chance meeting with a photographer at a Hollywood café instead launched her career as an international fashion model, realizing a childhood dream. This natural health trendsetter has since appeared in Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, and walked the runway for such internationally renowned designers as Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Stella McCartney. DeAnna credits her success to her commitment to modeling a healthy, balanced lifestyle. In her new book, Supermodel You, she debunks myths about modeling, fitness and beauty, explaining how beauty emanates from the inside out.

Being alert to little things that may be throwing you off balance—like carrying more weight on one foot or turning a foot out when you walk—are small steps to developing self-awareness. When a Harvard University study informed a group of hotel housekeepers that didn’t consider themselves physically active that they were actually exercising all day long, they all lost weight. The only difference was their awareness of their work as exercise.

Why do you believe that models that follow less severe diets and workout regimens are better off? Restrictive extremes put enormous stress on your body, which is a leading cause of unhealthy weight gain. When I first started out, I didn’t know that I was eating too little and working out too much and too hard. Then my agent told me to ease my exercise and start eating some healthy fats again, which the body needs. When I stopped overdoing it, I both felt better and achieved my target weight. There isn’t any one kind of diet or exercise practice that’s right for everyone; it’s all about having a positive relationship with food and your body.

How does self-awareness bring out one’s natural beauty? Self-awareness starts with being aware of your actions and their effects. For example, if you’re not paying attention to what you eat and how you feel afterward, you won’t realize that your body may be sending you signals about the quality of what you’re eating. How you walk also affects your body in more ways than you realize. 30 Natural Awakenings of Northwest Florida

What are some of your favorite tips for getting a good night’s sleep? I make sleep a priority, even if it means missing out on late night fun. Tune in to what is keeping you awake, whether it’s what you are reading, watching or

eating before bedtime, and change it. Creating a sleep ritual is helpful; I light candles and lower music in the house to wind down long before when I want to be asleep.

How do models manage to look like a million bucks on a modest income while they await their big break? Confidence is the most beautiful thing. Good posture makes you look thinner and better-looking. It’s not the number of pounds that matter; you know before you step on the scale if you are happy with the way you look and feel. As for fashion, it’s not just what you wear, but how you wear it. How clothes fit is important. We all have different shapes, and even models will have “muffin tops” if the pants aren’t hitting their hips in the right place. Rather than focus on the size, focus on how a garment looks on you.


You’ve been told that you aren’t “commercially beautiful”. How can each of us reframe the way we think about our own appeal? I’m sometimes told I’m too edgylooking or too strong-featured. But as my agent says, if everyone liked me, I would just be ordinary. You need to love whatever is different about you. Cindy Crawford has a noticeable mole; Tyra Banks has a large forehead. These models turned such “flaws” into personal trademarks that set them apart.

The industry can be unkind to older models. What lessons have you learned from watching your predecessors? The modeling business is finally realizing that society wants to see more natural-looking women, so they are bringing back the older supermodels, and they look amazing. We are even seeing models in their 80s now as an awesome positive representation of older women. It’s all about having a positive outlook and embracing who and what you are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

he basis for acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is that energy flows through the body separately from the nervous and circulatory system. When acupuncture needles are placed in the body, they affect the flow of energy; affecting nerves and fluids. This affect is apparent all over the body, the same way when you feel bad, it is apparent not just in the body, but also in your face. Most people have had someone look at them and say, “What is the matter? Are you sick?” because that is how your face appears. The same is true when the pain, discomfort, anxiety and stress are relieved by acupuncture; it shows in the face. After an acupuncture treatment, people leave with a “glow” of wellbeing that is seen by others and will translate to health over time. There are three ways this occurs. The liver channel runs from the inside of the big toe up to the eye and into the brain. Many believe the eye is the window to the soul. In TCM, the liver is where we store our anger and our drive to overcome challenges. By massaging the top of the foot between the first and second toe, we can tamp down some of those angry feelings; literally draining the anger from us. Our


Ways Acupuncture Promotes Beauty by Dr. Sheryl Roe eyes will appear more clear and open. The spleen channel travels on the outside of our big toe up to our cheeks, where it then goes into the body. The emotion of the spleen in TCM is depression and pensiveness (overthinking). So by massaging our feet, especially on the sides and around the toes, we can stimulate the spleen to do its job, which is to drain dampness and clear the mind. We will appear less puffy and doughy, and our thinking will be more concise. The lung channel starts on the outside of the thumb and travels to the clavicle, where it enters the body. The lung controls the skin all over the body. The emotion of the lung is grief of any kind, from losing a loved one to having to move from someplace you really liked. This time, we need to massage our hands, making sure to really work the muscle of our thumb, which will lift some of the weight of grief. Then our skin will be more clear and firm. Dr Sheryl Roe is a board certified doctor of oriental medicine with offices in Navarre, Fort Walton Beach and Destin. For more information, call 850-225-3460 or visit

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STAYING POWER A Good Trainer Keeps Us On Track by Debra Melani

“Women especially enjoy combining fitness with socializing.” ~ Kristin McGee

Maintaining one’s own fitness program can prove a challenge when the will to work out fizzles. Many people are getting help conquering roadblocks and staying on an effective path of regular exercise through an enduring relationship with a personal trainer.


pproximately 6.4 million Americans now engage personal trainers, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, including some in less traditional locations, like community centers and corporate workplaces. When a client sticks with a personal trainer over the long haul, the relationship can evolve beyond a caring coach into a steadfast mentor, producing benefits that transcend basic fitness. “I have individuals I’ve worked with for 10 years, and have come to know them and their bodies and habits well,” says Kristin McGee, a New York City trainer who counts celebrities like Steve Martin and Tina Fey as clients. By understanding all aspects of each of her clients, she says she can better tailor programs to meet their needs. When nine-year client Bebe Duke, 58, faced a lengthy rehabilitation after

