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arilee and I are so excited about the growing wellness trend in our area. As we enter our ninth year publishing our Natural Awakenings edition, we feel so blessed to be part of the #1 healthy living, healthy planet magazine in the country. We are part of a growing family of publishers with more than 90 editions nationwide. Dana Boulanger Marilee Burrell Publishing Natural Awakenings has been a beautiful journey for me. I am continually amazed at the passionate, educated and talented people and business owners I meet every week who share our passion for a healthy lifestyle and planet. I feel fortunate to have the best business partner, Marilee Burrell; together we create with a very talented team of people. We infuse each issue with appreciation and gratitude. We are so thankful to our team, our advertising partners and our readers. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation’s family of magazines bid a fond farewell to company President Larry Levine, with many joining in on a call and sending notes, prayers and good thoughts prior to his passing on September 23. Larry enthusiastically contributed his all with a host of talents focused on forwarding our collective mission of providing publishers and readers with the tools needed to help us all create a healthier, more sustainable world together. Founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman honored her partner, saying, “Our home office and publishers are truly saddened to lose the beautifully loving, guiding light that Larry generously shared with us throughout the past 12 years. His impact on our lives and Natural Awakenings’ success will continue to bless our readers.” His parting words to many of us who were on a monthly publisher’s call was, “I love you all, you are the best.” How many people in the corporate world can say that those are the last words they hear from the “top brass” of their organization? He was and still is an amazing soul who taught me what unconditional love is. For me, Larry was one of the most spiritual people I have ever met. His presence is felt with peace in the knowing that we are eternal. His physical job is done but his spirit lives on in these pages with the pure intention of helping all we touch to feel better, live simply and laugh more. One of Larry’s last gifts to the company was recommending Pat McGroder as vice president of franchise development just weeks before his unexpected passing. Pat comes with 24 years of publishing experienced and has already proven to be an incredible blessing to our family of heart-centered entrepreneurs. Pat’s energy, enthusiasm and experience have created a new excitement in our company. Please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or via our website. There are many great events, classes and seminars happening in our area; we plan to be at many so we will hopefully have a chance to meet in person. Please let our fantastic advertising partners know you saw or read about them in Natural Awakenings, or decided to try their services or products because you saw it in Natural Awakenings. We Love You Larry! With love and gratitude,

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Natural Ways to Refresh and Renew


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Powerful Ways to Avoid Mental Decline by Lisa Marshall


ON THE TRUTH ABOUT DEPRESSION Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does


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56 WORKPLACE WISDOM Mindfulness in Corporate Life by April Thompson

60 PILATES UNBOUND New Fusions with Yoga, Dance and Boxing by Aimee Hughes

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newsbriefs Hudson Valley Natural Health is Launched


new holistic health practice, Hudson Valley Natural Health, is now open in Mount Kisco. Owned and operated by Dr. Kurt Beil, a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist, the practice covers the entire range of health services, from seasonal immune support and treatment of acute Dr. Kurt Beil infections to care of chronic conditions like digestive issues, hormone imbalances, cognitive and mood disorders, insomnia and musculoskeletal pain. “I love helping people balance their symptoms,” Beil says. “Working with medications and lab tests from their physicians, I help them manage their diet, lifestyle and stresses while using natural methods to facilitate an individualized, supportive healing experience. Naturopathic and Chinese medicine utilize the best aspects of the science of modern medicine and the art of traditional healing to achieve true health for the whole body, mind and spirit.” Born and raised in White Plains, Beil spent 15 years in Portland, Oregon, studying and practicing natural medicine—as well as teaching and researching it at an accredited four-year medical institution—before recently returning to Westchester. “I loved my experiences out West,” he says. “They taught me so much about what is possible for health and well-being when we work with the healing power of natural, holistic medicine. I’m glad to be back in New York sharing this needed component of health care with the people of the Hudson Valley region.” Beil sees patients at the Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco. For more information about his practice, Hudson Valley Natural Health, visit, email DrKurt@ or call 914.362.8315. See ad, page 18.


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reen Org a n i c Market, an independently owned health food store with a mission to offer high-quality items at competitive prices, is now open on Central Avenue in Hartsdale. Th e n e w store offers a wide variety of natural and organic prodGreen Organic Market in Hartsdale ucts, including all-organic produce as well as highly rated supplements and personal-care products at a deep discount. It has a juice bar and a deli with vegan and vegetarian options, including fresh-squeezed juices and an assortment of sandwiches and salads. According to the owner, staff members are experienced and trained to assist customers with all their supplement and nutritional needs. The market provides free limited delivery service within five miles with a $50 minimum purchase. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Green Organic Market is located at 275 S. Central Ave. (Mid-Central Plaza, near Dunkin Donuts), Hartsdale. For more info, call 914.437.5802. See ad, page 37.

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Parenting Youth through Mental Health Challenges


n November 10, the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Westchester will host a “community conversation” for individuals and families whose children have significant mental health issues. Is the Help Helping? will feature a panel of professionals and advocates with personal experience in parenting youth through mental health challenges. This free event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab in Irvington. Topics will include recognizing when the help isn’t helping; learning to trust your gut; when and how to question the experts and consult others; and educating yourself and creating your own path to services and support. Expert panelists will be Randi Silverman, advocate and filmmaker of No Letting Go; Phyllis Vine, advocate and author of Families in Pain: Children, Siblings, Spouses and Parents of the Mentally Ill Speak Out; Ruthanne Becker, vice-president of rehabilitation services at MHA; and Cindy Peterson-Dana, director of peer and recovery support services at MHA. They will share thoughts about their own families’ journeys and the networks of assistance they helped create for their children. The panel will then open the floor to conversation with the audience. For 70 years, MHA has promoted mental health in Westchester through advocacy, community education and direct services. It offers a range of services that are recovery-oriented, trauma-informed and individualized to promote recovery and wellness. Space is limited. Reserve a spot by registering at

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newsbriefs Synchronicity Sisters Bring Family Twist to Holistic Health


hrough home visits in and around the Westchester area, the Synchronicity Sisters—Sophia Shkreli and Martha Lulgjuraj—are empowering people to reframe their personal challenges and overcome obstacles using peaceful techniques that alter perception through mindfulness. These integra- Sophia Shkreli & Martha Lulgjuraj tive techniques include a personalized meditation program (MeTime Meditation); intuitive life coaching; Reiki; chakra energy balancing (tuning fork therapy); and past-life regression. Born in Bronx and raised in Armonk, NY, the Albanian sisters bring a family twist to the concept of holistic health, with its focus on mind, body and soul. Shkreli says they were inspired to share their spiritual journey and gifts with the community. “We want to raise the vibrational frequency of the heart, inspiring great change within each person, hopefully creating a ripple effect, like a stone skidding across a stream, promoting self-awareness and compassion for others,” she says. The Synchronicity Sisters co-teach the course One Soul, Many Lives: Exploring Past Lives through Meditation during the fall and spring semesters at Westchester Community College, as well as several times throughout the year at the Scarsdale Adult School. For more information, contact Lulgjuraj at 914.514.5153, or; or Shkreli at 914.462.6030 or See ad, page 52.

Free Intro to Qigong Workshop in Peekskill


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lassical Acupuncture & Aromatherapy in Peekskill will host a free Introduction to Qigong workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m., November 17. It will be taught by licensed acupuncturist Margaret Steele, who has been practicing and teaching qigong for nearly 20 years, incorporating her knowledge of Chinese medicine to help her students achieve maximum benefits from the ancient movement meditation practice.

“Qigong was developed to cultivate health and longevity through breathing coordinated with gentle movements,” Steele says. “As one of the five pillars of Chinese Medicine—along with acupuncture, herbalism, dietetics and Tui Na, or bodywork— qigong is potentially a complete healing modality. Practitioners can experience stress reduction, better sleep and an increased sense of well-being and emotional balance.” The classes are very gentle, Steele says. Qigong movements are slow and easy to learn, and they can be done while sitting or standing. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothes. The workshop is free, but preregistration is requested via Classical Acupuncture & Aromatherapy is located at 25 North Division St., 2nd floor, Peekskill.

Food & Water Watch Volunteer Meeting in White Plains


hite Plainsarea residents who want to get involved in local efforts to combat climate change and stand up to corporate conFood & Water Watch staff at Democracy trol and abuse Awakening in D.C., April 2016 of our most vital resources are invited to attend a monthly volunteer meeting of Food & Water Watch to learn about their current campaigns and ways to get involved. The next meeting is November 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, 7 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains. “We champion healthy food and clean water for all and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment,” says Greta Zarro, the New York organizer for Food & Water Watch. The organization’s current projects include working to ban fracking pipelines, stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership and fight corporate giants like Monsanto. Volunteer activities include petitioning, writing letters to the editor, phone banking and helping organize rallies and film screenings to educate the community about issues that threaten people’s health and the planet. The December meeting, which will include a holiday party and potluck, will be held December 8 at the same location. To attend a volunteer meeting, RSVP to Greta Zarro at gzarro@ or 347.774.4597. For more information about Food & Water Watch, visit or

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newsbriefs Fundraiser Supports Sensory Garden for Nicaraguan Children


rts Unchained, which collaboratively develops and implements opportunities for creative arts therapy for communities in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, is holding a November 7 fundraiser to help build a sensory garden in Niño Feliz, a Nicaraguan school for children with special needs. The event, which will take place at the Mill in Hastings on Hudson, will feature a silent art auction, live jazz by Chris Conte, free food, raffles and door prizes. Niño Feliz educates children with a variety of diagnoses, including Down syndrome, autism, severe physical disabilities and hearing and visual impairments. This sustainable sensory garden will provide a safe, therapeutic and environmentally conscious area for the children to learn through play. Arts Unchained is a subcommittee of the nonprofit FNE International. The therapeutic experiences it facilitates enable graduate students, partnering community organizations and professionals to learn and integrate theoretical knowledge from a variety of frameworks (clinical, behavioral, educational and the creative arts therapies). Arts Unchained and FNE International regularly support the work of the teachers and children at Niño Feliz. The Mill is located at 583 Warburton Ave., Hastings on Hudson. For tickets or to donate online, visit and search for Nicaragua Sensory Garden Project. For more info, visit

New “100-Year-Old” Garden in Hyde Park


andscape architect Michael Gulbrandsen, whose passion is “turning parking lots into parks,” recently completed a natural water feature as part of the Tranquility Garden at InnerLight Health Spa in Hyde Park. As part of this garden, branches were woven together to create sculptural fencing, and moss-covered logs and rocks were incorporated into the plant beds around the building to create what Gulbrandsen calls the “100 Year Impression,” a concept where the placement of every stone, plant, water feature and structure in the garden looks like it has been there for 100 years. Highly creative landscapes are the trademark of Gulbrandsen’s company, Reflections of Nature, which serves Dutchess, Westchester, Putnam and Columbia Counties in New York and


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western Fairfield County in Connecticut. Gulbrandsen grew up in Upstate New York and says his fascination with nature started in childhood and became his professional passion. “The pure love of nature and the outdoors is my inspiration to provide clients with gardens that reflect nature and create serenity,” he says. “To further my knowledge of natural landscape design, I spend countWaterfall at InnerLight less hours with the best teacher Health Spa there is, Mother Nature. I study how a well-placed log in a koi pond makes the perfect spot for baby turtles to catch some sun, or how a viburnum shrub at the edge of a waterfall provides cover for a family of deer to get a drink without harm.” For more info, visit or contact Gulbrandsen at or 845.489.7250.

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he Chappaqua location of Talbots, the women’s clothing and apparel store, will host a charity shopping event the evening of November 8 to benefit the Crossover Yoga Project. From 5 to 8 p.m., Talbots will donate 10 percent of pre-tax sales on all merchandise purchases to the CYP, a Westchester County-based nonprofit whose mission is to empower young, at-risk women to over- Elisha Fernandes Simpson, founder of CYP come trauma and move toward positive change through yoga and art. CYP serves juvenile detention centers throughout Westchester County. It also offers trauma-informed yoga teacher training, which is open to all professionals to help them integrate empowering tools into their practices, as well as Teen Yoga, Meditation and Empowerment sessions that integrate Mindful-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T), discussion and mindfulness. Visit CYP on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and at Crossover Yoga Project is located at 420 S. Riverside Ave., Box #223, Croton on Hudson. For more info, contact CYP at or 914.319.4010. See ad, page 61.

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newsbriefs Computer Fairy Offers Website Design with a Twist


liza Freedman, owner and chief technologist of the Computer Fairy, has carved out a professional niche designing websites for small businesses who can’t afford to hire a web master. She also grants a special wish when asked: she will teach clients how to update their own websites. “In this competitive marketplace, even solo entrepreneurs are discovering they need a Web presence,” she says. “But without Aliza Freedman the budget to hire a dedicated web master, they have had to forego a professionally designed website. I’ll take the client’s concepts and requirements and turn them into a dynamic web presence, all on a budget to accommodate their needs.” Freedman also offers the value-added option of one-on-one sessions so clients can maintain their own websites. “Some of my clients have shared with me that the ability to tweak and update their site moving forward allows them to save money they would have had to spend on graphic designers and webmasters,” she says. “It also gives them the freedom to make changes whenever they need to.” The Computer Fairy continues to offer its traditional services of cleaning up and speeding up home computers, updating virus protection, installing wireless printers and new computers on a Wi-Fi network and providing one-on-one help with basic computer skills. “I particularly enjoy working with older people who want to stay connected to friends and family on social media and Facetime, and stay up to date on world news and current events through the Internet,” she says. “I try to make the process painless and fun.” For more info, visit or call 203.554.5975. See ad, page 18.

Dream Interpretation Workshop with David Young


avid Young, a musician, sound healer, artist and author, will teach a dream interpretation workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mount Kisco from 3 to 5 p.m., November 6. “I’ll be teaching participants how to discover the meanings behind the messages we receive from our subconscious mind,” he says. “Have you ever had a dream repeat over and over and wonder what message Spirit is trying to get through to you? Each of us has our own inner symbols that were created


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from our experiences earlier in life. Only we can truly know what they represent.” In this workshop, sponsored by StarVisions, Young will explain why the subconscious mind chooses the mysterious and sometimes random symbols that appear in our dreams. “Although these symbols may seem discombobulated or meaningless at first, there is always David Young a deeper message behind them trying to guide us and bring us peace or perhaps a resolution,” he says. “The technique I teach in my workshop can also be applied to daily life.” A double Grammy nominee who plays two Renaissance flutes, Young will include a flute meditation in the workshop “to help participants raise their vibrational frequency and connect with their higher self, loved ones, guides or beings from the angelic realm.” More than 20,000 healers and healing centers worldwide use his music, he says. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 236 South Bedford Rd., Rte. 172, Mt. Kisco. Register in advance at for $30, or pay $35 at the door. For more info, visit

A New Way to Enjoy a Fine Cup of Tea


raftea is a revolutionary new product changing the way tea lovers make their favorite brews. Created by the Keshav family, in Dallas, Texas, Craftea placed first in the 2015 World Tea Awards Best New Product at the World Tea Expo. Innovative, energy-efficient vortex rotor technology allows anyone to make a masterful cup of their favorite tea using optional dairy or soy and almond milk without burning or boiling over. The Craftea device works quietly and shuts off automatically according to a programmable preset. This ensures that delicate teas, herbs and even floral and fruit infusions are perfectly extracted and chai is silky, spicy and smooth every time. Dishwasher-safe and BPA-free, the all-in-one product prevents the hazard of forgetting about boiling water and leaving the burner on, because no burner is necessary. A four-cup stainless steel jug keeps the tea hot for several hours, or the jug can be placed in the refrigerator to make iced tea or a tea cocktail. Natural Awakenings readers receive $30 off the Craftea using the code “natural”. For inspiration and recipes, vist the the company’s Facebook page. For more info, visit See ad, page 16. natural awakenings

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ecotip Bleep Cheap Quality Clothes are Planet-Friendly

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The temptation to buy inexpensive clothes whispers, “It’s smart to trend with the latest fad,” or “Disposable wear can be tossed if it gets stained,” or “I can wear this outfit only once for a special event.” The lure to buy future throwaways seems especially prevalent during the holiday season of gifting and gatherings. Consumers can fall into the cycle of buying from inexpensive chain stores, wearing items a few times and then discarding them during spring cleaning purges. According to The Atlantic magazine, Americans now buy five times as much clothing annually as they did in 1980, yet recycle or donate only 15 percent of it. They simply discard 10 million tons as waste, reports the Huffington Post. Conscious consumers consider the extended consequences of their purchases. The production and transporting of an average shirt, for example, can deliver about nine pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, reports Eve Andrews, culture editor for She offers five tips: buy less; shop smarter and only for what’s truly needed; look for durability and design that won’t fall apart or look dated in a few months; decrease frequency of laundering to increase the life of the garment; and donate what no longer works. Buying items that are durable, timeless and made under fair labor conditions from selected organic, resale and outlet stores that sell high-end clothing that lasts at reduced prices will save money over time and reduce resource abuse and waste. Five top outlet chains for superior and lasting value per a 2016 Consumer Reports readers survey are Bon Worth, L.L. Bean, Haggar, OshKosh B’gosh and Izod. Quality labels are welcomed by consignment stores, so the wearer can even retrieve some of the purchase price for gently-used classics. Giving used threads to thrift shops, churches, The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries is another way to extend the life of items, help others and save landfill space. Another option is to cut up portions of clothing earmarked for disposal so they can live on as cleaning rags for home and vehicles.



n the October health brief “Vitamin D3 Boosts Gut Health” we reported that the researchers administered more than 66,000 IU of vitamin D3 to study participants per day; it should read per week. We apologize for the error.


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newsbrief A Farewell Tribute


atural Awakenings Publishing Corporation’s family of 95 magazines bid a fond farewell to company President Larry Levine, with many joining in on a call and sending notes, prayers and good thoughts prior to his passing on September 23. Levine enthusiastically contributed his all with a host of talents focused on forwarding our collective mission of providing publishers and readers with the tools needed to help us all create a healthier, more sustainable world together. Founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman honors her partner, saying, “Our home office and publishers are truly saddened to lose the beautifully loving, guiding light that Larry generously shared with us throughout the past 12 years. His impact on our lives and Natural Awakenings‘ success will continue to bless our readers. We will miss him dearly.” One of Levine’s last gifts to the company was recommending Pat McGroder as vice president of franchise development. “We welcome Pat, already feeling blessed by the 24 years of experience he brings in highly successful publishing and franchising endeavors,” says Bruckman. McGroder will now also assume some of the operational responsibilities formerly managed by Levine. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation’s home office is located in Naples, FL. Visit, or call 239.434.9392 for more information.

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Music Makes Exercise Easier

recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that regular exercise during pregnancy can reduce the rate of Cesarean deliveries. Conducted by Thomas Jefferson University Medical College researchers, the study followed more than 2,000 pregnant women split into two randomized groups. Half of them exercised 35 to 90 minutes, three to four times a week, while the others did not. Just under 18 percent of the women in the exercise group ended up having Cesarean deliveries versus 22 percent in the non-exercising group. Exercising during pregnancy also appears to improve gestational health. The study participants that worked out regularly experienced a lower incidence of both hypertensive disorders and diabetes mellitus.

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Heavy TV Watching Linked to Poor Bone Health


study published in the Journal for Bone and Mineral Research this summer suggests that excessive TV watching during childhood may be associated with lower bone mineral content in young adulthood. The researchers followed 1,181 children over time and measured their weekly hours of TV watching at ages 5, 8, 10, 14, 17 and 20. The bone mineral content (BMC) of each was measured at age 20. The study found that individuals that routinely watched more than 14 hours a week had lower BMC for their whole body and in their arms than those that watched less. Higher BMC helps protect the body against osteoporosis later in life. While all screen time should be monitored in children, TV appears to be the most harmful medium. A report published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine studied 111 children between the ages of 3 and 8 and measured their TV viewing and other screen time, as well as their blood pressure levels. The study linked higher blood pressure with excessive TV viewing, but did not find the same link between the condition and computer usage. Alena Ozerova/

istening to music during a workout or any extended, physically demanding activity can reduce fatigue and improve performance. New research published in Psychophysiology shows that as individuals work out, their attention gradually shifts from the activity around them to internal sensations. Over an extended period, this attention shift creates a sense of exertion. Listening to music while exercising can help shift focus away from the internal fatigue and back to the external world. Researchers from the UK’s Brunel University and University of London tested 19 healthy adults that performed two physical exertion tests while listening to either music or silence. The scientists monitored brain activity using EEG and measured task performance. While listening to music, participants showed both reduced fatigue and decreased stress-related brainwaves. They also performed their tasks more effectively than they did when music wasn’t being played.

