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april 2012 | contents Naturally...ILM is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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20 All About ... 27 Community Resources 28 Community Calendar {living green} 8 Inside of Each of Us 10 Recycling The Easy Way to Save the World

{living happy} 12 Taking Steps to Love your Life

14 Feng Shui A love affair with Mother Earth

{living healthy} 16 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Improve your sense of wellbeing

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{fun} 22 On the Trail {family} 25 The Cloth Controversy Eco-Friendly Diapering in 2012

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Love the Earth and You Love Yourself too!

I Publisher/Editor ELISHA MANCINI CASTER Advertising STEVEN CASTER Design & Production PLATFORM-C DESIGN Ad Design LIZ BRINKER Contributors ELISHA MANCINI CASTER RANA MANCINI CAVANAUGH JENNIFER JOHNSON MO LINQUIST GREGORY TYLER LOFTIS DANIELLE MARGGRAF GABRIELA MEREDIZ SHEEN PERKINS Phone: 910-508-8890 Fax: 866-801-4518 NaturallyILM@gmail.com www.NaturallyILM.com © 2012 by Naturally ILM All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing.

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n our support of Earth Month we have dedicated our entire magazine to showing all the different ways we can respect and preserve our planet for future generations. We not only want to ensure that we take good care of the earth, but we also want to provide ways of enriching our experience of life in the process. Education and awareness are the keys to understanding ourselves and our environment. The only real true way to move forward in recognizing what changes need to come next, are by becoming aware of the changes that need to happen within ourselves. Example; some one had to be the first person to develop a serious illness before the medical community would decide that a cure needed to be found. We were then given the information that some things are not good for us, and may cause disease or illness. We, in turn, received the gift of growth for humanity. We can also apply this same level of analysis to the earth and how it has responded to our choices. We now reach the crossroad that was inevitable. We are becoming educated and aware of what damage our choices are causing. We are smart people and we know that we want better health and happiness for ourselves. By being aware of our “cures” for the planet, we also receive the gift of growth for humanity. Loving the earth is the best way to show ourselves compassion. Every time we put something in the recycling bin, plant a tree, or pick up a piece of trash, we are showing ourselves and those around us that we care about their tomorrow. We may not even realize that we are engaging in this process because we are only doing what feels good. We know this because once we start doing something like recycling, and then we stop; we do not feel good about it. We then become unable to turn away from what is in front of our conscious mind, because it has provided our “feel good sensors” with stimulation. So we continue to recycle. Eventually those around us see how good we feel about our effort, and of course the environmental benefits of it, so they get a recycling bin themselves. We do not have to be tree hugging, environmentalists who practice yoga five days a week (although it does sound like a recipe for smiles) to support mother nature. We just have to be willing to do what feels good. Enjoy! Steven and Elisha Caster

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Nurturing the Earth Nurturing yourself I’m sure many of you have dyed your hair at least once (come on, I know that blonde isn’t your natural color). Maybe it was just to hide those little grays (or highlights if you will), or perhaps a little Just for Men, gentlemen? If so, chances are that you’ve used typical hair dye that contains harsh chemicals like p-phenylendiamine (“PPD”), ammonia and peroxide. Perhaps we should reconsider the products we are using. Studies show that people who are exposed to these chemicals on a regular basis (i.e. if you dye your hair every 1-2 months like most of us) are twice as likely to develop bladder and ovarian cancer (other studies prove worse results, and yet others provide results that are most questionable. Be sure to make a choice and not just go with the default). Eek. That “golden brown” color kind of loses its luster now, huh? Does this mean you have to resort to your natural hair color, whatever that may be at this point? Nope, you can find lots of alternatives that are actually good for your hair (I swear), and because spring has just sprung, there’s no better time to start treating your hair with plant-based products instead of the same ingredients you wax your floor with. After poking around, I found that most people have no clue about the real dangers of hair dye. Worse yet, they’re hesitant to try the alternatives because they think that going to an organic salon or buying organic products is more expensive than the average, and that the products are ineffective. This couldn’t be further from the truth! After nearly twenty years of doing

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everything in the salon has a purpose; from her beautiful recycled paper chandelier, to the Matter of Trust foundation to which she donates all hair she cuts so they can manufacture mats that soak up oil from spills in the Gulf. As far as the price goes, Davis’ salon is comparable to any other salons in the area, and she explains that you don’t have to use the dye as frequently because it bonds to hair better. You can buy some great Angie Davis, owner of Indigo Salon products at Indigo such as; Organic Sea Mist shampoo hair, Angie Davis, owner of Indigo Salon in which the bottle can be planted and in Wrightsville Beach was seeing radical bear a tree, or dry shampoo that gives changes in her health due to all of the your hair lots of volume (I speak from chemicals she was exposing herself to. experience). If you prefer a little online “I started having breathing problems browsing, be sure to check out these and developed a rash on my neck from great lines recommended by Stayingleaning over the chemicals while doing HealthyTips.com: Logona (www.logohair.” She also said, “They didn’t teach na.com) www.bewellstaywell.com, Light us about the harmful chemicals in cos- Mountain Natural (www.iherb.com) and metology school” (I’m starting to see Naturcolor by Herbaceuticals (www. where the problem lies). This inspired naturcolor.com). “You have one body. We have one Davis to set up shop “on the beach” that was free of all of the toxins found in earth,” this is the motto written on Dathe average salon. Now, two years after vis’ salon walls, and I couldn’t agree it’s opening, Indigo is thriving, and I can more. This Earth Day, remember that see why. Upon entering the salon, you it’s always chic to be green! Indigo Organically Infused Salon is loare greeted with the aroma of lavender and chamomile (which is found in the cated at 3 Keel Street, Suite 2 Wrightsville John Masters Organics line she uses), Beach. For more information, call Angie as opposed to chemicals that burn your Davis at 910-679-4472 or visit her website nose. It’s also worth mentioning that at www.IndigoSalon.biz.

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About Earth Day’s National History E

arth Day was created in 1970 to promote environmental awareness and to encourage progressive action around the world. It is officially celebrated on April 22, although individual communities around the world host celebrations throughout the month of April. (Wilmington will be celebrating on Saturday, April 18, 2009). It’s all about environmental education and how every person can make a difference. Earth Day’s founder Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin at the time, proposed this first nationwide environmental protest “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda.” “It was a gamble,” he recalls, “but it worked.” That first year, approximately 20 million people throughout America celebrated. By 1990, 200 million people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day. As awareness and concerns spread, so did the participation in this annual celebration. In the year 2000, 184 countries and hundreds of millions of people were on board. This year, Wilmington will celebrate Earth Day at Hugh MacRae Park on Saturday, April 21st, 2012. The event runs from 12pm-6pm and is completely free to attend. Residents and visitors enjoy food, bever-

age, live entertainment, a learning center, children’s zone, and even shopping — all to celebrate our planet. The Earth Day Alliance, founders and organizers for the Wilimington Earth Day annual celebration, are thrilled to announce this year’s new theme: “Cooperate - Connect - Protect”. If we all agree to cooperate and connect to each other, then we can better protect the world we live in. We would especially like to help promote this concept of cooperation within our local community. The purpose of the Earth Day Celebration is to allow us all to discover what is available in our own back yard — in terms of environmental issues, actions being taken, and volunteer opportunities. Wilmington’s Earth Day Celebration was created by the Wilmington Earth Day Alliance as part of their growing efforts to bring awareness to the Wilmington, NC community. Although the Alliance’s efforts are continuous throughout each year, the focus of their efforts is on the April Celebration. If you would like more information on the Wilmington Earth Day Alliance, please contact the Earth Day Alliance Chair: Shannon Culpepper. Email: sculpepper@nhcgov.com 910-798-4452

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Wilmington’s 2012 Earth Day Celebration April 21, 2012 Food & Beverage Food, beer and beverages is available for purchase, including organic selections produced locally in and around the greater Wilmington area. This year’s exclusive beer provider is New Belgium Brewing Company! Kids’ EcoZone Area Wilmington’s 2012 Earth Day celebration is a family-friendly event encouraging children of all ages to become more aware of our planet. Specific details are to come! Music & Live Entertainment Multiple bands will be featured throughout the day. All entertainment is FREE to the public!

