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Take Care “How is Mom doing?” a sibling texted our family group. My sister knew I was sitting with my 91-year-old mother at her assisted living home. “Mom is looking at me with that blank stare,” I texted back. “She’s exhausted from going to dinner.” Feeling a little overwhelmed myself, I vented, “Hannah is yelling ‘Help’ again from the next room and Sally just wandered in with her usual packed bag, agitated that her mother, who passed years ago, hasn’t come to pick her up yet.” Then I signed off, “Just another normal night,” in an attempt to lighten my mood as I put down my iPhone to go hold Hannah’s hand and reassure her that she is not alone.
Some days are better than others for Mom and her team of caregivers. The
times when I am blessed with one of her sweet smiles and glimpse the enlightened soul still there behind her eyes help carry me through the periods of anxious confusion she experiences that are so difficult for all of us.
I am blessed to be part of a team that includes several professional caregivers
whose heart has called them to help, despite heavy workloads and low pay, plus seven siblings to share shifts and solutions to concerns. We do everything we can to make sure that our mother is in loving, caring hands in the last stages of her life, while our own busy lives make competing demands on our time and attention.
At some point, most of us will likely find ourselves caring for a loved one suf-
fering from issues associated with aging. Deborah Shouse’s feature article, “Conscious Caregiving: Nurture Yourself While Helping Another,” on page 36, offers practical ideas for how to do it well. Although being a care partner may often feel like a burden, with an awakened approach, I’m learning how it can also be a more rewarding process than any of us imagined.
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newsbriefs Seminar Teaches Online Dating Tips
Essel Presentation on Relationships in Estero
avid Essel, renowned author, inspirational speaker, radio host and master life and relationship coach, will provide readers with free tips on improving relationships via a seminar exclusively for Natural Awakenings readers from 6 to 8 p.m., September 24, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Hotel & Spa, in Estero. Topics include advice on how David Essel to practice the 97/3 Love Technique to settle all arguments before they linger, emotionally let go of past lovers so that you can be present with a future partner, using the Love Law of Attraction to bring the best partners into your life now and creating more passion with your current lover to make the relationship fulfilling. Essel, an adjunct professor, addiction recovery coach and all faiths minister, has been helping people to understand the basics about relationships, money, belief systems and financial freedom for more than 25 years. Admission is free. Event location: 5001 Coconut Rd. For more information, visit TalkDavid.com. To obtain a complimentary event coupon, see ad, page 23.
an Terry, owner of the all-female, local What Now? International company and a certified life and relationship coach, will teach a seminar about online dating from 6 to 8 p.m., September 11, at Venture X, in Naples. Jan Terry Terry will provide advice for males and females of all ages on how to be successful in online dating. She contends that more than 50 percent of baby boomers are single and searching for their partner via online dating sites, but have only a 3 percent rate of success. Private counseling sessions can also be arranged. Terry, who became a coach after caring for her paralyzed husband for four years before he passed away, says the event will help attendees to â€œfind out and apply the rules, meet the person and have the relationship one has always wanted in a very short time. This is a life-changing event that will bring clarity and balance to their lives. Through these tips you will discover your full potential and take control of your dating life.â€? Cost: $37. Location: 9128 Strada Place, at Mercato, Ste. 10115. For more information, call 716-550-1334, email WhatNowJanTerry@gmail.com or visit WhatNowMe.com. See ad, page 65.
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Peace Day in the Park Returns to Cape Coral
he seventh annual Peace Day in the Park, celebrating the International Day of Peace, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 21, at Jaycee Park, in Cape Coral. The day will begin with a team of area yogis leading a challenge of 108 (a sacred number in Hindu and yogic traditions as the number of prayer beads in a mala strand used for mantra and meditations) sun salutations for peace from 8 to 10 a.m., followed by fun, education and entertainment for all family members, including pets. Activities include arts and crafts by local vendors, educational workshops and information on beekeeping, free acupuncture, poi dancing, meditation, belly dancing, kidsâ€™ storytelling and music, face-painting, a mini-petting zoo, a magician, sidewalk chalk art and more. Live music will be provided by Strange Arrangement, Old Friends, Wink and the Signal, plus dancing by the Calendar Girls. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned and dry food to donate to the Abuse Counseling and Treatment Center and the local chapter of the Veterans Administration of America. Blood donations will also be accepted, along with donations of hair cut by Blue Dahlia Salon to give to the Children With Hair Loss nonprofit. Pet-related activities include a K-9 charity walk, a pet fashion show, obstacle courses with water stations in the park, pet-specific vendors and dog rescue charity organizations. Location: Off Beach Pkwy. For more information, call 239560-5224, email SWFL4Peace@email.com or visit 7th annual Peace Day in the Park or 108 Sun Salutations for Peace on Facebook. See ad, page 24.
Keep Lovers Key State Park Beautiful Day
he 21st annual National Public Lands Day will be observed from 9 a.m. to noon, September 27, at Lovers Key State Park, on Fort Myers Beach. Nature lovers can join park rangers to help maintain the trails, remove exotic invasive species of plants and pick up litter along the trails to ensure that the park remains a wonderful place to visit and a viable habitat for diverse wildlife. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes. Refillable water bottles, sunscreen, hats, gloves and bug repellent are recommended. Location: 8700 Estero Blvd. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-463-4588 or email Catherine. Moses@dep.state.fl.us. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Chemical-Free Products Premiere at Peace Day Event
nspirations By Nature, LLC, will launch a new line of chemical-free body and home products at the seventh annual Peace Day in the Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 21, at Jaycee Park, in Cape Coral. Owner Kira Kneally is coordinating the event, “to bring awareness to the community of the benefits of reducing their daily intake of caustic chemicals,” and to provide products that “help improve your well-being and reduce the chemicals in your daily life.” Made of fresh organic oils and flowers that are organic vegan and/or kosher certified, the line includes lotions, toners, candles, bath salts and bags and more that do not irritate the skin, eyes or respiratory tract and are free of lye, sodium lauryl sulfate and detergents. Location: off Beach Pkwy. For more information, call 239-220-1987, email Kira@ InspirationsByNature.com or visit InspirationsByNature.com. See ad, page 58.
New Organic E-Liquid Flavors at City Vapor
ort Myers-based City Vapor now offers a line of Robusto Cuban and Cohiba cigar flavors, either straight or blended with grape, strawberry, Swisher Sweets—like apple or blended black or mild chocolate. New mint flavors will join peppermint and signature menthol, including spearmint, cool mint (tastes like Camel Crush) and “cool” (which tastes like chocolate mint ice cream). All of City Vapor’s e-liquids are chemical-free and do not contain propylene glycol, a preservative and artificial sweetener that can crystallize on the lungs and cause periodontal disease, sinus headaches, mouth ulcers, acne and more. Location: 3547 Cleveland Ave. For more information, call 239-362-2551 or visit CityVaporFtMyers.com or Facebook.com/CityVapor7. See ad, page 32.
Enlight Center Reopens with New Services
he Enlight Center has reopened in Bonita Springs with a mix of new and familiar alternative and complementary services for holistic healing. Current class offerings include psychic medium readings with Donna Payne; Wednesday evening meditations, goddess within circle events and community prayer/intention ceremonies; Thursday evening drum circles; and monthly crystal bowl concerts. Regular services include biofeedback, neuro-linguistic programming, hypnosis, life coaching, body and food detox, meditation and intuitive psychic readings. Ongoing classes will begin in October. Enlight Founder Marc Wagner has gathered a dedicated team to help clients achieve a healthier way of life through unique and individualized holistic and therapeutic healing methods. Location: 9122 Bonita Beach Rd., in the Sunshine Ace Plaza. For more information, call 239-676-5009 or visit EnlightCenter.com. See ad, page 22.
Local Author Releases New Book
uthor Rosalyn Becker, of Fort Myers, seeks to bring readers toward a better understanding of God and themselves in her new book, Unveiling the Soul: Spirituality in the Dimension of Opposites (Balboa Press). Presented in a series of short passages that are ideal for daily reading and encourage contemplation, the work is a blend of Christianity, mysticism, physics and metaphysics that emphasizes spiritual, mental and physical well-being. Becker teaches readers to think for themselves, recognize and gain protection from harmful forces, embrace peace, love everyone and experience intimacy with God. “The veil is the physical illusion,” she writes. “Look behind the veil and you will find your soul.” The book is available on Amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble locations. For more information, email RosalynBecker@gmail.com or visit RosalynBecker.com.
Annual Autism Conference in North Naples
he third annual Creating a Future for Adults with Autism Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 20, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in North Naples. Speakers and their topics include Patricia Wright, from Rethink, formerly the national director of Easter Seals, on new ideas in inclusive education; Idela Hernandez, of Interpreting and Application Services LLC, on how to navigate the maze of government services; and Jack Kosik, from Noah’s Ark, on the status of a residential community that is about to be built in Lakeland, Florida. Representatives of Osprey Village will discuss their plans for a grassroots local community for those with disabilities and their families and Venice-based Loveland Community will share how their center is helping adults with disabilities live their lives to the fullest, as well as their current project, building a long-term living facility for persons with disabilities. The event also features a panel on legal issues, breakout sessions on relevant topics, community service provider exhibitors, game and activity rooms for young adults and a prize raffle. Cost: $25 includes a healthy lunch. Location: 625 111th Ave. For more information or to register, call 239-450-6060, email Debby.CreatingAFuture@gmail.com or search under the event name at EventBrite.com or on Facebook. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Subaru Event Supports Golden Rescue in Naples
ubaru of Naples of DeVoe Automotive will host Share the Love from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 6, to celebrate the release of new vehicles and assist Golden Rescue, in Naples. Representatives from the rescue will join the Devoe family dog and event mascot, Scooter, to announce that the dealer will make a $250 donation to the organization, which rescues golden retrievers, for each Subaru sold from November 20 to January 2, 2015. Free giveaways, including passes from the National Park Foundation and a raffle for a rowboat valued at $1,200, will be held. Free food will be provided by Wholesome Tummies, which provides cost-effective healthy lunches to area schoolchildren. The new 2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy, which features enhanced safety features and partial zero emission engines, will be displayed at the event. Subaru supports proenvironment organizations including the national nonprofit Leave No Trace that promotes eco-responsible outdoor activities and locally supports the education department of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Location: 1411 Solana Rd. For more information, call 239-384-5746, email Rich@DeVoeAuto.com or visit DeVoeSubaruOfNaples.com.
Quilting Healing Group Sessions in Naples
onarch Therapy, in Naples, is introducing a six-week Quilting for Healing & Empowerment group from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday mornings, beginning soon. Led by Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW, the group offers an alternate means of expression for feelings that are sometimes too deep for words, helping individuals heal from trauma by creating a small quilt using fabrics that hold significant meaning, memories and symbolism. While the early purpose of quilting was to make warm blankets for families, it also became a folk art tradition, especially for women. Along with being social, soulful, meditative and healing, quilting often utilizes fabrics from discarded clothing or other household items imbued with rich family and personal memories and feelings. Cost: $150. Location: 4500 Executive Dr., Ste. 100. For more information or to register, call 239-325-9210 or visit MonarchTherapy.com. 12
Yoga University Hosts Two Teacher Training Programs
lan Lowenschuss, director of Yoga University, will lead two separate 200-hour Yoga Alliance-approved teacher training programs at Cypress Cove, in Golden Gate Estates, in Naples. A six-weekend program will begin from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 18 and 19, and the first part of two week-long classes will take place from December 15 to 22. Both curricula feature the transformational yoga practices of kirtans, satsangs, vinyasa flow, flying yoga, pranayama and Thai massage, plus yoga films and books to read for a heartopening experience. The week-long program, with the second part being held next June, will also include home-cooked meals and camping accommodations if requested, plus worktrade and student scholarship opportunities. Fees: $3,960 weekend course; $4,420 two full weeks (earlybird and student rates apply for both). Location: 2481 Golden Gate Blvd. E. For more information or to register, call 239-777-0186, email YogaUniversity109@gmail.com or visit YogaUniversity108.com. See ad, page 43.
Energy Therapy Development Workshop at Unity of Naples
olly Larkin, international bestselling author of The Wind Is My Mother, The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman, will teach a Healing In America (HIA) Energy Therapy Development Workshop from 4 to 8 p.m., October 3, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., October 4, and from noon to 6 p.m., October 5, at Unity of Naples. Molly Larkin Offering continuing education credits to nurses and massage therapists, this Level 1 training includes transformational selfhealing techniques for the self and others and experiencing hands-on energy therapy, which will be assisted by Rev. Karen Coratelli-Smith. HIA is the U.S. affiliate of Englandbased The Healing Trust, the oldest and largest professional healing organization Karen in Europe. Its goal is that energy healing Coratelli-Smith therapy will be accepted in the U.S. as it has been in the UK since 1954. Fee: $425. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information or to register, call Rev. Coratelli-Smith at 239-692-9120, email KSmith727@comcast.net or visit HealingInAmerica-Midwest.com. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Sculpted Beauty by Cavi-Lipo Opens with Special Offer
o celebrate its grand opening at 26381 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 136, in Bonita Springs, Sculpted Beauty by Cavi-Lipo will offer a free demonstration and discussion of the Cavi-Lipo ultrasound technology from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., September 20. This new FDA-approved, non-invasive, gentle, pain-free and safe way to eliminate fat cells will be offered for $99 instead of the regular cost of $225 to attendees. In addition, those that bring a friend to the event will receive a special gift. Owner Debra A. Florio, who also owns Contour Body Works, in Fort Myers,Â says results are evident after just one treatment and can vary, with optimal results usually realized after six treatments. For more information, call 239-2210921, email Debbie@SculptedBeauty.net or visit SculptedBeauty.net. See ad, page 16.
Brahmadev to Lead Five-Weekend Yoga Training
rahmadev Marcel Anders-Hoepgen, an internationally renowned yoga master, speaker, author and musician, will host a yoga teacher training for five weekends beginning Brahmadev with Yoga Excellation Meditation Instructor from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., October 17, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 18 and 19, at Innerlight Center Naples. Open to only 18 students, the program will lead to both 200-hour yoga and meditation instructor certifications. A discussion
about the program will be held at 10 a.m., October 11. Applicable to daily activities, Anders-Hoepgen’s teachings focus on easy, efficient exercises to strengthen and harmonize the body, enhance the flow of energy and gain control over the mind. The goal is for students to experience good health and a lasting state of happiness and contentment. His motto is, “Enjoy life. It’s time!” The program’s other four weekends will be November 7 to 9, December 5 to 7, January 9 to 11 and February 20 to 22. Cost: $1,500. Location: 4810 Hickory Wood Dr. For more information or to register, call 240-442-2251, email Marcel@YogaExcellation.com or visit YogaExcellation.com.