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Acupressure Eases Fatigue in Cancer Survivors


reast cancer survivors are often plagued by chronic fatigue that lasts long after their treatment is finished. They have few options to relieve the condition, but acupressure shows promise. A study published this summer in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that acupressure can significantly improve two symptoms of fatigue experienced by breast cancer survivors: sleep quality and quality of life. The researchers tested 424 women that had completed cancer treatments at least a year prior to the study. They were divided into three groups—one self-administered relaxing acupressure and another stimulating acupressure, while the control group followed a conventional care plan. After six weeks, fatigue was reduced from 70 percent to 43 percent among those receiving acupressure, with two-thirds of the women in the acupressure groups reaching levels of fatigue considered normal. The relaxing acupressure group showed substantial improvements in sleep quality compared with the conventional care group at week six, but the two groups reached parity at week 10. The relaxing acupressure group was the only one that showed improvements in quality of life, making it a reasonable, low-cost option for managing fatigue symptoms.


he human brain does not function optimally in society’s noise-filled environment. The brain, like the body, needs rest to function, and that comes with silence. A recent study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience discovered that the brain is able to integrate both internal and external information into a “conscious workspace” when resting. Constant distractions and noises can detract from the brain’s ability to process critical information. Noise also elevates stress hormone levels within the brain. Research published earlier in Psychological Science examined the effects that the relocation of the main Munich airport, in Germany, had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, researcher and professor of human ecology at Cornell University, notes that when exposed to constant noise, children develop a stress response that causes them to ignore it. The study’s subjects tuned out both harmful sounds and stimuli that they should be paying attention to, including speech. Silence has the opposite effect, releasing tension in brain and body. Exposure to chronic noise can also hinder children’s cognitive development, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the European Commission Joint Research Centre; this includes language skills and reading ability. To help counter modern noise pollution, attention restoration theory suggests that individuals placed in environments with lower levels of sensory input can recover some of the cognitive abilities they have lost.

Gut Bacteria Linked to Toddler Temperament


hio State University researchers have discovered a correlation between bacteria in the gut and behavior in toddlers. Scientists studied the bacterial microbes in stool samples from 77 girls and boys between the ages of 18 months and 27 months, while mothers filled out a questionnaire describing their children’s level of emotional reactivity. The study found that positive behavioral traits occurred more frequently in children with the most diverse types of gut bacteria. These included mood, curiosity, sociability and impulsivity. The correlation was particularly strong in boys. Lisa Christian, Ph.D., a researcher with the Ohio State Institute for Behavioral Medicine research, and her co-author, Microbiologist Michael Bailey, Ph.D., plan to use the information to help uncover some mysteries related to the origin of chronic illness. “There is substantial evidence that intestinal bacteria interact with stress hormones; the same hormones that have been implicated in chronic illnesses like obesity and asthma,” explains Christian. “A toddler’s temperament gives us a good idea of how they react to stress. This information, combined with an analysis of their gut microbiome, could ultimately help us to detect and prevent chronic health issues [from developing] earlier.” Source: Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science


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Recently published studies have shown that certain negative emotions cause an increase in pain and inflammation and can even increase the risk for certain types of cancer and chronic diseases. Mallis says a variety of energy treatments can be used as stand-alone or complementary therapies to help people deal with these dynamics—although they’re not a “quick fix.” “Energy treatments require an individual to be willing to go on a very personal journey,” she explains. “It is a process whereby emotional and physical issues are dealt with based on the desire to get well. It is not unlike peeling away layers of an onion: the first layers are very easy to get to, while the deeper ones require a bit of work.” SearchLight Medical offers a variety of alternative treatments and services, including medical acupuncture, Ondamed Biofeedback Therapy, AcuGraph Qi Analysis, reflexology and Reiki.

t’s been a long-held philosophy of alternative wellness practitioners that “disease is synonymous with “dis-ease”—that there’s an emotional connection to physical illness. Now that Western medicine is publically acknowledging this connection, more people are turning to alternative treatments to prevent emotional issues from becoming physical ones, says Laurie Mallis, MD, owner of Searchlight Medical in Hopewell Junction. “It’s no mystery to anyone involved in alternative types of treatment that the majority of any ailment, if not all, is directly related to emotional issues,” she says. “The basis of this is that any emotion—that is, stress, anxiety, depression, anger or fear—if not resolved, will eventually manifest as a physical illness. These negative emotions cause physiological changes in the body that SearchLight Medical is located at 2424 Rte. 52, Hopewell Junction. lead to a decrease in the immune system, an increase in inflam- For more info, call 845.592.4310 or visit mation and elevated levels of pain.” See ad, page 25. natural awakenings

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Turkeys and Thanksgiving go together for 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation. Each year, more than 46 million turkeys provide the entrée for gatherings, yielding leftovers for sandwiches, stew, chili, casseroles and turkey burgers. In 2011, 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S., while a few lucky birds avoided the

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is a new federal law that restricts animal testing and requires regulators to develop technology-based alternatives. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which insisted non-animal tests be used whenever possible and established a precedent for developing animal-free testing, including vitro and silico (computer simulation) methods. Earlier this year, the John Hopkins University School of Medicine made strides in removing the use of animals from medical training and cosmetic testing. Now all new chemicals will have to meet specific safety standards. Clothing, couches and cleaning products, among many other consumer goods, contain chemicals linked to cancer, Parkinson’s and other serious health problems, but are not routinely tested for safety. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will now have new authority to require testing with a legal mandate to review existing chemicals on the market. Along with updating rules for tens of thousands of everyday chemicals, the law specifically sets safety standards for dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde, asbestos and styrene. It aims to standardize on the national level what is currently a jumble of state rules governing an $800-billion-ayear industry.

chopping block. The pardoning of a White House turkey began in 1863 when President Lincoln’s son, Tad, interceded on behalf of the bird and its life was spared. Now a tradition, two dressed birds and one live turkey are delivered to the White House each year. The live bird is “pardoned” and lives out its life on a historical farm. At the Farm Sanctuary, turkeys get sponsored or adopted instead of eaten. “Turkeys are friendly and follow you around like puppy dogs. They’ll try to sit on your lap to be petted,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the sanctuary’s New York and two California locations. “At our Celebration for the Turkeys, we feed them cranberries, pumpkin pie and squash. People visit to see them enjoy it. Guests’ snacks are vegan.” Hundreds of turkeys have been adopted and given a lifelong home since the program’s inception in 1986. More than 8,000 people pledged to sponsor a turkey living at the sanctuary in a recent year, proving it’s not necessary to be a president to pardon a turkey.

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Record carbon dioxide levels will surpass the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will likely never fall below it again in our lifetimes, according to a new study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings highlight urgent concerns about global efforts to curb climate change as outlined in the Paris agreement negotiated last December and signed in April by nearly 170 nations. Carbon concentrations have passed the 400 ppm limit before, but never permanently. The authors state, “In the longer term, a reduction in CO2 concentration would require substantial and sustained cuts in anthropogenic [humanly influenced] emissions to near zero.” The determined safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a maximum of around 350 ppm, according to climate advocates.

The 140-year-old zoo in Buenos Aires is shutting down to give the animals a better life. Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta agrees with activists that keeping wild animals in captivity and on display is degrading, so the zoo’s 2,500 animals will be moved to more suitable living environments in nature reserves around the country. Older animals and those too sick to be relocated will remain in their current home, but not displayed. The 45-acre zoo will be transformed into an eco-park to give children a place to learn how to take care of and relate with the different species. It also will provide refuge and rehabilitation for animals rescued from illegal trafficking.


The Kroger grocery chain, with nearly 2,500 U.S. stores, including subsidiaries Ralphs, Fry’s, King Soopers and Food 4 Less, has decided to go all in on the organic food market as a follow-up to the 2012 release of its Simple Truth brand of organic foods. Kroger President Michael Ellis says, “We’re really just answering the customer’s call for more and better,” giving Whole Foods Market more competition. Walmart has also begun to satisfy the growing health concerns of its shoppers by integrating organic options in its supermarkets. Now the challenge is for organic farming— which intentionally works to minimize agricultural impacts on the health of people and the planet—to meet the greater demand nationwide for healthier foods. Although implementation will vary depending on climate, experts advise that it begins with farms adopting healthy soil practices. It’s up to consumers to keep the momentum going.

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Germany to Ban Fracking Permanently txking/

The German government has ruled to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for shale gas in the country, but will allow test drilling in certain circumstances, reports Reuters. The industry has lobbied to continue fracking, which involves blasting chemicals and water into underground rock formations to release trapped gas, but strong opposition has persisted throughout the nation, with a powerful green lobby warning of possible risks to drinking water. Germany follows France and Bulgaria, which have already permanently banned fracking.


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Marcie Manfredonia at Custom Candle Co in Bedford Hills

Custom Candle Co Offers Nontoxic Scents for the Holidays


he air is crisp and up the home, Holiday scents include the holiday season hostess gifts is nearly upon us. Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon, and presents Instead of heading to year. “I love Crème Brulee, Autumn this the local mall and buyThanksgiving,” ing mass-produced gifts Leaves and more. says Manfredoloaded with synthetic mania. “It’s warm, terials for family members and friends, cozy, peaceful and such a special day. consider making the short trip to BedIt’s an honor to share my table with othford Hills to support the local economy ers and I love seeing a lovely table with with some handmade products at Custom Candle Co’s candles.” Holiday Custom Candle Co, located across from scents include Pumpkin Pie, Cinnamon, the train station at 25 Depot Plaza. The Crème Brulee, Autumn Leaves and brand is also carried in nine retail locamore. tions throughout New York, with a kiosk The store also offers customized in the outside mall of the Cross Country baskets. Manfredonia explains, “CusShopping Center, in Yonkers, throughtomers can handpick their own items to out this month and next. create a beautiful custom-wrapped gift Owner Marcie Manfredonia has basket or choose from one of our precreated warm scents for Thanksgiving made baskets. You can select one of our and the holidays, perfect for warming handmade candles, as well as candles 26

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from Nest, Lafco, Archipelago and Marianne Guedin, to name a few, along with Himalayan Salt products, bath bombs, soaps, lotions, diffusers, candle accessories and a full line of candles and grooming products for men. We are also a proud sponsor of the American Cancer Society and carry a full line of candles in which a portion of the proceeds are donated to the organization.” The idea for Custom Candle Co started when Manfredonia and her son, Anthony Desideri, decided they wanted to repurpose liquor and other glass bottles to make candles, pen and pencil holders, makeup brush holders and ashtrays. While searching for nontoxic candles with lasting aromas and a long burn time that wouldn’t affect her family’s allergies and asthma, Manfredonia came up short and she decided to create her own. After many hours of research and trial and error, she reached her goal and Custom Candle Co was born. “When we perfected the candles, the company moved on to creating matching scents for diffusers, lotions and soaps,” explains Manfredonia. “I found that many of my customers experienced the same problems with lotions and soaps that I did due to the ingredients in the store-brand products not being natural and I first made them for myself and gave testers to my customers. They loved them so I started offering them in the store.” Custom Candle Co will soon expand to offer candle making classes for private groups or individuals. A member of the town board, Manfredonia is passionate about her local community. She sponsored the Run for the Hills event this year and hosted the first Halloween Bash for Bedford Hills in October. “All of the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society, a cause I believe in deeply,” she says. “It prompted me to start my own fundraising Gala last year, which was a huge success and resulted in an invitation to sit on the Westchester American Cancer Society fundraising board. It’s been an exciting year for me” For more information, call the store at 914.218.8357, or visit See ad, page 19.

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Dr. Michael Finkelstein and Robin Queen Finkelstein with family at SunRaven.

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optimizing comr. Michael FinkelRobin and Michael munication bestein, M.D. and his also work with clients tween couples and wife and partner, between parents Robin Queen Finkelstein, in their own homes, and their children,” work together at Suncontinues Michael. which can offer Raven, the home of Slow “I, on the other Medicine, in Westchester, unique insight into hand, address the a wellness center on a their lives that is dif- interrelationship working farm that serves a healthy as their living and work ficult to achieve in a between body, a healthy enspace. The couple provides vironment and the an innovative and compre- professional setting. skills of living that hensive wellness plan for make this practical. individuals, couples and In addition, I can address the symptoms families called Slow Medicine Immerand medical issues that often complision (SMI). The 12-week program helps cate life and discuss complementary clients achieve balance in all areas of and alternative systems of healthcare.” their lives. Robin and Michael also work with “The health of a family is depenclients in their own homes, which can dent on several factors working well offer unique insight into their lives that together: each individual, the enviis difficult to achieve in a professional ronment, the community and more,” setting. Michael explains, “Most often explains Michael, who is known as therapists and other practitioners see the Slow Medicine Doctor. “SMI for people in a professional office. While families is dedicated to helping people this is useful, there is something invaluachieve this balance. Families come able about seeing the real environto SunRaven for most of their appointment in which people live. It allows for ments and are able to transparently see very subtle observations to guide and myself and Robin, known as The Slow influence our recommendations and, Medicine Therapist, as living expresmaybe most importantly, develops an sions of the principles of Slow Medieven greater, more trusting and healing cine.” relationship between Robin and I and “In addition to working with indiour clients. In particular, children feel viduals to deal with the stress in their uncomfortable in a sterile environment. lives, the past and their feelings about Their home provides a sense of safety life, Robin is skilled in supporting and 28

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and familiarity that allows them to open up more and be receptive to the process. Bringing the entire family together also supports the essential aim, which is to restore harmony among the individuals that compose a household.” Seeing families in their homes offers additional insight when it comes to nutrition as well. “Most people have some sense of what to eat but they have a hard time making adjustments and shifting away from the foods they realize are not wholesome,” says Michael. “When we go into someone’s home, it allows us to know where the honest starting point is. From there, we can build on practical recommendations, step by step, to move closer to the ideal. No longer are the recommendations arbitrary. Instead they are embedded into the reality of what exists.” With a comprehensive philosophy that includes compassionate support through every step of restoring each individual’s life and regaining health in body, mind and spirit, Robin and Michael’s SMI program provides families a real opportunity for complete healing. This healing can be particularly effective for the youngest members of the family. Michael explains, “Often young children are affected by the stress of the world around them. This may manifest in the form of digestive problems, headaches, mental and emotional issues and more. More children are prescribed medication for these conditions than ever and most parents are concerned about this reliance on drugs but can be apprehensive about letting them go. Instead, they want someone who is knowledgeable, thoughtful and caring about proposing and incorporating alternatives into their lives. Robin and I can provide this type of care to our clients, as well as help parents manage their stress and learn to communicate effectively with each other, both of which can have a significant impact on their relationship with their children and their partner. Only by combining these many factors can families get the entire result they desire: healthy relationships.” For more information about SunRaven and Slow Medicine Immersion, call 914.218.3113 or email Info@ See ad, page 51.

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It is primarily parenting that decides whether the expression of sensitivity will be an advantage or a source of anxiety. ~Elaine Aron

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ighly sensitive children need extra nurturing care so that they can learn to see their sensitivity as a strength and begin empowering themselves with tools to tap into their positive traits such as insight, creativity and empathy, while simultaneously learning how to manage their rich emotional lives. Elaine Aron, Ph.D., a practicing psychotherapist in Mill Valley, California, who studies sensitivity using functional magnetic resonance imaging, advises, “A highly sensitive child is among the 15 to 20 percent born with a nervous system that’s highly aware and quick to react to everything.” She offers a free online questionnaire to help assess a child’s level of sensitivity at highly-sensitive-child-test. Highly sensitive children are incredibly responsive to their environments, from sounds and smells to the overall mood of people they encounter. Other indicators may range from a preference for quiet play to noticing details or asking many questions. With a sharpened sense of awareness, they are often gifted intellectually, creatively and emotionally, demonstrating genuine compassion early on.

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The downside is that these intensely perceptive children can also be easily overwhelmed by crowds, noises, new situations or sudden changes. Criticism, defeat and the distress of others deeply affect them. Parenting a highly sensitive child can be highly rewarding, but some parents find it exhausting. Special skills help in gracefully raising a healthy, happy and well-adjusted sensitive child without wearing ourselves out. Accept, rather than seek to change them. Embracing a child as being highly sensitive is step one. No one can change them into less sensitive, more traditional kids. Accept their specialness as part of the family’s shared journey. See it as a gift. It’s easy to get frustrated or angry with a child if they continually cry, withdraw and shy away from social situations. Instead of viewing these behaviors as flaws, see them as providing the child a special gift. Sensitivity often characterizes artists, innovators, prodigies and great thinkers. Partner up. Sensitive children respond far better to requests for desired behaviors when acting in partnership with the adults in their life. Harsh discipline can elicit emotional meltdowns

and outbursts of energy in temper tantrums, crying or yelling. Partnering with a child includes learning to avoid their triggers and giving them ready tools to use when they feel overwhelmed, such as breathing exercises. Professional counselors can help shape the relationship. Focus on strengths. Remembering that a highly sensitive child may be incredibly talented is essential when they are acting out. Training ourselves to see a child’s strengths first—such as their incredible creativity, perceptiveness and keen intellect—helps us accept their challenges, such as being overwhelmed, highly emotional, introverted at times, shy, picky about clothes and other preferences, or overly active. Create calmness. It’s worth taking the time to create spaces that match a child’s sensibilities. Create a “peace corner” at home designed to deliver the serenity that highly sensitive children crave by using just the right lighting, colors, sounds and surroundings; elements might include headphones, favorite plush toys and coloring markers. Instill inner discipline. Establishing gentle structure and clear limits with respect goes a long way. Reasonable reminders of what’s needed now and why yield better results than shouting and warnings of consequences. Connect with peers. Like everyone else, highly sensitive children are drawn to other “birds of a feather”, and getting these kids together to nurture each other’s strengths is good. It may mean some extra effort by parents to help a child find kids that get along together and make play dates. A highly sensitive child can be steered in a helpful emotional direction by well-adjusted, happy and healthy sensitive adults. Sensitive children need especially good role models because they are learning how to use their incredible gifts in a world that sometimes doesn’t value their inherent worth.

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Hayfields Market Is “A New Take on an Old Store”


ayfields Market, which opened last year in North Salem, is “a new take on an old store,” says co-owner Renea Dayton. It serves breakfast and lunch every day and sells provisions and other goodies, and its menu is a blend of traditional (classic sandwiches and fresh-baked goods) and and modern (worldclass Illy coffee and espresso). Or as Dayton puts it, “We have free Wi-Fi, free dog treats and free carrots for your horse.” The owners, who live locally, get their inspiration from the many hayfields all around town, Dayton says, and their goal is to keep prices reasonable and quality high. Hayfields serves hyper-local products from several bakers and farmers in the North Salem area, as well as Owners: Renea Dayton, Peter local foods from a part- Kamenstein and Jackie Kamenstein nership with Hudson Valley Harvest. It offers a variety of gluten-free and some vegan options. “The gluten-free cheese roll has become a highlight for any sandwich on the menu,” Dayton says. Although Hayfields is typically known for its summer business, the store will be open all winter long. In preparation for the holidays, the market is taking orders for fresh, locally raised turkeys. It also stocks a variety of seasonal candles and coffee table books for holiday gifts. Show them this news brief for a complimentary coffee or espresso. Hayfields Market is located at the corner of Bloomer Road and Route 121, at 1 Bloomer Rd., North Salem. For more info, visit or call 914.669.8275.


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Festive Sips and Nibbles Vegan Holiday Treats that Everyone Loves by Judith Fertig


or those that like to eat plant-based meals most of the time, the holidays can present a challenge. Social occasions from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day abound, including multi-course dinners and potlucks; tree-trimming and baking parties; neighborly hospitality; nibbling on treats while wrapping gifts; and gathering to watch a holiday movie. Because so much is happening in such a short period of time, people often revert to serving traditional foods such as Aunt Mary’s cheese ball or Grandma Daisy’s three-layer chocolate bars. These vintage recipes, however, can be laden with processed ingredients. Foods that signaled holiday cheer ages ago need a tweak or two to satisfy today’s health-minded friends and family members. With traditional flavors of the season like aromatic spices, fresh rosemary and chocolate, plus a plant-based philosophy, family favorites can get a new twist. Natural Awakenings asked cookbook authors, chefs and bloggers from around the country to help us celebrate wonderful holiday moments, big and small. Adding a plant-based nibble or sip not only helps party hosts stay on track, it also helps keep guests from over-indulging, so that everyone ends up enjoying themselves even more. Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and nonGMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.


