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his June issue includes a focus on happiness. That’s a major priority for me. I certainly know what the other side of that feels like—having spent time in the mire and muck. Making the shift to be happy starts with a decision. It was tough for me to even own my unhappiness. In midlife I hit bottom, and from there, as we all know, there’s only up. Though it may be perceived as a private decision, for me it became more possible and doable by surrounding myself with people that were supportive of me—my dreams, my hopes and my goals. I released those people in my life that were not supporting me moving forward. Sure, there were times when I could feel myself getting sucked back into unshakable unhappiness and depression. With acts of kindness toward myself, I’d set the clock for five minutes and allow myself to have all the sadness I could muster. At the end of the five minutes, I’d put on some great dance music or get out in nature. After a time, through practice and mindfulness, happiness was more or less a wellentrenched state of being and it became easier to be happy on my own for longer and longer periods of time. Now, very little rattles me. The years of developing relationships, finding my way, being responsive to this community and giving back have brought a sense of peace and gratitude. Each day brings with it opportunities for the miraculous and the mysterious to show up. I cultivate my curiosity by stopping and looking more closely at things on my journey. Isn’t it wonderful to pause and smell the roses or admire the textures or shadows brought out by the sunlight, or the sounds of our breathing, or the ocean’s waves endlessly coming toward us? How magnificent a planet we live on. How amazing it is to interact with so many different people and to be enriched daily by our experiences. Natural Awakenings

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less processed foods and going more raw. I do have a tendency to heat things up on the stove. Being in Florida, it seems only natural that more of our food should be room temperature. I’ll be making some of the whole food munchies from this issue to have on hand for easy mid-meal snacks, or to have something with me to eat after an appointment around town. An observation I’ll pass along: There seem to be fewer turtle nests than this time last year. I don’t think the fact that there’s new sand on our beaches has anything to do with it. With the wider beaches, it seems that the female turtles are not making it as close to the sea walls as in previous years. May they hatch on cue. Have fun in creating your path to happiness this month. Be the joy you want to see in others; plan on it.

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r. Richard J. Rimler, DPM is one of the only holistic podiatrists in the country. He has developed an economical “customized orthotic” (arch-support) as an alternative to the traditional “custom” orthotic that is made from an impression. Working with a local lab, he has two different types to choose from: a firmer one for a “flatfoot” and a more flexible one for a “high-arch” foot or someone who has lower back issues. Orthotics are considered “eyeglasses” for the feet and are able to balance out both the back and front via prescriptions placed into them after an examination is performed by Dr. Rimler. These prescriptions can be incorporated into the “Doc Rick” line of orthotics at a cost of less than $200. For comparison, a full “custom” orthotic from an impression will cost well over $400 at most offices. With your feet in a good place, you will be able to “walk strong” in your daily living activities and “run strong” while exercising. Dr. Rimler has offices conveniently located in Hollywood and Hallandale Beach. More information can be found at See ad page 48.

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o Green at the Everyday Green Expo, from 10am to 2pm, November 12, at Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach. Explore the world of sustainable living and find unique creations in the Season-to-BeGreen holiday gift shop. Find a “fur-ever” friend at the Pet Expo. Meet local and international organizations with a sustainable vision. Kid around in the Kids’ Corner. Test your taste buds at the expo’s farm-to-table demos. Special events happening throughout the day. Four categories of organizations but not inclusive: Pets and pet-related; Educational–for non-profit organizations; Exhibitor; and Food related. New to this 4th annual Everyday Green Expo is an expanded dog adoption area, a local food market, a bird release honoring the 60th anniversary of South Florida’s Audubon Society, recognition of the 60th anniversary of Broward County Parks and Recreation Department, special ‘live’ participation by SusieQ Wood, environmental artist and publisher of Broward’s Natural Awakenings magazine. More to be announced. The special event within the park is free to the public, however, $1.50/per person (ages 6 and up) weekend park gate entry fee will be in effect. Location: 401 S. Powerline Rd., Corporate Shelter #10, Deerfield Beach. For more information, email

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ather your family and friends, and head to your Keiser University Fort Lauderdale campus, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 4, for an informative and fun-filled Summer Open House to learn about embarking onto a successful career path and experiencing the Keiser advantage. Participants will be able to meet faculty, staff and students plus enjoy refreshments, music, games, prizes, and more. Keiser University offers over 100 separate associate, bachelors, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the fields of health care, culinary, sports management, business, technology, legal studies and more. With a student-centered system that fosters a healthy balance between life, parenting, work and study, Keiser University is both an educational institution and an integral part of the local community, offering a great opportunity for individuals looking to further their education. Location: 1500 NW 49th Street. For more information or to RSVP, call 1-888844-8404 or visit Also visit See ad on page 15.

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ith its spa-like atmosphere and healthy organic hair products, clients adore Ka’ton Salon’s boutique atmosphere and their ecofriendly sustainable stance with high-end finishes and services. Ka’Ton’s motto: “The hair’s health is most important.” They specialize in the use of organic, vegan, chemical-free, crueltyfree keratin, hair Botox and the Oway H-Color line—the world’s first professional hair color formulated with the highest concentration of organic, biodynamic and fair trade ingredients. Chemists have created a beautiful balance between performance and nature with nourishing, gentle formulations that even the most sensitive clients will love. Fair Trade marula oil, organic black quinoa, organic aamla and biodynamic marrubium are infused into the color, which is combined with an ammonia-free developer fortified with rich, creamy shea butter and illipe seeds.

These nourishing ingredients provide extra protection for the hair and scalp, resulting in shiny, healthy color without irritation yet with perfect coverage for even the most stubborn grey. Experience customized herbal scalp remedy treatments with scalp analysis to help with hair-loss, irritation, oily

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Nature’s Version of the Little Blue Pill


hhh! Here’s a sensitive but daunting statistic: An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED)(1), making it one of the most common issues related to men’s (sex) health. Though there are a variety of pharmaceuticals used as temporary solutions, a quick pop of the pill doesn’t come without its consequences. ED drugs have their range of side effects, including headaches, diarrhea and joint pain, to name a few.(2) Here’s the good news. There is a powerful substance available that works better than the pills and without the harmful side effects. In fact, it delivers a slew of additional benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, kidney function and weight loss.

Hopefully, this has piqued your interest. You may be wondering where you can get hold of such a coveted concoction. Well, no need to meet a shady dealer in a dark alley. It can be found at your friendly neighborhood produce department. It’s the modest—but never to be underestimated—watermelon. Yes, you read correctly—watermelon. Watermelon contains a substance called citrulline, which ultimately leads to supercharged vascular dilation and blood flow.(3)(4) Here’s some advice from a certified detoxification specialist with three simple steps for a wild evening of passion: Step 1: Do a 48 hour just-watermelon fast Step 2: Lose weight and pee like a rock star (you will)

Step 3: Grab your partner and have an unforgettable romantic evening Isabelle Valley is a certified raw detoxification specialist with more than a decade of experience helping individuals elevate their health through the power of raw foods. Visit See ad page 46. 1. Harvard Health Publications. Erectile Dysfunction. 24 April 2016. 24 April 2016. 2. Cherney, Kristeen. 7 Common Side Effects of Erectile Dysfunction Medication. 19 March 2014. Article. 24 04 2016. healthline. com/health-slideshow/erectile-dysfunctionmedications-common-side-effects. 3. Oral L-Citrulline Supplementation Improves Erection Hardness in Men With Mild Erectile Dysfunction. Ed. Luigi Cormio. 2011 1 January. Elsevier. URL. 2016 29 April. 4. Publications, Harvard Health. Two-way street between erection problems and heart disease. 2011 1 May. URL. 2016 29 April. two-way-street-between-erection-problems-and-heart-disease.

Correction, May 2016 issue: The May health brief, “Purpose and Meaning Help Seniors Live Longer,” should have simply stated that among the seniors participating in the eight-and-a-half-year study, 9 percent of those with the highest levels of well-being died, while 29 percent of those with the lowest levels of well-being died during the same period. The percent difference (30 percent) was incorrect.


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How Men Can Safely Use Cell Phones


en love using their smartphones. This modern technology provides a lot of convenience, but what are the biological effects from using these wireless devices? More research is now available than ever before and it is not painting a pretty picture. Cell phone radiation is linked to sperm damage, erectile dysfunction and is even classified as a Class 2 B Carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Here are five great ways to protect and empower yourself, turning adversity to your advantage. 1. Talk more on a corded phone. Less is better with cell phone technology; use a corded phone line in your home and office. Make sure to replace home cordless phones too, as they are always emitting and receiving signals. Use the cell phone only when necessary. 2. Keep the phone away from your

body. Use the speakerphone at all times. When the phone is in use and positioned against the body, this is when most of the biological effects occur. 3. Do not sleep with your cell phone powered on. Research shows a cell phone that is powered on can disrupt your sleep. If you absolutely need it for an alarm clock, switch to airplane mode— this will stop the wireless EMF emissions. 4. Neutralize the device. I highly recommend the pocket-safe technology that attaches to the back of the phone; this transmutes the harmful radiation into something that does not harm the body.

This is part of the Geo-Safe System from Germany. 5. Don’t use the cell phone in enclosed spaces of metal. This includes cars, trains, buses and airplanes. The metal reflects the radiation thus increasing your exposure. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Gary Greenleaf is a certified Geo-Biological Consultant with the Geo-Safe Institute, Germany. He assists clients with EMF testing and neutralizations for homes and offices. For more information, call 520-591-8282 and/or visit and See ad page 48.

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Medicinal Mushroom Heals HPV


esearch from the University of Texas Medical School and Health Science Center has found that a medicinal mushroom extract may be able to eradicate human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease. Presented last fall at the 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, in Houston, the clinical study treated 10 women that tested positive for HPV with the mushroom mycelia extract called active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). The patients were given three grams of the AHCC once a day for six months or longer. Eight of them tested negative for HPV after the period, including three that were confirmed HPV-eradicated after stopping the AHCC treatment. The two other patients continued receiving the extract. A phase II clinical trial led by Dr. Judith Smith, a professor at the UT Medical School, will be conducted.

Omega-3s May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer


esearch published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has confirmed that high blood levels of DHA, EPA and DPA—three omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil supplements—are linked to prostate cancer. The study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center tested 834 men with prostate cancer and 1,393 healthy men; they found that such high concentrations were associated with a 71 percent increased risk of more serious prostate cancer and a 44 percent increase in the risk of less serious prostate cancer. The overall increased risk in all prostate cancers was 43 percent. The findings of this study confirm similar research in 2011 and another large European study. “What’s important is that we have been able to replicate our findings from 2011,” says one of the more recent study’s authors, Theodore Brasky, Ph.D.

Ashwagandha Pumps Up Testosterone


ow testosterone levels can be problematic for men as they age. Fortunately, Mother Nature produces her own form of testosterone booster: the herb ashwagandha. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested 57 men between the ages of 18 and 50. They were divided into two groups—one was given 300 milligrams of the herbal extract twice a day for eight weeks; the other ingested a placebo for the same period. Both groups underwent supervised muscle training programs for the duration of the study. The men that took the ashwagandha had significantly higher levels of circulating testosterone compared to the placebo group. The ashwagandha group also experienced an increase in muscle mass in the chest and arms, yielding an average arm muscle size of 8.6 centimeters, compared to the placebo group’s 5.3 centimeters. Those men in the ashwagandha group also exhibited faster reductions of creatine kinase, a marker for the type of muscle fiber injury that occurs during strenuous exercise, following workouts.