12:00 — 2:00: Shine 2:00 — 4:00: Possum Creek 4:00 — 6:00: Jah Creation


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n 2008 Yoga Journal magazine released a market study concluding that we have 15.8 million people practicing yoga in America. With this following some of us may ask, “What is yoga, and why is it so contagious?” The word yoga means union or to yoke, and should not be considered exercise. Hatha (pronounced hotta) yoga is the physical practice of asanas, which are postures that are included in an ancient eight limbed path toward self realization. To understand yoga we must first recognize that yoga is much more than what our western culture emulates. When I attended my first yoga class, nothing really “magical” happened. I went back because it felt good to stretch, but mainly because I had pre-paid for five classes and, I wasn’t going to waste fifty

dollars. Gradually, over time and without realization, I fell into a practice where self discipline had united with an extreme sense of freedom. Yoga offers us a way into our selves physically, as our joints become lubricated and our muscles lengthen. Yoga will increase blood flow and soothe our nervous systems while improving our balance, stamina, and lung capacity. As a result we will sleep better at night causing us to be more alert during the day. It feels good to be strong and to enjoy the many positive changes that occur as a result. Yoga unites our body with the cosmic spirit of our hearts, which is what unites us to each other, and to the planet. It brings us back to the simplicity of our breath and the depth of our connection to each other, as we discover our true nature, which is limitless and not bound by our bodies. Yoga teaches us how to be strong and keep our hearts wide open at the same time. Real change is created by the willingness to change ourselves. By clearing out what does not serve us we make space for our dreams to move into fruition. It is overwhelming to think about saving the planet, or changing the world, but we can always take steps with that in mind. Start with yourself. Take a yoga class by Rebecca Niamtu. Becca wants to share her joy of yoga with everyone she meets. Committing her life to yoga as service for the planet, she hopes to help the planet heal from within. Believing in the concept of “think globally act locally” she wants to bring the community together on their yoga mats. Rebecca’s approach to yoga is heartfelt and playful as she incorporates Hatha, Bhakti, and Karma yoga into her classes, cleansing and healing the body mind and spirit. www.rebeccaniamtu.webs.com

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odyTalk is an astonishingly simple and effective holistic therapy that allows the body’s energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended. Each system, cell, and atom is in constant communication with each other at all times. Through exposure to the stresses of day-today life, however, these lines of communication can become compromised or disconnected, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental well-being. When stress occurs the body becomes less efficient at healing itself. This causes illness and disease on all levels — mind, body and spirit. We can find out where the body is functioning inefficiently due to stress using a gentle muscle-checking technique. Using this gentle balancing technique, the body’s internal awareness is redirected to focus on these areas and facilitate the body’s return to balance. It’s safe, non-invasive and effective. BodyTalk sessions are easy, safe and comfortable and they are done with the client fully clothed. BodyTalk can help you find relief from: Allergies, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Digestive Disorders, Emotional Disorders, Endocrine Issues, Fibromyalgia, General Pain, Infertility, Infections, Insomnia, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Menstrual Problems, Migraines, Phobias & Fears, Stress, Vaccinations, Viruses, and more!

Free demonstration and information sessions on BodyTalk are offered every 3rd Thursday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Holland Therapy Office. Space is limited, reserve by calling 910-724-2900 or reserve your spot online at www.HollandTherapy.net

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Green Living Begins Inside of Each of Us BY Sheen Perkins

With the strong and noble push toward returning to the basics of simple and healthy living and farming, it’s important to recognize that living green has to start inside each of us. Because we live in a part of the world that uses chemicals as freely as it does water, we have each been exposed to thousands of toxins that we must routinely clear from our bodies. A clean body leads to a clean mind and a clean mind naturally lends itself to a sense of peace and well-being, which is reflected out into the world. Of the 70,000 chemicals that are currently used in our country, the EPA has noted that approximately 65,000 of them are potentially harmful, if not down right hazardous to your health. The question in my mind is…why are they still allowed to use them? Until we can get these various forms of hazardous toxins removed from our environment permanently we have to assume ultimate responsibility to take care of our health and the safety of our children by purging our bodies. Imagine having a car for 20 years that never received an oil change or a home that never had the benefit of a spring cleaning and then you’ll know how your body feels from its lack of attention to purging its old and potentially harmful gunk. Toxins normally go to the liver where they are processed first and the toxins are converted into water-soluble molecules. The

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There are many signs of toxic stress:

Poor energy ■ Nausea ■ Skin irritation and rashes ■ Mood swings ■ Headaches ■ Hormonal imbalance ■

water-soluble molecules are then transported to the kidneys and eliminated through the bladder. If for some reason the kidney cannot process the water-soluble molecules they are passed to the skin for elimination through the sweat glands. If the liver cannot process a toxin to the kidney it is then eliminated thru the colon as a fat-soluble molecule. And if the colon cannot process a fat-soluble molecule through the normal channel it then passes

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Poor digestion

High blood pressure ■ Inflammation ■ Allergies ■ Immune dysfunction ■ Obesity

it to the skin for elimination through the oil ducts. In addition to this the body also has the ability to encapsulate toxins in fat in what are called apidose cells which, in turn, the body can eliminate. So those fat cells you’re always fretting about have actually been doing your organs a huge favor! The key is to provide the adipose cells with the proper nutrition they need to provide a healthy environment in which to coax them into eliminating the toxins.


There are two types of cleanses we can do to detoxify our bodies. A nutritional cleanse is a daily approach to support the organs associated with detoxification. It is gentle and nonirritating to the body. The nutritional cleanse involves adding in to your daily diet fresh, preferably organic, darkgreen, leafy vegetables plus water with a pH level of 8 or greater to help move this infusion of fiber and toxic release through and out of your body. I’ve also found great support in two powerful Ayurvedic techniques: sipping plain hot water, with nothing added to it, every 10-15 minutes to help keep my lymphatic system flowing, and daily oil pulling. Modern oil pulling was introduced in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD. Dr. Karach claims that this simple treatment achieves remarkable results with illnesses like migraine headaches, bronchitis, diseased teeth, arterio thrombosis, chronic blood disorders such as leukemia, arthritis and related illnesses, neuro-physiological paralysis, eczema, gastro enteritis, peritonitis, heart disease, kidney disease, meningitis, and woman’s hormonal disorders.

Recipe for Ayurvedic Oil Pulling Technique: ■

Prior to breakfast place one tablespoon of coconut oil, sesame, oil or olive oil into your mouth, but do not swallow it

Move the oil slowly in the mouth and pull it through your teeth for 15-20 minutes ■

Swishing activates the enzymes that draw toxins out of the blood through the mucous membranes in the mouth. As the process continues, the oil becomes thinner and white. Be certain to spit the oil out after you’ve completed the swishing process and thoroughly rinse your mouth and brush your teeth. The isolated detoxification protocol is the second type of cleanse and is very different. It is typically more aggressive and can be stressful to the body. It is generally completed within 10 days to two weeks. Since we are liberating massive amounts of toxicity that is not going through the body’s normal process the body needs to find a way to deal with it and there may be a Herxheimer reaction, typically experienced as having flu-like symptoms.

The internet is crawling with detoxification protocols and I have tried quite a few. The cleanses I have found that work best for me are the original Master Cleanse protocol without modification and Dr. John Douillard’s Short Home Cleanse (www.lifespa.com). It is imperative to provide on-going assistance to each of your organs through eating whole foods on a daily basis. Try adding burdock root, dandelions, and rhubarb, into your diet especially when they are in season and also kelp. These powerful nutrients will help facilitate the cleansing process and support your system. Burdock root in particular has a lot of very valuable components including a fiber called inuline. Inuline actually changes the way we digest sugars so that burdock root does more than just provide targeted support for our organs. It also has some value in the metabolic sense in regards to how our bodies react to sugars and insulin, which in turn helps to reduce inflammation. After detoxifying my body, I have experienced euphoria that resonates into every area of my life. Cleansing provides benefits not only to the body, but also to the mind and emotions. Living green really begins with your choices of how you can best serve your body. It is your own living, breathing temple and it relies on you to treat it with reverence. In life it is too easy to hurry through our meals and not be mindful of what we are infusing our selves with on all levels. I would like to suggest that if Dr. Masaru Emoto’s studies that were publishing in his book, Hidden Messages In Water, are correct and that our thoughts and intentions actually transform a molecule of water into something of immense beauty or decay, that we may want to take a moment to infuse the foods that have been provided to us with thoughts of love and gratitude. After all, these beautiful and healing creations are also made of water molecules and so are we. Eat lovingly, mindfully and gratefully and with the intention that every bite you passionately enjoy, you are healed.

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Recycling: The Easy Way to Save the World BY Gabriela Merediz

Recycling is so easy, even a

newspapers into plastic grocery bags and toss them into the recycling dumpsters. When those bundles arrive at the recycling facility, the employees have to open up each bag, dump out the newspapers, and toss the bags in the garbage. Recycling customers can make the process easier for the employees by packing newspapers in paper bags or simply collecting recyclables in plastic bins. They can dump the plastic bins into the dumpster and take them home to reuse for their next recycling load. What about cleanliness? According to Lynn Bestul, New Hanover County solid waste planner, “Items do not have to be rinsed out. But most people don’t take their recycling to the drop-off locations every day, and dirty containers that sit in their garage could attract bugs. If they get bugs, they are not going to want to recycle anymore.” Cleaning out your containers helps make recycling easy and keeps people involved, which is the ultimate goal of the county’s solid waste department.

baby can do it… Can you? That’s the message on the New Hanover County Department of Environmental Management’s website. And if you’re reading this magazine, you probably know the benefits of recycling. But if you don’t live within the city limits, recycling may not be as easy as plopping a red bin on the curb every week. The county does make it convenient to recycle glass, paper, cardboard, and plastic with a number of drop-off locations scattered all over town. How do you find them, what do they accept, and what’s the best way to prepare your materials? Read on to find out more about Wilmington’s recycling program. I have an ongoing debate with my family members about the state of my recyclables. I had often heard that items caked with food cannot be accepted into recycling centers. I thought you couldn’t recycle milk or orange juice cartons. I was also under the impression that leaving a lid on a numbered plastic container could ruin the whole batch. It turns out that things have changed since those myths started to be perpetuated, and recycling has become incredibly consumer friendly. If you live within Wilmington city limits, your red recycling bin goes out with the trash. Waste Management picks up your recyclables and takes them to Recycle America, a collection facility off of river road. The items are then trucked to a material recovery facility (MRF) in Raleigh, where they are sorted and sold to plants that process them into usable items. Items left at the drop-off recycling centers in New Hanover County are picked up by the Department of Environmental Management and carted to their facility on Highway 421, just north of the battleship. The material is sorted, and then it travels

