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When We Set Out

Sailing Our Ship of Life by Winds of Spirit




Mobilizing with Love to Heal Humanity

I ¤ My Grandkids



Making the Most of Special Times

Signals of Anxiety


Paths to a Natural Pregnancy and Delivery

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7 healthbriefs

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12 healingways 18 inspiration 20 healthykids


22 naturalpet 24 calendar

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12 HEART-BASED LEADERSHIP Women Mobilize to Heal the World by Linda Sechrist


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Creating the Best Start for New Life

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The Welcoming of the Soul by Warren King

18 WHEN WE SET OUT Let Spirit Steer Us


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GRANDPARENTING How to Mindfully Love Little Ones

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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver from her poem, The Summer Day

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am a collector of quotes. I have notebooks filled with inspirational words and whole passages that inspire, comfort and uplift. I continually add to the collection and don’t expect I’ll ever stop. It’s not that I go looking for them, but I read (a lot) and somehow they find me, move me, touch me. Lately, I’ve been taking more time to read through this wisdom I’ve purloined and am amazed to read something I know I’ve read before, but it’s like I’m reading it for the first time. How could I have forgotten this gem of knowledge? Every May at Natural Awakenings we celebrate women—women rising, women’s health, women’s wellness and creativity. In honor of women at all ages and stages of life and being, I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes by women.

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newsbriefs Yoga Pod Opens in Minnetonka


oga Pod, a fast-growing health and wellness company based in Boulder, Colorado, opened their first Minnesota location in Minnetonka, last winter. Yoga Pod is redefining fitness with transformative yoga and barre in a judgment-free space. They believe that there is no perfect body type, and that sustained fitness comes from an understanding of how body, mind and spirit work together to build connection, commitment and community. Yoga Pod Minnetonka is owned and operated by Paul Grangaard, his wife Carol Stumpf and their sons Max and David. Paul comments, “We are excited to bring a fresh new yoga and barre experience to the western metro area. Our beautiful, new, three-room studio offers a welcoming, friendly space with an extensive class schedule geared to both new and experienced yogis. We are also thrilled to announce that Liz Carrol has joined our team as studio manager.” Yoga Pod Minnetonka offers more than 80 classes each week in a state-ofthe-art, spa-like studio. Students can choose to flow with incredible vinyasa classes, tone with high-energy barre and YogaTone or detox with epic hot yoga. To all newcomers, they are now offering a one-time, free, seven-day trial pass. Additionally, open to all, every third Saturday monthly, they offer a free, beginnerfriendly, flow-based class. Location: 12993 Ridgedale Dr., #103, Minnetonka. For more information, visit

Mazopiya Shop Local Event May 20


azopiya, a natural food market, hosts a free Shop Local Event, from noon to 4 p.m., on May 20, at their location in Prior Lake. Mazopiya represents a fresh approach to good nutrition, with a wide selection of local and organic foods that are free of artificial ingredients. Event includes food sampling from local vendors as well as the Mazopiya deli; door prizes and giveaways; kids’ crafts; and Wozupi Tribal Gardens’ fresh produce, organic plant starts, annual flowers, hanging baskets, honey, maple syrup and eggs. In addition to grocery items, Mazopiya offers convenient deli options using recipes from an award-winning Twin Cities chef, as well as catering services and food and wellness classes that are open to the general public. Mazopiya’s reFresh bar serves 100 percent organic, whole-food juices and smoothies that are lower in sugar and diabetic-friendly, along with fair trade-certified coffee, espresso and tea. Cost: Free. Location: 2571 Credit Union Dr., Prior Lake. For more information, visit See ad page 2.

