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Natural Living Directory 2014

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5 newsbriefs

8 healthbriefs

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10 globalbriefs 12 community spotlight 17 fitbody

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Natural Awakenings 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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elcome to our January 2014 issue. This issue also includes our first Annual Directory, in which we list local providers that are here in our area to help you improve your life, create your dreams, find your ideal job or ideal mate, develop a healthier body or build the skills for being a more involved parent. The Natural Awakenings family is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! We’re found in more than 90 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and are growing every year. I started Natural Awakenings in the Twin Cities in April 2012 and it also has been growing since then. What do you want for 2014? Have you considered hiring a coach? What’s stopping you from achieving your goals? Is it money? Accountability? Leaving your comfort zone? Afraid of living the life you’ve only imagined? There are many kinds of coaches in the market today: life, health, success, business, soul, fitness, nutrition and spiritual. Most of them offer a free initial consultation to see if they are a good fit for the prospects they’re talking to because, after all, they want to succeed, too. Check out our “Twin Cities Coaching Opportunities” and see if reaching out to a coach might be the push you need in reaching your goals in 2014. In order to reach any of your goals, you’re going to need good health. This month’s feature article, “Build Your Own Wellness Dream Team,” helps you take the necessary steps to manage your health. There is no doubt that most of us take this for granted, at least until we don’t have it any more. The World Health Organization states that 80 percent of all non-communicable diseases (NCD) can be attributed to diet and lifestyle. The following four groups of diseases account for approximately 80 percent of all NCD deaths: cardiovascular diseases (17.3 million people annually), followed by cancers (7.6 million), respiratory diseases (4.2 million) and diabetes (1.3 million). Granted, this information is for the world, not just the U.S., but the numbers are alarming nonetheless. The key, I believe, is the growing trend of integrative medicine, which combines Eastern and Western practices and philosophies. It seems that Western medicine is more reactive and better at treating symptoms, whereas Eastern medicine is more holistic and aims to get to the cause of the problem. Like the best relationships, each element is necessary and stronger when it supports the other. As Dr. Andrew Weil states, “When it comes to maximizing the body’s natural healing potential, a mix of conventional and alternative procedures seems like the only answer.” Here’s to your good health, your best self, peace in your heart and peace in the world!

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Gunelson Fitness and Nutrition Adds Holistic Services

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unelson Fitness and Nutrition, of Golden Valley, now offers holistic services. Some of the new offerings include essential oils for emotional healing, a natural weight loss program with foods individualized for unique body types, relaxation and chi machine balancing sessions (with or without essential oils), inspirational card readings and guidance as well as life coaching. Husband-and-wife owners Matt and Brigitt Gunelson are both fitness trainers who work with clients in the privacy of their 500-plus-square-foot home-based fitness studio. Matt is also a natural bodybuilder and plans to compete in Mr. Natural Minnesota in May. Brigitt and Matt Gunelson “Adding these services after 10-plus years as a personal trainer working with clients for weight loss, my husband and I recognize healthy weight loss and healthy weight maintenance absolutely require a mind, body and spirit approach,” says Brigitt, a life and nutrition coach and aromatherapist. Previously, Brigitt owned Mind, Body, Spirit Home Fitness, but when Matt joined her full time in 2012, they renamed their business Gunelson Fitness and Nutrition. “We train one-on-one or can take partner or small group sessions,” Brigitt adds. “Matt and I are also available to travel to your home as well. For clients outside the Twin Cities area, we provide personalized email fitness and nutrition programs.” For more information, a free consultation or tour of the fitness studio, call 952-994-7125 or visit See ad, page 11.


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sinergy Natural Health and Holistic Wellness, of Minneapolis and Lino Lakes, recently added a new online dispensary for herbs and supplements to its website. Thousands of high-quality herbs, supplements and other wellness products from more than 250 of the world’s top brands are available. In addition, as a “thank you” to current and new clients, those that place orders through January 15 will receive 10 percent off the normal retail price on wellness products. Owner SchaOn Blodgett says all the professional-grade products maintain the highest standards when it comes to raw materials used as well as rigorous product and purity testing. “This is a huge benefit for a small business to be able to offer such a service, as shelf space is very limited and we’re not able to carry the wide-range of wellness products in-house that we would like to,” says Blodgett. He says that customers can expect to receive their ordered products in the mail in two to three days. “Another great benefit to our holistic health clientele is that we are able to suggest specific products from our dispensary and send them directly to their online HIPAAcompliant account,” he says.

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newsbriefs Igniting Glowing Health for the New Year

D Holistic Holiday at Sea


he 2014 Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise will set sail from Miami, Florida, from March 1 to 8 on one of the world’s premier Italian luxury liners, the MSC Divina. Ports of call include St. Maarten, San Juan and Great Stirrup Cay. Guests will enjoy discussions on the benefits of a plant-based diet with a community of 1,500 like-minded people. Passengers can choose from more than 130 classes, lectures and workshops taught by 35 teachers. Renowned ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll will present the keynote address about the life-transforming benefits of plant-based nutrition. Additional presenters include Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Neal Barnard, as well as Chef AJ, one of several vegan chefs that will demonstrate how to make a plant-based diet taste delicious. For nighttime fun and relaxations, passengers can enjoy music and spirits at the Golden Jazz Bar aboard the MSC Divina or visit the 18,000-square-foot Aurea Spa for some luxurious pampering. For more information, call 828-749-9537, email or visit See ad, page 18.


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r. Katie Fahnel, D.C., of Body Harmony Chiropractic, in Minneapolis, will present “Igniting Glowing Health for the New Year” at 7:15 p.m. on January 16. The presentation will be held at her Uptown office. Fahnel will share the source of the patterns that hold people back from having full, glowing health and a life and body full of vitality, vigor and vivaciousness. “You have so much more capacity to enjoy life when you’re experiencing Dr. Katie Fahnel full health and vitality,” she says. Fahnel specializes in Network Spinal Analysis, an innovative approach to chiropractic that helps reduce pain and tension within the body by activating the body’s innate ability to heal. In addition to reducing pain and tension, Network Spinal Analysis helps to create more body awareness and a greater sense of well-being. “I was drawn to this form of chiropractic care when I saw the profound effect if had on people,” Fahnel says. Cost: $10. Location: 2101 Hennepin Ave. S., Ste. 101, Minneapolis. For more information or to register, call 612-356-2872 or visit See ad, page 18.

Warners’ Stellian Expands Edina Showroom


ppliance retailer Warners’ Stellian will expand its Edina showroom this spring. In conjunction with its 10th anniversary, the familyowned business will add 7,200 square feet to its existing showroom, located across from the Galleria. Warners’ Stellian opened its showroom in the Brandon Square Mall in 2004, and will be celebrating its one-decade anniversary with the grand opening of the new space in May. The additional space, formerly occupied by Hensley’s Big and Tall, will include a “living kitchen” space and room to showcase the growing trend of outdoor kitchens. Construction began in November. When complete, the 21,000-square-foot appliance showroom will be the largest of its kind in the state. For more information, visit See ad, page 11.

Organic Aah Adds New Line of Cosmetics


rganic Aah, in Maple Grove, has added the makeup line 100% Pure to its organic skin care offerings. 100% Pure is based in Berkeley, California. Owner Shannon Anderson says 100% Pure products are truly pure, with no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial fragrances, artificial colors, harsh detergents or any other unhealthy toxins. “100% Pure also states that its products are good for sensitive skin,” Anderson says. “It also includes antioxidants, which help protect against damaging free radicals.” Anderson adds that Organic Aah will preview 100% Pure products at an open house to be held later this month. Readers who would like more information about the open house can email or call Anderson for details. For more information, call 763-360-4642, email or visit See ad, page 10.

Holistic Chamber of Commerce Opens New Twin Cities Chapter


he Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) has started a local chapter in the Twin Cities area. The HCC is an international effort “promoting holistic, natural and sustainable products, services and solutions,” according to organizer Laura Strong, founder and CEO of The Metamorphosis Center, in Burnsville. As a group associated with the international organization, the Twin Cities Chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce promotes and supports local holistic and sustainable practitioners, professionals and business owners. “The Twin Cities is the perfect place for the Holistic Chamber of Commerce,” Strong says. “We have a large community here that really values holistic products and services. It’s time for us to come together and show the standard of integrity and professionalism we bring to the work we do.” Strong says she sees association with the international organization as a natural partnership for the local holistic business community. The international HCC, with more than 1,200 professional members, connects consumers with holistic and eco-friendly options for high-quality health, lifestyle and business products, services and solutions. Membership in the Holistic Chamber of Commerce is $120 annually, with an additional one-time processing fee of $35. All potential professional members must submit references before being accepted for membership. For more information, call Laura Strong at 612-730-2250 or email TCMN@Holistic See ad, page 22.

