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Cheers to the Men

I always love seeing men at my yoga classes. Maybe it’s because they often represent a type of more “balanced man”, the theme of this month’s issue. Local yoga teacher Cesar Rios’s joyful presence on this month’s cover conveys a sense of well-being also expressed by other local male yogis we interviewed. Whatever their walk in life, from golfers to wounded veterans to professional yoga teachers, their stories of regaining range of motion, recovery from addiction and securing a sense of inner peace may inspire you too to explore the possibilities (page 48). I was deeply moved by Bhava Ram’s story of the power of yoga and the human spirit to heal when I heard him speak on a vegan cruise I took in March. In “Yoga for the Bros,” Meredith Montgomery reports that after a broken back ended his TV war correspondent journalism career, failed surgery, advanced cancer and dependence on prescription drugs, he was inspired to take control of his health, got serious about rehab and embraced yoga. Two years later, he’d turned 80 pounds of physical weight and “1,000 pounds of emotional toxins” into gratitude, forgiveness and loving kindness, leaving behind his physical ailments. He now empowers others through Warriors for Healing, which provides resources for veterans and their families to implement yoga’s transformational lifestyle practices. Together, they are proving, “We are not stuck where we are.” (See page 44.) Addiction issues hit close to home for me because I’ve lost the most significant men in my life to them. It’s why Lisa Marshall’s feature article on page 40, “Rethinking Recovery: Holistic Approaches to Healing Addictions,” surfaced heartwrenching questions for me, as I expect it will for others. What does it take to rise above an addiction, and why is it so difficult? Fort Myers Life Coach David Essel and other experts on the subject shine fresh rays of hope through the use of alternative resources and fresh natural approaches to healing addiction. We’ve gathered helpful information throughout this issue ready to help you or a loved one live your best life possible. We all have some accepted limit that holds us back in some area of life and keeps us from living the life of our dreams. Making that leap to our next breakthrough on our own can be difficult. More often, we need the support of someone objective that will introduce us to proven tools and hold us accountable for improving our lot, whether it’s a spiritual teacher, life coach or business mentor. What do you need to move beyond a limiting belief or experience to embrace your next big thing? Let’s all take the opportunity presented by this special men’s issue to thank all the males in our lives that have been there for us through thick and thin. In my life, such special relationships have provided some of my greatest life lessons and greatest gifts. I appreciate you all more than I can say. To all the fathers and other male nurturers in our lives,

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YogaFit to Open in Naples Next Month


Natural Awakenings Publishers Attend Conference in Florida


atural Awakenings publishers from around the nation attended a company conference from May 1 to 3 at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, in Marco Island, Florida. Highlights included separate presentations by two prominent master life and business coaches, David Essel and Mary Lynn Ziemer, who also participated in discussions on how publishers can become more personally empowered in awakening and uplifting their communities. In addition, special topics included expanding editorial exposure for a strong advertiser base, effectively managing reach and keeping operations efficient. Subsequent breakout sessions afforded the opportunity for franchisees to share progressive ideas. The conference was followed by a three-day training program for new publishers taking over the production of three existing magazines. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. training staff worked with the new publishers of the Bucks and Montgomery counties, Pennsylvania; Hudson County, New Jersey; and South New Jersey editions from May 4 to 6 at the corporate headquarters in nearby Naples. Launched by founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest free, local, healthy lifestyle publications in the world, serving approximately 4 million readers in 95 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. “It’s always heartening to bring our Natural Awakenings family of publishers together to share successful practices and pioneering ideas as we work together with our communities to create a healthier, more sustainable world,” Bruckman says. For more information, visit See ad, page 74.

ogaFit, a unique yoga concept co-owned by Brandt and Johanna Johanna and Brandt Myers Myers, is scheduled to open in early July at 8522 Immokalee Road, in Naples. Affordable membership plans will be available, including punch cards and walk-in rates, and the studio will offer both live and virtually led instruction with unlimited day or night accessibility so that participants can access classes at their convenience. With classes for everyone, regardless of previous yoga experience, the studio will offer topics ranging from restorative yoga to YogaFit Sweat and yoga barre. YogaFit Studios has a philanthropic focus, with a portion of class dues going to charity. YogaFit originated as a training certification program more than 15 years ago and partnered with Lift Brands in 2014 to create the 24/7 yoga franchise program. The studio expects to offer presale memberships this month and is currently seeking passionate and energetic yoga instructors. For more information, call 239-2060084 or 239-206-0826, email Naples@ or visit Facebook. com/yogafitnaples. See ad, page 29.






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Movement 4 Life Expands Services


isa and Keith Banks, of Movement 4 Life (M4L) will be coaching and teaching classes at several new locations in the area. The duo will lead Movement 4 Women, Mind/ Body Awareness and Basics 4 Health sessions, along with teaching dancebased training to the theater department at the Center for Arts of Bonita Lisa and Keith Banks Springs. Lisa and Keith will offer boot camp-style workouts, including boxing, lifting, stretching, toning, cardio training and core condition, as well as movement assessments and coaching for all types of athletes at Camp Fit, in North Fort Myers. Jackie Cipollini, a retired New York City police officer, has been working out at XLR8 Bay Crossing, in Bonita Springs. He says, “I’ve tried many methods unsuccessfully to lose weight and get in shape. Since joining XLR8 with Keith, I’ve began to have fun again with his energetic, out-of-the box training approach to fitness, self-awareness and overall movement.” Cipollini’s training includes the use of the Power Plate vibrational exercise device. The Banks bring more than 30 years of experience coaching dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders and athletes of all ages, using their 20-minute, twice-a-week or more routines that infuse music, equipment, humor and rhythmic exercise. M4L’s mission includes aiding individuals to build self-confidence, reduce stress, appreciate a sound mind/body connection and master daily movements. Locations: Center for the Arts, 10150 Bonita Beach Rd. SE; Camp Fit, 4430 Hancock Bridge Pkwy.; XLR8, 26251 S. Tamiami Tr., Unit 18. For more information or to schedule training sessions, call 239-841-4044 or email BeCageFree@ See ad, page 68.

Vino’s Picasso Father’s Day Celebration


ino’s Picasso, in Fort Myers and Naples, is celebrating Fathers’ Day with two opportunities for dads and their families to create original art at 12:30 p.m., June 21. At the Fort Myers studio, participants can paint the original Pura Vida, inspired by a photo the owners took in Costa Rica, on two canvases to make one huge masterpiece. Artists can paint either Marlin or Mahi at the Naples location. Fathers receive a complimentary glass of wine or beer at both events. Locations: Fort Myers: 15250 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 109. 239288-6953. Naples: 2367 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 805, 239-431-8750. For more information, visit See ad, page 62. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Past-Life Regression Workshops in Naples


ertified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp will lead four Past-Life Regression workshops from 7 to 9 p.m., June 3, 10, 17 and 24, at the White Lotus Studio, in Naples. Participants can explore current life issues, challenges, talents and more through past-life recall, gaining clarity, healing and self-empowerment. “More and more people are awakening to their Carolyn Beauchamp divine, infinite nature, their expansive self, and yearning for greater knowledge and understanding,” says Beauchamp. She adds that the immediate benefit is in “understanding that current life concerns may be connected to the past, and through this knowledge, oftentimes rapid results are achieved.” Beauchamp is also a registered yoga instructor currently teaching yin yoga, maintains a private practice specializing in age regression, is a member of International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association and works in collaboration with Dr. Carol Roberts in the holistic medical Lighten Up weight-loss program. Location: 5555 Taylor Rd., Unit C. For more information or to register, call 239-300-1633 or email

Mystical Moon Expands to Bonita Springs


he Mystical Moon, a popular resource for the metaphysical community in Fort Myers, is opening a second location at 8951 Bonita Laurie Barraco Beach Road, Suite 255, in Bonita Springs. A grand opening launch party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 20, will feature prize drawings, readings and a meet-and-greet with the staff. The new location, also owned by renowned psychic medium Laurie Barraco, will offer intuitive guidance, energy healing, meditation classes and spiritual development workshops, sacred gifts, candles, crystals, books and more. Fort Myers location: 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste. 107. For more information, call 239-939-3339, email Info@ or visit See ad, page 26.

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kudos The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, in Naples, was recognized by the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Southwest Chapter with an Image Award of Distinction for a recent public information campaign to prevent pelican injuries. In 2014, the Conservancy received a staggering increase in injured pelicans due to hook-related injuries, and engaged Priority Marketing to collaborate on a program to inform the media, anglers, Naples City Council, concerned citizens and visitors to Naples Pier, where the majority of injured birds were reported. FPRA Image Award winners are selected by a panel of industry professionals from outside Southwest Florida, based on such criteria as a situational analysis, objectives, implementation, results and budget. Location: 1495 Smith Preserve Way. For more information, call 239-262-0304 or visit Pelican Isle Yacht Club, in Naples, is celebrating 10 years of being a part of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Clean Marina Program. The club was the 94th when it first was so designated in the state. There are now 288 Clean Marinas in Florida. The club has been commended by the DEP for its landscaping that prohibits runoff from going directly into the water, its management of waste disposal, the healthy state of its mangroves, the beauty of the marina and the literature it provides to boaters on clean boating practices. “We all love the ocean, and doing our part to help protect and preserve it is to everyone’s advantage,” says Jake Rowe, the club’s dockmaster. “We want to keep the dolphins swimming in the pass and the fish biting. We are committed to this program to preserve our ecosystem.” Location: 410 Dockside Dr., a private island near Wiggins Pass on the Cocohatchee River. For more information, call 239-566-1606, email or visit natural awakenings

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Hatha Yoga Boosts Brainpower


esearch from Wayne State University, in Detroit, has found that hatha yoga can significantly improve cognitive health in as little as two months. Researchers tested 118 adults with an average age of 62 years. One group engaged in three, hour-long hatha yoga classes per week for eight weeks, while the other group did stretching and strengthening exercises for the same duration. The participants underwent cognitive testing before and after the eight-week period. At the end of the trial, the hatha yoga group showed significant improvements in cognition compared to the other group. The yoga group also recorded shorter reaction times, greater accuracy in high-level mental functions and better results in working memory tests. Source: Journal of Gerontology


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Pain and Depression Ebb with Flotation Therapy


ew research from Sweden has found that flotation therapy helps increase sleep quality, reduce pain and relieve anxiety and depression. Flotation therapy, sometimes called isolation therapy, consists of floating in a tank of water with minimized interruptions and sensory stimuli. Researchers from Karlstad University divided 65 people into two groups. One group underwent 12, 45-minute flotation therapy sessions for seven weeks, while the other group did not. Both groups were given a battery of physiological and psychological tests before and after the treatment period. The therapy was conducted using three commercial flotation therapy centers that provided sensory isolation systems to promote relaxation as part of the treatment. Compared to the control group, the flotation therapy group reported significant decreases in pain, anxiety, depression and stress levels and better sleep quality. The flotation group’s average depression scores went from 4.42 to 2.25, while the control group’s scores barely budged. The worst pains among the flotation group dropped from 64 to 40 on the scale.


The Holistic Value of Allopathic Diagnostic Tools


olistic health practitioners must know the nature of a patient’s problem before they can design a protocol to address it. Advocates of natural medicine tend to disagree with the conventional medical community, but it is important to remember that although their methods may be different, traditional tools of investigation can still be valuable to holistic practitioners. “While there are some good natural diagnostic tools to determine a problem’s origin, sometimes the tools of allopathic medicine are simply superior. Ultrasound, MRI, blood tests and pathogen screening can all be of enormous value when considering how to heal a condition of damage or sickness,” says Nature’s Rite Founder Steven Frank. “If someone is bleeding internally, knowing the source—ulcer, tumor, hemorrhoids or liver disease—is of paramount importance. All of these have dramatically different treatment protocols. When a patient’s energy is low, knowing their blood work and pathogen load is of tremendous value towards designing a healing program.” While allopathic medicine may seek to poison, cut or irradiate the problem, natural medicine professionals may choose the appropriate combination of herbs, acupuncture, qigong or other natural products and modalities. “Having the knowledge of exactly what is damaged and then using the techniques that we know are most suited for healing this condition is what collaborative medicine is all about,” explains Frank. “In our quest to bring natural medicine to the community, we don’t have to shun the diagnostic benefits of the high-technology hospitals. We can use their tools to accentuate our skills.”

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The Latest Cutting-Edge Technology for Optimal Health and Aging


ccording to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Center of Excellence for Nutritional Genomics, at the University of California, Davis, even though the link between food and health is well documented, individuals continue to struggle with how to use nutrition to prevent or delay the onset of diseases such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. The unique DNA fingerprints of nearly 319 million adults in the U.S. makes it impossible to create a “one size fits all” solution to our culture’s health and aging challenges. However, with the emerging scientific technology of personalized genetic profiling and nutrigenomics, it is now possible to understand how our lifestyle choices interact with our genetics and influence our body’s functioning. This viable answer for adults—no matter what age or gender—can help individuals achieve personal health goals. The research of nutrigenomics, a branch of nutritional genomics, focuses on identifying and understanding molecular-level


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interaction of the effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression. With respect to genetic profiling, only genes associated directly with the physiological functioning of the body for improving fitness, health and nutrition are addressed. The results, when combined with health and risk assessment, can proactively target lifestyle-related health issues such as metabolic management, weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular health, chronic inflammation, bone health, fitness and exercise. Once a practitioner receives a printout of an individual’s genetic predispositions, they can use it to personalize targeted health and wellness programs to achieve optimal health. Dr. Edward Kondrot, owner of Healing the Eye Center, located at 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct., in Fort Myers, is a certified FitGenes practitioner who uses the results of DNA profiling to treat patients. For more information, call 352-588-0477.

An Avocado a Day Keeps Bad Cholesterol Away


esearch published by the Journal of the American Heart Association has determined that just one avocado a day can significantly reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), a type of cholesterol carrier known to increase the risk of hardening of the arteries. The researchers tested 45 overweight adults between 21 and 70 years old that followed an average American diet for two weeks before adopting one of three diets: a low-fat diet, a moderate-fat diet that included one Hass avocado per day or a moderate-fat diet without an avocado. After five weeks, researchers found that the addition of the avocado reduced LDL significantly more than the diets that did not contain the fruit. While both the low-fat and moderate-fat diets reduced LDL levels, the moderate-fat diet with an avocado reduced LDL by better than 60 percent more than the moderate-fat diet alone, and above 80 percent more than the low-fat diet alone.

Stroke Risk Rises with Two Drinks a Day


ew research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke has determined that drinking two alcoholic beverages per day during middle-age years increases the risk of stroke more than other known factors, including high blood pressure and diabetes. The study followed 11,644 twins from Sweden for 43 years, starting between 1967 and 1970. All began the trial when they were under the age of 60. The scientists compared the effects of having less than half a drink—classified as four and two ounces of wine for a man and a woman, respectively—daily to drinking two or more daily. The study found that consuming two drinks per day increased the risk of stroke by 34 percent compared to drinking less than half a drink per day. Those that downed two or more drinks a day during their 50s and 60s had strokes an average of five years younger than light drinkers. The increase in stroke risk was found to be higher than the danger generally posed by diabetes and hypertension. natural awakenings

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Acupuncture Treats Prostate Enlargement


esearch from China has found that a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion, a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials are burned on or near the surface of the skin to warm and invigorate the inner flow of qi, or energy, can effectively reduce the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement. Researchers tested 128 patients with prostate enlargement for three months, dividing them into two groups. One group was given acupuncture and moxibustion; the other took a traditional Chinese herbal medication for prostate enlargement called Qianliekangi. The patients’ prostate symptoms were tested using the International Prostate Symptom Score, maximum urine flow rate and residual urine tests. At the study’s end, the patients given the acupuncture/ moxibustion treatment reported significantly reduced levels in all three tests—calculated at an 89 percent total effective rate—compared to the herbal medication group.


