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letterfrompublisher An Ageless Mindset Never let an old person live in your body. ~Christiane Northrup


Three Pose Success Carolee Clark “I believe that everyone is creative in different ways,” says Oregon artist Carolee Clark. “It might manifest itself in cooking, gardening or other creative activities. I am a visual person, and my learning experience throughout my schooling was influenced by this proclivity. I view the world as spatial, noticing colors and patterns.” A full-time artist since 1998, Clark began painting with watercolors, experimented with pastels and now works mainly with acrylics, favoring landscapes and figures as subject matter. “My friends tease me about how I continually try new directions and am never satisfied with the work I’m doing at the moment,” she confides, “but I like to push myself to explore bold, new ideas.” One element of Clark’s ever-evolving passion has remained unchanged: her love of drawing, which enables her to quickly capture her ideas as realistically or abstractly as she desires, and then concentrate on color choices and the application of paints. She explains, “I like to exaggerate forms in a playful manner and use unusual colors and intriguing calligraphic brushwork and patterns.”

uning into this month’s Agelessness theme. I thought about the ways that I’ve been keeping myself young this summer. As these photos show, playing with loved ones in nature’s beautiful settings has been a big part of it, and I’m grateful for it all. I’ll celebrate a milestone birthday this month, unless I heed Dr. Christiane Northrup’s advice in Kathleen Barnes’ feature article, “Ageless Being,” on page 40. Northrup insists that we drop our cultural obsession with chronological age and reveals plenty of evidence of why it truly does not have to indicate biological age. As I’ve watched friends and family members mature, I’ve seen some retain their youth, health, and vitality, while others accept the societal mindset about health challenges, limited mental agility and age-appropriate activities. As I rejoice in experiencing the age-defying benefits of a slew of healthy daily habits in sync with research cited in this month’s issue, I am also witnessing rebellious friends likewise debunking outdated age-related groupthink. After all, today’s experts observe that 60 is the new 40 with good reason: Americans have added 15 years to midlife. What if age were primarily a state of mind, reflecting a fundamental belief of what we expect in life? Then, one’s youthfulness—starting with mind, heart and spirit—even if displaced, could be exultantly reclaimed, even to the point of physical manifestations. I attribute the retention of the youthful spirit I started life out with to living in the moment. Being present to the miracles of life, awed by the adventure and forever curious about its possibilities begets a lively sense of well-being. As a vital complement, I’ve noticed that my whole being lightens when I drop judgments, complaints and criticisms toward myself and others. Switching to unconditional acceptance and loving regard makes me feel good. Perhaps most important is taking every opportunity each day to fill my own love tank. When I look in the mirror, I think beautiful thoughts. I treasure my body with good food, exercise and time in nature. The more I do, the more loving compassion flows out to touch others. I am working on hugging harder, laughing more and being grateful all day long for everything. It takes discipline, but the rewards are well worth it. Half the fun is being with a tribe of people that embrace an ageless living lifestyle. I love feeling half my age (if that), and on the most essential levels, I’m resolved not to grow older at all. Won’t you join us? Happy youthing,

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newsbriefs Holistic Iridology Now Available Locally


olistic Iridologist Laura James is offering holistic iridology assessments by appointment at CasaShanti, in Fort Myers. She will also provide free mini-iris assessments at Peace Day in the Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 20, at Jaycee Park, in Cape Coral. A member of the International College of IridolLaura James ogy, a worldwide organization, James is skilled in the 3,000-year-old science and practice of iridology, which today is performed by digitally imaging both eyes. An iridologist then interprets genetic information contained within the iris, including the weakness and strength of organs, glands and other tissues. Holistic iridology goes beyond traditional physical assessment, allowing the iridologist to understand mental, emotional and spiritual aspects and analyze for prevention of illness and disease at the root causes. Long-developing health conditions can also be analyzed by changes in the iris caused by lifestyle and emotional factors. The left eye correlates with the body’s left side, which is the feminine, creative, conceptual and intuitive side of us; the right eye, the body’s right side, more of the masculine, analytical, linear and practical side. Locations: Jaycee Park, off Beach Pkwy. 4125 SE 20th Pl., CasaShanti, 2052 Cottage St. For more information or to schedule an assessment, call 239-4319172, email or visit See ad, page 12.

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AHA! A Holistic Approach Center Acquires Health & Harmony


HA! A Holistic Approach Center, has expanded its wellness offerings with the purchase of Health & Harmony, the oldest yoga studio in Lee County, which has been healing people for 25 years. In addition to a range of iyengar and alignment yoga classes for all levels, therapeutic massage, CranioSacral therapy and acupuncture with Dr. Robert Murdoch, the expanded center now offers quantum energetic, clinical psychotherapy and a full-spectrum infrared sauna. While remaining in the historic Iona Schoolhouse Professional Complex, in Fort Myers, both centers have moved into a much larger space which includes a spacious, relaxing and elegant yoga room.

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newsbriefs Natural Awakenings Family of Franchises Keeps Growing


atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed new publishers that completed a training program in early August at the corporate headquarters, in Naples, Florida. (L-R:) New Natural Awakenings NAPC staff spent several publishers for Philadelphia and days with the entrepreneurs Southeast Louisiana launching a new Natural Awakenings edition in Philadelphia and renewing publication of the existing Southeast Louisiana magazine. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest free, local, healthy living lifestyle publications in the world, serving approximately 4 million readers in 95 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. “Living a conscious lifestyle that supports our well-being and the sustainability of planet Earth has become more important than ever,” says Bruckman. “Our dedicated family of publishers, supported by loyal advertisers, connects readers with the resources they need to create a healthier, happy world that works for all living things.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is publishing or to learn more about franchise opportunities, call 239-5301377 or visit See ad, page 63.

Open House at Happehatchee Center in Estero


he Happehatchee Center, in Estero, is holding an Open House honoring National Estuary Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 26. Attendees can experience the many healing modalities that the eco-spiritual sanctuary offers, including yoga, kirtan, Reiki and crystal bowl meditation. Visitors can meet teachers, staff and volunteers; take guided tours on the grounds bordering the Estero River; and enjoy live music, vendors and a closing drum circle. The unique, five-acre center features an old-growth bamboo forest, an edible forest, a butterfly garden, labyrinths, the screenedin Peace Pavilion, the historic Girl Scout House and more. Donations accepted. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239-992-5455, email Happehatchee@gmail. com or visit 12

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Peace Day in the Park Returns to Cape Coral


he eighth annual Peace Day in the Park, a free community gathering celebrating the International Day of Peace, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 20, at Jaycee Park, in Cape Coral. The family-friendly event will feature local artisans, vendors, yoga, live music, pet adoptions, meditation, crafts, workshops, a fashion show, raffles, food and more. Participating organizations and businesses include Cape Coral Farmers’ Market and Surfside Sunset Market, Zak’s Jewelry, Good Medicine Community Acupuncture, Blue Dahlia Session Salon, What’s Up SWFL, Environmental and Peace Education Center, Family Source Consulting, Pushing Daizies and Cape Coral Parks and Recreation. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods that will be donated to the ACT Abuse Counseling and Treatment Center and the Veterans Village of Port Charlotte. Location: Off Beach Pkwy, 4125 SE 20th Pl. For more information, email or visit the 8th annual Peace Day in the Park event page on Facebook. See ad, page 27.

Marco Island Spa and Salon Expands Services


kin Renewal Systems Medical Spa, Hair and Nail Salon, on Marco Island, has expanded their services to include hair and nail care. The spa’s experienced hair stylists and nail technicians have more than 20 years of experience and keep up with the latest trends. The full-service, one-stop spa and salon has been a leader in skin and body care on the island for 15 years. All massage, acupuncture and reflexology treatments are performed on the Biomat, which enhances the results by using healing infrared rays, amethyst crystal and negative ions. Young Living Oils are also used during the raindrop massage and customized massage therapies. All of the spa’s anti-aging facials are performed by experienced, medically trained estheticians. The spa also offers permanent makeup, a popular treatment that draws clients from around the world; the antiaging, pain-free Venus Freeze; and teeth whitening Location: 1000 N. Collier Blvd., Ste. 11 and 13. For more information, call 239-394-1083 or visit SkinRenewalMarco. com. See ad, page 11. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Godwin Returns to Eyes Wide Open Center


octor of Psychology Alan Godwin, who is certified in alternative dispute resolution and a 25-year veteran private practice licensed psychologist, will lead a seminar, Behind the Mask of Manipulation, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 19, at the Eyes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Springs. The seminar follows a successful class Godwin hosted in February and will go into more depth to provide effective strategies that can be used immediately for recognizing and countering manipulation while setting healthy relational boundaries. Presenting case studies, Alan Godwin stories, illustrations and analogies that combine decades of clinical practice and the latest behavioral research, Godwin will explore drama-avoidance techniques, including understanding the manipulation process and effectively countering manipulation, and strategies for minimizing reactions. The author of How to Solve Your People Problems: Dealing with Your Difficult Relationships, Godwin serves on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate Counseling Department of Trevecca University, in Nashville, Tennessee, and speaks frequently for Cross Country Education, training mental health professionals in conflict resolution, the therapeutic process and dealing with manipulators. Cost: $125. With continuing education units offered, this event is open to mental health professionals and the public. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 204. For more information, call 239-948-9444 or visit and

Chakra Energy Balancing at Purely You Spa


ll-organic Purely You Spa, in Naples, is offering a Chakra Energy Balancing group class at 8:30 a.m., September 19, with a focus on learning how to open and balance the body’s energy centers. Led by the spa’s expert in energy healing, Terry Flynn, who is trained in many massage modalities and is passionate about helping seniors and mothers-to-be, the class includes antioxidant green tea and organic fruit for attendees. “This class will help to restore your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing,” says Director Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi. “The more centered you feel, the healthier you will be and the more quality of life you will have.”  All attendees will receive a complimentary $50 gift certificate toward their first private custom energy healing session at Purely You Spa, which also provides organic anti-aging facial treatments, massage, airbrush tanning and body treatments. Cost: $18, free for spa members. Location: 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302. For more information or to register, call 239-331-8266, email Info@PurelyYou  or visit See ad, page 17.

T here is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. ~Sophia Loren 14

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Joyful Yoga Academy Begins Training Next Month


he Joyful Yoga & Spa Academy, in Bonita Springs, celebrating its 10th year of training yoga instructors, is taking applications for the fall and spring semesters of the 200-hour Transformational Teacher Training program. The next series of classes will start on October 9 and continue for two weekends per month through March. Instruction includes raja yoga, regarded by many as the “royal path” and a complete science-based philosophy and practice; Primordial Sound Meditation instruction as taught by Deepak Chopra; working knowledge of ayurveda, the chakra system and more. Staff instructors possess more than 100 years of combined experience and education through the Himalayan Institute, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and many other institutions, schools and ashrams. The 7,600-square-foot facility includes a full-service ayurvedic spa, boutique and a lending library. Cost: $3,995 or pay by module ($3,695 if registered by Sept. 9). Fees include unlimited classes through graduation and six months following. Location: 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy. For more information, call 239-947-9845, email Marti@ or visit See ad, page 37.

Monarch Wellness Center Launches Expanded Fall Programs


onarch Wellness Center, in Naples, is expanding its ongoing Peaceful Mind and Inner Spa for the Mind sessions on Thursdays and every second Saturday, respectively, and offering a new fall schedule with reduced fees. Child classes include Caterpillar Kids Yoga to equip participants with healthy coping skills to last a lifetime and behavioral specialist-led Cooperative Caterpillar Kids Club for children that are learning-ready, with a focus on social and communication skills. Teen classes include fun Teen Yoga and Soul Sisters Middle School Girls Group. Dedicated to empowering all ages, the center believes the power of healing our youth starts with healing ourselves as adults. Yoga classes cover overall health and wellness issues from nutrition and sleep to anxiety and recoveryspecific classes. Other classes focused on empowerment and mindfulness include Meditation Metamorphosis, Women’s Empowerment, Mindful Parents and Creative Expressions. Location: 843 Myrtle Terr. For more information, call 239325-9210, email or visit natural awakenings

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he House of Gaia Community Learning Center, in Naples, will offer new Ra-African dance classes this month at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning September 8. The center will also host a RaAfrican Dance and Drum workshop from 3 to 6 p.m., October 18, followed by a post-event potluck party with donations accepted to support the center and its scholarship program for fall classes. House of Gaia Director Lulu Carter, the queen mother of Torgome Village, in Ghana, will lead this energetic class. Students will learn the Ra-African style, a fusion of African and Brazilian dance moves. While committed to the local Southwest Florida community for years, Carter has been invited for the second time to represent Brazil, her native country, in a Semester at Sea program, sailing from Senegal to Bahia this November. Costs: $12 per class; $35 workshop. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste. 1 and 3. For more information, call 239-272-6152 or visitÂ

Peaceful Mind Qigong Coming to Integrative Mindfulness


ensei (teacher) Dave Kelly will begin offering Peaceful Mind Qigong classes at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays this month at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. Certified in many styles of martial arts, including karate, tai chi and qigong, Kelly is a popular area teacher. Much like tai chi, qigong is an ancient Chinese health practice that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused attention. A slow, gentle moving practice, qigong can improve physical and mental well-being, balance and overall health. Research conducted by the Mayo Clinic and Duke and Vanderbilt universities has shown that the gentle, rhythmic movements of qigong reduces stress, builds stamina, increases vitality and enhances the immune system. Those that maintain a consistent practice find that it helps them regain a youthful vitality, maintain health and recover faster from illness. Cost: $15, $120 10-class package. Location: The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste. 102. For more information or to register, call Kelley at 239-825-7566, email or visit See ad, page 30.

Asian Healthy Therapy Massage Opens in Naples


pportunities to experience healthy and soothing modalities have increased in Naples, because Asian Healthy Therapy Massage is now open at 2364 Tamiami Trail East, Unit 3. Individual and combined full-body massage and reflexology sessions are available in 30-minute to two-hour increments. The studio also offers shiatsu and aromatherapy treatments. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239307-4165. See ad, page 18.


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Holistic Holiday at Sea Sets Sail in February


he next opportunity is approaching to learn from some of the world’s leading experts in getting and staying healthy during a one-week Caribbean cruise vacation. A Holistic Holiday at Sea, cited by National Geographic Traveler as “one of the 100 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life,” will depart on its 13th Voyage to Well-Being, February 27 next year, with 35 teachers, 130 classes, a vegan menu and myriad social events. Guests may choose from a wide spectrum of classes and workshops ranging from several types of yoga, fitness and meditation to presentations on integrative medicine, plant-based nutrition, 10 cooking classes and lectures from a host of luminaries that include Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Michael Klaper. The cruise begins and ends in Miami, with ports of call at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Nassau, Bahamas. The unique concept is the brainchild of Sandy Pukel, who previously conducted health educational programs in Miami for four decades. His first cruise attracted 400 people; more than a decade later, it counts among one of the largest national holistic events, hosting 1,850 like-minded cruisers on each voyage. “This relaxing vacation and educational experience has profoundly changed thousands of lives,” he says. For more information or to register, call 800-496-0989 or 877844-7977 or visit See ad, page 43.