tripping and shattering a shoulder, McGee helped lift her spirits, ease her back into full-body fitness and even slay some psychological dragons. “We worked her lower half; we kept her strong and her moods steady with meditation and yoga,” McGee says. “The physical therapist knew how to work with her shoulder joint, but not with the rest of her body and the rest of her life.” Duke felt, as she puts it, “a significant fear of falling” after the accident. “So we spent an enormous amount of time on balance and making sure I didn’t feel nervous.” McGee was able to help Duke prevent fitness loss, which can happen to anyone that goes four weeks without exercising, reports Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal. Maintaining regular exercise can also deter depression, confirmed by a study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Three years after the injury, Duke can now hold a downward dog yoga pose and do a headstand. “I’m also running again,” Duke adds. “I’m signed up for a half marathon.” Richard Cotton, a personal trainer in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the American College of Sports Medicine’s national director of certification, agrees that a good long-term trainer often serves as a fitness, nutrition and even life coach. “You can’t metaphorically cut off people’s heads and only train their bodies. Then you are just a technician,” he observes. Building a true foundation for health requires understanding the importance of each building block, not just working with a trainer for a few sessions and afterwards going blindly through the motions, attests Sandra Blackie, a former professional bodybuilder, certified nutritionist and current personal trainer in San Diego, California. “I want to educate my clients.” During extended periods, good trainers also revise routines at least once every four weeks to prevent adaptation, another problem that can hinder reaching fitness goals. “Without trainers, people often get stuck in a rut and lose motivation,” remarks Blackie, who also adapts exercises according to bodily changes due to aging or other conditions. Long-term relationships also allow trainers to focus on the individual’s bottom-line goals, Cotton notes. For instance, “I want to lose 10 pounds,” might really mean, “I want the energy to play with my kids,” or “I want to feel more alert at work.” “Achievable goals evolve from values,” Cotton explains. “It’s not about getting in super great shape for six months and then stopping. It’s about creating a foundation for life.” Freelance journalist Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at Debra or


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Ounce of Prevention, a Lifetime of Health. “If there is more glucose than you need, the remainder is stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen, and then converted to fat.”

Killing Effect

SUGAR MONSTER How Sweet It Isn’t by Kathleen Barnes

While the negative effects of excess sugar consumption have been documented for decades, “Evidence is mounting that sugar is the primary cause of obesity, plus many chronic and lethal diseases,” says Osteopathic Physician Joseph Mercola, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, who runs the highly popular natural health website,, and has authored books that include The No-Grain Diet and Sweet Deception. “Excessive fructose consumption leads to insulin resistance that appears to be the root of many, if not most, chronic diseases,” says Mercola. Beyond the obvious association with obesity, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, liver and heart disease and Alzheimer’s have all been linked to sugar, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institutes of Health. “Sugar, in excess, is a toxin, unrelated to its calories,” says Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist and professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. “The dose determines the poison. Like alcohol, a little sugar is fine, but a lot is not. And the food industry has put us way over our limit.” Sugar can be addictive, continues Lustig. “It has clear potential for abuse. Like tobacco and alcohol, sugar acts on the brain to encourage subsequent intake.”

Healthy Sweeteners

f you have to ask yourself, you are,” advises Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a renowned integrative physician in Kona, Hawaii, and author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! The dangers of excessive sugar consumption, especially of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), are well known. Yet such cheap, corn-based sweeteners account for nearly 56 percent of all sweeteners, especially in beverages. The average American annually consumes 152 pounds of sugar, compared to 109 pounds in 1950, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A large portion is ingested as sugary liquids, including juices and an average of 46 gallons of soft drinks a year—compared to 11 gallons 50 years ago.


“Am I a sugar addict?” There’s an easy way to tell.

n Stevia, a powdered extract of a South American plant, is the most popular natural sweetener, delivering no calories or blood sugar swings; 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, a little goes a long way. Look for a product with no additives. n Sucanat—minimally processed, dehydrated cane sugar juice—is a reasonably healthy alternative, especially to substitute measure for measure in baking. Because it metabolizes like sugar, it too will cause blood sugar swings; also note that both agave and “raw” sugar, which is merely less refined table sugar, have similar effects.

Everyday Sugar Addicts by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum A solution to sugar addiction is simply to stop eating sugars, especially any form of corn syrup. Drink more water and take a high-quality multivitamin, plus other supplements as necessary. Here are the four characteristics of people that tend to obsessively seek sugar. 4 Chronically exhausted and looking for an energy boost 4 Stressed out and suffering from adrenal exhaustion 4 Cravings caused by excessive presence of yeast/candida 4 Hormonally related cravings

Puts on Pounds

Certainly, high-calorie sugars trigger weight gain, but it may be news that calories from sugar act differently in the body than those from other foods. “Fat doesn’t make you fat. Sugar makes you fat,” states Dr. John Salerno, director of The Salerno Center for Complementary Medicine, in New York, Tokyo and Sao Paolo, Brazil. “Eating carbohydrates quickly raises blood sugar (glucose), prompting the release of insulin to transport the glucose not immediately needed for energy, to the cells,” Salerno explains in his new book, The Salerno Solution: An 34 Natural Awakenings of Northwest Florida

n Honey, while not caloriefree, is high in heart-healthy flavonoids and anti-allergens, and may even help lower cholesterol, according to a study from University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, in Germany. n Maple syrup carries calories, but is also a rich source of polyphenol anti-inflammatory antioxidants. A University of Rhode Island, Kingston, study suggests that maple syrup may help manage Type 2 diabetes. n Molasses, while not calorie-free, is a worthy alternative if weight isn’t an issue, since it’s a good source of minerals, especially iron. n Raw monk fruit (avoid processed Nectresse), a small, sweet melon native to China and Southeast Asia known as luo han guo, has traditionally been used in herbal medicine. It is touted as being low in carbs and is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. n Coconut sugar is generating excitement largely because of its low glycemic index (35) and low carbohydrate qualities. This optimum option is a good source of potassium, magnesium, iron, boron, zinc, sulfur and copper. n All fruit contains fructose, but in a natural state—not

synthesized as a vegetable product like corn syrup. Fruit also comes loaded with health benefits, so eating it in moderation works, especially fruits and berries that are low on the glycemic index, a measure of carbohydrate effects on blood sugar levels. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at

Corn Syrup Hides in Processed Foods Most of us might suspect that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) lurks in soft drinks, baked goods, candy and other sweets, but substantial amounts permeate many processed foods. Key culprits include: 4 Applesauce 4 Bottled steak and barbecue sauces 4 Breads 4 Breakfast cereals (including low-calorie ones) 4 Canned soups 4 Catsup 4 Canned vegetables 4 Cottage cheese 4 Flavored yogurt 4 Juice drinks 4 Salad dressings 4 Spaghetti sauce

Notes: HFCS sometimes hides on labels as inulin, glucosefructose syrup, isoglucose and fruit fructose, among others. urces include several online publications and food product labels.

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Local Produce & Farm Resources CSAS & FOOD CO-OPS EVER’MAN NATURAL FOODS 315 W Garden St, Pensacola 850-438-0402 • We offer a large variety of natural and certified organic products, vitamin supplements, local and organic produce, environmentally friendly products, and hot, wholesome lunches from the deli. Mon-Sat. 7am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.


