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It is the start of the new season in New York and it usually brings on an onset of new goals and projections for the future months of inward time spent during the colder months. There are many exciting events going on in New York this month and in the months ahead that are outlined in this issue. May you use this magazine as a creative tool to outline and fill your calendar with a chock full of exciting and inspiring events to keep your vitality alive and ever growing. This month, Natural Awakenings is proud to be a sponsor of National Yoga Month for the 3rd year in a row! Free classes and events are being held throughout the city, as well as nationwide and you can take advantage of the One Week Free Yoga Card program during the months of September and October! For more information, see pages 10-11 or visit

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Did you also know that during this month we honor World Peace Day on September 21st? Well, New York City painter Franck de Las Mercedes did! He combined a pair of hopeful concepts—world peace and free art, and decided to spread good will on earth through art! To see his truly fascinating creation and read his inspiring article, see page 17!

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Natural Awakenings speaks with

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The Zen of Relaxation


eing a New Yorker… It is a rich and awesome experience infused with the best cultural venues the world has to offer. We’ve got it all here at our fingertips: museums, theaters, opera, concert halls.. But we are also the hardest working people in the world. No one works as obsessively as New Yorkers do. The expression “In a New York Minute..” accurately portrays the rapid pulse of our city. And that amazing rhythm does put most of us into the overdrive mode. We try to accomplish so much in a given time, we stress over so many things at once, and we try to be so many things to so many people at once, that when we finally reach the well deserved break, we have no energy left. In my studies of Asian healing cultures, the most appealing characteristic was people’s ability to relax, to meditate, and to savor the moment. In Western cultures, and in the New York City’s quest for Carpe Diem, many of us have lost the ability to unwind. It was in this spirit, that we have introduced the Destress Duo and Trio Treatments in our medical practice. We have created the concept of Destress Treatments, keeping in mind the busy schedules of our clients, and made Saturdays available to those who cannot make it to the office on weekdays. The Destress Duo treatments incorporate two full hours of immersed relaxation experience. Clients may choose between an hour of Acupuncture and Acupressure by a Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist, an hour of any type of full body massage and far infra-red sauna, or an hour of nutritional consultation and personal fitness led by our licensed and certified Nutritionist and Fitness Coach. 8

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The Destress Trio experience naturally incorporates all three of the modalities. While at the office, the clients will enjoy sipping on organic green or black tea and listening to soothing sounds of the ocean waves or Tibetan instrumental music. The entire experience is meant to provide a gentle transition from “ doing” to “being”. Remember: prolong periods of stress at work and at home cause us to secrete large amounts of cortisol hormone, which cuts into our longevity by predisposing us to diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. Chronic exposures to elevated cortisol levels also promote obesity and deconditioning. There is a new fresh way you can meaningfully unwind at our Longevity Institute and if you are interested in learning more about the Destress Duo or Trio experiences, please call us at 212-580-0900. For more information, please contact Dr. Kogan at 212-580-0900 or visit See ad on page 2.

newsbriefs See Your Soul Mate Book Party, Signing & Free Talk


oin the exciting launch of I See Your Soul Mate: An Intuitive’s Guide to Finding & Keeping Love & receive free love & relationship intuitive guidance from author Sue Frederick when you purchase a copy of her new book. An Intuitive since childhood, Frederick is the author of I See Your Soul Mate & I See Your Dream Job (St. Martin’s Press) and has trained more than 200 intuitive coaches around the world. Her work has been featured in the New York Times. (This event is not affiliated with the New York Open Center). Saturday, September 22 from 3-5pm NY Open Center, 22 E. 30th Street Find out more about Sue Frederick at

Calling all Retreat Leaders


each House Retreats on Long Beach Island, NJ is looking for new retreat partners and invites you to a Healthy Networking Day on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Beach House Retreats is close to NY, PA, CT, MD, and VA, located at 113 East 85th Street, Beach Haven Crest, NJ 08008. The owners are starting a network of retreat leaders and welcome you to tour the beach home, meet each other and create a variety of retreat packages. Also welcome are others in the wellness industry that may be interested in holding their retreats at BHR. Lunch will be served. Beach House Retreats has a lot of offer retreat partners, with a beautifully appointed beach house rental that sleeps 16, 3rd house from the Atlantic Ocean and the white sandy beaches of Long Beach Island. They have all the amenities of home and operate year round. Discounted retreat pricing is available from Sept.-May. They encourage all kinds of retreats, such as holistic, family, spiritual, artistic, sports, counseling, homeschool groups, business workshops, and worktreats. Additionally, they are open for suggestions. Partnering in a retreat will help each other’s respective businesses. By combining venues you have a better draw to reach traditional and new clients. As an example, having a retreat with a Yoga Instructor, and Raw Diet Planner, and a Massage Therapist provides 3 ways to attract a prospective customer. Please RSVP number of attending by September 1, 2012 to Mary Ann Gutchigian at 609-947-1377 or email MaryAnn@LBI-Vacation. com. If you are unable to attend the Healthy Networking Day, view the virtual tour online at and contact Mary Ann with your ideas.

Angelically Guided Energy Healing Book and Classes Now Available


hen our souls decide to come to Earth, we have a plan, something we want to accomplish. Our souls intend to meet life’s challenges and succeed, to be the victor over, rather than the victim of, life circumstances. Once our souls come into the denser energy of earth plane, life can be more challenging than we had expected.  Perhaps we struggle with finances, relationships, emotional anxiety, mental stress, spiritual malaise, or sometimes we even get a dis-ease. When we feel stuck in our lives, it is our soul’s way of saying, “Change something! Now! Do it now!” The Lightworkers Healing Method can help. LHM is a healing system with an exceptional goal: to align us with our soul’s life purpose.  It improves our present by working with our past and future lives as well as our higher-dimension Guides, Angels, and Lightbeings in a powerful process that results in lasting change. LHM can improve any aspect of life and return us to our natural state of joy and fulfillment, with loving relationships and vibrant health and finances. Nothing is off limits. Lynn McGonagill, the physical-dimension LHM Founder and Teaching Channel, is the author of The Lightworkers Healing Method: BE Who Your Soul Came Here To Be, available now for pre-order at “My purpose in writing the book was two-fold. First, I wanted to help accomplish healing both on an individual and personal level, and for those we serve in our healing practices. My overall mission is to reach a critical mass in people living their soul plans. In that way, we can help heal the planet. As we each do our part, the world transforms,” Lynn states. The Lightworkers Healing Method: BE Who Your Soul Wants You to Be is written as a how-to manual for this profound system. It is also a guide to personal healing, a valuable complement to the workshops, and can be an important component of the Distance Learning Program. Lynn explains that channeling Divine healing is not a gift; it is a teachable, learnable skill. The LHM Avatars lovingly lead you through the process on every page. Everyone “gets it” and you can too. For more information, or to take a freely shared online introductory class, go to Lynn will soon be offering these workshops nationwide, beginning with the Boston area in September. Course credits are available. Level 1: The Foundation, Sept 8-9 Level 2: Letting Go of the Past, Oct 6-7 The Hampton Inn Conference Center, Natick Level 1 & 2: Combined Workshop Retreat, Jan 27 - Feb 1 Kripalu Center in the Berkshires For information/registration visit: natural awakenings