Haight Joins Andrea’s Studio & Spa as Esthetician
ew Esthetician Samantha Haight has joined the staff at Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, in Naples. The former spa supervisor at the Ritz-Carlton Naples Samantha Haight Beach Resort, Haight is dedicated to assisting her clients achieve their skin care goals. She performs facials, including anti-aging, microdermabrasion and radio frequency services, along with body slimming treatments with the spa’s ultrasonic cavitation shaping machine. Using organic and natural products and utilizing exfoliation, massage, nutrients and antioxidants, the staff at Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa contends that facials can slow the aging process by reducing fine lines and age spots and relieving dehydrated skin, allowing skin to feel healthier, smoother, firmer and look more glowing and radiant.
ithout a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo
Location: 6714 Lone Oak Blvd. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-514-4707, email OrganicSalon@gmail.com or visit NaplesOrganicHairStudio.com. See ad, page 23. natural awakenings
Special World Day of Prayer at Unity Churches
pecial area services will celebrate the 21st annual Unity Worldwide Ministries World Day of Prayer, themed We Are the Light of the World: Let Your Light Shine! Events will also commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Unity Movement, begun by Myrtle and Charles Fillmore in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1889. The cofounders believed in healing prayer and always kept a candle lit in an upper room whenever anyone was in prayer there. To honor Unity’s roots, the symbol for this year’s World Day of Prayer is the lit candle. At Unity of Naples, a 24-hour prayer vigil will begin in the Sanctuary at 7 p.m. on September 10, and continue through to a closing ceremony on September 11. “World Day of Prayer gives us an opportunity to come together in celebration of our oneness with God, each other and our world. Through prayer, we foster peace and wholeness in our community and in our individual lives,” say Unity ministers Rev. Diane Scribner Clevenger and Rev. Eileen Shaw. Location: 2000 Unity Way. To submit a name for prayer, visit WorldDayOfPrayer. org. For more information, call 239-775-3009 or visit NaplesUnity.org. Senior Minister Rev. Jim Rosemary will lead services at Unity of Fort Myers beginning at 7:30 a.m., September 11, for those that want a quiet place to spend an hour in contemplation or a whole day in retreat. Following a healthy breakfast, the daylong prayer vigil includes meditation services, a healthy lunch and chaplains on duty to companion those that prefer to pray with someone. Participants are invited to take part in a nature walk in silence, a labyrinth meditation, sacred poetry writing from spiritual guidance, several modalities of prayer and meditation demonstrations, special music and a shamanic sacred fire ceremony to close the day. Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information, call 239-278-1511, email CPalmer333@comcast.net or visit UnityOfFortMyers.org.
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Biologist Michael Scott Owen was named Forest Conservationist of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Michael Owen Federation at the 77th annual Conservation Awards Banquet held in Naples. Owen was recognized for his 20 years of work at Fakahatchee documenting the diversity of plants and animals and measuring water levels critical to Everglades restoration projects. Along with educating the public through talks and guided swamp walks sponsored by the Friends of Fakahatchee, Owen recently partnered with several botanical gardens to try to halt the loss of endangered bromeliads. With financial assistance from the Friends of Fakahatchee, he and other biologists have traveled to Cuba to locate rare orchid species for reintroduction into the park. For more information, call 239-6954593 or visit FloridaStateParks.org/ FakahatcheeStrand.
he information below clarifies a News Brief in the August edition on the hypnotherapy training being provided through a partnership with A Health & Beauty Clinic, in Naples, and The Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy: Only hands-on practicals will be offered at the A Health & Beauty Clinic Externship location. All other instruction is given via online interactive webinars which are recorded for easy access.
A Natural Solution to Sleep Apnea
ccording to a National Institutes of Health study, most people believe that sleep apnea is caused by a sagging soft palate or by some other obstructive tissue in the throat. Actually, it’s the result of a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm (causing one to breathe) that can occur during the transition from initial semi-wakefulness into the next stage of lighter sleep prior to REM sleep. In some people, the unintended reduction in the signal is significant enough that breathing goes beyond being shallow and completely stops. After a short period of time, the brain, realizing the need to breathe, forces a rapid inhalation to restart respiration that literally drags the sagging localized soft tissues into the airway, as reported in Sleep Apnea: A New Approach to an Emergent Problem, by Master Herbalist Steven Frank, of Nature’s Rite. For some, there’s no indication of potential problems when they are awake as the tissues remain in their normal state and the throat doesn’t close off during the day or when relaxing or resting, but then they can experience an obstruction problem when trying to go to sleep. Instead of resorting to surgery to remove neck tissue or using a machine to force air into lungs, natural herbal solutions can work to increase the pertinent brain signal that maintains continuous breathing without the breakdowns that necessitate rapid inhalation. According to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, ingesting herbs like lobelia, thyme and camp bark can intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm, increase the gas-transfer efficiency of the lungs and relax some of the skeletal muscles that can obstruct the propagation of the signal. For more information, call 888-4654404 or visit NaturesRiteRemedies.com. See ad, page 19. natural awakenings
Antioxidant Supplements Improve Eye Health
hen your work speaks for itself, donâ€™t interrupt. ~Henry J. Kaiser
ye health may be improved by taking certain antioxidant supplements, according to researchers at Austriaâ€™s Medical University of Vienna. They studied 40 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 split into two groups, giving a control group a placebo pill and the other a supplement containing vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, copper, selenium, gingko biloba, flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-lipoic acid. The medical scientists tested the health and blood flow of the retinal artery, which feeds the eye with blood and nutrients. The results of the two-week trial showed the supplements significantly improved blood flow through the retinal arteries. The supplements also helped protect the retinal arteries from free radical damage. The scientists concluded that such supplementation can prevent a type of cellular dysfunction in the eye induced by oxidative stress that is assumed to play a role in age-related macular degeneration.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Is an Autoimmune Disorder
he presence of hypothyroidism is a strong indicator of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder in which the tissue of the thyroid gland is mistakenly attacked by the body’s immune system because it is perceived as a foreign body. Hashimoto’s disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism and affects nearly 10 million individuals in the U.S. Characterized as an underactive thyroid that is not producing enough of certain important thyroid hormones, hypothyroidism upsets the normal balance of the body’s chemical reactions and can cause a number of health problems, including obesity, joint pain, infertility and heart disease. Hashimoto’s often produces symptoms of hypothyroidism with bouts of hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid. Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, anxiety and depression, while hyperthyroid symptoms manifest as rapid heart beat, fast pulse even at rest, inward trembling and others. Many individuals with Hashimoto’s do not know it, because testing for the disorder is not a part of the routine thyroid protocol. Hashimoto’s can be diagnosed with a simple blood test for antibodies against thyroid peroxidase (an enzyme that attaches iodine to a protein structure called thyroglobulin). Iodine is essential for proper thyroid function, and together with thyroglobulin, produces thyroid hormones. Three molecules of iodine on the thyroglobulin
protein structure are identified as T3 and four molecules of iodine with thyroglobulin comprise T4. Approximately half the people with Hashimoto’s disease benefit from iodine supplementation, while the other half react poorly to iodine. Although there is no cure for Hashimoto’s disease, some studies, such as Dutch research published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology in 2007, suggest a strong correlation between Hashimoto’s and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. As part of a natural approach to controlling the progression of the disease, a Paleo diet, comprising lean meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, may greatly reduce or eliminate hypothyroid symptoms. Any grain, dairy product, nightshade vegetable (eggplant, pepper, potato and tomato) or legume (bean) can possibly be a problem. A cross-reactivity food test by Cyrex Labs will identify problem foods that should be eliminated. With any autoimmune condition, best practices include eliminating things that cause the immune system to overreact, clearing out any infections, balancing both sides of the immune system and modulating the immune system by increasing vitamin D levels. Resource: Dr. Robert Gilliland, DC, Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239444-3106 or visit swfthyroid.com. See ad, back cover.
MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CAN HINDER ONSET OF ALZHEIMER’S
pilot study from the Harvard Medical School indicates yet another benefit of meditation. The researchers tested 14 people with mild cognitive impairment, which often leads to Alzheimer’s disease, and provided them with either Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training or standard care. Brain imaging tests indicated that those engaged in meditative training had increased activity and connections among three areas of the brain—the posterior cingulate cortex, medial prefrontal cortex and left hippocampus. Although larger studies are needed, study authors remark, “These preliminary results indicate that in adults with mild cognitive impairment, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction therapy may have a positive impact on the regions of the brain most related to mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Pre-K Education Linked to Better Health 26 Years Later
n addition to an increased likelihood of achieving academic success, children that participate in game-based educational training also have a significantly lower risk of developing future cardiovascular disease, according to University of North Carolina researchers in a paper published this year in Science magazine. Launched in the 1970s, the Carolina Abecedarian Project studied more than 100 children beginning when they were just over 4 years old. Fifty-seven focused on language skills while also receiving nutritional and health services. A control group received the same nutritional and health services, but not the early language education. Early education turned out to be an indicator for significantly healthier individuals when they had reached the age of 30, with a lower average systolic blood pressure than those in the control group and no symptoms of metabolic syndromeâ€” a condition related to diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Twentyfive percent of the control group had metabolic syndrome symptoms at age 30.
News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.
Greenland a Big Contributor to Sea Level Rise New research by University of California-Irvine and NASA glaciologists published in Nature Geoscience shows that Greenland is more vulnerable to warm ocean waters from climate change than previously thought. Newly discovered deep valleys stretch for dozens of miles under the Greenland ice sheet in bedrock well below sea level. As subtropical Atlantic waters hit the fronts of hundreds of glaciers, their edges will erode much further than had been assumed and release far greater amounts of water. Ice melt from the subcontinent has already accelerated as warmer marine currents have migrated north, although older models predicted that once higher ground was reached in a few years, the ocean-induced melting would halt, Greenland’s frozen mass would stop shrinking and its effect on higher sea waters would be curtailed. Source: Environmental News Network (Tinyurl.com/Greenland-Sea-Rise)
Major University Offers Integrative Medicine Certificate The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is inaugurating an online Integrative Medicine Program in partnership with the Metabolic Medical Institute and accepting applications toward graduate certification in integrative medicine. Integrative medicine focuses on the whole person, and the curriculum includes prevention, self-care, nutrition, exercise prescription, dietary supplements and wellness-based therapies. Students also review advanced predictive diagnostics, biotechnology, and systems biology utilizing proteomics, genomics and metabolomics. Graduates will gain cutting-edge knowledge to make well-informed decisions with their patients about treating disease, promoting vitality and optimizing aging. To learn more and enroll in the program, visit MMIMedicine.com.
U.S. Farmers Plant More GMO Crops Farmers in the U.S. added 12 million more acres of genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops in 2013, reports Clive James, with the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, and now lead the world in their production by volume. Even as many U.S. consumers reject foods containing GM ingredients, many farmers continue to embrace the technology. “In general, choosing GM seed is an economic decision for farmers,” says North Dakota Farmers’ Union President Mark Watne, who grows corn, soy and wheat in Minot. “If you give them a tool to battle weeds at a reasonable cost, they adopt it.” Source: USA Today 22
Makers Agree Not to Use Cancer-Causing Chemical This year, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) reached legal agreements with 26 major companies to discontinue using a cancercausing chemical in shampoo and personal care products, and potential agreements with more than 100 additional companies are still pending. Cocamide diethanolamine (DEA), a synthetic chemical created from a chemical reaction between coconut oils and diethanolamine, has been used for decades in shampoos and other products as a foaming agent. In 2012, California listed the chemical as a known carcinogen, based on assessment by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, which evaluated skin exposure tests on animals. In 2013, the CEH brought lawsuits against companies selling products in California containing the substance without a health warning, as required under Prop 65, the state’s consumer protection law for toxic chemicals. Note: A Think Dirty app offers information about the potentially toxic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products and what not to buy. Source: Ecowatch.com (Tinyurl.com/ Shampoo-Lawsuit)
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Green Apple Day Aims to Transform Schools The Green Apple Day of Service, to take place onÂ September 27 nationwide, will give parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations ways to transform schools into more healthy, safe and productive learning environments via local service projects. Green Apple is a global movement dedicated to enabling schools to provide clean and healthy air, conserve energy and other resources and serve as places where young people can reap inspired dreams of a brighter future. Source: MyGreenApple.org
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Public Demands Climate Change Solutions People throughout the U.S. and worldwide, representing hundreds of grassroots and non-government organizations, will converge on New York City for the Peoples Climate March on September 21. As United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls for heads of state to mobilize at an historic U.N. Summit on Climate Change that weekend, the people will demand action via the largest-ever climate change citizensâ€™ demonstration. Concerned groups and individuals expect to exchange ideas, articulate common challenges and address solutions. Learn more and sign up at PeoplesClimateMarch.org. Find a partial list of participating organizations at Tinyurl. com/GroupsMarching. natural awakenings
Forever Ballroom by Lee Walker
hanks to Dancto dance would help ing with the me to build coorStars, a hit dination, poise and television series in self-confidence, so which celebrities are they enrolled me in coupled with profesballet classes at age 4. sional dancers to Dance lessons were competitively perform part of my school curchoreographed dance riculum and kept me routines, the art of interested,” Kazmina ballroom dancing relates. “Eventually, I is enjoying a resurtook lessons in a progence. After watching fessional dance studio. the graceful moveI stayed with dancing ments of the Viennese because I liked it and waltz, the sultry hip appreciated the disciAnastasia Kazmina gyrations and fancy pline that it instilled footwork of the samba, in me. I trained every rhumba, and cha-cha or the fun and day for many hours and participated in exuberant moves of the East Coast dance competitions all around the world swing, local residents sometimes feel on weekends,” she notes. motivated to sign up for lessons at local Kazmina is now inspired to share the dance studios. opportunities to dance with students as a The flood of interested dance stuproud member of the Arthur Murray orgadents is a dream come true for Anastasia nization. “I specifiKazmina, a Russian-born, internationally cally wanted to open competitive professional dancer who an Arthur Murray moved to Naples in 2012 to open the franchise because the Arthur Murray Dance Center of Naples company has been with her business partner Roman Goin business for 102 mez. “Although I’ve been busy dancing years. Thousands of professionally for 23 years and reprepeople like me have sented different countries such as Russia, had a lot of fun and Canada, the United States, and most enjoyed socializing recently Italy, I’ve always held on to the while they learned dream of opening a studio,” she affirms. from a professional A champion in the categories instructor who used of ballroom, classic show dance and a system that is professional ballroom, Kazmina conproven to work,” curs that television shows like Dancing she enthuses. With the Stars and So You Think You Styled like a Can Dance help the dance industry. New York night “The best thing about these programs club, with its purple is that they show the viewing audience leather and gleamthat dancing is fun, great exercise and ing chrome lounge, something that people of all ages can sophisticated spotdo,” she adds, recalling the benefits of lights, floor lights her childhood dancing experience. and objects d’art, “My parents knew that learning the Dance Center 26
holds a social on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., generally attracting more than 30 dancers off-season and more during season. “Two or three times a year we hold dance showcases that give our students an opportunity to perform in front of an audience. We also participate in local charity events such as the American Red Cross Star Struck fundraiser, which our studio won in 2013,” explains Kazmina, adding that few students are as interested in competing as they are learning to dance just for the sheer fun of it. “Students are quick to catch on to the idea that dancing is more about socializing, making friends and exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise. I’ve seen students turn dancing into a lifestyle that includes group classes, lessons and social parties, which is why we offer group classes three times a week, a social party once a week and dance lessons five days a week and occasionally even on Saturday. When dancing brings people together they know for certain that they have two things in common—a love of dancing and music,” says Kazmina. Location: 3339 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. For more information, call 239-9198501 or visit ArthurMurrayNaples.com. See ad, page 56.
readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Leandra Harrison
Life’s mission: To bring joy to people through creative movement. Work: PureMagicHoops.com, southwest Florida’s premier source of custom-made hula hoops Proudest Achievements: I feel grateful that I am a “cat whisperer” and that I have sustained many long-term and meaningful friendships. I am also most appreciative for my gifts of creative genius and humor and that I’ve remained authentically me. Expectations for the Future: To live in a world where personal experiences of sacredness lead to universal wisdom and compassion. Favorite APP: Dictionary.com Favorite websites: Google.com, GreenMedInfo.com Local causes supported: Cancer Alliance of Naples, Animal Refuge Center and Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: This magazine has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening in real time in our community. Natural Awakenings is a great resource in its inclusiveness for longtime locals, newcomers and seasonal residents. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Food & Thought How do you invest in your community? Connection through relationships. I love being a catalyst and putting people together for networking and personal benefit. I want us all to succeed. Favorite quote: “You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”—Terence McKenna What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world? I reduce/reuse/recycle, vote, show up, sign petitions, communicate, inspire, share information, connect and support others.