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through the baler, which compresses it into a neat cube. A bale of cardboard, newspaper and mixed paper may weigh up to 1400 pounds. The bales are stored until the facility has enough to fill a 53-foot trailer, and then the material is sold directly to mills and plants that transform the material into a final product. The facility currently employs 14 people in the recycling department, and they certainly have their work cut out for them. To sort through the materials that come in, the workers basically sift through it with huge rakes. If there’s cardboard mixed in with the glass, it gets pulled out manually. That’s good news, because it means that the entire load won’t end up in a landfill if it gets a little mixed up, which is bound to happen. But it does mean that the more items are incorrectly sorted, the more work the recycling employees have to go through. Plus, lazy sorting leaves more room for human error. For example, people often pack their

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The City of Wilmington curbside recycling program and the county’s drop-off locations allow the same items, with a few exceptions, noted below: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

aluminum beverage containers glass bottles and jars skin irritation and rashes newspaper plastic containers identified with #1 - #7 on the container’s bottom magazines white, colored, and computer paper corrugated cardboard boxes (must flatten first) cereal and food boxes phone books with soft covers brochures, junk mail, paper bags catalogues (less than 2 inches thick) file folders rechargeable household batteries


New Hanover County drop-off locations only

■ tin food cans (such as tomato sauce and vegetable cans)

City of Wilmington curbside pickup ONLY

■ neither recycling program allows plastic grocery bags The City of Wilmington lets you contain your paper in them rather than have them fly around the neighborhood on a windy day, but it’s best to put newspaper or mixed paper in paper grocery sacks Those are not your only options for recycling in New Hanover County. If you live outside of the city limits but want curbside recycling pickup, you may be able to get it from your trash contractor. Most of the companies in New Hanover County offer recycling pickup for a fee.

What are the big no-nos when it comes to recycling?

■ Don’t throw plastic grocery bags in with your recyclables - If you want to recycle plastic grocery bags, you can do so at many stores, including Lowe’s Home Improvement and Walmart ■ Don’t put electronics in your recycling bin or drop-off locations - You can recycle electronics at the New Hanover County landfill on Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. They will accept four items per person for free, and you can recycle computers, televisions, cell phones, and anything else with a cord ■ Don’t recycle aluminum foil – even though aluminum cans are recyclable, aluminum foil is not

New Hanover County Recycling Facilities Castle Hayne 5601 Castle Hayne Road Wilmington 28428 (Behind Hardees) Monkey Junction 4610 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington 28407 (Moose Lodge 343 parking lot, 1 mile N of Monkey Junction) Murrayville Area 2316 North College Road Wilmington 28405 (Lowe’s Food Parking Lot)

Ogden 6510 Market St. Wilmington 28405 (Blair Elementary School - Ballfield parking lot just before the school) US 421 North 5210 Hwy 421 N Wilmington 28401 (Landfill, WASTEC) Veteran’s Park 555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway Wilmington 28412

■ Don’t throw liquids (like paint or cooking oil) in with your recyclables. In fact, don’t throw those in the garbage, either. Those liquids get squeezed out by the trash compactor and get all over the streets and in our waterways. Hazardous waste like batteries, fertilizer, solvents, pesticides, cooking oil, paint, and industrial materials can be recycled during household waste collection days that are held periodically throughout the year or at the landfill throughout the year. www.nhcgov. com/Environmental or call (910) 798-4400 for more information ■ Styrofoam containers are not recyclable in New Hanover County » Gaby is a freelance writer, artist and educator who owns Tmuffin, a company that gives moms products and education to help them use the tools they already have to parent creatively. Learn more about Gaby’s passion for resourcefulness and sustainability at www.

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Taking Steps to Love your Life BY Elisha Mancini Caster

People who score high on tests that measure self compassion have less depression and anxiety. They tend to be more optimistic, and a true appreciation for life seems to be effortless. Why is it not easy for all of us to have compassion and to enjoy the richness that life has to offer? Surely we all deserve to tap into the flow of happiness that surrounds us. So what can we do about it? This is what I call the four steps to loving your life:

1. 2. 3. 4.

Nurture the earth Have compassion for self Enjoy laughing Show love for all people and things

If nurturing the earth does not come easy to you, here are a couple things you can slowly add to your routine. Recycling is slowly becoming a social norm in our society. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that there are approximately 9,000 community curbside recycling programs in the United States. You can easily participate in this effort by calling your local recycling company. Another sure way to extend appreciation to our earth is by using as many natural and organic products as possible. This will encourage the production of natural and organic substances, instead of synthetic substances that may be harmful to us, and in turn harmful to our environment. A

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good question to ask your self is: “Is this substance easily consumed by my body, or am I giving my body something to struggle absorbing?” If the answer is no, then you can be sure that it is not good for the earth either. By showing ourselves compassion, we are proving to ourselves that we have self worth and that we trust the process that life has given us. A good thing to start with is writing down five things that you enjoy doing. The next thing you can do is schedule a time to complete these activities. If a weekend getaway is on the list, then for now it may be good to start with

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gathering some brochures and talking with others about some options. Some small activities could be scheduled for the weekend, such as a walk on the beach or starting an art project. Another form of self compassion is allowing our selves the imperfectness of being human. We are “human beings”, and true acceptance is met by allowing our “beingness” to be imperfect. Try sharing in my silly little perspective; I like to think of man and humor as one= Hu man being. This brings me to my next point. We are all born with a sense of humor. Everyone in the world knows how to


laugh. It is not something we are taught, it is not something we have to work towards, and it is not something we have to pay for. We are all born with the innate sense of knowing how to laugh when we find something to be funny. People have made themselves wealthy on the art of providing laughter. We read books to laugh, watch TV to laugh, and go to shows to laugh. We even use laughter therapy in oncology departments in hospitals to help aid in the recovery of those suffering. We know that laughter is “all good”, and we need to make sure we are enjoying the things that make way for laughter to flow through us. Laughing is the most powerful way to show ourselves that we are in tune with why we are here in the first place. So live it up, by laughing often! Showing love for all people and things is almost the side effect when following the first three points. When we are nurturing the earth we feel good, this in turn causes us to want to continue the activity that we are engaging in. When we repeat the process of some thing that makes us feel good, we are showing ourselves compassion. Now if we add laughter to nurturing and compassion, then watch out, this can seem quite blissful. And when we are feeling this good about ourselves, showing love for all people and things comes naturally. So pay a compliment to your neighbor, bend down and truly listen to your child tell you a story, and try to be understanding when something is not going the way you would prefer. Just know that if you were someone else, and truly walking in their shoes, then that’s exactly where you would be in life too.

» Elisha Mancini Caster is an NLP Life Coach, Certified Hypnotist, and Reiki Master. Elisha founded The Growing Tree to support people in their quest to find fulfillment and happiness. She believes whole heartedly that every individual holds within themselves the power to live the exact life they find most desirable.

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Feng Shui:

A love affair with Mother Earth BY Mo Linquist

Thousands of years ago, when our ancestors were hunters and gatherers, they roamed the earth in harmony dictated by the cycles of Mother Nature. Night and day, spring, summer, fall and winter, as well as the new moon and full moon were used to guide humans in their daily lives. As agrarian societies became established, choosing where to build a home and till the land was well thought out, and decisions were made with nature in charge. In China cold harsh winds came from the north dictating efficient home sites, which sat purposely half way up the hill with the mountain in the rear, and fresh flowing water to the south. This was called the ‘armchair position’ and gave protection from the elements along with convenience to transportation, communication and a fresh supply of food and water. Topography and climate were taken into account, and ‘Form School’ feng shui was born. As populations grew and cities became established, feng shui philosophies have evolved, but one thing has never changed. Human beings delight in their love affair with nature. Deeply rooted in our genes, this natural human affinity for the outdoors was coined, ‘biophilia’ by Dr. Ed Wilson, a Harvard biologist in 1984. ‘Pyramid School’ is a contemporary feng shui philosophy based on scientific studies, such as that of Dr. Wilson, and other physical and social scientists.

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Current studies have shown that direct exposure to natural elements afford individuals a better sense of wellbeing, decreasing health problems and absenteeism from the workplace, while increasing productivity with tasks at hand. The natural world is outside our door beckoning us to come out and play. Being assured of this gives human beings a deep sense of security, one of the primary evaluations for good feng shui. ‘Bringing the outside in’ is one way to increase the health and happiness of your home or office. Close your eyes and imagine sitting in a room with no windows, no sound, the smell of stagnant air, and no movement of any kind. How does this make you feel? Stuck, tense and trapped in a prison cell void of connection, which creates high stress in the body. This explains why solitary confinement is the severest punishment of all.