Celebrate Winter at the Frosty Fun Festival


he Frosty Fun Festival at the Dodge Nature Center, in St. Paul, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 25. The festival is fun for the whole family with kick sledding, ice bowling, ice mini-golf, snowshoeing, sledding, boot hockey, a bonfire, games, a medallion hunt with prizes, winter art activities and a puppet theater. Concessions will offer hot beverages, hot dogs and snacks. Reindeer-led sleigh rides will be available for an additional cost of $2 per person or $5 per family. The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center is an environmental education and habitat restoration organization located on 322 acres in the heart of West St. Paul and Mendota Heights. Founded in 1967 by Olivia Irvine Dodge, the organization was one of the first nature centers in Minnesota and is recognized nationally as a leader in environmental education. Cost: $3 members, $5 non-members; free for ages 2 and younger. Location: (farm entrance) 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul. For more information, visit

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healthbriefs Heal Soft Tissue Injuries Naturally


ge and certain injuries can hinder efficient repair of damage to soft tissues including tendons that attach muscles to bones, ligaments that hold bones and tendons in place and fascia that help guide muscle groups and allow them to slide over other structures. What they all have in common is they predominantly comprise collagen and several herbs can eliminate inflammation and pain and help speed the healing process. Arnica montana is an herb that may assist the healing process by breaking up micro clots in damaged tissues through enzymatic action. Arnica also contains prostaglandin-blockers that relieve pain. According to Terry Willard, Ph.D., a leading clinical herbalist and author of Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rocky Mountains and Neighbouring Territories, when arnica is combined with the natural salix of white willow bark, the pain relief is great. Applying comfrey and plantain for four to six weeks should generate complete repair to soft tissues. This is because they contain allantoin, which stimulates collagenproducing cells called fibroblasts, notes Andrew Chevallier, a fellow of the National Institute of Medicinal Herbalists, in the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. In The Complete Medicinal Herbal: A Practical Guide to the Healing Properties of Herbs, with More Than 250 Remedies for Common Ailments, medical herbalist Penelope Ody writes that when applied to tissues, rosemary and thyme increase circulation and witch hazel increases flexibility. Increased circulation delivers more nutrients needed by the cells that are rebuilding. Combining these herbs—arnica, comfrey, plantain, rosemary, thyme and witch hazel—with a little peppermint leaf for soothing makes a powerful blend to reduce recovery time and heal damaged tendons, ligaments and fascia. The herbs can be decocted in water or blended into a gel for easy application. Primary source: Steve Frank, founder and managing partner, Nature’s Rite LLC. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 13.

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

ecotip Dinner Engagement

Deep Conversation Accompanies Good Food



ust 20 minutes of yoga postures, breathing and meditation are valuable tools for bolstering mental functioning. A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports that a single, 20-minute hatha yoga session significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory, focus, retention and ability to absorb and use new information. Study participants didn’t get the same positive brain buzz from 20 minutes of aerobics. The study appeared in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.



aking vitamin C before engaging in physically demanding activities helps keep colds away for people that are heavy exercisers, say Finnish researchers at the University of Helsinki. While their meta-study showed that non-exercisers that took vitamin C daily gained little or no protection from colds, the story for marathoners, competitive skiers and soldiers on subarctic assignments was much different. The study, published in the Cochrane Review, found that the 598 heavy exercisers cut their risk of colds in half.

The pursuit of combining good food and conversation is taking on new, more fulfilling formats. Instead of idle chit-chat or gossip over high-calorie feasts, many people are showing an appetite to fill their lives with more meaningful discussions while dining on healthy meals. The international Green Drinks phenomenon was among the first to successfully mix eco-conscious conversation with healthy beverages; now, thought-provoking initiatives are mixing regular banter with bites in ways that are both lively and nurturing. Those seeking the exotic may indulge in The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club—Monthly Conversation, Music and Recipes, by Marietta McCarty, following guidelines to immerse guests in the tastes and cultures of 12 different cities and countries. Suggested themes include saluting the present-day benefits of the work of women’s rights pioneer Jane Addams while sipping multi-bean soup (Chicago) or consuming uplifting perspectives of ancient philosopher Lao Tzu over shrimp dumplings with dipping sauce (China). Recommended discussion topics at include self-identity and self-reflection, current events and appreciating the arts. A search function for finding a local chapter complements advice on launching a new one. provides links to groups nationwide that forge connections with fellow enthusiasts, share dishes and network. It also provides information, recipes and other helpful resources. Touring experts in the preparation and benefits of raw food and vegan, plant-based diets show up everywhere from natural food restaurants and retailers to health expos and foodie Meetup events. Speakers include Brian Clement, Brenda Cobb, Paul Nison, Jenna Norwood, Karen Ranzi and David Wolfe.

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

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


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SuNu is a family-focused health cooperative specializing in integrative medicine. Founded in 2011, SuNu, which means “new beginnings” in Sanskrit, is composed of two wellness centers in Minnetonka and Minneapolis (Linden Hills) and a fitness center in St. Louis Park.


uNu offers numerous treatment explains. “We work hard to know each services to people seeking a simof our patients separately.” SuNu’s plified approach to their natural treatment modalities include chirohealth needs. “We have many healing practic, nutrition response testing, modalities under one roof,” says Vicky acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, Luedtke, a kinesiology practitioner craniosacral and massage. and one of SuNu’s founders. “Instead SuNu has expertise in hormone of people going to different places for balancing, infertility, pre and posttheir care, we like to natal care and think of ourselves as pediatric medicine a one-stop-shop.” as well. “We have a The comlot of patients who pany culture states: have been trying “SuNu is a place of to get pregnant for healing. Come here a long time and often, stay awhile. have spent a lot of Know that you are money on infertillistened to. Invest ity treatments with in your health. Be no results,” Luedtke your most authentic says. “It has been inself, for your family, credible to provide for our future. Treat treatment and after Vicky Luedtke, NRT (Nutrition yourself. You deserve a little while see Response Testing) practitioner and to be well.” them finally become Yoga Instructor for SuNu Wellness Luedtke says pregnant.” SuNu’s practitio Once pregners work together to create treatment nant, patients are guided through their programs that are tailored to individual entire pregnancies by SuNu practitiopatients. “We don’t believe that one ners. “Two of our chiropractors are pemodality works for everyone,” she diatric specialists and will attend home


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births or go to birth centers to offer chiropractic support,” says Luedtke, “Additionally, some of our massage therapists are also doulas and can help during the delivery process. We encourage a lot of babies here.” SuNu’s fitness center is the most recent addition to SuNu Wellness. SuNu Fitness is a traditional fitness center open to both patients and the general community, and offers exercise classes, personal training sessions, health workshops and nutrition consulting. Though SuNu Fitness does not provide medical treatments, clients reap the benefits of SuNu’s health expertise. Non-patients receive knowledgeable advice on dieting and fitness goals, and SuNu patients can take classes and attend workshops without the risk of conflicting opinions. “Patients can feel comfortable with their treatment plan knowing that staff are educated on what they should and shouldn’t be doing,” says Luedtke. One of SuNu’s growing patient populations is fitness competitors, who often have a laundry list of health concerns. “The heavy training causes adrenal stress and even though the diet is right on, symptoms like headaches, bloating, hormonal imbalances and fatigue are common,” she explains. “We assist with both pre-show training and post-competition recovery.” She says this level of service is not easily found at other clinics or fitness centers. Luedtke anticipates that SuNu will continue to expand across the Metro area in coming years. She adds that SuNu centers are very involved in the local community and the positive response has been a driving force behind their ability to grow their patient base and services.

SuNu regularly schedules community spa nights for people to meet practitioners, get to know staff and sample any of SuNu’s services for free. Luedtke says spa nights are a fun and low-pressure way to introduce new treatment modalities and show visitors what SuNu can do to begin their journeys to vitality. “We restore people’s health and energy every single day and it’s amazing,” she says. SuNu Wellness Centers are located at 12455 Ridgedale Dr., Ste. 203, Minnetonka, and 4279 Sheridan Ave. S., Minneapolis. SuNu Fitness is located at 6333 Cambridge St., Ste. 104, St. Louis Park. For more information or appointments, call 952-314-7035 (Minnetonka), 612-7674680 (Minneapolis) or 612-986-2922 (St. Louis Park); email info@SuNuWellness. com or; or visit or See ad, page 39.

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queries and more. Finding the right mix of treatment and preventive measures requires some creativity and self-knowledge. The experts Natural Awakenings consulted maintain that it is both desirable and possible to assemble an affordable and effective personal health care team that focuses on optimum wellness.

