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his month’s cover photo is a dream come true. I can’t   take credit for the idea; it was inspired by the publishers of Natural Awakenings in Puerto Rico who do something similar for their annual yoga issue. The first time I saw one of their covers, I knew I had to make it happen here, and I knew just the photographer I wanted to capture the image I had in my head. I am so grateful to the super talented photographer Diana Deaver for her enthusiastic “yes” to this idea, and for making

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my dream a reality.    I am also super grateful to the beautiful souls who appear on this cover this month! I wanted the cover to capture the diversity and the unity of the local yoga community. These faces radiate joy and peace, and that was the energy present at the photo shoot. It was palpable. Their names are listed below. Thank you to all who came out!    The world desperately needs more joy and peace, and yoga is one path to help cultivate them both on a personal level and in our world. This special yoga issue includes profiles of local yoga instructors who share their path with us. Their stories are inspiring, and prove that yoga’s lessons extend far beyond the mat. Publisher (with clipboard) with yoga teachers at cover shoot.   The mat, the church, a meditation cushion—these are all good places to go when the world seems to have turned upside down, which is how it felt with the violence in Charlottesville. When we cultivate peace and love in ourselves, I believe that energy spreads. We must stand up for what is right, and never lose hope. The fact that the following quote by Nelson Mandela, tweeted by former President Barack Obama, became the most liked tweet ever gives me hope. That is the thought I will leave you with this month.    In peace and love,

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amples collected by Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW), Charleston Water System, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control were analyzed by Eurofins, a third-party laboratory approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The tests showed no detection of pesticides or herbicides. At a community meeting hosted by MPW on Monday, July 24, a resident in Dunes West presented a laboratory report of water samples collected at his home. This resident and the media reported that his report showed positive results for the compound GenX. However, the GenX result was noted on the report as an estimated value, meaning that the data was below a value in which the instrument can precisely measure. MPW sampled three locations for GenX and other compounds and found no detection of GenX. All other compounds were well below the current health advisory level. The EPA’s current health advisory for the total PFOA and/or PFOS is 70 parts per trillion (ppt). MPW’s total results were well below at 10 ppt. MPW is in the process of arranging a task force of university and water professionals to focus on better understanding and preparing for emerging compounds and to determine the need and frequency of testing beyond the current regulatory requirements.

esearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than those that do not. The scientists analyzed survival data and information collected from the Berlin Aging Study on 500 adults over the age of 69 from 1990 to 2009. They compared survival rates from the subjects that provided caregiving for children, grandchildren and friends to those that did not. Of the subjects analyzed, the half that took care of their grandchildren or children were still alive 10 years after their first interview in 1990. Caring for nonfamily members also produced positive results, with half of the subjects living for seven years after the initial interview. Conversely, 50 percent of those that did not participate in any caregiving had died just four years after their first interview. The researchers warn that caregiving must be done in moderation. Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, explains, “A moderate level of caregiving involvement seems to have positive effects on health, but previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has a negative effect on physical and mental health.”

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study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of trips to the bathroom during the night. Researchers followed 321 men and women with high-salt diets and sleep problems for 12 weeks. Of the subjects, 223 reduced their salt intake from 10.7 grams per day to 8 grams and the remaining 98 increased their salt intake from 9.6 grams per day to 11 grams. The nighttime urination frequency rate for the salt reduction group dropped from 2.3 times per night to 1.4 times, while the increased salt group’s rose from 2.3 to 2.7 times per night.

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esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.

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study from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, in São Paulo, Brazil, suggests a link between regular yoga practice and an increase in brain cortical thickness, associated with memory and attention. The researchers used brain imaging scans (CT) to measure the cortical thickness of 42 Brazilian women older than 59. Twentyone of the subjects had practiced hatha yoga regularly for at least eight years. These women were compared to 21 other women matched for age and education that engaged in other physical activity comparable to hatha yoga. The researchers found that the cortical thickness in the yoga practitioners was significantly greater in the left prefrontal lobe of the brain. This portion of brain gray matter is linked to awareness, attention, executive function and memory, suggesting that hatha yoga practice may be associated with cognitive preservation. The scientists added, “The present results parallel those previously reported in which younger yoga and meditation practitioners had greater gray matter volumes than non-practitioners compared to non-practitioners in the following brain regions: larger gray matter volume in the right anterior insula and right inferior temporal gyrus.”

Yoga Lessens Back Pain and Opioid Use


ith the U.S. opioid epidemic reaching a boiling point, insight into the effectiveness of alternative methods of pain relief has become increasingly relevant. Scientists from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found yoga to be an effective technique to reduce back pain. The researchers divided 150 California veterans with chronic low back pain into two equal groups. One attended two yoga classes per week—comprising postures, movement and breathing techniques—for 12 weeks in addition to their more conventional treatment. The other continued such treatment without yoga. Scientists measured pain levels before and after the core study period and again six months later. After only 12 weeks, those that participated in the yoga practice experienced a 2.05 point reduction in Roland−Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, compared to a 1.29 reduction for those that received only usual care. After six months, this difference increased, with the yoga group’s scores decreasing 3.37 points compared to only an 0.89 reduction in the usual care group. In addition, pain intensity scores were reduced by 0.61 in the yoga group and 0.04 in the group receiving usual care after 12 weeks. Opioid medication use declined among all participants, from 20 percent to 8 percent after six months.

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esearchers from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have found that regular yoga practice can help reduce anxiety and depression in young women with eating disorders. The scientists followed 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 that were enrolled in an outpatient eating disorder clinic that comprised the larger control group. Those selected agreed to participate in a weekly yoga class and complete questionnaires after six and 12 weeks, assessing their anxiety, depression and mood. Of those that started the study, five attended all 12 yoga classes and six completed between seven and 11 classes. Researchers found decreases in anxiety, depression and negative thoughts among those that participated in the yoga classes, with no negative side effects. Another study from the University of Delaware, in Newark, supports these results. Half of the 38 residential eating disorder treatment program participants did one hour of yoga prior to dinner for five days and the other half did not. The yoga group showed significant reductions in pre-meal anxiety compared to the control group.

Meditation and Music Aid Memory in Early Stages of Alzheimer’s


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new study from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, reveals that listening to music and practicing meditation may help improve memory function for those in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers asked 60 adults experiencing subjective cognitive decline (SCD), a common predictor of Alzheimer’s, to engage in kirtan kriya musical meditation or listen to other music for 12 minutes a day for three months, and then consider continuing for an additional three months. Scientists measured the memory and cognitive function of the 53 participants that completed the six-month study and found significant improvements in both measurements at the three-month mark. At six months, the subjects in both groups had maintained or improved upon their initial results.

Tonsillectomies Help Only Temporarily


esearchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, examined the effectiveness of tonsillectomies in children with recurring throat infections. Using data from nearly 10,000 studies of tonsillectomies, the scientists analyzed illness rates and quality of life for young patients following the surgery. The analysis found that children experienced a notable drop in school absences and infections in the first year after the surgery, but that these benefits did not persist over time. Dr. Siva Chinnadurai, an associate professor of otolaryngology and co-author of the report, believes, “For any child being considered a candidate for surgery, the family must have a personalized discussion with their healthcare provider about all of the factors that may be in play and how tonsils fit in as one overall factor of that child’s health.”

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Can yoga be thought of as medicine, a direct way to bring the body into spiritual, mental, emotional and physical balance? Since each of us is unique in our biochemical makeup, so too should be the method and integration used to obtain and maintain vitality. Yoga in all of its aspects, and integrated together, can provide a window into the soul, empowering individuals to be their own healer and create a pathway to selfdiscovery and transformation. Specific techniques, such as breathing, meditation, visualizations and physical postures, are tools that can be used to self-regulate the body’s natural healing capabilities. They lead to homeostasis, which may be seen on a cellular level and through an array of physiological processes. These techniques have been shown to have profound effects on the body’s systems and functions. Studies suggest that just a 10-minute daily yoga practice may help improve pain, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, relieve anxiety and depression, and reduce stress. We all have the capability of self-healing, renewal and transformation. And yoga is one of the greatest sciences used in integrative medicine. “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” –Hippocrates Stefanie DeWysockie, CHHP, E-RYT, is a motivational coach and wellness advocate. Her passion is to inspire and motivate others to live happy and healthy lives. She focuses on integrative health, combining her education in the medical field as well as alternative medicine, nutritional balancing, skin care formulation, yoga and more. To connect with her, call 609-781-6623, email or visit See ad, page 9.