Local Pesticide Free Produce Saturdays at SeaSide Farmers Mkt 850-218-6998 Local, sustainable, exclusive, clean produce. Nutrient dense grown in healthy soil. Bio dynamically influenced practices. Call for seasonal harvest. Serving Okaloosa & Walton.


2nd Saturday beginning April 13 8am-12pm Lots of fresh produce, olive oils, jams, jellies, dips, sauces, baked goods, homemade baked doggie treats, juice bar, local honey. Ferry Rd (Fluid surf shop) & 201 Miracle Strip Pkwy S.E. rear lot.



American, All Natural Grass Fed 850834-3333 Exceptional flavor, low fat content, high in omega-3s and CLA. Available year round. Delivered to processor no charge. Dresses 50% of live weight. Visitors welcome.


850-374-2181 • We are the original Organic Box Program. All organic – all the time! 100% Guaranteed. We bring the Farmer’s Market to you. Simply check our weekly list every Friday. Mixed Fruit and Vegetable shares, All Fruit shares and Juicing shares. Local pick up locations or delivery available.

1st Saturday Monthly 7am-12pm 120 Partin Dr N, Niceville 850-729-2120 Facebook/NicevilleFarmersMarket Local fresh produce, local honey, baked goods, bread, fresh eggs, meats and seafood, wild crafted soaps and body scrubs and more. Open for new vendors. Hosted by One 20 a Modern Bistro.


6618 Beach Dr Panama City Beach, FL 850-624-7075 We are dedicated to community & environmental Stewardship. Offering heirloom and organic gardening & sprouting seeds and permaculture design. Visit us at Seaside Farmers Market, we ship.


FARMS and FARm Tours ANITA & MARK’S HAPPY BOVINE & SWINE FARM 8770 Redfish Point Rd Lillian, AL • 251-942-2126 All natural beef and hogs, free roaming grain and grass fed. Meet the farmer, know exactly what you getting and choose your dinner. Taking orders now.

Saturdays 8am-2pm Open Air Farmer & Art Market MLK Jr. Plaza, Palafox St (between Garden & Wright Sts) Sponsored by the Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board, the Palafox Market offers fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art and antiques. Items originate directly from onsite vendors.

FARMERS’ MARKETS 30A FARMERS’ MARKET @ ROSEMARY BEACH Rosemary Beach Town Center Sunday, beginning May 5. Thursday, beginning May 30. 9am-1pm. Rain or Shine. Local fresh produce, eggs, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, artisan breads, gelato, cheeses, jams, preserves. Market will have an International flair. Manager – Diane Kolopanas. 850-213-0577.



Saturdays 9am-1pm Downtown Seaside (behind “Raw & Juicy” at the amphitheater) or on Facebook Comprised of local growers and crafts people who offer locally grown produce and farm products that are healthy and environmentally conscious.

Chipley, FL 850-270-8804 Grass-fed beef: No hormones, no antibiotics, no corn. Raised right and sent off good. Selling individual cuts at the markets of Seaside and Rosemary.


MEET UP gROUPS REALFOOD, PANAMA CITY Meets Every 3rd Saturday 850-747-7055 Unity, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Meetup.Com/Realfood-GroupPanama-City


3200 Deloach Ln, Milton, FL 850-855-6420 State of Florida Certified grower. We grow and sell natural fruits and produce. Pesticide free. Fresh and safe to eat. Farmer’s Market Program. Ongoing educational classes.

Saturday 9am-1pm Destin Water Users (Parking Lot) 218 Main St, Destin Facebook/Destins-Main-Street-Market Fresh baked goods, local produce & honey, organically grown herbs & lettuces, farm fresh eggs. Art, jewelry, crafts & collectables. Wild and handcrafted jams, jellies, soaps, scrubs and body care. Vendor space available. Tom & Amy Holt. 850-855-6384.

RealFood Panama City promotes the development of an informed community through open and inclusive food awareness opportunities focused on health and wellness through locally grown, nutrient dense, sustainably produced, whole foods.


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What Peace Means to Children The World We All Need by Kids for Peace keeping our world safe knowing anything is possible having fun and being kind helping people in need everyone having an education everyone having good food goodness laughter love meditating nature the beauty that surrounds the world

Peace is‌ a wish that grows around the world everyone feeling music in their hearts everyone having someone to love everyone knowing they are in a safe place everyone knowing they are beautiful inside and out singing together making art and sharing it with others growing a garden, planting a tree protecting animals getting Dorothy back home everyone playing sports instead of going to war happiness for all, peace on Earth and pizza for all people being kissed goodnight every child having a family every child having a ball to play with at least one hug a day a warm bed to dream in the angel in my heart using your voice for good treating others as you wish to be treated sending all soldiers home to their families people shaking hands

Kids for Peace Pledge I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way. I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day. I pledge to care for our Earth with my healing heart and hands. I pledge to respect people in each and every land. I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small. I pledge to do my part to create peace for one and all. Contributions are by children ages 5 to 11. For more information, visit

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FAT FIGHT Like Us, Pets Must Eat Right and Keep Moving by Dr. Shawn Messonnier by rewarding begging with treats, but they actually may be slowly killing their companions with kindness, putting them on a path toward painful and costly medical problems. These can include cancer, cardiac problems, complications from drug therapy, difficulty breathing, heat intolerance, hypertension, intervertebral disk disease, orthopedic conditions (including arthritis), lethargy and ruptured ligaments. Also, because excess body fat first deposits in the cavities of the chest and abdomen and under the skin, hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus can develop, so screen overweight animals for these disorders prior to treatment for obesity. Tackling obesity involves restricting calories and increasing the metabolic rate with a controlled exercise program. Diet and exercise are the two most vital factors in fighting fat.

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besity, a severe and debilitating illness, is the most common nutritional disease in both animals and people. The latest survey of 121 veterinarians in 36 states by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) and corroborating American Veterinarian Medical Association data reveal we have 80 million fat cats and obese dogs; that’s more than 58 percent of dogs and 52 percent of domesticated cats. “Pet obesity remains the leading health threat to our nation’s pets,” says Dr. Ernie Ward, APOP’s founder, from the organization’s headquarters in Calabash, North Carolina. Current medical consensus states that an animal is obese if it weighs at least 15 percent more than its ideal weight. But looking at body composition is more accurate, based on measurements top-tobottom and side-to-side and depth to the ribs and spine.