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YOU are not alone. Now let’s imagine how you feel as we feng shui your space. Add open windows to your room. How does that feel? Natural sunlight, connection to the outside world, and a fresh breeze raise the energetic vibration in your room by tenfold. The sound of birds or other familiar neighborhood noises ease isolation. As the wind moves air through your room, a mobile sways gently providing a simple dance for your enjoyment. You breathe easier. Your heart rate finds a suitable pace. All is well in the world. Another way to ‘bring the outside in’ is to literally bring ‘live’ plants into your space. The benefit is both emotional and physical. In a study conducted by Dr. Virginia Lohr of Washington State University, it was verified that living plants significantly lower workplace stress, and enhance worker productivity as much as 12 percent. Plants also pro-


vide a natural solution to cleaner indoor air quality. They naturally extract carbon dioxide and exchange it with fresh oxygen, demonstrating the amazing intelligence of Mother Nature. In addition they reduce the concentration of potentially harmful substances such as formaldehyde, benzene and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) released by computers, other electrical equipment, carpet padding, upholstery and paint. As live plants filter the air, indoor air quality improves, creating healthier environments. This particularly benefits children, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

Mother Nature has always been the perfect model for artwork, fabrics and designs. If your thumb is black not green, bring the outside in using fabrics with tropical prints, beautiful flowers, or different shades of green. Draperies, bedspreads, upholstery and slipcovers mimicking nature can create an oasis in a room. If simplicity is your style, introduce graphic fabric on pillows or valances to make a more subtle statement. Many fabrics today are eco-friendly, made from organic sources or recycled products. To raise the energetic vibration or chi in your space, choose products that are healthy for you and the environment. As you design your home or workplace remember to include your first love, Mother Nature. She will support you in creating prosperity, peace and well-being. Feng shui is a powerful tool. xo mo

Mother Nature has always been the perfect model for artwork, fabrics and designs.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Improve your sense of wellbeing BY Jennifer Johnson

By spring, many of us have already fallen off track a time or two with our good intentions for the New Year. Some may have given up completely. The conditions are ripe for increased stress and dissatisfaction with our lives. If you’re tired of doing the same thing and getting the same results, maybe it’s time to try something different. Mindfulness practice just may be the ticket to help you make this year your year for improving your sense of wellbeing. Mindfulness is gaining increased attention as a practice that is useful for stress reduction and cultivating a greater sense of peace and ease. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week mindfulness course that has been well researched for the past two decades. It has been shown to reduce anxiety/panic, depression, and symptoms related to a variety of medical conditions, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, chronic pain, headache, fibromyalgia, Diabetes Type I, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Asthma, arthritis, Psoriasis, multiple sclerosis (MS) and other conditions. A recent study showed increased brain grey-matter density following mindfulness practice in areas of the brain associated with learning, memory, self-awareness, and compassion and decreases in grey-matter density in an area of the brain that plays a significant role in anxiety and stress. Mind-

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fulness practice has been shown to significantly improve health-related quality of life. In addition, mindfulness is now being utilized to help people with food/weight challenges, parenting, and substance abuse relapse prevention. (see links to articles and research about the efficacy of MBSR at www.everydaymindful.com/mbsr The prevalence of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs has grown significantly in the past decade. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed MBSR in 1979 at University of Massachusetts Medical Center’s Center for Mindfulness. The program teaches mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga to increase awareness and reduce stress. MBSR is now taught at hundreds of locations worldwide, including Duke Integrative Medicine and Stanford Hospital and Medical School.

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Mindfulness practice encourages focusing attention on what is happening in the present moment and seeing things as they are with an attitude of non-judgment. By learning to see things as they are without judgment, we can reduce our reactivity and sense of angst in response to what is happening in the moment and learn to practice letting go. It’s human nature to judge our own sensations, thoughts, and emotions as good/bad or pleasant/ unpleasant. It’s also human nature that we then attempt to avoid the sensations thoughts, and emotions that we judge as bad or unpleasant, cling to those that we judge as good or pleasant, and then become lost in thought about how we can get more of the pleasant experiences and avoid the unpleasant. Many of us develop the habit of avoid-


ing our experience through being chronically busy, over eating, under eating, shopping (retail therapy), watching too much TV, spending too much time surfing the Internet, excessively using alcohol and drugs, chronically worrying, or making choices that sabotage what we really want. We get caught in a habitual pattern of experiential avoidance that in the end creates more chaos and suffering in our lives. Mindfulness practice helps us to develop an attitude of interest, openness, curiosity, and compassion in response to the events, sensations, thoughts, or feelings that challenge us. Imagine the relief in being able to meet experiences previously judged as bad or unpleasant with an attitude of curiosity and compassion instead of resistance, angst, or frustration. al training When we close ourselves off from what we judge as negative thoughts and emotions, we also close ourselves off from experiencing love, joy and happiness. Mindfulness skills can be applied to the whole of everyday life. Through cultivating a regular mindfulness practice, we can develop increased stress resilience and feel better prepared to deal with whatever life brings. We can become able to be present in our lives with a greater sense of mindfulness, heartfulness, and llness Consultant compassion and experience a greater Trainers sense of peace and ease. Practicing mindfulness teaches us that stitute it is possible to improve our sense of wellbeing even if we are living with illness or ss program, the sooner you other forms of suffering, andreach that it isyour possible to learn to be more present in our lives with a greater sense of peace and ease. It is never too late to get back on track with your good intentions and improve your sense of wellbeing! The next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course in Wilmington required Orientation is April 5 6:30 – 8:30pm and 8-week class: April 12 – May 31, 2012 6:30 – 8:30pm and Saturday May 19 from 10am – 4pm at McKay Acupuncture. For additional information, visit www.everydaymindful.com/mbsr and to register email jen@everydaymindful.com or call 910-208-0518.

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Yoga & Food BY Danielle Marggraf

One of the greatest things about yoga is the ability to have us tune into sensations in the body. It teaches us how to be mindful and aware of our body’s signals. This attentiveness that we acquire transfers to all areas of our life, we move our practice off the mat and into our world and this includes what we eat. Most people in the US eat on the go, not paying attention to what they eat or how they feel. They shovel food down their throats and barely give themselves a chance to taste the food that they choose. The term fast food is synonymous with highly fat and sugar laden foods as well as our ability to see how fast we can eat it. We don’t even honor our bodies enough to notice how it’s affecting us, ranging from our digestion to our moods. Ayurveda is considered the traditional medicine in India. It is translates

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into “science” ayur and “veda” life “the science of life”. According to Ayurveda, disease usually starts in the digestive tract. Eating impure foods that your body cannot process can cause clogging in the drains. If the body cannot break down the ama or undigested molecules of food, then your body cannot eliminate properly. This may in turn cause you to experience things like skin outbreaks or rashes, stomach pain from stomach acids, irritable bowel syndrome or colitis. As with yoga, Ayurveda’s belief system is that our bodies are genius, and if we just listen and be mindful, they will tell us exactly what they need. So if you eat spicy food and you get a stomach ache, your body is trying to tell you something. If you drink caffeine or eat too much chocolate and you get heartburn and a headache, or your heart races, your body is sending you signals. Start to pay attention to your bodies cues and you will be guided to eat differently, and your health will start to improve in many ways. Foods that are considered sattvic include mostly vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains as well as ghee (clarified butter). These are all foods that encourage lightness in your body and clearing your mind. This is considered the great basis for yoga practice. Rajasic foods such as caffeine, salty and spicy foods and tamasic foods such as onions, meat and

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Some Ayurveda guidelines include:

1. Eat organic whenever possible. Try to avoid any whole foods that contain chemicals as it’s much harder for your body to break down 2. Don’t eat standing up. The more relaxed you are the better you will be able to digest your food 3. Avoid icy cold drinks. It puts a stress on your body by making it harder to process 4. Stay hydrated by sipping warm water throughout the day 5. Walk after large meals to aid in digestion 6. Eat seasonally


garlic are foods that are considered to be heavy, increase dullness and hyperactivity. The foods that best suit you are based on your constitution called doshas. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The goal in Ayurveda is to achieve balance and healing. So your diet may not look like the yogini next to you. Just as yoga is not about judging or comparing yourself in class with the mat next to you, a plate of food should be seen in a similar light. What is balance and healing for your body may not be for others, and so your bioindiviuality is special to you when it comes to your yoga practice, and your diet. » Danielle Marggraf Founder of Just Be Health and Wellness. A Holistic Health Practitioner and Yoga Instructor. I work with women to love the skin they’re in by helping them reach their goals in health and wellness through food and self care. I assist and guide you through an individualized plan that focuses on being and feeling your best by loving yourself enough to feed your body and life all that it craves, and to be balanced and whole. Contact me at Danielle@justbehealthandwellness and visit my website at www.justbehealthandwellness.com

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Once found only in health food stores, organic food is now a regular feature at most supermarkets. As a matter of fact, the organicfood business is booming! About 70 percent of Americans buy organic food occasionally and nearly one quarter buy it every week, according to the Hartman Group, a market research firm. For most of us, the reason is simple: We want natural food that’s better for us and for the environment, says Samuel Fromartz, author of Organic, Inc.

Organic Food is More Nutritious!

Organic foods have higher nutritional value than conventional food, according to some research. The reason: In the absence of pesticides and fertilizers, plants boost their production of the phytochemicals (vitamins and antioxidants) that strengthen their resistance to bugs and weeds. Organic foods, especially raw or non-processed, contain higher levels of beta carotene, vitamins C, D and E, health-promoting polyphenols, cancerfighting antioxidants, flavonoids that help ward off heart disease, essential fatty acids, and essential minerals. On average, organic is 25% more nutritious in terms of vitamins and minerals than products derived from industrial agriculture. Since on the average, organic food’s shelf price is only 20% higher than chemical food, this makes it actually cheaper, gram for gram, than chemical food, even ignoring the astronomical hidden costs (damage to health, climate, environment, and government subsidies) of industrial food production.

