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Meditative Melodies

How Sound Deepens Meditation






Forever Flexible Keep Joints

Ways to Make Far Less Trash

Naturally Healthy

September 2018 |

Morris, Union, Sussex & Essex Co. Edition


September 2018


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.

Contents 20 MEDITATIVE MELODIES How Sound Deepens Meditation



27 yoga glossary

A List of some of the Different Styles of Yoga



Pack Five Foods for Fun, Flavor and Health



35 FOREVER FLEXIBLE Keep Joints Naturally Healthy


Ways to Make Far Less Trash

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The Season for Change


uite often change is brought about by pain. Our minds supply us with all the justification we need to stay stuck. I know from personal experience how hard change can be. Even good change can be hard to see as good. Thinking of the future can be so scary that hope is hard to find. Often our thinking generates only the bleak side of endless possibilities. So we push back, consciously or subconsciously, to resist change. We dig in our heels to protect our lives as they are. Even in extreme circumstances such as domestic violence, dysfunctional relationships, drugs and alcoholic abuse, we often will protect what is “normal” in our world and resist change. We also protect the thinking which created our life’s situations. What a paradox—the mind battle of wanting change and resisting at the same time. In our heart of hearts, we know what to do. We hope for change yet are frozen. We think we are unable to change. How could we know it was our thinking that was wrong? At the base of all this resistance to change lies fear. I have no tangible evidence for this hypothesis; living and listening have been my teachers. While everyone is different, shaped over time by a multitude of life experiences, I suggest fear of the unknown to be at the root of the battle against change. It was for me. When it was brought to my attention that my thinking was all wrong, that I needed to learn how to think properly to restructure, reframe, and redesign my thinking, I shook my head. Really?! I thought I was pretty smart, knew a lot, a little bit ahead of the curve—yes, I was a know-it-all. How wrong I was! For me, the light bulb went off when I realized that “my best thinking got me into this mess.” This tiny bit of light opened the door to recognizing that I alone had to make a decision to change. When I first heard that my happiness was my responsibility, that I was totally in charge of my thinking, that I was responsible for my feelings, emotions, and I alone was responsible for bringing change into my life, I didn’t like it. But slowly, I learned how to change my thoughts. To think positively, to see the good in everything, to not judge people, to develop empathy, compassion, to think of others, to slow down, and let myself think. I do not suggest that I have mastered this skill, but I am now aware of the need to think properly. We at Natural Awakenings strive to be a vehicle for good change on a personal, community, world and planetary level. I feel privileged and hope I carry positive change to others. My wish for everyone is to embrace change. If you’re stuck in a bad situation do not try to do it alone—that was my mistake. Remember, there is a community of helping hands, ready and waiting to help you change. Reach out to them; achieve the changes you need. Build that life you deserve. Let me close with this quote by John Wooden: “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” In peace, love and laughter,

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Grand Opening of Lotus Lounge in Morristown


otus Lounge, a holistic healing sanctuary, will celebrate its grand opening on September 21-23. The grand opening weekend offerings include a Healing Heart Kundalini Gong Sound Bath, meditation and yoga classes, plus an intro session to Lotus Lounge’s therapies and practitioners. Founded by holistic practitioner, Angelina Helene, the lounge features a new paradigm in whole-body wellness and healing. The services provided are a culmination of experiences, training and self-healing that Angelina has utilized over the past two decades. The therapies provided assist individuals in achieving radiant, glowing, vibrant health by providing the tools they need to maintain a cleaner lifestyle. These include deep lymphatic cleansing (ELT therapy), cutting-edge far infrared therapy (Jade FIR Sauna Pod and Amethyst Biomat), holistic wellness, nutrition, prevention and energy healing. Lotus Lounge’s synergistic purifying therapies are not a cure for disease, but set the precondition for the body to heal itself. They feature EFT, meditation, holistic life coaching, past life regression sessions, Kundalini yoga and shamanic healing. The studio offers monthly healing circles, reiki shares and other classes and workshops. Lotus Lounge provides an integrated healing approach for health-minded clients who are seeking detox therapies, anti-aging, healing from chronic disease, weight management and more. Location: Lotus Lounge, 5 Washington Street, Second Floor, Morristown. For more information, visit See ad on page 8.

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Dhyana Yoga Teacher Training at Dhyana Yoga Arts


hyana Yoga Arts is a welcoming, creative, studio that shares yoga with clarity and heart. Its uniqueness lies in the generous, knowledgeable teachers and the variety of classes that are both accessible and challenging for beginners and advanced students alike. On September 14, the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training begins, with classes held on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trainees will learn from expert teachers who have the knowledge and experience needed to guide participants along yoga’s powerful path of selfrealization. Lead teacher, Deanna Sidoti, is the director of DYA and specializes in Alignment and Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis. She’s been teaching and mentoring teachers for over a decade and has over 30 years of experience in movement and creative arts. This training explores yoga’s ancient traditions, including the fundamentals of asana and alignment, yogic philosophy, prop-use, the art of sequencing and assisting, anatomy, chakras, nadis, koshas, safe and ethical teaching, Sanskrit and more. Learn about prenatal yoga, mantras, meditation, restorative yoga, and yoga professionalism. DYA also offers Yoga Ropes & Slings (Rope Wall), Vinyasa Flow, Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis, Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantras, Sanskrit, Meditation and beyond. Location: Dhyana Yoga Arts, 95 West Main St, Chester. For more information, call 973489-9623, email or visit See ad on page 10.

Mindfulness Meditation Workshop


he teachers at Califon Yoga Studio believe that a yoga studio is more than a place to exercise; it’s a community in which people can explore ways to challenge the body, mind and spirit in a supportive atmosphere that encourages curiosity and personal growth. Every Wednesday evening, the studio hosts enrichment workshops that compliment the work students do each day on and off the mat. On September 19 at 6:30 p.m., the studio welcomes Dr. Zan Stuebing for a workshop on Mindfulness Meditation. Participants will be guided in the development of a personal mindfulness practice with a focus on compassion. Her approach is perfect for students who have found quieting the mind in meditation challenging in the past and those who want to expand their current meditation practice. In addition, the studio offers classes in a range of levels from a variety of traditions including vinyasa flow, Anusara and classical Sivananda. Cost: $20 for September 19 workshop. Location: Califon Yoga Studio, 438 County Road 512, Califon (Victorian Square Mall). For more information and a complete schedule of daily classes, visit

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growing educational Facebook group, “CBD Wellness Warriors” has been created to share the advantages of CBD oil and holistic healthcare. Each Sunday night, the group hosts Facebook Live events which cover an assortment of CBD and HempWorx topics. Kristen Ragucci, administrator of the CBD Wellness Warriors group, is a mom of special needs children, and is passionate about sharing the tremendous benefits of CBD oil. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and Acceptance and a volunteer with the #icare Movement (a mental health awareness volunteer group). The CBD Wellness Warriors educate through personal testimonies, and sharing current research and educational information designed to motivate those on a natural health journey. This group is free to join. They also hold question and answer sessions for anyone who wants to learn more. For more information, call Kristen at 908-872-6103, email or visit CBDWellnessWarriors. com. See ad on page 19.

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Nancy Orlen Weber Publishes New Book: “The Life of a Psychic Detective”


sychic detective, psychic, medium and animal communicator, Nancy Orlen Weber strongly believes that we are all capable of bringing light into the world and developing whatever skills and talents we have a passion for. Read Nancy’s recounting of the cases and their profound effect on Nancy, the victims, their families and the enforcement personnel and judges in her new book, The Life of a Psychic Detective. Inspired by helping people discover their hidden skills and talents, Nancy weaves true stories with practical applications of psychic abilities that we can use in our daily lives. Additionally, on September 29, at 1:30 PM, Nancy will be one of the four psychics on a panel for a Peek into the Paranormal workshop. Guests will hear the distinguished speakers share their experiences and gifts. A limited number of first-edition signed and personalized copies of her book are now available for $12.95. Mention this Natural Awakenings ad for free shipping. Each book sold donates $1 to the D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation’s project, Hope for Justice and to end human trafficking worldwide. For more information and to connect with Nancy, email or call 973-586-3936. To register for her Peek into the Paranormal workshop, visit See ads on pages 11 and 15.


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One Spirit Festival in Clinton


xplore the world of energy, both seen and unseen, through local visionaries, artists, healers and mystics at the One Spirit Festival on Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Clinton Community Center. Learn about meditation, healing facilitation, connect with the energy of various rocks and crystals, experience energy center realigned, explore the properties of Orgone energy and view photos of other dimensions. Psychics Michael Zaikowski, Joanie Eisinger, Brenda Ivey, and Nancy Lukas will offer 15-minute sessions throughout both days. Festival organizer Christina Lynn Whited explains, “The One Spirit Festival is all about celebrating each person’s unique connection to the great unknown, whether through intuitive practices or artistic endeavor. Creative energy can be expressed in so many ways, so we celebrate all aspects of the divine connection.” Local artisan offerings include jewelry, orgone generators, handmade soaps, healing skin crèmes and accessories made from recycled materials. The festival is a visual and sensory feast as well as an invitation to expanding consciousness and wellness. Explore topics as diverse as Crystals for Intuition and Guidance, Essential Oils and Spirituality, the History and Science of Paranormal Research, Sound Healing with Tuning Forks and more. Location: Clinton Community Center, 63 Halstead Street, Clinton. For more information and a full list of vendors, topics and schedules, call Christina at 908-638-9066 or visit See ad on page 28.


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Spiritual Illumination Hour


lossoming into Light, located in Chester, announces a new monthly workshop called “The Spiritual Illumination Hour” which explores a variety of topics, such as lucid dreaming, sacred geometry, spiritual acceleration, ascension, sacred rituals, higher self connection and more. In addition, tools and processes will be shared that participants can incorporate into their daily lives. The workshop will meet on the 2nd Friday evening of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. Snacks will be provided. As an added bonus, attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a service or product to assist them on their spiritual path. One winner is selected each month. The energy exchange is $20 per month or purchase a series of four classes for $75. Location: Blossoming into Light, 401 Route 24, Chester. (Entrance is the light blue door in back of the building.) For information, contact, or 862-222-4268. To register, visit See ad on page 20.

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oga Impact Institute, a non-profit organization that brings the benefits of yoga to marginalized populations, is offering two yoga teacher training courses at Purple Om Yoga in Denville. Yoga Impact Teacher Training is special because it focuses on a strong foundation to authentically connect with the needs of all levels of students. Volunteering through the many Yoga Impact programs is available for continued growth and deep fulfillment. The 200-Hour initial training is led by the studio owner, Jennifer Kalawur. The training starts September 20 and will meet most Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., through February. The first 77-hour portion of the training is being offered as an immersion, for yoga practitioners who want to go deeper into the history, philosophy and science of yoga, but may not be ready or interested in becoming a certified teacher. The 300-Hour advanced training is led by the Yoga Impact director, Nancy Candea. This training begins October 13 and meets the second weekend of each month through June. This training is offered to certified yoga teachers with a minimum 100 hours of teaching experience. The advanced training goes deeper into the science, psychology and philosophy of yoga. Teachers will also be introduced to creating programs for specific populations including physical limitations, autoimmune diseases, anxiety and depression. Location: Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West, Denville. For more information, call 973-343-2848, email Jennifer@PurpleOmYoga. com or, or visit or See ad on page 29.

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Meditation Improves Long-Term Cognition Cognitive gains that people experience from an intense meditation retreat can persist for at least seven years and slow age-related cognitive decline, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of California at Davis followed up with 60 people that had participated in a three-month retreat in which they meditated in a group and alone for a total of about eight hours a day. Immediately afterwards, the meditators showed improvements in holding sustained attention— the ability to stay focused on a task or object— a key measure of cognitive function. Seven years later, researchers found that those significant gains were partly maintained, and that older participants that diligently practiced meditation didn’t show typical patterns of age-related attention declines. 12

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Ballet Dancing Boosts Senior Fitness and Energy Ten Australian seniors that strapped on ballet slippers and participated in Ballet for Seniors classes for three months reported feeling more fit, energetic and animated, according to research from the Queensland Institute of Technology and the Queensland Ballet. They also found that ballet improved their posture, flexibility, maneuverability and awareness. Mastering challenging movements and sequences made the dancers happier than working at already achieved levels. Also, the group enjoyed developing supportive social bonds in get-togethers outside the dance studio.

Cruciferous Veggies May Lower Stroke Risk Elderly women that eat lots of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage have less plaque on their carotid artery walls, reducing risk of strokes and heart attacks, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Western Australia surveyed 854 Australian women over the age of 70 to determine their vegetable intake, and then used sonograms to measure their carotid artery wall thickness to ascertain the severity of carotid plaque. Those eating the most cruciferous vegetables had a .05 millimeter lower carotid artery wall thickness compared to those with the lowest intake. “That is likely significant, because a 0.1 millimeter decrease in carotid wall thickness is associated with a 10 to 18 percent decrease in risk of stroke and heart attack,” says lead study author Lauren Blekkenhorst. Other vegetables, including leafy greens and alliums like onions, were not found to have the same protective effect.