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Hormones And Aging by James Occhiogrosso


ormones such as testosterone and androstenedione are dominant in men, while the estrogens and progesterone are dominant in women. Aside from normal aging, hormones can easily drift out of balance from their peak levels in the mid-to-late 20s. This is due to many factors, but chief among them are nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle choices, environmental disrupters and the side effects of prescription drugs. The effects of shifting hormone levels are profound, and symptoms vary considerably among individuals. Depression, loss of energy, lack of sexual interest (libido), lack of sexual ability (erectile dysfunction), poor muscle tone, atherosclerosis, anemia, general weakness, lack of energy and a loss of interest in life are common. When a hormonal imbalance is suspected, doctors typically measure the level of testosterone in men and estrogen in women. However, all hormones are interrelated, and even when these individual levels are in range, imbalances can still occur and cause a wide range of symptoms. Comprehensive hormone testing, in which a group of the major sex steroid hormones are tested simultaneously via saliva samples, can provide a more complete picture. Combined testing using saliva is more accurate, convenient and less expensive than blood samples and can be done in the privacy of the home. Afterward, measured hormone imbalances can be corrected with lifestyle changes, nutritional and herbal supplementation or bioidentical hormones made from plant extracts. Bringing wayward hormone levels back to their normal biological balance can help relieve disabling symptoms, prevent diagnosis errors and optimize overall health.

James Occhiogrosso is a natural health practitioner specializing in anti-aging and the author of several books. For more information about home saliva hormone test kits, call 239-652-0421, email DrJim@HealthNaturallyToday. com, or visit See ad, page 71.



n international team of scientists has confirmed that consuming berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, mulberries and raspberries can significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Blueberries, in particular, were found to be associated with increased memory and learning. Researchers from Washington State University, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, India’s Annamalai University and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences reviewed two decades worth of research relating to consuming berries and dementia. They found that the many biochemicals contained in berries provide antioxidant protection to neurons and prevent the formation of beta-amyloid fibrils found in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.


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New Technology Makes Windows Power Producers

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SolarWindow Technologies’ new window coatings are a “first of its kind” technology that could turn the buildings we live and work in into selfsufficient, mini power stations. They can generate electricity on see-through glass and flexible plastics with colored tints popular in skyscraper glass. The coating can be applied to all four sides of tall buildings, generating electricity using natural and artificial light conditions and even shaded areas. Its organic materials are so ideal for lowcost, high-output manufacturing that the technology is already part of 42 product patent applications. When applied to windows on towers, it’s expected to generate up to 50 times the power of conventional rooftop solar systems while delivering 15 times the environmental benefits. For example, a single SolarWindow installation can avoid the amount of carbon emissions produced by vehicles driving about 2.75 million miles per year, compared to 180,000 miles for conventional rooftop systems.

Farm Therapy Veterans Heal Through Agriculture

Of the 19.6 million veterans in the United States alone, approximately 3.6 million have a service-related disability, 7.6 percent are unemployed and they collectively make up 13 percent of the adult homeless population, according to the Independent Voter Network. Organizations worldwide are helping veterans heal their wounds through farming and agriculture. The goal is to create a sustainable food system by educating them to be sustainable vegetable producers, providing training and helping families rebuild war-torn lives. Eat the Yard, in Dallas, Texas, was founded by Iraq War veterans James Jeffers and Steve Smith to cultivate fresh produce in community gardens. The two began organic farming in their own backyards for both therapeutic and financial reasons, and then slowly began to build more gardens in their community. They now sell their produce to local restaurants and businesses. The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is working with veterans across the U.S. to transition them into agriculture. The coalition partners veterans with mentors experienced in farming and business, matches them with agriculture-related job opportunities and organizes equipment donations in Iowa and California. FVC is helping former members of the armed forces in 48 states. Source: news/2014/11/veterans-day


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Plastics Ping-Pong China Reverses Its Recycling Policy

Plastic items we carefully separate from the rest of the trash and put in a distinct container may have a dubious fate, according to environmental watchdog Quartz. U.S. recycling companies have largely stayed away from accepting plastic, and most of it has been shipped to China, where it can be processed more cheaply. But China has announced a new Green Fence policy (, prohibiting importation of much of the plastic for recycling that it once received. Plastic categories #3 through #7 (shampoo bottles to butter tubs) may go into domestic landfills again until a solution is found, says David Kaplan, CEO of Maine Plastics, a post-industrial recycler. China controls a large portion of the recycling market, importing about 70 percent of the world’s 500 million tons of electronic waste and 12 million tons of plastic waste each year. These Chinese policy changes will put pressure on Western countries to reconsider their reliance on this formerly cost-effective practice of exporting waste and the necessity for increasing their domestic recycling infrastructure.

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globalbriefs Euro Space

Forty Percent of Hamburg Will Be Green Space Hamburg, Germany, named Europe’s 2011 Green Capital by the European Union, is implementing an ambitious plan to create and link 27 square miles of new and existing green space, comprising 40 percent of its land area. The result will put nature within easy reach of every resident, provide connectivity for walking and bicycling to eliminate automobile traffic by 2035 and make the city more resilient to flooding caused by global warming. The metro area population currently numbers 4.3 million as Europe’s 10th-largest city. Since 2000, Germany has converted 25 percent of its power grid to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. The architects of the clean energy movement energiewende, which translates as “energy transformation”, estimate that 80 percent to 100 percent of Germany’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050. Angelika Fritsch, a spokeswoman for the Department of Urban Planning and the Environment, says, “The more important result may be the provision of green infrastructure to absorb rain and flood waters.” Sea levels in the port city have risen by 20 centimeters over the past 60 years and are expected to rise another 30 centimeters by 2100. Source:


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globalbriefs Creature Crime

Feds Make Animal Abuse a Felony In October, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) classified animal cruelty as a class A felony and a “crime against society,” on a par with such serious crimes as homicide. The FBI intends to prosecute intentional abuse and torture, gross neglect, sexual abuse and organized abuse, which includes dog fights. Also, the onset of tracking animal abuse cases nationwide will assist local police and counselors in identifying and connecting with minors that show an early tendency to abuse. FBI studies show an alarming connection between animal abusers and perpetrators of extremely violent crimes against humans. The goal is that early detection and intervention will help certain children get the counseling and social support they need to live productive lives free of crime and abuse. “Regardless of whether people care about how animals are treated, people, like legislators and judges, care about humans, and they can’t deny the data,” says Natasha Dolezal, a director for the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. Source:


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Lost Lands

Salinity is Eating Away Farmland Worldwide Every day for more than 20 years, an average of almost eight square miles of irrigated land in arid and semiarid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt, according to the study Economics of Salt-Induced Land Degradation and Restoration, by United Nations University’s Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health. Salt degradation occurs in arid and semi-arid regions where rainfall is too low to maintain regular percolation of rainwater through the soil and where irrigation is practiced without a natural or artificial drainage system, which triggers the accumulation of salt in the root zone, affecting soil quality and reducing productivity. In the Colorado River Basin alone, studies peg the annual economic impact of salt-induced land degradation in irrigated areas at $750 million. The cost of investing in preventing and reversing land degradation and restoring it to productive land would be far lower than letting degradation continue and intensify. Methods successfully used to facilitate drainage and reverse soil degradation include tree planting, deep plowing, cultivation of salt-tolerant varieties of crops, mixing harvested plant residues into topsoil and digging a drain or deep ditch around saltaffected land.

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globalbriefs Animal Genocide ‘Lethal Control’ Trades Off Species

Over the next four years, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers will shoot 16,000 doublecrested cormorants nesting near the Columbia River, in Oregon, at a cost of $1.5 million a year and eliminate almost 100 sea lions because both feed on endangered salmon and steelhead trout. “If people knew how many animals are killed at taxpayer expense, they’d be horrified,” says Camilla Fox, executive director of Project Coyote, a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit. Termed “lethal control”, there’s a growing trend to kill one species to protect another, and not all methods used are humane. In 2012, Dennis Orthmeyer, acting director of California’s Wildlife Services, said, “We pride ourselves on our ability to get it done without many people knowing about it.” Climate change, reduced habitat and food supplies, and the introduction of non-native species are the result of human interference. “With society’s growing footprint, lethal control can only increase,” observes Michael Scott, a University of Idaho ecologist. A plan to poison 4,000 ravens will protect greater sage grouse. More mountain lions will be killed to save bighorn sheep. The human rampage goes on, and concerned citizens are advised to urge lawmakers to end lethal control and protect wildlife habitat sustainably. Take action at natural awakenings

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Light as Medicine by Gizelle Lucci

The only way that man can grasp the strange and unreal world of light is through the study of photons, the basic unit of light. ~William Campbell Douglas, Into the Light: Tomorrow’s Medicine Today


he solitary work of What Cook discova passionate biomoered in her research and lecular researcher hundreds of experiments in relentless pursuit of a is that humans are never solution with the potential sick, but rather out of to allow millions of inditune, off-balance and vividuals to unshackle thembrating at the wrong resoselves from the possibility nant frequency. “Health, of medical bankruptcy as well as disease, begins due to catastrophic illness at a cellular level. Cells fit Barbara Cook like a are not independent of glove. Zealous about an one another. An individuintuitive knowing, the al cell that loses its power Barbara Cook photonic specialist and and normal frequency owner of Biolight Medicine, in Naples, level, which is what allows it to maintook a four-year sabbatical to continue tain health, affects surrounding cells research and study in more depth Einthat ultimately weaken from resonating stein’s theory of the photoelectric effect, with the lesser frequency. This causes for which he won the 1921 Nobel Prize energy loss and eventually illness. To a in physics. cell, the wrong frequency is like radio The result of this theory led to the static,” advises Cook, whose BioRay quantum revolution and important steps LED (light emitting diode) device helps in understanding the quantum nature the body’s regenerative and rebalancof light and electrons. “I knew in my ing capacities. bones that Einstein’s theory was the key “The frequency it emits is that of to light medicine and the science of a healthy cell and the particular wave good health. Today, quantum physics length required for rapid repair of the has proven that the human body emits, body. It literally restores the cell’s cacommunicates with, and is made from, pacity to return to its original blueprint biophotons of light that are invisible to by boosting the mitochondria of the the eye, but detectable via sophisticated cell, its power center. I think of it like a modern equipment,” says Cook. cellular reset button,” she notes.

In order to understand the impact that her mind and emotions had on colon cancer, from which she fully recovered without any pharmaceutical support, Cook also studied epigenetics as the field of cellular behavior relates to stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton’s theories in his bestseller, The Biology of Belief. “After I learned that the majority of individuals then lived about the same length of time with or without medical treatment, I declined. A deathbed experience spun my life into balance and instilled me with a sense of purpose and an undeniable mission to teach people how to use the earth sciences to heal themselves and to get conventional medicine to see light medicine is the future of medicine,” enthuses Cook. Scientists have known for many years that specific wavelengths of light in certain doses can heal, but they are only now uncovering exactly how it works. For example, some wavelengths of blue light can clear stubborn infections, even MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant superbug form of Staphylococcus aureus. Cook is already light years ahead. “Light, sound, vibrations and frequencies are all earth sciences. In my opinion, it only makes sense that we can heal ourselves with what is our inherent nature and that which we can process with no harmful side effects,” advises Cook, who offers classes, workshops and apprenticeships to teach others how to use light medicine for prevention and wellness. Biolight Medicine, 801 Anchor Rode Dr., Ste. 203, Naples. For more information, call 239-777-4578 or visit See ad, page 14.

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readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Kyle Henderson

Life’s mission: To live happily ever after. Work: Owner of Transitions Life and Business Coaching. Proudest Achievements: Re-inventing myself personally and professionally at age 50. Expectations for the Future: A thriving business and a happy marriage. Favorite app: Pinterest Favorite websites: MindBodyGreen, Huffington Post Local causes supported: Harry Chapin Food Bank Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: Calendar of events Most frequented healthy food restaurant: I am a member of Verandah Golf & Country Club. Chef Steve’s salads are delicious! How you invest in your community: I created Ladies Who Lunch in August 2012 because I wanted to meet, socialize and build relationships with smart, interesting, accomplished and fun women. Ladies Who Lunch takes place monthly in private country clubs throughout Lee and Collier Counties. There is no speaker, no raffle and no door prize. It is simply a lovely luncheon that gives like-minded ladies an opportunity to connect personally and professionally. Favorite quote: “Passion persuades.” ~ Anita Roddick. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~ Rumi What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: I teach my Transitions coaching clients to “start at home” and focus on themselves. Changing yourself is how you change the world.


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HIDDEN TREASURES Neighbors Discover Their Wealth of Resources by John McKnight and Peter Block

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he essential promise of consumerism is that everything fulfilling or needed in life can be purchased— from happiness to healing, from love to laughter and from raising a child to caring for someone at the end of life. What was once the task of relatives and neighbors has been outsourced, costing the family its capacity to manage traditionally provided necessities. The community, which once provided an extended support system, is no longer viable, replaced by paid professionals and technology. Until the 20th century, the basic philosophy of rearing children was that they become effective grownups by connecting with productive adults and learning the community’s skills, traditions and customs from them. Youth had jobs to do: caring for the elderly and young, doing household chores and helping with food. When they became adults, they were thus equipped to care both for the next generation and for those that had cared for them. Today, the most effective communities are those in which neighborhoods and residents have reclaimed their traditional roles. The research on this point is decisive. Where there are “thick” community connections, there is positive child development. Health

improves, the environment is sustained and people are safer and have a stronger local economy. We too, can decide to shift our attention toward rebuilding the functions of our family and neighborhood. We have the gifts, structures and capacities to substitute for our habit of consumption. Here’s an example of how it works. Neighbors Naomi Alessio and Jackie Barton were talking about family challenges when Alessio noted her son Theron’s encouraging turnaround after he met Mr. Thompson, who had a metalworking shop in his garage. The old man invited him in and something clicked. Theron began to stop by every day, proudly bringing home metal pieces he’d learned to make. Alessio could see Theron change and finally stopped worrying about what he was doing after school. Barton admitted that her son Alvin was in trouble, and asked Alessio if there might be someone in the neighborhood whose skills would interest him. They decided to ask all the men in the neighborhood about their interests and skills. In three weeks, they found men that knew about juggling, barbecuing, bookkeeping, fishing, hunting, haircutting, bowling, investigating crimes, writing poems, fixing cars,

weightlifting, choral singing, teaching dogs tricks, mathematics, praying and how to play trumpet, drums and the saxophone. They discovered enough talent for all the kids in the neighborhood to tap into. Three of the men they met— Charles Wilt, Mark Sutter and Sonny Reed—joined Alessio, Barton and Thompson in finding out what the kids on the block were interested in learning. Also, why not ask the kids what they knew? They found 22 things the young people knew that might be of interest to some adults on the block. The six neighbors named themselves the Matchmakers and began to connect neighbors that shared the same interests, from gardening to job opportunities. They created a multiuse neighborhood website. Many neighbors formed a band, plus a choir led by Sarah Ensley, an elder who’d been singing all her life. Charles Dawes, a police officer, formed an intergenerational team to make the block a safe haven for everyone. Then Lenore Manse decided to write family histories with photos and persuaded neighborhood historian Jim Caldwell and her best friend, Lannie Eaton, to help. Wilt suggested that the Matchmakers welcome newcomers by giving them a copy of the block history, and then updating it with information about each new family. Three years later at the annual block party, Barton summed up the neighborhood’s accomplishment: “All the lines are broken; we’re all connected. We’re a real community now.” These local connections can give the modern family what the extended family once provided: a functioning community with a strong culture of kin, friends and neighbors. A regenerated community emerges, yielding essential qualities of a satisfying life: kindness, generosity, cooperation, forgiveness and the ability to nurture families that have reclaimed their function. Adapted from an article by John McKnight and Peter Block for YES! Magazine that appears in its anthology, Sustainable Happiness. They are co-authors of The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods (Abundant  natural awakenings

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Local Dentistry with a Different Twist by Louanne Shavelle


aithful to a commitment to good dental hygiene, millions of individuals schedule dental checkups several times each year. As we recline in the cushy chair and open wide, we are rarely surprised to hear about the latest options in restorative dental services such as one-stop crown visits, tooth whitening, periodontal therapy, ceramic to replace mercury fillings, and even braces for adults. However, many of us would undoubtedly be astonished to hear our dentist provide information on preventive suggestions for problems with blood sugar, bone or heart health, and excess weight. We are even less likely to anticipate a suggestion on how to correct tongue-tie or lip-tie, caused by an unusually short, thick membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the mouth. These conditions are often seen at birth and frequently untreated; yet, both can cause a wide range of difficulties. Mark Corke, DDS, owner of Laser Dentistry in Fort Myers, uses his laser to treat this condition that varies from mild cases to the extreme where Mark Corke the tongue is

tethered to the floor of the mouth, affecting speech and oral hygiene. Corke performs laser surgery not only on adults, but also on newborn babies that are having problems with breastfeeding. “I first became aware of the difficulty caused by tongue-tie and lip-tie via the Tongue Tie Babies Support group on Facebook. Few women get answers or support from their pediatricians, who often deem the problem insignificant even though it is particularly painful to the mother and exasperating for the child who has great difficulty in nursing,” advises Corke, who attended a conference in Montreal to get educated on the problem as well as the surgical solution. Before Corke offered the surgery, which he finds particularly rewarding, adults and children had to travel to Tampa or Fort Lauderdale for the procedure. “For too long we have treated the body as a lot of separate parts and systems when in fact everything is connected,” says Corke. “For example, I released a tongue-tie for an adult who reported that it relieved her shoulder and neck pain.” Another local dentist also goes above and beyond the conventional dental system. More than 18 years ago, Naples-based holistic dentist William Lovett, DDS, began researching the necessary ingredients for a dietary supplement formula that could

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help his wife reverse her diagnosis of bilateral severe osteoporosis in her hips. The results of his six months of research was a chewable suppleWilliam Lovett ment that he has manufactured by a local company that upholds the quality standards of the Natural Products Association’s third-party Good Manufacturing Process (GMP). He sells his USP-verified brand of vitamins and minerals with calcium, specifically designed and proven to reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia, to patients and the general public. “My wife has been free of osteoporosis for 18 years,” says Lovett, who believes in synchronizing oral health with total body health. Lovett’s holistic philosophy paved the way for him to meet and partner with John Payne, in Tucson, Arizona. Payne developed several supplement formulas, including a metabolic stabilizer, using only plants that have survived and adapted to environmental changes throughout millions of years. The two men are planning seminars and training sessions for doctors and dentists, who want to help their patients beyond the dental chair. “We plan to help shift the present paradigm to one of a whole-systems model,” says Lovett, who points out several recent studies by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry. “According to their studies, poor dental hygiene can not only lead to tooth decay, it can lead to the world’s most common inflammatory condition—periodontitis, which is considered an “osteoimmune” condition similar to osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Both are associated with bone loss. Dr. Mark Corke, Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr., Fort Myers. Call 239-9365442 or visit See ad, page 61. Dr. William E. Lovett, 860 111th Ave. N., Ste. 5, Naples. Call 239-593-4911 or visit See ad, page 11.