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Levels of antioxidants in milk from organic cattle are between 50% and 80% higher than non-organic milk. Organic wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions and lettuce have between 20% and 40% more nutrients than nonorganic foods. Organic food contains qualitatively higher levels of essential minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, iron and chromium), that are severely depleted in chemical foods grown on pesticide and nitrate fertilizer-abused soil. UK and US government statistics indicate that levels of trace minerals in (non-organic) fruit and vegetables fell by up to 76% between 1940 and 1991

Organic Food is Free of Chemical Additives

Organic food doesn’t contain food additives, flavor enhancers (like MSG), artificial sweeteners (like aspartame and highfructose corn syrup), contaminants (like mercury) or preservatives (like sodium nitrate), that can cause health problems. Eating organic has the potential to lower the incidence of autism, learning disorders, diabetes, cancer, coronary heart disease, allergies, osteoporosis, migraines, dementia, and hyperactivity.

Organic Food is Safer to Consume Some studies have linked pesticides

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in our food to everything from headaches to cancer to birth defects — but many experts maintain that the levels in conventional food are safe for most healthy adults. Even low-level pesticide exposure, however, can be significantly more toxic for fetuses and children (due to their lessdeveloped immune systems) and for pregnant women (it puts added strain on their already taxed organs), according to a report by the National Academy of Sciences Pesticide contamination isn’t as much of a concern in meats and dairy products (animals may consume some pesticides, depending on their diet), but many scientists are concerned about the antibiotics being given to most farm animals: Many are the same antibiotics humans rely on, and overuse of these drugs has already enabled bacteria to develop resistance to them, rendering them less effective in fighting infection, says Chuck Benbrook, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Organic Center, a nonprofit research organization Organic food doesn’t contain pesticides. More than 400 chemical pesticides are routinely used in conventional farming and residues remain on non-organic food even after washing. Children are especially vulnerable to pesticide exposure. One class of pesticides, endocrine disruptors, may be responsible for early puberty and breast cancer. Pesticides are linked to asthma and cancer.


Organic food isn’t genetically modified. Under organic standards, genetically modified (GM) crops and ingredients are prohibited. Organic animals aren’t given drugs. Organic farming standards prohibit the use of antibiotics, growth hormones and genetically modified vaccines in farm animals. Hormone-laced beef and dairy consumption is correlated with increased rates of breast, testis and prostate cancers. Organic animals aren’t fed slaughterhouse waste, blood, or manure. Eating organic reduces the risks of CJD, the human version of mad cow disease, as well as Alzheimer’s.

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Organic animals aren’t fed byproducts of corn ethanol production (which increases the rate of E. coli contamination). Organic crops aren’t fertilized with toxic sewage sludge or coal waste, or irrigated with E. coli contaminated sewage water. Organic food isn’t irradiated. Cats fed a diet of irradiated food got multiple sclerosis within 3-4 months. Organic food contains less illness-inducing bacteria. Organic chicken is free of salmonella and has a reduced inci-

dence of campylobacter. Organic dairy has environmental benefits: Shades of Green: Quantifying the Benefits of Organic Dairy Production

Transitioning to Organic Food

If you’re making the switch to organic foods, first explore the foods you eat most often while considering your budget and lifestyle. Do you eat fresh fruit in the morning? Try in-season organic fruit for breakfast. Do you drink coffee? Try organic varieties. Eat a lot of salads for lunch? Give the organic lettuces and greens a go. You’ll taste the difference and realize how easy it is to make the switch. While prices of organic foods seem a little higher to some shoppers, paying a slightly higher price in the interest of giving organic farmers a fair return on their investment is something we should all support. Organic certification is an expense to farmers that benefits consumers’ right to know how their food was grown.

Organic Foods are Good for the Environment

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On the Trail BY Gregory Tyler Loftis

It’s April, and that means the days are getting longer and warmer, the flowers are blooming bright, and the buzzing of insects gathering fresh pollen can be heard all around. Once again, people are squeezing into last year’s swimsuits to lounge on the golden sands of the East Coast. But there’s more to spring’s beauty than the waves of the Atlantic – New Hanover County is home to a unique biome where a major river meets with the ocean. Sadly, there aren’t many places to really see what our area has to offer. However, the Carolina Beach State Park, located off Dow road near Snow’s Cut Bridge, is a great way to experience what else the coast has to offer. The park is located on Pleasure Island, one of the many temperate islands on the Intracoastal Waterway. It features more than six miles of hiking trails, secluded camping spots, and a varied landscape that captures everything the coast has to offer. One trek through the trail will reveal natural swamps, marshes, beaches, and sandy fields where the pine trees grow defiantly. The agreeable April weather means uncommon flowers such as the Spotted Bee-Balm and the Fetterbush are in full bloom, adding sprinkles of color and sweet aromas to the already lovely reserve. If you’re lucky, you may even see a Venus flytrap – that’s right, the carnivorous plant associated with tropical rainforests! Wilmington is the only place in the United States where these plants grow naturally due to the rare composition of our soil. Animal lovers can look for crabs and turtles on the shore, as well as raccoons and other woodland creatures looking for food and shelter. Bird watchers are in for a treat, too, as the park is a habitat

for everything from majestic herons to noble egrets. The warmer months also lure butterflies out of their cocoons to showcase their new, colorful wings. The Snow’s Cut area is truly a spectacle, and one of the few places in Wilmington left relatively untouched by man. Oddly enough, Pleasure Island did not start out as an island – it only became one after the completion of the Snow’s Cut waterway connecting Beaufort to the Cape Fear River. This task was completed in 1930 by Major William Snow, and is a marvel of macro-engineering. The completion of the channel helped guide ships away from more dangerous areas of the shore, saving lives and precious cargo. It also turned what was formerly known as Federal Point into Pleasure Island, as well as subtly shaped the composition of the soil to allow for a dynamic and unique ecosystem to develop. Exploring the state park is a rewarding and fun activity; however, it’s important to treat the land with utmost respect. Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind. Stay on the trail as much as possible. If temptation takes you off the trail, avoid stepping on any plants or unearthing any rocks. Camping is only allowed in the designated areas, and there are only a handful of sites. Check with the ranger’s office to see if any sites are available.

Do not remove any foliage, animals or rocks from the park. This would heavily disrupt the ecosystem if many people did it. Campfires are only allowed in designated areas. Do not use any wood that you find in the park – instead, bring the firewood with you. Familiarize yourself with the map and carry one with you at all times to avoid getting lost. The park closes to vehicle traffic at 8 PM, plan accordingly. Do not leave any trash behind under any circumstances. Following these guidelines will not only improve the experience for yourself, but other trail-goers as well. The park is one of the only areas where North Carolina’s nature is allowed to stretch its legs, and it’s everybody’s responsibility to make sure we don’t disrupt the delicate ecosystem. Treat the park with respect, and be rewarded with sights and sounds that can only be experienced right here in Wilmington.

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The Cloth Controversy: Eco-Friendly Diapering in 2012 BY Gabriela Merediz

As if parenting isn’t complicated enough, having a new baby brings with it a whole new set of concerns. All of a sudden, the state of the earth and our natural resources means much more than it did before. Your vision goes beyond present tense, and you can see hundreds of years down the road. You see your children, their children, and their children’s children, and you catch a glimpse of the environment in which they could live if we don’t start doing more to preserve it right now. One of the major debates when it comes to raising a baby in an eco-friendly manner has to do with diapering. Cloth diapering advocates spew facts about dioxane and other chemicals in disposable diapers and paint a picture of landfills stuffed with tons of little stinky bundles decorated with the likes of Elmo, Clifford, and Dora. Critics claim that the energy and water necessary to wash cloth diapers counteract the benefits of keeping extra household waste out of landfills. Even though both disposable and cloth diapers have drawbacks when it comes to ecofriendliness, until your baby is using the potty, there is still a clear winner.

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What jumps out the most to me is that there are so many more options when it comes to cloth diapers. I’m not just talking in terms of sizes, styles, colors, and fits, but in terms of repurposing and recycling.

absorbent polymers used to soak up the liquid are generally shown to be nontoxic and non-hazardous, but they are irritating to the lungs when inhaled as dust. Warnings also suggest that workers manufacturing the absorbent polymers wear impermeable gloves when handling the material. That’s interesting. Although the material doesn’t usually come into direct contact with a baby’s sensitive skin, it can if your baby sits in your dog’s water dish and the material over-absorbs the liquid and bursts through the “fabric” lining. (It’s been known to happen.) Bleached wood pulp is combined with the plastic pieces and absorbent polymers to modify the absorbency and efficiency of the diapers. Cloth diapers are made from reus-

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able materials, including cotton, microfiber, and polyurethane. The manufacture of these materials isn’t necessarily eco-friendly, though. It is estimated that 25 percent of the pesticides used around the world are applied to cotton crops. Of those pesticides, many are known carcinogens. But the cloth diapers used for one baby in 2.5 years require less than 30 pounds of cotton, and organic, unbleached cotton is becoming more popular. (In contrast, more than 300 pounds of wood are used to make disposable diapers to last one baby one year.) The production of synthetic materials used in both cloth and disposable diapers can create toxic chemical byproducts. And when you look at anything mass produced with chemicals in


a factory setting, you’re going to be dealing with large amounts of energy consumption and waste. But one cloth-diapered baby only uses about 25-30 diaper covers and 3-6 absorbent diapers in the 2.5 years during which he or she is cloth diapered, and many of those diapers and covers can be reused for subsequent babies. A baby who wears disposable diapers, on the other hand, goes through about 6,000 diapers during the same 2.5-year period.