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Acupuncture reduces autism scores, according to a new meta-analysis of 27 clinical studies of 1,736 children. Researchers from Kyung Hee University, in the Republic of Korea, found that whether acupuncture was used alone or combined with other therapies, it improved outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder as measured by the Childhood Autism Rating Scale and the Autism Behavior Checklist, without causing adverse side effects.

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Three Reasons Why Drinking Ice Cold Beverages Can Be Bad for Your Health By Dr. Vincent Caruso, Jr.

After kicking up a sweat from exercising or working around the house, the popular solution for cooling off is to toss back a frosty, ice cold drink. It’s satisfying, relaxing, and quickly gives you a break from the boost in body heat that you’ve just generated. Unfortunately, while chugging icy beverages provides momentary relief, in the long run, it may be quite detrimental to your well-being, according to the 5,000 year old teachings of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as well as Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine). Here’s why: 1. Ingesting icy cold drinks (and foods) decreases the effectiveness of the digestive system by causing the stomach to constrict, thus decreasing blood flow. The resulting stagnation may negatively affect overall digestion and could result in bloating, constipation, stomach pain, skin issues, and tiredness. 2. The stomach/digestive system supports the immune system. If the digestive system is weakened by consistently ingesting ice cold drinks, the immune system will also weaken and be less able to successfully ward off disease and illness.

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3. Drinking cold beverages in hot weather can actually boost your body temperature, which will stimulate sweat glands, increase fatigue, and make one more uncomfortable. According to Everyday Health, which features content that’s peer reviewed by Western medicine doctors, “if cold temperatures— such as ice water or cold food in the diet—enter the stomach, the body works quickly to warm it.” So instead of reaching for an icy beverage when hot and sweaty, a better choice is to sip (never chug) a drink that’s at room temperature. It will digest easier, it won’t cause intestinal distress, and it will provide a healthier cool down than a frozen or ice-filled beverage can deliver. This very easy adjustment to room temperature drinks throughout the year will help maintain a healthy energy and blood flow in the digestive system, help the immune system to operate at maximum efficiency, and help keep body temperature at a steady 98.6°F. Dr. Vincent Caruso, Jr., D.C. of New Jersey Total Health, located at 124 Little Falls Road, Suite B, in Fairfield, combines chiropractic with traditional Chinese medicine, Qigong meridian therapy, and foods for healing. His work has been featured on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York”, WCBS-AM/Newsradio 880, the Star Ledger, Organic Life, and Huffington Post. For information, visit See ad on page 25. September 2018


A United Nations-backed report, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018, reveals that the world invested more in solar power than any other single energy technology in 2017 and installed more new solar capacity than all other energy sources combined, including fossil fuels. The report tally saw investors committing $279.8 billion to renewable energy overall, excluding large dams, and $160.8 billion to solar specifically. United Nations Energy Programme head Erik Solheim explains, “The extraordinary surge in solar investment shows how the global energy map is changing and more importantly, what the economic benefits are, including the creation of more better-paying, higher-quality jobs.” China, the leader in solar and renewable investment, was responsible for more than half of the 98 gigawatts of solar capacity added last year and 45 percent of the dollars invested in renewables overall. The U.S. was second, investing $40.5 billion in renewable energy. Mexico, Australia and Sweden increased their commitments by substantial amounts—810 percent, 147 percent and 127 percent, respectively—with all three countries ranked in the top 10.

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Farms Test Low-Tech Pesticide Alternative To make sure more beneficial bugs come to their crops to feed on pests, farmers are planting flowers in the middle of their fields. On a farm near the town of Buckingham, England, a crop of oilseed rape is planted amidst rows of wildflowers. It’s one of 14 sites in a study testing the wildflowers’ efficacy in attracting pesteating bugs, and how well they would perform 14

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in replacing toxic pesticides. The study also includes the use of borders of wildflowers around each field, a technique farmers in the area have used for the past two decades to promote general biodiversity, though not specifically for pest control. Researchers Ben Woodcock and Richard Pywell, of the UK Center for Ecology and Hydrology,

write, “The crop protection ‘toolbox’ is becoming smaller and more vulnerable, so now is a good time to rethink our future crop protection strategies to consider the use of alternative pest control measures alongside conventional pesticides.” Pesticide use probably won’t be eliminated completely, they say. However, by attracting pest-eating bugs—along

with other techniques like breeding plants to better resist pests, using technology to better diagnose and forecast pest behavior and application systems that can apply tiny amounts of pesticide more precisely—pesticide use could be dramatically reduced. Harsh chemicals can then serve as a last line of defense, rather than the first thing farmers reach for.


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The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the government affairs affiliate of the Humane Society of the U.S., worked with animal protection champions in both chambers and with other stakeholders to secure success on several fronts in the 2018 federal budget. Victories include preventing the slaughter of wild horses and burros, preserving protections for carnivores on National Park Service lands in Alaska, preserving Endangered Species Act protections for Great Lakes wolves and urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to restore inspection reports and enforcement records for horse shows, puppy mills, roadside zoos, laboratories and other facilities that were purged from the agency’s website in early 2017. The budget also adds another $2 million for USDA enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and $5 million to train and provide therapeutic service dogs for veterans and soldiers. It holds the line against cuts on many other vital fronts affecting animals, such as the Marine Mammal Commission and development of alternatives to live animal testing. Harmful provisions still reflected in the budget include exempting concentrated animal-feeding operations from reporting toxic air emissions and maintaining a prohibition on the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate toxic lead content in ammunition and fishing tackle that poison and kill wildlife.


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Ataana is an intuitive crystal and energy healer, as well as an author. He has recorded several albums, including the Prosperity Healing Mantras. Ataana will offer Prosperity Healing Mantras—Tune in to Unlimited Prosperity, which will align attendees with the frequency of unlimited prosperity. Ataana will also offer his Group Healing Session with Transformation Through Sacred Inner Dialogue. This interactive group session will immediately start to shift energy and blockages that are holding attendees back from the lives that they want. Gabriele Weber will teach simple techniques for raising vibration in her talk, Our New Golden Age. Weber, an intuitive healer, has worked with M.D.s, lectured at universities and been featured on television and radio. She holds degrees in psychology and health.

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magine being greeted each morning with an enticing and well-organized wardrobe. This doesn’t have to be a dream. However, to make it happen requires letting go, and that can be a challenge for many. Holding onto old clothes thinking they may come back into style may sound practical to one’s mind, but emotionally the energy of the past is taking too much room from today. The key is setting a vision and goal for how many clothes to have and how to keep things organized. The first step in organizing a wardrobe is being realistic about quantity of clothing needed and the amount of care required. Start by considering typical wear for a week and month for work, home, play and social activities. Next, write down the days of the week and list what types of clothing are generally worn and how often. Now offset that with how often you do laundry. (The more often you do laundry, the fewer of each type of garment you need.) The final list will be similar to this: 7 pairs of jeans, 8 to 10 casual shirts, 5 to 8 dressy shirts, 5 to 8 sweaters, 5 pairs of capris, 5 pairs of shorts, 3 skirts, 5 workout outfits and 3 bathing suits. Naturally, your list will be different as you add and remove categories that reflect your wardrobe needs and tastes. To organize closet and drawer space, take a step back and decide which closet areas and drawers should contain certain categories of items. Putting underwear, socks, pajamas and workout clothes in bins on closet shelves or in dresser drawers usually works well. Hang clothing by type, then subtype by length and by color. For example, for bottoms, hang shorts first, then skirts, Capris and then long pants. Within each category, sort from lightest to darkest color. Use the same methodology for tops, sweaters and dresses. In sorting through the items, make sure to have a designated donate and toss pile and be brutal when considering each clothing item. Ask yourself if you like how the items make you look, if you have duplicates of the item in your wardrobe and if you feel good in each item. Don’t hesitate to toss or donate something that isn’t even liked anymore. As you go through your closet, keep a running list of items missing from your wardrobe. Having a specific list of needed items in your phone, purse or planner will help make shopping more purposeful. Knowing that all of the clothes in your closet and drawers fit you and are useful will help bring harmony to your wardrobe and your life. Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry provides sympathetic and nonjudgmental organizing, de-cluttering and time management services to residential and business clients. Sherry also specializes in helping female adults with ADD get their physical space and time management in order, and with helping children and teens to get organized. For information, contact Sherry at or 908-619-4561. See CRG on page 57. September 2018


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hen life is stressful, we know we need to relax. The question is how. Many wonderful ways involve combining music with a meditation practice. Although we can’t always control our surroundings, we can learn to control how we react to and internalize what happens around us. On the value of meditation and mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, observes, “When we do studies of this, we find we can change our brains. We can change our relationship to our emotions. We can change our relationship to the actuality of things in ways that are healing. The immune system responds.” Because sound affects us on all levels—emotional, mental and physical—combining musical processes with our meditation practice can be highly effective in easing stress. Cultures worldwide have long used music to lift the spirit and enhance meditation and healing.

Choosing Meditation Music Choose recorded music that helps calm mental chatter. Here are some criteria. 4 Slow rhythms. These entrain bodily systems, including the heartbeat, pulse, digestion, respiration and muscle functioning, to a more natural rhythm. 4 Natural sounds. They give a sense of peace. 4 Nurturing tones. Typically, these are clear, warm and gentle.
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 4 Absence of hooks and refrains; avoid repetition and familiarity that engage the analytical mind. 4 Sub-audio frequencies. The presence of these is an optional way to entrain brainwaves to an alpha or theta state that allows relaxation and healing to occur. 4 Intention. It’s important for both the musician and listener. Here are several self-generated ways to further enhance meditation.

Controlling Breath We can live without food for weeks and water for days, but breath for only minutes. A simple way to begin breath work is by taking a fast, full inhalation, followed by a long, slow exhalation. With practice, both breath control and stress levels will improve.

Vocal Toning This uses the human voice to produce elongated vowel tones or humming sounds that can empower meditation. It also slows and

lengthens our exhalation by putting a brake on the breath. Begin by taking a deep breath and then, with the mouth open, make a simple vowel tone such as ahh or ohh. With the exhalation pushing out a sound, the tone follows naturally.

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Mantra and Chant Mantras can keep the demons of our monkey mind from distracting us. The word means “mind protection” in Sanskrit. A mantra is characterized by a short sound or phrase that carries a vibration and frequency that extends beyond the simple meaning of the words. Using mantras can help overcome mental chatter, de-stress and set us up for an expansion of consciousness. Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, documented a phenomenon he named “the relaxation response”. His research discovered that those that repeated mantras for even 10 minutes a day experienced physiological changes—a reduced heart rate, slower metabolism and lower stress levels, all of which allow the body to return to a more natural state of wellness.


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ometimes we meet people whose accomplishments are so vast and eclectic that it’s hard to comprehend their total scope without referencing something visual, such as climbing a mountain or navigating stepping stones. Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman is one such person. From Texas to New Jersey, from small town to the big city, Freeman never saw a mountain she couldn’t climb. She never turned away from stepping stones that appeared before her, even when she couldn’t see where the path would end. In fact, traversing those stones taught her that often it’s the unexpected side step that takes us where we need to go in our journey. Freeman’s early journey, while accomplished, seemed about as far away from nutrition as she could get. She worked as a designer of corporate parks and homes, which led to specializing in the art of putting the “final jewelry” on houses by stylizing walls, shelves and such. She was also an artist on canvas, painting in five different styles under five different names as she provided art to decorators and art galleries that ultimately wound up in corporate offices and collections. She also painted commissions, with some of her oversized canvases hanging high in the vaulted ceilings of homes in the Hamptons and New York. During this time, however, Freeman was not well, physically. She went to traditional medical doctors and received what turned out to be a misdiagnosis, and her health didn’t improve. She had questions about her health issues, and in pursuing answers, she ventured onto unfamiliar stepping stones, beginning a new path in her life—one that would become her life’s work. Through research and education, Freeman pursued knowledge of the human body— blood, cellular system, skeletal make up—and, most importantly, the interactions of good nutrition and its effects on various diseases. She explored how nutrition, when properly applied, works to prevent disease, improve health, strengthen the immune system and support the human body and mind. Most significantly, she discovered that her understanding was not in harmony with mainstream health care professionals. As Freeman gained and applied knowledge, not only did her health improve, but she also found herself increasingly helping others that were in positions similar to hers—they

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were ill, and they weren’t getting better. She became so busy helping others manage their health that she found herself without the time to do much else. In the 1980’s, Freeman decided the best way to share her knowledge was through an educational business. “This was way before the internet,” recalls Freeman. “I was seeking events to speak at and places where I could lecture. I spoke at spas, gyms, local PTA meetings—if someone would listen, I was talking nutrition.” Freeman also began teaching classes on nutrition, which organically led to creation of her own company, Wellness Simplified, and her Nutrition Certification Program, providing graduates with certification as a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Freeman has graduated over 800 students, recently moving to a larger facility to accommodate demand. The courses invite those from all walks of life—mothers that want advanced knowledge to protect the health of their families, individuals seeking information for personal health conditions or desiring a new career path, doctors, chiropractors, dentists, physical therapists and many others interested in holistic health. Each year, Freeman conducts two, 6-month courses on nutrition. The next training course begins in October, and it will not be surprising if all 60 available seats are filled. More than a course in nutrition, her program teaches a way of life, a behavior change, a new sense of self and new awareness. Even as she teaches others, Freeman continues down that stone path she discovered so many years ago, pursuing a doctorate in medical humanities at Drew University. She also plans to teach art in Wellness Simplified’s expanded classroom space as a form of stress relief and artful meditation. “Take care of yourself, understand the system of your body and plug into the principles of good health,” advises Freeman. “The more I learned, the more I believed that nutrition is just pure common sense.”