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Addictive Nibbles

American-born Sandra Gutierrez grew up in Guatemala and now lives in Cary, North Carolina. As the author of The New Southern Latino Table and Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America, she shows how fresh, seasonal, Latino foods can add grace and flavor to any table. “In the South, appetizers can be as simple as shelled pecans tossed with spices,” she says. She applies the same easy treatment to pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, tossing them with ancho chile powder, cumin, coriander and other flavorings to bake in the oven until crunchy. “These take only minutes to make and will keep for a few weeks if stored in an airtight container.” Then, when people drop by, she has a ready-made, plantbased, delicious nibble to offer with drinks. Brother chefs Chad and Derek Sarno, of Austin, Texas, are the co-founders of, a website devoted to plant-based eating habits. Chad has co-authored (with Chris Karr) Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution. Derek is the former global executive chef for Whole Foods Market. “Shoot for 80 percent healthy and 20 percent wicked, and you’ll be 100 percent sexy,” they advise with a wink. A little indulgence is fine during the holidays, they say. “For vegans and veg-

Adding a plant-based nibble or sip not only helps party hosts stay on track, it also helps keep guests from overindulging, so that everyone ends up enjoying themselves even more. etarians, think of your 20 percent as a chance to let loose every now and again and enjoy whatever makes you feel a bit wicked—fats, sugars, salts, beer; you get the idea—unless you’re following doctor’s orders. We want you to eat for health, and as chefs, we want eating healthy to taste great.” For the holidays, they like to have easy, yet big-flavor nibbles on hand such as homemade popcorn flavored with fresh rosemary and truffle oil, or crunchy, roasted chickpeas that pack a little heat from sriracha, a homemade or bottled hot sauce.

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Sophia DeSantis, of Carlsbad, California, changed to a vegan diet because of her husband’s health issues several years ago. “We ate plant-based for one month and just kept on going,” she says. “With-

in three months, he was off all meds and hasn’t needed them since.” That victory made her an impassioned vegan cook for their three children, as well. Whether preparing food for family or guests, she says, “I don’t even mention the type of food, because I simply make delicious dishes that just happen to be plant-based. There are a million and one ways to redo traditional favorites.” DeSantis makes her own pistachio milk for a special hot chocolate she serves during the holidays; she blogs her recipes at Other options for plant-based sips include chilled, dairy-free eggnog, perhaps topped with coconut creamer and a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg. Mulled cider or pomegranate juice, warmed in a stove pot with whole spices like cinnamon and cloves, plus slices of citrus fruits, add holiday flavors and aromas. Having already prepared nibbles and sips handy in the pantry, freezer or refrigerator makes both planned and spontaneous hosting easier, as well as providing ready-made goodies to bring to other gatherings. “Then, there’s always something available you can enjoy,” says DeSantis. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Spiced Pepitas These crunchy pumpkin seeds are lemony, salty, spicy and zesty, all at the same time. A handful of these toasted tidbits whets the appetite. Yields: 2 cups 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds 1 Tbsp grated lemon zest 1 Tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ancho chile powder ½ tsp cayenne pepper ¼ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp sugar (optional) Preheat the oven to 375° F. In a medium bowl, toss together the pumpkin seeds, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, cumin, pepper, coriander, chile powder, cayenne and garlic powder. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and shake to redistribute the seeds, and then bake for another 3 minutes. Pull it out to shake the pan again. Then finish baking for 1 to 2 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds are crispy and golden without burning them.

This wicked, fresh, piping-hot popcorn is kissed with a simple blend of rosemary, onion and truffle oil.   Yields: 9 cups 2½ Tbsp grapeseed oil A bit less than ½ cup popcorn kernels 1 Tbsp truffle oil 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast ½ Tbsp onion granules ½ tsp fresh rosemary, minced Sea salt to taste   On medium heat, warm the oil in a large saucepan with a lid. Remove from the stove and add all kernels in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Cover for 20 seconds to allow all the kernels to become coated and reach equal temperature so they all pop at once. Place the covered pan back on the heat and shake it while it’s on the burner. The kernels will slowly begin to pop; once they start, crack the lid slightly to let out a bit of steam. Continue shaking the pan over heat until the popping stops. Remove from the stovetop immediately and pour all popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle with truffle oil, nutritional yeast, onion granules, minced rosemary and sea salt. Shake and mix well before serving. Courtesy of Chad and Derek Sarno,

Beer-Miso-Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas Any favorite beer will work. Yields: 2 to 4 servings 1 (15½ oz) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and set aside 1 Tbsp sriracha 1 Tbsp organic miso paste (any color) 1 /3 bottle of beer Black and white sesame seeds Dried chili to taste Smoked salt for garnish to taste Preheat the oven to 375° F. Whisk wet ingredients until mixed well. Toss mixture with chickpeas. Place mixture on baking pan and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking and stirring periodically until mixture is evaporated and chickpeas begin to get color; beware of burning. Garnish with sesame seeds and dried chili, maybe a little smoked salt. Courtesy of Chad and Derek Sarno,

Frothy Hot Chocolate with Pistachio Milk Cozy up and indulge in this thick, creamy and rich hot chocolate made with whole food ingredients.

Transfer to a cool baking sheet and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

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Pistachio Milk ½ cup raw shelled pistachios 2 cups filtered water Cocoa ½ to ¾ cup unsweetened baking cocoa or cacao powder ¼ to ½ cup date paste 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract Dash Himalayan pink salt For the pistachio milk, soak the nuts overnight in a bowl of water. Rinse before placing them into a highspeed blender with the 2 cups of water. Blend until the mixture is completely puréed and milky. Strain mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth; then add the nut milk back into the blender. Add all other ingredients and blend at a high speed until thick. Note: If using a regular, slower blender, re-warm the hot chocolate on the stove top. It may not be as thick and frothy but will taste good. Courtesy of Sophia DeSantis,

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NORDIC Cryotherapy for Health and Beauty


he only cryoproudest moment of therapy center in my life. Although I had Westchester, New a great pregnancy and York, NORDIC Cryodelivery, the hormones, therapy delivers this change in lifestyle and new, alternative therapy lack of sleep afterward for those in the comwas something that I munity searching to feel struggled with for the and look better again. first six months. I was Dating back hundreds exhausted all the time! of years, cold therapy I started to look into has been used to reduce alternative therapies inflammation and pain because I was sick of for those suffering from hearing there was nothacute or chronic injuing wrong with me and Marie O’Connor at ries. Natural Awakenings that I would be “fine.” NORDIC Cryotherapy sat down with Marie While working in the O’Connor, a registered hospital, a patient of nurse and owner of Nordic Cryotheramine said that he had done cryotherapy py, to find out more about the therapy and swore by its benefits. I gave it a and about her history. try. I couldn’t believe the way it made me feel! For the first time in months, I Can you tell us more about had the energy levels I used to have. I started to do the therapy about twice whole body cryotherapy? a week; everything seemed to regulate The therapy is delivered using -230°F nitrogen vapors for three minutes within itself within my body. After about a month of doing this, I the whole body cryotherapy (WBC) just knew I had to bring this life-changsauna. These temperatures shock your ing therapy to my own community. I body, kickstarting the regulatory system started doing research, developing a and releasing adrenaline and endorphins. The benefits of WBC can include business plan, getting funding, and developing what is now called NORDIC a decrease in pain and inflammation; a Cryotherapy. It’s been a long process boost to our metabolism and immune but I wouldn’t change a day of it. The system; a reduction of symptoms resmiles I see on my clients after a treatlated to depression, anxiety, stress and ment is all I need to remind me why I insomnia; and a lessening of cellulite. went into this business in the first place. This happens all while burning 500800 calories in those three minutes. At NORDIC, localized treatments for You’ve said that the CryoFaa specific joint or area that is causcial is a natural alternative ing pain can be targeted, resulting in to botox. instant pain relief. A CryoFacial is an exceptional treat to relax with. For an only six-minute treatWhat piqued your interest in ment, you will leave our center with a WBC? glowing face, tighter skin and reduction About two years ago, I became a firstof wrinkles. time mother, the most amazing and The cold temperatures are admin38

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istered onto the face, neck and upper chest area for six minutes. This will visibly tighten the skin as well as give the client a very refreshed feeling. You will see tighter skin immediately after the first treatment, which will last for one day. However, if you want a longlasting effect, come at least five times a week in the first week and then go on a maintenance plan of once a week or once every two weeks depending on your skin tone. If consecutive treatments are done, then the effects last up to one-two months depending on skin elasticity. Many clients come into our facility for a long-term anti-aging effect where they do many treatments in the beginning and then spread them out. Other clients come in the day before a big event, like a wedding or night out, so that their face is glowing. In contrast of a traditional facial, we do not touch or cause inflammation in your face. We use the cold temperatures to stimulate the collagen production; when the vessels vasodilate after the treatment, we apply our anti-aging creams, which get absorbed faster. It is also more convenient with the whole treatment being about 10 minutes in length. CryoFacial is an alternative because of the skin tightening but with a more natural, holistic way to accomplish it.

A CryoFacial at NORDIC Cryotherapy For November and December, we would like to extend a $40 CryoFacial offer just in time for the holidays. Connect at or 914.771.9000. Location: NORDIC Cryotherapy: 31 Mill Rd., Eastchester, NY. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 10am7pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. See ad, page 11.

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Maureen Toohey at Fresh Organic Salon

Fresh Organic Brings Eco-Chic to Bedford Hills


aureen Toohey, founder of Fresh Organic Salon is celebrating her one-year anniversary since opening in Bedford Hills. “The use of natural and organic products is not a trend for me, states Toohey.” I have recently celebrated 35 years using these products, dedicating my career to partnering with sustainable natural biodynamic organic farming companies from around the world to create solutions with the latest technology. Growing up in salons early on in the 70’s, I have memories of the smoke of toxic chemicals lurking in the air. My time as regional educator for the organic color Keratins has taught me that many of these practices are still widely used in traditional salons today.” The choice to use safe, organic products was a personal one for Toohey. “When I worked in traditional salons, I would feel ill at the end of the day,” she explains. “This has been a health choice for me and my passion was fueled by my 16-year-old daughter, who inspired me to create Fresh Organic Salon and I no longer suffer from environmental issues.” 40

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When designing the salon, Toohey’s vision was to create a gathering place for like-minded people and individuals seeking more information about the holistic approach to beauty. “The salon has an eco-chic vibe and is housed in a warehouse space. Raw elements and reused furnishings, reclaimed local lumber have reduced the negative impact on the environment,” Toohey says. “Our mission is for our guests to have a memorable experience and feel refreshed and renewed.” Fresh Organic Salon specializes in organic hair color—Toohey is a certified regional educator for organic color—as well as hair design, body waves, keratin, makeup and brow services. For all its services, it uses only the purest, safest and most advanced technology, and products with natural and organic ingredients, she says. “Everything we use and recommend is nontoxic. We also have an extensive retail area with natural and organic hair-care, skin-care and makeup products that are gluten- and cruelty-free. We offer organic keratins and body waves as well.” Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Fresh Organic Salon specializes in organic hair color—Toohey is a certified regional educator for organic color—as well as hair design, body waves, keratin, makeup and brow services. Fresh organic salon is well-known for its multifaceted blonding techniques without the use of toxic, damaging chemicals. “Our customized formulas produce 100 percent grey coverage with longer lasting results that are healthy from the inside,” says Toohey.   There’s an art to choosing the perfect hair color for someone, Toohey notes, “Before choosing a hue or shade, we always look at the skin tone and undertones. Even the flecks within the eye color tell us a lot. We use our skills and talents to enhance our customers’ true beauty and bring out their uniqueness.” Toohey also pays attention to health factors that can impact the hair. She is a certified consultant for the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program, and her salon offers hair and scalp treatments that promote healthy hair growth. She says the most common problems she sees in new guests—thinning hair and dry, brittle, damaged or frizzy hair—begin with the scalp. “We treat the scalp get to the root cause first and nourish the hair to proper balance and moisture,” she says. “Wellness treatment for your hair may take a few visits, but your hair will be heathier with every visit.” Hair health has even deeper roots than that, she adds. “The best advice I can give my clients is to eat clean. They should feed their bodies wholesome, balanced nutrition—healthy fats, protein and a variety of fruits and vegetables—and avoid processed foods. Their hair will become stronger and shinier, and their skin will glow too.” Fresh Organic Salon is located at 190 Rte. 117 Bypass, Bedford Hills. For more info, call 914.242.1928 or visit See ad, page 43.

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beautybriefs Eco-Friendly Day Spa Opens in White Plains

Aura Salon Is One-Stop Shop for Natural Beauty


hen they decided to open a day spa in White Plains, Maria and Mike Hourigan chose the unconventional: spavia. They say the name reflects the franchise’s unconventional approach to relaxation, with its emphasis on quality, affordability and ecofriendliness. Theirs is the first spavia to open its doors in New York State. “spavia means the pathway to wellness, which is the foundation for everything we offer: our exemplary service, our luxury amenities and retreat rooms, our nurturing and healing treatments and products, and our goal to become one of the greenest spas on earth,” Maria says. “Our highly-trained and licensed massage therapists and estheticians focus on result-driven and customized treatments that provide a truly personal, healing experience for every guest.” Among its offerings are Swedish, hot-stone, sports, deep-tissue, couples and prenatal massage; age-defense facials; hydraderm; peels; detoxifying body wraps; full-body waxing; spray tans; and spa packages that include hours of relaxation and wellness with a healthy lunch. spavia can accommodate groups such as company gatherings, birthdays, bridal parties and baby showers, and it offers flexible and affordable memberships. The spa’s dedication to the environment shows in its use of natural ingredients and environmentally friendly products and packaging, Maria says. “We focus on products made in the USA and carefully choose vendors who share our commitment to healthy living and to sustaining our natural resources. We want every guest to look and feel great from the inside out when they leave us.” spavia is located at 250 Main St. in the heart of White Plains City Center, next to the Cambria Hotel and Suites. For more info, visit or call 914.368.2525. See ad, page 7.


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he approaching holiday season means things are even busier than usual at Aura Salon, a full-service natural beauty salon for women, men and children in Chappaqua. “This time of year, our customers tell me it’s a time saver to get their hair, nails, facials, eyebrows and makeup done all in one location,” says owner Leticia Villagran. November and December are popular months for self-pampering, she says. “Many of our customers will get a mini-facial or a 90-minute mani-pedi treatment while getting a color touch-up and conditioning for their hair with a botanical treatment,” Leticia Villagran she says. “They’ll get themselves ready for the holidays with a blowout, makeup and eyebrow shaping, and we also offer all kinds of waxing, including Brazilian bikini.” For convenience, the salon offers online booking and is open six days a week, including Mondays. Villagran says 23 years in the industry have taught her which salon products deliver excellent results while protecting staff, customers and the environment from harsh chemicals or toxins. Aura Salon uses Aveda products, which are cruelty- and paraben-free and contain no animal-derived ingredients; Organic Color Systems, whose products are 100 percent ammonia-free; and nail polishes that are free of dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and formaldehyde. Aura Salon is located at 191 King St., Chappaqua. For more info, call 914.238.0091 or visit See ad, page 44.

Nature’s Organic Unveils New Hair Product Lines


ature’s Organic hair and wellness salon in Shrub Oak, which offers personalized, toxin-free hair care in an eco-friendly setting, has further enhanced its services with two new organic hair color lines from Simply Organic and Oway. Helen Thaler, who owns and operates Nature’s Organic, says the products she uses don’t just have natural ingredients—they create natural-looking results. The salon offers individualized exact color matching as well as services like root touch-ups, perms or soft body waves, natural smoothing (to restore dry, frizzy hair), straightening, highlighting or sun-kissed highlights, hair and scalp treatments and simple cuts. All products used, including those for cleaning, shampooing and styling, are free of harsh or toxic chemicals. Thaler has more than 30 years of experience using strictly organic color products. “I can create perfectly natural colors without the damage that is often caused by harsher, chemical-based products,” she says. She notes that Oway has moved beyond an ammonia-free system; its hair

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color line is also free of PPD, PPT and gluten. “These products has been proven to give 100 percent gray coverage with colors that are not brassy and will lift your hair color to very light shades compared to past organic color prodHelen Thaler ucts,” she says. The salon’s customized organic facials use “spectra-hue light therapy” to balance the lack of sunlight in the late fall and winter. Thaler also teaches a donation-based Hatha Yoga and Meditation class which will be offered next April. Nature’s Organic is located at 1220 North Ridge Rd., Shrub Oak. For more info, call 914.528.8770. See ad, page 47.

Natural-Looking, Semipermanent Eyebrows at Ganesha Spa


omen w h o are not satisfied with their eyebrows and want to reconstruct or define them, cover gaps or fill them in now have a semipermanent option called microblading, which uses a special pen to mimic the look of real hairs. Irina Ionina, who offers the technique at Ganesha Spa, says the two-hour process delivers naturallooking results that avoid “the sometimes Sharpie-esque effects” of permanent makeup. “Microblading—also called 3D or feathering—is more of an embroidery of clear strokes that look just like real hairs,” she says. “Using a special microblading pen, we draw on individual strokes one

by one. It’s an extremely meticulous process that takes around two hours to complete.” A topical numbing cream is applied to the area before the process begins to minimize discomfort. Ionina, a massage and skin-care therapist and instructor with 20 years’ experience, says the best part of the technique is that there’s no down time: “Your new set of brows will be ready for a selfie immediately after the process, and after they heal you can rub them and even go swimming.” And unlike eyebrow

extensions, she notes, the result is lowmaintenance. Except for a recommended 40-minute touch-up a month after the procedure and then a brief touch up once a year, no special care is required. Ganesha Spa is located at 15 Depew Ct., Peekskill. For hours, services and more information, visit or call 914.906.7238.

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One-Person Pamper Party Natural Ways to Refresh and Renew by April Thompson


ampering ourselves isn’t a luxury so much as a necessity to refresh and renew mind, body and spirit.

A Spa Specialty

Spas have been synonymous with pampering throughout the ages. “Every civilization around the world has had some kind of communal gathering place for people to practice ‘self-healing’,” says Jeremy McCarthy, group director of Spa & Wellness for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and author of The Psychology of Spas & Wellbeing.


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From ancient Greek bathhouses to Japan’s beloved natural hot springs, spas have long served as sacred places of healing and restoration. Indeed, many treatments provided at today’s eco-spas draw inspiration from traditional uses of herbs, honey and olive oil to care for skin and hair. Locally, natural spas’ pampering services may range from botanically based facials and mud masks to herbal body wraps and hot stone massage. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certified spas take extra strides toward sustainabil-

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ity through efficient use of renewable energy, green building materials and sound stewardship of resources. “Spas are more important to people today than ever,” says McCarthy. “In the modern age, we all need places to escape from technology, experience moments of quiet contemplation and feel the touch of another human being.” He recently launched a new Digital Detox initiative at Mandarin Oriental hotels, where guests are encouraged to surrender their phones upon arrival at the spa to curtail online distractions. In spa relaxation rooms, they can instead access mindfulness activities such as journaling, note card writing, meditation or simply enjoying the silence.

More Pampering Spots

While busy people tend to put off selfcare, there are treats to suit any schedule or budget—from getting a quick manicure or pedicure at a neighborhood eco-nail salon to visiting a yoga or wellness center. “I build pampering into my week. If you don’t make time for you, who will?” asks Melanie Laporte, a makeup artist and freelance writer in Washington, D.C. “When your significant other or family members see you taking care of yourself, they’ll honor your time more. I remember Mom taking power baths and telling us, ‘This is my time. I’ll be back in 30 minutes and then we can read together.’ We respected that.”