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

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onventional doctors too often dispense vague, boilerplate health advice, urging their patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise and take helpful supplements. Some are lucky enough to also be directed to detoxify their body and manage stress. That’s typically the best most people can expect in terms of practical advice. It is rare to receive specific, individualized answers to such burning questions as: What is the best diet for this specific problem or my body type? Which exercise will work best for me—yoga, running, tennis or something else? Why do I feel stressed so much of the time, and what can I do about it? What supplements are best for me, and which high-quality products can I trust? Complementary natural healing modalities can address all of these


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

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

Health insurance may not cover the services we want, and high deductibles may pose a financial challenge in maintaining comprehensive health care, so we need a personal wellness plan. Most experts consulted agree that a personal wellness program should include a practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a care plan to meet individual needs. Jain recommends that the foundation of the team be a licensed medical professional such as an integrative physician (MD), osteopathic doctor (DO) or chiropractor (DC). In most states, any of these professionals can function as a primary care doctor, authorized to order and read laboratory tests, prescribe drugs and access hospital services. In some states, a naturopathic physician (ND) can perform the functions of a primary care doctor in ordering and reading laboratory tests. As part of a personal wellness team, consider a functional medicine or integrative physician, chiropractor, osteopath, doctor of naturopathy, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist,

Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor/ acupuncturist, herbalist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist and energy practitioner (such as in Reiki, medical qigong or polarity therapy). It’s not necessary to see all of them, sources say. Sometimes, one practitioner will be skilled in practicing several modalities, a bonus for patients. Other complementary practitioners may form a supporting team that works with the primary care team, depending on the challenges a patient faces. They will be identified as treatment unfolds and the team evolves over time.

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An ayurvedic practitioner likely will begin by helping to define healthful lifestyle changes, depending on one’s dosha, or energetic temperament. Yoga and meditation would be a likely recommen-

dation, plus specific herbs and perhaps detoxification, says Annambhotla. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture often go handin hand with Ayurveda in accordance with the view that illness and disease are caused by imbalances in the body’s energetic flow. Diagnostic techniques employ intuition and pulses to assess and smooth blocks in energy circulation. Craniosacral therapy is another way to unlock energetic blockages caused by lifestyle stress and other factors that restrict and congest the body’s innate ability to self-correct and remain healthy, says Joyce Harader, a registered craniosacral therapist in Cave Creek, Arizona, and secretary of the board of the Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of North America. She relied on a whole team to realize a natural way back to health after being diagnosed with lupus in 1992. “Members of my health team fluctuate, depending on what is going on in my life and where I am focusing,” comments Harader. She points out, for example, that nutrition education and general deep-tissue massage can both be helpful as part of a foundational plan toward ob-

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A personal wellness program should include a lead practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a plan of care that meets the individual’s needs. taining and maintaining optimal health. In fact, many of our experts recommend both a monthly chiropractic adjustment and/or massage, as well as daily yoga and an ongoing meditation practice for wellness and total well-being. Naturopathic practitioners operating in states where they are licensed can be good sources of nutrition counsel and often recommend herbal remedies for relief. “For chronic illness, you need a chiropractor or drug-free physician like a naturopath on your team. Conventional medicine is generally poor at dealing with chronic illness,” observes Naturopath and Chiropractor Michael Loquasto, Ph.D., who practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Loquasto should know. He has practiced integrated modalities for 50 years, employing the knowledge gained through his practice and triple doctorates, which include one in nutrition. Also a master herbalist, he strongly

advocates that people start by working with a good integrative or functional medicine medical doctor. “In some states, like Pennsylvania, chiropractors and osteopaths can perform routine diagnostic work, but in many states they cannot,” he notes. “I recommend undergoing a physical every six months and regular bone density tests, plus colonoscopies.” Loquasto is not in favor of mammograms because of the radiation exposure associated with them, but supports routine breast screening using ultrasound or thermography.


Intuitive listening and observant selfknowledge are crucial parts of any wellness plan. Most people are aware when something doesn’t feel right in their body. “Libido is a great barometer of health,” suggests Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician, gynecologist and hormone specialist in San Diego, California. “If

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A personal multifaceted wellness program can be expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost. “In the new world of high insurance deductibles, people get more for their money from an alternative doctor, especially one knowledgeable in a variety of healing therapies, than a conventional one,” Loquasto advises. Costs for tests may also be lower; plus patients are not expected to pay $150 or more just to walk in the door. A current trend has medical doctors and chiropractors participating in “umbrella” practices and wellness centers, where several types of practitioners collaborate in one facility. They find that sometimes insurance will pay for certain complementary services, including massage and nutrition education, when doctors or chiropractors prescribe them. Maintaining wellness in an environment filled with chemical, biological and mental toxins is a substantial, yet worthy, investment. It’s far better than the costly alternative of dealing with regular bouts of sickness or escalating disease. In that light, maintenance looks affordable: an ayurvedic diagnostic session starts at around $100, a consultation with a licensed naturopath at $75 and acupuncture at $100; a massage typically costs about $80 an hour. While insurance is unlikely to pay for treatments outside the realm of conventional medicine and sometimes, chiropractic, “The cost of these preventive therapies will be much less than the cost of treatment for a serious disease,” advises Loquasto. “You’re worth it.” Kathleen Barnes is author of more than a dozen natural health books. Her latest is The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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The Latest, Hottest Trends by Christine MacDonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I just can’t seem to do it by myself. Most people know the fundamentals of living a healthy lifestyle but are not actually following them. Humans need others for accountability, motivation and a sense of becoming and belonging. The main reason people hire a health coach is to get the support and structure they need to accomplish their health goals. Nutrition is super confusing. There are hundreds of dietary theories and, with nutrition, these are constantly growing and evolving. Every day people hear about new things that are good or bad for them and it’s hard to keep up with all of the new information. The best approach for any individual is to have a customized plan. No two people are alike. A trained professional can demystify the nutrition and wellness world, which creates a partnership with the client and helps the success rate to increase. I need to save time and money and still get to my desired health goal.  People invest a lot of time and money to achieve their health goals and often fall short of their ideals nonetheless. Finding the right solution can be much easier with a trained professional.  Beth Schupanitz of Inspiring Health, in Plymouth, is a registered nutrition consultant and certified health coach specializing in weight loss and gluten-free and sugar-free health. For more information, call 612-804-6675 or visit InspiringHealth See ad, page 20.

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Finding the Right Coach for You by Jackie Flaherty new year brings new resolutions, but for many, those resolutions come with the same disappointment. This might be the year to hire a coach. There are many to choose from: life, career, business, health, fitness, nutrition, success and abundance. Most coaches help their clients set and reach goals that clients have identified as being important to them. The coach can then hold them accountable. It’s important to know which type of coach is needed and to find one that resonates with you. Many coaches offer a free, 20- or 30-minute consultation, which provides a test run for the person seeking a coach to see what the experience is like. The free consultation offers both parties an opportunity to imagine working with the other.

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Life Coaches People become interested in partnering with a life coach for a variety of reasons. “Possibly a person has a goal that is not being met,” says life coach Lori Spangler. “Or they may desire a more meaningful life and want to create a life plan but just aren’t sure how to go about it. A coach is able to work with you to determine your needs and guide you through a process to meet your goals. Coaching is about where you are headed, not where you have been.” Laurie Phillips, a stress relief coach for women, helps women overcome stressful blocks so they can have the life they most want. Often she deals with health issues by addressing one’s soul and life narrative. “What I do is help clients release stress, anxiety and trauma that’s standing in the way of their moving forward in any area: weight, taking a test, flying, having a job they love or releasing a chronic illness,” Phillips says. Career Coaches Career coaches specialize in helping people achieve career- and job-related goals, which can range from achieving specific goals within current careers to helping them choose and transition to entirely new careers. Life coaches typically have a broader focus to help clients with personal goals. “A career coach understands your natural talents and personality and how these relate to the working world,” says career coach Kelly M. Lewis. “Some have specific expertise in helping you choose a career direction or changing directions if you are mid-career and not satisfied or fulfilled.” In addition, Lewis says, “Career coaches are often trained and certified to use tools and assessments related to aptitudes and personality. Both are keys to selecting career paths that fit perfectly.” Abundance Coaches Abundance coach Teresa Romain says that being able to see something new—a new possibility, solution, or way to take


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action or see oneself—is vital to creating the life we dream of having. “Sometimes the only way you can see things differently is to have someone else look at them with you, bringing a different pair of eyes, perceptions, experiences and gifts that will help you see what you cannot yet see,” says Romain. “A person who is able to help you see and find openings and possibilities that you can’t see or act on by yourself. That’s what makes coaching so powerful and transformational.”


Not sure where to begin? First, decide which type of coach would be the best candidate and then contact them to set up the free consultation. It might be best to contact a couple different ones in order to see the differences and see what each has to offer. Also, it should be noted that coaches aren’t planned to be there forever, so signing up with one doesn’t mean it’s a lifetime commitment. They help to turn dreams into goals and then help people create the necessary steps to reach those goals. Kelly Lewis, of Kelly M. Lewis Coaching and Associates, in Edina, is a certified career coach specializing in career aptitude testing and career choice programs for midcareer changers and students making an original career choice. For more information, call 952-456-8467 or visit KellyMarie See ad, page 20.

Laurie Phillips, of Big Heart Coaching, in St. Paul, is a certified life coach who uses a variety of techniques, including vision cards and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to help clients reach their goals. For more information, call 651-225-0858 or visit Big See ad, page 22.