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Milk Muddle

The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.

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Gestalt-Based Curricula Emerging Finland, internationally renowned for innovative educational practices, is poised to become the first country to eliminate school subjects. Officials are making changes to be implemented by 2020 that will revolutionize how the school system works by allowing pupils to absorb a body of knowledge about language, economics and communication skills. “We need something to fit for the 21st century,” says Department of Education head Marjo Kyllonen. The system will be introduced for seniors beginning at age 16. They will choose which topic or phenomenon they want to study, bearing in mind their ambitions and capabilities. “Instead of staying passively in their benches listening to the teachers, students will now often work in smaller groups collaborating on projects, rather than just assigned classwork and homework.” Another new model of learning sparked by XQ: The Super School Project ( is underway at New Harmony High School, housed on a floating barge at the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans. They’ve received a $10 million grant to work on environmental issues when it opens in 2018. “High schools today are not preparing students for the demands of today’s world,” says XQ Senior School Strategist Monica Martinez; she notes that about a third of college students must take remedial courses and are not prepared to thrive as employees. 12

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Plutonium Problem Glass or Cement May Encase Nuclear Waste

Congress might consider authorizing the U.S. Department of Energy to encase much of the nuclear waste at the Washington state Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s largest waste repository, in a cement-like mixture, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It states that when burying the waste, cement would be less expensive and faster than vitrification, an alternative process currently used to turn the waste into glass logs. A $17 billion vitrification plant, one of the federal government’s most expensive construction projects, is intended to separate much of the waste into high- and low-level radioactive material, but construction has stalled over design and safety concerns. After the highly radioactive waste is immobilized in the glass logs, it would theoretically be shipped to an as-yet-nonexistent national repository proposed for Yucca Mountain, in Nevada. The 56 million gallons of waste in question is left over from plutonium production for nuclear weapons since World War II, and the site itself has a history of leaks. The Department of Energy likes the cement burial, but state officials believe the best way to safely deal with the waste and protect the environment is by turning it into glass. Source:

Monsanto Faces New Scandal The Monsanto agrochemical company, long cited for its ubiquitous toxic Roundup herbicide and pro-genetically modified organism (GMO) science, is reeling from the disclosure of internal communications that indicate it suppressed knowledge of the potential dangers of its herbicide and received insider help from U.S. regulators. Many documents have been made public by attorneys involved in a personal injury case involving cancer, just one of hundreds pending (reference nonprofit U.S. Right to Know at Attorney Brent Wisner states, “These [documents] show that Monsanto has deliberately been stopping studies that look bad for them, ghostwriting literature and engaging in a whole host of corporate malfeasance. They have been telling everybody that these products are safe because regulators have said they are safe, but it turns out that Monsanto has been in bed with U.S. regulators, while misleading European regulators.” Monsanto is currently seeking to merge with Germany’s Bayer AG, another industry giant, but the deal is subject to government review. It remains to be seen if these revelations will interfere with the process or prompt other actions by such regulating bodies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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communityspotlight Strong Bodies: Empowered Minds: An Interview with Empowered Minds Co-founder Leigh Crowder-Biearman by Jennifer Iamele Savage


ow did Empowered Minds (formerly known as Yoga Kidz) get started?

Crowder-Biearman: I was working as an occupational therapist in San Diego using yoga with my special needs kids. I worked in both schools and outpatient settings as well as teaching kids’ yoga privately. I was considering a move to Charleston, and so on a visit to the Holy City, I had a casual dinner with Jerry Scheer, one of the owners of Tbonz Restaurant Group. He has been a close friend of our family since before I was born. I was talking about how schools need to incorporate yoga since it helps with focus, self-control and emotional regulation. Little did I know that Mr. Scheer already had a relationship with Mitchell Elementary. That was in March 2008. The principal and physical education teacher were more than willing to have us give yoga a shot. Students responded well; we added classes as we were able to recruit more teachers. The rest is history.

Can you speak to the growth of the program and your recent plans to revamp your name and mission? Crowder-Biearman: Yoga Kidz began in the 2008-2009 school year with one 14

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elementary school. Since that time, we have added mindfulness and middle and high school. As our programs continue to expand, we feel that we offer much more than only yoga and have outgrown the “kidz.” Our new name, Empowered Minds, speaks to how we are giving students the tools for empowerment and success. We are incredibly excited to get the name out in the community, to find studios to partner with, and to corporate sponsors to help the program continue to grow.

How do you serve the lowcountry? Crowder-Biearman: Our mission is to support low-resourced students and schools by incorporating mindfulness and yoga practices and teaching kids emotional regulation. We have 35 volunteer yoga and mindfulness teachers that serve Title 1 schools on the Charleston peninsula. We serve Mitchell, James Simons and Memminger elementary schools; Simmons Pinckney Middle School; and Burke High School. All students in the elementary schools get yoga once a week with their teachers or assistants present. Middle school and high school classes are within the physical education classes. We added mindfulness classes three years ago, so in addition to yoga, most elemen-

tary students also get an additional 15 minutes of mindfulness per week. We are passionate about not only serving students but also supporting teachers. We believe that the teachers are the bridge to bringing the practices of yoga and mindfulness into the students’ school day.

What volunteer opportunities do you have for the public? Crowder-Biearman: We are always looking for passionate yoga or mindfulness teachers who want to volunteer to bring the practices to Title I students. We train our volunteers in both yoga and mindfulness. Volunteers teach one to two classes a week for the school year. We have many teachers that have been with us for five-plus years—it is incredibly rewarding! Volunteers can also assist classes or help with administrative duties as well. Volunteers can practice at Mission Yoga for free (up to eight classes per month).

What have been some of the greatest successes of your organization? Crowder-Biearman: One of our main goals at Empowered Minds is to equip students with the tools that they need to face obstacles in their lives and to

make choices from a more empowered and calm place. Most of our success stories come from the classroom teachers—students sitting on the playground with closed eyes and breathing; students taking moments to breathe at home during stressful times; students teaching other family members yoga at home; teachers using breathing before tests and on a regular basis to get kids moving. Knowing that we played a role in reshaping the outcome of a stu-

dent’s actions to a more positive and empowered decision is ultimately our best success story. Another one of our greatest testaments of success is being able to follow the same students from elementary, middle and high school. Seeing the transformation and impact that these mindfulness practices have brought to our students is amazing. We know that we even have some future yoga teachers out there that will continue to pay it forward.

readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings Reader? Meet John Farrelly—Teacher, Coach, Songwriter by Victoria Hargis

Tell our readers a little about yourself:

I am married to Meg and we have a dog called Belle. I have three sisters and one brother. I work as a teacher with Charleston County School District. I was born in Sheffield, England—the home of Sheffield Steel, The Human League and Joe Cocker. It is also where they filmed the movie The Full Monty. We had soccer as kids, but I could only bunt the ball, so rugby became my favorite sport because I could run and tackle. I served in England’s Royal Air Force for 10 years. I was based in London and Germany before joining a mobile air unit. With the mobile air unit, I traveled all over the world delivering cargo and passengers. I have lived in Charleston for over 20 years. I am still getting used to the summer heat while forgetting the cold winters in Northern England. I used to live in Cornwall, which is the bottom county (state) in England where they film Poldark and Doc Martin. Go visit Cornwall; it is beautiful and pleasantly hot in the summer!


As well as working with school kids, I also work with the Lowcountry Youth Tennis Association. It is a local nonprofit which gets young kids interested in playing tennis. Tennis is a sport they can enjoy the benefits of their whole life. I work with summer camps where we play tennis and incorporate social and academic skills.