Eating Right

Simply switching to a store-bought “lite” pet food is inadequate because many are designed to maintain, not lose, weight. Also, many products contain chemicals, byproducts and unhealthy fillers that are contrary to a holistic program.

Health Issues

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A homemade restricted-calorie diet is the best choice for obese animals. The second is a processed “obesitymanagement” diet available through veterinarians, although many of these also contain chemicals, byproducts and fillers. Such diets can be used to attain the target weight, and then replaced with a homemade maintenance diet. Foods high in fiber work well for shedding pounds because they increase metabolism. Vegetable fiber decreases fat and glucose absorption. Fluctuating glucose levels cause greater insulin release that can lead to diabetes; because insulin is needed for fat storage, low, stable levels are preferred. Fiber also binds to fat in the intestinal tract and increases the movement of digested food through the intestines.

Among owners of chubby pets, 45 percent believe their dog or cat is of a normal weight. ~ Association for Pet Obesity Prevention although not yet thoroughly researched or clinically proven. A supplement called Vetri-Lean appears promising. Based on a white bean extract, it has cut starch digestion by up to 75 percent in the company’s clinical tests. The formula also has EGCG from green tea extract to boost metabolism, inhibit carbohydratedigesting enzymes and help maintain normal blood insulin levels, all to help dissolve fat and control appetite. Chromium polynicotinate, another ingredient, also helps to curb appetite, build muscles and reduce fat. cise works to reduce hunger, improve muscle strength and aerobic capacity and improve functioning of organs. Plus, as veterinarians further attest, the activity is mentally stimulating for both animals and guardians, while decreasing behavioral problems. There is no one best exercise program for every animal; a sensible plan must be personalized to needs and abilities. Consult a veterinarian to determine the best regimen. As always, prevention is better than a cure, so staying alert to signs of additional pounds and keeping an animal from becoming obese in the first place is optimum. Dr. Shawn Messonier has authored The Arthritis Solution for Dogs, 8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog, and the award-winning Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats. His Paws & Claws Animal Hospital is located in Plano, TX. Find helpful tips at

Supplement Options

Several natural therapies may be helpful for treating animal obesity. These include herbs such as cayenne, ginger and mustard; white bean extract; chromium; carnitine; hydroxycitric acid (HCA); epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG); and coenzyme Q10. All have been widely used with variable success,

Exercise is Key

As with humans, a regular program of supervised exercise is essential to pet health. Experience shows that it must be combined with a diet and supplement plan to achieve maximum results for overweight pets. Along with burning off excess calories, even mild exer-

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calendarofevents All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication. Limited to approximately 50 words. See exact character count on website. Submit from our website at $10 per regular listing. $50 Save the Date ad.

Tuesday, September 3 Dr. Bawa and Associates Grand Opening – Join us for our Chamber ribbon cutting at our new office location in Fort Walton Beach. We are now accepting new patients for general medicine and urgent care services. 907 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 211, FWB. 850-534-4170.

Sunday, September 8 Dine For The Pines – 5-9pm. The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center’s fundraiser for area student programs and the preservation of Longleaf pine trees at Bud & Alleys Restaurant, Seaside. Includes a silent auction. President, Christy Scally and Director, Paul Arthur present the 52,000 acre land and wildlife conservation reserve with animals on display. $20 reg online at $25 at the door. 850-835-1824.

Wellness. 29 G Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, FWB. 850-244-1200. Healthy Cooking with Chef Rob – 6-8pm. Learn how to prepare a variety of recipes that are both healthy and delicious. Cost includes meal and handouts.. $20. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481. panamacityunity@ Sustainable Gardening Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Thomas Earnshaw of Cambridge Farms. Sustainable gardening, reusing containers, building your own soil, homemade fertilizer, natural pest control, and saving reliable heirloom seeds. $5pp. Esther’s Garden of Healing, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

Wednesday, September 4 Esther’s Garden of Healing Grand Opening – 9:30am-7pm. A unique, local establishment specializing in bulk herbs, herbal coffee, loose teas coupled with organic oils, essential oils, garden fresh herbs, homeopathic remedies, and herbal skin care line. Free. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670. Spiritual Healing Circle –12:15-1pm. Experience the healing possibilities in this spiritual energy sharing circle.. Love Offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave. 850-769-7481.

Saturday, September 21 Fall Equinox Meditation with Alice McCall – 9-10:30am. Connect with the inspiring and ever changing universal energies on the equinox! Important to ground, grow, and propel your spiritual path. Res Req. $20. via Teleconference, 850-585-5496.

Tuesday, September 10 Basic Overview of Aromatherapy – 6:30-8pm. Learn hands-on how to make, use and apply essential oils. Replace common items in your medicine cabinet. Presented by Salinda Woolstenhulme, LMT, with overs 10 year experience using essential oils with her own family. $5pp. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-684-3230.

Monday, September 23 Basic Overview of Herbal Medicine – 6:308:30pm. Learn how to use bulk herbs for ailments and discomforts. Thomas Easley, Herbalist, Owner of Eclectic School of Medicine, and Co-Author of the new book “Modern Herbal Medicine”, will cover infusions, decoctions, tinctures, capsules, and salves. Sample herbal teas. $20pp. Esther’s Garden of Healing, 8184 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre. 850-499-3670.

Thursday, September 5 Stress and Fatigue: Recognizing and Handling Causes Naturally – 6pm. Presented by Dr. John Kovar at his office in Ft. Walton Beach across the street from St. Simon’s Church. Please call to reserve your seat! Kovar Chiropractic & Natural Wellness. 29 G Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, FWB. 850-244-1200.

Wednesday, September 11 Past Life Exploration with Alice McCal – 6-7:30pm. Tap into the lives that have the greatest impact on you currently. Integrate this wisdom into your present being – making it an energetic part of you. Transformative and enlightening. Res Req. $20. via Teleconference, 850-585-5496. AliceMcCall@

Friday, September 27 Unity Variety Hour – 6-8pm. Fun with music, skits and surprises in a variety show format (based on Prairie Home Companion).. Love Offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481.