Lori Spangler is a Twin Cities certified life coach who specializes in communication, both one-to-one interaction and group presentation. She partners with clients to help them set goals, develop actions plans and achieve positive results. For more information and a free 30-min consultation, email

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An ancient Oriental technique that stimulates the body’s ability to sustain and balance itself based on the theory that an electromagnetic life-force (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”) is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body via a network of “meridians”.



r. Katie Fahnel, DC, is a holistic chiropractor and wellness educator located in the Lowry Hill neighborhood. She incorporates Network Spinal Analysis, an integrative chiropractic approach that promotes living with more vitality and ease. Dr. Katie Fahnel Wellness Services Offered: Gentle chiropractic, breathwork, wellness and wholeness education. Areas of Specialty: Network Spinal Analysis, SomatoRespiratory Integration, pain management. Philosophy of Healing: “I help people find connections between what is happening in their lives and what is happening in their bodies. We forget that we are not broken but whole. I like to remind people of that.” Dr. Katie Fahnel, DC, of Body Harmony Chiropractic, 2101 Hennepin Ave. S., Suite 101, Minneapolis, MN 55405. To make an appointment, call 612-356-2872. For more info, visit See ad, page 18. .





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14041 Burnhaven Dr. Ste 120 Burnsville, MN 55337 • 952.898.1808 Community acupuncture provides high quality, low cost, effective Chinese Medicine to all people. Patients are treated in a professional, pleasant and relaxed group setting by a licensed, credentialed acupuncturist. A sliding scale is available.


Warners’ Stellian is a Minnesota family-owned home and kitchen appliance store since 1954. Make sure to visit our website at sustainability and read for yourself how our Sustainability Program is making a huge difference for our customers, for the Twin Cities’ community and for the environment. See ad, page 11. .


Mary E.K. Denison, L.Ac., M.Om, NCCAOM South Minneapolis 612-728-0844, by appointment only.


We Specializing in Cosmetic Acupuncture and Body Sculpting, using Traditional Chinese Medicine, Laser Acupuncture, Lipo Laser (fat melting), Microcurrent, Colorpuncture, and more. Free consultations. Customize treatments.  Look your best.  Improved health and well-being.  Reasonable rates.

Affordable skin care, makeup and body products. Made from natural and organic ingredients. We offer 100% Pure Cosmetics and make-up lessons. Gluten free, mineral based and fruit pigments make the products good for you and your skin. See ad, page 10.



Ni’cole Larsen L.Ac, MAcOM 1700 West Hwy 36, Ste 400 Roseville, MN 55113 • 651-636-0055

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KELLY M. LEWIS COACHING & ASSOC. Career Choice Coaching 4820 W 77th St, Ste #104 Edina, MN 55435 952-456-8467 •

Work Right. Live Well.TM Find your ideal career. We provide innate talent, aptitude and personality testing and a guided, step-by-step Career Design Method to help you choose a career you love. Be rewarded for being exactly who you are. Work doesn’t have to feel like work. See ad, page 20.


208 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 612-741-2736 • An artistically designed clinic offering chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, spinal decompression, and many soft tissue therapies including Graston Technique, for the entire family. All insurance accepted.


Kathryn Fahnel, DC 2101 Hennepin Ave S #101 Minneapolis, MN 55406 • 612-356-2872 Experience the gentle, “no crack, no pop” approach to chiropractic care. Network Spinal Analysis is an innovative chiropractic approach that utilizes low force, specific contacts throughout the spine. This holistic model of chiropractic looks at all aspects of you and your life – not just where you are experiencing symptoms. See ad, page 18.



Consider our business administrative organization consultations for small businesses. We provide guidance to organize/improve administrative processes while developing long-term strategy to improve your bottom line. We can review phone calls, emails, filing/archiving, correspondence, financials, equipment and taxes.

Quality chiropractic care. Experience holistic healing and gentle chiropractic adjustments that allow the nervous system to relieve such symptoms as headache, back, neck pain and numbness which allow your body to return to a state of balance and well-being. 22 years experience. See ad, page 15.

Illona Iris, 612-387-4610 6 Sixth Avenue N, Ste 4 Hopkins •

Experience the relaxing and rejuvenating benefits of Acupuncture therapy. We provide gentle and effective treatment options for those experiencing musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, digestion disorders and infertility.


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Una Forde, DC 6009 Wayzata Blvd, Ste 106, St. Louis Park • 952-922-1478


Rodd Bruntjen, DC, 651-646-2233 2233 Energy Park Dr, St. Paul 55108 The NUCCA technique’s goal is to achieve spinal correction using X-rays and a gentle, precise adjustment that doesn’t twist or force the spine. Adjustments can hold from months to years therefore making NUCCA very affordable.

MIND AND BODY CHIROPRACTIC Vernon Kuznia, DC, 651-600-3521 3101 Old Hwy 8, Ste 106, Roseville

Mind & Body Chiropractic is a membership practice. Current memberships are $87/mo Individual and $132/mo Family and include all visits and adjustments for the month. Call the office or visit the website to schedule your first visit.


Psinergy TechWarrior St. Paul


sinergy TechWarrior St. Paul is a computer repair businesses specializing in the needs of individuals and small, local businesses. Its focus is on repairing, when it makes sense, instead of contributing more toxic waste to landfills. Technology Services Offered: PC & Mac Services, including: Virus/Spyware Removal, Computer Tune-ups, Hardware/Software Upgrades, Corruption Repair, Data Recovery Services, Laptop Screen, DC Jack, Motherboard Repair/Replacement, WiFi/Network setup, Password Resets. Areas of Specialty: PC/Windows 3.1 to Windows 8.1, NT/Server 2003-2012 R2, MacOS 7 to 10.7. Philosophy of Healing: “Just like the human being, computers need things like wellness checks (tune-ups), a strong immune system (up-to-date anti-virus software), and de-stressing routines (defragging). When things go awry, you want someone who specializes in bringing it back to optimal health.” Psinergy TechWarrior St. Paul services a 50-mile radius from its home base in St. Paul, MN. For more information, call 612-234-7237 or visit Bring-to-us services are also available by appointment. See ad, page 6.


Laurie Phillips 651-225-0858 I’m a stress relief coach for women. I often deal with health issues by addressing soul and life-narrative. I help clients release stress, anxiety and trauma that’s standing in the way of them moving forward in any area; weight, taking a test, flying, having a job they love, releasing a chronic illness. See ad, page 22.


Serving St. Paul, Minneapolis & surrounding area 612-234-7237 • “Is your Computer being Crabby?” Onsite/In-Home or Office, Bringto-Us Computer Repair services. 2011-12 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. Local • Affordable • Honest • Greener. See ad, page 6.



icki Langemo is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She has a private practice located in Coon Rapids, MN, by the Northtown Mall. Her approach is very warm and caring with a very down-to-Earth style that promotes helping clients live a happier and more positive life. Vicki Langemo Wellness Services Offered: Positive client-centered counseling teaching healing and healthy tools and skills. Areas of Specialty: Healthy Relationships, Anxiety reduction, Anger & Stress Management and relief of inner conflicts. Philosophy of Healing: “I believe in positive empowerment of the individual. United, we will look for beneficial ways to change your thoughts and behaviors so that you can achieve a happier, healthier and more successful life. Together we will find ways to help you become the person you were created to be.” Vicki Langemo, LPC, of Counseling for a Better Life, 277 Coon Rapids Blvd., Suite 410, Coon Rapids, MN 55432. To make an appointment, call 763-270-0962. For more information, visit See ad, page 9.


Vicki Langemo, LPC 763-270-0962 277 Coon Rapids Blvd. 410, Coon Rapids Vicki Langemo is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a warm and caring approach that encourages self-empowerment. She teaches healthy lifestyle tools and skills that can change your life for the better. See ad, page 9.

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (EFT): A self-help procedure founded by Gary Craig that combines fingertip tapping of key acupuncture meridian points while focusing on an emotional issue or health challenge. Unresolved, or ‘stuck,’ negative emotions, caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system, are seen as major contributors to most physical pains and diseases. These can remain stagnant and trapped until released by the tapping. EFT is easy to memorize and portable, so it can be done anywhere.

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r. Una Forde, DC, is a skilled holistic chiropractor with 22 years of experience. Her patients leave after their individualized treatments with smiles of gratitude and appreciation for her gentle touch and easy-going manner. Wellness Services Offered: Health kinesiology to help reduce stress, nutritional supplements specific to patient’s Dr. Una Forde needs, detoxification, classes on life-long spinal care, and stress relief. Areas of Specialty: Spinal adjustments to improve nerve signals and blood flow to the brain and body, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy for headache and pain relief, improved range of motion. Philosophy of Healing: “My goal is to provide each patient with the care they need for a healthy, pain-free, vibrant and active life within a warm, caring and healing environment.” Dr. Una Forde, DC of Golden Sun Chiropractic Wellness Center, PLLC, 6009 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 106, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. To make an appointment, call 952-9221478. For more information, visit See ad, page 15.