Other interests/passions:

My biggest interest, outside of my wife, is songwriting. I have a small recording studio at home which I use to record my music. I started 10 years ago with just a hand-held tape player. Over time, I have added a keyboard, microphone and a computer-based recording software. I spend about two hours per day working on different material. Songwriting lets me get all my feelings out—some I know would not be good to keep in. I enjoy the challenge of getting just the right words, chords, song structures. Hopefully, my songs speak to a deeper level within people. I hope my music helps people get through difficult situations. My songs look at the beauty in human spirit that coexists with tragedy and suffering. Some of my songs are about seemingly insignificant objects in nature. We don’t

For more information, visit Jennifer Iamele Savage is a transitional life coach and a secondary Montessori educator. Her latest project, the Mindfull Mamas Project, aims to coach women who are struggling with the identity of motherhood and help them uncover their creative voice so they can step into their purpose and rediscover who they are. Connect with her at always notice things like butterflies flying in the breeze or the sun greeting us each morning. I like to write songs about the ordinary that connects us to our spirituality. Every Wednesday, my buddy Jason Thompson and I co-host the All Instrument Jam at bliss Spiritual Co-op. This has evolved into a fun time. The group works on harmonizing, singing, playing songs. Along the way, they are getting tips on all aspects of music. Everyone is welcome— from those who just started learning an instrument to those who want to sing their favorite song from the ‘60s onwards. If you happen to be in the lobby, we might pull you in to sing or listen and chill.

What do you like most about Natural Awakenings? I like that it’s

free and available to pick up at bliss and other local businesses. The range of topics within each issue provides inner and outer self-improvement. I believe more and more people are being drawn to self-improvement. Articles are short, up to date and give an insight into various topics that interest me.

How do people get in touch with you?

Through bliss Spiritual Co-op or 843-860-5646. A couple of my songs are found on my channel on UC3YIHTCIjmDtFzXuFslw0jg. Victoria Hargis is an author; speaker; and post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and grief coach. Connect with her at

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Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do.

Fill the Funnel of Friends

For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” 16

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advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting. At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him—its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections.

Aging with Passion and Purpose

Explore the Arts

The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play


For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

Older people are our greatest resource. We need to nurture them and give them a chance to share what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people,

learning new things and enjoying a rich life.” Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a posi-

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The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose

Upon retirement some people feel purposeless and lost. They yearn for something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer 18

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tive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?

Nearly three-quarters of America’s adults believe they are lifelong learners. It helps them make new friends and community connections and prompts volunteerism. ~Pew Research Center world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida. Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

Acknowledge Our Shelf Life

“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis,

the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and respect, appreciation and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.” Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at

Creative Aging Resources Center for Conscious Eldering Changing Aging Dr. Bill Thomas The Eldering Institute Elders Share the Arts From Aging to Sageing Kathleen Dowling Singh National Center for Creative Aging Shepherd’s Centers of America

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arah Frick always loved exercise and pushing her physical limits, but with yoga she found much more. Yoga pushed her mentally as well. It helped her get through life’s obstacles with ease, grace and acceptance. She felt she had to share this gift with others. Thirteen years ago, she went through a 200-hour teacher training in Charlotte. Sarah formed Charleston Power Yoga with her partner, Beth Plante, in 2009. Beth heads the power yoga program and often travels with acclaimed power yoga teacher Baron Baptiste. Sarah has developed her own Core Vinyasa program, which includes cardio and strength work. Sarah says to expect to sweat, and to learn. “We learn to look at what comes up when we are challenged on the mat, whether that is stress, trauma, whatever it might be. We learn to stay with ourselves, to show ourselves how strong we are and that we can push past barriers.” It is transformational work on every level. New students can expect a friendly face to greet them at Charleston Power Yoga, and if you are new to yoga, they have you covered with everything you need, including mats and towels. New students can expect to be challenged, but they provide modifications for beginners and those with physical issues. The classes build in intensity and then come back down to shavasana, accompanied by a cold, lavender-infused towel. Sarah is inspired by her students. She loves watching their transformations both on and off the mat. She says it is not just about getting a posture like a handstand, it is the journey to the handstand that makes teaching yoga so rewarding. Charleston Power Yoga has two locations, one downtown at 557 King St., Ste. A, and in Mt. Pleasant at 857 Houston Northcutt Blvd. (near Whole Foods). They can be reached at 843-513-3400 or at Visit them online at

am originally from Scituate, Massachusetts, but moved here in September of 2015 from Boston. I sold my house and left my corporate job to pursue a life of health and spiritual living full time as a registered yoga teacher and a certified holistic health practitioner. I started practicing yoga in 1997 as a low-impact exercise without realizing the profound personal transformation that was unfolding. Yoga invited me on a path of self-inquiry and welcomed me into the arms of divine love that had been missing from my life. As the layers of self-doubt and insecurities began peeling away, I found peace within myself and an ease in my body that had not existed before. Yoga continues to teach me to see the divine in all, and through this path I have found my tribe of like-minded beings. I consider nature my church, and I am constantly humbled by the beauty and energy of South Carolina. I love practicing outdoors—especially at the beach where we reconnect with the rhythms of Mother Earth. There are unique challenges that come with practicing outdoors—wind, sand, uneven flooring, the sounds of children playing, unleashed wet dogs. It’s imperfect. But life isn’t perfect. Learning to find your bliss, stillness, connection—whatever it is your practice provides you that day—in imperfect conditions is what yoga is all about. Just showing up, discarding judgment, and allowing yourself to be fully present so that you may hear your inner voice is the gift that I wish to share with you. It’s a path worth exploring. I am honored to be your guide. Moira can be reached at 781-353-1553 or Visit her website at

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Beckett Brookshire Seawright

Cody Elizabeth O’Dowd



eckett’s journey began with Jeffrey Cohen as her guide. Shortly after her first Jivamukti Yoga class, she found out she was pregnant, and would become a mother. She was unwed, in an unstable relationship, with no college degree and was scared out of her mind. To say yoga found her when she was lost, scared and alone is an understatement. She was up a river without a paddle, in a canoe, heading straight for a waterfall, and you know what? She fell. Fortunately, she landed face first on her mat. As a mother, she has learned all things come with time. One must first plant the seed, nourish it, love it, and sing to it, so it will grow. While her life lay in shambles, and a new life depending on her, she decided enough was enough. From that moment on, the real work began. She practiced as much as possible and was blessed to become of service to her teachers, Jeffrey Cohen and Andrea Boyd, and the community of Charleston. As her practice has evolved, she has encountered some beautiful and some hairy things. It isn’t always easy, but she continues to resist the urge to fall back into old patterns, and her life continues to grow to new heights. Beckett is an 800-hr Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. Her classes are filled with wellrounded sequences, phenomenal handson assists, great play lists, applicable messages, and a deep understanding of yoga. Visit her website for more information: 20

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y first experience with yoga was in April 2002. I signed up for a yoga class that was through the community in Forked River, N.J., with hopes to lose weight after my daughter was born. I was lucky enough to walk into a dark room with incense filling the air and a woman in her 60s teaching. The time spent on my mat in her class I learned to live a life of yoga. I lost the weight and I gained a new way of life. I have been living a yogic life ever since. I received my 200-hour yoga teacher training certification from Suzanne Goldston in Charleston, S.C. My yoga training is tantric integrative style yoga. My training had a strong focus on spirituality, with beautiful pujas, meditations, astrology, crystals, chakras and ayurveda. It is an honor to share what I learned during this amazing time of my life. I like to have a friendly, peaceful vibe for my yoga classes. If the class is small enough, I really love starting the class off with Doreen Virtue’s angel cards. It’s nice to slow down and be present while getting in touch with your intuition, and it creates a friendly, loving, supportive environment for a yoga practice. I love helping people learn to love and accept themselves. It’s such good karma, and they can then go spread this, and so on and so on. I am thankful. Cody Elizabeth O’Dowd is a proud mom of three kids: Pauly, 17; Mya, 15; and Mikey, 12. She teaches privately and as a substitute at Folly Beach Community Yoga. She will be offering classes at Retreat Wellness Boutique this fall, and serves as a reiki practitioner there. She can be reached at 908-813-8282.