Microdermabrasion A Safe, Easy Way to Refresh Skin
by Lillie Viola
n a culture interested in defying the aging process and looking younger, microdermabrasion can be a useful tool. For this noninvasive, exfoliating treatment, a skilled esthetician uses a wand-like device to gently spray water and microscopic crystals onto the skin to slough off and vacuum up the outermost layer of dead skin cells and reveal cells just beneath the surface. Microdermabrasion not only reduces visible sun damage, hyperpigmentation and acne scarring, but also encourages the production of a new underlying layer of skin cells with higher levels of collagen and elastin. Although the skin becomes slightly pink for several hours following the 20-to30-minute treatment, it requires no recovery downtime.
Many spas also sell at-home microdermabrasion kits that use physical exfoliation to help slough away the top layer of skin to help increase cell turnover. Home kits are generally sold with battery-operated brushes, aluminumfree scrubs, balancing toners and moisturizing serums. Assuage Spa Luxury, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers. 239-333-1450. AssuageCenters.com. See ad, page 33. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 207, Naples. 239-514-4494. Facebook.com/organic skincareandbodyworx. See ad, page 11. Spa de Larissa, 3811 Airport Rd. N., Ste. 201B, Naples. 239-571-9900. FacialSpaDeLarissa.com.
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Indian Vegetarian Cooking Potent Spices and Veggies Fend Off Disease by Bushra Bajwa
Vegetarians seeking flavorful variations can turn to 9,000 Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi grocery stores nationwide.
e are now Indian dishes offer leaves and aromatic seeds from the pea seeing 20 tantalizing options in a family have become percent non-Indian customers vegetable-rich diet. common American crops. Tindura, a gourd in our store,” says Vipul Patel, owner of the Louisville, Kentucky, used in curry, and daikon, often eaten raw in salads or seasoned as stuffing in branch of Patel Brothers, the largest flatbread, are relatively new here. Indian U.S. grocery store chain. “Usu “By eating a larger variety of ally, new customers come in with an vegetables, consumers benefit from an Indian recipe and we help them find increased array of vital nutrients and spethe ingredients.” cialized phytochemicals that have healing and medicinal qualities,” says Ronald Indian Veggies Hubbs, a practitioner at NW NaturoVegetarianism has been a way of life in pathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon. He India for millennia. Some Indian vegetaadvises against overcooking vegetables to bles may already seem familiar; winter maintain their nutritional qualities. melon, or white pumpkin, for example, Hubbs notes that bitter gourd is is a squash that cooks and tastes like its probably one of the most underappreciorange counterpart. Eggplants native to ated Western foods, yet studies on mice India are egg-shaped and smaller than sponsored by the Garvan Institute of the American variety; they cook in less Medical Research, in Sydney, Australia, time and have a less bitter taste. and the Chinese government show that Other popular Indian vegetables, it contains four compounds that are efsuch as okra seedpods (eaten as a curfective in reducing blood glucose levels ried entrée or side dish and also used in diabetic patients. to thicken stews and soups), fenugreek 30
Also consider pickled vegetables, known as achar. “Naturally fermenting vegetables can turn some of them into superfoods, with enhanced properties that are rich in healthy bacteria and support digestion and immunity,” says Hubbs, citing studies in the Journal of Nutrition and Clinical Microbiology Reviews. Daals, or lentils, including Indian diet staples peas and beans, provide a good source of protein that is also high in fiber, he says. Lentils—highly versatile and available with or without the skin, whole or split—can be eaten thick and creamy, soup-like or dry, cooked with other vegetables or simply enhanced with basic Indian spices. Popular legumes include black-eyed peas and garbanzo beans. Different regions in the Indian subcontinent have their preferred daal spices and cooking methods, but all citizens often serve them with boiled rice or Indian bread, called chapatti.
Although often considered “hot”, the blend of aromatic herbs and spices used in many Indian dishes, including those incorporating dairy, can be layered in for tantalizing flavors without necessitating frequent water breaks. Many commonly used herbs and spices have proven medicinal properties, historically recognized for
EZ Garam Masala Authentic garam masala is made with whole spices that have been roasted and ground, but this quick and easy substitute will add a warm, sweet flavor to vegetables, rice and other foods. 2 Tbsp ground coriander 1 Tbsp ground cumin 1 Tbsp ground cardamom 1 Tbsp ground black pepper 1 Tbsp ground fennel seed 1 tsp ground mustard 1 /2 tsp ground cloves 1 /2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground cayenne red pepper 2 Tbsp ground turmeric Mix the spices in a small bowl, place in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.
their healing properties in ayurvedic therapies and more recently, in Indian alternative medicine. According to University of Illinois research, fennel flower (black seed) and fenugreek improve lactation. University of Maryland Medical Center research shows that fennel seeds aid digestion. Further, the Journal of Phytopathology reports that carom seeds have antiseptic properties. Recently, researchers at Penn State University found that antioxidant spices such as turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, cloves and paprika reduced triglycerides in the blood by 30 percent, helping to reduce the risk of chronic disease. “That’s because adding spices to a meal decreases the amount of fat in the bloodstream after eating,” explains study leader Ann Skulas-Ray, Ph.D. “There are clear benefits to add-
ing spices to your meal, even if you’re only adding them occasionally.” Sprinkling a little turmeric and ginger on legumes or other vegetables while boiling or sautéing them can create a palate-pleasing dish with health benefits. Numerous studies, including those from the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota, show that these ingredients may help fight several kinds of cancer, reduce inflammation and relieve arthritis pain, among other benefits. Americans can easily learn to bring out the best in their own Indian cuisine with the subcontinent’s alluring blends of herbs and spices delivering both unforgettable flavor and nutrient-rich fare.
Bushra Bajwa is a freelance writer in Issaquah, WA. Connect at BushraBajwa@hotmail.com.
Heat oil in saucepan to brown onions.
Spicy Indian Family Recipes 3 Tbsp olive oil 2 finely chopped medium yellow onion 2 finely chopped vine tomatoes 18 oz okra (about 50 pieces), washed, dried, ends trimmed and then cut into 1/2-inch pieces Sea salt to taste Red chili powder to taste 1 /2 tsp coriander powder 1 /2 tsp turmeric powder Fresh cilantro for garnish
Add salt, chili powder, coriander powder and turmeric. Mix. Add tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes, covered. Add the okra, mix well and simmer for another 8 to 10 minutes. Serve garnished with cilantro.
Organic Baby Potatoes and Chickpeas 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 cups chickpeas, cooked, drained and rinsed 3 baby potatoes, washed and diced
Wash lentils and soak in warm water for 1 hour. Add ginger and garlic, spices and tomatoes and stir for a few minutes to make a paste. Add lentils and water, and then bring to boil. Simmer on low to medium heat for 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan to lightly brown the onions.
2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cups maash (urad) lentils 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 tsp ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped 1 /2 tsp turmeric 1 /2 tsp coriander powder 2 cups purified water Sea salt to taste Chili powder to taste 2 tomatoes, finely chopped Fresh cilantro and chilies for garnish
Bitter Gourd 2 Tbsp olive oil 5 bitter gourds 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced finely 2 tomatoes, chopped finely 1 tsp turmeric Sea salt to taste Wash and trim bitter gourd ends. 1 finely chopped tomato Sea salt to taste 1 tsp garam masala blend of ground spices 1 jalapeño finely chopped (optional) 1 /4 tsp baking soda 2 Tbsp purified water Fresh cilantro for garnish Heat oil in saucepan before adding ingredients. Add chickpeas, potatoes, tomatoes, salt and garam masala to saucepan and bring to a boil. Add baking soda and water, and then simmer for 7 to 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Slice the halves into ¼-inch pieces. Rub salt into the pieces and set aside for 20 to 30 minutes (to remove the bitterness). Rinse out the salt and dry the bitter gourd. Heat oil in saucepan and then add bitter gourd, turmeric and salt. Sauté on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add onions and sauté for another 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, mix well and cook on medium heat for another 5 minutes. Recipes courtesy of Bushra Bajwa.
Self-Improvement Book Titles Popular with Local Readers by Savannah Noir
ixie Barnes, manager of the Unity of Naples metaphysical bookstore, has her finger on the pulse of her customers reading habits and rarely fails to note the most popular books that are purchased from her well-stocked shelves. Here are the latest self-improvement titles that customers are buying.
Sacred Abundance by Robin Reiter The author, an inspirational speaker and catalyst for personal transformation, travels around the country speaking, teaching and training thousands of individuals about awakening to the magnificence of their divinity. Her book, CD and workbook inspired a Sacred Abundance workshop at Unity of Naples. â€œRobin joined us for the book study group during the final week in August,â€? says Barnes.
Meditation for Dummies by Stephen Bodian This book also inspired a study group and a class scheduled from September 21 to October 19. A CD included with the book features more than 70 minutes of music and guided meditations that are keyed to topics such as tuning in to the body, transforming suffering and consulting the guru within.
What Are You Hungry For: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being and Lightness of Soul by Deepak Chopra Chopra focuses on the huge problem 32
of weight control in America and provides new concepts for bringing weight under effortless control by linking it to personal fulfillment in every area of life.
A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson
Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy by Panache Desai
with self-acceptance and discover life’s purpose and boundless possibilities. Desai will be a featured speaker at Unity in February 2015.
Desai, a well-known local author, offers readers the tools to change the energy that surrounds them, find the harmony that comes
Unity of Naples Books and Gifts, 200 Unity Way, Naples. For more information call 239-775-3009, extension 11, email BookStore@NaplesUnity. org or visit NaplesUnity.org. See ad, page 57.
Williamson’s 21 spiritual lessons take readers on a deep, sacred journey. “Weight that disappears from your body but not from your soul is simply recycling outward for a while but is almost certain to return. It’s self-defeating, therefore, to struggle to drop excess weight unless you are also willing to drop the thoughtforms that initially produced it and now hold it in place,” notes Williamson.
Conscious Cuisine: Healthy Recipes from Unity Inn Although the book is free, a suggested donation helps Unity to provide prayer and practical spiritual teachings to individuals around the world. “All the chefs at Unity Village collaborated on this booklet full of healthy recipes served at Unity Inn,” says Barnes.
What God Said: The 25 Core Messages of Conversations with God That Will Change Your Life and the World by Neale Donald Walsh Walsh’s concise text details and expands what anyone needs to know about life and how to live it. According to Walsh, should humanity begin carrying these messages forward, starting today, they can literally change the world. natural awakenings
Sparking Creativity in Elders with Dementia Re-Engaging Through Art, Music and Dance by Deborah Shouse
s there a way to upend the limits of Alzheimer’s disease? Expressive therapies focus on what people can do and their successes. Cultural programs offer creative opportunities for those with dementia and their care partners.
Artful Imagination Prompts Participation
“Looking at art and making observations gives people living with dementia a chance to exercise their imagination and creativity,” says Susan Shifrin, Ph.D., director of ARTZ Philadelphia, part of the Artists for Alzheimer’s program founded by John Zeisel, Ph.D., and Sean Caulfield. “There are no right or wrong answers. People are enlivened, realizing they still have ideas to contribute.” Prior to a museum visit, an ARTZ facilitator brings photos of familiar works of art that evoke memories, emotions and conversation to a care facility. The facilitator then tailors a museum visit so that the most engaging works of art are viewed. A similarly beneficial at-home ARTZ experience relates to the individual’s background or interests, looking for images that tell a story 34
about families or feature animals the loved one likes. “Use open-ended, non-judgmental questions to discuss the art,” Shifrin suggests. “It’s all about listening to the response and encouraging the conversation.”
Musical Connections Trigger Happiness
Dan Cohen, of Brooklyn, New York, had a simple yet profound idea: Furnish people that have memory loss with an iPod loaded with their favorite music. It’s helping people nationwide reconnect with themselves through listening to their personal playlists. He has repeatedly seen how “The music transforms lives.” Cohen notes, “Residents who were formerly idle become engrossed in listening to their favorite music. They are empowered to choose the songs they want to hear. They become engaged as the music triggers memories. I’ve also seen the experience make people more social.” He recommends using headphones to minimize distractions. Sit together, turn on the iPod and watch for smiles of delight.
Dance Movement Integrates Souls “Dance therapy enhances connections in the brain and uses movement to integrate body, mind and spirit,” says Erica Hornthal, owner of Chicago’s North Shore Dance Therapy, a psychotherapy practice that helps individuals cope with the challenges of dementia. Hornthal often notices a real change after people experience movement therapy. Often, when she enters a memory care facility she sees people withdrawn or sleeping. After she guides them in specific movements designed to connect mind and body, participants are usually awake, more alert and making eye contact. “We might reach our arms up, then down, to connect with ourselves. We might give ourselves a hug and then stretch toward our neighbor,” explains Hornthal, a board-certified dance movement therapist. “All the movements have a psychosocial goal.” She suggests that care partners play familiar music and encourage their loved one to move as they wish to. The care partner might move her head or wiggle her fingers to the music, invit-
ing the other to do the same. “Focus on what your loved one can do and celebrate their abilities,” Hornthal advises.
Brushing Watercolor Memories
“Even after memory and cognitive functions are damaged, the ability to create art can continue,” says Karen Clond, a licensed master social worker and dementia care specialist at the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America chapter, in Prairie Village, Kansas. “The organization’s Memories in the Making art program works because the amygdala, the part of the brain involved with emotions and memory that processes feelings like fear, also processes beauty, appreciation and attachment.” Sally Jenny developed the program in 1988, which now boasts more than 4,000 participant artists a week. Facilitators create a safe and encouraging atmosphere to explore painting with watercolors, which can unlock memories, stimulate thoughts and promote social interaction. The process also produces tangible pieces they’ve created and can revisit. “The artists have complete con-
trol over their work,” Clond comments. “It’s a failure-free activity.” For at-home painting activities, she suggests inviting guidelines: Provide good-quality supplies; have no expectations; find something good in every effort; ask them to title their piece and affix their artist’s signature; call them an artist and provide artistic respect.