Space vs. Energy

That brings us to the big debate: disposable diapers take up space in landfills, but washing reusable diapers wastes a great deal of water and energy. It is estimated that more than 27 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills every year. In his or her first two years of life, a baby diapered with disposables contributes more than 2 tons of garbage to his or her local landfill. Even if disposable diapers were exposed to optimal composting conditions, it would take them at least 500 years to decompose. A landfill does not have ideal light and air conditions, so disposable diapers in landfills will take even longer to break down. If they wash diapers at home, cloth diaper users go through approximately 20,000 to 25,000 gallons of water a year by washing their diapers. (Cut that number in half for people with high-efficiency front-loading washers.) If that sounds like a lot, compare it to the water used to bathe a baby. If you bathe your baby every night as part of your bedtime routine, you waste more than 18,000 gallons of water a year. If you’re a new parent, chances are you’ve cut down drastically on the number of showers you’re taking, so you’re probably saving some water in that department, even if you are washing several loads of cloth diapers a week. Diaper services help save water, and drying diapers in the sun instead of in the dryer can help save energy. What jumps out the most to me is that there are so many more options when it comes to cloth diapers. I’m not just talking in terms of sizes, styles, colors, and fits, but in terms of repurposing and recycling. Once you use a disposable diaper, it can’t be reused. It takes a direct route to the trash. Cloth diapers can be used as burp cloths and rags or recycled into cloth menstrual pads. If you’re grabbing a cloth diaper to soak up your toddler’s potty training accident, you’re us-

ing fewer paper towels. If you sew old diapers into feminine products, you’re buying fewer plastic- and wood-infused mass-produced products. Cloth diapers may eventually be discarded, but they can easily be reused for many children before they are thrown away. In The Diaper Dilemma: The Environmental Cost of Diapers, Susan Crawford Beil puts the argument in straightforward terms when she says, “If disposable diaper users really think it’s a better choice to pollute landfills with long-lasting, bacteria-laden trash, rather than use water to wash and flush our children’s waste, then shouldn’t all of us adults quit taking showers, wear disposable diapers—and probably disposable clothing altogether—and quit flushing our waste down the toilet? That hardly makes sense.” If you shudder when you envision putting diapers that equal the weight of a typical car in a landfill each year, consider switching to cloth. Whether you use a diaper service or wash them yourself, you’ll be doing a little something to help the environment. And hey— maybe you’ll be passing along that philosophy of environmental responsibility to future generations. » Gaby is a freelance writer, artist and educator who owns Tmuffin, a company that gives moms products and education to help them use the tools they already have to parent creatively. Learn more about Gaby’s passion for resourcefulness and sustainability at www.Tmuf-

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{community resources} Meet your neighbors practicing green living in the Port City. ACUPUNCTURE CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE 5401 Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 352-4555 capefearacupuncture.com

Cape Fear Community Acupuncture offers private treatments OR low-cost community acupuncture. In addition to acupuncture, Herbal Consultation, Chinese Medical Massage (Tuina) and Qi Qong classes are also offered! Special areas of interest for private treatment are (but not limited to): women’s health, digestive disorders, and chronic headaches. The community clinic is an excellent method for dealing with chronic or acute pain, addictions recovery, weight loss, allergies, PTSD and general stress reduction. Please visit us at 5401 Wrightsville Ave. Wilmington, NC 28403 www.capefearacupuncture.com (910) 352-4555

CAROLINA BEACH COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE

1140 N Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428 (910) 202-4718 www.mycommunityacupuncture.com

Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture is designed to offer affordable health care options to the community of Carolina Beach and the surrounding area. We believe that your health should be in your control and by offering treatments on a sliding scales ranging between $20-$40( $10 initial Treatment Fee for your first appointment) you have the opportunity to commit to treatment you can enjoy. Acupuncture has been practiced for 4000+ years and the results speak for themselves. Please visit us at 1140 Lake Park Blvd, Suite I. Carolina Beach, NC 28428 www.jeremyliquistacupuncture.com (910) 202-4718

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CHIROPRACTORS DR. AARON RICHARDET, D.C. 211 Racine Dr., Suite 202 Wilmington, NC 28403 910-798-5560

Dr. Richardet focuses on using natural methods that treat the problem and not just the symptom. He uses newer technology to give each patient the care that is specific to their problem. Call his office for a consultation.

FENG SHUI MO LINQUIST LIVING SOLUTIONS

Mo Linquist, FSII, allied ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Certified red ribbon professional IFSG Located in Artful Living Group0 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC www.personplace.com 330-904-3636 cell 910-458-7822 studio Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.

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Enhong (Ann) Yu, L.Ac., Trained in China M.S., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM), M.D.(China) NCAAOM Board Member Lumina Station, 1908 Eastwood Rd., Ste 221 910-256-3939 www.LuminaAcuClinic.com

5329 Oleander Dr # 100 Wilmington, NC 28403-5841 (910) 799-2667 www.tidalcreek.coop

After practicing as an internal medicine physician for years, Ann completed a three-year masters program in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. Ann’s unique background in both Chinese and western medicine makes her an extraordinary doctor in TCM and acupuncture. Specialized in pain management, arthritis/ joint problems, allergies/asthma, anxiety/depression, fatigue, headache/migraine, high blood pressure, immune system deficiency, menopausal discomfort, pre-menstrual syndrome and more.

Tidal Creek Co-op is dedicated to serving and connecting our community through a thriving natural foods cooperative business. Our vision is to foster and nourish health of the individual, community and planet by offering high quality natural, organic and local foods and other environmentally sound products. We provide a comfortable, affordable place to shop and share knowledge. Please visit us at 5325 Oleander Dr #100 Wilmington, NC 28403 www.tidalcreek. coop (910)799-2667

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HEALTH & WELLNESS MCKAY HEALING ARTS 4916 Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 791-1981 mckayacupuncture.com

We offer a truly integrative, holistic approach to health care. Our licensed and certified therapists represent a variety of related disciplines, including Acupuncture, Massage, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Reiki, Tai Qi, Qi Gong and complete Herbal Pharmacy. Our practitioners acknowledge and assess each individual, wherever he or she are in the process, with the goal of easing pain and restoring well being. Please visit us at 4916 Wrightsville Ave. Wilmington, NC 28403 www.mckayacupuncture.com (910) 791-1981 Email: frontdesk@mckayacupuncture.com

CHANNEL FOR HEALING Pat Vlach 4701 Wrightsville Ave., Bldg. 1, Suite C2 Wilmington, NC (910) 274-1716 www.channelforhealing.com

Reiki Master Teacher, Shamanic Healer, ThetaHealer, and Intuitive. With the combination of the ancient healing arts, energy healing and belief work, Pat provides the ultimate in stress relief and alternative healing therapies through the Creator of All That Is for Mind, Body, Spirit working with your Luminous body. Please visit Pat at 4701 Wrightsville Ave., Bldg. 1, Suite C2. Wilmington, NC 28403. www.channelforhealing.com (910) 274-1716.

EVERYDAY MINDFUL

Jennifer Johnson, MS, MFA, LPC psychotherapist | life & wellness coach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher, Mindful Writing Teacher 910-208-0518 www.everydaymindful.com Jennifer Johnson, MS, MFA, LPC is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist and wellness coach. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and workshops and retreats on Mindfulness, Mindful Writing, and Mindfulness & Yoga. Jennifer coaches people dealing with stress, illness, anxiety, depression, and food/weight issues to make lasting lifestyle changes. www.everydaymindful.com 910-208-0518.

HOLLAND PHYSICAL THERAPY Specializing in BodyTalk Willem Klokman, LPT, CBP 5401 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington (910) 794-2900 wklokman@gmail.com www.HollandTherapy.net

BodyTalk is a simple and effective holistic therapy that allows the body’s energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended. Using gentle balancing techniques, the body’s internal awareness is redirected to focus and facilitate the body’s return to balance. It’s a safe, non-invasive and effective therapy.

MASSAGE ANDREA SONDEY

Shakti Massage 910-274-5657 www.shaktimassage.com NC License 2279 Andrea is an Integrated Bodywork Therapist specializing in Traditional Table Massage, Thai-Yoga Massage on the Mat, Pre and Perinatal Massage, Swedish, deep tissue, Reiki, and Reflexology. She is a nationally certified massage and bodywork therapist. With 15 years of hands-on experience, Andrea provides her clients a unique bodywork session that meets the needs of each individual. She brings all her training and techniques to the table, allowing her observations and intuition to guide her in giving a client the most beneficial massage possible.

PERSONAL TRAINER FIT TO YOU PERSONAL TRAINING & NUTRITION COUNSELING 203 Racine Dr. Suite 204, Wilmington, NC 2840 (910) 200-6641 www.fittoyounc.com

Do you hate going to the gym? Let the trainer come to you, or work out in our totally private studio. Fit to You even offers online personal training and nutrition counseling you can do in the comfort of your own home. Specialties include weight loss, strength conditioning, assisted stretching, circuit training and basic yoga. Visit www.fittoyounc.com for videos and client testimonials or call Kerri for your FREE consultation.