Freestyle Dance Provides Fun and Wellness


o Dancing With the Stars (DWS) season would be complete without senior judge Len Goodman’s critiques regarding the lack of traditional dancing moves in the choreography performed during ABC’s popular dance competition series. Fortunately for individuals that join in any of Valeria Hill’s wellness dance classes at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, choreographed dance moves are out, along with any fuddy-duddy self-judgment. Only fun and play are in. While the 10-season run of DWS has provided excellent entertainment, it has also provided visual proof to millions of U.S. viewers that dancing has a wide range of mental and physical benefits, beginning with weight loss. Incorporating fun and free moves such as Hill’s Coco Loco Tropical Dance into a regular physical activity routine can lead to improved condition of the heart and lungs, more muscular strength, enhanced endurance, more responsive motor fitness, better balance, improved muscle tone and strength, optimal weight management, stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis, according to California’s Berkley University. “My freestyle, solo wellness dancing, which incorporates moves from Nia, samba and Capoeria, also improves flexibility, which helps with joint stiffness and pain,” says Hill. “Alone, Nia provides a good mind/body fusion workout. Incorporating any of its 52 joyful and moves into wellness danc-

ing give us a lot of opportunities to fully express ourselves and free our spirit,” she notes. Samba, a lively, rhythmical solo dance that originated in Brazil, is most often recognized around the world as a symbol of that country and the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Hill’s home dancing turf. Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which involves rhythm, movement and personal expression. “Although the details of Capoeira’s origins and early history are still debated, it is known that African slaves played a crucial role in its development,” advises Hill. Dance not only instills grace, but it also helps us age gracefully. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, dancing may boost memory and prevent individuals from developing dementia in older years. Science also reveals that aerobic exercise can reverse volume loss in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory. If, as pop singer Gloria Estefan’s lyrics indicate in Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, freeing your body to dance may be only the beginning, “You might just start to find other ways to dance through life,” quips Hill. Coco Loco Fashion & Dance Studio is located at 4836 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 3, in Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-298-3327.

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DADS How They Raise Conscious Kids by Lane Vail


athers are more involved in their children’s lives than ever before, embracing their roles of leader, nurturer and protector, and they’re reaping extraordinary benefits. According to a 2014 study published in the Academy of Management Perspectives, fathers that spend more time with their kids are both happier at home and more satisfied at work. Today, many mindful dads engaged in a natural lifestyle apply that same health consciousness to their parenting. Support Mama. Natural fathering begins during pregnancy, with an informed birth plan. “Support whatever birthing decision the woman feels will provide her the most comfort and relaxation,” advises Dr. John Douillard, an ayurvedic chiropractor and author of six books, including Perfect Health for Kids. Hold her hand, rub her back, advocate for her rights and after the birth, support her efforts to breastfeed whenever, wherever and however long she wants. “Fathers should recognize that the burden of care is clearly on the mother for at least the first year, so her opinions and wishes deserve special consideration and respect,” says Ben Hewitt, father of two, home unschooler and author of The Nourishing Homestead. Embrace physical closeness. Bonding through nurturing touch is powerful and rewarding for father and child. A recent study published in the Journal of Perinatal Education found that fathers that practiced infant massage experienced significant stress release and bonding with their offspring. Wearing a baby or toddler


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in a sling, wrap or carrier is another comforting way to spend time together. Co-sleeping helps foster a more natural sleep rhythm with a nocturnally hungry baby, while also offering another way to connect. “Any stress my family may have experienced during the day dissipated when we reconnected at nighttime,” Hewitt attests. “Looking back, I can’t imagine having missed out on that opportunity to be so close with my kids.” Feed healthy habits. Natural dads are educated about both naturopathic and Western medicine to make informed choices regarding prevention and intervention. Douillard applies the ayurvedic principle of seasonal eating in order to bolster the immune systems of his six children and clients. Cooling foods like fruits and vegetables in summer prevent overheating; warming foods like soups, nuts and meats in winter lubricate mucus membranes and facilitate fat and protein storage; light foods like leafy greens in spring detoxify the body. His experience is that when kids with robust immunity catch the occasional malady, its severity and duration are reduced, and natural herbs often provide a gentle first step toward recovery. Douillard treats colds with a spoonful of equal parts turmeric and honey mixed into a paste. “Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antiviral herb that also helps liquefy mucus in the respiratory tract,” he says. For tummy troubles, he suggests offering kids an herbal tea of cumin, coriander or fennel. Above all, parents must exemplify good health habits. “Eat better, exercise

When dads are calm and present, they become a calming presence. ~Hal Runkel regularly, change your diet with the local season and your kids will follow along,” says Douillard. Impart green morals. Earth-conscious parents teach their children how to leave a faint ecological footprint by supporting local eco-friendly companies, reducing the presence of toxic chemicals in the home and consuming and wasting less. However, wagging a finger and imploring kids to be ecofriendly is not enough; model helpful behaviors and illustrate the implications of their choices. “Instead of saying, ‘You should recycle,’ show kids online pictures of the giant flotillas of plastics polluting the oceans,” says Hewitt. Maintain an experiential dialogue about respecting, preserving and enjoying nature. Encourage adventure and resourcefulness. “Historically,” says Hewitt, “children learned alongside their parents and community, immersed in their environment, an arrangement that allowed them continual opportunities to prove their own resourcefulness.” All dads, like homeschoolers, will find satisfying fun in sharing problem-solving, hands-on projects with their kids, like building a debris shelter in the woods, planting a garden, or using repurposed materials to engineer something with form and function. Learning doesn’t have to be a hierarchical activity, wherein dads teach children, says Hewitt. “The opportunity to learn and explore together is powerful.” Play. Hewitt encourages dads to look for opportunities to relieve kids of their often overwhelming and scattered schedules. “It’s incredibly important for kids and adults to set aside time for free play and exploration,” he says. “Go outside with them,” says Douillard. “Make up games, goof off, run around, roll around and just be with them. It makes a world of difference in their lives.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina and blogger at Discovering

Cool Daddy by Lane Vail


n terms of discipline, natural fathering is neither tough nor timid, punishing nor permissive. The mindful dad is calm, connected and capable. He’s able to harness introspection and observe himself as he parents, because he focuses more on managing his own behavior than that of his kids. “Fathering is a leadership role, not a management role,” says Hal Runkel, a licensed marriage and family therapist and author of the bestseller ScreamFree Parenting. “If I manage myself with calmness and clarity, I can lead my children to learn to manage themselves.” Runkel says the first step is “committing to cool.” Find an anxiety- or anger-managing technique that feels natural, such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, visualization, prayer or counting beads on a bracelet, and call on that skill to maintain coolness when challenged by a child, advises Runkel. It’s a misconception that emotions need to be released or they will consume us, he says. “Emotions just are; it’s the thoughts about emotions that drive us crazy.” Learning to name, tame and befriend feelings through introspection and mindful exercises allows space for calm conversations with children to emerge. “We fathers have a special responsibility to lead with calm because we are physically imposing in children’s eyes,” he says. “The approachable dad has teachable kids, and he lets natural and logical consequences do the teaching.” natural awakenings

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RETHINKING RECOVERY Holistic Approaches to Healing Addictions by Lisa Marshall


hrough 15 years of alcohol and prescription drug addiction, one prominent Virginia business owner tried it all to get clean: three inpatient rehab centers; talk therapy; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), spending roughly $200,000 in the process. “I would follow through for about a year, and then start to feel like I was on top of things and get complacent,” says the 52-year-old, who asked that her name not be used. She’d treat herself to “just one drink” and soon find herself in a familiar downward spiral. She last relapsed in October 2012. Three months later, she was on the interstate in the morning, a half-empty four-pack of mini wine bottles on her front seat, when she swerved and slammed head-on into a semi-trailer truck. She escaped her flattened car with minor head trauma, gratitude that her children didn’t have to “bury their drunk mother,” and a renewed will to sober up and rediscover happiness. Today, she’s done just that, thanks to a comprehensive, holistic approach that included hiring a life coach that specializes in addiction, overhauling her diet, making time for daily physical and spiritual exercises and reframing her addiction, not as a disease she is cursed with, but as a predisposition she has the power to keep at bay. 40

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“Yes. I was passed a gene by my alcoholic father. Yet that only becomes a threat to me when I make a choice to ingest something that cuts the beast loose,” she says. “I work hard every day, using a whole bunch of different tools to keep that from happening again.” She is one of a growing number of alcoholics and addicts reaching beyond the standard trifecta of 28-day rehabs, 12-step programs and psychotherapy toward an approach that addresses mind, body and spirit. More than 40 million Americans over the age of 12 (16 percent of the population) are addicted to alcohol or drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at New York City’s Columbia University. Yet the standard treatments yield lessthan-stellar success rates. Sixty percent of addicts return to drug use within a year after rehab, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and only 5 percent of AA attendees continue with meetings after 12 months, according to AA research. David Essel, a Fort Myers, Florida, life coach who specializes in working with substance abusers, says that when examining all the data, only about one in 10 addicts or alcoholics that use conventional means alone are still clean after one year. Fortunately, because

people vary widely in emotional needs and physiologies, other complementary options are also catching on.

Mending Brain and Body

Enter a group meeting for recovering addicts or alcoholics and chances are there will be a pot of black coffee, plus donuts or cookies. “Having poor eating habits is a primary contributing factor to relapse,” says Registered Dietitian David Wiss, founder of, which provides nutrition consulting for recovery programs in Los Angeles. Because substance abuse can deaden appetite and many of the same neurological circuits that drugs and alcohol stimulate are also activated by salty or sugar-laden foods, newly recovering addicts tend to be ravenous and drawn to junk food. “After 30 days in treatment, people can gain 10 to 30 pounds. They often turn back to addictive substances they’ve abused to get their appetite back under control,” says Wiss. (Because smoking deadens taste buds, drawing people to seek out more intense salty or sugary flavors, it exacerbates the problem.) In a subconscious attempt to get maximum stimulation of now-neglected reward centers in the brain, users often eat little most of the day, then binge later, leading to erratic blood sugar levels that can impact mood, further sabotaging recovery. After years of abuse, addicts also tend to suffer deficiencies of proteins and good fats—key building blocks of a healthy brain. “The brain has been rewired due to the use of substances. Without healing it, you can attend all the meetings in the world and you’ll still struggle with cravings,” reports Essel. He starts new clients with 500 milligrams (mg) daily of the dietary supplement DLphenylalanine, an amino acid precursor to feel-good neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine. He also gives them tyrosine, an energizing amino acid said to quell sugar cravings. For relieving a craving in progress, he recommends 500 to 1,000 mg of glutamine, placed under the tongue. Wiss says he generally recommends food over supplements, yet asking newly recovering addicts to also revamp their diets can be tough. “I wouldn’t expect anyone to make a big nutritional change in their first week of sobriety,” he says.

After that, he encourages small steps: Drink eight glasses of water per day. Eat three meals and three snacks to keep blood sugar stable. Load up on fiber, which can help heal the gut and replenish it with healthy bacteria. Eat plenty of lean protein to promote production of feel-good brain chemicals. Load up on nuts, seeds, fatty fish and other omega-3 fatty acids that suppress inflammation in the brain and have been shown in some studies to quell depression. Daily exercise is also key as Wiss notes that it “circulates our blood and gets all those healthy nutrients into our brain.” Physical activities can also help fill the void and even provide a new sense of identity for someone whose selfesteem has been shattered, says Scott Strode, founder of Denver, Colorado’s Phoenix Multisport, which hosts group cycling, running and climbing outings for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Strode kicked his own cocaine habit 18 years ago by immersing himself first in boxing, then climbing and triathlons. He founded Phoenix in 2007 to help fill what he sees as a gaping hole in recovery support services—a place where people with similar pasts can gather and talk without dwelling exclusively on their dependence issues. He has since served 15,000 people in Colorado, California, and Boston, offering 60 free outings a week for anyone at least 48 hours sober. “By being part of something like this, you can let go of the shame of

being the addict, the junkie or the one that let down the family. Now you are the climber or the mountain biker,” says Strode. He stresses that Phoenix programs aren’t intended to replace treatment. Still, “For some, just that redefining of self may be enough. For others, it’s a powerful tool in a broader toolbox.”

Beyond AA

Co-founded in 1935 by an alcoholic named Bill Wilson, Alcoholics Anonymous now has 2 million members and has played an important role in many successful recoveries. However, its Godbased approach (five of the 12 steps refer to God or Him), a credo that alcoholics must admit “powerlessness” and its emphasis on alcoholism as a defining disease aren’t for everyone. Naysayers point to a 2006 finding by the nonprofit Cochrane Collaboration that states, “No experimental studies unequivocally demonstrated the effectiveness of AA or 12-step approaches for reducing alcohol dependence or problems.” Such concerns have prompted some alternative recovery fellowships, including Moderation Management (, which helps people that want to drink less; and Smart Recovery (, which supports an ethos of self-empowerment via cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional changes and group discussions. Other programs focus on renewing the soul by applying metaphysical practices to the traditional 12 steps.