Telling Personal Stories Improves Well-Being
“Creative storytelling for dementia patients replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine,” remarks Joan Williamson, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a coordinator and master trainer with TimeSlips. She’s seen it improve communication, self-esteem and social interaction for people with memory loss. Whether exploring art, music, movement or storytelling, expressive therapies can enrich the lives and connections of people with dementia and their care partners. Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in the Land of Dementia. Visit DeborahShouseWrites.wordpress.com.
sought to keep her husband as engaged and active as possible. When she had difficult issues to discuss, she’d make a “talking date” with him, offering choices by saying, “I’d love to chat with you. Would Tuesday before dinner or Thursday after breakfast work for you?” Before the date, she’d select a comfortable room and clear her mind by meditating, napping or mindfully sipping herbal tea. The conversations would cover anything from how to work with their health professionals to plans for his end-of-life ceremony. They agreed on strategies and worked together as a team.
Conscious Caregiving Nurture Yourself While Helping Another by Deborah Shouse
f you’re depressed, tired or sick, your caregiving is likely to suffer,” counsels John Schall, CEO of Caregiver Action Network, in Washington, D.C., and a former family caregiver. “For the sake of your loved one, take care of yourself.” The AARP estimates that some 34 million family caregivers provide for someone that is ill or disabled in the U.S. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, in Bethesda, Maryland, caregivers generally struggle with finding time for themselves, managing emotional and physical stress and balancing work and family responsibilities. Experts suggest that the following seven steps can help people enjoy a healthier, less stressful and more conscious approach to care giving— and receiving.
When Lori La Bey’s mom was diagnosed with dementia, the daughter initially felt she was the only family 36
member that could help her. However, gradually, the Minneapolis-based international caregiver advocate and founder of AlzheimersSpeaks.com learned to welcome help from others. “Being perfect gets in the way of true connections,” she observes. Although La Bey began her caregiving out of love, the volume of related tasks soon sparked stress. That’s when she taught herself to slow down and reframe her outlook: Before going into her mom’s room, folding her laundry, scheduling healthcare practitioners and delivering dinner, La Bey paused to consciously ask: “Is Mom safe, happy and pain-free?” Centering on those three questions reminded her that she was doing this work out of love. Psychotherapist Diana Denholm, Ph.D., of West Palm Beach, Florida, heightened her own consciousness by learning to see caregiving as a collaborative effort. Denholm, author of The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself (CaregivingWife.com),
“I’ll carry your luggage for you, Dad, since you’re not feeling well”… La Bey still remembers her father’s downturned mouth as she tugged the suitcase out of his hands. “I was trying to be helpful, but instead I took away his dignity and power,” she later realized. “If I had packed his bag lighter, he could have carried it like always.” When are we helping and when are we doing too much? “Put yourself in the sick person’s shoes. Avoid doing something the person can do for himself,” agrees Denholm. Controlling behavior changes the dynamics of the relationship and can put the caregiver in a parental role. She recommends a holistic brainstorming exercise in which the caregiver writes answers to such questions as: What am I frustrated about? What really annoys me? Why am I angry with myself? The results offer a window to understanding our own feelings. “Feeling anger could mean we’re acting codependently and taking on too many responsibilities,” Denholm says. “The caregiver’s job isn’t to save the patient, but merely to support him or her in necessary ways.”
Ask for Help
“I don’t want to be a burden,” and “We’re afraid of losing our privacy,” and “I’m the only one who can take care of him; no one else can do it right,” are common concerns. “These self-limiting beliefs prevent people from reaching out for help,” says family caregiver and life coach Yosaif August,
founder of Yes To Life Coaching (YesToLifeCoaching.com), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and author of Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out. August quotes a recent Johns Hopkins study that reported caregivers might improve their health “… when caregiving is done willingly, at manageable levels and with individuals who are capable of expressing gratitude.” Accepting assistance makes caregiving more manageable. August understands how overwhelming the experience can be and advises caregivers to ask themselves: “What do I need help with right now?” Keep answers specific, such as, “I need someone to prepare dinner tomorrow night, mow the lawn and pick up our vitamins.” August also suggests creating a family Declaration of Interdependence, a personal statement documenting how the family prefers to be helped, along with the attitudes and behaviors they find especially supportive. Encourage family and friends to ask these two questions: “Are you open to advice?” and “Is this a good time to talk about your spouse’s condition?” Make much-needed breaks sacrosanct from such discussions.
Nurture through Nourishment
More than 50 percent of caregivers surveyed in a 21st-century study spearheaded by the National Alliance for Caregiving reported, “I don’t have time to take care of myself.” That can translate to a lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and little or no respite. “If you aren’t healthy and strong, you can’t properly care for anyone else,” says Liana Werner-Gray, New York City natural lifestyle consultant and author of The Earth Diet (TheEarthDiet.org). To begin each day, she advises drinking one cup of warm water with juice from half a lemon, explaining that stress produces acid and lemon water metabolizes as alkalinity and helps keep the body’s pH balanced. For healthy snacks, Werner-Gray recommends easy and nutrition-rich choices like fresh fruits, green smoothies, organic nut butters and a trail mix
Extending a Hand to Caregivers If your caregiving friends can’t articulate what they need, try these lovely offerings. n Send a cheerful card. n Gift a plant. n Weed their garden. n Cook a meal. n Schedule a walk together. n Sit with a loved one for several hours so they can run errands. n Volunteer to get their car washed. n Take them to a movie or out to dinner. n Buy a gift certificate to use online. n Treat them to a massage. of raw nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Save time with the smoothies by making a large batch and freezing portions to enjoy later. A basic recipe might include two handfuls of greens, such as spinach and kale, a banana and other fruits, almond milk or purified water and maybe adding flaxseed, cinnamon or goji berries. When appropriate, share the same health-boosting foods with the loved one. Victoria Moran, of New York City, is the director of the Main Street Vegan Academy and author of a dozen books on health and well-being including Main Street Vegan and Living a Charmed Life. She offers such conscious eating tips as eating full meals of “real” food instead of snacks; selecting beautiful foods; and ritualizing indulgences, such as a special spot for relaxing with high-quality dark chocolate and tea using good china while listening to classical music.
Stand for Exercise
Even though caregivers may feel they don’t have time to spare, Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, author of The Exercise Cure, says it’s vital to incorporate physical activity. He recommends starting by walking 30 minutes a day for one month. If necessary, it can be done in 10-minute increments. natural awakenings
According to when she drifts Make a list of favorite a study by Mayo off to sleep. She ways to relax and renew also writes out her Clinic Physician James Levine, during short respites, such intention for the Ph.D., in Scottsdale, day, envisioning as reading, listening to positive outcomes. Arizona, “Sitting is the new smokmusic, stepping outside, She might affirm: ing.” Researchers “I am going to sipping coffee with friends have a grace-filled have linked sitting for long periods of or taking a hot shower, day. Things will go time with a number smoothly.” and refer to it often. Denholm of health concerns centers herself by that include obesity, petting her cats. Some caregivers chant metabolic syndrome and increased or practice meditation or mindful risks of death from cardiovascular breathing, while others might take a disease and cancer. The solution is to walk, shop, or sit quietly in a church. move more and sit less—walk while on the phone and stand up while reading. Metzl suggests a stretch break Notice Blessings every 20 minutes. Three of his “comLa Bey discovered that her journey as mandments” for fitness are having fun, a caregiver also dramatically enhanced setting goals and minimizing sitting. her own life. “Mom taught me so “Schedule exercise and respite much,” she relates. “I learned compasbreaks and make them as inviolate as a sion and unconditional love on multidoctor’s visit,” advises Schall. ple levels. I learned to live in gratitude, instead of loss.” Commune with Spirit August notes, “Even in the tough August suggests establishing a twofold times, I experienced an engaged, poiconsciousness-raising ritual to welcome gnant and rich connection with and appreciate life. Begin each day by my parents.” For Denholm, treasured gifts inshowing gratitude for being alive and cluded strengthening her communicaend it focused on forgiveness and gratition with her husband and working as tude. “When you cultivate gratitude, a team. you notice more things to be grateful “Allowing yourself to reach out for for,” says August. assistance and make time for respite La Bey concurs, and writes down will deeply enrich your caregiving exat least five things she is grateful for perience,” concludes Schall. every day. She mentally replays time with her mom and appreciates the little moments and signs of hope, Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in like “the twinkle in Mom’s eye or the the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in way she held hands and smiled.” This the Caregiver’s Journey. Follow her blog puts her in an upbeat frame of mind at DeborahShouseWrites.wordpress.com.
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Om Sweet Om
Sounding the Key Note of the Universe by Sam Saunders
m” is a Hindu sacred sound considered the greatest of all mantras, traditionally used in prayers, chants and meditation— possessing high spiritual and creative power, it can be recited by anyone. Om is both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth. When pronounced correctly, it is actually “AUM.” Aum consists of four syllables: A, U, M and the silent syllable. The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged “awe.” The sound starts at the back of the throat and is stretched out; sense the feeling of the solar plexus and chest vibrating. The next is U, pronounced as a prolonged “o-o-,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along the upper palate and vibrating the throat. The third syllable, M, is pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm,” with front teeth gently touching. Start to feel the top of the head vibrate. The last syllable is the deep silence of the infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, merge the chant from the M to the deep silence.
Why do we chant it? Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating—with nothing standing still. The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at 432 Hz, the same vibrational frequency found throughout nature. By chanting the keynote sound of the universe, we are symbolically and physically tuning in to and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe. The universal vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also physically affect the body by slowing the nervous system and calming the mind, similar to the effects of meditation. When the mind relaxes, blood pressure decreases and ultimately, heart health improves. Finally, chanting AUM is wellsuited to mark the beginning or end of a yoga practice or meditation session or as a respite from regular daily activities. It signifies that this is a special time to care for ourselves and practice being mindful. Sam Saunders lives and teaches yoga in Dubai. Connect at Sam@LoveYoga.ae. natural awakenings
Say Yes to Yoga It Boosts Health, Peace, Community and Spirituality by Lynda Bassett
ois Parker Carmona first stepped into a yoga studio looking for better physical health. “I was doing hot vinyasa because I wanted to sweat. I wanted to feel better,” she recalls. Many people on a similar quest try yoga for the first time during September’s National Yoga Month (YogaHealth Foundation.org/yoga_month), founded by Johannes Fisslinger. “This year, more than 2,200 yoga studios will offer informative public events or a free week of classes to new students to educate everyone about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle,” says Fisslinger. “Yoga and mindfulness are an essential part of America’s newly emerging health paradigm.” Like many others, as Carmona deepened her practice, she discovered that yoga’s benefits transcend the physi-
cal. Then she went further, becoming a certified Baptiste yoga instructor and co-owner of Melrose Yoga, in Melrose, Massachusetts. “Many of us are so busy and consumed with the constant motion of day-to-day activities that we lose complete track of who we are, along with the state of our bodies,” she says. “Yoga reconnects me with myself.”
One reason that people try yoga is to improve their flexibility. A recent report from Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit association based in Arlington, Virginia, states that it can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion over time as ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen and become more elastic. It also helps relieve muscular tension throughout the body.
The Alliance’s Danica Amore notes that flexibility means different things to different people. “A senior might define flexibility as being able to pick up the grandkids, while young people might consider it essential to their athletic abilities.” Flexibility can also mean being able to turn around easily while backing out of the driveway or running with fewer injuries, adds Carmona. Improvements in flexibility generally depend on an individual’s age, health and commitment to practicing yoga, as well as the style chosen. “There are so many different lineages of yoga, and each teacher has his or her own style. Plus, each individual progresses at their own pace,” Amore explains. “It’s really a question of where you want this personal practice to take you and how you embrace it in your private life.” The bottom line is that everyone’s journey is different.
Many experts concur that yoga can be effective in reducing stress. As students continue their practice, they feel less stress and an increased sense of peace and relaxation, along with other mental health benefits. “Yoga gives you what is often called a ‘witness consciousness’,” says John Kepner, executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Being able to observe the external events around you, but not being caught up in the drama. In modern terms, it’s an increased ability to stay cool, calm and collected. After a good yoga class, your troubles can appear further away.”
When stress is reduced, an increased sense of calm tends to permeate all areas of one’s life, observes Kepner. “Based on my experience, yoga also helps improve relationships.” He has taught the same group of students for 10 years and notes their special relationship: “If one goes to the same yoga class regularly, a friendship tends to develop with others in the class, called Songhai. After a while, practicing together becomes one of the most valuable parts of the practice,” he says. This beneficial, deeper sense of community—a major allure of a longterm yoga practice—develops mainly from the intangible sense of working together in terms of physical, mental and spiritual support.
Spirituality and Connectedness
“Even beginning students quickly realize how connecting with their bodies and their breath helps them in their everyday lives,” says Carmona. “It adds a transcendent dimension to everything you do in life.” In addition to its more immediate tangible benefits, other long-term benefits experienced by students may be harder to define or quantify. Carmona observes, “People generally say that yoga has changed their life, physically, mentally and spiritually.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer outside Boston, MA. Connect at LyndaBassett@gmail.com.
Kamini Desai Explores a Yogic Life
Inner Calmness Leads to Self-Mastery by Linda Sechrist
amini Desai’s Ph.D.-worthy versatile body of teachings combines her lifelong interests in Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. Trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, she develops and leads core programs for Florida’s Amrit Yoga Institute, providing advanced studies dedicated to the science and system of integrated human development. A resident of Salt Springs,
Florida, and the Netherlands, she teaches in 10 countries on three continents.
What is a yogic lifestyle? It means being focused on inner peace. Through the study of yoga as a complete science of self-mastery, I’m cultivating the realization of my highest self beyond body and mind. This intention is the director of my unfolding life. I like to use the metaphor of a ship. If this higher self as a wise captain isn’t
steadily setting the course at the helm, then on any given day, the happy, sad, grieving, enthusiastic or depressed me will likely be steering my life in a contrary direction and I’ll just be going in circles. In the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga, along with the integrative method of yoga nidra that I practice and teach, my focus is on the release of body energy, rather than any physical pose. Energy is healing. When energy is freed up, it naturally calms the mind and creates a spontaneous, meditative state in which the highest self can be experientially known. To free energy, I attune to the sensations resulting from the physical alignments in any yoga posture. Each pose focuses attention on sensations occurring along the meridian lines in the body, allowing areas that are blocked and limited to open up and energy to optimally flow. Then, in what Amrit yoga describes as the “second half of the posture,” I close my eyes and feel that released energy becoming magnified through my attention. The stronger the energy becomes, the more the mind organically dissolves into a meditative state where mental, emotional and physical healing can happen spontaneously.
What was it like to grow up as the daughter of Yogi Amrit Desai, a well-known guru? I feel blessed that I was exposed to my father’s teachings from a young age. His message that I first embraced was that people and things will always change, and if I rely on either of them for happiness and peace of mind, I’m depending on the undependable. The need is to find internal stability in the midst of every polarity. My dad, now approaching 82, has always been an example of one whose entire life is about moving towards a changeless state of being and of what it means to remain a nonjudgmental witness to all that happens in life. Still, I had to learn my own lessons.