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E-Cigarettes Produce Free Radicals


lectronic cigarette use, or vaping, is on the rise as many consider it a healthier alternative to smoking. However, in a study published in the American Chemical Society journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, researchers from the Penn State University College of Medicine report that e-cigarettes produce considerable levels of reactive free radicals created by the high-temperature heating coils that warm up the nicotine solution. Dr. John Richie, a professor at Penn State and senior author of the research, says, “The identification of these radicals in the aerosols means that we can’t just say e-cigarettes are safe because they don’t contain tobacco. They are potentially harmful.” The researchers found that levels of free radicals in e-cigarettes are between 100 to 1,000 times less than the levels produced by tobacco cigarettes, still making them a better choice than traditional cigarettes although they still carry risk. Richie explains, “The levels of radicals that we’re seeing are more than what you might get from a heavily air-polluted area, but less than what you might find in cigarette smoke.” Previous research has found that e-cigarette smoke also contains aldehydes that can potentially cause cellular and tissue damage.

wo related studies from the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that the act of admiring the beauty of nature with awe and wonder can decrease inflammation in the body. More than 200 adults reported their experiences of emotions on a particular day, including amusement, awe, compassion, joy, contentment and pride. Samples of the subjects’ gum and cheek tissues were analyzed for cytokines, and the researchers found those that cited emotions of awe, wonder and amazement had the lowest levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6). UC Berkeley professor and co-author of the research Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., says, “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions—a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art—have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”

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Want Perfect Health? Follow the Animals


very bird you’ve seen, every fish you’ve seen, every animal you’ve ever seen in nature, has always been in perfect shape, in perfect health and loaded with energy. Think about this for a moment: There are approximately one-million species of animals on this Earth (amphibians, birds, fish, insects, mammals and reptiles) and only one species is riddled with deadly diseases like obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes: humans. Every other animal in nature eats a 100 percent real, raw, whole-foods diet, based on whatever category of eater the animal is. For example, animals such as lions, alligators, eagles, sharks, vultures, snakes and crocodiles eat meat almost exclusively and are known as carnivores. Other animals eat both meat and plants, such as bears, raccoons, chickens, lizards, ostriches, squirrels and skunks and are categorized as omnivores. Most animals are herbivores and eat primarily plants, including elephants, rhinos, cows,


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horses, buffalo, deer, antelopes, koalas, pandas and caterpillars. Other animals who eat primarily plants are gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees. It might be hard to believe, but our bodies are genetically 99 percent of that of a chimp. When they do eat meat, which is rarely, it is mostly comprised of small insects like ants and termites. According to research by Dr. Jane Goodall, the chimp has a strong preference for fruit, which partially categorizes them as frugivores. In fact, a chimp’s natural diet consists of two-thirds fruit and the balance is made up of veggies along with some nuts, seeds and berries. Their natural food choices sufficiently provide them with every macro and micronutrient to be healthy. They eat only what they need with regard to content as well as amount, which means if they don’t need it, they don’t eat it. A chimp’s natural diet consists of approximately 75 percent healthy carbohydrates, 20 percent healthy fats and about 5 percent healthy protein. Three-quarters of your plate should be mostly fruits with some veggies—or to be more exact—25 percent fruit, 25 percent berries and 25 percent veggies. Then onetenth would be nuts and about one-fifth seeds. As with many fruits and veggies, the way to derive the greatest amount of nutrition is to eat them raw. Scott Joseph authored The Chimp Diet, a must-read for delving deeper into this fascinating way of getting optimal nutritional value for ultimate health. The book covers how one-million species can’t be wrong, how we walked away from our natural diet, what chimps know

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ow to Nurture Your Spiritual Life walks you through the five steps to implementing the secrets to achieve Spiritual Freedom. This is a book focused on a holistic approach with practical viewpoints that can be easily incorporated in your daily life. The author will help you discover what you want out of life and give you the tools to find this answer. When you learn to recognize and accept what makes you unique, you’ll learn how to utilize this talent for your own selfdevelopment. The tools you need are all in these secrets—but more importantly—the tools are inside you. You just need to learn how to access them. In addition to the practical examples and advice, you will find several bonus exercises to help make these changes real and transform your life from the inside out! Author Lorena Evans has spent the last decade helping people reach their full potential and follow their goals and dreams. She helps clients clarify their goals and set up an action plan that can be executed with exponential results. Evans is the founder of I Speak Spirit, Book is available for purchase in either hard copy or Kindle formats on See ad page 49.

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More Retailers Ban Bee-Toxic Products Amidst the growing pollinator crisis and due to public pressure, Aldi Süd, the German supermarket chain with stores in the U.S., has become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides toxic to bees, including the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, from fruits and vegetables produced for their stores. Starting in January, Aldi produce suppliers have had to ensure their cultivation practices exclude eight pesticides identified as toxic to bees. Other retailers in the U.S. and Europe are also beginning to shun bee-toxic pesticides. Home Depot will no longer use the class of pesticides known as neonics on 80 percent of its flowering plants; completing the phase-out in 2018. Lowe’s is ending the sale of products containing neonicotinoid pesticides within 48 months. Smaller retailers are also working on removing neonics and other toxic pesticides from their shelves. The science has become increasingly clear that pesticides, working individually or synergistically, play a critical role in the ongoing decline of honeybees and other pollinators. Bees in the U.S. and Europe have seen unprecedented losses over the last decade, and bee-toxic pesticides like neonicotinoids have consistently been implicated as a major contributing factor. Source:


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Swedes’ Solution Six-Hour Workday Reaps Benefits

Many Americans work 50 hours a week or more because they think they’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. However, according to a metastudy published in The Lancet, people that clock a 55-hour week have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and 13 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those that maintain a 35- to 40-hour work week. Data from 25 studies that monitored the health of 600,000 people from the U.S., Europe and Australia for up to 8.5 years were analyzed. Paul Kelley, of Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, notes that even a traditional nine-to-five workday is at odds with peoples’ internal body clocks, contributing to sleep deprivation. Now Sweden is moving toward a standard six-hour workday, with some businesses having already implemented the change. Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm app developer Filimundus, reports that the shift has maintained productivity while decreasing staff conflicts, because people are happier and better rested. Several Toyota service centers in Gothenburg that switched to a six-hour day 13 years ago also report happier staff, a lower turnover rate and increased ease in enticing new hires. A Swedish retirement home has embarked on a yearlong experiment to compare the costs and benefits of a shorter working day. Source:

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New Healthy Building Standard The WELL Building Standard, administered by the International WELL Building Institute, is the world’s first development criterion to focus exclusively on human health and wellness. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research, harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being. Pioneered by the Delos company and the culmination of seven years of research in partnership with leading scientists, doctors, architects and wellness thought leaders, WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where people spend more than 90 percent of their time and the health and wellness impacts on occupants. It sets performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and state of mind. WELL-certified spaces can help foster improvements in the nutrition, fitness, moods, sleep patterns and performance of occupants. WELL is independently certified by Green Business Certification Inc., which administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and associated professional credentialing program. Source:

Municipal Pioneers

More U.S. Cities Leaving the Grid Nassau, New York, a town of 5,000 outside Albany, plans to ramp up a combination of rooftop- and ground-mounted solar, wind turbine and landfill methane-capture technologies to generate 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. “If all goes as planned, within the next four years, all six of the town buildings will be disconnected from the grid,” says Nassau Supervisor Dave Fleming. The New York Department of Public Services wants this trend to grow through its Reforming Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is actively working to help municipalities, especially core towns and schools, move toward getting a significant portion of their power from renewable resources. Smaller, cleaner, power systems are less costly and cleaner alternatives to the traditional larger electrical stations. San Diego, California, recently committed to securing 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. It’s the largest American city to do so. Already, at least 13 U.S. cities, including San Francisco; Burlington, Vermont; and Aspen, Colorado, have committed to 100 percent clean energy. Las Vegas is among other major cities aiming to follow suit. Hawaii has pledged the same by 2045, the most ambitious standard set by a U.S. state to date. Source:

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Safely Keep Winged Visitors Away from Outdoor Events Warding off summertime mosquitoes and flies to maintain outdoor fun is especially important given the new disease potential of the mosquito-borne Zika and West Nile viruses. Here are some naturally protective measures. Remove stale, standing water outside the home—including swimming pool covers, clogged rain gutters and buckets—and turn over clay pots and plastic containers, as they all can be prime mosquito-breeding spots, suggests the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Alternatively, a toxin-free backyard pond or water garden can be stocked with mosquito fish like gambusia that feed on and consume large quantities of insect larvae. Avoid applying potent perfumes, soaps and lotions prior to an outdoor event, because such scents attract insects. It always helps to wear light, long-sleeve shirts and pants to protect more skin. Grow plants with odors mosquitoes don’t like. suggests citronella, horsemint (aka bee balm), marigolds, ageratum (floss flowers) and catnip. also likes lavender, thyme, lemongrass, anything in the mint family and even basil; rub fresh or dried leaves on the skin or apply lavender flowers or oil, especially on hot spots (neck, underarms or behind ears). Use a non-toxic, plastic-free insect-repelling band for kids. Avoid conventional insect repellents, as many contain diethyltoluamide (DEET), one of the top five contaminants of U.S. waterways. Chemicals rinse off into shower and bath drains during later wash-ups.


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Emotional Smarts

How to Raise Your Quotient by Harvey Deutschendorf

Practice forward thinking and willingness to let go of the past. People with high EI are too busy thinking of future possibilities to dwell upon things that didn’t work out in the past. They apply lessons learned from past missteps in taking future actions. They never see failure as permanent or a personal reflection of themselves. Look for ways to make life more fun, happy and interesting. At work, at home and with friends, high EI people know what makes them happy and look for opportunities to expand the enjoyment. They receive pleasure and satisfaction from seeing others happy and fulfilled, and do whatever they can to brighten someone else’s day. Expend energy wisely. High EI folks don’t hold onto anger over how others have treated them, but use the incident to create awareness of how to not let it happen again. While they move on and forgive, they don’t forget, and are unlikely to be taken advantage of again in the same set of circumstances. Always learn and grow. High EI people are lifelong learners, constantly growing and evolving. Being critical thinkers, they are open to changing their minds if someone presents a better idea. They trust themselves and their own judgment to make the best decision for themselves. Harvey Deutschendorf is an emotional intelligence expert, speaker and author of The Other Kind of Smart. Take the EI Quiz at


he role of emotional intelligence (EI) in helping to facilitate success and happiness in individual lives has become well accepted. People with high EI tend to share seven habits. Focus on the positive. While not ignoring bad news, EI people have made a conscious decision to not spend much time and energy focusing on problems. Rather, they look at what’s positive in a situation and seek solutions. They focus on what can be done and what’s within their control. Associate only with positive people. High EI people regard complainers and negative people as energy drains. They tend to avoid them to maintain their own vitality. Instead, they spend time with those that look on the bright side of life. They tend to smile and laugh and attract other positive people. Their warmth, openness and caring attitude leads others to regard them as more trustworthy. Set boundaries and assert a position. Although their friendly, open nature may make them appear as pushovers to some, people with high EI are able to set boundaries and assert themselves when necessary; they demonstrate politeness and consideration, yet stay firm. High EI people guard their time and commitments and know when they need to say no. They don’t make needless enemies. Their response to potentially volatile situations is measured, not inflated, and managed appropriately. They think before speaking, allowing themselves time to calm down if their emotions start to feel overwhelming. natural awakenings