Psinergy Hosts Free Weekly Series


sinergy Natural Health and Holistic Wellness has begun hosting a free weekly event, the “What is…” series, held 6:30 p.m., every Wednesday, at their St. Paul office near Como Park. Each week a different topic is featured on the various branches of holistic medicine, energy healing modalities, mental health tools and more with Q&A time at the end. On May 17 the topic of discussion is The Truth about Homeopathy, with local homeopathic practitioner Kathryn Berg as the featured speaker. Owner of Lotus Homeopathy, in Woodbury, Berg will speak on the practice of homeopathy, its history, similarities and differences to traditional medicine. Psinergy (pronounced synergy) consists of two business components: Psinergy Natural Health and Holistic Wellness and Psinergy TechWarrior St. Paul. Both are owned by André Thomas and SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT. Psinergy Health is a wellness center offering Esogetics Colorpuncture, a form of naturopathic medicine based on combining old-world knowledge with new science for body-mind healing. They also offer a wide range of modalities including BodyTalk Access, sound therapies, Access Bars and other bio-resonance therapies; complex homeopathic and ayurvedic remedies; essential oils, nutritionals and botanicals; and various analysis tools including Kirlian Energy Emission, all customized to suit each client. Psinergy Tech is a computer repair service assisting individuals and small businesses with their computer needs while being mindful in honoring the energy and rhythms of the natural world. Cost: Free. Location: 1553 Como Ave., St Paul. For a complete list of series topics, visit See Directory Listings, pages 28 & 30.

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ulie B. Hill and Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk host their annual Beauty Meets Business Boat Cruise, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 21, on Lake Minnetonka. The cruise is open to women interested in attending the miniworkshop—The Four Essential Ks—covering categories in beauty, fashion, health and wellness, with lunch being served. Hill and Bryn-Pundyk are co-owners of Inspired Thinking, LLC and regularly offer workshops for small businesses, corporations and women’s events. Hill, founder of Inspired Thinking, has worked in the beauty industry for more than 25 years. The majority of her career has been within the Aveda network. Both Hill and Bryn-Pundyk are award-winning international speakers and authors. Cost: $109. Location: Port of Excelsior, 8 Waters St., Excelsior. To register and receive a special gift for being a Natural Awakenings’ reader, call 651-485-6293 or email For more information on the company, visit

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my Nesdahl, owner of Joyful Connections, has launched a series of classes presented by a variety of practitioners called the Spring Connection Collection. The purpose of the spring collection is to help connect people looking for personal growth, self-reflection, new challenges, revitalized living, new practices and much more. Beginning May 12 and continuing until June 11, participants Amy Nesdahl will have more than 30 class offerings to choose from, including Crystals and Stones to Empower Your Life; Resilience and Balance: Creating Your Resilience Tool Kit; Introduction to Metaphysics; Connecting to Your Inner Healer, and more. “This is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the Twin Cities finest body, mind and spirit teachers who are offering a wide variety of classes and events during this four-week blitz,” Nesdahl explains. Participants can take as many classes as they desire. Those signing up for four or more classes will receive a free gift. “These classes were created to help attendees spring forward with fresh ideas and fresh perspective,” says Nesdahl, who plans to offer another collection in the fall and in the winter. Practitioners and teachers interested in leading their own class through the Joyful Connections website are encouraged to contact Nesdahl. Costs and locations both vary. For more information, email For the complete list of classes and to register, visit See ad page 8.

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esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi.

Prenatal Omega-3 Reduces Kids’ Asthma Risk

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

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Latin American Tree Bark Improves Diabetes Markers


study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract from the plant to 32 subjects with the condition and monitored their blood glucose levels for six months. The subjects experienced an 11 percent decrease in glycated hemoglobin, an indicator that the body can better regulate blood glucose levels during the period, as well as a slight reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers also found the natural treatment resulted in a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and a 22 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels. Liver enzymes showed improved levels in the subjects, as well. No adverse side effects were observed.

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study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, linked alcohol consumption with an sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some increased risk of melanoma, the most that females are poor soccer players would have on their perfordangerous type of skin cancer. mance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage Using data from three studies, in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. researchers followed 210,252 adults Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of for an average of 18 years each usfemale soccer players and the other half read a piece about the ing food-frequency questionnaires Go to to sign growing popularity of the sport. to measure alcohol consumption. up needed significant The players that read the negative article Comparing the results to instances of ly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive melanoma among the participants, article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women. they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 SPRING CONNECTION COLLECTION percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than non-drinkers. A collection of over 20 CLASSES “The clinical and biological sigand events offered during a 4 WEEK nificance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated session. Choose from a variety of individuals, counseling regarding personal growth and development alcohol use may be an appropriate experiences, meet like-minded strategy to reduce risks of melapeople. Classes focus on connecting noma, as well as other cancers,” with our physical, mental, spiritual explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate and emotional selves. AMY NESDAHL professor of dermatology and miology at the university. Go to


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Marine Reserve Preserves Ocean Biodiversity The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in Frenchcontrolled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross.

Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is on the drawing board; each mile of pathway may cost between $5 million and $10 million. The architecture firm SecondShore first proposed the idea. “You look at the river, and while it used to be the main commercial artery in the city, it’s not much of one anymore,” says firm cofounder James Chuck. “This fits with the mayor’s general economic strategy for the city—how to make use of latent infrastructure.” The floating bike paths, named RiverRide, would give pedalers a truly auto-free place to ride for part of their commute and connect with existing bike lanes. The system would fill gaps in the network, creating around a 17mile stretch of continuous bike paths connecting 28 neighborhoods. Floating on concrete pontoons, the paths would use solar power for lighting. Solar panels could also heat the surface so the path doesn’t ice up in winter. Plans call for the path to intersect with river bridges so bikers can cross to the other side.



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


Designing Cabinets and Chairs Made from Recyclables Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that can be used in creating new and beautiful things. The Kungsbacka kitchen employs affordable, sustainable supplies that look stylish, including cabinet doors incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled wood; the entire cabinet is said to be 99.9 percent recycled. The Odger chair is 70 percent recycled plastic and 30 percent renewable wood. The design, available in a range of colors and wood finishes, is the result of collaboration between Swedish designers at Form Us With Love and eschews the environmentharming plastics of other chairs. IKEA also melts recycled glass to turn it into beautiful vases. Each mouth-blown vase is unique, thanks to the materials.

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Women Mobilize to Heal the World by Linda Sechrist


he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served

as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example—few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth. A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms,

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activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end, she marched in Washington, D.C., on January 21 in the Million Women’s March that globally attracted 5 million participants. “To make human rights women’s rights, we need a united global women’s movement,” she states. Sande Hart, from Orange County, California, director of the Charter for Compassion International-Women and Girls sector and president of the women’s global interfaith organization Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (SARAH), participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March with 750,000 others. “There’s a sense that we’ve had enough. We’re not angry. We are morally outraged and seeking peaceful solutions wrapped in compassion and based in justice for all. In nearly 15 years of women’s community building, I’m convinced that healing our communities with resilience and a regenerative spirit is our biological and innate imperative. I see women emerging in unprecedented ways to make this happen,” says Hart. The Rising Women Rising World organization provides tools and training to help women and men develop femi-