How have you benefited from yoga? I began studying with my dad when I was 16. Now, at 46, I more fully value the depth of yoga. The longer I practice, the more 42
grateful I am that my mind is less fragmented than it otherwise would be. I’m progressively able to deal with situations that would have sent me over the edge before. I more naturally avoid wasting a lot of mental energy in internalized, “If they say this then I’m going to say that,” conversations. With less mental chatter, I have more energy and stamina to focus on what is in front of me. I can be totally absorbed in each present moment for a deeper sense of fulfillment in what I’m doing.
How do you feel about the Westernization of yoga? Individuals that begin any style of yoga for its physical benefits are off to a good start, but anyone that maintains a regular practice becomes curious about yoga’s other benefits, like relaxation, more peace and a sense of happiness that arises without any apparent cause. Eventually they ask, “Why is this good thing or greater bliss happening to me? What else is there besides postures?” Although everyone eventually learns many life skills, we rarely learn how to live our lives well, manage our emotions and relate to others in ways that create more peace and happiness within. These are the uncaused benefits of yoga that people come to love. Find more of her words of wisdom in articles posted at KaminiDesai.com. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe.com for the recorded interview.
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Health Benefits of Yoga Perspectives from Naples Area Yoga Teachers by Linda Sechrist
eptember is National Yoga Month. The observance was designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to educate the general public about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. In 2008, thousands of yoga and health enthusiasts participated in a 10-city Yoga Health Festival tour that featured yoga classes, lectures, music, entertainment and exhibits. Coordinated by the nonprofit Yoga Health Foundation, what began as a grassroots, community-based awareness campaign has taken root as a global awareness initiative, educating, inspiring and motivating individuals to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Today, more than 70 million Americans suffer from one or more types of cardiovascular disease, and arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. Obesity rates in the U.S. have reached epidemic proportions: 58 million people are
Jacqueline Glasgow Naples Yoga Center 13240 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 206, Naples 239-592-4809 NaplesYogaCenter.com
This heart-opening pose makes me feel energized, powerful and open to anything that comes my way. A simple and safe way to open up the entire front of my body, it also relieves backaches and improves flexibility in the neck and spine. By stretching the abdominal organs, Camel helps with constipation. It also stretches the throat as well as the thyroid and parathyroid glands. Diversity is at the heart of the Naples Yoga Center philosophy, which welcomes all schools of yoga and promises yoga for everyone and every body type. Classes include power vinyasa, hot, ashtanga, Forrest, Budokon, restorative, gentle, Iyengar, hatha and stand up paddleboard.
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overweight and 40 million are obese. Approximately 72 million Americans age 20 and older have high blood pressure. In numerous trials done for research purposes, yoga has had an impact on each of these health challenges. Now recognized for its profound health benefits, yoga classes are offered as a regular, on-site employee benefit at companies such as Nike, HBO, Forbes and Apple. Additionally, some health insurance providers now offer coverage or discount access to a national network of practitioners of such wellness arts as yoga, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage/bodywork and mind/body relaxation techniques. To celebrate National Yoga Month, Natural Awakenings asked the owners of 10 local yoga studios to submit photos of themselves in their favorite yoga postures and to describe the health benefits offered by the pose.
Bala Vinyasa 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples 239-598-1938 BVYoga.com
“I am as challenged by this pose as much today as when I began practicing. It reminds me that my practice is just ‘a practice’—a mountain with no top. Every day, I pull challenges to me so I have greater access to flow through those that I don’t choose. This pose reminds me that I can create ease in the face of adversity and that at any moment I can choose to enjoy what I am doing. I do not need to wait for someone or something to bring my joy to life; it is up to me.” Bala Vinyasa is a Baptiste Affiliated Studio that offers teacher training and classes to inspire students to take what they learn and experience on their mats into their daily lives. A group of certified yoga teachers instruct power vinyasa yoga classes for all levels, taught in the Baptiste style. Other classes offered are slow flow restorative, gentle, prenatal, kids, hatha levels 1, 2 and 3 and therapeutic. They also offer yoga for special needs populations, such as epilepsy, autism and those in addiction recovery.
September is National Yoga Month... Coordinated by the nonprofit Yoga Health Foundation, what began as a grassroots, community-based awareness campaign has taken root as a global awareness initiative, educating, inspiring and motivating individuals to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Carla Olla
Love Yoga Center 4949 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 204, Naples 239-692-9747 • LoveYogaCenter.com
Yoga Loft Naples @ Mercato
“This pose is one of my favorites because it is such a classic, and it’s a wonderful pose for sitting in meditation.” Love Yoga Center offers classes for all levels of practitioners from beginners to advanced. The main influence is Jivamukti, which is a style of yoga developed by Olla’s teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life. Classes include basics, mixed level vinyasa flow, gentle flow, restorative and Love Rocks!, which features a playlist of fun upbeat rock songs and challenging asanas.
“This posture is special to me because it requires trust in a solid foundation of the hands, steady arms and a stable core. Our ability to take flight in this and every posture comes from the willingness to trust in our foundation, in our body and in our breath.” Yoga Loft Naples at the Mercato focuses on the student experience by providing a skilled team of yoga instructors for classes of all levels of vinyasa yoga.
Emilie Bromley, LLC 1199 1st Ave. S., Naples 239-404-8127 • EmilieBromley.com
“I especially like this antigravity variation of the chandelier pose. While I particularly like the inversion, other desirable aspects are the support I receive from the hammock in extension and the hip opener.” Bromley’s boutique fitness studio emphasizes core training. She pioneers a blend of methods, which keep the body moving efficiently without strain or injury.
Gyrotonic of Naples, LLC 3415 Radio Rd. Ste. 104, Naples 239-290-7499
“I feel good in this pose because of the twist to my torso, which helps to keep me flexible and counteracts any tightness from forward-facing exercises such as running and biking. The fullbody stretch is also a great stress reliever.” Instructors at Wilborn’s studio teach a variety of movement classes, including hatha, raja and aerial yoga, Pilates, Gyrokinesis and stability.
Yoga Loft Naples @ Mercato 9123 Strada Place, Ste. 7115, Naples 239-260-7725 • YogaLoftNaples.com
Wide-Legged Forward Fold
“I love this posture because of all it has taught me about being patient with my progress in this and every asana. Another lesson of this posture is the ability to bring the hands overhead all the way to the floor, which requires relaxation as much as flexibility and strength. This is the key to all of yoga; we progress our practice through breath and ease, rather than grasping and tension.” natural awakenings
Private studio in Naples 239-269-8846 • MeredithMusick.com
One-Legged Bridge Pose
“I particularly enjoy this pose because it is so nourishing to the kidneys and the heart, while stretching the shoulders, triceps and entire spine. The further towards the heart the hands can be placed, requiring a lot of wrist flexibility, the more tonifying effect this asana has on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.” Meredith Musick, an experienced registered yoga teacher (ERYT-500) and licensed massage therapist who teaches yoga at her studio and at the Yoga Loft, focuses on alignment based on the Iyengar tradition in all levels of hatha yoga, as well as gentle and therapeutic yoga. She also specializes in using the Great Yoga Wall, a system of support-based poses including traction for the spine. Rehabilitation of injuries is one of Musick’s specialties.
Bija Yoga 1250 Tamiami Trail N., Naples 239-775-0888 • BijaYogaNaples.com
“I like to practice and teach this headstand prep, as it exerts less pressure on the neck than full headstand. It also creates deep core training.” Bija Yoga is the longest continuously running yoga studio in Naples. Now celebrating 10 years, the studio focuses on creating space for every level of practitioner to experience the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga. Bija Yoga teaches hatha and kundalini yoga.
Mpower Studio Mindy Sylvester, Owner 2800 David Blvd., Ste. 100, Naples 239-249-1304 MpowerStudio.com
Wide-Seated Forward Bend
“I appreciate the wide-seated forward bend because I play a lot of tennis and it really helps stretch and loosen hips and hamstrings, the muscles that get tight if you play a lot of tennis or golf; it relieves low back pain. The pose stimulates the abdominal organs, strengthens the spine and releases groins.” Mpower, which offers yoga and barre classes, integrates health, fitness, well-being, personal development and business development to provide an inspirational environment where individuals can pursue their personal best. Barre classes are fun, fast-paced workouts that strengthen and tone the entire body. 46
Local Classes and Activities Celebrating National Yoga Month
njoy some or all of the September special activities at local yoga studios. (Contact info in main article.) Love Yoga Center September 6 and 7, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Anatomy 2 with Dr. Joel Ying; attendance at one or both days is acceptable. $25 per day in advance or $30 per day at the door. September 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mixed-level yoga class to benefit Music for Minors, featuring live music by several children involved with the program; taught by studio owner Carla Olla for donation to Music For Minors. Special offer: Monthly unlimited yoga pass $119 through September 30. First-time students receive three classes for $30 or monthly unlimited for $79. Meredith Musick Special offer: 50 percent off first private yoga session for new students using the Great Yoga Wall; must be used by October 31. Mpower September 20, 9 a.m. Super Spirit Sunday; inspirational discussion followed by a multi-level flow class and meditation. $15. Mondays, 6:30 p.m., beginning September 15. Mpower Master class, a combination of yoga poses and working the mind, body and spirit in meditation, plus learning new business skills and networking. $15/class or $70 for five classes. Naples Yoga Center YOGA FEST, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 7. A full day of fun, food, raffles and free yoga. Special offer: $99 monthly unlimited yoga membership. See calendar for more yoga classes.
Mindfulness for Little Ones Teaching Kids to Be Calm and Focused by Traci Childress
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indfulness, simply defined, is being in the moment. Using simple tools can help us consciously notice our breath, bodies and sensations, as well as what is happening around us. As we practice noticing, we can more readily return to the moment and more immediately connect with ourselves and others. Integrating five mindfulness practices into our young children’s lives is easy and yields powerful dividends.
Build Relationship with Breath
Connecting the rhythm of breathing to experiences helps children understand how to calm down. (Older children might enjoy learning the effects of breathing throughout their system.) First, ask children to notice their breath. Invite them to put a hand in front of their nose and breathe and say, “This is breath. All living things breathe.” Encourage them to share their response to the experience. Next, move to modeling breathing patterns in relation to experiences and feelings such as, “I feel so frustrated that my breath is moving fast. Look at my chest.” Then model returning to calm breathing with, “I am putting my hand on my chest and reminding myself to take longer breaths.” Help children notice how their breath changes throughout the day. Games can support this increased awareness. Ask the child to lie down, place their hands on their chest
and belly and lie still. Ask them to notice their breath, and then have them stand up and jump up and down before noticing their breath again. After hard play, tell them, “Your breath is moving so fast because you were running hard.” At bedtime, soothingly note, “Your breath is getting sleepy and slow.” Remember to be a witness, rather than a judge. Play is an excellent way to discover how breathing changes. Partner with a child to try to simulate how favorite animals breathe. Invite them to try sustaining a sound, such as chanting a vowel letter, and time how long they can do it.
Notice Feelings and Sensations
Practice a regular mind/body check-in. At breakfast, inquire, “How are you feeling today?” or “Feelings check! At the moment, I am feeling tired and excited. What about you?” The idea is not to change or fix anything, just to notice, allowing a broadly defined perspective. Children might be able to describe a specific feeling or only an overall sensation like jumpy or buzzing.
Cultivate Sensory Awareness
Paying attention to sensations can bring children and adults into the moment. Integrate sensory awareness into daily life with simple questions like, “What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell?” We can bring this practice with us everywhere—into the waiting room at the dentist’s office, in the car or on a plane.
Practice Moments of Quiet
Intentionally quiet moments support the development of mindfulness and empower children to consider “not doing” a valid part of everyday life. When they are given the opportunity for quiet time, they often love it. Try asking the child to get so quiet that they can hear a particular sound in the room—their breath, the tick of a clock or the hum of a computer. Once they hear it and you do too, you can dismiss the practice session with a bell, gentle clap or another soft sound.
Send Well Wishes
The traditional Buddhist practice of mettha, or loving kindness, meditation involves reciting phrases that we direct first to ourselves and then outward toward others. For example, think, “May I be safe. May I be well. May I be at peace,” and then repeat the same phrases for someone we love, someone we don’t know personally and ultimately, all beings. When, for example, children ask why ambulances emit such loud, wailing sounds, we might explain, “Emergency rescue workers are helpers. Their sirens mean they are going to help someone. When we hear the sirens, we can wish them well by saying, ‘May they be safe.’” Traci Childress, co-founder and executive director of the Children’s Community School, in Philadelphia, PA, teaches mindfulness practices and yoga. Learn more at TraciChildress.com. natural awakenings
THE GREAT CLASSROOM PET DEBATE Kids Like Classroom Pets, Animal Lovers Raise Doubts by Sandra Murphy
classroom pet can help students learn about caring for another species, but is it the best way to teach? “A classroom pet can be a great opportunity to teach children gentle behavior. Many kids take pride in caring for the pet,” observes Terry Manrique, now a professional parent coach in Columbus, Ohio, who earlier worked with children ages 5 and 6 at Little People’s Country, in LaGrange, Illinois. To prevent jealousy, students can rotate responsibilities for animal care in the classroom and during school breaks. Pet Care Trust, which awards grants to teachers for hosting pets, provides care instructions and information about transmittable diseases for a bearded dragon, tarantula, rat, rabbit, leopard gecko, guinea pig, gerbil, dwarf hamster, beta fish, ball python, mouse and aquatic turtle. (Find more information via Tinyurl.com/Avoid PassingDisease.) The ASPCA advises that the pet’s environment shouldn’t be stressful and care should meet its specific needs. For example, keep handling of an animal to a minimum, and then only with adult supervision. Provide food, clean water and basic veterinary care, including vaccinations and parasite control, grooming, exercise and social interaction. Diligence in finding and eliminat-
ing hazardous substances and situations is equally vital. Susan Tellem, co-founder of American Tortoise Rescue, in Malibu, California, elaborates on her area of expertise— turtles and tortoises. “A tank isn’t a natural environment for a reptile and doesn’t allow enough room for exercise. It’s like asking a human to live in a bathtub,” says Tellem. She points out that they also need a proper diet and natural sun, not artificial light. Tellum used to take rescued turtles for classroom visits until a particularly large specimen staged a protest to the unnatural environment by making a mess, tearing up school papers and posters. Tellem further warns that a turtle might bite (and not let go until the person relaxes) or pinch small fingers when retreating back into its shell. These days, she prefers to share an educational DVD that shows turtles at their best—in their own habitat. (Find more information at Tortoise.com.) “Constant artificial lighting goes against the natural sleep cycle of an animal,” comments Veterinarian Amber Andersen, in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. “You can see it at shelters—dogs and cats are unable to achieve a restful
sleep and become agitated.” Too often, the responsibility for caring for a classroom pet falls on the teacher during holiday breaks and summer months. “We had a popular chinchilla that was usually nocturnal, but also made appearances during the day,” says Manrique. “Then one of the teachers brought her dog to school, which caused stress for the chinchilla. When a new student had an allergic reaction to the furry creature, we had to find a new home for him. Our next pets were fish.” Manrique’s students have also secured fertilized eggs from a local farmer to watch them hatch before the chicks returned home to the farm. “When we had caterpillars that turned into butterflies, a fun field trip to the park became the official winged release party,” she says.