Make Home a Spa Zone by April Thompson etween professional spa visits, a do-it-yourself spa day at home can be a rewarding and economical treat. “You can create a full day of home spa treatments using ingredients most people have in their kitchen,” advises Lise Andersen, an expert in nature-based cosmetics from Copenhagen, Denmark, and the owner of, offering custom skin and hair care products, individualized formulations and beginner-friendly DIY kits. One of Andersen’s home skincare favorites is simple raw honey, used as a cleanser and face mask. “You can use it

alone or in conjunction with an added ingredient like almond meal or ground oats. It rinses off beautifully and both softens and cleanses,” she says. A “facial tea” made with herbs like chamomile, lavender and elder blossom is another of the Scandinavian’s at-home favorites. Simply boil water and pour it into a bowl with a handful of herbs, drape a towel over the head, embracing the face and breathe deeply. “It smells wonderful while opening the pores and hydrating the skin,” Andersen says. Poznyakov/


For a quick, healthy pick-me-up, visit an organic juice bar. Opt for businesses that feature fresh, whole ingredients rather than pre-mixed powders or sugar-laden juices; to give the immune system an extra lift, add a natural booster shot of ginger or turmeric. Most grocery stores now carry coldpressed juices that can pack as much as six pounds of produce into a single bottle. An honored ritual that continues to restore spent spirits is drinking a cup of tea. Whether sipped at home, as a British high tea featuring an organic Earl Grey or as part of a traditional Japanese green tea ceremony steeped in Zen, tea time allows us to slow down and savor the moment along with the aromas in our cup. Also, antioxidant-rich tea is fortifying. Salt room visits, another healthy pleasure that has spread throughout the U.S., dates back 150 years to an indigenous Polish practice. Research indicates that salt therapy, or halotherapy, can help improve conditions such as asthma and allergies and support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems (see Universally restful salt rooms also offer a unique sensory experience. Another highly accessible way to treat body and mind is to move in a joyful way. Consider taking up a playful new class for de-stressing and stretching such as trapeze yoga, conscious dance or any other dance. Aerial yoga, using suspended trapezelike supports, helps lengthen the spine and strengthen muscles in ways not easily achieved on the ground. Dance delivers health and fitness bonuses in the midst of having fun. If we’re not in the habit of pampering ourselves, it’s time to stretch our beliefs about what we deserve. We’ll find bliss is an attainable luxury.

Dry brushing with a mitt made with a natural fiber like sisal or jute serves as a quick, everyday pick-meup. It stimulates and exfoliates the body and helps boost circulation. For beautiful cuticles, Andersen suggests a handmade scrub made from raw brown sugar or Himalayan salt combined with a carrier oil like almond or grapeseed. It exfoliates and hydrates, leaving hands feeling silky smooth. To get the most out of a home spa day, prep materials in advance and let family members know that it requires absolute solitude. Complete the spalike atmosphere with relaxing music and naturally scented beeswax candles. Visit for more home spa treatment tips.

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reversal, at least in early stages, is to pinpoint its numerous drivers—from nutritional and hormonal deficiencies and exposure to infection to environmental toxins and harmful drugs—and attack them simultaneously. It’s a stark departure from the classic, often unsuccessful, one-pill treatment approach. Of the 244 clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012, all but one failed. “Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole. You still have 35 leaks,” says Bredesen, who believes his synergistic approach—the Bredesen Protocol—can likely make Alzheimer’s drugs work better or render them unnecessary. Skeptical colleagues point out that Bredesen’s paper described only 10 case studies, not a clinical trial. “It is intriguing, but not enough to make recommendations to physicians or patients,” says Keith Fargo, Ph.D., director of scientific programs and outreach for the Chicagobased Alzheimer’s Association. “The current consensus in the scientific community is that we do not have a way to reverse dementia.” While agreeing that a larger study is needed, Neurologist David Perlmutter, of Naples, Florida, whose bestsellers Brain Maker and Grain Brain promote nutritional changes for supporting brain by Lisa Marshall health, considers Bredesen’s study revolutionary. “To reverse Alzheimer’s in slow descent into dementia fasting, strict sleep schedule, select seemed inevitable for a 66-yeardietary supplements and other lifestyle one patient is monumental, much less 10,” says Perlmutter. old man that had been misplacchanges. Within three months, family They recently presented together at ing his keys, missing appointments and members reported marked improvea conference organized by Sharp Again struggling at work. He failed doctor-adments in his memory. At 10 months, Naturally, a New York nonprofit that ministered cognitive quizzes and tested brain scans revealed his hippocampus educates patients and caregivers about positive for a gene variant linked to an had grown 12 percent. natural means of slowing and reversing exponentially higher risk of Alzheimer’s “Such improvements are unpreccognitive decline. disease. A brain scan revealed scattered edented,” says Bredesen, who described After losing her mother to Alclusters of sticky, amyloid plaque—a this and nine other hopeful cases in a zheimer’s, the nonprofit’s co-founder, hallmark of the disease. His hippocamprovocative paper published in June in Jacqui Bishop, 74, stopped her own pus, or memory center, had shrunk to the journal Aging. “These are the first exfrightening decline by changing her rank in the lowest 17 percent of men amples of a reversal of cognitive decline diet and getting her thyroid hormone his age. in pre- and early Alzheimer’s patients.” levels under control via supplements. Told there wasn’t much that Now she’s helping others do the same. could be done, he sought the help of Addressing the Sources She says, “We are trying to change the University of California, Los Angeles Bredesen is among a small but grow- conversation from one of despair to Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, ing group of researchers, physicians, one of hope.” a neurologist and founding president caregivers and patients challenging the of the independent Buck Institute for conventional wisdom that the road to Mending Body and Brain Research on Aging. He recommended a dementia goes one way, with no cure Key to Bredesen’s approach is the nopersonalized, 36-point plan, including or repair of damage done. They argue tion that instead of being one disease, a high-fat/low-carb diet, intermittent that the key to both prevention and Alzheimer’s consists of three sub-types

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Lifestyle changes can prevent and slow cognitive decline. Some say they also reverse it. with distinct drivers: inflammation or infection; harmful environmental exposures; and/or lack of neuron-nurturing hormones. To determine which one to target, he tests patients for blood-sugar, inflammation and hormone levels, heavy metals and critical nutrients such as D and B vitamins. Then he crafts a personalized plan. He notes that the 10 years it can take to progress from subtle decline to full-blown Alzheimer’s provides a huge opportunity. “Ideally, we want people to come in when they have mild impairment or are asymptomatic,” says Bredesen, advising that tests be done for the APOE4, or “Alzheimer’s gene” in one’s 40s. “People have not wanted to know in the past because they’ve been told there is nothing they can do about it. We completely disagree.” One way to stay cognitively sharp is to eat fewer carbs (which boost blood sugar) and eat more fat, says Perlmutter. “There is a clear relationship between elevated levels of blood sugar and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.” One study, published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked 2,067 healthy adults for seven years and found that the higher their average glucose level, even if they weren’t diabetic, the more likely they were to develop dementia. For instance, those with a level of 115 milligrams per deciliter were 18 percent more at risk than those measuring 100 milligrams per deciliter. A 2012 study published in Neurology followed 266 adults for four years and found that those with higher blood sugar saw certain areas of the brain shrink 6 to 10 percent more than those with lower blood sugar. Gluten can also be problematic, advises Perlmutter, when it’s inflammatory and driving brain degeneration. In contrast, good fat, like that in avocados, fatty fish, coconut oil and walnuts, serves as a foundation for neurons and an efficient, clean-burning fuel source for the brain. This is particu-

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larly helpful in someone with early-stage Alzheimer’s, says Bredesen, because the disease can make it harder for the brain to use sugar for fuel. In some cases, both doctors recommend an extremely low-carb, or “ketogenic” diet (fewer than 60 grams of carbs per day). Starved of carbohydrates, the liver produces fat-like compounds called ketones, a brain-fuel source shown to stimulate growth of new neural networks. Bredesen also recommends 12 hours of fasting each night, with zero food intake within three hours of going to sleep. Fasting promotes a process called autophagy, by which the brain essentially cleans itself of damaged cellular material. Eight hours of sleep is also vital. According to University of Rochester research, the space between brain cells opens up during sleep, allowing cleansing channels of fluid to flow more freely. “If you were operating your house 24/7 with no time to rest or clean, it would be disastrous,” says Bredesen. “The same is true of your brain.” Also, they say, keep teeth clean because bacterial infections, including those in the gums, have been shown to hasten formation of neuron-killing plaque. Also critically examine the prescription drugs being ingested. A recent study of 74,000 people published in JAMA Neurology found that regular use of heartburn drugs like Prilosec and Nexium increased dementia risk by 42 to 52 percent. Meanwhile, anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and statin drugs prescribed to manage cholesterol have also been linked to increased dementia. “We see ‘statin brain’ all the time,” observes Perlmutter, who says once patients go off the drugs, they tend to get better.

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Fargo says researchers are keenly interested in many of the ideas in Bredesen’s paper. Although it’s too early to endorse them, numerous studies are underway. But he wonders if some patients that assert that they’ve reversed dementia actually suffered from something else, like sleep apnea or depression. Bredesen stands by his research, asserting that the 10 patients in his paper had all been formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or its precursors. One Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

Resources Alzheimer’s Association, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, David Perlmutter, MPI Cognition, Sharp Again Naturally, 69-year-old entrepreneur that was planning to close his business after 11 years of mental decline is now expanding it. A 49-year-old woman that scored poorly on neuropsychological tests showed no signs of cognitive decline when she was tested again nine months later. In all, more than 100 people have participated in the program. “We have people that are fourand-a-half years out and doing very well,” he says, noting that such strategies aren’t likely to work for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s. In some cases, the results may be more subtle, but for those caring for a sick loved one, any positive progress means a lot. Paul Tramontozzi knows. After his father, then 75, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, the New York City financial advisor attended a Sharp Again Naturally meeting seeking advice. “I was skeptical, but when the answer you get from everyone else is, ‘There’s nothing you can do,’ you become more willing to listen.” He took his father off his cholesterol medication, fed him spoonfuls of coconut oil daily and put him on a specific supplement regimen. His balance improved and he could participate in family outings again. “If you had told me a few years ago we’d be able to take Dad to a restaurant for his 80th birthday, I would have said, ‘No way.’ But we did.” Tramontozzi says his father isn’t cured, but the advice he obtained facilitated more time together and insights on how to avoid a similar fate. “These are all things a healthy 37-year-old should be doing right now anyway. I just wish we’d found out earlier.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Get-Smart Supplements Curcumin: This potent constituent in turmeric (the yellow spice that gives curry its flavor) has been shown to combat many of the problems that contribute to brain degeneration, including inflammation, free radical damage and high blood sugar. It also boosts growth of new brain cells. Take 500 milligrams (mg) twice daily or eat a diet rich in curry. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): This omega-3 fatty acid serves as a key building block for brain cell membranes. Take 1,000 mg daily (derived from fish oil or algae) or eat lots of fatty fish. Coconut oil: It’s rich in medium-chain triglycerides, an efficient, clean-burning fuel source for the brain. Take one or two teaspoons daily. Probiotics: These help fortify the intestinal lining, reducing the gut permeability and inflammation that can impact cognitive health. They also support production of key neurotransmitters and the brain-derived neurotrophic factor brain growth hormone. Look for supplements or foods containing Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium longum. B vitamins: High levels of the amino acid homocysteine have long been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease; have levels checked and if they’re elevated, B6 and B12 can reduce them. Source: David Perlmutter natural awakenings

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Kelly Brogan on the Truth About Depression

Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does by Kathleen Barnes


ntegrative medical doctor Kelly Brogan, a women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own, has turned the world of neuropsychiatry on its head by revealing that depression can be reversed without a single prescription drug. She asserts that depression is not caused by imbalanced brain chemistry, but by lifestyle choices that unbalance the entire human physiology. That’s why conventional antidepressants generally don’t work. She instead prescribes eliminating foods that trigger inflammation in order to rebalance all body systems. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression annually affects 15.7 million adult Americans, or about 8.3 percent of the population.

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My training as a conventional doctor was predicated on a disease care model that offers patients only one solution—a prescription. We have never had a shot at true wellness, having handed over our health to corporations loyal to their shareholders, rather than to us. Conventional medicine is based on the notion that we are born broken and need chemicals to feel better; the body is a machine that needs recalibration; and doctors always know what they are doing. After investing thousands of hours Westchester/Putnam/Dutchess NY Edition

researching what would aid my own journey back from health challenges, I saw how we have been duped. Health is our natural state, and we can restore it by natural means. The way to prevent and reverse illness is to communicate with the body in a language it understands. It’s so simple, yet society considers it an act of rebellion to consider this kind of lifestyle.

Which science supports your conclusion that antidepressant drugs don’t work for most patients? Taking an antidepressant for depression is like taking a Tylenol for a shard of glass in your foot. Wouldn’t you rather just remove it? Antidepressants don’t work the way we think they do and come with risks, including impulsive violence and debilitating withdrawal. They also can distract from an opportunity to identify the real cause of symptoms, one that is entirely reversible, in my experience. Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro are commonly prescribed to treat depression by boosting serotonin levels. There are many studies debunking their use and effectiveness. The 2012 Ottawa Hospital Research Institute study led by Paul Albert, Ph.D., concluded, “Direct serotonin-enhancing effects of antidepressants disturb energy homeostasis and worsen symptoms.”

As far back as 1998, Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., an expert on the placebo effect at Harvard Medical School, published a meta-analysis of the treatment of 3,000 patients, finding that drugs improved depression in only 27 percent of the cases.

What’s the link between women, high blood sugar, diabetes, obesity and depression? When I meet a patient that complains about irritability, anxiety, foggy thinking, fatigue and insomnia, I visually plot her day-to-day symptoms on a mental graph. I find that the sugar rollercoaster accounts for the vast majority of diabetes, obesity, depression and other symptoms troubling my patients, especially women. Sugar disturbs mental health in at least three ways: It starves the brain by causing blood sugar highs and lows that can eventually cause insulin resistance, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease; promotes inflammation, which is closely linked to depression; and derails hormones by raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body’s effort to balance blood sugars. Depression also has roots in thyroid imbalances, which are common in women more than 40 years old, and in food intolerances, especially to gluten, soy and corn, that can affect the brain in unpredictable ways.

Is there a general protocol that seems to work best? While there are no quick fixes, I see turnarounds every week because I help my patients see the benefits of simple choices like avoiding wheat and wheat products. You need a month of serious commitment to quit sugar, alcohol, coffee, wheat and dairy. Then you discover you aren’t an irritable, tired, forgetful person, which is its own incentive toward feeling better. It’s the basis to make choices with your own fully informed consent. Applying such information leads to long-term change and healing. Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at natural awakenings

November 2016


The Art of Blessing Sanctifying Everyday Life by Dennis Merritt Jones


ost blessings are done quietly, in the silence of one’s own mind and heart; most often others don’t even know about it. How a blessing is done is not as important as the fact that it’s done mindfully. There is nothing magical or mystical about conferring a blessing—it’s simply confirming the presence of God, divine Spirit, at the center of that which is being blessed. Masters, teachers, sages and saints from every spiritual tradition have used blessings as a way to consecrate, sanctify, purify and heal. Wedding ceremonies, memorial services, christenings and everything in-between have at one time or another been blessed. Anyone can offer a blessing. Ernest Holmes, author of Science of Mind, defined a blessing as constructive thought directed toward anyone or any condition. He says, “You bless a man when you recognize the divinity in him.” When things are good, it can seem easy to neglect the practice of blessing ourselves and others. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in


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every fair flower and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.” We can always bless what’s good in our lives, but blessings can become even more meaningful if we remember to bless the bad times as well, when we most need to remember the truth that good is present then and there, too. Getting in the habit of embracing daily blessings is a good spiritual practice as we evolve and go forth and bless our world as we have been blessed. It’s a matter of remembering that the real blessing has already been bestowed; the gift of life itself. Take a moment to contemplate this and seal it in consciousness by silently affirming, “I am blessed and I am a blessing.” I Am is a name of God. In the words of Mary Baker Eddy in introducing her seminal work, Science & Health, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.” Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, is the author of Your (Re)Defining Moments, The Art of Uncertainty and The Art of Being, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality for 30 years (

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healingbriefs Modern Day Millionaire Event This Month


or millions of people, Bob Proctor’s name is synonymous with “success.” Proctor is known as America’s greatest prosperity teacher. Linked to the forefathers of the personal development movement dating back to 1908, his law of attraction-style philosophy has historic roots. Proctor says it all started when Andrew Carnegie, one Bob Proctor of the first billionaires, challenged author and impresario Napoleon Hill to interview the world’s most successful people in order to create a simple formula that anyone could follow to achieve success and become wealthy. Hill accepted the challenge, and in 1937 he published the original version of Think and Grow Rich. Then in 1960, author and radio personality Earl Nightingale cofounded the Nightingale-Conant Corporation, which produced personal development material recorded on vinyl records. Nightingale studied Think and Grow Rich and ultimately won a literary prize from the Napoleon Hill Foundation in 1989. Proctor’s origins are simple: he came from a life of want and limitation. A high school dropout in 1960, he had a résumé of dead-end jobs and a future that was clouded with debt. When he was at his lowest point, someone offered him a copy of Think and Grow Rich, which planted a seed of hope in Proctor’s mind. In just months, and with further support from the works of Nightingale, his life turned on a dime. Within a year, he was making more than $100,000, and soon his income topped the $1 million mark. He would later go on to work in Nightingale’s company before setting out on his own. From these auspicious beginnings, Proctor has developed a system that teaches people how to understand their hidden abilities in order to do more, be more and have more in every area of life. For 56 years, he has focused his entire agenda on helping people achieve lives of prosperity, rewarding relationships and spiritual awareness. As one of the world’s most highly regarded speakers on prosperity, he is internationally known for his inspirational and motivational style. Proctor now travels the globe, teaching thousands how to believe in and act upon the greatness of their own minds. “We don’t just teach others how to think their way into the results they want, we live it in our own lives,” he says. “We think and dream big—stretching ourselves to limits beyond what we think we are capable of.” 54

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Proctor recommends adhering to a daily checklist that includes being grateful, maintaining a positive attitude, working in a spirit of creativity and harmony, being a great example, and doing a better job today than yesterday. Modern Day Millionaire is bringing Bob Proctor to Carnegie Hall in NYC on November 14 and 15. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit For a $10 discount, use discount promo code CLBOBNYC. See ad, page 3.

The Healing Field Now Available on DVD


he Telly Award-winning documentary The Healing Field: Exploring Energy & Consciousness, is now available on DVD on Amazon for $24.99 or by special order from Price Media for $22 including shipping. The 82-minute documentary was produced, directed and written by Penny Price (Lavin), who has practiced energy medicine since 2000. Penny Price The Healing Field discusses breakthroughs in energy medicine, quantum physics and genetics, and how our old healthcare models, which rely on surgery and prescription drugs, are being challenged by mind-body and energy-based healing techniques. While many of these techniques are centuries old, they are now being studied worldwide, often with remarkable results, Price says. Her documentary features renowned experts and energymedicine practitioners and relates stories about healing and self-healing practices. Ultimately it explores how this quantum shift in understanding is affecting our health, our society and our future. The Healing Field was called “a beautiful and meaningful film” by the Woodstock Museum Film Festival and “an important contribution to our consciousness and humanity” by the Green Brain Initiative. Experts featured in the film include Bruce Lipton, PhD, cellular biologist; Lynne McTaggart, consciousness spokesperson; Beverly Rubik, PhD, biophysicist; Candace Pert, PhD, neuroscientist; Hyla Cass, MD, integrative medicine expert; Ron Lavin, founder of One Light Healing Touch Energy Healing & Mystery School; Kenneth Cohen, qigong master; Gerald Epstein, MD, mental imagery expert; Gary Renza, qigong instructor; and Melodee Gabler, sound healing practitioner. To order the DVD at a discount, visit and click on Special Orders, or contact Price at 845.878.5165 or

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Soulful Gatherings Psychic Fair in Patterson


oulful Gatherings, which will be held November 5 at the Patterson Recreation Center, is the second psychic fair to be held there this year. “The first one was on July 16,” says promoter Mike Kulp. “It was such a huge success that the people attending requested another psychic fair to be held as soon as possible.” The name Soulful Gatherings is selfexplanatory, he says. “This event is a gathering of souls, both living and deceased. Our psychic mediums are skillful, seasoned individuals who have followings of their own, know and use their gifts for the good, and have a sense of humor while sharing their clients’ stories. The fair allows a connection to one’s past, present and future. It is also a place where adults and children, and the spiritual, religious and nonbelievers can come to gain insight and have fun while doing so.” One of the featured mediums at the fair is well known within the field, Kulp says. “She’s been featured on prime-time news stations, radio, the New York Times and various local newspapers. Our psychics and card readers are thoroughly investigated by our medium to ensure that they are legitimate, caring and knowledgeable. Most of our card readers use Angel cards and not Tarot cards, but those few who do had to meet the requirement set forth by our medium.” The fair will feature vendors selling jewelry, candles, oils and scents, books, clothing, food and drinks, and healing services. Readers charge around $20 per 10 minutes; mediums charge around $30 per 10 minutes. For more info, call Kulp at 914.882.4669.