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TRESS STRESS Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss by Jody McCutcheon


ncient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron


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oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s

hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments and drugs to transplants and wigs. Yet hair-loss science is imperfect; it’s riddled with misinformation that allows companies to sell products of varying efficacy. The average head holds about 120,000 to 150,000 strands of hair, and it’s normal for both men and women to lose 50 to 100 strands daily. We lose hair for several reasons. Chiefly, aging weakens hair and makes it more brittle; it also decreases hormone production, slowing hair growth. According to a study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, anything that interrupts the normal hair cycle can trigger diffuse hair loss. Triggers include physiologic trauma and emotional stresses, nutritional deficiencies, endocrine imbalances and illness, as well as genetics, including pattern baldness. Even air and water pollutants and sunlight’s phototoxic aging effects may facilitate alopecia (sudden hair loss). While it’s impossible to completely stop natural hair loss catalyzed by aging and genes, the rate can be controlled and abnormal loss may be reversed while stimulating growth. Dietary Changes. The typical North American fat-, protein- and saltrich diet fosters an acidic environment in the body which can lead to premature hair loss. Iron-rich foods like lean red meats and dark green veggies contribute to ferritin levels sufficient to increase the hair’s growth cycle. Iron also delivers oxygen to hair follicles, further inciting growth. In a review of related research, the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology reports that double-blind data confirmed the findings of a study in women with increased hair shedding in which a significant proportion responded to l-lysine and iron therapy. Because hair is made mostly of protein, and protein deficiency is thought to cause hair loss, it would seem that consuming more protein would stimulate growth, although moderation is the key. Too much protein may result in baldness, according to Dr. Michael Eades, who

owns The American Heart Association recommends against high-protein diets because most Americans already eat more protein than they need. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, shellfish, nuts and seeds and their oils can facilitate the production and action of hormones and oily lubricants that effect a healthy scalp and follicles and bouncy, shiny hair. A-complex and B-complex vitamins also are said to promote vibrant, shiny hair; B12 to neutralize premature hair loss; vitamin C and zinc to help strengthen hair; biotin to avoid hair loss and premature graying; vitamin D to facilitate healthy follicular growth; and vitamin E to maintain a healthy, moisturized scalp. Eating whole foods like organic eggs, lentils, spinach, red meat, pumpkin seeds and salmon is ideal, including plenty of fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals. Most vegetable skins are also rich in silica, which helps strengthen hair.

Drink More Tea. Green tea, saw palmetto (or its extract) and stinging nettle tea contain ingredients that inhibit the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a compound that’s been linked to thinning hair and pattern baldness, according to Medical News Today. These products are used in battling some forms of alopecia and concentrated ingredients of these teas are available in pill form. Detox. Eliminating alcohol, tobacco and coffee can help. Excessive booze and caffeine lead to dehydration, which makes hair dry and brittle, and also dramatically depletes the body’s iron and zinc levels. Cigarette smoke contains toxins that accelerate hair loss, as well as premature graying. Chill Out. Stress is a widely known factor in hair loss, specifically of a condition called telogen effluvium (Principles of Dermatology, by James Marks and Jeffrey Miller). Meditation and exercise can relieve stress and create a better hormonal balance, thereby helping to

prevent alopecia. Massage of body and scalp also may be beneficial. Adding oils such as almond or coconut infuses the scalp with essential vitamins and minerals. A study by the Journal of Dermatology shows that applying onion juice can lead to hair growth. Treat hair gently, air-drying rather than rubbing it with a towel. Don’t Fake It. Using extensions and weaves or wearing tight wigs or hairpieces daily may damage hair follicles by stressing their anchor to the scalp, accelerating hair loss. Also, hair straighteners, tight pony tails, blow dryers and heated rollers may damage or break off follicles. Consider natural hair dyes. Eschew Shampoo. Most commercial shampoos contain sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulphate because it’s inexpensive, lathers well and typically thickens hair via salt. SLS also corrodes follicles and impairs their ability to grow hair. Consider switching to organic shampoos and conditioners. Jody McCutcheon is a freelance editor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Tasty Homemade Alternatives to Junk Food by Judith Fertig


lanning ahead is an effective key to healthy eating and weight management. Having healthy snacks available, both savory and naturally sweet, helps us to conquer cravings and avoid a


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sugar rush—or slump. Between-meal nutritious and delicious snacks can be easy to make. Plus, unlike commercial foods, we know their ingredients. Here, Natural Awakenings

has tapped two plant-based whole foods experts and cookbook authors for their best snack recipes and tips. “Healthy happens when we’re prepared,” says Elise Museles, of Washington, D.C., the mother of two sons who writes at and recently released Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover. “Nutritious is delicious; healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring.” she says. Nor does it take hours to make. “I pick one day a week to do meal prep,” she explains. “After a visit to our Sunday farmers’ market, I work in the kitchen for a few hours so I’m ready to go on Monday and for the rest of the week.” Whenever hunger threatens to derail her from a whole-foods, nutrient-dense diet, Museles is equipped with options like protein balls and carrot hummus. She’s also learned that having naturally sweet foods at hand helps divert cravings, realizing, “You just want a sweet thing more if you think you can’t have it. Plus, I think better when my blood sugar is stable.” Museles combines naturally sweet dried fruits such as goji berries and tropical

coconut to make a handy snack mix. “Like blending smoothies, this basic trail mix can have many variations,” she says. She also suggests maintaining a wellstocked freezer. Museles freezes berries in season to pop in the blender for smoothies; pitted and peeled avocados to thaw and mash over gluten-free toast; and frozen banana slices to layer over nut butter. Canadian Ella Leché, a mother of two daughters best known for her website, is the new author of Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough cookbook. She came to a plant-based lifestyle in 2008 after a whole foods diet helped her overcome a chronic illness. Her blog documents her journey to wellness—one healthy change at a time. Leché, a graphic designer and photographer in Mississauga, near Toronto, started an elimination diet four months after the birth of her first child, when she noticed puzzling symptoms. “I started to make small changes and slowly but surely, I began to recover,” she says. Today her diet is 90 percent vegan and gluten-free. “I had a sweet tooth, but I didn’t have the balance thing figured out,” Leché admits. Foregoing sugar was hard emotionally, even though her body had difficulties

with sugar, which seemed correlated to frequent headaches and mood slumps. Slowly, she started emphasizing naturally sweet, pure foods like dates and fruits and found other ways to ease cravings. “Starting the day with a savory, healthy breakfast can cut sugar from your diet because the sweet taste on our tongue essentially sets the brain into craving sugar,” she says. Leché enjoys involving her children in making snacks like healthy turnip or kale chips. When she gets a hankering for something sweet, she chooses her special cranberry and chocolate protein balls, sweetened with dried fruit and bolstered with almonds and walnuts. They take minutes to make and keep in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to three months. Having easy-to-prepare, whole food snacks on hand keeps families happily snacking on quick bites and on track with healthy eating. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle,” says Museles. “If you like recipes that are good for you, it’s a sustainable lifestyle.” Judith Fertig is the author of the award-winning Back in the Swing Cookbook and blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

Natural Quick Snack Recipes

Turnip and Beet Chips Yields: Up to 4 servings 4 turnips, peeled 4 beets, peeled ¼ cup grapeseed oil or other neutral oil 1 tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the turnips and beets using a mandolin and place in a large bowl. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables, sprinkle with the salt and toss to fully coat.

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Bake for 15 minutes, turning over chips halfway through the baking time. Then lower the temperature to 200° F and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until golden. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

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1½ cups raw walnuts 1 cup raw pecans ½ cup naturally sweetened dried cranberries 5 Medjool dates, pitted ¼ cup raw cacao powder 1 to 2 Tbsp chocolate or vanilla protein powder 1 to 2 tsp water 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 drops liquid stevia Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms. Turn off the processor, remove the blade and roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball using the palms of the hands. Repeat with all the dough. Enjoy between meals or after a workout. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

These take only about 5 minutes to make, and there are no rules when it comes to mixing and matching different nut butters and nutritional boosts. 1 banana 2 Tbsp almond butter 1 tsp cacao nibs Peel, then cut 1 banana in half lengthwise and then slice it in half horizontally. Arrange the quarters on a small baking sheet or freezer-safe plate and spread equal amounts of nut butter on the banana slices. Top with the cacao nibs for added crunch (optional), and then place two banana slices together to make two “sandwiches”. Freeze at least 3 to 4 hours until solid. Then, remove from the tray and store in the freezer in containers (for up to a month), or wrap individually for a graband-go option. Source: Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover, by Elise Museles

make individual serving packets to take along on hikes. ½ cup sunflower seeds 1 cup walnuts 1 cup goji berries ½ cup coconut flakes ¼ cup cacao nibs Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container. Source: Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover, by Elise Museles

Raw Cheesy Kale Chips Yields: 2 servings Bunch of kale, stemmed 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 2 hours ½ red or orange bell pepper 2 cloves garlic, peeled ¾ cup water Juice of ½ lemon 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes ½ tsp sea salt

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Yields: About 3 servings This trail mix is loaded with antioxidants. Pack up a mason jar and store it at the office or other work station or

Preheat the oven to 300° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure the kale leaves are thoroughly dry. Tear them into large pieces and place in a large bowl. Rinse and drain the cashews. In a

food processor, process the cashews, bell pepper, garlic, water, lemon juice, yeast flakes and salt until a smooth paste forms. Toss the kale leaves in the paste to fully coat, and then place them on the baking sheet in a single layer; don’t overlap any. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the leaves and bake another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Note: Alternatively, dehydrate the kale leaves in a food dehydrator for 8 hours on a high setting (no need to turn them over). Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.

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Gay Hendricks on Nurturing Love in Midlife Why Growing Up Can Mean Loving Better by S. Alison Chabonais


published 30 other ay Hendricks books, including their and his wife, latest, Conscious Loving Kathlyn, have Ever After. The Hendiscovered through dricks Institute that they working on their own founded annually offers relationship and counworkshops and semiseling hundreds of other nars in North America, couples that the time Europe and Asia. Their from midlife onward nonprofit Foundation offers the greatest opfor Conscious Living portunity of any other funds research, films and period to grow love. At scholarships related to a mutual low point, they relationship well-being. made the life-changing decision to rebirth their Gay Hendricks and his wife, Kathlyn marriage, tapping into a Why do you say new source of energy and rejuvenation the best relationships are posthat’s producing sible in the second half of life, extensive and surprising benefits. including the greatest sex? The Ojai, California-based couple, Child rearing responsibilities often both with Ph.D. degrees, co-authored decrease in our 40s and 50s, affording their first trailblazing bestseller, Conscious more time and resources to invest in the Loving, more than 20 years ago and have quality of the relationship. Psychologi-


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cal and spiritual maturity also comes into play—the more deeply we know ourselves, the more able we are to communicate meaningfully with our partner. Probably the biggest factor is that people in the second half of life tend to be open to learning and trying new things, such as adopting our practice of scheduling two, 10-minute conversations a week to take care of relationship business: one covers “stuff talk”, the other is “heart talk”. Often, it only takes a few minutes of trying out a brand-new activity to spark a major rebirth of intimacy.

How pivotal is self-love, a tough concept for many, in securing a healthy relationship? You can only love another person to the extent that you love yourself. After we take people through a process designed to give them a clear experience of loving themselves unconditionally, they often tell us that the experience changed everything in their relationship. It’s powerful because so many of us enter a relationship in an attempt to get the other person to love some part of ourselves that we don’t know how to love, which never works. Learning to love ourselves is an inside job.