There is always the chance a pet might die during the school year. Parents are advised when a classroom pet dies and students have a classroom discussion to help them work through their grief. Lisa Cohn, co-author of Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence, in Portland, Oregon, wrote the book with her son, Michael, after the sudden death of their dog, Lucy, as a way to help them deal with their sadness. The Humane Society of the United States is not in favor of classroom pets. To avoid being vulnerable to predators in the wild, animals often hide symptoms of illness or injury. In captivity, that behavior can delay veterinary help. Recommended alternatives to
bringing animals into the classroom include field trips to nature centers, wildlife refuges and animal shelters. The society’s Kind News magazine for students from kindergarten through sixth grade shares stories of rescued animals, pet care tips and how-tos for nurturing backyard wildlife (HumaneSociety.org). Before deciding on a classroom pet, consider life from the pet’s point of view—how loud is the class, how old are the kids, how much maintenance will be needed and how much space is needed for a proper habitat. There might be a better way to learn— and teach. Contact Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
9 Worst School Pets Birds—can be messy and noisy, bite when handled too much or roughly, are stressed by too much noise and can pass salmonella. Chinchillas—nocturnal; need cool, constant temperatures of less than 85 degrees and don’t like to be handled. They need time out of the cage daily (subject to being stepped on by eager children) and require an allergen dust bath to remove oil from their fur. Ferrets—emit a strong odor and have a tendency to nip. Frogs—petting can transmit salmonella. Hamsters—nocturnal; poking can lead to a bite. Iguanas—can grow to over six feet long and a tail-swiping can be painful; generally not friendly and have highly specific dietary needs. Rabbits—don’t like to be handled, can bite or scratch; need a calm and peaceful environment to avoid potential stress-induced heart attacks.
Dr. Clark Fobian, of Sedalia, Missouri, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, says they require hay or grasses, fresh greens, vegetables and a high-grade pellet food, plus toys to prevent boredom and excessive tooth growth.
Snakes—can be aggressive during molting. Turtles—need sunlight, specific diet and more exercise space than a tank can provide; salmonella may be transmitted through their drinking water or by touch.
Fish—relaxing to watch and easy to feed. Guinea pig—larger than a hamster and more easily handled; need space to move around and another companion guinea pig. Fresh food, high in vitamin C, is necessary, according to Fobian. Mites can be a problem requiring a vet visit. Source: Adapted from PetMD.com natural awakenings
A Lovely Loo that’s All Green, Too Tips for Eco-Friendly Plants, Shades and Cleaners by Avery Mack
ey elements like low-flow faucets and showerheads, VOC-free paint, sustainable flooring and nonporous countertops form the foundation of an eco-friendly bathroom. Now let’s take a look at the softer side of green. Start by considering the use of honeycomb window shades and double-glazed windows to keep this most intimate room comfortable year-round and reduce utility bills. Periodically letting in fresh air helps keep the room dry and reduces growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. While the kitchen harbors the most germs in the house, the bathroom is a close second. Instead of harsh chemical cleansers, try white vinegar, a safe and economical alternative. Its acidity is effective in killing most germs. Madeleine Somerville, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, author of All You Need Is Less, uses heated vinegar misted on the shower door to remove soap scum. To achieve a shiny tub, she advises mixing one-quarter cup of baking soda, one tablespoon of natural dishwashing soap and enough water to make a paste. The baking soda also freshens the drain when the tub is rinsed. Toilet bowl ring
stains can be scrubbed away with a pumice stone. “Cleaning faucet aerators and exhaust vents on a regular basis extends equipment life, maintains efficiency and prevents minor plumbing problems,” advises Keita Turner, a New York City area interior designer. Turner has also installed dual-flush toilets that necessitate less water and upkeep. Bathroom odors are another concern. A few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball placed inside the toilet paper roll freshens the air every time the roll turns—without the plastic waste byproduct from store-bought brands. Baking soda removes odors in the bath like it does in the fridge. Upgrade from a simple bowlful by designing a mini-Zen meditation spot using a flat, open wooden box and a doll housesized rake. Adding a smooth rock or two for texture heightens visual appeal. Green plants can chip in by absorbing odors, as well. Many, like the Boston fern, thrive in shower steam. Flowering plants add an inviting touch. Be sure to choose child- and pet-safe greenery. Even quick, water-saving showers eventually result in towels and wash-
cloths destined for the laundry. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute suggests that towels can be used up to four times before washing if they are hung to dry between showers, reducing both water and energy usage. To avoid spreading germs, personalize towels and washcloths for each child by color or marking with an initial or colored dot. Organic cotton towels are eco-friendly, comfy and widely available, as are organic cotton bath mats. For the crafty, make a mat from recycled towels or upgrade to a foot-massaging mat made from recycled wine corks. On special occasions when a soothing bath is called for, add a whimsical touch with Mr. Green, the world’s first rubber duck made in the U.S. from environmentally friendly, recycled and recyclable material. “Recycled materials call for different sculpting and molds, so designing Mr. Green was the hardest thing we’ve ever done,” says Craig Wolfe, president of CelebriDucks, in San Rafael, California. It’s a fun way to remind kids about going green while they spend a few extra minutes getting clean.
Cleaning Recipes Freshen drains and keep oils and lotions from clogging bathroom pipes by pouring one cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a cup of hot, white vinegar. After it foams, wait five minutes and then flush with hot water. Mix two tablespoons of salt with one teaspoon of white vinegar to form a paste effective for cleaning chrome faucets. Scrub chrome with a cut lemon to remove hard water stains. Use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to scrub grout. Periodically douse the toilet with a half-cup of lemon juice and swish with a toilet bowl brush to keep it fresh. Add a few tablespoons of lemon juice into a spray bottle filled with water to clean windows and mirrors. Primary Source: BroccoliCupcake.com
To indulge in post-shower personal pampering, consider healthenhancing coconut oil for head-to-toe moisturizing. As a hair treatment, coconut oil blocks protein loss and reduces frizz. Make a home exfoliating sugar scrub by combining onehalf cup of virgin coconut oil, one cup of organic sugar and 20 drops of lime or another essential oil to gently scrub away dry winter skin. Dry skin and ragged cuticles also benefit from whipped coconut oil. Its antifungal properties help keep toenails healthy and sandal-ready. Goat’s milk soap can reduce symptoms of dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. Its alpha-hydroxy acids remove dead skin cells. Add honey as a natural antibacterial boost. Mixing in colloidal oatmeal produces a gentle exfoliator. Let the next upgrade of the bathroom be of a more personal nature aligned with our core values of being good to our family and our home planet.
Green Bathroom Trivia n Never clean with sponges—they merely move the germs around; use a washable cloth wipe instead. n Turkish cotton towels dry faster than the Egyptian variety. n Always put the upper toilet lid down. Testing by scientists at Leeds University found airborne germs 10 inches above and around the commode. n Low-flow toilets use as little as 1.6 gallons per flush compared to older styles that use five to seven gallons. The average person flushes five times a day. n A bath averages 35 to 50 gallons of water versus a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead maxing out at about 25 gallons. Better yet, take quicker showers and turn off the water while lathering and shaving. n Conventional showerheads run at 5 gpm (gallons per minute) compared with low-flow at 2.5 gpm. Conventional faucets can flow at 3 gpm versus low-flow faucets at half that rate. For a calculation of personal water usage, visit Tinyurl.com/PersonalWaterUse. Primary Source: GraceLinks.org
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Loving Hut Vegan Restaurant
by Lisa Marlene
he Loving Hut in Naples is a part of a fast-growing, international chain of restaurants with more than 120 branches worldwide. Co-owner of the vegetarian restaurant, Brenna Tu, is a local resident who moved to Southwest Florida from California. Like her other family members, Tu wanted to dine out at healthy restaurants that served vegan cuisine. When she could not find what she wanted, the answer became obvious. “I got a business partner, bought the franchise and opened Loving Hut in 2010,” she says. Tu has an unusual outlook on Loving Hut, which serves plant-based menu items. “We like to think of our restaurant as a starting point for anyone who wants to consider a transition to a plant-based diet. Vegan and vegetarian meals are still an obscure possibility to many individuals, and we feel good when we get to introduce open-minded individuals to healthy options because we recognize that they are becoming aware of what they want to put into their body and possibly looking for a healthier lifestyle,” explains Tu. “We are excited to be part of a local trend in restaurants that are
not only using local produce in their menu items, but also including raw dishes on their menus.” She notes, “Our parent company has guidelines that we are happily aligned with: first, we must prepare 100 percent vegan menu items using non-GMO and local organic produce as much as possible. Otherwise, our chef can prepare menus that are different from those at other Loving Huts. The common thread is that all the restaurants consciously choose to serve as a beacon of light for an alternative way of living that is healthier, compassionate and peaceful. It’s the way to a sustainable planet.” Loving Hut’s local menu includes a delicious assortment of vegan appetizers, soups, salads and rice and noodle entrees with tofu, as well as vegan desserts. The restaurant also offers fresh fruit smoothies and other hot and cold beverages. Location: 975 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples. For more information, call 239-2549490, email Naples@LovingHut.us or visit LovingHut.us/naples_01. See ad, page 64.
calendarofevents MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 The Whole Bloom: Flower Arranging Class – 11am-12:30pm. Join Gretchen, the resident florist, for a flower arrangement class with a mixed bouquet in full bloom. Preregister at customer service. $15. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. WholeFoodsMarket.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Chair Yoga – 1-2pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. Tuesdays. All levels. A heart-centered practice to calm the spirit and restore the body. Balancing strategies, strengthening poses, breathing techniques and mindful meditation. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Medical Qigong Class – 6:30-8pm. With Medical Qigong Therapist Susan DeFlavis Winters, RN. Tuesdays. Learn this ancient holistic practice used in hospitals throughout China. Strengthens the immune system and prevents the development of disease. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. Please note: Class is currently full. Call for next class series. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. With Jennifer Stevens. Whether you have never meditated or have years of experience, this class will provide you the opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen your practice in a supportive and relaxed environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. In one drop of blood, learn the health of the body and what challenges it is dealing with. $50 special. In-store demonstrations, free taste sampling and free entry for raffle baskets. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 992-5838. FGSOrganicMarkets.com. Uncorked Friday – 6-8pm. Unique wine tasting with more than 30 wines all under $15 and perfectly paired with an array of specialty cheeses. All proceeds benefit a local nonprofit organization. $10. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. WholeFoodsMarket.com.
Mini Readings – 5:30-8:30pm. With Candyce Strafford. $20/10 minutes. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414. Candle Lite Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. Mondays. All levels. Find clarity and ease, gain strength and stability, release tension and stress through yoga, breath work and mindful meditation. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
guide. At Bunche Beach and San Carlos Bay with GAEA guides. RSVP required: 694-5513.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Combine the healing therapies of the Himalayan salt and the alchemical singing bowls. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Mindful Yoga – 9-10:15am. With Susan Lovett, ERYT, LMT. Thursdays. All levels. A gentle practice to start your day. Breath work, mindful movement and crystal bowl meditation. Pose modifications and props for additional support. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Complimentary Meditation Class – 5:30pm. With Rev Felicita Ortiz, LCSW. Experience inner peace. Free. Inner Peace Resolution, LLC, 2900 14th St, Ste 2, Naples. Preregister: 537-8248. InnerPeaceResolution.com. Usui 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. Attunements and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108. Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Bird Beaches and Mangrove Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. A protected wild area of shallow waters, lots of birds and a variety of other creatures, including dolphins and manatees. $50 per person, includes all equipment and a FL master naturalist
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 More To Love Event – 9am-4pm. Support Golden Rescue and other worthy causes and win valuable prizes while learning about new vehicles. Subaru of Naples of DeVoe Automotive, 1411 Solana Rd, Naples. 384-5746. DevoeSubaruOfNaples.com/2015subaru-more2love.htm. See news brief, page 12. Happehatchee Center Open House – 9am-4pm. Meet the instructors and staff, paint a critter on the eco-murals and sample the different class and workshop offerings. Drum Circle at 4pm. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. NaplesReallyReallyFree.WikiSpaces.com. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. 403-3550. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Used for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief, connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on using the “flower of life” known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108. Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Yoga Fest – 9am-6pm. Celebrating one-year anniversary. Offering free yoga classes every hour on the hour all day. Come take a class, have refreshments, enter a raffle to win great prizes, and meet Naples’ most diverse and dynamic teaching staff. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm and 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness as you begin to experience your multidimensionality. 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. Nine Jewels of the Soul Workshop – 1-5pm. With breathing, affirmations, visualizations and sound healing exercises ranging from one to 10 minutes, this program invites you to enjoy meditation and keep it varied and fresh. Receive a free copy of Genai’s guide, Nine Jewels for the Soul: Easy Meditations for Peaceful Mind. $45. Goddess I AM Healing and Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour on the Caloosahatchee – 5:45-8:45pm. See thousands of birds, sunset and moonrise. Lots of nesting birds flying in to roost for the night. $40 includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will give out the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Mindful Eating Introductory Webinar – 6-7pm. Diets, restriction and self-criticism are ineffective and unhealthy. Learn through this live webinar about Mindful Eating with Heart, an eight-week training program in mindfulness, self-compassion and integrative health coaching to change automatic behaviors and discover your healthy
Film Society Summer Series – 7pm. Featuring the film Amelie. $25 includes pre- and post-screening discussions, one movie ticket, choice of beverage, savory bites and sweet treats. Silverspot Cinema at Mercato, 9188 Strada Place, Naples. Tickets: SilverSpotCinema.com. Full Moon Crystal Bowl Concert – 7-8pm. Let the sounds of the crystal bowls integrate into your body for an ultimate and unique healing experience. Enlight Center, Sunshine Ace Plaza, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. EnlightCenter.com. mind and body. Free. Online. 561-320-0037. MindfulEatingWithHeart.com. Full Moon Celebration – 6:30pm. 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 going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach on Gulfshore Blvd N, off Parkshore Dr, Naples. 398-3953. 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. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 14.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Unity World Day of Prayer – Sept 10-11. The 24-hour prayer vigil will begin with an opening ceremony at 7pm on Sept 10 and continue through Sept 11 with a closing ceremony at 7pm in the sanctuary. Come into the silence for candle light and prayer anytime. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. WorldDayOfPrayer.org. See news brief, page 16. Preschool Program – 10-11:30am. Topic: A Frog’s Life. Includes a story, a fun lesson, hike, game and craft. Ages 3-6. $5 per preschooler. Parking fee required. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, main entrance, 18500 North River Rd, Alva. Registration required: 533-7440 or LeeParks.org. Mindfulness Book Club – 1pm. With Samantha Banks. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Discussing bestseller Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. $10. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A
to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 9/17. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
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Usui 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. Attunements and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108. Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Internet Dating Seminar – 6-8pm. With Jan Terry, certified relationship coach. Learn how to be successful finding your partner via Internet dating, because 97 percent of online dating is not successful. This seminar will teach you how to be part of the 3 percent that is successful. $37. Venture X, Mercato, 9128 Strada Place, Ste 10115, Naples. 716-550-1334. WhatNowMe.com. See ad on page 65 and news brief on page 8. Regain Body Wisdom Series (1/4): Holistic Anatomy – 6:30-8:30pm. With author, former MD, Reiki Master, Silvia Casabianca, LMHC. Understand the intelligence of the body; how organs communicate. Learn to listen to the body and recognize symptoms as symbols. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204. Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. World Day of Prayer: Let Your Light Shine – 7:30am. A daylong prayer vigil in honor of World Day of Prayer. Begins with a healthy breakfast, followed by special meditation services throughout the day and a healthy lunch. Chaplains will be on duty to companion those participants who would like to pray with someone. Nature walk in silence, a labyrinth meditation, sacred poetry writing from spiritual guidance, several modalities of prayer and meditation demonstrations, special music and closing with a shamanic sacred fire ceremony. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. See news brief, page 16.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Mini Readings – 10am-3pm. With Candyce Strafford. $25/15 minutes. Summer Day Market and Café, Marco Island Towne Center. 394-8361. See ad, page 62.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Naples Yoga Center Teacher Certification Course – Sept 13-Dec 5. 8am. Runs for seven weekends. Because diversity is at the heart of Naples Yoga Centers’ approach to yoga, our trainings will fea-
ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Learning to be a co-worker with God. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Tr, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 ture input from a variety of NYC senior teachers with strong backgrounds in diverse styles of yoga. This dynamic and empowering vinyasa training program is Yoga Alliance approved. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Crystal & Gem Show – 11am-4pm. Come enjoy beautiful specimens that will be available for purchase. Also offering mini services and crystal bowl demonstrations. Enlight Center, Sunshine Ace Plaza, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. EnlightCenter.com. Health and Wellness through Balanced Energy – 11am-4pm. Dr Scott J Erickson will perform complimentary Acugraph evaluations. A simple computerized painless procedure to determine the balance of natural energy within your body. See and discuss the results immediately. Refreshments available. Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 514-4707. NaplesOrganicHairStudio.com. ABCs of Yoga: In Introduction to Yoga – 1-2:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. ABCs of Yoga (all beginners class) is a comfortable, safe and stress-free way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. Non-heated class. Bring water, and wear comfortable clothes to move in. Towels and mats available to rent. $10. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. The Power of Letting Go: Law of Attraction and Learning to Receive – 1-4pm. With Eve Glore. Feeling stuck? When we align ourselves with Source, we move into oneness. In this oneness, limiting beliefs in lack and limitation fade away. $65. Preregistration/payment required. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how
Mindful Eating Introductory Webinar – 6-7pm. Diets, restriction and self-criticism are ineffective and unhealthy. Learn through this live webinar about Mindful Eating with Heart, an eight-week training program in Mindfulness, self-compassion and integrative health coaching to change automatic behaviors and discover your healthy mind and body. Free. Online. 561-3200037. MindfulEatingWithHeart.com. Mpower Masterclass – 6:30pm. Every Monday. Build relationships with some of the area’s most brilliant and inspiring minds as we discuss what it means to truly live your best life now. Discover ways to improve all areas of your life, including your health, finances, and relationships and find more peace and happiness. $15 or 5/$70. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Reiki I – 6:30pm. With Bethanny Gonzalez, Reiki master. Learn traditional Reiki. Reiki II will be in October. $125. Goddess I AM Healing and Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Guided Mindfulness Meditation – 6-6:30pm. With Samantha Banks. Regular mindfulness meditation decreases stress and anxiety and promotes a peaceful mind, body and quality of life. All levels. Donation. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. What Should I Eat? Seminar – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron. Not all foods are created equal. Free. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. DoctorGendron. com. See ad, page 2.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 DoTerra Mini Facials – 9am-6pm. $35. Alternative Natural Healthcare, 16517 Vanderbilt
Dr, Ste 3, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 947-6234. AlternativeNaturalHealthcare.net.