YOGA FLETCHER TYRONE WILKINS (910) 256-9098 youngsoldier33@hotmail.com

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is for everyone - and you do not need any previous yoga experience to benefit. This style of yoga is practical and also very powerful. Kundalini Yoga works quickly to give you grace, balance, and most of all, the ability to remain calm, centered, and clear through life’s challenges. As you practice Kundalini Yoga, you will grow. You will gain new perspectives and learn helpful skills and habits that support a healthy lifestyle. So what can you expect from a Kundalini Yoga class? At the start of every Kundalini Yoga class we “tune in” by chanting ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’ - a mantra calling on our Creator and connecting us to the teacher within. We breathe consciously to calm our minds. We practice kriyas, which are exact, dynamic combinations of postures, breathing and sound that balance body, mind, and soul - and increase mental clarity and physical vitality. We practice meditation to bring awareness and control of our thoughts. Finally, we use mantra (sound) and mudra (hand gestures) to clear negative patterns and connect with our higher consciousness. Fletcher Tyrone Wilkins (AKA Fateh Singh) is a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher and registered yoga teacher. You can reach Fletcher at 910-256-9098 or e-mail at youngsoldier33@hotmail.com for questions or additional information.

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{community calendar} Saturday, March 31st

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fast and fun way to burn major calories while toning up the entire body in less than an hour. Exercises can be tailored to any fitness level. $15 per class or $48 for one month. Classes are held at 203 Racine Dr, Suite 204 (above the Blue Moon Gift Shops). Call 910200-6641 to reserve your spot.

Sunday, April 1st Free Trip to the Moon - Flight Leaves at 5:30am. Your trip to the moon will include a boxed lunch, as well as onboard entertainment. Space Suits will be provided. Please bring your own parachute. For more information, please visit www.NaturallyILM.com

Wednesday, April 4th Community Acupuncture Clinic @ McKay Healing Arts - 12pm. $35, Cash or Check only (no credit cards, please!) No appointment necessary! Half-hour acupuncture treatments for immune-boosting, tension and stress relief, and overall wellness enhancement. McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave. (910)791-1981

Thursday, April 5th Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Orientation - 8-week class. 6:308:30pm. Class Thurs April 12 – May 31 6:308:30pm and Sat May 19 10am-4pm. Jennifer Johnson, MS, MFA, LPC mindfulness-based psychotherapist and wellness coach. www. everydaymindful.com Contact jen@everydaymindful.com or 910-508-0518 to register.

If your pet could talk, would you listen? From cats and dogs to world-champion show horses, Shirley Merrill travels the country communicating with animals and teaching classes. Her results with emotional and behavioral issues and many health problems are amazing. She comes to Coastal NC regularly.

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and fun way to burn major calories while toning up the entire body in less than an hour. Exercises can be tailored to any fitness level. $15 per class or $48 for one month. Classes are held at 203 Racine Dr, Suite 204 (above the Blue Moon Gift Shops). Call 910-200-6641 to reserve your spot

Tuesday, April 10th How is your Intuition? - 6:30- 8pm: Cost: $10 How is your intuition? Not Sure? Let’s find out why! Find out which senses you use and how to expand this gift we were born with. Techniques include breathing & meditations to enhance. Which Claire are you? Are you more than one? Guided Meditation, Interactive session, One Card Reading *Private Group Sessions by Appointment. Channel for Healing: 4701 Wrightsville Ave., Bldg. 1. Suite C2, Wilmington, NC (910)274-1716. See Community Resource Guide for Bio of Pat Vlach.

Wednesday, April 11th Community Acupuncture Clinic @ McKay Healing Arts - 12pm. $35, Cash or Check only (no credit cards, please!) No appointment necessary! Half-hour acupuncture treatments for immune-boosting, tension and stress relief, and overall wellness enhancement. McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave . (910)791-1981

Thursday, April 12th Community Acupuncture Clinic @ Cape Fear Community Acupuncture - 12-3pm & 5-8pm: $20-$40 sliding scale (Veterans/Wounded Warriors $10-20). Walk-ins welcome, but appointments highly recommended. Disorders ideally treated in this setting include: allergies, pain, stress/anxiety, digestive issues, PMS. www. CapeFearAcupuncture.com 5401 Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403.

Friday, April 13th Free Reiki Share - 6:30-8pm: Cost: FREE! Please call to reserve your spot or sign up on Meetup. com- Wilmington Reiki & Energy Work. We will do Reiki healing energy work exchanging among each other. You do not have to be a Reiki to attend. We will release stress, feel relaxed while leaving our troubles behind starting our weekend fresh. Channel for Healing: 4701 Wrightsville Ave., Bldg. 1. Suite C2, Wilmington, NC (910)2741716. See Community Resource Guide for Bio of Pat Vlach.

Saturday, April 14th Art of Native Meditation- Travel to the Middle World - 6:30-8pm: Cost: $10. This class offers an introduction to shamanic journeying. A journey (meditation) is a waking,

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dream time state to find answers to questions or problems. I am teaching you how to enter a relaxed state prior to journeying, how to set the proper intentions for insight & solving problems in your life, about power Animals/Guides. Each person receives one card reading with power animal for the evening. Native American drumming music used to enhance your journey/meditation. Call to sign up. Channel for Healing: 4701 Wrightsville Ave., Bldg. 1. Suite C2, Wilmington, NC (910)274-1716. See Community Resource Guide for Bio of Pat Vlach. Childbirth Education Class 1 - 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Memories of a Child. Learn about labor and pain management from Lamaze-trained educator Gaby Merediz of Tmuffin. Register at Tmuffin.com and click on Birth Education/ gaby@Tmuffin.com/718-753-1174. Fit Booty Camp - 8am: Fit Booty Camp is a fast and fun way to burn major calories while toning up the entire body in less than an hour. Exercises can be tailored to any fitness level. $15 per class or $48 for one month. Classes are held at 203 Racine Dr, Suite 204 (above the Blue Moon Gift Shops). Call 910-200-6641 to reserve your spot Yoga & Writing for Transformation Daylong Retreat - 9am-4pm: Cost: $90. This retreat combines yoga, mindfulness, and writing for personal transformation. Organic Yoga, 200 N Front Street, Wilmington with Lorrie Wagner, E-RYT 500, yoga instructor and Jennifer Johnson, MS, MFA, LPC, mindfulness based psychotherapist, wellness coach, and writing instructor. www. everydaymindful.com To register email jen@everydaymindful.com or call 910-208-0518.

Sunday, April 15th Childbirth Education Class 2 - 1-4 p.m. at Memories of a Child. Learn about managing birth interventions, breastfeeding and postpartum care from Lamaze-trained educator Gaby Merediz of Tmuffin. Register at Tmuffin.com and click on Birth Education/gaby@ Tmuffin.com/718-753-1174.

Tuesday, April 17th Community Acupuncture Clinic @ Cape Fear Community Acupuncture - 12-3pm & 5-8pm: $20-$40 sliding scale (Veterans/Wounded Warriors $10-20). Walk-ins welcome, but appointments highly recommended. Disorders ideally treated in this setting include: allergies, pain, stress/anxiety, digestive issues, PMS. www. CapeFearAcupuncture.com 5401 Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403

Wednesday, April 18th Community Acupuncture Clinic @ McKay Healing Arts - 12pm. $35, Cash or Check only (no credit cards, please!) No appoint-


ment necessary! Half-hour acupuncture treatments for immune-boosting, tension and stress relief, and overall wellness enhancement. McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave. (910)791-1981

Thursday, April 19th Community Acupuncture Clinic @ Cape Fear Community Acupuncture - 12-3pm & 5-8pm: $20-$40 sliding scale (Veterans/ Wounded Warriors $10-20). Walk-ins welcome, but appointments highly recommended. Disorders ideally treated in this setting include: allergies, pain, stress/anxiety, digestive issues, PMS. www.CapeFearAcupuncture.com 5401 Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403. Free BodyTalk Demo and Information about BodyTalk by Willem Klokman, Certified BodyTalk Practitioner Every 3rd Thursday of the Month. 6-7:30pm: BodyTalk is a safe and effective holistic therapy that allows the body’s energy systems to be resynchronized so they can operate as nature intended. Holland Therapy Office, conveniently located at 5401 Wrightsville Ave. Space is limited, reserve by calling the office at (910)794-2900 or reserve your spot on our website www.HollandTherapy.net

Friday, April 20th Private Energy Healing Sessions with Lynn Blackwelder & Larry White Oak at McKay Healing Arts - Time: By appointment. Private Energy Healing Sessions: These intimate sessions give you lightened spirit and renewed strength. Don’t miss your chance to sign up for these powerful and highly anticipated sessions. Spaces are limited, so reserve yours early! Price: $150 McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave. (910)791-1981

Saturday, April 21st Fit Booty Camp - 8am: Fit Booty Camp is a fast and fun way to burn major calories while toning up the entire body in less than an hour. Exercises can be tailored to any fitness level. $15 per class or $48 for one month. Classes are held at 203 Racine Dr, Suite 204 (above the Blue Moon Gift Shops). Call 910200-6641 to reserve your spot Private Energy Healing Sessions with Lynn Blackwelder & Larry White Oak - McKay Healing Arts. Time: By appointment. Private

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Energy Healing Sessions: These intimate sessions give you lightened spirit and renewed strength. Don’t miss your chance to sign up for these powerful and highly anticipated sessions. Spaces are limited, so reserve yours early! Price: $150 McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave. (910)791-1981 The 2nd annual Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism - TrySports Field at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington. The event will consist of 5K competitive and non-competitive divisions, as well as a 1 mile run/walk and Kids Dash. Registration will begin at 7:00 am with the 5K beginning at 8:30 am. The 1 mile run/walk and the Kids Dash will follow. The event fee is $25 and early packet pick-up and registration is scheduled for Friday, April 20th from 4:00-7:00 pm at TrySports. Proceeds support the Autism Society of North Carolina and GHA Autism Supports in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. To register or for additional Information, please visit our website at: www.coastalncrunwalkforautism.com The Great Cloth Diaper Change - 12pm: Hugh McRae Park Shelter # 15. This is your chance to get into the Guinness Book of World Records! Cloth diaper advocates are trying to break a record for the most diapers changed at one time. At 12pm sharp, everyone will change his or her child into a cloth diaper, and we’ll make history. After the great change, you’ll be able to join the festivities of the Earth Day Celebration. This event is being hosted by Green Baby Diaper Service.