Anniversary Events at Naples Yoga Center


he Naples Yoga Center (NYC) will celebrate its second anniversary with two events this month, beginning with A Glow with the Flow & Wine Tasting Celebration Class at 5 p.m., September 18. This event features a one-hour black light flow class, followed by a paleo wine tasting, with glow bracelets and necklaces provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear white clothing to maximize the effects. A free Power Yoga class for all levels, led by married New York City-based co-owners and certified yoga instructors Jacqueline Glasgow and Jim Kurtyka, will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m., September 19. Attendees can enjoy complimentary cold-pressed Joyful Juice after the class. Cost: $16; wine tasting drop-in or as part of regular class package. Location: 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 206. For more information, call 239-592-4809 or visit natural awakenings

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kudos Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, in Naples, a state-certified Green Salon, is now also a certified Green Circle Salon (GCS), conducting a recycling/repurposing program that ensures hair, foils, color tubes, plastics, papers and chemicals are diverted out of landfills and water systems. The salon has several bins provided by GCS into which they separate and place waste and recyclable materials, which constitutes 90 to 95 percent of the spa’s regular operational waste. The bins are picked up once a week by a GCS representative. A $1.75 eco-stewardship fee was instituted for customers to contribute to the ongoing success of this program.   Location: 6714 Lone Oak Blvd. For more information, call 239-514-4707 or visit or See ad, page 22. Karin Wolfe was recently accredited as a certified biofeedback specialist by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. She successfully completed courses in anatomy, emotions, physiology, stress management, business code and ethics; participated in an internship program with case studies; and passed the final written exam. Wolfe is trained on the LIFE System, a non-evasive device Karin Wolfe that uses quantum physics to scan nearly 7,000 energy patterns to detect and balance those areas which are imbalanced to reduce stress and pain. She is also a member of the Biofeedback Society of Florida and is insured by the Biofeedback Association of North America. Appointments can be made at Joyful Yoga and Spa, in Bonita Springs; Healing Quantum Light Center, in Naples; or Transitions Natural Health Center, in Coral Springs. In-home sessions and corporate packages are also available. Costs: $195 initial two-hour session, $95 one-hour followups. Family, children, pets and multi-session packages are also available at reduced rates. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-980-3257, email or visit 18

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Creating a Future for Adults with Autism Conference Experts to Address Health and Employment for Young People in Transition to Adulthood by Lee Walker


he vision for a community of connection,” notes Smith. parents living together within an Smith will also offer inspiring stories affordable cohousing environment of dramatic results that he has heard in order to provide support and caring from parents of autistic children that for each other and their children that live have changed their child’s diet or that of with disabilities is one that Debby Kays their entire family. Smith, who receives and other members of local nonprofit thousands of stories by email, letters Adonis Autism, Inc., have been investand phone calls, has chosen several for his upcoming film, Secret Ingredients. ing their time and energy into for more “I’ve listened to remarkable stories of than four years. Kays, secretary and vice dramatic recoveries, such as one from a president for the group, along with her family featured in the film. Their doctor husband, Terry, draw their inspiration, informed them that their son would devotion and ideas for how to turn the never be able to speak, live alone or be vision into reality from their son Walter, without medication for the remainder who lives with autism. of his life. He is now in a mainstream In continuing the group’s efforts to school, earning straight A’s and is no bring their vision to fruition and to educate parents and children on new posJeffrey Smith, keynote speaker at the longer diagnosed as autistic,” says Smith, who will show the group a short clip from sibilities, this year’s conference, A Path to 2015 Adonis Autism conference Secret Ingredients. Health and Employment for Young People in Transition to Adulthood, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. SeptemAnother remarkable presentation that parents will ber 12, in Naples, promises fresh perspectives. “We have an appreciate is that of Boaz Nelson Santiago, co-founder impressive lineup of speakers who will not only explore the of Picasso Einstein, an organization that assists individuperspectives on the brain/body connection, but also the role als with disabilities and their families to explore, estabthat proper digestion and a gluten-free, organic/non-GMO lish and initiate small business ventures with the main diet plays in exacerbating or reducing autism symptoms, as purpose of providing meaningful employment for the well as how there can be autonomy and independence in disabled person. “His Person-Ventured Entrepreneurship the future of young adults with developmental disabilities,” workshop for increasing independence and engagement says Kays. in individuals with disabilities is a unique and exciting Keynote speaker Jeffrey Smith, founder of Institute for paradigm-shifting program that can provide a window Responsible Technology, returns to Naples to address the into an incredible future that parents have never before physiological changes in autistic children and correlate considered for their developmentally disabled children, what is likely happening in their body when they consume no matter their age,” says Kays. GMO foods that contain glysophate residue, the active “Our other health-focused speaker is Dr. Shane Walker, ingredient in the Monsanto pesticide Roundup. DC, owner of Thrive Chiropractic, in Naples. He will speak Among the points that Smith will discuss are physiabout autism and the brain/body connection as it relates to ological changes in gut bacteria that result in a permeable behaviors and interrupted brain/body messages. Overall, it’s gut, mineral deficiencies, disabled metabolic pathways going to be a truly enlightening evening and our best conferand digestive disorders that have been linked to glyence to date,” says Kays. sophate residue on GMO crops sprayed with Roundup. “We will explore the connection between glysophate Location: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 toxicity and autism studied by Stephanie Seneff, a se111th Ave. N., Naples. For tickets, visit Eventbrite. nior research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and com/e/a-path-to-health-and-employment-for-youngArtificial Intelligence Laboratory. Stephanie focuses her people-in-transition-to-adulthood-tickets-17059602731. research largely on the relationship between nutrition and Direct questions to and health and has developed a computational model for this visit natural awakenings

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Tips for Healthy Skin Exfoliation


umerous benefits are gained by removing the oldest dead cells that cling to the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer. Whether performing exfoliation on the back, feet or face, the skin will have a fresher appearance and smoother feeling to the touch. Epidermal skin cells are comprised mostly of keratin, a substance that also forms on hair and nails. Individual cells, called keratinocytes, grow at the lowest level of the epidermis. As new skin cells gradually push their way to the top layer, they die, break away and fall off to make room for new cells growing up from below. While it takes roughly 30 days for the newer and plumper cells to reach the top layer, the process of detachment can be nudged along with three different types of exfoliation. n Manual sloughing with a mild abrasive such as a sea salt or a Himalayan salt scrub that does not contain environmentally damaging microbeads. This is generally used on the back. n Microdermabrasion, which uses aluminum oxide crystals to gently buff away the surface layer of the skin, is more commonly used on the face. n Chemical peels with alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids are also more frequently used on facial skin. As we age, the process of cell turnover can increase to 45 to 50 days. Cells can start to pile up unevenly on the skin’s surface, giving it a dry, rough, dull appearance. Although exfoliation is beneficial because it removes cells that are clinging on, be aware that it is possible to over-exfoliate the delicate skin of the face. Also, caution is required in sunny climates, where over-exfoliation can leave the skin more susceptible to damage by the sun. Lyn Sinclair, LMT, practices at 501 Goodlette Rd., Bldg. D, in Naples. For more information, call 239-961-1645 or visit See ad, page 66.


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Yoga Boosts Brain Gray Matter


esearch from the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University Medical Center has found that a regular hatha yoga practice increases gray matter within the brain, reversing the loss found among those with chronic pain. The researchers tested seven hatha yoga meditation practitioners and seven non-practitioners. Each of the subjects underwent tests for depression, anxiety, moods and cognition levels, along with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans. The scientists found that the brains of the yoga meditation practitioners contained significantly greater gray matter by volume in key brain regions, including the frontal, temporal and occipital cortices, plus the cerebellum and the hippocampus, compared to the non-yoga subjects. The yoga meditation practitioners also had more gray area in the prefrontal cortex regions that are involved in decision-making, reward/consequence, control and coordination.

Chamomile Tea Helps Us Live Longer


n a study of 1,677 Mexican-American men and women over the age of 65 from the Southwestern U.S., researchers have found that drinking chamomile tea decreases the risk of earlier mortality by an average of 29 percent. Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch followed the study population for seven years. Among those tested, 14 percent drank chamomile tea regularly. These were primarily women, and those women that drank chamomile tea experienced a 33 percent reduced mortality during the study period. The small group of men that drank the chamomile tea regularly did not register a significant difference in mortality. Chamomile also has a long history of use in folk medicine and is primarily used to settle digestion and calm the mind. It is a leading natural herbal tea in many countries and contains no caffeine. While various species may be used, chamomile tea is traditionally made by infusing the flowers of either German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) or Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) into hot water. In Spanish-speaking regions, chamomile tea is often referred to as manzanilla tea—consumed in Mexico and other Spanish cultures for centuries. natural awakenings

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Daily Exercise Adds Five Years to Life


esearch published this year in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has determined that just 30 minutes of exercise, six days a week, can result in a reduced risk of early death by 40 percent, regardless of the intensity of the exercise. The researchers followed nearly 15,000 men born between 1923 and 1932. The men’s exercise and sedentary levels were measured along with the number of deaths that occurred during two 12-year study periods. In the second 12-year period, the researchers followed almost 6,000 of the surviving men. The researchers compared those men that were sedentary with those that exercised either moderately or intensely and found that moderate to intense exercise increased their average lifespan by five years. This improvement was comparable to the difference between smoking and nonsmoking, according to the researchers. The data comes from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, in Oslo. The scientists’ finding confirms that public health practices for elderly men should include efforts to increase physical activity, along with efforts to reduce smoking.


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Support Groups Keep Artery Patients Mobile

The Health Benefits of Tai Chi Soft Ball


esearch published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has determined that when peripheral artery disease patients engage in behavioral support groups that encourage exercise, they realize increased mobility. The researchers from Northwestern University followed 194 patients for a year, testing subjects at six months and again at 12 months. The patients were divided into two groups; one attended weekly intervention group meetings, while the control group attended weekly lectures. After six months, the researchers found that only 6.3 percent of those that attended the support group meetings experienced mobility loss, compared to 26.5 percent of those that didn’t attend the meetings. After one year, the support group attendees again showed positive results. The control group had 18.5 percent loss in mobility, while only 5.2 percent of the support group attendees did.

Smog Increases Stroke Risk


esearch from Germany has found that the high particulate numbers in smoggy areas increase the risk of stroke. The Heinz Nixdorf Recall study followed more than 4,400 people between the ages of 45 and 74 years old. The researchers began the study in 2000. They compared stroke and heart attacks to air pollution particulate matter (PM) levels of PM10 (particle sizes of 10 micrometers or less) and PM2.5 (2.5 micrometers or less). The study found that stroke incidence was more than two-and-a-half times higher among people with long-term exposure to PM10, while stroke incidence increased by more than three times among people with long-term exposure to PM2.5 smog.

Real peace is always unshakable... Bliss is unchanged by gain or loss. ~Yogi Bhajan

by Linda Sechrist


he benefits of tai chi soft ball training regarding balance and physical functional health aren’t well known beyond the Department of Physical Education at Hong Kong Baptist University, in Hong Kong, or the Journal of Human Sport & Exercise. However, Alfred Cormier, doctor of Alfred Cormier Oriental medicine and owner of the Cormier Health Center, in Naples, is looking to change this. The licensed primary care physician who became a certified international coach for tai chi rouli trained in Beijing with Master Tong Bao Min to learn how a ball, racquet and the human body can work together to produce flow, focus and concentration. “The game, which is also referred to as Chinese tennis, is about how and why we move. It’s also less about what we look like on the outside and more about how we focus on the inside,” says Cormier. The graceful pastime, which is an emerging national sport in China, was pioneered in 1991 by Professor Bai Rong at the Jun Zhong College of Shan Xi Medical University, in China. Tai chi soft ball, which combines the benefits of racquet sports like tennis and badminton with aspects of tai chi, uses a special lightweight racquet covered with a rubber surface. The most common type of ball used is plastic with a sand-filled center. In play, the ball cannot be returned by direct force, but rather caught and returned in a gentle movement that uses the whole body. Tai chi rouli can also be played solo with skillful, uninterrupted holistic body movements, internal focus and several flexible hand techniques. Played with smooth, flowing movements that are reported to improve circulation, flexibility, joint function, agility and hand-eye coordination, the game has been proven to improve, maintain and decelerate the deterioration of physical health in older adults. Individuals restricted to a wheelchair can also play it. For more information about private one-hour lessons (by appointment) offered by Cormier, call 239-530-3997 or visit See ad, page 55. natural awakenings

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Breeze Please

A Third of U.S. Power May Be Wind by 2050 According to a new study by the U.S. Energy Department ( EnergyDepart mentWind Report), wind power could provide more than a third of the nation’s electricity in a few decades, while posting a net savings in energy costs. Undersecretary for Technology and Energy Lynn Orr, Ph.D., states, “With continued commitment, wind can be the cheapest, cleanest option in all 50 states by 2050.” Wind power has tripled since 2000, and now supplies nearly 5 percent of the country’s electric power. The report says that it could dramatically reduce air pollution and go a long way toward meeting the country’s goals of slowing climate change. Meanwhile, Spanish engineers have invented the Vortex Bladeless wind turbine, a hollow straw that sticks up 40 feet from the ground and vibrates when the wind passes through it. Instead of using a propeller, the Vortex takes advantage of an aerodynamic effect called vorticity. The result is a turbine that’s 50 percent less expensive than a bladed model and is nearly silent. It’s not as efficient as conventional turbines, but more of them can be placed in the same amount of space, for a net gain of 40 percent in efficiency. Plus, with no gears or moving parts, maintenance is much easier and they are safer for bats and birds. Source: Wired 24

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Spring Cleaning Connecticut Initiates Mattress Recycling

Connecticut has introduced the nation’s first-ever mattress recycling program to get old beds off the curb and into the renewable waste stream via Park City Green, a cavernous warehouse in Bridgeport where mattresses go to die and get reborn. One of only two mattress recycling facilities in the state, it employs workers that manually break down bedding parts, separating the materials into giant piles of foam, mounds of cotton and tall stacks of metal springs. All this gets shipped off to junk dealers to be recycled and reclaimed for later use in the metal industry or as backing for carpets. The city had been paying hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to pick up mattresses on trash day and break them apart for disposal, but that figure is expected to drop to zero and create jobs at the same time. Connecticut’s program is voluntary, so municipalities don’t have to participate. But because it’s already being paid for by consumers and the mattress industry, state officials expect the program to grow. Already, more than 60 Connecticut communities are participating.

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Embracing Invasives

Rethinking the Balance of Nature Environmental journalist Fred Pearce, author of the new book, The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation, traveled across six continents and ecosystems from remote Pacific islands to the United Kingdom and the Great Lakes to reveal some outdated scientific ideas about invasive species and the balance of nature. Pearce argues that mainstream environmentalists are correct that we need a rewilding of the Earth, but they are wrong if they believe it can be achieved by reengineering ecosystems. He thinks that humans have changed the planet too much, and nature never goes backward. But a growing group of scientists is taking a fresh look at how species interact in the wild. According to these new ecologists, we should applaud the dynamism of alien species and the new ecosystems they create. In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, it’s crucial that we find ways to help nature regenerate. Embracing this new ecology, Pearce proposes, is our best chance, maintaining, “To be an environmentalist in the 21st century means celebrating nature’s wildness and capacity for change.” Source: 26

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globalbriefs Bottomless Well

De-Salting Water Could Help Drought-Stricken Areas A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jain Irrigation Systems has devised a method of turning brackish water into drinking water using renewable energy. This solar-powered machine is able to pull salt out of water and disinfect it with ultraviolet rays, making it suitable for both irrigation and drinking. Electrodialysis works by passing a stream of water between two electrodes with opposite charges. Because the salt dissolved in water consists of positive and negative ions, the electrodes pull the ions out of the water, leaving fresher water at the center of the flow. A series of membranes separate the freshwater stream from increasingly salty ones. The photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis reversal system recently won the top $140,000 Desal Prize from the U.S. Department of Interior. “This technology has the potential to bring agriculture to vast barren lands using brackish water,� says Richard Restuccia, Jain’s vice president of landscape solutions. The prize was developed to supply catalytic funding to capture and support innovative ideas and new technologies that could have a significant impact on resolving global water demand. Among 13 desalination projects under consideration along the California coast, the Carlsbad Desalination Project will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere once it is completed in the fall. Source: 28

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Dark Act

Happy Eco-Birthday!

Protect Truth and Transparency in GMO Food Labeling On July 23, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, known by supporters as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act” by opponents. The bill removes the requirement that foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) be labeled as such, preventing consumers from the right to know whether or not the foods they purchase contain potentially harmful ingredients. If it becomes law, H.R. 1599 will preempt state labeling requirements, including the pioneering Vermont GMO labeling law scheduled to take effect next year. First, a companion bill will have to clear the Senate. No date is set yet for this and the time to let our senators know that we want to protect truth and transparency on food labels and encourage them to oppose the DARK Act starts now. Make the people’s voice heard by contacting local state senators, call 202-224-3121 and visit ContactYourSenatorToday.

Parties that Celebrate Life and the Planet The most memorable birthday parties make us feel good, and going green makes them feel even better.