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by Joyce Sobotta nine wisdom and the qualities of potent compassion, deep listening, intuition “ magine you have healing power in your hands because you do!” Dr. Christiane and inclusivity. Hazel Henderson, an Northrup, in her book, Women’s Body’s Women’s Wisdom, refers to the lymphatic evolutionary economist in St. Augustine, Florida, host of the Ethical Markets self-breast massage which every woman can do for herself. It stimulates the immune system and improves lymphatic circulation for breast health and prevention of disease. online TV show and researcher of The The vast network of the lymphatic system is made up of tiny vessels, nodes and Love Economy shared in her book The spleen. It has three times more fluid than the circulatory system but there is no pump Politics of the Solar Age: Alternatives as with the heart. Tiny lymph vessels pick up the vascular fluid, waste and all of the to Economics, has mentored staff live infection. This is where movement is necessary to move it into the filtering nodes members of Rising Women Rising and spleen and help it return to the blood. The spleen is like a big lymph node with World. Henderson contends that to the exception that it filters blood and eliminates worn out red blood cells. It is deshape a future for the good of all, we signed to bring lymphocytes in contact with the blood and ward off infections. must bring into balance the masculine The lymphatic system is a one-way system in the body that runs from head to and feminine energies and learn to value the long-marginalized qualities of heart, hands to heart and feet to heart. Northrup says, “Visualize your hands transferring love and care to your breasts.” Simply focus on creating gentle movement feminine wisdom. of stretching and releasing—a pumping action to move the lymph: Henderson’s Love Economy para1. Start with the lymph in your neck and gently stroke down to the collar bone. digm reflects the sharing and caring 2. Feel the hollow spot above the collar bone and gently use a pulsing action sector not presently reflected in the just above it until you can sense lymph movement. This opens the lymph nation’s gross domestic product. “Wompassage before it empties into the circulatory system. en’s unpaid work—raising children, 3. Lovingly massage healthy breast essential oil blend onto your breast. taking care of households, serving on 4. Start under your arm and gently stretch/massage the skin all the way up into school boards, volunteering, caring for the armpit. You may find tenderness. Use a gentle pumping action 6 to 10 aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 pertimes until the tenderness subsides. cent of all production in the U.S. and 5. With one hand, support your breast as you gently move it towards the arm70 percent of that in developing counpit with a stretch/release action 6 to 10 times. tries. This unvalued economic sector 6. Move your breast toward the center with a stretch/release action six to 10 underlies and supports the public and times. private parts of the entire economy,” 7. Focus a flat palm on top of your breast and gently massage upward toward advises Henderson, who observes that the neck with a stretch/release pumping action six to 10 times. competition cannot be the sole basis 8. Stroke gently away from the nipple, across and around the entire breast. for an economy with any expectation of 9. Press the nipple a few times as if you were beeping a horn. Repeat with the high quality of life on a small planet. other breast. Love and laugh with this fun technique while you move the In her film, As She Is, producer lymph for breast health. and director Megan McFeely, of Marin Breast tissue varies and is affected by menstrual cycle, pregnancy, breastfeeding, County, California, captures her own nutrition and aging. Breasts tend to become perky with a daily lymphatic self-massage. journey to understand the collective You have healing power in your hands. When you do the lymphatic self-massage, love potential of the feminine and how to your girls and become aware of any changes as you progress down the path to your live true to its innate knowing. She best breast health. queries: “Can you imagine what might happen if women here and around the Joyce Sobotta has a BS in education and certifications in holistic world rose up together and used our aromatherapy and reflexology. She is the founder/owner of Healthy power of longing to heal the Earth?” Girls Breast Oil, a home-based, international business. She offers online essential oil classes and is available for presentations and Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer consultations. For more information, visit AromaTherapy for Natural Awakenings. Connect at See ad page 23.


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


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

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

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


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

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

Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

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

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We birth best where we feel safe. Evidence shows that birth can be safe in just about any setting. ~Peggy O’Mara Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

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

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments ( 16

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Pregnancy: The Welcoming of the Soul by Warren King


regnancy is probably one of the most amazing things that can happen on a planet. Just think, everyone that has come to this Earth has entered into someone else’s lower abdomen, starting as a microscopic dot, floating upside down in complete darkness for months, then entering into the bright light of the world. It’s generally suggested while pregnant, and for some time prior, it is good to eat clean, nutritious foods and avoid toxins as much as possible. Organic is essential for most of the foods as there is little to no pesticide residue. Ideally, foods should be cooked from scratch; eat whole grains if tolerated, lots of vegetables, some fruit, nuts, seeds and sea vegetables. If you’re more vegetarian, add beans and legumes; if you eat animal foods, include more wild fish and organic poultry and eggs. Try to avoid pork and red meat. Dairy depends on the individual but the best is non-sweetened kefir or yogurt. If cheese is desired, then goat is better than cow. Sugar should be avoided. If fruit is not enough sweetness, add occasional honey, maple syrup or brown rice syrup. Avoid low quality oils like soy, corn, cottonseed and canola. The best oils are usually olive and coconut. It’s good to have vitamin D levels checked and aim for a 50 to 80 ng/ml reading. It’s also recommended to take a good prenatal, folic acid and DHA from fish for brain development. Once you have these basics, don’t focus so much on the physical but more on the emotional and spiritual levels. This is not just a baby. It is another soul. While developing in you, it will feel all your stress and emotions. It takes discipline to be joyous and centered. You may want to fast from television and not watch or read the news. Meditate on beauty and nature and what is good in the world. Try to tune into the soul of your child, visualize it surrounded and full of light and don’t fear about its health. Let dad put his hands on the belly and speak or sing to the child so that his voice and presence become well known and trusted. Often the mother (and sometimes the father) will get the name of the child in the dream state. Don’t worry about what the sex will be—it is a gift either way— and whatever the guiding intelligence brings you, that’s what is best. The child will try to choose the best timing for birth, so in most cases it is best not to induce or schedule a birth but allow it to proceed as the Spirit guides it. It is often helpful to have a midwife as the main birth helper as they have more time and will not rush into heroics so quickly, like C-sections. They have the intuition and experience to guide the child out as smoothly as possible and they offer a less medical feeling for the birth, which is not a disease. Everyone has entered birth this way for millions of years. Try to have as much time as possible after the birth for quiet snuggling and plenty of wonderful and perfect breast milk. This is all the child needs for nutrition the first six months. You have been blessed to be chosen to sponsor another soul to enter this plane. Give all the love and nurturing you can and enjoy the ride! Warren King, L.Ac., is a natural healer with 25 years’ experience and over 10,000 patients. He uses many modalities including Oriental Medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, laboratory testing and Quantum Neuro Reset Therapy to get at the root causes of health issues. He has launched his own children, now ages 21 and 23, and feels that raising healthy and extraordinary children is the most important work one can do to save this planet.