Tricia Hughey


n 1995, I was introduced to yoga in the back building of a church. Immediately hooked, yoga became my passion. My self-awareness grew. In the following years, I attended classes, intensives and YTTs. I am grateful to all of the inspiring teachers I’ve had over the years. Each one has shaped who I am and how I choose to show up in my life, and, since 2003, as a full-time yoga teacher. My practice and teaching combines elements of ashtanga, vinyasa, universal and Iyengar Yoga. It flows, but it’s slower, refined, precise. I dissect the poses. We meditate. We work on mobility and strength. We may chant in Sanskrit. You can find self-care tools or a pearl of wisdom to incorporate into your life. Yoga can bring balance to our work lives, home lives, our bodies, our minds, and harmony with our community and our environment. Most people put too much pressure on their yoga practice, expecting it to fulfill their daily requirements of “exercise.” Yoga is much more than a sweaty, random sequence of postures put to an edgy soundtrack. Yoga is the path to awakening, to wholeness and to oneness. Join me at Serenity Now Yoga and Pivotal Fitness, where I’ve been teaching since 2005 and 2006 respectively. I love working with athletes and those with special needs. I am available for private and group sessions by appointment. Tricia can be reached at 843-557-3453 or

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Their feature instructor, Stefanie DeWysockie, is finalizing her M.D. in naturopathy to merge Western biological testing with the Eastern methods of aromatherapy, reflexology, herbology, nutritional balancing, breathwork, meditation and other therapies. Her passion is to motivate others to discover a renewed sense of themselves and promote lasting lifestyle change for the mind, body and spirit. Her workshops focus on the sciences of naturopathy combined with varied yoga techniques for a complete integration of health. The Seed of Life Alternative Health Collective is located at 621 Wappoo Rd., in West Ashley. For more information, call 843-343-6726 or visit natural awakenings

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D I R E C T O R Y Charleston Power Yoga

557 King St, Charleston, and 857 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt Pleasant 843-513-3400 A heated power yoga studio specializing in sweat, transformation and community. Two convenient locations—one in downtown Charleston and one in the Whole Foods Shopping Center in Mt. Pleasant.

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56 1/2 Queen St, Charleston 760-419-0534 The Healing Gallery offers yoga, acupuncture, herbs and massage therapy in an elegant gallery in the French quarter of downtown Charleston.

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209 Stallsville Loop Rd, Summerville 843-810-5953 Offering Beginner, Senior, Meditative, Flow, Power, Jivamukti Yoga and more. All levels, ages 13 and up, six days a week.

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Moira Duggan provides loving support and guidance in yoga, holistic health and spiritual exploration to assist you on your path to selfrealization. Group classes, workshops, events and private instruction.

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Beckett teaches anything from rigorous yoga classes to basics, from yin to inversions, all paired with uplifting music and filled with yogic philosophy. Her classes are unique, filled with amazing assists, and surely not to be missed!

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Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life Simple Strategies for Staying on Track by Marlaina Donato


enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life. While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known—from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Lee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural

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state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.” Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.” Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.” Learn more at Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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ecent concerns with area water has locals re-evaluating the water they drink each day. New Life Water offers a complete solution through a comprehensive filtration device, along with ionization of your water source. Some tap water might be a better alternative than soft drinks, but according to the Environmental Working Group, there have been 315 pollutants found in America’s tap water since 2004, and over half of these pollutants are completely unregulated and can legally exist in any amount. New Life Water remedies the problem with Enagic’s SD501 along with a WQA-NSF filtration device. The passion of Japan-based Enagic International—said to be the leading manufacturer of alkaline ionizers and water filtration machines in the world—is to transform the tap water in the home into pure, healthy electrolyzed-reduced and hydrogen-rich drinking water, also known as Kangen water.

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at, play, party… and repeat. We may call it tailgating, fangating, homegating, a watch party or simply eating with friends before a big game. According to the American Tailgaters Association, in St. Paul, Minnesota, an estimated 50 million Americans tailgate annually. Whether we’re on the road or at home, making the menu healthy is a winning strategy for hosts and guests. Here, two experts divulge their winning ways. Says Debbie Moose, author of Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home, Ivy League schools like Princeton and Yale claim credit for pregame picnics that 19th-century sports fans packed into their horse and buggy for local road trips. Moose lives in the tailgate trifecta of the North Carolina triangle, home to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest universities. She enjoyed discovering that University of Washington sports fans from the Seattle area like to sail to their chosen picnic spots, while

University of Hawaii folks grill fish on hibachis in Honolulu. Moose naturally prefers healthy, Southern-style fare such as deviled eggs and marinated green bean salad, which can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. “At the game or at home, your guests will be moving around, so go for foods that can be eaten with one hand,” she suggests. She also plans her menu around color, universal appeal and variety because it’s healthier than just serving a mound of barbecued chicken wings and a big bowl of potato chips. She likes recipes that can do double duty; her black bean summer salad with cherry tomatoes and corn can function as a colorful side dish or as a salsa for nonGMO blue corn chips. “Recipes that you can do ahead of time make things easier on game day; just pull them from the fridge and go,” says Moose. Daina Falk, of New York City, grew up around professional athletes because her father, David Falk, is a well-known

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sports agent. Excitement-generating sports are in her blood and inspired her to write The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook. She knows that most of the tailgating in her area takes place for football and baseball games and NASCAR races. On, Falk serves up tips for every fangating/homegating occasion, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl. “Keep your menu interesting,” says Falk. “I always like to feature a dish for each team. For instance, if you’re hosting an Alabama versus Washington watch party, you could feature an Alabama barbecue dish with white sauce and oysters or other fresh seafood. Both dishes are characteristic of the local foods in the universities’ respective hometowns.” Falk recommends buying more local beer than needed to make sure not to run out. Game day guests can get hot and thirsty, indoors or out. Supply lots of filtered water in non-breakable containers. For easy entertaining, Falk recommends biodegradable dishes and cups. “Whenever there are a lot of people in one room, especially when they’re drinking, a glass will likely be broken,” she says. “Save yourself cleanup and the risk of glass shards by committing to temporary cups and plates that are Earth-friendly and compostable.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Healthy Tailgating Recipes 1½ cups halved cherry tomatoes 6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp lime juice 2½ Tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp chili powder Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 /3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves In a large bowl, toss together the corn, black beans, green onions, banana pepper and tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper.

Black Bean Summer Salad Yields: 8 side dishes or 4 light meals This salad is easily doubled to feed a crowd. 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and well drained 5 or 6 green onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 large sweet banana pepper, seeded and chopped

Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to coat them all. Then stir in the cilantro. Refrigerate from 1 to 3 hours to let the flavors come together. Note: If using frozen corn, drain it well and lightly sauté in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil before adding it to the salad. This removes moisture that may make the salad watery. Courtesy of Debbie Moose, Southern Holidays: A Savor the South Cookbook.

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Michelada Yields: 8 servings Mix this cocktail in a pitcher and serve over ice. Part bloody Mary and part beer, the umami flavor comes from Maggi Seasoning, a bottled condiment available at better grocery stores. Glass Rimmer: Lime wedges (plus more for serving) 2 Tbsp kosher salt ½ tsp chili powder Michelada: 1 (32 oz) bottle of chilled Clamato (about 4 cups) 1 (32 oz) bottle or 3 (12 oz) bottles chilled Mexican lager

For the glass rimmer, mix the kosher salt and chili powder on a small plate. Rub rims of pint glasses with lime wedges and dip in salt mixture. Set aside. Mix Clamato, lager, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and Maggi Seasoning in a large pitcher. Fill glasses with ice, top off with Michelada mixture and garnish with added lime wedges. Adapted from Judith Fertig’s 500 Mexican Dishes.

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n 2008, the Sebastopol, California, filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science and grounded in direct experience. The next year, they organized the first SAND conference, exploring nonduality and the nature of consciousness. Since then, the duo has been producing

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Where do revelations about a deeper reality begin? MB: Individual and communal explorations often occur around life’s big questions, such as what it means to be conscious and to seek meaning and purpose; the possible place of intuition as the edge where knowledge meets the unknown and unknowable; and how crucial individual awakening is to social transformation.

What is meant by nonduality? ZB: Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual and scientific understanding of fundamental oneness in which there is no separation. Through quantum mechanics, Western science has reached an understanding of what Eastern mystics have long understood. Duality, generally determined in terms of opposites such as self and other, conscious and unconscious, illusion and reality, as well as separation between the observer and the observed, is an illusion. Nonduality is the understanding that our identifying with common dualisms avoids recognition of a deeper reality. Until recently, human sciences have ignored the problem of consciousness by calling it the “hard problem”. This has led to our present fragmented worldview rife with chaos, conflict and crises. It may be time for scientists to accept the discoveries of the mystics and consider consciousness intrinsic to every observed scientific phenomenon. Understanding that consciousness is the key to the universe, reality and ourselves may be the missing link in bridging science and spirituality.