Location matters. Consider a park or beach as a setting to promote exercise and time outdoors. Children’s museums and wildlife centers frequently host kids’ birthday parties. Other “experience parties”, as suggested at, include pottery making, tie-dyeing organic T-shirts or touring a local fire station. Forgo traditional trappings. Rather than using paper materials, consider decorating an old sheet as a festive tablecloth, utilize recycled computer or other repurposed paper to print custom placemats, and personalize cloth napkins found at estate sales or made from old clothes with guest names written with fabric pens for a unique and reusable party favor. Find details on these and other tips at Tinyurl. com/PBS-Green-Party-Ideas. Sustainable gifts. PlanToys makes its toys from rubberwood, a sustainable byproduct of latex harvesting, and non-formaldehyde glues. For preteens, gift a subscription to the National Wildlife Federation’s Ranger Rick magazine or a birdhouse or bird feeder. Make a maestro. Presenting a gift card for introductory music lessons can launch a young musician. A recent study by the National Association for Music Education notes that early exposure to music develops language, reading, math and memorization skills; improves hand-eye coordination; builds confidence and a sense of achievement; and promotes social interaction and teamwork when performing with others. Or, give tickets to introduce a child to classical, pops or jazz concert-going.


Healthy drinks and eats. Serve or bring organic, locally made beer and wine and pure fruit juices. Have the party catered by a health food restaurant or store, or order organic takeout. Do-good gifts. Antique and consignment shops are filled with items rich in culture and history. Museums, art centers and specialty gift shops offer fair trade creations handmade by overseas workers that all purchases assist. Family ties. Work beforehand with a partner or family member of the birthday celebrant to showcase family photos at the party and spark sharing of nostalgic stories among guests.

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readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Richard Ballo

Life’s mission: To educate and inform readers through writing books that focus on healing grief after losing a loved one. Life without Lisa: A Widowed Father’s Compelling Journey Through the Rough Seas of Grief is my personal story of recovery following the death of my 38-year-old wife. My latest, The Heart of Grief Relief Journal, is a combination of a book and journal intended to encourage and assist the grief and healing process. Work: A writer in several disciplines, I am also the owner of a boutique publishing company, Tolman Main Press, located here in Naples. Proudest Achievements: Raising two great men, my sons Victor and Nicholas.   Expectations for the Future: To write and produce books of entertaining and educational value. Favorite app: My Fitness Pal.   Local causes supported: Avow Hospice, Harry Chapin Food Bank.   Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: The calendar—I can always find something of interest that is going on. It is a valuable reference. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Seasons 52.   How you invest in your community: I put my time and money into Avow Hospice as a board member and support the Harry Chapin Food Bank. I have been deeply involved in a local service club which supplies food and clothing to those in need, as well as to help other nonprofits serve the needs of the community.   Favorite quote: “Never, never, never give up.” ~Winston Churchill What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: Hunger is a real problem, so I donate to the Harry Chapin Food Bank to help feed the hungry in our community.


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Choose Happiness Four Tips to Flip the Joy Switch by Linda Joy


recent Harris Interactive poll indicates that only one in three Americans are happy. Success, education and increases in annual household income create only marginally more happiness. So what will it take to go the distance? Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness endeavors to discover just that. Its collection of intimate stories from more than two dozen women reveals telling insights— most profoundly, that happiness is a choice that anyone can make, regardless of their history or circumstances. Four tips from contributors to the book show how we all can rise up out of our troubles to the other side, shining.

Let Go of ‘Supposed To’

Family, friends and society exert pressure on us to achieve certain goals or impose their definition of success. When our soul doesn’t fit the mold, exciting things can happen. Happiness strategist Kristi Ling seemed to have it all: a high-powered job in Hollywood, significant income and the envy of all her friends—but her

success felt empty. She writes from her home in Los Angeles, “Each morning I’d get up thinking about who I needed to please, and then prepare myself to exist for another day. I looked and felt exhausted just about all the time. The worst part was that I thought I was doing everything right!” After a middle-of-the-night epiphany, Ling left her job and set out to discover what her heart wanted. She began following a completely different life path as a coach and healer, in which success means manifesting joy.

Be Grateful Now

While we’re striving to change our life or wishing things could have been different, we often forget to pay attention to what we have right now. Boni Lonnsburry, a conscious creation expert and founder/CEO of Inner Art, Inc., in Boulder, Colorado, writes about the morning she decided to choose happiness, despite the enormous challenges she was facing, including divorce, foreclosure, bankruptcy and possible homelessness. “I thought to myself, ‘Yes, my life could be better, but it also could be a hell of a lot worse. I’m healthy and smart—why, I even have some wisdom. Why am I focusing on how terrible everything is?’” Using the power of her choice to be happy right now, Lonnsburry not only found joy amidst the adversity, but created love and success beyond her wildest dreams.

Let Love In

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to protect ourselves, even against the love we want. Certified Relationship Coach Stacey Martino, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, writes, “From the first day we met, I’d been waiting for [my boyfriend] Paul to end our relationship. I begged him for another chance—not for our relationship, but to be my authentic self—to figure out who I am and show up in our relationship as the real me.” Fourteen years later, Martino and her boyfriend, now husband, are still exploring the depths of their love for one another. For them, the choice to be vulnerable was the gateway to happiness.

Look Inward Instead of to Others

If we can’t own our pain, how can we create our joy? Choosing happiness means taking full responsibility for our state of mind, with no excuses. Lisa Marie Rosati, of Kings Park, New York, who today helps other women catalyze their own transformation, writes: “I didn’t want to accept what was going on inside [me], so I looked outside for a way to make things better. I depended on intimate relationships to complete me, and on friends and acquaintances for entertainment. My self-esteem floated on incoming compliments and I absolutely never wanted to spend a minute alone with my own thoughts, lest they erode whatever happiness I possessed at the moment. I was exhausted, frustrated and quite frankly, pissed off.” It took a flash of insight to set Rosati free of her patterns of blame—and then realizing she could create her own fulfillment was all it took to catapult her into a place of empowerment. Look out, world! As Los Angeles happiness expert and Positive Psychology Coach Lisa Cypers Kamen says, “Happiness is an inside job.” Joy, love and inspired living are ours for the taking—all we must do is choose. Linda Joy is the heart of Inspired Living Publishing and Aspire magazine. Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness is her third in a series of bestselling anthologies. Next up is Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy. Learn more at

Multimedia art by Lisa Festa-Estrada (left) and her student (right)

Creativity Breeds Happiness


by Lisa Marlene

appiness is an inside job, as indicated by Lisa Cypers Kamen in this month’s Healing Ways department article “Choose Happiness”. Southwest Floridians that want to flip on their inner joy switch can apply some of the latest research that indicates the strong connection between happiness and creative activities such as singing, dancing and artful expression.


The lyrics of Sing a Song—”When you feel down and out, sing a song. It’ll make your day”—made popular in 1975 by the American band Earth, Wind & Fire, melodiously indicate what Naples resident Tish Poorman has long known. “After a vocal session, I see my client’s joy expressed in their body language, especially the big smile they flash at me,” says the professional vocal performance and acting coach. Although any style of singing offers rewards, there are good reasons to join a choir. According to studies, group singing releases oxytocin, a chemical that manages anxiety and stress as well as endorphins, the brain’s feel-good chemicals.


According to author Vicki Baum, “There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” Lisa Banks, co-owner of Movement 4 Life, in Fort Myers, agrees that this applies to anything from seat bouncing in the car to serious dance training. “There is a solace or comfort zone in moving to music and silencing the noise of everyday life. When I’m finished dancing, I feel like a better version of myself. Dance is life, and with every step, we make the choice to reach beyond our self,” she says.

Making Art

While the process of making art is good for us at any age, the why—a mind/body connection with the activity—is explained by Dr. Amit Sood in his Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness:

A Four-Step Plan for Resilient Living. According to Sood, mind/body activities such as those offered by Vino’s Picasso, in Naples and Fort Myers, as well as the Mixed Media Play Day offered at Goddess I AM, in Naples, can function as a natural antidepressant. Mercedes Price Harry, owner of Vino’s Picasso, a paint studio/bar and art gallery, offers anecdotal evidence of how making art can affect mood and behavior. She gained this awareness through her collaboration with Jane Bell, founder of Supporting Independent Young Adults (SIYA), a Fort Myers nonprofit assisting at-risk young adults, especially those aging out of foster care, by providing individualized support, guidance, life skills and mentoring. “Following the first painting session here with the kids, Jane observed a significant difference in their behavior in the areas of self-confidence, self-esteem and joy. It’s why she brings them here for three paint therapy sessions every year,” says Price Harry. “From my experience, when I’m lost in the painting zone, I’m not thinking. Rather, my brain is at rest,” notes Price Harry, who, like Lisa FestaEstrada, creator of Mixed Media Art Students of Lisa Festa-Estrada and their Play Day, feels that her creative endeav- creations: Sandra McGill (left), Lee Shook (center) and Dina Hamm ors leave her energized and joyous. “The individuals who create art at my workshop are as initially shy and hesitant as those at Vino’s Picasso. After spending two hours in the creative process using Students painting at Vino’s Picasso ink stamps, paints, watercolor, scraps of paper and texture paste, I see quite a difference. Their self-esteem and self-confidence are boosted by transforming a blank eight-by-10 canvas into a work of their artful expression,” says Festa-Estrada.

Local Resources Tish Poorman, 1338 Westlake Blvd., Naples; 239-571-3305. Movement 4 Life; 239-841-4044. Vino’s Picasso, 2367 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 805, Naples; 239-431-8750. 15250 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 109, Fort Myers; 239-2886953. See ad, page 26. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd., Naples; 239-228-6949. See ad, page 69. natural awakenings

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Ashiatsu Massage — It’s All in the Feet by Linda Sechrist


aced with a decision of whether or not to return to school in order to provide a solid financial future for herself and three sons, Michelle MaceLambert, founder and principal instructor of Barefoot Masters: Ashiatsu Massage Therapy School, in Naples, took a leap and chose to pursue a degree. “Although I loved school, I had to come to terms with the fact that as a part-time student it would take me forever to finish my degree, because I needed to split my time between parental responsibilities, school and studying, as well as working part-time. And then there was the question of what career path to follow after I graduated,” says Mace-Lambert. Based on long-term observation of Mace-Lambert’s personality and the nurturing interactions she had with her parents, a close friend suggested she might want to consider massage school after finishing college. “I was telling her how undecided I was regarding a career. While her idea surprised me, it felt appealing. I put college on hold and enrolled at the Venice School of Massage. It was an excellent fit for me, and after getting certified and licensed, I began working in local nursing homes and eventually at notable resorts,” says the native Floridian. Mace-Lambert was intrigued by

Michelle Mace-Lambert the intricacies of the human body and how different styles of massage, such as Ashiatsu Bar Therapy, could be therapeutic in numerous ways. She flew to Colorado to take a class on the barefoot massage modality and impressed the instructor with her quick learning, as well as her interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to encourage fellow classmates. “The teacher in me comes out whenever I’m in those types of group situations. She saw that, and wanted me to teach classes for her, but I wasn’t ready,” notes Mace-Lambert, who, after

refusing the opportunity, continued to stay in touch with her instructor. Excited at the prospect of having a stationary space to work in, MaceLambert set up a massage business inside a Naples karate studio. Less than a month later, she was informed that she had 24 hours to remove everything. “I was devastated to learn that the karate studio owner had allowed his bankruptcy proceedings to progress to the point that everything in the studio, including what was mine, would be seized to settle debts. I had just finished faux painting the walls and installing new floors,” she recalls. When the ashiatsu instructor called one more time from Colorado, MaceLambert took it as a sign that she was supposed to start teaching, When their partnership eventually unraveled, she decided to travel to Asia and study with the master of the modality, Prahbat Menon, who wrote the only book on the subject, Chavutti Thirummal – One Rope, Two Feet & Healing Oils – The Ancient Art of Keralite Massage. “I’ve also studied with Ruthie Hardee, from Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, and Lolita Knight, of Fijian massage, and became an instructor for both women. Ultimately, I broke away, developed my own style, wrote a manual and founded Barefoot Masters, my live teaching or home study course. Today, I show massage therapists how they can save their hands and continue doing their work for as long as they want,” she explains. Mace-Lambert expanded her services in 2007 after returning to school for training in how to apply permanent makeup. Later, she enrolled for esthetician training. “It seems as though I’ve been in a constant learning mode for the majority of my life. I’ve had a great time and enjoyed every class I’ve ever attended or taught,” she enthuses. For more information about Barefoot Masters, call 239-352-8200 or visit See ad, page 30.


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Client experiencing Spa de Larissa’s Vita Lift Non-Surgical Face Lift

For the Love of Ageless Skin Age-Defying Signature Facials Unique to Local Skincare Experts by Linda Sechrist


pon reading a menu at a favorite restaurant, we generally decide on an entrée based on what our taste buds are yearning for. But when we make an appointment with an esthetician for a facial, do we know what our skin cells are craving? While a waiter can recommend a delectable dish after we’ve shared our preferences, an esthetician can focus an analytical eye on our skin and know without a doubt exactly what the cells are craving and what in their toolbox is capable of producing a face with a timeless glow. The perfect tool could be a signature facial, which is generally distinguished from a traditional or standard experience by the use of specific skin care products and techniques unique to the skincare expert or spa. Signature spa facials might incorporate ingredients from the spa’s


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natural surroundings, such as local clay, ocean salt, mud, algae or fruits. Always tailored to an individual’s specific skin type, they often require more time than facials on the regular menu. Because they are proprietary, clients have the opportunity to indulge in unique experiences that each spa has perfected. Estheticians frequently recommend professional skincare products sold exclusively through the spa for continuing at-home skincare regimens. Natural Awakenings perused local spa service menus to give readers a glimpse of which local age-defying signature facials they may might consider to give their face a treat. Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa Grape Escape Resveratrol Recovery Facial gives tired skin a treat starting with a gentle, green tea-infused face wash, followed by an invigorating

Arizona clay and desert willow extract micro-exfoliation. Skin drinks in benefits from a “wine down” serum containing resveratrol from Texas winery grapes. The farmhouse-fresh fruits, vegetables and antioxidants used are clinically proven to diminish wrinkles, decrease pore size and seal in moisture. Products used are free from sulfates, gluten and paraben. Assuage Spa’s Signature Facials are relaxing treatments customized to specific skin types. A light massage of shoulders, neck and face are included. The Illumi-Layer Facial for maturing and aging skin brightens and tightens. A multilayered exfoliation using passionflower and pumpkin leaves the skin with a radiant glow. Fruit enzymes and salicylic acid help break down dead cells for smoother, clearer skin. Organic Skincare & Bodyworkx’ Signature Facial allows the esthetician to choose from five lines of organic skincare products. All facials are totally organic, customized for the skin type of each client and include a mask with enhancing serums, a peel, face and neck massage, as well as arm and foot treatments. Extractions are done when necessary. Facials also include a free eyebrow, lip or chin wax. The result is glowing skin. Purely You Spa’s Signature Organic Facial is customized with any combination of more than 500 organic ingredients to achieve an anti-aging result. Hungarian face-lifting massage techniques are used to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, masque and hydrate, as well as detoxify and stimulate collagen and elastin, which leaves skin glowing and firm. Included are a head, neck, scalp, arm and hand massage. First-time guests receive an anti-aging eye infusion to visibly firm crow’s feet and reduce puffiness or dark circles. All spa ingredients accommodate veganism or lifestyles that eschew, dairy, gluten, nuts or soy. Shangri-La Springs’ Signature Facial is 75 minutes of a nurturing and nourishing customized service for the skin. Massage techniques and acupressure are emphasized. An application of certified organic products includes Eminence. Before or after the treatment, clients enjoy refreshments in the private Healing Arts Center walled garden or relax in the Crystal Healing Room to enhance well-being.

or surgical intervention. Optimal results are achieved when using a combination of the microcurrent and the Ultimate Ultrasonic EpiWave treatment.

Local Resources Andrea’s Organic Studio & Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. 239514-4707. NaplesOrganicHairStudio. com. See ad, page 22.