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oga, a holistic art and practice that originated some 5,000 years ago in India, aims to integrate mind, body and spirit. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning to yoke or unite, and refers to the joining of body with mind and mind with soul to achieve health, balance, tranquility and enlightenment. Individuals of every age and physical condition can benefit from the regular practice of yoga, which has been proven to enhance flexibility, strength, stamina and concentration. Using a combination of asanas, or postures, and breathing techniques, yoga works to induce deep relaxation and reduce stress, tone the body and organs, increase vitality, and improve circulation and energy flow. Uplifting and meditative, yoga can be applied as a spiritual practice, as well. Although many schools, or styles, of yoga exist, most differences derive from the primary focus of the practitioner’s attention: precise alignment of the body; holding of the asanas; flow between the postures; breath and movement coordination; or inner awareness and meditation. No particular style is better than another, and many students practice more than one.

Aerial: Originated in California and now in several countries. Sometimes branded as AntiGravity Yoga, aerial incorporates traditional yoga asanas with the use of a hammock or sling and combines elements of Pilates and dance. This style is said to deliver benefits on emotional and psychological levels and has a fun component.

Ananda: A form of gentle hatha yoga

with an emphasis on meditation. Ananda combines classic yoga postures with breathing and silent affirmations to attune with higher levels of body sense, energy and silent inner awareness. As an inner-directed practice, it has less appeal to those desiring a more athletic or aerobic experience.

Anusara: Anusara means “go with the

flow,” and blends spirituality with inner/ outer alignment and balanced energetic actions. Developed by John Friend in 1997, this style urges students to think of poses as artistic expressions of the heart. Individual abilities and limitations are deeply respected and honored, so Anusara yoga can be helpful for everyone and is good for beginners.

Ashtanga: A physically demanding style that is light on meditation, ashtanga yoga employs a fast-paced series of flowing poses to build strength, flexibility and stamina. Developed by Indian yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, ashtanga’s progressively difficult postures are synchronized with a loud breath (called ujyaii breath in Sanskrit) and are designed to produce intense internal heat and purifying sweat in order to detoxify muscles and organs. The room is usually heated to warm muscles and increase flexibility. Preferred by many athletes, this style is too intense and demanding for most beginners. Chair: Practiced sitting or standing, it uses a chair as a support/prop. Asanas are adapted from traditional hatha yoga. It benefits older individuals and those that are body-challenged. Flexibility is enhanced, as well as mind-body awareness. Hatha: Hatha yoga is the foundational discipline on which nearly all other styles are based. In Sanskrit, ha represents the sun and tha, the moon—hence, the practice is designed to bring the yin and yang, light and dark, masculine and feminine aspects and polarities into balance. Essentially, hatha yoga brings all aspects of life together. A class described as hatha

Aqua: Also known as water or pool yoga. Aqua yoga is practiced in water—a warm indoor pool or natural body of water. Asanas are adapted to work with the buoyancy provided by water and have a positive effect on joints. This form is a viable option for older individuals or anyone else with physical conditions that prevent them from practicing land yoga. Its benefits include lymphatic stimulation and improved range of motion.

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Hot Yoga: Hot yoga is performed in a heated room using varying temperatures and yoga poses. A Bikram yoga room is set at a minimum of 105° Fahrenheit with about 40 percent humidity, performing 26 prescribed asanas. Both forms of heated yoga help to speed up metabolism and improve circulation. Integral: A gentle style of yoga brought to this country in 1966

by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Classes are structured to balance physical effort with relaxation, and include breathing practices, chanting and both guided and silent meditation. Integral yoga is suitable for beginners and helpful for more advanced students that wish to deepen their physical and spiritual awareness.

Iyengar: Noted for precise alignment and symmetry of postures, the development of balance and the use of props such as blocks, balls and belts, the Iyengar style of yoga was developed by B.K.S. Iyengar, based on his exceptional understanding of how the body works. Poses are held longer than usual. Iyengar is a good style for beginners, but can challenge seasoned practitioners, as well.

Kundalini: A powerful, enlightening style that incorporates

mantras (chanting), meditation, visualization, breathing and guided relaxation with precise postures. According to Hindu philosophy, kundalini is a concentrated form of prana, or life force, represented by a coiled, sleeping serpent said to reside at the base of the spine. When breath and movement awaken the serpent (energy), it moves up the spine through each of the seven chakras (energy centers) of the body, bringing energy and bliss. Once a closely guarded secret in India, kundalini yoga was first brought to the West in 1969, and has been known to help with addictions and releasing endorphins in the body. Kundalini will not appeal to everyone and should be practiced under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

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SUP: An acronym for stand up paddleboard, SUP yoga can be practiced on a lake or other calm body of water. Hatha and vinyasa asanas are employed with the intention of challenging the practitioner to distribute their weight to maintain balance. Benefits include improved core strength, circulation and balance. Svaroopa: A style that helps each student discover

their bliss. The Sanskrit word svaroopa means “the true nature of being”, and Svaroopa yoga is sometimes called the yoga of alignment and compassion. Attention to alignment in specifically chosen poses helps to soften the body’s connective tissues and ease spinal tension. Blocks and bolsters may be used to allow for deeper muscle release. The style is suitable for beginners and useful for those recovering from injury.

Viniyoga: A transformative, slower and more individualized form of yoga that emphasizes gentle flow and coordinated breath with movement, Viniyoga is holistic in its approach and teaches

the student how to apply the yoga tools of poses, chanting, breathing and meditation. Function is stressed over form in this style. Viniyoga is recommended for beginners and seniors, as well as those in chronic pain or healing from injury or disease.

Vinyasa: A challenging style that matches breath

to movement. Vinyasa yoga poses incorporate alignment principles and are woven together in a flowing practice that is both intense and dance-like. Translated from Sanskrit, Vinyasa means “without obstacle”. The style is best suited to energetic, physically fit students.

Yin: Developed by yoga teachers Paulie Zink and

Paul Grilley to improve joint mobility and flexibility through holding asanas for up to five minutes or longer, yin yoga complements more intense practices such as Bikram, increases circulation in connective tissue and fosters inner stillness. Please note: The contents of this Yoga Glossary are for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be used in place of a visit or consultation with a healthcare professional. Always seek out a licensed, certified or otherwise professionally qualified practitioner to conduct a selected treatment.

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“People usually eat with their eyes,” says Allison Forajter, a clinical dietitian at Community Hospital, in Munster, Indiana. “The more color and variety presented the better.”    Holley Grainger, a registered dietitian, creator of the blog Cleverful Living at and mother of two school-age daughters in Birmingham, Alabama, agrees, saying, “These boxes make lunchbox packing easier because each compartment can be assigned a different food group.”   Grainger usually starts with a protein, adds fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and inserts a surprise treat for a total of five selections. “One easy and inexpensive way to boost protein is through low-fat dairy options like milk, yogurt, string cheese or cottage cheese. For children that like meat and poultry, roasted chicken and low-sodium deli turkey are delicious options. This is where I like to work in leftovers, so last night’s entrée may be the filling for today’s lunchbox mini-tacos. For a high-protein vegetarian/vegan option, beans/legumes are a favorite, whether in dips, salsas, salads or pastas,” she says.   Forajter recommends exploring varied colors of the same type of fruits or vegetables. Offer green and purple grapes

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or red, yellow, green and orange bell pepper strips, and ask kids if each color tasted different. Including unusual fruits or vegetables can be a learning experience for the whole family. “Try purple and orange cauliflower or red, yellow, white or purple carrots,” she suggests.   Grainger not only packs healthy foods for her kids, she makes sure they get a little “emotional nutrition”, as well. She might include a piece of chocolate or a cookie, but the surprise doesn’t have to be food. “A note or picture from you written on your child’s napkin adds a special touch. It lets them know you’re thinking about them and gives them a feeling of security throughout the day,” she says.   Parents faced with the daily round of lunch packing may benefit from the system of five. Each item goes into a separate compartment in the bento, box-style lunchbox.

Many also offer a space for a “chiller” to keep foods safely cool.

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Protein: turkey breast, chicken breast, hardboiled egg cut in half, nuts, beans, almond butter, string cheese, yogurt Fruit: blueberries, apple slices, plums, grapes—something easy for kids to eat   Vegetable: carrots, English cucumbers, celery sticks, bell pepper strips—easy finger foods; kids might eat more veggies if provided with a dip such as hummus or natural homemade ranch dressing   Whole grain: ancient or whole grain crackers, pita bread, non-GMO blue corn chips  

Treat: a happy surprise could be a piece of wrapped dark chocolate, a crayon or a funny, loving or encouraging note from a parent

Lunch: a Key Meal

“When children are fueled with nutritious foods, they are more alert and focused throughout the day, leading to better behavior, concentration and test scores,” says Grainger. “They also have the opportunity to fill up on many of the essential vitamins and minerals often lacking in away-from-home meals. I’ve found that my children are hungrier at lunch than at other meals, so they tend to fill up on whatever is being offered.”  Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( 

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What Teens Want Their Parents to Know By Hannah Adamson • That alarm going off in the morning isn’t easy to hear. Not only do we want another five minutes...we need it. It can be difficult to transition from the “sleepins” of the summer to the early rises for school. • First day appearances are important to us. We want to make sure we show our best selves on the first day which can be hard when complicated by teen struggles like acne, bad hair days, and a lack of self-confidence. • Cafeteria politics. With new class schedules, it’s not a guarantee that all our friends have the same lunch time, and there is somewhat of an unspoken rule that where you sit on the first day determines the rest of the year. It can be difficult to choose where to sit and find new friends within the first few minutes of lunch.

• Going back to the structured routine of school after the freedom of the summer can be tricky. It’s strange to go from free-flowing summer days to having lunch at a certain time and even having to ask to go to the bathroom. • Homework! I could go on about this one for a while. It is hard when teachers assign lots of homework, especially when we have multiple classes to worry about and extracurricular obligations. • Time management is a learned skill. It may take us a while to find our groove when it comes to balancing schoolwork, sports/activities, and free time. • Tests, tests, and oh, did I mention tests? Tests are frequent and can be quite stressful, especially when there are many tests all within the same week! While we know that parents may not like the grade we get on an exam, we want you to know

that the material is challenging, and we do our best. • Social aspects. School is so much more than just academics. It’s a mixture of trying to find the right friend group and feeling comfortable with who you are. It’s not an easy process and there is no formula to get the “right” answer. We are still discovering ourselves. • We will make mistakes and might not live up to perceived expectations. We need your support and understanding during these times. A discussion and collaborative approach on how to improve things is better than feeling failure and disappointment. Really the list could go on and it varies from person to person. Just know that high-school really is hard in all its different aspects. Support and patience is valued as we go through all these back-to-school challenges. Hannah Adamson is a junior at high school. She practices meditation and takes ThetaHealing courses with Reshma Shah in Westfield, New Jersey.

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Yoga Meets Life’s Essential Questions

Tapping into Our True Nature by Michael A. Singer


n 1972, I experienced a profound spiritual awakening and went into seclusion to focus on my inner growth. This awakening helped me see that I’m not my mind—I am the observer of my mind. I watched this chattering mind creating an obstacle to self-realization and true happiness. I also came to realize another clear truth: The outside world isn’t personal. It’s unfolding according to all the forces


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that have taken place from the beginning of creation. Call it science or the will of God—it doesn’t matter. What matters is we didn’t do it, and it isn’t supposed to match what we want. When we see this, we can transcend the limited mind and embrace the true nature of our being. We’ve each developed personal likes and dislikes resulting from life experiences that have left good or unfavorable

impressions within us. These impressions determine how we view the world, and they limit our ability to enjoy life. We can begin learning how to release these impressions by letting go of the little things that irritate us for no reason—like the weather or someone’s attitude. We have a tendency to resist uncomfortable feelings, so we try to fix and control our environment. A commitment to yoga demands that we let go of our personal reactions and use each experience in life to go beyond our comfort zone. The science of yoga is centered on realizing the essential self—the one within who is simply aware. It comes from thousands of years of enlightened beings devoting their lives to the questions: “Who am I? Why do my thoughts and emotions change so much?” This inquiry helps us find the true self inside, the self beyond personality and the mind’s fears and opinions. Progress happens through cultivating awareness. The simplest approach is to ask: “Who is in here looking through these eyes and experiencing this world?” Don’t try to answer. Just relax back into the essence of your being—the one who sees—and experience life from this place of awareness. When we’re clear and comfortable with who we are inside, life becomes beautiful—regardless of what is going on around us. We can then help raise the world for the better. There is freedom and peace in that. Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, is founder of the Temple of the Universe yoga and meditation center, in Alachua, Florida. See

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activity are inevitable, a new generation of clinicians disagree. They’ve seen how by losing weight, fighting inflammation with wholesome food and supplements, exercising smart and exploring science-backed integrative therapies, patients can manage the root causes of joint pain and find relief. “We have many tools at our disposal to halt or slow the progression of arthritis so most people never have to have surgery,” says Doctor of Naturopathy Casey Seenauth, a staff physician at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Pain Relief Center, in Tempe, Arizona.