Saturday, September 14 Level Two Reiki Training and Attunement – 11:30am5:30pm. Receive the 2nd level of the Attunement process and learn Healing Techniques for working with self and others, including distance healing. Receive information on the symbols of Reiki. CEU. Usui Reiki Master Felicia McQuaid 850-217-2771. Home Studio of Felicia McQuaid, 233 Sotir St. NW,FWB.

savethedate Lifelong Learning Classes Registration – 9am2pm. (9-12pm) returning members; (1-2pm) new members. 4 Courses $50. 60 courses. 4-8 weeks, no tests, no grades, meet others with same interests. Subjects include alternative medicine, yoga, native plants, birding, art, photography, dance, guitar, Zumba, beading, knitting, MAC and PC computers, astronomy, genealogy, history/current events, travel, and much more. Center for Lifelong Learning, Inc.; UWF Emerald Coast Auditorium; 1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd,FWB. 850-8636548.

Friday, September 6

upcoming October 5-6 Flight School: Acro Yogapalooza. 2-day Weekend Workshop in Acro Yoga Intensive. Lead by Yogi J. Miles, ERYT 200 intended to bring out the spirit of playfulness and teamwork in all participants, through the magical practice of Acro Yoga. Yoga Elements, 108 Carillon Market St, Panama City Beach. 850-866-2199.

Sunday, September 15 Life Path Guidance with Alice McCall – 3-4pm. A guided healing meditation to connect you with what is next in your spiritual growth. Receive beneficial guidance and direction directly from your higher self. Stop struggling and gain knowledge to guide you. Res Req. $20. via Teleconference, 850-5855496.

savethedate Opening Celebration of The Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach – 5-8pm. Join Felicia McQuaid, Owner and Director of THE Healing Clinic as a vision comes to life. Music, food, raffles and a Special Gift for coming out. HEART Animal rescue will be out with pups and receiving proceeds raised from the raffle. Free. The Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach, 184 Brooks St. Ste 1, FWB. 850-217-2771. yoginifelicia@

Tuesday, September 17 Natural Positive Self Help for People with Cancer – 7:30pm. Palma Cooper presents a Self Help Introduction to Jin Shin Jyutsu. An ancient, gentle yet effective hands-on energy harmonizing art. Receive a free booklet “Natural Positive Self Help for People with Cancer”. Complimentary. Sacred Heart Hospital, Miramar Beach. 850-278-3063.

savethedate OCTOBER 10-13 Eco Festival Presented by, hosted by Carillon Beach and Walkin’ on Water Paddleboards. Proceeds benefit Concluding with 24-hr paddle on Lake Powell, all paddlecraft welcome. Panama City Beach, FL.

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Thursday, September 19 Losing Weight Naturally – 6pm. Presented by Dr. John Kovar at his office in Ft. Walton Beach across the street from St. Simon’s Church. Please call to reserve your seat. Kovar Chiropractic & Natural


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ongoingevents All Calendar events must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication. Limited to approximately 25 words. See exact character count on website. Submit from our website only at $10 per entry. Teen and Adult Martial Arts Combat Class – 7pm. Tues, Thur. Ages 15 and up. Friendly family oriented with small classes, all levels. Defense techniques, fitness, confidence, and camaraderie. Free introductory class. No contracts. Martial Arts Combat Academy, 1605 N Partin, Niceville. 850-797-9429.

saturday Calm Water Tai Chi Class – 9am. Designed for self-defense, realize the health benefits, stress reduction and strength improvement with gentle movement. New class. All ages and levels. Free introductory class. No contracts. Martial Arts Combat Academy, 1605 N. Partin, Niceville. 850-797-9429. Gentle Flow Yoga – 9am. Classes are beginner friendly. Focus on gentle, therapeutic movement, breath awareness and meditation.. $10 drop in military/student/senior. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St #1, FWB. 850-217-2771. Teen and Adult Martial Arts Combat Class – 10:30am-12pm. Ages 15 and up. Friendly family oriented with small classes, all levels. Defense techniques, fitness, confidence, and camaraderie. Free introductory class. No contracts. Martial Arts Combat Academy, 1605 N. Partin, Niceville. 850-797-9429. Aerial Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. A challenging, empowering, restorative and fun yoga off the mat in a hammock. Yoga Elements, 108 Carillon Market St, Panama City Beach. 850-866-2199.

sunday Urban Zen Yoga Class – 10:30am. In a world of over-stimulation and over-work, these practices can offer you a meditative sanctuary. No yoga experience necessary. $15 drop-in and packages available. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St. FWB. 850-2440184. Meditation – 12-1pm. Renew yourself.. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850769-7481. Yoga for Charity – 4:30pm. $5 donation to Paws. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St. FWB. 850-2440184.

wednesday Gentle Flow Yoga with Felicia McQuaid – 10am. Beginner based therapeutic movement combined w/ breath awareness. Dragonfly Yoga. 850-217-2771. Meditation Circle – 11am. A weekly meditation offered to all those interested in learning meditation or if you meditate on a regular basis. Typically led by Darce Blakely. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-7697481. Wellness Rocks Naturally – 6-8pm. 2nd Wed. Join other health and wellness practitioners, provid ers and educators to network and collaborate as we strengthen, educate and build our community. See website for monthly locations and host. Facilitated by Natural Awakenings, 850-279-4102. A Course in Miracles – 6:30pm. Complete selfstudy spiritual thought system to the way of universal love and peace. Ongoing group. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 17964 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. 850-769-7481. Community Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Class led by Power Core Vinyasa instructor Kendall Andrew. $10 or donation. Yoga Elements, 108 Carillon Market St, Panama City Beach. 850-866-2199.

monday Yoga for Women – 10am. A time to be at ease and enjoy. A class tailored to the needs of today’s woman. $10. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St SE, FWB. 850-244-0184. Kids Martial Arts Combat Class – 4:45pm (ages 4-8); 5:45 (ages 9-13). Mon/Wed/Fri. Friendly family oriented with small classes, all levels. Great for fitness, confidence, and camaraderie. Free introductory class. No contracts. Martial Arts Combat Academy, 1605 N. Partin, Niceville. 850-797-9429.

savethedate November 15-17 MAHABHUTA YOGA FESTIVAL YEAR OF THE WATER SERPENT Sanders Beach Community Center 913 S I St Pensacola, FL 32502

tuesday Personal Nutritional Consultation – 1st and 3rd Tues monthly. Dr. Kenawy, Ph.D. provides in-depth nutritional evaluations and consultations. $50. 634 W. 23rd St, Panama City. Call for an appt. 850-7638871. Yoga – 8:45am. Restorative Yoga for beginners and experienced. Love offering. Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City. Open Mike at Crestview Library – 6-7:45pm. 2nd Tues. Poetry & Music Jam is an open-mic for poets and musicians to read, perform, improvise and play together. Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t write poetry or play music. Free. Crestview Library, 445 Commerce Dr., Contact Esther, 850-682-4432 or Rick Sanders 850-585-6399. Visit the library’s Facebook page or tumblr blog. Personal and Planetary Peace – 7pm. Meditation, stress release, energy work, Reiki sharing and certification, networking, healthy food support. Free. Crystal Cottage, 7338 Hwy 2301, Panama City. Darce Blakely, Reiki Master. 850-763-4504.