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National Yoga Month Celebration Kicks Off

newsbriefs A New Life With Rheumatoid Arthritis


s Rheumatoid Arthritis affecting your morning routine? Would you like the strength and flexibility to move comfortably throughout your day? Perhaps you are overwhelmed by medications and their potential side effects. Naturopathic Dr. Ivy Branin and Ruschelle Khanna co-owner of Brevi fitness have teamed up to design a fun and informative workshop that focuses on your health and helps uncover the underlying cause of your rheumatoid arthritis. If you don’t want to cover up your symptoms and prefer prevention of flare-ups with the least invasive treatment as possible, then their nurturing, straightforward approach is for you. In this workshop, you will learn about proper nutrition to prevent flareups and increase energy and how to maintain optimal fitness as well as exercises to help with range of motion and stamina. They offer tips on navigating supplements effectively and managing side effects of medications naturally. Dr. Ivy Branin, ND is founder of Simplicity Health Associates with located in the Flat Iron District. She received her degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, one of the leading schools of natural medicine in the country. She is passionate about natural health and living and has helped a wide variety of conditions including asthma, ulcerative colitis, anxiety and depression, rheumatoid arthritis, PCOS and infertility. Ruschelle Khanna is the co-Founder of Brevi Fitness in New York City. She uses her background in meditation, fitness and dance to create practical tools and custom wellness plans to help women feel stronger, more confident and fulfilled. 

 Saturday October 13, 2012 2-4pm Studio Anya 49 West 24th Street New York, NY 10010 $65 in advance/ $70 at the door Ruschelle Khanna and Dr. Ivy Branin

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oga studios, teachers and students are celebrating Yoga Month throughout the country with free classes and events during September. For the third year, Natural Awakenings is a sponsor of National Yoga Month. This grassroots healthy living campaign and national observance, hosts the One Week Free Yoga Card program with more than 1,600 yoga studios offering free classes to new students during September and October. Cards can be downloaded from and redeemed at participating studios throughout the United States. Yoga Month Founder Johannes R. Fisslinger says, “Experience is a powerful teacher, so we decided to give people the opportunity to try yoga for themselves.” Hundreds of community yoga events are registered and searchable in the organization’s online yoga finder. The culminating event for the month-long campaign is The Time for Yoga, a global community practice on September 30. The Yoga Month campaign’s programs facilitate actionable guidance for individuals wanting to better their health through yoga. Yoga Month is a campaign of The Yoga Health Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote preventive health care and inspire a healthy lifestyle. In 2011 more than 25,000 cards for free yoga were printed and 650 events were posted on the organization’s website. For more information and to find local Yoga Month events, visit

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NE W YORK C IT Y Natural Awakenings is a proud sponsor of National Yoga Month! FREE classes and events are being held throughout New York City. Below are some participating locations. For a full list visit

Adelaide`S Yoga Studio Alexander Technique & Yoga Amy Priya Yoga And Philosophy Anja Yoga - Valentino Yoga Ashtanga Mysore @ Sonic Yoga Ashtanga Yoga Shala Atamananda Yoga & Holistic Center Attune Wellness And Yoga Back Yard Yoga Balance Yoga Inc Better Health Yoga Nyc Beyond Body Mind Spirit Big Apple Power Yoga Bikram Yoga Nyc Carnegie Hill Fitness Creative Yoga Therapy Dharma Yoga Center Dharmic Institute Dhoonya Dance Earthwalk Yoga East West Yoga Exhale Exhale Mind Body Spa Fine Balance Wellness, Llc Golden Bridge Yoga Nyc Health Himalayan Institute Of Yoga Science Integral Yoga Ishta Yoga Iyengar Yoga Institute Of New York Jivamukti Yoga Center Inc. Joyous Life Energy Center Karma Kids Yoga Kneaded Bodyworks Kripalu Yoga With Matri

Kula Yoga Project Kundalini Yoga East Laughing Lotus Yoga Center Levitate Yoga Life In Motion Mahakailasa Ashram Moon Girl Studio Movement & Beyond Naam YogaÂŽ NYC Namaste Yoga Center New Mother Yoga And Wellness.Com New York Open Center New York Yoga Next Generation Yoga Njo Nurture`S Path Healing Arts Olive Leaf Wholeness Center Om Factory Yoga Center Om Suite Home Om Yoga Center Param Yoga Institute Peaceful Weight Loss Through Yoga Peridance Center Power Yoga @ Soho Dance Practice Yoga Prana Mandir Yoga Studio Prenatal Yoga Center Pure Yoga Ramakrishnananda Yoga Rasa Yoga Ravi Singh & Ana Brett Reebok Sports Club/NY Revolution Yoga Ritualia Sambayoga Sankalpah Yoga

Santosa Yoga Shiva Yoga Shala Shri Yoga Sonic Yoga Sound Moves Yoga Sounder Sleep System Space For Wellness.Com Stonehenge Partners And Yoga of Nourishment The Kakini Healing Center The Real Yog The Sports Center At Chelsea Piers The Sports Club/LA – Upper East Side The Three Jewels The Yoga Studio Trimurti Wellness And Yoga Universal Force Healing Center Upper East Side Vedic Practices Viraj Santini Virayoga Vitality NYC World Yoga Center Yia: Yoga In Advertising Yoga Effects Yoga For All Yoga For New Yorkers Yoga In Tribeca Yoga Mama Yoga Baba Yoga Mandali Yoga On Cloud 9 Yoga Out There Yoga Physical Therapy In New York Yoga Zone Yogabhaven Yogaworks

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healthbriefs National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is September 26—Look for a Local Event

Few U.S. Adults Regularly Practice Healthy Habits


recent American Heart Association (AHA) survey reports that only 12 percent of American adults regularly practice the healthylife trifecta of good nutrition, exercise and oral care. The most common excuse is a lack of time. Of those surveyed, 80 percent said that eating at least nine servings of fruit and vegetables daily is a struggle. About 60 percent find it difficult to log the association’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. At least 25 percent don’t brush and rinse twice daily and floss at least once daily. Yet, 90 percent of Americans like the idea of improving their health. The AHA “My Heart. My Life.” initiative offers a straightforward set of solutions to help families understand how to make incremental changes that have long-term health impact ( “Whether it is simply adding a 30-minute brisk walk to your day, eating a few more fruits and vegetables with meals, balancing your calories and physical activity to achieve a healthy body weight or creating routine oral care habits—it all contributes to an overall healthier lifestyle,” says Cardiologist Tracy Stevens, a professor of medicine with Saint Luke’s Cardiovascular Consultants, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Can Parents Teach Peace?


recent study suggests they can. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, and the University of Illinois system studied more than 5,500 students at 37 middle schools, focusing on this age group because aggressive behavior tends to escalate during the transition from childhood to adolescence. The researchers found that violent behavior in general increased throughout the three years of middle school, especially among girls. The good news is that children whose parents actively advocate peaceful conflict resolution acted less aggressively, even if they attended more violent schools.

Mate Tea Fights Colon Cancer


ccording to a recent University of Illinois study, bioactive compounds in mate tea, a beverage consumed in South America for its medicinal properties, killed human colon cancer cells in vitro. The scientists attribute this surprising health benefit to the tea’s caffeine derivatives that not only induced death in the cancer cells, but also reduced important markers of inflammation. Source: University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences 12

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Watching Magic Boosts Creativity in Children


esearchers from Lancaster University have discovered that youngsters watching creative fantasy films improve their own imagination and creativity. The study involved 52 4-to-6-year-old children. The youngsters were split into two groups and shown two short segments of a popular fantasy movie. The findings showed that the group watching the magical scenes generally scored “significantly better” in creative activities than their peers in the other group that saw scenes without any magical content.