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“The conventional 12 steps talk about a higher power outside of you,” says Ester Nicholson, a singer, author and addictions counselor. In her book Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, she describes a descent into crack cocaine addiction beginning in her teens, and the long climb out of it. At first, she says, the 12 steps helped her break free of what she calls the “spiritual malady, mental obsession and physical allergy,” that is addiction. But after a decade of being clean, followed by a near-relapse, she discovered meditation and other spiritual practices. “I realized that this higher power can restore me to sanity, but the higher power is actually within me. I found this wonderful bridge between the 12 steps and universal spiritual principals, and it is rocking my world.” Patti Lacey, 54, an Essel client, likewise found lasting sobriety by extending her toolbox, learning to focus not only

on past pain, but on bringing forth her best self. According to the International Coach Federation, which reports an uptick in interest in recovery coaching, a coach helps to establish individual goals and map a journey to success. Two years into recovery, Lacey still takes her supplements daily, rises at dawn to meditate, attends 12-step meetings and is part of a nondenominational church community. She also regularly meets with her coach to report progress and update goals, including getting a handle on her finances, a frequent casualty of addiction. “Everybody’s journey is different,” Lacey confirms. “What I needed was someone to tell me exactly what to do in the beginning, and then be around to hold me accountable. That changed everything.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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ar acupuncture: Since 1974, addiction specialists have used an ear acupuncture needling protocol to ease cravings, decrease anxiety and improve sleep during withdrawal. Numerous published studies in The Lancet, the Archives of Internal Medicine and others support its efficacy. More than 1,000 U.S. programs now use it, according to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association ( Neurofeedback: Also known as EEG biofeedback, this technique uses electroencephalography sensors attached to the head to enable someone to observe their own brain wave activity on a computer and learn to intentionally alter it via visualization and relaxation techniques ( Aromatherapy: Life coach David Essel recommends three aromatherapy oils to clients in recovery: lavender, a relaxant; lemon grass, for energy; and frankincense, a mood-balancer. Ibogaine: This psychoactive brew derived from the West African shrub Tabernanthe iboga has been used cer-

emonially for centuries. In the 1960s, an opioid addict accidentally discovered that after experiencing an intense, four-to-eight-hour dreamlike “trip”, his cravings for heroin ceased. Deborah Mash, Ph.D., a professor of neurology and molecular and cellular pharmacology at the University of Miami, traveled to Amsterdam in the early 1990s to see if there was any truth to such cases. “I saw a man that was on heroin and cocaine and addicted to benzodiazepines undergo detox with no withdrawal signs, and in 36 hours look like a new person,” she recalls. She has been studying it ever since. The drug is believed to serve as an addiction interrupter, acting on opioid receptors in the brain to quell withdrawal symptoms. Some describe it as “resetting the brain” to a pre-addicted state. Ibogaine is illegal in the U.S. Some offshore clinics are providing it, but Mash warns that some are unscrupulous, so buyer beware. (ClearSkyIbogaine. com offers medically supervised Ibogaine therapy in Cancun, Mexico).

Recovery at the Deepest Soul Level I

n her book, Soul Recovery: The 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, Ester Nicholson offers a metaphysical take on the 12 steps. Here’s a look. You are the Power. Through my conscious union with the infinite universal presence, I am powerful, clear and free. Through the realization that God is within me, expressing as me, my life is in divine and perfect order. Restored to wholeness. Through my conscious connection with the one power, I reclaim my spiritual dominion and emotional balance. I am restored to my original nature of clarity, peace and wholeness. I am restored. Complete surrender. I turn my life over to the care of the God I understand, know and embody as love, harmony, peace, health, prosperity and joy. I know that which I am surrendering to, and I do so absolutely. Knowing that this power is the very essence of my being, I say with my whole heart and mind: Thy will be done. An examined life. Through my absolute surrender and conscious connection to the one power and presence, I courageously, deeply and gently search within myself for all thought patterns and behaviors that are out of alignment with love, integrity, harmony and order. Living out loud. I claim the courage and willingness to share the exact nature of my mistakes with another spiritual being. I am heard with compassion, unconditional love and wisdom. In this loving vibration, clarity, peace and balance are restored. Honoring the inner child. I am now ready to release all thought

patterns and behaviors unlike my true nature, which is wholeness. I free-fall into the loving presence of spirit within, and allow it to heal every known and unknown false belief. I am transformed by the renewal of my mind. Never give up. In loving compassion for every aspect of my being, I humbly surrender to the love of spirit. I know myself as a perfect expression of life. I surrender all, and I am restored to the life I am created to live. Willingness. I acknowledge the people I have offended based on false beliefs, fear, doubt and unworthiness. I am willing to go to any lengths to clean up my side of the street. Cleaning up the wreckage. Backed by all the power of the universe, I lovingly, directly and honestly make amends in a way that supports the highest good of all concerned. Spiritual maintenance. I am in tune with my inner self. With integrity, love and self-compassion, I acknowledge my mistakes and continue to clean up the mistakes of my past and present. Conscious contact. Through daily prayer and meditation, I deepen my conscious connection to the divine and experience the fullness of the universal presence as the dynamic reality of my life. Loving service. Through my awakened consciousness, I am now prepared to carry the message of truth out into the world. I am now a clear channel to support the awakening of others to their true identity of wholeness.

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Yoga for the Bros Men Find it Builds All-Around Fitness by Meredith Montgomery


ive thousand years ago, most yoga teachers and students were men. Today, of the 15 million American practitioners, less than a third are males. However, this figure has increased in the past decade, with teachers in some areas reporting a balanced ratio of men and women in their classes. Yet, even as professional athletes add yoga to their training regimen, Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest, in Santa Monica, California, points out, “To the mainstream man, yoga is not masculine. You see men in ballet performances, but it doesn’t mean men are attracted to ballet.” Eric Walrabenstein, founder of Yoga Pura, in Phoenix, agrees. “To achieve the widest adoption of the practice, we need to shift away from the notion that yoga is a physical exercise primarily for women, to one that embraces yoga’s holistic physical, mental and emotional benefits for anyone regardless of gender.”

Life Benefits

Physically, yoga can complement traditional workout routines by increasing flexibility, strength and balance, and also play a role in pain management and injury prevention. Kest says, “Yoga is the best fitness-related activity I know of, but the tone and shapeliness that results is a byproduct. The focus is on balance and healing.” He encourages students to challenge themselves without 44

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being extreme. “The harder you are on anything, the faster you wear it out. If our objective is to both last as long and feel as good as possible, it makes no sense to push hard. Instead we should be gentle and sensitive in our practice.” Men will do well to learn how to stop what they’re doing and breathe, says Kreg Weiss, co-founder of My Yoga Online (now on Gaiam TV), from Vancouver. He emphasizes the importance of modifying poses as needed during classes and notes that doing so takes vulnerability that doesn’t come naturally to most men. “If you find yourself shaking while holding downward dog, allow yourself to go down to the floor without worrying about what others will think.” Societal pressures of masculinity sometimes dictate who a man thinks he should be. Breaking through such barriers enables a man to be relaxed with himself and unafraid as, “It changes what goes on off the mat, too,” observes Weiss. Bhava Ram (née Brad Willis), founder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, in San Diego, points out, “Men need yoga because it helps us deal better with stress and emotional issues. When we have more inner balance, we show up better for ourselves, spouses, friends and loved ones.”

Therapeutic Benefits

As modern science begins to document yoga’s healing effects, it’s being used in treatment plans for conditions ranging from addiction and trauma to multiple sclerosis and cancer. Ram was a Type A

The United Nations has declared June 21 the International Day of Yoga, co-sponsored by 175 countries including the United States. aggressive reporter and network war correspondent and, “Like many men with similar personality types, I struggled with anger and control issues. I had no interest in yoga; it seemed strange and unnecessary to me,” he recalls. After a broken back, that ended his journalism career, failed surgery, advanced cancer and dependance on prescription drugs, he found himself facing death. Inspired by his young son to take control of his health, he embraced yoga as a healing way forward. After two years of dedicated practice, Ram says he turned 80 pounds of physical weight and 1,000 pounds of emotional toxins into gratitude, forgiveness and loving kindness. “I left 90 percent of my back pain behind and the cancer is gone.” Kest explains that yoga’s significant therapeutic value is based on its capacity to reduce stress and its effects, while teaching and strengthening techniques to cope with it. “Ninety percent of the stress we put on our bodies originates in the stress we put on our minds,” he says. “If you want to be healthy, you have to look at mental fitness, not just the size of your biceps or the strength of your cardiovascular system. It’s calmness and peacefulness of mind that matter.”

Tips for First-Timers

Weiss urges men new to yoga to take time to find the right class. “When men that can’t touch their toes walk into some preconceived notion of a class full of women Om-ing, they feel apprehensive and the experience does them no service.” Regardless of one’s state of fitness, it’s important to start slowly, with a focus on the breath. “If you don’t have a good foundation, you can miss a lot of yoga’s benefits. Seek teachers with a solid yoga background educated in anatomy.” Walrabenstein recommends that

first-timers find a class that meets their expectations of targeted benefits. “Remember that yoga is supposed to serve you in enabling your best life possible. If for you that means a vigorous workout, go for it. Even the most physically-oriented yoga styles can carry profound mental and spiritual benefits—and can lead to a deeper,

more rewarding practice over time.” Arrive early to class to get settled and talk with the teacher about physical status, potential limitations or other concerns. Yoga is practiced barefoot and clothing should be loose and comfortable, allowing the body to sweat and move. Walrabenstein reminds men to

Yoga Helps Vets Heal by Meredith Montgomery


ccording to the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, an essential aspect of recovering from trauma is learning ways to calm down, or self-regulate. As suicide, divorce, domestic violence, drug abuse, homelessness and violent behavior continue to plague veterans and members of the military, yoga is being regarded as a promising treatment or adjunctive therapy for addressing symptoms associated with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Numerous studies indicate that veterans that practice yoga (including postures, breath work, guided visualization and affirmation) can better cope with PTSD and other emotional challenges, and realize enhanced physical and mental stability. Former war correspondent Bhava Ram founded Warriors for Healing (W4H). Launched online and through trained teachers this year, “We want

to spread the word that yoga science is proven to be extremely effective for coping with PTSD and life-based trauma,” he says. The intention is to help people unlock their inherent power to heal, and to assist in a journey of self-empowerment as they establish new lives. W4H and its foundation partners provide resources for veterans and their families to implement yoga’s transformational lifestyle practices, including nutrition, philosophy, breath work and postures. Studies from leading institutions including the University of California, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital have shown that these practices can change the organism that is us down to the level of our genomes. “We’re not stuck where we are,” says Ram. “My own history illustrates this, and I’ve seen many others heal from remarkable challenges.”

have fun. “Yoga, like anything, can be awkward at first. Make space for your learning curve and remember, no one in class is judging you.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

Bootstrap, an online yoga system specific to the challenges of military duty-related stress, has distributed 70,000 yoga sessions to troops and veterans and their families since 2013. Designed to fill the many gaps left by traditional treatment strategies, it’s tailored to empower users to manage stressors and stressful episodes in a productive and ongoing way. Founder Eric Walrabenstein, a former U.S. Army infantry officer, notes that the program is curriculum-driven. Beyond breath and body postures, its 10-week structure makes it accessible to those that wouldn’t necessarily step into a studio. “The multimedia program has been clinically proven to derail chronic stress caused by military service in less than one hour per day,” he says. Bootstrap is presented as a stressmanagement program that just happens to use yoga techniques. “We did this because many men tend to self-select themselves out of the practice,” he says. “We wanted to avoid that as well as the idea that yoga is primarily about postures, when that’s only a small fraction of what the practice is.” Visit and

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Wellness Training for Local Veterans by Linda Sechrist


he batter’s up again and the bases are loaded for a grand slam in the second inning of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, in partnership with Fort Myers’ JetBlue Park and Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Veterans developed this free, post-911 veteran’s program, known locally as the Warrior Health and Fitness Challenge. “Aspects of the eight-month program include mandatory check-ins; supervised fitness training, including yoga, yoga nidra and breathing techniques; nutritional counseling and coaching; stress management; proper sleep requirements; and when necessary, the resources to help with posttraumatic stress services,” says Warrior Health and Fitness Challenge Program Coordinator Armando Hernandez, a Marine Corps veteran, native Floridian and FGCU alumnus. Initially, Hernandez majored in accounting, until he noticed that his more sedentary career and civilian lifestyle were the sources of his weight gain. “I began exercising and reading about how to effectively lose the extra 45 pounds,” he says. After connecting the dots between

exercise, eating healthier and feeling and looking better, Hernandez switched his major and became a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He also landed an internship with the Boston Red Sox during spring training at JetBlue Park, where the idea for the Warrior Health and Fitness Challenge came up during a discussion among veterans. The challenge was quickly spearheaded by longtime Naples resident Army FourStar General (Ret.) Frederick M. Franks Jr., who is an honorary board member of the Home Base Program, a Red Sox Foundation community-based initiative that provides services to New Englandarea Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. Hernandez notes that veterans’ input into the pilot program was

welcomed. “As a result of hearing about their sleep disorders, we added a sleep specialist from Massachusetts General Hospital to the program,” Hernandez explains. “We will continue tweaking to ensure an equal or better outcome for the second group, which already has six registrants. We can accept a maximum of 30 individuals to work with our team five days per week during morning, afternoon and evening sessions.” About the veterans’ acceptance of yoga and its overall contribution to the success of the fitness training, Hernandez notes that the 18 graduates haven’t yet completed their digital feedback survey. “I felt Rachel Gray, our yoga instructor, was the perfect fit for our program because of her 500-hour yoga certification, as well as her certification in yoga therapy for trauma recovery, which she received as a result of completing her training in Daniel Libby’s Veterans Yoga Project,” shares Hernandez. Gray, who earned a master’s in clinical social work from FGCU, works at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. She also teaches restorative yoga at Love Yoga Center, in Naples, where she offers free classes for veterans. “The veterans were open-minded about practicing yoga once a week,” notes Hernandez. “I think everyone benefited from the yoga nidra that Rachel closed each session with. While everyone wasn’t familiar with the science of yoga nidra and MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction which has been studied at Massachusetts General Hospital, they did appreciate two of the benefits—an increased sense of wellbeing and better sleep.” For more details, interested post-9/11 veterans can contact Hernandez at or visit For information on Gray’s free-to-veterans classes at Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 204, Naples, call 239-692-9747 or visit See ad, page 64.


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Yoga Travel by Jessica Smith


ny individual that makes a commitment to a daily yoga practice deeply understands how challenging it is to remain loyal for several weeks, a few months or even a year. Other than finding a yoga practice buddy, there may be a helpful and particularly enjoyable solution to keeping the self-made promise—an occasional yoga immersion retreat away from home. Why travel away from home to practice yoga? According to veteran yoga traveler Kandy Love, a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at Health & Harmony Center, in Fort Myers, there are several boons to remote yoga retreats. “The first is that it gives you the opportunity to see the positive effects of doing yoga classes generally twice a day. This alone can take your yoga practice to another level and inspire you to renew your commitment,” says Love. A yoga retreat can also serve as a much-needed digital detox. Untether-

ing from cell phones, laptops and other digital devices leaves free time to meditate, relax and breathe deeper. A vivid experience in a far-off country such as India or Costa Rica or an exotic island such as Bali wipes the familiar sensory slate clean. New accents, a foreign language, a different culture and a cacophony of new sounds and smells can shift consciousness and awaken all the senses, bringing clarity and profound insights. In 2012, Jennifer Colucci, the owner of Awakening Through Synergy and copartner of 3rd Eye Yoga Surf Adventures, had her first vinyasa flow yoga immersion experience at The Peace Retreat, in Playa Negra, Costa Rica. Gripped by the yoga teachings and enthralled with the natural beauty and exotic wildlife, as well as the surfing, Colucci went on to take yoga teacher training and today teaches gentle yoga at Bala Vinyasa, in Naples.

“The purpose of practicing yoga is to go within and get in touch with your ‘self.’ That’s easier to do when you’re totally disengaged from everyday life, a job and family obligations. During a weekend or weeklong yoga immersion, there’s more time for de-stressing and deep restoration,” says Colucci, who is leading a July yoga immersion at the Peace Retreat. Why shouldn’t we go confidently in the direction of our dreams? Find a yoga immersion retreat at a destination on that bucket list and enjoy crossing it off. Upcoming Yoga Retreats: Jul. 12-18, Peace Retreat at Guanascaste, Costa Rica, led by Jennifer Colucci. For more information call 239-529-7582 or 805-626-8400. Also, a journey to India, led by Love Yoga Center. For information, call 239-6929747 or visit See ad, page 64.