Client with collagen mask at Assuage Spa Skin Renewal Systems’ “The Works” begins with an ultrasonic brush that cleanses the skin more effectively than the hands. Next, the crystal-free microdermabrasion and a vitamin polish infuse anti-aging vitamins C, A, B and E as skin is exfoliated. The anti-aging, hydrating formula masque is suited to skin type, with steam, if preferred. Ultrasonic is used to infuse ingredients of the masque deeper into the skin. Lastly, a hydra-facial machine infuses vitamins, hyaluronic acid and peptides. Skin is finished with a vitamin C serum, an eye treatment and lip treatment using and an anti-aging formula moisturizer with sun protection. When necessary, dermaplaning is performed. Spa de Larissa’s Vita Lift NonSurgical Face Lift is an electro-lifting “workout” for the 55 muscles of the face. Very effective for sagging skin, Vita Lift uses an electrochemical, bipolar microcurrent that targets specific muscles. A customized facial is included. The Hyatt’s Stillwater Spa’s “Time is an Illusion” Facial is resultoriented. After a gentle cleansing, a hydrating mask restores moisture levels. The face is then treated with an allnatural biopeptide complex serum that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness and increases skin firmness. An additional serum, rich in protein and amino complexes, improves moisture retention and oxygen supply to the cells. Trim & Tone Spa’s Customized Facial offers numerous possibilities for combining treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, oxygen, microcurrent and Ultrasonic EpiWave, as well as red and blue light therapy. A non-surgical facelift gives a fresh appearance without the use of medical

Assuage Spa Luxury, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Ft. Myers. 239-333-1450. See ad, page 21. Organic Skincare & Bodyworkx, 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207, Naples. 239514-4494. OrganicSkinCareAndBody See ad, page 3. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302, Naples. 239-331-8266. See ad, page 17.

Client getting facial at Purely You Spa See ad, page 11. Spa de Larissa, Airport Professional Center, 3811 Airport Rd. N., Ste. 201-B, Naples. 239-571-9900.

Shangri-La Spa, 7750 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. 239-949-0749. See ad, page 47.

Stillwater Spa, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs. 239-444-1234. See ad, page 53.

Skin Renewal Systems, 1000 N. Collier Blvd., Ste. 11 and 13, Marco Island. 239-394-1083.

Trim & Tone Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 20, Naples. 239-596-5522. See ad, page 15.

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SURF TO TURF U.S. Farmed Seafood That’s Safe and Sustainable by Judith Fertig

Wild-caught fish from pure waters is the gold standard of seafood, but sustainable populations from healthy waters are shrinking. That’s one reason why fish farms are appearing in unusual places—barramundi flourish on a Nebraska cattle ranch, shrimp in chilly Massachusetts and inland tilapia in Southern California.


ith the demand for seafood outpacing what can safely be harvested in the wild, half the seafood we eat comes from aquaculture, says Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Yet, farmed seafood has a reputation for uneven quality and questionable farming practices. A primary reason is that much of what Americans buy comes from Asia, where aquaculture is less stringently managed. Meanwhile, domestic aquaculture provides only about 5 percent of the seafood consumed here, according to NOAA.

Safe Seafood Solutions

If we want to eat safer, sustainable, farmed seafood, there are two solutions. One is to purchase farmed fish raised in the U.S., says Sullivan. The agency’s FishWatch consumer informa38

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tion service assures: “If it’s harvested in the United States, it’s inherently sustainable as a result of the rigorous U.S. management process that ensures fisheries are continuously monitored, improved and sustainable.” Whole Foods Markets have found that farming seafood (aquaculture) can provide a consistent, high-quality, year-round supply of healthy and delicious protein. Accordingly, “When it’s done right, aquaculture can be environmentally friendly and offer a crucial way to supplement wild-caught fish supplies. On the other hand, poor farming practices such as the overuse of chemicals and antibiotics and those that cause water pollution and other negative impacts on the environment are bad news.” A second solution is to consult with a trusted fishmonger that has high standards for flavor, health, safety, sustainability and environmental concerns.

The Green Fish Farmer

Chefs like Rick Moonen, who owns RM Seafood, in Las Vegas, are getting behind U.S. aquaculture farms that do it right, raising healthy, sustainable and delicious fish. Moonen recently became a brand ambassador for True North Salmon, a farm system that integrates the way nature keeps fish healthy and fresh. “They have a salmon farm near a mussel farm near a kelp farm, mimicking the way these three species interact in the wild,” says Moonen. The best seafood farms take what geography and climate offer—ocean inlets, a natural spring and a natural depression in the land or indoor controlled freshwater tanks—and use clean feed. With no antibiotics, non-GMO food (free of genetic modification) in the right ratio, good water quality and creative ways to use the effluent, they employ green farming practices to raise fish and shellfish that, in turn, are healthy to eat. The Atlantic coasts of Maine and Canada are where families have been making their living from the sea for centuries, says Alan Craig, of Canada’s True North Salmon Company. “The fish are fed pellets made from all-natural, nonGMO sources with no dyes, chemicals or growth hormones added. Underwater cameras monitor the health of the fish to prevent overfeeding.” True North Salmon follows a threebay system, similar to crop rotation on land. Each bay is designated for a particular age of fish: young salmon, market-ready fish and a fallow, or empty, bay, breaking the cycle of any naturally occurring diseases and parasites. Robin Hills Farm, near Ann Arbor, Michigan, offers vegetable, meat, egg and fruit community supported agriculture, U-pick fruit and a pair of stocked farm ponds. Farm Manager Mitzi Koors explains that the ponds are a way to leverage natural resources, add another income stream and attract visitors. “We first discovered a low-lying area that would become a beautiful pond with a little work,” Koors relates. “We then expanded to two close ponds that don’t connect, to keep the older fish raised on at least six months of nonGMO organic feed separate from the newer fish. The ponds are spring fed, providing a great environment for trout.”

In northeastern Nebraska, five generations of the Garwood family have traditionally raised cattle and produced corn and tomatoes. To keep the farm thriving and sustainable, they have had to think outside the row crop. Today, they’re growing something new—barramundi, or Australian yellow perch. They built a warehouse that now holds 18, 10,000-gallon fish tanks full of growing fish. A Maryland company provides old-fashioned cow manure and leftover grain sorghum from area ethanol plants to create algae, naturally non-GMO, to use as biofuel and fish food. “People prefer to eat locally raised food, even if it’s fish in Nebraska,” says Scott Garwood. The sophistication of closed containment systems like the Garwoods use means that chefs, too, can raise their own fish, besides growing their own herbs and vegetables. California Chef Adam Navidi, owner of the Oceans & Earth restaurant, in Yorba Linda, also runs nearby Future Foods Farms, encompassing 25 acres of herbs, lettuces, assorted vegetables and tank-raised tilapia. Baby greens, not GMO products, help feed the fish, while nitrates from the ammonia-rich fish waste fertilize the crops. The fish wastewater filters through the crops and returns to the fish tanks in an efficient, conservationdriven system that produces healthy, organic food. “Someday, chefs will be known both by their recipes and the methods used to produce their food,” Navidi predicts. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

10 Seafood Choices to Feel Good About


ccording to the nationally recognized Monterey Bay Aquarium’s, these farmed fish and shellfish are current Best Choices. Under each fish or shellfish variety, check the Seafood Recommendations list for specific geographic areas, certified organic options, non-GMO feed, or other designations. Arctic Char: The farmed variety, raised in closed-tank systems, produce little impact on local habitats in the Pacific Northwest. Barramundi (Australian yellow perch): Look for it sourced from recirculating aquaculture systems in farms throughout the U.S. Catfish: Pond-farmed American catfish, found mainly near the Mississippi River, are some of the most sustainable fish available. Crawfish: Domestic production centers mainly in Louisiana, grown in ponds on existing agricultural lands. No feeds are added, but minimal fertilizer is used to support an aquatic food web that crawfish thrive on. As a native species, the potential impacts of escape are minimal. Mussels: Most farmed mussels for sale in the U.S. hail from New England and the Pacific Northwest, or are imported from nations with stringent environmental regulations. The nonprofit Marine Stewardship Council independently certifies some of these mussel fisheries as sustainable.

Oysters: Nearly 95 percent of the oysters Americans eat are farmed in New England, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. Oyster farms in the U.S. and throughout the world are well managed and produce a sustainable product. Salmon: Before ordering, Seafood Watch recommends finding out where salmon originated by asking the local grocer or restaurant manager if it’s wild caught or farmed and its source. Shrimp: Most caught or farmed in U.S. and Canada also qualify as a Seafood Watch Good Alternative. However, avoid shrimp caught in Louisiana with otter trawls and in the Gulf of Mexico (except Florida) with skimmer trawls. All shrimp from recirculating aquaculture systems constitute a Best Choice. Tilapia: Tank-farmed tilapia in the U.S. and Canada has become a popular standard. Trout: Farmed rainbow trout from the U.S. gets a nod because it’s raised in environmentally friendly ways in spring-fed ponds.


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AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit by Kathleen Barnes

Agelessness: Engaging in and experiencing life without fear of falling, failing or falling apart.


n a nutshell, that’s the philosophy of visionary women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, of Yarmouth, Maine, as explored in her latest book, Goddesses Never Age. “We’re long overdue for a paradigm shift about how we feel about growing older,” says Northrup. “You can change your future by adopting a new, ageless attitude that will help you flourish physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We don’t have to buy into modern medicine’s promotion of the idea of the pathology of aging.” One of Northrup’s primary admonitions: “Don’t tell anyone how old you are. Another birthday means nothing.”

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and mentally feeble at a certain age. “When my mother turned 50, her mailbox suddenly filled with ads for adult diapers, walkers and long-term care insurance,” Northrup quips. The point is well taken. Think vibrant, healthy, gorgeous and yes, sexy Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Chris Rock and Brooke Shields—all 50 or older—as the targets of ads for Depend. We’re living and working longer, and many of us are feeling, looking and staying young longer. So is 60 the new 40? Yes, say State University of New York at Stony Brook researchers, and further note that we’re generally leading longer and healthier lives. Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. In the 2010 census, 53,364 people had surpassed their 100th year, an increase

of 40 percent over the 1980 census, and more than 80 percent of them are women. The National Institute on Aging projects that this number could increase tenfold or more by 2050. What we think of as “old” has changed. Many baby boomers refuse to buy into the mythology of aging, bristle at being called senior citizens and especially dislike being called elderly. Their position is backed by science. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of Biology of Belief and currently a visiting professor at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, in Auckland, is best known for promoting the concept that DNA can be changed by belief, for good or ill. Lipton explains that we all have billions of stem cells designed to repair or replace damaged—and aging—tissues and organs. “[These cells] are profoundly influenced by our thoughts and perceptions about the environment,” Lipton explains. “Hence our beliefs about aging can either interfere with or enhance stem cell function, causing our physiological regeneration or decline.” “Yes, we are destined to grow older, but decrepitude and what we call aging is an optional state,” Northrup adds. “Our genes, nutrition and environment are under our control far more than we may have thought.” More, she says, “Words are powerful. Don’t talk yourself into believing your brain is turning to mush just because you are over 40.”

Take Control of the Body

“Manage the four horsemen of the aging apocalypse,” encourages nutrition and longevity expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., a Los Angeles board-certified nutritionist and author of The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer. He says the aging process, including disease, loss of physical or mental function and the general breakdown of systems, is caused by one or more of four factors: oxidative damage (literally rusty cells); inflammation; glycation (excess sugar, metabolic syndrome); and stress. “Collectively, they damage cells and DNA, wear down organs and systems, deeply damage the vascular pathways that deliver blood and oxygen to the entire body, and even shrink brain size,” explains Bowden.

While it may seem like a tall order to make lifestyle changes that vanquish these four horsemen, Bowden says they can be broken into manageable elements by employing an arsenal of healthful weapons: whole foods, nutrients, stress-reduction techniques, exercise, detoxification and relationship improvement. “All of these actually do double duty, battling more than one of the four processes that can effectively shorten your life,” he reports, based on his 25 years of study.

Oxidative Damage

Consider what rust does to metal. That’s what free radical oxygen molecules do to cells. Over time, they damage them and cause aging from within. “Oxidative damage plays a major role in virtually every degenerative disease of aging, from Alzheimer’s to cancer to heart disease and diabetes, even immune dysfunction,” says Bowden. His recommended key to destroying free radicals is a diet rich in antioxidants, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, nuts, grassfed meats and organic dairy products. Avoid environmental free radicals that show up in toxic chemicals by eating as much organic food as possible and avidly avoiding residues of the poisonous pesticides and herbicides sprayed on crops eaten by people and livestock.


Long-term inflammation is a silent killer because it operates beneath the radar, often unnoticed, damaging blood vessel walls. Like oxidative damage, inflammation is a factor in all the degenerative diseases associated with aging, says Bowden. His suggestion: First, get a Creactive protein (CRP) test to determine the levels of inflammation in our body. A CRP level over 3 milligrams/liter indicates a high risk of a heart attack. Antiinflammatory foods like onions, garlic, leafy greens, tomatoes, beans, nuts and seeds have all been widely scientifically proven to reduce chronic inflammation.


This is the result of excessive sugar that glues itself to protein or fat molecules, leaving a sticky mess that creates advanced glycation end (AGE) products that damage all body systems and are

Compute Your Real Age Lifestyle choices can make our bodies older, or younger, than our number of orbits around the sun, according to Michael Roizen, a doctor of internal medicine and author of This is Your Do-Over: The 7 Secrets of Losing Weight, Living Longer, and Getting a Second Chance at the Life You Want. “Seventy percent of aging is in the simple things you do or don’t do,” he maintains. Here are a few sobering examples: n An unresolved major life stressor, such as a divorce, being sued, the death of a close relative or other traumatic events, can add up to 32 years to chronological age. Managing the stress adds a relatively insignificant two years. n Swap out saturated fats (cheese and meat) for monounsaturated fats (olive oil, nuts and avocados). Subtract 2.5 years from chronological age. n Get up out of the chair every 15 minutes and also take a 10-minute walk every two hours. Subtract 2.1 years from chronological age. n Have close friends. Subtract 2.1 years from chronological age. Take the Real Age test at

acknowledged culprits in the dreaded diseases associated with aging. Bowden’s basic answer is to minimize intake of sugar and simple carbs; anything made with white flour or white rice. Also avoid fried dishes and any foods cooked at high temperatures that actually skip the glycation production in the body and deliver harmful AGEs directly from the food. He advises taking 1,000 mg of carnosine (available in health food stores) daily to prevent glycation.


The long-term effects of physical, mental or emotional stress are tremendously damaging to the human physiology. Sustained exposure to the stress hormone cortisol can shrink parts of the brain, damage blood vessels, increase blood sugar levels, heart rate and blood pressure and contribute to chronic inflammation, according to wellestablished science recorded in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Bowden warns, “Stress management is not a luxury.” In its many forms, including prayer, meditation and breathing exercises, it should be part of any agelessness program. Deep, restful sleep is as vital a component as ending toxic relationships, having a nurturing circle of friends and doing familiar, gentle exercise such as yoga or tai chi. Overall, Bowden adds, “Rather than thinking of such endeavors as antiaging, I strive to embody the concept of age independence. I admire former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who resigned from the court when he reached age 90 because he wanted to play more tennis.” Bowden recommends embracing the concept of “squaring the curve”, meaning that instead of anticipating and experiencing a long downhill slope of poor health leading to death, “I look at a long plateau of health, with a steep drop-off at the end.” Wellness guru Dr. Michael Roizen, chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, contends that although our chronological age can’t be changed, “Your ‘real age’ [calculated from data he collected from 60 million people] is the result of a wide variety of factors that are within your control. Dietary choices alone can make you

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13 years younger or older than your actual age.” Roizen adds uncontrolled portion sizes, tobacco use and physical inactivity to the list of lifeshortening lifestyle options.

Align with Spirit

“If you don’t have some kind of spiritual foundation, literally, God help you,” says Northrup. “God isn’t confined to a book or a church, mosque or synagogue. Divinity is the creative loving, vital flow of life force that we’re all part of and connected to. Our bodies are exquisite expressions meant to embody, not deny our spirits.” Touch, pleasure and sex can be part of it, too. Individuals that have the most fulfilling sex lives live the longest, according to researchers conducting the University of California, Riverside’s Longevity Project. “Pleasure comes in infinite forms,” says Northrup. “It can mean the exquisite taste of a pear or the sound of an angelic symphony, the kiss of sun on skin, the laughter of a child, spending time with friends or creating a pastel landscape. When you experience pleasure, God comes through and you become aware of your divine nature.