Playing Genetic Roulette


ilmmaker Jeffrey M. Smith has released a groundbreaking new feature-length documentary, Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives, narrated by Lisa Oz. It provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future. Smith hopes to accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) already underway. In the film, host of expert authorities in many fields attest to the prospect within a decade of virtually all major crops having genetically modified components and contributing to a universal rise of epidemic proportions in mutations that can result in unintended allergic reactions, digestive consequences and catastrophic environmental effects. Also addressed are Monsanto’s strongarm tactics, the FDA’s fraudulent policies and how the USDA has ignored a growing health emergency. The film may be ordered for $19.95 online from

20-Second Trust Factor


irst impressions not only count—they are surprisingly accurate, at least when it comes to detecting whether a stranger is “made” to be compassionate, trustworthy or kind. New research by the University of California, Berkeley suggests that it can take just 20 seconds to recognize who is genetically so inclined. Two dozen couples participated in the study and provided DNA samples. Researchers documented them as they talked about times when they had suffered. A separate group of observers that did not know the couples were shown 20-second video segments of only the listeners and asked to rate which participants seemed most compassionate, based on facial expressions and body language. The listeners that received the highest ratings for empathy turned out to possess a particular variation of the oxytocin receptor gene known as the GG genotype. Dubbed the “love hormone”, oxytocin is naturally secreted into the bloodstream and the brain, where it promotes social interaction, bonding and romantic love. “People can’t see genes, so there has to be something going on that is signaling these genetic differences to the strangers,” says Aleksandr Kogan, lead author of the study. “What we found is that the people that had two copies of the G version displayed more trustworthy behaviors: more head nods, eye contact, smiling and open body posture. These behaviors signaled kindness to the strangers.”

Why Laptops Should be Renamed... and Relocated


he portable computers that serve as our business and communication “lifelines” may actually be thwarting unborn lives. Researchers suggest that laptop computer (LTC) users should avoid putting the devices directly on their laps, especially for extended periods of time. Recent research reported in the journal Fertility and Sterility examined semen samples from 29 healthy male donors that used an LTC on their laps, near their testes. The scientists found that LTCs connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi resulted in decreased sperm motility and increased sperm DNA fragmentation. A separate study, published in the journal Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, noted that electromagnetic fields produced by LTCs likely induce currents within the body and can expose developing fetuses in pregnant women to unsafe levels. The researchers concluded that, “[An individual’s] ‘laptop’ is paradoxically an improper site for the use of an LTC, which consequently should be renamed to not induce customers towards an improper use.”

A New Direction for Neti Pots


sed for centuries in Asian cultures to support nasal health and eliminate toxins from the nasal mucosa, neti pots have recently become popular in the Western world and are recognized for their value in preventing and relieving sinus infections. Typically, a mild solution of unrefined sea salt and purified or distilled water is poured from one nostril through the other to flush out unwanted mucus, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Herbalist Steven Frank, of Nature’s Rite, points to a powerful new paradigm that helps neti pot users deal even more effectively with infection: a regimen of aqueous, colloidal silver and soothing herbal and plant extracts. Frank recommends using the neti pot with a colloidal silver wash that is retained in the nostrils for several minutes. “Bacteria and fungus stick rather well to the nasal mucosa and few are flushed out with simple saline flushes,” he explains. “Most of these nasty pathogens adhere to the mucosa with what is called a biofilm. Within this slime layer, they are well protected and thrive in the warm moist sinuses, so a small saline bath once a day doesn’t bother them much. However, colloidal silver disables certain enzymes needed by anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungus, resulting in their destruction. And, unlike antibiotics, silver does not allow resistant ‘super bugs’ to develop.” He also suggests soothing the sinuses with restorative herbal decoctions. Calendula, plantain and aloe contain vital nutrients that soothe and heal, while Echinacea root and grapefruit seed extract offer antimicrobial benefits. Frank emphasizes the importance of using a neti pot safely and responsibly and warns against table salt, which can irritate nasal membranes, and tap water, which may contain contaminants. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit See ad, page 25.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Bunker Hunker Down is the New Up

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. ~Muriel Rukeyser

Designer Matthew Fromboluti, of Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri, has turned conventional wisdom about modern construction upsidedown with his architectural design, Above/Below, submitted for the eVolo Skyscraper Competition. His underground skyscraper would theoretically fill a 900-foot-deep, 300-acre-wide crater left by the Lavender Pit copper mine, in Bisbee, Arizona. A cone-shaped, inverted tower would allow people to live, work and even grow food in a huge cavern, covered by a dome. The building is designed to maintain a comfortable temperature via a passive climate-control system suited to the hot desert environment. A solar chimney provides natural ventilation as the sun heats the air at the surface, causing it to rise and draw cooler air up through vents at the bottom. The moving air passes through wind turbines at the top of the chimney, generating electricity. Fromboluti’s aim is to atone for the mine’s destruction of the landscape by finding new ways to harvest the energy that went into excavating it, suggesting that no design should be considered “off the table” when planning for the future. Source:

Cool Schools

Spotlight on Sustainable Colleges Environmental credentials, in addition to academic excellence and affordable tuition, are gaining traction in the collegiate selection process, according to The Princeton Review’s latest poll. Its Hopes and Worries survey sampled 7,445 college-bound students nationwide and found that 68 percent say commitment to sustainability impacts their college choice, based on campus environmental initiatives, how deeply the curriculum integrates sustainability and how well the colleges prepare students for green jobs. The 16 institutions of higher learning considered most eco-savvy are: American University, Arizona State University, College of the Atlantic, Dickinson College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Oregon State University, San Francisco State University, The State University of New York-Binghamton, University of California-Santa Cruz, The University of Maine, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Virginia Tech and Warren Wilson College. “The best schools integrate sustainability across their community [in] how they manage their finances, academic offerings and operations. They don’t treat sustainability as an add-on or extra credit assignment,” says Rachel Gutter, director of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools. “But even the best still have… a long way to go, and there’s a moment for humility in that.” Source: Fast Company 14

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Creativity is a natural

Trash Fashions

The Rehabilitation of Plastic The rap on most plastic is that although it can be recycled, it doesn’t decompose in landfills. For a period of time, the city of Houston halted its composting of household yard waste due to the cost of having to cut and empty the plastic bags used in curbside pickup, even though the annual landfill fees exceeded $1 million. But now the service has resumed, based on the use of new, compostable plastic bags that require no special handling; the city even garners income from sales of composted clippings. Dinnerware, such as utensils, plates and cups, is another niche market in which advocates see potential for use of compostable plastics, especially by cafeterias, restaurants and other institutions. Not only are such items not biodegradable, they often end up being thrown out with food waste. Biodegradable polymers that break down in a matter of months are more expensive; for example, the BASF company’s Ecoflex material costs about two-and-a-half times more than the polyethylene it replaces. But proponents say that it provides value by enabling the large-scale collection of organic waste, such as grass clippings and food, and that the potential for growth is enormous.