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WORKPLACE WISDOM Mindfulness in Corporate Life by April Thompson


he workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment. Rooted in Eastern philosophies like Buddhism, most workplace mindfulness programs have stripped the techniques to a secular form more appealing to skeptics or adherents of other religions. The key practice—simply known as “sitting” or meditation—involves focusing our attention on our thoughts, breathing, emotions or bodily sensations for a set time period, while the term mindfulness refers to the ability to be aware of the present moment, whether meditating or in a business meeting. While Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, Aetna and General Mills have instituted formal mindfulness programs, Michael Carroll, meditation teacher, executive coach and the author of Awake at Work, says that the mindfulness revolution has been largely seeded from the ground up. It’s emerged through people exploring the practices in their personal lives, and then bringing them to work.

Personal and Professional Benefits

Jacqueline Gallo, operational excellence manager for Whitcraft Group, a manufacturing plant in Eastford, Connecticut, discovered meditation 12 years ago while seeking solace during a traumatic time. Today, Gallo does three short sits a week and occasionally participates in 10-day retreats. 56

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Whitcraft doesn’t offer meditation to employees, but Gallo says mindfulness enables her to be available to her staff and solve problems without getting “swept off my feet so easily by all the desires, agendas and emotions confronted at work.” Carroll cautions that it’s not about trying to eliminate our own or others’ emotional agendas or personal biases at work; rather, individuals use mindfulness to become more conscious of and relaxed about them. “Meditation helps develop agility in viewing… to self-regulate, drop fixed mindsets, become self-aware,” explains Carroll, who has coached university presidents, CEOs and nonprofit executives in mindful leadership techniques. “You learn things from a competitor’s perspective or pick up on social cues you may miss if you instead had a fixed lens on a situation.”

Corporate Acceptance

While meditation may be on the upswing in the workplace, it was a battle to legitimize it, according to Tara Healey, program director for mindfulness-based learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC). A longtime meditation practitioner, Healey started the Mind the Moment program a decade ago while serving as an organizational capacity building consultant. Surveys had shown that employees were overwhelmed and dissatisfied, but lacked the skills to rectify their situation. “The leadership said, ‘Great, let’s do it, but not tell anyone,’” relates Healey. She notes that meditation, a core component of her multifaceted mindfulness course covering everything from workplace stress to mindful listening, wasn’t accepted in the workplace at that point. Today, 30 percent of her company’s 1,050 employees have completed a six-week class introducing them to the power of mindfulness; some go on to participate in a guided monthly group meditation practice or use company meditation rooms for individual practice. The health services company also offers the course to its member companies

throughout New England. To date, more than 12,350 people in 174 companies have participated, encompassing varied fields from higher education and health to finance and technology. A survey of employees showed that initially 99 percent felt it was a good use of their time; another taken six months later found that 87 percent were still using the techniques. HPHC informatics analyst Stephanie Oddleifson, who took the course nearly 10 years ago, says it transformed her way of thinking and behaving in the workplace and furnished a set of practices she uses every day. In times of conflict, “I was so quick to make up stories in my head and jump to conclusions previously,” she says. “Now I’m able to pause before responding and observe my thoughts without getting caught up in them. I can diffuse tense situations with humor and not take things personally.” Additional research substantiates the anecdotal evidence for meditation’s workplace benefits. In 2015, scientists from Canada’s University of British Columbia and Germany’s Chemnitz University of Technology compiled data from 20-plus neurology studies, finding significant correlations between meditation and areas of the brain related to capacities for self-regulation, introspection and complex thinking. A Rice University study specifically found a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness, job performance and employee retention. While workplace mindfulness programs vary and may incorporate helpful talks, encouraging readings and group discussions, Healey and Carroll both caution that reading or talking about mindfulness or meditation is no substitute for the practice itself, which many find challenging. “You won’t taste the benefits just reading about it,” remarks Healey. “The practice will come into play come showtime.” Connect with April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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Cat-astrophe How to Slim a Fat Feline

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lmost 60 percent of America’s pet cats are overweight, according to a survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Feline obesity can lead to joint pain, hinder self-grooming and make it harder to use the litter box, all resulting in fat cats being left at shelters by frustrated owners. Chubby kitties also are more prone to osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, respiratory problems and non-allergic skin conditions. “Potential health problems make overweight cats harder to adopt,” says Deanna Schmidt, with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in Pittsburgh. “On Fat Cat Tuesdays, we waive the adoption fee for cats 14 pounds and over. We counsel adoptive families and follow up so that ongoing healthy eating and exercise continues to melt away the pounds.” Experts advise that a house cat should maintain the sleek, fluid motion of a jungle cat. Viewed from above, healthy cats have a distinct waistline, an inward curve between the rib cage and hips. Pick it up and step on the scale. The pet’s weight should comprise between six to 10 pounds of the total. “The first time I saw healthy cats, I thought they looked small because I’d become used to seeing fat cats,” recalls Traci Pichette, founder of Pumeli tea and gift boxes, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She’s not alone in her assessment.

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Free-feeding dry food is comparable to a constant supply of Fritos on our desk. Food puzzles, widely available online or in pet supply stores, will keep Kitty busy during the day. Homemade feeding puzzles work, too; put a small amount of kibble in a cardboard tube or small box, tape the end shut and randomly cut small holes in the sides. Kitty will have to roll the tube or fit a paw inside to retrieve a treat. “Free-feeding dry food is comparable to a constant supply of Fritos on our desk,” says Jackson Galaxy, author of Cat Daddy. “As far as the myth that dry food cleans teeth, I ask, do you floss with Melba toast? Dry food leaves plaque. A grainfree, wet food adds needed moisture and fat to their diet. A cat’s teeth are designed to rip and tear, not crunch.” “Changing my cat’s food to an all-wet diet slimmed her down to a healthy weight. I hated the smell, but it made sense to me that dry food was just carbs,” says Pichette. “At first, she whined at not having food all the time, but got used to it, and now she can eat treats in moderation. The cool thing is we’re all enjoying her increased energy and playfulness.” Cats are obligate carnivores, which means their natural diet comprises 90 percent meat and 10 percent vegetable matter. A roaming cat’s native routine is to search for food, hunt, catch and eat, groom and nap. Because each catch is small, they eat frequently. “There’s still an ancestor cat inside domesticated felines, a ‘raw’ cat that wants to hunt for its food,” explains Galaxy. “We need to play into that thinking and feed at intervals; ideally, every five hours or so, or at least in the morning, after work and about an hour-and-a-half before bedtime.” While the family’s morning and evening schedules mean just a quick scoop of food in the bowl, the third meal should be an interactive one. “A battery-operated toy or waving a laser light around is not play,” says Galaxy. “Interactive play is not texting with one hand and wiggling the fishing pole toy with the other. You have to get up and move to let the cat search for the toy, watch and wait, then pounce. It engages the animal mentally and physically and brings the raw cat to the surface. When you reach the point of diminishing returns, the pet is tired and it’s time for a meal.” His foundation improves lives of shelter animals, teaching staff to clicker train, entertain and exercise their cats to make them more adoptable. After an active day, the cat will be ready for bed, syncing its rhythm with the rest of the household. “A full play session satisfies natural instincts and prevents the cat from hunting your ankles as you sleep,” advises Galaxy. “It’s not a luxury to have a variety of toys; it’s a necessity for having a quality relationship with a healthy cat.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Pilates Unbound New Fusions with Yoga, Dance and Boxing by Aimee Hughes


ith 11,000 studios across the U.S., “Pilates continues to grow because an increasingly wide spectrum of people are discovering how it can benefit them,” says Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of the Pilates Method Alliance, in Miami. Pilates instructor Amanda January, who works at The Carriage Club, in Kansas City, eventually became an instructor because, “I love the challenge of it. I had always been a dancer, and found Pilates provides the movement therapy that my dance classes lack.” Current trends are combining Pilates not only with yoga, but also dance and even boxing. “My favorite fusion Pilates class is barre,” says Halley Willcox, a certified Pilates teacher originally from Austin, Texas, now a grad student at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Barre classes mix classical ballet exercises with yoga and Pilates (see The boxing variation, called pilox-


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ing, incorporates pugilistic moves and barefoot interval training. “No prior experience is necessary; the possibilities are endless,” comments Willcox. Anderson believes, “The growth we’re observing is due to the fact that Pilates addresses fitness across the entire body, rather than parts. It creates a wonderful feeling of overall well-being; the exercise is done in a balanced manner on all planes and is coordinated with conscious breathing. Plus, it doesn’t cause injuries, it prevents them.”

Fosters Self-Confidence

“Through focus and breath awareness, Pilates, not unlike meditation and yoga, helps you become more aware of your body, which makes you more comfortable in your own skin,” says January. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED talk, “Change Your Posture, Grow Your Confidence, Follow Your Dreams,” shares the results of her Harvard University research, which demonstrates

how people that assume what she calls “power postures” actually change the chemistry in their brains, boosting confidence on many levels. Pilates is recognized as a highly effective way to improve posture.

Helps Coordination and Rehabilitation Many dancers and professional athletes access the therapeutic qualities of Pilates to help them recover from injuries and enhance balance and coordination. Anderson remarks, “With a qualified teacher, Pilates can be applied as a postrehabilitation modality once post-surgery physical therapy is completed, to further strengthen the body. Elite athletes such as professional dancers, baseball and football players, ice skaters and equestrians are also finding ways that Pilates can strengthen and assist them with their performances, wellbeing and injury prevention.” One of the ways that Pilates helps is by affecting body fascia. “Muscles work together, not individually, within the fascia, and the best way to change the muscle is through resistance,” says January. “It’s why Pilates uses spring tension, resistance bands and even jumping. Pilates improves balance and coordination because all the muscles work together. The entire body is learning how to dance in unison with itself.”

Boosts Immunity “The more I committed to a regular Pilates practice, the more I noticed I wasn’t getting sick as often,” says January. “Pilates helps boost the immune system through reducing stress, a well-known contributor to disease. It’s accessible to people of all ages. You don’t have to be flexible or strong to begin, just willing.” She offers this advice to beginners. “Check out all the local studios to see what they offer. It’s best to start out taking classes twice a week with a certified teacher for two to three months. That’s easy to commit to. Then you can see if Pilates is right for you.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

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hysical therapist Tina Sferra, who specializes in sports medicine, dance medicine and Pilates, is now offering private sessions in Pilates for Ski Conditioning. “Skiing is an amazing and exhilarating sport—and it’s even more amazing Tina Sferra demonstrating when you achieve a Tye4 Ski Turn Squats fitness level that empowers you to safely take charge of the mountain,” she says. Sferra, who operates Elite Performance Physical Therapy of Westchester, designed the private sessions to facilitate elite performance through injury prevention. Sessions incorporate Pilates Reformer to help train quick response to a changing environment under any condition; Pilates Reformer Cardio Trampoline to practice Ski Hop Jump training to “step into the downhill ski”; and Mountain Climber on the Pilates Chair, which serves as stability hip training for knee alignment and protection.  “It’s best to work out the kinks now, before you hit the slopes, so that you can be the best all-powerful skiing machine,” Sferra says. “I’m also introducing the exciting TYE4 Bungee system for sport specificity. Now we go for length and strength in opposition. Rotation with back extension prevents disc injuries, creating a smooth turn during your ski jump hop and pole plant action. My main goal is to work hard, play hard and have fun.” Elite Performance Physical Therapy of Westchester is housed in Katonah Yoga Bedford Hills. For more info, contact Sferra at 917.476.2164 or via

Restorative Yoga for Trauma Teacher Training


line Marie will lead a 10-hour Restorative Yoga for Trauma teacher training at Inner Balance Studio in Patterson November 11-13. Aline Marie is a Kripalu-certified E-RYT 200 with more than 13 years of teaching experience around the globe. She works with students of all ages who are navigating various challenges, including PTSD, ADD, ADHD, addiction, depression, spinal injuries, cerebral palsy, autism and Asperger’s. “My workshop is designed to help yoga teachers better understand, relate to and support their students in their yoga practice,” she says. “Our bodies hold the memories of our life’s experiences within our tissues and cellular memory. As yoga 62

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teachers, it is vital for us to learn how to cultivate a safe environment for students experiencing varying degrees of known and unknown traumas. Teachers will Aline Marie in a Restorative Yoga pose learn the anatomy and neuroscience of trauma, beneficial Restorative Yoga for Trauma prop techniques, and trauma-specific language and yoga poses.” From 7 to 9 p.m., November 11, trainees will experience an authentic Restorative Yoga for Trauma class. From 1 to 5 p.m., November 12, they will learn the anatomy, physiology, language and psychology of trauma and how to identify and navigate it within their yoga classes. The course content on November 13 will include propping techniques and sequences that are valuable for creating a safe and comfortable atmosphere. Inner Balance Studio is located at 1072 Route 311, Patterson. To register, email or call 845.878.7800.

Community Happening Day at Dutchess Yoga


utchess Yoga in Wappingers Falls is hosting a Community Happening Day— a day of yoga, meditation, pie, coffee and tea—November 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The purpose of this event is to meet, greet and celebrate,” says founder and owner Sandy Sooknanan. “Selflessly bringing our community together is very important to sustain kindness, love and generosity. The event will begin with yoga and meditation, followed by short discussions,” Sooknanan says. Those attending are asked to bring Sandy Sooknanan a favorite pie for sharing. “Our yoga studio has donated year after year to many causes and events, and the results were always positive,” she says. “With the holidays right around the corner, and the stress that goes with these holiday gatherings, we understand that the mind needs to relax and de-stress. So we’re inviting people to come and unwind with complete strangers who are nonjudgmental and filled with compassion.” Dutchess yoga is located in the Lynn Building, 1575 Rte. 376 (at Angels Hill Road), Wappingers Falls. RSVP by text (845.902.8206) or email ( with flavor of pie being brought. For more info, visit

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Embrace Recovery Yoga – 11:30am-1pm. Tuesdays in November. A yoga and meditation class for woman on the recovery path whose lives have been impacted by alcohol addiction. Learn yogic “tools” in a supportive environment. $20. Dragonfly Wellness Yoga Studio, 109 Croton Ave. Ossining. Info: 914.523.2251.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Alternative Medicine for Chronic Lyme Disease – 6:30-8pm. Dr. David Connell discusses the health effects of Lyme Disease as well as preventative and alternative measures. Registration required: 845.225.8585.  Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes,


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Teen Yoga & Mindfulness – Nov 3, 17, Dec 1 and 15. 5-6pm. Learn to slow down and increase awareness, to use breath to find calm during times of challenge and more. Grades 5 and up. Bring mat. Somers Library. Register: 914.232.5717. Holistic Moms Meeting: What Is Slow Medicine Therapy? – 7:30pm. With Psycho-spiritual counselor, Robin Queen Finkelstein of SunRaven in Bedford specializing in relationship therapies for couples and families. Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Rd.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 AHIMSA Yoga and Music Festival – Nov 4-6. 6pm/Fri-6pm/Sun. Celebrating yoga and music while promoting traditional and emerging yoga styles. 70 classes by over 40 teachers, plus 10 musical acts. Hunter Mountain, 64 Klein Ave, Hunter. Tickets/info: Spinal Zap – 7-8:30pm. With Brett Bevell. Receive this amazing group energy healing of karmic release. $30 preregistration. $35 door. The Center for Health and Healing, Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462.

SATURDAY, NOVEMER 5 Soulful Gatherings Fair – Mediums, healing services and vendors selling jewelry, candles, oils and scents, books, clothing, food and drinks. Location: Patterson Recreation Center. 65 Front St, Patterson. Info: Mike Kulp 914.882.4669 Basic Jin Shin Do Bodymind Acupresssure Class – Nov 5, 6, 12, 13 19. 9am-6pm. Learn 55 acu-points, Strange Flows, Qi Kung routine and more. 40 CEs for LMTs. Class for professionals. Westchester Community College/Continuing Education. Register: 914.606.6830. Info: AvrasWay. Holistic Prevention of Chronic Illness – 9am1pm. NCC 2040-01/KSU $45. $10 plus materials. Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster, 94 Mary’s Ave, Kingston. Info: 845.339.2025. Register: SunyUlster.Edu/ce. Basic Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kelly McGovern. Introductory vinyasa class emphasizing the connection between breath and movement, focusing on linking postures and alignment. Audit $25 or six-week series. Wainwright House, Rye. Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training – Noon-5pm. With Crossover Yoga Project. Learn mindful tools to support the well-being for communities affected by trauma. $150. Dragonfly Wellness, 109 Croton Ave. Ossining. 914.236.3511.

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markyourcalendar Shamanic Energy Healing with Jonathan Hammond, SRMT Sunday, 11/6/16 (10am - 5pm) Fundamentals of Reflexology with Susan Raskin, RN Sunday, 11/13/16 (9am - 5pm) (NCBTMB approved 8 CEs-LMTs) A Day with the Sacred Feminine with Jo Jayson, Artist & Intuitive Workshop, Readings, Trunk Show Sunday, 12/11/16 (11am - 5pm) The Center for Health and Healing Mt. Kisco, NY • 914.864.0462 Fishkill Cares for Cats – 12-4:30pm – Community day. Feline drop off for services (by appointment only) 7:15-8:15am, pick up 4-4:30pm. Parish house of Trinity Episcopal Church, 5 Elm St in Fishkill. Info:, or Althea 845.705.5020. Eternal Life and a Course in Miracles – 1-4pm. With Jon Mundy, Ph.D. Learn what this class has to tell us about heaven. $45/$48. Wainwright House, Rye. Learn Spiritual Protection – 2:30-4:30pm.With Angela Pizzarello. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Shamanic Energy Healing – 10am-5pm. With Jonathan Hammond, international shamanic teacher. Workshop guiding participants into deeper alignment with self, the earth and the cosmos. $150. The Center for Health and Healing, Mt Kisco. Registration: 914.864.0462. Magical Awakening Level II Training – 11:30am3:30pm. With Brett Bevell. $200. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info: Dharma Sunday School – 12:30-2pm. Explore concepts like kindness, compassion and gratitude. Ages 5 and up. Donation. SkyBaby Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Blessing Bowls – 1pm. Decorate bowls with symbols and words expressing gratitude. Learn a ritual to share with family and friends. $30 includes supplies and handouts. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915. Teen Yoga, Meditation and Empowerment – Through Dec 18. 1-2:30pm. With Crossover Yoga Project. Weekly yoga, MSBR and discussion for kids ages 12-18. $100 five-weeks. PranaMoon Yoga, 1000 N Division St, Ste 2H, Peekskill. 914.319.4010. Women’s Empowerment Circle – 2:30-5pm. Explore 5th/6th charka’s to awaken creative identity and true voice. Strong vinyasa, forward bends, winding down with restorative yoga. $30. SkyBaby Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

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Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) A complement to Yoga 212.533.5256


The Temperance Center 453 White Plains Road 914.793.2600

Inner Balance Studio 1072 Route 311 845.878.7800;



Yoga Teachers Association Workshops 2nd Sat. 1:30pm The Yoga Studio, Club Fit Briarcliff Manor;

Prana Yoga & Meditation at Full Circle 450 Mamaroneck Ave. Ste. 414, Harrison, NY 914.275.2689

YogaShine 711 Legion Dr.; 914.769.8745



PILATES STUDIOS ARMONK Pilates Fitness Plus 495 Main Street 914.469.6030

BEDFORD HILLS Elite Performance PT of Westchester, PC 41 Main St. @ Katonah Yoga 917.476.2164

PATTERSON Inner Balance Studio 1072 Route 311 845.878.7800;

Wainwright House 260 Stuyvesant Ave., 914.967.6080;


RYE Wainwright House 260 Stuyvesant Ave., 914.967.6080;

YOGA STUDIOS BEDFORD HILLS Katonah Yoga 39 Main Street 914.241.2661;

POUND RIDGE Pilates Pound Ridge Classical Pilates Studio Old Mill River Road 917.841.1218;

COLD SPRING SkyBaby Studio Cold Spring Pilates, 75 Main St. 845.265.4444

RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Pilates 6400 Montgomery St. 845.876.5686