What difference can exploring the nature of consciousness make? ZB: Understanding the new science

that points to consciousness as allpervasive and the fundamental building block of reality—that we are all made of the same essence, like drops in the ocean—can change how we approach and harmonize day-to-day living. We can be far more open, peaceful and accepting of others. Absurd violence, as well as economic, social and political crises, could all be things of the past, based on a new quantum understanding of our interconnectedness and oneness.

How has the nonduality movement evolved? MB: SAND has evolved into something we never imagined when we began discussing the ideas that the true spirit of science and spiritually is best supported by an open mind and a nondogmatic inquiry; while science seeks to understand our external reality and spiritual thinkers seek to understand our inner, personal experience of consciousness, these seemingly different disciplines rarely come together in open dialogue. It became more evident that we

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n 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study, remarks, “A failed regulatory system and suspect practices by some in the pet food industry puts countless dogs at risk of ingesting excessive fluoride.” Fluoride occurs naturally in rocks, soil and thus some food plants and water supplies. More enters food via use of fluoride-based pesticides and commercial processing facilities. The EWG advises that two-thirds of all Americans, along with pets and farm animals, are exposed to artificially fluoridated tap water.

Fluoride Dangers to Humans While fluoride exposure hasn’t been studied in dogs or cats, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola, ample research

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Fluoride Dangers to Canines Dogs are at substantial long-term risk for exposure to unacceptably high levels of fluoride. They are, for example, at significantly higher probability for bone cancer than humans, with more

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than 8,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., compared with about 900 human cases. According to the EWG, a dog drinking normal amounts of tap water would be exposed to 0.05 to 0.1 milligram (mg) of fluoride per kilogram (kg) of body weight daily. A 10-pound puppy that daily eats about a cup of dog food would ingest approximately 0.25 mg fluoride per kg body weight a day, based on average fluoride content in the eight contaminated brands

it tested. Altogether, the puppy could be exposed to 3.5 times more fluoride than the EPA allows in drinking water. Large breed puppies may be exposed to even more fluoride due to higher water intake. Whatever the size and the appetite of a dog, combined fluoride exposure from food and water can easily become unsafe. Eating the same food every day, they may be constantly consuming more fluoride than is healthy for normal

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The EWG recommends owners purchase pet foods free of bone meal and other meals made from animal byproducts. It also suggests that government set fluoride limits in pet food that protect both puppies and large breeds most at risk for bone cancer. Dr. Michael W. Fox, an internationally recognized veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, recommends providing pets with fluoride-free water; spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water also works well. In preparing homemade food for a pet, make sure any added bone meal is free of fluoride and lead. Ethical bone meal producers will test for these contaminants; verify with the source. Fox suggests a good bone meal substitute might be fossilized oyster shell, dolomite or a synthesized or refined calcium supplement like calcium citrate, ascorbate, stearate or gluconate. Or, consider a pure tricalcium and dicalcium phosphate, blended with magnesium. Fox attests that bones from longerlived food animals such as dairy cows, laying hens and breeding stock likely contain higher levels of fluoride than shorter-lived animals like chickens, calves and lambs. In his article “Fluoride in Pet Food: A Serious Health Risk for Both Dogs and Cats?” he writes: “Fluorides accumulate in farmed animals over time from phosphate fertilizers, phosphate supplements, bone meal and fish meal supplements and pesticide and industrial-pollution-contaminated pastures and animal feed. The bones, fins, gills and scales of fish are often high in fluoride.” He recommends raw food diets that avoid ground bone from older animals like beef cattle and adult sheep. Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.


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Incluza-Palooza – 6:30-8:30pm. An exciting night of comedy, music, dance and spoken word! Our mission is “Unity Through Entertainment and Action.” Part of Global Awareness Week at Trident Technical College (TTC). Proceeds go to the Charleston Clemente Course at TTC. $5, Free with Student ID. TTC Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St, Charleston.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Free Kangen Hydration Demo at Seed of Life Collective – 5-6:30pm. RSVP to learn about time or date changes. Free. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726. Johnny@ Benefits of Newborn Massage – 6pm. Beyond the joy of spending quality time bonding with a new baby, infant massage has been shown to provide many benefits to the baby, the parents, and to the rest of the family. $10. 720 Magnolia Rd, Ste 15, Charleston. 843-826-0660. Danica@DanicaTodd. com. Info/reservation:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 A Way to God: Contemplative Journey in the Spirit of Thomas Merton – Sept 15-17. 7pm, Fri1pm, Sun. In silence and solitude, we will embrace the divine presence that calls us forth to a deepening dimension of existence. Springbank Retreat, Kingstree. 843-382-9777,

Ancient Practices in Herbalism with Brittany Jade – 10am-4pm. Join Herbalist and Midwife Brittany Jade in an experience that will connect you deeply to the energy and medicine of plants and their power in healing; some useful and impactful practices will be taught. $27. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Introduction to Women’s Self-Defense – 1-4pm. Designed for all levels of physical ability. An interactive, hands-on demonstration where you will learn basic self-defense techniques. Please call for registration information. $25. Summerville. 843879-8224. Vision Board Workshop with Patti Daniel Iwe – 1-4pm. Join us for this fun and creative process of crystalizing all that you desire to manifest. This is both a grounding and powerful way to anchor the energy of your dreams. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com. Ayurveda 101 – 2-3:30pm. The elemental energies of the soul force and developing deeper relationships with Melody Rogers, Ayurvedic Educator and Health Coach. $25 at door, $20 in advance. Register online for a chance to win a Free Gift! Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-3436726. Free Kangen Hydration Demo at Office of Marianne Rosen, MD & Assoc – 5-6:30pm. 1st Wed and 3rd Sun of each month. RSVP for time or date changes. Free. 776 Daniel Ellis Dr, Ste A, Charleston. 843-327-3726. Johnny@NoWaterCompares. com. Shamanic Dream Circle and Potluck with Erin Sirona – 5-7:30pm. Immersed in powerful collective energy, we will journey deeply through Shamanic meditation. There will be an opportunity for feedback from others and time to share your “takeaway.” Please bring a snack to share for the potluck break. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Deepening Your Intuitive Relationship with Oracle Cards – 7-8:30pm. 6-week class. Tarot and Certified Angel Card Reader James Himm Mitchell will teach how to create a relationship with cards, several possible interpretations of their meaning, and different card layouts. He will also offer techniques and support. $297. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd. Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Everyday Shamanism Series with Erin Sirona – 7-9pm. 4 weeks: Sept 20-Oct 11. This is about living in an empowered way. It’s about connection to nature, the spirit realm, and living a heartcentered life. Basic techniques will be covered as well as a foundation for a personal practice. $297. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Know Thy Own Medicine Workshop Series – 6-7:30pm. 1/5: Gut Health. Learn natural alternative treatments for gas, bloating, indigestion and the REAL CAUSES of gut imbalances with Naturopath Stefanie DeWysockie. $25 in advance, $35 per class. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Establishing a Meditation Practice with Suzanne Goldston – 7-8:30pm. Friday Night Speaker Series. This talk will provide time-tested techniques to help you get started and stay consistent. Some easy methods will be shared that you can try for yourself on your own. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com. Paint and Party with Local Artist Beth Melton Seabrook – 7-9pm. Enjoy a night of painting with friends that benefits a cause you love. Instruction, supplies, Sangria and appetizers included. Support appreciated! Please RSVP to $35. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Practitioner Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. We are on a mission to create a powerful community of conscious healers devoted to awakening the greatest of human potential and to provide a supportive path for the spiritual growth of our community. $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Rejuvenate + Create – 8:30am-8:30pm. A curated healing experience by three gifted female mentors to empower and inspire women on the Autumnal Equinox. Meditation, yoga, sound healing, chakra clearing, envisioning, water exploration on the Stono River. Includes healthy seasonal meals, gem elixirs and more. Registration limited! $333 per person. Charleston. Crossing Over into Deep Time – 10am-4pm. Interactive webinar; explores unity of life, humanity and Earth in single, unfolding universe. Draws on works of Thomas Berry and Brian Swime. $50, includes lunch. Springbank Retreat, Kingstree. 843382-9777. Bridge to Avalon Annual Open House and Art Walk – 4-8pm. We will feature a wide selection of local art, including but not limited to: jewelry, tapestries, photography and mixed media. There will be live music, snacks and wonderful people. $5 admission goes to the food bank. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com.