extension of our enthusiasm. ~Earl Nightingale

Source: Chemical & Engineering News

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Reduce Your

STRESS to Increase Your

CREATIVITY If you think you’re not a creative person, you are wrong. We are all creative. But for some of us, the stress of daily pressures, illness or emotional turmoil can suppress our creative expression.


reativity can take many forms: speech, movement, music, visual art, problem solving, dreaming and countless other outlets. When you think of small children, they have very active imaginations and are constantly drawing, singing, making up stories or dancing. If you look back at your creative expression as a young person and think, “Where did my creativity go?” this article is for you. Our Reflexologist and Reiki Master, Richard Randig and I sat down and had a chat about stress and creativity. “Life is a creative search,” explains Richard, “and the strain of stress and fatigue can cause an electromagnetic ‘brown out’ in the brain, causing the brain to go off-line. This is a creative dead zone.” So when we are in stress, our creativity is stifled, to the point that even such skills as problem-solving, public speaking, finding ways to express gratitude or showing love can be squelched. How do we reverse this brain “brown out”? Here are some ideas. Find a practitioner that can help you find peace in your body. Getting a massage, Reiki or a reflexology treatment with a qualified practitioner can help you begin to unwind and reconnect with your creative soul. “These therapies reactivate the energy center in your body and restore your creative ‘juices’ so they can flow freely again,” says Richard. Give yourself a time out. Identify the main cause of your stress and see if you can separate yourself from it -- even if only temporarily. For instance, if your job is causing you a great amount of stress, take a couple of days off so you can evaluate a long-term strategy. Detox your body, mind and soul. Eating healthy and


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drinking pure water is a start. Find ways to include something to release your stress during the day, like exercising, meditation or just taking a walk someplace peaceful like a park or a pond. You can also work with a holistic physician to make sure your hormones and nutrition are balanced and appropriate for your body and lifestyle to ease the stress of any internal imbalances and ensure you have optimal energy and health. Keep breathing. It seems funny, but some people who are in stress-mode hold their breath. Try to be aware of your breath especially through high stress times and keep it steady and deep. Communicate with yourself in a non-judging way. Conscious and compassionate communication begins with yourself. If you find that you are thinking angry or judgmental thoughts about yourself, see if you can release them and replace them with kind and loving thoughts. Start to incorporate these 5 simple steps on daily basis and notice yourself finding more time to smile, laugh, dream, love and let your creative spirit shine in ways you may have never thought possible! Are you ready to realign with your true creative self? Get some support by partnering with our Reflexologist and Reiki Master, Richard Randig or work with one of our holistic medical doctors to get your health balanced to relieve physical and emotional stress. Get $25 off your office visit with one of our out-of-network medical doctors or an hour-long visit with Richard Randig at Patients Medical before September 30th, 2012. For more information about Patients Medical call 347-2694762 or visit




Spreading Good Will on Earth Through Art by April Thompson

Honor World Peace Day, September 21


ainter Franck de Las Mercedes, of New York City, has combined a pair of hopeful concepts—world peace and free art for all—in a quickly broadening art initiative inspired by an “Aha!” moment at the local post office. “I had always painted on the boxes I shipped my paintings in,” relates the native Nicaraguan. “One day, a postal clerk commented that my boxes were like works of art. I thought about how I had prompted the worker to pause in her everyday routine and wondered, ‘What if I shared my painting on the outside of a box, rather than the inside, and what if it carried a message of peace?’” Since that pivotal 2006 encounter, the artist has sent more than 10,600 abstractly painted, pre-paid boxes, labeled with messages like, “Handle with Care: Contains Peace,” to individuals in 70 countries, as part of his Priority Boxes Art Project. Each empty box is symbolically “full” of meaning, engag-

ing the thought of the recipient as well as the sender, plus the interpretation of all those handling it throughout its postal journey. De Las Mercedes hopes that his painted-message boxes will stimulate new ways of communicating through art. He maintains, “We shouldn’t have to wait for world leaders to take a stand or create peace; it can begin through interpersonal dialogue.” While many people write to the artist requesting boxes for themselves, others order them for loved ones. Requests vary widely, from a death row inmate that asked for a box for his daughter and a mom that wanted to give one to her son, a leukemia sufferer whose daily highlight was a trip to the family mailbox. The brightly painted boxes also have helped reconcile feuding friends and family members, serving as a peace offering from one to the other. It all helps to bring feelings of greater peace and understanding to the human race, one person at a time.

More than 100 schools across the United States have adopted the project, with students creating their own versions of the peace box in the classroom. School-sponsored peace boxes reach patients in hospitals and military personnel overseas and have been used in interschool box exchanges to support anti-bullying campaigns. It would be difficult to find a group that couldn’t benefit from such fresh inspiration. To request a box, make a donation or start a local peace art project, visit PriorityBoxes.html. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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Functional Medicine Taking the Whole Toolbox Approach by Kathleen Barnes

Once called “alternative” medicine, then “holistic” or “complementary” and later “integrative”, the newest evolution is “functional” medicine, designed to search out the underlying causes of illnesses in order to carry out effective treatment.


onventional medicine is like a carpenter that only has a hammer to work with, while functional medicine doctors are working with a full toolkit,” says the author of From Fatigued to Fantastic, National Medical Director of Fibromyalgia & Fatigue Centers, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii. Conventional medicine addresses symptoms instead of diseases, explains Los Angeles functional medicine practitioner Dr. Hyla Cass, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women. “It tends to treat the symptoms with more and more medications that cause a host of other side effects that also need to be treated and can result in declining health, rather than increased vitality.” “Functional medicine, rather than simply ‘chasing symptoms’ while ignoring the causes, searches for and addresses environmental factors, nutritional deficiencies, genetic tendencies, biochemical dysfunctions and emotional and 18

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social stressors that can together cause the development of symptoms,” adds Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren. He operates Eco-Health Clinics internationally (the U.S. site is in Minneapolis, Minnesota) and serves as president emeritus and professor of nutrition and functional medicine with the California-based University of Natural Medicine. In every case, it takes some investigation to get to the heart of the problems, and the solutions can take many forms. “For example, depression, insomnia and obesity aren’t diseases; they are symptoms,” says Cass. “If we can find the underlying cause of these symptoms, we can address the problem permanently.” An allopathic approach, on the other hand, would routinely recommend a pill to lower temperature for high fever, prescribe a synthetic pill to elevate mood in treating depression, or look to pharmacological anti-inflammatory drugs for simple immune reactions. Tel-Oren is among those that link a vast number of illnesses to stress: “

verse conditions such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, diabetes, mood and cognitive disorders, various autoimmune disorders, premenstrual syndrome, temporomandibular joint issues, chronic pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis, chronic low back pain, chemical and food sensitivities, allergies, asthma and cancer all seem to share common courses of formation. The common denominator for these disturbances appears to be chronic stress.” Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Lenox, Massachusetts, elaborates: “Functional medicine seeks to create balance in the body by looking at seven keys to achieving wellness: nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism and a calm mind. We work through the entire system, help people identify patterns and return the body to balance.” Hyman is a strong advocate of nutrition as the basis for restoring balance to the body. “Food is the most powerful medicine we have, more powerful than any drug, more powerful than anything you’ll ever find in a pill bottle,” he says. Teitelbaum notes, “Conventional medicine is basically run on economics, so doctors are too often influenced by drug company marketing messages masquerading as science that encourage expensive treatments, regardless of their toxicity.” In stark contrast, “Functional medicine instead looks for the lowest cost treatment that is supported by medical evidence.”