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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear


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sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit.

During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and

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


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

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

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









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amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for

three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as self-calming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus high-five allows them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see or The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings.

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Holistic Nutrition: Minerals – 6:30-9pm. Join herbalist Matthew Alfs in an evening to discuss individual minerals and how they nourish the whole person. Major foods sources, supplemental forms and optimal amounts of the individual minerals will also be addressed. $49. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343.

MONDAY, MAY 1 Embracing the Goddess within You – 6:30-9pm. Class meets May 8 also. This enriching two-week workshop invites women to explore what it means to be a goddess today in the 21st century and provides activities to reflect on their personal journey as a goddess. $40 for both weeks. Unity Church, 4000 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley.

TUESDAY, MAY 2 Meditation Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Have you ever wondered about the benefits of meditation and how to do it properly? Come find the answers to your questions on meditation with Anna Weins. Free for members/Drop-in rate for non-members. Yoga Pod Minnetonka, 12993 Ridgedale Dr, #103, Minnetonka.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 Guardianship of Water – 5-8:30pm. An evening of conversation and community building in celebration of the work done last year and ongoing this year to protect our sacred waters from pollution and other forms of mismanagement. $15-$50. Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Cir, St. Paul.

THURSDAY, MAY 4 Resilient Yards Workshop – 6-9pm. Receive an overview of Minnesota’s changing weather patterns and ways to minimize their impact in your yard by using alternative turf, raingardens, and other resilientyard practices. $15/family. Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Dr N, Crystal. Healing Touch Certificate (Level 2) – 8am-5pm Fri, 8am-4pm Sat. A continuation of Level 1, this certificate program will empower the learner to develop one-hour Healing Touch sequences for specific client needs based on information gathered in a holistic and energetic intake interview/assessment. Materials included. $295. Normandale Commuity College. 952-358-8343. 4401 Upton Ave. S, Minneapolis. Drumming Circle with Laurie Wondra – 7-8:30pm. Please join us for this night of drumming, blessing, enjoying the energies of mother earth, father sky and our heart love. $10. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 Love From Within 2 – 8:30am-4:30pm. A workshop for women who would like to experience more pure, loving energy flowing to and through them for the purpose of bringing positive change to their homes, workplace and community. $199 or $175 for two who register at the same time. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis. Speaking Your Truth Workshop – 9-11:30am. Laura Adrian leads this workshop that includes 75 minutes of yoga and meditation; special guided re-