CROSS RIVER o2living 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Rt. 35 914.763.6320;


Golden Temple Yoga 223 Katonah Ave. 914.232.3473

MAHOPAC Putnam Yoga 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Place 845.494.8118;

MAMARONECK Tovami Yoga 112 W. Boston Post Rd 914.618.4887;

MOUNT KISCO Quest Yoga 11-13 East Main St, 2nd floor 914.241.YOGA

NEW ROCHELLE Westchester Yoga Arts 49 Lawton Street, 2nd Floor 914.632.1101

WHITE PLAINS Integrated Peace Arts Still Mind Yoga 305 Central Ave Suite 2 914.648.0493

YONKERS Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness 799 McLean Avenue 914.294.0606;

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS Zen Garden Health Coaching and Yoga Edit J. Babboni, 200-RYT 61 Lakeview Drive 917.721.2529

YOGA TEACHER BodySculpt by Karen Karen M. Shaw Private Individual & Group Sessions Westchester /Putnam Area 914.522.1297

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markyourcalendar A LIFE TIME TRIBUTE TO BOB PROCTOR Nov 14-15 Modern Day Millionaire will be hosting a Life Time Tribute to Bob Proctor at Carnegy Hall in NYC VIP gathering featuring guest speakers features presenters Bob Proctor and Sandy Gallagher “Council of Wisdom” including cast members from The Secret star-studded breakout sessions and evening celebration “AS IF PARTY.” Code CLBOBNYC to get $10: Dream Interpretation Workshop – 3-5pm. With David Young. Learn to interpret meaning behind symbols received from subconscious mind. $30 advance. $35 door. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Rte 172, Mt Kisco. 914.236.4503. Sacred Pipe Ceremony – 3-5pm. Offer prayers and gratitude to the universe. Free. However, it is customary to bring a small token such as: herbs, chocolate, tobacco. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Dream Interpretation Workshop with David Young �������������������������������������������� – 3-5pm. Learn to interpret the deeper meaning behind  symbols received from subconscious.  One flute meditation included. Advance $30:  or $35/door. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236. S. Bedford Rd., Rt. 172, Mt. Kisco. 914.236.4503.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Funky Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am.With Sinda Anzovino. All levels creative flow class. Breath and alignment based. Set to upbeat eclectic funky music. Express oneself. Audit $25 or seven-week series. Wainwright House, Rye. Fundraiser for the Nicaragua Sensory Garden Project – 6:30-10pm. Food, door prizes, live jazz, silent art auction. $20 pre-sale; $30 door. The Mill, 583 Warburton Ave, Hastings on Hudson. Search on Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Tea & Stones – 6:30pm. Lecture to connect and learn about gems, stones and their incredible properties. Free. Dreaming Goddess 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Qi Gong Classes – Nov 8 and 22. 6:30-7:30pm. Sacred Space Healing Arts Studio, 436 Main St, Beacon. $10. Lorraine: 845.416.4598. Info:


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Tai Chi & Qigong – 7-8:30pm.With Jim Russo. Learn a 2000 year old exercise to strengthen the heart and circulatory system, based on the five elements and movements of the crane. Free. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9 Vision & Success in School – 7-9pm. Discover tools to identify children having trouble learning. Vision problems keep children from reaching their potential. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Food & Water Watch Volunteer Meeting – 6-7:30pm. Projects include working to ban fracking pipelines and stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, 7 Saxon Wood Rd, White Plains. RSVP Greta Zarro 347.774.4597. Info: Reiki Reboot – 6:30-9:30pm. Individual attunements, meditation, hands-on Reiki circle and breathing exercises to amp up one’s vibe before the holidays. All levels of attunement. $55. DG Sanctuary, 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. Mental Health Association Community Conversation – 7pm. For individuals and families whose children have significant mental health issues. Free. Eileen Fisher Learning Lab in Irvington. Register:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Restorative Yoga for Trauma – Nov 11-13. 7pm. 10-Hour Training for Yoga Teachers with Aline Marie. Learn anatomy and neuroscience of trauma, beneficial prop techniques and more. $275. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800. Mala & Merriment Making Workshop – 7-9pm. Inspiring workshop to learn to make a mala. Choose from a variety of gemstones and beads. Refreshments will be served. $50. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

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“Embracing the Holiday Season” Thursday, November 17, 6-8pm Katonah, NY Staying balanced during the Holiday Season allows us to truly embrace the reason for the season. Register by Wednesday, November 16 $10. (Includes light refreshments) O: 914.556.8258  C: 914.494.2266 (address given at registration) Monthly Hearth Healing Circle – 5:30-7pm. With Melanie Ryan, SRMP. Monthly Shamanic Reiki Healing Circle. Proceeds support non-profit projects working to preserve world-wide indigenous shamanic healing practices. $20 suggested. Drop-in. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Women’s Full Moon Circle – 7-8:30pm. A nondenominational monthly gathering for women. Draw in the powerful energies of the full moon. $10. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Fundamentals of Reflexology – 9am-5pm. With Susan Raskin RN. Approved by NCBTMB for 8 NY State Sponsored CEs. Learn practical skills to safely practice reflexology. For LMTs and licensed healthcare providers. Registration: $225. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Paws on Pillow: Outreach Program – 10:3011:30am.Volunteers needed to make beds and toys for the comfort of our dogs and cats in Westchester Animal Shelters or donate items. See website for details. Wainwright House, Rye. Monthly Manifesting – 12:30-2pm. With Carla Blaha. $40. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.

Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

Ayurveda, Diet and Nutrition: Achieving Balance and Harmony – 1-3pm. Free lecture. Light refreshments will be served. Dr. Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic, 6 Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35, Cross River. Info: 646.670.6725.


Benefits of Aromatherapy – 5-6:30pm. Learn therapeutic benefits and how it can help relax, boost energy and mood, regulate appetite, cravings and more. $10. Hygeia Integrated Health, 3505 Hill Blvd, Ste K, Yorktown Hts. Advance registration required: 914.352.6116.

Reiki 1 & 2 – 10am-4pm. With Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $275. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Family Yoga & Mindfulness – Noon-1pm. All levels, ages. Explore standing poses, sun salutations, partner poses, breathing and relaxation techniques and fun, interactive yoga games. Somers Library. Register: 914.232.5717. Chakras and Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. With Shari Friedrichsen. Learn to undo energy restrictions for healing. $45 members. $65 nonmembers advance. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, 584 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Audrey Brooks: 914.582.7816.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Modern Day Millionaire Event – 11/14 & 11/15. With Bob Proctor at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Info: For a $10 discount, use discount promo code CLBOBNYC.

Nia: Barefoot Dancing Playshop – 10am-noon. With Jayne Mielo. Explore signature foot and base moves. Learn a bit of anatomy, foot care and relaxation tips. $32/$35. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 StarVisions Healing Circle – 7pm. With Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. Stress reduction and health enhancement achieved through deep relaxation. Experience natural healing. Max 18. $20. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco. Preregistration required: 914.236.4503.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Young Living Essential Oil Holiday Workshop – 6-8pm. Stay balanced during the Holiday Season and truly embrace the reason for the season. Register by November 16. $10. Includes light refreshments. Info: 914.556.8258. Katonah address given at registration. Free Intro to Qigong Workshop – 7-8:30pm. With Margaret Steele. Gentle classes. Wear loose, comfortable clothes. Classical Acupuncture & Aromatherapy is located at 25 North Division St., 2nd floor, Peekskill. Register on

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Monthly Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. Relax and receive the healing of universal life force energy in a loving, supportive healing environment with caring, professional Reiki practitioners. $20 suggested. Mt Kisco. 914.864.0462. Shamanic Journey Circle – 7-9pm.Through rhythmic drumming in guided meditation, transcend conscious state and journey to meet the many helping spirits around us. No experience necessary. $20. DG Sanctuary. 2 Lagrange Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.2206. The 72 Archangel of the Kabbalah: Discover Your Birth Angel Workshop – 7-9pm. With Shaman Elka Boren. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22 Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. Info:

SATURDAY, NOVEMER 19 Protect the Righteous Qi – 9am-1pm. L Hughes, instructor. Holistic prevention of chronic illness. LES458. (5652 90) $49. Dutchess Community College, South. Register with school: 845.431.8910. Align With Your Higher Self – 11am12:30pm. A Channeled Guidance Session with Mary Ellen O’Brien at the Rose Healing Center in Verplanck. $30 or $25 online in advance: Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Youth – 1-3pm Teachers, support staff and parents learn to guide kids through simple breathing techniques and yoga moves. $50. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

Introduction to Conscious Parenting – 5-6:30pm. Learn philosophy, tools and techniques of Conscious Parenting and how it helps raising happy, healthy, confident children. $10. Hygeia Integrated Health 3505 Hill Blvd, Ste K, Yorktown Hts. Advance registration: 914.352.6116. Restorative Workshop – 5-7pm. With Karla Diamond. Powerful practice that everyone can benefit from, regardless of age or fitness level. $35 advance. $40 door. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Adult Guided Channeling/Meditation Group – 7:15-8:15pm. With Merrill Black, LCSW/Reiki Master. Unique theme, meditation, group discussion. $15. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. 914.793.2600.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Faerie Friday – 1pm/Faerie Lanterns; 3pm/Faerie Journals. Season with magickal faerie energy. $15 per class. $25 for both. Faerie fans of all ages. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Serenity Saturday – Noon-6pm. Season in light and balance. Crystal Reiki sessions all day. Energy exchange. $50, half donated to families in need. Reserve space. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Psychic Sunday – Noon-6pm. Day of insight and healing with our readers. $25, half donated to families in need. Hands of Serenity Healing, 1129 Main St, Fishkill. Register: 845.896.1915.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Slow Medicine for Men: A Men’s Group – Group provides the opportunity for men to awaken, while cultivating deep and meaningful relationships with other conscious men. $30. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113.

markyourcalendar REIKI with BRETT BEVELL Author & Master Teacher REIKI ONE - 12/4/16 REIKI TWO - 1/14/17 1/15/17 (snow date) MASTER LEVEL WEEKEND 4/1/17 & 4/2/17 The Center for Health and Healing Mt. Kisco, NY • 914.864.0462

TUESDAY, NOVEMBR 29 Slow Medicine Family Healing – This program incorporates a whole systems approach, supporting and nourishing the entire family in all aspects of the life together within the home. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Info/details: 914.218.3113. Roland Comtois – 6-8:30pm. Internationally renowned medium and spirit guide delivers channeled messages for the soul and famous Purple Papers offer eternal love, hope and healing. $80. Bedford Presbyterian Church, Village Green, Bedford. 914.236.4503. Register New Moon Gatherings – 7-8:30pm. With Pamela Cucinell. Weaving together mythological stories, color, sound and guided meditation. Focus on goals and carefully seed one’s potential $32/$35. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080. Slow Medicine for Couples – 7-9pm. Through the principles of Slow Medicine, learn the keys to a successful relationship and how to incorporate that into daily life. $50 per couple. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 Eyes and the Brain – 7-9pm. Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. Learn to reduce visual stress and make efficient use of vision. Free. Dr. Samantha Slotnick, 495 Central Park Ave, Ste 301, Scarsdale. RSVP, Jane: 914.874.1177.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Community Happening Day at Dutchess Yoga – 10am-2pm. Day of yoga, meditation, pie, coffee and tea with the community and owner Sandy Sooknanan. Dutchess Yoga, in the Lynn Building, 1575 Rte. 376 (at Angels Hill Rd), Wappingers Falls. Info:

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Kacey, On The Radio – 6:30am. The Health and Happiness Show. Interviews with therapists, healers, doctors, actors and dreamers. Tune into 100.7 WHUD.

YogaShine for Adults – 9-10:30am. With experienced teacher, Vitalah Simon. Heart-centered, Kripalu-based, developing our consciousness, curiosity, strength, and compassion. First class free. Receive individual attention. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745.

Pre-Natal Yoga – 9-10:15am. Strengthen and open, cultivating breath awareness and mind-body unity through yoga poses modified for the pregnant body. $100 four weeks. Quest Yoga Arts, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Email before first class: Info@ Beginner Tower Pilates Mat Class (on machine) – 10-10:50am. 50 minute workout on the Pilates Tower Mats will have participants feeling longer and stronger when they leave. $35. Pilates Glow and Yoga, 241 Harrison Ave, Harrison. Info: 914.630.4594; Yoga in Leonard Park – 10-11am. Meet near the pagoda in the park to practice outdoors under the shade of the trees. BYO mat and water. $5 suggested donation will go back to the park. Info: 914.241.9642. David is Back: Yoga Basics – 11am. New studentsall levels. Review the fundamentals including basic concepts, postures, alignment and breathing. $20 drop-in or purchase class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Mindful Slow Flow with Reyna – 11am-12:15pm. A mindful slow flow class that focuses on alignment within the flows ending with restorative yoga. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Organic Market at Congregation Sons of Israel – 11:30-2pm. 1666 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor. Hudson Valley Regional Farmers Market – 10am2pm. 15 Mt. Ebo Road S, off Rt. 22, Brewster.�����  ���� Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association building. Celebration of Life Service – 11-12:15am. Inspirational music, affirmative prayer, meditation, lessons in the Science of Mind. Children’s programs 1st & 3rd Sun. Free. Center for Spiritual Living White Plains, 262 Martine Ave, Masonic Temple. 914.261.9119. Dharma Sunday School – 12:30-2pm. 1st Sun. Explore concepts like kindness, compassion and gratitude. Ages 5 and up. By donation. SkyBaby Yoga Studio, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Open Dance Party – 2:30-4:30pm. 1st Sun. All ages. Our DJ provides the beats and vibrations to set us on a journey of self-expression. $10. SkyBaby Yoga, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

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Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes (w/ modifications) – 9:30am. For those familiar yoga, power yoga poses and techniques are incorporated for indepth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility.​ 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Place. $15. Info: Christine Dodge 845.494.8118; Morning Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Move with the breath, working slowly through transitions to make sure alignment is right.  $10 first class;  $22 after. Pilates Glow and Yoga, 241 Harrison Ave, Harrison. Info: 914.630.4594; Vinyasa – 9:30am. With Anna. Moderately paced flow of poses, with attention to alignment and breath. Mildly challenging. $20 drop-in or purchase class card online. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Nannette. Gentle and supportive allowing passive stretching and deep relaxation with breathing techniques, meditation and sound vibration. All levels. $25 drop-in. Soulauras, 520 N State Rd, Briarcliff. Pricing options/RSVP: 914.941.2400. Gentle Flow Yoga – 1:30-2:30pm. $20 drop-in or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must register: 914.241.0727. Iyengar Based Classical Yoga – 5:30-7pm. All levels. $20 drop-in. Katonah Yoga Center, 41 Main St, Bedford Hills. YogaShine for Pre-Teens and Teens – 6:307:30pm. With experienced teacher, Vitalah Simon. Heart-centered, Kripalu-based, developing consciousness, curiosity, strength, and compassion. Receive individual attention. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Pre-Natal Yoga – 7-8pm. Strengthen and open, cultivating breath awareness and mind-body unity through yoga poses modified for the pregnant body. $100 four weeks. Quest Yoga Arts, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. Contact before first class. Women’s Healing Circle – 7-9 pm. Chanting, meditation, sharing and channeling the saints, angels, stars and ancestors by Eileen O’Hare. $20. The Healing House, 11 N Cedar St, Beacon. Info:

tuesday Alignment – 8:30am. With Kate. Focusing on students’ individual needs, this class utilizes detailed alignment cues, kinetic awareness, mindful meditation and more. All levels. $20 drop-in or purchase class card online. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Basic Beginner Vinyasa Flow – 9:30-11am. With David. Tailored to the individual’s ability. $14. The Stretch Community Yoga, 467 Central Park Ave, Yonkers. Info: 914.906.8233. StretchYoga.Me. Slow Flow Vinyasa – 10am. With Linda. Gentle. Slower paced class linking poses to breath to cultivate strength, alignment balance and more. Newbeginner students. $20 drop-in or purchase class card online. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320. Therapeutic Yoga Flow – 10-11:30am. With Diane Graziosa, RYT 500. All levels. Floor Flow: breathing, strengthening, stretching and restoring. All levels. $20 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Hatha Yoga – 10:30am-noon. With Nannette. Increase flexibility, strength and balance through pranayama, meditation and asana. All levels. $25 drop-in. Soulauras, 520 N State Rd, Briarcliff. Must RSVP: 914.941.2400. Into to MELT – 10:45-11:45am. Simple selftreatment technique designed to reduce chronic pain and help participants stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime. $10 first class; $22 after. Pilates Glow and Yoga, 241 Harrison Ave, Harrison. Info: 914.630.4594; Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 5:45-7pm. With Ann Cassapini, RYT 500. Gentle level. Using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921.

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Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one's full, authentic beings and, in doing so, nurturing their highest potential. Call to Register: 914.218.3113. Fee $30. 501 Guard Hill Road Bedford, NY.

Vinyasa Restorative Flow – 7:30-8:45pm. With Jo-Anne. All levels. Vinyasa flow class that incorporates restorative yoga. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. JoAnne: 917.364.1871.

wednesday Women’s Wisdom Group – Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full, authentic beings and, in doing so, nurturing their highest potential. $30. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes (w/ modifications.) – 9:30am w/ Alison. For those familiar yoga, power yoga poses and techniques are incorporated for in-depth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility.​ 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Place. $15. Info: Christine Dodge 845.494.8118;

Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Strengthen, stretch and align in a gentle practice that prepares the body and the mind for birth. $22. Prana Yoga at Full Circle, 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Suite 414, Harrison. 914.421.1500;

New Class: Yin Yoga – 10am. With Suzette. Slow paced, comprised of mostly seated and supine poses held longer. Allowing deeper level of stretching. $20 drop-in or purchase class card. o2living, Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River. 914.763.6320.

Yoga by Karen – 6pm. Personalized small group. All levels mixed style yoga: Hatha, Yoga Fit and Meditation. $15 drop-in; $60 six-sessions. 31 Johnson St, Lake Peekskill. RSVP: 914.522.1297.

Basic Beginner Vinyasa Flow – 10-11:30am. With Diane. Tailored to the individual’s ability. $14. The Stretch Community Yoga, 467 Central Park Ave, Yonkers. Info: 914.906.8233. StretchYoga.Me.

Still Mind Tai Chi – 6-7pm. Yang Style Tai Chi for health and self-defense. $25/2 weeks. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Putnam Yoga Beginner to Level 1 Classes (w/ modifications) – 6:30am w/ Adrienne. For those familiar yoga, power yoga poses and techniques are incorporated for in-depth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility.​30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Place. $15. Info: 845.494.8118; Integral Gentle Yoga with Matt – 7-8:15pm. Beginners welcome. A relaxing class. $10/ 2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492.



Slow Medicine Wisdom for Women – 10:30am1pm. Wed and Fri. 501 Guard Hill Rd Bedford. Gentle Flow Yoga – 11am-12pm. $20 drop-in or purchase class card for reduced fee. Sirona Therapy Spa, 280 N Bedford Rd, Ste 301, Mt Kisco. Must register: 914.241.0727. Yin Breath Yoga – 6:30-7:45pm. With Victor Gazzini. A breath bases asana practice that incorporates meditation, visualization and chanting. All levels. $18. Eastchester. Vic: 914.319.7322.

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Intro to Yoga – 7-8pm. Be guided step-by-step through yoga breathing, core postures and the flow that links all these elements together. $100 four weeks. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.

Mommy & Me Yoga – 11am. Babies happily engage with moms in motion Moms stretch, connect and rejuvenate. $22. Prana Yoga at Full Circle, 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Suite 414, Harrison. 914.421.1500;


Pilates Mat class with Tina Sferra, MSPT – 11:3012:30pm. Pilates with a physical therapist. Focus on form, function and fitness to re-engineer the body. $20. Elite Performance @ Katonah Yoga, 39 Main St., Bedford Hills.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day for Cats – 3rd Thurs. Sponsored by Stray HELP Inc Services by TARA, Inc mobile clinic. $70 includes: spay/neuter, rabies, ears cleaned and nails trimmed. Other services available during surgery. Info, Althea: 845.705.5020. Viniyoga for Everyone – 9-10:15am. Classes held lakeside. Yoga on Lake Rippowam, 17 North Lake Circle, South Salem. $16 drop-in; rippowamyoga. com. Info: Stephanie 914.274.0007. Express Pilates Circuit (on machines) – 9:3010am. A 30 min fast-paced class, switching between the reformer, tower, springs and weights. Drop-in $40. Pilates Glow and Yoga, 241 Harrison Ave, Harrison. Info: 914.630.4594; Putnam Yoga Beginner to Level 1 Classes (w/ modifications) – 9:30am w/ Cathy. Power yoga poses and techniques are incorporated for in-depth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility.​ 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Place. $15. Info: 845.494.8118; Basic Beginner Vinyasa Flow – 9:30-11am. With Chrissy. Tailored to the individual’s ability. $14. The Stretch Community Yoga, 467 Central Park Ave, Yonkers. Info: 914.906.8233. StretchYoga.Me.