Conventional Medicine Case in Point

Fibromyalgia, for example, encompasses a basket of symptoms, usually beginning with overall body pain with specific pain points. Other common symptoms can include extreme fatigue, facial pain, irritable bowel syndrome, memory loss and brain fog, depression, numbness and tingling, palpitations, insomnia and headaches, including migraines. “Until a few years ago, conventional medicine decided you were crazy if you complained of these symptoms,” advises Teitelbaum. “Then some expensive medications came out—promoted by $210

million a year in advertising; so now, patients are instead being told to take medications with lots of side effects.” The most common conventionally prescribed drugs for fibromyalgia target symptoms of insomnia, depression, nerve pain and inflammation. According to Teitelbaum, the vast majority of people treating with these medications continue to experience the same symptoms over a five-year period; only 25 to 35 percent report some improvement. It’s difficult to determine how many Americans suffer from fibromyalgia because many go undiagnosed (the average time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis is five years). estimates that 5 million Americans, or approximately 2 percent of the population, suffer from this disease.

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“Functional medicine practitioners recognize that fibromyalgia represents an energy crisis in the body and use simple, appropriate and effective treatments with no harmful side effects,” says Teitelbaum. “Most often I use a SHINE protocol that I developed, based on 30 years of treating patients with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, with a 90 percent success rate.” His is just one example of the way functional medicine would treat a difficult-to-diagnose and to treat disease. Cass uses functional medicine very effectively against depression, addiction and a host of women’s health issues. Hyman specializes in managing diabetes and obesity with the tools of functional medicine. “If other medicines worked as well as treatments used in functional medicine, I’d use them, but they don’t,” concludes Hyman. “My Hippocratic Oath says I must help relieve suffering. I can do that with the tools that functional medicine gives me.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. Eight Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women is among her many books. Visit

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eople of all ages are returning to idea of couple dancing. Many enjoy the opportunity and intimacy of dancing together such dances as swing, salsa, tango and many others. This resurgence is directly connected to the reevaluation of relationships and courtships in our culture. Today, partners are coming back together on the dance floor after decades of unfulfilled ‘separateness’. Couples are making a new commitment to intimacy. The comeback of social ballroom dance reflects the efforts people are making to get to know their life partners better. Relationships are the fabric of our lives, and partner dancing directly reflects the steps needed to strengthen good relationships and heal difficult ones. The first thing that a couple learns when dancing together is Co-operation. “Two people learning to work together to the same end, from very different perspectives; leader and follower” - a mini relationship! The dance floor is an enjoyable, easygoing place to improve co-operation ...resulting in better teamwork, co-ordination and understanding both on AND off the dance floor! Romance is an essential piece of the relationship puzzle. Setting the mood for passion is a mental, emotional and physical journey, one done magnificently well through partner dancing! Creating the right environment becomes


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effortless as two people court each other arm in arm and cheek to cheek! Couples always enjoy the Fun aspect of dancing together no matter how well they know each other, there is always more to learn and experience. Human beings are mysterious, fascinating creatures... and partner dancing is an on-going, fun way to investigate each other’s intricacies, maintain a sense of wonder, and grow together! In today’s age of the Internet where people interact remotely through social media such as Facebook and Twitter and rarely meet face-to-face, personal Connection and Contact is an often missing, yet essential part of a rich and healthy life. On the dance floor, we connect to our partners and to others on the floor as we move, whirl and twirl! This can be in simple, three minute, gratifying bytes or can be an entire evening of rich ‘oneon-one’ time. The lead/follow element of couples dance not only augments physical and mental connections, but also develops emotional ones a nonthreatening way, three minutes at a time! 93% of our Communication is nonverbal. Partner dancing is an excellent place to explore, become more aware of and refine non-verbal chat! Learning to ‘talk’ and ‘listen’ on the dance floor is a skill that translates into everyone’s everyday life. It is a tremendous benefit

to anyone in or seeking a relationship! Partnership is a whole larger than the sum of its parts,’ so let’s build something together! Understanding the skills of partnership, and nurturing the quality within a partnership benefits you! Partner dancing requires BOTH! So, it’s evident why it’s not only effective in individual growth and development, but also promotes and enhances the quality of contact between people. The New Yorker Social Dance Club specializes in instructing our Students and Clients through the principle of “Teaching through Benefits”. For people who take up dancing in order to gain more quality time with their partners or to simply learn how to overcome the shyness of interacting with another person, we teach them the correct etiquette required to make them feel comfortable first in their own skins but just as importantly how to make the person they are dancing with feel like the most important person in the world for that moment of time. The New Yorker Social Dance Club is located at 335 W 35th Street 
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Banishing Wheat Belly The Drawbacks of a WheatDominated Diet by Lee Walker


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When I recognized that 80 percent of the people that came to see me had diabetes or pre-diabetes, I began asking patients to consider removing all wheat from their diets. This made sense to me due to wheat’s high glycemic index. Foods made from this grain raise blood sugar higher than nearly all other foods, including table sugar. The next logical step was to reduce blood sugar by eliminating wheat—organic, multi-grain, whole grain and sprouted—from anyone’s diet. Patients that followed my simple directives and replaced the lost calories with healthy foods such as vegetables, raw nuts, meats, eggs, avocados, olives and olive oil returned three months later with lower fasting blood sugars and lower glycohemoglobin levels, which tests how well diabetes is being controlled. Some diabetics became non-diabetics and prediabetics became non-pre-diabetic. On average, these people each lost about 30 pounds and experienced relief from arthritis and joint pains, acid reflux, migraine headaches, edema and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as other conditions. Some even reported that they no longer needed inhalers for asthma. Initially, it seemed like these positive results were just odd coincidences. However, based on the overwhelming number of incidences, I clearly saw that it was a real and repeatable phenomenon. I began systematically removing wheat

from all my patients’ diets and continued to witness similar turnarounds in health. Research related to agricultural genetics, an area largely ignored by medical doctors, and my own interviews with U.S. Department of Agriculture experts substantiated what my own anecdotal evidence has revealed.

Why has wheat suddenly become such a health threat? The wheat we eat today is not the same wheat our grandmothers used for baking. In the 1970s, in anticipation of a global population explosion and world hunger issues, a well-meaning University of Minnesotatrained geneticist developed a hybridized strain of high-yielding dwarf wheat. By 1985, all wheat products were made from the altered dwarf strain, which now comprises 99 percent of all wheat grown worldwide. By weight, this modern wheat is approximately 70 percent carbohydrate, in a highly digestible form of a starch known as amylopectin A, which converts more easily to blood sugar than nearly all other simple or complex food carbohydrates. Gram-forgram, wheat increases blood sugar and causes insulin problems to a greater degree than even potato chips or table sugar. Wheat, which now typically comprises 20 percent of all the calories we consume, is in hundreds of prepared foods such as instant soups, salad dressings, candy and granola. In 1970, this wasn’t true. Wheat was only in such foods as bread, rolls, cookies and cake, and it was in a natural form.