Una Forde, DC 6009 Wayzata Blvd, Ste 106, St. Louis Park • 952-922-1478

3056 Excelsior Blvd. Minneapolis, MN 55416 612-374-4581

Children and adults can benefit from the relaxing experience of cranial therapy. Improved brain function can relieve symptoms like headache and fatigue and allow for better concentration and balance. Over 22 years of chiropractic experience. Quality, holistic care. See ad, page 15.


PO Box 93 Bruno, MN 55712 218-372-8804 •


1401 Main St, Hopkins 952-475-1101 • We build a foundation of trust by treating our patients as individuals. Understanding how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, we make a difference by providing a relaxing and positive experience. See ad, page 23.

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Our 2500-square-foot retail store sells eco products for your home and life. Categories include: furniture, home decor, gifts, jewelry, bath and body, stationery, clothing, mattresses, baby gear, building materials, and more. Every product was chosen because of its eco-attributes and is somehow better for you, your family, your community, or your world. See ad, page 23.


La Finca is a certified organic farm that offers CSA farm shares, prepared foods, and baked goods to members in the Twin Cities.



Laurie Phillips 651-225-0858 • I’m a stress relief coach for women. I often deal with health issues by addressing soul and lifenarrative. I help clients release stress, anxiety and trauma that’s standing in the way of them moving forward in any area; weight, taking a test, flying, having a job they love, releasing a chronic illness. See ad, page 22.


Amy Nesdahl • 763-229-9988 299 Coon Rapids Blvd, Suite 105 Coon Rapids The North Metro’s premiere healing and wellness cooperative. We house more than 15 practitioners, offering dozens of therapies, treatments, classes and workshops. Please contact each practitioner individually for services. See ad, page 37.


1101 East 78th Street, Ste 318 Minneapolis, MN 55420 952-426-0055 • Let our licensed estheticians pamper your skin and renew your radiance. We offer facials, acne treatments, peels, microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions, spider vein and sunspot removal, photo-facials and more.

FITNESS GUNELSON FITNESS & NUTRITION Brigitt Gunelson BS, CA, NFPT-CPT Matt Gunelson NFPT-CPT, NIHS 1720 Wisconsin Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55427 952-994-7125

At Gunelson Fitness & Nutrition, you get much more than just a workout with an anonymous personal trainer in a crowded gym. As certified fitness professionals, we work with clients to design a healthy lifestyle program that meets individual needs and goals with an emphasis on exercise, nutrition and holistic wellness. Headquartered in our home fitness studio, we strive to make each experience personalized, no-pressure (nonintimidating) and supportive. See ad, page 11.


Illona Iris, 612-387-4610 6 Sixth Avenue N, Ste 4 Hopkins Find gift cups, baskets, original art, spiritual books and celestial music CDs, unique canes/staffs, crystals, baby blankets, purses, jewelry. Vintage and new. Gift Certificates. Classes. We also rent small meeting space available evenings (Informal and peaceful with an East & West ambience).

ENERGY HEALING: The art and practice of realigning and re-attuning the body between the physical and the etheric and auric fields to assist in natural healing processes. Working directly with the energy field in and around the body, the practitioner is thought to channel and direct energy into the cells, tissues and organs of the patient’s body to effect healing on physical and nonphysical levels simultaneously. Sessions may or may not involve the physical laying on of hands.


2013 2nd Ave, Anoka • 612-716-1949 Hours: Wed thru Fri 4-7pm; Sat 10am-5pm Hours may change throughout the year. Check our website for open times, events, new offerings. We sell jewelry, stones, incense, candles, books, CDs and much more. Services: Shaman, Divine Guidance Healing Reader, Reiki, amethyst biomat, healing sessions, classes. See ad, page 23.




oss Envy redefines value by providing eco-friendly products that support a healthy home, sustainable lifestyle, and social awareness of people and planet. Our diverse, department-store-like variety is combined with a welcoming and serviceoriented atmosphere where your purchases will exceed your personal needs and positively impact future generations. There is something for everyone at Moss Envy! Discover products for your home and life that may be recycled, reclaimed, natural, organic, sustainable, locally made, or fair trade. Our product lines cover a wide range of categories including furniture, home decor, gifts, jewelry, kitchen, bath and body, stationery, clothing, mattresses, baby gear and more. Every product that is sold at Moss Envy was chosen because of its eco-attributes and is somehow better for you, your family, your community, or your world. Moss Envy features - Moss Envy features the Midwest’s largest showroom of organic mattresses. Learn more about our mattresses at Moss Envy, 3056 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55416. For more information, call 612-374-4581 or visit See ad, page 23.


Beth Schupanitz 612-804-6675 As a Registered Nutrition Consultant and Certified Health Coach, I offer a customized program to support you and your household in going Gluten-Free. Download our free 7-day Gluten Free Meal plan with recipes by visiting my website. See ad, page 20.


Sara Shrode, Graphic Designer Minneapolis, MN 612-554-6304 • Ignite the possibilities of your next project by having Campfire Studio design it! Innovative, full-service graphic design studio that takes the essence of a campfire—warmth, stories, community—and infuses it into every design project we do.

GREEN BURIALS PRAIRIE OAKS MEMORIAL ECO GARDENS 8225 Argenta Trail, Inver Grove Hts. 651-300-9549 •

Minnesota’s first green cemetery which provides habitat for wildlife, a more diverse ecosystem and more meaningful burial option for people who want to leave an environmental legacy. Green burials can cost less than $2,000. See ad, page 40.

Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens


ith the increasing interest in “green” or “natural” burials, we would like to introduce you to Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens, Minnesota’s first green cemetery. Green burial (also known as a Natural or Woodland Burial) is all about keeping things as simple and natural as possible —returning to nature in a way that will not harm the environment, but will actually preserve the landscape and enhance opportunities for wildlife — it’s about leaving the world a better place, and is increasingly becoming the environmentally friendly choice. A “green” cemetery is a burial site that does not permit vaults, non-biodegradable caskets or embalming chemicals. It uses no herbicides, pesticides or irrigation for maintenance of the cemetery grounds. Any material used at a “green” cemetery must meet the goal of replenishing the Earth. “Green” cemeteries can provide more than just a resting place that doesn’t pollute the surroundings; they can benefit the Earth by maintaining open spaces and protesting natural habitat for both wild life and native plants. In a “green” cemetery, traditional standing headstones or markers are not permitted. Instead, flat rocks, plants or trees may serve as grave markers. People can forego embalming or request nontoxic embalming fluid; buy a biodegradable container made from sustainable willow, wood, wicker or bamboo, or even order up a simple shroud. The burial can take place on “natural burial grounds” where people are buried on a protected wildlife preserve. In 2012 the average cost of a burial in America was between $10,000 and $15,000. Greener options are usually about half that because families don’t have to shell out for body preparation, a headstone and an expensive and groundpolluting casket. Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens, 8225 Argenta Trail, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077. Visit or call 651-300-5934 for more information. See ad, page 40. natural awakenings

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chaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT, is a Certified Colorpuncturist, BodyTalk Access Technician and Holistic Health Professional located in the NE Minneapolis Arts District. He specializes in relaxing and de-stressing therapies, as well as working with people who have “hard-to-resolve” issues with the help of a wide variety of modalities and methods. Wellness Services Offered: Esogetics Holistic TheraSchaOn Blodgett pies: Colorpuncture, Infrared Pain therapies, Crystal therapy, Kirlian EEA; BodyTalk Access & Chakras, Access Bars, and others. Areas of Speciality: Esogetics therapies for Burnout, Stress Management, Pain and Chronic “Issues”. Philosophy of Healing: “I help people access their awesomeness. Is stress holding you back from who you want to be, or something chronic, or acute? I’m here to help.” SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT, of Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness, 1415 6th St. NE, 2nd Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55413. To make an appointment or for more information, call 612-217-4325 or visit See ad, page 10.





Cheryl Downey 612-272-3977 13942 Echo Park Cir, Burnsville We often resist the changing power of loss and grief. The ancient wheel and other sacred arts can help lighten heaviness and allow grief’s mysteries to emerge into light!   Phone and in-person sessions, workshops, and groups.

704 - 9th Ave NW New Brighton, MN 55112 651-636-4049 •

Too much eyebrow? Unwanted mustache? Visit us for permanent hair removal. Electrolysis is the only medically recognized method of permanent hair removal. I have been doing this for customers in the Twin Cities for over 20 years.

Stop Itching Within Seconds! Introducing DermaClear, the Amazing New Skin Repair Salve from Natural Awakenings TM

Our all natural personal skin care product brings comforting relief to sufferers of many skin irritations. DermaClear has proven to be effective against: • Shingles • Psoriasis • Eczema • Burns • Allergic Rash • Jock Itch • Stings • & more DermaClear will simply feel good putting it on. Cooling and soothing, the Calcium Montmorillonite/ Calcium Bentonite clay penetrates pores and open areas of the skin and pulls out toxins and inflammation. The proprietory blend of homeopathics go even deeper, address the root causes and assist to bring even deeper toxins to the surface.