You’ll find that joy comes in ways that are unique to you.” Connection with the natural world is an essential element of agelessness, says Northrup. “The human body evolved to walk on the Earth, drinking its water, breathing its air and basking in its sunlight.” The bottom line is, “Agelessness is all about vitality. Taking all the right supplements and pills, or getting the right procedure isn’t the prescription for antiaging,” says this renowned physician. “It’s ageless living that brings back a sense of vibrancy and youthfulness.” We could live to be well over 100 years old and, as Northrup likes to paraphrase Abraham Hicks, of The Law of Attraction fame, “Wouldn’t you rather have your life end something like this: ‘Happy-healthy, happy-healthy, happy-healthy, dead.’ Isn’t that a lot better than suffering sickness, decrepitude and frailty for years?” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, her latest being Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

Age-Defying Exercise by Kathleen Barnes


pecially designed movements performed to music can dramatically improve memory, as well as slow the process of physical aging, according to Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, the founder of Ageless Grace. Medved’s foundational physical and mental exercise classes involve 21 exercises that promote brain plasticity by activating all five functions of the brain: analytic, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall and creativity and imagination. Find videos of Ageless Grace exercises by searching YouTube, including this one: n While sitting in a chair (all exercises are taught in this position to develop core strength), make a circle with the right lower arm. n Add a triangular motion with the left foot. n Next, add a horizontal movement with the left hand. n Finally, do the entire series in reverse. Classes are available in all 50 states and in 12 countries. To find a teacher nearby, visit


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GREENING AMERICA’S GAMES Major Leagues Sport More Sustainable Stadiums by Avery Mack


raditional sports stadiums and arenas generate a huge carbon footprint. Multiple sources concur that during a single football game, a 78,000-seat stadium can consume 65,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, and discarded cardboard, plastic and paper; in-stadium food and beverage containers; and tailgating debris that includes cans and bottles leave behind a mountain of waste.


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A dozen years ago, the pioneering Philadelphia Eagles enlisted the help of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to begin a persistent push to their goal of going green. Today, the NRDC publishes the Greening Advisor guidebooks on green operating practices for all professional teams in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major

League Soccer, plus the U.S. Tennis Association, and has expanded to include college sports.


Stadium food has always been part of the fan experience, but it’s possible to eat sensibly and well with options like the roasted turkey sandwich at AT&T Park, in San Francisco, where concessionaires source locally and compost leftovers. Veggie burgers, vegan cheesesteaks and sushi have also found their way onto game-day menus to add a change of pace for fans, says Julianne Soviero, author of Unleash Your True Athletic Potential. The growing interest shown by the sports industry in composting offers enormous potential benefits, and not a moment too soon, says Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D., co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance and director of the NRDC Sports Project. Using recyclable containers counts—New York City’s venerable Yankee Stadium reduced its trash load by 40 percent by switching to biodegradable cups and service ware. PepsiCo supported the upgrade by exchanging its conventional plastic bottle for a bio-based version made from agricultural waste.

from overworked sewer systems. The first pro football stadium to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium features a 27,000-square-foot rooftop garden to help control water runoff. Home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, the Staples Center has swapped out 178 flush urinals for waterless models, reducing annual water usage by 7 million gallons. Like the Eagles, the Florida Marlins pro baseball team, in Miami, now uses 50 percent less water via low-flow plumbing fixtures. Also, the stadium’s upgraded landscape design lessens outdoor irrigation needs by 60 percent. The University of Georgia likes keeping its grass green, but hates wasteful water dispensers. Its football field is now watered via an underground irrigation system that saves a million gallons a year. Soil moisture sensors indicate when watering is needed.

More Creative Practices

Lincoln Financial Field, home to the Philadelphia Eagles, now boasts more than 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind

turbines that combined, generate more than four times the energy used for all home games in a season. The staff uses green cleaning products and has increased recycling more than 200 percent since 2010. Most creatively, the carbon costs of team travel are offset via mitigation by financing tree plantings in their home state and purchasing seedlings for a wildlife refuge in Louisiana. The Seattle Mariners Safeco Field’s new scoreboard uses 90 percent less power than its predecessor and the Arizona Cardinals pro football team provides bags for tailgating fans to use for recycling. Five NBA arenas have achieved LEED certification—Phillips Arena (Atlanta Hawks), Toyota Center (Houston Rockets), American Airlines Arena (Miami Heat), Amway Center (Orlando Magic) and Rose Garden (Portland Trail Blazers). The goal of a cleaner, healthier planet is achievable with systemic shifts like these as more pro and collegiate sports teams score green points. Connect with our freelance writer via


At New York’s Oncenter War Memorial Arena, the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch pro team skates under LED lights. “They make the arena brighter. It’s easier to see the puck,” says defenseman Joey Mormina. “The fun light show that follows goals adds energy for the crowd and players.” LED lighting provides improved clarity in TV transmissions and sports action photos and doesn’t create soft spots on the ice, like traditional lights. “Utica and Binghamton teams switched to LED after playing in our arena,” comments Jim Sarosy, chief operating officer for the Crunch.


“The Crunch is the first pro hockey team to skate on recycled rainwater,” Sarosy adds. “It’s collected from the roof, stored in three central reservoirs in the basement and pumped into the Zamboni machine for resurfacing the ice.” The practice also diverts rainwater natural awakenings

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Why are most American kids getting turned off by sports by the time they should be really leaping into it?


~Steve Biddulph, author, Raising Boys and Raising Girls

Whole Child Sports Free Play Earns the Winning Score by Luis Fernando Llosa


any parents concerned that their children are getting engulfed by social media often turn to sports to spark physical activity. They scramble to sign their toddlers up for swimming and tennis lessons, T-ball and soccer practice, hoping these activities will teach their kids about motivation and leadership, while getting them off the couch and out the door. They hope that sports will be a conduit for their kids to learn what it takes to strive, drive toward a goal and succeed in later life. As a result, more than 40 million kids across America are engaged in organized play. But youth sports are not a panacea; while parental intentions are good, they sometimes don’t realize the

potential for negative consequences. Those that have studied the phenomenon believe that youth sports—which on the surface, appear to provide a perfect environment for children to learn life lessons and develop critical social and physical skills—might hamper our children’s healthy physical, social, psychic and creative development.

Too Much Too Soon

It seems that many young kids playing on teams today are over-coached by controlling, command-oriented adults. As Jenny Levy, head coach of the University of North Carolina’s 2013 NCAA champion women’s lacrosse team at Chapel Hill puts it, “Kids are kind of

like overbred dogs, mimicking the drills we run in practice. They aren’t wired to think creatively. They do what they know. What’s safe.” This kind of behavior can start at an early age, when kids should be engaging in free play with minimal adult supervision in unstructured settings. Parenting expert Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting and The Soul of Discipline, says, “Parents are giving in to enormous societal pressure to push kids into high-performance sports settings several times a week. It’s an ‘arms race’ of sorts, with the clear victims being the kids themselves that are robbed of their childhoods.” There’s a much more holistic way kids can experience play, including sports. An American Academy of Pediatrics study attests that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential for helping children reach important social, emotional and cognitive developmental milestones, plus managing stress and becoming resilient. Payne observes, “In free play, children have to actively problem solve and take one another’s feelings into account if the play is to be successful. In sports, the social problem solving is largely extrinsic, facilitated by coaches, referees or parents. During a child’s formative stages, between the ages of 5 and 12, having the freedom to develop, create and innovate is critical.” Creativity isn’t limited to only younger children. How sports are taught in this country at all levels, right up through college, often inhibits athletic creativity and problem solving—as Levy has noticed year after year in the freshmen players she trains—rather than fostering these attributes.

A Better Alternative

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conditions for developing creativity, resiliency and flexibility, contemplate the option of taking a child out of organized youth sports for a while to provide the time, space and opportunity to rediscover childhood play and games. Then support them in re-entering organized athletics when they’re a bit older and more physically and emotionally ready.

No matter what happens on the field or in the pool, your first four words to your kids afterward should be, “I loved watching you.” That is all. That’s all your kids really want to hear. ~Luis Fernando Llosa Also, some kids that get heavily involved in highly structured youth sports too early may be prone to behavioral problems and serious physical injuries. The best thing a parent can do for a young child that is active and interested in sports is roll up their sleeves and join in unscripted backyard or playground family play. Kids thrive in the attention offered from mom or dad, regardless of parental athletic skill levels. Also, organize play dates with other neighborhood kids of varying ages, because they love to learn from each other, including how to work out disagreements. Once kids are socially, emotionally and physically ready, organized sports can be an amazing platform for funfilled learning. Having already experienced healthy free play, a child will be ready for and thrive in a more focused, competitive, organized and structured play environment. Fortified by a creative foundation in earlier years, a youngster is better able to identify and express their own mind, body and spirit. Luis Fernando Llosa is the co-author of Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment and co-founder of A writer, speaker and former Sports Illustrated reporter, he lives in New York City, where he coaches his five kids. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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The Adventure of Couchsurfing

Stay with Locals and Make New Friends by Lisa Rosinky


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people’s faith and trust in aniel Sperry, a “couchsurfer” one another and create in his late 50s, decided a meaningful connecfew years ago to quit his day tions across cultures. job and make a living by performing It’s easy to become cello music and reciting poetry in liva member by creating a ing rooms across the country. “I didn’t profile as a host and/ know it would become a catalyst for or a traveler, which bringing communities of local people includes verified together,” he says, identification. Guests but his first gig, a don’t need to reciprocate by “little shotgun shack” hosting or leaving gifts, alin Elko, Nevada, though lasting friendships became more than a are a common result. once in a lifetime experiHosts and guests are enence. Years later, his Elko host couraged to leave honest remains a close friend and hosts reviews for each other, a regular (and lucrative) stop on his cross-country tours. As a traveler, offer which helps ensure ongoing safety and good Not only does creating an ethnic meal, good behavior all around. connections with strangers Meanwhile, nonmake us happier—as Unistory or how to say members also are versity of Chicago social scihello in a different welcome to explore entists have proven—it leads to fun travel stories. If we language. As a host, couchsurfing events in their city. Fun opportuchoose to see the world via be open to what nities to make new conthe decade-old organization at, we guests can teach. nections include weekly language exchanges, might find ourselves sleepKeep a travel log skill swaps, outdoor ing on a sailboat in the Irish Sea; meeting backpackers and guestbook to activities and potlucks. “For me, it’s by solar-powered light in a record memories. undeniably about the cave in Petra, Jordan; sharing community, the kind of a room with a pet bird that falls asleep listening to sappy love songs on the radio; person it tends to attract,” says Joseph Abrahamson, a couchsurfer in his midor jamming to old-time banjo and fiddle 20s. “A room full of couchsurfers is full tunes in a North Carolina kitchen. of stories and listening and sharing and The global community of couchsurfers, now 10 million strong, consid- trust. It changes a person in a positive way… people that travel like this for ers strangers “friends you haven’t met long enough can no longer survive with yet.” They currently are hosting and closed minds.” organizing more than half-a-million events in more than 200,000 cities worldwide this year. The aim is to make Lisa Rosinky is a freelance writer travel easier and more affordable, build in Boston.

Bill VanArsdale (right) with couchsurfers from France

Karen Beatty couchsurfing in Bavaria

Diego Dealava with group of couchsurfers

Local Couchsurfers Share Memorable Stories and Insights by Lee Walker


aples resident Bill Van Arsdale subscribes to the couchsurfing mantra, “Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet.” A member of the global community of couchsurfers—now 10 million strong—his intention, like that of his compatriots, is to create meaningful connections across cultures. For his numerous hosting efforts in Naples he’s been rewarded with fun, personal fulfillment, continuing email friendships and positive testimonials regarding his character and hospitality. “I may not be able to travel as much as I want, but I can bring the world to me through couchsurfing,” he quips. Van Arsdale has successfully couchsurfed in Asheville, North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida; and twice during a tour through Scotland. “Frequently, it’s difficult to find a host. People don’t always have the time, and it does require an effort. I had a delightful experience in Scotland with a night nurse who offered me her bed while she slept on the sofa to avoid disturbing me with her nocturnal activities. She took a day off from work to guide me around the coast near Saint Andrews. I reciprocated by taking her out to lunch and dinner. I also stayed with a real outdoor Scotsman who took me hiking. For him, it was a casual four-hour stroll. For me, it was an arduous adventure up a mountain through rocky bogs and cold, rainswept Scottish highlands. It

was unforgettable,” recalls Van Arsdale. Diego Dealava has been a member of the couchsurfing community since 2009. He juggles three roommates and hosting with earning a degree in sports science at the Lee campus of Florida SouthWestern State College, working as a waiter at the Isle of Capri Fish House. Dealava hosted nearly 400 surfers while living in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. “I’ve had five wonderful experiences in Naples that included kayaking and camping for several days with a German guy and a Hungarian girl, hosting a Ukrainian girl who lived with me for two weeks and immersed me and my roommates in Eastern European cuisine. In Naples I’ve also hosted a French surfer that I met and hosted in Prague. We biked Naples,” says Dealava, who has been hosted in Hungary, Austria, Germany and Poland. Naples Realtor Karen Beatty recalls a pleasant surfing experience in Bavaria during a visit with her daughter Bianca, who was living there at the time. “I wanted to go to the Oktoberfest in Munich, two hours away by train. Bianca was working and suggested couchsurfing because it would have been difficult to find suitable lodging since the city was so crowded. I had not previously tried couchsurfing. I contacted several hosts and lucked out with the only couple I heard from. They were native Bavarians and incredibly hospitable.

The husband took the time to explain how to use the train system and greeted me at the train station in his lederhosen. He was gracious and made reservations for us at Vintage Ocktoberfest, which was then a new aspect of the festival. After a daylong celebration, he even gave me a tour of Munich in his convertible. The following morning, he and his wife made me a splendid breakfast. They continue to benefit from my stay because they learned about Airbnb from me. Now the bedroom where I stayed earns them an income. We stay in touch via email,” shares Beatty. While Van Arsdale and Beatty have taken a hiatus from hosting, they occasionally have time for showing first-timers around Naples and giving them pointers on what to see and do. Dealava and VanArsdale agree that the combination of a more extensive profile that indicates similar interests, numerous positive testimonials and referrals and photos of surfing experiences is likely to get a surfer a bed, air mattress, futon or sofa to sleep on. “I prefer to email or Skype with people before I agree to host them. Out of nearly 400 surfers, I’ve had few negatives. The majority have have left me with a lot of great memories, insights into other cultures and lots of stories to tell,” says Dealava, who notes that he also relies heavily on his intuition.

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Together We Can Make A Difference


Alexandra Paul on Vegan Activism Her Kind Lifestyle Honors All Living Things by Gerry Strauss

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What is your philosophy of life? Be kind. Being kind is different from being nice. I spent my teens and 20s anxious to be nice, and all it gave me was a boatload of acquaintances and an inauthentic self. Nice aims to be popular. Kindness is about doing the right thing: justice, fairness, patience, respect. Kindness is at the heart of why I’m a vegan, and why I’ve been arrested 16 times for civil disobedience supporting peace, equal rights and the environment. Being kind to myself inspires me to exercise and live healthfully.

How has activism forged your identity and inspired others?

I’ve been an activist since I was 7, when I wrote to President Nixon asking him to stop pollution. As a dedicated citizen, my mom boycotted companies that acted against her ethics. Growing up with such a role model, trying to

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t may seem odd that one of the most intensely dedicated public activists is also known for starring in one of TV’s most superficial shows of the 1990s, but Alexandra Paul overturns stereotypes. Behind that signature Baywatch onepiece that kept David Hasselhoff on his toes beats the heart of a true soldier for animal rights and population stabilization. At 52 years young, she is extremely fit and knowledgeable about the vegan lifestyle that got her there.

make the world better came naturally. Walking my talk is a challenge I face daily as I choose what to buy, what to eat and how to be, and I also think it is the most effective way to encourage change in others.

What drives your commitment to a vegan diet?