How does a wheat-dominated diet compromise health? Eating a wheat-based cereal for breakfast, wheat crackers and pretzels for snacks, two slices of whole wheat bread for lunch and whole wheat pasta for dinner results in too much exposure to amylopectin A, and repeated spikes in blood sugar levels. This leads to insulin resistance and cultivates the growth of visceral fat in the abdomen, which tends toward diabetes and other inflammatory responses. Even worse, the gliadin protein in wheat is an opiate that stimulates appetite and addictive eating behavior (it does not relieve pain). All this plus the direct intestinal toxic effects of the wheat germ agglutinin protein in wheat add up to a destructive

ingredient that spurs acid reflux, bowel urgency and irritable bowel syndrome, and leads to inflammation in various organs.

Describe how eliminating wheat has affected you. Thirty pounds ago, I was an enthusiastic consumer of “healthy whole grains,” who relied on pots of coffee or walking and other exercise to maintain focus and energy. My cholesterol values reflected my wheat-consuming habits: HDL 27 mg/dl [milligrams per deciliter of good cholesterol] (very low), triglycerides 350 mg/dl (very high), and blood sugars in the diabetic range (161 mg/dl). I had high blood pressure of 150/90 and excess weight around my middle. Eliminating wheat from my diet reversed all of these conditions without drugs, including the struggle to maintain attention and focus. Overall, I feel better today at 54 than I felt at 30.

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Proven Approaches for Safe Practice by Lynda Bassett

injuries, strength, time of day, awareness, type of movement and how much weight bearing is taking place.” It’s not uncommon for both seasoned athletes and yoga neophytes to push too hard in the beginning. Dr. Loren Fishman, medical director at Manhattan Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, says, “The three leading causes of injury are an overenthusiastic student, improper alignment and poor teaching.” Many aspirants feel they have to master a pose right away; thus, a “Type A” person may have the most potential for injury, observes Sadie Nardini, New York City-based founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and host of Cable TV’s Viera Living’s daily yoga show, Rock Your Yoga. Some instructors may have a vigorous Type A attitude, as well. “Keep looking if you feel pushed,” she advises. Choosing a style is less important than choosing the instructor best suited to the student’s needs. “Finding the right teacher,” says Nardini, “is kind of like dating. Keep looking until you find your match.”

Between 15 and 20 million Americans practice yoga, spend- Proven Guidelines ing an estimated $5.7 billion annually on classes and ac- Here are some safe approaches and tips from expericessories. National Yoga Month, in September, reminds us injury-prevention enced yogis. to always make personal safety a guiding principle during Research the teacher. Investigate practice sessions. Experts advise the following guidelines for a yoga instructor’s credentials before signing up for a class, advises Meredith practicing injury-free yoga. Montgomery, a board member of the


ike any kind of movement, yoga involves some risk,” says Devarshi Steven Hartman, dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga,


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headquartered in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. “The level of risk depends on the individual’s age, physical condition, limitations, emotional state, previous

Yoga Health Foundation and publisher of Natural Awakenings’ Mobile/Baldwin edition. Read the instructor’s biography to verify his or her professional training, certification and level of experience. Yo- maintains a well-respected registry of instructors that have been certified as registered yoga teachers (RYT). Analyze the class level. Consider the name of the class, plus the level of advancement. New students may want to begin with a gentle, restorative or yin-type class. To reduce any risk, “Sign up for classes that are one level lower than where you are,” advises Fishman. Ask how many students are allowed in the class; a smaller size means more one-on-one attention. Speak out. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” Fishman emphasizes; get to the class early, introduce yourself to the teacher and perhaps audit various classes. Good instructors always ask students about their health and fitness history. Look for special needs groups. “You can get really specific in choosing the right yoga class, whether it focuses on back care or other therapeutic yoga,” notes Nardini. Exercise caution. Certain areas of the body, like the back, neck and limbs, are particularly prone to injury, counsels Hartman. “Twisting and contorting poses can cause undue pressure,” so take things slowly and stop if pain occurs. Practice correct alignment. Experts

Yoga is renowned for increasing physical flexibility, balance and range of motion, while decreasing stress. Yet, as with any form of exercise, injuries may result from improper practice. agree that proper alignment is key to injuryfree yoga. “There’s a lot to proper alignment; it’s integral to being a yoga teacher,” says Fishman. A good one will walk the room to make sure everyone has the correct form, keeping the vertebrae more or less in line, even in a twisting pose. Seek modifying options. Instructors must teach modifications in poses to accommodate the individual, often using props such as blocks and straps. Learn to breathe. Proper breathing cannot be overemphasized. “Kripalu’s teaching methodology, for example, emphasizes coordinating movement with breath because it is one of the leading ways to prevent injury,” Hartman says.

Go with a teacher that understands anatomy. A teacher with such a background knows not only how muscles move, but also how they move together. Experts in yoga understand kinesiology—the natural synergies and limits to muscle and joint movement, according to Fishman. Nardini further emphasizes the importance of teaching transitions between poses. Consider prior injuries. “People think of yoga as a healing practice. That does not [necessarily] mean it will help heal a previous injury,” says Nardini. “It’s possible you can make it even worse.” Those with previous injuries, plus elderly individuals and expectant mothers, must take extra safety precautions. Remember that yoga is not about competition. “Don’t be afraid to take a time out,” says Fishman. “Or go into a child’s or modified child’s pose if you need to.” In the end, “Yoga is about increasing awareness of the body. A wellschooled yoga teacher intends to create individual, empowering experiences,” concludes Hartman. Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer based near Boston, MA. Connect at

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Meet the Owner – 12-4pm. This great series is back every Saturday! Out of all the wonderful products throughout the store, it is hard to know where your product is coming from. Stop by every Saturday and speak one-on-one with many of the original creators in our store. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Exploring Hallett & The Pond – 2:30-3:30pm. Take a break to enjoy Central Park on this one-hour walk through its smallest woodland area. Learn its history, enjoy its peacefulness, and discover the mystery behind the waterfall. The first 20 people to sign in will be able to participate since space is limited. Not recommended for those with physical challenges. 6th Avenue and Central Park South. 212-794-4064 or Tours@

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence—10am5:45pm. This exhibition introduces visitors to the astonishing variety of bioluminescent organisms and explores the various ways they glow and how scientists study this remarkable characteristic. Begin in a forest of bioluminescent mushrooms and go through a meadow filled with fireflies, a bay in Puerto Rico, coral reefs and the deep sea, and so much more!American Museum of Natural History, Central Park W. 800-649-6715 or

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park – 7:30-8:30am. Join us for one hour of walking, stretching and strengthening exercises. Fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Inclement weather cancels. Heather Garden, Fort Tryon Park, Cabrini Blvd and Ft Washington Ave. events/2012/09/04/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Team Member Delights: Exciting Lunch Box – We don’t want our kids to trade their healthy lunch box options with their classmates! Our team members have creative solutions to help the lunch box lunches look “cooler” than their classmates! Come and sample some ways to make a fun and healthy lunch option for your child to take to school. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Dance Your Way to a Healthy Body and Mind – Come join the mesmerizing and sophisticated moves of ballroom dancing as you dance your way to health! Every Thursday night, New Yorker Social Dance Club, one of New York’s premiere ballroom studios, invites you to this exciting social party. No experience necessary! All you need is a positive attitude! 335 W 35th St, 6th Floor. 212-216-9344 or Beer Me Thursdays – 4-7pm. New! The Upper West Side has decided to highlight one of our many delicious beers vendors in our store, and this is a perfect time to