beer and a tray of cheese and crackers. $47. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 S Tamiami Trl S, Ste 109, Ft Myers. 288-6953. RSVP required at VinosPicasso.com and click the Ft Myers tab.
Cypress Creek Kayak Tour – 9-11am. A slowpaced paddle for all experience levels. BYO water, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. $25 per person. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Registration required: 533-7440 or LeeParks.org.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca, Reiki master. Become a Reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. History, principles, energetic anatomy, healing vs curing. Hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 Fl CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204. Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
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 9/25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Pam Bzoch. Focus: Third Eye Chakra. $20. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-8:30pm. Healing and messages from the Emissaries of Light and Archangel Michael. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. $25. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 6, Naples. 949-3387.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will give out the book, The Poison in Your TeethI, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Restorative Yoga & Crystal Singing Bowls Workshop – 6-7:15pm. With Susan Lovett, ERYT, LMT. 3rd Friday. Gentle poses supported by bolsters
and blankets (provided). Enjoy healing vibrations of crystal bowl sound therapy. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Appreciate Your Brews – 6-8pm. Beer Tasting. Explore and sample a variety of beer styles and flavors, flawlessly paired with an assortment of cheeses. Proceeds benefit a local nonprofit organization. $5. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. WholeFoodsMarket.com. 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. Vino’s Picasso Painting Sorcha’s Lion – 7-10pm. Join for a relaxing paint session led by a local artist. Get creative with our new bold and colorful painting titled Sorcha’s Lion. Bring your own wine or
Super Spirit Saturday – 9-10:30am. Start your weekend with an inspirational message followed by a multilevel flow yoga class and a relaxing and empowering meditation. Nourish your mind, body and spirit and have some fun. $15 or 5/$70. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com. Creating a Future for Adults with Autism Conference – 9am-5pm. Speakers and their topics on inclusive education, government services, and the status of residential community being built in Lakeland, Florida. Panel on legal issues, breakout sessions, exhibitors, game and activities for young adults and a raffle. $25 includes healthy lunch. St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th N Naples. Register: 450-6060. See news brief, page 11. Sculpted Beauty by Cavi-Lipo Grand Opening – 9:30-11:30am. Free demonstration and Q&A on the new FDA-cleared Cavi-Lipo. Bring a friend and receive a gift. Introductory offer of $99 for attendees. 26381 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 136, Bonita Springs. 2210921. SculptedBeauty.net. See news brief, page 14.
Sprouting Our Food – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Sprouting is often just thought of for serious foodies, but it’s an amazing addition to all diets and the cheapest option around. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com.
Vaccines: Pride and Prejudice – 10am. A Parent’s Walk Down the Vaccine Trail: There is more to informed consent than illness prevention. Learn how a father of eight worked through the scientific literature. $10. Bayfront Inn, 1221 Fifth Ave S, Naples. 348-7337. ThornburgPediatrics.com.
Shimmy at the Springs – 6:30-8:30pm. Unveil your inner dancing goddess and shake away your stresses with an evening of belly dance. Learn the basic moves to more energetically express yourself through music and dance. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual tune-up with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. 25 min/$25. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Join Naples’ most experienced readers for 20-minute readings. Goddess I AM Healing and Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will be demonstrated using the “flower of life” pattern known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Mangrove Gathering Eco-Café Concert – 7-9:30pm. Featuring a potlatch sharing of food, local musical group Lemongrass, coffee and teas and updates on local environmental actions and education. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 108 Sun Salutations for Peace – 8am. Kick off the seventh annual Peace Day in the Park. A team of local yogis will lead and inspire the challenge of 108 sun salutations in honor of World Peace Day. The effect of this collective practice, combined with hundreds of global mala events around the Earth this weekend will send a message of peace throughout the world. Jacycee Park, Cape Coral. 560-5224. See news brief, page 9. Peace Day in the Park – 10am-6pm. Family- and pet-friendly event. Meditations, yoga, workshops, live music and dancing, arts, crafts, raffles, kid activities, food, inspiring and creative local vendors, K-9 charity walk, pet adoptions and more. Food drive and blood drive. Jaycee Park, Cape Coral. 560-5224. SWFL4Peace@email.com. See ad on page 24 and news brief on page 9. International Day of Peace – 5:30pm. Come meditate for world peace. Receive Reiki. Potluck with vegetarian healthy food. Bring a friend. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204. Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Talk on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am or 5:30-6:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress reduction course using mindfulness, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Free. 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. RSVP: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 14. New Moon Sacred Sound Intention Evocation – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Align with the still, small voice within that opens through the portal of the sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and blissful bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. Suggested $15 love offering. Light the Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Love and Relationships: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know – 6-8pm. With David Essel. Learn the 97/3 Love Technique to settle all arguments before they linger and how to emotionally let go of past lovers so you can be present with a future partner. Learn how to create the Love Law of Attraction to bring the best partners into your life now and more. Two free seats with coupon. Stillwater Spa, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Estero. 941-266-7676. DavidEssel.com. See news brief, page 8. See ad with coupon on page 23.
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Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones we use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Homeschool Program – 2-4pm. Activity: Geocaching. Age requirements and price varies from $5-$10 for each homeschool program. Parking fee required. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Registration required: 533-7440 or LeeParks.org. Herbal Medicine – 6:30pm. With Dr Carol L Roberts, a Harvard-educated medical doctor in practice at Perlmutter Health Center. Donations to benefit Humane Society of Naples. 800 Goodlette Rd N, Ste 270, Naples. RSVP: 649-7400.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Movement and Breath Workshop for Labor – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, LMT, Birth Doula. Hands-on practice of specific exercises for labor. Movement, breathing, self-hypnosis techniques for pain management, stress reduction, relaxation. Enter into “the zone” and create an atmosphere of calmness to help baby’s descent through the birth canal. Learn how to push and manage with baby directly after birth. $25 by 9/24 or $30 after. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Preregister: 248-7931. LifeBehold.com.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Shamanic Journeying I & II – Sept 27-28. 6pm. With Brad Hudson. Shamanic Journeying allows you to work with compassionate helping spirits in nonordinary reality to answer questions, receive insights and heal others. Learn how to journey to the Lower World and work with your power animal and learn about the Upper World as well. $90 for both classes.
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Goddess I AM Healing and Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com.
Yoga Teachers Training – Oct 17-19, Nov 7-9, Dec 5-7, Jan 9-11 and Feb 20-22. With Brahmadev Marcel Anders-Hoepgen, an internationally renowned yoga master, speaker, author and musician. 200hour yoga certification and a meditation instructor certification upon completion. Learn easy, efficient exercises to strengthen and harmonize the body, enhance the flow of energy and gain control over your mind. $1,500. InnerLight Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 240-442-2251. YogaExcellation. com. See news brief, page 14.
National Public Lands Day – 9am-12pm. Join Lovers Key State Park rangers and volunteers to help maintain the park’s trails, remove exotic invasive plant species and pick up litter along the trails. Wear closed-toed shoes. Bring refillable water bottles, sunscreen, hats, gloves and bug repellent. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. Preregistration required: 463-4588 or Catherine.Moses@dep.state.fl.us. See news brief, page 9. 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. Enlightenment Fair – 11am-4pm. A fun-filled event offering mini psychic readings, life activations, biofeedback demonstrations, raffle and more. Enlight Center, Sunshine Ace Plaza, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. EnlightCenter.com. Readings – 11am-6pm. Psychic sessions with Candyce Strafford. Saith Seren, 4910 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 262-7007. What Should I Eat? Seminar – 1pm. With Dr Gary Gendron. Not all foods are created equal. Free. Receive 10 percent off meal purchase day of event. Food & Thought Café, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. DoctorGendron.com. See ad, page 2. Vino’s Picasso Relaxing Paint Session – 7-9pm. Join for the painting of Lazy Day. A skilled local artist will walk you through this relaxing painting step by step. Bring your own wine or beer and an open mind. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 Tamiami Trl S, Ste 109, Ft Myers. 288-6953. RSVP required at VinosPicasso.com and click the Ft Myers tab.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Community HU Sing – 11am. Join in singing this love song to God. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Tr, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Mindful Eating with Heart Online Program – 6-8pm. Mondays through Nov 17. Diets, restriction and self-criticism keep you stuck in unhealthy patterns with food. This eight-week training program in
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mindfulness, self-compassion and integrative health coaching will help change automatic behaviors for a healthy mind and body. $275. Online. 561-3200037. MindfulEatingWithHeart.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 ‘Swinging on a Star’ Motivational Seminars for Women – 7-8:30pm. Join Valentina Dimitri for a presentation on the highly successful seven-week class Creating Abundance from the Inside-Out. Join a Dream Team Circle and let the nine prosperity tools empower you to inspired action on your journey to abundance. House of Gaia, Naples. 877-6808. Lulu@houseofgaia.org. HouseOfGaia.org.
plan ahead FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 Healing In America’s Certified Energy Healing Therapy Development Workshop – Oct 3-5. Level 1 of 3. With Internationally known author Molly Larkin and Rev Karen Coratelli-Smith. Learn transformational self-healing techniques for yourself and others, experience hands-on energy therapy and more. CEUs for nurses and massage therapist. $425 for Level 1. Naples. Rev Karen: 692-9120 or email@example.com for class brochure and registration. See news brief, page 13. Study with Direct Disciple of Swami Chinmayananda Shubhraji – Oct 3-5. Deepen your knowledge of yoga. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 39.
Yoga Teacher Training Program – Oct 18-19. 9am-5pm. A six-weekend program. Features transformational yoga practice of kirtan, satsangs, vinyasa flow, flying yoga, pranayama and Thai massage, plus yoga films and books to read for heartopening experience of a lifetime. Cypress Cove, 2481 Golden Gate Blvd E, Naples. Info/register: 777-0186. YogaUniversity108.com. See ad on page 43 and news brief on page 13. March on Governor’s Home to Save the Water and Everglades – 4pm. Join Stonecrab Alliance, Clean Water Initiative, Love the Everglades Movement, Food and Water Watch and concerned citizens. Bring your troubled water labeled with date and location it was collected. March on the beach to Governor Rick Scott’s beachfront home on the Gulf of Mexico. Come by land and by sea. Meet at the Naples Pier at 12th Ave S, Naples. Info on Facebook at Stonecrab Alliance or Dwyerka@gmail.com.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Bryan Kest Master Class – 12-3pm. Bryan Kest is an internationally recognized American yoga teacher known as the creator of Power Yoga and the founder of Santa Monica Power Yoga, in Santa Monica, California. He has led yoga classes, retreats and workshops worldwide. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15 Yoga Teacher Training Program – Dec 15-22. 9am-5pm. The first part of two, week-long editions. Features transformational yoga practice of kirtan, satsangs, vinyasa flow, flying yoga, pranayama and Thai massage, plus yoga films and books to read for heart opening experience of a lifetime. Cypress Cove, 2481 Golden Gate Blvd E, Naples. Info/ register: 777-0186. YogaUniversity108.com. See ad on page 43 and news brief on page 13.
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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. Children’s ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. 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. NaplesUnity.org. Om Sundays: Complimentary Yoga – 1011:30am. 1st and 3rd Sun. Join for a class with Naples Yoga Center. Bring mat. Free. Preregister at customer service. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. WholeFoodsMarket.com. Rivers and Creek Tour from Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com.
Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Laura Coccomo-Hajjar. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
sunday 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. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org.
monday Mpower Warrior Sculpt – 9am. $15 or 5/$70. Combines segments of strength, power, resistance, cardio, core and yoga and works your entire body and will achieve mind-blowing results. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com.
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 SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org.
Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.
dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.
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. 455-6553. firstname.lastname@example.org. uunaples.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 3:30-5pm. Give yourself what you needed that you didn’t get growing up. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. AdultChildren.org. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Mindfulness Meditation Classes – 5:30-7:30pm. Crystal-clear mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist philosophy. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 910-6598. Info@MeditationFtMyers.com. Drum Circle – 6-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Ft Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551. 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. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No
Emotions Anonymous (EA) – 5:30-6:30pm. A 12-step program. Recovery work from emotional difficulties. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Ron: 450-1662. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way. 248-7931. LifeBehold.com. Slow Flow Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. With Nicole Hills. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. 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. email@example.com. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. 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 Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Gurdjieff Fourth Way Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff with readings and discussions. Introductory sessions meet at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Basic Hatha Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Emphasis on structural alignment. Postures and traditional breath enhancing techniques. Guided meditation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way. 248-7931. LifeBehold.com. Glow with the Flow – 7:30-8:30pm. With Nico Sanchez. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
tuesday 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. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com.
Guided Walk – 9-11am. 1st Tue. Through May. Explore natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, Alva. Info: 822-5212. Guided Walk – 9-11am. 3rd Tue. Through May. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398. Dance the NIA Technique – 10am. With Sandy Contento. Find your joy in movement while healing. $10. Pelican Marsh Fitness Center, Naples. 249-0022. NiaNow.com. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Summit Church, 19601 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, Ft Myers. 489-3095. lllflorida.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Yoga Class – 4:30-6:30pm. Kundalini yoga targets specific energy systems in the body. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm and 6:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Intro to Foundation Training Sessions – 5:30pm. With Harry Grimm. A safe and effective exercise program created to help you change the movement
wednesday patterns that are hurting you. 1330 Tail Head Blvd, N Naples.227-0021. SWFLHealthAndSelfDefense.com. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melissa Saitta. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6:30-8pm. Give yourself what you needed that you didn’t get growing up. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. AdultChildren.org. 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 and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Metaphysical Energy Class – 7:30pm. With Medium, Jay Higgins. Join this interactive class working with energies and how to connect with them. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
Budokon Inspired Flow – 7-8am. Led by Gary Granza, this Budokon-inspired yoga practice is fun, dynamic and powerful, with emphasis on core strength. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. 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 Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Baby & Me – 9-10am. With Lizz Cohoon. Ages 6 weeks to 1 year. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. $18. Selfmassage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Art & Nature Day – 10am-4pm. Tour the historic property and buildings. $10/adults, kids free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
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Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
Torres. Discover ways to heal and transform your relationships, dissolve anxiety and depression and more. $25 per class or four for $80. 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com.
Urantia Book Study Group – 11:45am-1:15pm. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 989-4052. UrantiaBook.me.
Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968.
YINYasa – 4-5pm. With Jacquline Glasgow. This hot gentle flow and yin yoga class creates magical levels of relaxation and exhilaration in a candlelit and heated environment. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Evenings at Enlight Center – 6-7pm. 1st Wed, Mindfulness Meditation. 2nd Wed, Loving Kindness Meditation. 3rd Wed, Goddess Within Circle. 4th Wed, Community Prayer/Intention Ceremony. Enlight Center, Sunshine Ace Plaza, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. EnlightCenter.com. Power Vinyasa – 6-7pm. With Jacqueline Glasgow. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Power Yoga Basics – 6-7:15pm. With Nico Sanchez. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Medical Qigong – 6:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca. Meditation and exercises. Holistic system that supports health and healing. Free for Eyes Wide Open students/clients. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202, Bonita. 948-9444. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. Coral Vet Clinic 9540 Cypress Lake Dr, Ft Myers. 481-4746. 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. ArtsAnonymous.org. A Course in Miracles – 7-8:30pm. With Amy
Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 7:30pm. 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Sq Blvd, Ft Myers. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Glow with the Flow – 7:30-8:30pm. With Ewa McLane. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
thursday Oxbow Kayak Clinic – 9-11am. 1st Thurs. Through May. Learn the basic techniques of paddling and tour the Caloosahatchee River with a guided informational tour. All ages and abilities. $25. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd. Registration required: 533-7440 or LeeParks.org. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Helen: 992-4864. Dance the NIA Technique – 10am. With Sandy Contento. Find your joy in movement while healing. $10. Pelican Marsh Fitness Center, Naples. 249-0022. NiaNow.com. 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. Block Party Storewide Sampling Event – 5-6:30pm. Join for a block party and free samples. Vote for your favorite recipe for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. 552-5100. WholeFoodsMarket.com. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melissa Saitta. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at
Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. New Hope Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 5:30-6:45pm. New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd, Room 106, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Nia Class – 6-7pm. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd and 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Meditation, brief treatment. Contribute healthy snack. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. 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, 5001 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Peaceful Mind – 7-8:30pm. Relax, release and reset. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. With rotating teachers. $20, $70/four weeks or $10 for clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. 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. Canbria@aol.com.
friday Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. LaurieLLL@aol.com. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Liz Ross. Bala
Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Sally: 948-9162. Toddler and Me – 3:30-4:15pm. With Lizz Cohoon. Ages 1-4. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. 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. Healing Circles – 6:30-9pm. Reiki Healing Circle, 1st Fri. Sacred Sound Healing Circle, 2nd Fri, Women’s Sacred Circle, 3rd Fri. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Happehatchee.org.
saturday Epiphany Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Bakery – 8am-1pm. Enjoy samples of all products. Indoor farmers’ market at The Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW Corner of Vanderbilt Beach and Airport Rd. 3984428. EpiphanyGlutenFree.com. Indoor Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. The Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW corner of Airport and Vanderbilt Beach Rd, N Naples. 273-2350. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Guided Walk – 9-11am. 1st Sat. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatachee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398.
Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. ArtInLee.org. Quilting for Healing and Empowerment – 9:3011:30am. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW. For individuals healing from trauma. Create a quilt symbolic of empowerment. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Register for next start date: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. 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. La Leche League – 10am. 3rd Sat. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Lee County Public Library, Lehigh Acres. 823-8219. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Carol 676-7793. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. NaplesReallyReallyFree.WikiSpaces.com. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Every 3rd Sat. Offering some of Naples most experienced readers/ healers. Call to make appointments. Walk-ins welcome. Goddess I AM Healing, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Dixieland Concerts – 1-3pm. Through September. Sponsored by the Naples Jazz Society. Free. The Norris Center, 755 8th Ave S and 8th St S, downtown Naples. 213-3058. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at DavidEssel.com.
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ASTROLOGY BOB MULLIGAN
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AXIS NATURAL MEDICINE
Patricia Acerra, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), CCht 2335 9th St N, #303B, Naples 34103 239-659-9100 • HealthAndBeautyClinic.net Let me assist you in your journey to better health and higher consciousness using traditional and esoteric acupuncture; and clinical and transpersonal hypnotherapy. Serving Naples since 1994.
ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 971 Michigan Ave, Naples 34103 239-262-6828
Specialty: acupuncture, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, saliva/urine screening, neurotransmitter imbalance. Therapy for general anxiety, depression, pain management, hormone imbalance, digestion, detoxification. Nutritional supplements, herbs. AP488/MH2616.
ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531
New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 24 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Graydon Snow, AP, DOM Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Keri Garcia, LMT – Massage 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100; Ft Myers: 239-288-0900 All Natural Primary Care. Providing acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, biopuncture and B12 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. AP2378, MM29338.
DR. HU PAN, A.P.
Office in Naples & Ft Myers 239-821-4482 PanAcupuncture.com 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 17.
PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples 239-936-4199, 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 15.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD
ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP , M.D. (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293 Drcenacupuncture@gmail.com
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 32.
2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 JoyHealthWellness.com Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. Yoga, tai chi, meditation classes.
AYURVEDA CHRISTINA CARLIN, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER
Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy Naples • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consulations, 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 4.
BODYWORK LAURA BARNES
Certified Advanced Rolfer™ Member – The Rolf Institute, since 1995 Member – The International Association of Structural Integrators, since 2004 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-825-8555 You can stand straighter, breathe deeply, move more easily with Rolfing®. Injuries, repetitive strain, even favorite sports and hobbies can create chronic tightness and pain; Rolfing unwinds patterns of pain and restriction. Call for free initial consultation and brief sample of the technique. MA32084/MM29763.
HOLISTIC HEALING ARTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 TheArtOfHolisticMassage.com
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.
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ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC.
Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples 8660 College Pkwy, Ste 230, Ft Myers RolfedInParadise@gmail.com • 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 MM23793.
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. MA35358.
STUART WRIGHT, ND
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.
CHIROPRACTOR NETWORK CHIROPRACTOR
Dr. Michele Pelletiere 9138 Bonita Beach Rd (Sunshine Plaza) Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222 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.
CLEANING SERVICE THE GREENER CLEENER, LLC
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CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.
Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 CleansingSprings.com 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.
RB INSTITUTE, INC.
PAULA TERRY, LMT
C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com 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 28.
CRYSTALS & MARBLE INFINITE STONES, LLC
Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 678-717-8584: Debbie Randolph for Crystals 561-541-3437: Dominique Fuentes for Granite InfiniteStonesllc.com Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our warehouse. See ad, page 18.
DENTISTRY LASER DENTISTRY
Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com 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 25.
WILLIAM E. LOVETT, DDS
860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • RestorativeDentist.com 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 9.
ROGER J. PINT, MPH, DMD
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 BonitaDentalStudio.com 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 58.
ECO SPIRITUAL-CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE CENTER
8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 Happehatchee.org A sanctuary in nature with weekly healing circles, yoga and personal growth classes. The beautiful Peace Pavilion and Bamboo Studio are available to rent for ceremonies and workshops. Home to the Mangrove Gathering Eco- Cafés and the Happe Summer Eco-Camp.
ENERGY HEALING REV. SUSAN ARCY, SPIRITUAL ENERGY PRACTITIONER
Naples Abundant Health Chiropractic Greentree Shopping Ctr, 2310 Immokalee Rd 239-287-7450 Techniques which include Chakra Color/Sound Tuning, Brazilian Light Energization, Crystal and other energy therapies (e.g., John of God crystal bed) are designed to release energy blocks and improve physical energy/health. Doctor of Metaphysics, Delphi University.
CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
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.
MAUREEN SANDERS, THE HORSE SHAMAN
Healing Mind, Body & Spirit since 2005 MaureenSanders.com • TheHorseShaman.com 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.
HEALTHY DINING THE CIDER PRESS CAFÉ
1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples 34110 239-631-2500 CiderPressCafe.com Your gourmet, raw vegan dining destination! Our menu is 100% gluten free. Experience flavors that pop. Discover how delicious healthy food can be. See ad, page 28.
FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ
2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com 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 8.
Ft Myers: 12901 McGregor Blvd, Ste 5 239-337-7979 • PizzaFusion.com/FortMyers and Naples: 2146 Tamiami Tr N 239-262-8111 • PizzaFusion.com/Naples Pizza Fusion offers gourmet pizza, organic, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free entrees, desserts, beers and wines, and eco-friendly dining. Dine in, take out, delivery within five-mile radius. Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm. See ad, page 49.
INTEGRATIVE HEALING CENTER Monarch Therapy 4500 Executive Dr, Ste 100, Naples 239-325-9210 • MonarchTherapy.com
“ 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.
MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA
9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Ft Myers 33919 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com 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 33.
HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • HypnosisBasics.com
Lucy Finch Certified Crystal Healer Seraphim Blueprint Teacher 532 Park St, Naples 34102 239-430-0654 Stand in the healing center surrounded by chakra balancing crystals and receive refreshing reenergizing relief. Enjoy the eclectic variety of jazzy jewelry, art and specimen rocks, crystals and healing tools. See ad, page 20.
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 29.
NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET INTUITIVE READINGS
ADA’S NATURAL MARKET
AWAKEN TO THE TAROT WITH KIM 1342 Royal Palm Square Blvd, Ft Myers Riverby1@embarqmail.com 239-910-0883 by appointment only
7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com 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 29.
A Tarot reading is a gift to the soul. It provides positive information to encourage you towards spiritual growth and peace. $60/hour and a complimentary Biomat treatment.
141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com 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 15.
HOLISTIC CENTER EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 EyesWideOpenC.com • 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.
ANNE DANCU INTUITIVE, MEDIUM
239-272-2583 Phone readings also available. HealingWordsCreativeSpirit@gmail.com HealingWordsCreativeSpirit.com Align your unique soul connection through the guidance of healing words infused with vibrational attunements of higher wisdom for your present need and personal transformation.
NATURAL HEALTH JAMES OCCHIOGROSSO, MH
Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 HealthNaturallyToday.com 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 60.
LOCALLY-GROWN PRODUCE 31 PRODUCE
18500 State Rd 31, Alva, FL 33920 239-313-8213 • 31Produce.com Family owned U-Pick Farm. Open all year-round from 9am5:30pm everyday! Farmers’ Market selling our produce along with local farms produce and local artist crafts, crystals and furniture. See ad, page 57.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com
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 21.
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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.
PERSONAL TRAINER ERIC ECCLES, HOLISTIC FITNESS TRAINER/COACH
Naples • Bonita Springs • Estero • Ft Myers 239-398-9123
Offering a unique holistic approach to personal training, helping to improve all aspects of one’s life. Includes: cardio fitness, strength training, yoga, nutrition counseling, life and meditation coaching. Also specializing in sports specific and mental skills training.
PHYSICAL THERAPY INNERCONNECTIONS
Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years 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 4.
PODIATRIST JOHN J. ADLER, DPM
1722 Del Prado Blvd S, Ste 12, Cape Coral 239-573-9200 • ccfootdr.com Specializing in painless, noninvasive treatment promoting a natural approach to healthy living. Gentle homeopathic management for foot and ankle problems. Traumeel, Prolo Therapy. Boardcertified.
PSYCHOTHERAPY JILL WHEELER, MA, LMHC, RYT
Psychotherapy/Counseling/Life Coaching 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-595-3199 • wellfitinstitute.com
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Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows t h e m a r k e t , o ff e r s e x p e r t 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!
SMOKING CESSATION CITY VAPOR FORT MYERS
3547 Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers 33901 239-362-3551 CityVaporFtMyers.com Stepping out at social or business functions to smoke? Sneaking a smoke at work? Tired of the smell? Vaping offers a healthier alternative most anywhere. See ad, page 32.
YOGA BALA VINYASA YOGA
bvYoga.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples New South Naples location. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Affiliate studio. 200and 300-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS). Daily classes, monthly workshops and private sessions with excep-tional teachers, plus massage therapy and BV Boutique. See ad, page 41.
2800 Davis Blvd, #100, Naples MPowerStudio.com 239-249-1304 Mpower Studio was developed to redesign the concept of living well. We’ve integrated health, fitness, well being, personal development and business development to provide an inspirational environment for you to pursue your personal best. Mpower Studio features Naples’ best yoga classes and barre classes! See ad, page 42.
MEREDITH MUSICK, E-RYT, LMT
Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist MeredithMusick.com 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 40.
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