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Local Yogis Share How Yoga Benefits Their Lives by Linda Sechrist


oga isn’t for women, nor is it for men. It’s not for golfers, tennis players, celebrities or professional football players. The 5,000-year old science of yoga, with its step-by-step processes and techniques, was not developed for the purpose of being modified, fragmented, labeled or used for competitive purposes. In fact, yoga is gender-neutral, timeless, non-competitive and meant for every “body” on the planet. The practice of yoga, defined and detailed by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras, was designed to still the natural turbulence of the mind, as well as the restlessness of the body. Today, the sutras continue serving as a guide for modern-day yoga practitioners to arrive in their own time at an experience of non-duality and a deep realization that in our most basic form, we are all bodies of invisible energy and consciousness. Although many changes have occurred and innumerable individuals have re-interpreted the sutras, the father of yoga’s definition continues to hold

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true: “Yoga is the restraint of mental modifications.” While nationally recognized figures in the field of yoga, such as former war veteran Eric Walrabenstein, founder of Yoga Pura, in Phoenix, Arizona, suggest shifting away from one of the mental modifications—that yoga is a physical exercise primarily for women—local Southwest Florida men are practicing and modeling the holistic physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga that everyone can attain. In an attempt to open up the minds of their friends and family members that are hanging on the, “Should I or shouldn’t I,” fence, local men speak to Natural Awakenings about inviting more individuals onto the mat. Cesar Rios teaches gentle yoga, vinyasa flow, power flow, yoga with props and Acro Yoga at Naples Yoga Center, in North Naples. Also a Thai yoga bodyworker, Rios has been involved in some form of movement for 30 years. He began practicing yoga in 2009 as a result of his chiroprac-

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tor’s suggestion that it might help him to avoid surgery. “My doctor was right, ” says Rios, who was recently interviewed by a local private club that asked him to teach yoga for golf. Rios initially declined the opportunity, citing his desire not to participate in the further fragmenting of yoga. “I know that soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, seniors, injured or physically challenged individuals may need specific attention, modifications of poses or particular assists with postures. However, golfers don’t need a special kind of yoga. In my opinion, when we compartmentalize yoga and remove its spiritual aspect, we are feeding the ego material for its mental modifications regarding what we need or want,” clarifies Rios, whose students are encouraged to drop their expectations for the practice. Minus anticipation, students are more open and receptive to experience through connection, breathing and movement, rather than intellectualizing a practice that is meant to be felt. An off-and-on student of yoga for many years, Suneel Narra, a Naples resident, finds that yoga’s focus on feelings in his body, rather than his mind’s rationalizing, judging and obsessing, supports his recovery process. “I appreciate my yoga practice and its spiritual aspect, which has been integral to recovery. Yoga’s powerful tools for cultivating focus have given me a source for serenity and peace of mind,” says Narra, who moved to Naples to be close to the BKS Yoga Studio, in Naples where he could learn about a variety of yoga styles. His overall preference is Meredith Musick’s BKS hatha yoga class. “I attend twice a day and have experimented with Bikram, Iyengar and kundalini styles of yoga at the same studio.” Narra attends 12-step meetings and estimates that he has participated in approximately 100 yoga classes in nearly three months. Vulnerable enough to admit a mistake, Narra assumed that kundalini yoga was an easy class for women. “Not so. It was one of the most physically challenging classes I’ve ever taken, and just as intense as ashtanga yoga,” he shares. In 2002, when Kevin Piotrowicz looked at a photo of himself, he didn’t like what he saw. “I saw my bad posture and decided that yoga was the answer to improve it,” says the student of Iyengar yoga who practices at Health & Harmony Center, in Fort Myers. Piotrowicz, a process engineer who lives in Fort Myers, first tried yoga at home using a DVD. He moved on to a group class at a local gym and noticed that what he really needed was individualized attention to help him gain the flexibility he had lost in his leg muscles due to many hours of water polo and bike riding during his high school and college years. In addition to better posture and increased flexibility, yoga practice also eliminated Piotrowicz’s knee pain. Piotrowicz has often recommended yoga to his male friends. “I’ve never understood why they haven’t followed through,” he admits. “One guy went because a woman he was interested in was part of the class.” Piotrowicz notices how yoga has changed his personal life and relationships. “I can now distinguish when my friends are projecting their issues onto me. Because of yoga, I remain calm and detached enough to step back. I recognize that their stuff has nothing to do with me and everything to do with them. Yoga is the de-stressor that keeps me from reacting,” he says.

Cesar Rios Fort Myers resident Tom Bauman has also studied yoga at Health & Harmony for seven years. The flight attendant for Delta Airlines notes that exercise was never a personal friend until he encountered B. K. S. Iyengar’s yoga. “Yoga is a way of life, an attitude that transcends fitness in so many ways. It’s a journey with many doors that keep opening,” he advises. “The more I learn, the more I want to learn.” Bauman is especially grateful for the community experience of yoga and how it fosters interpersonal communication. “My fellow yoga students and I share a common purpose, which generates feelings of relaxation and comfort that allow us to reach out and forge friendships by sharing thoughts about our experiences.” Another thing Bauman likes about yoga is that it’s portable and goes with him everywhere. He also notes that it helps him perform better on a professional level and get more meaning out of his work. Tom DeBoni’s lifetime interest in all things of the Eastern world led the Fort Myers resident and Vietnam veteran to take a yoga class in college, where he was a student of the physical sciences and engineering. He dropped out of the class because he felt the instruction lacked any methodology or a rational process that he could follow. “Without proper preparation, I was unable to do more difficult postures. I lost interest. In 2012, I took an Iyengar class at Health & Harmony and discovered that it had a method I could follow. This helped me understand why I did this before I did that,” says DeBoni, who found comfort in knowing that even though postures could be achieved through proper adaptation and physical props, such as wooden blocks or belts, any individual with mobility and flexibility limitations could still fully benefit. The more flexible body on the yoga mat next to Joel Waltzer in class at BV Yoga, in Naples, is of no comparative interest. The dermatologist, who captains Dermatology Naples, is a certified certified yoga instructor. More internatural awakenings

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Joel Waltzer ested in tuning into his body to deepen his practice than he is with his mat neighbor, Waltzer says, “I can be in my fullest expression of a modified posture, present to my breath and deeper into my practice than the flexible person beside me.” A sports injury got Waltzer on the mat to increase his flexibility and range of motion. Now he doesn’t think of yoga in such terms. “My practice is based on whatever alignment and abilities I have now. I just get on the mat, breathe and focus,” says Waltzer. Due to his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis, Waltzer concedes this has been at times more challenging than his potent physical yoga practice that includes meditation and active self-inquiry as tools of transformation. Waltzer, like yoga students and instructors, sees yoga as a metaphor for life. “We meet the struggles of our mind in poses. The mind says this isn’t comfortable; this is difficult. Our first instinct is to move out of the posture because the mind says you can’t hold this pose. When you remember to breathe, you get out of your head. A thought arises. You let it pass. In the next moment, you notice that you are holding the posture. This struggle shows us that we can breathe our way through difficult life situations, rather than run from them,” says Waltzer, who joined his wife to make lemonade out of lemons. Their first fundraising activity, Jan Can for the Cancer Alliance of Naples, 50

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which was supported by the BV Yoga community, raised $30,000. The second, Yoga Can, which raised $60,000, was supported by three other yoga studios and the Naples Beach Hotel. From BV Yoga, in Naples, to Kenya and Israel, Jim Mooney has practiced with hundreds of yoga students under his wife’s instruction. This successful businessman is also fully trained through BV Yoga and notes that it is common to see a fairly equal balance between men and women students in BV Power Yoga. Mooney asserts that every openminded male or female willing to learn can attain increased muscle strength, better balance and an improved cardiovascular system from yoga practice. “What they have to understand is that yoga is a practice, which means doing it again and again in order to become better at it. While men get that golf requires regular practice for improvement, they don’t view yoga the same way. Men are willing to play innumerable rounds of bad golf until they improve. They aren’t willing to practice yoga until they see improvement, because they think that the flexible person next to them is judging them. What they don’t realize is that this is the ego’s way of interfering, and that their mat neighbor is mindful of their own body and breath and not interested in anything beyond. No one expects an amateur yoga student to assume a perfect posture, just like no one expects an amateur golfer to score par,” he quips. Gus Komninos, a Naples resident, teaches at BV yoga in his spare time. The full-time stockbroker’s first yoga encounter happened at the New York Sports

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Tom DeBoni Club, a gym near his Manhattan branch office. A runner and a weightlifter, Komninos admits that his first class was tough, and that he practiced for 10 years before telling his co-workers. “When I let my guard down, stopped telling the guys that I was working out at the gym and told them about my yoga practice, I was well received. Their response inspired me to take on teacher training. “Yoga has been such a powerful force for change in my life that I tell anyone who has issues with anything from physical weight to parenting, to spousal relationship or love—take a yoga class. The far-reaching effects you will see are so grand that they are beyond your imagination,” enthuses Komninos. Walrabenstein recommends that first-timers find a class that meets their expectations of targeted benefits. “Remember that yoga is supposed to serve you in enabling your best life possible. If for you that means a vigorous workout, go for it,” he advises. “Even the most physically oriented yoga styles can carry profound mental and spiritual benefits and can lead to a deeper, more rewarding practice over time.” Yoga knows no barriers, limitations or gender. It reaches across the millennia to animate anyone that is open to receiving its profound message of self-knowledge and self-empowerment. Grab a mat and practice. The most obvious discovery will be that yoga is more influential off the mat than it is on—although it’s really great there, too.


The Benefits of Cloud9 Floating by Savannah Noir


state of well-being EEGs), compared floatthat consists siers with individuals multaneously of a in a relaxed state in a quiet body, tranquil emodark, quiet room. It also tions and still thoughts is concluded that floating rarely attained, other than leads to an increase in by monks that have been the generation of theta meditating for at least waves. 20 years. This meditative Michael Hutchinson, state is largely described author of The Book of by psychologists and Floating: Exploring the Pripsychiatric researchers in vate Sea, was a naysayer In our Samadhi Epsom Salt Flotation Tank terms of theta brainwavregarding the benefits of es, which are associated buoyancy created by the there is nothing for the brain and muscles to do with calmness, relaxation dense Epsom salt solution but relax completely. ~Kristen Stump and two different time until he experienced floatperiods during the 24-hour cycle—at night, when drifting ing. Unable to distinguish between parts of the body that were from conscious drowsiness into sleep, and in the morning, in contact with the water and those that weren’t, Hutchinson’s when rising from sleep to consciousness. brain, like that of every floater, was fooled into believing that his Other than these two intervals, the mysterious and elusive body was floating in mid-air. state of theta brainwaves, which are potentially highly pro “Few people understand that they use a huge amount of ductive and enlightening, has been challenging to study. That brain power every second to deal with the strain that gravity is, until research studies began including the flotation tank, places on the body,” says Kristen Stump, co-owner of Cloud a lightless, soundproof container inside which individuals 9 Spa, in Naples. “In our Samadhi Epsom Salt Flotation Tank, float in salt water maintained at skin temperature. Originally where the body is totally supported and external stimuli referred to as a sensory deprivation tank, it was developed in reduced, there is nothing for the brain and muscles to do 1954 by John C. Lilly, a medical practitioner and neuro-psybut relax completely. While the state of relaxation is deep chiatrist interested in determining the origin of consciousness, and profound, in its dream-like state of awareness, the brain as well as the origin of its energy sources. Lilly theorized that generates theta waves and a vast amount of endorphins. The the brain would go to sleep if all stimuli were cut off. effects can last from hours to days.” Cloud 9 Spa also of A more recent study by Gary S. Stern, an associative fers an infrared sauna, oxygen bar, therapeutic massage and professor of psychology at the University of Colorado at facials, as well as wellness consulting and planning. Denver, found, “The significant effect of floating…indicates that individuals who had floated in the isolation tank for Cloud9 Float and Spa is located at 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. one hour significantly raised their theta level.” Another 208, in Naples. For more information, call 239-529-3235 or study to analyze the effects of floating (measured with visit See ad, page 31.

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Don’t Get Ticked Off Natural Ways to Avoid and Treat Lyme Disease by Linda Sechrist


n 1977, two Yale School of Medicine scientists identified the infected blacklegged deer tick carrying the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi as the disease-transmitting organism of Lyme disease. Since 1982, this most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the U.S. has gained notoriety, with its own resource book, Disease Update: Science, Policy & Law; research center ( html); International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society website, ilads. org; Lyme Times print journal (; and national informational organization, the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance ( The surge of activity appears jus-

tifiable. According to scientists at the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 300,000 cases are diagnosed annually in this country alone. Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, is a post-treatment Lyme disease patient and co-founder of LymeAid 4Kids ( that funds the diagnosis and treatment of uninsured children with Lyme. She disagrees with physicians that downplay late-stage cases and insist that the disease is cured with a simple round of antibiotics, as does Katina Makris, a classical homeopath from New Hampshire and host of Lyme Light Radio. After experiencing mysterious symptoms, Makris spent five years

suffering from debilitating symptoms familiar to individuals with Lyme—undiagnosed, relapsing fevers, lingering fatigue, joint pain, headaches, neurological symptoms and cognitive impairment. “Then I finally began my 10-year healing journey,” she says. Her book Out of the Woods: Healing from Lyme Disease for Body, Mind, and Spirit, is a recovery memoir and resource guide for alternative medical, emotional and spiritual support. Lyme evades detection by standard blood tests for bacterial antigens and antibodies. “The ELISA [enzyme-linked immuno assay] test is only accurate between two weeks and two months after the bite,” says Makris, who notes that the Western Blot test is somewhat more accurate, while the IGeneX Laboratory test is superior. She believes the best laboratories for testing are Clongen Laboratories and IGeneX Laboratory Services. Dr. Richard Horowitz has treated more than 12,000 Lyme disease patients as medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, in Hyde Park, New York. The author of Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease raises another red flag regarding detection.

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Testing for coinfections frequently transmitted along with Lyme is unreliable. Horowitz, who will conduct a workshop with Makris at New York’s Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, and online, from June 26 to 28, counsels that antibiotics are not effective because they don’t address all of the infecting organisms now frequently found in ticks. Stephen Harrod Buhner, of Silver City, New Mexico, an independent scholar and citizen scientist and author of Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections, says that the bacteria have jumped species and found new hosts that live in habitats formerly occupied by wild animals: “They have learned to exist in humans and are teaching each other how to resist antibiotics and more easily infect us. What they do together in the body is a great deal more complex than what they do alone, making them difficult to treat. Bartonella species utilize the immune system of whatever mammal they infect as part of their infection strategy. Any existing inflammation in the body, such as arthritis, facilitates the growth of Bartonella.”

Essential Oils to Repel Ticks 1 cup distilled water 2 drops geranium essential oil 2 drops Palo Santo essential oil 1 drop myrrh essential oil 4 drops grapefruit essential oil 1 drop peppermint essential oil 1 drop Thieves hand soap or castile soap Place all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. Spritz on socks, sneakers/ hiking boots, ankles and legs at a minimum and consider other exposed skin. The weaker or more compromised one’s immune system, the more likely a debilitating course of illness will occur. An improved immune system can identify the outer membrane proteins of the offending bacteria and create countering antibodies in four to eight months. “Once the immune system creates the proper antibodies, the bacteria

are then eliminated fairly rapidly,” advises Buhner. Makris is grateful that she saw a nutritionist trained in functional medicine. “He worked slowly and methodically to reduce the inflammation, build up my immune system and restore my digestive, endocrine and nervous systems before killing the bacteria and opening up natural detoxification pathways to flush out the bacteria and their endotoxins. We used weekly acupuncture appointments, good nutrition and homeopathic formulas, plus various herbs, vitamins and mineral supplements,” says Makris. Ticks in high-vegetation areas wait for a passing host. To avoid these hitchhikers, wear light-colored long pants tucked into socks. A shirt should also be tucked in. Later, strip down and search hair, underarms, legs, behind the knees and ears, and in the belly button. As commercial tick repellants contain toxic ingredients, a targeted mixture of topically applied, therapeutic-grade essential oils is preferred. Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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Neuro-Linguistic Hypnosis byYvette Lyn


arc J. Wagence continues to show ner’s research me that this methodolinto ways he ogy produces favorable could help his clients results for individuals with more than a who have an authentic cookie-cutter approach desire to achieve sucto hypnotherapy led cess with issues such as him to adopt the smoking cessation, pain concept of combinmanagement, weight ing Neuro-Linguistic loss, insomnia and an Programming (NLP) array of addictions and with hypnotherapy. the self-confidence to Marc J. Wagner Presently used to create achieve personal goals.” subconscious change in an individual Wagner offers a recording of each sesin the form of new responses, thoughts, sion and a transcript of the affirmations attitudes, behavior or feelings about tailored to each individual’s needs at an a past or current experience, hypnoadditional cost. therapy is generally considered an aid According to Wagner, we do not to psychotherapy or counseling. directly perceive reality. “Rather, we To achieve a heightened state of experience life through a set of unconawareness, Wagner, a certified NLP scious perceptual filters which have master and instructor in Southwest developed over time through interacFlorida, employs the use of guided tions with our culture, family, educarelaxation, intense concentration and tion system and other influences,” he focused attention. explains. Initially, Wagner consults NLP is a model of interpersonal with a client to determine their needs, communication chiefly concerned as well as the filters that are limitwith the relationship between successing success with their personal goals. ful patterns of behavior and subjective “What I discover, I turn into language experiences—especially patterns of for the affirmations I deliver in a series thought—underlying them. It is a sysof sessions,” he says. tem of alternative therapy which seeks In addition to NLP, Wagner is also to educate people about self-awareness is a certified hypnotherapy instructor, and effective communication, and to clinical hypnotherapist, master life change their patterns of mental and coach, biofeedback and neurofeedback emotional behavior. practitioner and holistic health special What Wagner now calls the “perist. He teaches and certifies individuals fect marriage” provides him the opporin Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotherapy. tunity to offer his clients a more effective way to communicate directly with the To make an appointment or for more subconscious mind. “I wanted to do information on upcoming classes, call more than read to a client from a stan239-784-9559 or visit dardized script,” he shares. “My experiSee ad, page 27.