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stop by on your way home from work. Start preparing what you are going to serve for the upcoming weekend game day festivities. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Back to School Favorites – Yes, it is that time of year! It’s time to prepare our children to go back to school and we are offering a day to interact with our vendors and discover some fun, new and exciting snacks your children will not want to trade on the playground. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Meet the Owner – 12-4pm. This great series is back every Saturday! Out of all the wonderful products throughout the store, it is hard to know where your product is coming from. Stop by every Saturday and speak one-on-one with many of the original creators in our store. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Birding for Families in Central Park – 10-11am. Bring the kids and visit one of NYC’s richest bird habitats. Audubon guides will show you how to spot and identify our feathered friends in their natural surroundings on a tour through the North Woods. Bring your binoculars, or a limited number is available to borrow. Space is limited, so arrive early. Charles A Dana Discovery Center, Central Park. 212-860-1370 or

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Angelically Guided Energy Healing Classes in the Northeast! Do you want to be who your soul wants you to be, and help others do the same? You can learn to channel Divine healing; it is a teachable, learnable skill, not a gift. Healers and serious spiritual seekers can learn the Lightworkers Healing Method (LHM) - an Angelically guided energy healing system with an exceptional goal: to align us with our soul’s life plan. LHM applies to any arena of life: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial, or interpersonal. Nothing is off limits.

Level 1: The Foundation Sept 8-9 Level 2: Letting Go of the Past, Oct 6-7 Hampton Inn Conference Center, Boston Area (Natick) Level 1 & 2: Combined Workshop Retreat, Jan 27 - Feb 1 Kripalu Center in the Berkshires For information/registration visit

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Yoga for People with Cancer – 10:30-11:45am. Sandra Susheeia Gilbert, RYT shares her practice, strategies and community. Come experience gentle Yoga practices to promote self-care and empowerment, stress management and healing for people in all stages of living with cancer. Physician’s permission required for those currently in treatment or within 3 months after treatment or surgery. New beginners and all levels. Integral Yoga Institute, 227 W 13th St (between 7th and 8th Aves). 212929-0585 or

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Team Member Delights: Best Kept Secrets – Each of our departments provides such a large selection of products that it is difficult to sample all of them! Our team members have selected a few highlights that are worth a try, so come by and learn about the “best kept secrets” in each department. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Dance Your Way to a Healthy Body and Mind – Come join the mesmerizing and sophisticated moves of ballroom dancing as you dance your way to health! Every Thursday night, New Yorker Social Dance Club, one of New York’s premiere ballroom studios, invites you to this exciting social party. No experience necessary! All you need is a positive attitude! 335 W 35th St, 6th Floor. 212-216-9344 or Beer Me Thursdays – 4-7pm. New! The Upper West Side has decided to highlight one of our many delicious beers vendors in our store, and this is a perfect time to stop by on your way home from work. Start preparing what you are going to serve for the upcoming weekend game day festivities. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 On the Go Snacks – It is the beginning of one of the busiest times of the year, so it is important to provide the most nutritious snacks for our bodies in this fast and furious world! Please take the time to stop by and try a healthy snack that is easily accessible for a tight schedule. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Meet the Owner – 12-4pm. This great series is back every Saturday! Out of all the wonderful products throughout the store, it is hard to know where your product is coming from. Stop by every Saturday and speak one-on-one with many of the original creators in our store. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Farm to Table Yoga Dinner – 11:45am. Spend a relaxing day at the farm and indulge in the best of the harvest season! Stretch out in the sunshine with a Yoga class led by Susanna Harwood Rubin. Following Yoga, nourish your body with an “ultra-ganic” meal grown in our field and prepared by our team of holistic chefs. Sunshine, fresh air, heart centering Yoga, a delicious meal, amazing people, supporting local farmers…..does it get any better? Growing Heart Farm, 25 Jeans Dr, Wingdale—an easy train ride from Manhattan.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR See Your Soul Mate Book Party, Signing & Free Talk Join the exciting launch of I See Your Soul Mate: An Intuitive’s Guide to Finding & Keeping Love & receive free love & relationship intuitive guidance from author Sue Frederick when you purchase a copy of her new book. Her work has been featured in the New York Times.

Saturday, September 22 3-5pm NY Open Center, 22 E. 30th Street Find out more about Sue Frederick at More information on page 9 of this issue.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 World Financial Greenmarket Thursday – 8am6pm. Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC, continues to serve families, commuters and visitors with fresh and delicious offerings grown by local family farms. Nestled among market classics like apples and cider are surprising finds like sweet spring broccoli raab, baby Japanese turnips, and sour cherry juice. Cooking demonstrations, free recipes and more. Bring a friend! 225 Liberty St (S End Ave at Liberty St inside cul-de-sac). 212-788-7476 or GrowNYC. org/worldfinancialcentergreenmarket.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Team Member Delights: Savin’ is Easy – There’s always more for less at Whole Foods Market! The Whole Deal Coupon Book is a great way to save money, and our team members have samples of the discounted products found in the coupon book. Stop by and taste the savings. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Dance Your Way to a Healthy Body and Mind – Come join the mesmerizing and sophisticated moves of ballroom dancing as you dance your way to health! Every Thursday night, New Yorker Social Dance Club, one of New York’s premiere ballroom studios, invites you to this exciting social party. No experience necessary! All you need is a positive attitude! 335 W 35th St, 6th Floor. 212-216-9344 or Beer Me Thursdays – 4-7pm. New! The Upper West Side has decided to highlight one of our many delicious beers vendors in our store, and this is a perfect time to stop by on your way home from work. Start preparing what you are going to serve for the upcoming weekend game day festivities. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.


throughout the store, it is hard to know where your product is coming from. Stop by every Saturday and speak one-on-one with many of the original creators in our store. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 A Clearing in a Forest: Dance in Central Park – 121pm. Celebrate the harvest season with Caribbean and Brazillian Capoeria, Maculele, and Afoxe dancers with Global Arts to Go. Ages 3 up. Inclement weather cancels. Free. Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade, Central Park. Details 212-860-1370 or TUESDAY,


Fall Equinox Naam Yoga Celebration – 4-6pm. Fall Equinox is one of the most powerful days of the year. It is a time of balance and renewal, when our mind, body and spirit open themselves up to receive the revitalizing prana of the Sun. During this special event, work with the power of Naam in a healing symphony of movement, laughter, rhythm and tones to harmonize your mental, emotional and spiritual bodies with Heaven and Earth. Dr. Joseph Michael Levry. The Hotel Wales, 1295 Madison Ave (between 92nd and 93rd). 1-888-852-2100.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Team Member Delights: Peak Pick – Our team members will be cooking with the highlighted seasonal products aimed at exquisite in-season taste! Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Dance Your Way to a Healthy Body and Mind – Come join the mesmerizing and sophisticated moves of ballroom dancing as you dance your way to health! Every Thursday night, New Yorker Social Dance Club, one of New York’s premiere ballroom studios, invites you to this exciting social party. No experience necessary! All you need is a positive attitude! 335 W 35th St, 6th Floor. 212-216-9344 or

MARK YOUR CALENDAR A New Life With Rheumatoid Arthritis

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

Would you like the strength and flexibility to move comfortably throughout your day? Perhaps you are overwhelmed by medications and their potential side effects. Naturopathic Dr Ivy Branin and Ruschelle Khanna co-owner of Brevi fitness have teamed up to design a fun and informative ~John Muir workshop that focuses on your health and helps uncover the underlying cause of your rheumatoid arthritis.