thursday Free Fit Camps and Wellness Evaluations – All ages and levels are welcome. Bring a mat and some water. Workouts are usally 30-45 mins. Free. Core Nutrition, FWB. 222B Miracle St Pkwy SE, 850362-8888. Yoga for Beginners – 5:30pm. Here’s a class at the right pace for those just starting to enjoy yoga. Simple and fun. Dragonfly Yoga, 184 Brooks St. FWB. 24 regional yoga studios, 24 workshops, LED Hoop performances, a kids tent, a marionette show, henna artists, organic & vibrant food, numerous artists and yoga-inspired vendors all open free to the public.

friday Breastfeeding Support Group – 9:30am. With lactation counselor. Free. Growing Green Bums, 296 Bayshore Dr, Niceville. 850-279-6647. Friday Yoga with Felicia – 10am. This fun upbeat class is what Friday is all about. Join Felicia to move, breathe and enjoy the moment. $15 drop in or packages available. Dragonfly Yoga Studies, 184 Brooks St #1, FWB. 850-217-2771.

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communityresourceguide ACUPUNCTURE BLUEWATER CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER April Lee, DC 4400 Hwy 20 E, Niceville 850-897-1177 •

BODYWORKERS Caroline Cook Holistic Practitioner (MA61060) THE Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach, LLC 850-217-2771


Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Waterside Business Center, SRB 850-267-5611 •

Natural and holistic health care. Offering chiropractic care, acupuncture, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.

Serving the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. Currently offering multiple styles of acupuncture, bodywork, hypnotherapy, diet counseling and the area’s largest raw herb pharmacy. See ad, page 41.

Caroline’s years of experience translate into her compassionate healing touch through Massage and Reiki therapeutic work. Visit her at THE Healing Clinic for Relief and WELL-Being. See ad, page 21.

AIR CONDITIONING PEADEN HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING Panama City - 850-872-1004 Ft Walton Beach - 850-362-6646 Gulf Breeze - 850-396-6126 •

Felicia McQuaid


Director & Holistic Practitioner (MA61060) THE Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach, LLC 850-217-2771

Acupuncture Physician Navarree • FWB • Destin 850-225-3460 •

Acupuncture Works! Learn how it can work for you at either office (Navarre Healing Center in Harvest Village, Mary Esther Blvd, Skin Deep Destin). Treating all types of pain, addiction, sleep disorders, stress, fibromyalgia, PTSD. Feel better soon. See ad, page 25.

Licensed, insured residential and commercial air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electrical contractor. NATE-certified, Comfort Institute Certified, and NADCA technicians, consultants, and customer service professionals with a primary focus to provide quality service and installation combined with the best products. See ad, page 29.

Felicia is a Transformation healer that offers a unique blend of Reiki/Massage Therapy sessions. Her insight and understanding in the language of Energy will amaze you. See ad, page 21.

Laura Tyree

Holistic Practitioner (MA68035) THE Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach, LLC 850-217-2771


Acupuncture Physician 2633 Hwy 77, Suite B, Panama City 850-628-8412

ARTs & Crafts HRMagoo NATURAL PRODUCT CLASSES 770-231-1808 Ponce de Leon, FL

Panama City’s premier acupuncturist treating lower back, knee, neck and shoulder pain, emotional disorders, gastrointestinal, gynecological, musculoskeletal, addictions, allergies, arthritis, migraines and other conditions. Practitioner of oriental medicine and provider of Chinese herbs. See ad, page 9.

Laura’s hands share experience, knowledge, clarity and grace. She specializes in Massage, Led Light Therapy and specializes in Raindrop Technique with Young living oils. See ad, page 21.

KOVAR CHIROPRACTIC & NATURAL WELLNESS CENTER John S. Kovar D.C. 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200

Fanciest Tea Parties, Lifesize Candyland Game, Fairy Art, Make natural perfumes, make-up, lotions, soaps, canldles, & more! Art & Voice Lessons.


BEAUTY LAURA BALTES-MASTER STYLIST 714-348-5962 New Location Coming Soon

Experience the many benefits of acupuncture. Restoring health naturally to patients for over 30 years. Dr. Kovar also offers chiropractic care, nutrition response testing with designed clinical nutrition, and massage. See ad, page 8.

Stress relief is one of the first benefits that come to mind when thinking of massage therapy. Clinical studies show that even a single 1 ½ -hour session can significantly lower heart rate, cortisol levels and insulin levels, you’ll feel, look and simply be healthier far into the future. See ad, page 2.

34904 Emerald Coast Pkwy #132 M-F 8am-10pm, Sat 8-6,Sun 10-6 850-650-8500 •

Rebecca Freeman, AP, MAOM 60 2nd st. Ste 202, Shalimar 850-651-0160 Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with over 12 years’ experience relieving pain, stress, fatigue, allergies, digestive disorders, depression. Age gracefully inside and out with Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupunture. See ad, page 33.

Master stylist with 27 years’ experience, trained extensively at the Vidal Sassoon Academy and other wellknown beauty schools. Expert at cutting, styling and coloring. Every client receives full consultations before any work begins, ensuring a great styling experience and fantastic results. Call today.



Organic Salon Systems has started a revolution of healthier, cleaner, natural, organic, and better performing professional salon products. Beauty without sacrificing health. Coloring and smoothing treatments for silky, healthy hair. No SLS, ammonia, parabens or plastics. See ad, page 14.

114-B Benning Dr, Destin 850-837-2690 cell: 813-841-4890 •

Natural and holistic health care. Offering chiropractic care, acupuncture, lumbar decompression, physical therapies, nutritional education and supplementation. Allow the body to heal the way it was designed.


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CONTRERAS CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Dave Contreras 339 NW Racetrack Rd, Ste 7 FWB 850-376-9102


ESTHER’S GARDEN OF HEALING, LLC 8184 Navarre Parkway Navarre, FL 32566 850-499-3670

Proficiency Rated Activator Methods chiropractor. Instrument adjusting is extremely gentle and very effective in treating head aches, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, and more. Excellent results with patients of all ages. Call today to make an appointment for better health.