Identification Helps

The term “arthritis” can conjure images of aging cartilage worn thin by years of overuse. Yet this common type, known as osteoarthritis, is just one of many joint pain culprits. Rheumatoid arthritis, which manifests in swelling and pain in the hands, wrists, feet or toes, arises when the body’s immune system attacks itself, destroying tissue around the joints. Spondyloarthritis inflames the spine and sometimes the eyes and gut. Infections like

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hirty-seven percent of American adults 18 and older suffer from arthritis—a catch-all term for a dozen varieties of joint disease—according to the nonprofit Arthritis Foundation. One in two men and two in three women 65 or older may have it, estimates a recent Boston University study. Due to increasing obesity rates and autoimmune disorders, it’s also impacting 8 million Millennials, reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I’m seeing higher rates, more severe cases and more of them in younger people. It’s an epidemic no one is talking about,”

says Dr. Susan Blum, a Rye Brook, New York, physician and author of Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally. About 65 percent of patients try to treat joint pain with daily anti-inflammatory drugs that can damage the stomach and kidneys. Many work and exercise less due to pain, making arthritis the leading cause of disability. More than 1 million undergo expensive, risky surgeries annually, with hip and knee replacements performed twice as often now as in 2000. Although conventional medicine maintains that drugs, surgery and reduced

Lyme disease, parvovirus and hepatitis B can also ignite arthritic joint pain. Inflammation may exacerbate them all, so an anti-inflammatory program can typically provide relief, says Blum. Serious forms might require more aggressive treatments; a visit with an integrative clinician is an important first step.

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About one-third of obese people have arthritis, and research shows that with every pound lost, joint pain diminishes— the lighter the load, the less the pressure on joints. A Wake Forest University study of knee osteoarthritis patients showed that with each 10 pounds lost, 40 pounds of pressure is lifted from the knee. “But it’s not simply about the load on the joints,” says Blum. Fat cells release compounds called inflammatory cytokines, which can boost September 2018


inflammation and pain. And new research from the University of Rochester, in New York, suggests that obesity may also impair the gut microbiome (beneficial bacteria lining the gastrointestinal tract), further exacerbating arthritis. “There is no doubt that the gut bacteria are involved in the onset and perpetuation of inflammation and pain in arthritis,” says Blum. When researchers fed mice the equivalent of a “cheeseburger and milkshake” diet for 12 weeks, doubling their

body fat, they found more pro-inflammatory bacteria in their colon, more cartilage deterioration than in lean mice and more inflammation in their knees.

Healing the Gut Heals Joints Blum explains that dysbiosis, an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the intestinal tract, can damage its fragile lining, allowing bits of bacteria to enter the bloodstream and ignite an autoimmune response. Dysbiosis can be kick-started by antibiotics, drugs like proton pump inhibitors, bad diet or stress,

says Blum, who battled autoimmune arthritis after her son had a traumatic accident. For curbing arthritis through the gut microbiome, the science is young. A few small human studies conducted in China and Finland suggest that ingesting specific strains of Lactobacillus (including casei, acidophilus, reuteri and rhamnosus) and Bifidobacterium (bifidum and infantis) may decrease inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. In the University of Rochester study, overweight mice fed prebiotics (indigestible fibers that good bacteria feed on) had less arthritis progression. Blum recommends taking antimicrobial herbs like oregano oil to heal a gut overgrown with bad bacteria and a highquality probiotic supplement to replenish good bacteria. She also suggests ditching processed food and products with refined sugar, along with known allergens like gluten, soy and dairy, which can spawn inflammation. Avoid nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes and peppers, which anecdotally have been suggested to aggravate joint pain. Overall, strive for a plant-based diet high in fiber, colorful, antioxidant-rich vegetables and “good” fats. One recent Michigan State University study found that when osteoarthritis patients switched to a plant-based diet for six weeks, they experienced less pain than those in the meat-eating control group.

Exercise Smart

When joint pain begins to flare up, a carefully chosen workout may be exactly what’s needed for relief. A.J. Gregg, a chiropractor in Flagstaff, Arizona, says, “There is an element of ‘use-it-or-lose it’.” The proper exercise depends partly on which joints are affected. He notes that properly executed strength training exercises like lifting weights can stabilize muscles around joints, easing strain and preventing arthritis from accelerating. Low-impact aerobic exercises like cycling or swimming can fuel the production and flushing of fluids through the joints without overloading them. Tai chi can improve range of motion. Even running, long falsely maligned as a precursor to arthritis, can help prompt cartilage cells to divide and replenish faster, research suggests. A study of 75,000 runners by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National 36

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Curcumin: Derived from turmeric (Curcuma longa), this bright yellow culinary spice has been used as an anti-inflammatory agent in Asia for centuries. Today, it’s used as an alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), which can wreak havoc on the stomach and kidneys if taken long term, according to Naturopath Casey Seenauth. One industry-sponsored review concluded that 1,000 milligrams (mg) per day of curcumin can rival a NSAID like Advil for relief of pain and inflammation. Collagen or gelatin: Integrative medicine practitioners

have long prescribed gelatin powder made from animal connective tissue to provide the nutrients required for joint regeneration. Supplement makers have developed arthritis-specific collagen supplements in which the gelatin is broken down for better absorption. A Chinese study of 500 rheumatoid arthritis patients found that collagen derived from chicken cartilage improved symptoms of pain, stiffness and swelling in joints. Plant-based options are available.

Glucosamine: This classic tissue-building block has been shown in multiple studies

to slow cartilage loss associated with osteoarthritis. Taken long enough, it can also ease pain, says Seenauth. “People often take it, don’t feel anything right away and quit. Give it time.” He recommends 2,000 mg per day for at least six to eight weeks.

Fish oil: Omega-3 fatty acids like eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are established anti-inflammatories. A Korean University review of 10 trials involving nearly 400 rheumatoid arthritis patients found that those taking more than three grams per day of omega-3 fatty acid supplements reduced their reliance on NSAIDs and had less pain.

Probiotics: While their impact on pain reduction isn’t clearly known, many studies

show that certain strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium can boost immune function, repair damaged gut lining and reduce system-aggravating inflammation, says Dr. Susan Blum. She recommends products containing a mixed blend of 20 billion to 30 billion colony-forming units (CFU) per capsule.

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For more advanced cases of osteoarthritis, Seenauth recommends regenerative injections such as prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. For PRP, doctors draw some of the patient’s blood and spin it down with a centrifuge to isolate platelets loaded with growth-promoting compounds. Then, they inject the platelets into the joint. A study of 78 patients with knee osteoarthritis published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that those receiving one or two PRP injections had significantly less pain and better function six months later, while the placebo group worsened. In prolotherapy, doctors inject natural substances like dextrose and saline into the joint two to three times for six to eight weeks to promote production of collagen and other tissue-regenerating compounds. “Rather than inject a steroid, which provides a short-term fix by suppressing the immune response, we inject a concentrated solution that ignites the body’s natural healing response,” says Seenauth.

A Mind-Body Approach

Natural joint pain remedies also encompass acupuncture and meditation. In the UK, a University of York meta-review of 114 studies exploring 22 integrative or complementary therapies for arthritis, including strength and aerobic exercise training, found acupuncture to have the most studies completed and the most promising results. “Acupuncture can be considered as one of the more effective physical treatments for alleviating osteoarthritis knee pain in the short term,” concluded the authors. University of Auckland researchers, in New Zealand, recruited 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients and assigned half to a program of mindfulness-based stress reduction, described by researchers as “the cultivation of nonjudgmental attention to unwanted thoughts, feelings and bodily experiences via meditation.” While the meditation group saw no change in levels of inflammatory markers in the blood or the number of swollen joints, they did report significantly less morning stiffness, tenderness and pain. The patients, in essence, trained themselves to experience their symptoms differently. “Pain is not just about nerves detecting a noxious stimulant and sending the signal to your brain. The brain has a whole system for processing these signals, and is also informed by your experiences, emotions and cognition,” says Seenauth, who recommends mindfulness meditation to all of his patients. “With the right nutrition, therapies and state of mind,” he says, “you can significantly reduce the impact joint pain has on your life.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at 38

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Laboratory, in California, found that they were less likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee than less active people. A subsequent paper by University of Illinois researchers found that while each running step levels more force on joints than a walking step, the foot hits the ground less often, so when it comes to wear and tear, it approximates the effect of walking. “Running doesn’t set people up for earlier development of osteoarthritis, and can in fact be protective,” says Gregg, stressing that proper form, a soft running surface and moderation are all important.

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n manufacturing, a zero waste policy means designing products so that all resources are used or reused. It’s a concept Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, embraced for her family a decade ago in Mill Valley, California. “My goal was to simplify our lives,” she says. “We found a zero waste lifestyle isn’t what we expected; it’s better. It’s good for the environment and for our family.” Johnson reports achieving 40 percent savings in annual household costs. “Voluntary simplicity has also changed our daily

“Don’t expect to reach zero. Go for zero-ish,” counsels Celia Ristow, a freelance writer who blogs at In 2017, Ristow and two friends, Moira Kelley and Bailey Warren, started a grassroots group called Zero Waste Chicago to raise awareness and connect locals with needed resources to reduce trash. “We speak at grocery stores, community events, schools, colleges and to employees on their lunch hour. We love how responding readers send suggestions and outlets for reusing items,” says Ristow. Local efforts can take off when people find like-minded others through using hash tags like #zerowastechicago on Instagram, search for a local blogger or host a mini-meet-up in a grocery that sells in bulk or at a coffee shop that uses ceramic cups or no plastic stirrers. Similar grassroots organizations are active in Colorado ( and Seattle ( “Zero waste seems difficult to imagine in the U.S. People think change is costly and time-consuming,” Johnson says. “My vocation is to shatter these misconceptions. Follow the 5 R’s: refuse what you don’t need, reduce what you need, reuse, recycle and rot. Refuse single-use plastics and junk mail, reduce the volume of clothing items and sports equipment, buy used, recycle the unwanted and compost (rot) food waste, lint, hair and floor sweepings. It’s not that complicated.” Due to her experience, Johnson can now store a year’s worth of waste in a pint-sized Mason jar. “Inside is deteriorated foam from headphones, a dental retainer, silicone caulk from the sink, fruit and veggie stickers, clothing labels, plastic mini-bumpers from cabinet corners I replaced with felt and a plastic-coated spike from the dishwasher,” she says. “I’m still amazed when people have a use for something I don’t want or need. Start by saying no to flyers, freebies, party favors, business cards, plastics, excessive packaging and junk

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In May, Johnson toured 16 countries in 17 days giving presentations. “Surprisingly, we often had to open another room because interest was higher than expected. In Russia, they broadcasted my talk to 17 cities,” she says. Johnson learned that many countries have no waste collection or recycling programs. Plastic bottles, bags and trash litter many landscapes. “Life in the United States is different. Here, we have bigger houses, need more and create more waste. Elsewhere, grocery shopping is done daily instead of weekly, produce is local, seasonal and sustainable instead of imported,” she observes. “In a way, it’s easier to go zero waste there because they’re using just what they need. Everyone deserves a place to live and life’s necessities. Past that comfort level, it’s excess.” Johnson sees rapid changes underway in consumer thinking and is hopeful looking forward. “I don’t want to tell others how to live. I just want to share our experiences. The United States’ example has a huge impact worldwide. Zero waste is the necessary lifestyle of the future, and it begins at home.” Connect with the freelance writer via

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MP Yoga Studio is a bright, spacious yoga studio, located in downtown Springfield. Upon entering the studio, a peaceful energy enveloped me, and I immediately felt at ease. Natural sunlight streamed in through the windows of the roomy practice space, which is decorated with crystals, beautiful shades of blue and green, and a gorgeous mural on one wall. There are plenty of high-quality yoga props for students to utilize and music playing though a sound system. I spoke with Ginny Colarusso, the owner of AMP, who says, “AMP has several meanings to me, but its main purpose is to amplify your soul and allow you to evolve and transform.” Ginny explains, “A big reason why I opened AMP Yoga Studio was to create a wellness center with focus on yoga. I would like to bring various healing arts into to the yoga community, such as reiki, massage and past life regression.” AMP offers a variety of yoga classes, from Gentle Yoga to Heated Flow. They focus is on using yoga as a transformative tool to evolve through the principles of Asana, Mantra and Prana (AMP). Ginny became interested in past lives and past life regression (PLR) at age eleven, when she began having dreams about being in other places and times. She says, “I have studied past life regression extensively since the age of 21 and was ecstatic to become a certified regressionist five years ago.” AMP offers 60-minute PLR sessions, in which Ginny can help heal her clients based on the issues they’ve encountered in their past lives. She explains, “PLR has brought healing to everyone that I have worked with in some way or another. Each session is unique and you never know what’s going to happen. For example,

through past life regression we can find out why we have specific health issues in this life.” She doesn’t incorporate PLR into regular yoga classes, however she does enjoy integrating a deeper meditation, which brings students into a state of nearhypnosis and profound relaxation. While Ginny was initially trained in an Iyengar and Sivananda style, she added Core Strength Vinyasa and Power Yoga to her repertoire. She tells us, “I personally teach a blend of those focusing on strong alignment of the spine throughout the practice.” Helping the community heal themselves through holistic practices is what inspired Ginny to share her gifts with the public. She explains, “I was once diagnosed as infertile at age 34. The woman who diagnosed me said I would need IVF and have to rely on drugs to have children. I’ve been teaching yoga for over 10 years and the experience of being diagnosed as infertile made me go deeper into the chakras and meditation aspect of yoga. Through yoga, reiki, massage and acupuncture, I became a mother of two without having to take medication.” Location: AMP Yoga Studio, 223 Mountain Avenue, Springfield. For more information, check out our Calendar of Events or visit See ad on page 33.