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Wilmington Earth Day Festival - 12pm6pm. Cost: FREE! Hugh MacRae Park. If we all agree to cooperate and connect to each other, then we can better protect the world we live in. There will be over 60 Environmental Exhibitors, Kids EcoZone, Local and organic Food, New Belgium Brewing Co. selection of beer, a Kayak Raffle, and Live music all day! For more information, visit: www. wilmingtonearthday.com

Sunday, April 22nd Private Energy Healing Sessions with Lynn Blackwelder & Larry White Oak at McKay Healing Arts - Time: By appointment. Private Energy Healing Sessions: These intimate sessions give you lightened spirit and renewed strength. Don’t miss your chance to sign up for these powerful and highly an-

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ticipated sessions. Spaces are limited, so reserve yours early! Price: $150 McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave. (910)791-1981

Monday, April 23rd Private Energy Healing Sessions with Lynn Blackwelder & Larry White Oak - McKay Healing Arts. Time: By appointment. Private Energy Healing Sessions: These intimate sessions give you lightened spirit and renewed strength. Don’t miss your chance to sign up for these powerful and highly anticipated sessions. Spaces are limited, so reserve yours early! Price: $150 McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave. (910)791-1981

Tuesday, April 24th Community Acupuncture Clinic @ Cape Fear Community Acupuncture- 12-3pm & 5-8pm: $20-$40 sliding scale (Veterans/Wounded Warriors $10-20). Walk-ins welcome, but appointments highly recommended. Disorders ideally treated in this setting include: allergies, pain, stress/anxiety, digestive issues, PMS. www.CapeFearAcupuncture.com 5401 Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403.

Wednesday, April 25th Community Acupuncture Clinic @ McKay Healing Arts - 12pm. $35, Cash or Check only (no credit cards, please!) No appointment necessary! Half-hour acupuncture treatments for immune-boosting, tension and stress relief, and overall wellness en-

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Thursday, April 26th Community Acupuncture Clinic @ Cape Fear Community Acupuncture- 12-3pm & 5-8pm: $20-$40 sliding scale (Veterans/Wounded Warriors $10-20). Walk-ins welcome, but appointments highly recommended. Disorders ideally treated in this setting include: allergies, pain, stress/anxiety, digestive issues, PMS. www. CapeFearAcupuncture.com 5401 Wrightsville Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403 Weight Loss Tips & Tricks-6:30-8pm: Cost is $10. Release the weight, tips that work. Learn why you are holding onto the weight. Beliefs that do not serve you and can be replaced. Suggestions to what supplements to take will be given, as well as a secret exercise…Don’t miss this! Channel for Healing: 4701 Wrightsville Ave., Bldg. 1. Suite C2, Wilmington, NC (910)274-1716. See Community Resource Guide for Bio of Pat Vlach

Friday, April 27th R.EVOLution Music Festival - FREE! Beach/ Music festival located on the far north end of Carolina Beach, called Freeman’s park. There will be lots of good bands/music, fire dancers, belly dancers, drum circles, and many different vendors. You can camp out all weekend, or visit for the day. Families are welcome! For more info, please visit: http:// revolution beachfest.com

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Saturday, April 28th Fit Booty Camp- 8am: Fit Booty Camp is a fast and fun way to burn major calories while toning up the entire body in less than an hour. Exercises can be tailored to any fitness level. $15 per class or $48 for one month. Classes are held at 203 Racine Dr, Suite 204 (above the Blue Moon Gift Shops). Call 910200-6641 to reserve your spot R.EVOLution Music Festival - FREE! Beach/ Music festival located on the far north end of Carolina Beach, called Freeman’s park. There will be lots of good bands/music, fire dancers, belly dancers, drum circles, and many different vendors. You can camp out all weekend, or visit for the day. Families are welcome! For more info, please visit: http:// revolution beachfest.com

Sunday, April 29th R.EVOLution Music Festival - FREE! Beach/ Music festival located on the far north end of Carolina Beach, called Freeman’s park. There will be lots of good bands/music, fire dancers, belly dancers, drum circles, and many different vendors. You can camp out all weekend, or visit for the day. Families are welcome! For more info, please visit: http:// revolution beachfest.com

Looking Ahead Harmony Yoga Summer Beach Camp for Girls ages 8 - 13 at Sunset Beach from July 30 to August 3, 2012. Space is limited for this 5 day 4 night event. The price is $495 which includes accommodations, vegetarian meals, twice daily yoga classes, yoga inspired activities, movie nights, beach days, craft projects, etc. To register and for further information: visit us at www.HarmonyYogaWIlmington.com

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5201 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC 28403-7020 (910) 795-0603

Harmony Yoga: Kundalini Yoga: Journey into Sound, with Fletcher 7:15 - 8:45 pm: All Mondays thru May 7, drop-ins welcome at $15. These classes focus on learning and chanting a different sadhana mantra as given by Yogi Bhajan to experience a state of bliss created by the sound current. The mantras correspond to each chakra and have a powerful effect on clearing your psyche. No yoga experience necessary and everyone is welcome.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Class with Fletcher - 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes are a dynamic blend of postures, pranayam, mantra, music and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. All levels welcome and no previous experience is required for you to achieve MON results with your first class. Call Fletcher at 910-256-9098 or e-mail youngsoldier33@ Gentle Yoga 10:45 am-Noon: This is a hotmail.com for any questions. (Picture of great practice if you are new yoga, or Rebecca and Carley on to beach) prefer taking things at a more relaxed MON WED pace. A perfect class if you are recoverPleasure Island Yoga Vinyasa Yoga. 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Go deep- ing from injury. Props and modifications arePlanet offered to support your body and Yoga for the er into your practice connecting breath, body, and mind. Flow through a thought- breath. Focuses on the benefits of relaxful sequence of asanas that build heat and ing, calming, and meditative aspects of Offering Hot Yoga, Hatha, Bhakti, Power Vinyasa, and Karma Yoga. strength and flexibility and concentration yoga practice; ideal for those looking to and…and…(the possibilities are endless!) let go of stress or any form of negativity. TUE THU

See community guide, call 910-228-3412 or visit http://www.rebeccaniamtu.w TUE THUresource SAT SUN

Vinyasa Yoga. 5:45 - 7:00 p.m. Go deeper into your practice connecting breath, body, and mind. Flow through a thoughtful sequence of asanas that build heat and strength and flexibility and concentration and…and…(the possibilities are endless!) MON TUE WED

Vinyasa Yoga. 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. Go deeper into your practice connecting breath, body, and mind. Flow through a thoughtful sequence of asanas that build heat and strength and flexibility and concentration and…and…(the possibilities are endless!) FRI

Vinyasa Yoga. 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Go deeper into your practice connecting breath, body, and mind. Flow through a thoughtful sequence of asanas that build heat and strength and flexibility and concentration and…and…(the possibilities are endless!) SAT

Vinyasa Yoga. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Go deeper into your practice connecting breath, body, and mind. Flow through a thoughtful sequence of asanas that build heat and strength and flexibility and concentration and…and…(the possibilities are endless!)

McKay Healing Arts 4916 Wrightsville Ave. Wilmington, NC (910) 791-1981

Radiant Woman Yoga with Heather Till 6-7:15pm: Designed especially for the woman’s body and unique journey to wholeness, regardless of age or ability. Come share in the healing and transformative power of gentle and restorative yoga practices. Price: Donations. TUE

Yoga with Becca

Class located inside Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture.

1140 N Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Basic Yoga Class 9:00 a.m. Cost: Sliding Scale $8-$12. Please call (910)228-3412 for more details, or visit: www.rebeccaniamtu.webs.com

Yoga with Becca Yoga for the Planet

Community classes located in Carolina Beach and Wilmington. Private and semi-private classes available. Offering all levels of yoga influenced by the Anusara and Vinyasa traditions.

910-228-3412

Or visit: www.rebeccaniamtu.webs.com for more information

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Basic Yoga Class 6:45 p.m. Cost: Sliding Scale $8-$12. Please call (910)228-3412 for more details, or visit: www.rebeccaniamtu.webs.com MON

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