HENARD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Karen Henard, DC 4566 Hwy 20 E, Ste 205, Niceville 850-897-1105 •

Pharmaceutical compounding is a useful tool in varied areas of medicine. We work with patients and physicians to customize a medication to meet their specific needs. Personalized prescription compounding may be just what you need. Call today to speak with a pharmacist. See ad, page 16.

Kevin Bandy, RPh • Amy Frazier, PharmD 82 Mack Bayou Loop, Ste B, Santa Rosa Beach 850-622-0730 • Fax 850-622-0755

A unique establishment specializing in over 150 bulk herbs, over 40 loose teas, homeopathic remedies, and our own herbal skincare line. Find us on Facebook for an updated schedule of our weekly workshops. See ad page 17.


As a second generation chiropractor, Dr. Henard is committed to lifetime chiropractic wellness care for the entire family, improving their health naturally. Over 16 years’ experience in pediatrics, sports and automobile injuries. Most insurance accepted and affordable cash plans.

DENTISTRY DR. DAYTON HART, DMD IAOMT Protocol 225 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 36535 251-943-2471 •

KOVAR CHIROPRACTIC & NATURAL WELLNESS CENTER John S. Kovar D.C. 29 G Miracle Strip Hwy SW, FWB 850-244-1200

Practicing locally for over 30 years, expertise in treating pain conditions, auto injury and restoring health naturally through nutrition response testing, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, and massage as well as chiropractic wellness care. See ad, page 8.

Free book for new patients: Mercury Free Dentistry. Ozone, Laser NoSuture 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 14.

Natural and organic foods. Largest selection of herbs and supplements in the area. Enjoy our new fresh juice bar (M-F,10-4). Knowledgeable and personable staff. See ad, page 40.

339 Racetrack Rd NW # 3 850-863-5811 • Hours: M-F 9-6, S 10-4, Closed Sun.

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

FITNESS & TRAINING MARTIAL ARTS COMBAT ACADEMY 1605 N. Partin Dr, Niceville 850-797-9430

Juice Bar and Café offers farm-to-table meals prepared with regionally sourced organic produce and pantry items, including gluten-free and dairy-free. Whole food cooking, juicing, glutenfree, vegetarian, vegan and raw food classes are available. See ad, page 35.

colonic therapy SKINDEEP CLINIC WELLNESS CENTRE Cindy Butler, Owner/Therapist 4012 Commons Dr W, Ste 120, Destin 850-269-1414 •

Adult and teen modern day selfdefense. Kid’s classes tournament base with an emphasis on “Stranger Danger” and introductory week and no contracts.

healing arts HEALING PATH, ALICE MCCALL Transformational Energy Healer and Counselor BS Psychology, MBA, Hypnotherapist 850-585-5496 •

Colonics, ionic footbaths, infrared saunas. Organic non-surgical facelift, weight loss (lose 20 lbs in 40 days), body wraps, massage, teeth whitening, airbrush tan, makeovers.See ad, page 11.


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.

compounding pharmacy Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy Pharmaceuticals Built For You, Because You Are Unique 1719 S County Hwy 393 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 850-622-5800 •

Grass-fed beef: No hormones, no antibiotics, no corn. Raised right and sent off good. Selling individual cuts at the markets of Seaside and Rosemary. See ad, page 40.

HOLISTIC MedicinE NAIMA ABDEL-GHANY, M.D. Board Certified Physician Panama City: 850-271-0019 Lynn Haven: 850-814-1472


Pharmaceutical Compounding that can formulate your prescriptions to meet your individual needs. Providing ompounding for Hormone and Thyroid Replacement Therapy, Dermatology, Pain Management and other areas. Regina Jaquess, Pharm D. See ad, page 7.

2227 Ferdon Blvd, Crestview 850-682-8893 Find Us on Facebook

Preventative Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Immune Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Anti-Aging Medicine. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men and Women.

Knowledgeable staff and cutting edge digital health assess ments. Dairy free and gluten free food items, supplements, homeopathic solutions and anti-aging products, plus delicious nutritional smoothies. See ad, page 40.

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NITIN BAWA, MD Destin: 850-424-7320 Panama City: 850-534-4170 Santa Rosa Beach: 850-534-4170

JEWELRY ROCK HARD DESIGNS Grayton Beach: 100 E. Co. Hwy 30A • 850-534-4534 Downtown Pensacola: 16 N. Palafox St. • 850-438-5119

RETIREMENT LIVING THE BLAKE AT GULF BREEZE Brooke Hicks 850-934-4306 • A retirement, assisted living, and memory care community inspiring wellness in an enriched environment. Also, shortterm respite program for caregivers to have their loved one stay as a guest; enjoy the many services and personalized care. See ad, page 14.

General medicine with a holistic wellness approach and specialized services in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, weight loss, food allergies, nutritional analysis and anti-aging procedures. Most insurance accepted. See ad, page 2.


Mauricia Stanton, PhD,ARNP,BC 850-279-6815 1005 College Blvd W ,Ste B, Niceville Find & Like Us on FACEBOOK. Dr. Stanton holds a PhD in Natural Health and sees patients for all types of health concerns. Specializing in Womens care and children 12years and up. Always accepting new patients. See ad, page 24.

International award winning jewelry designs. Museum style gallery. Finest diamond collection in the region. Over 6,000 ergonomic original designs. Certified harmony green metal, refined not mined. Certified ethical gems. See ad, page 31.


LIFE COACHING TERRI AMOS-BRITT, Former Miss USA Spiritual Coach + Energetic Healer 4012 Commons Dr W, Ste 120, Destin 850-654-9946

HYPNOSIS BRENDA Q. BISCHOFF, CLC, CHT CI Hypnosis, Hypnobliss™, Life Coaching, NLP 850-637-1631, 850-501-3662

Abundance coaching for yourself, your relationships and career. Let me empower you with tools to deal with life’s situations. I’ve coached globally from moms to CEOs for over 10 years. See ad, page 6.

Dedicated to wellbeing. Offering girl getaways, couple re treats, yoga, full service spa, healthy cuisine, cooking classes and much more. Visit our Four Diamond acclaimed property for a day, night or longer! See ad, page 3.

OCEAN ELEMENTS DAY SPA Located in the 30-A community of Gulf Place 850-267-1011

LIGHT THERAPY LIGHT FOR LIFE Buddy Bowman, Quantum Light Energy Coach 315-A Racetrack Rd, FWB 850-582-4929 •

Time Line Therapy, Certified N G H H y p n o s i s I n s t r u c t o r. Imagine living the life you have already dreamed of. Take the first step now. Call for a free consultation.