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Dhyana Yoga Arts in Chester First, the fish needs to say, “Somethin’ ain’t right about this camel ride, and I’m feeling So damn thirsty.” -Hafiz


eanna Sidoti, owner of Dhyana Yoga Arts in Chester, uses this poem as a way to remind herself that self-realization is the essence of lasting happiness and bliss. Being a yogi isn’t about flexibility, it’s about understanding you need to make a change—to experience thirst and realize you’re meant to swim, play, and bask in that vast ocean that is your Source. Deanna gravitated towards yoga because of its power in cultivating self-realization and nourishing the body, mind and spirit. She began her practice in the midst of experiencing chronic back and sciatic

pain associated with scoliosis and other back problems. After exploring many avenues of healing, she found that yoga and meditation had a profound effect on her mind, body, and ability to transform within and without. Yoga is about abiding in one’s true nature, and part of that is embracing one’s gifts and strengths and sharing them wholeheartedly with both loved ones and the world. Deanna has been teaching yoga for over a decade, having studied in New York City and India and has been mentoring teachers since 2010. She owns Dhyana Yoga Arts in Chester and is overjoyed to share the

sacred practices of yoga with the community. She teaches vinyasa flow, alignment and restorative classes with depth, clarity and heart. Due in part to her personal experiences with chronic pain, she specializes in Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis, an area in which very few teachers have a deep knowledge and training in. She works with students of all levels, shapes, ages and injuries with the understanding that all souls are equal. It’s a gift to meet and share this ancient practice together. Join Deanna for a class at Dhyana Yoga arts or sign up for the next Yoga Teacher Training, which starts on September 14. Explore and enjoy yoga with their phenomenal, friendly teachers. Location: Dhyana Yoga Arts, 95 West Main Street, Suite 1, Chester. For more information, call 908-888-2223 or visit See ad on page 10.

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hen Nancy Candea, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, opened Yoga Impact in 2009, her goal was to “bring yoga teachings and yoga teacher trainings to marginalized populations and those who want to use their yoga skills to serve.” Yoga Impact strives to eliminate the gap in how wellness is distributed and make yoga accessible to everyone. By focusing on those demographics that aren’t represented, Yoga Impact makes training accessible and relevant for their communities. Nancy became a yoga instructor while living in Hawaii. By the time she arrived in Colorado, she had already taught about 4,000 hours of yoga classes, and decided now was the time to use her skills to reach out to the community. Once she received her yoga therapy certification, she began to teach at the domestic violence shelter and the jail in Boulder, along with working with at-risk

youth. Yoga Impact was incorporated in Boulder and still supports the transitional yoga program at the Boulder County Jail. After moving to New Jersey in 2010, Nancy began working with the Morris County Jail, Family Promise, Cheshire Home, Zufall Center and the VA. A partnership with the Newark Yoga movement in 2017 resulted in offering yoga teacher training to 17 Newark residents. The following year, Yoga Impact brought a yoga teacher training to the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and this fall, a second round of yoga teacher trainings will begin with indigenous people in both Arizona and New Jersey. The hard work and dedication has certainly paid off. Nancy is in awe of how much Yoga Impact has grown and how many people it has been able to help. “Sometimes this work is hard. It can take a year of negotiations to make a project happen,” explains Nancy. “But through it, I have been able to teach yoga to so many different people. When I work with someone who is in a wheelchair or recovering from addiction or trauma and help them learn how to breathe, I get to be a part of the recovery of their potential. I have seen over and over how these teachings change people lives. And it has changed me too. I am more patient, kind and confident. Plus the gratitude I feel is enormous!” However, things don’t always go smoothly. Over the years, Nancy’s greatest challenge has been finding enough money to cover the expenses for working with people and communities that need these self-care skills. She says, “Sometimes I am not sure how it will work out. It is always a balancing act to do the work and find the

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funding.” A very helpful partner in this has been Purple Om Yoga in Denville. The studio has been hosting a donation based yoga class since 2011 that has helped fund Yoga Impact programming. While there are amazing non-profits based in New Jersey, like Kula for Karma and the Newark Yoga Movement, Yoga Impact is unique in its focus on bringing yoga teacher trainings to diverse demographics and indigenous people. Their trainings are healing-based and include chair yoga, gentle mat yoga and how to adapt yoga for recovery from trauma. Nancy believes, “the future of healthcare is self-care. Yoga modalities like mindfulness, meditation, yoga poses and breath awareness have been proven to not only be anti-aging but to help with anxiety, depression and higher immune function. We need to make sure that yoga is presented in a way that everyone who feels drawn to these practices has access.” Currently, she is working to help build more capacity in the yoga teachers that she has trained through Yoga Impact. Essentially, she would like to be more of a consultant to yoga teachers, helping them gain the skills to do this kind of work on their own. Nancy predicts that Yoga Impact will grow exponentially in the next few years, becoming an organization that can develop wellness communities. She says, “We are already being asked by urban and rural communities to bring our yoga trainings. I expect a fully packed schedule for the next 10 years.” Recently, Nancy became the lead marketing person for Rise Up Rockaway, a new non-profit that brings social services to the Rockaway community. She and her husband are building an earth roof house in Rockaway. Her two daughters have been inspired to follow her great example and are both yoga teachers. Nancy explains, “Our ideal clients are those who do trainings to work on themselves and then want to bring that knowledge to a member of their community who doesn’t have access to yoga skills.” Through Yoga Impact, yoga’s transformative effects will be able to reach people who may not have otherwise had the chance to experience its healing power.

Yoga Impact is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit YogaImpactInstitute. com. To experience classes that benefit Yoga Impact programming, visit PurpleOmYoga. com. See ad on page 29.

calendar of events WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Live Special Needs Talk – 7:30-9pm. Join Nancy live on for this fascinating talk. Nancy Weber, RN shares a 2014 pilot research study involving the use of essential oils. Explore the emotional connections between family members and how the use of essential oils may be useful. Whatever age or circumstances that are considered special needs may benefit from this discussion. Free. For more information, contact Nancy at or 973-586-3936.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Back to School Basics with Essential Oils – 7pm. Register at https://backtoschooleos.eventbrite. com. Blossoming into Light is located at IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For information, contact sue@ or text 862-2224268.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Healing Circle – 7-8pm. Along the journey os spiritual unfoldment, we are called upon to heal that which no longer heals. us. Spiritual support during this time is often helpful in moving forward on our path. The Healing Circle is a cared and loving way in which healing can be experienced. Love Offering. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Connie Weiss 973-539-3114 or

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Angels: Historic Traditions and Modern Applications – 11am-1:30pm. Instructor: Dian Freeman. Learn about the hierarchy and attributes along with more modern descriptions of angels who are believed by many to interact with humans today. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 2674816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. Inversion Playground with Tami – 2-4pm. This workshop will provide a safe and nourishing environment to explore Yoga inversions step by step. Beginners welcome! Come play and explore as we prepare both mind and body to practice headstand, handstand and forearm stand. The only playground requirement is desire and openness to play. Located at 95 W Main St, Chester. For information contact 973-489-9623 or Forecasting with Cards & Numbers – 2-4:30pm. Intro to simple forecasting using both cards and numbers. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s SixMonth Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. Tibetan Singing Bowls Meditation with Kati Walker – 7-8pm. Experience the vibrations and sounds of a singing bowl meditation as they wash over and through the body, touching you at a cellular level. Chanting, essential oils and incense are frequently used. $25. Purple Om Yoga, 3118

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Sacred Community Meditation – 9/9 & 9/23; 10am. Blossoming into Light is located at IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For information, contact sue@ or text 862-2224268. Back to School Basics with Essential Oils – 3pm. Register at https://sunbacktoschooleos.eventbrite. com. Blossoming into Light is located at IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For information, contact sue@ or text 862-2224268. Creativity Blossoms Self-Empowerment – 7:309pm. Nancy Weber, RN and Psychic Detective read Nancy Drew as a child. It awakened her passion for reading, writing and solving mysteries. Explore your abilities through writing, visualization and essential oils. Being held in Denville, directions sent to registrants. $15. Register at: https://creativityblossomsnj. For more information contact or 973-586-3936 or visit

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Psychic & Spiritual Development Class Fall Semester – Mon.7pm; Wed. 9:30am (begins 9/12); Sat. 8:30am (begins 9/15). Classes run from Sept-Dec 2018. Pre-registration required to Blossoming into Light is located at IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For information, contact sue@ or text 862-2224268.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Community Health Talk – 6-6:30pm. Dr. Billy and other health professionals will provide informative 30-minute talks on topics such as anxiety, sleep disorders, ADD/ADHD, hypertension, diet and exercise. Free. Free Flow Chiropractic, 114 Maple Ave., 1st floor, Morristown. Please RSVP by 9/10 to 973-630-1494 or Tuning into Angelic Wisdom – 7-8:30pm. Facilitated by Jean Hendricks. We need only to awaken or enhance our intuition in order to connect with the angels. In this interactive workshop, Jean will take you through each of the four spiritual senses known as “clairs” (e.g., clairaudience/clear hearing, clairvoyance/clear seeing, etc.) as our intuitive vehicle to communicate with the Angelic realm. $30 per class. RSVP by Text to Debbie at 201-841-0358 or

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Kids Yoga Free Open House Classes with Claire Williams – 4:15pm (ages 3-5 with parent), 5pm (ages 6-8 drop-off only). Little yogis will learn how to hold yoga poses through storytelling, animated poses, songs, breathing and games. Attend the free open house, with the option to sign up for two

consecutive 5-week sessions: Sep. 26-Oct. 24 & Nov. 7-Dec 5. Fee: $135/10 weeks; $75/5 weeks; $20 drop-in. For questions, contact 973-763-2288 or Kundalinini Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. Join certified instructor Stephen Tarsitano for 75 minutes of Kundalini Yoga. $5 love offering at the door. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Connie Weiss 973-539-3114 or Drug-Free Solution to Pain – Sept.12, 26. 7pm. Presenter: Dr. Paul Bizzaro. Learn how MLS Laser Therapy can relieve joint and muscle pain without shots, surgery or medication. Discount available. 81 S Main St., Yardley, PA. 215-493-6589.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Nia Series with Teresa D’Angelo – 9/13-10/18; 4:30-5:45pm. Nia® is an innovative fitness that conditions more than your body. With a combination of dance, martial arts and healing arts, you will leave class feeling refreshed, energized, and smiling. All levels. $150/6-Wk Series, $30/drop-in. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West, Denville. For

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information, contact 973-343-2848 or Jennifer@ Astrology for Beginners: Class 1 – 6-8pm. Instructor: Michael Zaikowski. A brief history and introduction into astrology, the zodiac, planets, houses and reading a birth chart or other horoscope. Give birth name, date, time and place upon registration to be able to use your chart. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown.