Unity of Charleston Dances of Universal Peace – 7-8:30pm. Mantra meditation in movement. Easy circle dances with spiritual music from many of the world religions. Fun and energizing. Donation. Unity Church of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. UnityCharleston@msn. com.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Blind Life Workshop Series: What Are You Not Seeing in Your Life? – 6pm. 2/5: “How to Eat the Sun: real energy and power sources.” Identifying the Imbalances by looking into what you can see and recognizing what you may not. With Ayurvedic Educator and Health Coach Melody Rogers. $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $130 for the series if paid by Sept 4. Seed of Life Collective. 843-343-6726.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Movie Night – Freedom for Birth – 1-4pm. In many countries around the world, women are being denied the most basic human right of autonomy over their own bodies. Free. 720 Magnolia Rd, Ste 15, Charleston. 843-826-0660. Danica@DanicaTodd. com. Info/reservation: Conscious Dying Series: Pet Euthanasia with Dr. Kristy Oldham – 7-8:30pm. Join Paige Hetherington and local Veterinarian Dr. Oldham in an exploration of the issues, decisions and emotions that arise when pet euthanasia needs to be considered. Information to support and inform this process will be offered. $22. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Intuitive Cooking – 7-8:30pm. Explore how to cook instinctively without a recipe or plan using three of your favorite ingredients mixed with other ingredients to create a unique feast at a fun, casual evening with good food and friends. Free. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. Tish@

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Raising Your Vibration with Crystals and Stones – 10am-1pm. Everything is vibrating! The purposeful use of crystals and stones can easily and quickly raise our vibration! Find out how in this informative, interactive experience! Includes an extensive crystal toolkit and manual. $77. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd. Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com. Metaphysical Study Group – 4-5:50pm. Studying subjects such as reincarnation, karma and life after death. Everyone is welcome. Free. Otranto Rd Library, 2261 Otranto Rd, N Charleston. 843-8990619. Spiritual Cinema Night – 7-10pm. Do you like movies with a spiritual theme or message? Do you like to discuss them with others of like mind? Please join us and bring your own bowl for popcorn, which will be provided! $10. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston. 843-974-5676. BridgeToAvalon. com.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Know Thyself – Sept 29-Oct 1. 7pm, Fri-1pm, Sun. What is our true self? Looks at holistic spirituality, exploring our interconnectedness, universal consciousness, and human effects on the environment. $275. Springbank Retreat, Kingstree. 843-382-9777.

planahead MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 4-Week Fit Challenge – The 8 Fundamental Movements to build stamina and strength for everyday activities and to enhance athletic performance! Mondays and Wednesdays. Beginner Series: 5-6pm. Intermediate Series: 6-7pm. $80, for the whole series, $120. Seed of Life Collective, 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston. 843-343-6726.,

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Indigenous Wisdom and Clay – Oct 3-6. 10am, Tues-1pm, Fri. Share ancient wisdom. Relate to nature with greater reverence. Includes Prayer Lodge and Spirit Quest. Create hand-built clay vessels. Art experience not needed. $895. Springbank Retreat, Kingstree. 843-382-9777.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Cocktails and Cameras – 5:30-7pm. Join us for gem elixir cocktails and learn to take more impactful pictures using just a smartphone! Create a photo vignette that embodies your essence using crystals and totems. $35/person, $60/couple. Charmed, 217-E Lucas St, Mt Pleasant. Registration:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 ELEVATE – Hands-on Intuitive Workshop – 9am-3pm. 6 Speakers. Topics Include: Medical Intuition, Palmistry, Astrology, Mediumship, Oracle Cards, Spirit Guides, Meditation. $197. Preregister until Sept 1 for $149. Lunch and snacks included. The Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St, Charleston.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Women’s Holistic Health Symposium – 9am-3pm. Topics: Women’s Health, Wealth, Career, Soul Nurturing, Relationships and Sacred Sexuality. $197. Preregister until Sept 1 for $149. Lunch and snacks included.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 Benefits of Newborn Massage – 6pm. Beyond the joy of spending quality time bonding with a new baby, infant massage has been shown to provide many benefits to the baby, the parents, and to the rest of the family. $10. 720 Magnolia Rd, Ste 15, Charleston. 843-826-0660. Danica@DanicaTodd. com. Info/reservation:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Speak Out Charleston – 5-9pm. Watch as 15 dynamic speakers take you on an empowering journey of redesigning life! $37. 1051 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston. 843-469-0210. SpeakOutCharleston. com.

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ongoing events sunday Zen Meditation Group – 8:15am. Three half-hour rounds of sitting along with walking meditation. Email to find out the best time for you to arrive. Free. Holy Cow Yoga, 10 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley. Unity of Charleston Services – 9:30 & 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? So are we! Do you believe in many paths to God? Then join us. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Unity of Mt Pleasant – 10-11am. Unity is a Positive Path for Spiritual Living. We lovingly welcome people of all faiths and inspire them to live with Passion. Free. Unity of Mt Pleasant, 3100 Tradition Cir, 2nd Floor, Somerby at Park West, Mt Pleasant. 843-814-1322. New Spirit Books & Gifts – 10:30am-1pm. Spiritual, metaphysical and inspirational books, crystals, incense, tarot/oracle cards. Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-566-0600. Meditation Group – 5-6pm. Need some place to practice and discuss meditation? This is the group for you. Discussion time followed by a group meditation. Please bring a meditation cushion— some chairs available. $5. Charleston Holistic Center, 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston. 843-452-7996.

monday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. Contemplative Prayer – 1:30-2:30pm. Open yourself to God using instruction and prayer. FREE! bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061.

Take care of all your memories for you cannot relive them. ~Bob Dylan


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Free Monthly Essential Oils Class – 6-7pm. 1st Tues of the month. Learn Healthy Habits, use Essential oils, Make ‘N’ Take items to use or give away to loved ones, Refreshments served, Recipes and RAFFLES! Free. 1164 Northbridge Rd (West Ashley), Charleston. 843-270-9913. ChiroAnn@

Martial Arts Training – 6:30-8:30pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543.

The Reiki Connection – 7pm. With Chrys Franks, Reiki Master/Teacher. Guided meditation followed by mini reiki sessions by certified practitioners. Love offering. (1st Tues for practitioners only.) Unity of Charleston, 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston. 843-3645725.

wednesday Complimentary Natural Female Hormone Balancing Consultations – 10am-4pm. With Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen. Lime and Lotus, 925-F Wappoo Rd, West Ashley. Call to schedule: 843-2142997. Body Balance – 12:15-1:15pm. For participants with special needs, chronic pain, or who fear injury—w/Susan King, PT. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843345-7061. All-Instrument Jam – 6-7pm. Harmonize and cocreate music within a group of diverse levels just for the fun of the experience. Learn from some, teach others. Bring your instrument and add your voice to our collaborative efforts. Facilitator: Jason Thompson. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org. Guided Meditations – 6:30-7:15pm. Through visually guided meditations, together, we will raise our vibrational frequencies. Weekly sessions are 45 minutes, beginning with a Spirit-channeled visualization/meditation. Upon completion, everyone will have an opportunity to share visions, insights, breakthroughs and more. $10 donation. Bridge to Avalon, 757 St Andrews Blvd, West Ashley. 843-974-5676.

friday Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 11am-12pm. Return to a conscious awareness of our divine nature by focusing on breathing, strengthening the body, and opening your heart. FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@

saturday Martial Arts Training – 9:30am-12pm. Martial Arts training from beginning to advanced. Free trial lesson for evaluation. An Ancient Okinawan Martial Art for enhancement on all levels of Awareness—on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. $90 per month, $165/month family rates. Natsu Mura Karate & Kobudo, 125 S Main St, Summerville. 843-875-4543. Compost Daze – 10am-2pm. Compost Rangers Compost Daze volunteer monthly workday every 2nd Sat of the month. Location will vary, so follow Compost Rangers on Facebook or visit and sign up for email reminders. Simply Meditate – 10:30am-12pm. 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Drop-in classes with guided meditations, suitable for beginners and experienced alike. Circular Church, 150 Meeting St, Charleston (classroom below Lance Hall). $10 or $5/students/seniors.

Meditation Class – 6:30-7:30pm. With Jennifer Michaels, Energy Healer and Spiritual Life Coach. Guided and silent meditation. Beginners and advanced. $15 per class. Shepard Integrative Dermatology, 912 Old Georgetown Rd, Mt Pleasant. 843-514-2848.