Certified Hypnotherapist and Master Life Coach. Hypnosis is powerful anytime a change in feeling, thinking or behavior is desired. My mission is your success. Call today. See ad, page 33.

Tom Mueller, CMC, CHt 850-865-0285 •

Experience the soothing healing light and energy photons to gently reduce stress and bring your body into balance. Promotes natural healing of the body by itself, the way it was designed to do and nature intended. Located inside Blossom Yoga. Painless, convenient, affordable, noninvasive and drug-free. See ad, page 39.

Holistic Spa Therapies. Massage Therapy. All Natural Facials. Botanical Peels. Aluminum Free Microdermabrasion. Therapeutic- Natural Nail Services. Gentle Waxing. Body Treatments, Scrubs & Wraps. Reiki. Chakra Balancing. Tuning Forks. Aromatherapy. Herbs. Wellness Consultations and Supplements. See ad, page 11.

ROLFING NANETTE SAVAGE CERTIFIED ADVANCE ROLFER MA-0028169 850- 621-6101   Let me help you achieve greater balance and mobility by creating a more lifted and symmetrical alignment. Appointments made for 75-minute session. See ad, page 25.

NATURAL BURIAL GLENDALE MEMORIAL NATURE PRESERVE 297 Railroad Ave, DeFuniak Springs 850-859-2141

INTUITIVE ARTS TERESA BROWN 3 W Garden 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 phone.

A Natural End to a Natural life. Green natural funerals. Natural setting. Embalming fluid free. Biodegradable elements. Cost-effective funeral arrangements. Located off U.S. Highway 83, 10 miles north of DeFuniak Springs. See ad, page 40.

SCHOOLS BEACHSIDE MASSAGE SCHOOL 381 Santa Rosa Blvd, Ft Walton Beach 850-226-7878

PILATES PILATES CORE TRAINING Barbara Bruni, Owner 2130 Summit Blvd, Pensacola 850-287-5836 Gift Certificates Available

Mat, Yoga, cycle, Gyrokensis, and equipment classes or private session for a personalized experience. Website lists instructors, class schedule and prices.

Looking for that new career in the growing field of massage therapy? No waiting for a new class to start, begin immediately at beachside massage school. See ad, page 43.


• GYROKINESIS Classes & Private Sessions on Natural Awakenings of Northwest Florida ®

Fitness and Rehabilitation Pilates Classes & Private Sessions tailored to individual needs

the GYROTONIC® Pulley Tower • Massage Therapy including the John F. Barnes Technique of Myofascial Release • Cranial Sacral Therapy (#MM27450) • Cycle From Your Core Classes

CAREER INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND ESTHETICS 1008 Airport Rd. Unit C, Destin 850-543-4919


Career Institute offers a comprehensive program in Nail Care, Skin Care and Massage. Enroll today! Also, offer CEs and Student Clinics for all programs. See ad, page 39.

Committed to helping people find the way to their own understanding and experience of God and offering positive, practical resources for an abundant and meaningful life. See ad, page 27.

1764 Lisenby Ave, Panama City 850-769-7481


108 Carillon Market St, Panama City Beach 850-866-2199

Yoga offered: mat (earth), Standup Paddleboard & in pool (water) and Aerial (air). Dawn Brooks, RN, RYT-500, LauraLynn Jansen, MHEd., CPCC, RYT.

WELLNESS CENTERS SKINDEEP CLINIC WELLNESS CENTRE Cindy Butler, Owner/Therapist 4012 Commons Dr W, Ste 120, Destin 850-269-1414 •

classifieds classes ONE-ON-ONE CHRISTIAN YOGA, PERSONAL TRAINER OR NUTRITION. Various types of Yoga for everyone. Let’s spend time with the Lord, relax and de-stress. Give your body what it needs to be healthy! Group class also available. Call for prices. 850-481-6992. OPEN ENROLLMENT MASSAGE THERAPY, SKIN CARE AND NAIL CARE CLASSES– Call today to enroll. Day and night classes avail. Class size is limited. Career Institute of Health and Esthetics. 1008 Airport Rd. Unit C, Destin. 850-543-4919.

learning rx, Pensacola 4300 Bayou Blvd. Ste 34 850-466-4999

Train the brain. Get smarter, Guaran teed.. With a faster, smarter brain, life is easier. And that’s something to smile about. Call us today and schedule a FREE brain training demonstration for you and your child. See ad, back cover.

Colonics, ionic footbaths, infrared sauna. Organic non-surgical facelift, weight loss (lose 20 lbs in 40 days), body wraps, massage, teeth whitening, airbrush tan, makeovers. MM27113. MA49032. See ad, page 11.

sKIN CARE OCEANA NATURALS, LLC Michael J Russ 866-242-3776

TWELVE OAKS RECOVERY CENTER 2068 Healthcare Ave, Navarre, FL 850-939-1200

MelanSol® is certified chemical free skin care that brings hope and peace of mind to everyone who wants to enjoy a safe relationship with the sun. See ad, page 17.

Twelve Oaks, a 102-bed, drug and alcohol treatment center, specializes in treatment of addictions and co-occurring disorders. Call for a free, confidential assessment. See ad, page 10.

help wanted MASSAGE ENVY DESTIN LOCATION – hiring licensed massage therapists. We invite you to be part of making a difference in those you touch. National franchise with competitive compensation. Earn a great living in a professional supportive environment in which to practice your art. Front desk associate positions also available. Email resume to:

YOGA STUDIOS DRAGONFLY YOGA STUDIES Downtown Ft Walton Beach 850-244-0184 (MM16502) Drop in.

spiritual center UNITY IN FORT WALTON BEACH 1797 Hurlburt Rd, FWB 850-864-1232 • We welcome all interested in seeking an inner awareness of God. We promote love, joy, and peace through our thoughts, words, and deeds. See ad, page 27.

Dragonfly Yoga

A professional yoga studio offering a serene environment for the study and practice of Hatha yoga. Certified instructors. Owner/Director Laura Tryee, E-RYT 500. See ad, page 8.

SERVICES LET ME HELP YOU REACH YOUR OPTIMUM SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL health through oneon-one coaching in the privacy of your home. Marilyn Smith 561-271-0621;

850 244 0184

downtown brooks st

ft. walton beach

Yoga carves you into a different person – and that is satisfying physically. ~Adam Levine

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Natural Awakenings Emerald Coast September 2013  

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