I became a vegetarian when I was 14, after reading Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet, which taught me how eating meat was destructive to the planet. A couple of years later, I did a book report on Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and learned the ethical reasons against eating animals. I stopped using cosmetics tested on animals when I was a teen and stopped wearing leather, wool and silk in my 20s. I finally gave up eating dairy in my late 40s, and I wish I’d done it earlier. Although I did it to benefit animals, being vegan has enriched my life and changed the way I look at the world. The only way there will be enough food and water for Earth’s expected 10 billion people in 35 years is if humankind stops raising animals for food, so my veganism is helping the planet, as well as my own health.

Which other aspects of your diet and lifestyle do you credit for looking and feeling vital? My husband Ian and I go to bed early and generally get up with the sun.

For me, being active is fun—not only because I feel good moving my body, but because I am also outside with friends, reading on a stationary bike or listening to favorite podcasts while stretching. I’ve never consumed coffee, soda or alcohol, only water and protein shakes. I believe being a vegetarian, and now a vegan, has given me tons of energy. I also prioritize making time for my workout routine, and that helps me feel good every day. I didn’t always have this serenity with my lifestyle and health. For a dozen years, until my late 20s, I struggled with bulimia. Becoming vegan improved my relationship with food, aligning my diet with my values, and I have never been more at peace with myself.

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Why do you enjoy working out? For me, being active is fun—not only because I feel good moving my body, but because I am also outside with friends, reading on a stationary bike or listening to favorite podcasts while stretching. Six days a week, I do an hour of cardio; either swimming or the stationary bike. Every other day I practice yoga for at least 45 minutes to ensure that my back stays pain-free. Once a week, I go hiking for two hours with friends, chatting the whole time, which all makes it worth getting up at 4:30 a.m. I walk whenever I’m on a conference call, either outside or at my tread desk, a simple treadmill under a standing desk; I’m walking on it when I’m reading or answering emails, too. It’s the best present I ever gave myself. Like everyone, sometimes I don’t particularly feel like working out, but all these factors make it easier to start, and once I start, I’m always glad to be exercising. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at natural awakenings

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The divine dwells in every single part of your experience—even your busyness. You have access to everything you need in each moment. Stop the running, the scrambling and the worry. Just breathe.

Are You Present in Your Life? Banishing Busyness and Stressing to Start Living by Panache Desai


our kids have piano, soccer, football, tutoring. You’re working 45 hours (and then some) a week. Your friends want you at their dinner party. You’re chairing a charity function. You’re now caring for your parents, managing doctors’ appointments and finances. The car needs repair. And, by the way, taxes are due. Everywhere we turn, we hear that it’s time to unplug, take a breather and chill out. We may even take that advice. But vacations seem to fly by, ‘me’ time falls by the wayside, and our attempts to meditate, pray or practice stillness go right out the window. We’re always ‘putting out fires’, or ‘totally swamped’. We think we can make success, love, even happiness happen. But are you willing to consider that it may be our busyness that’s keeping us from real joy and peace? Are you caught in the frenetic spin cycle of doing? Constantly anxious, physically exhausted, emotionally depleted? Is your hectic schedule hindering your job performance, your children, your love life, your friendships or most importantly, your own personal health and well-being? If so, you need to ask yourself, ‘Do I feel present in my own life?’ Chronic busyness can take a serious toll on us. When we’re over-scheduled, we think it’s our job to control or force events, instead of letting things unfold with grace. We treat other people 52

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as if they’re simply check marks on a to-do list. And most importantly, we become detached from our divine selves. Our addiction to busyness actually stems from fear. We’re afraid we’ll miss out on something, be thought of as unproductive, selfish, lazy, a bad parent, not good enough, or in a world that’s more connected than ever, ironically disconnected and left behind. We’re afraid of how others will perceive us, or in our stillness, be forced to confront our regret, guilt and shame. Here’s the truth—we may remain perpetually on the go to avoid our feelings of unworthiness. If we keep ourselves incredibly busy with the little stuff, we can put off thinking about our marital troubles, our child’s failing grades or the high-stakes work project looming on the horizon. Our busyness gives us an excuse to avoid showing up fully in any situation and escape the responsibility of being our authentic selves, living our soul signature. The divine dwells in every single part of your experience—even your busyness. You have access to everything you need in each moment. Stop the running, the scrambling and the worry. Just breathe. Take time to be in the present moment each and every day. Even mundane tasks can be performed with mindfulness. Cook dinner with presence. Change the litter box with presence. Fill your gas tank with presence. As little as three minutes of silence a day can consciously anchor you and restore your state of connection with yourself. When you allow space for soulfulness, you are present in every moment and make your life a living meditation. Let go, be present, and let your beautiful life flow. There’s no rush. You’ve got all time in the world. Neopolitan resident Panache Desai is a spiritual teacher and inspirational visionary whose message of love and self-acceptance has drawn thousands of people from around the world to his seminars and workshops. His book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion and Joy, is available online and in selected bookstores. This article first appeared in the Chicago edition of Natural Awakenings. Upcoming Naples Event:

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Firefly Within

Karin Wolfe Links The Inner With The Outer Using Biofeedback by Savannah Noir


dentifying and resolving the root cause of a health challenge is essential in order to assist the body in maintaining its dynamic state of equilibrium, also known as homeostasis. When stress or other outside influences disturb the body’s internal functions, built-in regulators such as the nervous or hormonal systems respond to establish a new state of balance. This process of biological feedback control is one which Karin Wolfe, co-owner of Firefly Within, has become familiar with as a result of conducting sessions with her L.I.F.E biofeedback system since 2013. The L.I.F.E System is a professional biofeedback technology used by thousands of trained and qualified acupuncturists, chiropractors, homeopaths, physicians, nutritionists and veterinarians. A system used to achieve stress management, muscle relaxation and preventive healthcare, it is certified and registered throughout the European Union as a Class 2A medical instrument. In addition the system is registered in the U.S., Australia and South Africa. During the testing/assessment phase, a client’s biofeedback response

is measured in response to nearly 7,000 separate items in 39 separate categories. This process generally takes approximately 4 to 7 minutes, during which the computer calculates an average value of response between 0 and 100. This results in a list defining the individual’s reactions or stress potentials. The greatest energy disturbances are recorded and displayed at the top of the list. Each substance has its own distinctive, complex energy waveform, which is graphically viewed and represented by a unique fractal image. “Thanks to quantum physicists such as Albert Einstein and stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, PhD, author of The Biology of Belief, we know that everything in the universe is made up of vibrating frequencies we call energy. It’s these frequencies that L.I.F.E. detects,” says the certified biofeedback specialist, who also acts as a health coach to help clients resolve their health issues with recommendations for lifestyle changes that may include a healthier diet, meditation, yoga, breathing exercises and the use

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Karin Wolfe of therapeutic essential oils. “When necessary, I also refer clients to Dr. Joel Ying, a holistic physician in Naples.” Wolfe sees clients by appointment only at Joyful Yoga, in Bonita Springs, as well as at the Healing Light Center, in Naples, and at Transitions Natural Health Center, in Coral Springs. The initial intake/biofeedback and consultation takes approximately two hours. Followup sessions are generally one hour. “Biofeedback is essential to any plan for graceful aging. L.I.F.E. has biofeedback programs for identifying and repairing damaged DNA and chromosomes, the basic building blocks of life,” advises Wolfe, who also conducts group workshops and classes. Firefly Within, LLC, is located at 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy., in Bonita Springs. To make an appointment or for more information, call 239-9803257 or visit

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Any physical exercise done with breath awareness becomes yoga; anything done without the breath is just a physical practice.


~Rajan Narayaran internationally and from their Simply Yoga Institute studio, in Summit, New Jersey.

Mounting Evidence

Yoga Enters the Medical Mainstream Research Proves its Health Benefits by Meredith Montgomery


fter practicing internal medicine for 10 years in Boston, Dr. Timothy McCall became a full-time writer, exploring the health benefits of yoga. As the medical editor of Yoga Journal and the author of Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing, he says, “In the late 90s, the conveyor belt of patient care continued to speed up and I got frustrated. There was less time to form relationships with patients, which is essential to providing quality care without excessive tests and drugs.” Initially, McCall found that most of the documented research on yoga was from India, and notes it was low in quality from a Western perspective (though it is now excellent). In the West, the first notable scientific yoga article was published in 1973 in The Lancet on combining yoga and biofeedback to manage hypertension. According to the International Journal of Yoga, the surge in yoga’s popularity here finally gained academic interest in 2007, and there are now more than 2,000 56

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yoga titles in the National Institutes of Health database, with 200 added annually. Initially, yoga teacher and economist Rajan Narayanan, Ph.D., founded the nonprofit Life in Yoga Foundation and Institute to offer free teacher training. Within a couple of years, the foundation’s focus shifted to integrating yoga into the mainstream healthcare system. “We realized that to make a real difference, we needed to teach doctors about yoga and its scientifically proven effects,” he says. Medical providers can earn credits to keep their licenses current by attending courses by Life in Yoga, the only yoga institution independently certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Currently, even if physicians don’t practice yoga, it’s likely that many of their patients do. “You now see it everywhere from major medical centers to mainstream advertising,” says McCall, who notes an increase in doctors, nurses and therapists attending the Yoga as Medicine seminars he and his wife Eliana teach

“Yoga may help prevent diseases across the board because the root cause of 70 to 90 percent of all disorders is stress,” says Narayanan. Yoga increases the body’s ability to successfully respond to stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart and lowers blood pressure. That in turn suppresses sympathetic activity, reducing the amount of stress hormones in the body. Studies collected on demonstrate that yoga has been found to help manage hypertension, osteoporosis, body weight, physical fitness, anxiety, depression, diabetes, reproductive functions and pregnancy, among other issues. Studies at California’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute have tracked amelioration of heart disease. A growing body of research is validating yoga’s benefits for cancer patients, including at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A small study at Norway’s University of Oslo suggests that yoga even alters gene expression, indicating it may induce health benefits on a molecular level.

Cultural Challenges

“For yoga to be effective, a regular practice must be implemented, which is challenging in a culture where people can’t sit for long without an electronic device. It’s more than just popping pills,” says Narayanan. McCall says, “Even if people can commit to just a few minutes of yoga practice a day, if they keep it up the benefits can be enormous.” “There are no sales reps telling doctors to use yoga therapy like there are for pharmaceuticals,” remarks Narayanan, and until yoga is funded by health insurance, it will be challenging to gain full acceptance in mainstream medicine. Another barrier is certification

standards. The International Association of Yoga Therapists ( and the Council for Yoga Accreditation International ( are both beginning to offer certifications for therapy training programs and therapists. Narayanan is hopeful that certification could lead to yoga being covered by insurance. Medical school curricula have started shifting to embrace complementary approaches to wellness, with many textbooks now including information on mind/body therapies. The Principles and Practices of Yoga in Healthcare, coedited by Sat Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen, McCall and Shirley Telles and due out in 2016, is the first professional-level, medical textbook on yoga therapy. “Yoga has been proven to treat many conditions, yet yoga teachers don’t treat conditions, we treat individuals,” says McCall. “Yoga therapy is not a one-size-fits-all prescription because different bodies and minds, with different abilities and weaknesses, require individualized approaches.” While medical research is working to grant yoga more legitimacy among doctors, policymakers and the public, McCall says, “I believe these studies are systematically underestimating how powerful yoga can be. Science may tell us that it decreases systolic blood pressure and cortisol secretion and increases lung capacity and serotonin levels, but that doesn’t begin to capture the totality of what yoga is.”

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Muscle Activation Techniques Improve Muscle System Function by Lily Viola


hile impact injuries are the most obvious source of injury and physical pain in the body, those circumstances alone may not provide deeper insight into why full mobility does not return or flare-ups occur months or years after the injury is healed. The latest advancement in the treatment of physical limitations and its effect on pain due to bodily injury, as well as any symptoms that continue to persist, is Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT). In the past, conventional therapy concentrated on relieving the symptoms rather than looking at why an individual can perform a task without injury. MAT’s answer to the question is that certain muscles may be unable to properly contract. With a different focus than conventional therapy, MAT treats the root cause of the symptoms by examining how decreased muscle contraction relates to an injury. When there is trauma, muscles can become weakened and lose their ability to contract, or tighten. When muscles are unable to handle the forces exerted upon them, those forces move to other parts of the body. This is why muscles that were not directly involved in an injury can often

Top image: before treatment; lower image: after treatment be responsible for causing pain symptoms. Sometimes the redirected force travels to joints or tendons, resulting in joint pain or tendonitis. If the problem persists, it is possible to wear away cartilage or develop a bone spur.

From a MAT perspective, tight muscles may not be inappropriately tight because there is something wrong with them, but because certain other muscles are not working. Activate lazy muscles and the tight ones let go. MAT can even address 50-year-old symptoms. Sedentary non-exercisers and professional athletes benefit equally from MAT training and improving muscle system function. “Some of the things I’ve treated are back pain from a car accident, leg weakness and pain from disuse and a 30-year desk job, shoulder tightness and pain from professional tennis, back pain after surgeries didn’t fix it and back pain and stiffness in a client that had severe scoliosis,” says Jay Weitzner, MAT specialist and owner of Symmetry: No Fads All Fitness, in Naples. “Additionally, I’ve rehabbed a knee post-surgery from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus tear. One thing most of my clients say is, ‘I wish I knew about this years ago, and I certainly understand why MAT is so different from everything else,’” says Weitzner. He points out that he doesn’t treat pain. “Neither does anyone else. Pain anywhere in the body is a sensation that is the result of something that causes it. You cannot treat a sensation. My scope of practice is very precise. I seek to identify dysfunction in the muscle system and restore its function,” explains Weitzner. Symmetry: No Fads All Fitness is located at 1750 J and C Blvd., Ste. 10, in Naples. For more information or to schedule a free evaluation, call 239-940-2121 or email visit See ad, page 4.


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EYE HEALTH FOR DOGS 10 Foods to Keep Canine Vision Sharp by Audi Donamor


ey colorful foods, packed with nutrients, protect against eye problems ranging from progressive retinal atrophy and uveitis to cataracts and glaucoma. Here are 10 foods that are highly regarded in helping prevent and defend against vision problems. Their eye-worthy nutrients include anthocyanins, beta-carotene, carotenoids, glutathione, lycopene, omega-3 essential fatty acids, phytonutrients—and the special partnership of lutein and zeaxanthin, sometimes referred to as “sunscreen for the eyes”. An easy way to serve these power-packed foods is as a mash. Simply combine a few cups of fruits and vegetables in a food processor with a half-cup of filtered water and blend as a raw pet meal topper. For a cooked topper, chop the fruits and vegetables and place in a medium sized sauce pan with the filtered water and a couple tablespoons of first-pressed olive oil. Simmer gently, cool and serve. Maybe top it all off with a fish or egg. Blueberries contain two eye-healthy carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. They also deliver anthocyanins, eye-nourishing phytonutrients known to support night vision, according to a study published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. University of Oklahoma research suggests that flavonoids like the rutin, resveratrol and quercetin in blueberries may help prevent retinal atrophy. Their selenium and zinc components also support vision, according to a study from the National Eye Institute. Eating blueberries has even been associated with the reduction of eye fatigue, according to The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Broccoli’s anti-cancer benefits are well known, but it’s also recognized as one of the best vegetables for eye health. A good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, it’s also packed with beta-carotene. Don’t leave the leaves behind, because they contain even more beta-carotene than the stems and florets. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have found that broccoli and broccoli sprouts protect the retina from free radical damage, which may be due to a compound called sulphoraphane that boosts the body’s defense against free radicals.