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Living from the Center Within One-day Workshop 10am-4pm. Using Living From the Center Within: CoCreating Who You Are Becoming and author Michele Rae as a guide, we’ll explore living consciously and authentically during this workshop. $187 incl. book and lunch. The Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, #105, Burnsville. Ayurvedic Energies: Yoga and Ayurveda for Pitta 1-3pm. Discover the unique qualities of the Pitta body type, including aligning our diets, self-care practices, and lifestyle to address and prevent imbalance. We will explore diet, supplements, and simple home remedies for common health problems caused by excess Pitta. $40. Green Lotus Eden Prairie, 7942 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 ECK Wisdom on Solving Problems – 7-8:30pm. Class also meets 5/17, 5/24 and 5/31.   Problems. Why do we have so many? Learn time-tested techniques to overcome difficulties, resolve the past and kindle your creativity to transform yourself and your life. Free. 952-380-2200. Eckankar, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen. Holistic Chamber of Minnesota – 7-9pm. We welcome any business, professional, or practitioner that promotes a healthy lifestyle as well as products and/or services to enhance general health and well-being. Free to first time visitors. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, #105, Burnsville.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Essential Oils & Acupressure to Improve Sleep 6-9pm. Learn how to support better sleep with essential oils and acupressure. Enjoy finding your “sleepy oils” and create your very own sleep-time inhaler to integrate into your bedtime routine. $49. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343. Normandale. edu/ce/classes. Swan Medicine with Laura Adrian – 7-9pm. An evening of self-care, visioning, healing and reconnecting to your truths. Inspired by the swan, you’ll experience the power and beauty of reflection, nourishing the body, mind and spirit. $40. Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave N, St Paul. RESTART with Amy Nadeau – 6-7:30pm. Class meets Thursdays until June 8. This 5-week program helps remove toxins, such as sugar, from your diet and gives your body the boost it needs to find optimal health. $179. Office Building, 5005 Old Cedar Lake Rd S, #104, St. Louis Park.

FRIDAY, MAY 12 Healthy Happy Hour with Acupuncture – 5-6pm. Start your weekend out right with a stress reducing happy hour! Join us for community based acupuncture followed by a cup of healthy herbal tea. Donation based. Spirit of the Lake Yoga & Wellness, 244 Water St, 2nd Fl, Excelsior. Energy Circle and Gallery Reading Event – 7-9 pm. An evening with Laurie Wondra is fun and profound, lighthearted and insightful. She has been using her gifts as an intuitive and medium for most of her life. $30. Green Lotus Yoga & Healing, 750 Main St, #100 Mendota Heights.

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Hennepin County Fix–it Clinic – Noon-4pm. Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Free. Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington. Ayurvedic Energies: Ayurveda and Yoga for Vata – 1-3pm. Discover the unique qualities of the Vata body type, including aligning our diets, self-care practices and lifestyle to address and prevent imbalance. $40. Green Lotus Eden Prairie, 7942 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie. Shiatsu Basics – 6-8pm. Participants learn simple yet effective finger pressure techniques to relieve and prevent chronic aches & pains and everyday ailments. $75. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 W 35 St, St Louis Park.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 “What is…” Series: The Truth About Homeopathy – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn about homeopathy from practitioner Kathryn Berg. Free. Psinergy Natural Health, 1553 Como Ave, St Paul. The Joys and Challenges of Motherhood – 7-9pm. Join us for a discussion about the ups and downs of motherhood, how to maintain balance, and what you’ve been surprised by and learned since becoming a mother. Free. Think Bank Community Room, 3655 Hazelton Rd, Edina.

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Diamond Dowsing Basic – Thu 6-9pm/Fri 9am-5pm/ Sat 9am-4pm. Learn how to connect with the quantum field in order to detect the various negative energy lines in your home and office and how to cure them. $498. Marriott Bloomington Hotel, 2020 American Blvd E, Bloomington.

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SATURDAY, MAY 20 Ramsey County Fix–it Clinic – 10:30am-1:30pm. Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Free. Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 North Dale St, St Paul. RamseyCounty.Us. RESTART with Amy Nadeau – 10:30am-noon. Class meets Saturdays until June 17. This 5-week program helps remove toxins, such as sugar, from your diet and gives your body the boost it needs to find optimal health. $179. Office Building, 5005 Old Cedar Lake Rd S, #104, St. Louis Park. Free Yoga – Noon-1pm. Join us for a beginner-friendly, flow-based class. We welcome everyone whether they have been here before or are here for the first time. Free. Yoga Pod Minnetonka, 12993 Ridgedale Dr, #103, Minnetonka. Shop Local Event – Noon-4pm. Featuring local vendors, door prizes and food samples, Mazopiya’s Shop Local event offers the whole family a chance to discover healthy, wholesome products made right here in the community. Free. Mazopiya Natural Food Market, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake. Connect with Your Inner Healer – 1-4pm. Second class meets 6/10 same time. Learn to balance energy, release pain, tension, fear, old wounding and other blockages while improving focus, mood, oxygen-ation, vitality, performance, relationships, relaxation and sleep. $45/person or $80/couple for one date and $72/ person or $140/couple for both dates. Peace of Mind Education Center, 9025 Tamarack Rd, Wood-bury.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 New Moon Renewal – 12:30-2:30pm. Breathing, Mantra, Postures, Visualization, Meditation and Deep Relaxation will be our focus to enhance our spiritual evolutionary process. All levels of practice are welcome. $35. Spirit of the Lake Yoga & Wellness, 244 Water St, 2nd Fl, Excelsior.