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1101 East 78th Street, Ste 318 Minneapolis, MN 55420 952-426-0055 • Save more and waste less with laser hair removal! Our cosmetic laser specialists will remove unwanted hair from your body, reduce the need for razors and creams, and eradicate hours typically spent shaving and waxing.

HEALTH KINESIOLOGY GOLDEN SUN CHIROPRACTIC Una Forde, DC 6009 Wayzata Blvd, Ste 106, St. Louis Park • 952-922-1478

Health Kinesiology is a holistic approach to healing that uses acupressure to relieve stress. 22 years chiropractic experience combine with Health kinesiology to address underlying stresses that maybe preventing your healing. Call today. See ad, page 15.


1301 East Cliff Road, Suite 105 Burnsville, MN 55337 612-730-2250 • Metamorphosis is a center for exploring themes in mindbody-spirit and personal development. Through guest speakers and workshops we support holistic practitioners to deliver thought-provoking and inspiring content to enrich lives and enhance well-being.


Eila Norberg, Owner, Advanced Lic. 750 Main Street, Suite 207, Mendota Heights • 952-380-7543

Access untapped Brain Potential! This neuroscience based program creates lasting transformation in every area of your life: physiological, mental, relational and financial. New brain, new beginning! Visit our website to see future events and free presentations with live demos.

LIFE COACH: A professional who helps clients identify their personal and/or professional goals and design a plan or institute techniques for achieving them. The life coach works with clients to recognize and overcome any obstacles that may interfere with achievement of those goals.

MASSAGE THERAPY: A general term for the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. Massage therapy incorporates various disciplines and involves kneading, rubbing, brushing and tapping the muscles and connective tissues by hand or using mechanical devices. Its goal is to increase circulation and detoxification, in order to reduce physical and emotional stress and increase overall wellness.


Laura Strong of The Metamorphosis Center, Twin Cities Chapter President 612 730-2250 With a vision of healthy people on a healthy planet, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce is weaving together an international movement promoting holistic, natural and sustainable products, services and solutions. See ad, page 22.

The Circle of Healing Arts


ocated off Hwy 610 and Coon Rapids Blvd. in Coon Rapids is the North Metro’s premier healing and wellness cooperative. We house more than 15 practitioners, offering dozens of therapies, treatments, classes and workshops. Wellness Services Offered: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Essential Oils, Hypnotherapy, Life Coach, a wide variety of Massage Therapies, Mediation/High Conflict Resolution, Meditation, Nutritional Therapy, Quantum Touch, Reiki and Yoga. Classroom space is available for rent on an hourly basis. Our cooperative: The Circle offers a supportive, healing atmosphere to our clients as well as our practitioners. We have come together to offer services that complement and support you as a WHOLE person. The Circle of Healing Arts, 299 Coon Rapids Blvd., Suite 105, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Visit our website Contact each practitioner individually for services. For questions, contact Amy Nesdahl at 763-229-9988. See ad, page 37.

PSINERGY NATURAL HEALTH & HOLISTIC WELLNESS SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT Minneapolis & Lino Lakes, MN 612-217-4325 •

Through the use of a wide range of well-defined tools customized for you, we help you Access your Awesomeness, quickly and effectively. Is stress holding you hostage? Is a chronic issue holding you back? We are here to help. See ad, page 10.

HOMEOPATHY NORTHWESTERN ACADEMY OF HOMEOPATHY 7575 Golden Valley Rd, Ste 385, Golden Valley 763-746-9242 •

Homeopathy is a safe, effective path to healing. We offer low-cost homeopathic care for everyone. Clinic is staffed by advanced students and supervised by faculty

KINESIOLOGY / APPLIED KINESIOLOGY: The study of muscles and their movement. Applied kinesiology tests the relative strength and weakness of selected muscles to identify decreased function in body organs and systems, as well as imbalances and restrictions in the body’s energy flow. Some tests use acupuncture meridians and others analyze interrelationships among muscles, organs, the brain and the body’s energy field. Applied kinesiology is also used to check the body’s response to treatments that are being considered.



299 Coon Rapids Blvd, Suite 105 Coon Rapids Amy Nesdahl 763-229-9988 The North Metro’s premiere healing and wellness cooperative. We house more than 15 practitioners, offering dozens of therapies, treatments, classes and workshops. Please contact each practitioner individually for services. See ad, page 37.


Craig R. Lang, Certified Hypnotherapist 299 Coon Rapids Blvd, Suite 105 Coon Rapids 763-257-7334 Improve your life using the power of hypnosis. Overcome fear, pain and stress . Modify or remove bad habits. Improve your mind-body health. Metaphysical exploration and healing is also available.


299 Coon Rapids Blvd, Suite 105 Coon Rapids Amy Nesdahl 763-229-9988 The North Metro’s premiere healing and wellness cooperative. We house more than 15 practitioners, offering dozens of therapies, treatments, classes and workshops. Please contact each practitioner individually for services. See ad, page 37.

Brigitt Gunelson BS, CA, NFPT-CPT Matt Gunelson NFPT-CPT, NIHS 1720 Wisconsin Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55427 952-994-7125

At Gunelson Fitness & Nutrition, you get much more than just a workout with an anonymous personal trainer in a crowded gym. As certified fitness professionals, we work with clients to design a healthy lifestyle program that meets individual needs and goals with an emphasis on exercise, nutrition and holistic wellness. Headquartered in our home fitness studio, we strive to make each experience personalized, nopressure (non-intimidating) and supportive. See ad, page 11.

HEATHER BURKE MASSAGE 905 Jefferson Ave, Ste 308-1 St Paul 612-812-3792

Fusion massage: combining the ancient practice of healing deep massage with exciting new myopulse technology brings stressed and injured muscles and inflamed neural transmitters to a state of normalcy where the healing can be optimized and accelerated. $20 off first visit.

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Gunelson Fitness & Nutrition


e specialize in helping people achieve their health, wellness and fitness goals by offering a variety of services which are uniquely created for each client. Wellness Services Offered: One-On-One Personal Training, Partner and/or Group Personal Training, in-home Personal Training (your home or business), Nutrition Programs, Hands-on Stretching, Balance Training & Rehabilitation, Massage, Healing and Relaxation with Aromatherapy/ Matt & Brigitt Gunelson Essential Oils, Life Coaching, Inspirational Card Readings, Competition Bodybuilding and Bikini Programs, Online and Telephone Personal Training & Nutrition Programs. Areas of Specialty: Customized fitness and nutrition plans for clients who want to improve their health. All of our services are available in our 600-square-foot gym where we also offer senior and student discounts and work with parents who would like to have their baby/child attend with them. Philosophy of Healing: We are trainers who believe that eating clean and moving your body is the best way to find balance. We specialize in providing a Mind, Body, Spirit holistic approach to the wellness of each individual. We offer free initial consultations. Brigitt and Matt Gunelson of Gunelson Fitness & Nutrition, 1720 Wisconsin Ave. N., Golden Valley, MN 55427. To make an appointment, call 952-994-7125 or visit See ad, page 11.


Ann Romberg 651-766-8920 1524 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi I use my skills, knowledge and education to lovingly heal cats, dogs and horses with Reiki, acupressure, essential oils and animal communication to bring holistic, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual balance. See ad, page 21.


Susan Swanson, D.V.M. 651-429-4153 1524 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi Offering a blend of Western and Eastern Medicine including; nutritional counseling, behavior counseling, Chinese Herbs, acupuncture, western herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, flower essences, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, Reiki and more. See ad, page 23.




Beth Schupanitz 612-804-6675


Jared Larsen LN, CNS 1700 West Hwy 36th St, Ste 400 Roseville MN, 55113 651-636-0055 • We specialize in providing education and effective customized treatment plans for those with metabolic conditions. Specialties include: Type 2 Diabetes, Low Thyroid, and Resistant Weight Loss.

GUNELSON FITNESS & NUTRITION Brigitt Gunelson BS, CA, NFPT-CPT Matt Gunelson NFPT-CPT, NIHS 1720 Wisconsin Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55427 952-994-7125

At Gunelson Fitness & Nutrition, you get much more than just a workout with an anonymous personal trainer in a crowded gym. As certified fitness professionals, we work with clients to design a healthy lifestyle program that meets individual needs and goals with an emphasis on exercise, nutrition and holistic wellness. Headquartered in our home fitness studio, we strive to make each experience personalized, nopressure (non-intimidating) and supportive. See ad, page 11.

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I’m a Registered Nutrition Consultant and Certified Health Coach specializing in weight loss, going gluten free and kicking the sugar habit to the curb. I run a wildly successful 7-Day Sugar Cleanse helping you to break the chain of cravings. See ad, page 20.

Illona Iris, 612-387-4610 6 Sixth Avenue N, Ste 4 Hopkins

Wholistic Image Consultations for women, men and teens to provide tools in wardrobe assessment. Learn a unique wardrobe color model and develop color understanding and its use as a communication tool. Select, manage, maintain and update your wardrobe.

Minneapolis, MN 952.746.1567

We are a Minnesota-based print company, providing beautiful products and using sustainable practices. Print your holiday greetings, corporate event invitations, business cards and more, while supporting a locallyfocused business.