My experience continues to show me that this methodology produces favorable results for individuals who have an authentic desire to achieve success with issues such as smoking cessation, pain management, weight loss, insomnia and an array of addictions and the self-confidence to achieve personal goals. ~Marc J. Wagner 54

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Boost Testosterone with the Right Choices by Kathleen Barnes

Today’s rates of male infertility and sexual dysfunction suggest that low testosterone is rapidly becoming a national problem.


ohns Hopkins School of Medicine epidemiologists estimate that 18.4 percent of all American men over the age of 20, totaling 18 million, have reported experiencing erectile dysfunction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 7.5 percent of all sexually experienced men under 45, or more than 4 million, have consulted a fertility doctor, suggesting it’s a serious problem among younger men. “Both erectile dysfunction and infertility reflect elements of lifestyle choices, especially obesity, smoking and exposure to environmental toxins,” says Naturopath James Occhiogrosso, of Fort Myers, Florida, author of Your Prostate, Your


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Libido, Your Life: A Guide to Causes and Natural Solutions for Prostate Problems and He says there are many ways to address low testosterone, a factor in both issues, and a healthy diet is crucial for healthy sexual function in both men and women. Some foods can help, while others can hinder a man’s sexual vitality, advises Craig Cooper, of Newport Beach, California, founder of the CooperativeHealth network of men’s health websites and author of Your New Prime: 30 Days to Better Sex, Eternal Strength, and a Kick Ass Life After 40. He identifies key no-nos that decrease testosterone as eating excess sugar, drinking excessive alcohol and being sedentary. Here are the best foods for increasing testosterone. Shrimp: Like fatty fish, this tiny crustacean is one of nature’s few food sources of vitamin D, which Harvard School of Public Health research confirms is linked to testosterone levels. Four ounces of shrimp contain 162 IU (international units), about 40 percent

of recommended daily intake. Oysters, red meat and pumpkin seeds: All of these are rich sources of zinc, which Cooper notes has a direct link to higher testosterone levels. He cautions, however, that too much zinc can cause its absorption to diminish. Men need 11 milligrams (mg) of zinc a day. Oysters are considered a food of love for a reason: One shelled oyster contains 12.8 mg of zinc. Pumpkin seeds are zinc powerhouses with 7 mg in 3.5 ounces. By comparison, 3 ounces of beef liver or dark chicken meat deliver 4.3 mg and 2.4 mg, respectively. Lean, grass-fed beef, tuna and nuts: These are high-quality sources of omega-3 fatty acids. “Without obtaining at least 20 percent of our daily calories from fat (no less than 15 percent) we can’t function at optimum capacity, as hormones are produced through the components of dietary fats, including the sex hormones like testosterone,” advises Virginia Beach, Virginia, Registered Dietitian Jim White, a spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “A diet high in carbohydrates and too much dietary fat—more than 35 percent—will cause a gain in body fat, which can decrease testosterone levels. Balance is the key.” Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage: Cruciferous vegetables are rich

Body Building Doesn’t Build Testosterone


any people think that bodybuilders define he-man muscles by producing huge amounts of testosterone. Not so, says Naturopath James Occhiogrosso, who specializes in men’s health. “Bodybuilders consume huge amounts of protein to build muscles,” he says. “When a man’s pumping 100 to 150 grams of protein into his body every day, he will actually produce less testosterone.” For healthy testosterone levels, he recommends that a man derive a maximum of 25 percent of his daily calories from protein.

sources of indole-3-carbinol, which helps both balance testosterone and estrogen, and neutralize excess estrogen in men and women, says Occhiogrosso. Yes, men have estrogen, too, just less than women, and too much blocks testosterone production. Red grapes: This whole food is a good source of resveratrol and proanythocyanidin, which block harmful estrogen production, says White. Excess estrogen production spurred by eating foods like soy and flax and the growth hormones contained in big agriculture’s meat and dairy products lowers testosterone production in men. Strawberries: Due to their cortisollowering vitamin C, all berries help reduce stress, including when hormones are released during a heavy workout

that can hamper testosterone production. One study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine confirms that more cortisol equals less testosterone; another in the World Journal of Men’s Health shows that high cortisol lowers sex drive and results in delayed ejaculation. Plus, two Brazilian studies showed animals with the highest vitamin C intake had the highest sperm counts among study subjects. Another good cortisol fighter is the allicin in garlic. Pomegranates: Occhiogrosso likes pomegranates for building testosterone levels. An impressive study from

the International Journal of Impotence Research showed that the performance of 47 percent of the impotent male study participants improved after consuming a daily glass of pomegranate juice for four weeks. “Food is always the first choice when I’m treating men with testosterone and fertility issues,” says Occhiogrosso. “It’s often effective without the dangers of testosterone injections.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

Hormone Boosting Smoothie


his hormone-balancing smoothie recipe from InnerG Vegan Healthfuel, in Naples, contains libido-enhancing maca powder, which is grown in the mountains of Peru. Commonly referred to as an ancient Peruvian superfood, it should only be blended with cold ingredients. Rich in B vitamins, C and E, maca provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. This “Peruvian ginseng” is widely used to promote sexual function of men and women.

/2 cup red grapes /4 cup pomegranate juice 1 /2 cup fresh strawberries (use green tops if organic) 1 Tbsp cacao powder 1 tsp maca powder 1 /2 Tbsp chia seeds 1 1



Blend and drink immediately. Resource: InnerG Vegan Healthfuel, 9331 Tamiami Tr., N., Ste. 12 (Naples Park Plaza), Naples. For more information, email or visit

ealth counselor James Occhiogrosso says it’s essential to know a man’s entire hormone profile, not just testosterone levels, to understand the best way to treat problems. A hormone panel should include blood and/or saliva tests of the following: 4 Testosterone 4 Free testosterone 4 SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) 4 Progesterone and estradiol (hor mones not only present in women) 4 DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a precursor, or foundational hormone, that produces both estrogen and testosterone natural awakenings

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After stays in guesthouses and hotel rooms, a tiny house felt spacious, so I decided to build my own as a home base.

THE TEENY-TINY VACATION OPTION Mini-Dwellings Make Travel a Lark by Avery Mack

Tiny vacation cottages offer a simple, cozy setting for taking time off together and spell crazy fun—a huge improvement over sterile motel rooms.


ost of us are oriented to a typical American house averaging 2,300 square feet, making it a childlike hoot to step into the petite footprint of a tiny house one-tenth the size. Vacation rentals of “tinies” are available nationwide in all shapes and styles—including treetop aeries. Tree houses range from rustic to luxurious. Marti MacGibbon and her husband, Chris Fitzhugh, spent a romantic weekend at the Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Resort, in Cave Junction, Oregon. “The Peacock Perch is a favorite,” says MacGibbon. “It also helps me overcome my fear of heights.” In Hawaii, Skye Peterson built a tree house from recycled materials in five native ohia trees outside Hawai’i Volcanoes

National Park. The eco-friendly, solarpowered, passive-energy vacation home enchants guests with firelight at night and breakfast in the morning. For those that prefer ground-level vacationing, glamorous camping, or glamping, offers an outdoor experience with the comforts of home. Yellowstone National Park’s Yellowstone Under Canvas has summer options for every budget through September 7, including an onsite gourmet restaurant. Tipis offer the basics, while a roomier safari tent adds a wood-burning stove with complimentary firewood. A deluxe suite with private bath sleeps a family with king-size and sofa beds. All face majestic views of mountains, water and wildlife. Rustic Karenville, eight miles from

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~Lauren Juliff, professional travel blogger Ithaca, New York, isn’t on any map. Owner and builder Karen Thurnheer and her husband, Robert Wesley, live in a 270-square-foot cabin amidst a small village of tinies next to the 9,000-acre Danby State Forest. The little buildings don’t have running water; some have woodstove heat, electricity if the generator’s running and there’s a composting outhouse. “The houses are silly and fun,” she says. “There’s fresh air and at night a million stars.” Sarah and John Murphy welcome travelers to enjoy urban life with amenities in the heart of Music City via Nashville’s tiniest guest house. With a complete kitchen and bath, conditioned air and Wi-Fi, its 200 square feet can accommodate four. Rhode Island’s Arcade Providence historic shopping mall took a hit from Internet shopping. Now it’s vibrantly alive as micro-apartments (bedroom, bath and kitchen in 300 square feet) fill the second and third levels, while first-floor stores cater to residents and destination shoppers. The “no vacancy” sign is regularly posted for apartments acting as dorms or pied á terres. On the West coast, near the 150acre Lily Point Marine Park, in Port Roberts, Washington, a secluded gingerbread cottage affords a gas fireplace, solarium and upstairs deck for viewing wildlife. “It’s relaxing and romantic,” says owner Pat Capozzi. Artsy and trendy, Caravan is the first tiny hotel in the United States. Since 2013, guests have enjoyed a choice of its six tiny houses in Portland, Oregon’s Alberta Arts District. Simple-living students, retirees and even families with small children and pets are embracing the concept longer-term. “The best part,” says Macy Miller, a Boise,

For those that prefer ground-level vacationing, glamorous camping, or glamping, offers an outdoor experience with the comforts of home. Idaho architect who built her own tiny of recycled materials at a cost of $12,000, “is no mortgage.” To avoid local minimum-size zoning requirements, her house is mounted on a flatbed trailer. The 196-square-foot space is also home to her boyfriend James, toddler Hazel, and Denver, a 150-pound great dane. Recently, Miller blogged, “I’m designing what may be the first tiny nursery as we expect baby number two!” As Thurnheer observes, “There are lots of silly people like me who love living tiny.”

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Walking The Cat

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Harness a Curious Kitty for a Lively Stroll by Sandra Murphy


progress too quickly, keep walks fun and use a harness, not the collar. Warfle’s own cat, Earl, hikes about two miles before tiring. A backpack-like pet carrier lets a feline take a break. Adapt the walk’s length or location to a pet’s age and physical limitations, such as arthritis. “Jabez always loved to walk on Ventura’s wet sandy beaches,” says Californian Kac Young, a naturopath with a Ph.D. in natural health. “His second choice was a trip to Home Depot to ride in the cart.” Now 18, Jabez doesn’t travel as often. Routinely check kitty’s neck, tail, stomach and inner thighs to pick off fleas and ticks after an outing before they become a bigger problem. (For an infestation of fleas, comb the cat with natural dishwashing detergent and water to drown them and rinse kitty afterward.) Pet-grade diatomaceous earth is safe to rub into her fur and bedding. Consider yard plants like mint, lemongrass, sage and lavender to repel bugs. Multiple studies suggest catnip, which kitty can roll in, may be an even more effective mosquito repellant than the toxic DEET (mosquitoes spread heartworm). Cat companions agree that when kitty explores a blade of grass or pounces on a blowing leaf, it presents a delightful opportunity to be in the moment. A change of pace benefits those on both ends of the leash.

ats live longer these days, due to improved food, regular veterinary care and indoor living, but there’s another aspect of health to consider. To thrive, cats need mental and physical stimulation, which outdoor adventures naturally deliver. “Leash walking’s a great way for cats to get fresh air, exercise and explore,” says Utica, New York, Veterinarian Debra M. Eldredge, author of Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook. Kitty’s senses are activated in such expanded horizons. For trips outside the yard, Eldredge advises, “Choose your places and times; you don’t want to mingle with joggers and skateboarders.” Cats have definite preferences. “Jagger walks around the block with my husband, Rob,” says Anna Easteden, an actress in Los Angeles. Jagger has no problems with dogs he meets, but not all cats are so tolerant. “Star walks only in the yard, companioned by Fuzzy and Boots.” All four are microchipped in case of an escape. Carrie Aulenbacher, of Erie, Pennsylvania, author of The Early Bird Café, first got her cat Daisy used to a harness indoors before venturing outside. “Now he runs to the door and meows to go out,” she says. Daisy’s been hiking for 10 years. View some of his adventures at Boston insurance underwriting assistant, cat blogger and artist Koshka Koh routinely walks her Abyssinian therapy cat, Jake. “We can’t hurry. People ask questions and want to pet him. They say, ‘I wish my cat could do that.’”

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Good to Know Tips

n Don’t force the next step, because the outdoors can be a big, scary place; most cats need to observe first before exploring.

The Best Friends Animal Society, in Kanab, Utah, averages 625 cats in residence and Society Manager Michelle Warfle supports an enriched environment. “We teach as many cats as possible to leash walk,” she says. Her tips include: Don’t

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Cat Walk Savvy by Darlene Arden n Cats need to get used to an idea before embracing it. Proceed slowly. n A collar is for ID tags, not walking—a cat can wiggle out of a collar. A harness, properly fitted at the pet supply store, is best. Designate a comfortable, padded, wider harness solely for walking, not to restrain the cat in the car (a crate is safer). n Let a cat see and smell the harness before putting it on. Small treats help. Don’t let the cat bat it like a toy. Put the harness on for short spans each day until he’s used to it—cats tend to fall over, “paralyzed”, when it’s first introduced. n After the harness has been worn comfortably, add the leash and let him drag it around in an enclosed outdoor space. Never use a flexi-lead/retractable leash. A six-foot bungee (stretchy) or woven leash allows space to explore without getting tangled in a bush or beyond reach. n Leash walk around the house without pulling, yanking or dragging—just do some pet-paced walking.

n Use lots of praise and treats. Darlene Arden is a certified animal behavior consultant from Boston and author of The Complete Cat’s Meow and Beautiful Cats.

Spunky, a Natural at Leash Walking

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punky, a young female cat available for adoption became a recent resident at Brigid’s Crossing, a local cat sanctuary in the Naples area. “It became quickly apparent to her caretakers that she was determined to be around humans as much as possible. We decided to give her every opportunity to travel with us by introducing her to a leash. A real natural from her first walk, Spunky promptly became our star fur-girl,” says Heather Burch, founder of Brigid’s Crossing. “Indoor cats often become bored. The more activity we can provide for them, the more content they are. We’ve noticed when other cats see Spunky walking on a leash, they become more curious and willing to try it,” she advises.

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calendarofevents MONDAY, JUNE 1 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Lunch and Learn Series – Noon-1pm. Topic: Aligning Personality with Soul, with Dona Matera. Move toward increasing alignment between outer and inner being by identifying and transforming specific unconscious beliefs. Free with purchase of lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or


TUESDAY, JUNE 2 Psychic Fair – 5-8pm. Psychic readings, healing, tarot readings, crystal instruction by request. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. RSVP: 678717-8584 or Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Info/register: Full Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the moon, Mother Earth and the divine creator. Heal the waters of the planet. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach, on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953. Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new

Lunch and Learn Series – Noon-1pm. Topic: Stress and Adaptability with Dr Benjamin Goudreau. Learn the differences between good and bad stress and how to increase your adaptability to handle stress more effectively. Free with purchase of lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Re/New You Retreat – June 3-7. With Kiersten Mooney and Luca Richards. The Re/New You retreat is designed to get students out of the studio and onto the pristine beaches of Riviera Maya to awaken the spirit with yoga and meditation in a spectacular natural setting at Amansala, in Tulum, Mexico. Price varies with room choice. 598-1939.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5 The Art of Holistic Massage/Meridian Massage – June 5-7. 5-9pm, Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat; 9am-5pm, Sun. Presenting an original sequence of holistic massage, including concepts of energy, guest speakers, self-care, one-on-one tutorials and more. Hands-on workshop. Video included. $295 introductory price. 21 FL and NCBTMB MT CEUs. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276.

Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones to use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Ashley Howard, RYT. A six-week course designed to ease the possible discomforts with pregnancy and to prepare the body both physically and emotionally for labor and delivery. Develop concentration, self-awareness, breath control and balance on and off the mat. $108. Ruby and Pearl’s Yoga Studio, 6420 Plantation Park Ct, Ste 104, Ft Myers. Info: 768-1021.

Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or See news brief, page 12.

Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 6/19. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.



Introduction to Zero Balancing – 9:30am-5pm. $150. Inner Light Center, Naples. Register: Carla Van Arnam: 352-318-8974.

Ashiatsu Deep Tissue Barefoot Massage – June 6-7. 8:30am-6:30pm. $550. 20 FL CEUs. Barefoot Masters, 501 Goodlette Rd, Bldg C110, Naples. Preregister: Michelle Mace: 352-8200 or

Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 6:30-8pm. With Sue Lovett. Experience good vibrations. $20. Limited space. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

Reiki Clinic – 9am-noon. Private 45-minute sessions with skilled Reiki practitioners. Great opportunity to experience deep peace and relaxation, reduce stress, balance chakras. Volunteers make it affordable. $11 ($85 value). 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Weekend Childbirth Education – June 6-7. 10am3pm, Sat; 12-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies of your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red


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Age Brilliantly with a Better Brain – 6pm. With Christine Sullivan, of Seize the Day Wellness. Learn why you must act now to protect your brain. Learn which foods harm it and how a brain-healthy lifestyle will improve your overall health. $10. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 250-2592. See ad, page 52.

blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the “flower of life” pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Yoga Dance – 2-4pm. With Dr Joel Ying, MD. Yoga meets the freedom of expressive dance. Internally inspired movement and the inward-focus of yoga create a healing space for the body. Explore the flexibility of mind, body and spirit with movement that liberates you from structure and opens you to freedom and healing. Beginners welcome. $30. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 200-6796.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness to begin to experience the multidimensionality of your heart. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. 398-3953. Indian Ayurveda Cooking – 4-7pm. With Anushree. Decode authentic Indian recipes. Step wise approach, fast to cook and good to eat. Feed your soul with this prana-rich food infused with love and learn about the healing properties of the magical Indian spices. $40/advance; $50/door. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747.

The Key to Perfect Health – 6-8pm. There is no such thing as incurable. The only place that bears the root cause for your addiction, disease, moods, habits and suffering is your subconscious mind. Calistoga, 7941 Airport Rd N, Naples. $5 suggested donation. 784-9559.

MONDAY, JUNE 8 Baby Wearing 101 – 5-6pm. This demo is the perfect introduction to baby wearing and how to do it. Covering everything from baby wraps for newborns to carriers designed to help you wear your toddler. $5, returned as a credit for EcoBaby and Home Store. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Mini Sessions – 5:30-9pm. With psychic Candyce Strafford. Daniela’s Restaurant, Wiggins Pass Plaza, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414.

TUESDAY, JUNE 9 Introduction to Process Acupressure – June 9-10. Developed by Dr Aminah Raheem, learn a method of combining bodywork (acupressure and Zero Balancing) with psychological processing (Arnold Mindell). Book: Soul Return, by Aminah Raheem. $375. 12 CEUs NCTMB, Fl. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 Celebration of Art & Nature – 6-9pm. Art opening, live piano and flute by Alchemie, live painting by master sidewalk artist Jane Portaluppi Durand, community drumming circle, community yoga class, kirtan and sound healing by In the Bhav Project. Featuring the original art works of Jane Portaluppi Durand and photography by Eileen Laibinis and Gwen Greenglass. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Live Male Model – 6:30pm. Learning to paint the human form is one of art’s most revered talents. Paint a cute male model using charcoal, pencil and acrylic paint on a 12-by-16-inch canvas. $50 includes art supplies. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953 or Were You Breast Fed? If Not, What Would It Have Meant to Your Whole Life? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. For many years breast feeding wasn’t “in”; what have the consequences been? Food & Thought Café, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 4815600. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or See news brief, page 12.

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 Thermal Imaging Clinic – 10am-3pm. JoAnn Vaccarino will be available to answer questions about using thermography to solve chronic pain puzzles; detecting early signs and monitoring breast health. No radiation, no contact; safe. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 6/25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Beauty and Skincare Product Launch – 6:30-8pm. Learn about a patented skincare product exclusive to CLOUD9 Float & Spa. Offering a simple and


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effective solution to aging gracefully facilitated by skincare specialists. CLOUD9 Float & Spa, 1250 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 208, Naples. RSVP: 529-3235. The Body and Beyond Workshop Part I & II – June 11-12. 6:30-9pm, Thurs; 9-11:30am, Fri. With Seane Corn. Learn foundational cues to a healthy vinyasa practice. Includes a challenging yoga sequence ending in restorative, meditative and yin poses. Proper alignment, pranayama, meditation, reflection and prayer will be facilitated. $68 per class. Fiddlesticks Country Club, 15391 Cannongate Dr, Ft Myers. 768-1111. Info: 768-1021.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12 The Loving Couples Course – June 12-14. Learn the tools to create closeness instead of distance from your disagreements. Develop a whole new level of intimacy, communication, acceptance and understanding in your relationship. Ft Myers. Info: 822-6006. 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – June 12-28. This two-week intensive program is an immersion of transformation and inspiration that will give you the tools to live your life to your fullest potential. For aspiring teachers, current teachers or students interested in deepening their practice. $3,795. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. See ad, back cover. Evening Psychic Faire – 5-8pm. Every second Friday. Offering some of Naples’ most experienced readers. Tarot, angel and pet readings, meet your spirit animal, past lives and more. $20/15 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of Reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995

S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, JUNE 13 Reflexology: Release Stress From the Whole Body Through The Hands and Feet – 9am-3pm; lunch break. $100. 6 CEUs. Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. Transformational Breath Workshop – 9:3011:30am. With Carrie Sopko, CTBF. Explore the power of your breath and how it directly impacts your mental, emotional and physical health. $25 or $20/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Crystal Pendulum Wrapping Class – 1-3pm. Learn how to wrap your favorite crystals to make a powerful pendulum. Using sterling silver wire to hold the crystal, add other crystals to boost the power. $40. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Mindfulness and Movement: Bringing Yoga and Meditation Together – 1-4pm. With Andy Solis. Includes alternating periods of yoga, sitting meditation and walking meditation with special attention placed on how yoga practice and meditation practice deepen each other. $35, $5 discount preregistered by 6/12. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Scrying – Into the Looking Glass – 2pm. Learn how to use a crystal ball or a mirror to get intuitive visual information. Cleansing and preparing of the tools will be discussed as well as different techniques used for scrying and how to interpret messages. BYO crystal ball, crystal or mirror or borrow one from the center. $20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Happy Hips Workshop – 2-4pm. Hip-opening workshop with Matt Rowen. $25. BKS Yoga Studio,

2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Preregister: 213-9276. See ad, page 26. The Science of Light as Medicine – 2-4pm. With Barbara Cook, pioneer in light medicine. What the biology of light does for the body significantly affects the mind and the mind of the cells. Epigenetics the mind, emotions and consciousness. Donation. Florida Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 777-4578. Skincare Workshop – 4-5:30pm. Simplify your skincare regime. Aging, adult and teen acne, sun damage, age spots and your deepest skincare concerns will be discussed. Learn how to maximize your nighttime skincare regime by making simple changes. In addition, learn how to minimize the negative effects of the environment during the day. CLOUD9 Float & Spa, 1250 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 208, Naples. RSVP: 529-3235.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14 Neuro-Linguistic Hypnotist Training – June 14-21, eight-day class; July 8-Aug 29, eight-week format. End your financial struggles; become certified in one of the highest-demand professions in alternative healing. Also includes life coach and trauma release specialist certification. $2,998; payment plans available. 784-9559. See ad on page 27 and article on page 54.. ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Replacing Fear with Love. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

MONDAY, JUNE 15 House of Gaia Summer Youth Camps – June 15-July 15. Weeklong summer camps for children ages 4-10. Healthful topics such as art and science,

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gardening and cooking, theater and music and other cultural programs will be offered. Community building, leadership and promoting awareness and actions for world peace will be covered. $150 and up. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 272-6152. Register:

to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or CarolynBeauchamp@ See news brief, page 12.

Spiritual Intuitive Readings – 11am-4pm. With published author Dona Lynn Hutchins. Author of Peacefound and Chalice of Pleiades. $20/20 minutes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442.

Sand Tray Therapy – 6:30-8:30pm. Gain control over your life in a healthy way with increased awareness. Experiential activity allow a safe and contained space to explore and gain clarity. $40 or $30/current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Aligning Personality with Soul – 7-8:30pm. Continues 6/22 & 6/29. With Dona Matera. Congruence between personality and true nature allows us a naturalness and a sense that we are in the flow. Identify and transform specific unconscious beliefs that can eclipse our conscious intentions. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

TUESDAY, JUNE 16 New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for yourself, envision for self, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your requests up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25/cash or check. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170.


Lifestyle, Exercise and Dietary Choices– 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Energize the body and enliven the mind and spirit. Free. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 947-1177. See ad, page 2.

Lunch and Learn Series – Noon-1pm. Topic: Unlock Your Human Potential. with Dr Benjamin Goudreau. Learn how to clear your nervous system of interference and unlock your human potential. Free with purchase of lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register:

Complimentary Pain Treatments – 6:30pm. Nancy Anderson, RN, and other practitioners explain mechanism, demonstrate how bio-electro stimulation technology devices decrease pain and soften scars for sports injuries, whiplash, neuropathy, plantar fasciitis and back pain. FDA-cleared for relief and management of chronic pain. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444.


Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique

Singing Bowls – 7pm. With Tina. Let the sound and vibration of the singing bowls help you relax, release stress and heal. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki master Pam Bzoch, owner of Saith Seren. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

FRIDAY, JUNE 19 Joyful Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training – A Yoga Alliance accredited, 200-hour program offering the full science and philosophy, raja yoga, with world-class instructors. $3,995. Includes unlimited yoga classes for the duration of the program. Joyful Yoga & Spa, 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 947-9845. Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 7-9pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace-filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

SATURDAY, JUNE 20 Taste of Lee Tropical Fruit Fair – 9am-2pm. Tasting tables of locally grown fruits and vegetables; exotic fruits on display; farmers will bring their edibles for sale, including cheese, honey, herbs, fruits, vegetables; tropical fruit trees/herbs for sale; information on how to grow plants; classes. $2 admission; under 12 free. City Gate Ministries, 1735 Jackson St, downtown Ft Myers. 533-7505.


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Thyroid Seminar – 10am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Fatigue, unexpected weight gain, thinning hair, always feeling cold, anxiety, night sweats, morning headaches, brittle nails, brain fog? Discover natural solutions to correct your thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid and why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 20. The Sacred Writers Workshop – 10am-1pm. With Mark Kolack. Do you have a message? Learn powerful ways to connect with your inner muse, write soul poetry or prose and bless the world with your gift. All levels. $45. Private central Naples location TBA upon registration. 352-362-5417. Weekend Childbirth Education – June 20-21. 10am-3pm, Sat; 12-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: The Mystical Moon Grand Opening Launch Party – 10am-6pm. Featuring surprises, readings and a meet and greet. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. 9393339. See ad on page 26 and news brief on page 12. Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. Every third Saturday. Psychic readings, intuitive tarot, past life, spirit animal, pet readings, angel readings, Reiki. $20. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual “tune-up” with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. $25/25 minutes.

Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CLOUD9 Float & Spa Open House/BBQ – Noon3pm. A quarterly open house and barbeque with good company, food, refreshments and entertainment. CLOUD9 Float & Spa, 1250 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 208, Naples. RSVP: 529-3235. Mala Making Workshop – 12:30pm. With Jacqueline Glasgow. Japa malas have 108 beads and are used as a guide for the user to recite a meditation, mantra or affirmation 108 times. Attendees will be given supplies and instruction to create one japa mala with natural gemstone beads and leave with the tools to create more. $95. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. Preregister by 6/16: 592-4809. Yoga for Bicyclists – 1-2:30pm. With Jennifer Colucci. Enhance flexibility, release tension in chronically tight muscle groups and strengthen the core to create more stability and endurance for bicycling. Bring a foam roller, mat, towel and water. $35, $5 discount preregistered by 6/19. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Yin Harmony Retreat: Summer Seasonal Tune Up – 1-4:30pm. With Sue Lovett. Harmonize: heart and small intestine meridian pair, element is fire. Attune to the chi, life force energy that flows effortlessly with the rhythm of nature’s cycles. Yin and restorative yoga, mindful movement, breath work and meditation. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to

find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free, includes charts. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. The Science of Light as Medicine – 2-4pm. With Barbara Cook, pioneer in light medicine. What the biology of light does for the body significantly affects the mind and the mind of the cells. Epigenetics the mind, emotions and consciousness. Donation. Florida Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 777-4578. Self-Empowerment Workshop: Embodying Your Greatness – 2-4pm. Monthly workshops facilitated by Teresa Biggs, AP, DOM. First discussion held on Creating Sacred Space. $40. Yoga Loft Naples, Mercato, 9123 Strada Pl, Naples. 269-4516.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21 BYOB Paint Session – 12:30pm. Celebrate Dad with a guided paint session. Paint Pure Vida with your dad on two canvases to make one huge masterpiece. Dads get a complimentary glass of beer or wine. $36 includes art supplies. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953 or See news brief, page 11. Summer Solstice Sound Bath – 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. The final cosmological event that seeds humanity with truth, wisdom and the power of divine love. A multidimensional experience through the sounds of the master alchemy crystal singing bowls recalibrating your DNA into its mastery frequency. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $25 cash/check. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. Must RSVP: 398-3953.

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E-RYT. Experience hands-on practical labor runthrough. Practice movement, breathing, self-hypnosis techniques for pain management. Effective advice for pushing phase. $25/prepay or $30/door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 248-7931. Preregister:

Lunch and Learn Series – Noon-1pm. Topic: Qigong for Everyone, with Dona Matera. Standing, or seated, slow movements harmonizing organ and energy systems. Free with purchase of lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace-filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

Complimentary Laughter Club – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jill Emmerich, certified Laughter Yoga leader in partnership with Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. 4th Monday of every month. Free. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210.

TUESDAY, JUNE 23 The Green Smoothie Class – 11am-noon. With Health Coach Kristi Willems. Green smoothies are the perfect cocktail for your health and your whole family. In this interactive class, gain nutritional know-how and practical tips for building your own unique green smoothies. Samples included. $15 or $20/couple. 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-4204. Age Brilliantly with a Better Brain – 6pm. With Christine Sullivan, of Seize the Day Wellness. Learn why you must act now to protect your brain. Learn which foods harm it and how a brain-healthy lifestyle will improve your overall health. $10. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 250-2592. See ad, page 52. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Info/register:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 Once it was a Mother’s Problem, Now What Is It? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. With the current rate of autism spectrum disorders reaching almost 50/50 of newborn children in this country; what are the known links and how do we stop this? Food & Thought Café, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 481-5600. Love and Single? – 6:30-8pm. With David Essel, Master Life/Relationship Coach. Learn how to remove the blocks to dating and maintain deep love. Free. Premier Executive Center, 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd, Ft Myers. Also available via teleconference: 712-4320800 pin # 9011142. RSVP: See ad, page 33.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Experience newly channeled healing and rejuvenating crystalline sound frequencies and the Himalayan salt. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25/cash or check. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Carolyn Beauchamp, certified clinical hypnotherapist. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or See news brief, page 12. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ft Myers. 939-3339.

THURSDAY, JUNE 25 Meet Your Animal Spirit Guides – 7-9pm. With Jennifer Crumbliss. Learn how to understand your animal helpers and how to work with them. $25. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26 Movement and Breath for Labor Workshop – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, LMT, Birth Doula,

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. 25 min for $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Wellness Pyramid Workshop: Diet and Nutrition, Exercise and Recovery – 4-5:30pm. Wellness Director Chris Edwards, will discuss the three corners of the health and wellness pyramid to replace the yo-yo diet. CLOUD9 Float & Spa, 1250 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 208, Naples. RSVP: 529-3235. Channeled Messages from Spirit – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. $35. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28 Facial Massage Online Course – Anytime. For LMTs. $25. 8 FL CEUs. LMT State of FL Law, Ethics and Medical Errors Online Course – Anytime. $12. 6 FL CEUs. Ancient Oils in Ancient Times Workshop – 1:305:30pm. With Dolores Gozzi. History of Aromatherapy and use of essential oils through the ages. Learn how to make an infusion, guidelines, safety use and how to mix and blend. Experience hands-on time with the oils and make personal anointing oil blend. $75 or $60/members. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Skincare Workshop – 3-4:30pm. Simplify your skincare regime. Aging, adult and teen acne, sun damage, age spots and your deepest skincare concerns will be discussed. Learn how to maximize your nighttime

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skincare regime by making simple changes. In addition, learn how to minimize the negative effects of the environment during the day. CLOUD9 Float & Spa, 1250 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 208, Naples. RSVP: 529-3235.