Be thankful for

what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

Chivalry & Martial – 3:30-4:45pm. Arts for boys 6th grade and above. This series introduces the code of ethics and the basics of martial arts. $20 drop-in. SkyBaby Yoga, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444. Qi Gong Classes – 6-7:15pm. $15 drop-in. Class pkgs available. Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting House, 249 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie. 845.416.4598. Info: Open Level Yoga – 6:30-7:30 pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492. Breath & Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. With Patty Meehan, RYT 500. Vinyasa flow class using breath, movement, balance, stretch, closing with meditation. All levels. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. 914.793.2600. Sound Healing Meditation – 7-9pm. 1st and 3rd Thurs. With Channel, Eileen O’Hare. Connect with high frequencies of the celestial realm for deepest relaxation with saints and angels, stars and ancestors. $20. Somato Respiratory Integration – 7-8:15pm. With Bob Abbruzzesse, DC. Reconnect breath, touch, movement and attention. Experience body more fully, shift state of consciousness, support trust life experience. $20 first class. Soulauras, 520 N State Rd, Briarcliff. Must RSVP: 914.941.2400. YogaShine for Adults – 7-8:30pm. With experienced teacher, Vitalah Simon. Heart-centered, Kripalu-based, developing consciousness, curiosity, strength, and compassion. Receive individual attention. First class free. 7-11 Legion Dr, Valhalla. 914.769.8745. Fertility Yoga – 7:30pm. Breath work, meditation, visualization as well as gentle and restorative yoga postures that increase circulation to reproductive organs. Safe during IUI and IVF cycles. $22. Prana Yoga at Full Circle, 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Suite 414, Harrison. 914.421.1500;

friday Women’s Wisdom Group – Women support each other through the process of recognizing and embracing one’s full, authentic being and in doing so nurturing their highest potential. $30. 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.218.3113. Chair YogaShine, Super Gentle – 9:15-10:15am. With experienced teacher, Vitalah Simon. For adults with special needs and seniors. Heart-centered, Kripalu-based, developing curiosity, flexibility,


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strength and compassion. Receive individual attention. First class free. 25 Broadway, Pleasantville. 914.769.8745. Putnam Yoga Level 1 to Level 2 Classes (w/ modifications.) – 9:30am w/ Christine. For those familiar yoga, power yoga poses and techniques are incorporated for in-depth strength training, improvements in breathing, posture and mobility.​ 30 Tomahawk St, Baldwin Place. $15. Info: Christine Dodge 845.494.8118; Basic Beginner Vinyasa Flow – 9:30am. With Chrissy. Tailored to the individual’s ability. $14. The Stretch Community Yoga, 467 Central Park Ave, Yonkers. Info: 914.906.8233. StretchYoga.Me. Mindful Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Reyna. Movement through breath, props, self assists to release, calm and restore. Gentle level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Info: 914.793.2600. Slow Medicine Wisdom for Women – 10:30am1pm. Wed and Fri. 501 Guard Hill Rd Bedford. Hatha Yoga – 10:30am-noon. With Nannette. Increase flexibility, strength and balance through pranayama, meditation and asana. All levels. $25 drop-in. Soulauras, 520 N State Rd, Briarcliff. Must RSVP: 914.941.2400. Gentle Yoga for Wellness – 11am-12:15pm. With Ann Cassapini, RYT 500. Gentle level. Using chairs, props, deep relaxation/meditation to build stability, strength and flexibility. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Wellness Warrior Membership – 1-2:30pm. First Fridays. speakers on various topics, includes discounts on services, discussion and meditation. Offered by Jodi Baretz, Mindfulness and Health Coach. The Center for Health and Healing, 4 Smith Ave., Mt. Kisco. $395. Register: 917.974.9446. Teen Yoga – 3:30-4:45pm. Class participation can help teens relieve stress, explore who they are and provide a positive influence for themselves. $20 drop-in. $150 ten-class card. SkyBaby Yoga, 75 Main St, Cold Spg. 845.265.4444.

saturday Yoga with Sara on the patio at Trailside Café – 7am. Class is about compassion and fun with sequencing and alignment that allows participants to deepen practice. Bring mat. Trailside Café, 1807 Commerce St, Yorktown Heights. $20. Drop in ok, or register: 914.302.7331. Peekskill Farmers Market – 8am-2pm. Year-round market offering fresh food and family fun. “Market Stage Live,” features live music, author readings, and demos with fitness and health practitioners. FMNP and SNAP accepted. Rain or Shine. Free parking. Bank St, between Park and Main. Info: Trailside Get Fit Class on the patio at Trailside Café – 8:30-9:30am. With Rudy Lopez. Stretch warmup, boxing, kick boxing, MMA, Cross Training and Kalestentics. All levels. Trailside Cafe, 1807 Commerce St, Yorktown Heights. $15. Drop in ok, or register: 914.302.7331.

Intro to Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. Guided step-by-step, through yoga breathing, core postures and the flow linking all these elements together. Weekly class. $100 four-weeks. Quest Yoga Arts. 11 E Main St, Mt Kisco. Register: 914.241.9642.


Gossett Brothers Farmer’s Market – 9am–1pm. Vendors include Bee Guy Apiaries, Do-Re-Mi Farms, Johnny Cake Farms, Wave Hill Bread, Honore’s Table, Du Soleil, Bongo Pasta, also fresh fish, homemade ice cream and crafts. 1202 Rte. 35, South Salem. Info: Gossett Brothers Nursery on Facebook. Prenatal Yoga – 9:15am. Strengthen, stretch and align your changing pregnant body in a gentle practice that prepares the body and the mind for birth. $22. Prana Yoga at Full Circle, 450 Mamaroneck Ave, Suite 414, Harrison. 914.421.1500;

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Basic Beginner Vinyasa Flow – 9-10:30am. With David. Tailored to the individual’s ability. $14. The Stretch Community Yoga, 467 Central Park Ave, Yonkers. Info: 914.906.8233. StretchYoga.Me.

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Outdoor Workout at Trailside Cafe – 9:4510:45am. With Leslie Montalbano. Begin with 15min of abs and 45min of strength and more. Bring a mat and 2 sets of dumb-bells (3lbs/5lbs). Trailside Café, 1807 Commerce St, Yorktown Heights. $17 or 3 class $45. Drop in ok, or register: 914.302.7331. Hudson Valley Farmers Market – 10am-3pm. Year-round. A one stop shop farmers market with fresh Hudson Valley products. Greig Farm, 223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook. Info: HudsonValleyFarmersMarket. Joyful Mindful Yoga – 11:15am-12.30pm. With Ann, RYT 500. Well balanced asana sequences that focus on alignment, mindfulness, clear intention and joy. Intermediate level. $18 drop-in. Eastchester. Ann: 917.882.0921. Mindful Life Weight Loss –12:30pm. Use mindfulness to heal relationship with food, lose weight and keep it off. 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. 914.648.0492. Parent / Child Yoga – 1-1:50pm (ages 5-8). A class that provides an opportunity for kids to practice yoga poses that build strength, balance and flexibility. $5 first class, $15 after. Pilates Glow and Yoga, 241 Harrison Ave, Harrison. Info: 914.630.4594; Yoga Teachers Association Workshops – 1:304:30pm. 2nd Sat. Open to teachers and students, members and nonmembers. The Yoga Studio, Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor. Info: Open Level Yoga – 2-3:15pm. Slow Vinyasa, beginners welcome. $10/2 classes. Still Mind Yoga, 305 Central Ave, Suite 2, White Plains. Info: 914.648.0492.

Astrology with Pamela Cucinell

Spirits are high on November 1. When focus aligns with courage on November 2, anything can happen. Get outdoors on November 3; even a brief walk opens up expectations. Serious application on November 4 and 5 creates platforms for growth. Clocks go backwards on November 6 while networking and friendships advance, especially when you position yourself in the right community.

It’s All in the Focus

Dynamic opportunities on November 7 require confidence. Avoid possible distractions when following through with an existing project on November 8. Many tangents on November 9 promise options that don’t produce; stick to the predictable outcome. A creative venture stimulates on November 10 but weigh the cost with care. Heads butt on November 11; don’t lose heart because a responsible course reaps big returns. Exercise on November 12 to burn off restlessness or any lack of attention; a long drive also provides this benefit. Whatever you aim to accomplish on November 13 happens, so choose well.

Connect the Dots

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The Taurus full moon on November 14 encourages a well-crafted completion of a task. Conversations on November 15 provide inspiration; if you spin into a new direction, don’t miss an obligation. Be curious on November 16 and research before you invest time, money or love. Follow your heart on Novem-

ber 17 and expect total commitment from anyone else on the ride. Assume nothing and be specific in communications on November 18. Spiritual connections enhance parties or activities on November 19 and those that fall short tend to end early.

With Thanks

Drama, music and fire light up November 20. Prioritize and pace yourself when work demands close in on November 21. Perfectionism and criticism on November 22 can stop a train; don’t succumb, just proceed. A welldocumented course of action anchors a situation on November 23. Personalities and agendas hit the crossfire on Thanksgiving, but humor can save digestion. Have a lovely time on November 25 but don’t make any promises.

Define Your Target

Reflection on November 26 leads to gratitude. Meeting obligations on November 27 leads to satisfaction. Clear the dance floor on November 28 to map out your big entrance. The Sagittarius new moon on November 29 provides an energetic buoy to deliver your unique gift. Exuberance on November 30 opens dialog for new ways to warm as winter approaches. Pamela Cucinell writes in-depth forecasts at and offers private sessions and on-line subscriptions. Contact or call 917.796.6026. See ad page 52.

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FLOWING RIVERS ACUPUNCTURE Pam Todd Battle, L.Ac.,Dipl. OM 603 Warburton Ave. #3 Hastings on Hudson, 10706 914.572.1559; Acupuncture’s effects have been compared to rebooting a computer, optimizing the body’s systems, thereby advancing overall well-being. Acupuncture can help with Pain, Stress, PMS, Infertility, Menopause, Insomnia, Addictions, GI or Respiratory Conditions. Most insurance plans including Acupuncture benefits are accepted.

HUDSON VALLEY NATURAL HEALTH Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315; Chinese medicine for relieving muscle/joint pain & headaches; treating chronic disease including autoimmune disease, digestive disorders, and mental health conditions; boosting immune function; balancing hormones; helping tobacco/substance addiction; and reducing stress. Includes acupuncture, herbs, cupping, moxibustion, qigong, and TENS electro-stimulation. See ad pg 18.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND,LAC.,RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic health conditions. Acupuncture is an intelligent medicine, gentle enough for pregnant women, and powerful enough to treat serious conditions like chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. It can restore harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit. See ad pg 24.


25 North Division St. Peekskill, NY 914.772.4589; Offering Classical Chinese Acupuncture and Aromatherapy. Activate your body’s own healing potential with highly targeted treatments. Specializing in fertility and women’s health, acute and chronic pain, and acute and chronic health issues, including auto-immune disorders.

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KARLA BOOTH DIAMOND, MAMSAT 153 Main St, Suite J Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.649.9565

The Alexander Technique is a practical educational method for un-learning habits of tension that may be causing you stress, pain compression of the spine and joints. Learn to move with ease.


Pamela Cucinell NCGR PAA Phone, Online & In-person 917.796.6026; Why leave your business to chance? Perfect timing ensures follow-through and success. When you know the projected outcome it becomes easier to prioritize your day and choose the right partners. Westchester, NYC, Skype and phone. See ad pg 52.


Laurie R. Mallis, MD, LAc 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Frustrated with not feeling or looking your best? Get on the path to better health. Utilizing Medical Acupuncture, ONDAMED Biofeedback Therapy and Reflexology achieve a better state of health and well being. Only minutes from Taconic and I-84. See ad pg 25.

ADD/ADHD COACH SUSAN LASKY MA, BCC, SCAC Certified ADHD Coach/ Organizer 914.373.4787;

Learn strategies that work with the way YOU think. ADD/ADHD or executive functioning challenges can affect every aspect of your life. Maximize your strengths and become more productive. First-hand understanding and compassion. Live the life you love! See ad pg 47.



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Astrology & Tarot Skype and in-person 213 840 1187 Choice lives between pre-destiny and free will. Know your stars, control your life. A reading designed to encourage, support and empower. Call now. See ad pg 18.


6 Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rt. 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC 646.670.6725; Combination of Ayurveda and Naturopathy is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain your health. Supplements, Dietary recommendations and life style plan is suggested base on your body-type or constitution. See ad pg 12.


Santhigram Wellness 446 5th Ave. Pelham, NY 10803 914.250.1417 Provides traditional Ayurveda and Panchakarma therapies which focuses on the removal of toxins from the body. Ayurveda is a traditional, holistic practice which offers methods and treatments aimed at preventing disease and living a pain-free balanced life. See ad pg 47.




2241 Crompond Rd. Cortlandt Manor NY 914.930.8800


PO Box 245 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.489.2378; Stray HELP is a registered not-for-profit organization, managed entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to rescue and care for stray and homeless animals, namely cats, while providing humane education to the community. We work with property owners to conduct trap/neuter/return and with pet owners to make spay/neuter affordable. In 2015, we facilitated the spay/neuter, and medical care where needed, for over 850 cats. Help us reach 1000 in 2016!


495 Central Park Ave, Suite 301, Scarsdale 914.874.1177; A whole-person, holistic approach to vision care, for all ages. Specializing in vision therapy and rehabilitation for vision problems which interfere with reading, learning, attention, performance and efficiency.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 We offer a full boarding facility with outdoor runs and indoor kennels. Being an animal hospital for the most part, we take pride in our capability to kennel pets with medical problems or special needs. See ad pg 59.

Optimize your body’s ability to heal and transform. Our focus is individualized and outcome based health care though functional nutrition, chiropractic a n d c r a n i o s a c r a l t h e r a p y. Cleanse, restore and repair your body, with whole food cleanses and whole food supplementation. We aim to find the root cause.


CHIROPRACTIC DR. LEIGH DAMKOHLER, CCSP, LMT 8 Bacon Place, Yonkers, NY 10710 914.523.7947

Coaching, Energy Healing, Organizing Services Peekskill, NY 914.473.1032; Tina’s coaching style allows her clients to rewrite the script of negative thoughts to create the lives they dream for themselves. During her healing sessions, Tina channels divine healing energy, promoting profound positive changes in the body, mind and spirit.

PERSONALIZED treatments designed for YOU by Westchester’s only dually licensed practicing Sports Chiropractor and Massage Therapist. Receive a unique combination of muscle work and adjustments not provided elsewhere. Dr. Leigh can help you move and feel better. Get back to the life you love!

MARY ELLEN O’BRIEN, CPCC DR. PATRICIA DOWNEY, MS DC 136 Radio Cir Dr Mt Kisco; 914.886.2011 12 Old Mam’k Rd White Plains; 886.2011

Coaching, Healing & Channeling Cold Spring, NY 845.424.6219; Mary Ellen O’Brien uses a combination of her intuitive and coaching skills to help individuals change limiting beliefs and awaken their true essence. Her clients experience more joy, fulfillment and balance in their lives.

Care for women and their families since 2001. Experience pain relief in fewer visits using modern, effective and proven therapies and personalized treatment so you can return to your active life. See ad pg 49.

CANCER SUPPORT RADIATION FREE THERMAL IMAGING 3511 Barnes Ave, # 1A Bronx, NY 10467 347.843.0789;

Dr. Lewis-Senior has been a Naturopathic physician and a healthcare provider for more than thirty years. She focuses on women’s health especially those affected by cancer, diabetes, overweight and pain. She is experienced using different modalities to establish health and bring about healing. She is a devout Christian and serves with joy to affect mind, body and spirit. Some insurance accepted.


Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE)


914.921.LIFE (5433)

How would you like to wake up each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation and find-out what is standing between you and your health goals. See ad pg 57.

Experience and personalized service you can trust. The finest in colonic irrigation and personal care. Serving the tri-state area since 1993.

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COMPOUNDING PHARMACY LAKE MAHOPAC PHARMACY/ SURGICAL Nagi Wissa, R.Ph., IP, CEO 559 Rt, 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 T: 845.208.0424; F: 845.208.0425

We are your neighborhood holistic compounding pharmacy, ready to support y o u r h e a l t h . We o ff e r compounding prescriptions, on-line prescription renewals, supplements, homeopathic remedies, personal care products, fair trade gifts and more. We deliver and we are happy to answer your questions.


Experience Dentistry in a Whole New Way Clinical Excellence in a Calming Environment 914.713.2424 At Scarsdale Dental Spa we combine clinical excellence with comforting treatment. From the moment you enter you'll be made to feel welcomed, relaxed and comfortable. Kids and Adults love going to the Dentist again! See ad pg 10.


Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST, Director White Plains & Ossining offices 914.762.4693; WellOnTheWay.Com Curious about energy medicine?   Know there is something to it, from all you’ve read and heard?  Are you tingling with excitement right now, knowing you’re about to experience something life changing? Free get-acquainted phone call!

Integrative Medicine and Dermatology 17 Rodman Oval, New Rochelle, NY 914.637.0908; We clear your Skin naturally, by correcting the underlying digestive and inflammatory issues using nutrition, supplements, and energetic techniques, for diagnosis and treatment. Caring Board Certified Dermatologist and World pioneer in Holistic Dermatology. 


INTEGRITY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE)

Do you struggle with stress, pain and muscle tightness? If so, call today for your free consultation and learn how to finally address these issues and experience ideal health naturally. See ad pg 57.

Dan Court, CN, CBCP, CECP, Qigong 2013 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 914.962.1155;

Start each day feeling energized and vibrant! Our gentle, fullysupported 21 day program leaves you feeling cleansed inside and out without going hungry. Jump start your body to living a healthier, more active life! See ad pg 14.

DOWSER CRYOTHERAPY NORDIC CRYOTHERAPY 31 Mill Road, Eastchester, NY 914.775.9596

We s t c h e s t e r C o u n t y ’s first and only Cryotherapy Wellness Center. A new approach towards pain management, performance enhancement and aesthetic struggles. We can help you achieve your wellness goals. Cool air stimulates your body and molecules begin the healing and repair process. See ad pg 11.


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150 Lake Drive Rhinebeck, NY 12572 1.800.944.1001; Omega is a premiere travel destination and leading nonprofit organization in NY’s Hudson Valley. It is an internationally recognized leader in health and wellness and lifelong learning—offering workshops, professional training, retreats, and online learning. See ad pg 17.





Member: Westchester Holistic Network 845.709.5245 Facebook: House Harmony Wouldn't you like to know if negative energy disturbances are affecting your home or office? These disturbances can impact our bodies, relationships, joy, and our lives. Call me today!

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Steven Gottlieb Personal Empowerment Coach 25 Franklin Ave #4B White Plains, NY 914.997.7873; Create more Emotional Freedom in your life. Learn EFT, a powerful yet simple to use self healing technique to help you resolve virtually any important life issue. On-going groups meet regularly. Private Empowerment Sessions available.


Mag Treanor RN, Reiki, Emotion Code NLP, Kinesiology, EFT-Adv, Hypnotist Carmel, NY; 845.228.8132 Realign mind body spirit, find core issues. Clear trauma, anxieties, negative Karma, Ancestral, Inherited, trapped emotions, limiting beliefs, Release Restore Realign Balance and Heal with intuition, intention, energy techniques. Tapping, Light, Sound, Magnets, Aromas, Spirit. See ad pg 55.


Abundance Coach, Level EFT-2 Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 914.330.5328; Learn to choose what works for you now! Healing methods to raise your vibration. By Appointment; In-Person, SKYPE & Phone. Se habla español.

ANNE H. BENTZEN, MSOT, RMT, JRP Usui/KarunaÂŽ Reiki Master Teacher, Jikiden Reiki; Energetic Counseling, OT Armonk & Eastchester Offices 914.588.4079;

Energetic healing complements medical care. Experience relief from stress, trauma, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, grief and more. Restore energy flow, improve immunity and balance all 7 major chakra systems. Monthly healing circles; Reiki certificate classes. See ad pg 52.