Reiki Master Teacher 763-229-9988 I offer private Reiki healing sessions, Reiki training and certification. I’ve been practicing Reiki 10+ years and have been teaching for 6 years. Reiki is a gentle, yet powerful form of healing that helps reduce stress/ anxiety, find balance and release mental, emotional and physical blocks. Reiki is a gentle, yet powerful form of healing that helps reduce stress and anxiety; find balance; release mental, emotional and physical blocks. It can help lighten your load, increase your vitality and help you feel better overall.

NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS: Identifying nutrient challenges are critical because they can affect all body functions as well as organ, joint and bone stability. Proper nutrition, supported with whole food supplements, promotes overall health and provides the human body the building blocks for tissue repair, helping re-establish proper function throughout the body and aiding in all the body’s healing processes.


2720 Maplewood Dr, Ste 4 Maplewood - Nancy: 612-801-6571 Looking for a new style or stylist? Visit our salon and experience organic, affordable hair color. Help your natural beauty shine! Forget about the harsh chemicals and go with organic, skin-friendly products. Nancy has been a stylist for over 20 years.


Diminish the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles and acne with LED light therapy. This non-invasive procedure causes no inflammation and requires no special post-treatments.



A certified fitness professional who designs fitness programs for individuals desiring one-on-one training. The goal is to provide optimal fitness results in the privacy of one’s home or at another location, such as a club or office.

Beth Schupanitz 612-804-6675 I’m a Registered Nutrition Consultant and Certified Health Coach specializing in weight loss. I work with the total person in discovering the imbalance and root issue in the body to better solve the mystery of weight gain. See ad, page 20.


3225 Country Dr Little Canada , MN 55117 651-738-3000


SHOP: Expect to find great treasures at affordable price! DONATE: Your usable items like clothing, furniture, dishes and more, to keep items out of the landfills. This creates a greener way of life for everyone. See ad, page 13.


299 Coon Rapids Blvd, Suite 105 Coon Rapids Amy Nesdahl 763-229-9988 The North Metro’s premiere healing and wellness cooperative. We house more than 15 practitioners, offering dozens of therapies, treatments, classes and workshops. Please contact each practitioner individually for services. See ad, page 37.



Our natural products are handmade in Elk Horn, IA. Lightly scented lotions, creamy body butter, gentle baby lotion and a skin salve to sooth cracked hands and baby’s gentle skin.


1101 East 78th Street, Ste 318 Minneapolis, MN 55420 952-426-0055 • Treat your body to ProSkin Clinical products, a premium cosmeceutical skin care line developed for use in professional salons and spas. Tailored for age-appropriate conditions, made with organic plant and fruit extracts, and gentle on sensitive skin.


1784 Lacrosse Ave, St. Paul, MN 55119 651-739-7953 • A spirituality and healing center for all in an urban oasis setting. Programs for inner growth, spiritual companioning, creative classes. Holistic healers, outdoor labyrinth, art room, meditation room. Peaceful meeting spaces for groups including overnight accommodations.

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REIKI: Means “universal life-force energy”. Reiki is a method of activating and balancing the life force (qi or chi, pronounced “chee”). Practitioners use light hand placements to channel healing energies to organs and glands or to align the body’s chakras (energy centers). Various techniques can ease emotional and mental distress, heal chronic and acute physical problems and achieve spiritual focus and clarity. Reiki can be a valuable addition to the work of chiropractors, massage therapists, nurses and others for whom the use of touch is essential and appropriate. A healing practice that originated in Japan as a method of activating and balancing the life-force present in all living things. Reiki literally means “universal life-force energy”. Practitioners use light hand placements to channel healing energies to organs and glands or to align the body’s energy centers, or chakras. Various techniques are applied for emotional and mental distress, chronic and acute physical problems, and for achieving spiritual focus and clarity.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 Winter Trails Day Event – 11am-4pm. Get outside to celebrate and enjoy winter! Activities include: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skijoring, geocaching, naturalist guided hikes, winter camping info and much more. Equipment provided. Event is free, but state park vehicle permit fees still apply. $5/day permit/$25 annual permit. Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake Rd, St. Paul.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 Cross-Country Skiing Basics Class – 6:307:30pm. Free your heel and your mind will follow. Join REI as we share information and tips for getting into cross-country skiing. Free. 1955 County Road B2 W,Roseville. 651-635-0211.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 MetroIBA: Support Buying Local – 4:30-6:30pm. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month. Locally owned businesses and citizens are welcome.

Green Drinks – 5:30-7pm. Twin Cities Green Drinks is part of a national organization that has informal monthly gatherings for those interested in meeting others who share their interest in the environment. Meeting places changes monthly. Check the website or follow on Facebook for meeting information. Mindfulness & Spirituality – 7-8pm. Start the New Year off with an awareness of life, perception and consciousness. What does 2014 hold for you? This will be a time to focus and connect on what you want the coming year to look like. $10. Bellacu, 1200 Centre Pointe Curve, Ste 375, St. Paul. 651-686-0440. Holistic Chamber of Commerce – 7pm. Join us on the second Wednesday of the month. Meet and mingle with others in the holistic field in the Twin Cities. The Metamorphosis Center, 1301 East Cliff Road, Burnsville. HolisticChamberOfCommerce. com. Contact: Chapter President Laura Strong at 612-730-2250 or

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 The Circle: Small Business & Professionals Networking Event – 6:30-8pm. Meet and exchange with other Holistically-Minded and SustainablyConscious Professionals and Businesses, while also learning different approaches to building, creating and maintaining a healthy business. This month’s topic “Astrology in Business - What do the stars and planets have in store for this year?” More info at

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Spring Forest Qigong Level 1 Training – 8am5pm. Become trained in Spring Forest Qigong self-healing therapies techniques for Level 1. Learn the fundamental Active Exercises, breathing and meditation techniques. Discounts available. Bring your own lunch. $140, includes books, materials, program. RSVP to The Well, 1784 Lacrosse Ave, St. Paul. 651-739-7953. Health & Wellness Expo – 9:30am-1:30pm. The New Brighton Community Center hosts their annual expo. Vendors, free blood pressure checks, mini seminars, free exercise classes, refreshments and snacks. Visit the website for a list of vendors and events. Winter Trails Day Event – 11am-4pm. Get outside to celebrate and enjoy winter! Activities include: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skijoring, geocaching, naturalist guided hikes, winter camping info and much more. Equipment provided by REI. Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Snelling Lake Rd St. Paul. The event is free, but State Park vehicle permit fees still apply - $5 day permit, $25 annual permit.

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Visit 200 exhibitors who offer everything for health, balance and success in all areas of life. Three stages for speaker presentations, demonstrations and live entertainment. Product sampling and lots free information to start living a healthier life.

Stress and Weight – 10am-12pm. Why do these sometimes go hand in hand? Learn simple and easy things you can do to manage your weight and reduce stress, while increasing your energy. Start being the person you want to be. Space is limited, Registration is required. $5. More info and registration: Psinergy. info/classes.

January 11 & 12 • 10am-5pm $6 or use the ad in this magazine to get in for free. Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom, 1302 2nd St, Minneapolis.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13 Reflection & Relaxation Day – 9am-4pm. Take time for you. Rejuvenate yourself with a guided reflection and a room for personal quiet or artistic creation; relax with two, 30-minute holistic services of your choice (reflexology, cranial sacral therapy, healing touch, spiritual direction), and enjoy a garden fresh lunch. $70. RSVP to Seeking@ The Well, 1784 Lacrosse Ave, St. Paul. 651-739-7953.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 The Inner Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Find your Voice, reclaim your Power, and build supportive Community with other women during 2014. Identify, strengthen and expand your inner resources in a positive collaborative and experiential environment facilitated by a trained leader. Day and time may change to reflect the needs of the group. White Bear Lake. Limited Seating. Cost:$10. Contact: Shirley at 651-815-5030.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Igniting Glowing Health for the New Year – 7:15pm. In this class we’ll discuss the source of the patterns that hold you back from having full, glowing health and a life and body full of vitality, vigor, and vivaciousness. $10. Body Harmony Chiropractic, 2101 Hennepin Ave S, Ste 101, Minneapolis. Call 612-356-2872 to register. Body

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Total Wellness Expo – 10am-4pm. Join the fun at this 2nd annual expo in Rochester. Speakers, Exhibitors, and Healthy Snacks. For more information, contact info@TotalWellnessExpo. org. Ramada Hotel, 1517-16th St SW, Rochester.

– 10am-5pm. Ask questions of psychics whose focus is animal communication, dream analysis, relationship/career issues, spiritual connections and more. Free classes will be held throughout the day. See the website for topics and times. Cost: $3. 4923 Stewart Ave, White Bear Lake.