Performing Arts – 7-8:30pm. An adult troupe of players forming to grow together in skill using theater games, creative improv and skits with a goal to perform the play Scrooge by December. No prior experience necessary. Facilitator: Pamela Ward, FREE. bliss Spiritual Co-op, 1163 Pleasant Oaks Dr, Mt Pleasant. 843-345-7061. Tish@blissSpiritualCo-op. org.

Looking for – Massage Therapists, Estheticians, Energy Workers, Personal Trainers, Fitness Instructors, Yoga Instructors, Artists, Educators, Speakers, & anyone Seeking Change in our world to join us in our West Ashley 2500 sq. ft. Alternative Health & Wellness Center! For more info, email us!

WiseWomen Meetup – 7-8:30pm. Come explore with us a variety of spiritual topics, meet other seeking women, and meet your tribe. Donation optional. Serenity Center, 820 Central Ave, Summerville. 314-276-7772.


communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email


1307 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-763-7200 Voted best acupuncturist three years running. We treat most ailments, including stress, pain management, autoimmune issues, infertility, migraines, fatigue, allergies, diabetes and much more. Sliding scale payment option $20-$40 (return visits).


Andrea Geiger 635 E Bay St, Ste A, Charleston 843-737-3767 • We help you experience exceptional health. Our treatments work to heal your physical, mental and emotional body so you feel terrific and can enjoy life.


1731 N Main St, Ste H Summerville 843-810-1225 Bring us your headaches, back pain, tennis elbow, indigestion or whatever else is bothering you. Affordable acupuncture between $15-$45 plus a $10 paperwork fee for new patients. $5 PTSD treatments for veterans. Appointments or walk-ins welcome.

ALTERNATIVE HOLISTIC MEDICINE DR. PATRICK S. LOVEGROVE Merge Medical Center Mt Pleasant • 843-469-1001

AMA board-certified MD specializing in family medicine, holistic internal medicine, Antiaging, Chinese medicine, naturopathy. Merge Medical Center … where modern thinking meets natural healing. Services include Primary Care, Weight Loss, Fatigue management, Bioidentical hormones, Colonics, Acupuncture, Massage, Reiki, Chiropractic, IV vitamins, and Bemer therapy.


Joe Lange 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, #103-164 Mt Pleasant 843-608-1425 • Nontoxic mold solutions that transform your living and work areas into healthy environments. We safely render mold non-allergenic. Even dead mold spores can be allergenic! See ad, page 3.


Charleston 845-802-6111 • Consultations, Spiritual Coaching and Counseling with a primary focus on a client’s gifts and talents, illuminating natural cycles and phases of growth for individuals and couples. Alexander’s training in Body Centered Gestalt Counseling and Art Therapy, coupled with his Astrological/ Intuitive training powerfully help clients achieve clarity of goal and purpose.


Jennifer Byrne, MPH, NAMA-Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston • 843-743-8373 Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of health and longevity. An Ayurvedic consultation can help you understand your unique constitution and identify how your system manifests imbalances. Individualized dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations are tailored to address any current imbalances. Call/email for scheduling. See ad, page 2.


Melody Rogers, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and Educator 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston • 843-343-6726

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1319 Savannah Hwy, Ste C Charleston (in Artisans Inc Salon) 843-813-1838 Your Grooming Guru, Barbara Brant-Williams, is an experienced hair-stylist, makeup artist and certified Organic Color Specialist practicing out of the Artisans Salon. Charleston’s go-to source for hair, makeup and beauty product knowledge. See ad, page 26.


Mt. Pleasant/Charleston 843-732-0293 • BioMagnetic Therapy can help create balance, restore vitality within the body and facilitate clearing of viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic infections; allergies; ADD; autism; autoimmune issues; heavy metal and other toxicity; chronic pain; infertility; herpes; MS; among other conditions.

bodywork Knight Wellness and Therapy Bethany Knight, LMT 225 S Cedar St, Summerville 843-518-0692

Busy lives require working bodies. Bethany will assess your aches and pains and help get you back in working order. Certified in Cupping, ART (lower extremity), Neuromuscular massage and more.

LOTUS HOLISTIC MASSAGE Abigail McClam, BA, LMBT 232A Ashley Ave, Charleston 843-724-9807

Licensed holistic massage and integrative bodywork practitioner offering massage, aromatherapy, energy healing and breathing techniques to help individuals nurture health, restore balance, manage pain, trauma and injury as they learn to embrace their own body/mind wisdom. See ad, page 2.

Ayurveda is the Science of Balance and Longevity in Life. Call today for your Free Consultation and learn how Ayurveda can help you!

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DANICA TODD, CERTIFIED DOULA, MASSAGE THERAPIST 720 Magnolia Rd, Ste 15, Charleston 843-826-0660

CHURCHES Unity Church of Charleston

Avondale’s premier massage therapy and advanced Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® practice. Learn more about my journey at See ad, page 8.

Rev. Ed Kosak, Minister 2535 Leeds Ave, Charleston 843-566-0600 •

Sunday Services: 9:30 and 11:15am. Are you more spiritual than religious? Do you believe in many paths to God? Then please join us.



Grass Roots Health Care Since 1991 843-769-6848 •

Pam Olivier 3226 2B Maybank Hwy, Johns Island 843-708-8923 • A unique massage formulated specifically to meet your needs. Several different massage modalities are used, including sports, neuromuscular, trigger point, lomi lomi, Thai yoga massage and manual lymph drainage. Conditions addressed include migraines, sciatica, whiplash, stress, anxiety and good old tight shoulders.

Therapeutic Massage, Colon Hydrotherapy, Detox Foot Baths. Healthy Food Choice Coaching, NBCTH-certified and I-ACT members. Offering people a vehicle to help improve their quality of life. Specializing in probiotic education.


Neda Smith 250 Mathis Ferry Rd, Ste 101, Mt Pleasant 843-469-1001


990 Lake Hunter Cir, Ste 212, Mt Pleasant 844-BRAIN-ON (272-4666) Specializing in brain training, an effective, drug-free treatment for ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraines, memory, improving performance and more. No side effects. Permanent changes.



Serving the Summerville area for 29 years. Specializing in holistic care; weight loss and nutritional cleansing; pain management; bioidentical hormones; sugar detox; stress testing; chiropractic; peripheral neuropathy; detox footbaths; emotional (TBM/NET) and wellness care.

Dr. Ann Jenkins, Not Your Ordinary Chiropractor 1164 Northbridge Dr, Charleston (West Ashley) 843-270-9913

Exclusive to the area: Whole Body Magnetic Therapy. Mention Natural Awakenings for a free one-hour session. Holistic family care. Relief of neck, back and emotional pain. Homeopathy and essential oils. See ad, page 10.


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Dr. Hayan Lee & Dr. Young Kim 320 Midland Pkwy, Ste A, Summerville 843-486-2022 • Stop being a cavity victim. Dental health is more than just brushing and flossing two times a day. See the dental revolution of a compassionate, holistic office. Call and ask for current promotion.

I SMILE MATHIS FERRY DENTISTRY Wendy S. Haefner, DDS 1571 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-1215 •

Biological dentistry using IAOMT protocol. Natural products free of BPA and mercury. Mercury-safe filling removal. Now offering ozone therapy! See ad, page 4.


Increase energy and concentration, improve digestion, eliminate constipation, jumpstart weight loss, detox and hydrate the body! If we take good care of the bowel, we can have better health. Call for more information and to schedule an

924 Tall Pine Rd, Mt Pleasant 843-884-0701 •



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Ellie Alasantra Summerville 843-696-4016 • Using the energy of colors and shapes found in Chakraenhancement tools, I help facilitate healing of your past emotional wounds to raise your vibration/ spirits.

Dr. Gina Colucci 1806 Trolley Rd, Summerville 843-875-5700 •


BPA and bis-GMA free dental fillings and BPA-free night guards. Mercury free, mercury safe. Accepting new patients and emergency appointments. Please call for consultation. See ad, page 13.

Please call for appointment: Mt Pleasant • 843-881-1418 Myrtle Beach • 843-293-6700

Holistic, preventive dentistry. Safe removal of mercury fillings since 1975, following IAOMT protocol. Offering anti-aging dentistry and biocompatible materials. See ad, page 22.