130 Hardscrabble Rd. North Salem, NY 914.485.1210 Family owned and operated. We raise grass fed beef, free range eggs, pastured pork and turkey. Fruits/veggies from our farm and other local farms for Summer CSA. Local honey, milk and cheese. Spring/summer/fall annuals. Store open daily 8am6pm. See ad pg 35.


Healer of Heart, Mind, Body & Soul 845.702.1334; Healing through loving touch and guidance. Empath Intuitive, Shaman, Reiki Master, Medical Intuitive, Angel/Adult/Child/ Animal Whisperer. In Person or Distance Healing.


Dr. Jodi Kennedy 11 Miller Rd Mahopac, NY 845.628.7233 (SAFE); Are you between the ages of 2-92 and want to experience each day with less aches and more energy? Call today for your free consultation. Our unique total body approach is beneficial with proven results. See ad pg 57.

FAMILY PSYCHOLOGIST DR. KRISTY M. VANACORE, PSY.D. 334 Underhill Avenue, Building 3, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.497.8006;

An experienced and caring Psychologist devoted to child, teen, & family wellness utilizing an integrative approach to testing, advocacy, therapy, and parent coaching. Individuals become confident, strong, prepared for life’s challenges, and resilient enough to soar.

250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 37.



1053 Saw Mill River Rd. Ardsley, NY 10502 914.231.7666; Improve your sexual health and intimate relationships. Vaginal dryness and changes due to pregnancy, childbirth and hormonal changes or aging can diminish female pleasure. The O-Shot and Femilift are unique procedures that rejuvenate vaginal tissue and improve urinary incontinence. Visit our website to learn more or call for consultation. See ad pg 11.


LOU LEVY CONSTRUCTION Carmel, NY 914.804,2120

Builder and General Contractor of fine custom alterations, restorations, architectural additions, and new construction. Offering a high level of management and craftsmanship. Specializing in a 95% dust-free living environment. PHIUS Energy Efficient and non-toxic building applications.Bau-Biologist, the holistic approach to Natural Building,passive and active solar installations and retrofits, as well as conventional construction. Building design services and consultation available. 44 years experience.


Heather Novak, M.S., WHE Education and Fertility Transformation Coaching in Westchester County, NY 914.420.3674; Are you determined to get pregnant and give your baby the healthiest start possible in life? At Whole Health Fertility we look deeply into the Five Aspects of Whole Health (Physical, Nutritional, Emotional, Environmental, Spiritual) to uncover and transform fertility blockages and make sure you are as healthy as possible for your future baby.

HAIR SALON FRESH ORGANIC SALON SOLUTIONS Hair care, Skincare & Make up 190 Rt 117 By Pass, Bedford, NY 914.242.1928;

A healthy approach to beauty and wellness led by Maureen Toohey, Regional Educator for Organic Salon Systems. The fresh team is committed to making your experience fully complete and satisfying, organically. Receive a gift valued at $75 with your 1st color appointment, when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad pg 43.

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64 Gleneida Ave., Carmel, NY 845.878.4325 (HEAL) Chiropractic, M a s s a g e Therapy, Cold Laser Therapy, Nutritional Counseling/Supplements, Bio-Tracker Technologies, Ionic Footbaths, Energy Healing. Founded in response to client’s frustrations with today’s traditional medical practices. This center is based on the principal that given the proper circumstances, the body innately heals itself. “Physicians don’t heal diseases, your body does!”


Merrill Black, LCSW, Reiki Master & Instructor, Hypnotherapist Founder 453 White Plains Rd. #201, Eastchester 914.793.2600; Nurture your mind, body, and soul. Thru a variety of healing modalities and services that include, psychotherapy, reiki, hypnosis, craniosacral, massage, intuitive healing, yoga, and guided meditation classes. Rediscover your control and balance your life. See ad pg 14.

175 King St., Chappaqua NY 914.861.2712; 239.289.3744 A soul-based group of practitioners offering bio-energy medicine for body, mind and spirit. Including classes, private appointments, kids programs and wellness experiences for planetary healing. See ad pg 55.


Health coaching, with an integrative approach for corporations and families. Supportive, personalized and interactive wellness programs. Offering corporate lunch sessions and webinars increasing productivity and decreasing absenteeism. Wanda educates you on your favorite health topics and more.

HERBAL MEDICINE LORRAINE HUGHES 3505 Hill Blvd, Suite K Yorktown Heights, NY 914.352.6116;

Registered Herbalist (AHG) 1129 Main St, 2nd Fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598

Putting wellness back into healthcare with a specialized focus on emotional health and wellness. Our team of professionals offers acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, nutritional counseling, parent coaching, psychotherapy, and psychiatry to help support clients on a customized path to wellness.

Lorraine offers Individual Wellness Consultations based on the Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Paradigm which offers a preventative and individual approach to balanced health. Each “unique” individual protocol will include Chinese, Western, Ayurvedic Herbal remedies and Nutritional planning.


THE CENTER FOR HEALTH AND HEALING 4 Smith Avenue, 2nd floor Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.864.0462

In a beautiful retreat-like setting, we offer holistic psychotherapy, body therapies, acupuncture, shamanic reiki, intuitive guidance, spiritual counseling, homeopathy, naturopathic and herbal medicine, healing circles, workshops and professional trainings. See ad pg 31.

HEALTH COACH Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 917.868.1769




777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582 Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.


250 E. Hartsdale Ave. St. 22, Hartsdale, NY 400 Rella Blvd. St. 165, Montebello, NY 914.472.0666; Looking for a physician with 24 years of clinical practice using natural remedies? Expertise in treating acute and chronic illness in children and adults. Emphasis on homeopathic and functional medicine to decrease dependency on pharmaceutical drugs. If you want experienced, competent, compassionate, and exceptional care. See ad pg 37.

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE NATURAL CARE OF WESTCHESTER 20 North Ave 2nd Flr Larchmont, NY 10538 Dr. Marizelle J. Arce

A boutique naturopathic wellness center that focuses on customized visits. Offering Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Naturopathic medicine, massage therapy, nutrition, facial acupuncture, Infrared sauna, Acoustic cardiograms, Regulation Thermography, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, herbal medicine, Reiki, and pain management.


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HOLISTIC DENTIST DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 8.

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Michael Finkelstein MD FACP ABIHM SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; You can attain enhanced health and wellness on every level. I will guide you and together we will transform you into your own best doctor, friend and selfadvocate. You will learn how to bring yourself back into balance. My intention is to be the best healer and teacher I can be. I offer insightful health evaluations with customized medical guidance. Uniquely qualified to offer medical advice and attention from a holistic perspective.


Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains Dr. Morley is a functional medicine specialist and is board certified in anti-aging. We offer the most extensive testing in the Tristate area which allows us to discover the root causes of imbalances in your body. Balance your body and balance your life. See ads pgs 12 & 51.



Westchester & NYC 914.494.7468; Traveling massage service for everyone from stay-at-home moms to CrossFit athletes. Promotes healing, stress reduction and recovery of muscle injury. Specialties: sports massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release. $20 dollars off first in-home massage for new clients.

INTUITIVE JOAN CARRA, PSYCHIC MEDIUM Practitioner; Wainwright House 203.531.6387;

Understand blocks in your life or re-connect with loved ones that have passed. Joan can guide you with gentle intuitive advice; card reading, numerology, palmistry and after life communications. She has 20 years of experience and is available via telephone or in person.


A very organic company. We use native plants and materials to create sacred and tranquil spaces in your backyard. Our specialty is mystic and meditation gardens. We provide holistic property maintenance that is good for the environment.


777 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583: 914.902.9200 365 Central Park Ave. Scarsdale, NY 10583; 914.422.3689 737 Bedford Rd., Bedford Hills, NY 10507: 914.244.3689 158 South Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573; 914.417.6940 Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your wellness program. Visit one of the four locations in Westchester to take advantage of our introductory offer. Open 7 days a week, extended hours, late evenings. See ads pgs 60 & back cover.

Do you ever imagine living the life of your dreams? Are you at a standstill? The best way to allow yourself to blossom is to become the master of your own destiny! Schedule a consultation today.


272 N. Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, NY 914.241.7363; Join us for a transformative experience as you develop your intuitive and scientific abilities to heal through therapeutic touch. Classes taught to auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners. Financial aid available for full and part-time programs. See ad pg 58.



Laura Giacovas,LMT, MS Ed., 4th Dan Master Instructor Taekwondo Briarcliff NY 914.941.2400, Our mission is to enhance wellness and quality of life through Therapeutic Massage and Integrated Holistic Healing. We are committed to providing an inspired, nurturing environment from which wellness and harmony can be realized. See ad pg 30.

LEAH WILSON WATTS Master Life Coach 718.812.5166

Willow Wisp Wellness is an expanding private practice that provides consciously crafted therapeutic and integrative massage and energy work sessions that support your body's innate healing process. All sessions are by appointment only. Check website for more info and events.



REFLECTIONS OF NATURE Landscape design/build 845.489.7250

Lauren Awerdick, LMT Ossining & Tarrytown offices. On-Site & In-Home 914.534.1294;

Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH The Center for Health & Healing 4 Smith Ave, 2nd Fl; Mount Kisco, NY 914.362.8315;

Utilize an integrative healing approach from a doctor trained in holistic medicine. Working with your current medical treatments & labwork, as well as botanical medicine, dietary & lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction and ecotherapy. See ad pg 18.

MICHELLE VITNER, LMT, LPN A Healing Massage with Intuition 914.672.1916 or 914.873.1376

Holding sacred space through Relaxation, Therapeutic and Medical Massage Putnam, We s t c h e s t e r , D u t c h e s s . "Michelle's healing ability is more than the touch from her hands; she heals the soul. She brings serenity to people." ~Maureen S., Carmel. See ad pg 55.


Dr. Fred Lisanti, ND, LAC., RH, CHT 266 White Plains Rd, B-1, Eastchester, NY 914.337.2980; Blending the best of traditional and cutting edge natural medicine, Dr. Lisanti offers natural therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic conditions. He combines naturopathic care, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, detoxification, hypnosis, movement and lifestyle counseling allowing him to customize your program individually. See ad pg 24.

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Naturopathic Clinic 6 Yellow Monkey Village 792 Rt. 35 Cross River, NY, and NYC 646.670.6725; Combination of Naturopathy and Ayurveda is used to create a unique treatment plan to regain and maintain your health. Supplements, Dietary recommendations and life style plan is suggested base on your body-type or constitution. See ad pg 12.

NETWORKING PROFESSIONAL WOMEN OF PUTNAM 347.387.3163 The Professional Women of Putnam encourages women from a variety of professions and trades to connect and support each other in a non-competitive environment. The PWP doesn’t exclude anyone from any business.


777 Ulster Ave., Kingston 15 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie 845.338.3320; 845.485.8582 Helping people relieve symptoms o f c h r o n i c Ly m e d i s e a s e , fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as many other chronic illnesses. Dramatically improve your energy levels.

86 Smith Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 914.242.8844; Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, works in close partnership with you to develop your natural healing plan.  Starting with a personalized review of your health goals and concerns.  A metabolic map and testing your body holistically, then interpreting the findings - The Blood Detective Way! See ads, pgs 13, 16 & 56.

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN OF WESTCHESTER 866.624.4117 HQ: 427 Main St. Beacon, NY 12508

The Professional Women of Westchester encourages women from a variety of professions and trades to connect and support each other in a non-competitive environment. The PWW doesn’t exclude anyone from any business.

NuSpecies Health Centers provide free health consultations with certified nutritionists/life coaches. We make custom recommendations of our Raw, Organic, Liquid, Natural nutritional formulas and then work with our clients until they achieve their health goals. See ad pg 4.

NURSE PRACTITIONER ASCEND HEALTH AND WELLNESS Sarah F. B. Kent, R.N., N.P. Katonah & NYC By Appointment: 914.462.7633

Overwhelmed? Learn coping skills; ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Frustration and more. As a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and a Registered Nurse, I offer integrative therapies. I work with individuals of all ages and families.


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Manual PT Practice and Pilates Studio. One patient, one therapist, one hour. Integrative practice with a functional, manual approach to musculoskeletal restrictions. Specialties: Dance/Sports Medicine PT. Pilates Apparatus sessions also available. Infinite results.


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241 Harrison Ave, Harrison, NY 10528 914.630.4594;

Private and semi-private classes offered on Pilates machines. Everyone’s welcome in our Pilates and Yoga classes regardless of flexibility or strength. Intimate and challenging atmosphere. Try an Extra Gentle Yoga class or a Pilates Mat class. Get your glow on! See ad pg 61.

PILATES UNLEASHED STUDIO 274 White Plains Road, Suite 7 Eastchester, New York, 10709 914.361.1399

We are a boutique Stott Pilates studio, offering a personalized, integrated approach to Pilates and yoga. Classes are small and customized. We offer privates, small reformer/ tower classes, yoga, workshops, yoga for kids and more. Ask about our new client orientation special.

DR. KRISTY M. VANACORE, PSY.D, PC 334 Underhill Avenue, 3C Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.497.8006;

Empowered Parent Coaching: A journey towards rediscovering your intuition and power as a joyful peaceful parent. Take control of your life and your home. For parents of tots to teens In-person, phone, and Skype options available.   

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Pamela Hoffman, DPM Glenn B. Weiss, DPM 200 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 914.232.8880; Foot care for people of all ages. Board certified holistic podiatrists who use a comprehensive, integrative approach. Customized treatments utilizing the best of today’s technology combined with nutrition and 30 years of experience.


SunRaven: The Home of Slow Medicine 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113; Offering a whole-being, integrative approach to wellness, nurturing clients into health on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels. Following one’s heart to Re-envision life in order to flourish. See ad pg 51.


ARCB Certified Reflexologist 1129 Main Street, 2nd fl., Fishkill, NY email:; 845.416.4598 Foot and/or Hand Reflexology sessions are offered with the use of Essential Oils applied to acupuncture points based upon each individual’s presenting pattern.  Please refer to Services page on web site for the many benefits of this ancient modality.


Margaret C. Pelzer, RN Certified Reflexologist 2424 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 845.592.4310; Reflexology awakens the natural healing energy pathways of the body. Skillful pressure to specific reflex points creates a gentle dialogue within the body to de-stress and promote relaxation. Give your body the opportunity to energize, cleanse and attain balance. See ad pg 25.



DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678


Yoni Hormadaly, LMT 109 Danbury Rd. Ridgefield, CT 203.550.6888 Yoni has been practicing Structural Integration since 2002. Specializing in improving the relationship between the human body and gravity. Flat feet, chronic pain and discomfort, improvement in athletic pursuits, general self-improvement, are some of the reasons clients of all ages have sought out this work. Free phone consultation.


We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 8.

SPA GANESHA SPA Peekskill, NY 914.906.7238

Find Your Natural Beauty and Relaxation in Ganesha Spa where traditional massage modalities are combined with Ayurvedic Treatments, Energy work, AntiAging skin care and Meditations. Complete true Spa experience with IR Sauna and a Steam Room!

ELDER CARE CONNECTION Servicing the Lower Hudson Valley & Southern CT 914.669.5200

Need guidance in caring for a parent? Let us help you, help them. We are R.N.’s with over 40 years of experience in home care. With our holistic approach you can keep your parent comfortably at home. See ad pg 18.


An Organized Reference Guide to Caring for a Loved One at Home 914.713.5354 When an elderly loved one requires special care within the home, caregivers face overwhelming challenges with no idea who to turn to for answers. Joyce Greene shares concise, step-by-step guidance to help you through.

SPAVIA DAY SPA WHITE PLAINS 250 Main St. White Plains NY 10601 914.368.2525

High quality, yet affordable spa services in a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere. Highly-trained and licensed therapists and estheticians perform massage and skincare treatments that provide a nurturing and healing experience with a focus on natural products. Visit our website for information about our spa, products and services. See ad pg 7.



Joan Forlow, NYS License 3021 Route 9, Cold Spring NY 845.559.3326;



83 South Bedford Road, Suite 201 Mount Kisco, NY 10549 914.244.4101;

Yoga in the Adirondacks is nestled in the valley of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, where yoga embraces nature. Connect your mind, body and spirit and explore your retreat with like-minded people to build a happier and healthier life. Studio available for your yoga/ wellness private group as well.

Alternative therapeutic strategies are implemented to help individuals struggling with the processing systems of the brain and coordination of the body through the visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, taste, proprioception, and/or vestibular systems.

2 Coulter Road, Bakers Mills, NY 12811 518.251.3015; 914.556.8258


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Feel lighter and look brighter from a healing facial with a Dermalogica Expert. Enter into a spa like environment where the technology of skincare meets the art of well-being. Relax-ReleaseRenew. Blissful! See ad pg 45.

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Shaklee Independent Distributor 914.830.3843; The first multivitamin turns 50! Try out Shaklee supplements and experience the difference, purity and convenience of delivery. People have been swearing by Shaklee for their health and performance for years. Call to learn more.


Shaklee Independent Distributor 914.714.2253 Weight loss that lasts, starts with the right food and the right tools. Shaklee 180 can help you achieve a leaner, healthier you!  This clinically tested weight loss program works. Call today and take your shape in a whole new direction.


Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Services 914.962.6402, 800.532.4290 Support Connection offers free, confidential breast and ovarian cancer support services including individual peer counseling, support groups, wellness programs and educational forums. Counselors are cancer survivors.

LIFE CHANGING PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, PLLC Penni Waldman, Ph.D. B.D., C.Ht. 75 South Broadway, White Plains, NY 914.961.8412;

Holistic approach of weight loss through a comprehensive detoxification and conscious choices (nutritional, emotional, spiritual support). Guaranteed to provide results. Who knows, Dr. Waldman lost over 100 pounds. Let me help you empower your life. Teleconferences available.

TMJ DISORDER DAVID L LERNER, DDS, CAC, FIND Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 914.214.9678

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. I invite you to explore our web site to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad pg 8.



Dr. Timothy Morley 914.241.7030; Mt. Kisco 914.615.9004; White Plains We know the science behind weight loss. Slow metabolism, hormone imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, metal toxicity, vitamin deficiency and lifestyle choices are a few reasons why many people don’t lose. Your personalized, physician-supervised, real food plan will be designed for your success. See ads pgs 12 & 51.


271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914.962.3111 Integrative Care including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with many other types of Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicinal services are offered. We also offer a full range of high tech, cutting edge, medical, surgical and dental services. See ad pg 59.


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SUNRAVEN: THE HOME OF SLOW MEDICINE 501 Guard Hill Rd. Bedford, NY 914.218.3113;

Promoting and supporting health and wellness; facilitating communitycentered experiential and reflective learning for individuals, families, and groups, by offering educational programs, events, and resources designed to build integrative skills and understanding for those looking to holistically care for themselves, others, and the world in which we live. Transformative Programs, holistic medicine, psycho-spiritual counseling; Women’s, Men’s and Couples Groups, Garden Co-Op, Cleansing Program; Special 12-week “immersion.” See ad pg 51.


1053 Saw Mill River Rd. Ardsley, NY 10502 914.231.7666; Improve your sexual health and intimate relationships. Vaginal dryness and changes due to pregnancy, childbirth and hormonal changes or aging can diminish female pleasure. The O-Shot and Femilift are unique procedures that rejuvenate vaginal tissue and improve urinary incontinence. Visit our website to learn more or call for consultation. See ad pg 11.


Certified Yoga Instructor Reiki Master/Teacher Northern Westchester 914.522.1297; Karen integrates different teaching styles based on the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of each individual person. Private & Group Sessions. All Ages: Beginners to Advanced. “Energy is Limitless, Optimum Health is Timeless.”

20 North Salem Rd, Cross River, NY 914.763.8000


When there is an interference, the body loses its ability to heal. Our goal is to unlock the healing potential within you through holistic approaches, wellness chiropractic and network spinal analysis, massage therapy, integrative nutrition, transformational coaching and reiki healing. Call today for a complimentary wellness consultation. See ad pg

We are a classic yoga studio infused with the most fundamental forms of yoga. We uphold the authentic practice of this beautiful art form while respecting its ancient roots. Our classes nurture genuine internal inspiration through an integrated mind-body-breath experience. See ad pg 61.

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112 W. Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck NY 914.618.4887;

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