What would you say is the biggest challenge for midlife couples in a longterm relationship?

It’s vital to get out of the rut of recycling conflicts and predictable routines in order to liberate a new creativity. Creativity doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It might be a matter of giving a new way to communicate a whirl or taking a walk together instead of watching TV. Ultimately, relationships only thrive when both people make an ongoing commitment to investing time and energy to explore their own creative nature. One may elect to learn to play a musical instrument, while the other might take up gardening. The only requirement is that we take on new activities that have the capacity to surprise us.

What tips do you have for those that are single during the second half of their life? Enjoy your singularity! Singlehood

affords great opportunities. You can choose whether or not you wish to invest time and energy manifesting a mate. No law requires that everyone has to have an intimate relationship, but if you’d like to, go about the process consciously. First, work on learning to love yourself, because it’s wise not to depend on anyone else to do it for us. Second, figure out what we call your Three Absolute Yesses and Nos, the three most important qualities you want in a mate, and equally important, the three most important things you don’t want in a mate. It’s a good way to avoid mistakes.

Why do you call blame “the crack cocaine of relationships”? When you blame another person for something, you fire up adrenaline both in yourself and the other person.

Adrenaline is manufactured by our bodies and is highly addictive. Blame also typically produces a defensive reaction, causing a harmful cycle of two-way criticism and defensiveness that can go on for years. One couple we counseled had been having essentially the same argument since their honeymoon 29 years earlier—so addicted to the adrenalized “cocaine” of blame that it had become a permanent feature of their relationship. The answer is for each person to take healthy responsibility for issues in the relationship and together seek ways to both break unhealthy habits and replace them with mutually satisfying ways of relating. S. Alison Chabonais orchestrates national editorial content for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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HAPPY ALL DAY Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Judith Fertig


hroughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment. What we want to know now is how to instill happiness into daily practices. In her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our


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Everyday Lives, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin fleshes out the needed details. She maintains that the shift into a happier way of being can be as simple as changing our habits, which she terms the invisible architecture of daily life. Rubin found, “We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” We can start small in sometimes surprising ways that encourage personal, family, workplace and community well-being.

Simplify—Exercise—Meditate Israeli-born Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., a former Harvard lecturer and author of the bestselling Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, had 854 students enroll in one of his pioneering classes on happiness in 2006, the highest enrollment for any class at the time. “Students explored ways to apply these ideas to their life experiences and communities,” he says. Today, he lectures and consults worldwide on the science of happiness, or “optimal being and functioning”. Ben-Shahar suggests we cultivate three personal habits. The first one is to simplify, saying, “We need to turn off our phones, email and other distractions at home, so we can fully be with the people we care about and that care about us. Time affluence—time to enjoy and appreciate—is a predictor of happiness.” The second is to exercise. “We were not meant to be sedentary,” he says. The third is to meditate. “Meditating helps us to develop extreme resilience to negative emotion.” Ken A. Verni, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Highland Park, New Jersey, endorses the importance of a mindfulness habit. In his new book, Happiness the Mindful Way: A Practical Guide, Verni outlines easy, step-by-step actions to form a new happiness habit that concurrently reduces stress and increases enlightenment. He starts with what he calls “compassionate attention”; being fully awake or present in our lives without judging what we’re thinking. When we view our thoughts as events in the mind, he says, conscious selfobservation introduces a space between our perceptions and responses, allowing us to view our thoughts as separate from the person we really are. Complementary methods may include breathing techniques or body awareness that help shift us away from anxious, “What if?” speculations into the ever-present now. With just a few minutes of mindfulness a day—the first thing in the morning or at night before retiring— according to Verni, “We can shift our relationship to ourselves and our life experiences in a way that allows for greater spaciousness, acceptance and compassion, and in doing so, can dramatically improve the quality of our lives.”

I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health. ~Voltaire Daily Joy at Home Another way to improve the quality of our life is to reverse one habit. Shonda Rhimes, creator of TV dramas that include Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, admits that she’s a driven, Type-A person in her new book, Year of Yes. A busy career in Los Angeles, three children and little leisure left her feeling unhappy, so instead of reciting her habitual, “No” to anything extraneous—like parties, eating chocolate chip cookies or spending a lazy afternoon chatting with an old friend—she decided to change that habit to, “Yes.” One of Rhimes’ most profound revelations occurred after she responded positively when her children asked her to play. She observes that kids don’t want that much from us and playtime rarely involves more than 15 minutes; when we give them access and attention, it makes everyone feel good. Rubin agrees that it’s the little things that can contribute to family happiness. As a New York City mother of two, she decided that she’d be happier if she knew she was creating family memories. She started regularly preparing “special occasion” family breakfasts, a relatively easy meal to customize. She says, “Studies show that family traditions support children’s social development and strengthen family cohesiveness. They provide the connection and predictability that people crave. I know that I enjoy a holiday more when I know exactly what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it.” Home for Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk, could be a Nepalese monastery or a

seat at scientific conferences around the world. As the author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, he defines happiness as a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. “It’s not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion or a mood, but an optimal state of being,” he says. In order to nurture it, Ricard recommends taking some time each day for quiet reflection, noting, “The contemplative approach consists of rising above the whirlpool of our thoughts for a moment and looking calmly within, as if at an interior landscape, to find the embodiment of our deepest aspirations.” By cultivating attention and mindfulness, the cares of everyday life become less burdensome. Such a spiritual practice of just sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day, observing the thoughts that randomly cross our minds, and then gently shooing them away, can be enormously beneficial, he says, as it helps us put things in perspective and aim for continuous calm.

Flipping the Switch Changing thought habits to focus on the good things in life is an approach that works for clients of Mary Lynn Ziemer, a life coach in Estero, Florida. Ziemer suggests we “flip the switch” from negative thinking and make a habit of starting our day being positive and grateful for 10 minutes. She recommends we start by doing

HAPPIER IN JUST MINUTES n Journaling for two minutes about one positive experience we’ve had over the past 24 hours allows our brain to relive it. n Exercising, including 15 minutes of cardiovascular action a day, teaches our brain that our behavior matters and improves our mood. n Meditating for even a few minutes at a time relieves an overloaded brain and allows it to focus on one thing at a time. n Writing one quick email in the morning praising or thanking someone we work with or just to make them happy will make us feel a sense of social support, a great predictor of happiness. Source: The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor

deep breathing—four seconds breathing in, hold for seven seconds, eight seconds breathing out—repeated four times. Next, we ask ourselves how we feel in the moment and identify the

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Dallas happiness researcher Shawn Achor, founder of Goodthink, Inc., and author of The Happiness Advantage, applies the science of happiness to the workplace. His research echoes the personal positivity of Ziemer, Verni and Ben-Shahar’s approaches to nurturing happiness. “Happiness is such an incredible advantage in our lives,” says Achor. “When the human brain is positive, our intelligence rises and we stop diverting resources to think about anxiety.” The Harvard Business Review published his research results: “Creativity triples and productive energy rises by 31 percent. Sales rise by 37 percent and the likelihood of promotion rises by 40 percent.” Achor’s method is helping people rewrite the way they think by first looking for positives at work. Workers write down three highly specific, positive things about their workday for 21 consecutive days. Rather than just, “I love my job,” acknowledge, “I love my job because I get to help people every day.” Or, “I love my morning tea because it gets me going.” Achor reports that at the end of the period, “Their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.” Taking a work break for two minutes of mindfulness is also effective. “We did this at Google,” he says. “We had employees take their hands off their keyboards for two minutes a day to go from multitasking to simply focusing on their breathing. This drops their stress levels and raises accuracy rates. It improves levels of happiness and it takes just minutes.”

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We can foster happiness habits at home, at work and in the community. Rubin suggests starting such a group, akin to a self-help book club or bridge group, but with extra benefits. She even offers a free starter kit for those that want to try it, available via In addition to the happy exchange of ideas and success stories, happiness habits group members also have the benefit of being accountable to each other. Others can help us continue to color in the details supporting and forwarding the broad brushstrokes of positive emotions, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishments in a down-to-earth, fun way. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot. com from Overland Park, KS.



appy people don’t find happiness like you’d find a penny on the ground; they make it happen, with action. Cultivating happiness habits can make a marked difference in your life. 4 Be deliberately optimistic. Optimism is imperative to emotional wellness. 4 Prioritize mindfully. Consistently align choices, intentions and actions with the top priorities of love, happiness and health. 4 Keep uplifting resources on hand. A few surefire moodlifters may include a green smoothie, mani-pedi and solo dance party to at least one get-your-feet-moving song by a favorite artist. 4 Put yourself first. It’s the best way to bring your A game to everyone else. 4 Be a prolific seeker. Seek beauty, joy, adventure, pleasure, growth and powerful meaning in all areas of life. Let life move you to possibility, opportunity and gratitude.

4 Don’t make things personal. Absolutely nothing others say or do is about you, ever. 4 Examine the worst that can happen. Many of the limitations you’re placing on yourself aren’t real—they’re illusions. 4 Practice loving-kindness. Making this a habit changes the vibration of your life and the lives of those around you. Plus it feels great. 4 Be aware of your energy. Tune in to surrounding energy, as well as the energy you’re emitting and notice what needs to be adjusted or abandoned. 4 Be wary of media consumption. Limit messages in everything from email and news to books and music that take you away from the calm, open space within that revels in joy and wonder. Conversations count, too. Kristi Ling is the author of Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss. The life and business coach shares more at



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Buff and Balanced Bodybuilders Turn to Yoga by Aimee Hughes


e don’t typically envision iron-pumping bodybuilders also flowing and breathing through yoga postures, yet many are combining these complementary disciplines to realize huge benefits.

Competitive Edge Nicolina Sandstedt, a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy expert with the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja, Mexico, observes, “The body awareness and alignment focus that the practice of yoga asanas [positions] offers will help bodybuilders find correct posture. Yoga also teaches elegance in transitions that


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improve competitive posing.” Peter Nielsen, a bodybuilder, yoga practitioner and world-class fitness guru in Detroit, observes, “Most bodybuilders haven’t fine-tuned their presentation. They often grimace and look uncomfortable, with their veins popping out.” He points out, “Yoga helps teach bodybuilders how to slow down, breathe into each posture and ultimately win posing competitions because of the grace, elegance and body awareness that yoga provides.”

Injury Prevention Joseph Grassadonia, bodybuilder, yoga

enthusiast and founder of On Fitness magazine, in Kahuku, Hawaii, cites additional benefits: “Incorporating yoga into your workout routine improves your core, giving you overall body strength in specific targeted muscle groups. It also increases flexibility, stability and mobility, allowing greater range of motion. Most importantly, it will keep you from being sidelined with injuries.” “Stretching a muscle can make it more aesthetically pleasing,” remarks Sandstedt. “In yoga, we often hold postures for a relatively long period of time, in a more isometric endurance workout, than the short, repetitive movements performed in bodybuilding. Bodybuilding develops fast-twitch muscle fibers for power and speed, while yoga develops slow-twitch muscle fibers for endurance. Both are important for tissues to stay healthy while building muscle mass.” Nielsen notes, “Bodybuilding makes me feel stronger; I look better and have loads of endurance. Yoga makes me feel more centered; it softens me so I can hear and surrender to what my body is telling me rather than me just telling it what to do.” Such listening is essential to preventing injuries that periodically plague bodybuilders. Slowing down into yoga’s present moment awareness teaches bodybuilders how to perform from a place of presence rather than on autopilot, which is when most injuries occur. “Yoga works all the muscles, even the smaller, intrinsic muscles often neglected in bodybuilding,” Sandstedt says. “In addition to facilitating healthy posture, these small muscles help

support balanced joint alignment.” She explains that the explosive, repetitive movements used to build muscle mass in bodybuilding make the muscles less elastic, which also inhibits range of motion. Less elastic muscles may be more prone to injury, as daily activities require both strength and mobility.”