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ake the Leap: Transform Your Passion into Profit is a day of inspiration blended with business knowledge for holistic healing professionals and therapists. This special one-day event, held on October 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Morristown, offers holistic practitioners pragmatic business strategies in finance, marketing, and branding along with inspiration to start or grow their business. World-class coaches, consultants, and trainers who “get” the unique soulbased approach to growing a holistic business will guide participants through four discovery sessions to discover how to successfully build and navigate the business to fulfill its potential. In addition, the seminar features keynote speakers Diana Perez, life strategist and coach, and Laura Berman Fortgang, coach and author of “Now What?” and “The Prosperity Plan.” Sherrill Curtis, ACC Principal and Creative Director, observes, “This is the supportive space to learn how to thrive personally and professionally as you take your holistic healing business to the next level.” The event is co-produced by The CSeries Curtis Consulting Group and Finding Your Individuality. The C-Series offers business coaching, consulting, workshops and retreats supporting socially conscious entrepreneurs to thrive in their holistic business.

Holistic Chamber Millburn Chapter Meeting – 6:30-8:30pm. Theme: How to automate all your social media onto Facebook. Educate, inspire and connect with clients. Speaker: Wendy Richmond, Digital Marketing Expert. The Holistic Dental Center, 91 Millburn Ave., Millburn. RSVP: 973-379-9080 or

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Evolve your practice. Harness your unique gifts. Realize your Divine Self. Dig into the depths of yoga’s ancient wisdom. Learn to teach with depth, clarity and heart. This training may also be done for personal growth and to deepen your practice. Located at 95 W Main St, Chester. Only 5 spots left! Schedule a 10 min call with Deanna at 973-489-9623. The Spiritual Illumination Hour – 7pm. 2nd Friday each month. Blossoming into Light is located at IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For information, contact or text 862-222-4268.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Soul Shamanism Connect-Heal-Be Whole – 9/1516; 10am-5pm. Be whole with you body, mind, spirit and soul. Live your greatest truth and deepest love, purpose, peace and healing. $455. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave, (Rear Door), Madison. Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 or Angel Meditation with IreneSonia Fanane – 1-2:30pm. Enjoy this very special meditation as we delve into the exciting energy of a mystical world. After the meditation, IreneSonja will be available for private 15-minute angel readings for $20. Meditation: $30. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West,

Cost: $179.99 (through Sept. 20); $129.99 Students & C-Series Community Members. Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and door prizes. Location: Loyola Jesuit Center, 161 James Street, Morristown. RSVP to TaketheLeap2018. For more information, contact 201-933-1662 or 48

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Thetahealers Practice Group – 10am-5pm. It’s back to school for all energy workers. Share knowledge and energy your fellow Thetahealers. 908-2644344 or Light on Sun Salutations – 1-4pm. Clarity on Surya Namaskar Alignment & Modifications with Deanna Sidoti. Ever feel like your yoga practice would benefit from some fine-tuning? Learn ways to refine your alignment, modify your practice when needed (including for injuries), and make intelligent choices in Surya Namaskar so you can practice with longevity, avoid injury, and have fun in the Suns. Located at 95 W Main St, Chester. For information contact 973-489-9623 or info@dhyanayogaarts. com. The Pillars and Principles of Tai Chi with Renee Dorn – 2-4pm. Investigate the pillars of the tai chi practice and explore the keys to successful practice, and determine how these principles can be incorporated into our own lives daily. $30/in advance; $35/ day of event. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West, Denville. For information, contact 973-343-2848 or

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Chakra Journey with Vita Semeraro – 9/9-10/21; 12noon-2pm. A 7-week series moving through Yin Yoga poses, meditation, and a special food-bowl and drink pertaining to the chakra of the week. Receive a special chakra crystal each week as a free gift. For pricing information and to register go to For questions, call 908-577-0750 or email Tween & Teen Yoga Free Open House Classes with Kathleen Good – 4:00pm (Tweens 8-12), 5pm (Teens 13 & up). Yoga is beneficial for all of the systems of the body, but particularly the nervous and endocrine systems, both of which are in transition during the teenage years. Attend the free open house, with the option to sign up for two consecutive 5-week sessions: Sep. 25-Dec 4. Fee: $150/10 weeks; $20 drop-in; sibling discount available. For questions, contact 973-763-2288 or shaktiinfo@ Business Meetings – 5:30-7pm. Monthly free business meeting held on third Tuesday of each month. Free for students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional

Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. Community Health Talk – 6-6:30pm. Dr. Billy and other health professionals will provide informative 30-minute talks on topics such as anxiety, sleep disorders, ADD/ADHD, hypertension, diet and exercise. Free. Free Flow Chiropractic, 114 Maple Ave., 1st floor, Morristown. Please RSVP by 9/17 to 973-630-1494 or

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Astrology for Beginners: Class 2 – 6-8pm. Instructor: Michael Zaikowski. A brief history and introduction into astrology, the zodiac, planets, houses and reading a birth chart or other horoscope. Give birth name, date, time and place upon registration to be able to use your chart. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Dig Deeper Thetahealing® Workshop – 9/21-23, 10am-5pm. Learn how to work on your beliefs at a deeper level in order to clear them. Westfield, NJ. Registration in advance is required. Please contact the office to hold your spot at 908-264-4344 or Autumnal Equinox Kundalini Healing Heart Gong Sound Bath – 7-9pm. Experience the transcendent sounds, Kundalini mantra & meditation. Eliminate tension, stimulate the circulation, glandular systems and regenerate the parasympathetic nervous system. Heal. Clear blockages. Restore inner harmony. $35. Lotus Lounge Healing Sanctuary, 5 Washington St., 2nd floor, Morristown. RSVP by 9/19 to For information, contact Angelina at lotus@

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Lotus Lounge Grand Opening Weekend: Get to Know our Practitioners – 11am-12noon. Experience Lotus Lounge, a true holistic healing sanctuary. Therapies for healing body + mind + soul. Cutting edge detox, energy healing & body work, classes, workshops & more. Free. Lotus Lounge Healing Sanctuary, 5 Washington St., 2nd floor, Morristown. For information, contact Angelina at lotus@ Exploring Alternative Cancer Treatments – 11am-1:30pm. Learn common sense ways to cut through the hype and discern the best way to evaluate the options. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. How to Read Medical Blood Test Naturally: Class 1 – 2-4:30pm. Knowing how to read medical tests and what deficiencies may be causing what indicators on the test is a powerful way to be in control of your own health. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 A Day of Readings with Phyllis McGeehan – 10am-4pm. Spaces fill quickly. Schedule an appointment to sue@theartoftheheart-chester. com or via text 862-222-4268. Blossoming into Light is located at IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. Mantras & Bhakti Yoga with Deanna – 1-4pm. Practice and Surrender are the essence of chanting, mantras, and the yoga of devotion that connects the heart and mind in profound ways. Embrace the healing power of your own voice. Located at 95 W Main St, Chester. For information contact 973-489-9623 or

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Community Health Talk – 6-6:30pm. Dr. Billy and other health professionals will provide informative 30-minute talks on topics such as anxiety, sleep disorders, ADD/ADHD, hypertension, diet and exercise. Free. Free Flow Chiropractic, 114 Maple Ave., 1st floor, Morristown. Please RSVP by 9/24 to 973-630-1494 or

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Drug-Free Solution to Pain – 7pm. Take this opportunity to meet and speak with Paul Bizzaro, DC and his staff without scheduling an appointment. Learn how MLS Laser Therapy can relieve your joint and muscle pain without shots, surgery or medication. Treatment discount for class attendees. Location: 81 S Main St, Yardley, PA. Limited seating; call today to reserve your seat. 215-493-6589. The Inner Detective – 7:30-9pm. Nancy Weber, RN and Psychic Detective shares how to develop and enhance your ability to be a channel. Being held in Denville, directions sent to registrants. $15. Register at For more information contact or 973-586-3936.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Astrology for Beginners: Class 3 – 6-8pm. Instructor: Michael Zaikowski. A brief history and introduction into astrology, the zodiac, planets, houses and reading a birth chart or other horoscope. Give birth name, date, time and place upon registration to be able to use your chart. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown.

Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul. - Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style


savethedate Empowered Light Holistic Expo September 28-30 Fri 5-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, and purchase natural products for personal and home care. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E Oaks, Pennsylvania Sue Greenwald, 484-459-3082

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 One Spirit Festival – 9/29-30; 10am-5pm. Join us for our 10th anniversary festival with speakers, readers, healers, holistic vendors, handmade crafts and so much more! $5 admission. Clinton Community Center, 63 Halstead St., Clinton. For information call 908-638-9066 or email Christina@ Peek Into the Paranormal – 1:30pm. Paranormal by definition is anything that is above, beyond or contrary to normal experiences. People from all walks of life have interest in Ghost hunting, mediumship and psychic phenomena. Nancy Orlen Weber will join other authors accomplished in the paranormal field on a panel to share their experiences and gifts. Free. Pike County Public Library, 119 E. Harford St., Milford, PA. For information visit

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Introduction to Thetahealing® – 11am-1pm. Learn more about this amazing healing modality. During the workshop, experience the first hand application of Thetahealing and afterward, you can choose to work with it for further exploring. The workshop takes you to a deep inner core to recognize what hinders you and stops you from time to time. A Must Investment of two hours. Westfield, NJ. Registration in advance is required. Please contact the office to hold your spot at 908-264-4344 or info@ Meditation Under Hypnosis to Discover Your Past Lives – 6-8pm. Find out who you were in your Past Lives! Group meditation under hypnosis. Taps into your sub-conscious mind. Gain useful and relevant information for healing in this lifetime. $65. Lotus Lounge Healing Sanctuary, 5 Washington St., 2nd floor, Morristown. RSVP by 9/28 to For information, contact Angelina at

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The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

Cost: $179.99 (through Sep. 20); $129.99 (full time senior university level, students, and The C-Series Community Members) Location: Loyola Jesuit Center, 161 James Street, Morristown.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 2nd Gathering of Holistic Minds Party – 7-9pm. Holistic Dental Center, in partnership with Natural Awakenings Magazine invite you attend this “getting to know each other” evening as a way to lay the foundation to mutually helping our patients and building our holistic community. Enjoy plenty of organic food and a whole lot of fun! The Holistic Dental Center, 91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn. RSVP to 973-379-9080 or

plantoattend AYURVEDIC COOKING October, Summit, NJ Learn Food-as-Medicine to balance your digestion for energy and mental clarity For schedule/details contact: The Connection, 908 273-4242

Seating is limited. Register by September 20 to or 201-933-1662. For details, please visit

~Jean Paul

to the root of the problem... Functional gets not just using medication as a band-aid! Medicine No patient is exactly the same. First we listen...really listen...and then we will work as a team to get to the root cause of your dis-ease. Yes, we use diagnostic tests that your current doctor may not even know about. We also explore hidden risk factors you might be exposed to in your home, at work, and your mental state to arrive at a “lifestyle prescription” that puts you back on the road to health.

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Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am. Rev. Frankie, practitioners, and musicians create an inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of our spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living of Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

Kripalu Yoga with Angela – 9-10:30am. Kripalu yoga uses classic poses, pranayama, development of a quiet mind, and the practice of relaxation. It emphasizes following the flow of prana, practicing compassionate self-acceptance, developing witness consciousness, and taking what is learned “off the mat” and into daily life. Angela often plays the harmonium to begin and end the practice with mantra. A mixed level class is suitable for students of various experience levels. Highland Yoga, 1572 Rt. 23, Butler. 973-838-9642.

Qi Gong – 11-11:45am. Move your life force energy by practicing a 5-step routine, bringing balance and calm into your life. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early. $5. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave., Washington. 908-223-1331. Yoga Impact Community Class – 4:30-5:30pm. Beginner level yoga practice. Free/Donation to Yoga Impact. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848. RSVP and info:

Monday Yoga for Backcare – 11:15am. Yoga for back pain, back care, postural issues, injuries, and address disc herniation, scoliosis, sciatica, spondilolysthesis, degenerative discs, etc. Focus on poses that help alleviate back pain and strengthen the core, back, and other areas.  Open to all levels. Located at 95 W Main St, Chester. For information contact 973-489-9623 or Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.) Parent Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Confidential self-help group for parents experiencing substance abuse issues with their children. Free. Jefferson Twp. BOE Community Room, 31 Rte. 181, Lake Hopatcong. Life and Business Coaching Class – 7-9pm. Find out what always stops you. Free. 165 Passaic Ave, 2nd Floor, Fairfield. RSVP via text to Herb at Lobster Lad Media, #lobsterladmedia or 973-223-8840. 

Summer Yoga with Jean Marie – 4:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm. Gentle yoga classes. $12. Hackettstown Health Food Store, 106 E Moore St., Hackettstown. RSVP: 908-850-6475. Stress, Hormones & Health (The true cause of belly fat) – 6pm, select Tuesdays. Presented by bestselling author & speaker Jean Golden-Tevald, DO of Morning Star Family Health Center. Learn about Hormone Imbalances and what really works.  Yes, this is for men too. Free dinner seminar. Seating is limited. Registration is required. For dates and restaurant location contact Carol May, Program Coordinator at 908-528-8121.