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Carrots come in 100 varieties, from deep purple and white to brilliant orange. Each is a storehouse of nutrient power, providing vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamins C, D, E and K, and riboflavin, niacin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, copper and iodine. The adage that carrots are good for the eyes is true. They even contain lycopene and lutein, phytonutrients that protect from UVB radiation and free radical damage. Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, cod, haddock and sardines are rich in omega-3s, especially EPA and DHA, which are widely known to be important to cellular health. DHA makes up 30 percent of the fatty acids that comprise the retina. The particularly high levels of omega3s in sardines add further protection to retinal health, according to researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.   Eggs are rich in cysteine and sulphur, two components of glutathione. Cataract Health News reports that sulphurcontaining compounds have been found to protect eyes from cataract formation. Egg yolks contain lutein, and a University of Massachusetts study has found that eating an egg a day raised levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in the blood; at the same time, blood serum lipids and lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations remained stable. Garlic. Researchers at the University of Oregon suggest that sulphur-rich garlic is important for the production of glutathione, a protein that acts as an antioxidant for the eye’s lens, and can be instrumental in the prevention of some visual problems. Kale is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin. The American Optometric Association says these special antioxidants act like “internal sunglasses.” Add betacarotene to the mix and kale serves as a preferred foil to oxidative stress. Pumpkin’s orange color is a sure sign that it’s packed with carotenoids like beta-carotene, which help neutralize free radicals. Its lutein and zeaxanthin generally promote eye health and further protect against retinal degeneration. Even pumpkin seeds carry several benefits, including omega-3s, zinc and phytosterols to enhance a dog’s immune response. Sweet potatoes are loaded with both beta-carotene and anthocyanins, the latter high in antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. Tomatoes are famous for their lycopene, a carotenoid and phytonutrient found in red produce. This powerful antioxidant helps protect against sun damage and retinal degeneration and has been well documented as Make vision effective in cancer and diet part of prevention. Processed tomato prodannual exams by ucts contain higher levels of lycopene a local vet. than the raw fruit. Audi Donamor regularly contributes to Animal Wellness Magazine (Animal, from which this was adapted and used with permission.


sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.



The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of a variety of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Water Art Reception and Drumming Circle – 6-9pm. Featuring the photographic works of the Naples Digital Photography Club, based on the theme of water. Art opening, live music by Alchemie, live street chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand, community drumming circle, community yoga class, henna painting, intuitive readings. Light snacks and drinks available. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones to use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Taylor Harkness will present five Shine On yoga workshops at The Yoga Loft, in Naples, from September 11 to 13. Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 6:30-8pm. With Sue Lovett. Allow your cells to naturally attune to the meditative, balancing and healing powers of sound vibration. Meditation can be done seated or lying down. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Numerology for Beginners – 11am-3pm. An intensive workshop introducing the numbers, their meanings, correspondences, birth path, expression, soul urge, quiet self, personal and universal years and correspondences to other disciplines. $95. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the “flower of life” pattern also known as

Junior Ranger Adventure: A House for Hermit Crab – 10am. Read the story A House for Hermit Crab, by Eric Carle, with a park ranger followed by a fun environmentally friendly craft. For ages 4-12. Free; bring a book to donate or show your library card. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 463-4588. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of a variety of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Channeling Gallery Format – 6:30-8pm. An evening of healing and enlightenment with Beth Brown-Rinella. $20. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Community HU – 6-7pm. Chanting and singing a love song to God. Eckankar Center, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Vegan is Good, But What Can Be Added to Optimize Nutrition? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Vegans have heard about B12 deficiency; learn about other nutrients they may not be getting enough of. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Spirit Sound Healing Circle – 7-8:30pm. An evening of song and devotion with Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Chant the names of the Hindu gods and goddesses that are truly aspects of our own divine inner selves. Evening includes crystal singing bowls, drums, gongs, flutes and call-and-response chanting. $10. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 The Naples School of Thought Consciousness – 6-8pm. A place of benevolent outcomes. Gather to learn, discuss and practice the wisdom of your thoughts and the knowledge of the ages. Become the change you’d like to see in the world. $10. The Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 777-4578. Schedule:

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Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Unity World Day of Prayer, Pray Up Your Life, Pray Up the World – 8am-5:30pm. Opening prayer with Rev Jim Rosemergy 8-8:30am. Prayerful activities throughout the day open to all include meditation, yoga body prayers, Reiki, sacred meditation and The Gathering. Unity of Ft Myers, 1120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Channeling/Healing Salon – 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of powerful channeled healing, love and light with master healer Kenton David Bell. Donation. N Ft Myers. Register/directions: 997-1623. Robert Austin Sound Concert – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience the healing tones of the crystal and Ti-

betan bowls to open up channels of energy flowing through your chakras. $25. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Santa Claus Society FUNdraiser – 6:30-9pm. A guided paint session for a great cause. BYOB (beer/ wine only) or try something from the wine bar/craft beer selection. $40 includes all art supplies. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953. Goddess Circle – 7pm. With Pam Bzoch. Explore and connect with the energy of the divine feminine. The evening includes a sacred altar dedicated to a different Goddess each month, guided meditation, discussion and sacred altar keepsake. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Taylor Harkness Weekend: Shine On, Come As You Are – Sept 11-13. 10:30am-5pm. Five workshops. Harkness is a yoga teacher inspired by his medical background which fostered his passion for anatomy and the complex working of the body. $45/workshop or $200/weekend. Yoga Loft, Naples. Register: 260-7725 or Evening Psychic Faire – 5-8pm. Mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, Reiki, past-life and animal/pet readings, angels. $20/15 min. Goddess I AM Healing

& Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. The Naples School of Thought Consciousness – 6-8pm. A place of benevolent outcomes with an intimate setting for the awareness the soul is delighted in. Our thoughts can be the wisdom manifesting in our life, which changes as our thoughts change. $10. The Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 777-4578. Schedule: Psychic Development – 7pm. With Laurie Barraco. Learn how to use your natural psychic abilities the way spirit intended. Tools of divination and how to use them will be discussed. Topic: Protection. $20. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Let’s Run, Yogis! – 7:30am. With Lenore Bishop. Participants meet at the Gordon River Greenway for a complimentary group run. Begin with a warm-up; continue with a boardwalk run at your own pace, then meet back up for a post-run stretch session. Free. 1590 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 5981938. Reiki Level II – Sept 12-13. 8:30am-6pm. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Learn the symbols that expand the healing energy for physical, emotional, mental and distance healing. $265. 18 FL CEUS, LMTs, nurses, MHC, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. Reiki I required. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Emotional Intelligence: The Power of Emotion – 9am-noon, workshop; Noon-12:30pm, organic lunch (optional). With Claudia A Monte, CAM Consulting Group. Learn the role emotions play in your wellness spectrum. Learn the connection between your cognitive and emotional intelligences to sustain positive relationships and avoid energy drains. $60/ workshop; $14/lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 949-0749. Creating a Future for Adults with Autism Conference – 9am-4pm. The theme will focus on options for improving health, increasing independence and entrepreneurship. Keynote speaker Jeffrey Smith, will speak about digestive problems and related issues common in the autistic population and their relation to GMO foods. $25. St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples. 4506060. Register: See article, page 19. Inner Spa Day for the Mind/Yoga and Singing Bowls – 9:15-11:15am. With Michelle Falco and William Ward. Schedule varies every second Saturday of the month. Monthly wellness maintenance for de-stress, emotional healing and mental clarity. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies of your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services includ-


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ing readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, Reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Thyroid Seminar – 10:30am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Fatigue, unexpected weight gain, thinning hair, always feeling cold, anxiety, night sweats, morning headaches, brittle nails, brain fog? Discover natural solutions to correct your thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid and why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 4443106. See ad, page 24. ABCs of Yoga 1-3pm. With Amy Voelkl. This allbeginners class is a comfortable, safe and stress-free way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. $10. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Restore and Renew – 1-3pm. With Kim Clayton and Addy Huff. Enjoy a blissfully relaxing restorative yoga practice while a massage therapist assists in releasing stress and tension from the body in this deeply therapeutic workshop. $45/drop-in or $40 by 9/11. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free, includes charts. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: To Listen is to Love. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Tarot Class – 2-3:30pm. Learn basic/intermediate tarot skills with MaryAlice Warren and Claudia Johnson. Recommended deck: Rider Waite Tarot. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Lunch and Learn: Aligning Personality with Soul – Noon-1pm. With Dona Matera. Learn how to better align your personality with your soul’s purpose. Ask questions and experience what Matera’s classes are like as she takes you on a journey of living as your true self. Free with purchase of lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.


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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of a variety of the seven bowls which help to heal and open ones heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Chakra Singing Bowl Meditation Series – Sept 15-Oct 27. 6:45-7:30pm. Tuesdays. With Mark Wagner. Guided meditation to the healing vibrations of singing bowls through an exploration of the seven chakras. $25/session or $125/series. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 9/30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the

Channeling/Healing Salon – 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of powerful channeled healing, love and light with Master Healer Kenton David Bell. Donation. N Ft Myers. Register/directions: 997-1623. Just for Today, I Don’t Worry; Learn to Deal with Anxiety – 6:30-8:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca, LMHC, MH8943. Neuroscience-based, holistic approach. Learn easy tools for managing worry, stress and anxious thoughts; mindfulness methods and self-care strategies. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Exploring the Power of Gemstones – 7pm. With Nicole Sandhu and Nicole Barraco. Each class will explore four different crystals, their healing properties, where they come from, and all the ways to use them. $20; 10 percent off crystals purchased during class. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki master Pam Bzoch, owner of Saith Seren. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Mastery of Creating and Delivering Impactful Workshops – Sept 18-19. With Kiersten Mooney. Learn to develop world-class workshops, programs and studio challenges in this mastery level course that offers 10 continuing education hours and is eligible for 10 hours toward 300-hour teacher training. $175. 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Coral Gables. 598-1938. Yoga for Core Strengthening and Back Pain – 8:30am. With Laura Grabinski. A series of postures to strengthen the core and back, improve posture and balance and calm the mind. $18. Enjoy complimentary aromatherapy and a $50 gift certificate toward a private yoga session. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 302, Naples. Register: 331-8266 or Info@


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Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Movement and Breath for Labor Workshop – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, LMT, Birth Doula. Experience hands-on practical labor run-through. Practice movement, breathing, self-hypnosis techniques for pain management. Effective advice for pushing phase. $25/prepay or $30/door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Preregister: 248-7931 or LifeBehold@ The Naples School of Thought Consciousness – 6-8pm. A place of benevolent outcomes. The mind follows our thoughts; how we create and what we experience is prepared by the mind. $10. The Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 777-4578. Schedule: Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of Reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Chakra Energy Balancing Group Class – 8:30am. With Terry Flynn. Learn how to open and balance the energy centers of your body. $18 includes green tea and organic fruit. Attendees will receive a complimentary $50 gift certificate towards a private energy healing session. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 302, Naples. Preregister: 331-8266. See news brief, page 14. Behind the Mask of Manipulation – 10am-5pm. With Alan Godwin PsyD. How to approach unreasonable people? Get free from toxic relationships? Learn to recognize and counter emotional exploitation; set healthy boundaries; resist victim and rescuer dramas; understand manipulators’ mind. $110. Scholarships available. 6 FL CEUs, LMHC, MFT, CWS. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter. com. See news brief, page 14. Psychic Development Class – 11am. A series of 10 bimonthly classes for psychic development. Class one: a progressive class to form a foundation for psychism, as well as exercise to enhance your intuition. Each class builds upon the previous class. $20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.


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Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. Mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, Reiki, past-life and animal/pet readings, angels. $20/15 min. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 2286949. Yang to Yin: Power Up and Restore Down – 1:30-3pm. With Lenore Bishop. Tap into the yin and the yang in your body with a power practice, creating heat and stimulating yang energy. Move into a restorative practice to cool and calm the body, tapping into yin energy. $30/drop-in or $25 by 9/18. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Dowsing – 2pm. With Ross. Learn what dowsing is and how to use this method for finding objects underground, testing energy fields, spirit energies and learn the different tools used for dowsing. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Mini-Iris Assessments – 10am-6pm. Experience a complimentary mini-iris assessment with Laura James, holistic iridologist, at the Peace Day in the Park event. Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Pl, Cape Coral. Info: 431-9172. See ad on page 12 and news brief on page 10. The Eighth Annual Peace Day in the Park – 10am-6pm. In honor of the International Day of Peace featuring local artisans, vendors, yoga, live music, pet adoptions, meditations, craft’s and workshops. Bring canned goods for local charities. Free. Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Pl, Cape Coral. See ad on page 27 and news brief on page 13.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Spiritual Intuitive Readings – 11am-4pm. With published author Donna Lynn Hudgins, author of Peacefound and Chalice of Pleiades. Readings are timely, gentle and knowing on the deepest levels and are always given in total trust of their awakening properties. $20/20 minutes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 9490749. Lunch and Learn: Chakra Balancing – Noon1pm. With John Cartwright. Learn about the upcoming chakra balancing workshop on 9/25 to get more in depth experience of how crystals working with the chakras can balance your life. Free with purchase of lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of a variety of the seven bowls, which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Introduction to Yoga Therapy Workshop – Sept 23-26. With Dr Kausthub Desikachar, son and student of TKV Desikachar and grandson of Krishnamacharya. Includes presentations, discussion and experiential practices of yoga therapy. $559. Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 265-4367. See ad, page 35. Energy Medicine Lecture – 6pm. With Carol Roberts, MD. Refreshments provided. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. RSVP: HughesCenterNaples. com. See ad, page 79. You Can Feel It In Your Gut – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Learn about healing leaky gut. Refreshments will be served. Free. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. See ad, page 2. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Change Your Life Seminar – 7-8pm. With David Essel. Premier Executive Center, 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd, Ft Myers. 941-266-7676. See ad and coupon, page 45. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Movement and Relaxation – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Energizing and revitalizing; yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra) helps you feel refreshed and recharged. $15/drop-in or $50/

pact on the environment. Free. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 463-4588. Meditation Metamorphosis – 9:30-10:30am. Every fourth Saturday. With William Ward. Learn to quiet the chatter of the mind and access the peaceful internal calm through practice and discussion. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; clients: $12/drop-in or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 3259210.

Lake Lure, North Carolina four classes; clients: $12/drop-in or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Bat Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. Visit a lovely creek in the wilderness; part of an estuary system with many plants and animals. At dusk see the bats come out of their hiding places. Learn about these very interesting, ancient and important creatures from a certified Florida master naturalist guide. $40. GAEA Guides, North Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 The Naples School of Thought Consciousness – 6-8pm. A place of benevolent outcomes as the Akashic mind awakens and the beauty of all things surface we bring heaven and Earth together for a wonderful experience. $10. The Coastal Professional Center, 801 Anchor Rode Dr, Ste 203, Naples. 777-4578. Schedule:

Happehatchee Open House – 10am-4pm. In honor of National Estuary Day, visit the center for music, yoga samplers and drum circle at 3pm. Free. Happehatchee Eco-spiritual Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. See news brief, page 12. 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. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services including: readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, Reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5-8pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee River and on wild creeks with thousands of birds preparing to roost for the night. Watch the sunset and moonrise. $40 includes equipment and a Florida master naturalist guide. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513.

Psychic Development – 7pm. With Laurie Barraco. Learn how to use your natural psychic abilities the way spirit intended. Various tools of divination and how to use them will be discussed. Topic: Protection. $20. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP:

BYOB Paint Session – 7-9:30pm. A 2.5-hour guided paint session to customize the new popular Beach Signs. BYOB (beer/wine only) or try something from the wine bar/ craft beer selection. $42 includes all art supplies. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953.

Chakra Balancing – 7-8:30pm. With John Cartwright. Learn how to balance your chakras by getting connected with crystals for each energy center in your body and how to stay connected. Participants will experience the crystal balancing during the workshop. $25. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 9490749.


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Dreams and Desires Workshop – Sept 26-27. With Master Healer Kenton David Bell. Learn tools and wisdom for mastering the human experience. A weekend of fun, healing and creation energies. $300. Bring lunch; water and light snacks provided. North Ft Myers. 928-274-2026. Kenton Bell.Guru.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Kundalini Yoga Workshop – 2-4pm. The full harvest moon is an auspicious time and considered the most powerful moon of the year with a total lunar eclipse. Workshop includes a powerful kundalini yoga practice with postures, pranayama, mantra and meditation. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. 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.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Lunch and Learn: Aligning Personality with Soul – Noon-1pm. With Dona Matera. Learn how to better align your personality with your soul purpose. Ask questions and experience what Matera’s classes are like as she takes you on a journey of living as your true self. Free with purchase of lunch. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Complimentary Laughter Club – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jill Emmerich, Certified Laughter Yoga leader, in partnership with Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Fourth Monday of every month. Free. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.


Surrender to Stillness – Sept 27-Oct 2. Sixday immersion with Panache Desai. Naples Bay Resort, 1500 5th Ave S, Naples. Info: 649-7373. See article, page 52.

Sweating Your Way to Health – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. This is a very old way to clean up the body and calm the mind, so does it work and what forms of sauna’s work best and why? Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600.