Angel Muehlenkamp, MA Professional Counseling Summerville 843-327-1440 • We are here to live in the fullness of who and what we truly are. Angel uses her unique ability to Connect to Source to assist you in moving beyond daily limitations. Open to a brand new way of living. Talk, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy; Quantum-Touch; Reiki; Intuitive Counseling; Art of God; Life Coaching; and Spiritual Counseling.

ABOVE & BEYOND CLEANING LLC Kimberly Henderson • 843-901-4779

Healthy living starts with an ecoclean home or office. Health and wholeness are our top priorities by providing our clients with a “green” clean by using natural and botanical cleaning products.





Working with a life coach is an intimidating but rewarding personal experience that involves quality one-on-one time and deep, meaningful inquiry. Diana’s coaching process focuses on healing painful emotional wounds, resolving self-sabotaging patterns, and creating a gentler attitude toward self.

Vitamins and supplements, CBD oil, bulk herbs, Wyndmere and doTerra essential oils, alkaline ionized water, facial and body care. New Elixir Bar! Herbal elixirs, blended drinks and fresh raw juices. Open Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm. Saturdays 8am-7pm, Sundays, 11am-5pm.

Emotional Health Life Coaching 843-209-8869


Energy Healer and Soul Coach Artist, Author and Speaker Mt Pleasant • 843-514-2848 • Overcome emotional, mental, physical and spiritual issues with Energy Healing and Soul Coaching. Remove blocks and move forward with grace and ease. Holy-land oils, John of God crystals, angel therapy, past-life regressions, inner-child wellness and more. Raise vibration and feel amazing!


Joyce Stech 125 S Main St, Summerville Summerville • 843-870-4462 • Joyce Stech (maMJAH), founder of Royal Gems Matrix Healing System, Martial Artist (Kyoshi, 7th dan), author, Metaphysician, Spiritual CEO of Taoist-Yogi Christ Lineage International. Private sessions, classes, online programs.


Andrew Dean, ISFTA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Exercise Therapist 621 Wappoo Rd, Charleston 843-475-2156 Specialized in the Fundamental Movements of the Body and the Natural Laws in Nutrition. Interested in the 8 Fundamental Movements of Exercise and the Natural Laws of Nutrition? Classes and Programs available now! Call Today!

280 W Coleman Blvd, Ste E Mt Pleasant • 843-388-4956

HOLISTIC EDUCATOR CHARLESTON NATURAL HEALTH Stefanie DeWysockie 757 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 609-781-6623

Naturopathy for the Spirit, Mind and Body. Where Western medicine meets Eastern Healing! Call today for your free 20-minute consultation and discover your path to health and vitality. See ad, page 9.



Herbs and Health Foods 119 N Goose Creek Blvd, Ste K Goose Creek • 843-797-3200


Best selection of herbs in South Carolina. Organic teas, spices, supplements, essential oils, wheat-free and gluten-free products. 10am-7pm Mon-Sat; closed Sunday.


Gerry Schmidt, PhD 843-588-9286 • Reverse aging in just eight minutes, two times a day with BEMER—reduces inflammation, pain, digestive issues, improves sleep and energy/vitality, plus more. Used by NASA and Olympic teams in 42 countries for 15 years. Try it free.


Change your water, change your life! Thomas P Meletis, Distributor 843-729-7837 • Water is the single most important element that goes in our body. Drinking the right type of water may be the single most important piece in achieving and maintaining optimal health. Visit KangenDemo. com to see a comparison. View all eight machines at Financing at zero interest.


Dr. Amanda McNabb and Dr. Karyn Meadows 318 N Cedar St, Ste B Summerville 843-879-8224 • Healthy people are happy people. Unwanted weight, indigestion, pain, depression or stress? Offering hair/saliva testing, bioidentical nutrition, essential oils, and chiropractic. Where AWESOME happens!

Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-225-2024 • Licensed, full-service counselor specializing in all aspects of anxiety. Certified in Hypnotherapy, EMDR, E F T, P a s t - L i f e R e g r e s s i o n , Mindfulness and Dream Analysis. Whatever you’re experiencing, we can help you find your way to a happier life. See ad, page 23.


Stewart Campbell N Charleston 843-872-1761 • Painting - Drywall - Carpentry. Master Painter and Handyman servicing the Charleston area. Accommodating clients with integrity, transparency and honesty. Call for a FREE estimate.


By appointment only 815 Savannah Hwy, West Ashley 843-324-6460 • Connect with passed loved ones to experience healing, love and guidance. Individual or group readings available in person or via Skype. Mediumship classes also available.

life coach Victoria Hargis 843-284-6810

Eliminate emotional barriers and live life free! PTSD intervention, anxiety and trauma release. Leadership Coach. Fast and permanent results. Master Coach Certified. NLP, brain retraining, PSTEC. Services pro-vided in HIPPA compliant platform online or in person.

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Jennifer Iamele Savage, MEd Certified Life Coach 508-942-0402


732 S Shelmore Blvd, Ste 100 Mt Pleasant (Shelmore Village) 843-991-6835

A trained Montessori educator and intuitive life coach, specializing in transitions and soul purpose coaching. Eliminate blocks, work through transitions, and discover your purpose. Courses on the use of essential oils for healing, journaling and vision boards to manifest your dreams.

Our experienced team of hairstylists and skin care specialist use 100 percent-certified organic products. We specialize in haircutting, coloring and make-up application. We sell All Nutrient™, Moroccan Oils, Dr. Hauschka™, 100% Pure™, iLike™ and many other boutique items.




Joe Lange 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, #103-164 Mt Pleasant 843-608-1425 • Nontoxic mold solutions that transform your living and work areas into healthy environments. We safely render mold non-allergenic. Even dead mold spores can be allergenic! See ad, page 3.

Maureen Donohue, LMT #3231 772 St Andrews Blvd, Charleston 843-327-4761 • Client-focused, heart-centered, therapeutic reiki and massage. Maureen Donohue is a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, massage therapist and Medical Reiki Master, teaching reiki classes throughout the Southeast, approved by NCBTMB as a CEU provider.





Charleston Holistic Center 2366 Ashley River Rd, Bldg 8, Charleston 843-452-7996 •

Jana Davis, MS, RD, CDE 843-801-4686

Transform your life from the ordinary to the extraordinary by understanding how the aspects of your being interact and block your progress. Together, we can heal your past and find your true future. See ad, page 27.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are l i n k e d t o o b e s i t y, diabetes, reproductive health issues and more. Norwex is a global company that carries a full line of personal care and cleaning products free of toxic chemicals as well as many other eco-friendly products


2671 Ft Trenholm Rd, Johns Island 843-266-3619 • Relax and renew your mind, body and soul while enjoying our luxurious services. All treatments are tailored just for you using the finest all-natural products. See ad, page 21.



Dr. Wendy M. Perrell, Certified Soul Coach and Shaman 907-317-2483 • Meetup: Charleston~Align with Your Soul’s Purpose Your Soul speaks to me! I channel Archangel Raphael to help you heal fear, guilt, shame, unworthiness and unlovable energy that holds you back from your Soul’s purpose. We provide spiritual tools and practices that enlighten and empower you to enjoy love, wealth, health, joy and balance.

Jody Lemmon 615 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Ste 101 Mt Pleasant 843-882-5015 • J Salon is passionate about healthy hair and overall wellness of the human body. We strive to give the best customer service and build long-lasting relationships with our clients. See ad, page 30.


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Shanna Rivera 877-315-7226, ext 447 Early detection and alternative prevention. Thermography: radiationfree full body and breast cancer screening. See what you need to work on now to potentially avoid future health issues. See ad, page 8.


Mt Pleasant 843-852-9828 • Strategic Growth Coaching: A dynamic and innovative experience that acts as a catalyst for change. Move beyond your fears, break negative patterns, and begin living and loving as your heart desires.

Transformational Coach GERRY SCHMIDT, PhD

Master Coach Central location • 843-478-4090 Awaken to who you really are. Get unstuck, empowered, implement your vision. Never let fear decide your fate. Get results. Individuals, families, group sessions. Complimentary intro session. See ad, page 25.


Lime and Lotus LLC Healing Arts Center 925 Wappoo Rd, Ste F, Charleston 843-214-2997 • Painful periods? Hot flashes? Fatigue? Weight gain? Let us help you balance your hormones naturally with the use of food and herbs.


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