Wednesday White Oak Center Organic Co-Op – Every other Wednesday. Delivered by Albert’s Organics. Membership $20, then $35 bimonthly. White Oak Center, 33 Woodport Rd., Sparta. For more info, contact Brian Trautz at 973-729-1900 or BTrautz@ Qi Gong – 11-11:45am. Move your life force energy by practicing a 5-step routine, bringing balance and calm into your life. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early. $5. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave., Washington. 908-223-1331.

Yoga for Scoliosis – 6pm. Yoga for back pain, back care, postural issues, injuries, and address disc herniation, scoliosis, sciatica, spondilolysthesis, degenerative discs, etc. Focus on poses that help alleviate back pain and strengthen the core, back, and other areas. Open to all levels. Located at 95 W Main St, Chester. For information contact 973-489-9623 or

Awaken the Master Within – 6:30-8:30pm, 3rd Wed. each month. Workshop/Class on Transformation through the Art of Self-Mastery. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. 201-841-0358. Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Support Group of Morristown – 7–9pm. First Wednesdays, except July and August. Support for patients and their families. Speakers. 95 Madison Ave., Suite 109A, Morristown. 973-219-8092. The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. Sound Bath – 7:30pm. Relax and rejuvenate with healing sounds at Awaken Sound Health. Each Sound Bath is a 60-minute group session that alternates between sound and silence to bring participants to a place of deep relaxation, and provide for revitalization of one’s body, mind and spirit. $20. Awaken Sound Health, 32 Grove St., Chester. Register: For information contact Alison Iati, VSTCP at 201-874-7255 or AA Meeting (O-B-ST) – 8pm. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

Thursday Nia Series with Teresa D’Angelo – 9/13-10/18; 4:30-5:45pm. Nia® is an innovative fitness that conditions more than your body. With a combination of dance, martial arts and healing arts, you will leave class feeling refreshed, energized, and smiling. All levels. $150/6-Wk Series, $30/drop-in. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Route 10 West, Denville. For

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savethedate savethedate event listings are designed for significant, exclusive, future, or multi-date events that require planning or reservations. Total word count cannot exceed 75 words. Cost per listing is $30. Email Listings to Publisher@ by the 10th of the month prior to listing month. information, contact 973-343-2848 or Jennifer@ Summer Yoga with Jean Marie – 4:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm. Gentle yoga classes. $12. Hackettstown Health Food Store, 106 E Moore St., Hackettstown. RSVP: 908-850-6475.

Friday Sound Bath – 10:30-11:30am. Relax and rejuvenate with healing sounds at Awaken Sound Health. Each Sound Bath is a 60-minute group session that alternates between sound and silence to bring participants to a place of deep relaxation, and provide for revitalization of one’s body, mind and spirit. $20. Awaken Sound Health, 32 Grove St., Chester. Qi Gong – 11-11:45am. Move your life force energy by practicing a 5-step routine, bringing balance and calm into your life. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early. $5. Gaia’s Gifts, 76 E. Washington Ave., Washington. 908-223-1331. Healing and Message Circle – 11am-1pm. Join Rev. Susan Nigra of Indigo Peace LLC every Friday for healing and messages. All healing modalities welcome. You do not have to be a healer or psychic medium to participate. We start with meditation and healing on each other, and end with messages from spirit. $10. Huna Healing Center LLC, 5 East Main


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St., 2nd floor (Parking in back ), Denville. Lory 973-224-0096 or Debtors Anonymous Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. Twelve-step meeting for those dealing with debt, overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Redeemer Church, 37 Newton Sparta Rd., Newton. 877-717-3328. AA Meeting – 7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555. Al-Anon Meeting – 8-9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

Saturday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 9-10:30am. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? 12-step program for recovery from food addiction. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Free. St. Clare’s Hospital, 400 W. Blackwell St., Conf. Rm D, Dover. Questions? Ellen Mutz 973-945-2704 or West Windsor Community Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. Each Saturday, rain or shine, through 11/17/18. Healthful and seasonal eating meets

community at this widely popular open-air Saturday marketplace featuring local agriculture. 2 Vaughn Dr., Princeton. Follow West Windsor Community Farmers Market for details. Questions: Chris Cirkus, 609-933-4452. Yoga for Backcare – 9:30am. Yoga for back pain, back care, postural issues, injuries, and address disc herniation, scoliosis, sciatica, spondilolysthesis, degenerative discs, etc. Focus on poses that help alleviate back pain and strengthen the core, back, and other areas. Open to all levels. Located at 95 W Main St, Chester. For information contact 973-489-9623 or Kripalu Yoga with Angela – 9:45-11am. Kripalu yoga uses classic poses, pranayama, development of a quiet mind, and the practice of relaxation. It emphasizes following the flow of prana, practicing compassionate self-acceptance, developing witness consciousness, and taking what is learned “off the mat” and into daily life. Angela often plays the harmonium to begin and end the practice with mantra. A mixed level class is suitable for students of various experience levels. Highland Yoga, 1572 Rt. 23, Butler. 973-838-9642. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting – 10:15am12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335-1717.

Organic Skin Care Natural Beauty by Jamie products are custom designed with intent and purpose which in return will give you wonderful peace of mind. Find them online or each Saturday at Stangle Factory Farmer’s Market.


Each year AHS/Popcorn Park holds its annual Save-A-Life Sweepstakes to help the thousands of animals that come through our doors. Our Res-Q Fund is always in need of replenishing, but especially in the summer, when so many cases of cruelty and neglect need our help. Go to for complete details and how to enter. Thanks for your support! From all of us here at AHS/Popcorn Park

1st Prize a 2018 Mustang Sports Car.

The drawing for the Sweepstakes will be held Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm at Popcorn Park, but you need not be present to win.

Have a business opportunity, job opening, space for rent, or other need? Place your classified ads here 30 words for $30, extra words $1 each. Email to Joe@NaturalAwakeningsNJ. com by the 10th of the month prior to publication date.

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PERSONAL COOK Customized for taste preferences, control over salt, sugar, fat. Specializing in dietary (diabetic, anti-inflammatory, etc.) /Allergy (nuts, eggs, dairy, gluten) and Nutritious (organic, fresh - not processed) menus. 973-803-1004.

SPACE FOR RENT Furnished office available 1-5 days/week in professional suite. Suited for psychotherapist, nutritionist, wellness coach on Highway 10 in Denville. Call Renee Jacobs, LCSW, 973-267-0822.

Services CARD READER Intuitively guided Oracle/Tarot card readings revealing messages for your highest good. Multiple decks used. Reasonable rates for one on one and parties (hostess receives free reading). Call for appointment. Cheryl 908-268-8029. PAST LIFE INFO Want to know more about your past lives and their possible effect on you now? The metaphysical abilities of many people are awakening now. Find out more here! Go to my Facebook page: Soul Journey Insights @jackbchurch.

SPACE FOR RENT: Event & meeting rental space in Morristown, NJ. Great for recitals, weddings, practice/rehearsal space, and fitness classes. Accommodates up to 175 people. Plenty of parking, convenient to Route 202 or 287. Call 973-539-3114 or email for details.

Opportunity HEALTH AND MONEY, because we all need both. PT/FT. Get paid what you are worth.

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community resource guide Acupuncture


DR. ANDY ROSENFARB, ND, lac, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave. East, Westfield 908-928-0060 •

Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area— call now to qualify for your free copy of his ground breaking book, “Recover Your Vision.” Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad on page 44.

NJ Advanced Acupuncture Morgan Reade, LAc, MS 616 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell 6 Green Village Rd., Madison 201-400-2261

M o rg a n R e a d e h a s s t u d i e d Acupuncture , herbal and dietary therapy. He is board certified and licensed in Florida and NJ. He specializes in female health including autoimmune and fertility. Other areas of expertise include digestive disorders, food allergies and Lyme disease. Born and raised in West Caldwell is where he currently resides and opened his first office there. His second location is in downtown Madison, NJ. See ad on page 40.




We provide natural permanent makeup application: microblading (hairstroke brows), powdered brows, eyeliner, lip blush, 3D realistic areola and nipple reconstruction, and natural skin rejuvenation treatments. Our permanent makeup and skin rejuvenation services can help enhance your natural beauty and make you feel more relaxed, confident and beautiful. See ad on page 45.

David is a certified and experienced Law of Attraction life coach. His clients all have great success because he teaches them powerful processes and techniques so they can attract what they want, instead of what they don’t want in all areas of life (both materialistically and emotionally). The Law of Attraction is always responding to you, so if you’re ready to say “Yes!” to attracting what you want, and/or improving your life in some way, contact David today. Coaching sessions are held over the phone and the first session is always free.


Colon Hydrotherapy

Natalia Schweitzer, Licensed Esthetician & Board Certified Permanent Makeup Artist 1236 US Highway 46 West, Suite B-1 Parsippany, NJ 07054 862-432-9074


114 Maple Ave., 1st Floor, Morristown 973-630-1494 People come to us in varying stages of illness and wellness, in an effort to achieve a higher level of health. We provide gentle, specific chiropractic care to remove interference from the nervous system and help people reach whatever health goals they are striving for. See ad on page 8.



Kangen Water® is Alkaline, Antioxidant-Rich, Healthy Water for Revitalized Cells and a Healthy Alternative to regular Tap and Bottled Water. Bring the wonders of Kangen Water into your home. Call today for information and finance options.

A unique blend of chiropractic and traditional Chinese medicine with individualized treatment plans that bring your body back into balance. We also focus on helping you understand the messages your body is sending you enabling you to live a healthy happy life. See ad on page 25.

Dr. Vincent Caruso,Jr. 124 Little Falls Road, Suite B, Fairfield 973-227-2170

Frank Geronimo 123 Oxford Ave., Jersey City 201-494-4449


Ancient yogis believed we only had a limited number of breaths.


Linda Beg 100 Hibernia Avenue, Rockaway, NJ 973-957-0500 100% gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free retail and wholesale bakery. Available products, artisan breads, custom cakes, pies, cookies, desserts, seasonal, vegan, paleo, natural sugars, nut-free. See ad on page 17.


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So slow those inhales and exhales down for a longer life!

David Scott Bartky, CLOALC 973-444-7301


Ann Ochs • Colon Hydrotherapist I-ACT Certified, Advanced Level Certified National Board for Colon Therapy Body Ecology Diet Certified 26 Elm St., Morristown 973-998-6550 Ann Ochs has more than 20 years experience as a colon hydrotherapist. She holds an advanced certification from the International Association of Colon Therapists (I-ACT), is certified by the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, and is a certified body ecologist. Living Waters offers the Angel of Water®, an advanced colon hydrotherapy system, designed to offer the ultimate in privacy and dignity. Call today for an appointment. See ad on page 30.


Susan Richter, RN, CCH, Nutritionist, LDHS 166 Franklin Road Denville, NJ 07834 973-586-0626 Scared to try a colonic? Susan has 31 years experience with colon hydrotherapy. Her system is gentle and thorough, and you have her expert assistance throughout the session. Colon cleansing has long been used to help the body absorb nutrients and eliminate waste effectively - a great way to enhance your chosen method of maintaining health and wellness. Call her for a free 15 minute consultation to determine if a colonic would be beneficial for you, as there are certain conditions that would warrant enzyme therapy first! Visit to get the scoop!


Susan Richter, RN, Nutritionist, CCH, LDHS Denville, NJ. 973-586-0626 Call Susan to fix the digestive issues that accompany cancer, diabetes, dementia and heart disease. With thirty years of clinical experience in alternative health care, Susan often finds that the lack of nutrients from foods begin the cascade to disease. Learn to read the signals in your body-mind that indicate poor nutrition, excess toxins, or structural stress. Then learn the solutions!

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Salon Spa & Shoppe 274 Spring Street Newton 973-300-4247 The first eco-friendly luxury salon, spa, and Natural Essentials Shoppe offering a fume-free holistic beauty experience. Our family of educated professionals devote their time to creating a welcoming stress-free environment. See ads on pages 6 and 39.


91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041 973-457-4688 We focus on performing holistic dental care that is good for the body as well as teeth and gums. We put an emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Gashinsky treats the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. He seeks to improve his patients’ quality of life through holistic dental care that respects and honors the body. See ad on pages 3 and 32.


MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See ad on page 50.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE/ IV INFUSION KAYA HEALTH & WELLNESS/ IV INFUSION LOUNGE Monica Sood, MD 51 John F. Kennedy Pkwy., 1st Floor West, Ste. 115, Short Hills 973-996-4496

We use a functional medicine approach in partnership with our patients to get to the root cause of disease. IV nutrient infusions are used as part of whole patient treatment and are available a la carte as well. See ad on page 23.

Healthy Beauty Services and Products DOWNTOWN HAIR DESIGN

Robin Scott 617 Central Ave., Westfield 908-588-2211 Welcome to your Holistic Hair C e n t e r. We ’ r e excited to share the newest products and techniques in organic hair care. Including, ultra conditioning, luxurious colour and restructuring treatments to bring back and maintain healthy, vibrant hair. See ad on page 26.