Tarot Class – 2-3:30pm. Learn basic/intermediate tarot skills with MaryAlice Warren and Claudia Johnson. Recommended deck: Rider Waite Tarot. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655.

Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring

Red Tent Retreat – Sept 26-27. A woman’s gathering to honor the divine feminine within. Meditation, contemplation, art, movement, laughter, storytelling and journaling. Vegetarian meals, snacks and beverages provided. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. National Public Lands Day: Lovers Key Scavenger Hunt – 9am-noon. Grab your friends to create a team and explore the park, follow clues and snap photos at numerous locations throughout the park. Participants will discover hidden gems of the park, as well as completing tasks along the route which make a positive im-

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yoga mat and small pillow. $15. White Lotus, 5555 Taylor St, Naples. RSVP: 300-1633 or

as practiced by the ancient shamanic traditions. For those that wish to learn for themselves and for those helping others in a terminal situation or that have already passed on. $350. Naples. Register/info; Grace Barr: 293-7711 or

plan ahead THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Evening Series – 6-8:30pm. Eight-week stressreduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Weekly classes, materials, recording for home practice. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 280-9095.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 Life Coach Universe – Oct 2-3. Life coach training and certification with David Essel. Level One. Premier Executive Center, 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd, Ft Myers. 941-266-7676. LifeCoachUniverse. com. See ad, page 57. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Morning Series – 9:30am-noon. Eight-week stressreduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Weekly classes, materials, recording for home practice. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 280-9095.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 First Annual SWFL Wellness Summit – 8am-5pm. Presentations all day, featuring Caring For Your Family Naturally by bestselling author Dr Scott Johnson. $55/door or $50 on Eventbrite, includes on-site lunch from Twisted Fork. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 777 Mooring Line Dr, Naples. 336404-2052.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18 Ra-African Dance and Drum Workshop – 3-6pm. Learn about Africa in this intense energy workshop. All levels. $35. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia. org. See news brief, page 16. Mama Africa Celebration Fundraiser – 6:308:30pm. Featuring a community drum and dance circle and post-event potluck party with donations encouraged to support the center and its scholarship program for fall classes. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. See news brief, page 16.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 Shamanic Practices for Death, Dying and the Afterlife – Oct 23-25. A comprehensive overview of shamanic death rites and classic psychopomp work

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Bryan Kest Master Class – 12:30-3:30pm. Cohosted by greenmonkey and Naples Yoga Center. Join Bryan Kest, an internationally recognized yoga teacher known as the creator of Power Yoga and the “yoga teacher to the stars” in a heated three-hour, all-levels master class that includes 45 minutes of discussion followed by a vinyasa class. $95 or $75 by 10/1. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2 Yoga Teacher Training 2016 – With Suzy Goldberg, E-RYT. This course is designed for those passionate about practicing yoga. The curriculum provides the tools to deepen your personal practice and the tools to share your yoga experience as a teacher. $3,000. Ruby & Pearl’s, 6420 Plantation Park Ct, Ste 104, Ft Myers. Register: 768-1021. See ad, page 55.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Holistic Holiday at Sea 2016 – Feb 27-Mar 5. Experience seven nights on the MSC Divina, one of the mot ecologically-friendly and elegant cruise liners on the seas. Bask in gracious Italian hospitality and service all while enjoying inspiring lectures and vegan natural foods. Departs from Miami, FL. 877-844-7977. See ad on page 43 and news brief on page 19.

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

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

monday Mindful Movement Qigong Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Francis Reilly. Qigong, yoga, breath awareness and guided relaxation. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at Guided Tour and Organic Lunch – Mon-Fri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am & 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9:30pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

Yoga for Anxiety – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class for all levels. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; clients: $12/dropin or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 3:30-5pm. Have you stuffed your feelings because it hurts too much? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Restorative Yoga – 6:15-7:30pm. With Rachel. $18. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.

Abundance, Success and Love – 12:30-2pm. Biweekly. With Ryan Wilaby, master coach. Discover how to take all areas of your life to the next level. $10. Eyes Wide Open Center, 202 & 204 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs. 310-309-9602. Aligning Personality with Soul – 2-3:30pm. With Dona Matera. Identify self-limiting, subconscious beliefs to unify outer and inner being. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Stretch and Restore Yoga – 3:15-4:30pm. With Lahoma. $18/drop-in. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated power vinyasa yoga class for grownups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Yin Harmony Yoga – 4-5:15pm. With Sue Lovett. A quiet, insightful yoga practice with roots in meridian theory of Chinese medicine and mindfulness training. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Cooperative Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. With Jill Emmerich. Build social and communication skills. Practice getting along better with others, sharing, taking turns, following directions, healthy

Rivers and Creek Kayak Tour – 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. 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. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700.

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expression of emotions. Ages 4 and up. $20/dropin or $60/four classes; clients: $15/drop-in or $55/ four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.

Qigong for Everyone – 5:30-6:30pm. With Dona Matera. Standing, or sitting if needed, with slow movements to harmonize physical health. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6pm. 12step meeting. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. Rob: 948-9162. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples, choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at Creative Expressions – 6:30-8pm. 2nd & 5th Mon. With Jill Emmerich. Explore creative approaches for self-awareness and healing. Embrace your inner child and connect with joy in the present moment. $20/drop-in or $60/four classes; clients: $15/dropin or $55/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Women’s Empowerment Workshop – 6:30-8pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. With Annie Addington. Connect with your own inner power, release the feeling of victimization and tap into your creative energies. $30/drop-in or $110/four classes; clients: $27/dropin or $100/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) –

Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Conscious Community Class – 7-9pm. Online class on a variety of topics providing insight for personal and career growth through the power of transforming the subconscious mind via hypnosis. Classes are live, with a chance to be interactive and ask questions. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. For those who have a loved one with an addiction, Nar-Anon meetings may help you cope. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Hatha Yoga Level I/II – 9-10:15am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276.

Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Jessica Hesser. Asana-based kriyas, pranayama and meditations. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. 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. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Mini Pet/People Energy Readings – Noon-2pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. With Jennifer Crumbliss. Receive guidance to the right path of healing for you and your pet. Bring a picture of pet (passed or living). Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking good care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Peaceful Mind Qigong – 2:30-3:15pm. With Sensei Dave Kelley. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Love Rocks! Mixed Level Flow Class – 4:455:45pm. With Kristen. $18/drop-in. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. All Levels Yoga – 6-7pm. With Salima Silverman. A yoga class designed for everyone. Great for advanced or first time students. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Multi-Level Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Begins 9/15. With Sarah. Indoor class with limited space. Yoga mat and yoga props provided. $15. Alico Family Golf, 16300 Lee Rd, Ft Myers. Preregistration required: 825-0126 or Yoga for Anxiety – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class for all levels. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; clients: $12/dropin or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Have you stuffed your feel-


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ings because it hurts too much? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106.

dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.

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.

Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Aleksandra Eifler. Students can enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938.

Chakra Singing Bowl Meditation Series – 6:457:30pm. Sept 15-Oct 27. With Mark Wagner. Guided meditation to the healing vibrations of singing bowls through an exploration of the seven chakras. $25/ session or $125/series. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Evening Slow Flow Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Megan. $18/drop-in. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747.

wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No

Multi-Level Gentle Yoga – 9-10am. Begins 9/16. With Sarah. Open to the public and conducted in the group fitness room. Yoga mat and yoga props provided. $15. Anytime Fitness, 9211 College Parkway, Ft Myers. Preregistration required: 825-0126 or Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. Self-massage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. $20. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Stephanie Brinkerhoff. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. Yoga postures, breath work, sound and wellness practices based on ayurveda, qigong and other disciplines. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. 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. Mindful Parents – 10:30am-noon. With Jill Emmerich. Positive space for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together,

discuss challenges, problem solve difficult situations, support and teach each other. $20/drop-in or $60/four classes; clients: $15/drop-in or $55/ four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Emei Qigong – 11am-noon. With Melanie Hope. Slow, easy movements that cleanse, strengthen and balance. Harmonize organ and energy systems and realize many proven health benefits. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Love Flow Yoga – 11am-noon. With Susan. $18/ drop-in. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Lunchtime Meditations – 12:15-1pm. With Joann Lawrence. Two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Have you stuffed your feelings because it hurts too much? Dry Palms Foundation Building, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 7287106. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated Power Vinyasa Yoga class for grownups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Teen Yoga – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Multilevel, multi-style yoga experience. Free your mind from the stress of teen life in this calm, relaxing class. $12/drop-in or $45/four classes; clients: $11/

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drop-in or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd floor, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral.

Complimentary Multi-Level Gentle Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Begins 9/16. With Sarah. An indoor relaxing class designed to improve health, performance and mental activity. Free. Bring yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes and an empty stomach. Florida Blue Coconut Point, 8041 Plaza Del Lago Dr, Estero. Info: 825-0126 or

A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Readings and interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456.

Advanced Purna – 5:30-7:30pm.With Meredith Musick. With great yoga wall. Call for directions. Naples. RSVP: 269-8846.

Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those who suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938.

Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009.


Meditation – 6pm. With Cici. Quiet mind; relaxed body. Practice conscious focusing; improve physical, mental, emotional health. Donation. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Ra-African Dance – 6pm. With Lulu Carter, Queen Mother of Torgome. Ultimate energy dance, fusion dance moves from Africa to Brazil. $12. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. $15/dropin or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. The Artist’s Way – 6:30pm. An ongoing study group for discovering your creative self, text by Julia Cameron. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. Hand Drumming Lessons – 6:30-8pm. With Marc Wagner. $15/class. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Soul Sisters Middle School Girls Group – 6:308pm. With Jill Emmerich. Build peer support, communication skills, self-confidence and selfexpression through connection and creative expression. $20/drop-in or $60/four classes; clients: $15/ drop-in or $55/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free.

Yoga – 7:15am & 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/ lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Multi-Level Gentle Yoga – 9-10am. Begins 9/17. With Sarah. Indoor class with limited space. Yoga mat and yoga props provided. $15. Alico Family Golf, 16300 Lee Rd, Ft Myers. Preregistration required: 825-0126 or Hatha Yoga Level I/II – 9-10:15am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Episcopal Lutheran Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Sally: 948-9162. Warrior2Warrior: Yoga for Veterans – 11am-noon. With Gary Granza and Keady. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. With rotating teachers. Develop healthy coping skills from an early age through the use of movement, breath, sound and relaxation. $12/drop-in or $45/four classes; clients: $11/drop-in or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725.

Vinyasa Flow – 5:45-6:45pm. With Karen Lepree. Sun salutations, movement and stretching. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang, meditation, tea potluck and receive healing. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20/drop-in or $60/ four weeks; clients; $15/drop-in or $55/four classes. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 3259210. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

friday Hatha Yoga Level II – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness and connect with nature. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Chakra Connection – 11-11:45am. With Terry Flynn. Designed to connect, open and balance the energy centers and enhance the flow of energy throughout the body. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.


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Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, ERYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga for Sobriety – 5:15-6:30pm. With guest teachers. A judgment-free zone to work on your inner and outer well-being. Free. Mats and towels for rent or BYO. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Recovery Yoga – 5:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Discussion, gentle movement and relaxation along your journey of recovery. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Donation. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. 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 the Healer/Reiki Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Special Reiki circle for healers and Reiki practitioners. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Mantra Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. With Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Evening may include crystal singing bowls, drums, guitars, gongs, flutes and kirtan. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Bonita Springs Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone welcome; kids, dogs, the whole family. Drum, dance, hoop, have fun. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Facebook Page: Drum Circle of Bonita Springs. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. 2nd Fri. With Dan Gorny. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of Reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Quantum Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Women’s Sacred Circle – 7-9pm. 3rd Fri. With Dolores Gozzi. Celebrate the divine feminine through ritual, ceremony, meditation, prayer and sharing openly in love and trust. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church

of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. Yoga for You – 9:30-10:30am. 1st & 3rd Sat. With Michelle Falco and Peggy Sealfon. Gentle class for all levels. Connect to the joy and beauty of your true self through mindful movement and increased selfawareness. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; clients: $12/drop-in or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Purna Power Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. 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. 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.

Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Carol 676-7793. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Kids Yoga – 10:45-11:45am. With Heather Pilling and Jenny Deeley. Kids are taught playful yoga in a non-competitive, self-accepting and team-building atmosphere. $10/drop-in. Optional simultaneous heated Power Vinyasa Yoga class for grownups. $20/drop-in. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group – 3pm. Meets 9/5 & 9/19. DVDs, CDs and discussion. Free. Unitarian/Universalist Church, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 249-6916. Happehatchee Drum Circle – 5:30-7:30pm. 1st Sat. With Marc Wagner. $15 suggested donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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Patricia Acerra, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), CCht 2335 9th St N, #303B, Naples 34103 239-659-9100 • Supporting your goals toward peace, wellness and personal growth in mind, body and spirit using traditional and Esoteric Acupuncture and Interpersonal and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, NLP and holistic psychology. Serving Naples since 1994.

ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 1063-1065 Fifth Ave N, Naples 239-262-6828

Specialty: acupuncture, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, meditation—wellness through maintenance and prevention. Indigestion, hormone imbalance, pain, headaches, anxiety, depression, detoxification. AP488/MH2616.


Rosemary Harris, Lic. Acupuncture Physician Complete Well-Being Center 684 Goodlette Rd N, Naples 34102 239-404-0648 We combine modern medicine with the wisdom of ancient healing utilizing acupuncture, auricular therapy, herbal medicine, cupping, dietary therapy, electrical acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, a therapeutic massage chair and cold laser pain therapy. “We treat you like family!”

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 25 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 18.

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

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 29.


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


Office in Naples & Ft Myers 239-821-4482

Karin S Wolfe, CBT 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 •

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 24.

Certified Biofeedback Technician by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBT#5563.




Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers


Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 14.

Offices in Naples & Fort Myers 239-263-7089 MA66792 Lillian Deng is proficient in Chinese Message, Shiatsu, and Swedish Message. She specializes in pain management, relaxation, and weight loss with over 20 years of experience in medical therapy and 10 years of experience in massage therapy. See ad, page 24.


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

FEET FIRST REFLEXOLOGY Mary Ann Mugaas, NCR 5051 Castello Dr, Naples 261-8833


239-261-2840 •

Reflexology is a natural system of relaxation based on the principles that the body is reflected on the feet. The application of pressure to these areas promotes circulation, balance and relaxation. Nationally certified. Practicing since 1986. MA24479, MM8962.

Picture Plan for your future. Understand your past. Have a blueprint for your life. Bob is a professional astrologer with over 40 years’ experience in achieving success for his clients. Confidential and Objective. Astrology Consulting. See ad, page 71.

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

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


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


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


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


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.

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

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


of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible. ~Bob Harper

Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 • Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 34.


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


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C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 29.


Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 678-717-8584: Debbie Randolph for Crystals 561-541-3437: Dominique Fuentes for Granite Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 51.



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Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 51.


860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • Dedicated to mercury-free dentistry for over 25 years, preserving teeth and gums for a lifetime, high quality restorative dentistry, and preventative measures with cancer patients during radiation and chemotherapy. See ad, page 13.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 28.


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


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


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

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


Healing People & Animals since 2005 • 239-253-9008 Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.

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

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


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 25.


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

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




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


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 21.

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

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 61.


8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers 33907 239-939-4769 • We offer life coaching and personal growth courses for self awareness, breakthrough, leadership, couples or parenting. Free vision workshops monthly, call for dates. Since 1992. See ad, page 53.


Come heal with us! From Iyengar and Alignment yoga to Quantum Energetics, CranioSacral Therapy, Rapid Tr a u m a R e s o l u t i o n a n d Acupuncture, we can help. See ad, page 22.


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


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Ft Myers 33919 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 21.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 31.

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

Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 66.


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




Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 214 Bonita Springs • 239-444-4204 Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 46.

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

AHA! A Holistic Approach 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR)—a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. See ad, page 22.


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.

Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 • 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!

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Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging 9148 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-949-2011 • A proactive approach to health providing thermography as preventative screening. Thermography is a painless, noninvasive test without radiation detecting of abnormal physiology throughout the whole body, and establishment of risk factors for the development or existence of breast cancer. See ad, page 59.


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


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


Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist 239-269-8846 Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 47.

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