MONDAY, JANUARY 27 ADHD/Autism: Balancing Brain Function – 6:45-9pm. ADHD/autism symptoms involve both the neurological and digestive systems. We’ll cover surprisingly simple changes that can help restore health and unlock your child’s potential. Free. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley. Contact Dr. Barbara Kaiser, DC, at 651-757-5096 or email info@Vital

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Twin Cities Bicycle Club: Plan a Self-guided Bicycle Tour – 6:30-8:30pm. Join the Twin Cities Bicycle Club to learn how to organize a bicycle tour for yourself or with a group. REI, 750 American Blvd W, Bloomington. 952-884-4315.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Frosty Fun Festival – 10am-2pm. Embrace the cold and celebrate winter at Dodge Nature Center’s Frosty Fun Festival. Enjoy fun for the whole family with kick sledding, winter art and games, medallion hunt, reindeer led sleigh rides, and tasty treats. Members $3, Non-members $5. Farm Entrance: 1701 Charlton St, W. St. Paul. DodgeNature

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Spirit Circle – 6-8pm. Third Sun. Meet and share a variety of spiritual topics in an interactive discussion. Mini services such as healing and readings available after each circle for a nominal cost. $10. RSVP, space limited. The Spirit Wellness Center, Ste 206, 3435 Washington Dr, Eagan. Kellie@

tuesday Continuing Level Yoga Class – 6:15-7:30pm. Suitable for those with about 3 months previous yoga experience. Use various props and some partner yoga to help achieve the pose with better alignment. 3 classes for $30 first time student offer. 612 8500071. Body Mind Circle, 301 Village Pkwy, Circle Pines.

Second Sunday Song Circle – 6:30-9pm. 2nd Sun. Singing on the second Sunday of the month since 1990, this group is for you if you enjoy singalongs. pot luck snack break, so bring a thermos/ water bottle and snacks for yourself and something to share. They use the Rise-Up Singing book. Instruments welcome. 1130 Marshall Ave, St. Paul

Idea Exchange Speaker Series – 7pm. This thought-provoking speaker series addresses a variety of topics related to contemporary themes in mind-body-spirit and personal development. $15. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 Cliff Rd, Ste 105, Burnsville.


Yoga Sunrise – Mon & Thurs. 6-6:45am. Center your mind, focus your will, and prepare for your day. $10 drop-in. Drishti Yoga, 2189 4th St, # 2, White Bear Lake. 651-592-5535.

Open Meditation with Guy Odishaw – 7-8:30pm. An open meditation class available for drop-in or ongoing participation. 15 min for instruction and questions, a 15-min dharmatalks, and two 30-min meditation periods. $5; walk-ins welcome. Lake

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Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis. Guy Odishaw: 612-859-7709.

wednesday Hatha Yoga Drop In – 10:30am-12pm. Everyone is welcome. This class is for all levels. Instructors excel at leading the class in relaxation, gentle asana (yoga positions) and pranayama (breath). Relieve stress, achy joints, improve balance at all levels and increase your sense of well-being. $15, $10/students, seniors; no registration necessary. The Meditation Center, 631 University Ave NE, Minneapolis. 612379-2386. Introductory Presentations on the Transcendental Meditation Program – 12:30-2pm & 7-8:30pm. Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and offers a lifetime of benefits for health, well-being and development of the human potential. Free. Transcendental Meditation Center, 399 Ruth St N, St. Paul. 651-714-0254. Wisdom Wednesdays – 5-8pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. Relax with aromatherapy, Chi, refreshments, social time, etc., until 6:30pm. Then participate in a discussion/presentation of a Wisdom Topic: holistic health, intuition, spirituality. Meet practitioners and like-minded people, build a self-care toolbox. Prize drawings. $15, free/first time. Jodi Baglien, 221 1st Ave NE, Osseo. 612-802-9483. Introduction to Astrology Workshop – 6:308:30pm. This workshop covers elements, signs, planets, and houses. Meeting location is Minneapolis. Check out to schedule. Mindfulness Meditation – 6:30-7pm. Classes focus on learning skills to concentrate, quieting the mind and cultivating a self-accepting presence. Mindfulness meditation can help reduce stress, pain and feelings of anxiety. Open to all. Call to confirm as dates/times subject to change. Free. Center of Light, 2548 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis. Contact Reverend Lucille at or 612205-5545. Healing From Within: Introduction to Homeopathy – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st Wed. Come and bring your questions. Learn about this complementary healthcare system. This is not an information session about the 4-year homeopathic study program. Strictly a get-to-know homeopathy session. Minnesota Center

for Homeopathy, 7575 Golden Valley Rd, Ste 385, Golden Valley. Su Sandon: 612-889-2683. Networking for Conscious Prosperity– 6:30pm. Personal and Professional Abundance Networking and Class, learning from Robert Tennyson Stevens and Thomas Pauley’s works. Bring cards to share and post on bulletin board. Free. Gifts of Love Shoppe, 6 - 6th Ave N, Ste 4, Upstairs, Hopkins. 612-387-4610. Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. All levels welcome. The first class is always free. $45/5 classes, $12/drop-in. Your Mama’s Yoga, 7094 Lake Dr, Lino Lakes. 612-7091340.



Meditation and Yoga Sampler Program – 6-9pm. Hatha yoga, 6-7p; guided meditation, 7-7:30pm; speakers, 7:30-8:30pm; vegetarian soup and fellowship follow. $15/suggested donation. The Meditation Center, 631 University Avenue Ne, Minneapolis. 612-379-2386.

friday Group Meditation (Satsang) – 7:30-9pm. Satsang every Fri night, unless otherwise noted. End your work week and begin your weekend with a deep immersion into meditation! No experience necessary. Free, donations gratefully accepted. Highland Yoga Center, 1040 Cleveland Ave S, St. Paul. 612-4080434.


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Idea Exchange – Every Tuesday. 7-9pm. thoughtprovoking speaker series addressing a variety of topics related to contemporary themes in mind-body-spirit and personal development. Enjoy a presentation followed by a question and answer session. $15. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 Cliff Rd, Ste 105, Burnsville.

Saturday, March 8 and Sunday March 9 - Body Mind Life Expo –10am-7pm. Free seminars and speakers, advice on reducing stress, weight management, anti-aging; healthy living products and much more. $6, free/under 17 if accompanied by an adult. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis. 612-798-7256. expo_BodyMindLife.

Green Drinks – 2nd Wednesday of each month. 5:307pm. Every month people who are interested in environmental topics meet up at various locations to chat and listen to a different speaker/topic. Healing From Within: Introduction to Homeopathy – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st Wed. Come and bring your questions. Learn about this complementary healthcare system. This is not an information session about the 4-year homeopathic study program. Strictly a get-to-know homeopathy session. Minnesota Center for Homeopathy, 7575 Golden Valley Rd, Ste 385, Golden Valley. Su Sandon: 612-889-2683.

FEBRUARY Saturday, Feb 15 and Sunday, February 16 - Twin Cities Women’s Expo –10am-6pm Sat; 11am-5pm Sun. It’s the 4th Annual, Aveda Institute of Minneapolis will be doing simple up do’s, spring makeup makeovers and massages at the expo for free. Paid event but free tickets are available online for a limited time. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave, S, Minneapolis.


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APRIL Friday, April 25- Sunday April 27 – Minneapolis Yoga Conference - The 1st annual Minneapolis Yoga Conference begins at 4pm on Fri and ends at 5pm Sun. Join hundreds of yogis from across the Midwest to gather for an expansive weekend of growth, learning, healing, community and fun. Early bird rates through Feb 15. Saturday, April 26 – Longevity Expo – 10am-5pm. The 3rd annual expo offers many local and national exhibitors who offer the latest in cutting-edge information, products and services, so you can have a healthier, happier and more balanced life. $6 or bring a nonperishable food item or a ticket to get in for free. Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove.

MAY Saturday, May 17 – Rock the Barn – 3-8pm. Bring the whole family out to Dodge Nature Center for our an-

nual farm and music festival. Enjoy live entertainment, pony rides, barn tours, old-fashioned farm games and bake sale. Rock The Barn is more than just a festival, it’s the primary fundraiser for the Dodge Nature Preschool scholarship fund. Members $6, Non-members $8. Farm Entrance: 1701 Charlton St, West St. Paul.

JUNE Friday, June 6- Sunday, June 8 - Midwest Women’s Herb Festival – Attend the largest herbal conference in this region that focuses on women’s health. Mukwonago, Wisconsin (near Milwaukee). The event hasto more than 40 workshops for women, preconference intensives, movie screenings, evening entertainment and 14 plant walks. Monday, June 23- Thursday, June 26 - Annual National Wellness Conference – Recognized as the premier professional wellness conference, the National Wellness Conference provides wellness and health professionals and students with exceptional educational and networking opportunities. Visit NationalWellness. org/conference or call 715.342.2969 for more information or to register.

OCTOBER Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 – Healthy Life Expo – 10am-5pm. Visit 200 exhibitors who offer everything for health, balance and success in all areas of life. Three stages for speaker presentations, demonstrations and live entertainment. Product sampling and lots free information to start living a healthier life. $6 or use the ad in this magazine to get in for free. Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom, 1302 2nd St, Minneapolis.

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