Saturday October 13 2-4pm Studio Anya 49 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10010

Local Day – We LOVE local! If you do, too, then this day is for you! Come in and learn how our vendors started their careers and try their delicious products. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

$65 in advance/ $70 at the door


Meet the Owner – 12-4pm. This great series is back every Saturday! Out of all the wonderful products

Register at by going to Opwcc1 For more information visit

More information on page 10 of this issue.

Beer Me Thursdays – 4-7pm. New! The Upper West Side has decided to highlight one of our many delicious beers vendors in our store, and this is a perfect time to stop by on your way home from work. Start preparing what you are going to serve for the upcoming weekend game day festivities. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Fall Favorites – Autumn is here, and our customers are starting to transition from cool meals to warm tastes of the harvest. This spot is for vendors who have items that warm your belly and make you smile from the inside out! Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Global Festival—a Free Ticketed Musical Festival to End Extreme Poverty – As the world’s leaders gather in NY for the UN General Assembly, the Global Festival brings top artists and 60,000 change makers together to urge our leaders and fellow citizens to do more to help end extreme poverty. Featuring Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, and K’Naan. Central Park Great Lawn. How do I get tickets? Meet the Owner – 12-4pm. This great series is back every Saturday! Out of all the wonderful products throughout the store, it is hard to know where your product is coming from. Stop by every Saturday and speak one-on-one with many of the original creators in our store. Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, 808 Columbus Ave. 212-222-6160.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 24th Annual Upper Broadway Harvest Festival – 11am-6pm. This festival offers free fun for the whole family and features arts, crafts, plants, antiques, entertainment, games and much more! Broadway between W 103rd St and W 106th St, Manhattan. FairsandFestivals. net/events/details/upper-broadway-harvest-festival.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AWAKEN FAIR The biggest/best loved body-mind-spirit-green event north of NYC!

Sunday November 11 10am to 5pm Doubletree Hotel 455 So. Broadway, Tarrytown NY 10591 Sponsors, Exhibitors, Speakers:

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Eastgate Acupuncture specializes in making alternative healthcare a great experience. With specialists in Pain, Injury, Fertility, Chronic Disease and Facial Rejuvenation we have the practitioner that is right for you. In network with BCBS and Cigna. See ad on page 27.

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An Experiential approach to emotional healing, personal growth and spiritual transformation. Michael Mongno is the founder of Present Centered Therapies. He has thesized Gestalt therapy, Eastern 561-542-0271 spirituality and the best of Couples therapy into an effective, multi-dimensional approach Conferences, Workshop & Classes to personal growth and relationship healing. See ad on page 25.

career counseling Barbara Distler, Psy.D. 646-200-5104 • Feeling stuck or unfulfilled at work? Mid-career, just graduated, or recently retired? At NextStep Career Counseling, you will receive short-term, constructive, focused career development sessions by a licensed clinical psychologist. I have 20 years of experience and use authentic, research-based assessment tools. Let me help you figure out your next step. Midtown location.

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49 W 23RD ST 2ND FL [BTW 5TH & 6TH AVE] New York, NYC 10010 212-627-5852 • Discover your inner strength, transform mind and body, increase stamina, improve your health and achieve a new and exciting physical well being. Transforming your body from the inside out with power pilates will improve your posture, abdominals, back and buttocks, while strengthening and toning your overall appearance. Chronic back pain and other debilitating physical ailments will decrease significantly as your range of motion and mobility improves. See ad on page 25.

New Yorker Social Dance Club 335 W. 35th Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10001 212-216-9344 •

Learn the benefits and delights of social ballroom dancing and have an experience that is challenging but rewarding, productive but joyful and memorable. Each student is special and their needs unique. New Yorker Social Dance Club aims to thoroughly assess the interests, prior experience and future goals of each individual to be able to successfully address your specific needs and objectives to make Dance a Lifestyle choice you will never regret! See ad on page 3.


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Holistic Health Coach Amber Tawn, Ms Ed, ERYT, CHC Certified Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Instructor Available Throughout NY Area 917-284-5839 •

Holistic Health Coaching is a way for you to receive individualized support and guidance towards radically improving your health, happiness, and over-all lifestyle. My carefully constructed programs are designed and driven by your personal health goals.   My mission is to empower you with the knowledge that your health, happiness, and destiny are fully in your hands.  Contact me for your FREE health consultation today!

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Doctors at Trump Place Longevity Spa and MediSpa 194 Riverside Boulevard New York, NY 10069 212-580-0900 Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Kogan has been practicing Western and Eastern Medicine for over 10 years. She has been taking care of New Yorkers since 2001, combining traditional medicine and holistic healing. Her work has been featured in the press repeatedly and can be seen at See ad on page 2.

Deirdre Abrami is a 6th generation Intuitive Healer who is a nationally known spiritual advisor, teacher & former radio show host. After her near death experience in 2003 her passion became her purpose. Today she offers private phone intuitive readings, intuitive development courses & workshops. Her newest endeavor is her life-changing conference & event company See ad on page 19.

Joan Carra, Psychic Medium Offices in NYC & Greenwich 203.531.6387 •

Joan guides you on your path drawing on her intuitive powers. As a medium, she can bring to life, friends on the other side. She is in five books including The 100 Top Psychics in America. Also visit

LIFE COACH Life Solutions Coaching

Liz Carey, M.S. 845-225-5192 Live the life you want. Live the life you DESERVE. Break old patterns of thinking and acting and open yourself to less stressful living, stronger and closer relationships, and a sense of meaning and purpose in your personal and work life. Liz has helped many people live a fulfilling life – let her help you too. Complimentary first session. Budget-friendly plans.

Natural Beauty Salon Mauricio Hair Studio

210 Fifth Ave. Suite 1102 New York, NY 10010 212-532-3030 • Mauricio is a cross-cultural hair artist who provides a holistic approach to the beauty industry—one that focuses not only on the physical but also on the overall well-being of his clients, through unique services, truly organic products, tailored experience and Zen-like environment that all work together to support the mind, body and soul. Mauricio’s private hair studio mission is to be the first of its kind: an innovative ecofriendly hair studio and ‘inner beauty salon’ that seeks to unlock every guest’s beauty.

Natural Beauty School Christine Valmy

261 Fifth Ave. (29th St.) NY 212-779-7800 • Start a great beauty career today! Esthetics • Nail Artistry • Professional Makeup • International Certifications • Advanced Seminars for Professionals and more. Call today for a tour! See ad on page 14.

Natural Furniture Dancing Moon LLC

Sustainable Delivery to NYC 845-291-1936 Local Hudson Valley artisans create hand crafted furniture out of reclaimed materials and sustainable design and finishing practices are utilized. Their collection includes: chests, candle holders, unusual musical instruments, coat racks, key hooks, and pedestals. Their creative team intently works on new designs, creating new exciting products that are continuously added to their collection. See ad on page 14.

Naturopathic Doctor Simplicity Health Associates

Dr Ivy Branin, ND 928 Broadway, Suite 301 • New York, NY 10010 646-470-8458 Dr Ivy Branin, ND, is a Naturopathic Doctor dedicated to making her patients feel great using natural therapies and methods. Although she sees a wide variety of conditions, her practice focuses on mood and sleep problems, autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal conditions, and women’s health.

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