Beginning Yogis For bodybuilders that want to give yoga a shot, Nielsen advises trying a structured, 30-day yoga challenge. He sees how after the first month with his clients, the positive effects become apparent and most bodybuilders don’t want to go back to life before yoga. Sandstedt offers, “I advise newcomers to incorporate a light yoga routine into the beginning and end of each bodybuilding training session. Ending training sessions with a few yoga postures will help balance the body, bringing a sense of calm and equanimity to the workout experience.” “In my fitness career, I’ve found that yoga perfectly complements any strength training program as a form of stretching, flexibility and de-stressing,” says Nielsen. “Yoga focuses me, and helps me to isolate whatever muscle I choose. It helps me reach my fullest potential and simply makes me a better version of myself.” Aimee Hughes is a doctor of naturopathy and freelance writer in Kansas City, MO. Connect at ChezAimee@



Stretches and lengthens muscles while relieving tension

Shortens and builds muscles while building tension

Moves prana (life force energy) throughout the body, boosting energy levels and mental sharpness after a session

Expends energy, sometimes ending in muscle fatigue and mental exhaustion

Improves oxygenation of the circulatory system, providing energy and invigoration

Improves muscle oxygenation, which helps growth and repair functions

Tones muscles gradually

Builds muscle strength rapidly and enhances the toning aspect of yoga

Involves the body, mind and spirit

Primarily involves the physical body

Accessible to every age group

Not accessible for the very young and very old

Promotes body confidence through self-acceptance

Promotes body confidence through a fixed physical aesthetic

Prevents injuries through body awareness and helps heal injuries through yoga therapeutics

Can cause injury absent preventive awareness

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How to be the Father Kids Need by Armin Brott


merican fatherhood has evolved considerably in the last 50 years. While dads used to be kept out of the delivery room, today, more than 90 percent of new fathers are present for their children’s birth, reflected in MenCare Advocacy’s State of the Worlds’ Fathers. However, being there early on does not necessarily define the scope of future involvement. Overcoming obstacles that might keep men from being the “high-five” dads they and their family need them to be is key. Involved fathers benefit children. Most research on child development has focused on how mothers influence their


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children, but in recent decades, society has “discovered” fathers. In many studies, pioneering Psychologist Ross Parke, Ph.D., professor emeritus of University of California, Riverside, and others have conclusively shown that children of more-involved dads are better at solving puzzles, score higher on cognitive skills tests, do better in school, are more likely to go to college, are more empathetic, manage their emotions better, have fewer behavior problems, are less likely to suffer from depression or mental illness and are less likely to break laws or become teen parents. Fathering tip: Never miss an

opportunity to change a diaper, play with the kids, read stories together or simply ask them about their day. Equal workplace policies matter. The U.S. is the only economically advanced country that has no nationally mandated paid maternity leave policy and is absent a national paternity leave policy, paid or unpaid. When men don’t get time off to learn basic parenting skills, it’s harder for them to stay engaged later. In 1977, 41 percent of women and 35 percent of men in dual-earner couples reported work-family life conflicts. Today, the figures are 47 percent and 60 percent, respectively, according to the Families and Work Institute’s ongoing National Study of the Changing Workforce. Parenting tip: Advocate for national, paid parenting leave policies for men and women starting with local employers. It benefits both families and companies. Studies by Stanford University, the Families and Work Institute, Gallup, Inc. and others have found that companies with family-friendly benefits enjoy more loyal employees, better morale, lower turnover, fewer arbitrary sick days, higher levels of customer service and higher shareholder returns—all of which contribute to their bottom line. Both genders can be naturally nurturing. Certainly, women are biologically adapted for giving birth and breastfeeding, but Parke found that caring new dads typically cuddle, coo, giggle, rock and feed their babies just as much as new mothers. One hurdle men face is that they usually have to return to work sooner, and their natural nurturing skills can get rusty, while moms’ get sharper. Opportunity and practice are the biggest predictors of meaningful connections with children. Fathering tip: Don’t assume that a partner knows more. Whatever a mother knows, she learned by making mistakes, and that’s the best way for fathers to learn, too. Be open to complementary expertise. A dad with a mate that praises and supports him will be far more confident and engaged with his child than one with a partner that criticizes him. Parenting tip: No one likes to feel incompetent, so when offering dad advice, do it in a nonthreatening way that supports and compliments his improving

skills over time. It may mean adjusting personal standards a bit. Dad should take pride in practicing his unique rapport with offspring. Instead of letting mom pluck a crying or smelly baby from his arms, he can try, “Honey, I’ve got this.” End-running the legal system after divorce. For some 30 years, the default decision in divorce cases has been to award the mother primary physical custody, with limited visitation for the father. More states are now moving toward a presumption of 50-50 physical custody, but it’s not the norm. Therefore, many divorced dads may feel disconnected from their children and suppressed in their parenting role moving forward. Fathering tip: Never give up. Children need their dad in their life and vice-versa. It’s critical to stay in touch. In person is best; phone, email and Skype are decent fallbacks. Make time together feel meaningful as well as normal, instead of falling into a “Disneyland dad” syndrome of trying to make every moment a party. Practice harmonious communications with the ex. The biggest known predictor of children’s future mental and emotional health is how well their parents get along. Separated parents don’t have to be friends, but they do need to acknowledge both parents’ importance to the children and treat each other respectfully. Armin Brott is the author of eight bestselling books on fatherhood, including The Expectant Father and The New Father. Learn more at MrDad. com.



or parents serving in the military, some of the biggest barriers to involvement are inevitable and often repeated deployments. Dads returning home often struggle to reestablish both their family role—which changed while they were away—and their relationships with children they haven’t seen for months and who may not even recognize them. Here are practical tips to counter any estrangement. Talk to your children before you leave and tell them, in ageappropriate terms, what’s happening and why. Record yourself reading a

child’s favorite book and ask mom to play it every night. Their hearing your voice while you’re gone will make it easier for them to get used to having you home again. During deployment, communicate with home as much as possible by phone, Skype and email, taking into account time zone differences and military security. Don’t underestimate the power of snail mail. Little things— a dried leaf from a tree near the barracks, a film canister full of sand—let a child know Dad is thinking of them and provides tangible signs that he’s in a real place somewhere. Upon returning home, take it easy and don’t expect to be able to simply pick up where you were when you left. Everyone in the family has changed, and likely become stronger via the experience. Some things may never return to the pre-deployment normal, but the new normal can be just as good—or better. Source: The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads, by Armin Brott

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DITCH THE HOTEL Frugal Lodging Options from Airbnb to House Swapping by Avery Mack


ravel is changing as vacationers increasingly value unique experiences over standard tourist fare. In addition to the option of couch surfing (, more people are making the most of house rentals, swapping and sitting, plus various home stays via Airbnb (Airbnb. com). All expand options for affordable journeys tailored to their needs. Airbnb accommodations range from private studios to family-sized

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hosts aren’t on the premises, they are available as needed by guests. Mary Bartnikowski, publisher and photographer at Vagabond Travel Photography Magazine (VagabondTravel, has visited 32 countries so far, staying in homes, ashrams, temples, boats and apartments. “My best Airbnb rental was camping for two weeks in a Hawaii home garden next to a big tree; my host forgot to mention the big, friendly dog,” she says, recalling an unexpected wake-up greeting. Hosts find providing rentals a way to monetize unused space, meet new people and showcase their area. Beth Everett, an Oregon author, offers an Airbnb detached backyard studio space. “We moved from New Jersey to Portland two years ago, and the extra income lets me stay home to write,” she says. House swapping is another option for soaking in local color. Preparation is key and includes a notebook’s worth of helpful details shared in advance, as well as onsite. Most exchanges involve a series of Skype sessions for questions and answers. Leasa Sanders McIntosh, an executive recruiter, swapped her Denver home for a month in Kona, Hawaii. “We traded cars and joked that we even traded cats. We swapped three times before they moved to the mainland.” This summer, she’ll swap to be at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Susan May, an established advocate of organ donation from Cartersville, Georgia, traded homes and cars to take her four teens to Europe. “We visited 13 countries, spending two weeks in Wales and three in Germany. We saw fireworks in Paris on Bastille Day and joined the Highland Games, in Scotland,” she says. “I want our family to be more than just tourists passing through Westernized hotels with no real contact with local folks. Exchanging homes is an ideal way for a family to travel inexpensively.” Housesitting fan and senior technical recruiter Rachel Burke, of Santa Monica, California, has stayed for free in London, Cape Cod and Palm Springs, California, using “This way, homeowners

With 50,000 listings in 150 countries, tweaks the Airbnb experience in that hosts are more involved in their guests’ local adventures. Cuba currently tops desired destinations for U.S. travelers, with most rentals in the capital, Havana, the nearby artistic enclave of Trinidad or rural Vinales. Many hosts arrange airport transfers, tours, visits to attractions, bicycle rentals, restaurant reservations and transportation to other Cuban locales.

can travel without leaving pets in a kennel while unpaid housesitters avoid hotel expenses and gain a chance to be a native in a different location,” she says. “Last year, I watched a five-story home in a London suburb while the owners visited Portugal for three weeks.” She shares shots of her favorite spots at Burke combines housesitting with Airbnb by renting her apartment when she travels. “A couple of years ago, I paid $1,800 for a two-week trip to Thailand and charged $125 a night for my apartment, making my trip to Thailand free,” she relates. Burke lives near the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and Hollywood, all prime destinations. With 50,000 listings in 150 countries, tweaks the Airbnb experience in that hosts are more involved in their guests’ local adventures. Cuba currently tops desired destinations for U.S. travelers, with most rentals in the capital, Havana, the nearby artistic enclave of Trinidad or rural Vinales. Many hosts arrange airport transfers, tours, visits to attractions, bicycle rentals, restaurant reservations and transportation to other Cuban locales. Hosts usually speak several languages, including English, and may even teach guests to play Cuban-style dominoes. Eco-friendly homestays are available, too, ranging from a private Nicaraguan island independently powered by solar panels and a Spanish farmhouse off the grid to an organic farm in Thailand or eco-lodge in South Africa. An Austin, Texas, listing notes, “Everything is reclaimed, recycled or repurposed. We have an infused honey business. We’re laidback and practice good karma and a healthy, drama-free lifestyle.” Homestay’s average nightly rental is $46. While some guests are students, the majority are 35 and older, vacationing on substantial salaries; they simply prefer the local color. Vacations needn’t be expensive, but they should be memorable. The biggest challenge may be deciding where to go first.



ick Steves, host of the long-running Public Television series Rick Steves’ Europe and Edmonds, Washington, bestselling author of 40 European travel books, encourages Americans to travel as “temporary locals”. Here’s some of his helpful advice. 4 Start by searching, HomeLink. org and for listings, tips and assistance. 4 Contact the host well before the trip. Be clear about what’s expected and what to do if there’s a hiccup. Triple check the key’s location and how to open the door, including any alarm system. Agree on phone and Internet charges. 4 Share information on where to shop and instructions for appliances and maintenance services. Ask about any quirks a loaned car might have and make sure insurance covers another driver. 4 Information about local sights and good restaurants is appreciated. Source: Adapted from website