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Nancy Weber 27 Bald Nob Road, Denville 973-586-3936 • We offer Holistic Practitioners specific ordinations relating to your practice. Certification programs on Young Living aromatherapy and more available through our seminary. See ads on pages 11 and 15.


Look and feel amazing with our cutting edge, natural skin treatments and products. Our functional medicine approach includes therapeutic skin and body treatments, massage, personalized health and skin evaluations, diet and lifestyle education, lab workup, personal training, yoga, meditation. Call or book online. See ad on page 13.

HOLISTIC MEDICAL WISDOM HEALTH AND WELLBEING George C. Wang, MD, PhD 51 John F Kennedy Parkway, 1st Floor West, Short Hills 973-671-1868

We are an integrative and functional medicine practice that empowers people to transform their lives by creating true health in body, mind, and spirit. We offer holistic approaches to care, including acupuncture, and teach lifelong skills for healthy living. See ad on page 7.


Philip J. Cohen, MD Denise M. Cohen, ND 75 Bloomfield Ave., Ste 106, Denville 908-455-2639 • We s p e c i a l i z e i n Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Anti-Aging Medicine. Using advanced diagnostic testing to determine the root causes of your condition, we use safe and effective treatments -- including intravenous vitamins and hyperbaric oxygen -- to stop illness and support the body’s innate power to heal. See ad on page 18.


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Hilary D. Bilkis, MS, CST CranioSacral Therapy • SomatoEmotional Release Work • Visceral Mobility Energy Healing • MELT Method Instruction 14 Pine St., Ste. 8, Morristown 973-479-2229 • Hilary uniquely blends CranioSacral Therapy with other healing modalities to alleviate chronic pain, headaches, stress and accumulated tension. Treatment benefits physical, emotional and energetic levels. Hilary facilitates the body’s self-healing process; gently releasing restrictions in the connective tissue and removing energy blockages. Using her intuitive abilities, she also helps release stored injury, trauma, memories and emotions. Clearing the body of stuck stress improves health, feelings of wellness, ability to feel calm, centered and empowered.


Linda Sercarz Certified Heartmath Coach Serving North Jersey & surrounding area 973-714-8650 Heartmath+♥ consists of simple heart focused science-based meditations. The techniques are designed to change the way your body responds to stress by learning to self-regulate. They create more resilience, coherence, clarity, (even in stressful situations), and the capacity to selfregulate. Heartmath+♥


Lory Sison-Coppola Reiki Master, Past Life Regressionist, Huna, Crystal Children Advocate, Readings 23 Diamond Spring Rd. 2nd fl., Denville 973-796-4661 The Center offers different modalities that will raise your Spiritual Awareness, heighten your vibrations. We are dedicated to understanding and providing for those with specific needs. Classes, Certifications, Healing sessions, readings and counseling are offered. See ad on page 25.

Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” –B.K.S Iyengar

Reshma Shah Meditation and ThetaHealing Reshma Shah Westfield 908-264-4344

Reshma is a certified ThetaHealing Teacher and Practitioner with a passion in helping individuals recognize their limiting belief patterns and tap into their true potential. Her students learn the practice of Thetahealing and her clients benefit from one on one sessions healing them from illness, trauma, chronic pail, spiritual and emotional restriction giving them miraculous transformations. Reshma specializes in working with children and their parents teaching them mediation, the use of alteration in life style with Thetahealing® and the power of developing intuitive abilities to transform their lives to their desires. As per debut month, the first time clients get 25% off their first session. See ad on page 15.


Angelina Helene 5 Washington Street, 2nd Floor Morristown • Holistic therapies dedicated to treating Mind+Body+Soul. Detoxify your body. Renew your energy. Recharge your spirit. Individual services (energy healing, infrared jade sauna pod, electro lymphatic treatment, Lyme recovery, etc.) and classes (sound healing, kundalini yoga, meditation and more). See ad on page 8.


Dr. Iqbal Nazir, M.S, D.Pharm, D.H.S. Licensed Lab Medicine Practitioner 954-226-3652 Natural cure in homeopathy of the most diseases and symptoms. No side effects. Call Dr. Iqbal Nazir, Homeopathic Specialist, for an appointment.

5 Fun Facts About Yoga for Kids 1. Yoga helps manage stress. 2. Yoga increases self-confidence. 3. Yoga improves physical health. 4. Yoga helps kids be present. 5. Yoga helps kids focus.


Soul Point Hypnosis

Hypnosis Counseling Center

2 E. Northfield Rd. #5, Livingston 28 Mine St., Flemington 43 Tamarack Cir., Princeton 3400 Valley Forge Cir., King of Prussia, PA 908-303-7767 With 30 years of experience Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals who want to better their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The State of New Jersey and Fortune 500 Corporation alike employ our programs. See ad on page 9.


Robert A. Bruckner, Board Certified Hypnotist 124 Little Falls Rd., Suite 206, Fairfield 973-370-2100 ofc 973-370-2120 fax Hypnosis for medical pain issues, academic proficiency, sports success, smoking cessation and weight loss. It’s not just hypnosis, it’s Major Mindset Hypnosis. Get beyond whatever is holding you back. End pain, stop smoking, lose weight, eliminate fearful thoughts, nervous or anxious feelings and be your best! Call for free telephone consultation.


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Linda West, BA, ACH 55 Madison Ave., Morristown 973-506-9654 • Advanced Clinical Hypnosis using an interactive, personalized technique; based on a lengthy interview at our first session and dialogues at following sessions. I don’t talk “at” you; we both speak before and during your hypnosis. I also teach you self-hypnosis. Specializing in weight, stress, smoking, chronic pain, releasing the past, performance, obsessive thoughts, substance use, sleep, fears, confidence, and attention issues. Hypnosis can get you unstuck in virtually any area of your life. If you have constraints that you can’t seem to break through, hypnosis can free you and put you back in charge. Come for a free consultation to learn how you can reframe your past and design your future.

401 Rt. 24, Chester 973-615-9261

Mention ad for 15% off first visit. Doctor referred certified medical hypnotist with 10 years experience. Successful approach with all ages addresses stress, confidence, fears, pain, performance, smoking, weight release and symptom relief. Plus learn self-hypnosis and other techniques.


Jonnie Lester 3118 Route 10 West, Denville, NJ (in Purple Om Yoga) 973-270-7549 From The Heart Massage is owned and operated by Jonnie Lester, a LMT with the state of NJ. She has certifications in PreNatal, Facial Training, Barefoot Shiatsu, Rain Drop, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Medical/Trigger Point and Cancer Certification Massage. She also specializes in different modalities of energy therapy such as Reiki and intuitive energy work. See ad on page 29.


27 Bald Nob Road, Denville 973-586-3936 Classes and mentoring online for all interested in and/or practicing the metaphysical arts. Variety of areas include creativity, intuition, mediumship/psychic/animal communication and more. See ads on pages 11 and 15.

NATURAL MEDICINE NEW JERSEY NATURAL MEDICINE Dr. Jason Frigerio, ND, LAC, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Board Certified Acupuncturist 2424 Lamington Road, Bedminster 973-267-2650

New location in Bedminster is now open! Through Naturopathic, Chinese and Biological Medicine, NJNM identifies and treats the root cause of illness, not just symptoms, help restore balance and promote optimal health. See ad on page 28.


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816 • Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice and nutrition school in Morristown, NJ, she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 850 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 15 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University in Madison, NJ, and may be reached at 973 267-4816, Email at or visit See ad on page 23.


SOLUTIONS BY SHERRY Sherry Onweller-Professional Organizer Serving NJ 908-619-4561 • email: Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry provides sympathetic and nonjudgmental organizing and decluttering services to residential and business clients, as well as helping female adults with ADD get their physical space/time management in order and helping children and teens to get organized.


Pompton Plains (Rte. 23) and Montclair 908-577-0053 • Do you suffer from anxiety or stress? Do you want to lose weight, stop smoking, gain self-confidence or change a habit? Do you need support and guidance through a life or career transition? Are you ready to achieve your goals, pursue your dreams, and actualize your potential? You CAN create the Life You Desire... I can help you MAKE IT HAPPEN! Using proven techniques such as Holistic Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Stress Reduction, Reiki and Dream Interpretation, I help teens & adults create happier, healthier, more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Allow me to assist you! See ad on page 16.

June 21, 2015 was the inception of International Yoga Day. To commemorate this day, the Indian Postal Service released a stamp showcasing the outline of a seated yogi with the Anjali Mudra overhead. September 2018


Salt Therapy NATURE’S SALT CAVE & FLOAT POD Yvonne Liu 49 Alden Street, Cranford 908-272-7158 •

Benefits a salt cave or saltwater float include: ease pain in muscles, joints and lower back, increased circulation and lower blood pressure, stress reduction, pain relief, promotes relaxation, reduces headaches, increases circulation, more restful sleep & more. See ad on page 26.


Cora Ciaramello L.E. C.P.E. LMT Aesthetician 420 Boulevard, Suite 107., Mountain Lakes 973-588-3668 • Cora Ciaramello is a licensed and Board certified electrologist, aesthetician and massage therapist with 20+ years of experience. Natural approach and the latest esthetics, technology and equipment to improve skin and nourish body and soul to look your absolute best. New Client Special: Mention this publication and get 20% off your first appointment. See ad on page 36.


Alison Iati 32 Grove Street, Chester 201-874-7255 License Number: 81-1853104 Sound Healing for individuals and groups. Vibrational Sound Therapy. Weekly sound baths. Sonic tools include Tibetan and crystal bowls, chimes, forks, vocal toning and more.


Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 S h a m a n i c H e a l i n g , E n e rg y Medicine, Past Life, Medical Intuition, Life, Health, Spiritual Coaching, Astrology Readings, House and Land Clearings. In person, phone or Skype. Professional Reiki, Shamanism, and Medical Intuitive Training. Retreats. 40 years’ experience.


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Ed Hemberger LMT, ART Dr. Thomas Findley, MD, PhD Offices in Boonton, Livingston and Manhattan 973-462-3112 Ed Hemberger, LMT, also practices Active Release Therapy (ART). He has trained under Dr. Thomas Findley M.D Ph.D as an Advanced Rolfer for the past 20 years. In addition, he works at the Veterans Administration Hospital in East Orange. In 2007, he presented an abstract to the Fascia Research Congress at Harvard Medical School on the effects of Rolfing on improving standing balance. See ad on page 11.

THERMOGRAPHY Lisa’s Thermography and Wellness

Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 Thermography gives a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem— inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad on page 11.

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PROGRESSIVE HOLISTIC DENTAL THERAPIES TRANSFORM QUALITY OF LIFE Patients travel from around the world to experience world class quality, service and expertise Denville is famous for its medical community. So, it’s no surprise that a perfect smile is a must have item in this friendly town. Hand crafting those smiles is the life work of Dr. Steiner and Dr. Fine. Their office’s reputation has spread so far that they now treat patients from around the world; often doing more smile makeovers in a single month that some dentists do in a lifetime. They also offer an amazing alternative for those living with missing teeth. This dramatic advancement in the field of dental implantology now makes it possible for many patients to switch from dentures to permanent implant supported teeth in only a few hours. This new approach can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouth. Patients leave the office after just one appointment with a beautiful and strong smile. Discomfort is so minimal that most patients eat a light meal that evening. Upon entering the front door you will immediately know that this is no ordinary dental office, because that’s what most people say upon seeing it for the first time. Among the practice’s notable patients are actresses, actors, astronauts, models and TV personalities. However most of the doctor’s patients are everyday people who just want to look their best. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski have focused their practice on those areas about which they are highly passionate. (After all you wouldn’t ask your family doctor to do heart surgery.) Those areas are Cosmetic Dentistry. Trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for advanced dental studies, they have devoted over sixty combined years to perfecting their skills and have placed over 100,000 cosmetic restorations. Their main focus is on CoSMeT­ IC and FULL MoUTH reCoNSTrUCTIoN cases. This includes Implant Dentistry and Neuromuscular orthodontics, which can avoid unecessary removal of teeth. Many people do not realize that dental problems may be the cause of headaches, migraines, shoulder, back and neck pain, noisy jaw joints and pains in the TMJ. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski pride themselves in having Morris County’s premier head, neck and jaw pain relief center. Their office also offers a “limited warranty” that provides free repair or replacement of restorative dental work, when a patient’s regular hygiene visits are maintained. This kind of security could only be offered by truly World Class Dentists. This is why their motto is: “Experienced professionals make the difference.” Aesthetic Family Dentistry is pleased to offer Gentle Laser Periodontal Therapy (GLPT) to treat moderate to advanced gum disease, a condition linked to other serious health issues including heart disease and diabetes. This gentle and less invasive superior state-of-the-art procedure eliminates the need for traditional surgery. oral DNA and HPV testing is also available to determine a patient’s periodontal health, as well as detect any possible genetic proclivity toward gum issues.

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Natural Awakenings North Central NJ - September 2018  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

Natural Awakenings North Central NJ - September 2018  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...