MONDAY, JUNE 29 Lunch and Learn Series – Noon-1pm. Topic: Aligning Personality with Soul, with Dona Matera. Move toward increasing alignment between outer and inner being by identifying and transforming specific unconscious beliefs. Free with purchase of lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

TUESDAY, JUNE 30 Childbirth Education Series – June 30-July 28. 6:30-8:30pm. Every Tues. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/ register:

plan ahead WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15.

Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811.

THURSDAY, JULY 2 Trager for Daily Life – 6:30-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca, CTP. Playfully learn practical movements and approaches from Trager to lessen joint or back pain by shifting how you move, sensing the body. Improve balance, enhance performance. Open to bodyworkers and laypeople. Free. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444.

MONDAY, JULY 6 Summer Camp for Blind and Visually Impaired Children – July 6-31. This 6th annual summer camp provides the opportunity for visually impaired children to be out into the community to learn and puts them on an equal playing ground with their sighted peers. Girl Scout House, 601 Park St, Naples. 4303934.

FRIDAY, JULY 10 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – July 10-24. This two-week intensive program is an immersion of transformation and inspiration that will give you the tools to live your life to your fullest potential. For aspiring teachers, current teachers or students interested in deepening their practice. $3,795. Coral Gables. 598-1938. See ad, back cover.

SUNDAY, JULY 12 Surf into Yoga Retreat – July 12-18. With Jennifer Colucci. Play in the water on a paddle board, deepen your

yoga practice and explore your world in an adventure of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. $1,250-2,250. Peace Retreat, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. 529-7582. See ad, page 47.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Magical Journey Retreat – Sept 24-Oct 3. Experience the authentic spiritual and cultural wonders of Peru, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Macchu Picchu. Optional yoga classes offered each day with Naples Yoga Center owner Jacqueline Glasgow. 592-4809. Details:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Journey to India – Nov 6-24. The Taj Mahal; Arati on the Ganga River, in Rishikesh; Diwali at the Johari residence, in Haridwar; ancient temples; walking on the holy sand of Vrindavin; visit the “pink city” of Jaipur; stay at a palace in Udaipur. $3,500 + airfare to/from India. Love Yoga Center, Naples. Carla: 692-9747. See article, page 47.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2 Yoga Teacher Training 2016 – With Suzy Goldberg, E-RYT. This course is designed for those who are passionate about practicing yoga. The curriculum provides the tools to deepen your personal practice and the tools to share your yoga experience as a teacher. $3,000. Ruby & Pearl’s, 6420 Plantation Park Ct, Ste 104, Ft Myers. Register: 768-1021. See ad, page 18.

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Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30-noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching learn to move with awareness, to move with less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749.

Shelling in the Ten Thousand Islands – 8am-2pm. An approximately 20-minute scenic boat ride to a barrier island. Choose from a 1.5-hr-to-3.5-hour trip. Goodland Boat Park, Goodland. Info/RSVP: 249-9878.

Yoga in Nature – Tue-Sat. All levels. Mindful movement, breath work and meditation in nature. Bring mat and wear comfortable clothes. Props available. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

sunday Mysore Ashtanga Practice – 7-10am. With Andrew Petker and Amy Cheung. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone

Science of Mind Spiritual Study Group – 10:3011:30am. Based on the Science of Mind book, This Thing is You, by Ernest Holmes. Donation. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700.

Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at

Guided Tour and Organic Lunch – Mon-Fri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am & 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 4556553.

and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463.

Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 3:30-5pm. Do you live your life from a victim’s point of view? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9:30pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

monday Mysore Ashtanga Practice – 6:30-9am. With Andrew Petker and Amy Cheung. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Gentle Yoga and Body Mechanics – 9-10am. With Jacqueline Glasgow. Gentle movement with fascia release and soft tissue work to free the body from limitations. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Mindful Movements – 9:30-10:45am. With Francis Reilly. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building


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atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated power vinyasa yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Yin Harmony Yoga – 4-5:15pm. With Sue Lovett. A quiet, insightful yoga practice with roots in meridian theory of Chinese medicine and mindfulness training. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Caterpillar Kids Club – 4:30-5:30pm. With rotating teachers. Ages 5-12 build positive coping skills, improve focus, self-control, self-regulation. $20, $70/4 sessions or $10/current clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. Qigong for Everyone – 5:30-6:30pm. With Dona Matera. Standing, or sitting if needed, with slow movements to harmonize physical health. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm or 7:15-8:15pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Energize pelvis, practice pain management and breathing for birth. $15. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 248-7931. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples, choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($20). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative

Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Conscious Community Class – 7-9pm. Online class on a variety of topics providing insight for personal and career growth through the power of transforming the subconscious mind via hypnosis. Classes are live, with a chance to be interactive and ask questions. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 2nd Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. Crystal Bowls Meditation Class – 7:30pm. With William Ward. A guided meditation with the healing energies of the crystal bowls and Tibetan bowls. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. For those who have a loved one with an addiction, Nar-Anon meetings may help you cope. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Mysore Ashtanga Practice – 6:30-9am. With Andrew Petker and Amy Cheung. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. No class on Moon Days; 6/2 and 6/16. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Kids Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated power vinyasa yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Hatha Yoga Level I/II – 9-10:15am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276.

Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Jessica Hesser. Asana-based kriyas, pranayama and meditations. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793. NIA – 10:30-11:30am. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Tai Chi – 11am-noon. Dr Joel Ying, MD, teaches Chen-style exercise and moving meditation. Beginners welcome. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 200-6796. Integrative Relaxation/Yoga Nidra – 3:304:30pm. With Peggy. $18. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. Chakra Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Warm up with the five Tibetan rites, followed by yoga sequences to balance and revitalize the chakras. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Do you live your life from a victim’s point of view? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

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Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

wednesday Sunrise Flow Yoga – 6-7am. With Caryn. $18. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Mysore Ashtanga Practice – 6:30-9am. With Andrew Petker and Amy Cheung. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. Self-massage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. $18. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. Vinyasa Slow Flow and Restore – 10:15-11:30am. With Cory. Gentle movement followed by restorative postures to calm body, mind and spirit. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Emie Qigong – 11am-noon. With Melanie Hope. A moving meditation and healing art for all fitness levels. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Shake, Rattle and Roll – 11am-noon. Parent and baby yoga class in the garden. For babies 4 weeks to crawling. $18/drop-in or $56/four-class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Lunchtime Meditations – 12:15-1pm. With Joann

Lawrence. Two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Do you live your life from a victim’s point of view? Dry Palms Foundation Building, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 7287106. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated Power Vinyasa Yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Advanced Purna – 5:30-7:30pm.With Meredith Musick. With great yoga wall. Call for directions. Naples. RSVP: 269-8846. Guided Meditation – 6pm. With Cici Santiago, RM. Breathing and relaxation exercises; focusing and quieting the mind. Love donation. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. $15/dropin or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd floor, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. ARTS Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Readings and interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456.

thursday Mysore Ashtanga Practice – 6:30-9am. With Andrew Petker and Amy Cheung. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Kids Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated power vinyasa yoga class for grown-ups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Yoga – 9am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles, while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Gentle Yoga – 9am-10am. Free. For Goodness Sake Organic Market, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. Register: 353-7778. Power Vinyasa – 9-10am. A challenging and inspiring heated vinyasa class led by Jacqueline Glasgow. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Hatha Yoga Level I/II – 9-10:15am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Intro to Ashtanga – 9:30-10:45am. With Andrew Petker and Amy Cheung. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. All levels. $15/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Warrior2Warrior: Yoga for Veterans – 11amnoon. With Gary Granza. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Vinyasa Flow – 5:30-6:30pm. With Karen Lepree. Sun salutations, movement and stretching. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang, meditation, tea potluck and receive healing. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20, $70/four weeks or $10/clients. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350.


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work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749.


Yin Yang Happy Hour Yoga – 5-6pm. With Michele Gugliotta. Breathing exercises, a variety of postures and long held yin. Meditation and the healing sounds of crystal bowl. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

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Yoga for Sobriety – 5:15-6:30pm. With guest teachers. A judgment-free zone to work on your inner and outer well-being. Free. Mats and towels for rent or BYO. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Spiritual Connection, Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to higher consciousness, be more intuitive and feel better. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387. Candlelight Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Hallie. $18. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747.

friday Ashtanga Primary Class – 7-10am. With Andrew Petker and Amy Cheung. Vinyasa, tristhana and the six positions. $20/drop-in or $200/monthly unlimited. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Hatha Yoga Level II – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness and connect with nature. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Chakra Connection – 11-11:45am. With Terry Flynn. Designed to connect, open and balance the energy centers and enhance the flow of energy throughout the body. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Reiki Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 4th Fri. With Nancy Nevision and/or Lenka Spiska. Reiki, crystal bowls, sound healing circle. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Mantra Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. With Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Evening may include crystal singing bowls, drums, guitars, gongs, flutes and kirtan. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Women’s Sacred Circle – 7-9pm. 3rd Fri. With Dolores Gozzi. Celebrate the divine feminine through ritual, ceremony, meditation, prayer and sharing openly in love and trust. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Purna Power Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276.

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Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Carol 676-7793. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group – 3pm. Meets 6/13 & 6/27. DVDs, CDs and discussion. Free. Unitarian/Universalist Church, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 249-6916. Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow – 4:30-5:45pm. With Laurie. This class will heat, strengthen and open up the body. $10. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.

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New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 25 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 35.

ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293


Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 24.


Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 22.

2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. Yoga, tai chi, meditation classes.


Graydon Snow, AP, DOM Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Keri Garcia, LMT – Massage 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100; Ft Myers: 239-288-0900


239-261-2840 •

All Natural Primary Care. Providing acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, lymphatic drainage, acupoint injection therapy and B 12 injections to treat pain, stress, insomnia, fibromyalgia, asthma and more. Come in for a free consultation to learn how we can help you feel well again. We bill insurance for you. AP2378, MM29338.


24850 Burnt Pine Dr, Ste 2, Bonita Springs 239-949-6002 • Providing high quality and affordable health care for all ages. Treatment options include acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling. AP3481, MA35260, MM32778.


Office in Naples & Ft Myers 239-821-4482 Dr. Pan graduated from the department of acupuncture in Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and post-graduated from Tongji Medical University. He is proficient in both Eastern medicine and Western medicine with over 25 years of experience. See ad, page 27.

Picture Plan for your future. Understand your past. Have a blueprint for your life. Bob is a professional astrologer with over 40 years’ experience in achieving success for his clients. Confidential and Objective. Astrology Consulting. See ad, page 69.


Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples, 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.


Karin S Wolfe, CBT 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • Certified Biofeedback Technician by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBT#5563.

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Offices in Naples & Fort Myers 239-263-7089 MA66792

Dr. Michele Pelletiere 9138 Bonita Beach Rd (Sunshine Plaza) Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222

Lillian Deng is proficient in Chinese Message, Shiatsu, and Swedish Message. She specializes in pain management, relaxation, and weight loss with over 20 years of experience in medical therapy and 10 years of experience in massage therapy. See ad, page 27.

HOLISTIC HEALING ARTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276

Enjoy a relaxing and healing massage to suit your needs. Integrating a lifetime of experience. Swedish, Zero Balancing, Process Acupressure, Reflexology, Reiki, Sports, Cranio-Sacral, Pregnancy and facials. Facial Specialist FB9742820. FL Provider #50-9777 – Classes.

Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM28692, MM66086.

239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with HeartCentered Therapy, Somato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.


Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443 Over 30 years excelling in Quick Pain Relief. Specializing in Back Pain, Structural Integration & Alignment, All Joint Pain Related Issues, Mobility Improvement, Sports Injuries, Non- Chiropractic Spinal Release. MA36890.

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28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 •

Uniquely qualified, Expertise in Nutrition, Certified Sports Physician. Palmer graduate with 28 years experience. Integrative Chiropractic with Nutrition to effectively reduce pain in the body. Getting you back to enjoying sports and leisure. See ad, page 2.


Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 • Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 61.



Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 678-717-8584: Debbie Randolph for Crystals 561-541-3437: Dominique Fuentes for Granite Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 37.





N.S.A. Practitioner level III. “Healing waves” release tension throughout the body, increasing wellness and quality of life, promoting new strategies for a healthy spine and nervous system.


Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 Internationally Certified with 30 years Licensed Nursing experience; offering a new dimension of colonics with stateof-the-art water system. Massage with Vodder trained Lymphatic Specialists. Facials, Body Wraps, and Far-infrared Sauna. MM13162.


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Lymph Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/ Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 22.


Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 61.


860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • Dedicated to mercury-free dentistry for over 25 years, preserving teeth and gums for a lifetime, high quality restorative dentistry, and preventative measures with cancer patients during radiation and chemotherapy. See ad, page 11.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 37.


8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • A sanctuary for peace and healing with weekly Reiki, Kirtan or Women’s Sacred Circles. Yoga in nature, eco-demonstrations, labyrinth and plant nursery. Historic Girl Scout House. Beautiful Peace Pavilion and meeting rooms available to rent for workshops and life ceremonies.


Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.


Leon & Suzie Favreau 2 locations in Fort Myers • 603-723-5175

A unique spiritual healing experience that combines hands off energy healing with intuitive information. Healing can take place on physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual levels.



Dine-in/Take-Out/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 •


Homemade, healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Everything gluten-free! Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 45.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 59.



Healing Mind, Body & Spirit since 2005 • 239-253-9008 Maureen’s work opens the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved, spiritual growth is achieved and a more joyous life is possible.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 •

Honored to continue the traditions of the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Hughes, through functional diagnostic medicine and a comprehensive patient-specific approach, will provide adults and children the tools to restore normal body function by locating the root source of their illness or symptoms. See ad, page 79.


2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 • 239-948-9444 Regain Body Wisdom! Looking to eat healthier, reduce stress, recover joy, find purpose in life? Come for counseling & art therapy (individuals, couples & families); Nutrition Education; Medical QiGong; Trager Approach®, Massage, Reflexology; Reiki classes & sessions, and free Reiki circles on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. CEUs. Call ahead. MM21921.

INTEGRATIVE HEALING CENTER Monarch Therapy 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples 34103 239-325-9210 •

“ Tr a n s f o r m , E m e rg e , Become…” Empowering children, families, adults. specializing in stress, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to life challenges. professional counseling/psychotherapy, yoga, laughter yoga, Transformational Breath®, sound therapy, integrative relaxation.

HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 •

8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers 33907 239-939-4769 • We offer life coaching and personal growth courses for self awareness, breakthrough, leadership, couples or parenting. Free vision workshops monthly, call for dates. Since 1992. See ad, page 18.


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Ft Myers 33919 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 22.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 53.


Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 71.


Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 32.

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 22.

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Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 214 Bonita Springs • 239-444-4204 Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 56.

NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 •

State Board Certified Expert and Specialist in Nutrition. We use an individual, customized and systemic approach. Consult, exam and reassessment for optimum results. See ad, page 2.



Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D Naples: 239-398-3154

Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.


Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 • Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows the market, offers expert counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!


Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging 9148 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-949-2011 • A proactive approach to health providing thermography as preventative screening. Thermography is a painless, noninvasive test without radiation detecting of abnormal physiology throughout the whole body, and establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of breast cancer. See ad, page 35.


9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 239-676-5009 One of the most unique holistic wellness centers in Florida. Providing a whole-person approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Call for consultation.


(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations: in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and BV Boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. See ad, back cover.


Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist 239-269-8846 Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 30.


Teacher Training/CEs/Privates/Corporate • 239-444-8160 We balance ancient wisdom with modern research to create psychologically informed teacher trainings, CEs, private sessions and workshops designed for deep, physical and emotional transformation. See ad, page 66.


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