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One Step Closer To Wholeness A Shamanic point of view by Debra Kelly


ow do we co-create change in a world where so many have forgotten their connection and accountability to the ‘web of life’? Can you envision all of us swimming in a sea that contains everything? The water connects each of us, in all shapes and forms. Every action, word and deed affects the whole. Every time you move or speak you send out a vibration that moves throughout the whole sea, affecting everything along the way. We live in a vibrational universe of consciousness, in constant creative motion, speeding up and at the same time nudging us to slow down and feel. Every moment we are instruments in participation with the Great Mystery, co-creating with Source through conscious or

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unconscious measure. We turn to indigenous teachings to remember our connection to the web of all of life and the cosmos in the return to wholeness by way of the heart. From a shamanic point of view, awareness and intention set the stage for our lives. The path of the heart is not a concept of the mind, not something you learn by reading enough books; it must be felt and experienced in surrender to the unknown. In this exchange through dreaming, soul retrieval, journeying, ceremony and ritual, there is a peeling away of the layers that reveal truth and open us to the universe within. Shamanism is a path that reveals authentically to each individual with no set of rules, only guidelines. Every moment is not only a gift but an opportunity to choose how you wish to perceive and proceed through awareness and feeling. School taught us much about history, math, science, etc., yet something fundamental was missing from our western education—we were not taught to feel. If we look outside the western box towards indigenous teachings, we can find the bridge that leads us back to balance with all life. So many souls have become fragmented through trauma, unhealed generations and lifetimes of experience of not living and speaking our truth. There is a need to retrieve the soul where it has separated from itself and directly experience the truth of oneness beyond the illusion of separation. The parts that lead to wholeness, joy and inspiration live within us and are communicating to us in myriad ways echoed in nature and the elements. How do we access those parts of our self that were lost along the way?

Let’s first set the stage to discover where awareness has been hiding. You, as a radio that has many stations, every moment are tuned into a station that is broadcasting a vibrational frequency we will call Love or Fear. One station for your work, your home, your relationships, your community, your food, your clothing, your creativity, recreation, physical activity, the news, drama. Oh, and there is the busiest station of all—your autopilot station of unconscious that has a default button which creates your experience from what you feel and think about most. When we are not consciously choosing a station (thought or emotion), we are plugged into our automatic setting, and the web life or the sea, which we are an intricate part of, streams forth like a magnet reflecting back to us our deepest felt emotions. So what channel are you plugged into—Love or Fear? Truth is most of us run on unconscious autopilot and make critical choices in our life based on logic/the mind, yet it is only our feeling heart that can reveal the layers that lead to truth and alignment with our life’s unique expression. Now, let’s set another stage that leads us back to awareness with the web of life—the large sea. See a circle divided into four equal parts (four Elements) with you standing in the center of what we will call a Medicine Wheel, connected to every timeline and potential. You are standing in the fifth element—Ether— from which all of life streams. As you read the items below, allow yourself to engage in self-inquiry to become aware of your blind spots and your strengths. You don’t need to own or agree with this cosmology as it is one of many paths that lead to the integration of wholeness. Earth: Body, Creative, Vitality, Grounded, Nurture, Trust, Dreamtime, Unconditional Love, Animal and Insect Kingdom, Nature. Your feet rooted in Mother Earth with all that you have learned, from ages one to five we develop core foundations and now as an adult get to choose to let go of limiting

we were taught and create a new story that better supports us in expressing our Joy. What’s your story? Is it limited or is it grateful for all the lessons that made you who you are? What is green, fertile and growing from your uniqueness? What are you passionate about...what are your dreams? When was the last time you allowed space to create and play? Water: Moon, Emotions, Feeling, Unconscious, Shadow, Cycles of Time, Endings and Beginnings, Release, Forgiveness, Yin, Ancestors and Healing, the Life that lives in the Waters. Your left side is closest to the heart and we will call this your Feminine side, the part that receives, feels and flows. Perhaps you may inquire within as to whether you feel stuck in life or feel and acknowledge all of life as a flow? Is the flow gentle, turbulent or stagnant? Have you learned the art of surrender? Are there parts of your self you have pushed under the rug and dismissed that were not comfortable or convenient to feel? Mother Moon teaches us of the cyclical nature of life in all its forms. This is also the place where we carry repeated cycles through generations from the unhealed parts of our ancestors, blindly out of love. Because we are so interconnected, we can change that story too, by bringing it to light of the full moon/full vision. Winds: Spirit, Eternal Self, Essence, Your Head points to Skies, Winds, Higher Communication, Awareness, Intuition, Stars, Winged Ones, Spirit Guidance and your Connection to the Cosmos. Wind

teaches us to ride the storms of our lives with gratitude, without which we would not know contrast. All of our lessons point us to the direction of our soul’s most sacred contracts if we choose to tune in. Every breath we take we affirm life; many of us are unconsciously in a fight or flight breath throughout the day (short, shallow breaths). How can we be connected to higher awareness if we don’t do the simple act of breathing deep, long, heart-connected breaths? What is your cosmology? Do you connect to something bigger from beyond what you see with your human eyes? Do you remember, you came from the stars and that you are no less than the stars? Do you understand the magnificence of who and what you are as an eternal being? Sun: Fire, Vision, Knowledge beyond Intellect, Transmutation, Transformation, Beginnings, Purification, Harmony with all Creation. Our right side can be referred to as our Masculine side, the part of us that steps out in the world, stepping through fear and self-imposed limits. The Sun reminds us of the inner fire that births life to our dreamseeds; the Sun that lives within us is connected to the Central Sun. Like the Phoenix that rises from the ashes to be born again, every day is an opportunity of new beginnings, a chance to perceive things differently. What do you need to turn over to the fires of purification? Ether: This is where the magic happens, when we engage in all of life as a journey and learn that if we don’t like the

script we can create another one from the awareness of our part in it. There is work in being conscious and accountable for the co-creations of our emotions. Awakening is not for the chosen few; it is for those who choose to do the work. Once you become conscious, turning around doesn’t appear to be a favorable option! Shamanism is a method, not a religion. It’s a Path of the Heart removed from victimhood that empowers us to change our story. When we look through the lens of a cosmology, it’s easier to see where we have room to grow. Listen to your heart; it will never steer you wrong if you learn to tune into that intelligence. There are no rules in this as we are all cocreators of our reality. Well, maybe one rule: Let LOVE be your compass. There are as many cures as there are ailments: Dreaming, Vision Quest, Sweat Lodge, Sacred Bodywork, Vibrational & Crystal Therapy, Essential Oils, Physical Exercise, Play, Creative Projects, Dance, Despacho offerings, Family Constellations, Swimming, Art Therapy, Journeying, Learning to Give and Receive, Soul Retrieval, Breathwork, Chanting, Expression of Truth through Word and Song, Fasting, Smudging with Feathers, Trance Dance and Drumming. Debra Kelly, LMT is a Shamanic Practitioner at Thermae Retreat and facilitator of Sacred Circles of Transformation. For more information, call 954-604-7930 and/or visit See ad page 31 & 47.

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Dear Karen Kaye, I would like to adopt a pet for my child. What are the factors I should consider to help make my decision? Sincerely, Marybeth


Dear Marybeth, While pets require time and money, what they offer children and parents (in both single parent families and two parent homes) far exceeds what they cost. From the perspective of social consciousness, pets teach children both responsibility and care for a being that is otherwise helpless. This begins a child’s life with compassion and unselfishness as long as the proper rules of care are offered. Teaching children to care for their pet with kindness includes always walking a dog on a leash, frequently changing a cat’s litter box, and feeding a pet at a scheduled time each day. If you treat the pet with love and caring, it will be a best friend forever. Therefore, pets teach structure and how to love as well. Just be sure the child

has reached at least the age of seven before they directly care for a pet and that the child and pet are supervised. Younger children can and will harm pets if not properly instructed. For families that are very “civic-minded,” given the increase of available pets, more people are choosing to adopt more than one pet at a time. This gives your pet company if no one is home all day. Dogs are great for security purposes. Thieves are more afraid of dogs than alarm systems. Older children don’t mind staying by themselves when a pet lives with them at home. Pets reduce children’s fears and they feel less lonely around animals. The pet also replaces the need for siblings for “only” children. Many times cost is a factor in this decision, so before adopting, do your homework about how much

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Hawaiian Healing and the Spirit of Aloha 2-4pm, $25. Ancient Hawaii had one of the most evolved spiritual traditions. Come experience the Spirit of Hawaii, the language, chants, prayers and Hawaiian Energy with Pi`ilani. Yoga Source, 3510 S University Drive, Davie Fl 33328. Pre register on line. Call for info 954.643.0177.

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Everyday Green Expo - 10am-2pm, free to public, at Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach. Explore the world of sustainable living and find unique creations in the Season-to-Be-Green holiday gift shop. Find a “fur-ever” friend at the Pet Expo. Meet local and international organizations with a sustainable vision. Kid around in the Kids’ Corner. Test your taste buds at the expo’s farm-to-table demos. Special events happening throughout the day. $1.50/per person (ages 6 and up) weekend park gate entry fee will be in effect. Location: 401 S. Powerline Rd., Corporate Shelter #10, Deerfield Beach.


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ongoingevents sunday Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary — 9am– 5pm. Classes for Interfaith Ministry Ordination. A Healing Space, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors 33305. Rev. Dr. Grace Telesco 917.579.3750. Yoga on the Beach — 9:30–10:30am, $10 Donation. Classes held daily weather permitting. Experience gentle yoga flow outside. Copperbeech Yoga & Fitness Inc., Ocean Manor Resort, private patio behind tiki bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308, 516.840.1455. Unity of Pompano – Join us at 9:30am: Power Hour discussion on spiritual topics/books led by Cynthia Roberts, L.U.T. 11am: Celebration ServiceInspirational Message-Live Music; 11am Youth Classes K-12; Fellowship Hour following service. 261 SE 13th Ave, Pompano Beach, 954.946.0857. Buddhist Meditation Class — 10–11:30am. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd. 954.537.9191. Ft Lauderdale Center for Spiritual Living Services 10:30am Full Celebration Service with Dr. Arleen Bump on relevant topics. Includes musical presentations. 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, 954.566.2868. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida – Healing Service, 10:30am, Worship Service 11am. Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Catholic Mass — 10:30am, (+ Sat 5pm) The Parish of Sts. Francis & Clare, Staffed by Franciscan friars. 101 NE 3rd St, Ft Lauderdale, 954.731.8173. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) — 11am– 12pm, Free, Inclusive, unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends. 2nd Presbyterian Church, Multi-Purpose Rm, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale. 954.682.1433. ECK Worship Service — 11am–12pm, Free. First Sunday/month. Experience Light and Sound of God. Learn about Eckankar HU Song, Rodeway Inn and Suites, 2400 West State Road 84 (Marina Mile Blvd), Fort Lauderdale, 33312, Johanna Carter, 954.693.5681. Tai Chi — 11:30am–1:30pm. Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.