THURSDAY, MAY 25 Arm & Hand Massage – 6-8pm. Have you ever wanted to learn massage techniques? Come explore massage therapy for yourself. Learn a simple massage routine for the arm and hand, and find out if massage is right for you. Free. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 W 35 St, St Louis Park.

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JUNE 16-18 The 28th Annual Energy Fair – Jun 16-18. 9am10pm, Fri and Sat; 9am-5pm, Sun. Celebrate clean energy and sustainability. Enjoy 250+ workshops, 200+ exhibitors, inspiring keynotes featuring JB Straubel, Co-Founder of Tesla, live music, camping, family fun, great food, and more. $15/day; $35/weekend; Free for volunteers and MREA Members. Reduced ticket prices before May 17. Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI. 715-592-6595.



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sunday Gentle Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Allows students of all levels to flow at a slower pace. Incorporating intentional movements paired with breath work to promote relaxation and re-connection of the mind and body. $18. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216.

monday Lovingkindness Meditation Practice – 6-7pm. Through ancient, gentle and gradual practices, we learn to let go of fear and ill-will and to open our hearts to ourselves and to others, known and unknown. Our time together will include instruction, guided meditation and discussion. Donation based. River Garden, 455 7th St W, St Paul. Silent Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditators of all levels and approaches are welcome. A few grounding and centering exercises are offered to begin. Sign up in the foyer at the Center, contact the facilitator, Ingela at, or call the center between 11am-3pm T-Th (office hours). Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage.

tuesday Weekly Guided & Silent Meditation – 11-11:30am. Led by a Prayer Chaplain in the Meditation Room, this meditation is the same one going on concurrently at Unity Village. It alternates affirmative prayer and silence. Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage. Stress Busters Meditation – Noon-1pm. Join us when you can for a free meditation at the University of MN. Mayo Building, Third Fl. Meditation Space, Minneapolis. Hand Drum for Beginners – 5:30-6:30pm. Participants will learn hand drum technique using West African Drums. No need to own a drum; the center has plenty to share, but some drumming experience needed such as Intro to Hand Drum. $10. Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave W, St Paul.



Nia Dance – 5:30-6:30pm. Calling all the movers and shakers out there! Let’s dance in community and have some fun! Dance at your own pace and level of comfort. Led by Nia dance teacher Jody Polson. Please bring a water bottle and a yoga mat or beach towel for cool-down and dress comfortably. Love offering. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage.

Free Qigong Practice Session – 6-7:30pm. Rhonda Battisto leads practices of self-healing and empowerment every week. A healing meditation follows gentle guided healing movements. Donations accepted yet never expected. Peace of Mind Early Education Center, 9025 Tamarack Rd, Woodbury. Introductory Presentations on the Transcendental Meditation Program – 6:30-8pm. Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and offers a lifetime of benefits for health, well-being and development of the human potential. Free. Twin Cities TM Center, 5215 Edina Industrial Blvd, #300, Edina. “What is…” Series – 6:30-7:30pm. This free weekly series has a new topic and speaker each week. Visit the website for updated information. Free. Psinergy Natural Health, 1553 Como Ave, St Paul. Weekly Meditation – 7-8pm. This facilitated group meditation is offered each week with its own meditative focus: Chanting, HeartMath, Shamanic Drumming, Hope Wednesdays with the Y.O.U. and the Healing Drum Circle. Donation based. Unity North Spiritual Center, 11499 Martin Street NW, Coon Rapids.

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thursday Hatha for Everyone – 6-7pm. Everyone is welcome to this weekly drop-in class. All levels. Relieve stress, achy joints, improve balance at all levels and increase your sense of well-being. $10. Meditation Center, 631 University Ave NE, Minneapolis. Free Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a free weekly meditation. Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Eden Prairie City Hall, 8080 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie. Contact or 651-730-2078.

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