Halotherapy Breathing Class — 12:30–1:30pm, $20. Open to everyone - current and former smokers and people with respiratory or allergy issues. Dry saline aerosol inhalation cleanses deep. Salt This Way Wellness Center, 2286 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, FL 33305. 754.223.2302. Coral Springs Metaphysical Group — 1–3pm (1st & 3rd Sun ea. mo.) Free. Deep trance channeling. Ask questions. Get answers. Talk to psychics. At the home of Charles and Sondra Zecher, 12140 NW 10th St, Coral Springs, 954.340.7087. Community HU Chant — 6–6:30 pm. 4th Sunday of each month, release your inner tensions and gain peace and calm Dunkin Donuts/Meeting Room, 1405 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33442. For more information, 954.693.5681. Free Guided Meditation & Kirtan (Satsang) — 7–8:30pm Meditation followed by uplifting calland-response chanting & music. Yoga Warehouse, 508 SW Flagler Ave, Downtown Ft Lauderdale, 954.525.7726.

monday Gentle Yoga & Meditation — 10–11:15am. $10 first class. Gentle Hatha will include some standing poses that will warm the body up and some restorative poses that will collectively balance the mind and body, includes meditation. Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston. 954.349.6868.

tuesday A Course in Miracles Study Group — 10am– Noon (& Thurs). Guided Meditation 2:30-3:30pm. Love Donation, Artserve, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Adam: 954.684.7007. Raja Yoga Meditation — 10:15–11:30am (& 6:30–7:30pm) Free. Enjoy the peace & love within. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd, Roz, 954.962.7447. Chakra Yoga — 10:45am–12noon. $15 (All Levels). Chakra means wheels of light. Learn characteristics of the chakras and the properties associated with a particular part of the body recharging your energy. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Therapy Support Group for Women Looking for Love in all the Right Places -, 1-2pm, $40/session, to be held in Lighthouse Point, FL. Contact Camie Vincent, L.M.H.C. for details 954.991.2037. Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? 3rd Tue. 6–7pm. Free. Sense you’ve lived before? Out-ofbody or near-death experience? Spiritual Discussion for people of any faith. West Regional Library, Room 230, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681. Reiki Circle & Meditation — 7pm, Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 954.989.6400.

Mastermind Abundance Course – 7–8:30pm All New: 6 Week course or enroll by class ($45/ class) Using left & right brain skills to support wealth growth. Call for dates & location - Jo Ellen 954.594.0747.

Unity of Pompano —7–9pm. Join us for our ongoing Metaphysics/Bible studies class taught by Rev. Lawrence Palmer, LUT’s Bev Spivey and Cynthia Roberts. Unity S.E.E. credit available. 261 SE 13th Ave., Pompano Beach 954.946.0857.

Deep Chakra Meditation — 7pm first and third Mondays). $10 Love offering suggested. Deep meditation If you want, bring Mala Beads and cushion. Unity of Hollywood, 2740 Van Buren St Hollywood FL 33020, Randi Sands, 954.305.7050.

Free Usui Reiki Circle — 7–8:30pm (2nd & 4th Tues). CEU provider classes monthly FL LMT. Center For Optimal Health, 1915 NE 45th St #103, Ft Lauderdale 954.491.6158 RSVP.

Reiki Circle/Meditation — 7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion. Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907.


Men and Women’s Support Group: Conscious Awareness – designed for men and women to learn about and from each other regarding relationships, self-worth and the rewrite of negative patterns. 8–10pm. $20 per session. Contact: Karen Kaye, LMHC, 954.384.1217 (Landline)

Yoga Basics — 10–11am Fundamentals of posture & breathing for strength, flexibility & stamina. First Class $10. (also Fri 10–11am), Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400, Weston, 954.349.6868. Meditation & Reiki Healing Circle — 7pm, $5Love, Nature’s Emporium, 8041 W Sample Rd, Coral Springs 954.755.2223.

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Vinyasa Yoga — 7–8pm. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Reiki Circle — 7:30–9pm. Donation $Love, Delmar Arts Academy, 1400 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale, 954.537.9278. Tai Chi — 7:30–9:30pm Fitness, stress management, low impact, exercise routines. Oneness Tai Chi Intl., 92 E McNab Rd, Pompano Beach FL 954.394.4342.

thursday Meditation/Relaxation Class — 5:45–6:30pm, free. Guided meditation & relaxation led by Ina Lee. All levels. George English Park Rec Center, 1101 Bayview Dr. Ft Lauderdale. Call first, 954.463.4733. Carole’s Circle – Meditate & Manifest! Guided Meditation, Healing, Channeled Message – 7–8pm. $20. 1st & 3rd Thursdays. Tired of being sick and tired? Reservations and directions: Carole Ramsay 954.655.5490. Living Your Dreams Course 7-8:30 pm All New: 6 Week course or enroll by class ($20/class) Shift limiting beliefs and activate your dreams. Based on Infinite Possibilities book by Mike Dooley. Call for dates & location - Jo Ellen 954.594.0747. Kundalini Yoga — 7:15pm, First Class $8. Using postures, mudras, breathing techniques and meditation, the practice of Kundalini Yoga balances and strengthens the nervous system, and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions. Yogi Plus Yoga 6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Blvd, 754.235.3353 Buddhist Meditation Class — 7:30–9pm. $10 Learn to meditate and gain practical advice for living a peaceful life. Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center, 140 West Prospect Rd, Ft. Lauderdale, 954.537.9191.

friday Fat Village / MASS Art Walk — 5–11pm, (2nd Fri./mo). Valet/paid Parking lot & free trolley service. 954.785.7475. Crystal Bowl Meditation — 6–7:15pm. $15. Learn how to meditate with Singing Bowls. Relax and experience a deep and profound inner peace with these sacred instruments’ vibrations. Namaste Yoga, 421 S Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062. 954.785.6333.


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Monthly Gallery Night, Meet the Artists, Show & Sale —6–11pm, (second Friday ea. mo) A great gathering of varied talents. Host/Artist: Michael D. Colanero. Uncommon Gallery, 2713 E Commercial Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954.336.4305. Spiritual Evolution Study Group — 7–8:30pm $10. Ongoing series based on spiritually inspired texts. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G 917.579.3750. Kundalini Yoga — 7:15pm, First Class $8. Using postures, mudras, breathing techniques and meditation, the practice of Kundalini Yoga balances and strengthens the nervous system, and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions. Yogi Plus Yoga, 6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Blvd, 754.235.3353 Healing & Meditation Service —7:30pm Center For Human Development, 5809 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 954.989.6400. Reiki Circle/Meditation —7:30–8:45pm. $10 Reiki healing circle, guided meditation & discussion Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 North Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park FL 33334, Rev Elise, R. M., 954.317.3907. Community HU Chant — 3rd Friday. 7:30–8pm. Expand your awareness, Experience divine love, Heal a broken heart. Release your inner tensions, gain insight, peace, and comfort. Dunkin Donuts, Cappuccino Room, 9170 W. State Rd 84, Davie, 33324 Johanna 954.693.5681.

saturday Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep - Volunteers Wanted — 7–11am (2nd Saturday of month), help keep beaches litter-free. 300 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Limited free parking for volunteers, Las Olas Intracoastal Lot (south of east ramp of Las Olas Bridge). Tai Chi/Qigong Basics — 9–10am $10, Qigong practices & guidance on body alignment & proper energy foundation. White Crane Healing Arts Center, 7071 W Commercial Blvd. 2C, Tamarac. 954.721.7252. Vinyasa Yoga — 9:30–10:30am. $18. Yello!, 2495 East Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308, 954.491.1591. Women’s Tai Chi and Meditation — 10–10:55am, $10. The Train Station west door, 3058 N Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors. Amrita, text please 786.390.2919. Free Reiki Circle —10–11am. Divine Love Institute & Gift Shop, 2832 Stirling Rd, #H, Hollywood, FL 33020. Conveniently located just west of I-95 on Stirling Rd, 954.920.0050.

The Sistrunk Farmers Market — 10am–2pm. Locally, organically grown fruits & vegetables, old fashioned family fun, Artisan Market Vendors. Market hours EBT & SNAP accepted at the Market. Corner of Sistrunk Blvd & NW 10th Ave, Ft Lauderdale. Raja Yoga Meditations at 3 Libraries — 10:30– 11:30am, weekly, Free, at Dania Beach [note: no meditation @ Dania Beach during Jun,Jul,Aug] and Carver Ranches. Hallandale Beach 10:30–11:30am only 1st and 3rd Sat. each month. Enjoy the peace within. Info, Roz 954.962.7447. Community Acupuncture — 11am–6pm $30-$40 (Mon-Sat). Relaxing & effective! Acupuncture treatments in a small group setting. Thrive Wellness Center, 1244 S Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale 954.713.6118. Psychic Fair — (last Sat. ea mo) 12pm–4pm, $15/15 min reading. Tarot, Astrology, Mediumship/ Psychic Readings. Metaphysical Chapel of South Florida, Shared space with the Sunshine Cathedral MCC (in the Graham/Fasana Chapel), 1480 SW 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, 754.300.1428. Yin Yoga — 2–3:15pm, $15. (+Wed, 6pm) Restorative Postures with Deep Breathing are held passively to expand motion in joints, supporting our immune system and emotional well being. Concludes with meditation. Namaste Yoga, 421 S. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, 954.785.6333. Helping Parents Heal Support Group — 3:305:30pm, $Love, 1st Saturday each month, only for immediate family members who have lost a child. Metaphysical Chapel, 1309 SW 8th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 954.865.1329. Rock Kirtan: Sacred Devotional Singing — bi-weekly 7–8:30pm, $10. Darshan Center for Spiritual Evolution, 1410 NE 26th Street, Wilton Manors. Call Rev. G. 917.579.3750.

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Colon therapy

Transforming Your Tomorrows

A Colon Care Center

Jo Ellen Newman 954-594-0747

Michele Miglino, LMT/CCT 837 S.E. 9th Street Deerfield Beach FL 33441 954-421-0703

Pragmatic & Profound Universal truths to help companies & individuals improve finances, relationships or life issues. Evidence-based curriculum is a systematic approach to improve what you desire!

Colon hydrotherapy is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellness, and to keep your body functioning at peak efficiency. MM18325, MA0007506.

Physical Health Complex CHIROPRACTIC physician

Back In Harmony Chiropractic and Wellness Center, LLC

Sandra Herrington, OMD, RN, LMT, CT 2544 No. Federal Hwy, Ft. Lauderdale 954-566-0444 Cleansing for health/energy. Constipation, impaction, bowel rehabilitation, digestive disorders, candida detox, nutrition, living foods/ wheatgrass. Individualized plans or Rx followed. Physician/ Instructor administered. Established 1964. Clean, private, caring environment. mm966, ma6884.

Dr. Wei Sheen Chong 6115 Stirling Rd, Suite 205, Davie, FL 33314 954-604-5384 Passionate about helping others improve their health naturally. Dr. Chong uses gentle spinal adjustments to remove nerve interference so your body can do the healing.


Dr. Bernard Burton, d.c.

Healing Hearts Center

2045 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322 954-742-0332

Dr. Bernard Burton is a Holistic Doctor who uses chiropractic, nutrition, applied kinesiology, acupuncture, and craniopathy to find and fix the cause of your symptoms.

Sarah DiPerna, Psy.D., C.Ht., IKYTA 1937 E. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 106 Pompano Beach, FL, 33060 954-560-7629 My approach to healing engages the strengths we each already possess in Mind, Body and Spirit to create lasting happiness, freedom and fulfillment. See ad page 6.

KAREN KAYE, Holistic Psychotherapist, LMHC

2625 Weston Road, Weston, FL 33331 954-384-1217 If talking about your problems hasn’t worked for you.... The transformational process that I teach will offer you awareness, alternatives, and action. Specialties include Transitional Issues, Depression/Anxiety, Pre/ Post Divorce, Self-Worth Issues, Unhealthy Patterns/Addictions, Marital Conflict. 30 Years Experience.

Pascal A. Peterson, LCSW, Psychotherapist 1881 NE 26th Ave Suite 102 Wilton Manors, FL 33305 561-866-5351, cell

As you follow your path to greater health, allow me to assist you in finding your inner resources and strengths to achieve your goals.

Culinary Schools The Raw Oasis: 21 Day Raw Cleanse Program 5221 W. Broward Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33317 1-844-729-5433

A 21 Day Raw Cleanse online program with raw detox dietary g u i d e l i n e s, 8 c la s s s e r ie s , unlimited certified coaching, and more. Experience a complete health and body transformation from heart disease, autoimmune, diabetes, weight issues, thyroid disorders and more. Go beyond your health expectations and achieve your greatest health transformation.

DR. MENDEL E. BROOKNER, D.C., P.A. 7442 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, FL 33067 954-755-4066

Dr. Brookner strongly believes in natural alternative chiropractic healthcare. He has been practicing in Florida for 20 years. “Nothing is more precious than your health”.


Broward County, Florida

The most important thing is to enjoy your life -

to be happy - it’s all that matters. ~Audrey Hepburn

Day Retreats THERMAE Stillness RETREAT

604 S. Federal Highway Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301 954-604-7930

Thermae Retreat An organic serene Daily Retreat to prevent or heal. Infrared Saunas, Massage, Skincare, Body Scrubs and Masques, Holistic Healing, Energy Therapy. Yoga, Meditation, Hydrotherapy. See ad page 31.

Dr Yani Healing and Holistic Dentistry

Fine art

212 SE 12th St (Davie Blvd), Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-525-6010

SusieQ Art


We follow strict amalgam removal protocols incorporating nutritional supplements for safe mercury detoxification ~ IAOMT member. To promote better healing, our hygiene care incorporates ozone and essential oils for gum treatments. Only Mercury-free biocompatible crowns and dental materials used. Free holistic toothpaste recipe.


dental health Brent J. Bracco, DDS – Comprehensive Dentistry

2467 E. Commercial Boulevard Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-771-5300

Do you wait till it hurts to see the dentist? Enhance your smile at our new tranquil, state-of-the-art office. We have been providing wholistic family dental care since 1985. Most insurance accepted. Mon – Thurs, 7:30am – 5pm.

Dental Spa

Dr. Gregory Gertsen, D.D.S. 3640-7 N Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-941-7778 Let your smile be a sign of happiness and great health. An attractive, younger smile can be yours today. State-of-the-art dental office. Many treatment options. Make informed, good choices about your oral health.

Art with feeling and purpose. SusieQ is available for collaborative projects: weddings, corporate events, etc. Colorful, uplifting, thought-provoking designs and images. Oils, acrylics, and mixed media. Call for an appointment or home visit. See ad pages 6 and 51.

The International Center For Dental Excellence Yolanda Cintron, DMD 2021 East Commercial Blvd., Suite 208 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599 A ll

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• Sedation Dentistry • Removing of toxic metals • Replacing them with Bio-compatible materials • Bio-compatible Testing • Laser Dentistry for painless surgeries & extractions • Zirconia/Ceramic Implants • Natural bone augmentation with Plasma Rich Growth Factor • Oral DNA Testing • Add gums to receding gums. See ad on page 23.

A unique garden center specializing in Florida native plants, butterfly and bird habitats, herbs, orchids, water gardening, organic gardening products, beneficial insects, garden decor and more!

HEALING ARTS Lisa’s Healing Center

Lisa Smith 3170 N. Federal Hwy, Suite 211K Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 954-415-6285 Wellness Center supporting Mind, Body and Spirit. Massage modalities, Energy Work, Edgar Cayce methods, CranioSacral Therapy, Animal Communication, Classes. MM#27808.

essential oils

Rob and Jennifer Morris 954.998.4040

Oil infused, toxin-free personal care products. Oil infused supplements & non-toxic cleaning products. Healthy alternative to energy drinks., free tips. Request free eBook on optimum health. See ad page 38.

The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are. ~Goldie Hawn

The Garden Gate

Sears (N. side), Pompano Citi Centre corner/Copans Road and US1 954-783-GATE (4283)

White Crane Healing Arts 7071 W. Commercial Blvd. Ste. 2C, Tamarac, FL 33319 954-721-7252

Over 20 yrs. experience in acupuncture, herbs, nutrition. Over 40 yrs. experience in Qigong. Authentic Taoist Lineage classes/private lessons in Tai Chi, Tao Yoga, Longevity Breathing & more. Healing & transformation through experience and education.

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The Ayurvedic Center for Wellbeing

Low TE Florida

Carolyn Zaumeyer, Nurse Practitioner 4540 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-791-4498

Dr. Light Miller, N.D., D.D. & Dr. Bryan Miller, D.C. 2119 Hollywood Blvd., Suite A Hollywood, FL 33020 954-923-4444

Bio-Identical Hormone Therapies, Testosterone Treatment for Men, Menopause Treatment, Botox, Weight Loss, Gynecology.

T h e Ay u r v e d i c C e n t e r f o r Wellbeing is a natural healing center that practices the ancient medicine of India. The Center offers a variety of Ayurvedic treatments with integrative chiropractic care. The Center also offers Degrees in Ayurveda for those who want to pursue this as a career


Scott Byrne Broward Co., South Palm Beach Co. 954-292-0732

Holistic Podiatrist Wellness Starts With Your Feet

Literally transform any or all areas of your life! the YB12 Classic Program will make sure you achieve exactly what you want and desire! FREE Coaching Session

Dr. Richard J. Rimler, DPM The Wellness Center at Post Haste, 4401 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021 954-989-6524

One of the only holistic podiatrists in the country who merges traditional and holistic podiatric medicine, along with a patientspecific biomechanical foundation.

Angel Light Holistic Healing

homeopathy Francine Kanter, RsHOM (NA), CCH 754-484-7988

Massage therapy and reiki healing, aura cleansing, aromatherapy and chakra balancing techniques for deep relaxation. MA 79609

Board Certified Homeopath Practitioner. Homeopathy relieves PMS, menopause, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, acne, asthma, seizures disorders, herpes, addictions, eczema, psoriasis, insomnia, stress, digestive problems, recurring cold & flu. Homeopathy will give you a healthy, balanced life.

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Farm to Fork Meals

864-497-5992 Farm to Fork Meals, Organic Home Delivery, cooks up the tastiest and healthiest meal combos in South Florida for breakfast, lunch, Kids’ Meals, with dinners you customize. Certified organic ingredients, locally sourced products. Gluten-free/ dairy-free options, special needs options upon request.


Gary James Greenleaf Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 520-591-8282 Professional scientific and bioenergetic EMF analysis of your home or office. Featuring GeoSafe-E EMF neutralizing technology that works. Sleep in peace and feel real rejuvenation today!

massage therapy Linda Geer, LMT, RMT 954-558-0419


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NUTRITION Kyani Distributor 2056304

Lisa K Perdue 561-603-6910

Kyani features 3 Products: Sunrise, Nitro/Extreme, & Sunset. Each high nutrient dietary supplement works synergistically to provide an unmatched nutritional Health Triangle.

Organizer Life Organized by Bonnie, LLC 954-849-1023

Got Clutter! Get Bonnie! Clear your clutter, simplify your life. Specializing in residential organizing and downsizing. Home care coordination. Assistance with life transitions. Complete confidentiality. Licensed/ Insured.

Psychotherapy A Healing Space

Kris Drumm, LCSW, ACHT 954-549-0263 Uncover and transform limiting and damaging belief systems with individual and group therapies, including heart-centered hypnotherapy and inner child healing. Free one half-hour consultation offered.

relationship coaching getting what you want

Susan Sheppard 1230 Crescent Dr., Glendale, CA 91205 818-414-6032, 818-548-0849 If you want a significant increase in self esteem and a committed loving intimate relationship within the year, call for a free strategy session! See ad page 39.

schools Conservatory Prep Schools

Dr. Wendy H. Weiner, Principal 5850 South Pine Island Rd Davie, Florida 33328 954-680-5808

Celebrating our 10th Year ~ A progressive, middle and high school where you can be yourself. We feature Edluministic learning, the integration of the performing and visual arts with problem-based learning. Our school is designed to meet the needs of twiceexceptional, gifted and creative students who are not meeting their potential in a traditional school setting.

Schools (continued)) Summit—Questa Montessori School

Judy Dempsey 5451 SW 64th Ave, Davie FL 33314 954-584-3466 A non-denominational Montessori school on a lush 10-acre campus with PE fields, organic vegetable garden, live pond, new gymnasium and pools. Montessori education for prek-3 to 8th grade. Accredited by AISF, AdvancEd/ SACS, MSA, Ai, NCPSA and an AMS full member. Recipient of the Gold Seal Award of Excellence.

seminars/workshops LET THE HEALING BEGIN

salon Hair Holistic Eco-Friendly StudIo

Ibana Villasenor 881 E Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33432 561-372-5354

We offer scalp–hair analysis & detox, henna, organic colors, formaldehyde-free keratin. Hair services & products with a truly holistic approach.

W JoAnne Mckay 954-584-7355

Rejuvenating seminars are dedicated to helping individuals release the past and embrace the future; cleansing mind, body & soul. Taking Off The Mask(s).

SPIRITUAL THERAPY Carole A. Ramsay, Ba. Div., RMT


Only psychic who guarantees her work! Plus pet psychic. Reiki, DNA Activation, communicates with deceased. Group, parties and private sessions. By appointment only.

Lorena Evans - Spiritual/Life Coach 1421 SE 4th Ave Suite B Fort Lauderdale FL 33316 954-278-9474

I can coach you through blockages to spiritual freedom (1st session FREE). I also do Reiki, Akashic Records, Angel Card Readings, Workshops and Circles.

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Oneness Tai CHI International 92 E. McNab Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 954-394-4342

Namasté Yoga Salon

421 South Federal Highway Pompano Beach FL 33062 954-785-6333 We offer yoga for beginners to advanced. Warm, hatha, vinyasa & yin yoga plus crystal bowl and guided meditation. Chakra yoga. Essentials oils for shavasana.

Trained/certified in China. Tai Chi technologies. Fitness, stress management, low impact, mental rejuvenation. Forms, meditation, exercise routines. Healing to self defense. All ages. Private or group instruction.

YOGA (continued)

Ramesh 132 NE 1st Ave, Hallandale Beach FL 33009 786-207-1209 Healing with Love Wellness Center offers a variety of healing modalities. We offer yoga, ayurvedic consultations, chakra clearing, aura cleansing, meditation, and electro lymphatic drainage.

6329 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac Fl. 33319 754-235-3353 We call our studio Yogi Plus Yoga, “The Plus” stands for Plus Size Yoga. You don’t have to be plus size or curvy to practice here, though if you are, you are very welcome! Our mission is to bring yoga as a tool to connect with your body.

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wellness Healing with Love Wellness Center

Yogi Plus Yoga

Weston Yoga

2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400 Weston, FL 33327 954-349-6868 Offering the wisdom of classical yoga teachings infused with contemporary insights and knowledge. Classes for all levels. with private and group sessions available on and off site.

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